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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.
Discover architectural masterpieces in Delhi, Old and New
Take a cruise on India’s holiest river, the Ganges
Watch a spectacular sunrise over India's most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal
Relax as you cruise through the stillness of these tranquil backwaters
Our Grand Tour of India itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly overnight to Delhi, India's capital city.
On arrival you will be met by your expert tour guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore. The next day sightseeing begins with a visit to the Red Fort and a walk through Chandni Chowk Bazaar to Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. There'll be a photo stop at India Gate and parliament House. You'll also visit Gandhi Smriti and Qutab Minar.
Fly to Varanasi. On arrival visit the 3rd Century Buddhist sites at Sarnath before checking in to your hotel. Rise early the following morning for a cruise along the Ganges watching the Ghats of the River come to life. There will be some time at leisure to explore the city before taking a rickshaw ride to the Ghats in the evening to witness the puja ceremony of Ganga Aarti.
This morning you will fly to Khajuraho. The remainder of the day is at leisure until you are treated to a cultural dance performance in the evening.
Tour the fascinating Western and Eastern temples of Khajuraho.
Travel to Orchha, a city of medieval beauty. Continue by road to Jhansi and travel by Shatabdi express Train to Agra.
Rise early to view the impressive Taj Mahal in all its glory at sunrise; this memory will stay with you forever. Later visit a marble inlay workshop where we learn about the this intricate skill, followed by Agra Fort, the redstone 16th century fort built by Emperor Akbar.
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 for a canter safari. Ranthambore is home to many animals such as leopards, hyena, bears and most importantly, tigers. Sept to Dec: Drive to Bharatpur, then continue to the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri and visit the Keoladeo National Park, home to many species of birdlife. Later return to Bharatpur.
Continue to Jaipur to visit the Maharajas City Palace and Jantar Mantar Observatory, the largest stone observatory in the world.
Begin with a photo 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.
Travel to the heritage town of Alsisar. The next day continue to the desert town of Bikaner visiting the Museum and cultural centre. Enjoy lunch inside the Junagarh Fort.
Travel to Jaisalmer, also known as the Golden City and visit the local markets and Sunset point. The following day visit Jaisalmer Fort, the beautiful Jain temples, Badal Vilas palace and Sam Sand Dunes for a camel ride to view the sunset.
Travel to Jodhpur and visit Meherangarh Fort and Subji Mandi market. The next day visit a Bishnoi Tribe.
Travel to Udaipur, a city of lakes, palaces and temples. En route you will stop at Ranakpur to visit the largest Jain Temple complex in India, built in the 15th Century. Continue to Udaipur for a relaxing cruise on Lake Pichola. The next day drive around Fateh Sagar Lake and then visit the Folk Museum, Mewar Art Gallery, the City Palace and Sahelion Ki Bari Garden.
Fly to Aurangabad via Mumbai. The next day visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Ajanta Caves, home to murals showing Buddhist life. The next day visit the Ellora Caves. Also a UNESCO World Heritage site, the caves are home to rock shrines representing Buddhist, Hindu and Jain art dating back as far as the 4th century. Return to Mumbai, spending an overnight there.
Experience incredible Mumbai, drive past the Gateway of India and the Afghan Church along Marine Drive. Visit the Hanging Gardens, Chowpatty Beach, Kamala Nehru Park, Mani Bhavan, the Dhobi Ghats, Crawford Market and Flora Fountain. Later, fly to 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.
Visit the Jewish Synagogue before travelling to Nedumudy where you will board your houseboat, a converted rice barge known as a Kettuvallam. Witness the village life on the backwaters of Kerala. Lunch and dinner will be served on board and you will overnight on the houseboat.
Disembark and travel to Kovalam.
Travel to Trivandrum. Visit Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, the Zoological Gardens and Museums, Sri Chitra Art Gallery and Reptile House. You'll also see the Observatory, Kanakakunnu Palace and Sree Shastri Purthi Memorial.
Fly to the UK, arriving home later the same or following day.
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.
Well-placed in the sightseeing, shopping, and culture area of New Delhi and NCR city, Hotel The Royal Plaza provides access to the city's biggest attractions including; The National Philatelic Museum, Parliament Building, and Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory. The hotel has luxurious en-suite rooms, and also features a fitness centre, sauna, outdoor pool, and spa where guests can relax and unwind after a busy day. ...Read more
Located a short distance from the historical Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort, 5* Hotel Mansingh comprises of elegantly decorated en-suite rooms, featuring a television, personal safe and mini bar. Wi-Fi, dry cleaning and an outdoor pool are other commendable features.
The in-house restaurant serves a selection of excellent local and international dishes. Guests can also dine at Ripples Cafè – a coffee shop stocked with an assortment of snacks and beverages.
Situated in the lush green grasslands on the banks of river Khuddar, Hotel Clarks Khajuraho is a 10 minute drive from the 9th century temples. With 104 tastefully decorated en-suite rooms, modern amenities include; air-conditioned rooms, television and a telephone.
Dining in Khajuraho includes Darpan, the multi cuisine restaurant and The Coffee Shop, which serves refreshing snacks and coffee. Other features include a poolside barbeque and bar facility.
Overlooking the magnanimous “Taj Mahal”, The Mansingh Palace Hotel provides 100 well-furnished en-suite rooms all equipped with modern amenities including; LED TV, Electronic safe deposit, mini bar, hair dryer and electric kettle. The hotel also boasts a delicious multi-cuisine restaurant, health club and swimming pool....Read more
Nestled at the edge of Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan and set over an area of 10 acres, The Pugmark is the true combination of sheer comfort and luxury. The hotel offers 33 well-appointed en-suite rooms, and also boasts a spa, garden, and poolside bar. The restaurant offers a delicious multi cuisine....Read more
The Alsisar Mahal is situated in village Alsisar, 23 Km from district head quarter 'JhunJhunu' in Rajasthan. Alsisar Mahal's en-suite rooms comprise of beautifully decorated interiors, antique furniture and intricately carved poster beds. Amenities include air-conditioning, cable television and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel also features an onsite restaurant serving local Rajasthani, Chinese and international dishes at the open-air restaurant.
Housed in a majestic palace built in 1902, The Laxmi Niwa Palace hotel is a short distance away from Bikaner’s many sightseeing attractions, shops, and restaurants. Featuring ornate furnishings, en-suite rooms come with a desk, seating area and electric kettle. The hotels onsite restaurant serves delicious Chinese and local traditional dishes, as well as a daily breakfast. ...Read more
Featuring traditional Rajasthan décor, Desert Tulip Hotel & Resort is located minutes away from the Jaisalmer Fort. All en-suite rooms feature modern amenities including, cable television, a personal safe and tea/coffee-making facilities. The hotel’s restaurant serves traditional Rajasthani Cuisine and a selection of buffet dishes. There is also a spa and games room.
Located in Jodhpur, The Fern Residency is an upscale business hotel with 50 high-end en-suite rooms, all featuring a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a seating area. Dining options include Ocean Restaurant serving delicious Indian and International cuisines. Other facilities include an outdoor terrace and sauna....Read more
Hotel Hilltop Palace is situated atop Ambavgarh Hill, overlooking Lake Fatehsagar and the historic Udaipur Town. The hotel offers 62 tasteful rooms with modern amenities, including air-conditioning, a safety deposit box and television. The hotel boasts an on-site restaurant serving Northern Indian cuisine, as well as Rajasthani Folk dances arranged on request. ...Read more
Ambassador Ajanta is located in the heart of the city centre in a unique location with more than 13 acres of lush greenery right in the middle of the business district. The 92 en-suite rooms offer an intimate, full-service experience, with amenities including; access to Wi-Fi and a safety deposit box. The hotel’s onsite restaurant also offers delicious Indian, Chinese and European dishes.
Located along the seafront at Marine Drive, in the heart of South Mumbai's famous Queens Necklace, The Ambassador boasts 112 air-conditioned excellently appointed en-suite rooms, each equipped with CCTV, channel music, a refrigerator and other amenities. Other facilities include a restaurant, BBQ facilities and a shop....Read more
Located by the famed beaches of Kovalam, 15 metres from the sea, Uday Samudra Beach Resort is an exclusive 5 Star leisure beach hotel - a destination by itself. The hotel boasts luxurious air-conditioned en-suite rooms with modern amenities and the restaurant serves a variety of delicious Chinese, continental and local dishes. Live cultural programmes also can be enjoyed during dinner time....Read more
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form.
To call the UK the international access code is 0044 then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625. Mobile Phones Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost.
Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Bhutan is no exception. We have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount is calculated for each tour. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.
Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste. Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.
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