Journey through Incredible India

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Best time to go: January to March, October to December

16 Nights | from £4,400pp

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • See the sun set and rise over the majestic Taj Mahal at Agra, seeing how the marble changes colour in the different light
  • Visit the palaces and forts of the Pink City Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur
  • Discover the delights of the colonial port of Cochin
  • Explore the tranquil backwaters of Kumarakom on a converted rice barge

Day 1 London / Delhi
Depart London Heathrow for your overnight flight to Delhi.

Day 2 Delhi

You’ll be met by a member of the A&K team as you arrive, and driven to The Imperial Hotel where you’ll be staying for the next two nights. Spend the afternoon exploring the leafy avenues of New Delhi with your guide, stopping to see the tower of Qutab Minar, the Tomb of Humayun, Rajpath, the imposing India Gate, Parliament House and the President's residence.
The Imperial | Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Delhi
Today is all about discovering the delights of Old Delhi, where you’ll visit the Jama Masjid, the Red Fort and Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Ghandi, before winding your way through the narrow streets and colourful bazaars of Chandni Chowk.
The Imperial | Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Delhi / Agra

You’ll be driven to Agra where you will be staying at the Oberoi Amarvilas, which is just 600m from the Taj Mahal, where you’ll have a view of the exquisite monument from your bedroom. There is time to visit the Agra Fort before heading to the Taj Mahal for your first of two visits, to catch the setting sun casting a rosy gold hue over the white marble mausoleum, built by the Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved wife Mumtaz.
The Oberoi Amarvillas | Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Agra / Jaipur

After an early breakfast, return to the Taj Mahal, this time to see the sun rise over it, as it glows a vivid pink. Then you’ll set off for the long drive to Jaipur (250 kms/6 hours), a journey which will be broken when you stop to explore the ghost town of Fatehpur Sikri, built by Akbar the Great as his capital and abandoned after only 14 years.
The Oberoi Rajvilas | Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Jaipur
Spend some time perusing the unique collection of astronomical instruments at the Jantar Mantar Observatory before visiting the Palace of the Winds and City Palace. We’ve left the afternoon free for you to spend as you choose, relaxing in the gardens of the haveli, or taking a stroll through the streets of the fascinating Pink City to absorb its many charms.
The Oberoi Rajvilas | Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Jaipur

You’ll be driven up to the Amber Fort by jeep, to explore the extravagantly decorated halls and chambers with your guide, return to your hotel in the early evening.
The Oberoi Rajvilas | Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Jaipur / Mumbai / Cochin
You’ll be driven to the airport to fly to Mumbai, where you’ll catch a connecting flight to Cochin, where you are staying at the Brunton Boatyard in Fort Cochin, which – as it name suggests – overlooks the harbour. A boat ride as the sun begins to set will give you an evocative flavour of the bustling harbour of this former colonial port.
Brunton Boatyard, Kochi | Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 Cochin
Spend the day discovering the delights of Cochin, browsing the aromatic spice markets and watching the fishermen casting their ingenious Chinese nets and hauling in their catch, and, come evening, wander through the town to take in a traditional Kathakali dance performance.
Brunton Boatyard, Kochi | Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 Cochin / Thekkady

Set off from Cochin across the plains to the wildlife reserve of Periyar National Park in the Cardamom Hills where you’ll be staying at The Spice Village, an eco-resort just outside the park. Once you have settled in, resident naturalist guide will accompany you on a walk to help you identify the many different species of colourful birds.
Spice Village | Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 Thekkady
Spend the morning in the National Park, looking out for the wildlife: elephant, guar, monkeys and of course, myriad birds. In the afternoon you will be shown around a spice plantation to learn how cardamom, pepper and cinnamon are grown and produced.
Spice Village | Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 Thekkady / Kumarakom

A change of scene is in store today, when you are driven to the picturesque backwaters of Kumarakom where home for the next two nights is a heritage resort on the shore of Vembanad Lake.
Coconut Lagoon | Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 Kumarakom
Explore the tranquil backwaters aboard a beautifully converted rice barge, an enchanting way to observe fishermen at work and people going about their daily chores in the shoreside villages.
Coconut Lagoon | Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 Kumarakom / Mararikulam
A picturesque two hour drive through tropical countryside brings you to the fishing village of Mararikulam, where you’ll be staying in a luxurious palm thatched cottage set in a coconut grove at the Marari Beach Resort, where you’ll be staying for the next two nights.
Marari Beach Resort | Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 Mararikulam
Spend your final day in Kerala relaxing by the pool or on the golden beach (we can extend your time here for as long as you would like).
Marari Beach Resort | Meals: Breakfast

Day 16 Mararikulam / Cochin / London
Transfer to Cochin airport for your international flight home.

Pricing

At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 16 day suggested holiday will cost from £4,400 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights.

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Best time to be there

From October to March the weather is refreshingly cool with minimal rainfall in most places. India's main festivals also take place during this time, such as the Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan, the Republic Day of India and Holi, the festival of colours.

Fly to

Delhi/Chennai/Mumbai/Bangalore

flying time

8 hours 20 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +5 1/2 hours

Visas

Required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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