Start in New Delhi and end in Vypin Island! With the discovery tour Iconic India National Geographic Journeys, you have a 14 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 9 other destinations in India. Iconic India National Geographic Journeys includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting, so check into to the hotel and enjoy the city. We highly recommend booking a pre-night in Delhi to get over your jetlag and be ready for this very busy trip. Accommodation: - Hotel Justa Greater Kailash (or similar). Included Activities: - Women With Wheels Transfer - Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Set out to discover Delhi, the capital of India, which consists of two cities: historic Delhi and New Delhi, built by the British in the early 20th century. Explore New Delhi?s lively Paharganj district with a youth guide from the G Adventures?supported City Walk project, and hear about how the program provides opportunities to disadvantaged street youth. Then delve into the narrow, winding lanes of Old Delhi, visiting the 17th-century Jama Masjid?the largest mosque in India?and the Sikh temple Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib, located close to a busy shopping area. Drive to Agra this afternoon. Accommodation: - Hotel Seven Hills Tower (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast Transport: - Private Vehicle 03:00 - 04:00 Hr(s) Included Activities: - City Walk - Old Delhi Guided Walk
Spend the day in historic Agra, which served as the capital of the Delhi sultanate and later of the Mughal Empire. Discover the Taj Mahal, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; widely considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, this breathtaking mausoleum was built by the emperor Shah Jahan for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Afterward, visit the exquisite tomb of Mumtaz Mahal?s grandfather, often referred to as the baby Taj, and explore Agra Fort, an impressive red sandstone citadel which conceals palaces of white marble within. Accommodation: - Hotel Seven Hills Tower (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast Included Activities: - Taj Mahal Visit - Baby Taj Visit - Agra Fort Visit
Travel to Jaipur, the capital of the state of Rajasthan. On the way, stop at the magnificent Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, a masterpiece of red sandstone, and hear about its fascinating history. The emperor Akbar built a short-lived capital here in the 16th century to honour a Muslim saint from the village of Sikri who had predicted the birth of his son, Jehangir. Then visit the Rajasthani village of Abhaneri for a walk around the Chand Baori?an ornately decorated stepwell or water tank constructed over a thousand years ago?learning about ancient Indian methods of water conservation. Accommodation: - Mandawa Haveli (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast Transport: - Private Vehicle 05:00 - 06:00 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Fatehpur Sikri Visit - Abhaneri Stepwell Visit
Going to see a Bollywood film in India is much more than what we are accustomed to in the west. The atmosphere, energy, and pure fun (not to mention volume!) has to be experienced to be believed. Accommodation: - Mandawa Haveli (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast Included Activities: - Amber Fort Visit - City Palace Visit - Meet a Local Historian Optional Extras to chose from: - Jaipur Cooking Class with a Local Family
The village is about 85km (53 mi) from Jaipur and has beautiful temples dedicated to different religions. The residents of the village are still involved in traditional commercial activities. Youll see pottery wheels, silversmiths, cobblers, traditional huts, old temples, and a mud house where you can witness a cooking demonstration with local family. Accommodation: - Sawarda Palace (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast - Dinner Transport: - Private Vehicle 02:00 - 02:30 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Local Village Immersion
Drive back to bustling Delhi. This evening, opt to join the group for a farewell dinner. Accommodation: - Hotel Justa Greater Kailash (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast Transport: - Private Vehicle 06:30 - 07:30 Hr(s)
In the evening, there will be a welcome meeting for new travellers joining the group. Accommodation: - Hotel No 18 (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast Transport: - Plane: Delhi to Kochi 03:00 - 03:30 Hr(s) Additional Notes: You may have one CEO for the North and one for the South. In this case you will be transferred to the airport in Delhi and fly unescorted to Kochi -- either on your own or with any other travellers who are continuing on for the south portion of the tour. Upon arrival to Kochi, there is free time to relax until the welcome meeting in the evening.
Set out to explore Kochi, an enchanting port city on the Malabar Coast and the site of the first European settlement in India. Visit Mattancherry Palace?built in the mid-16th century by Portuguese colonists and expanded later on by the Dutch?and venture to the colourful streets of the Jewish Quarter, where antique shops and caf?s abound. Then travel to Thekkady, the spice capital of India, and tour a spice and tea plantation with a local expert to understand the medicinal value of the region?s signature spices?from cardamom and nutmeg to vanilla and turmeric?as well as the process of producing black tea, India?s favorite drink. Accommodation: - Hotel Peppervine (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast Transport: - Private Vehicle 03:30 - 04:00 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Orientation Walk - Spice Experience
Thekkady is also home to Periyar National Park, one of India?s most celebrated elephant reserves. This morning, enjoy a boat ride on the stunning Periyar Lake, looking out for elephants, deer, monkeys, and a variety of rare birds. Afterward, visit the home of a local family for a cooking demonstration and a delicious, spice-filled lunch. Relax this afternoon, or opt to take a nature walk before heading to a local theatre for a performance of a kalaripayattu, an ancient Kerala martial art. Accommodation: - Hotel Peppervine (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast - Lunch Included Activities: - Periyar Lake Boat Ride - Family Cooking Demonstration - Kalaripayatt Performance
In and around KumarakomContinue to the lush village of Kumarakom on Vembanad Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala. Explore the rural, palm-lined backwaters of this renowned bird sanctuary and hop on a boat to Manjira village, where we?ll meet local villagers and learn about coconut farming and rural customs. Witness a fascinating toddy tapping demonstration and enjoy a refreshing swig of coconut water, straight from the tree. Accommodation: - Heritage Kumarakom (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast - Dinner Transport: - Private Vehicle 03:30 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Kerala Backwaters Tour
This morning, meet with a representative of the Vembanad Wetlands Conservation Program to learn about the ongoing work by local communities to conserve the lake and surrounding wetlands. This project was created by the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), an organization that National Geographic has collaborated with in the past. Continue by boat to a fish sanctuary established by local fishermen with support from the program, and see firsthand how their traditional ways of collecting and processing clams have become models for the sustainable management of the lake?s resources. Then venture on a private houseboat to enchanting Alleppey, a golden streak of land surrounded by rivers, lakes, lagoons, and canals. Relax on the deck and enjoy the scenery, watching daily life unfold along the water. Accommodation: - Heritage Kumarakom (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast - Lunch Included Activities: - Visit Vembanad Wetlands Conservation Program - Kerala Backwaters Houseboat Excursion
Drive back to Kochi and take a walk in Fort Kochi, a delightful seaside district with vestiges of Portugese, Dutch, and British colonial architecture. Visit a local fish market and explore a maze of stalls selling fresh seafood. This evening, attend a performance of kathakali, the classical dance-drama of Kerala which combines storytelling with acting, dance, and martial arts. Accommodation: - Hotel No 18 (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast - Lunch Transport: - Private Vehicle 01:30 - 02:00 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Orientation Walk - Kathakali Dance - Lunch at Theuvoram Women Empowerment Project
Hotel checkout is at 12:00pm. It is very easy to arrange a transfer from the resort to the Cochin airport - your CEO will be happy to assist. Meals Included: - Breakfast Included Activities: - Departure Day