12 DAYS ●
Journey through India's Golden Triangle, combined with the chance to spot Bengal tigers.
There is plenty of time to explore independently or join in optional excursions, such as cycling tours and cooking classes.
See the sun rise over India's most iconic sight!
Discover architectural masterpieces in this charming city
Observe the detail of the Hawa Mahal, the spectacular 'Palace of the Winds" in the 'Pink City"
Take a rickshaw ride through India's largest market
Our India Explorer 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. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Spend a full day exploring the sights of this city of equal chaos and charm, starting with Old Delhi: browse the bustling bazaar of Chandni Chowk, visit India's largest mosque, Jama Masjid, and take a rickshaw ride to the spice markets. Make a brief stop at India Gate and visit Qutub Minar. (B,L,D)
Drive to Agra and visit Agra Fort, a hulking mass of red sandstone sat on the banks of the Yamuna River. The Fort was established in the 16th century but has been much added to over time, making it an electric mix of architectural styles. This afternoon take in the sights, smells and sounds of Ayurveda market before returning to the fort after dark to enjoy a spectacular sound and light experience. (B,L,D)
Rise early to see the sun rise over India's most iconic site. At dawn, when the crowds are at their thinnest, the Taj Mahal is swathed in mist and tinged pink by the rising sun - a magical experience. This afternoon, enjoy some leisure time with an optional auto rickshaw tour through the bustling streets of Agra at your own expense. (B,L)
Head to the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri, a spectacular array of Mughal palaces and temples before arriving at Ranthambore National Park. (B,L,D)
Enjoy both morning and afternoon canter safaris through the national park, keeping your eyes peeled for the 50 or so majestic Bengal tigers living amongst Ranthambore's undulating landscapes as well as leopards, nilgai, sloth bears, wild boar, hyena, and more than 300 species of bird. (B,L,D)
Enjoy a morning at leisure, with the option to take an additional safari to spot more wildlife at your own expense. This afternoon you'll continue to Chand Baori stepwell, an exquisitely, highly mathematically carved water storage structure built over a thousand years ago, before arriving in the 'Pink City' of Jaipur. (B,L,)
Start today with a morning yoga session followed by an action packed day exploring more of the stunning capital of Rajasthan state. Visit two of the city's top sights: the Maharaja's City Palace, still the home of the city's royal famil today, and Jantar Mantar Observatory, a fascinating collection of wonderful instruments designed to measure the heavens. You will also get a chance for a brief photo stop at Hawa Mahal, the spectacular 'Palace of the Winds', before travelling out of the city to admire the majestic Amer Fort, a 16th century yellow and pink sandstone fort just 11km's out of Jaipur. Back in the city head to a craft centre to learn about traditional artistries such as block printing and carpet weaving before returning to the fort for a night tour. (B,L,D)
Spend the day at leisure in Jaipur. with an opportunity to discover the city at your own pace. There will be an optional cycle to the Hindu Sun Temple this morning, perched on a hillside overlooking the city, it provides wonderful panoramic views. This evening there is the option to join a cooking demonstration of local delicacies and dinner on the rooftop at your own expense. (B)
Today is spent travelling back to Delhi by coach with an afternoon at leisure for the chance to see more of the buzzing Indian capital city. This evening enjoy a farewell meal hosted by a local family. (B,L,D)
After breakfast and check-out, transfer to the airport for your flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
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.
Wendy Wu Tours inspects all 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. Hotels are also chosen for ease of navigation around tourist sights. View Hotels Here
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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