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Highlights of North and South India Tour

Adventure Tours

15 Days

THE TOUR AT THE GLANCE

The North and South India tour is a private journey that perfectly blends Rajasthan & Kerala: two of the most enticing regions of the subcontinent. Travelling by train, plane, car, and houseboat, on this tour you’ll be able to experience the diversity of India, with the tigers and glittering forts & palaces of Rajasthan being complimented and contrasted with the scenic beauty, spices and easy ways of tropical Kerala.  Your Rajasthan and Kerala tour begins in the vibrant Indian capital Delhi, then continues to Agra where you’ll see sunrise over the magnificent milk-white Taj Mahal. A journey by rail will then bring you to Ranthambore, where you’ll go in search of the Royal Bengal Tiger. Continue to the pink city of Jaipur – the regal capital of Rajasthan –  where experiences include driving up to the spectacular yellow hued Amer fort, gazing on Maharaja’s private art collection at the City Palace, and staying in a luxurious palace hotel or charming traditional haveli. On flying south to the historic spice port of Cochin, you’ll swap the glittering culture of Rajasthan for the idyllic tropical landscapes of Kerala. From historic Cochin on the Indian Ocean, a journey inland will bring to the tranquil shores of Lake Vembanad where there will be time to relax amongst the manicured lawns and swaying coconut palms of your resort. Next, a sedately paced cruise on a privately chartered traditional houseboat will enable you to explore the enchanting waterways of Kerala’s backwaters. Concluding the North & South India tour are two nights at Mararikulam where you will be able to unwind on the virtually empty beaches.

  • Walk thru Asia’s largest Spice Market and explore narrowlane in Old Delhi
  • Explore an authentic sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi – Heritage Monuments and UNESCO Sites are on the itinerary
  • Experience the magnificent Taj Mahal – the symbol of love and one of the Wonders of the world
  • See the breathtaking Taj Mahal bathed in soft morning light, gazing in awe at the simple purity of its white marble and the exquisite craftsmanship of its inlay work
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the 400-year-old deserted Moghul city of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Spot tigers, elephants, sloths, and birds on safaris and nature walks in two of India’s wildlife viewing hotspot at Ranthambhore national parks.
  • Go for exploratory sightseeing tour of Jaipur – Heritage Monuments, forts and palaces etc. are part of your itinerary.
  • Explore the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, capital of the desert kingdom of Rajasthan with a guided city tour
  • Explore the magnificence of the Pink City and make the most of your elephant ride which takes you to the top of Amber Palace in Jaipur
  • Cruise the winding backwaters of Kerala and further immerse yourself in life on the water with an island homestay in this idyllic region.
  • Explore the dense forest at Periyar National Park, stopping at Periyar Lake with the hope of spotting herds of elephants and bisons at the waterside
  • Watch the fishermen of Cochin and discover the traditional Chinese fishing nets and techniques that date back to the 14th century.
  • Visit the local Spice Plantations  in Periyar
  • Spend a night in a Luxurious Houseboat in Kumarakom – a truly memorable experience.
  • Undergo Ayurvda Therapy in Kumarakom and rejuvenate.(Optional)

EXPERIENCES AND VISITS IN THIS TOUR JOURNEY

  • Walk thru Asia’s largest Spice Market and explore narrowlane in Old Delhi
  • Explore an authentic sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi – Heritage Monuments and UNESCO Sites are on the itinerary
  • Experience the magnificent Taj Mahal – the symbol of love and one of the Wonders of the world
  • See the breathtaking Taj Mahal bathed in soft morning light, gazing in awe at the simple purity of its white marble and the exquisite craftsmanship of its inlay work
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the 400-year-old deserted Moghul city of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Spot tigers, elephants, sloths, and birds on safaris and nature walks in two of India’s wildlife viewing hotspot at Ranthambhore national parks.
  • Go for exploratory sightseeing tour of Jaipur – Heritage Monuments, forts and palaces etc. are part of your itinerary.
  • Explore the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, capital of the desert kingdom of Rajasthan with a guided city tour
  • Explore the magnificence of the Pink City and make the most of your elephant ride which takes you to the top of Amber Palace in Jaipur
  • Cruise the winding backwaters of Kerala and further immerse yourself in life on the water with an island homestay in this idyllic region.
  • Explore the dense forest at Periyar National Park, stopping at Periyar Lake with the hope of spotting herds of elephants and bisons at the waterside
  • Watch the fishermen of Cochin and discover the traditional Chinese fishing nets and techniques that date back to the 14th century.
  • Visit the local Spice Plantations  in Periyar
  • Spend a night in a Luxurious Houseboat in Kumarakom – a truly memorable experience.
  • Undergo Ayurvda Therapy in Kumarakom and rejuvenate.(Optional)

VIEW FULL ITINERARY

Delhi is one of India's most colourful and exciting metropolises, where the old and new cities exist harmoniously together.Upon arrival into Delhi, you will be met by our representatives who will transfer you to your hotel for check in.

Optional: enjoy an optional guided walk through the Mehrauli Archaeological Park and discover medieval monuments such as Balban’s Tomb and Rajon ki Baoli – an elaborate stairwell. The park is scattered with monuments from the pre-Islamic to the late Mughal and the colonial period that provide an interesting insight into Delhi at its various stages of development

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast ( Continental Plan )

In the morning you will visit Jama Masjid, the largest and most well-known mosque in India, Raj Ghat- a simple and stunning memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, one of the main architects of India’s Independence from the British. Enjoy a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk followed by the orientation walk in Asia’s Largest Spice Market. Old Delhi street food is bestenjoyed in its original setting, in the noisy labyrinthine by-lanes of Chawri Bazaar and Chandni Chowk; pass by the Redd Fort - this mighty fort was built with red sandstones under the rule of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1638.

Afternoon proceed for a visit to Lutyen’s Delhi, primarily consisting of the administrative area of the capital, India Gate and the Viceroy’s House (which is now known as Rashtrapati Bhawan). Visit Qutub Minar- the tallest stone tower as well as one of the finest Islamic structures raised in India; Humayun's Tomb- this magnificent garden tomb is the first substantial example of Mughal architecture in India.

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast ( Continental Plan )

Today, Travel by road to Agra, once the capital of the Mughal Empire and home to the inimitable Taj Mahal. En route, visit Sikandra - the splendid red sandstone tomb of Emperor Akbar. In the afternoon, visit Hessing’s Tomb, which was inspired by the Taj Mahal and is known locally as the ‘Red Taj’.

Continue to the striking tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah, popularly referred to as ‘Baby Taj’ and believed to be the first monument in India to be built entirely of white marble. The day concludes with a stroll through Mehtab Bagh, a classic Mughal Garden that offers outstanding views of the Taj Mahal at sunset.

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast ( Continental Plan )

Rise early to visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Built as a monument to eternal love and described by poet Rabindranath Tagore as "a teardrop on the cheek of time", this magnificent 17th century mausoleum made of milk-white makrana marble was created by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tribute to the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz.

Next, visit the imposing Agra Fort, which provides an insight into 16th century Mughal court as well as the lifestyle of the Mughals. Then, continue to Fatehpur Sikri, (UNESCO Heritage Site), a remarkably preserved red sandstone fortress, which was the ephemeral capital of Emperor Akbar. Visit the Great Mosque, with the tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti, the Jewel House also called Diwan-i-Khas (Audience Hall) containing the pillar of Akbar and the giant chessboard

Then drive to Ranthambore National Park – India’s premier tiger reserve. Upon arrival check in at Hotel.

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast + Dinner ( Modified American Plan )

Set off on an early morning game drive (shared jeep*) accompanied by a naturalist in search of Bengal Tiger, Sloth Bear, Nilgai, Hyena and Crocodile. Then following a leisurely breakfast and time to relax, drive to picturesque Ranthambore Fort for a picnic lunch. Late this afternoon return to Ranthambore with you naturalist (shared jeep **).

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ( American Plan )

Today, take a scenic drive through the countryside will bring you to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, the pulsating capital of Rajasthan.

Jaipur the largest city in the state of Rajasthan is rich in heritage, culture and architecture with splendid forts, palaces, temples and beautiful quiet havelis. Apart from these captivating attractions, Jaipur also shows exquisite craftsmanship and stunning jewelry. These intricate artworks give life and color to the uniqueness of this pink city. In

Optional: Indian family for high tea with cookies in Jaipur with traditional welcome

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast ( Continental Plan )

Morning visit the city of Amber and its fort. Erected on a vast hill, the citadel and its fort were intended to protect the ancient capital of the state of Jaipur. Visit the various rooms, the inner courtyards, the rooms of public hearings, the Mughal gardens with star-shaped flower beds. In addition, Amber Fort offers panoramic views of Lake Maota. Other stops include the Hawa Mahal - the famous and magnificent Palace of the Winds.

Afternoon visit the City Palace of Jaipur, always occupied by maharaja and his family since the 18th century. The

ensemble is a superb blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Visit the palace museum with the collections of

miniatures, manuscripts, Mughal rugs, musical instruments, royal costumes, allowing you to discover the historical and artistic past of Jaipur. At the end of the day, you will take rickshaw ride in the old town of Jaipur.

Optional: Bollywood movie at Raj Mandir

Rajmandir was the dream of Shri MehtabchandraGolcha who wanted a cinema hall that will cross the boundary of traditional cinema and will showcase more than just movie. He wanted a cinema hall that could hold his audience for his style and elegance. A cinema that will make his audience feel like that they are the royal guest of a palace and are invited for a complete entertainment. Rajmandir was his idea that has proud India and over the years has witnessed many movie premiers, and has become one of the most popular tourist place of Jaipur. Rajmandir is owned by BhuramalRajmalSurana , the reputed jewellers of Jaipur since 250 Years.

Option:Folk dance with dinner in Jaipur

Witness the renowned folk dancers bring the royal dining assembly to life as they sway to Rajasthani folk numbers. You can join them for a memorable evening& followed by dinner

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast ( Continental Plan )

Rise early and fly from Jaipur to Cochin via Mumbai / Ahmedabad On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your chosen hotel set . The remainder of the day will be at leisure.

In the evening witness the Kathakali dance show- The dancers are elaborately made up with paint and masks, accompanied with drummers and musicians.

Note, Jewish Synagogue on every Fridays and Saturdays.

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast ( Continental Plan )

Today, travel by road to Munnar is one of the most beautiful and scenic road trips in India. Covered in lush green terrace fields of coffee, with black thundering clouds hanging over the top of the hills. There are several waterfalls that you get to see, some from far, some from more nearby, on the way.Arrive and check in at Hotel.

In the afternoon, you will visit Srishti is a welfare center ,which is managed and run by Tata Tea. It comes under Tata Global Beverages’ Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. It aims at giving a quality life to the families of tea pluckers in Munnar. Srishti also helps in shaping up the future of differently abled children majority of who belong to these families. The tea pluckers are paid on daily basis and needless to say they don’t earn generous amount. Srishti runs various projects which aims at securing a good future for these kids. The projects which define Srishti which are Development Activities in Rehabilitations (DARE), Aranaya, Athulya and Strawberry Preserve Making Unit.

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast ( Continental Plan )

Today, visit The Eravikulam National Park shelters the rare NilgiriTahr, which is very near to extinction. They are friendly, docile and naturally tamed. Pat them or pose for pictures with them; you'll surely have plenty to brag about back home after meeting them! Then visit to Mattupetty Dam. This important site is a vital source of electricity generation and also a haven for many wild animals and birds due to its constant water availability.

In the afternoon you will  visit to the Tata Tea Museum located at the Nallathanni Estate. As evidenced by the surrounding tea plantations, the industry has played an integral part in the area's history. Showcasing photographs and machinery, the tea factory museum reveals a detailed insight into how tea is processed from fresh green leaves to the final product, ready to be packaged. The museum also pays homage to the workers who have kept the industry alive for many generations. 

Rest of the day you'll have free time to explore Munnar at your own pace. Perhaps you'd like to wander the colorful streets and poke around a few bazaars for potential souvenirs.

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast ( Continental Plan )

Today drive to Thekkady–(Periyar) -India's Largest Tiger Reserve

The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. The Periyar forests of Thekkady are one of the finest wildlife reserves in India. Spreads across the entire district are the picturesque plantations and hill towns that nestle beautiful trails for treks and mountain walks. It is one of the oldest tiger reserves in the country.

Afternoon go on a boat ride inside the Periyar National Park- Explore the Periyar National Park through its waterways. Set off on a boat ride over the serene artificial lake located right in the middle of the forest. Witness various wildlife of the sanctuary like gaur, sambar deer, wild boar, leopard and more. You may also capture herds of elephants skirting the banks, mud bathing or playing in the wetlands. Listen to the birds chirping and the sound of water cascading below.

Later take a guided tour of the spice plantations in Thekkady – Enter the plantations and the intoxicating aroma of cloves, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon or cardamom takes over.This will be followed by a walking tour of the interesting Kumily market. The town is always teeming with activity. It is famous for its spice and tea plantations and is among the most important commercial centers in Kerala.Meet and interact with the locals and know about their lifestyle.

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast ( Continental Plan )

Today, travel  by road to Alleppey (Alappuzha).Arrive Alleppey and board on Houseboat -Set out on an enchanting overnight backwater cruise in traditionally decorated houseboats. Check-in time is 01:00 PM and cruise starts with lunch. While cruising in these floating luxury-villas, let your eyes settle for the rare and the unusual - skim past Chinese fishing nets, bowed-down paddy fields, and local inhabitants engaged in making coir products, rustic homes, and ancient temples and swaying coconut groves. Food will be served onboard. A backwater holiday on Kerala style houseboats or "Kettuvalloms". These palm-covered country boats are designed to navigate the narrowest of canals.

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ( American Plan )

Today, Disembark from the houseboat and transfer to a luxury backwater resort.

Optional: Undergo Ayurvda Therapy in Kumarakom and rejuvenate

And visit   Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary- boasts of avifauna species and entices nature lovers from almost all the corners of the globe. his bird reserve during your Kerala trip, you can spot a number of rare and exotic species of birds. 

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast ( Continental Plan )

Today, travel by road to Cochin. On arrival check in at Hotel

In the afternoon enjoy a tour of Cochin. Visit St. Francis Church, built in 1562 by St. Francis; this is India’s oldest

European-built church. Continue on to Mattanchery Dutch Palace, a double-storied palace. The most important feature of Mattanchery Palace is the murals in the bedchambers, which depict scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata. Proceed to the Jewish Synagogue, with its exquisite interior, which was constructed in 1568 and make a stop at the Jewish cemetery. Continue along the coastline, where one can view the unique and still-in- use Chinese Fishing Nets which were introduced by Chinese traders in the 14th Century. The tour ends in the Fort Kochi area where you can walk through the historical Dutch and Portuguese buildings. Some parts of this nearly 500-year-old Fort are still amazingly well preserved.

- Overnight at Hotel
- Breakfast ( Continental Plan )

Later in time transfer to Trivandrum airport to board flight back home.

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE IN YOUR TOUR COST

  • Accommodation for total 14 nights on sharing twin / double room on bed & breakfast basis.
  • All Meals at on Houseboat in Alleppey
  • Transfers, sightseeing and excursions as per the program by air-conditioned Medium car.
  • All entrance fees to the monuments as mentioned in the program
  • English speaking Local guide as per program,
  • Cycle rickshaw ride in the local bazaar in Delhi & Jaipur.
  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur.
  • 02 Jeep safari for jungle excursion in Ranthambore.
  • Evening Watch Kathakali Dance Performance in Cochin
  • Visit Spice Plantation in Periyar
  • Enjoy boat ride on Periyar Lake 
  • Private Houseboat cruise through the backwaters of Kerala.
  • Company representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
  • All presently applicable taxes including the GST charges levied recently by the Government.
  • Two bottles of mineral water each day during sightseeing.

TOUR COST WILL NOT INCLUDE FOLLOWING EXPENSES

  • Accommodation for total 14 nights on sharing twin / double room on bed & breakfast basis.
  • All Meals at on Houseboat in Alleppey
  • Transfers, sightseeing and excursions as per the program by air-conditioned Medium car.
  • All entrance fees to the monuments as mentioned in the program
  • English speaking Local guide as per program,
  • Cycle rickshaw ride in the local bazaar in Delhi & Jaipur.
  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur.
  • 02 Jeep safari for jungle excursion in Ranthambore.
  • Evening Watch Kathakali Dance Performance in Cochin
  • Visit Spice Plantation in Periyar
  • Enjoy boat ride on Periyar Lake 
  • Private Houseboat cruise through the backwaters of Kerala.
  • Company representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
  • All presently applicable taxes including the GST charges levied recently by the Government.
  • Two bottles of mineral water each day during sightseeing.


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