28 days,Delhi to Kochi

Discover ancient forts and temples, revel in the beauty of Agra's Taj Mahal, sail the Ganges in venerable Varanasi, stay with the locals in the Kerala backwaters, smell spices at a plantation in the Cardamom HIlls

From the beautiful symmetry of the Taj Mahal to the unforgettable backwaters of Kerala, this comprehensive Indian journey is a photographer's delight. Walk along the sacred Ganges River in Varanasi and explore Abhaneri’s carved stepwells in the North before flying south to search for tigers in the wild and exotic spices in relaxed hill stations. With an intriguing combination of included activities and free time, city streets and rural spirit, you're sure to gain an understanding of the people and some insight into this fascinating land.

What's Included

  • Walking tour with a guide from the Planeterra-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project
  • Old Delhi walk with stops at the Jama Masjid, Gurduwara, Chandni Chowk, spice markets and Connaught Place
  • Camel Cart ride (Tordi)
  • Taj Mahal and I’timad-ud-Daulah (Baby Taj) entrance
  • Agra Fort entrance and guided tour
  • Amber Fort tour (Jaipur)
  • Orchha Palace complex visit
  • Western Temple complex visit
  • River Ganges boat trips at sunrise and sunset, including candle flower ceremony
  • Fort Kochi orientation walk
  • Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary walk
  • Mudumalai National Park safari
  • Chaumundi Temple and Mysore Palace visit
  • Mamallapuram Shore Temple visit
  • Pondicherry orientation walk
  • Madurai cycle-rickshaw ride and Sri Meenakshi temple visit
  • Cardamom Hills spice plantation tour
  • Kerala backwaters homestay with guide
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners. (Allow USD445-590 for meals not included.)
  • Train, local bus, charter bus, auto-rickshaw, camel cart, boat, plane.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 15, avg 10
  • Hotels/guesthouses (25 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), homestay (1 nt, multi-share).

Additions Available on This Tour


Day 1Delhi

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Delhi

Take a morning walk through the city with a young adult from the Planeterra-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. Later, visit Old Delhi, explore the spice markets, and visit Jama Masjid and Connaught Place.

Day 3Delhi/Jaipur

Arrive in Jaipur and explore this gorgeous 'pink city'.

Day 4Jaipur

Stop and take a photo of the 'Palace of the Winds' and wander the organized streets of the 'Pink City'. Later, enjoy a visit to the Amber Fort, famous for its mixture of Hindu and Muslim architecture.

Day 5Jaipur/Tordi Sāgar(1L, 1D)

Visit this Rajasthani rural village in the beautiful countryside with a close tie to the land.

Day 6Tordi/Āgra(1B)

Stop by the impressive Abhaneri stepwells and the deserted former capital of the Mughals, Fatehpur Sikri, on the way to Agra.

Day 7Āgra

Visit the famous Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort.

Day 8Āgra/Orchha

Visit the Orchha Palace complex in this quiet rural town along the banks of the Betwa River. Visit a unique paper-making plant, set up to assist tribal women from the area. Opt to join a local family for a cooking class and lunch.

Day 9Orchha/Alīpura

Travel to Alipura and stay in a heritage property in the village.

Day 10Alīpura

Enjoy a day trip to Khajuraho to visit the Khajuraho Group of Monuments, India's largest group of medieval temples, known for their kama sutra statues.

Day 11Alīpura/Varanasi

Enjoy free time in Alipura before the overnight train to Varanasi.

Day 12Varanasi

Take an orientation walk through the oldest continually inhabited city in the world. Marvel at the ghats from the River Ganges as you enjoy boat trips at sunrise and sunset.

Day 13Varanasi

Watch the sunrise from a boat along the Ganges. Enjoy free time in this holy city.

Day 14Varanasi/Delhi

Cut out the travel time with an afternoon flight back to Delhi.

Day 15Delhi/Kochi(1B)

Fly to Kochi. In the evening, meet your South India CEO and some new group members.

Day 16Kochi

Take a orientation walk to the Dutch Palace, Jewish synagogue, and town. Enjoy a kathakali performance.

Day 17Kochi/Kalpetta

Take a morning train followed by a scenic drive to reach Kalpetta, in the Wayanad district.

Day 18Kalpetta

Walk the nature trails in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and prehistoric Eddakal Caves.

Day 19Kalpetta/Mudumalai

Spend the night at the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary provides one of the most important refuges for elephants and bison in India.

Day 20Mudumalai/Mysore

Visit the Chamundi Temple and Mysore Palace.

Day 21Mysore/Māmallapuram

Enjoy a full day of train travel to Chennai before a short bus ride to Mamallapuram. Visit the Shore Temple.

Day 22Māmallapuram

Free time to explore Mamallapuram.

Day 23Māmallapuram/Puducherry

Continue to Pondicherry (now known as Puducherry) and learn about Sri Aurobindo Ghose at the ashram.

Day 24Puducherry/Madurai

Travel to inland by private van to Madurai, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

Day 25Madurai

Hope on a cycle rickshaw for a tour of the city before visiting the famous Meenakshi Temple.

Day 26Madurai/Periyār Sanctuary(1D)

Drive to Thekkady. Take a guided tour of spice plantations in the Cardamom Hills.

Day 27Periyār Sanctuary/Kerala Backwaters(1L, 1D)

Take a private bus to Alleppey followed by a riverboat to a homestay. Experience local life and a guided walk along the lagoon.

Day 28Kerala Backwaters/Kochi(1B)

Travel back to Kochi where the trip ends upon arrival.

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