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Ultimate India - Culture and Wildlife
Bombay - Kerala - Tiger Safari - Agra - Rajasthan
It would take a lifetime to explore all the cultural, historical and natural wonders that India has to offer but our Ultimate India itinerary is certainly a great starting point for your exploration. Rather than try to focus on a specific theme we've given you some of the highlights at a slow pace with plenty of time to explore without having to rush to the next destination. From the incredible and thoroughly modern cities of Mumbai and Delhi to the slow-paced river systems of the Kerala backwaters; from an elephant-backed Bengal Tiger safari in one of India's most beautiful natural parks to the ethereal beauty of Agra, perhaps the greatest love poem ever designed, the Ultimate India itinerary will give you a taste of the multiple layers that make up modern India.
You'll travel through the full spectrum of transportation options from trains and planes to private vehicle and riverboats with expert private guides always on the look-out for new experiences to share with you. Lodging choices range from charming local guesthouses to incredible palaces and the we've packed enough incredible sites, tastes and adventures into the trip to last a lifetime.
This incredible itinerary is just a sample trip to get your imagination flowing. Call us now at (866) 577 2462 or submit the form and let one of our international travel specialists custom design the perfect trip for you today!
Why Travel with Global Basecamps
- Expert local guides with an intimate knowledge of local culture and wildlife.
- Private vehicles and beautiful small guesthouses, hotels and lodges
- Travel at a slow pace with a focus on cultural interaction and intimate wildlife encounters
- All of our trips directly benefit local communities through a variety of educational and cultural initiatives.
- Through our partner CarbonFund.org, Global Basecamps will plant a Nepal fruit tree for each trip booked
Browse our collection of sample trips which have been designed to inspire you. Keep in mind, we customize every trip to meet your specific travel needs and budget.
Ultimate Indian Culture and Wildlife Itinerary
Day 1: MumbaiUpon arrival at Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport (Mumbai), you will be met at the airport and driven to a very comfortable centrally located boutique hotel. The afternoon is free to recover from your flight or explore on your own.
Day 2: MumbaiThis morning after breakfast you will be met at the hotel and taken on a privately guided sightseeing tour of the city including visits to the Prince of Wales Museum and the Elephanta Caves, located across the Bay from the city and accessible only by motorboat. The day will end with visits to many of the city’s heritage buildings including the Victoria Terminus and the Mumbai Municipal Building. The evening is free to explore the city on your own.
Day 3: Mumbai - Kochi - KumarakomThis morning after an early breakfast you will be driven to the airport to board your flight to Kochi. Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to a secluded resort nestled in a coconut grove on one of Kerala’s best beaches.
Day 4 & 5: Kumarakom - Kerala Backwaters
Day 4: This morning after breakfast you will be met at the hotel and transferred to a beautifully refurbished traditional houseboat to explore the backwaters of Kerala for two days. The houseboats were originally built 40 years ago and are constructed of Anjali wood and coir. They are 55 feet in length and 15 feet in width with a capacity of 35 tons and were originally used for transporting rice through the waterways. They are simply but beautifully furnished and consist of a thatched covered lounge/dining area, a double bedroom (with mosquito net) and a bathroom with a WC and washbasin. Thatched awning on both sides of the boat allows the breeze and views to flow in. There is a small service area at the back where the cook prepares simple meals using as much fresh provisions as can be plucked, caught or bought in the backwaters. The boat will anchor for the night in the backwaters and you will stay overnight on the boat.
Day 5: Spend another day exploring the waterways and villages of Kerala aboard the houseboat.
Day 6: Kerala - Kochi - Pench National ParkEarly this morning you will be met at the boat dock to begin your private road transfer back to Kochi. On arrival you will have guided tour of Kochi including the beautiful Pardesi Synagogue, the Mattancherry Palace and an afternoon boat cruise on the Arabian Sea close to the harbour. After lunch you will be transferred to the Kochi airport to connect to your flight to Nagpur via Mumbai. A representative will meet you at the Mumbai Airport to assist you with transfering to your next flight. On arrival at Nagpur you will be met at the airport and transferred by road to Pench in the Southern district of Madhyar Pradesh. Pench National Park is one of the best places in the world to see the majestic Bengal Tiger in it’s natural habitat. Your home for the next three nights is an incredibly beautiful wilderness lodge right on the park’s border. The lodge is the cornerstone of a joint tourism and conservation effort that works very closely with the local community, international conservation organziations and the Indian Government.
Day 7: Pench National ParkSpend an amazing day exploring the park on morning and evening game drives by open jeep. The park is one of the best places in the world to see tigers in their natural habitat and is the destination of choice for documentary crews and photographers looking to film these amazing creatures. The park is also home to many other animals including jackals, sloth bears, leopards and an incredible variety of birdlife.
Day 8: Pench - DelhiEarly this morning you will transfer by road back to Nagpur to board your domestic flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi you will be transferred to a relaxing guesthouse set in a quiet residential area of the city. After checking in you’ll spend the day on a privately guided sightseeing tour exploring the historical sites and architecture of colonial New Delhi, a city of contrasts housing monuments of 13th & 16th centuries alongside manicured boulevards and government buildings.
Day 9: Delhi - AgraThis morning after breakfast you will be taken to the New Delhi Railway Station to board the superfast Shatabdi Express to Agra. On arrival you will be taken on a guided tour of Agra city with visits to the Agra fort, It-mad-ud-Daula and the Taj Mahal. Spend one night at a very comfortable boutique hotel located only minutes away from the Taj Mahal.
Day 10: Agra - JaipurThis morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Jaipur by private vehicle. Enroute visit Emperor Akbars’ abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. On arrival in Jaipur you will be transferred to a comfortable guesthouse located outside of the city center.
Day 11: JaipurToday embark on a privately guided tour of the region including various historical monuments including the Amber Fort, City Palace, Astronomical Observatory and Hawa Mahal. The evening is free to explore on your own.
Day 12: Jaipur - UdaipurThis morning after breakfast you will be taken to the airport to board your flight to Udaipur. On arrival at Udaipur you will be taken on a tour through this city known for its lakes and palaces. You will spend the evening at a beautiful heritage hotel in a restored palace from the 17th Century. The evening is free to relax or explore on your own.
Day 13: Udaipur - Delhi - OnwardThe morning is free and in the afternoon you will be transferred to the Udaipur airport to board your flight to Delhi. On arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for a free afternoon. This evening you will be met at the hotel and transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
Ultimate India Culture and Wildlife Tour Information
- Prices start at $2725 per person
- Prices include expertly guided touring in private vehicles, lodging in local guesthouses, hotels and lodges, all domestic transportation and all conservation and national park fees
- Prices do not include international airfare, taxes, international visas or gratuities for guides and camp staff.
- This incredible journey is just one option for exploring the India and the rest of Asia. Fill out the Custom Trip Form and let one of our international travel specialists custom design the perfect trip for you today!
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Did you know that for every trip we sell, we have a tree planted? Reforestation projects are one of the best ways to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, so travel responsibly by choosing Global Basecamps.
With the help of our partner, Carbonfund.org, we also offset our company's entire carbon footprint each year.
Interested in offsetting your entire trip? Let us know! We are currently working to provide full carbon offsetting options for every trip.