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Min age:
16
Group size:
5–16

A comfortable exploration of enchanting Rajasthan in Northern India

Travel India's desert state in style. Using exclusive heritage hotels we delve into the history of the many forts and palaces the region has to offer. At every turn Rajasthan bombards the senses - one minute it's full speed ahead as we take a jeep safari through desert countryside, the next you'll seek out serenity in the holy town of Pushkar. Be enthralled by the magnificent Taj Mahal at sunrise, experience a train ride with the locals or slip into one of the many bazaars. This is the perfect trip for a first time visitor to India.

Highlights

  • Discover imposing forts and palaces
  • Visit the holy town of Pushkar
  • Explore the romantic lake city of Udaipur

Key information

  • 14 nights comfortable hotels 
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus local leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by air-conditioned private bus

What's included

  • All breakfasts included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Travel

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Itinerary

London
to
London
  • Day 1

    Depart London.

    Flights usually leave London in the evening.

  • Day 2

    Arrive Delhi; half-day city tour.

    For those who are on the flight inclusive package we land in Delhi in the morning and transfer to the hotel where we will meet the other members of the group. In the afternoon we visit the walled city of Old Delhi; crowded, full of activities and still influenced by the great Mughals who once ruled from the ramparts of the majestic Red Fort. We visit Jama Mosque - built in 17th century and the largest mosque in India, Chandni Chowk - the typical Indian market always abuzz with activities, and Rajghat - the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 3

    Free morning; half-day sightseeing.

    The morning is free to relax and explore by yourself. During the afternoon you will see some of the sites of New Delhi. We drive past the Presidential Palace, Secretariat Buildings and down the impressive Rajpath to India Gate. We visit the Birla (Laxmi Narayan) Temple and the Qutub Minar which is 72 metres high. We also see Delhi's most curious antique, the un-corroded Iron Pillar, which dates back to the 4th century AD.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Drive to Agra.

    Today we drive to Agra (approx. 5 hour drive), the city of the Taj Mahal. In the afternoon we check in to our hotel in Agra and the rest of the day is free to relax and discover the city.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal and then Agra Fort; afternoon free.

    Today we will rise early to visit the beautiful white marble Taj Mahal at sunrise. Built by the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631, the Taj is serenely beautiful and never fails to amaze a first time visitor. The white marble exterior changes colour according to the position of the sun during the day and is matched by rich interior detail. Within striking distance is the imposing Red Fort of Akbar, third of the Moghul Emperors, whose mighty sandstone walls enclose the beautiful white marble Pearl Mosque and the palaces, halls, courtyards and fountains of his sons and successors, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. It is here that the latter spent his last years, imprisoned by his own son Aurangzeb.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Drive to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri.

    We leave Agra and visit Fatehpur Sikri, Emperor Akbar's deserted royal city. This impressive and well-preserved citadel became his capital in 1571, after the blessing of a local Muslim holy man correctly predicted the birth of a longed-for son, his successor the Emperor Jehangir. The mosque, designed to hold ten thousand worshippers, the palaces, residences and halls of audience are all made of decorative red sandstone. This magnificence only lasted 14 years, as in 1584 Akbar left Fatehpur Sikri to secure his outlying territories, leaving this city much as we see it today - in perfect condition. We then drive on to Jaipur - another very full but rewarding day. Total driving time approx. 7 hrs.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Full day tour including Amber Fort and City Palace.

    Built in the late 18th century, it is a planned city of broad avenues built of sandstone and painted pink at a later stage. We first visit the City Palace. Formerly the residence of the Maharaja it is now a fine museum containing rare manuscripts, paintings, royal garments and weapons. Close to the palace is one of the most intriguing sights of India, the observatory of Jai Singh. This is an assembly of immense astronomical instruments made of marble and brass set in a pleasant garden. We will also see Jaipur's impressive landmark, the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds. A few miles from the main city is the splendid Amber Fort, rising above a lake where elephants bathe. Jaipur is a centre of many handicrafts, such as durries (woven rugs), carpets, printed cloth, semi-precious stones, leatherwear etc. It will be difficult to leave a workshop without buying something!
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    To Pushkar; visit Brahma temple and Aarti ceremony on the ghats.

    Today we drive to the holy city of Pushkar (approx. 3-4 hrs), a sacred town for the Hindus well-known for its annual camel fair. In the centre of town is holy Pushkar Lake surrounded by a number of temples including the famous Bramha temple - said to be the only temple in the world dedicated to this deity. A dip in the waters of Pushkar Lake and worship at Bramha temple ensure salvation. Late afternoon walk through Pushkar's lanes to see the local life and visit the Brahma temple. The evening culminates with an aarti ceremony on the ghats of the Pushkar Lake.

    Pushkar Camel Fair Departure: The itinerary for the Pushkar Festival departure is exactly the same as the standard trip. However, we try and maximise time in Pushkar in order that there is plenty of time to enjoy the camel fair - one of the largest in the world, and the various events taking place. We will depart early from Jaipur, in order to arrive in Pushkar as early as possible, and we will depart for Khimsar at a time agreeable for the group. Your group leader will brief you on all the options available to you.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Drive to Khimsar in the Thar Desert.

    Today we drive on to Khimsar in the Thar Desert and stay at the historic Khimsar Fort.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Early morning jeep safari; afternoon free to explore Khimsar.

    Early morning jeep safari to the surrounding villages and to Black buck reserve. We will visit the settlements of Gujars (shepherds) and Kalbelia (snake charmers) communities and experience the traditional, rural Rajasthani lifestyle, which still lays emphasis on harmony, conservation and complete utilization of natural resources. Age-old traditions are still practiced. The wildlife sanctuary is home to the beautiful but endangered Black Buck and some colourful birds. The afternoon is free to explore and see village life.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    To Jodhpur via Mandore Gardens; afternoon visit Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada.

    Morning drive to Jodhpur (approx. 2 hrs drive) visiting the famous Mandore gardens en route. Jodhpur is a bustling desert city and the second largest in Rajasthan after Jaipur. Founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, the leader of the Rathore clan, the city's gentle atmosphere belies a stormy yet glorious past. 393 feet above the flat surrounding plains soars a bold bluff on which was built the massive Meherangarh (Majestic) Fort. In the old city's maze are several palaces, havelis and temples. Visit the Sardar Bazar with its Clock Tower. Down the road from the Fort see Jaswant Thada, the blinding white marble cenotaph (chhatri) of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Drive to Deogarh; afternoon free.

    Continue to Deogarh in the heart of Rajasthan (approx. 5 hrs drive). The afternoon is free for you to relax or explore.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Visit local school; take a rural train ride; late afternoon birdwatching walk.

    In the morning we visit a government-run primary school to understand the education system in rural areas of the country. The school is attended by children from nearby villages. We then enjoy a 1 hour train ride through the rural countryside of Rajasthan. Experience travelling with the local villagers in non-air-conditioned coaches on wooden berths: some coaches are from the 1930s. Return to the hotel by road. In the afternoon enjoy a bird watching tour to the nearby lakes to see a variety of local and some migratory birds.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    To Udaipur; late afternoon boat ride on Lake Pichola.

    Today we drive to Udaipur, the city of lakes. In the late afternoon enjoy a beautiful sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola, 4km long and 3km wide, surrounded by hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. (Boat ride is subject to the water level in the lake).
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Morning sightseeing including the City Palace; afternoon free.

    Udaipur is one of the most charming cities of Rajasthan, nestled like a gem in a valley surrounded by the green Aravalli hills, and reflected smooth and white in the clear blue Lake Pichola. Old dwellings, temples and palaces speak of an aristocratic past. Visit the City Palace, once the home of Mewar's rulers with its flawlessly integrated palaces overlooking Lake Pichola. Visit Sahelion-ki-bari - scene of royal parties. Drive around Fateh Sagar Lake. The afternoon is free to enjoy the city with possibilities of a stroll in the colourful traditional market.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 16

    Fly to London.

    Those on the flight inclusive package will depart this morning for the daytime flight back to London; those on land-only arrangements will leave us after check-out at the hotel.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

India

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Some of our India trips spend time at altitude. In regions over approx. 2000m, there is low to no risk of mosquito-borne diseases. For trips going to altitudes of over 3000m there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please see the TRIP NOTES for further information.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts included.

Where meals are not supplied, our group leaders always encourage people to try local restaurants and street food vendors. They can make recommendations which will help boost small businesses and celebrate local specialties. In Jaipur and Delhi, clients can even see how the food is made e.g. Masala Chai (tea), Samosa (mashed potato snacks), Jalebe (Indian donuts), Lassi (yoghurt drink), etc. 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 £4 (approx. US$5). Mineral water is available in the bus in 20ltr containers so please bring a water bottle with you to refill. Please note that service in restaurants can be quite slow.

Weather

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely). This holiday is designed so that you can see some of the best parts of northern India. There is a lot to see in the time you are there, but everything is scheduled so that it doesn't feel too rushed. You should come armed for an experience: India can be hard work, and the heat and the bustle of some of the cities can be a little overwhelming. That said, there are places where you can find peace, and there are few places in the world to match India in providing you with great stories and memories to last a lifetime. This trip is designed as a more comfortable itinerary and the accommodation is of a high standard.

Please note that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) are responsible for the conservation of many monuments in India, including the Taj Mahal, and very occasionally this may mean that work is taking place at sites visited on this trip. The ASI’s schedule is never published so it is not possible to forewarn our clients of when work will be taking place.

Holi and Diwali Festivals

Some departures will be in India during the festivals of Holi and Diwali. They are great festivals to witness and some very minor itinerary alterations may be made locally in order to make the most of these occasions. Holi celebrations typically involve people throwing coloured water at each other and smearing powder on each other's faces. This is accompanied by dancing, music and traditional Holi sweets such as Ghujiya and Bhanng. It's a riot of colours as the powder bursts into the sky. During Diwali, the festival of lights, people typically light up their houses, shops and streets, and celebrate on the streets with fireworks.

Pushkar Camel Fair

Some departures will be in Pushkar during the festival. These are marked on the website. Please see day 7 of the itinerary for details.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

On this trip we stay in a range of comfortable hotels ranging from modern properties, such as the 5-star Jaypee Vasant Continental in Delhi, to heritage forts and palaces bursting with character, such as the Deogarh Mahal Hotel. Many have pools, and most have excellent facilities as well as restaurants serving tasty local specialities and international dishes.

Single accommodation available on request from GBP620

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

The mountains will always draw us back to this majestic country: and now, with the return of a very special trip, the

  • Reviewed November 2017
    DeeAnn Bowater

    Classic Rajasthan Premium

    This is a lovely trip of 15 days thru the central and Western part of India, including many crowded places but with glorious forts, mosques and temples and excellent accommodations and GOOD FOOD. YOU NEVER had to fear any food problems , and especially if you drank their good Kingfisher beer to tamp down the wee bit of spice.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I enjoyed the feeling in the air of the Sikh temple in Agra. There are hundreds of volunteers EVERY day who cook and serve those who need food-without any pay. This was a wonderful experience. I know some would say the Taj Mahal jolted their senses the most, but the Sikh temple did it for me.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I am going to go out on a limb here-but the BEST part of the India trip was knowing Ajay Gupta, our leader. If I had never seen India, and only heard about it from him, that would have been enough. (But I'm glad I did see India.) Besides being so knowledgeable about all the sites that we saw, and being such a good communicator, he gave us a plan for the future of India. He is full of hope and offered us so many ideas and ideals that , if accomplished, would make India a heaven on earth -the way it started 5, 000 years ago. I can't say enough about his kindness and humanity. A remarkable young man.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As a red head, I wore my hat all the time and always wore long sleeved light cotton blouses. I wore skirts, too, to avoid the tangle around my ankles when using the squat toilets-tho they weren't as horrible as I was led to believe. In fact, most places were just fine. Drink as much water as you can hold. It is hot and you will need it. Enjoy the beer,(not for lunch ,tho) but don't bother with the wine.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I think I needed to be aware of the acceptance of trash more than I was. There are just so many people, and not enough of an infrastructure to take care of the trash...so that was a bit hard to see-also the street dogs-cows I knew were coming.
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Susan Allen

    Rajahstan was fantastic

    A brilliant tour, a small group of just seven of us in a comfortable airconditioned bus with a terrific driver and helper. Our guide, Harish was knowledgeable, professional, helpful and friendly.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many but seeing the Taj Mahal at sunrise takes some beating of course! Our hotel at Deogarh was magnificent and my room was truly stunning. The train ride! Dinner on the ramparts at Khimsar Fort. Udaipur and the boat ride on the lake. .....and so much more....

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Marvellous!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take the group leader's advice - he really does know best!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A couple of downsides: 1) our flights on Jet Airways were not at all good, I think that Exodus should consider using another airline for their Premium holidays. 2) don't like being taken to places where they try a hard sell! Loved visiting the co-operative set up by a Swiss couple who genuinely cared about the local women. We saw them making textiles and clothes, no hard sell there so, without any hassle, we bought several lovely things.
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Salma Nishar

    Classic Rajasthan - Premium

    We had such a wonderful time on this tour, every day was filled with interesting sightseeing, amazing food and so many new experiences! We were a group of 16 and our guide, Mr Wahab Khan (aka Mani Ji) really helped get the group together, he was excellent, very knowledgeable about the sites we visited. The itinerary was perfect, we fitted in so many experiences and everything went as planned. The highlight of the tour would have been visiting the Taj Mahal - one which we will never forget!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Having coffee on the mountains of Khimsar and waiting for the sunrise!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was fantastic and made this trip really special for us. He took really great care of everyone and took note of all our small requests...it is the small things that matters and he was superb at it!
  • Reviewed November 2016
    Philip Brown

    Phil and Sarah Brown

    This was a holiday that just kept on giving. Everyday Indian culture, history, religions, politics, landscapes, cuisine gently revealed... An inspiring trip full of variety, contradictions, colour, noise, exotic tastes and smells.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The time in Pushcar camel fair was priceless, all of our senses were called upon, colours bright oranges and fuchsia pinks, glittering sparkly bangles and anklets, street food spicy hot from the kadai bowls, hooting cars and camel wagons, huge big steel wheel carousels, screaming out for customers, neon lit after dark. Memories emblazoned in our minds.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guide, Mani, had an open and friendly manner and he went that extra mile every day to inform the group and share his own experiences. We would unreservedly recommend him to continue as a group leader. He dealt admirably with the rupee notes crisis when we were away and we would not have managed without him.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    With the current problem with rupees 500 and 1000 notes suggest travellers only exchange 100 and 2000 and check their change so that they are not given old notes in change. Also used Bimuno pastilles and we did not get Delhi belly.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is our third trip with Exodus and at every point we have been pleased with the service and set up. Thank you for helping us create memories.
  • Reviewed April 2016
    Glen Locke

    Classic Rajasthan

    I wonderful tour filled with all sorts of memories

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Taj Mahal is truly a wonderful splender.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The best group leader I have ever had. Lots of extras and information about the area and the culture of India.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It is a little hot when you go in March/April and the area is not as green as it is earlier in the year. We had no problem getting our laundry done so no need to pack too much.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The overnight flight going out makes can lead to a droggy start, you may want to look at going out the day before to rest up before starting the trip.
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Linda Petrie

    Classic Rajasthan

    This was a fantastic trip from beginning to the end. Every day was an adventure with new experiences - from the colours, sights, the food, the customs & not least the friendliness of the Rajasthani people. And not forgetting the crazy crazy driving on the roads shared by many modes of transport - human, mechanical & animal!!!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Sikh temple in Delhi & obviously our first sight of the Taj Mahal was breathtaking. We also enjoyed the visit to the school where the children were proud to show us their work books & sing to us.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ajay was a superb leader. We could relax knowing we were in very good hands. He was kind, helpful & full of stories to give us an insight to the Indian way of life. He was very knowledgeable and it was clear he was passionate about India and its people. We could not have hoped for a better leader.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Keep an open mind and just soak it all up. Every day really was an adventure.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This trip covered many miles but it was worth it as a lot of sights were packed into the itinerary. I agree with previous comments that for a first timer to India it was an excellent introduction & we would certainly look forward to returning to India in the future. The organisation by Exodus & our guide Ajay was superb. I must also mention the standard & variety of the hotels which were without exception all excellent. They just got better & better. The size of the group (15) was just right too. It was lovely to share the experience with such lovely new friends.
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Heather Hyde

    Classic Rajasthan - Premium holiday

    This really was a fantastic experience, the standard of all the accomadation was really wonderfull, from modern to historic hotels, our group of 15 were great company and we had plenty of fun and laughs. Our group leader Ajay was really good and helped to make the holiday one to remember for a long time.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    All of Rajasthan, the histoic accomadation from Palaces to Forts and of course the Taj in Agra.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Really good, could not have been better.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This trip is really the way to see India, OK traveling by bus for a few hours between locations can be a bit long, but there is so much to see while travelling, the coach was air conditioned and was comfortable and plenty big enough for all the group to relax. The driver was excellent and I would recommend this trip to anyone interested in seeing India.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Fantastic weather, wonderfull country, great accomadation, great group and leader, great memories.
  • Reviewed December 2015
    Philip Nield

    Great place, great trip

    Rajasthan is an eccentric and colourful state and we saw the best of it. This wouldn't have been possible without our guide Balvinder who went way beyond the call of duty. Our fellow travellers were also good company, but the star of the show was India at its most "in your face".

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I have two. Visting a school and having the children sing to us. The camel fair and sacred lake at Pushkar.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Superb. A gentleman and a scholar.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bear in mind that there's a lot more time on the bus than the average Exodus trip. This is unavoidable given the distances involved, the state of the roads and the traffic congestion. But that's India!
  • Reviewed November 2015
    Adrian Christer

    Fantastic first trip with Exodus

    A great tour for first timers to India, it packs in an amazing amount into 15 days. Hotels (except one) were very high standard ranging from extremely plush modern to quirky but comfortable forts and palaces. Food was good at hotels but a bit variable at lunch stops en route - but that's India. There were some long bus journeys between locations, but you can't alter the geography.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Sikh temple in Delhi where there is a massive kitchen manned by volunteers capable of providing a free meal to thousands each day irrespective of colour, class or religion.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ronit was excellent - a real pro. He has worked for Exodus for many years so was very knowledgeable and extremely well organised - everything ran smoothly. He was able to pass on the right amount of info without being tedious - something that some of the local guides used could perhaps take note of. We thought he struck the right balance between being approachable but not overly friendly. He was very conscientious in explaining menu options as not everyone was familiar with Indian cuisine. He made the extra effort to arrange fireworks to celebrate Diwali. He did us proud on the last evening by choosing a good restaurant on the lake shore looking to the floodlit city palace at Udaipur. We organised our own flights so arrived in Delhi 2 hours before the group - Ronit was there to meet us and had arranged a taxi to take us to the hotel so we didn't have to hang around, similarly, the main group left the hotel at 5am on the last day whilst our departure wasn't 'til 1pm and again Ronit arranged a free taxi to take us to the airport and waited to see us off. Finally, but most importantly, he was very conscientious in looking after my wife when she slipped when leaving the bus twisting her ankle and grazing her elbow. What a great guy!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Might be stating the obvious but here goes - take medication for stomach upset and colds with you - 12 of the 14 in our group suffered to varying degrees. Be aware that many of the sites visited (and some of the old heritage hotels) involve climbing steps - some steep and without the safety protection we have become accustomed to in health and safety obsessed GB.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Initially there was a bit of overkill with visits to many temples, palaces, forts etc and we began to think that we wouldn't see much of "real" India but in week 2 there was a greater diversity of towns visited, more varied visits and more opportunity to wander the streets of less touristy honeypot locations. And we would like to praise the driver, how he manages to cope so coolly with the chaos that passes for traffic in India was amazing, and his assistant who helped everyone on and off the bus at every stop. Thanks guys.
  • Reviewed November 2015
    Donna Meyer

    Could not have done it alone

    Classic Rajasthan was my first organized trip. I have always arranged my own bookings and activities; but with a destination as unfamiliar to me as India, I chose to go with Edodus. It was one of the best experiences of my life. Our guide added interesting places that I could not have found on my own. The language barrier, tipping protocol, and food choices were made seamless. I can't wait to go on another Exodus trip next year. Thanks for the wonderful experience!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I have a theology background and world religions are my interest. The Hindu, Muslim and Sikh Temples were spiritually significant to me. The Camel ride was super cool too.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was vigilant about our safely and that we were all happy. In a diverse group, that can be a challenge. What I liked was the special added things to the itinerary that were delightful, like the cow hospital and the motorcycle shrine. These are what makes India a fascinating place. The small things. I feel our trip leader one we would like those places.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It's just a great intro to India.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Now that I've done the leisure tour, I know I can take a tour that involves more walking or hiking. As an American I thought our British tour companions were fun and funny and added a different perspective. I enjoyed traveling with non Americans!

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

 

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