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Essential India Travel

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Delhi-Agra-Jaipur-Udaipur-Mumbai-Cochin-Munnar-Thekkady-Kumarakom-Alleppey-Trivandrum-Kanyakumari-Trivandrum-Mumbai ( 15 Nights/ 16 Days )
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Essential IndiaDay 01 / Arrival Delhi
Arrive Delhi, meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 02 / Delhi
After a leisurely breakfast sightseeing tour of New Delhi where ornate buildings recall the days when India was the Jewel in the crown of the British empire. Visit the 11th century Qutab Minar, India Gate and the grand government buildings, the President's House, Red fort, Mahatama Gandhi Memorial, Also visit Laxmi Narayan temple popularly known as Birla Temple. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 03 / Delhi - Agra
Morning drive to the city of Taj, Agra & transfer to hotel. Start the sightseeing of Agra by visiting the magnificent Taj Mahal one of the of the world surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife. It's a wealth of white marble and semi-precious stone-undoubtedly the highlight of your tour. Also visit the Agra fort – the rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcove of inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded Peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms. Evening free to explore the Agra's rich heritage of handicrafts in its markets. Night stay in Agra.

Day 04 / Agra – Jaipur
After breakfast drive to Jaipur- the fabled "pink city" of the desert named after Jai Singh, the former Maharaja of Jaipur. This is the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe through the nine rectangular sectors subdividing it. The palaces and forts of the yesteryears, which were witnesses to the royal processions and splendors are now living monuments enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri-a perfectly preserved red sandstone "ghost town" which was the estranged capital of mughal emperor Akbar, built in 1569 and deserted when its water supply failed. Arrive Jaipur in late evening & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Jaipur.

Day 05 / Jaipur
After breakfast visit the majestic Amber Fort, is one that cannot be easily described. You ride up on Elephants to the former capital of the royals set against the backdrop of the wooded hills later visit the City Palace-the royal residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur and is known for its stunning architecture, it also houses a museum. Later visit the Palace of Winds also known as Hawa Mahal, this elaborate building, now little more than a façade, is encrusted with delicate screens and carved balconies from which the royal ladies, confined to their quarters, could sneak views of the outside world. Past, present and future merge at Jai Singh's Observatory, where time has been accurately measured since the 17th century. Night stay in Jaipur.

Day 06 / Jaipur - Udaipur
Morning drive to Udaipur - an oasis in the desert state of Rajasthan enroute visiting the famous Brahma temple. Continue drive to Udaipur. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Udaipur.

Day 07 / Udaipur
Morning city sight seeing tour of Udaipur. The city is built in 1559 A.D. by Maharaja Udai Singh and has been described as the most romantic spot on the continent of India by Col. James Todd. Visit the City Palace museum, the Jagdish temple, Sahelion Ki Bari (Queen's resort for their friends) Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir ( Folk art museum) and the Pratap Memorial. Rest of the day at leisure. Night stay in Udaipur.

Day 08 / Udaipur – Mumbai
Morning checkout from hotel and transfer to Airport in time to connect flight for Mumbai. Arrive, meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Mumbai.

Day 09 / Mumbai
After breakfast proceed for half day tour of Mumbai covering Gateway of India – The stone archway designed by Wittett in the 16th century Gujarati style, Prince of Whales Museum, Chowpatty Beach, Dhobhi Ghat - a vast outdoor laundry & Marine Drive. Night stay in Mumbai.

Day 10 / Mumbai - Cochin ( By Air )
Morning transfer to airport to board the flight for Cochin. Arrive Cochin & transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Cochin covering The Dutch Palace at Mattancherry is renowned for its wall murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana. The Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town. The St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. The Santa Cruz Basilica, originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese. The Chinese fishing nets are huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have brought to Kochi by Chinese traders. Finally, the Willingdon Island, named after Lord Willingdon, is the headquarters of the Southern Naval Command of India. Night stay in Cochin.

Day 11 / Cochin - Munnar
After breakfast drive to munnar 150 kms.On arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Munnar tea gardens spread like a green carpet over hundreds of kilometers, lust green hills, a place so difficult to describe, very low population too far from pollution, most of the covered by Tata tea. Also the Raja Malai, a top peak of Munnar where you can see Neel Thar (mountain goats), Muttupetty dam, Indo Swiss project; you can also enjoy boating in the Lake (optional). Night stay in Munnar.

Day 12 / Munnar - Thekkady
After breakfast drive to the tekkady 110 kms. On arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon visiting wildlife sanctuary and boat ride on lake Periyar. Night stay in Thekkady.

Day 13 / Thekkady - Kumarakom
After breakfast drive to Kumarakom 120kms. En route visiting spices, tea, coffee and rubber plantation. On arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit to the nearby bird sanctuary and optional boat ride to the nearby village through lagoons. Night stay in Kumarakom.

Day 14 / Kumarakom - Alleppey - Trivandrum
After breakfast into a motor boatwater crise from Kumarakom to Alleppey for 2 hrs. On Arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Trivandrum including Napier museum, Art gallery, Kovalam beach etc. Return to the hotel for night stay in Trivandrum.

Day 15 / Trivandrum - Kanyakumari
After breakfast proceed for Kanyakumari 100 kms. Enroute visiting Padnabhapuram palace, Suchidram. On arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit Vivekananda rock memorial, Kanyakumari temple etc. Witness sunset in the evening. Night stay in Kanyakumari.

Day 16 / Kanyakumari - Trivandrum - Mumbai Departure
Early morning witness the sunrise from the terrace of the hotel and after breakfast drive to the Trivandrum Airport to connect the flight.

Cost includes:
» 15 nights accommodation as per the itinerary with daily breakfast.
» Surface Travel by exclusive airconditioned car.
» All transfers, sightseeing as per the itinerary.
» Local English speaking guides.
» Elephant ride in Jaipur ( Subject to availability), Boat ride in Udaipur lake .
» Kathakali entrance Tickets
» 2 hrs motor boat cruise .
» All taxes, driver allowances, parking etc.

Cost does not include:
» Entrance fee to monuments.
» Any airfare .
» Any meals except breakfast.
» Tips, beverages, laundry etc.
» Any item not shown in cost Includes

INTERNAL FLIGHTS / APPROX COST PER PERSON
Udaipur -Mumbai , Mumbai -Cochin and Trivandrum- Mumbai : USD 260 per person in economy class.
Airfares are subject to change any time without any prior notice.

Hotels Selected - Luxury (5* Deluxe)
Delhi : The Oberoi / The Imperial
Agra : The Oberoi Amarvilas
Jaipur : The Oberoi RajVilas
Mumbai : Taj Mahal Palace & Tower
Cochin : Brunton Boatyard
Periyar : Spice Village
Udaipur : Udaivilas
Kovalam : Leela Kempinski
Kumarakom : Kumarakom Lake Resort
Munnar :Windermere Estate
Kanyakumari:Sea View Inn

Hotels Selected - Royal (5* Deluxe)
Delhi : The Metropolitan / The Lalit / The Grand
Agra : Jay Pee Palace / Taj View / Trident
Jaipur : Hotel Trident / Le Meridien
Mumbai : Trident Nariman Point / Leela Kempinsky / Intercontinental The Lalit
Cochin : Cochin : Trident Hilton / Casino
Periyar : Spice Village
Udaipur : Trident / Shiv Niwas / The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace /Radisson Plaza Resort & Spa
Kovalam :Tranvencore Heritage
Kumarakom : Coconut Lagoon
Munnar :Windermere Estate
Kanyakumari:Sea View Inn

Hotels Selected - Classic (4*)
Delhi : The Connaught / Hotel City Park / De Marks
Agra : Clarks Shiraz / Holiday Inn
Jaipur : Hari Mahal Palace/ Wall Street / Hotel Clarks Amer / Ramada Plaza / Country Inn & Suits by Carlson
Mumbai : Ambassador/ Fariyas /Mirador
Cochin : Gokulam Park Inn /Avenue Regent
Periyar : Cardamom Country
Udaipur : Uday Kothi / Shikarbadi
Kovalam :Tranvencore Heritage
Kumarakom : Coconut Lagoon
Munnar :Windermere Estate
Kanyakumari:Sea View Inn

Hotels Selected - Jewel (3* - 4* & Heritage)
Delhi : Hotel Gautam Deluxe / Hotel Sunstar
Agra : Hotel Amar / Hotel Usha Kiran
Jaipur : Hotel Jas Vilas / Nana ki Haveli / Dera Rawatsar
Mumbai :Four season /Godwin / Suba Palace
Cochin:Arches /Napier House
Periyar : Cardmum County
Udaipur : Amet Haveli / Hotel Rajdarshan / Swaroop Vilas
Kovalam :Tranvencore Heritage
Kumarakom :Kayaloram
Munnar :Tea County
Kanyakumari:Sea View Inn

Hotels Selected - Economy (2* Moderate)
Delhi : Hotel Blue Bell / Hotel De Gold
Agra : Royale Residency / Hotel Pushapvila
Jaipur : Hotel Vijay Niwas / Hotel Sarang Palace
Mumbai : Metro International / Privilege inn
Cochin: Park Central /Woods Manor/ Abad Plaza
Periyar : Slver Crest
Udaipur : Mahendra Prakash Haveli / Hotel Shree Jagdish Mahal
Kovalam :Hotel Rockholm / Sawagat
Kumarakom:Cocobay Resort
Munnar :Edasherry Eastend
Kanyakumari: Shingar

 
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