At Imaginative Traveller we always aim to provide accurate information for our travellers. Unfortunately information such as the price of optional activities is occasionally subject to change, and this means that we are constantly revising our trip notes. In order to ensure that you have the most up to date information for your trip we suggest that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure.
Get your haggle on in Delhi before legging it to Varanasi for a sunrise boat ride on the holy Ganges. Next is the Taj Mahal (it’s even better than the pics), a camel cart ride in Tordi Garh, street food in Jaipur, then back to Delhi and home before you fall in love and never leave. India has embraced the power of the horn: Short blasts let the drivers know you’re there, long blasts tell someone to hurry up and continuous bleeps from motorbikes happen for no reason whatsoever.
Namaste! Welcome to India.
Get your haggling hat on. Mind the cows. And keep your hands and feet inside the tuk-tuk at all times.
Take off your watch because you’re on India time now.
Pre-departure group meeting at 6pm as well as an optional group dinner.
Visit Chandwi Chowk and Connaught Place on a walking tour – the commercial heart of New Delhi.
Get some sightseeing done during free time.
Board an overnight sleeper train bound for Varanasi (approx 13 hours).
When we get down to the Ganges, buy a little candle boat from one of the kids. When we’re on our sunrise boat ride you can send it floating down the holy river. Say a few words for someone back home (mum, dad, Aunty Kath etc).
Witness the rituals of life and death during a sunrise Ganges boat cruise.
Tale a guided tour through Varanasi’s back lanes and crowded alleyways.
Board another sleeper train and journey back towards Agra (approx 13 hours).
We can’t even make a joke here. The Taj is simply that good. Do your best Princess Di pose on the benches as crowds of locals scramble to take your photo (yes, this will happen).
Guided tour of the Taj Mahal.
Optional visit to Agra Fort.
No auto rickshaws, no touts, no hurry, no worry…Tordi’s just that kind of place. Scramble onto a camel cart for a village tour and say Namaste to the shy but friendly locals. Did you spot the horse with the blue eyes?
On Day 8 we travel by jeep to Jaipur – Rajasthan’s colourful capital (100km, approx 3 hours).
On Day 9 enjoy a guided tour of the medieval Amber Fort.
Take a local public bus back to Delhi (265km, approx 6 hours).
We reckon you should put down the camera and spend your last few days trying to take in the overwhelming, crazy, colourful madness of India.
Perhaps indulge in a final group meal in the evening.
Experienced regional tour guide and all transportation and accommodation as indicated in detailed Trip Notes.
The following sightseeing trips are included:
We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
International flights, arrival and departure transfers, airport/departure taxes, local payments, visas, pre or post tour accommodation, meals, optional tours sightseeing or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature, laundry and flights unless specified. Some places that we visit charge additional fees if you are entering with a camera or camcorder – your city guide will advise on these and they can be paid for locally.
We strongly recommend you visit your doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you regarding the appropriate inoculations. In some places anti-malaria medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow yourself plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental check up is also highly recommended.
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
You will need to take cash to cover all additional expenses not included in your tour cost. These include food, drinks, optional sightseeing, tips, laundry, souvenirs and possible delays. If in doubt, bring more than you think you will need. It is always useful to carry an additional amount for emergencies. If there is a medical emergency you are sometimes required to pay at the time; providing your claim falls within the scope of your policy, your insurance company will make reimbursement later.
We suggest an appropriate allowance for additional meals of US$250. This is for FOOD only and does not include drinks and snacks. As a result of customer feedback, we recommend you allow a figure of between US$80 and $120 for your DRINK and SNACK requirements, additional to the amount suggested for meals. Use a higher figure particularly if you are travelling during the hot season when you will require more fluids.
In addition you should carry sufficient funds for extra sightseeing and optional activities. We suggest that you allow approximately US$50- $80 for additional sightseeing tours.
Shopping is a personal thing that, again, varies enormously. On average, people spend anywhere between US$50 and US$200 on souvenirs, art, tailor-made clothes etc.
While the information presented here details our planned itinerary, including routes taken, activities included, accommodation and meeting times, please accept that unforseen changes may occur. We are constantly on the lookout to improve our program and further enhance your experience. Naturally, we will keep you up to date with any last minute amendments to your tour.
Most of our travellers like the thought of travelling with a few like-minded souls. There are NO compulsory single supplements on most tours as we simply arrange twin shared accommodation for you and another tour member of the same sex. But don’t worry if that doesn’t appeal. We do understand there are times when you just want a bit of privacy and ‘me’ time so we are more than happy to arrange a private room upon request when you book.
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