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History and Lakes of India with House Boat Excursion

PRIVATE TOUR - 14 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$3966+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Take a tour of Old Delhi with a cycle rickshaw ride through the streets
  • Tour the stunning Taj Mahal, India’s most picture perfect work of architecture
  • Watch a sound and light show at the city’s Amber Fort
  • Indulge in dinner at a fine contemporary Indian restaurant
  • Observe the hustle and bustle of a local bazaar
  • Journey through the abandoned town of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Take a city tour of Bengaluru, leading to Bangalore Fort
  • Spend some time traveling along backwaters of Alleppey on a house boat
  • Watch the amazing Chinese fishing nets in action
  • Take in the natural beauty of India’s largest freshwater lake
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Tour Overview

Following your tour of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, the second portion of your trip will give you a more holistic view of India as you travel through Bengaluru and Mysore. After touring these beautiful cities, uncover the past in the historic coastal town of Kochi and embark on a personal houseboat cruise through the backwaters of the Kerala region.

Dominating the Mysore skyline is the magnificent Maharaja’s Palace that is decorated on the interior with many pieces of fine stained glass, mirrors and gilt. Another must-see is Chamundi Hill, where you can find the beautiful Durga Temple sitting 3300 feet above sea level. Before leaving, you’ll visit the Brindavan Gardens, one of the most beautifully designed terrace gardens in the world. En route to Bengaluru, on your final day, enjoy your time for a stroll along the island of Sriranganathaswamy, in the Kaveri River, to marvel at yet another fine temple before leaving.

In Kochi, you will explore this small historical and multicultural city as you visit India’s oldest synagogue, Vasco de Gama’s tomb, an ancient Dutch Palace and the shoreline to witness the region’s famous Chinese fishing nets in action. The following day will be spent cruising the backwaters of Kerala in a private houseboat. After cruising through a sylvan shoreline, with swaying rice paddies, lush coconut canopies, quiet beaches and local villages, you will spend a night upon the boat. The remainder of the trip is spent at leisure, in Kumarakom, on the shores of Lake Vembanad.

Inclusions
Price Includes:
One way domestic airfare from Jaipur to Bengaluru, Bengaluru to Kochi and Kochi to Mumbai, All accommodations with continental or buffet breakfast, all meals on houseboat including lunch, coffee, tea and snacks, dinner and breakfast, service of deluxe air-conditioned vehicle, one time entrance fees at all monuments, services of English speaking local guide for excursions, all currently applicable taxes including service tax.

Notes:
* Jewish Synagogue remains closed on every Friday & Saturday

* The Red Fort in Delhi remains closed on every Monday

* The Taj Mahal in Agra remains closed on every Friday

* The Elephanta Caves and Prince of Wales museum in Mumbai remain closed on Mondays

* Additional supplements may apply between 1 – 20 November, 20 December – 10 January and 1 – 28 February. Please ask a Yampu Travel Consultant for more details.
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Single £$6097 £$6763 £$7937 £$11835

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Flight to New Delhi

Overnight international flight to New Delhi.

Overnight international flight to New Delhi.

Day
2

Arrival in New Delhi

Upon arrival and airport reception, transfer to the hotel. Depending on arrival time, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Upon arrival and airport reception, transfer to the hotel. Depending on arrival time, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day
3

Tour of New Delhi

Begin with a morning tour of Old Delhi with a cycle rickshaw ride through the streets. Make a panoramic visit to the Red Fort, the most affluent fort and palace of the once reigning Mughal Empire. Then it’s on to Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. The final stop in Old Delhi will lead to Chandni Chowk (closed on Sunday), a lively and colorful market that was once the commercial center of the city.
Then drive to New Delhi, which will provide a stark contrast between the old and the new; a recurring theme throughout India. In New Delhi visit the India Gate monument, followed by the grounds of the Parliament House and other extravagant government buildings. Then continue to Humayun’s Tomb, built in honor of India’s second Mughal emperor. Finally, visit the world’s tallest brick minaret, Qutub Minar.


Note: Yampu recommends an optional tour (price not included) to enjoy a fine dinner at the Veda Restaurant, a lavishly designed nouvelle cuisine curry house that offers a fusion of traditional Indian food with a modern spin. A second option is a visit to Akshardham, a unique, yet stunning monument that boasts 234 elaborately carved pillars, 9 decorative domes, 20 quadrangled shikhars (towers of Hindu architecture), stone elephants sculptures, and 20,000 murtis (Hindu images portraying Divine spirits). Please inquire with a Yampu travel consultant for more information.
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Day
4

Delhi - Agra

Begin with a drive to Agra that will take approximately 4 hours. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Then proceed for the sightseeing tour of the stunning Taj Mahal, India’s most picture perfect work of architecture and one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
Driving to the city to the Agra Fort, there will be good photo ops of the local scene and bazaars, and the everyday buzz of India. Once at the Agra Fort, stroll through its regal chambers that were once home to some of India’s most powerful Mughal emperors


Note: Yampu recommends an optional tour (cost not included) to a showing of Mohabbat The Taj, a live show with a touch of Bollywood comes highly recommended. This 80 minute presentation is a charming way to end the day at the Kalakriti Auditorium. Please inquire with a Yampu travel consultant for more details.
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Day
5

Agra - Jaipur

Drive approximately 4-5 hours to Jaipur. En route, stop to enjoy an excursion to the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, the once imperial city of the Mughal dynasty that was mysteriously deserted years after its inception. This ornate city was built with such grandeur that words do not do justice to the glorious atmosphere created by its buildings. Once arrived, check in and have some time to relax before a sound and light show at the city’s Amber Fort.

Drive approximately 4-5 hours to Jaipur. En route, stop to enjoy an excursion to the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, the once imperial city of the Mughal dynasty that was mysteriously deserted years after its inception. This ornate city was built with such grandeur that words do not do justice to the glorious atmosphere created by its buildings. Once arrived, check in and have some time to relax before a sound and light show at the city’s Amber Fort.

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Day
6

Tour of the Amber Fort

This morning return to the Amber Fort for a half day excursion. Strolling through the magnificent rooms and chambers, observe the various intricate ivory, mirror and glass work. In the afternoon, enjoy a city tour that will begin at the City Palace Museum, followed by a visit to Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726), and great photographic opportunity at the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of Winds – a spectacular five storied, honeycomb styled building exemplifying superb Rajput artistry.


Note: Yampu recommends an optional tour (price not included) of an evening elephant safari. After a chance to feed these gentle creatures, ride upon their backs through a private jungle area, passing many villages, fields, and a medieval fortress as the sun sets. Please inquire with a Yampu travel consultant for more information.
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7

Jaipur - Bengaluru

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Bengaluru. Upon arrival and airport reception, transfer to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Bengaluru. Upon arrival and airport reception, transfer to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

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Day
8

Tour of Bengaluru

Begin with a morning tour of the city leading to the Bangalore Fort. A pristine example of 18th century Indian military architecture, this fort was originally a mud structure, but was rebuilt from stone under Hyder Ali in 1761. Then stroll through some of the 240 acres of flowering glory at the Lall Bagh Botanical Gardens. Throughout the lush lawns, flowerbeds, lotus pools and fountains there is a collection of rare tropical and sub-tropical trees, plants and herbs that make up this beautiful site. After the gardens enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. ...read less

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Day
9

Mysore

Begin with a 3-4 hour drive to Mysore. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel and continue with an afternoon tour of the city. Visit the fabulous Mysore Palace, where its finely carved rosewood doors, inlaid ivory work, marble figurines, collections of caskets, and royal paintings can be seen. On Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays between the hours of 7-8 PM the palace is made into a magnificent spectacle when it is illuminated by nearly 100,000 glowing bulbs. Continuing on with the tour, visit Chamundi Hill and the Durga Temple atop the hill. End the day with a relaxing evening visit to the world class Brindaven Garden. ...read less

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Day
10

Mysore - Bengeluru - Kochi

Today, drive back to Bengeluru. En route, visit Sriranganathaswamy, an island palace on the Kaveri River. Most renowned as the place where Haider Ali and Tipu Sulutan once ruled much of Southern India during the 18th century, this site is a standing testament to their celebrated resistance to the British.
Finally, arrive at the Bengeluru airport for a flight to Kochi. Upon arrival and airport reception, transfer to the hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Today, drive back to Bengeluru. En route, visit Sriranganathaswamy, an island palace on the Kaveri River. Most renowned as the place where Haider Ali and Tipu Sulutan once ruled much of Southern India during the 18th century, this site is a standing testament to their celebrated resistance to the British.
Finally, arrive at the Bengeluru airport for a flight to Kochi. Upon arrival and airport reception, transfer to the hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

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Day
11

Day Tour of Kochi

Today, visit the Jewish Synagogue of 1568, the oldest in the nation. An interesting and intimate building, the floors are delicately hand painted with willow pattern floor tiles that originated from Canton, China in the 18th century. Located in Jew Town, this area is also one of the local spice trade centers. Also visit the ancient Dutch Mattancherry Palace. Originally built by the Portuguese (in 1557), but later renovated by the Dutch (1663), the most notable feature is the astonishing murals embellished throughout the palace rooms that depict scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharta and Puranic legends.
Another stop is taken at the St. Francis Church, which is also the oldest European built church in the commonwealth, constructed in 1503 by the Portuguese. Although his remains were transferred to Lisbon, here lies the tombstone of the famed Vasco de Gama, the first European to reach India by sailing around the Cape of Good Hope. Also pay a visit to the shore to see the amazing Chinese fishing nets in action, which are both unique and beautiful in form. Finally, cap off the evening by enjoying a traditional Kathakali dance performance.
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Day
12

Kochi - Alleppey

Drive approximately 2 hours to Alleppey to board the houseboat. Once aboard, cruise along the backwaters for a few hours, passing small villages and observing the local lifestyles. En route, see the astounding lushness of the coconut trees. Today, travelers will also see coir making, tea shops, paddy fields, temples and beaches all the way until sunset. Once night arrives, the boat will be anchored at a beautiful and serene part of the lake, where the comfort of superb local cuisine prepared by a personal onboard cook will be enjoyed. Lunch is also served onboard today. ...read less

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Day
13

Arrival in Kumarakom

Awake to pristine surroundings for a prepared breakfast before disembarkation on land to Kumarakom for the remainder of the trip. Kumarakom is a popular and scenic destination located near the city of Kottayam that is most well-known for its backwater tourism. Located on Kerala’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Vembanad, there are many resorts that offer boating, yachting and fishing. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure enjoying the panoramic views of the lake and exploring the region.

Awake to pristine surroundings for a prepared breakfast before disembarkation on land to Kumarakom for the remainder of the trip. Kumarakom is a popular and scenic destination located near the city of Kottayam that is most well-known for its backwater tourism. Located on Kerala’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Vembanad, there are many resorts that offer boating, yachting and fishing. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure enjoying the panoramic views of the lake and exploring the region.

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Day
14

Flight home from Mumbai

Depart for Kochi for a connection to Mumbai and flight home or continue with the Yampu Tours add-on of one’s choice.

Depart for Kochi for a connection to Mumbai and flight home or continue with the Yampu Tours add-on of one’s choice.

Delhi, India

Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Mysore division, Karnataka, India

Kochi, Kerala, India

Kumarakom, Kerala, India

Places You'll See

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    Kumarakom

    Take a relaxing stay in the alluring backwater village of Kumarakom. Take a peaceful ride through the beautiful lagoons, lakes, and rivers on a charming boathouse, or visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary to see a plethora of multicolored bird species. Taste the wide variety of local seafood and other exotic delicacies.

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    Kochi

    The bustling city of Kochi offers much to see and do. Gaze upon the extravagant display of the Royal Crown at the Hill Palace Museum. See the Indo-Dutch architecture of the Bastion Bungalow or the colonial European architecture along Princess Street. There are numerous museums and galleries, as well as many places of worship for several religions.

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    Mysore

    The beautiful city of Mysore is packed with cultural attractions and exciting adventure opportunities. Visit the gorgeous, intricately designed Mysore Palace, or one of the numerous museums and galleries such as the Jagmohan Palace and Art Gallery. Take a walking tour of the entire city, or climb up the Chamundi Hills for an even better view.

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    Bengaluru

    Bengaluru is a great city for technology gurus and outdoor lovers alike. See the large bull carving at the Bull Temple, or the massive sculpture of Lord Shiva at the Shiva Temple. Enjoy rock climbing in the boulder gardens or trekking in Kumara Parvatha. Go biking around the city or visit the Ulsoor Lake.

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    Jaipur

    Nicknames the Pink City, Jaipur is home to several enticing attractions. Visit the Amber Fort, once the royal palace for the Kachwahas, and see the impressive evening light show. Explore the massive City Palace inside the old city. Take a peaceful stroll through one of the many gardens, or purchase some unique souvenirs at the city center bazaar.

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    Agra

    Visit the famous Taj Mahal, one of the New 7 Wonders of the world, in Agra. Take a guided tour through the immense, white marble mausoleum, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his late wife, a true monument of love. While in Agra, also visit the Agra Fort, mainly constructed from sandstone, it’s more of a palace than a defense structure.

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    Delhi

    Home to India’s largest mosque, the Red Fort, Delhi is abundant in historical artifacts and cultural events. Visit the Baha’i Lotus Temple, a beautiful building in the shape of a lotus bud, or the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art. To get a real taste of area, take a food tour to experience the local cuisine. Or take a peaceful morning walk in the Lodhi Garden.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Delhi : Justa Greater Kailash

Agra : Hotel Amar

Jaipur : Alsisar Haveli

Bengaluru : Justa Bangalore

Mysore : Royal Orchid Mysore

Kochi : Hotel Arches

Kumarakom : Lemon Tree Vembanad Lake (allepey)

4 Star Properties

Delhi : The Royal Plaza

Agra : Agra Trident Oberoi

Jaipur : Jaipur Trident Oberoi

Bengaluru : Lemon Tree Bangalore

Mysore : Mysore Hotel Regaalis

Kochi : Malabar House

Kumarakom : Coconut Lagoon

5 Star Properties

Delhi : The Claridges

Agra : ITC Mughal Agra

Jaipur : Jaimahal Palace

Bangalore : The Oberoi Bangalore

Mysore : Lalitha Mahal Palace

Kochi : Vivanta byTaj – Malabar, Cochin – Superior Charm (Tower & Heritage Wing)

Kumarakom : Kumarakom Lake Resort – Luxury Pavilion

Luxury Properties

Delhi : The Oberoi

Agra : Amarvilas

Jaipur : Oberoi Rajvilas,

Jaipur : Taj Rambagh Palace

Jaipur : Sujan Rajmahal Palace

Bangalore : Taj Westend

Mysore : Windflower Mysore

Kochi : Brunton Boatyard

Kumarakom : Kumarakom Lake Resort – Heritage Lake View Villa

Testimonials

Barbara

Traveled December, 2014

The trip was fantastic

From a travel agent: They were thrilled with the trip, so thank you very much for taking such good care of them. From the client: The trip was fantastic. The one comment which we all repeated over and over was how well it was planned and that everything was perfection.

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Lucy and John

Traveled April, 2012

India and Sri Lanka were an amazing combination

India and Sri Lanka were an amazing combination! The hustle of India is exciting, but also overwhelming so including Sri Lanka toward the end of our itinerary was an amazing way to relax and unwind! In India we were blown away by the service at the Deluxe hotels, and even the 4-star hotels. The hospitality in India is incredible with everyone working to make sure you are comfortable and happy. We loved the Oberoi hotels, the rooms were beautiful and the service was immaculate. The sites in India were truly amazing and we loved the elephant safaris and interactions were we were able to bathe and paint these gentle giants! During our long transfers in India our driver was pleasant, providing us with interesting facts but not overwhelming us with too many details or idle chatter.In Sri Lanka we absolutely loved the Temple of the Tooth, the atmosphere is so humbling and spiritual; absolutely a must-see! We loved the ancient site of Polonnaruwa and the lying down Buddha and the elephant orphanage at Pinnawela. We also really enjoyed climbing the Sigiriya rock fortress, although its not the best option for those who are scared of heights!

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Nick C.

Traveled January, 2016

We are greatly enjoying our trip in India

We are greatly enjoying our trip in India, placed through Yampu in the USA. Our driver, Haroun Kahn, is absolutely fantastic. His driving is excellent and he has been helpful directing us to good places to eat, etc.

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