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Luxury

Contrasts of India

Kochi to New Delhi
23 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: INKRMV23
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Uncover the Gujarat

Discover the hidden treasures of the little know state of Gujarat in India's north west.

Meet the Mughal Jewellers

Enjoy a private rendezvous with the current owners of the aristocratic Kohinoor Jewellers and see their treasured pieces.

See the Iconic Taj Mahal

Experience the majesty of the Taj Mahal, a world-famous symbol to everlasting love.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 15 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions in four locations
  • Luxury dining - a total of 55 meals
  • Expert APT Tour Director
  • Seven-night Deccan Odyssey rail journey

Map & Itinerary

Asia Map INKRMV23 2020
Kochi to New Delhi

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest

Welcome to India! We’ll meet you on arrival and take you to your hotel in coastal Kochi.

Stay: Two Nights, Le Méridien Kochi

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance performance.


Today you’re in expert hands guided through the heritage Fort Kochi area, via Jewtown and the Paradesi Synagogue. Soak up the scenic promenade and see cantilevered Chinese fishing nets before visiting St Francis Church. Later, take a seat at a Kathakali dance performance and enjoy a welcome dinner.

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Girl in traditional Indian sari welcoming guests

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Choose to join a Keralan cooking demonstration or opt for an Ayurvedic lecture and massage, to soothe mind, body and soul.


Time-honoured traditions are the order of today. Travel to Kumarakom via Kumbalanghi Village to see an ancient way of life. Breaking for lunch and enjoy time to check into your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Kumarakom Lake Resort

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Discover the traditional martial art of India, Kalaripayattu, which originated in Kerala. Learn how it is one of the oldest martial arts traditions in the world, but is gaining modern popularity after featuring in Bollywood movies.


Ease into today as you like or join a yoga class. Then cruise Kerala’s backwaters aboard a houseboat. Enjoy dinner this evening.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Learn how traditional and modern dance forms blend beautifully as you take part in a Bollywood dance lesson.


Transfer to board your flight to Mumbai, home to India’s Bollywood movie scene. Settle into your hotel before dinner tonight, a haven away from it all in central Mumbai.

Stay: Mumbai, Taj Mahal Palace

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Start today early with an introduction to the Koli fisher-folk at the Khar Danda Koliwada indoor fish market. Visit highlights including India Gate, the Hanging Gardens, Kamla Nehru Park, Mani Bhawan and Dhobi Ghat. Then board your luxury Deccan Odyssey train.

Stay: Seven Nights, Deccan Odyssey

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India Gate during sunset

Head from Vadorada to World-Heritage listed Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park. Relax over lunch before seeing the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, in the Maharaja’s Laxmi Vilas Palace. Enjoy an Indian high tea before a folk performance. Dine on board tonight.

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In the town of Palitana today, your destination is an intricate Jain temple system high on a hilltop. Meet with a local Jain monk to learn how this religion shares similarities with Buddhism.

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Set out early to Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. You’ll be joined by an expert guide to seek out the rare Asiatic lion. Outside of Africa, this is the only place wild lions can be found. Later, a traditional dance performance at Gir Gateway Hotel precedes sunset views over the 4th-century Somnath Temple.

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The salt desert of Little Rann of Kutch sets the scene for today’s wildlife adventure. This haunting moonscape is a haven for birds and the setting for your desert safari. Followed by a visit to the Wild Ass Sanctuary, to see local protected fauna. After a bite to eat at the Rann Riders Safari Resort, a village tour introduces you to regional culture, before returning back on board for dinner at the end of the day.

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Step aboard the Deccan Odyssey a veritable palace on wheels

Digging deep into India’s history this morning, visit the 8th-century fortified town of Patan. Here, spend time exploring the Hindu Sun Temple of Modhera. Later, the 11th-century inverted temple and well complex of World Heritage-listed Rani Ki Vav (Queen’s Stepwell) reveals its splendid depths. You’re also invited to visit a traditional Gujarat home, where you’ll learn all about the royal history of the region’s patterned silk sari.

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Today, journey underground to see the ancient Pandavleni Caves in Nashik. A group of 24 Buddhist cave temples, carved out of the cliff-face between the first century BC and third century AD. Back above ground, take your time over a lunch with local wine at the nearby Grover Zampa vineyards.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a range of dining options at your hotel for dinner this evening. Perhaps enjoy a sumptuous and traditional Indian meal at Cinnamon, or indulge in some Italian cuisine and dine al fresco at Giardino.


Returning to Mumbai today, disembark from the Deccan Odyssey one last time. Transfer to the airport for your included flight and arrange your check-in to your hotel.

Stay: Three Nights, Jaipur, Jai Mahal Palace

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Dine with Indian aristocracy on fine Rajasthani cuisine and enjoy a firsthand narration of the family’s ancestry.


Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur is within striking distance to the cliffside Amber Fort complex, your first discovery for today. Then continue to the gardens and buildings of the City Palace in Jaipur. There’s time to explore the 18th-century World Heritage-listed observatory, Jantar Mantar before lunch and a trip to the local market.

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Amber Fort in Jaipur panoramic view

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

You might like to take a tour of Jaipur’s bustling bazaars, or head out on a heritage walk to learn more about the city’s intricate old temples and painted havelis. Alternatively, set off on an excursion to the small village of Sanganer, famous for its handmade crafts and beautiful blue pottery. If a day of relaxation is calling, pamper yourself with a spa treatment at your hotel.


Why not seize the sunrise with an optional hot air balloon ride over Jaipur (own expense). Then the day is yours to explore more of Jaipur and choose from a range of Freedom of Choice Sightseeing options.

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Make the trip to Ranthambore today, home to one of India’s best tiger reserves. After checking into your hotel, there’s time to get to know the local village and visit the Dastkar Centre, displaying local crafting skills.

Stay: Two Nights, Ranthambore, Oberoi Vanyavilas

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Get back to nature In Ranthambore National Park today. A world away from the 24-hour cities you’ve already witnessed. Accompanied by a naturalist, you’ll head out on morning and afternoon game drives in search of an array of wildlife – Bengal tigers, leopards, long-eared hedgehogs, sloth bears and much more that all call this park home.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a champagne reception and guided tour of the Kohinoor Gem Museum, home to an exquisite collection of Mughal artefacts.


With your eye on the prize, Agra’s Taj Mahal, first travel by train to Bharatpur to see Emperor Akbar’s abandoned 16th-century capital Fatehpur Sikri. Later, arrive in Agra for a tour of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Later, return to your hotel for dinner.

Stay: Agra, Oberoi Amarvilas

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Huge marble building with reflections on the water

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a range of dining options at your hotel for dinner this evening. Perhaps dine at the Orient Express restaurant for some European cuisine, or Spicy Duck, which brings a little taste of China to the heart of India. If you aren’t quite sure, head to the atmospheric Capital Kitchen and choose from a range of Indian, Asian and Western classics.


Before moving on to New Delhi, spend time in Agra this morning, discovering one of the finest Mughal forts in India. Agra Fort was built by Emperor Akbar in 1565 and is one of the city’s most historic sites. This evening, you’ll be in New Delhi before you know it, perusing the dinner menu at your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Delhi, Taj Palace Hotel

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Travel by rickshaw through Old Delhi. The best way to unravel its labyrinth of tiny lanes and see the main street Chandni Chowk. Then visit India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid. After lunch, iconic sights sweep past you with a drive by Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India) and a visit to India Gate and Humayun’s Tomb. Tonight, you’ll dine at the Masala Library restaurant.

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After breakfast, it’s time to head for the airport bound for Varanasi. On arrival, transfer to your hotel conveniently located in the city centre. Varanasi perches dramatically over the sacred River Ganges, so an evening prayer cruise and fire-lit Aarti ceremony seem a fitting start to your stay here. Later, you’ll make your way through the colourful streets of Varanasi’s Old City with a guide, before returning to your hotel for dinner this evening.

Stay: Two Nights, Varanasi, Taj Gateway Hotel

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There’s so much to see along the Ganges shoreline where locals, traders and merchants still gather on the steps of the riverbanks, just as their ancestors did. Today, on a cruise along this mighty river, float past the burning ghats (steps) where ceremonial cremations are still carried out in the traditional way. Back in the city, you’ll discover the spiritual heart of modern-day India on a visit to Sarnath, an important Buddhist centre.

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View of colourful waterside village with umbrellas and people, India

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Take part in a yoga session on the banks of the Ganges River. Alternatively, you might want to learn about Indian traditional music as you meet a local guru.


This morning, choose from a range of sightseeing options. Later, transfer to the airport for your included flight to Delhi to connect with your onward flight.

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Travel & Accommodation

The Deccan Odyssey

Welcome onto India's Palace on Wheels, the Deccan Odyssey as you roll through the heart of this fascinating country.

The Oberoi Amarvilas

Stay moments from the Taj Mahal at the opulent Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra.

Taj Jai Mahal Palace

Step back in time during a stay at the heritage Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur.

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