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Home of the Kings

Prices From: $880 AUD
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Tour Code: GIRG
Tour Duration: 12
Countries Visited: India


Local Payment will not apply to tours (other than African tours) after December 31st 2012.


Overview

Bollywood censors decree: no french kissing, no nudity, no drugs, no smoking and no politics. What's left? Well, plenty of jazz hands, for one.(Was Rajasthan at a Glance)


Tour Map


Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Delhi

Dive into frantic, colourful Indian life. Not literally, that would be weird. How many cows can you count in one day?

Day 2: Agra

After we get off the train, find the nearest chai wallah for a steaming hot pick-me-up. Prepare to be called everything from Ricky Ponting to Princess Diana inside the Taj Mahal. You'd think the locals were more interested in us than that big marble thing right in front of them.

Day 3: Tordi Garh

Tordi is so far off the tourist trail, even your GPS would have trouble finding it. Take a deep breath of fresh air and enjoy a break from the chaos. Don't miss a sunset walk up to Tordi's ruined fort.

Day 4-5: Jaipur

Traditionally dressed Rajput men stroll the streets of Jaipur in their colourful turbans, sporting moustaches that would put Ned Flanders to shame. Watch and learn boys.

Day 6: Nimaj Bagh

We love the local buses in India. On the way to Nimaj you could find yourself chatting with an old dude, playing with someone's baby or sharing homemade pakoras with a family. The one thing we guarantee you won't get is sleep - unless you've bought industrial-strength earplugs.

Day 7: Jodhpur

Apparently the buildings were painted blue to keep the mosquitoes away. Let us know if it worked. Spice Paradise on Girdi Kote Amar Chowk is our favourite little shop. Anil and Rekha, the friendly owners, won't hassle you to buy and all the spices come with recipes on the label.

Day 8-10: Udaipur - overnight train

Udaipur's "floating" Lake Palace was the secret hideaway for Bond's most famous jewel smuggler, Octopussy. Bond disguised himself as a crocodile to get across the water, but you can just take the boat

Day 11-12: Delhi

Touts, auto rickshaws and mind-altering smells rule Delhi, but it's all part of the charm. Grab a couple of samosas and savour the taste of India before heading home.

Tour Grade: Culture

Whether you’re taking in man’s greatest works at places like Petra or Angkor Wat, experiencing grand set-pieces like the Trans-Mongolian Railway or trying your hand at regional specialities like tango in Buenos Aires, getting to grips with local cultures is what travel’s all about. A few tips from a guide and a sense of adventure are pretty much all you need. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get the lowdown on high Tibet among Lhasa’s magisterial temples; follow up Delhi’s eye-popping bustle with a fix of its fiery food; and mix manic markets and Incan masterpieces in Peru.


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Included

- Gecko’s expert English-speaking local tour guide throughout the tour, and local site guides at some sites. - Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Agra including the Taj Mahal; Jaipur including Amber Fort, Old Bazaar and The Palace of the Winds; Jodhpur including Meharangarh Fort and Sardar Market; Udaipur including City Palace and Jagdish Temple; and Delhi including Chandni Chowk and Connaught Place. - Off-the-beaten-track experience in Tordi Garh – village walk, a visit to ruined temples and a fortress, and a jeep safari. - Overnight accommodation in 16th Century Tordi Palace. - Stay at Nimaj Bagh with a village walk to meet the locals. - Free time to explore Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Delhi. - Overnight train from Udaipur to Delhi. Accommodation in air-conditioned sleeper class with three-tier sleeping berths (two sheets, a blanket and a pillow provided per person). - Express train from Delhi to Agra.

Not Included

International flights, arrival and departure transfers, airport/departure taxes, visas, pre or post tour accommodation, all other meals, optional tours sightseeing or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature, laundry and flights unless specified. Some places that we visit charge additional fees if you are entering with a camera or camcorder - your city guide will advise on these and they can be paid for locally.


Tour Dates

Start DateEnd DatePrice
23 Feb 201306 Mar 2013$995
09 Mar 201320 Mar 2013$995
23 Mar 201303 Apr 2013$995
06 Apr 201317 Apr 2013$995
20 Apr 201301 May 2013$995
04 May 201315 May 2013$995
18 May 201329 May 2013$995
01 Jun 201312 Jun 2013$880
15 Jun 201326 Jun 2013$880
29 Jun 201310 Jul 2013$880
13 Jul 201324 Jul 2013$995
27 Jul 201307 Aug 2013$995
10 Aug 201321 Aug 2013$995
24 Aug 201304 Sep 2013$995
07 Sep 201318 Sep 2013$995
21 Sep 201302 Oct 2013$995
05 Oct 201316 Oct 2013$995
19 Oct 201330 Oct 2013$995
02 Nov 201313 Nov 2013$995
16 Nov 201327 Nov 2013$995
30 Nov 201311 Dec 2013$995
14 Dec 201325 Dec 2013$995
28 Dec 201308 Jan 2014$995
11 Jan 201422 Jan 2014$995
25 Jan 201405 Feb 2014$995
08 Feb 201419 Feb 2014$995
22 Feb 201405 Mar 2014$995
08 Mar 201419 Mar 2014$995
22 Mar 201402 Apr 2014$995
05 Apr 201416 Apr 2014$995
19 Apr 201430 Apr 2014$995
03 May 201414 May 2014$995
17 May 201428 May 2014$995
31 May 201411 Jun 2014$995
14 Jun 201425 Jun 2014$880
28 Jun 201409 Jul 2014$880

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