Why decide between Indias north or south when you can do both on an unforgettable two-week introduction to this incredible country? Explore Rajasthans grand forts and palaces, discover a new level of relaxation on a houseboat in Keralas backwaters, and learn about traditional culture in the small village of Sawarda. Throw in the glorious Taj Mahal, the Pink City of Jaipur, and Kochi's fishing markets and you've got two weeks youll remember forever.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting, so check into to the hotel (check-in time is 12 noon) and enjoy the city.
Women on Wheels Transfer
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Walk through the backstreets of Delhi with a young adult taking part in the G Adventures-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. Later, explore Old Delhi with your CEO before an afternoon drive to Agra.
Guided Walking Tour with New Delhi Streetkids Project
Old Delhi Guided Walk
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 200km)
Spend the day visiting the highlights of the walled city of Agra including the famed Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort.
Taj Mahal Visit
Baby Taj Visit
Agra Fort Visit
Drive to Jaipur, visiting the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and the village of Abhaneri, which has one of India's deepest and largest stepwells (tank gardens).
Fatehpur Sikri Visit
Abhaneri Stepwell Visit
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 240km)
Consider treating yourself to a night at the cinema. Going to see a Bollywood film in India is much more than what we are accustomed to in the west. The atmosphere, energy, and pure fun (not to mention volume!) has to be experienced to be believed.
Amber Fort Visit
City Palace Visit
Meet a Local Historian
The village is about 60km (37 mi) from Jaipur and has beautiful temples dedicated to different religions, including a unique sikh temple. The residents of the village are still involved in traditional commercial activities. You'll see pottery wheels, silversmiths, cobblers, traditional huts, old temples, and small stepwells.
Local Village Immersion
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 55km)
Drive back to bustling Delhi. Opt to join the CEO for a group dinner.
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 310km)
Transfer to the airport and fly to Kochi. In the evening, there will be a welcome meeting for new travellers joining the group.
You may have one CEO for the North and one for the South. In this case you will be transferred to the airport in Delhi and fly unescorted to Kochi -- either on your own or with any other travellers who are continuing on for the south portion of the tour. Upon arrival to Kochi, there is free time to relax until the welcome meeting in the evening.
Plane (3.00-3.50 hours)
After breakfast, explore the old part of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry. Visit the Dutch Palace, which was built by the Portuguese and presented to the Cochin King in the 16th century, the St. Francis Church (the oldest European church in India), and Santa Cruz Basilica, built by Portuguese in the 16th century. Walk through the fish market and the famous Chinese fishing net, believed to have been brought by traders from Kubla Khan's court in China. In the evening, attend the popular classical dance-drama of Kerala called "Kathakali," which combines literature, music, painting, acting, and dance.
Meet with a Local Spice Expert
Visit Tripunithura Hill Palace then continue to Kumarakom on Vembanad Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala. Enjoy a canoe paddle along the narrow canals and take a walking tour through the paddy fields and Chempu village.
Tripunithura Hill Palace Visit
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
This morning we travel to Allepey, a golden streak of land surrounded by rivers, lakes, lagoons and canals, where we board our private houseboat. You can sunbathe on the deck and enjoy the scenery, watching daily life take place along the water. The trip goes through a wonderful area full of water birds, palm trees, rice fields and floating water plants.
Kerala Backwaters Houseboat Excursion
Family Home Meal Experience
Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours)
This morning, meet with a representative of the Vembanad Wetlands Conservation Programme to learn about the ongoing work by local communities to conserve the lake and surrounding wetlands. This project was created by the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), an organization National Geographic has collaborated with on many conservation projects across India over the past decade. Continue by boat to a fish sanctuary established by traditional fishermen through the program. Meet with some of the fishermen and see firsthand how their traditional way of collecting and processing clams are models for the management of lake resources. After, continue to the beach to relax in paradise with free time to explore.
Visit Vembanad Wetlands Conservation Programme
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Free time on Vypīn Island.
Depart at any time. Hotel checkout is at 12:00pm. It is very easy to arange a transfer from the resort to the Cochin airport - your CEO will be happy to assist.
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Trip Name: Iconic India
Duration: 14 Days
From Price: 2599
Trip Code: 155174
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