12 day Highlights of North India

12 day Highlights of North India tour including return international flights, accommodation, breakfast daily, in-depth sightseeing, tour guides and more

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  • 12 day Highlights of North India tour with flights
  • 12 day Highlights of North India tour with flights
  • 12 day Highlights of North India tour with flights
  • 12 day Highlights of North India tour with flights
  • 12 day Highlights of North India tour with flights
  • 12 day Highlights of North India tour with flights
  • 12 day Highlights of North India tour with flights
 

Highlights

 

Experience an unmissable 12 day Highlights of Rajasthan tour! Marvel at the beauty of the region’s diverse landscapes and learn the history of this cultured and treasured land, all with the knowledge and guidance of expert guides.

Start your journey in India’s capital, Delhi, a major gateway to the country. Enjoy local cuisine, see the Red Fort and the President’s residence, the Rashtrapati Bhawan. After some epic sightseeing, board your sleeper train onward to Varanasi. Enjoy some free time upon your arrival before heading to the Daswamedha Ghat along the River Ganges to witness the special Hindu Aarti ceremony performed.

Make your way to Agra and be awed as you walk inside the famous Taj Mahal. Pass through Karauli and Abhaneri before arriving into Jaipur, known as the Pink City – visit Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort and City Palace and be blown away by the history and incredible architecture.

Your package includes return international airfares, accommodation, dedicated tour guide, breakfast daily, sightseeing, entrance fees and more! See full Inclusions here.

 

 
 

Day 1: New Zealand – airplane-takeoff – Delhi 

Depart New Zealand today on your flight to Delhi (please note, some flight may depart 1 day before). You will arrive at New Delhi International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Delhi –train-icon– Varanasi (B)

Today we head out on a full day to explore Delhi. Begin your day with a guided tour of the Old City of ‘Shahjahanabad’. Your introduction to the city will start with a visit to Raj Ghat – the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, drive past the Red Fort—the magical monument in red sandstone built at the pinnacle of the Mughal Empire. From here proceed by bicycle rickshaws through the bustling streets of Old Delhi to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in Asia built by Shahjahan.

Later today we visit Humayun’s tomb, the first great example of a new distinctive style which developed to become the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty. We also drive past the imposing India Gate (War Memorial Arch), the Parliament buildings and the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President’s residence) before enjoying one of Delhi’s most incredible Sikh Temples.

After sightseeing, we make our way to the train station to board our overnight sleeper train to Varanasi. No trip the India is complete without experiencing a train journey! You can safely forget media images of overcrowded suburban trains with people sitting on the roof. On a long distance train in an air-conditioned carriage all seats are reserved and it’s a safe, civilised & comfortable way to get around India. 

Day 3: Varanasi (B)

This morning, the train arrives early into Varanasi. Upon arrival, you will be met at the Railway Station and assisted by transfer to the hotel. Rooms aren’t available until 2PM, however bags may be left at reception. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before enjoying free time to explore Varanasi. This evening head to the Daswamedha Ghat along the River Ganges to witness the special Hindu Aarti ceremony performed.

Day 4: Varanasi – train-icon– Agra (B)

This morning we take a boat cruise on the Ganges to soak in the vibrant colour and life of Varanasi (subject to water levels). An early morning boat ride presents an incredible scene as the multitudes of devotees come to the river to pay homage to the Sun God. Pass the bathing ghats where thousands of pilgrims immerse themselves in the holy water of the Ganges River and the burning ghats where cremations are conducted. On our return we visit the bazaars (local market) and Kashi Vishwanath Temple – the most sacred of the shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. We then return to the hotel for breakfast. Following breakfast we visit Samath, the site where Lord Buddha had preached his first sermon enshrining the principles of his teaching. There is then free time before we return to the train station to board an overnight sleeper to Agra.

Day 5: Agra (B)

This morning, the train arrives early into Agra. Upon arrival, you will be met at the Railway Station and assisted by transfer to the hotel. Rooms aren’t available until 2PM, however bags may be left at reception. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before enjoying free time to explore Agra. This afternoon, we head out for the big one! The Taj Mahal, for a spectacle not to be missed. There is plenty of time to explore the grounds of the Taj Mahal

After, explore the Agra (Red) Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and the seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. 

Day 6: Agra – Karauli (B)

Today we leave Agra for Karauli. Karauli is a district and town in the state of Rajasthan. An old princely-state, it has an old fort and several palaces with some very attractive frescoes and jaalis. Although off the beaten track, it is well worth a visit. Here we learn about Lord Krishna and visit the City Palace and Madan Mohan Ji Temple.

Day 7: Karauli – Abhaneri – Jaipur (B)

After breakfast, we head to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur en-route visiting the famous Abheneri Step Well. Abhaneri was originally named Abha Nagri, which means “city of brightness,” but due to mispronunciation, the name was changed. The city is now in ruins, but it attracts tourists from across the globe. Abhaneri is prominent for ‘Baoris’, step wells which were invented by the natives to harvest rain water. We then continue on to Jaipur.

Day 8: Jaipur (B)

An exciting day awaits you as begin your sightseeing tour with a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) – a five-storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Continue your tour as we drive to the ancient capital of Amer to see the fabulous Amber Fort situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur city, surrounded by fortified battlements. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. This afternoon, enjoy some free time.

Day 9: Jaipur (B)

Today, enjoy a tour of the Pink City, an “abode of rajahs” on a guided heritage walk. After, return to the hotel and enjoy some free time for your own activities.

Day 10: Jaipur – Delhi (B)

Today we make the journey back to Delhi. India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds – the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers, the remnants of a bygone time, in the form of its many monuments, stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. 

Day 11: Delhi – airplane-takeoff– New Zealand (B)

After breakfast, the rest of the morning is at leisure. You will be met at your hotel by our representative and assisted with your transfer to the international airport for your onward flight home.

Day 12: New Zealand

Arrive home in New Zealand today.

 

 

 

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international airfares with a full service airline
  • Return airport transfers and meet & greet at the airport
  • 11 nights standard (3*) accommodation on a twin share basis in comfortable, well positioned hotels or choose to upgrade to deluxe (3-4*) accommodation including 2 night on-board sleeper trains in air conditioned sleeper class
  • Breakfast daily
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transportation
  • The services of a professional English speaking tour guide throughout entire tour
  • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary

Highlights:

  • Explore in and around the grounds of the Taj Mahal
  • View the Red Fort, Old Delhi and the sacred Raj Ghat of Delhi
  • Travel to spiritual Varanasi and witness the incredible Ghat ceremonies
  • Immerse yourself in Rajasthan’s capital, Jaipur
 

Fine Print

 

How To Book: 

To book your Tour:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time
  • Full payment is required at the time of purchase

Deposit Information: 

  • A deposit of $199 per person are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date.
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage.
  • Final Payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment.
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable. 
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Documentation: 

Documentation will be provided 30 days prior to travel, including E-Ticket instructions, hotel confirmation, itinerary extension & optional tour confirmation (where applicable) and destination travel tips.

Single Supplement: 

Standard – $289 per person in addition to the twin share price
Deluxe – $599 per person in addition to the twin share price

You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here 

Group Size: 

Standard: 2 – 35 people
Deluxe: 2 – 35 people

Triple Share: Not available

Land Only: To purchase this tour as land only (no flights) please click here 

Coach Transportation: Where group sizes are not sufficient to use a full-sized coach, we reserve the right to use a smaller coach on the same level of comfort.

Accommodation: 

The accommodation listed below may be subject to change, but will remain of a similar or higher standard. Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed.

3* Standard:

Delhi: Sunstar Grand or similar
Trains: 2nd Class air-conditioned sleeper
Varanasi: Meradan Grand or similar
Agra: Crystal Inn or similar
Karauli: Bhanwar Niwas Palace or similar
Jaipur: Ibis or similar
Delhi (last night): City Park Airport or similar

3-4* Deluxe:

Delhi: Radisson Blu Pashim or similar
Trains: 2nd Class air-conditioned sleeper
Varanasi: Grapevine or similar
Agra: Hotel Ramada or similar
Karauli: Bhanwar Niwas Palace or similar – Please note, there is limited choice of hotels in Karauli, therefore Deluxe and Standard tours utilise the same property.
Jaipur: The Lalit or similar
Delhi (last night): Hotel the Pride Aerocity or similar

Child Price: Same price as adults – Minimum age 2 years

Tipping:

At the start of your tour:

Through our experience we have found that our travellers are often confused, frustrated or embarrassed about tipping, especially if they are unsure of the correct etiquette in the country they are visiting.  To overcome this, we have established an on-tour ‘Tipping Kitty’. Upon meeting your tour guide, they will discuss the idea of having a group pooled kitty, where everyone contributes an equal share. This is to cover small tips made along the way to local services such as porters, railway station assistants (if applicable), restaurants (included meals only), toilet stops,  tips to shoe keepers during temple and monument visit. Your guide will collect this amount at the start of your tour and tip the intended recipient’s on your behalf allowing you to enjoy your experience more freely.

The amount to budget for on this trip for the kitty is: INR 2350 per person

Please note that this doesn’t cover a tip for your tour leader & driver.

Towards the end of your tour:

If you have enjoyed the knowledge, service and expertise of your tour guide and driver a tip (while not compulsory) is appropriate towards the end of your tour. While it may not be customary in New Zealand, tipping is entrenched into many cultures especially within the tourism industry globally. It helps reward and inspire excellent service. The following is provided to assist our guests, but we leave the decision to provide a gratuity entirely at their discretion:

The group leader: Our past guests have left gratuities based on their overall service of INR 5310 per person for the full tour

The driver & assistant:  Our past guests have left gratuities based on their overall service of INR 1770 per person for the full tour

Gratuities aren’t compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. Your guide will hand around two envelopes towards the end of the tour (1 Tour Guide and 1 Driver envelope) to make the process as easy as possible.

Tour Excludes: 

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Personal Expenses 
  • Anything not mentioned or ‘optional’ in the itinerary
  • Tipping

Exchanging Money: When exchanging New Zealand dollars into Indian Rupees or withdrawing funds from an ATM while in India, always retain the transaction receipt. You may be required to present the receipt as proof of withdrawal if purchasing items with cash.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with great value Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

 

 

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable.

 

Travel Dates

 

2018

9 September 2018
23 September 2018*
14 October 2018
28 October 2018
11 November 2018
25 November 2018

2019

10 February 2019
24 February 2019
10 March 2019**
24 March 2019**
21 April 2019*
19 May 2019
30 June 2019*
18 August 2019
15 September 2019
29 September 2019*
13 October 2019
27 October 2019
17 November 2019

Surcharges may apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details

*$200 per person surcharge applies 

**$600 per person surcharge applies

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BUY NOW button

 

 

Flight Information

 

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfares from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch with China Southern or similar 
  • Including minimum 23kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. 
  • Flights cannot be used one-way only 

Flights:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before the itinerary and involve up to 2 transits. These changes are beyond our control and are subject to availability and airline schedule changes.
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing. Passport Details are also required at time of booking in order to confirm your flights.
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable.
  • Flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure, along with final documentation.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules.

Schedule Changes: 

  • Airline schedule changes or cancellations can happen from time to time and are beyond our control. The customer is responsible for reviewing their flight schedule prior to their departure. Webjet Exclusives endeavours to assist customers where possible, however should any change or cancellation occur, please contact your Travel Insurance provider to check whether you are covered by your policy.

Flight Variations:

Option 1: Arrive early and/or extend your stay post tour with the promotional airline

  • A flat fee of $250.00 per person is applied per person should you wish to arrive early and/or extend your stay. Fee is non-negotiable and must be paid before your flight variation can be confirmed.
  • Please select how many days you want to arrive early and/or extend your stay by on your Booking Form. 
  • Flights will arrive into the city as per the tour itinerary and depart from the city as per tour itinerary. Customers cannot choose another airport or city for their arrival and/or departure.
  • All flights will be booked with the promotional airfare available at the time of booking – for your choice of preferred airline or cabin class, please see below.
  • Your fight request is subject to availability and if the promotional airfare is not available, you will be quoted the fare difference in addition to the flat fee.
  • You will be sent an invoice for the additional fee after your booking form has been received. Once this invoice has been paid, your flights will be ticketed based on the days you have requested. Your varied flight itinerary will not be provided in advance of ticketing and once your flights have been ticketed, no further changes can be made.
  • If the invoice is not paid by the expiry date, you will be automatically booked on the promotional airfare for the standard dates of the package.
  • If you are wishing to arrange internal flights, this must be arranged at your own expense. Webjet Exclusives cannot assist with the purchase of additional flights outside of the itinerary.
  • Webjet Exclusives are unable to provide any additional accommodation outside of the tour itinerary and this will need to be arranged at your own expense. By extending your departure date, you will also forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and will need to make your own way to the airport at your own expense.

 Option 2: Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class (where available)

  • A flat fee of $250.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase.
  • If you have a preferred airline for your upgrade quote, please mention this in the Special Request field of your Booking Form. If no specific airline is requested, the best available fare will be quoted to you.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the 2nd Instalment has been paid.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the promotional airfare included in your packages.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

 Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your cabin upgrade, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

Option 3: Choose an alternative airline

  • A flat fee of $250.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to travel with a premium airline for your tour.
  • Please specify your preferred airline in the Special Request field of your booking form.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the 2nd Instalment has been paid.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to confirm your flights as per the tour itinerary.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your airline preference, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

  

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international airfares 
  • Return airport transfers 
  • 11 nights accommodation on a twin share basis
  • Breakfast daily
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transportation
  • English speaking tour guide
  • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
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