India Group Tours & Short Stay holidays

India Overview

India evokes images of colourful religious festivals, deserts lined with historic forts, tented camps nestled in sand dunes, delicious food and royal palaces. Abundant wildlife such as the Asian Elephant and the Royal Bengal Tiger can be found in the numerous national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. All of these images of India may be experienced on our tours, but the most enduring memories that you will take away with you is of the happy, smiling people.

Time – India is 4½ hours behind Australian EST

Language – Hindi is the official national language of India, however, there are 22 official languages. English is also widely spoken

Entry Requirments – Entry visas are required by all visitors to India and Wendy Wu Tours Visa Department can assist you with the process of obtaining a visa. Please be advised that your passport must have at least 6-months validity left on it when you arrive back into Australia. Please be advised that all Visa Applications for India MUST be completed on-line at the VFS website. Wendy Wu Tours will assist you with instructions. Once the form is completed, the application, checklist and passport must be sent to Wendy Wu Tours. Visas are valid for 6 months from the date of issue and allow you to stay in the country for up to 6 months. Visa application forms and all relevant documentation are due in our office 90 days prior to departure. Applications will not be accepted within 70 days of departure. Passports will be returned with your Final Documentation 2-3 weeks prior to your group tour’s scheduled departure.

HOLI FESTIVAL IN INDIA

Holi Festival in India is celebrated on the full moon in the month of March. People celebrate by rubbing and throwing gulal and abeer (coloured powder and dyes) on each other. If travelling during the Holi Festival please be patient during times when touring is affected or delayed. If you experience allergies, please bring a dust mask with you.
Holi Festival dates: 06 March 2015 and 23 March 2016.

Cities

DELHI

The city of Delhi consists of two parts. The first is Old Delhi, the capital of Muslim India between the 12th and 19th centuries. It retains legendary bazaars such as Chandni Chowk and monuments and forts relating to India’s Muslim history. The other is New Delhi, which was created by the British.

AGRA

During the 16th and 17th centuries, Agra was the capital of Mughal India. Agra has a magnificent fort and is home to the building that so many people travel to India solely to see – the Taj Mahal.

JAIPUR

The capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the ‘Pink City’ because of the painted exterior of the buildings in the old walled city. In Jaipur you will experience the authentic India as you are welcomed by camel carts and bustling bazaars.

JODHPUR

Standing on the edge of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan. The city is dominated by the huge Meherangarh Fort built in 1638 and is situated on a hill located in the centre of the Old City.

JAISALMER

Located along a traditional trade route, Jaisalmer acquired great wealth. The merchants and townspeople built magnificent houses and havelis, exquisitely carved from wood and golden-yellow sandstone.

UDAIPUR

Udaipur is known as the ‘White City’ or ‘City of Lakes’. The drawcards of modern day Udaipur include the massive City Palace and Lake Pichola. It is on this lake that Jag Niwas Island, also known as the Lake Palace Island, is located.

KHAJURAHO

The temples of Khajuraho are one of India’s major attractions, built around 950AD during the Chandela Dynasty. The temples here are excellent examples of Indo-Aryan architecture and depict scenes of Royal battles and everyday life over 1,000 years ago.

VARANASI

Nowhere in India is there a more important pilgrimage site for Hindus than Varanasi. Situated on the banks of the holy River Ganges, thousands of pilgrims flock to the bathing ghats (steps) every day to conduct their ritual ablutions.

MUMBAI

Whilst Delhi is the political capital of India, Mumbai is the commercial and economic capital. The city is famous for its film industry known as ‘Bollywood’.

MYSORE

Mysore is the second largest city in the state of Karnataka and one of the finest in southern India. Small, relaxed and famous for its silks and sandalwood, it is a city of fine gardens, tree-lined boulevards and the intriguing Maharaja’s Palace.

KOCHI

Kochi is the most laid-back of Kerala’s cities, with one of the finest natural harbours on the coast of the Arabian Sea. The city once served as a port of call for the Chinese, Arabs, Jews, British, French and the Portuguese. From combining the cultures of each nationality, Kochi formed its cosmopolitan character.

ALLEPPEY

Also known as Alappuzha, Alleppey is a town in the middle of the backwaters of Kerala. Described as the ‘Venice of the East’, Alleppey is comprised of canals, backwaters, beaches and lagoons and is a very popular tourist attraction. A leisurely backwater cruise on a traditional houseboat is the best way to discover Kerala’s exceptional scenic beauty.

KOVALAM

Until the 1960s, Kovalam was just a sleepy fishing village with narrow lanes and thatched dwellings. Once its spectacular beach and crystal-clear waters were discovered, it became a favourite with travellers around the world. The beachside is dotted with both luxury and budget resorts, as well as cafés and several government-approved Ayurveda centres that offer anything from a simple massage to three-week treatments.

MUNNAR

Munnar is a hillstation sitting at an altitude of 1,524m that is surrounded by vast expanses of tea plantations. Located on the Western Ghats, Munnar is a very popular resort town. Many travellers that are attracted by the mountain mist, waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries and tea estates travel here every year.

CHENNAI

In 1639 the construction of Fort St. George marked the settlement of the British and the birth of a new city known as Madras. Today, Chennai is India’s fourth largest city and is known as the ‘Gateway to the South’. A city famed for its temples, Chennai gives a sense of serenity, enhanced by one of the world’s largest and most beautiful beaches, Marina Beach.

DARJEELING

Perched amongst the clouds at 2,134m in the lower Himalayas, Darjeeling lies in the heart of rolling hills of premium tea plantations and retains its old colonial charm.

PELLING

Located in the eastern Himalayas, Pelling is famous for its views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, which the locals worship as a protecting deity, as well as its proximity to a number of significant old Tibetan monasteries.

GANGTOK

Located atop a ridge of the mighty Himalayas, Gangtok is the capital of the state of Sikkim in northeast India. It is a bustling town serving as a perfect base for exploring Sikkim.

India Group Tours

Group Tour Name
Prices From
No of Days
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Feb
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Apr
May
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Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Golden Triangle $3,512 9
Simply India $2,590 9
Kerala and the Southern Highlights $5,412 18
Highlights of India $7,084 18
Himalayan Adventure – Tibet to Nepal $6,949 20
Rajasthan Panorama $5,612 21
Highlights of India and Nepal $7,111 22
Himalayan Kingdoms – Sikkim and Bhutan $8,940 24
Grand Tour of India $9,912 28

India Short Stays

Private short stay packages for the independent traveller.

Group Tour Name
Prices From
No of Days
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Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Delhi Short Stay $275 3
Corbett National Park $766 3
Mumbai Short Stay $340 3
Ajanta & Ellora Short Stay $378 3
Kerala Backwater Cruising $415 3
Kochi Short Stay $240 3
Periyar National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary $338 3
Varanasi Short Stay $246 3
Shimla Extension $740 4
Northern Impressions $760 5
Golden Beaches of Goa $522 5
Ladakh – Little Tibet $690 5
Chennai Short Stay $720 5
Delhi to the Taj Mahal $690 5
Kovalam Beach Stay $365 5
Buddha’s Journey $790 6
Kerala Homestay $1,340 6
Enchanting India $1,425 7
Sikkim Short Stay $1,165 7
Kerala Short Stay $995 7
East India Splendour $2,990 9
Highlights of Gujarat $2,190 10
Flavours of India $2,110 11
Origins of Buddha $2,460 12
Royal Rajasthan $1,990 13

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