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Explore Delhi, both old and new, tour the legendary Taj Mahal in Agra as well as the beautiful Pink City of Jaipur. Continue on to the incredible architecture in Lucknow and the beautifully colourful city of Varanasi, right on the banks of the holy Ganges.

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Trip Highlights

The Taj Mahal – discover the most iconic site in India and enjoy a guided tour at this extravagant symbol of love
Lucknow - gaze at the incredible Islamic and British Raj style architecture and discover the royal splendor of this incredible city
Jaipur – explore highlights of the Pink City including the City Palace and visit lofty Amber Fort
Fatehpur Sikri – walk around and explore the well-preserved former Mughal city which was abandoned 400 years ago
Agra – visit the lesser known but still impressive Agra Fort and explore behind its fortified walls
Varanasi – sail on the holy Ganges and watch the ancient tradition of religious ritual cleansing on the riverside ghats
Delhi – tour the highlights of Old and New Delhi including Jama Masjid and the India Gate monument
Abhaneri – admire the impressive Chand Baori step well which climbs down 13 stories to the water’s edge
Keoladeo Ghana National Park – ride on a bicycle rickshaw around this wetland reserve, home to rare bird species

Included

11 breakfasts, 2 dinners
1 economy class flight - Varanasi to Delhi
Touring of Delhi, Jaipur, Chand Baori Step Well, Agra, Lucknow and Varanasi
Bicycle rickshaw ride in Keoladeo Ghana National Park
All relevant transfers and transportation
Services of English-speaking Indian specialist guides at some sites
11 nights - 3-4 star and heritage hotels
Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 12
Rickshaw ride in Delhi
Sunrise boat cruise on the holy River Ganges - Varanasi
Escorted by an English-speaking Indian tour guide (for groups of 6 or more)

Not Included

International flights and visas
Entrance Fees: USD$95-105pp, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow $3 - 7 USD per day per traveller. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: USD$40-50pp, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Please note the itinerary listed online only applies to bookings from 1st October 2019. For any bookings travelling prior to this, an alternative itinerary will apply. Please ask our reservations team for further details.

Day 1

Delhi

Saturday. Welcome to India! On arrival in Delhi you’ll be transferred from the airport to our hotel, where the rest of the day is free to relax or explore as you please. You may wish to visit Akshardham - the largest Hindu temple in the world.
Overnight: Delhi

Day 2

Old & New Delhi sightseeing

Join our Welcome Meeting this morning before we enjoy a full day of sightseeing in India’s capital. In Old Delhi we’ll see the largest mosque in India - the impressive Jama Masjid. Continue to Humayun’s Tomb and Raj Ghat, the site of Gandhi’s cremation. We also enjoy a thrilling rickshaw ride around Chandni Chowk bazaar. Later we explore highlights of New Delhi including the ceremonial Rajpath and famous India Gate monument. This evening we enjoy our Namaste dinner.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Days 3-4

Jaipur & Amber Fort

Delhi - Jaipur. We travel to the UNESCO-listed Pink City of Jaipur on day 3 and enjoy a guided tour of the City Palace and the Jantar Mantar space observatory. This UNESCO-listed site is made up of 19 separate astrological instruments, including the worlds largest stone sundial.

Early on day 4 there’s the opportunity to join our Balloon Over Jaipur add-on and sail over lofty forts, temples and regal palaces in a hot air balloon, with the Pink City as your stunning backdrop. Later we explore the striking hill-top Amber Fort. Reach the site by jeep and enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful lakeside fortress. We then return to Jaipur for the evening, stopping en route at a local cotton weaving house.
Overnight: Jaipur  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 5

Chand Baori Step Well & Keoladeo Ghana National Park

Jaipur - Abhaneri - Bharatpur. Say goodbye to Jaipur as we travel to the village of Abhaneri, home to the impressive Chand Baori step well. This staggering site is 13 stories deep and famously starred in the hit movie ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Rises’. Next we visit a local school to meet the pupils and teachers. We operate our Change for Children programme here and you may consider bringing some educational gifts from home to give out (see trip notes) - they will make a real difference to the lives of these underprivileged children.

After our school visit, we continue to our hotel in Bharatpur and explore Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a UNESCO-listed wetland reserve. The park is home to hundreds of bird species including vultures, owls, eagles and pelicans - we'll be accompanied by a guide who can identify the species for you. Enjoy a rickshaw ride around this beautiful reserve before we return to the hotel.
Overnight: Bharatpur  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal

Bharatpur - Agra. Travel to Agra today, stopping en route at the city of Fatehpur Sikri, which has laid abandoned for more than 400 years. On arrival in Agra we explore the impressive Agra Fort and then discover the most famous attraction in India - the Taj Mahal. This iconic white mausoleum was constructed on the orders of Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, who tragically died in childbirth. It remains the most extravagant symbol of love ever built and the icon of India. We enjoy a guided tour of the legendary monument.
Overnight: Agra  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Lucknow

Agra – Lucknow. This morning we depart for Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh. Boasting beautiful British Raj-era architecture as well as fantastic examples of Islamic art and design, Lucknow is an enigmatic city steeped in history. This afternoon we’ll tour the highlights of a city which first gained importance in 1528 with its capture by Babur, the first Mughal ruler of India. Our first stop will be to the Chota Imambara, one of the most intricate and exquisite buildings in Lucknow, it was built as a congregation hall for Shia Muslims and today houses the tombs of Muhammed Ali Shah and his family. Our next stop is the Rumi Darwaza, often referred to as the Turkish Gate. This imposing gate is a busy route through the city. We finish the day at Bara Imambara, this impressive complex was built in the 1780’s and houses a mosque, a step well and a maze of corridors.
Overnight: Lucknow  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Lucknow

Today we further explore the city of Lucknow, heading first for La Martiniere college. The college was established in 1845 from instructions in the will of Major General Claude Martin, who left a large endowment for its construction and upkeep. Today, it educates upwards of 6,000 pupils at one time and the Constantia building has been described as ‘perhaps the best-preserved colonial building in Lucknow’. Later we’ll visit the remains of two British Raj-era buildings, Dilkusha Palace and the British Residency, both of which were shelled during the 1857 siege of Lucknow and today lay in ruins. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to further explore Lucknow.
Overnight: Lucknow  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Varanasi

Lucknow – Varanassi. Today we drive from Lucknow to Varanasi, one of the oldest and holiest cities on Earth. The city is also an important Hindu pilgrimage site, set on the banks of the River Ganges.
Overnight: Varanasi  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Boat ride on the Ganges

Early this morning we enjoy a boat ride on the holy Ganges. Enjoy the sunrise and watch the ancient religious tradition of ritual cleansing that takes place on the riverside ghats (steps). We then enjoy a guided tour of the city and you may wish to return to the banks of the Ganges at sunset for the evening ritual.
Overnight: Varanasi  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Return to Delhi

Varanasi - Delhi. Spend our final morning in Varanasi at leisure, before we fly to Delhi this afternoon. Your final evening in India is then free to spend as you wish. Perhaps visit the stunning Red Fort and attend its famous Sound and Light show after dark.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Delhi

Wednesday. Our Indian adventure comes to an end today with an included transfer to the airport.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price.

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Please note: There are special touring arrangements on this date. Please see the tour Trip Notes for further details.
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Please note this tour departs on a Friday.
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This is a special Diwali departure, which includes our own Diwali celebrations! Please see our Trip Notes for details of the event.
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Xmas departure, book early!
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New Years departure, book early!
New Year Departure
We have special arrangements on this tour to celebrate 'Holi - Festival of Colour'. A small supplement applies. Please refer to the Trip Notes for further details.
Holi - Festival of Colour
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25 Oct - 05 Nov Please note this tour departs on a Friday.
Please note this tour departs on a Friday.
This is a special Diwali departure, which includes our own Diwali celebrations! Please see our Trip Notes for details of the event.
This is a special Diwali departure, which includes our own Diwali celebrations! Please see our Trip Notes for details of the event.
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21 Dec - 01 Jan Xmas departure, book early!
Xmas departure, book early!
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28 Dec - 08 Jan New Years departure, book early!
New Years departure, book early!
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AUD $1,100
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AUD $1,100
AUD $3,595
AUD $1,100
06 Mar - 17 Mar We have special arrangements on this tour to celebrate 'Holi - Festival of Colour'. A small supplement applies. Please refer to the Trip Notes for further details.
We have special arrangements on this tour to celebrate 'Holi - Festival of Colour'. A small supplement applies. Please refer to the Trip Notes for further details.
Please note this tour departs on a Friday.
Please note this tour departs on a Friday.
AUD $3,695
AUD $1,100
AUD $3,595
AUD $1,100
AUD $3,595
AUD $1,100
11 Apr - 22 Apr Easter departure, book early!
Easter departure, book early!
AUD $3,695
AUD $1,100
AUD $3,595
AUD $1,100
AUD $3,495
AUD $1,100
AUD $3,495
AUD $1,100
29 Aug - 09 Sep Please note: There are special touring arrangements on this date. Please see the tour Trip Notes for further details.
Please note: There are special touring arrangements on this date. Please see the tour Trip Notes for further details.
AUD $3,495
AUD $1,100
12 Sep - 23 Sep Please note: There are special touring arrangements on this date. Please see the tour Trip Notes for further details.
Please note: There are special touring arrangements on this date. Please see the tour Trip Notes for further details.
AUD $3,595
AUD $1,100
AUD $3,595
AUD $1,100
AUD $3,595
AUD $1,100
AUD $3,595
AUD $1,100
AUD $3,595
AUD $1,100
12 Nov - 23 Nov Please note this tour departs on a Thursday.
Please note this tour departs on a Thursday.
This is a special Diwali departure, which includes our own Diwali celebrations! Please see our Trip Notes for details of the event.
This is a special Diwali departure, which includes our own Diwali celebrations! Please see our Trip Notes for details of the event.
AUD $3,695
AUD $1,100
AUD $3,595
AUD $1,100
AUD $3,595
AUD $1,100
19 Dec - 30 Dec Xmas departure, book early!
Xmas departure, book early!
AUD $3,695
AUD $1,100
27 Dec - 07 Jan New Years departure, book early!
New Years departure, book early!
AUD $3,695
AUD $1,100

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Private Tour Supplement
AUD $770
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Pre-Tour Accommodation - Delhi
AUD $140
AUD $130
Post-Tour Accommodation - Delhi
AUD $140
AUD $130

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Vivanta by Taj Dwarka, Delhi

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Vivanta by Taj Dwarka is a modern, luxury hotel located in Dwarka, on the outskirts of New Delhi, just a 15-minute drive from the airport. Spread over 7 acres, this striking hotel has a unique angular design and offers 250 luxurious rooms and suites. All tastes are catered for at the hotel's multi-cuisine restaurant, while the Indus Express restaurant serves mouth-watering Punjabi cuisine. Head to the popular Tipple bar for a delicious array of heady cocktails or relax by the poolside with a refreshing smoothie from the Celsuis Pool Bar. The nearby Sector 21 Metro station provides direct access to the heart of the city and after a day of sightseeing you can cool off with a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool or relax in the sauna and massage parlour.

Hotel Jivitesh, Delhi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Jivitesh Hotel is centrally located in the heart of Karol Bagh, a popular neighbourhood of Delhi renowned for its excellent shops and vibrant street markets. The Jivitesh offers comfortable and spacious guest rooms, with modern amenities such as free WiFi, and you can be assured of a warm welcome and excellent customer service from the hotel staff. Enjoy authentic Indian vegetarian cuisine at the hotel's restaurant and take a refreshing dip in the outdoor swimming pool after a day of sightseeing in the capital.

Jaypee Siddharth Hotel, Delhi

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

The luxurious Jaypee Siddharth is a stunning property located just five kilometres from the New Delhi Railway Station. Guestrooms are exquisitely decorated with a blend of cream and brown tones and benefit from air conditioning and complimentary WiFi. If you have free time, guests can indulge in one of the rejuvenating treatments available at the spa, take a dip in the outdoor pool or work up an appetite in the gym. A range of cuisines are served in the various restaurants found within the hotel complex.

Crowne Plaza New Delhi Rohini, Delhi

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Located just footsteps from the nearest metro station, the Crowne Plaza New Delhi offers a beautiful blend of contemporary facilities and warm Indian hospitality. Each en-suite guestroom features traditional wood furnishings and a minibar, free WiFi and a flat screen TV. Guests can unwind in the Adya Spa which features a mix of Asian and European therapies or take a swim in the outdoor pool to escape the heat. The hotel prides itself on its range of dining options including the Spice Art restaurant, which serves delicious North Indian cuisine, and Moasic, where you’ll find a range of international dishes.

Mandawa Haveli, Jaipur

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

Made of pink and red sandstone, the beautiful heritage-style Mandawa Haveli is a fine example of typical Rajasthani architecture. All rooms are well appointed with intricately carved wooden beds and king-size royal portraits, with modern amenities such as free WiFi and ensuite bathrooms. Spend an evening dining on continental, Indian or Rajasthani cuisine on the outdoor terrace or request a private, candlelit dinner on the rooftop under a star-studded sky. Well located in the heart of Jaipur city on Sansar Chandra Road, this hotel is just a few minute’s drive from the Palace of the Winds.

Udai Vilas Palace, Bharatpur

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Set amongst 2 acres of landscaped gardens, the Udai Vilas Palace is a traditional hotel located right in the heart of Bharatpur city. Guest rooms are spacious and well equipped with comfortable beds and large windows. The hotel is famous for its barbecue nights and Rajasthani folklore evenings, where you will be enthralled by traditional music and dance performances. Keoladeo National Park, one of the most well-known bird sanctuaries in India, is also just a five-minute drive away.

Seven Hills Tower, Agra

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The modern and stylish Seven Hills Tower hotel boasts a range of facilities and services designed to ensure the quality of each traveller's stay. The spacious guestrooms are elegantly decorated with neutral colours and fabrics covered with traditional patterns and all have excellent ensuite facilities. Guests can enjoy a dip in the rooftop pool or laze on the sun loungers before heading to the equally lofty restaurant for some mouth-watering Mughlai cuisine. The al fresco dining area offers beautiul views of the Taj Mahal, perfect for enjoying a sunset drink.

Surya Hotel, Varanasi

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

Originally built in 1818 as an ancient Nepali King's Palace, the Surya Hotel has been beautifully restored to its former glory. Guestrooms are classically furnished with excellent amenities and beautiful European-style bathrooms. Meals are served in the Canton Royale Restaurant which serves up a delicious array of Indian and International cuisine. Those wanting a refreshing drink should head to the Sol Bar for cocktails, beers and other beverages. The hotel also offers traditional Henna tattoos and Indian handicrafts to purchase.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.74 out of 5 based on 35 recent reviews

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Josef was superlative. He made a good vacation he best. I cannot imagine a better informed ans personable guide.

• Submitted 18 Nov 2014
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Satender was an excellent tour guide who went out of his way to help make our trip extra special.

Great tour in general.

• Submitted 03 Nov 2014
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Sat (aka Sat Nav) was a fantastic tour guide, he went out of his way to make our trip extra special. He even organised for my cousin and myself to complete a special prayer by the River Ganges and fulfil our pilgrimage (including a dunk in the river).

The tour was great, visited lots of sites and saw many things.

Best place visited - Varanasi !!!

Some of the hotels could have been better.

• Submitted 03 Nov 2014
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The guide was excellent, he went out of his way to cater to the wants of individuals and presented facts of India visitors may miss, this included locally made samosa & sweeties, yum. Overall this tour gave us a great experience in India.

William Gradden • Submitted 27 Oct 2014

I had a great time. India ia amazing. Sat was very helpful & tried to accommodate all customers, their requests. I found him friendly & happy. The pace of the tour in beginning was fast but I realise that we need to move quickly to see all we needed to see.

Shelley Reid • Submitted 27 Oct 2014

Our tour guide Sat has made my vacation joyful, pleasant, stress free, secure and safe. Wonderful time and the credit goes to all the on the go employees, especially to our tour guide Sat.

Kirija Senthilnathan • Submitted 27 Oct 2014

The trip was an amazing experience. I have learnt a lot form the places I have been and from the people I have met. Our tour guide was very friendly, interesting ,professional and he really helped to make my trip a real Indian experience. Throughout the trip I have felt safe and well looked after. This has been an unforgettable adventure.

• Submitted 29 Sep 2014
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Beyond expectations..we felt very organised,safe and very well catered for at all times. Our guides knowledge was very good and gave us a good understanding of Indian culture.

• Submitted 29 Sep 2014
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This has been a most exciting way to see so much of India. I have felt secure and well looked after and so have been able to enjoy the whole experience without any worries for our transport, hotel check ins, entry to various sights. Our guide has been attentive, knowledgeable, courteous and a great ambassador for India.

• Submitted 12 Aug 2014
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A great introduction to India, with helpful staff and informative tour guide. Josef's story telling was interesting and well phrased.

ElleniAroney • Submitted 04 Jan 2014
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Delhi
Ends
Delhi
Departs
Saturdays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star & heritage hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 11, Dinner: 2
Visiting
Delhi, Old Delhi, Jaipur, Bharatpur, Abhaneri, Agra, Lucknow, Varanasi
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I really enjoyed this tour and loved India. Our guide Sat was great - patient, informative, funny and helpful. We enjoyed all the sites we saw and the information we received.

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