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PASSAGE TO NORTHERN INDIA

20 February – 6 March 2018

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DAY SIX
Taj Mahal at sunrise
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DAY 10
The Amber Fort in Jaipur
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Discover traditional Indian spices in a local market
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Colourful displays of cut flowers in a local market
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DAY 12
An old man stands alongside the Pink Fort
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DAY 10
The Amber Fort In Jaipur
ITINERARY
The opulent palaces, towering forts, beautiful gardens, vibrant colours and incredible bazaars of India have cast their spell on Libby Cameron. She invites you to join her on a wonderfully luxurious adventure to Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Udaipur and Jaipur.

DAY 1
Tuesday 20 February 2018
Home – New Delhi

Your Ross Garden Tour leader Libby Cameron will meet you at Sydney International Airport for the Singapore Airlines flight to New Delhi.

India’s dynamic capital is a thrilling mix of old and new. It’s both a modern capital and an ancient city, continuously inhabited for more than 26 centuries. Fittingly we are staying in a hotel that combines fascinating history with contemporary appeal. The Imperial has won plenty of awards, including ‘Best Luxury Hotel in India’ in the World Luxury Hotel Awards. You’ll love the stories embedded in the walls here. This is where Mountbatten met Ghandi and Nehru to discuss the partition of India for instance, and the Nehru family kept a permanent suite in the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Imperial, New Delhi

DAY 2
Wednesday 21 February 2018
New Delhi (B/L)

Start our tour with the Mughal Gardens a group of beautiful gardens built by the Mughals in Islamic style of architecture located in the Rashtrapati Bhavan premises and is the official residence of the Indian President. After we’ll tour New Delhi this morning, to view India Gate, which was built in memory of the Indian Soldiers who died in WW1, Rajpath and Parliament. Edward Lutyens, the architect best known to garden lovers for his collaborations with Gertrude Jekyll, designed these buildings and this part of the city. This afternoon we’re off to Birla House, where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life and where he was assassinated on January 30, 1948.

Accommodation: Hotel Imperial, New Delhi

DAY 3
Thursday 22 February 2018
Old Delhi (B/L)

We start our day in Old Delhi, an area rich in cultural heritage. After a moment of reflection and serenity at the beautiful 17th C Jama Masjid we’ll immerse ourselves in the frenetic pace of Meena Bazaar and Chandni Chowk, a souk-like bazaar of narrow streets and crowded alleyways.
We can’t leave this part of the old city without a walk through the Paranthe Wali Gali – literally ‘The lane of fried bread’!. Delicious traditional parathas are sold here, accompanied by chutneys and curries.
After an exhilarating rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of the old city to the exterior of the Red Fort, we’ll visit the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial at Raj Ghat on the banks of the Yamuna River.
Later in the afternoon you might like to join us in a visit to the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Sikh Temple, to witness the devotees at prayer, and check out the temple’s amazing communal kitchen.

Accommodation: Hotel Imperial, Delhi

DAY 4
Friday 23 February 2018
Old Delhi (B/L)

This morning we’ll visit the astonishing, 70m-high Qutb Minar complex. The 12th century monument marks the site of the first Muslim kingdom in northern India. Next visit the 16th century tomb of the 2nd Mughal Emperor, Humayun, which is tucked away in 100 acres of glorious Mughal gardens. This is the buildings which is said to have inspired the design of the Taj Mahal!

Lunch is at The Lodi Gardens, a calm space amid the chaos and crowds of Delhi. After lunch we’ll wander through the gardens, which are filled with water features, fountains and monuments. We’ll have a chance to get some great shots of the majestic neem Trees that are a feature of Delhi.

Accommodation: Hotel Imperial, Delhi

DAY 5
Saturday 24 February 2018
Delhi – Agra (B)

This morning we head for Agra, on the legendary Grand Trunk Road. This road has linked the east and west of the subcontinent for more than two thousand years. We’ll pause on the outskirts of Agra to visit the tomb of Emperor Akbar the Great. This patron of art and architecture was the 3rd Mughal Emperor and his tomb is surrounded by magnificent formal gardens decorated by palms and neem trees, as well as by birds and deer. Also visit he ‘Mini Taj’, the Itmad-ud-Daulah, a peaceful mausoleum surrounded by formal Mughal gardens on the banks of the Yamuna River

Agra was the seat of the Imperial Mughal court during the 16th and 17th C and has many wonderful examples of Mughal architecture.

Accommodation: ITC Mughal Hotel, Agra

DAY 6
Sunday 25 February 2018
Taj Mahal (B/D)

We’ll rise early for the unforgettable sight of the glorious Taj Mahal at sunrise. This magnificent ‘monument to love’ was built by Emperor Shah Jehan for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It has been described by UNESCO as ‘the jewel of Muslim art in India’ and it’s bound to be a highlight of your tour.

We’ll head back to the hotel for a late breakfast, then visit Agra Fort. The great Mughal Emperor Akbar built the fort in 1565 and it is the site of Emperor Shah Jehans’ imprisonment. The site offers a different view of the Taj Mahal.

In the late afternoon we’ll visit the Mehtab Bagh, an ancient garden that has been partially restored with plants of the Mughal era but that’s not the real reason we’re here. The gardens are across the river and perfectly aligned with the Taj Mahal. Having started the day with a view of the Taj painted in dawn pink, we’ll finish it relaxing as we watch sunset’s golden light wash over it.

Accommodation: ITC Mughal Hotel, Agra

DAY 7
Monday 26 February 2018
Agra – Ranthambore (B/L/D)

Today we’ll drive to Fatehpur Sikri, the 16th century capital of the Mughal rulers which was abandoned due to lack of water. This magnificent series of buildings is built

Accommodation: Fort Nahargarth, Ranthambore

DAY 8
Tuesday 27 February 2018
Ranthambore National Park (B/D)

We’ll be up early this morning for a safari! Ranthambore National Park in the rolling Aravali Hills is home to sambar deer, monkeys, spotted deer, black buck, nilgai, and many species of birds. If we’re lucky we might even spot a tiger!

You can snooze or enjoy yourself in the hotel for the rest of the day, before a late afternoon safari, following a different route through the park.

Accommodation: Nahargarth Fort, Ranthambore

DAY 9
Wednesday 28 February 2018
Ranthambore – Jaipur (B/D)

Leaving the tranquillity of Ranthambore, we make our way by road to Jaipur. This ancient city is often called ‘The Pink City’ in reference to the lovely terracotta-pink shades that wash the old buildings.

We’ll book into our hotel, the magnificent Taj Rambagh Palace. The Rambagh was the home of Jaipur’s royalty until 1957, and you’ll feel like a royal in its elegant rooms, marbled corridors and majestic gardens. The grand Verandah, with its glossy marble floors, imposing columns and magnificent views over the gardens is just the spot for an late afternoon glass of champagne, accompanied by the sound of myriad fountains and the sight of strutting peacocks. A special meal this with a cooking demonstration followed by dinner with a local family.

Accommodation: Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

DAY 10
Thursday 1 March 2018
Jaipur (B/L)

A short distance from our hotel is the hilltop Amber Fort, and it’s our first stop this morning. We’ll get a glimpse of Mughal luxury, circa 1592, in its royal apartments, mirrored halls, intricate marble inlays and fascinating courtyard gardens.

On our return to Jaipur we’ll visit the ancient City Palace, which houses a museum of outstanding historical artefacts. Nearby is the ornate Hawa Mahal, ‘The Palace of the Winds’ which is surrounded by a labyrinth of bazaars.

Then visit the outdoor Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory, which was built in the early 1700s. The massive complex is perfectly preserved, and its huge devices are astoundingly accurate.

Accommodation: Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

DAY 11
Friday 2 March 2018
Jaipur (B/D)

We’ll see two exquisite Mughal Gardens today, starting off with Ram Niwas Gardens. Here the lawns, pools, fountains and flower beds are seen in the context of a wonderful backdrop of heritage buildings. Our second call is to the Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh Gardens, constructed in 1728 as a multi-tiered garden of pavilions, fountains and rills.

We’ll lunch in a local restaurant, then drive to Dera Amber for a private elephant safari through the somnolent countryside. Optional elephant rides then dine at a country farm owned by a renowned Rajasthani family.

Accommodation: Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

DAY 12
Saturday 3 March 2018
Jaipur – Ranakpur – Udaipur (B/L)

Travel further into Rajastan to Ranakpur and visit intricately carvde Jain Temples. Late afternoon continue to Udaipur. Beside shimmering Lake Pichola, with the ochre and purple ridges of the wooded Aravalli Hills stretching away in every direction, Udaipur has a romance of setting unmatched in Rajasthan and arguably in all India. Fantastical palaces, temples, havelis and countless narrow, crooked, colourful streets add the human counterpoint to the city’s natural charms. Udaipur’s tag of ‘the most romantic spot on the continent of India’ was first applied in 1829 by Colonel James Tod, the East India Company’s first Political Agent in the region. Stay on the lake at Taj Palace hotel.

Accommodation: Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

DAY 13
Sunday 4 March 2018
Udaipur (B/D)

Begin your half-day sightseeing tour of Udaipur with the City Palace and Museum. The largest palace complex in India, it is a blend of Mughal and Rajput influences. Also see the 17th century Jagdish temple, drive around the Fatehsagar Lake, and visit the Sahelion ki Bari (the Garden for the Maids of Honour), an ornamental pleasure garden with fountains and marble kiosks.

Evening enjoy Boat Ride on Lake Pichola. What better way to end your day in Udaipur than enjoying a picturesque boat cruise along Lake Pichola? Watch the lake glimmer during a beautiful sunset as you pass Udaipur’s illuminated skyline dotted with mansions. Admire stately palaces on the lake’s islands and learn about Udaipur’s culture and history from your knowledgeable guide.

Accommodation: Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

DAY 14
Monday 5 March 2018
Udaipur – Dehli – Singapore – Sydney (B)

Morning is at leisure
Afternoon transfer to Udaipur domestic airport to board flight back to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi board your onward flight to Singapore.

DAY 15
Tuesday 6 March 2018
Home (inflight)

Arrive home today.

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TOUR INCLUSIONS
TOUR ESCORTED BY
LIBBY CAMERON
  • Return group economy airfare & taxes Sydney / Delhi / Sydney with Singapore Airlines
  • Air-conditioned mini coach for 10-14 passengers, motorcoach for 15+ passengers
  • Deluxe accommodation for 13 nights
  • Breakfast daily, 8 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Guided tours of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including Humayuns Tomb Garden, Lodi Gardens, India Gate, Raj Ghat, Raj Path, Mahtab Bagh, Itimad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb Garden, Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Kanak Ghati Gardens, Royal Palace Gardens, Udaipur City Palace, Amber Palace, Hauz Khas Village
  • Fully escorted by Libby Cameron
  • Ross Tours travel wallet & bag
TOUR PRICE

Twin Share per person land only $9,495
Twin Share per person including air $10,995
Single Supplement $3,295

All prices in Australian Dollars
Prices based on minimum 15 passengers
Price is based on departure ex Sydney

DISCOUNTS

Book and pay in full by 14/10/16 to receive the Early Bird Discount of $300.00 per person off the final instalment.
Previous Traveller Discount $100.00
Garden Clinic Member Discount $50.00

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