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Golden Triangle Tour with South India

Duration: (20N /21D )

Destination Covered: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Bangalore, Mysore, Ooty, Thrissur, Cochin, Alleppey, Kumarakom, Kovalam, Trivandrum

Day 1     Delhi

Meet on arrival at Delhi Airport and transfer to hotel. Relax and overnight.

Day 2     Delhi

Morning breakfast, proceed for full day local sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi. Old Delhi - An ancient walled city. Visit Red Fort (visit only if security permits), the most opulent fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire, Raj Ghat- the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi, Jama Masjid-the largest mosque in India and Chandini Chowk- the bustling and colourful market of the old city. New Delhi-This city was designed and built by the British in the 1920's - a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. Visit Humayun's Tomb, Qutub Minar, India Gate and Parliament House. Return to the hotel & overnight.

Day 3     Delhi / Agra

Morning breakfast, checkout and drive to Agra. On arrival check into hotel. Later proceed to visit Taj Mahal - Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial built to his beautiful wife Mumtaz. This monument took 22 years to complete. It was designed and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa, 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. Return to the hotel & Overnight. (Taj Mahal remains closed on every Friday)

Day 4     Agra / Jaipur

Morning breakfast, checkout and drive to Jaipur, enroute visit 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 is a veritable fairytale city and it's "ruins" are in pristine condition. On arrival at Jaipur check into hotel. Relax and overnight.

Day 5     Jaipur

Morning breakfast, proceed to the dramatic hilltop fortress at Amber – ascend the imposing fort on a painted elephant visit. Later visit Hawa Mahal - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. It is a five-storeyed structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trellis work and elaborate balconies, Jantar Mantar Observatory - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country, Jaigarh Fort – which was mainly utilized as the defence system against the invaders. Return to the hotel & Overnight.

Day 6     Jaipur

Morning breakfast, day free. Evening free for shopping or optional tours. Overnight.

Day 7     Jaipur / Bangalore: (By Flight)

Morning after breakfast checkout and drive to Jaipur Airport to board the flight to Bangalore. Meet on arrival at Bangalore Airport and transfer to hotel. Depending upon the arrival proceed for half day sightseeing, visit ISKCON temple - the Krishna Temple is a blend of modern technology and spiritual harmony, Lalbagh - 240 acres of beautifully sculpted gardens, flowers abound, rare collection of tropical and sub-tropical plants, Vidhana Soudha - this massive building houses the State Legislature and the Secretariat. Return to hotel and overnight.

Day 8     Bangalore / Mysore

Morning breakfast, checkout and driveto Mysore, enroute visit Srirangapatna. On arrival, check in to a hotel. After lunch relax and later on in the evening visit Chamundi Hill - perched atop a hill-The 4.8m tall monoliths of Nandi and the gigantic Mahishasura statue are added attractions. Return to hotel and overnight.

Day 9      Mysore

Morning breakfast, and proceed for full day sight seeing, visit Maharaja Palace - is a splendid structure in the Indo-Saracenic style, among its many attractions are a magnificent gold throne, Art Gallery - in the Jaganmohan Palace houses an excellent collection of ceramics, sandalwood, ivory, stone, antique furniture and ancient musical instruments, St. Philomena's Church - this imposing Gothic structure with beautiful stained glass windows and lofty towers is a must see. Later in the evening visit Brindavan Garden - after sunset, musical fountains and colored lights transform this place into a magical fairyland. Return to hotel and overnight.

Day 10      Mysore / Ooty

Morning breakfast, checkout and driveto Ooty - called the Queen of Hill Stations, picturesque, green Udhagamandalam better known as Ooty is the most popular hill station in the South, enroute visit Bandipur National Park and Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, On arrival check in to a hotel. Evening free and overnight.

Day 11      Ooty

Morning breakfast, proceed for full day sight seeing visit Botanical Garden - is spread over 22 hectares ascending the slopes on the hill, Rose Garden - the rose varieties planted in this park were assembled from different sources.Deer Park - it is one of the high altitude animal park in India, Doddabetta - It is highest peak in the Nilgiris and the name Doddabetta literally means 'big mountain' which is so in reality, Ooty Lake - is the pride of the Blue Hills. It is central and strategic attraction. Return to hotel and overnight.

Day 12      Ooty / Thrissur

Morning breakfast, checkout and drive to Thrissur. On arrival check into hotel. Relax or proceed for sightseeing and overnight.

Day 13      Thrissur / Cochin

Morning breakfast, check out and drive to Cochin - the commercial capital and the most cosmopolitan city of Kerala, Kochi, in Ernakulam. It is also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, on arrival check in to a hotel. Evening free for shopping. Return to hotel and overnight.

Day 14      Cochin

Morning breakfast, proceed for full day city tour, visit St. Francis Church - centuries old church at Fort Kochi was originally built completely of timber and later reconstructed in stone masonry, Pierce Leslie Bungalow - this charming mansion was the office of Pierce Leslie, characteristic features are wood panels that form the roof of the ground floor, arched doorways, carved doors and sprawling rooms. Princess Street - one of the earliest streets to be constructed in Fort Kochi, the traditional meeting place and hangout of the jovial fun loving people of the area. Return to hotel and overnight.

Day 15      Cochin / Alleppey

Morning breakfast, checkout and drive to Alleppey. On arrival board the Houseboat that takes you arround the backwaters of Alleppey and Kumarakom. All meals served on board and overnight.

Day 16      Alleppey / Kumarakom

Morning breakfast, checkout and check in to a resort at Kumarakom- an unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with white lilies. Evening visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary - an enchanting backwater destination, which is spread across 14 acres, is a favorite haunt of migratory birds and ornithologist's paradise. Return to hotel & Overnight.

Day 17      Kumarakom

Morning breakfast and relax for rest of the day enjoying the backwaters of Kerala. Overnight.

Day 18      Kumarakom / Kovalam

Morning breakfast, checkout and proceed to Kovalam- an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favorite haunt of tourists, on arrival transfer to a beach resort and rest of the day free. Overnight.

Day 19      Kovalam / Kanyakumari / Kovalam

Morning breakfast, proceed to Kanyakumari - the land's end of India or the point where the three seas meet, enchanting Kanyakumari or Cape Comorin is one of the most popular tourist spots in the South India. Visit to Vivekananda Memorial - built on the Vivekananda Rock where the charismatic and philosopher Swami Vivekananda meditated and transformed himself. Return to Kovalam. Overnight.

Day 20      Kovalam

Morning breakfast and proceed for a full day sightseeing, visit to Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave- the granite cave here encloses one-celled shrine with a loose sculpture, Kuthiramalika (Puthenmalika) Palace Museum, Sree Chitra Art Gallery - the collection also includes paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali, The Zoological Park - it is like a small jungle in the heart of the city. University Observatory - Located at the highest point in the city, one can have a bird's eye view of the city. Return to resort. Overnight.

Day 21      Kovalam / Trivandrum

Morning breakfast, checkout and drive to Trivandrum. On arrival drop to Airport to board the flight. Tour Ends.