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!

Start
New Delhi, India
Finish
Kovalam, India
Countries
India
Themes
Explorer
Code
HHKZC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
1 109kg pp per trip


Highlights

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

Itinerary

Visit India's capital Delhi and explore the labyrinthine streets and savour the fragrant aromas of the spice market.
Explore Jaipur's hillside Amber Fort and gaze at the flamboyant Hawa Mahal. Be dazzled by a Bollywood blockbuster amid the art deco opulence of the Raj Mandir Cinema.
Travel from Jaipur to Agra and prepare to see the beauty of the Taj Mahal for the first time. Discover secrets of the Mughals at the World Heritage-listed Red Fort.
Take the train to Orchha, stopping by a unique papermaking plant that ensures sustainable employment for local women. Visit the palace complex and savour local flavours in a cooking demonstration.
The erotic carvings of India's Khajuraho temples offer an education into the Kama Sutra. In the evening, take in a classical dance performance.
Sail down the Ganges and see pilgrims wash in its sacred waters on the ghats. Partake in a sunset candle flower ceremony.
Tour Varanasi's colourful bazaars and winding alleys before flying back to Delhi.
View the glorious murals of Mattancherry Palace and enjoy a traditional Keralan dance performance.
Tea plantations, pristine valleys, winding lanes and villages make Munnar a pleasure to visit.
Tour a spice plantation and spot deer, tigers, leopards and elephants among exotic flora.
Cruise the calm backwaters of Kerala. Meet locals on a walk through a village and stay overnight by the waterfront.
Stop by a temple en route to Varkala. Explore the mystical Janardhana Swamy Temple, find inner peace at an ashram or simply cool off in the glistening Arabian Sea.
Perhaps unwind with a day at the beach, followed by a seafood meal at one of the many open-air restaurants.
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Inclusions

Meals
18 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport
Auto rickshaw, Boat, Cycle rickshaw, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private vehicle, Train
Accommodation
Heritage Property (6 nights), Hotel (12 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activites
  • 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

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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.

Important notes

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