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.

Highlights

  • Ride through Delhi on a cycle rickshaw tour

  • Behold the Taj Mahal, a wonder of the world

  • Practice yoga at Samode Palace

  • Travel to Amber Fort in Ambassador cars

  • Visit City Palace and Jagdish Temple in Udaipur

Itinerary for India

Day 1: Delhi

Namaste. After arriving in India — one of the world’s most soul-stirring destinations — your included transfer brings you to our hotel. We meet our Local Leader and fellow adventurers tonight to discuss the days ahead.

  • Transfers are shared among travelers in our group. At the airport, you’ll be met by a Club Adventures representative in the Arrival Lounge after passing through customs and collecting your luggage. You may need to wait a short time for other members of the group to arrive.
  • Our hotel in Delhi: Hotel Golden Grand

Day 2: Delhi

In Old Delhi this morning we visit the Jama Masjid, a majestic mosque built of red sandstone and
marble. Hop into cycle rickshaws and ride through the city, ending in the narrow lanes of the Chandni Chowk shopping area. Transport back to the hotel, seeing the India Gate and President’s House. We’re welcomed into the home of a local family this evening for a very personal introduction to traditional Indian food. (b, d)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Dinner tonight will be a home-cooked meal in a local’s house
  • 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. The marble monument
was built by emperor Shah Jahan in honor of his wife, who died during childbirth. Exactly as wide as it is high, the Taj Mahal took 17 years to complete and contains a tomb, four minarets, a mosque and an assembly hall. After experiencing this wonder we set out on a chaat crawl in the city, tasting small portions of the savory snacks for which Agra is famous. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Our hotel in Agra: Crystal Sarovar Premiere

Day 4: Agra > Samode

Traveling to Samode we stop in the magnificent complex Fatehpur Sikri, once the imperial city of the Mughal Empire. This evening, our home for the night is the Samode Palace. Centuries old, but with an architecture that continues to amaze, the palace is an exclusive retreat for royalty, celebrities and artists. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Our hotel in Samode: Samode Palace

Day 5: Samode > Jaipur

Center yourself with a sunrise yoga session on the grounds of the palace. Guided by the concepts of harmony and union — and based on ancient wisdom — yoga has flourished here over several centuries. Arrive by camel to lunch today at a local farm, where we’ll meet a farming family. Our
adventure continues this afternoon to Jaipur — another corner of the Golden Triangle — also known as the Pink City. (b, l)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Lunch will be farm-fresh ingredients during our visit to a local farm
  • Our hotel in Jaipur: Khandela Haveli

Day 6: Jaipur

Embark on an optional hot air balloon ride this morning and see historic forts and hidden
palaces from above. Later, riding in Ambassador cars we visit Amber Fort — its lakefront location and legendary past combine for a surprising experience. After touring the fort, venture into the Johari Bazaar, Triplia and Chandpol Bazaar to stock up on sights and souvenirs. This evening, join the local life as we mingle in traditional dress of gifted saris, kurtas and turbans. Enjoy dinner in a haveli, a private mansion where a family has lived for generations. (b, d)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Dinner will be home-hosted in a private mansion
  • 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. You can join a walking tour to discover the hidden quarters of this magical city, meeting various locals as you go. Or, you can take a full-day excursion to Kumbhalgarh Fort, considered to be the longest wall in the world (after the Great Wall of China). This evening enjoy panoramic views of temples, palaces and forts as you dine at Ambrai Restaurant on the banks of scenic Lake Pichola. (b, d)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Dinner will be at Ambrai Restaurant
  • Our hotel in Udaipur: Hotel Raj Kuber

Day 8: Udaipur

Known for its enchanting setting, 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)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • 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 at Veda Restaurant to reflect on this moving experience. (b, d)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Dinner will be at Veda Restaurant
  • Our hotel in Delhi: Hotel Golden Grand

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

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Departure transfers are included on a group basis. Your Local Leader will advise on departure times based on the group’s flight schedules

Things to know before traveling to India

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.

FOOD

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.

MISCELLANEOUS

Generally wi-fi 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 wi-fi access. your Local Leader can assist locally.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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 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 or $170 single occupancy


Post-Night Add-ons

DELHI - $170 USD per room, double occupancy or $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

10 days, from $2,199 USD