Hosted by Helen Andreson, Gourmet Traveller's travel editor who has a lifelong love affair with India
Enjoy an exclusive lunch overlooking the ultimate symbol of everlasting love, the Taj Mahal
Enjoy sublime gourmet creations showcasing the flavours of the region, while favourites from home are also available
These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises
Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest
Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories
Be met upon arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Kochi. Known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Kochi has lured wanderers and traders for centuries.
Stay: Two Nights: Crowne Plaza KochiDaily :
Tonight, choose from a range of delicious dining options.
Explore the quaint Fort Kochi area on a guided tour. Enjoy strolling along the promenade and seeing the cantilevered Chinese Fishing Nets brought to the region by Chinese fishermen in the 14th Century. Later stroll through the history-filled streets of Jewtown, before visiting the ornate Paradesi Synagogue. Head to St Francis Church, and learn about the fascinating colonial history. Next, enjoy lunch at the Brunton Boatyard Hotel. Later, delight in a traditional Kathakali dance performance.Daily :
In Kumarakom you can choose to learn the secrets of preparing a traditional Keralan meal during a cooking demonstration. Alternatively, you may partake in a lecture on the Indian health practice of Ayurveda.
This morning travel to Kumarakom.
Stay: Two Nights: Kumarakom Lake ResortDaily :
This morning, you may choose to participate in a yoga class. Later, enjoy a cruise on the backwaters of Kerala which offer an unhurried, laid back travel experience along picturesque lagoons and canals. This was once the most important and economical means of transport and trade in Kerala, used to ferry rice and spices. This is an endless string of interconnected waterways stretching along the Malabar Coast. Calmly glide through the beautiful Vembanad Lake, on board a majestic house boat, past a cluster of islands rich with vigour and beauty. Enjoy a seafood dinner this evening.Daily :
In the afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Mumbai. On arrival you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel, located in the heart of the city that’s considered to be the most modern in India.
Stay: Oberoi Mumbai HotelDaily :
This morning set out on a tour of Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay and discover why this is the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India. Visit the India Gate, a monument overlooking the Arabian Sea that was erected to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Later transfer to the World Heritage- listed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a railway station that is a sightseeing highlight in itself and board the Deccan Odyssey for Welcome Drinks. Enjoy free time to explore the train and dinner on board before an overnight journey waking in Vadodara.
Stay: Seven Nights: Deccan OdysseyDaily :
After breakfast explore the World-Heritage listed Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park, the only Islamic pre-Mughal city in India that remains unchanged. The site is endowed with rich architecture that show influences from Hindu, Muslim and Jain religions. After lunch back aboard the Deccan Odyssey visit the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum and enjoy a high tea at the royal Laxmi Vilas Palace. Enjoy a special folk performance before reboarding your train where your odyssey continues tonight.Daily :
Wake up to breakfast overlooking the Aravali Ranges as your roll into Udaipur, India’s ‘City of the Lake’ also known as the ‘Venice of the East’. Udaipur was famously referred to as ‘the most romantic spot on the continent of India’ in 1829 by Colonel James Tod, of the East India Company. Nowadays Udaipur is known as the centre for performing arts and crafts. Today join a guided tour including the elaborate City Palace, situated on the east bank of Lake Pichola. This palatial complex was constructed over some 400 years, with contributions from several rulers and shows architectural influences from Rajasthani, Mughal, Medieval, European and Chinese cultures. Enjoy a boat ride on the lake affording spectacular views of the Palace and other significant buildings surrounding the lake, before lunch back aboard your train. This afternoon explore the Old Town by foot, a perfect opportunity to purchase unique handicrafts from the market including puppets, clothe lanterns, jewellery, wooden boxes, among others.Daily :
This morning you are spoilt for choice in Jodhpur, the Sun City of Rajasthan. The former capital of the Marwar kingdom, is a beautiful city with the Thar Desert as an epic backdrop. Jodhpur houses some amazing temples, forts and palaces which you will be given the opportunity to see. Visit the Bishnoi tribal village to see traditional potters and weavers at work. After lunch prepare to explore the mighty Mehrangarh Fort set on a rocky hill that rises 400 feet above the surrounding plain. Explore one of India’s largest forts, including the fascinating museum that houses royal palanquins, armoury, paintings, costumes, and personal belongings of the family of Rao Jodha who built this impressive fort in 1459. Your walking tour takes you to the Turban Gallery and past the Old Clock Tower market and striking havelis. Dinner tonight is a royal affair, a Marwar barbecue held in the maharajah courtyard at the fort.Daily :
Enjoy a private and exclusive lunch at Taj Khema with sublime views of the Taj Mahal. After lunch pay a visit to a local market, popular for Mughal-style ornaments with intricate marble-inlay work and carvings.
Arrive today in Agra, home to some of the most magnificent architectural gems that were built by Mughal emperors during their reign. After a relaxed breakfast, get set to visit the iconic Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Built by Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, this white marble mausoleum is festooned with precious and semi-precious stones. Reboard the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as tonight you roll towards Ranthambore National Park.Daily :
Following breakfast embark on a morning village walking tour in Sawai Madhopur where you will see the town’s many interesting temples. Lunch back on board brims with anticipation as you prepare for a safari to one of India’s best tiger reserves, Ranthambore National Park. Along with the popular resident tigers, you might be lucky enough to also see leopards, hyenas, jackals, sloth bears, Indian wild boar, Indian porcupines, long-eared hedgehogs and mongoose. The park is also home to a large diversity of birdlife and many fascinating reptiles including crocodiles, tortoise, and Indian chameleon among others. Later, enjoy high tea at a royal wilderness lodge set deep within the park. Travel back to your train and enjoy dinner aboard as you roll towards the Rajasthani capital Jaipur.Daily :
Today explore Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, including a visit to the Amber Fort, City Palace and the 18th-century World Heritage-listed observatory, Jantar Mantar, home to a collection of architectural astronomical instruments. After lunch visit the bustling local market to get your hands on some colourful handicrafts.Daily :
This evening, choose from a range of dining options at your hotel.
A tour of Old Delhi begins at the highly decorative Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. Later, explore the labyrinth of tiny lanes of Shahjahanabad in a cycle-rickshaw. Later drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the President of India, and visit India Gate. After lunch, transfer to your centrally located hotel and enjoy the afternoon at leisure, perhaps visiting the nearby Central Park or the interesting Jantar Mantar, consisting of 13 architectural astronomy instruments.
Stay: Two Nights: Delhi, Taj Palace HotelDaily :
After a morning at leisure, visit the home of a local family to enjoy a cooking demonstration followed by lunch. After lunch, drive to the iconic Humayun’s Tomb, one of the most experimental and innovative monuments of its time. It inspired a major architectural revolution in India, influenced by Persian designs and built by Persian and Indian craftsmen, this architectural movement would culminate in the construction of the Taj Mahal. Tonight, enjoy a dinner fit for a Maharajah at Bukhara Restaurant.Daily :
After a morning at leisure, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.Daily :
Welcome onto India's Palace on Wheels, the Deccan Odyssey as you roll through the heart of this fascinating country
Relax on the tranquil backwaters of Kerala in India's south as you cruise aboard a luxurious houseboat
Prepare to be pampered as you stay in absolute luxury across India
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