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LUXURY BACKWATER CRUISE

TAJ MAHAL & OBEROI MOTOR VESSEL VRINDA
10 Nights | 11 Days

Delhi – Agra – Jaipur - Samode - Cochin – The Oberoi Vessel Vrinda Backwater Cruiser
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This Luxury journey offers you glimpses of. Delhi, Agra and Jaipur form the traditional tour of a basic trip to India. These cities offer the guest an insight into the multi-faceted face of India. All these cities have the finest in facilities for incentives and meetings of all sizes. From palaces and forts to small palatial mansions, there is something for everybody. The tour of course includes visits at sunrise to the magnificent Taj Mahal. In Jaipur, an elephant rides up the Amber Fort relives the yester years of the desert kingdoms. In the end relaxed and enjoy the Luxury backwater Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda cruise in Kerala

Tour Advantages

  • Tradition Indian welcome Ceremony
  • Cycle Rickshaw Puller Ride through the bustling and colorful market of Chandani Chowk
  • Stand before the world’s most famous monument to love, The Taj Mahal
  • Walk through the Mughal “Ghost town” of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Visit to Abhaneri stepwell of Rajasthan
  • Experience Mughal & Rajput architecture
  • Enjoy Rajasthani Country side drive
  • Travel by brightly Caparisoned Elephant ride to Jaipur’s Amber Fort
  • Visit to Historical Monuments, Palaces & Museum in Tour
  • Visit to White Birla Marble Temple
  • Explore the Samode Village by camel cart
  • Visit to Fort Cochin area Dutch palace built by the Portuguese
  • Visit to Fishing Net and see the rural life
  • Oberoi Luxury Back water Cruise
  • Watch the performance of the Kathakali, one of India’s most famous Classical dances

Itinerary at a Glance
DAY 1
Arrive Delhi, India
DAY 2
DELHI | ARCHITECTURAL ICONS
DAY 3
AGRA | LAND OF MUGHALS
DAY 4
JAIPUR | THE PINK CITY
DAY 5
JAIPUR | THE MAHARAJAS TOUR
DAY 6
SAMODE | ROYALTY CELEBERTIES
DAY 7
COCHIN | HISTORIC HARBOR CITY
DAY 8
COCHIN | PALACES BY PURTUGUESE
DAY 9
THE OBEROI MOTOR VESSEL VRINDA | LUXURY BACKWATER CRUISE
DAY 10
THE OBEROI MOTOR VESSEL VRINDA | LUXURY BACKWATER CRUISE
DAY 11
DISEMBARK – Onward

DAY 1
ARRIVE DELHI, INDIA

Arrive Indira Gandhi International Airport, meet & greet with Traditional Indian welcome. Transfer to hotel.  Specify your flight Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern.  Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which have left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles Overnight stay at hotel

The Oberoi, New Delhi
DAYS 2
DELHI | ARCHITECTURAL ICONS

After breakfast visit to Old Delhi was an ancient walled city. Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1650 switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi.  Shah Jehan possessing an exquisite talent, especially in architecture, created the seventh city and in the process brought about Delhi's glorious renaissance.  Here you will see Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shah Jehan's symbol of power and elegance, built behind red sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk, take a Cycle Rickshaw Puller Ride through the bustling and colorful market of the old city is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars. If you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce. Also visit Jama Masjid the largest mosque in India.

Afternoon visit to New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's-it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. The King's architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the Design and construction of Delhi's eight cities - New   Delhi.  Lutyens designed an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947. You will visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar. Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House. Overnight stay at hotel

The Oberoi, New Delhi
Meals:
Breakfast, Dinner
DAYS 3
AGRA | LAND OF MUGHALS

After breakfast drive through express highway take 3.30 hrs to Agra- At the time of the Mughal, in the 16th & 17th centuries, Agra was the capital of the grand Mughal Empire. During this period the city became a leading center of art, science, commerce and culture. Akbar the Great made Agra great.  The city's origins are dim but Akbar’s grandfather Babar is credited with Agra's founding.  The short golden age of Agra came to an end with the seventeenth century reign of Shah Jehan, mastermind of the unforgettable Taj Mahal upon arrival Check in your hotel: Later visit to Agra Fort built by Akbar the Great and the city. Akbar Sikandra, a true masterpiece of Mongol architecture. Evening you can add Experience.

Evening visit UNSECO heritage site the Magnificent Taj Mahal – The New 7 wonder of the world and Monument of Love in the warm glow of Sunset, which was built in 1630 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughal brought this concept to India they elevated it to heights of Incomparable artistry. As you drive through the city witness the local life, Shopping and bazaars (markets) and the hustle bustle of everyday India. Overnight stay at hotel

The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur
Meals:
Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 4
JAIPUR | THE PINK CITY

After breakfast drive to Jaipur through the Rajasthani countryside we see villages, woman dressed in the brilliantly colored saris of the region, Camels, Elephants & scenes of rural lives, en route visit to Ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri, former Mughal capital under Akbar built in the sixteenth, and today dead city of pink sandstone: it is an example in perfect state of conservation of a Mughal city at the height of the splendor of the empire. Located at the top of a ridge, it was abandoned later, mainly for water problems.

Also visit the small ancient village of Abhaneri in northern Rajasthan. Begin at Chand Baori, one of the largest step wells in India, fortified on all sides. This unique idea, conceived by the early natives to function as a water reservoir, is located adjacent to the temple dedicated to Harshat Mata, goddess of joy and happiness. Then, stop for an unforgettable experience, an authentic camel cart ride. Afterward, continue to Jaipur, once the capital of Rajasthan province, "the abode of rajahs" Everywhere you will see the monuments of its Rajput rulers. It has the distinction of being a well-planned and laid out city. As you drive through the old part of town, you will witness a life most unlike others. Witness how the city blooms during the day in a kaleidoscope of color and sound. Jaipur is one of the main centers for shopping in India -especially with regard to textiles, Jewellery, stones carpets, etc. Upon arrival check in hotel, Overnight stay at hotel

The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur
Meals:
Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 5
JAIPUR | THE MAHARAJAS TOUR

After breakfast visit the 17th century fortress of Amber Fort - marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. Go up the fort ascended on Caparisoned Elephant true to the style of the Maharajas of the past. The interiors of the fort have various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glasswork complemented by exquisite wall paintings.

Afternoon visit to Maharaja’s City Palace - where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art, The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armory of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 A.D.), Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires and Birla White Marble temple Overnight stay at hotel

The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur
Meals:
Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6
SAMODE | ROYALTY CELEBERTIES

After breakfast driving through the rural countryside you will chance upon an ancient wall travelling beside you and wonder what lies behind. On entering the wide gates you will notice the horses being groomed in the stables. A palatial marble façade will rise up in panoramic magnificence in front of your eyes. Laid out 250 years ago by Rawal Sheo Singh ji of Samode, the Samode Bagh is the private garden retreat of the Samode Royal family. Designed in the classical “Char Bagh” style, complete with water channels and fountains, it is one of the oldest functional Mughal gardens of Rajasthan.

Late afternoon take adventurous, saddle up for horse or camel safaris around the rugged countryside – into villages and fields- into Samode and around. Take a jeep if you will. Have a meal with the village folk. Drive up to the splendid Samode Palace – ideally dine there or have tea or a drink. Overnight stay at hotel

Samode Palace, Jaipur
Meals:
Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 7
COCHIN | HISTORIC HARBOR CITY

Breakfast at hotel rest of the time is free to explore the village You may want to walk through the cobbled lanes of Samode village and market, stopping by the little shops of the bangle maker, the cloth merchant, or the gemstone expert. Afternoon transfer to airport to board the flight IndiGo 6E657 at 18.10 hrs Arrive Cochin at 20.50 hrs upon arrival meet & greet by presentable representative of Recreation Travels and transfer to hotel for overnight stay

Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Kochi
Meals:
Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 8
COCHIN | PALACES BY PURTUGUESE

Cochin – Capital oasis state of Kerala & on to the Malabar Coats & Kochi, one of the India’s most colorful cities, the Dutch palace built by the Portuguese in 1557 and renovated by the Dutch from 1663 with its beautiful murals and Jew town including the antique warehouses and shops, spices trading house and the Jewish synagogue built in 1568, the oldest in the commonwealth. This evening a memorable experience in any journey in Kerala is a Boat Trip along the Palm Fringed Lakes & Backwaters of the Area. As we sail along the shady canals we see cantilevered Chinese fishing nets. Overnight stay.

Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Cochin
Meals:
Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 9
THE OBEROI MOTOR VESSEL VRINDA | LUXURY BACKWATER CRUISE

After breakfast drive to private jetty, Kayippuram at noon. on Vembanad Lake, near Alleppey, to board the Oberoi Motor Vessel, Vrinda is docked at a; the perfect base from which to explore the backwaters of Kerala.

The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda, Luxury Kerala Cruiser
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10
THE OBEROI MOTOR VESSEL VRINDA | LUXURY BACKWATER CRUISE

Rice boat excursion along narrow rural waterway. Witness farming below sea level. Visit the half-statue of Lord Buddha at Karumadi and a traditional Kerala 'Tharavad' (family residence). Evening entertainment: A traditional performance of 'Vrindavadyam', a musical fusion of classical instruments. All meals freshly prepared on board.

OR

Visit St. Mary's Church established by St. Thomas in 1721, Sree Bhagavathy Kshetram, a 100-year old Hindu temple to Mother Goddess and Chambakulam snake boat yard which is home to traditional racing boats.
Evening entertainment: 'Mohiniattam' classical dance, also called the 'Dance of the Enchantress'.

The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda, Luxury Kerala Cruiser
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 11
DISEMBARK – Onward

After breakfast, at 10.00 am it’s time to say goodbye.to this fascinating tour and departure transfer to Kochi airport for onward Journey

Embarkation / Arrivals

  • Day 1 - Board from Vrinda Jetty, Kayippuram at noon.
  • Days 2 & 3 – You can choose to board at Rajiv Jetty at 9.00 am, at Palathruthi at 10.00 am or at Kanjipadam at 11.30 am.

Disembarkation / Departure

  • Day 1 - Disembark at Vrinda Jetty, Kayippuram before noon.
  • Days 2 & 3 – You can choose to disembark at Vrinda Jetty before 7.30 am, at Rajiv Jetty at 9.00 am, at Palathruthi at 10.00 am or at Kanjipadam at 11.30 am.

Luxury Tour Inclusions

Accommodation

  • 02 Nights stay in Delhi
  • 01 Night say in Agra
  • 02 Night stay in Jaipur
  • 01 Night stay in Samode
  • 02 Night stay in Cochin
  • 02 Night stay in Luxury House Boat

Meal  

  • Daily Buffet Breakfast in hotel
  • Daily Buffet dinner at hotel
  • During stay in Luxury House boar Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Transfers & Sightseeing

  • All transfers & sightseeing by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Economic class air fare from Jaipur to Cochin
  • All state taxes, Toll taxes and parking

Other services Includes

  • Cycle Rickshaw Puller Ride in Chandani
  • Horse Cart ride to Taj Mahal
  • Camel cart ride in Abhaneri Village
  • Caparisoned Elephant / Jeep ride to Amer Fort
  • Services of local English-Speaking Guides
  • Monument entry fees as per itinerary
  • Kathakali Dance show
  • All Applicable Government Taxes

Luxury Tour Exclusion

  • Indian Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Major Meals - Lunch & Dinner
  • Services of Language Speaking Guides
  • Video, film & professional still camera fees
  • Anything which is not mentioned in inclusions above
  • Expenses of personal nature like Telephone Calls, Laundry, Porterage, Tips, Alcoholic Beverages, etc
Add on Experiences

With this Incredible India holidays, you can add on some experiences according to your taste to make the unforgettable & memorable tour with an additional price.

asia spice market khari

Asia Largest spice market

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Kitchen

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Kitchen

craft museum

Handicraft Museum

Food in Haveli

Home Cooked Food in Haveli

indian crafts bazaar

Indian Crafts Bazaar

Agra cooking class

Making your own Taj Mahal

Mohhabat - The Taj Show

Rejuvenate

Shop at Kinari Bazar

Boating at Ramgarh Lake

ELEPHANT FARM

Explore Chokhi Dhani

Explore the villages in Jeep

Hot Air Balloon Ride

wilderness with Jeep Safari

Rajasthani Cuisines

Rejuvenate yourself with a massage

Fulfill your shopping spree

Heritage Hotel

Raj Mandir Cinema

Delight in a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Delight in a Hot Air Balloon Ride