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Grand India

22 day Grand India tour with return flights, accommodation, coach transportation, sightseeing, tour guides and more!

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  • What can I say? I've waited years to visit The Taj Mahal, and on walking through the archway my breath was taken away, emotions ran high and tears flowed ,… JMCD47
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Highlights

 

The beauty, diversity and vibrance of India really must be seen to be believed. Drenched in mesmerising colours, ancient traditions and intriguing culture, India is as fascinating as it is vast.

See the very best of this breath-taking country with a once-in-a-lifetime 22 day Grand India tour. Be awed as you walk inside the famous Taj Mahal, find enlightenment at the holy site of Daswamedha Ghat in Varanasi and explore buzzing Delhi.

View spectacular ancient temples, eat delicious local cuisine, wander the streets of charming Jaipur and so much more. This tour is without a doubt the trip of a lifetime. 

Your package includes return international airfares, accommodation, dedicated tour guides, coach transportation, meals, sightseeing and more. 

See the inclusions section for more.

 

 
 

 Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff– Delhi

Depart Australia today on your flight to Delhi (please note, some flight may depart 1 day before). You will arrive at New Delhi International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a Webjet representative will meet you as you exit the arrivals hall and transfer you  to your hotel.

India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds – the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers, the remnants of a bygone time, in the form of its many monuments, stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. Delhi is a food-lovers haven and has something to please every palate. There is an unlimited variety available across cuisines, across price-brackets and across experiences – from street food of North India to International cuisine and from road-side dhabas to finedining – Delhi has it all.

Day 2: Delhi (B)

Today we head out on a full day to explore Delhi. Begin your day with a guided tour of the Old City of ‘Shahjahanabad’. Your introduction to the city will start with a visit to Raj Ghat – the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, drive past the Red Fort—the magical monument in red sandstone built at the pinnacle of the Mughal Empire. From here proceed by bicycle rickshaws through the bustling streets to Jama Masjid – the largest mosque in Asia built by Shahjahan.

Continue on a guided tour of New Delhi which reflects the legacy the British left behind. You will visit Bangla Sahib Gurudwara – one of the most prominent Sikh Gurudwara, Humayun’s tomb – the first great example of a new distinctive style, which developed to become the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate [War Memorial Arch], the Parliament buildings and the Rashtrapati Bhawan [the President’s residence].

Following sightseeing, return to your hotel.

This afternoon, we drive past the imposing India Gate (War Memorial Arch), the Parliament buildings and the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President’s residence) before enjoying one of Delhi’s most incredible Sikh Temples.

Optional Tour: Dinner at a local restaurant

Day 3: Delhi – Mandawa (B)

After breakfast, we drive to Mandawa (approx. 7 hrs drive). In the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan is the beautiful small town of Mandawa, known throughout the state for its forts and havelis. The structures of this place are a reminder of the cultural and social hotspot this place used to be in the bygone era. This afternoon we explore the magnificent Frescoes Havelis. The beautiful havelis, painted predominantly in vibrant colours, have beautiful wall paintings that adorn their walls in this semi-desert region.

Following sightseeing, return to your hotel.

Day 4: Mandawa – Bikaner – Gajner (B)

After breakfast, you will be driven to Bikaner (approx. 5hrs drive). On arrival we head out for a sightseeing tour of Bikaner. Lying in the north of the desert state of Rajasthan, the city of Bikaner is dotted with many sand dunes. More popularly called the camel country, the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world. Bikaner’s forts, palaces and temples are magnificent creations in red and yellow sandstone and are living manifestations of its rich historical and architectural legacy. We visit one of the most interesting forts in Rajasthan, with its sumptuously decorated interiors.

Junagarh Fort built in 1588 by Raja Rai Singh it is unusual in the sense that it was one of the few major forts of Rajasthan that was not built on a hilltop. Instead, it was built on the desert plains; its rugged sandstone bastions and graceful pavilions and balconies are silhouetted against the sky. Following Junagarh Fort, we go for a walk around the local bazaars of Bikaner and learn about the local trades and culture before continuing our drive to Gajner for our overnight.

After sightseeing, continue drive to Gajner [a journey of 35 kms/ approx 45 minutes drive]. Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel.

Day 5: Gajner – Jaisalmer (B)

After breakfast we begin our drive to Jaisalmer (approx. 8hrs drive). Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer found-ed by Rao Jaisal. A commanding fort etched in yellow sandstone stands, with all its awe-some splendour, dominating the amber hued city. The name Jaisalmer evokes a vivid picture of sheer magic and brilliance of the desert. Famous for the Jaisalmer Fort, sand dunes, and ideal for camel rides and safaris. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Day 6: Jaisalmer (B)

This morning, proceed on a tour of Jaisalmer including visit Jaisalmer Fort [Without Museum] – built in 1156 the fort stands proudly amidst the golden stretches of the great Thar Desert. Located on the top of the Trikuta Hill, the ramparts, bastions and the long-stretching walls of the fort dazzle gloriously during early morning and at sunset. Continue on to Gadsisar Lake, a rain water lake, adorned with an arched gateway. Many small shrines and temples are festooned all around the lake.

Continue on a visit to some of the most exquisitely carved havelis of Jaisalmer. Built in the 19th Century by wealthy merchants, these havelis (or mansions) are intricately carved in yellow sandstone. The entrances of the havelis are raised high above the street to prevent sand from blowing into rooms; jharokhas (projecting balconies), jails (latticed stone screens) and the inner courtyards, which were protected places for the children to play and women to go about their chores, are some of the characteristic features of these mansions.

Later in the afternoon, drive to the outskirts to view the sunset on the picturesque sand dunes. The ripples on the wind-caressed dunes creating an enchanting mirage are surely a delight. An exciting camel ride on the sandy terrain will allow you to get the real feel of the desert.

Day 7: Jaislamer – Jodhpur (B)

In the morning, you will be driven to the blue city of Jodhpur (approx. 7hrs drive). Jodhpur, also called the ‘Blue City’ located on the edge of the Thar Desert was once the capital of the former princely state of Marwar state founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha and is now the second largest city of Rajasthan. Flanked on its western side by the Mehrangarh Fort, and on the eastern side by the stately sandstone Palace of Umaid Bhawan; the monuments temples and gardens of Jodhpur depict a multi-faceted grandeur.

On arrival, we’ll begin with an in depth tour of Jodhpur starting at the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, one of Rajasthan’s finest forts, looks down protectively over the city from the hilltop. Still run by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, this 5 km long majestic fort on a 125 metre high hill is one of the most impressive and formidable structures. There are seven gates that lead into the fort. Inside the fort is a series of courtyards and palaces. The palace apartments with marvellously carved panels, latticed windows have evocative names such as Sukh Mahal (Pleasure Palace), Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), the Phool Mahal (Flower Palace) and the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors). These palaces house a fabulous collection of trappings of Indian royalty including a superb collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs (used when the Maharajas rode their elephants in processions), miniature paintings, musical instruments, costumes and furniture.

Continue your tour to Jaswant Thada – located at a short distance from the fort, just off the fort road, is a white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The cenotaph built in 1899, was followed by the royal crematorium and three other cenotaphs that stand nearby. There are some beautiful marble jali (lattice) work and fine views from the terrace in front of the cenotaphs.

Following sightseeing, proceed for check-in at your hotel.

Day 8: Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur (B)

This morning after breakfast, you will be driven to the ‘City of Lake’ Udaipur (approx. 9hrs drive) en route visit the beautiful Ranakpur Jain Temples. Deep in the forest, tucked away in a remote and quite valley of the Aravalli Range, some 90 km from Udaipur is Ranakpur. It boasts of some of the most exquisite Jain temples in the country famous for their intricate friezes and sculptures. The main shrine of Adinath, with its 1444 exquisitely carved columns is the largest and most complex Jain temple in the country. Two Jain temples dedicated to Neminath and Parsvanath and a Sun Temple a little distance away are also noteworthy.

Following the visit, continue your drive to Udaipur. Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel.

Udaipur – the ‘City of Lakes’, is the capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Mewar, one of the oldest surviving dynasties in the world and was established around 1567 A.D. The chequered history of Mewar is showcased in the city of Udaipur, which is akin to an oasis in the desert state of Rajasthan. It is a rich and beguiling tapestry of lakeside palaces, forts, temples, havelis and gardens, reflecting the varied influences of the centuries. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Optional tour (at own expense): Dinner at Sunset Terrace of Fateh Prakash Palace (On fixed menu basis & Subject to availability) The Sunset Terrace, at Fateh Prakash Palace, overlooks Lake Pichola and the surrounding ring of Aravalli mountains. The backdrop of the majestic Fateh Prakash Palace, with its distinctive domes and turrets, have made The Sunset Terrace not only the most popular venue but also the most sought-after Regal Dining option for guests.

Day 9: Udaipur (B)

After breakfast, commence your tour with a visit to the City Palace – which stands on a hill on the banks of Lake Pichola, surrounded by crenulated walls. Built in 1567, it is composed of 4 major palaces and several minor palaces that form a single façade. Its main entrance is through a triple arched gate, the Tripolia, built in 1725. The gate leads to a series of courtyards, corridors and gardens. Thereafter visit, Jagdish Temple – an example of the Indo-Aryal style of architecture, this temple was built in 1651 and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Continue on to Saheliyon-ki-Bari [Garden of the maids of honour] – a small ornamental garden which was a popular relaxing spot where royal ladies came for a stroll and hence the name. The garden has many fountains in its four delightful pools, chiselled kiosks and marble elephants.

Following visit, enjoy tour of the colourful Spice Market of the Old city. India – the land of spices plays a significant role in the global spices market. No country in the world produces as many kinds of spices as India. The climate of the country is suitable for almost all spices.

Following sightseeing, return to the hotel.

Optional tour (at own expense): Evening boat ride on Lake Pichola (On sharing basis & Subject to water level & weather conditions) Lake Pichola derives its name from Pichola Village, with the City Palace extending along its eastern bank and the Jag Niwas Island and the Jag Mandir enclosed in its vast expanse. Maharana Udai Singh enlarged the lake after he founded the city of Udaipur. The lake is surrounded by hills and its panoramic beauty is best viewed against the backdrop of the setting sun.

Day 10: Udaipur – Jaipur (B)

In the morning, we drive to the pink city of Jaipur (approx. 7hrs drive). Jaipur, one of the most enticing places in India, is nestled between mighty forts and the rugged Aravalli Hills. It is known as ‘the pink city’ as its prominent buildings are washed in this colour. Founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1727, Jaipur is steeped in Rajput history and is characterised by sites such as the City Palace with its astronomical Observatory, Hawa Mahal and the beautiful Amber Fort. Jaipur is a bustling capital city and a business centre with all the trappings of a modern metropolis yet flavoured strongly with an age-old charm that never fails to surprise a traveller.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Day 11: Jaipur (B)

An exciting day awaits you as begin your sightseeing tour with a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) – a five-storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Continue your tour as we drive to the ancient capital of Amer to see the fabulous Amber Fort situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur city, surrounded by fortified battlements. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenelated walls lattice the surrounding area.

Enjoy a guided tour of the fabulous Amber Fort. Crowning the crest of a hill, Amber Fort offers a view of Maota Lake and the historic old town located at the base of the hill, which formed the early seat of the Amber kings before the fort was made their capital. Tour the chambers and hallways of the palace, famous for the excellence of its design and decoration. Within the complex is Ganesh Pol, an imposing gateway painted with the images of the elephant-headed god, Ganesh. The merging of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles is captured in the Sukh Niwas and Jas Mandir apartments, and the Charbagh garden with its perfectly proportioned landscaping. Pierced screen windows offer views from different vantage points and shimmering mirrors encrust the walls of Sheesh Mahal.

This afternoon, enjoy a tour of the Pink City, an “abode of rajahs” on a guided heritage walk. Before entering one of the highlights of Jaipur, the City Palace Museum. A visit to the City Palace Museum, which has a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes, and armoury of Mughals and Rajputs including swords of different shapes and sizes with chiselled handles. Many antiques and artefacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here, including a collection of weaponry. It also has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit.

The rest of the evening it at leisure.

Optional tour (at own expense): Interaction with Indian Family followed by dinner. Familiarise yourself with the climatic, cultural and historical influences that make India so diverse. Experience culinary delights, savour the tantalizing flavours and bask in a blend of aromas of Indian cuisine. Celebrate the love of food and listen to secrets from your hosts who are highly inspired from the rich traditions and exuberant hospitality that India is famous for!

Day 12: Jaipur – Abheneri – Agra (B)

After breakfast, we head to the Mughal city of Agra (approx. 7hrs drive) en-route visiting the famous Abheneri Step Well. Abhaneri was originally named Abha Nagri, which means “city of brightness,” but due to mispronunciation, the name was changed. The city is now in ruins, but it attracts tourists from across the globe. Abhaneri is prominent for ‘Baoris’, step wells which were invented by the natives to harvest rain water. These tanks were used as cool places of retreat and as water reservoirs during parched times of the year. Chand Baori is the most popular of the wells in the region, and it is one of India’s deepest and largest. There are three ways to reach the water using the steps, which are divided into stories. This colossal, delicately carved well is located in front of the Harshat Mata Temple.

On arrival in to Agra, we check in to the hotel. This afternoon explore the Agra (Red) Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and the seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Shah Jahan, the Taj’s creator, spent the last years of his life imprisoned at the fort by his son Aurangzeb. It was built in the late 1560`s by their predecessor, Akbar, with later embellishments by Jehangir, his son, and Shah Jahan, his grandson. 

Tonight, get ready, tomorrow we visit the Taj Mahal!

Day 13: Agra – Orchha (B)

This morning we head out for the big one! The Taj Mahal, for a spectacle not to be missed—a sunrise visit to the legendary Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, a masterpiece in marble and one of the world’s most famous landmarks. As the sunrises, a chaste and secretive image of the Taj starts to emerge, casting a very soft light illuminating the contours of this enchanting monument in marble. Referred to as one of the wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal in Agra is the epitome of tourism in India and is celebrated for its architectural magnificence and aesthetic beauty. There is plenty of time to explore the grounds of the Taj Mahal gardens before returning to the hotel for breakfast. Post breakfast we make our way to Orchha.

This historic village on the banks of the boulder-strewn Betwa River showcases a supreme display of Mughal architecture, some of which is similar to that of nearby Khajuraho with much grander palaces and cenotaphs dotting the pastoral landscape as well. The atmosphere in Orchha, though, is far more laid-back and hassle-free, which makes for a relaxing stay.

Day 14: Orchha – Khajuraho (B)

This morning we explore Orchha fort complex. The entrance of which is a multi-arched bridge, has three impressive palaces placed in an open quadrangle. The first of these is the Jehangir Mahal, built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo in the 17th century, to mark the occasion of Emperor Jehangir’s visit to the city. Fragile chhatries and ornate trellis work heighten the effect of artistic richness. The Raj Mahal was built by Madhukar Shah, the religious predecessor of Bir Singh Ju Deo. The interiors boast of intricate murals, depicting various religious themes. The Rai Praveen Mahal was built for the famous musician-poetess paramour of King Indramani, Rai Praveen, as a mark of admiration by Emperor Akbar. There are 14 cenotaphs or chhatries to the rulers of Orchha, across the Kanchana Ghat of the Betwa River.

Following sightseeing, you will be driven to Khajuraho [approx 05 hrs drive]. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Later your tour begins with a visit to the Western Group of temples which are entirely Hindu, and constitute some of the finest examples of Chandela art at its peak. The largest being the Kandhariya Mahadev dedicated to Lord Shiva, followed by a granite temple – Chaunsath Yogini. The Chitragupta Temple is dedicated to the Sun God, while the Vishwanath Temple sports a three-headed image of Brahma – the Creator of the Universe. The Lakshmana Temple is superbly decorated, while the Devi Jagdambi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. Other temples in the Western Group include the Varaha Temple with a nine-foot high boar-incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Matangeshwara Temple with an eight-foot high lingam, and the Brahma Temple.

Day 15: Khajuraho – Allahabad (B)

After breakfast we leave Khajuraho behind us and continue our journey east to Allahabad [approx 7 hrs drive]. Allahabad is among the largest and holiest cities in Uttar Pradesh. It stands at the confluence of two of India’s holiest rivers, the Ganges and the Yamuna. Sangam, as the confluence is called, is the venue of many sacred fairs and rituals and attracts thousands of pilgrims throughout the year. This number swells to millions during the world famous Kumbha Mela. A third mythical river, the Saraswati, believed to flow underground towards the Sangam, gives the confluence its other name ‘Triveni’.

On arrival, the rest of the afternoon is free to explore this holy city at your own pace.

Day 16: Allahabad – Varanasi (B)

This morning enjoy half day sightseeing tour of Allahabad including visit to The Allahabad Fort [in ruins], built from 1583 onwards by Akbar at the confluence of the two great Rivers Ganga and Jamuna. The largest of Akbar’s forts, although most of its original form has been impaired by poor early restoration work. The fort consists of a beautiful zenana palace with a fine baradari or pavilion with a central square hall, carved on 64 columns surrounded by a deep veranda of double columns with clusters of four in each corner. [Note: Visit subject to prior permission].

We then continue on to one of India’s holiest meccas, Varanasi (Approx. 4hrs drive). Located along the west bank of the holy River Ganges in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the city of Varanasi is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage site and is one of the oldest. 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.

Every evening at Sunset, a magical Aarti is performed at Dashwamedha Ghat. Halt your boat right at the steps for the best view. The presiding priests stand on a wooden chauki in the water. To the chant of Sanskrit mantras, and the clash of cymbals and drums, the river is worshipped with flowers, incense, sandalwood, milk and vermilion. First the blazing camphor lamp and then the many- flamed aarti lamps are raised high and then arched back to the water, the dark river reflecting the golden flames as Ganga accepts the worship.

Day 17: 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. On our return we visit the bazaars (local market) and Kashi Vishwanath Temple – the most sacred of the shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. We then return to the hotel for breakfast where to morning is at leisure.

The rest of the day is free to explore Varanasi.

Optional Tour (at own expense): Visit to Sarnath Visit the site where Lord Buddha had preached his first sermon or in religious language, set in motion the wheel of Law (Maha-Dharmachakra-Pravartan) enshrining the principles of his teaching into laws. 200 years later, in 3rd century BC, the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka who spread the Buddhas message of love and compassion throughout his vast empire, built massive stupas, viharas and monasteries making it the centre of the Buddhist world. Several Buddhist structures were raised at Sarnath between 3rd century BC and 11th Century AD and today it presents the most expansive ruins amongst places on the Buddhist trail. [Sarnath Museum remains closed on Friday].

Optional Tour (at own expense): Visit to Kachori Gali [Walking Tour] Walk through the maze of back lanes in the old quarters that exude the smells and sounds of this holy city. Visit Kachauri Gali, a lane filled with a tempting bouquet of spices, where cooks sit beside huge pans of smoking oil, balanced on earthen ovens. From spicy vegetables to pickles and jalebis or a glass of lassi, food in Varanasi is a serious business. On your way interact with local food sellers and know the interesting facts about Varanasi street food. Discover the finger licking delicacies that Varanasi is renowned for. 

Optional Tour (at own expense): Visit to Muslim Weavers Colony & Silk Factory Today the city is renowned for its silk weavers, who prepare the finest types of woven silk fabrics. A Banaras silk sari or shawl is traditionally a single colored textile with motifs and patterns woven in gold or silver threads. The technique is intricate, the procedure complex and demands great expertise.  As the warp and the weft are interwoven on the loom, small, often minute shuttles with gold thread are introduced to form the motif. When the design of the motif is completed, a knot is made and the gold thread cut. The weaving continues until the next design. The smaller the motif or the more intricate the design, the more complex the weaving skills required. Silk weaving in Banaras is a cottage industry and in many areas of the city, especially the Muslim quarters, one can see looms at work all day. 

Day 18: Varanasi – Lucknow (B)

This morning we leave Varanasi behind us and head to Lucknow [approx 09 hrs drive].For all its modernity, Lucknow remains true to its cultural past, impeccable manners, a courtly diction, and a love for the arts and all beautiful things. The capital city of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, the erstwhile Awadh or Oudh still preserves the spirit of the past era. On arrival the afternoon is free to explore and enjoy this old World city.

Day 19: Lucknow (B)

Today, enjoy a highlights tour of Lucknow. Proceed to Bara Imambara, built by Nawab Asafuddaula to provide relief to his subjects during the famine of 1784. The splendor of this edifice is a reminder of the past glory of Nawab of Oudh. The Imambara is unique for the absence of pillars or supports in the main hall, which stands 50 feet tall. Continue to the Shah Najaf Imambara, the tomb of Nawab Ghaziuddin Haider, and his family is housed in this majestic white domed building. The tombs are plated in silver and gold and the interiors are ornate with floral designs and chandeliers. Also visit the Jama Masjid [drive past], this grand mosque was built by Muhammad Ali Shah in typical Mughal style with tall minarets and onion-shaped domes; Lucknow Residency [Museum remains closed on Friday] built during 1780 – 1800, it was once the political residence of the British officials and Husainabad Picture Gallery, located near the Husainabad Tank houses portraits of the rulers of Awadh.

Optional Tour (at own expense): Heritage Walking Tour Lucknow is not just any other city, but a chapter that unfolds itself each time one visits this epicenter of culture. We have exclusively designed a Heritage Walk, discovering the lanes and the bylanes of Chowk. On this walking tour we explore the unexplored and explain the inexplicable. Understand how vast a history, this city of superlatives holds. History in Lucknow, stretches beyond the concrete walls of its monuments, spreads into the lanes of Lucknow and has many more nuances that can only be understood and appreciated in the lanes and bylanes of Chowk. Heritage Walk is an endeavour of sharing discoveries and knowledge that make Lucknow look so new and fresh every time. Our expert Walk Leaders take you into the bygone era of this city that is a world unto itself.

Optional Tour (at own expense): Culinary Walk Lucknow as a city has carved a niche by attracting gastronomes, for the want of discovering and re-discovering the Awadhi Cuisine. Till date Lucknowites spend the most of their earnings and time on their kitchens. Lucknow is one place that has a full colony of chefs called, ‘Bawarchi Tola’ and then there is a full street, where one can find the best from Lucknow’s very own traditional kitchens.

We take you for this evening walk and make you hop-in, hop-out of the traditional roadside eateries, making you try the best that is on the menu. This is a guided tour with our own set of cutlery and basic dining essentials. It allows you to experience the best of the best, at the unpretentious eateries, without having to worry about how to eat without a fork or to wipe your hands clean after you are done.

Day 20: Lucknow – train-icon– Delhi (B)

After breakfast we have a leisurely morning before making our way to the train station to board our train to Delhi. No trip the India is complete without experiencing a train journey! Without a shadow of a doubt, the best way to see India is not on a plane at 35,000 feet, but at ground level on the incredible Indian railway system. You can safely forget media images of overcrowded suburban trains with people sitting on the roof. On a long distance train in an air-conditioned carriage all seats are reserved and it’s a safe, civilised & comfortable way to get around India. Our train journey to Delhi takes around 7 hours giving you time to watch the world go by.

On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel in Delhi.

Day 21: Delhi –  airplane-takeoff – Australia (B)

After breakfast, the day is at leisure. At the appropriate time, make your way to the airport to board your homeward flight.

Day 22: Australia

Arrive home in Australia today.

 

 

 

 

Inclusions

 

Your package includes return international airfares, accommodation, dedicated tour guides, coach transportation, meals, sightseeing and more…

 

  • Return international airfares departing with a full service airline including 23kgs checked baggage
  • 20 nights (3*) accommodation on a twin share basis in comfortable, well positioned hotels or choose to upgrade to a mix of Standard and Deluxe (3-4*) accommodation.
  • Hassle free return airport transfers including meet & greet
  • Breakfast daily
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transportation
  • The services of a professional English speaking Webjet tour guide throughout entire tour
  • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary

 

 

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  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information: 

  • A deposit of $XXX per person are 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
  • 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 disappointmen

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.

Single Supplement: 

Standard: $1,059 per person in addition to your twin share voucher 
Superior: $1,349 per person in addition to your twin share voucher 

You can purchase you single supplement by clicking here

Group Size: 2 – 30 people

Triple Share: Not available

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

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.

Standard:

Delhi: SK Premium or similar 
Mandawa: Desert & Dunes or similar
Gajner: Gajner Palace or similar
Jaisalmer: Gorbandh Palace or similar 
Jodhpur: Treebo Park Boutique or similar
Udaipur: Rampratap Palace or similar
Jaipur: IBIS or similar
Agra: Taj Villas or similar
Orccha: Orchha Resort or similar
Khajuraho: Syna Heritage or similar 
Allahabad:
Varanasi: Meraden Grand or similar
Lucknow: Golden Tulip or similar
Delhi: Sunstar Grand or similar 

Superior:

Delhi: Radisson Blu PV or similar
Mandawa:  Hotel Sara Villas or similar 
Gajner: Gajner Palace or similar 
Jaisalmer: The Rawalkot or similar 
Jodhpur: Fern Residency or similar 
Udaipur: Fateh Niwas or similar 
Jaipur: Zone by Park or similar 
Agra: Clarks Shiraz or similar 
Orccha: Amar Mahal or similar 
Khajuraho: Ramada or similar 
Allahabad: The Legend or similar 
Varanasi: Grapevine or similar 
Lucknow: Lebua or similar 
Delhi: Pride Aero City or similar 

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

Tipping:

At the start of your tour:

Through our experience we have found that our travellers are often confused, frustrated or embarrassed about tipping, especially if they are unsure of the correct etiquette in the country they are visiting.  To overcome this, we have established an on-tour ‘Tipping Kitty’. Upon meeting your tour guide, they will discuss the idea of having a group pooled kitty, where everyone contributes an equal share. This is to cover small tips made along the way to local services such as porters, railway station assistants (if applicable), restaurants (included meals only), toilet stops,  tips to shoe keepers during temple and monument visit. Your guide will collect this amount at the start of your tour and tip the intended recipient’s on your behalf allowing you to enjoy your experience more freely.

The amount to budget for on this trip for the kitty is: INR 3280 per person

Please note that this doesn’t cover a tip for your tour leader & driver.

Towards the end of your tour:

If you have enjoyed the knowledge, service and expertise of your tour guide and driver a tip (while not compulsory) is appropriate towards the end of your tour. While it may not be customary in Australia, tipping is entrenched into many cultures especially within the tourism industry globally. It helps reward and inspire excellent service. The following is provided to assist our guests, but we leave the decision to provide a gratuity entirely at their discretion:

The group leader: Our past guests have left gratuities based on their overall service of INR 6570 per person for the full tour

The driver & assistant:  Our past guests have left gratuities based on their overall service of INR 2190 per person for the full tour

Gratuities aren’t compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. Your guide will hand around two envelopes towards the end of the tour (1 Tour Guide and 1 Driver envelope) to make the process as easy as possible.

Optional Tours:

Delhi Dinner at local retaurant – $50 per person (approx)
Boat ride on Lake Pichola – $60 per person (approx)
Interaction with an Indian family including dinner –  $75 per person (approx)
Dinner at Sunset Terrace of Fateh Prakash Palace –  $135 per person (approx)

Please refer to the itinerary for more information 

All optional tours are bookable and payable direct with your Tour Guide on tour in local currency.

Subject to minimum numbers.  

Prices quoted in Fine Print are in AUD and are an approximate only.

Please ensure you bring along a photocopy of your Visa and Passport to present to your Tour Guide upon purchase..

Exchanging Money: When exchanging Australian dollars into Indian Rupees or withdrawing funds from an ATM while in India, always retain the transaction receipt. You may be required to present the receipt as proof of withdrawal if purchasing items with cash.

Tour Excludes:

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

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

Travel Insurance: Help cover yourself for the unexpected with great value Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

 

 

Travel Dates

 

Departure Dates:

2019:

07 February
21 February
07 March
21 March
18 April
16 May
27 June
15 August
12 September
26 September
10 October
24 October
14 November

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

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

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BUY NOW button.

 

 

Flight Information

 

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfares from Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane or Perth with China Southern (Malaysian Airlines, Singapore, Cathay Pacific or Etihad if unavailable)
  • Including minimum 23kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. 
  • Flights cannot be used one-way only 

Flights:

  • 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 the itinerary and involve up to 2 transits. These changes are beyond our control and are subject to availability and airline schedule changes.
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing. Passport Details are also required at time of booking in order to confirm your flights.
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable.
  • Flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure, along with final documentation.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules.

Schedule Changes: 

  • Airline schedule changes or cancellations can happen from time to time and are beyond our control. The customer is responsible for reviewing their flight schedule prior to their departure. Webjet Exclusives endeavours to assist customers where possible, however should any change or cancellation occur, please contact your Travel Insurance provider to check whether you are covered by your policy.

Flight Variations:

Option 1: Arrive early and/or extend your stay post tour with the promotional airline

  • A flat fee of $250.00 per person is applied per person should you wish to arrive early and/or extend your stay. Fee is non-negotiable and must be paid before your flight variation can be confirmed.
  • Please select how many days you want to arrive early and/or extend your stay by on your Booking Form. 
  • Flights will arrive into the city as per the tour itinerary and depart from the city as per tour itinerary. Customers cannot choose another airport or city for their arrival and/or departure.
  • All flights will be booked with the promotional airfare available at the time of booking – for your choice of preferred airline or cabin class, please see below.
  • Your fight request is subject to availability and if the promotional airfare is not available, you will be quoted the fare difference in addition to the flat fee.
  • You will be sent an invoice for the additional fee after your booking form has been received. Once this invoice has been paid, your flights will be ticketed based on the days you have requested. Your varied flight itinerary will not be provided in advance of ticketing and once your flights have been ticketed, no further changes can be made.
  • If the invoice is not paid by the expiry date, you will be automatically booked on the promotional airfare for the standard dates of the package.
  • If you are wishing to arrange internal flights, this must be arranged at your own expense. Webjet Exclusives cannot assist with the purchase of additional flights outside of the itinerary.
  • Webjet Exclusives are unable to provide any additional accommodation outside of the tour itinerary and this will need to be arranged at your own expense. By extending your departure date, you will also forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and will need to make your own way to the airport at your own expense.

 Option 2: Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class (where available)

  • A flat fee of $250.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase.
  • If you have a preferred airline for your upgrade quote, please mention this in the Special Request field of your Booking Form. If no specific airline is requested, the best available fare will be quoted to you.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the 2nd Instalment has been paid.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the promotional airfare included in your packages.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

 Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your cabin upgrade, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

Option 3: Choose an alternative airline

  • A flat fee of $250.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to travel with a premium airline for your tour.
  • Please specify your preferred airline in the Special Request field of your booking form.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the 2nd Instalment has been paid.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to confirm your flights as per the tour itinerary.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your airline preference, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

 

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international airfares
  • 20 nights accommodation 
  • Breakfast daily
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transportation
  • The services of a professional Webjet tour guide
  • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • No peak season surcharges! 
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