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This is an all-out exploration of India, from the Golden Triangle in the north to Kerala's peaceful backwaters in the south.
- Return flights from Heathrow with Jet Airways and internal flights
- 16 nights half board in 4 and 5-star hotels and a lodge plus 2 nights in flight
- 36 meals: 16 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 17 dinner
- Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
- Overseas transfers and other transportation
- New Delhi tour
- Old Delhi and walk with former street children
- The world-famous Taj Mahal
- Agra Fort visit
- The deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri
- Search for tigers on morning and afternoon safaris in Ranthambore
- Abhaneri stepwells
- The 'Pink City' of Jaipur
- Discover the Amber Fort
- Temple towns of Belur and Halebid
- Bylekuppe, home to the spectacular Golden Temple
- Tour a coffee plantation
- Spice plantations visit
- Srirangapatnam, the island fortress of the warrior King Tipu Sultan
- Kerala's beautiful port city of Cochin
- Cookery demonstration including lunch
- Kathakali dance (evening)
- Cruise amongst Kerala's tranquil backwaters
Day 1: UK to Delhi
Depart on your scheduled flight to Delhi today.
Day 2: Delhi
Your sightseeing starts in the 17th century walled city of Old Delhi. Here you'll delve into a maze of crowded streets and vibrant markets, and stroll through the fabled street bazaar of Chandni Chowk. We'll stop to admire the marble domes of Jama Masjid Mosque before visiting the Gandhi Smriti Museum and Humayun's Tomb.
Day 3: Agra
Tour New Delhi, where highlights include the India Gate, Parliament House and the Qutub Minar, a soaring sandstone tower.
Day 4: Agra
Today is the day that you'll see one of India's most famous landmarks, the incredible Taj Mahal. This mausoleum on the banks of the Yamuna River was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz, and it's a sight that will take your breath away.
Day 5: Ranthambore
Today we'll drive to the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri for a stroll through its pavilions and palaces. We'll then travel by train to Modhopur, and transfer from here by road to Ranthambore.
Day 6: Ranthambore
An exciting day is on the cards, with morning and afternoon safaris in Ranthambore National Park, said to be the best game reserve in India.
Day 7: Jaipur
Your grand tour continues this morning as we drive to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, with a stop en route in the village of Abhaneri.
Day 8: Jaipur
Jaipur's City Palace is your destination this morning, with the elaborate façade of the Palace of the Winds just one highlight.
Day 9: Bangalore
A morning of discovery takes you to the Amber Fort, a 17th century stronghold set high on a hill above the parched desert. Step inside to see the Temple of Kali, the Palace of Mirrors and the Hall of Pleasures.
Day 10: Hassan
We're heading west to Hassan today. This is the oldest town in Karnataka, and it is located close to one of India's coffee-growing regions. Spend your afternoon exploring the temple towns of Belur and Halebid on an included excursion.
Day 11: Coorg
En route to Coorg this morning, we'll drive into the heart of coffee country. We're going to spend the afternoon at the Tibetan settlement of Bylakuppe, which is home to monasteries and temples including the spectacular Golden Temple.
Day 12: Coorg
A day of discovery starts with a visit to Madikeri Fort, Omkareshwara Temple and Abbey Falls. Later, you'll find out all about coffee production on a plantation tour.
Day 13: Mysore
The fabled city of Mysore is our next destination. You'll head out on a tour this afternoon, with fabulous sights including the opulent city palace.
Day 14: Cochin
We're going to head back to Bangalore by road today. En route we'll visit Srirangapatnam, the island fortress of the warrior King Tipu Sultan. From Bangalore we'll fly to Cochin in Kerala.
Day 15: Cochin
We'll get to know Cochin on a morning tour, with highlights including the Jewish Quarter, the Dutch Palace and St Francis Church.
Day 16: Kovalam Beach area
Kovalam is our final base, and en route we're going to enjoy a lovely cruise on Kerala's tranquil palm-fringed backwaters.
Day 17: Kovalam Beach area
You might choose to enjoy some 'me' time today on the beach. Perhaps you'll get the chance to watch as the fishermen haul in their huge nets.
Day 18: Kovalam Beach area - UK
Today we'll fly to Mumbai, where there's time for a short tour and dinner before we transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
Day 19: UK
You'll arrive back in the UK today
Day 2: Jaypee Vasant Continental
The Jaypee Vasant Continental is one of the finest boutique hotels in New Delhi. The hotel is the perfect base for both exploration and relaxation. With the hotels amenities including a swimming pool, health spa and 5 restaurants/bars.
Days 3- 4: The Gateway Hotel Taj Agra
The 4 star hotel set in six acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and offering views of the Taj Mahal, you will stay at The Gateway Hotel.
Days 5-6: Treehouse Resort Ranthambore
The Treehouse Anuraga Resort is located in the ancient city of Sawai Madhopur. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, bar and swimming pool.
Days 7-8: Fortune Select Metropolitan
The 5-star Fortune Select Metropolitan is situated in the heart of Jaipur.
Hotel facilities include a bar, gym, spa and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar, safe, TV and tea/coffee-making facilities.
Day 9: Lemon Tree Premier
The 5-star Lemon Tree Premier is ideally located in the central business district of Bangalore.
Day 10: Hoysala Village
Hoysala Village, is a botanical wonderland. Elegantly designed and tastefully decorated with a variety of artefacts, constructed with rosewood and traditional materials, while trees and flowers line pathways.
Days 11-12: Windflower Resort and Spa
The 5-star Windflower Resort & Spa is ideally located in Coorg, surrounded by three wildlife sanctuaries and a national park.
Day 13: Fortune JP Palace
The 5-star Fortune JP Palace is situated in the centre of Mysore.
Days 14-15: Trident Hotel
The 4-star Trident Hotel is situated in Cochin.
Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, safe, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.
Days 16-17: Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel & Spa
Uday Samudra Hotel is located just 15 meters away from the famed beach of Kovalam. The hotel is equipped with Wi-Fi, laundry facilities and tea/coffee-maker. The hotel also has spacious lawns, a harmony of architecture, blue water pools and soaring coconut grove in four tranquil acres by the sea
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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