Your India tailor-made holiday includes:
- International flights
- 10 nights in 4* hotels & hand-picked local gems
- 10 breakfasts
- Golden Temple & Amritsar City Tour
- City tours in Dharamshala, Shimla & Delhi
- Excursion to Dada Siba via Chinor
- Iconic train ride from Shimla to Delhi
- Services of a tour manager throughout your Journey, with airport meet & greets
- All transfers
- Journeys exclusive: Framing the Morning – Delhi photo tour
You’re in for a treat with this spectacular journey, covering stunning landscapes, historic palaces, glittering temples and iconic train travel. Gaze in awe at the Golden Temple, soak up Shimla’s magnificent Himalayan views, and delight in the cornucopia of colour and sound that is Delhi.
Hotels on this India holiday:
- 4* Hyatt Amritsar
- 3.5* The Pride Surya Mt. Resort
- 4* The Judge’s Court
- 4* Radisson Hotel
- Delhi - 4* Le Meridien
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India: Tranquil Keralatailor this journeyRead more >>Take it easy on this tranquil journey through sleepy Kerala. From the historical delights of laid-back Kochi, to the palm-fringed canals of the picturesque backwaters, with cool hill stations, serene bird sanctuaries and lazy beaches in between, this peaceful region allows you to sit back, relax, and soak up the watery vistas.11 Days from£1,779 ppBook by 31 Oct 2017
India: Splendours of the Southtailor this journeyRead more >>Head for India’s sensational south, a steamy, sun-drenched land of exquisite temples, historic neighbourhoods and tropical coastline. Add in a sizzling cuisine, some lush landscapes and a smattering of wildlife and you’ve got yourself a diverse journey covering the rich splendours of this evocative region.13 Days from£2,259 ppBook by 15 Nov 2017
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Day 1:Fly from the UK to Chennai.
Day 2: ChennaiTouch down in the diverse city of Chennai, the fourth-largest city in India. Here, shiny glass-fronted hotels sit side by side with pretty colonial churches, throngs of traffic pass ancient temples, and British-built forts and cathedrals peek out from behind modern shopping malls and trendy bars. Discover the military history of Fort St George, marvel at the bright white neo-gothic San Thome Basilica and visit the oldest Anglican church in India. Take a look around the contemporary art galleries and museums and feel the sand between your toes on one of the longest beaches in the world.
1 night at the 4* The Park Chennai
Morning City Tour of Chennai
Days 3–4: MahabalipuramHead for the sacred town of Kanchipuram, known as the ‘Golden City of Temples’ due to the 125 sacred structures dotted across the city. Souvenir-hunters will be pleased to note that it’s also an excellent place to pick up a good quality sari, woven by hand in the surrounding villages. Finish the day in the ancient seaport of Mahabalipuram. It’s World Heritage sites aplenty in this town, with oodles of temples, sculptures and monuments, one of the most impressive being the Five Rathas, a collection of monolith carved temples adorned with animal statues.
2 nights at the 4* Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay
Morning visit to Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram
Day 5: PuducherryFeel the French influence in Puducherry, seen in everything from the Gallic road names and the 19th-century Hotel de Ville, to the steak-and-crepe-filled menus. Fans of The Life of Pi will know Puducherry as Pondicherry, and the town has had numerous names over the years, including the French Pondichéry and the affectionate nickname ‘Pondy’. The most recent incarnation became official in 2006. After taking a stroll around town, head down to the spiritual Sri Aurobindo Ashram and learn about the yoga-inspired philosophy of its founder, Sri Aurobindo Ghose.
1 night at the 4* Windflower Resort & Spa
Afternoon visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Day 6: ThanjavurAdmire the world-renowned Chola temples and Nayak palaces of Thanjavur, formerly known as Tanjore. An important agricultural centre, Thanjavur is surrounded by a green fields filled with banana, coconut, sugar cane and maize farms, and dotted with 74 religious monuments and shrines. Admire the rare paintings and fine sculptures in the Saraboji Palace, and crane your neck up at the Brihadeeswarar Temple, aptly nicknamed the ‘Big Temple,’ as it is dominated by an impressive 14-tiered, 66-metre-high pyramid.
1 night at the 3.5* Sangam Hotel
Afternoon tour of Thanjavur
Day 7: ChettinadDiscover Chettinad’s marble-clad mansions decorated with chandeliers and mirrors, found sporadically around town and worthy of a look around. The town is another good place to pick up a sari, with bold colours, checks and stripes being popular patterns. Don’t leave without sampling the delicious local cuisine, bursting with mouth-watering flavours and aromatic spices. Lentils, eggs, ghee and chicken are popular curry ingredients here, but be sure to check the chilli levels before ordering, because Chettinads like it hot!
1 night at the 3.5* Visalam
Days 8–9: MaduraiVisit Madurai, a riverside city where suited businessmen rub shoulders with rickshaw wallahs, pilgrims and ox carts mingle in the streets, and shops and markets throng with energetic traders and shoppers. Visit the glorious Shree Meenakshi Temple, one of the largest in India and Madurai’s most famous landmark. With 12 ornate monumental towers, known as gopurams, it’s less of a temple and more of a town within a town, an enormous complex of religious sculptures, shrines and bazaars. Check out the Hall of a Thousand Pillars, where an endless line of carved columns fades into the distance.
2 nights at the 4.5* Heritage Madurai
Morning visit to city of Madurai
Evening visit to Shree Meenakshi Temple to witness the Aarti Ceremony
Day 10: PeriyarDrive through verdant spice plantations and lush tea gardens to Periyar National Park. Spend the evening exploring the winding waterways by boat, keeping a look out for elephants and bison. The next morning, breathe in the aromas as you walk among the lush cardamom, rubber, vanilla and coffee plantations, a serene landscape of emerald green crossed by twinkling streams. Perhaps sip on a hot cup of the ubiquitous cardamom tea as you learn the fascinating stories of the spices and their uses.
1 night at the 4* Spice Village
Afternoon Game Drive in Periyar National Park
Morning tour of Spice Plantation in Periyar
Days 11–12: KochiSoak up the history in the seaside city of Kochi, where you’ll tour the synagogue, the Dutch Palace which, despite the name, is actually Portuguese, and the delightful St Francis Church. Learn the ingenious mechanics behind the Chinese fishing nets found down on the seashore, then, as the sun sets, enjoy a performance of traditional Kathakali dance. As a final treat, tuck into an authentic Keralian meal with a local family, and taste those spices in action.
2 nights at the 4.5* Crowne Plaza
City Tour of Kochi
Evening Kathakali Dance Show
Journeys exclusive: Lunch with local Keralian family
Day 13:Depart Kochi and return to the UK.13 days from£3,689 ppBook by 30 Nov 2017