- Return international flights, taxes and current fuel surcharges (unless a land only option is selected)
- All accommodation
- All meals
- All sightseeing and entrance fees
- All transportation and transfers
- English-speaking National Escort (If your group is 10 or more passengers)
Personal expenditures e.g. drinks, optional excursions or shows, insurance of any kind, customary tipping, early check in or late checkout and other items not specified on the itinerary are at your own expense.
DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO DELHI Fly to Delhi for a two-night stay. Your National Escort/Local Guide from Wendy Wu Tours will meet you at Delhi International Airport in the Arrivals Hall. Together with other group members who may be arriving at a similar time, you will transfer to your hotel and check-in.
DAY 2: DISCOVER DELHI Today is a full day of sightseeing around Old and New Delhi, involving approximately four hours on foot. Your exploration of Delhi begins with a drive past the Red Fort, before strolling through the fascinating Chandni Chowk Bazaar to Jama Masjid. Stop briefly at India Gate to take some photos before visiting the Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, Humayun’s Tomb and Connaught Place Markets. Later this afternoon, visit the Qutab Minar Complex, visiting a myriad of monuments that combine both Islamic calligraphy and Hindu motifs, commemorating the onset of Islamic rule in India.
DAY 3: DELHI TO AGRA Depart Delhi this morning and commence the three hour drive to the historic city of Agra. On arrival, visit the Itmadud-Daulah, nicknamed the Baby Taj, an exquisite marble tomb that predates the Taj Mahal and is thought to have inspired it. You’ll also explore the hulking mass of red sandstone that is Agra Fort, which sits on the banks of the Yamuna River. The Fort was established in the 16th century but has been much added to over time, making it an eclectic mix of architectural styles.
DAY 4: AGRA TO RANTHAMBORE Begin the day by viewing the Taj Mahal in all its glory as the sun is rising. Firstly, board your group coach and drive through the awakening streets of Agra (an early start means that we can avoid the heat and crowds at the Taj Mahal later in the day). At a designated point the group will disembark the coach and board smaller electric carts to continue to the entrance gate. After clearing security and baggage checks you will be admitted to the complex. You will spend approximately two hours here; sightseeing is easy with not many steps. For admission to the main mausoleum area, you are required to wear shoe covers (this may be provided on site – be prepared to bring an additional pair of socks). Return to your hotel to freshen up and have breakfast. Later, commence your drive of approximately six hours to Ranthambore, visiting the abandoned ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri en route.
DAY 5: RANTHAMBORE Enjoy both morning and afternoon canter safaris through the national park, keeping your eyes peeled for tigers! There are around 50 majestic Bengal tigers that are living amongst Ranthambore’s undulating landscapes, as well as leopards, nilgai, sloth bears, wild boar, hyena and over 300 species of bird.
DAY 6: RANTHAMBORE – BUNDI Drive approximately three to four hours to one of Rajasthan’s hidden gems, the captivating Bundi. Take a stroll through the town, discovering the unique step wells – a vital source of water in the past, and a breathtaking sight today.
DAY 7: BUNDI – CHITTOR FORT – UDAIPUR Depart Bundi and drive approximately four and a half hours to Udaipur, with a stop en route at Chittor Fort. One of the largest forts in India, Chittor sprawls across a hilltop overlooking the town of Chittorgarh. Its precinct contains grand old palaces, gates, temples and towers – its magnificence has been inspiring travellers and artists alike for centuries. Continue to Udaipur where, later this afternoon, you’ll cruise on Lake Pichola, admiring the city’s palaces from the water, including the incredible Lake Palace.
DAY 8: UDAIPUR Today you will explore the city, starting with a drive around Fateh Sagar Lake and stops at the Folk Museum, Mewar Art Gallery and Sahelion Ki Bari Garden. Later visit the ornate City Palace and take a stroll through the local shops.
DAY 9: UDAIPUR – PUSHKAR Drive approximately five hours to Pushkar. Sat on the banks of one of India’s most sacred lakes, there are 52 ghats built on the edge of the water, used for bathing by Hindu pilgrims, which are backed by hundreds of blue-washed temples. Take a walking tour of the vibrant market and admire the Brahma Temple, the city’s most important temple, and one of few in the world dedicated to the deity many Hindus believe is the creator of the universe.
DAY 10: PUSHKAR – JAIPUR Drive three hours to Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’ and Rajasthan’s capital. On arrival, visit two of the city’s top sights, the Maharaja’s City Palace, still the home of the city’s royal family today, and Jantar Mantar Observatory, a fascinating collection of wonderful instruments designed to measure the heavens.
DAY 11: JAIPUR Begin the day with a brief photo stop at Hawa Mahal, the iconic ‘Palace of the Winds’ (viewed from the street side opposite as the entrance is not granted to tour groups) before travelling out of the city to admire the majestic Amer Fort, the colossal 16th century yellow and pink sandstone fort just 11 kilometres out of Jaipur. Back in the city, head to a craft centre to learn about traditional artistries such as block printing and carpet weaving before browsing the local bazaar at Choti Choper.
DAY 12: JAIPUR TO GURGAON Depart Jaipur and travel approximately five hours to Gurgaon, only 30 km from Delhi, for an overnight stay. Later, experience the ‘Kingdom of Dreams’, a live entertainment venue where you will watch a magical Bollywood performance. For dinner tonight, you may be provided with a voucher to be used in the many food outlets at the venue, or arrangements will be made at a local restaurant beforehand.
DAY 13-14: GURGAON – DEPART DELHI FOR AUSTRALIA After breakfast, you may wish to be transferred to Delhi Haat, an open-air market, where you can enjoy some last minute shopping or you can decided to have this morning at leisure. Return to your hotel where you will have a late check out until 18:00 before being met and transferred to Delhi airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.