India Experience

India Experience information and booking

from
$3420
  • Duration
    26
    days
  • Physical rating
    4
  • Culture Shock
    6
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Schedule Details

Departs from
New Delhi
Accommodation
Heritage Property, Hotel, Resort
Group Size
Maximum of 16 travellers per group
Transportation
Cycle rickshaw, Metro, Plane, Private vehicle, Train
Important Notes
1. Please note an error in the most recent brochure. The internal flight from Delhi to Chennai is included in the price of your trip. 2. A Single Supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information. 3. An airport Arrival Transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.

Highlights

Spot exotic creatures on a safari in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Witness traditional dance performances in Kochi, Unwind at the Kovalam Beach, Cruise the waterways of Kerala, Visit India's sacred sites in holy Varanasi, Discover the delights of bustling Delhi, Admire Khajuraho's erotic temple carvings, See the dazzling Taj Mahal of Agra and the majestic Red Fort

Tour description provided by Intrepid

Experience the real India on this comfortable introduction to the cultures of the north and the lush beauty of the south. Highlights and hidden jewels are revealed against a backdrop of green in Kerala and within the vibrant towns of Rajasthan. Encounter the flamboyance of major cities and the quiet repose of tiny fishing villages, and wander through tranquil tea gardens, tribal homes and colonial enclaves. Discover the culinary delights of each region and stay in colourful hotels, heritage accommodation and even a palace!

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Delhi
It's big, it's bold, it's busy - and there is nowhere in the world quite like it. Delhi's sights and sounds are sure to engage and intrigue.
Days 3-4 Jaipur
Jaipur was designed by royalty and has delighted visitors for centuries with its pink-hued buildings, wonderful bazaars and rainbow of bright colours dancing along hectic streets.
Day 5 Agra
Famed for the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal, Agra is a city with a fascinating history and is rich in Mughal heritage, lush gardens and exquisite buildings and temples.
Days 6-7 Orchha
Meaning 'hidden', Orchha is a small village with a grand history and is covered with 16th-century temples and buildings still standing proud.
Day 8 Khajuraho
Khajuraho is a small, friendly city that is best known for its Hindu and Jain temples that are adorned with erotic carvings depicting the Kama Sutra.
Days 9-10 Varanasi
The holy city of Varanasi, sitting on the River Ganges for thousands of years, attracts scores of pilgrims and travellers wanting to discover something divine.
Day 11 Delhi
Delhi has been an important city in India for well over 2000 years, and its cultural richness and diversity radiates from every corner.
Days 12-13 Chennai
Jet into India’s fourth largest city, Chennai. The site of the East India Company’s first settlement, the city is full of interesting historic buildings – such as Fort St George – that are ripe for exploration.
Day 14 Mamallapuram
Mamallapuram (also Mahabalipuram) is a town with ancient origins. It has nice beaches, good restaurants and the intricately carved Shore Temple, still standing from the 9th century.
Day 15 Pondicherry
A former French colony, Pondicherry (now Puducherry) has a distinct French feel while retaining its Indian roots, making it one of India's more surprising and delightful cities.
Days 16-17 Madurai
With incredible temple complexes and a recorded history going back to the 3rd century BC, Madurai has some wonderful buildings and heritage sites to discover.
Days 18-19 Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Periyar is an area of Kerala famed for its spice plantations and wildlife sanctuary, which is home to tigers and elephants, among other creatures, and beautiful scenery.
Days 20-21 Munnar
The emerald-green hills, tranquil tea plantations, misty valleys and gushing rivers of Munnar are a world away from the busy cities of India.
Days 22-23 Kochi
As a centre for the spice trade for centuries, cosmopolitan Kochi has an intriguing mix of cultural influences from both the Indian continent and overseas.
Day 24 Alleppey/Kerala Backwaters
With numerous canals linking the countryside and being the gateway to the gorgeous Kerala backwaters, life in Alleppey centres around the water.
Days 25-26 Trivandrum/Kovalam Beach
Incredibly, the history of Trivandrum (now Thiruvananthapuram) dates back to 1000BC, and its lovely coastline and quaint town centre are fascinating places to explore. With three lovely beaches, Kovalam is a little slice of Indian paradise with coconut trees swaying in the breeze and cerulean waters lapping the shores.