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Shahpura Holidays

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Day 1: Delhi

Welcome to India and the start of your incredible journey. We'll be there to greet you at the airport and transfer you to your luxury hotel in Delhi look out for our on the go tours logo on a sign it is our friendly rep waiting for you.

The grand entrance into Delhi's famous Red Fort

Day 2: Delhi

Free day to explore.

India Gate

Day 3: Delhi - Bandhavgarh NP

It's an early start today as we transfer you to the airport for your 06:55 Air India flight to Jabalpur. Arriving at 08:55 we'll collect you from the airport and drive four hours to Bandhavgarh National Park, famous for its resident white tigers. After check in there will be time for your first game drive in private jeep (pre paid but subject to availability).

Sitting on a tree

Days 4-5: Bandhavgarh NP

Bandhavgarh is set amidst the Vindhyan ranges. Claiming to have the highest density population of Bengal tiger in India, coupled with a population of leopard, nilgai, jackal, wild boar, sloth bear, gaur, sambar deer and colourful bird life, game drives are often peppered with sightings. Enjoy four game drives in private JEEP (pre paid: if not available 190 CAD$ per person will be refunded).

Young deer

Day 6: Bandhavgarh NP - Delhi

After breakfast we leave the wilds of Bandhavgarh and begin the six hour drive to Khajuraho airport for your 13:55 Air India flight back to the capital. Arriving into Delhi at 17:05 we'll collect you from the airport and transfer you to your hotel where you can relax after your day of travel.

Nrashtrapati Bhawan

Day 7: Delhi

Today 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. Taking in the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation and more.

Raj Ghat

Day 8: Delhi - Agra

Departing Delhi we journey five hours to Agra, once India’s Mughal capital. Upon arrival we visit Agra fort, which boasts some of India’s finest Mughal buildings behind its fortified walls. During its history it has been a palace, a fort and even a prison.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 9: Agra - Jaipur

This morning we rise early to witness the iconic Taj Mahal at sunrise. As the growing light changes the colours of this great monument, we explore the numerous rooms and pretty garden grounds. Later in the afternoon we journey to the Pink City of Jaipur. En route we stop to visit the ghostly fortified city of Fatehpur Sikri, abandoned only eight years after its construction due to water drought.

Local transport

Day 10: 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 riding on an elephant. In the afternoon you will enjoy a tour of the city. Highlights include the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory.

Maharaja Palace

Days 11-12: Jaipur - Shahpura

After a leisurely breakfast we drive to Shahpura Bagh, a luxury property that provides an authentic home stay experience with the descendents of Shahpura royalty. The property offers a number of nature-based activities including bird watching and nature hikes. Spend the next two days doing as little or as much as you like.

Day 13: Shahpura - Udaipur

This morning we bid farewell to our newly formed friends at Shahpura Bagh and head to Udaipur. Sitting on the shores of Lake Pichola, Udaipur was once the capital of the Rajput kingdom Mewar, a princely state of British India. After hotel check in the rest of the day is free for you to enjoy at leisure.

Maharaja City Palace

Day 14: 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 a ride in a private boat on Lake Pichola itself.

Lake Pichola sunset

Day 15: Udaipur - Kochi

Say goodbye to two members of the travelling party as they depart at 16:30 for their Jet Airways flight back to Delhi to connect with their international departure flight. In Delhi they will have a car and driver at their disposal. For the remaining two, an 07:15 Jet Airways flight takes us to Kochi via Mumbai. Arriving in the afternoon we'll meet you again at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in the city centre.

Sunrise boat trip

Day 16: Kochi - Kumarakom

Full flexibility, relax and when your ready transfer to Kumarakom at your own ease. Perched sleepily amongst a tangle of lush tropical waterways known as the Keralan backwaters, Kumarakom is technically a cluster of islands on Lake Vembanad.

Local house

Day 17: Kumarakom

Today we 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. Relax, read and catch some sun as the boat plies its route.

Day 18: Kumarakom

Today our driver takes you to a local elephant orphanage where you will spend the day independently exploring the grounds, getting up close and personal to these gentle giants. Watch the baby elephants play in the water and if you're lucky, help with feeding time.

Kovalam Beach

Day 19: Kumarakom - Kovalam

After a leisurely breakfast we head south down the coast to Kovalam, an internationally renowned beach resort 16km away from Trivandrum. Kovalam offers a number of pretty beaches, which can be pleasantly enjoyed on an evening stroll.

Beachfront stalls

Day 20: Kovalam

Today we enjoy a full day excursion to Kanyakumari, located at the southernmost tip of India. Here you'll find the 133 feet tall Thiruvalluvar Statue and the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, a sacred monument built in honour of the visit of the great spiritual teacher Swami Vivekananda.

The Lighthouse

Day 21: Kovalam

Make the most of the coast as today is a free day to spend at leisure. Explore the beaches or the nearby sea-port of Vizhinjam famous for its special varieties of fish, old Hindu temples, big churches and a mosque.

Beach sunset

Day 22: Kovalam

Today marks the end of your incredible journey in India and after breakfast and hotel check out we transfer you to the international airport at Trivandrum for your onward departure journey, bidding you a fond farewell.