India South & North

India South & North information and booking

from
$2335
  • Duration
    29
    days
  • Physical rating
    4
  • Culture Shock
    6
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Schedule Details

Departs from
Kochi
Accommodation
Deluxe permanent tent, Heritage Property, Homestay, Hotel, Jungle resort, Overnight sleeper train, Resort
Group Size
Maximum of 12 travellers per group
Transportation
4x4 Safari Vehicle, Auto rickshaw, Boat, Bus, Ferry, Jeep, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private vehicle, Train
Important Notes
1. The internal flight from Kochi to Delhi is NOT included. Please see important notes for details. 2. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information. 3. This trip finishes in Delhi on Day 29 at 12 midday. 4. The 03 & 10 Oct 2014 departures will be in Pushkar during the camel festival. 5. Due to recent accidents and a failed safety audit of tourist vehicles at Ranthambhore National Park we have removed this destination from our itinerary until further notice. From 1st January 2014 this tour will spend an additional night in Bundi to replace the night at Ranthambhore.

Highlights

Visit Jaipur, India's romantic 'Pink City', Admire the grandeur of the Taj Mahal in Agra, Trawl the bazaars of Old Delhi, Explore the Pushkar desert on a camel safari, Fall in love with Udaipur, Spot exotic wildlife on a safari adventure in Mudumalai, Ride the famous toy train in Ootacamund, Discover the diversity of Kochi, Cruise the Kerala backwaters, Soak up the chilled vibe of Pondicherry, Marvel at the Maharaja's Palace in Mysore

Tour description provided by Intrepid

This all-encompassing tour of India takes in the highlights of north and south - revealing some of the country's wonderful secrets. Revel in the tropical climate, warm waters and lush green landscapes of the south in places like Kochi, Pondicherry and Madurai. Then be dazzled by the kaleidoscopic colours, the Mughal grandeur and the spiritual mysteries of the north in Jaipur and Agra. Travel from Kochi to Delhi and combine the slower delights of Kerala and Tamil Nadu with the rush and jumble of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on this incredible adventure. ITINERARY CHANGES FOR 2014: Due to recent accidents and a failed safety audit of tourist vehicles at Ranthambhore National Park we have removed this destination from our itinerary until further notice. From 1st January 2014 this tour will spend an additional night in Bundi to replace the night at Ranthambhore.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 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.
Days 3-4 Ootacamund
One of India's more famous hill stations, Ootacamund has spectacular views, a wonderful food market and a cool 'toy' train into the Nilgiri mountains.
Day 5 Mudumalai National Park
Set against the mist-covered peaks of the enchanting Nilgiri Mountains, Mudumalai National Park is one of the best game sanctuaries in India to observe diverse wildlife in close proximity.
Days 6-7 Mysore
The peaceful city of Mysore has a score of lovely parks, grand buildings, well-regarded yoga centres and an incredible palace, the product of its Wodeyar Dynasty heritage.
Day 8 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 9 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.
Day 10 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 11-12 Periyar National Park
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.
Day 13 Kerala Backwaters Homestay
Swaying palm trees, lush rice paddies, winding waterways, Ayurvedic massage and welcoming locals all await on this amazing Kerala Backwaters homestay.
Day 14 Kochi
Kochi is a fascinating city made up of a number of islands and peninsulas, and its numerous attractions are best seen by rickshaw or boat.
Days 15-16 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.
Day 17 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.
Day 18 Rural Heritage Stay
Bassi is a tiny village in Rajasthan well-known for its wealth of temples, heritage buildings and 16th-century fort.
Days 19-20 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.
Days 21-22 Bundi
The surrounding hills and blue, crooked streets of Bundi are home to a delightful array of heritage buildings and laidback eateries, temples and shops.
Days 23-24 Rural Heritage Stay
Located deep in rural India, a stay at Castle Bijaipur - a fortified mansion still run by the local landlord - provides an insight into the life and customs of the Rajasthan people.
Days 25-26 Udaipur
With dusty hills in the background and tranquil lakes its centrepiece, Udaipur is a truly beautiful city with fabulous heritage buildings, restaurants and narrow laneways.
Days 27-28 Pushkar
The holy city of Pushkar is a place of beauty with its whitewashed buildings, serene lake, rooftop restaurants and impressive temples.
Day 29 Delhi
Delhi has been an important city in India for well over 2000 years, and its cultural richness and diversity radiates from every corner.