A complete tour of North and South India revealing some of the country’s wonderful secrets. This epic adventure across the length and breadth of India offers a fantastic opportunity to discover the country’s many highlights. Meet the friendly locals as we travel by private car. Roam through the bustling city of Delhi, explore the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur and option to watch the sun rise over the magnificent Taj Mahal. Leave Rajasthan behind and travel southwards. See Bangalore and Chennai in the south and take a train ride between both cities. Be amazed by the wonderful colors, the Mughal grandeur as well as the spiritual mysteries of the north in Jaipur and Agra. Stop in Mumbai and take some time to explore this cosmopolitan city.
This is an adventure tour revealing the best of North and south
At a glance
|Day 1||Welcome to Delhi. Transfer to your hotel|
|Day 2||Combined Old and New Delhi tour|
|Day 3||Delhi: day free to explore the city on your own|
|Day 4||Depart for Agra. Afternoon Taj Mahal & Agra Fort tour|
|Day 5||Stop at Fatehpur Sikri before arriving in Jaipur|
|Day 6||Tour of Jaipur with Elephant ride to the Amber Fort|
|Day 7||Jaipur to Mumbai (flight) and transfer to hotel|
|Day 8||Morning tour of Mumbai most important sites|
|Day 9||Mumbai: day free|
|Day 10||Mumbai-Bangalore (Flight) and transfer to hotel|
|Day 11||Morning tour of Bangalore important sites|
|Day 12||Bangalore-Chennai (Train) and transfer to hotel|
|Day 13||City tour of Chennai. Afternoon free|
|Day 14||Depart Bangalore filled with happy memories|
India’s Different Seasons
India climate is considered hot; however, the weather varies a lot depending on which part of the country you visit. The South has Monsoons whereas the North may be covered in snow. The best time to travel is between October and March (except for the Far North, where you will encounter winter conditions from November onwards)
Overview of food & drink
India’s food is tantalizing and spicy and comes in so many varieties. Rice is the foundation of each dish. This does not exclude a number for breads from light to roasted. Northern Indian food mostly consists of meaty stews and kebabs. Southern India is known for its spiced vegetarian curries and dosas. Goa and Kerala will serve you the best seafood dishes.
Drink only bottled water during your stay in India. Nimbu Pani (Lemonade) is a traditional and most common Indian drink, made of lemon and ginger juice. Coconut water is preferred by many locals across India. Toddy is a famous alcoholic drink in Madhya Pradesh that is made from various palm plants. Jal Jeera, the magical drink to survive the hot Indian Summers
Usually, add 10 to 15% when eating out. Restaurants in Delhi and Mumbai often charge a ‘service charge’, not to be confused with ‘service tax’ (which is a government-levied tax). When a ‘service charge’ is levied no tip is expected. When you have a driver over multiple days you should tip him between 150 – 300 INR per day. Again, base this on how happy you were with his service and local knowledge
Culture and Language
It’s traditional to greet people using ‘Namaste’; place both hands together and bow slightly. In urban areas this is often overlooked. Indian culture is based on a hierarchical system, so elders and superior are greeted first. Avoid standing too close to others. Use your right hand to touch, accept or give something. Do not use public displays of affection. Hindi is the official language, but English is widely spoken throughout the country
Getting around in India
Air carriers serve all major cities and large towns. There are several domestic “low Budget” options
Taxis and auto rickshaws are a very popular way of getting around the major cities. These rides are charged by the kilometer. Insist that your vehicle has a meter before going on your journey. Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai have metro systems. Rail is India is widely available. Shatabdi Express connects major and secondary cities. Advanced reservations are essential
Here are some traditional dishes
Alu Gobi: a dish made with potatoes (aloo), cauliflower (gobi) and Indian spices
Butter Chicken: traditionally cooked in a tandoor; but may be grilled, roasted or pan-fried with a special gravy
Rogan Josh: consists of braised lamb chunks cooked with a gravy based on browned onions or shallots, yogurt, garlic, ginger and aromatic spices
Malai Kofta: cooked in a creamy gravy made of tomatoes and cashew nuts
Naan: leavened, oven-baked flatbread normally served with all meals
- You will be met by our representative who will assist you through immigration.
- Transfer to the hotel and check-in
- Morning tour of Old and New Delhi.
- Visit Qutab Minar; India Gate (War Memorial)
- Lakshmi Narayan Temple-Modern Hindu Temple;
- Drive past President’s House; Parliament House and Secretariat buildings.
- Also visit Raj Ghat– the cremations sites of Mahatma Gandhi and drive past Jama Masjid;
- Red Fort and Chandni Chowk.
- Return to the hotel.
- The day is at your leisure to enjoy the city of Delhi.
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Sightseeing tours and intercity transfers as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- 13 Nights’ Accommodation at selected hotels in a double room sharing
- Meals: as mentioned
- Local English Speaking Guide
- Jaipur offers sightseeing tour with an elephant ride/jeep ride
- International/Domestic flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- India visa fee
- Entrance fees
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 01 OCT 18 and 31 MAR 2019
- Seasonal supplements for travel between 18 DEC 18 and 10 JAN 19
Contact us for any other date of travel required