Grand Tour of India
From $9,928 - 28 Days, 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 some of the world’s most ancient civilisations.
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.
You will find our 2015 tour prices have also been listed for your convenience. While these departures are not included as part of our Early Bird Specials, we have a great range of tours available for travel in 2015! Take advantage of these great prices before 2016 increases.
Please note that itineraries are based on 2015 programmes. Variations to itineraries and durations may occur for travel in 2016 – please refer to our Early Bird brochure. 2016 Specials are valid when flying Cathay Pacific. Road to Samarkand utilises China Southern Airlines. 2016 Early Bird savings are based on the price reduction from the 2016 group tour prices published 26 May 2015
DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO DELHI
Fly with Singapore Airlines to Delhi for a two night stay. Adelaide and Darwin passengers may depart one day earlier.
DAY 2: DELHI
This morning drive past the Red Fort, walk through Chandni Chowk Bazaar to Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque, and have a photo stop at India Gate. This afternoon visit Gandhi Smriti and Qutub Minar.
DAY 3: DELHI TO VARANASI
Fly to Varanasi and enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure to explore this most holy of cities.
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 return to your hotel for breakfast. Embark on a city tour before your flight 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. Tomorrow, enjoy a morning canter safari before continuing by road to Jaipur. Visit the City Palace and Jantar Mantar Observatory. September to December – via Bharatpur Drive to Bharatpur for an overnight stay, stopping to tour Fatehpur Sikri en route. This evening visit the Keoladeo National Park for a rickshaw safari. Tomorrow, drive to Jaipur and visit the City Palace and the ancient Jantar Mantar Observatory.
DAY 11: JAIPUR
Visit Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), Amer Fort and Choti Choper. Enjoy a traditional dance performance this evening.
DAY 12: JAIPUR TO ALSISAR
Leave Jaipur and continue your journey to the small desert town of Alsisar.
DAY 13: ALSISAR TO BIKANER
Drive to Bikaner where you will explore the town dominated by Junagarh Fort, which was completed in 1594.
DAY 14: BIKANER TO JAISALMER
Drive to Jaisalmer and visit Sunset Point for spectacular views of the city.
DAY 15: JAISALMER
Visit Jaisalmer Fort, a Jain temple complex, and Badal Vilas Palace. Later, visit the Sam Sand Dunes and 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 to visit a Bishnoi village.
DAYS 18-19: JODHPUR TO UDAIPUR
Travel to Udaipur, visiting the small town of Ranakpur en route. This afternoon cruise on Lake Pichola. Tomorrow, visit the Folk Museum, Mewar Art Gallery, Sahelion Ki Bari Gardens, City Palace and the local markets.
DAYS 20-21: UDAIPUR TO AURANGABAD
Fly to Aurangabad (via Mumbai). Tomorrow, visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed caves of Ajanta.
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 Dutch Palace, Fort Kochi, see the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets as well as St. Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Basilica. Enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance performance this evening.
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. Later this evening you will be transferred to Trivandrum airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 28: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
"I thoroughly enjoyed the Grand Tour of India"Reviewed:
Mrs Veronica Capes
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.
Raj our Kerala guide was helpful and friendly.
Travelled on: Grand Tour of India
Dates & Prices
Tour availability is updated each Monday. While every effort is made to ensure availability status is current, it is advisable to contact our reservations department on 1300 727 998 Limited seats denotes 4 seats or less available.
# Departure coincides with Holi Festival celebrations and sightseeing may be affected
Singapore Airlines - Above prices include fuel surcharges and tipping of $776. Please note the Tipping amount of USD150 (AUD163) is payable on arrival in India.
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.