Silver Sands of Kerala & Lakshadweep with Taj Mahal


Duration : 12 Nights / 13 Days

     
   
Day - 1 - Delhi:
Arrive Delhi, receive upon arrival and straight drive to hotel. Night stay at Delhi.
Day - 2 - Delhi:  
Delhi - Breakfast at hotel.
Proceed for day tour of Old & New Delhi.
OLD DELHI - A sightseeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort - once the most opulent fort and palace of the Moghul Empire.
Cycle rickshaw ride from Jama Masjid to Chandni Chowk.
NEW DELHI - An extensive sightseeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President's Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.
Evening will be at leisure. Overnight Delhi.
Day - 3 -- Delhi - Agra - Delhi:  
Delhi - Agra - By road covering 201 km in 4hr. Proceed by surface for Agra after breakfast. ENROUTE VISIT SIKANDRA. Reach Agra and check into hotel.
Badal Singh established the city of Taj in 1475. Agra finds mention in the Mahabharat as Agraban. This city in those days was considered to be the sister-city of Mathura, which was more prominent than Agraban. Agra came into its own when the Lodhi Kings chose this place beside the RIVER YAMUNA to be their capital city. Sikander Lodhi made Agra his capital but Babar defeated the Lodhis to capture not only Agra but also laid the foundation of the Mughal empire.

The coming of Babar heralded a new era, which was to see Agra at its zenith during the reign of Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. It was during Akbar's period that Agra became the center of art, culture and commerce and learning. This trend reached its height when Shah Jahan became the ruler.
In the Mid 16th century and earlier 17th century Agra witnessed a frenzied building activity and it was during this time when the symbol of love Taj Mahal was built. The buildings made during this era were purely in the contemporary Mughal style and of very high quality. The same is still reflected in whatever monuments remain in Agra. The narrow lanes of Agra filled with aroma of Mughlai cuisine, the craftsman who are busy in crating master pieces with their skill all remind of the Mughal royalty which this city had once experienced. Today whatever remains, has become a major tourist attraction which has taken Agra again to the heights of glory but this time as a major tourist destination of India.
Proceed for sightseeing.

Visit the TAJ MAHAL - one of the Seven Wonders of the World was built by Shah Jahan in 1631 AD and was completed in 1651AD. Taj Mahal - The symbol of Love was built in the memory of Mumtaz Mahal (Shah Jahan' s second Wife).

AGRA FORT - Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction.
In the evening drive back to Delhi. Night stay at Delhi.
Day - 4- Delhi - Trivandrum:  
Morning transfer to domestic airport to catch flight for Trivendrum. Arrive Trivandrum from your home country. Garland welcome, assistance and transfer to pre-booked hotel in Kovalam. Rest of the day free to relax on beautiful beach. O/n Hotel.
Day - 5 - Kovalam:  
VARKALA Kovalam - the beach paradise with boundless blue of the Arabian Sea and unwinding miles of fine sand washed by a surf which roars and hisses at the feet of coconuts palms, Kovalam is a sheltered natural bay. You can sunbath on the silver palmgroves. The day at leisure on the beach. O/n Hotel.
Day - 6 - Kovalam To Varkala:  
Morning after breakfast drive to Varkala (about 60kms/02hrs), check into the hotel. Afternoon visit the beach, backed by high reddish cliffs, is an excellent place to unwind, and the sea here is very enticing. O/n Hotel.
Day - 7 - Varkala To Alleppey:  
Morning after breakfast drive to Alleppey (about 170kms/04hrs), board a houseboat from the finishing point jetty, cruise from Alleppey, which is hailed as the Venice of the East, because of its intricated maze and backwaters, canals and bridges.O/n Houseboat.
Day - 8 - Alleppey To Cochin:  
Morning after breakfast disembark from the houseboat, drive to Cochin (about 65kms/02hrs), check into the hotel. Afternoon we will visit the Mattancherry Palace - also called the Dutch Palace, The Clock Tower, The Synagogue built in the 18th century and the St.Francis Church, where Vasco da Gama was buried in 1524. Evening move to Fort Kochi Beach, spend the hours to explore the huge Chinese Fishing Nets, enjoy watching sunset. O/n Hotel.
Day - 9 - Cochin To Lakshadweep:  
Morning after breakfast transfer to airport to board flight to Agatti (The Flight is operating 06 days in a week except Sunday). Upon arrival, transfer to Bangaram Island by boat. O/n Hotel Bangaram Island Resort.
Day - 10 - Bangaram:  
From all the 36 islands, Bangaram is the most beautiful. It is everything you imagine a tropical island to be and from the moment you set foot on the blinding, soft, white sand you'll be totally enraptured by the exotic natural beauty of what can only be described as one of the most exclusive tropical islands in the world.

Everything about the island is natural and simple. It is quite a small island and you can walk around it in an hour or so. Surrounded by superb, soft, silvery sands with an interior of lush green coconut groves, it portrays an image of pure ecstasy. Surrounding the island is a coral reef, which form a large sheltered lagoon, the most incredible shade of luminous turquoise, which also encloses three small uninhabited islands. The day at leisure. O/n Hotel.
Day - 11 - Bangaram:  
The day at leisure. O/n Hotel.
Day - 12 - Bangaram - Cochin:  
Morning after breakfast transfer to Agatti by boat, board flight to Cochin from Agatti airport. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free to relax. O/n Hotel.
Day - 13 - Cochin :  
Morning after breakfast drive to Cochin international airport to board flight to your home country.
   
   
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