Start in New Delhi and end in Kochi (Cochin)! With the discovery tour Golden Triangle Tour With Kerala, you have a 12 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 6 other destinations in India. Golden Triangle Tour With Kerala includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Upon arrival at Delhi International Airport, our representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel.?Delhi:?It is a city that has been an idyllic symbol of the magnificent past and thriving present of India. It has never failed to amaze its visitors with its beautiful blend of various nationalities, diverse cultures & traditions, heritage of the bygone eras and its modern lifestyle ? all rolled into one. Day free at leisure.?Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.
After breakfast, proceed with Delhi sightseeing tour with first visit to the?Jama Masjid?- the largest Mosque in India. Visit?Chandni?Chowk?? oldest, biggest bazaar of Old Delhi. Later, walk up to Fatehpuri Masjid and enjoy a?rickshaw ride?till Red Fort. Here our driver will meet you, drive past?Red Fort?(a 17th century historical fort in Delhi)?and reach?Rajghat, a memorial where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. An eternal flame burns on one side of this memorial. Visit the?Humayuns Tomb?- first garden-style tomb of India. The main highlight of this tomb, inspired by Persian architecture, is the four garden squares with water passage channels surrounding the tomb. Drive past?Rashtrapati Bhawan?- residence of the President of India and?India Gate?- an archway built in honor of the soldiers who died in World War I. Visit?Qutub Minar?built by Qutab-ud-din Aibak in 1193 to mark the beginning of Muslim rule in India.?Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.
After breakfast, you will head to Agra. Agra: It a beautiful city situated on the banks of River Yamuna that achieved prominence as the capital of the Mughal Emperors from 1526 to 1628. It still remains a popular tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era monuments, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri, all three are UNESCO World Heritage sites.?Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.?After some relaxation, visit the?Agra Fort?that resembles the magnificent Red Fort in Delhi. The Diwan-i-Aam (Hall of Public Audience), Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience) and the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) are a must-see attractions here.? Later in the evening, enjoy beautiful view of the?Taj Mahal?- the most extravagant symbol of love, dedication and purity ever that took almost 22 years to build. It is an ivory-white marble monument where rests the mortals of Mughal Emperor Shahjahan (who built Taj Mahal) and his wife (Mumtaz). An interesting fact about this stunning edifice is that it turns pinkish in the morning, milky white in the evening and golden at night as the moonlight falls upon it. Watching sunset over this iconic monument, is truly a sight to behold.?Overnight stay at hotel in Agra.
Post breakfast and check out, drive to the beautiful city of Jaipur, also known as the Pink City of India. En route visit?Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned city of the Mughal Empire. The city boasts some of the magnificent monuments built during the Mughal Era, which include the Panch Mahal, Buland Darwaza and Dargah of Sheikh Salim Chishti. You have time to explore the corners of Fatehpur Sikri before continuing your way.?Continue drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.?Jaipur:?Jaipur is a city known as the Pink City of India due to extensive use of pink sandstone in various buildings of the city. Its monuments showcase a myriad of architectural styles and its vibrant bazaars are famous for traditional handicrafts and jewellery. The ambiance of this city speaks volumes of the rich lifestyle of the Rajput Kings.?Overnight stay at hotel in Jaipur.
After breakfast, head for Jaipur sightseeing. Visit the?Amer?Fort?dating back to 16th century that displays private halls, pavilions, former private chambers of the King and royal Rajput women. The reflection of this fort falling on the Maota Lake, is truly captivating. Enjoy an?Elephant?ride?here. Explore the?City?Palace?consisting of former private and public chambers, silver vessels, courtyards, gateways, private chambers of the King and lots more. Later, head to?Jantar?Mantar. It is an astronomical observatory that features the World?s largest Sundial - Samrat Yantra. Visit the?Hawa?Mahal?- a five-storey palace built in 1799 during Rajput rule. It is popularly known for its intricately-designed 953 windows adorned with spectacular latticework.?Later, afternoon is kept free to visit the famous Markets of Textiles, Gems, Carpets, and handicrafts. Jaipur is an ideal place for buying souvenirs. Overnight stay at hotel in Jaipur.
After breakfast, drive back to Delhi. On arrival check - in the hotel and take rest. Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.
After breakfast, drive to Delhi Airport to connect flight to Kochi. Upon arrival at Kochin Airport, our representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel in Kochi. KOCHI: Kochi, also known as Cochin, is a beautiful city in the Ernakulam district of Kerala. Over the years, the history and development of this city carries stubborn marks of the British, Arabs, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese. It is undoubtedly the best starting point on your discovery to capture the beauty of God?s own country - Kerala.? Later in the afternoon, go for Kochi sightseeing. Your tour begins with visit to Fort Kochi located on the western coast of India amidst the pristine waters of Arabian Sea. On visiting this fort, soak in the mesmerizing specimens of the bygone era. The architecture of this gorgeous fort uncovers the layers of colonial influence ingrained in the landscape of this city. Visit the St. Francis Church (Closed on Sundays from 08.00 to 11.00 hrs) within the middle of fort?s complex. Built in the year 1503, it is the oldest church built by Europeans in India. The lofty architecture of this Church is impressive in every way and has managed to retain its ancient charm, over the years. Also, visit the Jewish Synagogue located close to Fort Kochi, which is more than 100-years old. It was built in 1568 and is a showpiece displaying hand-painted floor tiles, Belgium-imported glass chandeliors, rare antiques etc. and an exclusive gallery. Your Kochi sightseeing tour ends with visit to Chinese Fishing Nets. They are a hallmark of the Fort Kochi, visible from Fort Kochi. The concept of fishing nets is said to be introduced by Zheng He (a Chinese explorer). Here the fishing nets are made of bamboo and teakwood poles and practice the principle of balance. Almost every visitor visits here - especially during sunset - to click few candids.? End your day watching the traditional Kathakali Dance Show (Optional) in Kochi.? Overnight stay at hotel in Kochi.
In and around MunnarAfter breakfast, drive to Munnar. MUNNAR: a beautiful hill station named after three rivers: Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly. It is a popular honeymoon destination in Kerala that offers spellbinding views of vast spice and tea plantations. It also boasts the highest peak in South India - Anamudi. Munnar is surrounded by various wildlife sanctuaries that house the grizzled giant squirrel, Elephant, Gaur, Nilgiri Langur, Sambar, etc. and the endangered Nilgiri Tahr (Mountain Goat). Also, a blue flower "Neelakurinji:" grows here in every 12 years. On arrival, check-in at the hotel.? Later, head for sightseeing tour and experience of how tea is processed. Explore the Eravikulam National Park, a must-visit attraction located in Munnar. Its the first of its kind in Kerala that is home to the exotic Nilgiri Tahr (Mountain Goat) and various other endangered species. Also, a flower that blooms once in 12 years - Neelakurinji (next to be seen in 2018), is another attraction here. Also, visit the Mattupetty Dam: a concrete gravity dam constructed between 1949 and 1953 for the purpose of conservation of water and hydroelectricity generation. The captivating reflections of the surrounding tea gardens falling upon the still water is the best part of this dam. Overnight stay at hotel in Munnar.
[90 KM / APPROX. 3 HR] In and around PeriyarAfter breakfast at hotel, visit Munnar Tea Estates: Munnar is a city renowned for its bountiful tea plantations nestled amidst pristine nature. Walk through these sprawling tea estates and soak yourself in the refreshing aroma of the tea leaves. Here you can also visit the Tea Museum that showcases old photographs and huge machinery that have been used in tea processing over the years. Later drive to Periyar and upon arrival, check-in at the hotel followed by overnight stay.? Periyar, the southernmost state of Kerala, is known for its Periyar wildlife sanctuary that is one of the most natural wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Apart from wildlife, it is also blessed with mesmerizing natural beauty, spice gardens and plantations.
After breakfast, visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ? one of the Indias biggest wildlife sanctuaries. Take a boat ride on the man-made Periyar Lake, running through the forests of the Western Ghats in Kerala. The variety of animals here include Elephants, Sambar, Gaur, Wild boars and birds like Ibis and Grey Heron. With a bit of extra luck, you may spot Tigers as well. Head for a Spice Plantation Tour. Spices have always been an important part of life in Kerala. Here the masters of Ayurveda, the science of life, discovered the use of spices for medicinal purposes. Overnight stay at hotel in Periyar.
After breakfast, depart from the hotel and drive to Alleppey. ALLEPPEY: Alleppey is a hub of backwaters in Kerala, home to a number of waterways and thousands of houseboats for you to explore. While enjoying a houseboat ride on the backwaters here, witness the tropical village life that makes Alleppey worth a visit. On arrival, board a traditional houseboat. A houseboat ride on the backwaters in Alleppey is a must-have experience, when in Kerala. After registering, customers will receive refreshing coconut water as welcome drink. Later in afternoon, the boat will be anchored near rice paddies for lunch. Then resume cruise in some time. In evening, tea/coffee and snacks will be served. The boat will be anchored near a village for the night. Settle in for dinner at night.Overnight stay at houseboat in Alleppey. Note: Cruising is not possible during the night as it is during this time that local fishermen put their nets.
After breakfast, drive to Kochi Airport to board flight back home with sweet memories.