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THE INDIAN EXPRESS

 14 Days 

From the Fort and Palaces of Rajasthan to the tropical greenery of Kerala, India is a soul-stirring country, overflowing with cultural treasures, spiritual wonder and natural beauty.

We will take you on a journey from North to South for a thrilling overview of the diversity India has to offer! 

You will discover the architectural masterpieces of the Mughal period in Delhi and be dazzled by the beauty of the Taj Mahal while boating on the Yamuna river. Admire the Royal Heritage of the capital of Rajasthan at dawn, cycling in the beautiful streets of its pink city. In south India, feel the charm of Pondicherry a former French colony and admire the ancient temples of the Pallavi kings. Reach Kerala by train and have a memorable experience of real India on board. Trek in the luscious green tea plantations of Munnar and learn about keralan spices in "Jungle book" like surroundings. Relax in the pristine beauty of the backwaters and watch southern daily life in the surrounding canals. Explore Kochi and soak in its rich colonial heritage.

  Hassle-free commuting | Experienced guides | Handpicked experiences and accommodation | 24*7 local assistance

Day 1 | Old Delhi and New Delhi

Arrival in Delhi. Your private driver will pick you up. We can adjust the program according to the time of your arrival. 

Start your day by visiting New Delhi and its beautiful heritage which takes you into the magical Mughal era: Humayun's Tomb, Qutab Minar, Lodhi Gardens. In the late afternoon meet your guide for an Old Delhi walk through its historic sites and the hustle bustle of its old markets. Get a sense of Delhi's vivacity and why the "Walled City" is its heart. 

Day 3 | Delhi - Agra

4-5h drive (250 km)

After breakfast leave for Agra.  

In Agra join your guide for a visit of the Red fort, the Baby taj and heritage walking tour in the old part of the city. Enter an age old Shiva temple filled with singing devotees, admire one of the biggest mosque of India, stroll in the various bazaars. 

At sunset get a unique boat ride on the Yamuna River to admire the Taj Mahal. Over night at the hotel.

Day 4 | Agra -Jaipur

3h drive (250 km) / 3h drive (230km)

Get up early to visit one of the seventh wonders of the world and discover one of the highlight of your trip!  At sunrise, the marble of the Taj Mahal encrusted with precious stones is shaded with golden tones. This tomb was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jehan in the image of his deceased queen: let your private guide tell you the major tale of love behind this iconic monument. 

Arrival in Jaipur.

Overnight in your haveli at the heart of the city.

Day 5 | Jaipur, the Pink city

Start your day with an early morning cycle tour in the old city. See its monuments, learn about its royal past while visiting the Maharaja's cenotaphs, explore its vegetable and flower market, enter the city Palace temple and have a breakfast in an haveli. Go on with your visits on foot with your private guide and discover the City Palace and the incredible Astronomical Observatory before heading to the former capital of Rajasthan, Amber. En route make a stop to admire the Water Palace. Enjoy a lunch in an Indian family at the bottom of the magnificent fort and get to know more about this bygone era. Visit the Fort and get on a heritage walk in the century old town filled with temples and historic structures. Indulge yourself with an Ayurvedic massage before going back to your hotel. Overnight at your haveli.

Day 6 | Jaipur - Pondicherry

3h flight (167km) 3h drive (150km)

Rest this morning or go for some shopping: Jaipur is home to beautiful textile, jewellry and pottery. Take a flight in the afternoon and brace yourself for a  totally different atmosphere!

On arrival, your private driver will welcome you to Tamil Nadu and take you directly to Pondicherry, the former French colony.  Arrive at your charming villa.

Overnight at your hotel.

Day 7 | Pondicherry

After breakfast meet your private guide in the courtyard of your hotel. Discover together this charming city of bright colors and its different communities and quarters. Explore "Black town", the Tamul part with its animated fish and vegetable market, pay a visit to the Lakshmi temple and be greeted by an elephant at the entrance. Enjoy the shady streets  and the breeze coming from the sea front in the old French Quarter. The French influence is still visible through the architecture the street names and the checkered town plan. You are in another era!

In the evening, enjoy the lively seafront. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8 | Pondicherry - Chennai - Kochi

3h drive (150km)

After breakfast, drive to Mahabalipuram, the ancient Pallava dynasty capital. Discover the gigantic low relief representing the « Descent of the Ganges », and the magnificent temples, spread in the village and along the coast. Continuation towards Chennai to catch up your night train to Kerala. Get ready for an exciting experience on board of an Indian train, they are full of life!

Overnight in the train.

Day 9 | Kochi - Munnar

5h drive (251 km)

Welcome to Kerala, "God own's country"!

Your driver will pick you up from the train station and take you uphill to one of the most picturesque tea plantations in India, Opulent with unique species of flora and fauna, Munnar’s extensive stretch of tea plantations is surrounded by high mountains and unspoiled valleys. The undulating terrain of Munnar is covered with forests and grasslands while the scented cool air is filled with the aroma of spices

Take a well deserved rest and enjoy the Jungle Book view from the cozy room of your beautiful homestay set afar from the city center

Day 10 | Munnar

Today your guide will take you on a beautiful trek amidst the tea plantations and the lush greeen mountains of Munnar. Learn more about tea making and meet some local women at work plucking leaves. If you are lucky you could spot elephants walking through the narrow tea bushes...

Before sunset go for a guided walk in an organic spice plantation, sight pepper, cinamon, cocoa and many more.

Over night at your beautiful homestay.

Day 11 | The Backwaters - Kumarakom

You leave the hills to reach the plain of Palai, gateway to backwaters.

Kumarakom is the perfect place to slow down and experience the backwaters from shore at their most peaceful. Kumarakom is also one of the locations where Kerala tourism is implementing more sustainable measures: many hotels and tour companies are part of an initiative to minimise their environmental impact and make sure that products are procured locally where possible, helping to maximise the economic benefit that goes back to locals.

Join your eco resort in Kumarakom. Enjoy the peaceful environment from your porch, take a swim or go cycling in the nearby villages.

Rest and watch the sunset over the vast Vembanad Lake. Overnight at resort.

Day 12 | The Backwaters - Marari Beach

Today you discover with a local authentic villages living at the rhythm of the water during a tranquil canoe ride along the small canals.  You are surrounded by water, paddy fields and coconut trees and it is a great way to get a sense of local life here.

 

Join your hotel in the afternoon on Marari beach and experience the white sand beach in the vicinity of your hotel. 

Overnight at your hotel.

Day 13 | Fort Kochi

It is time to reach your last destination, Fort Kochi. The city was an important spice trading centre on the West Coast of India from the 14th century. Occupied by the Portuguese and later by the Dutch, serene Kochi has been drawing traders and explorers to its shores for over 600 years. Nowhere in India could you find such a mix: giant fishing nets from China, a 400-year old synagogue, ancient mosques, Portuguese houses, and crumbling remains of the British Raj. Take the day to wander and feel age old charm ambiance of the city. 

Overnight in a colonial villa.

Day 14 | Fort Kochi - Delhi

After breakfast you driver takes you back to the airport. 

Flight for Delhi.

According to your departure flight timings you will spend one more night in Delhi. 

THE INDIAN EXPRESS

 Starting from 1500$ per person based on two travellers

 14 Days 

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in standard and comfort hotels/homestays

  • Meals as stated in the program

  • Old Delhi Walking tour

  • Sunrise boatride at the Taj Mahal w/ Guide

  • Taj Mahal private visit

  • Jaipur Cycling Tour

  • Half day private tour with Amber Heritage walk

  • Walking tour in Pondicherry

  • Train transfer

  • Walk in the organic spice farm

  • Trek in the tea plantation

  • Canoe ride on the backwaters

  • Our assistance 24/7

  • The ground transfers in a private vehicle, with English speaking driver.

  • Domestic flight ( price is subject to fluctuation)

If you want to book this trip but wish to tailor it to your requirements please contact us.

 Our positive impact: Our selection of tours and accommodation directly support the local community and promote eco tourism.

 For less ecological footprint we choose to promote canoe rides experiences on the Backwaters instead of  the traditional but highly pollutive and touristic Houseboat. Nonetheless if it is important to you, we can add it! 

** Entrance fees of the monuments are not included.

** The driver is only available for 8h a day