Pre and Post Cruise Tour Destinations
You can choose any of the following 3 Pre & Post Cruise Tours
Golden Triangle: 6 Nights / 7 Days
Day 01: ARRIVE DELHI
On arrival in India you will be greeted and escorted by your Tour Executive to your hotel.
Day 02: DELHI
In its 3000 years of existence; seven cities have risen where the present capital of India stands. Here you’ll encounter a fascinating blend of the ancient and the contemporary. Where government buildings, medieval palaces and bazaars exist beside a modern metropolis. Delhi is a city waiting to be explored.
Think of India, flavoured curry, spiced to perfection, come to mind. Our tour begins with a visit to the spice market, a wholesale market in Delhi.
Later in the afternoon, experience Bolly wood style show at Kingdom of dreams, another experience associated with India. The show timings will be subject to availability of the show and item which being played.
In evening enjoy the welcome dinner at a restaurant. ( Bukhara or similar)
Overnight at a hotel.
Day 03: DELHI
A day long tour of the city
Visit Red Fort (Closed on Mondays) -the 17th century imposing fortress built in red sandstone is surrounded by a huge 33m high boundary wall. Inside are exquisite palaces and beautiful gardens.
Opposite the Red Fort lies Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) made of red sandstone and white marble, completed in 1656 at a cost of one million Rupees has perfect proportions. Jama Masjid is India’s largest mosque where more than 20.000 people can kneel in prayer. The interior of the prayer hall is divided into aisles by arches. The walls and floors are of marble inlay panels.
Also visit the Raj Ghat on the banks of the river Yamuna, Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial, where he was cremated following his assassination in January 1948. The memorial lies in the midst of landscaped gardens and made of a simple square platform of black marble inscribed with his last words “Hey Ram”. An eternal flame burns 24 hours.
Later drive Past Rashtrapati Bhawan once the Viceroy’s residence is now the official residence of the President of India.
Photo stop at India Gate Built of Bharatpur stone, commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who died in the 1st world war. 13516 names of British and Indian soldiers killed in the Afghan War of 1919 are engraved on the arch and foundations.
Visit the Humayun’s Tomb, built by his wife Haji Begum in the 16th Century. An early example of Mughal architecture considered the predecessor of the Taj Mahal.
Later visit the Qutub Minar the landmark of Delhi, a huge tower of victory started in 1199 and completed in 1368. The minar is 72.5m high with a diameter at the base 14.4m and 2.7m at the top. The tower has 379 steps to the top.
Overnight at the hotel
DAY 04: DELHI / AGRA 209 Kms 1 hr 40 mins by Gatiman express.
After Early breakfast we will take the Gatimann express to Agra at 8.10am, arriving at 9.50am. Agra stands on the right bank of the river Yamuna, was once the seat of the Mughal rulers, the zenith of art and an enshrined romance. A town famous for its beautiful medieval monuments. The passion of the Mughals for building endowed it with some of the loveliest buildings in the world.
On arrival in Agra check in at the hotel, post Lunch –
Visit Agra Fort
Built by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings, including the Moti Masjid, Diwane-I-Am, Diwane-I-Khas and Musamman Burj, where the Emperor Shah Jahan died in imprisonment, besides Jahangir’s Palace, Khaas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal.
Sunset at Taj Mahal
A poignant poetry in marble, stands serene and awesome on a raised marble platform, by the banks of the Yamuna. The most extravagant monument ever built for love is a tribute to the timelessness of art and love. The inimitable poem in white marble, one of the seven modern wonders of the world, the finest expression of love of Emperor Shah Jahan for his queen Mumtaz who died giving birth to their 14th child, is located on the banks of the Yamuna River here.
The construction of the Taj had commenced in 1631AD and had ended in 1653AD. Workers were gathered from all over the country and from central Asia. About 20,000 people were recruited to translate this dream into reality. The main architect was Isa Khan who was brought from Iran.
Overnight in the hotel
DAY 05: AGRA / FATEHPUR SIKRI / JAIPUR (Approx. 232 Kms / 05 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Jaipur. On the way visit Fatehpur Sikri.
It is a beautiful and deserted medieval city built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire. The Mughals later abandoned this city for lack of water.
After sightseeing drive to Jaipur
Maharaja Jai Singh II built Jaipur in the 18th century. It is a planned city built with ancient Hindu rules as the colonial capital of a richly colorful state. The whole city was painted pink to welcome the visit of Prince Albert in 1853.
On arrival in Jaipur, check in at the hotel.
Evening free time for shopping.
Overnight at the hotel
DAY 06: JAIPUR
After breakfast, visit Amber Fort with or Jeep ride.
The Amber Fort was built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, is one of the finest examples of Rajput architecture. It gives extensive views over a deep narrow valley and the wider plains beyond.
En route, make a photo stop at the palace of winds the Hawa Mahal.
A 5 storied building with 25cm thick facade from the 18 century having 953 windows and niches so that ladies of royal family could see the procession and events in the city without being visible to the people.
In the afternoon, visit City Palace. The beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. Among the various forts and palaces of Jaipur, City Palace stands apart, with its outstanding art and architecture. City Palace complex covers a huge area, which is divided into a series of gardens, courtyards and buildings.
Also visit Jantar Mantar (1728-34) by king astrologer Jai Singh II.
The instruments are built of stone with marble facing on the important plains for measuring the harmony of the heavens. Each instrument serves a particular function and each gives an accurate reading.
Overnight at the hotel
Kerala: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Cochin – Munnar – Thekkady – Kumarakom – Kovalam – Trivandrum
Day 1 : Cochin (arrival)
Today morning you will arrive at Cochin International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, our representative will meet you as you Exit the Arrivals Terminal building and transfer you to your hotel. Proceed for check-in. Kochi, formerly known as Cochin, is a city in the Indian state of Kerala.
Kochi or Cochin is popularly known as the Queen of Arabian Sea, also flaunts one of the finest natural harbours of the world and was the centre of the world spice trade for many centuries. Today Kochi includes Ernakulam city, old parts of Kochi, Kumbalangi, and outlying islands.
Proceed for half day sightseeing of Cochin including Asia’s best preserve Synagogue, the Dutch Palace and the oldest European Church in India – the St. Francis Church where Vasco De Gama was originally buried. A leisurely walk through the Fort Cochin area which gives you a close look at the operation of the huge cantilevered Chinese fishing nets etc. At each and every nook of this island steeped in history, there is something amusing awaiting you. It is a world of its own, retaining the specimens of a bygone era and still proud of those days. Overnight stay at Cochin
Day 2 : Cochin – Munnar (150 Km/ 04 Hrs)
Transfer to Munnar. Munnar is 1800 mts above sea level and also the home of South India’s highest peak (anamudi-2695 mts). On the way to Munnar visit Valara, Cheeyappara waterfalls and Tea Plantations. Upon arrival at Munnar transfer to Hotel. Check in at Hotel. Afternoon visit Rajamala (Eravikulam National Park – open as per the directions by the forest authorities , the best place to see Nilgiri Tahr- the mountain goat of South India.
You may visit the Tea Museum surrounded by tea Gardens- the only Museum of its kind; which illustrates the timeworn method of Tea production. Evening have a short visit at Munnar town. Overnight stay at Munnar
Day 3 : Munnar
This day is devoted to sightseeing in & around the mesmeric Munnar. After breakfast, Start with a visit to the Eravikulam national park (Rajamala National Park), his park is famous for its endangered inhabitant – the Nilgiri Tahr. It becomes a hot destination when the hill slopes here get covered in a carpet of blue, resulting from the flowering of Neelakurinji. It is a plant endemic to this part of the Western Ghats which blooms once in twelve years. Located inside the Eravikulam National Park is the Anamudi Peak.
This is the highest peak in south India standing at a height of over 2700 m. After charging up the self, visit the pleasant Dam Reservoir area at Mattupetty. Visit Top Station to enjoy the panoramic view it offers of the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu. Later, visit ‘eco Point’ – a spot where, as its name implies, you can hear multiple echoes of your won sound. This is also an ideal location for nature walks. Overnight stay at Munnar
Day 4 : Munnar-Thekkady (110km/ 3.5 Hrs)
Transfer to Thekkady, Drive through one of those most picturesque hill highways of Kerala. Thekkady, also known as Periyar is a world famous wildlife sanctuary and one of the 48 Tiger reserves in India. On arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon proceed for 1½-hour game viewing cruise around the Periyar Lake which is the main way to tour the sanctuary.
Here you will be able to see a large variety of wildlife, which include elephants, monkeys, deer, wild boar etc. Sighting the elephants from the boat is very easy, as they come in herds near the lake to frolic in the water. You can engage yourself in adventure the activities like Nature walk, Bamboo Rafting, Elephant safari, Jeep safari etc on direct payment basis. Overnight at Thekkady.
Day 5: Thekkady- Kumarakom (150 Km- 4 Hrs)
After Breakfast check out form Hotel and proceed to Kumarakom and check in at your Water front resort. Kumarakom – An unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with white lilies.
Later transfer to the Houseboat Embarkation point. The Kerala houseboats used to form an inseparable ingredient of the way of life in Kerala, this traditional boat is locally called as Kettuvallom. Your private boat will be facilitated with bed rooms, living area, dining and beautiful corridor.
The boat will also have a Kitchen that prepares all your lunch onboard. A Journey through the curving and winding Kerala backwaters in houseboats of Kerala is an experience of returning to nature. After 5 hours cruise proceed to your Resort. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 6 : Kumarakom – Kovalam (180 Km/ 5 Hrs)
After breakfast check out and proceed to Kovalam. Check in at your pre-booked beach resort/ Hotel. Kovalam is an evergreen and pleasant climatic beach resort. Kovalam is a dreamland for tourists all over the world. With high rock promontory and a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlit nights. Kovalam was brought to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore. Over the past three decades, the place has been well developed, and now figures prominently on the world tourism map. The warm and clean atmosphere by the coconut trees and the white sand bed are perfect for relaxing holidays, as the sea breeze gently plays with the waves. Relax at the hotel and overnight stay at Kovalam.
Day 7 : Kovalam
After breakfast proceed for local sightseeing of Trivandrum to explore some of the best landmarks and attractions of this city. Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple, one of the richest temples in the world, the Kanakakkunnu Palace and the Kowdiar Palace are some of the last remaining royal insignia of this city.
These two monuments will remind you of the erstwhile kingdom of Travancore.
Overnight at the Kovalam.
Eastern Himalayas: 04 Nights / 05 Days
Description: A 05 nights experience at the queen of Himalayas.
Highlights: Himalayas, Tea Plantation; Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Mahayana Buddhism.
Day 1 : BAGDOGRA – KURSEONG
Welcome on arrival at Bagdogra and transfer to Kurseong (55Kms / 02 Hrs). Evening free for leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
Kurseong locally known as “Kharsang”, which in Lepcha means ‘the Land of White Orchids’, referring to the small white orchids prolific here. The serenity and tranquillity of this place is what attracts people. On the outskirts of main town of Kurseong is Cochrane Place, a recreated and restored stately British Colonial home of its previous resident, Percy John Cochrane, MBE.
The stunning view of the tea garden along with the mountains and the foothill forests of the Eastern Himalayas from the this Tea Resort are enchanting. (B / D)
DAY 2 : KURSEONG – DARJEELING
Morning after an early breakfast enjoy at tour of the Makaibari Tea Factory and Plantation to interact and discover the charming character, rich culture and history with the friendly people of the tea estate. Lunch at Cochrane Place followed by transfer to the Kurseong Toy Train Station to connect the Toy Train (Train 9D / STD 15.00Hrs) to Darjeeling (30Kms / 03Hrs).
This unique Mountain Railway’ project was first started in 1878 by the initiative of Sir. Ashley Eden and is now a World Heritage. Overnight at Darjeeling. (B/ D)
Darjeeling is a land of infinite variety and charm. Dorje, the mystic thunderbolt of the Lama-Religion was the origin of the name Darjeeling, which was first discovered by a British Captain Lloyd in the year 1829. Surrounded by Tea gardens; this little town faces some of the highest peaks of the Himalayas and used to be the summer retreat of the European Officers in Bengal. Evening free for individual activity and leisure, overnight at Hotel.
DAY 3 : DARJEELING SIGHTSEEING
Breakfast at the Hotel followed by half day local sightseeing covering Padmaja N. Zoological Garden (Closed on Thursday) established on August 14, 1958. It specializes in breeding animals adapted to alpine conditions.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday) was founded in Darjeeling on 4th November by Pandit Nehru who said that “The institute trains young men not only to climb Himalayan peaks, but also create in them an urge to climb peaks of human Endeavour.”
HMI has the oldest mountaineering Museum of the country established in 1957. (B/ D)
DAY 4 : DARJEELING
Tibetan Refugee Self-help Center (Closed on Sunday) established in 1 October, 1959, following the dramatic escape of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, thousands of Tibetans leaving hearth and home, fled into the neighboring countries to live as free human beings. The production of Tibetan handicraft is the center’s main activity. Evening enjoy a short walk across the Mall and Local Market (Closed on Thursday). Overnight at hotel.
DAY 5 : DARJEELING – BAGDOGRA – Kolkata
Breakfast at the hotel followed by transfer Bagdogra Airport (78Kms/03Hrs) to connect your flight to Next destination. Tour Ends.