India's Rich Culture, Heritage, Tea Estate & Backwater Tour 19 days

 
  • Covid-19 Safe
  • Private tour
  • Solo friendly
  • Family friendly

India's Rich Culture, Heritage, Tea Estate & Backwater Tour will begin in Delhi. Visit the historical city Delhi, witness the immortal beauty of the Taj Mahal, admire the graceful cenotaphs of Orchha and the sensuous moods of the temples at Khajuraho. Then fly to the sacred city Varanasi and cruise on the River Ganges to observe ancient spiritual rites. Fly to Mumbai, visit Elephanta Caves & colonial-era monuments. Fly to Aurangabad to get close look at the stunning Ajanta and Ellora Caves two unique UNESCO World Heritage sites dating between 2nd century BC and 6th century AD. Fly to Cochin in Kerala and witness the unparalleled natural, historical & heritage charm. Kerala tour will take you to rich historical sights of Cochin, aromatic tea estate in Munnar, exotic wildlife in Thekkady & cruise on backwaters in Alleppey. Fly back to Delhi for your onward connection.


Day 1 Arrive Delhi

On arrival at Delhi airport assistance & transfer to hotel check in. O/n at hotel.

Day 2 Delhi (B)

City tour of Delhi visiting Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Raj Gath, Humayun Tomb, Qutab Minar & Lotus Temple. Also drive pass President House, Parliament & India Gate etc. O/n at hotel.

Day 3 Delhi - Agra (204kms) (B)

Drive to Agra check in at hotel. Later visit Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Itmad-ud-Daula Tomb. O/n at hotel.

Day 4 Agra - Orchha (220kms) (B)

Drive to Orchha. Enroute visit Gwalior Fort known for its great architecture and rich past. Arrive Orchha check in at hotel. Later visit Orchha Fort complex, which houses fort, palaces, temples & other edifices. O/n at hotel.

Day 5 Orchha - Khajuraho (178km) (B)

Drive to Khajuraho check in at hotel. Visit exceptionally well maintained Khajuraho temples built in the short span of hundred years from 950-1050 AD by Chandela dynasty. O/n at hotel.

Day 6 Khajuraho - Varanasi (flight) (B)

Transfer to airport to board flight for Varanasi. On arrival transfer to hotel. Evening attend Holy Ganga Aarti, a magical ritual held at sunset on the banks of the holy Ganges. O/n at hotel.

Day 7 Varanasi (B)

Early morning boat ride & Ghat visit. Later visit Banaras Hindu University, Bharat Mata Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple & Sarnath Temple complex including the Great Dhamekh Stupa. If time permit visit Ram Nagar Fort & Museum. O/n at hotel.

Day 8 Varanasi - Mumbai (flight) (B)

Transfer to airport to board flight for Mumbai. On arrival transfer to hotel check in. Rest time free for personal activities. O/n at hotel.

Day 9 Mumbai (B)

Morning excursion to Elephant caves (Monday closed). Later city tour visiting CST, Prince of Wales Museum, Mani Bhawan & Dhobhi Ghat. O/n at hotel.

Day 10 Mumbai - Aurangabad (flight) (B)

Transfer to airport to board flight for Aurangabad. On arrival transfer to hotel. Later visit Ellora Caves, Grishneshwar Temple & Daulatabad Fort. Also visit Bibi ka Maqbara, Panchakki & Aurangabad Caves. O/n at hotel.

Day 11 Aurangabad (B)

Full day excursion to Ajanta which house 30 rock-cut cave from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 CE. Drive back to Aurangabad for overnight stay.

Day 12 Aurangabad - Cochin (flight) (B)

Transfer to airport to board flight for Cochin. On arrival at Cochin airport assistance & transfer hotel check in. In the evening enjoy Kathakali, a traditional dance form of Kerala with lavish costumes, exotic makeup, masks etc. O/n at hotel.

Day 13 Cochin - Munnar (140kms) (B)

Visit Fort Cochin, St. Frances Church, Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Dutchs Palace & Chinese fishing nets. After sightseeing drive to Munnar, check in at hotel. Later tea estate visit & tea testing. O/n at hotel.

Day 14 Munnar (B)

Visit Pothamedu, Mattupetty dam, Rajamala hill, Eravikulam National Park, Mattupedi Dairy Farm, Echo Point & Tea Museum. O/n at hotel.

Day 15 Munnar - Thekkady (110kms) (B)

Drive to Thekkady via Ramakkalmedu one of the windiest places in Asia. Visit Frog Rock, Turtle Rock & twin-statue Kuravan & Kurathi. Arrive Thekkady check in at hotel. Evening attend Martial Arts & Kathakali Dance show. O/n at hotel.

Day 16 Thekkady (B)

Explore Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary on a boat. Sanctuary is home to tigers, elephant, rare lion-tailed macaques, sambar deer, leopards and Indian bison. Later spice plantation tour to see crops of cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee etc. O/n at hotel.

Day 17 Thekkady - Alleppey (140kms) (B)

Transfer to Alleppey boat jetty to board houseboat and sail through the tropical countryside enchanting backwaters. The Houseboats have generated electricity, sitting cum dining area, separate bedroom with attached English toilets, sun deck and fully loaded kitchen with a chef & driver. O/n in houseboat.

Day 18 Alleppey - Cochin (60kms)/ Delhi (flight) (B)

Disembark from the houseboat and drive to Cochin airport to board flight for Delhi.

On arrival transfer to the hotel. Rest time free and easy to relax and visit any place of your interest with your driver. O/n at hotel.

Day 19 Delhi - Departure (flight) (B)

As per flight schedule transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.

* Please check prices for full list of inclusions and exclusions


Inclusions and exclusions

  • Assistance on arrival at airport
  • 18 Nights accommodation in selected price category hotels
  • Meal as per day plan (B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner)
  • Private air conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program
  • Monuments entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water in car
  • Government taxes
  • Agra x 1 night 3* - Howard Plaza the Fern/ Atulyaa Taj DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Agra x 1 night 4* - Radission Hotel/ Crystal Sarovar Premier DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Agra x 1 night 5* - Trident Hotel/ Courtyard by Marriott DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Alleppey x 1 night 3* - Deluxe Houseboat (ATDC Houseboat/ Dream Boats) DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Alleppey x 1 night 4* - Premium Houseboat (Abad Premium Houseboats/ Rainbow Premium Houseboats) DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Alleppey x 1 night 5* - Luxury Houseboat (Xandari Riverscapes/ Lakes & Lagoons) DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Aurangabad x 2 nights 3* - Keys Hotel The Aures/ Aurangabad Gymkhana Club DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Aurangabad x 2 nights 4* - Ambassador Ajanta / VITS Hotel DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Aurangabad x 2 nights 5* - WelcomHotel Rama International / Lemon Tree Hotel DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Cochin x 1 nights 3* - The Dune Hotel/ Abad Plaza DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Cochin x 1 nights 4* - Casino Hotel/ The Avenue Regent DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Cochin x 1 nights 5* - Xandari Harbour/ Le Meridien DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Delhi x 3 nights 3* - Madhuban Hotel/ Emarald Hotel DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Delhi x 3 nights 4* - The Royal Plaza/ Country Inn & Suite Saket DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Delhi x 3 nights 5* - Le Meridien/ The Claridges DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Khajuraho x 1 night 3* - Ramada/Clarks Hotel DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Khajuraho x 1 night 4* - Radisson Hotel/ Hotel Chandela DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Khajuraho x 1 night 5* - The Lalit Temple View DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Mumbai x 2 night 3* - Hotel Suba Palace/ BW Hotel Sahil DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Mumbai x 2 night 4* - Sun-N-Sand Hotel/ Fariyas Hotel DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Mumbai x 2 night 5* - Trident Hotel/ ITC Grand Central DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Munnar x 2 nights 3* - Fort Munnar/ Abad Copper Castle DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Munnar x 2 nights 4* - Nature Zone Jungle Resort/ Fragrant Nature Munnar DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Munnar x 2 nights 5* - Chandys Windy Woods/ Tea County DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Orchha x 1 night 3* - Orchha Resort/ Amar Mahal DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Orchha x 1 night 4* - Orchha Resort/ Amar Mahal DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Orchha x 1 night 5* - Orchha Palace and Convention Centre x 1 night DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Pariyar (Thekkady) x 2 night 3* - Abad Green Forest/ Hotel Treetop DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Pariyar (Thekkady) x 2 night 3* - Abad Green Forest/ Hotel Treetop 4* - The Elephant Court/ Cardamom County 5* - Spice village/ Cardamom County DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Pariyar (Thekkady) x 2 night 4* - The Elephant Court/ Cardamom County DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Varanasi x 2 nights 3* - Meraden Grand/ Amaya Hotel DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Varanasi x 2 nights 4* - Rivatas by Ideal/ Palace On Ganges DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Varanasi x 2 nights 5* - Radisson Hotel/ Gateway Hotel Taj DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Khajuraho - Varanasi - Mumbai - Aurangabad - Cochin - Delhi flight fare approx INR 30500 per person in economy class
  • Camera charges at monuments
  • Meals other than mentioned in day plan
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc
  • Gratuities & optional activities
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

Available in

English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Italian
(Other than English guide subject to availability and at additional cost)


Available for

Infants, Children, Students, Adults, Seniors



Departure & Return

Start city: New Delhi , NCT, India

Pick up times available: 09:00

Pick up location: Delhi Airport

Ends at: Mumbai Airport

Nearest airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)



Covid-19 measures

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Eco Features:

  • Interaction with locals or nature
    Interaction with locals or nature
    The major part of the tour is spent on interacting with local communities, their representative(s) (other than guides) or observing the nature or animals without disturbing their natural habitat and environment
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Local or indigenous tour guide(s)

Cancellation policy

0% cancellation fee - 15 days or more before the travel date
20% cancellation fee - between 7-14 days before the travel date
50% cancellation fee - between 3-6 days before the travel date
100% cancellation fee - between 0-2 days before the travel date

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from $2272 per person

* Minimum of 1 adults are required on this tour

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* Free cancellation until 15 days before departure