Tour Details at a glance
21 July - 5 August 2019
16 days / 15 nights
US$2990pp twin share US$3420pp with Optional Single Supplement
Minimum 4, Maximum 10
11 nights Heritage Hotels 4 nights 3-4 star Hotels
Private Air-conditioned minibus Taxis and rickshaws for sightseeing
15 breakfasts 7 lunches 6 dinners
Arrival and departure transfers; Entrance fees to all sights as per the itinerary; Guide fees; Tips and gratuities
Rajasthan Heritage Tour
This is a wonderfully classic trip, taking in the splendour of the Mughal cities of Delhi and Agra and the majesty of Rajasthan, where we experience the spectacular history and heritage of this ‘Land of Kings’. From jeep rides through the tribal villages to boat rides on the romantic Lake Pichola in Udaipur, you will be introduced to some wonderful secrets; Indian cooking, miniature Mughal art, gemstones, tie-dye, folk dancing and turban tying to name a few. The massive forts of Rajasthan, the opulence and splendour of Maharajah’s palaces, and colourful markets and bazaars all make for a trip full of highlights and contrasts. During the monsoon, India’s desert state of Rajasthan comes alive. Come see the Land of Kings at its lushest greenest best.
Experience Incredible India and Rajasthan on this Small Group Tour, fully escorted within India by a western female tour leader and local guides for various activities and sightseeing.
• be part of the craziness and excitement of India’s capital city Delhi
• be left breathless by the unsurpassed Taj Mahal
• explore the palaces and bazaars of Jaipur
• be awed by the medieval splendour of Roopangarh Fort
• spend the night in a heritage castle
• enjoy the beautiful lake city of Udaipur
• art deco beauty of Sardar Samand Heritage Hotel
• be amazed at Jodhpur’s majestic Meherangarh Fort
• wander the untouched town of Khandela n Rajasthan’s Shekhawati district
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Delhi
Arrival Day. No group activities today. In the evening there will be a welcome meeting before dinner.
Hotel: The Visaya or similar
Day 2 Delhi
A full day of sightseeing takes us to Old Delhi, and the markets and bazaars of Chandni Chowk. We also visit the Jama Masjid (the largest Mosque in India), Humayans Tomb and the impressive imperial buildings of New Delhi.
Hotel: The Visaya or similar
Days 4-5 Jaipur
You have another opportunity to visit the Taj Mahal at dawn before a 5 hour drive today toJaipur, 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 wander through the markets and colourful bazaars of Jaipur and have the chance to see the splendidCity 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: Diggi Palace or similar
Day 6 Roopangarh
Roopangarh Fort is a vast war fort and has been over 350 years in the making. Painstakingly restored and renovated as a heritage hotel, you will be awed by the medieval splendour that surrounds the entire fort. We spend the afternoon wandering the charming village, meeting the locals and seeing rural Rajasthani life.
Hotel: Roopangarh Fort
Days 7-8 Bijaipur
At Castle Bijaipur we get to spend the a couple of days 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. You have the option here to take a horse safari into the surrounding countryside, indulge in a massage or just chill by the pool.
Hotel: Castle Bijaipur
Days 9-10 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: Kankarwa Haveli
Day 11 Sardar Samand
A 3-hour drive through the lush forests of southern Rajasthan, Ranakpur is renowned for its exquisitely carved Jain temples. After lunch we head on to Sardar Samand Palace, an art deco heritage hotel built in 1933 as the Maharajah’s hunting retreat. Situated on the banks of the Sardar Samand Lake, the palatial mansion is one of the most beautiful heritage hotels in Rajasthan.
Hotel: Sardar Samand Lake Palace
Day 12 Jodhpur
It is a short journey to Jodhpur where we spend an afternoon wandering the palaces of the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort before exploring the markets in the city below. Famous throughout the country for its special Makhani (butter) lassi’s, Jodphur is also where the pants come from.
Hotel: Haveli Inn Pal or similar
Days 13-14 Khandela
We head east to Khandela, a rural town in the Shekhawati district of north-east Rajasthan untouched by tourists. The local Maharajah only opened his castle to guests a few years ago and there is so much to see and do in this charming town. The castle itself is full of an incredible collection of objects and antiquities that belonged to the Maharajas ancestors and part of the castle is also a local private hospital. We wander the markets, take a trip out to the Raja’s farm, explore the old fort in town and the unique Khandela Dham (temple).
Hotel: Khandela Castle
Day 15 Delhi
We depart at our leisure for the 5 hour road trip, arriving back in Delhi in time for a final night dinner at one of Delhi’s wonderful restaurants.
Hotel: The Visaya or similar
Day 16 Departure Day
There are no organised activities today. You are free to depart at any time.
Minimum 4, maximum 10
16 days 15 nights
Starts and finishes in
Arrival and departure transfers
All accommodation as specified
All transportation between overnight stops and to and from included sightseeing
Entrance fees for all sites listed as part of the itinerary
Meals as specified
Gratuities for hotel staff, drivers and guides
Meals other than those listed
Drinks, meal tips, laundry and other items of a personal nature
Hotels (15 nights),
This tour uses a variety of accommodation. From heritage hotels to staying in forts, palaces and castles, we experience a wide range of accommodation styles. Hotel rooms are twin share with private bathrooms with western style toilets. Although most rooms will be air-conditioned, a few may be fan-cooled.
Optional Single Supplement
If you are a single traveller, you are not required to pay a single supplement as we will match you up with other travelers. However if you do not wish to share accommodation, but would like to guarantee your own room throughout the tour a single supplement of USD430 will be payable.
Private airconditoned minibus, auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws for some sightseeing.
The following is a list of included activities on this trip. Other activities are optional and will be at your own expense.
Jama Masjid, Old Delhi, Humayans Tomb (Delhi)
Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Baby Taj (Agra)
Amber Palace, Jantar Mantar, city walk, Bollywood movie (Jaipur)
Village Walk (Roopangarh)
Village Safari (Bijaipur)
City Palace, Cooking class, Traditional dance show, Lake Cruise (Udaipur)
Ranakpur Jain Temples (Ranakpur)
Meherangarh Fort, Market walk (Jodhpur)
Town walk, Farm visit (Khandela)
15 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 6 DinnersMeals
Traveling with Incredible Indian Tours we ensure that you will experience a vast array of the gustatory treats available in India. Some meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options. This allows you to choose where, and what to eat. More often than not however we eat together as a group. Your leader will offer suggestions for favourite restaurants throughout the trip.
Exchange rates as at April 2018
AUD1 = 50 INR
CAD1 = 51 INR
EUR1 = 80 INR
GBP1 = 93 INR
NZD1 = 44 INR
USD1 = 65 INR
There are many ATM machines (which accept both Cirrus/Maestro debit cards and Visa and MasterCard) throughout India. This is a safe and convenient way to access money in India, however we suggest that you bring a small amount of money in cash (suggested $300) in case there are times that ATMs are not available. The major currencies, including AUD and CAD are no problem in general to exchange. Travellers cheques are no longer commonly accepted. Visa & MasterCard credit cards are accepted in major shops and restaurants in the bigger cities.
Although entrance fees to specified sites are included in the tour price, there are additional sights that you may like to visit. Many sites levy camera fees.
Spending money requirements will differ from one person to the next. You will need to take into consideration your spending habits when allowing for drinks, shopping, and optional activities.
You will need to allow enough money for the following:
Meals – USD200 (or equivalent)
Optional Activities – AUD50 (or equivalent)
Money for drinks, shopping and incidentals.
Tipping is an integral part of Indian life and is essential to a smooth trip. To make things easier, we cover tips for hotel room boys, local guides and for drivers of private transport we use. We do NOT cover restaurant tips. You will need to allow approximately 10-15% on top of your restaurant bill.
Tips—allow AUD30 (or equivalent)
Physical rating 2/5
You may need to carry your bag/pack up and down railway station and hotel stairs. There will be plenty of walking around towns or sites, which due to the warm to hot weather in India at this time of year will make general sightseeing a little more strenuous.
Culture shock rating 3/5
Conditions in India are not always as comfortable as in other countries. You may need to occasionally deal with a squat toilet, cold showers or power failure.
Travel Insurance is highly recommended whilst traveling to India and is compulsory for any group tour with Incredible Indian Tours.
All foreign nationals require a visa to enter India. Most nationalities can apply for an e-Tourist visa. The Indian Government is in the process of extending this e-Tourist facility to more countries so check this website to find out the latest eligibility details.
For the e-Tourist visa, you need to apply within 120 days of travel 60 days validity. The visa is issued online and takes up to 3 days.
Regular tourist visas (issued by the Indian Embassy or Consulate) for those nationalities who do not yet have availability of the e-Tourist facility, or for those who require a visa longer than 60 days, are usually issued for 6 or 12 months and are either Single, Double or Multiple Entry. As the validity begins from date of issue, be sure you do not apply for your visa too early. For information, or assistance with obtaining a visa, check out the following websites.
New Zealand https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html
We recommend that you consult your doctor for current medical travel information about before departure. Your leader will be carrying a basic first aid kit, but we suggest you bring along your own as well as any personal medical requirements .
The following websites have up-to-date information about health requirements.
New Zealand http://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/healthy-living/travelling
Communications / Keeping in touch
Most of our hotels have Wifi, as do many restaurants and cafes. You can also purchase a local prepaid sim card (for unlocked cell phones) and data sticks (for mobile internet on your laptop) easily and inexpensively in India. Recommended are Vodafone, Airtel and Reliance. You will need extra passport photos for this as well as photocopies of your photo and visa page from your passport.
Your tour manager
Your tour manager is there to organise and streamline your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Whilst they are not a guide per se, they will share their local knowledge, give you suggestions for your free time and manage the day to day running of the tour. They will introduce you to their local friends and recommend great local restaurants and experiences. They will have a broad general knowledge of India, so do feel free to tap into their wisdom. At some sites, local guides may be hired where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting.
We believe strongly in responsible travel. This includes being respectful to the local culture (ie dressing appropriately, and learning a few basic cultural do’s and don’ts), being mindful of the environment, and leaving a positive image behind. Remember we are ambassadors for our country. Bringing a few photos of your family and home with you is a great way to interact with the locals by giving them a glimpse of your world whilst you visit theirs.
Joining and finishing hotel
N-82 Panchshil Park
New Delhi 110017
Ph: +91 11 4319 0000
Your airport transfer pickup will await you holding a sign with your name when you exit the baggage claim area of the arrivals hall. There may be large crowds here so please look carefully for your transfer.
Early arrival information
If you are arriving earlier than day 1, extra accommodation in Delhi is available at USD85 Single/Double (or equivalent) per night per room. Please notify us as early as possible if you require extra accommodation as our hotel in Delhi books up well in advance.
For online flight bookings visit: http://www.cleartrip.com/flights
If you are staying on in Delhi after the tour, extra accommodation is available at USD85 Single/Double (or equivalent) per night per room.
What to take
We will be on the move a lot, so try to pack as lightly as possible. The smaller your bag in India the better, as our transports have limited storage space. Do however ensure you have enough room for shopping, so a bag with extra room, or perhaps a 2nd small bag that can be folded up or kept inside your large bag initially could work well.
India is very conservative and we ask that you dress accordingly. As a guideline, shoulders and knees should always be covered. The wearing of shorts is looked upon by locals as akin to wearing your underwear and will limit your entry into mosques, temples and other places of worship. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool. Singlets, tank tops and shorts are not suitable attire for India.
Note that most Indian domestic airlines have recently reduced their check-in baggage allowance to 15kg. If you have heavier luggage, you may need to pay the excess at the airport for your internal flights. Excess luggage charges range from around Rs250-300 (USD 4-5) per kilo.
Upon booking, you will receive a full tour info pack including a suggested packing list an other helpful information on preparing for your trip to India.
Inexpensive laundry facilities are offered by most hotels we use.
The weather during our journey should be great. This is the monsoon season, but in the desert state of Rajasthan, the rains are infrequent, but enough to clear the air, freshen the hills and everything becomes lush and green. Expect the odd shower and occasional short downpour, but the temperatures should remain in the high 20’s low and 30s with very pleasant evenings.
Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance (don’t forget your emergency insurance contact details), air tickets.
Photocopy of above documents
First aid kit
Money: ATM card (widely available and easy to access); credit cards (widely accepted in big cities); cash (for emergencies)
Alarm clock and torch/flashlight
Ear plugs can be useful if you are a light sleeper
Lock for your suitcase or bag
We recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt to store your passport, air tickets, credit cards and cash.
Avoid bringing valuable jewellery with you.
Some hotels we use have safety deposit boxes.
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