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House Boat of Kerala
 
North & South India Tour
 
 
Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Podicherry - Kumbkonam - Trichy - Madurai - Pariyar - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Cochin
Day 1 : Delhi
Highlight of the Delhi Tour : Relaxation and afternoon visit to Old Delhi. Rickshaw ride and bypassing the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk (literally meaning moonlit crossing).
Arrive Delhi and assistance with our personalized J&D airport representative. He/She will guide you through about every information on India and your holiday.
 
Delhi City Description - We proceed for a half day sightseeing tour of Old Delhi visiting the Jama Masjid - Built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan, the Jama Masjid is the largest and one of the most magnificent mosques in India, drive past the Red Fort built by the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1648, Drive through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk- Chandni Chowk (Moonlight Square) is opposite the Red Fort and is a market that hubs with activity all through the year. The area was laid out by Shahjahan's daughter, Jahanara. The water in a pool reflected the moonlight and then flowed into a channel that flowed through the avenue. It is a crowded place and normally there is a maze of traffic that one has to negotiate almost every second. & lastly visit Raj Ghat, the memorial built for Mahatma Gandhi.
 
Day 2 : Delhi
Highlight of the Delhi Tour : Visiting the Qutub Minar, Humayuns Tomb, and drive pass through lot of other monuments. Evening visit to Delhi Haat. A local market to feast your eyes on Indian Craftsmen all at one place and smell of Indian Cuisine.
 
Early morning at leisure. After breakfast sightseeing tour of New Delhi.
 
Delhi City Description - Half day sightseeing tour of New Delhi visiting the Qutab Minar - Qutab Minar, the 239ft sandstone tower is an Indo - Islamic architectural wonder of ancient India. The complex has a number of other important monuments- the gateway built in 1310, also visit the Humanyun's tomb - One of the most spectacular Mughal buildings, Humanyun's tomb was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1993. Built by Haji Begum, the widow of Humanyun's, the second Mughal Emperor, the mausoleum is known to the precursor of world famous Taj Mahal. Built with a cost of one and a half million rupees, the monument heralded the construction of garden-tombs on the Indian subcontinent & lastly drive through Rashtrapati Bhawan, India Gate & other important government buildings.

Our English speaking guide will be accompanying you for the entire sightseeing tour and will answer all your questions.
 
Day 3 : Delhi – Agra
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Agra (205 kms/4 hrs approx). Arrive Agra & transfer to the Hotel. Later visit the Taj Mahal and other important monuments in Agra. Return back to hotel.
Overnight, stay at the Hotel.
 
Agra City Description - The Taj is the most beautiful monument built by the Mughals, the Muslim rulers of India. Taj Mahal was built by a Muslim, Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his dear wife and Queen Mumtaz Mahal, also visit the Agra fort & It mud - ud - daulah.
 
Day 4 : Agra – Jaipur
After breakfast leave for Jaipur by surface enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri (270 Kms/ 5 Hrs approximately). Arrive Jaipur & transfer to Hotel.
 
Fatehpur Sikri City Description - Fatehpur Sikri is one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendor at its height. Though the city is in ruins, it is a place to visit if one comes to Agra. But in real terms Fatehpur Sikri is a place where one should spend some time. The sunset over the ruins is sight to cherish. Fatehpur Sikri is the best example of the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architecture.

On arrival at Jaipur, check into your hotel. Rest of the day free for independent activities. Over night at the Hotel.
 
Day 5 : Jaipur
HIGHLIGHT of Jaipur Tour : View and learning lesson for Tie and Die along with Indian traditional Saree wrapping.
After breakfast, morning excursion to Amber Fort. AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression.

Later visit the CITY PALACE - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum. Also visit the Laxmi Narayan temple & Bazaars of Jaipur, Hawa Mahal, and Jantar Mantar. Over night at hotel in Jaipur
 
Jaipur City Description - Jaipur is popularly known as the Pink City. It is also the capital of the state of Rajasthan. It is one of the most visited tourist places of India. The old city of Jaipur is partially encircled with seven gates - the major gates are Chandpol, Sanganeri, and Ajmeri. The Capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is steeped in history and culture. Here the past comes alive in magnificient forts and palaces, blushed pink, where once lived the Maharajas. The bustling bazaars of Jaipur, Famous for Rajasthani jewellery, fabric and shoes, possess a timeless quality and are surely a treasure trove for the shoppers.
 
Day 6 : Jaipur - Chennai Flight - Mahabalipuram
Breakfast at the Hotel. After breakfast transfer to airport to board flight to Chennai. Arrive Chennai & drive to Mahabalipuram (75 Kms/ 2 Hrs approximately) Arrive Mahabalipuram & transfer to the Hotel.

Mahabalipuram lies on the Coromandel Coast which faces the Bay of Bengal. This is an elegant place to watch which a well established sea port was during the 7th and 10th centuries of the Pallava dynasty. This was the second capital of the Pallavas who ruled Kanchipuram. Formerly, Mahabalipuram was known and called as Mahabalipuram. The former name of this place ‘Mahabalipuram’ has a history. A very rude cruel king Mahabali reined this place and in a fierce battle king Mahabali was killed by Lord Vishnu and the place was named after the dead King.
 
Day 7 : Mahabalipuram
Morning after breakfast proceeds for sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram city. Visit Temples of Mahabalipuram & Also visit Arunas Penance, a huge rock carvings, and Rathas or "Chariots Temple".
Overnight at the hotel.
 
Day 8 : Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry
Breakfast at the Hotel. Leave for Pondicherry by surface (110 Kms/ 2 Hrs approximately) Arrive Pondicherry & transfer to the Hotel.

City on the eastern side of Indian peninsula, Pondicherry is a seaside resort. But at the same time it differs very much from a typical beach resort. Tourist attractions in Pondicherry lie in its ambience. Old French style buildings, churches and museums, tree-lined boulevards along the seashore would remind you of a bygone era. The Laidback Township, pristine beach and the palm trees swaying in breeze bring a slice of serenity. The only sound you can hear is the waves crashing against the rocks and the chirping of the birds. But to cap it all, the Auroville Ashram is the biggest of all tourist attractions in Pondicherry. Just because of it, the destination of Pondicherry exudes a spiritual aura. For the weary soul, this is an ideal retreat. Any evening head for the Ashram meditate, soothe the battered psyche. It consists of four former French coastal settlements whose administration was transferred to India in 1954.

Afternoon proceed for half day sightseeing tour visiting the Aurobindo Ashram etc.
 
Day 9 : Pondicherry / Kumbakonam
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we drive to Kumbakonam. Arrive Kumbakonam Transfer to Hotel. Later visit for temples tour of City.
 
Day 10 : Kumbakonam
After breakfast Drive to Tanjore - this is visited by most of the foreigners who come to India to learn about its culture. Raja Chola during his rule built the Tanjore Brihadeeswarwa temple. Otherwise called 'Big Temple' (Periya Kovil) the temple was built by the King on a sprawling piece of land. The greatness of this temple is marked by the enormous Lingam - the 'Brihadeeswarwa' which is the prime deity of the shrine. Overnight stay at Kumbakonam Hotel.
Overnight stay at Kumbakonam Hotel.
 
Day 11 : Kumbakonam / Trichy / Madurai
Breakfast at the Hotel. Later Drive to Madurai. Enroute visit Trichy. Sightseeing tour of Trichy.
Visit Trichy's ROCK FORT TEMPLE - A spectacular monument perched on a massive sand-colored rock to a height of more than 80m, its irregular sides smoothed by wind and rain. This temple was built by Pallavas as a small cave temple, but the Nayak's grasped the site's potential as a fort.

The RANGANATHASWAMY TEMPLE - at Srirangam is among the most revered shrines to Vishnu in south India and the largest and liveliest temple complex in India. Enclosed by seven rectangular walled courtyards, the temple has 21 gopurams; it stands on an island defined by a tributary of the River Cauvery.

Further drive to Madurai. Arrive Madurai and transfer to hotel. Evening visit the Sri Meenakshi Temple, a fine example of architecture Dravidian.

Also visit for sightseeing tour of Madurai City. - One of South India's great temple towns, Madurai is synonymous with the celebrated Meenakshi Temple. Situated on the banks of river Vaigai, Madurai has a rich cultural heritage passed on from the great Tamil era more than 2500 years old. Madurai was an important cultural and commercial centre even as early as 550 AD. It was the capital city for the great Pandya kings. The Pandyan King Kulasekarar built a great temple and created a lotus shaped city around the temple. On the day the city was to be named, as Lord Shiva blessed the land and its people, divine nectar (Madhu) was showered on the city from his matted locks. This city was henceforth known as Madhurapuri. Madurai is famous for Jasmine Flowers.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
 
Day 12 : Madurai - Thekkady (Periyar
Breakfast at the Hotel. Leave for Periyar by surface (142 Kms/ 3 Hrs approximately) Arrival and check in to the hotel. Rest of the day will be free for enjoying the natural wonders of Thekkady.

Thekkady, is one of India's most fascinating natural wildlife sanctuaries, where you can watch wildlife at close range. The vegetation, the flora and fauna and the birds of Thekkady are uniquely rich, vast and varied that it does not bear semblance to any other wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Even a casual visitor to this place will not fail to observe the special ecological pattern of Thekkady.
 
Day 13 : Thekkady
HIGHLIGHT of Thekkady: Boat Ride in Lake Periyar and visit to Periyar sanctuary -the best sanctuary in India for watching and photographing elephants at close quarters.

Morning after breakfast visit Periyar sanctuary which is the main attraction of Thekkady and one of the best sanctuaries in India for watching and photographing elephants at close quarters. Later enjoy the boat ride at the Lake Periyar where one can have a unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar, however are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake. (Subject to sighting). Overnight in Thekkady.

Day 14 : Thekkady / Kumarakom
After breakfast drive to Kumarakom. Arrive Kumarakom and transfer to hotel. In the morning, after breakfast drive to Kumarakom (130kms/4hrs)). Kumarakom is Kerala’s heartland of lagoons; palm fringed lakes, and paddy fields, inter-linked with hundreds of winding canals. On arrival check in at your hotel. Overnight in Kumarakom.

The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala, a state in India. Geographically, it is located at 9.35 North and 76.26 East. Kumarakom's soil is extremely fertile due to the proximity of the water source, this has resulted in the growth of a wide variety of flora in Kumarakom, especially the mangrove and coconut trees. Vembanad Lake is home to several types of marine life exclusively the 'Karimeen' (Pearl Spotted Fish), the 'Chemeen' (Prawns) and the 'Konju' (Tiger Prawns).
 
Day 15 : Kumarakom / Alleppey
HIGHLIGHT of the Day: A unique experience of backwater in Kerala where you will witness the scenic beauty of backwaters along with a chance to peep into the rural life especially the Fisher folks.

Today morning transfer you to Alleppey to board the Houseboat, for the unique backwater cruise experience. Whilst you cruise along you will see several village along the bank of the backwaters. Have a peep into the rural life especially the Fisher folk! See rice being threshed, goods being traded.

Overnight in Houseboat. (A/C will be 2100-0700hrs only)
 
Day 16 : Alleppey / Cochin
Breakfast at the Houseboat. Leave for Cochin by surface (65 Kms/ 1 ½ Hrs approximately) Arrive Cochin & transfer to the Hotel.

Afternoon, start a half-day excursion to Cochin visiting the Church of San Francisco which is the oldest European church in India, The City and the Jewish Synagogue. At the final visit Chinese nets on the banks of the river, Chinese major networks are poised overhangs. Evening, enjoy Kathakali dance performance.
 
Day 17 : Cochin: International Flight
Morning after breakfast, transfer to Cochin airport for your flight Back to your hometown.
 
End of Tour
 
 
     
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