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Occasions - Splendours of India - 11 Nights

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The regions of Delhi and Rajasthan in the north of India are home to some of the most impressive sights in Asia. With visits to the Taj Mahal* and the magical city of Udaipur included, you will experience the very best of this fascinating country on this 11-night break.

Along your journey you will visit ancient palaces and monuments, proud fortresses, mosques and bustling cities. Take a rickshaw ride in Old Delhi’s busy streets, and awaken your senses on a spicy kaleidoscope of colour and sound in its buzzing markets. In Agra, you will gaze in wonder at the most famous monument to love, the Taj Mahal. You will visit the Amber Fort in the Pink City of Jaipur and, of course, have plenty of time at leisure to discover India at your own pace. Come with us on this holiday of a lifetime and discover the Splendours of India for yourself.

*In order to preserve the beauty and integrity of the iconic monument, the Taj Mahal, cleaning and restoration work is ongoing at this site. Some phases of the restoration involve scaffolding and mud treatment,  thus a clear view of the entire monument may not be possible.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Rupee
Local Time
Irish and UK time +4.5 hours
Passport
Irish and UK citizens require a visa to enter India. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months. Click here for information on visas for India. 
Dress Code
Compared with certain parts of Asia, India has a very relaxed dress code. However, care should be taken not to give offence by wearing clothing, which may be considered revealing, especially when visiting religious sites.
Climate

Varied continental climate. Spring occurs from March to April, summer from May to October, and winter from November to February. Tropical monsoon occurs from June to August, and post-monsoon or northeast monsoon season (Oct-Dec).

Food & Drink

The cuisine in Rajasthan is predominantly vegetarian, with beans and lentils being the focus although chicken and lamb dishes are also widely available - you will see little to no pork or beef in the north of India. The style of dishes is varied and delicious, from hot and spicy to mild and aromatic, you will notice the subtle variations in the food as you travel from place to place. Curry served with fluffy rice and flatbreads usually make up the main meal of the day with dry fruits, spices and yogurt being the predominant ingredients. 

Vaccinations
Vaccinations are required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 74.00Rs
  • Beer: 75.00Rs
  • Glass of wine: 100.00Rs
  • Meal: 200.00Rs
  • Soft Drink: 21.00Rs
  • Bottled Water: 22.00Rs
(80 Rupees - €1.00)
Packing List

We advise you to bring:

  • Your valid passport
  • A 220v plug adaptor
  • Sun cream and sun hat
  • Shawl – useful to cover shoulders when visiting religious sites
  • A small backpack
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

The White Tiger by Arivand Adiga

A Passage to India by E. M. Forester

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Holiday highlights

Delhi

Delhi has been the focal point to so many invasions and absorbed so many cultures that it perfectly captures the essence of India. Exploring New Delhi, you will see the Lutyens designed parliament building, drive past India Gate and along the beautiful tree lined boulevards of the diplomatic quarter. The Red Fort dominates the Old Delhi landscape, with walls and watchtowers towering above the local streets and alleys.

Udaipur

Udaipur known as the “Venice of the East” is an breathtaking city built around Lake Pichola. The floating palace featured in James Bond’s Octopussy and many bars and restaurants regularly show the film for visitors.

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is one of the worlds most beautiful monuments and built by Shah Jehan as a memorial to his favourite wife. The brilliance and symmetry of this elegant marble structure, embedded with semi-precious stones and reflected in cool, clear pools, is guaranteed to take your breath away. 

Fatehpuhr Sikri

Fatehpuhr Sikri is a deserted city to the west of Agra. Used in the 16th century for barely twenty years as the court of the Emperor Akbar, the city was suddenly abandoned. Highlights include the Royal Palace and Audience Hall, both of which offer an excellent insight into the courtly life of Mughal royalty.

Jaipur

Known as the Pink City due to its painted stone buildings, Jaipur is a lively and bustling place and is the capital of Rajasthan. Today, visitors can discover the lavish architectural projects backed by the royal family, including the Jantar Mantar observatory and the “Palace of Winds”. Outside the city stands the magnificent Amber Palace, decorated with marble, mirror work and mosaics, lays on top of a hill overlooking the city.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Rupee
Local Time
Irish and UK time +4.5 hours
Passport
Irish and UK citizens require a visa to enter India. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months. Click here for information on visas for India. 
Dress Code
Compared with certain parts of Asia, India has a very relaxed dress code. However, care should be taken not to give offence by wearing clothing, which may be considered revealing, especially when visiting religious sites.
Climate

Varied continental climate. Spring occurs from March to April, summer from May to October, and winter from November to February. Tropical monsoon occurs from June to August, and post-monsoon or northeast monsoon season (Oct-Dec).

Food & Drink

The cuisine in Rajasthan is predominantly vegetarian, with beans and lentils being the focus although chicken and lamb dishes are also widely available - you will see little to no pork or beef in the north of India. The style of dishes is varied and delicious, from hot and spicy to mild and aromatic, you will notice the subtle variations in the food as you travel from place to place. Curry served with fluffy rice and flatbreads usually make up the main meal of the day with dry fruits, spices and yogurt being the predominant ingredients. 

Vaccinations
Vaccinations are required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 74.00Rs
  • Beer: 75.00Rs
  • Glass of wine: 100.00Rs
  • Meal: 200.00Rs
  • Soft Drink: 21.00Rs
  • Bottled Water: 22.00Rs
(80 Rupees - €1.00)
Packing List

We advise you to bring:

  • Your valid passport
  • A 220v plug adaptor
  • Sun cream and sun hat
  • Shawl – useful to cover shoulders when visiting religious sites
  • A small backpack
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

The White Tiger by Arivand Adiga

A Passage to India by E. M. Forester

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to India

Full Day

Travel to India

Depart for Delhi.

Day 2 - Delhi & New Delhi

Morning

Arrive in Delhi

Upon arrival in Delhi you will be met by our local representative before being transferred to your hotel by coach. 

Afternoon

Tour to Qutub Minar

You will take an afternoon guided excursion to the Qutub Minar, the world’s tallest brick minaret standing 100 metres tall. 

Day 3 - Guided Tour of Old Delhi

Full Day

Guided Tour of Old Delhi

After breakfast you will see all the sights and sounds of bustling Old Delhi, beginning with a cycle rickshaw ride through the city.  After your ride, you will visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of Mahatma Gandhi, where you can see an eternal flame burning at the spot of his cremation.  From here you will move on to the Jama Masjid mosque and view the beautiful 17th century place of worship, which is home to an ancient Qur’an written on deerskin. You will also see Humayun’s Tomb, a beautiful 16th Century building and the tomb of the Emperor Humayun and visit the Bangla Sahib Sikh Temple and the Jama Masjid mosque.  There will be time to pick up some souvenirs and local bargains at the bustling and colourful market of Chandni Chowk before returning to your hotel. 

Day 4 - Agra

Morning

Transfer to Agra

Transfer from your hotel to Agra by coach. 

Afternoon

Agra Fort

In the afternoon you will enjoy a guided tour of the Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the finest Mughal forts in India.  Built in the 11th century, era marked by invasions and battles, this red stone-fortified castle was the site of the India Rebellion of 1857. 

Day 5 - Taj Mahal & Fatehpur Sikri

Morning

Taj Mahal

In the morning you will visit the Taj Mahal where you will enjoy sunrise at the one of the world’s biggest monuments to love. The morning is an ideal time to photograph this spectacular building when the lighting is at its most dramatic. This famous mausoleum, built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, in memory of his favourite wife, is a highlight for many visitors to India and it is easy to see why. 

Afternoon

Travel to Jaipur & Fatehpur Sikri

In the evening you will travel to Jaipur and visit the deserted red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri en-route. Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and it served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585.

Day 6 - Jaipur

Full Day

Exploring Jaipur

Enjoy a full day guided tour of Jaipur – the Pink City. Visit the Amber Fort, a spectacular Hindu fort overlooking Lake Maota, before visiting the City Palace Museum, to see the beautiful former seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur. See the awe-inspiring Jantar Mantar sundial, and finally Hawa Mahal, also known as the ‘Palace of Winds.’

Evening

Diwali Festival of Light

The Diwali Festival of Light will take place during your stay in Jaipur. This ancient Hindu festival is celebrated in autumn every year and spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness. Included special activities will take place at your hotel to celebrate including fireworks, flower work decoration & cultural folk dance.

Day 7 - Jodhpur

Morning

Depart Jaipur

Today, you will transfer to Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, your local guide will be happy to suggest places to see and visit depending on your interests. Jodhpur is sometimes referred to as the “Blue City” due to the brightly painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort and was named as Lonely Planet’s most extraordinary place to stay in 2014.

Afternoon

Arrive Jodhpur

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, your local guide will be happy to suggest places to see and visit depending on your interests.

Day 8 - Guided Tour of Jodhpur

Morning

Guided tour of Jodhpur

Enjoy a guided tour of Jodhpur, the home of the Rathore rulers of the princely state of Rajasthan. Here you will visit Mehrangarh Fort, an imposing structure sitting on a hill, which was seen in the film The Dark Knight Rises. The tour will also bring you to Jaswant Thada, a beautiful monument built entirely out of white marble.

Afternoon

At Leisure

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure

Day 9 - Travel to Udaipur

Full Day

Travel to Udaipar

Today, you will transfer to Udaipur, also known as the city of the lakes. This beautiful city has been described as the “Venice of the East” and its centerpiece is the Lake Palace, which sits in the middle of Lake Pichola. En route to Udaipur you will stop at where you will visit Ranakpur, which is home to some impressive palaces tucked away in the hills.

Day 10 - Udaipur

Morning

City Palace Museum & Boat Cruise

Today you will have a guided morning excursion to the City Palace Museum and the spectacular garden of Saheliyon-ki-Bari, which is brimming with lotus ponds, marble elephants and gushing fountains.

Afternoon

Boat Cruise

Later on, you will enjoy a boat cruise on the serene and beautiful Lake Pichola.

Day 11 - Transfer to Delhi

Afternoon

Transfer to Delhi

Following a morning at leisure, you will be transferred by coach to the airport for your flight to Delhi.

Day 12 - Return Home

Full Day

Return home

Morning transfer by coach to Delhi Airport for your return flight.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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