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Delhi to Colombo - 15 days

Combine the incredible sites of India's Golden Triangle with Sri Lanka's ancient ruins, verdant jungles, cool mountains and amazing wildlife. Explore the legendary Taj Mahal and pink city of Jaipur, Dambulla's rock temple, sip pure Ceylon tea and discover the bustling city of Colombo.

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Itinerary
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Trip Highlights

Delhi - Take in the sights of old and new Delhi on a guided tour of India’s capital city including Humayan's Tomb, India's largest mosque Jama Masjid and Gandhi's crematorium Raj Ghat.
Fatehpur Sikri - Uncover an abandoned Mughal city
Jaipur - Discover the City Palace & Jantar Mantar, Amber Fort and a visit to cotton trader/tailor
Sigiriya - Climb the iconic Lion Rock Fortress
Dambulla - Visit the stunning Dambulla Cave Temple
Matale - Learn about local herbs and spices in the exotic Spice Gardens
Giragama Tea Factory - Stop at a working tea factory with a long history
Udawalawe National Park - home to the nation's largest herd of Asian Elephants. Spot exotic wildlife on a game drive
Agra and the Taj Mahal - Admire India’s most famous monument and visit nearby Agra Fort
Karauli - A former princely state. Stay in the Maharaja's Palace and visit the Karauli City Palace
Colombo - Explore the Fort & Gangaramaya Temple
Polonnaruwa - Roam around the ancient capital city of Ceylon
Kayanwala - Take a canoe trip to a local village and watch a cooking demonstration by a Sri Lankan family
Kandy - Tour the Temple of the Tooth and Botanical Gardens, and enjoy a tuk tuk ride in the hills
Take a scenic train ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya and drive though Nuwara Eliya's 'Little England'
Ratnapura - the heart of the nation's gem mining industry. Visit the Gem Mine and Museum

Included

14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Touring of Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Karauli, Colombo, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Udawalawe NP
Scenic train trip Kandy - Nuwara Eliya, canoe and Tuk Tuk trips
Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 15
All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles.
14 nights - 3-4 star and heritage hotels
Rickshaw ride in Delhi and travel by jeep to the Amber Fort in Jaipur
Jeep safari / game drive in Udawalawe National park
Escorted by an English-speaking Indian and Sri Lankan tour guide (for groups of 6 or more)

Not Included

International flights (including the flight from Delhi - Colombo) and visas
Entrance Fees: USD$200-210, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guide in India & Sri Lanka. We recommend you allow $3 - 7 USD per day per traveller. Tipping your tour guides is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: USD$70-$80, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Delhi

Saturday. Upon arrival into Delhi, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax or explore this bustling capital city.
Overnight: Delhi

Day 2

Delhi - Old & New

This morning, our Welcome Meeting takes place. We then enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi, taking in Humayan's Tomb, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque and Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation in Old Delhi, and the Rajpath and India Gate in New Delhi. Tonight, we enjoy a group Namaste Dinner at a restaurant specialising in classic Indian cuisine.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Taj Mahal

Delhi - Agra. This morning we make our way to Agra, the erstwhile capital of the Mughal empire. Our first stop here is the impressive Agra Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind its fortified walls. Later we travel on to the legendary Taj Mahal. Built by the order of Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century in affectionate memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, the Taj Mahal is perhaps one of the most extravagant monuments to love ever built and has no peers.
Overnight: Agra  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Karauli

Agra - Karauli. This morning we visit the ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, which has been deserted for over four centuries after it was allegedly abandoned due to a lack of water. Thanks to the very durable red sandstone from which it was built, Fatehpur Sikri still remains well-preserved and is a fascinating place to explore.

After a break for lunch in Bharatpur we drive on to the rural village of Karauli, which was a princely state of India from 1348 until 1949. The current Maharaja and Maharani of Karauli live at the stately Palace Bhanwar Vilas, where we spend the night. During our stay we can explore the palace, guest quarters, banquet and reception halls, stables and grounds at leisure and the young princess often gives guided tours of the palace, which we will take part in, if the opportunity arises. The family is also restoring the Karauli City Palace, which we visit later this afternoon. Tonight, there's the opportunity to attend the evening Aaarti (prayer) taking place nearby.
Overnight: Karauli  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Jaipur

Karauli - Jaipur. This morning we'll visit the children and teachers at a local school (if open) where we operate our ‘Change for Children’ programme. If you have bought any educational items with you to hand out to children this would be the time to do so. Then we drive on to Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan. The rest of the day is free to spend at leisure.
Overnight: Jaipur  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

The Pink City of Jaipur

Very early this morning there is the opportunity to sail over the lofy hilltop forts and regal palaces of Jaipur in a hot air balloon, on our Balloon Over Jaipur Bolt-on. We then travel beyond Jaipur to the stunning 16th century Amber Fort where we enjoy a tour of the fort's well-preserved interior and grounds. Later we visit a cotton weaving house to see a demonstration of fabric dyeing and block printing before touring the City Palace and Jantar Mantar - an old yet cleverly designed space observatory.
Overnight: Jaipur  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Jaipur to Delhi

Jaipur - Delhi. This morning we drive back to Delhi. The afternoon is free for you to further discover the city. Opt for a meal in the heart of the city or simply relax and chat with group members at the hotel.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Delhi to Colombo

Delhi - Colombo. Our tour of India concludes today. Transfer to Delhi airport for your flight to Colombo in Sri Lanka.

Please note: The flight from Delhi - Colombo is not included in the cost of this tour. Sri Lankan Airlines and Jet Airways fly direct. If you provide us with your flight details, we will be there to meet you at Colombo airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Colombo  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Dambulla & Sigiriya

Colombo - Dambulla - Sigiriya. Today we head inland to Sigiriya. On the way we stop at weekly fruit and vegetable market held in Naramwela Town before arriving at one of Sri Lanka’s most impressive cave temples, the Dambulla Rock Temple. Dating back to the 1st Century BC, this stunning complex of 5 caves contains over 150 images of Buddha including an impressive 14 metre statue carved out of the cave rock.

After exploring this ancient site we continue to Sigiriya and the famous ‘Lion Rock’ fortress. Built over 1500 years ago, this beautiful citadel stands 200 meters high in the middle of verdant jungle and was an important stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. It can be viewed from miles around and is definitely one of Sri Lanka’s most iconic and famous sites. You’ll be able to view the world famous paintings of the Heavenly Maidens which stand in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway.
Overnight: Sigiriya  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Polonnaruwa & Spice Gardens

Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Kandy. Our first stop today is Polonnaruwa. This fascinating 11th century city is home to many interesting ruins and famous monuments including the Royal Palace and Gal Vihara, a monument with 4 images of Buddha, all intricately carved into the rock. Polonnaruwa was once the capital and is also the second most ancient city in Sri Lanka. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was once used as a back drop to 80s sensation Duran Duran's 1982 video, Save A Prayer.

Once we’ve fully explored Polonnaruwa we take a jeep ride and short canoe trip to the village of Kayanwala. Here, at Kayanwala village we take part in a cookery demonstration in the mud brick home of a local woman and enjoy a freshly prepared lunch of curry, dahl, spiced rice, pickle and more. En route to Kandy we stop off a spice garden in Matale, to see the different herbs and spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed.
Overnight: Kandy  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Temple of the Tooth & Tuk Tuks

This morning we take a sightseeing tour of Kandy - the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings. Our first stop will be the Temple of the Tooth Relic, allegedly home to one of Buddha’s teeth. After driving around the Kandy Lake - built by the last Sinhala king, visiting the local bazaar and a gem museum we take Tuk Tuk ride up into the surrounding hills.

Later on we stop at a working tea factory at Geragama. Geragama Tea Factory is located in close proximity to the city of Kandy was established in the year 1903, manufacturing 'Low Grown' and 'Long Leaf' tea.
Overnight: Kandy  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Scenic Train trip & Tea Plantations

Kandy - Nuwara Eliya. This morning offers free time before transfering to the railway station for a scenic train trip. Passing kilometre upon kilometre of verdant tea plantations that hug the winding mountain passes, we'll see waterfalls, suspension bridges and tea pickers on our journey up to Nuwara Eliya - Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country producing a significant share of the world’s best tea.

Later on we embark on a sightseeing tour of the region referred to locally ‘Little England’.
Overnight: Nuwara Eliya  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Udawalawe NP Jeep Safari

Nuwara Eliya - Udawalawe National Park. Today we head south to Embilipitiya, our base for exploring Udawalawe National Park. This national park is probably one of the best places to spot the famous Sri Lankan Elephant, the biggest of all the Asian Elephants. The park is also home to the elusive leopard, the Sri Lankan Sloth Bear and different species of deer. We take an afternoon game drive here before returning to our hotel for the night.
Overnight: Udawalawe National Park and Embilipitiya  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Colombo City Tour

Udawalawe National Park - Colombo. This morning with a visit to the Gem Mine and Museum at Ratnapura. Sri Lanka is famous for its gem industry and is home to 40 out of the 85 types of gems in the world.

Arriving to Colombo, we commence a city tour seeing the Fort area in the north of the city, famous for its government buildings and interesting shops. We explore the Fort area in the north of the city, famous for its government buildings and interesting shops. We'll see the stunning Gangarama Temple and take a stroll along Galle Face Green, a popular spot for kite flying and games of cricket.
Overnight: Colombo  |  Breakfast

Day 15

Colombo

Saturday. Our tour comes to an end today after breakfast and hotel check out. Included transfer to Colombo airport for your onward flight.
Breakfast

Extend Your Stay!

Extend your stay with a relaxing 4 day beach break. Located on the south west of the island, palm fringed Bentota offers sandy white beaches, azure waters, colourful markets and opportunities for surfing and water sports.

On the last day of your Delhi to Colombo tour (day 15) you'll travel by private transfer from Colombo to Bentota for 4 nights of beach time bliss. Accommodation is at the beautiful Pandanus Beach Resort & Spa on a bed and breakfast basis. For more information on our 4 day beach break, contact us.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who would like their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.

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This tour will be in Kandy for Sri Lanka's most famous festival - Esala Perahera, aka The Festival of the Sacred Tooth or the Kandy Festival. We witness the colourful pageant (attendance fee included) from our reserved seating. For details refer to the Trip Notes. If travelling in 2018, this tour departs on a Monday
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2017
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Person
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27 May - 10 Jun 10% off
USD $2,975
USD $2,678

USD $1,490
17 Jun - 01 Jul 10% off
USD $2,975
USD $2,678

USD $1,490
01 Jul - 15 Jul 10% off
USD $2,975
USD $2,678

USD $1,490
22 Jul - 05 Aug 10% offThis tour will be in Kandy for Sri Lanka's most famous festival - Esala Perahera, aka The Festival of the Sacred Tooth or the Kandy Festival. We witness the colourful pageant (attendance fee included) from our reserved seating. For details refer to the Trip Notes. If travelling in 2018, this tour departs on a Monday
USD $3,255
USD $2,930

USD $1,490
12 Aug - 26 Aug 10% off
USD $2,975
USD $2,678

USD $1,490
09 Sep - 23 Sep 10% off
USD $2,975
USD $2,678

USD $1,490
23 Sep - 07 Oct 10% offG
USD $3,065
USD $2,759

USD $1,490
07 Oct - 21 Oct 10% offOn this departure Solo travellers are offered the comfort of a single room at no additional cost, when purchasing the tour at full price.
USD $3,065
USD $2,759

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21 Oct - 04 Nov 10% off
USD $3,065
USD $2,759

USD $1,490
04 Nov - 18 Nov 10% offG
USD $3,155
USD $2,840

USD $1,490
18 Nov - 02 Dec 10% offG
USD $3,155
USD $2,840

USD $1,490
02 Dec - 16 Dec 10% off
USD $3,155
USD $2,840

USD $1,490
16 Dec - 30 Dec 10% off
USD $3,365
USD $3,029

USD $1,490
30 Dec - 13 Jan 10% off
USD $3,365
USD $3,029

USD $1,490
2018
Price /
Person
Single
Supp.
USD $3,155
USD $1,490
USD $3,155
USD $1,490
USD $3,065
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USD $1,490
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USD $3,155
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Extra Prices

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Person
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Private Tour Supplement
USD $990
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Post-Tour Accommodation - Colombo
USD $110
USD $90
Pre-Tour Accommodation - Delhi
USD $109
USD $100

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

The Piccadily, Delhi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

The grand lobby of the Piccadily is a perfect introduction to this elegant luxury property. Rooms are bright, airy and furnished in a sophisticated and contemporary fashion. Staff are helpful, attentive and go above and beyond to make sure your stay is a memorable and happy one. Dining at popular Zune and contemporary Twenty-9 is highly recommended. Located in the west of town, close to the airport. Access to the rest of the city is very simple with the Janakpuri West Metro station just next door.

Seven Hills Tower, Agra

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The modern and stylish Seven Hills Tower hotel boasts a range of facilities and services designed to ensure the quality of each traveller's stay. Guests can enjoy a dip in the rooftop pool or laze on the sun loungers before heading to the equally lofty restaurant for some mouth-watering Mughlai cuisine. The spacious guestrooms are elegantly decorated with neutral colours and fabrics covered with traditional patterns and all have excellent ensuite facilities. Why not head to the rooftop pool and al fresco dining area for beautiul views of the Taj - perfect for a sunset drink.

Bhanwar Vilas Palace, Karauli

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

Built in 1938, this stunning property is the residence of the Maharaja (181st in the Royal Dynasty) and Maharani of Karauli. Both the architecture and furniture have been designed in fitting with colonial styles. Rooms are split between deluxe rooms and luxury suites, each including a range of modern amenities such as a mini bar, a well-appointed ensuite and a plush king-sized bed. In the evenings, guests can tuck into an array of regional specialities as well as cuisine from around the world in the hotel's restaurant. The hotel is just 7km from the nearest train station.

Mandawa Haveli, Jaipur

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

The beautiful heritage style Mandawa Haveli is a fine example of typical Rajasthan architecture - set in terraced gardens with pretty courtyards. All rooms are well appointed with intricately carved wooden beds and king-size royal portraits. An evening spent enjoying a lavish Rajasthani dinner in front of a traditional folk dance is highly recommended. Well located in the heart of Jaipur city on Sansar Chandra Road, just a few minute’s drive from the Palace of the Winds.

OZO Colombo, Colombo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

OZO Colombo is a modern and stylish hotel, with sweeping Indian Ocean views from its rooftop infinity pool and many of its rooms. There's free WIFI access throughout the hotel and the guestrooms are bright and airy with all modern amenities. OZO is centrally located on Marine Drive, near Galle Road and just a 10 minute drive from the city centre.

The Paradise Resort & Spa, Sigiriya

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

An eco-friendly resort surrounded by the lush foliage of Sigiriya, this comfortable and conveniently located hotel is just a short distance from the sights of Sigiriya and Dambulla. The resort itself boasts an outdoor swimming pool and four dining options, there is complimentary WiFi, spa facilities and even bicycle rental available to guests.

OZO Kandy Hotel, Kandy

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The stylish OZO Kandy prides itself on its smart facilities from a rooftop pool & lounge with views of the surrounding mountains to comfortable beds designed to give clients a night of sublime sleep. Guests can enjoy local flavours and international delights at the EAT2GO restaurant.

Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Once the residence of the former Governor of Sri Lanka, Sir Edward Barnes, the Grand Hotel is a colonial style property set amongst very picturesque grounds. Guest rooms are large, traditionally designed with very comfortable beds. Free Wi-fi is available in the lobby and restaurants and the underground bar serves up a superb array of cocktails. Be sure to try the traditional Sri Lankan hoppers as part of the breakfast buffet. Well located in the high elms of Nuwara Eliya just a short walk from town.

Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort, Udawalawe National Park and Embilipitiya

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Situated on 7 acres of land, the Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort is the only hotel of its class in the area. Rooms are spacious with beautiful hard wood flooring and artwork depicting the wildlife of Udawalawe. Food here is delicious and plentiful with an extensive breakfast menu. The outdoor pool is a great place to relax by and enjoy a refreshing splash in after a good day on safari. Well located just a few minutes drive from Udawalawe National Park.

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4 out of 5 based on 1 recent reviews

The trip was flawless from start to finish. Satish was a complete professional and gave lots of information throughout, made us laugh, gave honest insight into Indian culture and arranged every details to perfection. Have had the trip of a lifetime and will definitely return to India.

Joanna Battery • Submitted 27 Oct 2014

Tour in India & Sri Lanka. Excellent tour visiting major sites and others of interest. Kandy Festival was wonderful. Hotels excellent but generally isolated - opportunities to eat elsewhere would have been appreciated.

• Submitted 12 Sep 2014
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Our guide opened my eyes to what a beautiful, vibrant, hectic, exciting country India is. And what a contrast Sri Lanka was - tropical & calm! Thank you for a great time.

Nicola Spencer • Submitted 14 Mar 2013

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Delhi
Ends
Colombo
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star & heritage hotels
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 14, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 2
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Countries
Updated
1st March 2017

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The trip was flawless from start to finish. Satish was a complete professional and gave lots of information throughout, made us laugh, gave honest insight into Indian culture and arranged every details to perfection. Have had the trip of a lifetime and will definitely return to India.

Joanna Battery