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What’s included

  • English-speaking local guides in Hyderabad and Hampi. An English-speaking guide during the cruise excursions
  • 6 nights good quality hotel accommodation (4* and 5*) in Hyderabad, Hampi and Kochi
  • 7 nights cruise on a twin share basis – price based on a Deluxe...

Hyderabad, Hampi & Kerala Backwaters Cruise

Adventure Cruising

Kochi (Cochin), India, Southern India, Hyderabad, Northwest India | Adventure Cruising

Hyderabad, Hampi & Kerala Backwaters Cruise
  • Duration: 16 days from the UK
  • Private Departures Available

Land only from £3830

Discover southern India’s ancient history, architectural splendour and captivating waterways on this varied and fascinating cultural tour.


  • Tour the old city of Hyderabad including the Royal Qutub Shahi Tombs, Lad Bazaar and Golconda Fort
  • Explore remarkable ancient monuments in the vast ruined city of Hampi
  • Discover the charms of Kochi and its picturesque Chinese fishing nets
  • Take a seven night cruise along the tranquil Keralan Backwaters with daily excursions to enjoy cultural experiences and wildlife rich havens
  • Stay in luxurious hotels for maximum indulgence in Hyderabad, Hampi and Kochi


From the moment we landed at Hyderabad airport, we knew we were in for a treat. Every day we enjoyed experiencing something new and exciting. The trip with packed with sightseeing, including world heritage sights, food and cuisine sampling, Legendary stories, luxury hotels, and above all seven nights on-board the converted rice boat with heritage feel and design. We loved mingling with the locals...

Ahmed, former Head of Operations, Mountain Kingdoms


Your journey begins in Hyderabad, known both as the ‘Pearl City’ and the ‘Tech City’ of India, reflecting the city’s rich historical heritage spanning four centuries and its modern day dynamism. You will discover palaces and forts sitting harmoniously alongside upscale restaurants and designer shops. You have a full day to explore the main highlights with visits to Golconda Fort, the Qutub Shahi Tombs, the Salar Jung Museum and the night bazaar. And no visit to the city is complete without a taste of its culinary specialties – Hyderabad biryani and Iranian tea.

Cultural appetites whetted, you now fly to Hampi, the hidden gem of central India. This incredible UNESCO listed ruined city is a vast complex of palaces, baths, forts and temples, many remarkably intact. Akin to Angkor Wat in Cambodia in its splendour, but far less visited, the vast ruins tell the story of the fabulous wealth and grandeur of the ancient Vijayanagara civilisation. The magnificent stone chariot and the elaborate monuments of the Royal Enclosure are among the many sights you will experience.

The final stage of your adventure takes you south to Kochi where, after a guided city tour, you board your cruise boat, the R V Vaikundam, and set sail on a seven night cruise of Kerala’s tranquil backwaters. You sail across broad lakes and along gently flowing rivers, stopping daily for excursions to cultural and scenic places of interest. Immersing yourself in the cultural life of the region you will be able to observe traditional village life, meet craftspeople at work, see cookery demonstrations and enjoy martial arts and dance performances. You will also discover the wonderful scenery and exotic birdlife of beautiful Lake Vembanad and the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.

Onboard the R V Vaikundam you can revel in the attentive service, good-sized cabins with private bathrooms, delicious food and a range of experiences to give you a taste of Kerala’s music, arts and cuisine. And in Hyderabad, Hampi and Kochi, you will find your hotel accommodation is of a very high standard, ensuring you enjoy maximum comfort and relaxation from start to end of this delightful tour.

Private Departures

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Hyderabad, Hampi & Kerala Backwaters Cruise - Private Departures

If you would prefer to travel just with your partner, friends or family, we can arrange a private departure of this holiday. You follow the same itinerary, but travel on dates that suit you. Alternatively we can include elements of this holiday in a bespoke Tailor Made itinerary. Contact our friendly team for details and prices, and to make a booking.

At a glance

Duration: 16 days from the UK

Private Departures Available

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Hyderabad

Accommodation types: Hotels, Cruise Boat

Meal arrangements: 13 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-2 Fly London to Hyderabad. Transfer to hotel for welcome dinner.
3-4 Full day sightseeing in Hyderabad. Fly to Vidyanagar and transfer to Hampi.
5 Exploration of the ancient monuments at Hampi.
6 Fly to Kochi via Bangalore.
7 Guided tour of Kochi. See famous Chinese fishing nets.
8-15 Backwaters cruise. End cruise at Alleppey.
15-16 Disembark. Time at leisure at Fort Kochi. Transfer to Kochi airport. Fly back to London.
Leader: Local leader, India

Your Indian tour, trek or walking guide will be friendly, very knowledgeable about the region you are visiting and speak fluent English. We use one of the largest and oldest tour operators in India whose staff all have excellent training.

Local leader, India

Holiday Itinerary

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Day 1 - Fly London to Hyderabad.

Today you depart London on an overnight flight to Hyderabad in southern India.

Overnight icon Overnight: In flight.

Day 2 - Arrive Hyderabad. Group transfer to hotel.

On arrival at Hyderabad airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The journey will take you across the longest flyover in India, giving you an intriguing overview of this vibrant, sprawling city. Hyderabad is a great example of India's booming economy. The old city has expanded and stretched for miles with large shopping malls, high end shopping outlets, and residential suburbs. These all combine in surprising harmony with the traditional buildings and architecture preserved within the Old City.

In the evening there will be a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Overnight icon Overnight: Taj Krishna Or Similar, Hyderabad

Day 3 - Full day sightseeing in Hyderabad.

Today you start your exploration of Hyderabad with a visit to Golconda Fort. Located in the western part of the city, Golconda is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent and well-preserved fortress complexes in India. Once the capital of the seven Qutub Shahi kings it boasts numerous bastions and gates and the remains of once palatial rooms. The fortress rests on a granite hill 120 metres high and is surrounded by huge crenelated ramparts. On entering through the Grand Portico your guide will suggest you clap your hands to show off the fort's acoustics. This sound can be clearly heard at the hill top pavilion, almost one kilometre away, serving as a warning note to the inhabitants of the fort of any impending danger. Of course it now amuses visitors. The hill top itself offers far-reaching, panoramic views.

Outside the walls of the fort, are the tombs of the Qutub Shahi kings as well as many of their relatives and courtiers. Each tomb is a domed structure built on a square base surrounded by pointed arches - their distinctive look marrying Persian, Pashtun and Hindu styles. These royal tombs may well remind you of the most iconic Indian monument of all - the Taj Mahal. In fact, they served as inspiration for the Taj Mahal and that is why they are also known as 'the Taj Mahal of Hyderabad.

After lunch at a local restaurant you will pay a visit to the Salar Jung Museum which has the distinction of being the third largest museum in India and houses part of the huge, esoteric collection of art and artefacts of Salar Jung. You could literally spend a full day at this fabulous museum, but your guide will take you through the main highlights such as the musical clock, the statue of Mephistopheles and Margaretta, the Egyptian double-sided carpet, and a favorite piece, the Melody in Marble statue.

Leaving the best till last, your tour will conclude with a visit to Hyderabad's principle landmark - Charminar - an impressive triumphal arch built in 1591. Located in the heart of the Old City, the Charminar arch comprises Indo-Islamic and Persian architecture, and you will no doubt learn all about the memorial and its fascinating history from your guide. The arch leads into Lad Bazaar which comes alive at sunset with people buying, selling and haggling over all manner of exotic goods late into the night. Your guide will take you through the bazaar, giving you the chance to taste one of Hyderabad's favourite specialities, Iranian tea.

Overnight icon Overnight: Taj Krishna Or Similar, Hyderabad

Day 4 - Fly to Vidyanagar. Drive to Hampi - approximately 18 miles/29 km, 50 minutes.

After breakfast you check out from your hotel and transfer to the airport to board a flight to Vidyanagar which will take just over an hour. On arrival at Vidyanagar Airport, you will be met and taken to your hotel. Be aware that the airport is very small and the baggage collection systems quite basic!

The drive to Hampi is full of interest as you bump along roads, cross rail tracks, pass by the largest steel factory in central India and drive along country lanes through small, traditional villages. After around 45 minutes you will see a large rock engraved with 'Evolve Back Hampi', at which point you will follow a dirt road to a large wooden gate behind which lies your home for the next two nights.

The Evolve Back hotel, is situated just 4 kilometres from Hampi, a village in the northern Karnataka region of India, set alongside the spectacular ruins of the ancient city of Vidayanagar (now also known as Hampi). Stunningly beautiful, this idyllic place sprawls on the sides of River Tungabhadra an atmospheric memorial to the wealth and glory of the once powerful Vidayanagar Empire. Comparable to sites such as Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat and Bagan, but without the tourist hordes, Hampi is astonishing both in its scale and grandeur. Rightly, it has now been designated a UNESCO a World Heritage Site which should help preserve its unique architecture.

Overnight icon Overnight: Evolve Back Hampi Or Similar, Hampi

Day 5 - Sightseeing at Hampi.

Your time exploring Hampi today will be split between the morning and the afternoon to enhance the experience and ensure you don't become 'templed-out'.

The day starts at the Vitthala Temple complex which is undoubtedly the most splendid monuments in Hampi. Amongst its most celebrated features is the great Mandapa with its 56 musical pillars constructed to sound the notes of the scale when struck. Resting on a richly sculpted basement, its roof is supported by huge pillars of granite, each consisting of a central pillar surrounded by detached shafts, all cut from one single block of stone. In front of the temple you will also see the famous stone chariot with stone wheels that still actually revolve.

Then you proceed to the Zenana Enclosure, or women's quarters, where you can visit the Lotus Mahal, a two-storey pavilion with a unique lotus-like structure. Beyond the Lotus Mahal are the Elephant Stables, a series of high-ceilinged domed chambers that were used to provide shelter for the royal elephants of the Vijayanagara Empire.

Avoiding the heat of the day, you head back to the hotel to freshen up, eat and relax until you are ready for the second part of your journey back in time. The afternoon starts at the Virupaksha Temple which rises majestically at the western end of the famous Hampi Bazaar. The temple has a 120 feet tall tower on its eastern entrance and contains the shrines of Shiva, Pampa and Bhuvaneswari. Parts of this temple are older than the Vijayanagar kingdom itself with the style dating back to the 11th or 12th century. It's hard to believe that less than 10 years ago people still had their homes within the complex.

Next you proceed to visit the Hazara Ramaswami Temple that is believed to have been the private place of worship of the royal family. Within the complex you will be entertained by the presence of many monkeys, so keep an eye on your belongings. Finally you visit the Achyutaraya Temple and walk through the bazaars of Sule and Hampi before returning to your hotel for the evening.

Overnight icon Overnight: Evolve Back Hampi Or Similar, Hampi

Day 6 - Drive to Vidyanagar airport. Fly to Kochi via Bangalore.

After breakfast you check out of your hotel and drive back to Vidyanagar airport. Here you board your first flight which takes you to Bangalore where you catch your second flight on to Kochi. On arrival in Bangalore you will need to collect your bags then follow the signs for flight transfers, checking in using the kiosk machines, and then proceeding to the bag drop counters.

On arrival at Kochi you will be met and transferred to your hotel about an hour from the airport.

Overnight icon Overnight: Taj Malabar Or Similar, Kochi

Day 7 - Sightseeing in Kochi.

After breakfast you will head out to begin your tour of Kochi. You will cross the famous Thoppumpady Bridge connecting man-made Willingdon Island to Old Fort Kochi, and here you will start with a tour of Mattancherry, the bustling part of Old Fort Kochi and the epicenter of the spice trade for centuries.

You begin with the Dutch Palace, actually originally built by the Portuguese as a gift for the Raja of Kochi in 1555. The Dutch renovated and expanded it a century later, earning it its name. The palace also contains some of India's finest mythological murals, the walls depicting scenes from the great Hindu epics: the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

Then you will see the church of Saint Francis, India's first European church (ca. 1510), famed as the original burial site of Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama, who died in Kochi in 1524 while on his third visit to India. Not immune to the turbulence of the colonial era, the originally Catholic St. Francis changed hands - and denominations - with each new power that took control of Kochi, becoming a Protestant Dutch Reformed church in 1663 then Anglican under the English in 1804.

After lunch at a local restaurant you head to see the picturesque Chinese fishing nets unique to Kochi. These iconic land-based nets combine elegance and ingenuity with their massive frames balanced by counterweights manipulated by teams of up to six men. Long believed to have been introduced by the Chinese explorer Zheng He in the 14th century, or possibly travellers from Kublai Khan's court, these nets actually trace their origin to Portuguese settlers from Macau. You will no doubt want to take lots of photos before returning to your hotel.

Overnight icon Overnight: Taj Malabar Or Similar, Kochi

Day 8 - Visit the Kalari Centre at Nettoor. Drive to Marad and board cruise boat. Sail to Vaikom and visit temple.

Today is the start of your backwaters cruise and your opportunity to really get under the skin of Keralan culture. After breakfast you head to Nettoor where you visit the Kalari Centre, a training centre for Kalaripayattu, Kerala's traditional martial art, said to be the origin of all martial arts including Karate. You will enjoy a spectacular student performance, and you will learn that Kalaripayattu is not just a martial art, but is in fact a way of life.

Leaving Nettoor, you drive to the nearby village of Marad where you board the R V Vaikundam by noon. The crew will welcome you onboard the boat with refreshments and a cold towel, before you receive your ship orientation and safety briefing. During this time your luggage will be taken to your cabin.

Then you set sail as you gently cruise along the lake waving goodbye to the skyscraper-lined horizon of the city of Kochi. After lunch is served, the boat's resident expert will tell you all about Kochi, the Queen of the Arabian Sea, and its geographical, cultural and social significance.

By evening you arrive in the ancient village of Vaikom. You disembark here and, after a short walk, head to the ancient temple of Shiva by tuk-tuk. You will take a tour of the temple to discover its history and architecture. The architecture of temples in Kerala is based on ancient principles of construction and the geographical features of the land. Following the traditional architecture, each element of the temple represents an element of the human body and a temple is considered to be not only the space for spiritual enlightenment but also a place for social networking. You then return to the boat for dinner.

Overnight icon Overnight: R V Vaikundam Cruise Boat

Day 9 - Visit Vaikom Cultural Centre to watch Kathakali dance performance. Sail from Vaikom to Chenganda to Kumarakom.

After breakfast tuk-tuks will line the docking area waiting for you - it's a great photo oportunity. Your guide will lead the way to the Vaikom Cultural Centre, where you will watch a performance of 'Kathakali', the traditional dramatic and mimetic dance form. It is a unique blend of dance, music, action and literature and you will be mesmerised by the quality of the acting and mimicry, not to mention all the colourful make up. At the end of the show you will return to the boat and sail to Chenganda village. Here you will take a walk through the village spending time with the coir weavers, the shell harvesters and the local farmers. You will be able to talk to them about their way of life and watch various indigenous fishing techniques.

Returning to the boat for lunch you continue your cruise through the Thanneermukkom Barrage. The barrage straddles Vembanad, the largest lake in Kerala, dividing the lake into two - one half with perennial salty water and the other with fresh water enriched by five rivers flowing from the hills. You will learn all about the indigenous practices of paddy cultivation in Kuttanad.

As you continue to cruise through the expanses of Lake Vembanad take a seat at the viewing lounge to enjoy the lush landscape of its wetland ecosystem. By the evening you dock and then take a longboat to a farmhouse. This house is located on an island which was made by the men of the house by reclaiming land from the backwaters. On arrival you will walk around the farm and the owners will demonstrate the preparation of traditional Syrian Christian cuisine. You may also try your hand at cooking and listen to the story of the family before enjoying dinner here, after which you return to the boat for the night.

Overnight icon Overnight: R V Vaikundam Cruise Boat

Day 10 - Bird watching excursion to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Sail from Kumarakom to Kavalam.

In the early morning, after a light breakfast, a short tuk-tuk ride will take you to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary for a bird watching experience. The sanctuary comprises a cluster of lagoons from Lake Vembanad with a backdrop of mangroves, paddy fields and coconut groves.

The walk will take around an hour and you will get the chance to view many birds. Endemic birds that are routinely seen here include waterfowl, cuckoo, owl, egret, heron and ducks. Parrots, teal, larks, flycatchers, wood beetle, and other birds are also seen here during their respective migratory seasons. After time to observe the birds, you return to the boat where a full breakfast will be served.

After breakfast you continue to cruise the lake giving a further opportunity for bird watching from the viewing terrace or, you may prefer simply to relax, read a book, and just enjoy the delightful scenery. Lunch will be served whilst cruising.

Later, you arrive into Kavalam where the Pampa River reverses its course and drains into Lake Vembanad. You dock here and leave the boat to explore the village. Your excursion begins by taking the ferry to cross to the other side of the river, before walking along the dykes surrounding the expanses of paddy fields, meeting some of the local people as you stroll.

Overnight icon Overnight: R V Vaikundam Cruise Boat

Day 11 - Visit Chavara Bhavan. Sail from Kavalam to Kainakari to Pulinkunnu.

After breakfast your cruise continues to Kainakari. Your morning excursion requires a short walk through paddy fields to reach Chavara Bhavan, the ancestral home of the Catholic Saint, Kuriakose Chavara, which is now preserved as a museum. This unique shrine can only be reached by boat and on foot. Saint Chavara, the first canonized Catholic male saint of Indian origin, was the co-founder of the first congregation for men, the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, and of a similar one for women, Congregation of the Mother of Carmel.

You return to the boat for lunch and set sail once more heading for the village of Pulinkunnu. Now the scenery changes to smaller waterways and you will get closer to the laid-back life of the Keralan people. Later this afternoon you will experience paddling along narrow canal in small country boats, meeting the local villagers as you go.

Overnight icon Overnight: R V Vaikundam Cruise Boat

Day 12 - Sail from Pulinkunnu to Nedumudy to Champakkulam to Changankari.

This morning you cruise to Nedumudi. On arrival you drive through scenic villages for a little over one hour to reach Mannar. No visit to Mannar is complete without visiting a bell metal and brassware factory. Here you will meet the artisans and watch the indigenous method of casting traditional lamps, utensils and ornate locks, with the chance to purchase some brassware souvenirs should you wish. You drive back to the boat with time to freshen up before lunch is served.

In the afternoon you cruise to Champakulam. Kerala's old spice trade used to pass through this town en route to Kochi and other ports on the west coast. Settled more than 1,000 years ago by Syrian Christian traders, who later converted to Roman Catholicism under the Portuguese, the people chose to keep their syncretic cultural heritage. This can be seen in the monumental St Mary's Church on the riverside. Built in 1550, the foundations are said to be as old as the 5th century AD. Architecturally, it is a mélange of several European styles, from the Levantine altar and structure to the Dutch arches that tower overhead.

In Champakulam you will visit the old church of St Mary's, a school and the local artisans who skilfully and passionately craft biblical characters. You will also see examples of the narrow, long Snake Boats (Chundan Vallom) which today are used for hotly competed races although they were originally designed as boats of war. They are considered a real icon of Keralan culture. Over one hundred oarsmen power these boats in races, moving their oars to the beat of drums at the aft of the vessels.

The cruise continues to Changankary village, passing through several serene canals. Once there, you may relax on board or take a walk before dinner.

Overnight icon Overnight: R V Vaikundam Cruise Boat

Day 13 - Excursion from Changankari to visit the craftsmen of Aranmula. Cruise to Thottappally.

This morning starts with an early breakfast, before driving to Aranmula. The village is home to a family of craftsmen who are skilled at making mirrors out of a special combination of metals, a secret that has been passed down through the generations. These mirrors have the distinctive feature of 100% reflection unlike the common mirror. Local people consider it as auspicious to keep one at home to attract prosperity and luck. Aranmula has a different feel to the other backwater villages you have visited as there is so much to see and do here. You start by visiting the famous traditional mural art gallery, where you learn about the art of mural painting. Then you proceed to the mirror makers and watch the different stages of their work. A walk through the village takes you to the ancient temple of Krishna, which is followed by a stop to see the snake boat and learn about the snake boat race which this village hosts every year.

Lunch will be arranged at a local house located on the bank of the Pampa, a sacred river for the locals. After lunch you will drive back to the boat in time for refreshments before cruising on to Thottappally village. Once docked you can take a leisurely walk to the beach before returning to the boat for dinner.

Overnight icon Overnight: R V Vaikundam Cruise Boat

Day 14 - Visit ancient grove and plant a coconut sapling. Sail from Thottappally to Karumadi to Kanjippadom.

An early breakfast this morning before taking a short drive to visit an ancient sacred grove near Harripad where serpents are worshipped. This is the only temple in Kerala which has female priests. You can walk inside to observe the rituals.

At Thottappally you will mark your cruise by planting a coconut sapling at the village. The coconut tree is considered as the 'Kalpavriksha' or Divine Tree of Kerala. All parts of the tree are useful in one way or the other: the water inside is a healthy drink; the fresh kernel and the oil extract from dried kernel are inevitable components of every cuisine; fibre from the coconut husk is used to make coir, mats and geotextile; the palm fronds are used for thatching roofs; the wood is suitable for making furniture and all the dried parts of coconut make good firewood. Last but not the least, the toddy - the local alcoholic beverage drunk by labourers after toiling in the fields.

After a leisurely sail you next arrive in the quaint village of Karumadi. Here you take a walk around a small shrine preserving the ruins of an ancient sculpture of Buddha. Along the way you may meet 'toddy tappers' who collect the sap of the stem of blossoming coconut flowers to make toddy. The tapper will tell you about the process of making toddy and may allow you to take a sip from his pot!

Your next stop is the village of Kanjippadom to enjoy a leisurely walk. You will meet carpenters at the boat building yard and talk about the traditional method of building wooden boats (Kettuvallom) that involves joining wooden planks using coir, cotton and natural resin.

Tonight you celebrate your journey over a farewell dinner onboard the RV Vaikundam.

Overnight icon Overnight: R V Vaikundam Cruise Boat

Day 15 - Sail to Punnamad and disembark at Alleppey. Drive to Fort Kochi with time at leisure. Drive to Kochi airport. Depart India.

After breakfast you cruise to Punnamada Lake - the venue of the annual spectacular race of Snake boats from the different villages of Alleppey. The race takes place on the second Saturday of August.

By 9.30am you will have disembarked and you will then be driven to Fort Kochi where you will have time at leisure to enjoy the last few hours of your trip. Here you will find a wide range of shopping and dining options, or you may simply take a stroll and soak up the atmosphere of this fascinating island.

Later you will be picked up and transferred to Kochi airport for your late evening departure for London.

Overnight icon Overnight: In flight

Day 16 - Arrive London.


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What’s included

  • English-speaking local guides in Hyderabad and Hampi. An English-speaking guide during the cruise excursions
  • 6 nights good quality hotel accommodation (4* and 5*) in Hyderabad, Hampi and Kochi
  • 7 nights cruise on a twin share basis – price based on a Deluxe cabin.
  • Internal flights and domestic transfers
  • 13 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Single, timed, group airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • All road transport described in the itinerary
  • All excursions and applicable entry fees as described in the itinerary
  • Carbon offsetting with the Ecoan Tree Planting Project (for clients taking our flight inclusive option)
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms Water to Go bottle

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Some meals (as per the itinerary)

Extend your holiday

Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (India)

Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (India)
  • 1-day and 6-day extension options available
  • Add at the beginning or end of your holiday in India
  • Sights include the Red Fort, Taj Mahal, City Palace and Amber Fort
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After your adventures in India why not add an exciting day trip to Agra to see the sights of the one time capital of the great Mughal empire? Or, if you have more time available, perhaps a longer trip visiting both Agra and another gem of the ‘Golden Triangle’, Jaipur. Whichever option you take, once in Agra you will be looked after by one of our fully trained, English-speaking guides who will show you around the Red Fort, the Taj Mahal and the ancient city and mosque of Fatehpur Sikri. For those travelling on to Jaipur, you will take guided visits to the Amber Fort, Palace of the Winds and City Palace, along with time to explore the colourful bazaars of the ‘Pink City’.

Corbett National Park extension, India

Corbett National Park extension, India
  • Corbett National Park is home to one of the largest Royal Bengal Tiger populations in India.
  • Over 50 species of mammals, many reptiles and hundreds of bird species to look out for.
  • Ideal extension from Delhi to explore some of India's most fascinating wildlife.
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Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India. Located between the Himalayan foothills to the north and the ancient Shivalik Hills to the south, the reserve covers a wide range of habitat with dense woodlands, open grasslands, riverine vegetation, dry riverbeds and more hilly terrain and so offers much diversity. This varied habitat hosts a spectacular diversity of mammal, bird and reptilian life, unmatched anywhere in India.

The park is home to one of the largest Royal Bengal Tiger populations in India as well as other large cats such as leopard. There are also around 50 species of mammals including large herds of elephant and four species of deer. In the park you also find many reptiles, including the rare and highly endangered Gharial crocodile. Corbett has a spectacular bird diversity – there are several hundred resident species of bird with as many more crossing on their migratory routes with bird diversity being at its peak during the winter months.

Ranthambore National Park extension

Ranthambore National Park extension
  • Known for its population of tigers.
  • Home to fascinating wildlife including jungle cats, hyenas, jackals, bears, crocodiles and large populations of langur monkeys.
  • Enjoy safari drives as you look out for wildlife amongst the picturesque grassland, hills and lakes.
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Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan is one of the finest national parks in northern India. Formerly a hunting reserve for the Maharajas of Jaipur, you can see a huge variety of fantastic wildlife and birds in Ranthambore, but the park is particularly famous for its population of tigers - although of course sightings of tiger can never be guaranteed many visitors to this park are lucky enough to get good views. The scenery of the park is very varied with grassland, hills and lakes and there are also some very picturesque and atmospheric ruins located in the park. Even if you don’t see tigers there is abundant wildlife on view in Ranthambore with leopard and other cats such as jungle cats, caracal, hyena, jackal, wild boar, bear, several species of deer, and large populations of langur monkeys. Marsh crocodiles and other reptiles are also found in the lakes within the park. Owing to the wide range of habitats within the park there is also a large variety of fantastic and colourful birds, both resident and migrant, to be seen - in total, 272 bird species have been documented within the park.

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