Indias Rich Culture Heritage Tea Estate And Backwater Tour
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Experience the best of India's rich culture and heritage on this 19-day tour. Explore the historical wonders of Delhi and Agra, including the iconic Taj Mahal. Delve into the art and architecture of Khajuraho's temples. Witness the spiritual essence of Varanasi and experience a traditional Kathakali dance performance in Cochin. The journey continues through the serene tea plantations of Munnar and the wildlife sanctuary in Thekkady. Cruise the backwaters of Alleppey on a houseboat. This tour offers a diverse tapestry of experiences, from cultural wonders to natural beauty, leaving you with lasting memories.
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Upon your arrival at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, you'll be warmly welcomed by our representative. They will assist you with your transfer to a comfortable hotel. After the check-in process, you can relax and refresh in your room. The rest of the day is at your leisure to recover from your journey or explore the local area.
Day 2: Delhi City Tour
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, your day begins with an exciting city tour of both Old Delhi and New Delhi, offering a comprehensive glimpse into the rich history and diverse culture of India's capital city.
In Old Delhi, you'll visit some of the most iconic landmarks, including:
Jama Masjid: This is the largest mosque in India, with stunning Mughal architecture that's a true testament to the grandeur of the Mughal Empire.
Chandni Chowk: You'll take a thrilling rickshaw ride through the bustling streets of this historic market. The colorful bazaars are perfect for finding unique souvenirs, textiles, jewelry, and, of course, savoring some of the best street food in the city.
Red Fort: While the fort is closed on Mondays, you can still marvel at its grandeur from the outside. It was the main residence of the Mughal emperors.
In New Delhi, you'll explore:
India Gate: This iconic war memorial arch honors the soldiers who died in World War I. It stands as a symbol of India's bravery.
Rashtrapati Bhavan (President's House) and Parliament House: Drive past these majestic buildings, capturing their impressive architecture.
Humayun's Tomb: This UNESCO World Heritage site is a magnificent Mughal-era mausoleum with lush gardens and exquisite architecture.
Your full-day tour concludes with a visit to the impressive Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the tallest brick minaret globally, which offers an insight into Delhi's rich history.
You'll return to your hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 3: Delhi to Agra (204kms)
After a delicious breakfast, it's time to hit the road towards Agra, home to the world-renowned Taj Mahal. Upon reaching Agra, you'll check into your hotel.
In the late afternoon, your Agra exploration begins with a visit to the Taj Mahal. As the sun starts to set, this stunning white marble mausoleum reveals its true magic and romance. You'll be captivated by its beauty and the love story that inspired its creation. Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is your next stop, where you'll explore its historic wonders.
After a day filled with architectural and historical marvels, you'll return to your hotel for a comfortable night's rest.
Day 4: Agra to Orchha (220kms)
Another day, another adventure awaits! After breakfast, you'll set off for Orchha, a quaint town filled with palaces, temples, and cenotaphs. On your way, you'll make a stop at the majestic Gwalior Fort, famous for its stunning architecture and historical significance.
Once you arrive in Orchha, you'll check into your hotel. In the afternoon, the Orchha Fort complex welcomes you to explore its historic wonders, which include palaces, temples, and cenotaphs. The Chaturbhuj Temple, known for its architectural splendor, is also on your itinerary. You'll spend the night in Orchha.
Day 5: Orchha to Khajuraho (178km)
The next destination is the mesmerizing Khajuraho, renowned for its UNESCO World Heritage Site – the stunning temples adorned with intricate sculptures portraying various aspects of life.
After checking in at your hotel in Khajuraho, you'll explore the Eastern, Western, and Southern groups of temples, including the famous Kandariya Mahadeva Temple. The detailed carvings and architecture will leave you in awe. Your overnight stay will be in Khajuraho.
Day 6: Khajuraho to Varanasi (flight)
Today, you'll take to the skies as you board a flight to Varanasi, the spiritual heart of India. Upon your arrival at Varanasi Airport, you'll be transferred to your hotel.
As evening approaches, you'll be treated to an unforgettable experience – the Ganga Aarti ceremony on the Ghats of the holy River Ganges. You'll witness priests performing rituals with fire and chanting, creating a mesmerizing atmosphere. The serene ambiance of Varanasi will leave a lasting impression on you.
After the ceremony, you'll retire to your hotel for a well-deserved rest.
Day 7: Varanasi Sightseeing
Begin your day with an early morning boat ride on the Ganges River. This is a profoundly spiritual experience where you can witness the morning rituals and see devotees bathing in the sacred waters.
Once you return to your hotel and enjoy breakfast, you'll embark on a city tour of Varanasi. Explore prominent temples and landmarks, and learn about the city's rich cultural and historical heritage. Later, you'll visit Sarnath, a significant Buddhist pilgrimage site where Gautama Buddha delivered his first sermon. The deep-rooted spirituality of Varanasi is sure to leave you with a sense of tranquility.
You'll spend another night in Varanasi, enjoying the serene environment and reflecting on the experiences of the day.
Day 8: Varanasi to Mumbai (flight)
After breakfast, it's time to head to the airport for a flight to Mumbai. When you land at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, you'll be transferred to your hotel.
The rest of the day is at your leisure, giving you the opportunity to relax, explore, or enjoy Mumbai's vibrant culture on your terms. Your overnight stay in Mumbai will be comfortable and relaxing.
Day 9: Mumbai City Tour
After breakfast, you'll explore Mumbai's cultural and architectural gems. Your day begins with a visit to the Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its rock-cut temples and sculptures. Later, your city tour takes you to some of the city's most iconic landmarks:
Gateway of India: This historic arch monument welcomes you to the city with grandeur.
Dhobi Ghat: The world's largest open-air laundry is a unique sight to behold.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya: Formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum, this treasure trove of art and history is a must-visit.
Kala Ghoda Art Precinct: This vibrant cultural district is a hub for artists, designers, and cultural enthusiasts.
In the bustling atmosphere of Mumbai, you'll experience the heart and soul of the city. Your comfortable hotel stay awaits in the evening.
Day 10: Mumbai to Aurangabad (flight)
After breakfast, you'll transfer to the airport for a flight to Aurangabad. Upon your arrival, you'll be escorted to your hotel in Aurangabad.
The highlight of the day is a visit to the remarkable Ellora Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site. These rock-cut temples and sculptures showcase India's architectural and artistic prowess. You'll also explore the Grishneshwar Temple, one of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. To top off the day's adventures, you'll visit the historic Daulatabad Fort. Your overnight stay in Aurangabad promises relaxation and comfort.
Day 11: Aurangabad Excursion to Ajanta Caves
Your day begins with an exhilarating excursion to the Ajanta Caves, another UNESCO World Heritage site. These ancient Buddhist cave paintings and sculptures date back to the 2nd century BCE and offer a captivating look into history and artistry.
After the awe-inspiring exploration of the caves, you'll return to Aurangabad for a city tour, which includes visits to Bibi Ka Maqbara, often referred to as the "Taj of the Deccan," and the Aurangabad Caves. Your overnight stay in Aurangabad ensures you are well-rested and ready for the next leg of your journey.
Day 12: Aurangabad to Cochin (flight)
Today, you'll take to the skies again as you board a flight to Cochin, also known as Kochi. Upon your arrival at Cochin International Airport, our representative will be there to greet you and transfer you to your hotel.
In the evening, you'll be treated to a traditional Kathakali dance performance. This classical dance form from Kerala is known for its elaborate costumes, expressive movements, and vibrant storytelling. The performance is a cultural feast for the senses, immersing you in the art and heritage of Kerala.
Your overnight stay in Cochin offers you a comfortable and culturally rich experience.
Day 13: Cochin City Tour & Drive to Munnar (140kms)
Following breakfast, your Cochin adventure commences with a city tour. You'll visit several popular attractions:
Dutch Palace (Mattancherry Palace): This historical gem is known for its stunning murals and architecture.
Jewish Synagogue: Explore the beautiful synagogue with its unique decor and history.
Chinese Fishing Nets at Fort Kochi: These iconic nets are a symbol of Cochin's maritime heritage.
After the tour, you'll head towards Munnar, the scenic hill station famous for its tea plantations and lush green landscapes. Upon arrival in Munnar, you'll check in at your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax and soak in the tranquil ambiance of the hill station. You'll enjoy a peaceful night in Munnar.
Day 14: Munnar Sightseeing
The beauty of Munnar awaits you, and after breakfast, you'll embark on a full day of sightseeing. Your itinerary will include:
Eravikulam National Park: This park is known for its conservation of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr, a mountain goat found only in the Western Ghats.
Tea Museum: You'll learn about the tea-making process and indulge in a tea-tasting session.
Mattupetty Dam: Enjoy the picturesque surroundings of this dam, with opportunities for boating and horse riding.
Echo Point: Shout out and hear your voice reverberate in the valley.
Top Station: The highest point in Munnar offers breathtaking views of the valleys and hills.
Your night in Munnar will be relaxing and surrounded by nature's splendor.
Day 15: Munnar to Thekkady (110kms)
After breakfast, you'll embark on a picturesque drive to Thekkady, a scenic town located near the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Along the way, you'll visit Ramakkalmedu, known for its panoramic views of the Western Ghats.
Upon your arrival in Thekkady, you'll check in at your hotel. In the evening, you'll be treated to a captivating Martial Arts & Kathakali dance performance. This is an opportunity to witness two distinctive art forms that reflect Kerala's rich cultural heritage. Your night in Thekkady promises a cultural and comfortable experience.
Day 16: Thekkady
Wildlife Sanctuary & Spice Plantation Tour Your day begins with a thrilling boat ride on Periyar Lake, nestled within the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Here, you have a chance to spot various wildlife species, including elephants, sambar deer, and numerous bird species.
Following the boat ride, you'll embark on a guided tour of a spice plantation. Learn about the cultivation and processing of spices like cardamom, pepper, and cinnamon, and immerse yourself in the fragrant aromas of the spice garden. This tour offers an insightful experience into Kerala's role as the "Spice Garden of India." Your overnight stay in Thekkady ensures you are well-rested and ready for the next adventure.
Day 17: Thekkady to Alleppey (140kms)
Today, you'll head to Alleppey, famously known as the "Venice of the East." Here, you'll experience one of Kerala's most iconic attractions – a houseboat cruise on the serene backwaters.
You'll board a traditional houseboat and begin your journey through the tranquil network of canals, lagoons, and rivers, which will take you through picturesque landscapes. Enjoy enchanting views of coconut groves, paddy fields, and local villages along the way. You'll savor a delicious Kerala-style lunch served on the houseboat. Your night on the houseboat in Alleppey promises to be a unique and memorable experience.
Day 18: Alleppey to Cochin (60kms)/ Delhi (flight)
Disembark from the houseboat after breakfast and drive to Cochin (approximately 60 kilometers). If your departure flight is from Cochin, you will be transferred to Cochin airport to board your flight. However, if your departure flight is from Delhi, you will be transferred to Cochin airport to catch a flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, you will be transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is free for leisure activities or exploring the city. Overnight stay in Delhi.
Day 19: Delhi - Departure (flight)
Your memorable journey through India comes to an end on this day. After breakfast and hotel check-out, you will be transferred to Delhi airport for your onward journey or return flight home. Bid farewell to India with cherished memories of your incredible adventure through diverse landscapes, cultures, and history.
- Assistance on arrival at airport.
- 18 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 18 nights accommodation
Delhi x 3 nights
3* - Madhuban Hotel/ Emarald Hotel
4* - The Royal Plaza/ Country Inn & Suite Saket
5* - Le Meridien/ The Claridges
Agra x 1 night
3* - Howard Plaza the Fern/ Atulyaa Taj
4* - Radission Hotel/ Crystal Sarovar Premier
5* - Trident Hotel/ Courtyard by Marriott
Orchha x 1 night
3* & 4* - Orchha Resort/ Amar Mahal
5* - Orchha Palace and Convention Centre x 1 night
Khajuraho x 1 night
3* - Ramada/Clarks Hotel
4* - Radisson Hotel/ Hotel Chandela
5* - The Lalit Temple View
Varanasi x 2 nights
3* - Meraden Grand/ Amaya Hotel
4* - Rivatas by Ideal/ Palace On Ganges
5* - Radisson Hotel/ Gateway Hotel Taj
Mumbai x 2 night
3* - Hotel Suba Palace/ BW Hotel Sahil
4* - Sun-N-Sand Hotel/ Fariyas Hotel
5* - Trident Hotel/ ITC Grand Central
Aurangabad x 2 nights
3* - Keys Hotel The Aures/ Aurangabad Gymkhana Club
4* - Ambassador Ajanta / VITS Hotel
5* - WelcomHotel Rama International / Lemon Tree Hotel
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 2 night
3* - Abad Green Forest/ Hotel Treetop
4* - The Elephant Court/ Cardamom County
5* - Spice village/ Cardamom County
Alleppey x 1 night
3* - Deluxe Houseboat (ATDC Houseboat/ Dream Boats)
4* - Premium Houseboat (Abad Premium Houseboats/ Rainbow Premium Houseboats)
5* - Luxury Houseboat (Xandari Riverscapes/ Lakes & Lagoons)
- Khajuraho - Varanasi - Mumbai - Aurangabad - Cochin - Delhi flight fare approx INR 30500 per person in economy class.
- Camera charges at monuments if any.
- Meals other than mentioned in the inclusions.
- Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
- Gratuities and optional activities.
- Anything not mentioned in inclusions.