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Grand Discovery of India

Explore the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Experience extraordinary landscapes and landmarks and see the sunrise at the famous Taj Mahal.

23 Day
From (AUD)
$ 16,290
  • 2017/2018 Delhi > Kochi

    A sub-continent like no other

    A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience and revel in the diversity of this extraordinary land in one thrilling tour.

    Beginning amongst the excitement and grandeur of the North, you’ll journey around the ‘golden triangle’ of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Take in extraordinary sights such as Humayan’s Tomb in Delhi before being stunned at your first sight of the incredible Taj Mahal at sunrise in Agra. Exclusive experiences in the Royal Palace in Jaipur will leave you feeling like royalty. Your journey heads south as you explore the British colonial history of Bangalore and Mysore, the lush highlands of Coorg and soak up the good karma of Bylekuppe, the second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet. The perfect ending to the perfect trip is achieved with a cruise along the spectacular Kerala Backwaters.

    Tour Code:

    INGD

    Duration:

    23 Days

    Departure City:

    Delhi

    Return City:

    Kochi

  • 23 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Delhi
      Highlights:
      Welcome

      We welcome you to North India with a traditional floral garland and red tikka before arriving at your grand colonial Special Stay for the next three nights in Delhi.

    • Day 2 - Delhi
      Highlights:
      Rickshaw ride Spice Market

      Explore Old Delhi and India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid. Dazzle your senses on a rickshaw ride through Asia’s largest wholesale spice bazaar before undertaking a heritage walk through Delhi’s oldest streets, finishing with a traditional lunch in a haveli with a local family. Later visit the inspiration for the Taj Mahal, Humayan’s Tomb. Enjoy dinner tonight.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Delhi
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Freechoice Dining
      Freechoice

      Learn about the differences between three of India’s main religions or explore the National Museum and learn all about Gandhi. Alternatively visit the Qutub Minar, Lodi Gardens and Dilli Haat.

      FreechoiceDining

      Partake in a cooking demonstration and dinner at Marwah’s at Hauz Khas. Alternatively, try San Gimignano Italian restaurant or the Veda Restaurant, an elegant contemporary restaurant in the centre of Delhi, serving modern Indian cuisine at Connaught Place.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Delhi > Agra
      Highlights:
      Sundowners, Freechoice Dining

      Drive past the India Gate and Presidential Avenue before continuing to Agra, stopping en-route at the Tomb of I’timad-ud-Daulah, known as the Baby Taj. In Agra thrill at the location of your luxurious Special Stay hotel, only 600 metres from the magnificent Taj Mahal.

      Sundowners

      This evening gather for an evening drink with canapés to overlook and appreciate the architectural wonder of the Taj Mahal from the close proximity of your hotel.

      FreechoiceDining

      Choose from Esphahan, which specialises in thali, or the buffet at the Bellevue. Alternatively try the Peshawari restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Agra
      Highlights:
      Taj Mahal & Agra Fort

      Savour a moment you will not forget with your sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal with its shimmering marble domes and towers reflecting in the landscaped pools. Inlaid with black marble and semi-precious stones, this architectural marvel, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his favourite wife Mumtaz, takes on different colours throughout the day. Later discover the World Heritage-listed Agra Fort.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Agra > Jaipur
      Highlights:
      Fatehpur Sikri

      Explore the World Heritage-listed site of the deserted Mughal capital city of Fatehpur Sikri. Continue to navigate along back roads and tiny villages to Jaipur, also known as the ‘Pink City’ and the capital of Rajasthan. Afterwards check into your regal hotel for a three night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 7 - Jaipur
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Elephant safari

      Revel in your visit to the striking 17th century hilltop Amber Fort. Explore the Maharajah’s apartments, the many palaces with interiors richly decorated with exquisite paintings and intricate carvings and soak in the views of the massive ramparts surrounding the complex.

      Enrich

      Experience an elephant safari through the bush surrounding Jaipur, seeing ancient monuments and wildlife before enjoying an authentic Indian BBQ dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Jaipur
      Highlights:
      Enrich - morning tea at Royal Residence

      Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Book a hot air balloon flight over Jaipur. Additional expense, must be pre-booked to guarantee availability.

      Visit the City Palace, a superb blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, which has been home to the rulers of Jaipur. Marvel at the magnificent Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in the 18th century where the remarkable astronomical devices are still used today.

      Enrich

      Savour the opportunity of a lifetime by taking refreshments inside the residence of the Royal Family of Jaipur, an area not normally accessible to other tourists. Overlook the Nahargarh Fort, Old City and Palace gardens whilst savouring your sweets.

      Discover the magnificent Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) with its honeycombed sandstone windows where the ladies of the royal household would watch everyday life. Undertake a rickshaw ride into small chowkris of the city before returning to your hotel.

      Sundowners

      This evening enjoy a guided heritage tour of Rambagh Palace learning all about it history with a glass of champagne in hand.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Jaipur > Delhi (Gurgaon)
      Highlights:
      Bollywood stage show

      Journey to Gurgaon to see Indian cinema come alive at the ‘Kingdom of Dreams’ Bollywood stage show, a vibrant spectacle of colour, music and dance. Check into your hotel with its landscaped gardens and reflection pools. Tonight enjoy a truly gourmet farewell dining experience of Indian cuisine from the coastal regions of India.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Delhi > Bangalore
      Highlights:
      Discover Bangalore

      Fly to Bangalore for a two night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 11 - Bangalore
      Highlights:
      Bangalore winery tour

      Explore Bangalore visiting the Botanical Gardens, Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace and the Bull Temple and drive past the Government Secretariat, Legislature Building and Cubbon. This afternoon, leave for Grover Zampa vineyards to learn about wine making and indulge in wine tasting. Enjoy a traditional dinner and show at the Rudraksha Farm Theatre, a setting that epitomizes India’s mystique, charm and ambience.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Bangalore > Mysore
      Highlights:
      Enrich - local family dinner

      Leave for Mysore, known for its glittering royal heritage and colonial buildings. En route visit Srirangapatna Fortress, the former capital of the Tipu Sultan. Later enjoy an excursion to Somnathpur before checking in to your hotel in Mysore for two nights.

      Enrich

      Enjoy dinner with a local family in Mysore related to the former Royal Family. The host has converted most of the rooms of her home into a colourful local school for children.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Mysore
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Mysore Palace
      Freechoice

      Enjoy a morning walk through Devaraja Market or learn about the ancient, traditionally hand-painted Indian card game called Ganjifa from a Ganjifa Painter. Alternatively stretch in an Asthanga yoga class – the Mysore style of yoga.

      Later visit Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills and St. Philomena’s Church. Tonight return to Mysore Palace to view the weekly occurrence when it is completely illuminated by approximately 97,000 lightbulbs.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Mysore > Kabini
      Highlights:
      Nagharhole National Park

      Drive to Kabini, the base for exploring Nagharhole National Park and your luxurious Special Stay resort. Enjoy an afternoon boat safari along the Kabini River. At night watch a troupe of Kuruba tribal dancers or a documentary about the local wildlife.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Kabini
      Highlights:
      Sundowners over Kabini River

      Rise early for a drive around the park on a game safari. Afterwards visit a nearby Kuruba tribe village with a naturalist, who will talk about local agriculture.

      Sundowners

      Gather around the infinity pool overlooking the Kabini River for a refreshing drink.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Kabini > Bylekuppe > Coorg
      Highlights:
      Bylekuppe Tibetan monastery

      Leave for Coorg visiting Bylekuppe Monastery en-route, the second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet. This afternoon enjoy a guided walking tour of a working coffee and spice plantation. Overnight stay at Coorg.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Coorg > Hassan
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Kodava village

      This morning drive to a Kodava village to interact with the locals and appreciate their age-old culture and traditional houses.

      Enrich

      After learning about their culture, enjoy a delicious home cooked Kodava lunch with the villagers.

      Drive to Hassan and check in to your resort.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Hassan > Bangalore > Kochi
      Highlights:
      Belur and Halebid

      This morning drive to Belur to visit the Channakeshave Temple built in 1116 and the Hoysala Temples in Halebid. Travel to Bangalore and fly to Kochi. Upon arrival check into your hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 19 - Kochi > Kumarakom
      Highlights:
      Kettuvallam cruise

      After a relaxing morning, travel into the backwaters to Kumarakom and your resort, your home for the next two nights. Enjoy your afternoon cruise along the famed palm-fringed Kerala Backwaters.

      Luxury Houseboat - Alternatively, take the opportunity to spend your first night in Kumarakom on board a houseboat, known as a Kettuvallam, a traditional rice barge and cruise through the lakes and backwaters past small villages to view the local life. Included at no extra cost but must be pre-booked.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 20 - Kumarakom:
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Visit Philip Kutty’s Farm and enjoy a Keralan cooking class or unwind with a traditional Ayurveda massage. Alternatively visit Kumbhalangi Village to experience traditional village life and activities.

      FreechoiceDining

      Ettukettu, known for its Kerala dishes or Vembanad, a seafood bar.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 21 - Kumarakom > Kochi
      Highlights:
      Freechoice Dining

      Travel to Kochi and visit Mattancherry Palace, Jew Town and the Synagogue. Return to your hotel in Kochi.

      FreechoiceDining

      Dine at Pepper, an all-day diner, or try Rice Boat, a seafood specialty restaurant. Otherwise try Dolphins Point multi-cuisine barbeque and grill.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 22 - Kochi
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Sunset cruise

      Head to the harbour and watch the local fishermen handling the Chinese fishing nets followed by a walking tour of the Fort Cochin area.

      Freechoice

      Visit a local market and learn the secrets of South Indian cooking or explore Vypeen Island. Alternatively enjoy a traditional Ayurveda massage or ‘Me Time’ yoga workshop.

      Enjoy a sunset cruise around Kochi Harbour before indulging in a sumptuous dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 23 - Kochi
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Depart South India with wonderful memories as you transfer to Kochi airport.

      Meals included: Breakfast