This all-encompassing tour of India takes in the highlights of north and south - revealing some of the country's wonderful secrets. Revel in the tropical climate, warm waters and lush green landscapes of the south in places like Kochi, Pondicherry and Madurai. Then be dazzled by the kaleidoscopic colours, the Mughal grandeur and the spiritual mysteries of the north in Jaipur and Agra. Travel from Kochi to Delhi and combine the slower delights of Kerala and Tamil Nadu with the rush and jumble of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on this incredible adventure. TRIP CHANGES FOR 2017: From 1st January 2017 this trip will be accommodated in Conoor instead of Ooty. We will continue to include the same activities in this region but will return to Conoor for the night.

Highlights

Known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Kochi is a fascinating blend of Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and English influences, and is best explored by ferry

Step back in time among the iridescent hills of the very British ‘Snooty Ooty’ - home of snooker and the charming Nilgiri toy train

Spot tigers, elephants, sloths and birds on safari around two of the best places in India to observe wildlife up close - Mudumalai National Park and Periyar Tiger Reserve

Feel energy radiate from the world’s largest solid crystal in the experimental city of Auroville

Experience a unique way of life with a family homestay in the idyllic backwaters of Kerala

Keep your adrenaline charged with a tiger spotting adventure among the lakes and crags of Ranthambhore National Park

Ride camels through the desert in Pushkar, gaining insight into the life of rural Rajasthan

Ballooning over Jaipur while the sun rises is an unforgettable experience

The hills and shimmering lakes of Udaipur make it India’s capital of romance

A trip to India wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal – a masterpiece of Indian architecture

Enjoy a variety of accommodation - from a fortified mansion to camping under the stars