22 DAYS ●
Take an unforgettable adventure through northern India, bursting with colourful characters, cultural wonders and intriguing history. Witness the region's long-standing traditions and rituals.
Float down the holy Ganges and witness the stunning views
Marvel at this UNESCO World Heritage listed site
Explore the many forts of India's largest state
Spot Bengal Tigers in Ranthambore National Park
Our Enticing India itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly to Delhi for a two-night stay.
This morning see the sights of Old Delhi; drive past the red sandstone walls of Red Fort, built in 1638. Wander through Chandni Chowk Bazaar, centuries-old markets. Visit the largest mosque in India, Jama Masjid, with courtyard capacity for 25,000 devotees. Continue on to New Delhi and stop for a photo at India Gate. Later in the day, visit Gandhi Smriti, a memorial to the revered Mahatma Gandhi, and the Qutab Minar complex, featuring a soaring, five-storey tower.
Fly to Varanasi this morning. Varanasi is the oldest living city in India and the religious capital of Hinduism. Situated on the banks of the holy River Ganges, thousands of pilgrims flock to the bathing ghats (steps) each day to worship. Visit the Buddhist sites at Sarnath, the fabled place where it is said that Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon to his disciples expounding the principles of Buddhism. The ruins here date back to as far as the 3rd century BC.
Rise early this morning to commence a cruise on the River Ganges to view the ghats at sunrise when they are abuzz with activity. Explore the city before enjoying some time at leisure. Take a rickshaw ride to the ghats of the River Ganges to witness the Puja ceremony of Ganga Aarti, a Hindu devotional ritual.
Transfer to the airport to fly to Khajuraho. This afternoon marvel at some of the world’s finest temple architecture at the Western and Eastern Groups of temples. In the Western Group, the most important temple is the Kandariya Mahadeo Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. You will also explore the Vamana Temple and the Javari Temple. The Eastern Group of temples represent some of the finest Jain temples including Parsvanatha, Adinath and Ghantai temples. This evening enjoy a cultural dance display.
Travel via Orchha to Jhansi and board the Shatabdi Express train to Agra, arriving later in the evening.
Rise early to see the magnificent sight of sunrise at the Taj Mahal. Later this morning, visit a marble inlay workshop and Agra Fort, built by Emperor Akbar between 1565 and 1573.
Drive to Ranthambore National Park, home to many animals such as leopards, hyena, bears and most importantly, tigers. Stop on the way at the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. The next day, enjoy both an early morning and an afternoon canter safari.
Journey to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur for a two-night stay.
Begin the day with a brief stop at the Hawa Mahal, the ‘Palace of the Winds’, before travelling out of the city to admire the majestic Amer Fort. Back in Jaipur visit the Maharaja’s City Palace and Jantar Mantar, the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. Later browse the local bazaar at Choti Choper before a traditional dinner and a dance performance.
Travel to Pushkar. Sat on the banks of one of India’s most sacred lakes, there are 52 ghats used for worship by Hindu pilgrims. This afternoon visit the lake and the Brahma Temple before a camel cart ride into the desert to witness the sunset.
Drive to Khimsar, perched on the edge on the great Thar Desert in the heart of rural India. Spend the afternoon exploring the local area before spending the night in a magnificent heritage property.
Continue on by road to Jaisalmer. In the evening, drink in spectacular views of the city from Sunset Point.
This morning, visit the fort built atop the 80 metres-high Trikuta Hill. See the beautifully carved Jain temples and Badal Vilas Palace. You’ll also visit some impressive merchant mansions (havelis) including the Patwon Ki Haveli, a five storey mansion with carved pillars and murals. Later, take a camel ride at the Sam Sand Dunes.
Journey to Jodhpur. Upon arrival visit Meherangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada Memorial, the museum located in the Umaid Bhawan Palace and the local market.
Take a jeep safari to Rohetgarh, where you will visit a Bishnoi village and observe their rich cultural life.
Continue on to Udaipur by road, visiting the Jain temples en route. Enjoy a cruise on Lake Pichola this afternoon.
See the sights of Udaipur, as you visit the Folk Museum, Mewar Art Gallery, Sahelion Ki Bari Gardens, the City Palace and local shops.
Fly to Delhi and travel to Gurgaon, for an overnight stay. This evening experience the ‘Kingdom of Dreams’, a live entertainment venue where you will watch a magical Bollywood performance.
After breakfast visit the Delhi Haat and enjoy some free time to shop and pick up last minute souvenirs. Return to your hotel where you will have a late check-out before transferring to the airport for your flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or too unusual.
Breakfast at your hotel includes local and western dishes. A myth about India is that the food is of poor quality and always spicy. This is definitely not the case! In addition, a great deal of Indian cuisine is vegetarian.
Drinks are at your own expense. Beer is widely available. Bottled drinking water and soft drinks are widely available – you should only have ice, juices, or lassies from a trusted source that uses boiled or bottled water.
Shopping is a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests while on holiday, your tour includes a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. Included are visits to establishments that provide locally produced goods, unique to your destination. Witness the creation of these products, and see first-hand how their production supports the local economy. As most travellers like to take home souvenirs, we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
Tipping is not commonplace in Australia. In Asia however, it is anticipated that a tip be given to reward good service. With that in mind, we have a tipping system for our group tours. Each passenger ‘tips’ a set amount to the National Escort at the start of the tour or on arrival in each country. They then distribute this as appropriate.
Tipping is appreciated for Private and Tailor-Made travel. In your final documents, we include guidelines for tipping when travelling independently.
While travelling overseas, the Wendy Wu Tours contact number during business hours is +61 2 9224 8888.
Emergency Assistance (24-hours) is 0044 1888 288 288.
You will find mobile phone coverage to be quite high throughout Asia. We recommend contacting your mobile carrier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated call and data costs before you leave Australia. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi, which usually comes at a cost.
Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to India. Travellers should arrange visas well in advance of departure. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your visa in the price of your tour. We handle the entire application process – all you need to do is complete the paperwork and send your passport to us eight weeks prior to departure. We are always on hand to help you with any queries you may have while completing the application form.
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