Varanasi & Taj Mahal - North & South India
A great mix of culture and Nature through North & South of India. The unique features are visit to Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India and Taj Mahal, one of the wonders in the world. It is a symphony in white marble, a tribute to eternal love, it was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz. A good array of experiences for small families and groups.
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Day 01 – Delhi
On arrival at Delhi International airport, you will be transferred to your pre booked hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 – Delhi
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven for a guided Tours of Delhi visiting Jamia Mosque, Red Fort, Ghandi Samadi, walk through the small lanes of Chandni Chowk. After visiting old Delhi stop for lunch in Connaught Place, which house many famous restaurants of different cuisine. After lunch leave for the Tours of New Delhi Visiting Laxmi Narayan Temple, drive past The Presidents House, Embassy area, followed by visit to India Gate, Himayun Tomb, Bhai Temple (lotus Temple) and Qutab Minar. Evening: Free for shopping or personal visits. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
Day 03 – Delhi-Varanasi (By Air)
Today you will be transferred to Delhi Airport to connect your flight to Varanasi. On arrival in Varanasi, you will be transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day Free. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04 – Varanasi
Full day for guided sightseeing of Varanasi. Visit Benares Hindu University, you may do so. In the evening the Ghats and temples are lit with oil-lamp lights or candles. Participate in an Aarti Ceremony (collective prayer) and watch the floating Diyas (lamps) on the river Ganges. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 – Varanasi
Early morning boat cruise on river Ganges The western banks of Ganges has a string of Ghats - the chain of stone steps, all built with pavilions, palaces and terraces, most of which are mainly used as Dharamsalas where the pilgrims stay during their visit to the holy city. At dawn, the Ghats are abuzz with activity of the devotees performing their ablutions in the river or offering prayers to the rising sun and performing other religious rituals. A boat ride along the Ghats gives you vantage views of this activity. The sunrise on the Ganges is a soul-lifting experience.
Day 06 – Varanasi-Delhi (By Air) - Agra (By Road)
Today you will be transferred to Varanasi Airport to connect your flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, you will be picked up to drive to Agra. On arrival in Agra, check in at your hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07 – Agra
Visit Taj Mahal during sunrise (Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays). Later after breakfast, Sightseeing of Agra. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 08 – Agra-Jaipur
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Jaipur (240 Kms/ approx 06 Hours) en route visiting Akbar’s abandoned capital, Fatehpur Sikri. On arrival at Jaipur, check into your hotel for overnight stay.
Day 09 – Jaipur
Today you shall have a complete Tours of Jaipur (The pink city of India, Rajasthan). After breakfast you leave for an excursion trip to Amer fort. A Joy ride on elephants back up to the Fort is real fun. Amer fort built in the 17th century, the Palace is a distinguished specimen of Rajput architecture. The Jai Mandir (Hall of Victory) is so delicately ornamented with find inlay work that it glows. The fort of Jaigarh, crowing the summit of a peak is of amazing beauty and grandeur. After visiting fort, drive back to city of Jaipur enroute visit Handicrafts factory / cottage industry - housing rajasthani handicrafts-, Gem stones and Antiques for which Jaipur is worldwide famous. Lunch at any restaurant, followed by city Tours drive past the pink city, visit City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Rajminder Theater. Evening shopping, Dinner at Hotel / Restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Jaipur
Day 10 – Jaipur-Cochin (By Air)
Today you will be transferred to Jaipur Airport to connect your flight to Cochin. On arrival in Cochin, you will be received and transferred to your hotel in Fort Cochin Area. Evening watch a fusion of various art forms at Greenix Theatre. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 11 – Cochin
Morning, after breakfast, proceed for a village backwater Cruise with lunch. Afternoon back to Cochin for sightseeing. Evening you may walk around Fort Cochin area. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 12 – Cochin-Munnar (4 Hrs)
Morning, after breakfast, proceed to Munnar, known as nature lover’s paradise. You will drive through Midland crops like Rubber, arecnut, pineapple etc. Afternoon free. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 13 – Munnar
After breakfast at the Hotel, drive to Marayoor Sandalwood forest for a soft trek and later to visit a tribal village. You will have a traditional lunch at the village. Afternoon you will be taken to Chinnar National Park for a 3 hour trekking through the forest. Return to Munnar for overnight stay.
Day 14 – Munnar-Periyar (3.5 Hrs)
Today, you will be transferred to Periyar, the famous wildlife destination of Kerala. On arrival visit a Spice farm. Afternoon go for a boating/trekking in Periyar Sanctuary. Evening shopping for spices. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 15 – Alleppey Houseboat (4.5 Hrs)
After an early breakfast at the resort, drive to Alleppey to board your exclusive Houseboat for a cruise through the backwater villages followed by overnight stay on board. Your meals are freshly cooked and served on board. Explore the amazing backwater life of Kerala! Overnight at the Houseboat.
Day 16 – Alleppey-Marari Beach (1 Hr)
Enjoy your breakfast on board. Later, checkout & drive to a heritage home in Alleppey for a cookery show followed by lunch. Later proceed to Marari, a relatively quiet beach paradise of Kerala. On arrival check in at the resort on the Beach. Rest of the day at leisure on the beach. You may opt to go for an Ayurvedic Massage or a village walk. Overnight at the Resort.
Day 17 – Marari
Full day at the resort. Marari Beach is an endless vista of sand and surf, but it is more... An authentic experience of Kerala's traditional fishing villages, and a re-creation of an ancient, harmonious way of life. You may opt to take an Ayurvedic Massage…Visit the fishermen villages… By evening it may interesting to visit the local temple to watch the local crowd coming for worship and socialisation. Overnight at Resort.
Day 18 – Marari Beach
Full day at leisure to enjoy your beach stay. Overnight at the Resort.
Day 19 – Cochin Departure (2.5 Hrs)
Like all good things, your holiday experience comes to an end but you will always carry with you memories of this unique and unforgettable experience. Today, you will be assisted and transferred to Cochin International airport to connect your flight home.
Tour Cost Includes:
18 Nights Stay as above
Daily Breakfast at hotels
All meals on Houseboat
All transfers and sightseeing using AC SUV for 02 Pax/AC 07 Seater Van for 04 Pax
Internal flight Delhi-Varanasi-Delhi
Internal flight from Jaipur to Cochin
Local English Speaking Guide for one sightseeing tour per city of Delhi, Varanasi, Agra, Jaipur, Cochin & Munnar
All applicable entrance fees
Jeep ride at Amber fort Jaipur
Greenix Cultural show in Cochin
Village Backwater cruise with lunch in Cochin
Guided Village visit and Chinnar Wildlife Trekking in Munnar
Spice Farm visit in Periyar
Boating/trekking in Periyar Sanctuary
Cookery show with lunch at Alleppey
All applicable taxes
Hotels Suggested - Premium:
Varanasi: Gateway by Taj
Agra: Courtyard by Marriot
Jaipur: Crowne Plaza
Cochin: Fragrant Nature
Munnar: Fragrant Nature
Periyar: Spice Village
Houseboat: Xandari River Escapes
Marari: Marari Beach Resort
Hotels suggested are subject to availability at the time of booking. If the proposed hotels are not available, we will be providing similar hotels with your approval.
Tour Price Per Pax on Double/Twin Sharing