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India Travel » Budget India Tours » North & South India Tour - 18 days

North and south India Tour - 18 days

Tour Brief

This is a private trip, you can start on any date. You can even request to customize this itinerary.

Duration: 17 Nights/ 18 Days
Price: Starting USD 1110 USD 1398 per person
Destination :Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ranakpur, Udaipur, Cochin, Munnar, Alleppey, Kovalam, Trivandrum
Region: North India, South India
Validity: Till March, 2017

This trip covers the colorful state of Rajasthan and the beautiful Southern state of Kerala in general , added to this is -Khajuraho with its erotic temples and the lesser travelled sleepy town of Orchha. Forts, Palaces, Taj Mahal, historical monuments, erotic temples, backwaters, beaches, tea /rubber /spice plantations and the option to go up to the southernmost point of India – This is a great 3 week North and South India trip. In general this is a mix of 2 trip itineraries that are listed individually on our website.

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with Basic hotels
USD 1110 USD 1398
per person
with Standard hotels
USD 1410 USD 1770
per person
with Comfort hotels
USD 2130 USD 2682
per person

Itinerary

All our itineraries below are bare-bone versions. While our Budget tours are private guided tours meant to be assisted with our on-ground customer support available at your disposal 24/7 while you are on a tour with us, being on a private tour you have flexibility to add or subtract activities within a city as per your interest or in consultation with us or your tour guide or as per available time. Our itineraries are made to deliver optimal travel routes and experience.

Day 01 : Arrive New Delhi
Idiscoverindia tour packagesArrive Delhi, as per your flight schedule pick up from New Delhi airport and transfer to hotel, day at you rest, Overnight stay at Hotel.
Depending on your arrival time, you can also go for some short tour on this day, or relax and take rest, Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02 : New Delhi
New Delhi’ also commonly referred as “Delhi”, is the capital of India. Perhaps one of the most interesting capitals in the world , with its mix of old and new.
Delhi’s place in the Indian history is depicted in its architectural heritage. Even today you can see the glimpses of history in its various monuments (or what’s left of it) present around the city. Delhi has a long and fascinating history and there are plenty of things to see. There are structures in every nook and corner that speak of Delhi’s heritage .There are cultural happenings all over the town that shout out for its deep-seated root.

After breakfast set out on a guided city tour to visit the historical and cultural marvels of Old Delhi.Today your guided tour will include the visit to Red Fort, Jama Masjid (India Largest Mosque), Additionally you can take a walk or Rickshaw ride through the silver street of Chandni Chowk, visit Rajghat (memorial to Mahatma Gandhi). Retun back to hotel, take rest, evening free to take walk tour around the popular streets markets called Janpath, Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 03 : New Delhi To Agra
Idiscoverindia tour packagesAgra  is not only the erstwhile capital of Hindustan  it is also the present  tourism capital of the country .The city situated  on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India, is located about 200 kilometers south of  the national capital New Delhi. It achieved fame as the capital of the Mughal emperors from 1526 to 1658 and remains a major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur  Sikri, all three of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
After breakfast, half day city tour to visit the historical and cultural marvels of New Delhi, today your guided tour will include the visit to India Gate, a memorial raised in honor of the Indian soldiers martyred during the war, Rashtrapati Bhawan, one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys, Humayun’s Tomb (a  World Heritage site) , lotus shaped Bhai’s Temple and Qutub Minar, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty.
Later after lunch, transfer from Delhi to Agra [200 Km, 4-5 Hrs.], arrive Agra and check in hotel, take rest, evening free, Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04 : Agra
Idiscoverindia tour packagesEarly morning if interested you can visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise, ( it opens at 6:00 A.M.) later after breakfast, day city tour to visit Red Fort (red sandstone Fort built by emperor Akbar in 1565), Itmad-ud-daulah ( a mughal mausoleum also known as Baby Taj) & Sikandra, evening free, Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 05 : Agra To Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri
Jaipur is one of the finest planned cities of India, located in the semi-desert lands of Rajasthan. The city which once had been the capital of the royalty now is the capital city of Rajasthan. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal families. Shopping, Culinary Delights, History and Culture, Forts and Palaces, it has it all .

After breakfast, transfer from Agra to Jaipur [250 Km, 5-6 Hrs.], on the way stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri for a guided tour of this World heritage site. This  red sandstone city was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in AD 1564 in honour of the Muslim saint Sheikh Salim Chisthi. Fatehpur Sikri was intended to be the capital city but the shortage of water and unrest in the north-west made Akbar abandon it after 14 years.One of the major attractions of this city is the marble tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisthi, continue your drive to Jaipur, arrive Jaipur and check in hotel.

Evening free to explore the local markets .Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06 : Jaipur
Idiscoverindia tour packagesAfter breakfast, day guided city tour starting with an excursion to Amber Fort with an elephant ride, a visit to City Palace, Jantar Mantar (a virtual museum about the astronomical observatories built in 1700’s), Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds built of red and pink sandstone in 1799, a unique five-storey exterior with its 953 small windows called Jharokhas. If time permitting you can explore the old pink city.

Evening feel free to relax or visit Choki Dhani ( 45 kms outside the city) , an ethnic village resort with an exquisite Rajasthan touch, it has a festive celebration every time in a different manner with a preview of real Rajasthan village culture in fun, entertainment, games, shopping, Rajasthan cuisine, folk dance, music and much more, Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 07 : Jaipur To Jodhpur
After breakfast, transfer from Jaipur to Jodhpur [340 Km 6-7. Hrs.], on the way stop to visit Pushkar.

Idiscoverindia tour packagesPushkar is one of the oldest cities of India. It lies on the shore of Pushkar Lake. Pushkar has many temples. Most of the temples were destroyed during Muslim conquests in the area. Subsequently, the destroyed temples were rebuilt. The most famous among all is the Brahma Temple, built during the 14th century.
short guided tour will include walk in the main area and visit to some important temples including partaking in a local deity worship ceremony .The Ghats ( stepped banks)  at Pushkar Lake  provides a scenic picture taking opportunity.

Later continue your drive to Jodhpur, arrive and check in hotel, take rest, Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 08 : Jodhpur
Jodhpur "The Sun City" was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rathore clan. The city is named after him only. It was previously known as Marwar, Jodhpur tourist attractions allure you into a glorious rustic world redolent with history, architecture and ethnicity. Impressive forts, flawless havelis and a splendid culture welcome you into opal Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India. The tourist attractions in Jodhpur stand in testimony to the splendorous traditions and culture of the mighty Rathore rajputs who preferred death to defeat. Intricately carved window screens, pillars chiseled to perfection and breathtaking architectural friezes ornament Jodhpur with a fascinating regal aura. The city has a charming blue tinge to it when viewed from above or from a distance, and makes a pretty mean picture.
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After breakfast, day guided city tour to visit Mehrangarh Fort (Mehrangarh literally means "Majestic Fort", this is one of the largest fort in India) , Jaswant Thada (It is a 19th century royal cenotaph built in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, the 33rd Rathore ruler of Jodhpur) & Umaid Bhawan Palace (This is one of India's most imposing and recent palaces, it was actually built for the welfare of the people. The purpose was to give employment to the people of Jodhpur during a long period of drought and famine), evening free to take rest or visit the Clock Tower & Sadar Market, Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 09 : Jodhpur To Udaipur
Ranakpur is home to a very beautiful temple complex, a beautifully sculptured Jain temples lie in a tranquil valley of the Aravallis. The main 'Chaumukha Temple' is dedicated to the Tirthankara Adinath and has 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, all distinctly carved. Two Jain temples dedicated to Neminath and Parsvanath and a Sun Temple a little distance away, are also noteworthy.

After breakfast, Transfer from Jodhpur to Udaipur [260 Km, 4-5 Hrs.], on the way stop to visit Ranakpur temple, later continue to arrive Udaipur and check in hotel, take rest, evening free, Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 10 : Udaipur
Idiscoverindia tour packagesUdaipur formally known as the city of lakes, It is the capital of the former princely state of Mewar, and is among the most romantic and beautiful cities of India. The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure water lakes, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravalis. It is a fascinating blend of sights, sounds and experiences - an inspiration for the imagination of the poets, painters and writers. Udaipur's kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the Lake Pichhola is an enticing sight.
After breakfast, day guided city tour to visit the City Palace, it stands on a hill surrounded by crenellated walls. Its main entrance is through the triple arched gate, the Tripolia, built in 1725. The Suraj Gokhada, the Balcony of the Sun, where the Suryavanshi Maharanas of Mewar, presented themselves in times of trouble to the people to restore their confidence,
Visit the Cristal Galllery, this is one the most lustrous attractions for tourist showcasing the rare and precious crystal from the royal treasure, closely is another fascinating monument Jagdish Temple, Built in 1651 A.D., by Maharaja Jagat Singh I, it is the largest and most splendid temple in Udaipur. 

Later drive around Fateh Sagar is a beautiful lake, overlooked by a number of hills on the three sides and the Pratap Memorial on the north was built by Maharana Fateh Singh.
Day 11 : Udaipur To Cochin
Idiscoverindia tour packagesCochin or Kochi, also known as 'Queen of the Arabian Sea' is a cluster of islands and narrow peninsulas, It reflects the best of all that Kerala has to offer. A rich past and a vibrant present, Kochi gained the status of the business hub of the region long back. Being a seaport, one can clearly see the indelible mark and influence of Chinese, Jews, Arabs and Europeans in its culture and lifestyles of the natives. It boasts of the oldest church in India, the famous old-traditioned Chinese fishing nets, 500-year-old Portuguese houses, old tiled houses built in the Chinese pagoda style, synagogues, a Jewish community whose roots go back to the Diaspora and mosques. The harbor is still hale and hearty and the main exports of the region are pepper, seafood, rubber and coir. The older parts of Fort Cochin and Mattanchery look more like a fusion of medieval Portugal, Holland and an English country village into one and are situated on the tropical Malabar Coast.

Morning at your leisure, later as per your flight schedule transfer to Udaipur airport to take your flight to Cochin.

Arrive Cochin, pick up from airport and transfer to hotel, after some rest, go for a guided city tour to visit Fort Cochin, The Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St.Francis Church & Chinese fishing net, evening free, Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 12 : Cochin To Munnar
Idiscoverindia tour packagesAfter breakfast, transfer from Cochin to Munnar, [130 Km 3-4 hrs.], enjoy the scenic beauty en route, later arrive Munnar and check in hotel, take rest, evening free to take a walk tour to watch the beautiful mist kissing romantic green meadows- mind-blowing hills sleeping under green carpet (Tea Gardens), Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 13: Munnar
Munnar, the queen of hill stations is located at the confluence of three mountain streams Muthirappu (Kannimalayar), Nallathanni and Kundala and is a delightful, small hill station. Munnar was the summer resort of the British Government in the south. Munnar has some of the biggest tea plantations in the world. There are various tropical plantations of tea, coffee, cardamom and other spices, dense forests and wildlife sanctuaries full with various types of flora and fauna. The major wildlife animals which are found in Munnar are the Nilgiri Tahrs (Mountain Goats), Langurs and Elephants. It lies far away from the din and bustle of city life, with its incomparable charm and the rich green tropical rainforests

Munnar is a small town at the confluence of the mountain streams Muthirappuzha, Chanduvarai and Kundala. It is surrounded by wild jungles, wet and cool for most of the season, situated at an altitude of 1,700 metres. It lies far away from the din and bustle of city life, with its incomparable charm and the rich green tropical rainforests.
Today after breakfast, take a sightseeing tour of the city and trek to tea plantations and the nearby village of Mattupetty, visit Echo Point, Kundale Lake, Blossom Garden, Eravikulam Wildlife sanctuary, evening free, Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 14: Munnar To Alleppey
Idiscoverindia tour packagesAlleppey, also known as Alappuzha is often called as "Venice of east" because of its numerous waterways. These huge networks of lagoons, canals, and lakes are the lifeline of Alleppey. Founded in 1762 by Divan of Travanacore, Raja Keshawadasan, this pristine back water town with its numerous coconut palms lined waterways & tiny villages has a laid back & relaxed feel to it, you experience all this while sailing on your house boat!

After breakfast, transfer from Munnar to Alleppey, [140 KM, 3-4 hrs] arrive Alleppey and check in hotel, day at your rest to relax and enjoy the beautiful backwater destination, Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 15: Alleppey (Houseboat)
Morning after breakfast, check in houseboat, rest of the day at leisure on the House Boat. Sit back and relax while the boat cruises through the narrow serene backwater canals. Travelling through the coconut fringed canals passing through many exotic spots will provide you with a very special experience, You will also enjoy delicious meals on board, Lunch, Evening Tea/Coffee with snacks & dinner, enjoy your evening on the sundeck away from polluted cities and maddening crowd. Overnight stay on the Houseboat.
Day 16: Alleppey To Kovalam
Idiscoverindia tour packagesKovalam beach is just 16 kms away from Trivandrum and also known as the "Paradise of the South" "Kovalam" means a grove of coconut trees and true to its name the village offers an endless sight of coconut trees. The coconut trees at the Kovalam villages add to the natural beauty and economic value. A characteristic feature of the sands in the Kovalam beaches is that to some extent they are black in color. It is well known for the atmosphere which provoks activities like sun bathing, swimming, and catamaran cruising, kayaking and other beach sports.

After breakfast, transfer from Alleppey to Kovalam, [160 KM, 3-4 hrs], arrive and check in hotel, day at your rest to enjoy and relax at Kovalam beach, evening free, Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 17: Kovalam
Morning at your leisure, day on your own to relax and enjoy Kovalam Beach, evening free, Overnight stay at Hotel.

If interested you can also take a day trip to Kanyakumari, this is about 100 Km from Kovalam, evening return back to Kovalam.
Day 18: Kovalam To Trivandurum Airport Drop
Early morning as per your flight schedule transfer from Kovalam to Trivandrum Airport to take your flight for your onward journey.

 

 

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Price with Basic hotels: USD 1110 USD 1398 per person
Price with Standard hotels: USD 1410 USD 1770 per person
Price with Comfort hotels: USD 2130 USD 2682 per person
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See images of hotel & know more about the different accommodation option for this package.
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USD 1110 USD 1398
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USD 1410 USD 1770
per person
with Comfort hotels
USD 2130 USD 2682
per person

Hotels

Our Hotels for Budget tours come at these pricing levels- Basic, Standard and Comfort.
It is essential you read and review as much to make a decision on the choice of hotels.

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Basic

Our Basic trips comes with carefully chosen private rooms with independent baths. The accommodation included could be a mix of 2 star and budget homestays, that provide an authentic experience. Care is taken by our experts to pick the best in the category and price range. These hotels are for the guests who are looking for basic no-frills attached clean accommodations.

The guests who choose this option are very budget conscious and are more concerned with sightseeing and doing as much as possible outside. A local guide in each city is included in the price for such trips. A comfortable sedan is used that can easily seat up to 3 passengers.  

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Standard

Our Standard trips are most popular with those looking an upgrade on Basic accommodations. All our Standard trip hotels come with standard amenities like clean rooms, attached baths with added amenities that may or may not include a pool, a restaurant, strategic location, etc. The Standard hotels are what we call an equivalent of 3 star hotels or boutique hotels. While care is taken to choose the best hotels in its category, there might be a difference in quality/ amenities provided at a hotel just on the basis of the place they are located. Rest assured all hotels are above par hotels and individually selected by our experts.

The guests who choose this option are budget conscious but at the same time are willing to pay more for their hotels to get a greater value out of their hotels. Like all our trips, Local city guides are provided in our Standard trips ,A comfortable sedan is used that can easily seat upto 3 passengers.

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Comfort

Comfort Trips are designed keeping in mind the guest who wants to have a hotel with all amenities and comfort.The guests who undertake such trips want to enjoy their hotels as well as sightseeing. Comfort is important and they are willing to pay a premium than encounter a surprise in not having what they expected. The guests who opt for Comfort trips are the ones  who do not necessarily want to spend on a 5 star but yet want to enjoy  more and less the same amenities as premium hotels.
The hotels we choose are well known brands (international or local), premium boutique hotels  or even a luxury homestay, depending on the choice of the guest. The hotels are selected to provide the best experience and mix of luxury and comfort at a price which is much less than our Luxury trips.
Other than the choice of hotels, our Comfort trips  just like other Budget trips  come with comfortable sedan and guides.

Inclusion/ Exclusion

Package Cost Includes:
  1. Accommodation in 01 A/c Room on twin sharing basis in the above mentioned hotels.
  2. Daily breakfast in all the hotels.
  3. Elephant Ride in Jaipur & Boat Ride in Udaipur.
  4. All meals during your stay at Houseboat in Alleppey.
  5. All pick up, drop, transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary by Private A/c Indigo car, including all toll tax, parking and driver charges.
  6. Air Ticket for 02 adults for traveling from:
      Udaipur To Cochin
  7. Personal English speaking guide during your sightseeing in Delhi, Agra & Jaipur Jodhpur, Udaipur, Cochin & Munnar.
  8. Monument entrance fee.
  9. All applicable tax.
» All Basic and Standard option prices of our Budget Tours are without Guide and Monument entrance fee. However you can include a guide or Monument entrance fee on request separately.
» Comfort option prices includes Guide and Monument Entrance fee.
Package Cost Does Not Include:
  1. Items of personal Nature like Porterage, Tips, Laundry, Mineral Water.
  2. All other items and services not mentioned above.

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(Please note, Some  suggested activities might already be included in the published price. Speak to our travel consultant for exact details)
On an itinerary level  you could possibly add Varanasi to this itinerary to experience of the oldest inhabited city in the world and also have a first-hand experience of the influence of religion in India.  If you want to still fit this itinerary in 3 weeks you could take out  couple of beach days from your itinerary. Additionally you can add a visit to Jaisalmer with another 2 days  and an experience to camp in the desert.

On activity level – check out the various Rajasthan and Kerala itineraries to see all available options on things you can do there.

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