Discover India Delhi to Kochi
Explore incredible India in 21 days!
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Group Size: Avg 14, max 18
Trip code: AHDC
Duration: 21 days
Discover all the wonders of India on this inspirational 3-week tour. Begin in the buzz of Delhi and then travel on to Agra to be awed by the iconic Taj Mahal. Visit the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur before heading off the beaten track into a rural village in Rajasthan. Experience the pilgrimage city of Pushkar before relaxing in India’s romantic city of Udaipur. Soak up the sun on Goa’s beautiful beaches before heading to colourful Kerala for some more beach sunshine. Explore the fascinating city of Kochi and visit Alleppey, the ‘Venice of the East’, for a brilliant boat tour and homestay. It’s an unbelievable 21-day Indian odyssey!
- Visit the incredible Taj Mahal and explore Agra before heading to Jaipur, India's 'Pink City'
- Head off the tourist trail and get to know the locals in the rural village of Tordi Sagar before discovering the sacred city of Pushkar
- Explore amazing Udaipur with its magical lakes and palaces and hang out in Mumbai, the home of Bollywood
- Fly on to gorgeous Goa and see historic sites, laze on idyllic beaches or go on an optional spice tour
- Be charmed by Kerala in the city of Kochi, cruise down the waterways, spend a night in a traditional homestay and relax on beautiful Varkala Beach
Day 1: Arrive in Delhi. Touch down in Delhi at any time. Enjoy some free time to discover Delhi before meeting your group and guide at a welcome meeting in the late afternoon. There’s so much to see and do in Delhi you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Day 2: Agra. A 3-hour train ride takes you to Agra. Enjoy a guided visit to the iconic Taj Mahal, and hop on a rickshaw to see the Red Fort or the ‘Baby Taj’ in your free time.
Day 3-4: Jaipur. Spend 2 days exploring the fascinating “Pink City”, including an orientation walk. Don't miss Jaipur’s City Palace, the Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal, the ‘Palace of the Winds’.
Day 5: Tordi Sagar (1D). Experience a slice of rural life in Rajasthan off the beaten tourist trail into the village of Tordi Sagar. Take a tour of the area with a local guide and learn about the artisan trades which still thrive in this out-of-the-way spot. Join an optional camel cart ride into the dunes to watch the sunset.
Day 6-7: Pushkar (1B,1L). Enjoy a delicious local lunch before you leave Tordi Sagar. Enjoy an orientation tour of the city, which takes you to the Lake, the ghats and the Brahma temple. On day 7, see the sunrise from the stunning Savitri temple. End your stay in style with a sunset camel ride, dinner & local entertainment in the desert.
Day 8-10: Udaipur. An 8-hour journey brings you to Udaipur, famous for its beautiful lakes and palaces. Enjoy a guided city orientation tour and then spend some free time in Udaipur: Take a boat ride, join a cookery class, visit a craft village, see temples or the City Palace, have an Ayurvedic massage or watch a cultural show.
Day 11: Udaipur/Mumbai. Travel by local bus to Ahmedabad and pay a visit to the famous and fascinating Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati. Board an overnight train from Ahmedabad to Mumbai.
Day 12: Mumbai. Arrive in the hustle and bustle of Mumbai. Go on an orientation walk to see Mumbai Colaba and the Fort Area. Enjoy some free time to explore India's most lively metropolis, Mumbai!
Day 13: Mumbai/Goa. Take a short, included morning flight to the gorgeous Indian region of Goa. Hit the beautiful beaches of Northern Goa, try delicious food at the night markets, and make the most of the nightlife.
Day 14: Goa. Grab a slice of bliss as you relax on Goa’s stunning beaches. Enjoy some free time in Goa: Visit local monuments, go on a tour of the churches of Old Goa, discover the capital Panjim or join a spice tour. Don’t forget to sample the delicious Goan cuisine - Yum!
Day 15: Kochi (Cochin). Jump on an inclusive, internal flight to Kochi (Cochin) in Kerala. When you arrive, explore at your own pace and discover Kochi’s fascinating history, architecture and style. Please note: At this point in the tour you may be joined by additional group members.
Day 16: Alleppey (1L,1D). Travel on to Alleppey (also known as Alappuzha), the ‘Venice of the East’. Enjoy a guided walk and spend the night in a traditional island homestay on an island, complete with a local dinner.
Day 17: Kollam (1B,1L). Hop on board a boat for a morning ferry cruise around the beautiful backwaters in Kerala. Travel on to the old trading port town of Kollam by public bus and go on an orientation walk.
Days 18-19: Varkala. Visit the bustling fish market on Kollam docks before travelling to the temple and beach town of Varkala. Varkala beach’s unspoilt sands are hidden away from the tourist trail - don’t miss the sunset in this amazing spot! Enjoy some free time to relax: Bliss out on the beach or get spiritual on an ashram visit.
Day 20: Kochi (Cochin). Return to Kochi and go on an orientation tour of the city, including visits to Fort Kochi, the Dutch Palace, Jewish Town, the spice market, St Francis Church and the Dutch cemetery. In the late afternoon or early evening you have the option to watch the traditional Keralan dance form known as Kathakali, one of the oldest dance forms in India - you can even watch the performers put on their makeup before the show!
Day 21: Kochi (Cochin). Your 3-week Indian odyssey comes to an end today in Kochi and you are free to depart at any time. Say goodbye to your travelling buddies and look back on 21 days packed with amazing adventures and magical memories in India!
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You will need to arrange your arrival into the airport in New Delhi on day 1.
Please note, we can also arrange an airport transfer for you when you arrive. Please contact a Travel Advisor for more information.
If you don’t book an arrival transfer, then taxis are the most convenient way to get to your accommodation, but you should only use the official prepaid taxi service on offer at the airport which is operated by the Delhi Traffic Police. You will pay the rate in advance (approx £3-£4).
All local flights are included in the cost of your trip. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure. Please Note: Only 1 piece of luggage that weighs up to 15kgs is permitted on internal flights in India.
20 nights’ accommodation are included as part of this Indian tour. Most will be in twin-share accommodation, with the exception of overnight trains and homestays.
Travelling on trains in India offers a unique experience, but is more basic than train travel in the West and there is a risk of delays. There are no restaurant or buffet facilities on Indian railways, but on long distance trains an attendant will appear in your coach and ask you if you would like to order food. Regular stops are made at stations where food is also available and on some trains many vendors board the train selling chai, cold drinks and crisps and biscuits.
2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners are included on this tour, and you should allow USD440-575 for meals not included.
The minimum age to join this trip is 18. This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-39.
You will need to have a tourist visa in order to travel to India. Standard Indian visas are valid for 6 months and allow multiple entry. Visas MUST be obtained in advance, before leaving the UK. Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for up to date information.
Physical Rating: Light. The activities on this trip are suitable for most fitness levels.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.