Highlights of India

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See the bustling bazaars of Delhi and Jaipur, the magnificent Taj Mahal at Agra, the deserts of Rajasthan, the bathing Ghats of Varanasi and the erotic temples of Khajuraho. Discover more by adding a visit to the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal.

Places Visited

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

tour duration 19 Days from
tour price 99,945
tour grade Comfortable
tour type Group Tour
tour style Classic
Fully inclusive
Days 1-2 Fly to Delhi
Fly overnight to Delhi, India's capital.
Days 1-2 Fly to Delhi
Day 3 Discover Delhi
Sightseeing today begins with a visit to the Red Fort and a walk through Chandni Chowk Bazaar to Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. We have a brief stop at India Gate and Parliament House. We also visit Gandhi Smriti, where Gandhi was assassinated, and Qutab Minar.
Day 3 Discover Delhi
Day 4 Fly to Udaipur
Fly to Udaipur, a city of lakes, palaces and temples. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
Day 4 Fly to Udaipur
Day 5 Explore Udaipur
We begin with a drive around Fateh Sagar Lake and then visit the Folk Museum, Mewar Art Gallery and Sahelion Ki Bari Garden. We also visit City Palace and wander through the local shops. Later this afternoon, cruise on Lake Pichola.
Day 5 Explore Udaipur
Day 6 Jodhpur
We travel to Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan stopping at Ranakpur to visit the largest Jain Temple complex in India, built in the 15th Century.
Day 6 Jodhpur
Day 7 Mehrangarh Fort
Visit Mehrangarh Fort and museum. Later visit Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs and then visit a museum housed in the majestic Umaid Bhawan Palace. We also experience a tuk tuk ride and then walk through Subzi Mandi, a local vegetable and spice market.
Day 8 Jaipur
We travel to Jaipur and visit the lively local bazaar which sells jewellery, clothing, shoes and spices.
Day 8 Jaipur
Day 9 Hawa Mahal & Amber Fort
We begin with a stop at Hawa Mahal, Palace of the Winds before continuing to Amber Fort. After trying our hand at some block painting and carpet weaving, we visit Maharajas City Palace and Jantar Mantar Observatory. Enjoy a traditional dinner and dance performance in the evening.
Day 9 Hawa Mahal & Amber Fort
Days 10-11 Ranthambore or Bharatpur
Depending on the season, the next three days operate different itineraries to ensure the best National Park experience: Jan to May: Drive to Ranthambore National Park and enjoy a canter safari in the park this afternoon. The next day, take morning and afternoon canter safaris through the park. Ranthambore is home to an array of animals including hyenas, bears and tigers. Sept to Dec: Drive to Bharatpur. The next day visit Keoladeo National Park for a morning rickshaw safari to spot the large groups of birdlife. Later we will visit a nearby village.
Days 10-11 Ranthambore or Bharatpur
Day 12 Agra
Jan to May: Travel by train to Bharatpur and then continue by road to Agra, stopping at Fatehpur Sikri ghost city, built in 1569 by Emperor Akbar. Sept to Dec: Visit the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri then drive to Agra.
Day 12 Agra
Day 13 Taj Mahal
We rise early to view the impressive Taj Mahal in all its glory at sunrise. We also stop at a traditional marble workshop and visit Agra Fort. This afternoon, visit the Sadar Bazaar to see the Tirupati Temple.
Day 13 Taj Mahal
Day 14 Train to Khajuraho
Travel by Shatabadi Express to Jhansi and then continue by road to Khajuraho, stopping at Orchha, a medieval city. Enjoy a cultural dancing show in the evening in Khajuraho.
Day 14 Train to Khajuraho
Day 15 Ghats of Varanasi
Tour the western Khajuraho Temples before flying to Varanasi. Enjoy a rickshaw ride to the Ghats of the River Ganges to witness the Puja Ceremony of Ganga Aarti in the evening.
Day 15 Ghats of Varanasi
Day 16 Boat Ride on the Ganges
We rise early to enjoy a boat ride along the River Ganges to view the Ghats at sunrise which are abuzz with activity, followed by a city tour. We also visit the Buddhist sites at Sarnath which date back to the 3rd Century, believed to be the place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon.
Day 16 Boat Ride on the Ganges
Day 17 Fly to Delhi
Fly from Varanasi to Delhi and stay overnight.
Day 17 Fly to Delhi
Days 18-19 Fly Delhi to SA
Fly overnight to SA, arriving home later the following day.
Days 18-19 Fly Delhi to SA

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On most Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking driver and you will be met by local guides at each site.

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 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

Additional Price Information:

Prices are fully inclusive from South Africa and based on Johannesburg departures
Regional departures available
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only price, available on request (Delhi - Delhi)
Single supplement from R17 955
Tipping payable locally US$105pp
Medium Paced Tour

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. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
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 Wi-Fi 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.

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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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