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Grand Tour of India

19 Days from £2,699

This is an all-out exploration of India, from the Golden Triangle in the north to Kerala's peaceful backwaters in the south.

Departure from: Oct 2018 - Nov 2020

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

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

PLUS

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

  • ​New Delhi tour
  • Old Delhi and walk with former street children
  • The world-famous Taj Mahal
  • Agra Fort visit
  • The deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Search for tigers on morning and afternoon safaris in Ranthambore
  • Abhaneri stepwells
  • The 'Pink City' of Jaipur
  • Discover the 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

Please note: Vital restoration work is being carried out on the Taj Mahal from now until November 2018. During this time you will still visit this iconic landmark, and also the Mehtab Bagh gardens complex, which is close by and offers further views of the Taj Mahal.


Your Itinerary

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DAY 1 UK/Delhi

Depart on your scheduled flight to Delhi today.

DAY 2 Delhi

On arrival in Delhi this morning we'll transfer you to your hotel. Your sightseeing starts in the 17th century walled city of Old Delhi. Here you'll delve into a maze of crowded streets and vibrant markets, and stroll through the fabled street bazaar of Chandni Chowk. We'll stop to admire the marble domes of Jama Masjid Mosque before visiting the Gandhi Smriti Museum and Humayun's Tomb.

DAY 3 Agra

Your day is filled with wonderful experiences, starting with a short tour of Paharganj, in central Delhi. You'll do this in the company of former street children, who now work with the Salaam Baalak Trust. This charity equips the youngsters with a range of skills and helps them to better their lives.
Next you'll tour New Delhi, where highlights include the India Gate, Parliament House and the Qutub Minar, a soaring sandstone tower.
Our next base is going to be Agra, which we'll reach by road.

DAY 4 Agra

Today is the day that you'll see one of India's most famous landmarks, the incredible Taj Mahal. This mausoleum on the banks of the Yamuna River was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz, and it's a sight that will take your breath away.
Close by is Mehtab Bagh, a centuries-old garden complex, which sits on the other side of the river and is exactly aligned with this iconic masterpiece. You'll get to see an alternative view of the Taj Mahal from here.
Later, you're going to visit the red-sandstone Agra Fort.

DAY 5 Ranthambore

Today we'll drive to the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri for a stroll through its pavilions and palaces. We'll then travel by train to Modhopur, and transfer from here by road to Ranthambore.

DAY 6 Ranthambore

An exciting day is on the cards, with morning and afternoon safaris in Ranthambore National Park, said to be the best game reserve in India. We'll make our way through thick forest interspersed with pretty waterfalls, which provides the perfect habitat for more than 300 species of birds. With the help of a Local Guide we'll look for wildlife including crocodile, hyena, jackal and more. If you're lucky you may spot the elusive tiger or the even rarer leopard.

DAY 7 Jaipur

Your grand tour continues this morning as we drive to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, with a stop en route in the village of Abhaneri. Here we'll admire the unique carved stepwells, an ancient water storage system constructed to provide a water supply during dry periods.

DAY 8 Jaipur

Jaipur's City Palace is your destination this morning, with the elaborate façade of the Palace of the Winds just one highlight.

DAY 9 Bangalore

A morning of discovery takes you to the Amber Fort, a 17th century stronghold set high on a hill above the parched desert. Step inside to see the Temple of Kali, the Palace of Mirrors and the Hall of Pleasures.
In the afternoon, we'll fly to Bangalore. If you choose to head out to explore you'll find many western-style bars and restaurants as well as traces of the city's former British colonial past.

DAY 10 Hassan

We're heading west to Hassan today. This is the oldest town in Karnataka, and it is located close to one of India's coffee-growing regions. Spend your afternoon exploring the temple towns of Belur and Halebid on an included excursion.

DAY 11 Coorg

En route to Coorg this morning, we'll drive into the heart of coffee country. We're going to spend the afternoon at the Tibetan settlement of Bylakuppe, which is home to monasteries and temples including the spectacular Golden Temple.

DAY 12 Coorg

A day of discovery starts with a visit to Madikeri Fort, Omkareshwara Temple and Abbey Falls. Later, you'll find out all about coffee production on a plantation tour.

DAY 13 Mysore

The fabled city of Mysore is our next destination. You'll head out on a tour this afternoon, with fabulous sights including the opulent city palace.

DAY 14 Cochin

We're going to head back to Bangalore by road today. En route we'll visit Srirangapatnam, the island fortress of the warrior King Tipu Sultan. From Bangalore we'll fly to Cochin in Kerala.

DAY 15 Cochin

We'll get to know Cochin on a morning tour, with highlights including the Jewish Quarter, the Dutch Palace and St Francis Church. This is where Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama was originally buried. A wonderful treat today is a cookery demonstration, with lunch included, and we'll also see a display of Kathakali classical dancing.

DAY 16 Kovalam Beach area

Kovalam is our final base, and en route we're going to enjoy a lovely cruise on Kerala's tranquil palm-fringed backwaters.

DAY 17 Kovalam Beach area

You might choose to enjoy some 'me' time today on the beach. Perhaps you'll get the chance to watch as the fishermen haul in their huge nets.

DAY 18 Kovalam Beach area/UK

Today we'll fly to Mumbai, where there's time for a short tour and dinner before we transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

DAY 19 UK

You'll arrive back in the UK today .


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 :

Jaypee Vasant Continental
The Jaypee Vasant Continental is one of the finest boutique hotels in New Delhi. The hotel is the perfect base for both exploration and relaxation. With the hotels amenities including a swimming pool, health spa and 5 restaurants/bars.

Day 3 - 4 :

The Gateway Hotel Taj Agra
The 4 star hotel set in six acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and offering views of the Taj Mahal, you will stay at The Gateway Hotel.

Hotel facilities include restaurant, fitness centre and pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, TV, hairdryer 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 - 8 :

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 9 :

Lemon Tree Premier
The 5-star Lemon Tree Premier is ideally located in the central business district of Bangalore.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, spa and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, safe, tea/coffee-making facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Day 10 :

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 11 - 12 :

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 13 :

Fortune JP Palace
The 5-star Fortune JP Palace is situated in the centre of Mysore.

Hotel facilities include a selection of restaurants, bar and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, mini-bar, hairdryer, safe, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.

Day 14 - 15 :

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 16 - 17 :

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.


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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.

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 with Kovalam Beach Add-on

Extend your holiday to 23 days from £299

Oct 2018 - Nov 2019 Departures

Finish your holiday in Kovalam where the crescent-shaped beaches are the perfect place to relax. Includes 4 nights with breakfast in a 4-star hotel, plus 1 dinner. A Tour Manager will not accompany you on this add-on.

Grand Tour of India with Kovalam Beach Add-on

Extend your holiday to 23 days from £299

Jan 2020 - Nov 2020 Departures


Local Knowledge

We asked some of our Tour Managers to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:

Favourite Moments

It’s hard to beat the anticipation of a possible tiger sighting amidst the dense jungle landscape and ancient temples of Ranthambore.


Travelsphere Cares: Salaam Baalak Trust

Travelsphere CaresSalaam 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
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Children at Salaam Baalak Trust shelter


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