RCGS Northern India

RCGS: Highlights of Northern India with Jeff Fuchs

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Group size:
4–16
Min age:
16

An adventure travel legends are made of…

Unveil the topsy-turvy wonders, spiritual treasures, and colourful eccentricities of India in the company of celebrated Himalayan explorer, tea purveyor, and award-winning author Jeff Fuchs. Recently voted one of the country’s Greatest Explorers and longtime resident of Shangri-La in the Himalayas, Fuchs was the first documented westerner to have travelled by foot the legendary Tea Horse Road.

Delve into another world as you discover the ancient cities and temples, unique wildlife and fascinating culture of Northern India. From snake charmers, bejeweled palaces and ancient ghost cities, to Buddhist blessings, jungle tigers and the Taj Mahal, each moment is a feast for the senses! Journey to Ranthambore and go wild on game drives in search of elusive tigers. Go beyond life as you know it in the extraordinary spirituality city of Varanasi where thousands of Hindu pilgrims come to soak in the holy waters of the Ganges. Pilgrimage to time-honored Agra and enjoy a sunrise visit to the serene white marble Taj Mahal. Shop for teas, woven rugs, precious stones, and other handicrafts in the bustling bazaars of Jaipur. Slip away from the buzz of the crowds for some quiet moments of contemplation over a cup of tea, complete with insider knowledge and captivating stories from Fuchs. As the host of the award-winning "Tea Explorer" documentary, undeniably you'll be introduced to some of the region's finest teas.

Highlights

  • Sunrise pilgrimage to the Taj Mahal.
  • Search for the elusive tiger.
  • Cruise along the holy Ganges River.
  • Feast on delectable local cuisine and sip on celebrated teas.
  • Stories and insights from celebrated Himalayan explorer, tea purveyor, and award-winning author, Jeff Fuchs.

Key information

  • 7 nights hotels, all en suite, 1 night air-conditioned sleeper train and 1 domestic flight
  • Group normally 4 - 15, plus Royal Canadian Geographic Society guide and local leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by air-conditioned private bus, train, and domestic flight 
  • Countries visited: India

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 1 lunch included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailor made trips:
020 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

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

Delhi
to
Delhi
  • Day 1

    Start Delhi; transfer to Jaipur.

    A local representative will meet clients at the start hotel. Once everyone has arrived we will then depart on the drive to Jaipur, which may take between 5-7 hours depending upon traffic conditions.

    Standard Hotel

  • Day 2

    Visit City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal and the Amber Fort; free time for exploring.

    Built in the late 18th century, Jaipur is a planned city of broad avenues built of sandstone and painted pink at a later stage. We visit the City Palace in the centre of Jaipur, formerly the residence of the Maharaja, 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. We then visit the impressive and splendid Amber Fort, a few miles from the main city, rising above a lake. 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 anything!
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    To Ranthambore; afternoon game drive in search of elusive tiger.

    We wind our way through the villages of rural India to Ranthambore Tiger Reserve (approx. 5 hr drive); we stay in a hotel not far from the park entrance and make 2 game drives into the park, one in the late afternoon and one the following morning. Ranthambore is one of India's tiger reserves under Project Tiger. After initial success, poaching has drastically reduced the tiger population and the chance of spotting a tiger is small, but many Exodus groups have seen tigers over the last few years. There is other wildlife to spot such as several species of deer, crocodiles and bird life including purple heron, kingfishers, cormorants, parakeets, jacanda, waders and partridges.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Morning game drive; drive to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri.

    In the morning we take our second game drive, trying to find that elusive tiger, before we start our journey to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri is the Emperor Akbar's deserted royal city. This impressive and well-preserved citadel became his capital in 1571, after the blessing of a local Moslem 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. But 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. This is another very full but rewarding day. Total driving time approx. 7 hrs.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Visit the incredible Taj Mahal and Agra Fort; overnight train to Varanasi.

    Today we will rise early to visit the beautiful white marble Taj Mahal at sunrise which was 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 the 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. Later in the day we will transfer to Agra train station and join the overnight sleeper train to Varanasi.

    Sleeper Train

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Relax and enjoy the wonders of Varanasi.

    We arrive in Varanasi during the morning and transfer to our hotel. Varanasi, located on the river Ganges, is one of the holiest cities in India and stands at the centre of the Hindu Universe. As such, the city lives and breathes Hinduism: there are thousands of pilgrims, wandering holy men (Sadhus), religious elders and casual visitors. It is a city to get immersed in by exploring its maze of narrow lanes and the many temples and watching the Hindu ceremonies that take place around the clock. There is time to explore the emporiums specialising in silks and brocades or maybe take a massage by the banks of the Ganges. Your leader can organise various optional sightseeing trips during your 2 days here.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Dawn boat ride on the Ganges visiting the bathing ghats; afternoon flight to Delhi.

    Just before dawn, we take a boat out on the Ganges to witness the extraordinary spectacle on the ghats, the steps leading down to the river. Every day thousands of Hindu pilgrims come to these three miles of riverbank to soak in the holy waters.  This afternoon we fly back to Delhi.  

    Standard hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Delhi free day or optional sightseeing

    Today you are free to relax or explore the sites of New and Old Delhi (an optional sightseeing trip will be organised if you wish). Recommended sites are the Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate, Jama Masjid (India's largest mosque), Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) and Raj Ghat. For last minute shopping, we recommend the market area of Chandni Chowk or Karol Bagh. 
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    End Delhi.

    Those on the flight inclusive package will depart for the airport this morning for the daytime flight back to London; Land Only arrangements will finish after check-out from the hotel.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

India

Visas are required if you are British and for most other nationalities. For UK residents full details of the visa process can be found here. Other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies.

If your trip visits Ladakh, in the very north of India, or Sikkim in the northeast, do not mention this on your Indian visa application. This can sometimes slow down or even cause the embassy to reject your visa.

When you reach immigration, you are required to pick up an immigration form. If you have an e-visa, ensure you stand in the correct queue - please follow the signs to the e-visa booth (in Delhi this is at the back of the immigration hall). You will need to fill out an additional form at the booth - please make sure that you have the details of your start hotel ready (these details can be found on your Final Joining Instructions).

 

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, therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. 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 and 1 lunch are included in this trip.

India is famous for its food and there is ample chance to try various curries such as the familiar tandoori, biriyani and rogan josh. If you are a vegetarian, India is a great destination. There are wonderful desserts and excellent beers, soft drinks and Indian specialities such as lassi, a refreshing yoghurt drink.

You should allow at least 1300 - 2300 INR (approx. CAD$24-44, US$20 - US$34, GBP£15-25) per day for lunch and dinner. You can eat out very cheaply in India, but if you go to the more expensive restaurants most of the time, you will spend more than the suggested amount. In most of the towns there is a good choice of restaurants and a choice between Indian and Western food. Please note that service in restaurants can be quite slow. Tea and soft drinks are very cheap. A (large!) bottle of beer is approximately 370 INR (approx. CAD$7, US$5, GBP£4).

Mineral water is widely available, but drinking water is provided in a large container in the bus in order to reduce our use of plastic, so please bring your own water bottle with you to refill. 

Weather

From February to April, the days are normally warm or hot and nights cool or mild. Humidity is very low and little, or no rain can be expected.

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely)

This holiday is designed so that you can see the best parts of Northern India in a short period of time. Therefore this is generally a fast-paced itinerary and please bear in mind that once everyone has arrived in Delhi we will then depart on the drive to Jaipur, which may take between 5-7 hours depending upon traffic conditions. We recommend an extra night in Delhi at the start of the trip if you'd prefer not to do this journey after your flight.

You should be prepared for some long days and some early starts. The times stated in the trip notes are actual driving times and do not include photo, tea, comfort or lunch breaks. Journeys can sometimes take longer due to local traffic or road damage after the monsoon. During December and January departures, fog is common and this can sometimes slow us down. These departures may also experience severe train delays or cancellations. If a severe delay occurs, the group will travel overnight on a private comfortable bus instead. In the rare event of not being able to travel by bus at night because of severe fog, and flying is also not an option, we have an alternative itinerary in place where we visit Bharatpur, Deeg Palace and Mathura instead of Varanasi. However, this scenario is rare.

There is a lot to see in the time you are in India, 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 this is one of the few places in the world from where you will return armed with great stories and memories to last a lifetime.

Please note that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is 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.

 

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
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020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Hotels and Overnight Train

7 nights hotels, 1 night air-conditioned sleeper train.
The hotels used are heritage and haveli style (4-5 star, local rating). All rooms have en suite facilities. The services and facilities available vary from one establishment to another.
Single accommodation excludes sleeper train.
Overnight train
These are booked in 2-tier (or 3-tier if 2-tier is not available) sleeper A/C. There are many excellent trains in India but the standard of seating and sleeping is not in line with European standards. Indian trains are safe to travel on but we recommend that you keep valuables with you at all times. Snacks are often offered on board (at an additional cost). Whilst some trains have western-style facilities, the majority of services are equipped with squat toilets.

 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
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020 8772 3874
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Experts

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed April 2019
    Kevin Munns

    You certainly won’t forget it

    The most appropriate comment I read before booking the trip, which turned out to be true, was “not for the faint-hearted”. Amen to that. It certainly was a memorable trip, but its probably an itinerary best suited to an 11 or 12 day tour, but crammed into 9 instead. I’m sure Exodus have a great angle on the market by doing so much in a trip that people only need to take a week off work for, but the 7 hour drive after landing for people who booked the group flight, three sunrise starts, another 5am arrival after a night on the train, all added together is a bit much for some people. What we saw was life-changing in lots of ways, especially the evening aarti ceremony in Varanasi, but who knows what else we would have noticed with a bit more sleep!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The aarti ceremony in Varanasi, an optional extra suggested by our excellent guide, was truly something that forced you to put your camera down and try to make sense of what was happening. Lots of other moments were incredible too, the Taj Mahal, walking aroung Jaipur for the first time, the Amber Fort outside Agra, etc etc

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader was excellent. It was the end of the season and he had probably done a trip too many by this time, but his experience showed through at key moments, and made the trip for us. For example, advising us not to look towards the Taj Mahal before reaching the main gate, (the opposite of what the local guide was telling us), his knowledge of the best dishes in the restaurants we went in, recommending the aarti festival in Varanasi, sorting out sleeping arrangements on a train with 7 people in two carriages at one end of the train and 5 i a carriage at the opposite end.. the list goes on

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    At the very least book one extra night in Delhi before the tour starts, or do what we did and book two. Don’t take the group flight.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The tailor-made extensions which we added were absolutely excellent. Forget having a Goa extension (how many beach resorts in the world are there better than India, and why would you choose even a good one when you knew it would be full of Indian men?), have a 4 or 5 day Udaipur extension instead, with a few optional activities, but lots of time to walk around the old town as well and absorb the incredible atmosphere there.
  • Reviewed April 2019
    Jo Browning

    Fabulous trip

    A full-on, fast moving trip with many highlights and a fabulous introduction to Northern India - its sites, sounds, colour, culture, hospitality, food and so much more.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Taj Mahal at sunrise does not disappoint but the evening prayer ceremony at Varanasi was truly inspirational - impossible to explain but I am still taking it all in one month later.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ajay made our trip. A shining example of Indian hospitality and courtesy. He wanted to make our holiday the best it could be for us. He was a master at keeping us on the move, without feeling too rushed, and at juggling itineraries to make every second count. He had fabulous knowledge, endless patience, great sense of humour and definitely went 'the extra mile' to make our visit so enjoyable. Thanks, Ajay

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be realistic - some things (weather, public transport) are beyond the leader/itinerary's control. Go with an open mind and you will see and experience masses. I took sterling and it was easy to change at hotels. Take binoculars for the game drives.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    An amazing trip...
  • Reviewed March 2019
    Jane Bellworthy

    Guides make this type of trip

    Our guide Naveen Bazaz was simply brilliant. Knowledgeable, a good listener meaning everything we wanted to do he found a way for us to do it, a great planner/organiser. Excellent English speaker and very welcome since my Hindi is non-existent. I fell and hurt my ankle quite badly just as I was meeting the group. The help I received from Naveen was brilliant as it was from my fellow travellers. Out of the 11 on the trip, one was a nurse and one a physio. Whenever we came across some steps, one of the group would be there to help me. Thank you everyone. It was a fantastic group and I am sure I speak for all in that we gelled well and enjoyed each others company. Overall, the best holiday of this type I have ever had, despite the pain in the ankle!! Thank you.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing tigers on two separate occasions. Boat trip on the ganges and placing memorials of flowers, with tea lights, on the water. Very atmospheric. Eating in a street food restaurant.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Simply exceptional. I can't emphasize enough how good he was.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes, definitely! Take a water bottle with a covered drinking aperture and even then rinse in boiling water once or twice during your trip. I feel this is why I didn't suffer from 'Delhi Belly'. If you buy water and it is sealed still pour into your own water bottle. Take a swimming costume! All hotels have pools and a swim after travelling was wonderful.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would certainly go with Exodus again. in fact they would be my tour guide of choice from now on. Thank you everyone.
  • Reviewed March 2019
    Caroline Foster

    Excellent Tour

    Loved every minute of this tour. The guide very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone of any age age wanting to see India.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The boat trip on the Ganges, the evening one especially as the ceremony was just an experience I will never forget. Trying street-food and just having our guide walk us through the streets of Varanasi was amazing.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was just a joy to listen to and I learnt so much from him. He was very helpful and got our whole group together so much that we have all become friends.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared and enjoy the experience.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thank you so much to Naveen Bazaz for everything he did and making this trip for me most enjoyable.
  • Reviewed March 2019
    Samantha Cook

    Taj and Tigers!

    If you're short on time but want to see the key 3 of the Taj Mahal, Tigers and Varanasi this is the trip for you.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Two very big highlights - the beautiful Taj Mahal at dawn and being lucky enough to see 7 tigers in Ranthambore NP.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Naveen is an excellent guide and just a genuinely nice person. He dealt admirably with our mixed aged group and it felt like he was one of us and not just the tour leader.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for a fast paced tour! It's not a physically demanding trip but in order to see Varanasi, Agra, Tigers and Delhi in such a short space of time there are many hours spent in a coach and many early starts. However the rewards and sights you see are definitely worth the effort!
  • Reviewed February 2019
    Evelyn Alpert

    Amazing!

    This is a fabulous trip for those wanting to begin knowing and understanding India. We were a very small group of only 7 and our guide Krishna was exceptional. I could have done without the overnight train, but I suppose it is part of the experience, and you will survive it (bring earplugs!). I combined this trip with the tiger safari, which was a perfect way to experience different kinds of India. I hope to get back to India soon again, and won’t hesitate to go with Exodus!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Varanasi without a doubt!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Krishna is the best leader ever! He’s knowledgeable, helpful, funny, energetic, and he treated us like grownups. He would offer us opportunities to do things “out of the box” which inevitably turned out to be fun with more local flavor. He’s a treasure and you should try to travel with him!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Check the weather! It was much cooler than I expected, based on everyone telling me how hot India is.
  • Reviewed January 2019
    Annie (Ann) Railton

    Never again!

    Having done the colours of Rajasthan in 2014 I was not expecting a lot from this trip as I had seen most of the major sites before, however a last minute illness stopped my friend from going so I did travel anyway. I have to say I was more than disappointed with the standards of the hotels, I can’t say given a choice again I would stay at anyone of them. There was also a great lack of down time, as a matter of fact there wasn’t any, it seemed like a very rushed trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting home!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Gaj was helpful, friendly, not terribly informative, a lot of the specific sites we had other more local guides which was fine who always had a little extra to take us to, like a shop/factory.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I have travelled a number of times with Exodus and have recommended them to friends but I think you have this trip wrong, very wrong. A long flight from the UK followed by a flight to Varanasi the next day followed by an uncomfortable and frankly unpleasant overnight train ride to Agra was just too much. Too much in too short a time. I think I need to start looking at other providers.
  • Reviewed December 2018
    Be Clough

    Excellent

    A great taylor made trip, maximum of two nights in anyone place, most (2 exceptions) of the guides were absolutely excellent, one driver for all but the first 4 days. Good hotels.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The highlight for me was the Pushkar camel festival and on hindsight I would have had another day here.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had different guides in each location with lots of local knowledge

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Not a lot to do on an evening once you’ve eaten, take lots of reading
  • Reviewed December 2018
    Joe Crook

    Excellent introduction to India

    Delhi to Jaipur for Pink Fort Jaipur to Ranthambore to see a tiger - and YES, we did see a tiger, plus crocodiles and other stunning scenery and wildlife. Ranthambore to Agra - Taj Mahal - I thought I would be indifferent to this but was blown away - the visit takes you there at sunrise - before the worst of the crowds - stunning. Agra to Varanasi by overnight train - the train was a bit of a shock to the system but delivered us safely. Evening boat trip on the Ganges to see the funeral pyres and the religious ceremonies - thought-provoking and moving. Morning boat trip on a much quieter Ganges - Awe Inspiring - take the time to stop and think about where you are - and what this place means to so many millions of people - sunrise over the Ganges, from ON the Ganges - very profound moment. Another overnight train back to Delhi - we knew what to expect this time so less of a shock. Sadly train was delayed so the planned 12 hour trip took 20 - but the scenery is interesting.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Floating on the Ganges watching the sun rise over the Ganges - I am not a person of faith, but I was struck and genuinely moved by how lucky I was to witness an event that would be life-affirming to countless millions of others.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jatin - the fixer. Never flustered. Never impatient. ALWAYS with a solution - a real professional. Plus, warm and generous, well informed and very informative. Your first visit to India can be a daunting experience. Jatin was a reassuring and comforting presence, and, simply, a very nice man.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Arrive a day early. Many in our tour alighted from a 7 or 8 hour flight from the UK and got straight onto a 5 to 7 hour bus trip..... I'm very glad we had day and a night in Delhi before setting off on that one. Also, ensure you take plenty of anti-septic hand gel with you. I really don't know if they saved us from 'Delhi-belly' but if nothing else, it gives you great peace of mind.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I'm rather disappointed that when Exodus organised a transfer from the airport to the hotel, they charged me £41. When the hotel arranged a taxi back to the airport at the end of the holiday it cost 900 or 100 rupees - £9 or £10. I'm prepared to pay a little over the odds for the reassurance of being met and helped to find a car, but £41 does still feel at least twice what I think would be fair.
  • Ronish Baxter at Agra Tour

    I, Ronish Baxter was on Agra Tour in month of September, 2018. I like the place agra on the basis of heritage. There are a lot of old and ancient places to visit such as Taj Mahal, Buland Darwaza any more. I think if a person is religious then also anyone can go for agra tour because neat by Agra there is Vrindavan and Mathura where we can do our religious deed. As, we know Agra is famous for Taj Mahal which is in the list of seven wonders of the world.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visit to Taj Mahal and I felt like heaven. It is true that it is Wonder of the world. White Marble, Awesome. No words to express my feeling.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was good and co-operative.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes, anyone can go for. It is economical and safe.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thanks for this pleasant trip ~Ronish Baxter

Dates & Prices

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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