Tailormade: India Explored

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Explore India and it's beautiful cities

Treat this sample itinerary as inspiration, your trip can be created specifically for you by one of our Tailormade experts and we will help you choose how you wish to travel through this destination. Maybe add in an extra day’s sightseeing, take time out to relax or we can change accommodation to your budget. It will be your adventure, your way!

Northern India conjures up memorable and colourful images of turbans, saris, flavoursome curries and rickshaws. We visit the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, home to the wonderful former Maharaja's Palace and the splendid hilltop Amber Fort. Agra and the serene Taj Mahal are not to be missed and fully live up to expectations. The imposing forts of Jodhpur and Jaipur bear testament to the battles that once raged here, whilst the palaces in Udaipur and the Taj offer a softer side to North India's rich history.

Highlights

  • Jodhpur
  • Visit Udaipur, the most romantic city in India
  • Explore Jaipur, the Pink City
  • Experience the Taj Mahal at sunrise
  • Visit Haridwar

What's included

  • All international flights, taxes, baggage etc.
  • All accommodation in India a on bed and breakfast basis
  • Private transfers throughout the trip
  • Local English speaking guides at each destination
  • Sightseeing tours as detailed in the itinerary
  • 1st class train upgrade from Delhi to Jodhpur

What's not included

  • Drinks and other meals not mentioned
  • Any early Check-in or Late Check-out throughout the tour
  • Any visas required
  • Optional activities and other services than mentioned
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips for local guide/driver/porters, Travel insurance
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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

  • Day 1

    Depart UK

    Overnight flights to Delhi depart this afternoon.

  • Day 2

    Arrive in Delhi

    Welcome to Delhi!

    Upon arrival you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel.

     

    Accommodation: Taj Princess Hotel

  • Day 3

    Sightseeing in Old Delhi. Overnight train to Jodhpur

    We arrive in Delhi in the morning where we will transfer to our hotel. We delve into the hustle and bustle of Delhi with our tour guide. Today we have a morning sightseeing in Old Delhi including the famous Red Fort and Jama Masjid (India's largest mosque). In New Delhi we see the fine colonial buildings, as we drive through the area, built by the British Raj in the early years of the 20th century and set in spa-cious tree-lined boulevards; these now house various Indian governmental departments. Later in evening transfer to railway station to catch train to Jodhpur by Mewar Exp Dep: 21:15Hrs Arr: 07:50Hrs.

     

    Accommodation: Overnight Train (1st Class)

  • Day 4

    Jodhpur

    In the morning, we reach Jodhpur and drive to the hotel for check-in. In afternoon, we visit Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada.

    Mehrangarh, located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, is one of the largest forts in India. Built around 1460 by Rao Jodha, the fort is situated 410 feet above the city and is enclosed by imposing thick walls.

    The Jaswant Thada is a cenotaph built by Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur State in 1899 in memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.

     

    Accommodation: Sri Ram International

  • Day 5

    Udaipur

    We drive to Udaipur in the morning and visit Ranakpur on route. Known as 'The Pearl of Rajasthan', the 'City of Sunrise' and 'Venice of the East', Udaipur is a beautiful place regarded by both Indians and travellers as the most ro-mantic city in India.

    A free evening to enjoy the sights of the city.

     

    Accommodation: Paras Mahal

  • Day 6

    Udaipur Sightseeing

    We spend the morning visiting the City Palace and Jagdish Temple, with a huge black stone image of Jagannath, an aspect of Lord Vish-nu. If time allows it may be possible to visit the gardens of Gulab Bag or take a boat trip on the lake. The afternoon is free to enjoy this evocative city.

     

    Accommodation: Paras Mahal

  • Day 7

    Drive to Jaipur

    We drive to the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur (approx. 5‐6 hrs). Rajah Jai Singh decided to abandon his nearby fortress and palace at Amber in 1727 and laid out a planned city of broad avenues, built of sandstone and painted pink at a later stage. The 'Pink City of Jaipur' is one of the most attractive and
    colourful cities in India. We check into the hotel for the evening.

     

    Accommodation: Heritage Palace

  • Day 8

    Jaipur Sightseeing

    Today we explore Jaipur, returning to the hotel after lunch. In the centre of Jaipur is one of the most intriguing sights of India, the observatory of Jai Singh. This is an assembly of immense astronomical instruments, including the world's largest sundial at 27m tall and just two seconds out! Others are made of marble and brass and all provide some fantastic photo opportunities. A few miles from the main city is the splendid Amber Palace, rising above a lake. The imposing hilltop fort contains large courtyards and interiors with fine decoration. The rest of the day is free for relaxing, exploring or shopping. Jaipur is a centre of many handicrafts, such as wooden and cloth puppets, carved wooden camels, silver trinkets, durries (woven rugs), carpets, printed cloth, semi‐precious stones, leatherwear etc.; it will be difficult to leave a workshop without buying anything! Brightly coloured Indian clothing, bangles and bindis can be found at the markets, as well as turbans for boys (people will happily show you how to put one on!) There is also the option to visit Chokhi Dhani later in the afternoon; a purpose‐ built village that captures the vibrant spirit of Rajasthan, with folk music, dancing, puppet shows, fire acts, magic shows, camel rides and a traditional Rajasthani dinner.

     

    Accommodation: Heritage Palace

  • Day 9

    Drive to Agra

    In the morning, we drive to Agra which is approximately 4 hours, 240km. We visit Fatehpur Sikri en-route and have an afternoon free to relax in the city. Once the capital of Mughal India, Agra is well known for its architecture, most famously the exquisite Taj Mahal. As we enter Agra we will visit Sikandra, the emperor Akbar's mausoleum and, if time, the Itimad-ud-Daulah. These are both early Mughal monuments that allow us to see the developing skills and techniques that eventually produced the incomparable Taj.

     

    Accommodation: Taj Villas

  • Day 10

    Taj Mahal Sunrise and the Red Fort

    Rising early, we will finally make our long awaited visit to the Taj, undoubtedly the jewel in the crown of the Mughal dynasty. The Taj was built by Shah Jahan as a memorial to enshrine the body of his favourite wife, Mumtaz. Seen in the gentle early morning light it is at its best, and the gardens are quiet and free of the crowds who will arrive later in the day.

    We visit Red Fort in the afternoon. Agra Fort is a historical fort in the city of Agra in India. It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty till 1638, when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi. The Agra fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    The evening is free to enjoy the Pink City.

     

    Accommodation: Taj Villas

  • Day 11

    Train to Haridwar

    In the morning, we catch a train from Agra to Haridwar by Ujjain Exp Dep: 10:52Hrs Arr: 21:00Hr.

    Transfer to hotel in Haridwar.

     

    Accommodation: Ganga Lahari Hotel

  • Day 12

    Day trip to Rishikesh Ram

    Morning day trip to visit Rishikesh Ram. Laxman Julla is an iron suspension bridge across the river Ganges, located 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) north-east from the town Rishikesh in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The bridge connects the Sivananda Nagar area of Muni Ki Reti in Tehri Garhwal district to Swargashram in Pauri Garhwal district crossing the river from west to east. Built in the year 1986, the bridge is one of the iconic landmarks of Rishikesh. In afternoon, visit Jar Ki Pauri and witness the Aarti ceremony on the Ganges.

     

    Accommodation: Ganga Lahari Hotel

  • Day 13

    Train to Delhi

    In the early morning, we catch a train to Delhi by NDLS Shatabdi Dep: 06:22Hrs Arr: 11:15Hrs. We transfer to Taj Princess Hotel upon arrival in Delhi.

    It is a free afternoon to enjoy the city.

     

    Accommodation: Taj Princess Hotel

  • Day 14

    Free day in Delhi

    A free day in Delhi. An optional sightseeing trip to Qutab Minar and Himmayun tomb can be arranged. Qutub Minar is a minaret that forms part of the Qutb complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Mehrauli area of Delhi. Humayun's tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's first wife and chief consort, Empress Bega Begum, in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect chosen by her.

     

    Accommodation: Taj Princess Hotel

  • Day 15

    Depart Delhi. Arrive in UK

    Your trip ends today. You will be transferred to Delhi Airport for your international flight home.

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

11 breakfasts

13 lunches

9 dinners

Weather

Northern India

Is this trip for you?

There’s a world of life-changing experiences out there, and all our trips are hand-crafted to showcase the best, wherever you’re headed. But what happens if you want to take a detour? Linger a while longer? Or want something completely unique to you? With Exodus’ Tailormade Adventures we can tailor almost any holiday to suit you, creating a bespoke adventure. Every element can be tailored to suit your requirements: we can sort flights and hotel upgrades, extra nights, regional departures, beach extensions, stop overs and more. 

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Accommodation

Tailormade Accommodation

Whether the destination is more important than the accommodation, or you would like to overnight in comfort, our Tailormade team can offer a wide variety of accommodation options from camping and village houses, to some of the finest hotels around. We do this so we can offer accommodation to suit every budget. The team will listen to your requirements to insure we find the right accommodation to suit you.

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020 8772 3936
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+44 (0)20 8772 3874

Experts

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Dates & Prices

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Send us your requirements and we will create your bespoke itinerary just for you. To speak to one of our dedicated tailormade team, simply enter your details below and tell us when it’s convenient for you.  

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]

 

* Please note:  Tailormade adventures don’t have scheduled departures – you choose to travel on the dates that suit you. The exact cost per person will depend on your dates of travel and your chosen inclusions but for the itinerary shown based on October departures we estimate £1909 per person. To find out how much your perfect adventure would be, call our team for an exact quote on 0208 772 3874.

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