TAJ & KERALA

Golden Triangle with Kerala

Golden Triangle with Kerala

A group or private tour combining Kerala’s historic towns, charming tea plantations and the peaceful beauty of the backwaters along with the famous Golden Triangle – Delhi, Agra & Jaipur. Admire stunning scenery and wildlife, , get awed by the iconic Taj Mahal, explore royal heritage of Rajasthan, experience the culture of southern India, stay in elegant hotels and enjoy an exciting houseboat stay.

This tour combines the remarkable forts, temples and palaces of the north with the natural beauty and winding waterways of the south. A visit to Agra’s Taj Mahal and a houseboat cruise in Kerala will leave ever-lasting memories.

1790$ / Person

I would recommend Travel Genes to anyone and everyone!! We were a family group of 10 adults traveling for the 1st time in India and these guys went above and beyond to make sure we got to do exactly what we wanted.

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PEGGY VINCENT

  • Tour Duration: 13 Nights / 14 Days
  • Starts/Ends: Delhi – Delhi/Mumbai
  • Cities Covered: Delhi, Jaipur, Bharatpur, Agra, Kochi, Munnar, Alleppey, Kumarakom
  • Tour Guide: Yes, escorted by a tour guide
  • Hotels: 12 Nights on twin sharing basis in 4-5 star luxury hotels or heritage properties with breakfasts. 1 Night on deluxe houseboat.
  • Flight: Delhi – Cochin & return Economy class included

TOUR DETAILS

Upon arrival at Delhi you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The following morning, attend our welcome meeting before we set out on a full day sightseeing tour of Delhi. In the evening, we enjoy a namaste dinner at an Indian restaurant.

Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast x 1, Dinner x 1

Today we drive to the Pink City of Jaipur – the vibrant capital of the state of Rajasthan. Sightseeing includes a tour of the City Palace which is a wonderful example of Rajput architecture and Jantar Mantar – the world’s largest stone astronomical observatory.

On day 4 early-risers can opt for a morning hot air balloon ride over Jaipur, and sail over hilltop forts, regal palaces, sleepy villages and stone carved temples (optional). Today we travel beyond Jaipur to the beautiful 16th century Amber Fort. In true Indian style we take an elephant ride (subject to availability) or by jeep if you’d prefer, up to the entrance of the fort and tour the well-preserved interior and grounds. Evening at leisure.

Overnight: Jaipur  |  Breakfast x 2

Jaipur – Abhaneri – Bharatpur. Departing Jaipur we stop in the village of Abhaneri to see Chand Baori, which is the largest and deepest step well in the world. This incredible well has a staggering 3500 steps and is 13 stories deep. After hotel check in at Bharatpur and time to freshen up we visit Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we’ll enjoy a leisurely bicycle rickshaw ride through the park.

Overnight: Bharatpur  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Bharatpur – Agra. En route to Agra, we visit Fatehpur Sikri, former imperial capital of the great Mughal emperor Akbar. In Agra, we visit the impressive Agra Fort before touring the legendary Taj Mahal and witnessing a glorious golden sunset. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, who tragically died in childbirth in 1631, the Taj Mahal in Agra is described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love and remains one of India’s most enduring symbols.

Overnight: Agra  |  Breakfast

After breakfast we drive back to Delhi. Spend the remains of the day at leisure in India’s bustling capital.

Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast

We catch an early morning flight to Kochi today, in the beautiful southern state of Kerala. With a history that has seen Jewish exiles and Portuguese, Dutch and British colonisation, Kochi is a melting pot of culture and architectural styles. After some time to freshen up and explore, later this evening we will watch a Kathakali dance performance, a must in Kerala with colourful costume and meticulous movements.

Overnight: Kochi  |  Breakfast

On the morning of day 9 we enjoy a guided tour of historic Fort Kochi. We’ll see the large Chinese fishing nets that decorate the coast and explore the winding streets of the old town, visiting St. Francis Church – the oldest European church in India, Paradesi Synagogue (exterior only) and a Dutch palace. After touring we drive east to Munnar, a picturesque hill station surrounded by verdant tea plantations.

On day 10 we’ll take a stroll through one of the many tea plantations that this region is famous for. Our guide will brief us on the different varieties of tea produced in Munnar and how they are processed. There will be a chance to visit a local market before heading back to our hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at your own leisure.

Overnight: Munnar  |  Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 2

Munnar – Alleppey – Keralan backwaters. Departing Munnar early this morning a 4-5 hour drive through gorgeous scenery will bring us to Alleppey where we will board a simply furnished private rice-boat for a picturesque and leisurely cruise through Kerala’s backwaters. Meals will be prepared on board with fresh, local ingredients so you can sit back and relax as all is taken care of.

Overnight: Deluxe Rice Boat  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After our final meal on board the houseboat on day 12 we disembark at Kumarakom, a cluster of islands on Lake Vembanad. This sleepy hamlet is surrounded by a maze of tropical waterways and shrubs, the ideal spot to while away a couple of days. Soak up the scenery, kick back at the hotel or consider visiting the local bird sanctuary – spread across 14 acres it’s popular with migratory birds including Siberian cranes and parrots.

Overnight: Kumarakom  |  Breakfast x 2

Kumarakom – Kochi. Today marks the end of our memorable journey. After breakfast we travel back to Kochi with an included transfer to the airport for your onward evening flight to Delhi/Mumbai. Breakfast Included.

What's Included

  • 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners including Welcome Dinner in Delhi
  • 1 night – deluxe houseboat on backwaters of Kerala
  • Rickshaw ride in Delhi
  • Touring of Delhi, Jaipur, Bharatpur, Kochi, Fort Kochi and Munnar
  • Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 14
  • Services of English-speaking Indian specialist guides at some sites
  • 12 nights 4 – 5 star and heritage hotels
  • Economy class flight from Delhi to Kochi & return to Delhi/Mumbai.
  • Elephant ride to the Amber Fort in Jaipur (if available)
  • Kathakali dance show in Kochin

What's Not Included

  • Anything not specified in the Inclusions above.
  • Monument entrance charges.
  • Portage, laundry, telephone calls, meals (other than included breakfasts), snacks, drinks.
  • Camera fees at monuments
  • Tips/gratuities

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