19 DAYS ●
Travel through history, discovering ancient sites and learning about royal traditions. Journey through Rajasthan, filled with magnificent forts and palaces. Discover the beauty of the unique temples and have a spiritual experience in Varanasi.
Discover the stunning architecture of India’s ‘City of Lakes’
Visit the imposing Mehrangarh Fort in India's 'sun city'
See the striking array of the Khajuraho Temples
Cruise on the spiritual Ganges River taking in the stunning views
Our Deluxe Collection Essence of India Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.
Enjoy a cooking demonstration in Jaipur
Take a night tour of the Amber Fort, after hours
Gaze on the Taj Mahal at sunrise
Witness a Puja ceremony on Varanasi's ghats
Our Essence of 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. Delhi is split into two; Old Delhi and New Delhi. Old Delhi is comprised of an ancient city wall, a maze of small alleyways and legendary bazaars. New Delhi is full of opulent 19th-century buildings and wide, tree-lined boulevards.
Explore Old Delhi, starting with a drive past the Red Fort. Walk through Chandni Chowk Bazaar to Jama Masjid and visit the Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple. After lunch, view India Gate before visiting Gandhi Smriti where Ghandi was assassinated and Qutub Minar. This evening, dine at the Olive Bar & Kitchen, located in an ancient Mughal mansion. (B,L,D)
Fly to Udaipur, a city of lakes, palaces and temples. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax or enjoy the facilities at your deluxe hotel. (B,L)
Drive around Fateh Sagar Lake and visit the Folk Museum, Mewar Art Gallery and Sahelion Ki Bari Gardens, an 18th-century retreat in the north of the city built for the Queen of Udaipur. Tour the magnificent City Palace which overlooks Lake Pichola. Built in 1725, the palace complex is made up of 11 separate palaces, all of which are ornately decorated. Enjoy a relaxing cruise on Lake Pichola, which is surrounded by hills, palaces, havelis, ghats and temples. This evening, dinner will be on the Sunset Terrace at the Fateh Prakash Palace, which has perfect views across Lake Pichola. (B,L,D)
Travel to Rawla Narlai. Situated midway between Jodhpur and Udaipur, it is a 17th-century fort which has been converted into a hotel. In the evening, enjoy a walking tour through the local village where you can meet the local people and see an authentically traditional way of life. Enjoy a stepwell dinner at the hotel. (B,L,D)
Travel to Jodhpur, also known as the ‘blue city’. In the evening, visit Mehrangarh Fort which overlooks the city. It is one of the most impressive and formidable structures in Rajasthan. After a welcome drink, enjoy a personalised tour with the fort’s curator. Dinner will be served in an exclusive venue within the fort, which is not opened to the general public. (B,L,D)
Tour the city of Jodhpur, beginning with Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs, and the museum located in the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Enjoy a rickshaw ride to a local restaurant for lunch followed by a leisurely stroll through Subzi Mandi, the local market. Travel to Hanwant Mahal, a former royal residence, for an unforgettable dining experience. (B,L,D)
Drive to Jaipur, commonly called the ‘pink city’ because of the pink paint on all the buildings in the old city area. Enjoy some shopping inside the walled city, where villagers from around Jaipur come to sell their produce. This evening, dine at Ikaki Niwas, a Rajasthani home. (B,L,D)
Begin the day with an optional hot air balloon ride (at your own expense), admiring the stunning views over the city. Stop briefly at Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) before continuing to the impressive Amer Fort. Try your hand at block printing and carpet weaving at a nearby craft centre. After lunch, visit the City Palace and Jantar Mantar observatory. This evening, return to the Amer Fort and dine at the 1135 AD restaurant, located inside the highest ramparts of the fort. (B,L,D)
Travel to Ranthambore National Park, one of the prime examples of Project Tiger’s conservation efforts in Rajasthan. This afternoon enjoy a canter safari. (B,L,D) Tomorrow you will have a morning and afternoon canter safari. (B,L,D)
Depart Ranthambore and transfer to Agra via the ghost city Fatehpur Sikri. Built as a capital city but quickly abandoned, Fatehpur Sikri is an exquisite fusion of Muslim and Hindu styles. Continue to Agra and enjoy dinner and the show ‘Mohabbat the Taj’. (B,L,D)
View the Taj Mahal in all its glory as the sun is rising. Tour Agra Fort, which was completed in 1573 and constructed by more than 14,000 builders over eight years. Enjoy an exciting auto rickshaw tour through the streets of Agra. (B,L)
Rise early and board the Shatabdi Express train to Jhansi. Continue by road to Khajuraho, stopping in the mediaeval city of Orchha en route. Orchha is famous for its palaces and temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th century. This evening, enjoy a cultural dance performance. (B,L)
Embark on a tour of the Western groups of temples. Fly to Varanasi, the religious capital of Hinduism and the oldest living city in India. This evening, enjoy a rickshaw ride to the ghats of the River Ganges and witness the sacred Puja ceremony. (B,L)
Enjoy an early morning boat ride along the River Ganges followed by a brief city tour. Later, drive to Sarnath and visit the Buddhist sites. It is the fabled place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon to his disciples expounding the principles of Buddhism. (B,L)
Enjoy the morning free at your leisure before flying to Delhi. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. (B)
This morning is at your leisure. After a late check-out, you will be transferred to Delhi airport to board your flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.
With unrivalled views of the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, the RAAS Hotel encapsulates the historic and cultural core of the ‘blue city’. As Jodhpur’s first boutique hotel, the RAAS Hotel mirrors the stonecoloured look of neighbouring Mehrangarh and offers a delightful stay....Read more
Located in the heart of Connaught Place, the five-star Lalit, New Delhi is surrounded by buzzing cafes and bazaars. Spacious rooms have elegant Indian touches as well as all the modern conveniences. There are seven restaurants and a spa for ultimate relaxation....Read more
Ideally located on the banks of the Fateh Sagar Lake, the Radisson Blu Udaipur Palace Resort & Spa offers upscale amenities such as an on-site spa and a two-level swimming pool with a cascading waterfall. Each of the 240 rooms and suites include modern décor....Read more
This heritage hotel is set in the Aravalli Hills. Elegant rooms come with free Wi-Fi, antique furnishings, seating areas and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Amenities include a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and a cozy bar with live music. There's also a deck with sunloungers, umbrellas and huts, plus a lawn with tables and chairs....Read more
The layout of the Jaipur Marriott is designed to re?ect the opulent and historical character of the ‘pink city’ with its marble interior, spacious bedrooms and exotic style outdoor pool. Equipped with high-speed internet, in-room entertainment and complimentary fruit plate, the Jaipur Marriott goes to lengths to make your stay
all the more pleasant....Read more
Located within minutes of the fabled Taj Mahal and the Mughal Agra Fort, the Radisson Blu is nestled in the centre of this exciting city. With calming colours, upscale amenities and comfortable beds, Radisson Blu is a tranquil relaxation spot to unwind in luxury after a day of sightseeing. Don’t forget to check out the extensive range of bars and restaurants, both inside and out....Read more
Luxurious rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and city, pool or garden views. Breakfast is complimentary. The hotel has 4 restaurants, 2 bars, a patisserie and a nightclub. There's an outdoor pool, a spa and a fitness centre....Read more
Set among acres of lush gardens, this five-star resort offers a peaceful sanctuary within the bustling temple city of Varanasi. Old-world charm meets modern convenience with a swimming pool, restaurants and day spa available for guests. The Chowk is located 6km from the hotel....Read more
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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