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Golden Triangle with Architecture & Backwater of South India

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Experience the vibrant diversity of India with our Golden Triangle with Architecture & Backwater of South India tour. Begin your journey in the historic capital, Delhi, where you'll explore iconic landmarks like the Jama Masjid, Red Fort, and India Gate. Traverse to Agra to witness the majestic Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and the serene Mehtab Bagh offering breathtaking views of the Taj. Continue to the Pink City of Jaipur, where the Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, and City Palace await your discovery. The tour then transitions to the southern charm of India, with visits to Mumbai's bustling streets, Goa's sun-kissed beaches, and the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Hampi and Badami. Conclude your adventure in the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, exploring Munnar's lush tea gardens, Thekkady's wildlife sanctuary, and cruising the serene waters of Alleppey and Kovalam. This comprehensive journey promises a blend of history, culture, architecture, and natural beauty, ensuring an unforgettable Indian experience.


Day 1: Arrival in Delhi

Upon your arrival at Delhi, our representative will greet you and facilitate your transfer to the hotel. After check-in, you have the option to relax or explore Delhi's vibrant streets at your own pace. In the evening, you can take a leisurely stroll around Connaught Place, one of the largest commercial and financial centers in New Delhi, known for its colonial architecture, shopping, and eateries.


Day 2: Delhi Exploration

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, embark on a captivating sightseeing tour of Delhi. Begin with the historical Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque, followed by a rickshaw ride through the bustling streets of Chandni Chowk. Visit the imposing Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the towering Qutub Minar, an architectural marvel dating back to the 12th century. Continue to the iconic India Gate, the grand Parliament House, and the exquisite Humayun's Tomb, a precursor to the Taj Mahal. Return to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.


Day 3: Delhi to Agra (210km)

Following breakfast, a scenic drive takes you to Agra, the "City of Love," via the Yamuna Expressway. Check in at the hotel upon arrival and unwind. Later, visit the world-renowned Taj Mahal, a symbol of eternal love, and Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site showcasing the grandeur of Mughal architecture. Spend the night in Agra.


Day 4: Agra to Jaipur (245km)

Post-breakfast, the journey continues to Jaipur, the Pink City. En route, explore the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, showcasing Mughal architecture. Upon reaching Jaipur, check in at the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. In the evening, you can visit the local markets to shop for handicrafts, textiles, and gemstones.


Day 5: Jaipur Sightseeing

Fuel your day with breakfast before embarking on a sightseeing adventure in Jaipur. Begin with an elephant ride to the majestic Amber Fort, followed by a visit to the intricate Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). Explore the historic City Palace, which houses a museum displaying royal artifacts, and marvel at the astronomical marvel of Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in the 18th century. Conclude the day with a visit to the Albert Hall Museum to admire its Indo-Saracenic architecture and vast collection of artifacts. Return to your hotel for an overnight stay.


Day 6: Jaipur to Mumbai (Flight)

After a satisfying breakfast, board a flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. In the evening, you can take a walk along Marine Drive, also known as the Queen's Necklace, offering mesmerizing views of the Arabian Sea.


Day 7: Mumbai to Goa (Flight)

Another exciting flight takes you to the sun-soaked shores of Goa. After landing, check in at the hotel and relax for the day. In the evening, explore the bustling markets of Panjim and enjoy a stroll along Miramar Beach.


Day 8: Goa Exploration

Following breakfast, your Goa adventure begins with a full-day exploration of the renowned beaches of North Goa and cultural sites such as the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Shri Manguesh Temple, and the Church of St. Francis of Assisi. Later, visit Fort Aguada, a 17th-century Portuguese fort, and Fontainhas, the Latin Quarter of Goa, known for its colorful Portuguese-style houses. Return to your comfortable Goa hotel for an overnight stay.


Day 9: Goa to Badami (184km)

Post-breakfast, set off for Badami, known for its ancient rock-cut temples. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel and have the rest of the day to unwind. In the evening, you can explore the local markets of Badami, known for its traditional handicrafts and artifacts.


Day 10: Badami Sightseeing

Today, after breakfast, you'll explore the architectural wonders of Aihole and Pattadakal. Aihole is often referred to as the "Cradle of Indian Architecture" and is home to over 125 ancient temples, showcasing a blend of Dravidian and Nagara architectural styles. Continuing your exploration to Pattadakal, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its magnificent temples built during the 7th and 8th centuries. Marvel at the impressive Virupaksha Temple, which stands as a testament to the artistic and architectural brilliance of the Chalukya dynasty. Admire the intricately carved sculptures and architectural details that narrate tales from Hindu mythology. Conclude your day by visiting the Sangameshwara Temple and Mallikarjuna Temple, which offer panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.


Day 11: Badami to Hampi (180km)

Following breakfast, your journey leads you to Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage site celebrated for its rich history and architectural marvels. Upon reaching Hampi, check in at the hotel and have the rest of the day to relax. In the evening, you can enjoy a coracle ride on the Tungabhadra River, offering serene views of the sunset.


Day 12: Hampi Exploration

With breakfast setting the tone, embark on a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Hampi, visiting the renowned Virupaksha Temple, Hampi Bazaar, Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stables, and the Hazara Rama Temple. Explore the Vittala Temple, known for its exceptional architecture and the famous stone chariot. An overnight stay in Hampi will conclude your day.


Day 13: Hampi to Hassan (170km)

Post-breakfast, your next destination is Hassan, celebrated for its ancient temples and architectural wonders. After arrival, check in at your hotel and have the rest of the day at your leisure. You can visit Belur and Halebidu, renowned for their exquisite Hoysala architecture, or explore the local markets for traditional handicrafts.


Day 14: Hassan to Mysore (140km)

Begin your day with breakfast at the hotel, followed by a journey to Mysore. Upon arrival, you'll check in to your hotel and have the rest of the day to explore the vibrant markets, renowned for silk and sandalwood products, or visit the Mysore Palace, one of the city's top attractions. An overnight stay in Mysore awaits.


Day 15: Mysore to Bangalore (140km)

After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, check out and proceed to Bangalore, India's Silicon Valley. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and relax for a while. In the afternoon, you can visit the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens or the Bangalore Palace, or explore the bustling MG Road while indulging in local street food. Your overnight stay will be in Bangalore.


Day 16: Bangalore Exploration

Following a satisfying breakfast, you'll spend the day exploring Bangalore, with options including visits to the famous Bull Temple, the ISKCON temple, the Vidhana Soudha, or indulging in some shopping on Commercial Street or Brigade Road. Your day in Bangalore will conclude with an overnight stay.


Day 17: Bangalore to Cochin (Flight)

Post-breakfast, check out and transfer to the Bangalore airport for a flight to Cochin. Upon your Cochin arrival, you'll check in to your hotel and have the rest of the day to explore. You can roam the streets of Fort Kochi, or in the evening, you can watch a traditional Kathakali performance. An overnight stay in Cochin awaits.


Day 18: Cochin to Munnar (130km)

After breakfast, embark on a journey to Munnar, a beautiful hill station nestled in Kerala's lush landscapes. Upon your arrival, you'll check in to your hotel and have the rest of the day for relaxation. In the afternoon, you can visit the Tea Museum or the Mattupetty Dam. Your night will be spent in Munnar.


Day 19: Munnar Exploration

With breakfast at your hotel, spend the day exploring Munnar's natural beauty. Options include visits to the Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi Peak, or leisurely walks through the scenic tea plantations. In the evening, you can explore the local markets for tea, spices, and handicrafts. An overnight stay in Munnar will conclude your day.


Day 20: Munnar to Thekkady (110km)

Post-breakfast, check out and head for Thekkady, known for spice plantations and the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Check in at your hotel and enjoy an afternoon boat ride in the sanctuary or visits to spice plantations. Your night will be spent in Thekkady.


Day 21: Thekkady to Alleppey (130km)

Following breakfast, check out and travel to Alleppey, renowned for tranquil backwaters. Board a houseboat for a relaxing and captivating cruise through the backwaters. Witness the serene landscapes, local villages, and traditional Kerala lifestyle. Your night will be spent aboard the houseboat.


Day 22: Alleppey to Kovalam (160km)

After breakfast on the houseboat, check out and depart for Kovalam, a picturesque beach town. Check in at your hotel, and the remainder of the day will be at your leisure. You can relax on the Kovalam Beach or indulge in water activities such as swimming and surfing.


Day 23: Kovalam to Cape Camorin to Kovalam (80kms one way)

With breakfast at your hotel, embark on a day trip to Cape Camorin, the southernmost point of the Indian mainland. Visit the Vivekananda Rock Memorial and Thiruvalluvar Statue, which stand as monuments to the great philosopher and poet. Return to Kovalam for an overnight stay.


Day 24: Kovalam Leisure Day

Following a leisurely breakfast, you'll have the day at your own pace. Options include a relaxing beach stroll, shopping for local handicrafts and souvenirs, or indulging in local cuisine at beachside restaurants.


Day 25: Kovalam to Trivandrum (16kms)

After breakfast at your hotel, check out and proceed to Trivandrum for your onward journey. Depending on your flight schedule, you may have time to explore the city's attractions, such as the Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Napier Museum, or the Kovalam Art Gallery before your departure.

- Assistance on arrival at airport.

- 24 Nights' accommodation in selected price category hotels.

- Daily breakfast at hotels.

- Private AC car/van for airport transfers, sightseeing, and excursions as per the program.

- English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.

- Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.

- Bottled drinking water in car.

- Government taxes.


Hotels used or similar for 23 nights accommodation

Delhi x 2 nights
3* - Madhuban Hotel/ Meridian Plaza
4* - The Royal Plaza/ Country Inn & Suite Saket
5* - Le Meridien/ The Claridges

Agra x 1 nights
3* - Howard Plaza the Fern/ Atulyaa Taj
4* - Radission Hotel/ Crystal Sarovar Premier
5* - Trident Hotel/ Courtyard by Marriott

Jaipur x 2 nights
3* - Redfox Hotel/ Park Ocean
4* - Fortune Select Metropolitan/ Lemon Tree Premier
5* - ITC Rajputana/ Hilton Jaipur
Mumbai x 1 nights
3* - Hotel Suba Palace/ BW Hotel Sahil
4* - Sun-N-Sand Hotel/ Fariyas Hotel
5* - Trident Hotel/ ITC Grand Central

Goa x 2 nights 
3* - Varca Le Palm/ Lambana Resort
4* - Lemon Tree Hotel Candolim/ The Chances Resort & Casino
5* - Zuri Varca Goa White Sand Resort & Casino/ Alila Diwa Goa

Badami x 2 nights
3* - Rajsangam Hotel/ The Heritage Resort
4* / 5* - Badami Court/ Krishna Heritage

Hampi x 2 nights
3* - Krishna Palace/ Kishkinda Heritage Resort
4* - Heritage Resort / Royal Orchid Central Keerti
5* - Hyatt Place/ Hampi Boulders

Hassan x 1 night
3* - Candy Southern Star/ Pavanputra Resort & Spa
4* & 5* - Hosyala Village Resort/ The Ashok

Mysore x 1 night
3* - Southern Star/Sandesh The Prince
4* - Fortune Park JP Palace/ Grand Mercure
5* - Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden/The Windflower Resort & Spa

Bangalore x 2 nights
3* - Ramada/ The Rialto
4* - Fortune Select JP Cosmos/ Lemon Tree Premier Ulsoor Lake
5* - ITC Gardenia, a Luxury Collection/ ITC Windsor a Luxury Collection

Kochi/Cochin x 1 nights
3* - The Dune Hotel/ Abad Plaza
4* - Casino Hotel/ The Avenue Regent
5* - Xandari Harbour/ Le Meridien

Munnar x 2 nights
3* - Fort Munnar/ Abad Copper Castle
4* - Nature Zone Jungle Resort/ Fragrant Nature Munnar
5* - Chandys Windy Woods/ Tea County

Pariyar (Thekkady) x 1 night
3* - Abad Green Forest/ Hotel Treetop
4* - The Elephant Court/ Cardamom County
5* - Spice village/ Cardamom County

Alleppey x 1 night
3* - ATDC Houseboat/ Dream Boats
4* - ATDC Houseboat/ Dream Boats
5* - Xandari Riverscapes/ Lakes & Lagoons/ Spice Route Premium

Kovalam x 3 nights
3* - Harmonia Beach Resort/ Sagara Beach Resort
4* - Estuary Island Resort/Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel
5* - Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove/ The Leela Kovalam Beach

- Jaipur - Mumbai - Goa & Bangalore - Cochin flight fare approx INR 15,500 per person in economy class.

- Camera charges at monuments if any.

- Meals other than mentioned in inclusions.

- Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc. 

- Gratuities and optional activities.

- Anything not mentioned in inclusions.