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North & South India Tour: Rajasthan & Kerala

Discovery

Tour Destinations


Highlights

  • Experience the diverse appeal of India's great cities, from Delhi, the National Capital of India, to Kochi, a city in southwest India's coastal Kerala state.
  • In Agra, experience the glorious Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort, World Famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Explore Jaipur - Amer Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal and the local markets.
  • Explore Udaipur, the most romantic city in India, famous for its lavish royal residences and artificial lakes.
  • Experience Kerala, known for its palm-lined beaches and backwaters, a network of canals, mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as wildlife.

Itinerary

Namaste! On the day of arrival at New Delhi airport, Alkof Holidays representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city's bustling streets or wander its wide tree-lined boulevards to get your first taste of India. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Stay at The Connaught by IHCL SeleQtions, New Delhi

Today, proceed for a full-day sightseeing of Delhi. The National Capital of India, Delhi has been in existence since the 6th century BC. Start your sightseeing from the Rajghat, the memorial where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Later, visit the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan. Later, enjoy a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, the busiest market in Old Delhi. Afterwards, drive past President House, and India Gate in Edwin Lutyen's Delhi. Thereafter, visit Humayun's Tomb, built in 1562, commissioned by Humayun's wife Hamida Banu Begum. Later in the evening visit the Qutab Minar, the tallest brick minaret in the world, commissioned by Qutbuddin Aibak. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Stay at The Connaught by IHCL SeleQtions, New Delhi

Post breakfast, leave for Agra - The City Of The Taj Mahal. Upon arrival at Agra, check-in at your hotel. Relax at the hotel, later visit Itmad-ud-Daulah, and Agra Fort. Evening is free for shopping of handicrafts as souvenirs from the market of Agra. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Agra

Early morning before sunrise our tour guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you for a guided sightseeing tour of the Taj Mahal and Mehtab Bagh. Later return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Jaipur. On the way visit Fatehpur Sikri - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built by Akbar in the late 16th century. After sightseeing at Fatehpur Sikri, proceed to Jaipur for overnight stay.

 

Stay at KK Royal Hotel & Convention Centre, Jaipur

Today, embark on a full day guided tour of Jaipur. Start you sightseeing with the iconic attraction of Rajasthan "Amber Fort and Palace", A UNESCO World Heritage Site, built by Raja Man Singh in 1592 in red sandstone and marble. The magnificent fort comprises an extensive palace complex, divided into several sections. It stands on top of an easily scalable mountain, which is situated right next to the beautiful Maota Lake. The fort's majestic appearance and its geographical advantages make it a special place to visit. After Amber Fort, visit Jal Mahal (Water Palace), City Palace, Jantar Mantar, The Hawa Mahal (Palace of winds), Albert Hall Museum, and Birla Mandir. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Stay at KK Royal Hotel & Convention Centre, Jaipur

Post breakfast, leave for Pushkar. Upon arrival check-in at your hotel. Later in the day, visit one of the most sacred lakes in India - the Pushkar lake, surrounded by 52 bathing ghats (a series of steps leading to the lake) where pilgrims throng in large numbers to take a sacred bath. Afterwards visit Brahma Ji temple - the one and only temple of God Brahma in the world. Next visit the cattle fair ground, where every year world Famous Pushkar Cattle fair is held. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Stay at Gulaab Niwaas Palace, Pushkar

Post breakfast, leave for Udaipur. On the way visit Ranakpur Jain Temples, built in 12 Century - popular for it's magnificent carving on 1444 non replicable marble pillars, each one has been designed to represents its own different theme. After sightseeing of Ranakpur, proceed to Udaipur for overnight stay.

 

Stay at Swaroop Vilas, Udaipur

Today experience Udaipur, the most romantic city in India, famous for its lavish royal residences and artificial lakes. Start your sightseeing from the Sahelion-Ki-Bari means Garden of Maidens, a fountain garden built on the banks of the Fateh Sagar Lake presenting a green retreat in the dry land of Rajasthan for the Royal Ladies. Later, visit the Museum of folk art, which has a rich collection of folk dresses, puppets, dolls, masks, ornaments, folk musical instruments and paintings on display. Afterwards visit the City Palace, the biggest palace complex in India, where four generations of Maharajas added mansions and palaces. You also visit the museum of the palace, which includes the beautiful peacock mosaic and miniature wall paintings of Indian mythology. Also visit Pratap Smarak, Fateh Sagar Lake, Karni Mata Temple & ropeway. Later in the evening, enjoy a boat ride on the lake Pichola. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Stay at Swaroop Vilas, Udaipur

Our representative will transfer you to the Udaipur Airport in time, to board a flight to Kochi connected via Mumbai. Upon arrival at Kochi Airport, our local representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel for overnight stay.

 

Stay at Hotel Cochin Palace, Kochi

Post breakfast, proceed for local sightseeing of Cochin, visit Fort Kochi, Marine Drive, St.Francis Church, Dutch Palace, Santa Cruz Basilica, Bolgatty Island, and Indo Portuguese Museum. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Stay at Hotel Cochin Palace, Kochi

After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Munnar - the scenic hill station of Kerala. On the way to Munnar, visit Kodanad Elephant Care Center, beautiful waterfalls and natural scenic spots. Upon arrival at Munnar, check-in at the hotel for overnight stay.

 

Stay at Misty Mountain Resort, Munnar

Spend the day in exploring the rolling hills of Misty Munnar dotted with tea plantations. Situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundale, Munnar is a town in the Western Ghats mountain range famous for its tea estates, exotic lush greenery and craggy peaks. This majestic hill station was once the summer resort of the British government in South India. Local sightseeing of Munnar includes visit to Mattupetty Dam, Kundale Lake and Echo point. Later in the afternoon proceed to Rajamalai (Eravikulam National Park), were the rarest species of mountain goat "Nilgiri Thars", can be spotted. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Stay at Misty Mountain Resort, Munnar

 

After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Thekkady (the location of the Periyar National Park). Upon arrival at Thekkady, check-in at your resort. Relax at the resort, later visit spice plantations of Kumily - a beautiful town and a popular tourist destination near Thekkady. Overnight stay at the resort.

 

Stay at Spice Village – CGH Earth, Thekkady

Today, proceed for a full day sightseeing of Thekkady & Periyar National Park. Periyar National Park, also known as Periyar Tiger Reserve, is thick ever green forest in the mountainous Western Ghats of Kerala. Noted for its geomorphology, diversity of wild life and scenic beauty, the sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. This wildlife sanctuary is home to tigers and a significant elephant population, as well as rare lion-tailed macaques, sambar deer, leopards and Indian bison. It is one of those wildlife reserves in India that remain open even in monsoon season. Optional activities like Boating at Periyar Lake, and Elephant Ride can be done at an extra cost. Overnight stay at the resort.

 

Stay at Spice Village – CGH Earth, Thekkady

After breakfast at the resort, leave for Alappuzha (or Alleppey) - best known for houseboat cruises along the rustic Kerala backwaters, a network of tranquil canals and lagoons. Set out on an enchanting overnight backwater cruise in traditionally decorated houseboats. Check in time is 01:00 PM and cruise starts with lunch. While cruising in these floating villas, let your eyes settle for the rare and the unusual - skim past Chinese fishing nets, bowed-down paddy fields, and local inhabitants engaged in making coir products, rustic homes, ancient temples and swaying coconut groves. Evening is free at leisure, you can explore the local market of Alappuzha. Overnight stay at the houseboat.

 

Stay at a Deluxe Houseboat, Alleppey

Post breakfast leave for Mararikulam. Upon arrival check-in at the resort. Rest of the day at leisure, you can take a walk along the long stretch of golden beach, or just relax on the beach and unwind. Overnight stay at the resort.

 

Stay at Abad Turtle Beach Resort, Mararikulam

The day is free for own leisure activities, relax on the beach and unwind. Overnight stay at the resort.

 

Stay at Abad Turtle Beach Resort, Mararikulam

In the morning, Alkof Holidays representative will transfer you to the Cochin Airport for onward destination.

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What's Included?

Accommodation

  • 16 nights accommodation in 4 star hotels on twin or double sharing basis
  • 1 night stay in a deluxe houseboat on the backwaters of Alleppey
    (Please Note: Accommodations can be upgraded to Luxury boutique hotels/5 star/5 star deluxe or your choice of hotels on request basis at an additional cost.)

Meals

  • Daily breakfast at the hotels
  • All meals at the houseboat in Alleppey (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Guide

  • English speaking local destination guides

Transport

  • All sightseeing and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as per the itinerary
    • 1-2 persons - Air-conditioned sedan car such as Etios/Dezire or similar
    • 3-4 persons - Air-conditioned MUV car such as Toyota Innova or similar
    • 5-10 persons - Air-conditioned mini-van such as Tempo Traveler or similar

Additional Services

  • Personal assistance during arrival and departure
  • 1 cycle rickshaw ride in old Delhi
  • 1 camel safari in Pushkar
  • 1 boat ride on Lake Pichola in Udaipur
  • 1 mineral water bottle per person per day
  • All applicable taxes

What's Excluded?

Flights

  • Any International or domestic flights are not included

Additional Services

  • Insurance - It is advisable that you buy a comprehensive medical/travel insurance in advance from your country before traveling to India
  • Visa fee (if applicable)
  • Any monument entrance fee, camera fee
  • Any kind of tips, personal expenses, laundry, or telephone charges
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

Good To Know

Payment Terms

A deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 60 days prior tour starting date. For any bookings within 60 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking. This can be paid through bank transfer, credit/debit card, or cash.

Cancellation

No additional cancellation fees apply for this tour. You can cancel the tour 30 Days prior tour starting date and avoid paying the full amount, but the deposit you have paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 30 Days of tour starting date.

VISA

It is the sole responsibility of each individual traveller to get the required visa(s) for this tour, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with the Embassy of India in your home country.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Travel is one of those things that naturally gives rise to queries, concerns and doubts, so we’re here to put your mind at ease. Various "FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS" on your travel to India will be covered into the document, kindly go through the same. If there are any other questions, that are not mentioned in FAQ, then please feel free to contact us, it would be our pleasure to assist you.


YES. We can customize your India Holiday Package, as per your interest, and preferences.

On arrival at New Delhi Airport, India, our local representative will be there at the airport holding a placard of your name for identification. We shall also provide you list of emergency 24 hours contact numbers for any emergency.

Although tipping in India is not compulsory, doing so is a nice gesture. In some circumstances, a small tip is expected. The rules of etiquette for gratuity in India are a little muddled as a colonial past, tourism, and cultural influences clash. We do recommend tipping at various instances, but tip higher only when you are very happy with the service. Tip can given after completion of the services from 5$, 10$ or more as per your choice and depending on how much satisfied & happy you are with the service provider.

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From

USD 2,900

Duration
18 Days
Destinations
New Delhi, Agra New Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur, Kochi, Munnar, Kodanad, Eravikulam National Park, Thekkady, Kumily, Alappuzha, Mararikulam, Periyar National Park +13 more
Starts/Ends In
New Delhi / Kochi
Age Range
1 - 80 Years Old
Travellers (Number of Travellers)
Duration: Days
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