Tranquilizing North and South India

13 Nights / 14 days

Overview

This extensive itinerary aims to explore the essence of North and South India, highlighting the rich diversity of languages, religions, cultural identities and landscapes. It is an opportunity to see the fascinating, decadent and passionate world of the Mughals, Maharajas, some of the world’s best architecture, stunning wildlife, backwater and charming beach. The tour takes you to the Capital city of India “Delhi” to explore its beautiful monuments and vibrant markets and then visit the Incredible Taj Mahal – the symbol of eternal love and several other Mughal structures and gardens that render the city an old-world charm . Proceed for the Pink City of Jaipur . Flying from Jaipur we visit the Queen of the Arabian Sea and Kerala`s major port – Cochin with superb harbour views and then to Periyar, known for its wild life sanctuary. Then we go to the Alleppey jetty to board our overnight experience on traditional rice barge or the backwater house boat and cruise along the tranquil backwater canals for their mesmerizing and alluring charms spread across the whole area and finally unwinding in Kovalam Beach relaxing .

Highlights

  • Akshardham Temple
  • Sunrise Yoga Session for 1 Hour
  • Taj Mahal Sunrise visit
  • Visit to Chand Baori Step well
  • Heritage Walking Tour
  • Traditional Dance Show – Kathakali
  • 2 Hours Cochin Sunset Harbour Cruise
  • Boat Ride on Lake Periyar
  • Gavi Jeep Safari
  • Cruise through Backwaters of Kerala
  • Kerala Traditional Meals on House Boat
  • Beaches of Kovalam

New Delhi

Agra

Jaipur

Cochin

Periyar

Alleppey

Kovalam

Tour Route

2 Nights

Delhi

2 Nights

1 Night

Agra

1 Night

2 Nights

Jaipur

2 Nights

2 Nights

Cochin

2 Nights

2 Nights

Periyar

2 Nights

1 Night

House Boat (Alleppey)

1 Night

3 Nights

Kovalam

3 Nights

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14

Arrive Delhi

Today you are met at the Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3 by our guest relation executive with your name placard who would assist you to the Car and then transfer you to your pre booked Hotel

The capital of India, Delhi has been continuously inhabited since the 6th century BC and has served as a capital of various kingdoms and empires throughout its history.Delhi is a city with a historic old Delhi and the modern New Delhi. From historical monuments to crowded shopping malls, from an extensive network of the modern metro system to TukTuk Rides, Dilli has multiple personalities and is considered to be the city with a heart.

Evening Visit the Akshardham Temple and enjoy the Musical Fountain Show
Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi epitomises 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. It sits near the banks of the Yamuna in eastern New Delhi. For the first time ever in the world witness the heritage of India in all its facets, insights and beauty at the Swaminarayan Akshardham through its mandir, exhibitions, verdant gardens and other attractions. Explore Hindu values and traditions through a variety of media, from a large format film to a multimedia water show.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Delhi

Delhi

Morning do Sunrise Yoga Session for 1 Hour in Lodhi Gardens
This yoga and meditation experience at Lodi Gardens offers travelers the perfect way to unwind, reflect and just breathe. Then sit among the quiet grounds and lush greenery of Lodi Garden, where you'll meditate under the guidance of an expert teacher and develop an inner state of calm to carry with you through the chaotic city.

Later Proceed on a Private Guided full day city tour of New and Old Delhi visiting Qutab Minar - which is the tallest brick minaret in the world, Humayun's Tomb - This tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, India Gate – a war memorial which was built to salute the brave Indian soldiers of the British Army who lost their lives in World War 1, Rastrapati Bhawan or the President’s House and the Parliament Street where you can see various government buildings, Raj Ghat the cremation place of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, the Red Fort, a perfect example of Mughal architecture built by Emperor Shah Jahan between 1639 and 1648, Jama Masjid one of the largest mosques in India. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1650 and 1656 at a cost of one million rupees, and was inaugurated by Imam Syed Abdul Ghafoor Shah Bukhari from Bukhara, present-day Uzbekistan and cycle rickshaw ride into the narrow streets of Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest market of Asia full of spices, dried fruit, silver jewellery and vivid saris, while the narrow side streets are crowded with tiny shops selling essential oils, stationery and traditional Indian sweets

After the city tour you return back to the hotel and relax.

Overnight Stay at the Hotel in Delhi

Delhi – Agra (By Private Vehicle 204 Kms, 4 ½ Hrs Drive)

Breakfast in the Hotel and Check Out

Later depart by Private Vehicle for Agra. The capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th and 17th centuries, Agra is home to three UNESCO world heritage sites: the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and the ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri; all of which are legacies from Mughal times.

Upon arrival in Agra check in at your pre booked Hotel

Afternoon proceed on a Private Guided city tour of visiting Agra Fort - built near the gardens of the Taj Mahal stands the important 16th-century Mughal monument. Agra Fort was also the headquarters for the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, Itmad-Ud-Daulah a beautiful tomb built of red sandstone in the memory of architect of the Taj Mahal

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Agra

Agra – Jaipur (By Private Vehicle 250 Kms, 5-6 Hrs Drive) Via Fatehpursikri & Abhaneri Village

Very early morning visit the Famous Taj Mahal at Sunrise a fine example of the Mughal Architectural Styles is one of the seven Wonders of the Modern World. Built in 1652 by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal was built in white marble which took 22 Years to build by 20,000 skilled artisans. The Building’s stupendous scale, flawless symmetry, translucent white marble and shimmering reflection in the water channel are truly breathtaking

After viewing Taj Mahal we return to hotel for breakfast

Breakfast in the Hotel and Check Out

Later depart by Private Vehicle for Jaipur. The famous walled capital city of Rajasthan. Jaipur has been fondly known as the “Pink City” since it was painted pink in 1876 as a sign of the people's hospitality towards the visiting Queen Victoria of England and the Prince of Wales.

Enroute visit to the Fatehpur Sikri which is a world heritage site and was built by Akbar. It boasts of several palaces, Masjid’s and large halls which denote typical Mughal architecture and also Enroute visit to Abhaneri village -It is situated at a distance of 95 km from Jaipur, on the Jaipur-Agra road. The place is popular for the Chand BaoriStepwell .It consists of 3,500 narrow steps over 13 stories. It extends approximately 100 ft into the ground making it one of the deepest and largest stepwells in India. Upon arrival in Jaipur check in at your pre booked Hotel

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Jaipur

Jaipur

Return to Hotel and Have Breakfast in the Hotel

Later proceed for a Private guided city tour of Jaipur visiting Amber Fort in the Aravali Hills, which is a super example of Rajput (medieval Hindu) style Architecture. Visit the Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors in the Fort. We take the Jeep or the Elephant to reach the entrance to the Amber Fort. Your Guide will then continue the tour of Jaipur with the visit to the Jal Mahal a palace in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city. Then our guide takes us to the City Palace and Observatory. The City Palace in the heart of the old city is a blend of Rajasthan and Mughal architecture, the complex has a variety of courtyards, gardens and buildings. The Palace of Winds – Also known as Hawa Mahal, a five-storied structure of pink sandstone has semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main Street of the old city. It was originally built to enable the ladies of the Royal household to watch everyday life.

Later proceed for a Heritage Walking Tour to Explore the Old City of Jaipur
There is no better way to understand a destination than to meet the locals,. Walk through the lanes of the old city and to see traditional craft surviving the harsh winds of the modernity. On this walk we will take you in to narrow lane to introduce you to the culture of this splendid city, explain you about the other side of culture beyond the concrete structures and allow you to absorb each of its splendors. This beautiful walled city of Jaipur has lot more to offer the tourists other than its famous monuments. The city was divided into Nine Chowkaris or blocks, intersecting by the main streets and lanes, surrounded by a crenellated wall and pierced by seven gates. Living in this beautiful walled city gave us an opportunity to showcase other beautiful and interesting parts of this city and reveal its hidden secrets.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Jaipur

Jaipur – Mumbai – Cochin(By Flight)

Breakfast in the Hotel and Check Out

Our guest relation executive will transfer you to Jaipur Airport to board Flight for Mumbai. Upon arrival in Mumbai Airport you connect onward Flight for Cochin. Upon arrival in Cochin Airport you are met by our executive and transferred to your pre booked Hotel

Cochin is a major Kerala gateway with its local architecture and culture, while influxes of Jewish and Arab settlers have added another intriguing dimension. The historic Fort and Palace with superb harbour views combines colonial elegance and modern comfort and makes the perfect base from which to explore the city. The city is called as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, the city is the financial, commercial and industrial capital of Kerala.

Evening Enjoy a two hours boat cruise during sunset in the Cochin Harbor with spectacular views of the Marine Drive and Bolgatty Island. See the sunset from the boat where the Kochi Lagoon opens out into the Arabian Sea.

Overnight Stay at the Hotel in Cochin

Cochin

Morning Breakfast in the Hotel

Later proceed for city tour of Cochin visiting Mattancherry Palace also known as the Dutch Palace. This palace is also famous for depicting Kerala mural paintings. The palace is built in the traditional style of Kerala architecture. Jewish Synagogue Also known as Paradesi Synagogue. It is the oldest synagogue in the entire Commonwealth of Nations and was built in 1568 by the Malabar Yehudan people or Cochin Jewish community in the Kingdom of Cochin.
Chinese Fishing Nets are the most iconic and popular attractions of Kerala peculiar to Kochi located next to Fort Kochi. One of the significant cultural symbols of Kerala, the spot is also one of the most photographed places in all of town, attracting hordes of tourists and photographers on an everyday basis. The image of the beautifully silhouetted fishing nets against the backdrop of clear waters at sunset is really appeasing and makes up for a breathtakingly beautiful sight.
St. Francis Church is the oldest European church in India. The great Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama who discovered the sea route from Europe to India died in Kochi. His body was buried in this church.

In the Evening enjoy Kathakali Dance - The Traditional Dance show in local theatre. Kathakali is one of the oldest theatre forms in the world. It originated in the area of southwestern India now known as the state of Kerala. Kathakali is a group presentation, in which dancers take various roles in performances traditionally based on themes from Hindu mythology, especially the two epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Cochin

Cochin – Periyar (By Private Vehicle 185Kms 4 ½ Hrs Drive)

Breakfast in the Hotel and Check Out

Later depart by Private Vehicle for Periyar (Thekkady), Also known as Thekkady. It is a National Park and one of the Tiger Reserves in India. Upon arrival in Periyar check in at your pre booked Hotel.

Afternoon take a Boat Ride on Lake Periyar in Common Boat to explore the Wild Life.
Periyar Lake boating experience is one of unique among all boating while in Kerala. Here the steamer will take you to the ride inside the lake where you can see lots of birds and other species in nearby Periyar park.

Then visit to spice plantation. As you take a walk along the streets of Kumily or the winding pathways among the plantations, the thing that strikes you first is the lingering aroma in the air. The scent may be of cloves, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon or cardamom and sometimes a fragrance that combines the scents of two or more spices. The geographical and climatic peculiarities of Kumily such as the cool climate and its elevation from the sea level make it ideal for spice cultivation.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Periyar

Periyar

Morning Breakfast in the Hotel

Full Day Jeep Safari in Periyar (Breakfast, lunch, evening tea snacks, trekking, jeep safari, pedal boating included)

Gavi Jeep Safari is conducting by the KTDC and it starts by 05:30 AM and ends at 05:00 PM only. Gavi is an eco-tourist spot in Kerala which has widely become popular after 'Alistair International' the world acclaimed tourism major listed it among the leading eco-tourism centres and one of the must-see places in India. A must visit place for all nature lovers as Gavi is preserved in its natural scenic beauty untainted by the mighty hands of modernity. Gavi is mainly known for its wildlife. Endangered species including the NilgiriTahr and Lion-tailed macaque are often sighted at the outskirts of Gavi. Kerala’s very own treasure elephants can be sighted abundantly. If you are the bird watcher, Gavi is the place for you. With more than 260 species of birds including the great pied hornbill, woodpecker, and kingfishers, Gavi is a heaven for birdwatchers. A splendid spot to be visited at least once for all those who love nature.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Periyar

Periyar – Alleppey (By Private Vehicle 145 Kms 3 ½ Hrs Drive)

Breakfast in the Hotel and Checkout

Later you are transferred to Alleppey Jetty to board House Boat floating on the Kerala backwaters. Cruise through the back waters and palm fringed waterways and you would be able to breeze past the water lilies, lush paddy fields, coir villages, rustic homes, temples and coconut groves.
Houseboat starts at around 12pm. After introductions and a welcome drink cruise along the lakes and canals for an hour or two before docking the boat at a beautiful spot for lunch. Here your crew will prepare delicious Keralite meals from freshly brought vegetables from the market.
After lunch, you will set away again for an afternoon of cruising covering the Pallathuruthy river, Pukaitha river and Pullangady for sightseeing or photo sessions and maybe stopping at a local village or going for a canoe ride. The boat will dock overnight at around 5:30pm (overnight cruising is not permitted) just before the sun goes down, which makes for the perfect time for a walk along the banks by the rice paddies before dinner. (Delicious Traditional Kerala Meals Lunch and Dinner included)
Overnight stay at the House Boat

House Boat disembark at Alleppey & Alleppey – Kovalam (By Private Vehicle 175 Kms 5 Hrs Drive)

Breakfast in the Houseboat

Later Houseboat disembarks at Alleppey at 09:30 Hrs and you will be picked up from Jetty point and proceed for Kovalam.

Kovalam - A beach town on the Arabian Sea in southern India, Kovalam features three spectacular crescent beaches. The most popular and largest beach is Lighthouse Beach, aptly named for its 30-metre lighthouse, which features a stunning site - the Vizhinjam mosque. For a less crowded beach, visit Samudra Beach, with ample coconut trees and great views of the local fishermen at work. Kovalam is a beach resort in Kerala as there are many beautiful beaches. Famous for its three adjacent crescent-shaped shallow water and low tidal beaches, Kovalam is dotted with resorts and ayurvedic massage centres.

Upon arrival in Kovalam check in at your pre booked Hotel.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kovalam

Kovalam

Breakfast in the Hotel

Day at leisure to explore your own to enjoy sun bath or hang around in the beach area.
Optional you can go for an Ayurvedic center to enjoy some great time with complete
relaxation through body massage

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kovalam

Kovalam

Breakfast in the Hotel

Day at leisure to explore your own to enjoy sun bath or hang around in the beach area.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kovalam

Kovalam – Trivandrum (By Private Vehicle 20 Kms ½ Hrs Drive)

Breakfast in the Hotel and Check Out

Our executive would assist you and transfer you to the Trivandrum International Airport to board Flight for Onward Journey

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Pricing*

– £2185 / $2995 per person for a minimum of 2 travellers on a twin or double sharing basis.
– £750 / $1035 for single room supplement.

Price valid till 30th April 2023 & based in Standard Hotels.

Included

  • Accommodation on Twin / Double Sharing basis
  • Houseboat on Full Board basis
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Private Transfers
  • City Sightseeing
  • Air Conditioned Private Car with Driver
  • Local English Speaking Guide
  • Entrances to Monuments
  • Domestic Flight as per Program
  • GST

Not Included

  • International Flight
  • Insurance
  • Expenses of Personal nature
  • Meals -Lunch and Dinner (except Houseboat)
  • Camera and Video charges
  • Tips
  • Visa Charges

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  1. Prices applicable for standard hotels, luxury accommodations available on request.
  2. Prices valid upto 30th April 2023.
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