Highlights of India Private Tour


The contrast of bustling bazaars and ancient ruins will bring to life everything you expect from this incredible country.

Places Visited

Delhi (4N) - Udaipur (2N) - Jodhpur (2N) - Jaipur (3N) - Ranthambore (2N)/Bharatpur (2N) - Agra (2N) - Khajuraho (1N) - Varanasi (2N) - Delhi

Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a three night stay.
Days 2-3: Delhi
Enjoy a half-day tour to Akshardham Temple (closed Mondays). (B,L) Tomorrow, embark on a half-day walking tour in Old Delhi – take a heritage and bazaar walk, cycle rickshaw ride and sample the street food. Enjoy a traditional lunch in a haveli. In the afternoon, visit Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple. Have a brief photo stop at India Gate and continue to Gandhi Smriti. Drive by the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament House and the Qutab Minar. (B,L)
Days 2-3: Delhi
Days 4-5: Delhi to Udaipur
Fly to Udaipur. (B) Tomorrow, drive around Fateh Sagar Lake and explore the Folk Museum and Mewar Art Gallery. Stroll through Sahelion Ki Bari Gardens and visit the City Palace. This afternoon enjoy a cruise on Lake Pichola then participate in an evening cooking class with a local Rajput family. (B,L,D)
Days 4-5: Delhi to Udaipur
Days 6-7: Udaipur to Jodhpur
Travel to Ranakpur, the largest Jain temple complex in India, before continuing to Jodhpur. (B,L) Tomorrow, visit Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada and the museum located in the Umaid Bhawan Palace. in the evening witness village life and culture on a Bishnoi jeep safari. (B,L)
Days 6-7: Udaipur to Jodhpur
Days 8-9: Jodhpur to Jaipur
Drive to Jaipur. Shop at the local bazaar in Choti Choper. (B,L) Tomorrow, enjoy a morning heritage walk. Discover local streets, temples, a community well and an Ayurveda Hospital. Observe the art of bangle baking and meet a local family. (B,L)
Days 8-9: Jodhpur to Jaipur
Day 10: Jaipur
Start with a photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) before visiting Amer Fort, the City Palace, a handicraft centre and Jantar Mantar Observatory. (B,L)
Day 10: Jaipur
Days 11-13: Jaipur to Agra
January to May – via Ranthambore Travel to Ranthambore National Park, a prime example of Project Tiger’s conservation efforts in Rajasthan. This afternoon enjoy a canter safari. (B,L) Tomorrow take a morning and afternoon canter safari. (B,L,D) The following day, board your train to Bharatpur. Drive to Agra stopping at Fatehpur Sikri en route. (B,L) September to December – via Bharatpur Drive to Bharatpur for a two night stay. (B,L) Tomorrow visit Keoladeo National Park for a morning rickshaw safari and in the evening visit a nearby village. (B,L,D) The following day, drive to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri. (B,L)
Days 11-13: Jaipur to Agra
Days 14-15: Agra to Khajuraho
View the Taj Mahal as the sun is rising. Visit a marble inlay workshop, Mother Teresa Orphanage and Agra Fort. (B,L) Tomorrow, board the Shatabdi Express train to Jhansi. Continue by road to Khajuraho, stopping in Orchha en route. (B,L)
Days 14-15: Agra to Khajuraho
Days 16-17: Khajuraho to Varanasi
Tour the Western group of temples and then fly to Varanasi. Take a rickshaw to the ghats of the River Ganges to witness the Puja ceremony of Ganga Aarti. (B,L) Tomorrow, take an early morning boat ride along the River Ganges, tour the city and visit the Buddhist sites at Sarnath. (B,L)
Days 16-17: Khajuraho to Varanasi
Days 18-19: Varanasi to Delhi
Fly to Delhi and transfer to your hotel. (B) After check-out tomorrow, you will be met and transferred to Delhi airport where your arrangements end. (B)

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Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 936 3998 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

Tour prices are per person, twin share departing Auckland. Regional departures available on request. Additional charges: Tipping is payable on arrival in destination (see Additional Price Information below).

Additional Price Information:

Price excludes:
International airfares
Visa fees for New Zealand passport holders
Tipping for this tour is at your own discretion

Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

The Royal Plaza
The Royal Plaza - New Delhi, India (3 Nights)
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Well-placed in the sightseeing, shopping, and culture area of New Delhi and NCR city, Hotel The Royal Plaza provides access to the city's biggest attractions including; The National Philatelic Museum, Parliament Building, and Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory. The hotel has luxurious en-suite rooms, and also features a fitness centre, sauna, outdoor pool, and spa where guests can relax and unwind after a busy day.



Hilltop Palace
Hilltop Palace - Udaipur, India (2 Nights)
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Hotel Hilltop Palace is situated atop Ambavgarh Hill, overlooking Lake Fatehsagar and the historic Udaipur Town. The hotel offers 62 tasteful rooms with modern amenities, including air-conditioning, a safety deposit box and television. The hotel boasts an on-site restaurant serving Northern Indian cuisine, as well as Rajasthani Folk dances arranged on request.



Park Plaza Hotel
Park Plaza Hotel - Jodhpur, India (2 Nights)
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The luxurious 5 Star Park Plaza Jodhpur is a state-of-the-art business boutique hotel, ideally located in the heart of the city, in close proximity to the market. The hotels 45 guest rooms are all elegantly designed, offering the latest amenities and facilities, including Wi-Fi, satellite cable TV and a tea/coffee maker. Other features include a swimming pool, health club, and currency exchange service.



The Fern Hotel
The Fern Hotel - Jaipur, India (2 Nights)
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The Fern Hotel, Jaipur is centrally located, placing the hotel within a 20-minute drive to all of the key tourist attractions in Jaipur, including the City Palace and the walled area of the Old City. The award-winning hotel boasts 85 modern en-suite rooms, an exclusive club floor, executive lounge, and rooftop pool.



The Pugmark
The Pugmark - Madhopur, India (2 Nights)
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Nestled at the edge of Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan and set over an area of 10 acres, The Pugmark is the true combination of sheer comfort and luxury. The hotel offers 33 well-appointed en-suite rooms, and also boasts a spa, garden, and poolside bar. The restaurant offers a delicious multi cuisine.



Mansingh Hotel
Mansingh Hotel - Agra, India (2 Nights)
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Overlooking the magnanimous “Taj Mahal”, The Mansingh Palace Hotel provides 100 well-furnished en-suite rooms all equipped with modern amenities including; LED TV, Electronic safe deposit, mini bar, hair dryer and electric kettle. The hotel also boasts a delicious multi-cuisine restaurant, health club and swimming pool.



Clarks Khajuraho
Clarks Khajuraho - Khajuraho, India (1 Nights)
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Situated in the lush green grasslands on the banks of river Khuddar, Hotel Clarks Khajuraho is a 10 minute drive from the 9th century temples. With 104 tastefully decorated en-suite rooms, modern amenities include; air-conditioned rooms, television and a telephone. Dining in Khajuraho includes Darpan, the multi cuisine restaurant and The Coffee Shop, which serves refreshing snacks and coffee. Other features include a poolside barbeque and bar facility.



Hotel Ideal Tower
Hotel Ideal Tower - Varanasi, India (2 Nights)
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Located a short distance from the historical Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort, 5* Hotel Mansingh comprises of elegantly decorated en-suite rooms, featuring a television, personal safe and mini bar. Wi-Fi, dry cleaning and an outdoor pool are other commendable features. The in-house restaurant serves a selection of excellent local and international dishes. Guests can also dine at Ripples Cafè – a coffee shop stocked with an assortment of snacks and beverages.



A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel.
Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call New Zealand – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 64, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in India and you will find high quality coverage. India has active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and India is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size, and services used during the trip.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be fun and entertaining, especially in local markets all over India where souvenirs can be purchased for next to nothing. However all passengers must realise that the authenticity and value of goods is always questionable.
If the price seems too good to be true, then it probably is! Some shopping is made up of copied brand items and reproduced antiques.
 
In keeping with most people’s interest whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities in local shops and government factories. This may vary depending on local conditions, and should never interfere with your itinerary’s included sightseeing.
 
Each region has its own specialty; a traditional handicraft perfected by the locals over centuries, a climate that encourages rich spices to grow, or a type of wood, stone or precious jewel in abundance nearby. Textiles are a popular souvenir, including silk brocades from Varanasi in the north or Kanchipuram in the south, tie-dyed cottons from all over Rajasthan, saris, hand woven Tibetan carpets from Darjeeling or Dharamshala, or the woollen shawls pashminas of Kashmir and Ladakh.
 
There is also the heavy and elaborate silverwork of Rajasthan, “spring picked” tea from the hill stations, and the spices, wooden carvings or facemasks of Kerala.
 
If you prefer set prices, head to the government-run shops, usually called “cottage industries” or “emporium” which sells quality but reasonably priced goods. The more up market tourist shops will also have fixed prices. Markets, street stalls, and local shops can be noisy, crowded, and confronting, but this remains one of the most rewarding experiences of travelling in India. If your itinerary includes some free time and you would like to go shopping, ask either your National Escort/Guide or the hotel staff for advice on how to best get there. They should be able to tell you if you need a taxi or a rickshaw, how much you should pay for the journey and provide you verbal or written directions to give to the driver. Remember to take a hotel business card with you to find your way back!

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and includes a combination of western and local dishes. As traditional in this region, lunch and dinner are served in a banquet style, so you can try the variety of specialty dishes. The amount of food served is more than ample for the whole group.
 
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people so dishes are not too spicy or unusual in their taste. One of the great myths about India is that the food is of poor quality and always hot and spicy. This is definitely not the case! In fact, North Indian dishes whilst often very rich and indeed spicy don’t contain as much chilli as South Indian dishes. Indian cuisine is predominately vegetarian; however more meat (chicken and lamb) dishes are available in the North. On our group tours, we use a variety of local and hotel restaurants, which provide variety in both the dishes and methods of cooking. If you like Indian food from home, you will have no problems with the real Indian food as it is similar, only more flavoursome. You’ll love it; though don’t expect to lose weight on your holiday, Indians love to eat and eat big. In tourist centres, some restaurants and hotels may also serve western dishes to provide variety. You may also prefer to bring comforts like cereal, biscuits, muesli bars and tea/coffee from home.
 
Drinks will be at each tour member’s own expense. Beer is widely available and cheap. Wine lovers should remember that western style wine is very expensive to import into India, so is not stocked except by upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice, fruit juices, or lassies (yoghurt based sweet or salty drinks) from a trusted restaurant; where they will use boiled or bottled water to prepare ice and drinks.
 
Tea is very popular and Indians simply love visiting the many street stalls which brew chai (also known as masala), a sweet, spiced tea brewed with boiling milk. Hotels will usually serve tea and instant coffee at breakfast or other meals – you can usually request the chai or masala style tea as well.
Packed meals: On some days, your National Escort/Guide may arrange for a simple, packed meal for your group. It may be a matter of schedule (on long driving days), hygiene (on train journeys), or your location (in remote areas) and we ask you to bear this in mind. Although this is not a full meal, most of our passengers seem to enjoy this change from the large portions and more elaborate banquets enjoyed most days.


Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suitable for those with a reasonable amount of time who wish to see the main sights and scenic areas of India. This tour incorporates road and train travel to give you the experience of different modes of transport in India and the chance to see the diverse Indian countryside.

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