We begin in the Indian capital, Delhi, which enjoyed a preeminent position in no less than seven empires, before arriving in Agra to gaze at the wondrous Taj Mahal. Here we will also visit lesser known tombs and a classical Mughal garden before plunging into flamboyant and romantic Rajasthan. The cities of Jaipur and Udaipur with their palaces, lovely museums and tales of chivalry are a heady experience. Next, experience Mumbai’s chutzpah, its vivid contrasts and historic buildings before travelling all the way south, down the West Coast to Kochi.
In Kerala the pace is more relaxed. Kochi’s unique atmosphere is derived from a superbly blended mix of centuries of history and cultures inspired, primarily, by the ancient spice trade. After strolling through the streets of Fort Kochi, take a cruise down Kerala’s backwaters. Next stop, a spot of quiet in the verdant green of Idukki. After this, delve into the Tamil heartland in the temple town of Madurai and end the tour in Chennai, currently enjoying a cultural renaissance of classical music, dance and theatre. If India is considered more than the sum of its parts, well this tour sums it up rather well.