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|Cities||No. Of Nights||Sightseeing & Attractions|
|Mumbai||2||Gate way of India | Elephanta Island | Mumbai city tour|
|Goa||2||Goa city tour | Goa Beach|
|Cochin||2||Mattencherry Synagogue | Cheri Beach | India Portuguese Museum | Dutch Palace|
|Thekkady||2||Tour of Thekkady | Boat ride for wildlife viewing on Lake Periyar in Kerala|
|Bangalore||2||Iskon, Prasanna Anjaneya Temple, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetorium, Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain, Cubbon Park, Vidhanasoudha, Vishveshwarayya museum, Lalbagh,Banashankari Temple, Dodda Basavanna Temple,Gavigangadareshwara Temple , Tippu Palace.|
|Jaipur||2||City Palace | Hawa Mahal | Amber Fort|
|Agra||2||Taj Mahal | Fatehpur Sikri|
|Delhi||3||Qutab Minar | Jama Masjid | Red Fort | Rajghat | India gate | Gandhi Memorial | Rashtrapati Bhawan | Humayun’s Tomb | Rikshaw ride in Old Delhi|
Your exotic journey to India begins this evening as you depart from USA.
Traditional welcome on arrival at Mumbai (India) airport by Visit India Trip executive and transferred by air-conditioned Vehicle to hotel for overnight stay. Mumbai is the business capital of India. India is a land of wonders, love and ancient temple cities, where love letters are written on stone. Once you are touched by the magic of India, it’s hard to stop. India is a country steeped in history, diverse in landscape and abundant in just about every form of culture. India is beautiful, grand, fascinating and so full of life, energy and color that you can never visit it just once.”
You are assisted with your checkout from your hotel and then begin your exploration of India with a guided city tour of Mumbai. The tour begins at the city’s signature landmark, The Gateway of India, situated overlooking Mumbai’s harbor. This structure was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai. Drive around Horniman Circle and visit the Town Hall, right beside the docks of Mumbai, and the Victoria Terminus (now known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus). It is India’s finest example of Gothic architecture and one of the world’s busiest railway stations. Next you will Visit the Prince of Wales Museum, built to commemorate King George V’s first visit to India in 1905. Designed in the Indo-Saracenic style, the museum has sections of art, paintings, archeological exhibits and natural history.
There is a break for lunch. The tour then takes a drive through the Flora Fountain and Fort area where you can view the impressive Gothic and Victorian buildings that were constructed during the British Raj.
We visit Malabar Hill where the hanging gardens give a panoramic view of the city and the Queen’s Necklace (Marine Drive). The tour ends with a visit to the famous Dhobi Ghat where you can observe the age old tradition of the Dhobis doing Mumbai’s laundry!
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel. Goa, a state on India’s West coast, is a former Portuguese colony with a rich history. Spread over 3,700 square kilometers. It has a unique mix of Indian and Portuguese cultures and architecture that attracts an estimated 2.5 million visitors each year (including about 400,000 foreign tourists). (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
You are assisted with your checkout from your hotel and then you be driven to Aurangabad airport in time to board your flight to Cochin. Upon arrival check into hotel.
Evening Kathkali Dance: Evening we will visit the Kathkali Dance. Kathkali dance is the one of most famous dance performance. Kathakali draws its theme from the wealth of Indian mythology and folklore. Expressions of face and eyes hold the key to perfection. Unique among the Indian dance forms, Kathakali ranks high among the Indian dance forms. Noted for its archaic costumes, weird make up, the elaborately painted faces often mistaken for masks and grand headgears, Kathakali is perhaps the only dance form in India in which the masculine aspect of the dance is preserved in its elemental vigor. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Your guide will pick you up from your accommodation for your private tour of Kochi. Kochi – which is also known as the Queen of Arabian Sea is a perfect blend of natural beauty and history! It’s a place where history stands tall amongst the sea and greenery. Out of all the places you will see here; the most admirable is the Jewish Synagogue. Also known as Mattancherry Synagogue, it was built by Jews. What is attractive here is the Glass work, Chinese titles, Belgian Chandeliers and the wall paintings.
The second place you will visit is the Dutch Palace built by Portuguese in 1557, as a gift to the then King. A 2 story building, it has a central courtyard and a number of temples inside it. Nearby are the Santa Cruz Basilia and St. Francis Church. After visiting these, we shall take you to a beautiful restaurant to have a sumptuous South Indian Lunch.
After lunch we will move on to see the Indian Portugese Museum, established by Dr. Kurtheera. It has got 5 sections including Altar, Treasure, Procession, Civil Life and Cathedral.
In the evening we shall take you to Cherai Beach. (Enroute we will pass by the Cochin harbor. Here you can see hundreds of ships fastened in all colors and sizes). It is one of the most alluring beaches of Cochin. It also happens to be the longest beach of Cochin.
For dinner we shall take you to a beachside restaurant where you can again enjoy the delicacies of Cochin amidst the low lights which fall on the waters of the sea. You can also sit by the sea shore and enjoy the stars and the moon as they show their play in the sky. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
You’ll be picked up in the morning from your Cochin hotel for the drive to Alleppey. Alleppey is situated between the Arabian Sea and the web of rivers flowing into it. On arrival, you’ll check in to your houseboat accommodation.You’ll discover a landscape of coconut palms, Chinese fishing nets, and paddy fields. The enviably slow pace of the life on the lagoon features a tranquility that is broken only by the echoing calls of the migratory birds. This part of the southern Indian state of Kerala is the only place in the world other than Holland where rice is cultivated well under the sea level.Your houseboat is a country-made craft that provides comfort as you cruise the scenic Kerala backwaters. These huge boats that are made from eco-friendly materials such as local wood and rope, and were originally designed to carry farm produce such as rice along the waterways.Enjoy the delicious foods that are specially prepared for you from rich, locally grown spices and vegetables. Sit back and relax while the boat cruises through the narrow canals of Alleppey and enjoy nature at its best.
You’ll be served coffee or tea with snacks on board the houseboat. As the evening arrives, the houseboat will stop for the night in the lake. Enjoy a traditional dinner on the houseboat, and overnight on board. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Start your day with a drive up to Lake Periyar and embark on a lake cruise on the Lake Periyar. The scenery is both gorgeous and surreal, as ancient tree stumps still protrude from the waters of the 26-square-kilometer lake.
There is a break for lunch at your nature resort.
Afternoon – You can choose to enjoy your scenic pastoral resort and its surroundings this afternoon, or you can opt to visit Elephant Junction.
Upon request you can spend time with the chefs who will give you insights into the preparation of the delightful local cuisine that they offer. There is also a great Ayurvedic Spa that you can try – advance reservations are recommended.
If you choose the Elephant Junction option (no charge), you will get a couple of hours where you can mingle with the trainers and other staff as they go about their daily business. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today we proceed to Kochi Airport for flight to Bangalore. Arrive Bangalore check in hotel and rest of day at Leisure. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast we proceed to Bangalore city tour and will cover important sight-seeing places : Iskon, Prasanna Anjaneya Temple, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetorium, Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain, Cubbon Park, Vidhanasoudha, Vishveshwarayya museum, Lalbagh, Banashankari Temple, Dodda Basavanna Temple, Gavigangadareshwara Temple , Tippu Palace. (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)
Transfer to Bangalore airport for flight to Jaipur. Rest of the day at leisure. Jaipur is the largest city in Rajasthan and was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh as India’s first planned city. Jaipur is a major tourist attraction amongst international travelers. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today your guide will pick you up from your hotel for a private tour of Jaipur. The Pink City of Jaipur is a charming place, which dazzles the eye of a tourist with several architectural landmarks, stylish monuments, palaces, museums, wide avenues and colorful bazaars. Though less than 300 years old, the city is already full of mysteries and legends. Jaipur is surrounded by hilltop forts such as Amber Fort, Jaigarh and Nahargarh. Enjoy your wonderful discovery of the unparalleled beauty of Jaipur.
Amber Fort – Proceed for a morning excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride ascent to the fort. Perched on a hill some 11km from Jaipur, and nestling among the Aravalli Hills, is the historic fort-palace of Amber. Set in a picturesque background, the splendid Amber Fort (Jaigarh) was built in 1600 by Raja Man Singh, commander-in-chief of the Mughal army during Akbar’s reign and certainly one the greatest general of medieval India. The fort also made the headlines after Independence when it was supposed to be the most likely hiding place of the Kuchwahas’ famous lost treasure.
City Palace-Conceived and designed by Jai Singh, the City palace is a fine blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. One of the most important architectural landmarks in Jaipur, this he palace complex has numerous buildings, courtyards, impressive gateways and temples. The palace houses Sawai Jai Singh’s seven-storey facade Chandra Mahal (“moon palace”), solid marble Mubarak Mahal, the Diwan-e-Aam and Diwan-e-Khas (the Hall of Private Audience). Chandra Mahal is still the residence of the present royal family.
Hawa Mahal– Arguably Jaipur’s most acclaimed landmark, the tapering Hawa Mahal, or “Palace of Winds” was built in 1799 to enable the ladies of the royal household to watch street processions while remaining in a strict state of purdah. Its five-storey facade, decked with no less than 593 finely screened windows and balconies, makes the building seem far larger than it really is; in fact it is little more than one room thick in most parts.
Jantar Mantar: Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar (Astronomical Observatory), a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja Jai Singh II at his then new capital of Jaipur between 1727 and 1733. The observatory instruments are in most cases huge structures, built on such scale so that accuracy of readings can be obtained.
Jal Mahal (Water Palace), a five-story sandstone palace partially submerged in the middle of a lake. Stroll the rooftop gardens as the sun sets over the lake. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast we proceed to Agra by Road. Check in hotel and in the evening, we will visit the Moonlight Garden also known as Mehtab Bagh. The places are situated on the opposite side of the Yamuna River. The Garden was built by the Emperor Babur. This is the best place to visit the Taj Mahal across the Yamuna River. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Morning we will visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Taj Mahal is UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the world, Taj Mahal enthralls visitors with its shimmering beauty. Today your guide will pick you up from your hotel for a private tour of Taj Mahal, the most beautiful monument built by the Mughals, the Muslim rulers of India. TAJ MAHAL– Described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love, it was constructed by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his queen Mumtaz Mahal and was made out of white marble took 22 years to complete (1630-1652 AD). On full moon nights, the glory of the Taj is at its best to witness. Over the centuries, the Taj has attracted more visitors than perhaps any other Monuments in the country. What makes the Taj unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day and glows like a pearl in the moonlight and during the monsoon.
Agra Fort – lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.
Itmad-ul-Daula, Situated 4 km North of the Taj, on the left bank of the Yamuna, is the perfectly proportioned marble mausoleum Itmad-ud-Daulah. Noor Jehan constructed this splendid marble monument in her father’s memory. This double storied marble tomb is replete with mosaic, inlaid with semi-precious stones. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast we proceed to Delhi by Road. Check in hotel and rest of day at Leisure. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today we will go for a full day a guided tour of the historic city of Delhi. The city where one can experience the influence of the many rulers who ruled this region, a city built and destroyed and re-built over seven times. We visit following places.
Jama Masjid – one of the Asia’s largest mosque, cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Old Delhi passing through Chandni Chowk, Chawri Bazaar etc, Humanyun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar – the 73m tall minaret, India Gate war memorial, President’s House and drive through Connaught Place.
India Gate: The India Gate is situated in the heart of New Delhi. The India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Built in 1931, it commemorates the 90,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who lost their lives while fighting for the Indian Empire, or more correctly the British Raj, in World War I and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today we visit following places:
Gandi Memorial: The former residence of Indira Gandhi is now a museum, displaying photos and newspaper clippings, as well as personal belongings. One can also see the collection of the personal moments of the Nehru-Gandhi family. Rajghat: Raj Ghat is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, which was originally the name of a historic ghat of Old Delhi on the banks of river Yamuna. The memorial was designed by Vanu G. Bhuta, reflecting the simplicity of Mahatma Gandhi’s life. The design had the black marble slab surrounded by red earth.
Qutub Minar: Qutub Minar, today, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delhi was constructed with red sandstone and marble. It is the tallest minaret in India with a height of 72.5 meters (237.8 ft). The Construction was commenced by Qutub-ud-din Aibak in 1192, but completed by Iltutmish.
The Highlight of the Tour: The Highlight of the tour is the Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi. We will pass through the Chandni Chowk by the Rickshaw. The rickshaw pullers here take you on a ride through various routes. The Rickshaw ride gives you a chance to glance at the colorful street of the place. Chandni Chowk is very colorful & you will find the hustle and bustle market. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)