Taj Mahal, Palaces and Backwaters

Great introduction to India for people who will to see the glimpses of India and explore best of North and Southern India

Taj Mahal, Palaces and Backwaters

In a magical country that’s almost as big as a continent, this journey evokes the very essence of India from the iconic Taj Mahal to Cochin and Kerala’s idyllic backwaters, Imperial Delhi and the colour and pageantry of Jaipur in Rajasthan.

This itinerary starts in the north of the country, visiting Delhi old and new, Agra's Red Fort and Taj Mahal and Jaipur's Amber Fort, city palace and colourful busy markets. You then take a flight south to Cochin, Kerala to discover the historical fort and visit Cochin’s famous Chinese fishing nets. Next, its time to relax and take in the beautiful backwaters which includes spending a night on a houseboat. To conclude your stay in India you spend a couple of nights on the rustic south coast beaches of Marari.

Please note this is a suggested itinerary and can be altered to meet your specific holiday requirements.

Luxury Delhi Holidays
    DAY 01

    London to Delhi

    Delhi

    Fly from home to Delhi on an overnight flight.
    Luxury Delhi Holidays
      DAY 02

      Arrive Delhi

      Delhi

      Arrive in Delhi, where you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel and assisted with check in. Relax and enjoy the Delhi at leisure. Delhi is the capital of the country and offers you plenty of historic sights, museums, parks, shops, bars and restaurants. Delhi is also known often known as The Mecca for food lovers and you have plenty of amazing restaurants to choose from.
      Luxury Delhi Holidays
        DAY 03

        Delhi

        Delhi

        Today enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Delhi, enjoy the contrasts of old and new parts of Delhi. Enjoy a visit to Old Delhi, travel through the old town, markets and experience the chaos and charm of the old city. In the afternoon you will explore parts of New Delhi. A visit to the busy shopping areas is great to explore Delhi and it's people. Plenty of markets to choose from, you can head to the shops around Siri Fort, Hauz Khas Village, a trip to Khan market or head to the heart of the cit
        Luxury Agra Holidays
          DAY 04

          Delhi - Agra

          Agra

          After an early breakfast, you will drive to Agra for approximately 4 hours, on arrival check in to your hotel. Proceed to a tour of Agra once you have freshened up. In the afternoon you can enjoy a guided tour of the city. Highly recommend visiting the Taj Mahal in the evening from Mehtaab Bagh for some amazing photographs at sunset. You can also enjoy an evening visit to the Taj Mahal with your guide.(Please do note that the Taj Mahal remains shut on Fridays).
            DAY 05

            Agra- Jaipur

            Jaipur

            One of the best times to visit the Taj is at sunrise. If you don't mind waking up early, head straight to the Taj Mahal to catch the morning sun. It is one of the most memorable experience, Taj Mahal glowing against the backdrop of the sun and you know why it is known as Paradise. After breakfast you checkout and head to Jaipur. En route you have an option of visiting the abandoned Mughal capital city of Fatehpur Sikri, one of the best preserved collections of Mughal architecture in India.
              DAY 06

              Jaipur

              Jaipur

              Today you enjoy guided tour of Jaipur. One of the best times to visit the Amber Fort is in the morning as it is always less crowded. This beautiful fort can be reached by elephant or jeep, walk around the complex of courtyards and halls, visiting in particular the Sheesh Mahal or Hall of Mirrors. Further you continue to visit the old city, the City Palace and cover the main highlights of the city. Witness the colour and chaos of an old city.
              Luxury Cochin Holidays
                DAY 07

                Jaipur - Delhi/ Mumbai - Cochin

                Cochin

                Morning you will be transferred well in time for your flight to Cochin. Arrive in Cochin where you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. Stay at Malabar House for two nights. In the evening, go on a walk around Fort Cochin area. Alternatively, indulge in an optional culinary experience.
                Luxury Cochin Holidays
                  DAY 08

                  Cochin

                  Cochin

                  Cochin, also known as the "Venice of the East", has wonderfully diverse influences from the Portuguese to the British. Today you will visit enjoy sightseeing in the Fort Cochin areas. In the evening stroll around the fort or enjoy a Kathakali dance performance or enjoy a sunset harbour cruise.
                    DAY 09

                    Drive to Allepey


                    Today you will enjoy the backwaters on your very own private boat. After breakfast you will drive to Allepey and board your houseboat around 12 and cruise through the beautiful maze of backwaters. These house boats are available in one or two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and come with a kitchenette, an open lounge, deck and a three crew member team- the oarsmen, a cook and guide. All meals will be served on board the house-boat.
                      DAY 10

                      Kumarakom

                      Kumarakom (Backwaters)

                      Morning after breakfast, you will disembark from your houseboat and drive to Kumarakom. Possibly this is one of the loveliest villages in Kerala. Arrive at your charming, boutique styled accommodation and get checked-in to God's own Country. Stay for two nights at your lovely resort.
                        DAY 11

                        Kumarakom

                        Kumarakom (Backwaters)

                        Spend the day at leisure relaxing at the hotel or explore the village of Kumarakom and the famous Bird Sanctuary on your own. (B)
                          DAY 12

                          Marari


                          Drive to Marari Beach where you will stay for two nights relaxing by the beach. (B)
                            DAY 13

                            Marari


                            Spend the day at leisure to enjoy the beaches or take part in the activities that this resort offers. (B)
                              DAY 14

                              Fly to London


                              Take an early morning transfer to Cochin for your flight to Heathrow via Mumbai. (B)
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