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Golden Triangle With Kerala

from USD 1949
Tour Duration: 11 Nights / 12 Days
Retire into a lazy houseboat ride on the backwaters in Alleppey after some amazing experiences across Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. This top tour takes you through finest testimonies to the glorious North Indian history like the Qutub Minar, Taj Mahal, Jantar Mantar and the Amber fort; while still leaving you relaxed and pampered by the time you reach down south. 

Tour Highlights

This is the best suitable tour for a traveler who wants to have a glimpse of the major constituents of Indian history and culture and want to explore the Southern heritage of India.

This itinerary has been planned in a way that one will experience the British touches in New Delhi, Mughal charm in Agra, the majestic presence of the Rajputana royalty in the city of Jaipur and exploring God’s own country: Kerala.

The fact that Delhi – Agra - Rajasthan form a triangular shape when these locations are joined with lines on the map, owes its reason to being termed as the Golden Triangle tour. Encapsulating the state of Kerala along with Golden Triangle ensures for a mesmerizing experience to an exquisite land of India and tranquility served at its best.

Explore and discover the secrets of this compact yet contrasting Indian tour with unforgettable highlights and delve into a 12 day of de-stressing tour down south to Kerala and Golden Triangle.

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Tour Itinerary at Glance

Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Day 2: Delhi
Day 3: Delhi / Agra (Drive: 220 Km/ 4 Hours)
Day 4: Agra / Fatehpur Sikri / Jaipur (Drive: 245 Km/ 6 Hours)
Day 5: Jaipur
Day 6: Jaipur / Cochin (By Flight)
Day 7: Cochin
Day 8: Cochin / Munnar (Drive: 150 kms / 4 hrs)
Day 9: Munnar / Thekkady (Drive: 138 kms / 4 hrs)
Day 10: Thekkady
Day 11: Thekkady / Alleppey (Drive: 170 kms / 4 hrs)
Day 12: Alleppey / Cochin (Drive: 80 kms / 2 hrs) Cochin / Onward Destination (By Flight)
  • - Breakfast
  • - Lunch
  • - Dinner

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance

  1. Whats included in this tour
    • Hotels as mentioned or similar
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • All sightseeing and transfers by Air-conditioned transportation
    • Entrances fees
    • Rickshaw ride at Old Delhi
    • Harbor Cruise in Cochin
    • Kathakali Dance performance -Cochin
    • Boat Ride at Lake Periyar –Thekkady
    • Guided Jungle Walking Tour -Thekkady
    • Spice Plantation tour- Thekkady
    • Jeep Ride at Amber
    • Services of English-Speaking guide for sightseeing as per the itinerary
    • Domestic Airfare: Jaipur to Cochin in economy class
  1. Whats not included in this tour
    • Any other meals than those mentioned in the itinerary.
    • International airfare & departure taxes
    • Insurance & visa fees
    • Drinks/beverages with meals
    • Tips/gratuities
    • X’mas & New year Eve Dinner (Hotel may apply mandatory supplement)
The tour package booking terms and conditions

Before you book a trip with “Bestway2india.com”- An online trading entity of Bestway Tours and Safaris Pvt Ltd , please take the time to read and understand the booking terms and conditions & additional special conditions which apply to certain trips ,themes and promotional offers. These booking conditions form the basis of your contract with “Bestway Tours & Safaris Pvt. Ltd, Suite 403, Suncity Trade Tower, Sector 21, Gurgaon (National Capital Region), Haryana – 122016, (India) , A company incorporated under Indian companies ACT 1956 vide registration number 55-51646

By asking us to confirm your booking, you confirm that you have had the opportunity to read and have read these booking conditions, Essential trip information, Inclusions & Exclusions and cancellation & refund policy and agree to be bound by them.

These booking conditions only apply to holiday arrangements which you book with us on https://www.bestway2india.com (An online trading entity of Bestway Tours & Safaris Pvt Ltd) and which we agree to make , provide, or perform (as applicable) as part of our contract with you. All references in these booking conditions, to “holiday”, “booking”, “contract”, “package”, “tour” or “arrangements” mean such holiday arrangements unless otherwise stated.

  1. Essential Trip Information
    • The prices are Per Person on twin sharing basis.

    • The price is only valid for the mentioned departure date.

    • Please note that smoking is prohibited in public and all parts of the hotels except in designated areas and bedrooms, where smoking is permitted.  Should you desire a smoking bedroom, please let us know.  The fulfillment of this request is subject to availability of smoking rooms and is not guaranteed. 

    • Unless specified, check-in at hotels in India is at 14:00 Hrs and check out is at 12:00 Hrs

    • Our liability does not arise in case of Force Majeure (political disturbances, natural phenomenon etc.)

    • Reporting time at the International at the airport is generally 3 hrs prior to departure of the flight.

    • Check-in counters of most flights close approximately 45 minutes before departure and boarding gates close about 15 minutes prior departure.

    • Reporting time at the Domestic airport is generally 2 hrs prior to departure of flight

    • For booking domestic air seats we need names as per passport.

    • Baggage allowance in internal flights with in India is 15 Kg per person 

    • We will be providing transport as per below 

      •  1 to 2 pax we provide AC Toyota INNOVA MUV
      •  3 to 7 pax we provide AC Tempo Traveler
      •  8 pax to 9 pax we provide AC Mini 18 seater coach
  1. Booking Deposit, Cancellation and Refund Policy

    The following booking deposit and cancellation policy applies. 

    For Departure Dates 

    12-Dec-2020 , 25-Jan-2020 , 31-Mar-2021 ,

    Booking Deposit : 15 % of the Tour amount. 

    If you cancle the tour the following cancellation policy will apply

    Cancellation received 

    45 days or more - 15 % including deposit

    44 days - 33 Days - 25 % including deposit.  

    For Departure Dates 

    12-Dec-2020 , 25-Jan-2020 , 31-Mar-2021 ,

    Booking Deposit : 15 % of the Tour amount. 

    If you cancle the tour the following cancellation policy will apply

    Cancellation received 

    45 days or more - 15 % including deposit

    44 days - 33 Days - 25 % including deposit.  

    For Departure Dates 

    12-Dec-2020 , 25-Jan-2020 , 31-Mar-2021 ,

    Booking Deposit : 15 % of the Tour amount. 

    If you cancle the tour the following cancellation policy will apply

    Cancellation received 

    45 days or more - 15 % including deposit

    44 days - 33 Days - 25 % including deposit.  

    For Departure Dates 

    12-Dec-2020 , 25-Jan-2020 , 31-Mar-2021 ,

    Booking Deposit : 15 % of the Tour amount. 

    If you cancle the tour the following cancellation policy will apply

    Cancellation received 

    45 days or more - 15 % including deposit

    44 days - 33 Days - 25 % including deposit.  

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  1. Day 1 - Arrive Delhi
    Arrival. Namaste! We are warmly welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together at the airport and transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax.
  2. Day 2 - Delhi
    humayun's-tomb The capital of India is a true reflection of the old and new of India. We start our morning tour with New Delhi and visit Birla House, the Former Residence of Mahatma Gandhi before he was assassinated by Nathu Ram Godse on January 30, 1948. Later we visit the famous India Gate followed by the Houses of Parliament, Connaught Place and Humayun's Tomb*, the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, built in 1570.  We continue to Qutb Minar and its Monuments* Built in the early 13th century the red sandstone tower of Qutb Minar is 72.5 m high. The surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, a masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art and two mosques. 
    Our afternoon concentrates on Old Delhi, starting with the Red Fort Complex*. Named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone, it is adjacent to an older fort, the Salimgarh, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546, with which it forms the Red Fort Complex. The Red Fort is considered to represent the zenith of Mughal creativity which, under the Shah Jahan, was brought to a new level of refinement and each pavilion reveals architectural elements typical of Mughal building, reflecting a fusion of Persian, Timurid and Hindu traditions. After visiting the Red fort, we embark on a captivating journey on a Rickshaw passing through the narrow lanes of the famous Chandni Chowk Bazaar, it was originally built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan for his daughter Jahan Ara in 17th Century since then many changes have taken place however it remains Old Delhi's one of the Oldest and busiest markets in Delhi. Finally end our rickshaw ride at Jama Masjid, Mughal majesty and India's largest mosque. After visiting the mosque, we proceed to Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. 
    Please Note: Red fort and Birla House is closed on Monday and Chandni Chowk is closed on Sunday
     
    Meals Included
  3. Day 3 - Delhi / Agra (Drive: 220 Km/ 4 Hours)
    taj-mahal-agra After breakfast we drive to Agra. On arrival in Agra, we check in our Hotel. In the afternoon we visit to one of the most well-known wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal*. An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. Situated on the right bank of the Yamuna in a vast Mogul garden, this funerary monument combines elements and styles of Persian, Central Asian and Islamic architecture. We then visit Agra Fort*. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan; audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques.   Please Note: Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays. On full moon night, Taj Mahal viewing is open for visitors. Bestway Tours & Safaris can arrange for tickets for viewing the white beauty on request.
     
    Meals Included
  4. Day 4 - Agra / Fatehpur Sikri / Jaipur (Drive: 245 Km/ 6 Hours)
    diwan-e-khas A short drive gets us to Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful capital built in 1640 by the Mughal King, Akbar the Great. The city was later abandoned for lack of water. A superb example of Mughal architecture, it stands perfectly preserved in the desert. We also visit the artistically designed mausoleum of Salim Chisty who is reputed to have prayed for a son for Akbar leading to the birth of Salim Jehangir. From here we continue a countryside drive to Jaipur, the rose-pink capital of Rajasthan, since most of the buildings in the old city are made of pink sandstone. 
    Meals Included
  5. Day 5 - Jaipur
    hawa-mahal-jaipur This morning we take a Jeep Ride uphill to the intriguing Amber Palace, a distinguished example of 17th Century Rajput architecture. Located in a valley formed by a range of Aravallis known as Kalikho hills. The Palace and Fort are located on top of the hill with the city on slopes, and the valley protected by fort walls with four gates in the four cardinal directions. The construction of  the fort began in 1592. It shows the evolution from the purely defensive fort settlements of the early medieval period to the palace fortress type of architecture typified in the 16th century. This palace fortress was never attacked or invaded. The fort comprises of number of gardens, courtyards and palatial spaces derived from Mughal architecture and are a distinguished example of 17th Century Rajput architecture. We return to Jaipur and experience the art of carpet weaving & block printing. Later we visit the majestic City Palace, which houses a rare collection of Indian art and the beautiful Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, where the ladies of the royal harem used to watch the city from behind the intricately carved facade. We also visit the Jantar Mantar*, an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century that includes a set of some 20 main fixed instruments designed for the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye. It is an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period. The evening is free to enjoy both shopping and the cultural experience in the bazaars. Jaipur is noted for its craftsmen, skilled in brass inlay, lacquer work and stone setting
    Meals Included
  6. Day 6 - Jaipur / Cochin (By Flight)
    Today we are transferred to airport for our flight to Cochin. On arrival we are transferred to the hotel and the remainder of the day is free.
    Meals Included
  7. Day 7 - Cochin
    chinese-fishing-nets-cochin In the morning we explore Kochi, formerly known as Cochin, Kerala’s commercial capital with one of the finest natural harbours in the world. We visit St. Francis Church, the oldest European Church in India. Vasco De Gama was buried here before his remains were taken back to Portugal. Next, we visit the Roman Catholic Santa Cruz Cathedral built by the Portuguese in the 16th century; which is famous for beautiful paintings on its ceiling. We continue to the Jewish Quarter with its Old Synagogue and the Dutch Palace, built by the Portuguese. Later we take a boat cruise to visit Bolghatty Palace and observe the fascinating Chinese fishing nets in action. In the evening we enjoy Kathakali Dance Performance. This dramatized presentation of a play usually based on the Hindu epics of Ramayana, Mahabharata and Puranas, is a unique combination of literature, music, painting, acting and dance.  Please note, Jewish Synagogue remains closed on Friday’s and Saturday’s.
     
    Meals Included
  8. Day 8 - Cochin / Munnar (Drive: 150 kms / 4 hrs)
    tea-garden-munnar After breakfast we drive to Munnar, situated at the confluence of three mountain streams -Madrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. 1600m above sea level, this hill station was once the summers resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling Tea plantations, picture- book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. In the afternoon we start exploring Munnar. We take a visit to the Tea Museum and take a short trip to Mattupetty Dam, another place of interest, located about 13km from Munnar town. Situated at a height of 1700m above sea level. Mattupetty is known for its storage masonry dam and the beautiful lake. Please Note: Tata Tea Museum is closed on every Monday.
     
    Meals Included
  9. Day 9 - Munnar / Thekkady (Drive: 138 kms / 4 hrs)
    periyar-national-park-thekkady After breakfast we drive to Thekkady to check in our hotel. The area is famous for its spice plantations. In the afternoon we will visit a spice plantation, where cardamom, pepper, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, all spice, and tea are grown. We will also see Ayurvedic medicinal plants and will have the opportunity to buy some garden-fresh spices.
    Meals Included
  10. Day 10 - Thekkady
    periyar-national-park-thekkady Our day starts with a jungle walk at the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in the early morning, after which we return to our hotel for breakfast. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the world’s most fascinating natural wildlife reserves. Spread across 777 square kilometres it was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. In the afternoon we enjoy a boat ride on Lake Periyar to watch animals in their natural habitat by the water's edge. We are likely to see animals like boars, Sambars, wild dogs, Langur monkeys and wild elephants. The sanctuary is also a haven for water birds and we can see plenty of darters, grey herons, egrets and kingfishers. The evening is free to explore the local bazaar in Thekkady and purchase some of the famous spices grown in the area
    Meals Included
  11. Day 11 - Thekkady / Alleppey (Drive: 170 kms / 4 hrs)
    houseboat-alleppey Today we drive to Alleppey. On arrival in Alleppey we board our traditional houseboat and begin our journey through the picturesque backwaters and small lakes relaxing in the tranquility of Kerala's beautiful scenery. On our journey we come across many boats, canoes and other crafts, as we observe the traditional way of life and activities of the local people.  
    Meals Included
  12. Day 12 - Alleppey / Cochin (Drive: 80 kms / 2 hrs) Cochin / Onward Destination (By Flight)
    houseboat-alleppey We enjoy breakfast on board, sail to Alleppey and disembark at the Puthenagady Jetty. After an incredible tour of the Kerala, we are transferred to the Cochin Airport for our flight home. We bid farewell to India after what will have been a memorable journey into history, culture, art, architecture, making new friends and lots of memories
    Meals Included
  • - Breakfast
  • - Lunch
  • - Dinner

* DENOTES UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES INCLUDED

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  1. FAQ 1 What is the most appropriate type of luggage to bring?

    We strongly recommend bringing a backpack or a duffel bag, as suitcases can be cumbersome and difficult to store in buses, under seats, etc. Keep in mind that you will normally have to carry your own luggage on and off buses and trains and up and down hotel staircases.

  2. FAQ 2 What vaccinations are recommended for this tour?

    It's important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information for the region you will be visiting. The only one qualified to provide you with this advice is your family physician or a specialist from a Travel Health clinic. Below are the links to a number of websites that contain excellent background information related to travel health issues. Nevertheless, these websites are no substitute for a personal consultation with a qualified medical professional. For Canadian Citizens: www.travel.gc.ca For American Citizens: www.nc.cdc.gov For UK Citizens: www.travelhealthpro.org For Australian Citizens: www.travelvax.com For EU Citizens: www.healthhype.com

     

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  4. FAQ 4 Do your tours include international airfare?

    Travelers arrive from all over the world to begin our tours and it is not possible to include international airfare in our prices. We would be happy to help you arrange flights. Just ask for an air quote when making your booking.

  5. FAQ 5 What type of ground transportation is used on your tours?

    Our ‘General Conditions’ includes the details of all the transports used during the entire service. The details can be found on each individual tour page.

  6. FAQ 6 Are airport transfers included?

    All of our tours include airport transfers and the prices for the same are included in our tour rates.

  7. FAQ 7 Can I join a tour late or leave it early?

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  8. FAQ 8 Can you provide me with a list of the hotels we will be staying at?

    We use a variety of hotels en-route and a complete list of hotels is provided for your tour. Hotel voucher of each hotel registered for the tour is shared too.

  9. FAQ 9 I'm a single traveler, will I be charged a single supplement?

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  10. FAQ 10 What are the age restrictions on your tours?

    There are no upper age limits for most of our tours (although for tours under ‘Trekking in the Himalayas’ and ‘Himalayan Panorama’ requires a fit medical condition. For the same, we have a ‘Medical Form’ which is mandatory to be filled by all age groups). For children below the age of 12 years, a parent/guardian should be present. If an assistance is needed, it is to be mentioned at the time of booking. The same will be chargeable.

  11. FAQ 11 How many people can join a tour?

    We keep our group sizes very flexible. So a group of 7 or a group of 70, we welcome all with the same zeal and fondness.

  12. FAQ 12 Who are my travelling companions?

    For privacy reasons, we cannot provide you with advance details on your traveling companions. However, our tours appeal to a wide range of travelers, most of whom share a traveling passion and a desire to experience these destinations at a grass-roots level. Our tours are conducted in English and so they attract many travelers from Canada, North America, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.

  13. FAQ 13 Can I book extra nights of hotel accommodation before or after my tour?

    Yes, in most cases we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels. Please contact our Specialist for price information. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.

  14. FAQ 14 Is tipping included and if not, how much should I budget?

    Tips are not included in the tour price and tipping is entirely at your discretion.

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Had an amazing time in India. Best itinerary for the first timer to India who is looking for a short tour to Golden Triangle With Kerala
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