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Treasures of India
Commences Delhi 08 October and ends Cochin 29 October 2020

  • Taj Mahal, Agra
    Taj Mahal, Agra
  • Kerala house boat
    Kerala house boat
  • Hindu God Gannesa
    Hindu God Gannesa
  • Red Fort, Delhi
    Red Fort, Delhi
  • On the river Ganges in Varanasi
    On the river Ganges in Varanasi
  • Program Status Postponed until 2021
  • Price $9,290
  • Program Code GCTINT20
  • Single Supplement $2,470
  • Activity Rating Moderate
  • Program Leader TBA

Tour Itinerary

  • 21 Nights
    • 3 - Delhi 
    • 1 - Agra
    • 3 - Jaipur 
    • 3 - Varanasi 
    • 2 - Mysore 
    • 2 - Wayanad 
    • 1 - Thrissur 
    • 1 - Alleppey (houseboat) 
    • 1 - Kumarakom
    • 2 - Periyar 
    • 2 - Cochin 

Commences Delhi 08 October and ends Cochin 29 October 2020

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the magnificent Red Fort, in Old Delhi, home to one of the largest and most beautiful mosques in the world and, in New Delhi, experience a chaotic medley of temples, mosques and colonial buildings
  • Experience the indescribably beautiful Taj Mahal
  • Discover the Amber Fort, an 11th century palace and fort blending Hindu and Muslim styles near Jaipur
  • Experience a traditional aarti offering ceremony in Varanasi, Hinduism’s holiest city
  • Witness the traditional Kathakali dance performance of the Kerala region in beautiful Kochi where you also visit Southern India's Dutch Palace
  • Visit the city of Mysore, famous for its silk, incense, sandalwood and its royal palaces
  • Discover India’s hidden treasure with an overnight cruise on the picturesque Kerala backwaters, and enjoy a boat ride and walking tour of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Enjoy trips to grand fortresses, magnificent temples and impressive mosques

Tour Overview

Mystical and spiritual, chaotic and confronting, India overflows with riches.

Traverse India on this comprehensive journey of discovery that takes you from the Golden Triangle capitals of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra in the north, the Holy City of Varanasi in the east, to the frescoed fortress of the 'Tiger of Mysore' and the peaceful backwaters of Kerala in the south. 

We learn about grand fortresses, magnificent temples and mosques and experience the incomparably beautiful Taj Mahal. In Varanasi, Hinduism’s holiest city, we attend a traditional aarti offering ceremony as we cruise along the Ganges.

We explore the tranquility of the emerald Kerala backwaters on a chartered traditional houseboat. In Cochin, we visit the 'Dutch Palace', built in the 1550s and later presented to the Rajas of Cochin. We also explore the old world charm of Mattancherry and Fort Kochi.

Mysterious and enthralling, India is a country quite unlike any other and this unforgettable tour covers many of India’s highlights. 

Tour Inclusions

    • 20 nights in en-suited excellent quality 4 and 5 star hotel accommodation
    • 1 night on board houseboat with en-suite
    • Typical local breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 21 dinners
    • Domestic flights between Jaipur - Varanasi and Varanasi - Bangalore
    • Touring by comfortable and modern coach
    • Transport, lectures and field trips as indicated
    • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides
    • Services of a Program Leader
    • Gratuities and necessary tips
    • Detailed Program Information Booklet


This program includes places which can only be explored on foot and where walking tours may be a little longer and not always on the flat. Accommodation may have some stairs and or have some rooms which may involve some walking to access.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover bet­ter the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.
If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Register your interest early

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining and make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD14).
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompasstours.co.nz. If you prefer you can fax your form to +44 (0) 1494 431 144, or post it to our New Zealand postal address at:

  Golden Compass, P O Box 3452 Shortland St. Auckland 1140, New Zealand.

Please note we require a deposit of NZD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 70 days prior to the start of your program or programs in the UK, Europe, North Africa or Asia. 

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 70 days prior to the start of your tour. 

If you need any assistance please call our Freephone number on 0800 132 385.