The Great Indian Adventure

Group Tour

34 Days From £9,580

Overview

From the backstreets of Old Delhi to the backwaters of Kerala, embark on this epic journey through India and discover a dazzling kaleidoscope of colours, contrasts and cultural treasures.

We begin our journey travelling through the heart of Rajasthan - the Land of Kings, where we experience a plethora of UNESCO treasures, wildlife encounters, and welcoming communities.

From here we then head south to Mumbai - the 'industrial capital of India', where we explore the underbelly of this ...

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HIGHLIGHTS

At a glance

MEALS

31 x Breakfasts
31 x Lunches
30 x Dinners

TRANSPORT

Minibuses, train, boats, jeeps, rickshaws, and one domestic flight.

GROUP SIZE

Maximum: 16

EXPERT TEAM

The full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides where appropriate

ACCOMMODATION

All accommodation as outlined in the itinerary

ENTRANCE FEES

All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary

FITNESS RATING

Low / Moderate

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE

Flexible booking conditions regarding transfers and cancellations

ACCOMMODATION

Wherever possible we aim to use characterful accommodation that enhances the overall travel experience. This can obviously vary greatly across both countries and tours. On this particular trip we will be staying in some wonderful properties, as well as having the experience of spending two nights aboard a traditional houseboat and two nights on an overnight train. Please note that the accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is intended as a guide only and is always subject to availability. Single supplement is not available on the overnight trains. 

FITNESS RATING

LOW: You should be comfortable walking around towns and cultural sites. May include some optional walks (typically 1-2hrs).

LOW/MODERATE: May be of a long duration and/or involve numerous border-crossings. May include easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-3hrs/day). You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle.

MODERATE: May include several easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-5hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle. Previous experience of similar trips helpful.

MODERATE/HIGH: May involve several days of moderate hiking (up to 3-6 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

HIGH: May involve several days of moderate/strenuous trekking (up to 4-7 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a very fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

Book With Confidence

We understand that flexibility is now a key factor when booking a holiday, and we believe our Covid Promise and Covid Viable Test provide that.

We believe these terms and conditions for making a booking are amongst the most generous in the travel industry right now, and we hope they will give you the confidence, when you feel ready, to go ahead and book your next adventure.

Positive Impact of this Trip

Tree
Ten trees are planted per passenger on this trip
Community
Supports Wild Frontiers Foundation community projects
Wind Turbine
A contribution to renewable energy projects

Map & Itinerary

Individual departures may vary so please refer to the information in the tour specific links in the Dates and Prices section below

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DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN DELHI

DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN DELHI

Early check in will be available this morning and the tour starts around one o’clock at the hotel in Delhi, India’s bustling capital. After a group briefing and introduction over lunch, we will take a drive through New Delhi, visiting Rajpath and India Gate as well as Humayun’s Tomb, one of the best-preserved Mughal monuments, commissioned by Humayun's son Akbar and designed by the Persian architect Mirak Mirza Ghiya. This evening we will head to the lively Connaught Place for dinner.

The Claridges or similar
Lunch, Dinner

DAY 2: DELHI

DAY 2: DELHI

Today we will explore Old Delhi, wandering past old crumbling havelis, vibrant street food stalls, the famous Jama Masjid mosque and through colourful markets. Later this afternoon we enjoy an opportunity to experience the true flavours of Indian cuisine and Indian hospitality, as we visit the local spice and vegetable market to learn about the different ingredients, followed by a cookery class where we will learn to prepare a range of Indian delicacies before enjoying the fruits of our labours with a traditional dinner.

The Claridges or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: DELHI - AGRA

DAY 3: DELHI - AGRA

Departing early this morning we will drive south to Agra, where on arrival we will have lunch at the empowering Sheroes Hangout Café, an establishment which supports women who have been victims of acid attacks and are fighting to stop acid attacks in India. This afternoon we’ll then visit the magnificent Agra Fort, before continuing on to a less-visited part of Agra to then enjoy a Mughal heritage walk through the farming community of Kachhpura, led by a USAID-trained specialist guide. The walk ends with some refreshments on the rooftop of a local home where we can enjoy watching the sunset and catch a glimpse of the beautiful Taj Mahal across the river in the far distance.

Trident Agra or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: AGRA - FATEHPUR SIKRI - CHAND BAORI - JAIPUR

DAY 4: AGRA - FATEHPUR SIKRI - CHAND BAORI - JAIPUR

Early this morning we will visit the iconic Taj Mahal for sunrise. This is an extraordinary time of day to visit, as the soft sunlight hits the exquisite marble relief work and semi-precious stones, resulting in a stunning blend of light and colour. After some breakfast, set off to Jaipur, visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fatehpur Sikri  and stunning Chand Baori stepwell on the way. On arrival, we freshen up before heading out for dinner.

Khandela Haveli or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: JAIPUR

DAY 5: JAIPUR

Our day starts with a visit to the imposing Amber Fort, the Rajput masterpiece perched on a hillside overlooking the city. This colossal fort was built by Raja Man Singh I in the 16th century and is known for its artistic style, blending both Hindu and Rajput elements with its large ramparts, series of gates and cobbled paths. This afternoon we will discover the bazaars, cuisines and crafts of Old Jaipur on a walking tour. It's a great way to explore the crafts capital of India as we meet with locals and learn about the rich artistic and culinary traditions of this fascinating city.

Khandela Haveli or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: JAIPUR

DAY 6: JAIPUR

This morning we head to the fascinating and beautifully ornate City Palace Museum, built by the founder and namesake of the modern city Jai Singh II. We’ll then visit Jantar Mantar, the UNESCO listed Royal Observatory, as well as see the spectacular Palace of the Winds. After lunch we’ll have the rest of the afternoon free to visit the local bazaar or relax at the hotel. Dinner this evening will be at your own expense.

Khandela Haveli or similar
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7: JAIPUR - RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK

DAY 7: JAIPUR - RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK

This morning we start the day with a wonderful rickshaw ride around Jaipur with the Pink City Rickshaw Company, an initiative that supports local women from low-income communities to earn a living. We will ride with the ladies to some local spots around the city then join them for some chai before leaving the city behind. From here we’ll continue our journey to Sawai Madophur, where the vast wildlife reserve of Ranthambore National Park is located - our home for the next two nights. This afternoon we visit Dastkar Ranthambore, a non-profit organisation aimed at providing income to the villagers who were displaced by the creation of the tiger reserve. Here we will have the opportunity to gain an insight into Dastkar and learn how the women and their families' lives have been transformed by the self-help initiative. Following this, we then embark on boat safari along the Chambal River, going in search of crocodiles, alligators and a variety of birdlife, the perfect way to enjoy sunset and get an introduction to this beautiful national park.

Juna Mahal or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK

DAY 8: RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK

Early in the morning, while the mist is still rising, we’ll head into the park for our first game drive of the day and the chance to take in the natural beauty of Ranthambore, where the possibility of seeing a tiger - as well as many other wild animals - is as high as anywhere in India. After this we’ll return to our hotel for breakfast and a relaxing morning. After lunch we’ll head back in to the park for another game drive and the chance to spot some more wildlife. Dinner tonight will be at our hotel.

Juna Mahal
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK - BIJAIPUR

DAY 9: RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK - BIJAIPUR

This morning we can enjoy one final adventure into the national park, giving another chance to track and see some of India's most impressive animals. After breakfast we will then journey from the wilds of Ranthambore to the wonderful Castle Bijaipur. Here we will spend time enjoying rural India at its most sublime. Arriving in time for late lunch, this afternoon will be free to relax in this peaceful setting.

Castle Bijaipur or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: BIJAIPUR

DAY 10: BIJAIPUR

Today you can relax at the beautiful grounds at Castle Bijaipur or you may choose to take part in some activities offered such as a cycling, horse riding or a massage. This evening we will enjoy dinner at the village of Pangarh. Set on the banks of a beautiful lotus lake and surrounded by hills on all sides, Pangarh is 1,000 years old and to this day the villagers hunt fish using spears in the marshy waters of the lake, famous for its abundance of seasonal lotus flowers. Optional activities at Castle Bijaipur are at your own expense and can be paid for locally.

Castle Bijaipur or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11: BIJAIPUR - CHITTORGARH - KHEMPUR - UDAIPUR

DAY 11: BIJAIPUR - CHITTORGARH - KHEMPUR - UDAIPUR

This morning we'll drive west to Khempur, stopping off at Chittorgarh, the colossal fort that most represents the doomed idea of Rajput chivalry. Chittorgarh was attacked and taken by Muslim invaders on three separate occasions and always with the same result; Jauhar being declared - and while the men donned the saffron robes of martyrdom and rode out to certain death - the women consigned themselves to the flames on a huge funeral pyre. This afternoon we then stop for a late lunch at the Real Exotic Marigold Hotel AKA Ravla Khempur. Don't worry, although not super luxurious this charming converted palace hotel is a wonderfully quirky property that takes you into the world portrayed in the film. We will then drive a short distance to Udaipur, the Venice of the East. This evening we’ll enjoy a cultural dance performance at Baogore ki haveli before having dinner at a good local restaurant.

Udai Kothi or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12: UDAIPUR

DAY 12: UDAIPUR

This morning we’ll take a guided tour of some of the key sites in Udaipur such as the City Palace, the Jagdish temple and the beautiful gardens at Saheliyon-ki-Bari. To allow for greater flexibility lunch will be at your own expense today, and this afternoon will be free to wander through the alleys and narrow streets, to take a cooking lesson or a miniature painting class. We’ll meet later in the day to take a sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola, before heading out for dinner at a local restaurant favoured by our clients.

Udai Kothi or similar
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13: UDAIPUR - MUMBAI

DAY 13: UDAIPUR - MUMBAI

This morning is free to relax or explore further, before meeting for some lunch after which we catch our flight to Mumbai mid-late afternoon. On arrival in Mumbai we will transfer to the hotel to freshen up before heading out for dinner.

Gordon House Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14: MUMBAI

DAY 14: MUMBAI

Today we will discover some of the finest monuments and buildings of this fascinating city. Visit the famous arch that is the ‘Gateway to India’, located opposite the stunning Taj building, Chhatrapati Shivajitrain train station (formerly Victoria Terminus), the Rajabai Clock Tower and library, and the colonial general post office. We’ll also visit the ‘Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat’, otherwise known as the largest non-mechanised laundry facility in the world! After lunch we can enjoy a few hours at leisure before setting off with our specialist guide to discover some of the city’s most celebrated culinary delights, from the famed Iranian cafes, to the popular Chowpatty Beach. Not just a tour for foodies, this is a wonderful way to experience the daily life and traditions of Mumbai’s locals and get off the beaten track to enjoy some of the country’s best and most affordable cuisine.

Gordon House Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15: MUMBAI

DAY 15: MUMBAI

Located just off the coast on an island in the Arabian Sea, we take a short ferry ride from the Gateway of India to get to Elephanta Island, a picturesque setting for this exceptional UNESCO World Heritage Site. A glorious example of Hindu cave carving and iconography, the Elephanta Caves are an impressive complex of shrines, pillared hallways and courtyards built from the surrounding rocks, inside which lies the beautifully detailed sculptures of Hindu gods and goddesses, that date from the 6th century. Enjoy some lunch before having the afternoon free to relax or explore at leisure, before meeting for dinner.

Gordon House Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16: MUMBAI - VIJAYAPURA (BIJAPUR)

DAY 16: MUMBAI - VIJAYAPURA (BIJAPUR)

This unique tour is a must-do for anyone visiting Mumbai, as you get to explore the underbelly of this magnificent city and gain a better insight into who and what makes it tick. Starting before sunrise, we will witness the fisherfolk hard at work at the docks as the fresh catch is brought in, before continuing on to see hundreds of illiterate vendors sort through the different newspapers which are then distributed across the city. From here we visit a number of morning markets, including the colourful and fragrant flower market, which is always a highlight. These early hours of the day provide a fascinating insight into the communities and cultures of Mumbai and offer a wonderful contrast to the usual touring experiences. After breakfast and a rest, this afternoon we will then take a walking tour of the Dharavi slum, the heart of small-scale industry in Mumbai. As we wander through 'India's largest slum' we will witness a wide range of business enterprises and activities, from recycling and pottery-making, to embroidery and leather tanning. People from all over India live in Dharavi, making it a cultural melting pot, and a tour through its narrow alleys is quite an adventure. More recently Dharavi has become a focus of artists from all over the world, who in collaboration with the locals have painted murals on the walls of houses, and as we explore Dharavi it’s worth looking out for the abundant street art which the local community is very proud of. After the tour there will be some free time before catching our overnight train this evening.

Overnight Train
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 17: VIJAYAPURA (BIJAPUR)

DAY 17: VIJAYAPURA (BIJAPUR)

We arrive early morning and can enjoy early check in to our hotel. After a rest and some lunch, this afternoon we’ll explore the magnificent Golgumbaz, which is Bijapur's largest monument boasting a 38-metre diameter dome, second only to St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Climbing the narrow stairs brings you out onto the whispering gallery, where secrets whispered into the wall are carried across the dome to listening ears. Also in this sleepy town is the beautiful Ibrahim Rouza, which is considered by many to be one of the most finely-proportioned Islamic monuments in India.

Hotel Le Grande or similar
Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18: VIJAYAPURA (BIJAPUR) - BADAMI

DAY 18: VIJAYAPURA (BIJAPUR) - BADAMI

This morning we drive south to Badami. This afternoon we then visit the Chalukya dynasty's wonderful 5th century temples at Aihole and the UNESCO site of Pattadakal. Aihole is situated in a quaint village where the main attraction is the unusual horse shoe-shaped Durga temple which is perhaps one of the finest temples in the region. Time permitting, we’ll visit the wonderful Archaeological Museum near Durga temple, which houses some of the finest stone sculptures from the 6th century onwards. From here we move on to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pattadakal, perhaps one of India’s most impressive Hindu complexes and home to nine temple shrines.

Badami Heritage or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 19: BADAMI - HAMPI

DAY 19: BADAMI - HAMPI

After breakfast we visit the famous Badami cave temples and Agastya Lake, an artificial lake decorated with an array of temples and cave sculptures including the Bhutanatha Temples. The Badami cave temples are set in a ravine at the foot of a rugged red sandstone outcrop surrounding the lake. These cave temples form a complex of Hindu, Jain and possibly Buddhist cave temples and are considered some of the finest examples of Indian rock-cut architecture, especially Badami Chalukya architecture, which dates back to the 6th century. This afternoon we will drive to Anegundi – the ruined fortified stronghold across the river from Hampi.

Boulders Hampi or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 20: HAMPI

DAY 20: HAMPI

Today we explore the scattered ruins of the 15th century city of Vijayanagar. We will visit the highlight of the Hampi ruins, the Vittala Temple, as well as the other main sights including the Elephant Stables and the Lotus Mahal, the royal enclosure and Queen’s Bath. Having lunch at a beautiful spot by the river we’ll escape the heat and relax, after which we’ll explore the Achutaraya Temple and enjoy a splendid view as we walk along the banks of the scenic Tungabhadra River.

Boulders Hampi or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 21: HAMPI - MYSORE

DAY 21: HAMPI - MYSORE

This morning we can enjoy exploring Hampi further, visiting the main sights in the royal centre and the sacred centre. This afternoon is then free to relax before we catch our overnight train to Mysore in Karnataka.

Overnight Train
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 22: MYSORE

DAY 22: MYSORE

This morning we arrive in Mysore, the stunning cultural capital of the Karnataka region, located at the base of the Chamundi Hills. Heading straight to our hotel, we have a little time to relax before an afternoon visit to the nearby town of Somanathapura, famed as the site of the 13th century Chennakesava Temple. Considered one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture in India, the temple was built at the height of the Hoysala Empire and is richly carved with friezes, sculptures and intricate images from the Indian epics.

Royal Orchid Metropole Hotel or similar
Lunch, Dinner

DAY 23: MYSORE

DAY 23: MYSORE

Long known for its festivals and palaces, Mysore can boast one of the most opulent and iconic buildings in southern India, the stunningly ornate Mysore Palace. Originally built in the 14th century, the palace of today is the result of a significant redesign by the British architect, Henry Irwin. A wonderful fusion of European and Indian influences, the palace is still the official residence of the Wodeyar dynasty, the royal family of Mysore. We take a walking tour around the city this morning, visiting the palace and the markets before driving out to the hills that surround the city. The Chamundi Hills are home to the impressive Sri Chamundeswari Temple and the sacred Nandi bull, one of the largest of its kind and carved from a single piece of rock. We’ll also stop off at the nearby impressive Srirangapatnam with its 18th century remains of Tipu Sultan’s fort, palace and mausoleum.

Royal Orchid Metropole Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 24: MYSORE - BANDIPUR NATIONAL PARK

DAY 24: MYSORE - BANDIPUR NATIONAL PARK

Today’s journey takes us on to Bandipur National Park, one of India's best-known reserves and another of the country's important Project Tiger reserves. Situated in the Chamarajangar district of southern Karnataka, the park stretches across some 874 square kilometres and provides shelter for a number of India's most endangered species including gaurs, sloth bears, tigers and four-horned antelope. This afternoon, once we have settled into our rooms, there will be the chance to head out and explore some of the area, either with walks or to a nearby temple.

The Serai Bandipur or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 25: BANDIPUR NATIONAL PARK

DAY 25: BANDIPUR NATIONAL PARK

The cool of the early morning and late afternoon offers an ideal time to search out game, when the predators rise from the slumbers of the day in search of water and fresh prey. On two games drives today we will venture deep into the park in open-topped jeeps, in the company of experienced naturalist guides. We search amongst the landscapes of one of India's best-known protected areas in search of the growing numbers of Bengal tigers, elephants, bison, sloth bears and wild dogs. Bandipur is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and together with the adjoining Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagarhole and Mudumalai National Park, it forms one of the largest protected areas in Southern India. With a diverse habitat and a thriving mammal population, this park offers a wonderful wildlife viewing experience. As well as its game, Bandipur National Park is also home to over 200 species of birds including honey buzzards, Indian vultures, bee-eaters, crested serpent eagles and a whole array of kingfishers.

The Serai Bandipur or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 26: BANDIPUR NATIONAL PARK - OOTY

DAY 26: BANDIPUR NATIONAL PARK - OOTY

This morning we will drive on to the town of Ooty, a once popular hill station set amongst the Nilgiri Hills. Located in the heart of lofty mountains and dense forest, the town used to be a popular getaway for the British of the colonial Raj and still retains some reminders of its genteel past. Ooty remains as popular today as it did during the years of the British Raj. This afternoon we can visit the botanical gardens as well as some of the main 19th century buildings, including the Ooty Club, where the game of snooker is said to have been invented.

Taj Savoy or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 27: OOTY - COONOOR - POLLACHI

DAY 27: OOTY - COONOOR - POLLACHI

The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is one of the oldest mountain railways in India. Running through the Western Ghats between Ooty and Coonoor, the railroad was built by the British in 1908 and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. Still operated by a fleet of steam locomotives, it offers a wonderful glimpse of a golden era of travel, as you spend part of the morning enjoying a sedate and spectacular journey through the lush hills and tea plantations aboard the famous 'Toy Train'. Upon arrival at Coonoor railway station, we transfer to Pollachi, where we can enjoy a village walk in the afternoon.

Coco Lagoon or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 28: POLLACHI - MUNNAR

DAY 28: POLLACHI - MUNNAR

This morning we drive to the beautiful hill station of Munnar, famous for its plantations and scenic beauty. After settling in we will get the chance to explore a local tea plantation. The lush landscapes of the Western Ghats provide ideal conditions for the sprawling tea plantations that flourish amongst the verdant foothills. A tour of a local tea plantation presents a chance to learn a little something about an industry that can date its cultivation in India back over 300 years.

Chandy's Windy Woods or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 29: MUNNAR

DAY 29: MUNNAR

Today we will explore on foot through the beautiful Letchmi hills. Our walk will bring us through tea plantations, patches of Shola forest and grasslands as well as treating us to views of Idukki Dam, the highest arch dam in Asia, and Anaimudi, the highest peak in South India. We should hopefully spot exotic species and endemic birds of the Western Ghats, part of one of the world’s Biodiversity hotspots and we can enjoy a picturesque picnic along the way. Driving back to Munnar we have the option of visiting a tea museum or the Srishti employment project.

Chandy's Windy Woods or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAYS 30 - 31: MUNNAR - ALLEPPEY (BACKWATERS)

DAYS 30 - 31: MUNNAR - ALLEPPEY (BACKWATERS)

This morning we drive to Alleppey to take to the waters of this most beautiful and unique of landscapes. Boarding our traditional houseboats, we will spend the next two days cruising the waterways and channels that honeycomb the coastal plains running parallel to the Arabian Sea. A unique ecosystem that is home to a rich variety of aquatic life, the backwaters present us with a time-honoured image of an India long forgotten, where scattered villages survive amongst the labyrinthine channels much as they have for generations. Kettuvallams (Keralan houseboats) once negotiated these canals carrying rice, grain and even royalty through the backwaters. Today they provide us with an ideal way to appreciate the tranquillity and tradition of this part of southern India. We’ll pass isolated communities and gardens of hibiscus and vegetables, hop off the boats to visit interesting sights en route, and spend our evenings moored up besides the lapping shores of these idyllic backwaters. Having two nights aboard our private chartered houseboats enables us to venture further into the backwaters to catch a glimpse of life rarely seen by foreign visitors to Kerala.

Houseboat
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 32: ALLEPPEY (BACKWATERS) - KOCHI

DAY 32: ALLEPPEY (BACKWATERS) - KOCHI

Disembarking our boats this morning, we drive to Kochi, the glittering ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’. Here we will take a walking tour around the historic old streets of Fort Cochin and the red-tiled riverfront of Mattancherry, once the old capital’s main market area and the centre of the Malabar spice trade. The city is also famous for its Chinese fishing nets, as well as the Santa Cruz Basilica and the Church of St. Francis, where the body of Vasco de Gama was held before being returned to Portugal. Made from teak and bamboo, the huge cantilevered nets are a legacy of some of the earliest visitors to the Malabar Coast, whilst the 16th century Church of St. Francis has the distinction of being the oldest European church in India.

Xandari Harbour or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 33: KOCHI

DAY 33: KOCHI

The oldest European settlement in India, Kochi is a vibrant mix of Arab, Chinese, European and Indian influences and home to the oldest church and synagogue in the country. Built on trade, the city began to prosper with the arrival of Jewish and Arab traders. With the later arrival of the Portuguese, and then the Dutch and English, Kochi went on to become a vibrant settlement, incorporating a rare fusion of European and Asian traditions and styles. Today will be free to enjoy some last minute retail therapy or explore at leisure, then we will enjoy a remarkable performance of Kerala's famous Kathakali dancing before our final dinner together tonight, with a chance to reflect on our journey and experiences.

Xandari Harbour or similar
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 34: TOUR ENDS IN KOCHI

DAY 34: TOUR ENDS IN KOCHI

The tour ends after breakfast at our hotel. Those on our suggested flights will be transferred to the airport.

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION USED ON THIS TOUR

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Premium
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Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

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Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

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Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

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Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

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Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

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Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

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Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

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Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

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Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

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Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

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Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

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Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

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Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

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Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

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Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation displayed here should be taken as a guide only. *Please refer to the Detailed Itinerary of your individual departure for more information.

PRIVATE HOLIDAYS: DATES DON’T FIT?

All group tours can be taken on a private basis.

Additional Details

Responsible Travel

With local people, culture and eco-systems in mind, responsible travel and sustainable tourism are at the core of Wild Frontiers. We believe that a successful trip not only delivers a unique and unsurpassable journey for our travellers but also benefits the people and places we visit.

When designing our tours, we actively seek out experiences that have a positive impact on the communities and precious environments we visit - from supporting social enterprises; resting our heads in rural homestays; and eating at locally owned restaurants; to helping fund conservation projects that protect wildlife and their habitats. 

Visit the Responsible Travel area of our website to read more, including the work of the Wild Frontiers Foundation through which we fundraise to aid community empowerment and education projects.

The Pink City Rickshaw Company

This is a not-for-profit initiative aimed at providing innovative employment opportunities for women from low-income households in and around Jaipur. The goal of the company is to empower these local women, breaking the stereotype of a woman’s role in India, by providing them with the opportunity to develop a career in what would ordinarily be a very competitive and male-dominant industry, and drastically improving their livelihoods.  All the rickshaws are electric, taking a big step to help fight India’s pollution problems.  This modest tour offers the perfect opportunity to respectfully observe daily life whilst also supporting a forward-thinking, eco-friendly form of tourism that also strives to empower women in the area.

Wild Frontiers, through our foundation, have funded the purchase of two new electric rickshaws and trained five local ladies to be driver/guides. Continuing our support of the project and its sustainability, on this tour we enjoy a rickshaw tour with the Pink City Rickshaw Company through the backstreets of Jaipur.
www.pinkcityrickshawcompany.com

Sheroes Hangout Cafe

On this tour we support the women of Sheroes Hangout Café, who have been victims of acid attacks and are fighting to stop acid attacks in India. The café is empowering the women to build up their confidence and skillset so they can improve their livelihoods and feel a sense of belonging again, and so we can enjoy lunch here and discover some of the women’s brave stories.

Mughal Heritage Walk

We will get the chance to discover the farming community of Kachhpura as we embark on a Mughal heritage walk, led by a USAID-trained specialist guide. USAID is an NGO striving to create sustainable livelihoods for women and lower-class youth in Agra, and this walk through Kachhpura village will give us a unique insight into this local community and culture whilst providing some financial support. The walk then ends with refreshments on the rooftop of a local home, offering stunning views of the Taj Mahal in the far distance.

Dastkar Ranthambore

Dastkar Ranthambore is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 in an effort to provide much needed income to the villagers who had been displaced by the creation of the tiger reserve. Dastkar, which means artisan in Hindi, produce handicrafts made by local villagers, particularly women, from an area around the Ranthambore National Park. Working with more than 300 families, Dastkar provide a steady source of income in a region where the wages are low and available employment is seasonal. On this tour you will have the opportunity to gain an insight into Dastkar and learn how the women and their family’s lives have been transformed by the self-help initiative.

Getting There

If you would like us to send you a quote for the suggested tour flights or on any alternative flight that may suit you better, please let us know, noting that for our US clients, we will most likely refer you to one of our preferred partners. For this trip our suggested flights from the UK (subject to change) are shown below.

If you wish to arrange your own flights you are completely free to do so and in this case we can arrange any transfers or supplementary accommodation that you may require. However please note that if you are planning on making your own flight arrangements, we recommend that you first check with us to see if the trip is guaranteed. We then suggest that you purchase flights that are flexible and ideally refundable as due to the nature of adventure travel, itineraries and destination accessibility can change at any time. For more information, please refer to our booking conditions.
 

Flight Code Departing Arriving
EK 030 London Heathrow (LHR) 16:50 Dubai Airport (DXB) 02:45
EK 510 Dubai Airport (DXB) 03:55 Delhi Airport (DEL) 09:05
EK 531 Cochin Airport (COK) 09:40 Dubai Airport (DXB) 12:10
EK 003 Dubai Airport (DXB) 14:30 London Heathrow (LHR) 18:20

Visas

Visas are necessary for many of the destinations we travel to and while we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information, requirements frequently change and as such for the latest advice we advise that you check with the relevant embassies or contact our recommended visa agency, Travcour www.travcour.com

For this tour UK passport holders currently require a visa for India.

Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements.

Extensions

If you have more time available, why not arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for the country before your tour starts? Or alternatively you might choose to allow a few extra days after the tour to relax or to undertake some further exploration.

The choice is completely yours and we can usually arrange anything from simply additional accommodation and transfers to full tailor-made itineraries.

Below is just a small sample of what you could do. Please contact the office for more details and to discuss your individual requirements.

Beach Extension

Beach Extension

If time allows why not spend an extra night or two on the Keralan beaches at the end of your tour. Allow 1-3 days

Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu

Often referred to as the “The Last Classical Civilisation” Tamil Nadu has much to offer from UNESCO World Heritage sites to unique Tamil culture. Allow 7 – 14 days.

Governmental Travel Advice

Many governments issue advice which highlights potential hazards their citizens might experience when travelling abroad. We strongly suggest you refer to your country’s particular advisory site before booking and contact us if you have any queries or concerns. Click to follow links to the advice of the British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or the US State Department.

Non-UK citizens should consult the travel advice of their respective governments.

Key Information

CLIMATE

The temperature in the north should be very pleasant at this time of year, with a daytime average of around 25-30C dropping in the evening to around 10-15C. Some warm clothes are advised for the early morning and evening activities. Travelling in central India at this time of year will be warm to hot, though the nights may be chilly. It is a lovely time to be in India just as the colours turn. You should bring some warm clothes just in case for the evenings and early mornings. The climate in South India is tropical. In Kerala temperatures remain at about 30C all year round. The monsoon hits Kerala in June and lasts until September, and the area is best visited between November and May.

IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

It may sound obvious but Wild Frontiers tours are not always for everyone and it is important to us that the tour you choose is the most suitable. All our tours have a fitness rating as a guideline but you should check the day-by-day itinerary carefully. In certain instances we may ask you to complete a travel questionnaire before confirming your booking in order to ensure your suitability. Should you have any concerns about your ability to partake in any aspect of the tour then please contact the office.

KEY ASPECTS TO CONSIDER

Anyone in a reasonable state of health, with an open mind and a sense of adventure should be perfectly able to cope with this tour, however, please note the tour does include two overnight trains which will require you to share a cabin and the journey can be quite bumpy!

NEW TOURS

Never complacent, here at Wild Frontiers we are continually on the look-out for new tour ideas. Each year we aim to put on a selection of new tours in order to continually provide our clients with a fresh and varied choice of some of the best journeys on the planet. Although a lot of fun, these tours will often involve a greater element of unpredictability than our better-established tours, so please come prepared.

TRAVELLING SOLO AND SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

As a company approximately 70% of our clients are solo travellers, so it’s very unlikely you’ll be alone!

Our prices are typically based on twin-share accommodation but single supplements are not compulsory for any Wild Frontiers tour. If you prefer not to pay a single supplement we’ll pair you with someone else of the same sex for you to share with throughout the trip. On this trip, if you do opt to pay for a single supplement then please note that it will cover you for all nights of the tour apart from the overnight trains when you will need to share a cabin with three other passengers. 

Please note that paying a single supplement entitles you to lone occupancy of a single room. In many cases these rooms will be of the same size as a double/twin room, but in some cases they may be smaller.

INSURANCE

Insurance that provides cover for emergency repatriation in case of a medical emergency is compulsory for all tours. You should be aware that due to some of the geographical areas visited and some of the activities included on certain of our trips some standard insurance policies may not always provide adequate cover. As such we strongly recommend that you purchase a policy that adequately covers your trip. Please see the Insurance section for more details.

General Information

TOUR PRICE

All our tours are priced on a land-only basis, giving you maximum flexibility when deciding how to get to and from your tour.

DEPOSIT

A £200 (or equivalent) deposit is required to confirm your booking. In addition, due to the particular nature of this trip, an interim deposit of £1000 (or equivalent) per person will be required within 30 days of booking a guaranteed departure, or subsequently within 30 days of receiving confirmation from us that the trip has been guaranteed.

PROTECTION FOR YOUR MONEY

For further details please see our travelling with peace of mind page

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you 8350 Wild Miles

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

We believe in a completely transparent approach to pricing with no hidden extras. As such, please note that the following are not included in the cost of the tour.

Visas & Travel Insurance: Visas will always be tour/nationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatory
Tips: Always optional but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information documents
International Flights: Please ask us for an obligation-free quote for flights which originate in the UK
Airport Transfers: We include complimentary transfers if arriving/departing on the suggested group flights
Beverages & any costs of a personal nature: This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs

WILD FRONTIERS COMMUNITY

If you’re still not sure if this trip is right or just want to see get some different perspectives, then why not have a look at the wide variety of resources we have on our website? Browse our community section to read our blogs, watch videos and find out about our events. 

WHY WILD FRONTIERS?

We are frequently asked what makes Wild Frontiers different from other tour operators. Visit our Why Wild Frontiers page to find out.