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Classical Rajasthan Tours with Taj Mahal and Kerala
Rajasthan and Kerala Tour
Day 01: Delhi Arrival
Arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. Meet our tour executive and find his assistance to transfer to the hotel. Learn about the tour in detail. Check in at the hotel and relax. Spend the night in comfort.
Day 02: Delhi
New Delhi has an extended history that makes it much more than being just the national capital. The city has treasures of historic monuments and religious structures that make the city a shinning name in the Indian tourism industry. Start the day with breakfast at the hotel and begin the sightseeing tour of Delhi. The city is broadly divided into Old and New Delhi. One of the major attractions of Old Delhi is the Red Fort complex. The royal residence of the Mughal Emperors, the fort today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Though the fort had been the site of many violent and looting events, it has managed to retain the decorative charm of many of its buildings. Diwan-i-Aam (Hall for Public) and Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience) are the two buildings, known for their floral decorations. Decorated ceilings of Rang Mahal and the captivating pavilions of Hayat Bakhsh Bagh are worth exploring. The tourist authorities in the city have made all possible efforts to maintain the cleanliness in all parts of the fort complex. Archaeological Museum and War Memorial Museum within the complex offer many interesting items put on display.
The Red Fort Complex has Jama Masjid, one of the most revered mosques around the world, in its close vicinity. The well-maintained courtyards of the mosque are harmonized by the charming architectural features like domes, minarets, arches and inlay work. As one leaves the mosque, the next attraction of Old Delhi is Chandni Chowk. The old buildings of this place define the historic character of the city. Other attractions of the place are the restaurants and shops offering mouth-watering snacks and sweets. Raj Ghat, the memorial built at the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, is another popular tourist attraction. Located on the banks of River Yamuna, the memorial consists of a black marble platform and an eternal flame.
Have lunch at a city restaurant and start the sightseeing tour of New Delhi. Visit the Qutub Minar complex that houses one of the highest minarets of the world called Qutub Minar. The place has many other attractions like Iron Pillar and a number of tombs. Later visit Humayun’s Tomb, which is believed to be the inspiration of Agra’s Taj Mahal. The astonishing Mughal architectural style of the tomb has attractive features like marble lattice screens, octagonal chambers, beautiful lintels and beams and many more. The next attraction of the tour is the India Gate Memorial that was erected in the memory of Indian soldiers who participated in First World War. Driving on the nearby road leads to the government buildings like Sansad Bhavan and Rashtrapati Bhawan that are known for their modern architectural style. Retire to the hotel after the fun-filled sightseeing tour.
Day 03: Delhi / Nawalgarh / Mandawa (270 Km\ 6 hr drive)
Enjoy the morning breakfast and leave the hotel on a drive to Mandawa. One of the popular fort towns of Rajasthan, Mandawa is well-known for its grand havelis (mansions). The town is located in the Shekhawati region that has been ruled by the Shekhawat Rajas for centuries. The region is also known for contributing the highest number of Indian army men. There are many incredible tales of valor and sacrifice credited to the brave rulers and people of the region.
Check in at the hotel on arrival and visit Nawalgarh after having some rest. The town is home to numerous historic structures consisting of forts, mansions, palaces and temples. Nawalgarh Fort is one of the prime attractions, while the most popular palaces include Sheesh Mahal and Roop Niwas Palace. Anandi Lal Podar Haveli is known for exhibiting some fascinating paintings. Among the temples, you can visit Lakshmi Narayan Mandir and Shri Gopinath Ji Mandir. Later visit the wonderful mansions of Mandawa, Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli being one of the most popular ones. Goenka Double Haveli is known for its monumental façade, beautiful balconies and distinct paintings and patterns. Jhunjhunwala Haveli and Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli are two other exotically painted havelis that offer great treats to eyes. Enjoy the explorations and get back to the hotel for night stay.
Day 04: Mandawa / Bikaner (190 km – 4 hr)
Leave Mandawa after breakfast and take the route towards Bikaner. The fourth largest city of Rajasthan, Bikaner has multiple facets to its credit. Apart from being an agricultural city, it is also known for its wool production. Another significant aspect of the city is that it has the Asia’s largest camel breeding farm. The forts, temples and palaces of Bikaner have timeless appeal. Check in at the hotel on arrival and take rest for some time. Later visit Junagarh Fort that houses the collections of royal arms and ornaments. One of the top attractions of the city is Lalgarh Palace constructed in red sandstone and featuring charming pavilions, halls, cupolas and many other attractions.
Laxmi Niwas Palace, designed by a British architect, is another fabulous tourist attraction. Bhandasar Jain Temple is a beautiful temple built of red sandstone. It is a good experience to explore the majestic paintings at the temple.. Other famous temples in the city include Laxmi Nath Temple, Mukam Temple and Shiv Bari Temple. Visit the camel breeding farm known for being the home to the best riding camels of the world. Enjoy the extremely popular snacks and sweets of Bikaner. The sand dunes of the city provide a wonderful opportunity to have the marvelous views of sun setting down. Return to the hotel after the full day of enjoyment.
Day 05: Bikaner / Jaisalmer (330 km – 6 hr)
Have breakfast and bid farewell to the city of Bikaner. Start the journey towards Jaisalmer via visiting Karni Mata Temple, dedicated to a form of Goddess Durga is another attraction, especially for its huge population of rats that are considered holy by the devotees, Jaisalmer - better known as the Golden City for some obvious reasons. The city located amidst the golden Thar Desert is known for changing its colors with the course of sun in the sky. Golden sand dunes and Sonar Quila (Golden Fort) are the icons of this beautiful city. Watch the color of the earth changing from red to beige while moving from Bikaner to Jaisalmer. Start admiring the yellow sandstone structures as soon as you enter the city. Check in at the hotel and get fresh after a long journey. Plan a small trip to explore the city of your own in the evening and spend the night at the hotel.
Day 06: Jaisalmer
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and visit the glorious Jaisalmer Fort which stands adamantly on Trikuta Hills. Constructed using yellow sandstone, the fort shines like a jewel under the sun and provides astonishing views to the visitors. Also known as the Golden Fort, it has been enthralling the world since 12th century. The fort has many palaces, temples and merchant havelis to its credit. The adornments inside these structures have unparalleled beauty.
Havelis are the characteristic attractions in the city. Patwon ki Haveli, one of the grandest of all, is completely captivating. Nathmalji ki Haveli and Salam Singh ki Haveli are other big mansions worth mentioning. The beautifully designed Jain Temples are the true gems of city. Gadisar Lake is also a notable attraction, mainly because of its serene beauty and presence of temples and tombs at its bank. Enjoy riding a boat and explore some exotic bird species that visit the lake. Finally take a camel ride to visit Sam Dunes that offer an exciting view of the setting sun. It is a pleasure to be a spectator to this majestic view. Return to the hotel for the night stay.
Day 07: Jaisalmer / Jodhpur (280 km – 05 hr)
Today, you will start the journey towards Jodhpur after having breakfast. Blue-painted rooftops of houses and bright shinning sun define the character of this second largest city of Rajatshan. The city on one hand has rustically charming Mehrangarh Fort and on the other hand is the home to very charming Umaid Bhawan Palace. The unconquered fort accommodates many exceptionally fascinating palaces like Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal and Sheesh Mahal. Exploring the fort will also provide you the opportunity to enjoy the musical and dance performance by the local artists.
Umaid Bhawan Palace offers a superb treat to the eyes and accommodates a museum. Another worthy tourist attraction is Jaswant Thada, consisting of royal cenotaphs made of marble and assembled around a beautiful lake. Other most talked-about attractions in and around the city are Kaylana Lake and Garden, Clock Tower and Balsamand Lake. Have pleasure enjoying the spicy cuisines like mawa kachori, mirchibada, lapsi and panchkuta. Later get back to your hotel for night stay.
Day 08: Jodhpur / Ranakpur / Udaipur (275 km – 6 hrs)
Continue the tour and begin the journey towards Udaipur after breakfast in the morning. You will come across the magnificent Jain Temple at Ranakpur on the way. The huge temple is beautiful from outside and has many splendid features inside. Its location in a valley formed by Aravalli Hills favors its grandeur. The temple is constructed using marble and is supported by as many as 1,444 pillars, each having distinct carvings and designs. Each and every architectural detail of the temple is capable of gaining attention. The nearby Sun Temple is an addition to the worthiness of this area. Enjoy your presence at the temple and then proceed towards Udaipur. The city is counted among the most romantic cities of the world because of the presence of beautiful palaces and lakes. Entertaining the lavish lifestyle of the royal families in the past, the city today impresses tourists from different parts of the world. Check in at the hotel on arrival and have a peaceful stay.
Day 09: Udaipur
Get ready for the sightseeing tour of the city after having breakfast. Nothing is better than the grandiose City Palace complex to begin the trip. The complex has an impressive location on the bank of Lake Pichola. The structures inside the complex represent diverse architectural styles from India, China and Europe. Badi Mahal, Durbar Hall, Amar Vilas, Jagdish Temple, Krishna Vilas and Fatehprakash Palace are few among the many attractions with spellbinding beauty. Later explore other city attractions that include Saheliyon ki Badi, Udaipur Solar Observatory, Doodh Talai, Bagore ki Haveli and Ahar Museum.
Have lunch and have leisurely walks on the banks of Lake Pichola. Join a boat ride to explore the beautiful surroundings of the lake. Get enchanted by the enthralling beauty of the Lake Palace as seen from the boat. As the evening approaches, you will be fascinated to watch the lightened up structures around the lake. Visit the two charming islands of the lake, Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas. Get back to your hotel at the day’s end.
Day 10: Udaipur / Pushkar / Jaipur (450 km – 07hr 30min)
Check out from the hotel after breakfast and start the trip towards Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. The long journey brings across a number of beautiful sites on the way. Pushkar is the most significant of these sites and worth making a stop at. The holy city of Pushkar is known for one of the very few temples where Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe, is worshipped. The grand Brahma Temple is the site of the annual festival and it attracts tens of thousands of tourists for remaining part of the year as well. The temple is located near the sacred Lake Pushkar which is surrounded by numerous other temples dedicated to different Hindu deities. Rangji Temple, Chamunda Temple, Panchkund Shiva Temple, Savitri Temple and many other temples in Pushkar can be visited during the small stopover. It is an incredible experience to walk across various ghats (banks) around the lake. After spending some memorable moments, continue your drive to Jaipur. Popularly known as the Pink City of Rajasthan, the city is one of the well-planned cities in the country and is admired for its rich and colorful culture. Check in at the hotel on arrival and spend the night in comfort.
Day 11: Jaipur
Wake up with excitation in mind to sightsee the amazingly beautiful city of Jaipur. Have breakfast and begin with the exploration trip. Amber Fort, which is located on the top of a small hillock, deserves to be the first destination. It is extremely thrilling to access the fort riding a decorated elephant. Enter the fort through Sun Gate and explore the grand courtyards, temples, palaces and gardens within the complex. Colorful glasses, mirror mosaics, decorated ceilings, floral frescos and patterns and many other details all over the fort are mesmerizing. It is enchanting to view the lake and garden below the fort.
Later move to the City Palace complex, another beautiful tourist attractions known for its museum featuring royal collections. Mubarak Mahal within the palace complex features collections of royal costumes and those of block printing and embroidery works. Chandra Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Aam, Maharani Palace and Govind Dev Ji Temple are among various other worthwhile attractions on the premises. The next tourist attraction of the city is Hawa Mahal, the beautifully designed palace where the women from royal families lived. The major highlight of the palace is its small windows called jharokhas, featuring intricate designs. Jal Mahal, the extremely charming palace amidst a lake and surrounded by hills, is truly fascinating.
The astronomical observatory called Jantar Mantar is famous for giant sundials, observatory deck and various yantras (instruments). Many beautiful gardens and holy temples in the city can be visited. The trip to Jaipur remains incomplete without enjoying the local cuisines at Chokhi Dhani. Finally, get back to the hotel for a comfortable night stay.
Day 12: Jaipur / Fatehpur Sikri / Agra (260 km – 6 hr)
Today, you will bid adieu to the state of Rajasthan and move towards Agra, the home to unprecedented Mughal heritage. On the journey from Jaipur to Agra, you will come across the Fatehpur Sikri city complex that has been declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Structures made of red sandstone adorn the area of this city that was constructed by Akbar and chosen by him as his new capital. The city is popular for being the place where the famous nine courtiers of the Emperor performed. Though the city was abandoned shortly, it managed to retain its structures which today serve as the wonderful tourist sites.
The city complex can be entered through the red sandstone structure called Buland Darwaza which has arched entry points. One of the marvelous structures in the city is the Tomb of Salim Chishti, constructed in white marble and featuring captivating ornamental and intricate decorations. Jama Masjid that features white marble inlay works is another astonishing structure within the complex. Ibadat Khana, Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas and Panch Mahal are the structures bestowed with architectural excellence. Spend few hours exploring the city complex and later proceed towards Agra. Apart from being the home to Taj Mahal, the city is also known for its fort, temples and gardens. Check in at the hotel as soon as you arrive in the city and stay comfortably.
Day 13: Agra
Have your breakfast at the hotel and begin with the sightseeing tour of the city. Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is obviously the first destination to visit. The marble structure located near River Yamuna is a well-preserved monument that has retained its beauty and appeal after more than 3 centuries of its construction. As per the historic records, the monument was constructed by Shah Jahan, a Mughal Emperor, in the memory of his deceased wife Mumtaz Mahal. The most impressive features of the structure include calligraphy, variety of motifs, floor tiling, reflective tiles and incised paintings. Explore the monument to the fullest and click some memorable shots.
Later head towards Agra Fort, a red sandstone structure resembling the Red Fort of Delhi. Other great attractions of the city include Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb, Mariam’s Tomb and Chini ka Roza. The markets of the city offering beautiful handicrafts items and marble figurines can be visited. Get back to the hotel at the end of the day and enjoy peaceful night stay.
Day 14: Agra – Delhi (220km/4hr)
Leave the city of Agra after breakfast and take the route back to New Delhi. On arrival, check in at the hotel and relax. Spend the evening in shopping and get back to the hotel for night stay.
Day 15: Delhi – Cochin by flight
Have breakfast and plan another trip to the city of your own. Transfer to the airport to board the flight to reach Cochin. Meet our tour executive at Cochin Airport and find his assistance to reach the hotel. Check in at the hotel and enjoy the comfortable night stay.
Day 16: Cochin – Munnar (140km/4hr)
Drive towards Munnar, the most amazing hill station of Kerala. The spellbinding natural beauty that greets you on the way is beyond one’s imagination. Enjoy the views of lush green tea plantations and stop at few of the most fascinating waterfalls you encounter on the way. Start falling in love with the cool weather that makes the journey even more engaging. Check in at the resort as you reach the hill station and feel blessed amidst the natural settings. Spend some hours in taking rest and start your own explorations of the place in the evening. Spend the night at the resort.
Day 17: Munnar
Get ready for one of the most exciting days of your life. Start the sightseeing tour of Munnar with a visit to Eravikulam National Park. Spread over the mesmerizing Rajamalai Hills, the park provides the opportunity to explore endangered specie of mountain goats called Nilgai and many other species like macaque and tigers. Among many other attractions, the Echo Point, Rea Estate and Photo Point are worth visiting. Enjoy speed boating at Mattupetty Dam. Walk through the tea plantations and have spectacular views of the valleys from the top.
Day 18: Munnar – Periyar (140km/4hr)
Leave Munnar for another exciting day of being close to the natural beauty at Thekkady, the home to the acclaimed Periyar National Park. On the journey towards Periyar, make a stop at Abraham Spice Garden where hundreds of different types of spices are grown. It is another rewarding experience to walk through the spice plantations. Continue the trip towards Thekkady and check in at the hotel on arrival. Get ready for an extremely enjoyable boat cruise through Lake Periyar, which is surrounded by plants and trees from hundreds of species. Watch the amazing wild animals like elephants, foxes, deer, leopards and tigers strolling across the make’s banks. You may also come across many species of birds and reptiles. Spend the evening time enjoying the cultural dance program before retiring to the hotel.
Day 19: Periyar – Kumarakom (140kms/4hr)
If you have been hearing about the fascinating Kerala backwaters, today is the day to experience their beauty and calamity. After having breakfast, leave for Kumarakom where you will join a houseboat in the noon. Feel completely thrilled as the houseboat cruise begins and passes through serene water surrounded by charismatic natural beauty. Watch the people in the villages and stop at various attractions on the way. Enjoy the deliciously cooked Kerala cuisines and many other facilities onboard. Spend an unforgettable night at the boat.
Day 20: Alleppey – Kovalam (170km/4hr)
Leave the houseboat after having breakfast and get back to Alleppey. Drive towards Kovalam, known for its greatly admirable beaches. Visit some of the most popular temples on the way. Check in at the beach resort on arrival and relax. Feel blessed while surfing some of the most pristine beaches of the world. Spend some wonderful moments watching low tidal waves and taking part in the exciting beach activities like surfing and boat riding. The most amazing experience would be to undergo ayurvedic treatment that process to be highly relaxing for the mind and the body. Enjoy your night stay at the beach resort.
Day 21: Kovalam – Trivandrum (20km/20min)
Transfer to Trivandrum Airport, depending upon the schedule of your hotel back to home.
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