Travel Dates: April 15, 2019 to September 30, 2019 Book this vacation by March 15, 2019 to avail this special price.
This summer tour of North India is ideal for uncovering golden gems away from the crowds! This tour of India includes delightful days spent in the buzzing capital city of Delhi and in the city of the Taj Mahal, and rural rambles in Rajasthan, the bastion of Rajput culture. With a complimentary upgrade in luxurious Udaipur, and a special dinner with our best compliments, end your tour in the maximum city of Mumbai.
This offer is only available for Australian nationals.
Delhi, the City of Djinns (spirits) is yours to discover! Let us take you on a journey of India’s capital that covers 5,000 years, from its imperial history and two World Heritage sites to today’s electric contemporary vibe.
Cycle Rickshaw Ride Jump into the hustle and bustle of Old Delhi on a fascinating and comfortable cycle rickshaw ride! Sit back, relax and observe as your rickshaw wallah weaves you through the narrow, popular lanes, amidst the swarming masses of people. Your local guide will highlight all the different sections of the market as you breathe in the wonderful aromas of the spice market, the largest in Asia, and the wafts of burning incense from nearby stalls. There’s a sense of the medieval in these bazaars, and items for sale range from the colorful to the quirky, from bangles and silver jewelry to herbal potion concoctions. Supported by your local guide, this is undoubtedly one of the best and most thrilling ways to experience traditional Delhi!
Highlights Of Delhi Whether you want a whirlwind tour or wish to enjoy an in-depth experience of Delhi’s numerous sights, the choice is yours on this full day tour! Discover the Old Town with its bustling markets, including Chandni Chowk, once the grandest Indian market. Head to the imposing Red Fort and onto India’s largest mosque, the Jama Masjid, beautifully decorated with paintings, inlaid stones, carvings and glazed tiles. Feast at the colorful, open-air food and craft bazaar of Dilli Haat. Visit Laxminarayan Temple, built in honor of the Hindu goddess of wealth, and its beautiful gardens. Discover the UNESCO World heritage site Humayun’s Tomb, a monumental landmark in Indo-Islamic architecture with its perfect synthesis of Persian architecture and Indian traditions. Your tour of Delhi is complete with an authentic cycle rickshaw ride, escorted by your local guide. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Red Fort closed on Mondays)
Half Day: Lutyen’s Delhi Unearth Delhi’s rich history with this half day tour. Discover the colonial buildings of Lutyens’ Delhi, designed by British architect Edwin Lutyens. Witness the President’s house, national museum and the Parliament Museum . Right in the heart of Connaught Place, you will find the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. This was the haveli (private mansion) of Mirza Raja Jai Singh, an important military leader for Aurangzeb, the sixth Mughal emperor. Discover India Gate, the prominent landmark in Delhi that commemorates the 90,000 soldiers who lost their lives during the First World War. Pay homage to a leader of the Indian Independence movement, Mahatma Gandhi, at Raj Ghat where a black marble platform marks the place of his cremation. Left open to the sky, it’s here that you will find the eternal flame that burns in his memory. (Half Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy)
Discover the magic of white marble at Agra! The city is home to UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal.
Visit To Fatehpur Sikri Discover the former Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri that was built and founded in the 1500s by the third Mughal Emperor, Akbar. This was a planned imperial city that would bring leaders of many religions together as Akbar held ideals of a syncretistic faith. Unfortunately just ten years after completion the city was deserted due to drought and water shortages. Now a UNESCO world heritage site, this half day tour is a very popular stop en route from Agra to Jaipur. (Half Day, Private Activity en route to Jaipur; Fitness Level: Easy)
Highlights Of Agra Romance at sunset and have your audience with the white marble Mughal mausoleum of the Taj Mahal, grandly overlooking the Yamuna River, during your Half day tour of Agra. Head to the lesser known Mehtab Bagh for prime viewing of the world’s greatest monument of love. The Taj Mahal is not the only UNESCO World Heritage site to explore in Agra – you can witness the divine red sandstone Agra Fort, also a player in this renowned undying love story. If you wish, discover this fabled city with a ride in a decorated tonga (horse drawn carriage) and enjoy a visit to a local market! (Activity Type : Private;Ideal For: All;Best Time to Visit: All Year;Total Duration: 5 hours;Timings: 08:00 – 18:00 hours;Closed: Taj Mahal Closed on Friday.)
Jaipur is the eternal rose pink city and gateway to North India’s most colorful state, Rajasthan.
Visit To Chand Baori Stepwell Discover one of the oldest landmarks of Rajasthan! Visit the village of Abhaneri for a half day tour of the famous Chand Baori Stepwell. Built in the 9th century to conserve water, the 100 feet deep well is dedicated to the Hindu goddess of happiness and joy. Climb down some of the 3,500 steps spread over 13 levels, to experience the cool and refreshing air, which is a sharp contrast to the ground level heat. Possibly the world’s deepest stepwell, the architectural marvel is remarkably well maintained. Listen to fascinating stories of ghosts and legends retold by your guide as you visit this famous area where movies such as The Fall, The Dark Knight Rises and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, were filmed.
Breaking Dawn At Amer (Half Day) Experience the wonders of Amer at dawn! Early mornings in the Aravalli Mountains are a thing of wonder – as the dark sky gently lightens on the eastern corner – as if a dark shroud is lifted over an enchanting landscape! Experience the thrill of an early morning trek as you soak up the magnificence of the grand Amer Fort at sunrise, away from squawky vendors and curious tourists. A naturalist will accompany you as you travel off the beaten path into a charming wonderland. Walk on hidden trails and witness incredible panoramic views from lesser-known viewpoints. Hiking enthusiasts will especially enjoy this opportunity to explore the unexplored. End your tour with a warm cup of tea or coffee at a picturesque location, where you can chat with locals and discover their way of life. (Half Day, Morning, Private Activity & Transfer, Travel Time to Activity: 30 mins, Duration: 1-2 hrs, Fitness Level: Easy)
Highlights Of Jaipur Wander into regality during your full day tour! Explore Amber Fort, a fabulous sandstone fort complex that overlooks the city. Visit Albert Hall, the state museum of Rajasthan with its vast collection of interesting regional Indian artifacts. Observe the aesthetically beautiful honeycombed façade of Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal). Discover the architecturally rich City Palace with its many regal courtyards, temples and pavilions, and Govind Devji Temple, dedicated to Hindu God Krishna, situated in the heart of the old city. Head to the world’s largest stone observatory – the Jantar Mantar. Visit the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, which acts to preserve the traditional Indian technique of hand block textile printing and boasts numerous beautiful examples. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy)
Deogarh’s legacy is legendary! The erstwhile feudal estate has seen the rise and fall of some of the greatest warriors among the heroic Mewar Rajputs of Rajasthan.
Rural Rail Ride Explore a marvellous rural ride that pays great homage to the past as well as providing transportation for locals. This authentic experience allows you to travel through the stunning tranquil countryside through viaducts and into forested areas on a classic 1930s meter gauge train! Originally started by the British, the Deogarh train departs at 1600 hrs and takes approximately two and a half hours and chugs to nearing station Phulad. As you chat with the other friendly and inquisitive passengers, pass through quaint bygone railway stations that offer you a most wonderful experience of vintage travel. Kindly note that there is no air conditioning in the carriages, however there is a always a refreshingly warm breeze through the open windows.
Udaipur is the City of Lakes! Tucked away in the heart of the forested Aravalli Hills, this regally romantic city has always stood out from Rajasthan’s other desert cities with its network of manmade lakes.
Highlights Of Ranakpur Journey to Ranakpur on a unique day trip, which can be enjoyed en route. The highlight of this town is the Jain Temple, which dates back to the 15th century and is intricately crafted – and entirely out of white marble. The temple complex is extraordinarily well-preserved, despite its age, and covers a vast area. Take on the role of explorer as you venture through the complex, with its 29 halls, 80 domes and pavilions, and 1,444 imposing pillars, of which no two are alike in design or sculpture. Rankapur is the single most important pilgrimage site for followers of the Jain religion, so expect to find devotees engaged in prayer in this tranquil place. Kindly note that guides are not permitted to accompany you inside the temple complex.
Highlights Of Udaipur Journey into the City of Lakes and soak up historic culture. Tour the 16th century City Palace, a flamboyant and towering structure sitting on a hilltop and one of the largest palaces in the state, boasting spectacular views and an intriguing museum. Explore 17th century Jagdish Temple, dedicated to Hindu God Krishna. Discover Saheliyon ki Bari, the ‘Garden of Maids’, which boasts lush lawns, stunning lotus pools, marble pavilions and even elephant-shaped fountains! Head to the crystal gallery to witness the world’s largest private collection of crystal. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy)
Set Sail At Lake Pichola Experience the beauty of royal Rajasthan on a boat ride along Lake Pichola, overlooking the magnificent Lake, City Palace, and other historic sites and ghats of Udaipur. Your tour boat will cast off from the ghat or lakeside, which is barely a few minutes from your hotel. Enjoy a spectacular view of this magnificent medieval city on a romantic evening ride along the lake. Get to know the enthralling stories of the Maharanas of Mewar, including heroic tales of Udaipur’s brave kings and queens, on your leisurely ride. (Duration: 1 hr, Time of Day: Evening; Private Activity; Fitness Level: Easy; Maximum group of 10 for each boat. )
Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay during British colonial rule, has welcomed travelers from around the world for centuries.
Half Day Visit To Elephanta Caves Venture to the extraordinary Elephanta Caves, a complex of ancient rock-cut cave temples that sit proudly on Elephanta Island, which is an hour’s ferry ride from Mumbai. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, these intricately carved caves date back to 600AD, although there is little history explaining the island. Some locals believe the caves are a natural testament to the Hindu faith. Explore the tranquil and picturesque island, teeming with green foliage and scampering monkey, before visiting the caves. There is much to witness, from the great Trimurti Sadashiva (or Maheshmurti) a cave that depicts the three faces of Shiva, to a hall with 20 pillars, and an enshrined Shivalingam (a phallic symbol of fertility). Kindly note that Elephanta Caves are closed on Mondays. (Duration 4 hours).
Highlights Of Mumbai Venture to the waterfront and witness the historic Gateway of India, built during the British rule. Drive by the world’s most expensive real estate along Marine Drive, also known as the Queen’s Necklace, as the streetlights resemble a string of pearls at night. Discover the plethora of colonial architecture including the High Court, Mumbai University, Flora Fountain, Asiatic Library, Prince of Wales Museum, Municipal Corporation Building and the fascinating, fully-functioning Victoria Terminus Railway Station. Whilst the building is closed to the public, you can glimpse the Parsi Tower of Silence with its circling vultures. Unwind amidst the topiary of the Hanging Gardens, or in Kamala Nehru Park and Horniman Circle. Learn more about Mahatma Gandhi at Mani Bhavan, a museum and reference library. (Duration 4 hours).
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 13 days / 12 nights
Meals as indicated
Flights mentioned below on Economy Class unless otherwise specified:
Udaipur – Mumbai
All activities as listed :
Delhi: Cycle Rickshaw Ride
Delhi: Highlights of Delhi
Delhi: Half Day: Lutyen’s Delhi
Agra: Visit to Fatehpur Sikri
Agra: Highlights of Agra
Jaipur: Visit to Chand Baori Stepwell
Jaipur: Breaking Dawn at Amer (Half Day)
Jaipur: Highlights of Jaipur
Deogarh: Rural Rail Ride
Udaipur: Highlights of Ranakpur
Udaipur: Highlights of Udaipur
Udaipur: Set Sail at Lake Pichola
Mumbai: Half Day Visit to Elephanta Caves
Mumbai: Highlights of Mumbai
All airport and hotel transfers
A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with unlimited mileage and a trusted chauffeur throughout your trip, apart from during your stay at a beach/backwater resort or houseboat if applicable.
All activities described in the itinerary, including entrance fees wherever applicable, accompanied by our tour guide
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
Fees and taxes
This offer is only available for Australian nationals.
Book this vacation by March 15, 2019 to avail this special price.