From the majesty of the Taj Mahal
to the subtle serenity of the Keralan
backwaters, the highlights of both north
and south India are explored on this
superb introductory tour. Contrasting
the architecture and grand monuments
of the vibrant cities in the Golden
Triangle with the tranquil landscapes of
tropical Kerala, this journey encapsulates
the very essence of India.
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Overnight flight from
London to Delhi, via Dubai, with Emirates. (N)
Arrive and transfer to the Eros
Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. Afternoon tour of
Old Delhi. (N)
Morning tour of New Delhi.
Afternoon drive to Agra and stay for 2 nights
at the Gateway Hotel Agra (or similar). (B)
Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal.
After breakfast, visit Agra Fort. This evening,
visit Mehtab Bagh, the 400-year-old Mughal
garden on the banks of the Yamuna, to see the
sun set over the Taj Mahal. (B)
Morning drive to the
deserted sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri.
Continue to the former royal retreat of the
rulers of Jaipur, the Gateway Hotel Ramgarh
Lodge, for 3 nights. (B, D)
After breakfast, visit the ancient
palace of Amber Fort. Afternoon visit to the City
Palace, home of the present maharaja. (B, D)
Morning at leisure to relax,
explore Jaipur’s many bazaars or take an
optional tour of the ghost town of Bhangarh.
Drive to Delhi via Samode
Palace. Stay overnight at the Eros Hotel (or
Morning flight to
Kochi. Transfer to the Eighth Bastion Hotel (or
similar) for 3 nights. (B)
Morning at leisure. In the
afternoon, take a tour of Kochi and visit Jew
Town, the Chinese fishing nets and the Church
of St Francis. (B)
Morning cruise around Kochi
harbour. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Morning drive to
Thekkady. In the afternoon, explore the
surrounding tribal settlements. Stay 2 nights at
the Cardamom County (or similar). (B)
Early this morning, go
on a nature walk. In the afternoon, visit a
spice garden where you will be introduced to
different spices and shown how some of them
are grown. (B)
In the morning, drive
to Kumarakom. En route, visit a working tea
estate to learn the various processes involved
in the production of tea. Stay 2 nights at
Kumarakom Lake Resort / Coconut Lagoon.
Sunset boat trip on Lake Vembanad. (B)
Alleppey for a cruise through the narrow
canals and inland waterways, seeing rural life
that has remained unchanged for centuries. (B)
Afternoon drive to Kochi
and stay overnight at the Eighth Bastion Hotel
(or similar). (B)
Early morning transfer to
the airport and fly to London, via Dubai, with
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Typically based in 4- and 5-star
Cardamom County holiday village is set on a hillside against amidst lush greenery with a touch of local flavour and traditional Keralan hospitality. The hotel provides all the facilities for a comfortable stay; thirty beautifully landscaped cottages built using traditional materials, an elegant lobby, swimming pool, multi-cuisine restaurant, Ayurveda health centre and health...
Set in the heart of Fort Kochi, Eighth Bastion is a small chic property that effortlessly combines contemporary and colonial styles. The hotel is built around a small courtyard, and features rooms that are elegantly decorated in minimalist style with many overlooking the Arabian Sea. No two rooms are of the same size with some featuring shower cubicles and others sunken bath tubs. None of the rooms feature a television. The Eighth Bastion hotel currently does not have a licence to serve alcoholic drinks.
Features: 19 rooms, restaurant serving Indian and continental cuisine, outdoor pool and garden.
Room amenities: complimentary internet access, air-conditioning, safe, and en suite bathroom with shower or...
In the heart of south Delhi's prosperous business district, the Eros Hotel managed by Hilton (InterContinental Eros) offers magnificent views of the Lotus Temple and has 224 guestrooms. Facilities include 24-hour room service, 24-hour broadband connectivity, and a 24-hour business centre to name just a few. There are five dining options and, when it comes to recreation, there is an outdoor pool and a nine-hole putting...
Looking out to a panoramic view of Lake Vembanad and set in 10 acres of gardens, the Kumarakom Lake Resort is a haven of peace and tranquillity. The resort comprises of 52 double-bedded air-conditioned traditional cottages. Each cottage, painstakingly relocated and restored ‘Illums' (Keralan homesteads), provide a relaxed and informal Keralan atmosphere. The resort offers a wide range of Ayurvedic...
The Gateway Hotel Fatehabad Road Agra (previously the Taj View) has 100 rooms, some of which have views of the Taj Mahal, which is located only 1 kilometre from the hotel. Facilities include 2 restaurants serving a range of Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisine, and a swimming pool and...
Built in the late 1930s, The Gateway Hotel Ramgarh Lodge Jaipur (previously Ramgarh Lodge) was once the favourite hunting retreat of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Located around 40 km from Jaipur, this rustic lodge set in the forested Aravalli exudes an air of history. The lodge was converted into a hotel in the late 1980s and is now managed by the Taj group of hotels. All 13 rooms and suites are spacious, comfortably furnished, combine history with contemporary style and overlook either the rugged Aravalli Mountains or the landscaped gardens. Other facilities include a dining room with a colonial atmosphere, outdoor swimming pool and tennis...
Located in Connaught Place, Delhi's prime business and shopping district, The LaLiT New Delhi is only minutes away from cultural attractions, shopping malls, government offices and trade fair grounds. The hotel has 460 guests rooms including 47 designer suites located in an exclusive atrium tower, all with modern amenities. Dining on offer is an array of Indian, Chinese, and Mediterranean cuisine. Other facilities at this hotel include a fitness club and outdoor swimming...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
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The whole India experience was amazing but nothing prepares you for your first sight of the Taj Mahal and sunrise. Mr Tony Dellow
The earliest reference to Agra can be found in
the epic Mahabharata. It was in the...
Kochi (Cochin), overlooking the Arabian Sea and once a strategic port on the spice route...
Jaipur, which means ‘the city of victory’, was
founded in 1727. Popularly known as the...
An island on Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is just 16 km west of Kottayam and only 1 hour 30...
Thekkady is set among the endless green slopes of the Cardamom Hills in the spice-growin...
This exciting journey features a 10-night cruise that starts from Dibrugarh and sails downstream along the Brahmaputra. Along the way, the river cruise offers visitors to the region the opportunity...
Designed for nature lovers, this tour travels into the heart of India and follows the trail of the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger. Travelling by 4 x 4 jeep or on elephant back, safaris in the nationa...