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North India Solo Travel Tours

Discover North India on this small group tour that explores New Delhi, Agra, Ranthambhore, Jaipur, Pushkar, Jodhpur and Udaipur

Get ready to visit palaces, hill forts, aromatic spice markets, seek out tigers, and walk around local bazaars. You will move from bustling cities like New Delhi to the harsh yet beautiful landscapes of the Thar Desert that surround Jodhpur, and will get a first-hand view of the local history, culture, and architecture of this stunning region of India.

TRAVEL TIP: Travel the seasons in North India outside the months April to September when temperatures/very hot are high

HIGHLIGHT - 'FESTIVAL OF HOLI'  March 2023

The annual festival of colours is Holi. Witness the Holi Festival, a vibrant and colourful experience, and one of India’s major festivals.


Solo Travel India (but not alone)

The tour will travel by road and plane. Whilst much of the tour will take place on dry land, you will also take to the water to cruise over the glassy Lake Pichola and enjoy boat rides on the iconic waterway, The Ganges.

This India solo travel package includes an internal flight to reduce road travel on the return from Udaipur to Delhi, air conditioned vehicles, and boat travel.  Get ready to discover all the key sights in diverse and vibrant Northern India.

A major highlight is the option to extend your visit either with a trip to Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India. And of course, if time permits choose both.

This is a boutique small solo traveller group tour. 

** We’ve selected travel dates that avoid the mid year high temperatures of the Indian summer in our tour region **

VARANASI EXTENSION
Don’t miss Varanasi when you visit North India with this highly recommended extension tour after your Discover North India tour. Our past travellers have all claimed it as one of their favourite visits to India, and we agree.

PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    14 Days
  • Status:
    Early bird offer
  • Region:
    Asia
  • Destinations:
    India
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices from:
    AUD$5145 own room
  • Transport:
    Air
  • Pace:
    3
  • Max Group Size:
    16
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'The India trip was fantastic. We saw the best of Northern India in good company and with a very knowledgeable guide and a driver that made us all laugh. India can be confronting for some but we always felt safe and well looked after. One of the best trips I have ever taken!'

Marilyn, 62 years, Melbourne

'A good value for money holiday led by an efficient tour guide.'

David, 68 years, Sydney, NSW
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VARANASI 'SPIRITUAL CAPITAL OF THE WORLD'

Uncover the highlights of the spiritual capital of the world, Varanasi as a post tour extension to our Discover North India tour for solo travellers. There is a maximum of 16 solo travellers this extension option.

INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS: DISCOVER NORTH INDIA 

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 13 nights hotel stays (most 4-5 stars)
  • 13 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 12 dinners including 3 highlight dinners 

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

  • English speaking national group tour leader escorting the group
  • Tours and excursions as per the itinerary
  • Entry fees for visits as detailed by the itinerary
  • Additional local guides as indicated by the itinerary

TRAVEL

  • 1 internal flight Udaipur to Delhi 
  • Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Rickshaw ride at Delhi
  • 2 jungle safaris, Ranthambhore
  • 2 jeep rides
  • Boat ride, Udaipur
  • Arrival and departure airport transfer #

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • All applicable taxes in India
  • Best of small group touring, maximum group size 16

 

NOTES

  • # Airport transfers require that you are joining group services arranged with us
  • Tipping Fund payable day 1 of tour USD60 (or equivalent in local currency)
  • Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining and is in addition to the price

OPTIONAL EXTENSION: VARANASI 3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS

ACCOMMODATION, MEALS & GUIDE

  • 2 nights hotel stays 
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 dinners
  • English speaking group tour leader 

TRANSPORT

  • Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Rickshaw ride Varanasi
  • Boat rides on The Ganges river, Varanasi
  • Airport transfers 

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • All monument entrance fees
  • Tours and excursions as per itinerary
  • All applicable taxes in India

Tipping Fund payable day 1 of tour USD10 (or equivalent in local currency)


NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfares to/from Delhi
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Tips not specified 
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

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VARANASI 3 DAY/2 NIGHT EXTENSION

AUD $990

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS - DISCOVER NORTH INDIA

  • A mix of activities in both Old and New Delhi
  • A rickshaw tour of Old Delhi including Chandani Chowk market
  • A guided tour of the mighty Taj Mahal in Agra
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site, Agra Fort
  • Two jeep safaris of Ranthambhore National Park, seeking out tigers in their natural habitat
  • Exploring the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur
  • Visit The Birla Temple of Jaipur
  • Tour the magnificent Amber Fort & City Palace, Jaipur
  • Enjoy a hosted dinner by a local family and a cooking demonstration
  • Visit old bazaars and local markets
  • The ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur
  • Take a jeep safari to Bishnoi village, a community rich in the culture of Rajasthani life
  • Visit Ranakpur, and incredible Jain temple
  • Tour Mehrangarh Fort that dates to the 15th century
  • Travel to the ‘Venice of the East’, Udaipur
  • Relax on a boat tour on Lake Pichola, Udaipur
  • Dinner overlooking the famous lakes and palaces of Udaipur
  • Highlight 5 star resort stays
  • Enjoy a small group experience only for solo travellers

    HOLI
  • March departure - experience a traditional Holi Festival – Festival of Colour in Vrindavan

 

POST TOUR OPTIONAL EXTENSION:  VARANASI
3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

Highly recommend as an extension tour after your 13 day Discover North India tour. Varanasi, the Spiritual capital of India.  We say it’s a ‘Don’t Miss’ highlight of any visit to North India and our past travellers agree!  

For full details see below at end of the Discover North India Itinerary.

DISCOVER NORTH INDIA

DAY 1

Arrive to New Delhi

Welcome to India! Arrive at Delhi Indira Gandhi (IGI) International Airport. You will be greeted and transferred to our group hotel in New Delhi, the bustling capital city of India. The afternoon and evening are at leisure.

Meals:  N/A

 

DAY 2

Explore New Delhi

Start the day by enjoying breakfast at your leisure at our hotel. This will be followed by a morning group briefing. This will give you the opportunity to discuss the tour details with your tour leader, and ask any general questions.

Today you will be taken back in time to the ancient walled city of Old Delhi, also known as ‘Shahjahanaabad’, which dates from the 17th century. You will explore the spectacular Jama Masjid or ‘Friday Mosque’, built by Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor also famous for his construction of the mighty Taj Mahal at Agra.

From Jama Mosque, you will move onto a rickshaw tour of Old Delhi, the highlight of which will be a trip to the sprawling Chandani Chowk market. In the days of old, the markets were flanked with canals to reflect the moonlight. Chandni Chowk is full to the brim of exquisite Indian fabrics, gold and silver ware, and aromatic spices. Enjoy this riot of colours and mouth-watering smells from the comfort of your own traditional cycle rickshaw, designed to give you a front row seat to see life in Old Delhi.

Having worked up an appetite perusing the local flavours at Chandni Chowk, there’s a lunch break before we continue with afternoon sightseeing.

We will visit Raj Ghat, the final resting place of Mahatma Ghandi, set on the banks of the Yamuna River. This revered spot and pilgrimage site is marked with a black marble tomb and an eternal flame that burns next to picturesque lawns. You will then end the afternoon with a city orientation tour that includes the famous Delhi Gate that links Old Delhi with New Delhi. This evening dinner is at our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Morning group tour briefing
  • Explore the spectacular Jama Masjid.
  • Rickshaw tour of Old Delhi
  • Visit Raj Ghat, the resting place of Mahatma Ghandi,
  • A city orientation tour
  • Dinner is at our hotel

DAY 3

Delhi - Agra

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Agra, the city of the Taj. We visit Agra Fort, an UNESCO World Heritage site and the sister monument to the Taj Mahal.

In the afternoon visit Sadar Bazaar and textile showrooms to discover the best of local Indian arts, crafts, and food. The bazaar features aromatic sweet shops, leather handicrafts, and beautiful marble work, said to be the best in all of India. [travellers can choose to opt out of the bazaar and showroom visits]

In the evening, you will enjoy a walk along the serene banks of the Yamuna River to witness the splendour of the unparalleled Taj Mahal from the riverside from Mehtab Bagh before you get to explore it up close on another visit.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel to Agra
  • Visit Agra Fort
  • Visit Sadar Bazaar & textile showrooms (optional)
  • An evening stroll to see the Taj Mahal
  • Dinner at our hotel

 

DAY 4

Agra |  The Festival of Holi (March)

Experience the festival of colours, Holi, arguably one of the most popular festivals of India. Resplendent with vibrant energy, Holi is not just a splash of colours but a myriad of experiences.

India’s most vivid, joyous festival; Holi

It’s a day to celebrate the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring and a time to play with colours. It’s a day of festivities for locals and tourists are welcomed to take part in this annual celebration – it’s playful, a day to forgive and forget, and repair broken relationships.

Holi Encounter Travel

What to Expect: people celebrate Holi by splashing water and smearing each other with colours, while dancing and singing. People usually wear white on Holi just so that have all the different shades of Holi colours stand out on their clothes.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Dinner at our hotel

HOLI INCLUSIONS

  • A pair of kurta – Pyjama
  • Playing with herbal colours & pichkaris (water gun)
  • The cultural event
  • Lunch
  • Bottle of beer

SPECIAL NOTES
Revel in the burst of colour.  It should be clothing you are happy to discard or otherwise protect your clothing. Also bring plastic cover for your camera equipment.  Make sure that your face is well oiled before and after the play, and it’s a good ideas to paint your nails so that they remain protected and don’t get coloured! Oil your hair well, so that colour doesn’t stick on your hair and can be washed off easily later.

Most import of all – have fun and enjoy the spirit of Holi.

 

DAY 5

Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Ranthambhore 

Get ready for entry to the Taj Mahal when the gates first open to beat the crowds and explore this 17th century wonder on a guided tour. The structure is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you will get to spend time marveling at the ornate inner decorations as well as meandering in the abundant flower gardens studded with water features that are said to be modelled on the rivers of Paradise. You will then return to your hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast depart for Ranthambhore.  Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri the imperial city of the Mughal dynasty built by Akbar.  Ranthambhore - famous for the wildlife sanctuary which is said to have the India’s friendliest Tigers and also considered to be the best place in the world to photograph the tiger in its natural habitat, also a wonderful place for bird watching.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Dawn visit and guided tour of the Taj Mahal
  • Travel to Ranthambhore
  • Visit Fatehpur Sikri the imperial city of the Mughal dynasty built by Akbar.
  • Dinner at our hotel

 

DAY 6

Ranthambhore

Today we make the most of our visit to Ranthambhore National Park with an early morning and late evening jungle safari for the best chance to see the rare Indian tigers in full glory.  In more recent years the park as stated an increase in the tiger population making tiger sightings more likely than before.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Morning and evening jungle safari
  • Lunch and dinner at our hotel 

DAY 7

Ranthambhore – Jaipur (The Pink City)

Today, depart for Jaipur, also known as the ‘Pink City’, and the capital of the state of Rajasthan in the north of India. On arrival to Jaipur we will check into our hotel.  In evening visit The Birla Temple to attend, originally known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, this temple is a proud architectural landmark of Jaipur. Built in pure white marble, the Birla Temple is unlike the traditional ancient Hindu temples, and is built with a modern approach.
After our Birla Temple visit, we return to our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel to Jaipur
  • Evening visit The Birla Temple
  • Dinner at our hotel

DAY 8

Jaipur

Get ready for an early start as you set out on a trip to Amber Fort that sits atop a hill in the town of Amer, just outside of Jaipur. A place of great historical significance in India, the fort looks out over Maota Lake, and is famous for its Hindu design aesthetic. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is part of a group known as the Hill Forts of Rajasthan.

Later, there is a guided tour of City Palace, a majestic complex that is known for its stunning palaces, courtyards, gardens, and other administrative buildings that date from the 18th century. 

In the early evening, get a chance to visit the old city bazaars, which are found within the ancient walled part of the city. The bazaars showcase the best of the region’s handicrafts including jewellery, metalwork, textiles, utensils, traditional footwear and pottery, where bargaining is considered an essential skill when making a purchase.

SPECIAL HIGHLIGHT:
DINNER AT AN INDIAN FAMILY’S HOME & COOKING DEMONSTRATION
For a truly unforgettable experience in the evening, you will join a cooking demonstration of Indian cuisine that will take you through the importance and uses of local ingredients, and teach you how to whip up some staple Indian dishes. The cooking demonstration will be followed by dinner.

Meal: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • A trip to Amber Fort
  • Guided tour of City Palace
  • Visit the old city bazaars
  • Highlight evening, dinner with at the home of a local family with cooking demonstration 

 

DAY 9

Pushkar – Jodhpur (The Blue City)

After breakfast drive to Pushkar. Later in the day, a city tour of Pushkar, a city known as one of the important places of Hindus. The tour includes a drive around Pushkar Lake and a visit to see the outside of Brahma Temple.

Meal: Breakfast, Dinner


DAY 10

Pushkar – Jodhpur (The Blue City)

Today we will travel to the city of Jodhpur that sits in the imposing Thar Desert. Jodhpur is often referred to by locals as ‘Sun City’ so get ready for some sunshine and blue skies. The city is studded with decorated palaces, crumbling forts, and elaborate temples. Jodhpur is also known as the ‘Blue City’. The traditional blue buildings are dotted around Mehrangarh Fort.

In the afternoon there will be a market visit for you to experience the local culture first-hand and peruse the high quality textiles, handicrafts, and exquisite footwear that comes in a range of flamboyant colours and styles.

SPECIAL HIGHLIGHT:
JEEP SAFARI TO BISHNOI VILLAGE
In the evening we take a Jeep Safari to Bishnoi village. The Bishnoi’s are a community of Rajasthan who are famous for their rich cultural Rajasthani Life and their love of nature and animals. Our memorable jeep outing will take us through various traditional villages, witnessing local handicrafts such as shoemakers, pottery, hand weaving; men in their traditional attire and women clad with ancestral silver jewellery.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel to Jodphur
  • Afternoon market visit
  • Jeep safari to Bishnoi Village
  • Dinner at our hotel

DAY 11

Jodhpur 

Start the day with a visit to Mehrangarh Fort that dates from the 15th century and is located atop a hill that offers amazing views of the city. The fort is encircled by fortified walls, and the interior includes palaces, rambling gardens, and courtyards. The visit includes a guided tour so that you can learn all about the historical significance of the fort.

In the afternoon, we visit Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, Asia’s most opulent royal abode. The palace is still the private residence of the Jodhpur royal family, and you can visit the large on site museum as part of the tour. There’s also the chance to take in the local atmosphere of Jodhpur and wander the old city cobblestone streets lined with markets and bazaars.  

HIGHLIGHT DINNER:
A superb dinner setting this evening with captivating views of the majestic Mehrangarh Fort. Enjoy an indulgent meal this evening at a beautiful heritage hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Visit Mehrangarh Fort
  • Visit Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum,
  • Wander through the the old city streets, markets and bazaars
  • Highlight dinner overlooking the Fort

DAY 12

Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur (Venice of the East)

We will leave Jodhpur early to travel to Udaipur. This will be one of the longer travel days while on tour. Enroute visiting Ranakpur “famous for Jain Temples with intricate carvings”. Guides are not allowed inside the temples but audio guides are available at the entrance (a small fee for the audio guide is payable directly to the temple).

We will arrive at our hotel in the afternoon and have time to relax before our dinner at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel to Udaipur
  • Visit Ranakpur, famous for the Jain temples
  • Dinner at our hotel

DAY 13

Udaipur

We will start the day with a morning guided tour of the City Palace complex and adjoining museums. The former residence of a long lineage of Rajasthan kings, the palace is notable due to its ornate style and intricate attention to detail. As you wander the palace grounds, look out for beautiful views of Lake Pichola below.

After our City Palace visit we take a boat tour on Lake Pichola to take in the scenery, followed by a drive up to Monsoon Palace. The palace gets its name due to the fact that it was built mainly as an observation point for monsoon clouds, and James Bond fans may recognise it from the film Octopussy.

Later today we make some market and bazaar visits.

SPECIAL HIGHLIGHT:
SUNSET TERRACE DINNER OVERLOOKING THE PALACES & LAKES OF UDAIPUR

In the evening you will dine whilst overlooking the palaces and lakes of Udaipur. This is a truly unique experience and will make an unforgettable end to your trip to Udaipur.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Tour the City Palace complex and adjoining museums.
  • Boat tour on Lake Pichola
  • Drive up to Monsoon Palace
  • Highlight farewell dinner 

DAY 14

Udaipur

Breakfast at the hotel and the morning is free for leisure activities. In the afternoon we transfer to the airport to board the flight to Delhi. Upon arrival remain in transit to board the flight for onward destination, or onward arrangements to Varanasi if you have opted to extend your stay (highly recommended).

Meals: Breakfast

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Transfer to Udaipur airport
  • Flight from Udaipur to Delhi

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POST TOUR OPTIONAL EXTENSION:  VARANASI
3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

Highly recommend as an extension tour after your 13 day Discover North India tour. Varanasi, the Spiritual capital of India.  We say it’s a ‘Don’t Miss’ highlight of any visit to North India and our past travellers agree!

This is a boutique deluxe small group solo travel tour.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Home to the Ganges, witness life along the Ganges
  • Sunrise boat trip along the Ganges witnessing the morning bathing rituals and famous cremations
  • Explore Varanasi on a walking tour, meandering lanes and winding through markets
  • Take a rickshaw ride through the old city
  • Visit Sarnath, where Buddha preached his first sermon after getting enlightenment.
  • Enjoy a a sunset boat trip to witness the Aarti Fire Ceremony
  • Enjoy the taste delights of a local Thali dinner 

DAY 1  (day 14 of Discover North India)

New Delhi - Varanasi

Arriving from Udaipur to Delhi Indira Gandhi (IGI) International Airport (the end of your travels through Rajasthan, on Discover North India), connect to a short domestic flight to the city of Varanasi. 

Varanasi is known as the holiest city in India. Varanasi is home to the magnificent Ganges River, and is an important place of worship in Hinduism and Jainism. It is also said to be the city where Buddha founded Buddhism.

The group will be met at Varanasi airport and transferred to the hotel. There will be free time to relax and rest before joining together for dinner at the hotel.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2 (day 15 of Discover North India)

Varanasi

Get ready for an early start to witness the sunrise with a boat trip on the Ganges to watch the morning bathing rituals and famous cremations. It’s a spectacle to behold and a tour highlight. We return to the hotel for breakfast after the boat ride.

Later this morning, explore Varanasi on a walking tour of the old city and its famous lanes that wind through traditional markets, the labyrinth of laneways and local spots of interest. The tour will end with a cycle rickshaw tour to explore more of the old city.

Varanasi is known for its fine quality silks, Benaras Hindu University, being one of the largest residential universities in Asia and ‘paan’, which is a preparation combining betel leaf with areca nut, and sometimes tobacco. Paan is chewed for its stimulant and psychoactive effects.  In the afternoon, we tour a silk and textile weaving showroom to experience first-hand how these exquisite fabrics are produced.  (If you don’t feel like going shopping, then there is the option to opt out. And we will transfer to you the Hotel).

There is an afternoon excursion to Sarnath, nearby to Varanasi. This is where the Buddha preached his first sermon after getting enlightenment.  You will end the day with a sunset boat trip to witness the Aarti Fire Ceremony, a religious ritual in Hinduism in which torches or candles containing ghee or camphor are set alight and presented as offerings to the deities.

HIGHLIGHT DINNER
After witnessing this ceremonial spectacle, we head out for a traditional North Indian meal named Thali. Diners will get to sample a variety of small local dishes as part of the traditional Thali set, including curries, yoghurts, and chutneys.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 3 (day 16 of Discover North India)

Varanasi – New Dehli

Your visit to Varanasi comes to an end after breakfast.  The group is transferred to Varanasi airport for the flight to Dehli, and then connecting to your flight home or other onward journey.

FREE TIME EXTRAS
Start the day in Varanasi with the (optional activity) of an early morning Surya Namaskar yoga class. The class will be held near the iconic Varanasi Ghats, the stone steps leading down to the Ganges that are used by those wishing to bathe or worship in the sacred waters. (Sign up and payment for the class can be made directly to your tour leader).

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS - DISCOVER NORTH INDIA

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights

Delhi

Radisson Blu Paschim Vihar  ** 5 star stay

2

Agra

Crystal Sarovar  ** 5 star stay

2

Ranthambhore

Tiger Den Resort

2

Jaipur

Royal Orchid Tonk Road

2

Pushkar

Ananta Spa & Resort   ** 5 star highlight resort stay

1

Jodphur

Park Plaza

2

Udaipur

The Ananta Udaipur   ** 5 star highlight resort stay

2

HOTEL - VARANASI EXTENSION

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights

Varanasi

Radisson Varanasi

2


Hotels may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided

Lobby, Park Plaza Hotel, Jodphur

Lobby, Park Plaza Hotel, Jodphur

Tiger Den, Ranthambore

Tiger Den, Ranthambore

Park Plaza, Jodphur

Park Plaza, Jodphur

RADISSON BLU PASCHIM VIHAR, DELHI

A 5 star hotel located in West Delhi’s Paschim Vihar neighborhood, the Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Paschim Vihar provides upscale accommodations. The hotel places you within easy reach of popular markets and shopping centres like Rajouri Garden and Pacific Mall Tagore Garden, and the classic attractions of Old Delhi are about a 35-minute drive away. Enjoy the outdoor infinity pool for a soothing swim and views of the city. If you need a meal, a snack, or a relaxing drink, drop by one of the four on-site restaurants and bars.

Wi-Fi: free 

CRYSTAL SAROVAR, AGRA

In the heart of Agra, with enchanting views of the Taj Mahal. The hotel has three dining choices, a fine dine restaurant, an open-air grill place, and a bar. A large number of facilities such as a fitness centre, spa, swimming pool, and travel desk are offered.  The hotel is close to major tourist spots of Agra like Akbar's Tomb, Agra Fort, and artisan markets.

Wi-Fi: available

THE TIGER DEN RESORT, RANTHAMBHORE

Tiger Den Resort, nestled in the lap of nature provides a sublime setting. Inspired by nature and its charismatic beauty ensures your comfort by providing ethnic interiors for you to enjoy the tranquil surroundings. Rooms are provided with large windows to let guests enjoy the panoramic overview of its surroundings. The cottages are scattered in its vast premiseS and is wonderfully surrounded with flora and fauna. Rooms include air conditioning, ensuite bathroom, hot & cot water, complimentary toiletries, separate setting area, housekeeping, telephone writing table, tea/coffee, fridge, hair dryer.

ROYAL ORCHID TONK ROAD, JAIPUR

Located in the heart of Jaipur, in close proximity to all key tourist spots in Jaipur including Hawa Mahal. The hotel features 139 suites and rooms, and three food and beverage outlets including Limelight – a multi-cuisine coffee shop, Salsa – a lounge bar, and Tiger Trail. Hotel Royal Orchid also features a rooftop swimming pool and fitness Centre.

Wi-Fi: Free in rooms

ANANTA SPA & RESORT, PUSHKAR

A 5 star resort guarded by the magnificent Aravalli Hills and lush greenery on all sides, Ananta Spa & Resort Pushkar is a blissful getaway in Pushkar with postcard views. Spread across an expansive area of 11 acres, including 3 sophisticated and splendid dining options.

Wi-Fi: available

PARK PLAZA, JODHPUR

A full service 4 star hotel including an onsite restaurant, pub and onsite fitness centre and a swimming pool.

Wi-Fi: free

THE ANANTA, UDAIPUR

A 5 star hotel, set against a breathtaking backdrop of the Aravalli Hills, sprawling across 90 acres of lush greenery including an outdoor swimming pool and a rejuvenating spa. Enjoy a unique escape in the beautiful City of Lakes. 

VARANASI - EXTENSION

RADISSON, VARANASI

This 5 star hotel is situated in what is considered the spiritual capital of India, Radisson Hotel Varanasi is ideally located for visiting nearby shrines and temples. The hotel lies less than four miles from the River Ganges and the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, also known as the “Golden Temple.” At the hotel, you can enjoy a restful sleep in the comfortable rooms.


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GETTING THERE

Discover North India
Starts: Delhi, India
Ends: Delhi, India 

Optional Extension:  Varanasi
Starts: Varanasi, India
Ends: Varanasi, India

First Day Information
We meet all flights with an arrival airport transfer from Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi to the group hotel. The rest of day and evening is at leisure. See below for details.

Final Day Information
There are no tour excursions on the final day. An airport transfer is included to meet your departure flight. 

Hotel Check In/Out Times
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure. If you arrive prior to the check in time, the hotel will store your luggage until the check in time and can also store your luggage until you are ready to depart for your onward journey.

Hotel check in:  most hotels have check in from 2PM or 3PM
Hotel check out: most hotels require check out by 10AM or 11AM

AIRPORT TRANSFERS
Airport Transfers are included on arrival and departure given that;

  • you arrive on day 1 of the tour and/or depart on the final day of the tour, or
  • you have extended your stay and you have booked the pre or post tour group hotel with us as part of your tour package.

If you are making your own flight arrangements, we require your flight itinerary no later than 35 days priors to travel, even if you are not making airport transfer arrangements with us. If not provided within the required timeframe, you forfeit the airport transfers or additional fees may be incurred for the service.

note: if you have extended your stay by your own arrangement transfers cannot be provided, and are by your own arrangement.

FLIGHT INFORMATION
As an Australian travel company we can provide flight assistance for flights originating from Australia. If joining the tour from outside Australia we recommend making your own flight arrangements or to use the service of a travel advisor located within your country of residence for access to best fares.

VISA/ENTRY INFORMATION
See 'VISA/ENTRY' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below. 

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience. 

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum of 16 travellers. This is a Solos Only tour (couple free). You are welcome to join with a friend, but couples do not join this tour.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
This is a medium paced tour with some full days and other half days of sightseeing. You will require reasonable fitness, enough for the tolerance of daily walking, hot weather and some days with long hours of travel by road. There’s also some early starts for some the sightseeing inclusions.

India is a vast country and not dissimilar to Australia to travel between major destinations there is some decent travel time by road – please be prepared for the road travel.

You need to let go of your western ways and let things happen as they do in India. These types of things are part of parcel of any travel in a 3rd world country.  Please advise us in advance if you have any health issues or are taking any form of medication as this is a strict condition of travel that this information is provided to us at the time of booking. All is confidential. 

Travellers of 70 years or over, or if  with pre existing medical conditions, may be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor. More Information > Visit Travel Fitness

TIPPING
Tipping is not included in your tour package. It’s customary to tip tour service personnel including your group tour leader, driver, local guides, restaurant staff, and hotel porters. It’s also appreciated to leave small tips for room attendants and restaurant wait staff. 

A tipping fund is payable by each passenger at the beginning of the tour. Your group tour leader will take care of tipping service personnel.  The fund does not cover tips for your group tour leader. As tipping is customary, please recognise your tour leader’s good service, and tip them at the completion of your tour.

ABOUT THE MEALS    
It’s regular that our trips include a number of group dining experiences.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures. Daily breakfast is included and other meals as specified by the itinerary.

Meals are Indian cuisine. If you do not like Indian food you will have limited choices in most destinations except most breakfasts have some western choices. There are meal options that are tasty but not overly hot in taste but spices are used in the majority of Indian meals. To a western palette it may seem repetitious if you are not accustomed to eating a lot of Indian food. This is all part of the experience – to eat like a local.

Drinks, tea/coffee are not included with meals.

About the Food in India
The traditional cuisine of North India is Hindu vegetarian. Whilst meat is available at many higher end hotels, we encourage travellers to eat the wide range of delicious vegetarian dishes available. In many parts of Indian, Hindu vegetarian meals are the standard and they this means no fish, chicken, pork, beef or mutton (goat). 

We advise travellers against street food, particularly with meat, and that you only dine at places that are recommended by your guide or escort/leader.  By following best advice it’s far less likely that you will become unwell with any stomach complaints.

Food of Kerala
If including the pre tour visit to Kerala, expect the food of Kerala to be more spicy that the north. Some dishes may be more spicy than the western palette is accustomed too – take care when you choose your dishes – you may find some curries packed full of spice that take you by surprise.

About the Water in India
Due to poor quality of drinking water in India, you must only drink bottled water and only bottled water from reliable sources. Also, use bottled water for brushing teeth. Most hotels have bottled water included in the room for the purpose of brushing teeth.

About Special Diets
Please be sure to advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. We always do our best to accommodate special diet needs and in most cases, special dietary needs can be met. However, in some destinations the variety of choice for certain special diets may be limited. If you are concerned please check with us before you book.

GROUP GUIDE
This is a private group tour with a local English speaking group escort and a driver. The driver may have limited or less than fluent levels of English. The role of your group tour leader is to lead the group, take charge of all the trip logistics on tour, and of course, make sure the trip runs as smoothly as possible so ultimately you have the best possible experience. From time to time, as is the nature of travel, ‘hiccups’ can occur, such as unexpected delays to due to traffic congestion, unexpected weather conditions that make a change of plans necessary, and many other things that go hand in hand with travel. In these circumstances your group leader will do their utmost to make the best possible alternative plans – please be ready to accept that these situations are out of the control of anyone and trust in your group leader to assist as best as possible.

TRANSPORT
Transport is by private air conditioned vehicles.   As a guide, sightseeing and excursions are by an 18-seater air conditioned mini-coach for up to 15 passengers. Where the group reaches 16 passengers, a 27-seater air-conditioned coach is utilised.

Throughout the tour there will be some leisurely boat trips and two jeep safaris.

About The Road Transport
While on the road, commuting from one destination to another, driving is generally at around 75-80 kilometres per hour on the main highways. The speed is slower on lesser roads and through towns, and it’s not uncommon to be travelling at only 40-50 kilometres per hour. It’s a slower pace than what we are accustomed to in countries like Australia, New Zealand and other western countries.  Furthermore, the driving style is different. There is a lot of overtaking of slower vehicles, more ‘honking of horns’ and at times what may feel like a precarious situation to westerners. Tour drivers are very experienced and well adept to managing this driving style. For anyone anxious about this, you should talk to us before you confirm your booking.

TOUR LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
Luggage is limited to one medium size suitcase per person up to 20kg, the sum of its length/width and depth not to exceed 140cm (56") plus an overnight bag (airline bag size) which may be carried on board the vehicle. If your luggage exceeds this limit, we ask that you make alternative arrangements for the excess to be forwarded to the termination point of your tour. We suggest you have wheels on your suitcase, as there are certain places where assistance is not available.

Internal flights in India
The standard inclusion for checked luggage is 15kg. As many travellers in our groups exceed this we pay extra to include up to 20kg of checked luggage on internal flights where available.

Internal Airline Luggage Limits
For airline luggage information and restrictions refer to your airline for details.  If you are flying business class to reach India, although your luggage limits exceed 20kg, the tour limit needs to be adhered to, and not exceed 20kg.

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET
You may like to purchase a prepaid sim card to take with you while travelling. Otherwise, ask your phone provider about International Roaming packages/offers for your mobile phone. 

SIM cards or international roaming packages can be good options to keep in touch with friends and family back home.  Be sure the sim card you purchase will cover all the countries you are travelling to.  

Many hotels these days offer WiFi—some for free, others for a modest fee.

WhatsApp
If you don’t already use this service, we recommend downloading this application also. It’s a mobile phone App that offers fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free (data charges may apply – ask your phone provider).

As a general indication, for many of our tours, our guides use WhatsApp to communicate with the group.

TRAVEL GUIDE QUICK FACTS
Visit our Travel Guide page on our website for destination information.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'The India trip was fantastic. We saw the best of Northern India in good company and with a very knowledgeable guide and a driver that made us all laugh. India can be confronting for some but we always felt safe and well looked after. One of the best trips I have ever taken!'

Marilyn, 62 years, Melbourne

'A good value for money holiday led by an efficient tour guide.'

David, 68 years, Sydney, NSW

'This is definitely for those who seek an Indian holiday that will take you out of your comfort zone and visit all those places that you have learned and wondered so much about. For those of us who seek that ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!'

Gayle, QLD
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