Grand Tour of India from North to South Mr & Mrs Greenfield Jan 2024

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Overview

From the capital city of New Delhi to the sublime Taj Mahal in Agra , Ranthambore National Park, the Pink city of Jaipur, tea plantations in Munnar, a houseboat stay in the Backwaters, and the stunning beaches of Kerala, your grand tour of India takes in all the icons and off the beaten track gems.

Your 21 day tour of India begins in New Delhi, India’s capital with its tree lined avenues and bustling bazaar, from there you will travel to Agra to see the Red Fort and the iconic Taj ...Read All

Wednesday 30 Jan - Arrival in Delhi

Established in 1,000 BC, Delhi has a rich history reflected in its many monuments and historical sites.In Old Delhi, which dates from the 1600s, stands the imposing Mughal-era Red Fort, a symbol of India, and the sprawling Jama Masjid mosque, whose courtyard accommodates 25,000 people. Nearby is Chandni Chowk, a vibrant bazaar filled with food carts, sweets shops and spice stalls.New Delhi is characterised by the wide tree lined boulevards of the colonial era and the gorgeous Sunde...Read All

Thursday 31 Jan- From Delhi to Agra

After Breakfast  at the hotel your guide will meet you for a guided tour of Old & New Delhi. You will explore the legacy of the Mughal Empire at the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid Mosque of Old Delhi before getting a feel for colonial India with the vast boulevards of New Delhi.

Visit the Raj Ghat on the banks of the river Yamuna is Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial, where he was cremated following his assassination in January 1948. The memorial lies in the midst of landscaped gardens...Read All

Thursday 1 Feb - Train from Delhi to Agra

After breakfast you will be transferred to the train station for your journey to Agra.The new Gatimaan Express can cover the trip in just 1 hour and 40 minutes, and has the accolade of India’s fastest train.

Most famous as the home of the Taj Mahal, Agra is set on a bend in the sacred Yamuna River and has held a strategic defensive position throughout its history. Both the Taj and the highly impressive city fort overlook the river, as do a number of significant tombs and mausoleums f...Read All

Friday 2 Feb -Ranthambore National Park

After Breakfast you will begin your drive to Ranthambore National Park.

You’ll arrive in the early afternoon and have lunch at Khem Villas.

The park was one of the first to be included in Project Tiger, an Indian-government-run initiative to conserve this critically endangered species and now supports a healthy population of tigers  as well as leopards, hyena, wild dogs and jungle cats, sambar and spotted deer, Indian gazelles and blue bulls. A multitude of bird species, ...Read All

Saturday 3 Feb -Game drives in the park

Today you will be up bright and early for morning game drive in  Ranthambhore National park, breakfast and lunch will be served at the lodge and you will have time to relax and take in the wonderful views before heading out a gain in the afternoon.

You will be back in time for a sundowner at the bar and dinner of freshly prepared local dishes.

 

Accommodation: Khem Villas Standard Room

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Sunday 4 Feb -Journey to The Pink City

In the morning you will take a shared game drive in the National Park and after Breakfast and check out you will begin your journey to Jaipur, around 3 hours drive.

Translated from Hindi, Rajasthan means ‘the land of kings’, and its capital, Jaipur, is defined by royalty. The 18th-century Maharaja Jai Singh designed the city to meet his every whim, with royal palaces, gardens and pavilions taking up almost a quarter of its footprint. Streets were designed as parade ro...Read All

Monday 5 Feb -Guided tour of Jaipur

After breakfast, enjoy the full day visit of Jaipur City

Visit the Amber Fort, was built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, is one of the finest examples of Rajput architecture. It gives extensive views over a deep narrow valley and the wider plains beyond. The Fort was completed in the early 18th century; it was once, the capital of the Mina tribes, believed to be the original inhabitants of this region. The fort, sprawled along the Maotha Lake, boasts of a massive complex gateways, courts, s...Read All

Tuesday 6 Feb Travel to Rajasthan - Fort Barli

After breakfast, you will drive to Fort Barli. Steeped in the history of the majestic past of the legendary Rajputana, here guests can immerse themselves with the rich history of this magnificent palace property. Experience of living in a fort, where your host will give you a warm welcome.

Dating back to 1675, Fort Barli has been owned by the family descendants of legendary Rajput warriors for 16 generations, and has been brought back to its former glory. The family creates a relaxed a...Read All

Wednesday 7 Feb- Off the beaten track in Fort Barli

Enjoy today relaxing in tour charming hotel and immerse yourself in the peaceful countryside way of life in Rajasthan.

Fort Barli offers outings, tours and activities for you to take part in if you wish.

 

Accommodation: Fort Barli, Super Deluxe room

Meals: Breakfast

Thursday 8 Feb -Travel to Udaipur

After breakfast drive to Udaipur.

Still ruled by a much-respected Maharaja whose magnificent City Palace forms the heart of the city, Udaipur is one of the most impressive cities in Rajasthan.The relaxed nature of its residents and lakeside location make Udaipur a wonderful city to visit.

Accommodation :  Amet Haveli, Super Deluxe room

Set on the banks of Lake Pichola, this small heritage property set away from the hustle and bustle of Udaipur’s main ...Read All

Friday 9 Feb -Udaipur

After breakfast enjoy a visit to the City Palace  is set at the southern end of the Aravalli Hills, Udaipur and overlooks Lake Pichola with the world-famous Lake Palace appearing to float on the water. Over 400 years, successive Maharajas have created an architectural gem in the City Palace, with the original structure overlaid with countless courtyards, balconies and halls.

The Sahelion-ki-Bari Garden was built in early 18th century AD as a retreat for ladies of the royal household t...Read All

Sat 10 Feb- Travel to Kochi

After an early breakfast you’ll be collected for your transfer to the airport for your flight to Kochi ( Cochin)

Also known as Cochin, Kochi is a city in southwest India’s coastal Kerala state. This attractive city has served as a popular port for over 600 years and is known for its eclectic architecture and its array of religious monuments, museums, galleries, cafes and antique shops. The city stretches across a number of peninsulas and islands, which can be reached by a n...Read All

Sunday 11 feb - The unique melting pot of Kochi

After breakfast at your hotel we will take you for a tour of Cochin city where you will visit Jewish Synagogue built in 1568, magnificently decorated with Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers. Giant scrolls of the Old Testament can be found here.

Later you will visit Dutch Palace originally built by the Portuguese. Later, in 17th century, the Dutch modified it and presented it to the Raja of Kochi. The Coronations of many Rajas of Kochi were held here and there is a fine collection of...Read All

Monday 12 Feb - Travel to Munnar

After  an early breakfast at your hotel you will check out and begin your drive towards  Munnar.

At 1600m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India.The surrounding hills are covered in a dense carpet of tea, which comprise some of the world’s highest plantations. You will see the local tea pickers at work and to enjoy the hill scenery that made Munnar such a popular colonial retreat.

Upon arrival, check i...Read All

Tuesday 13 Feb - Tea Tasting

After breakfast you will visit the Tata Tea Museum. Tata Tea established a Tea Museum in 2005, which has photographs and machinery which chronicle the journey of tea growing and exporting in the area. The museum set up at the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea ensures tells the story of the development and the evolution of tea growing in India, and afterwards you will be invited to a tea tasting  – try some of the most familiar alongside the most exotic varieties of tea from around the wor...Read All

Wednesday 14 Feb - Periyar Spices,Wildlife and Nature

After breakfast, you will drive out to Periyar where you will witness nature and wildlife at its glory. Apart from the breathtaking flora and fauna, you’ll also come across a famous spice plantation farm, an integral part of Kerala’s culture. Here, you can truly feel and savour the local spices.

After visiting the farm, check-in to your hotel and relax.

Accommodation: Lake Palace Resort, Lake View Room

The meandering waterways, lush green paddy fields and the genuine...Read All

Thursday 15 Feb - Periyar National Park

In the morning, participate in yoga session if you would like.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, and later take a guided nature walk in Pariyar National Park. There are several nature trails along Thekkady Periyar Nature Walk, most being  four-to-five-kilometres long, starting at Periyar Lake. Nature enthusiasts can enjoy the breathtaking sights and sounds of the forest from birds to butterflies, wildlife, and wildflowers.

In the evening witness the live performance of Kalaripayett...Read All

Friday 16 Feb - Lakes and Lagoons of the backwaters.

After breakfast at your hotel check out and drive towards Alleppey / Kumarakom to embark on your houseboat.

The houseboats are large, slow moving, exotic barges used for leisure trips, and are  refurbished kettuvallams of olden times. The original vessels were used to carry tons of rice and spices from Kuttanad to Kochi port. The kettuvallam or ‘boat with knots’- was so called because the entire boat was held together only with coir knots – not a single nail is used during t...Read All

Saturday 17 Feb- Relax at the Beach

After breakfast and check out, drive towards Mararikulam.

On arrival check in at your beautiful beach side hotel and relax.

Accommodation: Marari Beach Resort, Garden Villa

Marari Beach Resort is set in the coconut grove at the sandy Marari Beach surrounded by flowering plants and herb gardens.

Situated on a wide sandy beach,there with an outdoor pool and beachside dining available. The spacious and airy villas have authentic thatched roofing and come with full len...Read All

Sunday 18 Feb - Relax and Rejuvenate

Today is at leisure for you to enjoy the beach, the pool or the many treatments activities available at the resort, before you fly home tomorrow.

 

Accommodation: Marari Beach Resort

 

Meals: Breakfast

Monday 19 Feb- Departure Day

After breakfast and check out you will be collected for your transfer to Cochin airport for your flight home, taking with you many happy memories of your time in incredible India!

 

What's included

Included

  • Airport Transfers
  • All transportation with Driver/ English speaking Guide( different guides in different cities)
  • Accommodation for 20 nights
  • 2 nights at the Imperial Hotel New Delhi BB
  • 1 Night at the Ekaa Villa, Agra BB
  • 2 nights at the Khem Villas, Ranthambore National Park FB
  • 2 Nights at the Dera Mandawa Hotel, Jaipur BB
  • 2 Nights Fort Barli Rajasthan BB
  • 2 Nights Amet Haveli Udaipur BB
  • 2 Nights Fort Kochi, Kochi BB
  • 2 Nights Windermere Estate, Munnar BB
  • 2 Nights Lake Palace Resort, Alappuzha BB
  • 1 NIght Deluxe House Boat , Alappuzha
  • 2 Nights Marari Beach Resort Mararikulam BB
  • Delhi guided Cycle Rickshaw tour, guided visit to Qutab Minar and Humayiuns Tomb
  • Train ticket between New Delhi and Agra
  • Guided visits to Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal
  • Mohabette e Taj musical show in Silver Class
  • 3 Shared Jeep Safaris in Ranthambore national park
  • Guided tour of the City Palace and Amber Fort in Jaipur
  • Cooking demonstration followed by Dinner with the host in Jaipur
  • Pink rickshaw tour in Jaipur
  • Guided tour of Udaipur City palace
  • Shared boat ride on Pichory Lake
  • Guided tour of the Fishing nets, Kathakali & Fort Area in Kochi
  • Tuk Tuk Ride in Kochi
  • Guided Tea Factory and Garden Visit in Munnar
  • Guided Spice Plantation visit and nature walk in Thekkady
Your local host

Shailendra Singh

I’ve been in the travel industry for 18 years, and although I’m an economics graduate I was bitten by the travel bug and have led tour groups in many different parts of the world, from many different nationalities.

I’ve led tours across India and many different parts of the subcontinent, and in doing so have learned so much about India as a country and a destination. It also taught me a huge amount about how other nationalities feel about other countries, and all of this together has helped me in my current role in curating experiences that are truly memorable.

What inspired you to work in the travel industry?

My family used to take us on big vacations, exploring new areas almost every month and thi... Read All

I’ve been in the travel industry for 18 years, and although I’m an economics graduate I was bitten by the travel bug and have led tour groups in many different parts of the world, from many different nationalities.

I’ve led tours across India and many different parts of the subcontinent, and in doing so have learned so much about India as a country and a destination. It also taught me a huge amount about how other nationalities feel about other countries, and all of this together has helped me in my current role in curating experiences that are truly memorable.

What inspired you to work in the travel industry?

My family used to take us on big vacations, exploring new areas almost every month and this is what really got me bitten by the bug.

When seeing India you realise the diversity in culture, in cuisine and in people is just so huge, and the people are still very emotive and really value human emotions and human connections. It is this sense we endeavour to get across in our tours.

If you had to choose one, what would be your favourite place in India?

Of all the places I have been to if I had to choose a favourite place it would be Uttarakhand. A hill state in the Himalayas, there aren’t too many tourists and it has such a well-preserved culture, it is a piece of real India. Of course in the Himalayas, there are so many hikes and the scenery is so beautiful.

What makes HI Tours different?

Our tours are made different by the very fact that we have a real emphasis on experiencing a destination, rather than just seeing it, to the extent that we actually have a separate experience division.

We are very keen on sustainability and all our experiences have a focus on the right practices and social sustainability. Our ticket sizes aren’t huge, we’re more about bringing value to customers and communities rather than just about making money.

All our experiences are more about people rather than places, as this helps customers really connect and understand the place they’re visiting.

All this is reflected in Hi Tours as a company. We are medium-sized and family-run, and we focus on giving our business to smaller places, which not only gives our customers more authentic experiences but helps to give back to communities.

What do you love most about Delhi?

Delhi is a place with an amazing history, it’s the only city that has been established and raised to the ground seven times, so the version of Delhi you see today is actually in its 8th state! It is the gateway to all cultures in India, Hinduism, Islam, and this results in amazing vibrancy and amazing stories.

In many ways, it is a ‘mini-India’. It keeps evolving, it keeps bouncing back, it’s chaotic, but makes it through everything and just seems to work.

What are the ‘must-sees’? Where would you take a first-time visitor?

You have to see the obvious places, the Taj Mahal, Parliament Street, but the best ways to introduce a newcomer to India is by taking them on an experience where they really learn about the people and the culture of Delhi.

Having someone that can connect what you are seeing to the history of Delhi and how it has come about is so important. Seeing the other side to what normal tourists see really helps you get an idea of what a place its really like.

When you cycle round the back of the Taj, you see the people who live there and what they experience day-to-day. The inside view is so important to really experience a place.

What makes sustainable travel important to you?

It’s high time we make travel more sustainable. If people are going to travel, it has to be as sustainable as possible now. The idea of sustainable travel is not only for ecology but for communities also. Money can seep down to the lowest level, it’s a cycle and tourism can be used as a great tool for getting benefits to the poorest communities.

It’s also an opportunity for us as a business. We have been working with our partners for more than two decades now, so there is an understanding of mutual trust between us and the communities. People recognise the efforts we make to give back to the community, and that has helped us carve out a niche in Delhi of really authentic experiences.

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