Incredible India

Classic, Delhi to Kochi

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If you’re looking for a taste of India’s world-class highlights but still want to explore some of its hidden gems, this action-packed adventure serves up a great combination. Stand in awe of the Taj Mahal's perfection, wander the French Quarter of Pondicherry, search for tigers in the wild—experience the iconic highlights of the North before flying south for even more culture and wilderness. Appreciate the colours of Rajasthan and the Tamil style of the Sri Meenakshi Temple. Our CEO will lead the way and eliminate the hassle so you can experience incredible India.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: City Walk, Delhi Local Living: Kerala Backwaters Homestay, Alleppey
  • Walking tour with a guide from the G Adventures-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project
  • Old Delhi walk with stops at the Jama Masjid, Gurduwara, Chandni Chowk, spice markets and Connaught Place
  • Taj Mahal and I’timad-ud-Daulah (Baby Taj) entrance
  • Agra Fort entrance and guided tour
  • Fatehpur Sikri monuments entrance and guide
  • Abhaneri village walk and stepwell visit
  • Jaipur City Palace entrance and guide
  • Amber Fort tour (Jaipur)
  • Fort Kochi orientation walk
  • Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary walk
  • Mudumalai National Park safari
  • Chaumundi Temple and Mysore Palace visit
  • Mamallapuram Shore Temple visit
  • Pondicherry orientation walk
  • Madurai cycle-rickshaw ride and Sri Meenakshi Temple visit
  • Cardamom hills spice plantation tour
  • Kerala backwaters homestay with guide
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore india's vibrant cities
  • Discover ancient forts and temples
  • Revel in the beauty of agra's taj mahal
  • Stay with the locals in the kerala backwaters

Itinerary

Day 1 Delhi Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Delhi/Āgra Enjoy an included walk through the backstreets of Delhi with a young adult taking part in the G Adventures-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. As a former street kid, your guide will offer a unique insight into the real Delhi. Later, explore Old Delhi and travel onward to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Included Activities: City Walk Old Delhi Guided Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 200km)
Day 3 Āgra Set eyes on the sparkling Taj Mahal at sunrise before exploring more of this famous landmark. In the afternoon, visit the I'timad-ud-Daulah (Baby Taj) and the Agra Fort, a walled city taken over by the Mughals. Included Activities: Taj Mahal Visit Baby Taj Visit Agra Fort Visit
Day 4 Āgra/Bharatpur Fatehpur Sikri a stunningly preserved UNESCO site. Take the opportunity to visit the ancient capital before continuing on to Bharatpur. With some free time, opt to visit the UNESCO site of Keoladeo NP, where over 360 species of birds make their homes. Included Activities: Fatehpur Sikri Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Bharatpur/Jaipur After marvelling at the beautiful Abhaneri stepwells and learning more about the historical importance of this typical Indian creation, continue to the pink city of Jaipur. Built according to Hindu architectural principles, the city enjoys a unique organization unlike anywhere else in India. Included Activities: Abhaneri Stepwell Visit Jaipur Cycle-Rickshaw Tour Transport: Travel to Jaipur, stopping at the Abhaneri stepwells en route. Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 185km)
Day 6 Jaipur Enjoy a visit to the Amber Fort, famous for its mixture of Hindu and Muslim architecture. After, visit the City Palace and have a photo opportunity at Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). Opt to check out the Jantar Mantar astronomical site or see a Bollywood film at the famous Art Deco theatre of Raj Mandir. Included Activities: Amber Fort Visit City Palace Visit
Day 7 Jaipur/Delhi Return to Delhi in the afternoon. Enjoy free time to explore more of the city. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 260km)
Day 8 Delhi/Kochi (1B) Transfer to the airport and fly to Kochi. In the evening, there will be a welcome meeting for new travellers joining the group. Additional Notes: You may have one CEO for the North and one for the South. In this case you will be transferred to the airport in Delhi and fly unescorted to Kochi -- either on your own or with any other travellers who are continuing on for the south portion of the tour. Upon arrival to Kochi, there is free time to relax until the welcome meeting in the evening. Transport: Plane (3.00-3.50 hours)
Day 9 Kochi Enjoy an early morning orientation tour of Fort Kochi. Enjoy free time to explore before an evening performance of kathakali, a form of traditional dancing from Kerala. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Kathakali Dance
Day 10 Kochi/Kalpetta Take a morning train followed by a scenic drive to reach Kalpetta, in the Wayanad district. Transport: Train (4.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 11 Kalpetta Here, we go on nature trails in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and visit the Edakkal Caves, which are believed to have been a shelter of neolithic people. Included Activities: Wayanad Nature Walk
Day 12 Kalpetta/Mudumalai We leave the hills for the plains, and stop for the night at the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. Spend part of the afternoon on a short safari and spot the variety of wildlife within the park. Included Activities: Mudumalai Jeep Safari Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 13 Mudumalai/Mysore Imagine life as a Maharaja on a guided tour of the Mysore Palace. Later, join the throngs of pilgrims at Chamundi Hills, with its temple on top, and Nandi the Bull (ridden by the Hindu god Shiva) a short walk below. In your free time, visit the Devaraja fruit and vegetable market or join a yoga class at one of the many local institutes. Opt to drive to Somnathpur, home to one of the most famous Hoysala Temples in India. Included Activities: Chamundi Temple Visit Mysore Palace Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-4.00 hours)
Day 14 Mysore/Māmallapuram Arrive by train to Chennai before continuing south for a short ride to the small village of Mamallapuram. Visit the 7th century Shore Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Included Activities: Shore Temple Visit Transport: Enjoy a scenic ride to the east coast aboard Indian's vast rail system. Play cards, meet your fellow passengers or let the landscapes soak in. Train (8.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours)
Day 15 Māmallapuram Free time to explore Mamallapuram.
Day 16 Māmallapuram/Puducherry In the morning, drive to Pondicherry (now known as Puducherry), formerly the the largest French Colony in India and an important trading town. There is a strong French influence in the city's layout, with wide boulevards and French-style houses, but the city is undoubtedly Indian. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours)
Day 17 Puducherry/Madurai Travel inland to Madurai, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)
Day 18 Madurai After visiting the temple complex, opt to visit the handicraft shops or duck into the cool shade of the covered, stone tailor’s market where, for a few rupees, rows of expert tailors will whip you up a custom shirt in minutes, all done on antique foot-pump sewing machines. In the late evening, opt to visit the Meenakshi Temple again for a glimpse of the nighttime rituals. Included Activities: Cycle-Rickshaw Tour Meenakshi Temple Visit
Day 19 Madurai/Periyār Sanctuary (1D) Thekkady, adjacent to Periyar National Park, is the spice capital of India. On arrival, enjoy a guided tour of the spice plantations and a tea factory. Opt for a boat ride on the Periyar Lake. Included Activities: Cardamom Hills Spice Plantation Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 20 Periyār Sanctuary/Kerala Backwaters (1L, 1D) Travel down to the backwaters from Thekkady to catch a private boat for the short journey to the village homestay. In the afternoon, explore the island with a local person to observe the different facets of local life — it's a great opportunity to meet and talk with the people who live in this unique location. Just before sunset, hop on a small country boat and journey along with the locals to enjoy sunset on the winding backwaters. Additional Notes: For this homestay, you will only need to take a small overnight bag. Your main bags will be transferred directly to the hotel in Kochi. Included Activities: Kerala Backwaters Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.50 hours, 145km) Boat (0.25 hour(s))
Day 21 Kerala Backwaters/Kochi (1B) The morning is spent enjoying the last of our host family's hospitality. Learn to cook some of the wonderful food, watch the toddy tappers at work, or wander around the village and explore more of the life on the backwaters. Depart the homestay and travel back to Kochi. The trip ends on arrival to Kochi in the early afternoon. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Boat (1.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
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