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Delhi - Agra - Ranthambore - Jaipur - Goa - Kochi - Periyar - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Kochi

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DAY 01 : Arrival at Delhi & day at leisure.

On your arrival at Delhi International Airport, you will be welcomed by Alluring India Tour's representative who will help you with your transfer to the hotel where you can relax.

Delhi Red-Fort-Delhi

Delhi

The Capital of India, Delhi is the 3rd largest city and an epitome of architectural extravaganza. It is often the starting city for the Indian Golden Triangle tour. Delhi also is the crowned city to lead the standards of hospitality, being numbered top in the list of Alluring India Tour’s luxury private tours. It comprises of “Old Delhi”- the capital of Muslim India and “New Delhi” the imperial city created as the nation’s capital by the British. A unique blend of tradition and modernity is prominently visible to its guests as soon they arrive. Here you can come across multiple cultures, languages, traditions and people in complete harmony. 

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DAY 02 : Full day sightseeing of Delhi visiting Red Fort, India Gate, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, Parliament, Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Breakfast will be at hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing tour.

Red Fort Red Fort

Red Fort

Red Fort was the seat of Mughal rulers in India and is one of the most popular sightseeing places in Delhi. Popularly known as the ‘Lal Quila’, it is one of the most significant monuments in Delhi. ‘Lal’ is the Hindi word for 'Red' and ‘Quila’ is the Hindi word for a 'Fort'. The famous ruler ‘Shah Jahan’ built this fort in the 17th century on the banks of the river Yamuna. It took around a decade for its completion with its construction beginning in 1938. While in the past it served as an important place for base of the Mughal empire, even today it is known for its architectural grandeur and the prime minister of the country addresses the citizens from this fort, on the Independence day of the country. Alluring India Tour offers the most comprehensive tour of Delhi including a visit to the Red Fort, with a highly experienced guide who will not leave any stones unturned to make your visit to Delhi truly worthwhile.

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India Gate India Gate

India Gate

India Gate is a memorial to the brave soldiers who were killed in the World War I.  It is build in shape of an arch that is 42 meters in height, and is called the ‘All India War Memorial’. It is considered as the national monument of the country and forms a vital component of the sightseeing in Delhi.  The monument comprises of an eternal flame dedicated to the Indian soldiers. This flame is known as ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’ meaning the 'Flame of the eternal soldiers'.

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Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in the country, with a capacity to accommodate 25000 devotees at a time. It was built under the reign of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1656 AD. It is also called the Friday congregational mosque because people of the Islam faith turn up in large numbers to offer their prayers on Fridays. The mosque is a great example of architectural expertise that existed during the Mughal period. It is a blend of both Hindu and Mughal style of architecture. It is an important part of the sightseeing tour of Delhi due to its beautiful architecture and Alluring India Tour's knowledgeable guides will help you explore this part of old Delhi.

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Qutub Minar

The Qutub Minar is claimed to be the tallest brick minaret in the world and is a must visit during sightseeing in Delhi. The minaret is 234 feet high and the highest individual tower in the world, with other towers being the Great Pagoda in Pekin, China and the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.

It was built by the founder of the slave dynasty named ‘Qutub-ud-din Aibak’ in the 12th century to honor the victory of a Mughal King Mohammed Ghori over the Rajputs. It was completed in the 13th century by his son-in-law and successor Iltutmish.  Built exclusively in red brick and sandstone, this minaret is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic architecture and is today a pat of the UNESCO World Heritage Site community.  It has often been viewed as a symbol of the military might of the Turko-Afghan dynasty.

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You shall also drive past the Parliament Building& the Rashtrapati Bhavan which is the President’s House. 

Day 03 : After a leisurely breakfast, you will start your drive for Agra (210 kms / 4 hrs), where you will check-in at hotel and relax for the evening.

Agra

Agra is one of the most important cities for any traveler seeking heritage tours of India! The presence of 'Taj Mahal' has even immortalized its city Agra as ‘The City of Taj’. Alluring India Tour, takes its guests down the lanes of this historical town giving them, a memorable experience. Through A.I.T.'s luxury tours of North India, a traveler gets to experience the grandeur of the monument, along with high quality services crafted especially for the elite.

It does not take much for a traveler’s eye to discover that there’s more to Agra than just the enchanting Taj Mahal. The city is a virtual gateway to a world of discovery… where moments of an era that’s long gone, still echoes the tale of this glorious town. The older city of Agra has impressively retained much of its resplendent history.

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Day 04 : Enjoy your breakfast & later proceed for the sightseeing tour of Agra visiting the ‘Taj Mahal’ and ‘Agra Fort’.

Taj Mahal

There is no other word, but ‘Overwhelming’ that can best describe the emotions that our travelers experience standing in front of this exquisite monument! ‘Taj Mahal’ today is not only synonymous with ‘India’ but also with eternal love, due to the popular saga of Emperor ‘Shah Jahan’ and his queen ‘Mumtaz Mahal’. The narration mentions that the Emperor loved his queen immensely and promised to make a grand mausoleum in her memory. The architecture of the mausoleum and its surrounding gardens were made to match description of heaven as laid out in the holy Islamic texts. The gardens symbolize paradise gardens that are said to have four flowing rivers through them. As per the mystic Islamic texts of the Mughal period, Paradise is referred to as the ideal garden of abundance with four rivers flowing from a central spring, separating the garden into north, west, south and east. To organize a memorable visit to this exquisite monument, explore the tailor made luxury tour packages, offered by Alluring India Tour! 

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Agra Fort Agra Fort

Agra Fort

The ‘Agra Fort’ was built by the great Mughal Emperor ‘Akbar’. While the Taj Mahal is said to adorn the city of Agra with its beautiful architecture in white marble, the magnificent Agra Fort built in red sandstone is yet another jewel of the Mughal architecture that forms an important part of the sightseeing in Agra. This massive fort is considered as the predecessor of the Delhi Red fort and its wall stretches upto 2.5 kms. Its construction began during the reign of the Mughal emperor Akbar and continued till the reign of his grand son Shah Jahan, who contributed to the construction of most of the buildings inside the fort. Travelers who opt for private tours to India with Alluring India Tour, are able to explore the massive Agra fort in a leisurely manner, as they have the freedom to move at their own pace.

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Day 05: Have a leisurely breakfast, you will start your drive for Ranthambore National Park (250 kms / 5 hrs)

Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National park is one of the best wildlife parks in India primarily because of the fact that maximum number of tiger sightings happen here. This is one of the parks famous for the ‘Royal Bengal Tiger’, which are only found in India and its neighboring country Bangladesh. As per the last census survey carried out three years ago in 2014, the total number of tigers were estimated to be approx. 62.

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Reach and check in at the hotel and evening will be at leisure to relax in the forest ambience. Overnight will be at Ranthambore.

Day 06: Proceed for the morning safari, return back to hotel for breakfast, later proceed for the evening safari.

Enjoy a morning safari and return to hotel for breakfast and some relaxation before going for another round of safari into the national park.

Overnight at Ranthambhore.

Day 07: Have a leisurely breakfast; you will start your drive for Jaipur (175 kms / 4 hrs)

Jaipur

Rajasthan came in existence post India’s independence by merger of the princely states of the region, also once known as “The Land of the Maharajas”. This is when the picturesque city of Jaipur was chosen as the capital of the newly formed state of ‘Rajasthan’. Jaipur today is one of the important cities of the Golden Triangle and can be explored in a royal manner through the private luxury tours offered by Alluring India Tour. These tours are the best way to soak in the grandeur of this royal city. For those who have limited time in hand, may choose for a tour package for Jaipur from Delhi as there are flights available and one can also travel by road. If you have more time in hand, then you must visit the other cities in Rajasthan besides Jaipur and can choose from many of our Rajasthan luxury tour packages.

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A representative from Alluring India will be waiting for you at Jaipur. Reach and check in at the hotel and relax. In evening, you can visit some textile units as per your preference. Overnight will be at Jaipur.

Day 08: Have a leisurely breakfast and later proceed for the sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting City Palace, Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar & Hawa Mahal.

City Palace Jaipur

The City Palace is a living example of the royal heritage from the glorious Indian history. While the current king and his family still reside in a part of the palace, the other part is open for the visitors to admire and know about the royal India it has always been! City palace can be easily visited during a Jaipur tour from Delhi for a couple of days or through the golden triangle luxury tours offered by Alluring India Tour. Such beautiful palaces take you back in the historic area of the ‘Maharajas’ and ‘Maharanis’ as you explore their biographies and witness the grand lifestyle through the collection of the Royal objects, armors, artifacts etc. The palace is a huge complex comprising of several buildings, gardens, courtyards and gates. The intricately carved marble interiors, magnificent pillars, lattice work and inlaid ornamentations depict the skills of the craftsmen and artisans from the royal era. 

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Amber Fort Amber Fort

Amber Fort

‘Amber Fort’ usually pronounced as ‘Amer Fort’ is an important sightseeing in Jaipur, located at a distance of about 11 kms from the city. It is also one of the favorites among the guests of Alluring India. Amer was known as Dhundar (symbolizing a sacrificial mount in the western frontiers) in the medieval period and was ruled by the Kachwahas from the 11th century onwards, till the capital was moved from Amer to Jaipur. Amber was historically part of the Meena clan, who had built a fort at this very site until the king ‘Raja Man Singh’, commander in Chief of Akbar’s army, built over the fort of the Meenas. Constructed by Raja Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by Sawai Jai Singh I, the Amer fort is a beautiful fusion of art and architecture. While the interior walls depict expressive painting scenes with carvings, precious stones and mirror settings, the breathtaking Maota Lake in the foreground adorns the grand structure. The mirror image of the Fort, on the still waters of the lake, seem to be a beautiful illusion enhancing the gorgeous structure built in white marble and red sandstone. The sightseeing at Jaipur is incomplete without a visit to this famous fort.

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Jantar Mantar

The words ‘Jantar Mantar’ have several interesting meanings as per the Hindi dictionary. The word ‘Jantar’ refers to an instrument whereas the word ‘Mantar’ means to calculate or consult. Sometimes the word Mantar also refers to ‘witchcraft’. However, it actually means an instrument used to calculate and is basically an observatory used to measure time, predict eclipses and to ascertain other astronomical events. There are five such observatories in India with this one at Jaipur being the largest. Jantar Mantar is also believed to have the world’s largest stone observatory. It is amazing to explore how these simple stone structures were used to make predictions that are done today with the modern  complex equipments.

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Hawa Mahal Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal

This monument is one of the favorites in Alluring India Tour's list of Jaipur sightseeing. The plan of the Hawa Mahal or the ‘Palace of Winds’ was initiated in the reign of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. However, it was his grandson Sawai Pratap Singh, son of Maharaja Sawai Madhosingh I, who built the Hawa Mahal in 1799 as a continuation of the Royal City Palace. It is a five storied pyramid shaped building made with 953 small windows. These windows are made in pink sand stone and are known as ‘Jharokhas’. The windows are decorated with tiny lattice work and actually resemble a giant honeycomb. The multiple windows keep the palace cool even in summers and was basically used by the royal women of the palace. There is an imperial door connecting the Hawa Mahal to the City palace.

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Return back to the hotel and overnight will be at Jaipur

Day 09: Have your breakfast, and you will be transferred to the airport to board flight for Mumbai and further to Goa

Goa

Palm fringed shoreline, blue waters, white sand and the entertaining shacks are reasons enough to make Goa the most sought beach destination in India. Popular amongst foreigners and Indians alike, Goa offers some exciting beach clubs, night life and is a heaven for sea-food lovers. The words 'Chill out' are most synonymous to Goa where the numerous sun loungers on the sands and the shacks serving beer and mouth watering cuisine offer the most relaxing moments. But Goa has more than beaches; one must not miss out exploring the fabulous Portuguese architecture buildings in old Goa including many beautiful churches.

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Reach and check in at the hotel and evening will be free at your own leisure. Overnight will be at Goa.

Day 10: Have a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, later proceed for the sightseeing tour of Goa visiting Miramar Beach, Dona Paula, Basilica of Bom Jesus,Se Cathedral, Mangueshi Temple & Colva Beach.

Miramar Beach

Earlier known as 'Gasper Dias', the Miramar beach is one of the two beaches of Panjim, the capital city of Goa. It is situated at the confluence of Arabian sea and the Mandovi river flowing through Goa. Zuari river as such is the largest river in Goa though. Miramar beach is known for its golden sand that sparkle in moonlight. The palm trees on the shore with gentle breeze and soothing sounds of the waves truly makes it an ideal relaxation spot for visitors.

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Dona Paula Beach Dona Paula Beach

Dona Paula Beach

The beach of Dona Paula got its name from a lady named Dona Paula who was the daughter of a Portuguese viceroy. She rose to the status of a historical figure due to her kind nature and charity activities in the village. She is said to have contributed a great deal for the upliftment of the villagers and hence after her death the villagers decided to rename their village of 'Oddavell' to 'Dona Paula'. 

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Basilica of Bom Jesus Basilica of Bom Jesus

Basilica of Bom Jesus

The famous World Heritage Site of 'Basilica of Bom Jesus' holds the sacred relics of the saint St. Francis Xavier. The basilica is situated in old Goa and is also one of the seven heritage monuments of Goa. It is a renowned pilgrimage and visitors from across the globe come to Goa to visit this Basilica. The body of St. Francis Xavier is brought down from its high altar once every ten years for viewing by the public.

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Se Cathedral Church

This is the largest cathedral in Asia. The Se cathedral has five bells out of which one is the famous Golden Bell which is one the largest in the world.

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Shri Mangueshi temple

The Mangueshi temple is dedicated to Lord Mangesh who is considered to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Besides Lord Shiva, the temple complex also houses shrines of Goddess Parvati - the wife of Lord Shiva and his son Lord Ganesha. The temple is said to be more than 400 years old and has lamp tower that is multi-storied. Lord Mangesh is the Kul Devta or family deity of many Hindus residing in the state, specifically worshipped by Saraswat Brahmins. 

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Colva Beach

The entire stretch of Colva beach once belonged to a Portuguese named D. Diogo Rodrigues, who was the landlord of Colva village. Until the end of twentieth century, the shore and beach property belonged to descendants of this Portuguese gentleman and a part of it was handed over the Government of Goa around 1974. This beach is regarded as one of the longest and most popular of Goan beaches.

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Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 11 : Have a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. Your day will be at leisure to enjoy the beaches.

Have a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and your day will be at leisure to enjoy the beaches.

Overnight at Goa.

Day 12:Have your breakfast at the hotel. Later you shall be transferred to the airport to board flight Kochi

Kochi

Alluring India Tour takes you to the southern part of the country with as much excitement as for the Northern parts of India. We are particularly fascinated by Kochi, that was earlier known as ‘Cochin’ and even today many people use the name Cochin instead of Kochi. It has earned its reputation as one of the most important cities in the state of Kerala, so much so that it is regarded as the commercial capital of Kerala, even though the capital city is Trivandrum. Kochi’s significance on one hand is primarily because of the presence of a major port, container trans-shipment terminal, harbor terminal and an international air terminal, while on the other it is famous for its Portuguese architecture, colonial buildings, beautiful views of Arabian sea and the Chinese fishing nets.

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Reach and check in at the hotel and spend time at your own leisure. Overnight at Cochin.

Day 13: Have a leisurely breakfast, and proceed for the sightseeing tour of Cochin visiting Chinese Fishing Nets, Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue & St. Francis Church.

Chinese Fishing Nets

The Chinese Fishing Nets have gained popularity as one of the major tourist attractions of not only Kochi but in the entire state of Kerala. Alluring India Tour inculcates it in their sightseeing particularly due to it being an ancient preserved technique of fishing from the 14th century. While the Fort Kochi area may not be as pleasant a sight on the shores of the sea as it would resemble more of a fish market area, the attraction lies mainly in the interesting mechanism of the instrument and how the locals still have put it in use after centuries. The best place to watch the nets being lowered and pulled out of the sea is the Vasco Da Gama Square. The fishing nets are erected on teak wood and bamboo poles that function primarily on the principle of balance.

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Dutch Palace Dutch Palace

Dutch Palace

Unlike the grand palaces of Northern India, this humble Dutch Palace in the Fort Kochi area has a very distinct style of architecture. Alluring India Tour often mentions to their guests not to expect anything similar to the grand palatial structures of Rajasthan. Also known as the ‘Mattancherry Palace’, it was built by the Portuguese and presented to the then Rajah of Kochi, Veera Kerala Varma. Thereafter the kings of Kerala made several renovations in the palace, giving it a Hindu texture and gradually it became a good testimony of the Hindu Temple Art. The Palace is built around a central courtyard and this traditional style of architecture in Kerala is known as 'Nalukettus'. However, the rounded doors and windows and the masonry walls gives it a European look.

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Jewish Synagogue

The Jewish Synagogue at Kochi has proclaimed its significance being the oldest existing Synagogue among all the commonwealth countries. The Synagogue is primarily the Jewish place of worship but it is also used to study or even as a community centre. The history of the Jewish Synagogue of Kochi can be traced to nearly 2000 years ago. The synagogue has rolls of Old Testament, records of the privileges bestowed upon the Kings of Kochi, ancient relics and old copper plates that have souvenirs. These souvenirs include beautifully carved silver and golden crowns that were gifted to the Jews. Though it was built in 1568, it had to be reconstructed after a Portuguese bombardment in the war in 1962. Alluring India Tour includes a visit to the synagogue as an optional sightseeing and one may choose to visit it while on their sightseeing of Fort Kochi area.

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St. Francis Church

The St. Francis Church of Kochi has enormous historical significance. It is the first European church that was built in India. It is also believed that the great Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama breathed his last here on his third visit to India and his remains were kept in this church for a few years before being shifted to Portugal. After 14 years of his death, the remains were taken away to Lisbon in Portugal. In the year 1663, the Dutch captured Kochi and converted St. Francis Church into a protestant church from a Catholic Church, which was under their rule till 1795. In 1804, the Dutch voluntarily handed over the church to the Anglican Communion of the British. They demolished all the churches except this which they and converted into a government church. Today, the St. Francis Church is a part of the Protestant Church of South India.

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Return back to the hotel and relax. Overnight at Cochin.

Day 14: Have your breakfast, and drive to Periyar (176 kms / 3 hrs )

Reach and check in at the hotel and relax. Overnight at Periyar.

Day 15:Early morning jungle trek and then proceed to visit Spice plantation. Later in the evening proceed for Kalaripatthu dance.

Start early in the morning with a short jungle trek into the National Park along with a Naturalist. Early morning is the best time to spot birds and animals. One can spot numerous bird species. Later proceed to visit Spice Plantation & Spice Market, followed by a presentation of Kalaripatthu dance. Overnight will be at Periyar.  

Day16: Have your breakfast, and drive to Kumarakom (175 kms /4 hrs).

Kumarakom Kumarakom

Kumarakom

Backwaters and Kumarakom are synonymous! When one thinks of the backwaters of Kerala, one can not ignore the village of Kumarakom, which is a group of several small islands on the Vembanad Lake. It is also famous for its bird sanctuary but is only worth the visit if one gets to visit in the right season between July and August. If lucky enough, one can even spot a Siberian Crane. The bird sanctuary spread across 14 acres, is an ornithologist's paradise.  Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian stork can be seen in the right season. Kumarakom has mangrove forests, paddy fields and coconut groves adorning the shorelines of the backwaters often covered in white lilies and red hibiscus flowers. While Kumarakom can be visited anytime, Alluring India Tour recommends a visit to the sanctuary only during the right season when one would be able to spot the birds.

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On arrival, check into a traditional houseboat of Kerala Style and go on a leisurely backwater cruise along the lake on a thatched houseboat. The houseboat with all modern comforts lets you discover the countryside at your own pace. A ride on the houseboat is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters. Cruise through the backwaters towards Alleppey.

Overnight will be at Houseboat.

Day 17 : Have your breakfast, and start your drive for cochin to board flight back home. (56 kms / 1 hr.)

 

Best Months for this tour : November, December, January, February

Inclusions

TOUR LAND PRICE INCLUDES:

  1. Double / twin room accommodation
  2. Breakfast in Hotel as per the Itinerary
  3. Meet and Greet at the airport at all applicable places
  4. All airport transfers by Private Air Conditioned Car
  5. All sightseeing by Private Air Conditioned Car
  6. Inter-city transfers by Private Air Conditioned Car
  7. All Monument Entrances
  8. Services of English Speaking Guide
  9. Rickshaw Ride in Old Delhi
  10. Tonga Ride In Agra
  11. Elephant Back Ascent at Amer Fort in Jaipur
  12. Spice Plantation Visit at Periyar
  13. Kalaripatthu Dance at Periyar
  14. Short jungle trek at Periyar
  15. Extensive Sightseeing as Per the Tour Program
  16. Hand phone with Indian Number for 24 x 7 customer support
  17. All Transport Taxes, Inter State Vehicle Permit, Driver Allowance
  18. All hotel & Govt. Taxes.

 

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