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Eternal India plus Southern Spice

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The one that combines scenery, spices and spiritual splendour on an epic 22-day Indian odyssey

22 Days
15 places

Visiting Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai, Goa, Chennai, Pondicherry, Kumbakonam, Madurai, Periyar, Kumarakom, Kerala Backwaters, Cochin

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  • Locally guided sightseeing tour of Delhi
  • Visit Agra Fort
  • Visit the Taj Mahal
  • Only $200 deposit to secure your spot today
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What's included?

21 nights accommodation

20 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Special Stay - Houseboat

You'll enjoy plush hotels with twin-share rooms to refresh and revive after intense days experiencing India's magical sights and sounds. One special night will be spent adrift in the arms of a traditional Keralan houseboat, the quintessential South India experience.

29 Meals

21 Breakfast, 3 Dinner, 5 Lunch

Prepare your tastebuds for the ultimate party of spices, fresh seafood, tropical fruits and traditional curries. You'll taste the best of north and south dished up in 29 included meals: breakfast every day, along with 5 lunches and 3 dinners, eaten off palm leaves and lapped up with parrotta bread. The rest of the time, food is up to you.


Expert Trip Manager and Local Guides

A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life, along with Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.


All transport included during the trip

Getting around Asia is half the fun, and all transport is included for the duration of your trip. Private, air conditioned mini coaches allow you soak up all that scenery in style, but it's our unique, local forms of transport that make the journey all part of the adventure.


26 included, 10 optional that you can add

All the dizzying sights and delights are included as standard, because for us more is more. Agra Fort and Taj Mahal? Check. Locally guided sightseeing tours of Mumbai, Jaipur and Udaipur? Of course! We'll even ride to temples in a rickshaw, roam a spice plantation and tea factory, and take a wildlife boat safari in the land of elephants and tigers, just to send your heart into a flutter.
India is a bustling buffet of magical scenery and non-stop action, and this is your once-in-a-lifetime journey to see, do, and experience as much of it as you can. Set your senses alight on the ultimate adventure from north to south: take a sojourn to where the spices grow, glimpse the rose-tinted splendour of the Taj Mahal, and drift in a bamboo houseboat through the backwaters of Kerala. Get ready to have your perception of the world changed forever.

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Eternal India plus Southern Spice

26 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Locally guided sightseeing tour of Delhi
  • Visit Agra Fort
  • Visit the Taj Mahal
  • Special stay at Ranthambore National Park
  • Visit to Dhonk Centre
  • Locally guided sightseeing tour of Jaipur
  • Locally guided sightseeing tour of Udaipur
  • Included flight to Mumbai
  • Locally guided sightseeing tour of Mumbai
  • Included flight to Goa
  • Included Flight to Chennai
  • Sightseeing tour of Chennai with local guide
  • See Mahabalipuram Shore Temple + Krishna's Butterball
  • 'Eat my Cake' visit (coffee + cake included)
  • Visit Auroville township includes lunch at a Solar Kitchen
  • Visit Silk Weavers home and Bronze casting school
  • Visit Dharasuram Temple
  • Visit to Brihadeeswarah Temple
  • Sightseeing tour of Madurai with local guide
  • Rickshaw ride
  • Experience a night time procession at Meenakshi Temple
  • Visit a spice plantation with a local guide
  • Kalaripayattul Martial Arts performance
  • Wildlife boat Safari along the Periyar River
  • Visit to Connemara Tea factory and Plantation
  • Sightseeing tour of Cochin with local guide

10 Free Time Add-Ons

The things that worth to be done on this trip

  • National Park Safari (must be pre-booked via Reservations team) INR2150
  • Amber Fort trek INR2600
  • Cooking demonstration and local family dinner INR2160
  • Bollywood Dance Class INR3550
  • Mumbai at dawn INR2840
  • Yoga on the beach INR2390
  • Heritage Walking Tour 1550INR
  • Dress up in a Saree (ladies) or Dhotti (men) From 350 INR
  • Local family cooking demonstration and dinner 2155INR
  • Sunset Boat Cruise 850INR


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Kerala Backwaters
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Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain Asian trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries on your trip. In Asia, some visas – but not all – can be purchased at the border with US$ or local currency. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas that are required prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa & other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations) do change regularly.
Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry & deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they intend on staying only for a short period. Important to consider:
1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged.
2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to
miss part of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent before you leave home. Be aware that some visas can be purchased & arranged on arrival.
4. It is very important that the entry & exit dates are correct on the visa. Your travel agent will contact Contiki for full details. In these cases passport photos and US$ will be required and your Trip Manager will explain the process.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Asia trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) – 15kg in India – plus one piece of hand luggage suitable as a carry-on for flights.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

There are loads of great things to spend your money on while you’re in Asia – from a trip to an offshore island, to a special dinner or an outfit that you just can’t resist... So how much money should you bring?

Remember your trip already includes plenty of things such as breakfast every day, many meals, lots of sightseeing, guided tours & activities & much more

Before you travel, it’s a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
- Cost of a local lunch
- Cost of a local dinner
- Cost of a local taxi
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
Remember, there’s a big budgetary difference between a country like Japan & a country like Thailand, so do your research.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Contiki Asia is mostly hotel accommodation with great amenities like WiFi. We have also included accommodation that reflects Asian culture, too. Like a family-run Guest house in the Mekong, a traditional junk boat in Halong Bay & an authentic local guesthouse in Laos. At these Special Stays, take the time for a digital detox and soak in all of that natural beauty.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From the Dhonk centre in India to the COPE visitor centre in Laos, our projects in Asia are all about giving something back. Find out more at


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