Start in New Delhi and end in Kochi (Cochin)! With the historical tour Heritage Rajasthan with Magical Kerala - North & South India, you have a 16 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 10 other destinations in India. Heritage Rajasthan with Magical Kerala - North & South India includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Our representative will meet you at the Delhi Airport and transfer you to the hotel followed by check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.
After breakfast, your Delhi sightseeing tour begins with a visit to the largest Mosque in India - Jama Masjid, This 350-year old mosquesituated in Old Delhi wasbuilt between 1644 and 1656 and derived its name from the word Jummah - referring to the congregational prayer observed by Muslims on Fridays. Now you walk upto the Fatehpuri Masjid and on reaching, proceed to Chandni Chowk ?one of the oldest, biggest and the busiest markets in India ?in a Rickshaw. This 1 km rickshaw ride halts at the Red Fort roundabout from where our driver will pick you up and drive you toRajghat. You will drive past the magnificent Red Fort (the prime residence of the Mughal Emperor of India for nearly 200 years). Rajghat is a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi - the Father of the Nation. A black marble platform marks the spot of Mahatma Gandhis cremation, attracting many tourists. His last words, Hey Ram, are inscribed on the marble platform - which is always adorned with flowers. A flame constantly burns at one end of the platform and the memorial is surrounded by a beautiful park with labeled trees planted by notables like Queen Elizabeth II and various others. Later, you visit the Humayun Tomb. It is a memorial to Humayun (2nd emperor of the Mughal Empire). After the demise of Humayun, his widow Hamida Banu Begum commissioned its construction. It is the first ever garden style tomb to be constructed in India. Drive past the Rashtrapati Bhawan (official residence of the President of India), India Gate (a War memorial built to commemorate the sacrifice of 70,000 ?soldiers who died in World War I). You can spend time clicking photographshere.Your Delhi sightseeing tour ends with visit to Qutub Minar - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the tallest brick minaret in the world. It is a 73-m five-storey tower built by Qutb Ud-Din-Aibak (founder of the Delhi Sultanate) in 1193. Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.
After breakfast, drive to Agra, a city beautifully situated on the banks of river Yamuna. It achieved huge prominence as the capital of the Mughal Emperors from 1526-1628 and still remains the biggest destination because of its many splendid Mughal era monuments. It is renowned for the world-famous Taj Mahal (7th wonder of the world), Agra Fort (main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty till 1638) & Fatehpur Sikri (a historic city built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century) ?all these are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Upon arrival at Agra, check-in at the hotel. Later, proceed with sightseeing tour of Agra. Your Agra sightseeing tour begins with visit to the Taj Mahal (remains closed on Fridays). It is the most extravagant expression of love ever created. It is said that Shahjahan built this memorial in the memory of his wife "Arjumand Banu Begum or Mumtaz Mahal.He hired around 20,000 labours and it took more than 17 years to complete this wondrous edifice.? Agra Fort, designed and built by Akbar (3rd Mughal Emperor of India) in 1565 A.D., is one of the most important and robust stronghold of the Mughals. It is a complex outlined with barricaded wall of red sandstone and encompasses richly-decorated palaces imposing Mughal style of architecture. In the evening, enjoy the spectacular Mohabbat: The Taj Show that depicts the romantic love story of Emperor Shajahan and his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal at the Kalakriti Cultural and Convention Center. You will be blown away by the creative dance and dramatic lighting display with the 12 x 12 Taj Mahal replica depicting the lavish lifestyle of the Mughals. Overnight stay at hotel in Agra.
After early morning breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to the beautiful city of Jaipur - also known as the Pink City of India. Enroute, you visit Fatehpur Sikri - the abandoned city of the Mughal Empire. This city boasts some of the magnificent monuments built during the Mughal Era, which include the Panch Mahal (a five storey palace built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar), Buland Darwaza (the highest gateway in the world built by Emperor Akbar in 1601 to commemorate his victory over Gujarat) and a religious shrine built by Emperor Akbar as a token of respect to Sheikh Salim Chisti (a Sufi saint who predicted the birth of Akbars son and Mughal empires heir). Continue driving to Jaipur. Upon arrival, check-in at the the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in Jaipur.
After breakfast at hotel, proceed for an excursion to the splendid Amber Fort - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here enjoy an Elephant Ride to and fro the fort. This fort was established by King Raja Man Singh in the 16th century. It imitates a perfect fusion of Hindu and Mughal architectural styles. Next, visit the Hawa Mahal, also called the Palace of Winds, adorned with intricate latticework. It was built with a concept for the woman of royal families to witness the royal ceremonies and festivals being hidden from the public eyes. Later, enjoy Lunch with Cooking demonstration at a very fine restaurant in Jaipur. Also visit Turban Museum, one of the premier tourist attractions in the city. The Jaipur Turban Museum houses the largest collection of turbans in the world. Here, you can learn how to tie a turban. In afternoon, explore the City Palace and Armory Museum. This impressive City Palace, built by Raja Man Singh during 1729-1732 AD, is a complex of forts, courtyards, buildings and perfectly-manicured gardens all dating back to early 20th century. Your Jaipur sightseeing tour ends with a visit to Rajmandir Cinema where you see a Bollywood movie. This opulent cinema looks like a huge pink cream cake, with a meringue auditorium and a foyer somewhere between a temple and Disneyland. Overnight stay at hotel in Jaipur.
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Jodhpur. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Your Jodhpur sightseeing tour begins with visit to the magnificent Mehrangarh fort, Umaid Bhawan Museum, Jaswant Thada etc. The Mehrangarh Fort is an impressive fortress located at a hilltop, that prides to be one of the largest forts in India. It was originally built by Rao Jodha (founder of Jodhpur) in 1959. The main attractions of this fort is its massive gateways - the famous Jai Pol (victory gate) and Fateh Pol etc., exquisitely-designed palaces - Moti Mahal, Palace of flowers etc. All these depict the opulent lifestyle of the royals of Rajasthan. It also features the spectacular Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors). The Umaid Bhawan museum boasts a huge collection of paintings and pictures portraying the rich lifestyle of the past rulers of Jodhpur. The Jaswant Thada is a milky-white marble memorial dedicated to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II (ruler of Jodhpur (1873-1895) built in 1899 by Maharaja Sardar Singh (son of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II). Overnight stay at hotel in Jodhpur.
In and around JojawarAfter breakfast, drive to Jojawar - a tiny village situated in the Pali district of Rajasthan. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. Later, you will go for an adventure ride in Jojawar called Countryside jeep safari. It is said that the real India lies in its rural areas. The surroundings around Jojawar has interesting landscapes, with the picturesque Aravalli Hills in the east. During the Jojawar safari ride, you will get to know Jojawar closely while you soak in the captivating sights and sounds of the Camel Herds, Huts, old Temples and lot more, in the village. Overnight stay at hotel in Jojawar.
In and around RanakpurPost breakfast, you will be introduced with Train Safari and our representative will drop you at the train station to board the train to Udaipur. The train route between the cities of Jodhpur and Udaipur goes up the scenic Kambli Ghat Pass. One of our favorite excursions is this daily train service from the station at the start of the hill section to the highest station in the Aravalli the Kambli Ghat station or the other way round. This train ride takes you amidst the most beautiful forests and hills that you would hardly find in the state. Our representative will be waiting for your arrival at the other end with car. (Train ride is optional and payable directly). Return to the hotel in Jojawar and check-out from the hotel. Drive to Udaipur and en route, visit the famous Ranakpur Templesbuilt in the 15th century. These temples are known for being the largest and most important temples of the Jain cult. These temples got their name after the Rajput Monarch"Rana Kumbha". The main temple complex is said to havemore than 1, 400 exquisitely carved pillars that support the temple. On reaching Udaipur, check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in Udaipur.
After breakfast, your Udaipur sightseeing tour begins with visit to the wondrous City Palace complex. This white marble palaces is an architectural beauty belonging to the Rajput era. In its vicinity, you will witness notable places like Durbar Hall, Palace Museum, Crystal Gallery and Jagdish temple, followed by SahelionKi Bari - a beautiful recreation garden for queens and princes of the rulers. Next, visit the Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal, a cultural place showcasing the traditions and culture of Rajasthan, traditional ornaments, folk traditional outfits, puppets, masks, dolls, classical paintings and folk musical instruments.Later in afternoon, enjoy a boat ride at the Lake Pichola -an artificial fresh water lake dating back to 1362 AD. It is the oldest and one of the largest lakes of Udaipur. Overnight stay at hotel in Udaipur.
After breakfast, get transferred to the Airport to board a flight to Kochi. (Extra Supplement) On arrival, our representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. Check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Kochi.
After breakfast at hotel, the tour proceeds with Kochi sightseeing. You will visit Fort Kochi& St. Francis Church. The Kochi Fort often known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea is part of a handful of water-bound regions of the main land of Kochi. It is popularly known as Old Kochi or West Kochi. You will also see the Jewish Synagogue (built by the Cochiin Jewish community in 1568) & the Mattancherry "Dutch" Palace - a Palace built and gifted by the Portuguese as a present to the king of Cochin around 1555. In the evening, enjoy the Kathakali dance performance one of Indias most famous Classical dances. Lavish Costumes & exotic makeup and masks intensify the beauty of the dancers. Overnight stay at hotel in Kochi.
In and around MunnarAfter breakfast, drive to Munnar. Munnar is a rich land ofrolling hills carpeted with verdant tea plantations.it is regarded as a prominent hub of tea trade in the country. At present, it has more than 50 tea estates.Situatedon the banks of three rivers - Madupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru, Munnar is blessed with natural vistas apart from the tea-plantations.Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here, the Neelakurinji - a flower which grows once in every twelve years - attracts a huge number of tourists here. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Munnar.
In and around Periyar After breakfast at hotel, take a sightseeing tour towards Mattupetty. Cushioned by the ripplingtea plantation hills of Munnar, you can visit the Photo point to click photographs and the Mattupetty Dam - a concrete gravity dam constructed between 1949 and 1953 for the purpose of conservation of water and hydroelectricity generation. Also visit the Tea factory and museum where you will see how tea leaves are processed. 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 blessedwith 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 aSpice 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.
In and around AlleppeyAfter breakfast, depart from the hotel and drive to 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 village for the night. Settle in for dinner at night. Note: Cruising is not possible during the night as it is during this time that local fishermen put their nets. Overnight stay at houseboat in Alleppey.
After breakfast, drive to Cochin Airport to board flight back home with sweet memories.