Passage to India 7 Days

$1,699.00

Delhi, Agra & Jaipur

The Indian sub-continent from its vast geographical terrain to its cultural diversity is extraordinary, and as captivating as it is inspiring.

India's cities teem with an incredible melting pot of cultures steeped in millennia of history and age-old traditions. This tour starts with a drive through Delhi to get a taste of the lifestyle, before heading to Agra to view the incomparable Taj Mahal. Then on to Rajasthan province's Jaipur city to explore the incredible architectural and astronomical achievements of past rulers of northern India. Head back to Delhi, taking in highlights such as the Bahai'i Lotus Temple, the Mahatma Gandhi museum, and Humayun's tomb – which inspired the Taj Mahal.

This tour can be combined with a two day extension to explore Ranthambore National Park, an additional four days to take in Kerala's beautiful backwaters, and/or an additional six days stopover in Nepal before heading home.

Highlights

  • Behold the dreamy façade of Taj Mahal upon the break of dawn
  • See Humayun's Tomb, the inspiration for the Taj Mahal
  • Ascend the beautiful Amber Fort overlooking Maota Lake
  • Marvel at the ancient UNESCO World Heritage Site Qutub Minar
  • Walk in the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Smriti
  • Visit the Lotus Temple and learn about the unique Baha'i faith

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Departures

2018 Package Price
11 Mar (SAF) 30 Sep** (KER) 04 Nov (SAF) From $1,699
Land Only from $1,199

per person twin share

Single Supplement $400

15 Apr** (SAF) 14 Oct** (SAF) 18 Nov (SAF)
16 Sep (KER) 28 Oct (SAF)
* Peak Season Surcharge: $300
** School Holiday Surcharge: $500
(SAF) Ranthambore Wildlife Safari Extension available
(KER) Kerala Backwaters Extension available

Package Inclusions:

  • China Southern Airlines economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation
  • Transportation & transfers
  • Daily breakfast
  • Admissions to scenic attractions
  • Locally based English-speaking tour guides

Package Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $90
  • India visa (mandatory)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expense and anything else not stated

Hotel Accommodation

Area Hotel Local Rating
Delhi Crowne Plaza Gurgaon or similar local rating
Agra Ramada Plaza or similar local rating
Jaipur KK Royal Hotel or similar local rating

Optional Mid-Tour Extension I

Ranthambore Wildlife Safari 2 Nights

Ranthambore National Park and Tiger Reserve is home to the largest population of the elusive and endangered Bengal tiger, as well as a host of exceptional species of flora and fauna. This was once the preferred hunting grounds of the royal Maharajas of bygone days, but is now an attraction for many nature, wildlife, and photography enthusiasts.

Package Price Single Supplement
From $899
per person twin share
$250


Inclusions:

  • Entrance fee to Ranthambore National Park
  • Transportation by Jeep
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary

Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $45
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything else not stated

Accommodation:

Area Hotel Local Rating
Ranthambore Ranthambore Regency or similar

Optional Mid-Tour Extension II

Kerala Backwaters 4 Nights

Kochi is home to the famed backwaters of Kerala, aptly nicknamed ‘the Venice of South Asia’, due to its labyrinth of meandering streams, lakes, rivers, and lagoons. Here, an interesting mix of Portuguese, Dutch and English influences is manifest in Jewish synagogues, historical churches and buildings, as well as giant fishing nets said to originate from China.

Package Price Single Supplement
From $999
per person twin share
$400


Tour Highlights:

  • Float down the serene backwaters of Kerala in a houseboat
  • Watch the intriguing Kathakali cultural dance performance unique to South India
  • Marvel at the majestic Chinese fishing nets
  • Indulge in a complete and rejuvenating Ayurveda experience

Inclusions:

  • Domestic internal flight(s): Jaipur > Kochi (via Mumbai)
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Transportation & transfers
  • Site entry fees
  • Local English-speaking tour guide

Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $125
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything else not stated

Accommodation:

Area Hotel Local Rating
Kochi Crowne Plaza Kochi or similar
Alleppey Cosy Houseboat or similar
Changanssery Contour Backwater Resorts or similar

Notes:

  • There will be a slight deviation from the Delhi sightseeing portion of the Passage to India 7 Days tour itinerary for all travellers taking up the Kerala Backwaters 4 Night extension. Lotus Palace, Gandhi Smriti and Humayun’s Tomb which are normally offered as part of the Passage to India 7 Days tour package will be replaced with a visit to India Gate, a drive by Parliament House and the President’s House, capped off with a special farewell dinner.

Namaste! Welcome to Delhi. 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.

Begin your journey with a drive through the bustling streets and winding alleyways of Delhi to see the ancient Qutub Minar. This complex is a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture, with its alternating angular and circular flutings and verses from the Quran inscribed on the sandstone exterior. Leave Delhi and journey on to the historic city of Agra in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Explore Agra Fort, a massive red sandstone building built on the banks of Yamuna River in 1565. The fort served as a military base and royal residence during the great Mughal reign over India.
Qutub Minar
Rise early this morning to catch the breathtaking Taj Mahal, graced by the light of the morning sun. Considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World and the quintessential monument of India, this exquisite white-marble and inlaid semi-precious stone mausoleum complex was commissioned by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, as a memorial to his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Leave Agra and cross over to the colourful state of Rajasthan, to the mesmerising pink city of Jaipur, where many of the buildings here are flushed with a vibrant pink hue. Stop by 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. The purpose of this building’s ingenious design was to enable the ladies of the royal palace to observe city life from the palace windows.
Taj Mahal
Ascend to the Amber Fort (pictured) this morning. This massive fort sits on a hill overlooking 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. Afterwards, 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 were once used to measure time, chart constellations, and observe the planets and stars.
Amber Fort
Return to Delhi this morning. On arrival, visit the Lotus Temple, a Bahai House of Worship, which welcomes visitors of all faiths. This astonishing modern architectural wonder features 27 white-marble petals styled in the shape of a lotus. Afterwards, enjoy a special visit to Gandhi Smriti, a museum and memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, who was assassinated on 30 January 1948. Walk in the footsteps of Gandhi and discover the life and death of one of the most influential figures in Indian history, and how his spirituality and political beliefs have gone on to inspire people around the world today. The final stop will be at Humayun’s Tomb, one of the earliest Mughal monuments to date. Its design was heavily influenced by Persian architecture and served as an inspiration for the iconic Taj Mahal.
Lotus Temple
Transfer to the airport today for your journey home or continue on to your next destination.
Arrive home today.

Optional Mid-Tour Extension

Ranthambore Wildlife Safari 2 Nights

Ranthambore National Park and Tiger Reserve is home to the largest population of the elusive and endangered Bengal tiger, as well as a host of exceptional species of flora and fauna. This was once the preferred hunting grounds of the royal Maharajas of bygone days, but is now an attraction for many nature, wildlife, and photography enthusiasts.

Leave Jaipur this morning and travel onwards to Ranthambore National Park and Tiger Reserve. Other than wildlife, the park contains abandoned fortresses, thick forested regions and picturesque lakes. Overnight at Ranthambore to allow ample time for your morning and afternoon game drives tomorrow.
Ranthambore National Park and Tiger Reserve
Rise early for a morning game drive. Observe wildlife such as macaque monkeys atop tree branches and herds of spotted deer grazing in the grassy plains. If you are lucky, you may be able to sight the elusive royal Bengal tiger. There will be free time at leisure before you embark on another exhilarating game drive before dusk to increase your chances of spotting wildlife.
Ranthambore Monkey
Bid farewell to the wilderness and return to Delhi. On arrival, visit the Lotus Temple, a Baha’i House of Worship, which welcomes visitors of all faiths. This astonishing modern architectural wonder features 27 white-marble petals styled in the shape of a lotus. Thereafter will be a special visit to Gandhi Smriti, a museum and memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, who was assassinated on 30 January 1948. Walk in the footsteps of Gandhi and discover the life and death of one of the most influential figures Indian history, and how his spirituality and political belief went on to inspire people around the world today. The final stop will be at Humayun’s Tomb, one of the earliest Mughal monuments. Its design was heavily influenced by Persian architecture and served as an inspiration for the iconic Taj Mahal.
Lotus Temple
Transfer to the airport today for your journey home via connecting cities.
Arrive home today.

Optional Mid-Tour Extension

Kerala Backwaters 4 Nights

Kochi is home to the famed backwaters of Kerala, aptly nicknamed as the Venice of South Asia due to its labyrinth of meandering water streams, lakes, rivers and lagoons. Here, the interesting mix of Portuguese, Dutch and English influences lends itself to Jewish synagogues, historical churches and buildings as well as giant fishing nets from China.

Tour Highlights:

  • Float down the serene backwaters of Kerala in a houseboat
  • Watch a special traditional folk dance performance – Kathakali
  • Marvel at the majestic Chinese Fishing Nets
  • Indulge in a complete and rejuvenating Ayurveda experience
Transfer to the airport this morning after breakfast. Board your flight to Kochi via Mumbai. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel to rest.

Enjoy the sunset by the seashore and see the extravagant Chinese Fishing Nets. These giant nets are one of a kind and it has been said it was brought to India from the traders of the court of Kublai Khan in AD 1400 China. Behold a special Kathakali performance this evening. Kathakali is a traditional folk dance specific to the Kerala region and features actor-dancers dressed up in extravagant colourful make-up, costumes, face masks and vivid face painting.

Kathakali
Rise early for your chance to relax at the spa (at your own expense) before the city sightseeing commences today. Kochi is a major port city on the south-west coast of India with a touch of Portuguese, Dutch and English influence. Visit the Jewish Synagogue this afternoon, a synagogue adorned with several objects of antiquity, such as elaborate Belgian glass chandeliers, giant scrolls from the Old Testament and hundreds of Chinese 18th century hand-painted porcelain tiles. Stop by St. Francis Church, well-known for its magnificent architecture and its Portuguese influence dating back to the 15th century. Later, see the Dutch Palace (or otherwise, known as Mattancherry Palace) and museum where large elaborate art murals depicting scenes from Great Indian Epics and an impressive collection of royal items formerly owned and worn by the royal family are on display.
Head to Alleppey after breakfast. On arrival, alight for a relaxing day cruise through the serene backwaters of Kerala in a houseboat. Observe the charming village life along the banks as you cruise along in style. Enjoy a special lunch on-board and soak in the warm sunset glow before journeying back to Changanssery for a complete and rejuvenating ayurvedic experience. Ayurveda is the science of life and longevity involving the harmony of mind, body and soul.
Kerala Houseboat
Indulge in a full day experience of Kerala Ayurveda treatments after a thorough check of individual body requirements.
Kerala Ayurveda
Early breakfast before you check out of the hotel. Return to Kochi this morning for your flight to Delhi. On arrival, free time for some last minute shopping before you visit India Gate passing by the Parliament House as well as the President’s House. Enjoy a special farewell dinner before you will be transferred to the airport for your journey home via connecting cities.

Note: There will be a slight deviation from the Delhi sightseeing portion of the Passage to India tour itinerary for all travellers taking up the Kerala extension. Lotus Palace, Gandhi Smriti and Humayun’s Tomb which are normally offered as part of the Passage to India tour package will be replaced with a visit to India Gate, a drive by the Parliament House and the President’s House capped off with a special farewell dinner.

Kochi Street
Arrive home today.