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Grand Tour of India - Pushkar Camel Festival Special Departure

20 Days from £3,174

​​Tick off India's most impressive sights including Old and New Delhi, the Taj Mahal, the 'Pink City' of Jaipur and Agra Fort. Search for tigers in Ranthambore and cruise the tranquil backwaters of Kerala. It's all on this grand tour.

Departure from: Oct 2019 - Oct 2019

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • ​Return flights from Heathrow and internal flights
  • 16 nights half board in 4 and 5-star hotels and lodge plus 2 nights in flight
  • 36 meals: 16 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 17 dinners

PLUS... 

  • Travelsphere Tour Manager
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage​
CLASSIC TOURING
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Included holiday highlights

      ​New Delhi

  • Old Delhi and walk with former street children
  • The world-famous Taj Mahal
  • Agra Fort
  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • Search for tigers on morning and afternoon safaris in Ranthambore
  • Abhaneri stepwells
  • The 'Pink City' of Jaipur
  • Amber Fort
  • Temple towns of Belur and Halebid
  • Bylekuppe, home to the spectacular Golden Temple
  • Tour a coffee plantation
  • Spice plantations visit 
  • Srirangapatnam, the island fortress of the warrior King Tipu Sultan
  • Kerala's beautiful port city of Cochin
  • Cookery demonstration including lunch 
  • Kathakali dance (evening)
  • Cruise amongst Kerala's tranquil backwaters

Your Itinerary

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Day 1 UK/Delhi

​Depart on your scheduled flight to Delhi. ​

Day 2 Delhi

​You'll arrive in Delhi this morning. This spacious, imperial city was created by the British in 1911. On a sightseeing tour you'll see the India Gate, Parliament House and the Qutub Minar, a soaring tower of sandstone. You'll also visit Humayun's Tomb.​

Day 3 Agra

​A morning included tour will introduce you to the 17th century walled city of Old Delhi. Delve into a maze of crowded narrow streets and thronging markets and stroll through the fabled street bazaar of vibrant Chadni Chowk. Admire the marble domes of Jama Masjid Mosque and visit Gandhi Smriti Museum.

Later you'll be joined by former street children who work with the Salaam Baalak Trust, which supports them and teaches them a range of skills that help them to better their lives. They will take you on a short tour of Paharganj, a fascinating journey into their world. This afternoon you will travel by road to Agra for a two-night stay.

Day 4 Agra

​The highlight of today is an included visit to the Taj Mahal. You'll travel to the banks of the Yamuna River where this magnificent mausoleum, built by the Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife, is located. 
Close by, Mehtab Bagh is a centuries-old garden complex exactly aligned with this iconic masterpiece. After your visit to the Taj Mahal, you will also head here to take in this exceptional sight from the other side of the river.
Later you will visit the red-sandstone Agra Fort.​

Day 5 Ranthambore

​This morning you'll travel by road to the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. Stroll through the pink and red sandstone pavilions and palaces before boarding the train bound for Modhopur. On arrival, transfer by road to Ranthambore for a two-night stay​.

Day 6 Ranthambore

​We have included morning and afternoon safaris in Ranthambore. Thick forest and sparkling waterfalls provide the perfect environment for over 300 species of birds. With the help of your Local Guide you may even spot the elusive tiger. There are many other residents to see including crocodile, hyena and the even rarer leopard.

Day 7 Jaipur

​Your journey continues by road to the famous 'Pink City' of Jaipur, where you stay for two nights. En route we'll stop at the ruins of Abhaneri, a small village known for its unique carved step wells, an ancient system of drains, wells and tanks constructed to provide a water supply during dry periods. Sandstone buildings tinged with pink and ochre will greet you as you arrive in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan.

Days 8 & 9 and 9 Pushkar

On the morning of day 8 join your Tour Manager for a tour of Jaipur, which gives you the opportunity to see the City Palace, a complex of monuments, gardens and small palaces, and linger at the elaborate facade of the Palace of the Winds. 
Your tour then continues to Pushkar, a pilgrimage destination for many Hindus. The town is also famed for its sacred lake and its annual camel fair, which you will attend on days 8 and 9. Here you will see camel races and watch as livestock and handicrafts are bought and sold by traders who come from all over Rajasthan. You'll even have the chance to take a camel cart ride as you experience the riot of colour at this lively festival. 
For the next two nights you'll stay in tented accommodation actually at the site of the fair, where your meals feature regional vegetarian specialities for a truly authentic taste of this part of India.

Day 10 Jaipur

After breakfast, you'll leave Pushkar and journey by road to Jaipur, arriving in the afternoon. After time to relax after you check in, you’ll embark upon a city tour visiting the City Palace Museum. Here you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art.

Day 11 Bangalore

​This morning you'll revisit the Amber Fort, a 17th century battle-scarred stronghold set on a hill high above the parched desert. Step inside the eerie Temple of Kali, the jewel-like Palace of Mirrors and the Hall of Pleasures. In the afternoon, you'll fly to Bangalore, for an overnight stay. The state capital of Karnataka, Bangalore represents the modern face of India, and as you explore at leisure you'll find many western-style bars and restaurants although traces of a former British colonial past are still evident.

Day 12 Hassan

​Travel west by road to Hassan, the oldest town in Karnataka, located close to one of India's coffee-growing regions. You'll stay here overnight. In the afternoon join our included excursion to the temple towns of Belur and Halebid, where fine examples of Hoysala architecture feature intricate sculptures.

Day 13 Coorg

​A morning drive takes you into coffee country. Coorg's misty green hills, endless mountain ranges and acres of aromatic coffee plantations, pepper and cardamom gardens make it one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. This afternoon you'll visit the Tibetan settlement of Bylakuppe, home to monasteries and temples including the spectacular Golden Temple. You will stay in Coorg for two nights.

Day 14 Coorg

​On a tour today you'll visit Madikeri Fort, Omkareshwara Temple and Abbey Falls. This afternoon, we include a coffee plantation tour.

Day 15 Mysore

​Travel by road to the fabled city of Mysore, where an afternoon tour is included. Discover the opulent city palace, which is home to the current Maharaja. You'll stay overnight stay in Mysore.​

Day 16 Cochin

​This morning you'll return to Bangalore by road then fly to Cochin, in Kerala. En route you will visit Srirangapatnam, the island fortress of the warrior King Tipu Sultan. You'll stay in Cochin for two nights.​

Day 17 Cochin

​An included morning sightseeing tour of Cochin will introduce you to the 'Queen of The Arabian Seas'. Visit the Jewish Quarter, home to the 16th century synagogue, see the Dutch Palace and visit St Francis Church where Vasco da Gama was originally buried. A cooking demonstration followed by lunch is included. Round off your day with an included display of Kathakali classical dancing.

Day 18 Kovalam Beach area

​You'll depart Cochin this morning for the drive to Kovalam. En route we have arranged a boat journey on Kerala's tranquil palm-fringed backwaters. This vast area of canals, lakes and channels are separated by narrow spits of land where communities live and farm, and everyday tasks are all conducted by boat. You'll stay in Kovalam for two nights. Spend this evening at leisure.

Day 19 Kovalam Beach area

​With its stunning coastline and traditional fishing villages this really is the perfect spot to end your holiday. Take a stroll along the beach and watch the fishermen pull in their huge nets, indulge in some water sports or just relax.

Day 20 Kovalam Beach area/UK

​​Today you will fly back to the UK via Mumbai. An orientation tour and early dinner are included before your flight.

Day 21 UK

​Arrive in the UK.


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 2 :

Radisson Blu Dwarka
Guests of the 5 star Radisson Blu can really look forward to taking advantage of the brilliant facilities and service on offer. The hotel boasts an outdoor pool, a fitness centre, salon and spa. There are three onsite restaurants offering a varied selection of cuisines. The contemporarily styled rooms are furnished with a TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities. The private facilities come equipped with a hairdryer and complementary toiletries. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi.

Day 3 - 4 :

Crystal Sarovar Premier
The fantastic location of the Crystal Sarovar Premiere, offers a superb view of the Taj Mahal. Contemporarily styled, this property has some great facilities and services on offer. These include a health club/spa as well as a swimming pool and on site restaurant. The rooms are fitted with air-conditioning, a TV, safe and tea/coffee making facilities.

Day 5 - 6 :

Treehouse Resort Ranthambore
The Treehouse Anuraga Resort is located in the ancient city of Sawai Madhopur. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, bar and swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, TV, mini-bar, hairdryer, safe and tea/coffee-making facilities.

Day 7 :

Fortune Select Metropolitan
The 5-star Fortune Select Metropolitan is situated in the heart of Jaipur. Hotel facilities include a bar, gym, spa and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar, safe, TV and tea/coffee-making facilities.

Day 8 - 9 :

Swiss Cottage Tent Pushkar
Swiss Cottage Tents are set among the rustic surroundings of Pushkar. Clients will be given a traditional welcome to the peaceful resort.

Day 10 :

Fortune Select Metropolitan
The 5-star Fortune Select Metropolitan is situated in the heart of Jaipur. Hotel facilities include a bar, gym, spa and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar, safe, TV and tea/coffee-making facilities.

Day 11 :

Fortune Select JP Cosmos
Fortune Select JP cosmos is located in the centre of Banaglore, and boasts a range of fantastic facilities. Guests can enjoy the in-house restaurant, the outdoor pool, Gym or spa centre. The rooms come furnished with a TV, a safe and ironing facilities. Guests can also use the free Wi-Fi and take advantage of room service.

Day 12 :

Hoysala Village
Hoysala Village, is a botanical wonderland. Elegantly designed and tastefully decorated with a variety of artefacts, constructed with rosewood and traditional materials, while trees and flowers line pathways, Hoysala Village Resort keeps you astounded.

Day 13 - 14 :

Windflower Resort & Spa Coorg
The 5-star Windflower Resort & Spa is ideally located in Coorg, surrounded by three wildlife sanctuaries and a national park. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, spa and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning and a TV.

Day 15 :

Country Inn and Suites Mysore
Guests can really enjoy their stay in this high-quality property as it combines excellent amenities with a great level of service. Rooms are air-conditioned and come furnished with a TV, private facilities, complimentary toiletries, a minibar as well as coffee/tea making equipment. Customers can make use of an outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre. There are 2 in house dining options, and the restaurants offer a range of both local and international dishes. The hotels also includes free WIFI, room service in addition to a 24 hour reception desk.

Day 16 - 17 :

Trident Hotel
The 4-star Trident Hotel is situated in Cochin.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, safe, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.

Day 18 - 19 :

Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel & Spa
Uday Samudra Hotel is located just 15 meters away from the famed beach of Kovalam. The hotel is equipped with Wi-Fi, laundry facilities and tea/coffee-maker. The hotel also has spacious lawns, a harmony of architecture, blue water pools and soaring coconut grove in four tranquil acres by the sea.


Dates and Prices

You have chosen to arrange your own flights and transfers and meet us at your first hotel. Please see essential information for full terms and conditions.

 
TOUR DURATION
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TUE 29 OCT 19

Glasgow (Intl)

GUARANTEED

£3,398

£3,273

Available

Outbound
Emirates

Tuesday 29 October 2019

Departs

13:00 Glasgow (Intl)

Arrives

00:30 Dubai

Operated by

Emirates

Emirates

Wednesday 30 October 2019

Departs

04:20 Dubai

Arrives

08:55 New Delhi (Indira Gandhi)

Operated by

Emirates

Inbound
Emirates - EK

Sunday 17 November 2019

Departs

10:05 Trivandrum (Intl)

Arrives

12:55 Dubai

Operated by

Emirates

Emirates - EK

Sunday 17 November 2019

Departs

14:50 Dubai

Arrives

19:00 Glasgow (Intl)

Operated by

Emirates

TUE 29 OCT 19

Manchester

GUARANTEED

£3,398

£3,273

Available

Outbound
Emirates

Tuesday 29 October 2019

Departs

13:10 Manchester

Arrives

00:25 Dubai

Operated by

Emirates

Emirates

Wednesday 30 October 2019

Departs

04:20 Dubai

Arrives

08:55 New Delhi (Indira Gandhi)

Operated by

Emirates

Inbound
Emirates - EK

Sunday 17 November 2019

Departs

10:05 Trivandrum (Intl)

Arrives

12:55 Dubai

Operated by

Emirates

Emirates - EK

Sunday 17 November 2019

Departs

14:30 Dubai

Arrives

18:40 Manchester

Operated by

Emirates

TUE 29 OCT 19

Birmingham (Intl)

GUARANTEED

£3,398

£3,273

Available

Outbound
Emirates

Tuesday 29 October 2019

Departs

13:30 Birmingham (Intl)

Arrives

00:35 Dubai

Operated by

Emirates

Emirates

Wednesday 30 October 2019

Departs

04:20 Dubai

Arrives

08:55 New Delhi (Indira Gandhi)

Operated by

Emirates

Inbound
Emirates - EK

Sunday 17 November 2019

Departs

10:05 Trivandrum (Intl)

Arrives

12:55 Dubai

Operated by

Emirates

Emirates - EK

Sunday 17 November 2019

Departs

14:50 Dubai

Arrives

18:45 Birmingham (Intl)

Operated by

Emirates

TUE 29 OCT 19

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£3,299

£3,174

Available

Outbound
Emirates

Tuesday 29 October 2019

Departs

13:35 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

00:40 Dubai

Operated by

Emirates

Emirates

Wednesday 30 October 2019

Departs

04:20 Dubai

Arrives

08:55 New Delhi (Indira Gandhi)

Operated by

Emirates

Inbound
Emirates - EK

Sunday 17 November 2019

Departs

10:05 Trivandrum (Intl)

Arrives

12:55 Dubai

Operated by

Emirates

Emirates - EK

Sunday 17 November 2019

Departs

14:35 Dubai

Arrives

18:25 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Emirates

TUE 29 OCT 19

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£3,299

£3,174

Available

Outbound
Emirates

Tuesday 29 October 2019

Departs

13:40 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

00:40 Dubai

Operated by

Emirates

Emirates

Wednesday 30 October 2019

Departs

04:20 Dubai

Arrives

08:55 New Delhi (Indira Gandhi)

Operated by

Emirates

Inbound
Emirates - EK

Sunday 17 November 2019

Departs

10:05 Trivandrum (Intl)

Arrives

12:55 Dubai

Operated by

Emirates

Emirates - EK

Sunday 17 November 2019

Departs

16:05 Dubai

Arrives

20:00 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Emirates

Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

India - Mohabbat The Taj Show

FROM £30

This evening have the opportunity to take your seat for a performance of Mohabbat the Taj, a spectacular re-enactment of the life and love of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. The 80 minute show will leave you amazed by the spectacular costumes, lively songs, energetic dancing and the incredible set including the world’s largest replica of Taj Mahal in Makarana marble.

Evening show - Minimal Walking - Unique Dance Drama

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Add-on

Take the opportunity to maximise your travel experience and extend your holiday with an add-on. The number of days shown is inclusive of the main tour and the price shown is in addition to the cost of the main tour:

Grand Tour of India - Pushkar Camel Festival Special Departure with Kovalam Beach Add-on

Extend your holiday to 25 days from £299

Oct 2019 - Oct 2019 Departures

Why not extend your holiday with a further 5-night stay in Kovalam. Located on the Arabian Sea, the crescent-shaped beaches here are the perfect spot in which to relax. Please Note: You will not be accompanied by a Tour Manager.

Your Extension includes

  • 5 nights' accomodation on a bed-and-breakfast basis plus 1 dinner
  • Porterage

Your Hotel

You will stay in a hotel such as The Travancore Heritage.

Itinerary

DAYS 20 - 24 Kovalam Beach Area
Spend the next four nights in Kovalam, located on the Arabian Sea, the crescent-shaped beaches here are the perfect spot in which to relax.​

DAY 25 Kovalam Beach Area/UK
Today you'll fly back to the UK.


Travelsphere Cares

Travelsphere Cares Travelsphere Cares - Salaam Baalak Trust

Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT) is an Indian non-profit and non-governmental organisation which provides support for street and working children in the inner cities of New Delhi, and Mumbai. It was established in 1988 with the proceeds from the 1988 film, Salaam Bombay! which was about the lives and vulnerabilities of street children. The name Salaam Baalak Trust translates literally as "salute the child". Programs at SBT include repatriation, providing education, basic literacy and schooling, full care facilities for the young (up to 18 years), drop-in shelters for older children, physical and mental health care, life-skills education, vocational training, sports, job placement and counselling in HIV/AIDS and TB awareness.

Today, SBT runs five 24-hour full care shelters for children, of which two are devoted to girls in Delhi, 13 contact points mostly near railway stations and a 24-hour toll-free helpline service (1098), catering to children in distress all over India, in all looking after 5,000 children every year. Salaam Baalak Trust children, who have been trained in theatre, dance and puppetry, are giving performances all over the world.

Around 10 years ago, SBT set up The Walk, a guided tour around New Delhi Railway Station and Paharganj area in which former street children share their personal story of survival with the participants and show them the contact points and shelter homes of SBT. Through this program the young guides, who are former boys of our trust, get an opportunity to improve their English communication and business skills independently. The Walk hopes to raise awareness about street children and helps to provide a deeper insight about street life from people who have experienced it themselves.

Travelsphere have supported the Salaam Baalak Trust since 2011 and are increasing our donations each year. In 2016 alone Travelsphere will donate over £1,000 to help contribute to the children's education and food.

The Walk is included on day 3 of the Grand Tour of India. Travelsphere already make a contribution to the trust, however if you wish to make further donations, books, clothes, colouring pencils, etc, are greatly received during your visit. You can also make additional monetary donations on the spot (with a receipt) if you wish.

The Walk
Rickshaw
Children at Salaam Baalak Trust shelter