From the hectic pace of northern Delhi to the beaches of Goa and the fishing nets of relaxed Kochi, this epic journey packages the subcontinents highlights into three well-paced weeks. Watch the sunrise at Savitri temple in Pushkar and explore the canals of Alleppey on your way to a homestay with a local family. With your accommodation and transport arranged by our CEOs, you can concentrate on choosing your own adventure. Pack your trip with everything you want and nothing you don't. What are you waiting for? Lush hills, bustling cities, and mouth-watering curries await!
If you arrive early, wander through the heart of India's capital city and explore Old and New Delhi. Travel by the new metro or auto rickshaws and visit the famous Jama Masjid (Great Mosque) where you could climb the minaret for a bird's eye view of the old city. Explore Chandni Chowk, one of India's oldest and busiest markets or head to the colourful spice market -- a great photo opportunity.
Please note this tour departs Delhi early on Day 2, so book extra accommodation if you would like to explore the city. Day tours can be booked through the front desk of your hotel if you do arrive early.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Agra is best known as the site of India's most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal. Enjoy a guided visit to this icon of Mughal architecture either in the morning or late afternoon for the best light (this depends upon your arrival time). You also have the option to visit the Agra Fort, the Taj's less famous—but no less impressive—sister monument.
Taj Mahal Guided Tour
Train (3.00 hour(s))
Today we take a bus ride—always an adventure itself in India— to the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, the former capital of a princely state of the same name. Clothed in pink stucco (in imitation of sandstone), Jaipur is known as the "Pink City" and is one of the most important heritage cities in India. It is home to India's second most visited site, the Hawa Mahal, or "Palace of the Winds".
Take a cycle rickshaw to the markets and enjoy an orientation walk through the stalls. If you haven't tasted one yet, this is a great place to try a delicious masala chai (Indian chai tea).
In your free time, opt to visit the City Palace, the observatory, or check out a song-and-dance Bollywood film in India's largest movie theatre.
There will be a stop around the half-way point for snacks and toilets.
Local bus (7.00 hour(s))
Enjoy a guided tour of the Amber Fort before having a free afternoon in Jaipur to explore the city.
Amber Fort Guided Tour
Go on an included guided walk through the local village and opt to participate in a cricket match with some locals.
Tordi Sagar Local Village Tour
4x4 (3.00-4.00 hours)
Have a final taste of rural village life with a traditional lunch before travelling to Pushkar.
This morning, travel to Ajmer and over Snake Mountain to Pushkar. The site of the world's only temple to the Hindu god of creation, Brahma, Pushkar is often called "Tirth Raj," the Raj (king) of pilgrim centres.
After settling into our accommodation, we will take an orientation walk around Pushkar.
Pushkar Orientation Walk
4x4 (4.00 hour(s))
Before dawn today, we climb to the hilltop Savitri temple. After the morning walk, there is nothing better than spending time at one of the many cafés in town.
All rested, head into the desert and enjoy to a traditional meal prepared and served by local cameleers, with gypsy dancers and music.
Savitri Temple Climb
Dinner in the desert
Continue south to lakeside Udaipur, famous worldwide for its plethora of breathtaking lakes and Raj-era palaces. It certainly lives up to its reputation as India's most romantic city.
With its own famous style of painting and plenty of artisans, Udaipur is a great place to stroll through.
Train (7.00-8.00 hours)
Free time to explore the "Venice of the East" with its lakes, palaces, and narrow lanes.
Take a local bus to Ahmedabad and explore the famous Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati. Overnight train from Ahmedabad to Mumbai.
Gandhi Ashram Visit
Local bus (5.00-6.00 hours)
Basic overnight train (beds) (7.00-8.00 hours)
Opt to shoot a picture of the Gateway to India, facing westward out to sea, and stop in for a cup of tea at the famous Taj Hotel next door. From here boats leave for Elephanta Island (also called Gharapuri Island or place of caves), famous for is cave temples carved straight from the rock.
People-watch on Chowpatty Beach or visit Crawford Market, one of South Mumbai's most famous markets. Try some of the many local specialties at one of Mumbai's many top-notch restaurants, or go out on the town and sample the city's famed nightlife firsthand.
Relax on a beach, visit the many Portuguese-built monuments, wander around the old churches of Old Goa (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and discover Panjim, the capital.
Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Enjoy a free day to wind down in North Goa. Visit nearby beaches, scour the markets, and be sure to try to some delicious Goan cuisine and fresh seafood.
Fly to southern India and explore this major port city.
Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening followed by an optional dinner.
Plane (3.25 hour(s))
Leaving early to avoid the heat, enjoy the Jewish Town with its old curio shops and the more than 400-year-old synagogue.
Travel afterwards to Alleppey, a golden streak of land woven with rivers, lakes, lagoons, and canals.
In the afternoon, we check out the island with a local English-speaking guide and learn about the way of life here. Afterwards, settle into a homestay and get to know your hosts.
Alleppey Guided Walk
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Travel to Kollam by bus after enjoying a morning ferry cruise.
Alleppey Ferry Cruise
Local bus (2.00 hour(s))
Enjoy lots of free time to explore the town, relax with an Ayurvedic massage, get treated by local healers, or visit the Varkala Temple.
Kollam Fishing Docks Visit
Neendakara Fishing Harbour Visit
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Spend time wandering the peaceful gardens of an ashram devoted to Kerala's most eminent spiritual and social reformer and the mystical Janardhana Swamy Temple, or just head to the beach to relax and watch the Arabian Sea.
Travel to Kochi and take an orientation tour visiting Fort Kochi, St Francis Church, the Dutch cemetery, and the Chinese fishing nets.
In the late afternoon/early evening, opt to watch Kathakali dancing (a Kerala traditional dance form).
Train (3.50-4.00 hours)
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A good mix of historical, transport, local, cultural and geographic highlights of India from Delhi to the south of India showing a great cross section of the country.Overall Rating
Trip Name: Discover India–Delhi to Kochi
Duration: 21 Days
From Price: 1934
Trip Code: 126594
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