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Golden Triangle with Kerala


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Golden Triangle with Kerala

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12 days from £2699 pp  including flight
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The Golden Triangle is a classic introduction to India. If you have never been to the subcontinent before, this 12 day tour is the perfect introduction.

At a Glance

  • Visit Taj Mahal
  • Explore Colourful Bazaar
  • Enjoy Pink City of Jaipur
  • Explore tropical Kerala
  • Explore coffee plantations
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The Golden Triangle is a classic introduction to India. If you have never been to the subcontinent before, this 12 day tour is the perfect introduction. The three Indian cities – Delhi, Jaipur and Agra – speak history like no other book can. See with your own eyes the glory of the iconic yesteryear, giving a sense of nostalgia and a sense of belonging. Delhi has the influence of Moghul and British architecture, whereas Jaipur is known for being India’s first planned city where Rajputana architecture shines with its parks, gardens, monuments and palaces-turned-hotels beautifully laid out. While Agra, once the heart of the Moghul Empire, boasts the unparalleled beauty of the Taj Mahal which adorns the banks of the Yamuna River. Once the main tour is complete, enjoy an extension to the region of Kerala, on the southwestern coast of India, famous for its backwaters. This exotic area combines beautiful national parks, bird sanctuaries and fragrant spice gardens, creating an unforgettable adventure.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Delhi: Old and New Delhi come to life during visits to the Jama Masjid, Qutab Minar and the grandiose colonial district

Jaipur: Admire the amazing Amber Fort, visit the dazzling City Palace and see the romantic Palace of the Winds

Agra: Behold the love poem written in stone that is the Taj Mahal and explore the city’s imposing Red Fort

Kochi: Admire the Dutch influence in monuments such as the Mattancherry Palace, the religious mix with the city’s synagogue, St Francis’s Church and Santa Cruz Basilica, along with the landmark Chinese fishing nets 

Periyar National Park: Come face to face with the wildlife of Kerala and enjoy a visit to fragrant spice gardens 

Kumarakom: Located on Lake Vembanad in the backwaters of Kerala, Kumarakom is laced with canals where houseboats glide over its waters. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is home to many species including cuckoos and Siberian storks

The short itinerary

Day 1 : DEPARTURE LONDON HEATHROW/GATWICK
Day 2 : ARRIVAL DELHI
Day 3 : DELHI SIGHTSEEING TOUR
Day 4 : DELHI – JAIPUR (235km – 5.5 hrs)
Day 5 : JAIPUR SIGHTSEEING TOUR
Day 6 : JAIPUR – AGRA (250km – 6 hrs)
Day 7 : AGRA – DELHI (200km – 3 hrs)
Day 8 : DELHI – KOCHI (3 hrs flight time)
Day 9 : KOCHI – THEKKADY (140km – 4 hrs)
Day 10 : THEKKADY – PERIYAR NATIONAL PARK AND SPICE PLANTATION
Day 11 : THEKKADY – KUMARAKOM (140km – 4 hrs)
Day 12 : KUMARAKOM – DEPARTURE KOCHI (50km – 1.5 hrs)

Tour Ends

 Day 1 : DEPARTURE LONDON HEATHROW

Today you will board on an overnight plane to New Delhi.

Overnight is in the plane.
 Day 2 : ARRIVAL DELHI

Once you arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport, a representative will meet and greet you, followed by a transfer to your hotel. Delhi encapsulates two very different worlds, the ‘old’ and the ‘new’, each presenting deliciously different experiences. Rambunctious Old Delhi, the Muslim Indian capital between the 17th and 19th century, has many mosques, monuments, forts and bazaars with a distinctive mediaeval flavour. New Delhi, the imperial city created by the British, flaunts a surprising number of impressive monuments reflecting the glory of the Mughal, Turk, Persian and ultimately the British rulers. In the evening, enjoy a welcome briefing session with the tour manager.

Overnight in Delhi.
 Day 3 : DELHI SIGHTSEEING TOUR

After breakfast, go out on a sightseeing tour of Delhi visiting highlights of Old & New Delhi. Start the tour by visiting the largest monument of Old Delhi, the imposing Red Fort (Closed on Mondays). Very near the fort is the 17th-century Jama Masjid (‘Friday Mosque’), the largest mosque in India. Walk through the famous bazaars of Chandni Chowk to experience the hustle and bustle of a crowded oriental bazaar. Also visit Raj Ghat, the Mahatma Gandhi memorial, a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation. In New Delhi, visit the India Gate, the memorial of the First World War and the road that leads from there to the President House, flanked by the houses of Parliament, the Secretariat building followed by the Humayun’s Tomb, also known as the forerunner of the Taj Mahal. End your tour, before your return to the hotel, by visiting Qutub Minar, the tallest brick minaret of its kind in the world.

Overnight in Delhi.
 Day 4 : DELHI – JAIPUR (235km – 5.5 hrs)

Wake up to breakfast at the hotel and proceed to Jaipur. Food fit for royalty, stunning historical monuments, a merry shopping scene and legendary Rajput hospitality: Jaipur offers all this and more. Jaipur is affectionately known as the ‘Pink City’ due to its numerous pink-coloured buildings; at sunset, the mellow golden rays bathe the pink façades in an indescribably beautiful way. Check in on arrival at your new hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight in Jaipur.
 Day 5 : JAIPUR SIGHTSEEING TOUR

Breakfast at the hotel is followed by a morning tour of Amber Fort. Located on a spur overlooking a lake, Amber Fort’s robust, time-ravaged walls appear imposing from the outside but they hide an interior packed with beautifully decorated palaces and temples and landscaped gardens. Be dazzled by Sheesh Mahal, a room with all four walls and the ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces. Admire the frescoes of the Ganesh Pol gate and the colonnade of the Diwan-i-Aam. Return to the old city to visit the City Palace and the beautiful palaces within, such as the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal and the intricately decorated Peacock Gate. Also of interest is the Armoury Museum, which houses an impressive collection of antique weapons such as blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers, which belonged to the royals. Continue to Jantar Mantar, the astonishing largest stone astronomical observatory in the world. Consisting of 14 major geometric devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars in their orbits, ascertaining the declination of planets and determining the celestial altitudes, the observatory is a major attraction in Jaipur. End your tour by making a stop at the spellbinding Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds (photo stop) and the famous Johari bazaar famous for its jewels and saris, the Tripolia bazaar with bronzes, sculptures and lacquerware, the Bapu bazaar renowned for its perfumes and textiles, and Chandpol bazaar for pottery and bracelets.

Overnight in Jaipur.
 Day 6 : JAIPUR – AGRA (250km – 6 hrs)

After replenishing your energy with breakfast at the hotel, take to the road and drive to Agra on the banks of the River Yamuna. Agra rose to fame in the 17th century as the capital of the Mughal Empire and was beautified with gardens, waterfalls, bathhouses and canals. In modern times, the city houses a thriving crafts industry, including marble inlay work and carpets. On arrival check in at your new hotel.

Overnight in Agra.
 Day 7 : AGRA – DELHI (200km – 3 hrs)

Begin the day with one last breakfast at the hotel before a sightseeing tour of Agra, which includes the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal. Built in the mid-17th century by the heartbroken Shah Jahan following the death in childbirth of his queen, Mumtaz Mahal, this mausoleum is an eternal love poem written in stone. During the visit, admire the intricacy of the work of the 20,000 craftsmen who were brought from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy to build this astonishing monument. (Closed on Fridays). Continue the tour and visit the Agra Fort, whose forbidding red sandstone battlements hide a number of majestic Mughal palaces. Explore the delightful Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience) where the emperor once sat on his throne to address his people and the Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience) where he hosted kings and foreign dignitaries. The white marble Mina Masjid (Heavenly Mosque) stands in contrast to the rest of the Red Fort. Afterwards, drive back to Delhi, and check in to your hotel.

Overnight in Delhi.
 Day 8 : DELHI – KOCHI (3 hrs flight time)

An early morning start (packed breakfast may be provided) to Delhi airport to board a flight for Kochi. Upon arrival at Kochi Airport, meet and greet by our representative followed by a transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Kochi.
 Day 9 : KOCHI – THEKKADY (140km – 4 hrs)

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a guided tour of the city. Visit the Mattancherry Palace, popularly known as the Dutch Palace. Continue to the adjacent Paradesi Synagogue, located at the end of a rustic lane in the historic Jew Town district. Next, visit two of the city’s most important Christian shrines. St Francis’s Church from the Portuguese period and Santa Cruz Basilica, whose cream-coloured neo-Gothic exterior contrasts with the frescoed arches and multi-coloured floor tiles of the interior. While driving along the coast, at the harbour’s mouth, you can observe the rare and still-functioning Chinese fishing nets. The tour ends in the heart of the well-preserved Fort Kochi area, where you can wander through the historic streets and alleys flanked by Dutch and Portuguese buildings such as David Hall, Thakur House and Bastion Bungalow. Bid farewell to Kochi and depart towards Periyar, a name synonymous with wildlife and rolling hills of spice-scented plantations. After a scenic drive, check in on arrival with the rest of the day at leisure. This district is a collection of communities, ranging from sleepy and picturesque Thekkady to bustling Kumily.

Overnight in Thekkady.
 Day 10 : THEKKADY – PERIYAR NATIONAL PARK AND SPICE PLANTATION

After breakfast at the hotel, explore Periyar and then proceed to Periyar National Park. The reserve’s range of flora and fauna is breathtaking and includes more than 100 orchid species and trees such as mangoes and banyans, as well as wildlife like elephants and Bengal tigers. The River Periyar, which is known as the ‘lifeline of Kerala’, originates in the park’s dense forests. Stroll around Lake Periyar, where, with a bit of luck, you can observe herds of wild elephants and bison drinking. The lake also attracts many species of local and migratory birds. Enjoy a boat ride on a shared basis (subject to operation). In the afternoon, visit a spice plantation garden to breathe in the fragrances of spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, pepper and vanilla as well as tea and coffee. Return to hotel with rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Thekkady.
 Day 11 : THEKKADY – KUMARAKOM (140km – 4 hrs)

Relax over breakfast at the hotel before departing by road for Kumarakom on the eastern shore of Lake Vembanad. On arrival, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore this backwaters town and its bird sanctuary on your own terms.

Overnight in Kumarakom.
 Day 12 : KUMARAKOM – DEPARTURE KOCHI (50km – 1.5 hrs)

Bid farewell to Kumarakom after breakfast at the hotel and drive to Kochi. On arrival, transfer to Kochi airport to board your onward flight back home.

What's included

  • FLIGHTS: Return economy flight from London Heathrow / Gatwick; Domestic flight (Delhi - Kochi) as per the itinerary
  • TOUR GUIDE: Operated with English-speaking local accompanied guide in each city for sightseeing tours
  • ACCOMMODATION: 10 night's accommodation
  • MEALS: 10 Breakfasts
  • TRANSPORT: Air-conditioned transportation for the entire trip; Airport transfers
  • ACTIVITIES: All tours as indicated: sightseeing tour of Delhi, sightseeing tour of Jaipur, sightseeing tour of Agra, Kochi sightseeing tour (monument entrance not included), Common boat ride on shared basis at Lake Periyar, Periyar National Park tour.
  • OTHER: Meet & Greet on arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport; Welcome briefing session with the tour manager on day 2; Meet & Greet on arrival at Kochi Airport on day 8

What's not included

  • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals if not stated explicitly in the programme
  • Entrance fees in sightseeing tours (Delhi – Red Fort, Qutub Minar and Humayun Tomb, Jaipur – Amber Fort, City Palace & Museum and Jantar Mantar (Observatory) and in Agra – Taj Mahal (including main mausoleum) and Agra Fort) are not included
  • Airport taxes, supplement for which are quoted separately (if applicable) 
  • Tips to drivers, local guides, and hotel staff 
  • Any service not listed above

Accommodation options

Day 2-3 Delhi : WelcomHotel Dwarka
Day 4-5 Jaipur : Clarks Amer
Day 6 Agra : Clarks Shiraz
Day 7 Delhi: Hotel Ikhaya Greater Kailash
Day 8 Kochi: Hotel Abad Plaza
Day 9-10 Thekkady: Abad Green Forest
Day 11 Kumarakom: Abad Whispering Palms

Please note

  • Please note that local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to the tour contents without prior notice 
  • The standard hotel check-in / check-out time is 14:00 / 12:00. In some cases it may vary
  • The distances and travel times described in the itinerary may vary.
  • Please note that local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to the tour contents without prior notice 
  • Please note that hotel classification is as per Indian standard   
  • Please note we are able to accept clients request for Vegan meals. 

What do I need to bring?

Comfortable and light clothing is the most suitable for travelling in India. Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting temples, religious or official buildings. Shoes should be removed before entering a temple or private house. Sun protection, sunglasses, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.

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Travel Info

    • Flight time 8 1/2 hours (New Delhi)
    • Timezone GMT+5 1/2 hours
    • Recommended airlines Turkish, Air India, Lufthansa, Austrian, Swiss, Oman, Etihad, Qatar, Emirates, Vistara
    • Best season Oct-Mar

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