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India tour, 14 days

Highlights

A splendid two-week India tour of all the highlights of this wonderful and fascinating country.  We visit the most special and typical spots such as  the capital Delhi, Agra, with the world famous Taj Mahal and the holy Ganges river in Varanasi. In the colorful Rajasthan we visit the pink city, Jaipur.

Join our international groups with active travelers, of all ages. Most will come from Holland and Belgium, but you will find they have an excellent command of English. Your tour leader addresses the group in Dutch and English. Our skilled land crew have worked with Djoser for many years and make sure things run smoothly.

There is ample time for group exploration. Count on lots of walking. But sometimes, it is great to be able to break off and explore on your own. Your guide can make some great suggestions.

Join us for unforgettable cultural, nature and local experiences!

 

Itinerary

  1. Delhi
  2. Delhi
  3. Delhi - Amber Fort - Jaipur
  4. Jaipur
  5. Jaipur - Ranthambore N. P.
  6. Ranthambore N. P.
  7. Ranthambore N. P. - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
  8. Agra
  9. Agra - night train to Varanasi
  10. Varanasi
  11. Varanasi, Ganges boat trip
  12. Varanasi - night train to Delhi
  13. Delhi
  14. Delhi

Day by day

On the Road with Djoser

Djoser's active journeys offer an ideal balance of guidance and freedom. Our guide-assisted adventures cover the globe and feature wildlife, beautiful natural settings, historic sights and authentic cultural experiences. During Djoser travels, the daily schedule is not rigidly set.

The day-to-day descriptions describe the anticipated, or possible daily activities. Our travel days are obviously fixed, but each day the program may deviate depending on the preferences of the group, in consultation with the tour leader. The tour guide offers a program daily, with planned excursions. You are never obligated to participate. Those who desire more freedom may go out exploring or may dine on their own. Your tour leader can offer suggestions for safe explorations and fun restaurants. You will find that Djoser participants will take advantage of this flexibility. We believe a sense of discovery is an integral element of a great trip.

We offer the land program only. Below, you will find the day-to-day description days numbered to correspond with that of the Dutch participants (which includes their transit days from/to Amsterdam). This is so that when you are traveling and refer to this day-to-day description, all travelers will be “on the same page” or the same day number.

Delhi
Day 1 Travel day for most participants
Day 2 Delhi – land begins
Day 3 Delhi
The India tour starts in Delhi, where we relax a bit on arrival to get used to the completely different world where you have landed. The streets of the old town are filled withrickshaws, balloon sellers, fortune tellers and traders. The largest mosque in India, the Jama Masjid, is an oasis of calm in Old Delhi. In New Delhi you will find wide avenues and the imposing government buildings from the colonial era. Also, the Sikh Temple, the Qutub Minar mosque http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/233/ with a minaret of 237 ft high, the site of the cremation of Gandhi and the Red Fort are worth a visit.

 

Jaipur, the pink city
Day 4 Delhi - Amber Fort - Jaipur
Day 5 Jaipur

We drive to the state of Rajasthan, the land of kings, warriors, romance, glory and tragedy. You think you are in the backdrop of a colorful fairy tale. In the capital of Rajasthan, the pink city of Jaipur, you get the feel of the Maharajas. On the way to Jaipur we visit the Amber fort, where several Maharadja families lived. The five courtyards once had their own function; there was one for formal occasions, one for the female harem and one for the horses. The artificial Mahota Lake lies on a peninsula with gardens.

In Jaipur we visit the Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds. The facade of the palace consists of more than nine hundred windows, balconies and niches. It was built for the Maharani, the harem women of the Maharajas’. The women could look outside, but were not visible to the outside world. You can take a tour with a rickshaw in the pink painted houses, the ancient bazaars and sights of the city such as the City Palace and Jantar Mantar. After all the cultural impressions, it is time for a new experience: the Indian food. It is difficult to choose from the many curries, chutneys, masala and poppadoms.

 
Ranthambore National Park
Day 6 Jaipur - Ranthambore National Park
Day 7 Ranthambore NP

India is known for the largest tiger population in the world. In Ranthambore National Park, this majestic animal can best be spotted, but of course it is always a matter of luck. Besides tigers, leopards, hyenas and bears also live here. The park has a rich flora. For instance, there are over five hundred different flowering plants and one of the largest Bodhi Trees of India of India. To see the park in all its glory, a jeep or truck safaris are an absolute must. Pay a visit to Ranthambore hill-fort from the 10th century, that has been named to the the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Agra
Day 8 Ranthambore National Park - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
Day 9 Agra
Day 10 Agra - Varanasi night train

From Ranthambore we visit Fatehpur Sikri, a medieval ghost town in the middle of the desert. After we leave Rajasthan behind us we continue our journey to Agra, where of course you can not miss the world famous Taj Mahal. Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal between 1631 and 1648 out of love for his deceased wife. The marble edifice is still one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise, when the light creates wonderful pink and gold hues. The Agra Fort and the Baby Taj are also worth visiting. Havea nice lunch and enjoy one of the roof terraces with a beautiful view of the Taj Mahal. From Agra we travel by train to Varanasi.


Varanasi
Day 11 Varanasi
Day 12 Varanasi, Ganges boat trip
Day 13 Varanasi - Delhi night train

The city of Varanasi, located on the river banks of the famous Ganges. makes our trip of Indian highlights complete. Hindus believe that this place was founded by Shiva 5000 years ago, making it one of the main destinations for pilgrimages. The old town has atmospheric, narrow streets with shops and Hindu temples, and over a hundred ghats on the river. From these broad steps the faithful enter the water to get rid of their sins. At sunset and sunrise the Indians carry on different prayer rituals at the ghats. According to Hindu mythology, the Ganges frees the soul from the body. We look at this impressive spectacle from the best place: the river. By boat we travel along the ghats and marvel at the events on the shore and the many lights. It feels very special to be in this vibrant city, where life revolves around the dead.

There is also ample opportunity to explore the area around Varanasi. An excursion can be made to the ruins of Sarnath and a visit to the Benares Hindu University. At the end of day 13 we leave Varanasi and we ride the night train back to Delhi.

Delhi
Day 14 Delhi
Day 15 Delhi –land ends

Back in Delhi, we have a whole day to stroll around at leisure, to take photos, to order a delicious meal or to look for the last souvenirs at Chandni Chowk, a street bazaar in old Delhi. The next day our trip comes to an end.

Dates and prices

Departure dates 2018

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Dec-23-18Jan-05-19$1,8350 seats
Dec-24-18Jan-06-19$1,8350 seats

Departure dates 2019

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Feb-24-19Mar-09-19$1,83515 seatsbook now >
Mar-18-19Mar-31-19$1,83513 seatsbook now >
Apr-07-19Apr-20-19$1,83519 seatsbook now >
Oct-13-19Oct-26-19$1,83520 seatsbook now >
Nov-09-19Nov-22-19$1,83520 seatsbook now >
Dec-22-19Jan-04-20$1,83520 seatsbook now >

Departure dates 2020

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Feb-17-20Mar-01-20$1,83520 seatsbook now >
Mar-06-20Mar-19-20$1,83520 seatsbook now >
Apr-05-20Apr-18-20$1,83520 seatsbook now >

Conditions "Guaranteed leave"

Price includes

Included in our India tour package: land package (begins & ends at hotel), tour leader (as a logistics coordinator, not a lecturer) speaks Dutch & English city-to-city transport by private bus, transport by air-conditioned bus, local guide, breakfasts.

Price excludes

Excluded in our India tour package: international flights from/to United States, meals, unless named specifically in inclusives, optional excursions, entrance fees not specifically named as included, India tourist visa, exit taxes (if applicable), tips, personal expenses, travel insurance, airport transfers at arrival & departure.
 

 

Group trip dates denoted with the green "G"  (Most Likely to GO)

The dates you see listed in our group tours that are marked with a green "G" are MOST LIKELY TO GO based on this trip's past booking history, for a similar date. Before booking your flights it is important that you check with us to see if the group has enough participants for the trip to GO. However, Djoser is not responsible for costs for flight changes or cancellations if a trip must be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, which might include a booking cancellation after the trip has been deemed to have sufficient bookings for a "GO". 

 
 

Cost Overview

Costs are listed in U.S. Dollars

Single Room $220
Estimated out of pocket weekly - Meals, excursions, extras $250
Single room
Extension hotel Front or Back
Double room total $65
Single room $60

Payment Schedule 

  • Deposit is due upon booking to hold your place
  • 20% of total costs due (or $500 minimum) 
  • Payments by charge card or check accepted
  • Balance is due 60 days prior to departure date. 

USEFUL WEBSITES

Weather:   http://worldweather.wmo.int/en/home.html

Consulate List:   http://www.state.gov/misc/list/index.htm

Passport/Visa Expeditor:   TRAVISA   http://www.travisa.com/

Travel Insurance Quote:  TRAVELEX 1-800-228-9792  http://www.travelexinsurance.com/quote/?nc=1  

Currency Conversion Cheat Sheet : http://www.oanda.com/currency/travel-exchange-rates

Practical information

Accommodations & Meals

Accommodations - During our India tour we use comfortable hotels with a nice atmosphere and good location. In most hotels you will find air conditioning, where needed. Some hotels have a pool. Our hotels, often reflect the atmosphere of past times (especially in Rajasthan), and create a pleasant haven away from the busy Indian street life. We will stay in clean, and where possible, centrally located hotels. Rooms are reserved with private shower and toilet. The hotels are always provided with a good restaurant. In India, most rooms have air conditioning, or a fan for cooling.

Examples of our usual hotels (subject to change)

Delhi Rockwell Plaza
Jaipur  Bissau Palace
Ranthambore Ankur Resort
Agra Hotel Amar


Single room - 
Djoser is single friendly! If you are traveling solo, we will match you with a same-sex roommate. If we cannot match you, there will be no additional room charge. For a reasonable charge, you may request single accommodations, subject to availability. Just indicate this preference on your booking form. You will find pricing for single accommodations on "Dates & Prices" page.

Hotel extensions - It is always great to be well-rested when you begin a journey such as this. If you would like to book an extension hotel night upon arrival in the city where the land program begins, let us know on your booking form. You will find the prices for extension nights listed in the "Dates & Prices" page.

Meals - Meals during our India tour are not included on the tour. This leaves you plenty of freedom to go out and look for restaurants of your choice, with the tour leader's assistance. In India, a “thali” could be your meal choice, which is a Hindi word, literally translated as “plate”. On it you find different types of food to be eaten with rice and bread. A special yogurt drink, lassie, sometimes mixed with fruit is surprisingly refreshing in warm weather. Good, cheap Indian meals are found in every place, but often pastas and pizza are on the menu. Meals are not included in the price in India. The advantage is that you can eat where and with whom you want.  Lunch, dinner and breakfast are included on the camel safari. It can be very beneficial to get an excellent Indian meal in our hotels and restaurants. Indian cuisine, with a variety of curries is world famous and delicious. In Rajasthan you could order a 'thali. Thali means "plate" in Hindi. This contains a great variety of dishes combined with rice and bread. A wonderfully refreshing drink is the lassi, a yogurt drink that is sometimes mixed with fruit.

Note: Many hotels in India organize a special celebration dinner with entertainment for guests on Christmas and New Year's Eve For this, a mandatory fee usually charged, regardless of whether one may or may not participate in this dinner. The amount of this fee can be up to $45 - per person.

Flights & Transportation

Booking your international flight - We provide the land package and transportation within the program as described. We do not arrange international flights from or to the United States or Canada. The land program will begin approximately two hours after the arrival of the Netherlands (NL) participants who will be arrive from Amsterdam. The land program will end about 4 hours prior to their scheduled departure time, which allows for time to get to the airport. The proposed flights for the Dutch participants and the land beginning and end times are listed in this section. They are subject to change based on flight delays or changes. We will keep you posted of any flight changes that we are aware of prior to the trip. When scheduling your flights, keep the following times in mind:

Dutch participants' proposed flights: (subject to change)
Airline: Emirates 
NL participants arrive: Delhi 2:45 PM
NL participants depart: Delhi 10:35 AM

Before you book your flight - To avoid flight change or cancellation costs get email confirmation from our office that the trip has enough participants to be a “GO”.

Verify the spelling of your name-within 24 hours - When you book your flights, double check your flight records to confirm that your name is spelled on your ticket exactly as it appears on your passport. Some companies (for example, ORBITZ) will only allow a 24 hour window to correct any errors without penalty. You may incur heavy fees for changes, forfeiture of your flight ticket, or even worse, you could be denied entry to a border upon arrival.

Send us a copy of your flight itinerary - We will forward to the tour leader so they will know when to expect you at the hotel and when you will be departing.

Keep in mind hotel extensions - If the Dutch travelers arrive early in the morning, we recommend that you arrange to fly in the day or night before so you will be meet the group. Some trips involve an immediate transfer from airport to the next town so make sure you will arrive before the others so you don’t miss the first meeting or transfer to the next location. We can arrange an extension hotel night for you. Prices for hotel extensions can be found in the "Dates & Prices" section

If the Dutch participants arrive in the late evening - Should they arrive very late in the evening, the group will have their first meeting in the morning in the hotel lobby. You can check in earlier and relax or explore on your own.

Airport transfer to/from hotel – not Included - If you will be arriving and or departing on the same flight as the Dutch travelers let us know. Then you can join them on the bus for the group transfer at no additional charge. Notify us in advance so we can alert the tour leader. If you schedule your flight at the same time as theirs, or later, you can join them on the group transfer to the airport at no additional charge. Otherwise, you can take an authorized taxi to the first hotel on the list we have provided for you. Private airport transfers can be very costly . If your flight is delayed, they are difficult to reschedule or cancel. With a taxi, you are not charged for waiting time or cancellations.

Useful Links for booking your flights
Orbitz.com
Expedia.com
Kaykak.com

Local transportation - Throughout the trip, we use a private bus. During a long day of travel, we can stop regularly in the villages and places that we ride past, for example, to visit a local market or to take a photo. Throughout the year buses have air conditioning. The route from Agra to Varanasi we bridge with a night train in where we have reserved seats in sleeping compartments with air conditioning. Sheets and pillows are provided. You may want to bring your own sleep sack. The towns are best explored on foot. Of course you can also use the familiar cycle for longer distances, or motor rickshaw. It is possible to rent a bike in some places. 

Money Matters

A summary of all trip costs can be found on our "Dates & Prices" page. Prices may fluctuate throughout the year depending on currency exchange, gas costs, etc.

Included in price of our India tour package

  • Land package (begins & ends at hotel)
  • Tour leader (logistics coordinator, not a lecturer), speaks Dutch & English)
  • City-to-city transport by private bus, sometimes internal flights, trains or boats
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned bus
  • Hotel Accommodation with breakfast
  • Lake boat ride and visit Shwe Indian pagodas

 
When you book a trip

  • $500 deposit is due upon booking to hold your place
  • Payments by charge card or check are accepted
  • Balance is due 60 days prior to departure date


While you are traveling

In your pre-trip information we will send you more information about money matters such as information about local currencies, charge cards, ATM’s, currency exchange, etc.

Local Currency : Indian Rupee
Other currency accepted:  Dollars in small denominations
ATMs : Available in major cities 
Charge Cards :  Accepted in major cities in India 


Tipping - 
It is customary to tip for services rendered. The tour leader will organize a tip jar at the beginning of the trip, from which tips to drivers, guides, hotel staff are paid. Depending on the size of the group, each participant will be asked to contribute $40 to $50. This does not include a tip for your tour leader. Tipping the tour leader is appreciated and the amount up to your discretion.

** You will find a list of all trip costs in the '"Dates & Prices" section, including your estimated out of pocket costs.

Excursions

Freedom and choice are important elements of a Djoser trip. In addition to scheduled group activities, wherever possible, you may  decide which attractions you wish to visit, and with whom. Unless otherwise indicated, entrance fees are not included in the price, so you have the freedom to make your own choices. One person may prefer to stroll through the market in search of bargains, while someone else may want to relax by the pool, go to a museum, or take a bike ride. Join the guide or break off with others in the group to explore on foot or with the local transport.  Some attractions should not be missed, or they are not easily accessible, or are en route to our next overnight location and are therefore built into the program. In the "Dates & Prices" section you will find the estimated out-of-pocket, weekly expenses that have calculated in typical entry fees in addition to meals and other costs.

 

Travel Documents

When you book a trip we will provide you with more details about necessary documents. Passports should be current and valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date. If a visa is required, you may need extra pages in your passport for your stamps. Check all visa requirements carefully and leave yourself plenty of time to send and receive documents before your trip.

Travel documents needed
India tourist visa needed - YES Consulate link

Visa expeditor - If you are anxious about the visa process, or if you are short of time, you can pay an additional fee for an expediting service. They will look over your paperwork and should be able to guaranty a swift return of your visa or passport. We can recommend TRAVISA. 

Health Issues & Insurance

Health - Check for the Center for Disease Control – Travelers information for recommendations. Keep in mind that they may recommend an inoculation or medication such as malaria pills, which may be necessary for one specific part of a country but not another, or for a particular season. Shots are expensive. Make sure to get only what is needed. We recommend asking your doctor for a prescription to combat a more serious intestinal disorder.

When you book a trip we will provide you with information regarding the usual recommendations for the region we will visit. You will be responsible to check with your travel clinic or physician to review your plans and to find out the most up-to-date recommendations and needs for your particular situation. Plan to get your inoculations four to six weeks in advance of your trip. Some offices may need to preorder the medicines so call in advance.It is wise to pay careful attention to what you eat. Also, we recommend you bring medicines such as pain-killer and for remedy for intestinal disorders (such as IMMODIUM). Bring a small first aid kit. Tweezers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, insect repellent , salt rehydration tablets. The tour leader will have a first aid kit.

Climate and altitude changes can sometimes cause illness. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Bottled water is readily available. Excessive alcohol intake contributes to dehydration and makes you more vulnerable to illness. Make sure that you get plenty of rest and enough food and drink during the trip.

Most people are recommended to get

  • DTP vaccinations, typhoid and hepatitis
  • Malaria tablets

Insurance - For piece of mind, we recommend that you procure travel insurance. In the event of an illness or injury, an emergency evacuation can be incredibly expensive and you would want access to the best possible facility. Also, lost baggage or missed flights can mean added expenses, Even events at home may prevent you from taking a trip, such as a lost job or ailing family member. It is important to get travel insurance immediately after booking. Most companies have a brief window (within 10 days of booking) for coverage for a preexisting condition. You will be asked to provide us with travel insurance contact information before your departure.

You are free to choose your own provider. Over the years, we have recommended TRAVELEX. They offer a variety of plans and most importantly, they are responsive. Should you choose to go with TRAVELEX, you will contact them directly and the cost of your coverage will depend on the plan you choose. The cost will be based over the total cost of your trip and flights, and the amount is also subject to your age. Ask about the TRAVEL PLUS plan and the more economical TRAVEL LITE plan. * Arrange for insurance immediately after booking your trip so that you are covered for any pre-existing situation. TRAVELEX 1-800-228-9792

Group Composition

Djoser travelers are active, enthusiastic travelers of all ages. Join an international group with travelers from the Netherlands, Belgium and North America, who will be the minority group on these trips. Most of our trips range from a minimum of eight participants to a maximum of 20 or 22. You will find couple and singles on our trips. Feel free to call us if you wish to know the demographic make-up of a particular trips (number of singles and age range).

Minimum group size: 8
Maximum group size: 20


What to expect when traveling with an international group - 
Djoser, Inc. (the United States office) has been an India tour operator for over 15 years. Djoser, B.V. (the Netherlands office) has been an India tour operator for over 25 years. So together we bring vast experience. Most of our trips are arranged in cooperation with Djoser, B.V. in the Netherlands. Because they cater to the voracious travel appetites of the Dutch, we can offer a vast number of programs around the world with hard-to-find itineraries, with numerous departure dates.

On our India group tour you will travel with an international group, with most participants from Holland and Belgium. The international make-up of our groups is the attraction for many regular Djoser travelers and adds another cultural element to the trip. Typically, there are only one to five North Americans per group. You will find that almost all of your fellow travelers have an excellent command of English and most are very willing to socialize. It’s a great idea to extend an invitation to a few travel mates for coffee or a drink early in the trip. They will appreciate your effort and this is a great way to break the ice. It will be easier for them to test out their English skills in a quiet, one-on-one setting. Group members tend to warm up to one another in a day or two. As with every tour group, compatibility has most to do with individual personalities.

The Dutch are experienced and hearty travelers. We attract travelers of all ages and we enjoy the mix! You will find our participants welcome opportunities for independent explorations in addition to group activities. No matter their age, Djoser travelers expect, and are up to lots of walking, hiking, biking, or whatever comes our way.  The Dutch and Belgian travelers will fly as a group from Amsterdam. You will meet the group and tour leader at the hotel where you will begin the land program with the group.

Tour Leaders & Support Staff

Our trips will be guided by an experienced Dutch guide who speaks Dutch and English. He or she will be responsible for the organizational and technical aspects of the trip. He/she coordinates with the driver , hotels, and other vendors along the way. The tour leader has extensive travel experience and expertise as well as a comprehensive training.
On this trip a local India tour guide explains extensively about the country; local customs, religious influences and cultural backgrounds.

Our experienced land representatives are situated in the destination country you will visit. We work closely with them and they function as the liaison between our office, the guide, drivers and hotels. They are also available in the case of an emergency and their number will be provided on your emergency contact list.

Climate & Geography

The weather in India can vary greatly depending on the season. In winter, daytime temperatures are pleasant and nights can be refreshing, even cold. In summer, temperatures can reach tropical highs, but humidity is low and the heat is surprisingly easy to bear. In summer it is wise to start the day early, take it easy around noon and go out again at the end of the day. The monsoon season in India lasts from July to the end of August. Starting in the south, the monsoon reaches the north in the middle of July. Traveling in the rainy season does not have to adversely affect your holiday. The rains usually do not last long and nature flourishes.

Our trips are organized with weather conditions in mind. On our website, we will provide you with a weather summary of the region: Check temperature and rainfall for specific cities on your trip, during your month of travel at worldweather.org

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Highlights

  • See India’s highlights in two weeks
  • Services of local India tour guide
  • Comfortable modern bus with air conditioning
  • Comfortable hotels, usually with air conditioning
  • En route visit the Amber Fort
  • Boat ride on the Ganges in Varanasi included
  • International group - all ages 

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