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PASSAGE TO NORTHERN INDIA

14 – 28 FEBRUARY 2020

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ITINERARY
Opulent palaces, towering forts, vibrant spices, buzzing bazaars, cast their spell on you. During our 15-day tour of India you will stay in luxury at Bombay, Udaipur, Jaipur, Agra, and Delhi and absorb the beauty of the world’s greatest Mughal gardens in an adventure of a lifetime.

 

DAY 1
Friday 14 February 2020
Home to Mumbai

Meet your Ross Tour leader, Libby Cameron, at Sydney International Airport. Depart Sydney via Singapore to Mumbai. Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is a vibrant city on India’s west coast famous for being the ‘City of Dreams’. Check into our luxury hotel overlooking the majestic Gateway of India for two nights.

Accommodation:The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

DAY 2
Saturday 15 February 2020
Mumbai (B/D)

Morning at leisure to soak up the scenery and enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Our Indian adventure starts after lunch with a visit to Fort Mumbai, an historic downtown area, rich with colonial architecture. Stop at the extraordinary, World Heritage Listed, Victoria Terminus and visit Dhobi Ghat, the world’s largest laundry, an open-air laundromat, unique to Mumbai. The washers, known as Dhobis, collect, wash, press and deliver laundry from Mumbai’s hotels and hospitals.

Welcome dinner included at local restaurant.

Accommodation:The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

DAY 3
Sunday 16 February 2020
Mumbai to Udaipur, Rajasthan (B/D)

Nicknamed the ‘City of Dreams’, Mumbai swells with people every year who arrive in search of a better future. The result is best seen in the early morning as the thousands of small businesses keep Mumbai running start work. See fishermen bring in their catch. Watch the flower and fruit markets come to life.

Fly from Mumbai to the mystical city of Udaipur, India’s most beautiful city, picturesque with lakes and palaces, also known as the Venice of the East.

Check into Taj Lake Palace Hotel, one of the most photographed hotels in the world and a truly magical place to stay. This opulent white marble palace island floats on the water, the palace and water gardens made famous by James Bond in Octopussy. Arrive by boat and stay 2 nights.

Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Taj Lake Palace Hotel, Lake Pichola Udaipur

DAY 4
Monday 17 February 2020
Udaipur (B/L)

Our day will be filled with gardens and palaces. First to Sahelion-Ki-Bari designed as a peaceful garden retreat outside the old city of Udaipur. Our next stop will be Gulab (Rose) Bagh, filled with roses.

Towering over the lake is the magnificent City Palace, a blend of Mughal and Rajput influences, mirror work, murals, stained glass windows and a glimpse into Royal culture.
We will stop at Jagdish temple. Stroll through the bustling colourful lanes of the Rajasthani Bazaar, filled with pottery, jewellery, antiques, paintings and handicrafts. Lunch included today.

Sunset cruise on beautiful Lake Pichola this evening, with the best views of the lake, palaces and the mountains.

Accommodation: Taj Lake Palace Hotel, Lake Pichola Udaipur

DAY 5
Tuesday 18 February 2020
Udaipur to Deogarh (B/D)

The intricate and beautiful Ranakpur Jain Temple will surprise you in the most tranquil way. Our home tonight is the Deogarh Mahal, carefully restored to its past palatial glory. Lunch and dinner included today.

Accommodation: Deogarh Mahal hotel, Deogorh

DAY 6
Wednesday 19 February 2020
Deogarh to Jaipur (B)

A morning village visit to catch the rising sun and be welcomed into the local family homes. After breakfast we drive to the capital of Rajasthan Jaipur, known as the Pink City. Stop at the Vidyadhar garden, a perfect amalgamation of contemporary Hindu and Mughal.

Enjoy meeting a local family tonight for an authentic cooking demo. The lady of the house is known for her simple yet delicious home cooked meals.

Check into the magnificent Taj Rambagh Palace, for three nights, with its 47 acres of gardens, fountains and strutting peacocks. Paradise found! Home of Jaipur royalty until 1957 and the perfect base from which to explore the Pink City.

Accommodation: Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

DAY 7
Thursday
20 February 2020
Amber Fort (B/L)

The pink city awaits. We pay homage to the people of Jaipur with a market walk to greet the flower vendors, the fruit and vegetable sellers and the milkmen.

Lunch included today. The hilltop Amber Fort is our highlight today for a glimpse of Mughal luxury. Our guide will peel away the layers of time to reveal a glimpse of a bygone era, dominated by the opulence of the former maharajas. Lunch included today. Afternoon visit to two gardens: Kanak Ghati Garden and Sisodia Bagh.

Accommodation: Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

DAY 8
Friday 21 February 2020
Jaipur (B/L)

Today you will see the most ravishing peacock doorways – breathtaking. Visit Jawhar Circle Garden, Palace of the Winds, Jantar Mantar Observatory and City Palace. Lunch at a local restaurant.

This evening you can explore the undisputed highlight of Jaipur – the narrow lanes of its colourful old city bazaars.

Accommodation: Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

DAY 9
Saturday 22 February 2020
Jaipur to Agra (B/L)

We continue to Agra, home to the immortal Taj Mahal, built in 1653, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

After lunch at a local restaurant we will stop at Fatehpur Sikri, an enigmatic deserted Mughal city now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Abhaneri village and its 1,000-year-old Chand Baori step well.

Our two night stay is ITC Mughal, the only Indian hotel to have won the prestigious Aga Khan award for architecture.

Accommodation: ITC Mughal Hotel

DAY 10
Sunday 23 February 2020
Taj Mahal (B/L)

Sunrise at the Taj is unforgettable. Sunset is just as rewarding, we will see both! In between we’ll visit the 1565 Agra Fort and be invited into a private family home garden. Lunch included today.

Accommodation: Accommodation: ITC Mughal Hotel

DAY 11
Monday 24 February 2020
Delhi (L)

Drive to Delhi, a treasure trove of ancient culture with remnants of lost empires. Lunch at a local restaurant.

Next stop is the exquisite Sikh Temple where 10,000 people are fed each day – one of the greatest services to humanity! Unpack for three nights at the winner of the best luxury hotel in India, The Imperial. We love the seven acres of manicured gardens, blend of Victorian decor and an Art Deco style, which allows guests to travel back in time to the days of the British Raj.

Accommodation: The Imperial, New Delhi

DAY 12
Tuesday 25 February 2020
Old Delhi (L)

Explore the intricate, bustling streets of Old Delhi, visit the Jama Masjid Mosque and experience an exhilarating rickshaw ride through the old by-lanes of this fascinating city.

Visit Red Fort, another example of the finest Mughal building. Then stop at Raj Ghat, a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Lunch will be at a local restaurant

After lunch, we will explore Qutab Minar, the tallest minaret in India.

Accommodation: The Imperial, New Delhi

DAY 13
Wednesday 26 February 2020
Delhi (L/D)

Flowers triumph in the Presidential Palace, known as Rashtrapati Bhavan. It feels like all the flowers of the world have flowered at once. Spread over 15 acres, the gardens are a blend of Mughal and English style gardens.

Lunch in local restaurant

Drive past the India Gate to reach Lodhi Garden where Delhi’s rulers were once buried but today Lodhi gardens are the favourite place for Delhi’s glitterati to keep themselves fit.

Farewell dinner included tonight at our hotel.

Accommodation: The Imperial, New Delhi

DAY 14
Thursday 27 February 2020
Delhi to home (B)

Visit Humayun’s Tomb, built in the 16th century, considered the architectural forerunner of Agra’s Taj Mahal. Afternoon visit to National Rose Garden on our way to the airport.

DAY 15
Friday 28 February 2020
Home

Arrive home today.

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CANCELLATIONS

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TOUR INCLUSIONS
TOUR ESCORTED BY
LIBBY CAMERON
  • Return group economy airfare & taxes Sydney / Mumbai / 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
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including Lodhi Garden, National Rose Garden, Private gardens, Jawhar Circle Garden, Kanak Ghati Garden, Sisodia Bagh, Vidyadhar garden, Fort Mumbai , Amber Fort, World Heritage Listed – Victoria Terminus, Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai markets, Red Fort , City Palace Udaipur, Lake Pichola Cruise Udaipur, Jagdish temple, Ranakpur Jain Temple, Rajesthan, Taj Mahal, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar, Jama Masjid Mosque, Sikh Temple, Raj Ghat, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Palace of the Winds, Jantar Mantar Observatory, Jaipur City Palace, Abhaneri village
  • Fully escorted by Libby Cameron
  • Ross Tours travel wallet & bag
TOUR PRICE

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

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 17/10/19 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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