From the Golden Temple and hill station in the north, the Ganges and the temples of Tamil Nadu to the backwaters of Kerala and colonial heritage of Delhi, Bombay and Calcutta
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Flight - 1 night
Amritsar - 2 nights
Shimla - 2 nights
Delhi - 2 nights
Jaipur - 2 nights
Agra - 1 night
Delhi - 1 night
Varanasi - 1 night
Kolkata - 2 nights
Mahabalipuram - 2 nights
Madurai - 2 nights
Periyar - 1 night
Houseboat - 1 night
Cochin - 2 nights
Mumbai - 1 night
This arrangement encompasses the mesmerising variety of India, travelling from north to south by road, rail, river and air.
Explore the colonial legacy of the British including Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta (Kolkata) and Shimla hill station, once the summer capital. Discover the great homes of Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and the architectural heritage of the Mughals and Maharajas.
From the epic to the intimate, from the Himalayas to the Keralan backwaters, from the sacred Ganges to the tropical coasts of the Arabian Sea, this is truly a grand tour of India.
Culture & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
10 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 6 – 18
Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Amritsar via Delhi.
Day 2 Two nights at the 5-star Hyatt Hotel. Palki ceremony at the Golden Temple.
Day 3 Visit the Golden Temple, volunteers kitchen and Jallianwala Bagh. Optional Wagah border (£14, bookable locally). (B)
Day 4 Early morning train to Ambala (4 hrs), by road to Kandaghat and ‘Toy Train’ to Shimla (6 hrs). Two nights at the 5-star Oberoi Cecil Hotel. (B, D)
Day 5 Visit the Vice Regal Lodge, museum and the Mall. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Day 6 Travel to Kalka (5 hrs) and board the Shatabdi Express to Delhi (5 hrs) with light dinner on board. Two nights at the heritage Maidens Hotel. (B, D)
Day 7 Full-day sightseeing of Old and New Delhi including Jama Mosque, Raj Ghat, Gandhi Smriti, Qutub Minar, India Gate and drive past the Red Fort, parliament and Viceroy’s House. (B, D)
Day 8 Visit the Transport Museum. Continue to Jaipur (5 hrs) for two nights at the 5-star ITC Rajputana. (B)
Day 9 Optional morning balloon ride in the Jaipur area (£180, bookable locally, weather dependent). Visit Amber Fort. Visit the Observatory, City Palace and view the ‘Palace of the Winds’. Cocktail and dinner at Rambagh Palace. (B, D)
Day 10 Drive to Agra visiting en route Fatehpur Sikri (6 hrs). Overnight at the 4-star Trident Hotel. Visit the ‘Baby Taj’ and Mughal gardens with views of the Taj Mahal. (B)
Day 11 Sunrise at the Taj Mahal. Visit Agra Fort then continue to Delhi (5 hrs) for overnight at the 5-star Taj Mahal. (B)
Day 12 Fly to Varanasi for overnight at the 4-star Radisson Hotel. Evening Aarti ceremony. (B)
Day 13 Early morning boat ride on the Ganges and breakfast at Brijrama Palace. Fly to Kolkata for two nights at the 5-star Oberoi Grand. (B)
Day 14 Visit Dalhousie Square, Victoria Memorial and St. John’s Church. Take a short tram ride and enjoy a panoramic drive around colonial Calcutta. (B)
Day 15 Fly to Chennai and transfer to Mahabalipuram for two nights at the 4-star Radisson Temple Bay. (B)
Day 16 Visit the Shore Temple, the five Rathas, Arjuna’s Penance, and Krishna Mandapam. (B)
Day 17 Return to Chennai to visit the Government Museum, Fort St. George, St. Mary’s Church and Marina Beach. Fly to Madurai. Two nights at the 4-star Taj Gateway. (B)
Day 18 Visit Meenakshi Temple, a rickshaw ride, Thirumalai Nayak Palace and Gandhi Memorial. (B)
Day 19 Drive to Periyar (5 hrs) for overnight at the ‘CGH Earth’ Spice Village. Visit a spice plantation and afternoon boat ride in Periyar National Park. Kalaraipayattu local martial art performance. (B)
Day 20 Travel to Alleppey for an overnight backwaters cruise. Canoe on the smaller canals. (B, L, D)
Day 21 Visit Kumbalanghi fishing village. Continue to Cochin for two nights at the 4-star boutique ‘CGH Earth’ Eighth Bastion. Kathakali classical dance performance. (B, L)
Day 22 Walking tour of Fort Cochin. Enjoy a cooking demonstration and dinner with a local family. (B, D)
Day 23 Fly to Mumbai. Overnight at the 5-star Oberoi. Visit Marine Drive, Gateway of India, Victoria Terminus, Dhobi Ghat and Prince of Wales Museum. Farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day 24 Return direct flight. (B)
This is a full itinerary with visits on foot and some uneven surfaces and inclines.
A 4-star hotel with restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 248 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A celebration of the elegance and grace of the Colonial era in the Queen of Hill Stations, located amidst the majestic Himalayan ranges, The 5-star Oberoi Cecil, a Grand Heritage hotel, is a part of Shimla's rich colonial history. Restaurant, bar, indoor pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 75 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-bar, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.
Established in 1903 as one of the first hotels of Delhi and recognized as a Heritage Hotel in 1994. Its architecture is the most glorious illustration of old-world European charm with its colonial impressions. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym and WiFi (free). 55 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-bar, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.
A 5-star hotel with regal-influence design and gardens that echo the city's history. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (chargeable). 218 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
The 4-star Trident, Agra, set amidst beautiful gardens, fountains, landscaped central courtyards, is built of red stone reminiscent of the Mughal era. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (chargeable). 135 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.
The 5-star Taj Mahal hotel is one of the most distinguished addresses in Delhi. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym and WiFi (free). 294 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
This 4-star hotel boasts modern architecture, warm hospitality and a convenient location. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 116 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar, safe, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
A 5-star heritage hotel with a fusion of classical Victorian and traditional Indian style architecture. Restaurants, bar, indoor pool, gym and WiFi (free). 209 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.
5-star hotel spread across 44 acres on the Bay of Bengal. Restaurants, bar, outdoor pool, gym, sauna and WiFi (free). 144 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
Colonial style 4-star hotel perched atop the Pasumalai hill, amid 62 acres of peaceful, landscaped gardens with picturesque views of the Temple City and Kodai hills. Restaurant, bar, fitness centre, outdoor pool and WiFi (free). 63 air-conditioned chalet style rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A 4-star property resembling a traditional tribal village. Restaurants, colonial bar, pool, spa and WiFi (free). 52 rooms with fan, hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge and tea/coffee making facilities.
Located on the backwaters of Kerela with 14 air-conditioned bedrooms with private facilities.
A 4-star boutique hotel located at Fort Cochin. Restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 18 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities.
Located on Mumbai's Marine Drive, the 5-star hotel boasts wonderful views of the Arabian Sea and Queens Necklace - the golden curve of lights that decorates the shoreline after dark. Restaurants, bars, spa, outdoor pool, WiFi (free) and 287 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe, mini-bar and tea/coffee making facilities.
Time to relax or see even more of India!
No one can cover all of India on one tour, so why not make the most of your time in India by choosing further experiences?
We invite you to customise your tour by adding one or more extensions from our great range shown on the following pages. Relax in a resort or discover more of India with our specialist guides.
Also please consider adding extra nights before the tour if you would like to draw breath after the flight to India or stay on to reflect, relax or explore independently. Extra nights can also be added to most extensions. Please talk to one of our knowledgeable Personal Travel Experts to let us know what you are looking for and they will work out the best way. Sometimes extra transfers, internal flights and nights are recommended or needed, and sometimes two extensions can be combined into a more logical sequence.
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Pre/post tour extra nights and transfers are available.
2 guests - £1295 per person
3-4 guests - £645 per person
5-9 guests - £285 per person
10+ guests - No extra charge
Arrival or departure transfer add £24
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