Best of India in one tour
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 kingwilliamtravel.com.au
Painted elephants on parade.