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North & South India: Rajasthan & Kerala
19 days from CAD7,690pp
Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal.
Guided tour of the 'Pink City' of Jaipur.
Take a guided jungle walk in Periyar National Park.
Spend the night on a houseboat in the peaceful Keralan Backwaters.
- Thekkady & Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
- The Backwaters
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Day 1 Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi, after clearing customs you will be met by our representative and taken to meet your private driver who will transfer you to your hotel. You might have some time at leisure depending on your flight - it's worth asking your hosts to show you to a nearby area where you'll find markets and shops to explore.
Day 2 Delhi
Explore the contrasts of Delhi today with your local, knowledgeable guide on a private tour. Take a stroll along the tree-lined avenues of New Delhi and through the bazaars and old lanes of the Old City. You'll see all the main sites including Jama Masjid and the Qutub Minar.
Day 3 Agra
Leave Delhi in good time this morning to travel south to Agra. You can either travel by road with your private driver, or take the train. Depending on the train times, the rail journey can take longer than driving, but it does offer a great experience. You are assisted onto the train and met at the other end by an Audley representative. In the afternoon, take a private guided tour around Agra's sights, such as the impressive Mogul Red Fort. The Red Fort is a great preview to visiting the Taj Mahal in the morning, the two were built during the same period and have much shared history.
Day 4 Jaipur
Get up early this morning for the best views of the Taj Mahal as the sun rises with a private guided tour. Spend time in the Taj's beautiful gardens before heading back to your hotel for breakfast. You will then your journey to Jaipur with your private driver. It's a scenic drive and worth breaking up the drive with a stop at Fatehpur Sikri, a historic capital abandoned when water supplies ran out.
Day 5 Jaipur
Your local guide is on hand to help you to explore the highlights of the 'Pink City' today on a private tour, including the Jantar Mantar Observatory and Hawa Mahal Palace. You'll also visit the beautiful Amber Fort, which sits 11km (6.8 miles) outside the city.
Day 6 Barli
Day 8 Udaipur
Continue onwards to Udaipur today. Travel through the Aravelli Hills which is a picturesque drive; do ask your driver if you'd like to stop to take photos. Upon arrival in Udaipur, relax and enjoy the lake views after checking in to your hotel.
Day 9 Udaipur
Meet your local guide at 8am this morning to enjoy a small group cycling tour around the city. It's a fantastic way to explore, avoiding the crowds and heat of the day. Later, explore the City Palace independently (audio guides are available) or enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola.
Day 10 Cochin
Your driver drops you at the airport in time for your flight to Mumbai this morning, where you'll connect with your onwards flight to Cochin. On arrival you will be met by our local representative who will welcome you to Kerala. You will then be shown to your private driver and transferred to your accommodation.
Day 11 Cochin
Enjoy a private guided tour of colonial Cochin today, taking in the Jewish quarter and the iconic fishing nets at the harbour. It's better to explore in the morning or late afternoon when temperatures are cooler.
Day 12 Munnar
Your driver will take you inland today, up into the lush hills that surround your next destination of Munnar. Enjoy an afternoon private tea tasting experience - learn about the plucking and processes before enjoying a cup.
Day 13 Thekkady & Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Have a morning at leisure in Munnar (visit the tea museum or just relax at your hotel) before continuing by road to Periyar National Park. It's sometimes possible to spot monkeys or elephants from the roadside.
Day 14 Thekkady & Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Rise early for a guided jungle walk with a local naturalist this morning with a small group of guests from your hotel. Learn about the flora and fauna and keep your eyes peeled for the allusive animals which may be spotted here. This afternoon take a small group tour of a working spice plantation to see how the crops are grown and cultivated.
Day 15 Alleppey
Thekkady & Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary , Alleppey
This morning you will drive to the Backwaters near Alleppey, where you will board your traditional private houseboat; a converted rice barge. Enjoy lunch after boarding and a relaxing afternoon cruising down the water ways.
Day 16 The Backwaters
Alleppey , The Backwaters
Disembark your houseboat this morning after breakfast. Then drive the short distance to a local homestay where you can relax, get to know your hosts and experience the peaceful Backwaters way of life. You might like to take a walk to the local village with your hosts, or explore the shops and markets.
Day 17 Mararikulam
Today you will drive further south to Marari Beach by private transfer, where you can relax on the coast for the next couple of nights. Take a walk along the long stretch of golden beach, or take a dip in the hotel pool.
Day 18 Mararikulam
Day 19 Return home
Transfer to Cochin Airport this morning. Your driver will drop you off in ample time for your onwards flight.
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