Travel to India to discover a vivid country crammed with diverse and unique cultures. This highlights tour takes you through historical North India down to its exotic South, where you will find regal tales, stunning architecture, relaxing backwaters, and plenty of spice!
Delhi, the City of Djinns (spirits) is yours to discover! Let us take you on a journey of India’s capital that covers 5,000 years, from its imperial history and two World Heritage sites to today’s electric contemporary vibe.
Highlights of Delhi Whether you want a whirlwind tour or wish to enjoy an in-depth experience of Delhi’s numerous sights, the choice is yours! Discover the Old Town with its bustling Chandni Chowk, the imposing Red Fort and Jama Masjid. Feast at the colorful, open-air food and craft bazaar of Dili Haat. Wander Lodhi Gardens or discover many architecturally-beautiful temples – from the Baha’i Lotus Temple to ISKCON temple or Laxminarayan Temple. Visit National Museum, Bangala Sahib, the Gandhi Memorial at Raj Ghat or the Parliament Museum in Parliament Street. Kindly note that Red Fort is closed on Mondays.
Discover the magic of white marble at Agra! The city is home to UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal.
Highlights of Agra Romance at sunrise and sunset and have your audience with the world’s greatest monument of love, the white marble Mughal mausoleum of the Taj Mahal, grandly overlooking the Yamuna River. This is not the only UNESCO World Heritage site to explore in Agra – you can witness the divine red sandstone Agra Fort, also a player in this renowned undying love story.If you wish, discover this fabled city with a ride in a decorated tonga (horse drawn carriage)! Head to the Akbar Mausoleum in Sikandra, located in the suburbs. Not far away, the historic deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri is a must-see!
Highlights of Fatehpur Sikri Discover the former Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri, which is literally translated as City of Victory. Built and founded in the 16th century by the third Mughal Emperor, Akbar, his complex of monuments and temples was a planned imperial city. Akbar, who held ideals of a syncretistic faith, hoped to bring leaders of many religions together here. Unfortunately just ten years after completion the city was deserted due to drought and water shortages. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s a marvellous stop between Agra to Jaipur. Marvel at Buland Darwaza, the main entrance to this ancient city, and visit the elegant and sacred Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque). Spend time exploring the Tomb of Shaikh Salim Chisti, and Birbal Bhawan, an intricate building dedicated to Akbar’s greatest court advisor. Venture into the inner court and harems where Akbar’s queen Jodha Bai, and other wives resided.
Jaipur is the eternal rose pink city and gateway to North India’s most colorful state, Rajasthan.
Highlights of Jaipur Venture into regality! Explore Amber Fort, a fabulous sandstone fort complex that overlooks the city. Visit Albert Hall, the state museum of Rajasthan with its vast collection of interesting regional Indian artifacts. Observe the aesthetically beautiful honeycombed façade of Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal), and the architecturally rich City Palace with its many regal courtyards, temples and pavilions, situated in the heart of the old city. Head to the world’s largest stone observatory – the Jantar Mantar. Discover Govind Devji Temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, the Lakshmi Narayan and Ganesh Temples. Visit the amazing Jaigarh and Nahargarh Forts. Venture to the classical 1960s movie theater, Raj Mandir Cinema to absorb the fanfare of Bollywood royalty!
Udaipur is the City of Lakes! Tucked away in the heart of the forested Aravalli Hills, this regally romantic city has always stood out from Rajasthan’s other desert cities with its network of manmade lakes.
Highlights of Udaipur Cruise into the City of Lakes and soak up historic culture. Experience a scenic boat ride on Lake Pichola where you can witness the grandeur of the city’s architecture from afar. Tour the 16th century City Palace, a flamboyant and towering structure sitting on a hilltop and one of the largest palaces in the state, boasting spectacular views and an intriguing museum. Explore 17th century Jagdish Temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna. Head out to to Haldighati, a mountain pass in the Aravalli Hills, where a great battle occurred in the 16th century. Discover the ancient 1st century Eklingji Temple near the sleepy town of Devigarh, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, or venture to the impressive temple ruins at Nagda.
Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay during British colonial rule, has welcomed travelers from around the world for centuries.
Half Day Visit to Elephanta Caves Venture to the extraordinary Elephanta Caves, a complex of ancient rock-cut cave temples that sit proudly on Elephanta Island, which is an hour’s ferry ride from Mumbai. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, these intricately carved caves date back to 600AD, although there is little history explaining the island. Some locals believe the caves are a natural testament to the Hindu faith. Explore the tranquil and picturesque island, teeming with green foliage and scampering monkey, before visiting the caves. There is much to witness, from the great Trimurti Sadashiva (or Maheshmurti) a cave that depicts the three faces of Shiva, to a hall with 20 pillars, and an enshrined Shivalingam (a phallic symbol of fertility). Kindly note that Elephanta Caves are closed on Mondays.
Highlights of Mumbai Venture to the waterfront and witness the historic Gateway of India, built during the British rule. Drive by the world’s most expensive real estate along Marine Drive, also known as the Queen’s Necklace, as the streetlights resemble a string of pearls at night. Discover the plethora of colonial architecture including the High Court, Mumbai University, Flora Fountain, Asiatic Library, Prince of Wales Museum, Municipal Corporation Building and the fascinating, fully-functioning Victoria Terminus Railway Station. Whilst the building is closed to the public, you can glimpse the Parsi Tower of Silence with its circling vultures. Unwind amidst the topiary of the Hanging Gardens, or in Kamala Nehru Park and Horniman Circle. Learn more about Mahatma Gandhi at Mani Bhavan, a museum and reference library.
Kochi, formerly Cochin, is considered the Queen of the Arabian Sea as it was one of the first European settlements in India, due its ideal positioning for trading.
Highlights of Cochin Kochi is an engaging city to explore, from the absorbing views of Fort Kochi harbor with its huge Chinese fishing nets to ancient mosques, Portuguese architecture and the crumbling remnants of the British Raj. Explore Mattancherry, where you can observe murals and antiquities at the Dutch Palace and Cemetery. Indulge your senses browsing traditional spice and antique markets. Encounter the fascinating 400 year old, fully-functioning Pardesi Synagogue in the Jewish quarter. Visit the original grave of Vasco da Gama in St. Francis Church, before his remains were returned to Portugal. Discover Hill Palace, the state’s largest archaeological museum, which is located in the regal and artistic suburbs of Tripunithura. Enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance performance, or the captivating display of Kalaripayattu, a 3,000 year old martial art form.
Cruise Kerala’s backwaters and stay overnight in a traditional kettuvallom, a boat made from coconut rope and wooden blanks.
Overnight Houseboat Experience Cruise Kerala’s backwaters and stay overnight in a traditional kettuvallom, a boat made from coconut rope and wooden blanks. This unique and exotic barge experience provides all the creature comforts of a hotel, with furnished bedrooms, a modern shower and toilet room, a living area and a shaded balcony for relaxing on as you enjoy uninterrupted views of rural Kerala. There is also a kitchen where the boat’s crew will rustle you up deliciously fresh meals and snacks, served traditionally on banana leaves. The skipper (captain), might moor up and take you to visit a backwater village, where you can meet local people and observe ancestral homes and places of worship. After a relaxing day, drop anchor and rest your head to the gentle sounds of the swishing lake waters.
Munnar offers a haven of peace and tranquility within the verdant hills of Kerala.
Highlights of Munnar Explore this beautiful panoramic town with its sprawling tea plantations! Begin with a drive to Mattupetty Dam where, at Top Station and Echo Point, views of lush mountainsides await and your voice will echo back. Head onwards to Kundala Dam, where you can go boating. The following day, after a dinner in the town and a good night’s sleep, enjoy a drive through winding lanes as you witness the exotic forest and grassland flora. Enjoy a 20 minute trek on a paved path before returning to the city. Discover the Kannan Devan Tea Museum, where you will learn about the town’s former flourishing tea industry through photos and old machinery. Visit the Antiques museum and enjoy a 30 minute documentary of Munnar. Before the sun sets, experience a local tea tour and tea production demonstration.