20 Day Luxury Grand Tour of India Kerala and Mumbai

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20 Day Luxury Grand Tour of India Kerala and Mumbai

Multi-hued cities, palaces, temples and forts give way to the lush Kerala Coast on this tour. Drifting through the peaceful tropical backwaters on your deluxe houseboat contrasts with time spent in the mega-city of Mumbai.

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Multi-hued cities, palaces, temples and forts give way to the lush Kerala Coast on this tour. Drifting through the peaceful tropical backwaters on your deluxe houseboat contrasts with time spent in the mega-city of Mumbai.

The one constant is the exemplary service, opulent hotels and unrivalled care provided throughout this Luxury Gold itinerary. Learn how to express emotions with the raise of an eyebrow at a vibrant performance of traditional Kathakali dance. Stay at the Taj Lake Palace, set in a majestic location on Lake Pichola. In Kochi, cooking instructor Nimmy Paul unveils her secrets of traditional cooking techniques.

 

Day by day

First Day welcome to Delhi

Enjoy your complimentary private VIP door-to-door transfer to your UK departure airport. Welcome to India! On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, you will be greeted with a traditional floral garland and transferred to your hotel. Join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Reception with a delicious meal in the evening. (WR,D)

Hotel:   Trident Gurgaon, Delhi

Second Day its Sightseeing in Delhi

Enjoy a ride by rickshaw through the lanes of Chandni Chowk bazaar in Old Delhi. See the Red Fort, visit the Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat and the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. Later, drive along the broad Rajpath past the India Gate and Parliament House to visit the Tomb of Humayun. (BB)

Hotel:    Trident Gurgaon, Delhi

Third Day we Travel to Agra and see the Taj Mahal

On arrival in Agra, visit the lustrous Taj Mahal, a monument of love and flawless architectural creation, built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. Afterwards, spend time exploring the famous market - Sadar Bazaar as you make your way through the city to Agra Fort, a powerful fortress of red sandstone. After your tour through the palatial Royal Pavilions and gardens there is free time to relax. Later, walk through a village in the shadow of the Taj Mahal with one of the villagers to discover the way of life as agriculturists next to India's most famous monument. Enjoy tea and pakoras on a rooftop with exceptional views. (BB,AT)

Hotel:     Jaypee Palace, Agra

Fourth Day we head to Jaipur ,the 'Pink City'

In the morning, travel to the historic city of Bharatpur for lunch, before continuing to the ‘Pink City' of Jaipur. (BB,L)

Hotel:    Le Meridien, Jaipur

Fifth Day enjoy Sightseeing in Jaipur 

Embark on an early morning walk through this stunning walled city. Meet with local residents to fully experience their culture, traditions and rich heritage in their homes and workshops. Ascend by jeep to the Amber Fort, with its royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirrors, glass and exquisite paintings. Back in Jaipur, see the 'Hawa Mahal' (The Palace of Winds) and visit the City Palace Museum and royal observatory. (BB)

Hotel:    Le Meridien, Jaipur

Sixth Day its onto Bikaner 'Camel Country'

Journey northwest to the fort town of Mandawa for lunch. Afterwards, continue to the fortified desert city of Bikaner, known for its camel festival which is celebrated on a grand scale every January. Learn all about this indispensable ship of the desert at the Camel Research and Breeding Farm before reaching your hotel. (BB,L)

Hotel:    Laxmi Niwas Palace, Bikaner

Seventh Day we Travel to Jaisalmer

Your tour of Bikaner includes the Junagarh Fort, an unassailable fortress comprising of various palaces, pavilions and a museum containing priceless art and antiques. This afternoon continue through the Great Thar Desert to the trade route town of Jaisalmer, crowned by its hilltop fortress. (BB)

Hotel:    Suryagarh, Jaisalmer

Eighth Day take in the sights of Jaisalmer

Embark on a city tour of Jaisalmer, visiting Garhi Sagar Lake and the Fort built in 1156 but still in use today. Pass by the local market where you can witness desert life at its best. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. No visit to Jaisalmer is complete without a trip into the rippling Kanoi Sand Dunes. Savour a dinner accompanied by the gentle melodies of a local musician. (BB,HD)

Hotel:    Suryagarh, Jaisalmer

Ninth Day we visit the 'Blue City' Jodhpur

Follow the ancient silk routes to the ‘Blue City' of Jodhpur and your beautiful hotel. Later, journey to Rohet and feel the very pulse of rural Rajasthan on your ‘village safari' where you are welcomed into the homes of the local Bishnoi people to share a slice of their life. (BB)

Hotel:    Welcomhotel, Jodhpur

Tenth Day we explore Mehrangarh Fort

Visit Mehrangarh Fort set on a cliff thirty metres above the city skyline and the white marble Jaswant Thada. Experience a tuk tuk ride through the ancient winding streets before returning to your hotel, where the rest of the day is free to relax. (BB)

Hotel:    Welcomhotel, Jodphur

Eleventh Day its onto Udaipur

Drive to Ranakpur, the temple town of Rajasthan. Explore the elaborate carvings and classic architecture of the sprawling Jain temples, which are regarded as perhaps the best in the country. At lunch, learn from a local chef in our included cooking demonstration. Then, continue through the undulating countryside to Udaipur, the beautiful ‘City of Lakes'. (BB,L)

Hotel:    Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Twelfth Day enjoy Sightseeing in Udaipur

In the morning, sightseeing includes the City Palace complex, the private residence of the ‘King of Kings'. Wander through the markets and bazaars to visit the Jagdish Temple and Garden of the Maids of the Honour. In the evening, enjoy a boat cruise on the serene waters of Lake Pichola, followed by a special Celebration Dinner with drinks. (BB,CD)

Hotel:    Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Thirteenth Day we Fly to Mumbai then head to Kochi

In the morning, board your flight to Mumbai and onto Kochi. On arrival, transfer to your sophisticated hotel, offering panoramic views of the backwaters and the city. (BB0

Hotel:    Crowne Plaza, Kochi

Fourteenth Day its Kochi Sightseeing and Cookery

Sightseeing of Kochi shows you the oldest Jewish synagogue in the commonwealth. Next, witness the renowned mythological murals of Mattancherry Palace, built in 1557 by the Portuguese. Stop by India’s oldest European-built Church of St. Francis to see the tombstone of Vasco de Gama, interred here before his remains were returned back to Lisbon. Meet Nimmy a local cookery instructor as she demonstrates traditional Kerala home recipes. Then feast on some of the delicious treats during our included lunch. In the evening, you will attend a performance of traditional Kathakali dance. (BB,HL)

Hotel:    Crowne Plaza, Kochi

Fifteenth Day travel to Kumarakom with Free Time

Witness glorious scenery en route to Kumarakom. On arrival, the rest of the day is free to explore. (BB)

Hotel:    Lake Resort, Kumarakom

Sixteenth Day enjoy Kumarakom and Vaikom Village

For those who want to rise early in the morning, there is an included bird watching tour at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Set within lush acres of woodland, become acquainted with the vast variety of migratory birds, that flock to the Himalayas. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Guided by boat, explore the narrow canals of Vaikom village, one of the oldest townships in Kerela and with many spots untouched by modernity. Gain insight into the life at the village and try your skills at weaving from wild pineapple leaves or coconut husks, before sharing lunch at a local’s home. (BB,L)

Hotel:    Lake Resort, Kumarakom

Seventeenth Day we Cruise on the Alleppey Backwaters

Transfer to the local jetty to board your deluxe houseboat for a cruise on the backwaters of Alleppey. Journey through waterways that traverse past picturesque villages, fields brimming with ripe paddy and rows of swaying coconut palms. Relax, enjoy the tranquil setting and prepare for a luxurious night on-board. (BB,L,D)

Hotel:     Cruising

Eighteenth Day we Fly to Magical Mumbai

Journey to Kochi for your flight to the vibrant city of Mumbai. Transfer to your hotel for leisure time, perhaps relax and enjoy the comforts and facilities of your deluxe hotel. (BB)

Hotel:    Trident Nariman Point by Oberoi Hotels

Nineteenth Day its Mumbai Sightseeing

Enjoy the view of the city skyline on your cruise to Elephanta Island, the glorious abode of Lord Shiva. Visit the complex of ancient cave temples listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The massive entrance hall, supported by large pillars, houses the Mahesamurti, an enormous three-faced statue of Shiva. In the afternoon, embark on a sightseeing tour visiting the Gateway of India, commemorating the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Admire the collection of Indian paintings and sculptures at the Prince of Wales Museum, visit Jehangir Art Gallery, Crawford Market and see the meticulous Hanging Gardens on top of Malabar Hill. In the evening, enjoy a Celebration dinner with drinks. (BB,CD)

Hotel:   Trident Nariman Point by Oberoi Hotels

Twentieth Day we bid Farewell to Mumbai

Your magical journey comes to an end with transfers to the International Airport for your onward flights. On arrival at your UK airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your return private VIP transfer home. (BB)

Dining

Delhi: Join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Reception and dinner.

Jaisalmer: As the sun sets over the Kanoi Sand Dunes, be entranced by the traditional musicians welcoming you to this magical evening. Under the stars, a traditional feast is prepared for you in a truly unique environment.

Udaipur: Showcasing the best of Indian cuisine, our mouth-watering dinner with drinks is the perfect environment to celebrate your time in India.

Ranakpur: Learn the kitchen secrets of the chef of one of Ranakpur's finest hotels in our cooking demonstration of local specialities and lunch.

Mumbai: Showcasing the best of Indian cuisine, our mouth-watering Gala Dinner with drinks in the nation’s largest city is the perfect environment to celebrate your time in India.

Kochi: Meet Nimmy a local cookery instructor as she demonstrates traditional Kerala home recipes. Then feast on some of the delicious treats you've seen being made during our included lunch.

19 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 5 Lunches (L) and 1 Highlight Lunch (HL); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 2 Highlight Dinners (HD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, beer or soft-drinks. 18 Dec: This departure has a Christmas Highlight Dinner included.

Travel Highlights

  • Delhi: Take a rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk Bazaar. See the Red Fort. Visit Raj Ghat. See Qutub Minar. Drive along the Rajpath. See India Gate and Parliament House. Visit the Humayun Tomb.
  • Agra: Visit the Taj Mahal, a monument of love, built by a king in everlasting memory of his beloved queen. Agra: Group picture taken at the Taj Mahal. Accompany a local, walking through their village and learn about their way of life as an agriculturalist. Enjoy tea and pakoras from a rooftop with exceptional views. Money generated from the tour is used for sanitation in the village and education for women.
  • Jaipur: Ascend by jeep to the Amber Fort and stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. See the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) and visit the City Palace Museum and Jantar Mantar. Embark on an early morning walk and meet the locals to fully experience their culture, traditions and rich heritage.
  • Bikaner: Learn about all things dromedary at the Camel Research and Breeding Farm. Enjoy a visit to the Junagarh Fort.
  • Jaisalmer: Visit Garhi Sagar Lake and Fort.
  • Bishnoi: Experience rural village life with a 'jeep safari'.
  • Jodhpur: Visit Mehrangarh Fort.
  • Ranakpur: Visit the fortified Jain temple complex.
  • Udaipur: Visit the City Palace complex, a testimony to the Rajput passion for art and architecture. Visit the Jagdish Temple and Garden of the Maids of the Honour.
  • Vaikom: Guided by boat, explore the narrow canals of Vaikom village, one of the oldest townships in Kerela and with many spots untouched by modernity.
  • Kochi: Attend a performance of traditional Kathakali dance.
  • Kumarakom: Rise early for a fascinating bird watching experience at the Bird Sanctuary.
  • Alleppey: Cruise the glorious backwaters and spend the night on a traditional houseboat.
  • Mumbai: Cruise to Elephanta Island, the glorious abode of Lord Shiva and visit the complex of ancient cave temples.

The Difference

Be escorted by the crème de la crème of Travelling Concierges - handpicked for every departure. This skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.

Enjoy the unique comfort of our luxury air-conditioned 40-seat coach, with extended leg room and an on-board restroom. It's Business Class comfort, complete with complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy during your luxury coaching tour.

A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.

At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling with prompt delivery to inside your door.

Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porter-age charges at hotels.

Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local titbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.

Airport transfers to and from your hotel are included.

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

  • This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are award winners British Travel Awards Best Small Group.
  • All Tours are Guaranteed Departures.
  • Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
  • ABTA protected

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