Start in New Delhi and end in Kochi (Cochin)! With the custom tour Best of North and South India, you have a 10 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 5 other destinations in India. Best of North and South India includes accommodation in a hotel as well as meals, transport and more.
Namaste! Welcome to India. Your adventure begins with a traditional Indian welcome. The tour includes an airport arrival transfer. This is the private car that will take you directly from the airport to the hotel. Today is programmed as the arrival day so we haven?t included any activities until tomorrow morning.Start point Main Entrance, Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), Airport Rd., New Delhi, Delhi, India
Post Breakfast enjoy guided tour of Old and New Delhi. Old Delhi is one of the best places to observe the great colossal of culture and social convergence of old and new. Further we get transported 400 years back in time for the Highlight of visit to Delhi. Old Delhi a world within. Visit India?s largest mosque Jama Masjid is also one of the top ten largest mosques of the world. Later we enjoy a combination of walk and cycle rickshaw ride (Pedi cab) to Narrow lanes of Chandni chowk also known as Moonlit square where we witness the old architectural marvel, the life style and old age practices of the locals, beautifully decorated shops and of course the Spice Market. At the end of thrilling ride on the rickshaw you will take local metro to New Delhi. New Delhi is quite different to Old Delhi. The city is divided by broad avenues and lined with trees. In New Delhi first you will visit Gurudwara Bangla saheb where you will learn about the Sikh culture and religion. We continue our discoveries with a drive through the Embassy area the Government buildings (1921-1930) pass the official home of India?s President Rashtrapati Bhawan, parliament building and the majestic India gate- a powerful tribute to our brave soldiers. You will end your beautiful day with a heritage walk at Lodhi garden. Lodi garden is a historical landmark and park extending over an area of 90 acres in the heart of New Delhi. The garden containing the tombs of Mohamad shah and Sikandar Lodi, the rulers of sayid and Lodi dynasties of 15th century. Rest of the day will be completely yours.
After leisurely breakfast you drive to Pink city Jaipur by road, passing through rural villages, Aravalli hills and agricultural land. Upon arrival in Jaipur check in to the hotel. Rest of the day is completely yours. If you wish to visit some places the transport is available for you and your options are: Galta Ji (Monkey Temple) is a large Hindu temple complex that lies 10 km outside of Jaipur city. Galta Ji Jaipur is a unique Hindu temple as it is centered on a natural spring that has been channelled to fill seven large pools. In these pools pilgrims come to bath away their sins while, at quiet moments, the playful monkeys can be found swimming in the holy waters. The temple is also home to a large colony of monkeys and this has given rise to the common name of the complex, the monkey temple. OR Laxmi Narayana Temple is an example of marvellous architecture. There are idols of Hindu Gods and Goddess, Hindy symbols, ancient quotes. On walls mythological events are carved and there are idols and images of saints, philosopher and historian like Buddha, Socrates, Zarathustra and Confucius. Overnight stay in Jaipur.
Today you go out all day on an excursion, back to Amer fort 11 kms outside of Jaipur the former medieval capital, built by Raja Man Singh the commander of Rajput Akbar army in 1592. This landmark is a splendid representation of Rajput architecture. Enjoy your drive up to the fort passing through some of the oldest house and temple of the old city. After that thrilling ride you?ll steady your feet and be awestruck by the marvellous sight before you, marble palaces, mosaics, paintings, mirror works, carvings, mural walls and engravings. When touring Amber fort don?t forget to visit 17 century Sheesh mahal (Hall of Mirrors), a chamber decorated with an array of mirrors on the walls and ceiling. The zenana courtyard, is a place you must see. It is a private women?s residence designed with one corridor but different rooms so that the Maharaja (King) could visit the wife or concubines of his choice, at his pleasure without the others knowing. After visiting Amer fort, return to the city en route stop for the picture at Jal mahal (Water Palace), is a five story high palace located in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. The four floor stay under the water it is only the fifth floor which is visible. Your next visit is the glorious City Palace; when you visit you get a feel for the wealth of Jaipur?s royal family one of the richest in India. for a beautiful display of intricate craftsmanship see the superb peacock gate which shows off spectacular and bright peacock images at the entrance that will make you go WOW !Visit one of the best museums in India with an art gallery and exhibits of royal costumes and medieval Indian armaments. Admire an exclusive collection of regal costumes and marvellous shawls like the pashmina. In the middle of the place complex stands a pink and white marble paved gallery where the Maharaja conferred with their ministers called the Diwan-I-Khas (Hall of private audience). It is here that you will find what are considered to be the biggest silver object on earth; these are two mammoth silver vessels 1.6 m tall. Afterwards you visit Jantar mantar a gigantic solar observatory with a brilliant display of Indian architecture that shows the scientific expertise that existed in medieval India. It is made up of some 14 most important geometric devices which track the location of stars, measure time, predict eclipses, as well as earth?s orbit around the sun. It will be a surprise to you when you see that these instruments which the ancient people made of stone can carry out the same measurements of time and the sun?s movements as our modern day technology. Drive past Hawa mahal (Wind Palace) was built so that the royal ladies could view the Royal processions without anyone seeing them. If you have ever seen a giant beehive than that gives you an idea of the look of this five storey building. The Hawa mahal is beautifully decorated with lattice work, has some 953 tiny windows (Jharokhas) Overnight stay in Jaipur.
After delicious breakfast drive to Agra. Enroute we make stop to visit 9th Century step well Abhaneri . Continue drive to Agra. Upon arrival in Agra enjoy a guided tour of Agra fort. Evening will be at your leisure. Overnight stay in Agra.
Today you wake up early to visit Taj Mahal at Sunrise. Return to the hotel for hot breakfast. Later you check out from the hotel. Drive to Delhi through one of the best highway of India. When we arrive in Delhi we will take you to airport to catch flight to Kochi / Cochin (Kerala God?s own country.) Upon arrival in Cochin / Kochi aiport , you will be received by our representative and transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay in Cochin.
In and around MunnarAfter breakfast enjoy the Cochin tour which includes visiting the St, Francis Church, Dutch Palace and Jewish Synagogue in Cochin. Also visit Chinese Fishing net a major tourist attraction. Later take a road Journey to the beautiful hill station of Munnar. Upon arrival in Munnar, Check in at the hotel. Evening is free to walk around and relax. Overnight stay in Munnar.
After delicious breakfast enjoy sightseeing tour in and around Munnar. Beside exploring Tea plantation, you will be visiting Eravikulam national Park : Spread over 97 kms, this park holds the largest viable population of Tahr , several other species of rare animals, birds and butterflies. The park also offers the magnificent view of the Tea plantation. Echo point: this scenic place gets its name from the natural eco phenomenon here. Tea Museum: This place is delight of tea lovers, recently opened tea museum which houses curious, photographs and machines each depicting a turning point that contributed to a flourishing teas industry. In the evening enjoy Kathakali Dance show: Kathakali is the most well known dance drama from Kerala. The word Kathakali literally means Story Play. The actors rely on hand gesture to convey the story. Overnight stay in Munnar.
In and around AlleppeyStart your day with an appetizing breakfast at the hotel. Check out and proceed to drive Alleppey. The houseboat cruise starts at 12 Noon. Check in at the houseboat and cruise along the famous backwaters of Alleppey enjoying the majestic scenery. Witness the sunset on this floating villa. Overnight stay at the houseboat.
Wake up to the breathtaking views of the backwaters. After breakfast check out from the houseboat move towards Cochin airport to board flight for onwards Journey. Our tour service end in Cochin after the airport transfer. Please Note: During winter Sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal depend on the weather and subject to change according to the visibility. End point airport, Kochi Airport, Alwaye, Ernakulam, Kerala, India