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Indian Desert, Forts & Palaces, Taj & Tiger, Scenic Goa and Kerala

Duration :- 24 Nights / 25 Days
Destinations:- Delhi - Agra - Ranthambore - Jaipur - Pushkar - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Goa - Cochin - Cochin - Munnar - Thekkady - Kumarakom -Houseboat - Alleppey - Delhi

Day 01. Delhi (Arrival) India Gate,Delhi Tour Packages
Fly from your country to Delhi - The Political and Cultural Capital of Incredible India. Upon arrival you will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Our airport representative or your leader will be waiting for you in the arrival hall located after passing out of the customs area and beyond the airport travel desks and exchange counters. Look out for the Peregrine Signboard. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 45 minutes. Most International flights arrive in Delhi in the late evening or at the night so the rest of the day / night is for leisure, relaxation and acclimatization or to get over with the Jet Lag. If you have arrived early your leader will brief you with sightseeing options.

Day 02. Old & New Delhi
After breakfast in the morning at the hotel leave for full day sightseeing of Old and New Delhi. Drive into the heart of India's Capital to explore Old Delhi visiting the famous Jamia Mazjid, walk through the Chandini Chowk and India's oldest and busiest market, Sish Ganj gurudwara, Enjoy rickshaw ride in narrow alleys of old Delhi through Kinari Bazaar and the 400 years old Chandni Chowk, Red Fort, stop for photos at the colorful market before finishing the Victorian Cannaught Place - One of the most prominent architectural remnants of British Rule. Later visit Birla Temple, Lotus Temple, Akshardham Temple (Lakshminarayan Temple), Humanyu Tomb, Crematory of Mahatma Gandhi, Parliament House, Presidential House, India Gate, Government buildings & Qutab Minar and other countless monuments. In the evening you will have time for shopping activities. Return to the Hotel for overnight stay.

Day 03. Delhi - Agra (220 kms - 04 hrs)
After breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out and drive to Agra. Driving through the express highway arrive in the city of Love and commitment. Check into the hotel. After change, wash and some rest go for full day sightseeing of this ancient Mughal City. First visit one of the wonders of the world, Taj Mahal (monument of love), built by 5th great Mughal Emperor Shahi Jahan in the memory as mausoleum of his beloved queen Anjuman Bano Begum ( with love emperor called her Mumtaz ). After her death in 1627 AD, in her memory emperor started to built Taj Mahal ( Taj means crown & Mahal means Palace, so it is Crown Palace ) from 1631 to 1653 AD with 22000 labors working since sun rise to sun set in 22 years. It is the romantic origin of Taj as much as its architectural splendor that has led to its fame worldwide. Actually an integrated complex of many structures The Taj Mahal is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, itself a combination of Islamic, Hindu, Persian and Turkish elements. Built in pure white marble which was transported from Makrana in Rajasthan by the help of animals Taj Mahal is one of the man made wonder's of the world.

Later in the day Visit Agra Fort on the banks of Yamuna River which was built by three emperors, Akbar & Jahangir in red sand stone & Shahi Jahan in white marble. The Fort is 2.5 Km long and during Mughal rule 1/3rd of the Fort was occupied by the army. When British ruled India, they repeated same tradition and now traditionally Indian army has occupied the same. The Diwan-i-Am (public audience hall), the beautiful Diwan-i-Khas (private audience hall) and the magnificent Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque) were built by Shah Jahan.

Afterwards visit Itmad-ud-Daulah the Baby Taj. The tomb may not be as mammoth as
the Taj but the inlay designs and carvings are no less than Taj if not more. The delicate
marble latticework in the passages allows the light to enter the interiors. This tomb was the first complete marble Mughal structure. Also visit Sikandra- Six miles north of Agra, is a glorious introduction to the city of Mughal wonders, Sikandra. The site of Akbar's mausoleum, Sikandra was begun by Akbar and completed by his son Jehangir in 1613 AD. It reflects the fusion of Hindu and Muslim art and architecture which characterized the era. The tomb is situated in the centre of a large garden and four identical red sandstone gates lead to the tomb complex. The building, with three-storey minarets at each corner, is built of red sandstone with white marble polygonal patterns inlaid. Sikandra is named after Sikandra Lodi, the Delhi ruler who was in power from 1488 to 1517. Evening is for leisure and shopping activities. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 04. Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Ranthambore (250 kms - 05 hrs)
Early in the morning after breakfast at the resort; check out and drive to Agra. Enroute visit one of the most important places of Mughal Era - The Fatehpur Sikri - the abandoned Mughal Kingdom, founded by Akbar in 1569 AD as a ceremonial capital. But unfortunately this magnificent city was abandoned due to scarcity of drinking water and Akbar went back to Agra. Walk the aisles of the Jamia Mazjid mosque, entered by way of the impressive Victory Gate, and lose yourself in the throngs of pilgrims at the tomb of the Sufi saint Salim Chisti, his white marble-encased tomb enclosed within the Jamia mosque's central courtyard. Considered the crowning architectural legacy of Akbar (who also built the Red Fort) and still almost perfectly preserved, today the site is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Continue your drive to Ranthambore Tiger Reserve - the tiger sanctuary is known for the place where you can catch the tiger by its tail. Upon arrival you will be greeted in a traditional manner. Check into the Dlx Cottages of the Jungle Resort. Evening is free for leisure activities in and around the jungle resort. You can visit the wildlife museum, or have an interactive session with the expert jungle guide and naturalist. Enjoy the dinner over bonfire and traditional folk dance and musical show in the deep forests. Overnight stay is at the jungle resort.

Day 05. Ranthambore
Early in the morning tea / coffee will be served with cookies in the room at the wakeup call. Drive into deep forests for Jungle Jeep Safari by Open Gypsy in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve to watch different varieties of animals especially The Tiger. You can also watch here leopard, panther, spotted deer, antelopes & many varieties of birds. Return to Hotel for breakfast and some rest. Later in the afternoon have your Lunch at the resort and then; and go for the Canter Safari deep inside the jungles. After return to the hotel you can take up some adventurous activities or visit Ranthambore Fort. Evening you can watch some flora and fauna in the midst of the Aravalli Mountain ranges. After a tea / coffee break you can enjoy some traditional folk dance, music and puppet show. After dinner at the resort you can go of to sleep.

Day 06. Ranthambore - Jaipur (160 kms - 03 hrs)Ranthambore Wildlife Tour Packages
After breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out and drive to Jaipur. This historic city was founded by Maharaja Swai Jai Singh in 1727 AD after shifting his capital from Amber valley to newly formed & planned city of its time after consulting so many maps of the world & finally organized own religious map Shilpa Shastra with the help of a young Bengali architect Vidyadhar Batacharya. Maharaja Swai Jai Singh was a builder, astronomer, astrologer, soldier, & philosopher. Presently, Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan & is world famous as the Pink City. Wide-avenued Jaipur is one of the most important heritage cities in India, & home to India's second most visited site.

Arrive and check into the hotel. Later in the day after change, wash and some rest go for sightseeing of beautiful Heritage City. First visit the Amber Fort, from the foothill of the fort Elephants will carry you to the famous Amber Fort, the elephant ride gives you the experience and impression of how Maharajas & royal family members were using the services of elephants. Visit the Amber Fort. Later visit the Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace) wherefrom royal ladies used to watch daily procession of the city. Constructed of red and pink sandstone highlighted with white lime, the five-storied facade is peppered with 953 small windows. The breeze (hawa) that comes through the windows keeps it cool even in hot months, and gives the palace its name.

Evening is for leisure activities in and around the hotel. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Day 07. Jaipur

After breakfast in the morning at the hotel go for a full day sightseeing of the beautiful Pink City. You will visit the marvelous City Palace - the current generation of the Maharajas (King) still live here, Historic Museum, Astrological Observatory. Evening is for shopping in the colorful bazaars, busy markets and some excellent souvenir shops. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 08. Jaipur - Pushkar / Ajmer (130 kms - 2.5 hrs)
After breakfast in the morning you have time for leisure activities. Later check out and drive to Ajmer. The 14 kms onward drive through the Snake Mountains will reach you to Pushkar. Pushkar is one of the places with highly prestigious sites for both Hindu and Muslim Religions in the world. While Pushkar is known for the only temple in the world of Lord Brahma- the god of creation, Ajmer is globally known for the Mazaar of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty. People come to pray to the lords for the fulfillment of their desires, it is said whoever visit these places in their lifetimes their desires gets fulfilled soon. It is also known as Tirth Raj- the Raj (king) of pilgrim center. No pilgrimages of Hindu or Muslims are considered to be complete until the pilgrim bathes in the sacred waters of Pushkar Lake or he presents a holy sheet at the Dargaah (Muslim shrine). Indeed Pushkar is so sacred that no eggs, meat or alcohols are allowed within the city. Arrive and check into the hotel / dessert resort, enjoy the traditional Rajasthani Folk Music, Dance, Puppet shows. Later take Camel ride on the nearby sand dunes Pushkar also hold biggest annual Camel & Craft Fair, which is known all over the world. In the evening visit the Lake, Temple or the Mazaar or carry on with the leisure activities. Overnight stay is at the Hotel / Desert resort.

Day 09. Pushkar/Ajmer - Bikaner (240 kms - 4.5 hrs)Bikaner Fort, Bikaner Tour Packages
After breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out and drive to Bikaner. The city was founded by Rao Biked Ji in 1488 A.D. Arrive & check in at the Hotel. After a change and wash go for sightseeing of Bikaner visiting Junagarh Fort founded in year 1593 by Raja Rai Singh who was general in the army of mighty Mughal emperor Akbar and rest of the Fort was improved by the successors. Afterwards visit Asia's largest Camel Breeding Research Farm and local busy markets. Return back to the hotel or you may go for shopping activities on the colorful street markets of Bikaner. Overnight stay is at Hotel.

Day 10. Bikaner -Deshnok - Jaisalmer (320 kms - 06 hrs)
After breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out and leave for Jaisalmer, enroute visit one of the famous 600 year's old Deshnok Rat temple. After temple sightseeing continue your drive to Jaisalmer founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 A.D. after shifting his capital from Ladurva. Jaisalmer was the main caravan route from Far East to the Middle East, arrive & check in at Hotel. Evening is for leisure activities in and around the hotel in the Desert town. You can visit the local markets if interested. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Day 11. Jaisalmer
After breakfast in the morning go for sightseeing of Jaisalmer. Visit the Fort ( 80 meters above plains ) & Jain Temples within the Fort built in 12th to 15th century which are very worth watching. The specialty of the Fort is that still approximately 5000 people are living inside. Visit Fort Palace & atop from Palace you can have the golden view of whole Jaisalmer city as whole city is built in yellow sand stones, when sun rays fall on the city, it give impression as golden city of India. Afterwards visit Patwon Ki Haveli and Nath Ji Mal Ki Haveli. Later in the day drive to Sand Dunes to watch sensational Sun Set by camel ride. Return to Hotel for overnight stay.

Day 12. Jaisalmer - Oscian - Jodhpur (290 Kms - 06 hrs)
In the morning after breakfast at the hotel check out and for Jodhpur, enroute visit at 7th century Mahavira Jain Temple and 2000 years old Jija Mata Temple at Oscian village. Optional Camel Desert Safari can be organized at Oscian if interested. Continue your drive to Jodhpur, founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 AD after shifting his capital from Mandore to Jodhpur by the advice of a holy man. A large and varied city, Jodhpur is sometimes called "Sun City" for its consistently bright, sunny climate. At Jodhpur, stark desert landscapes meet a riot of palaces, forts and temples, all enclosed within imposing city walls. Six enormous gates provide entry to the city centre: Nagauri, Merati, Sojati, Jalori and Siwanchi gates, plus Chand Pole.

Arrive & check in at Hotel. After a change and wash later in the day visit Mehrangarh Fort 125 meters above plains, Jaswant -Thada and Sardar market Clock Tower. The walls of the fort are enormous-up to 36m high and 21m wide. Admire the breathtaking view of the city from the ramparts, saving some time to check out the fort museum, which houses an exquisite collection of palanquins, howdahs, royal cradles, miniatures, musical instruments, costumes and furniture. Evening is free for leisure activities in and around the hotel or for shopping activities in the colorful bazaars of Jodhpur. Overnight stay is at Hotel.

Day 13. Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur (290 Kms - 06 hrs)Umaid Bhawan Palace,Jodhpur Travel Packages
Early in the morning after breakfast at the hotel checkout and leave for Udaipur, enroute visit 15th century Ranakpur Jain Temple built in pure white marble with 80 dooms supported by 1444 different carved pillars. Ranakpur is one of the important destinations of any Rajasthan tour. Continue your drive to Udaipur. Popularly known as the "Venice of the East," Udaipur is famous worldwide for its plethora of breathtaking lakes and Raj-era palaces. Most famous of these, and certainly the most photographed, is the Lake Palace, an island-palace where the white marble buildings (now a hotel) entirely cover a small island in Pichola Lake. Originally known as the Jag Niwas, the palace took three years to build and was inaugurated in 1746. The city's lakes-Pichola Lake, Fateh Sagar, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar-are considered among the most beautiful in Rajasthan at an altitude of 577 MSL surrounded by the Aravalli Hills. Udaipur was founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 AD, (Maha means great & Rana means warrior, so Maharana means a great warrior). Arrive and check in at the hotel. Evening is free for leisure activities in and around the hotel in this beautiful city of lakes. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Day 14. Udaipur
After breakfast in the morning at the hotel go for full day sightseeing of Udaipur visiting The City Palace, Jagdish Temple built in 1651 AD, Fatehsagar Lake, and Sahalion Ki Bari (the Garden of Maidens). Afternoon enjoy Boat Ride in Lake Pichola to visit Jagmandir Island. Later in the evening enjoy exciting cultural folk dances of Rajasthan at Meera Kala Mandir. Return to Hotel for overnight stay.

Day 15. Udaipur - Goa (Flight Via Mumbai)
After breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out and transfer to the Domestic airport to board your flight to Goa (Via Mumbai). Tour to Goa and experience the best time of your life. Travel to the charming cities of Goa, marked with sun-kissed beaches, Latin styled red roofed houses. The cities in Goa provide breath-taking sights to the tourists. The unique architecture of Panjim, the old-worldly charm of Margao, the colourful bazaars, the lively culture, the tasteful cuisine, all together mesmerizes the tourists on their tour to Goa. All the cities of Goa are distinct in their own sense and offer an enchanting experience. People generally visit this small state to laze around the beautiful beaches and indulge in the water sports. Beaches of Goa are much ahead of other beaches in India in terms of popularity and the facilities that are available here. The beautiful beaches of Goa are the best place in India to laze around in the winters and hence thronged by thousands during the winters.

Goa is a paradise for those who love water sport. The long coastal area offers a wonderful opportunity to indulge in all sorts of water sport activities. In all, the temperate climate, the bracing sea, the ampleness of sights, the wide possibilities of water sports, the inviting surroundings and much more, makes Goa one of the most selected tourist destinations in India. Upon arrival you will be greeted by our representative and escorted to the hotel / beach resort. Check into the resort. Rest of the day is at leisure to relax on the sandy beaches of the resort. In the evening, enjoy Sea food Bar-be-cue on the beach - Dine under a starlit sky on succulent lobsters, jumbo prawns and other local seafood delicacies which form part of a delightful bar-be-cue set up on a lovely stretch of the Goan beach. Guests may also cook their own food on skewers over a camp fire. A local musician captures the magic of the moment on his guitar strings. Overnight stay is at the resort. Goa Vacation Tours

Day 16. Goa
After breakfast at the hotel / beach resort the day is free for your own leisure activities. Take a stroll around the scenic beaches of Goa, or engage yourself in the fun filled water sports adventure activities or relax in the resort. Later in the day go for a fun and frollick evening on boat cruise on river Mandovi; enjoy Goan Carnival Theme: Join a traditional carnival, which is a part of Goa's rich Portuguese heritage where revelry, song and dance, great food and good wine come together beautifully. Discover the joy of Goan cuisine at a delightful buffet dinner. Return back to the hotel for overnight stay in the resort.

Day 17. Goa
After breakfast at the hotel / resort in the morning go for a half day sightseeing of North and South Goa visiting different beaches, different ancient churches, Old Goa, Dauna Paula, Panjim City - capital of Goa, free shopping time to buy some souvenirs. In the evening we have for you Fishing village : Fishing villages are part of Goa's rich cultural heritage. Local Goan fishing village is created on the grounds of the hotel, forming a perfect backdrop for a charming evening in a very rustic atmosphere. Artisans display their skills whilst the village dancers whirl to the music of a local band. Return back to the hotel / resort for overnight stay.

Day 18. Goa - Cochin (Flight)
After breakfast at the hotel / resort in the morning check out and transfer to the airport to board flight to Cochin. On arrival at the Airport/Railway Station in Cochin, you will be greeted and transferred to Hotel. Later in the day after change, wash and some rest go across the Cochin Harbor, which takes you to the gateway of the Arabian Sea. On arrival at Fort Cochin, proceed on a sight seeing tour, which includes a visit to the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Chinese Fishing nets, etc. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay is at the hotel / resort at Cochin.

Day 19. Cochin - Munnar (140 kms - 4 hrs)
After an early morning breakfast, check out from the hotel & embark on a fascinating journey to Munnar enjoying the stunning panoramic view of the Cardamom hills & green carpets of tea plantations enroute. On arrival, check in at Hotel/ Resort. Spend the rest of the day at leisure trekking around the estate. Overnight stay at the hotel / resort in Munnar.

Day 20. MunnarMunnar Tour Packages
After breakfast in the morning at the hotel go for a day trip of Munnar; visiting the Eravikulam National Park where you can see the very rare mountain goats locally called the Nilgiri Tahr, the Mattupetty Dam & Dairy Farm, Old Munnar Town, the town market etc. Rest of the day is for leisure activities; enjoy another overnight stay at your hotel.

Day 21. Munnar - Thekkady / Periyar (120 Kms - 04 hrs)
After an early breakfast, check out from the Hotel & proceed to the wildlife sanctuary at Periyar /Thekkady and check in at the Hotel/Resort. Go on an evening 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, and quite a lot of unique birds can also be spotted. Exclusive Elephant Safari can be organized on request. Later, come back to the hotel; relax & enjoy your stay overnight.

Day 22. Thekkady - Kumarakom (120 Kms - 04 hrs)
After breakfast in the morning at the resort check out drive down to Kumarakom; view the scenic picturesque landscapes on your way. Reach Kumarakom and Check in at the Hotel/ Resort on the banks of the Vembanad Lake. Spend the evening at leisure and stay overnight at the Resort. Optionally you can indulge in Ayurveda / Spa Treatments for Rejuvenation and purification.

Day 23. Kumarakom - Alleppey (Houseboat)
After breakfast proceed to Alleppey. Check-in at the houseboat which will take you to enjoy the magic of Alleppey-Kumarakom by going on a Houseboat (Kettuvallam) cruise across the backwaters. Spend the next 24 hours in your floating villa. Enjoy the backwaters of Kerala by getting a glimpse of the village life at close quarters; a unique and unforgettable experience. Enjoy the sunset & stay overnight on the house boat. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 24. Kumarakom /Alleppey - Cochin (140 Kms - 04 hrs)
Wake up to the exceptionally beautiful sunrise on your floating Villa - The Houseboat. Tea / Coffee will be served on the deck. Later have you breakfast on the houseboat and check out to drive to Cochin. Arrive Cochin to check in the hotel. Evening is free to explore the coastal city or at leisure in and around the hotel. Overnight stay is at the hotel / resort.
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Day 25. Cochin - Delhi (Flight) - Onwards Journey / Fly Back to your country
After breakfast in the morning at the hotel you have spare time to relax. Later in the day transfer to the domestic airport to board connecting flight back to Delhi. Arrive Delhi later in the day. You will be greeted at the airport by our representative. Depending upon your further Tour program you have time to explore the city and last minute shopping activities. Transfer to the international airport to take your connecting flight to your final destination or continue for you're onwards destination. Fly back to your country with the everlasting memories of the magnificent glimpses of Incredible India

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