• 12 Days Golden Triangle with Kerala and Goa
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12 Days Golden Triangle with Kerala and Goa

Destination to Visit: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Cochin, Kumarakom, Alleppey, Cochin, Goa, Mumbai
Trip Overview:

The perfect holiday cocktail! Starting off with the sites of India`s famous Golden Triangle,then head south to tropical Kerala. Visit historic Fort Kochi, relax in sleepy Kumarakom and spend a night aboard a house-boat, gliding along the palm fringed backwaters andthis tour concludes in the tropical climes of Goa. Sun, sea, sand and plenty of famed Goan cuisine.Goa is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Also known as the pearl of the east, it is best known for its beautiful and long palm-fringed beaches, Gothic churches, age-old ruins, coconut groves, intoxicating Feni, and laid back way of life.

 


Trip Highlights & Experiences

Please explore some of our selected itineraries here for West India Tours, Golden Triangle and Extensions, Kerala Tours

  • Agra
  • Alleppey
  • Goa
  • Jaipur
  • Kochi
  • Kumarakom
  • Mumbai
  • New Delhi
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Day 1 Arrival at Delhi

Our representative will receive you on arrival at the DELHI AIRPORT and transfer to your hotel.  

DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. It is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land.  A window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

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Day 2 Delhi

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Start with the sightseeing of Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; enjoy the tour of Red Fort which has been restored largely in the last few years. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Jamuna was built during the years 1638 - 48 when the Moghul Empire was at its peak.

Take the bicycle rickshaw continuing to the Jama Masjid, one of Asias largest mosques. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.

Visit the GANDHI SAMADHI where the great leader is remembered by his country.

Drive to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles. The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colours and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.

Imperial Delhi will include the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India and the Humayuns Tomb which is one of the great monuments of Delhi. There is a saying that this monument was the inspiration for the Taj Mahal hence it is a must to see this place and enjoy the architecture. Visit the LOTUS TEMPLE of the BAHAI sect which represents the modern architecture of India.

The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the Presidents residence.

End the tour and return to the hotel. Relax in the evening.

Overnight will be in Delhi. 

Day 3 Delhi - Agra

Proceed by surface to Agra. Reach and check into the hotel.

AGRA: Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire - giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously.

Proceed for sightseeing of the city.

TAJ MAHAL: Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist`s visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.

Proceed for sightseeing to the AGRA FORT Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction.

Visit Itmadullahs Tomb built by Empress NOOR JEHAN in memoryof her father (The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj).

A walk down the narrow bustling streets of the city in the evening will introduce the visitor to the wafting aroma of Mughlai cuisine.

Overnight will be at Agra.

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Day 4 Agra – Jaipur

After breakfast drive to beautiful Pink City Jaipur.

Drive to Fatehpur Sikri. The deserted, red Sandstone City, Emperor Akbar built that as his capital and palace in the late 16th century is an exhilarating experience. It a veritable fairytale city and its "ruins" are in pristine condition ... it`s not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur. Also visit the Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world.

Proceed to Jaipur and check in at hotel.

Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan a romantic realm of resplendent palaces, mighty fortresses and regal Maharajahs that lies in the western deserts and is an utterly unique part of India. Proudly belonging to the KSHATRIYA warrior caste and fiercely independent, the Rajput princes made fearsome foes. However, many of them realized that to maintain their wealth and authority locally, it was expedient to proclaim allegiance to the central power. Thus, many enjoyed a privileged position under the Mughal emperors and also the British Raj that followed.

The bustling Rajasthan capital of Jaipur takes its name from its venerated founder Jai Singh II, who was given the title Sawai Maharaja by the Mughal. Literally translated this would mean one and a quarter, suggesting that the Mughal thought this emperor to be more valuable than just one. Jaipur is known as the Pink City on account of the distinctive colour of its buildings. This did not, however, form part of the original plan, but dates back to 1856, when the city was given a wash of pink in honor of a State Visit from Prince Albert.

This evening, visit the Birla Temple to learn more about the fascinating religious life of Jaipur. The marble structure, built as recently as 1985, houses ornate statues including one of Lakshmi (goddess of Wealth and Beauty) and Narayan dressed in gaudy robes, representing a Hindu vision of heavenly luxury. Carvings in the temple and on pillars supporting the covered walkways include images of the Hindu pantheon, as well as Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Francis of Assisi. Your visit will coincide with the AARTI Ceremony, which involves oil lamps being lit and waved, in order to awake and invoke the deity. Enjoy the experience and spend night at Jaipur.

Overnight will be in Jaipur.

Day 5 Jaipur

After breakfast drive to Amber Palace. Enjoy Elephant Back ascent to the Fort.

AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace.  Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I.  Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression.

Continue city sightseeing.

CITY PALACE - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city.  It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
        
JANTAR MANTAR - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country.  This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.
        
HAWA MAHAL - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur.  It is a five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

Shopping in the evening or relax. Later proceed for VILLAGE THEME DINNER. The dinner will be sit down service.

Overnight will be at Jaipur.

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Day 6 Jaipur - Delhi - Cochin

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to Delhi. Reach and fly to Cochin.

Arrive at Kochi (Cochin) meet and assistance at the airport / railway station by our representative and transfer to your hotel.

The eventful history of this city began when a major flood in AD 1341 threw open the estuary at Kochi, till then a land locked region, turning it into one of the finest natural harbors in the world. Kochi thus became a haven for seafaring visitors from all over the world and became the first European town-ship in India when the Portuguese settled here in the 15th century.

The Dutch wrested Fort Kochi from the Portuguese in AD 1663 and later in the last phase of the colonial saga, the British took over, the town in 1795. During 1660`s, Fort Kochi peaked in stature as a prime commercial center and its fame spread far and wide - variously as a rich trade center, a major military base, a vibrant cultural hub, a great ship building center, a center for Christianity and so on. Today, centuries later, the city is home to nearly thirteen communities.

Enjoy the harbor cruise in the evening. Watch the city as it lights up slowly at sunset and the dolphins play in the water of the harbor.

Overnight will be at Cochin.

Day 7 Cochin

Breakfast will be at hotel.

Today you will visit Cochin, one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world. The Jewish community traces its history to nearly 2000 years ago. In 1948 the community numbered 2500 and today there are fewer that 30 people. The community is still centered round JEWTOWN where you will visit its crown Jewel, the Paradesi Synagogue. Built in 1568 and reconstructed after a Portuguese bombardment in 1662, the synagogue is distinguished by its tile roof and bell tower. The small synagogue is also known for its hand-painted, willow-patterned, blue and white Chinese floor tiles, and the many brass and crystal lamps that hang from the ceiling. Later visit the interesting International Pepper Exchange, also located in Jewtown.

Proceed for a sightseeing tour of FORT COCHIN. A few interesting sites included in the tour are the Chinese fishing nets along the Vasco Da Gama Square, Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, VOC Gate, Bastion Bungalow, Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace, etc. Learn the operation of the interesting Chinese fishing nets erected on teak wood and bamboo poles which work on the principle of balance. Records say they were first set up here between AD 1350 and 1450. Vasco Da Gama Square, the narrow promenade that parallels the beach, is the best place to watch the nets being lowered and pulled out of the sea.

In the early evening proceed for a private harbor cruise. Enjoy watching the dolphins, the fishing island and the Bolghatty Palace. Cruise till the mouth of the sea and enjoy the sunset.

In the evening proceed for KATHAKALI DANCE & KALARIYAPATTU PRESENTATION.

Over night stay at hotel.

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Day 8 Cochin - Kumarokom

In the morning proceed to Kumarokom after breakfast.

Arrive at Kumarokom, after a journey of approx. 5 hours enjoying the beauty of the traditional Keralian houses.

The village of Kumarokom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres, is a favorite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist`s paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian stork that live there in flocks are a fascination for visitors. The best way to watch the birds of the Kumarokom sanctuary is a boat trip round the islands.

An enchanting backwater destination, Kumarokom offers visitors many other leisure options. Boating and fishing facilities are available at Kumarokom. Holiday packages on the houseboats, traditional Kettuvalloms, are an out-of-this-world experience at Kumarokom.

Visit THE BIRD PARK of Kumarokom. Later, check into a traditional houseboat of Kerala Style and go on a leisurely backwater cruise along the lake on a thatched houseboat. The houseboat with all modern comforts lets you discover the countryside at your own pace. You will have lunch, dinner and breakfast in the Houseboat. A ride on the houseboat is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters.

Lunch and dinner will be served on the houseboat. Overnight will be at Houseboat.

Day 9 Aleppey - Cochin - Mumbai - Goa

Breakfast will be on houseboat. Continue cruise and disembark at Aleppey.

Proceed to Cochin airport for the flight to Goa via Mumbai.

Goa, variously known as "Rome of the East", "Tourist Paradise" and "Pearl of the Orient", the state of Goa is located on the western coast of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan. The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendors of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a firm favorite with travelers around the world. Nestled on the slopes of the Western ghats (Sahyadri ranges), Goa is bounded on the North by Sindhudurg district of Maharasthra, on the East by Belgaum, on the South by Karwar Districts of Karnataka, and on the west by Arabian Sea.

Legends from Hindu mythology credit Lord Parshuram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu with the creation of Goa. Over the centuries various dynasties have ruled Goa. Rashtrakutas, Kadambas, Silaharas, Chalukyas, Bahamani Muslims and most famously the Portuguese have been rulers of Goa. Goa was liberated by the Indian Army from Portuguese colonization on 19th of December 1961 and became a Union Territory along with the enclaves of Daman and Diu. On 30th of May 1987 Goa was conferred statehood and became the 25th state of the Indian Republic. After all, more than anywhere else on planet earth, this is a place where people really know how to relax.

Reach and transfer to hotel. Relax at the beach in the evening.

Overnight will be at Goa.

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Day 10 Goa

After breakfast proceed for a day sightseeing tour of Goa.Situated on the Mandovi River, it still shows a strong Portuguese heritage in its plazas, cathedrals and architecture. Although it is best known for its 65 miles/105 km of magnificent, palm tree lined beaches along the Arabian Sea, Goa has other attractions of significance. Among them are the Portuguese Catholic Church of Old Goa and the Basilica of Bom Jesus (most of the mummified body of St. Francis Xavier is exhibited there on occasion.) The tour includes visits to Mapusa town, Mayem Lake, Vagator, Anjuna, Calangute beaches and Fort Aguada in North Goa and the South Goa tour covers Old Goa Churches Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Margao, Colva and Mormugao.

Return back to the resort and spend evening by the beach.

Day 11 Goa

Today will be at leisure for own activities at the Hotel.
Overnight will be resort.

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Day 12 Goa - Mumbai - Delhi

Breakfast will be at Hotel. Proceed to the airport for the flight to Mumbai or Delhi depending on the international flights.
Tour ends!!

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Dear Victor:
My most sincere thanks for organizing and executing such a wonderful, logistically-smooth trip in India for the Arch Capital party.  The team had a great time and very much appreciated all of the hard work and accommodation that you provided.  Please accept all of our thanks and gratitude for a such a worry-free trip.
 
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Krista McGruder
Arch Capital Management
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Krista McGruder


Hi Indrajeet:
We wanted to confirm you the good organization of your company during our trip we realized in India end of last October and beginning of November.
You were in charge of the co-organization of the different agencies in the places we visited and you really did a nice job.
Also, all the guides and drivers were of good quality.
We ll recommend then your company.
Kind regards,

Carmen Ortuno
Jean-Francois Druz


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    Accommodation at suggested hotels,
    Guaranteed hotels,
    Sightseeing tours & excursions through the itinerary,
    Assistance at the airports on arrival / departure,
    Air-conditioned private suv at disposal,
    English speaking private driver all through,
    English speaking local guides for all mentioned tours,
    Rickshaw ride at old Delhi,
    Horse cart ride at Agra,
    Elephant ride at Amer fort in Jaipur,
    Spice plantation tour & spice market visit at Periyar,
    Chefs special cooking class at Periyar,
    Periyar national park trek and river visit in Periyar,
    Tea tasting & garden visit between Periyar and Kumarokom,
    Overnight stay in ac houseboat with private crew,
    All meals in houseboat,
    Rice plantation village visit in Aleppey,
    Kathakali dance  & Kalariyapattu presentation in Cochin,
    All monument entrance fees,
    All internal flights in economy class,
    All government (state & central) taxes & service charges,
    All parking, toll taxes and
    Driver allowances.