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Shahpura Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF INDIA 3022

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The grand entrance into Delhi's famous Red Fort

Day 1: Delhi

Namaste! Welcome to New Delhi, the capital city of India and the start of your eye-opening adventure! Our friendly team will be waiting in the arrivals hall to transfer you to your hotel where you can relax for the rest of the day.

India Gate

Day 2: Delhi

This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi taking in the impressive Red Fort - dating back to India’s Mughal period; Jama Masjid mosque - the final architectural extravagance of Emperor Shah Jahan and the colourful, if crowded, Chandni Chowk bazaar. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of New Delhi. Offering a real contrast to the congestion of Old Delhi, open and relatively streamlined New Delhi was built as the imperial capital of India by the British. Highlights include the majestic India Gate, Rajpath, Rashtrapati and bustling Connaught Place. A visit is also made to Qutab Minar, a massive tower built to proclaim the arrival of Islam in India in the 11th century.

The temple at night

Day 3: Delhi - Agra

This morning around 10 AM we drive to Agra. This evening enjoy a guided tour and sunset at the Taj Mahal.

The sunsets over the Mosque in the Taj complex

Day 4: Agra - Ranthambhore NP

This morning we start at 10AM and explore the Agra fort, built under the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565. We then see the fascinating former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri - Emperor Akbar’s vision in red sandstone, before boarding the Kota Jan Shatabdi -1530 / 1800 train to Ranthambore National Park.

Tiger pug marks in the sand in Ranthambore National Park

Day 5: Ranthambhore NP

Sprawling across an area of some 1334 sq. kms, Ranthambhore is scenically beautiful. Set amidst a landscape of hills, lakes and rivers, the park boasts an impressive 10th century fort. The entire forest is peppered with ruined pavilions and small domed, Mughal kiosks known as chhatris. In addition to the Bengal tiger, Ranthambhore is home to wild boar, nilgai, sambar deer and a variety of birds. Tiger sightings are more common in the morning or late afternoon, especially if hunting or tending to their young. For today venture on morning and afternoon game drives in shared Jeeps or Canters.

Tiger up close

Day 6: Ranthambhore NP - Jaipur

After our final morning game drive we will depart from this wonderful park hopefully having seen some of the elusive tigers. We enjoy a drive at around 12 noon through more of rural India to the pink city of Jaipur.

Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur

Day 7: Jaipur

This morning, 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. Later in the afternoon we explore the Hawa Mahal, also known as the palace of wind and the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory. The 18th century observatory is the largest and best preserved of five observatories built by the astronomer prince, Jai Singh II. He had the huge stone structures built to measure time, chart the declination of celestial bodies and predict eclipses.

The steps up to the magnificent Amber Fort

Day 8: Jaipur - Shahpura

Rather than fly and miss all the fantastic scenery we drive you today at around 10 AM to a small village called Shahpura here you will experience a fantastic heritage hotel situated in rural surroundings. After check in, you will head out on a walk in the village then a hearty dinner awaits back at the hotel.

Day 9: Shahpura

Enjoy the day at leisure to partake on any activities that you like with the resort.

Day 10: Shahpura - Bijaipur

This morning we continue south to Bijaipur, arriving here settle into your rooms and relax for the remainder of the day.

Day 11: Bijaipur

Enjoy the day at leisure to partake on any activities that you like with the resort.

Day 12: Bijaipur - Udaipur

This morning we continue our way to Udaipur, stopping along the way to visit the incredible Chittorgarh Fort.

Maharaja City Palace

Day 13: Udaipur

Start the day with a tranquil cruise on Lake Pichola, plus touring of the imposing City Palace, a vision in soft yellow stone on the northeast promontory with breathtaking views of the lake and is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan we also explore the Jagdish Temple and the wonderful Sahelion ki bari gardens. We conclude our day with a visit to the Monsoon Palace with its fantastic architecture and views of the lake.

Lakeside temple

Day 14: Udaipur - Kochi

This morning we set off to the airport and catch our flight to Kochi. (No direct flights exist -- 9W 2094 - 0700 / 0815 -Mumbai- 6E 139 1325 / 1530) Arriving into Kochi, meet our regional office team who await to bring you to your hotel. This evening, we head down to the port area and a stroll along the waterfront to see the Chinese fishing nets.

Kathakali Dancer

Day 15: Kochi

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, enjoy attending a traditional Kathkali dance show.

Jewish Market

Day 16: Kochi - Periyar NP

This morning we drive into the hills and to Periyar, South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary and home to bison, antelopes, sambar, wild boar, birds and even the odd tiger! After time to settle in at your hotel, we head out to explore a spice plantation to see how most spices are grown and processed.

Periyar birds

Day 17: Periyar NP

This morning enjoy a boat ride on Lake Periyar, one usually would see an abundance of bird life and wild elephants in the forest on this excursion. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax and take in your surroundings.


Day 18: Periyar NP - Alleppey

This morning we journey by road where you will 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.

Alleppey sunset

Day 19: Alleppey - Kumarakom

Disembarking our houseboat, we make our way to the area of Kumarakom and Lake Vembanad in the heartland of Kerala’s famed backwaters, Kumarakom has changed little since the Middle Ages but for it’s string of exotic resorts, making it the perfect point to relax and enjoy a bit of Sun and exotic surroundings. Arriving at the The Purity Resort by Malabar Escape, check in and relax.

Sunrise boat trip

Day 20: Kumarakom

Sit back, relax and enjoy your time here at the resort.

Local birdlife

Day 22: Kumarakom

Sadly your journey has come to an end, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.