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The grand entrance into Delhi's famous Red Fort

Day 1: Delhi

Upon arrival into Delhi, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or independently explore this bustling capital.

India Gate

Day 2: Delhi

This morning, we’ll then enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of Delhi, taking in the impressive Red Fort (closed Mondays), Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and a rickshaw ride in the bylanes of the old city. This afternoon, explore New Delhi including the Indian Gate, a drive past the parliamentary buildings and President's house. Finish the day with a guided visit to Humayun's tomb and concludes with sightseeing to UNESCO World Heritage Site Qutub Minar.

The lofty Red Fort in Delhi

Day 3: Delhi - Agra

Departing Delhi, we journey to Agra, once India’s Mughal capital. Here, we visit the impressive Agra Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind it's fortified walls. Later on we take a motorised buggy to the legendary Taj Mahal (closed Fridays) and witness a magical sunset. Built by Shah Jahan in the 16th century as an enduring memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz. Built entirely of white marble, the Taj Mahal has no peers.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 4: Agra - Jaipur

En route to Jaipur, we visit the ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, abandoned due to lack of water. As we get closer to Jaipur we stop for a tasty lunch at Hotel Udai Vilas Palace.

Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur

Day 5: Jaipur

Look out for the snake charmers that dot our route, as we travel to the 16th century Amber Fort. An exotic elephant ride (subject to elephant availability and government regulations) transports us to the lofty fort, where we’ll enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza. Later in the afternoon we tour the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory.

The steps up to the magnificent Amber Fort

Day 6: Jaipur - Goa

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Goa via Mumbai. On arrival into Goa, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Free afternoon.

Day 7: Goa

This morning enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of Old Goa including Panjim City, Dona Paula, Shri Mangeshi Temple, Shanta Durga Temples and Old Portuguese Manor. Free time in the afternoon.

Sacred cows on the beach

Day 8: Goa - Kumarakom

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kochi, where you will be met and transferred to Kumarakom. Perched sleepily amongst a tangle of lush tropical waterways known as the Keralan backwaters, Kumarakom is technically an island on Lake Vembanad. An ideal place to relax and be at one with natural surroundings.

Alleppey sunset

Day 9: Kumarakom - Alleppey

This morning, you’ll board a traditional Keralan rice boat for a journey through the backwaters in and around Allapuzha (Alleppey). The boat will cross shallow, palm-fringed lakes and cruise along peaceful canals where copra and cashews are loaded onto local boats. The on-board cook will prepare locally-inspired food. Relax, read and catch some sun as the boat plies it’s route.

The view ahead

Day 10: Alleppey

Spend the day at leisure on the rice- boat. Opt for a swim, soak up the sunshine, enjoy the scenic beauty of colourful villages and have a sumptuous meal on banana leaves. In the evening, witness sunset through coconut palms. Enjoy dinner under a million stars. Sleep and dream with the pleasant roll of the backwater.

Church on the river banks

Day 11: Alleppey - Kochi

Disembark at Alleppey, enjoy a short drive to Kochi (Cochin). The city of Kochi perfectly reflects the eclecticism of Kerala. One can see winding streets with mosques, a 16th century Jewish synagogue and Jewish community with ancient roots and 500 year old Portuguese cottages! Enjoy the remains of the day your way. Later today, watch famous Keralan dancers perform. Arrive early so you don’t miss the artists applying their awesome make-up.

Kathakali Dancer

Day 12: Kochi - Mahabalipuram

This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour, including Synagougue, Dutch Palace and St Francis Church. This afternoon, we fly to Chennai, where you will be met and transferred to Mahabalipuram.

Chennai Sadhu

Day 13: Mahabalipuram

We enjoy a sightseeing tour today to visit the Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram Temples.

Day 14: Mahabalipuram

Day at leisure in Mahabalipuram.

Day 15: Mahabalipuram

Departure transfer to Chennai airport - approx 1.5 hours.

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last updated - 24 Nov 2014 2:37 AM