Experience the real India on this comfortable introduction to the cultures of north India and the lush beauty of southern India. Travelling from Delhi in the north to Trivandrum in the south, discover everything that India has to offer. The highlights and hidden jewels are revealed against a backdrop of green on a Kerala tour and in the vibrant towns of Rajasthan. Visit India's flamboyant major cities and the quiet repose of tiny fishing villages, along with tea gardens, tribal homes and colonial enclaves. Discover the culinary delights of each region and stay in colourful hotels, heritage accommodation and even a palace! TRIP CHANGES FOR 2017: From 1st January 2017 this trip will spend one less day in Chennai and no longer visit Munnar. This is to allow us to visit the new destinations of Tanjavur (Tanjore) where we explore the Brihadishwara Temple, and Karaikudi, where we will enjoy a village walk. More details to follow in coming months, with the itinerary outlined below: 12 Chennai 13 Pondicherry 14 Pondicherry 15 Tanjavur 16 Karaikudi 17 Madurai 18 Madurai 19 Periyar 20 Periyar 21 Kochi 22 Kochi 23 Kerala Backwaters 24 Kovalam 25 Kovalam 26 Depart


Discover the man-made beauty that lies across the north of India – from Jaipur’s ‘Palace of the Winds’ and Royal City Palace, Agra’s Red Fort and iconic Taj Mahal, to the palaces of Orchha and the carved steps leading down to the river in Varanasi

Be immersed in the spirituality of India – the Jama Masjid mosque in Delhi, the ghats of Varanasi, Kama Sutra carved temples and Buddhist pilgrimage sites; evening prayer ceremonies, ancient bathing rituals and candle flower ceremonies on the Ganges

With its idyllic lifestyle and contemporary feel, Puducherry is a beautiful seaside town to explore

Learn about the man who dedicated his life to the independence of India at The National Gandhi Museum

Track footprints in search of wild elephants in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

The rolling hills and chai gardens of Munnar are a tea lover’s dream

Ferry-hop between the islands of Fort Kochi to discover palaces, temples and Portuguese architecture at every turn