19 October 2019 • 16 Day Experience India Escorted Tour • Solo Traveller Departure

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    Tour from $5,899 per person

    Tour & Return Economy Class Flights From $6,699 per person


    Inclusions

    • Economy Class Internal Flights
    • Private single rooms in quality accommodation
    • Meals as per itinerary – 14 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 13 Dinners
    • Sightseeing tours and transfers* by private vehicle
    • Tour Escort – travels with group from/to Brisbane
    • Local English speaking Tour Director and local guides
    • All entrance fees
    • All tipping, gratuities & porterage fees

    Excludes
    • Any meals other than mentioned above
    • Items of a personal nature i.e. laundry, drinks, phone calls, etc
    • Travel Insurance
    • Indian Visa

    *Please note: Airport Transfers are only available with the group flights.

    For more information, or to secure your place, call us today at 1300 689 461

  • Itinerary

    Day 1: Brisbane – New Delhi via Singapore

    Today you will meet your Tour Escort and fellow travellers at Brisbane International Airport for your flights to New Delhi (via Singapore).  On arrival, at Delhi International Airport, we will be met by our Tour Director who will accompany us to the awaiting vehicle to take us to our hotel to check in.

    Delhi, the soul of India and a mélange of cultures, encapsulates two very different worlds, the “old’ and the “new” giving a feel of both ancient and modern India. The city is nestled in the lap of majestic Yamuna River and presents the soul of India in its true self. Over thousands of years, it has wooed rulers, fascinated plunderers, and tried historians with details. Even today, Delhi preserves an enviable heritage; it’s a city always on the move. The city is sprinkled with captivating ancient monuments, picturesque gardens, magnificent museums, a vivacious performing arts scene and some of the sub-continent’s best restaurants. This city of contrasts is a treasure trove for tourists. Accommodation:  ITC Welcome Hotel (or similar) 2 nights  

    Day 2: New Delhi  (B-D)

    Enjoy breakfast in the hotel before we depart this morning for a full day guided City Tour of Delhi visiting both Old & New Delhi.  Old Delhi was the capital of Muslim India between 17th and 19th century and has many mosques, monuments and forts. New Delhi, the imperial city was created by the British as the capital of India.

    Our introduction to Delhi starts with a heritage walk to Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad) walking past the Red Fort Jama Mosque and taking a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk.   Chandni Chowk is the oldest market places of Old Delhi and according to legend was established during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and was designed by Jahanara-Emperor Shah Jahan’s favourite daughter. Today this market is considered to be one of the busiest markets in the world.

    The British Empire established their capital in New Delhi with much fanfare in 1911. King Edward of Britain came to Delhi and designated the leading British Architect, Edward Lutyens, with the task of building the new capital in Delhi. Lutyen’s Delhi primarily consists of the administrative area of the capital, India Gate and the Viceroy’s House.   A visit to Delhi is incomplete without going to Lutyen’s Delhi which one can say, is the place where the Central Government of India currently resides and works from.

    We will return to hotel this afternoon where there will be time to freshen up before meet for dinner.

    Day 3: New Delhi – Varanasi  (B-D)

    After breakfast we are transferred to Delhi airport in time for our flight to Varanasi.

    Upon arrival in Varanasi, we will be transferred to the hotel.  Varanasi also renowned as Banaras is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Varanasi`s prominence in Hindu mythology is virtually unrevealed. It has always attracted alarge number of pilgrims and worshippers and was mentioned in the holy epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. Varanasi is also renowned for its rich tapestry of music, arts, crafts, education and silk weaving.

    The afternoon will be at leisure and then this evening visit Dashashwamedh Ghat – the oldest and holiest ghat in Varanasi for the highly choreographed Ganga Aarti ceremony. Accommodation:  The Madin (or similar) 2 nights

    Day 4: Varanasi  (B-D)                                         

    A very early start this morning sees us on a boat ride on the river Ganges for sunrise – a quintessential Varanasi experience. The early morning light is particularly inspiring and all the colour and clamour of pilgrims bathing and performing puja unfolds before you. The visit will include the burning ghats among other ghats where people do their early morning chores. We will also be able to walk through the narrow lanes of Kashi.

    Returning to the hotel, we will have breakfast before we depart for a city sightseeing tour of Varanasi which will include Durga Templeand Bharat Mata Temple.   The remainder of the day will be at leisure before we meet for dinner

    Day 5: Varanasi – Agra  (B-D)

    After breakfast at the hotel, we will be transferred to Varanasi airport for our flight to Agra.

    In Agra we will be met on arrival and transferred to our hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure. Famed with one of the Seven Wonders of the World – Taj Mahal, historical monuments, architectural grandeur ventures and the beauty of marbles, Agra thrives as one of the tourist destination in India. The city is known for its superb inlay work on marble by craftsmen with a lineage dating back to the Mughals. Agra’s handicrafts also include carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.

    We will meet early evening for dinner and Mohabbat – The Taj” show – a saga of love based on story behind the making of Taj Mahal. Accommodation:  Four Points by Sheraton (or similar) 2 nights

    Day 6: Agra (B-D)

    This morning we’ll pay an early visit to the Taj Mahal – one of the Seven Wonders of the World that symbolizes the love of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal’s final resting place. Taj Mahal is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage. It was completed in 1653 and it is believed that it took nearly 22 years to complete the grandeur palace. There are 22 small domes over the Taj Mahal, denoting the same.

    We will also visit Agra Fort, another of Agra’s World Heritage site and one of the most important and robustly built strongholds of the Mughals, embellished with number of richly decorated buildings encompassing the imposing Mughal style of art and architecture. The fort contains a maze of buildings forming a small city within a city. The Agra Fort offers great views of the Taj Mahal from across the Yamuna.

    Rest of the day is at leisure to explore the local market and some free time this afternoon before we meet for dinner this evening.

    Day 7: Ranthambore via Fatehpur Sikri  (B-D)

    After breakfast this morning we depart for Ranthambore.  Ranthambore National Park was once the private hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur. The park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of south-eastern Rajasthan, which is about 130 km from Jaipur. At present, the national park is a part of Project Tiger and is one of the few places in the world, where over 300 species of birds and wildlife such as tigers, leopards, nilgai, black buck and Indian black boar graze with gay abandon.

    Upon arrival at Ranthambore we will have time to freshen up before meeting for this evening’s dinner. Accommodation:  Anuraga Palace (or similar) 2 nights

    Day 8: Ranthambore (B-L-D)

    Today we enjoy a morning and late afternoon Jeep Safari into the park.  This is an exceptional experience and the best way to see the park.  Visiting Ranthambore is a dream of every wildlife enthusiast and the park is renowned for tigers and is one of the best places in India to sight the majestic species.

    Some time at leisure this afternoon before we meet for dinner this evening.

    Day 9: Ranthambore – Jaipur  (B-D)

    Today after breakfast, we make our way to Jaipur.

    Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and is the first well planned city of India, located in the desert lands of India, Rajasthan. The city which once had been the capital of the royalty now is the capital city of Rajasthan. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal Families. In the present date, Jaipur is the major business centre for the natives of Rajasthan with all requisites of a metropolitan city.

    Upon arrival at the hotel we will check in and the afternoon is at leisure.

    This evening we will enjoy the Festival of Lights. Diwali is a festival of lights symbolizing the victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness.  The word “Deepwali” refers to rows of diyas, or clay lamps and one of the most popular festivals in the Hindu calendar. This festival commemorates Lord Rama’s return to his kingdom Ayodhya after completing his 14-year exile. Diwali is celebrated worldwide and symbolizes an age-old culture of India which teaches to vanquish ignorance that subdues humanity and to drive away darkness that engulfs the light of knowledge. Diwali, the festival of lights even to-day in this modern world projects the rich and glorious past of India.

    Amongst all the festivals celebrated in India, Diwali is by far the most glamorous and important. Enthusiastically enjoyed by people of every religion, its magical and radiant touch creates an atmosphere of joy and festivity.  Our Diwali festivities this evening includes a gala dinner. Accommodation:  Shahpura House (or similar) 2 nights

    Day 10: Jaipur  (B-D)

    This morning after breakfast we depart for a tour of Jaipur.

    Highlights of today will include the Amber FortJaipur Cityand Hawa Mahal-Palace of WindsJantar Mantar Observatory and theCity Palace Museum.  Amber Fort boasts an artistic grandeur and structural expertise. It is a reminiscent of the bravery and courage of the mighty Rajputs, who had played a remarkable role in the history of medieval India. City Palace is one of the major landmarks in Jaipur and was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. Among the various forts and palaces of Jaipur, City Palace stands apart, with its outstanding art and architecture. Jantar Mantar Observatory is an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century by Maharaja Jai Sigh II whose passion for science, engineering, and astronomy prompted him to construct this complex of fourteen scientific instruments. It’s been over 200 years since they were first constructed, these fourteen structures can still accurately measure time; predict eclipses, and track stars and planets in their orbits.

    And no tour of Jaipur is complete without shopping at the Bazaar known as a shopper’s paradise and famous for jewellery, handicraft, carpet, blue pottery and textiles.

    We return to the hotel for some time to relax before meeting for dinner which will include a cooking demonstration tonight.

    Day 11: Jaipur – Jodhpur (B-D)

    After an early breakfast to start to the day we begin our journey to Jodhpur.  Jodhpur or the “Sun City” is famous for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all the year round. The city was founded in 1459 A.D by Rao Jodha and is situated at the edge of the Thar Desert.   One of the specialties of this city is that almost all the houses based around the fort of Mehrangarh are painted in blue color, due to which the city is even known as the “Blue City”. Accommodation:  Fairfield by Marriott (or similar) 2 nights

    Day 12: Jodhpur (B-D)

    This morning we will tour Jodphur visiting the Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada and Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum.  As Rajasthan’s largest fort, Mehrangarh forms a looming presence over Jodhpur. Visible from miles around, it is a grand statement of Rajput valor. Its construction was started around 1459 by the king known as the founder of Jodhpur, Rao Jodha and is believed to have been completed by Raja Jaswant Singh in the second half of the 17th century. There are several palaces inside the fort, which also has panoramic views over the city.  Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the last palaces built in India. It was built in 1944 by Maharaja Umaid Sing – a king who was attracted very much to the western style of living. The palace reflects his taste, as it is one of the rare palaces in India whose architecture is distinctly western.  With 347 rooms, it was at the time the largest private residence in the world.

    Some free time this afternoon before the group meets for dinner this evening.

    Day 13: Jodhpur – Udaipur (B-D)

    We will have breakfast at the hotel before depart for Udaipur. Udaipur has been called the ‘Most Romantic city in India’, ‘Venice of East’, and ‘City of Dawn’ and was founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 AD. The city draws its beauty from the numerous lakes set amidst the green Aravalli Hills in the desert state of Rajasthan. The clear blue waters of Lake Pichola, the 17th century palaces of sandstone and marble, adorned with amber, colored glass, fountains, Japanese-style gardens, and a string of canals connecting the various artificial lakes, make Udaipur a quintessential royal city amidst a gorgeous natural setting.

    Upon arrival we check into the hotel and have the remainder of the day free to relax. We will meet early evening for dinner. Accommodation:  Trident Udapuir (or similar) 2 nights

    Day 14: Udaipur (B-D)

    This morning we will tour Udapuir, visiting the City Palace Museum and Sahelion Ki Bari.   City Palace is one of the architectural marvels of Udaipur located peacefully on the banks of Lake Pichola. The palace offers grand sweeping views of Lake Palace hotel and Jag Mandir on one side, and Udaipur city on the other.

    We’ll also take a boat ride on Lake Pichola – one of the most beautiful and picturesque lakes located in the heart of the city.

    Tonight will be a farewell dinner

    Days 15 & 16: Udaipur – Brisbane via Singapore (B)

    This morning, after breakfast, will be at leisure until it is time for us to check out.  This afternoon we will be transferred to Udaipur Airport for our flights home.

    For more information, or to secure your place, call us today at 1300 689 461

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