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The Amber Fort in Jaipur

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last updated - 28 Nov 2014 2:44 PM

Shahpura Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF INDIA 2306

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The grand entrance into Delhi's famous Red Fort

Day 1: Delhi

Welcome to the start of your voyage of discovery through 'Incredible India'! You will be met at Delhi International Airport by our friendly local team and transferred to your hotel. This evening along with the hundreds of people that visit on saturdays we will take you to the Akshardham Hindu Temple to see the evening ceremony.

India Gate

Day 2: Delhi

This morning, our Welcome Meeting takes place. We’ll then enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, taking in the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque. This afternoon why not further enhance your exploration of this busting city with an afternoon guided journey through the New Delhi area the highlights will include India gate a drive past parliamentary buildings and President's house, a guided visit to Humayun's tomb then concluding with sightseeing to UNESCO World Heritage Site Qutub minar. See enhance your holiday page for prices.

The lofty Red Fort in Delhi

Day 3: Delhi - Varanasi

After breakfast we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Varanasi. Arriving here we will transfer you to your hotel. This afternoon enjoy free time or why not further enhance your experience with a visit to Sarnath. See enhance your holiday page for prices. This evening we have included for you with a guide a boat trip and walk on the riverside to see the ritual worship that takes place.

Varanasi Ghats

Day 4: Varanasi

Today enjoy full day with your guide visiting the amazing sites of this ancient city places covered will be Alamgir Mosque, Bharat Mata Temple, Government Museum with interesting antiquities, Great Mosque of Aurangzeb, Pandit Malaviya Temple, Ram Nagar Fort and Museum.

Bathers in the morning

Day 5: Varanasi - Agra

Enjoy a free day to explore the city. This evening we will transfer you to the train station for the overnight train to Varanasi. The Poorva Express leaves at 18:30 so have dinner before boarding. Sleeper train travel, is a must-do experience for any visitor young or old! The friendly locals will be vying for a chat with you.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 6: Agra

Your train arrives into Udaipur in the morning at 4:00 am to the start of a new day and the gathering hustle and bustle. Our rep will be waiting for us , but make sure you take a moment to try some chai, hot tea from one of the vendors, before transferring to your hotel for breakfast. After enjoy a morning tour of the magnificent Taj Mahal. Returning we check in and have time to freshen up, before our viisit to the Agra Fort. This evening you can re visit the Taj for sunset in your own time if you like.

Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur

Day 7: 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 and visit Chandra Haveli, a charming haveli (mansion house) with small courtyard, lawned gardens and rustic appeal carefully being restored to the splendour of better farming years (if open, currently under renovation till Dec 2012). Once in Jaipur, check into your hotel. This evening we will take for evening ceremony at famous Birla Mandir Hindu Temple.

The steps up to the magnificent Amber Fort

Day 8: Jaipur

This morning you will have to look out for the snake charmers that dot our route, as we travel 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. This afternoon perhaps opt for a journey of discovery through the historic pink city of Jaipur. See enhance your holiday page for prices. THis evening we recommend going to 1930's Heritage Rajamandir cinema to watch a bollywood film with the locals.

Day 9: Jaipur - Shahpura

After breakfast we drive to Shahpura Bagh. Arriving in this small village check into your hotel which is the small palace of the Shahpura Royal Family. Enjoy free time to explore this lovely place for an insight into rural India.

Maharaja City Palace

Day 10: Shahpura - Udaipur

Today we will make our way to Udaipur. Along the way, making two interesting stops to visit Ranakpur and its famous Jain temples then Kumbalgarh Fort, one of the most important forts in Rajasthan.

Jagdish Temple

Day 11: Udaipur

This morning enjoy a half tour of the imposing City Palace and this afternoon enjoy time to explore and perhaps shop for colourful Rajasthani souvenirs and Indian spices. Why not further enhance your experience of Udaipur today by adding one of our enhance options to visit the Monsoon palace, please refer to enhance your holiday page for prices.

Kathakali Dancer

Day 12: Udaipur - Kochi

Off to the airport for your flight to South India's state of Kerala and the city of Kochi (Via Delhi or Mumbai). Arriving in Kochi in the evening we will transfer you to your hotel.

Jewish Market

Day 13: Kochi

Formerly a princely state, Kochi is also fondly referred to as “The Queen of the Arabian Sea”. This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of the town including the beautiful Parsi Synagogue built in 1568, the Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese in 1555 and St Francis’ Church. A walking tour of Fort Cochin takes you through streets still graced with traces of Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial architecture. This evening we will take you to watch famous Keralan dancers perform. We will arrive early so you don’t miss the artists applying their awesome make-up.

Alleppey sunset

Day 14: Kochi - 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 15: Alleppey

Disembarking at Allapuzha, enjoy a short drive to Ayanath House - Check into your rooms and meet the family whom run and operate this farm.

Church on the river banks

Days 16-17: Alleppey

For today and tommorow enjoy your cultural insight into Keralan Life. You can do activities such as learn to cook classic Kerala dishes, The farm still adopts primitive methods of farming you can experience various farming methods first hand, visit to the prawn farms during the season, fishing with the local choondas and learning to cast the traditional net, For the adventurous type, try your hand at climbing the coconut tree during the harvest (every 50 days) or learn the skills of toddy tapping.

Day 18: Alleppey - Goa

Today we say farewell to Kerala with a transfer to the airport in Kochi for your flight to Goa. Your flight leaves at 08:15 Connect Via Mumbai and arrives at 13:50 into Goa. We will transfer you to your hotel to celebrate New Years Eve!

Day 19: Goa

Happy New Year - Enjoy the day at leisure to relax and enjoy.

Sacred cows on the beach

Day 20: Goa

Enjoy a days excursion today to north and south Goa highlights will be in the north as follows, Old Goa Churches, Panjim city, Dona Paula, Miramar Beach and in south Goa, Shri Manguesh Temple, Shri Shantadurga temple, Big foot Village, Goa Braganza House.

Se Cathedral

Day 21: Goa - Mumbai

Morning off to the airport once more for your flight to Mumbai. Arriving there, our local team will transfer you to your hotel.

Crawford market architecture

Day 22: Mumbai

Today we embark on a half day glittering city tour, with a visit the Prince of Wales museum, Marine Drive and the Mani Bhawan Jain temple. Why not further enhance this experience by adding our enhance option to visit Elephanta Caves in the morning prior to the tour. Please refer to enhance your holiday page for prices.

Gateway to India

Day 23: Mumbai

Farewell incredible India, we will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.