The Palaces, Hills & Houseboats of India

21 Days – Dates or Various Dates

 

from $13,995.00 per person based on 6 travellers

Trip Style: Independent, Luxury, Nature, Private Touring, Family, Group

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This is one of our favourite trips to put together as we not only love India as a tourist destination, but this itinerary explores both the North and the South in some of the best ways possible. 

Starting off in the North, we embark on a tour that has you staying in a variety of Palaces that will offer you a glimpse into the grandeur of both the architecture and hospitality of these wonderous properties. We will provide a detailed list of hotels after a brief discussion with you. Throughout the journey you will have a private driver for your party of 6 and they will take you on both day trips, make suggestions and accommodate any further activities you would like to do.

We chose 6 people for this itinerary based on the houseboat in Kerala. You can get 2 3 4 or 5 bedroom houseboats so chat to us if you would like to go with another couple, take a family or go as a group and we can make it happen.

Following on from the tour of the North, You fly to Cochin where you will experience the slower and more relaxed vibe of Kerala. The hills here are stunning and whilst the properties are not the same as the palaces in the North, they are beautiful selection of quality properties that capture the area, the views and the culture of India.

For a private tour of India, this is an amazing option if you and your family or a group of friends would like to explore this country in pure luxury, enjoying the people, the food and the sensory explosion that is India.

Day 1

Overnight Flight

We have chosen Singapore Airlines for this itinerary with one quick stop via Singapore on your way to Delhi. Upgrade and stopover options are available – have a chat with us if you want to customise your itinerary.

Day 1-3

Delhi, India

Today arrive into Delhi where you will spend two nights in the capital of India. After a traditional Indian welcome you will be transported to your hotel.

Enjoy evening cocktails accompanied by an Art Walk at the Palace

Day two we will enjoy the day discovering Delhi, pacing through the city which is as historic as modern, like 2 sides of the same coin! Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, which includes a visit to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk – ‘silver street’, one of the largest trading centers of India. Drive past Red Fort, the place that marked the announcement of India’s freedom from the British Raj and visit Raj Ghat the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. This afternoon discover the modern city of New Delhi, which includes a visit to Qutab Minar, a fine example Indo-Islamic architecture and the world’s tallest minaret; Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the largest Sikh temple of Delhi, with a gold tomb, still in active worship and stop for photos at India Gate, the war memorial arch built in honor of the soldiers who died in the second world war. Finally we drive past President’s House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings, the most imposing features of Lutyen’s Delhi.

 

Day 3-4

Agra, India

After breakfast, embark on your drive to Agra, city of the world famous Taj Mahal. Upon arrival in Agra, check in at your hotel before heading out for some sight seeing. After your settled we will visit Baby Taj or Itmadaullah– The tomb is of particular interest since many of its design elephants overshadow the Taj – the symbol of a love story of Mughal emperor Taj Mahal.

This afternoon, visit the Agra fort, lying across the River Yamuna and built in red sandstone among magnificent palaces with halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens.

The following morning experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the eternal symbol of love, the Taj Mahal. Often referred to as a poem in white marble, Taj Mahal displays the saga of love between Emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal.

 

Day 4-7

Jaipur, India

Next we drive to Jaipur, one of the most well planned cities of India and the capital city of Rajasthan, popularly known as the ‘Pink City’, was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, in 172.

This afternoon you can visit a gem and carpet weaving factory and shop for souvenirs. Jaipur is famous for its precious and semi-precious stoned jewels, enamelled ornaments, beautiful carpets and other artefacts and crafts.

The following day enjoy an excursion to Amber Fort, one of the main tourist attractions in Jaipur, with a break on the way to take pictures in Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a facade full of windows. Amber Fort is in the outskirts of the city and a fine example of Hindu and Muslim architecture and ornamentation built in the 16th century. To reach the fort, you may choose to walk, drive or take an Elephant ride while climbing up to the fort.

This afternoon we visit Dera Amer and enjoy Lunch – Dera Amer is something of a sanctuary for animals: both domestic and wild, and the perfect spot for visitors who wish to escape the city. The area is preserved in wilderness and natural beauty whilst creating a sanctuary for animals to live and for humans to enjoy.

After breakfast on your final day, visit the city of Jaipur where you will experience a city tour highlighting: City Palace, known for its mix of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. We will also visit an astronomical observatory from several centuries ago, equipped with instruments of surprising size and high precision. The afternoon is free for shopping at the local markets.

Day 7-9

Udaipur, India

We make the drive to Udaipur next, check into your hotel on arrival and enjoy the scenic views of lake Pichola for the evening. 

The following morning we head on a city tour of Udaipur covering – Saheliyon–Ki–Bari –
The garden for the maids of honour of the queen. Jagdish temple – dedicated to Lord Vishnu & approachable by a broad flight of steps, the shrine is a rectangular platform on the lines of Indo-Aryan style of architecture, and City Palace – located aside of Lake Pichola & Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir (Folk Art Museum).

This evening we enjoy a Boat ride at Lake Pichola (subject to water level in 
the Lake)

 

Day 9-11

Mumbai, India

This morning you take a flight to Mumbai, you will check into your hotel and have the rest of your evening at leisure.

After breakfast the following morning, leave for sightseeing in Mumbai. The entire day you will cover the best tourst sights of the city. Start with a visit to UNESCO world heritage site Elephanta Caves. Move on to explore the Prince of Wales Museum, Hanging Garden, Juhu Beach and Gateway of India. Lastly, pay a visit to the Marine drive. 

 

Day 11-13

Cochin, India

After your flight arrival into Cochin enjoy the evening to relax!

The following morning enjoy a sightseeing tour to the nearby peninsula and discover the remains of Fort Cochin and St Francis church, the oldest church in India. Built in 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan monks this is a wonderful site to visit. On your way back stop at the spice shops selling cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and a host of other spices. This evening witness a Kathakali dance show – a famous classical dance drama of Kerala, in an auditorium. 

 

Day 13-15

Munnar, India

Post-breakfast drive your way towards Munnar, a beautiful hill town in Kerala. Upon arrival, check-in at a tree house resort. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure or explore the nearby surroundings.

The next morning enjoy sightseeing in Munnar. Visit the Mattupetty Dam, Old Munnar Town, Town Market and Eravikulam National Park. All of these places are great for sightseeing and each places offers you a unique side of Munnar.  

Day 15-16

Periyar, India

Next we arrive into Periyar! A beautiful place that conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills, lush green trees, chirping birds, stunningly beautiful landscape and unending spice-scented plantations. The Periyar forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks. Later enjoy jungle activities with boat ride at Lake Periyar.

Day 16-17

Alleppey, India

We begin the exciting journey to Alleppey today, also known as Alappuzha, the backwater hub of Kerala. After arriving, check-into a Kettuvallam, a traditional houseboat equipped with all the modern facilities and amenities. The backwater cruise will be an overnight journey with a lot of sightseeing.

Day 17-19

Kovalam, India

After breakfast, disembark from the houseboat and hit the road to Kovalam, a beautiful beach town near Thiruvananthapuram. This area is most famous for its crescent-shaped beach which comprises of three beaches – Hawa, Lighthouse and Samudra Beach.

Day 19

Overnight Flights home

Departing from Trivandrum International Airport, we start the journey back to Australia!

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