Indian Spice tour

Indian Spice tour

Tour Experience

Adventure tour of Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Jaipur, Amritsar, Dharamsala & McLeodganj

Available

All year round

Location

Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Amritsar

This 13-day trip is a wonderful introduction to the magic of India. It is made up of a classic Golden Triangle tour covering Delhi, Agra and Jaipur combined with the fascinating and atmospheric religious centres of Amritsar and Dharamsala. The tour starts with a full day tour of Old and New Delhi before we head to Agra to visit Agra Fort, and the incredible Taj Mahal at sunset.The tour then visits the ruined city of Fatehpur Sikri and enjoys a cycle rickshaw through Keoladeo National Park en-route to the Pink City of Jaipur. Here we tour the city and the Amber Palace and also have some free time to explore this bustling city. Next we head into the rural arid region of Shekhawati where we stay in a classic Rajasthani heritage hotel and see the colourful outdoor frescoes painted on many of the houses. We then return to Delhi where you have the rest of the day free to shop, eat and explore. The next morning we board the train to Amritsar, where we tour the Golden Temple, heart of the Sikh religion and visit other parts of the city before enjoying the fun border closing ceremony at Wagah. We then travel into the foothills of the Himalayas before arriving into Dharamsala, home to the leader of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama. We have a day exploring this beautiful area before travelling back to Delhi for a final night in this vibrant city.

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INCLUDED

  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a local tour leader throughout
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

EXCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for driver and/or tour guide
  • Entrance fees (allow approx. US$144)
  • Any other items not mentioned above

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive in Delhi

Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Delhi for the start of your trip. After check-in our local reps will then go through the itinerary with you and introduce you to the local area.
OVERNIGHT
Delhi – Sarovar Portico hotel or similar
EXTRAS
Single Room Supplement

DAY 2 Sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi

A full day to explore the sights of India’s capital. Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the intricate and chaotic streets around Old Delhi and visit the Jama Masjid mosque before moving on to the Lutyens inspired wide avenues of New Delhi. After a visit to Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation ground at Rajghat take time to stroll around the Indian parliament buildings as well as India Gate and Humayun’s Tomb. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
OVERNIGHT
Delhi – Sarovar Portico hotel or similar
MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 Delhi to Agra. Visit to Taj Mahal

This morning we depart Delhi for the drive to Agra, arriving in time for lunch. After another taste of local Indian food, this afternoon we visit the UNESCO world heritage site at Agra Fort. This is a huge complex with some fascinating history. Later in the afternoon we enjoy a full sightseeing tour of the beautiful Taj Mahal at sunset. Truly one of the wonders of the world this elaborate monument to love was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and took over twenty two years to complete. Sunset is a great time to visit as the light changes gradually with the colours of the Taj changing too.
OVERNIGHT
Agra – The Retreat Hotel or similar
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 4 Agra to Jaipur. Fatehpur Sikri visit

We break today’s drive to Jaipur to visit the strange and well preserved abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. The mystical abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, constructed by Emperor Akbar, served as the Mughal Empire’s capital from 1571 until 1585. We also stop at Keoladeo National Park where we take a cycle rickshaw ride through the park to see the resident and migrant wildlife. The park is particularly famous for its birdlife, though you may also see snakes, lizards and turtles around the ponds. After lunch we continue driving through rural India, arriving into Jaipur late in the afternoon. This evening, why not take in a fun Bollywood movie.
OVERNIGHT
Jaipur – Heritage Hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 5 Amber Palace, Jaipur tour

This morning we visit the Amber Palace which is a well preserved fort on a hillside around 10km outside Jaipur. Here we enjoy a guided tour through the site. Elephant rides up to the fort are available though we no longer include these on this tour due to concerns about elephant welfare. We then tour Jaipur itself, taking in the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), Jantar Mantar (Observatory), City Palace and some local temples and street life. You then have some more free time and tour options including a chance to visit the Chowki Dhani village in the evening to learn more about traditional Rajasthani culture and crafts, and taste some delicious regional cuisine. OVERNIGHT
Jaipur – Heritage Hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 6 Jaipur. Shekhawati Havellis

You have a little free time in Jaipur this morning when you can try some optional tours including kite flying, craft markets and food shopping and tasting. Late in the morning we head into the rural semi-desert Shekhawati region whose colourfully painted Havellis with frescoes showing animals and mythology, together with more modern interpretations, led to its reputation as the ‘open art gallery of Rajasthan’. We spend the night in another heritage hotel, full of character, faded grandeur and history. These hotels are a real highlight of this tour and travelling through Rajasthan.
OVERNIGHT
Shekhawati – Heritage Hotel
MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 Shekhawati. Drive to Delhi

Today we leave rural Rajasthan and drive back to Delhi. En-route we’ll stop at Cyber Hub or Ambience Mall at Gurgaon on the outskirts of Delhi for lunch and a taste of modern India. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free for you to explore Delhi and do some sightseeing or shopping.
OVERNIGHT
Delhi – Sarovar Portico hotel or similar
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 8 Delhi. Train to Amritsar

We bid farewell to Delhi this morning as we board the early train to the Punjab and the Sikh holy city of Amritsar. Upon arrival we transfer to the hotel before making the short trip to the Wagah border crossing to enjoy the daily border ceremony. Almost like a soccer match, both Indians and Pakistani’s turn out in force to cheer on the changing of their respective guards amidst much singing and all round fun.
OVERNIGHT
Amritsar – Hotel Country Inn and Suites or similar
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 9 Amritsar. Sightseeing tour

A full day to explore the holy city, our tour of Amritsar begins with a trip to the Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion. The temple itself is beautiful, inlaid with many jewels and covered with gold leaf. We have chance to explore the rest of the city, including a trip to Jallian Wala Bagh before returning to the Golden Temple in the evening to view the Holy book procession.
OVERNIGHT
Amritsar – Hotel Country Inn and Suites or similar
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 10 Amritsar. Drive to Dharamsala

Departing Amritsar this morning we leave the Punjab behind as we head into the foothills of the Himalayas before arriving into Dharamsala. The rest of the day is free.
OVERNIGHT
Dharamsala – Hotel Surya Resort or similar
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 11 Dharamsala. Tour to Mcleod Ganj

Perched above Dharamsala sits the town of Mcleod Ganj, home to the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama. Offering incredible mountain views against a foreground of spinning prayer wheels and Buddhist prayer flags the home of the Tibetan government in exile is a truly inspiring place. On our tour of the town we visit the Kangra Art Museum and the Norbulingka Institute as well as many small temples.
OVERNIGHT
Dharamsala – Hotel Surya Resort or similar
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 12 Dharamsala. Drive to Amritsar. Train to Delhi

We leave Dharamsala this morning for the drive back to Amritsar where we board the evening train to New Delhi, and your dinner will be included on the train. Upon arrival in Delhi we transfer to the hotel.
OVERNIGHT
Delhi – Sarovar Portico hotel or similar
MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13 Delhi. Departure transfer to airport

Free day. Our local staff will be on hand to advise you on travel arrangements before transferring you to the airport to catch your flight home.
OVERNIGHT
N/A
MEALS
Breakfast

DURATION

13 days

Price

A$2433

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