Start in New Delhi and end in Kochi (Cochin)! With the in-depth cultural tour India Encompassed, you have a 28 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 14 other destinations in India. India Encompassed includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included through the G Adventures-supported Women With Wheels project. Accommodation: - Treebo Citi International (or similar). Included Activities: - Women With Wheels Transfer - Meet Your CEO and Group
Enjoy a youth-led morning walk through Delhi by G Adventures-supported City Walk project offering a unique perspective of Delhi while supporting at-risk youth. Later, visit Delhi?s famous Jama Masjid (Great Mosque) and climb the minaret for a bird?s eye view of Old City. Walk through Chandni Chowk, one of India?s oldest and busiest markets, and learn the history of the Sikh religion at Gurdwara. Stop for photos at the colourful market before finishing at Connaught Place, one of the most prominent architectural remnants of British rule. Accommodation: - Good Times Hotel (or similar). Included Activities: - City Walk - Jama Masjid Visit - Gurdwara Sis Ganj Visit - Connaught Place Visit - Chandni Chowk Visit
Drive to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, and start exploring the Pink City. Opt to visit the Jantar Mantar, or Royal Observatory. Dont miss the opportunity to see a Bollywood film at the famous Art Deco Raj Mandir cinema. Accommodation: - Utsav Niwas (or similar). Transport: - Private Vehicle 05:00 - 06:00 Hr(s)
Opt to see the city on bicycle by pre-booking the Jaipur Cycle Tour. Accommodation: - Utsav Niwas (or similar). Included Activities: - Amber Fort Visit Optional Extras to chose from: - Jaipur Cycle Tour
Before saying farewell to the Pink City, admire it from above by pre-booking the Jaipur Balloon Ride when booking your tour. Tonights accommodation is in spacious and comfortable tents outfitted with beds, lamps, and simple en suite bathrooms. Accommodation: - Dhulabagh Camp (or similar). Meals Included: - Dinner Transport: - Private Vehicle: Jaipur to Dhula Village 02:00 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Village Cycling Excursion Optional Extras to chose from: - Jaipur Balloon Ride
Stop by the impressive Abhaneri stepwell en route to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Accommodation: - Hotel The Agra Grande (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast Transport: - Private Vehicle: Dhula Village to ?gra 04:00 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Abhaneri Stepwell Visit
Visit the sparkling, iconic Taj Mahal for sunrise with time to explore the picturesque grounds. Afterward, jump on a cycle-rickshaw for a rustic ride to the walled city of Agra Fort and Baby Taj. Accommodation: - Hotel The Agra Grande (or similar). Transport: - Cycle rickshaw: ?gra Included Activities: - Taj Mahal Visit - Agra Fort Visit - Baby Taj Visit
Board a morning train then transfer to a private vehicle for a ride across rough Indian roads to Alipura. This friendly village will be our base for two days where youll stay in a heritage property with time to wander the town and interact with local people. Accommodation: - Alipura Palace (or similar). Transport: - Train 02:30 Hr(s) - Private Vehicle: Jh?nsi to Al?pura 03:30 Hr(s)
Enjoy a day trip to Khajuraho, where Indias largest group of medieval temples reside, known for their Kama Sutra statues. Learn the history of these world-famous temples on a guided tour and enjoy a taste of a little erotica from the Middle Ages. After, opt to visit a nearby waterfall or watch an evening dance performance. Accommodation: - Alipura Palace (or similar). Transport: - Private Vehicle: Khajur?ho to Al?pura 01:30 - 02:00 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Khajuraho Temples Guided Tour
En route to Orchha, visit a unique paper making plant, set up to assist tribal women from the area. All the paper is made from recycled clothing and wood pulp. Continue on to Orchha and embark on an orientation tour of this small town. Set on the banks of the Betwa River, it is the perfect antidote to the chaos of India?s cities. Later, attend an evening puja ceremony at the Ram Raja Temple. Accommodation: - Hotel Orcha Resort (or similar). Transport: - Private Vehicle: Al?pura to Orchha 02:30 - 03:00 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Tarragram Visit - Puja Ceremony Optional Extras to chose from: - Orchha Cooking School
Opt to sharpen your culinary skills by pre-booking the Orchha Cooking School extra when booking your tour. Transport: - Private Vehicle: Orchha to Jh?nsi 00:15 - 00:30 Hr(s) - Basic overnight train (beds) 13:00 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Orchha Palace Visit
Disembark the train in legendary Varanasi - the quintessential Indian holy city where millions of Hindus visit for pilgrimage, to worship, to mourn, or to die. Take an orientation walk through the oldest continually inhabited city in the world. There is time here to shop, wander, and absorb the atmosphere of this unique city. Marvel at the ghats from the River Ganges as you enjoy an evening boat trip to witness a mesmerizing candle-lit flower ceremony. Accommodation: - Hotel City Inn (or similar). Included Activities: - Evening Ganges Boat Tour
Watch the sunrise from a boat along the Ganges. Spend the rest of the day getting to know this holy city. Opt to visit the monasteries and ruins of nearby Sarnath, the site of the Buddhas first sermon. Accommodation: - Hotel City Inn (or similar). Included Activities: - Morning Ganges Boat Tour
Soak up some free time this morning and continue exploring Varanasi. Later, cut out the travel time with a flight back to bustling Delhi. Accommodation: - Good Times Hotel (or similar). Transport: - Plane NA
In the evening, there will be a welcome meeting for new travellers joining the group. Accommodation: - Hotel White Rose (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.
Enjoy a morning orientation walk of Fort Kochi. After, take some free time to explore before an evening performance of kathakali, a form of traditional dancing from Kerala. Accommodation: - Hotel White Rose (or similar). Included Activities: - Orientation Walk - Kathakali Dance
Take a morning train followed by a scenic drive to reach Kalpetta, in the Wayanad district. Accommodation: - Villa Wayanad (or similar). Transport: - Train 04:00 Hr(s) - Private Vehicle: Kozhikode to Kalpetta 02:00 Hr(s)
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Western Ghat region of Kerala, it is spread over an area of nearly 345 sq km and has a variety of exotic flora and fauna. The sanctuary was declared as a site of Project Elephant in the year 1992. Accommodation: - Villa Wayanad (or similar). Included Activities: - Wayanad Nature Walk - Wayanad Sanctuary Wildlife Drive
In and around MysoreTravel to Mysore (formally Mysuru) located in the foothills of the Chamundi Hills, which was the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore from 1399 to 1947. Accommodation: - Akshaya Mahal (or similar). Transport: - Private Vehicle
Imagine life as a Maharaja on a guided tour of the Mysore Palace. Later, join the throngs of pilgrims at Chamundi Hills, with its temple on top, and Nandi the Bull (ridden by the Hindu god Shiva) a short walk below. In your free time, visit the Devaraja fruit and vegetable market or join a yoga class at one of the many local institutes. Opt to drive to Somnathpur, home to one of the most famous Hoysala Temples in India. Accommodation: - Akshaya Mahal (or similar). Included Activities: - Chamundi Temple Visit - Mysore Palace Visit
Arrive by train to Chennai before continuing south for a short ride to the small village of Mamallapuram. Visit the 7th century Shore Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Accommodation: - Hotel Mamalla Inn (or similar). Transport: - Train 08:00 Hr(s) - Private Vehicle 01:00 - 01:30 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Shore Temple Visit
Free time to explore Mamallapuram. Accommodation: - Hotel Mamalla Inn (or similar).
In the morning, drive to Pondicherry (now known as Puducherry), formerly the the largest French Colony in India and an important trading town. There is a strong French influence in the citys layout, with wide boulevards and French-style houses, but the city is undoubtedly Indian. Accommodation: - Abirami Residency (or similar). Transport: - Private Vehicle 02:00 - 02:30 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Orientation Walk
Travel inland to Madurai, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Accommodation: - Rio Grande Hotel Madurai (or similar). Transport: - Private Vehicle 06:00 - 07:00 Hr(s)
After visiting the temple complex, opt to visit the handicraft shops or duck into the cool shade of the covered, stone tailor?s market where, for a few rupees, rows of expert tailors will whip you up a custom shirt in minutes, all done on antique foot-pump sewing machines. In the late evening, opt to visit the Meenakshi Temple again for a glimpse of the nighttime rituals. Accommodation: - Rio Grande Hotel Madurai (or similar). Included Activities: - Cycle-Rickshaw Tour - Meenakshi Temple Visit
Thekkady, adjacent to Periyar National Park, is the spice capital of India. On arrival, enjoy a guided tour of the spice plantations and a tea factory. Opt for a boat ride on the Periyar Lake. Accommodation: - Michaels Inn (or similar). Meals Included: - Dinner Transport: - Private Vehicle 04:00 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Cardamom Hills Spice Plantation Tour
Travel down to the backwaters from Thekkady to catch a private boat for the short journey to the village homestay. In the afternoon, explore the island with a local person to observe the different facets of local life ? its a great opportunity to meet and talk with the people who live in this unique location. Just before sunset, hop on a small country boat and journey along with the locals to enjoy sunset on the winding backwaters. Accommodation: - Alasr Heritage Home (or similar). Meals Included: - Lunch - Dinner Transport: - Private Vehicle 04:00 - 05:30 Hr(s) - Boat: Alleppey to Kerala Backwaters 00:15 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Kerala Backwaters Homestay Additional Notes: For this homestay, you will only need to take a small overnight bag. Your main bags will be transferred directly to the hotel in Kochi.
Spend the morning enjoying last moments with your host family. Learn to cook some local food, watch the toddy tappers at work, or wander around the village exploring more of life on the backwaters. Travel to a Planeterra project for lunch before returning to Kochi in the early afternoon, where the trip ends. Meals Included: - Breakfast - Lunch Transport: - Boat: Kerala Backwaters to Alleppey 01:30 Hr(s) - Private Vehicle 02:00 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Departure Day (Activities) - Lunch at Theuvoram Women Empowerment Project