Grand Tour of India
India and Sri Lanka tour information
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So Many Magical Experiences
29 days from £5690
Combining the best India has to offer - from the deserts of Rajasthan in the north, to the tranquil backwaters of Kerala in the south, the Bollywood city of Mumbai and the historic caves at Ajanta and Ellora. This tour will leave you with a strong sense of the history, culture and geography of this diverse country.
Days 1-2 : Fly to Delhi
Fly overnight to Delhi, Indiaâ€™s capital city.
Day 3 : Discover Delhi
Sightseeing today begins with a visit to the Red Fort and a walk through Chandni Chowk Bazaar to Jama Masjid, Indiaâ€™s largest mosque. We have a brief stop at India Gate and Parliament House. We also visit Gandhi Smriti where Gandhi was assassinated and Qutab Minar.
Day 4 : Fly to Varanasi
Today we fly to Varanasi, situated on the shores of the River Ganges.
Day 5 : Sarnath & the Varanasi Ghats
Visit the Buddhist sites at Sarnath which date back to the 3rd Century and then enjoy a rickshaw ride to the Ghats of the River Ganges to witness the Puja ceremony of Ganga Aarti in the evening.
Day 6 : Boat Ride on the Ganges
We rise early and take a boat ride along the River Ganges to view the Ghats at sunrise which are abuzz with activity, before taking a tour of the city. Later, fly to Khajuraho and watch a cultural dancing show in the evening.
Day 7 : Explore Khajuraho Temples
Tour the fascinating Temples of Khajuraho.
Day 8 : Agra
We continue to Agra stopping at Orchha en-route. We continue by road to Jhansi and then travel by Shatabadi Express to Agra.
Day 9 : Taj Mahal
We rise early to view the impressive Taj Mahal in all its glory at sunrise. Later we visit a traditional Marble Workshop and Agra Fort.
Day 10 : Ranthambore or Bharatpur
Depending on the season, the next two days operate different itineraries as follows: Jan to May: Drive to Bharatpur, then travel by train to Ranthambore National Park and enjoy a canter safari in the park this afternoon. Sept to Dec: Drive to Bharatpur, then continue to the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri and visit the Keoladeo National Park, famous for fantastic bird watching. Return to Bharatpur.
Day 11 : Jaipur
Travel to Jaipur where we visit City Palace and Jantar Mantar Observatory.
Day 12 : Hawa Mahal & Amber Fort
We begin with a stop at Hawa Mahal, the Palace of the Winds. Continue to Amber Fort and the local bazaar in Choti Choper. Enjoy a traditional dinner and dance performance in the evening.
Day 13 : Alsisar Heritage Town
Travel to the small heritage town of Alsisar.
Day 14 : Explore Bikaner
We continue to the major desert town of Bikaner, visit Junagarh Fort and ride a rickshaw through the medieval streets to the Old City Bazaar.
Day 15 : Jaisalmer
Journey to Jaisalmer and in the evening visit the local markets and Sunset Point.
Day 16 : Camel Ride, Sam Sand Dunes
Sightseeing today includes Jaisalmer Fort. We also visit the beautifully carved Jain temples, Badal Vilas Palace and Sam Sand Dunes for a camel ride to view the sunset.
Day 17 : Mehrangarh Fort
We travel to Jodhpur and visit Mehrangarh Fort and the museum located in the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Later take a rickshaw then walk through Subji Mandi, a local vegetable and spice market.
Day 18 : Bishoni Tribe, Rohetgarh
Travel by jeep to Rohetgarh to visit a Bishnoi Tribe before returning to Jodhpur.
Day 19 : Udaipur & Lake Pichola
Travel to Udaipur, a city of lakes, palaces and temples. Stop at Ranakpur to visit the largest Jain Temple complex in India, built in the 15th Century. We continue to Udaipur and cruise on Lake Pichola.
Day 20 : Discover Udaipur
We begin with a drive around Fateh Sagar Lake and then visit the Folk Museum, Mewar Art Gallery and Sahelion Ki Bari Garden for the Maids of Honour. We also explore City Palace and wander through the local shops.
Day 21 : Aurangabad
Fly to Aurangabad via Mumbai.
Days 22-23 : Ajanta & Ellora Caves
Over the next two days, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Ajanta and Ellora Caves before returning to Mumbai.
Day 24 : Explore Mumbai, fly to Kochi
Discover the city of Mumbai starting with a drive past the Gateway of India and along Marine Drive, also known as the Queen's Necklace. We also visit the Hanging Gardens, Chowpatty Beach, Kamala Nehru Park, the Dhobi Ghats, Crawford Market and Flora Fountain. Later, fly to Kochi.
Day 25 : Discover Kochi
Visit the Dutch Palace, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica and Fort Kochi. We also see the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets and stroll through the nearby markets. Enjoy a Kathakali dance performance in the evening.
Day 26 : Kerala Backwater Cruise
Visit the Jewish Synagogue before travelling to Nedumudy where we board our houseboat, a converted rice barge known as a Kettuvallam. Witness the village life around the backwaters of Kerala as we cruise to Alleppey. Lunch and dinner will be served on board and we stay overnight on the houseboat.
Day 27 : Kovalam
We disembark from out houseboat in Alleppey and travel to Kovalam where we spend the next two nights.
Day 28 : Visit Trivandrum
Visit Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, the Zoological Gardens and Museums, Sri Chitra Art Gallery and Reptile House. We also see the Observatory, Kanakakunnu Palace and Sree Shastri Purthi Memorial.
Day 29 : Fly Trivandrum to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home later the same or following day.
Dates and Prices
*Departure coincides with Holi Festival
- Prices are fully inclusive from the UK and based on London Heathrow departures
- Regional departures available
- Flight upgrades available on request
- Land only from Â£4,590pp (Delhi - Trivandrum)
- Single supplement from Â£1,090 (no supplement if you are willing to share)
- Tipping payable locally US$150pp
- Medium Paced Tour
This document is designed to be read in conjunction with the other pre-departure information provided by Wendy Wu Tours including the tour itinerary as described in our brochure and/or website. It aims to provide a straightforward description of the physical activities involved in sightseeing or travelling during the tour.
If there are any particular challenges, from the length of time spent on your feet, the length of drives and flights, to the standard of remote accommodation for our more adventurous tours; they will be explained here.
All passengers must read this document to ensure the itinerary is suitable for their interests and physical capabilities. This is not your final itinerary and therefore does not mention all the sites visited. The order of sightseeing is subject to change.
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