Culture, history, monuments, shopping in India's Golden Triangle and a delightful journey through "God's own Country". Covering Kochi city, Munnar tea plantations, a houseboat stay for only £1599 pp!
For 5 nights the Golden Triangle circuit, comprised of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra will be your home. All three of these spellbinding cities bring something different to the circuit and you’ll hop from one to the other via dedicated vehicle for Citrus Holidays passengers, safe from the glare of the Indian sun. Delhi, the Indian Capital, is home to three World Heritage Sites, the Qutub Minar, Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb, as well as the India Gate and Lotus Temple, most of which will feature on your itinerary. Its bustling streets and lively ambiance will mean there’s never a dull moment, but if you’re set on experiencing life like a true Delhiite, be sure to hitch a ride on a rickshaw during your stay.
Your next stop is Jaipur, the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan and a vibrant hub of art and flamboyancy. The honey-colored Hawa Mahal, the impressive astronomical observatory of Jantar Mantar and the World Heritage Site of Amer Fort are three important landmarks which perhaps helped Jaipur gain the status of number one Indian destination in 2015 by TripAdvisor. Then, swap the “Pink City” for Agra and it’s Mughal-era architecture, containing tombs and mausoleums left behind by the Mughal empire. Located in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, Agra is also home to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Agra Fort, however its most noteworthy definitely has to be the phenomenal Taj Mahal, a veritable symbol of India which is breathtaking to behold.
The next leg of your trip will be spent in Kerala for 11 days. When you find yourself in the backwaters of Kerala, in southern India, you'll be astounded at how appropriate that saying is with the scenery before you. It’s not without reason that Kerala is known as God's own country’. A paradise, nestled between the Western Ghats and the overwhelmingly beautiful Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, Kerala has a little bit of everything that India has to offer.
For many travelers, Kerala is South India's most serenely beautiful state. Besides its famous backwaters, elegant houseboats, ayurvedic treatments and delicately spiced, taste-bud-tingling cuisine, Kerala is home to wild elephants, exotic birds, and the odd tiger, while vibrant traditions such as Kathakali plays, temple festivals and snake-boat races frequently bring even the smallest villages to life.
And when you can do all of this, you surely need no reason to pack your bags and find yourself on the ultimate holiday.