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Take a journey through the exotic and fascinating lands of India on our exclusive 17 day guided holiday.
Travel through Northern India and it's renowned Golden Triangle region, visiting the cities of Delhi, and Jaipur showcasing India’s rich Mughal heritage, imposing forts, palaces and temples. Experience the holy town of Varanasi and the River Ganges, take a rail journey to Agra and see the magnificent Taj Mahal, and explore Ranthambore National Park, the sun-baked jungle realm of the elusive tiger.
See below for full inclusions.
Delhi (2N) - Varanasi (2N) - Khajuraho (1N) - Agra (2N) - Ranthambore (2N)/Bharatphur (2N) - Jaipur (2N) - Jodhpur (2N) - Udaipur (2N) - Delhi (1N)
- Discover the stunning architecture of Udaipur, India's 'City of Lakes'
- Visit the imposing Mehrangarh Fort in Jodphur
- Boat ride along the River Ganges
- Marvel at the stunning Taj Mahal
- Browse the wares at lively Choti Choper bazaar
- Morning and afternoon safari through Ranthambore National Park on the search for the elusive tiger
- See the striking Temples of Khajuraho
- Return economy flights with Singapore Airlines
- Domestic transportation in India
- Most meals
- Superior accommodation
- Touring with guides and entrance fees
- Visa fees for Australian passport holders
- Tipping (paid locally)
- Services of RAC tour escort^
Departing from Perth 7 March 2018 (overnight flight - Day 1 of tour is 8 March 2018)
Members from $7,559* per person, twin share
Non-members from $7,759* per person, twin share
Single Supplement from $1,140* - please ask your RAC Travel Consultant for more information and availability.
Upon arrival in Delhi we are welcomed by our National Escort and transferred to our hotel (early check in guaranteed). As the capital of India, Delhi is the third largest city with a population of approximately 18 million. Its strategic location along the north-south, east-west route has given it a focal position in Indian history and many great empires have been ruled from here. The monuments and ruins of these are scattered throughout the city, often cheek by jowl with modern structures and highrise towers.
Delhi is split into two main sections; Old Delhi and New Delhi. Old Delhi is the area defined by the old city wall and is a maze of small alleyways and side streets. Old Delhi's bazaars are legendary; today the great wholesale bazaars of Chandni Chowk still retain a souk-like quality. Their narrow streets are lined with shops, whose goods spill out onto the pavements. New Delhi grew under the British colonial rule and is characterised the grandeur of 19th-century buildings and wide, tree-lined boulevards.
Accommodation: The Park Hotel (B, D)
Day 2 >> 9 March, Delhi
Today we enjoy a full day of sightseeing starting in Old Delhi where we see the Red Fort from outside before walking through Chandni Chowk, savouring the ambience of the oriental, crowded bazaar. Afterwards we continue to India's largest mosque, Jama Masjid. We will also visit the imposing modern Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, built in 1938. The main temple is dedicated to Lakshmi, the 'Goddess of Wealth'.
Afterwards we will have a brief photo stop at India Gate, a memorial to the Indian servicemen who died in World War I. After lunch we visit Gandhi Smriti, where Gandhi was assassinated. We also visit the 12th-century Qutab Minar, gracefully hand-carved for its entire height of 73m, and the Iron Pillar, which has withstood the ravages of time and has not rusted after 1,500 years.
Accommodation: The Park Hotel (B,L,D)
Day 3 >> 10 March, Delhi – Varanasi
In time transfer to the airport to board our flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival we will be met and transferred to our hotel. As a religious capital of Hinduism, Varanasi is the oldest living city in India as well as one of the world’s most ancient cities. This evening we take a rickshaw ride through the streets of Varanasi to the ghats of the River Ganges to witness the Pooja ceremony of Ganga Aarti (a prayer ceremony).
Accommodation: The Amayaa (B,L,D)
Day 4 >> 11 March, Varanasi - Sarnath
We have an early morning start today to commence our cruise on the River Ganges to view the ghats at sunrise when they are abuzz with activity. The devotees perform their ablutions in the river or offer prayers to the rising sun. As we cruise along the river we will have an ideal vantage point to view these activities. Please note: It is inappropriate to take photos of any burning Ghats, as this is a funeral ceremony. Later this morning we commence on a brief sightseeing tour of Varanasi. We start by visiting some of the important temples like Bharat Mata Mandir, a unique temple inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, which interestingly houses one of the most perfect relief maps of India and is
dedicated to Mother India. Another is the Durga Temple dedicated to Goddess Durga, consort of Lord Shiva. Afterwards we drive through the largest residential university of Asia, Banaras Hindu University, founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya where we visit the new Vishwanath Temple in the university campus. This afternoon we drive to visit the Buddhist sites at Sarnath. It is the fabled place where 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.
Accommodation: The Amayaa (B,L,D)
Day 5 >> 12 March, Varanasi - Khajuraho
In time transfer to the airport to board our flight to Khajuraho and upon arrival we check into our hotel. In the afternoon, we commence our sightseeing tour of the Western Group of Khajuraho temples. The most important and one of the largest of the Western Group of temples is the Kandariya Mahadeo Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. We also see the Vamana Temple, dedicated to the ‘Vamana’ or dwarf incarnation of Lord Vishnu as well as the Javari Temple. Later in the evening, we enjoy a cultural dancing dance performance.
Accommodation: Clarks Khajuraho (B,L,D)
Day 6 >> 13 March, Khajuraho – Orchha – Jhansi - Agra
Morning depart Khajuraho for Jhansi en-route visiting Orchha. Orchha's grandeur has been captured in stone, frozen in time, a rich legacy of the ages. For this medieval city, the hand of time has rested and the palaces and the temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th 17th century retain much of their pristine perfection. Jehangir Mahal, a tiered
palace crowned by graceful Chhatries commands a spectacular view of soaring temple spires and cenotaphs. Later continue drive to Jhansi Railway Station to board Shatabdi Express Train for Agra. Departure from Jhansi at 1755 hrs. / Arrival in Agra at 2025 hrs.
Upon arrival, meet and assist at Railway Station and transfer to hotel.
Accommodation: Clarks Shiraz (B)
Day 7 >> 14 March, Agra
In the morning visit Agra Fort situated on the west bank of the Yamuna River and built by Emperor Akbar between 1565 and 1573. Its imposing red sandstone ramparts form a crescent along the riverfront and encompass an enormous complex of courtly buildings, ranging in style from the early eclecticism of Akbar to the sublime elegance of Shah Jahan. The barracks to the north are British additions from the 19th-century. A deep moat, once filled with water from the Yamuna River, surrounds the fort. Later this afternoon we visit the local market, Sadar Bazaar, to see the Tirupati Temple. Afterwards we return to our hotel for dinner.
Accommodation: Clarks Shiraz (B,L,D)
Day 8 >> 15 March, Agra To Ranthambore
Rise early this morning to view the Taj Mahal in all its glory as the sun is rising. The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631. We will spend around 2 hours here, walking through the grounds with ample time for some photo opportunities. For admission to the main mausoleum area, we are required to wear shoe covers (this may be provided on site – be prepared to bring an additional pair of socks). Return to our hotel for breakfast and a chance to freshen up. Later this morning stop at a marble inlay workshop, where we can learn more about the intricate skill of laying marble, which we saw this morning at the Taj Mahal. Later drive to Bharatpur, enroute visiting the magnificent fortified Ghost City of Fatehpur Sikri. Located 40km from Agra, Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 after it was prophesised that the then childless Akbar would have sons if he moved his capital to the site. At great expense to the empire, the capital was moved here but sadly only occupied for 14 years before slowly being deserted and ruined after Akbar left the city due to a scarcity of water. While here we visit the remarkably well-preserved and graceful buildings within the Ghost City including the Jama Masjid, tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal Palace and other palaces that speak of the grandeur and splendour of the Mughal Empire at the height of its power. After the tour we will have lunch at a local restaurant before continuing our drive to Bharatpur Railway station to board our train to Sawai Madhopur. The train journey will take approximately 2 hours. Upon arrival we drive to Ranthambore National Park and check into your hotel.
Accommodation: Tiger Den Resort (B,L,D)
Day 9 >> 16 March, Ranthambore National Park
You will have both an early morning and afternoon safari into the park, involving 2-3 hours of driving through the park in canters, on uneven and unsealed tracks, returning to the hotel for lunch.
Accommodation: Tiger Den Resort (B,L,D)
Day 10 >> 17 March, Ranthambore – Jaipur
Early this morning we have the option of enjoying a canter safari before we leave Ranthambore and drive to Jaipur. Please remember to bring your passport again today to gate entry. Some areas of the roads are very rough therefore the journey will take most of the morning. Later we drive to Jaipur (approx. 153 Kms). Jaipur was founded in 1727 as Mughal power within India was declining. The then Maharaja, Jai Singh, moved his capital from Amer Fort down onto the plain below. The city is now the capital of Rajasthan State and is commonly called the ‘Pink City’ because of the pink paint on all the buildings in the old city area. This was apparently done to imitate the magnificent, red sandstone buildings of the Mughals and in an attempt to impress the Prince of Wales when he visited Jaipur in 1876. Upon arrival we check into our hotel before we enjoy some shopping inside the walled city, where villagers from around Jaipur come to sell and trade their produce. Here we will find saris, jewellery, clothing, shoes and spices for sale.
Accommodation: Four Points By Sheraton (B,L,D)
Day 11 >> 18 March, Jaipur
Start today with a brief photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), before travelling to Amer Fort, or 'Amber Fort' as the British named it. Erected in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, Hawa Mahal was built so that the veiled ladies of his harem could observe, unnoticed, the lively street scenes below. After we arrive at the base of Amer Fort, We will board a jeep that will take us all the way up to the entrance. Inside the fort we will visit the Jag Mandir or the Hall of Victory, which houses the famed Sheesh Mahal, filled with tiny mirrors. Next we have the opportunity to try our hand at the local handicraft of block printing and carpet weaving at a nearby craft centre. Visit the Maharaja's City Palace this afternoon to explore the former Royal residence; part of the
building has been converted into a museum, while the Royal family of Jaipur still uses the remaining sections of the palace. Outside the gate to the Maharaja's City Palace is Jan tar Mantar, the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. The observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition.
This evening we will enjoy a traditional dancing performance and dinner at a local restaurant
Accommodation: Four Points By Sheraton (B,L,D)
Day 12 >> 19 March, Jaipur to Jodhpur
After breakfast we drive to Jodhpur (approx. 7 hours). Upon arrival check in at hotel.
Day at leisure or free for independent activities. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Accommodation: Park Plaza (B,D)
Day 13 >> 20 March, Jodhpur
This morning we commence our sightseeing in Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan. Our first stop is Mehrangarh Fort which overlooks the city. The 5km-long fort is situated on a 125m high hill and the red sandstone palace is one of the most impressive and formidable structures in Rajasthan.
Within the fort are some smaller but still magnificent palaces, with meticulously carved panels and latticed windows known as Jharokhas. The chambers of Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, the Sileh Khana and the Daulat Khana are noteworthy for the splendour and glamour of a bygone era. Later we visit the Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs (chhatries as they are known in Hindi) of white marble built in 1899 in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. We then continue with a visit to the museum housed in the majestic Umaid Bhawan Palace (now a luxury hotel). Returning to the city, we take an auto rickshaw ride to a local restaurant for lunch, followed by a leisurely walking tour to explore the local vegetable and spice market, Subzi Mandi.
Accommodation: Park Plaza (B,L,D)
Day 14 >> 21 March, Jodhpur to Udaipur
After breakfast we check-out from our hotel and commence our journey to Udaipur, visiting the Jain temple complex of Ranakpur en route. Built in the 15th Century and located in the lovely valley of the Aravalli, the main temple in the complex is the Chaumukha (four-faced) Temple, built in 1439. Its 29 halls are supported by 1,444 pillars of which no two are alike. We also visit the Surya Temple, dedicated to Surya the Sun God, and other Jain temples nearby. Continue to Udaipur and settle in for the evening.
Accommodation: Hilltop Palace (B,L,D)
Day 15 >> 22 March, Udaipur
We begin our day in Udaipur with a drive around Fateh Sagar Lake, which has a garden café on its island. Located nearby are the Folk Museum and Mewar Art Gallery. Although the Folk Museum is small and has been neglected a bit over the years, the unique variety of ethnic groups and cultures of the hills around Udaipur make this visit well worthwhile. We also visit Sahelion Ki Bari (Garden for the Maids of Honour). This delightful 18th-century retreat in the north of the city was built for the Queen of Udaipur, whose dowry included 48 maids. After lunch, we visit the massive City Palace which overlooks Lake Pichola. The City Palace, built in 1725, features 11 palaces including the Dilkhush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal and the Palace of Lord Krishna, all of which are ornately decorated. We then walk down the street leading
from the gates of the palace to our bus where we have the opportunity to browse in the local stalls and shops along the way. This afternoon we enjoy a cruise on the 4km long Lake Pichola, which is surrounded by hills, palaces, havelis, ghats and temples. While on the cruise we will see the Lake Palace from our boat, formerly known as Jag Niwas, built between 1734 and 1751. It was once a royal summer retreat and is now one of the world's greatest hotels. It is also a popular location for film shoots, including James Bond's Octopussy. We will disembark at Jagmandir Island Palace for some sightseeing and time to relax.
Accommodation: Hilltop Palace (B,L,D)
Day 16 >> 23 March, Udaipur – Delhi
We transfer to the airport to board our flight to Delhi Upon arrival in Delhi transferred to our hotel. Enjoy the day at leisure. Enjoy your Farewell Dinner Tonight.
Accommodation: The Royal Plaza (B,L,D)
Day 17 >> 24 March, depart Delhi
After breakfast, you will proceed to visit Delhi Haat around 10:30 Hrs The DILLI HAAT provides the ambience of a traditional Rural Haat or village market, but one suited for more contemporary needs. Here one sees a synthesis of crafts, food and cultural activity.
This Food and Craft Bazar is a treasure house of Indian culture, handicrafts and ethnic cuisine, a unique bazaar, in the heart of the city, it displays the richness of Indian culture on a permanent basis. After lunch return back to hotel & relax at hotel, late check-out is booked till 18:00 Hrs you will be transferred to the airport for your evening flight to Australia, arriving home the following morning^.
Accommodation: The Royal Plaza or similar (B, L)
- Price advertised is per person twin share and is inclusive of Singapore Airlines airfares, and taxes calculated at 3 April 2017 and are subject to change
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