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It is impossible to take in all corners of India in one trip. If you have just a couple of weeks to play though, it is possible to cover the most famous areas of both North and South, discover both rural and urban surrounds, and capture facets of history, culture, wildlife, and food. This compact itinerary offers just that, whilst still travelling at a relaxed pace and building in ample time at leisure to relax or explore individualistically.

In this India itinerary, you will get a good idea of how you will recce best places to visit in North India and the best places to visit in South India! Challo! (said as let’s go in India!)

Tour Overview

  • Duration:          21 Days
  • Starts:                Delhi
  • Ends:                  Chennai
  • Tour Guide:       Yes, English speaking local guides available at all places
  • Group Size:        Min 2 - Max 20
  • Minimum Age: 12 Years Accompanied By An Adult
  • Hotel Ratings:   Good 3 Star Hotels
  • Country:              India
  • Meals Included: 20 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners & 2 Lunches
  • Theme:                Explorer & Cultural
Prices & Dates
All departure dates are guaranteed to operate when there are 2 persons booked on the tour. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to solo travelers or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.
Please note:
To confirm your position on this trip we require your full name and date of birth at time of booking, to be able to secure tickets for included flight tickets

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Arrive at Delhi Airport and you shall be transferred to your hotel for overnight stay.

No Meals for the day

After breakfast take sightseeing tour of historic city visiting Old Delhi visiting the majestic Red Fort, a marvel in red sandstone, Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, both built by emperor Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame,

Later sightseeing continues to visit New Delhi include Rashtrapati Bhawan, one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; the India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war; Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty;

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Drive to Agra and check in at your hotel. After some rest move to see the Agra Fort built by Akbar where Shahjahans own son Aurangzeb imprisoned Shahjahan. The Agra fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Evening is free to explore on your own. Spend your night in Agra.

After visiting Agra Fort, we will continue to India’s most iconic site, encased in white marble. Taj Mahal, a symbol of eternal love, stands on the Southern bank of River Yamuna. The view of the Taj Mahal at sunset never fails to enchant first-time visitors and leave them speechless. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial that has the tomb of his beautiful wife Mumtaj Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Today after breakfast checkout and drive to Rural Stay

On the way to visit Fatehpur Sikri. Sikri the Phantom city or abandoned city built by the Mughal emperor Akbar in the second half of the 16th century. Fatehpur Sikri was the first planned city of the Mughals to be marked by magnificent administrative, residential, and religious buildings comprised of palaces, public buildings, mosques, and living areas for the court, the army, the servants of the king.
Continue to drive to your Rural stay which is situated on the bank of pious river Banganga emerged by the arrow of Arjuna to quench the last thirst of Bhisma Pitahmaha of Mahabharat. Enjoy your stay in this hidden gem of Rajasthan.
After some rest go for guided village walk tour.
Or opt for camel cart ride or enjoy village family cooking demo. Night stay is in rural village stay

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

After breakfast drive to Ranthambore (180 Kms) On arrival in Ranthambore - check into the hotel. Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary - Rajasthans most renowned wildlife sanctuary, it is 400 sq kms of dry deciduous forest, perfect natural habitat for tigers, and is set in the Aravalli and Vindhya hills, dotted with pavillions and dominated by a hilltop fort.
Ranthambore was one of the hunting preserves of the former rulers of Jaipur and because of this the Maharajas ensured the environment was preserved and the forest and their inhabitants well protected. It has a good population of tiger and their prey species, and has been declared a "Project Tiger" reserve. Wildlife includes blue bull, black buck, spotted deer or cheetal, wild boar, a large variety of bird species and, if very lucky, the rarely seen leopard. Overnight at hotel.

Ranthambhore National Park is closed between 1 July and 30 September each year. On trips departing during this time, you'll visit nearby Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary. Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary is located approx. 16km from Ranthambhore and due to its hilly terrain isn't as affected by the monsoon. Tigers also reside this area and spotting are more favourable at this time of year as they move here away from flooded areas of Ranthambhore.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

Seek out some of the park's more indescribable residents on a tiger safari, where you'll travel with a guide in search of the Royal Bengal tigers that call the park home. Keep an eye out for some of the tigers' neighbours as well, including sloth bears, hyenas, crocodiles, and a wide variety of birds. You shall be enjoying morning & afternoon game drives in Ranthambhore National Park. Night stay is in Ranthambhore

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

Morning checkout and drive to Jaipur On the way visit Abhaneri which is one of the oldest Step well in Rajasthan built by King Chanda (Chandra) who rule Abhaneri or ancient Abhanagari during 8th-9th Century A.D. Also known as Chand Baori, the Stepwell is one of the largest stepwells in the entirety of Rajasthan.

Continue your drive to Pink City of Jaipur a UNESCO world heritage site. Here visit Albert Hall Museum which is the oldest museum of the state and is the State museum of Rajasthan. The museum has a rich collection of artefacts like paintings, carpets, ivory, stone, metal sculptures, colourful crystal works etc.

Later visit Birla Temple which is a great piece of work in solely in white marble. Birla Mandir is a Hindu temple located in Jaipur, India and is one of many Birla mandirs. It was built by the B.M. Birla Foundation in 1988.
In the evening enjoy a movie at Rajmandir [On your own] which is Asia´s Second Best Cinema 2013 a highly recommended place. Opened on 1st June 1976 with the film Charas, Raj Mandir is the best-known cinema constructed in India. Overnight at Hotel in Jaipur

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

In the morning, we shall meet you at your hotel and take you for an experience of the morning aarti or prayer chanting at the Govind Devji Temple at the City Palace where crowds chant songs to the deity. Receive the blessings at this 18th century Krishna temple where the deity, worshipped by the erstwhile royal family.
From there, we’ll take you to the wholesale flower market near Hawa Mahal. Here you’ll see turbaned crowds trading sacks of roses and marigold.
There will be a short break of 10- 15 minutes, where we stop at a chaiwalla on Chaura raasta for some cardamom early morning tea in Kullad, which is one of the specialty in Rajasthan.
From there, we’ll take you back to your hotel for breakfast at last.

Later get ready for the first stop today is at the astonishing facade of the Hawa Mahal, the ‘Palace of the Winds’, erected as portion of the City Palace and aimed to allow the women of the harem to see the city lower without being seen. Visit the splendid City Palace, now a mesmerizing museum housing some of the treasures of Jaipur’s princely past. The City Palace of the Maharaja of Jaipur which has a fabulous collection of robes, saris in cotton and silk with gold latticed work, paintings, a huge collection of arms in the ammunition gallery,

Afterwards proceed to Amber Fort, which displays a beautiful mix of Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture. Also visit the Jagat Shiromani Temple on the foothills of the Amber Fort. Later stop by Jal Mahal (Water Palace) which was a resting place for the kings in summer time. After lunch visit also visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory built in 1727.

In the evening if you opt then we can arrange a short trip to local street food of Jaipur or explore the local markets with their mind-boggling varieties of colours, fragrances and people selling and buying almost everything under the sun like clothes, jewelery, bangles, shoes, utensils, spices and much more. These traditional markets of Jaipur are a big attraction by themselves.
Night stay is in Jaipur

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

After breakfast you will be transferred to Jaipur airport to board your flight for Varanasi.
On arrival at Varanasi you will be transferred to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Wake up in the wee hours to catch the sun rising from the boat ride on Ganges.
Set off at dawn, as the sun rises above the vast horizon, painting the pale and pastel-coloured sky with streaks of rich amber and red. be captivated with spectacular views of the vibrant, animated culture and traditions of the Hindu people. Watch the intimacy of life and death play out in this City of Light and absorb the dynamic sights and smells that settle in the labyrinth of crooked streets and bustling ghats (riverside steps).

Later deboard from boat ride and explore by lanes of Varanasi. You will be going through old Varanasi city in the very narrow lanes to find the life on the way and interact with the local people, etc. You will see a variety of historic structures, market alleyways, and Ghats. Discover Varanasi, one of the holiest sites for Hindus and a stunning example of how many religions and sects can coexist together.
Listen to the melodic tunes of musicians, from sitar players to flutists and tabla performers, as they awaken the city, evoking a pure sensory experience that fully compliments the awe-inspiring visual scenes. Varanasi is a powerful intense place, like nowhere else on earth.

Head back to the hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast you will be taken to visit some places of Varanasi. Varanasi has spiritual and mythological significance; and is deemed to be auspicious place to pass away. The city’s name is derived from confluence of two rivers: Varuna & Assi. Explore the city visiting chief attractions: Bharat Mata Temple, Burning Ghats, Benaras Hindu University and Sarnath (a significant Buddhist pilgrimage).

Evening you will be taken to see the famous Aarti in the Ganges. Engross in the beats of claps, ringing bells, blowing conch, enchanting mantras and hymns and the sweet-scented air. Let the magical aura of the place awaken your soul. Get back to the hotel after that. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Morning after breakfast you will be driven to Varanasi airport to board your flight to Kochi. On arrival at Kochi you shall be transferred to your hotel for overnight stay. Evening is free for leisure and rest. Overnight at Hotel in Kochi

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Your Kerala Tour starts here by the sightseeing of Fort Cochin a whole day by visiting the Chinese Fishing nets, Dutch Cemetery, St. Francis Church of 16th century where you can see the tomb of Vasco-da-gama, a Portuguese sailor and Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica. In the evening watch world famous Kathakali dance show
Overnight stay in Kochi
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

This is the day for you to enjoy the Alleppey House Boat at backwaters of Kerala.
In the afternoon, check-in the Air-conditioned Houseboat (also known as Kettuvallam) and have your delicious lunch and dinner in the houseboat. You can have the backwater cruise for about four hours by passing through the canals and see the real life activities of the people on the backwaters. In the evening, the houseboat will be stopped at one place. Have a dinner and comfortable stay in the houseboat. Overnight stay in Alappuzha

Meals: Lunch + Dinner + Breakfast
Accommodation Deluxe Houseboat

Drive to Periyar, also known as Thekkady, the frontier between Tamil Nadu and Kerala. On arrival check in at your hotel. Have a Spice Plantation Tour. Visit the spice plantations with a guide who explains the medicinal benefits of each and every plant such as pepper, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg etc.
Or if you want to experience the Adventure Tour in Thekkady then you can do some interesting activities [On direct payment basis] like trekking in the Periyar Wildlife Reserve, elephant ride, boat ride, traditional ayurvedic massage. Have a walk in the spice streets. One more night stay in Thekkady

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Arrive Madurai and get transferred to your hotel.

Afterwards followed by a visit with the group to the ancient Meenakshi Amman Temple, Shop at the bargain-filled bazaars bursting with treasures and jewelry shops galore before returning to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, head to the gigantic Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace with its imposing courtyard, grand throne chambers and entry flanked by stone carved horses. Later visit a local dance school practicing Bharatnatyam. Meet with students to learn more about the dance and attend a performance

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Start your drive to Trichy (Tiruchirappalli). Have a stop for Cultural Trip at 'Amma Mandapam' - the holy banks of River Cauvery, where you can see the Hindu rites after the cremation. It's quite interesting to see the rituals performed by the Hindus with the help of the priest.
Proceed your travel for Srirangam Mystical Tour. Often listed among the largest functioning Hindu temples in the world, the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam was built between the 6th and the 9th centuries by the Azhwar Saints. The temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu and is the 1st of the 108 Divya Desams or Vishnu Temples in the world. The temple complex has a span of 156 acres and is built in the Dravidian style of architecture.

Rockfort Uchchipillayar Temple refers to an ancient fort and the temple which is situated in the fort's highest reaches. The temple was built by the Pallavas in 508 AD are the oldest structure in the fort and is also a must be seen attraction. Overnight stay in Trichy

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Finish your breakfast and travel to enjoy the Sculptural Tour in Tanjore (Thanjavur). Thanjavur Art Gallery, situated within the Thanjavur Royal Palace, is one of the main attractions of Thanjavur town. Thanjavur Art Gallery, which is housed in the Nayak Hall of the place, has an wide collection of stone and bronze statues and idols belonging to the Chola period (8th - 9th centuries). Bronze statues belonging to the Pallava period are also exhibited here.

Visit the famous Brihadeeswara Temple also known as Big Temple, built in the year 1010 AD by the mighty Chola Emperor Raja Raja Chola. It remains as one of the greatest glories of Indian architecture.

Also visit Darasuram Temple. This temple is a storehouse of art and architecture and has some attractive stone carvings. Although this temple is much smaller than the Brihadeeswara Temple or the Gangaikondacholapuram Temple, it is more exquisite in detail. This is because this temple is said to have been built with nitya-vinoda, "perpetual entertainment", in mind. Both the temples are a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as 'Great Living Chola Temples'.
Check-in to the hotel and relax! Overnight stay in Kumbakonam.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Today you will be travelling to Pondicherry (Puducherry). Enroute stop and visit Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple. The person who can be credited with the creation of this temple is King Rajendra Chola, son of Raja Raja Chola. Rajendra built this temple to recreate his father's achievement, the Brihadeeswara Temple of Thanjavur. This temple is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as 'Great Living Chola Temples'.

Check-in to the hotel and start your Pondicherry City Trip. Visit the famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Despite the crowd, the members maintain discipline within the complex, restoring its peaceful environment. The ideals of the ashram are based on the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and Mira Alfassa.
Visit the Basilica of Sacred Heart of Jesus, established in 1908 by the French missionaries and attained the status of basilica in 2011. This Catholic Church is one of the finest churches of Pondicherry and an excellent example of Gothic architecture.
In the evening, if you want then you can have Rickshaw Ride through French colonies and Commercial Streets. Overnight stay in Puducherry

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Today we will go to Kanchipuram Temple Tour. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Ekambareswarar Temple has been spoken about by Tamil poets who lived in the 2nd century. During the rule of Pallavas, the original structure was pulled down and new temple was built. During Chola dynasty, the temple was improvised. The temple in its present form was the work of Krishnadevaraya, the most famous Vijayanagar King of Hampi in the year 1509.
Belonging to the 8th century, Kailasanathar Temple is one amongst the oldest structures in the city and it is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Pallava kings were famous for their love for architecture and one glance at the temple would suffice to understand the importance they attached to arts and architecture. The stone carvings with intricate and dedicated workings are beyond words.
Continue your drive to Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) and relax in the hotel. Overnight stay in Mahabalipuram

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Start your travel to UNESCO World Heritage Monumental Sites. Mahabalipuram, also called Mamallapuram is a historic town that finds mention in ancient Hindu mythology and legends. It was a bustling port city from 1st century BC till the time of the Pallavas in 9th century BC.
You can experience the competitive art works like Sea Shore Temple, Five Chariots, Arjuna's Penance, Krishna's Butter Ball, Varaha Cave etc. These are the monuments included in UNESCO's heritage site lists.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

This day you will be transferred to Chennai International Airport for your flight back home!

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: No Hotel

Tour Inclusions

Tour Highlights

Note: The highlights and sightseeing's may change depending on the departure date you choose.

  • Enjoy excellent regional cuisine in the area's top cities
  • Explore the bustling streets and markets in Old Delhi
  • Agra – Enjoy a visit to Agra Fort and the legendary Taj Mahal, the most extravagant symbol of love ever built
  • Search for tigers in Ranthambore National Park
  • Marvel at the fortresses and palaces of the Rajasthani Royals
  • Take a boat trip along the Ganges to see the pilgrims
  • Experience river ghats (and sari shops) in the "Varanasi of central India"
  • Explore the backwaters and visit historic Fort Cochin
  • Cruise Kerala's famous backwater canals and stay overnight on a houseboat
  • Get up close to unique bird and butterfly species in a Periyar sanctuary and national park
  • Wander Madurai, one of the oldest cities in the world and the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu
  • Take in one of the world's tallest temples at Brihadeeshwara
  • Enjoy France in India in the former colonial enclave of Pondicherry.
  • Stroll through the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram.


  • 20 Breakfasts, 5 dinners  & 2 lunches as per tour plan
  • 20 nights in 3 star and heritage hotels
  • Guided sightseeing at all places
  • Rickshaw ride in Delhi
  • Camel Cart ride while staying in rural village
  • Rickshaw tour in Pink city Jaipur
  • 2 Shared tiger safaris in Ranthamhore with naturalist
  • Morning boat ride on River Ganges in Varanasi
  • Watch spectacular evening aarti celebrations of River Ganges in Varanasi
  • Kathakali Dance show in Kochi
  • Kerala traditional martial art show  [which is 5000 years old] in Periyar
  • Spice plantation tour in Periyar

What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities
  • International Travel
  • Any monuments fees as per tour plan
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In the summer months, Rajasthan can get very hot. Be sure to drink lots of water, pack light cotton clothing and use suitable skin guard.

There are numerous early mornings on this trip, as many parts of India really become active in the dawn light.

It can get foggy between December and February, which can put a new twist on the already stunning panorama. Though, it may cause traffic congestion and delays.

Yes! Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our tours and needs to cover personal accident & liability, medical expenses and repatriation, travel delay & abandonment. We also strongly recommend that you take out cover against cancellation and lost/stolen baggage. Personal medical insurance does not normally provide sufficient cover and is generally not suitable for travel on our tours.

Depends on Nationality. For more information of Tourist Visa visit https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/

Yes -But have to pay extra cost. Please send mail to us at india@travelntoursindia.co.uk

Yes – mostly in all the hotels free Wi -Fi is available

60 days prior to departure

About Accommodation

A variety of hotels are exercised in India. These can differ in terms of service, efficiency and cleanliness. In many occasions they might not be like what you are used to back home.

The hotel accommodation on this trip is in air-conditioned rooms. Some areas of India experience daily load shedding. This is where the power may be turned off at certain times of the day and usually occurs for a few hours in the early afternoon. Though a number of hotels have generators there may be times when these won’t work. Most hotel properties have a restaurant or cafe serving local meals. Many restaurants and hotels do not serve alcohol for religious reasons or due to local laws.

During the trip, we request that our properties prepare rooms in time for our arrival, particularly if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However, this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in instantly on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and discover our new destination or on some trips, have use of shared day rooms until all rooms are available.

Showers at some hotels only have hot water at peak times (usually morning and evening). Outside of these times, you may need to speak to reception to obtain hot water.

Generally, Wi Fi is available in most parts of India and at most of the accommodation we use. Sometimes it's free in the room, other times only available in reception or public areas. A general rule of thumb is the more expensive the hotel, the higher charge for Wi Fi access.

If you have any issues with your room, please speak to the hotel or local representative right away rather than your travel agent so that the problem can be addressed without delay.


Main roads in India are regularly very busy with an variety of vehicles from the biggest trucks (who always have right of way) down to bikes (and animals!). Surpassing on blind corners at speed is common as is the total use of the horn as a form of communication. Drivers of our private vehicles are experienced and well trained. If you are uncomfortable with your driver, please always let your travel agent know immediately.


Distances in India do not replicate the driving time and to cover 100km may take much lengthier than you would expect at home, even if much of the route is on a highway.


The best way to see India is at ground level on the railway system. In fact, no visit to India would be complete without the experience of travelling on a train and negotiating the busy railway stations. The chaos in the Indian Railway stations is a replica of the life in India. Indian trains are not merely a conveyance they are an odyssey so sit back relax, be patient and enjoy the show.

tti tours uses a combination of AC 2 tier, AC 3 tier (for overnight journeys) and AC Chair car or second class seats for day journeys.

There are no restaurant or buffet cars on Indian Railways, but on long distance trains a coach attendant will appear at your berth and ask you if you would like to order food. Regular stops are made at stations where food is also obtainable and on some trains many vendors board the train selling chai, cold drinks and crisps and biscuits.

Don't imagine pristine western standards anywhere in India, but you'll find AC2, AC3 and AC Chair class fairly clean by Indian standards, with both western-style and squat toilets usually in a reasonably sanitary condition. Bring your own toilet paper and hand wash soap or liquid.

Indian trains are quite safe to travel on, even for families or women traveling alone, and you are unlikely to have any problems. Having said that, theft of luggage, although rare is not unheard of, so just for peace of mind you may like to take along a chain and padlock to safe your bags (readily available at all Indian railway stations).

IMPORTANT NOTE: If travelling between December to February in Indian Trains

From December to February, delays are more common, especially in the north of the country due to fog. It’s not uncommon for trains to be delayed for up to 12 hours. On occasion, your trip may need to be rerouted to allow for these delays. Your travel agent in conjunction with our local office will advise any changes to the itinerary.


Airlines in India are of excellent quality. Airports are becoming more modern (especially in the major and tourist cities). To enter the airport, you must have a copy of your flight ticket and passport. Schedule changes and delays do occur, especially when weather conditions make visibility poor.


Eating is a big part of traveling. Normally, meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating opportunities, to give you the maximum elasticity in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Vegetarians will be able to find a huge range of different foods - India is vegetarian heaven.