Colours of India 9 Days

$1,999.00

Delhi, Pushkar, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur & Agra

From the towering Himalayas, through the deserts of Rajasthan to the jungles and beaches of the south, the Indian sub-continent has long held an almost overwhelming attraction and mystery for travellers from East and West. Home to Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, Muslims, Hindus and other faiths, India is both the world's largest modern democracy and the cradle some of humanity's most profound ancient philosophies, and their heritage of art, architecture, dress and food.

Arriving in and departing from Delhi, most of this tour takes place in Rajasthan – home to 68 million and the crossroads of many empires that have risen to rule India over the centuries. You will experience the legacy of Hindu, Jain, Muslim and Bahai'i civilisation, and be struck by the beauty and craftsmanship of the monuments and architecture – with the Taj Mahal as an unforgettable highlight.

Highlights

  • See the majestic Taj Mahal upon the break of dawn
  • Take a boat ride on the serene Lake Pichola in Udaipur
  • Scale the beautiful Mehrangarh Fort overlooking the city of Jodhpur where many of its buildings are painted a brilliant blue
  • Stay at a heritage hotel in Pushkar
  • Experience the vistas surrounding Pushkar Lake and observe locals perform sacred rituals near the ghats (stone steps)

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Departures

2017 Package Price
06 May 15 Jul* 23 Sep** From $1,999
Land only from $1,499
per person twin share

Single Supplement $550

13 May 22 Jul* 30 Sep*
20 May 29 Jul 7 Oct*
27 May 5 Aug* 14 Oct $50 off p/p!
3 Jun 12 Aug* 21 Oct
10 Jun 19 Aug* 28 Oct
17 Jun** 26 Aug* 4 Nov
24 Jun** 2 Sep* 11 Nov
1 Jul** 09 Sep*
8 Jul** 16 Sep**
2018 Package Price
06 Jan^ 28 Apr** 18 Aug*

From $2,099
Land only from $1,599
per person twin share

Single Supplement $550

13 Jan^ 5 May 25 Aug*
20 Jan^ 12 May 1 Sep*
27 Jan^ 19 May 8 Sep*
3 Feb* 26 May 15 Sep*
10 Feb 2 Jun 22 Sep*
17 Feb 9 Jun 29 Sep**
24 Feb* 16 Jun* 6 Oct**
3 Mar 23 Jun* 13 Oct**
10 Mar 30 Jun* 20 Oct
17 Mar 7 Jul** 27 Oct
24 Mar 14 Jul** 3 Nov
31 Mar 21 Jul** 10 Nov
7 Apr** 28 Jul 17 Nov
14 Apr** 4 Aug*
21 Apr** 11 Aug*
^ Land only departure
* Peak Season Surcharge: $300
** School Holiday Surcharge: $500

Package Inclusions:

  • China Southern Airlines or Malaysia Airlines economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Transportation and transfers
  • Admissions to scenic attractions
  • Local English speaking tour guide(s)

Package Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $135
  • India visa (mandatory)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Hotel Accommodation

Location Accommodation Local Rating
Delhi Crowne Plaza Gurgaon or similar
Pushkar The Pushkar Bagh or similar
Udaipur Shikarbadi by HRH or similar
Jodhpur Park Plaza Jodhpur or similar
Jaipur KK Royal Hotel or similar
Agra The Retreat or similar

Optional Post-Tour Extension I

South India Highlights with Kerala Backwaters 9 Days

From $2,199 pp twin share

Kochi, Munnar, Thekkady, Kovalam, Alleppey, Changanssery & Kumarakom

Tour Highlights:

  • Tour Kochi and take in the local and colonial heritage of this ancient city
  • Watch the intriguing Kathakali cultural dance performance unique to South India
  • Sail through the serene backwaters of Kerala in a houseboat, and observe the daily activities of the locals
  • Escape to the lush, rolling hills of Munnar, well-known as one of South India’s largest tea and spice growing regions
  • Explore Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and discover a wealth of fauna and flora on display
  • Relax on the palm-fringed beaches of Kovalam

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Notes: If combining both Colours of India 9 Days and South India Highlights with Kerala Backwaters 9 Days tours, default airline is with Singapore Airlines at no additional cost.

Optional Post-Tour Extension II

Classic Nepal 9 Days

From $2,199 pp twin share

Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Pokhara & Sarangkot

Tour Highlights:

  • Go on an exciting safari and take in the spectacular wildlife on display at Chitwan National Park
  • Marvel at Boudhanath Stupa adorned with colourful prayer flags
  • Stop by a Tibetan refugee camp and observe the life of Tibetans in exile
  • Retreat to the beautiful Phewa Lake in the lakeside city of Pokhara
  • Observe panoramic vistas of the Himalayan ranges

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Namaste! Welcome to India. You will be met at the airport by a tour representative and transferred to your hotel.

Please note: Depending on the city of departure chosen, some flights may depart the night before on Day 0. Flights to Delhi will be via connecting cities and may involve more than one transit.

Travel to Pushkar by road (approximately 7 hours). Check in to the hotel on arrival and relax before an afternoon visit to the holy waters of Pushkar Lake. This lake, situated in the center of the city, is surrounded by numerous bathing ghats (stone steps) and more than 500 Hindu temples. Observe locals descend to the lake for ritual bathing before a visit to Brahma Temple, a temple dedicated to the lord of creation, Lord Brahma. A number of aarti ceremonies involving chanting draw crowds to this temple throughout the day.
View of Pushkar Lake
Travel to Udaipur, the soulful lake city of Rajasthan (approximately 5 hours). Check in to the hotel on arrival and relax before an afternoon visit to Udaipur City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. This palace is a unique blend of Medieval, European and Chinese architectural styles and overlooks the magnificent Lake Pichola. Stop by Saheliyon Ki Bari (‘Courtyard of the Maidens’) embellished by lush green lawns, marble art and fountains. Visit Jagdish Temple, which features an elegantly carved Indo-Aryan temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, with two massive stone elephants flanking the entrance. This evening, take a relaxing boat ride on Lake Pichola.
Lake in Udaipur
Journey to Jodhpur, the ‘blue city’ of Rajasthan. Many of the buildings in the old quarters of this city are dyed in a vibrant blue colour. Enroute to Jodhpur stop by Ranakpur and admire some temples of the Jain faith embellished with intricate white marble, which serves as a testament to one of India’s many cultural riches. On arrival in Jodhpur check in to the hotel and spend the rest of the evening at your own leisure.
Ranakpur Temple
After breakfast, explore the hauntingly beautiful Mehrangarh Fort towering over Jodhpur. Perched on a rocky cliff, this fort is enclosed by thick protective walls and its interior is made up of a series of palaces with sprawling courtyards. Spanning more than 5km across the city, this fort is one of India’s largest. Opposite the fort is the whimsical Jaswant Thada, a cenotaph-styled building with spectacular domes and intricate white marble latticework. Proceed to Jaipur this afternoon (approximately 6 hours) to the state capital of Rajasthan, where many of its buildings are flushed with a vibrant pink hue. Enjoy the evening at leisure.
Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur
Ascend to the Amber Fort this morning by jeep. This massive fort sits on a hill overlooking the beautiful Maota Lake. Although the fort is in ruins, the royal palaces, gardens and temples housed inside still retain much of their grandeur. Later, visit the City Palace, a stunning palace complex divided into a series of regal courtyards, gardens and buildings. Then, head to the fascinating Jantar Mantar Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in early 18th century and behold an impressive collection of enormous astronomical instruments that once was used to measure time, chart constellations and observe the planets and stars. Quick stop at Hawa Mahal (‘Palace of Winds’), an enchanting five-storey pink sandstone palace built in the 18th century by the king of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. Visit the stunning jewellery shops and some of the hand-block print factories to see the traditional technique of textile printing.
Amber Fort, Jaipur
Drive to the eventual Mughal capital, Agra. En route, visit Fatehpur Sikri, which was the capital of the Mughal Empire city during the 16th century. Today, this city’s buildings are still intact and showcase an excellent example of both Hindu and Muslim architectural styles. On arrival in Agra, check in to the hotel and relax. Later today explore Agra Fort, a massive red sandstone stronghold built on the banks of Yamuna River in 1565. The fort served as a military base and a royal residence during the Mughal reign over India.
Start with an early morning visit to the Taj Mahal to watch the sun rise over the monument. Return to the hotel for breakfast before departing for Delhi by road (approximately 4 hours). On arrival, visit the ancient Qutub Minar. This complex is a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture with its alternating angular and circular fluting and verses from the Quran inscribed on the sandstone exterior. Stop briefly at the Baha’i Lotus Temple, a modern architectural wonder that features 27 white marble petals styled in the shape of a lotus. Drive past India Gate and the perimeters of the Parliament House as well as the President’s House.
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight or journey home via connecting cities.
Arrive home today.