India

Set Departure Tour

Best of India

Summary

Type: Set Departure Tour

Duration: 13 Days

Best Time to Travel: September – March

Places you'll discover

Agra
Alleppey
Cochin
Delhi
Fatehpur Sikri
Jaipur
Kovalam
Mumbai
Periyar
Trivandrum


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    Best of India - Itinerary

    Visit some of India’s most renowned and fascinating sites on this group tour. Starting in the capital Delhi with its mix of old and new we explore the country’s Mughal past at the Taj Mahal at Agra and the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri before visiting Mumbai with its strong British heritage, evident at the Gateway to India and Victoria Terminus.

    Cochin is another cultural melting pot with Portuguese cathedrals, Chinese fishing nets and Jewish synagogues! In Kerala the pace of life slows markedly on the backwaters, spice plantations and pristine beaches.

    Day 1

    Arrive Delhi

    In the morning

    Arrive at Delhi International Airport and check in to your hotel.

    In the afternoon

    Remainder of the day is free at leisure.



    Day 2

    Delhi

    Delhi
    In the morning

    In the morning we begin a full day sightseeing of Old and New Delhi visiting the Red Fort, Raj Ghat. In the afternoon in New Delhi visit Qutub Minar, the Lotus Temple – this distinctive lotus shaped marvel in Marble is a symbol of peace. Drive past India Gate (the war memorial) and the President’s Residence and Parliament. Return to hotel and overnight in Delhi.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 3

    Delhi – Agra

    In the morning

    Drive to Agra, on arrival check in. In the afternoon visit Taj Mahal, perhaps the most photographed monument in the world. Then drive to Agra Fort; a massive structure reflecting the synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles built by Emperor Akbar.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 4

    Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur

    In the morning

    Drive to Jaipur, stopping en route at Fatehpur Sikri – built from red sandstone by Emperor Akbar to commemorate the birth of his son. Later drive to Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel. Overnight in Jaipur.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 5

    Jaipur

    Jaipur
    In the morning

    An early start for a cycling adventure, where we meander through the narrow streets, past the monuments and palaces of Jaipur. The trip offers stunning views covering palaces, lakes, mountains and small rural hamlets. Return back to hotel for breakfast.

    In the afternoon

    After breakfast an excursion to Amber – a classic Rajasthan Fort-Palace. For an experience that’s truly royal visitors can reach the fort through snaking pathways on the back of an elephant. In the afternoon visit Hawa Mahal, the best-known landmark of Jaipur.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 6

    Jaipur – Mumbai

    In the morning

    Drive to Jaipur airport for flight to Mumbai. On arrival, transfer to hotel.

    In the afternoon

    In the afternoon proceed to the Gateway of India, drive past Mumbai High Court and the ornate Victoria Terminus. Drive along Marine Drive and visit the Hanging Gardens, offering splendid views of the city. Later drive back to hotel. Overnight in Mumbai.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 7

    Mumbai – Cochin

    Mumbai – Cochin
    In the morning

    Depart to Mumbai airport for onward flight to Cochin. On arrival, transfer to hotel.

    In the evening

    In the evening watch the famous dance drama of Kerala, the Kathakali. This dance is characterized by some great story telling, amazing costumes and extraordinary make-up. Overnight in Cochin.

    Included:
    Breakfast
    Lunch

    Day 8

    Cochin

    In the morning

    Visit the Jewish Synagogue built in 1568 and the 16th century Mattancherry Palace built by the Portuguese. The Palace was presented to the Raja of Cochin as a gesture of goodwill.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 9

    Cochin – Periyar

    Cochin – Periyar
    In the morning

    Drive to Periyar in Idukki district. On arrival, check into hotel.

    In the afternoon

    In the evening enjoy a visit to a Spice Plantation to see various types of spices and other aromatic plants and herbs. Your guide will explain about the use of different spices in Indian cuisine. Overnight in Periyar.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 10

    Periyar

    In the morning

    Optional Morning guided walk in the national park.

    In the evening

    In the evening enjoy a Kalaripayatu performance, a traditional local martial arts form.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 11

    Periyar – Alleppey

    In the morning

    Drive to Alleppey where we will board a “Kettuvallam”, the traditional trading vessel of this beautiful coastal region for a cruise on the backwaters. The boat will stop in villages for you to experience a glimpse of life in rural Kerala. Overnight stay on houseboat.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 12

    Alleppey – Kovalam

    Alleppey – Kovalam
    In the morning

    Disembark from the houseboat and drive to Kovalam. On arrival check in and free time to relax on the beach.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 13

    Kovalam – Trivandrum Depart

    In the morning

    Morning checkout and drive to Trivandrum airport for onward flight.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Additional Information

    What's Included?

    • Room accommodation in twin share
    • Private transportation by air-conditioned minivan
    • Overnight stay in houseboat
    • Buffet Breakfast at Hotels
    • Experienced English speaking Indian spot guide
    • Elephant ride in Jaipur
    • Plantation tour of Periyar
    • Kathakali dance in cochin
    • Visit to India Gate, Mumbai

    What's Not Included?

    • International Flights
    • Drinks during meals
    • Optional tours
    • Entrance Fees
    • Indian visa
    • Any personal expenses such as laundry, hotel phone etc
    • Tips and gratuities

    Accommodation Information

    CITY NAME NUMBER OF NIGHTS STANDARD HOTELS
    Delhi 02 Africa Avenue GK1
    Agra 01 Karan Villas
    Jaipur 02 Umaid Mahal
    Mumbai 01 Godwin hotel
    Cochin 02 Homestay
    Periyar 02 Michaels Inn
    Alleppey 01 Ac Deluxe Houseboat
    Kovalam 01 Soma Palmshore

    Best of India Summary

    Details

    Type: Set Departure

    Duration: 13 Days

    Best Time to Travel: September – March

    Places you'll discover

    Agra
    Alleppey
    Cochin
    Delhi
    Fatehpur Sikri
    Jaipur
    Kovalam
    Mumbai
    Periyar
    Trivandrum
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    £909
    Per person based on 2 people sharing

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