Golden Triangle with Backwater
Backwater are the low lying island barriers formed by the action of the the waves and the shore currents across the mouths of the rivers flowing down the slopes of mountain ranges. In India Kerala constitutes a large area of backwaters. They are the series of the brackish lakes and lagoons lying parallel to the Malabar coast of southern India. The Kerala Backwaters comprise of five large lakes interlinked with both manmade and natural canals. The backwaters are mainly fed by 38 rivers, and virtually cover about half the portion of the total area of Kerala. Here is the overview of an excellent trip of the Golden Triangle with Backwater tours, that can be planned blending the two unique destinations in India, the golden triangle comprising Delhi, Agra and Jaipur with Kerala Backwaters. The places that constitute the backwater region are Kollam, Alappuzha, Kuttanad, Kumarakom, Kasargod, Thiruvalla, Kozhikode. All of them serves to be great delights to any traveler, visiting Kerala, God's own country, specially in the exciting Tour of Golden Triangle with Backwater .
Stated below is the tour itinerary of the Golden Triangle with Backwater Tour
Delhi - Jaipur – Agra - Delhi – Trivandrum - Cochin - Kumarakom – Alleppey – Quilon –Trivandrum - Delhi
Duration:12 Days /11 nights
Day 1: Arrival in Delhi
The Golden Triangle with Backwater Tour will start with your arrival at Delhi airport, there you will be meeting the travel agent and will be received with a warm welcome. He will transfer you to your respective hotel. Delhi is the Capital of India is a wonderful city full of colors. In the evening stroll down the city streets and discover the charm of the city. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 2. Delhi - Jaipur
The morning tour will lead you to a city tour of Delhi.It will be a great historical tour. At first you will visit the 13th century Qutab Minar and the 4th century Iron Pillar in it's proximity. Then a visit to the India Gate will introduce you to the memorial for those who laid down their lives in the World War I. The official residence of the president of India, Rashtrapathi Bhawan, Parliament House and other government buildings are in favorable nearness to this place and you will be visiting all of them.
In the afternoon you will visit the Red Fort, a fort built by Shahjahan in red sandstone, on the banks of Yamuna River.You will be able to see the Diwan - i - Am - the pillared Hall of Public Audience, Diwan-i-Khas - the Hall of Private Audience and the Pearl Mosque within Red Fort. A visit to the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque and the famous bazaars of Chandni Chowkwill give you a nice option to sharpen your bargaining skills.
Then it will be the time to reach the airport and take a flight to Jaipur. After reaching Jaipur you will check in to the hotel and will stay overnight at the hotel. Jaipur is a city founded by Raja jai Singh II, the 18th century Rajput king. It is also known as the Pink City. The city boasts of several magnificent palaces, forts and gardens. This trip will surely give you a valuable memory to be treasured from your Golden Triangle with Backwater Tour
Day 3. Jaipur
After taking the breakfast, it's time to visit the Amber Fort and Palace and have a joy ride on an elephant. Amber Fort was the capital of the princely state of Jaipur until 1728. The fort houses Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors), and several beautiful marble palaces, the famous Hawa Mahal, or "Palace of Winds" are great places to visit over there
The afternoon tour will be to Jaigarh and Nagargarh Forts. A trip to the Jantar Mantar, one of the five observatories built by Raja Jai Singh II will also be of great joy. Shopping at the vibrant markets of Jaipur, like, Johari Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar will also be a great experience during the Golden Triangle with Backwater tour. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4. Jaipur-Agra
In the morning you will depart for Agra via Fatehpur Sikri. It is known as the " Pompeii of India, The city of Fatehpur Sikri served as the capital of the Mughal empire from 1570 to 1586. It was founded by Akbar, but was abandoned due to scarcity of water. The finest monuments within city area are the Diwan - i - Am, Diwan - i - Khas, Panch Mahal, Birbal's Palace, Buland Darwaza and the tomb of famous Sufi Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti. Buland Darwaza was built in 1575 to commemorate the exploits of Akbar in Gujarat.
After reaching Agra transfer to the hotel and check in at the hotel. In the evening visit to relish the fascinating sight of Taj Mahal at sunset. Overnight stay in Agra.
Day 5. Agra- Delhi
After an early morning, breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive towards Delhi.On the way you can visit Sikandra the tomb of Akbar and Itamad-Ud-Daula's tomb, The tomb was built by Empress Noor Jahan, wife of Jehangir in memory of her father, Ghias-ud-din Beg. Overnight stay in the hotel
Day 6: Delhi- Trivandrum
You will be taking a flight from Delhi to Trivandrum airport. At the airport you will meet our travel agent, who will take you to the Somatheeram Ayurvedic Resort.
Day 7: Somatheeram Ayurvedic Resort
Enjoy a day of relaxation after the hectic schedule. Indulge yourself into yoga sessions and massage therapies and unwind yourself under expert supervision. Go for nature walks, spent some restful moments in the private beach of the resort. You can also attend the classical music and dance programs in the open air stage. Visiting the local traditional villages will also be a delightful affair.Thus the Golden Triangle with Backwater tour is different in its own way.
Day 8: Backwater Trip
You can drive from the resort to the pier where you can board a rice boat and explore through the narrow canals and lakes of the backwaters, enjoying the lush scenery dotted with coconut trees and small villages in the backdrop. You can have your meal in a houseboat and stay there overnight. It will be a splendid experience.
Day 9: Cochin
The Houseboat will take you to Cochin which is just a 1 ˝ hour journey. There you will be transferred to a hotel overlooking the harbor. Enjoy boating in the afternoon and visit places like, Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, St Francis Church, Chinese fishing nets and Bolgatty Palace. Overnight stay at Cochin.
Day 10: Kumarakom
On day 10, you will be departing for Kumarakom. On reaching, you will be transferred to the hotel. Later visit the famous bird sanctuary at Kumarakom and other tourist attractions. Back to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 11: Alleppey
A morning boat ride around Kumarakom and across Vembanad Lake is a great experience altogather. After this you will start for Alleppey and on reaching you will be transferred to the Punnamada Backwater Resort in Alleppey. A heritage tour of Alleppey in the afternoon will be fascinating. Overnight stay at Punnamada Resort.
Day 12: Kollam
In the morning you can have few more moments of bliss at Alleppey. In the afternoon, a houseboat picks you up from the Resort and you sail through small canals of Alleppey to Quilon or Kollam. You can visit Alumkadavu, the Houseboat jetty closest to Quilon.
Disembark your Houseboat and drive from Quilon to Trivandrum airport and take a connecting flight to Delhi. Thus the Golden Triangle with Backwater tour ends.