Delhi, the City of Djinns (spirits) is yours to discover! Let us take you on a journey of India’s capital that covers 5,000 years, from its imperial history and two World Heritage sites to today’s electric contemporary vibe.
City Highlights of Delhi Visit the imposing Red Fort and impressive Humayuns Tomb, Jama Masjid, Qutab Minar, India Gate, Lotus Temple, Laxminarayan Temple; ISKCON Temple; explore Chandini Chowk, the Gandhi Memorial at Raj Ghat; Parliament Street, Parliament Museum, Lodhi Gardens; National Museum, Bangla Sahib; enjoy views of Delhi best on a Metro journey; experience a plenitude of cultural and ethnic diversity at the colorful ‘Dilli Haat’, an open-air food plaza cum craft bazaar.
Discover the magic of white marble at Agra! The city is home to UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal.
City Highlights of Agra Explore Agra..the former capital of Hindustan, located on the banks of the river Yamuna. Agra is best known the world over as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its 3 grandiose monuments – Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Visit the sublime white marbled mausoleum of theTaj Mahal..at sunrise and sunset; see the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah; admire the magnificent Agra Fort and the Akbar Mausoleum in Sikandra. Enjoy a decorated tonga ride (a horse drawn carriage, popular in olden days) through the fabled city.
City Highlights of Fatehpur Sikri Visit the timeless UNESCO world heritage site on a day trip to Fatehpur Sikri (City of Victory). This complex of monuments and temples was built in the 16th century by Emperor Akbar during the Mughal era, also considered the richest period of Indian history. Admire the uniform architectural style and visit the elegant and sacred Jama Masjid or the Friday Mosque. Marvel at the Buland Darwaza, the main entrance to this ancient city and spend some time exploring the Tomb of Shaikh Salim Chisti, Birbal Bhawan (dedicated to Akbar’s greatest court advisor – Birbal), the inner courts where Jodha Bai stayed and the inner harem reserved for Hindu wives.
The Four Points by Sheraton, Agra – Opt 1
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Drive from Agra to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri (250 km, 5 hrs)
Jaipur is the eternal rose pink city and gateway to North India’s most colorful state, Rajasthan.
City Highlights of Jaipur Explore the Amber Fort, the Albert Hall, City Palace, the Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal) and the world’s largest stone observatory – the Jantar Mantar. See the Govind Devji Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, the Lakshmi Narayan and Ganesh Temples; visit the amazing Jaigarh and Nahargarh Forts and Raj Mandir Cinema.
Udaipur is the City of Lakes! Tucked away in the heart of the forested Aravalli Hills, this regally romantic city has always stood out from Rajasthan’s other desert cities with its network of manmade lakes.
City Highlights of Udaipur In Udaipur, embark on a tour of this lovely city which will include the City Palace, Jagdish Temple and a boat ride on scenic Lake Pichola. Take a trip to Haldighati in the Aravalli hills (40km); visit the Eklingji Shiva temple near Devigarh; explore the impressive temple ruins at Nagda (22 km).
Kochi, formerly Cochin, is considered the Queen of the Arabian Sea as it was one of the first European settlements in India, due its ideal positioning for trading.
City Highlights of Cochin Kochi, formerly Cochin, is a vibrant, engaging city to explore, from the absorbing views of Fort Kochi harbor with its huge Chinese fishing nets to ancient mosques, Portuguese architecture and the crumbling remnants of the British Raj. Explore Matancherry where you can observe murals and antiquities at the Dutch Palace and Cemetery, and the 400 year old Pardesi Synagogue in the Jewish quarter. Visit the grave of Vasco da Gama in St. Francis Church. Discover the Hill Palace and Tripunithura and browse the spice and antique markets. Enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance performance or the captivating display of Kalaripayattu, a 3,000 year old martial art form.
Cruise Kerala’s backwaters and stay overnight in a traditional kettuvallom, a boat made from coconut rope and wooden blanks.
Included Activities at Houseboat Cruising Kerala’s backwaters in traditional ‘kettuvalloms’ (boats made by tying together wooden planks with coconut ropes), is a distinctly unique experience! These quaint slow moving, exotic barges have all the creature comforts of a hotel – furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, living rooms, kitchen and a balcony for viewing/angling – shaded and with uninterrupted views of an untouched, rural Kerala. Experience ‘God’s Own Country’ while meandering narrow backwater pathways on the Vembanad Lake via canals, paddy fields, villages and markets along the Alleppey/Kumarakom/Fort Kochi backwaters. Visit famous temples, churches, ancestral homes, stroll through busy markets, see rice fields and meet the locals. Enjoy local cuisine on board, served on traditional banana leaves. Drop anchor on this overnight trip and sleep to the sounds of ‘the still of the night’, accompanied by the echo of gently swishing waves.