Discover India–Delhi to Kochi

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21 days,Delhi to Kochi
AHDC

Be awed by the Taj Mahal and Amber Fort, capture colourful Rajasthan in your viewfinder, relax on quiet beaches in Goa, connect with the locals in a homestay, savour 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 (Agra) and the Amber Fort (Jaipur)
  • Planeterra-supported learning centre visit
  • Rural Tordi Sagar tour with local guide
  • Dinner in the desert prepared by cameleers with local entertainment (Pushkar)
  • Sunrise at Savitri Temple (Pushkar)
  • Guided Kerala boat tour and homestay
  • Morning ferry cruise on Kollam's backwaters
  • Orientation walks in Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur, Mumbai, Kochi and Kollam
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners. (Allow USD350-400 for meals not included.)
  • Train, metro, local bus, charter bus, jeep, tuk tuk, boat, plane.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
  • Small group experience; Max 18, avg 14.
  • Simple hotels (18 nts), overnight train (1 nt), homestay (1 nt).

Alternative Trips

Itinerary

Day 1Delhi

Arrive any time.

Day 2Delhi/Āgra

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

Day 3Āgra/Jaipur

Take an orientation walk around town and a guided tour of the Amber Fort. Enjoy free time to explore other sites around town; opt to see a Bollywood film.

Day 4Jaipur

Enjoy a free day in Jaipur to explore the city.

Day 5Jaipur/Tordi Sāgar(1D)

Dive into rural life by visiting potters, cobblers, and markets. Opt to take a jeep safari or camel ride to the dunes for sunset. Head for a hike in the hills or get a henna tattoo from local women.

Day 6Tordi Sāgar/Pushkar(1B, 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 it. Go on an orientation walk upon arrival to Pushkar.

Day 7Pushkar(1D)

In the morning, climb Savitri Temple, perched atop a hill, and catch the sunrise. Enjoy an included traditional dinner in the desert cooked by cameleers, with local entertainment. Enjoy some free time for shopping or yoga.

Day 8Pushkar/Udaipur

Take an orientation walk and an optional visit to the Lake Palace.

Days 9–10Udaipur

Free time to explore the "Venice of the East" with its lakes, palaces, and narrow lanes.

Day 11Udaipur/Mumbai

Fly to the bustling city of Mumbai, and visit the Gateway of India on an orientation walk.

Day 12Mumbai/Goa

Enjoy free time to explore the bustling metropolis of Mumbai. Take an overnight train to Goa.

Day 13Goa

Head to the beaches of North Goa, sample tasty treats at the night markets, and take in the nightlife of this coastal state.

Day 14Goa

Enjoy a free day to wind down in North Goa. Visit nearby beaches, scour the markets, and be sure to try to some delicious Goan cuisine and fresh seafood.

Day 15Goa/Kochi

Fly to southern India and explore this major port city.

Day 16Kochi/Alleppey(1L, 1D)

Take an orientation walk in Kochi to Fort Kochi, St Francis Church, and the Chinese fishing nets 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 17Alleppey/Kollam(1B, 1L)

Explore the backwaters and its unique ecosystem on a ferry cruise. Transfer to Kollam.

Day 18Kollam/Varkala

Enjoy lots of free time to explore the town, relax with an Ayurvedic massage, get treated by local healers, or visit the Varkala Temple.

Day 19Varkala

Spend time wandering the peaceful gardens of an ashram devoted to Kerala's most eminent spiritual and social reformer and the mystical Janardhana Swamy Temple, or just head to the beach to relax and watch the Arabian Sea.

Day 20Varkala/Kochi

Return to Kochi. Check out the Jewish Quarter and the spice markets. Opt to take in a Kathakali (local dance form) show.

Day 21Kochi

Depart at any time.

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