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Grand Tour of India

  • Duration
    29 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
  • Tour Style
    Classic
  • Price From
    $12,580pp
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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: 25 , Dinners: 28
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    27 nights in 3/4 star accommodation
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 28
  • Physical Rating 2Learn More
    X 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. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Walking, some steps and extended time on your feet.
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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.

Good to Go

You can holiday to India without having to quarantine either on your arrival in the country or on your return to Australia. Visit Inda's Government Information Page and Australian Government Smartraveller for full details and to ensure you meet the criteria for entry.
 
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Authentic Experiences

Our Grand Tour of India Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Tour Itinerary

This tour is suited for customers who have an extensive amount of time to explore India and wish to take in the most famous and iconic sights in depth. This tour also incorporates a train journey and a 1 night cruise in the Kerala Backwaters.

  • Day 1
    Fly To Delhi
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Days 10-11: Jaipur

    Journey to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur for a two-night stay. Make a brief stop at the Hawa Mahal, the 'Palace of the Winds' before admiring the majestic Amber Fort, the Maharaja's City Palace and Jantar Mantar, the largest stone and marble-crafted observatory in the world.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 12-13
    Pushkar And Khimsar
    Days 12-13: Pushkar And Khimsar

    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. The next day visit Khimsar, perched on the edge on the great Thar Desert.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 14-15
    Discover Jaisalmer
    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
    • Dinner
  • Days 16-17
    Jodhpur & Around
    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
    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
    Day 20: Aurangabad

    Morning at leisure before boarding a flight to Aurangabad.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 21-22
    Ajanta & Ellora Caves
    Days 21-22: Ajanta & Ellora Caves

    Visit the incredible UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ajanta and Ellora Caves and discover the beautiful murals and exquisite carvings of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain imagery. Fly to Mumbai.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 23
    Discover Mumbai
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Days 28-29: Fly Trivandrum To Australia

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

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

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.

  • Nights 2
    The Royal Plaza
    The Royal Plaza
    Well-placed in the sightseeing, shopping, and culture area of New Delhi and NCR city, Hotel The Royal Plaza provides access to the city's biggest attractions including; The National Philatelic Museum, Parliament Building, and Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory. The hotel has luxurious en-suite rooms, and also features a fitness centre, sauna, outdoor pool, and spa where guests can relax and unwind after a busy day.
  • Nights 2
    Desert Tulip
    Desert Tulip
    Featuring traditional Rajasthan décor, Desert Tulip Hotel & Resort is located minutes away from the Jaisalmer Fort. All en-suite rooms feature modern amenities including, cable television, a personal safe and tea/coffee-making facilities. The hotel’s restaurant serves traditional Rajasthani Cuisine and a selection of buffet dishes. There is also a spa and games room.
  • Nights 2
    The Fern Hotel
    The Fern Hotel
    Located in Jodhpur, The Fern Residency is an upscale business hotel with 50 high-end en-suite rooms, all featuring a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a seating area. Dining options include Ocean Restaurant serving delicious Indian and International cuisines. Other facilities include an outdoor terrace and sauna.
  • Nights 2
    Hilltop Palace
    Hilltop Palace
    Hotel Hilltop Palace is situated atop Ambavgarh Hill, overlooking Lake Fatehsagar and the historic Udaipur Town. The hotel offers 62 tasteful rooms with modern amenities, including air-conditioning, a safety deposit box and television. The hotel boasts an on-site restaurant serving Northern Indian cuisine, as well as Rajasthani Folk dances arranged on request.
  • Nights 2
    Ambassador Ajanta
    Ambassador Ajanta
    Ambassador Ajanta is located in the heart of the city centre in a unique location with more than 13 acres of lush greenery right in the middle of the business district. The 92 en-suite rooms offer an intimate, full-service experience, with amenities including; access to Wi-Fi and a safety deposit box. The hotel’s onsite restaurant also offers delicious Indian, Chinese and European dishes.
  • Night 1
    The Ambassador
    The Ambassador
    Located along the seafront at Marine Drive, in the heart of South Mumbai's famous Queens Necklace, The Ambassador boasts 112 air-conditioned excellently appointed en-suite rooms, each equipped with CCTV, channel music, a refrigerator and other amenities. Other facilities include a restaurant, BBQ facilities and a shop.
  • Night 1
    Uday Samudra Beach Resort
    Uday Samudra Beach Resort
    Located by the famed beaches of Kovalam, 15 metres from the sea, Uday Samudra Beach Resort is an exclusive 5 Star leisure beach hotel - a destination by itself. The hotel boasts luxurious air-conditioned en-suite rooms with modern amenities and the restaurant serves a variety of delicious Chinese, continental and local dishes. Live cultural programmes also can be enjoyed during dinner time.
  • Four Points by Sheraton Jaipur
    City Square, Vasundhara Colony | Tonk Road,, Jaipur 302018, India
    Four Points by Sheraton Jaipur
    Located on the edge of Jaipur’s centre, the Four Points by Sheraton is a bright modern hotel with an excellent range of facilities. As well as a large outdoor pool, there is also a fitness centre and spa to help you relax. The hotel restaurant serves both local and Western dishes buffet style whilst there is also a bar for a few refreshing beverages. Rooms are simple and comfortable and boast flat screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, floor to ceiling windows with city or Aravali Hills views, en suite bathroom with shower, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities and safety deposit box.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
  • Ramada, Khajuraho
    Airport Road, Khajuraho 471606, India
    Ramada, Khajuraho
    This modern hotel is just 5 minutes from the airport. Relax around the swimming pool after a day exploring the temples, try out the gym or have a treatment in the spa. In the evening try out one of the two restaurants, both of which serve both local and international cuisine, before heading to the bar for a nightcap. There is also an inhouse disco. The contemporary style rooms have marble floors and air-conditioning as well as television, safe, minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. The en suite bathroom has either a bath or shower.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
  • Tiger Den Ranthambore
    Near Ranthambhore National Park, Sawai Madhopur, Khilchipur, Rajasthan 322027, India
    Tiger Den Ranthambore
    A five-minute drive from the national park entrance, this hotel is sat in lovely landscaped gardens and boasts beautiful views. Inspired by nature, it is perfectly located to savour the peace and tranquillity of rural India. There is a restaurant, pool, library, a spa offering Ayurveda treatments and lounge area, whilst a nightly campfire is great for socialising and naturalist talks for learning about the local flora and fauna. Accommodation are spacious with lovely, colourful accents and have air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, fridge, sitting are and en suite shower room.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
  • Casino Hotel Kochi
    Willingdon island, Kochi (Cochin) 682 003, India
    Casino Hotel Kochi
    Just a 10-minute ferry ride from Fort Cochin, the Casino Hotel combines relaxed Keralan style with modern comforts. There is an outdoor pool, gym, lounge and shop, whilst the restaurants serve Indian, Chinese and continental cuisine and specialise in fresh fish dishes. There is also free Wi-Fi and an Ayurveda massage service. Bedrooms are bright and spacious with typically Keralan aspects and offer air conditioning, safe, minibar, television and en suite bathroom.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Varanasi
  • 16°c
  • 19mm
  • Khajuraho
  • 16°c
  • 25mm
  • Agra
  • 15°c
  • 13mm
  • Jaipur
  • 15°c
  • 7mm
  • Jaisalmer
  • 14°c
  • 1mm
  • Jodhpur
  • 17°c
  • 2mm
  • Mumbai
  • 24°c
  • 1mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 23mm
  • Kovalam
  • 28°c
  • 21mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Varanasi
  • 19°c
  • 18mm
  • Khajuraho
  • 18°c
  • 10mm
  • Agra
  • 18°c
  • 18mm
  • Jaipur
  • 18°c
  • 11mm
  • Jaisalmer
  • 17°c
  • 5mm
  • Jodhpur
  • 20°c
  • 4mm
  • Mumbai
  • 24°c
  • 1mm
  • Kochi
  • 28°c
  • 26mm
  • Kovalam
  • 28°c
  • 26mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Varanasi
  • 24°c
  • 8mm
  • Khajuraho
  • 24°c
  • 9mm
  • Agra
  • 24°c
  • 9mm
  • Jaipur
  • 24°c
  • 3mm
  • Jaisalmer
  • 23°c
  • 4mm
  • Jodhpur
  • 25°c
  • 4mm
  • Mumbai
  • 27°c
  • 0mm
  • Kochi
  • 29°c
  • 31mm
  • Kovalam
  • 28°c
  • 40mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Varanasi
  • 30°c
  • 6mm
  • Khajuraho
  • 30°c
  • 3mm
  • Agra
  • 30°c
  • 6mm
  • Jaipur
  • 29°c
  • 5mm
  • Jaisalmer
  • 29°c
  • 4mm
  • Jodhpur
  • 31°c
  • 6mm
  • Mumbai
  • 28°c
  • 1mm
  • Kochi
  • 29°c
  • 95mm
  • Kovalam
  • 29°c
  • 119mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Varanasi
  • 33°c
  • 10mm
  • Khajuraho
  • 34°c
  • 5mm
  • Agra
  • 34°c
  • 11mm
  • Jaipur
  • 33°c
  • 18mm
  • Jaisalmer
  • 32°c
  • 7mm
  • Jodhpur
  • 34°c
  • 8mm
  • Mumbai
  • 30°c
  • 12mm
  • Kochi
  • 29°c
  • 283mm
  • Kovalam
  • 28°c
  • 210mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Varanasi
  • 33°c
  • 107mm
  • Khajuraho
  • 34°c
  • 92mm
  • Agra
  • 35°c
  • 56mm
  • Jaipur
  • 33°c
  • 63mm
  • Jaisalmer
  • 34°c
  • 32mm
  • Jodhpur
  • 34°c
  • 32mm
  • Mumbai
  • 29°c
  • 523mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 706mm
  • Kovalam
  • 27°c
  • 341mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Varanasi
  • 30°c
  • 309mm
  • Khajuraho
  • 30°c
  • 321mm
  • Agra
  • 31°c
  • 203mm
  • Jaipur
  • 30°c
  • 223mm
  • Jaisalmer
  • 32°c
  • 56mm
  • Jodhpur
  • 31°c
  • 102mm
  • Mumbai
  • 27°c
  • 800mm
  • Kochi
  • 26°c
  • 594mm
  • Kovalam
  • 26°c
  • 239mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Varanasi
  • 29°c
  • 288mm
  • Khajuraho
  • 28°c
  • 400mm
  • Agra
  • 30°c
  • 243mm
  • Jaipur
  • 29°c
  • 206mm
  • Jaisalmer
  • 30°c
  • 58mm
  • Jodhpur
  • 30°c
  • 99mm
  • Mumbai
  • 27°c
  • 530mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 403mm
  • Kovalam
  • 26°c
  • 156mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Varanasi
  • 29°c
  • 245mm
  • Khajuraho
  • 28°c
  • 179mm
  • Agra
  • 29°c
  • 130mm
  • Jaipur
  • 28°c
  • 66mm
  • Jaisalmer
  • 30°c
  • 27mm
  • Jodhpur
  • 30°c
  • 47mm
  • Mumbai
  • 27°c
  • 312mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 280mm
  • Kovalam
  • 27°c
  • 175mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Varanasi
  • 27°c
  • 32mm
  • Khajuraho
  • 26°c
  • 27mm
  • Agra
  • 27°c
  • 25mm
  • Jaipur
  • 26°c
  • 25mm
  • Jaisalmer
  • 26°c
  • 2mm
  • Jodhpur
  • 28°c
  • 6mm
  • Mumbai
  • 28°c
  • 56mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 320mm
  • Kovalam
  • 27°c
  • 268mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Varanasi
  • 22°c
  • 9mm
  • Khajuraho
  • 22°c
  • 13mm
  • Agra
  • 22°c
  • 4mm
  • Jaipur
  • 22°c
  • 4mm
  • Jaisalmer
  • 21°c
  • 2mm
  • Jodhpur
  • 23°c
  • 4mm
  • Mumbai
  • 27°c
  • 17mm
  • Kochi
  • 28°c
  • 175mm
  • Kovalam
  • 27°c
  • 192mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Varanasi
  • 17°c
  • 5mm
  • Khajuraho
  • 16°c
  • 10mm
  • Agra
  • 17°c
  • 6mm
  • Jaipur
  • 17°c
  • 4mm
  • Jaisalmer
  • 16°c
  • 2mm
  • Jodhpur
  • 19°c
  • 1mm
  • Mumbai
  • 25°c
  • 5mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 43mm
  • Kovalam
  • 27°c
  • 69mm
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Grand Tour of India map

Places Visited: 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

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