Kochi Holidays

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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, our welcome meeting takes place. We’ll then enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Delhi, taking in the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation and more. New Delhi, in contrast to Old Delhi, is a city of wide tree-lined streets, parks, fountains and roundabouts. It was built as the imperial capital of India by the British. Sightseeing of New Delhi includes the Rajpath, an immensely broad boulevard flanked on either side by ornamental ponds from India Gate. India Gate, the 42m high stone “Arch of Triumph”, was erected in memory of Indian soldiers who died in the First World War.

The lofty Red Fort in Delhi

Day 3: Delhi - Amritsar

Early this morning we transfer you to the railway station for your express train to Amritsar. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel for check in. Later this evening we visit the Wagah border to see the border closing ceremony where guards on both sides display their pomp!

The temple at night

Day 4: Amritsar

Enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of the city and an evening visit to the Famous Golden Temple, the seat of the Sikh religion, Amritsar is one of the Punjab’s principal cities. Built in 1803 and made of marble, copper and pure leaf gold, the temple is an amazing architectural feat.

Amritsar smile

Day 5: Amritsar - Jaisalmer

This morning we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Jodhpur (via Delhi). The flight departs Amritsar at 10:20 and arrives into Jodhpur at 14:15. Our local rep and driver will be there to collect you and transfer you to Jaisalmer (approx. 4hr drive).

Camels in the desert

Day 6: 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 evening we will take you on an exciting camel safari on the Sam sand dunes with dinner.

Temple carving detail

Day 7: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Jaisalmer before we transfer you back to Jodhpur, a town at the edge of the mighty Thar Desert. Dominated by Meherangarh Fort which sits majestically atop a hill, Jodhpur is known as the Blue City. This is because of the coloured houses in the old town, painted indigo.

A local girl in the Blue City of Jodhpur

Day 8: Jodhpur

We’ll enjoy some touring in this colourful Rajasthani city, taking in the mighty fort and bazaars of the old city which are gathered around the city’s tall clock tower. A truly amazing and beautiful city.

People outside the Meheranga Fort in Jodhpur

Day 9: Jodhpur - Udaipur

Continuing south, we arrive at Udaipur. An oasis of cool, with its massive lake and Venetian-like appearance, Udaipur is one of the most romantic towns in Rajasthan. A favourite amongst travellers, Udaipur is crammed full of palaces and temples. Enroute we visit the famous Ranakpur Jain Temples.

Maharaja City Palace

Day 10: Udaipur

During our stay we’ll enjoy a cruise on Lake Pichola, plus touring of the imposing City Palace, not to mention free time to explore and perhaps shop for colourful Rajasthani souvenirs and Indian spices.

Jagdish Temple

Day 11: Udaipur - Pushkar

Today we set off to the highlight of the holiday. Pushkar! Sitting on the edge of the desert and clinging to the side of a small lake, Pushkar is an ancient Rajasthani town considered by Hindus to be one of the most sacred places in India. Life in Pushkar is significantly related to the ancient lake. Legend has it the lake was formed when a lotus flower fell into the valley from the hands of Brahma. It is said the waters have special curative powers. As such, Pushkar has nearly 500-whitewashed temples and 52 bathing ghats surrounding the lake, which are often packed with pilgrims and sadhus. This afternoon get immersed in the infamous Pushkar Camel Fair!

Colourful camel

Day 12: Pushkar

Once a year this sleepy lakeside town erupts into a frenzy of activity, as hundreds of thousands of cattle traders, pilgrims, breeders, herdsmen, farmers and travellers descend upon the town for the annual Pushkar Camel Fair. After breakfast we head over to the fair grounds for a glimpse of this authentic cultural affair. Here you can witness the serious business of livestock trading as well as watch (or take part) in some fun activities, such as a game of tug of war, a cricket match, a competition for the longest moustache, and a camel beauty-pageant. There are also plenty of market stalls with local wares on sale, including bracelets, clothing, and fabrics.

Lakshmi Narayan Temple

Day 13: Pushkar - Jaipur

After the excitement of the Camel Fair it's time to head to the beautiful city of Jaipur.

Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur

Day 14: Jaipur

This morning, we travel beyond Jaipur to the 16th century Amber Fort. An exotic elephant ride transports us to the lofty fort, where we’ll enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza. Why not bolt on an early morning amazing hot air balloon ride? Later in the afternoon we tour the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory.

An elephant ride through the gates of Amber Fort

Day 15: Jaipur - Ranthambhore NP

This morning we depart Jaipur and head to the wilds of Ranthambhore National Park. Upon arrival check in to your accommodation and embark on an afternoon game drive for wildlife spotting opportunities.

Tiger pug marks in the sand in Ranthambore National Park

Day 16: Ranthambhore NP

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the national park. Ranthambore National Park is one of the prime examples of Project Tiger’s conservation efforts in Rajasthan. The forests around the Ranthambore Fort were once the private hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur.

Day 17: Ranthambhore NP - Agra

After breakfast we leave the national park and head to Agra. En route we stop to visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri and see the elegant building of Jama Masjid, the Tomb of Salim Chishti, the Panch Mahal Palace and more.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 18: Agra

This morning we will have a truly amazing experience - sunrise at the Taj Mahal. Arriving by Tonga (Indian Horse and Cart) you will marvel at the beauty and magnificence of the Taj Mahal. Bathed the in the first light of the day, have your camera's fully charged! This afternoon we visit Agra Fort which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind it's fortified walls.

The sunsets over the Mosque in the Taj complex

Day 19: Agra - Khajuraho

This morning it's off to the train station to pick up the Shatabdi Express. Enjoy the air conditioning as you are whisked accross the countryside en-reoute to Jhansi. Upon arrive it's onto Khajuraho with a stop in Orcha along the way. Situated on the banks of the River Betwa, Orchha is set amongst a wonderful complex of well-preserved 16th century temples and palaces.

The magnificent erotic temples of Khajuraho

Day 20: Khajuraho - Varanasi

This morning we enjoy a tour of the beautiful Khajuraho Temples. Khajuraho’s temples were mostly built during a major creative burst of genius from 950AD to 1050AD during the Chandela period, a dynasty that survived for five centuries before falling to the mighty Mughal onslaught. Their sheer beauty and immense size has confounded experts as to why and how they were built in Khajuraho, a small town then and still a relatively small town now. In the afternoon we transfer to the airport for the flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival you will be taken to the hotel.

Varanasi Ghats

Day 21: Varanasi

This morning, we enjoy a sunrise boat ride on the holy Ganges where we’ll view the ancient religious tradition of ritual cleansing that takes place on the many riverbank ghats (riverside steps). Later, we embark on a tour of the city. At sunset consider re-visiting the ghats for the evening pilgrimage, remarkably different from the dawn ritual.

Bathers in the morning

Day 22: Varanasi - Chennai

After breakfast it's time to make the journey to the beautiful south of India. We will fly to Chennai this morning to start a very different part of an already incredible journey. Depart Varanasi at 10:40 to arrive in Chennai at 17:05 with the flight stopping in Delhi on the way. Transfer to hotel in Chennai for remainder of the evening at leisure.

Chennai Sadhu

Day 23: Chennai

An afternoon tour of the city includes a visit to St George Fort, built in 1653 and St Mary’s Church, the oldest British church in India. Rest of the day is free and at your leisure.

Chennai street

Day 24: Chennai

Today, we visit Kanchipuram, one of sacred cities in India plus also the seaside town of Mahabalipuram, famous for its shore temple. The city is also famous for handwoven silk. In Mahabalipuram, the huge rock-cut sculptures and mandapams (pillared pavilions) date from the 5th to 8th centuries.

The local  bus station

Day 25: Chennai - Kochi

This morning we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Kochi. Arriving at 12:15 we'll transfer you to your hotel where the remainder of the day can be spent at leisure.

Kathakali Dancer

Day 26: Kochi

Kochi (formerly known as Cochin) is long famed in the history books and offered refuge to Jews more than 2,500 years ago. The Portuguese founded the first European colony here in the 16th century. The Dutch quickly followed and eventually, the British. The cosmopolitan mix of cultures makes the city fascinating. Today we enjoy a half day city tour and in the evening we watch a performance of Kathakali, the traditional dance of Kerala.

Misty morning

Day 27: Kochi - Alleppey

Today we drive to the beautiful region of Alleppey. Known as "Venice of the east". These large network of canals provide Alleppey its lifeline. Alleppey was one of the busiest centers of trade in the past with one of the best known ports along the malabar coast. Even today it retains its charm as the centre for Coir carpet industries and prawn farming. Alleppey the ideal headquarters for backwater tourism as well as for visits to the lovely church filled town of Kottayam. Here you board your luxurious Air Conditioned House Boat for a truly unique experience on the water.

Alleppey sunset

Day 28: Alleppey

Today marks the end of your adventure with On the Go Tours. After your peaceful time enjoying the backwaters of Southern India today we transfer you to the airport in time for your onward departure flight.

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