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Enjoy the classic highlights and hidden gems on a grand tour through North and South India. Discover the Mughal architecture and the Taj Mahal in Agra on customized excursions, delve deep into history at Rajasthan’s regal cities, and enjoy exciting tiger safaris in Ranthambore. Next, head to Kerala in the south where you can soak up the ancient traditions and Portuguese colonial heritage of Cochin. Travel to the tranquil backwaters of Kerala for a private houseboat stay where you can explore life in the unique ecosystem. Wind down your tour on the golden beaches of Mararikulam, far away from the beaten path.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 4DelhiRed Fort, Humayuns Tomb, Jama Masjid, Qutab Minar, India GateColonels Retreat, Taj Mahal Delhi
4 - 6VaranasiBoat Rides on The Ganges, Ganga Aarti, Spirituality, SarnathPalace on Ganges, Brijrama Palace
6 - 8AgraTaj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur SikriDoubleTree by Hilton Agra, ITC Mughal
8 - 10RanthamboreJeep Safaris, Wildlife, Nature, Tiger Sightings, Ranthambore FortRanthambore Heritage Haveli, Khem Villas
10 - 12JaipurAmber Fort, City Palace, The Palace of Winds, Jantar MantarJas Vilas, Jai Mahal Palace
12 - 13DeogarhVillage Life, Local Train Ride, Jeep Safari, Rock Cave TempleDeogarh Mahal Hotel, Dev Shree
13 - 15UdaipurBoat Ride on Scenic Lake Pichola, City Palace, Aravalli HillsFateh Niwas, Fateh Garh
15 - 17CochinFort Kochi Harbor, Matancherry & Pardesi Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Kochi-Muziris BiennaleThe Francis Residence, Malabar House
17 - 18Backwaters of KeralaLagoons & Lake, Houseboat Cruise, Village Life & Local CultureSpice Coast Cruise, Punnamada Backwater Resort
18 - 21MararikulamPristine Beach, Village LifeMarari Beach Resort, Marari Beach Resort
21 - 21CochinFort Kochi Harbor, Matancherry & Pardesi Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Kochi-Muziris Biennale

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 4

International arrival

We will welcome you at the airport and take you to your hotel

Delhi

3 Nights

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.

Included Activities

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 on this full day tour! Discover the Old Town with its bustling markets, including Chandni Chowk, once the grandest Indian market. Head to the imposing Red Fort and onto India’s largest mosque, the Jama Masjid, beautifully decorated with paintings, inlaid stones, carvings and glazed tiles. Feast at the colorful, open-air food and craft bazaar of Dilli Haat. Visit Laxminarayan Temple, built in honor of the Hindu goddess of wealth, and its beautiful gardens. Discover the UNESCO World heritage site Humayun’s Tomb, a monumental landmark in Indo-Islamic architecture with its perfect synthesis of Persian architecture and Indian traditions. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Red Fort closed on Mondays)

Hotel Options
Colonels Retreat – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleGuest house
Taj Mahal Delhi – Opt 2
RoomSuperior City View Tower Wing
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 4 - 6

Transfer to the airport

Flight from Delhi to Varanasi

Transfer to your hotel

Varanasi

2 Nights

Varanasi, the holy city, is older than history and legend! Located along the banks of the holy River Ganges, it is the oldest living city in the world.

Included Activities

Highlights of Varanasi (Half Day): Evening
Begin your evening tour of Varanasi with a delightful visit to a bustling local market, brimming with vibrant colors where it seems that everything is for sale! Venture into modern spirituality with a local temple visit. Take a thrilling auto rickshaw ride towards the ghats (steps) of India’s holiest river. Cruise around the River Ganges on an evening boat ride as the sun begins to set. Participate in the enthralling Ganga Aarti, a heartwarming and fascinating prayer ceremony, where you can watch Hindu pilgrims giving offerings to their holy river. (Half Day, Private Evening Activity & Transfer; Time: 1500 hrs – 2000 hrs; Fitness Level: Easy)

Highlights of Varanasi (Half Day): Morning
Head out on a sunrise boat ride on the River Ganges before you explore the colorful, bustling maze of ghats and temples lining the this holy river. As a meeting place between the physical and spiritual worlds, this can be an intense experience as you witness life and death come together. After a short breakfast, discover architectural relics and artwork at Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum. Venture to a nearby hamlet and observe daily village life, and experience Ramnagar Fort, an 18th century Mughal Fort. On every day except Fridays, you can visit the ancient seat of wisdom Sarnath, where Lord Buddha gave his first lecture after attaining enlightenment. (Half Day, Private Morning Activity & Transfer; Time: 0530 hrs – 1300 hrs; Fitness Level: Easy; Sarnath Museum closed on Fridays)

Hotel Options
Palace on Ganges – Opt 1
RoomGanges Deluxe Non River View
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Brijrama Palace – Opt 2
RoomNandidhara
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 6 - 8

Transfer to the airport

Flight from Varanasi to Delhi

Drive from Delhi to Agra (205 km, 4 hrs)

Agra

2 Nights

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.

Included Activities

Highlights of Agra
Romance at sunset and have your audience with the white marble Mughal mausoleum of the Taj Mahal, grandly overlooking the Yamuna River, during your Half day tour of Agra. Head to the lesser known Mehtab Bagh for prime viewing of the world’s greatest monument of love. The Taj Mahal 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. (Activity Type : Private;Ideal For: All;Best Time to Visit: All Year;Total Duration: 5 hours;Timings: 08:00 – 18:00 hours;Closed: Taj Mahal Closed on Friday.)

Hotel Options
RoomGuest Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
ITC Mughal – Opt 2
RoomMughal Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 8 - 10

Drive from Agra to Ranthambore (300 km, 6 hrs)

Ranthambore

2 Nights

Ranthambore National Park is a wildlife enthusiast’s dream! Sprawling over a vast expanse near Sawai Madhopur, the park encompasses the adjoining forests of Kaila Devi and Man Singh Sanctuary.

Included Activities

Shared Safari-Ranthambore ( Morning and Evening)
Safari in style! Ranthambore National Park is a hotspot for discovering the celebrated Bengal tiger in its native habitat! Head out into thick foliage on morning and afternoon safaris, which are the best times for the big cats to reveal themselves. Safari routes are selected using a government-run lottery system, so it is the luck of the draw as to which path you take, however all of them provide a fascinating variety of native wildlife and bird life for you to witness. (2 safaris per day, Morning and late afternoon . Shared Activity & Transfer, Travel time to Activity: 30 mins, Duration: each safari 3.5 hrs , Fitness level: Easy; please wear comfortable walking shoes and light colored clothing. Please note that each jeep will accommodate 6 people in total.)

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Khem Villas – Opt 2
RoomTent
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge
Day 10 - 12

Drive from Ranthambore to Jaipur (200 km, 4 hrs)

Jaipur

2 Nights

Jaipur is the eternal rose pink city and gateway to North India’s most colorful state, Rajasthan.

Included Activities

Highlights of Jaipur
Wander into regality during your full day tour! 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). Discover the architecturally rich City Palace with its many regal courtyards, temples and pavilions, and Govind Devji Temple, dedicated to Hindu God Krishna, situated in the heart of the old city. Head to the world’s largest stone observatory – the Jantar Mantar. Visit the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, which acts to preserve the traditional Indian technique of hand block textile printing and boasts numerous beautiful examples. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy)

Hotel Options
Jas Vilas – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleGuest house
Jai Mahal Palace – Opt 2
RoomLuxury Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 12 - 13

Drive from Jaipur to Deogarh (280 km, 5 hrs)

Deogarh

1 Night

Deogarh’s legacy is legendary! The erstwhile feudal estate has seen the rise and fall of some of the greatest warriors among the heroic Mewar Rajputs of Rajasthan.

Included Activities

Rural Rail Ride
Explore a marvellous rural ride that pays great homage to the past as well as providing transportation for locals. This authentic experience allows you to travel through the stunning tranquil countryside through viaducts and into forested areas on a classic 1930s meter gauge train! Originally started by the British, the Deogarh train departs at 1000 hrs and takes approximately two hours and chugs to nearing station Phulad. As you chat with the other friendly and inquisitive passengers, pass through quaint bygone railway stations that offer you a most wonderful experience of vintage travel. Kindly note that there is no air conditioning in the carriages, however there is a always a refreshingly warm breeze through the open windows.

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Dev Shree – Opt 2
RoomRoom
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 13 - 15

Drive from Deogarh to Udaipur via Ranakpur (195 km, 5 hrs)

Udaipur

2 Nights

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.

Included Activities

Highlights of Ranakpur
Journey to Ranakpur on a unique day trip, which can be enjoyed en route. The highlight of this town is the Jain Temple, which dates back to the 15th century and is intricately crafted – and entirely out of white marble. The temple complex is extraordinarily well-preserved, despite its age, and covers a vast area. Take on the role of explorer as you venture through the complex, with its 29 halls, 80 domes and pavilions, and 1,444 imposing pillars, of which no two are alike in design or sculpture. Rankapur is the single most important pilgrimage site for followers of the Jain religion, so expect to find devotees engaged in prayer in this tranquil place. Kindly note that guides are not permitted to accompany you inside the temple complex.

Shared – Boat Ride to Jag Mandir
Cruise out onto the luxurious Lake Pichola and enjoy a one hour boat ride that will allow you to experience the city’s various attractions and architecture, such as the City Palace, from a different perspective. Visit the famous 17th century Jag Mandir, guarded by its eight life-size elephants that have been painstakingly carved from marble Experience the once bejewelled island palace walls, and take a leisurely stroll through island’s beautiful landscaped gardens filled with charming flowers, before you return to your boat. If you are enjoying this activity at dusk then you will have the chance to witness the calm waters magically glimmering in the setting sun.

Highlights of Udaipur
Journey into the City of Lakes and soak up historic culture. 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 Hindu God Krishna. Discover Saheliyon ki Bari, the ‘Garden of Maids’, which boasts lush lawns, stunning lotus pools, marble pavilions and even elephant-shaped fountains! Head to the crystal gallery to witness the world’s largest private collection of crystal. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy)

Hotel Options
Fateh Niwas – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
StyleResort
Fateh Garh – Opt 2
RoomRenaissance Rooms
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 15 - 17

Transfer to the airport

Flight from Udaipur to Cochin via Mumbai

Transfer to your hotel

Cochin

2 Nights

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.

Included Activities

Highlights of Cochin (Half Day)
Cochin 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 Parsi Synagogue in the Jewish quarter. Visit the original grave of Vasco da Gama in St. Francis Church, used 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. (Duration: 4 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy; Please note that the Dutch Palace is closed on Fridays, the Jewish Synagogue is closed on Friday afternoons and Saturdays and the Hill Palace Musuem is closed on Mondays).

Hotel Options
RoomPremium Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleGuest house
Malabar House – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 17 - 18

Drive from Cochin to Backwaters (65 km, 1.5 hrs)

Backwaters of Kerala

1 Night

Kerala’s famous backwaters are a labyrinthine network of tree-fringed lagoons, idyllic lakes, and river systems, running parallel to the Arabian Sea along the Malabar coast.

Hotel Options
RoomOne Bed Room
MealsFull Board
StyleHouseboat
RoomGarden View Villa
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 18 - 21

Drive from Backwaters to Mararikulam (35 km, 0.5 h)

Mararikulam

3 Nights

Mararikulam located a short drive from the town of Alleppey, epitomizes the tropical dream with its pristine white sands and crystal clear waters.

Hotel Options
RoomBeach Cottage
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort
RoomGarden Villa
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort
Day 21 - 21

Drive from Mararikulam to Cochin Airport (75 km, 2 hrs)

Cochin

0 Nights

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.

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 5,990 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 8,590 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 21 days / 20 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • Economy flights for all sectors :
    • Delhi – Varanasi
    • Varanasi – Delhi
    • Udaipur – Cochin (via Mumbai)
  • All activities as listed :
    • Delhi: Highlights of Delhi
    • Varanasi: Highlights of Varanasi (Half Day): Evening
    • Varanasi: Highlights of Varanasi (Half Day): Morning
    • Agra: Highlights of Agra
    • Ranthambore: Shared Safari-Ranthambore ( Morning and Evening)
    • Jaipur: Highlights of Jaipur
    • Deogarh: Rural Rail Ride
    • Udaipur: Highlights of Ranakpur
    • Udaipur: Shared – Boat Ride to Jag Mandir
    • Udaipur: Highlights of Udaipur
    • Cochin: Highlights of Cochin (Half Day)
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
  • A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with chauffeur for the activities specified in the itinerary
  • All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
  • Fees and taxes

Not Included

  • Camera fees
  • Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Travel, health and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)
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Highlights of India: From the North to the South

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