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Great Holiday Escape - Domestic holidays, Family holidays , Rail Holidays.

Great Holiday Escape

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India Encompassed
Prices From: A$2649.00
Tour Code: AHHE
Tour Duration: 28
Countries Visited: India


From the beautiful symmetry of the Taj Mahal to the unforgettable backwaters of Kerala, this comprehensive Indian journey is a photographer's delight. Walk along the sacred Ganges River in Varanasi and explore Abhaneri’s carved stepwells in the North before flying south to search for tigers in the wild and exotic spices in relaxed hill stations. With an intriguing combination of included activities and free time, city streets and rural spirit, you're sure to gain an understanding of the people and some insight into this fascinating land.

Tour Map

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 Delhi - Arrive in Delhi at anytime.
  • Day 2 Delhi - Visit old Delhi, spice markets, Jama Masjid and Connaught Place.
  • Days 3-4 Jaipur - Visit to Palace of the Winds and Amber Fort. Options to watch a Bollywood movie in the classic art deco Raj Mandir cinema.
  • Day 5 Abhaneri - Visit to Abhaneri stepwells and Harshat Mata Temple.
  • Days 6-7 Agra - Visit to Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, Red Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.
  • Day 8 Orchha - Visit the Orchha Palace Complex.
  • Days 9-11 Alipura/Khajuraho - Visit the western temple complex.
  • Days 12-13 Varanasi - Orientation walk along ghats and old city with a River Ganges boat trip at sunrise and sunset.
  • Day 14 Varanasi/Delhi - Free morning to wander the ghats and perhaps some last-minute shopping before boarding our afternoon flight to Delhi.
  • Days 15-16 Kochi (Cochin) - Fly to Kochi. Orientation walk to the Dutch Palace, Jewish synagogue and town and see a kathakali performance.
  • Days 17-18 Wayanad (Kalpetta) - Morning train followed by a scenic drive to Wayanad. Nature trails in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and Eddakal prehistoric caves.
  • Day 19 Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary - Drive to spend the night and enjoy a safari at the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Days 20-21 Mysore - Included visit to Chaumundi Temple and Somnathpur. Overnight train to Chennai on Day 21 and private bus to Mamallapuram.
  • Days 22-23 Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) - Visit Shore Temple.
  • Day 24 Pondicherry/Madurai - Continue our journey to Madurai via Pondicherry, former French territory; learn about Sri Aurobindo Ghose at the ashram. In the afternoon, catch the day train to Madurai.
  • Day 25 Madurai - Enjoy a cycle-rickshaw tour of Madurai and Sri Meenakshi temple.
  • Day 26 Thekkady (1D) - Drive to Thekkady (4 hrs). Take a guided tour of a spice plantation in the Cardamom Hills.
  • Day 27 Kerala Backwaters Homestay (1L,1D) - Private bus to Alleppey and riverboat to our homestay. Experience local life and enjoy a guided walk along the lagoon.
  • Day 28 Kochi (1B) - Travel to Kochi where tour ends upon arrival. Onward travel can be booked for 4pm or later.

Tour Dates

Start DateEnd DatePrice
01 Jan 201328 Jan 2013A$2649.00
08 Jan 201304 Feb 2013A$2649.00
15 Jan 201311 Feb 2013A$2649.00
20 Jan 201316 Feb 2013A$2649.00
22 Jan 201318 Feb 2013A$2649.00
03 Feb 201302 Mar 2013A$2649.00
17 Feb 201316 Mar 2013A$2649.00
24 Feb 201323 Mar 2013A$2649.00
10 Mar 201306 Apr 2013A$2649.00
24 Mar 201320 Apr 2013A$2649.00
21 Apr 201318 May 2013A$2649.00
19 May 201315 Jun 2013A$2649.00
02 Jun 201329 Jun 2013A$2649.00
16 Jun 201313 Jul 2013A$2649.00
30 Jun 201327 Jul 2013A$2649.00
28 Jul 201324 Aug 2013A$2649.00
25 Aug 201321 Sep 2013A$2649.00
08 Sep 201305 Oct 2013A$2649.00
22 Sep 201319 Oct 2013A$2649.00
06 Oct 201302 Nov 2013A$2649.00
03 Nov 201330 Nov 2013A$2649.00
17 Nov 201314 Dec 2013A$2649.00
01 Dec 201328 Dec 2013A$2649.00
15 Dec 201311 Jan 2014A$2649.00
29 Dec 201325 Jan 2014A$2649.00

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