Day 1, Mumbai
This morning we visit Elephanta Caves: dating back to somewhere between 450-750AD, the rock-cut caves are a collection of shrines, courtyards, inner cells, grand halls and porticos brimming with exquisite stone sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses and located approximately an hour’s boat ride from the Gateway of India.
After a break for lunch, we take in the Gateway of India – one of India’s most endearing land-marks and the point where visitors originally arrived at the country, it also symbolises the former power of the British Raj. Perhaps sample bhelpuri (Mumbai’s favourite snack) at Chowpatty Beach along what is known as Marine Drive. Later visit the Rajabal clock tower, the Jain Temple and Dhobi Talao before delving into the Prince of Wales Museum where you have the opportunity to see some of the rarest, most ancient exhibits of Indian history.
Next, soak up the serenity of the Hanging Gardens, also known as the Ferozeshah Mehta Gardens, which were laid out in the early 1880’s over Bombay’s main reservoir. We finish in Crawford Market, possessing has elements of both the Flemmish Architecture and looks like it would seem more comfortable in Victorian London.
No meals included.
Ho Chi Minh City / Mekong Delta Homestay
Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is an exciting and dynamic city brimming with street vendors, cyclos, temples, shops and colonial architecture. The Mekong Delta is the lifeblood of South-East Asia, and this fertile region within Vietnam is a maze of canals brimming with life, markets and tropical foods.
Mekong Delta / Ho Chi Minh City
With countless food stalls, restaurants, museums and markets, the busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City have something for everyone to enjoy.
Day 1 Arrive Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh celebrates life with optimism and colour, and there are a wealth of riverside eateries, bustling markets and historic sites - both tragic and inspiring - to discover.
Day 2 Depart Phnom Penh
Sitting on the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, Phnom Penh is buzzing with modern life, while still retaining some of its French Colonial heritage.
Explore the vibrant colours of Chiang Mai, trek through Northern Thailand, meet the friendly locals, learn about the Karen tribe and witness their traditional weaving
Day 1 Chiang Mai
Arrive at any time.
Days 2-4 Hilltribe trekking/Karen village (3B,3L,2D)
Trek through rugged forest and experience the wonderful diversity of this region, with each village having different languages, belief systems, styles of dress and traditions. On Day 2, spend time in a Karen tribe village. Here, observe and learn about traditional basket-weaving and scarf-making. On the journey back to Chiang Mai, enjoy a well-earned break from trekking with a bamboo raft jaunt and an elephant ride through the forest.
Day 5 Chiang Mai (B)
Depart at any time.
It's big, it's bold, it's busy - and there is nowhere in the world quite like it. Delhi's sights and sounds are sure to engage and intrigue.
Delhi has been an important city in India for well over 2000 years, and its cultural richness and diversity radiates from every corner.
With the gleam of the modern and the beating heart of the ancient, Delhi is a city with a wealth of cultural, spiritual, artistic and culinary delights.