7 DAY PASSAGE TO INDIA
Limited spaces available
The Indian sub-continent from its vast geographical terrain to its cultural diversity is extraordinary, and as captivating as it is inspiring.
India's cities teem with an incredible melting pot of cultures steeped in millennia of history and age-old traditions. This tour starts with a drive through Delhi to get a taste of the lifestyle, before heading to Agra to view the incomparable Taj Mahal. Then on to Rajasthan province's Jaipur city to explore the incredible architectural and astronomical achievements of past rulers of northern India. Head back to Delhi, taking in highlights such as the Bahai'i Lotus Temple, the Mahatma Gandhi museum, and Humayun's tomb – which inspired the Taj Mahal.
China Southern Airlines economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth
5 nights hotel accommodation
Transportation & transfers
Admissions to scenic attractions
Locally based English-speaking tour guides
Tipping prepaid in Australia: $90
India visa (mandatory)
Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
Personal expense and anything else not stated
Day 1: Australia Fly to Delhi
Namaste! Welcome to Delhi. You will be met at the airport by a tour representative and transferred to your hotel. Please note: Depending on the city of departure chosen, some flights may depart the night before on Day 0. Flights to Delhi will be via connecting cities and may involve more than one transit.
Day 2: Delhi Bus to Agra
Begin your journey with a drive through the bustling streets and winding alleyways of Delhi to see the ancient Qutub Minar. This complex is a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture, with its alternating angular and circular flutings and verses from the Quran inscribed on the sandstone exterior. Leave Delhi and journey on to the historic city of Agra in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Explore Agra Fort, a massive red sandstone building built on the banks of Yamuna River in 1565. The fort served as a military base and royal residence during the great Mughal reign over India.
Day 3: Agra to Jaipur
Rise early this morning to catch the breathtaking Taj Mahal, graced by the light of the morning sun. Considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World and the quintessential monument of India, this exquisite white-marble and inlaid semi-precious stone mausoleum complex was commissioned by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, as a memorial to his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Leave Agra and cross over to the colourful state of Rajasthan, to the mesmerising pink city of Jaipur, where many of the buildings here are flushed with a vibrant pink hue. Stop by Hawa Mahal (‘Palace of Winds’), an enchanting five-storey pink sandstone palace built in the 18th century by the king of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. The purpose of this building’s ingenious design was to enable the ladies of the royal palace to observe city life from the palace windows.
Day 4: Jaipur
Ascend to the Amber Fort (pictured) this morning. This massive fort sits on a hill overlooking beautiful Maota Lake. Although the fort is in ruins, the royal palaces, gardens and temples housed inside still retain much of their grandeur. Later, visit the City Palace, a stunning palace complex divided into a series of regal courtyards, gardens and buildings. Afterwards, head to the fascinating Jantar Mantar Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in early 18th century and behold an impressive collection of enormous astronomical instruments that were once used to measure time, chart constellations, and observe the planets and stars.
Day 5: Jaipur to Delhi
Return to Delhi this morning. On arrival, visit the Lotus Temple, a Bahai House of Worship, which welcomes visitors of all faiths. This astonishing modern architectural wonder features 27 white-marble petals styled in the shape of a lotus. Afterwards, enjoy a special visit to Gandhi Smriti, a museum and memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, who was assassinated on 30 January 1948. Walk in the footsteps of Gandhi and discover the life and death of one of the most influential figures in Indian history, and how his spirituality and political beliefs have gone on to inspire people around the world today. The final stop will be at Humayun’s Tomb, one of the earliest Mughal monuments to date. Its design was heavily influenced by Persian architecture and served as an inspiration for the iconic Taj Mahal.
Day 6: Delhi Fly to Australia
Transfer to the airport today for your journey home or continue on to your next destination
Day 7: Australia
Arrive home today.
THE FINE PRINT
Interstate Surcharge: Adelaide $300 (flights may be via Sydney or Melbourne)
Early Arrival/Stay Behind Surcharge: Delhi from $250 (subject to availability and applicable fare difference)
Pre/Post-Tour Accommodation (incl. breakfast): $150/person/night staying at Holiday Inn New Delhi Mayur Vihar Noida or similar (4 stars)
Airline Upgrade (economy class long haul int’l sectors): Singapore Airlines from $500
Business Class Upgrade (int’l long haul sectors): China Southern Airlines from $3500 or Singapore Airlines from $5000 (subject to availability and applicable fare difference)
Triple Share: On request basis only
Child price: Same as adult
Notes: All prices are per person subject to availability plus applicable fare difference. Flights are not available until 1 month before departure and may involve up to 2 transits per leg. Singapore Airlines may not be available on all short haul flights. If unavailable, short haul flights may be with SilkAir, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines.
All prices, itineraries, airlines, hotels and cruise ships are subject to availability and change without prior notice. Nexus Holidays reserves the right to provide substitutes of similar standard and adjust the itinerary as we see fit to ensure the smooth running of the tour. Itinerary and sites to be visited are subject to change due to local and seasonal conditions, minimum and maximum numbers, time and other unforeseen constraints beyond our control. Passengers must remain with the tour group at all times and must not deviate from the set itinerary. The total length of the tour in days includes time spent in flight and is subject to change depending on the flight schedule. Please refer to the day by day itinerary for the time spent on land. Please check all information before booking.