Golden Triangle is the most popular and visited circuit of India that includes cities of Agra, Delhi and Jaipur located roughly at 250 kms from each other and forming a triangle on Indian map with respect to its locations. The circuit is well connected by road, buses and trains with fast trains like Shatabdi Express. The New Express Highway between Delhi and Agra have shortened the travel time to 2-3 hours only.
Most of the foreign tourists likes to land into Delhi, spend couple of days here, explore the city and then travel southwards towards the land of Taj and then west to the Pink city of India – Jaipur.
Depending upon the number of days you can spare out from your hectic worklife, you can extend the tour to add Khajurao, Varanasi further to Agra, or connect Ranthambore if you are a wildlife enthusiast or may be visit the popular camel fair at Pushkar held in November. Many of the tourists also connect the serene Golden Temple with this trip. Off late this circuit have become pretty popular with the domestic tourists from South India also.
This circuit reflects the grandeur, glory & history of the nation in true sense. So plan your trip to Golden Triangle and ask for all the customizations that you can imagine!
Upon your arrival in Delhi, your driver will greet you at Delhi International Airport and transfer you to your Hotel. Check in and Rest of the day is at your leisure and rest. Stay overnight at the hotel in Delhi.
After breakfast, proceed at 0900 hrs for a full day tour in Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid- one of the largest mosque in the world, built by Shah Jahan to dominate the city, Red Fort- the largest monument in Delhi that was the residence of Mughal emperor of India for 200 years, Raj Ghat- a memorial built to commemorate the site of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation, Qutub Minar- UNESCO World Heritage-listed tallest minaret, Humayun Tomb- another UNESCO World Heritage site, Lotus temple- Bahai house of worship, famous for it flowerlike shape, drive past Embassy, Diplomatic enclave, stop for a quick photo at India Gate and Rastrapati Bhavan, Parliament House, Connaught Place and Delhi main shopping area. Be back for overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Agra by 0830 hrs. Enroute stop at Sikandra for a quick Photo Shoot. Later check in to the hotel. Then proceed for a half day city tour to Agra Fort- built by Emperor Akbar on the banks of the Yamuna River. Later proceed to Taj Mahal for the most beautiful sunset view of “The Taj”. (Taj Mahal closed on Fridays) Post tour, spend some time shopping around the world’s best marble products and jewelry. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast drive to Jaipur – the pink city by 0830 hrs. Enroute stop at UNESCO World Heritage red sandstone complex of Fatehpur Sikri built in 1569 by Emperor Akbar and abandoned 15 years later due to water scarcity. Visit Buland Darwaza, Diwan-e-aam,diwan-e-khas. Then continue to Jaipur. On arrival check-in at hotel, dinner at Chaukhi Dhani – the traditional ethnic village resort of Jaipur (entry tickets on your own). Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast proceed to cover city attraction covering Amber Fort. Enjoy Feel like a maharaja from the past as you ride up to Amber Fort on an elephant outfitted with traditional Indian draperies. Later visit Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar (observatory), City Palace & Museum. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast, check out from your hotel and drive to New Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight stay. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring around or engaging in some quick shopping.
After breakfast, transfers to Delhi Airport for your onward flight to Cochin.
On arrival meet & assistance at Cochin airport. Check in to your hotel. In the afternoon, half day sightseeing tour of Cochin. Places of interest are Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Fort Kochi beach, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Cathedral, Chinese Fishing Net, Bolgatty island, Bolghatty Palace, Willington Island, Marine Drive & Broadway. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, check out the hotel and proceed to Munnar. On your way visit tea and spice plantations, Cheeyappara waterfalls, view point etc. Arrive Munnar and check in your hotel . Rest of the day free for your own activities. Overnight stay at hotel.
After Breakfast at Hotel, you will proceed for full day sightseeing across Munnar. Places & Activities of Interest – Echo Point,Kundala Lake, Kundala Dam,Indo Swiss Livestock Project, Mattupetty Lake & Mattupetty Dam, Munnar BoatingMunnar Tea gardens, Munnar Tea museum & Tea factory,Blossom Park, Munnar Elephant Ride, Pothamedu View Point,Hydel Park,Photo Shooting Points, Rajamalai Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi peak,Tea Powder Shopping,Punarjani traditional Village (Kathakali & Kalaripayattu performance),Lock Heart Gap (On way towards Thekkady). You can visit inline with time available with you. Overnight at Munnar.
After Breakfast at Hotel, you will proceed towards Thekkady. Transfer to hotel & relax. Afternoon, proceed for sightseeing – The Periyar wildlife sanctuary is thick evergreen forest, declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar river adds to the charm of the park. You can also go for Boat Cruises on the Periyar lake, visit cardamom, pepper, tea & coffee plantation. You may like to experience Kathakali Show-the local dance depicting the God & the devil, Kalaripayattu Show-ancient form of martial Arts practised across this part of India, Thekkady Elephant Ride, on your own. Overnight at Thekkady.
After breakfast at Hotel, you will proceed to Allepey/Alappuzha, connoted as Venice of the East by Lord Curzon. The place is well known for its meandering canals, brackish lagoons & sprawling Backwaters. The prominent Tourist attaraction are the Kerala Houseboats, popularly known as Kettuvallams. You may opt a cruising Houseboat or a Hotel for Overnight Stay. Staying in Houseboat is one of the most stimulating experiences while sailing across the maze of Canals perched between small villages. Experience of Backwaters, witnessing the paddy fields, & a stay away from bustling city life is quintessential on your holiday to this God’s Own Country.
However, staying at a Hotel will make you experience this quaint city engulfed between Backwaters. Evening you may opt for Sunset Cruise at Vembanadu Lake (directly payable) or visit Allepey Beachor shop around the city.
After Breakfast at Hotel, you will proceed to Cochin, enroute you will visit Cheeyapara & Valara Falls.Later checkin at cochin hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight Stay at Cochin.