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India tour, 17 days

India is a country that stays with you and where all your senses are continuously stimulated. Enjoy the colorful inhabitants, see how Hindus wash themselves in the holy river Ganges, visit the world-famous Taj Mahal and marvel at ancient palaces from a bygone era. A visit to the metropolises of Mumbai and Delhi will not be missed during this  trip.

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. Mumbai (Group meeting morning)
  2. Mumbai
  3. Mumbai - flight to Udaipur
  4. Udaipur
  5. Udaipur - Jodhpur
  6. Jodhpur, excursion Mehrangarh Fort
  7. Jodhpur - Pushkar
  8. Pushkar - Jaipur
  9. Jaipur, excursion Amber Fort
  10. Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
  11. Agra - night train to Varanasi
  12. Arrival Varanasi
  13. Varanasi, boat trip Ganges - Sarnath - Varanasi
  14. Varanasi - night train to Delhi
  15. Arrival Delhi
  16. Delhi
  17. Delhi . (LAND ENDS EARLY AM)

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  referring to the same day number.

Land program - 17 days

Sizzling Mumbai
1. Transit day (Extension hotel room recommended tonight)
 
2. Mumbai  - Land program begins early A.M. 
3. Mumbai

 With 14 million inhabitants, Mumbai is the largest city in India and also a very impressive one. A simple walk on the street feels like an amusement park attraction. Countless mopeds, cars and rickshaws make their way through the city that is full of beautiful buildings. This varies from towering skyscrapers to meager cottages and historic Victorian buildings. Those who want to escape the hectic pace will find peace in the beneficent Hanging Gardens .

You will also find Bollywood studios, rich movie stars and Dharavi, the largest slum in Asia, in Mumbai . Interesting places and attractions are 'Colaba Causeway', the commercial heart of Mumbai, and the Dhobi Ghat, the unique and colorful outdoor 'laundry'. In the Kamala Nehru park you have a beautiful view of the Arabian Sea and the city.

Udaipur, wander through ancient palaces
4. Mumbai - flight to Udaipur
5. Udaipur

We take the plane to Udaipur, a veritable treasure trove full of elegant palaces, beautiful temples and havelis or merchant houses. Udaipur is also called 'city of sunrise' and whoever takes the trouble to behold a sunrise understands why. It is a very pleasant city where we take the time to enjoy the romantic atmosphere and the beautiful lakes and palaces.

The old town has countless small streets, colorful markets and shops, all kinds of temples, and also the breathtaking City Palace and the fairytale-like Lake Palace, built on an island in the middle of the lake.  From the islands in the two lakes where you can rent a rowboat for good view over the place. But also from our accommodation you have a great view.

Jodhpur, Pushkar
6. Udaipur - Jodhpur
7. Jodhpur, excursion Mehrangarh Fort
8. Jodhpur - Pushkar

On the way to Jodhpur we stop at one of the most beautiful and largest Jain temples in India. This temple from the 15th century has no less than 1444 beautifully decorated columns. Jainism is a separation from Hinduism and preaches a doctrine against the use of violence against all living beings.

After a beautiful bus ride through mountainous area we arrive in the busy trading place Jodhpur where we visit the impressive Mehrangarh Fort. From the fort you have a nice view of the blue district where the Brahmanslive. In addition, the old center with the market is recognizable by the bell tower and certainly worth a visit. Here you can indulge your passion for shopping at the many bazaars, including the Sadar Bazaar. In many, often tiny, shops and ateliertjes, the Rajasthani traditionally make their handicraft products.

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle, visit one of the traditional Bishnoi villages where time seems to have stood still.In the holy city of Pushkar,  many pilgrims take their ritual bath. Here is the only temple in India that is dedicated to Brahma, who, according to Hinduism the creator of the universe. The town is also known for the annual camel market that attracts traders from far and wide.

Jaipur
9. Pushkar - Jaipur
10. Jaipur, excursion Amber Fort
11. Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra

We travel further to Jaipur, which is also called the 'pink city' because of the color of the houses and city walls. In the center are the famous Palace of Winds and the Museum of the Maharaja. Outside the city you will find a famous castle from the 16th century: the Amber fort. Here you can wander through the various rooms where royal families used to live in luxury and opulence. In the heart of the city lie the royal palace, now a museum, and the well-preserved observatory from the 18th century.

The Hawa Mahal, or the Palace of Winds, with its small 1000 richly decorated windows is the most characteristic building of Jaipur. This building should definitely be on your list of places of interest.

A trip in India is not complete without a visit to one of the seven world wonders: the Taj Mahal. Moghulkeizer Shah Jahan had this marble mausoleum built in the 17th century as a tribute to his deceased wife. The monument is located in a beautiful garden full of ponds, mango trees and fountains. At sunrise, the building bathes in a magical glow, making it look like a palace from a fairy tale.

Agra Fort is near the lively old town where you can find different palaces and mosques of pure marble. The rickshaw is also an excellent means of transport here.


Varanasi, bathing in the holy river
12. Agra - night train to Varanasi
13. arrival Varanasi
14. Varanasi, boat trip Ganges - Sarnath - Varanasi

We take the night train to Varanasi. This city on the banks of the famous and holy Ganges completes our journey through Indian highlights. Hindus believe that Varanasi was founded five thousand years ago by Shiva. Every year thousands of pilgrims come here to cleanse their soul by washing in the river. The old town is a large labyrinth of atmospheric narrow streets with shops and Hindu temples that ultimately end up on one of the hundred ghats, wide steps, on the Ganges. At sunset and sunrise the Indians perform prayer rituals from the ghats.

During a boat trip we can see this fascinating ritual well. The river is also a popular place for cremations. The deceased are first washed in the Ganges and then burned. Inthe Sarnath district is the place where Gautama Buddha taught the Dharma to others for the first time and where the Sangha, the Buddhist community of monks, came into being. It is one of the four most important pilgrimages in Buddhism.

Overwhelming Delhi
15. Varanasi
16. Varanasi - flight to Delhi
17. Delhi
18. Delhi 

We fly to Delhi, the last destination of the trip. The city is divided into Old and New Delhi. In the old city is the largest mosque in India, the Jama Mashid, and the Red Fort. Around these buildings it is very busy with honking rickshaws, mopeds, bicycles, buses, taxis and a large parade of people. Do not be surprised if you see a cow in the middle of all that traffic. Cows are sacred in India and are approached with respect.

In the new part of Delhi you will find green parks, wide avenues and colonial government buildings. Also here is the grave of Gandhi, the famous Indian politician and human rights activist. In the evening, people gather around India Gate to eat and look at the illuminated fountains. We say goodbye to the group in Delhi, manned with many indelible impressions. 

On the road with Djoser
During our travels there is no rigidly planned itinerary. The travel days are set and the tour guide offers a program most days and a number of excursions are included. But the program can be determined daily in consultation with the guide and the group. You are never obligated to participate. Those who prefer to explore independently have the freedom to do so. The guide can make suggestions for independent explorations.
 

Dates and prices

Departure dates 2019

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Feb-11-19Feb-27-19$2,17015 seatsbook now >
Mar-18-19Apr-03-19$2,17020 seatsbook now >

Conditions "Guaranteed leave"

Price includes

  • Land program
  • Dutch Tour guide (speaks English and Dutch)
  • Transport by air-conditioned bus
  • Domestic flight Mumbai - Udaipur & Varanasi - Delhi
  • Night train Agra - Varanasi
  • Excursion Mehrangarh fort
  • Excursion Amberfort
  • Visit Fatehpur Sikri
  • Boat trip Ganges
  • Visit Sarnath

Price excludes

 
  • international flights 
  • Airport transfers,
  • meals
  • optional excursions
  • entrance fees
  • Tourist visas
  • tips, personal expenses,
  • travel insurance,
 
 
 
 

Cost Overview


$420.00  Single Room 

$240  Out of pocket costs estim, weekly
$35 .  Tip Pot 

Mumbai - Hotel extension per night

TBA - Double Room
TBA - Single Room


Delhi - Hotel extension per night
$70.00 - Double Room 
$60.00 - Single Room 

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. 

Group trip dates denoted with the green "G" have enough to for a "GO"

The dates you see listed in our group tours that are marked with a green "G" as they have enough enrollment for a GO. There are unforseen circumstances that might cause a trip to be canceled, such as participant cancellations or natural disaster, for example. Djoser is not responsible for costs for flight changes or cancellations if a trip must be cancelled for these or other reasons. For this reason, it is important that you secure travel insurance from a travel insurance provider.

USEFUL WEBSITES

  • Flights: http://farecompare.com
  • 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


Our hotels are a pleasant resting point in the busy Indian street life. We spend the night in centrally located middle class hotels where rooms are reserved with air conditioning, shower and toilet. The hotels often have a good restaurant. Some hotels have a swimming pool. You will feel like a Maharaja in our accommodation in Jaipur, a palace from the 18th century.

Mumbai Hotel Sahil
Udaipur Paras Mahal
Jodhpur Mapple Abhay
Pushkar Jagat Palace
Jaipur Bissau Palace
Agra Amar Hotel
Delhi Hotel Metro Heights

Single room
Individual travelers are, matched with other single travelers of the same sex. If you wish to have a single room, you can request on your booking form. Our rates are reasonable. You can find the costs in our Cost Summary section. 

Extension Hotel

When the land program begins early in the A.M. we recommend that you book an extension hotel night so that you will be well-rested and available for the WELCOME meeting and first activity. 

Meals
Meals are not included in the fare in India. The advantage of this is that you, or a number of others, can look for a restaurant or restaurant of your choice. You can get an excellent Indian meal in our hotels and other restaurants.

Indian cuisine, with lots of different curries, is world famous and delicious. In Rajasthan you could order a so-called thali. Thali means plate in Hindi. On this you will find a large variety of dishes combined with rice and bread. A delicious cooling snack is the lassi, a yogurt drink, sometimes mixed with fruit.

NB: Many hotels in India organize a special party dinner on Christmas and New Year's Eve with entertainment for hotel guests. A compulsory supplement is usually levied for this, regardless of whether or not you participate in this dinner. The amount of this allowance can be as high as $40 per person.

Flights & Transportation

Scheduling Your Flights
We provide your land program. You will need to organize your own international flight.

As most travelers will arrive from the Netherlands, our program start and end dates are built around their arrival and departure times. Please schedule your flight to arrive prior the Dutch participants so that you will not miss any portion of the program.

 

BOOKING YOUR FLIGHTS

YOUR ARRIVAL FLIGHT
Plan your flight to arrive in MUMBAI on the first day,

The Dutch travelers will arrive after midnight, early in the A.M. so you will meet up with them in the morning.

YOUR DEPARTURE FLIGHT
Plan your flight to depart from DELHI any time on the last day.
The land program ends in DELHI in the morning.

The Dutch travelers are scheduled to leave on a 6 AM flight. If you book a flight that leaves at the same time or shortly after, you can join the Dutch participants on the bus for group transfer, free of charge.

Proposed flight for Dutch participants (subject to change)
TURKISH AIR 

The Dutch travelers will arrive MUMBAI   5:15 AM

So that you will be able to meet the group for the morning Welcome Meeting and first activity,  we recommend that you book your flight to arrive the prior day, in Mumbai. See costs in COST SUMMARY section.  


They depart DELHI 6:55 AM day 18

You can depart any time after check out.  If your flight leaves at the same time as the Dutch flight out, or within a couple of hours after, you are welcome to join the group on the bus to the airport, free of charge. Otherwise, you can arrange your own airport transfer with the front desk at the hotel. 


NOTE: Do not book your flight until you receive an email confirmation of with the current itinerary and confirmation stating that we have reached sufficient enrollment for a trip to go. We are typically safe with 10 for a "GO". You can follow the enrollment postings on the website Dates & Prices page.

Please send us a copy of your flight. This way the tour leader can track your arrival.


Transport
We use our own bus throughout the journey. Traveling with own transport has the advantage, especially during a long travel day, that we can regularly stop in the villages and places we drive through, for example to visit a local market or other attractions. The buses have air conditioning throughout the year.

A domestic flight takes you from Mumbai to Udaipur and from Varanasi to Delhi. We bridge the Agra - Varanasi route with a night train in which we have reserved seats in air-conditioned sleeping compartments. Sheets and pillows are provided.

The cities are best explored on foot. Of course you can also use the famous bicycle or motor rickshaw for the longer distances. It is possible to rent a bicycle in some places.

Money Matters

In India and Nepal the rupee is the local currency. Look for the current exchange rates on oanda.com.

ATM: available in many cities, both in India and in Nepal.
Cash: euros or U.S. dollars accepted in small denominations. Bring newer, undamaged bills (10 years old or less)
Credit card: usable in different places.

Out of Pocket Expenses -You should budget for expenses that are not included in the fare, such as meals, entrance fees, optional excursions and personal expenses. (See Costs Overview)

Tips
It is customary to give tips for services rendered. In order to avoid having to always dispose of tips, a tip jar is set up at the beginning of the trip, from which the (joint) tips are paid to the drivers, guides, hotel staff, etc. The amount of the tip pot depends on the group size and length of the trip. The amount per person is usually $25-$30 for shorter trips and $40-$50- for longer trips. This does not include a tip for your tour leader. Tipping your tour leader is appreciated. The amount is at your discretion. (See Costs Overview)
 

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.


While you are traveling

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



Excursions


The tour leader will plan many group excursions however Djoser trips allow for plenty of personal freedom. One person may prefer to roam over the market in Delhi or Kathmandu in search of bargains, while another wants to look around at a museum, the Red Fort, the Taj Mahal, or settle on a roof terrace to enjoy a drink and watch the daily life. In most cases you can go on your own or with fellow travelers, with or without help from our tour guide, on foot or with local transport. Admission fees are therefore not included in the fare, so you are free to choice, according to your personal preferences.

Some places of interest should not be missed or they are difficult to reach or are 'en route' to our next place of accommodation. Such excursions are included in the program. The admission fees are additional. You can find the estimated out-of-pocket expenses summarized in the Cost Overview (Dates & Prices section).

During this trip through India, the following excursions are included in the itinerary:

  • India excursion Mehrangarh
  • Excursion Mehrangarh fort. The impressive fortress towers over Jodhpur and lies on a major trade route from the 15th and 16th centuries.
  • Excursion Amberfort. The fort is the former residence of the Moghul Ruler Jai Singh I and has 4 courtyards on different levels.
  • Boat trip across the Ganges; watch the fascinating spectacle on the river stairs - ghats - from the water.


On the way our bus stops at a number of places, for which you will need to pay entrance fees:

  • Fatehpur Sikri, the completely deserted 16th century capital of the Moghul Empire, we visit on the way to Agra.
  • Visit to Sarnath, one of the four most important pilgrimages in Buddhism

During the trip, other excursions are possible that are certainly worthwhile.

  • A visit to a Bollywood film in Jaipur is quite an experience.
  • From our hotel in Agra you can walk to one of the highlights of this trip: the Taj Mahal.
  • Do not miss the Red Fort in Delhi, as well as the bazaar street Chandni Chowk.


     


Travel Documents

For U.S. citizens.


• Passport, which is valid for at least six months after departure from each country.
• India - Visa (you can fill in e-visa online). We will provide you with needed information to complete this form. (DOUBLE ENTRY / 60 days)
 

Please verify your visa requirements on the appropriate embassy site for the country of your residence. Visa requirements can change. We will update you regarding requirements when you book your trip.

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 A
• Malaria tablets


Insurance - For peace 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 for U.S. clients. 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: 10 
Maximum group size: 20

What to expect when traveling with an international group - Djoser, Inc. (in the United States office) has offered tours in the region since 1998. Our group 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 Djoser’s India and Nepal 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 will be very willing to socialize.
But we find that extending an invite to a couple of fellow travelers for a coffee or beer creates a good environement for them to brush up on rusty English skills. 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.

Djoser clients are active travelers of all ages and we enjoy the mix! You will find our participants welcome opportunities for independent explorations in addition to group activities.

The Dutch and Belgian travelers will fly as a group from Amsterdam. You will meet the group and tour leader at the hotel. Your tour leader will contact you to let you know when and where to meet the group for the first group meeting in the hotel. At the group meeting, the tour leader will make introductions and give everyone the nuts and bolds of the upcoming days. He or she will conduct this meeting in Dutch and English. The tour leader will arrange some one-on-one time to go over some details with you, in English, and will make sure you have the the necessary information for the days to come.

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.

Your guide will address the group in Dutch and English. The guide is a logistics coordinator (not a lecturer) and will take care that you get all the important information. They ensure that the trip runs smoothly and are the point of contact for questions and wishes. Their own passion, combined with extensive training and induction procedure, forms the basis for their expertise and professionalism.

Land Representatives
Our experienced land representatives are situated in the destination country you will visit. Most of our land representatives have worked with us for twenty years or more. 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

In North India, weather conditions are highly dependent on the season. In the autumn (September to November) and spring (February to April) the temperatures are particularly pleasant, both during the day and at night. In the winter (December and January) it is warm during the day, while it can cool off considerably in the evening and at night. The summer can be quite warm throughout India, with temperatures reaching above 95 ° F. In 

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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