Royal Rajasthan Tour
New Delhi – Agra – Jaipur- Mandawa- Bikaner- Jaisalmer- Jodhpur-Udaipur- New Delhi
Start: New Delhi, India
Finish: New Delhi, India
Theme: Cultural adventure
Trip code: SRRT
Ages: Minimum 15
Group size: 2 to 16
On this memorable journey we travel through some of the most beautiful and enchanting places & cities of the most colourful state- Rajasthan, replete with marvelous forts, beautiful palaces, fine-carved temples, fascinating markets, monuments redolent with history, this trip offers a remarkable insight into this must-see state of India. Experience the hustle-bustle of Old Delhi. Visit the elegant & beautiful Taj Mahal. Wander through the colourful bazaars of pink city Jaipur. Enjoy the camel safari across the Jaisalmer desert. Visit the majestic Mehrangarh Fort in the blue city- Jodhpur. Relax and enjoy the beauty of hills & shimmering lakes of Udaipur and sit at a lake side restaurant for romantic fine dining.
Stay at some of the most beautiful and special hotels of Rajasthan and taste the delectable cuisine of the different regions on this Rajasthan adventure.
What is included in the tour
- 14 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners, 3 Lunches
- Delhi – Jama Masjid
- Delhi- Sisganj Gurudwara
- Delhi- Old Delhi walking tour
- Delhi- India gate
- Delhi- Drive through President House & Indian parliament
- Delhi- Gandhi Smriti
- Delhi- Qutab Minar
- Agra- Taj Mahal
- Agra- Red Fort
- Fatehpur Sikri
- Jaipur- Amber Fort
- Jaipur- Photostop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of Wind)
- Jaipur- City Palace
- Jaipur- Jantar mantar (observatory)
- Jaipur- Bollywood movie
- Jaipur- Cooking class with dinner at local family’s house
- Mandawa- Town and Havelis tour
- Bikaner- Junagarh fort
- Jaisalmer – City tour
- Jaisalmer- Camel safari
- Jodhpur- Mehrangarh fort, Jaswant Thada & Umaid Bhavan Palace Museum
- Ranakpur- Jain temples
- Udaipur- City Palace
- Udaipur- Boat ride
- Udaipur- Cultural dance program
- Hotel: 14 nights
- Car, train, cycle rickshaw, auto rickshaw( tuk- tuk), Metro, Private vehicle, Plane
What is NOT included in the tour
- Any Airfare
- Travel Insurance
- Anything other than mentioned in inclusions
- Delhi – Explore the bustling bazaars of Old Delhi & see the British colonial New Delhi
- Agra: Visit the magical- Taj Mahal
- Jaipur: Visit the opulent City Palace & stunning Amber fort. Watch Bollywood movie at one of the most spectacular cinema hall.
- Jaipur: Be welcomed at the house of a local family and learn the secrets of regional cuisine in cooking class.
- Mandawa: Walk through the beautiful painted fresco havelis (mansions) of Shekhawati region.
- Bikaner: Explore the colourful bazaars in this ancient trade centre & visit one of the most well-preserved forts.
- Jaisalmer: Enjoy the camel safari through the Thar Desert & visit the very lively lanes and viewpoints of the Golden Fort.
- Jodhpur: Discover this blue city and visit the majestic Mehrangarh Fort.
- Udaipur: Be seduced by the serene lakes and palaces at the romantic capital of India with fairy-tale views and often called the “Venice of the east”.
Day 1: New Delhi- Start Delhi and Free afternoon
Day 2: New Delhi- Full day sightseeing including Old Delhi, New Delhi, Gandhi Smriti & Qutab Minar
Day 3: Agra- Transfer to Agra, Visit Agra Fort & Taj Mahal
Day 4: Jaipur- To Jaipur enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri, evening Bollywood movie.
Day 5: Jaipur- Full day sightseeing including Photostop at Hawa mahal, Amber Fort, City Palace & Jantar Mantar. Evening cooking class and dinner with local family.
Day 6: Mandawa, Shekhawati – To Mandawa and afternoon haveli tour.
Day 7: Bikaner- To Bikaner, Visit Junagarh fort
Day 8: Jaisalmer- Drive to Jaisalmer, Free Afternoon
Day 9: Jaisalmer- Morning City tour & evening camel safari.
Day 10: Jodhpur- Drive to Jodhpur, Free afternoon.
Day 11: Jodhpur- Morning sightseeing including Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada & Umaid Bhavan Palace Museum.
Day 12: Udaipur: To Udaipur via Ranakpur and visit to the Jain temple. Evening cultural dance program
Day 13: Udaipur: Morning sightseeing including City Palace, Jagdish Temple and evening boat ride.
Day 14: New Delhi: Morning free and Flight back to New Delhi
Day 15: New Delhi: End Delhi.
Day 1: New Delhi
- Namaste. Welcome to India. Upon arrival at the New Delhi airport you will meet our representative and will transfer to hotel. After the long journey you might be tired and jet legged so relax and get prepared for the great adventure. If you are arriving early in the day and would like to explore few other sights of Delhi we can arrange some options of visiting Lodi Gardens, Humayun’s Tomb or Akshardham temple.
Day 2: New Delhi
- After breakfast start your Delhi sightseeing by exploring the contrasts of Old Delhi and New Delhi. In Old Delhi visit Jama masjid (The largest mosque of India) which can accommodate thousands of people in its courtyard and still is a major meeting place and cultural centre for the Delhi’s Muslim population and then walk through the bazaars and narrow alleyways of Chandni Chowk – a great way to introduce and absorb the sights and sounds of Old Delhi. We visit the Sisganj gurudwara (Sikh temple) to learn about the Sikh religion. On our way to New Delhi we visit the Gandhi Smriti, this poignant memorial is where Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on 30 January 1948 and marks the martyr’s Column and an impressive indoor museum. In New Delhi we see the imposing colonial architecture set along wide tree lined boulevards and see the India gate, drive past the president’s house and the Indian parliament. Before making our way to hotel we make our way to the 800 year old Qutab Minar ( the tallest brick minaret in India ) and a fine example of Indo- Islamic architecture.
Day 3: Agra
- This morning we make our way to Agra (approx 200 kms/4 hours). Agra situated on the banks of Yamuna river served as the Mughal capital in the 16th and 17th century and witnessed a remarkable spate of expansion and architectural development as each emperor tried to outdo the last. As a result Akbar, Jehangir and Shahjahan have all left behind an impressive legacy of Mughal masterpieces. Visit the wonder of the world The Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shahjahan for his beloved wife Queen Mumtaz Mahal who died in 1631. The Taj is serenely beautiful and never fails to amaze a visitor, the white marble exterior changes color according to the position of the sun during the day and is matched by the rich interior details. Within distance is the imposing and architectural grandeur Red Fort, Agra built by Akbar-the third great Mughal emperor and then embellished by his grandson Shahjahan was once a great fortification with the palaces, mosques, halls, courtyards and military garrison all protected by a moat supposedly inhabited by crocodiles. It is here Shahjahan (the emperor who built the Taj mahal) was imprisoned by his own son Aurangzeb.
Day 4: Jaipur
- With wonderful memories of the Taj Mahal, we make our way today to Jaipur (approx 230 kms/ 7 hours) and enroute visit the Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned royal capital of Emperor Akbar. This magnificent and well preserved citadel became his capital in 1571, after the blessing of a local Muslim holy man correctly predicted the birth of Akbar’s son- his successor the emperor Jehangir. The Buland Darwaja (door), mosque, the palaces, residences and halls are all made of decorative red sandstone. But this magnificence only lasted for 14 years as in 1585 Akbar left Fatehpur Sikri to secure his outlying territories, leaving this city much as we see it today – in perfect condition.
- After the visit make your way to Jaipur, arrive later afternoon and relax or you may wish to catch the extravagance of a Bollywood movie at the spectacular Raj Mandir Cinemahall.
Day 5: Jaipur
- The capital of the must-see state of India, Jaipur also famously known as the “ Pink city” was India’s first well planned city and today is perfect example of combination of past with present. With myriads of places to visit, the city boasts the rich and cultural heritage of India. Beautiful and well maintained forts & palaces, camels, cows & monkeys roaming on the roads freely, bustling and colourful bazaars and what not. The morning start by visiting the most photographed façade of Palace of Wind constructed around 200 years back with many lattices windows was designed to allow the ladies of harem to gaze out on the city scene below without themselves being seen, the windows facing towards the east bringing-in refreshing breeze (hawa) which kept the palace cooler in the summer months as well. We proceed to Amber to visit its magnificent fortress, located amidst the picturesque and rocky Aravalli hills Amber is a not-to-be-missed place in Jaipur. The foundation of Amber palace was laid 400 years back by Raja Man Singh I. Beguiling beauty of the red sandstone and white marble adds to the magnificence. Scenic backdrop of the Maota Lake and panoramic views contribute to the eternal beauty of this palace. Intricate wall paintings, frescos and the use of precious gems and jewels in these paintings add to its timeless beauty. Sheesh Mahal or the ‘Palace of Mirror’ is also one of the captivating halls to visit within Amber Palace, decorated with numerous pieces of mirror, this hall was designed in such a way even a single ray entering into it can illuminate the entire hall. Later we visit exploring the lavish and well-preserved City Palace house of the former royal family of Jaipur. Here, we will find a fine collection of textiles, dresses and costumes of kings and queens and armoury. We also make a visit to explore the intriguing Jantar Mantar- an observatory built by the founder of the city Sawai Jai Singh. This is an assembly of immense astronomical instruments, including the world’s largest sundial at 27 mts tall. Jaipur is a centre of many handicrafts, such as wooden and cloth puppets, silver trinkets, carpets, hand block printed textiles, semi-precious & precious stones and jewellery, leatherwear etc. and provides great opportunities for various shopping bargains.
- In the evening you will visit a local family for a cooking class to learn the secrets of local recipes and have dinner over great interaction about local culture and life style of locals.
Day 6: Mandawa
- Today we make our way to Mandawa (approx. 170 kms/ 4 hours). In the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan lies the beautiful small town Mandawa, known throughout the state for its beautifully painted frescoed havelis (mansion). The structures of this place remind one of the cultural and social hotspot this place used to be in the bygone era. The wealthy merchants of the village constructed many havelis and baoris (waterwell) with colored paintings adorning their walls. While some havelis are well maintained others are crumbling.
- Later this afternoon we will explore this amazing town often referred as outdoor museum. We will visit some of these ornate frescoed havelis and baoris. Painted with vibrant colours these havelis have many stories of Krishna, kings & queens and the lifestyle of people painted on them. The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Day 7: Bikaner
- We make our way deeper into the desert to Bikaner (approx.190 kms / 4.5 hours). Bikaner is situated in the northern region of Rajasthan and is dotted with sand dunes scattered all around it. One of the earlier established cities and part of the famous trade route, Bikaner still displays it’s ancient opulence through palaces and forts built of red sandstone, that have withstood the passage of time. The city is known for some of the best riding camels in the world and is often called “camel country”. It is also home to one of the world’s largest camel research and breeding farms.
- This afternoon we will visit one of the most well preserved forts of Rajasthan. Junagarh fort was constructed in 1588 AD by Raja Rai Singh and is one of the exceptional forts in Rajasthan constructed on the ground rather than a hilltop. The fort complex houses some magnificent palaces constructed in red sandstone and marble and have attractive courtyards, balconies, kiosks and windows. After the fort visit we go to explore the local bazaars. The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Day 8: Jaisalmer
- Today we head to the Golden city Jaisalmer ( approx.330 kms / 6.5 hours).Rising from the heart of the Thar desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer. Very few cities can boast of the sheer magic and magnificence that surrounds Jaisalmer. Famous for the Jaisalmer fort, sand dunes and camel safaris. Rest of the afternoon is free to rest or you can wander at your own pace through the lanes of the city. Houses, temples and havelis are very different to the other regions of Rajasthan. In the evening don’t forget to watch the sunset and it’s reflection on the fort.
Day 9: Jaisalmer
- This morning we go for a city tour of Jaisalmer and visit the fort. Jaisalmer fort rises like a fabulous mirage out of the sands of the Thar desert, the awesome contours of its 99 bastions softened by the golden hue of the stone. Built in 1156 AD by Maharawal Jaisal and added to by his successors, this citadel stands on the peak of the 80-m high Trikuta hill. In medieval times, Jaisalmer’s entire population lived within the fort and even now, thousands of people reside here, making it India’s only living fort. Royal palaces, a cluster of Jain temples, mansions and shops are contained within its walls.
- Continue on a visit to some of the most exquisitely carved havelis of Jaisalmer. Built in the 19th century by merchants and ministers, these havelis are intricately carved in yellow sandstone. Their golden stone façade is so finely carved that they could be made of lace. Several generations of an extended family lived together in these huge mansions with special architectural features to prevent the blowing sand and protected places for women to go about their chores and children to play.
- Later this afternoon, we drive to the outskirts for the exciting camel safari and view the sunset on the picturesque sand dunes. The fascinating desertscape of sand dunes is best explored on a camel safari.
- This is one of the highlight adventures of the tour.
- Return to the hotel in Jaisalmer.
Day 10: Jodhpur
- Today we make our way to the second largest city of Rajasthan- Jodhpur (approx. 290kms/ 6 hours). known as the “Blue city”. With the majestic Mehrangarh fort towering over opulent palaces, colourful bazaars and the sands of the Thar desert, Jodhpur epitomizes all the romance and feudal splendor of Rajasthan. Jodhpur has played a pivotal role in shaping and paving the fascinating trails of Indian history. The special riding breeches, known the world over as jodhpurs, were designed here. According to the travellers Jodhpur has the best lassi (yoghurt drink) in India.
- After arrival check-in and rest. In the evening explore Jodhpur’s bazaar in the heart of the old city. Clustered around the Clock tower, the shops are selling lacquered bangles, clay figurines, tie- dyed fabrics, spices, sweets and other handicrafts. Later you can have dinner at one of the rooftop restaurants in old town with superb views of the fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid bhavan palace, clock tower and Gulab bagh and fabulous food.
Day 11: Jodhpur
- This morning we make a tour of the Mehrangarh fort, one of the most impressive and formidable structures that looks down from a height of 125-m. Described by an awe-struck Rudyard Kipling as “the creation of angels, fairies and giants”. Mehrangarh’s forbidding ramparts are very different to its flamboyantly decorated palaces, marvelously carved panels and latticed windows within. See the fabulous collection of Jodhpur royalty- palanquins, howdahs, furniture, miniature paintings, musical instruments and costumes. We continue to Jaswant Thada, a white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. This peaceful and elegant marble memorial has some beautiful marble jalis (lattice) work and fine views from the terrace in front of the cenotaph. We also visit Umaid Bhavan Palace, this immense palace built of creamy- pink sandstone and marble, is a prime example of India’s opulence. The palace was commissioned, apparently to create jobs during a time of severe drought. The Jodhpur royal family still lives in part of the building while the rest is converted into hotel.
- Later afternoon you can rest or take the optional tour of visiting nearby villages on a village safari tour. Jodhpur is dotted with villages, their mud and thatch huts inhabited by the Bishnois (eco-friendly hindu sect known for their love of nature and animals) and communities of potters and weavers. A memorable opportunity to observe the rhythm of daily life in these hamlets, experience the warm hospitality of the villagers, and see traditional crafts being practiced.
- The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Day 12: Udaipur
- Today we make our way to Udaipur (approx 410kms/ 8hours) enroute visit the beautiful Ranakpur Jain temple. Situated deep in a secluded and quite valley of the Aravalli Hills, this 15th century white marble temple complex is one of the five holy places of the Jain community. The grand scale and architectural complexity of the temple, along with exquisite sculptural ornamentation, makes it one of the most impressive temple architecture in the country. The temple is dedicated to Rishabji and sprawls to some 48000 sq. ft and has 29 halls and 1444 pillars, all distinctively carved. The serenity of the surroundings tempts you to spend more relaxed moments here than you may have planned. Continue to Udaipur, a scenic drive through hills.
- Udaipur is the city of lakes, and is also known as the ‘Venice of the East,’ for its splendorous beauty. The marble palaces, beautifully laid out gardens and the lakes, make Udaipur seem almost like a mirage. The city surrounded by the ancient Aravalli Mountains and set on the edge of lakes, is a brilliant kaleidoscope of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces and temples. Udaipur is a beautiful place regarded by both Indians and travellers as the most romantic city in India and the beauty remains in the heart of a traveller for a long time.
- After arrival check-in and rest. In the evening enjoy one of the most entertaining cultural dance shows and see the different traditional folk dances of the region.
Day 13: Udaipur
- This morning we visit the City Palace. Stretching along the eastern shore of Lake Pichola, City Palace is a fascinating combination of Rajput architecture and Mughal style decorative techniques. The balconies, cupolas and towers of the palace give a wonderful view of the lake and the surrounding city. This complex actually consists of four major and several minor palaces that collectively form the magnificent City Palace. The main part of the palace is now preserved as a museum displaying ancient arte-facts and the most wonderful frescoes of the rich history of the region. Later visit the Jagdish temple, constructed in the Indo-Aryan style of architecture, this is one of the most famous temples in Udaipur. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the structure is an architectural marvel with carved pillars, graceful ceilings and painted walls. Enjoy the free afternoon or check-out the colourful bazaars filled with miniature painting, silver and leatherwear. In the evening we take the amazing boat cruise on Lake Pichola. The views of the city, the City Palace and Lake Palace and the backdrop of mountain range are unbeatable.
Day 14: New Delhi
- After a leisurely start in the morning, we take the flight back to Delhi (approx. 1.5 hours) arriving there later afternoon. Spend your afternoon either to explore more of Delhi, do some last minute shopping or just relax and cherish the memories of your unforgettable trip.
Day 15: New Delhi
- The trip comes to an end after breakfast.
During the trip you may have the opportunity to see some optional sights/ excursions (not included) which will cost you extra. Please confirm with us the charges for any optional excursion and let us know if you would like us to make any arrangements.
- Delhi- Red Fort- INR 500.
- Delhi- Humayun’s Tomb- INR 500.
- Agra: Mehtab Bagh- INR 210.
- Agra: Itimad-u-alla- INR 210.
- Udaipur: Monsoon Palace- INR 800
- Udaipur: Crystal gallery- INR 600
Jodhpur: Village safari tour – INR 1000
What to take:
- Sunhat and sunglasses
- Sun cream
- Light casual clothing
- Warm sweater/fleece (for winter months November to February)
- Reusable Water bottle
- Trainers/Walking shoes
- Anti-bacterial hand gel
- Insect repellent
- Small personal first aid kit
- Additional warm base layer (for winter departures)
- Scarf (for winter departures)
- Gloves (for winter departures)
- Cash, credit and debit cards
- Day pack (used for day excursions)
- Ear plugs (optional)
- Locks for bags
- Outlet Adapter
- Wind proof rain jacket
- Conservative Dress: (for temple visits)
- Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders)
- Shawl or scarf
- Men’s and women’s clothing should cover shoulders and be on or below the knee. Women especially should always dress conservatively to avoid unwanted attention and not to cause offence; vests, tight fitting trousers, short skirts and shorts are not recommended.
- For your own convenience we suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as you are expected to carry your own luggage for short distances. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like mobile phones, etc.
The information below is intended to assist you as you consider your travel options. In addition to the detailed itinerary each trip has been supported with some useful information to provide you with an overview of your accommodation & meals, all things money, passports, visas, vaccinations, insurance, clothing, personal equipment and much more to help you with your travel preparations.
- Physical rating: 1
- Joining point: Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Delhi in the morning of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of the hotel are sent to you in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.
- Accommodation check‐in times are normally from around 12 noon.
- Joining instructions: Our customers receive a complimentary transfer from the airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the airport or train station. , provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. Please send your arrival flight details to us in advance.
- After custom clearance you will be met by our representative at the arrival hall with sign board near Costa coffee next to exit gate number 5 who will escort you safely to your hotel.
- In case of any emergency, please contact us 24*7 on 0091-8529577782.
- Important: Please avoid touts at the airport offering you pre-paid taxi to hotel and later charging hefty amounts. Worst case scenario if you are unable to locate your transfer and are unable to contact us then you can take pre-paid taxis offered by Delhi traffic police and make sure you hand over the pay slip once you have reached the right hotel. Normally it takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour to reach the hotel and cost around INR 400 – 500.
- Emergency contact: Please feel free to contact us for any information or for any issues anytime 24*7 on 0091-8529577782. (same number for Whatsapp as well).
- The hotels used are comfortable & standard city tourist hotels to characteristic heritage hotels built in former forts & palaces and are chosen on the basis of comfort, location and character. Services and amenities are generally adequate with running cold/hot water, western style bathrooms, air-conditioned, high level of hospitality, clean, mostly wifi, restaurant, some may have swimming pool.
- All of our group tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travelers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.
- Single supplement rooms are available to purchase for this trip. Please advise us at the time of booking if you wish to add this to your booking and we will confirm the price for you.
- Trains, Private car (air-conditioned), Mini coach (air-conditioned), Plane for city to city transfers and for local sightseeing.
- Auto rickshaws (tuk-tuks), Cycle-rickshaws, Metro for some sightseeings locally & Canter (open-air safari vehicle) for game drives.
The best way to see and insight into a country is to travel on roads or by trains to see it’s landscape, countryside, meet locals and experience it’s culture. To travel on Indian roads is itself an experience with loud horns, sometimes bumpy roads, cows sitting on the middle of the road, chaotic traffic jams, vehicles jig jagging but everything seems to work efficiently and smoothly and as such there are no issues and it is safe. It is one of the most interesting part of your experience. Travel time covering relatively short distances is longer in comparison to Western countries.
Flights: Please provide your passport information at the time of booking in order to book the internal flights. Internal flights are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Note: Only 1 piece of luggage that weighs up to 15kgs will be permitted on our internal flights in India. For any extra weight the airline may charge an additional fee at the time of check-in
- The national currency of India is the Indian Rupee (INR).
- Please refer www.xe.com for latest foreign exchange rates of any currency.
- It is illegal to bring-in or take-out rupees. Do not accept torn or (very) dirty Indian banknotes from banks or in change as they will almost certainly not be accepted as legal tender in India. You can change money back from Rupees into US Dollars/ home currency at Delhi airport, but you must produce an exchange receipt showing that you changed money in India.
- ATM machines are now widely available everywhere (Visa and MasterCard are best) but still for the worst case scenario please take some cash (USD/AUD/Pound) with you as well. Please inform your bank before departure that you are travelling to India and carry the relevant telephone number with you in case they put a block on your card.
- You can pay with credit cards in bigger shops, many hotels/restaurants all over India.
- Traveller’s Cheques of reputed banks can be exchanged in big cities but are becoming difficult and rare.
- You can bring US Dollars/AUD/Pound/etc.
- Every traveller is bit different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, food, shopping, laundry and tipping.
- Shopping opportunities throughout this tour are endless and we suggest that you take money for souvenirs ‐ even if you are generally not a keen shopper we have found that most people succumb to some of the wide variety of handicrafts on offer.
- India has very good opportunities for shopping, especially for locally made goods, and during your trip it is highly likely that your local guides will take you to emporiums as well as workshops where these goods are made. Many people find this a great opportunity to buy local handicrafts, textiles, jewellery and carpets. Guides will often assume that visitors will want to go shopping, it is very much part of the culture, but if you do not wish to go please make this clear to your local guide at the time.
- Tipping is very much part of the culture in India and is usually expected. Through our experience we have found that tipping can often be an awkward affair, especially when in an unfamiliar country where you are not sure when or how much to tip and travelers get confused, frustrated or embarrassed. To overcome this, at the start of the trip for your convenience we will discuss and establish a ‘Tipping Kitty’ which will be used to tip porters, hotel staff, local sightseeing guides, toilet stops, shoe keepers as well as any other support staff used throughout your trip. We will suggest how much to contribute, depending on group size, but it is usually in the region of 1000- 1500 INR per person.
- Please note that this tipping kitty will not include the tour leader & driver.
- If you have enjoyed the knowledge, service and expertise of your guide and driver a tip (though not compulsory) is appropriate towards the end of the tour. It may not be customary in some countries but in India tipping is entrenched in culture especially within the tourism industry. It helps reward, appreciate and inspire excellent service. The following is the guidelines to assist our guests, but we leave the decision to provide a gratuity entirely at their discretion:
- Group leader: Based on their overall service our past guests have left gratuities of USD 5-6 per person per day.
- Driver: Based on their overall service our past guests have left gratuities of USD 2-3 per person per day.
- Restaurants: Generally depending on the service around 10% of your bill.
Budget for Meals & Drinks:
- Food: All breakfasts are included. Lunch & Dinner -USD 250 approx.
- Food is one of the biggest part of travelling experiences. We always encourage people to try local restaurants and street food vendors. We always recommend to try various local specialties and regional delicacies. You can eat out very cheaply in India, but if you go to the standard restaurants most of the time, you will spend around the suggested amount. In various places you will see how the food is made e.g. masala chai (tea), samosa (mashed potato snacks), jalebi (Indian doghnuts), lassi (yoghurt drink). In most of the towns there is a good choice of restaurants and a choice between Indian and Western style food. If you are a vegetarian, India is probably one of the best destinations to travel to. Tea and soft drinks are very cheap. A (large!) bottle of beer is approximately USD 4. Mineral water is widely available.
Climate & Weather information:
- October/November/February/March/April: The days are normally warm to hot and nights cool or mild. Generally there is no rain expected and humidity is very low.
- December/January: It can get very cold in the early mornings and evenings. Fog can be a possibility as well. Warm clothes are essential.
- April/May/June: These are hot months with high temperature and it is dry heat.
- July/ August/September: South-West Monsoon brings rain and cools down the area. Occasional showers and humidity.
Passport & Visas
- Please note it is mandatory to get Visa for India and it is the responsibility of an individual traveler to make sure that he obtains a right Visa of right time and duration. Holders of passport of many countries including Australia, New Zealand, USA & UK and many other are eligible for the e-Tourist Visa to enter India.
- The visa can be applied for through the official Indian government visa website only - https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html. Please check all eligibility criteria that can be found on the website but important points are listed below -
- You must be arriving into one of 24 selected entry points which can be found via the official Indian Government website link above. However, you can exit from any of the authorised immigration check posts in India.
- Passports must have at least 6 months validity from the date of arrival in India and at least 2 blank pages for stamping. The visa application will take approximately 4 days to process. But it is always a good idea to apply and get the Visa well in advance. It is valid for 60 days from the date of arrival in India, and single and multiple entry is permitted on the e-Tourist visa. You can only obtain 2 e-visas for India in a calendar year.
- Biometric data will be collected on arrival in India.
- Please note that travelers entering India overland from Nepal will not be issued Visa at the border and are required to obtain appropriate Visa in advance from their own country. The e-Tourist visa does not apply to traveler travelling overland. Also it is very difficult and tiresome and sometimes not possible to get Indian visa in Nepal.
- There may be certain vaccination requirements for the trips depending on which areas you are visiting, how long you are visiting and where are you coming from and going to. Routine Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Typhoid, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Polio.
- The risk of malaria on this trip is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.
- Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in places visited on this trip. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.
- Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.
- The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information.
- For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries , http://www.traveldoctor.com.au/
- Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a trip, you will be required to give your adequate valid travel insurance details to us on Day 1. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
- You are the best judge for our trips. We would like to hear from you about your experiences and holidays with us. We believe in regular learning so we can understand in a better way what we are good at and where we can improve. You are the most important inspiration and motivation for us to keep doing better.
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- Responsible tourism is tourism which: minimizes negative social, economic and environmental impacts. Generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities. We believe positive impact tourism can bring benefits to many communities, help preserve the environments we travel to see, and provide real and positive social exchanges. At Sunshine Responsible tourism is our core policy and our trips and experiences always focus on these principles and cater accordingly.