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 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. Your tour of Delhi is complete with an authentic cycle rickshaw ride, escorted by your local guide. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Red Fort closed on Mondays)
Cycle Rickshaw Ride Jump into the hustle and bustle of Old Delhi on a fascinating and comfortable cycle rickshaw ride! Sit back, relax and observe as your rickshaw wallah weaves you through the narrow, popular lanes, amidst the swarming masses of people. Your local guide will highlight all the different sections of the market as you breathe in the wonderful aromas of the spice market, the largest in Asia, and the wafts of burning incense from nearby stalls. There’s a sense of the medieval in these bazaars, and items for sale range from the colorful to the quirky, from bangles and silver jewelry to herbal potion concoctions. Supported by your local guide, this is undoubtedly one of the best and most thrilling ways to experience traditional Delhi!
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 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.)
Highlights of Fatehpur Sikri Discover the former Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri that was built and founded in the 1500s by the third Mughal Emperor, Akbar. This was a planned imperial city that would bring leaders of many religions together as Akbar held ideals of a syncretistic faith. Unfortunately just ten years after completion the city was deserted due to drought and water shortages. Now a UNESCO world heritage site, this half day tour is a very popular stop en route from Agra to Jaipur. (Half Day, Private Activity en route to Jaipur; Fitness Level: Easy)
Jaipur is the eternal rose pink city and gateway to North India’s most colorful state, Rajasthan.
Highlights Of Jaipur (Half Day): Heritage Walking Tour Experience the history of Jaipur on this half day tour. Begin with a heritage walk of the old markets, brimming with friendly locals as they go about their daily lives and an array of vibrant goods for sale. Jaipur boasts some of the finest jewelry and textile markets, particularly with its specialist semi precious stone jewelry. For those wishing to find their own gems, a visit to Johari Bazaar, the principal jeweler’s market is a must. Visit the contemporary Birla Mandir (Lakshminarayan Temple), dedicated to the Hindu Goddess of wealth, and the 18th century Moti Dungri Ganesha Temple, dedicated to the elephant-headed Hindu God of auspiciousness. Venture to the classical 1960s movie theater, Raj Mandir Cinema to absorb the fanfare of Bollywood royalty! (Half Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy)
Heritage Food Tour Of Jaipur Discover the interesting sights, sounds and flavors of Jaipur, located in northwestern India. Accompanied by your local guide, navigate the colorful streets and lively narrow by-lanes of the walled city on foot. Pass by heritage buildings, palaces, and historical landmarks that make up the beautiful ‘Pink City’. Drop by local markets that feature spices, flowers, fruits, and vegetables, getting a glimpse of Indian food and culture. Visit a handful of legendary, age-old stalls, learning about quaint family-run establishments. Sample the fascinating local cuisine that offers choices of vegetarian and meat dishes. Try an assortment of traditional sweets and savories made from recipes that have been passed down for generations. Savor delicious preparations, soaking in the flavors and aromas of the region’s royal heritage. Sip on the ubiquitous ‘masala chai’ tea while mingling with locals at street corners. Chew on paan (flavored betel leaf), an after-dinner specialty, ending your tour with a stimulating mouthful! (Half Day; Duration: 2 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Meal included: Yes; Fitness level: Moderate; Please note that this this activity is not available during national/public holidays and festivals.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cycle Ride In Udaipur Deviate from the mundane – venture on a bicycle expedition of the City of the Lakes; catch glimpses of Udaipur ‘s diverse cultural colors, pretty lakes, scenic mountains and shops! Set forth for a few hours (or for an entire day…as you wish) starting at Fateh Sagar Lake, shaped like a pear and embellished by 3 small islands, towards Badi Lake, graced by 3 artistic chhatris – kiosks/pavilions, along an interesting route covering some of Udaipur’s popular sights.
Heritage Walk In Udaipur (Half Day) Discover the City of Lakes! From lively markets to stunning art and craftwork, Udaipur has a lot to offer culture and heritage enthusiasts. Set out from your hotel to discover the myriad labyrinths of the incredible town. Discover local handicrafts at bustling local markets as you meet local craftsmen. Strike up conversations with locals that will leave you with indelible impressions of Rajasthani life. Explore ancient sites, grand palaces and heritage buildings such as havelis – traditional Rajasthani homes, and visit picturesque locations frequented by the Maharajas (kings) of yore. At the end of your tour, return to your hotel. (Half Day, Private Activity & Transfer, Travel time to activity: 30 mins, Duration: 4 hrs, Fitness level: Moderate, as there is some walking involved. If you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time.)
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. (Duration 4 hours).
Half Day 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. (Duration 4 hours).
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.
Cochin At Dawn Cycling Tour Watch the city wake on this early morning cycle ride in Fort Kochi! Start your day by enjoying a steaming cup of tea with the locals. Go on to discover the history of this port city that, over the ages, has drawn traders from all around the world. Witness the influence of colonialism on local culture, and the impact that each colonial regime has left in its wake. Learn about the various communities that migrated to Fort Kochi over the years; home to over 15 different communities, Fort Kochi has provided a place for them to preserve their cultural identities while assimilating into the region by adopting local customs. Head to the local fish market to see one of the most important local trades firsthand. This is also your chance to learn about the lives of Kerala’s fishermen and how they support the veterans as a community. Last, but not least, get a firsthand glimpse into the nuances of the art of bargaining, one of the most prevalent customs in any Indian market! After a cycle ride that would have helped you work up an appetite, end your trip by polishing off a delicious local breakfast. (Half day, Time of Day: Morning, 0630 hrs, Duration: 3 hrs; Private Activity; Fitness Level: Moderate)
Cruise Kerala’s backwaters and stay overnight in a traditional kettuvallom, a boat made from coconut rope and wooden blanks.
Overnight Houseboat Experience In Alleppey Cruise Kerala’s backwaters and stay overnight in a traditional kettuvallom, a boat made from coconut rope and wooden planks. This unique and exotic barge experience provides all the 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.
Half Day Plantations Cycle Ride Munnar offers several amazing and charming picnic spots. A biking tour is an incredible way to see nature at its best, enjoy timeless culture, and admire the rich flora. Munnar’s aromatic and beautiful tea plantation expanses make for ideal cycling tours via forests, tea gardens and spice plantations; pass through the scenic, green, flourishing Mattupetty tea estate. Beginners can cycle towards Letchmi Estate…while advanced, seasoned bikers can pedal a good 13kms from the city centre all the way up to Mattupetty Dam. Along the way, enjoy watching the process of manual tea plucking. One can either cycle back from Letchmi Estate/the Dam or choose to have a car fetch them for their return.
Tea Delights Of Lockhart Explore the Lockhart Tea Museum situated at Devikulam, a scenic hill station and national park on the outskirts of Munnar in southern India. Drive along meandering country roads flanked by lush tea plantations and wooded hills. In a while you will reach the expansive Lockhart Estate established in the late 1800s as one of High Range’s earliest tea plantations. Accompanied by an in-house expert, tour the working tea factory, following the staff in action at every stage. Learn about orthodox tea, and its entire production process from tea leaf picking to your teacup. Understand the various health benefits of tea and its many uses. Visit the tea museum to know more about the history of tea in the region. Discover a collection of vintage equipment related to tea manufacture, and browse old photographs that trace the evolution of the town itself. Visit the adjoining nursery and garden where you can observe life behind the scenes. Finally, enjoy a tea tasting session while appreciating the fantastic scenery around! (Half Day; Duration: 1 hr; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy)
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.
Transfer to the Airport
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 3,382 /person
Option 2 From $ 3,884 /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.
Accommodation in one double room for 21 days / 20 nights
Meals as indicated
Flights mentioned below on Economy Class unless otherwise specified:
Udaipur – Mumbai
Mumbai – Cochin
All activities as listed :
Delhi: Cycle Rickshaw Ride
Delhi: Highlights of Delhi
Agra: Visit to Fatehpur Sikri
Agra: Highlights of Agra
Jaipur: Highlights of Jaipur (Half Day): Heritage Walking Tour
Jaipur: Heritage Food Tour of Jaipur
Deogarh: Rural Rail Ride
Udaipur: Shared – Boat Ride to Jag Mandir
Udaipur: Cycle Ride in Udaipur
Udaipur: Heritage Walk in Udaipur (Half Day)
Mumbai: Half Day Visit to Elephanta Caves
Mumbai: Half Day Highlights of Mumbai
Cochin: Cochin at Dawn Cycling Tour
Alleppey Houseboat: Overnight Houseboat Experience in Alleppey
Munnar: Half Day Plantations Cycle Ride
Munnar: Tea Delights of Lockhart
All airport and hotel transfers
A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with unlimited mileage and a trusted chauffeur throughout your trip, apart from during your stay at a beach/backwater resort or houseboat if applicable.
All activities described in the itinerary, including entrance fees wherever applicable, accompanied by our tour guide
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