One-horned rhinoceros, India

Itinerary: Wild India - Moghuls, Rajputs, Tigers & Terrapins

3 April to 25 April 2020

Our Indian Journeys seek to explore and open windows, to link myth and ritual to ageless arts forms and vibrant heritage in the natural and built environment. Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book was an expression of his love of India and, more specifically, his love of Indian wildlife. We feel the same, and we know that safaris are not just for Africa. India on the Wildside will see you seeking out the elusive tiger, leopard, rhinoceros, river dolphins, gharial and flying fish, elephant, and over 1,200 species of birds in Dudhwa, Chambal and Ranthambhore National Parks. It will also see you engaging with the great legacy of Royal India as you explore the Taj Mahal and Rajasthan, which has long been famous for the great forts and palaces built by the Rajputs and Moghuls. Their fine cities have been magnets for tourists and travellers since the days of Pierre Loti and Rudyard Kipling. Some have ancient origins, but in the more settled times of the heyday of the Mughals and of the period of British rule, they built increasingly elaborate and delicately ornamented palace apartments within the embattled forts of their forebears. These deservedly rank among the most visited and admired of Indian sites.

North India and Rajasthan will capture your heart with its colour, splendour and brilliance, a land where the taste of the wild is in the air, simply begging the intrepid traveller.

Mark Twain said, ‘India is a land all men long to see, and once having had a glimpse, could never have enough’. This Journey is soul-searching, engaging with ‘Project Tiger’, mysticism, extraordinary landscapes and endless sensual delights. India will sweep you off your feet! Welcome to the wild side.

With our innovative itineraries, our top-notch experts, and a thriving network of resources throughout the countries, we have the privilege of offering you exceptional travel experiences. There is nothing quite like seeing places through the eyes of someone who knows them intimately and cares about them passionately, we take care of the details, so you can relax, enjoy, and immerse yourself in the wonder of the places you are visiting and exploring.

Young female tiger, India

On this Journey you will:

• Answer the call of the wild as you travel through the multiple forest reserves of Dudhwa, Kishanpur, Chambal, Ranthambore and Jawai
• See the swamp deer, one -horned rhinoceros, and catch a tiger in your sights
• Meet a colourful medley of the people of the forests; the Tharu
• Explore Lucknow, scene of the horrors of the ‘Indian Muntiny’
• Take a boat safari on the Chambal River and see river dolphins; gharial, flying fish, the Indian Skimmer and much more
• Gaze in awe at the Taj Mahal
• Explore Rajasthan, ‘Land of the Kings’
• Pink City of Jaipur and take an elephant to the Amber Fort
• Wonder at the beauty of Udaipur’s Lake Palace and Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort
• Take safaris in the famed Ranthambhore Tiger reserve
• Spot leopards in Jawai

Our Hotels:

We understand that travel isn't all about a fleeting glimpse of popular mass tourist spots, or always staying at luxury hotels, but is also about time, space, privacy and those special destinations and moments that turn your holiday into a truly magical experience. Wild India is a tour for everyone wanting to see the Sub Continent on roads less travelled and explore new horizons rarely encountered. On this adventure, we use 4 and 5 star hotels, boutique hotels, Royal Lodges, Heritage properties and Havelis.

The following are indicative and subject to availability. We are currently in the process of evaluation. For more information please contact Zen Oriental Journeys.

CITY HOTEL HOTEL CATEGORY ROOM CATEGORY NIGHTS
Delhi Justa The Residence Boutique Hotel Superior Room 1
Dudhwa TUTC Jaagir Lodge Luxury Lodge Luxury Rooms 3
Lucknow Hilton/Lebua 4 Star Hotel Standard Room 2
Chambal Chambal Safari Lodge Deluxe Lodge Cottage 2
Agra Marriott 4 Star Hotel Superior/Deluxe 1
Ranthambhore Jungle Vilas Deluxe Resort Pool Facing 2
Bundi or Kota Bundi Vilas/Hadoti Palace/Umaid Bhawan Palace Kota Boutique Haveli/3 Star Heritage Hotel Deluxe Room 2
Chittaurgarh Lake Nahargarh Standard Heritage Hotel Deluxe Room 1
Udaipur Jagat Niwas/Amet Haveli Boutique Heritage Deluxe/Heritage 2
Jawai Jawai Sagar Resort Deluxe Resort Deluxe Room 2
Rohetgarh /Pali Rohetgarh/Sardarsamand Heritage Hotel Deluxe Room 1
Jaipur Shahpura House/Trident Boutique Hotel/ 5 Star Hotel Suite/Deluxe 2
Delhi Justa The Residence Boutique Hotel Superior Room 1

Meals:

Daily Breakfasts in our hotels and other meals included are indicated as B (Breakfast) L (Lunch) D (Dinner).

Curry, South India, Tamarind, Madras Paste, grated coconut form the basis of a wonderfully thick masala sauce

Itinerary:

Option:

2 April 2020: Depart Australia

As the flight from Australia means you will arrive at your Delhi hotel around midnight local time but around 5am your body time, and there is an early departure on the morning of April 4, you may care to fly today and take a tour of Old and New Delhi on April 3, or simply relax in the hotel or go shopping.

Day 1: 3 April 2020, Depart Australia and Arrive Delhi

Transfer to the hotel. Welcome to India in anticipation of our ambitious and varied tour which takes you on a journey through its very heartland and includes many of India’s most remarkable sites, many of them on the World Heritage list. But it’s an India on the Wild Side with visits to 5 significant National Parks and Wildlife sanctuaries which sets this tour apart.

Depart Australia to Singapore

Day 2: 4 April 2020, Delhi - Lucknow by train, then drive to Dudhwa, B/L/D

This morning you will transferred to the station for your train, the Shatabdi Express to Lucknow – 06:10 – 12:40 hrs – Executive Class Chair Car (First Class). Arrive in Lucknow, drive to Dudhwa and check in at our resort.

The Ultimate Travelling Camp's property, Jaagir Lodge, which is set in a lovely 1940’s ‘farm house’ in the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve is an amazing place to stay. In between safaris we will also enjoy a relaxing stay at this lovely lodge and enjoy its amazing hospitality and cuisine.

The National Park is a delightful oasis for nature enthusiasts. The thick blanket of elephant grass, the enchanting tranquillity only punctuated by the songs of birds, or the myriad sounds of the wild allow you to experience the quintessential thrill of the jungle.

Accommodation: Jaagir Lodge (Luxury Rooms)

Jaagir Lodge, Luxury Rooms, Dudhwa, India

Jaagir Lodge, Luxury Rooms, Dudhwa, India

Day 3 & 4: 5 and 6 April 2020, Dudhwa and Kishanpur Wild life Sanctuary, B/L/D

Nestled on the border of India and Nepal in the Terai, sprawling across 490 square kilometres in the remote hinterlands of Uttar Pradesh, is the densely forested Dudhwa National Park and tiger reserve. From our lodge you will explore the area known as being one of the most fertile lands in the world and its largely unexplored paradise which is full of rich vegetation; Sal tree forests and plenty of wildlife. Take safaris into the home of over 450 different bird species and some of the most exotic wildlife including elephants, half the world’s population of Barasingha (Swamp) deer, the single-horned rhino, Indian narrow-headed soft-shell turtle, otters, and much more. We’ll try to spot the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. We will also take safaris to Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary and an Elephant-back Safari to see the endangered one horned rhino (subject to area being open). We can also visit the villages of the Tharu tribe and gain insight into their ancient customs and traditions.

Citrine Wagtail on Water Lilly flower, India

Elephant herd in water, India

Swamp Deer, India

Indian narrow headed soft-shell turtle (Chitra indica), India
Credit: Krishna Kumar Mishra [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)]
Gavial, India

Women from the Thau Tribe, India

Day 5: 7 April 2020, Morning Safari - Drive to Lucknow, B/L packed/D

Sprinkled with exceptional Islamic and British Raj–era architecture, jammed with fascinating bazaars and famed throughout India for its food, the capital of Uttar Pradesh is something of a sleeper: plenty worth seeing, but often overlooked by travellers. Lucknow is a 2500-year-old city with magnificent gardens, crumbling mausoleums, "imambaras" (tombs of Muslim imams), and amazing ruins of what were once regal residences. The legacy of the imperial splendour of Lucknow has always fascinated people the world over and the city has preserved the spirit of a bygone era.

In the evening take a street cuisine tour to pamper your taste buds. Start with Shri Lassi and move to Kaleji Kabab, Rahim's Kulche Nihari, Mobeen's Pasanda Kabab, and Tunde's Gilawati Kabab and finally to sweeten the mouth with the Silver foiled Malai Gilori at Radhey's. End this meal with local "Paan" Betel leaf with areca nut, if you are ‘game’. Paan is chewed as a palate cleanser and a breath freshener. It is offered to guests and visitors as a sign of hospitality and at the beginning of social events. It has a symbolic value at ceremonies and cultural events in India.

Selection of indian food

Day 06: 8 April 2020, Lucknow, B/L/D

We visit the Bara Imambara. This monument was built as a relief measure for a devastating famine, in order to provide employment to the subjects of the state by Nawab Asif-ud-Daula. This is the world's biggest hall measuring 8500 sq. ft, with a 50-foot high ceiling, and does not have a single beam to support it. It is known for its simplicity of style, sheer proportion, symmetry and unique acoustic qualities. Also see the 'Rumi Darwaza' or the Turkish Gate and the Asfi Mosque.

La Martiniere School, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

We also visit the architectural marvel, La Martiniere School, that was designed by the Frenchman Major-General Claude Martin as a palatial home. Also visit Dilkusha Palace and gardens -built by Sadat Ali Khan as his hunting lodge and a summer retreat. This place also witnessed some very crucial moments in the 1857 uprising.

Continue to Lucknow Residency, a place where ‘speechless walls’ are known to speak the gruesome tale of the 1857 ‘mutiny’. (Struggle for Independence). The sprawling British campus witnessed nothing less than 3000 deaths to keep the Union Jack flying. Yet the British could not defend their domain and the buildings were lost to the high spirited and enthusiastic Indians who fought heroically. The trees, bullet-sprinkled walls, unusable canons, worn out firearms all mourn lives lost here. We also visit the graveyard to pay homage to named and unknown soldiers who gave up their lives in the defence of The Residency.

In between we stop at Restaurant Royal Cafe, a local place for lunch.

Day 07: 9 April 2020, Drive to Chambal, B/D

Nestling in the midst of over 120 acres of woodland and pasture and surrounded by farmland, Chambal Safari Lodge offers a lovely wilderness experience. In the evening you will enjoy a visit to the ancient settlement of Bateshwar situated on a crescent bend of the river Yamuna to enjoy a sunset view from the terrace overlooking the Ghats and Temples. More than 40 temples dedicated to the glory of Shiva glisten pearly white along the ghats of the river. A multitude of architectural styles, time periods and historical events are reflected in these simple shrines. The ghats are evocative of Varanasi and the temples of Pushkar. A timeless landscape, an un-hurried pace and the calm, positive vibe of heartfelt prayer.

Priests, Ganga Seva Nidhi ceremony, Varanasi, India

Day 8: 10 April 2020, Morning: Boat Safari, Afternoon: Heritage walk, B/D

Set against a stunning backdrop, framed by the ravines and sandbanks, the calm clear waters of the Chambal River are explored on boats. The gentle pace of the River Safari is designed to provide spectacular sightings of the gharials, muggers and turtles basking in the sun; the many migratory and resident birds flying sorties; the occasional glimpses of the Gangetic river dolphins breaking the surface. Then visit Holipura village, located at the edge of the Yamuna Ravines, a stronghold of the Chaturvedi clan who claim descent from the Greek soldiers of Alexander’s army. Many of the clan rose to positions of great prominence and built substantial havelis (grand homes) to announce their arrival. Built over a period of time, with influences ranging from Mughal to Colonial and adapted to a rural scenario, the havelis have a unique architectural blend and are a beautiful synthesis of myriad traditions. Several are inhabited by the descendants of the original owners, retaining a certain character and charm. The village is a microcosm of rural Indian life with the symbiotic relationships of the inhabitants reflected in its layout. The interactive walk through Holipura is conducted by a member of the village community, culminating in refreshments at his or her home.

Gavial, India

Painted Stork, India

Turtle on Lotus, India

Chambal Safari Lodge, India

Day 9: 11 April 2020, Drive to Agra, B/D

After check-in at the hotel we visit the majestic Agra Fort followed by a Marble factory to see the inlay work of local artisans; whose forefathers built the Taj Mahal. Later in afternoon we enjoy a visit to the mesmerising Taj Mahal to watch the colours of the marble in the changing light during sunset.

You may be reminded of Rabindranath Tagore’s famous description.

“Only let this one tear-drop, The Taj Mahal, glisten spotlessly bright on the cheek of Heaven for ever and ever…O King, you sought to charm time with the magic of beauty and weave a garland that would bind forever formless death with endless form…This mausoleum stands still and unmoving in its place. Here on this dusty earth, it keeps death tenderly covered in a shroud of memory”.

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Day 10: 12 April 2020, Agra - Ranthambore, B/D

Today we drive to Ranthambhore and on the way you will visit the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. Walk through the city with your guide hearing the intriguing story behind the abandoning of the city and learn about its great architecture.

Fatehpur Sikri, India

Painted Hindu Cow, India

Day 11: 13 April 2020, Ranthambhore, B/L/D

Today you will be taken for early morning and late afternoon safaris inside the Ranthambhore National Park. The middle of the day will be at leisure to relax by the pool or enjoy a massage.

Earlier the private hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur, Ranthambhore was once the scene of royal hunting parties. Nestling between the Aravali and Vindhya hills, Ranthambhore remains one of Rajasthan's last sizeable stretches of verdant grassland and jungle. Though mainly known for tiger, Ranthambhore also has large number of sambhar, chital and nilgai. Boars and an occasional gazelle can be seen, as also the Indian hare, mongoose and monitor lizards. The park is majorly famous for its tigers and is one of the best locations in India to see the majestic predators in its natural habitat. Among the other local fauna are the leopard, hyena, jackal, jungle cats, sloth bear and marsh crocodile. The bird­life includes the jacanas, painted stork, black stork and white ­ necked stork which are seen along the water bodies. Peafowl are found in abundance and other birds include Bonelli’s eagle, crested serpent eagle, the great Indian horned owl, quail, partridge, spur fowl and paradise flycatcher.

Spotted Deer (Chital), India

Nilgai, India

Chinkara  Gazelle, India

Mongoose, India

Indian Leopard, (Panthera pardus fusca). Ranthambhore, India

Day 12: 14 April 2020, Ranthambhore -Bundi, B/L/D

Enjoy your final safari in the park. After an early lunch, we will drive to Bundi, a hidden gem in the desert state of Rajasthan, loved for its impressive forts and palaces, and the beauty of its surrounding hills, lakes and forests. This quaint town lies in a narrow valley at the base of a large craggy hill, enclosed by huge walls and fortified by four gateways. In ancient times, these lands were inhabited by various local tribes, and later, the region was governed by Rao Deva Hada, a Rajput chieftain who established a princely state Bundi. We will stay in either Bundi or Kota.

Portrait of a Rajasthani woman, India

Ancient temple ruins at Gadi Sagar, Lake Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Taragarh Fort, Bundi, Rajasthan, India

Day 13: 15 April 2020, Bundi, B/D

Bundi town is dominated by the imposing Taragarh Fort, which looks down onto the central lake and the town’s blue buildings below. Almost frozen in medieval times, Bundi is famous for its intricate paintings and murals, which are possibly the finest in Rajasthan. Next to its fort is Bundi Palace, which houses a superb collection of murals and lavish frescos. Bundi is also known as the city of step wells – the town has over 50 step wells – including the Raniji-ki-Baoli, which contains splendid carvings. Kipling was a famous resident of Bundi and he is said to have written part of Kim when he stayed at the Sukh Mahal palace on the banks of Jait Sagar lake. Bundi’s well preserved old town is a place of real charm full of narrow alleyways, colourful bazaars, crumbling havelis and little temples. Despite its allure, Bundi is not on Rajasthan’s main tourist circuit and it remains largely unspoilt.

Gadi Sagar - artificial lake, Rajasthan, India

Colorful Rajasthani puppets, Jodhpur, India

Then drive to Kota and visit the City Palace. Built in a predominantly Rajput style of architecture, it houses the Maharao Madho Singh Museum with its impressive sculptures, weaponry and valuable antique furniture, and home to the Durbar Hall, which is adorned with beautiful mirror work and ebony and ivory inlaid doors, as well as having a splendid collection of Rajput miniature paintings of the Kota school.

Day 14: 16 April 2020, Bundi - Chittorgarh, B/D

Today after visiting any remaining sights, we drive around 3 hours to Chittaurgarh. Set in the middle of a private lake and surrounded by eighty acres of land and abundant wildlife, Lake Nahargarh Palace was originally a hunting lodge made by the royal family and has now been converted into a magnificent palace. We may visit Chittaurgarh Fort on the way to the hotel or visit it after check-in.

Chittorgarh was earlier the capital of Mewar. It has a rich history through the centuries where it has been sought after by many rulers including the Mughal dynasties of which the most famed was Allauddin Khilji who waged wars on this city to seek the love of Rani Padmini. To avoid being abducted and dishonoured, she along-with other ladies committed Jauhar (an act of self-immolation). Chittorgarh remains replete with historic associations and holds a very special place in the hearts of Rajputs, as it was a bastion of the clan at a time when every other stronghold had succumbed to invasion. UNESCO accorded the status of World Heritage Site to the Chittorgarh Fort in 2013.

Young indian women in national costumes dance at the open festival, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Day 15: 17 April 2020, Chittaurgarh – Udaipur, B/D

After a leisurely breakfast, we will drive to Udaipur. On arrival check, in at your lodge. Udaipur, a city of lakes and surrounded by the ancient Aravalli Hills, has a romance which is unmatched by anything else in Rajasthan. Even illustrious writer Rudyard Kipling remarked of Udaipur that you would surely "see it and die". The ‘City of Dawn’, is a brilliant kaleidoscope of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces and temples. Overlooking Lake Pichola stands the shimmering granite and marble City Palace, an harmonious arrangement of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms, and hanging gardens. Eight marble porticos mark the spot where the Mewar sovereigns were weighed in gold, the equivalent value of which was then distributed to the poor. Within the City Palace are several architectural and artistic highlights such as the Mor Chowk, known for its stunning peacock mosaics and the Bhim Vilas Palace that has a series of lovely wall paintings. However, the most memorable parts of Udaipur are its lake palaces, shimmering like jewels on the Lake Pichola. Jag Niwas, the summer residence of the princes of Mewar, is today a magnificent luxury hotel.

Panorama of Udaipur City Palace at sunset, Udaipur, India

Day 16: 18 April 2020, Udaipur, B/D

Today you will enjoy sightseeing tour of Udaipur city. You will visit the City Palace, built in 1725, and various palaces inside such as Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal, the Palace of Krishna etc, all ornately decorated. Saheliyon Ki Bari ­the 'Garden of Maids of Honour' is a small ornamental pleasure garden, contains an elegant lotus pool, gushing fountains, beautiful black marble kiosks on the corners of the pool and stunning bougainvilleas covering the wall of the enclosures. Also visit the famous Jagdish (Lord Vishnu) Temple.

Taj Lake Palace, Lake Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Day 17: 19 April 2020, Udaipur - Jawai, B/D

Drive this morning to Jawai, an ancient land, dominated by craggy granite boulders where the boundaries of the three kingdoms of Marwar, Mewar and Sirohi once converged. Here the Jawai river and lake formed by the reservoir is the heart and soul of this arid region, providing sustenance to people and wildlife. Nestled at the base of a sheer granite outcrop called Nag Giri or ‘Cobra mountain’ is Jawai Sagar. These outcrops are also the abode of the resplendent Indian leopard. The northern edge of the resort is lapped by the waters of the Jawai lake where the Indian Mugger crocodile might be seen basking in the sun while flocks of flamingos and pelicans lazily circle the waters.

In the evening, if time permits, we enjoy Jeep safari look for the elusive Leopard. At night the stars shine in the clear skies and the waters of the lake shimmer in the moonlight. The silence of the night only broken by the call of the great horned owl as he alerts the animals to a prowling Leopard.

Flamingos, India

Great White Pelican, India

Indian Leopard, (Panthera pardus fusca), Rajasthan, India

Day 18: 20 April 2020, Jawai, B/D

Accompanied by local trackers and naturalists from the local tribes who have grown up in communities living alongside the beautiful creatures for generations, we will head out for morning and evening safaris. Apart from the thrill of spotting one of these elusive and rare felines, take in the breathtaking natural beauty of the rocky outcrops and surrounding Jawai lake as the palette of colours change during sunrise and sunset. The other animals that could be spotted are wolves, hyenas, nilgai, sloth bear, jackals, hanuman langurs, crocodiles, pythons, chinkara antelopes and jungle cats. Also visit the rural hamlets villages to experience the traditions and cultures and local communities and see how they live, what they wear and learn about their customs and traditions.

Jackal, India

Sloth bear, India

Day 19: 21 April 2020, Jawai - Rohetgarh, B/D

Drive today to Rohetgarh. En route a stop is made at the superb Jain temple complex at Ranakpur, counted among the five holiest places of the Jain community and one its most important pilgrimage sites in India. The main Jain temple here is believed to have been built in the late 14th to mid-15th century.

Jain temple (Adinatha temple), Ranakpur, Rajasthan, India

Jagdish temple, Marble elephant, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India,

Dedicated to the Tirthankara Adinatha, the monumental temple occupies an area of nearly four thousand square meters, has twenty-nine halls and 1444 intricately carved white marble pillars. Images of the twenty-four Jain Tirthankaras are carved on the mandaps or porticoes around the central shrine with each mandap having a spire adorned with little bells. The bells move with the breeze creating celestial music around the temple. A few years ago the Ranakpur Jain temple was nominated as one of the top 77 ‘wonders’ in a contest to select the world's ‘new seven wonders’.

In the evening you will be taken to explore the nearby Bishnoi Village in a jeep safari. – Bishnoi people are known the world over for their love for animal and plant life; they protect all life form as a part of their religion.

Option:

You may shorten your journey by returning home from Jawai today or from Udaipur on 19 April 2020

Day 19: 21 April 2020, Jawai - Udaipur - Delhi, B/D

Drive to Udaipur (around 4 hours) and board your flight to Delhi (late afternoon/evening flight). On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 20: 22 April 2020, Delhi - Australia, B

Transfer to the International Airport for your flight home.

Day 20: 22 April 2020, Rohetgarh - Jaipur, B/D

Through more colourful landscapes punctuated by women in brilliant saris and men with fluorescent turbans and traditional attire, to arrive after a short drive in Jodhpur, the second largest city of Rajasthan and famous for its magnificent forts and palaces. Situated at the edge of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur stands on a range of sandstone hills surrounded by a strong wall nearly 10 kms in length with a massive fortress and eight gates leading to different places in Jodhpur. Visit the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, described by Kipling as the ‘work of angels, fairies and giants’, it was built in 1459 and has some of the most imposing fortifications in the world. Courtly life is well represented here with superb collections of royal regalia, silver elephant howdahs, and gilded palanquins. A bird's eye view of the city from the fort is fascinating.

Panorama of Mehrangarh Fort and Padamsar Talab and Ranisar Talab Lakes , Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Blue City of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India,

Day 21: 23 April 2020, Jaipur, B/D

Visit the ancient palace of Amber Fort and Palace which is a superb example of Rajput architecture to ascend the range, you may choose to go by elephant or take a jeep. One of the most spectacular buildings contained in the fort is the Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors), with its walls completely covered with tiny mirrors; it becomes a dazzling fantasy with the light of a single match. Later we visit the key sights of the ‘pink city’ of Jaipur which is blessed with a wealth of wonders. Here you see the delicately honeycombed sandstone windows of the Palace of the Winds, the Observatory- a fine example of positional astronomy and the Maharaja's City Palace, which has amazing collection of royal textiles, arms and ammunition. The bustling bazaars of the old city are a great place to shop and explore.

Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Jaipur, Rajasthan, India,

In the evening you will be taken to a lovely but simple cafe located in the Naharagarh Palace, perched on top of a hill, it offers a stunning bird’s eye view of the city. Enjoy watching the sun going down over the city sipping a cup of coffee, “chai - Indian tea” or a glass beer.

Day 22: 24 April 2020, Jaipur - Delhi, B/D

Drive to Delhi (around 5 hours). On arrival check in at your hotel. Rest of the evening is to relax and enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel.

Portrait of a Rajasthani woman, Rajasthan, India,

Day 23: 25 April 2020, Delhi - Australia, B

Transfer this morning to the International Airport for your flight back to Australia.

Day 23: 25 April 2020, Arrival in Australia

PRICING:

Indicative price per person twin share (Land only): AUD 7250.00
Single Supplement: AUD 2350.00
Airfare: TBA

COST INCLUSIONS:

• Arrival and departure airport transfers
• travel by private air-conditioned coach and one journey by train (in the best class available)
• accommodation as described below (or of same quality and type)
• daily breakfasts
• 6 lunches
• all dinners
• water
• all admissions
• all taxes
• the services of our tour manager from Australia (subject to 8 people travelling)
• local guides
• In addition, my Travel partner in India, Abhi Verma will accompany the tour ensuring a marvellous insight into his country. He knows how to find a tiger! Through our contacts in Bundi, you will gain special and privileged access to the royal collections in the palace

COST EXCLUSIONS:

• International airfare to/from India
• meals not specified
• camera fee wherever levied separately
• any future increase in entrances and rail fares as per government notifications
• any future additional taxes levied by the Government of India on the tourism sector
• any expenses of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, phone/fax calls, tips etc.
• any increase in the entrance fee to the National Parks
• Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs or change in the itinerary/stay or flight cancellations due to bad weather, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond our control)

FLIGHTS:

Flights from Australia to Delhi and return are not included in the price of the tour. We will send the recommended flight options when they are available to book, towards the end of January 2020, and ask that you make your own flight reservation. We work in partnership with helloworld Westfield Marion to provide tickets but you can use your preferred provider.

Sharon Evans
Owner / Manager
helloworld Marion Westfield Mall Level 2
Westfield Marion
Oaklands Park SA 5046
Telephone: (08) 8358 1949
E-mail: Sharon

VISAS:

Required for most foreign nationals, and not included in the tour price. We advise and assist you with the electronic application process.

HOW STRENUOUS:

A good level of fitness is essential. Unless you enjoy good mobility, cope with everyday walking and stair-climbing, this tour is not for you. Uneven ground and irregular paving are standard. Sure-footedness is essential to board the river boats and the jeep Safari vehicles. ‘Chaotic’ traffic and the busy streets of larger cities require vigilance. There are some steep ascents to hilltop forts and numerous steps. There are some long coach journeys (5-6 hours) during which facilities are limited and may be of poor quality.

GROUP SIZE:

Between 8 and 12 participants

TRAVEL ADVICE:

Before booking, please refer to the DFAT website to ensure you are happy with the travel advice for the destination(s) you are visiting:

Please visit http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/or ring 1300 139 281 for information on current Government travel advice.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL:

As we take more travellers to more remote parts of the world, we recognize our obligation to plan and operate our Journeys in a responsible and sustainable fashion. We view this as an environmental, cultural, and social necessity. Above all, we are committed to the well-being of the communities, which are our hosts, the cultural and natural environment that we are there to experience. We also believe that by following these policies we can provide you with more rewarding and interesting experiences.

Prices may fluctuate due to changes in charges, taxes and currency. Prices and flights are correct at time of preparing this program and are subject to availability at time of booking. Special conditions and seasonal surcharges to airfares and package prices may apply depending on date of travel. Flight times are subject to change by the airline.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

On International Flight tickets

• Please refer to your conditions of ticketing

On land package cost

• Before 68 days prior to departure, no cancellation penalty
• From 67 days to 50 days cancellation penalty 10% of land cost
• From 49 days to 35 days cancellation penalty 30% of land cost
• From 34 days to 18 days cancellation penalty 40% of land cost
• From 17 days to 09 days cancellation penalty 60% of land cost
• From 10 days prior to arrival, cancellation penalty 100% of land cost

For further information, don’t hesitate to contact Zen Oriental Journeys by emailing Lee Grafton or ring 0401 123 347

FINAL PAYMENT & CLOSE OF BOOKING: 2 FEB 2020

Bookings will be processed in order of receipt. Any bookings after this date will be accepted subject to visa processing, flight availability, land content and room availability. Such booking must be paid in full after confirmation of your acceptance in the tour. Special conditions and additional charges to airfares and package prices may apply depending on date of booking.

Costs associated with the Asia In-Country Study Tours can be tax deductible. Educators may be able to claim their study tour expenses under a number of tax deduction categories which include: self-education expenses; excursions, school trips and camps if these trips have an educational benefit and are related to the curriculum or extra-curriculum activities of the school; acquisition of teaching aids used for curriculum development and teaching programs. Participants must contact their tax advisor or visit the Australian Tax Office website to confirm eligibility.

 
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