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Kerala Backwater Cruise

Duration : 10 Nights / 11 Days
Destination covered : Delhi - Agra- Jaipur- Delhi - Cochin (Kerala Backwater Luxury Cruise)-Delhi
Day 1 - Arrive Delhi
Late PM :Arrive at Indira Gandhi International airport - New Delhi. Met upon arrival. Clear immigration and customs. Your trip Manager will be waiting for you outside the arrival hall. He will be holding a placard saying "Your Name" After a warm welcome transfer to hotel.
Red Fort, Delhi
Day 2 - Delhi
Delhi Full day guided city tour of Old and New Delhi.
AM : The neo-classical architecture of the elegant garden city of New Delhi offers a remarkable contrast to the ancient, twisting lanes that surround Chandni-Chowk in the Old City, keeping alive the famous arts and handicrafts of Delhi. At Hauz Khas, thousand-year old fortifications go hand in hand with a lively Indian village replete with wandering cows and goats. The ancient houses behind the fort walls are home for the local villagers as well as a range of avant-garde boutiques, art galleries and superb restaurants.

PM : Guided city tour of Old Delhi. Today, we will explore the magnificent Red Fort, built at the zennith of the Mughal empire in India. The centuries-old international market-place that sprawls at its feet is still one of Delhi's most important commercial hubs: Chandni Chowk, or "Moonlight Square". We shall ride on cycle-rickshaws through the bustling silver market and the wholesale spice market. The sounds, smells and colors of the bazaar, and the throngs of people who animate it makes this an unforgettable spectacle. Our last stop in Old Delhi shall be the elegant Jumma Masjid, the largest mosque in Asia.

Day 3 - Drive Delhi - Agra (200 Kms)
Recommend to do this sector by Train Shatabdi Express Dep. 0600 Hrs Arr. 0800 Hrs.

AM : After breakfast at hotel in Delhi. Check out from the hotel and board our mini van for a 04/5 hours drive to Agra. In between we will have a small halt for tea/coffee.
Or Transfer to New Delhi Railway station to boar train Shatabdi Express to Agra. Met upon arrival in Agra and transfer to hotel.
Upon arrival in Agra check into hotel The Trident Oberoi. . After wash and change proceed for the guided tour of Taj Mahal and Red fort.

At Agra, in addition to several other exquisite monuments, the Mogul Emperor Shah Jehan presented the world it's most magnificent monument to conjugal Love. A colossal, perfectly proportioned mass of marble, the Taj Mahal is literally a jewel. It was fashioned over 17 years by 20,000 craftsmen & laborers. From a distance, it seems to float, like a fantastic mirage, upon the banks of the River Yamuna.

Day 4 - Agra - Jaipur (235 Kms - 5 Hours)
Early morning wake up call. Transfer to Taj Mahal, witness Taj at sunrise (optional), after breakfast visit Agra fort, and city, followed by drive to Jaipur, en-route visit at Fatehpur Sikri - (The deserted city of Emperor Akbar, a place worth not to miss) After visiting the Sikri, if you are bird lover then you can take next stop at world famous Bird sanctuary, Visit to sanctuary shall be by cycle Rickshaws. Continue your drive towards Jaipur. On arrival check in at the hotel. Dinner at hotel / Restaurant - Stay
overnight at the hotel.

Day 5 - Jaipur - Delhi (250 Kms. - 5.30 Hours)
Today you shall have a complete tour of Jaipur (The pink city of Indian (Rajasthan)) After breakfast you leave for an excursion trip to Amer fort. A Joy ride on elephants Back up to the Fort is real fun. Amer fort built in the 17th century; the Palace is a distinguished specimen of Rajput architecture. The Jai Mandir (Hall of Victory) is so delicately ornamented with find inlay work that it glows. The fort of Jaigarh, crowing the summit of a peak is of amazing beauty and grandeur.After visiting fort, drive back to city of Jaipur enroute visit Handicraftsfactory / cottage industry - housing rajasthani handicrafts-, Gem stones and Antiques for which Jaipur is worldwide famous.Delhi, Enroute stop for lunch.
Over Night At Hotel

Day 6 - Delhi - Cochin, Flight IC 165 Dep. 0800 Hrs Arr. 1225 Hrs
After breakfast Fly to Cochin. Arrival transfer to the hotel, Check-in to hotel .
Over night at Hotel

Kerala Backwater CruiseDay 7 - The Trident, Cochin
Cochin is an ideal base to discover the rich heritage of Kerala. Once the centre of the spice trade and now the principal port on the Malabar coast, Cochin's rich and varied history bears testimony to Portuguese, Dutch and British influences over the centuries. Vasco de Gama reached its shores in 1502.
after lunch at The Trident, you can take an evening boat cruise around the Bolghatty Palace. You can view the picturesque Chinese fishing nets silhouetted against the horizon at sunset.

Day 8 - The Trident, Cochin
Discover the historic town of Cochin on a sightseeing tour. The Mattacncherry Palace*, built by the Portuguese in 1557. St.Francis Church, the oldest in the region. The Jewish Synagogue**, built in 1568, preserves scrolls of the Old Testament in Hebrew. The Spice Market and the old Jewish Quarter are worth a visit.
Return to The Trident for lunch.

Afternoon at leisure.
*Closed on Friday and on national holidays.
*Closed on Saturday and on Jewish holidays.

Day 9 - On Board M.V.Vrinda
After breakfast at 10:30 hours, guests will be transported from The Trident, Cochin, to the Vembanad Lake jetty by an air-conditioned coach. This 55 km journey will take about an hour and fifteen minutes.

12:30 hours - >From the Vembanad Lake jetty, Vrinda will sail across the Vembanad Lake and enter the backwaters. Lunch will be served on board. The vessel will sail along these scenic waterways for four and a half hours. Vrinda will return to the Vembanad Lake in time for you to watch the sunset.

Later in the evening, you can watch a Mohiniattam recital. This classical dance form, distinctive to Kerala, is also called the 'Dance of the Enchantress'. Dancers attired in beautiful traditional costumes will perform with slow, graceful movements and highly emotive expressions.

Vrinda will anchor for the night just off Pathiramanal Island. Enjoy dinner on board.

Day 10 - On Board M.V.Vrinda
Vrinda will sail to the middle of the lake at sunrise. After breakfast, it will sail through scenic backwaters, passing through one of the few areas in the world where farming is done below sea level. The vessel will anchor at Chambakulam by mid-morning and guests will be transfered to a traditional rice boat. You will 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. Return to Vrinda for lunch.

Afternoon at leisure.

In the evening, catch a glimpse of village life along the backwaters as you sail in a traditional rice boat and experience a way of life unique to this region. Visit some of the ancient temples enroute. The boat will pass through picturesque stretches of the backwaters to Alleppey, known as the "Venice of the East". At Alleppey you will board Vrinda to return to the Vembanad Lake.

Vrinda will achor for the night. Dinner on board.

Day 11 - Return to Cochin – Delhi
Vrinda will sail to the middle of the lake at sunrise. Breakfast will be served on board. The vessel will return to the Vembanad Lake jetty. Guests will check out at 10:00 hours and will be transported by air-conditioned coach to The Trident, Cochin.

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