Arrive Delhi. On arrival, you will be greeted and assisted by our representative and transferred to the hotel. On arrival in hotel, check in (Rooms will be available from 1400 hrs)
In its 3000 years of existence; seven cities have risen where the present capital of India stands. Here you'll encounter a fascinating blend of the ancient and the contemporary. Where government buildings, medieval palaces and bazaars exist beside a modern metropolis. Delhi is a city waiting to be explored.
Proceed to Old Delhi to visit the 17th century Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1650 and 1656, it can accommodate ten thousand pax at one time. Hop on a cycle rickshaw and traverse through the lanes of Chandni Chowk, the shopping center of old Delhi. Later drive past the Red Fort for a photo shot and visit Raj Ghat where Gandhi Ji was cremated. Afternoon proceed to New Delhi, built in a typically British colonial style with tree-lined avenues and colonial bungalows. Visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the most prominent Sikh (religion) Gurudwara (place of worship). It is known for its association with 8th Sikh Guru – Guru Har Krishan. Located in Connaught Place, it was first completed in the year 1664. See India Gate, the 42 m high War Memorial Arch. Drive past the Parliament House, the Secretariat buildings and the Vice Regal Palace, now the official residence of the President of India. You will also visit Qutab Minar – what was intended to be the most glorious tower of victory in the world and was to be the prototype of all minars in India. It was built by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi in 1200 AD
Delhi to Agra (220 Kms / 04 Hrs). Drive to Agra and check-in to your hotel.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Agra Fort, situated on the west bank of the river Jamuna, made by the Mughal King Akbar in the 16th century and completed by his grandson Shah Jahan, who was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb for 8 years in this fort, before his death.
Optional : Mohabbat - The Taj Show - a series of play depicting the saga of love. The true and immortal love of Shajahan for Mumtaj Mahal - his beautiful wife; the lavish lifestyle of mughal era; emaculate hardship of the artisans for 22 years that created the most precious specimen of craftsmanship. It is a visual feast for the eyes with its ace enactment of the grandeur and splendid lifestyles of the mughal period. The most overwhelming part of this extravaganza is the climax. The world's biggest replica of the Taj Mahal emerges slowly on a lotus-shaped platform lifted by a hydraulic lift. Truly, a majestic delight.
Optional: Itmad-Ud-Daulah - a Mughal mausoleum, often described as a "jewel box", sometimes called the "Baby Tāj", the tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah is often regarded as a draft of the Tāj Mahal.
After breakfast, visit the ancient Rajput capital of Amber, 11 km from the city. This fort-palace was begun by Raja Man Singh and used by the Rajputs as their stronghold until Sawai Jai Singh II moved to the newly created Jaipur. See the Diwan I Am or hall of public audience, Kali temple, Jai Mandir or hall of victory with its inlaid panels and mirror ceiling, and Sukh Niwas. The fort provides breathtaking views of the lake below.enjoy the full day visit of Jaipur . Later take a city tour. City Palace: City Palace occupies the center of Jaipur. It now houses the Royal residence and museums with collections of textiles and costumes, armoury, manuscripts, paintings etc. Jantar Mantar (Royal Observatory): It was built (1728-34) by king astrologer Jai Singh II. The instruments are built of stone with marble facing on the important plains for measuring the harmony of the heavens. Each instrument serves a particular function and each gives an accurate reading. Hawa Mahal (photostop): Visit the palace of wind (Hawa Mahal) with 953 windows and niches which were made so that ladies of royal family could see the procession and events in the city without being visible to the people.
Optional: Visit haathi gaon (Elephant village) : surrounded by the wilderness with no urban civilization in the vicinity, just a few hamlets housing the local villagers occupied by farming on their fields. Then you will be introduced about Elephant, you will feed them, cuddle them and more. Do painting on this beautiful creature. Finally you will give bath to your friend Elephant before saying good bye.
After breakfast, transfer to the Jaipur airport and board your flight to Cochin.
On arrival in Cochin, you will be met and assisted be our Hi Tours's representative at the airport and transferred to hotel.
Cochin or Kochi, as it is called now, has been variously hailed as Queen of the Arabian Sea, Venice of Orient, etc. It is till date influenced by medieval Portugal, Holland and England. Some choose to call it simply a museum city for its rich past and colorful present. The city displays a blend of different people and architecture and it is one place where you can see a Jewish synagogue, Portuguese churches, Dutch architecture, Mosques, Hindu temples and Chinese fishing nets all in one day.
Optional: Evening watch Kathakali dance. Kathakali literally meaning "story dance" is the pantomimic dance drama, the dancing and the acting being blended together into an inseparable form. It is a combination of facial expressions and body movements, which brings out the thought and emotion of the character. Kathakali is predominantly a male art and the dancing is mostly of the masculine type.
After breakfast, we will take a tour of the city visiting the Mattancherry Palace, popularly known as Dutch Palace, has some of India’s most beautiful murals, the Jewish Synagogue (closed on Fridays & Saturdays) in the heart of Jew Town and the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets. See St. Francis Church where Vasco da Gama was originally buried, and the Santa Cruz Church with its pastel coloured interior and carved wooden panels.After breakfast, drive to Periyar.
Later drive to Periyar.
After some rest, enjoy the visit of Spice Plantation. Visit spice plantation. You will see verities of spices indigenously grown here. The surrounding filled with its aroma will sooth your soul. The spice plantation in Thekkady is one of the major spice plantations in Kerala. These plantations are captivating farms to wander in, since different spices are cultivated in different sections of each plantation
Optional: Enjoy the game viewing by boats in Periyar National Park, which is a unique wildlife sanctuary and is about 780 sq. km centered on an artificial lake fed by the Periyar River. The boats will carry you through the jungle along convoluted waterways and afford sightings of elephant, bison and deer. There are trees more than 100 years old and over 50 m high.
After breakfast, drive to Kumarakom. Rest of the day will be at leisure.
You may avail the in house activities of the hotel on direct payment basis.
Visit the bird sanctuary. The main attractions are local birds like the waterfowl, cuckoo, owl, egret, heron and the water duck, as well as the migratory Siberian cranes. Parrots, teal, larks, flycatchers, wood beetle, and other birds are seen here during their respective migratory seasons.
Optional: Take backwater day cruise with lunch: The houseboats are huge, slow moving, exotic barge used for leisure trips - are the reworked kettuvallams of olden times. The original kettuvallams were used to carry tons of rice and spices - a standard kettuvallam can hold up to 30 tons - from Kuttanad to the Kochi port. The kettuvallam or ‘boat with knots’- was so called because the entire boat was held together with coir knots only - not even a single nail is used during the construction. The boat is made of planks of jack-wood joined together with coir. This is then coated with a caustic black resin made from boiled cashew kernels. With careful maintenance, a kettuvallam can last for generations. Lunch and dinner will be served on houseboat.
DAY 11 : END OF ITINERARY
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Cochin airport to board flight for onward journey.