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January, February, March, October, November & December

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BEST OF NORTH AND SOUTH INDIA

This tour blends the best of India’s art and culture taking you through some of the most popular destinations in North and South India. You will tour the capital city Delhi which rewards the determined sightseer with more than a thousand monuments, before travelling to Agra to visit the stunning Taj Mahal. Continue your journey to discover the proud and valorous regal splendour of Rajasthan amongst its magnificent forts and palaces, mansions and landscaped estates. Visit one of India’s premier Tiger parks – Ranthambore. This tour enables you to go on the trail of the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger in one of its prettiest refuge.  From there experience Ramathra which offers one a chance to experience the great outdoors and ‘village India ‘ at its best, combined with a little fort lifestyle and exceptional Rajput hospitality – a rural idyll; a birdwatcher’s paradise; a nature lover’s dream. Next enjoy the Pink city of Jaipur before flying off to the south India. Experience the charms of God’s own country – with its back waters, simple people and picturesque natural beauty. Heading out from historic port town of Cochin to the backwaters of Kerala and spend a leisurely afternoon cruising in the traditional Kettuvallom house boats, along the waterways that form a dense network in Alleppey. End your journey at the picturesque fishing village Mararikulam, staying in a beach resort with palm fringed beaches, the ultimate destination for relaxation.

 

EXPERIENCES AVAILABLE:

Cycling

  • Explore the lanes of Old Delhi on a morning cycling tour
  • Explore on cycles the country side in the vicinity of Cochin 

Private Access / Exclusive exploration

  • Tour of the private quarters of the City Palace in Jaipur 

Gastronomy

  • Cooking demonstration and meal with a local family in Delhi or Jaipur.
  • Street food walk in Delhi or Jaipur
  • Cooking demonstration of Syrian Christian cuisine with Nimmy Paul in Cochin 

Textiles

  • Block Printing workshop in Jaipur

Walking tours

  • Walking tour of the Jew Town in Cochin 

Community Service:

  • Visit an NGO in Delhi
  • Visit the SHEROES café in Agra that employs acid attack survivors
  • Visit the wildlife SOS Elephant rescue centre in Agra
  • Explore the narrow maze of streets in Old Delhi on a pedi-cab
  • Visit India’s most famous and romantic monument, the Taj Mahal.
  • Search for the elusive Royal Bengal Tigers in Ranthambhore National Park
  • Experience rural India at Ramathra
  • Explore the imposing fort at Amer.
  • Marvel at the opulence of the lives of the maharajas as you wonder through the City Palace complex in Jaipur.
  • Take in the intoxicating bazaars with their profusion of colours, sights, sounds and smells!
  • Cochin – a melange of cultures centred around an ancient fort and the ocean beyond
  • Serene and tranquil backwaters of Kerala
  • Stay in the traditional Kerala houseboats

Hotels in this Itinerary

  • Alsisar Haveli, Jaipur

    Handsomely located in the center of Pink City - Jaipur, Alsisar Haveli is an appealing treat of regal architecture, plush hospitality and princely ambiances. Remaining ardent to the pristine historic architecture and interior design, Alsisar Haveli - the heritage hotel has been soulfully renovated to preserve its supreme level of comfort and flair. Stay in princely style in a luxurious regal room or choose the maharaja suite to experience the illustrious hospitality of Rajasthan. By the leafy, lush trees lined pool, complete with newly refined gazebos and cenotaphs, enjoy refreshing swimming hours, poolside snacks and mojito pop treat, or dinner at the extensive restaurant with Rajasthani specialties.

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  • Dera Mandawa, Jaipur

    Dera Mandawa is a family home which offers homestay accommodation in Jaipur. Dera Mandawa was built by Thakur Jait Singhji of Mandawa and further developed and expanded by his sons and grandsons. It is a confluence of influences, adorned with Rajasthani jharokhas (awnings) and arches mixed with British inspired doorframes. Built on two levels, the air-conditioned suites comprise of lobby / galleries, a study and a bedroom. The beds are spacious and comfortable; the baths are clean and have running cold and hot water.

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  • Double Tree by Hilton, Agra

    Located in the heart of Agra city center, this DoubleTree by Hilton hotel is one of the few hotels in Agra, offering views of the Taj Mahal located only two kilometers from the hotel. Stay in a garden, pool or city view room, and enjoy breathtaking views of the Taj Mahal from the pool area, and convenient access to Agra’s popular tourist attractions such as the Agra Fort, Akbar’s Tomb and Sadar Bazaar. Upgrade to a suite for additional space with a separate bedroom and living room with a dining area. Enjoy fine dining at this hotel in Agra with four stylish food and beverage outlets offering cuisines from around the globe. Savor selections in the Indian specialty restaurant or refresh with a cool drink in the poolside lounge. In the evening, enjoy live music and cultural performances in our inviting courtyard. Energize in the 24-hour fitness center or swim in the sparkling outdoor pool. After a busy day, indulge in a treatment at the spa.

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  • ITC Mughal, Agra

    Sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens, and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, ITC Mughal, a luxury hotel in Agra is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. The only Indian hotel to have won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for its excellent representation of Mughal architecture, it now boasts of a brand new Royal Mughal Suites. This luxury hotel in Agra comprises of 233 opulent rooms and suites, recreating a paradise for the contemporary Mogul- full of splendour and perfection which was the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty. True to its stately inspiration, ITC Mughal expresses the untrammelled luxury of a royal refuge, with its 5-star luxury accommodation, acres of gardens that bear the mark of the paradisiacal landscaping typical to Mughal gardens with the use of water channels, fruit and flower bearing trees and shaded walkways.

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  • Khem Vilas, Ranthambore

    Khem Vilas is built on land that Goverdhan Rathore purchased in 1989 and converted into a wilderness area planting indigenous trees and creating open grasslands and small water bodies, spread over an area of 10 acres. Khem Vilas is a nature lovers paradise. It is common to see jackals, jungle cats, hyenas, desert fox, hares etc. within the camp grasslands. As it is close to the park one can sometimes see pug-marks of leopards, tiger and bears that have passed by and sometimes if one is lucky one may even get to see them near the camp. Guests view all kinds of birds from the flocks of White Throats among the grasslands to the Sparrow hawks hovering in the sky, the Black Winged Kites in the trees and the Moore Hen near the water hole. Accommodation is divided into three categories and designed keeping in mind that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication; great pains have been taken to use locally sourced materials and skills. The camp is designed to provide an authentic experience that is unfussy, functional yet special. The peace and tranquillity offered at camp is unlike that of any other place in Ranthambhore.

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  • Marari Beach Resort, Marari

    Marari Beach Resort sprawls across 55 acres of lawns, far-flung lotus ponds and whispering coconut groves, all threaded through with stone- flagged pathways. Modelled on the fishermens' dwellings of Mararikulam, your accommodations are a fine balance between traditional form and modern function. At Marari Beach Resort, you can enjoy the simple traditional dishes of the fisherfolk (along with a variety of international cuisine favourites) at a verandah- style restaurant. Marari Beach has a fully equipped ayurvedic centre, so you can get all the benefits of this ancient system of medicine. There are also regular yoga classes on the beach, in the thick of a cool coconut grove.

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  • Ramathra Fort, Ramathra

    Ramathra was granted as a jagir (fiefdom) in 1645 AD to Thakur Bhoj Pal by his father the Maharaja of Karauli. The fort has a strong perimeter wall crowned with parapets. Its ramparts are wide and offer a spectacular view from the hilltop. Inside there is a multi-storey palace, parts of which are being restored using traditional building techniques and local craftspeople. Ramathra fort gives you an option to stay either in the room or in the tents both has a private bathroom and free toiletries, and certain units at the accommodation have a terrace. All guest rooms feature a desk.

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  • Ramgarh Lodge, Jaipur

    The Gateway Hotel Ramgarh Lodge is a rare blend of old-world charm and modern efficiency. Situated on the shores of the famous Ramgarh lake, this was the hunting lodge of the former rulers of Jaipur. Thickly wooded hills from a dramatic backdrop to the old world colonial ambience of the lodge. Managed by the Taj Group of Hotels, care has been taken to maintain its original decor. Wood panelled walls and staircases, large rooms and spacious suites give the palace a rugged beauty of its own. Its location makes it ideal for trekking, boating and leisurely walks along the hilly terrain.

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  • Ranthambhore Bagh, Ranthambore

    Ranthambhore Bagh is a lodge for serious wildlife and nature enthusiasts having 10 twin bedrooms and one family room with 4 beds. The rooms are basic, clean, air- conditioned and are furnished using all local design elements. They also have 12 twin bed luxury tents, which are pitched on a beautifully landscaped garden. These are not your regular camping tents. They are the kind of tents that the Indian royalty used when they camped out. The only difference is that the lodge have incorporated all the modern amenities that one expects these days, such as electricity, running hot and cold water, heating and cooling. All the rooms are located on the first floor of our main building. The reception, library, the lounge and the office are located on the ground floor. The tents have been pitched on large rolling, tree covered grounds. There are two large lawns in the front and the back of the main hotel building. Besides these, the tented area has a feel of one large garden. There is a regular dining area but also serve food in the garden, so that you can watch the Magpie robin in action while you have lunch. Fixed menu for all meals, mainly Indian and Continental dishes.

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  • Sher Bagh, Ranthambore

    Sher Bagh is a pioneering, tented camp of 12 luxurious tents nestling on the borders of the world–renowned Ranthambhore National Park. Inspired by the safari encampments of the 1920s, preferred by Princes and Grand Seigneurs of the time, each tent is furnished with 19th century 'Campaign Style' furniture and has all the comforts you could wish for on safari. Sher Bagh promotes sustainable tourism, is ecologically friendly, provides high levels of service and a faultless Ranthambhore experience. Sherbagh is also a member of Relais & Châteaux in India.

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  • Spice Coast Cruises, Backwaters

    Spice Coast Cruises feature single and two-bedroom houseboats, complete with kitchens, bathrooms and your own personal cooks-cum-attendants-cum-boatmen. The boat hulls are made from seasoned Jackfruit logs that have a natural gentle curvature. Keels are flat, because the rivers here can get mighty shallow at times and, also to allow the boat to be easily punted. (They come with a quiet outboard motor too, so the boatman can get some rest). You'll see natural and local materials everywhere, products of the forest of wealth that surrounds the backwaters. The decks are laden with coir matting, and the distinctive canopy uses split bamboo, lashed together with coir and covered with palm fronds. Made from natural materials, these spice boats are powered with solar energy and vegetable oils to reduce their impact upon the lake. The service and food on board also faithfully capture a dying tradition of the backwaters for you to sample first hand. The menu on our cruise boats is sparse but distinctive. Your meals are prepared by the boatmen in local manner.

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  • Taj Malabar, Cochin

    Situated on Willingdon Island with a magnificent view of Cochin harbour, the Taj Malabar combines old-world elegance with modern day convenience. In its heritage wing, built in 1935, graceful Victorian interiors aptly reflect the inherent beauty of Cochin. Its tower wing houses newly renovated guestroom suites, each a delicate mix of the classic with the contemporary. The hotel has 97 centrally air-conditioned rooms including 9 suites. All rooms are elegantly appointed and offer guest amenities like with international direct dial facility, channel music and colour television with satellite programmes.

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  • Taj Palace, Delhi

    The Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi is a five-star hotel. Nestled in six acres of lush greens in the exclusive Diplomatic Enclave of the city, it is mere 20 minutes’ drive from the domestic airport and the city centre. From casual, all-day eateries to formal, fine dining, guests can look forward to a wide selection of delectable dishes and refreshing drinks. Ready to provide you the best in comfort are 422 rooms and 40 suites each planned precisely to offer you the very best experience. Tastefully done interiors and all modern amenities make the hotel ideal for a business or pleasure visit.

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  • The Brunton Boatyard, Cochin

    The Brunton Boatyard is modern accolade to the early Dutch and Portuguese architecture of Fort Cochin, the hotel's lime washed walls and sloping terracotta tiled roof blend perfectly into the Cochin skyline. Situated at the harbor mouth overlooking the busy ship channel. All its rooms overlook the harbor and nearby delta and are tastefully designed and furnished - four-poster beds, spacious bathrooms and all the amenities of a first-class hotel. It has its own private jetty, which doubles as a "cafe", overlooking the pool and private garden.

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  • The Claridges, Delhi

    Set in the leafy boulevards of New Delhi, Claridges Hotel is been a landmark in Lutyens Delhi since the 1950’s. Graceful architecture, elegant décor, and a seamless blend of old-world charm and contemporary facilities have made The Claridges, New Delhi one of the best addresses. The 3-floor low rise building has a mildly Art Deco feel to it and a calm understated elegance, in keeping with the spacious bungalows that line the streets of the city. Distinguished guest rooms and suites with their classic, understated décor, the lush landscaped garden with swaying palm trees, and personalised service create a tranquil haven for the business or leisure traveller in the heart of the busy city. The lobby, with its fine double-crescent staircase, sets the tone for the rest of the hotel. There is a somewhat primitive business centre, a swimming pool and a health club. The hotel also has a number of restaurants and a congenial bar. The hotel is within close proximity of the business district, ministries, diplomatic missions, shopping and cultural centres and historical landmarks.

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  • The Trident, Agra

    Built around a lovely 6 acres of tropical garden courtyard with Mughal era stone pathways, fountains, sandstone pavilion, and a pool it’s simple, clean and elegant hotel, the Trident is located just a few minutes’ walk from the world-famous Taj Mahal. It has 140 elegantly furnished rooms that include rooms for the physically challenged and a non-smoking section. All rooms are centrally air-conditioned and equipped with modern facilities like a mini-bar, complimentary tea and coffee making facility, direct dial telephone, television set with satellite transmission and a personal safe.

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  • The Visaya, Delhi

    Visaya is a premiere boutique hotel in New Delhi providing holistic and luxurious hospitality experience. Visaya is a Sanskrit word from ancient Hindu scriptures-The Upanishads. True to the essence of the meaning-VISAYA-the hotel-ensures an experience which is not only savoured by material senses of sight, sound, smell, touch and taste but also by the soul which does not rely on the senses. Our endeavour is to take you through that journey of blissful stay.

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