Note: Taj Mahal remains closed on Friday
Highlights: Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Cochin - Periyar - Kumarakom - Backwaters
Other Departures: Manchester - £5035, Birmingham - £5035, Glasgow - £5085
Delhi - The Oberoi Gurgoan
Agra - The Oberoi Amarvilas
Jaipur - The Oberoi Rajvilas
Cochin - Vivanta by Taj Malabar
Periyar - Spice Village
Kumarakom - Kumarakom Lake Resort
Backwaters - Houseboat
Day 0: London Heathrow to Dubai
Day 1: Dubai to Delhi
09:10 hrs: Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at hotel
Day 2: Delhi
Full day sightseeing tour of Delhi. You will get a feel for this city as you explore its historic sights. Raj Ghat which is located on the banks of the river Yamuna, This is Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial, where he was cremated following his assassination in January 1948. Opposite the Red Fort lies Jama Masjid made of red sandstone and white marble, completed in 1656. It is India’s largest mosque. Explore the bustling cultural delight of the colourful market on the 'cycle rickshaw' for a unique experience from the Red Fort, through "Chandni Chowk" or Silver Street, experiencing the sights and sounds of this very busy avenue-heading west from the Fort. You will take a view of Red Fort – the 17th century imposing fortress built in red sandstone is surrounded by a huge boundary wall 33m high. Inside are exquisite palaces and beautiful gardens.
Afternoon you will head into New Delhi, visiting Humayun’s Tomb, an impressive garden tomb with high arches and a double dome, built by his wife Haji Begum in the 16th Century. An early example of Mughal architecture considered the predecessor of the Taj Mahal. Then continue on to the wonderful Qutab Minar - the landmark of Delhi, the beautiful grounds feature the well preserve a huge tower of victory standing over 72 meters. You will drive on to Rajpath and through to India Gate and the Lutyens Delhi with its tree lined boulevards leading to the British Viceroy’s Palace (Rashtrapati Bhavan) now the official residence of the President of India, the Secretariat, India Gate and Parliament House.
Day 3: Delhi to Agra by surface, 210 Kms/ 4 Hrs
Drive to Agra.
Upon arrival at Agra, check in at your hotel
Afternoon enjoy visiting the world famous Taj Mahal (closed on Friday) The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631, built one of the world’s most famous buildings, the ‘Taj Mahal’. Its perfect proportions and exquisite craftsmanship have been described as ‘a vision, a dream, a poem, and a wonder’. visit the 16th century Agra fort. This commanding red sandstone monument stretches 2.5 kilometres along the banks of River Yamuna, encompasses serene gardens and terrace pavilions, with striking views providing glimpse of the magnificent Taj Mahal across the river. and Tomb of Itmad-ud- Daulah also called as Baby Taj
Day 4: Agra to Jaipur by surface, 265 kms, 6 ½ Hrs
Drive to Jaipur, en route visit Fatehpur Sikri - the imperial ruins of the dream capital city of the Great Mughal Emperor - Akbar.
you will continue drive to Jaipur, the famed ‘Pink City’ and the capital of Rajasthan known for its palaces, three hill forts and a shopper’s paradise.
Upon arrival at Jaipur, check in at hotel
Evening at leisure to explore colourful bazaar
Overnight stay at hotel
Day 5: Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber - capital of the old state of Dhundhar, located on the rugged hills that surround Jaipur. Ride the colourfully painted elephants up the hill, admire the massive gateways, courts, stairways, pillared pavilions and palaces that recall the glory and wealth of Amber’s association with the Mughals. During the afternoon visit the City Palace (still houses the erstwhile Royal family); Jantar Mantar - the Royal Observatory and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - built for the royal ladies to watch the activities on the market street below without being observed themselves.
Overnight stay at hotel
Day 6: Jaipur to Delhi by surface, 258 kms / 6 Hrs
After breakfast drive to Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi, check in at hotel
Overnight stay at hotel
Day 7: Delhi to Cochin
Transfer from hotel to Cochin airport in time to board flight for Cochin
09:50 hrs: Arrive Cochin.
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel
Afternoon proceed to city tour of Cochin visiting the Dutch Palace (Closed on Friday) – The place has a fine collection of mural paintings depicting the scenes from the Hindu epics Mahabharata & Ramayana, Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Friday & Saturday) – the oldest synagogue in the world is magnificently decorated by Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers, was built in 1568. St. Francis Church: is the oldest church built by Europeans in India & Huge, elegant Chinese fishing nets that line the tip of Fort Kochi.
In the evening enjoy a Kathakali dance show.
Day 8:Cochin to Thekkady (Periyar), 195 Km/5 hrs
Today morning take a scenic drive through tea and spice plantations and blue hills and arrive at Periyar for a 2-night stay
Day 9: Thekkady (Periyar)
During the morning take a two-hour boat safari on the mist-shrouded lake, which offers excellent opportunities for spotting wildlife, especially herds of elephants.
Afternoon visit the tea, cardamom, pepper and coffee plantations that surround the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Day 10: Thekkady to Kumarakom, 140 Km/5 hrs
You’ll leave just after breakfast, driving back down to the coast and the melodically named town of Kumarakom on the banks of lake Vembanad.
Evening finds you on a sunset cruise on the lake, in a converted rice boat, adrift to a flute accompaniment.
Day 11: Kumarakom
Day at leisure to relax at the resort. The resort offers comfortable accommodation and exclusive leisure options like Ayurvedic message, yoga, meditation, boating, fishing, angling and swimming or a cruise along the Vembanad Lake to experience the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.
Day 12: Kumarakom to Alleppey (House boat)
The Kerala backwaters consist of a complex network of lagoons, lakes, and canals. These are best experienced while slowly punting down the labyrinth of canals in a traditional thatch-roofed houseboat, known as ‘kettuvallam’. Embark on your houseboat, a renovated cargo boat with either one or two bedrooms, kitchenette and all modern conveniences. A 3 member crew will cater for your comforts and meals. See life on the banks, lush green rice fields, and coconut groves with occasional temple or church as you cruise through the canals. An experience you will savour for a long time.
Day 13: Alleppey to Cochin by surface
Cochin to Dubai
Dubai to London Heathrow
Transfer to Cochin airport to board your to London Heathrow via Dubai
- Flights from London with Emirates
- Airport taxes
- 11 Nights Accommodation on Bed & Breakfast basis
- 1 Night on full board basis at Houseboat
- All transfers, sightseeing and excursions by private air conditioned car
- Entrance fees to the monuments
- Services of local English speaking Guide
- Cycle Rickshaw ride at Old Delhi
- Jeep ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur
- Kathakali dance show in Cochin
- Boat ride at Lake Periyar
- Bed & Breakfast