Take a journey of discovery from Delhi to Kochi
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Group Size: Max 18
Trip code: AHDC
Duration: 21 days
Discover all the wonders of India on this inspirational 3-week tour. Begin in the buzz of Delhi and then travel on to Agra to be awed by the iconic Taj Mahal. Visit the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur before heading off the beaten track into a rural village in Rajasthan. Experience the pilgrimage city of Pushkar before relaxing in India’s romantic city of Udaipur. Soak up the sun on Goa’s beautiful beaches before heading to colourful Kerala for some more beach sunshine. Explore the fascinating city of Kochi and visit Alleppey, the ‘Venice of the East’, for a brilliant boat tour and homestay. It’s an unbelievable 21-day Indian odyssey!
- Take a guided tour of the iconic Taj Mahal at sunrise or sunset
- Cruise Kerala’s tranquil backwaters, and spend a night in a rural homestay with a local family
- Discover Jaipur’s rose-coloured streets and take a tour of its spectacular Amber Fort
- Kick back on Goa’s golden beaches, and explore the colonial streets of Old Goa
- See local artisans at work, visit markets, and join a game of cricket in rural Tordi Sagar
- Learn about Gandhi’s teachings, and the Indian independence movement at the Gandhi Ashram
Day 1: Delhi. Welcome to India! Make your way through streets filled with bustling bazaars and fragrant street food stalls to our starting hotel. Get to know your guide and the rest of the gang at our welcome meeting tonight before a few drinks to toast to our amazing adventure!
Day 2: Delhi to Agra. Today’s as iconic as it gets as we take the morning train to the home of the Taj Mahal. Wander the legendary mausoleum’s gleaming marble halls, learn all about its unique history, and snap a selfie in front of the magnificent domed building.
Days 3 - 4: Jaipur. Spend the next couple of days exploring the Pink City’s rose-tinted streets, traditional markets, and opulent architecture. Opt to visit the City Palace, enjoy a delicious meal at the city’s Kitchen with a Cause, or catch a Bollywood movie. On day 4, we’ll take a guided tour of the spectacular Amber Fort, an intricate sandstone structure looking out over a lake.
Day 5: Jaipur to Tordi Sagar. Start the day with an optional cycle tour of Jaipur. Then hop in our 4x4 and head to Tordi Sagar. Take a tour of this rural settlement, visiting local artisans, and markets, and joining a cricket match. An optional camel cart or 4x4 ride is a great way to explore further.
Days 6 - 7: Pushkar. Travel to Pushkar and explore the city’s ghats, Rajasthani architecture, and eclectic bazaars on a guided tour. On day 7 watch the sun come up from a stunning hilltop temple. Opt to dine in the desert this evening with food and entertainment provided by local cameleers.
Days 8 - 10: Udaipur. Spend the next three days in the ‘City of Lakes’. Explore its majestic palaces, ornate temples, and shimmering lakes on a guided walk. We’ve got lots of great optional activities on offer here from a boat ride on Lake Pichola, and a sunrise cycle tour of the city, to a Rajasthani cookery class, and a cultural show, with traditional music and dancing.
Day 11: Ahmedabad & Mumbai. Take a local bus to Ahmedabad, where we’ll visit the famous Gandhi Ashram. From here, we’ll board an overnight train to Mumbai. Snuggle up in your bunk and let the train rock you to sleep.
Day 12: Mumbai. Wake up as the train rolls into Mumbai. Take a guided walk in Colaba and Fort Districts with their lively street markets, and gothic and colonial architecture. The rest of the day is yours. Visit the Gateway to India, go people-watching on Chowpatty Beach, or hit Crawford Market.
Days 13 - 14: Goa. Take a short flight to laid-back Goa today. Spend your days relaxing with a chilled coconut in hand on the soft white sands, join our optional trip to Old Goa for Portuguese colonial architecture, and spend your nights eating fresh seafood in the waterfront restaurants.
Day 15: Goa to Kochi. Take another short flight today to the vibrant port city of Kochi, one of our fave destinations in India. This afternoon, check out the markets, watch the local fishermen at work at the Chinese fishing nets, and grab a lassi in a streetside cafe.
Day 16: Kochi to Alleppey. Head to Alleppey, in the heart of the Keralan backwaters. Enjoy lunch at a local women’s project, before a guided walk round the area. We’ll spend tonight in a village homestay, where we’ll learn how to cook some classic Keralan dishes.
Day 17: Alleppey to Kollam. Spend the morning exploring the backwaters on a ferry cruise. Drift along blue-green stretches of water, past gently swaying coconut trees, before travelling down the coast by bus to the port city of Kollam. Take a guided walk before exploring on your own.
Day 18: Kollam to Varkala. Pay a visit to the docks and Neendakara Fishing Harbour this morning. Check out the morning’s catch, before travelling down the coast to Varkala, a beach lover’s paradise ringed by rust-red cliffs. Relax on the golden sands or join an optional temple trip. Please note: Kollam Harbour is closed to visitors May through June.
Day 19: Varkala. Today’s yours. Spend some time relaxing on the beach with your friends, take a wander along the cliffs, join a yoga session, or take a boat ride to Ponnumthuruthu Island. This evening enjoy a few beers in the beach bars with your travel buddies.
Day 20: Varkala to Kochi. Head back to Kochi, where we’ll take a guided walk through some of the city’s highlights. Spend the afternoon picking up some last minute souvenirs, or opt to watch a traditional dance performance. Tonight’s our last together so make it count!
Day 21: Trip end. Say goodbye to your buddies, exchange contact details, and continue your travels or head home, with a camera reel full to bursting, and the most amazing memories.
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This trip starts in Delhi. There are no activities planned today until a welcome meeting this evening (usually between 5 and 7pm), so arrive at a time that suits you. Fly into Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) and make your own way to our starting accommodation. Your travel advisor can arrange an airport pickup on request (additional cost).
The trip ends on day 21 in Kochi. Leave at a time that suits you. Cochin International Airport (COK) is about an hour’s taxi ride away (depending on traffic) and your tour guide can help you with transfers.
20 nights’ of accommodation are included on this trip. You’ll spend 18 nights in simple hotels or guesthouses in twin-share rooms, 1 night on an overnight train, and 1 night in a homestay. This is likely to be multi-share with 4 – 6 group members sharing a room.
2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners are included on this trip. You’ll be able to eat where and when you like the rest of the time. We tend to eat as a group as sharing is all part of the experience, but you’re under no obligation to do so.
This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-39.
You will need to have a tourist visa in order to travel to India. Standard Indian visas are valid for 6 months and allow multiple entry. Visas MUST be obtained in advance, before leaving the UK. Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for up-to-date information.