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Sample Itinerary - REF INDIA 2113

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The grand entrance into Delhi's famous Red Fort

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, with the rest of the day yours to relax after your long flight.

India Gate

Day 2: Delhi

Today we will take you on a guided sightseeing tour of old Delhi, taking in the vibrant an chaotic nature of the old city and seeing the main sights. This afternoon is free, or if you want more sightseeing, add on our optional tour of New Delhi - see the Enhance Your Holiday page for details.

The lofty Red Fort in Delhi

Day 3: Delhi - Shimla

We will transfer you to the train station for the train to Kalka, departing at 07:40 and arriving at 11:45. On arrival we will transfer you to the hotel.

Anarkanda

Day 4: Shimla

You will have a car and driver at your disposal today for exploring Shimla.

Shimla main street

Day 5: Shimla

Free day or add on our enhancement for Shimla - Historical Shimla - see the Enhance Your Holiday page for details.

Shimla aerial view

Day 6: Shimla - Delhi

We will transfer you to the train station for the Himalayan Toy Train to Kalka, departing at 10:30 and arriving at 16:10. Own transfer to the Kalka Shatabdi train to Delhi, departing at 17:45 and arriving at 21:55. On arrival we will transfer you to the hotel.

Raj Ghat

Day 7: Delhi - Agra

Departing Delhi, we journey 5hrs to Agra, once India’s Mughal capital. Arriving, we visit the magnificent Taj Mahal. 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.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 8: Agra - Jaipur

This morning we will take a drive out to the ghostly fortifed city of Fatehpur Sikri, abandonded only 8 years after its construction due to droughts in the area. We head on to Jaipur and check into the hotel.

An elephant ride through the gates of Amber Fort

Day 9: 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 on board an elephant! This afternoon is free or if you want more sightseeing, add on our sightseeing tour of Jaipur city - see Enhance Your Holiday page for details.

Jantar Mantar Sundial

Day 10: Jaipur - Delhi

Free morning. This afternoon we will transfer you to Delhi and check you into the hotel.

Day 11: Delhi - Coonoor

We will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Coimbatore, departing at 07:00 and arriving at 11:20. On arrival we will transfer you to Coonoor and check you into the hotel.

Day 12: Coonoor - Ooty

We will transfer you to Mettupalayam train station for the train to Ooty, departing at 07:10 and arriving at 12:00. Udhagamandalam, still more commonly known as ‘Ooty’ in reference to a shortening of its anglicized name, Ottacamund, is a scenic ex-British hill station in the state of Tamil Nadu. Sitting at an altitude of 2260m in the cool, Nilgiri Hills, Ooty was discovered by John Sullivan a British burrasahib who quickly realised the potential of growing lucrative agricultural crops including tea and thus bought up tracts of land from the Toda tribe’s people.

Day 13: Ooty

Free day to explore with a car and driver at your disposal.

Day 14: Ooty - Kochi

We will transfer you to Coimbatore train station for the train to Ernakulam, departing at 13:10 and arriving at 16:55. On arrival we will transfer you to Kochi and check you into the hotel.

Kathakali Dancer

Day 15: Kochi - Munnar

This morning you will have a brief tour of Kochi before 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.

Accommodation for the night

Day 16: Munnar - Alleppey

Today you will be driven to Alleppey to board the houseboat 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 its route.

Alleppey sunset

Day 17: Alleppey - Kumarakom

Today, you'll disembark from the houseboat and be transferred to your hotel in Kumarakom. Rest of the day is free.

Sunrise boat trip

Day 18: Kumarakom

A free day today. Perched sleepily amongst a tangle of lush tropical waterways known as the Keralan backwaters, Kumarakom is technically a cluster of islands on Lake Vembanad. Kerala's back country water-ways seem far removed from the universe most of us inhabit, because of the seclusion and beauty, yet they are linked to the rest of the world in a very real way, and have been for at least two millennia.

Local house

Day 19: Kumarakom - Chennai

We will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Chennai, departing at 16:55 and arriving at 18:25. On arrival we will check you into the hotel.

Chennai Sadhu

Day 20: Chennai

Today you will have a full day guided sightseeing tour of Chennai. Sightseeing will include the Government Museum, Santhome Cathedral Church, Kapaleshwara Temple and Marina Beach.

Chennai street

Day 21: Chennai

We will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight.

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last updated - 26 Dec 2014 3:35 PM