Delhi - Agra – Jaipur – Goa – Cochin (Kochi) – Periyar (Thekkady)- Kumarakom – Alleppey (Alappuzha) - Kovalam – Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) - Delhi
The varied landscape of India be it the beaches, the plains or the backwaters, has always allured a crazy number of tourists from all around the globe. The Golden Triangle with Beaches and Backwaters Tour is a well-planned itinerary that offers the best of sights and sounds of the country. An arrangement of best tours of India, it takes you to the most sough-after Golden Triangle Circuit, the popular beaches and the serene backwaters of India. Some of the popular destinations of India that you visit during the tour include Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Goa, Cochin, Periyar, Alleppey, Kovalam, Kumarakom and Trivandrum.
Arrival in Delhi
On arriving at the Delhi airport, meet our tour representative who helps you with an assisted transfer to a luxury hotel in Delhi. Check-in at the hotel and settle down. Now, you are free to spend the day as per your own liking. The capital city is India, Delhi boasts to be the melting point of the politics of the country. Because of being a potpourri of various cultures, it allures an amazing number of tourists from all across. The city has been under the rule of several rulers who have built various architectural marvels during their reign. As the day is at leisure, you can explore the nearby places on your own. You can also visit the popular markets of Delhi for shopping.
On the second day of the tour, have your breakfast and embark on s sightseeing tour of Delhi. The list of major tourist attractions that are included in your sightseeing are Laxmi Narayan Temple- also known as Birla temple- dedicated to Lord Laxminarayan, it was constructed between 1933 to 1939; India Gate- a popular landmark of the city, it has the names of the soldiers of Afgan war that took place in 1919 and Parliament House- a circular-shaped colonnaded building, it consists of ministerial offices, several committee rooms and a huge well-stocked library.
Later on, the afternoon is scheduled for exploring Old Delhi that consists of Jama Masjid- the largest mosque in India, it was constructed between 1644 and 1658 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan; Red Fort- a World Heritage Site, it has been the seat of the Mughal emperor of India till the year 1857 and the Gandhi Memorial- also called the National Gandhi Museum, it houses the personal items of Mahatama Gandhi such has his books, his blood soaked shawl and lion cloth, his reconstructed bedroom etc. The evening is scheduled for the light and sound show at the Red Fort.
Overnight stay in Delhi.
Delhi – Agra
Begin driving for Agra, in the morning. On reaching, complete the check-in formalities at the hotel. Relax for some time. In the afternoon, get ready for sightseeing in Agra. The first visit of the day is the colossal Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is also known as Red Fort of Agra. This walled city in red sandstone was built during the 16th century. While the red sandstone part was commissioned by Mughal Ruler Akbar in 1565, the part of the fort in white marble was built by Emperor Shah Jahan. The next visit of the day is to another World Heritage Site, Taj Mahal that is also one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It was commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. This white-marble architectural marvel is festooned with precious and semi-precious stone.
In the evening, dinner and overnight stay.
Agra - Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur
After breakfast on day 4, leave for Jaipur, by road. On the way halt at the abandoned Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri that was erected by Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital. A UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in 1569. The city was Mughal capital between 1571-1585 but was abondend due to shortage of water. It consists of several beautiful structures such as Tomb of Salim Chishti's Tomb, Jama Masjid, Panch Mahal, Buland Darwaza, Jodha Bai's Palace, Diwan-i-Khas and so on.
Later, continue to Jaipur. Check-in at a luxury hotel of Jaipur. The evening is free. You can explore the nearby surroundings as per your liking or can indulge in the facilities offered at the hotel. The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is fondly referred to as the 'Pink City' and is the largest one in the state too. Jaipur's vibrant culture, friendly people, busy markets, lip-smacking food and man-made wonders allure tourists from all across the globe.
On the fifth day, after breakfast, your visit is to the Amber or Amer fort. Get onto a caparisoned painted elephant's back to ride up to the entry gate of the fort. Counted amongst the list of 6 hill forts of Rajasthan that is World Heritage Site, Amer Fort is around 11 km from the city. Overlooking Maota Lake, this architectural is a colossal one and consists of several structures within its walls such as Sila Devi Temple, Ganesh Pol, Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-e-Aam, Suhag Mandir, Sheesh Mahal and more.
Have you lunch in the afternoon and continue with the second leg of the city tour of Jaipur including tourist attractions such as like the City Palace- the official residence of the royalty of Jaipur, this palace complex was built between 1729-32 by Amer's ruler Sawai Jai Singh II; Royal Observatory- famous as Jantar Mantar, this World Heritage Site has fixed installations for astronomical observations; the Hawa Mahal- a popular landmark of the city, this honeycomb beehive like structure in pink and red sandstone was constructed in the year 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh; Jal Mahal- placed in the middle of Man Sagar Lake, this lovely palace has Aravalis in its backdrop and the Government Central Museum or Albert Hall Museum- it has an impressive collection of around 19,000 historic objects and other artifacts such as textiles, tribal costumers, lacquer work, pottery, weapons, carved wooden objects, musical instruments and more.
The evening is scheduled for shopping at the popular local bazaar of Jaipur where you can get your hands on colorful handicrafts, traditional ghagra-choli, mojris, precious and semi-precious stone, lac bangles, imitation jewellery etc.
Jaipur - Goa
Have your breakfast and later get an assisted transfer to Jaipur Airport to catch a flight to Goa. On arriving in Goa, get escorted to a luxury hotel by our tour representative. After the check-in formalities, the day is to be spent at leisure at probably the most popular beach state of India. Carefree attitude, bustling North Goa beaches, secluded South Goa beaches, lip-smacking seafood, serene churches, flea markets, swaying palm groves, fine-quality cashew nuts allure around 2 million tourists from all across the globe.
Overnight in Goa.
Start your day 7 a little early. Have your breakfast and embark on a guided sightseeing tour of South Goa where you explore attractions like Pilar Monastery Margao city- constructer in the year 1613, this monastery is also known as Convento do Pilar; Colva beach- a popular beach in the sleepy Colva village, it is dotted with small cafes, hawkers, local picnickers and seclusion-seekers, Vasco city- a port city in the western part of the city, it is named after the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama and houses few popular attractions as well as beaches and Mormugao harbor- the main port city of Goa, it is the hub of sea trade of the state.
The second half of the day is for exploring Panaji or Panjim- the state's capital city, it has wide roads that offer a nice view of the River Mandovi and leads to a number of attractions like river cruises and Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Miramar beach- popular beach of Panjim, it is ideal for leisure walks and bird watching in winters and Dona Paula- a popular tourist attraction, Dauna Paula beach offers water sports and has a bridge-like structure from where one can click memorable photographs.
Dinner and overnight stay in Goa.
The day is at leisure and you can spend it as per your own liking. You can visit the popular churches of Goa such as Se Cathedral, Bom Jesus Basilica, Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Church of St. Catejan, Church of St Francis of Assisi etc. these Portuguse church are architectural gems. Do not miss binging on sumptuous seafood and Konkan delicacies. You can opt for day-cruise, dolphin-spotting activity, can visit the casino cruise that are stationed in Mandovi River, can visit the popular night clubs of Goa and more. Aguada Fort is another major attraction here.
If you are an adventure enthusiast, visit the famous beaches of North Goa such as Baga, Anjuna, Calangute, Candolim beaches where you can partake in water sports such as banana ride, water scooter ride, para-sailing etc. for wildlife enthusiasts, there are wildlife reserves such as Bondla, Mhadei and Bhagwan Mahaveer wildlife sanctuaries.
Overnight in Goa.
Goa - Cochin
On day 9, after breakfast, get transferred to the airport of Goa to board a flight to Cochin. On reaching Cochin airport, our tour representative helps you with an assisted transfer to the hotel. Check-in at the hotel. The cosmopolitan city of Kerala has been several names like Kochi, Ernakulam, Queen of the Arabian Sea and Gateway to Kerala. This important port city is dotted with a number of tourist attractions.
After the check-in formalities, embark on a city tour of Cochin including the tourist attractions such as Mattancherry Palace or Dutch Palace- this traditional Kerala quadrangular structure, this 2-steory palace was constructed in 16th century; St. Francis Church- famous for being the oldest European churches in India, it was erected in the year 1503 and the Jewish Synagogue or Paradesi Synagogue- the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations, it was constructed in the year 1568.
The next visit of the day is to the very popular Chinese Fishing Nets that are getting lowered on the Vasco da Gama Square. These are special fishing nets that are installed on the land mechanically. Enjoy the lovely sight. The evening is scheduled to watch a memorable Kathakali dance performance by trained dance performers.
Stay overnight in Cochin.
Cochin – Periyar
After breakfast, hit the road to Thekkady for Periyar national park and wildlife sanctuary, probably the most popular wildlife reserves in the country. Thekkady is a serene village that is quite popular for its lush environment, tranquil ambiance and varied flora and fauna. On reaching, check-in at a hotel. The afternoon is scheduled for a visit to the spice plantation. Take a walk and treat your eyes to the greenery spread all around. After the check-in formalities, you are free to spend the day as per your own preferences.
Periyar – Kumarakom
Start your day early, you are going to enjoy wildlife spotting inside Periyar through a boat ride at the Lake Periyar. A notable tiger reserve and elephant reserve, Periyar boasts of a vast variety of flora and fauna. During trekking and wildlife safari, you can spot several animal and bird species such as tigers, elephants, Indian wild dog, gaur, wild pigs, barking deer, sambar, mouse deer, common langur, nilgiri tahr, great Malabar hornbill, kingfishers, darters, cormorants, monitor lizards, python, and so on.
Thereafter, in the afternoon, begin driving for Kumarakom, the lovely town that is placed on the shores of Lake Vembanad, the longest lake in India and the largest one in Kerala. The colorful bird species and the tranquil backwaters are the prime attractions for the tourists who come to Kumarakom. If you are a traveler who wishes to spend some peaceful moments, away from the hustle-bustle of the city life, this is the place to be. The greenery spread all around offers a soothing effect to the eyes. Upon reaching, check-in at a backwater resort. Later on, you are free to spend the day as per your liking.
Stay overnight at the resort.
After breakfast on day 12, get all set to visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, which is also known as Vembanad Bird Sanctuary. Placed on the banks of the lake, the Sanctuary is spread in an area of 14 acres of green land. It is extremely popular amidst ornithologists and bird watching enthusiasts. During your safari/boat ride, you spot resident as well as migratory avifauna species such as Siberian Stork, Cuckoo, Waterfowls, Teals, Egrets, Herons, Darters, Wild Ducks, Brahminy Kites, Owls and more. The sanctuary is open from six in the morning to six in the evening. Later on, for adventure seekers, there are opportunities for water sports such as water scooters, water skiing and wind-sailing (on direct payment basis). In the evening, you can visit the Kumarakom beach. Soak-in the serenity, enjoy a leisure walk, partake in sightseeing, indulge in fun activities and so on.
Overnight stay in Kumarakom.
Kumarakom – Alleppey Start your day early today, drive to Alleppey, post breakfast. As you reach Alleppey or Alappuzha, the hub of the backwaters of Kerala, check-into a luxury houseboat. Fondly called the 'Venice of the East', Alleppey backwaters allure a decent number of tourists from all across. Houseboats like floating villas were traditionally Kettuvallam You can opt to stay aboard overnight and your houseboat is going to come well-equipped with all the contemporary comforts and the number of rooms that you are going to need. A rower and a trained chef come with you on the backwater cruise. You soak-in the serenity and treat your eyes to the lovely views of paddy fields and huge palm coconut grooves while your houseboat is cruising slowly on the placid backwaters of Alleppey. Visit the attractions falling on the route, explore the coir making industry, spot colorful chirpy birds and more.
Overnight backwater cruise.
Alleppey – Kovalam
On the 14th day after checkout of the houseboat move towards Kovalam. On arrival at Kovalam, check-in at one of our listed hotels. After resting and relaxing for a while move out for an excursion to the very popular Kovalam Beach. Spend the day close to the nature, doing the activities of your interest. Stay overnight at the hotel.
On the 15th day, have your breakfast, disembark from the houseboat and begin driving to Kovalam. Upon arriving, check-in at a resort/hotel. A serene beach town along the Arabian Sea, Kovalam was earlier a quaint Fishing village. This lovely town offers 'me-time' and seclusion to the tourists, away from the stressful life of the city. Kovalam boasts of lush surroundings, peaceful environment and salubrious weather that compliment the Ayurveda services offered here. After you complete the check-in formalities, the day would be spent at the beach. The 3 very popular beaches-Lighthouse beach, Samudra beach and Hawa beach or Eve's beach form the Kovalam beach. Indulge in fun activities and savor seafood delicacies. Take a leisure walk or partake in adventure activities such as sailing and swimming.
Kovalam – Trivandrum for Departure
After breakfast on the last day of the tour, complete the check- out at the hotel, get an assisted transfer to Trivandrum Airport for your onward journey.