The Best of India (20 days)

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flag Delhi - Agra - Varanasi - Jaipur - Pali - Udaipur - Kochi - Alleppey - Kovalam
What's included?
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  • International Flight
  • Accommodation
  • Water
  • Meals
  • Escorted Tour
  • Domestic Flights
  • Airport Taxes Charges
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Tipping

From Rajasthan in the North to Kerala in the South, this tour brings you the best of Indian culture and history, to the serene beauty of wide open spaces and golden beaches. A journey through India which includes the world-famous Taj Mahal, the ‘bathing ghats’ and a houseboat cruise through the backwaters of Kerala. Explore the very best of India in one complete package.

 

4* Value Option – save up to £580 per person on advertised price!

 

Day 1 UK Departure

Depart the UK with international economy flight to Delhi. We can also arrange departures from your local airport at no extra cost.

Day 2 Delhi Arrival

Upon your arrival in New Delhi, the capital city of India, you will be met by our representative at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. After a warm welcome, transfer to your hotel for 2 nights stay.

Day 3 Delhi

Today, enjoy the day discovering Delhi, pacing through the city which is as historic as modern, like 2 sides of the same coin! Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, which includes a visit to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; a rickshaw ride through narrow alleys and lanes in Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest and largest trading markets of the country; and drive past Red Fort, the place that marked the announcement of India’s freedom from the British Raj. While returning back to New Delhi make a brief stop at Rajghat the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi.

Later in the afternoon, discover the modern city of New Delhi, visiting Humayun’s Tomb, the first tomb in India with beautiful gardens, continue visit to Qutab Minar, a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture and the world’s tallest brick minaret and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the largest Sikh temple of Delhi, with a gold dome, still in active worship. Drive past President’s House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings, the most imposing features of Lutyen’s Delhi and take a photo stop at the iconic war memorial arch, the India Gate.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 4 Delhi to Agra by Train

After breakfast, we will transfer to the station to board the brand new Gatiman Express to Agra, city of the world famous Taj Mahal. Upon arrival at Agra station you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

This afternoon visit the splendid Agra Fort, built in red sandstone, encapsulating magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens. Then, witness the surreal views of the Taj Mahal. Step inside this eternal symbol of love and appreciate the intricate designs and symmetries that rhyme as a poem written in marble. Taj Mahal is an extravagant display of love, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. You may choose to stay back to see the glistening white marble beauty at sunset.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 5 Agra to Varanasi

This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Agra airport to catch your flight to Varanasi. Arrive in Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India (also known as Kashi and Benaras); you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel for 2 nights stay.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 6 Varanasi

Enjoy an early morning boat ride on the Holy River Ganges. See the ‘bathing ghats’ where thousands of pilgrims pay homage to the Sun God by immersing themselves in the holy water of River Ganges, and the ‘burning ghats’ where cremations are conducted. After breakfast visit Sarnath, the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Sarnath was a renowned school of learning from 6th century BC to 12th century AD. The Ashoka pillar of Sarnath is the national emblem of India. Visit the ruins, stupa, Buddhist temple and the Sarnath Museum

In evening, experience an evening Rickshaw Ride to the ghats where you take your boat to watch and enjoy the grand ‘Aarti’ ceremony conducted every day at sunset by white-robed priests. The young priests sway in seemingly choreographed movements, worshiping the river goddess with incense, flowers and earthen lamps.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 7 Varanasi to Jaipur

Morning free at leisure. Later you will be transferred to Varanasi airport to catch your flight to Delhi to Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur, one of the most well planned cities of India. This capital city of Rajasthan, popularly known as the ‘Pink City’, was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, in 1727 A.D.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 8 Jaipur

This morning we visit the Amber fort, a fine amalgamation of Hindu and Muslim architecture and ornamentation, built in the 16th century. To ascend up the fort, you may choose to walk, drive or take an elephant ride.

This afternoon, visit the City Palace and Jantar Mantar, the largest astronomical observatory built in stone. Also visit Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a remarkable five storied building along the main street of the old city with semi-octagonal and delicate honey-combed sandstone windows.

This evening is an opportunity to visit gem and carpet weaving factories, and shop for souvenirs. Jaipur is famous for its precious and semi-precious stoned jewels, enamelled ornaments, beautiful carpets and other artefacts and crafts.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 9 Jaipur

After a leisurely morning, experience a cycling tour in city of Jaipur.  During the tour you cycle through the charming walled city decorated with historic pink stucco buildings; surrounded by  hilltop forts, lovely hills and scrub  forest, charming villages and remote temples & shines villages; cycling is the best way to discover the lesser knows attractions of Jaipur and its pristine country side.

Late in the afternoon, you embark on a short drive to a wilderness camp at the outskirts of Jaipur, for a fascinating elephant safari, followed by high tea served at the garden camp.

This evening you return back to the city where you have the option to learn more about local lifestyle and culture of India with dinner at an Indian home. Spend time talking to your hosts and learn about their way of life. You may also opt for a unique opportunity to step inside an Indian kitchen and learn the age-old art of Indian culinary delights. Your hosts will be happy to share their secret recipes and give you some handy tips about Indian cooking.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Day 10 Jaipur to Pali

This morning after breakfast embark on your drive to Pali where you will be transferred to Laxman Sagar, a hunting logde built in late 19th century by Lakshman Singh Ji to host other noble families and British emissaries. 

In the evening experience the nature walk and bird spotting nearby to the hotel. While walking little further you may visit the nearby village to experience the unique culture in rural India.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 11 Pali to Udaipur

This morning, drive to Udaipur, a serene city set in the scenic valley of Aravalli hills, surrounded by three lakes – Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar and Udai Sagar. En-route visit the famous Jain Temples at Ranakpur. Built in the 15th century, Ranakpur temples are one of the largest Jain temples in India. The temples are known for their architecture, grand structures and exquisite sculptures. Upon arrival at Udaipur, check in at your hotel for 2 nights stay.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 12 Udaipur

Spend the day exploring Udaipur. Visit the City Palace, one of the largest palace complex in Rajasthan; the grand white marble Jagdish Temple and Saheliyon-Ki-Bari, garden of the maids of honour.

For the remainder enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 13 Udaipur to Kochi

This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Udaipur airport to catch your flight to Kochi. Arrive Kochi, the most cosmopolitan city of Kerala. Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be met by our representative and escorted to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Kochi, also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, is one of the finest natural harbours in the world. Starting from the Dutch, Portuguese and the British, Kochi was the site of the first European colonial settlements in India.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 14 Kochi

Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Fort Kochi on bicycles.  We will visit the Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town; the St. Francis Church, the oldest European Church in India; the Santa Cruz Basilica originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese; the Dutch Palace and Spice market in narrow streets. Stroll past the coastline of Fort Kochi, seeing the Chinese fishing nets, huge levered fishing nets believed to have been brought to Kochi by Chinese traders. Here you will also see the daily fish market

Later we drive to visit Phillipkutty’s Farm, a 50-acre estate of ridges and canals. The canals are used for natural fish culture with fresh water prawns among the species cultivated. The major crops grown here are coconut, nutmeg, cocoa, banana, pepper and vanilla along with numerous other fruits, vegetables and spices. There are also a few cows, geese, ducks and hens. At the farm, you get a unique opportunity to interact with the local family, and enjoy a home cooked meal with them. The afternoon offers an opportunity to learn a few tips on traditional Kerala homemade cuisine and enjoy a tour of the family farm.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Day 15 Kochi to Alleppey

After breakfast, embark on our drive to Alleppey, the coastal town in the backwaters of Kerala. On arrival, board your houseboat to cruise through the backwaters of Kerala.

Kerala backwaters consist of a complex network of lagoons, lakes, & canals and are best experienced while slowly rowing down the labyrinth of canals in a traditional thatch-roofed houseboat, known as ‘Kettuvallam’. See life on the banks, lush green rice fields, and coconut groves with occasional temple or church as you cruise through the canals. Enjoy the special Kerala style meals prepared by your chef on board.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 16 Alleppey to Kovalam

After breakfast, embark on your drive to Kovalam, one of the most serene and beautiful beaches of south India. Upon arrival in Kovalam, you will be transferred to hotel for 04 nights relaxing stay.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Days 17 - 19 Kovalam

3 days free for your own activities or at leisure.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 20 Kovalam departure

This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Trivandrum airport to catch your flight back home. Arrive UK later same day.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Delhi - 5* Le Meridien

5* Le Meridien

Located in the heart of the city , the iconic glass building of Le Meridien New Delhi has been recognised as one of the 100 Icons of Delhi. The hotel is located close to the institutions of both power and pleasure.

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Delhi 4* Value Option - The Royal Plaza

4* The Royal Plaza

Centrally Located, a complete paradise on earth. An exquisite blend of business and pleasure, this hotel is famous for its world class hospitality services. This Classical Boutique Business Hotel offers 419 luxury guestrooms and suites.

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Agra - 5* ITC Mughal

5* ITC Mughal

Sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens, and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, ITC Mughal, a luxury hotel in Agra is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. The only Indian hotel to have won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for its excellent representation of Mughal architecture, it now boasts of a brand new Royal Mughal Suites.

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Agra 4* Value Option - Four Points by Sheraton

4* Four Points by Sheraton

Form follows function, and timeless classics are woven with modern details. Stylish rooms, comfortable beds and productive work-spaces are all paired with delicious breakfast and great coffee to start the day right.

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Varanasi - 5* Radisson Hotel Varanasi

5* Radisson Hotel Varanasi

Situated in what is considered the spiritual capital of India, Radisson Hotel Varanasi is ideally located for visiting nearby shrines and temples. Our hotel lies less than four miles from the River Ganges and the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, also known as the “Golden Temple”.

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Varanasi 4* Value Option - Ramada Plaza JHV

4* Ramada Plaza JHV

Stay in luxury on your vacation to the City of Temples when you book a room at our Ramada Plaza JHV Varanasi hotel. See popular attractions with ease from our hotel, located just minutes from the train station. With comfortable, convenient amenities, we are the perfect choice for business and leisure travelers alike.

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Jaipur - 5* Jaipur Marriott Hotel

5* Jaipur Marriott Hotel

Experience a winning combination of traditional luxury and modern convenience at the Jaipur Marriott Hotel. Entrenched in the cultural legacy of India’s Pink City, our hotel welcomes guests with refined elegance, contemporary amenities, and a prime location near Jaipur International Airport.

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Jaipur 4* Value Option - Holiday Inn

4* Holiday Inn Jaipur City Centre

Holiday Inn Jaipur City center is a property located in the Pink City of India. Sink in the most comfortable beds with a choice of pillows during your stay. Relax in our contemporary rooms that features LED TV, iPod docking station, media hub & glazed windows for a peaceful sleep experience.

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Pali - 5* Laxman Sagar

5* Laxman Sagar

Spread over 32 acres along the man-made lake, the 12 cottages have been meticulously planned and conceptualized with assistance from the vanguards of sustainable design. Merging Rajasthani design with eco sensibility, the twelve 900 sq ft mud and stone cottages, supplement the Mardana and Zanana and invoke an experience both private and symbiotic with nature.

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Udaipur - 5* Radisson Blu Udaipur Palace Resort & Spa

5* Radisson Blu Udaipur Palace Resort & Spa

Set on the shores of Fateh Sagar Lake, this elegant, palatial resort hotel with a dome-accented roof is 2.9 km from City Palace and 4 km from the Saheliyon-ki-Bari gardens. Featuring lake or jungle views, the plush rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and desks. Room service is offered 24/7.

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Udaipur 4* Value Option - Udai Kothi

4* Udai Kothi

Though within a short, pleasant stroll from the heart of old city, Udai Kothi is remarkable for its tranquillity and magnificence. Conceptualized, designed, created and run by Kunwar Vishwavijay and his wife Bhuwneshwari Kumari, Udai Kothi is a superbly modern hotel, which pampers you with all the facilities, amenities and luxuries a 21st century traveller expects.

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Kochi - 5* Crowne Plaza Kochi

5* Crowne Plaza Kochi

Crowne Plaza Kochi, Kerala, is an ideal staying place for both the professional and leisure travelers from across the world. It is placed amidst exotic surroundings that comprised of alluring attractions of the city. The hotel is blessed with excellent accommodation arrangements in the presence of fully furnished rooms and suites.

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Kochi 4* Value Option - Casino Hotel

4* Casino Hotel

This Art Décor Styled hotel captures the essence of Cochin, which is at once cosmopolitan and traditional and enables you to travel gracefully between these two worlds – right from that moment when you are greeted into the hotel with a warm welcome. The hotel offers regular rooms, spaciously appointed suites and a separate non-smoking wing on the ground floor.

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Kovalam - 5* The Leela Kovalam

5* The Leela Kovalam

From the start, we have been on a continuous journey to delight each traveller who crosses our threshold. It is The Leela’s goal to provide the most demanding guests with memorable, magical stays that deliver the essence of India and discover a 5-Star experience found only in India, and only at The Leela.

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Kovalam 4* Value Option - The Travancore Heritage

4* The Travancore Heritage

The Travancore Heritage is a sea side resort in 15 acres of lush green coconut garden and landscaped environs located at Chowara – south of Kovalam, near Trivandrum, Kerala. The resort stands on a high cliff overlooking the Arabian Sea and a long wide beach of powdery white sand.

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Tour Prices include:

  • International economy flights;
  • Hotel accommodation as shown (based on twin occupancy);
  • Meals as described (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner);
  • Meeting and assistance on arrivals and departures;
  • Sightseeing excursions with English speaking guides;
  • All transfers and road transportation in air-conditioned vehicles;
  • Monument entrance fees for visits mentioned in program;
  • Train/Boat journeys where mentioned in program;
  • Domestic flights where mentioned in program;
  • All currently applicable taxes.

Tour Prices exclude:

  • Indian visa fee;
  • Transfer for meals if not included in itinerary;
  • Drinks during meals;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs etc;
  • Travel insurance (can be arranged, please ask for details);
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Optional tours;
  • Early check-in or late check-out;
  • Flight and accommodation upgrades.
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We used Emperor for a group trip to India. they were fantastic with their choice of hotels (some truly incredible) their tour guide, the whole programme and their choice of airlines for the trip. We made things quite tough for them with different members of the group travelling for different periods and arriving in and out of different airports. We specifically had some issues with one of the airlines on the return leg of our trip, through no fault of Emperor, but they did their utmost to put things right and made the journey home as pleasant as possible by meeting the cost of a lounge at the airport for us do to the shortcomings of one of the airlines checking in procedures. The pre holiday package of information was very comprehensive and we were presented with very durable luggage tags. We would have no hesitation in recommending Richard and his team in tailoring a package for a trip to India. We had an amazing culturally stimulating trip and will certainly go back to India in the future.

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