Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights
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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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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 the Red Fort, 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. Departing Delhi, 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

Fatehpur Sikri

Agra - Jaipur. En route to Jaipur 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. Later we drive to Jaipur, the bustling capital of the state of Rajasthan. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at your own leisure.
Overnight: Jaipur  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

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 6

Village life, rural India

Jaipur - Alsisar. Today we drive to the semi-desert Shekhawati region, which lies in a triangular area between Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner. The small towns in this region were once important trading posts, and today their legacy is carried on through the beautiful painted havelis that were constructed by wealthy merchants here in the 18th and 19th centuries. Later we enjoy a walk through a local village and time to relax.
Overnight: Alsisar  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Alsisar to Delhi

Alsisar - Delhi. This morning we make a quick visit to the children and teachers at a local school in Alsisar (if open) where we operate our ‘Change for Children’ programme, before returning to Delhi. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is free for you to further explore 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 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. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

Departure dates noted with a 'S' allow Solo travellers the comfort of a single room on this tour at no additional cost.

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons.

Easter departure, book early!
Easter Departure
Please note that this tour will be in Kandy for its most famous festival - Esala Perahera, aka The Festival of the Sacred Tooth or the Kandy Festival. We will attend the colourful Kandy Festival pageant on this tour and the entrance fee is included. For details refer to the Trip Notes.
Kandy Festival departure
On this departure Solo travellers are offered the comfort of a single room at no additional cost.
Your Own Room - No Single Supp
Xmas departure, book early!
XMAS Departure
New Years Tour
New Year Departure
Guaranteed Departure
4+ places available
Limited places
Sold out
On Request (Please Contact Us)
2017
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2018
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Single Supp.
USD $3155
USD $1490
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Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Private Tour Supplement
USD $990
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Pre-Tour accommodation - Delhi
USD $109
USD $100

Please note that the connecting flight between Delhi - Colombo is not included in the cost of the tour and will need to be arranged independently. Alternatively you can contact us we'll be happy to arrange it for you.

This tour is also available on a private basis.

SPECIAL DEPARTURES:
22 July 2017 tour will be in Kandy for its most famous festival - Esala Perahera, also known as The Festival of the Sacred Tooth or the KANDY FESTIVAL. Included within this tour is the opportunity to attend the colourful Kandy Festival. A small supplement has been added to our tour price for this departure.

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 Picadilly, Delhi

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

The grand lobby of the Picadilly 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.

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.

Indra Vilas, Alsisar

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

Indra Vilas is a beautiful hotel with spacious rooms and set within 10 acres of land. As one of the largest havelis in Alsisar, Indra Vilas offers guests a historical stay imbued with all of the history that surrounds these magnificent structures. Embedded in the sprawling gardens of the hotel is a glistening swimming pool where guests can take a dip while they soak up the powerful Indian sunshine. The hotel is 30 km from Jhunjhunu and 180 km from Jaipur airport.

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 it's 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.

Trip Highlights

Old and New Delhi - Humayan's Tomb, India's largest mosque Jama Masjid and Gandhi's crematorium Raj Ghat. Red Fort till 01 June 2017
Fatehpur Sikri - An ancient abandoned Mughal city
The Pink City of Jaipur - The Amber Fort, regal City Palace and ancient observatory of Jantar Mantar
Sigiriya - the iconic Lion Rock Fortress
Dambulla's Rock Temple - Stunning cave complex
Matale - Exotic Spice Gardens
Giragama Tea Factory - a working tea factory with a long history
Udawalawe National Park - home to the nation's largest herd of Asian Elephants
Taj Mahal - India's most famous monument and Agra Fort
India's rural Shekhawati region famed for its beautiful Rajasthani architecture and classic havelis
Colombo - The Fort area, Galle Face Green and Gamgarama Temple
Polonnaruwa - the ancient capital city of Ceylon
Kayanwala village visit & cookery demonstration
Kandy - city tour including Tuk Tuk ride, Temple of the Tooth and cultural performance
Scenic train ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya and drive though Nuwara Eliya's 'Little England'
Ratnapura - heart of the nation's gem mining industry

Included

14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Touring of Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Shekhawati region, Alsisar, 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$260-280, 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$40-$50, paid in local currency

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

Tour Details
Range
OTG Signature
Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights
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: 1, Dinner: 2
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