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Vibrant cities, ancient forts, iconic structures and bustling bazaars. This is India at its finest. From Delhi, to Agra, to Jaipur, the Golden Triangle astounds at every corner. Leave the cities behind and discover a different side to the country. The backwaters of Kerala are a serene network of lakes, lagoons and canals where you can glide along and watch the world go by.

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  • Golden triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur
  • Visit landmark attractions
  • Sloth bear sanctuary
  • Optional activities throughout
  • Kerala backwaters and Kovalam beach resort

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  • Days 1 - 2
    UK to Delhi

    After arriving in Delhi, you will be met and whisked off to your hotel. Take some time to relax or enjoy an optional workshop on the different types of teas and what makes them unique.

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    The Imperial
    Other
    Tea Appreciation Workshop
  • Day 3
    Delhi

    Explore the bustling capital from Old Delhi to New Delhi, visiting landmarks like Qutab Minar, India Gate, Jama Masjid and Red Fort. Take rickshaw ride through the hectic streets and watch as everyday life plays out. In Chandni Chowk, navigate the narrow bazaars past the fragrant spices and wonderful produce, from edible silver to precious stones. The tempting smell of street food fills the air.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    The Imperial
    Landmark
    Jama Masjid
    Landmark
    Qutab Minar
  • Day 4
    Delhi to Agra

    Following your Gatimaan Express train journey to Agra, you will be met and guided to SOS Wildlife – the largest sloth bear rescue facility in the world. Over 250 bears have been rescued from their life of dancing for entertainment. It is a heart-warming experience to see the bears play freely without any worries. Also within the same grounds is Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, a haven for flora and fauna.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    ITC Mughal, Agra
  • Day 5
    Agra

    Start your day perfectly with a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, avoiding the large crowds that build up later in the day. Then it’s time to fuel up with breakfast ahead of a busy day of exploring. Stroll through the chambers of Agra Fort, another World Heritage Site, and visit Itmad-Ud-Duala’s Tomb – considered a draft of the Taj Mahal. At nearby Kachhpura village, tea and pakoras will be served on the rooftop of a local’s house. 

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    ITC Mughal, Agra
  • Day 6
    Agra to Bharatpur

    On the way to Bharatpur make a stop at Fatehpur Sikri - the imperial city of the Mughal dynasty between 1571 and 1584. This deserted city is a pleasure to wander at your own pace. It was mysteriously abandoned only a few years after it was built. In the afternoon visit the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, created 250 years ago, and home to a wonderful variety of flora and fauna.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Laxmi Niwas Palace
  • Day 7
    Bharatpur to Jaipur

    Continue your journey west to Jaipur, the capital of the Rajasthan state. Known as the “pink city”, on arrival you’ll soon see why – every building is in terracotta pink, with few exceptions. This is even enforced under local law. In the evening, watch a son-et-lumière (sound and light) show with views of Amber Fort in the background.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Samode Haveli
  • Day 8
    Jaipur

    Discover those pink buildings and forts on a full-day tour. The morning starts with a tour of Amber Fort, a World Heritage Site by the Maota Lake. Wander the vast ramparts and terraces which are reflected in the water below. Then head to the City Palace Complex with its museum, the Jantar Mantar observatory, and the wonderful Hawa Mahal. An optional activity takes you on a walk through the Old City.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Samode Haveli
    Other
    Evening Jaipur Heritage Walk
  • Day 9
    Jaipur

    Delve deeper into Jaipur with visits to Jaigarh and Nahargarh Forts. Jaigarh is in fact connected to Amber Fort by subterranean passages and considered as one complex. Its cannon was once the largest of its kind on wheels. Nahargarh Fort is on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, overlooking breathtaking views of Jaipur. Optional activities include a morning bike ride and an evening cooking session.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Samode Haveli
    Other
    Morning Bike Tour of Jaipur
    Other
    Evening Cooking & Dinner in Jaipur
  • Day 10
    Jaipur to Kochi

    Following your flight to Kochi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, a restored former boatyard featuring only 22 sea-view rooms. Kochi is known as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea” due to its stunning natural harbour. Influences from the Arab, Chinese and European merchants over the years have given it a distinct eclectic feel.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Brunton Boatyard
  • Day 11
    Kochi

    Wander the sleepy streets of Kochi in the morning, visiting sights like Mattancherry Palace and St. Francis Church, both built in the 16th-century by the Portuguese. Other foreign influences include the giant Chinese fishing nets that line the shore. Later, enjoy a traditional Kathakali performance as people dance in elaborate costumes and makeup.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Brunton Boatyard
  • Day 12
    Kochi to Alleppey

    After reaching Allepey, board your houseboat for a scenic journey through the Kerala backwaters. This serene network of canals, rivers and lagoons is a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city. Gliding along the waters, take a glimpse into the local villages and see how people live. See the process of coir making, visit tea shops, paddy fields and beautiful secluded beaches.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner 

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Spice Coast Houseboat
  • Day 13
    Alleppey to Kovalam

    Hop off the houseboat and drive to Kovalam. What was once a sleepy fishing village has now turned into a popular coastal resort. Three crescent beaches are separated by rocky outcrops and feature calm shallow waters that you could just float in all day. Lining the shore are a range of restaurants, health resorts, yoga and massage centres.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra
  • Day 14
    Kovalam

    It’s totally up to you how you spend your last moments here. Head out at sunrise for a cruise on a fisherman’s boat. Try your hand at deep-sea fishing aboard a catamaran. Unwind with some beachfront yoga, or simply have one last beach day and soak up the rays.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra
  • Day 15
    Depart

    After breakfast, head to Trivandrum Airport for your return flight home.

    Meals included: Breakfast

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Delhi

The Imperial

‘Distinguished Address in India’s Capital’

Built in 1931, The Imperial is a historic hotel in New Delhi. Set on Janpath, it is close by to Connaught Place, a major shopping district. The airport is around a 30-minute drive away. The hotel features 190 rooms and 43 suites, as well as a collection of 9 restaurants and bars. Cuisine ranges from south-east Asian at The Spice Route to pan Indian at Daniell’s Tavern. Facilities include a spa and salon.

Agra

ITC Mughal, Agra

‘Moments from Taj Mahal’

ITC Mughal is spread over 35 acres of lush gardens, close by to the Taj Mahal. It offers a great representation of Mughal architecture and houses 233 rooms and suites, each with their own style and charm. Five restaurants and lounges serve cuisine ranging from international dishes to local specialities. Facilities include two swimming pools and a spa.

Bikaner

Laxmi Niwas Palace

‘Resting Place of Royalty’

In Bharatpur, Laxmi Niwas Palace is the former residential palace of the former king of Bikaner. Over the years, it has been visited by King George V and Queen Mary as well as other statesmen. Guest rooms are elegantly appointed. Two restaurants serve local dishes and international cuisine. Other features include a bar, reading room, billiards room and swimming pool.

Jaipur

Samode Haveli

‘Urban Oasis in Jaipur’

Samode Haveli was built 175 years ago as the residence of the rulers of Samode. The traditional Indian mansion is set in a verdant garden with apartments placed around courtyards. Each opens out to balconies overlooking the pools, fountain courts and gardens. Alongside restaurants, there’s a swimming pool, spa and fitness centre.

Cochin

Brunton Boatyard

‘Boutique Hotel; Blend of Cultures’

In Fort Kochi, Brunton Boat Yard is a resorted period building and former boatyard. The interiors of the hotel combine English, Portuguese and Dutch elements, with only 22 rooms featured and all of them offering sea views. Cuisine draws on the history of the region, while facilities and services include a pool, massages, fitness centre and gift shop.

Kerala

Spice Coast Houseboat

‘Backwater Life; Stunning Scenery’

Experience backwater life on the Spice Coast Houseboat, travelling down the waterways of Vembanad lake in the heart of Kerala. Known as a 'Kettuvalam', these traditional houseboats were once used to transport cargoes of rice and spices for centuries. More than 20,000 waterfowls live on the banks of the lake, making it the largest concentration in India. Along your journey, sample truly authentic cuisine as you gaze across the natural beauty.

Kerala

Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra

‘Dramatic Views; Natural Surrounds’

Set on a cliff-edge, Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra is encircled by secluded beaches. Traditional cottages are dotted through the grounds under the shade of coconut palms. Facilities include an infinity pool and spa, while optional activities range from temple visits to mangrove tours. Three restaurants and bars offer international cuisine and Indian dishes.

Other
Delhi

Tea Appreciation Workshop

Get to the bottom of what makes green, black, orange pekoe and many other teas so different. The workshop covers everything from the right way to serve tea to the correct method of storage.
Landmark

Jama Masjid

The last architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan, this mosque is the largest in India and has a courtyard capable of seating 25000 people.
Landmark
Delhi

Qutab Minar

This 73-metre-high tower was built in 1193 following the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu kingdom.
Other
Jaipur

Evening Jaipur Heritage Walk

Led by a private guide, take a two-hour walk through the Old City learning more about the craft and culture, while interacting with the community.
Other
Jaipur

Morning Bike Tour of Jaipur

Start your day with a bike ride, trying some of the street food, witnessing a puja (act of worship) at one of the temples, and bargaining at one of the markets.
Other
Jaipur

Evening Cooking & Dinner in Jaipur

Visit the Sai Niwas, a noble family of Jaipur, and enjoy a cooking class followed by dinner in their company. The cuisine is a combination of Rajasthan and central India.
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