Golden Triangle is the name given to the most famous trinity of Indian tourism - Delhi, Agra & Jaipur. This trip takes you through the Golden Triangle which is plush with history, culture, colorful markets, and culinary delights. From the vivid pink houses in Jaipur to the dreamy intricacy of the Taj Mahal, each architectural wonder you'll encounter on this journey tells the story of a fascinating past, complemented by the culturally-rich modern society that surrounds it.
The second part of the trip will take you through the enchanting Kerala state in south India, which is also known as "God's own Country". Let the mesmerizing backwaters of Alleppey and Kumarakom set a pace to your day and laid-back village life soothe your heart. A leisurely kayaking trip through the serene Vembanad Lake and backwaters will be a soul-soothing experience. A jeep ride through the endless tea plantations of Munnar will be a treat for your eyes. Treat your taste buds with flavors never known before.
This amazing tour kicks off on your arrival in Delhi. Welcome to the capital of India and the second-most populous city of India - Delhi. The city’s importance lies not just in its past glory as of the seat of empires and magnificent monuments, but also in the rich and diverse cultures.
You will be received by the driver at Delhi Airport and transferred to the hotel for check-in. After refreshing head out for Delhi sightseeing. Start with a visit to the famous Lotus Temple. Notable for its flower-like shape, it has become a prominent attraction in the city. Like all Baháʼí Houses of Worship, the Lotus Temple is open to all, regardless of religion or any other qualification. Afterward, drive past Rashtrapati Bhavan (the residence of the President of India), and visit India Gate (a memorial to 82,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21 in the First World War). Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Delhi.
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast to start your day of sightseeing in Delhi. A mixture of history with a taste of everyday Delhi, today’s itinerary covers all aspects of this former capital of the Mughal Empire. Stop off at the UNESCO World Heritage site, Humayun’s Tomb. Built in 1570, it is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. Then visit the magnificent Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656. After that visit the bustling Chandni Chowk – one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. Enjoy a rickshaw ride at Chandni Chowk.
Have lunch at a nice restaurant and then reach back at the hotel. Later visit the towering Qutub Minar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a 73-metre (239.5 feet) tall tapering tower of five storeys. Qutb-Ud-Din Aibak, founder of the Delhi Sultanate, started construction of the Qutb Minar's first storey around 1192. Afterwards visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, one of the most prominent Sikh temples, or Sikh house of worship in Delhi and known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan. There is also a sacred pool inside its complex, known as the "Sarovar."
Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Delhi.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
After breakfast, check out from the hotel & head towards Agra. Welcome to the city of Wonder… because it’s the place of the Taj Mahal – one of the seven wonders of the world. Pictures of the Taj Mahal don’t do the complete justice to its magnificence. It’s an epitome and symbol of love. You got to be here to feel your jaws drop. Agra used to be the historic capital of the Mughal empire.
Reach Agra by afternoon. Have lunch at a nice restaurant. Check-in at the hotel and freshen up. In the late afternoon visit Agra Fort, a historical fort, which remained the main residence of the Mughal emperors till 1638. Walking through courtyard after courtyard of this palatial red-sandstone and marble fortress, your amazement keeps growing as you hear about the history of this fort from the guide. In the evening visit the local market to get the true essence of Agra city. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Agra.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Early in the morning at sunrise visit the spectacular Taj Mahal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Return to the hotel for breakfast.
After a filling breakfast check out from the hotel, and head towards the Pink City - Jaipur, famous for its broad avenues, massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples, and royal culture.
On the way visit Keoladeo National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), also known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. It is home to over 360 bird species, including aquatic birds, visitors from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China, and Siberia. Enjoy an eco-friendly rickshaw ride at the bird sanctuary. Then visit Chand Baori, a 13 floors stepwell built over a thousand years ago in the Abhaneri village of Rajasthan. It is one of the largest stepwells in the world and also one of the most beautiful ones.
Check-in to the hotel on arrival & relax. Evening at your leisure. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Jaipur.
Have a sumptuous breakfast and then set out for exploring the best attractions of Jaipur. Visit Hawa Mahal ("Palace of Winds"), a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside. Then visit Jantar Mantar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh, and completed in 1738 CE. Afterward, visit the City Palace. Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during the years 1729 to 1732, the vast complex of the palace occupied one-seventh of the walled city. The palace is divided into a series of courtyards, buildings, and gardens.
In the afternoon stop by Jal Mahal, a palace in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city. It was built in the 17th century. Then visit the grand Amer Fort (or Amber Fort), also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the principal tourist attraction in the Jaipur and the current structure was built during the late 16th century by Rajput Kings. This magnificent fort comprises an extensive palace complex, built from pale yellow and pink sandstone, and white marble, and is divided into four main sections, each with its own courtyard. In the evening visit Nahargarh Fort, which provides a beautiful bird's eye view of the entire Jaipur city.
Later in the evening enjoy dinner at a nice restaurant. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Jaipur.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast check-out from the hotel and transfer to Jaipur Airport. Board the flight for Kochi. Arrive by flight at Kochi by noon. The serene Kochi (a.k.a. Cochin) has been drawing traders and explorers to its shores for over 600 years. Nowhere else in India could you find such an intriguing mix of giant fishing nets from China, a 400-year-old synagogue, ancient mosques, Portuguese houses, and the crumbling remains of the British Raj.
The private car will pick up from Kochi airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kochi. In the afternoon head out for a local sightseeing tour of Kochi. visit the Old Paradesi Synagogue, the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations, located in Kochi, Kerala, in South India. Constructed in 1567, it is one of seven synagogues of the Malabar Yehudan or Yehudan Mappila people or the Cochin Jewish community in the Kingdom of Cochin. Then visit Mattancherry Palace, a Portuguese palace popularly known as the Dutch Palace, in Mattancherry, which features Kerala murals depicting portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi. Afterward visit Cochin Spice Market & Chinese fishing nets. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Kochi.
After breakfast check-out from the hotel and head straight to Munnar. One of the biggest tea-plantation regions of South India, Munnar is one of the most beautiful and popular hill-stations of Kerala. The blissful hill station Munnar - famous for its tea estates, soothing lush greenery, and craggy peaks, is located in the Western Ghats in the state of Kerala. It serves as the commercial center for some of the world’s largest tea estates. Munnar has many protected areas that are home to endemic and highly endangered species like the Nilgiri Thar and the Neelakurinji.
After around 5 hours drive reach Munnar by late afternoon. Check-in at the hotel on arrival. In the evening head out to see Kalaripayattu Show. Kalaripayattu is an ancient Indian martial art, which originated as a style in Kerala. It is considered by some to be the oldest martial art still in existence, with its origin dating back to the 3rd century BCE.
Dinner & overnight stay will be at a hotel in Munnar.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
In the morning head out for a guided soft trek tour. It will be around 3-hours trekking tour covering around 9 km of walk through plantations, grasslands and rocks. A small backpack with some sun cream is advisable. You may also wish to bring a sun hat. Enjoy a nice homemade breakfast during the tour.
Then visit Munnar Tea Museum. The tea museum preserves the aspects of the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Kerala's mountain region of the Western Ghats.
Afterwards, visit the spice plantation. The spice plantation in Munnar is one of the major spice plantations in Kerala. The spice plantations are captivating farms to wander in, since different spices are cultivated in different sections of each plantation.
The evening is at your leisure. Reach back at the hotel. Dinner & overnight stay will be at the hotel in Munnar.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast check-out from the hotel & head towards Kumarakom, a sleepy little village on the shores of Vembanad Lake in Kerala situated 14 km away from Kottayam. It offers a wide variety of flora, exotic sightseeing, boating, and fishing experience. Kumarakom is a true travel pleasure that will mesmerize your senses. It is a paradise on earth. It is one of the foremost travel destinations of India and a jewel in the crown of Kerala tourism.
Reach Kumarakom by afternoon. Check-in at the hotel on arrival. Evening at your leisure. Dinner & overnight stay will be at the hotel in Kumarakom.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast head out for a village tour. Visiting a local village will give an experience beyond imagination for the tourists who look for something different during their trip to Kerala. See how locals do the Coconut tree climbing, Screw pine weaving, Net fishing, Toddy tapping, and other farm activities. Later enjoy a Shikara boat ride. Shikara boat is comparatively small in size than houseboats and motorboats but it is really beautiful handicraft work in elegant Kerala style.
In the noon check-out from hotel & head towards Alleppey (a.k.a. Alappuzha). Welcome to the “Venice of the East” – Alleppey, world-famous for its vast mesmerizing backwaters. This charming place is the hub of Kerala’s backwaters and is home to a huge network of backwaters and more than a thousand houseboats.
Reach Alleppey by noon. Check-in at a private AC houseboat. Have lunch on the houseboat. Enjoy a boat cruise through the magnificent Vembanad lake for an unforgettable experience of backwater cruising. Dinner & overnight stay will be at the houseboat in Alleppey.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
After breakfast check out from the houseboat and transfer to Kochi Airport. The private car will drop you at Kochi airport by noon, from where you could take your return flight.
To all the good things, comes an end. Bid farewell with the memories of amazing fun-filled 11 days of this trip through Golden Triangle & Enchanting Kerala, worth remembering for a lifetime!
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