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14 days,Delhi to Cherrai Beach
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Walk the backstreets of Delhi with a local guide, explore grand forts and palaces in Rajasthan, learn the true meaning of relaxation aboard a houseboat on Kerala's backwaters, discover a newfound obsession with South Indian cuisine with a cooking demonstration, cross cultures at a family homestay in the south and a heritage village home in the north

North India or South? Do both! This 2-week tour combines the riot of Rajasthan’s colours with the calming greens of Kerala. You'll have time to immerse yourself in regional traditions in the North and spend a night at a heritage village hotel, and time to unwind in the south—just imagine cruising the backwaters on a houseboat. Throw in the Taj Mahal, the 'Pink City' of Jaipur and Kochi's fishing markets and you're left with one spicy curry of an adventure—many flavours with big impact.

What's Included

  • Arrival transfer. Tour of Old Delhi including Jama Masjid Mosque, Chandni Chowk market and Gurduwara Sikh Temple. Walking tour and project visit in Delhi. Tour Taj Mahal, baby Taj and Agra Fort. Visit Fathpur Sikri and Abhaneri Step wells (tank gardens). Explore Jaipur including Amber Fort, Jaipur City Palace and Hawa Mahal. Visit the Village of Sawarda and overnight in a Heritage Home. Explore Kochi including Fort Cochin, the Dutch Palace, the fishing market and Chinese fishing nets. Kathakali cultural show. Visit Tripunithura Hill Palace. Kumarakom canoe ride. Walking tour of the paddy fields and Chempu village. Houseboat day trip along the Kerala backwaters. Homestay with cooking demonstration and meal with a local family. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners. (Allow USD300-400 for meals not included.)
  • Comfort hotels (11 nts), heritage hotel (1 nt), homestay (1 nt).
  • Private van/bus, auto-rickshaw, cycle-rickshaw, walking, flight, boat, canoe.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 12.

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Day 1 Delhi

Arrive at any time. An arrival transfer is included.

Day 2 Delhi/Agra (1B)

Walk through the backstreets of Delhi with a young adult taking part in the Planeterra-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. As a former streetkid, your guide will offer a unique insight into the real Delhi and you will visit the projects headquarters. Later, explore Old Delhi with our CEO including Jama Masjid (Great Mosque), Chandni Chowk local market and Gurduwara Sikh Temple. Afternoon drive to Agra.

Day 3 Agra (1B)

Explore the highlights of Agra including the Taj Mahal, Baby Taj and Agra Fort.

Day 4 Jaipur (1B)

Drive to Jaipur, visiting Fathpur Sikri and the Abhaneri stepwells (tank gardens) en route.

Day 5 Jaipur (1B)

Explore the 'Pink City' including the Amber Fort, City Palace and Hawa Mahal. Option to visit local markets and catch a Bollywood film.

Day 6 Sawarda (1B,1D)

Drive to the rural village of Sawarda where we stay in a heritage home. Exploring this traditional village is like stepping back in time. Enjoy a walk in the village and observe a family prayer session.

Day 7 Delhi (1B)

Drive back to Delhi for our final evening.

Day 8 Delhi/Kochi (Cochin) (1B)

Fly to Kochi. This evening, meet your south India CEO and new group members.

Day 9 Kochi (Cochin) (1B)

Take a walking tour of old Fort Kochi, the fish market and famous Chinese fishing net. Also visit the Dutch Palace, Jewish quarter and spice market. This evening, enjoy a Kathakali show, combining literature, music, painting, acting and dance.

Day 10 Kumarakom (1B,1D)

Visit Tripunithura Hill Palace and continue to Kumarakom. Enjoy a canoe ride along the narrow canals then embark on a walking tour of the paddy fields and Chempu village.

Day 11 Alleppey/Kerala backwaters (1B,1L,1D)

Embark on a full day houseboat excursion cruising the Kerala backwaters observing local village life and bird-watching. This evening we have a home stay in Alleppey and enjoy a cooking demonstration of traditional Keralan cuisine and dine with a local family.

Days 12-13 Cherrai Beach (2B)

Time to relax in paradise with free time to explore the local village and pristine beaches. Option to visit an Ayurveda spa or go cycling.

Day 14 Cherrai Beach (1B)

Depart at any time.

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