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Rajpath

Day 1: Delhi

Namaste! Welcome to India and New Delhi the capital city of India. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel, the room will be held for immediate check in for your early morning arrival. After a rest we have included sightseeing for Delhi. We explore both Old and New Delhi - the order of New Delhi is a huge contrast to the unorganised chaos of the Old City. But both are just as appealing.

India Gate

Day 2: Delhi - Rishikesh

This morning you will be transferred to the train station for your train to Haridwar (0640/1030). Upon arrival you will be met and transfer you to Rishikesh (2 hours). Rest of the day at leisure.

Rishikesh dawn

Day 3: Rishikesh

Known as the Yoga Capial of the World, Rishikesh is set on the banks of the Ganges and surrounded by hills, as such by its nature it is a perfect place to relax. Set amongst the banks of the Ganges, we will visit several of its Temples on our half day sightseeing. Afternoon at leisure.

Yoga in the sunshine

Day 4: Rishikesh - Haridwar

Today we transfer you 1 hour to Haridwar. Here you enjoy a half day sightseeing before having the afternoon at leisure.

Day 5: Haridwar - Delhi

Today at leisure. Later you will be transferred to the train station for your train to Delhi (1813/2250 - AC Chair Car). Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Nrashtrapati Bhawan

Day 6: Delhi - Varanasi

Day at leisure. Later you will be transferred back to the train station for your train to Varanasi (1845/0730+1).

Varanasi Ghats

Day 7: Varanasi

Upon arrival this morning you will be collected from the train station and transferred to your hotel (usual check in time is midday/2pm). This evening we attend the Aarti ceremony, the evening religious ceremony on the banks of the Ganges.

Bathers in the morning

Day 8: Varanasi

Varanasi - a city abundant with temples and labyrinthine streets. In the early morning of we will enjoy a boat ride on the holy Ganges River. Later in the day we embark on a tour of India’s spiritual city.

Saris drying

Day 9: Varanasi - Khajuraho

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Khajuraho (departing 1110). Upon arrival you will be met and we enjoy a half day sightseeing tour to the Western Group of Temples including Kandariya Mahadeo Temple, Chaunsat Yogini Temple, Chitragupta Temple, Lakshamana Temple, Matangeswara Temple, and Varaha Temple.

Chaturbhui Temple

Day 10: Khajuraho - Agra

This morning we will drive you to Jhansi via Orcha (6 hour drive) for the train to Agra (1520/1840 Air Conditioned chair car). We will transfer you to your hotel.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 11: Agra - Jaipur

Today we rise early to see the Taj Mahal in its ethereal morning light. Enjoy your own time to explore and a guided tour of this once powerful Moghul emperor’s monument to love. Later we visit Agra fort built under the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565 that contains numerous palaces and a white marble mosque and the Baby Taj. We then depart for Jaipur, and visit Fatehpur Sikri enroute.

Local transport

Day 12: Jaipur

This morning we visit the delicate pink, magnificent fort-palace of Amber - a wonderful example of Rajput architecture just north of Jaipur. Subject to Government regulations, we will arrive in style atop an elephant! Enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour of the city. Rest of the evening is free and at your leisure.

Maharaja Palace

Day 13: Jaipur - Jaisalmer

Day at leisure with vehicle available for you within the city limits (hotel check out midday). Later you will be transferred to the train station for you train to Jaisalmer (2357/1145+1).

Camels in the desert

Day 14: Jaisalmer

We will collect you from the train station and transfer you to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Temple carving detail

Day 15: Jaisalmer

Today enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the city including the sandstone fort which is an imposing sight, towering magnificently over the city. Later this afternoon we will take you on an exciting camel safari on the Sam sand dunes. The evening is free and at your leisure to enjoy the city on your own.

Shrines at the lake edge

Day 16: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur

Today, we travel to Jodhpur,the largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur, the Blue City, in reference to the indigo coloured buildings that dot the old city, and the locals belief that blue acts as effective defence against mosquitoes!

Meheranga Fort

Day 17: Jodhpur - Udaipur

After a morning of sightseeing (including the City Palace) you will head the romantic city of Udaipur - the very essence of what it is to be in Rajasthan. Upon arrival at our hotel you will have free evening to wander on the shore of Lake Pichola and take in the fresh air of this desert oasis.

Maharaja City Palace

Day 18: Udaipur

This morning will consist of an orientation and sightseeing tour of Udaipur - including the City Palace and museum - before having a few hours in the afternoon to explore for yourselves. This evening you will take ride in a shared boat on Lake Pichola itself.

Lake Pichola sunset

Day 19: Udaipur - Kochi

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Kochi (0800/0945). Upon arrival into Kochi you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Kathakali Dancer

Day 20: Kochi

This commercial city, also called “The Queen of the Arabian Sea” is famous for its exquisite designer Gold Jewelry. The Indian Navy, the Port and the Airport share the largely man-made Willingdon Island. The touring today includes the visit to Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese for a local King in 1555 A.D. The famous Jew Street, a cul-de-sac leading to the beautiful Parsi Synagogue built in 1568. Sunset cruise to view the Chinese fishing nets.

Jewish Market

Day 21: Kochi - Munnar

Today we drive east to to Munnar - a quaint hill station nestled on the verdant slopes of tea plantations, that exudes a rare old world charm and reminds one of the days of the Raj in its elegant splendour. At a height of 1525 metres, Munnar offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills. We visit a tea plantation today.

Tea pickers

Day 22: Munnar - Kumarakom

We travel today about 4 hours to Kumarakom. Afternoon at leisure.

Sunrise boat trip

Day 23: Kumarakom

At leisure.

Local house

Day 24: Kumarakom - Kovalam

Today we drive to Kovalem. Stroll for miles along white palm fringed sandy beaches, try sampling the local seafood and sipping cocktails on your sunlounger it is the perfect remedy to unwind.

Kovalam Beach

Day 25: Kovalam

At leisure.

The Lighthouse

Day 26: Kovalam - Hyderabad

Today we travel about an hour to Trivandrum. Here you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Hyderabad (via Chennai). Here you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure.

Charminar

Day 27: Hyderabad

Today we have a full day sightseeing tour including: Golconda Fort, Qutab Shahi Tombs, Salar Jung, Charminar, Mecca Mosque.

Golconda Fort

Day 28: Hyderabad - Mumbai

Today you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Mumbai (1110/1225). You will be met and transferred to your hotel for time at leisure.

Crawford market architecture

Day 29: Mumbai

This morning after breakfast we take the cruise to visit Elephanta caves - Mumbai's premier tourist attraction. The rock-cut temples on peaceful Elephanta Island are thought to have been carved between 450 and 750 AD. The main cave contains large sculpted panels, including an astonishing 18-foot depiction of Shiva. Enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour one of the most highly populated cities in the world, accommodating approximately 18 million people!

Gateway to India

Day 30: Mumbai

Today you say goodbye to Incredible India as we transfer you to the airport for your onward flight home.

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