Best of North India
Witness the grandeurs of North India! On this journey you will be able to watch the sun rise and set over the holy Ganges and Lake Pichola in Udaipur. Travel by train to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, experience a desert safari in Pushkar, visit local tribes near Jodhpur, and stay in Deogarh Palace - dating back to 1670! Highlights include a visit to the real Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a cooking class, and folk dance performances.
Day 1 - Arrive Delhi Namaste! Welcome to India.
Day 2 - Delhi Visit the 17th century Jama Masjid mosque and enjoy a rickshaw ride to the spice market. See the community kitchen at the Sikh Golden Temple feeding 10,000 devotees daily. See the Gandhi Museum, India Gate and try a metro ride to the central markets of Connaught Place. Traditional dinner tonight in an Indian family home.
Day 3 - Delhi > Varanasi Fly to Varanasi.
Day 4 - Varanasi Tour Join a sunrise cruise on the Ganges to see the bathing and crematory rituals at the burning ghats. Walk through the old town, if you wish you can have your palm read and watch some traditional mud wrestling. In the afternoon visit Sarnath and this evening is an authentic vegetarian dinner.
Day 5 - Varanasi > Khajuraho Join a sunrise yoga class by the river before flying to medieval Khajuraho for the World Heritage temples of the Chandela Dynasty and the centre for erotic Kamasutra sculptures.
Day 6 - Khajuraho > Agra Travel by train to the Taj Mahal city of Agra today.
Day 7 - Agra Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Later see the 16th century Mughal residence and UNESCO site of Agra Fort. Enjoy a traditional barbeque dinner this evening.
Day 8 - Agra > Chand Baori > Jaipur Drive to Jaipur via the hidden step-well at Chand Baori, a geometric masterpiece popular from the Exotic Marigold films.
Day 9 - Jaipur Take a classic jeep up to Amber Fort, enjoy a photostop at the Jal Mahal water palace and see the Astronomical Observatory, 1700 AD City Palace, a royal family residence, and walk through the colourful bazaar to see the iconic facade of the Palace of Winds. There is a cooking class this evening followed by tribal dances.
Day 10 - Jaipur > Ajmer > Pushkar Travel deep into rural India via the deserted Islamic city of Ajmer. Get a snapshot of local life at Pushkar Lake with its 52 bathing ghats and hundreds of milky blue temples. Explore the tribal street bazaar and watch the sun set over the desert.
Day 11 - Pushkar > Jodhpur Drive to the blue painted city of Jodhpur today.
Day 12 - Jodhpur Visit Mehrangarh Fortress and walk through the blue washed old city. Meet a priest family at a Krishna Temple, see ancient step-wells, the clock tower and bazaar. Visit the tribal village of Bishnoi to watch sacred welcoming rituals.
Day 13 - Jodhpur > Deogarh A secret tourist spot! Arrive enchanting Deogarh village, a former estate of Rajput warrior clan. Check-in to the 1670 Deogarh Mahal, your hilltop palace accommodation from the Udaipur Royal Kingdom. Traditional Mewari Dinner with Tribal Dances.
Day 14 - Deogarh > The Real Exotic Marigold Hotel Transfer to quirky Khempur Village. Check-in to the real Exotic Marigold Hotel - Ravla Khempur, the main film location. Enjoy a village walk, school visit, and bullock-cart ride. Enjoy high tea with the royal family.
Day 15 - Khempur > Udaipur A walking tour of the old town will introduce you to medieval bazaars, flower markets, the 16th century Udaipur Palace & Crystal Gallery towering over Lake Pichola. Visit the Salhelyion Ki Bari maidens garden before time for shopping in Bada Bazaar. Join a pottery class at a local artisan's house before a sunset cruise and dinner overlooking the lake.
Day 16 - Udaipur Morning transfer to Udaipur airport.
• Fully escorted by a local expert guide • Accommodation in 4 star hotels (or best available). • Sightseeing and entrance fees • Economy class flights Delhi > Varanasi > Khajuraho • Train journey Khajuraho > Agra • 15 breakfasts & 14 dinners • Gratuities
Pricing (per person) $NZD
6 September 2020
2 March (Holi festival is on the 10th)
2019 6 September
2020 2 March (Holi festival is on the 10th)
Booking conditions A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required, with the balance due 90 days prior to departure. As cancellation fees apply, travel insurance is mandatory. Max 16 travellers. Guaranteed to depart with minimum 2 persons.
A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required, with the balance due 90 days prior to departure. As cancellation fees apply, travel insurance is mandatory. Max 16 travellers. Guaranteed to depart with minimum 2 persons.
Not included • International Airfares, airline and airport taxes (subject to change)
• Items of a personal nature
• Travel insurance (mandatory)
• Visas (if applicable)
• International Airfares, airline and airport taxes (subject to change) • Items of a personal nature • Travel insurance (mandatory) • Visas (if applicable)