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Golden Triangle with Kerala

Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Tonight, our representative shall meet and escort you to your hotel for 02 night stay.

Delhi is the capital of the country and one of the modern metros which is decorated with antique structures from the past. Delhi attracts a large number of tourists from across the world towards its monuments and sprawling markets.

Day 02: Day in Delhi
After breakfast proceed for a guided city tour of ancient old Delhi covering Raj Ghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi - Father of the Nation, then we will drive towards to the historical building Red fort for a photo stop along with this historical monument, explore old Delhi’s through the narrow long-winded lanes of Chandni Chowk and enjoy Rickshaw ride from Red fort towards to Jama Masjid through the narrow streets of chandni chowk. Jama Masjid - The great mosque of Old Delhi is the final architectural extravagance of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees.

Later in the afternoon visit the imperial city of New Delhi created by the British Raj is composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings, covering India Gate - built in the memory of the soldiers who laid down their lives during world war I. Drive Pass Parliament & President house and Governments buildings, then drive through the Diplomatic towards to Qutab Minar – the tallest and famous towers in the world. The minaret is 234 feet high and the highest individual tower in the world.

Later enjoy visiting the biggest Temple Akshardham, this beautiful Mandir (Temple) built without steel, consists of 234 ornately carved pillars, 9 ornate domes, 20 quadrangle shikhars, a spectacular Gajendra Pith (plinth of stone elephants) and 20,000 murtis and statues of India's great sadhus, devotees, acharyas and divine personalities.

Day 03: Delhi / Jaipur (05 hrs drive )
After breakfast, embark on your drive to Jaipur, popularly known as the Pink City because of its pink colored buildings, founded in 1727 AD by one of the greatest rulers of the Kachhawaha clan, the astronomer king Sawai Jai Singh. It was designed by the brilliant architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya.

Upon arrival check into your hotel for 02 nights stay. Rest of the day at leisure relax at your hotel

Day 04: Day in Jaipur
This morning enjoy excursion to Amber fort where you will enjoy an Elephant ride to reach a top of the fort, a fine amalgamation of Hindu and Muslim architecture and ornamentation, built in the 16th century.

Later visit, the City Palace complex with its various museums where you can see a beautiful collection of Royal Rajput, weapons and miniature paintings. Then visit the fascinating Jantar Mantar (Observatory), the ancient astronomical observatory built by the Maharaja of Jaipur, which is the largest stone observatory in the world. Also visit Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a remarkable five storied building along the main street of the old city with semi-octagonal and delicate honey-combed sandstone windows.

Rest of the day at leisure to explore many facets of Jaipuri crafts such as semi precious jewels, pottery, colourful embroidered fabrics with mirror work, woven carpets etc – watch artisans at work and enjoy souvenir shopping in this colourful city of Jaipur.

Day 05: Jaipur – Agra (5 hrs drive)
After an early breakfast, embark on your drive to Agra – the city of world famous Taj Mahal.

Upon arrival in Agra, check into your hotel for a night stay, later after freshen up visit the most beautiful building one of the wonder of the world TAJ MAHAL built by Shah - Jehan in memory of his beloved wife MUMTAJ after her death as her memory.

Also visit the historic Agra fort - ever since Babur defeated and killed Ibrahin Lodi at Panipat in 1526, Agra played an important center of Mughal Empire. Akbar chose this city on the bank of River Yamuna as his capital and proceeded to build a strong citadel for the purpose. It is said that he destroyed the damaged old fort of Agra for the purpose and raised this grand group of monuments instead in red sandstone.

Day 06: Agra – Delhi / Kochi (by flight)
After an early breakfast, embark on your drive to Delhi, upon arrival transfer to Delhi airport to catch your flight to Kochi.

Indigo Air # 6E – 289 (Dep. 1330 hrs / Arr. 1640 hrs)

Upon arrival in Kochi, you will be transferred to your hotel for a night stay.

Day 07: Kochi – Munnar (3 hrs drive)
This morning after breakfast, enjoy a city tour and explore the many fascinating highlights of Kochi covering - The Jewish Synagogue in what is locally called the Jew Town, St. Francis Church the oldest European Church in India, the Santa Cruz Basilica built in 1557 by the Portuguese, the Dutch Palace and the Spice market.

Later in the afternoon, embark on your scenic drive to Munnar - one of the most naturally gorgeous hill-stations in South India. The word of "Munnar" means three rivers. 3 mountain streams Madurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala are joining together here. The previous, mainly in Devikulam Taluk of Idukki district, Munnar is usually known as the Kanan Devan hills or the High Ranges. The natural beauty, calmness and mild cold climate throughout the year makes it pleasant place for the stay for both Indian as well as foreigners.

Day 08: Day in Munnar
After breakfast enjoy the city tour of this beautiful town visiting Mattupetty lake and dam, a very beautiful picnic spot, enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and appreciate it. You can enjoy boating in the lake (optional) and view the Mountains and landscapes from a far. Also visit Eravikulam National Park, a natural habitat of the rare mountain goat - Nilgiri Tahr and home of Aniamundi (2695m) the highest peak of South India.
 
Evening visit the Tea plantation and the tea museum, one can satiate their curiosity on different stages of tea processing and also learn about the production of black tea.

Day 09: Munnar – Thekkady (2 ½ hrs drive)
After breakfast embark on a scenic drive through tea and spice plantations and blue hills to Thekkady which is also known as Periyar. Periyar sprawled over an area of 777 sq. kms and famous for its Periyar National park and the spice plantations.
 
Upon arrival check into your hotel for overnight stay. Evening enjoy visiting the spice plantations of cardamom, pepper, vanilla, nutmeg, clove, etc which are grown in and around Periyar.

Evening witness the Kathakali dance performance, a unique dance which has a 2000 year old history with more than 100 different ‘mudras’ or gesture depicting deities, demons, heroes, heroines and kings - each based on episodes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana, the two epic Indian myths

Day 10: Thekkady – Alleppey (3 hrs drive) 
After breakfast, check into typical Kerala’s houseboat towards to Alleppey through the Vembanad Lake. Enjoy sailing through the spectacular backwaters, where the languid pace and lush tropical scenery is interrupted only by close-up glimpses of traditional village-life.

Enjoy staying in a traditional house boat As you cruise along, witness life in the backwater villages of Alleppey. Travel down the canals dotted with houses, paddy fields, coconut trees, market places and temples. See local people engaging in a variety of activities from fishing to daily chores. Soak in the beautiful scenery from your thatched-roof boat and relish the serenity of this river town.
 
Day 11: Alleppey – Kochi
Today, you will be transferred to Kochi International airport to catch your flight to fly back home.

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