14 Days The Story of India

Travel across North & South India region on our The Story of India tour. See the diversity of this amazing land, where food, customs, traditions, dress and language changes every 100 km. Unravel the best of North and South India, an unforgettable journey which takes you from the timeless city of Delhi with its centuries old monuments and colonial touch of New Delhi, see the most photographed building in the world – words cannot describe the beauty of Taj Mahal, visit the colourful and royal cities of Jaipur and Jodhpur with their magnificent forts, Udaipur – undoubtedly the most romantic city in India. Also visit ‘God’s own country – Kerala’, humble life-style of the South treasuring some of the most remarkable pieces of architecture and the most enchanting Houseboat Cruise on the backwaters before chilling out at the famous Kovalam Beach.

Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Mumbai – Cochin – Houseboat – Kovalam – Trivandrum 

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Day 01: Delhi

Arrive at Delhi and transfer to your Hotel

Day 02: Delhi (B)

Today enjoy full day sightseeing of Delhi. we first start with Old Delhi where we will visit Jama Mosque, a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk and drive past Red Fort. Later visit Raj Ghat to pay homage to Father of the Indian Nation – Mahatma Gandhi.

In the afternoon, we proceed on a tour of New Delhi visiting the Connaught Place, Qutub Minar and Humayun’s tomb, also known as the forerunner to the Taj Mahal.

Day 3: Delhi – Agra (B)

This morning, embark on your drive to Agra, the city of the world famous Taj Mahal.

This afternoon, visit the famous wonder Taj Mahal. We walk into the inner chambers of this renowned Monument to Love and seek out several vantage points to see the magnificent play of light. It is truly worthy of its status as one of the world wonders.

Later, visit the sprawling Agra Fort on the bank of the Yamuna River.

Day 4: Agra – Jaipur (B)

This morning drive to Fatehpur Sikri, the mysterious ghost city founded by the Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great in the late 16th century and capital of the Mughal Empire from 1581 to 1595.

Thereafter we continue our drive to Jaipur.

Day 5: Jaipur (B)

This morning we will visit Amber Fort. Perched on a hill 11 Km from Jaipur and nestling among the Aravali Hills is the historic fort-palace.

Afternoon set out on a half day city tour visiting Hawa Mahal (photo-stop), the Observatory-Jantar Mantar and City Palace.

Day 6: Jaipur – Jodhpur (B)

Transfer from Jaipur to Jodhpur and proceed straight to the Hotel to check-in.

In the afternoon, proceed for half day city tour of Jodhpur visiting Meharangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada. The awe inspiring “Mehrangarh Fort” takes pride of place as the first destination on any visitor’s list. From the outside its wide, high walls and sheer cliffs appear unassailable, imposing and austere, but once inside you discover several lavishly decorated palaces with intricate carved ‘jalis’ and panels that take your breath away.

Also visit “Jaswant Thada”, a few meters below the fort is the site of the white marble royal cenotaph of Jaswant Singh II and four of his successors. The Mahamandir, dedicated to Lord Shiva is an architectural wonder built in 1812 with 84 intricately carved pillars. As it was outside the city walls it was given its own protective fortifications, a sign of those turbulent times.

Day 7: Jodhpur – Udaipur (B)

After breakfast drive to Udaipur enroute visiting Ranakpur Temples. Renowned for marvellously carved “Ranakpur Jain temples” in amber stone. It is one of the five holy places of the Jain community. These temples were created in the 15th century AD during the reign of Rana Kumbha and are enclosed within a wall.

On arrival at Udaipur, check-in at the hotel and afternoon at leisure to explore this beautiful garden city on your own.

Day 8: Udaipur (B)

In the morning, proceed on a city tour of Udaipur visiting city Palace, Jagdish Mandir and Sahelion ki Bari. A fusion of Medieval European and Chinese architecture “City Palace” which was built by Maharaja Udai Singh. This marble monument is situated on the eastern banks of Lake Pichola. Numerous balconies, towers and cupolas of the palace provide a marvelous view of the lake and the city below. Maharana Jagat Singh I built the “Jagdish temple”, dedicated to Lord Vishnu in 1651. It houses an image of Lord Vishnu in black stone, along with a brass image of Garuda, his carrier. Covering the exterior and the plinth are base relief of alligators, elephants, horsemen and celestial musicians rising in rows. It is the largest temple in Udaipur. Also visit “Sahelion ki Bari”, the garden of maidens was built by Maharana Sangram Singh in the mid-18th century.

Afternoon at leisure or for an optional boat ride on Lake Pichola.

Day 9: Udaipur – Mumbai (B)

Transfer to airport to connect domestic flight to Mumbai.

In the afternoon, proceed for sightseeing tour of Mumbai city. First we would visit “Prince of Wales Museum”; it was built in 1904 and designed in the Indo-Saracenic style. A mere five-minute walk from this prestigious museum stands – “Gateway of India”; Designed by George Wikket. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V in 1911. It is a magnificent structure overlooking the Arabian Sea in South Mumbai, also the piers for short exciting harbour cruises across the Mumbai harbour. Later drive through “Marine Drive” an esplanade in a sweeping curve. It runs along the shoreline of the Arabian Sea from Nariman Point to the foot of Malabar Hill. It is also called the Queen’s Necklace, strung with glittering street lights like an enormous pearl necklace, and is at its most beautiful when lit up in the evening.

Day 10: Mumbai – Cochin (B)

Transfer to airport for a flight to Cochin.

After check-in take a city tour of Cochin. ‘Queen of the Arabian’ Sea, Cochin is the commercial capital of Kerala, with its wealth of historical associations and its magnificent setting on a cluster of islands and narrow peninsulas. Of special mention is the older parts of the Fort Cochin area. This part of the city reflects an unusual blend of medieval Portuguese, Dutch and English country life grafted onto the tropical Malabar Coast. The 16th century ‘Mattancherry Palace’, also known as the Dutch Palace, is a fascinating fort with elegant buildings and interesting collections from the Royal traditions of the region. The unique feature of Cochin is the unexpected and isolated Jewish community, whose origins date back to AD 52. They are self-contained and have their own “Synagogue”. The area around the Synagogue, known as ‘Jew Town’ is one of the main centres of spice trade.

A special treat awaits us this evening as we proceed to witness the strength and vigour of Kathakali dance drama, as it enacts episodes from great Indian epics. The extremely stylized gestures, the elaborate make-up, the masks and the splendid costumes of these all-male dancers, recreate an incomparable sense of pageantry.

Day 11: Cochin – Houseboat (B/L/D)

Drive this morning to pier t board a Houseboat. A houseboat cruise is the best way to explore the beauty of the backwaters; sit back and relax while the boat cruises through the narrow serene backwater canals that take you through nearby villages. Enjoy your evening on the sundeck away from polluted cities and maddening crowd. The only disturbance will be the twinkle of a shining star or the leap of a fish near you.

Day 12: Houseboat – Kovalam (B)

After a leisurely breakfast on board, check-out and drive to Kovalam)to enjoy a relaxing stay on the beach.

Day 13: Kovalam (B)

Day at leisure.

Day 14: Kovalam – Trivandrum (B)

Transfer to Trivandrum Airport to connect your onward flight

Included: Accommodation in Hotels, meals as shown above, transportation using Air-conditioned private vehicle, tours & sightseeing, local English speaking guides, entrance fees and all taxes.

Excludes: International/Domestic flights, Visa, Insurance,Meals not included above, beverages during meals included in program, gratuities and any expense of personal nature.

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