GRAND TOUR OF INDIA
Wednesday 30 October 2019
Who could resist this FANTASTIC VALUE 19-day holiday
of a lifetime?
We have just 7 places available if you just can’t resist!
If you missed out on our spectacular GRAND TOUR OF INDIA in 2013, this is your chance to join an exciting exploration of India in the company of like-minded local travellers who cannot resist the pull of such a vibrant country such as INDIA! From the Golden Triangle of Delhi in the north, to Kerala’s peaceful backwaters in the south. This magical, colourful tour of India has to be the ultimate touring experience at a GREAT VALUE inclusive price – and even with 2 extra days it is cheaper than our tour 5 years ago!
Staying in beautiful 4* & 5* hotels, we will visit the great cities of Delhi, Jaipur, Agra & Ranthambore in the north, Bangalore and Hassan in the more southern Karnataka region, eventually travelling further south-west to Cochin & Kovalam, located in the spectacular Kerala region to discover a completely different way of life and Indian traditions. We will also take in the diverse cultures of Mumbai to complete this unforgettable lifetime experience. You really do not have to worry about a thing.
From the time you book until the time you arrive home, you will be looked after by Lin of Solent Events on Tour and an experienced, friendly Travelsphere Tour Manager. Your comprehensive Travel Pack will even include a handy packing list to save you any stress before we go!
Take advantage of our EARLYBIRD PRICE, with a saving of £150 for deposit paid deposit bookings before 31 July 2018.
If you live out of the Solent Events area, no problem – just meet us at the airport check-in desk and join our group from there on!
NB. Although this is one of our most popular long-haul tours, for the comfort of all our clients, a maximum of 25 passengers will apply to this exclusive Solent Events tour (many tour companies take around 45/49 passengers!). Book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!
For full details of this once-in-a-lifetime tour, please have a browse through the itinerary and hotel list below.
For your peace of mind and financial protection, our holiday has been arranged with
Travelsphere Worldwide Holidays who are fully bonded.
Luxury Return Coach Travel to
London Heathrow Airport
Meet at LHR Airport
Only FOUR local pick-ups
Personal Travel Treats
The comfort of a UK Airport Lounge
Direct return scheduled flights to
Delhi, India by JET Airways
Internal Flights, Train & Boat transport
16 nights accommodation plus
2 nights in flight
4* & 5* Hotels throughout tour
plus one ‘Lodge’ Hotel
36 meals as per itinerary:
16 Breakfasts: 3 Lunches:
All excursions as per itinerary
All UK and overseas airport taxes
and security charges
Travelsphere Tour Manager
Solent Events Escort
Personal Travel Insurance
Meals other than stated on
Optional performance of ‘Mohabbet the Taj’
Items of a personal nature
A peep at our Grand Tour of India in 2013
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An Exclusive Solent Events Tour!
Proposed Itinerary (all times to be confirmed)
DAILY MEALS INCLUDED ARE STATED AS:
B = breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
Day 1 – Wednesday 30 October 2019 D
TBC Depart from last pick-up at Fareham (early afternoon)
Airport Lounge facilities at London Heathrow
TBC Jet Air Scheduled flight direct to Delhi (approx. 8.5hrs)
Thursday 31 October Delhi B, D
Day 2 – On arrival in Delhi, we will be transferred to our hotel before a sightseeing tour of Old Dehli, strolling through the street bazaar of Chandni Chowk, seeing the marble domes of the Jama Masjid Mosque and a visit to the Gandhi Smriti Museum and Hu’ayun’s Tomb.
Friday 01 November Agra B, D
Day 3 – Our day is filled with wonderful experiences, starting with a short tour of Paharganj, in central Delhi. We’ll do this in the company of former street children, who now work with the Salaam Baalak Trust. This charity equips the youngsters with a range of skills and helps them to better their lives. It is a most inspiring insight into how the children have had their lives transformed. After a city tour of New Delhi, where highlights include the India Gate, Parliament House and the Qutub Minar, a soaring sandstone tower, we will travel by road to our next base, Agra, an wonderful opportunity to take in the sights of everyday countryside Indian life.
Saturday 02 November Agra B, D
Day 4 – Today we will see one of India’s most famous landmarks, the incredible Taj Mahal. This mausoleum on the banks of the Yamuna River was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz. It’s a sight that will take your breath away!. Close by is Mehtab Bagh, a centuries-old garden complex, which sits on the other side of the river and is exactly aligned with this iconic masterpiece. We’ll get to see an alternative view of the Taj Mahal from here. Later, we will visit the red-sandstone Agra Fort.
Sunday 03 November Ranthambore B, D
Day 5 – After breakfast, we’ll drive to the deserted, but fascinating city of Fatehpur Sikri for a stroll through its pavilions and palaces. We will then travel by train to Modhopur, and transfer from here by road to Ranthambore. So exciting!
Monday 04 November Ranthambore B, L, D
Day 6 – An memorable day is on the cards, with morning and afternoon safaris in Ranthambore National Park, said to be the best game reserve in India. We’ll make our way through thick forest interspersed with pretty waterfalls, which provides the perfect habitat for more than 300 species of birds. With the help of a Local Guide we’ll look for wildlife including crocodile, hyena, jackal and more. If we’re lucky we may spot the elusive tiger or the even rarer leopard.
Tuesday 05 November Jaipur B, L, D
Day 7 – Our grand tour continues this morning as we drive to the famous ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, with a stop en route in the village of Abhaneri. Here we’ll admire the unique carved stepwells, an ancient water storage system constructed to provide a water supply during dry periods.
Wednesday 06 November Jaipur B, D
Day 8 – Jaipur’s City Palace is our destination this morning, with the elaborate façade of the Palace of the Winds – just one more highlight of this exotic tour.
Thursday 07 November Bangalore B, D
Day 9 – A morning of discovery takes us to the Amber Fort, a 17th century stronghold set high on a hill above the parched desert. We will step inside to see the Temple of Kali, the Palace of Mirrors and the Hall of Pleasures.
In the afternoon, we’ll fly to Bangalore. If you choose to head out to explore, you will find many western-style bars and restaurants as well as traces of the city’s former British colonial past.
Friday 08 November Hassan B, D
Day 10 – We’re heading west to Hassan today. This is the oldest town in the region of Karnataka, and it is located close to one of India’s coffee-growing areas. We will spend the afternoon exploring the temple towns of Belur and Halebid on an included excursion.
Saturday 09 November Coorg B, D
Day 11 – En route to Coorg this morning, we’ll drive into the heart of coffee country. We’re going to spend the afternoon at the Tibetan settlement of Bylakuppe, which is home to monasteries and temples including the spectacular Golden Temple.
Sunday 10 November Coorg B, D
Day 12 – A day of discovery starts with a visit to Madikeri Fort, Omkareshwara Temple and Abbey Falls. Later, we’ll find out all about coffee production on a plantation tour.
Monday 11 November Mysore B, D
Day 13 – The fabled city of Mysore is our next destination. We will head out on a wonderful tour this afternoon, with spectacular sights including the opulent city palace.
Tuesday 12 November Cochin B, D
Day 14 – We’re going to head back to Bangalore by road today. En route we’ll visit Srirangapatnam, the island fortress of the warrior King Tipu Sultan. From Bangalore we’ll fly to Cochin, in the beautiful region of Kerala.
Wednesday 13 November Cochin B, L, D
Day 15 – We’ll get to know Cochin today, on a morning tour with highlights including the Jewish Quarter, the Dutch Palace and St Francis Church. This is where Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama was originally buried. A wonderful treat today is a cookery demonstration, with lunch included, and we’ll also see a display of Kathakali classical dancing.
Thursday 14 November Kovalam Beach area B, D
Day 16 – Kovalam is our final base for a few days before heading home, but en route we will enjoy a relaxing cruise on Kerala’s tranquil palm-fringed backwaters. Heaven!
Friday 15 November Kovalam Beach area B, D
Day 17 – Our 4* Travancore Heritage Hotel in Kovalam is just the place to choose some ‘me’ time – on the beach, relaxing by the pool or having a massage.
Saturday 16 November Mumbai/UK B, D
Day 18 – Today we’ll fly to Mumbai, where there’s time for an exciting short tour of this fascinating city, with dinner before we transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
Sunday 17 November UK
Day 19 – We’ll arrive back in the UK today with a waiting coach transfer back to our home area.
Times & flights TBC
This holiday will include some walking in areas of rough ground, gradients & steps, plus several different modes of transport.
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Every hotel is hand-picked by Travelsphere, who relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it’s chosen for its location, its facilities or its quirkiness.
Any hotels, airlines and flight times stated are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final Travel Pack, sent by post 10/12 days before departure.
Day 1 IN FLIGHT
Day 2 DELHI 1n
5* Radisson Blu Hotel, Dwarka– New Delhi
Boasting a tranquil location away from the bustle of the city and within walking distance of the Delhi Metro, the five-star Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Dwarka is the perfect full-service destination for stress-free stays). The hotel is only 30 minutes from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), Relax in one of 219 contemporary rooms and suites, each featuring chic marble bathrooms and free Wi-Fi. Once you are settled, you could head down to the outdoor pool, fitness center or recreation centre to recharge before dining in one of our four restaurants.
Day 3 & 4 AGRA 2n
4+* Ramada Plaza Agra
Overlooking the famous Taj Mahal, this serene, understated hotel is 9 km from the ornate Agra Fort and 12 km from the Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah. The warmly decorated rooms feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as mini-fridges, wet bars, and tea and coffee-making facilities. Suites come with living areas; some add kitchenettes. Room service is available 24/7. Amenities include an airy international eatery, a classically furnished Turkish restaurant, and a cocktail bar overlooking an outdoor pool. There’s also a gym and a beauty salon, plus a spa and a playroom.
Day 5 & 6 RANTHAMBORE 2n
5* Jungle Vilas Resort, Ranthambore
Jungle Vilas Resort, Ranthambhore is built in a modern, exclusive design and beautifully furnished. The Resort is located in the edge of the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and lies in 10 acres of natural forest in the buffer area of Ranthambhore National Park.The hotel has only 53 rooms; 17 Pool Facing, 22 Garden Facing Deluxe and 14 Independent Premium rooms which gives the wonderful opportunity to offer a personalised service at all times. There is also a swimming pool and each bedroom has its individual style and charm and equipped with the most modern amenities that the hospitality industry offers internationally. Situated in a naturally peaceful area, Jungle Vilas is just a few minutes’ drive from the Railway Station, Bus Station and city centre.
Day 7 – 8 JAIPUR 2n
5* Fortune Select Metropolitan
The hotel is located in the heart of Jaipur, where ancient traditions and a rich culture blend perfectly with the modern way of life. Being just 10 km from the airport and 2 km from the railway station, this 5-star hotel is the preferred choice for business and leisure travellers. Fortune Select Metropolitan provides first class facilities and efficient service with traditional Indian hospitality.
Day 9 BANGALORE 1n
4* Fortune Select JP Cosmos – Bangalore
Fortune Select JP Cosmos is situated in the heart of Bengaluru city, just off Cunningham Road behind the famous Sigma Mall, just 2 km from MG Road, 500 meters from Cantonment Railway Station with easy access to the new International Airport at Devanhalli.This delightful hotel has a selection of 134 well-appointed rooms including 88 Standard Rooms, 41 Fortune Club Rooms, 3 Suites, 1 Presidential Suite and 1 Room for the differently-abled. The rooms are spacious, contemporary, and smart, and boast of a carefully crafted blend of aesthetics and modern amenities – Restaurant/Bar Gymnasium Swimming Pool Body Treatment Steam/ Sauna & Beauty Salon.
Day 10 1n
4* HOYSALA VILLAGE RESORT, HASSAN
Hoysala Village, is a botanical wonderland. Elegantly designed and tastefully decorated with a variety of artefacts, constructed with rosewood and traditional materials, while trees and flowers line pathways, Hoysala Village Resort keeps you astounded. Nestled in the midst of sunflower fields, Hoysala Village Resort forms the perfect base from which to explore these hidden gems. The use of tall wooden ceilings, four poster beds and copper tubs gives our discerning guests the true experience of life in the Malnad region.
Day 11 & 12 COORG 2n
5* Windflower Resort & Spa
The 5-star Windflower Resort & Spa is ideally located in Coorg, surrounded by three wildlife sanctuaries and a national park. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, spa and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning and a TV.
Day 13 MYSORE 1n
4* Country Inn & Suites by Radisson
Nestled away and surrounded by lush green canopies, this hotel offers elegantly furnished rooms with free Wi-Fi access. The property also houses an outdoor swimming pool, a private nightclub, traditional spa and massage, laundry, ironing room services. Air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities. Private bathrooms include free toiletries.
Day 14 & 15 COCHIN, Kerala 2n
5* Crowne Plaza, Cochin
The luxurious Crowne Plaza Kochi offers elegant and modern rooms with views of the backwaters and city. All rooms are equipped with an ergonomic work area, flat-screen satellite TV, iPod dock and minibar. They also include tea/coffee making facilities and a safe. Private bathroom comes with a bathtub, shower and bathrobes. Recreation facilities at the hotel include an outdoor pool and extensive spa treatments. Guests can enjoy a work-out at the 24-hour fitness centre or approach the 24-hour reception for assistance. Mosaic Restaurant features a breakfast buffet and specialises in traditional Kerala, pan-Asian and international cuisines. Trilogi serves cuisines from Travancore, Kochi and Malabar with an interactive show kitchen. An open air Sky Grill serves grills, barbeques and refreshing beverages. Local tea and coffee, light snacks are served at the Aroma Lounge & Deli.
Day 16 & 17 KOVALAM BEACH AREA 2n
4* Travancore Heritage Hotel
The Travancore Heritage is a sea side resort in 15 acres of lush green coconut garden and landscaped environs located at Chowara – south of Kovalam, near Trivandrum, Kerala. The resort stands on a high cliff overlooking the Arabian Sea and a long wide beach of powdery white sand. The Travancore Heritage is conceived and developed as a Heritage Property to bring to life the age-old traditional architectural splendor of the region with its typical timber houses and ‘Nalukettus’ with tiled roofing, which allow for living in communion with all the elements of Nature Travancore Heritage, the glistening brand new heritage property of 15 acres built with recreated palaces and ‘nalukettus’ of vintage Kerala is situated on the pristine beach front of Chowara, south of Kovalam, near Trivandrum, Kerala, India. Travancore Heritage is a venture of Joy’s Resorts and Hotels
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