INDIA HIGHLIGHTS ( PRIVATE TOUR )

  
visit asia - tours to asiaA 12 day private fully escorted tour featuring major attractions all over India, with 4* hotels.

£2,295 PER PERSON
Code IH12D

DELHI - AGRA - JAIPUR - MUMBAI - COCHIN - ALLAPUZA - KUMARAKOM - MUMBAI

Price includes : Internal flights, hotels as above or similar with daily breakfast, airport/hotel transfers, air conditioned chauffeur driven car, guided sightseeing, admission fees, boat ride on Backwaters of Kerala from Allapuzho/Kumarakom, visit to the Taj Mahal at sunrise and Elephant ride at Jaipur.

Price exludes : International flights *, visa for India ( e-visa obtainable online), insurance, meals, video & camera fees, tipping and any service not specified.
Please add £200 for departures in Dec & Jan. Price is per person sharing a double room based on 2 people travelling together. Single room supplement is £1,295 per person.
* To make your holidays even more hassle free, we can purchase international flights on your behalf at competitive prices. Please call for more information.

DAY 01 Departure from London Heathrow.

DAY 2 DELHI (-/-/-)
Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at 4* Hotel Hans Plaza.

DAY 3 DELHI (B/-/-)
Full day guided tour of Old Delhi includes the magnificent 17th century Red Fort and Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhi memorial. Drive to New Delhi’s Capital Complex visiting Rashtrapati Bhawan, once the British viceroy’s home, now residence of India’s President, Rajpath ceremonial causeway, India Gate war memorial, Humayun’s Tomb, mausoleum of the 2nd Great Mughal said to be the forerunner of the Taj Mahal. On to the Qutub Complex to see the 12th century Quwat-ul-Islam Mosque, and Qutub Minar, which was the tallest structure in the area for centuries. Overnight at Hans Plaza hotel.

DAY 4 DELHI / AGRA (B/-/-)
Depart by road for Agra (200 Km / approx 4 hrs ) via Sikandra, tomb of the 3rd Mughal Emperor Akbar The Great. On arrival, check in at Hotel Jaypee Palace. Afternoon visit to the impressive Agra Fort, the construction of which started in 1565 and spanned over the reigns of 3 Great Mughal emperors. Overnight at Jaypee Palace.

DAY 5 AGRA / JAIPUR VIA FATEHPUR SIKRI (B/-/-)
Early morning visit to The Taj Mahal at sunrise. Return to the hotel for breakfast; check out and depart for the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur (250 kms / approx 5 hrs ) in Rajasthan. En-route, visit the 16th century ‘ghost town’ of Fatehpur Sikri once a glittering capital of the Great Mughals. Proceed to Jaipur, stopping en route for lunch. At Jaipur, check in at Hotel Mansingh for overnight.

DAY 6 JAIPUR (B/-/-)
Morning visit the Fortress Palace of Amber, former capital of Jaipur’s Rulers; enjoy an elephant ride to the Fort atop the hill. Lunch at an ethnic restaurant near the Turban Museum depicting over 90 different ways of tying a turban. Drive into the heart of the old town of Jaipur to see Hawa Mahal, ‘Palace of the Winds’ from behind whose latticed screens royal ladies once watched ceremonial processions. Visit the City Palace and Museum where Jaipur’s last Maharaja still resides, and Jantar Mantar, the 18th century Royal Observatory. Overnight in Jaipur.

DAY 7 JAIPUR / MUMBAI / COCHIN (B/-/-)
Early morning check out and transfer to the airport for flight to Cochin via Mumbai. On arrival, transfer to Hotel Abad Atrium. In the afternoon visit the 16th century St Francis’ Church in Fort Cochin where Vasco da Gama was once buried; and Mattancherry Palace, a gift from the Dutch to Cochin’s Maharaja. In the evening attend a performance of Kerala’s classical dance Kathakali, with its fine tuned movements, colourful make-up and exotic costumes. Overnight at Abad Atrium Hotel.

DAY 8 COCHIN / ALLAPUZA / KUMARAKOM (B/-/-)
Check out before driving to Allapuza (65kms) to embark on Kerala’s famous Backwaters motor boat ride. Cruise leisurely on the backwaters among swaying palms and lush greenery, observing village daily life on the riverbanks, and water-birds on Lake Vembanad. Check in at Whispering Palm Resort. Evening free to enjoy the beautiful scenery on the shores of the lake, watching the sunset. Overnight at the Resort

DAY 9 KUMARAKOM (B/-/-)
Day at leisure to enjoy the resort, relaxing in the shades of palm trees or by the poolside watching village boats plying on the lake. (Optional Ayurvedic Oil massage / sauna or nature walk around the neighbourhood). Overnight at the Resort.

DAY 10 KUMARAKOM / COCHIN / MUMBAI (B/-/-)
Depart by road for Cochin airport for flight to Mumbai. On arrival, transfer to Hotel Kohinoor Continental. Evening at leisure. Optional visit to Bandra. Overnight in Mumbai.

DAY 11 MUMBAI & DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
After breakfast, drive to Dhobi Talao, where the city laundry is done manually; see the Gateway of India, Victoria Station and Marine Drive. Late evening transfer to the airport for flight home.

DAY 12 Arrive home.