Best of In­dia in one tour

Sunday Mail - Travel/Escape - - PHIL HOFFMANN TRAVEL -

SAM­PLE on one tour hall­mark sights and ex­pe­ri­ences of In­dia and be­yond – such as the River Ganges, the Taj Ma­hal and the house of the vestal vir­gin in Kathmandu.

You can take it all in on In­sight Va­ca­tions’ es­corted 14day In­dia with Nepal tour linked to Ade­laide de­par­tures on Oc­to­ber 9 and Novem­ber 13.

High­lights nat­u­rally in­clude the magic of the Taj Ma­hal and Agra Fort in In­dia and the house of the vestal vir­gin in Kathmandu, the House of the God­dess Ku­mari, as well as a 3200-year-old stupa with con­i­cal spire.

The tour also vis­its the Ma­hatma Gandhi me­mo­rial, In­dia’s largest mosque, the Jama Masjid and Jaipur mar­ket.

Sight­see­ing kicks off in the In­dian cap­i­tal of Delhi, where you’ll be im­pressed by the Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, the colour­ful mar­ket of the old city and New Delhi, be­fore head­ing to the “Pink City” of Jaipur on day three.

The group vis­its Am­ber Fort (by jeep) on day four with its ter­races and ram­parts re­flected in the Maota Lake be­low, the City Palace Mu­seum and Jan­tar Man­tar ob­ser­va­tory, be­fore head­ing to Agra on day five, tak­ing in the ru­ins of Fateh­pur Sikri. The ma­jes­tic Taj Ma­hal and the walled pala­tial city known as Agra Fort, with its royal cham­bers, are the ma­jor “vis­its’’ on day six in and around Agra be­fore a free af­ter­noon to ex­plore the area or shop.

On day seven, the group trav­els to Jhansi on the Shatabadi Ex­press train and vis­its sev­eral palaces among the Orchha Citadel, such as Jehangir Maha with its el­e­gant bal­conies.

The day’s ac­tiv­i­ties end with a Son-et-Lu­miere show pre­sent­ing the life and times of the great Chan­dela kings and sto­ries of their feted tem­ples dat­ing from the 10th cen­tury.

Fly­ing on to In­dia’s most holy city for Hin­dus, Varanasi, the tour group will ex­pe­ri­ence a boat ride on the Ganges River, tak­ing in the ac­tiv­i­ties at Ghats along its banks. Tour­ing con­tin­ues on to Sar­nath, which sym­bol­ises the birth of Bud­dhism, and then ex­plore Varanasi, in­clud­ing the Kashi Vish­wanath Tem­ple.

Af­ter break­fast on day 10, the group flies to Nepal, the world’s only Hindu king­dom, ar­riv­ing in its cap­i­tal Kathmandu in the early af­ter­noon.

Your Nepalese stay kicks into gear with a half-day tour of Kathmandu on day 11, tak­ing in the an­cient royal quar­ter and vis­it­ing the house of the vestal vir­gin and lo­cal bazaars.

In­sight Va­ca­tions sales manager Owen Boyce will present films and a travel talk on In­dia and Nepal on April 8 from 10am, giv­ing you more de­tails of what to ex­pect.

The tour pack­age is priced at $4547 a per­son, twin share, in­clud­ing re­turn air fares from Ade­laide, in­ter­nal flights in In­dia and Nepal, ho­tels, most break­fasts and din­ners and the train ride to Jhansi. De­tails/bookings: King Wil­liam Travel on 8212 2132 or at king­


Painted ele­phants on pa­rade.

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