Travel in comfort to cultural gems and highlights of India

Travel in style as we journey into the markets and restaurants of India for a gastronomic adventure. From the fascinating and often dramatic sights of the north to the laidback charm of the south, this trip discovers the authentic flavours of India. Sample local cuisine at roadside eateries, peek inside a royal kitchen and perfect Rajasthani delicacies at a cooking school. Add the best of museums, monuments, backstreets and beaches - this truly is a grand adventure through India.

Start
New Delhi, India
Finish
Kochi, India
Countries
India
Themes
Explorer
Code
HHKCC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
1 086kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Savour the heady aromas of the Old Delhi markets
  • Gaze in awe at the mesmerising Taj Mahal in Agra
  • Learn the intricacies of Indian cuisine in Karauli
  • Watch a Bollywood blockbuster in Jaipur
  • Sleep in an opulent castle in Bijaipur
  • Go shopping for fresh produce at a market in Udaipur
  • Get a taste of modern India in Mumbai
  • Sample Goa's famous spicy cuisine
  • Learn how to make a hearty Biryani
  • Enjoy the seaside beauty of Pondicherry
  • Unravel the secrets of Chettinad and Pollachi cuisine
  • Admire the scenic beauty of Kerala
  • Meet elephants at a sanctuary in Guruvayur
  • Marvel at the mish-mash of cultures in Kochi

Itinerary

Dive head first into the colour and chaos of India. Soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the crowded bazaars and scented spice markets of Old Delhi.
Wake early to see the Taj Mahal glimmer in the morning light and discover why it has been dubbed a 'teardrop on the face of eternity'. Afterwards, continue exploring Agra and visit the impressive Red Fort.
Wander the perfectly preserved palaces and pavilions of the fortified ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. In Karauli, learn the secrets to old family recipes and spend the night in a beautifully converted haveli.
In the 'pink city' of Jaipur, visit the Hawa Mahal and the Amber Fort. Perhaps then head to the Raj Mandir Cinema to experience the glitz and glamour of a Bollywood blockbuster.
Explore rural India in style from the small town of Parsoli. Explore the surrounding villages and take a cooking class with a local chef, learning about local cuisine and gaining an insight into rural Indian life.
Travel to Udaipur and learn the secrets to buying fresh produce at a market. Spend a half a day perfecting Rajasthani delicacies at a renowned cooking school. Explore the lavish City Palace, one of India's largest royal palaces. A breathtaking sunset over Lake Pichola is the perfect finale to the day.
Take a short flight to Mumbai. Explore the dhobi ghats, see the Gateway of India and take a sunset stroll with locals on Chowpatty Beach.
Travel to Goa to discover how the hot climate and colonial Portuguese past has influenced local cuisine. Sample the spicy food and savour the fragrant scents of the spice gardens. The tour ends here on the sandy beaches of Goa.
Be captivated by Hampi, an ancient archaeological site containing over 25 square kilometres of ruins. Learn about the Vijayangagara kingdom while strolling around the city's many palaces and temples.
Visit the Shravanabelagola temple en route to Mysore. Admire the ornate detail of the Maharaja's Palace and savour aromatic spices in a biryani cooking class.
Stop by the Shore Temple in Mamallapuram then travel to the seaside beauty of Pondicherry. Admire colonial architecture and visit the French Quarter on a walking tour of the town.
Travel to Thanjavur, a city renowned for its arts and architecture. See why the Brihadishwara Temple is one of India's most prized architectural sites.
Admire the architecture of Chettinad Palace before learning the secrets of local cuisine.
Full of lively bazaars, pilgrims and rickshaws, Madurai is a compelling taste of Southern India. Walk through a maze of lamp-lit corridors in the Sri Meenakshi Temple before an optional visit to the inspiring Gandhi Museum.
Visit a coconut plantation, learn how coconut fibres are woven and get practical experience in Pollachi cooking techniques.
Journey to the rich beauty of coastal Kerala. While in Guruvayur, see the Guruvayur Temple and visit an elephant sanctuary that houses more than 50 residents.
With Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and English influences, Kochi is a melting pot of cultures and traditions. Ride the ferry, browse antique shops, breathe in the aroma of spice bazaars and wander the Fort Kochi area to absorb the essence of Kochi.
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Inclusions

Meals
28 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners
Transport
Auto rickshaw, Cycle rickshaw, Minibus, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Taxi, Train
Accommodation
Heritage Property (8 nights), Hotel (18 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Agra - Motorised rickshaw tour
  • Agra - Red Fort
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Backwaters - Village walk
  • Biryani cooking class
  • Boat tour
  • Brihadeeswara Temple
  • Chettinad Palace
  • Chettinad-style cooking class
  • Coffee plantation tour and home-cooked meal
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • Cooking class
  • Cooking demo and dinner
  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
  • Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Dosa making demonstration
  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • Goa - Spice Farm visit and lunch
  • Heritage Stay - Village jeep safari
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort guided tour
  • Jaipur - Hawa Mahal
  • Kochi - Dutch Palace
  • Kochi - Fort Kochi sightseeing
  • Kochi - Jewish Synagogue
  • Krishna Temple
  • Madurai - Sri Meenakshi Temple
  • Mamallapuram - Shore Temple
  • Mumbai - Walking tour of Heritage quarter & Chowpatty beach
  • Mysore - Maharaja's Palace
  • Old Goa sightseeing
  • Periyar - Guided National Park wildlife walk
  • Periyar - Spice farm tour & dinner
  • Pondicherry - Walking tour and Sri Aurobindo Ashram
  • Rural heritage stay - Village walk
  • Shravanbegalola Temple
  • Udaipur - City Palace guided tour
  • Udaipur - Lake boat ride
  • Udaipur - Thali cooking class and lunch

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Important notes

1. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: This tour has been discontinued for 2013.

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