North India Trip with Kerala I
Destination : Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur - Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Cochin - Munnar - Thekkedy - Alleppey - Kovalam - Delh
Duration : 23 Nights - 24 Days
Day 01: Arrival Delhi
Welcome to Colourful India. On arrival at Airport you will be received by our representative and assisted to your hotel. Overnight at Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi
After breakfast tour of Delhi visit Jama Masjid, Raj Gath, Akshar Dham Temple, Humayun Tomb, India Gate and drive past parliament house and President house. Lotus Temple and Qutub Minar.
Day 03: Delhi – Mandawa drive (250 Km/ 5 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Mandawa, upon arrival check-in at hotel for 01 night stay. Evening visit to village & there are a number of fascinating havelis in Mandawa, all of them adorned with beautiful wall paintings. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Mandawa - Bikaner drive (190 Km/ 4 hrs)
Breakfast & drive to Bikaner, arrival transfer to hotel for 01 night stay. Evening sightseeing of Bikaner visit Junagarh Fort, Lallgarh Palace & Camel breeding farm. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Bikaner – Jaisalmer drive (350 Km/ 6 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer, check into hotel for 02 nights stay. Leisure & overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Jaisalmer
Breakfast at hotel and later proceed to sightseeing of Jaisalmer Fort, Salim Singh ki Haveli, Patwon ki Haveli & Gadisar Lake. Evening experience the camel ride & Sunset at Sam Sand Dunes. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur drive (280 Km/ 5.5 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Jodhpur, check into hotel for 01 night stay. Afternoon visit Mehrangarh Fort & Jaswant Thada. Evening free for on own and overnight at hotel.
Day 08: Jodhpur – Udaipur drive (280 Km/ 5.5 hrs) via Ranakpur
Morning breakfast at hotel and later drive to Udaipur, en route you will visit Ranakpur Jain Templs (98 Km from Udaipur): Ranakpur is widely known for its marble Jain temple, and for a much older Sun Temple which lies opposite the former. The dating of this temple is controversial but it is largely considered to be anywhere between the late 14th to mid-15th centuries.
Later continue drive to Udaipur, upon arrival transfer to hotel for 02 nights stay. Relax and overnight at hotel.
Day 09: Udaipur
After breakfast visit City Palace, Saheliyon ki Bari, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal and Jagdish temple. Evening enjoy the boat ride on Lake Pichola. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Udaipur – Jaipur drive (142 Km/ 3 hrs)
After breakfast at hotel and later drive to Jaipur,On arrival our company representative would assist you to check in hotel for 02 nights stay. Leisure and overnight at hotel. .
Optional: Evening traditional Rajasthani Dinner at Chokhi Dhani with Cultural activities.
Day 11: Jaipur
After breakfast at hotel. Proceed for excursion to Amber Fort in the outskirts of Jaipur followed by Elephant ride to the fort. Proceed for sightseeing of Palace of Winds better known as Hawa Mahal, City Palace Museum, Jantar Mantar (Observatory). And Albert Hall Museum & Birla Temple. Rest of the day free for on own activities and overnight at Jaipur.
Day 12: Jaipur – Agra drive (240 Km/ 5 hrs) via Fatehpur Sikri
After breakfast you drive to Agra. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri (40 Km from Agra) (old deserted town of Mughal Dynasty) visiting The Buland Darwaza / Palace of Jodha Bai / Birbal Bhawan & Panch Mahal.
On arrival check into hotel for 01 night stay. Taj visit by sunset. Taj Mahal - the most extravagant monument ever built for love Mumtaj Mahal by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1633. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Agra – Khajuraho by Train at 1105 / 1930 hrs
Early breakfast and visit Agra Fort. Later transfer to Agra cantt railway station for train to Khajuraho. Arrival transfer to hotel for 01 night stay.
Day 14: Khajuraho – Varanasi by overnight train at 2130 hrs
Morning after breakfast visit Khajuraho Temples.
Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples in India. The temples are famous for their erotic sculptures, as well as depiction of life in all its forms.
Evening drive to Satna (114 Km) railway station for board overnight train to Varanasi.
Day 15: Varanasi arrival at 0510 hrs
Upon arrival at Mughal Sarai railway station, you will be received by our representative and transfer to your hotel for 02 nights stay. (Early check-in is subject to availability)
Afternoon visit Sarnath: where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma and also where the original Sangha was formed. Consequently, it is one of the 4 main Buddhist pilgrimage destinations. Evening attend the prayer ceremony at the Ghats. Overnight at hotel.
Varanasi, also commonly known as Banaras and Kashi is a city situated on the banks of the River Ganges in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, regarded as holy by Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and probably the oldest of India.
Day 16: Varanasi
Early morning enjoy the boat ride on river Ganges. Later back to hotel for breakfast and tour of Ancient city ghats, temples & streets bazaars. Overnight at hotel.
Day 17: Varanasi – Cochin by flight
After breakfast transfer airport for flight to Cochin via Delhi / Mumbai. On arrival at Airport you will be received by our representative and assisted to your hotel. Overnight at Cochin.
Day 18: Cochin – Munnar drive
Morning breakfast city tour. The sightseeing shows you the prominent landmark of Cochin viz. Jewish Synagogue constructed in 1568. This is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth. Known for mid 18th century hand painted willow pattered floor tiles from China, ancient scripts on copper plates etc. Visit the “Dutch Palace” with its wonderful murals depicting the entire story of the Ramayana and Mahabharata on its walls. Afternoon drive to Munnar, check into hotel for 02 night stay.
Day 19: Munnar
Breakfast at hotel. This is where you fill your holidays with quiet moments at 1600 meters above sea level. Relaxing within the cool stillness of thirty odd estates fanning out across the expanse of the hills.Your Visit Includes Pothamedu-which offers an excellent view of Tea, coffee and vcardamom plantations; Devikulam-an idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna; Pallivasal-the venue of the first Hydro Electric Project in Kerala; Mattupetty-the highly specialized dairy farm; Eravikulam National Park. Overnight at hotel.
Day 20: Munnar – Thekkady drive
After Breakfast, proceed to Thekkady. On arrival by noon, check in at the hotel. The most renowned destination is the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary at Thekkady. Here is the natural habitat of Elephant, tiger, bison, spotted and samba deer, gaur, etc. The sanctuary is open throughout the year. Evening Game viewing by motorized boat at Periyar Lake. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 21: Thekkady – Alleppey drive (House Boat)
After breakfast at the Resort, transfer to the Kerala Traditional House Boat.(Kettuvallam) The houseboats of Kerala offer exquisite holidays experiences. Every Kettuvallam (house boat) has a drawing cum dining room; a bath attached bedroom, sit-out, sundeck and kitchenette. The water-web slowly open ups at its secrets to you, lush paddy field, pregnant palms, singing Siberian ducks. This will be your memorable experience. House boat will cruise through the Vembanad Lake and canals to Alleppey. Visit includes Pathiramanal, Champakulam Church, R & L Block Kayal etc. Overnight at the House Boat.
Day 22: Alleppey – Kovalam drive
After your breakfast, disembark from House boat and proceed to Kovalam. Upon arrival check-in to your hotel. Later enjoy sightseeing in Trivandrum, visit Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple, Napier museum and Sri Chitra Art Gallery and relax on the beautiful beaches. Overnight at Kovalam.
Day 23: Kovalam
Day at leisure to relax on the beach. Overnight at hotel.
Day 24: Kovalam – Trivandrum & flight to Delhi - Onward JourneyAfter breakfast transfer to Trivandrum airport for flight to Delhi. Further flight back to home