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Namaste! Welcome to New Delhi, the capital city of India and the start of your eye-opening adventure! Our friendly team will be waiting in the arrivals hall to transfer you to your hotel where you can relax for the rest of the day.
Today we explore Delhi, both new and old with visits to the battlemented Red Fort - built by Shah Jahan in the 16th century (OUTSIDE ONLY CLOSED FOR REPUBLIC DAY), Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat - a marble memorial marking the spot where the great leader- Mahatma Gandhi was cremated after his assassination. We also visit Humayun’s Tomb and India's largest mosque, Qutab Minar.
Departing Delhi, we journey 5 hours by car to Agra, once India’s Mughal capital. Arriving, we visit Agra fort, which boasts some of India’s finest Mughal buildings behind it’s fortified walls. During its history it has been a palace, a fort and a prison! Later we explore the magnificent Taj Mahal, which allows free time to witness the romantic sunset.
En route a stop is made at the fantastically well preserved former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. This magnificent fortified city was the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned dramatically due to a lack of water. Explore the various temples, places of worships, pavilions, public areas and examples of everyday living such as areas from where ablutions were performed, to an ancient aqua cooling system and marvel at how life must have been for the inhabitants of this old city.Continue to the Pink City of Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, afternoon at leisure.
An exotic elephant ride transports us to the lofty 16th century Amber Fort on our guided exploration this morning. Later, step back in time on a visit of the City Palace containing an interesting museum of regal attire. Just over the road is Jantar Mantar, an observatory of astronomy built by Jai Singh in 1728. At first glance, Jantar Mantar resembles a sculpture park, though in fact, each construction has a specific scientific purpose. Some measure the positions of stars, whilst others calculate eclipses, the lunar calendar and simply the time of day. Even today, most of the constructions remain accurate!
This morning we head back on the main Jaipur to Delhi highway but stopping off for our overnight stay in a fantastic historic hotel in the small village of Neemrana. Enjoy the facilities at the hotel for the afternoon and evening Overnight at the Neemrana Palace.
This morning return to Delhi and straight to the airport for your flight south to the Spice city of Kochi (AI 477 1355/1705 hours) Arriving here, meet our friendly local team who await to take you to your hotel.
Formerly a princely state, Kochi is also fondly referred to as “The Queen of the Arabian Sea”. This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of the town including the beautiful Parsi Synagogue built in 1568, the Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese in 1555 and St Francis’ Church. A walking tour of Fort Cochin takes you through streets still graced with traces of Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial architecture. This evening we will take you to see a fantastic ancient traditional dance performance, known as Kathakali.
Today we have a drive east to Munnar - a quaint hill station nestled on the verdant slopes of tea plantations, that exudes a rare old world charm and reminds one of the days of the Raj in its elegant splendour. At a height of 1525 metres, Munnar offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills. Arriving here, the car and driver remain with you so you can always head out nearby to explore, or just relax at the hotel.
Today we visit a local Tea Estate - for which the region is renowned for, we also visit the nearby Eravikulam National Park before returning to your hotel, where the afternoon is at your leisure.
This morning, you’ll board a traditional Keralan rice boat for a journey through the backwaters in and around Allapuzha (Alleppey). The boat will cross shallow, palm-fringed lakes and cruise along peaceful canals where copra and cashews are loaded onto local boats. The on-board cook will prepare locally-inspired food. Relax, read and catch some sun as the boat plies it’s route.
Disembarking at Allapuzha, enjoy a short drive to your gorgeous beach location, the small village of Mararikulam.
Sit back and relax here in this laid back coastal area of India, walk along palm fringed beaches looking for shells and watching the fishermen at work, or simply kick back and enjoy some fresh fruit cocktails served on a silver platter.
Making our way to Kochi Airport this morning we catch our flight to Chennai (AI 510 1225/1325 hr) Here, our local team is on standby to drive you onto your hotel further south in the laid back town of Pondicherry or Pondi, as the locals would affectionately call it.
Today we enjoy a sightseeing tour of this charming coastal town built by the French. A boulevard encircled the town and a grand canal, divided it into two sections- one the Tamil side called as Ville Noire or the black town and the other, a European side which was known as Ville Blanche or the white town. The impressive Ville Blanche or white town resembles a typical Medieval French township clotted with fine built monuments, majestic mansions and elegant churches.
We make our way to the seaside town of Mahabalipuram, famous for its shore temple. The city is also famous for handwoven silk. Today In Mahabalipuram, we explore the huge rock-cut sculptures and mandapams (pillared pavilions) date from the 5th to 8th centuries. Check into your hotel, then relax for the remainder of the day.
Today and tomorrow are at your leisure.
Sadly your journey through India has come to an end, we will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.
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