A Sample Itinerary

This tour, which I led in January/February 2002, gives an indication of what is possible. We stayed mainly in hotels with special character; transport was by road (private coach) unless otherwise indicated. Longer trips like this can be broken down into shorter sections for those with less time available.

Auckland - Madras

Mahabalipuram: 2 nights

Beach resort, rock carvings, 7th century shore temple

Madras: 1 night

The 4th largest city in India - bustling capital of Tamil Nadu state

Mysore (by train): 2 nights

City Palace, Nandi Bull

Cochin (by air): 2 nights

Early Christian, Jewish and Portuguese settlement

Thekkady: 2 nights

Periyar game reserve, spice plantations

Alleppey: 1 night

Kerala waterways

Quilon (by boat): 1 night

Overnight train to

Panjim, Goa: 2 nights

Old Goa - once said to rival Lisbon

Ahmedabad (by air via Bombay): 3 nights

Gandhi Ashram, Step wells, Shaking Minarets, textiles

Bhil Tribal area, Gujerat: 3 nights

Stay in Dahod, a small town centred on railway workshops in a largely tribal area

Mt Abu : 3 nights

Summer retreat of the Maharajas and the Raj, breathtaking Jain temples

Udaipur 2 nights

The Lake Palace, City Palace, pretty gardens, excellent craft village/museum

Jaisalmer: 2 nights

The ‘Golden’ City – fort, camel safaris

Jodhpur: 2 nights

The ‘Blue’ City - a truly formidable fort

Jaipur: 3 nights

The ‘Pink’ City - Palace of the Winds,

Amber Fort, elephant ride

Agra: 1 night

The Taj! Fatehpur Sikri

Delhi: 2 nights

The Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Qutb Minar, Bahai Temple, excellent galleries

Chandigarh (by rail): 1 night

The city designed by Corbusier

Delhi: 1 night

Delhi-Auckland

Tours can include places such as

Calcutta: India’s largest city, home of Mother
Teresa

Aurangabad: the Ajanta & Ellora Caves

Khajuraho: famous for the ‘erotic’ carvings on

its temples

Varanasi: One of the holiest places in India

where pilgrims bathe in the Ganges

Plus many other amazing places!