Stuff Escapes - The Real India

Join us on our newest 15 day, fully inclusive Readers' Tour from 11 - 25 October 2019

$6,490pp twin share*, flying Singapore Airlines

Delhi (2 nights) – Udaipur (2 nights) – Bundi (1 night) – Ranthambore (2 nights) – Jaipur (2 nights) – Agra (2 nights) – Gurgaon (1 night) 

With its diversity of colours, culture and heritage, India is one of the world’s most inspiring destinations. Our itinerary is designed for travellers who wish to experience the iconic sights and magnificent treasures of India. This outstanding tour includes India’s most spectacular destinations, with visits to Old and New Delhi, the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, Lake Pichola, the legendary Taj Mahal, and more. The tour will be accompanied by our panel of guest India experts from a range of backgrounds, whose unique knowledge of India’s history and culture will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights on Singapore Airlines, all accommodation, meals and touring included.

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Tour Highlights

• The fascinating contrasts of Old and New Delhi
• Cruise by the palaces on scenic Lake Pichola
• Explore legendary Chittor Fort
• Seek out the tigers of Ranthambore National Park
• Discover the famous ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur
• Tour the majestic sandstone Amer Fort
• Visit the splendid Taj Mahal at sunrise
• Enjoy a magical Bollywood performance

Guest India Experts

Graeme Waters is a former New Zealand diplomat who has twice been posted to India – as Deputy High Commissioner to Sir Edmund Hillary in the late 1980s and as High Commissioner from 2004 to 2007. More recently Graeme acted as a trade consultant for Fonterra during the botulism scare and has been international adviser to Auckland Zoo. He has written two papers on New Zealand's relationship with India for Asia New Zealand Foundation.
Graeme first visited India in 1980 when he was working on New Zealand's development assistance programme in South Asia. His most recent visit to India was in 2017 with his wife Audrey, who is of Indian descent. Together they successfully retraced Audrey's ancestral footsteps from Kerala to Fiji. Their daughter Melissa met her husband Matthieu while staying in India, and their son Andrew proposed to his wife Loren on a houseboat in Kerala. India is now thus firmly in the family blood.

Jacob Rajan is an actor, playwright and co-founder of the award-winning Indian Ink Theatre Company.  Malaysian-born, the third son of Indian immigrant parents hailing from Kerala, Jacob was raised in New Zealand, completing a degree in microbiology and a primary school teaching diploma before finally wearing his parents down and attending Toi Whakaari: The NZ Drama School in 1993. 
Stints on television shows Shortland St and Outrageous Fortune followed but he is, perhaps, best known for writing and performing his first play, Krishnan's Dairy. Premiering in 1997, this love story set in a corner shop went on to win Production of the Year in New Zealand and a Fringe First Award in Edinburgh in 1999. Krishnan's Dairy toured India for the first time in 2016 receiving standing ovations and critical acclaim including being hailed as "one of the top ten Indian plays of all time". It's set to be turned into a feature film titled Tip Top Taj Mahal. 

Trupti Biradar. German-born, and raised in New Zealand and the Middle East, Trupti is Stuff's editorial travel director. She moved back to her mother's hometown of Bangalore, India as a teenager, where she spent a good part of her life before returning to New Zealand. From Goa's laidback hippie beaches in the east, and the ancient temples in the north to the lagoons and lakes of Kerala's backwaters in the south, her travels have taken her all over India.

Itinerary - download the detailed itinerary here (PDF)

Terms and Conditions

All prices are in NZD and based on two people travelling together. Single supplements apply. To connect with airline schedules additional arrangements may be required at an additional cost. Land-only option available from $4,990pp. Single passengers can travel on a willing to share bases at the twin share price or pay an additional $1,250 to have single accommodation throughout the tour. A deposit of $2000 per person is due to Wendy Wu Tours within five days of quotation to secure your booking. Final payment is due 09 August 2019. An advance payment for airfares may be required if you decide to not fly on the group flights. Group flights do not accrue airline loyalty points, allow pre-seating or re-routing.  A booking form must be completed at time of deposit and copies of passports sent to Wendy Wu Tours. Wendy Wu Tours reserves the right to correct any errors in rates quoted or calculated, or any omissions made at any time during your booking. Any verbal quote given is an indication only of the final price and is subject to confirmation in writing. Full booking terms and conditions can be found at


Tour Includes

- Return international economy flights and taxes
- Guest India experts
- All accommodation
- All meals
- All sightseeing and entrance fees
- All transportation and transfers
- English-speaking National Escort
- Visa fees for NZ passport holders