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Grand Tour of India

  • Amber Fort, Jaipur
  • Traditional houseboat, Kerala

This is an all-out exploration of India, from the Golden Triangle in the north to Kerala's peaceful backwaters in the south. Travelsphere » code: LINGT » id: 33147

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  • India
  • Asia
  • South Asia


  • DAY 1 UK/Delhi
  • Depart on your scheduled flight to Delhi today.
  • DAY 2 Delhi
  • On arrival in Delhi this morning we'll transfer you to your hotel. Your sightseeing starts in the 17th century walled city of Old Delhi. Here you'll delve into a maze of crowded streets and vibrant markets, and stroll through the fabled street bazaar of Chandni Chowk. We'll stop to admire the marble domes of Jama Masjid Mosque before visiting the Gandhi Smriti Museum and Humayun's Tomb.
  • DAY 3 Agra
  • Your day is filled with wonderful experiences, starting with a short tour of Paharganj, in central Delhi. You'll do this in the company of former street children, who now work with the Salaam Baalak Trust. This charity equips the youngsters with a range of skills and helps them to better their lives. Next you'll tour New Delhi, where highlights include the India Gate, Parliament House and the Qutub Minar, a soaring sandstone tower. Our next base is going to be Agra, which we'll reach by road.
  • DAY 4 Agra
  • Today is the day that you'll see one of India's most famous landmarks, the incredible Taj Mahal. This mausoleum on the banks of the Yamuna River was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz, and it's a sight that will take your breath away. Close by is Mehtab Bagh, a centuries-old garden complex, which sits on the other side of the river and is exactly aligned with this iconic masterpiece. You'll get to see an alternative view of the Taj Mahal from here. Later, you're going to visit the red-sandstone Agra Fort.
  • DAY 5 Ranthambore
  • Today we'll drive to the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri for a stroll through its pavilions and palaces. We'll then travel by train to Modhopur, and transfer from here by road to Ranthambore.
  • DAY 6 Ranthambore
  • An exciting day is on the cards, with morning and afternoon safaris in Ranthambore National Park, said to be the best game reserve in India. We'll make our way through thick forest interspersed with pretty waterfalls, which provides the perfect habitat for more than 300 species of birds. With the help of a Local Guide we'll look for wildlife including crocodile, hyena, jackal and more. If you're lucky you may spot the elusive tiger or the even rarer leopard.
  • DAY 7 Jaipur
  • Your grand tour continues this morning as we drive to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, with a stop en route in the village of Abhaneri. Here we'll admire the unique carved stepwells, an ancient water storage system constructed to provide a water supply during dry periods.
  • DAY 8 Jaipur
  • Jaipur's City Palace is your destination this morning, with the elaborate façade of the Palace of the Winds just one highlight.
  • DAY 9 Bangalore
  • A morning of discovery takes you to the Amber Fort, a 17th century stronghold set high on a hill above the parched desert. Step inside to see the Temple of Kali, the Palace of Mirrors and the Hall of Pleasures. In the afternoon, we'll fly to Bangalore. If you choose to head out to explore you'll find many western-style bars and restaurants as well as traces of the city's former British colonial past.
  • DAY 10 Hassan
  • We're heading west to Hassan today. This is the oldest town in Karnataka, and it is located close to one of India's coffee-growing regions. Spend your afternoon exploring the temple towns of Belur and Halebid on an included excursion.
  • DAY 11 Coorg
  • En route to Coorg this morning, we'll drive into the heart of coffee country. We're going to spend the afternoon at the Tibetan settlement of Bylakuppe, which is home to monasteries and temples including the spectacular Golden Temple.
  • DAY 12 Coorg
  • A day of discovery starts with a visit to Madikeri Fort, Omkareshwara Temple and Abbey Falls. Later, you'll find out all about coffee production on a plantation tour.
  • DAY 13 Mysore
  • The fabled city of Mysore is our next destination. You'll head out on a tour this afternoon, with fabulous sights including the opulent city palace.
  • DAY 14 Cochin
  • We're going to head back to Bangalore by road today. En route we'll visit Srirangapatnam, the island fortress of the warrior King Tipu Sultan. From Bangalore we'll fly to Cochin in Kerala.
  • DAY 15 Cochin
  • We'll get to know Cochin on a morning tour, with highlights including the Jewish Quarter, the Dutch Palace and St Francis Church. This is where Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama was originally buried. A wonderful treat today is a cookery demonstration, with lunch included, and we'll also see a display of Kathakali classical dancing.
  • DAY 16 Kovalam Beach area
  • Kovalam is our final base, and en route we're going to enjoy a lovely cruise on Kerala's tranquil palm-fringed backwaters.
  • DAY 17 Kovalam Beach area
  • You might choose to enjoy some 'me' time today on the beach. Perhaps you'll get the chance to watch as the fishermen haul in their huge nets.
  • DAY 18 Kovalam Beach area/UK
  • Today we'll fly to Mumbai, where there's time for a short tour and dinner before we transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
  • DAY 19 UK
  • You'll arrive back in the UK today .


  • ?Return flights from Heathrow with Jet Airways and internal flights
  • 16 nights half board in 4 and 5-star hotels and a lodge plus 2 nights in flight
  • 36 meals: 16 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 17 dinners


  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage??


  • ?New Delhi tour
  • Old Delhi and walk with former street children
  • The world-famous Taj Mahal
  • Agra Fort visit
  • The deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Search for tigers on morning and afternoon safaris in Ranthambore
  • Abhaneri stepwells
  • The 'Pink City' of Jaipur
  • Discover the Amber Fort
  • Temple towns of Belur and Halebid
  • Bylekuppe, home to the spectacular Golden Temple
  • Tour a coffee plantation
  • Spice plantations visit
  • Srirangapatnam, the island fortress of the warrior King Tipu Sultan
  • Kerala's beautiful port city of Cochin
  • Cookery demonstration including lunch
  • Kathakali dance (evening)
  • Cruise amongst Kerala's tranquil backwaters


    • Jaypee Vasant Continental
    • The Jaypee Vasant Continental is one of the finest boutique hotels in New Delhi. The hotel is the perfect base for both exploration and relaxation. With the hotels amenities including a swimming pool, health spa and 5 restaurants/bars.
    • Crystal Sarovar Premier
    • The fantastic location of the Crystal Sarovar Premiere, offers a superb view of the Taj Mahal. Contemporarily styled, this property has some great facilities and services on offer. These include a health club/spa as well as a swimming pool and on site restaurant. The rooms are fitted with air-conditioning, a TV, safe and tea/coffee making facilities.
    • Anuraga, A Treehouse Palace Hotel Ranthambore
    • The Treehouse Anuraga Resort is located in the ancient city of Sawai Madhopur. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, bar and swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, TV, mini-bar, hairdryer, safe and tea/coffee-making facilities.
    • Radisson Jaipur City Centre
    • Radisson Jaipur City Centre is a property that has been noted for its great location in the city. Guests can enjoy the excellent facilities and services of the Radisson. Amenities include a swimming pool, a bar, restaurant and there is also a terrace that overlooks the garden. Air conditioned rooms come equipped with a kettle, a TV and private facilities with complimentary toiletries. Those staying at the hotel can also take advantage of the free Wi-Fi and the fitness centre.
    • Fortune Select JP Cosmos
    • Fortune Select JP cosmos is located in the centre of Banaglore, and boasts a range of fantastic facilities. Guests can enjoy the in-house restaurant, the outdoor pool, Gym or spa centre. The rooms come furnished with a TV, a safe and ironing facilities. Guests can also use the free Wi-Fi and take advantage of room service.
    • Hoysala Village Resort
    • Hoysala Village, is a botanical wonderland. Elegantly designed and tastefully decorated with a variety of artefacts, constructed with rosewood and traditional materials, while trees and flowers line pathways, Hoysala Village Resort keeps you astounded.
    • The Windflower Resort & Spa Coorg
    • The 5-star Windflower Resort & Spa is ideally located in Coorg, surrounded by three wildlife sanctuaries and a national park.

      Hotel facilities include a restaurant, spa and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning and a TV.
    • Fortune JP Palace
    • The 5-star Fortune JP Palace is situated in the centre of Mysore.

      Hotel facilities include a selection of restaurants, bar and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, mini-bar, hairdryer, safe, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.
    • Casino Hotel
    • The Casino Hotel in Cochin has a tremendous selection of facilities and services on offer. There is an in-house restaurant and bar - as well as an outdoor swimming pool that guests can enjoy. The air conditioned rooms are furnished with a TV, safe, minibar, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. Other great features of this property include free Wi-Fi and a fitness centre.
    • Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel & Spa
    • Uday Samudra Hotel is located just 15 meters away from the famed beach of Kovalam. The hotel is equipped with Wi-Fi, laundry facilities and tea/coffee-maker. The hotel also has spacious lawns, a harmony of architecture, blue water pools and soaring coconut grove in four tranquil acres by the sea.