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DISABLED HOLIDAYS TO India with Can Be Done

India, as the land of epics & legends, is older than the history itself. Her ancient culture, festivals, fabled forts & palaces, stories of luxurious life styles lived by the maharajas, adventures of chivalrous kings make her an enigma for travellers from all parts of the world. A country of striking contrasts, India pulsates with a spectacular mix of people, traditions & landscapes.

Inspiring places you’ve heard about since childhood.  Delhi, Jaipur, The Taj Mahal, River Ganges, Cochin, Mumbai (Bombay) and many many more.

Think of wonderful exciting smells of spices in the markets, the hustle and bustle of busy towns & villages and the friendly and helpful people you will meet.

Can Be Done offers tailor-made travel to many parts of India but to give you an insight into this amazing country, we offer 3 sample tour itineraries.  All are offered as private tours and are accessible to a person using a wheelchair

 

GOLDEN TREASURES OF NORTH INDIA

Destination: Delhi-Agra-Jaipur-Delhi

Duration: 9 nights / 10 days (Wheelchair accessible)

The tour will display some of the culture, architecture and historic forts and palaces that typify India. It will give you an opportunity to understand, experience and enjoy her sublime beauty. This program has been painstakingly curated to offer not only well planned travel but a wholesome experience for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. Highly experienced and sensitive guides who are well aware of each ramp and all the other accessible locations at places of interest ensure that our guests get to explore various aspects of medieval and imperial Delhi, the romantic Taj Mahal and the mighty forts, enchanting palaces and colourful markets of the pink city, Jaipur. The experience continues with smells, sounds, tastes and lingering memories of the tour, that are offered with the true warmth of Indian Hospitality.

DAY 01: ARRIVE IN DELHI

You will be met as soon as you have completed the entry process. Your representative will assist you to the waiting vehicle to give you a smooth transfer to your hotel and assist with check-in.

Spend the day at leisure – relax and unwind in the comfort of your hotel.

Overnight in Delhi

DAY 02: IN DELHI

After breakfast at the hotel, accompanied by your local guide start a mesmerising tour of the city with a visit to Imperial Delhi, drive past the imposing 42-metre tall India Gate (war memorial arch) dedicated to the 82,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in the First World War. We now drive past the Parliament House and the Rashtrapati Bhavan (the President’s Residence).

We then drive through the lively streets of South Delhi and head to the captivating 13th century Qutub Minar. A well ramped complex with easy access to most parts within the precincts.

Qutub Minar, the leaning tower of India (it leans 2 feet off its axis) located ideally in the lush green complex still stands tall despite being hit several times by lightning and earthquakes.

We now head to the magnificent Tomb of Humayun. This impressive structure is built on a monumental scale, a beautiful synthesis of Persian architecture and Indian traditions.

Return to the hotel and overnight in Delhi.

DAY 03 IN DELHI

Following a leisurely breakfast, take in the sights and sounds of Old Delhi with the visit to the magical old town. Your introduction to the grand old city begins with a short drive around the locality around the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. This impressive red sandstone structure projects beautifully into the Old Delhi skyline with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. Enjoy rickshaw ride through hustle-bustle of the old city.

We now drive past through the Red Fort, once the residence of the Mughal Kings till 1857, the Red Fort was the pride of the Mughal empire. The entire complex is well ramped and wheelchair friendly.

After that we will proceed for a city tours including the Sikh Temple Gurudwara Bangala Sahib it is one of the most prominent Sikh gurudwara, or Sikh house of worship in Delhi and known for its association with the eighth Sikh guru, Guru Har Krishan.

The rest of the day will be free for independent activities.

Overnight in Delhi.

DAY 04 DELHI-AGRA

After a hearty breakfast, it’s time for a scenic & a smooth drive to explore the renowned, ancient capital city of the Mughals – Agra, 4.5 hrs drive approx. There are provisions along the way to stop for a cup of tea or coffee.

The historic charm of the city greets you from the outskirts as you stop to visit the magnificent Itmad-ud-Daulah’s Tomb, popularly known as the ‘Baby Taj’. This elegant tomb is the first structure of its kind to be constructed of pure marble in Mughal India – a perfect inspiration for the iconic Taj Mahal.

The complex itself is very well ramped right up to the last platform. However, there is no wheel chair accessibility to the final enclosure where the cenotaphs lie.

Following your check-in at the hotel, the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Agra

DAY 05 IN AGRA

Your day begins with a sumptuous breakfast before visiting the Taj Mahal – the epitome of Mughal architecture. Celebrated for its structural magnificence and aesthetic beauty, a symphony in white marble, this is truly a tribute to eternal love. The complex itself is very well ramped right up to the last platform.

Then head off to Agra Fort, another outstanding example of Mughal art and architecture. An impregnable military structure built by Akbar, the Fort has all the elegance, lavishness and majesty of an imperial palace. Absorb the glory of this imposing, red sandstone structure, as you journey through most of its well ramped palaces, pavilions & courtyards.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Overnight in Agra

DAY 06 AGRA-JAIPUR

Following breakfast, take the scenic road from the capital of the Mughals to the capital of the Kachwaha Rajputs – Jaipur a journey of approximately 7 hours. Making a stop at the deserted fort of Fatehpur Sikri, a brilliant fusion of both Hindu and Mughal architecture. Located just 40 km from Agra. Ramps are placed at appropriate spots ensuring a comfortable journey through the monument complex.

Upon arrival in Jaipur, proceed for check-in at your hotel.

Overnight in Jaipur

DAY 07 IN JAIPUR

This morning, after breakfast at the hotel, you are invited to relive the grandeur of Jaipur with a tour of the Pink City, “abode of rajahs”. The highlights of the tour include a visit to sections of the City Palace, including a peek into their collection of traditional Rajasthani costumes, the Mughal and Rajput Armoury, their extensive art gallery, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works.

Proceed to the awe-inspiring Jantar Mantar Observatory, a stone astrological and astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century. The attractions are adjacent to each other & are very accessible for wheelchair users.

Late in the afternoon, explore the bustling bazaar of the Old City to shop for the famous Jaipuri textiles and jewellery.

Overnight in Jaipur

DAY 08 IN JAIPUR

A hearty breakfast at your hotel . Morning free for leisure activities.

In the afternoon, proceed to an exciting tour around Amber and a photo stop at the beautiful Hawa Mahal. The Palace of Winds is a five-storey spectacle with a dazzling pyramidal facade and overhanging windows. The journey now continues on to the ancient Amber palace. Perched atop a ridge just outside Jaipur city, it is surrounded by fortified battlements, overlooking the Maota Lake. Built in the 17th century, once the seat of power, today though, it stands a silent spectator to a bygone era, overlooking the ruins and sprawling crenulated walls spread over the Aravalli.

You can tour sections of the palace famous for its design and ornate decor. With a bit of assistance through a steep ridged ramp, you can easily enter the palace & explore the second courtyard. The palace staff are happy to carry you in your wheelchair to some of the other areas of the palace, connected with a reasonable number of steps. There are also places where wheelchair accessibility is through some easy ramps.

Within the complex, see the Ganesh Pol, an awe-inspiring gateway painted with beautiful images of the elephant-headed god, Ganesh.

Overnight in Jaipur

DAY 09: JAIPUR – DELHI

Post breakfast, a scenic drive back to Delhi (260 Km/ 6 ½ Hours approx) allows you soak in all that you have seen and experienced in your trip across the myriad landscapes of Indian grandeur. You can make midway refreshment stops along the way. Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel.

Overnight in Delhi.

DAY 10 DELHI DEPARTURES

Breakfast at the hotel, after which you have the morning to relax before checking out from your hotel at 1200 hrs to start your journey home.


 

KERALA – THE LAND OF SPICES

   Destination: Kochi-Kumarakom-Marari-Kochi

    Duration: 7 nights / 8 days (Wheelchair accessible)

 

 Day 1  – ARRIVE – KOCHI

As soon as you have completed the entry formalities you will be assisted to the transport by your   representative who will take you to your hotel.

The rest of the day is at leisure to settle in, explore, go shopping or enjoy the spa.

The commercial capital of Kerala and the most cosmopolitan of the state’s cities, Cochin or Kochi has long been praised as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. It is Kerala’s most cosmopolitan city, boasting of one of the finest natural harbours in the world. With a wealth of historical associations and its setting on a cluster of islands and narrow peninsula, Kochi perfectly reflects the eclecticism of Kerala.

Kochi served as a very important seaport and was at the centre of trade with the Chinese, Arabs, Phoenician, Romans and Greeks. You can catch a glimpse of the past through the old colonial churches, tiled houses built in the Chinese pagoda style, the famous Chinese fishing nets, colonial buildings, synagogues and mosques – all narrating fascinating tales of this enriched harbour town.

Day 2  – KOCHI

After a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, you will be accompanied by your local guide on a half-day sightseeing tour of Kochi.

See the ancient treasures of this quaint harbour port town and visit the fascinating sites. Watch the local fishermen lower the fishing nets into the waters to get their catch of the day. Our expert guide will tell you the history of the nets introduced into into India by Chinese travellers.

We will then visit the easily accessible St. Francis Church, believed to be the oldest European church in India. A very modest building on the exterior, but historically very significant, it changed several hands from 1503 to 1949, beginning with its Portuguese origin to the Dutch, followed by the British and finally handed over to the CSI (Church of South India). Here, you can see the grave of famous Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama.

Make your way through the streets, lined with antique and handicraft shops of the to the easily accessible Jewish Synagogue. Be prepared to visit a no-frills synagogue, in all its originality. Small, simple but with great history, it has beautiful Belgian glass chandeliers and exquisite Portuguese floor tiles, each with different art work on it.

The rest of the day is free to relax or explore further.

Day 3  – KOCHI

After breakfast, the day will be free to explore Kochi.

For an additional payment there is an optional chance to explore some of the most beautiful facets of Kerala’s unique culture – the mesmerising Kathakali classical dance performance. Kathakali represents a synthesis of all that is best in dance, drama and music and has been recognised by connoisseurs of art the world over as a ‘total art form of immense sophistication and power’. Let the magic of this unique art form envelope you as you watch the emotions displayed by the performing artistes.

Day 4  – KOCHI- KUMARAKOM

After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, proceed from Kochi to Kumarakom, a vast and beautiful wetland. Since the hotel in Kumarakom is on the waterfront, our entry to the hotel is from the accessible service area. On arrival, enjoy a traditional welcome at the Coconut Lagoon.

 

The rest of the day will be free for relaxation at Kumarakom. Explore the rejuvenating ayurvedic spa, and the world famous Kerala oil massage.

Kumarakom is located on the backwaters of Vembanad Lake, the largest lake in Kerala. It provides a rich habitat for many marine and freshwater fish species along with diverse flora and fauna. It has huge expanses of mangrove forests, paddy fields and coconut groves.

Day 5  – KUMARAKOM

Take breakfast at the hotel, the day will be free to explore the rejuvenating and serene lakeside resort and its surroundings.

Day 6  – KUMARAKOM – MARARIKULAM

After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, at a convenient time proceed from Kumarakom to Mararikulam. On arrival enjoy traditional welcome at the Marari Beach Resort.

The rest of the day will be free to explore the resort, the spa, exotic Kerala cuisine and shopping.

Day 7  – MARARIKULAM

Mararikulam is a beach village, with fishing as the main economic activity. After a leisurely breakfast, the day will be at leisure to relax and explore Mararikulam.

 

 

Day 8  – KOCHI DEPARTURE

After breakfast at the hotel, the day will be free. Check-out time 1200 hrs.

Today, you bid farewell to your Kerala- the Land of Spices tour.

Meals included: Breakfast throughout  the tour.


Due to the historic nature of the sites visited accessibility to all areas is not always possible and whilst out and about not everywhere will have fully adapted toilets.

Please contact us for more details.

Speak to an expert, call 020 8907 2400 or email holidays@canbedone.co.uk

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