North to South India

20 days

Indicative cost incl. flights:

£3,056pp

3 star & low season

£6,195pp

4-5 star & high season

 

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Day 1
Depart London this evening for your flight to Delhi.
Day 2
Late this morning you will arrive into Delhi where you will be met by your private car and driver. You will be driven to your hotel where you can spend the remainder of your day at leisure. If you fancy exploring, try our night walk in Chandi Chowk, one of India's oldest markets.
Day 3
Today you will enjoy an Old and New Delhi City Tour. Note the complete contrast in atmosphere and architecture between the two areas of the city.
Day 4
This morning your driver will take you to the station for your train to Agra, which glides through rural villages and farmland: This afternoon you will enjoy a guided tour of Agra, which includes the Red Fort and tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah. Enjoy the iconic Taj Mahal at sunset later on this evening.
Day 5
Enjoy the Taj Mahal at sunrise this morning before heading to Bharatpur via Fatehpur Sikri. From here you will catch the train to Sawai Madhophur, close to Ranthambhore National Park. On arrival at the station you will be collected and driven to your accommodation on the edge of the park. Spend the remainder of your day at leisure in this extraordinary location.
Day 6
Today you will enjoy both a Morning and Afternoon Game Drive in Ranthambore National Park. Ranthambore is a relatively small park with a high density of tigers, making this a popular park to visit.
Day 7
Your journey will continue to Jaipur today, approximately 180km away, which should take about 4 hours by road. This afternoon enjoy our Jaipur Bazaar Walking Tour. Jaipur is known as the 'Pink City', home to fine havelis, forts and palaces. It's a wonderful introduction to Rajasthan and its exuberant bazaars are not to be missed.
Day 8
Visit Jaipur's resplendent sights today in our Jaipur City Tour and Amber Fort tour.
Day 9
Drive approximately 4-5 hours further west today and venture into rural Rajasthan today. Depending on you your budget stay in Barli or Nimaj, two typically rural locations.
Day 10
Explore rural Rajasthan with your hosts today. You might like to go on a village walk or enjoy bird watching along with numerous other activities available in the area.
Day 11
You will continue further west today, to romatic Udaipur that sits on the shores of Lake Pichola. This scenicl journey should take you approximately 4-5 hours by road, passing by numerous towns and traditional villages.
Day 12
Enjoy a half-day tour of Udaipur today. Udaipur is filled with glorious old havelis lining a tight maze of dusty streets. With views over Lake Pichola and a shimmering palace, it's easily one of India's most quintessentially romantic destinations. Enjoy this afternoon at leisure. Alternatively you might like to enjoy a cycling tour in the rural area surrounding Udaipur or a walking tour in the old town.
Day 13
This morning your driver will take you to Udaipur Airport where you will catch your flight south to Cochin. On arrival in Cochin you will be picked up by your new driver and you will be taken to your hotel in colonial Fort Cochin. Fort Cochin is one of India's best preserved colonial landscapes home to old tea planters' bungalows, churches and village style greens. These are interspersed by small shops, boutique hotels and wonderful cafes making it a perfect place to explore on foot.
Day 14
Explore Cochin with our Fort Cochin Heritage Walking Tour. The remainder of your day is at leisure, or alternatively you might like to enjoy a cookery lesson or watch a traditional Kathakali performance.
Day 15
You and your driver will head in land to Munnar today, a beautiful area carpeted in tea. This scenic journey will take approximately 4 hours, taking you along glorious undulating roads. This afternoon enjoy a tour of the tea museum where you can learn all about the history of the area and how to taste tea.
Day 16
Enjoy the Top Station Valley Trek today, a guided walk through tea plantations, dense shola forests, mountain ridges and shola grasslands that takes approximately five hours. If walking isn't your cup of tea then simply visit a tea plantation or relax in your wonderful accommodation.
Day 17
This morning will be an early start to get to the Backwaters to board your private houseboat in time for lunch. The Backwaters is a fantastic collection of lakes, lagoons and waterways that are sandwiched between the Arabian sea and Kerala's forested hills. Spend the remainder of your day cruising around the shimmering waterways and enjoy traditional life unfold at the edge of the water. Tasty traditional Keralan food will be served on board.
Day 18
This morning you will disembark from your houseboat and you will be driven to nearby Marari Beach. Enjoy the remainder of your day relaxing on the beach.
Day 19
Enjoy today completely at leisure. If you're lucky you might get to see fishermen bringing in their daily catch!
Day 20
Transfer to Cochin Airport for your flight back home this morning.

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.

This is a comprehensive trip that takes in the best of Rajasthan, as well as Agra and Delhi, along with a wonderfully relaxing journey through Kerala. It’s perfect for first time visitors wanting to get to grips with two distinctive areas of India, as well as those who are unlikely to return to the subcontinent. The journey includes magnificent forts, palaces and north Indian temples as well as The Taj Mahal, rural villages, colonial Cochin and the tea plantations surrounding Munnar. There’s also time on Kerala’s idyllic Backwaters as well as relaxing on the beach to top it all off. It really is a fantastic journey that focusses on India’s highlights.

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