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Day 01: Australia Delhi

Fly to Delhi. Upon arrival you will be met and assisted by our representative and transfer to your Hotel. Overnight at your hotel.

Today proceed for sightseeing of Delhi. First visit Rajghat, Jama Masjid in Old Delhi- the biggest mosque in India, pass by Red fort, take a photo of the iconic India Gate, stop at the war memorial built by British, and the grandest presidential palaces in the world. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

This morning drive to Mandawa and explore the Bazaar, local village and many Havelies decorated with frescoes. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Today drive to Bikaner, visit the impressive Junagarh Fort and Havelis. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Drive to Jaisalmer, a former medieval trading center. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Explore the breathtaking Fort of Jaisalmer, a massive sandcastle rising from the sandy plains. A full-day sightseeing tour takes you through this city of gilded magic. See the Citadel, the fort built by Rawal Jaisal where a fourth of the population lives. Also visit Jain temples of the 12th to 15th centuries. Patwon ki Haveli, a five-story mansion with carved pillars and murals, Salim Singh and Nathmalji ki Haveli. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Drive to Jodhpur. Tour the magnificent Mehrangarh fort and Jaswant Thada. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Drive to Udaipur, enroute stop and visit Ranakpur Temple. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

This morning visit the City Palace, and explore the Jagdish Temple, with beautiful lawns, gardens and fountains. Later drive around the Fatehsagar Lake. Evening proceed for Boat Cruise on Pichola Lake, the lake is surrounded by splendid hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. Visit the island palace Jag Niwaswhich which beautifully sets in the lake. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Drive by surface to Pushkar, which is a prominent Hindu pilgrimage town. Visit various temples and ghats and the holy Pushkar Lake. There are more than 400 hundred temples in Pushkar but the main attraction being the temple of Lord Brahma, the only temple in India dedicated to Brahma. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Today drive by surface to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, nicknamed as the pink city. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

This morning experience elephant ride and explore the Amber fort, which was used to be the capital till it was moved to Jaipur. This afternoon tour the City Palace, the former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles; Jantar Mantar, which is the largest of the five Observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh, and the Hawa Mahal or the palace of winds which was constructed for the royal ladies to watch the royal processions without being seen. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Leave for Agra, en route visit Fatehpur Sikri, a magnificent fortified ancient city. This afternoon tour the world famous Taj Mahal, a monument of love, which was built by the Mughal Emperor in 1560 for his queen Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Also visit Agra Fort, a rusty and majestic red sandstone standing on the bank of river Yamuna. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Take a train journey to Gwalior and visit the majestic Gwalior fort, which is one of the largest and mightiest forts in India. Also visit Sas-Bahu Temples and Teli-ka-Mandir. Overnight stay at hotel in Gwalior. (B)

Board the local train to Jhansi - the gateway to Orchha towns. Orchha was the capital of the Bundela rajas from the 16th century to 1783. Visit Orchha Fort and the Jehangir Mahal. Also visit Ram Raja Temple and the Chaturbhuj Temple. Later Leave for Khajuraho, and visit Western and Eastern Group of temples, a UNESCO world heritage site. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Today fly to Varanasi, a very holy city in Hinduism and it is the oldest living city in the world. Meet out representative on arrive and check into your hotel. Later in evening enjoy Aarti on river Ganges. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Early morning take the boat ride on the tranquil river Ganges or walk along the holy Ghats that will give you a lifetime experience. Return to hotel for breakfast. Then take an excursion tour to one of the important pilgrims of Buddhist followers - Sarnath. This is the site where Gautama Buddha is said to have given his first sermon about the basic principles of Buddhism. Later visit Vishwanath temple, it is the main attraction along with the Benares Hindu University. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Enjoy some free time until we fly to Mumbai, on reaching Mumbai. Rest of the day isfree to relax at your hotel. (B)

Pass the Gateway of India for a cruise across Mumbai Harbour to Elephanta Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site famed for its rock-cut Hindu temples. In the afternoon, join a heritage walk around the districts of Fort and Colaba, whose grand municipal buildings date from the heyday of the British Empire, or sample quintessential Bombay snacks such as bhel puri and pao bhaji on our popular street food tour. (B)

Take an early morning flight to Cochin. This evening enjoy a sunset cruise on Cochin's water ways for views of the Marine Drive and Bolghatty Island as well as the landmark Chinese fishing nets. The orange and pink hues at twilight provide a spectacular photo opportunity. Stay in Cochin for the next two nights. (B)

We spend this morning taking in the sights of Fort Cochin, having been under the control of the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British, Fort Cochin has a rich history. We will explore the colonial streets and take in the Dutch Palace with its murals of the Ramayana, the Jewish Synagogue and the church of St Francis, the oldest church in India. This evening attend a Kathakali performance, the traditional dance drama. (B)

After breakfast leave for Alleppey, take a boat cruise along the palm-fringed backwaters of Vembanad Lake. Stay overnight onboard your private houseboat. (B/L/D)

This morning leave for Kovalam to relax by the beach Side. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Free at leisure until transfer to the airport for flight home. (B)

Welcome home.

Our small group tour prices include international airfares & taxes ex Australia. Tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share. If the dates are not suitable for you, please contact us as we may operate a private tour just for you, surcharges will apply.

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Additional information
  • Airline fuel surcharges are included and are subject to change.
  • Prices are for departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth & Adelaide
  • Land only price ( Delhi to Kovalam) starts from $1,880
  • Single room supplement is $660
Inclusions
  • Total 22 nights’ accommodation on twin sharing basis inclusive of taxes on bed and breakfast plan basis.
  • Return airfares ex Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane or Perth & taxes.
  • Domestic flights & taxes from Khajuraho - Varanasi – Mumbai – Cochin.
  • 1 night on houseboat with all meals inclusive.
  • Transfers, sightseeing and excursions by Air Conditioned vehicle.
  • Entry fees to all major monuments.
  • Local English speaking guides.
  • Camel ride at Jaisalmer.
  • Boat ride on Lake Pichola in Udaipur.
  • Elephant ride to Amber Fort in Jaipur.
  • Train Fare from Agra to Gwalior, Gwalior to Jhansi in air-conditioned Chair Car.
  • Boat ride on river Ganges in Varanasi.
Remarks
  • LAND ONLY prices include the same as shown above, except international return airfares/taxes.
Hotel lists
  • Delhi: Holiday Inn Mayur
  • Mandawa: Castle Mandawa Hotel
  • Bikaner: Lallgarh Palace
  • Jaisalmer: Fort Rajwada
  • Jodhpur: Ranbanka Palace
  • Udaipur: Bhairav Garh Palace
  • Pushkar: Aaram Baagh Pushkar
  • Jaipur: Khandela Harveli
  • Agra: Crystal Sarovar Premiere
  • Gwalior: Deo Bagh
  • Khujaraho: Ramda Khajuraho
  • Varanasi: Ramada Plaza
  • Mumbai: Fariyas Mumbai
  • Cochin: Holiday Inn
  • Alleppey: Deluxe House Boat
  • Kovalam: The Travancore Heritage