Incredible India
17 Days / 16 Nights
From US$4187

Our "Incredible India" group journey will showcase the best of India's highlights, as well as exciting experiences and discoveries that will appeal to travellers of all ages. The tour begins in Delhi, a city which seems to be a palimpsest, where the history of India seems to rewrite itself over and over again, where empires were born, prospered and fell. Each great monument in this city is a landmark of a different historical, religious and political landscape: from Asoka's Iron pillar to the Qutab Minar, from Humayun's tomb to the Raj Ghat on the Yamuna River.

We then fly to Varanasi, situated on the West bank of the Ganges is also known to Westerners as Benares. This Venice of the East is a sacred maze of meandering streets, from its famous ghats to its temples and museums. Whoever has visited Varanasi, will remember the beauty of the Ganges, a boat ride in the moonlight, the sacred effervescence of temple processions, the amazing art and craft at every corner, and of course the odd pan wallahs.

From bank of the Ganges to Khajuraho; its famous temples were built under the Chandela kings between 950 and 1050 AD. The Taj Mahal is one of those monuments, too famous and extraordinary a must see at least once in one's lifetime. This luminescent building, a 16th Century Mughal architectural extravagance towers above a number of other important monuments in Agra, such as the Red Fort or Akbar's tomb in Mathura.

Heading towards Rajasthan we enter the “Pink City,” Jaipur, ride an elephant to Amber Fort, stop for a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal, and devising the masonry instruments of Jantar Mantar that provide accurate astronomical readings to this day is remarkable. You will have enough time to search for souvenir at the backstreets. Fulfil your dream of staying in a palace at the Chomu Palace. From the Pink City to the Blue City of Jodhpur the daunting fort of Mehrangarh is so massive that Rudyard Kipling had rightly called it the ‘Work of the Giants’. Transfer to Jaisalmer, an ancient city and hilltop fortress town that were once a major stop for silk and spice caravans. Tour the fort, visit impressive Jain temples. One evening, ride a camel across the Sam Sand Dunes at sunset and finally to the lake city of Udaipur, which never surrendered to the Moslems and consequently has a special place in the mindset of the proud Rajputs, the tour ends in Delhi.

About TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The company with over 28 yrs old experienced team is committed to bringing the best in both quality and value to small group journeys, private car guided tours and tailor-made tours to India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Being a leading travel wholesaler we introduce travellers to the amazing culture and offer tours at unbeatable prices and with unparalleled comfort. For your protections TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS is approved Destination Management Company by Ministry of tourism Govt of India and member of IATA, AFTA, ATAC, IATO and PATA to name few. We are proud to say that our team is very experienced with in-depth knowledge of our destination. Our reputation is built on providing world class service with a personal touch that will make a difference to your holiday. We understand the importance of giving attention to even the smallest of details and care about the countries to which we take you and make sure that we have a positive effect on the environment. Respect for locals and their way of life is an essential part of travelling with TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS.

“You Rely on us and we rely on experience” 

Why THO Small Group Journey?

Smaller, Escorted and Inclusive

Our Small Group tours consists maximum of 16 people to ensure perfect combination of intimacy, flexibility and authentic cultural experiences. Our itineraries are artfully crafted, showcasing the essence of a destination by combining famous highlights with hidden jewels. All groups are escorted on achieving minimum 06 people unless specified on the tour by an English speaking Tour Manager assisting you throughout on day to day activities and enlightening you with local knowledge on general specialties, additional sightseeing and souvenir shopping.

Our experienced Local Tour Guides will enhance your experience during sightseeing tour. Travel with like-minded travellers and experience comprehensive inclusions, as well as unsurpassed cultural interpretation provided by experienced tour leaders.

Incredible India- 17 Days/16 Nights (Small Group Tour)

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

Meet and assistance by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS Tour Executive and transfer to the hotel for two nights stay. (No Meals)


Day 02: Delhi

Today after buffet breakfast and short briefing by Tour Manager start your sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. Later visit Chandni Chowk, Shahjahanabad’s Main Street in 1650, facing the majestic Red Fort. The locals go shopping here like nowhere else. (B,L,D)


Day 03: Delhi – Varanasi

Today after buffet breakfast at the hotel check out in time transfer to Delhi airport to board the flight for Varanasi. On arrival you will be met at the airport by TOTAL HOLDIAY OPTIONS executive assistance and you will be transfer to the hotel. Afternoon visit silk waving village to witness remaining artesian making world renowned Banarasi Silk and evening witness grand prayer ceremony on the Ghats of river Ganges. Stay two nights in Varanasi. (B,L,D)


Day 04: Varanasi

Today start your day with sunrise boat ride on river Ganges and witness the people of Hindu faith, ritually bathing in the river, and return to hotel for breakfast followed by an excursion to Sarnath. Late afternoon return back to Varanasi and remaining day free to explore this spiritual town. (B,L,D)


Day 05: Varanasi – Khajuraho

After breakfast transfer to the airport to board flight to Khajuraho. On arrival assistance with transfer and check in at the hotel. In the afternoon visit the Khajuraho temples. After the sightseeing explore the nearby village on your own and meet the local people and witness their way of leaving in the small town. Stay overnight at hotel. (B,L,D)


Day 06: Khajuraho – Jhansi - Agra

Morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast before travelling to Jhansi railway station to board train to Agra. On arrival our executive will transfer you to hotel for two nights stay. (B,L,D)


Day 07: Agra

Today start your day with sunrise visit to the famous Taj Mahal. After the visit return back to hotel for breakfast before continuing your sightseeing tour to Itima-ud-Daulah and Agra Fort. (B,L,D)


Day 08: Agra – Jaipur (Approx. 230 kms; 05 hrs drive)

Today drive towards Jaipur. En route visit Fatehpur Sikri. Visit the Diwan-e-Khas (Private Audience Hall) with its remarkable central pillar. Also unmissable is Panch Mahal, the five storied structure, used as the viewing station for the hareem. Later continue your travel towards Jaipur on arrival check in at the hotel with remaining of the evening at leisure for your own activity. Stay two nights in Jaipur. (B,L,D)


Day 09: Jaipur

Today after an early breakfast proceed to visit the Amber Fort, enjoy elephant ride. Afternoon city tour of Jaipur visiting City Palace Museum, Photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace), Jantar Mantar. In the evening return back to the hotel for overnight stay. (B,L,D)


Day 10: Jaipur – Jodhpur

Today drive to Jodhpur, afternoon enjoy guided tour of Jodhpur, visiting the Mehrangarh Fort (Majestic Fort), Jaswant Thada. Evening free to explore Sadar Bazaar in the heart of the city, this market is one of the largest markets of Indian Spices. Stay two nights in Jodhpur. (B,L,D)


Day 11: Incredible rural Experience with Picnic Lunch

After breakfast pick up from your hotel and transfer to off- road point where 4X4 vehicles are parked and ready to go so that you can enjoy the experience of Desert. Afternoon enjoy delicious picnic lunch at a scenic spot with a chance to relax or take a short nap under a tree. Later in the evening drop at your hotel before sun goes down. (B,L,D)


Day 12: Jodhpur – Udaipur (Approx. 266 kms; 06 hours drive)

Today after buffet breakfast check out of the hotel and drive to Udaipur, en-route Ranakpur, renowned for its Jain temples with intricately carved marble Pillars and Domes. On arrival, check in at the hotel with rest of the evening to relax. Stay two nights at Udaipur. (B,L,D)


Day 13: Udaipur

Today after breakfast proceed for guided sightseeing tour and visit City Palace, City Palace Museum. In the afternoon enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola. Rest of the evening explore on your own visiting the numerous shops that dot the narrow windings streets of Udaipur for souvenir to take back home. (B,L,D)


Day 14: Udaipur - Mumbai

Enjoy your leisuerly breakfast before transfer to board flight to Mumbai. On arrival transfer to the hotel, remaining day free to relax and stay three nights in Mumbai. (B,L,D)


Day 15: Mumbai

Today after buffet breakfast enjoy the sightseeing of Mumbai and afternoon visit Dharavi Slum. (B,L,D)


Day 16: Mumbai

Today after breakfast proceed for the excursion to Elephanta caves and afternoon explore Crawford market. (B,L,D)


Day 17: Mumbai Departure

After leisurely breakfast transfer to the Mumbai airport to board your onward flight. (B)


Tour End

Deluxe Group Tour Accommodations

All our Group Tours are based on deluxe (4*) accommodation unless mentioned on the tour page, each hotel is carefully selected for its location, comfort, style and ambience providing a true holiday experience. Our accommodations are a mixture of palaces, heritage, Havelis and modern hotels. In most cases we free upgrade the whole group to 5* accommodation in some destinations when tour is fully booked out in advance.

Nepal being adventure destination, choices of accommodation are limited hence best available (4*) hotel are offered which are categorised by Nepal tourism and standard of accommodation may be different than India and Sri Lanka. 

100% Guaranteed Departures

To assist you when booking the airline and taking our great early payment savings, TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS has designated all Group Tours as 100% GUARANTEED departure with specified minimum numbers of 02 or mentioned on the scheduled date, unless circumstances occur beyond our control.

Meals included

Being a seasoned traveller ourselves we have discovered the travelling time is unpredictable sometime you reach a destination so late that you are tired to go out for dinner or search for a proper dinning place around the vicinity of your hotel which may become a chore during your holiday, hence we have removed the hassle by including most of breakfast and dinners in all our brochure tour packages.  

Pre & Post Tour Accommodation

Do some exploring before the trip begins or add couple of nights after the tour to relax before boarding your flight. We offer competitive rates in all destinations- book in conjunction with your main tour - ask TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or your travel agent.

Add-On (Short Tour packages)

Make the most of your time away - after all, you have travelled all that way.  Our Add-On can be used as short breaks in their own right or as pre/post tour additions.  With all arrangements made for you they are the perfect way to discover more of your destinations - ask TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or your travel agent.

Group Tour Privately or Tailor-made

If you have group of friends or family or even two of you and like to do this group tour Itinerary as a Private Car or like to tailor-make to suite your requirements. Please contact us and we will be glad to assist you.

Plan Your Own Group

The advantage of a true specialist is their knowledge and confidence in assisting anyone who is keen to visit a destination but like to do things differently. Is it a special occasion? Do you want to experience a festival, lead a culinary adventure, organize a yoga and wellness group or cycle the off beaten tracks of India or Sri Lanka with people close to you? Or do you find parts of one of our tours appealing but want to alter dates or itineraries to better suit your groups’ needs?

Please contact us with your wish list and our team will be glad to tailor-make your special tour ensuring all possible activities and ideas are incorporated, making a unique group tour.

“The Holidays you dream are the holidays we pack”

What Makes Us Different?

Being your Local Travel wholesaler and one of the True Destination Specialists our team in Australia, New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan ensures that every itinerary is well balanced and filled with amazing cultural experiences, breathtaking scenery and historical sites. Most must see and must do’s are included giving you opportunity to witness sights, taste delicious cuisine, visit bazaar for souvenirs, meet and experience life of locals at the same time have some free time to explore town the way you like.

Whichever itinerary you select all are included complete travel and transfer by charted air-conditioned vehicles, local English speaking guide, sightseeing, entrance fee to the monuments and parks, safaris, boat ride, elephant or camel or horse ride, cultural shows at the theatre or hotel, domestic airfare in economy class, train fare in best available air-conditions class and not to mentioned the current govt taxes of the county. For more details of inclusions please refer to the inclusions column of the itinerary.

Prices Guarantees

All prices shown are on per person basis on twin/double and apply when you share room with travel companion. For single traveller we do offer single room and price is available on request.

You don’t need to worry about currency fluctuations. Once we receive your full payment, your land tour price is guaranteed and protected against any increases. 

100% Protected Holiday

We are a member of IATA, ATAC and AFTA which ensure that your holiday is 100% protected.

No Hidden Cost

We love transparency so the prices quoted by THO are almost all inclusive and help the traveller to budget their holidays accurately. All we ask you to do is relax and enjoy your holiday, knowing that all prepaid expenses have been included in your initial tour cost. Please refer to the tour inclusions for more details.

Value for Money

Being a local Travel Wholesaler, our huge buying power help us pass the discounted rates to our clients. We also do FREE hotel upgrade at some destination as a gesture of appreciation to our valuable travellers. Apart from this our local team of experts adds incredible value for your dollar.

Discounts & Rewards

Please note discount and rewards given below can not be combined with any other promotions. You only can avail any one discount or promotions.

Loyalty Rewarded 5% Off

Many of our clients choose to travel with us time and time again. As a valued client, we offer you a 5% discount off your second and onwards tour package. This offer applies only to the tour cost of your trip and conditions do apply. Speak to us for details when making your booking.

Past Passenger Discount 5% Off

As Loyal Traveller appreciation we are offering a 5% discount off on any new Small Group Journey bookings on land only.

All you have to do is prove that you have travelled on one Small Group Journey with us since 2009 and the discount is yours!

Multi Trip Discount 5% Off

If you have the time why not combines two or more of our tour and save? In any one holiday, we will discount your second and onwards trip by 5%. Tour package must be minimum 10 days or more from our brochure and discount applies on lowest price tour package. Discount does not apply to add-on pre & post accommodation, train journeys, flights and/or any small packages or services.

BIG SAVINGS when travelling with your friends and family

The advantage of a true specialist is their knowledge and confidence in assisting anyone who is keen to visit a destination but like to do things differently. Is a special occasion? Do you want to experience a festival, lead a culinary adventure, organize a yoga and wellness group or cycle the off beaten tracks of India or Sri Lanka with people close to you? Or do you find parts of one of our tours appealing but want to alter dates or itineraries to better suit your groups’ needs?

Please contact us with your wish list and our team will be glad to tailor-make your special tour ensuring all possible activities and ideas are incorporated, making a unique group tour.

(Best suited discount will be offered and any discount can not be combined with any other discount or promotions)

How Early Should I Book?

The earlier is better so that you can save on our promotional offers.

We offer excellent value for our Small Group Tours which tends to be booked out earlier than expected hence reserve your place at least 6 to 7 months prior to departure.

24/7 Helpline and assistance by THO Local Offices

Apart from 24/7 helpline for emergency assistance; our guest relation manager will call you to make sure everything is going smoothly. Our 36 local network and associate office Manager will be there to assist you in every destination.

International Flights

The tour packages are usually “Land Only” and do not include international flights.  We therefore recommend that you contact us or your travel agent to book your flights well in advance of travel, when you can generally gain access to specials and discounted airfares. This will ensure you can travel on the days that suit you and your tour.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our journeys. Speak to us or your travel agent about comprehensive insurance to cover your travel arrangements. This must critically cover medical expenses in case of an emergency.  Note that travel insurance automatically provided with credit cards generally does not provide adequate cover. Its your responsibility to ensure that you have appropriate and comprehensive travel insurance.

Medical Information

Our elderly travellers who are aged 70 years or more, or with a per-existing condition that affects their fitness to travel or any medical dietary requirement, must be advised at the time of booking. We recommend all travellers should visit their Doctor for these aforementioned purposes and/or to confirm that they are physically able to undertake the day-to-day requirements of the tour.

Selecting Your Holiday Type

Most of our journeys are suited to those with normal fitness and mobility levels. To assist you in choosing a journey best for you we have graded our tours;

Easy Paced: These programs are set at a comfortable pace. Walking and climbing of stairs involved is generally in and around major tourist attractions though you may require walking from road till boat jetty while embarking or disembarking boats.

Moderate: These tours are not strenuous but you will require good amount of fitness as they may include days with long periods of walking or soft trekking, climbing of stairs, embarking and disembarking boats and where longer distances may be travelled by uneven roads.

Adventurous: These refer to programs where your physical fitness needs to be on highest level. Trekking, cycling, climbing, walking and more adventurous activities may be included.

Getting Around

Comfort is our first priority. All our coaches are air-conditioned with push back seats. We even offer 30-35 seater coach when only 16 people are in a group, providing everyone a window seats. Our train journeys in air-conditioning sleeper class where bedding is provided by the train attendant and itineraries that include domestic flight to connect destination we use economy class.

Passport & Visas

India: Visa is required for all foreign nationals. 

Apply online for a Pre-Approval at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html .The online application should be submitted a minimum of 4 days in advance and a maximum of 30days of the proposed date of travel. TVOA links may also be found in websites of Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs, Bureau of Immigration, Incredible India etc.

As of 27 Nov 2014 nationals and passport holder of 34 countries including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, Finland, Luxem Bourg, Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia and Myanmar to name a few,  can avail a Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) facility upon disembarking at international airports Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi and Trivandrum only. You will require to pay fees along with require documentation and is subject to verification and satisfaction of the Immigration. Please contact High Commission of India for updated information.

Sri Lanka: Every tourist visiting Sri Lanka required visa prior to departure. Visa must be obtained atleast 01 months prior to arrival in Sri Lanka by visiting www.eta.gov.lk The Tourist visa is valid for stay within 30 days. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel to Sri Lanka. Fee will apply.

Nepal: Visa is required for all foreign nationalities and the best way to apply for visa is from the Royal Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. Tourist Visa also can be obtained on arrival. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel in Nepal. Fee will apply.

Bhutan: All foreign nationals require visa for Bhutan.

Visa can be arranged by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. To process this we require clear readable colour copy of passport (page containing passport no and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) and current colour passport photograph and at least 30 days prior to date of entry into Bhutan. Remaining validity of passport should be at least 6 months from the date of exit from Bhutan.

Tourism Council of Bhutan issues visa clearance letter closer to travelling date which we email or fax you or your local travel agent. Travellers are required to produce aforesaid visa clearance copy at the time of check-in for their flights while those entering Bhutan by surface via Phuentsholing or Samdrup Jonkhar, they are required to produce this Visa Clearance letter at the Immigration counter. Actual visa is stamped at passport on arrival in Bhutan.

Visa only service is not offered in Bhutan, you would have to book a service tour package from TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS that includes accommodation, guided tours, transfers etc

Myanmar: Visa is required for all nationalities.

Visa can be arranged by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. To process this we require international flight details, clear readable colour copy of passport (page containing passport no and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) and current colour passport photograph and at least 30 days prior to date of entry into Myanmar. Remaining validity of passport should be at least 6 months from the date of exit from Myanmar.

HOW TO BOOK

You can contact our associate travel agent, call our local office, email us or book online. Booking forms must be completed to ensure TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS has on file all the necessary information such as passport details, travel insurance policy details and emergency contacts etc. Travellers over the age of 65 and those with pre existing medical conditions will also be required to provide a medical certificate to certify they are fit to travel.  By booking through travel agent or online means you have read and agreed to the TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS booking conditions. For more detail please click here. 

The Team at TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS wishes you a wonderful holiday!!!

This Group Tour will showcase the best of India’s highlights, as well as exciting experiences and discoveries that will appeal to travellers of all ages. The tour begins in Delhi, where the history of India seems to rewrite itself over and over again, where empires were born, prospered and fell. Each great monument in this city is a landmark of a different historical, religious and political landscape: from Asoka’s Iron pillar to the Qutab Minar, from Humayun’s Tomb to the Raj Ghat.

We then fly to the holy city of Varanasi to witness one of the oldest living cities in the world. We enjoy a sunrise boat ride to experience sacred effervescence of temple processions. Fly to Khajuraho and visit its intricately carved erotic temples built during Chandela dynasty between 950-1050 AD. Our next destination is Agra famous for The Taj Mahal and a must see at least once in one’s lifetime along with Agra Fort. Heading towards Rajasthan we enter the “Pink City,” Jaipur, on our sightseeing tour we ride on an elephant to Amber Fort, stop for a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal and devising the masonry instruments of Jantar Mantar that provides accurate astronomical readings to this day. You will have enough time to search for souvenir at the bazaar. Travel to the Blue City of Jodhpur; the daunting fort of Mehrangarh rightly called the “Work of the Giants”.

Travel to Jaisalmer, an ancient city and hilltop fortress town that were once a major stop for silk and spice caravans. Tour the fort, visit impressive Jain temples. One evening, ride a camel across the Sam Sand Dunes at sunset and finally to the Lake City of Udaipur, which consequently has a special place in the mindset of the proud Rajputs. Here we visit Sahelion Ki Bari, the Folk Museum and a Mewar Art Gallery. Later part of the day we walk through the local streets and shops concluding the day with an enchanting dinner at a local restaurant overlooking Lake Pichola the tour ends in Delhi.

 

Day 01: Arrival Delhi (Flight TBA)

Arrive at Delhi International Airport.  Please clear immigration & visa formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the arrival lounge through the green channel if you do not have goods to be declared to customs. TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS Tour Manager will page you by your name. Thereafter you will be assisted with a transfer to the hotel for two nights stay. (No Meal)


Day 02: Delhi

After buffet breakfast and short briefing by Tour Manager start your sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. Visit Qutab Minar, the 234-step tower dating to 1193; and India Gate, honouring the 90,000 Indian soldiers who died in World War I. Gandhi Memorial, the simple black marble slab honouring Mahatma Gandhi. Next, two renowned 17th-century landmarks: Lal Qila, the Red Fort palaces which we drive past; we will view the Jama Masjid literally meaning the Friday Mosque, India’s principal and biggest mosque. Chandni Chowk, Shahjahanabad’s Main Street in 1650, facing the majestic Red Fort. It originally had a central canal running down its full length, and when moonlight reflected off the water it got the name Chandni Chowk or ‘Avenue of Moonlight’. The canals have long since gone and it is now a chaotically bustling area, typical of real India, containing a mix of stalls, shops, food outlets and temples. Between the mosque and Chandni Chowk is a narrow shop-lined street along which you will be transported by cycle rickshaws on your most photogenic journey of the tour. The locals go shopping here like nowhere else. (B,L,D)


Day 03: Delhi – Varanasi (Flight: TBA)

After buffet breakfast at the hotel check out in time transfer to Delhi airport to board the flight for Varanasi. On arrival you will be met at the airport by TOTAL HOLDIAY OPTIONS executive assistance and you will be transfer to the hotel. Varanasi has been named after the two tributaries of Ganges that flows through the city named Varuna and Assi rivers. It was later changed to Benares and re-christened Varanasi. Ghats of Varanasi are natural supplement to the concept of divinity and is known as the city that liberates soul from human body to ultimate. Varanasi abounds in the art of silk weaving, an exotic work of art which manifests itself in precious Banarasi silk saris and silk brocades which are cherished as collector’s items across the world, even today. The city is also renowned for its rich tapestry of music, arts, crafts and education. Afternoon visit silk waving village to witness remaining artesian making world renowned Banarasi Silk and evening witness grand prayer ceremony on the Ghats of river Ganges. Stay two nights in Varanasi. (B,L,D)


Day 04: Varanasi

Start your day with sunrise boat ride on river Ganges and witness the people of Hindu faith, ritually bathing in the river, for it is believed as per Hindu mythology that bathing in the holy river of Ganga causes the remission of sins and facilitates the attainment of nirvana. Hindus also believe that one who is graced to die on the land of Varanasi would attain salvation and freedom from the cycle of birth and re-birth. 

Return to hotel for breakfast followed by an excursion to Sarnath where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon at the deer park after his enlightenment. Sarnath is one of the four holy Buddhist sites sanctioned by the Buddha himself for pilgrimage. Sarnath is one of the richest in Buddhist antiquities ranging in date from the times of Ashoka down to the 12th century A.D Ashoka, who built here the Dharmarajika Stupa and near it erected a pillar surmounted by the magnificent capital of four adorned Lions, which today forms the national emblem of India. Late afternoon return back to Varanasi and remaining day free to explore this spiritual town. (B,L,D)


Day 05: Varanasi – Khajuraho (Flight: TBA)

After breakfast transfer to the airport to board flight to Khajuraho. On arrival assistance with transfer and check in at the hotel. Khajuraho a small modest village with no more than 3000 residents surrounded by forestland, but thousand years ago it was a large city of the Chandellas, medieval Rajput kings who ruled over Central India.

 

In the afternoon visit the Khajuraho temples which are the excellent example of Indo-Aryan architecture. The remoteness and isolation of Khajuraho have ensured the survival of these great treasures built during the 10th century. Famed for their erotic sculptures, the temples in fact depict an exquisite detail of the everyday life of people of that era. Now only 22 of the original 85 are surviving, which are great shrines of love and are abound in timeless quality, earning for them the status of world heritage monuments. The temples represent a happy and almost unique coincidence of religious emotion, abundant patronage, artistic genius, and aesthetic sensibility. After the sightseeing explore the nearby village on your own and meet the local people and witness their way of leaving in the small town. Stay overnight at hotel. (B,L,D)


Day 06: Khajuraho – Jhansi (Approx. 181 kms; 05 Hours drive) - Agra (Short Train ride)

Morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast before travelling to Jhansi railway station to board train to Agra. On arrival our executive will transfer you to hotel for two nights stay. (B,L,D)


Day 07: Agra

Start your day with sunrise visit to the famous Taj Mahal, a monument of love created by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal; it is the most perfect marble built architectural monument in the world. It lies on the banks of the river Yamuna and is constructed completely of white makrana marble embedded with several precious gems like jade, crystal, turquoise, lapis lazuli, sapphire, coral and diamonds. It is symbolic of the purest kind of love that transcends all differences and keeps people together. The breathtakingly beautiful landscape around the Taj Mahal adds to the magic of Mughal architecture. After the visit return back to hotel for breakfast before continuing your sightseeing tour to Itima-ud-Daulah and Agra Fort; built by Emperor Akbar, its construction commenced in 1565 and was completed in 1571. It is built with red sandstone and is a mixture of the Islamic and Hindu styles of architecture. Agra is also one of the most important centres for handicrafts, made of marble and soft stone inlay work. You can ask your guide to take you to one of the factories to have a look at the marble in-lay work. (B,L,D)


Day 08: Agra – Jaipur (Approx. 230 kms; 05 hrs drive)

After breakfast check out and drive towards Jaipur. En route visit Fatehpur Sikri an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site. In 1571 Akbar constructed Fatehpur (Victory) Sikri city as the new capital of the Mughal Empire, replacing the perfectly viable Agra, just 37 km away, which was left almost deserted. But after only fifteen years, Fatehpur itself was abandoned and left as an evocative ghost-town, because, they say, of a lack of water. The perfectly preserved red sandstone buildings consist of palaces, courtyards, a life-size chess board, tombs and mosques. Akbar was most interested in his food, and it was during his regime that Mughal food was perfected. You’ll also see the emperor’s private kitchen (not in the guide books) still showing the soot from the cookers. Visit the Diwan-e-Khas (Private Audience Hall) with its remarkable central pillar. Also unmissable is Panch Mahal, the five storied structure, used as the viewing station for the hareem. Later continue your travel towards Jaipur on arrival check in at the hotel with remaining of the evening at leisure for your own activity. Stay two nights in Jaipur. (B,L,D)


Day 09: Jaipur

Morning after an early breakfast proceed to visit the Amber Fort, the ancient capital of Rajasthan and the majestic palace complex to witness a unique system of air-conditioning of 17th century. The most enthralling experience of Amber Fort is the gaily decorated elephant ride. A beautiful complex of Palaces, halls, pavilions, garden and temples built by Raja Mansingh, Mirza Raja Jaisingh and Sawai Jaisingh over a period of about two centuries, it still stands in magnificent state. The red sandstone and white Marble palace has some very interesting apartments- Diwan-I-Am, Ganesh Pol, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas, Jai Mandir, Man Singh Palace and Shila Devi Temple. Afternoon city tour of Jaipur visiting City Palace Museum; boasts to have some of the priceless handwritten Hindu scriptures of the ancient past, miniature delicate paintings, preserved painted ceilings and the elephant saddles (haudas),  and is registered in the Guinness Book of Records to contain the biggest silver objects in the world, Photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace); built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh at a time when women of the royal family had to observe strict purdah, it is believed that this palace was built for them to take pleasure in the processions and various activities taking place in the streets below without showing themselves and thus enjoying a sense of freedom, Jantar Mantar; one of the famed observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh is a complex of astronomical instruments, chiselled out of stone which provides fairly accurate information to this day. In the evening return back to the hotel for overnight stay. (B,L,D)


Day 10: Jaipur – Jodhpur (Approx. 320 kms; 06 hours drive)

Today drive toJodhpur, bustling desert city the second largest city in Rajasthan and has landscape dominated by the massive Mehrangarh Fort topping a sheer rocky ridge. Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rathore clan, founded the city in the year 1459 and it is named after him. It was formerly the seat of a Princely state, also known as Marwar. Afternoon enjoy guided tour of Jodhpur, visiting the Mehrangarh Fort(Majestic Fort), one of the most impressive and formidable structures anywhere in India. Built by Rao Jodha, this 5km long Fort is on a 125m high hill and has some magnificent palaces with marvellously carved panel’s latticed window. The Fort Museum houses an exquisite collection of palanquins, howdahs (Elephant saddles), royal cradles, miniatures paintings, musical instruments, costumes and furniture. Also visit Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble built in the year 1899 AD in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Within the main cenotaph are the portraits of various Jodhpur rulers. It is an architectural landmark of Jodhpur. Evening free to explore Sadar Bazaarin the heart of the city, this market is one of the largest markets of Indian Spices. Stay two nights in Jodhpur. (B,L,D)


Day 11: Incredible rural Experience with Picnic Lunch

After breakfast pick up from your hotel and transfer to off- road point where 4X4 vehicles are parked and ready to go so that you can enjoy the experience of Desert. After Briefing/familiarization of vehicles, terrain, driving conditions, rules, drive into the wilderness. Visits to the actual homes of members of different communities like the Bishnois, Rajputs, Brahmins, and Raikas, and a chance to interact with them first hand. Also a chance to witness artisans and craftsmen engaged in their occupation.  Visit to the potter, the weaver, the wood engraver, etc. Afternoon enjoy delicious picnic lunch at a scenic spot with a chance to relax or take a short nap under a tree, taking in the clean, crisp air. Also view the variety of wildlife that is abundant in this region like the Black Buck, Neel Gai (Blue Bull), Chinkara, desert fox, and the occasional wolf. Spotting the various species of local and migratory birds that make this a photographer’s paradise; like the Demoiselle Crane, various types of ducks and geese, etc. Later in the evening drop at your hotel before sun goes down. (B,L,D)

 


Day 12: Jodhpur – Udaipur (Approx. 266 kms; 06 hours drive)

After buffet breakfast check out of the hotel and  drive to Udaipur, en-route pass lush green valleys, streams and heart capturing views before visiting Ranakpur. Renowned for its Jain temples with intricately carved marble Pillars and Domes, Ranakpur is amongst the five holiest places of the Jain community and exceptional in beauty. It has a four-temple complex which is famous for its peaceful and harmonious surroundings. The temples are believed to have been built in 1439 A.D. They rest on 1444 elegantly carved pillars, with no two being identical and the realistic sculptures of celestial nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are a fascinating sight to see. The two huge bells weighing 108 kgs each, whose sound echoes in the entire complex, add to the temple’s allure. On arrival at Udaipur check in at the hotel with rest of the evening to relax. Two nights in Udaipur (B,L,D)


Day 13: Udaipur

After breakfast proceed for guided sightseeing tour and visit City Palace. The City Palace boasts of the wonderful blend of Medieval, European and Chinese Architecture and has various towers, domes and arches, which add to the flavor of heritage site. Towering on the banks of Pichola Lake, City Palace is truly a feast to the eyes. City Palace is a marvelous assortment of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. Encircled by fortifications, this imposing Palace is wholly built in granite and marble. Also visit The City Palace Museum, jewel in the crown of the Udaipur City Palace Complex. It is here that you can immerse yourself in the history of the Maharanas of Mewar and really get a feel for their culture and how royalty lived. Various Maharanas continued the work over four and a half centuries, in a number of phases, giving rise to the Mughal and British influences in the palace architecture. In the afternoon enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola, is an artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 AD, named after the nearby Picholi village. It is one of the several contiguous lakes and developed over the last few centuries in and around the famous Udaipur city. Two islands, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir are located within Pichola Lake and have been developed with several palaces to provide views of the lake. Rest of the evening explore on your own visiting the numerous shops that dot the narrow windings streets of Udaipur for souvenir to take back home.  Overnight at hotel. (B,L,D)


Day 14: Udaipur – Mumbai

After leisurely breakfast transfer to the Udaipur airport to board flight to Mumbai. Arrive at Mumbai Airport and proceed to the arrival lounge. TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS Executive will page you by your name. Thereafter you will be assisted with a transfer to the hotel, check in at the hotel and stay three nights in Mumbai. (B,L,D)


Day 15:  Mumbai 

After breakfast proceed for a half day tour of Mumbai visiting the Gateway of India, the most visible landmark of the British Raj built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V; Dhobi Ghat, the open-air laundry that promises to be a visual experience; Marine Drive; Hanging Gardens; the Gothic Victoria Terminus; and the stately Prince of Wales Museum. Later afternoon half day tour of Dharavi Slum.  On this tour, visitors will see why Dharavi is the heart of small scale industry in Mumbai. Many people know Dharavi as the 'largest slum in Asia’, but there is much more to this historic area of Mumbai than poverty. Dharavi's industries have an annual turnover of approximately US$ 665 million. Through our tour visitors experience a wide range of these activities: recycling, pottery-making, embroidery, bakery, soap factory, leather tanning, poppadom-making and many more. Most of these things are created in innovative ways and in very small spaces!

When passing through the residential spaces, you will undoubtedly feel the sense of community and spirit that exists in the area. People from all over India live in Dharavi, and this diversity is apparent in the temples,mosques and churches that stand side by side. A tour through Dharavi's narrow alleys is quite an adventure, and you will leave with an enlightened sense of the purpose and determination that exists in the area. The major highlights here include the visit to Recycling area where old computers and plastic parts are recycled, View of Mumbai from the rooftop a local factory, visit to a biscuit bakery. Watch the women making popaddom (Subject to sunshine) etc. (B,L,D)


Day 16: Mumbai

Morning after early breakfast excursion to Elephanta caves. Hewn out of solid rock, the Elephanta Caves date back to 600 AD and is a cave complex housing a collection of shrines, courtyards, inner cells, grand halls and porticos arranged in the splendid symmetry of Indian rock-cut architecture and fil  led with exquisite stone sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The sheer labor which had gone into constructing these caves puts one in amazement, especially when realizes that it is without the use of any machines. It is s  ituated on Gharapuri Island in Mumbai's harbor, about an hour's boat ride from the Gateway of India. The ferry ride to the Island in itself is an experience. The island has two groups of caves in the rock cut architectural style.

 On return enjoy shopping at various shopping malls or at Crawford Market Poised between what was once the British Fort and the local town. Crawford Market has elements of both. It's a blend of Flemish and Norman architecture with a bas relief depicting Indian peasants in wheat fields.  Just above the main entrance The frieze, incidentally, was designed by Lockyard Kipling, father of the famous Rudyard Kipling, and the Kipling’s' cottage still stands next to the JJ School of Art across the road.  Crawford Market looks like something out of Victorian London, with its sweet smell of hay and 50 ft high skylight awning that bathes the entire place in natural sunlight. Mountains of fruit and fresh vegetables are sold here at wholesale rates. Next door there's also a meat and poultry section along with stalls selling smuggled cheese and chocolate. Enjoy farewell dinner before conclude your day. (B,L,D)


Day 17: Mumbai Departure (Flight TBA)

After breakfast tour finishes with transfer to Mumbai airport where you board your onward flight. (B)


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Starts: Delhi

Ends: Mumbai

Grade: Easy Paced Tour

Guaranteed Departure: minimum 02 people

What's Included?

Deluxe hotel accommodation with private facilities

Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle

Group assistance and transfers

All sightseeing as specified

Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)

Local English speaking tour guide 

THO Tour Manager (minimum 06 people)

Entry fee to the monuments

Elephant Ride at Jaipur

Rickshaw Ride in Delhi

Camel Ride at Jaisalmer

Incredible Rural Experience in Jodhpur

Boat Ride in Varanasi and Udaipur

Air conditioned chair car train from Jhansi - Agra

Economy class airfare Delhi – Varanasi – Khajuraho and Udaipur – Mumbai 

A bottled water while travelling

All assistance and transfers

All current taxes

What's Excluded?

Any International Airfare

Airport taxes and Visa fee

Early check in or late check out 

Meals other than specified above

Tips & Gratuities

Travel & Medical Insurance

Camera and video permits

Expenses incurred due to flight / train cancellation or delay

Any expense of a personal nature, like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, mini bar, etc

Any optional excursion or tour

Any other expense not mentioned in the prices include column

What Our Clients Say

“We are back from our trip and we had a great time.  We were anticipating that we would enjoy ourselves, but it is safe to say that the experience was significantly better than we expected. The driver had very quick reflexes and judgement. We always felt safe and well looked after. The use of local guides with excellent English and history knowledge was commendable. We enjoyed the people, colour and activities as each day was different. We enjoyed the 4x4 rural experience which was a good change from the city. I would definitely recommend THO without hesitation.”-  Kay and Ross Major, New Zealand

Fact File

Itinerary can be customised to suit your requirements 

Currency: Indian Rupee (INR) 

Electricity: Current is 220V, 50Hz 

Time Zone: 5.5 hours ahead GMT