10 days
from $1,999

GROUP SIZE   ?

16 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL   ?

 
2

India: Delhi (round trip)

A journey of awe-inspiring reflection


A profound fabric of vibrant colors, smells and sounds, this fabled land is woven together with threads of spirituality and regal tradition. On this adventure, we move through a narration of time-honored customs, stunning architecture and the ancient art of connecting. Heightened self-discovery may be the greatest keepsake from your journey here.

Tour Highlights

  • Take a camel ride to lunch at a local farm

  • Enjoy a sunrise yoga lesson

  • Savor the tastes of India on a chaat crawl

Trip code: 10INDIAALL

Activity Level:
 
2

Unscripted experiences, insider access and authentic local flavors


Our team of travel specialists and local contacts have curated some of the best, most exclusive and authentic experiences, restaurants and accommodations in India to truly immerse yourself in a way that wouldn't be possible in larger groups or just on your own.

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Alluring India

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Details

  • Countries Visited: India
  • Accommodation: Hotel (9 nights)
  • Single Supplement: Starting at $790
  • Transportation: Air conditioned vehicle, Camel, Train, Flights
  • Airport Transfers: Arrival and Departure transfers included
  • Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 4 Dinners
  • Passengers: Maximum 16, Average 12

Day-by-day itinerary from Delhi (round trip)

Day 1: Delhi
Namaste. After arriving in India, our included transfer brings us to our hotel. We meet our Local Leader and fellow adventurers tonight to discuss the days ahead.

  • Our hotel in Delhi: Hotel Golden Grand

Day 2: Delhi
In Old Delhi we visit the Jama Masjid, a majestic mosque built of red sandstone and marble. Hop into rickshaws and ride through the Chandni Chowk shopping area to the India Gate and President’s House. Tonight, we join a local family for a personal introduction to traditional Indian food. (b, d)

  • Our hotel in Delhi: Hotel Golden Grand

Day 3: Delhi > Agra
The Gatimaan Express train carries us to Agra, part of the Golden Triangle. This afternoon we visit the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. After, we set out on a chaat crawl in the city, tasting the savory snacks for which Agra is famous. (b)

  • Our hotel in Agra: Crystal Sarovar Premiere

Day 4: Agra > Bishangarh
Traveling to Bishangarh, we stop in the magnificent Fatehpur Sikri, once the imperial city of the Mughal Empire. Tonight we stay in the Alila Fort Bishangarh, a warrior fort-turned-heritage resort. (b)

  • Our hotel in Bishangarh: Alila Fort Bishangarh

Day 5: Bishangarh> Jaipur
Center yourself with a sunrise yoga session on the grounds of the palace. Arrive by camel to lunch today at a local farm. Our adventure continues this afternoon to Jaipur — also known as the Pink City. (b, l)

  • Our hotel in Jaipur: Khandela Haveli

Day 6: Jaipur
An optional hot air balloon ride awaits us this morning, before visiting the legendary lakefront Amber Fort. Later, venture into the local bazaars. This evening we mingle in traditional gifted saris, kurtas and turbans and enjoy dinner in a private family mansion. (b, d)

  • Our hotel in Jaipur: Khandela Haveli

Day 7: Jaipur > Udaipur
Fly this morning to Udaipur — the “City of Lakes” — and experience this picturesque location your way. Join a walking tour or embark on an excursion to Kumbhalgarh Fort, the longest wall in the world (after the Great Wall of China). This evening enjoy dinner on the banks of scenic Lake Pichola. (b, d)

  • Our hotel in Udaipur: Hotel Raj Kuber

Day 8: Udaipur
Udaipur is considered one of the most romantic cities in the world. This morning, visit City Palace and Jagdish Temple. Later, breathtaking sights and dramatic landscapes surround you on an afternoon boat ride of Lake Pichola. (b)

  • Our hotel in Udaipur: Hotel Raj Kuber

Day 9: Udaipur > Delhi
An unscripted morning allows you to relax or explore. Our journey brings us back to Delhi, where we come together one final time to reflect on this moving experience. (b, d)

  • Our hotel in Delhi: Hotel Golden Grand

Day 10: Delhi
Our adventure through India ends today. (b)

Things to know before traveling to India

CURRENCY:
The official currency of India is the Indian Rupee (INR). Its symbol is ₹

The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM), which are readily available in most towns.

Look for Bank of India or ICICI ATM's. Our experience has shown they are the most reliable ATM's to use for withdrawals. Your Local Leader should be able to direct you to these banks.

Foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded can be very difficult to exchange, so please bring clean bills, and small denominations are most useful.

The use of credit cards can be restricted, mainly to major hotels, shops and establishments.

WEATHER:
As a general rule have a look online to check the weather in India just before you are about to travel. This gives you a clearer understanding of what to pack.

December to March

  • Pleasant weather – warm days, cool nights.
  • December and January bring chilly nights in the north.
  • Fog can delay trains travelling across the north of the country
  • Temperatures climb steadily from February.

April to June

  • April is hot; May and June are really hot and dry.
  • From June, the monsoon sweeps from south to north, bringing high temperatures and humidity
  • Cooler in the hills and mountains across the country

July to November

  • Monsoon season begins in July until November.
  • The southeast coast and southern Kerala see heavy rain from October to early December.

INDIAN CUISINE: 
Food is a way of life in India. You can snack for a bargain or dine in the finest Indian restaurants.

Generally you can eat very cheaply in India. There is a huge choice of restaurants and street stalls serving traditional and local Indian food. In bigger restaurants in areas frequented by more tourists there is a choice between Indian, Chinese and Western style food.

India caters very well towards vegetarians and vegans with almost all restaurants having a vegetarian section of the menu. If in doubt please check with your tour leader.

Your Local Leader will be able to direct you towards restaurants that are known to have better hygiene, especially in tourist areas where they are travelling with our groups regularly

Some tips that will help you stay well when eating in India include:

  • Stick to restaurants and street stalls busy with locals - local families eating there are a good bet.
  • Wash your hands before eating (most restaurants will have a hand basin or bathroom)  or use a sanitizing hand gel
  • Give yourself a few days to get used to local food, especially spicy food.
  • If in doubt, stick to the vegetarian meal
  • Avoid salads and peel fruit to avoid eating skin that may be washed in local water
  • Steer clear of ice unless in higher end restaurants
  • Fresh lime and soda is an excellent (and cheap) drink for hot days
  • Drink more chai

Please note that service in restaurants (especially with a group) can be quite slow so patience is a must.

WIFI:
Generally WiFi is available in most parts of India and at most of the accommodation we use. Sometimes its free in the room, other times only available in reception or public areas. A general rule of thumb is the more expensive the hotel, the higher charge for WIFi access. your Local Leader can assist locally.

CLOTHING:
We visit a number of temples on this trip, which requires a certain level of modesty. Please bring clothes that cover the arms and pants/skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.

CLIMATE:
The regions visited on this trip can be extreme in temperature. It’s important to prepare for hot temperatures during the day and cooler climates in the evening. Rajasthan in particular can be very hot, especially in the summer. Layers are the best way to tackle any disparities in weather.

OPTIONAL HOT AIR BALLOON:
The optional hot air balloon flights are operated by Sky Waltz in Jaipur. Flights operate mornings from September to June and morning and evening from September to March. Morning flights depart around sunrise and evening flights late afternoon and last 60 mins. Return transfers, tea and coffee plus light refreshments and a certificate of flight are included in the cost. You can register your interest and pay your Local Leader at your joining meeting on day 1 of your trip. Payment must be made by cash in either INR/AUD/USD/GBP only and is USD$300pp (subject to change) Flights are subject to weather conditions and tickets are fully refundable in case of poor weather.

MAJOR HOLIDAYS:
Please note travelling during major festivals such as Holi and Diwali can, at times, cause disruption to the published itinerary.

  • Please Note: The March 5, 2020 departure is during Holi Festival. The November 7, 2020 departure is over Diwali.

VACCINATIONS:
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please consult your doctor or a travel health specialist. The choice of vaccinations can depend on a range of issues including the specific destination, the duration of the trip, your personal health and of course what vaccines you have had before.

VISAS:
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

Add-ons available before and after your trip to see the most of India

Pre-Night Add-ons

DELHI: $170 USD per room (double occupancy); $170 (single occupancy)


Post-Night Add-ons

DELHI: $170 USD per room (double occupancy); $170 (single occupancy)


Optional Tours

Hot Air Balloon Ride – Day 6 – Jaipur 

Absorb the unique colors and sounds and as they blend beautifully with the historical Forts & hidden palaces nestled among the Aravalli ranges. Capture a privileged view of traditional Rajasthani villages and the smiles of friendly local people gazing up at you

$300 per person

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