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.

Start
Kochi, India
Finish
New Delhi, India
Countries
India
Themes
Explorer
Code
HHSZC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
676kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Visit Jaipur, India's romantic 'Pink City'
  • Admire the grandeur of the Taj Mahal in Agra
  • Trawl the bazaars of Old Delhi
  • Explore the Pushkar desert on a camel safari
  • Fall in love with Udaipur
  • Spot exotic wildlife on a safari adventure in Mudumalai
  • Ride the famous toy train in Ootacamund
  • Discover the diversity of Kochi
  • Cruise the Kerala backwaters
  • Soak up the chilled vibe of Pondicherry
  • Visit the Maharaja's Palace in Mysore

Itinerary

Welcome to India! Kochi is where the South and North adventure gets underway, with a ferry ride to Fort Cochin, the aromatic spice bazaars and the beautifully restored Mattancherry Palace. In the evening, attend a Kathakali dance performance.
Travel to Ootacamund and ride the famous toy train through rolling plantations. Visit a tea garden, soak up the tranquil vibe and appreciate why many Indians choose to holiday in Ooty.
Try to spot tigers, elephants and spotted deer on a safari in Mudumalai National Park.
Travel to Mysore to view the Maharaja's Palace, dine with a local friend of Intrepid and visit the Keshava Temple.
Cycle to the Shore Temple and view incredible carvings.
Aurobindo Ashram
Witness mysterious rituals at the Sri Meenakshi Temple in Madurai - a labyrinth of lamp-lit corridors.
Travel through rubber, tea and coffee plantations and stop at a spice farm. Search for elephants and other wildlife with a guide at the Periyar Sanctuary.
Share a traditional feast with a local family before taking a stunning sunset cruise through the backwaters of Kerala.
Return to Kochi for a relaxing day of shopping or sightseeing.
Arrive in colourful Delhi, a chaotic mixture of museums, bazaars and businessmen. Take a walking tour of the magnificent Old City and visit Jama Masjid.
Be enchanted by the iconic Taj Mahal and stroll the grounds of the majestic Red Fort.
Meet villagers and local craftspeople, then sleep in a converted fort in rural Rajasthan.
Visit Jaipur, the 'Pink City', and explore the halls of the Amber Fort.
Search for Bengal tigers among the lakes and ruined palaces of Ranthambore National Park.
Inspect the murals of Bundi Palace and take in the serene atmosphere of this hillside city.
Stay in a fortified mansion in Bijaipur and visit tiny villages.
Visit City Palace, one of the largest royal palaces in India.
Travel through the desert near Pushkar on a camel safari and watch the sun set over the golden dunes.
Travel back to the bustle of Delhi, India's chaotic capital, where the tour ends.
View trip notes to read full itinerary

Inclusions

Meals
6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport
4x4 Safari Vehicle, Auto rickshaw, Boat, Bus, Cycle rickshaw, Ferry, Jeep, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private vehicle, Train
Accommodation
Deluxe permanent tent (1 night), Heritage Property (2 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (21 nights), Jungle resort (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)
Included activites
  • 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

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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.

Important notes

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India South & North , December 2012

India South & North , December 2012