India by zhangyun


									New Delhi


Everything you dream of doing on vacation will be possible in some part of India.
Take your pick from historical sightseeing, water sports, beach-side relaxation,
mountain trekking, spiritual explorations, river cruises, jungle safaris, bargain
shopping, gastronomical adventures and rejuvenating spa treatments.

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          AFGHANISTAN                           Srinagar
                                                                                                                          Climate/Best travel time
                                                                                                                          The climate varies greatly, defined
                                                                                                                          by 3 seasons: hot, wet and cold.
                      PAKISTAN                                                                                            It gets hot from February and by
                                             New Delhi                                                                    June it is 45 degrees or more,
                                                                 NEPAL                                                    especially in the northern plains.
                                                     Agra                                                                 The hills remain relatively pleasant
                                                                                                                          through the summer. The monsoon
                                                                              BANGLADESH                                  starts from early July and lasts till
                                             INDIA                             Kolkata
                                                                                                                          October. Remaining months are
                                                                                                                          Although there are many official
                                                                                                                          languages, most people speak
                                                                         Bay Of Bengal
                                               Bengaluru                                                                  Hindi and English.

                      Arabian Sea                  Chennai                                                                CurrenCy
                                                                                                                          Official currency in india is the
                                                                                                                          Indian Rupee.
                                                     SRI LANKA                                                            time DifferenCe from gmt
                                                                                                                          + 5.5 hours

       large country of contrasts and
       surprises, India is bounded by                                                                                     eleCtriCity
                                                                                                                          Electricity supply is 240 Volts,
       the majestic Himalayan ranges in
                                                                                                                          50 Hertz.
the north and edged by a spectacular
coastline surrounded by three seas
                                                                                                                          flying time from the uae
towards the south. A long track-record
                                                                                                                          Approx. 2.5 hours
of innovations and classical literature,
birthplace of at least 4 religions, India
is a country with a glorious past that
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India is a vivid kaleidoscope of vastly-                                                                        
varying      landscapes,        magnificent
historical sites and cities with royal
pasts, golden beaches, misty mountain
retreats, colorful people, rich cultures
and festivities. You can visit India any          Most Indians you will meet can speak
time and be confronted by a dazzling              English – at least enough to answer
array of destinations and experiences.
                                                  your questions – and that makes it
Go hiking in the Himalayas, visit an
                                                  a lot easier to get around. The main
ashram at the foothills where time seems
                                                  cities of India are New Delhi, the
to stop still for its spiritual inhabitants,
                                                  capital; Mumbai (formerly, Bombay), the
merge into the color and confusion of
the big cities, bathe in the holy rivers          financial hub of the country and heart
with the multitudes, celebrate exciting           of the film industry; Chennai, home to
festivals, prowl the dense forests for            dazzling Kanjeevaram silks; Bengaluru
glimpses of raw nature, lounge on white           (formerly, Bangalore), the IT capital; and
beaches, visit ancient archeological              Kolkata, the old capital of the British
marvels, buy an endless variety of                empire. With warm people and a rich          India is a vivid
fabrics and handicrafts, eat the spiciest         culture, India waits to welcome you to a     kaleidoscope of variety.
of foods – India: experience it all.              memorable holiday.

                                                                                        must see anD Do
                                                                                        • Qutub Minar: An iconic minaret
                                                                                        built over 800 years ago
                                                                                        • Red Fort: A symbol of Delhi,
                                                                                        built by Mughal ruler Shah Jahan
                                                                                        • Jantar Mantar: An observatory
                                                                                        • Humayun’s Tomb: Built by this
                                                                                        Mughal emperor’s grieving widow,
                                                                                        it is a precursor to the Taj Mahal
                                                                                        • Jama Masjid: In the heart of Old
                                                                                        Delhi, this giant mosque was built
                                                                                        in 1650 by ruler Shah Jahan
                                                                                        • India Gate: This landmark arch
                                                                                        commemorates the 70,000 Indian
                                                                                        soldiers killed in World War I
                                                                                        • Rashtrapati Bhawan: Formely
                                                                                        the Viceregal Lodge, the
                                                                                        President’s home has 340 rooms
                                                                                        • Rajghat: The memorial to
                                                                                        Mahatma Gandhi, where he was
                                                                                        • Lotus Temple: This is the Baha’i
                                                                                        House of Worship, distinct for its

                                                                                        lotus-shaped architecture
                                                                                        • The Rail Museum: It displays
                                                                                        the oldest functional locomotive in
                                                                                        the world and the saloons used by
                                                                                        Indian royalty

                   The seat of the Indian government and the jewel in the British Crown for over 2 centuries, Delhi
                   is the heart of new India and has been the center for political activity since time immemorial. The
                   Red Fort and other majestic buildings and historic ruins of Old Delhi pose a sharp contrast to the
                   glass buildings and wide roads of New Delhi. A cosmopolitan mix of residents make Delhi an
                   amalgamation of cultures, languages, and religions.

                                                                                        The State Emporiums are a good
                                                                                        place to pick up state specialties.
                                                                                        The all-in-one Cottage Emporium
                                                                                        at Connaught Place also sells
                                                                                        authentic goods. If shopping off the
                                                                                        pavement, don’t forget to bargain.
                                                                                        The lanes of Chandni Chowk will
                                                                                        attract the keen shopper, as will
                                                                                        Janpath, Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat
                                                                                        Nagar, Dilli Haat, and Karol Bagh.
                                                                                        Shop for handicrafts, spices, and
                                                                                        amazing fabrics.

                                                                                        The India International Center
                                                                                        and Habitat Center are hubs of
                                                                                        cultural programs. Enjoy a variety
                                                                                        of Indian food at the crafts bazaar
                                                                                        in Dilli Haat. Many bars, discos and
                                                                                        coffee shops open till late, if not
                                                                                        24 hours.

                                                                   AGRA INDIA
                                                                          must see anD Do
                                                                           • Taj Mahal: The world’s icon of
                                                                           romance and eternal love built
                                                                           by Shah Jahan for his beloved
                                                                           Mumtaz needs no introduction
                                                                           • Agra Fort: A sprawling complex,
                                                                           with a steep entranceway, this is
                                                                           where Shah Jahan lived the last
                                                                           years of his life in imprisonment
                                                                           • Fatehpur Sikri: The capital of
                                                                           the Mughal empire under Akbar
                                                                           from 1570 to 1585, this medieval
                                                                           fortress has vast central squares,
                                                                           exquisitely carved pavilions, cool
                                                                           terraces and formal gardens
                                                                           • Sikandra: This stark sandstone
                                                                           structure is Akbar’s tomb
                                                                           • Itmad-ud-daulah: This marble
                                                                           tomb for Jahangir’s father-in-law
                                                                           has intricate craftsmanship, which
                                                                           foreshadows that of the Taj Mahal
                                                                           • Ram Bagh: Created by Emperor
                                                                           Babar, it is one of the earliest
                                                                           Mughal gardens

                                                                           • Soami Bagh: This houses the
                                                                           Samadhi or final resting place of
                                                                           the founder of the Radha Swami
                                                                           faith, Swamiji Maharaj and is a
                                                                           majestic white marble monument

   Agra is probably known worldwide primarily as the home of the Taj Mahal - one of the seven
   wonders of the world and the legacy of the Mughals. Located in the state of Uttar Pradesh and
   known for its iconic architectural heritage, Agra is a must-see for all tourists to India. Just 3 hours
   by road or rail from Delhi, this is an easily accessible destination with unforgettable monuments,
   world-class hotels, and a fascinating history.

                                                                           Pick up a miniature Taj, high-quality
                                                                           leather goods, picture postcards or
                                                                           other marble miniatures as Agra
                                                                           souvenirs, available outside most
                                                                           monuments. Visit the government
                                                                           emporia for authentic goods. Do
                                                                           check out the shops at Sadar Bazar,
                                                                           Kinari Bazar and Munro Road. Agra
                                                                           is famous for carpets, gold thread
                                                                           embroidery and leather shoes.

                                                                           Agra does not offer much nightlife
                                                                           and tourists would be advised not
                                                                           to venture out late at night. A few
                                                                           restaurants may be open till late in
                                                                           the vicinity of the Taj and perhaps
                                                                           a few bars and cafes. The Agra
                                                                           Cantonment railway station is
                                                                           really the only place where you are
                                                                           certain to find food late at night.

                                                                                         must see anD Do
                                                                                         • Amer Fort: You can choose to
                                                                                         arrive on elephant back at this
                                                                                         hill-top fort, one of the finest
                                                                                         examples of Rajput architecture
                                                                                         just 11 kilometers outside the
                                                                                         city of Jaipur, with its forbidding
                                                                                         ramparts reflecting in the still
                                                                                         waters of the Maota Lake below
                                                                                         • City Palace: This beautiful
                                                                                         complex is an architectural delight
                                                                                         - an imposing blend of traditional
                                                                                         Rajasthani and Mughal art and
                                                                                         architecture that also houses an
                                                                                         intriguing museum for tourists to
                                                                                         wander through at leisure
                                                                                         • Jantar Mantar: A stone
                                                                                         observatory or instrument of
                                                                                         calculation, Jantar Mantar is one
                                                                                         of the most famous, and most
                                                                                         accurate of the five astronomical
                                                                                         observatories created across
                                                                                         India by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh
                                                                                         in the 17th century
                                                                                         • Hawa Mahal: An icon of the
                                                                                         city in pink sandstone, the Hawa

                                                                                         Mahal - The Palace of Winds - is
                                                                                         one of Jaipur’s major landmarks
                                                                                         and a beautiful façade, built in
                                                                                         1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap
                                                                                         Singh and part of the city palace

                   The capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the Pink City because of the colour of sandstone
                   used to build most of its structures. Ruled by the dynasty of the great warrior-astronomer Maharaja
                   Jaisingh II, Jaipur is full of formidable forts, enchanting palaces and lovely temples. It is part of
                   India’s Golden Triangle, along with Delhi and Agra. The old city of Jaipur is enclosed within
                   seven gates, the most important of which are Chandpol, Jaipuri and Sanganeri.

                                                                                         Buy tie-and-dye (bandhni) fabrics,
                                                                                         semi-precious gems, silver jewelry,
                                                                                         quilts, and leather footwear.
                                                                                         Paharganj, Johri and Siredeori
                                                                                         Bazaar are best for gold and silver
                                                                                         jewelry and Jaipur’s unique fine,
                                                                                         highly glazed enamel work known
                                                                                         as meenakari. Bapu Bazaar is lined
                                                                                         with saris and fabrics. Kisanpol
                                                                                         Bazaar is famous for textiles.
                                                                                         Nehru Bazaar sells fabrics, jootis
                                                                                         (traditional, pointy-toed shoes of
                                                                                         Rajasthan), trinkets and perfume.

                                                                                         Watch puppet shows and traditional
                                                                                         dances that showcase Rajasthan’s
                                                                                         rich heritage. Choki Dhani, a 5-star
                                                                                         village resort organizes cultural
                                                                                         evenings with live folk music and
                                                                                         has a unique aqua disco.

                                                                                                         ITINERARY INDIA

The Golden Triangle: Delhi, Jaipur and Agra
(7 days)
Day 1    Delhi
Arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport. Meet, assist at the airport and
transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 2    Delhi - Agra
After breakfast proceed for a full day combined city tour of the old and new parts
of India’s capital city. Visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, the massive
Red Fort, Chandni Chowk and Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.
See the 72-meter high Qutub Minar, and Humayun’s Tomb built in the mid-16th
century, a precursor to the Taj Mahal of Agra. Also visit the Lotus Temple. Drive
past India Gate, the President’s House, Safdarjung Tomb and the Parliament.
After your sightseeing, proceed to Agra (203 km; 4.5 hours). Arrive Agra and
check into your hotel. Overnight in Agra.

Day 3    Agra
After breakfast proceed for a half day tour of Agra, which includes a visit to the
Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest monument to love built in 1653 and one of the
world’s seven wonders. Visit the Agra Fort, built by Emperor Akbar in 1565 and
the mausoleum, Itmad-ud-daulah, which resembles a silver jewel box. Overnight
in Agra.

Day 4    Agra - Jaipur
After breakfast drive to Jaipur (232 km; 5.5 hours) via Fatehpur Sikri, the City
of Victory. This sandstone city was built by Emperor Akbar to commemorate the
birth of his son and was abandoned after 16 years due to scarcity of water.
Arrive Jaipur and check in at your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a stroll around the
local markets for traditional clothes and shoes, curio shops, blue pottery, etc.
Overnight in Jaipur.

                                                                                       Day 5    Jaipur
                                                                                       After breakfast proceed to Amer Fort - a marvelous example of Rajput architecture
                                                                                       with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. The fort is
                                                                                       built with white marble and red sandstone. Then go for a half day tour of the
                                                                                       ‘Pink City’, visiting the Maharaja’s Palace which is known as ‘The City Palace’
                                                                                       and now houses a museum containing rare manuscripts. Also visit Jantar
                                                                                       Mantar, the astronomical observatory built by Jai Singh, and drive past Hawa
                                                                                       Mahal – the palace of winds, its five-storey façade decked with no less than
                                                                                       593 finely screened windows and balconies. Also visit the Albert Hall Museum.
                                                                                       Overnight at hotel Country Inn and Suites or similar hotel in Jaipur.

                                                                                       Day 6    Jaipur - Delhi
                                                                                       After breakfast, drive back to Delhi (252 km; 5.5 hours) and check in at your
                                                                                       hotel. The rest of the day is spent at leisure for independent activities. Overnight
                                                                                       in Delhi.

                                                                                       Day 7    Departure
                                                                                       Today you will be transferred to the international airport to board the flight for
                                                                                       your onward destination.

                                                                                       Hotels included in this itinerary are listed on the next page.

Crowne Plaza Hotel, DelHi                                                              JayPee PalaCe, agra

                                            FaciLitiES                                                                          FaciLitiES
                                            The rooms are comfortable and well                                                  Experience     unparalleled     Mughal
                                            furnished with modern amenities. With                                               opulence as the lavish interiors engulf
                                            multilingual staff, the hotel offers a                                              you in comfort. The rooms have an
                                            comfortable stay. The 5 multi-cuisine                                               atmosphere of subtle elegance and
                                            restaurants in-house offer a variety                                                incredible luxury with the latest in-
Location                                    of choices for guests at mealtimes,        Location                                 room amenities. Jaypee Palace has a
Located in New Friends Colony in the        serving delicacies in a warm, elegant      Located on the popular Fatehabad         24-hour, multi-cuisine coffee shop and
heart of the city, the hotel is close to    ambience. The spa facilities, sauna,       Road, Jaypee Palace provides royal       a buffet restaurant open till midnight.
major tourist attractions and the airport   massage, fitness center and outdoor        accommodation close to the Taj Mahal.    Leisure and recreational facilities
is not very far from here. The hotel is     pool are world class.                      Just 3 kilometers from the Taj, and a    include Turkish baths, a nightclub and
also near important and significant                                                    short drive from the main shopping       even a gaming arcade.
business venues of the city, like Nehru                                                areas, the hotel is ideal for tourists
Place, Pragati Maidan – the International                                              exploring Agra’s various attractions.
Trade Fair venue, Okhla and Noida.

Country inn & SuiteS, JaiPur

                                            The 100 rooms include 16 beautiful
                                            suites, all generously furnished and
                                            equipped with modern amenities such
                                            as high-speed Internet. The rooms are
                                            decorated with Rajasthani paintings
Location                                    and typical clay toys. The on-site
Located in the city center and just 1       restaurant serves international cuisine
kilometer from the train station, this      and a Western breakfast with fresh fruit
hotel is just a short distance from the     and muffins. Other facilities include a
Pink City’s main attractions such as the    health club, spa, sauna and a rooftop
Amer Fort, City Palace of Jaipur, Hawa      swimming pool.
Mahal and Nahargarh Fort. Shopping
and dining options abound nearby.

                                                                     GOA INDIA
                                                                         must see anD Do
                                                                         • Fort Aguada: Its name means
                                                                         ‘water’ in Portuguese, and this
                                                                         fort had a spring supplying water
                                                                         to the ships docking here
                                                                         • Anjuna Beach: With fluorescent
                                                                         painted palm trees and full moon
                                                                         parties, this is Goa’s party capital
                                                                         • Dona Paula Beach: Named after
                                                                         two lovers, this is the beach to
                                                                         relax or go water-scootering
                                                                         • Chapora Fort: Close to Anjuna
                                                                         Beach, it also offers great views of
                                                                         Vagator Beach
                                                                         • Mayem Lake: Just east of Old
                                                                         Goa, the lily-covered lake has an
                                                                         enormous amount of local and
                                                                         exotic birds
                                                                         • Panjim: Meaning ‘the land that
                                                                         does not flood’ in Portuguese is
                                                                         a charming city on the Mandovi
                                                                         River and is also Goa’s capital city
                                                                         • Mapusa: This weekly fair on
                                                                         Fridays is a popular attraction

                                                                         • Margao: A thriving commercial
                                                                         metropolis with many imposing old
                                                                         mansions and modern buildings
                                                                         • Pilar: An important Christian
                                                                         and educational centre

      Goa is famous for its long stretch of beaches dotted with shacks. European tourists take over the
      beachside state during the winter months. The Portuguese heritage of Goa makes it a unique
      blend of cultures that accommodates visitors with ease. Peaceful and green, Goa is gorgeous in
      the winters. If you are unafraid of the rain, you must make a trip during the monsoons to see
      the verdant landscapes in pouring rain. The best way to travel around Goa is to rent 2-wheeler
      mopeds that give you the freedom to go wherever you like.

                                                                          Buy brassware, terracotta, shell
                                                                          work, crochet, carved furniture
                                                                          and bamboo work from the
                                                                          Government Emporia. Goa’s
                                                                          local brews include cooking wine
                                                                          and feni which are popular with
                                                                          tourists and locals alike. Goa is
                                                                          also known for its cashew nuts.
                                                                          The Friday Market at Mapusa sells
                                                                          curios, old coins, dried fish and
                                                                          spices. The Wednesday Market at
                                                                          Anjuna Beach sells souvenirs.

                                                                          Besides exciting water sports,
                                                                          temporary tattoos (or permanent
                                                                          ones), hair-braiding and beach
                                                                          activities, Goa has a fascinating
                                                                          nightlife. Popular nightspots are
                                                                          Club Cubana, Antoos, Paradisio,
                                                                          Hill Top and Tito’s.

     tHe leela PalaCe

                                                                                   Situated in southern Goa, by the Arabian Sea, the hotel is close to the domestic
                                                                                   airport and the railway station and easily reached through public transport. Nearby
                                                                                   are the secluded Mobor Beach and an active fishing village along the River Sal.

                                                                                   The hotel has 152 luxurious rooms equipped with the latest amenities. There is a
                                                                                   10 hole par 3 golf course – a unique concept in Goa. Your taste buds will be pampered
                                                                                   by the variety of cuisine on offer at the Leela Palace, ranging from Continental,
                                                                                   Indian, Chinese and Italian to authentic, delicious Goan dishes.

CiDaDe De goa                                                                       Fort aguaDa BeaCH reSort

                                       FaciLitiES                                                                               FaciLitiES
                                       All the rooms are meticulously                                                           The 144 rooms and 24 suites are
                                       furnished and equipped with essential                                                    spacious and decorated in an exotic
                                       amenities. The Cafe Azul offers a                                                        style. From casual all-day eateries
                                       choice of international dishes, specialty                                                to formal dining, guests can enjoy a
                                       sandwiches, wood fired pizzas as well as                                                 delectable selection of seafood, Italian
Location                               a selection of Goan and Indian cuisine.      Location                                    and Mediterranean cuisine. The Jiva
Cidade De Goa is situated on the       The Barbeque serves your choice of           This fabulous hotel is a regional           Spa is ideal for absolute de-stress
Vainguinim beach close to Panjim.      seafood cooked to your liking. Built to      landmark, just 45 kilometers from           treatments. Sports-lovers will find plenty
The hotel is just 28 kilometers from   resemble a Portuguese hill hamlet, the       Dabolim airport and 30 kilometers from      to do, from water sports and adventure
the Dabolim Airport, 14 kilometers     hotel also offers a spa, a beachfront        Carambolim railway station. Panjim is       mountaineering to tennis and squash.
from Karmali Railway station, and      pool, fitness centre, water sports,          just 15 minutes away. Some of the local
35 kilometers from Margao Railway      and cruises.                                 tourist attractions are also close by.

                                                                                                                               GOA INDIA
Park Hyatt reSort & SPa                                                                 taJ exotiCa

                                            FaciLitiES                                                                             FaciLitiES
                                            The 251 spacious rooms and suites                                                      Most of the 140 spacious, elegantly
                                            are decorated in a contemporary style,                                                 designed rooms and suites have a
                                            with large open balconies. The unique                                                  private balcony overlooking the sea
                                            plan marble bathrooms offer a spa                                                      or beautiful gardens. Wi-Fi Internet
                                            experience with sunken baths and                                                       access is available throughout the
Location                                    rain showers. Savor Goan delicacies         Location                                   hotel. The hotel has 4 restaurants and
Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa is a world-     or Italian delights at the on-site          Positioned on the southwest coast of       3 bars for your dining pleasure. The Jiva
class facility, set on 45 acres of lush     restaurants. The spa is known to offer      Goa in the city of Salcette, Taj Exotica   Ayurveda Spa offers royal Indian holistic
beachfront gardens. The resort hotel is     the best massages in Goa. Guests can        Goa stands amid 56 acres of tropical       treatments. Guests can also play golf,
located in the most idyllic area of South   relax in the pool, work out at the gym or   gardens along the 700-meter Benaulim       table tennis, pool and try a variety
Goa and is a 15-minute drive from           play a variety of sports.                   beach on the Arabian Sea. The hotel is     of water sports. There is a children’s
Goa’s Dabolim Airport.                                                                  15 kilometers from the city centre and     activity center.
                                                                                        the airport is 27 kilometers away.

taJ HoliDay Village

                                            The 142 luxurious rooms and suites
                                            are equipped with the latest amenities.
                                            Choose from delicious Mediterranean,
                                            North Indian, Goan and seafood
                                            restaurants in-house. The pool bar is
Location                                    also a great place to relax with drinks
Situated in North Goa, the hotel is         and snacks. The spa offers yoga,
close to the beach and 1 hour from the      massages and signature treatments for
airport. Tourists at the Taj can easily     holistic wellness. The hotel also has a
visit the Marmagoa Harbour, St. Jacinto     gym, whirlpool, sauna and pool.
Island, Mayem Lake, Terekhol Fort and
Molern Wildlife Sanctuary.

                                                                                        must see anD Do
                                                                                         • St. Francis Church: Believed
                                                                                         to be the oldest church built by
                                                                                         Europeans in India
                                                                                         • Santa Cruz Basilica: Close to
                                                                                         St. Francis Church, this Catholic
                                                                                         Cathedral was built in 1557
                                                                                         • Chinese fishing nets: Fishing is
                                                                                         an important commercial activity
                                                                                         in Kochi, and visitors can see
                                                                                         large fishing nets at Kochi harbor,
                                                                                         introduced long ago by traders
                                                                                         from the court of Kublai Khan
                                                                                         • Marine Drive: This is a long,
                                                                                         gracefully curving road along the
                                                                                         buttressed seacoast with lovely
                                                                                         backwater and harbor views
                                                                                         • Jewish Synagogue: Built in
                                                                                         1568 when the Jews settled in
                                                                                         Mattancherry after their expulsion
                                                                                         from the Rahabi
                                                                                         • Dutch Palace, Mattancherry:
                                                                                         Built by the Portuguese in the
                                                                                         middle of the 16th century, this
                                                                                         palace was taken by the Dutch

                                                                                         and gifted to the Rajas of Cochin
                                                                                         • Fort Immanuel: Built in 1503, it
                                                                                         symbolized the strategic alliance
                                                                                         between the Maharaja of Cochin
                                                                                         and the Ruler of Portugal

                   Previously known as Cochin, this vibrant city is situated on the south-west coast of the Indian
                   peninsula, in the palm-lined state of Kerala. ‘God’s Own Country’ is how Kerala markets its
                   tourism, and a visit here proves the assertion. Abundant greenery, water-bodies, and some excellent
                   seafood will make this a holiday to remember. Kochi is known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea for
                   its strategic importance over centuries as a port and trading destination. Informally, Kochi is also
                   referred to as the Gateway to Kerala.

                                                                                         Exotic regional products include
                                                                                         metalware, camel-bone carvings,
                                                                                         wood carvings, coconut-shell
                                                                                         handicrafts, bamboo and cane,
                                                                                         fabrics and carpets, gems and
                                                                                         jewelry and embroidered screwpine
                                                                                         mats. Government emporia are the
                                                                                         best places for shopping in Kochi.

                                                                                         The main evening attractions
                                                                                         in Kochi are not the bars, but
                                                                                         the fascinating Kathakali dance
                                                                                         recitals - Kerala’s classical
                                                                                         dance-form representing Gods
                                                                                         and demons in colourful, fierce
                                                                                         make-up and bright costumes.
                                                                                         The Old Port Restaurant alongside
                                                                                         the theater offers delicious local
                                                                                         cuisine. There are bars and pubs
                                                                                         in all major hotels.

                                                                    KERALA ITINERARIES INDIA
Kochi and Backwaters (3 nights)
Day 1    Kochi
Arrive Kochi airport and transfer to your resort on the shores of an island in the
picturesque Kochi harbor, a little over an hour away. Enjoy some sightseeing of
old Kochi, returning to your resort to enjoy a wonderful cruise with the sunset
across the water. Overnight in Kochi.

Day 2    Backwaters
After breakfast set off for the tranquil backwaters where your exclusive houseboat
waits to take you on a memorable cruise along the palm-fringed waterways and
lake. All meals are freshly prepared on board as you travel. The night is spent in
the houseboat, anchored amid the gently lapping water.

Day 3    Backwaters
After breakfast onboard, disembark at your resort on the lake-shore. Take
time off to relax, and take a sunset cruise early in the evening. Overnight
in Kumarakom.

Day 4    Departure
The tour ends with a transfer to Kochi airport to board your flight to your
onward destination.

Hotels included in this itinerary are listed after the Itineraries section.

                                                                                     Green Munnar and Serene Foothills
                                                                                     (3 nights)
                                                                                     Day 1    Munnar
                                                                                     Arrive at Cochin airport and transfer directly (4 hours) up the rugged green
                                                                                     mountains to the splendors of Munnar, surrounded by forested peaks and velvet
                                                                                     green tea-estates. Check in at your resort high in the mountains, then visit the
                                                                                     Rajamalai wildlife sanctuary, home to endangered mountain goats and stunning
                                                                                     scenery. Overnight in Munnar.

                                                                                     Day 2    Munnar
                                                                                     Today, enjoy a jeep safari to the highest tea-estates in the world and one of the
                                                                                     oldest tea factories, at the summit. It is a hard 2.5-hour drive each way and you
                                                                                     are rewarded with magnificent natural scenery, accompanied by your local guide.
                                                                                     A picnic lunch is provided. Then visit the lakes, and enjoy a boat-ride, before
                                                                                     returning to your resort. Overnight in Munnar.

                                                                                     Day 3    Serene Foothills
                                                                                     After breakfast set off down the mountains with their silvery waterfalls to the small
                                                                                     nature resort of Bird’s Lagoon in the serene foothills (2.5 hours). After lunch at
                                                                                     the resort enjoy a boat ride on palm-fringed lagoons and the river, returning for an
                                                                                     evening spent in the lap of nature. Overnight in Munnar.

                                                                                     Day 4    Departure
                                                                                     The tour ends with a transfer to Cochin airport (approx. 2 hours) to board your
                                                                                     flight to your onward destination.

                                                                                     Hotels included in this itinerary are listed after the Itineraries section.


Cochin, Thekkady and Tranquil Backwaters
(5 nights)
Day 1    Cochin
Arrive at Cochin airport and transfer to your resort on the shores of an island
in picturesque Cochin harbour, a little over an hour away. Then enjoy some
sightseeing of old Kochi returning to your resort to enjoy a cruise taking in
the wonderful sunset across the water. Overnight at hotel Brunton Boatyard or
similar in Cochin

Day 2    Thekkady
After breakfast set off up the rugged green mountains to the spice town of
Thekkady, home also to the Periyaar wildlife sanctuary (approx. 5.5 hours).
Afternoon visit the scented plantations with your local guide who will reveal
spicy secrets and carry on to Tusker Trail, deep in the forests where you can
feed the beautiful elephant Meera and ride her through the forests. Overnight
in Thekkady.

Day 3    Thekkady
Today visit the nearby Tamil lowlands accompanied by our local guide. The
scenery here is a contrast to the high mountains and is full of surprises. Return
to Thekkady and, in the afternoon, enjoy a cruise on the lake in the heart of the
wildlife sanctuary. Overnight in Thekkady.

Day 4    Backwaters
Set off down the mountains with their silvery waterfalls and to the tranquil
backwaters (4 hours), where your exclusive houseboat waits to take you on
a memorable cruise along the palm-fringed waterways and lake. All meals
are freshly prepared onboard as you travel. Spend the night in the houseboat,
at anchor.

Day 5    Backwaters
After breakfast onboard, time to disembark at your resort on the lake-shore.
Take time to relax, and later take a sunset cruise early in the evening. Overnight
in Kumarakom.

Day 6    Departure
Transfer to Kochi airport (approx. 2 hours) to board your flight to your
onward destination.

Hotels included in this itinerary are listed after the Itineraries section.

                                           KERALA ITINERARY HOTELS INDIA
    SPiCe Village, tHekkaDy

Spice Village is a cozy resort especially designed as a romantic getaway for city folks
seeking a retreat from the business of daily life. Enjoy treks ranging from a leisurely
half-day stroll to an overnight jungle halt. Visit a tribal village to experience a way of
life fast vanishing. Savor the tang of fresh cinnamon and clove in the fresh mountain
air as you watch young elephants drinking at the water’s edge. Enjoy exclusive
ayurvedic treatments while you are here.

                                                                                             The resort is located at Kumily near Thekkady. Set amid fascinating misty mountains
                                                                                             and spice plantations, this resort has a salubrious climate and cardamom hills. The
                                                                                             hotel is 3 kilometers from the Periyar Tiger Reserve and 1 kilometer from downtown

                                                                                             Your brick-and-log, thatched roof cottage offers modern comforts in an earthy setting.
                                                                                             You won’t miss TV because the birdsongs are so sweet. In the cool climate, air-
                                                                                             conditioning is unnecessary. Enjoy a pleasant excursion to a spice and tea plantation
                                                                                             where you learn how spices are cultivated and tea-leaves are picked. Guests can also
                                                                                             try seasonal adventure activities like fishing and river-rafting.

    tHe leela kemPinSki koValam BeaCH

                                                                                          Built on a rock-face with a splendid view of the Kovalam coastline, this is the largest
                                                                                          5-star beach resort in Kerala. Situated close to the famous Kovalam beach of Kerala,
                                                                                          the resort is 15 kilometers from Thiruvanathapuram Airport.

                                                                                          With 182 elegant guestrooms and suites spread over 44 acres, the hotel offers
                                                                                          absolute comfort and privacy. The beach-view rooms have private sundecks. Enjoy
                                                                                          freshly prepared international cuisine at the hotel. Two stunning infinity pools overlook
                                                                                          the Arabian Sea. Guests can try water sports, snorkeling, speedboat ride, beach
                                                                                          volleyball, snooker, table tennis, tennis and badminton.

BirDS lagoon, Serene FootHillS

                                            Birds Lagoon has fully furnished
                                            cottages where an ethnic ambience
                                            blends seamlessly with modern facilities
                                            for all your bodily comforts. Built without
                                            harming the local environment in any
Location                                    way, the resort has traditional Kerala
The bird sanctuary is spread over an        architecture, but includes a refrigerator,
area of about 25 square kilometers and      TV and telephone in the rooms. The
lies between the tributaries of the river   enormous variety of birds seen here
Periyar. It is 60 kilometers from Kochi     would delight even the amateur bird-
and 65 kilometers from Munnar. Kochi        watcher. The entire experience is one
is the nearest airport, about 2 hours       of being close to nature while enjoying
away from the hotel.                        high standards of luxury.

                                          KERALA ITINERARY HOTELS INDIA
    tHe Brunton BoatyarD, koCHi

Situated on a historic stretch of Kochi’s famed, picturesque harbor, The Brunton
Boatyard Hotel was resurrected from the remains of a historic Victorian shipyard.
Built on the lines of Portuguese architectural styles, the hotel gives modern travelers
a unique opportunity to travel back in time to the 19th century.

                                                                                          Adjoining the famous Fort of Kochi, the hotel is situated at the harbor mouth
                                                                                          overlooking the busy ship channel. The airport is 42 kilometers from here and the
                                                                                          Ernakulam railway station and bus-stop are 13 kilometers away.

                                                                                          Boasting of antique furniture like the unique four-poster bed and soft furnishings, the
                                                                                          hotel has 22 well-decorated rooms, most with balcony. All rooms overlook the Kochi
                                                                                          Harbor and offer the latest conveniences and amenities. In-house, the hotel offers
                                                                                          some fine dining options, a business and conference center, and a health and fitness
                                                                                          center. There is also a jacuzzi and swimming pool.

    SPiCe CoaSt CruiSe, BaCkwaterS

Enjoy your stay amidst the wonders of nature with Spice Coast Cruises, Alleppey. The
cruises offer breathtaking views of the scenic backwaters and serene surroundings.
The solid, 2-bedroom craft is built in traditional style but offers all the comforts of
home. Just open your senses and submit to the famed backwater magic. A gentle,
calm and peaceful cruise can do wonders for your state of mind, bringing you
deep satisfaction.

                                                                                          One of the best houseboats in Alleppey, the Spice Coast Cruise offers a stay
                                                                                          punctuated with all the luxuries of a comfortable stay. The boats have an open lounge
                                                                                          in the fore area, canopied with cane and rattan. Lounge on queen-sized beds. The
                                                                                          bathrooms are tiled and have modern plumbing. Electricity on board is powered
                                                                                          by solar panels. The 2 attendants look after your every requirement and the cook
                                                                                          prepares delicious local specialties for you to savor. The crew members are experts
                                                                                          who know the backwaters inside out, having lived here all their lives. On the Spice
                                                                                          Coast Cruise, your journey itself is the destination, so get on board.

                                      KERALA ITINERARY HOTELS INDIA
   CoConut lagoon, kumarakom

This beautiful hotel offers fabulous views of Kerala’s breathtaking backwaters
and its natural surroundings. The hotel consists of individual cottages called
Tharawads, some dating back to the early 17th century and others only over 100
years old. Painstakingly dismantled and brought back here from the countryside,
they were reconstructed in accordance with Thachushastra, the ancient rules of
carpentry. Coconut Lagoon was awarded the status of a heritage hotel by India’s
Tourism Department.

                                                                                  The hotel is set amid coconut groves and situated along the picturesque Vembanad
                                                                                  Lake with lovely views of the scenic backwaters. The resort is 15 kilometers from the
                                                                                  city center. It is accessible by boat, adding further charm to the whole experience.

                                                                                  The hotel blends modern comforts with traditional charm in a perfect fusion of old
                                                                                  and new. All rooms have the latest modern amenities. The on-site multi-cuisine
                                                                                  restaurant offers a wide range of food choices. Guests can unwind and rejuvenate
                                                                                  themselves at the Ayurvedic Center and Spa. Enjoy a massage, steam therapy or
                                                                                  dive into the pool.


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