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Nrashtrapati Bhawan

Day 1: Delhi

Welcome to India and the start of your holiday! Arrive at Delhi airport where we will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. Rest of the day is free for you to relax after your long flight.

Raj Ghat

Day 2: Delhi

Our full day guided sightseeing tour of Delhi today covers the colourful chaos of Old Delhi and the modern simplicity of New Delhi. This vibrant city is full of forts, monuments, temples, mosques and more. During the 16th and 17th centuries, Delhi was important centre of the Mughal dynasty and the British made it the capital city in 1911. We take in Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk, the bustling bazaar, as well as the Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana – the cremation sites of Mahatama Gandhi and Jawahar Lal Nehru. In New Delhi we visit India Gate, Rasthrapati Bhawan, Parliament House and Humayun’s Tomb.

Jantar Mantar Observatory Park

Day 3: Delhi - Jaipur

Today, we drive to Jaipur. Affectionately known as the Pink City as Maharaja Ram Singh had all of the Old City painted a welcoming pink in 1876 to herald a visit by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), it is also the bustling capital of the state of Rajasthan. We enjoy a tour of the City Palace and Jantar Mantar - an old yet cleverly designed space observatory.

Day 4: Jaipur

Early today, we travel beyond Jaipur to the stunning 16th century Amber Fort - a sprawling Rajput concoction which hugs the hill on which it was built and overlooks the hot plains below. We enjoy a stately elephant ride (subject to Government regulations & availability) to the fort and tour the well-preserved interior and grounds. Back in Jaipur, enjoy the rest of the day your way, exploring, shopping or just relaxing.

Day 5: Jaipur - Bharatpur

Our first stop today is the stepwell at Chand Baori, dating back to the 9th century (without guide). We head on to Bharatpur and enjoy lunch at Hotel Udai Villas Palace. After hotel check in at Bharatpur, we visit Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we’ll enjoy a leisurely bicycle rickshaw ride through the park.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 6: Bharatpur - Agra

En route to Agra, we visit Fatehpur Sikri, former imperial capital of the great Mughal emperor Akbar. Built between 1569 and 1585, it has been deserted for more than four centuries, by all accounts abandoned in 1600 due to a meagre supply of water. In Agra, we visit the impressive Agra Fort. Later, we enjoy a horsecart ride to the legendary Taj Mahal, one of the most extravagant monuments for love ever built.

Chandni Chowk

Day 7: Agra - Delhi

After breakfast we drive back to Delhi. The rest of the day is free for your to explore Delhi further, shop or just relax.

Day 8: Delhi - Kochi

We will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight to Kochi, this will be a connecting flight via Mumbai. 9W 3042- 1010/ 1210- Busniess class ///9W 403 - 1325 / 1530 - Busniess class. Upon arrival into Kochi you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Kathakali Dancer

Day 9: Kochi - Munnar

This morning we drive to Munnar - a picturesque hill station nestled on the verdant slopes of tea plantations. Located at a lofty height of 1600m, Munnar in South India offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills carpeted with tea plantations. From many locations in Munnar, one can view Anamudi (2695m), South India’s highest peak. The rest of the afternoon is free to relax or explore the area.

Tea pickers

Day 10: Munnar

Today you have at leisure.

Rolling plantation

Day 11: Munnar - Alleppey

After its a scenic 4 - 5 hour drive to Alleppey. Mid afternoon, we board a simply furnished private rice-boat for a journey through the lush backwaters. Our private rice-boat takes us sedately along the enchanting palm-fringed backwaters, covering a distance of some 20 kms, during which time the boat glides past local villages and fascinating scenes of everyday rural life. Watch a beautiful sunset over the backwaters and enjoy tasty meals (starting with a late lunch) prepared by the onboard chef using fresh local produce.

Alleppey sunset

Day 12: Alleppey - Kumarakom

This morning we disembark the houseboat after breakfast at Kumarakom. Perched sleepily amongst a tangle of lush tropical waterways known as the Keralan backwaters, Kumarakom is technically a cluster of islands on Lake Vembanad - one of Asia’s largest freshwater lakes. This is an ideal place to relax for the next two days and enjoy the beautiful scenery. There is also a wonderful bird sanctuary spread across 14 acres, which is a favoured haunt of migratory birds and certainly worthy of a visit.

Sunrise boat trip

Day 13: Kumarakom

Today is a day at leisure.

Local house

Day 14: Kumarakom

This morning we will transfer to Kochi airport for onward flight.

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