16 day Wonders of India tour with Singapore Airlines flights

Marvel at India’s natural and man-made treasures on a luxury, small group experience that includes return Singapore Airlines flights, luxury accommodation, a jeep safari to spot the elusive tiger, internal flights, sightseeing and more.

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  • 16 day Wonders of India tour with Singapore Airlines flights
  • 16 day Wonders of India tour with Singapore Airlines flights
  • 16 day Wonders of India tour with Singapore Airlines flights
  • 16 day Wonders of India tour with Singapore Airlines flights
  • 16 day Wonders of India tour with Singapore Airlines flights
  • 16 day Wonders of India tour with Singapore Airlines flights
  • 16 day Wonders of India tour with Singapore Airlines flights
  • 16 day Wonders of India tour with Singapore Airlines flights
  • 16 day Wonders of India tour with Singapore Airlines flights
  • 16 day Wonders of India tour with Singapore Airlines flights
  • 16 day Wonders of India tour with Singapore Airlines flights
  • 16 day Wonders of India tour with Singapore Airlines flights
  • 16 day Wonders of India tour with Singapore Airlines flights
  • 16 day Wonders of India tour with Singapore Airlines flights
  • 16 day Wonders of India tour with Singapore Airlines flights
  • 16 day Wonders of India tour with Singapore Airlines flights
  • 16 day Wonders of India tour with Singapore Airlines flights
  • 16 day Wonders of India tour with Singapore Airlines flights
 

Highlights

 

Experience the best of India with a 16 day Wonders of India tour.

Explore the sights of Delhi and visit the Red Fort, ChandniChowk and Bahai Temple, before continuing on to Jaipur. Witness the gorgeous red and pink sunlight bounce off the sandstone of HawaMahal, a 5 story museum that was once used as a place for royal ladies to observe the streets below.

Travel to the city of Pushkhar, where you’ll have the opportunity to see one of the most sacred lakes in India, the Pushkhar Lake. Enjoy a camel around the Rajasthan desert, before making your way to Rathambore. Embark on a safari through the Rathambore Jungle, staying on the look out for a range of exotic wildlife including diurnal tigers, leopards, crocodiles and more. 

Admire the breath-taking beauty of the Taj Mahal. Learn about the history and reasoning behind this World Heritage listed site, before taking a walk through the Agra Fort. Fly to Varsani and embrace the city’s colourful bazaars, temples and traditional way of life.

Enjoy a boat ride along the River Ganges, where you’ll pass the spot thousands of pilgrims immerse themselves in the holy water of this river. End your tour back in Delhi, exploring the many sights that New Delhi has to offer.

Why not opt to extend your trip to include a 5 night all-inclusive beach break in the pristine Maldives?

 
 

Day 1: Australia  – airplane-takeoff –  Delhi, India

Today depart Australia for India! On arrival at Delhi airport meet & greet with our representative and transfer to your hotel. 

For those purchasing the Tour Only option, your tour starts today. Please make your own way to the hotel.

Day 2: Old Delhi City Tour (B)

After breakfast, we start a full day sightseeing tour of Old Delhi City and experience the Delhi Metro train system. Start By visiting Jama Masjid – the largest mosque in India taking 13 years to build and remains a marvellous treasure of the Old City. A steep climb to the top of its southern tower will reward you with a stunning view across the rooftops of Delhi. We then take a Rickshaw ride to explore the old part of town, which includes: ChandniChowk (Moonlight Square), one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi and then onto the Spice Market – one of Asia’s largest wholesale spice markets with hundreds of shops dealing in refined, local and exotic spices. This large market area is rich in colour and photo opportunities. We then visit the Red Fort – Delhi’ s most famous monument and a powerful reminder of the Mughal emperors who ruled India. We then return to the hotel by the Delhi metro train.

Day 3: Delhi – Jaipur (B)

After breakfast, proceed to Jaipur. Travel time approx. 6 hours. On arrival in Jaipur, we visit some sights including City Palace, situated in the heart of the old City, it occupies about one seventh of the old city area and is a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Jantar Mantar, built in 18th century and is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments. We also visit Albert Hall Museum – situated in the Ram Niwas Garden. This graceful building was founded in 1876 by Prince Albert (also known as Albert Hall). It has a rare collection of archaeological and handicraft pieces.

Day 4: Jaipur (B)

An early start this morning to witness the sunlight on the red and pink sandstone of HawaMahal – an amazing sight and the most recognizable monument of Jaipur. The 5 storied stunning semi-octagonal monument having 152 windows with over hanging latticed balconies is a fine piece of Rajput architecture. Originally designed for the royal ladies to watch and enjoy the processions and other activities, on the street below. Now it houses a well laid out museum. 

Later we drive to Amer Fort to experience a Jeep Ride or Elephant ride from the old town to the Courtyard of Amer Fort. In earlier days the King’s army used the same route. Amer Fort is the old capital of the Kachhwahas and stands atop a range of craggy hills. The fort is remarkable as much for the majestic grandeur of its surroundings as for its sturdy battlements and beautiful palaces. It is a fine blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The solemn dignity of it red sandstone and white marble pavilions, when reflected in the lake at the foot hill, is a sight to behold. 

On the way Back from Amber Fort we stop at JalMahal, this small palace is set in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. Renovation around the lake is in progress. We also take the opportunity to visit a block-printing workshop, the ancient art of Jaipur plus a visit to the local markets.

Day 5: Jaipur – Pushkar (B)

After breakfast, proceed to Pushkar. Travel time approx. 3 hours. On arrival check into hotel then we visit Pushkar Bazaar where you’ll find items such as Rajasthani costumes and puppets, embroidered fabrics, souvenirs, bangles and beads, decorative pieces and accessories, curios, embroidered shoes, brass utensils, glass lamps, bags, belts and many more handicraft items. The majority of the traditional items here are from the Barmer District and other tribal areas of Rajasthan.

Day 6: Pushkar (B)

After breakfast, enjoy a camel ride around the Rajasthan desert before we make our way to Pushkar Lake – considered by Hindus all across India to be one of the most sacred lakes of India. The lake is surrounded by 52 palaces, 400 temples and 52 bathing ‘ghats’, which are a series of steps leading to the lake. Every year in November, pilgrims take a holy dip in this lake. It is believed that the water of the lake is capable of cleansing sins and curing skin diseases.

Brahma Temple is the lone Hindu temple in India where Lord Brahma, the Creator of the World is worshipped. This major attraction of Pushkar is situated on the banks of the Pushkar Lake and is considered to have a special position in the Hindu Pantheons. Built in the 14th century, the temple comprises a raised platform, red spire, stone slabs, marble floors and an image of ‘hans’ or swan, Lord Brahma’s vehicle. It is customary for pilgrims to stand on the steps and put coins to mark the deaths and births of their loved ones.

Savitri Temple – built in 1687 and situated on the peak of the Ratnagiri Hill it houses the statue of Goddess Savitri and offers good views of the surroundings, including the sand dunes of nearby villages and Pushkar Lake. Legend has it that the presence of Savitri was required in a ‘yagna’ that was done by Lord Brahma but she kept Him waiting. Lord Brahma irritated with her behaviour, married a milkmaid named Gayatri. Savitri became furious at this and cursed Him that he will only be worshipped once a year and only in Pushkar.

Day 7: Pushkar  – Ranthambore (B) 

After breakfast we make our way to Ranthambore. Travel time approx. 6 hours. On arrival check-in at hotel and relax. 

Day 8: Ranthambore National Park Jeep Safari (B)

Arise early for an early morning drive to the Ranthambore Jungle with the naturalist on a Jeep Safari to spot tigers and wildlife. The safari lasts for 2-3 hours. We then return to the hotel for breakfast and enjoy some leisure time before heading back into the Jungle for an afternoon safari. 

Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest and most renowned national parks in Northern India and most famous for it’s diurnal tigers but also home to leopards, striped hyenas, sambar deer, Chital, Nilgai, crocodiles, birdlife and so much more. The park is a photographers dream come true, dotted with lakes and ponds where the wildlife gather and predators and prey enact their day to day drama. Ranthambore is also categorized as a heritage site because of the picturesque ruins of the fort that dot the park.

Day 9:  Ranthambore – Agra (B)

After breakfast proceed to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Travel time approx 5 1/2 hours. On the way, we visit the fortified ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri – built using red sandstone it’s a perfect blend of Indian, Islamic and Persian architecture. 

Day 10: Agra, Taj Mahal at Sunrise – Delhi (B) 

You cannot think of India without thinking of Taj Mahal. You may not have known of Agra were it not for the monument of love. We have an early morning start as the sun comes up over the white marble beauty of the majestic Taj Mahal! Constructed by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The monument stands proof for the brilliance of Mughal architecture. Named as one of the wonders of the world, Taj Mahal stands the test of time. Declared a World Heritage Site it truly is a feast to your eyes and senses to watch the unmatched beauty. (*Taj Mahal Closed on every Friday). We then return to the hotel for breakfast and check out. 

We then visit Agra Fort – the 16th century monument is yet another proof of the architectural brilliance of Mughals. Called the Red Fort of Agra, you will be awe inspired by the powerful fortress. The fortress comprises many palaces namely, Jahangir Palace and KhasMahal. The entire fortress is a symbol of Mughal’s grandeur. It was in Agra Fort Shah Jahan was held prisoner by Aurangazeb, his son. Shah Jahan, the emperor, spent his last days here viewing the monument of love he had built for his wife.

Visit Itmad-ud-Daulah – India’s first tomb to be made completely out of marble before the drive back to Delhi (approx. 5 hours). 

Day 11:- Delhi – airplane-takeoff – Varanasi (B)

After breakfast transfer to the airport to board the flight for Varanasi. Upon arrival in Varanasi, meet and greet with tour leader and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon we take a sightseeing tour of Varanasi by experiencing the Old Town with a Rickshaw ride.  It is a city, which enshrines the very essence of Hinduism—temples, shrines and devotees, sunrise boat rides, flower ceremonies with traditional music and walks on the ghats. A city of colourful bazaars exquisite and bright silks, festivals – all centring around the teeming ghats of the Holy Ganges.

Annapoorna Devi Temple – Annapurna or Annapoorna is the Hindu Goddess of nourishment. Anna means food and grains. Purna means full, complete and perfect. She is form of Parvati, the consort of Shiva. The most well-known temple dedicated to Goddess Annapurna is in Varanasi, U.P., India. Adjacent to the Sanctum of the Goddess is the Kasi Viswanath temple. The two are separated by only a few yards. Annapurna is regarded as the queen of Varanasi alongside her husband Vishweshwar (Shiva), the King of Varanasi.

Assi Ghat – the Ghat located at the confluence of Assi River and the holy Ganges, is the southernmost Ghat in Kashi. Renowned for a spectacular and large Shiva Lingam placed under a Peepal Tree. This is a favourite spot for Hindu devotees to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva after taking holy dip in the river.

Bharat Mata Temple – a relatively new temple built in 1936 and located at Kashi Vidyapeeth Campus, is a shrine dedicated to Mother India. This temple was built by a Gandhian follower Babu Shiv Prasad Gupt and was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi.

Dashaswamedh Ghat – a much acclaimed religious spot and a favourite among the Hindu devotees is considered as the main Ghat. It is believed that Lord Brahma performed his victorious Dasa Ashwamedha (ten-horses) sacrifice in this spot. Legend claims that a similar kind of ten horse sacrifice was done here in the second century by Bhara Shiva Naga rulers.

Evening visit to a Ganges Aarti Ceremony – Varanasi is a sacred and oldest city of the world located at the banks of the holy River Gange.  Witness the special Hindu Aarti ceremony performed at the Ghats by a group of priests.

Day 12: Varanasi (B) 

Varanasi’s principle attraction is the string of bathing ghats, which line the western ghats of River Ganges. The spectacular 4 Km sweep of the Ghats is a unique sight, best viewed at dawn. This morning we take a boat cruise on the Ganges to soak in the vibrant colour and life of Varanasi (subject to water levels). An early morning boat ride presents an incredible scene as the multitudes of devotees come to the river to pay homage to the Sun God. Pass the bathing ghats where thousands of pilgrims immerse themselves in the holy water of the Ganges River and the burning ghats where cremations are conducted. 

We return to the hotel for breakfast and a rest before afternoon sightseeing. We visit Banaras Hindu University – with over 30,000 students residing in campus, it claims the title of largest residential university in Asia.

Sarnath is the main place to visit while on tour around Varanasi. A sacred pilgrimage and tourist attraction, it is one of the four most significant Buddhist pilgrimage places in India. Sarnath is the place where Lord Buddha first covey his lecture after attaining “nirvana”.

Sarnath Buddhist Temple – many of the Buddhist temples at Sarnath are built and maintained by monks from Tibet, China and Japan but the main Buddhist temple is the Mulagandha Kuti Vihar. The main shrine (vihara), called the Mulaganda Kuti, is said to be located at the place where Buddha used to stay during his visits to Sarnath.

Sarnath Museum – houses a rich collection of sculptures, artifacts and edifices comprising numerous Buddha and Bodhisattva images and other ancient remains.

Pillars of Ashoka – The pillars of Ashoka are a series of columns dispersed throughout the northern Indian subcontinent, erected or at least inscribed by the Mauryan king Ashoka during his reign in the 3rd century BCE. Averaging between forty and fifty feet in height, and weighing up to fifty tons each, all the pillars were quarried at Chunar, just south of Varanasi and dragged, sometimes hundreds of miles, to where they were erected.

Day 13: Varanasi – airplane-takeoff – Delhi (B)

At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, meets and greet our representative and transfer to the hotel.

Day 14: New Delhi City Tour (B,D)

After breakfast, we start a full day sightseeing tour of New Delhi. 

QutabMinar, the tallest brick minaret in the world, is an incredible example of early Indo–Islamic architecture. It was built in 1206, but the reason remains a mystery. Some believe that it was made to signify victory and the beginning of Muslim rule in India, while others say it was used to call the faithful to prayer. 

Humayun’s Tomb – if you think it looks a bit like the TajMahal in Agra, that’s because it was the inspiration for the TajMahal’s creation. The tomb was built in 1570, and houses the body of the second Mughal emperor, Humayun. It was the first of this type of Mughal architecture to be built in India. 

Bahai Temple – is commonly referred to as the Lotus Temple, as it’s shaped like a lotus flower. It’s particularly pretty at night, when it’s attractively lit up. Made out of white marble, the temple belongs to the Bahai Faith, which proclaims the unity of all people and religions. Everybody is welcome to worship there. 

India Gate – the towering archway of India Gate at the centre of New Delhi is a war memorial, built in memory of the Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army in World War I. At night it glows warmly under floodlights, and the gardens that line its boulevard are a popular place to enjoy a warm summer’s evening.

Laxmi Narayan Temple – built in 1938 by the Industrialist G.D. Birla, it is one of the major temples in Delhi and is located near Connought Place. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi and her consort Narayana. The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi on the stipulation that people of all castes shall be allowed to enter the temple. 

Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travellers and receive a group photo as a memento of your trip to India. 

Day 15: Delhi  – airplane-takeoff – Australia (B) 

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

For those purchasing the Tour Only option, at the appropriate time please make your own way from the hotel to your next travel arrangements.

Day 16: Australia

Arrive home today. 

 

Day 1: Australia  – airplane-takeoff –  Delhi, India

Today depart Australia for India! On arrival at Delhi airport meet & greet with our representative and transfer to your hotel. 

For those purchasing the Tour Only option, your tour starts today. Please make your own way to the hotel.

Day 2: Old Delhi City Tour (B)

After breakfast, we start a full day sightseeing tour of Old Delhi City and experience the Delhi Metro train system. Start By visiting Jama Masjid – the largest mosque in India taking 13 years to build and remains a marvellous treasure of the Old City. A steep climb to the top of its southern tower will reward you with a stunning view across the rooftops of Delhi. We then take a Rickshaw ride to explore the old part of town, which includes: ChandniChowk (Moonlight Square), one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi and then onto the Spice Market – one of Asia’s largest wholesale spice markets with hundreds of shops dealing in refined, local and exotic spices. This large market area is rich in colour and photo opportunities. We then visit the Red Fort – Delhi’ s most famous monument and a powerful reminder of the Mughal emperors who ruled India. We then return to the hotel by the Delhi metro train.

Day 3: Delhi – Jaipur (B)

After breakfast, proceed to Jaipur. Travel time approx. 6 hours. On arrival in Jaipur, we visit some sights including City Palace, situated in the heart of the old City, it occupies about one seventh of the old city area and is a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Jantar Mantar, built in 18th century and is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments. We also visit Albert Hall Museum – situated in the Ram Niwas Garden. This graceful building was founded in 1876 by Prince Albert (also known as Albert Hall). It has a rare collection of archaeological and handicraft pieces.

Day 4: Jaipur (B)

An early start this morning to witness the sunlight on the red and pink sandstone of HawaMahal – an amazing sight and the most recognizable monument of Jaipur. The 5 storied stunning semi-octagonal monument having 152 windows with over hanging latticed balconies is a fine piece of Rajput architecture. Originally designed for the royal ladies to watch and enjoy the processions and other activities, on the street below. Now it houses a well laid out museum. 

Later we drive to Amer Fort to experience a Jeep Ride or Elephant ride from the old town to the Courtyard of Amer Fort. In earlier days the King’s army used the same route. Amer Fort is the old capital of the Kachhwahas and stands atop a range of craggy hills. The fort is remarkable as much for the majestic grandeur of its surroundings as for its sturdy battlements and beautiful palaces. It is a fine blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The solemn dignity of it red sandstone and white marble pavilions, when reflected in the lake at the foot hill, is a sight to behold. 

On the way Back from Amber Fort we stop at JalMahal, this small palace is set in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. Renovation around the lake is in progress. We also take the opportunity to visit a block-printing workshop, the ancient art of Jaipur plus a visit to the local markets.

Day 5: Jaipur – Pushkar (B)

After breakfast, proceed to Pushkar. Travel time approx. 3 hours. On arrival check into hotel then we visit Pushkar Bazaar where you’ll find items such as Rajasthani costumes and puppets, embroidered fabrics, souvenirs, bangles and beads, decorative pieces and accessories, curios, embroidered shoes, brass utensils, glass lamps, bags, belts and many more handicraft items. The majority of the traditional items here are from the Barmer District and other tribal areas of Rajasthan.

Day 6: Pushkar (B)

After breakfast, enjoy a camel ride around the Rajasthan desert before we make our way to Pushkar Lake – considered by Hindus all across India to be one of the most sacred lakes of India. The lake is surrounded by 52 palaces, 400 temples and 52 bathing ‘ghats’, which are a series of steps leading to the lake. Every year in November, pilgrims take a holy dip in this lake. It is believed that the water of the lake is capable of cleansing sins and curing skin diseases.

Brahma Temple is the lone Hindu temple in India where Lord Brahma, the Creator of the World is worshipped. This major attraction of Pushkar is situated on the banks of the Pushkar Lake and is considered to have a special position in the Hindu Pantheons. Built in the 14th century, the temple comprises a raised platform, red spire, stone slabs, marble floors and an image of ‘hans’ or swan, Lord Brahma’s vehicle. It is customary for pilgrims to stand on the steps and put coins to mark the deaths and births of their loved ones.

Savitri Temple – built in 1687 and situated on the peak of the Ratnagiri Hill it houses the statue of Goddess Savitri and offers good views of the surroundings, including the sand dunes of nearby villages and Pushkar Lake. Legend has it that the presence of Savitri was required in a ‘yagna’ that was done by Lord Brahma but she kept Him waiting. Lord Brahma irritated with her behaviour, married a milkmaid named Gayatri. Savitri became furious at this and cursed Him that he will only be worshipped once a year and only in Pushkar.

Day 7: Pushkar  – Ranthambore (B) 

After breakfast we make our way to Ranthambore. Travel time approx. 6 hours. On arrival check-in at hotel and relax. 

Day 8: Ranthambore National Park Jeep Safari (B)

Arise early for an early morning drive to the Ranthambore Jungle with the naturalist on a Jeep Safari to spot tigers and wildlife. The safari lasts for 2-3 hours. We then return to the hotel for breakfast and enjoy some leisure time before heading back into the Jungle for an afternoon safari. 

Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest and most renowned national parks in Northern India and most famous for it’s diurnal tigers but also home to leopards, striped hyenas, sambar deer, Chital, Nilgai, crocodiles, birdlife and so much more. The park is a photographers dream come true, dotted with lakes and ponds where the wildlife gather and predators and prey enact their day to day drama. Ranthambore is also categorized as a heritage site because of the picturesque ruins of the fort that dot the park.

Day 9:  Ranthambore – Agra (B)

After breakfast proceed to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Travel time approx 5 1/2 hours. On the way, we visit the fortified ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri – built using red sandstone it’s a perfect blend of Indian, Islamic and Persian architecture. 

Day 10: Agra, Taj Mahal at Sunrise – Delhi (B) 

You cannot think of India without thinking of Taj Mahal. You may not have known of Agra were it not for the monument of love. We have an early morning start as the sun comes up over the white marble beauty of the majestic Taj Mahal! Constructed by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The monument stands proof for the brilliance of Mughal architecture. Named as one of the wonders of the world, Taj Mahal stands the test of time. Declared a World Heritage Site it truly is a feast to your eyes and senses to watch the unmatched beauty. (*Taj Mahal Closed on every Friday). We then return to the hotel for breakfast and check out. 

We then visit Agra Fort – the 16th century monument is yet another proof of the architectural brilliance of Mughals. Called the Red Fort of Agra, you will be awe inspired by the powerful fortress. The fortress comprises many palaces namely, Jahangir Palace and KhasMahal. The entire fortress is a symbol of Mughal’s grandeur. It was in Agra Fort Shah Jahan was held prisoner by Aurangazeb, his son. Shah Jahan, the emperor, spent his last days here viewing the monument of love he had built for his wife.

Visit Itmad-ud-Daulah – India’s first tomb to be made completely out of marble before the drive back to Delhi (approx. 5 hours). 

Day 11:- Delhi – airplane-takeoff – Varanasi (B)

After breakfast transfer to the airport to board the flight for Varanasi. Upon arrival in Varanasi, meet and greet with tour leader and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon we take a sightseeing tour of Varanasi by experiencing the Old Town with a Rickshaw ride.  It is a city, which enshrines the very essence of Hinduism—temples, shrines and devotees, sunrise boat rides, flower ceremonies with traditional music and walks on the ghats. A city of colourful bazaars exquisite and bright silks, festivals – all centring around the teeming ghats of the Holy Ganges.

Annapoorna Devi Temple – Annapurna or Annapoorna is the Hindu Goddess of nourishment. Anna means food and grains. Purna means full, complete and perfect. She is form of Parvati, the consort of Shiva. The most well-known temple dedicated to Goddess Annapurna is in Varanasi, U.P., India. Adjacent to the Sanctum of the Goddess is the Kasi Viswanath temple. The two are separated by only a few yards. Annapurna is regarded as the queen of Varanasi alongside her husband Vishweshwar (Shiva), the King of Varanasi.

Assi Ghat – the Ghat located at the confluence of Assi River and the holy Ganges, is the southernmost Ghat in Kashi. Renowned for a spectacular and large Shiva Lingam placed under a Peepal Tree. This is a favourite spot for Hindu devotees to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva after taking holy dip in the river.

Bharat Mata Temple – a relatively new temple built in 1936 and located at Kashi Vidyapeeth Campus, is a shrine dedicated to Mother India. This temple was built by a Gandhian follower Babu Shiv Prasad Gupt and was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi.

Dashaswamedh Ghat – a much acclaimed religious spot and a favourite among the Hindu devotees is considered as the main Ghat. It is believed that Lord Brahma performed his victorious Dasa Ashwamedha (ten-horses) sacrifice in this spot. Legend claims that a similar kind of ten horse sacrifice was done here in the second century by Bhara Shiva Naga rulers.

Evening visit to a Ganges Aarti Ceremony – Varanasi is a sacred and oldest city of the world located at the banks of the holy River Gange.  Witness the special Hindu Aarti ceremony performed at the Ghats by a group of priests.

Day 12: Varanasi (B) 

Varanasi’s principle attraction is the string of bathing ghats, which line the western ghats of River Ganges. The spectacular 4 Km sweep of the Ghats is a unique sight, best viewed at dawn. This morning we take a boat cruise on the Ganges to soak in the vibrant colour and life of Varanasi (subject to water levels). An early morning boat ride presents an incredible scene as the multitudes of devotees come to the river to pay homage to the Sun God. Pass the bathing ghats where thousands of pilgrims immerse themselves in the holy water of the Ganges River and the burning ghats where cremations are conducted. 

We return to the hotel for breakfast and a rest before afternoon sightseeing. We visit Banaras Hindu University – with over 30,000 students residing in campus, it claims the title of largest residential university in Asia.

Sarnath is the main place to visit while on tour around Varanasi. A sacred pilgrimage and tourist attraction, it is one of the four most significant Buddhist pilgrimage places in India. Sarnath is the place where Lord Buddha first covey his lecture after attaining “nirvana”.

Sarnath Buddhist Temple – many of the Buddhist temples at Sarnath are built and maintained by monks from Tibet, China and Japan but the main Buddhist temple is the Mulagandha Kuti Vihar. The main shrine (vihara), called the Mulaganda Kuti, is said to be located at the place where Buddha used to stay during his visits to Sarnath.

Sarnath Museum – houses a rich collection of sculptures, artifacts and edifices comprising numerous Buddha and Bodhisattva images and other ancient remains.

Pillars of Ashoka – The pillars of Ashoka are a series of columns dispersed throughout the northern Indian subcontinent, erected or at least inscribed by the Mauryan king Ashoka during his reign in the 3rd century BCE. Averaging between forty and fifty feet in height, and weighing up to fifty tons each, all the pillars were quarried at Chunar, just south of Varanasi and dragged, sometimes hundreds of miles, to where they were erected.

Day 13: Varanasi – airplane-takeoff – Delhi (B)

At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, meets and greet our representative and transfer to the hotel.

Day 14: New Delhi City Tour (B,D)

After breakfast, we start a full day sightseeing tour of New Delhi. 

QutabMinar, the tallest brick minaret in the world, is an incredible example of early Indo–Islamic architecture. It was built in 1206, but the reason remains a mystery. Some believe that it was made to signify victory and the beginning of Muslim rule in India, while others say it was used to call the faithful to prayer. 

Humayun’s Tomb – if you think it looks a bit like the TajMahal in Agra, that’s because it was the inspiration for the TajMahal’s creation. The tomb was built in 1570, and houses the body of the second Mughal emperor, Humayun. It was the first of this type of Mughal architecture to be built in India. 

Bahai Temple – is commonly referred to as the Lotus Temple, as it’s shaped like a lotus flower. It’s particularly pretty at night, when it’s attractively lit up. Made out of white marble, the temple belongs to the Bahai Faith, which proclaims the unity of all people and religions. Everybody is welcome to worship there. 

India Gate – the towering archway of India Gate at the centre of New Delhi is a war memorial, built in memory of the Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army in World War I. At night it glows warmly under floodlights, and the gardens that line its boulevard are a popular place to enjoy a warm summer’s evening.

Laxmi Narayan Temple – built in 1938 by the Industrialist G.D. Birla, it is one of the major temples in Delhi and is located near Connought Place. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi and her consort Narayana. The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi on the stipulation that people of all castes shall be allowed to enter the temple. 

Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travellers and receive a group photo as a memento of your trip to India. 

Day 15: Delhi  – airplane-takeoff – Male, Maldives (B, D)

Head to the airport to catch your flight to the pristine capital of the Maldives, Male. On arrival, be transferred via speedboat to the Paradise Island Resort. The award-winning resort is surrounded by dazzling white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees and turquoise waters.

Day 16: Maldives (B, L, D)

Your first full day of tropical bliss in the Maldives! You have today – and the next four days – to do as much or as little as you like. You’re staying at the Paradise Island Resort in a fabulous Superior Beach Bungalow on an all-inclusive package. Choose to lounge in your villa or take advantage of the resort’s exceptional facilities – beach volleyball, tennis, swimming pool, badminton and table tennis, among others. You might also arrange for one of the resort’s offered activities, such as water skiing, scuba diving, jet ski hire or snorkelling. The resort also has an on-site spa for those that want to treat themselves to some indulgent R&R.

Day 17: Maldives (B, L, D) 

Today is yours to do as much or as little as you like.

Day 18: Maldives (B, L, D)

Today is yours to do as much or as little as you like.

Day 19: Maldives (B, L, D)

Today is yours to do as much or as little as you like.

Day 20: Maldives – airplane-takeoff Australia (B, L, D)

Board the speedboat transfer back to Male and then catch a flight for the return journey to Australia.

For those purchasing the Tour Only option, at the appropriate time please make your own way from the hotel to your next travel arrangements.

Day 21: Australia

Arrive home today. 

 

Inclusions

 

16 day itinerary includes:

  • Return Singapore Airlines flights, plus return domestic flights between Delhi and Varanasi
  • Return airport transfers within India
  • 14 nights’ luxury twin share accommodation
  • Delicious breakfast daily, plus a farewell dinner 
  • Luxury small group tour with a maximum of 20 people
  • Experience rickshaw rides through the Old Towns of Delhi and Varanasi, a morning boat ride along the Ganges in Varanasi, a jeep or elephant ride in Jaipur, a morning camel ride in Pushkar and more
  • Enjoy a morning and afternoon jeep jungle safari to spot the elusive tiger in Ranthambore National Park
  • A group photo memento to keep
  • 1 x Indian SIM Card for local use with 1 GB data everyday
  • Dedicated air-conditioned transportation with English speaking tour guides throughout
  • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Exclusive offer! Book now and get $100 spending money for your trip when you open an HSBC Everyday Global Account and activate your new Visa Debit Card*. Visit our Promotions page for more detail

21 day itinerary includes:

  • All of the above plus;
  • 5 nights’ accommodation at the award-winning Paradise Island Resort, including an all-inclusive meals and drinks package

 

 Highlights

  • Explore and admire the breath-taking Taj Mahal
  • Take a majestic cruise along the River Ganges
  • Unearth the culture of New and Old Delhi
  • Visit the sacred sight of Pushkar Lake in the city of Pushkar

 

 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $999 per person is due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date.
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage.
  • Final payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment.
  • Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Final payment is non-refundable and non-transferable. 
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable.
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Documentation: 

Documentation will be provided after final payment is complete and before 30 days of travel, including E-Ticket instructions, hotel confirmation, itinerary extension & optional tour confirmation (where applicable) and destination travel tips.

Tour Excludes: 

  • Tipping
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Personal Expenses 
  • Anything not mentioned or ‘optional’ in the itinerary

Single Supplement

16 day Wonders of India tour – $899 per person in addition to the twin share price
21 day Wonders of India tour with all-inclusive Maldives beach break – $1,799 per person in addition to the twin share price  

You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here

Group Size: 2 – 20 people 

Tour Only: To purchase this tour as land only (no flights) please click here.

By selecting this option, all airport transfers (if applicable) will be forfeited. Please refer to the live calendar to view and select Tour Only start date. Please note, that internal flights to and from Varanasi will be included as part of Tour Only package. Please note, that flights to Varanasi are included as part of Tour Only option. However, if you have selected Tour Only with the Maldives beach break extension, flight from Delhi to Male, as well as the international flights will not be included as part of the Tour Only package.

Coach Transportation: Where group sizes are not sufficient to use a full-sized coach, we reserve the right to use a smaller coach on the same level of comfort.

Accommodation: 

The accommodation listed below may be subject to change but will remain of a similar or higher standard. Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed.

Delhi: Hotel Crowne Plaza Rohini or similar 
Agra: Hotel Ramada Plaza or similar
Jaipur: Hotel Lemontree Premier or similar
Pushkar: Hotel Brahma Horizon or similar
Ranthambore: Hotel Regenta Resort Vanya Mahal or similar
Varanasi: The Amaya or similar

Maldives beach break: Paradise Island Resort in a fabulous Superior Beach Bungalow.

Superior Beach Bungalow – set just behind the beach treeline, the Superior Beach Bungalows provide the ultimate tropical luxury stay. The room is equipped with everything you need for your comfort; from tastefully designed comfortable furniture, satellite television, air-conditioning and more. Step through to the tiled beach-facing veranda, furnished with comfy sun loungers, and enjoy time relaxing, sunbathing and reading. 

All-inclusive meals and drinks package: meals are served at the main restaurant, Bageecha only and include breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Drinks package includes house wine, spirits, beer, selected cocktails, plus soft drinks, tea, coffee and water. 

Speedboat transfers: approximately 20 minutes by sea. 

Bedding configuration: 1 x king bed or 2 x single beds 

Maximum room capacity: 2 people

Child price: Same price as adults – Minimum age 2 years

Triple share: Not available 

Tipping: tips and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. AUD 5-10 per person, per day as per the industry standard). While not compulsory on your trip, tips can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. 

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable.

$100 spending money offer valid for any Webjet Exclusives tour or resort booking made at www.exclusives.webjet.com.au. Eligible bookings will receive a unique account application link from Webjet Exclusives via email within 72 hours of making a booking. Any HSBC Everyday Global Account applications not made via this link or if the booking is cancelled, the offer will not be fulfilled/paid. One (1) offer will be paid per booking. The offer is a 100 AUD deposit into the newly opened HSBC Everyday Global Accounts and the activated Visa Debit card. The offer may take up to 6 weeks to be fulfilled/paid. Webjet Exclusives reserves the right to withdraw this promotion at any time. The email address entered at the time of booking will be used as the primary contact. Webjet Exclusives’ standard booking terms and conditions apply. For more information go to www.hsbc.com.au/accounts/offers/everyday-global/webjet/

 

Travel Dates

 

2019:

14 February 
1 March 
14 March 
1 April 
14 April 
14 May 
1 June 
14 June 
1 October 
14 October 
1 November 
14 November 

2020:

14 January 
1 February 
14 February 
1 March 
14 March 
1 April
14 April
1 May
14 May
1 June
14 June
1 October 
14 October 
1 November 
14 November 

2021:

14 January 
1 February 
14 February 
1 March 
14 March 
1 April 
14 April 
1 May 
14 May 
1 June 
14 June 

Surcharges will apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details

Tour Only option – Navigate to the Fine Print tab and proceed to “click here” for Tour Only option to view live availability.  Note, Tour Only option commences on Day 1 of the flight-inclusive itinerary.

Availability on departure dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BOOK NOW button

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

 

Flight Information

 

 Airline Information: 
  • Return economy airfare departing Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth with Singapore Airlines
  • Adelaide customers – A $250 interstate surcharge per person applies 
  • Delhi to Male flight with Air India, SriLankan airlines or similar
  • Please note, one transit stop may be required for the Delhi to Male flight  
  • Including at least 15kg checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to change according to airline policy).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked.
  • Flights cannot be used one-way only 

Flight Conditions:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 3 transits, stopover or a substitute airline.
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided at the time of booking. Names cannot be changed once booked.
  • One-way flights cannot be accommodated. All flights within the package must be utilised, any flight intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being cancelled.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules.
  • Flight itineraries will be provided with final documentation.
  • Airline schedule changes can occur and are beyond our control. If you have received your documents an updated itinerary will be provided.

Flight Options:

Date/Itinerary Variations:

  • Flights will be ticketed as per the dates and itinerary of the tour unless otherwise advised at the time of completing the booking form.
  • If we can accommodate your request at no additional cost flight tickets will be issued as per the request on the booking form and acknowledgement will be sent via email.
  • If your flight variation incurs additional airfare and taxes a request for payment will be sent via email. If payment is not received by the date and time advised Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book flights as per the dates of the tour.
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport.

Cabin/Class Upgrades (where applicable):

  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop-down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase
  • The quote will be sent via email only. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will result in the quote expiring, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the economy airfare included in your package.
  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person for this service, plus any additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport

Tour Only:

  • Tour only options may be available on selected deals, please refer to the fine print tab of the deal for specifics.
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport.
  • All tour only bookings remain strictly non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable from the time of purchase. Webjet Exclusives will not be able to assist with flight change requests/schedule changes for airfares not booked by Webjet Exclusives.

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return Singapore Airlines flights, plus domestic flights between Delhi and Varanasi
  • Return airport transfers within India 
  • 14 nights’ luxury twin share accommodation
  • Delicious breakfast daily, plus a farewell dinner 
  • Luxury small group tour with a maximum of 20 people
  • Experience rickshaw rides in Old Delhi and Varanasi, an incredible boat ride along the Ganges in Varanasi, a jeep or elephant ride in Jaipur and more
  • Enjoy a morning and afternoon jeep safari to spot the elusive tiger in Ranthambore National Park
  • Dedicated air-conditioned transportation with English speaking tour guides throughout
  • Option to extend to a 21 day itinerary that includes a 5 night all-inclusive Maldives beach break
  • Exclusive offer! Book now and get $100 spending money for your trip when you open an HSBC Everyday Global Account*, visit our Promotions page for more detail

 

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