This is a journey through the heart of India to explore the old and new part of Delhi first, admire the Taj Mahal in Agra second and see the beautiful palaces and bustling bazaars of Jaipur third before moving on to the lush seaside beauty of Kerala.
It's then time to head south to enjoy an equable climate and a long shoreline with serene beaches and the area's famous backwaters. Take in amazing verdant scenery, enjoy restorative Ayurvedic treatments and learn about enchanting art forms. The perfect combination of magic festivals coupled with historic and cultural monuments to offer you the most enthralling of travel experiences.
- Services of an English-Speaking local Guide shall be provided for the sightseeing and excursion tours as per the itinerary
- This is a journey through the heart of India to explore the old and new part of Delhi the capital city, the Taj Mahal in Agra and much more
- During the tour you will be staying at fabulous comfortable hotels that are all 4* and above
- Departs: london
- Arrives: delhi, India
- Departs: cochin, India
- Arrives: london
The Best of India
- As Per Itinerary
- Bed and Breakfast
- An English speaking guide will be provided
- stay in comfort at fabulous hotels
- Explore the Best of India
This is a journey through the heart of India to explore the old and new part of Delhi the capital city, the Taj Mahal in Agra exemplifies the art and architecture of the Mughals; the beautiful palaces and bustling bazaars of Jaipur epitomize the rich culture of Rajputana. Find all of this within close proximity of each other. A well preserved haven of history, art, architecture and culture despite the onslaught of modernity and urbanisation in the region. Travel down South to enjoy an equable climate and a long shoreline with serene beaches. Tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters. Lush hill stations, Ayurvedic health holidays. Enchanting art forms. Magical festivals. Historic and cultural monuments. All of which offers you a unique experience.
Delhi - Full day city tour of Old and New Delhi, Jama Masjid, The Presidential Palace, Qutab Minar and Humayun's tomb and a rickshaw ride in Chandani Chowk
Agra - Agra Fort & Taj Mahal and Visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri
Jaipur - Hilltop fortress at Amer, Jantar Mantar observatory and the City Palace
Cochin - Visit the St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Synagogue, Chinese Fishing Nets, Dutch Palace and visit the Kerela Kaleidoscope.
Munnar - Tata Tea Museum,
Kumarakom - Traditional Ayurvedic Massage at the hotel
Day 1 - Arrive Delhi
Arrive in Delhi, where you will be met and assisted by a representative then transferred to your hotel.
Delhi is a cosmopolitan city that has a rich history stretching back thousands of years. It has been the capital of at least seven or eight great civilisations, and each of them has left monuments worth exploring.
Spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel or explore the surroundings on your own.
Stay overnight in New Delhi.
Day 2 -Delhi
After breakfast, you will be going for a full day city tour of Old and New Delhi. In Old Delhi you will visit the 17th century Jama Masjid and walk through the narrow, winding lanes of the colourful and bustling Chandni Chowk.
In New Delhi, You can drive past The Presidential Palace and all the government buildings. Also visit the glorious Qutab Minar and the 16th century Humayun's tomb, a predecessor to the Taj Mahal.
Evening is at leisure. Stay overnight in New Delhi.
Day 3 -Delhi - Agra
In the morning after breakfast, drive to Agra (210 kms / 3.5 Hrs)
Upon arrival in Agra, check in at the hotel.
Synonymous with the Taj Mahal the beautiful city is home to some of the finest mausoleums, forts and palaces. The entire city speaks volumes about the wealth, craftsmanship and architecture of the Mughal Dynasty.
In the afternoon visit the massive Agra Fort which was originally started by Emperor Akbar in 1565, but his son Jahangir & grandson Shah Jahan later made valuable additions to it.
In the evening, visit the Taj Mahal. The Taj was built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan to enshrine the mortal remains of his beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal.
Stay overnight in Agra.
Day 4 - Agra - Jaipur
After breakfast, check-out and drive to Jaipur (235 kms / 5 hrs).
En route visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri.
On arrival in Jaipur, check-in at the hotel.
Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan province is known for its arts and crafts, jewellery, handpainted fabrics and stone sculptures; it is one of North India's finest examples of a planned city embodying the best of Rajput and Mughal architecture
Spend the evening at leisure. Stay overnight in Jaipur.
Day 5 - Jaipur
In the morning after breakfast, enjoy a full day city tour of Jaipur.
You will first visit the Hilltop fortress at Amer. On the way back stop at the "Palace of Winds"
Continue to Jantar Mantar, an observatory built by Sawai Jai Singh II in the 18th centuary. Also visit the City Palace. The palace is now principally a museum housing a collection of great treasures.
Spend the evening at leisure. Stay overnight in Jaipur.
Day 6 - Jaipur - Cochin
In the morning after breakfast connect your flight to Cochin, Via Bangalore
Upon arrival in Cochin, check-in at the hotel.
Cochin (Kochi) is spread across islands and promontories in a stunning location between the Arabian Sea and the Backwaters. The city was founded in 1341 when a flood created a natural safe port which became the principal harbour for Malabar Coast's spice trade.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Stay overnight in Cochin.
Day 7 - Cochin
After breakfast, set off for a half day tour of Cochin.
Visit the St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Synagogue, Chinese Fishing Nets and Dutch Palace.
Later in the afternoon, enjoy Kerala Kaleidoscope at Greenix Village. A medley of various dances, Kaleidoscope Kerala redefines the intangibly elusive aesthetics of bliss as it evokes the eternally alluring charm of this many-splendor land and it’s infinitely enriching cultural ethos.
Stay overnight in Cochin.
Day 8 - Cochin - Munnar
In the morning after breakfast, drive to Munnar (130 kms / 4 Hrs).
Upon arrival in Munnar, check-in at the hotel.
Munnar is a nature-lover's paradise. Snuggling in the green and serene Kannan Devan Hills lies the quiet and restful resort of Munnar. Panoramic views of low-flying clouds and mist filled valleys make it a pretty little haven with a cool bracing climate.
It was opened up out of virgin forests a century ago by pioneering planters. Within its remote and elderly churches - gracious, stone-structures with ancient chandeliers and rosewood pews. A little beyond lies Anaimudi, South India's highest peak.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Stay overnight in Munnar.
Day 9 - Munnar - Kumarakom
In the morning after breakfast, proceed to visit the Tata Tea Museum. Visitors to the Museum can satisfy their curiosity on various stages of Tea processing, also learn a thing or two about the production of black tea.
Later drive to Kumarakom (150 kms / 4 Hrs). Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Located on the Southern coast of India enjoys a well-balanced tropical climate. Nature has composed its magic to perfection here. A million verdant coconut palms lining the rivers lean to examine its reflections on the glassy rivers. Everywhere, nature is at its best. Blooming forth in perfumes of flowers. In the riot of colours of multi-hued birds. In the fresh, succulent and bountiful freshwater fishes.
Spend the evening at leisure. Stay overnight in Kumarakom.
Day 10 - Kumarakom
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Or you can also enjoy a Traditional Ayurvedic Massage at the hotel on a direct payment basis.
Day 11 - Kumarakom - Cochin
In the morning, you will be assisted and transferred in your private car to Cochin International Airport (90 kms / 2.5 Hrs) to connect flight for onward destination.
**NOTICE: There are currently restoration works taking place on the Taj Mahal until further notice
**NOTICE: The Kerala Hotels do not have a liquor license
**NOTICE: Internal flights between Jaipur - Cochin have FREE baggage allowance of 15kgs per person for check in luggage and 7kgs in hand luggage
We stayed on a B&B basis so cannot comment on the hotel food overall as we eat out in different locations. but the breakfast in all hotels was good. Out trip encompassed the best on India which was tailored to our own specifications as a private tour. But the trip itself overall was fantastic...
Hubert Mcelhinney reviewing The Best of India (10-Dec-2016)
£1219 per person
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