For seven nights the Golden Triangle circuit, comprised of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra will be your home. All three of these spellbinding cities bring something different to the circuit, and you’ll hop from one to the other. Delhi, the Indian Capital- home to three World Heritage Sites, the Qutub Minar, Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb along with the India Gate and Lotus Temple, most of which will feature on your itinerary. Its bustling streets and lively ambiance mean that there’s never a dull moment, but if you’re set on experiencing life like a true Delhiite, be sure to hitch a ride on a rickshaw during your stay.
Your next stop is Agra. Located in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, Agra is also home to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Agra Fort, however its most noteworthy definitely has to be the phenomenal Taj Mahal, a veritable symbol of India which is breathtaking to behold.
Then, swap Agra with the “Pink City”. Jaipur, the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan and a vibrant hub of art and flamboyancy. The honey-colored Hawa Mahal, the impressive astronomical observatory of Jantar Mantar and the World Heritage Site of Amer Fort are three important landmarks which perhaps helped Jaipur gain the status of number one Indian destination in 2015 by TripAdvisor.
When you find yourself in the backwaters of Kerala, in southern India, you'll be astounded at how appropriate that saying is with the scenery before you. It’s not without reason that Kerala is known as‘God’s own country’. A paradise, nestled between the Western Ghats and the overwhelmingly beautiful Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, Kerala has a little bit of everything that India has to offer.
"Right from the pristine beaches full of colourful and rich culture to delectable cuisines for you to savour, this is one holiday you must make to not just experience but rejuvenate yourself." – Lonely Planet, India 2011.
And when you can do all of this for as little as only £1199 per person, that's almost half what it usually costs, you surely need no reason to pack your bags and find yourself on the ultimate holiday.
This tour offers a fascinating glimpse of India, encompassing the forts, palaces and magnificent monuments of the golden triangle with the enchanting sights and sounds of Rajasthan.
As Lonely Planet so perfectly sums up; “Against a backdrop of palaces and forts, India puts on its greatest show”. And we’ve added more wow factor with safaris and folk dances!
Your journey of a lifetime begins in Delhi where culture, history and escapism blend to such dazzling effect. The title a “Tale of Two Cities” is apt as Delhi bridges together two different worlds. Awaken the senses with an exhilarating rickshaw ride through lively Chandni Chowk.
Next up, discover a love poem in stone at Agra’s romantic Taj Mahal that radiates like a golden trinket underneath the blazing sun. The finest example of archaeological brilliance you will ever see! Enjoy the memorable experience of entering Amber Fort.
Move beyond and you will uncover an India of yet deeper diversity. Ranthambore’s renowned Tiger Forest and its UNESCO fort, home to the mightiest tigress. In Pushkar you will visit the Hindu temple of Bhrama.
Your tour concludes with a stay in one of the most beautiful and enchanting cities in India: Udaipur. Here you will take a boat ride across Lake Pichola to wonder at the palaces that rise up from the shore like a soaring cliff of marble: a truly memorable way to end this trip to the gems of India.
“To awaken alone in a strange town," wrote British explorer and travel writer Freya Stark "is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” So what’s stopping you? Do yourself a favour and travel to the fascinating places of Kerala solo – no one to answer to, no limits and a fresh clean slate for you to splash with the colours of India! Of course, travelling by yourself doesn’t mean you will be alone – unless that is your preference. Sure, you might start your journey by yourself, but you’ll soon discover that our small-group trip allows you to explore Kerala in the company of like-minded people.
As Lonely Planet perfectly sums up: "Kerala is a world away from the frenzy of elsewhere, as if India had passed through the Looking Glass and becomes an altogether more laid-back place". Thus, naturally this part of the world attracts those looking to get up close and personal with the dazzling gems of India. You’ll enjoy the journey even more by sharing the experience with a small group of passionate travelers, over a glass of wine or meal after a packed day of treasures.
Your journey of a lifetime begins in Kochi, the glorious gateway to Kerala, then onto Munnar where you will enjoy the finest tea with new friends. Continue to Thekkady to board the wildlife viewing boat at the Periyar Tiger Reserve before setting out on an enchanting overnight house boat from Alleppey. Your final destination is Poovar where you will enjoy the "paradise" of South India, with its coconut trees and sweeping beaches!
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Nepal is a twinkling paradise of mystical mountain ranges and large, sloping plains which are home to an impressive range of wildlife, religious heritage and cultural charm. Tourists flock from all over the globe to this impressive central Himalayan country not only because of the interesting Hindu and Buddhist heritage flowing through its veins, but also because it houses eight of the world’s tallest mountains, including the jaw-dropping, snow-capped Mount Everest. It’s no wonder why Nepal features only too often on the bucket-lists of mountaineers, rock climbers and thrill-seekers alike.
Your 12 night trip starts in style in Kathmandu, Nepal’s largest metropolis and a hub of the country’s history, art, culture and economy. As a gateway to the Nepalese Himalayas, Kathmandu bursts with exotic landscapes and dazzling monuments, such as the Pashupatinath Temple Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which,along with the Buddhist Bouddhanath holy shrine and Kathmandu Durbar Square, you’ll have the chance to scope out on your second day. You’ll also have the amazing opportunity to visit Patan, also known as Lalitpur, one of the towns which make up the Kathmandu Valley, where you’ll stand in awe at the beauty of the Monkey Temple and find yourself drawn to the enticingly beautiful Tibetan carpets on sale within the Tibetan refugee center.
After a jam-packed couple of days exploring Kathmandu’s hidden crevices and architectural sensations, you’ll take a trip to Chitwan. You will visit Chitwan National Park, whose 932 square kilometers are a haven for Bengal tigers, leopards, crocodiles, monkeys and more. Keep your eyes peeled for these sensational beasts, as well as the endangered one horn rhinos, which roam the plump grassland. In addition to marveling at the colorful flora and fauna, you can also go on elephant rides, jungle canoeing, nature walks and tiger and rhino viewing. Here you will spend 2 nights at the Jungle Villa, a leafy location right in the thick of all the glorious flora and fauna.
When you finally tire of Chitwan National Park charm, you’ll head to Pokhara, the second largest city in Nepal. As the starting point for many of the treks to the Annapurna Mountain Range, Pokhara is a lively hub of culture vultures and hiking enthusiasts. It is also home to the Phewa Lake, one of Nepal’s most idyllic spots, perfect for rowing across and gazing at the mesmerizing views of the towering peaks and dense forests which surround it.
The second portion of your trip will see you touch down in Delhi, India. From Delhi, you will be taken to the Mughal city Agra through Yamuna Expressway without complaining about an exhaustive journey through crammed roads. In Agra, you can find the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Agra Fort however the most striking has to be the impossibly beautiful Taj Mahal which you’ll experience on day 9 of your trip. This fabulous building, built by Emperor Shah Jahan, is one of India’s most iconic symbols, displayed on millions of postcards and travel guides worldwide. If you happen to tire of its stunning backdrop and taking photos, Agra also offers a myriad of fascinating tombs and mausoleums, left behind by the Mughal Empire.
The trip concludes with a two night stay in the Pink City of Jaipur, the capital of the Indian State of Rajasthan. In 2015, TripAdvisor ranked this unparalleled jewel of Northern India as the number one Indian destination for the year in its Traveller’s Choice Awards and it doesn’t take a genius to work out why. Its colorful flamboyancy is echoed through landmarks and monuments such as the honey-colored Hawa Mahal, a five storey pyramid-shaped monument, as well as the astronomical observatory of Jantar Mantar which, along with Amer Fort, Jaipur’s star attraction, are classed as World Heritage Sites.
Towards the end of the trip you will visit the capital city Delhi. Delhi offers a wealth of temple complexes and shopping destinations, as well as three UNESCO World Heritage Sites (the Qutub Complex, Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb) and the India Gate, a memorial to the soldiers of the British Indian Army who perished during WWI. After marveling at these impressive landmarks, as well as the Lotus Temple, the Raj Ghat and Chandni Chowk (a marketplace) you’ll then tear through the streets of Delhi on a rickshaw ride like a true Delhiite.
Composed of the five states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Telangana, South India is a glistening paradise of World Heritage Sites, ancient history and pearlescent coastlines – a real feast for the senses.
Our exclusive two-week stay will see you venture to a range of the region’s must-sees – from picture-perfect Pondicherry to mesmerizing Mysore, soaking up natural wonders and cultural gems during jam-packed sightseeing tours and thrilling excursions (including a bullock cart ride, cooking demonstration and jeep safari).
Spend the first half of your getaway in Bangalore, Mysore, Kabini and Coonoor – each one wildly different and unique.
Mysore is an eclectic hub and home to the opulent Mysore Palace and centuries-old, spice-scented Devaraja Market. Visit the Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, Chamundeshwari Temple and feast your eyes upon the beauty of Brindavan Gardens.
Then, spend a night at a critter-filled jungle resort in Kabini. Go on a safari through this impressive sanctuary spanning a whopping 55 acres before proceeding to the emerald-hued hill station of Coonoor in the state of Tamil Nadu – known for its bright green undulating landscapes and tea plantations (which you’ll have ample time to explore).
For the second part of your trip, you’ll be whisked off to Madurai, Kumbakonam and Pondicherry. Your time in Madurai (an ancient city on the Vaigai River) will be spent visiting the Gandhi Museum and marveling at the techni coloured, awe-inspiring Meenakshi Amman Temple – a real treat to behold.
And then in Kumbakonam, enjoy a rip-roaring bullock ride before making your way to Pondicherry (or Puducherry), a striking French colonial settlement. Meander along the seaside promenade, fringed by the Bay of Bengal, and pass by the Gandhi Memorial statue standing proud at four metres high.
Lastly, you’ll spend three nights at a beach resort in Mamallapuram – a beautiful slice of paradise sitting between the Bay of Bengal and the Great Salt Lake.
Known for its temples and monuments dating back to the Pallava dynasty, Mamallapuram is a great place for sightseeing – but also equally great for relaxing and unwinding. Resting your head at a luxurious 4* beach resort, you’re free to laze about by the pool or frolic about in the ocean for hours upon hours.