Kolkata, Varanasi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Jaipur, Pushkar & Delhi
Offering an inspiring introduction to the Subcontinent, this experience of two of India’s iconic and most visually spectacular festivals combined in one trip should not be missed! Celebrate India’s Festival of Lights – Diwali, and immerse yourself in the annual camel fair during full moon night in the month of November an event that pulls 5 million people every year! The journey combines Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Pushkar, Varanasi and Kolkata’s cultural and natural wonders. Delving into centuries of history, the tour uncovers ornate temples and magnificent Islamic architecture. Experience the spiritual aspect of India’s age-old beliefs and enjoy a unique culinary experience in Rajasthani Style.
Day 01: Depart Australia – Arrive Kolkata (-/-/-)
Enjoy morning flight to Kolkata. Our guide will meet you at the arrival lounge, and assist with a transfer to the hotel for check-in.
Day 02: Kolkata (B/L/D)
Start your day with a short trip to Howrah Bridge and the neighbouring flower market. Continue to Kumartuli (Potters Colony) the unique artisan village that dates back 400 years, making it one of the oldest of its kind in the world. In the afternoon we go to Victoria Memorial. From there, we enjoy a Tonga ride (Victoria Ride), before later heading for Bagh, the heart of old Kolkata. Your visit includes St. John’s Church, the General Post Office, the High Court, the Government House, the Writers’ Building and Pareshnath Jain Temple. Evening celebrates Diwali annual Festival of Lights (traditional clothes provided). Discover the fascinating aspects of this ancient Hindu holiday, including its traditions and rituals, with a knowledgeable guide.
Day 03: Kolkata – Varanasi (B/L/D)
Morning flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel and check-in. We then later proceed to visit Sarnath; the place where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon at the deer park after his enlightenment. In the Evening, we witness the Grand prayer (Aarti) ceremony conducted on the ghats of River Ganges.
Day 04: Varanasi (B/L/D)
We’re off for a heritage walk and sunrise boat ride on river Ganges this morning. Visit the Banaras Ghat, Assi Ghat to name a few. Later we proceed to one of the oldest living city in the world visiting Alamgir Mosque – 2km south of Varanasi, here the 18th century Durga Temple (Monkey Temple) presides. We then finish the day calling in at Banaras Hindu University before dinner.
Day 05: Varanasi – Agra (B/L/D)
You’re free to explore today until your transfer to Varanasi train station for your long journey to Agra, which has a rich historical background, amply evident from the numerous historical monuments in and around the city. Overnight on board the train.
Day 06: Agra (B/L/D)
Arrive Agra in the morning and we’ll attempt to check-in early (if available). After a hearty hotel breakfast, start your tour with a visit the impressive 16th century Agra Fort and continue to the white marble Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah. Described as a ‘jewel box’, or the ‘Baby Taj’, the tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah is often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal. A marble inlay workshop is close by for us to witness some inlay work (the same work completed for the Taj Mahal of which its authenticity & tradition has been preserved).
Day 07: Agra (B/-/-)
Enjoy sunrise tour to Taj Mahal, the epitome of love which stands on the banks of the river Yamuna, built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 08: Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur (B/L/D)
Morning we travel towards Jaipur. En-route we visit Fatehpur Sikri, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Arrive Jaipur and check-in at hotel. Enjoy hunting through the colourful and chaotic streets, with some free time, this afternoon.
Day 09: Jaipur (B/L/D)
Visit Amber Fort, and on the way stopping for photo opportunities at Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace); The most enthralling experience of Amber Fort is the gaily decorated elephant ride. Tour of Jaipur city with City Palace Museum and Jantar Mantar. This evening you will be transferred to a local family home to learn authentic Indian cooking & dinner. We also experience the art of Heena Painting and Rajasthani Turban tying.
Day 10: Jaipur – Pushkar (B/L/D)
Today we drive west to Pushkar, it is very popular worldwide for its famous Puskar Camel Fair, India’s highly rated travel experience, a spectacle attracting more than 5 million people and up to 20,000 camels, cattle and horses. This year we will join the unique Camel Fair which happens each November, at the time of the Kartik Purnima full moon. After our hotel check-in, we proceed & explore this small town famous for its Brahma temple, the Pushkar Lake and the world renowned “Pushkar Fair’ where mass trading of camels takes place.
Day 11: Pushkar (B/L/D)
Early morning hike to the hilltop Savitri temple to watch the sunrise over this holy place. After breakfast, we hop on a decorated camel cart especially waiting for you to wander the Pushkar fair ground, for a day filled with fun and adventure We enjoy sometime shopping like a local, hunting through the lined shops for colourful bangles, hairpins, trinket jewellery, rural household items.
Day 12: Pushkar (B/-/-)
Today will be the third day of the week long fair where villagers from far and wide, start coming with their camels and cattle for sale. The beautifully decorated Camels and equally colourfully dressed owners will strike you at first glance. Visit the famous Brahma temple today. In the evening, you will be driven to nearby sand dunes where a traditional India dinner under the moonlit night with folk dance performances, awaits you!
Day 13: Pushkar – Delhi (B/L/D)
Take an early morning Balloon ride (optional) for an enchanting aerial view of Pushkar City, followed by your transfer to Ajmer railway station, where we’ll board an express train for our onward journey to Delhi. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel and check-in.
Day 14: Delhi (B/L/D)
After breakfast we enjoy guided sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi. Begin with Old Delhi as we drive past the renowned 17th Century landmark Lal Qila; the Red Fort Palace to reach Jama Masjid. Visit Jama Masjid; cycle rickshaws on our journey of Chandni Chowk. Visit the Gandhi Memorial before driving past New Delhi, the exterior the Parliament House, the War Memorial Arch (India Gate) and the Vice Regal Palace, the official residence of the President of India in New Delhi. Continue your sightseeing with the visit to Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar. A light and sound show at Old Fort, is booked for your enjoyment this evening before your dedicated Farewell Dinner at Chor Bizarre.
Day 15: Depart Delhi (B/L/D)
After breakfast, free to explore Delhi at your own pace until a transfer to Delhi International Airport to board your overnight flight.
Day 16: Arrive Australia (-/-/-)
Arrive home with the memories of a lifetime.
Number of Days 16
Price From $5785
26th October – 10th November
13th November – 28th November*
*Peak season surcharges apply from $300 per person
Return international economy class airfares with full service airlines
4* minimum accommodation with daily breakfast
All transfers by air conditioned vehicles
Arrival & Departure assistance
Meals as specified
Entry fees & Monument charges
Professional English speaking guide
Overnight sleeper train ticket for Varanasi – Agra (first class)
Tipping for guide & driver
Camera and video permits may be required at some sights
(Fully Inclusive, Twin Share)
From $5,785 per person departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth, flying Cathay Pacific Airways. Adelaide may require domestic add on fare at additional cost.
Single Room Supplement from $1,485
Land Only Including Tipping from $4,485 per person (14 Nights)