Grand Tour of India
From $8,978 - 28 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities
On this incredible tour you will become acquainted with one of the most vibrant and exciting countries in the world and come face-to-face with sites that will leave you in wonder.
To enable you to capture the best of India, we have designed this tour to take you on a wonderful journey, from the deserts of Rajasthan in the north, to the backwaters of Kerala in the south. Discover unrivalled history in the home of the ancient Indus Valley Civilisation, where four of the world’s major religions originated – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.
This is a land of extraordinary contrasts and staggering achievements. Some people never make this journey and miss the experience of a lifetime. Tantalise your senses and join us on the remarkable Grand Tour of India.
DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO DELHI
Fly with Singapore Airlines to Delhi for a two night stay. Darwin passengers may depart one day earlier.
DAY 2: DELHI
This morning visit Old Delhi; see the Red Fort, walk through Chandni Chowk Bazaar to Jama Masjid and have a photo stop at India Gate. This afternoon visit Gandhi Smriti, where Gandhi was assassinated, and Qutub Minar.
DAY 3: DELHI TO VARANASI
Fly to Varanasi and enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure.
DAY 4: VARANASI
Visit the Buddhist sites at Sarnath. This evening take a rickshaw to the ghats of the River Ganges to witness the Puja ceremony of Ganga Aarti.
DAY 5: VARANASI TO KHAJURAHO
Take an early morning boat ride along the River Ganges and tour the city before returning to your hotel for breakfast. Later, fly to Khajuraho. This evening watch a cultural dance performance.
DAY 6: KHAJURAHO
Tour the famous Western and Eastern groups of temples, built during the Chandela Dynasty.
DAY 7: KHAJURAHO TO AGRA
Travel to Jhansi via Orchha and board the Shatabdi Express train to Agra, arriving later in the evening.
DAY 8: AGRA
Early this morning view the Taj Mahal as the sun is rising, followed by a visit to a marble inlay workshop and Agra Fort.
DAYS 9-10: AGRA TO JAIPUR
January to May – Via Ranthambore
Drive to Bharatpur and board the train to Ranthambore National Park. This afternoon enjoy a canter safari around the park. The following day enjoy a morning canter safari before continuing by road to Jaipur. Visit the Jaipur City Palace and Jantar Mantar.
September to December – Via Bharatpur
Drive to Bharatpur for an overnight stay stopping at Fatehpur Sikri en route. This evening visit Keoladeo National Park. Drive to Jaipur tomorrow and upon arrival visit the City Palace and Jantar Mantar.
DAY 11: JAIPUR
See Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) before continuing to Amer Fort and Choti Choper for some shopping. This evening enjoy a traditional dance performance.
DAY 12: JAIPUR TO ALSISAR
Leave Jaipur and continue your journey to the small desert town of Alsisar.
DAY 13: ALSISAR TO BIKANER
Continue to Bikaner where upon arrival you will explore the town dominated by Junagarh Fort, which was completed in 1594.
DAY 14: BIKANER TO JAISALMER
Drive to Jaisalmer and this evening visit Sunset Point for views of the city.
DAY 15: JAISALMER
This morning visit the fort built atop the 80m-high Trikuta Hill. Later, visit the Sam Sand Dunes where you will take a camel ride.
DAYS 16-17: JAISALMER TO JODHPUR
Drive to Jodhpur. Visit Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada Memorial, the museum located in Umaid Bhawan Palace and the local vegetable and spice market. Tomorrow enjoy a jeep safari to Rohetgarh.
DAYS 18-19: JODHPUR TO UDAIPUR
Travel to Udaipur, visiting the small town of Ranakpur en route. Cruise on Lake Pichola this afternoon. Tomorrow, visit the Folk Museum, Mewar Art Gallery, Sahelion Ki Bari, Udaipur City Palace and the local markets.
DAYS 20-21: UDAIPUR TO AURANGABAD
Fly to Aurangabad (via Mumbai). Tomorrow you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed caves of Ajanta, adorned with paintings, sculptures and frescoes.
DAY 22: AURANGABAD TO MUMBAI
Enjoy an excursion to Ellora Caves, another UNESCO World Heritage listed site. Later this afternoon fly to Mumbai.
DAY 23: MUMBAI TO KOCHI
Tour the city of Mumbai including the Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Hanging Gardens and Chowpatty Beach. Stop at Dhobi Ghat, the Crawford Market, Flora Fountain, Kamala Nehru Park and Mani Bhavan. This evening fly to Kochi.
DAY 24: KOCHI
Visit the Jewish Quarter in Fort Kochi, see the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets as well as St. Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Basilica. Later this evening enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance performance.
DAY 25: KOCHI TO NEDUMUDY
Visit the Jewish Synagogue in Kochi before driving to Nedumudy to board your overnight houseboat and cruise the backwaters.
DAY 26: ALLEPPEY TO KOVALAM
Disembark your houseboat in Alleppey and travel to Kovalam.
DAY 27: KOVALAM – DEPART TRIVANDRUM
Visit the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Napier Museum, Sri Chitra Art Gallery, the Observatory, Kanakakunnu Palace as well as the Sree Moolamthirunal Shastri Purthi Memorial. This evening you will be transferred to Trivandrum airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 28: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home this morning.
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DAY 27: KOVALAM AT LEISURE
After saying farewell to your group tour members, you will have the remainder of evening free at your leisure.
DAY 28: KOVALAM AT LEISURE
Today is free at your leisure to explore the Kovalam beachside, restaurants and coastal souvenir shops or to relax on the beach or by your hotel’s poolside. You may wish to book a traditional Ayurvedic massage, schedule a yoga session or simply relax with a view to the ocean.(B)
DAY 29: DEPART KOVALAM - TRIVANDRUM
After breakfast and check-out, the remainder of the day is free at your leisure before you are met and transferred to Trivandrum Airport for your departure flight. (B)
Wendy Wu Tours Review:
"I thoroughly enjoyed the Grand Tour of India. The accommodation was of a very high standard (exceptional on occasions).
The food was not as hot as we are used to but we never had a shortage of food. Our National Escort Mr Kumar Apoorva was exceptional; friendly, efficient, helpful and knowledgeable. We could not have had better. He included everyone. We were a happy group because of his personality.
Mrs Veronica Capes, Western Australia - February 2012
Important Note: Above prices include Fuel surcharges and tipping of $738 (correct as at Nov 13 and subject to change). Please note the Tipping amount of USD150 is payable on arrival in India.
# - Departure coincides with Holi Festival celebrations and sightseeing may be affected.
( - Departure coincides with a full moon viewing of the Taj Mahal. Please contact our Reservations Department for optional touring and pricing information.
Though status is regularly updated, availability above is indicative only, not live and hence does not guarantee that space is available on your selected tour when you or your agent calls Wendy Wu Tours to book. Booking early is the only way to ensure availability of your selected departure date.