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Grand Tour Of India - Pushkar Camel Festival

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  • Duration: 21 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TTRALINGTP

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

​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.

​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.

PRICE FROM ? £3149 per person
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What's Included

  • ​Return flights from Heathrow with Jet Airways 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 and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage​
  • ​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

Not Included

Itinerary

  • 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.
  • DAY 8 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 at leisure and dinner at your hotel, why not join this evening's optional sound and light show at the Amber Fort – a colourful display that brings Jaipur's fascinating history alive.
  • 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.
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Accommodation

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Anuraga, A Treehouse Palace Hotel 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Hoysala Village Resort
    • 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.
    • The 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.
    • 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.
    • Trident Cochin
    • 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.
    • 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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Optional Excursions

Mohabbet The Taj, a play depicting the life and love of Emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz (evening)

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Further Information

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