India Experience Overview

Enjoy a comprehensive tour through India in comfort. Starting form Delhi, travel through Agra, Varanasi, Pondicherry, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, the Keral Backwaters and finish in tropical Kovalam.

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      ZAR R39,235
      GBP £2,265
      CAD $4,000
      EUR €2,995
      NZD $4,365
      CHF FR3,625
      AUD $4,400
      USD $3,875
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Trip Validity

  • 2015-01-01 - 2015-12-31

Travel north to south through India from Delhi to Kovalam Beach

Experience the real India on this comfortable introduction to the cultures of the north and the lush beauty of the south. Highlights and hidden jewels are revealed against a backdrop of green in Kerala and within the vibrant towns of Rajasthan. Encounter the flamboyance of major cities and the quiet repose of tiny fishing villages, and wander through tranquil 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!

  • 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
  • Discover the delights of bustling Delhi
  • Admire Khajuraho's erotic temple carvings
  • See the dazzling Taj Mahal of Agra and the majestic Red Fort

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    New Delhi, India
  • Finish:

    Kovalam, India
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 16
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    25 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Heritage Property (2 nts), Hotel (21 nts), Houseboat (1 nt)
  • Transport:

    Boat, Cycle rickshaw, Metro, Plane, Private vehicle, Train
  • Included activities:

    Agra - Agra Fort, Agra - Taj Mahal, Chennai - Government Museum, Chennai - Kapileshwar Temple, Delhi - Jama Masjid, Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour, Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple), Jaipur - Amber Fort guided tour, Jaipur - Walking tour, Khajuraho - Home-cooked lunch & family visit, Khajuraho - Kama Sutra temples, Khajuraho - Traditional dance performance, Kochi - Dutch Palace, Kochi - Fort Kochi sightseeing, Kochi - Jewish Synagogue, Kochi - Kathakali performance, Kovalam - Attukal Temple, Madurai - Gandhi Museum, Madurai - Sri Meenakshi Temple, Madurai - Walking tour, Mamallapuram - Shore Temple, Munnar - Mattupati Dam, Munnar - Tea Musuem, Munnar - Town Walk, Orchha - Cooking demonstration, Orchha - Orchha Palace, Orchha - Ram Raja Temple puja (prayer) ceremony, Orchha - Taragram visit, Periyar - National Park wildlife walk, Periyar - Spice farm tour & dinner, Pondicherry - Auroville, Pondicherry - Walking tour and Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Varanasi - Old city walking tour, Varanasi - Sunrise boat ride, Varanasi - Sunset candle flower ceremony

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1170kg pp per trip
  • Total price from

    ZAR R39,235
    GBP £2,265
    CAD $4,000
    EUR €2,995
    NZD $4,365
    CHF FR3,625
    AUD $4,400
    USD $3,875
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  • Per day from:

    ZAR R1,509
    GBP £87
    CAD $153
    EUR €115
    NZD $167
    CHF FR139
    AUD $169
    USD $149
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Days 1-2 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 3-4 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 5 Agra

Famed for the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal, Agra is a city with a fascinating history and is rich in Mughal heritage, lush gardens and exquisite buildings and temples.

Days 6-7 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 8 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 9-10 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 11 Delhi

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

Days 12-13 Chennai

Chennai is an exciting mix of modern commercialism and tropical languor - with plenty of museums, art galleries, historical sites, shops and bazaars to keep you busy.

Day 14 Mamallapuram

Mamallapuram (also Mahabalipuram) is a town with ancient origins. It has nice beaches, good restaurants and the intricately carved Shore Temple, still standing from the 9th century.

Day 15 Pondicherry

A former French colony, Pondicherry (now Puducherry) has a distinct French feel while retaining its Indian roots, making it one of India's more surprising and delightful cities.

Days 16-17 Madurai

With incredible temple complexes and a recorded history going back to the 3rd century BC, Madurai has some wonderful buildings and heritage sites to discover.

Days 18-19 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 20-21 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 22-23 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 24 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 25-26 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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    • Total price tool tip
      ZAR R39,235
      GBP £2,265
      CAD $4,000
      EUR €2,995
      NZD $4,365
      CHF FR3,625
      AUD $4,400
      USD $3,875
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