India and Andaman islands

India and Andaman islands

16 days

This itinerary between India and Andaman islands is unpublished and it has all the necessary ingredients to make your honeymoon very special. The cultural fragrance of capitals such as Delhi and Calcutta, the majesty of architectural complexes such as the Taj Mahal, the Rajput stronghold of Orchha and the tantric temples of Khajuraho, the splendor of the nature of the national parks of Keoladeo, Bandhavgarh and Kanha and to finish the splendid pristine beaches of the Andaman islands. It is the ideal route for those who want a unique experience far from the usual tourist circuits in the name of nature, but who at the same time don’t want to miss the opportunity to visit some of the most famous monuments and cities of India. The conscious tourism tour will begin in New Delhi, in the charming street in the heart of the city, Paharganj district (in old Delhi), accompained by young guides trained by a local NGO that supports and helps street children. The itinerary continues to the famous Taj Mahal, the symbol of India and love, built for will of the Mughal imperor Shahijahan, in memory of his wife. After a short stop in a jewel of nature, the Keodaleo National Park, to recover from the traffic and the chaos of the first days in India, you’ll take a fast train to Jhansi. From here on, it is a ride of unparalleled emotions and scents: Orchha, a village nestled in a complex of wonderful well-preserved palaces and temples. The fortress stands on a rocky promontory surrounded by a wooded countryside and the Betwa river. It is an island of peace and tranquillity and a magnificent example of Indo-Islamic medieval fortress , where the walls and the turrets enclose gardens, pavilions and temples. The ideal destination for a honeymoon with bows is the town of Khajuraho, symbol of the Indian tantric erotism. Soft, sensual, elegant and provocative: the erotic sculptures of Khajuraho temples, in India, arouse amazement and curiosity. Strolling in the beautiful garden that surrounds the temples and in front of their sculputers is a bit like seeing the ancient Indian treatises on love and sex, such as the famous Kamasutra. From the architectural jewel of Khajuraho, we’ll pass through the jungle of Madhya Pradesh. Famous for the large number of Bengala tigers that live there, the two national parks of Bandhavgarh and Kanha host many animals including deer, leopards, antelopes and countless birds species. On the edge of this jungle, you find again India with its temples and its people. Transfers from a park to another will lead us to discover regions rarely visited by tourists. The end of the dry season – when tigers come out in search of water – is the period in which is easy to see them. Bandhavgarh and Kanha are the reserves in which tigers are easily spotted, but we remind you that it is an animal in a free and very elusive state. From the national parks of Madhya Pradesh, we’ll move to the capital of west Bengal, Kolkata (ex Calcutta), city symbol of misery that has an authentic Bengali soul, so much so that it is considered to be the most welcoming Indian metropolis. Also known as ‘the city of joy’, it is famous for its literary, artistic and revolutionary heritage. As the ex capital of India, it has long been the cradle of literary, artistic and academic thought. The population has a natural propensity for art and literature and the tradition of welcoming new talents has made the city a fervent creative center. For these reasons, the city is considered the cultural or literary capital of the country. During the cultural tour, we will rely on very expert guides such as Husna Tara or Devika Duncan, among the best connoisseurs of the city. The best way to explore it is by foot, crossing the ancient city and local markets, before enjoying breakfast.

The final part of this exciting honeymoon will lead you to the pristine beaches of the Andaman islands to offer you a Robinsonian-style experience. The islands are an ideal shelter with their fantastic crystal clear waters, surrounded by jungle and pristine mangrooves, with white beaches that turn red at the sunset. The Andaman islands are considered one of the most beautiful places in the world for scuba diving thanks to the presence of corals, seabed and colourful fishes. Havelock island is the perfect place to take long walks on isolated beaches of fine white sand. The islands and the eco resort selected offer a wide range of activities to satisfy all tastes, making it a perfect place for couples on honeymoon.

  • Delhi
  • Taj Mahal
  • Calcutta
  • Kanha
  • Andamane
  • Andamane

JOURNEY OVERVIEW AND PROGRAM DETAILS

1° DAY: DELHI

Arrival at the airport of New Delhi, meeting with our operators at the terminal exit and trasfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, guided tour of Lutyens district, car ride to see the Parliament Building, the Presidential Palace and the India Gate. Visit of the famous of Humayun Mausoleum, an architectural marvel. The city tour ends at the Qutb complex, with a visit to the Qutb Minar, with its five floors and 72 meters high, and at the Iron Column . Return to the hotel.
Overnight stay in New Delhi.

2° DAY: DELHI

In the morning (10 am), visit to the poor neighborhood of Paharganj, in Old Delhi, led by the young people of Salaam Balaak Trust ONG, who saves the children from the street, instructs them and trains them professionally. The City Walk itineraries aim to bring to light the tragic reality of street children and to show the world from their perspective. The walk takes place in the Paharganj district and in the areas around the railway station, accompanied by a former street child who was helped by the NGO and is now in employment. This gives you the unique opportunity to visit the city with exceptional guides. After lunch, free time to discover the city independently.
Overnight stay in New Delhi (B).

3° DAY: DELHI – AGRA – KEOLADEO PARK

After breakfast trip to Agra via highway (about 4 hours) . Arrival and visit of the Taj Mahal (closed on Friday), one of the most famous and visited monuments in India, built for will of Mughal emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved wife. The impressive white marble building is today a universal symbol of love and romance and it is also one of the seven wonders of the world. It was built in 1653, a date symbolically reported in the 16 gardens and 53 fountains present; it required 16 years of work and the commitment of thousands of artisans. After the visit, transfer to the National Park of Keoladeo. The National Park is a protected natural area situated in the state of Rajasthan, in India. On the inside, there are many protected species, especially birds (among which many are in danger of extinction, such as the Siberian crane that comes to winter in the region). Over 230 species of birds have been registred in the park. In 1971 it was declared protected area, while in 1985 it became part of the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Check in at the hotel near the park and visit of the park.
Overnight stay in Keoladeo (B).

4° DAY: KEOLADEO – JANSI – ORCHHA – KHAJURAHO

In the early morning, transfer to the railway station and departure for Jhansi (about 2 and a half hours), from which we continue with private means of transport to Orchha. Visit of the town, and ancient capital built in 1531, which represents a happy synthesis between traditional Hindu, Indo-saracen and more refined Mughal architecture. Everything here is still imbued with the atmosphere of the past: the imposing fortress and its buildings, the Jahangir Mahal and the Raja Mahal, are among the most romantic in India. Continue to Khajuraho (160 km: about 3 and a half hours), in Madhya Pradesh. Arrival in the late afternoon and hotel accommodation.
Overnight stay in Kaìhajuraho (B).

5° DAY: KHAJURAHO

Visit of the extraordinary temple complex, built between the X and the XI centuries, famous for its erotic sculptures and declared “World Heritage Site”. We’ll visit the temples situated in the Eastern group, characterized by the extraordinary wealth of details and those of the Southern group, then the Hindu temples, situated in the Western group. In the afternoon, free time to visit the city independently.
Overnight stay in Khajuraho (B)

6° DAY: KHAJURAHO – BANDHAVGARH PARK

After breakfast transfer to Bandhavgarh National Park (210 km, about 5 hours), in the far north of the Madhya Pradesh state, in Vindhya mountains. Constituted in 1968 for the protection of the tigers, this territory was originally the hunting reserve of the Maharaja of Rewa. The peculiarity of this park is not only in its importance from a naturalistic point of view, in fact inside there is a complex of ruins, which cannot be visited. It is dominated by a fortress built on top of a cliff and surrounded by some sanctuaries. The park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including panthers, sambar, gaur (Indian bison), deer, hedgehogs and numerous ornithological species, in addition to the tigers that made it famous. Arrival and accommodation in the lodge. Free time to explore the eco-resort and dinner in the forest.
Overnight stay in Bandhavgarh (B,D).

7° DAY: BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK

Day dedicated to the exploration of the park: two jeep safaris are planned: one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Overnight stay in Bandhavgarh (B,L,D).

8° DAY: BANDHAVGARH – KANHA NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast departure to Kanha National Park (189km, about 4 hour and half), the largest natural reserve in India, situated in the Mandla district, in Madhya Pradesh. Once a wide hunting land for the viceroy, this park is part of a tiger conservation project. The landscape, in which forest, savannah, prairies and rivers alternate, is of extraordinary beauty, as here in addition to tigers and a rich fauna you can see Indian bison and four-horned antelopes. And it is here that Rudyard Kipling wrote his Jungle Book inspired by a true story. In the late afternoon walk in the nature and visit to a local village.
Overnight stay in Kanha (B,L,D)

9° DAY: KANHA NATIONAL PARK

Day dedicated to the exploration of the park: two jeep safaris are planned: one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Overnight stay in Kanha (B,L,D).

10° DAY: KANHA – NAGPUR – CALCUTTA

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for Nagpur (270 km, about 5 hours and half) for the flight to Calcutta. Arrival at Calcutta international airport, meeting with our operators at the terminal exit and transfer to the hotel to rest. Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, is the capital of the state of West Bengal. Located on the east bank of the Hooghly River, it is the main commercial, cultural and educational center of East India, while its port is the oldest in the country and the only river port. Having been the capital during British colonialism, Kolkata retains the architectural style of that period in many buildings, which contrasts sharply with the degradation of some urban neighborhoods and with the more recent and dynamic suburbs, with the inevitable air-conditioned shopping centers.
Overnight stay in Calcutta (B).

11° DAY: CALCUTTA

In the morning, visit to the flowers market in Howrah, at the fish and spicies market. Typical breakfast in a small restaurant; then a 3-hours walk discovering the cultural heritage of the north of Calcutta, which includes the ancient palaces and residences of the rulers and the nobility, the potters’ village in Kumartuli, the lively local shops and the meanders of narrow streets and alleys from which the city has evolved in a few centuries. Return to the hotel for lunch and rest. In the afternoon, visit to the Indian Museum, the Victoria Memorial hall, the church of St. John and the Kali temple. Then, short city tour and cruise on the Ganges to admire the fabulous sunset.
Overnight stay in Calcutta (B).

12° DAY: CALCUTTA – PORT BLAIR – HAVELOCK

Early in the morning, transfer by plane to Port Blair, capital of the Andaman and Nicobar islands. Upon arrival transfer to the pier for boarding the fast ship to the island of Havelock (last boarding at 1:40 pm, approximately one hour and half in navigation). Check in at the eco-resort.
Overnight stay in Havelock (B,D).

13° DAY: HAVELOCK

Free day to explore the island, snorkel, dive or just rest.
Overnight stay in Havelock (B,D).

14° DAY: HAVELOCK

Free day to explore the island, snorkel, dive or just rest.
Overnight stay in Havelock (B,D).

15° DAY: HAVELOCK

Free day to explore the island, snorkel, dive or just rest.
Overnight stay in Havelock (B,D).

16° DAY: HAVELOCK – PORT BLAIR – CALCUTTA

After breakfast transfer by speed boat to Port Blair (11.45 am). Transfer to the airport for flight to Calcutta and continuation with international flight.

ACTIVITIES

  • explore New Delhi through the eyes of young guides trained by an ONG;
  • visit to the famous Humayun Mausoleum, an architectural marvel of Delhi;
  • visit to one of the most famous buildings in the world, the Taj Mahal, the symbol of India and love and the epitome of Mughal art;
  • relax in a green oasis such as the Keoladeo national park, an ideal place for birdwatching;
  • experience a ride on an Indian train between Agra and Jhansi;
  • discover one of the less known states of India, Madhya Pradesh;
  • discover the hidden jewel of India, Orchha, a small great treasure of nostalgic and poignant beauty;
  • stroll in the beautiful garden that surrounds the erotic temples of Khajuraho and linger in front of their sculptures;
  • go jeep safari in sight of the famous Bengal tigers in Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Park;
  • see wild animals from the jungles of Madhya Pradesh;
  • walk in the jungle to discover the flora and fauna of the Kanha National Park;
  • visit Calcutta and its ancient monuments;
  • take a cruise on the Ganges at sunset on a typical boat;
  • diving or sunbathing in the blue waters of the island of Havelock;
  • take long walks on isolated beaches of fine white sand;
  • be pampered in the Spa of the eco-resort on Havelock beach.

WHEN TO GO TO INDIA

The best time to visit India is from mid-September to mid-March. In this period, usually sunny, the maximum temperatures range between 22° and 33° with a good percentage of humidity. In the other months, the temperatures rise with the humidity and for this reason the climate is sultry and impractical.

PRICE OF THE JOURNEY

Itinerary available for:
Group Travel
Private Trip (min. 2 people)
Honeymoon

PRICE FOR HONEYMOON OR PRIVATE TRAVEL

Fee calculated for 2 people registered:
€ 2.890 for person + Flight (not included)

THE COST INCLUDES

  • Overnight stays in a double room
  • Treatment as indicated in the program (B breakfast, L lunch, D dinner)
  • Private transport with air conditioning
  • An aerial flight Calcutta – Port Blair
  • Transfer by boat to Port Blair – Havelock
  • Entrance tickets and visits mentioned in the program
  • Taxes

THE COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International air flights
  • Medical insurance – baggage (compulsory)
  • Travel cancellation insurance
  • Consular visa
  • Possible entrance tickets for camera
  • Any tips and personal expenses
  • Drinks
  • Anything not specifically mentioned in the cost list includes

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