Discover India—Delhi to Kochi

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21 days,Delhi to Kochi
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Experience the Taj Mahal at sunrise, capture colourful Rajasthan in your viewfinder, relax on quiet beaches in Goa, connect with the locals in a homestay, sample delicious Indian cuisine.

From the hectic pace of northern Delhi to the beaches of Goa and the fishing nets of relaxed Kochi, this epic journey packages the subcontinent’s highlights into three well-paced weeks. Watch the sunrise at Savitri temple in Pushkar and explore the canals of Alleppey on your way to a homestay with a local family. With your hotel and transport arranged by our CEOs, you can concentrate on choosing your own adventure. Pack your trip with everything you want—and nothing you don't. What are you waiting for? Lush hills, bustling cities and mouth-watering curries await!

What's Included

  • Entrance and guided tour of the Taj Mahal. Orientation walks in Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur, Mumbai, Kochi and Kollam. Entrance and guided tour of the Amber Fort (Jaipur). Planeterra-supported learning centre visit. Rural Tordi Sagar tour with local guide. Sunrise at Savitri Temple (Pushkar). Guided Kerala boat tour and homestay. Backwater excursion from Allepey. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 1 breakfast, 3 lunches, 1 dinner. (Allow USD350-400 for meals not included.)
  • Simple hotels (19 nts), homestay (1 nt).
  • Train, metro, local bus, charter bus, jeep, rickshaw, boat, plane.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10.

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Day 1 Delhi

Arrive in Delhi at any time.

Day 2 Agra

Morning train to Agra, then guided tour of the impressive Taj Mahal. Opt to visit Agra Fort and Baby Taj.

Day 3-4 Jaipur

Orientation walk around town. Guided tour of the Amber Fort, free time to explore other sites around town on the same entrance ticket.

Day 5 Tordi Sagar

Go for a walk with a local and visit potters, cobblers and markets. Opt to take a camel cart ride to the dunes for sunset, go hiking in the hills, or make bangles and try henna paint with the local women.

Day 6-7 Pushkar (1L)

Before leaving Tordi Sagar, enjoy a local lunch prepared by traditional methods at a village hamlet. En route to Pushkar, visit a Planeterra-supported learning centre and the kids who benefit from the centre. Orientation walk upon arrival to Pushkar. In the morning, climb to Savitri Temple perched atop a hill and catch the sunrise.

Day 8-10 Udaipur

Orientation walk and optional visit to the Lake Palace.

Day 11-12 Ahmedabad/Mumbai (Bombay)

Visit Mahatama Gandhi's ashram in Ahmedabad, then experience Mumbai, the 'Gateway of India', on an orientation walk.

Day 13-14 Goa

Head to the beach, explore Old Goa, sample tasty treats at the night markets and hit up the nightlife of this coastal city.

Day 15 Kochi (Cochin)

Fly to southern India and explore this major port city.

Day 16 Alleppey (1L,1D)

Orientation walk of Fort Kochi, the Dutch Palace, and the Jewish synagogue and town before continuing to Alleppey. Explore Alleppey with an orientation walk. Experience local life at a homestay, and enjoy a guided walk along the lagoon.

Day 17 Kollam (1B,1L)

Explore the backwaters and its unique ecosystem on a full-day ferry cruise between Alleppey and Kollam, then enjoy an orientation walk of Kollam.

Day 18-19 Varkala

Lots of free time to explore the town, get an Ayurvedic massage, be treated by local healers or visit the Varkala Temple.

Day 20 Kochi

Check out the Jewish quarter and the spice market or take in a Kathakali (local martial art) show.

Day 21 Kochi

Depart at any time.

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