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Maximum Group Size: 10
Starts in Mumbai on Wednesday 16th October 2013
Finishes in Delhi on Thursday 7th November 2013
Entrance Fees Included for all sites visited as part of the itinerary
Fully Escorted by a representative of Incredible Indian Tours
Cost from AUD3850 per person twin share (Early Bird Special AUD3490 if booked by 31st March 2013)
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|19 nights Hotels||Airport Transfers||2 dinners|
|2 nights overnight train||Train||18 Breakfasts|
|1 night desert camping||Private Bus||2 Lunches|
From the sprawling commercial capital of Mumbai to Rajasthan, the land of the Kings and from the banks of the holy Ganges to the magnificence of the Mughal cities, 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 the Complete Rajasthan on this Small Group Tour, fully escorted within India by a western tour leader with the service of local guides for various activities and sightseeing.
Day 1 Mumbai
Arrival Day. Please arrive in time to meet with the group by Midday when we have a welcome meeting before we head out for lunch and an afternoon of sightseeing.
Day 2 Mumbai
We have another full day to explore 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.
Days 3-4 Udaipur
We take a morning flight to Udaipur. Often called the Romantic city and the Lake City, Udaipur lives up to its name with its white washed havelis ‘private mansions’ and palaces lining the banks of the charming lake Pichola. We visit the City Palace complex (the largest palace complex 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 cruise the lake. Udaipur has on offer plenty of places to try an Ayurvedic Massage, or a Yoga class. Udaipur is a friendly and charming city just made for exploring.
Days 5-6 Mt Abu
We drive 3 hours to Mount Abu where we enjoy the charms of Rajasthan’s only ’Hill Station’ – a place to escape the heat of the plains. Well off the international tourist trail, Mt Abu is popular with Indian tourists and is famous for it’s remarkable Jain Temples. Some great walks and views are to be had in the hills surrounding the town.
Day 7 Bhenswara
A 3 hour drive today brings us to the small hamlet of Bhenswara where we get to spend the night like Maharanis (Queens) in a Heritage Ravla (Castle) 240 years old. We take a jeep safari to nearby villages and meet some of the local tribal people living in this remote part of South-Western Rajasthan.
Days 8-9 Jodphur
Travelling on to Jodhpur and into the Thar Desert we wander the palaces of the magnificent Meherangarh Fort before exploring the markets in the Blue city below. Famous throughout the country for its special Makhani (butter) lassi’s (yoghurt drink), Jodhpur is also where the pants come from.
Days 10-12 Jaisalmer
Like something out of 1001 Arabian nights, Jaisalmer, the Golden City 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 day 10 we head out to the desert on our camel safari. Camping out in the desert is an unforgettable experience, and is sure to be a highlight of your holiday. We return to Jaisalmer mid morning, giving us a day and a half to explore before taking our first overnight sleeper Indian train to Jaipur.
Days 13-14 Jaipur
We arrive very early morning into Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’ and capital of Rajasthan. We stay in the charming Diggi Palace, which has been converted into a Heritage Hotel. Diggi Palace is home to one of Rajasthan’s royal families who still live in and manage the hotel. Amber Fort is a splendid example of Rajput/Moghal architecture and was the old capital of Rajasthan prior to 1727. Perhaps ride an elephant up to Amber Palace like royalty of old.We take a wander through the markets and colourful bazaars of Jaipur and visit the wondrous Jantar Mantar. You have the chance to see the splendid City Palace Museum and the Palace of the Winds. There is free time to explore some of Jaipur’s many sights, or markets. We also experience a Bollywood extravaganza here in Jaipur at the famous Raj Mandir cinema.
Days 15-16 Agra
Leaving Rajasthan, we travel by private vehicles today to Agra. We make a dawn visit to the incomparable Taj Mahal and visit the remarkable Agra Fort and the exquisite ’Baby Taj’.
Days 17-18 Orchha
A 3-4 hour train ride takes us further south to Jhansi, from where we travel a short distance to Orchha. Surrounded by temples and palaces seemingly forgotten by the passage of time, Orchha is a tranquil small town situated on a sparkling river with friendly locals and a fabulous ambiance.
On the evening of day 18 we take an overnight train to Varanasi.
Days 19-20 Varanasi
We arrive mid morning into Varanasi, also known as Benares and Kashi, the City of Light. After transferring to our riverside hotel, we take a walk along the Ghats (steps) on the bank of the Holy Ganges and explore the old city. Varanasi is the holiest place in India for Hindus and abounds with Holy men and Saddhus and holy cows. Whilst in Varanasi, we 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.
Days 21-22 Delhi
We have an afternoon flight into Delhi. Included here is a visit 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. We also pay our respects to the Moghul emperor Humayan, at the spectacular tomb built by his grieving widow in the mid 16th century.
Free time to explore more of Delhi. Perhaps the Red Fort, one of the busy city Temples or the Sikh Gurudwara.
Day 23 Departure Day
There are no organised activities today. You are free to depart at anytime.
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