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Grand Discovery of India

Embark on your grand discovery of India starting from Delhi to Kochi on this 27 day tour. Explore the 'Golden Triangle' to the incredible Taj Mahal.

27 Day
From (AUD)
$ 19,990
  • 2018/2019 Delhi > Kumarakom

    A sub-continent like no other

    Experience and revel in the diversity of this extraordinary country in one thrilling tour.

    Beginning amongst the excitement and grandeur of the North, you’ll journey around the ‘Golden Triangle’ of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Take in extraordinary sights such as Humayan’s Tomb in Delhi and partake in exclusive experiences in the Royal Palace in Jaipur, which will leave you feeling like royalty. You’ll be awed at your first sight of the incredible Taj Mahal at sunrise in Agra and during Sundowners later that evening. 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 fitting end to a wonderful journey is a cruise along the spectacular Kerala Backwaters.

    Tour Code:

    INGD

    Duration:

    27 Days

    Departure City:

    Delhi

    Return City:

    Kumarakom

  • 27 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Delhi
      Highlights:
      Welcome

      We welcome you to North India with a traditional floral garland and red tikka before transferring to your hotel for the next three nights, the luxurious Leela Palace.

    • 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 and Delhi’s oldest streets, finishing with a traditional lunch in Dharmpura haveli. Later visit the inspiration for the Taj Mahal, Humayan’s Tomb. Tonight enjoy your special welcome dinner.

      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.

      Freechoice Dining

      Partake in a cooking demonstration and dinner at Marwah’s at Hauz Khas. Alternatively, try Qube all-day dining or Spicy Duck Chinese restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Delhi > Jaipur
      Highlights:
      Haveli Dining

      Drive to Jaipur, known as the ‘Pink City’, with dinner tonight in a restored haveli. Stay at your regal hotel for three nights.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Jaipur
      Highlights:
      Freechoice Dining

      Visit the City Palace, 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 tourists.

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

      Freechoice Dining

      Learn about traditional Indian cooking with the Ikaki Niwas family or savour the views from high in Amber Fort whilst dining at 1136 Restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Jaipur
      Highlights:
      Amber Fort

      Revel in your visit to the striking 17th century hilltop Amber Fort. Explore the Maharajah’s apartments and soak in the views of the massive ramparts surrounding the complex.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 7 - Jaipur > Ranthambore National Park
      Highlights:
      Castle Kanota

      After a relaxing morning, stop for lunch at the Castle Kanota, the setting for the Viceroy Club in the film ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’. Then visit Abhaneri village and its 1,000-year-old step well en route to Ranthambore National Park. Settle into your luxury tent for a two night Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Ranthambore National Park
      Highlights:
      Game drives with Naturalist

      Accompanied by an expert wildlife naturalist, search for the elusive Bengal tiger during private morning and afternoon game drives into this former hunting reserve of the Maharajah of Jaipur.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Ranthambore National Park > Agra
      Highlights:
      Freechoice Dining

      Board a train to Bharatpur, then continue to Agra. In Agra revel at the location of your luxurious Special Stay hotel, only 600 metres from the magnificent Taj Mahal.

      Freechoice Dining

      At your hotel, choose from Esphahan, which specialises in traditional thali, or the buffet at the Bellevue.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Agra
      Highlights:
      Taj Mahal & Agra Fort; Sundowners

      Savour 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 was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his favourite wife Mumtaz. Later, discover the World Heritage-listed Agra Fort and learn about the links between the two monuments.

      Sundowners

      Gather for evening drinks to witness the changing hues at sunset and appreciate the architectural wonder of the Taj Mahal from your nearby hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Agra > Delhi (Gurgaon)

      Journey to Gurgaon stopping en route at the Tomb of I’timad-ud-Daulah, known as the Baby Taj. In Gurgaon, 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 an Indian farewell dining experience.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Delhi > Bangalore
      Highlights:
      Discover Bangalore

      Fly to South India to enjoy your two night stay in Bangalore.

    • Day 13 - Bangalore
      Highlights:
      Bangalore winery tour

      Explore Bangalore visiting the Botanical Gardens, Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace and the Bull Temple, and see the Government Secretariat, Legislature Building and Cubbon.
      Enjoy lunch and wine tasting at Grover Zampa vineyards to learn about the art of making wine before returning for your welcome dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Bangalore > Bekal
      Highlights:
      Relax at Resort

      Fly to Mangalore and continue to Bekal, located on the coast of the Indian Ocean. Relax by the sea during your two night stay at your luxurious hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Bekal
      Highlights:
      Bekal Fort

      During your morning’s exploration visit Madhur Temple, Malik Deenar Mosque and Bekal Fort. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to enjoy the resort’s facilities.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Bekal > Coorg
      Highlights:
      Coffee and spice plantations

      Leave for Coorg and a two night Special Stay, staying in a Lily Pool Villa with your own private pool. After lunch, enjoy a guided walking tour of a working coffee and spice plantation. Enjoy tonight’s cultural show before dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Coorg
      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Coorg > Bylekuppe > Kabini
      Highlights:
      Sundowners over Kabini River

      Drive to Kabini, the base for exploring Nagharhole National Park and your two night Special Stay at the luxurious Jacuzzi Hut lodges of the Evolve Back Resort Kabini. En route, visit Bylekuppe Monastery, the second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet

      Sundowners

      Gather around the infinity pool with its views of the Kabini River for refreshing drinks and canapés.

      Tonight watch a troupe of Kuruba tribal dancers or a documentary about the local wildlife.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 19 - Kabini
      Highlights:
      Nagharhole National Park

      Rise early for a game drive around the park. Afterwards, visit a nearby Kuruba tribe village with a naturalist and learn about local agriculture. Later this afternoon keep your eye out during your boat safari along the Kabini River.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 20 - Kabini > Mysore
      Highlights:
      Enrich - local family dinner

      Leave for Mysore, known for its glittering royal heritage and colonial buildings and check into your hotel for two nights. Later visit Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills and St. Philomena’s Church.

      Enrich

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 21 - Mysore
      Highlights:
      Freechoice; Mysore Palace
      Freechoice

      Enjoy a morning walk through Devaraja Market or learn about the hand-painted Indian card game called Ganjifa.

      Drive to Srirangapatna Fortress, the former capital of the Tipu Sultan.Tonight, return to Mysore Palace and witness it being illuminated by around 97,000 lightbulbs.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 22 - Mysore > Bangalore > Kochi
      Highlights:
      Somnathpur

      Drive to Somnathpur, then continue to Bangalore and fly to Kochi. Upon arrival check into your hotel, your beautiful colonial-era home for the next three nights.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 23 - Kochi
      Highlights:
      Kathakali dance performance

      Head down to the harbour and watch the local fishermen expertly handling the Chinese fishing nets. Discover the different colonial influences during your tour of Fort Kochi, and visit Mattancherry Palace, Jew Town and the Synagogue. In the evening, watch a Kathakali performance, a highly evolved classical form of dance, drama and music.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 24 - Kochi
      Highlights:
      Freechoice; Freechoice Dining
      Freechoice

      Visit a local market and learn the secrets of South Indian cooking or enjoy a ‘Me Time’ yoga workshop. Alternatively, visit Kumbalanghi Village to experience traditional village life and activities.

      Freechoice Dining

      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 25 - Kochi > Kumarakom
      Highlights:
      Kettuvallam cruise

      After a relaxing morning, travel into the Kerala Backwaters to Kumarakom and your hotel, your home for the next two nights.

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 26 - Kumarakom
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Visit Philip Kutty’s Farm and enjoy a Keralan cooking class and lunch or unwind with a traditional Ayurveda massage before lunch at the resort.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 27 - Kumarakom > Kochi
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Depart after breakfast today and transfer to Kochi airport.

      Meals included: Breakfast