Best of Rajasthan, Goa and Kerala QM2

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Take time to really get to know fascinating India inside out on this comprehensive 24 day tour which explores historic Rajasthan, cultural Goa and laidback Kerala.

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Travel Style: Small Group
Start Location: Delhi, India
End Location: Trivanduram, India
Accommodation: Hotels
Period: All Year Round
Difficulty: Suitable For Most Travellers

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A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

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Itinerary
Day 01. Arrive Delhi: Arrive Delhi (check-in time 1200hrs.) and transfer with assistance to your hotel.
Day 02. Delhi - Perhaps there is no other capital city in the world so steeped in history and legend as the Indian capital, Delhi. It was the magnet that drew the Mongols, Turks, Persians, Afghans, Mughals and Finally the British. All of whom contributed to its glorious but turbulent history. The fascination with Delhi was such that even though it was abandoned many times, its rulers returned to it again and again rebuilding it at least seven times. Old Delhi Tour (half day) : Shah Jahan founded the city of Shahjanabad, now referred to as Old Delhi, in 1648. The famous Red Fort in the heart of Old Delhi was once the most opulent fort of the Mughal Empire and it boasts the Diwan-I-Am, Hall of Private Audience. Opposite the fort is the Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in the world, built by Shah Jahan to dominate his city. Sightseeing to Red Fort, Jama Masjid Mosque & Humayuns tomb. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 03. Delhi/ Agra (5hrs. / 220 kms) After breakfast drive to Agra. Visit India's most celebrated monument the Taj Mahal, built as a monument of eternal love by Shah Jahan to the bride Mumtaz, the Taj Mahal looks amazingly graveful from almost any angle. It was built over a period of 20 years by 20,000 laborers and craftsmen and displays superb craftsmanship. The close up details of the Taj Mahal is as exquisite as the overall architectural design, with semi-precious stones and beautiful patterns covering the marble surface. RED Fort, Akbar began Agra Fort in 1565, with additions of the citadel being made through to the time of Akbar’s grandson, Shah Jahan (Kind of the World). The forts have fine views of the Taj across the River Yamuna, and consists of Deewani – Aam(hall of public ordnances) and Deewan- Khass (the hall of Private ordnances), it also has a nice grape garden, beautiful fountain ways. Overnight in hotel. Pls note Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays
Day 04. Agra/ Jaipur. (6 hours / 265 kms. drive). Morning after breakfast drive to Jaipur (pink city), enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri (the ghost city of emperor Akbar). Continue drive to Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur, built in 1727, was the dream of the brillian ruler Jai Singh. It has retained its reputation as one of the formost cities in India planned and executed in a manner that draws accolades from modern town planners. Jaipur is known as the pink city, because many buildings are still washed pink, the traditional colour of welcome, which was originally introduced to honor the visit of the Prince Albert in 1856. Overnight in hotel.
Day 05. Jaipur. Morning after breakfast, we drive to nearby Amber, ascending by elephant to see the 16th century hilltop fortress - Palace and its richly decorated apartments. Ascend to the ancient Rajput capital of Amber, this fort palace was begun by Raja Man Singh and used by the Rajputs as their stronghold until Sawai Jai Singh II moved to the newly created Jaipur. You will visit the palace and its many intricate chambers and hallways, which has breathtaking views of the Jal Mahal (Water palace) below. In the afternoon we visit City Palace, still inhabited by Jai Singh’s descendants is a superb fusion of Rajput and Mughal architecture. A city within a city, it includes the Govind Deo Temple, the Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory and the Maharaja’s museum with his personal collection of weaponry, miniature paintings, royal attire and jewellery. On the periphery of the Palace stands the Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, an elaborate pink sandstone façade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 06. Jaipur/ Bikaner (7 hours drive / 321 kms ). After breakfast a long drive to Bikaner in the Shekhavati region, known for the beautiful frescoes which adorn many of the buildings. Afternoon sightseeing of imposing 16th century pink - sandstone Junagarh fort. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 07. Bikaner/ Jaisalmer. (8 hours drive / 333kms). Today leave early, for a longish drive. The approach to Jaisalmer across the barren Thar Desert is magical, as the city shimmers like a mirage. With the crenulated golden sandstone town walls and narrow streets lined with exquisitely carved buildings, it has an extraordinary medieval fee. Overnight in hotel.
Day 08. Jaisalmer. Sightseeing in Jasilmer, a medieval city of elaborately carved mansions (havelis) in yellow sandstone, built by rich merchants at a time when the city was a key stopping place on the caravan routes from the Middle East. Visit to Jaislamer Fort, often referred as the golden fort because of the colour of the sandstone, Jaisalmer’s Fort seems to emerge from the desert sands. The fort is still home to many of the town’s people who live in tiny but beautifully decorated houses or havelis. Inside the fortified town is the Palace and the Juna Mahal, part of one of the oldest palaces in Rajasthan. The city also boasts some fascinating Jain temples and exquisite havelis such as the Badal Mahal, a five storeyed tower with fine carvings. Jaisalmer has been described as an open air museum, and to enter its narrow cobbled lanes is to step into a bygone age. Afternoon camel safari to Sam Sand dunes. overnight in hotel.
Day 09. Jaisalmer / Jodhpur (7 hours / 308 kms).Today we drive south to the historic Jodhpur, second city of Rajasthan. At the entrance of the Thar Desert in the region called Marwas stands the blue city of Jodhpur. The massive Mehrangarh Fort looms over the city and the Red sandstone Palaces within the fort form one of the most impressive complexes in Rajasthan. Its museum contains sections which house armoury, palanquins, howdahs and headgear from all the communities of Rajasthan. Life in the city revolves around the Clock Tower area, a haven for shoppers, selling everything from the leather mojris (shoes) to ornamental swords fashioned after designs seen in the fort museum. Overnight in hotel.
Day 10. Jodhpur / Udaipur (7hrs drive / 266 kms) Today after breakfast drive through the beautiful Aravali hills to the romantic lake city of Udaipur. Set on the shores of Lake Pichola and surrounded by hills, Udaipur grew in complete contrast to the harsh deserts of the rest of Rajasthan. As capital of the old Mewar state it was the only Rajput stronghold to uphold its Hindu allegiance in the face of Muslim invasion. From the late 16th century, peace brought about an era of renaissance in the arts and encouraged the building of beautiful palaces around the lake, culminating, in the City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in the world. The lake itself is a romantic setting surrounding the gleaming white Lake Palace and the Jag Mandir, a refugee of the rebel Mughal prince, Shah Jahan, soon to be the creator of the imcomparable Taj Mahal. overnight in hotel
Day 11. Udaipur : Morning visit to City Palace – the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, comprising many buildings added at different time by various maharajas. Perhaps the most beautiful are the Moti Mahal with its mirror inlay and the Chini ka Chitra Mahal’s iridescent tile work. Continue to the ornamental gardens of the Maids of Honour or Sahelion ki Bari.. Boat ride on Lake Pichola to see Jagniwas Island. Afternoon transfer to the airport for flight to Mumbai. Arrive Mumbai and transfer to hotel.
Day 12. Mumbai –visiting Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum (Museum is closed on Mondays), Hanging Gardens on the slopes of Malabar Hills offering nice view of Marine Lines & Chowpatty Beach, Mani Bhawan (Where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay) then to Dhobi Ghat. Also drive past Afghan Church, Flora Fountain, colorful Crawford Market and Marine Drive. O/n hotel.
Day 13. Mumbai – Goa fly. Morning transfer to airport for flight to Goa. Arrive Goa and transfer to hotel.
Day 14. Goa – visit Goa churches. O/n hotel.
Day 15. Goa – Cochin fly (via Mumbai) Arrive Cochin Airport and transfer to hotel .
Day 16. Cochin - proceed for a local tour which covers Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Chinese Fishing nets .Evening return back to Cochin Harbour .Evening visit Cochin beach. O/n Cochin .
Day 17. Cochin – Munnar (120km-3hrs) After an early morning breakfast, check out from the hotel & embark on a fascinating journey to Munnar covered with unending expanse of tea plantation. The panoramic view of the Cardamom hills & green carpets of tea plantation is an un forgettable experience. On arrival check in resort and rest of the day is at leisure at resort and you can make use of all resort facilities like health club ,Gym , out door games ,etc and over night stay at resor.
Day 18. Munnar. Morning after breakfast at resort proceed for an exciting local tour of Munnar. Visit Eravikulam National Park where you can see the very rare mountain goats locally called the Nilgiri Tahr, Pothamedu (view of tea, coffee &cardamom plantation&breath taking hills &lush mountains) the Echo point, Thoovanam falls, Top station Diary farm, Mattupety Lake &dam etc and over night stay at Munnar.
Day 19. Munnar – Thekkedy (100km – 2.5hrs) Morning have breakfast at resort later check out resort and drive to Thekkedy .Thekkedy is a world famous wildlife sanctuary and it is also called as Periyar. On arrival check in resort afternoon proceed for a game viewing cruise on the Periyar Lake. Here you will be able to see a large variety of wildlife, which include elephants, monkeys, deer, wild boar etc evening you can take a Elephant ride at Periyar wild life and rest of the day is at leisure and over night stay at resort
Day 20. Thekkedy – Kumarakom (130km- 3hrs) Morning have breakfast at resort later check out resort and drive to Kumarakom a place best known for the honeymooners. It is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake. The lush green vegetation and the climate attract a number of tourists to this place. On reaching Kumarakom check in the backwater resort and later on move out for the local tour. Visit the Kumarakom bird sanctuary, and rest of the day is at leisure at resort and you can make use of resort facilities ,Swimming pool ,Health club ,out door and indoor games and you can also take a Ayurveda Massage at resort and over night stay at resort
Day 21. Kumarakom – Alleppey (House boat Cruise-) Morning after breakfast transfer to deluxe houseboat to enjoy the backwater cruise from Kumarakom to Alleppey. The House boat will reach Back water resort were you will be staying previous night This journey is considered to be one of the best attractions. The house boat is fully furnished with bedrooms, sundeck, and a kitchen. Over night stay at House boat .
Day 22. Alleppey - Kovalam (170km – 3hrs) Morning have breakfast at house by the time House boat would have reached Alleppey check out house boat by 9.30am and you will be transferred to Kovalam. Thirty years ago, Kovalam was a hippy idyll: a picture perfect tropical beach; a traditional fishing village providing fresh fish, fruits and toddy (coconut beer). Today it is one of the world famous tourist destinations for Beach lovers. Kovalam was brought to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore .On arrival Kovalam transferred to beach resort rest of the day is at leisure to relax on the beach shore and also you can take a Ayurveda Massage at resort and over night stay at resort.
Day 23. Kovalam. Morning have breakfast at resort and later move out for a local tour of Kovalam and Trivanduram visit covering Museum complex, Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Science & Technology museum, Veli tourist village, Aakulam boat club, Shangmugham Beach. And over night stay at Kovalam beach resort.
Day 24. Kovalam – Trivanduram (16km – 20mints) Morning have breakfast at resort later transfer to airport to board your flight to onward destination. End of the services.