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Mathura & Vrindavan Holidays

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Day 1: Delhi

Namaste! Welcome to India and New Delhi the capital city of India. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel with the rest of the day yours to relax after your long flight.

India Gate

Day 2: Delhi

Today we explore both Old and New Delhi - the order of New Delhi is a huge contrast to the unorganised chaos of the Old City. But both are just as appealing. Highlights we be the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation and more.

Nrashtrapati Bhawan

Day 3: Delhi - Mathura & Vrindavan

Early morning around 8 am we drive 3 hours to Mathura - Arrival here visit the sites before driving to Vrindavan and check into your hotel. Enjoy the afternoon guided touring of the many sacred temples this famous area is known for.

Day 4: Mathura & Vrindavan - Agra

Morning at leisure perhaps go to the temple to see the morning worship. Then onward transfer to Agra. 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! Then it is off to the Taj for a sunset tour and free time to explore and take photos. Evening at leisure.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 5: Agra - Jaipur

En route on our drive to Jaipur, we visit the ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, abandoned due to lack of water. We enjoy lunch at Udai Vilas Palace in Bharatpur, before taking a walk through the nearby rural village Peharsar. Arrive Jaipur and check into your hotel.

Local transport

Day 6: Jaipur

Look out for the snake charmers that dot our route, as we travel to the 16th century Amber Fort. An exotic elephant ride transports us to the lofty fort, where we’ll enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza. Later in the afternoon we tour the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory.

Maharaja Palace

Day 7: Jaipur - Kovalam

Today we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Thirvanathapuram. Arrival transfer to your Ayurveda Hotel in Kovalam. (Flight is via Mumbai 9W 2052, 0800/0935,Economy - 9W 2321,1245/1450,Economy)

Crawford market architecture

Day 8: Kovalam

Free day to relax and pay locally for treatments as you wish.

Kovalam Beach

Day 9: Kovalam - Mumbai

Morning we transfer you to the airport for your direct flight to Mumbai. Arriving there included transfer to your hotel. (Flight info:-6E 176, 1045/1245,Economy)

Gateway to India

Day 10: Mumbai

Today we embark on a glittering city tour, with a morning visit to the cave temples of Elephanta Island sculpted during the 5th to the 8th centuries. In the afternoon visit the Prince of Wales museum, Marine Drive and the Mani Bhawan Jain temple.

Victoria Terminus

Day 11: Mumbai

This morning take a guided heritage walking tour, visiting the main buildings in South Mumbai, which form an integral part of the cities architectural heritage. Late this afternoon embark upon further exploration of the city, visiting the Afghani Church and the holy Banganga Tank - an ancient water tank built over a freshwater spring under the Silhara dynasty in the 14th century. This evening enjoy a leisurely horse and buggy ride along Marine Drive toward Chowpatty beach.

Flora Fountain

Day 12: Mumbai

Hotel check-out and included onward transfer to airport for your flight home.