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16 Day India by Luxury Rail

  • Explore India’s legendary Golden Triangle
  • Travel aboard the 5 star Deccan Odyssey Train
Includes Return International Flights

India is a destination of unique beauty and diversity, of stunning natural landscapes and man-made wonders, of vibrant cities and colourful mountain villages that call out to be explored. And one of the best ways to explore this exotic land is how the locals do - by rail. This 16 day fly, tour and luxury rail package makes that easier than ever - with a generous dash of five-star style for good measure!

Delve into the past and present of India with a tour of the magical Golden Triangle: Agra, Delhi and Jaipur. Experience the colour and spectacle of Delhi; visit Chandni Chowk market by rickshaw, the beautiful Bahai Lotus Temple, and the dazzling Jama Masjid Mosque. In Jaipur, the pink-washed capital of Rajasthan, you’ll experience the Royal Amber Fort, City Palace, Hawa Mahal and much more. In Agra, your dreams of witnessing the legendary Taj Mahal will finally come true.

Though the trip could easily end here, it switches tracks with a once-in-a-lifetime luxury rail journey. Choose from two different rail itineraries: the Maharashtra Splendour Journey, which takes in the former Portuguese colony of Goa and the stunning Mahalakshmi Temple in Kolhapur; or the Maharashtra Wild Trail Journey, which includes a wildlife game drive in search of tigers, cheetal and more. Whichever itinerary you decide, it’s sure to be an unforgettable journey!

This magical tour includes return international flights, seven nights five-star hotel accomodation, a seven night five-star rail journey aboard the opulent 'Deccan Odyssey' train, 32 meals and more.

ITINERARY

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Itinerary - 1

Today depart from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or Perth for Delhi, India. Fly with either Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific or China Southern Airlines to name a few (subject to availability). Upon arrival be met by a representative at the airport and receive a welcome garland. The representative will escort you by private chauffeur car to the hotel. Whilst room keys and check in is organised, you will receive the ‘Welcome Folder’ documents and be briefed on the tour programme. 

Please note: due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on day 0. Affected customers must be at the airport the night before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documentation which you will receive prior to departure.

Overnight: WelcomHotel Dwarka, Delhi 
Meals included: In-Flight

The capital of India, Delhi is a major gateway city for international visitors. It’s a fascinating metropolis offering an intriguing mix of ancient sites and modern wonders, and also serves as the headquarters of Indian politics. Many of the heads of the Indian government, as well as other political parties, reside in the city, including the Prime Minister and President of India. 

After breakfast, enjoy a city tour of old and new Delhi. The tour will take in Raj Ghat (where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated); Red Fort (made famous by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan); and Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in India) which has three great gateways, four angle towers and two minarets constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble. Also enjoy a rickshaw tour through Chandni Chowk, a colourful shopping bazaar in Old Delhi. 

Travel to Laxminarayan Temple, a site dedicated to Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and good fortune. You’ll also witness the India Gate, a 42m high war memorial and stone of triumph. The tour continues with a visit to Rashtrapati Bhawan, the palace-like building home to the President of India. Also visit the beautiful Lotus Temple, also known as the Bahai Temple, where adherents of any faith can visit, pray or meditate at this dazzling architectural temple.

Overnight: WelcomHotel Dwarka, Delhi 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

After breakfast at the hotel, you will travel to Jaipur - the capital of Rajasthan. On arrival in Jaipur you will check into the hotel, where you will also enjoy dinner this evening. Jaipur is instantly recognisable for its pink-washed buildings, a colour associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. This beautiful city, along with Agra and Delhi, form what is known as the Golden Triangle of India’s tourist circuit. 

Jaipur is a city where royalty still lives in the grandeur of its palaces, where fighting for the honour of the clan has never been a need but a way of life, and where treating guests as gods has been a tradition from time immemorial. There is a timeless appeal to Jaipur’s colourful bazaars, where you can shop for Rajasthani textiles and trinkets. The beautifully laid out gardens and parks, attractive monuments and heritage hotels, once the residence of Maharajas, are all worth a look. 

Overnight: ITC Rajputana a Luxury Collection Hotel, Jaipur 
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast, enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Jaipur. Begin with a morning excursion to Amber Fort. Located 11km from Jaipur, it was the old fort of the Kachwaha clan of Amber. The fort is built with white marble and red sandstone and looks even more attractive because of the Maota Lake in the foreground. The fort itself is a beautiful sight to behold. 

This afternoon take part in a city tour visiting the City Palace, the former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles. Jantar Mantar, is the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed for the royal ladies to watch royal processions without being seen. Enjoy an Indian costume tying demonstration and also visit Lakshmi Narayan Temple.

Overnight: ITC Rajputana a Luxury Collection Hotel, Jaipur 
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast, you will depart for Agra. On the way, you will visit Chand Baori Step Well, located opposite a temple known as Harshat Mata Temple. It’s believed that the Chand Baori step well has a religious connection and that’s the reason it was built in front of the temple. 

On arrival to Agra, check into the hotel. Agra is the quintessential Mughal City, where the world marvels at the epitome of love, beauty and sacrifice, the Taj Mahal one of the wonders of the world. So awe-inspiring is the monument that Agra has been immortalised as the City of the Taj. As visitors walk down the narrow bustling streets, they cannot help but wonder, if the man contentedly smoking a hookah, is a direct descendent of some bygone Mughal. 

This afternoon enjoy a visit to Agra Fort (Red Fort) a fascinating sight, it showcases a high level of ornamentation and the Kohinoor diamond was reportedly part of the furnishings. The fort's artwork mixes Persian, European and Indian art, resulting in a unique Shahjahani style rich in form, expression and colour. Red Fort is one of the building complexes of India encapsulating a long period of history, arts and its innovative architectural style, including its garden design which influenced later buildings and gardens in Delhi. In 2007, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Red Fort Complex.

Overnight: ITC Mughal, Agra 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Today you will have an option to rise early and visit the Taj Mahal just after sunrise at approx. 6:00am and return to the hotel for breakfast or you can visit just after breakfast at 9:00am.
 
The world famous Taj Mahal is where you will see the undeniable beauty that incorporates and expands on design traditions of Persian and earlier Mughal architecture. While earlier Mughal buildings were primarily constructed of red sandstone, Shah Jahan promoted the use of white marble inlaid with semi-precious stones. The Taj Mahal was commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1631, to be built in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632, the principal mausoleum was completed in 1643 and the surrounding buildings and garden were finished about five years later. 

Early this afternoon at approx. 1:00pm checkout of the hotel and travel back to Delhi, on arrival check into the hotel.

Overnight: WelcomHotel Dwarka, Delhi 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your short flight to Mumbai, the Bollywood capital of India! On arrival into Mumbai you will be transferred to the Deccan Odyssey Luxury train!

Meet at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at around 3:30pm to complete the registration process and check in formalities for the Maharashtra Splendour Journey. Enjoy a traditional welcome and later savour a refreshing welcome drink. After completing all the formalities, settle in as the Deccan Odyssey leaves from Mumbai to Nashik, whilst you enjoy your first dinner onboard!

Overnight: Deccan Odyssey Train
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

This morning arrive in the holy city of Nashik. Enjoy breakfast onboard and then disembark to enjoy a stroll along the Godavari Ghats. Observe different Hindu rituals being performed at the Ghat. Next, walk through the market nearby the Ghats. Later, drive towards Grover Zampa Vineyards and take a tour into the one of the finest Indian wine producing vineyards. Witness vines loaded up with Chenin, Chardonnay and Shiraz grapes. The tour gives you an insight into the ancient methods - 'méthode traditionnelle' that are still being used for preparing the best sparkling wines in India. The sommelier at the vineyard will serve you samples from the finest collections of white, red, rose and sparkling wines. At lunch, pair your favourite wine with some delicious food. After lunch, head back to the Deccan Odyssey.

Overnight: Deccan Odyssey Train
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning arrive in Aurangabad, an industrial town in Maharashtra. Taking its name from the last Great Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb, the city features Mughal culture in every nook and corner. After breakfast onboard disembark and drive towards Ellora Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the star attraction of Aurangabad. One of the finest examples of cave temple architecture in India, the site of Ellora Caves has 34 rock-cut shrines that represent Buddhist, Jain and Hindu art that date back to the 4th and 5th centuries AD. There are 12 Buddhist caves to the south, 17 Hindu caves in the centre and 5 Jain caves to the north. The star attraction of the caves is Kailash Temple, which is believed to be a replica of Lord Shiva's celestial abode on Mt. Kailash.

Afterwards head back to the Deccan Odyssey and enjoy lunch onboard as the hinterland of Maharashtra sweeps past, with its ever-changing colours and landscape.

Overnight: Deccan Odyssey Train
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Arrive this morning at Jalgaon Station. Disembark after breakfast and drive to Ajanta Caves, another UNESCO World Heritage site. The site has 30 rock-cut Buddhist caves that are beautifully carved and feature sculptures and paintings of Buddhist religious art. These paintings and sculptures depict universal pictorial art. Enjoy lunch onboard the Deccan Odyssey as it leaves for the colourful city of Kolhapur. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax.

Overnight: Deccan Odyssey Train
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning enjoy breakfast and some time at leisure onboard. After an early lunch onboard disembark for a city tour of Kolhapur. Visit the New Palace Museum, a beautiful octagonal palace that dates back to the 19th century. Flip back the pages of Kolhapur's history with the architecture of the palace. Visit the Town Hall Museum, which is a sombre neo-Gothic building. Explore the local market and perhaps buy a pair of beautifully handcrafted Kolhapuri chappals, the main attraction of the city. Head to a special venue where you will be served tea and enjoy ‘Lavanya Sandhya’, a folk performance. Seek blessings at Mahalakshmi Temple, a 1300 year old temple, also known as Shakti Pethas. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Shakti, the consort of Lord Vishnu. Afterwards, witness a traditional martial arts performance called 'Mardani Khel'. Return back to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner.

Overnight: Deccan Odyssey Train
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today, arrive in India's most happening state, Goa. After breakfast enjoy a sightseeing tour. Drive to Fontainhas, the Latin Quarters in Panjim that has some well-preserved houses built in Portuguese style architecture. Explore Portuguese culture and architecture with a UNESCO World Heritage walk around Fontainhas. Next, leave for Ribandar, the erstwhile capital of Goa where you will enjoy a walk through ancient churches and the ruins of the St. Augustine tower which was once the pride of Goa. Next drive to the Sahakari Spice Plantation for a traditional Goan feast. Feni, shrimps, kingfish and mackerel are the most important portions of the meal. After lunch, enjoy a Goan folk performance and a tour of the spice plantation. Take a sneak peek into Goan life with a visit to an Old Portuguese house. Afterwards head back to the Deccan Odyssey as it departs for Ratnagiri. traversing through the Konkan, one of the most scenic railway routes in the country, bound by the Arabian Sea on the west and Sahyadri Hills on the east.

Overnight: Deccan Odyssey Train
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today arrive in Sindhudurg, which is located on a rugged island, just off the coast of Malvan. After breakfast, disembark and explore the holy town of Sindhudurg. A visit to Sindhudurg’s Pinguli village and Sawantwadi Palace is on the cards today. Get a glimpse of the traditional Thakar folk arts and crafts at the local museum, then head towards the Sawantwadi Palace for a delicious luncheon.

Overnight: Deccan Odyssey Train
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy your final breakfast onboard before disembarking at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station at approx. 8:30 am. You will be picked up by a representative and then enjoy a city tour of Mumbai. The Gateway of India is the main attraction of Mumbai city. Built to commemorate the visit of King George and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar in the year 1911. Next, visit Marine Drive which will give you the feeling of being in the commercial capital of India. Gardens like the Hanging Garden and the Kamla Nehru Garden will provide the much needed rest between your sightseeing trips and the Chowpatty gives you the view of one of the most happening beaches of Mumbai. After the tour you will check into the hotel.

Overnight: Trident Nariman Point or Taj Lands End, Mumbai 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today at the appropriate time you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight back to Australia. Please note: regular hotel checkout time applies. Customers on an evening flight will be able to store their baggage with the hotel concierge.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Itinerary - 2

Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or Perth for Delhi, India. Fly with either Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific or China Southern Airlines to name a few (subject to availability). Upon arrival be met by a representative at the airport and receive a welcome garland. The representative will escort you by private chauffeur car to the hotel. Whilst room keys and check in is organised, you will receive the ‘Welcome Folder’ documents and be briefed on the tour programme. 

Please note: due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on day 0. Affected customers must be at the airport the night before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documentation which you will receive prior to departure.

Overnight: WelcomHotel Dwarka, Delhi 
Meals included: In-Flight

The capital of India, Delhi is a major gateway city for international visitors. It’s a fascinating metropolis offering an intriguing mix of ancient sites and modern wonders, and also serves as the headquarters of Indian politics. Many of the heads of the Indian government, as well as other political parties, reside in the city, including the Prime Minister and President of India. 

After breakfast, enjoy a city tour of old and new Delhi. The tour will take in Raj Ghat (where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated); Red Fort (made famous by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan); and Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in India) which has three great gateways, four angle towers and two minarets constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble. Also enjoy a rickshaw tour through Chandni Chowk, a colourful shopping bazaar in Old Delhi. 

Travel to Laxminarayan Temple, a site dedicated to Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and good fortune. You’ll also witness the India Gate, a 42m high war memorial and stone of triumph. The tour continues with a visit to Rashtrapati Bhawan, the palace-like building home to the President of India. Also visit the beautiful Lotus Temple, also known as the Bahai Temple, where adherents of any faith can visit, pray or meditate at this dazzling architectural temple.

Overnight: WelcomHotel Dwarka, Delhi 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

After breakfast at the hotel, you will travel to Jaipur - the capital of Rajasthan. On arrival in Jaipur you will check into the hotel, where you will also enjoy dinner this evening. Jaipur is instantly recognisable for its pink-washed buildings, a colour associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. This beautiful city, along with Agra and Delhi, form what is known as the Golden Triangle of India’s tourist circuit. 

Jaipur is a city where royalty still lives in the grandeur of its palaces, where fighting for the honour of the clan has never been a need but a way of life, and where treating guests as gods has been a tradition from time immemorial. There is a timeless appeal to Jaipur’s colourful bazaars, where you can shop for Rajasthani textiles and trinkets. The beautifully laid out gardens and parks, attractive monuments and heritage hotels, once the residence of Maharajas, are all worth a look. 

Overnight: ITC Rajputana a Luxury Collection Hotel, Jaipur 
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast, enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Jaipur. Begin with a morning excursion to Amber Fort. Located 11km from Jaipur, it was the old fort of the Kachwaha clan of Amber. The fort is built with white marble and red sandstone and looks even more attractive because of the Maota Lake in the foreground. The fort itself is a beautiful sight to behold. 

This afternoon take part in a city tour visiting the City Palace, the former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles. Jantar Mantar, is the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed for the royal ladies to watch royal processions without being seen. Enjoy an Indian costume tying demonstration and also visit Lakshmi Narayan Temple.

Overnight: ITC Rajputana a Luxury Collection Hotel, Jaipur 
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast, you will depart for Agra. On the way, you will visit Chand Baori Step Well, located opposite a temple known as Harshat Mata Temple. It’s believed that the Chand Baori step well has a religious connection and that’s the reason it was built in front of the temple. 

On arrival to Agra, check into the hotel. Agra is the quintessential Mughal City, where the world marvels at the epitome of love, beauty and sacrifice, the Taj Mahal one of the wonders of the world. So awe-inspiring is the monument that Agra has been immortalised as the City of the Taj. As visitors walk down the narrow bustling streets, they cannot help but wonder, if the man contentedly smoking a hookah, is a direct descendent of some bygone Mughal. 

This afternoon enjoy a visit to Agra Fort (Red Fort) a fascinating sight, it showcases a high level of ornamentation and the Kohinoor diamond was reportedly part of the furnishings. The fort's artwork mixes Persian, European and Indian art, resulting in a unique Shahjahani style rich in form, expression and colour. Red Fort is one of the building complexes of India encapsulating a long period of history, arts and its innovative architectural style, including its garden design which influenced later buildings and gardens in Delhi. In 2007, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Red Fort Complex.

Overnight: ITC Mughal, Agra 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Today you will have an option to rise early and visit the Taj Mahal just after sunrise at approx. 6:00am and return to the hotel for breakfast or you can visit just after breakfast at 9:00am. 

The world famous Taj Mahal is where you will see the undeniable beauty that incorporates and expands on design traditions of Persian and earlier Mughal architecture. While earlier Mughal buildings were primarily constructed of red sandstone, Shah Jahan promoted the use of white marble inlaid with semi-precious stones. The Taj Mahal was commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1631, to be built in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632, the principal mausoleum was completed in 1643 and the surrounding buildings and garden were finished about five years later. 

Early this afternoon at approx. 1:00pm checkout of the hotel and travel back to Delhi, on arrival check into the hotel.

Overnight: WelcomHotel Dwarka, Delhi 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your short flight to Mumbai, the Bollywood capital of India! On arrival into Mumbai you will be transferred to the Deccan Odyssey Luxury train!

Meet at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at around 3:30pm to complete the registration process and check in formalities for the Maharashtra Wild Trail journey. Enjoy a traditional welcome and later savour a refreshing welcome drink. After completing all the formalities, settle in as the Deccan Odyssey leaves from Mumbai to Aurangabad, whilst you enjoy your first dinner onboard!

Overnight: Deccan Odyssey Train
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

This morning arrive in Aurangabad, an industrial town in Maharashtra. Taking its name from the last Great Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb, the city features Mughal culture in every nook and corner. After breakfast and an early lunch onboard disembark and drive towards Ellora Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the star attraction of Aurangabad.

One of the finest examples of cave temple architecture in India, the site of Ellora Caves has 34 rock-cut shrines that represent Buddhist, Jain and Hindu art that date back to the 4th and 5th centuries AD. There are 12 Buddhist caves to the south, 17 Hindu caves in the centre and 5 Jain caves to the north. The star attraction of the caves is Kailash Temple, which is believed to be a replica of Lord Shiva's celestial abode on Mt. Kailash. Next you will visit the splendid Daulatabad Fort. Constructed in the 12th century, the fort comprises of a number of structures such as Elephant Tank, Jami Masjid, Chini Mahal, Chand Minar and more. Afterwards head back to the Deccan Odyssey to refresh before heading back to the city for dinner.

Overnight: Deccan Odyssey Train
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After a relaxed breakfast, disembark for a sightseeing tour of Aurangabad. Start the tour by visiting Bibi-ka-Maqbara. A replica of the Taj Mahal in Agra, it’s the mausoleum of Dilras Banu, the beloved wife of Aurangzeb. Referred to as the 'Taj of the Deccan', the monument was constructed by Prince Azam Shah, her son. The next visit is to a weaving centre that specialises in the weaving of Himroo fabric that is known for its connection with Aurangabad's royalty since the 14th century. 

Overnight: Deccan Odyssey Train
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

The day begins early as the train arrives into Ramtek. Today is going to be an exciting day! Get set for a game drive inside Pench National Park. Getting its name from the Pench River that flows through it, this national park and tiger reserve, is known for its abundant flora and fauna including rich aquatic life. Some of the animals that you may spot include gaur, sambar, cheetal, nilgai, tiger, wild dog, wolf, wild pig and more. The park is home to as many as 285 species of birds. Some of the avifauna that are spotted in this national park include Malabar pied hornbills, Indian pittas, ospreys, grey-headed fishing eagles, white-eyed buzzards, storks, waterfowls, four endangered vulture species etc. After the game drive head back to the Deccan Odyssey for brunch. Disembark again in the afternoon for a second adventure into the wild.

Overnight: Deccan Odyssey Train
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today the train arrives into Chandrapur Station. Embark on an early morning safari inside Tadoba National Park and Tiger Reserve where you can spot a vast variety of wildlife including wild dogs, tigers, sloth bears, spotted cars, various deer species, leopards, wild pigs along with as many as 280 species of colourful birds. After the morning's game safari, enjoy a late breakfast at a wildlife resort admiring the lovely scenery. Relax while watching a documentary on wildlife and interact with the naturalist here. After lunch, head back to the Deccan Odyssey.

Overnight: Deccan Odyssey Train
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Arrive this morning at Jalgaon Station. Disembark after breakfast and drive to Ajanta Caves, another UNESCO World Heritage site. The site has 30 rock-cut Buddhist caves that are beautifully carved and feature sculptures and paintings of Buddhist religious art. These paintings and sculptures depict universal pictorial art. Enjoy lunch onboard the Deccan Odyssey as it leaves for Nashik - the 'Wine Capital of India. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax.

Overnight: Deccan Odyssey Train
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning arrive in the holy city of Nashik. Enjoy breakfast onboard and then disembark to enjoy a stroll along the Godavari Ghats. Observe different Hindu rituals being performed at the Ghat. Next, walk through the market nearby the Ghats. Later, drive towards Grover Zampa Vineyards and take a tour into the one of the finest Indian wine producing vineyards.

Witness vines loaded up with Chenin, Chardonnay and Shiraz grapes. The tour gives you an insight into the ancient methods - 'méthode traditionnelle' that are still being used for preparing the best sparkling wines in India. The sommelier at the vineyard will serve you samples from the finest collections of white, red, rose and sparkling wines. At lunch, pair your favourite wine with some delicious food. After lunch, head back to the Deccan Odyssey.

Overnight: Deccan Odyssey Train
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy your final breakfast onboard before disembarking at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station at approx. 8:30 am. You will be picked up by a representative and then enjoy a city tour of Mumbai. The Gateway of India is the main attraction of Mumbai city. Built to commemorate the visit of King George and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar in the year 1911. Next, visit Marine Drive which will give you the feeling of being in the commercial capital of India. Gardens like the Hanging Garden and the Kamla Nehru Garden will provide the much needed rest between your sightseeing trips and the Chowpatty gives you the view of one of the most happening beaches of Mumbai. After the tour you will check into the hotel.

Overnight: Trident Nariman Point or Taj Lands End, Mumbai 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today at the appropriate time you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight back to Australia. Please note: regular hotel checkout time applies. Customers on an evening flight will be able to store their baggage with the hotel concierge.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Tour Inclusions

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  • Tour the famed Golden Triangle: Delhi, Jaipur and Agra
  • Witness the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
  • Experience the sights and sounds of vibrant Delhi
  • See Red Fort, Raj Ghat and Jama Masjid Mosque
  • Visit the beautiful Lotus Temple in New Delhi
  • See colourful Chandni Chowk Market by rickshaw
  • Enjoy a day at leisure in Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan
  • Visit the Royal Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, City Palace and more
  • See Hawa Mahal, also known as Palace of Winds
  • Visit Chand Baori, one of the world’s deepest step wells
  • Enjoy an Indian costume tying demonstration
  • See the highlights of Mumbai on a city tour
  • Visit Ajanta and Ellora Caves, UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Observe Hindu rituals at Godavari Ghat in Nashik
  • Learn about Indian Wine production at Grover Zampa Vineyards

  • Maharashtra Splendour Journey:
  • Explore Kolhapur's history with a visit to the New Palace Museum
  • Seek blessings at Mahalakshmi temple in Kolhapur
  • Explore Goa on a sightseeing tour
  • Witness Portuguese architecture in Fontainhas
  • Savour a traditional Goan feast at s Spice Plantation
  • Discover the rugged city of Sindhudurg

  • Maharashtra Wild Trail Journey:
  • Explore lofty Daulatabad Fort and more on a Aurangabad city tour
  • Enjoy a wildlife game drive in Pench National Park and Tadoba Tiger Reserve
  • Look for Tigers, sambar, cheetal, nilgai and more
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex SYD/MEL/BNE/*ADL/PER
  • 1 way internal flight (economy class) from Delhi to Mumbai 
  • 7 nights 5 star hotel accommodation on tour
  • 7 nights aboard the luxury 5 star 'Deccan Odyssey' train
  • Enjoy 7 nights aboard the luxurious 'Deccan Odyssey' train
  • Choose from 2 amazing rail journeys: Maharashtra Splendour or Maharashtra Wild Trail
  • Enjoy 32 meals including 3 meals a day on the Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train 
  • All non-alcoholic drinks onboard the train at dining times
  • English-speaking local guides 
  • Welcome garland on arrival 
  • Complimentary gift on departure 
  • Sightseeing and monument entry fees 
  • Airlines taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation by private A/C vehicles
  • Return airport and rail transfers with meet and assist

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).



Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 5th May 2019.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $3700 applies.
 
Departure Dates (2019)
Maharashtra Splendour Journey:
March: 10
April: *7
 
Maharashtra Wild Trail Journey:
April: 28
May: 5

Surcharges
Please note: dates/months with a * incur a flight high season surcharge of $200 per person.
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or Perth.
 
Interstate Surcharges
*Adelaide: $100 per person.



Full Service Airline(s) Used


China Eastern, Cathay Pacific, China Southern, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways, Air India, Jet Airways, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Malindo Air plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability).

Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation. 

 

Arrive Early
Not available.
 
Stay behind in Mumbai, India
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Not available between: 5th – 30th April 2019
 
Stopover Packages
Not available.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Business Class (International sectors only): Buy now for $5499 per person
Please note: 
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin.



Accommodation Used


5 Star (self-rated)

- Delhi: WelcomHotel Dwarka

- Jaipur: ITC Rajputana a Luxury Collection Hotel

- Agra: ITC Mughal Agra

- Train: Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train

- Mumbai: Trident Nariman Point or Taj Lands End

Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights
- Mumbai, India (Post Tour): $160 per room including breakfast and transfer.
Please note: extra nights are subject to availability until the time of booking. 
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people.
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 12 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
Not available.
 
Bedding Configuration
Double or twin bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Not available.



Minimum group size 2, maximum group size 30 per vehicle.



- Visa fees and requirements (A visa for India is a strict requirement if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Recommended gratuities/tipping: 300 rupees (approx. $6 AUD) per person/day
- Optional activities/tours
- Laundry and alcoholic beverages onboard Deccan Odyssey Train
- Non-alcoholic drinks during non meal hours onboard Deccan Odyssey Train
- Video and professional still camera fees onboard Deccan Odyssey train
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.



TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Delhi, Agra and Jaipur:
March: Warm days, Cool nights, Pleasant; Low to moderate humidity
April, May: Hot; Very low to moderate humidity; Low precipitation
 
Mumbai and Goa:
During March, April and early May the average temperature starts off at 26°C, created by average highs of 32°C during the daytime and lows of 21°C after dark.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
32 meals are included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER 
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available), driver and onboard the train. The recommended tip for the tour leader, driver and and onboard the train is 300 rupees ($6 AUD) per person per day, which will be collected whilst on tour.  
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience. 
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved.  If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.



A tourist visa for India is a strict requirement if travelling on an Australian Passport. You will be able to start your Visa application process once you receive your final travel documentation approximately 6 weeks prior to departure. 

TripADeal offers a fast, secure and easy service to obtain a Visa for this country - This visa can take approximately 5 business days to complete.
 
Important: Please start arranging your visa at least 3 weeks prior to departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such a journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.



We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Voluntary Changes


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

 

·       1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

 

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
·       If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
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