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Travel to India and experience the country from north to south.

Experience the real India on this comfortable introduction to the cultures of north India and the lush beauty of southern India. Travelling from Delhi in the north to Trivandrum in the south, discover everything that India has to offer. The highlights and hidden jewels are revealed against a backdrop of green on a Kerala tour and in the vibrant towns of Rajasthan. Visit India's flamboyant major cities and the quiet repose of tiny fishing villages, along with tea gardens, tribal homes and colonial enclaves. Discover the culinary delights of each region and stay in colourful hotels, heritage accommodation and even a palace!

  • Admire Khajuraho's erotic temple carvings
  • Cruise the waterways of Kerala
  • Discover the delights of bustling Delhi
  • See the dazzling Taj Mahal of Agra and its majestic Red Fort
  • Unwind at the Kovalam Beach
  • Visit India's sacred sites in holy Varanasi
  • Visit India's splendid palaces at Jaipur
  • Witness traditional dance performances in Kochi

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    New Delhi, India
  • Finish:

    Kovalam, India
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    18 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Heritage Property (6 nts), Hotel (12 nts), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)
  • Transport:

    Auto rickshaw, Boat, Cycle rickshaw, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private vehicle, Train
  • Included activities:

    Agra - Motorised rickshaw tour, Agra - Red Fort, Agra - Taj Mahal, Boat tour, Complimentary airport arrival transfer, Delhi - Jama Masjid, Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour, Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple), Jaipur - Amber Fort guided tour, Jaipur - Hawa Mahal, Janardhana Swamy Temple, Kerala - Ayurvedic massage, Khajuraho - Kama Sutra temples, Khajuraho - Traditional dance performance, Kochi - Dutch Palace, Kochi - Fort Kochi sightseeing, Kochi - Jewish Synagogue, Kochi - Kathakali performance, Krishnapuram Palace, Mannarasala Nagaraja (Snake) Temple, Munnar - Tea Musuem, Orchha - Cooking class, Orchha - Orchha Palace, Orchha - Taragram visit, Periyar - Guided National Park wildlife walk, Periyar - Spice farm tour & dinner, Sivagiri Ashram, Varanasi - Sunrise boat ride, Varanasi - Sunset candle flower ceremony

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1109kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. The internal flight from Delhi to Kochi is NOT included. Please see important notes for details. 2. This trip starts in Delhi on Day one at 1pm for 2012 3. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information. 4. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.

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Day 1 Delhi

It's big, it's bold, it's busy - and there is nowhere in the world quite like it. Delhi's sights and sounds are sure to engage and intrigue.

Days 2-3 Jaipur

Jaipur was designed by royalty and has delighted visitors for centuries with its pink-hued buildings, wonderful bazaars and rainbow of bright colours dancing along hectic streets.

Day 4 Agra

Sitting on the banks of the Yamuna River, Agra is a hectic city with many gems shining grandly in among the buzz of everyday Indian life.

Days 5-6 Orchha

Meaning 'hidden', Orchha is a small village with a grand history and is covered with 16th-century temples and buildings still standing proud.

Day 7 Khajuraho

Khajuraho is a small, friendly city that is best known for its Hindu and Jain temples that are adorned with erotic carvings depicting the Kama Sutra.

Days 8-9 Varanasi

The holy city of Varanasi, sitting on the River Ganges for thousands of years, attracts scores of pilgrims and travellers wanting to discover something divine.

Day 10 Delhi

Delhi has been an important city in India for well over 2000 years, and its cultural richness and diversity radiates from every corner.

Day 11 Kochi

As a centre for the spice trade for centuries, cosmopolitan Kochi has an intriguing mix of cultural influences from both the Indian continent and overseas.

Day 12 Munnar

The emerald-green hills, tranquil tea plantations, misty valleys and gushing rivers of Munnar are a world away from the busy cities of India.

Days 13-14 Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Periyar is an area of Kerala famed for its spice plantations and wildlife sanctuary, which is home to tigers and elephants, among other creatures, and beautiful scenery.

Days 15-16 Alleppey/Kerala Backwaters

With numerous canals linking the countryside and being the gateway to the gorgeous Kerala backwaters, life in Alleppey centres around the water.

Days 17-18 Varkala

Blessed by dramatic cliffs falling into the Arabian sea, Varkala is an unassuming town with a relaxed feel and some great temples, beaches and eateries.

Days 19-20 Trivandrum/Kovalam Beach

Incredibly, the history of Trivandrum (now Thiruvananthapuram) dates back to 1000BC, and its lovely coastline and quaint town centre are fascinating places to explore. With three lovely beaches, Kovalam is a little slice of Indian paradise with coconut trees swaying in the breeze and cerulean waters lapping the shores.
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