Taj Mahal & Kerala Tour
Relive the rise and fall of kingdoms on a cultural journey of India on a 15-days tour to one of India’s most sought-after cultural & historical sites. Explore off-the-beaten-path wonders and world-renowned landmarks on this comprehensive experience of the Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra & Jaipur), Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and “God’s own country” - Kerala. Explore the bustling streets of Jaipur, the Pink City, and admire the view of TajMahal. Get up close with tigers at Ranthambore National Park and spot some rare bird species at Keoladeo National Park. Kerala is all about the breathtaking views of tea-plantations, well maintained national parks & wildlife sanctuaries, pristine beaches, and enchanting backwaters. From the mountains of Munnar to Periyar National Park, to the secluded beaches of Kollam, to the serene backwaters of Alleppey, this trip will blow your mind.
Day 01: Delhi
Arrive New Delhi “Namaste” Assistance on arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Delhi- Delhi as the capital of India Delhi is the seat of administration and the monuments which tell the saga of a bygone era to stand there. These icons are a testimony to the grandeur of the past and also an attraction for the tourists. With an area of 1483 sq. Kms, Delhi is all set to acquire full statehood. The charm of Delhi has attracted Emperors, Conquerors and poor in equally. It is correctly said that Delhi is a land of 'Dilwalas' or for people with heart. This phrase acquires a true color when one goes around the lanes of Delhi. Delhi-- a window to the kaleidoscope that is India. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 02: Delhi
Morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi.
Having a panoramic view of Red Fort and then visit Jama Masjid which is considered the biggest in India, Chandni Chowk - a typical Bazaar with narrow lanes and traditional traders Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of New Delhi visiting - the Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, Parliament House, and government buildings. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 03: New Delhi – Agra (210 Kms/04 Hrs)
After breakfast, check out and get driven to Agra. Reach Agra and check in the hotel. Later, visit Red Fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar in 1565, and additions were made up until the time of his grandson, Shah Jahan. It contains the hall of public and private audiences amongst many other beautiful structures; Itmad-ud-daulah, which was constructed by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628 and is very similar to the tomb she constructed for her husband, Jehangir, near Lahore in Pakistan. In the evening witness the magnificent beauty of the Taj Mahal during the sunset. Return and stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur (258 Kms/06 Hrs)
After breakfast, check out and get driven to Jaipur, the Pink City, founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the ruler of Amber. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, also known as the “Ghost City”. Its gate, Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world is the main attraction of the town. Fatehpur Sikri built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, was the old capital of the Moghuls, which was abandoned after 15 years due to the scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal & other Palaces which are still preserved in its original glory.
Continue to drive to Jaipur, upon arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 05: Jaipur
Morning visits the fabled Amber Palace. It is situated at the top of the hill overlooking the city. The Palace is laid out at different levels on the hillside and surrounded by a fortress. We also see the most beautiful and largest Sheesh-Mahal built inside. A ride on a decorated elephant to ascend the hill to the Palace is a thrilling experience for every visitor.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting the Maharaja’s City Palace, the Observatory, and the impressive Palace of Winds with the intricate façade carved out of pink sandstone. Overnight at your Hotel.
Day 6: Jaipur – Kochi by flight
This morning transfer to Jaipur airport to board the flight for tropical Kochi. Nowhere else in India could you find such an intriguing mix of giant fishing nets from China, a 400-year old synagogue, ancient mosques, Portuguese houses and the crumbling remains of the British Raj. The result is an unusual blend of medieval Netherlands, Portugal and an English village grafted onto the tropical Malabar Coast. Transfer to your hotel for check-in. Spend the evening at your leisure.
Day 9: Kochi - Munnar (132 kms/3.5 hrs)
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and head to Munnar. The rolling hills around Munnar, South India's largest tea-growing region, are carpeted in emerald green tea plantations, contoured, clipped and sculpted like ornamental hedges. Visit the Cheeyappara Waterfalls, Valara Waterfalls and a spice plantation on your way there. Reach Munnar in the evening and check into your hotel on arrival. Spend the rest of the evening as you wish.
Day 10: Munnar
After breakfast, visit the Munnar Tea Museum. The tea museum preserves the aspects of the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Kerala's mountain region. It houses curiosities, photographs, and machinery, depicting a turning point that contributed to Kerala's flourishing tea industry. Then visit Mattupetty the lush green tea plantations. The main attractions in Mattupetty are the beautiful lake, and the Mattupetty Dam, which is ideal picnic spots.
Day 11: Munnar - Periyar (85 kms/2.5 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Periyar. 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 is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India. Spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks. Reach by noon and check-in. In the afternoon, set out for local sightseeing. Enjoy the jungle tour.
Day 12: Periyar - Kollam (160 km/ 4.5 hrs)
After breakfast, check out from the hotel & head towards Kollam, the southern approach to Kerala’s backwaters. Surrounded by the calm waterways of Ashtamudi Lake and fringed with coconut palms, cashew plantations, and traditional villages, Kollam is a great place to get a feel for the backwaters without the crowds. Reach Kollam by evening and spend the rest of the time as you please.
Day 13: Kollam
After breakfast, head out for your sightseeing tour to Varkala Beach. Varkala is an amazing place where you see the sea coast along with cliffs. There are numerous water spouts and spas on the sides of these cliffs. Varkala Beach is a haven for sunbathing and swimming. In the afternoon, return to Kollam and visit the Thangassery Light House & Kollam Beach. Spend the evening at your leisure.
Day 14: Kollam - Alleppey (85 kms/2.5 hrs)
After breakfast, check out from your hotel & head towards Alleppey (Alappuzha). Welcome to the “Venice of the East” – Alleppey, world famous for its vast mesmerizing backwaters. Reach Alleppey by noon. Check into your luxury houseboat. Then, have lunch on the houseboat. Go on a boat cruise through the magnificent Vembanad Lake for an unforgettable experience of backwater cruising. Have dinner on the houseboat in Alleppey.
Day 15: Alleppey - Kochi (Farewell, India!) (53 kms/ 1.5 hrs)
Check out from the houseboat after breakfast and transfer to Kochi International Airport to board your flight to back home.
For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.
Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.