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Taj Mahal with Kerala Backwaters
Covered Destination : Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Delhi - Chennai - Trivandrum - Cochin - Periyar - Madurai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Chennai
Duration : 13 Nights / 14 Days

Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
On arrival at Delhi you will be received at the airport with garlands. Our executive would escort you to your pre-booked Deluxe / Luxury Hotel. We would have done a pre check-in for you at the hotel which saves you time in the middle of the night.

Day 02 : Delhi
Today you will take full day sightseeing tour of New Delhi and Old Delhi New Delhi visit includes Qutab Minar, one of the earliest remains of Imperial Delhi (13th century AD) Humayun's Tomb-the fine monument believed to be forerunner of Taj Mehal, India Gata, the 42 metre high arch was raised as a memorial to soldiers, drives past Parliament House, President's House, Secretariat Building, Laxminarayan Temple and The Connaught Place.

Delhi is just not a city but it is a book-- a book which narrates the history of India. The city was built and destroyed seven times and has been witness to the various events which has brought India through the history books. Seven times this city went through the pain of being built and rebuilt.

Today as the capital of India Delhi is the seat of administration and the monuments which tell the saga of a bygone era stand there. These icons are testimony to the grandeur of past and also an attraction for the tourists. With an area of 1483 sq. Kms, Delhi is all set to acquire full statehood. The charm of Delhi has attracted Emperors, Conquerors and poor in equally. It is correctly said that Delhi is a land of 'Dilwalas' or for people with heart. This phrase acquires a true colour when one goes around the lanes of Delhi.

Day 03 : Delhi - Agra
Today you will start for Agra early in the morning after breakfast. En-route you will visit the SIKANDRA. Check-in at your pre-booked Deluxe / Luxury hotel. In the afternoon the guide takes you to the other breath taking sites from the mughal era, including the Taj Mahal, Agra fort and itmad-ud-daulah , commonly known as baby Taj. After the sightseeing you will return to the hotel.

Taj Mahal
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved consort Mumtaz Mahal. This beautiful mausoleum took 22 years to complete with a work force of 20,000 craftsmen and master builders, who came from all over Asia to join in this great work from Baghdad, Shiraz, Delhi, Samarkand and Turkey. The marble, India s finest; was quarried at Makrana near Jodhpur. Precious and semi precious stones were imported from distant lands : Jasper from Punjab, Jade & Crystal from China, Turquoise from Tibet, Lapis from Afghanistan and Ceylon, Chrysolite from Egypt, Amethyst from Persia, Agate from Yemen, Malachite from Russia, Diamonds from Golconda and Mother of Pearl from the Indian Ocean.

Day 04 : Jaipur
Today morning after breakfast at hotel you will be driven to Jaipur, visiting en-route Fatehpur Sikri. Upon arrival, check-in at your pre-booked Deluxe / Luxury Hotel.

Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan, is popularly known as the ' Pink City ' because of the pink-coloured buildings in its old city. It sits on a dry lake bed in a somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills surmounted by forts and crenellated walls. This buzzing metropolis is certainly a place of wild contrasts and a feast for the eyes. All through, Jaipur has retained its strong Rajputana flavour tempered by several influences - the mughal being the most prominent. The region's strong cultural heritage is distinctly evident even today. The city is a visitor's delight. From the intricate, delicate looking Hawa Mahal to the graphic forms of the Jantar Mantar - an open air observatory of outsized astronomical instruments, the Badi Chaupar lined with shopsand business establishments on both sides to the majestic fort-palace.

Day 05 : Jaipur
Today morning after breakfast at hotel you will take excursion to Amber Fort, set in a picturesque location. Amer is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Built in the 16th century by Raja Mansingh in red sandstone and white marble, the palace complex has some very interesting apartments. Jai Mandir, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas, Ganesh Pol and Temple of Kali are some of the prominent areas of interest. Elephants are provided to ascend the fort to visit the complex.

Day 06 : Jaipur - Delhi

Today morning after breakfast at hotel you will proceed for shopping. Later you will leave for Delhi after lunch. Reach at Delhi and you will be transferred to airport for flight to Chennai. Upon arrival, check-in at your pre-booked Deluxe / Luxury Hotel.

Day 08 : Chennai - Trivandrum
Today morning after breakfast at hotel you will be transfer to Somatheeram Ayurvedic Resort.
Thiruvananthapuram which was previously called Trivandrum, is an ancient city with tradition dating back to 1000 BC. Thiruvananthapuram became the capital of Raja of Travancore in 1750.
The city gets its name from the word, Thiru-anantha-puram, meaning the city of Anantha or the abode of the sacred Serpent Anantha on which Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the Hindu trinity, reclines.

Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the state of Kerala is a beautiful seaside city built on seven hills. It is located on the west coast of India near the extreme south of the mainland spreading over a total of 2,192sq.km.

Day 09 : Ayurvedic Beach Resort
Relax and enjoy the facilities at the resort including private beach, yoga, massage, nature walks, and classical music and dance programs on open-air stage, visits to local traditional village.

Discover the Secret of Eternal Youth, athe Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Centre in Somatheeram. This exclusive programme is based on the Vedic Science - Ayurveda and is directed towards strenghtening your immune system and preventing disease. The rejuvenation program for each individual is drawn out by the ayurvedic physician after a thorough evaluation. Get to know more of this majestic, mysterious land. Set off on a fascinating tour experience with visits to nearby palaces and monuments.

Day 10 : Backwaters of Kerala
Today morning after breakfast at resort you will be driven to the pier to board a private rice boat and then cruise through the narrow canals and wide lakes enjoying the scenic natural beauty -- coconut trees, rice patties, and small villages. Meals and overnight will be on houseboats.

Day 11 : Backwaters - Cochin
Today in morning relax on houseboat and enjoy the beauty of nature, after lunch you will be driven to Cochin and on arrival you will be transferred to your pre-booked Deluxe / Luxury hotel.

Kochi
is known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea and the Queen of the Adriatic. It is also referred to as the Gateway of South India.
Over the centuries, the princely state of Kochi came under numerous empires. The original local rulers were dominated by the Portugese, Dutch, British and even the Zamorin of Kozhikode (Calicut). Around 1530 AD, under the Portugese, Kochi grew into a prosperous town. The ruler of Kochi gave the Portugese, permission to build a fort at Kochi called 'Manuel Kotta' - which is the first European fort in Kochi.

Day 12 : Cochin
Today morning after breakfast at hotel you will take full day sightseeing tour of city. Enjoy a Kathakali dance performance at Cochin Cultural Center, arriving by 5 pm to watch the make-up. Dinner will be at traditional Kerala restaurant.

Day 13: Periyar
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is home to bison, antelopes, sambars, wild boars, monkeys, langurs, a wide variety of birds, and some 750 elephants. You will take game viewing by private motor-boat in the evening, (the best time to see wildlife). On arrival you will be transferred to your pre-booked Deluxe / Luxury hotel.

Periyar : One of the well known wildlife sanctuaries in the south, Periyar sanctuary attracts a large number of nature lovers every year. Also called the Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary, this place is ideal for watching the animals in their natural habitat.
The forest here slopes into the manmade lake at the bottom of the hill. This lake serves as the waterhole for the animals and they come here to drink or take a dip. Elephants, Gaur, Sambhar and even tigers can be spotted here.
There are boat services which takes the visitor around the lake. The best season to visit the park is between October and June. Spread over 777 sq.km of the Cardamom Hills of Western Ghats, the Periyar sanctuary is located 137 km from Madurai.
Although an excursion on the splendid artificial lake is the standard way to experience the sanctuary, you can also walk around with the local guide in a small group. Wild Elephant herds come to the lake to frolic in the water.
Other attractions of the sanctuary are the Sambhar, Bison, Spotted Deer, Tigers, Leopards, Malabar Flying Squirrels, Stripe necked Mongooses, etc. There are over 260 species of birds here; including Nilgiri Wood Pigeons, blue-winged Parakeets, and White bellied Tree Pies, laughing Thrushes and Fly Catchers.

Day 14 : Periyar - Madurai
Relax and have breakfast at Periyar in the morning. In afternoon, you will be driven to Madurai, "The Temple City of India." Evening relaxed overview of the city, independent strolling. On arrival you will be transferred to your pre-booked Deluxe / Luxury hotel.


Day 15 : Madurai - Chennai (Madras)
Today morning after breakfast at hotel you will take full day sightseeing: Sri Meenakshi Temple, Tirumalai Nayak Palace, Tiruparankundram (rock-cut) Temple, Alagarkoil Temple. In evening you will take flight to Madras. On arrival you will be transferred to your pre-booked Deluxe / Luxury hotel.

Day 16 : Madras
Today morning after breakfast at hotel you will take full day sightseeing of Madras: Kapaleeshwarar Temple, San Thome Cathedral, Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Fort St. George, the Marina.

Day 17 : Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram
Today morning after breakfast at hotel you will visit temples of Kanchipuram en-route to Mahabalipuram. Kailasanatha Temple, Vaikunta Perumal Temple, Sri Ekambaranathar Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple, Devarajaswami Temple. On arrival at Mahabalipuram you will be transferred to your pre-booked Deluxe / Luxury hotel.

Day 18 : Mahabalipuram
Today morning after breakfast at hotel you will relax; afternoon takes sightseeing: Five Rathas, Shore Temple, ArjunaÕs Penance, Mandapams, and Krishna Mandapam.

Day 19 : Madras
Today morning after breakfast at hotel you will relax. Late afternoon you will be driven back to Madras. Transfer to international airport for flight home.

The tour includes :
a) Accommodation in the prescribed category of hotels on twin sharing basis with breakfast on regular basis.
b) A/c Transport of high standards with soft beverages and mineral water served during drives with compliments.
c) Entrances at all the monuments and services of an excellent personal guide at all the destinations.
d) Assistance upon arrival and departure by our skilled representatives at all destinations.
e) Meals as prescribed
f) Goa package would include breakfast, food credit vouchers, a boat cruise, 2 half day sight seeing.
f) All internal flights.

Exclusions :
a) International flights from Varanasi to Kathamandu & Kathamandu to Delhi With Taxes Extra
b) International Flight From Your Country to India and Back.
c) Any tips for the porters, drivers or the tour guides.
d) Any drinks and beverages during the paid meals, if not specified.






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