Essence of India 2017

Women Only Tour India

“Dear Debbie, thank you so much for an amazing trip. It’s been such fun all the way and brilliantly organised by you. I never thought I would be a tour person but I felt very comfortable, but then I was with some lovely people. Look forward to my next trip in the north with you”

Lucie, South India Jan/Feb 2015

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Our Premier Tour

Maximum Group Size: 10

Starts in Delhi on Thursday 16th November 2017

Finishes in Mumbai on Friday 8th December 2017

Entrance Fees Included for all sites visited as part of the itinerary

Fully Escorted by a representative of Incredible Indian Tours

Cost from USD3840 per person twin share (USD4770 including Optional Single Supplement)

 

.IN THEIR OWN WORDS – Some testimonials from our Guests

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Accommodation Transport Meals
22 nights Hotels Airport Transfers 21 Breakfasts
  Private Mini-Bus 2 Lunches
  Plane 5 Dinners
  Auto Rickshaw  
  Cycle Rickshaw  
  Camel (optional)   

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This is an exciting and classic trip, from the banks of the holy Ganges to the magnificence of the Mughal cities. We experience the land of the Kings – Rajasthan, and Mumbai, the sprawling, commercial capital of India. We will show you the well known and introduce you to some wonderful secrets. The massive forts of Rajasthan, the opulence and splendour of Maharajah’s palaces, markets and bazaars, holy cities, a town seemingly lost in time, a camel safari and a search for the elusive Bollywood star all make for a trip full of highlights and contrasts.

Experience Incredible India and Rajasthan on this Small Group India Tour, fully escorted within India by a western female tour leader with the service of local guides for various activities and sightseeing.

 

Essence of India Group Tour

 

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Itinerary

 

Day 1 Delhi
Arrival Day. After a group meeting at midday to discuss the trip, we spend the afternoon visiting New Delhi’s Rajpath and the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Humayans Tomb.

Hotel: The Hans

 

Day 2 Delhi
This morning we travel to Old Delhi visiting the Jama Masjid, (the largest Mosque in India), the Old Delhi spice market and Chandni Chowk, the busiest marketplace in Asia.
There are many other options here in Delhi – including the Craft Museum, Red Fort, Purana Qila, Qutab Minar and the Lotus Temple.

Hotel: The Hans

 

Days 3-4 Varanasi
A morning flight takes us to Varanasi.
We take a walk along the ghats on the riverbank and explore the old city, enjoy an evening ceremonial “aarti” on the riverbanks and take a dawn boat ride on the Ganges. We visit Sarnath, the site of Buddha’s first sermon and still have plenty of free time to explore the ghats and alleyways of ancient Varanasi.

Hotel: Hotel Banaras Haveli

 

Day 5 Agra
We fly direct to Agra, arriving early afternoon with time to explore some of the remarkable sights of Agra – including the magnificent Red Fort and ‘Baby Taj’.

Hotel: The Retreat 

 

Days 6-8 Jaipur
We have a dawn visit to the truly amazing Taj Mahal before driving to Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’ and capital of Rajasthan. Amber Fort is a splendid example of Rajput/Mughal architecture and was the old capital of Rajasthan prior to 1727. We take a wander through the markets and colourful bazaars of Jaipur and have the chance to see the splendid City Palace Museum and the wondrous Jantar Mantar. There is free time to explore some of Jaipurs many sights, or markets. We also experience a Bollywood extravaganza at the Raj Mandir cinema.

Hotel: Arya Niwas

 

Day 9 Khimsar
We drive west into the Thar desert today, stopping near Nagaur for the night at the grand heritage hotel of Khimsar Fort.

Hotel: Khimsar Fort

 

Days 10-11 Jaisalmer

Like something out of 1001 Arabian nights, Jaisalmer is both exotic and mysterious with a unique fort, which unlike all others in India is still lived in, and accommodates a quarter of the towns population.
We wander the ancient streets of the fort and the town, visiting the intricately carved sandstone havelis (merchant’s mansions) and temples. Jaisalmer is famed for its handicrafts and there are many wonderful shops in the bazaar.

On the afternoon of day 11 we head out to the desert for a short camel safari followed by dinner in the desert.

Hotel: Nachana Haveli

 

Days 12-13 Jodhpur

Travelling on to Jodhpur we explore the palaces of the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort and the colourful markets in the city below. Famous throughout the country for its special Makhani (butter) lassi’s, Jodphur is also where the pants come from. We also take a jeep tour around some traditional Rajasthani villages and visit local handicraft makers.

Hotel: Haveli Inn Pal

 

Days 14-15 Pushkar

The mellow and friendly Pushkar is a firm favourite with travellers and modern-day hippies. Picturesquely situated around a holy lake lined with whitewashed temples and ghats, Pushkar comes alive for a week every November with the annual Camel Fair when tens of thousands of people and camels descend on the small town.

Hotel: Pushkar Palace

 

Days 16-17 Bijaipur
We head to the south-eastern corner of Rajasthan to Castle Bijaipur where we get to spend the night living like Maharajahs (and Maharanis). The Castle is still run by the local rulers, who take us out on a village safari to experience tribal village life Rajasthani style.

Hotel: Castle Bijaipur

 

Days 18-20 Udaipur
A short journey brings us to Udaipur. Often called the romantic city, Udaipur lives up to its name with its white washed havelis and palaces lining the banks of the charming lake Pichola. We visit the City Palace complex (one of the largest palace complexes in India) and take in a classic Rajasthani Dance show. We wander the local markets and learn how to make a sensational Indian curry. Why not try your hand at a spot of miniature painting or discover the lake on an afternoon cruise. Udaipur is a friendly and charming city just made for exploring.

Hotel: Udai Kothi 

 

Days 21-22 Mumbai
A morning flight to Mumbai will have us in our hotel in Mumbai in time for a late lunch. There’s lots to see and experience in Mumbai, the exciting and frantic commercial capital of India, where we visit some of the sights including the Gateway of India, Dhobi (laundry) washers and Chowpatty beach.

Hotel: Residency Hotel 

 

Day 23 Departure Day
There are no organised activities today. You are free to depart at anytime.

 


 

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