A 21 day private fully escorted programme, accommodation at 4/5* hotels & heritage palaces, air conditioned private cars, half board meals.
£2,995 PER PERSON
DELHI - NAWALGARH - JODHPUR - JAIPUR - AGRA - CHENNAI- KOCHI - ALLEPPY - KUMARAKOM - THEKKADY - MUNNAR - KOCHI - MUMBAI
Price includes : Hotels as above or similar with daily breakfast, transfers by private air conditioned cars, English speaking local guides, admission fees, internal flights, boat rides on Backwaters of Kerala from Allapuzho to Kumarakom and in Thekkady, The Taj Mahal at sunrise in Agra, elephant ride in Jaipur, Kakhakali dances, daily lunch, visa to India.
Price excludes : International flights *, insurance, meals, camera fees, tipping & any service not specified. Please add £160 for departures in Dec & Jan. Single room supplement is £595 per person.
* To make your holidays even more hassle free, we can purchase international flights on your behalf at competitive prices. Please call us for more information.
DAY 01 International flights to Delhi.
DAY 02 DELHI (B/-/D)
On arrival in Delhi you will be met by our representative and transferred to 5* Vasant Continental Hotel. Welcome dinner at local restaurant and overnight in Delhi.
DAY 03 DELHI (B/L/-)
After breakfast, guided visits in Old Delhi : the magnificent 17th century Red Fort and Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhi memorial. Proceed to New Delhi’s Capital Complex for the Rashtrapati Bhawan Parliament House, once the British viceroy’s home, now the residence of Indian President; Rajpath ceremonial causeway, and the India Gate war memorial where lies Humayun’s Tomb, mausoleum of the 2nd Great Mughal said to be the forerunner of the Taj Mahal. Moving on to the Qutub Complex to see the 12th century Quwat-ul-Islam Mosque, and Qutub Minar, the tallest structure in Delhi for centuries. Lunch during visits. Overnight in Delhi.
DAY 04 DELHI / NAWALGARH (B/L/D)
After breakfast drive to Nawalgarh, a small town in the heart of Shekhawati region. At Shekhawati check in at the 100-year-old residence of the former rulers of Nawalgarh, now converted into a Heritage Hotel, Roop Niwas Kothi. After lunch walk through the Royal Farms to observe the Indian labourer’s lifestyle. Dinner & overnight at Roop Niwas Kothi Palace.
DAY 05 NAWALGARH / JODHPUR (B/L/-)
After breakfast visit the Painted Havelis, ancient ancestral mansions of India’s most prominent business families profusely decorated with hand painted frescoes, which have earned this region the title of ‘Open-air-Art-Gallery of Rajasthan’. After lunch check out and drive to Jodhpur, the Capital of the Rathore Rajputs. On arrival, check in at Heritage Hotel Ajit Bhawan Palace for overnight.
DAY 06 JODHPUR (B/L/-)
After breakfast, visit the magnificent Mehrengarh Fort and Museum built atop a shaven hill; gaze at white marble memorial of Jashwant Thada, the royal cenotaphs of the rulers. In the afternoon, take a jeep safari to Bishnoi Village. The Bishnois are the oldest conservationists of the flora and fauna of their region. Dinner & overnight at the Palace.
DAY 07 JODHPUR / JAIPUR (B/L/-)
After breakfast drive to the ‘Pink City’ Jaipur, Capital of Rajasthan. Check in at 4* Park Prime Hotel. After lunch, visit City Palace and Museum where the son of the last Maharaja still resides; wander round Jantar Mantar, the royal observatory built in 1727AD and Hawa Mahal, the Palace-of- Winds, where royal ladies used to observe royal processions from behind latticed windows. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 08 JAIPUR (B/L/-)
After breakfast visit the 16th century Fortress Palace of Amber. At Amber, ride a colourfully decorated elephant up to the gates of the fort on the hill-top. Lunch served at Rajasthani Haveli, with its Turban museum displaying more than 90 different ways to wear a turban. Afternoon free for souvenir shopping. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 09 JAIPUR / AGRA (B/-/D)
After breakfast, depart by road for Agra with stopover to Fatehpur Sikri, one of the Capitals of The Great Mughals built during 1569-72AD. Lunch served at Gulistan complex at Sikri. Proceed to Agra and check in at 5* Hotel Jaypee Palace for overnight.
DAY 10 AGRA (B/-/D)
Get to the Taj Mahal for sunrise to capture its resplendent beauty as the first rays catch the pure white marble giving it a magical glow. The Taj Mahal, built by the Mugal Emperor Shah Jehan, is a beautiful mausoleum of pure white marble and an architectural marvel. Built in the memory of his beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal, it was conceived as a garden tomb with the mausoleum rising at the far end of the complex with the river Yamuna flowing below, giving it the appearance of floating in the air. After breakfast visit Agra Fort, which was built over the reigns of the 3 Great Mughals and was their stronghold for over 150 years. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 11 AGRA / DELHI / CHENNAI (B/L/-)
After breakfast drive to Delhi stopping at Sikandra, the tomb of Akbar The Great the 3rd Mughal, and see the beautiful Gatehouse. Lunch en route at Rajasthan Motel. Proceed to Delhi and transfer to the airport for flight to Chennai, the Capital of Tamil Nadu. Transfer to 4* GRT Grand Hotel for overnight.
DAY 12 CHENNAI (B/L/-)
After breakfast, leave for a field visit to Fort St George & Museum, built c.1653 by the British East India Co. and St Mary’s Church, the oldest British Church in India. Proceed to the ancient Kapaleeswarar Temple devoted to Lord Shiva before arriving at Marina Beach. Lunch during visits. In the afternoon, visit the Government Museum housing some of the most beautiful bronze artefacts from various periods. Overnight at the Hotel.
DAY 13 CHENNAI / MAHABALIPURAM / CHENNAI / COCHIN (B/L/-)
After breakfast, full day excursion to Mamallapuram, 68 kms away from Chennai, to visit The Five Raths, magnificent rock-cut temples carved in the form of chariots; and the relief carvings of Arjun’s Penance on the cliff face depicting animals, deities & fables from the ‘Panchtantra’. Lunch at a beach resort before journeying on to see the romantic 7th century Shore Temple. Return to Chennai and transfer to the airport for flight to Kochi (formerly Cochin). At Kochi transfer to 4* Travancore Court for overnight.
DAY 14 COCHIN (B/L/-)
After breakfast, visit the 16th century St Francis’ Church in Fort Cochin where Vasco da Gama was once buried, and Mattancherry Palace, a gift of the Dutch to Cochin’s Maharaja. In the evening attend a performance of Kerala’s classical dance called Kathakali, noted for the attractive make-up, elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements presented in tune with the anchor playback music and complementary percussion. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 15 COCHIN / ALLEPPEY / KUMARAKOM (B/-/D)
After breakfast, drive to Alleppey for a leisurely backwaters boat cruise from Alleppey to Kumarakom, observing the daily life of villagers on the riverside. At Kumarakom check in at the Back Waters Ripples. Afternoon free for independent activities like Ayurvedic Massage, walks, speed boating etc. Dinner & overnight at the Resort.
DAY 16 KUMARAKOM (B/-/D)
Day at leisure. In the evening enjoy a sunset cruise on the Vembanad Lake. Dinner & overnight at the Resort.
DAY 17 KUMARAKOM / THEKKADY (B/-/D)
After breakfast leave for Thekkady, where we shall visit the Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary. Check in at the Spice Village resort. Afternoon boat safari on the lake to the sanctuary. Dinner & overnight at the Resort.
DAY 18 THEKKADY / MUNNAR (B/L/-)
After breakfast drive with lunch enroute to Munnar, a hill station nestled in the lovely Nilgiri Hills. On arrival, check in at CM Lake View 5* Hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to explore the quaint town and the tea estates surrounding it. Overnight at CM Lake view hotel.
DAY 19 MUNNAR / COCHIN / MUMBAI (B/-/D)
After breakfast, drive to Cochin for the afternoon flight to Mumbai. On arrival, transfer to 5* Hotel Trident. Dinner in town and overnight at the Trident.
DAY 20 DEPARTURE (B/L/-)
After breakfast, drive to Dhobi Talao, and observe the local people doing their laundry manually, before moving on to see the Gateway of India, Victoria Station and Marine Drive. Lunch during visits. Late evening transfer to the international airport for departure.
DAY 21 Arrive home