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Fort and beach vacation Package

FORTS & BEACHES
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DAY 01 DELHI
Fly from your home country to Delhi. Arrive Delhi by midnight, garland welcome, assistance and transfer to hotel. O/n Hotel.

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DAY 02 DELHI
Delhi can take you aback with its vibrancy and growth. Less than 60 years ago the spacious, quiet and planned city of New Delhi was still the pride of late colonial British India, while immediately to its north the crowded lanes of Old Delhi resonated with the sounds of a bustling medieval market.

Morning, free to relax, afternoon we make a short drive to Shah-jahanabad, now known as Old Delhi to visit the Red Fort and the magnificent Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India and the last great architectural work of Shah Jahan. After the visit, further drive towards New Delhi to visit India Gate - designed by Lutyens, it commemorates more than 70,000 Indian soldiers who died in the First World War and The Secretariats & Rasthrapati Bhavan gates.

Further our visit will be to Humayun's Tomb, the best example in Delhi of the early Mughal style of tomb. Rest of the day free to relax. O/n Hotel.

DAY 03 DELHI TO AGRA
Morning transfer to New Delhi railway station to board Shatabdi Express train to Agra at 06.00hrs (breakfast onboard). Arrive Agra at 08.10hrs, transfer to hotel. Lateron visit to Taj Mahal - the romance of the world's most famous building still astonishes in its power and beauty. Later on drive to visit the Red Fort, located on the west bank of River Yamuna. Akbar erected the walls and gates and the first buildings inside. Shah Jahan built the impressive imperial quarters and mosque, while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Evening free to relax. O/n Hotel.

DAY 04 AGRA TO JAIPUR
Early morning visit Taj Mahal once again at Sunrise. Then the mists that often lie over the River Yamuna lift as the sun rises and casts its golden rays over the pearl white tomb. Beautifully lit in the soft light, the Taj appears to float on air. After breakfast drive to Jaipur (about 237kms/05hrs), Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri - the red sandstone capital of Emperor Akbar, one of his architectural achievements, spreads along a ridge. The great mosque and palace buildings, deserted after only 14 years are still a vivid reminder of his power and vision. Upon arrival in Jaipur, check into the hotel. Rest of the day free to relax. O/n Hotel.

DAY 05 JAIPUR
Jaipur, the colourful capital of a richly colourful state, is a highly distinctive planned city, made all the more attractive by the pink wash that most buildings are periodically given.

After breakfast we visit Amber, ascending by elephant to see the 16th century hilltop fortress - Palace and its richly decorated apartments. Ascend to the ancient Rajput capital of Amber, this fort palace was begun by Raja Man Singh and used by the Rajputs as their stronghold until Sawai Jai Singh II moved to the newly created Jaipur. You will visit the palace and its many intricate chambers and hallways, which has breathtaking views of the Jal Mahal (Water palace) below.

Afternoon visit City Palace, still inhabited by Jai Singh's descendants is a superb fusion of Rajput and Mughal architecture. A city within a city, it includes the Govind Deo Temple, the Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory and the Maharaja's museum with his personal collection of weaponry, miniature paintings, royal attire and jewellery. On the periphery of the Palace stands the Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, an elaborate pink sandstone façade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. Rest of the day free to relax or stroll around the colourful Rajasthani bazaar. O/n Hotel.
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DAY 06 JAIPUR TO UDAIPUR
Morning transfer to airport to board flight to Udaipur by 9W 709 at 07.00 - 07.45hrs. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel.

Set on the shores of Lake Pichola and surrounded by hills, Udaipur grew in complete contrast to the harsh deserts of the rest of Rajasthan. As capital of the old Mewar state it was the only Rajput stronghold to uphold its Hindu allegiance in the face of Muslim invasion. From the late 16th century, peace brought about an era of renaissance in the arts and encouraged the building of beautiful palaces around the lake, culminating, in the City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in the world. The lake itself is a romantic setting surrounding the gleaming white Lake Palace and the Jag Mandir, a refugee of the rebel Mughal prince, Shah Jahan, soon to be the creator of the imcomparable Taj Mahal.
Rest of the day free to relax. O/n Hotel.

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DAY 07 UDAIPUR
After breakfast visit to City Palace - the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, comprising many buildings added at different time by various maharajas. Perhaps the most beautiful are the Moti Mahal with its mirror inlay and the Chini ka Chitra Mahal's iridescent tile work. At the nearby, Jagdish Temple, there is an impressively carved image of Lord Vishnu, to whom the temple is dedicated. Also visit to the ornamental gardens of the Maids of Honour or Sahelion ki Bari. Rest of the day free to relax. O/n Hotel.

DAY 08 UDAIPUR TO MUMBAI
The day free to relax or stroll around the city, late evening transfer to airport to board flight to Mumbai by 9W 3406 at 19.25 - 21.10hrs. Upon arrival, check into the hotel, rest of the day free to relax. O/n Hotel.

DAY 09 MUMBAI
After breakfast drive to Gateway of India, this Indo-Saracenic-style is modeled in honey-coloured basalt's of 16-th century Gujarati work. Proceed to 9 nautical miles across the sea from the Gateway of India lies Elephanta Caves. Visit this green island for the wonders of the 7th century, the painstakingly hewn rock-cut cave temple dedicated to Shiva. Afternoon back to Mumbai and visit Prince of Wales Musuem. Rest of the day free to relax. O/n Hotel.

DAY 10 MUMBAI TO PUNE
After breakfast drive to Pune (about 160kms/04hrs), the early home of Shivaji, Pune became the Maratha capital in 1750. After a period under the Nizam of Hyderabad's rule it came under British control in 1817, who then developed it as a summer capital for Mumbai and as a military cantonment.

Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Afternoon drive towards southwest is the Oleh David Synagogue, sometimes known locally as the 'Red Mandir', and Sir David Sassoon's Tomb. St. Mary's Church to the south was consecrated by Bhisop Heber, who toured the country extensively in the 1830's. Moving back to the west by the river are Visram Bagh, a very attractive Maratha Palace. Rest of the day free to relax. O/n Hotel.

DAY 11 PUNE TO MUMBAI TO COCHIN
After an early breakfast drive back to Mumbai airport to board flight to Cochin by 9W 403 at 12.50 - 14.35hrs. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free to relax in the hotel located on the Old Fort Kochi area. O/n Hotel.

DAY 12 COCHIN
Today we start our visit of Kochi (Cochin), one of South India's most interesting towns, still largely comprises low rise, picturesque buildings. Most of the historic buildings listed here are in Fort Kochi. We start our sightseeing with Mattanchery Palace, built by the Portuguese (1557) as a gift for the Raja of Kochi in exchange for trading rights, it was largely rebuilt by the new occupants, the Dutch. Further visit Jewish Synagogue adjascent to the Palace. This gem of a synagogue dating from 1568 (rebuilt in 1662) at the heart of what is called locally Jew Town, now a fascinating mixture of shops (some selling antiques), wareshouses and spice auction rooms. Lateron drive to Fort Kochi beach area to visit St. Francis Church originally dedicated to Santo Antonio, the patron saint of Portugal, St. Francis Church is the first to reflect the new, European influenced tradition. Vasco da Gama died on the site in 1524 and was originally buried in the cemetery. Fourteen years later his body was removed to Portugal. Our final visit will be to huge Chinese Fishing nets line the entrance to the harbour mouth. Chinese traders are believed to have originally introduced them in the late 14th century although, today, parts of the nets are know by Portuguese names. Evening we watch the dance drama of Kerala - the Kathakali in a local theatre in Kochi. O/n Hotel.

DAY 13 COCHIN TO KOVALAM
Morning transfer to railway station to board express train to Trivandrum at 06.00 - 10.50hrs. Upon arrival, transfer to Kovalam (about 13kms) and check into the hotel. Rest of the day free to relax on the beach. O/n Hotel.

DAY 14 KOVALAM
The day at leisure. O/n Hotel.

DAY 15 KOVALAM TO ALLEPPEY
After breakfast drive to Alleppey (about 160kms/04hrs), to board our houseboat that comprises twin rooms, with attached bathrooms, running water, and a lounge area in which to relax and enjoy the sights on the shore. We start our sail through scenic backwaters, passing through one of the few areas in the world where farming is done below sea level. The houseboat will cruise through the Chambakulam area by mid-morning and anchor to explore the boat yard, which displays the traditional long snake boats used in races. Visit St. Mary's Church, established by St. Thomas in 1721. In the evening, catch a glimpse of village life along the backwaters and experience a way of life unique to this region. The boat will pass through picturesque stretches of the backwaters of Alleppey and moor up for overnight in Vemabanadu Lake. O/n Houseboat.

DAY 16 ALLEPPEY TO KUMARAKOM
After breakfast disembark from the houseboat at Kumarakom, a small picuteresque village located on the banks of Vemabanadu Lake. Check into the hotel, rest of the day free to relax. O/n Hotel.

Backwaters in South IndiaDAY 17 KUMARAKOM TO THEKKADY
After breakfast drive to Thekkady (about 140kms/03 ½ hrs), the road to the hills rises from the plains through tropical evergreen forests, rubber and spice plantations, pepper on the low land gives rise to tea and cardamom plantations. It is an interesting drive with superb views down the east side of the Ghats onto the Tamil Nadu plains. Upon arrival, check into the hotel, rest of the day free to relax or stroll around the small spice market of Kumily. O/n Hotel.

DAY 18 THEKKADY
Set on attractive Periyar Lake side, is in a beautiful setting and was designated a part of Project Tiger in 1973, though Tigers are very rarely seen and it is better know for its elephants, which are very likely to be seen until Mar/Apr. Most bull elephants here are tuskless. Bison, Sambar, Wild boar and the barking Deer are fairly common. In addition to 246 species of birds, there are 112 species of butterfly. The sanctuary offers a lovely and comfortable way to see the animals via boat rides on the man-made lake, which the wildlife area encircles. Rest of the day free to relax. O/n Hotel.
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DAY 19 THEKKADY TO MADURAI
After breakfast drive to Madurai (about 155kms/04hrs), check into the hotel. Afternoon visit the alive and bustling temple of Meenakshi (fish eyed goddess). It has occupied a vital place in the history of Tamil Nadu state for over 2000 years, an on any day up to 15,000 people pass through its gates. O/n Hotel.

DAY 20 MADURAI TO PONDICHERY
Early morning we start our long drive to Pondichery (about 320kms/06hrs), by covering typical Tamil Nadu villages, either sides of the road will be dotted with cultivation fields and mango groves etc.. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Rest of the day free to relax. O/n Hotel.

DAY 21 PONDICHERY
Pondichery still enjoys a hint of its French colonial atmosphere in the grid pattern streets, distinctive police uniforms and the occasional colonial building. Yet despite its invigorating seafront and relaxing atmosphere the town is visited above all for he Sri Aurobindo Asham which draws visitors from all over the world.
After breakfast visit Aurobindo Ashram and rest of the day free to relax. O/n Hotel.

DAY 22 PONDICHERY TO MAHABALIPURAM TO CHENNAI
After breakfast drive to Chennai (about 160kms/04hrs), Enroute explore the coromandel coast of Tamil Nadu, by visiting the enormous 29 metre Arjuna's Rock and Shore Temple dates back to the second half of the 7th century. Upon arrival, check into the hotel, rest of the day free to relax. O/n Hotel.

DAY 23 CHENNAI TO HYDERABAD
After breakfast transfer to airport to board flight to Hyderabad by DN 119 at 09.15 - 10.45hrs. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free to relax. O/n Hotel.

DAY 24 HYDERABAD
After breakfast sightseeing to Old City, visit Char Minar which built between 1591 and 1612 by Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah as a showpiece at the centre of his beautiful city. Further visit Mecca Masjid, built of enormous black granits slabs quarried nearby it has tall pillars, stucco decorations and red bricks on its entrance arches believed to have been made from clay from Mecca mixed with red colouring. Afternoon we drive 11kms further to visit Golconda, one of the most accessible of great medieval fortresses in India, was the capital of Qutb Shahi kings who ruled over the area from 15.7 to 1687. Rest of the day free to relax. O/n Hotel.

DAY 25 HYDERABAD TO GOA
After breakfast transfer to airport to board flight to Goa by 9W 458 at 10.00 - 13.00hrs. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel located on the beach area. Rest of the day free to relax. O/n Hotel.

DAY 26 GOA
After breakfast we drive to Old Goa, on the crest of a low-lying hill on the south bank of the Mandovi, may be regarded as the spiritual heart of Portuguese Goa. After visiting famous churches around, we drive back to hotel for relax. O/n Hotel.

DAY 27 GOA
The day at leisure. O/n Hotel.

DAY 28 GOA TO MUMBAI
Morning free to relax, afternoon transfer to airport to board flight to Mumbai by 9W 472 at 14.05 - 15.05hrs. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel located near to the int'l airport for wash and change. Late night transfer to int'l airport to board flight to your home country.

DAY 29 MUMBAI
Early morning board your flight.



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