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India in Depth

Discover the many sides to India, from bustling Delhi to the incredible Taj Mahal and the holy city of Varanasi. Search for tigers in Ranthambore National Park, witness the colour and opulence of Mumbai's Bollywood and cruise the backwaters of Kerala on a traditional houseboat.The Spiritual NorthOur tour begins in the northern city of Delhi, with its intriguing mix of cultural and architectural references to ancient Islamic India and the 19th century British Raj. We take in the holy city of Varanasi as we cruise along the Ganges. One of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, and a sacred place for Hindus, we'll watch as the locals perform their colourful daily rituals.Behold the Taj MahalWe'll take in the incredible Taj Mahal at sunrise and visit Agra Fort, known for its fine Mughal architecture. We'll search for tigers on safari through Ranthambore National Park, one of the biggest National Parks in India.Relax in the SouthAs our journey heads south, we'll visit mind-blowing Mumbai and take a trip to the Mani Bhavan (Gandhi Museum) and the Hanging Gardens. We'll tour the colourful and energetic sights and sounds of Bollywood, before heading onwards to Goa and Kochi, where we'll spend a night cruising the peaceful backwards of Kerala on a traditional houseboat.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to India. Taxes included
  • 5 economy-class flights within India
  • 1 train journey between Bharatpur - Sawai Madhopur AC Chair Car
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding jeep safari vehicles and water based activities)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $222pp prepaid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 21 nights in a combination of modern and heritage hotels/resorts (3-4 star)
  • 1 night on board a traditional houseboat with private facilities
  • 22 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides
  • English-speaking national guide throughout

Sightseeing

Welcome to India and the bustling city of Delhi

  • Explore New Delhi on a 1/2 day tour including visits to Qutub Minar and Humayun's Tomb. We'll also drive past India Gate, the parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan - the President's residence.
  • Explore Old Delhi on a 1/2 day tour including Jama Masjid (inside), Raj Ghat, a rickshaw ride in Chandani Chowk and a spice tour through the Khari Baoli Market.

Varanasi and Khajuraho

  • Explore Varanasi on a city tour including Benaras Hindu University, New Vishawanath Temple and Durga Temple.
  • Enjoy a boat ride on the Ganges to witness the sun rise as well as witnessing people wash in the holy waters and performances for the Sun God.
  • Visit the world-heritage listed Western and Eastern Temples of Khajuraho before an evening sound and light show at the western group of temples.

Experience the wonder of the Taj Mahal and Agra

  • Witness the amazing Taj Mahal at sunrise.
  • Explore the imposing Agra Fort and Baby Taj.

Visit amazing temples and magnificent forts

  • Visit Jehangir Mahal, Raj Mahal and famous Raja Ram Temple in Orchha.
  • Stop at the 8th-century hill fort near Gwalior.
  • Visit the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri which was built in 1569 but abandoned 15 years later due to lack of water. The sheer size of this city and its well-preserved state will astound you!
  • Ride up to the magnificent Amber Fort in Jaipur by jeep, followed by a tour of the many beautiful rooms within the fort including the amazing Hall of Mirrors. Here the light of a single match sets off a dazzling display as it is reflected by thousands of tiny mirrors that line the walls.
  • Enjoy a 1/2 day tour of the pink city of Jaipur including Johari Bazaar, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), City Palace Complex museums and ancient Jantar Mantar Observatory.

Enjoy amazing local cuisine

  • Spend time with a local family as they teach you how to cook their way with delicious Indian spices and wander through a market. Followed by a wonderful dinner.
  • Let your tastebuds be spoiled as you enjoy a special 5-course Indo-Portuguese lunch at The Lunch Club in Goa.

Witness amazing wildlife

  • Explore Ranthambore National Park, home to the elusive tiger.

Explore Kochi and sail the backwaters of Kerala

  • Board a house boat and cruise the backwaters of Kerala.
  • Explore Kochi on an afternoon tour including the Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace and St. Francis Church

Be dazzled in Mumbai

  • Visit the Bollywood city, Mumbai, and be amazed by this city that never sleeps!
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
24
Price From
AUD $9,995
Start Location
India
End Location
India
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
4 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Marine/Cruise, Rail, Relaxing
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
07 Oct 201830 Oct 2018Guaranteed DepartureAUD $9,558
18 Nov 201811 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $10,158
02 Dec 201825 Dec 2017AvailableAUD $10,358
20 Jan 201912 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $10,058
10 Feb 201905 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $10,058
24 Feb 201919 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $10,058
03 Mar 201926 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $10,058
17 Mar 201909 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $9,558
Itinerary
India in Depth

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Delhi

Welcome to Delhi, India's bustling capital!

Day 2. Delhi

Departing late morning, we embark on a sightseeing tour of New Delhi. Highlights here include Qutub Minar and Humayun's Tomb. Tonight we'll enjoy traditional Indian delicacies at a group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 3. Delhi

A busy morning touring Old Delhi. We'll discover the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat, take a rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk and an exotic spice tour of Khari Baoli market. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B]

Day 4. Delhi - Varanasi

Today we fly to the holy city of Varanasi, the spiritual home of Hinduism and the cultural capital of India. Often referred to as Benaras, Mark Twain once reflected upon this city: "Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together". [B]

Special Experience: This evening we take a rickshaw down to the holy Ganges River to observe the aarti prayer ceremony, performed at Dashashvamedh Ghat every day at sunset.

Day 5. Varanasi

We start the day with a boat ride on the Ganges. As the sun rises we'll watch the devotees who come to perform their purification rituals. The best time to visit the Ghats (river banks) is at dawn when the pilgrims take their morning dip. [B]

Day 6. Varanasi - Khajuraho

Enjoy the morning at leisure before our flight to Khajuraho. Once we arrive, the remainder of your day can be spent relaxing or exploring the town. [B]

Day 7. Khajuraho

Today we'll explore Khajuraho's Chandella Dynasty temples. Originally about 85 temples were constructed, 20 of which still exist today. Some of these structures are amongst India's greatest works of art. This evening we'll experience a garden sound and light show which traces the story of these unique temples from the 10th century to the present day. [B]

Day 8. Khajuraho - Orchha

This morning we drive from Khajuraho to Orchha and stop at a rural farm along the way to get an insight into day-to-day life. Upon arrival in Orchha, we visit the Jehangir Mahal, Raj Mahal and the famous Raja Ram Temple which dates back to the 17th century. Orchha, once the capital of Bundelas, is a village set amongst a complex of well-preserved palaces and temples. Though Orchha was founded in 1531, its golden age was during the first half of 17th century when the Jehangir Mahal was built in honour of Jehangir, on his visit to the city in 1606. [B]

Day 9. Orchha - Agra

Today we make our way to Agra, home of the incredible Taj Mahal. [B]

Special Experience: Visit Gwalior Fort, an impressive 8th-century hill fortress with a perfumed underground pool, then board the Taj Express train to Agra.

Day 10. Agra

Watch the sun rise this morning over the breathtaking Taj Mahal, coating it in a pearly-pink mist. We'll also explore Agra Fort, known for its fine Mughal architecture, and then step back in time visiting Baby Taj, otherwise known as the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B]

A note on Taj Mahal renovations: For the past two years the iconic Taj Mahal has been undergoing a mud-pack therapy treatment to clean and protect its ivory-white surface. Unfortunately it is expected that the main dome will be covered with scaffolding for the period of May to November 2018.

Day 11. Agra - Ranthambore

As we travel to Ranthambore National Park, we'll stop to visit the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. We'll then take a short journey on the local train to Sawai Madhopur and continue by road into Ranthambore. [B]

Day 12. Ranthambore National Park

Famous for its tigers, Ranthambore National Park is our destination today. It is one of the biggest and most renowned National Parks in Northern India, and is spread over an area of 1,334 square kilometres. It is one of the best locations in India to see the majestic tigers in their natural environment. We'll head out on a safari by shared Canter vehicle in search of these beautiful predators in their natural environment. [B,L,D]

Day 13. Ranthambore - Jaipur

Our search for tigers continues this morning. We'll also try to spot leopards, hyenas, jackals, porcupines, crocodiles, deer and gazelle. After lunch we depart for the 'Pink City', Jaipur. Jaipur is a bustling capital city, a business centre and a metropolis that still manages to retain its age-old charm. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. [B,L]

Day 14. Jaipur

Our day in the Rajasthani capital begins at majestic Amber Fort. One of the most exquisite creations in the Amber Fort is the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors); its walls are covered with tiny mirrors and when dark can become a dazzling fantasy with the light of a single match. This afternoon, we drive through the famous Johari Bazaar on the way to the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a major landmark of the city. Later we visit the rich and prosperous museums located inside the elegant City Palace Complex and the ancient Jantar Mantar Observatory. [B,D]

Special Experience: Tonight we'll interact with a local family during a traditional cooking lesson, then join them for dinner.

Day 15. Jaipur - Mumbai

This morning we fly to Mumbai, India's city that never sleeps. Our afternoon city tour includes the Marine Drive, Mani Bhavan Ghandi Museum, the Prince of Wales Museum and the Hanging Gardens. [B]

Day 16. Mumbai

Experience the glamour and excitement of Bollywood today. We'll visit a live shoot, explore famous film sets and perhaps even take a photo with a Bollywood star! After lunch at a local restaurant, the afternoon is free for you to enjoy at leisure. [B,L]

Day 17. Mumbai - Goa

Today we fly south to beautiful Goa, the easternmost capital of the former Portuguese Empire, on India's west coast. There is a Mediterranean atmosphere in the quaint towns with their red-tiled roofs and narrow streets, and the charming fishing villages snuggled against coconut groves. Strung along Goa's 100-kilometre-long coastline are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and dazzling stretches of golden sand edging the aquamarine expanse of the Arabian Sea. [B]

Day 18. Goa

Special Experience: Tour a stunning 300 year-old Portuguese mansion and enjoy a decadent five-course lunch, inspired by the flavours of Portugal and India. [B,L]

Day 19. Goa

Enjoy a day at leisure to relax in this beautiful beach setting. [B]

Day 20. Goa - Kochi

The morning is at leisure before this afternoon's flight to Kochi, a vibrant city situated on India's south-west coast in the scenic state of Kerala. Facing the Arabian Sea, Kochi has one of the finest natural harbours in the world. The older parts of the city are an unlikely blend of medieval Portuguese, Dutch and English country village grafted onto the tropical Malabar Coast. [B]

Day 21. Kochi - Alleppey

After breakfast we travel to Alleppey and board a traditional houseboat to cruise through the peaceful backwaters of Kerala. The houseboats, traditionally known as 'Kettuvallam', are made entirely of natural materials including wood, rattan and bamboo. With a slightly upturned prow and rear, it sits low in the water. In front, roofed but otherwise open to air, is the living and dining area, its sides shaded by shutters that prop open midway by bamboo poles. Sit back and relax as we meander through the maze of canals. [B,L,D]

Day 22. Alleppey - Kochi

After disembarking, we return to Kochi and spend the afternoon seeing the sights of the city. Highlights include the Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace and St Francis Church. This evening we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner and a classical Kathakali dance performance. [B,D]

Day 23. Depart Kochi

Tonight we begin our journey home. [B,L]

Day 24. Arrive Australia

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