Luxury South India With North India
This elegantly choreographed journey begins in Mumbai, one of the world’s vanguard cities. You’ll spend four days in the deep south, on the storied Malabar Coast in and around historic Cochin exploring the serene, beautiful, and famed backwaters of the Arabian Sea.
You’ll then fly north to the Pink City of Jaipur and continue on to Agra to commune with the inexpressible Taj Mahal, “the most perfect structure in the world…the gem of man’s handiworks,” before ending in Delhi.
Luxury South India
Day 2: Mumbai
Day 3: Mumbai-Cochin(Kochi)
Day 4: Cochin
Day 5: Cochin-Kumarakom
Day 6: Kumarakom
Day 7: Kumarakom
Day 8: Kumarakom-Cochin-Jaipur
Day 9: Jaipur
Day 10: Jaipur-Fatehpur Sikri-Agra
Day 11: Agra
Day 12: Agra – Delhi
Day 13: Delhi
Day 14: Delhi-Rishikesh
Day 15: Rishikesh
Day 16: Rishikesh-Haridwar
Day 17: Haridwar – Delhi & Dep.
Name of Program: Luxury South India.
Places Visit: Mumbai – Cochin – Komarakom – Jaipur – Agra – Haridwar – Rishikesh.
Duration: 16 Nights
Best Time: Oct-March.
Day 1: Arrival Mumbai:
Upon arrival at Mumbai international airport, meet to our representative and transfer to pre-booked hotel, for rest of the night.
Day 2: Mumbai:
Breakfast & Dinner After breakfast commence full day sightseeing, you’ll explore the marvels of this dynamo city, including Elephant Cave by boat jetty, later back to city and visit The Prince of Wales Museum, Victoria Terminus, Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Flora Fountain. Rest of the time leisure for individual activities. Overnight at hotel.
Days 3 & 4: Mumbai – Cochin (Kochi) Flight
Breakfast and Dinner Morning transfer to Mumbai domestic airport, board flight to Cochin, on arrival meet to our representative and transfer to hotel. Cochin—now usually known as Kochi— is a source of much Indian pride and joy. Its unique history of foreign influence is reflected in a variety of architectural styles – fine colonial houses built by wealthy British traders, Dutch cottages with split farmhouse doors, and narrow streets where the homes hide behind yellow walls. You’ll explore Cochin’s harbor on a private sunset cruise, root around Fort Cochin and its environs, and visit Jew Town, a fascinating mix of antique shops, warehouses, and spice auction rooms. An ayurvedic massage and Kathakali dance performance are among the evening pursuits. Your home for the next couple of restful nights. Overnight at hotel.
Days 5 & 7: Cochin - Kumarakom
Breakfast & Dinner You’ll make a short and pretty morning drive to the town of Alleppey, in the heart of the Kerala Backwaters, a world-unique watery ecosystem of palm-fringed rice paddies, small villages, and lovely lagoons, a meeting of the fresh waters of 38 rivers as they meander westward to the Arabian Sea. You’ll board one of Kerala’s famed houseboats and cruise Alleppey’s narrow canals, with a lovely on-board lunch along the way. You will visit the home village of Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things, winner of the Booker Prize in 1997, and later, board a canoe for a marvelously serene cruise through the Backwaters, past villages and working fields. For the next couple of nights you’ll retire to the banks of Lake Vembanad and the lovely Resort.
Days 8 & 9 : Cochin - Jaipur
Breakfast & Dinner You fly north to the Pink City of Jaipur, steeped in history and endlessly vibrant with life and colour. One of Jaipur’s joys is the tangibility of its past, which comes alive at the City Palace, the extravagant observatory Jantar Mantar, and Amber Fort, a sandstone-walled marvel with lavish interior murals, frescoes and carvings. Especially stunning is the Shish Mahal, or Mirror Palace, strategically placed lamps reflected in thousands of multi-coloured mirrors create a sparkling, magical mist of light. The city is also a renowned shopper’s wonderland and if you wish your Tour Director will arrange a visit to an exquisite private jewelry collection or point you toward the choicest antiques, carpets and fabrics as well as fascinatingly miscellaneous artefacts. And you’ll relish the up-to-the-second amenities and attentive, charming Rajasthani service in store at the Oberoi Rajvilas; built around a lovely, operating 18th century Shiva temple on 32 acres of gardens.
Day 10 & 11: Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
Breakfast & Dinner After breakfast drive to Agra, en route visit Fatehpur Sikri. The deserted capital of Emperor Akbar roughly 35 kms outside Agra. This city was built in the 16th century, and was abandoned for 12 years due to the paucity of water. The entire city is still intact, and a sight of this city is worth remembering. The Buland Darwaza, is the main entrance to this city. It is 54 m tall. This gate was constructed in the honor of Akbar’s victory in Gujarat. Net day ’ll rise early to visit the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan's shining vision of pure white marble, a structure that blurs the line between nature and art, stone and spirit, wakefulness and a wondrous dream world. Once you see it, it becomes clear that—whatever its inspiration—the building is an ambitious, self-conscious artistic endeavor, like a Beethoven symphony, a Michelangelo sculpture, or a Tolstoy novel--and one even less likely to be challenged, much less overshadowed. Agra is home to much more of course; the Mughals also left a magnificent fort and a liberal sprinkling of fascinating tombs and mausoleums. You’ll visit the vast UNESCO World Heritage Site of Agra Fort, more an endlessly fascinating walled city than a fortress. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12 & 13: Agra – Delhi
Breakfast & Dinner One of the planet’s largest mega-cities, Delhi abounds with history and import. New Delhi is magnificently planned, with spacious, tree-lined avenues and Indo-Saracenic architecture that rather fancifully combines British and Indian elements. You’ll want to take in the imposing war memorial India Gate as well as Humayun’s Tomb, the resting place of the second of India’s 19 Mughal emperors. Old Delhi, a twisting maze of streets and narrow, bustling, intriguing byways, will be a treat to navigate thanks to the well-practiced assistance of your Tour Director; together you’ll visit some visited fabled markets as well as India’s largest mosque, the imposing Jama Masjid, a reminder that India is home to the world’s second largest Muslim population, after Indonesia. Your overnights will be at one of Taj Hotels flagships, the Taj Mahal Delhi, a bastion of elegantly restrained luxury and thoughtful, gracious service.
Day 14 & 16 Delhi – Haridwar – Rishikesh
Breakfast & Dinner After breakfast proceed to the holy city of Hinud, Haridwar or `the Gateway to the Gods` is one of the seven holiest places according to Hindu mythology, as the Gods are believed to have left their footprints in Haridwar. Haridwar represents the gateway to the Himalayan pilgrimage shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath. The pilgrimage to the Himalayan shrines begins only when the sun reaches the zodiac sign of Aries. Haridwar is also the site of celebration of the Kumbha Mela, once in twelve years, when Jupiter transits to the zodiac sign of Aquarius. The five sacred bathing spots in Haridwar are Gangadwara, Kankhal, Nila Parvata, Bilwa Theertha and Kusavarta. The main ghat at Haridwar is known as Hari-ki-Pairi (known for a footprint of Vishnu on a stone in a wall. Haridwar - gateway to the four pilgrimages in the Uttrakhand region is located on the foot hills of Shivaliks. It is on the banks of River Ganga. The Ganga leaves the mountains and enters the plains with Haridwar being the first major town on the plains.
Situated 24 Km upstream from Haridwar, at the confluence of the Chandrabhaga and Ganga, Rishikesh has long been a spiritual Centre. It is said that the sage Raibhya Rishi did severe penance here and as a reward, God appeared to him in the form of Hrishikesh, hence the name. Rishikesh has numerous ashrams that serve as centres of philosophical studies, yoga and meditation. Rishikesh is not only an attraction for pilgrims but it also attracts foreigners who want to know about Hinduism, who want to spend some time close to the Lord. People who love rafting come here to conquer the rapids of Ganga. Rishikesh is also an ideal base camp for trekking in the nearby Himalayas.
Day 17: Haridwar – Delhi & Dep. (230 Km)
Breakfast & Farewell Dinner Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Later drive to Delhi, on arrival a room for wash and change. After farewell dinner late evening, you will be transferred to the international airport for onward flight. End our Services.