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Trip to India 02 (Fixed Departure - Group Tours)


Duration: 15 Nights/ 16 Days
Destinations: Delhi- Agra- Jaipur- Delhi- Cochin- Munnar- Periyar- Houseboat- Kovalam- Trivandrum airport


Here are our Fixed Departure Dates:

1st GROUP : 28th January’2017

2nd GROUP : 25th February’2017

3rd GROUP : 24th March’2017


Here is the final program :


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Day 01: London/ Delhi- Fly
This evening, fly to Delhi.
Overnight on board.


Day 02: Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi in the morning @ 11am


Welcome to India!!

 

Delhi, the city is acclaimed for being the cultural capital of India. The spectacular architecture of Delhi city is evident through its antique monuments. This city witnesses an interesting blend of diverse cultures (some even 5000 years old). Delhi has always had a mysterious eternity, the city having witnessed empires rise to glory and fall to ashes. The contemporary Delhi is a culmination of seven cities built by different emperors. Ruins of this ancient city are found even today and now converted to some major tourist attractions, which can be seen during city tours.


You will be well received on your arrival at Delhi airport and transfer to hotel.

Arrive hotel and check into hotel.

Lunch at hotel and rest of the afternoon at leisure.

OR Visit the famous Hindu Temple- Akshar Dham Temple.


Akshardham Temple , is a magnificent Hindu shrine, situated in the east region of New Delhi. Located on the banks of River Yamuna, it was inaugurated in November 2005, by the former President of India - APJ Abdul Kalam, the Prime Minister - Man Mohan Singh and Pramukh Swami Maharaj - the spiritual leader of BAPS. Pramukh Swami Maharaj is the current spiritual leader of Swaminarayan Sanstha, BAPS. Swaminarayan Akshardham was constructed under his guidance, after his guru, Yogiji Maharaj, expressed a wish for the same.
Dinner & Overnight at hotel.


Day 03: Delhi

After breakfast at hotel, proceed for city tour of Old & New Delhi.


The city of Delhi can broadly be divided into two parts, Old Delhi and New Delhi.

Old Delhi was the capital of Delhi’s Muslim rulers notably the Mughals between 17th & 19th centuries. New Delhi

on the other hand is referred to as the IMPERIAL city when the British decided to move their capital from Calcutta in 1911.

Lunch at local restaurant.


The sightseeing of Old Delhi includes a visit to Jama Masjid which is India's largest mosque, built of red sandstone and white marble in the middle of the 17th century. Red Fort, a 17th century fort complex constructed by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the walled city of Old Delhi. Rajghat, cremation site of father of Nation- Mahatma Gandhi) and rickshaw ride through the streets of Chandni Chawk (Silver Street), once the imperial avenue down which Shah Jehan rode at the head of lavish cavalcades, is today bustling with shops, stalls and silversmiths' ateliers.


Sightseeing of New Delhi includes a visit to India Gate, built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War. Drive pass Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy is today the official residence of the President of India and Parliament House, an unique circular building with huge colonnades, houses the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament. Humayun's Tomb is the first Mughal garden tomb. Visitors are immediately struck by the tomb's resemblance to its more famous cousin - the Taj Mahal - with its four grand gateways, octagonal base-plan, soaring niche-shaped arches, lofty double domes and the symmetrical garden with its central canal. And finally Qutab Minar, one of Delhi’s most striking monuments, which is the world's tallest brick minaret with a height of 72.5 meters.
Dinner & Overnight at hotel.


Day 04: Delhi/ Agra (210Kms & 4hrs drive)

After breakfast at hotel, drive to Agra.


Agrais the city of Taj Mahal and one of the famed cities of India. Once the capital of the Mughal Empire, Agra houses one of world's most spectacular monuments - Taj Mahal. The history of Agra is much older than the times of Mughals. The Mughal rule had transformed the city into one of the great centers ofart, culture, learning and commerce. Magnificent monuments in majestic work of art and architecture are still flourishing with arts and crafts including leather work and pietra dura marble-inlay work.

Arrive Agra and check in to your hotel.

Lunch at hotel.

In the afternoon, proceed for city tour of Agra, visiting the massive Agra Fort- constructed out of red sand stone by the Mughal Emperor Akbar and containing the Halls of Public and Private Audience. And the world famous Taj Mahal at sunset, which was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the mausoleum of his beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal, after her death in 1631. The Taj Mahal is recognized worldwide as a symbol of eternal love.

Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays.

Dinner & Overnight at hotel.


Day 05: Agra/ Fatehpur Sikri/ Bharatpur/Jaipur (230Kms & 5- 6hrs drive)

This early morning, visit the famous Taj Mahal at sunrise (2nd visit).

Return to hotel for breakfast.


After breakfast at hotel, drive towards Jaipur.


On the way, visit Fatehpur Sikri (40kms from Agra) & Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (17kms from Fatehpur Sikri).


Fatehpur Sikri, was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar. He is also reputed to be a very tolerant ruler, and the buildings at Fatehpur Sikri blended both Islamic and Hindu elements in their architectural style. One of the buildings even reflects the new syncretistic faith founded by Akbar, Din-e-ilahi, which though very short-lived remains a matter of controversy.

Continue drive towards Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

The Keoladeo Ghana National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Rajasthan is a famous avifauna sanctuary that sees (or saw) thousands of rare and highly endangered birds such as the Siberian Crane come here during the winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to have made the National Park their home. It is also a major tourist centre with scores of ornithologists arriving here in the hibernal season. It was declared a protected sanctuary in 1971. It is also a declared World Heritage Site. Visit the sanctuary in rickshaws.

Lunch at local restaurant and continue drive to Jaipur.

Jaipur was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743) and is the capital of Rajasthan. Jaipur is surrounded by hills and dotted with forts. Houses with pink latticed windows line the streets, and look almost magical at sunset. Jaipur’s regal heritage is evident in its architecture and culture. Beautifully laid out gardens and parks, attractive monuments and marvelous heritage hotels, once the residence of Maharajas are testaments to the Rajasthan of yesteryears. The arts and crafts of the state are amazing. The bazaars are a lot of fun for not just what are available, but also for the cheerful people in their traditional costumes.

Arrive Jaipur in the evening and check into your hotel.
Dinner & Overnight at hotel.


Day 06: Jaipur

After Breakfast at hotel, proceed to visit Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the present day rulers of Jaipur.

Ascend the Fort on elephant back (subject to availability).

The building of the fort palace was started by Raja Mansingh a noted general in Emperor Akbar’s army.

Successive rulers later added to the fort. Its architecture is highly influenced by the Mughals.

Lunch at local restaurant.

In the afternoon, proceed to city tour of Jaipur, visiting City Palace, built between 1728 & 1732, it occupies the center of Jaipur and is surrounded by high walls. The important buildings within the Palace are textile and the costume museum, armory museum, Diwan-I-Khas and Diwan-I-am. Jantar Mantar is the largest stone observatory in the World and one of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur.Hawa Mahal or the Palace of the Winds, possibly Jaipur’s most famous building which was built for the ladies of the harem.
Dinner & Overnight in Jaipur.


Day 07: Jaipur/ Delhi (260Kms & 5hrs drive) & Delhi/ Cochin- Fly

After breakfast at hotel, drive to Delhi.

Lunch on the way at local restaurant.

Arrive Delhi and transfer to Delhi airport to board flight to Cochin.


Nestling between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, Kerala is an enchanting mosaic of coconut groves and paddy fields, beaches, backwaters and verdant hills. Cochin, Kerala’s main trading center for spices and sea food is also Kerala’s most cosmopolitan city. According to legend, Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Vishnu, created Kerala by throwing his battle-axe into the sea. The abundance of canals, lagoons and lakes in the state seem to reinforce this legend of a land born from the sea. Undoubtedly the commercial hub of Kerala, the city of Cochin is where ancient civilization gracefully mingles with modern life. Right from the early years, Cochin has had cultural and trade relations with the outside world. She had also experienced pulsating episodes of European colonial rivalry. Today with a natural, all-weather harbor and replete with serene backwaters, beautiful lagoons, wooded isles, and a magnificent seascape, Cochin is indeed the Queen of the Arabian Sea.
You will be well received on your arrival at the Cochin airport and transfer to hotel.
Arrive Hotel and check- into your room.
Dinner & overnight at hotel.


Day 08: Cochin

After breakfast at hotel, proceed to visit the city of Cochin, visiting historic Jewish Synagogue (closed Friday & Saturdays), with its Cantonese tiled floors, fine antique shops, and warehouses creaking with bric-a-brac. Also visit the Portuguese built The Mattanchery Palace or Dutch Palace (closed Fridays)- an amazing museum that displays the artifacts of the erstwhile Rajahs of Cochin and visit the enduring 16th century AD attractions for Fort Cochin, the Church of St Francis, within which is the Tomb of Vasco da Gama.

Lunch at local restaurant.

In the Evening take a sunset boat cruise around Cochin harbor and visit Chinese fishing nets of Cochin are fixed land installations for an unusual form of fishing.
Later, proceed to witness the famous Kathakali Dance performance, the riveting 400 year old dance drama of Kerala that narrates sequences from the India religious epic, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Visually startling, one of the most interesting aspects of Kathakali is its elaborate make-up code and unusual costumes.

Dinner & Overnight in the hotel.


Day 09: Cochin/ Munnar (140Kms & 4hrs drive)

After breakfast at hotel, drive to Munnar.

As you go up slowly through the narrow winding roads, you will see all the shades of green that God created. From the lush carpets of the tea bushes to the silver green of the oak it is all there on the mountains of Munnar. The marvelous hill resort of Munnar lays at the confluence of three mountain streams namely Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, Since the British rule Munnar has been thronged by tourists. The lovely landscape, the teagardens and the pleasant weather make it a picture perfect destination. The hill resort is situated at an altitude of 1520meters, in the eastern part of Kerala. The Western Ghats of Kerala stand close to Munnar. The highest peak of Anaimudi is quiet close to the hill resort. The hills neighboring Munnar present a spectacular sight only once in every twelve years. The Neelakurunji plant grows on the hills and bloom to cover the entire mountain range.
Arrive Munnar and check into your hotel.
Lunch at hotel.
In the afternoon, proceed to visit the tea plantations.
The Tea estates here look like manicured landscaped gardens, sprawling endlessly over hills and valleys. The Cardamom Hills, rising to heights of over 8,000ft above sea-level, are in themselves very beautiful but the tea plantations make them breathtakingly scenic. From a height, the tea bushes, pruned to a uniform height, seem like a well-maintained, elaborately designed lawn with criss-crossing lines. The lines, of course, are the narrow corridors between the bushes to allow access to the pluckers. They could be concentric circles on a hill, sequential parallelogram at another or just straight parallel lines in a third. It’s the lines, in fact, and their alignment that makes the panorama so picturesque: hill after rolling hill carpeted in shades of green, each carpet uniquely designed.
Dinner & Overnight in the hotel.


Day 10: Munnar

After Breakfast at hotel, proceed for full trip around Munnar, visiting The Mattupeety Lake, is one of the major tourist attractions around Munnar. The Lake at a one of the major tourist attractions around Munnar. The Lake at a distance of 13kms from Munnar, was created by a small hydroelectricity dam is flanked by steep hills and woods all around. The Top Station is a vintage point around Munnar that offers panoramic views of the lovely landscapes and the valley. Echo Point, This scenic place gets its name from the natural echo phenomenon here. Echo point is on the way to Top Station from Munnar. Kundala is a picturesque town on the way to Top Station. The Golf Course which belongs to Tata Tea Ltd. is located here. The Kundala artificial dam is another attraction. Aruvikkad Waterfall is also near Kundala. Attukal Waterfalls, is located just 9kms from Munnar is breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls and rolling hills, Attukal, located between Munnar and Pallivasal, is a feast for the senses. The place is also ideal for long treks.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Dinner & Overnight in the hotel.


Day 11: Munnar/ Periyar (120Kms & 3hrs drive)

After Breakfast at hotel, drive to Periyar.


Periyar Tiger Reserve and National Park - Established in 1934 as the Nelliampatty Sanctuary, the park was enlarged in 1950 and is India's southernmost tiger reserve. The lake covers some 10 sq. miles and most of the sanctuary is undulating.
Arrive Periyar and check into your hotel.
Lunch at hotel.
In the evening, proceed for boat cruise in Periyar National Park to see wild life.
Boat cruises make the best option to check out the wilds of Periyar Sanctuary. Today the Periyar Lake presents an excellent boating spot for tourists. Although it is unusual to see many animals from the boats, still you spot a family of Elephants, Wild Boar and Sambar Deer by the water's edge. The upper deck is best for wildlife viewing when taking a boat cruise, but better turn up half an hour early to get the best seat. To maximize you chances.
Dinner & Overnight at hotel in Periyar.


Day 12: Periyar/ Alleppey (120Kms & 4hrs drive)/ Houseboat

After Breakfast at hotel, proceed to visit the plantation.
The spice plantation in Thekkady is a prime attraction of this beautiful land. Though sprawling tea estates cover much of the landscape of Thekkady, plantations of cardamom, rubber, vanilla and coffee are also aplenty. Walk amidst the green, terraced farms, while you hear the murmuring sound of the rippling stream and breathe in the fragrant air while exploring the spice plantation in Thekkady.
Later, drive to Alleppey.
Arrive Alleppey and climb aboard the traditional RICE BOAT (kettuvallam) converted into houseboats with bedrooms and attached toilets. Originally these boats were used as ferries to carry rice. Cruise through the backwaters of Kerala. This fascinating "backwaters" in traditional houseboats takes you through narrow canals, past paddy fields and villages, allowing you to enjoy the silence of the backwaters and have a glimpse of the lifestyle of the people living along the canals.
All Meals (Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast) will be served on board, prepared by the houseboat crew.
Overnight in HOUSEBOAT.


Day 13: House-Boat/ Alleppey/ Kovalam (160Kms & 4hrs drive)

Breakfast will be served on board.

Later, disembark at Alleppey, from where you will be transferred by car to Kovalam.

Lunch on the way at local restaurant.


Kovalam, meaning "a groove of coconut trees," is just 16kms from the state capital of Kerala- Thiruvananthapuram. Kovalam is actually a combination of three small beaches. Among these, the southernmost beach, named Lighthouse Beach, is the most frequented beach in Kovalam. Earlier this beach of Kovalam was an anglers' paradise. It still has some small villages, just a few kilometres away, which belong to the fishing community. Gradually, this beach of Kovalam has been transformed to a tourist spot of great interest. Kovalam is an ideal place for a sunbath during the winter. Tourists to Kovalam can also experience the typical Kerala massage from the parlours available a few kilometers away along the Kovalam beaches.
Arrive Kovalam and check- in at hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure by the beach etc.
Dinner & Overnight at hotel.


Day 14: Kovalam

After early breakfast at hotel, proceed for full day excursion to Kanyakumari (100kms & 2.5hrs drive one way).

Kanyakumari,is a small but exceptionally beautiful town, located on the confluence of three oceans - the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, and the Bay of Bengal. Kanyakumari is referred as the southernmost tip of the Indian subcontinent. The name of Kanyakumari is derived from two Hindi words 'Kanya' and 'Kumari' which translates into the 'virgin girl'. It's because that the place is named after the beautiful princess Kanya Devi, one of the many forms of goddess Parvathi, the consort of Lord Shiva. For its association with the goddess, Kanyakumari is regarded as one of the most sacred pilgrimage centers for the Hindus. The town houses several beautiful temples including the one dedicated to Goddess Parvathi.

Arrive Kanyakumari and proceed to visit the famous Kumari Amman Temple (also known as Kanyakumari Temple) dedicated to goddess Parvathi, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, the 6th century Fort of Vattakottai or the Circular Fort, Gandhi Mandapam and more.
Lunch at local restaurant.
In the later afternoon, drive back to Kovalam via Trivandrum and visit Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple if time permits.
Dinner & Overnight at hotel.


Day 15: Kovalam

Breakfast at hotel and rest of the day at leisure by the beach etc.

Lunch at hotel.

Dinner & Overnight at hotel.


Day 16: Kovalam/ Trivandrum Airport/ Fly back home

After breakfast at hotel, you will be transferred to Trivandrum airport to board your flight back home with sweet memories of your Trip with Dependable Travel Soluations India!!


***END OF THE TRIP***

HERE IS OUR BEST PRICE FOR THE ABOVE TOUR :

OPTION 01: INR 190500 (OR GBP 2265 OR USD 2930) Per Person on Twin sharing (without Return Flight).

OPTION 02: INR 245500 (OR GBP 2920 OR USD 3775) Per Person on Twin sharing (with Return Flight).

Single Room Supplement will be: INR 26500 (OR GBP 315 OR USD 410) Per Person (extra for staying in Single Room).


The Price includes the following:

  • Accommodation (in Budget Hotels) on Twin sharing basis with all meals.
  • Transportation by an air- conditioned Coach.
  • Entrance fee at monuments.
  • Local English speaking guides during sightseeing.
  • International flight from London/ Delhi/ London (return) in Economy class.
  • Internal flight (within India) from Delhi/ Cochin in Economy class.
  • 01 Rickshaw ride in Delhi (02 persons in 1 Rickshaw).
  • 01 Rickshaw ride inside Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (02 persons in 1 Rickshaw).
  • 01 Elephant ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur.
  • 01 Harbor cruise & Kathakali dance show in Cochin.
  • 01 Boat ride in Periyar to see the wildlife.
  • Mineral water throughout the tour.
  • Accompanying Company Escort throughout the tour.
  • Tips to drivers, porters, restaurants & local Guides.
  • All presently applicable taxes including Govt. Service Tax.

The Price does not include the following:


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