Enjoy this alluring introduction to India as we visit the spectacular Taj Mahal at sunset reflecting the rays of sun explore a hilltop fortress and discover the world heritage monuments of Delhi in the north. In the south of the country, we cherish jungle treks, curry lessons and cruising along the backwaters on a houseboat in tropical Kerala. After this active adventure, we travel to the coast to relax on sandy beaches.
Our trips begin with traveling to Agra where red fort and Magnificent Taj Mahal are cynosure of each tourist. Before heading to Pink City, we stop by Bharatpur where rickshaw ride amidst the park allows us to capture in camera different species of birds even migratory. Arrival in enthralling and historical capital city of Rajasthan is easily observed when we see all the building painted in Pink Colour. From here, we fly down to Cochin to explore the south of India. Visit of Cochin reminds us of the colonial past as we could see the Jewish Synagogue and church which are still intact. Traveling to Periyar ia similar to immerging in the nature’s bounty, with great scenic charm and rich bio diversity. Moving on to the next destination – Mancombu, it is a place far away from hustle – bustle of city offer tranquility. Before we could relax in resort situated in Mararikulam, we spent one night aboard the houseboat cruising in backwaters. Our tour concludes in Cochin.
- Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal and exotic palaces of Jaipur
- Alleppey - Float through the backwaters and sleep on a traditional boat
- Periyar National Park - Look out for monkey, deer and porcupine on a walk
through the park
- Beaches - Relax on the beaches at Mararikulam
Day 2Drive to Agra and Agra sightseeing
Delhi - Agra
After the breakfast, we will drive towards Agra, around 4 hrs drive (Famous for many splendid Mughal era buildings) and known as city of Taj Mahal. The city was first mentioned in the Indian epic Mahabharata, where it was called Agrevana (meaning “the border of the forest”). Although Agra’s history is mainly associated with Mughal Empire, the place was established much before it and has linkage since Mahabharata period. The golden age of the city began with the Mughals. It was known then as Akbarabad and remained the capital of the Mughal Empire.
Upon arrival at our hotel, we will check in and relax. Later, we will go out to visit the Agra Fort, a historical fort in the city of Agra in India and it was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty till 1638, when Mughal capital was shifted from Agra to Red Fort in Delhi. In the late afternoon, we will have an opportunity to visit the Taj Mahal“ the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage, from centuries Taj Mahal became the symbol of love and beauty. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 3Drive to Jaipur en-route visit Keoladeo Ghana National Park
Agra - Bharatpur
After the breakfast, we will drive to Jaipur, a capital of Rajasthan and known as “Pink City”. En-route, we will visit the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. Over 230 species of birds are known to be resident. It is also a major tourist centre with score of ornithologists arriving here in the hibernal season. It was declared the protected sanctuary in 1971 and also a world heritage site. We will be taken on bird watching tour by Cycle Rickshaw and hope to see some of the 366 bird species, 379 floral species, 50 species of fish, 5 species of snakes and 7 species of turtle.
Bharatpur - Jaipur
Later, we will head towards the pink city Jaipur. It is called as pink city owing to its pink colored buildings. Being a vibrant city of Rajasthan, it is widely known for its fort and palaces. Jaipur was founded in 1726 by Maharaja Jai Singh II, the king of Amer who ruled from 1688 to 1758. The city was planned according to Indian Vastu Shastra by Vidhyadhar Bhattacharya in 1727. Upon arrival at Jaipur, we will check in to our hotel and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4Jaipur Full Day Sightseeing
After the breakfast, we drive to the ancient capital of Amer, 11 km from Jaipur. Famous for its massive Amber(amer) Fort, Amer was the ancient capital of Kachwaha dynasty for 6 centuries. We take an Elephant ride (Optional), an experience to remember for a long time, to reach the Fort situated on the hill. Having appreciated its beauty and captured that in our cameras we visit City Palace Jaipur, a perfect blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Next, we visit Jantar Mantar, a Solar Observatory built in the 18th century; an astronomical treasure house that measures time according to the movement of the Sun to an error of just 2 seconds with solar devices that give accurate astrological predictions as well till date. We also visit Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five-storied facade of pink sandstone. It was built in the year 1799 to allow royal ladies to watch processions and other the festivities on the road through its 953 ‘jharokas’ or small windows without being seen by the public.
Day 5Fly from Jaipur to Kochi
Jaipur - Cochin (Kochi)
Today morning is free at leisure before catching our flight to Kochi (also known as Cochin), a city in southwest India’s coastal Kerala state. It has a port since 1341, when a flood carved out its harbor and made it accessible outsiders such as Arab, Chinese and European merchants. Kochi was also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. Most of European have established Cochin as one of important port for their commercial activities. Since many centuries, it has been a hub of spice trade.
Day 6Visit Fort Kochi and watch famous Kathakali dance
Today we visit Fort Kochi, founded by the Portuguese in 1503 and it is considered to be one of the earliest site chosen by European colonial power. An odour of spice emerges from warehouses and food stalls offering different delicacy is common sight in each nook and corner of the town. In the afternoon, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Mattancherry Palace, built by the Portuguese as a gift for the Raja of Kochi, the Jewish synagogue dating from 1568 and St Francis church. We also explore the town of Kochi, its bazaars and old harbour area. In the evening there is the chance for an Optional visit to see a display of Kathakali, a form of classical dance unique to Kerala.
Day 8Nature trek in Periyar National Park, visit a Tea factory and drive to Chennmkary Village
Thekkady - Chennmkary
Periyar National Park, also known as Periyar Tiger Reserve. it is in the mountainous western ghats of Kerala, southern India. It is a protected area near Thekkady in the districts of Idukka, kottayam and Pathanamthitta in Kerala.The protected area covers an area of 357sqm and the rest 140 sqm of the core zone is declared as the Periyar National Park in the year 1982. It is a home to a wide variety of wildlife such as wild pigs, monkey, flying squirrel and elephant.
It also has 260 species of birds including darters, ospreys, and kingfishers. We then take a Guided walk in hope to see any of the wildlife creatures.
After completing our Guided walk in the Park, we head towards Chennmkary village via visit to a Tea factory at Vendeperiyar. Later, we reach at Chennmkary village, located 12 km towards East from district head quarters Alappuzha and surrounded by Veliyanad Taluk towards East. Chennmkary is also major spot for movies making, TV soaps and music albums due to its beautiful landscape view. Our accommodation is spread over several village houses and these are styled in typically Kerala tradition. Houses are comparatively smaller and due to space constraint family have to share room together. All accommodation is close to each other, 5-10 minutes walk between them; we will be provided bedding and towel. Our meals will be prepared by locals and serve in the traditional style and will enjoy the dinner sitting together. And will have a close observance as how they are living there life and know there culture as well. Overnight stay at the home stay.
Day 9Free time to explore Mancombu Village
Complete day at own leisure, we can explore the local area and tropical forests filled with the fragrance of flowers. Mancombu village is in district of Alappuzzha in the state of Kerala. Mancombu is part of the kuttanad region in Kerala which is one of the two major paddy cultivating regions in the state. Overnight stay at a Home stay.
Day 10Drive to Alleppey and board a houseboat to the Kerala Backwaters
Chennmkary - Alappuzha (Alleppey)
After the breakfast, we will drive towards Alleppey, a city bordering the Laccadive Sea in the southern Indian state of Kerala. This place is alternately known as paradise of Houseboat as it offers an extraordinary experience of cruises on the rustic backwaters, crisscross of lagoons and sober canals. Here, we board our Houseboat and start our rejuvenating journey on the Kerala backwaters.These small cruises have a limited number of rooms depending on the size and have a common area to relax and enjoy the scenic beauty of backwaters. Houseboats are like taxis for villagers who perform home delivery, harvest and other goods through boats and it becomes an integral part of their daily life.
During our houseboat journey, we will stop off at many points including Chambakulam Saint Church and Chambakulam Chundan - the famous snake boats. Overnight stay at the houseboat.
Day 11Drive to Mararikulam
Alappuzha (Alleppey) - Mararikulam
Today, after disembarking the houseboat, we will take a short journey to Mararikulam,an exotic beach village located few kilometres from the networks of Canals of Alleppey. It has golden sandy beaches attracting the tourist from all corners of the world. Morning promenade is a quintessential way to explore the hidden treasure and its immeasurable charm.