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Grand Tour of India

29 days Fully Inclusive Classic Group Tour

Grand Tour of India

Become acquainted with one of the most vibrant countries in the world. Embark on a journey, from the deserts of Rajasthan in the north, to the backwaters of Kerala in the south to experience the land of extraordinary contrasts.

  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 27 , Lunches: 26 , Dinners: 27
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    27 nights in 3/4 star accommodation
  • Visas
    Visa fees & processing for Australian passports
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 28
  • Physical Rating 2
    A reasonable level of fitness is required, as you'll be spending time on your feet and doing a bit of walking to cover short distances during your daily sightseeing. There will also be some climbing of steps and climbing on and off of coaches and boats.
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    Walking, some steps and extended time on your feet.
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29 DAYS
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Delhi (2N) - Varanasi (2N) - Khajuraho (1N) - Jhansi - Agra (2N) - Ranthambore (2N) - Jaipur (2N) - Pushkar (1N) - Khmisar (1N) - Jaisalmer (2N) - Jodhpur (2N) - Udaipur (2N) - Aurangbad (2N) - Mumbai (1N) - Kochi (2N) - Houseboat (1N) - Kovalam (2N) - Trivandrum
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Tour Highlights

Our Grand Tour of India tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Day by Day Itinerary

Australia - Delhi (2N) - Varanasi (2N) - Khajuraho (1N) - Jhansi - Agra (2N) - Ranthambore (2N) - Jaipur (2N) - Pushkar (1N) - Khmisar (1N) - Jaisalmer (2N) - Jodhpur (2N) - Udaipur (2N) - Aurangbad (2N) - Mumbai (1N) - Kochi (2N) - Houseboat (1N) - Kovalam (2N) - Trivandrum - Australia
  • Day 1
    Fly To Delhi
    Dinner
    Day 1: Fly To Delhi

    Fly to Delhi. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours at leisure.

    Dinner
  • Day 2
    Explore Delhi
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 2: Explore Delhi

    Explore Old Delhi; see the Red Fort and walk to Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. After lunch, view India Gate and Parliament House before exploring Gandhi Smriti and Qutub Minar.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 3-4
    Discover Varanasi
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Days 3-4: Discover Varanasi

    Fly to the ancient city of Varanasi. Head just out of town to the fascinating Buddhist site of Sarnath, where Buddha is said to have delivered his first sermon. The next day, rise early to cruise on the Ganges and explore the city. Later take a rickshaw to the ghats and witness a puja ceremony.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5
    Explore Khajuraho's Temples
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 5: Explore Khajuraho's Temples

    Transfer to the airport to fly to Khajuraho to see the exquisite temples and their intricately carved, erotic imagery. Enjoy a cultural dance display.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6
    Travel To Agra
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 6: Travel To Agra

    Travel to the 16th-century city of Orchha and then on to Jhansi station where you'll board the Shatabdi Express train to Agra.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7
    Taj Mahal
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 7: Taj Mahal

    Watch the sun rise over the Taj Mahal which is often swathed in mist and tinged pink – a magical experience. This afternoon visit the colossal 16th-century Agra Fort.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 8-9
    Ranthambore
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Days 8-9: Ranthambore

    Visit the ghost city of Fatephur Sikri on the way to Ranthambore National Park, home to many animals such as leopards, hyena, bears and tigers. The next day enjoy both an early morning and afternoon safari.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 10-11
    Jaipur
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Days 10-11: Jaipur

    Journey to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur for a two-night stay. Visit the Maharaja's City Palace and Jantar Mantar Observatory on the day you arrive. The following day, make a brief stop at the Hawa Mahal - the ‘Palace of the Winds’- before admiring the majestic Amber Fort.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12
    Pushkar
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Days 12: Pushkar

    Travel to Pushkar, a sacred pilgrimage destination for Hindus. This afternoon visit its sacred lake, ghats and the Brahma Temple before a camel cart ride in the desert.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13
    Khimsar
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    After breakfast drive to Khimsar, perched on the edge on the great Thar Desert. Later explore the local area in Khimsar to get a glimpse of life in rural India.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 14-15
    Discover Jaisalmer
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Days 14-15: Discover Jaisalmer

    Rising from the sandy plains of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is known as the 'Golden City'. Head to Sunset Point to enjoy the views. The next day head to the magnificent Jaisalmer fort, and ride a camel through the Sam Sand Dunes.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 16-17
    Jodhpur & Around
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Days 16-17: Jodhpur & Around

    Travel to Jodhpur and tour the city, exploring the magnificence of Mehrangarh Fort, visiting the museum of Umaid Bhawan Palace and the spice market. The next day drive through the desert by jeep to Bishnoi village.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 18-19
    Romantic Udaipur
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Days 18-19: Romantic Udaipur

    Drive to Udaipur via the Jain temple complex of Ranakpur and Surya Temple as well as other Jain Temples. The next day explore the city, driving around Fateh Sagar Lake with stops at the Folk Museum, Mewar Art Gallery and Sahelion Ki Bari Garden. Later visit the ornate City Palace and take a cruise on the shimmering Lake Pichola.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 20
    Aurangabad
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 20: Aurangabad

    Morning at leisure before boarding a flight to Aurangabad.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 21
    Ajanta
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Days 21: Ajanta

    Visit the incredible UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ajanta.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 22
    Ellora Caves
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Travel to Ellora Caves, another UNESCO World Heritage listed site. Fly to Mumbai.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 23
    Discover Mumbai
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 23: Discover Mumbai

    Tour cosmopolitan Mumbai, India's economic powerhouse. View the Gateway to India, dawdle along Marine Drive and visit Chowpatty Beach, Mani Bhavan, Dhobi Ghat, Crawford Market and Flora Fountain. Fly to the relaxed Keralan city of Kochi.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 24
    Explore Kochi
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 24: Explore Kochi

    Fascinating Kochi is strung across the islands and peninsulas of the Malabar coast. Visit the Dutch Palace and Fort Kochi before seeing the famous Chinese fishing nets and strolling through colourful markets. This evening enjoy an exuberant Kathakali dance performance.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 25
    Kerala's Backwaters
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 25: Kerala's Backwaters

    Visit Kochi's synagogue, before heading out of the city to Nedumudy to board your houseboat. On this converted rice barge or 'kettuvallam' you will drift along the peaceful backwaters. Lunch and dinner are served on-board and you will stay overnight here too.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 26
    Travel To Kovalam
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 26: Travel To Kovalam

    Enjoy breakfast as you cruise into Alleppey, then travel to the beach resort of Kovalam.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 27
    Visit Trivandrum
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 27: Visit Trivandrum

    Explore Kerala's capital Trivandrum, with visits to Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, the Zoological Gardens, Sri Chitra Art Gallery, the Observatory and Kanakakunnu Palace. Return to Kovalam for your final night stay.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 28-29
    Fly Trivandrum To Australia
    Breakfast
    Days 28-29: Fly Trivandrum To Australia

    Fly to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.

    Breakfast
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Accommodation

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

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When to go

The best time to visit India is from November to March when you’ll enjoy pleasant warm dry days and low humidity.

City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 8
    22
    15
  • 13
  • Jaipur
  • 8
    22
    15
  • 7
  • Jaisalmer
  • 5
    24
    14
  • 1
  • Jodhpur
  • 10
    25
    17
  • 2
  • Khajuraho
  • 8
    24
    16
  • 25
  • Kochi
  • 23
    32
    27
  • 23
  • Kovalam
  • 23
    32
    28
  • 21
  • Mumbai
  • 17
    31
    24
  • 1
  • Varanasi
  • 9
    23
    16
  • 19
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 10
    25
    18
  • 18
  • Jaipur
  • 11
    25
    18
  • 11
  • Jaisalmer
  • 8
    26
    17
  • 5
  • Jodhpur
  • 12
    28
    20
  • 4
  • Khajuraho
  • 10
    27
    18
  • 10
  • Kochi
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 26
  • Kovalam
  • 23
    32
    28
  • 26
  • Mumbai
  • 18
    31
    24
  • 1
  • Varanasi
  • 12
    26
    19
  • 18
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 16
    32
    24
  • 9
  • Jaipur
  • 16
    31
    24
  • 3
  • Jaisalmer
  • 14
    32
    23
  • 4
  • Jodhpur
  • 17
    33
    25
  • 4
  • Khajuraho
  • 15
    33
    24
  • 9
  • Kochi
  • 25
    32
    29
  • 31
  • Kovalam
  • 24
    33
    28
  • 40
  • Mumbai
  • 21
    32
    27
  • 0
  • Varanasi
  • 16
    33
    24
  • 8
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 22
    38
    30
  • 6
  • Jaipur
  • 22
    37
    29
  • 5
  • Jaisalmer
  • 20
    38
    29
  • 4
  • Jodhpur
  • 23
    38
    31
  • 6
  • Khajuraho
  • 21
    39
    30
  • 3
  • Kochi
  • 26
    33
    29
  • 95
  • Kovalam
  • 25
    33
    29
  • 119
  • Mumbai
  • 24
    33
    28
  • 1
  • Varanasi
  • 22
    38
    30
  • 6
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 26
    42
    34
  • 11
  • Jaipur
  • 26
    40
    33
  • 18
  • Jaisalmer
  • 24
    41
    32
  • 7
  • Jodhpur
  • 27
    41
    34
  • 8
  • Khajuraho
  • 26
    42
    34
  • 5
  • Kochi
  • 26
    32
    29
  • 283
  • Kovalam
  • 25
    32
    28
  • 210
  • Mumbai
  • 26
    33
    30
  • 12
  • Varanasi
  • 26
    40
    33
  • 10
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 28
    41
    35
  • 56
  • Jaipur
  • 27
    39
    33
  • 63
  • Jaisalmer
  • 27
    41
    34
  • 32
  • Jodhpur
  • 28
    40
    34
  • 32
  • Khajuraho
  • 28
    40
    34
  • 92
  • Kochi
  • 24
    30
    27
  • 706
  • Kovalam
  • 24
    30
    27
  • 341
  • Mumbai
  • 26
    32
    29
  • 523
  • Varanasi
  • 27
    38
    33
  • 107
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 27
    35
    31
  • 203
  • Jaipur
  • 26
    34
    30
  • 223
  • Jaisalmer
  • 26
    37
    32
  • 56
  • Jodhpur
  • 27
    36
    31
  • 102
  • Khajuraho
  • 26
    33
    30
  • 321
  • Kochi
  • 24
    29
    26
  • 594
  • Kovalam
  • 23
    30
    26
  • 239
  • Mumbai
  • 25
    30
    27
  • 800
  • Varanasi
  • 26
    34
    30
  • 309
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 26
    34
    30
  • 243
  • Jaipur
  • 25
    32
    29
  • 206
  • Jaisalmer
  • 25
    35
    30
  • 58
  • Jodhpur
  • 25
    34
    30
  • 99
  • Khajuraho
  • 25
    32
    28
  • 400
  • Kochi
  • 24
    29
    27
  • 403
  • Kovalam
  • 23
    30
    26
  • 156
  • Mumbai
  • 25
    30
    27
  • 530
  • Varanasi
  • 25
    33
    29
  • 288
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 24
    34
    29
  • 130
  • Jaipur
  • 23
    34
    28
  • 66
  • Jaisalmer
  • 23
    36
    30
  • 27
  • Jodhpur
  • 24
    35
    30
  • 47
  • Khajuraho
  • 24
    33
    28
  • 179
  • Kochi
  • 24
    30
    27
  • 280
  • Kovalam
  • 24
    30
    27
  • 175
  • Mumbai
  • 24
    30
    27
  • 312
  • Varanasi
  • 24
    33
    29
  • 245
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 20
    34
    27
  • 25
  • Jaipur
  • 19
    34
    26
  • 25
  • Jaisalmer
  • 18
    35
    26
  • 2
  • Jodhpur
  • 20
    36
    28
  • 6
  • Khajuraho
  • 19
    33
    26
  • 27
  • Kochi
  • 24
    31
    27
  • 320
  • Kovalam
  • 24
    30
    27
  • 268
  • Mumbai
  • 23
    33
    28
  • 56
  • Varanasi
  • 21
    33
    27
  • 32
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 14
    30
    22
  • 4
  • Jaipur
  • 14
    29
    22
  • 4
  • Jaisalmer
  • 11
    31
    21
  • 2
  • Jodhpur
  • 14
    32
    23
  • 4
  • Khajuraho
  • 13
    30
    22
  • 13
  • Kochi
  • 24
    31
    28
  • 175
  • Kovalam
  • 23
    31
    27
  • 192
  • Mumbai
  • 21
    34
    27
  • 17
  • Varanasi
  • 14
    29
    22
  • 9
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 9
    24
    17
  • 6
  • Jaipur
  • 9
    24
    17
  • 4
  • Jaisalmer
  • 7
    25
    16
  • 2
  • Jodhpur
  • 11
    27
    19
  • 1
  • Khajuraho
  • 8
    25
    16
  • 10
  • Kochi
  • 23
    32
    27
  • 43
  • Kovalam
  • 23
    31
    27
  • 69
  • Mumbai
  • 19
    32
    25
  • 5
  • Varanasi
  • 10
    25
    17
  • 5

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All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price unless a land only option is selected

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    • Flight Inclusive rates only: These include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 1 June 2022. Please note supplements may apply if lead in economy rates are not available.
    • Customary tipping amount of approximately US$180pp (AU$261pp) is paid locally in India.
    • Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2. Extra nights' accommodation (pre or post tour) or stopovers may be required at an additional cost.
    • Flight Inclusive rates only: Based on departures from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth. Departures from other cities and flight upgrades available on request.
    • Price listed is based on new bookings only

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    • International flights and current taxes (excluded if a land only option is selected)
    • All Meals (refer to itinerary)
    • Domestic transportation
    • Touring with guides and entrance fees
    • 3 – 4 star accommodation, plus houseboat
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