Day 1: New Zealand – – Delhi
Board your flight bound for beautiful Delhi. On arrival, you will be met by a representative and be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours at leisure.
Day 2: Delhi (B)
Embrace the eye-opening sounds, sights and smells of Delhi with a full-day sightseeing tour, leaving after breakfast. The tour begins in Old Delhi at the Red Fort and then Jama Masjid, before you experience the thrill of a rickshaw ride through winding narrow lanes. Jump from Old Delhi to New Delhi and visit India Gate, Parliament house, a Sikh temple and Qutub Minar.
Day 3: Delhi – Jaipur (B)
After breakfast, head for Jaipur. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of all this city has to offer, visiting the 18th century Jantar Mantar, the Albert Hall Museum and the iconic City Palace.
Day 4: Jaipur (B)
Embark on a city tour of Jaipur this morning. Admire the extraordinary pink-hued Hawa Mahal, also known as the ‘Palace of the Winds’. Venture to Amer Fort, a magnificent fortress perched high on a hill and overlooking Maota Lake. On the way back to your hotel, stop too see the small palace of Jal Mahal.
Day 5: Jaipur – Agra (B)
Today sees the tour head for the city of Agra. Visit the old Abhaneriis village, located in the Dausa district of Rajasthan, a place made popular by its Chand Baori step well and Harshat Mata Temple. Check-in to your hotel and stay overnight.
Day 6: Agra – Delhi (B)
Rise early to enjoy an incredible sunrise visit to the impressive Taj Mahal. A World Heritage site, this grand monument of love was constructed by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife. Head back to the hotel for breakfast, before heading out to see Agra Fort. In the afternoon, return to the bustling city of Delhi.
Day 7: Delhi – – Cochin (B)
After breakfast, head to the airport ready to board your flight to Cochin. On arrival you’ll be met by a representative before being transferred to your hotel. In the evening, be entertained as you enjoy a Kathakali Dance show. This show depicts the ancient rituals and dance forms that have developed in Kerala from as early as the 2nd Century.
Day 8: Cochin (B)
A sightseeing tour of Cochin, also known as Kochi, takes travellers past the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Basilica. You will also be able to see the unique Chinese fishing nets, a method introduced by Chinese traders in the 14th century, and a tradition that is still used to this day. Enjoy free-time this evening to explore the local markets.
Day 9: Cochin – Munnar (B)
Depart Cochin bound for Munnar. Located within the meeting of three mountain streams, the city is situated 1,600 metres above sea level. Head out to see the sights of this hill station, visiting Mattupetty Dam, Kundale Lake and Echo point.
Day 10: Munnar (B)
Indulge in a delicious breakfast, before getting ready to set out on an exhilarating jeep safari. Admire spectacular valleys and spice and tea plantations as you make your way through the heart of the Kanan Devan Hills tea plantation. Visit one of the region’s oldest orthodox tea factories, where you’ll have the opportunity to taste some of the local tea.
Day 11: Munnar – Thekkady (B)
Travel to Periyar – a journey of about 3 hours. In the afternoon, enjoy a boat ride on the lake at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and keep your eyes peeled for the sanctuary’s residents: elephants, sambar and wild boar.
Day 12: Thekkady – Alleppey (B, L, D)
Travel to Alleppey after breakfast. Board the waiting Kettuvallam, a traditional Indian house boat, for an overnight cruise on the palm-fringed Kerala backwaters. Tuck into local cuisine, prepared by an on-board chef, as you float along the tranquil waters.
Day 13: Alleppey – Cochin (B, L, D)
Make your way back to the city of Cochin. Later on you will visit a Ayurveda Centre where you’ll indulge in full-body massage.
Day 14: Cochin – – New Zealand (B)
Enjoy one last breakfast, before heading to the airport to board your flight back home to New Zealand.
Day 15: New Zealand
Arrive home today.