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GLIMPSE OF INDIA

glimpse of india

From the Historic North to Alluring South

16 Days – 15 Nights

Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Mumbai – Kochi – Muunar – Thekkady – Kumarakom – Alleppey – Kovalam

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive Delhi

Upon arrival at Delhi International airport, you will be welcomed by our company representative and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Your travel documents will be handed over to you with a briefing of the tour program. After check-in process, time free at leisure for own activities and relax in the hotel to acclimatization with Indian weather conditions.

DELHI – The National Capital of India is one of the most historical cities in the world. In AD 1639, the Mughal emperor shah Jahan built a walled city named Shahjahanabad which served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1649 till 1857. Shahjahanabad is known as Old Delhi. Later the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens built a new city during the 1920s called New Delhi or Lutyens Delhi.

Overnight at Delhi (Meal on board)

Day 02 : Delhi Sightseeing

Sightseeing –

We will start our sightseeing tour visiting Raj Ghat; the final resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation. Jama Masjid; built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It is one of the largest and best known mosques in India. Further, we will drive-pass through Chandni Chowk Market; Asia’s largest wholesale market and Red Fort; a beautiful red sandstone fort built by the Mughals.

Afternoon visit to the Qutub Minar; built by Qutub-ud-din Aibak of the Slave Dynasty as a sign of Muslim domination of Delhi and as a minaret for the muezzin to call the faithful to prayer. Evening drive-pass through India Gate; a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers who died during the Afghan wars and World War I. The names of the soldiers who died in these wars are inscribed on the walls. Sansad Bhavan; the Parliament of India is a circular building designed by the British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker in 1912-1913. Rashtrapati Bhavan; the Presidents House built with a mix of European and Mughal/Indian styles.

Optional Activities –

  • Rikshaw Ride in Chandni Chowk Market during sightseeing tour
  • Sound & light Show at Red Fort (Close on every Monday)
  • Visit to Dilli Haat; an open aircraft bazaar cum food plaza
  • Other Attractions – Humayuns Tomb, Lotus Temple, Akshardham Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Lodhi Garden, Gurudwara Bangla sahib, National Museum.

Overnight at Delhi (Breakfast)

Day 03 : Delhi – Agra (220 kms drive)

Check-out from the hotel and drive to Agra. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel.

AGRA – Located at the bank of River Yamuna was known then as Akbarabād during Mughal Empire and remained the capital of the Mughal Empire under the Emperors till 1689.

Sightseeing –

Proceed to Agra sightseeing visiting Taj Mahal; one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Shah Jahan built this beautiful monument in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22 years and 20000 workers to complete this perfectly symmetrical monument. Later visit to Agra Fort; also known as the Red Fort is a world heritage site listed by UNESCO. The red sandstone fort was converted into a palace during Shāh Jahān’s time, and reworked extensively with marble and pietra dura inlay. Also visit to I’timād-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb; located on the left bank of the Yamuna river, the mausoleum is set in a large cruciform garden, criss-crossed by water courses and walkways.

Optional Activities –

  • Mohabbat The Taj Show at Kalakriti
  • Tonga Ride at Taj Mahal
  • Shopping – Fine Quality Marble, Textile, Handloom & Handicrafts
  • Other Attractions – Akbars Tomb (Sikandra, Mughal Heritage Walk

Overnight at Agra (Breakfast)

Day 04 : Agra – Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri (240 Kms drive)

Check-out from the hotel and drive to Jaipur. En-route visit to FATEHPUR SIKRI – Founded in 1569 by the Mughal emperor Akbar, and served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585. It is 40 kms from Agra on the Agra – Jaipur highway.

Sightseeing –

Here we will visit to Buland Darwaza; 55 metre high gate was added some five years later after the completion of the mosque ca. 1576-1577. We will also visit Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chishti, Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas.

Further continue drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel and rest of the day free at leisure for own activities or relax in the hotel.

Overnight at Jaipur (Breakfast)

Day 05 : Jaipur Sightseeing

JAIPUR – Named after its founder Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II was established on 18 November 1727. Jaipur is considered as the first planned city in the country. In 1878AD, Jaipur was painted with Pink color to welcome Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria and since then the city is also known as Pink City

Sightseeing –

Early in the morning we will leave for an excursion to Amber City; the capital of Kachhwahas for six centuries before the foundation of Jaipur City. Ascend the Amber Fort with a traditional royal experience of Elephant ride. Within the Fort complex we will visit Sheesh Mahal, Diwan-e-Aam and Dowan-e-Khas. Later drive back to Pink City. En-route a short photo-shoot in-front the Jal Mahal, a small palace set in the middle of Man Sagar Lake.

Afternoon visit to the City Palace, situated in the heart of the old city occupies about one seventh of the Old City. Within the City Palace we will visit Mubarak Mahal, Clock Tower and City Palace Museum, Later we will visit Jantar Mantar Observatory, built in 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh to study the movement of constellations and stars in the sky. The enormous sun dials still provides the accurate time. Before returning to your hotel, take pictures in-front the Hawa Mahal, Palace of Winds a five storied semi-octagonal building having 152 windows was built in 1799 AD by Maharaja Pratap Singh for the royal ladies to enjoy the processions and other royal activities on the street.

Optional Activities –

  • Visit to Chokhi Dhani Village (an ethnic village)
  • Shopping – Jewellery, Textiles, Handloon & Handicrafts
  • Other attractions – Birla Temple, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Albert Hall

Overnight at Jaipur (Breakfast)

Day 06 : Jaipur – Mumbai (By Domestic Flight)

Breakfast in the hotel. Later transfer to Jaipur airport to board the flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival in Mumbai, transfer to the hotel and rest of the day free at leisure for own activities.

MUMBAI – Commonly known as Bombay is the most modern city of India. In 1661, a cluster of seven islands, Mumbai was presented to King Charles II as part of the dowry when he married Princess Catherine de Braganza of Portugal. Mumbai is the home of Bollywood, produces the largest number of films in the world.

Overnight at Mumbai (Breakfast)

Day 07 : Mumbai Sightseeing

Breakfast in the hotel

Sightseeing – Proceed for a guided tour in Mumbai starting with an excursion to Elephanta boat cruise to reach the Elephanta Caves. The caves are at the top of a gentle stairway, which begins almost immediately where the ferry wharf hits dry land.

Afternoon return back to the city and proceed for a guided tour visiting Marine Drive, Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum and Dhobi Ghat.

Optional Activities –

  • Bollywood Film City Tour
  • Shopping Jewellery & Textile
  • Other attractions – Mani Bhawan, Juhu Beach, Chaupati

Overnight at Mumbai (Breakfast)

Day 08 : Mumbai – Kochi (By Domestic Flight)

Breakfast in the hotel

Transfer to Mumbai airport to board the flight to Kochi. Upon arrival, meet & assist by our company representative and transfer to the hotel for check-in.

KOCHI – Formerly known as Cochin, is popularly known as the Queen of Arabian Sea. Kochi had been a main port city of the Indian Peninsula and was the centre of the world spice trade for many centuries. The city derives its name from the Malayalam word Kochazhi meaning small lagoon.

Optional Activities –

  • Day Cruise on Kerala Backwaters
  • Kathak Kali Dance show
  • Other attractions – St Francis Xavier’s Church , Mattancherry Palace, Marine Drive, Jewish Synagogue, Pareekshith Thampuran Museum,

Overnight at Kochi (Breakfast)

Day 09 : Kochi – Munnar (135 kms drive)

Breakfast in the hotel

Sightseeing – Proceed for a guided tour of Kochin visiting Fort Kochi; originally it was a fishing village of no significance during the pre-colonial Kerala The king of Cochin gave permission to the Portuguese to build a fort near the waterfront to protect their commercial interests. Later visit Bolgatty Palace; located on the Bolghatty Islands is one of the oldest existing palaces built by the Dutch in India, during the pre-British times. Further we will visit to Chinese Fishing Nets; the fixed land installations, which are used for a very unique and unusual method of fishing.

Afternoon, check-out from the hotel and drive to Munnar. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel

MUNNAR – 1600 meters above the sea level, this beautiful paradise is situated at the confluence of three mountain ranges – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. This was the summer resort of the British in south India. The beautiful tea plantations, picture-book towns and winding lanes make this hill station more beautiful.

Overnight at Munnar (Breakfast)

Day 10 : Munnar Sightseeing

Breakfast in the hotel

Sightseeing – Proceed to visit Eravikulam National Park; Famous for its endangered inhabitant – the Nilgiri Tahr. Spread over an area of 97 sq. km., this park is also home to several species of rare butterflies, animals and birds. Inside the Eravikulam National Park see Anamudi Peak, the highest peak in south India standing. Later visit the Tea Estate & Tea Museum showcases some of the exquisite and interesting aspects on the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Kerala’s high ranges.

  • Other attractions – Mattupetty, Pothamedu, Devikulam, Pallivasal,

Overnight at Munnar (Breakfast)

Day 11 : Munnar – Thekkady (120 kms drive)

Breakfast in the hotel and check-out from the hotel & drive to Thekkady. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel.

THEKKADY – The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. The Periyar forests of Thekkady are one of the finest wildlife reserves in India.

Sightseeing – Proceed to a Boat Cruise on Lake Periyar; the splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River to discover the Periyar Wildlife Reserve. Over 1965 flowering plants including 171 grass species 143 species of orchids. The only south Indian conifer, scientifically known as Podocarpus wallichianus, grows in the forests of Periyar Tiger Reserve. Later enjoy the Tea & Spice Plantations tour in the areas adjoining the Tiger Reserve.

Optional Activities –

  • Kathak Kali Dance Show
  • Elephant Ride

Overnight at Thekkady (Breakfast)

Day 12 : Thekkady – Kumarakom (130 kms drive)

Breakfast in the hotel. Check-out & drive to Kumakom. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel.

KUMARAKOM – A cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake is an enchanting backwater destination. Kumarakom is the home of The Bird Sanctuary, spread across 14 acres is a favorite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist’s paradise.

Optional Activities –

  • Day Cruise on Lake Vembanad
  • Ayurveda Treatments & Meditation

Overnight at Kumarakom (Breakfast)

Day 13 : Kumarakom – Alleppey (Houseboat)

Breakfast in the hotel.

Sightseeing – Visit to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary early in the morning before sunrise to witness the birds preparing to leave their forest homes and fly over the lake.

Afternoon, check-out from the hotel and transfer Alleppey to board the houseboat.

ALLEPPEY – Also known as the Venice of the East, Alleppey is famous for its boat races, backwater holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. The Houseboats of Kerala are originally known Kettuvallams. Kettuvallams or rice barges used to carry tons of rice and spices during old days.

While staying in a houseboat, you can enjoy and experience the daily lifestyle of the local peoples around the Vembanad Lake and Kerala backwaters.

Optional Activities –

  • Cooking class with your chief in the houseboat.

Overnight at Houseboat (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 14 : Alleppey – Kovalam (160 kms drive)

After breakfast, disembark houseboat and drive to Kovalam. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel.

KOVALAM – An ideal beach destination Kovalam, white sands, emerald sea and swaying palms of the beach make for an idyllic destination for those who love sun, sand and surf. The Light House Beach, Hawah Beach and Samudra Beach are the best beaches in Kovalam to enjoy your holidays.

Optional Activities –

  • Water Sports
  • Ayurveda Treatments & Meditation

Overnight at Kovalam (Breakfast)

Day 15 : Kovalam – Sightseeing to Trivandrum City

Breakfast in the hotel and later proceed for half day sightseeing to Trivandrum City.

TRIVANDRUM – Named after Anantha Padmanabha or Lord Vishnu, the city is home to many ancient temples. The landmark is the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple around which the city has been built on seven low hills. Trivandrum is also the home of more than hundred recognized Ayurveda centers in and around the city and knows as the best Ayurveda treatment center in the world.

Located in the East Fort, Padmanabha Swamy Temple is one of the most popular Vishnu Temples in South India. The place holds the prestige of being counted among 108 holiest abodes of Lord Vishnu in the works of Tamil saints. The salagramams that are used to make the statue of Lord Vishnu were imported from Nepal amidst much pomp and show. The presiding deity of the temple Lord Vishnu is reclining on a large serpent that is ‘Anantha’. Stone carvings and murals adorn the temple.

Optional Activities –

  • Ayurveda Treatments & Meditation

Overnight at Kovalam (Breakfast)

Day 16 : Kovalam – Departure

On time, transfer to Trivandrum international airport to board the flight to onward journey.

 

*****************Tour concludes with many unforgettable memories*****************