India in Depth

  • days: 24
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Countries Visited:

  • India

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8 UNESCO World 
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Traditional houseboat, Alleppey  

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Discover the many sides to India, from bustling Delhi to the incredible Taj Mahal and the holy city of Varanasi. Search for tigers in Ranthambore National Park, witness the colour and opulence of Mumbai’s Bollywood and cruise the backwaters of Kerala on a traditional houseboat.

The Spiritual North

Our tour begins in the northern city of Delhi, with its intriguing mix of cultural and architectural references to ancient Islamic India and the 19th century British Raj. We take in the holy city of Varanasi as we cruise along the Ganges. One of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, and a sacred place for Hindus, we’ll watch as the locals perform their colourful daily rituals.

Behold the Taj Mahal

We’ll take in the incredible Taj Mahal at sunrise and visit Agra Fort, known for its fine Mughal architecture. We’ll search for tigers on safari through Ranthambore National Park, one of the biggest National Parks in India.

Relax in the South

As our journey heads south, we’ll visit mind-blowing Mumbai. We’ll indulge each of the five senses on an extraordinary tour of Mumbai, before heading onwards to Goa and Kochi, where we’ll spend a night cruising the peaceful backwards of Kerala on a traditional houseboat.

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Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Delhi

Welcome to Delhi, India’s bustling capital!

Day 2. Delhi

Departing late morning, we embark on a sightseeing tour of New Delhi. Highlights here include Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb. Tonight we’ll enjoy traditional Indian delicacies at a group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 3. Delhi

A busy morning touring Old Delhi. We’ll discover the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat, take a rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk and an exotic spice tour of Khari Baoli market. [B]

Day 4. Delhi - Varanasi

Today we fly to the holy city of Varanasi, the spiritual home of Hinduism and the cultural capital of India. [B]

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Special Experience: This evening we take a rickshaw down to the holy Ganges River to observe the aarti prayer ceremony, performed at Dashashvamedh Ghat daily at sunset.

Day 5. Varanasi

We start the day with a boat ride on the Ganges. As the sun rises we’ll watch the devotees who come to perform their purification rituals. [B]

Day 6. Varanasi - Khajuraho

Enjoy the morning at leisure before our flight to Khajuraho. This evening we’ll experience a garden sound and light show which traces the story of these unique temples from the 10th century to the present day. [B]

Day 7. Khajuraho

Today we’ll explore Khajuraho’s Chandella Dynasty temples. Originally about 85 temples were constructed, 20 of which still exist today. Some of these structures are amongst India’s greatest works of art. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to relax or explore at your own pace. [B]

Day 8. Khajuraho - Orchha

This morning we depart for Orchha, stopping at a rural farm along the way to get an insight into day-to-day life. Upon arrival in Orchha, we visit the Jehangir Mahal, Raj Mahal and the famous Raja Ram Temple, which dates back to the 17th century. [B]

Day 9. Orchha - Agra

Today we make our way to Agra, home of the incredible Taj Mahal. [B]

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Special Experience: Visit Gwalior Fort, an impressive 8th-century hill fortress with a perfumed underground pool, then board the Gatimaan Express train to Agra.

Day 10. Agra

Watch the sun rise this morning over the breathtaking Taj Mahal, coating it in a pearly-pink mist. We’ll also explore Agra Fort, known for its fine Mughal architecture, and then step back in time visiting Baby Taj, otherwise known as the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B]

A note on Taj Mahal renovations: For the past two years the iconic Taj Mahal has been undergoing a mud-pack therapy treatment to clean and protect its ivory-white surface. The restoration process is nearing the end, however some restoration may continue into 2019.

Day 11. Agra - Ranthambore

As we travel to Ranthambore National Park, we’ll stop to visit the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. We’ll then take a short journey on the local train to Sawai Madhopur and continue by road into Ranthambore. [B,D]

Day 12. Ranthambore National Park

Famous for its tigers, Ranthambore National Park is our destination today. We’ll head out on a safari by shared Canter vehicle in search of these beautiful predators in their natural environment. [B,L,D]

Day 13. Ranthambore - Jaipur

Our search for tigers continues this morning. We’ll also try to spot leopards, hyenas, jackals, porcupines, crocodiles, deer and gazelle. After lunch we depart for the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur. Jaipur is a bustling capital city, a business centre and a metropolis that still manages to retain its age-old charm. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. [B,L,D]

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Special Experience: Tonight we’ll interact with a local family during a traditional cooking lesson, then join them for dinner.

Day 14. Jaipur

Our day in the Rajasthani capital begins at majestic Amber Fort. One of the most exquisite creations in the Amber Fort is the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors); its walls are covered with tiny mirrors and when dark can become a dazzling fantasy with the light of a single match. This afternoon, we drive through the famous Johari Bazaar on the way to the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a major landmark of the city. Later we visit the rich and prosperous museums located inside the elegant City Palace Complex and the ancient Jantar Mantar Observatory. [B]

Day 15. Jaipur - Mumbai

This morning we fly to Mumbai, India’s city that never sleeps. Our afternoon city tour includes the Marine Drive, Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum, the Prince of Wales Museum and the Hanging Gardens. [B]

Day 16. Mumbai

Today we will undertake an extraordinary tour of Mumbai, indulging each of the 5 senses. See the historic colonial precinct of Mumbai. Listen to incredible Bollywood music and learn some of the dance moves. Taste some of the amazing local delicacies. Take in the smells of the many flowers on display in Mumbai’s flower market. Touch peoples lives by volunteering in an activity or two at a local charity. [B,L]

Day 17. Mumbai - Goa

Today we fly south to beautiful Goa, the easternmost capital of the former Portuguese Empire, on India’s west coast. Strung along Goa's 100-kilometre-long coastline are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and dazzling stretches of golden sand edging the expanse of the Arabian Sea. [B]

Day 18. Goa

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Special Experience: Tour a stunning 300 year-old Portuguese mansion and enjoy a decadent five-course lunch, inspired by the flavours of Portugal and India. [B,L]

Day 19. Goa

Enjoy a day at leisure to relax in this beautiful beach setting. [B]

Day 20. Goa - Kochi

The morning is at leisure before this afternoon’s flight to Kochi, a vibrant city situated on India’s south-west coast in the scenic state of Kerala. Facing the Arabian Sea, Kochi has one of the finest natural harbours in the world. The older parts of the city are an unlikely blend of medieval Portuguese, Dutch and English country village grafted onto the tropical Malabar Coast. [B]

Day 21. Kochi - Alleppey

After breakfast we travel to Alleppey and board a traditional houseboat to cruise through the peaceful backwaters of Kerala. Sit back and relax as we meander through the maze of canals. [B,L,D]

Day 22. Alleppey - Kochi

After disembarking, we return to Kochi and spend the afternoon seeing the sights of the city. Highlights include the Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace and St Francis Church. This evening we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner and a classical Kathakali dance performance. [B,D]

Day 23. Depart Kochi

Tonight we begin our journey home. [B,L]

Day 24. Arrive Australia

Walking Man

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to India. Taxes included
  • 5 economy-class flights within India
  • 1 train journey between Bharatpur - Sawai Madhopur AC Chair Car
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding jeep safari vehicles and water based activities)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $220pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 21 nights in a combination of modern and heritage hotels/resorts (3-4 star)
  • 1 night on board a traditional houseboat with private facilities
  • 22 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides
  • English-speaking national guide throughout

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

Welcome to India and the bustling city of Delhi

  • Explore New Delhi on a 1/2 day tour including visits to: Qutub Minor, Humayun Tomb, drive past India Gate, the parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan - the President's residence.
  • Explore Old Delhi on a 1/2 day tour including visits to: Jama Masjid (Inside), Raj Ghat, rickshaw ride in Chandani Chowk, spice tour Khari Baoli Market.

Varanasi and Khajuraho

  • Explore Varanasi on a city tour including Benaras Hindu University, New Vishawanath Temple and Durga Temple.
  • Enjoy a boat ride on the Ganges to witness the sun rise as well as witnessing people wash in the holy waters and performances for the Sun God.
  • Visit the world-heritage listed Western and Eastern Temples of Khajuraho before an evening sound and light show at the western group of temples.

Experience the wonder of the Taj Mahal

  • Witness the amazing Taj Mahal at sunrise.
  • Explore the imposing Agra Fort and Baby Taj.

Visit amazing temples and magnificent forts

  • Visit Jehangir Mahal, Raj Mahal and famous Raja Ram Temple in Orchha.
  • Stop at the 8th-century hill fort near Gwalior.
  • Visit the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri which was built in 1569 but abandoned 15 years later due to lack of water. The sheer size of this city and its well-preserved state will astound you!
  • Ride up to the magnificent Amber Fort in Jaipur by jeep, followed by a tour of the many beautiful rooms within the fort including the amazing Hall of Mirrors. Here the light of a single match sets off a dazzling display as it is reflected by thousands of tiny mirrors that line the walls.
  • Enjoy a 1/2 day tour of the pink city of Jaipur including Johari Bazaar, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), City Palace Complex museums and ancient Jantar Mantar Observatory.

Enjoy amazing local cuisine

  • Spend time with a local family as they teach you how to cook their way with delicious Indian spices and wander through a market. Followed by a wonderful dinner.
  • Let the taste buds be spoiled as you enjoy a special 5-course Indo-Portuguese lunch at The Lunch Club in Goa.

Witness amazing wildlife

  • Explore Ranthambore National Park, home to the elusive tiger.

Explore Kochi and sail the backwaters of Kerala

  • Board a house boat and cruise the backwaters of Kerala.
  • Explore Kochi on an afternoon tour including the Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace and St. Francis Church.

Be dazzled in Mumbai

  • Visit the Bollywood city, Mumbai, and be amazed by this city that never sleeps!

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth
Other departure cities: Please contact our office for applicable pricing
Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $220pp pre-paid
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $200pp
Single supplement: from $2,125
  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
  • Taxes & Fuel Costs: Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies are shown as a guide only
  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all taxes and tips (if applicable). Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.
Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation
In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas
Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Accommodation

Accommodation

Maidens Hotel, Delhi

Maidens Hotel is one of Delhi’s oldest hotels. Built in the early 1900s, it has retained its colonial charm and architecture. Set amidst eight acres of lush gardens and shady trees, it escapes the noise of the main city, but remains within easy access to some of the most magnificent Mughal monuments as well as the famous shopping centre, Chandni Chowk with its quaint bazaars and meandering lanes. Its spacious guestrooms with high ceilings are all unique.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Radisson Hotel, Varanasi

Located in the heart of the city’s historic district, the Radisson is just a 10 minute walk from JVH Mall, Monkey Temple and Tulsi Manas Temple. Along with spacious guestrooms, the hotel’s amenities include an on-site spa, restaurants, outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Golden Tulip, Khajuraho

Hotel Golden Tulip is a 4-star hotel located in Khajuraho. Features of the hotel included a fitness centre, an outdoor swimming pool, landscaped garden and on-site restaurant.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities; swimming pool; fitness centre

Amar Mahal Hotel, Orchha

Situated at a stone's throw away from the banks of the river Betwa, the Amar Mahal Orchha is located in a calm and serene area, completely away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The strategic location of Amar Mahal provides a panoramic view of the monuments, surrounding hills and wildlife sanctuary. Enjoy the breathtaking view of sunset and sunrise from the lawns and the terrace.

Facilities: free wifi; fridge/minibar

Mansingh Palace Hotel, Agra

Just 2km from the Taj Mahal, the Mansingh Palace features elegantly furnished rooms, a restaurant, bar/lounge and health club. The outdoor area of the hotel, known as ‘Mumtaz Bagh’, is centred around the pool and showcases a barbecue and the Indian Folk and Cultural show.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi available; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Hotel Crystal Sarovar, Agra

With a convenient and strategic location in Agra's tourist hub, the 5-star Hotel Crystal Sarovar offers everything you could need in a hotel. From the opulent, intricately designed interiors and state of the art restaurant, to the magnificent view of the iconic Taj Mahal, the Hotel Crystal Sarovar is truly unique.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box; swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Ranthambore Kothi, Ranthambore

Built in a British bungalow style, Ranthambore Kothi is set within lush green forests and surrounded by a natural lake and picturesque landscapes. This hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, bar and restaurant.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Shahpura House, Jaipur

Shahpura House is located a short stroll from pleasant Bani Park and a short drive from the walls of the 'pink city', Jaipur. The guestrooms are reminiscent of the ones that were used by the royalties of the Shahpura family - spacious with elegant colonial furniture, all modern amenities, each having their own individual character.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Fariyas Hotel, Mumbai

Located just off the Colaba Causeway, Fariyas Hotel is right in the heart of the city, yet far from the bustling crowds. The business districts of Nariman Point, Ballard Estate and The World Trade Centre are just 10 minutes away. lts scenic location offers a breathtaking view of the harbour. It's also just 2 minutes away from the Gateway of India and other historical sites. Features include elegant guest rooms with breathtaking sea views, restaurants, bar, health club and spa and an outdoor swimming pool.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Royal Orchid Beach Resort & Spa, Goa

Located on a 5 acre scenic property, this hotel boasts 2 restaurants and a sunken bar and barbecue area by the pool. The Boat Quay Grill offers delectable seafood and beautiful views of the bay. Guestrooms are elegantly decorated and well-equipped with all modern amenities.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Rainbow Cruises, Kumarakom

The traditional Kettuvallam (rice barge) has been converted into a houseboat with every luxury and safety measure included. Your English speaking crew includes a personal chef at your service 24 hours. The barge features beautifully furnished living and dining areas, spacious bedrooms with private facilities, panoramic windows to enjoy the scenery, Continental, Chinese or Indian cuisine and over 1,000 kms of backwaters – an intricate network of canals – to enjoy. A floating holiday on the backwater highway. Journey through waterways that traverse past picturesque villages. Fields brimming with rice paddies. Rows and rows of swaying coconut palms. Watch Kerala life, at work and at play.

Trident Hotel, Kochi

The Trident Kochi is located on Willingdon Island and is within easy distance of famed sites such as the Jewish Synagogue, Chinese fishing nets, Mattancherry Palace and St Francis Church. Blending classic charm with modern interiors, Trident Kochi is set amidst a picturesque central courtyard and landscaped gardens. Rooms are well appointed and the hotel offers great dining opportunities at either of its restaurants.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Weather

Weather

Delhi

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Autumn: September to November

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Monsoon Season: May to October

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Currency

Currency

Indian Rupee

The official currency of India is the Indian Rupee (INR; ₹).

  • 1 Rupee = 100 Paisa
  • Notes are in denominations of ₹5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 2,000 rupees
  • Coins are in denominations of ₹1, 2, 5 & 10 rupee and 50 paise 
  • Coins up to 50 paise are called 'small coins' and coins of Rupee one and above are called 'Rupee Coins'

Visa Information

Visa Requirements

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Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain a visa for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
  • Non-Australian passport holders
    • Please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

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Special experiences!

  • Take a rickshaw down to the holy Ganges River to observe the aarti prayer ceremony, performed at Dashashvamedh Ghat every day at sunset.
  • Visit Gwalior Fort, an impressive 8th-century hill fortress with a perfumed underground pool, then board the Taj Express to Agra.
  • Interact with a local family during a traditional cooking lesson, then join them for dinner.
  • Tour a stunning 300-year-old Portuguese mansion in Goa and enjoy a decadent five-course lunch, inspired by the flavours of Portugal and India.

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 4 | Max: 20

Transportation

Coach, rickshaw, boat, plane, train, jeep/canter & houseboat

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $220pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• Discover the highlights of Old and New Delhi • Witness sunrise rituals along the Ganges • Visit Khajuraho’s heritage-listed temples • Watch the sun rise over the stunning Taj Mahal • Tour the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri • Take a jeep up to Jaipur’s majestic Amber Fort and tour its beautiful rooms • Safari in Ranthambore National Park • Cruise the backwaters of Kerala on a houseboat

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