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Best of North & South India - 15 Days

Best of North & South India

India · Private Tour · 15 Days
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Not sure if North or South? Visit both. Experience the Taj Mahal and the highlights of Delhi and Jaipur, then travel south for hallucinating Hindu temples, Ayurveda therapy and floating houseboats in the backwaters. 

Highlights

  • Witness the magnificent marble domes of the Taj Mahal
  • Explore the lavish Amer Fort and the City Palace in Jaipur
  • Admire the thousands of Indian gods covering the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai
  • Sail around the backwaters of Kerala on a traditional houseboat
  • Have fun with a rickshaw ride around the narrow lanes of Old Delhi
  • Marvel at the fine carvings of the beach temples of Mahabalipuram
  • Take a tour of the nostalgic streets and colonial churches of Cochin
  • Try a holisitc Ayurveda treatment in the lush forests of Kumarakom
  • Venture to the jungle on a Nature Walk in Periyar National Park

Itinerary

Day 1 - Delhi
Day 2 - Delhi
Day 3 - Delhi → Jaipur
Day 4 - Jaipur
Day 5 - Jaipur → Fatehpur Sikri → Agra
Day 6 - Agra → Delhi → Chennai → Mahabalipuram
Day 7 - Kanchipuram
Day 8 - Mahabalipuram → Madurai
Day 9 - Madurai
Day 10 - Madurai → Periyar
Day 11 - Periyar
Day 12 - Periyar → Kumarakom
Day 13 - Kumarakom → Houseboat → Cochin
Day 14 - Cochin
Day 15 - Cochin

What is included

  • 14 nights accommodation in luxury hotels with breakfast
  • Transportation by private vehicle with English-speaking driver
  • Meals as mentioned in this itinerary
  • Activities mentioned in this itinerary
  • Houseboat cruise with Lunch in Kumarakom
  • Kathakali dance show in Cochin

What is NOT included

  • International flight
  • Domestic flights Delhi-Chennai-Madurai
  • Local guide during sightseeing
  • Meals not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Activities not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Entrance fees and camera fees
Did you know you can make this trip even better? Customize this tour

day
1
Delhi

Welcome to India!

Upon arrival at Delhi International airport, you will be provided assistance followed by transfer to the hotel.


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ITC Maurya Hotel

Executive Club Delhi

day
2
Delhi

Today we will start a full-day tour of the city of Delhi

Get ready for a fun rickshaw ride around Old Delhi and discover the massive Red Fort (from the outside only) and the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. Then take in the essential highlights of the city starting with the Qutb Minar, a soaring minaret renown for its elaborate engravings of Islamic caligraphy and Humayun's Tomb, a masterpiece of Mughal architecture that precedes the Taj Mahal. Our city drive will also give us great sights of India GateRaj Ghat and the ornate government buildings along Janpath road. 

In the evening, we will travel to witness the nightly prayers at the Bangla Sahib Temple, the most revered Sikh shrine in Delhi. 

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ITC Maurya Hotel

Executive Club Delhi

day
3
Delhi → Jaipur

After breakfast we will leave Delhi and start our drive to Jaipur, the capital of the mythical Rajasthan. Once the head of a powerful Hindu kingdom of fierce warriors, Jaipur captures the essence of the quintessential Indian romance with its mighty forts, royal palaces and colorful streets. 

We will arrive at Jaipur in the afternoon and after a short rest, we will go exploring the city streets and treasure hunting at its lively market. We close the day with an evening visit to Birla temple for evening ceremony (without guide, only driver). 

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Delhi → Jaipur240 km 5h
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ITC Rajputana Hotel

Rajputana Chamber Jaipur

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4
Jaipur

This day we have a full-day city tour of Jaipur beginning at the UNESCO-listed Amer Fort, a jewel of Rajput architecture. Our guided visit will lead you through the chambers, courtyards and pavilions of this red sandstone and marble fortress, which features some of the most impressive stonework and mirrorwork in India.

We will continue our Jaipur tour with the flamboyant City Palace and the medieval observatory of Jantar Mantar, and to crown the day we will make a visit (outside only) to the baroque Hawa Mahal or "Palace of the Winds", a pink sandstone palace with a beehive of picturesque windows. You will have an hour at leisure in the city center and then you vehicle will drive you back to the hotel. 

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ITC Rajputana Hotel

Rajputana Chamber Jaipur

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5
Jaipur → Fatehpur Sikri → Agra

After enjoying breakfast we will start our drive to Agra, the former capital of the Mughal empire and home of the world-famous Taj Mahal, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. 

On the way we will make a rewarding photo stop at the hypnotic step-well of Abhaneri and an exploration of the UNESCO-listed citadel of Fatehpur Sikri. After arriving in Agra we will spend the rest of the evening at leisure. 

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Jaipur → Agra240 km 5h
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ITC Mughal Hotel

Mughal Chamber Agra

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6
Agra → Delhi → Chennai → Mahabalipuram

Early in the morning, we will make our visit to the magnificent Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays). Built on the heartbreak of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his deceased wife, the Taj Mahal is the most refined monument of Indo-Islamic architecture. We will explore the Taj in and out with time to photograph its soaring minarets and shiny marble dome, then back to the hotel for breakfast. 

After breakfast we will start the drive back to Delhi to connect with our flight to Chennai, the cultural hub of South India. After arrival in Chennai, transfer to Mahabalipuram, a tranquil seaside town in Tamil Nadu. 

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Agra → Delhi230 km 4h
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Delhi → Chennai 2h 45min
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Chennai → Mahabalipuram50 km 1h
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Radisson Temple Bay Resort

Chalet Pool View Room Mahabalipuram

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7
Kanchipuram

Today we will embark on a temple tour to the beaches and lanes of Mahabalipuram with an excursion to the nearby Kanchipuram, one of the seven holy cities in Hinduism. 

The tour starts with a visit to the Shore Temple and the Five Rathas temple complex, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Carved from one single rock, these elaborate temples are renowned for their detailed stonework. 

After visiting Mahabalipuram we will continue to the holy city of Kanchipuram, where you will explore the energetic Shiva temples of Varadaraja Perumal TempleKailasanathar Temple and Ekambareshwara Temple.

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Mahabalipuram → Kanchipuram60 km 1h
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Radisson Temple Bay Resort

Chalet Pool View Room Mahabalipuram

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8
Mahabalipuram → Madurai

You will have the morning to explore Mahabalipuram at leisure. Dubbed as "India's stone-carving capital", the thriving sculpting industry in Mahabalipuram offers an interesting insight into Indian arts and crafts, with numerous workshops where thousands of sculptures are made everyday. 

In the afternoon, transfer to the Chennai airport to connect with our flight to Madurai. Assistance on arrival at Madurai airport followed by transfer to the hotel. 

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Mahabalipuram → Chennai50 km 1h
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Chennai → Madurai 1h 15min
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Heritage Madurai Hotel

Luxury Villa Madurai

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9
Madurai

Today we will enjoy of a full-day city tour in the temple town of Madurai, whose mighty Meenakshi Temple is among the most impressive temples in South India. It is known for its soaring gopuram towers covered by thousands of statues of multi-armed gods in bright colors. Walk among pilgrims who come to pay their respects to the sacred effigy of the goddess Meenakshi and get lost in its extensive corridors flanked by stone pillars and lively stalls selling flowers and temple offerings. 

Next on our city tour are visits to the Teppakulam Temple and Nayak Palace before returning in the evening to Meenakshi Temple to witness the ceremony of darshan and the processions of Hindu priests carrying a holy image of Shiva.

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Heritage Madurai Hotel

Luxury Villa Madurai

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10
Madurai → Periyar

This day we will leave the spectacular temples of Tamil Nadu behind and make our way to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala. Set in the green hills of Thekkady, Periyar is the most popular nature reserve in South India and is home to bisons, antelopes, samber, wild boars, monkeys, a wide range of birdlife and most importantly, elephants. 

Rest of the time is at leisure for you to enjoy of the activities around Periyar (not included).

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Madurai → Periyar140 km 3h
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Spice Village Hotel

Standard Villa Periyar

day
11
Periyar

Early in the morning we will enjoy of a nature walk in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, where we will have the chance to watch birds, butterflies and other species that inhabit this reserve (provided by Park Authority, you may have to share this activity with other people). After our activity we will return to the hotel. 

In the afternoon we will go on a spice plantation tour where we will observe how pepper, cardamom, nutmeg and many medicinal plants are locally grown. Dubbes as the 'spice garden of India', Kerala is the ideal destination to expand your knowledge of spices and maybe bring some back home. 

Rest of the day at leisure

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Spice Village Hotel

Standard Villa Periyar

day
12
Periyar → Kumarakom

Our tour will continue to the lush resort town of Kumarakom. We will spend the day relaxing at the resort, we suggest you try one of its Ayurvedic treatments (not included). Ayurveda is the centuries long traditional medicine in Hinduism and it focuses on the cleansing of body and mind to maintain good health. You can choose from a range of holistic therapies including rejuvenation, stress management, spine care and body purification programmes, as well as the traditional Ayurvedic massage or yoga and meditation sessions. 

In the evening you will enjoy a sunset cruise on Vembandu Lake (1h, shared with other guests).

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Periyar → Kumarakom130 km 3h
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Coconut Lagoon Resort

Heritage Bungalow Kumarakom

day
13
Kumarakom → Houseboat → Cochin

After breakfast, we will board a traditional Kerala houseboat from the resorts jetty point for a 3 to 4 hour back-water cruise with lunch on board. Kettuvalam, the states legendary houseboats are the best way to tour the backwaters of Kerala and one of the most memorable experiences one can have in South India. 

Built as virtual floating palaces, houseboats were used by the Indian aristocracy and got more sophisticated over time, including chefs and elegant furniture. Venture in the tranquil canals as you take in the natural beauty of the region and observe the daily comings and goings of the villages in the shore. 

After the cruise, disembark at the jetty and drive to Cochin. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.

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Kumarakom → Cochin53 km 1h
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Brunton Boatyard Hotel

Standard Sea Facing room Cochin

day
14
Cochin

Today we will take a half-day city tour of Cochin. Our explorations will take us to all the colonial landmarks in the city, including the Dutch Palace at Mattancherry, the Jewish SynagogueSt. Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Basilica. We will also make a short stop at the iconic Chinese fishing nets which are thought to have been brought by Chinese traders to Kochi.

In the evening you will witness a fascinating Kathakali performance. This mystical fusion of dance and drama is one of the most elevated art traditions of South India, where actors dressed in elaborate costumes and colorful make-up enact religious mythology classics. 

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Brunton Boatyard Hotel

Standard Sea Facing room Cochin

day
15
Cochin

After breakfast, you will be provided assistance followed by departure transfer to Cochin airport to connect the flight for onward journey.

  • Breakfast
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  • Dinner

Accommodations

Delhi
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ITC Maurya Hotel

Executive Club
Jaipur
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ITC Rajputana Hotel

Rajputana Chamber
Agra
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ITC Mughal Hotel

Mughal Chamber
Mahabalipuram
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Radisson Temple Bay Resort

Chalet Pool View Room
Madurai
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Heritage Madurai Hotel

Luxury Villa
Periyar
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Spice Village Hotel

Standard Villa
Kumarakom
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Coconut Lagoon Resort

Heritage Bungalow
Cochin
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Brunton Boatyard Hotel

Standard Sea Facing room

Price for luxury experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing Basis
4 pax
Double Sharing Basis
16 Apr 2018 - 30 Sep 2018$2224$2102
1 Oct 2018 - 15 Apr 2019$3196$3057

Photos

Menakshi Temple, Madurai
Amer Fort, Jaipur
Taj Mahal, Agra
Houseboat
Rickshaw Ride, Old Delhi
Humayun Tomb, Delhi
Fatehpur Sikri
Kathakali Traditional Dancer
Menakshi Temple, Madurai
Periyar Nature Walk
Mahabalipuram
Welcome Hindu Ritual

Map

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