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Air India

Air India, a member of Star Alliance connects you to a network of 37 international destinations across the USA, Europe, Far-East and South-East Asia and the Middle East and more than 69 destinations across India.

Welcome aboard our Dreamliner and enjoy a great range of in-flights features at a competitive price. You’ll have a choice of continental or Indian cuisine, in vegetarian and non-vegetarian varieties as well as complimentary liquor. Enjoy features like larger windows, dynamic LED lighting to suit your mood, higher level of cabin pressurisation for a smoother ride and less fatigue. Our In-flight entertainment promises to add zing to your journey with our large number of channels and variety of programmes.

Buckle in, you are set for a Dream Flight!

Key Selling Points
Air India occupies a special place in the global and Indian aviation scenario. It pioneered the aviation in India and its history is synonymous with the history of civil aviation in India. Air India is not a mere airline that transports passengers, baggage and cargo.

It is a multi-faceted organization. The aviation infrastructure it has created over the years is a testimony of its contribution. Apart from servicing of all its aircraft in-house with its own engineering facilities, Air India also undertakes ground handling services of many airlines in many cities in India. Air India has grown to become a mega international airline with a network of 33 destinations across the USA, Europe, Far-East and South-East Asia and the Gulf.

Hotel Free Stopover
Hotel stopover is provided for passengers travelling from Australia/ New Zealand to Europe/ USA/ Colombo / Kabul, provided the transit time at Delhi is between 8-24 hours and a single ticket is issued for the entire journey.Free Accommodation for transit passengers** is at The New Delhi Airport Transit Hotel, conveniently located within the airport’s sleek new Terminal 3.** Indian Visa not required for Transiting passengers.
Destinations Include:

The airline’s domestic network covers 50 destinations, including far-flung areas of the North-East, Ladakh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Air India, today, flies one of the youngest, state-of-the-art, fleet of aircraft comprising a mix of the wide-body Boeing B777s, B747s, Airbus A330s, latest acquisition- the B787 Dreamliner and the narrow body Airbus A321s, A320s and A319 aircraft.

Code Share Routes:

Attractive Interline Fares from Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and other cities in Australia and New Zealand  with Qantas, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand.

Aircraft

Air India, today, flies one of the youngest, state-of-the-art, fleet of aircraft comprising a mix of the wide-body Boeing B777s, B747s, Airbus A330s, latest acquisition- the B787 Dreamliner and the narrow body Airbus A321s, A320s and A319 aircraft.

In-Flight Catering

Air India lets you savour the very essence of India that has transcended boundaries to gain worldwide awe and recognition.

Further details on http://www.airindia.in/inflight-experience.htm

Luggage Allowances
Economy Class – 30 kg (66 lbs) / 158 cm (62 inches) Business Class – 40 kg (88 lbs) / 158 cm (62 inches). (Exception, one way travel to Melbourne/Sydney baggage allowance 40 kg in Economy Class).
Luggage Allowances for infants
(any class of travel) One bag with a maximum dimension of 115 cm (45 inches), which may be carried as cabin baggage.One fully collapsible baby pushchair or stroller or carrying basket.The weight of the allowed items may not exceed 10 kg (22 lbs) in total.
 Lounges

Our customers’ comfort is of utmost priority in our Lounges and an array of facilities and services have been included to ensure your needs are well met. Sample a variety of food and beverage from our self service buffet and bar counters or keep yourself updated with a variety of newspapers and magazines.

http://www.airindia.in/airport-lounges.htm

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Heritage River Cruises

India’s Ganges River Journeys:

Full of mystery, enchantment, intrigue and beauty in every direction. It’s all here. In the ornate sacred spaces, the vivid sarees you pass on the street, and the warm, gracious smiles that greet at every turn.

India and the Ganges River is simply a magical destination that Heritage River Journeys, the pioneer of luxury river ship cruising in India, is proud to introduce to avid travelers.

Whether you are an experienced river cruiser, or this is your maiden voyage, we invite you on this luxury expedition along this most sacred of Indian rivers, Mother Ganga.

Heritage River Journeys is proud to introduce the all-suite M.V. Ganges Voyager and M.V. Ganges Voyager II respectively launched in 2015 and 2016. Exquisite and ever-changing, watch the tapestry of life along the Ganges River unfold before your very eyes in sublime comfort and elegance aboard these elegant ships.

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India – Ganges Discovery Journeys

Experience the rich history and diverse culture of the Ganges between Kolkata and Varanasi. These amazing itineraries will transport you to world famous destinations such as the ghats of Varanasi and the colonial monuments of Kolkata as well as rarely visited sites such as the medieval Buddhist university at Nalanda, the extravagant Neoclassical palace of a local ruler at Murshidabad and the muslim and silk weaving centre of Kalna.

Contact us for availability, latest offers, pre or post cruise touring options and flight detail.

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysTour DetailsPrices
CruiseIncredibly on The Ganges12ItineraryContact Us
Cruise
(Conditions Apply)
Bengal Yatra 7ItineraryContact Us
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(Conditions Apply)
Ganga Yatra9ItineraryContact Us
CruiseKolkata-Murshidabad-Kolkata8ItineraryContact Us

Incredibly on the Ganges

Sail on one of the most renowned sacred rivers of the world as the Ganga flows through the four states of eastern India. See crafts such as weaving and brassware and markets that sell vegetates, spices, tools and dentistry! Learn about places where Chinese monks, kings, West Asian adventurers and European colonists sought knowledge, power, and fortune. Stay in the best hotels for three nights and then sail on the beautiful RV Bengal Ganga with its unique Interiors, exquisite cuisine, and relaxing accommodations. Experience India in comfort and beauty!

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive At Kolkata – Embark / Sail To Kalna Arrival at Kolkata by morning flight and transfer to jetty to board the cruise ship RV Bengal Ganga. Lunch onboard.
Post lunch embark on an Orientation Tour of KOLKATA, which will take us to the Dalhousie Square that houses several Colonial/Heritage monuments like Writer’s Building, General Post Office, High Court, Raj Bhawan (Governor’s Palace), Town Hall, Council House, Treasury Building and the Reserve Bank of India.
We then visit St. John’s Church and the Victoria Memorial for a photo stop and walk in the gardens. St. John’s Church, originally a cathedral, was among the first public buildings erected by the East India Company after Kolkata became the effective capital of British India. It was modeled according to the St Martin-in-the-Fields of London. The Victoria Memorial is a grand marble building built during 1906-1921 in the memory of Queen Victoria (1819–1901). The Memorial lies on the Maidan (grounds) by the bank of the Hooghly River.
Return to the ship and cast off to Kalna. Our upstream journey towards Kalna sails through the areas where the different European settlers had established their respective East Indian Companies leaving back reminiscence of their settlements during the period of 17th to 19th century.
Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga
Day 2: Kalna – Matiari Morning we ride Cycle Rickshaws to visit the enchanting Rajbari Temple Complex in KALNA. The temples of Kalna take elements from mosques and temple architecture to create a new congregational space of worship. On one side of the road lies the Nabakailas Temples. Built in 1809 by the Bardhaman Maharaja, it contains 108 'aat-chala' or “eight slope-roofed” Shiva temples arranged in two concentric circles. The outer circle consists of 74 temples of alternate black and white lingams; while the 34 temples of the inner circle have only white lingams. On the other side of the road lies a walled complex, containing the most diversified form of Bengal’s temple architecture: Pratapeshwar Temple, contains terra cotta plaques depicting themes of Hindu epics and mythical life of saints, gods & goddesses and various aspects of day-to-day life. The other notable temples here are the Lalji temple, Krishnachandra temple and the flat roofed temple of Giri Govardhan.
Return to the ship and cruise towards Matiari, arriving by the evening and moor for the night.
Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga
Day 3: Sail Matiari / Murshidabad Early in the morning we will visit the village of MATIARI, which is famous for its work in brass and copper. Here copper is still processed manually. The unique character of the area is that as we start walking towards the village, we can hear loud noises of beating metal coming from all the houses. Stroll in the village and visit some homes to see and experience the different process of the brass making with a chance of buying artifacts and souvenirs.
Return to the ship, cast off and cruise towards Murshidabad sailing past Plassey, which is well known for the battle that took place in 1757 that turned the history of India. The battlefield of Plassey is where Robert Clive of British East India Company defeated the Mogul Nawab, the then ruler of Bengal and his French Allies; establishing the company rule in India which expanded over much of South Asia for the next 190 years.
Arrive at Murshidabad and moor for the night.
Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga
Day 4: Sail Murshidabad / Jangipur Morning excursion of the historic town of MURSHIDABAD. We ride the local Tonga (horse cart) to visit the oldest mosque of this town the Katra Mosque built by the first Nawab of Murshidabad, Nawab Murshid Quli Khan in the year 1724-25. From there we ride the Tonga to the Hazarduari Palace Museum. Built during the reign of Nawab Nazim Humayun Jah (1824-1838 AD) by an English architect, Duncan McLeod following the Greek “Doric” style. The palace has more than a thousand real and false doors in the vast corridors. Inside the palace museum one can observe a wide collection of antiquities including various kinds of weapons, oil paintings of Dutch, French and Italian artists, marble, porcelain & stucco statues, manuscripts and palanquins mostly belonging to the 18th-19th centuries. Opposite to the Palace is the vast Imambara open only during the religious ceremony time.
Return to the ship and sail onwards to Jangipur and moor for the night.
Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga
Day 5: Sail Jangipur / Farakka / Samtaghat We cast off in the morning to reach the historic FARAKKA LOCK GATE, which was built during the years 1963-75. The travel through the Feeder Canal will give us a chance to see the different birds of the region. After crossing the lock we cruise through the connecting canal to the Ganges revealing vast panoramas. We can also see the Farakka barrage at a distance, which regulates the Ganges water into Bangladesh and India.
We continue our sail upstream and moor for the night at Samtaghat.
Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga
Day 6: Sail Samtaghat / Bateshwarsthan This morning we sail towards Bateshwarsthan. Afternoon, we ride in jeeps/cars (about 15 minutes) to the excavation site of the VIKRAMSHILA UNIVERSITY and walk around the ruins. Established by King Dharampala in late 8th or early 9th Century A.D. Vikramshila University was one of the two most important centers of Buddhist learning in India during the reign of the Pala dynasty along with Nalanda University. Vikramshila was one of the largest Buddhist universities having more than one hundred teachers and about one thousand students. Subjects like theology, philosophy, grammar, meta-physics and logic were taught here.
We moor for the night at Bateshwarsthan.
Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga
Day 7: Sail Bateshwarsthan – Sultanganj Up Today we sail towards Sultanganj, which is conspicuous for two great rocks of granite, one of which on the river bank is crowned by a mosque. The second and larger one is occupied by the 16th century temple of Ajgaibinath Shiva. The river here impinges on a stone cliff. The folklore of river Ganga being seized here by a curse of the sage Jahnu and later getting released by the penance performed by king Bhagirath makes this place an important pilgrimage. The rocky island is known as Jahngira meaning ‘the hill of Jahnu’ derives the name from this historical event. There is a long causeway that connects the mainland with the island rock on which the cluster of shrines is entwined along with the seemingly floating rock.
We sail further upstream and moor for the night.
Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga
Day 8: Sail To Munger Today we sail towards MUNGER, one of the largest city and most industrialized cities in the state of Bihar. It is a hub for railway, gun, tobacco and dairy product manufacturing. Its history can be traced back to the mythological era of Ramayana and Mahabharata. In modern times Munger came into prominence in 1762 when the Nawab of Bengal Mir Qasim made Munger his capital instead of Murshidabad in Bengal. The new ruler established arsenal for the manufacture of firearms. Subsequently Munger came in to the hands of the British Empire after Mir Qasim lost the Battle of Buxar. The tradition of manufacturing of arms is continued till now. Arrive Munger by the afternoon and moor for the night.
Post lunch visit the Bihar School of Yoga, a modern school of Yoga founded in 1964 by Satyananda Saraswati and his spiritual successor Niranjanananda Saraswati. In addition to providing spiritual instruction to aspirants, the school also guides yoga projects and medical research in association with various corporations, state government and public works.
Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga
Day 9: Disembark At Munger & Drive Nalanda / Bodhgaya We disembark the ship at 0700 hrs and drive to visit Nalanda, perhaps the oldest seat of learning in India. It treasures a glorious past, rich spiritual heritage and some extraordinary architectural ruins believed to be established in 5th century BC by the Gupta Kings.
Thereafter we drive to Rajgir, the first capital of the Magadha Empire. Buddha not only spent many years in Rajgir, but also delivered important sermons here. Lunch halt at a local restaurant in Rajgir, thereafter continue the journey to BODHGAYA – one of the most important and sacred Buddhist pilgrimage center for the Buddhists.
Late afternoon visit the Mahabodhi temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a Buddhist temple that marks the location where Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, is said to have attained enlightenment under a banyan tree, the “Bodhi Tree”. Buddhist chanting and prayers can be witnessed in the temple premises.
Overnight at Hotel Royal Residency / Hotel Sujata at Bodhgaya OR Indo Hokke Hotel, Rajgir
Day 10: Drive Bodhgaya / Varanasi After early breakfast we drive to VARANASI – the holiest town for Hindus. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel and have our lunch.
Late afternoon we experience the enchanting and the incredible life on the Streets of Varanasi riding Cycle Rickshaws. We continue to visit the Ghats (riverbank) by walk and witness the evening “Aarti” ritual on the Ganges from a boat.
Overnight at Hotel Gateway Ganges / Radisson Hotel / Clarks Varanasi
Day 11: Varanasi City Tour Sunrise Boat Tour to witness the incredible scenes along the Holy River.
Return to hotel for breakfast, rest and lunch.
Post lunch visit Sarnath. The city is famous as the seat where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment in Bodhgaya. The Archeological Museum at Sarnath contains a large collection of sculptures that stand testimony to the fervent artistic and religious activity for more than a thousand years.
Overnight at Hotel Gateway Ganges / Radisson Hotel / Clarks Varanasi
Day 12: Departure From Varanasi Transfer to airport for your flight or depart to your onward destination.
Inclusions: 
Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches and 11 dinners
Activities:All activities as per itinerary

Bengal Yatra


Conditions Apply: Group bookings only – minimum of 15

The cruise schedule includes the latest information regarding your program, but last minute adjustments may occur. The schedule may shift due to the weather or to take advantage of unexpected opportunities. The exact time for each activity will be announced or posted by the onboard tour staff.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive At Kolkata – Embark / Sail To Kalna Arrival at Kolkata by morning flight and transfer to jetty to board the cruise ship RV Bengal Ganga. Lunch onboard.
Post lunch embark on an Orientation Tour of KOLKATA, which will take us to the Dalhousie Square that houses several Colonial/Heritage monuments like Writer’s Building, General Post Office, High Court, Raj Bhawan (Governor’s Palace), Town Hall, Council House, Treasury Building and the Reserve Bank of India.
We then visit St. John’s Church and the Victoria Memorial for a photo stop and walk in the gardens. St. John’s Church, originally a cathedral, was among the first public buildings erected by the East India Company after Kolkata became the effective capital of British India. It was modeled according to the St Martin-in-the-Fields of London. The Victoria Memorial is a grand marble building built during 1906-1921 in the memory of Queen Victoria (1819–1901). The Memorial lies on the Maidan (grounds) by the bank of the Hooghly River.
Return to the ship and cast off to Kalna. Our upstream journey towards Kalna sails through the areas where the different European settlers had established their respective East Indian Companies leaving back reminiscence of their settlements during the period of 17th to 19th century.
Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga
Day 2: Kalna – Matiari Morning we ride Cycle Rickshaws to visit the enchanting Rajbari Temple Complex in KALNA. The temples of Kalna take elements from mosques and temple architecture to create a new congregational space of worship. On one side of the road lies the Nabakailas Temples. Built in 1809 by the Bardhaman Maharaja, it contains 108 'aat-chala' or “eight slope-roofed” Shiva temples arranged in two concentric circles. The outer circle consists of 74 temples of alternate black and white lingams; while the 34 temples of the inner circle have only white lingams. On the other side of the road lies a walled complex, containing the most diversified form of Bengal’s temple architecture: Pratapeshwar Temple, contains terra cotta plaques depicting themes of Hindu epics and mythical life of saints, gods & goddesses and various aspects of day-to-day life. The other notable temples here are the Lalji temple, Krishnachandra temple and the flat roofed temple of Giri Govardhan.
Return to the ship and cruise towards Matiari, arriving by the evening and moor for the night.
Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga.
Day 3: Sail Matiari / Murshidabad Early in the morning we will visit the village of MATIARI, which is famous for its work in brass and copper. Here copper is still processed manually. The unique character of the area is that as we start walking towards the village, we can hear loud noises of beating metal coming from all the houses. Stroll in the village and visit some homes to see and experience the different process of the brass making with a chance of buying artifacts and souvenirs.
Return to the ship, cast off and cruise towards Murshidabad sailing past Plassey, which is well known for the battle that took place in 1757 that turned the history of India. The battlefield of Plassey is where Robert Clive of British East India Company defeated the Mogul Nawab, the then ruler of Bengal and his French Allies; establishing the company rule in India which expanded over much of South Asia for the next 190 years.
Arrive at Murshidabad and moor for the night.
Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga.
Day 4: Sail Murshidabad / Jangipur Morning excursion of the historic town of MURSHIDABAD. We ride the local Tonga (horse cart) to visit the oldest mosque of this town the Katra Mosque built by the first Nawab of Murshidabad, Nawab Murshid Quli Khan in the year 1724-25. From there we ride the Tonga to the Hazarduari Palace Museum. Built during the reign of Nawab Nazim Humayun Jah (1824-1838 AD) by an English architect, Duncan McLeod following the Greek “Doric” style. The palace has more than a thousand real and false doors in the vast corridors. Inside the palace museum one can observe a wide collection of antiquities including various kinds of weapons, oil paintings of Dutch, French and Italian artists, marble, porcelain & stucco statues, are manuscripts and palanquins mostly belonging to the 18th-19th centuries. Opposite to the Palace is the vast Imambara open only during the religious ceremony time.
Return to the ship and sail onwards to Jangipur and moor for the night.
Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga.
Day 5: Disembark Jangipur – Train To Kolkata Early this morning disembark the ship with packed snack boxes and transfer to Jangipur train station to board train to Kolkata: Train Intercity Express, 07:40 – 12:50 hrs
On arrival in Kolkata, lunch at a local restaurant and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at Hotel Taj Bengal / Oberoi Grand or similar.
Day 6: Departure From Kolkata Transfer to airport for your flight or depart to your onward destination.
Inclusions: 
Meals: 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 5 dinners
Activities:All activities as per itinerary

Ganga Yatra

Conditions Apply: Group bookings only – minimum of 15

Cruise through the colonial settlements of Bengal, once the centre of the global indigo, opium and textile trade! See textiles, crafts, local markets, villages as you sail on the Lower Ganges all in the ease and the subtle elegance of the RV Bengal Ganga. Enjoy onboard hospitality, wonderful Indian and European Cuisine, cultural performances, and other activities.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive Kolkata – Train To Jangipur / Embark Arrival midday in Kolkata and transfer to the train station with packed snack boxes.
En route to the train station Orientation Tour of KOLKATA
Train Intercity Express, 15:15 – 20:15.
On arrival at Jangipur train station transfer to board the ship.
Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga.
Day 2: Kalna – Matiari Morning we ride Cycle Rickshaws to visit the enchanting Rajbari Temple Complex in KALNA. The temples of Kalna take elements from mosques and temple architecture to create a new congregational space of worship. On one side of the road lies the Nabakailas Temples. Built in 1809 by the Bardhaman Maharaja, it contains 108 'aat-chala' or “eight slope-roofed” Shiva temples arranged in two concentric circles. The outer circle consists of 74 temples of alternate black and white lingams; while the 34 temples of the inner circle have only white lingams. On the other side of the road lies a walled complex, containing the most diversified form of Bengal’s temple architecture: Pratapeshwar Temple, contains terra cotta plaques depicting themes of Hindu epics and mythical life of saints, gods & goddesses and various aspects of day-to-day life. The other notable temples here are the Lalji temple, Krishnachandra temple and the flat roofed temple of Giri Govardhan.
Return to the ship and cruise towards Matiari, arriving by the evening and moor for the night.
Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga
Day 3: Sail Matiari / Murshidabad Early in the morning we will visit the village of MATIARI, which is famous for its work in brass and copper. Here copper is still processed manually. The unique character of the area is that as we start walking towards the village, we can hear loud noises of beating metal coming from all the houses. Stroll in the village and visit some homes to see and experience the different process of the brass making with a chance of buying artifacts and souvenirs.
Return to the ship, cast off and cruise towards Murshidabad sailing past Plassey, which is well known for the battle that took place in 1757 that turned the history of India. The battlefield of Plassey is where Robert Clive of British East India Company defeated the Mogul Nawab, the then ruler of Bengal and his French Allies; establishing the company rule in India which expanded over much of South Asia for the next 190 years.
Arrive at Murshidabad and moor for the night.
Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga
Day 4: Sail Bateshwarsthan – Sultanganj Up Today we sail towards Sultanganj, which is conspicuous for two great rocks of granite, one of which on the river bank is crowned by a mosque. The second and larger one is occupied by the 16th century temple of Ajgaibinath Shiva. The river here impinges on a stone cliff. The folklore of river Ganga being seized here by a curse of the sage Jahnu and later getting released by the penance performed by king Bhagirath makes this place an important pilgrimage. The rocky island is known as Jahngira meaning ‘the hill of Jahnu’ derives the name from this historical event. There is a long causeway that connects the mainland with the island rock on which the cluster of shrines is entwined along with the seemingly floating rock.
We sail further upstream and moor for the night.
Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga.
Day 5: Sail To Munger Today we sail towards MUNGER, one of the largest city and most industrialized cities in the state of Bihar. It is a hub for railway, gun, tobacco and dairy product manufacturing. Its history can be traced back to the mythological era of Ramayana and Mahabharata. In modern times Munger came into prominence in 1762 when the Nawab of Bengal Mir Qasim made Munger his capital instead of Murshidabad in Bengal. The new ruler established arsenal for the manufacture of firearms. Subsequently Munger came in to the hands of the British Empire after Mir Qasim lost the Battle of Buxar. The tradition of manufacturing of arms is continued till now. Arrive Munger by the afternoon and moor for the night.
Post lunch visit the Bihar School of Yoga, a modern school of Yoga founded in 1964 by Satyananda Saraswati and his spiritual successor Niranjanananda Saraswati. In addition to providing spiritual instruction to aspirants, the school also guides yoga projects and medical research in association with various corporations, state government and public works.
Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga
Day 6: Disembark At Munger & Drive Nalanda / Bodhgaya We disembark the ship at 0700 hrs and drive to visit Nalanda, perhaps the oldest seat of learning in India. It treasures a glorious past, rich spiritual heritage and some extraordinary architectural ruins believed to be established in 5th century BC by the Gupta Kings.
Thereafter we drive to Rajgir, the first capital of the Magadha Empire. Buddha not only spent many years in Rajgir, but also delivered important sermons here. Lunch halt at a local restaurant in Rajgir, thereafter continue the journey to BODHGAYA – one of the most important and sacred Buddhist pilgrimage center for the Buddhists.
Late afternoon visit the Mahabodhi temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a Buddhist temple that marks the location where Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, is said to have attained enlightenment under a banyan tree, the “Bodhi Tree”. Buddhist chanting and prayers can be witnessed in the temple premises.
Overnight at Hotel Royal Residency / Hotel Sujata at Bodhgaya OR Indo Hokke Hotel, Rajgir
Day 7: Drive Bodhgaya / Varanasi After early breakfast we drive to VARANASI – the holiest town for Hindus. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel and have our lunch.
Late afternoon we experience the enchanting and the incredible life on the Streets of Varanasi riding Cycle Rickshaws. We continue to visit the Ghats (riverbank) by walk and witness the evening “Aarti” ritual on the Ganges from a boat.
Overnight at Hotel Gateway Ganges / Radisson Hotel / Clarks Varanasi
Day 8: Varanasi City TourSunrise Boat Tour to witness the incredible scenes along the Holy River.
Return to hotel for breakfast, rest and lunch.
Post lunch we visit Sarnath. The city is famous as the seat where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment in Bodhgaya. The Archeological Museum at Sarnath contains a large collection of sculptures that stand testimony to the fervent artistic and religious activity for more than a thousand years.
Overnight at Hotel Gateway Ganges / Radisson Hotel / Clarks Varanasi
Day 9: Departure From Varanasi Transfer to airport for your flight or depart to your onward destination.
Inclusions: 
Meals:8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 8 dinners
Activities:All activities as per itinerary

Kolkata-Murshidabad-Kolkata

The colonial decor of the RV Ganges Voyager is the perfect cruise ship to experience the colonial heritage of India. On the banks of the Lower Ganges, the French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese and English made settlements to trade, preach and farm while local rulers, saints, agriculturalists, musicians and writers created new ways of living as they encountered European commerce, tastes and power. Learn, observe, relax and enjoy on this remarkable tour while staying in luxury and enjoying the care and hospitality of the
Ganges Voyager and its crew!

In this program last minute sailing adjustments may occur. The schedule may shift due to the weather or to take advantage of unexpected opportunities. The exact time for each activity will be announced or posted by the onboard tour staff.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Kolkata / EmbarkationUpon arrival in Kolkata, guests will transfer to the ship and enjoy lunch on board. The afternoon excursion includes a visit to Mother Teresa’s Home and Tomb (closed on Thursdays). Mother Teresa started the Missionary of Charity in 1952, then lived and worked here until her death in 1997. The permanent exhibition includes a visit to her personal room, we learn her life story, and see her charity that is still active. We continue by foot a short distance to her orphanage, Sishu Bhawan (Children's Home), where one of the sisters will lead us on a tour.
Then we return to the ship for overnight.
Day 2: Kolkata / Bandel / Kalna Guests embark on an early-morning city tour, featuring a panoramic view of the well-preserved British colonial buildings in Kolkata: Writer's Building, General Post Office, High Court, Raj Bhawan (Governor's House), Town Hall, Council House, Treasury Building, Reserve Bank of India and Dalhousie Square.
The day continues with a visit to St. John's Church, the oldest Anglican Church in Kolkata, built in 1756. The tour features the oldest functioning pipe organ in India and several tombs of British Generals who died during the Siege of Kolkata by Nawab Siraj-ud-Daula in 1756. Then we visit the recently renovated Victoria Memorial Museum, which houses the largest collection of British colonial historical artifacts in India.
We then return to the ship for lunch and begin our journey upstream. The river ship sails through areas where various European settlers had established East Indian Companies, leaving many remnants of their settlements from the 17th through 19th Centuries.
Later in the day, we take an excursion boat to the shore of Bandel. We visit the Hooghly Imambara, one of the famous Shiya pilgrimage centers in West Bengal, built in 1841 by Haji Mohammad Mahasin. The two-story building and surrounding rooms provide housing for pilgrims as well as classrooms, or Madrasa that teach the Koran. The structure contains a Victorian-era clock with a winding key weighing 20kg. Large Persian chandeliers and lamps light the Imambara's stunning hallways and passages.
Day 3: Kalna / MatiariThis morning we enjoy a rickshaw ride through the city center of Kalna en route to the enchanting Rajbari complex, with the highest concentration of temples in the region. Bengal's mixture of temple architecture includes the Nabakailas Temples. Built in 1809 by the Bardhaman Maharaja, the complex contains 108 eight slope-roofed temples – 74 in the outer circle here and another 34 making an inner circle.
Another complex features diverse architecture, including the Pratapeshwar Temple, built in 1849. Terra cotta plaques depict themes of Hindu epics, mythical life of Sree Chaitanya, images of Durga, and various aspects of day-to-day life in the region. Other temples on the site include Lalji Temple, the oldest in the complex (1739), and Krishnachandra Temple (1751).
Day 4: Matiari / KhushbaghEnjoy an early morning walk to the shore-side village of Matiari, which is known for manufacturing beautiful handcrafted brass items, utilizing traditional methods passed down for generations. These master craftsmen utilize recycled copper to create exquisite pots, platters and more from their workshops in the village.
We then continue our journey upstream. We sail past the battlefield of Plassey, where Robert Clive of British East India Company defeated the Mogul Nawabs in 1757. The rulers of Bengal and their French allies established the company rule in India, which spread through much of South Asia for the next 190 years.
Day 5: Khushbagh / Baranagar / MurshidabadThis morning we visit the charming village of Khushbagh, passing through scenic fields to arrive at the well-preserved mosque complex built by Nawab Ali-Wardi-Khan, housing his family's private mosque. His grandson Siraj-ud-Daula was defeated by the British East India Company at the Battle of Plassey in 1757.
After an on-board breakfast and morning sail, we visit the village of Baranagar. A lovely example of life in rural India, this village is home to several temples dating from the 18th century (1714 – 1793). Built by Rani (Queen) Bhabani, the landlady of Natore. The brick temples are considered to be among the best examples of Bengal terra cotta art. We then return to the ship for lunch and sail downstream.
This afternoon we pass by charming countryside villages where locals greet us from the banks. We approach Murshidabad, a hidden architectural gem along the Ganges with dramatic whitewashed colonial era structures. We visit the Hazarduari Palace, built during the reign of Nawab Nazim Humayun Jah (1824 –1838 AD) by an English architect, McLeod Duncan, in the Greek “Doric” style. The palace has more than a thousand real and false doors in the vast corridors, and is filled with colonial era antiques, artwork and manuscripts. Opposite to the Palace is a vast Imambara – built by the Nawab for worship.
We then take a scenic ride by local buggy to the Katra mosque. Built by the first Nawab of Murshidabad – Murshid Quli Khan in the 1724 – 25, this mosque has distinctive minarets from which the muezzin calls the faithful to Friday prayers. This evening we return for dinner and local cultural performance on-board.
Day 6: Murshidabad / MayapurAfter a restful morning, observing the local life along the riverbanks, we stop in the village of Mayapur. Known as the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486) and considered an incarnation of Lord Krishna. Mayapur is also the headquarters of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) movement with a new temple comparable in size to the Vatican and largely funded by Alfred B. Ford, the great grandson of car maker Henry Ford. Meet Krishna followers and walk through the pilgrim’s bazaar.
Day 7: Mayapur / Chanderagore / KolkataMorning sail to Chandernagore, established as a French colony in 1673. The French obtained permission from Ibrahim Khan, the then Nawab of Bengal to establish a trading post on the riverbanks of this city, which became a permanent French settlement in 1688.
Afternoon we will explore the French colonial buildings along the promenade, including the former French governor's residence (now converted to a museum that features an exhibition of items that depict life during this period). We then will visit the Sacred Heart Church of Chandernagore. We then return to the ship and continue our journey downstream to Kolkata.
Day 8: Kolkata / DisembarkationFollowing breakfast guests will disembark the vessel and transfer to Kolkata Airport.
Inclusions: 
Meals:7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 7 dinners
Activities:All activities as per itinerary
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Pandaw River Expeditions

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Cruising Asia’s most famous Rivers; the mighty Mekong, Red River, Irrawaddy River and the Chindwin – a Pandaw River Expeditions is not an ocean cruise. Dressing up for dinner is not compulsory nor is there a ‘captain’s table’!

The atmosphere on board is friendly and informal, more like a party on board a private yacht than a cruise ship. Mostly everything is included in the pre-paid price and there are no hidden extras for shore excursions. Even most of your drinks are included in the price of your ticket!

With a crew passenger ratio of 1:2 there is an incredibly high level of personalised service and care. For all these reasons, passengers keep coming back and exploring more of a lost South-East Asia.

Pandaw River Expeditions have 15 vessel’s cruising in China, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar (Burma) with itineraries ranging from short 3 night cruises to the longer 10-14 nights.

Pandaw’s popular, mostly unique colonial-era character ships, are well known for their friendly and efficient crew and definitive style. There is an itinerary that will fit any budget or style you may wish for.

All of the Pandaw River Expeditions ships have ultra-shallow drafts which enable travel to remote areas, otherwise unreachable by other passenger-carrying vessels.

Our Pandaw River Expeditions experts have travelled to most Pandaw destinations and know the ships and area very well. You are very welcome to call and discuss in detail the variety of itineraries on offer.

Below is a photo gallery of all 15 ships, click the below ship name and find out more about each vessel!!!

Cambodia & Vietnam

 Laos & China 

 Myanmar (Burma)

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Grand Discovery of India

A sub-continent like no other! Revel in the beauty and diversity of this extraordinary country on a thrilling 29 Day Grand Discovery of India. Discover the grandeur of North India as you journey around the ‘Golden Triangle’ of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Continue to spiritual Varanasi, search for tigers in Ranthambore National Park and marvel at the incredible Taj Mahal. Your journey then heads south as you explore the British colonial history of Bangalore and Mysore, the lush highlands of Coorg and Kabini and cruise along the spectacular Kerala Backwaters.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Delhi

We welcome you to North India before arriving at your luxurious hotel for the next two nights.

Day 2: Delhi

Explore Old Delhi and India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid. Dazzle your senses on a rickshaw ride through Asia’s largest wholesale spice bazaar and Delhi’s oldest streets, finishing with a traditional lunch in Dharampura haveli. Later, visit Humayan’s Tomb and drive past the India Gate and Presidential Avenue. Tonight, enjoy a special welcome dinner.

Day 3: Delhi – Varanasi

Fly to India’s holiest Hindu city, Varanasi for a two night stay.

Enjoy a rickshaw ride down to the banks of the Ganges River. Cruise the holy river at dusk whilst listening to the sounds of traditional Indian music. Release sacred offerings into the river and witness the magical ceremony of the evening Aarti.

Day 4: Varanasi

As the sun begins to rise, drift slowly down the Ganges River and watch the many ghats come to life. Afterwards, take a stroll along the ghats and laneways of the Old City. Later, journey to one of Buddhism’s most important sites in Sarnath.

Day 5: Varanasi – Khajuraho

Freechoice: Undertake a yoga lesson or visit a Shiva Temple to experience Rudrabhishek.

Fly to Khajuraho, famous for its magnificent World Heritage-listed temple architecture. Enjoy a two night stay at your hotel overlooking the iconic temples.

Day 6 – Khajuraho

Visit the exquisitely sculpted sandstone temples depicting the exotic Karma Sutra carvings for which these temples are famous.

Freechoice: Watch a sound and light show at the temples or a traditional folk dance.
Day 7: Khajuraho – Orchha – Jhansi – Agra

Drive to Orchha and enjoy a walking tour of the old town. Continue to Jhansi and board a train to Agra. Arrive in the early evening at your luxurious Special Stay hotel in Agra, only 600 metres from the magnificent Taj Mahal.

Day 8: Agra

Marvel at the Taj Mahal at sunrise with its shimmering marble domes and towers reflected in the landscaped pools. Later, discover the World Heritage-listed Mughal Red Fort of Agra.

Gather for evening drinks to overlook and appreciate the architectural wonder of the Taj Mahal from the close proximity of your hotel.

Freechoice Dining: Choose from Asian cuisine at C’est Chine, or a North Indian BBQ. Alternatively, enjoy the buffet at the Bellevue, located at your hotel.
Day 9: Agra – Ranthambore National Park

Explore the World Heritage-listed Site of Fatehpur Sikri en route to Bharatpur. Board a train to travel to Ranthambore National Park and settle into your luxury tent for a two night Special Stay.

Day 10: Ranthambore National Park

Accompanied by an expert wildlife naturalist, search for the elusive Bengal tiger during private morning and afternoon game drives.

Day 11: Ranthambore National Park – Jaipur

Drive to the Pink City, visiting Abhaneri village and its 1,000-year-old step well en route. Later, stop for lunch at Castle Kanota, the setting for the Viceroy Club in the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Stay at your regal hotel in Jaipur for three nights.

Day 12: Jaipur

Visit the City Palace, home to the rulers of Jaipur. Marvel at the magnificent Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in the 18th century and the magnificent Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) with its honeycombed sandstone windows. Experience the art and history of Henna at your hotel.

Freechoice Dining: Learn about traditional Indian cooking with the Ikaki Niwas family or savour the views from high up in Amer Fort while dining at 1135 Restaurant. Alternatively, dine in house at the Giardino Italian restaurant.
Day 13: Jaipur

Begin the day exploring the striking hilltop Amer Fort before enjoying the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, dine at the restored Samode Haveli.

Day 14: Jaipur – Bangalore

Fly to South India via New Delhi to enjoy your two night stay at Bangalore.

Day 15: Bangalore

Explore Bangalore visiting the Botanical Gardens, Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace and the Bull Temple, and drive past the Government Secretariat, Legislature Building and Cubbon. Enjoy lunch and wine tasting at Grover Zampa vineyards to learn about the art of winemaking.

Day 16: Bangalore – Bekal

Fly to Mangalore and travel to Bekal, located on the coast of the Arabian Sea. Relax by the sea during your two night stay.

Day 17: Bekal

During your morning’s exploration visit Madhur Temple, Malik Deenar Mosque and Bekal Fort. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon to enjoy the resort’s facilities at leisure.

Day 18: Bekal – Coorg

Leave for Coorg and a two night Special Stay, staying in a Lily Pool Villa with your own private pool. After lunch, enjoy a guided tour of a working coffee and spice plantation before tonight’s cultural show.

Day 19: Coorg

This morning drive to a Kodava village to interact with the locals and appreciate their age-old culture and traditional houses.

After learning about their culture, enjoy a delicious home cooked Kodava lunch with the villagers.

Day 20: Coorg – Bylekuppe – Kabini

Drive to Kabini, the base for exploring Nagharhole National Park and your two night Special Stay. En route visit Bylekuppe Monastery, the second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet.

Gather around the infinity pool with its views of the Kabini River for refreshing drinks and canapés.

Tonight, watch a troupe of Kuruba tribal dancers or a documentary about the local wildlife.

Day 21: Kabini

Rise early for a game drive around the park. Afterwards visit a nearby Kuruba tribe village with a naturalist, who will talk about local agriculture. Later this afternoon keep your eyes out while on a boat safari along the Kabini River.

Day 22: Kabini – Mysore

Travel to Mysore, known for its royal heritage and colonial buildings, before checking into your hotel in Mysore for two nights. Later visit Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills and St. Philomena’s Church. Then return to Mysore Palace to view the weekly illumination of approximately 97,000 lightbulbs.

Day 23: Mysore

Freechoice: Enjoy a morning walk through Devaraja Market or learn about the hand-painted Indian card game called Ganjifa.

This afternoon drive to Srirangapatna Fortress, the former capital of the Tipu Sultan.

Enjoy dinner with a local family in Mysore related to the former royal family. The host has converted most of the rooms of her home into a colourful local school for children.

Day 24: Mysore – Bangalore – Kochi

Drive to Somnathpur, then continue to Bangalore for your flight to Kochi. Upon arrival check into your beautiful colonial-era hotel for the next three nights.

Day 25: Kochi

Head down to the harbour and watch the local fishermen expertly handling the Chinese fishing nets. Discover the different colonial influences during your tour of Fort Kochi, then visit Mattancherry Palace, Jew Town and the Synagogue. In the evening, witness a traditional Kathakali performance, a highly evolved classical form of dance, drama and music.

Day 26: Kochi

Freechoice: Visit a local market and learn the secrets of South Indian cooking or enjoy a ‘Me Time’ yoga workshop. Alternatively, visit Kumbalanghi Village to experience traditional village life and activities.

Freechoice Dining: Dine at Pepper, an all-day diner, or try Rice Boat, a specialty seafood restaurant. Otherwise, try Dolphins Point barbeque and grill.
Day 27: Kochi – Kumarakom

After a relaxing morning, travel into the Kerala Backwaters to Kumarakom and your hotel for the next two nights.

Luxury Houseboat: Alternatively, take the opportunity to spend your first night in Kumarakom on board a houseboat, a converted traditional rice barge known as Kettuvallam, and cruise through the lakes and Backwaters past small villages to witness the local life. Included at no extra cost but must be pre-booked.

Day 28: Kumarakom

Freechoice: Visit Philip Kutty’s Farm and enjoy a Keralan cooking class and lunch or unwind with a traditional Ayurveda massage before lunch at the resort.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Day 29: Kumarakom – Kochi

Take away wonderful memories of your Indian adventures as your journey concludes with your transfer to Kochi airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
October: 04$23,390.00$32,090.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 17$23,690.00$32,590.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 28 breakfasts, 20 lunches, 20 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Luxury Coach Travel
Flights:Air Ticket: Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho / Jaipur - Delhi - Bangalore - Mangalore / Bangalore - Kochi
Accommodation:22 nights accommodation
Guide:Expert Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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India’s Royal Heritage

Unveil the true soul of North India! Golden, blue and pink cities, lake palaces, great deserts, impressive forts and mighty temples, the stunning tapestry of North India will enthral and delight even the most experienced of travellers. Uncover North India’s Royal Heritage as you explore the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur, take in the view from the top of Mehrangarh Fort or have a true Rajasthani desert adventure atop a camel near the ‘Golden City’ of Jaisalmer. While in Udaipur, the city of lakes, stay in the extraordinary Taj Lake Palace Hotel. Venture deep into Rajasthan, possibly the most romantic and mythical state on the sub-continent and stay in characteristic forts and hunting lodges in the smaller towns of Nagaur and Narlai. Be at home in a palace in the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur and the search for the elusive Bengal tiger in Ranthambore National Park. North India will capture your heart with its colour, splendour and brilliance.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Delhi

We welcome you to North India before arriving at your luxurious hotel for the next two nights.

Day 2: Delhi

Explore Old Delhi and India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid. Dazzle your senses on a rickshaw ride through Asia’s largest wholesale spice bazaar and Delhi’s oldest streets, finishing with a traditional lunch in Dharampura haveli. Later, visit Humayan’s Tomb and drive past the India Gate and Presidential Avenue. Tonight, enjoy a special welcome dinner.

Day 3: Delhi – Varanasi

Fly to India’s holiest Hindu city, Varanasi for a two night stay.

Enjoy a rickshaw ride down to the banks of the Ganges River. Cruise the holy river at dusk whilst listening to the sounds of traditional Indian music. Release sacred offerings into the river and witness the magical ceremony of the evening Aarti.

Day 4: Varanasi

As the sun begins to rise, drift slowly down the Ganges River and watch the many ghats come to life. Afterwards, take a stroll along the ghats and laneways of the Old City. Later, journey to one of Buddhism’s most important sites in Sarnath.

Day 5: Varanasi – Khajuraho

Freechoice: Undertake a yoga lesson or visit a Shiva Temple to experience Rudrabhishek.

Fly to Khajuraho, famous for its magnificent World Heritage-listed temple architecture. Enjoy a two night stay at your hotel overlooking the iconic temples.

Day 6: Khajuraho

Visit the exquisitely sculpted sandstone temples depicting the exotic Karma Sutra carvings for which these temples are famous.

Freechoice: Watch a sound and light show at the temples or a traditional folk dance.
Day 7: Khajuraho – Orchha – Jhansi – Agra

Drive to Orchha and enjoy a walking tour of the old town. Continue to Jhansi and board a train to Agra. Arrive in the early evening at your luxurious Special Stay hotel in Agra, only 600 metres from the magnificent Taj Mahal.

Day 8: Agra

Marvel at the Taj Mahal at sunrise with its shimmering marble domes and towers reflected in the landscaped pools. Later, discover the World Heritage-listed Mughal Red Fort of Agra.

Gather for evening drinks to overlook and appreciate the architectural wonder of the Taj Mahal from the close proximity of your hotel.

Freechoice Dining: Choose from Asian cuisine at C’est Chine, or a North Indian BBQ. Alternatively, enjoy the buffet at the Bellevue, located at your hotel.
Day 9: Agra – Ranthambore National Park

Explore the World Heritage-listed Site of Fatehpur Sikri en route to Bharatpur. Board a train to travel to Ranthambore National Park and settle into your luxury tent for a two night Special Stay.

Day 10 – Ranthambore National Park

Accompanied by an expert wildlife naturalist, search for the elusive Bengal tiger during private morning and afternoon game drives.

Day 11: Ranthambore National Park – Jaipur

Drive to the Pink City, visiting Abhaneri village and its 1,000-year-old step well en route. Later, stop for lunch at Castle Kanota, the setting for the Viceroy Club in the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Stay at your regal hotel in Jaipur for three nights.

Day 12: Jaipur

Visit the City Palace, home to the rulers of Jaipur. Marvel at the magnificent Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in the 18th century and the magnificent Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) with its honeycombed sandstone windows. Experience the art and history of Henna at your hotel.

Freechoice Dining: Learn about traditional Indian cooking with the Ikaki Niwas family or savour the views from high up in Amer Fort while dining at 1135 Restaurant. Alternatively, dine in house at the Giardino Italian restaurant.
Day 13: Jaipur

Begin the day exploring the striking hilltop Amer Fort before enjoying the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, dine at the restored Samode Haveli.

Day 14:  Jaipur – Nagaur

Pass small villages and towns on the way to Nagaur and the magnificent hotel Ranvas, located in the original fort.

Step back in time with an exclusive dinner within Bakht Singh courtyard Baradari in Ahhichatragarh Fort. Dine dressed in traditional turbans and saris, just as the former residents once did.

Day 15: Nagaur – Jaisalmer

Continue west into the desert of Rajasthan to the Golden City of Jaisalmer. Take an orientation walk visiting the well-known Patwon-ki Haveli and Salim Sing-ki-Havelis. Stay two nights at your distinctive hotel in Jaisalmer.

Freechoice Dining: Dine on international fare at Nosh or try traditional rajasthani Thali at the specialty restaurant Legends of Marwad.
Day 16: Jaisalmer

Visit the 800-year-old Jaisalmer Fort and Gadsisar Sagar Tank.

Take a camel or camel cart sunset trek across the sand dunes before a torch-lit dinner on the dunes.

Day 17: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur

Continue to the Blue City for the next two nights. Marvel at the close up view of the Mehrangarh Fort from your room at your boutique hotel located inside the old walled city. Enjoy a tuk tuk ride around the surrounding streets locating the local market close by.

Day 18: Jodhpur

Take a jeep adventure to nearby Bishnoi Villages and learn about their rural way of life.

Accompanied by the museum curator, enjoy a glass of Champagne overlooking the city before continuing on an exclusive walking tour of Mehrangarh Fort. Dinner is at the fort providing an outstanding vantage point.

Day 19: Jodhpur – Narlai

See the rural tribal hamlets whilst driving to the small village of Narlai. Settle into your hotel, a former hunting lodge. Later, set out on your first jeep safari looking for leopards and peacocks on their morning prowl.

Day 20: Narlai

Rise early to watch sunrise over the lake on your jeep safari in hope to view a leopard on their morning prowl. Later, undertake a leisurely walk around town.

Enjoy a drink with a member of the local royal family and then take a bullock cart ride to tonight’s dinner venue and enjoy a delicious dinner by a candlelit 1,100-year-old well. Uniquely romantic.

Day 21: Narlai – Ranakpur – Udaipur

Drive to the ‘City of Lakes’ via Ranakpur to visit the intricate Jain Temple. In Udaipur, live like royalty during your two night Special Stay.

Day 22: Udaipur

Freechoice: Take a cultural walk through the markets or explore the City Palace, built entirely in granite and marble.

Cruise the serene waters of Lake Pichola before indulging in your sumptuous private Mewar Terrace farewell dinner. Overlooking the magical City Palace and Lake Pichola, this is a fitting end to your tour.

Day 23: Udaipur – Delhi

Bid farewell to India as you fly to Delhi (please book onward flights after 9.00pm). Alternatively, you can use your included flight to fly from Udaipur to Mumbai for a post-tour extension.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
October: 04$20,390.00$28,490.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 17$20,590.00$28,690.00
February: 28$20,490.00$28,590.00
October: 03$20,690.00$28,790.00
November: 14$20,690.00$28,790.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 22 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 14 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Luxury Coach Travel
Flights:Air Ticket: Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho / Udaipur - Delhi or Mumbai
Rail:Rail Ticket: Jhansi - Agra / Bharatpur - Ranthambore National Park
Accommodation:22 nights accommodation
Guide:Expert Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Southern India Odyssey

Enjoy an in-depth exploration of Southern India and its many wonders during this 26 day journey of discovery. Rich in colonial history and flush with spectacular scenery and wildlife, this itinerary is the ideal way to see the whole of this incredible region.

Start in Bangalore, heavily influenced by its British colonial history. From there, the amazing wildlife of Nagharhole National Park and the lush highlands of Coorg beckon, before you embrace your spiritual side during a visit to Bylekuppe, the second largest Tibetan settlement outside of Tibet. Arriving in Mysore, join a local family for dinner and witness the city’s impressive illuminated palace. Explore the coastal city of Kochi before heading to the famous Kerala Backwaters, one of the world’s great waterways. Opportunities for wildlife spotting abound in Periyar National Park, while in Tamil Nadu you can enjoy several days exploring local temples, culture and traditional life. From French-influenced Puducherry, head to Chennai where your southern sojourn concludes.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Bangalore

Be welcomed to South India and your hotel for two nights in Bangalore.

Day 2: Bangalore

Explore Bangalore visiting the Botanical Gardens, Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace and the Bull Temple, and drive past the Government Secretariat, Legislature Building and Cubbon. Enjoy lunch and wine tasting at Grover Zampa vineyards to learn about the art of winemaking.

Day 3: Bangalore – Bekal

Fly to Mangalore and travel to Bekal, located on the coast of the Arabian Sea. Relax by the sea during your two night stay.

Day 4: Bekal

During your morning’s exploration visit Madhur Temple, Malik Deenar Mosque and Bekal Fort. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon to enjoy the resort’s facilities at leisure.

Day 5: Bekal – Coorg

Leave for Coorg and a two night Special Stay, staying in a Lily Pool Villa with your own private pool. After lunch, enjoy a guided tour of a working coffee and spice plantation before tonight’s cultural show.

Day 6: Coorg

This morning drive to a Kodava village to interact with the locals and appreciate their age-old culture and traditional houses.

After learning about their culture, enjoy a delicious home cooked Kodava lunch with the villagers.

Day 7: Coorg – Bylekuppe – Kabini

Drive to Kabini, the base for exploring Nagharhole National Park and your two night Special Stay. En route visit Bylekuppe Monastery, the second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet.

Gather around the infinity pool with its views of the Kabini River for refreshing drinks and canapés.

Tonight, watch a troupe of Kuruba tribal dancers or a documentary about the local wildlife.

Day 8: Kabini

Rise early for a game drive around the park. Afterwards visit a nearby Kuruba tribe village with a naturalist, who will talk about local agriculture. Later this afternoon keep your eyes out while on a boat safari along the Kabini River.

Day 9: Kabini – Mysore

Travel to Mysore, known for its royal heritage and colonial buildings, before checking into your hotel in Mysore for two nights. Later visit Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills and St. Philomena’s Church. Then return to Mysore Palace to view the weekly illumination of approximately 97,000 lightbulbs.

Day 10: Mysore

Freechoice: Enjoy a morning walk through Devaraja Market or learn about the hand-painted Indian card game called Ganjifa.

This afternoon drive to Srirangapatna Fortress, the former capital of the Tipu Sultan.

Enjoy dinner with a local family in Mysore related to the former royal family. The host has converted most of the rooms of her home into a colourful local school for children

Day 11: Mysore – Bangalore – Kochi

Drive to Somnathpur, then continue to Bangalore for your flight to Kochi. Upon arrival check into your beautiful colonial-era hotel for the next three nights.

Day 12: Kochi

Head down to the harbour and watch the local fishermen expertly handling the Chinese fishing nets. Discover the different colonial influences during your tour of Fort Kochi, then visit Mattancherry Palace, Jew Town and the Synagogue. In the evening, witness a traditional Kathakali performance, a highly evolved classical form of dance, drama and music.

Day 13: Kochi

Freechoice: Visit a local market and learn the secrets of South Indian cooking or enjoy a ‘Me Time’ yoga workshop. Alternatively, visit Kumbalanghi Village to experience traditional village life and activities.

Freechoice Dining: Dine at Pepper, an all-day diner, or try Rice Boat, a specialty seafood restaurant. Otherwise, try Dolphins Point barbeque and grill.
Day 14: Kochi – Kumarakom

After a relaxing morning, travel into the Kerala Backwaters to Kumarakom and your hotel the next two nights.

Luxury Houseboat: Alternatively, take the opportunity to spend your first night in Kumarakom on board a houseboat, a converted traditional rice barge known as Kettuvallam, and cruise through the lakes and Backwaters past small villages to witness the local life. Included at no extra cost but must be pre-booked.

Day 15: Kumarakom

Freechoice: Visit Philip Kutty’s Farm and enjoy a Keralan cooking class and lunch or unwind with a traditional Ayurveda massage before lunch at the resort.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Day 16: Kumarakom – Periyar National Park

Ascend into the highlands to Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. Located in Thekkady, this wildlife reserve is known for its elephant population. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise on Periyar Lake. Overnight stay in Periyar.

Day 17: Periyar National Park – Madurai

Freechoice: Join an early morning guided jungle walk in the reserve or take a jeep tour through the surrounding countryside, passing local spice farms and plantations, for panoramic views over Tamil Nadu.

Wander through a small family-owned spice plantation and learn how spices grow before enjoying a lunch prepared by the family.

Cross into Tamil Nadu, the ‘State of Temples’ and drive to Madurai, known as the ‘Athens of the East’. Enjoy a two night stay.

Day 18: Madurai

Rise early for a walk through the heritage section of town to witness the early morning rituals. Later, wander through the local flower and vegetable market and the weavers market. An impressive sight awaits as you visit one of South India’s biggest pilgrimage sites, the Sri Meenakshi Temple, dating from the 1500s. Dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva, its nine towering gopurams – or monumental gates – and 12 towers rise high above the surrounding countryside. This evening return by tuk tuk to this magnificent Hindu temple to witness the rituals and celebration of the evening puja ceremony.

Day 19: Madurai – Chettinad

Drive to the small village of Karaikudi, located in the area known as ‘Chettinad’. The merchants and traders (the Chettiars) amassed fortunes from their roles as bankers, building remarkable homes. Experience a bullock cart ride through the narrow streets exploring the charm and faded elegance of colonial bungalows and merchant houses, stopping for a weaving demonstration en route. Stay at your beautifully restored Art Deco mansion, for the next two nights.

Day 20: Chettinad

Witness ‘Kolam making’, colourful designs made with dyed rice, before visiting a pottery village to watch the colourful local tiles called Athangudi being crafted by hand. This afternoon, take a heritage walk and visit Chettinad Palace.

Enjoy a traditional cooking demonstration of Chettinad’s unique cuisine before a private Bharattnatayam classical dance performance, one of the most popular classical Indian dances. Settle back and feast on a typical Chettinad wedding dinner menu.

Day 21: Chettinad – Trichy – Tanjore

Journey through the ‘rice bowl’ of Tamil Nadu and on to Trichy, the former Madurai Nayak capital.

Freechoice: Choose to climb the Rock Fort Temple or visit the island and temples of Srirangam.

Continue to Tanjore and stay overnight at your newly restored hotel.

Day 22: Tanjore – Puducherry:

Discover the World Heritage-listed 11th century Brihadishvara Temple.

See a demonstration by master craftsmen on the ancient art of lost-wax casting. Also known as ‘precision casting’ or ‘cire perdue’ in French, it is a method of bronze casting dating back 5,700 years.

Later, drive to the pretty seaside town of Puducherry, the former capital of the French territories in India, then known as Pondicherry. Stay at your romantic hotel, a beautiful tribute to the town’s French legacy.

Day 23: Puducherry

Learn how the local Tamil population successfully assimilated French culture with their own during a heritage walking tour. Stroll past charming Tamil and colonial fusion architecture and visit the Aurobindo Ashram.

Day 24: Puducherry – Mamallapuram – Chennai

En route to Chennai stop at Mamallapuram to explore the spectacular World Heritage-listed Shore Temples. In Chennai, check into your beautiful hotel a two night Special Stay.

Freechoice Dining: Dine on international cuisine at Spectra or China XO, featuring the flavours of China. Alternatively try Jamavar, specialising in Indian cuisine.
Day 25: Chennai

Freechoice: Walk through Georgetown and discover its markets and colonial laneways or explore the 8th century Hindu temples in Kanchipuram. Alternatively, visit a local Indian market and take part in a cooking lesson.

Later, discover the history of the Basilica of San Thome, supposedly the final resting place of St Thomas. Tonight, reminisce about your wonderful journey at your farewell dinner.

Day 26: Chennai

Transfer to Chennai airport and depart South India with wonderful memories.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
October: 17$17,090.00$22,390.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 30$17,490.00$23,090.00
October: 16$16,990.00$22,290.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 25 breakfasts, 20 lunches, 21 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Luxury Coach Travel
Flights:Air Ticket: Bangalore - Bekal - Kochi
Accommodation:25 nights accommodation
Guide:Expert Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Icons & Hidden Treasures of Northern India

From elaborate royal palaces to the most desolate landscapes, enter into a world of extremes in northern India. Discover Delhi’s colonial grandeur and mouthwatering cuisine. Take in the imposing magnificence of Jaipur’s City Palace and hillside Amber Fort. And let the Taj Mahal mesmerise at sunrise and sunset. Then, head into a limitless wilderness where the leopard roams wild and free and rare birdlife provides a delightful diversion. Live like a maharaja in regal palaces, historic havelis and luxury tented camps – after all, this is the Land of Kings.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Namaste and welcome to Delhi, India’s northern gateway. Nowhere are India’s rich cultural contrasts brought more sharply into focus than Delhi with its ruin-studded gardens, a growing contemporary art scene and world-class cuisine. Receive a warm A&K welcome and be transferred privately to your luxury hotel, The Oberoi New Delhi. Settle in and discover the superb service and facilities or step outside on your own to explore all that this dazzling city has to offer.

Hotel: The Oberoi New Delhi, 2 nights

Day 2: Delhi

Take in the sights of Old and New Delhi today. starting with a visit to the thumping heart of Old Delhi where the towering minarets of India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid, loom high above the crowded streets. Hop onto a cycle rickshaw and weave your way through the colourful bazaars of Chandni Chowk. Take a photo stop at the Red Fort, the residence of the Mughal Emperors and the seat of the Mughal capital till 1857. Gaze at the ancient ramparts, the stage for some of India’s most momentous cultural and historical events. Savour delicious local cuisine at Veda restaurant designed by one of India’s top fashion designers Rohit Bal, before continuing New Delhi, where modern India’s seeds were first sown.

Drive down the tree-lined Rajpath (the royal path) to the 42-metre-high stone arch of India Gate, a majestic monument commemorating the contribution of Indian soldiers who laid down their lives for the British Empire in World War I. At the far end of the boulevard, glimpse the sprawling President’s Residence, Rashtrapati Bhavan. Finish your tour at the Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the tallest free-standing tower in the world. Built in the early 13th century in red sandstone and marble, the tower is covered with intricate carvings of words from the Quran.

Day 3: Delhi – Agra

Begin with a visit to the heritage-listed Humayun’s Tomb. Built in 1570 for a Mughal emperor, this beautiful palatial tomb was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. Bid farewell to Delhi and journey overland to Agra, home to the mesmerising Taj Mahal. Standing proud in the heart of the city, the Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz and is now the world’s preeminent expression of passionate but restrained mourning. Drink in the breathtaking sunset over the Taj Mahal before returning to a royal welcome at The Oberoi Amarvilas, where you can continue to bask in uninterrupted views of the landmark from your luxury room.

Hotel: The Oberoi Amarvilas, 2 nights

Day 4: Agra

Rise early and return to the Taj Mahal as the morning light bathes the marble dome and minarets in a soft glow. Return to the hotel for a sumptuous breakfast, then venture to the former imperial city of the Mughal rulers, the heritage-listed Agra Fort. Venture within its red sandstone walls to discover a labyrinth of highly decorated palaces and ornate marble mosques built by the great Mughal emperor Akbar I.

Return to your luxury hotel for some time at leisure before continuing your discovery of the rich Mughal architecture. Explore the city’s laneways, bustling spice market, sacred mosques and temples. Sample treats at a 200-year-old sweet shop, hop on a cycle rickshaw and hear legends that have been passed down through generations.

Marvel at the mausoleum of Itmad ud Daulah, nicknamed “the Baby Taj”. This architectural jewel is the final resting place of Mirza Ghiyas Beg, grandfather of Mumtaz Mahal (to whom the Taj Mahal was dedicated). Admire its exquisitely carved marble surfaces and see why it’s often considered an architectural first draft of the Taj Mahal.

Continue to Mehtab Bagh (Moonlight Garden), an oasis-like garden complex across the Yamuna River from the Taj Mahal and watch the sunset cast a final golden glow over this iconic monument.

Day 5: Agra – Jaipur

Journey overland towards the dusky beauty of India’s Pink City, Jaipur. Pause en route at the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, just west of Agra, to admire one of the region’s most scenic landmarks. Founded in the 16th century by a Mughal emperor, the heritage listed red sandstone city is regarded as Emperor Akbar’s crowning architectural legacy. Enjoy lunch before a quick photo stop at the majestic Chand Baori, one of the largest stepwells in the world, before you arrive at your hotel, the exquisite Rajmahal Palace.

Hotel: Sujan Rajmahal Palace, 3 nights

Day 6: Jaipur

After breakfast, embark on a tour of the Amber Fort for a fascinating insight into the life of the Moghuls. Pay a visit to the Anokhi Museum for a lesson in the traditional Rajasthani craft of hand printing from local artists.

Afterwards, explore City Palace and its museum which houses a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armour of the Mughals and Rajputs, including swords, antiques and artefacts.

Then, admire the heavens from within the Jantar Mantar Observatory, an ancient stargazing hub packed with enormous astronomical instruments dating back to the 16th century.

Enjoy a brief photo stop at Jaipur’s most famous building, Hawa Mahal (‘Palace of Winds’), with its distinctive red and pink facade, before setting out on foot to discover the lesser-known wonders of the Pink City. Step inside lively temples to witness traditional customs, take part in a Hindu prayer ceremony, if you wish, and sip tea with locals in a beautifully restored haveli (mansion).

Day 7: Jaipur

Spend your day exploring at your own pace or choose from a range of activities including (additional charge):

Leave the hustle far behind as you soar above Jaipur’s yawning horizons and rolling hills in an enchanting early-morning hot-air balloon flight.

Spend time in the home of a noble Rajput family for an intimate cooking demonstration.

Step inside Clay Botik studio for a hands-on pottery lesson with a local artist.

Enjoy a delicious afternoon High Tea on the terraces and manicured lawns of your luxury property whilst learning about henna painting and turban tying.

Pay a visit to Digantar, a local school supported by A&K Philanthropy.

Day 8: Jaipur – Rural Rajasthan (Nimaj)

Swap the city hustle for the serenity of Rajasthani tented camp Chhatra Sagar operated by descendants of the area’s former rulers. Perched on the edge of a century-old reservoir teeming with birdlife, the five-star retreat comprises luxury en suite tents in an idyllic and peaceful rural setting. This evening get your bearings with a nature walk to spy over 200 bird species before retreating to your private sitting area looking out across the water.

Hotel: Raas Chhatrasagar, 2 nights

Day 9: Rural Rajasthan (Nimaj)

Wake up to views of the water and glorious birdsong. Then, explore your way from a selection of included activities. Tour the local farm and village by open-top jeep, witness the region’s cottage industries in action, and meet local children at the school. For something truly relaxing, drift across the lake on a tranquil boat trip.

Day 10: Rural Rajasthan (Nimaj) – Jodhpur

Bid farewell to your tranquil setting and continue to Jodhpur on the edge of the great Thar Desert. Settle into your hotel, before exploring the treasures of the Blue City. Venture high to the majestic Mehrangarh Fort on a clifftop overlooking the city. Marvel at the intricately carved walls and relive the rich history contained within the fort. Then, marvel at the gleaming white Jaswant Thada in contrast with its red sandstone base. Continue into the heart of the old city and wind through the narrow alleys of the bustling Sardar Market, an explosion of colour and filled with trinkets and handicrafts. Sample one of the city’s famous lassi, a sweet blend of yoghurt and spices, under the Clock Tower before returning to your hotel.

Hotel: Raas Jodhpur, 2 nights

Day 11: Jodhpur

Drive to Salawas for a morning safari, and visit with local potters, weavers and the Bishnoi people. Discover a fascinating culture and ethnic community in the nearby Bishnoi villages. Founded by Guru Jambheshwar in 1451, the Bishnoi sect is founded on 29 (Bishnoi) principles, including unconditional love for nature and wildlife. Spend time learning why they are protective of their land and their unique traditions and customs. En route to Jodhpur stop at a small weaving workshop and watch as family members keep up a hundred-year-old tradition of dhurry weaving.

Afternoon exploring at your own pace or choose an activity (additional cost). Visit to Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park located at the foot of Mehrangarh Fort or take a food walk in Jodhpur experiencing popular street food while walking down the heritage lanes of the old city and Tuk Tuk ride.

Day 12: Jodhpur – Jawai Bandh

Venture into the heart of the wild Aravalli Hills to Jawai Bandh, where leopards roamfree. Amid former kingdoms of Mewar and Marwar, the region is home to the charismatic Rabari herdsmen, a people living in harmony with the indigenous wildlife. Spend some time relaxing in your luxury tented camp before joining one of the local guides on a leisurely stroll looking for nomadic shepherds as they return at the end of the day with their goats. This evening, enjoy the tranquil setting from the stillness of your private veranda.

Hotel: Sujan Jawai, 2 nights

Day 13: Jawai Bandh

If you’re hoping to see a leopard, there’s no better place than Jawai Bandh. Head out on early morning and late afternoon drives in a customised 4×4 accompanied by your expert tracker-guide. Each drive is timed to give you optimal viewing opportunities of the sought-after spotted cat, plus a rich variety of wildlife. Between drives, immerse yourself in the luxury of your stunning tented resort. Indulge in a rejuvenating massage, unwind with meditation or yoga, watch flamingo on the lagoon, or explore the villages of Jawai or the countryside trails surrounding the camp by bicycle or on foot (additional cost).

Day 14: Jawai Bandh – Udaipur

Drive south to India’s most romantic city, stopping en route at the Ranakpur Temples. Admire the intricate architectural style of the largest and most important temples of the Jain religion. Built in the 15th century, the exquisite marble complex comprises more than 1400 carved pillars. Arrive in Udaipur and discover a place where cascading, whitewashed mansions sit alongside deep blue lakes and the undulating Aravalli Hills.

As sunset calls, take a private boat ride on the shimmering waters of Lake Pichola and see the city rising majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert.

Hotel: The Oberoi Udaivilas, 2 nights

Day 15: Udaipur

Set out on a morning discovery of Udaipur’s distinctive architecture, arts and crafts. Your first stop is the enormous City Palace, a flamboyant fusion of Rajasthani and Mughal styles towering over the lake and featured in the James Bond movie Octopussy. Gleaming walls, marble balconies and the spectacular Peacock Courtyard will leave you in awe. Journey on to admire the beautifully carved pillars and painted walls of the three-storey Jagdish Temple. Continue to Saheliyon-ki-Bari (‘The Garden of the Maids of Honour’) to see a lavish tribute to the 48 ladies in waiting who formed part of a royal dowry. Step inside a gallery and be inspired by practising artists as they produce the miniature paintings that Udaipur is famous for. Known as the Mewar school, observe the artist using traditional stone and vegetable colours on various mediums like cotton, silk, bone and paper. Spend your afternoon at leisure.

Day 16: Depart Udaipur

Depart Udaipur with a private transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Delhi Daily: $14,325.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 15 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle
Accommodation:15 nights accommodation
Guide:English Speaking Guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Jewels of India

The Jewels of India come alive! Stretch your wings as you take in the best North India has to offer. From the history and beauty of Jodhpur to the deep spirituality of Varanasi and Sarnath, North India contains many treasures.

Peel back the layers of India’s mesmerising capital Delhi before flying to India’s holiest Hindu city, Varanasi. Spend two days exploring this fascinating place, including a sunset cruise on the mythical Ganges River where you’ll release sacred offerings into the river as the ritual of Aarti is performed. Journey to Sarnath to walk through Deer Park, where Buddha is reputed to have first taught his Dharma, or teachings. Travel to Khajuraho, which boasts some of the most incredible World Heritage-listed sandstone temples in the world, then stand in awe before the temple of love that is the Taj Mahal. Marvel at the sights of the gorgeous ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Enjoy champagne from the impressive Mehrangarh Fort and wander the streets in the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur, before relaxing by Lake Pichola in romantic Udaipur.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Be welcomed to North India with a traditional floral garland and red tikka before arriving at your hotel for the next two nights.

Day 2: Delhi

Explore Old Delhi and India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid. Dazzle your senses on a rickshaw ride through Asia’s largest wholesale spice bazaar and Delhi’s oldest streets, finishing with a traditional lunch in Dharampura haveli. Later, visit the inspiration for the Taj Mahal, Humayan’s Tomb and drive past the India Gate and Presidential Avenue. Tonight, enjoy your special welcome dinner.

Day 3: Delhi – Varanasi

Fly to India’s holiest Hindu city, Varanasi and enjoy the next two nights at your hotel.

Enjoy a rickshaw ride to the banks of the Ganges River. Cruise the holy river at dusk while listening to the sounds of traditional Indian music. Release sacred offerings into the river and witness the magical ceremony of the evening Aarti.

Day 4: Varanasi

As the sun begins to rise, drift slowly down the Ganges River and watch the many ghats come to life. Afterwards, take a stroll along the ghats and laneways of the Old City. Return to your hotel for a morning at leisure. This afternoon, journey to Sarnath and spend time at one of Buddhism’s most important sites, Deer Park.

Day 5: Varanasi – Khajuraho

Freechoice: Take a yoga lesson or visit a Shiva Temple to witness a ritual to appease the God Shiva.

Later, fly to Khajuraho, famous for its magnificent World Heritage-listed temple architecture. Enjoy a two night stay at your hotel overlooking the iconic temples.

Day 6: Khajuraho

Be inspired as you explore exquisitely sculpted sandstone temples built between the 9th and 10th centuries by the Chandela Dynasty, which dominated Central India. Marvel at scenes depicting gods and goddesses, beast and warriors, dancers and musicians and the exotic Kama Sutra carvings for which these Khajuraho temples are most famous.

Freechoice: Enjoy a sound and light show at the temples or a traditional folk dance.
Day 7: Khajuraho – Orchha – Jhansi – Agra

Drive to Orchha and enjoy a walking tour of the old town before continuing to Jhansi and boarding a train to Agra. Arrive at your luxurious Special Stay hotel for two nights in Agra, only 600 metres from the magnificent Taj Mahal.

Day 8: Agra

Marvel at the Taj Mahal at sunrise with its shimmering marble domes and towers reflected in the landscaped pools. Inlaid with black marble and semi-precious stones, this architectural marvel, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his favourite wife Mumtaz, sparkles in different colours throughout the day. Later, discover the World Heritage-listed Mughal Red Fort of Agra, built in the 16th century, and learn about the links between the two attractions.

Gather for evening drinks to overlook and appreciate the architectural wonder of the Taj Mahal from the close proximity of your hotel.

Freechoice Dining: Choose Asian cuisine at C’est Chine, or a North Indian BBQ. Alternatively, enjoy the buffet at Bellevue at your hotel.
Day 9: Agra – Jaipur

Wander around the World Heritage-listed site of the Mughal capital city of Fatehpur Sikri en route to Jaipur, also known as the ‘Pink City’. Stop and visit Abhaneri village and its 1,000-year-old step well. Check into your hotel in Jaipur for the next two nights

Day 10: Jaipur

Explore the City Palace and the World Heritage-listed Jantar Mantar, an 18th century observatory, where the remarkable astronomical devices are still used today. View the magnificent Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) with its honeycombed sandstone windows where the ladies of the royal household would watch everyday life pass by. Experience the art and history of Henna followed and dress in traditional saris and turbans before enjoying dinner in the restored Samode Haveli.

Day 11: Jaipur – Pushkar

Begin your day by exploring the striking hilltop Amer Fort. Explore the Maharajah’s apartments, the many palaces with interiors richly decorated with exquisite paintings and intricate carvings. Soak in the views of the massive ramparts surrounding the complex before driving to Pushkar, home of the famous camel fair. Enjoy an overnight stay.

Day 12: Pushkar – Jodhpur

After visiting Pushkar Lake and the Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, one of the very few temples of Hindu Lord Brahma, continue to the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur for the next two nights. Marvel at the close up view of the Mehrangarh Fort from your room at your boutique hotel located inside the old walled city. Enjoy a tuk tuk ride around the surrounding streets locating the local market within walking distance of your hotel.

Day 13: Jodhpur

This morning take off on a jeep adventure to the nearby Bishnoi Villages, learning about their rural way of life. This afternoon time is your own to relax at the hotel or continue to explore the old city and markets.

This evening, accompanied by the museum curator, enjoy a glass of Champagne overlooking the city before continuing on an exclusive walking tour of Mehrangarh Fort. Dinner is at the Fort providing an outstanding vantage point over the city.

Day 14: Jodhpur – Udaipur

Journey to Ranakpur, set in a secluded valley and discover the beautiful and spectacular 15th century Jain Temples. Rising majestically from a hill, the temples are exquisitely carved, boasting marble domes and 1,444 intricately carved pillars. Continue to Udaipur, one of Rajasthan’s most beautiful and romantic cities set at the southern end of the Aravalli Hills for your two night stay located on the edge of Lake Pichola overlooking the City Palace.

Day 15: Udaipur

Freechoice: Take a walk through the markets or explore the City Palace, built in granite and marble, and the nearby Jagdish Temple.

Cruise the serene waters of Lake Pichola during the magical hours of dusk.

Reflect on your journey while enjoying pre-dinner drinks. Indulge in your sumptuous private farewell dinner, decorated with flowers and candles overlooking the magical City Palace and Lake Pichola, a fitting end to your tour.

Day 16: Udaipur – Delhi / Mumbai

Bid farewell to India as you fly to Delhi. Please book onward flights to depart Delhi after 9.00pm. Alternatively, you can use your included flight to fly from Udaipur to Mumbai for a post-tour extension.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
November: 19$14,390.00$19,790.00
2021 Dates & Prices
February: 11$14,090.00$19,490.00
November: 04$14,390.00$19,990.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 15 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Luxury Coach Travel
Flights:Air Ticket: Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho / Udaipur - Delhi or Mumbai
Rail:Rail Ticket: Jhansi - Agra
Accommodation:15 nights accommodation
Guide:Expert Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Golden India

The essence of the golden triangle. Celebrate the rich history, culture and landscapes of this diverse and fascinating region with the perfect introduction to the wonders of North India on this Golden India Tour. Explore Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India before winding your way through Delhi’s oldest streets in a rickshaw and enjoying lunch with a family in a traditional haveli. Journey to Varanasi and float down the Ganges River before marvelling at the workmanship of the Khajuraho Temples. In Agra, experience sunrise over the mighty Taj Mahal whilst in the evening relax with sundowner drinks overlooking this monument to love. Spend two nights at the Oberoi Vanyavilas in Ranthambore National Park, searching for the elusive Bengal tiger before travelling to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur where a host of treasures await, including the magnificent World Heritage-listed observatory of Jantar Mantar and the Palace of the Winds.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

We welcome you to North India before arriving at your luxurious hotel for the next two nights.

Day 2: Delhi

Explore Old Delhi and India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid. Dazzle your senses on a rickshaw ride through Asia’s largest wholesale spice bazaar and Delhi’s oldest streets, finishing with a traditional lunch in Dharampura haveli. Later, visit Humayan’s Tomb and drive past the India Gate and Presidential Avenue. Tonight, enjoy a special welcome dinner.

Day 3: Delhi – Varanasi

Fly to India’s holiest Hindu city, Varanasi for a two night stay.

Enjoy a rickshaw ride down to the banks of the Ganges River. Cruise the holy river at dusk whilst listening to the sounds of traditional Indian music. Release sacred offerings into the river and witness the magical ceremony of the evening Aarti.

Day 4: Varanasi

As the sun begins to rise, drift slowly down the Ganges River and watch the many ghats come to life. Afterwards, take a stroll along the ghats and laneways of the Old City. Later, journey to one of Buddhism’s most important sites in Sarnath.

Day 5: Varanasi – Khajuraho

Freechoice: Undertake a yoga lesson or visit a Shiva Temple to experience Rudrabhishek.

Fly to Khajuraho, famous for its magnificent World Heritage-listed temple architecture. Enjoy a two night stay at your hotel overlooking the iconic temples.

Day 6: Khajuraho

Visit the exquisitely sculpted sandstone temples depicting the exotic Karma Sutra carvings for which these temples are famous.

Freechoice: Watch a sound and light show at the temples or a traditional folk dance.
Day 7: Khajuraho – Orchha – Jhansi – Agra

Drive to Orchha and enjoy a walking tour of the old town. Continue to Jhansi and board a train to Agra. Arrive in the early evening at your luxurious Special Stay hotel in Agra, only 600 metres from the magnificent Taj Mahal.

Day 8: Agra

Marvel at the Taj Mahal at sunrise with its shimmering marble domes and towers reflected in the landscaped pools. Later, discover the World Heritage-listed Mughal Red Fort of Agra.

Gather for evening drinks to overlook and appreciate the architectural wonder of the Taj Mahal from the close proximity of your hotel.

Freechoice Dining: Choose from Asian cuisine at C’est Chine, or a North Indian BBQ. Alternatively, enjoy the buffet at the Bellevue, located at your hotel.
Day 9: Agra – Ranthambore National Park

Explore the World Heritage-listed Site of Fatehpur Sikri en route to Bharatpur. Board a train to travel to Ranthambore National Park and settle into your luxury tent for a two night Special Stay.

Day 10: Ranthambore National Park

Accompanied by an expert wildlife naturalist, search for the elusive Bengal tiger during private morning and afternoon game drives.

Day 11: Ranthambore National Park – Jaipur

Drive to the Pink City, visiting Abhaneri village and its 1,000-year-old step well en route. Later, stop for lunch at Castle Kanota, the setting for the Viceroy Club in the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Stay at your regal hotel in Jaipur for three nights.

Day 12: Jaipur

Visit the City Palace, home to the rulers of Jaipur. Marvel at the magnificent Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in the 18th century and the magnificent Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) with its honeycombed sandstone windows. Experience the art and history of Henna at your hotel.

Freechoice Dining: Learn about traditional Indian cooking with the Ikaki Niwas family or savour the views from high up in Amer Fort while dining at 1135 Restaurant. Alternatively, dine in house at the Giardino Italian restaurant.
Day 13: Jaipur

Begin the day exploring the striking hilltop Amer Fort before enjoying the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, dine at the restored Samode Haveli.

Day 14: Jaipur – Delhi

Bid farewell to India today as you fly to Delhi. Please book your onward flight to depart Delhi after 9.00pm.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
October: 04$12,990.00$18,090.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 17$13,390.00$18,490.00
February: 28$12,990.00$18,090.00
October: 03$13,190.00$18,290.00
November: 14$13,190.00$18,290.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 8 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Luxury Coach Travel
Flights:Air Ticket: Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho / Jaipur - Delhi
Rail:Rail Ticket: Jhansi - Agra / Bharatpur - Ranthambore National Park
Accommodation:13 nights accommodation
Guide:Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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