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India North to South

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Combining wonderful cities and wildlife safaris in northern India with ocean shores and lush green landscapes in the south, this is a tour of two tempos, displaying the diversity from busy streets and opulent palaces to sleepy villages and spice plantations

Packing the best of both regal and rural India, north and south, into just sixteen days away, this is a fabulous introduction to India for first-time visitors. Travelling by air, road, rail, rickshaw, and river boat, staying in heritage hotels and eco-retreats, and visiting UNESCO sites and iconic landmarks, it is a journey through the country’s culture, colours, and centuries of heritage. In the north we tour from Old Delhi’s colonial buildings to Agra’s amazing Taj Mahal, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, and to palaces in the Pink City of Jaipur; via the ghost town of Fatehpur Sikri, Bharatpur’s bird reserve, and a safari in Sariska National Park to seek out the Bengal tigers. A flight south marks the transition from a feast of sightseeing to refreshing, slow-lane exploration, beginning in beguiling Cochin, an old colonial city by the sea, with a pan-Indian population. Scenic journeys circle from here to the tiered tea terraces of Munnar, to Periyar National Park, set amid spice plantations and forested hills, where we sail on the lake to view the wilderness and its wildlife from the water; and to Kerala, to cruise the sleepy backwaters around Alleppey, and conclude the tour at Kumarakom’s lake islets.

Overview

  • Flight  - 1 night
  • Delhi  - 2 nights
  • Agra  - 1 night
  • Bharatpur  - 1 night
  • Sariska  - 1 night
  • Jaipur  - 2 nights
  • Cochin  - 2 nights
  • Munnar  - 1 night
  • Thekkady  - 2 nights
  • Kumarakom  - 2 nights
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Tour Highlights

  • Marvel at the true majesty of the Taj Mahal at sunrise.
  • Embark on a jungle safari in Sariska to see wildlife in their natural habitat.
  • See the shimmering Pink City of Jaipur and wonder at the incredible architecture.
  • Enjoy a home-cooked meal with a local family as they demonstrate Indian cooking.
  • Take an early morning boat ride on Lake Periyar to view a herd of elephants or deer drinking at the water's edge.
  • Enjoy a relaxing lunch aboard a Kettuvallam Houseboat as you spend the day meandering through the tranquil backwaters of Alleppey.

Combining wonderful cities and wildlife safaris in northern India with ocean shores and lush green landscapes in the south, this is a tour of two tempos, displaying the diversity from busy streets and opulent palaces to sleepy villages and spice plantations

Notes:

This is a full itinerary with visits on foot over uneven surfaces and inclines.

Accommodation

Maidens Hotel - Delhi

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.

Taj Hotel & Convention Centre - Agra

A luxury 5-star hotel providing the perfect vantage point to take in the many riches of Agra. A selection of restaurants, bar, rooftop infinity pool with magical views of the Taj Mahal, spa, fitness centre and WiFi (free). 239 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Laxmi Villas Palace - Bharatpur

Heritage hotel, Laxmi Villas Palace has a restaurant, bar, pool, spa and WiFi (free). 30 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Sariska Safari Lodge - Sariska National Park

A peaceful sanctuary nestled in the Aravali Hills, this 4-star safari lodge is aesthetically designed with locally sourced material and offers absolute comfort. Restaurant, bar and WiFi (free). 11 air-conditioned cottages with private facilities, hairdryer, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Shahpura House – Jaipur

An early 19th century palace which has been elegantly transformed into the Shahpura House hotel. Built across many levels around a series of traditional chowks (open areas) and courtyards, the hotel is a fine example of Shekhawati frescoes and architecture. Offering a restaurant and bar area, all rooms have air conditioning, a fridge and private facilities.

The Fragrant Nature - Cochin

A 4-star boutique hotel well-situated on the Fort Cochin peninsula. Restaurants, pool, spa, gym and WiFi (free). 41 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Fragrant Nature – Munnar

The Fragrant Nature is a 5 star hotel offering a stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Offering 2 restaurants, a coffee shop, a gym and free wi-fi. All rooms are comfortable and designed in a modern, boutique style and have private facilities, TV and tea & coffee making facilities.

CGH Earth Spice Village - Periyar

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.

CGH Earth Coconut Lagoon - Kumarakom

A 4-star eco-friendly resort facing Lake Vembanad. Restaurant, bar, pool, fitness centre and WiFi (free). 52 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe and mini-fridge.

Departures & Prices

Prices are per person in a twin / double room
Emirates from London Heathrow

November
November 10 (Sunday)
  • Offer Ends 19 June

Was £3645

£ 3245

Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 14 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 6 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, visa procurement fee, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

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  • 2025: Feb 23

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  • £1055
Tour Only
  • Arrival or departure transfer
  • £49

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