Best of India with Kerala

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Brochure Type Asia 2025 v1

All the treasures of India on one epic trip. From the captivating energy of Delhi to the tranquil backwaters and lingering spice aromas of Kerala. Journey to the jungles of Ranthambore, crisscross the Golden Triangle and admire India's legendary palaces, forts and monuments along the way.

Be My Guest
  • Kochi Visit and have dinner with a local family in their home in Kochi and gain a fascinating insight into their lifestyle.
  • Jaipur Savor dinner with a local family at their home in Jaipur.
Dining Summary
  • 15 Breakfast (B)
  • 4 Lunch (L)
  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)
  • 9 Dinner (D)
  • 2 Be My Guest (BMG)
Dive Into Culture
  • Periyar National Park See an Indian martial arts performance.
  • Jaipur Visit a local market in Jaipur.
  • Kochi See the unique Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi.
  • Kumarakom Discover rural life on a walking tour with a local market visit.
  • Delhi Take a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi.
Iconic Experience
  • Kerala Backwater Day Tours Cruise the backwaters of Kerala on a traditional houseboat. Get an insider's look at the day-to-day activities of locals as you journey along Kerala's waterways.
  • Taj Mahal View the Taj Mahal, known as one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage.
  • Varanasi Cruise down the Ganges and delve into local tradition as you witness the ritual of Aarti.
  • New Delhi During your orientation of New Delhi, visit Humayun's Tomb, and see India Gate and the Qutub Minar complex.
  • Delhi Visit Agrasen Ki Baoli and take in the arched niches of this citybound step well.
  • Varanasi During your brief orientation of the city, visit some of the famous temples. You'll also visit Sarnath, where Buddha first taught the Dharma.
  • Ranthambore National Park Tour Ranthambore National Park for a chance to glimpse the resident animals and birdlife.
  • Agra See the imposing gate to the Jama Masjid and gain insight into life in Fatehpur Sikri, now a deserted ''ghost town.''
  • Delhi See Old Delhi's Red Fort.
  • Jama Masjid Admire the red sandstone and marble details of Jama Masjid during your visit to one of the largest mosques in the country.
  • Varanasi As the sun rises over Varanasi, view the banks of the River Ganges come to life during a morning boat ride.
  • Join a Local Specialist on a visit to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park.
  • Agra Inside Agra's red sandstone fortress, witness the fairytale palaces, audiences halls and mosques of the Mughal rulers.
  • Kumily Learn about time-tested customs and the cultural significance of spice cultivation during your visit to Kumily Spice Garden.
  • Jaipur During an orientation of Jaipur, visit the Amber Fort, City Palace and Jantar Mantar Observatory.
  • Jaipur Learn the traditional art of block-printing with a Local Specialist.
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER
  • Delhi The Delhi City Walk tour explores lesser-known attractions around Paharganj and New Delhi Railway Station, guided by a teenager at the Trust who once lived and worked on the streets of Delhi. This personal touch makes the tour special and gives you
  • Varanasi At Weavers Village discover the community's efforts to keep the centuries-old silk weaving tradition alive.
Must-see Highlights
  • View the Palace of Winds in Jaipur
  • See the Red Fort, Parliament House and India Gate in Delhi
  • Explore Delhi, Jaipur and Varanasi
  • Visit Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat, Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar in Delhi, the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort in Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Ranthambore National Park, Amber Fort and the City Palace in Jaipur and Sarnath
Whats Included
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Call (847) 455-8897 for more information or to book today! Mention code 18573058

Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Offer
Offer valid through 9/30/2024
Duration
16 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1DelhiWelcome to Delhi: India's vibrant capital extends a lively welcome, launching an unforgettable journey through northern India's most exquisite sights. On arrival in Delhi, you'll be transferred to your hotel where you'll meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner this evening.

Accommodations: Le Meridien New Delhi, The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel Delhi
Day 2DelhiDiscover the Delights of Old Delhi Dive Into Culture: Savor the scents of spice as you embark on an exhilarating rickshaw ride, navigating the busy streets of Old Delhi. See the Red Fort, a sandstone fortress which once housed the emperors of the Mughal dynasty for centuries. Next, Dive Into Culture as you ride through the colorful Chandni Chowk market and watch it come to life as the day's trading begins amidst the sounds of enthusiastic salesmen and endless traffic. Visit Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. Admire its ornate façades before boarding a waiting vehicle to drive to Raj Ghat, a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Pay tribute to this beloved figurehead, who led the campaign for India's independence from Britain. You'll come face-to-face with the site where he was cremated following his assassination in 1948. Today the simple square platform of black marble is surrounded by a tranquil park, befitting of its status as a place of contemplation. Your next stop is Agrasen Ki Baoli, one of the most noteworthy stepwells in Delhi. Hidden amidst the cacophony of Delhi's streets and business towers, this ancient water reservoir rises from the depths of the earth to stand atop 103 stone steps. Spend a few moments of serenity amidst its centuries-old ornate arches before returning to your hotel for an afternoon of leisure or consider one of our Optional Experiences.

Accommodations: Le Meridien New Delhi, The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel Delhi
Day 3DelhiSee the Sights of Delhi Make Travel Matter: This morning, embark on a guided walking tour to discover the work done by the Salaam Baalak Trust, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience. This non-profit organization that aims to provide a caring environment for street children. Later, we'll walk through the bazaar of Paharganj, rubbing shoulders with the locals who flock to the market to shop everyday. Escape the noise and head to New Delhi, designed and built by the British in the 1920s. Your first stop here is a visit to the UNESCO-listed Humayun's Tomb, the earliest example of Mughal architecture in India. Recently renovated with the gardens restored to their former glory, you'll see first-hand why it served as the inspiration for the design of the famous Taj Mahal. Enjoy local flavors for lunch at a restaurant near India Gate, then head to the Qutub Minar complex, also a UNESCO listed site. This fluted ?Victory Tower' is decorated with elaborate inscriptions, geometric carvings and elegant balconies. Returning to your hotel later, drive past Lutyens' Delhi to view the elegant colonial façades leading British architect Edwin Lutyens left behind on the cityscape. You'll have the rest of the afternoon at leisure, or perhaps join one of our Optional Experiences.

Accommodations: Le Meridien New Delhi, The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel Delhi
Day 4AgraSunset at the Taj Mahal: It's time to leave Delhi behind, bound for the Uttar Pradesh city of Agra. There are many reasons to love Agra and its own ?monument to love', the Taj Mahal, is perhaps the most captivating of all. Marvel at its elegant marble façades awash with the sunset's rose and golden hues. Admire this well-preserved landmark from all sides and take time to contemplate the magnificence of this man-made wonder before re-joining your fellow travelers. This evening, you could choose to end a memorable day at an optional sound and light show prior to dinner.

Accommodations: Double Tree by Hilton
Day 5RanthamboreFrom the Taj to the Tigers: There's more to Agra than the Taj Mahal as you'll come to discover this morning during your visit to the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort. Stroll through the chambers of a 17th-century royal residence which served as the principal residence of the influential Mughal emperors until the capital was moved to Delhi. Continue to the long-deserted ?Ghost Town' of Fatehpur Sikri, built at great expense by Emperor Akbar in 1569 only to be abandoned soon afterwards due to a lack of water. The city remains beautifully preserved, albeit with an air of melancholy - a rusty-red sandstone masterpiece devoid of inhabitants. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Bharatpur. Then, appreciate first-hand a quintessential travel experience in India as you board a train bound for Ranthambore, where you'll stay for the next two nights.

Accommodations: Anuraga Palace
Day 6RanthamboreRoam Ranthambore in Search of Tigers: Start the day with an early morning visit to Ranthambore National Park, which was once the hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Before the heat of the day sets in and the wilderness awakens, keep a keen eye out for the resident animals and birdlife that find sanctuary here. Have your camera ready in case the park's tigers make a brief appearance. Return to your hotel for a late breakfast, followed by some time to relax, or to join an Optional Experience. After lunch there's another opportunity to explore the park for a glimpse of the various species of bird and wildlife on your second game drive of the day. Dinner is served at your hotel.

Accommodations: Anuraga Palace
Day 7JaipurOnwards to Jaipur Dive Into Culture: Continue your journey to Jaipur, the Pink City. After some free time for lunch, join a workshop on hand-block printing, one of the most famous traditional art forms of Rajasthan. A Local Specialist will show you the tricks of the trade as you observe how the prints are handmade using small wooden blocks and hone your own block-printing skills. Later, Dive Into Culture and see the talents of local craftspeople on display during a visit to a local market. Admire the colorful textiles and perhaps buy a memento or two to take home. Jaipur is particularly renowned for its embroidery and blue pottery. This evening, join a local family for an exclusive Be My Guest dinner in their home and savor some of the regional delicacies.

Accommodations: Hilton
Day 8JaipurExplore Colorful Jaipur: One of today's highlights is a visit to the UNESCO-listed Amber Fort. But first, stop to admire the red and pink façades of the Palace of Winds, whose latticed windows once revealed the outside world to the sheltered ladies of the royal household. Continue with a visit to the ornate City Palace, an impressive complex of buildings from different eras and gardens in the heart of the Old City. Enjoy some time for lunch before visiting the UNESCO-listed Jantar Mantar Observatory, featuring the world's largest sundial. Later, perhaps join our optional Aarti ceremony, offering a blessing to one of the Hindu deities and hopefully receiving one in return. This evening, we'll toast to shared memories over a delicious local Farewell Dinner with those guests ending their journey in Jaipur.

Accommodations: Hilton
Day 9VaranasiVenutre to Varanasi Dive Into Culture Make Travel Matter: Depart Jaipur this morning and board your included flight to embark on a pilgrimage to the sacred city of Varanasi to explore the city's role as the center of Hindu religion. There's a palpable sense that life begins and ends on the shores of Ganga Mata (Mother Ganges), but local spirituality extends beyond the sacred waters of the river. The city is also renowned for its ancient temples and old ghats that lead down to the river. You'll see all this and more, but first there's free time for lunch before the sightseeing. Next, experience a rural way of life during a walk around Weavers Village, where a Local Specialist reveals the centuries-old silk weaving tradition. Your visit during this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience will help the community's efforts to keep this extraordinary tradition alive. You'll see first-hand how the talented weavers create beautiful silk fabrics. These are used to make the famous Banarasi silk saris, highly sought after for weddings and other special occasions. Later this evening, feed your soul as you cruise down the River Ganges to witness the ritual of Aarti. Watch as the delicate diya, laden with candles and tiny flowers, float down the river. After this poignant ritual, return to the hotel for dinner.

Accommodations: Madin
Day 10VaranasiWitness Local Life Along the Ganges: Admire the changing light as the sun rises over the Ganges, and the sights and sounds of Varanasi come to life along the banks of the river. Observe locals taking their morning bath in the holy water and worshipping the rising sun. Afterwards explore the city on foot, the best way to immerse yourself in the day-to-day of the oldest living city of the world. You'll have an opportunity to visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi's main temple. Demolished and rebuilt many times over its history, the temple is a sight to behold with its towering spire and domes made of pure gold. Return to your hotel for breakfast and some free time. Perhaps choose to join our Optional Experience to watch a live performance of Indian classical dances known as Kathak. This afternoon, visit Sarnath, one of the four holy Buddhist sites sanctioned by the Buddha himself for pilgrimage. Explore the spectacular collection of Buddhist artefacts dating back to the 3rd century BC and see the Lion Capital of Ashoka with its inverted lotus carving, adopted as the national emblem of India. Continue to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Accommodations: Madin
Day 11KochiWelcome to Kochi, Gateway to the Backwaters of Kerala: It's time to bid farewell to Varanasi. Take a transfer to the airport for your onward flight via Mumbai to Kochi, where your spiritual and cultural encounter with India continues. The bountiful backwaters of Kerala, ?God's own country', welcome you. This slice of southern India is a lush garden filled with spices, brilliant colors and the enchanting sounds of nature. Relax on the tranquil shores of the Arabian Sea and let the freshest seafood melt in your mouth as you sink into a more straightforward way of life - one where nature sets the pace for the day.

Accommodations: Le Meridien Kochi
Day 12Periyar National ParkNature and Relaxation in Periyar Dive Into Culture: Your love affair with Kerala's lush landscapes begins today. Head to Periyar, named after Kerala's longest river which winds its way deep through the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, your first stop. You may wish to spend the afternoon soaking up the sounds of nature during an immersive Nature Walk with a Local Specialist. Tread lightly along the dense forest trails as you learn about the endemic flora and fauna. Banyan, Teak and Bamboo trees provide a serene backdrop for a lesson in Kerala wildlife. You may be lucky enough to see herds of wild elephant and bison seeking to quench their thirst along the quiet shores of Periyar Lake. Keep a keen eye out for hornbills, flycatchers and kites - some of the many species of local and migratory birds that flock to this pristine sanctuary. With your soul soothed after connecting with nature, head to your hotel to freshen up before an exhilarating Dive Into Culture Kalarippayattu performance. Watch as trained Kalari warriors show off this most ancient of martial arts, jumping and somersaulting in the ultimate coordination between mind and body. After a day of adventure, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Accommodations: Elephant Court
Day 13KumarakomOnwards to Kumarakom Dive Into Culture: The intoxicating scents of cardamom, cinnamon and cloves linger long after today's encounter with Kerala's famous spices. Your first stop today is a visit to Kumily Spice Garden. Here you'll learn how the locals grow and share an astounding variety of flavourful spices, ranging from pepper and ginger to vanilla and cardamom, the 'Queen of Spices'. Gain in-depth insights into the process of spice cultivation and discover how Kerala's international spice trade has shaped its culture and heritage. There's more to experience as you head to Kumarakom, a tranquil village set on the peaceful banks of Lake Vembanad, the largest lake in Kerala. Embark on a walking tour and Dive Into Culture as you admire the vibrant day-to-day of village life in the regional market and lively streets.

Accommodations: The Zuri Kumarakom Resort and Spa
Day 14KumarakomCruise the Calm Backwaters: Kerala's intrinsic relationship with water takes center stage today. Enjoy a leisurely start, then board a traditional houseboat for a cruise surrounded by Kerala's iconic backwaters. Take a deep breath and enjoy the slow, sultry pace of life fringing the narrow canals as you wind your way to Alleppey. Watch villagers wave to each other from their wooden Shikaras (traditional boats), and see how life unfolds along the palm-fringed shoreline. Even your ride for the day is rooted in history. These houseboats, known locally as Kettuvalloms, were formerly old barges used to ferry rice and spices. Upon arriving in Alleppey, disembark and return to Kumarakom for dinner and a relaxing evening.

Accommodations: The Zuri Kumarakom Resort and Spa
Day 15KochiExplore Multi-Cultural Kochi Dive Into Culture Connect with Locals: The remnants of Kerala's colorful, centuries-old trading history are best explored in the old port city of Kochi. It was here that Chinese, Arab and European merchants came to buy the fragrant spices that found their way to tables all over the world. In turn, they left their mark on Kochi's architecture, cuisine and traditions. Colonial bungalows, Catholic churches, mosques and a European fort season the cityscape that was once known as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea'. Enjoy time for lunch before embarking on a city tour to see first-hand this multicultural center, including views of the Mattancherry Dutch Palace and St. Francis Church, built by Portuguese traders. Visit the Fort Kochi area and see traditional cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, unique to this part of Kerala. See how these fixed land installations made on bamboo scaffolding are artfully lowered into the sea to catch the seafood for which Kochi is famous. This evening, Connect With Locals and enjoy a cooking demonstration with a local family followed by a delicious Be My Guest Farewell Dinner.

Accommodations: Le Meridien Kochi
Day 16KochiFarewell Kochi: Your epic encounter with Kerala's culture and natural wonders has come to an end, but your memories will last a lifetime. Say farewell to your travel companions and take an airport transfer for your onward flight.

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    Tour Type: Brochure Type Asia 2025 v1All the treasures of India on one epic trip. From the captivating energy of Delhi to the tranquil backwaters and lingering spice aromas of Kerala.

 
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