We’ve put together a special itinerary to whet your appetite for travel in this fascinating part of the world. Join us to discover the colour, sounds and flavour of the Best Exotic India and stay at the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel! We start in Delhi, the capital of India, where the hustle and bustle of modern India contrasts with the old world of Mughal temples, forts and gardens. Then we travel to Agra where no visit to India is complete without a sunrise visit to the world’s grandest monument to love – the Taj Mahal. Journey through Rajasthan, the Land of Great Kingdoms, to explore the palaces of the Maharajas in Jaipur, Jodphur, Udaipur and of course, spend three nights at the Most Exotic Marigold Hotel in Khempur. We finish in Delhi.
For travellers, India is more than a country filled with travel marvels; it is a marvel.
Best Exotic India Tour
Delhi – Udaipur – Khempur – Jodhpur- Jaipur – Agra – Delhi, India
|Land only from Delhi $3740
Single supplement $1120
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Your Tour Leaders:
SHARON THRUPP has lived and worked in Dharamsala, India for the past 13 years. Sharon is passionate about India and the Himalaya region and has trekked and travelled extensively. She is also involved in an Indian NGO which provides education and mentoring to underprivileged and marginalized school girls through the Indian Himalayan region.
She considers Australia as her home by birth but India as her home by heart. In her spare time, she does yoga and meditation on her roof top with the Himalayas as a backdrop and wanders the back roads of her home near Dharamsala with her dog Billy.
VIKAS KUMAR is our local Tour Manager who comes from Naddi – a small, picturesque village above Dharamsala in the Indian State of Himachal Pradesh. He is passionate about the area and the Himalaya. Since leaving school he worked as a porter then as a trekking guide from Dharamsala to Ladakh, in the remote Himalayas. Vikas completed his tertiary education part-time whilst working as a guide; since then he has taken groups throughout India and Nepal. Vikas’ gentle nature, passion for history and the culture of India, combined with his local networks, makes him
the perfect guide to ensure the safety and well-being of his tour groups.
|Dates||October 2017 – March 2018|
13 Oct 17 / 20 Feb 18
14 Oct 17 / 21 Feb 18
We start our Delhi experience with Sultanate Delhi Tour – an introduction to the city, Quatab Minar and surrounds. Here we unearth layers of history and see and learn about architectural features of different time periods all in one place. Visit a country home of a British Viceroy and Mughal emperor and a Sufi Shrine in Mehrauli Village. We then take a stroll through the Archeological Park and enjoy a dazzling spectacle of multi-coloured birds and butterflies.
Rest of the day at one of the bustling bazaars of Delhi. Tonight, you will be our guest for our Welcome Dinner at a local Delhi Restaurant. Overnight Delhi
15 Oct 17 / 22 Feb 18
Today we take a sightseeing visit around Delhi. Sights to be seen are India Gate, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk and Raj Ghat (the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi) and Rajpath. Overnight Delhi.
This vibrant city, the capital of the world’s second most populated country, has a long and colourful of history and enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a cultural hub.
16 Oct 17 / 23 Feb 18
Morning drive to Agra, arriving with plenty of free time to explore Agra including the Agra Fort.
The Taj Mahal, is the worlds’ most grand monument to love, built by Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz. However, not all love stories have happy endings, Shah Jahan was imprisoned in Agra Fort by his son and where he spent his final years. Overnight Agra
17 Oct 17 / 24 Feb 18
18 Oct 17 / 25 Feb 18
Visit the magnificent Amber Fort. This evening we celebrate Diwali in the city for a special Diwali dinner.
19 Oct 17 / 26 Feb 18
After breakfast travel to Jodhpur, arriving in the early afternoon (5 hours) and settling into your hotel. Jodphur is known as the “Blue City” owing to the many blue houses with the backdrop of the Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest in India. Why not head to Sadar Bazaar, one of the oldest markets in India, for handicrafts and antiques. The diversity of what’s on offer is impressive. Overnight Jodphur
20 Oct 17 / 27 Feb 18
Start the day off right with a delicious omelette and a famous Makhani lassi, one of many Indian delicacies that originated in Jodphur before heading to the Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest in India, to take in the sweeping view of the city.
You can either have the late afternoon free or there’s an option to attend a cooking class at a local family’s house. You’ll cook with, and later sample, traditional Indian spices (taste the difference). Overnight Jodhpur.
21 Oct 17 / 28 Feb 18
22 Oct 17 / 1 March 18
Today we take a walk through the desert and villages to our lunch spot beside a lake in the middle of the desert. You will be fascinated by the villagers contented and laid back lifestyle, their mud houses and the communal way of living. After lunch, either stroll or ride a jeep back to the hotel.
23 Oct 17 / 2 March 18
Free day to wander around the local village and relax at the hotel. Take the time to contemplate where Judi Dench and Maggie Smith might have enjoyed their ‘post lunch’ chai. Or simply take advantage of the time to indulge and have a massage. Overnight Khempur.
24 Oct 17 / 3 March 18
After breakfast we will take a short drive to Udaipur. Arrive there in time for lunch and transfer by rickshaw along the narrow lanes to your hotel.
Udaipur, also known as the City of Lakes, is one of India’s most picturesque cities. Palaces surround the city, the most famous being The Lake Palace, which covers an entire island and was featured in the James Bond film Octopussy. The city was founded in 1559 and was the capital of the Mewar kingdom. There’s no doubt you’ll enjoy this picturesque city.
You be taken on an orientation walk of this beautiful city so you can get your bearings. The rest of the day and evening will be yours to relax and explore the city. Overnight Udaipur
25 Oct 17 / 4 March 18
We visit the City Palace and enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola. Afternoon visit to Bagore-ki-Haveli. Late afternoon at leisure. Dinner at the Udaigarh Hotel which overlooks Lake Pichola and the City Palace.
26 Oct 17 / 5 March 18
27 Oct 17 / 6 March 18
Pickup and drop off at Delhi Airport
14 nights’ accommodation – twin share
Complimentary breakfast at the hotels
Flight from Udaipur to Delhi
Private taxi for all transfers and sightseeing and points
Private vehicle tour of Rajasthan
Sultanate Walking Tour of Delhi
Desert walk in Khempur
Boat Ride in Udaipur
5 Dinners included – Welcome buffet dinner on Delhi; 2017 Diwali dinner – Jaipur; (2018 Holi dinner – Khempur); 2 Dinners Khempur
and Farewell dinner
All charges related to transport such as toll, parking, fuel etc.
Entrance fee to all the monuments mentioned in the plan
Services of local English Tour Guide throughout tour and local guides x 4.
Airfares and visas to India – please contact Back Track Adventures for best available airfares
Optional extras as mentioned in the itinerary
Personal expenditure such as drinks, laundry service and souvenirs
Meals except breakfasts where stipulated
Cooking Class at Jodhpur
Compulsory insurance of any kind
Camera and Video entry charges local sightseeing
Amristar Short Stay – 3 days, 2 nights
Amritsar is home to Sikhism’s holiest temple, the stunning, Golden Temple.
Your train leaves New Delhi Station* at approximately 7am and will take you on a journey from the urban sprawl of Delhi through to the fertile plains of Haryana and the Punjab. Your Shatabdi Express train arrives at Amritsar Station early afternoon where you will be met by your local guide. Transfer to your Guest House for a short rest before your guide and taxi will collect you at 4pm and take you to the Wagah border to witness the ‘Closing of the Border’. This ceremony takes place every evening and involves a display of pomp and ceremony by the India and Pakistan border guards. Rest of the evening at leisure or take an evening stroll around the Golden Temple. Overnight Amritsar.
Amritsar sightseeing. Early morning walk to the Golden Temple to stroll around the temple area and visit the inside of the temple to listen to the priests chanting from the Holy Book. Visit the Jallianwala Bagh, the place of the British massacre in 1919. It is a peaceful garden today that you can stroll around and enjoy. This is followed by a visit to the Katra Jaimal Singh Bazaar, famous for its textiles and saris. Take an evening stroll around the Golden Temple once again to enjoy the night time magic. Overnight Amritsar.
Depart Amritsar by flight late morning. Tour arrangements end on arrival in Delhi.
*Back Track can arrange for you to be assisted with carriage location at New Delhi Station.
|COST & DATES^||Select your preferred date
|INCLUSIONS||Transfer from Amritsar Train Station/Airport; Executive Class train ticket to Amritsar, return flight from Amritsar; 2 nights’ accommodation and breakfasts; Car and driver for the return trip to the Wagah border/Golden Temple; English speaking guide for 2 days (including pickup at airport).|
|NOT INCLUDED||Lunches and Dinners; Personal expenditure such as drinks, laundry service and souvenirs; Tipping expenses; Compulsory insurance of any kind; Camera and video entry charges at local sights|
Varanasi Short Stay – 4 days, 3 Nights
Arrive Varanasi early afternoon. Transfer from the airport to your Guest House which is situated on Assi Ghat. Take a stroll around the area to soak up the atmosphere of the Ganges River and the glorious Varanasi. Overnight Varanasi.
Full day sightseeing in Varanasi. You will rise early morning, getting ready to experience one of the most memorable moments of your life, as you will be taken for a boat ride on the Ganges. It is at the Ganga Ghats of Varanasi where you get to see both life and death together. Walk along the ghats, where you will get a glimpse of the sacred life at the Ganga. Following this you will visit Godaulia, the old city and ancient riverside temples such as the Durga temple, Vishwanath temple, Sankat Mochan temple, Tulsi Manas temple and the Bharat Mata temple. During the evening you will visit the main ghat to watch the daily puja (offerings) made to the Ganges. Overnight Varanasi.
Your driver and car will collect you after breakfast and take you to Sarnath where you will visit Dhamekh Stupa, the ancient Buddhist ruins, Chaukhandi Stupa and Mulganda Kuti Vihar, followed by a visit to the Deer Park and Archaeological Museum. Rest of the afternoon at leisure. Overnight Varanasi.
Depart Varanasi. Transfer to airport for your flight to Delhi. Arrangement ends at Delhi Airport.
|COST & DATES^||Select your preferred date
|INCLUSIONS||Return airfares Delhi – Varanasi – Delhi; transfers to from Airport to the hotel; 3 nights’ accommodation; 3 breakfasts; Car and driver to Sarnath and return; Sunrise boat ride on the Ganges; English speaking guide for 3 days (including pickup at airport)|
|NOT INCLUDED||Lunch and dinner; Personal expenditure such as drinks, laundry service and souvenirs; Tipping; Camera and Video entry charges local sights; Compulsory insurance of any kind|
^Though we are not expecting any price increases from our suppliers, airline prices and/or taxes could increase. These increases will be added to our quoted holiday costs.
AYURVEDA BREAKS, SOUTH INDIA
Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient system of health care that is native to the Indian subcontinent and is a complete way of life. It is not only about treating sickness – it is based on preventing disease and enhancing health, longevity and vitality. Ayurveda aims to achieve harmony and balance without drugs or invasive treatments. Diet, meditation, gentle exercise such as yoga, herbal medicines and physical therapies (such as massage) are
the main methods used. Kerala in south India is the home of Ayurveda. Choose from one of the centres for your relaxation or detox.
Tour route: Kerala / Tour highlights: Ayurveda Treatments
NIKKI’S NEST AYURVEDA CLINIC
This is is a middle-size property located at the end of the very large Chowara Beach. It is 20 kilometres from the International airport at Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. Nikki’s Nest is an award winning centre and has the privacy of a secluded crescent-shaped beach. The experience is truly sublime. It has comfortable villas which are scattered in a gentle slope facing the sea. As an alternative, it is possible to combine your stay with their other property, DUKE’S FOREST LODGE, 40 kilometres away, in a rubber plantation at the foot of the mountains. Chefs, therapists, doctors, and staff use their skills to provide heartfelt care. Visit: http://nikkisnest.com/ayurveda.php
|Standard A/c room||Consultations with doctor|
|Breakfast, lunch and dinner||Herbal juice and herbal tea|
|Ayurveda treatment||Yoga classes|
KADAPPURAM BEACH RESORT
KADAPPURAM BEACH RESORT is tucked away at Nattika Beach in the north of the state. You get to stay in simple, clean, traditional ecofriendly
cottages with attached bathroom. You will be served organic food from their garden and treated in the classical Ayurveda way. The Ayurveda Centre is surrounded by palm trees and a lovely creek runs through the property. As a bonus, you get to watch the sunset over the Malabar Coast.
|Standard A/c room||Ayurveda treatments|
|Three meals a day||A yoga session|
Alternatively, a range of packages are available including a seven night rejuvenation package. This is fully inclusive of accommodation, food, doctor’s consultation, treatments, and yoga.
THE KAIRALIAYURVEDI HEALTH RESORT
The KAIRALI AYURVEDIC HEALTH RESORT luxury complex is located near Palakkad in north Kerala and is a landscaped property of twenty hectares. Accommodation is in individual cottages with expansive lawns, a swimming pool and surrounded by palm trees. Only organic
vegetarian food is served, and no alcohol. Guests are also encouraged to participate in early morning meditation and yoga sessions. Packages
are available for numerous health concerns ranging from diabetes to detox and rejuvenation.
|Standard A/c bungalow||One doctor consultation|
|Breakfast, lunch and dinner||Herbal juice and herbal tea|
|1 x Ayurveda herbal oil massage per person||Yoga|
DATES: Select your preferred date (except July and August). Choose between 3, 7, 14 or 21 days
COSTS: Please contact us for pricing based on your preferences
*All prices are subject to change based on exchange rate fluctuations.