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Grand Tour of India

13 days from £1999*
Departing: November 2018 - November 2020
* Price shown: 15 May 2019 from LHR - 9W121
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Delhi, the Taj Mahal, Tigers and the Beautiful South

Uncover the mystery and majesty of one of the world's oldest civilisations. From ancient cities and mighty temples to tropical backwaters plied by traditional 'houseboats', and from forested uplands dotted with colonial tea plantations to dusty plains and breathtaking temples, this wonderful Indian exploration has it all.

Tour Highlights

  • A tour to discover the sights of New Delhi
  • A rickshaw ride through Old Delhi
  • Discover Delhi's historic Red Fort and Jama Masjid Mosque, the India Gate war memorial and the ruins of the Quwwat ul-Islam
  • A visit to Jaipur's City Palace and the Amber Fort
  • See the Palace of the Winds
  • Visit Karauli’s crumbling City Palace
  • A cookery demonstration
  • Agra's glorious Fort
  • A visit to the wondrous Taj Mahal
  • Explore Kochi, and discover its famous Chinese fishing nets
  • Enjoy a traditional Kathakali Dance Show
  • A day cruise on a traditional kettuvallam houseboat
  • A visit to Periyar's Wildlife Sanctuary, with a lake cruise
  • Time to relax on the shores of Punnamada Lake at the end of a wonderful tour

What does the price include?

  • 11 nights' half-board accommodation staying in Delhi (1 night), Jaipur (2), Karauli (1), Agra (1), Kochi (2), Periyar (2) and Kerala (2)
  • Seven lunches
  • Return flights from your chosen airport to Delhi, returning from Kochi via Mumbai or Delhi
  • An internal flight from Delhi to Kochi
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager in India

Single rooms are available for a supplement

N.B. Visas are required for travel on this tour (see Further Information)

Your Itinerary

Day One: Fly to Delhi

Board your overnight flight from the UK to Delhi - the teeming, colourful, enthralling heart of India, where the ancient and modern worlds collide.

Day Two: Enjoy a guided tour of New Delhi

Arriving in Delhi you'll be met by your Tour Manager and transferred to your first hotel for an included lunch. Freshen up, then join a guided tour of New Delhi, built by the British Raj to reflect the glories of the Empire. Highlights include the historic India Gate war memorial and the vast boulevard of the Rajpath. You'll also see the impressive the ruins of the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque and the ornate Qutb Minar tower before returning to your hotel for dinner.

Day Three: Explore Delhi and travel to Jaipur

Today we'll explore the grandeur of Delhi's Old City. Discover the historic Red Fort, the Jama Masjid Mosque and Raj Ghat, Gandhi's cremation site. You'll also have time for an exhilarating rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk's narrow lanes before we leave the Indian capital and travel to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, this afternoon.

Day Four: Visit Amber Fort and tour Jaipur

This morning we'll visit Amber for the chance to discover the opulent Royal Halls and sweeping rampart-top views of this 16th-century fort. In the afternoon, we'll tour Jaipur itself, exploring the City Palace complex with its museums and ancient observatory, and the Hawa Mahal or 'Palace of the Winds', with its innumerable windows and screened balconies. This evening, enjoy the special experience of dinner with a Rajasthani family in their welcoming home.

Day Five: Travel east to Karauli

Today you’ll journey across Rajasthan, through a landscape studded with exotic temples and lavishly decorated mansions (havelis) to the ancient city of Karauli. Here you’ll spend the night in a heritage hotel that was once the home of a maharaja, and take a camel-cart ride to the crumbling ruins of Karauli’s 17th-century City Palace. Back at your hotel, this evening, you'll be treated to a cookery demonstration by the hotel chefs before dinner is served.

Day Six: Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal

This morning we journey to Agra, the City of Love and home of the iconic Taj Mahal. See the royal pavilions, palaces and courtyards of majestic Agra Fort, and then enjoy your first visit to the exquisite Taj Mahal, bathed in glorious evening light, at sunset.

Day Seven: Fly to Kochi

Today you'll return to Delhi. From there, you'll fly south to Kochi, on the shore of the Indian Ocean.

Day Eight: Tour Old Cochin and enjoy an evening dance performance

Another early morning start will be rewarded by the sight of the day’s catch being landed at local fishing village, a tuk-tuk drive and a tranquil canal crossing on a small boat as we make our way back to the hotel for lunch. This afternoon, discover Mattancherry Palace's exquisite murals, the ancient Jewish synagogue, and enchanting Fort Cochin, where Chinese fishing nets line the shore, on a guided tour of Cochin. And, this evening, experience a traditional Kathakali dance performance - a colourful spectacle that combines elaborate costumes with literature, music, painting and dance.

Day Nine: Learn about the tea and spice industry in Periyar

Journey into a lush landscape of tea and spice plantations as you head to Periyar, pausing for a colourful traditional lunch at welcoming Saddya Plantation. Arriving in Periyar we'll join our guide to explore the Spice Plantation, and learn about the mystery and history of the Indian tea and spice industry.

Day 10: Included Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary lake cruise

See elephants and colourful birds - and just maybe rarely glimpsed tigers and leopards - on an optional, guided trek this morning through Periyar's Wildlife Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is home to several species of endangered mammals and over 250 bird species. This afternoon, enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the lake at the sanctuary's heart before the evening culminates with a Keralan Kalaripayattu martial arts performance, followed by dinner back at the hotel.

Day 11: Enjoy a cruise on a traditional houseboat

Today we'll head to Alleppey and board a traditional, thatch-roofed kettuvallam houseboat for a lazy cruise along the labyrinthine canals and waterways that run between the region's coconut groves, rice fields, hidden temples and tiny islands. The houseboat chef will prepare a delicious traditional meal during your voyage, after which you'll transfer to your final hotel.

Day 12: Spend a day relaxing

Round off a wonderful holiday lazing by the hotel pool or on the lakeside. And later enjoy a farewell dinner with your newfound friends and travelling companions, and relive the many memories and experiences of the past two weeks.

Day 13: Travel home

Make an early start today (a packed breakfast will be provided) as we head to Cochin Airport for the return flight, via Mumbai or Delhi, back to the UK.

Departure Airport Date Price From
ABZ
ABZ 06 November 2018 £2799
ABZ
ABZ 06 November 2018 £2799
ABZ
ABZ 23 January 2019 £2569
ABZ
ABZ 06 February 2019 £2619
ABZ
ABZ 20 March 2019 £2619
ABZ
ABZ 15 May 2019 £2199
ABZ
ABZ 11 September 2019 £2399
ABZ
ABZ 09 October 2019 £2629
ABZ
ABZ 16 October 2019 £2629
ABZ
ABZ 06 November 2019 £2619
ABZ
ABZ 20 November 2019 £2619
ABZ
ABZ 22 January 2020 £2619
ABZ
ABZ 05 February 2020 £2699
ABZ
ABZ 18 March 2020 £2699
ABZ
ABZ 13 May 2020 £2349
ABZ
ABZ 16 September 2020 £2499
ABZ
ABZ 07 October 2020 £2799
ABZ
ABZ 11 November 2020 £2699
BHD
BHD 06 November 2018 £2799
BHD
BHD 06 November 2018 £2799
BHD
BHD 23 January 2019 £2569
BHD
BHD 06 February 2019 £2619
BHD
BHD 20 March 2019 £2619
BHD
BHD 15 May 2019 £2199
BHD
BHD 11 September 2019 £2399
BHD
BHD 09 October 2019 £2629
BHD
BHD 16 October 2019 £2629
BHD
BHD 06 November 2019 £2619
BHD
BHD 20 November 2019 £2619
BHD
BHD 22 January 2020 £2619
BHD
BHD 05 February 2020 £2699
BHD
BHD 18 March 2020 £2699
BHD
BHD 13 May 2020 £2349
BHD
BHD 16 September 2020 £2499
BHD
BHD 07 October 2020 £2799
BHD
BHD 11 November 2020 £2699
EDI
EDI 06 November 2018 £2799
EDI
EDI 06 November 2018 £2799
EDI
EDI 23 January 2019 £2569
EDI
EDI 06 February 2019 £2619
EDI
EDI 20 March 2019 £2619
EDI
EDI 15 May 2019 £2199
EDI
EDI 11 September 2019 £2399
EDI
EDI 09 October 2019 £2629
EDI
EDI 16 October 2019 £2629
EDI
EDI 06 November 2019 £2619
EDI
EDI 20 November 2019 £2619
EDI
EDI 22 January 2020 £2619
EDI
EDI 05 February 2020 £2699
EDI
EDI 18 March 2020 £2699
EDI
EDI 13 May 2020 £2349
EDI
EDI 16 September 2020 £2499
EDI
EDI 07 October 2020 £2799
EDI
EDI 11 November 2020 £2699
GLA
GLA 06 November 2018 £2799
GLA
GLA 06 November 2018 £2799
GLA
GLA 23 January 2019 £2569
GLA
GLA 06 February 2019 £2619
GLA
GLA 20 March 2019 £2619
GLA
GLA 15 May 2019 £2199
GLA
GLA 11 September 2019 £2399
GLA
GLA 09 October 2019 £2629
GLA
GLA 16 October 2019 £2629
GLA
GLA 06 November 2019 £2619
GLA
GLA 20 November 2019 £2619
GLA
GLA 22 January 2020 £2619
GLA
GLA 05 February 2020 £2699
GLA
GLA 18 March 2020 £2699
GLA
GLA 13 May 2020 £2349
GLA
GLA 16 September 2020 £2499
GLA
GLA 07 October 2020 £2799
GLA
GLA 11 November 2020 £2699
LHR
LHR 06 November 2018 £2599
LHR
LHR 23 January 2019 £2369
LHR
LHR 06 February 2019 £2419
LHR
LHR 20 March 2019 £2419
LHR
LHR 15 May 2019 £1999
LHR
LHR 11 September 2019 £2199
LHR
LHR 09 October 2019 £2429
LHR
LHR 16 October 2019 £2429
LHR
LHR 06 November 2019 £2419
LHR
LHR 20 November 2019 £2419
LHR
LHR 22 January 2020 £2419
LHR
LHR 05 February 2020 £2499
LHR
LHR 18 March 2020 £2499
LHR
LHR 13 May 2020 £2149
LHR
LHR 16 September 2020 £2299
LHR
LHR 07 October 2020 £2599
LHR
LHR 11 November 2020 £2499
MAN
MAN 06 November 2018 £2799
MAN
MAN 06 November 2018 £2799
MAN
MAN 23 January 2019 £2569
MAN
MAN 06 February 2019 £2619
MAN
MAN 20 March 2019 £2619
MAN
MAN 15 May 2019 £2199
MAN
MAN 11 September 2019 £2399
MAN
MAN 09 October 2019 £2629
MAN
MAN 16 October 2019 £2629
MAN
MAN 06 November 2019 £2619
MAN
MAN 20 November 2019 £2619
MAN
MAN 22 January 2020 £2619
MAN
MAN 05 February 2020 £2699
MAN
MAN 18 March 2020 £2699
MAN
MAN 13 May 2020 £2349
MAN
MAN 16 September 2020 £2499
MAN
MAN 07 October 2020 £2799
MAN
MAN 11 November 2020 £2699
NCL
NCL 06 November 2018 £2799
NCL
NCL 06 November 2018 £2799
NCL
NCL 23 January 2019 £2569
NCL
NCL 06 February 2019 £2619
NCL
NCL 20 March 2019 £2619
NCL
NCL 15 May 2019 £2199
NCL
NCL 11 September 2019 £2399
NCL
NCL 09 October 2019 £2629
NCL
NCL 16 October 2019 £2629
NCL
NCL 06 November 2019 £2619
NCL
NCL 20 November 2019 £2619
NCL
NCL 22 January 2020 £2619
NCL
NCL 05 February 2020 £2699
NCL
NCL 18 March 2020 £2699
NCL
NCL 13 May 2020 £2349
NCL
NCL 16 September 2020 £2499
NCL
NCL 07 October 2020 £2799
NCL
NCL 11 November 2020 £2699

Grand Tour of India Touring Hotels 

You will be staying in a series of four-and five-star standard hotels. All hotels have a restaurant and bar, and most have a swimming pool. All bedrooms offer private facilities and are very well-appointed, with air conditioning, TV and tea- and coffee-making facilities.

Further Information

Taj Mahal restoration work

The white marble of the Taj Mahal is being gradually cleaned in a process that will take up to four years. Parts of the monument's surface may be covered during this process though your visit and access to the main dome is not likely to be restricted.

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.

Passports and visas

British citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling overseas. Your passport must contain two blank pages and be valid for 180 days after your return date from India. A visa is also required for entry to India. Full details of how and when to apply will be sent out about eight weeks before departure. British CITIZENS and some other European nationals satisfying certain conditions may use the online e-Tourist Visa application process at a cost of $75 (US) per person. Other British passport holders, who are not British CITIZENS, must apply for a full visa which costs £112. You may also, at extra cost, use the services of CIBT, our recommended visa handling partner, who will handle the whole process for you. Note that all travellers of Pakistani descent, regardless of citizenship, will generally be subject to more detailed processing by the Indian authorities, which can take up to four months from application.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

On your flight

All outbound flights leave in the evening and land at your destination the next day. All return flights leave in the morning and land in the UK on the same day. On-board meals will usually include dinner and breakfast on outbound flights, and lunch and a snack on the flight home. Drinks are complimentary.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.

Travel vaccinations

Requirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels & itinerary

Should circumstances require, the routing of days three to eight may be reversed without affecting the overall content or duration of the tour. We also reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

Restrictions on alcohol

Please note that local restrictions do not permit some hotels in Kerala to serve alcohol.

Road Conditions

In developing countries road networks are continually being improved and expanded, which can mean that, from time to time, roadworks and rough road surfaces can extend journey times. Some journeys are made on winding mountain roads and passes, which may also make for slow travelling - although the scenery is usually worth it! Many roads do not have separate pavements or safety barriers, and great care should be taken when crossing or walking alongside roads.

 

**This offer applies to new bookings on selected air-inclusive holidays to destinations outside Europe, made between 17th July and 10th August 2018 (inclusive), only. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (EARLYLH) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Exclusions apply.