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A spice-infused tour of India from Kochi to Delhi

This all-encompassing tour of India takes in the highlights of north and south - revealing some of the country's wonderful secrets. Revel in the tropical climate, warm waters and lush green landscapes of the south in places like Kochi, Pondicherry and Madurai. Then be dazzled by the kaleidoscopic colours, the Mughal grandeur and the spiritual mysteries of the north in Jaipur, Agra and Ranthambore. Travel from Kochi to Delhi and combine the slower delights of Kerala and Tamil Nadu with the rush and jumble of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on this incredible adventure.

  • Admire the grandeur of the Taj Mahal in Agra
  • Cruise the Kerala backwaters
  • Explore the Pushkar desert on a camel safari
  • Fall in love with Udaipur
  • Ride the famous toy train in Ootacamund
  • Soak up the chilled vibe of Pondicherry
  • Visit Jaipur, India's romantic 'Pink City'
  • Visit the Maharaja's Palace in Mysore

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Kochi, India
  • Finish:

    New Delhi, India
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Deluxe permanent tent (1 nt), Heritage Property (2 nts), Homestay (1 nt), Hotel (21 nts), Jungle resort (1 nt), Overnight sleeper train (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    4x4 Safari Vehicle, Auto rickshaw, Boat, Bus, Cycle rickshaw, Ferry, Jeep, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private vehicle, Train
  • Included activities:

    Agra - Motorised rickshaw tour, Agra - Red Fort, Agra - Taj Mahal, Backwaters - Guided walk, Backwaters - Pole Boat Ride, Bundi - Bundi Palace, Delhi - Jama Masjid, Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour, Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple), Heritage Stay - Village jeep safari, Heritage Stay - Village walk, Jaipur - Amber Fort guided tour, Jaipur - Hawa Mahal, Kochi - Dutch Palace, Kochi - Fort Kochi sightseeing, Kochi - Kathakali performance, Madumalai - Wildlife safari, Madurai - Sri Meenakshi Temple, Mamallapuram - Cycling tour, Mamallapuram - Shore Temple, Mysore - Chamundi Hill temple, Mysore - Home cooked lunch & family visit, Mysore - Keshava Temple, Mysore - Maharaja's Palace, Ooty - Tea factory visit and toy train ride, Periyar - Guided National Park wildlife walk, Periyar - Spice farm tour & dinner, Pondicherry - Auroville, Pondicherry - Walking tour and Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pushkar - Camel safari, Ranthambore - National Park Safari, Udaipur - City Palace guided tour

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    676kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. The internal flight from Kochi to Delhi is NOT included. Please see important notes for details. 2. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information. 3. This trip finishes in Delhi on Day 29 at 12 midday. Pushkar Camel Fair departures are the 26th Oct and 2nd Nov 2012. PLEASE NOTE: A recent decision by the Indian Government to ban all tourist activity within tiger parks has been lifted. Tourists are again allowed into national parks, including Ranthambore National Park and Bandhavgarth National Park, and all game drives will resume as normal. The Classic Rajasthan itinerary will run as per it’s original itinerary, and this will begin from today, including trips which have already departed.

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Days 1-2 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.

Days 3-4 Ootacamund

One of India's more famous hill stations, Ootacamund has spectacular views, a wonderful food market and a cool 'toy' train into the Nilgiri mountains.

Day 5 Mudumalai National Park

Set against the mist-covered peaks of the enchanting Nilgiri Mountains, Mudumalai National Park is one of the best game sanctuaries in India to observe diverse wildlife in close proximity.

Days 6-7 Mysore

The peaceful city of Mysore has a score of lovely parks, grand buildings, well-regarded yoga centres and an incredible palace, the product of its Wodeyar Dynasty heritage.

Day 8 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 9 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.

Day 10 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 11-12 Periyar National Park

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.

Day 13 Kerala Backwaters Homestay

Swaying palm trees, lush rice paddies, winding waterways, Ayurvedic massage and welcoming locals all await on this amazing Kerala Backwaters homestay.

Day 14 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.

Days 15-16 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.

Day 17 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.

Day 18 Rural Rajasthan Heritage Stay

Bassi is a small town surrounded by beautiful countryside, picturesque lakes and charming villages, and is home to strong traditions and friendly people.

Days 19-20 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 21 Ranthambore National Park

Covering 392 sq km of forest, Ranthambhore National Park has over 40 species of animals and 300 species of birds, but its most famous inhabitants are its tigers.

Day 22 Bundi

The surrounding hills and blue, crooked streets of Bundi are home to a delightful array of heritage buildings and laidback eateries, temples and shops.

Days 23-24 Bijaipur

Bassi is a tiny village in Rajasthan well-known for its wealth of temples, heritage buildings and 16th-century fort.

Days 25-26 Udaipur

With dusty hills in the background and tranquil lakes its centrepiece, Udaipur is a truly beautiful city with fabulous heritage buildings, restaurants and narrow laneways.

Days 27-28 Pushkar/Camel Safari

The holy city of Pushkar is a place of beauty with its whitewashed buildings, serene lake, rooftop restaurants and impressive temples.

Day 29 Delhi

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