India Panorama

22 Days: Delhi l Agra l Jaipur l Pushkar l Jodhpur l Udaipur l Mumbai l Cochin l Backwater Cruise l Periyar l Madurai l Chennai

Discover this land of ancient traditions, dramatic landscapes and astounding diversity. See grand monuments in Delhi, cruise on the Ganges and witness ritual bathing at Varanasi. See the Taj Mahal in Agra, see Amber Fort in Jaipur, witness the beauty of Pushkar, visit forts and palaces in Jodhpur and enjoy a stunning boat cruise at India’s in Udaipur. Stop at Mumbai before flying to the tranquil waterways of Kerala, spot wildlife at Periyar National Park, admire beautiful temples at Madurai. End with relaxing beachside town - Mahabalipuram.

Day 1 - 2 Delhi

Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your hotel. Experience a rickshaw ride through narrow alleyways. See India’s largest mosque of Jama Masjid, pass Red Fort to New Delhi and visit World Heritage listed Humayun’s Tomb. Take photos at India Gate and Parliament Building. Explore Connaught Place and sample local cuisine. (2B/1D)

Day 3 - 4 Varanasi

Fly to Varanasi and visit the spiritual Sarnath, the place of the Buddha’s first sermon. Observe ancient traditions near the Ganges River. Enjoy a cruise and see temples bathed in soft light. Witness friendly locals washing clothes and practicing yoga. Take an overnight train to Agra. (2B/1D)

Day 5 - 6 Agra

Arrive in Agra, visit the vast the Red Fort and see craftsmen in action at a marble inlay workshop. The next day bask in a spectacular sunrise at the majestic Taj Mahal. Marvel at its beauty, brilliance and exquisite craftsmanship. See fascinating architectural details of Fatehpur Sikr then travel to Jaipur. (2B/1D)

Day 7 - 8 Jaipur / Pushkar

See the beautiful Palace of Winds, take a photo stop at the charming Lake Palace, take an elephant ride to Amber Fort and explore the local markets for handicrafts. Travel to Pushkar, visit the unique Brahma Temple and soak in the cultural and spiritual atmosphere around the lake. (2B/1D)

Day 9 - 10 Jodhpur

Jodhpur is the major cultural centre of Rajasthan. Visit Meherangarh Fort which affords stunning views of azure-hued buildings. Explore lively bazaars full of exotic spices and colourful fabrics. (2B/D)

Day 11 - 12 Udaipur

On the way to the romantic city of Udaipur, visit the Lakeside City Palace and Ranakpur Jain Temple to see its elaborate and extensive carvings. Enjoy the view of city from Jagdish Temple on the top of a hill. Absorb the magical atmosphere with a sunset boat ride and taste a local specialty dinner. (2B/1D)

Day 13 Mumbai

Fly to Mumbai, the Gateway of India and enjoy a heritage walking tour through Fort Heritage district to see a variety of historic landmarks, buildings and architecture. Observe the famous Nutan Dabbawala Service, where an army of delivery men taking home-cooked lunches across the city for office workers. See the open air washing at Dhobi Ghat, watch the sun set over the Arabian Sea at popular waterfront Marine Drive. (B)

Day 14 - 15 Cochin

Fly to Cochin and take a walking tour of Fort Cochin, Dutch Palace Museum, St. Francis’ Church and the Jewish Synagogue. See iconic Chinese fishing nets on the harbour and watch a Kathakali dance. (2B/1D)

Day 16 Backwater Cruise

Take a traditional houseboat and cruise through intricate networks of waterways, palm tree-fringed canals and pass by colourful villages. Stay overnight on the boat. (B/L/D)

Day 17 - 18 Periyar

Take a scenic drive to Periyar. Enjoy a nature walk at Periyar National Park to catch sight of wild elephants, gaur and other animals in their natural habitat before travelling onward to Madurai. (2B)

Day 19 Madurai

Visit India’s greatest cultural landmark - Meenakshi Temple. Wander around its bustling bazaars and observe a traditional night ceremony. (B)

Day 20 - 22 Chennai / Mahabalipuram

Travel by train to Chennai and transfer to a beach resort at Mahabalipuram. Relax on the beach. The tour ends transfer to Chennai airport for your departure flight on Day 22. (3B)
Departures daily

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Trip Grading: Easy to Moderate

Pricing

* Standard package price from $5510p.p.

Inclusions

19 nights selected hotel accommodation
1 night on a houseboat
Professional English speaking guide
3 internal flights, 1 overnight soft sleeper train
Arrival/departure meeting and assistance
All transfers in A/C vehicle
Listed meals: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner
Sightseeing and associated entrance fees

Exclusions

International airfare
Travel insurance
Personal expenses
Gratuity & tips
India visa
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