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Travelbay Tours - Inclusions - Meals

23 x Meals
14 breakfasts,
4 lunches, 5 dinners

Travelbay India Tours - Inclusions - Transport

Transport
2 x Domestic flights, overnight train ride and transport in a private air-conditioned vehicle

Travelbay Tours - Inclusions - Accommodation

Accommodation
14 nights accommodation in hotels of your choice of star rating

Travelbay Tours - Inclusions - Tour guides

Private Tour Guides
Your own personal English speaking tour guide in each location


Travelbay Tours - Inclusions - Included activities

Included activities with your personal guide:
See the Taj Mahal at sunrise ~ Enjoy 3 jeep safaris in Kanha National Park home to the Royal Bengal Tiger and other wildlife ~ Visit Bandhavgarh National Park with 3 more wildlife safaris ~ Enjoy a guided walking tour through Old Delhi including a rickshaw ride ~ Discover the sights of Delhi including Jama Masjid, Sikh Gurdwara and more ~ Watch the sunset at Nahargarh Palace overlooking Jaipur ~ Visit Amber Fort ~ Jaipur sightseeing including Hawa Mahal & Sheesh Mahal ~ Explore the vibrant local bazaars of Rajasthan ~Discover the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri ~ Visit Agra Fort ~ Take a boat safari on the Chambal River  ~ Discover the famous sculptures at the Khajuraho Temples ~ Enjoy the holy city of Varanasi including a boat ride in the River Ganges, a rickshaw ride and visit to Sarnath


Itinerary

Click on the headings below to see details for each day.

Intro

India with its 1.2 billion people is a kaleidoscopic mix of people, culture, history and nature - there is always something happening, all of the time. This tour takes you through the streets of bustling Delhi, to the history of Jaipur, the majesty of the Taj Mahal, to the heart of the jungle and home of the Bengal tiger, onto the holy city of Varanasi and more.

See the sights, meet the locals, wander local markets, go wildlife spotting on jungle safaris, try out the delicious local food, have an amazing holiday and so much more.

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi  

Your journey begins in Delhi. With a colourful mix of history, culture and modernisation, Delhi is a fantastic place to explore.

On arrival in Delhi you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for check in.

If your arrival is during the day, your guide will hand over all your documents including hotel vouchers, flight and train tickets, discuss the whole tour with you, answer any questions you may have and arrange the meeting time for the next day. If your arrival is late we give you a chance to rest first and go through the handover the next day followed by your first sightseeing tour.

Overnight in Delhi: Colonel's Retreat or Justa The Residence - Superior Room (Standard); Royal Plaza or similar - Superior Room (Deluxe); The Claridges / Oberoi Maidens or similar - Deluxe / Premier Room (Super Deluxe)

Day 2: Discover Delhi - the heart of India

A special opportunity to soak in the sounds and aromas of Delhi and discover why it is known as the heart of India.

In the morning you will be met at the hotel by your professional English speaking guide, then driven to Old Delhi. Here you will meet a local guide from an NGO (non-profit organisation) who speaks good English and has been professionally trained to look after guests. He will have a great knowledge and interest in this area of the walk and take you around the small by-lanes, havelis and other interesting places – this can take 2 – 3 hours.

Your personal guide will wait whilst you are on your local walking tour, and continue with you afterwards to visit the remaining parts of Old and New Delhi.

Travelbay India Tours - Sikh Gurdwara, Delhi

Visit key places such as: Jama Masjid one of the largest mosques in India, Raj Ghat – Mahatma Gandhi's monument, Sikh Gurdwara an important Sikh temple and quiet refuge in the busy city and the iconic Lotus Temple.

Later drive to India Gate, the President's House and Lutyen's buildings and have the opportunity to shop at some local markets.

Overnight in Delhi: Colonel's Retreat or Justa The Residence - Superior Room (Standard); Royal Plaza or similar - Superior Room (Deluxe); The Claridges / Oberoi Maidens or similar - Deluxe / Premier Room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Travel to Jaipur, the colourful capital of Rajasthan

After breakfast, you will be driven to Jaipur in Rajasthan (around 5 hours drive). This bustling and fascinating city has some of the finest examples of Rajasthani architecture and whilst it is a growing city with a modern outlook, camels can be found wandering the streets and rickshaws blend in with the traffic.

Travelbay India Tours - Nahargarh Palace, Jaipur

You will be driven to your hotel on arrival and you can spend the rest of the day at leisure. In the evening your driver will take you to a lovely but simple cafe located in Naharagarh Palace, perched on top of a hill, it offers a superb bird’s eye view of the city. Enjoy watching the sun going down over the city.

Overnight in Jaipur: Hotel Park Regis or similar - Deluxe Room (Standard); Shahpura House or Ramada Hotel - Suite/Deluxe Room (Deluxe); Marriott or Trident - Deluxe Room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Visit Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal and more  

After breakfast visit the ancient palace of Amber Fort*, which is exquisite in many ways – size, scale, craftsmanship, history and sits on a hilltop with stunning views.

Travelbay India Tours - Amber Fort Jaipur

One of the most spectacular buildings contained in the fort is the Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors), with its walls completely covered with tiny mirrors.

It has been designed so that even if a single ray of light enters the hall, this light is reflected in all the mirrors and the entire hall lights up.

Later visit the key sights and wonders of the Pink City in the heart of Jaipur. Visit the Observatory, the Maharaja's City Palace and Hawa Mahal (also known as Palace of the Winds and viewed from the outside only). Built of red and pink sandstone it is said to resemble the honeycomb structure of a bee’s nest. It was called the Palace of Winds as in the original design it had a clever cooling system that allowed a gentle breeze to pass through the Palace – very welcome in the hot Rajasthani summers. It is said to have been built as an observatory where the women of the Maharaja's City Palace could observe the outside world whilst remaining inside the palace.

The bustling bazaars of the old city are a great place to shop and explore and are some of the most vibrant in Asia – Rajasthan is known for its colour!

You also have the option to catch the latest Bollywood movie in the opulent Raj Mandir Cinema (your driver will take you there if you request, but this part of the tour is optional so you will need to pay for your own tickets - approximately AUD$8 per person).

*You have the option to take an elephant ride to Amber Fort. The cost of this is AUD15 per person (2 people on an elephant) or AUD30 (one person atop an elephant). There are strict regulations in place to limit the total number of journeys each elephant can do in a day, and they are only allowed to carry 2 passengers at a time to prevent any over-working of elephants.

Overnight in Jaipur: Hotel Park Regis or similar - Superior Room (Standard); Shahpura House or Ramada Hotel - Suite/Deluxe Room (Deluxe); Marriott or Trident - Deluxe Room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Travel to Agra via the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri

Travelbay India Tours - Fatehpur Sikri

After breakfast you will be collected for the drive to Agra (around 5 hours). On the way visit the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. Walk through the city with your guide hearing the intriguing story behind the abandoning of the city and learn about its great architecture.

Visit a local school (subject to the school being open) and village to enjoy interaction with children and villagers. In the evening you have the option to visit the Taj Mahal at sunset (this evening's visit is optional and whilst your guide and driver will be with you, the entrance fee is at your own expense - approximately AUD$22.) Tomorrow morning there is a scheduled visit to the Taj Mahal.

Overnight in Agra: Coral Tree Homestay or Hotel Royale Residency or similar - Deluxe Room (Standard); Four Points Sheraton or similar - Superior Room (Deluxe); Trident or Hyatt - Superior Room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: The magnificent Taj Mahal and drive to Chambal Safari Lodge

Travelbay India Tours - Taj Mahal

Visiting the Taj Mahal in the early morning is something special. Watch as the marble changes colour as the sun rises and wander the grounds of the Taj Mahal with your guide marvelling at its wonder. You will then be taken back to your hotel for breakfast.

Later in the morning, visit the majestic Agra Fort. Step back to an era of great palaces and grand forts. The fort itself is magnificent and has wonderful views of the Taj Mahal in the distance. Later visit a Marble factory where you see the fascinating inlay work of local artisans whose forefathers built the Taj Mahal.

In the afternoon you will be driven to the Chambal Safari Lodge (around 1.5 hrs drive). Nestled in over 120 acres of woodland and pasture and surrounded by farmland, Chambal Safari Lodge offers a very special wilderness experience. In the evening enjoy a guided visit to the Bateshwar Temples on the Ghats of River Yamuna and view the sunset from the terrace of The Kunj overlooking the Ghats and Temples.

Overnight in Chambal: Chambal Safari Lodge - Deluxe Wilderness Lodge (Standard, Deluxe and Super Deluxe);

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7: Enjoy a boat safari on the Chambal River & overnight train

Enjoy a morning boat safari (2½ - 3 hours duration) on the Chambal River. The lodge naturalist will accompany you on the safari.

Travelbay India Tours - Chambal River Safari

The area is home to gharials, the Gangetic dolphin, marsh crocodiles, different species of turtles, Indian striped hyenas, jungle cats, Indian wolves, otters...as well as over 300 species of birds. Later join the lodge naturalist on a nature and bird walk around the lodge.

After lunch drive to Agra (around 1.5 hrs drive) where you will be taken to the train station for your overnight train to Jabalpur departing at 8:30pm. The driver will make sure you are comfortable on the train before you depart. A packed dry dinner and breakfast will be provided.

Overnight on the train: First Class AC Sleeper

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 8: Kanha National Park - home of the Jungle Book

Arrive in Jabalpur at 8:20am. You will be met at the station and driven to Kanha National Park (around 4 hours drive).

This famous Park of Central India is home to Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book - Sher Khan the tiger, Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear. The lush bamboo, sal forest and wide meadows are also home to the wild Bengal Tiger which can be frequently seen roaming the park - a spectacular sight.

The Park has brought the Swap Deer back from the verge of extinction and with luck and patience it is possible to see leopards, sloth bears and dhole (Indian wild dogs) hunting in packs. More common animals are gaur, or Indian bison, blue cows, swamp mouse, spotted deer and many birds. This is jungle life at its best.

In the afternoon, take a leisurely nature walk with a local naturalist at the lodge or you may simply like to relax and enjoy the surroundings.

Please note: Kanha National Park is closed for afternoon safaris on Wednesdays.

Overnight in Kanha: Tuli Tiger Resort or similar - Cottage (Standard and Deluxe); Bagh Tola / Courtyard Haveli or similar - Cottage (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9: Enjoy two wildlife safaris 

Travelbay India Tours - Spotted deer, Kanha National Park

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the park spotting more wildlife and taking photos. You can read more about the jungle safaris here and remember to take warm clothes with you for the early morning start.

Between your wildlife safaris you can spend your time at leisure. There are also some lovely bird and nature walks in the area.

Please note: Kanha National Park is closed for afternoon safaris on Wednesdays.

Overnight in Kanha: Tuli Tiger Resort or similar - Cottage (Standard and Deluxe); Bagh Tola / Courtyard Haveli or similar - Cottage (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10: Travel to Bandhavgarh National Park and see Bengal Tigers

After breakfast, your driver will meet you and you will be driven to Bandhavgarh National Park (approximately 5-6 hours).

Travelbay India Tours - Bengal Tiger, Bandhavgarh National Park

This beautiful park was once the hunting ground of the Maharajas of Rewa and home to the famous white tigers. Today, this is a protected National Park that is known for the Royal Bengal Tiger.

In fact, the population of tigers in Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India. It also holds the largest breeding population of leopards and various species of deer and is home to langur monkeys, sloth bears and many birds.

Check in to your lodge and after you have settled in, if time permits, enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Park.

You can read more about the jungle safaris here.

Please note: Bandhavgarh National Park is closed for afternoon safaris on Wednesdays.

Overnight in Bandhavgarh: Nature Heritage/Infinity Resort or similar - Cottage (Standard and Deluxe); Bagh Tola or Bandhav Vilas - Cottage (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11: Game drives and wildlife spotting in Bandhavgarh 

Travelbay India Tours - Langur, Bandhavgarh National Park

Wake early to catch the sunrise and enjoy a morning game drive in the park.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure before taking an afternoon game drive to spot wildlife.

Please note: Bandhavgarh National Park is closed for afternoon safaris on Wednesdays.

Overnight in Bandhavgarh: Nature Heritage/Infinity Resort or similar - Cottage (Standard and Deluxe); Bagh Tola or Bandhav Vilas - Cottage (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12: See the famous temples of Khajuraho

Today your driver will collect you after breakfast and you will be driven to Khajuraho (around 5-6 hours drive).

Khajuraho is a small village in Central India surrounded by forest. This small village came to be known after discovery of the Chandela Dynasty temples. A UNESCO world heritage site in central India, Khajuraho is now a famous tourist and archaeological site.

Travelbay India Tours - Khajuraho Temples

The famous sculptures in the sandstone temples of Khajuraho are known for their lack of inhibition that is rarely found in modern India. These temples are widely acknowledged as some of the most exquisite temple art in India.

Spend the afternoon at leisure in Khajuraho and in the evening enjoy a Sound and Light show at the temples.

Optional: If you are interested, Yoga sessions can be arranged with an expert Yoga Instructor in both Khajuraho and Varanasi

Overnight in Khajuraho: Golden Tulip Hotel or similar - Standard Room (Standard); Radisson Hotel or similar - Superior Room (Deluxe); Lalit Temple View - Deluxe Room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13: Fly to Varanasi and enjoy an evening Aarti ceremony 

This morning you will be taken to visit the famous Chandela Dynasty temples. Marvel at the fine art and detail of the sandstone carvings.

Your driver will take you to the airport for your flight to Varanasi at 1:25pm. On arrival at 2:15pm you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Travelbay India Tours - Ganges River, Varanasi

Considered as the abode of Lord Shiva, Varanasi is situated on the banks of the River Ganges, which is believed to have the power of washing away all of one's sins. The holy city has been a symbol of spiritualism, philosophy and mysticism for thousands of years.

Later in the evening you will be collected for a rickshaw ride and taken to the Ghats of holy river Ganges to enjoy the evening Ganges “Aarti” ceremony. In Hinduism it is believed that those who die and are cremated here get an instant gateway to liberation from the cycle of births and re-births called “Moksha”.

Overnight in Varanasi: Westin Hotel or similar - Standard Room (Standard); Radisson Hotel or similar - Superior Room (Deluxe); Taj Gateway Hotel / Madin Hotel / Ramada - Superior Room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14: Boat ride on the Ganges, visit Sarnath and fly to Delhi

This morning enjoy a boat ride on holy River Ganges and watch the sunrise over the Ganges from your boat. The Ganges begins life in the Himalayas and flows for over 2,500km to the Bay of Bengal. In Varanasi, from dawn to dusk the riverfront (Ghats) are filled with thousands of devotees who perform their holy rituals in the hope of attaining eternal salvation - “Nirvana”.

Later continue your sightseeing of Varanasi and enjoy a walking tour of the narrow lanes of the old city.

Travelbay India Tours - Sarnath, Varanasi

Later in the afternoon, enjoy a visit to Sarnath, the buried Buddhist city where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment 2,500 years ago.

You will be taken to the airport in time for your flight to Delhi at around 6pm. Arrive at 7:30pm where you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight in Delhi: Justa The Residence Gurgaon or similar - Superior Room (Standard); The Pride or similar - Superior Room (Deluxe); Radisson or similar - Superior Room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 15: Time to go home or onto your next adventure

Today you will be taken to the international airport in Delhi in time for your flight home or onto your next adventure.

Meals included: Breakfast

Additional details

*All accommodation and hotels are subject to change. If the stated hotel is not available a hotel of a similar standard will be booked.

This is a Private Tour and on arrival you will be met by your personal guide. In each location you may have a different guide.

The size of the vehicle used will depend on how many people you are. For further details: you can read about the cars, minibuses and mini coaches we use in India here.

If you would like a quote for your international flights to and from India, please let us know. Likewise, if you would like any stopovers or travel insurance, we would be happy to provide you with a quote.

Click here to download printable itinerary.

This is a Private Tour with your own private vehicle and personal guides and drivers.

View more India Tours here.

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Dates, Availability & Pricing

This tour can start on virtually any day of the year with the exception of the months July through to the end of September when both National Parks (Kanha and Bandhavgarh) are closed.

Please note: The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays and the National Parks do not offer afternoon safaris on Wednesdays. We therefore recommend starting your tour with Day 1 being a Thursday, Friday or Saturday to avoid Day 6 (visit to Taj Mahal) being a Friday and Days 8 - 11 (when safaris are scheduled) being on a Wednesday.

When booking online you will have the option to specify the date you would like to commence your tour. Please do not book any flights until you have received confirmation from us.

There is a small surcharge over Christmas and New Year dates. If your holiday coincides with these dates we will let you know at the time of your booking or enquiring.

Apart from the above, the stated pricing is valid for travel until 31st April 2021. If you plan to travel after this date, please contact us for a quote.

The above pricing options for Standard, Deluxe and Super Deluxe are per person based on twin share (2 people per room). In most cases triple share is also available at the same per person price.

If you would like a single room or if you are a single traveller, please contact us for a quote.

Hotel Information

Click below to see names of the selected hotels.

Hotel details

Delhi

Standard: Colonel's Retreat or Justa The Residence - Superior Room
Deluxe: Royal Plaza or similar - Superior Room (Deluxe)
Super Deluxe: The Claridges / Oberoi Maidens or similar - Deluxe / Premier Room

Jaipur

Standard: Hotel Park Regis or similar - Deluxe room
Deluxe: Ramada / Shahpura House or similar Deluxe / Suite room
Super Deluxe: Marriott / The Lalit Hotel or similar - Deluxe / Suite room

Agra

Standard: Coral Tree Homestay or Hotel Royale Residency or similar - Deluxe Room
Deluxe: Four Points Sheraton or similar - Superior Room
Super Deluxe: Trident or Hyatt - Superior Room

Chambal

Standard, Deluxe and Super Deluxe: Chambal Safari Lodge - Deluxe Wilderness Lodge

Kanha

Standard and Deluxe: Tuli Tiger Resort or similar - Cottage
Super Deluxe: Bagh Tola / Courtyard Haveli or similar - Cottage

Bandhavgarh

Standard and Deluxe: Nature Heritage/Infinity Resort or similar - Cottage
Super Deluxe: Bagh Tola or Bandhav Vilas - Cottage

Khajuraho

Standard: Golden Tulip Hotel or similar - Standard Room
Deluxe: Radisson Hotel or similar - Superior Room
Super Deluxe: Lalit Temple View - Deluxe Room

Varanasi

Standard: Westin Hotel or similar - Standard Room
Deluxe: Radisson Hotel or similar - Superior Room
Super Deluxe: Taj Gateway Hotel / Madin Hotel / Ramada - Superior Room

*All accommodation and hotels are subject to change. If the stated hotel is not available a hotel of a similar standard will be booked.

What is the difference between Standard, Deluxe and Super Deluxe?

  • Standard: The accommodation in this option is a mix of boutique hotels, simple but nice home-stays, 3 Star hotels and some Deluxe lodges.
  • Deluxe: The accommodation in this option is a mix of Deluxe boutique hotels, Deluxe lodges and 4 Star hotels.
  • Super Deluxe: The accommodation in this option is a mix of 5 Star hotels and Palace hotels as well as the Deluxe Lodge in Chambal.  
Transport Information

Train travel in India

This holiday includes an overnight train from Agra to Jabalpur. Many people consider the experience of a train journey to be a quintessential thing to do whilst in India.

The train journey is around 12 hours and we book Air-conditioned First Class Sleeper. Cabins have 4 cushioned wide berths sleeping 2 or 4. Each cabin can be locked from the inside. The carriage windows are double-glazed and tinted for effective air-conditioning. Four bathrooms are available including one with a western style seat. An attendant travels with the carriage. They provide bed linen and are responsible for the safety of the carriage. Your luggage is stored in the vacant space underneath your berth.

For couples a two-berth cabin is requested. However, this can’t always be guaranteed and at times it may be necessary to share a four-berth cabin with others.

Most trains have a pantry car and serve food, soft drinks, tea and coffee via bearers who regularly pass through your compartment. The hygiene may be suspect and so we provide a packed dry dinner for you to take on the train.

If you would prefer an alternative to taking the train, please contact us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is my departure guaranteed?

Once you have paid for your booking and received confirmation of your travel dates from Travelbay, your holiday is guaranteed on your chosen departure date - except in cases of major weather events and alike in which case we do our best to adjust your holiday accordingly.

How much is the tour?

Travelbay provides Standard, Deluxe and Super Deluxe pricing options, based on twin share (2 people per room). Please see the pricing at the top of the page. In most cases triple share is also available at the same per person price. If you would like a single room or if you are a single traveller, please contact us for a quote.

Can I add extra nights?

Yes, with pleasure. Just let us know how many extra nights you would like either before or after and we will arrange for you to stay at the same hotel and let you know the cost of the extra nights.

Arriving early or staying on won't affect your airport transfers - if you're staying at the same hotel and we book it for you, we'll collect you when you arrive and take you to the airport when it's time for your departure flight.

If you want to add on extra tours on your additional days, please contact us for options.

Can I change the itinerary?

Yes, we can alter the itinerary for you so that you get exactly what you are after.

We can provide you with a quote for any changes you wish to make.

What is the size of the group?

This tour is a Private Tour. It will be only you and your travel companions in the group and you will travel in a private vehicle with your own personal driver and guide.

Do you have single traveller pricing?

Yes, please contact us for a quote.

Can we do triple share?

Yes, triple share is available. Please contact us for a quote.

Do I need any vaccinations?

We recommend you check with your doctor as to any immunisations that you may require or that are recommended for your travels. Alternatively, you can visit The Travel Doctor or Travelvax for more information.

Do I need a visa for India?

It is your responsibility to ensure you have obtained a valid visa prior to travel. Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to India. You need to apply for and receive your visa before you depart.

To find out the visa requirements for India, you can check here with Visalink.

To obtain your visa you can use the services on the same link, or you may wish to apply directly yourself.

In addition to the above link, we have provided some more information on visas for India here: Visa Information page.

Please note: We attempt to provide you with the latest information and links. However, please be aware that it is each traveller’s responsibility (and not Travelbay’s) to ensure that you have a valid visa if required for any country you visit. We recommend checking the visa requirements before you go.

Is tipping customary and how much do I tip?

Tipping is entirely at your discretion.

In response to some customers questions here are a few guidelines:

It is usual to tip the waiters, porters, guides and drivers. Tips are not included in the bills for hotels, transport companies or any other suppliers. At hotels and restaurants, about 10% of the bill is usually acceptable. Tipping is not necessary for taxis or for cheaper restaurants. It is a good idea to check if service charges are included in your restaurant bill. If not, a tip of 10% of the total bill is normal.

Although we give below a few general guidelines, it is to be remembered that tipping is a sign of gratification for good service, and therefore please view the guidelines as the middle ground, which can be adjusted depending on the level of service you feel you have received.

Please note the below amounts are per person for individual travellers.

  • Guide (Full Day) Rs 500 – Rs 800 per day
  • Guide (Half Day) Rs 400 – Rs 600 per day
  • Tour Escort Rs 500 – Rs 1000 per day
  • Driver for the tour Rs 300 – Rs 500 per day
  • Driver for local duties Rs - 500 per day
  • Bell Boy Rs 30 – Rs 50 per member of staff
  • Room Service & Restaurants: about 10% of the bill total (Unless service charge is mentioned as included)

Tipping tip: It can be handy to have small notes for tipping.

What is internet access like in India?

WIFI access is common in the cities. In smaller towns and rural villages, internet access may be less common.

Whilst you can find internet cafes in the cities, most of our customers access the internet via their mobile phone or device using mobile sim cards or connecting to WIFI.

Hotels and many good restaurants offer free WIFI (sometimes there is small charge in restaurants). In smaller towns you may find internet cafes but there are no such facilities in rural villages. Here you can access internet with your mobile phone although the network may be a bit erratic.

Can I use my mobile phone in India?

Mobile reception is generally good in urban areas and big cities. Mountainous and more remote areas may not have very good network coverage. You can use your mobile phone in India, however you will need to check with your mobile carrier at home about roaming and other charges and make sure global roaming is activated before you leave home. If your phone is not on a plan you may prefer to purchase and insert a local SIM card for your time in India. It is best to buy a SIM card in the larger cities (eg Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi etc) and you will need to show your passport and visa upon purchase.

What currency do they use in India and can I get money out of an ATM?

The currency used in India is the Indian Rupee.

What currency to take over there is a personal choice. Some people prefer to take US$ cash as a backup whilst others prefer to take AUD$ cash – it depends on what you are comfortable with. Remember to always have your passport with you as identification when changing money.

There are ATM machines available in the large cities. In smaller towns and villages there may be fewer (or none) available.

Well-known credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted in hotels, restaurants and in larger shops. Smaller shops, market stalls and in more rural places, there may not be credit card facilities.  

We recommend letting your bank know that you will be using your card in India to avoid them freezing any 'suspicious' activity.

When is the best time to travel to India?

Due to the size of India, there is a big variation in the weather.

A popular time to visit is from September to April when the temperatures are cooler.

If travelling in the North, the summer months (June - August) are hot, especially in the dry areas such as Rajasthan.

Diwali and Holi are festivals in India and during this time people come out to celebrate. Diwali falls in October and is the festival of lights. Holi is also known as the Festival of Colours and is celebrated in March. Accommodation can fill up quickly so we recommend booking in advance - it can be a great time to enjoy the festivities with the locals.

What clothing should I pack?

Depending on the season you are travelling in, pack accordingly - the summer months are hot and in the winter time it can be chilly. If you are going up into the mountains you'll need warmer clothes and the early morning starts on wildlife safaris can be fresh.

Some parts of India are Muslim and we recommend wearing shorts, dresses and skirts that cover at least your knees as well as covering your shoulders. We find it useful to take a scarf or shawl with you in the car in case you need to cover up.

It's always a good idea when travelling to have layers and comfortable shoes to cover all eventualities.

What happens on arrival?

When you arrive into India there will be someone waiting for you after you clear customs at the airport with a sign with your name on it. If you can’t see them inside the arrival lounge, they will be waiting just outside the doors. Sometimes they have the Travelbay logo but it is your name that you will most likely notice.

Do I need travel insurance for India?

Travelbay strongly recommends travel insurance – we are very happy to provide you with a free quote.

Can I contact you?

You most certainly can.

Whilst our official office hours are Monday to Friday - 9am to 5.30pm AET (Sydney time) we are regularly in the office outside of these hours and at weekends.

Feel free to ring at any time before 7:30pm - 7 days a week - 365 days a year. If we are busy on other calls or not available please leave a message including your phone number and area code and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.

You are also very welcome to email us on team@travelbay.com 24/7 - we check our emails regularly. We look forward to hearing from you.


Terms & Conditions

Click on the heading below to see full Terms and Conditions.

Terms - Full version

Booking Process:

Upon purchase of your tour online you will immediately receive a receipt and order confirmation. Travelbay will contact the tour operator to confirm availability for all accommodation and transportation for your tour.

As soon as we have confirmed the dates (usually within 48 hours sometimes a little longer at weekends) we will email you your booking confirmation.

We will request further information from you to ensure that all your personal preferences are taken care of. This will include details such as your accommodation preferences, dietary requests, allergies, health issues, emergency contact and any special requirements. We will also request a copy of each traveller’s passport.

Very Important:

It is extremely rare for any of these tours to not have availability (as we remove them when full) however, it is important to note that your dates are only confirmed once we have been in touch with you to confirm availability. Therefore, please wait on purchasing your international flights until you have received booking confirmation from us.

In the unlikely event that there is no availability on your chosen date we will offer you alternate dates. If these do not suit we will fully refund your payment.

Booking Information:

  • Quoted prices are per person.
  • Booking valid for selected and booked travel dates.
  • Please book at least 30 days prior to your desired date of travel.
  • Bookings are subject to availability.
  • Child prices: please contact us for rates.
  • Minimum group size is 2.
  • The pricing options are per person based on twin share (2 people per room). In most cases triple share is also available at the same per person price. If you would like a single room or if you are a single traveller, please contact us for a quote.
  • High season surcharge applies on certain dates, please contact us for details.
  • If you would like to arrive before the start of tour or leave later and require extra nights’ accommodation, please contact us and we can arrange it for you at very reasonable rates.
  • Please note the Taj Mahal is closed for visitors on Fridays and the National Parks do not offer afternoon safaris on Wednesdays.
  • Prior to completion of your booking we take great care to go through all the details together with you until we get everything exactly as you would like it. At that point we confirm your booking and the details and you pay for it. If after payment, you decide to make further changes we will do what we can to accommodate them and will also need to charge an additional $50 administration fee.

Inclusions:

  • 14 nights' accommodation.
    • Check-in & check-out time: generally, check in is after 2 pm and check out before 12 pm. Early check-in and late check-out are subject to room availability and may generate additional full day room rate.
  • 23 meals as per itinerary - 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners.
  • 2 domestic flights: Khajuraho to Varanasi and Varanasi to Delhi. 20kg checked in baggage, 7kg carry on. If your luggage exceeds the allowed rate then you are responsible for paying any excess charges. Again these vary, but start at around AUD5 per kg and are sometimes more for longer flights.
  • 1 overnight train: first class AC Sleeper from Agra to Jabalpur.
  • All airport transfers - by private car. When you arrive in Delhi you will be met by a guide and driver at the airport. When taken to the airport for departure, you will be with your driver only (no guide).
  • All transportation throughout the tour in a private air-conditioned vehicle. The vehicle used will depend on the size of your group and will range from an air-conditioned car for groups of 2, a Toyota Innova for groups of 3, a minivan for groups of 4-10 people and for groups over 10 a coach will be used.
    • For groups of 2 booking the Standard option, if you wish to upgrade to a Toyota Innova, please let us know and we can get a quote for you.
  • Assistance at airports, railway stations and all major cities.
  • Porterage at airports and railway stations.
  • English speaking guides (in each location you will have a different guide).
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.
  • 3 exclusive jeep safaris in Kahna National Park.
  • 3 exclusive jeep safaris in Bandhavgarh National park.
  • Free wifi available in hotel lobbies.
  • Mineral water on tour days.
  • Taxes and service fees.

Exclusions:

  • International airfares to and from India.
  • Meals not outlined in the itinerary.
  • Drinks for all meals.
  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort - The cost of this is approximately AUD15 per person (based on 2 people sharing) or AUD30 per person (single person on elephant).
  • Travel insurance. Please contact us if you would like a quote.
  • Surcharge for high season and special departure dates.
  • Indian visa.
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry etc.
  • Any additional taxes levied by the Government of India on the tourism sector in future will be payable by the guest.
  • Any sudden increase in the entrance fee. The price is based on the presently applicable fee.
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
  • Others not indicated in the inclusions.

General Terms & Conditions:

  • Your contract with Travelbay commences upon us providing you with a booking confirmation (not upon payment).
  • By purchasing this tour you confirm that you have read, understood and agree to these terms and conditions.
  • All prices we list are in AUD unless otherwise stated and include GST where payable.
  • This package, including any unused portion, cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.
  • Some accommodation providers may require that you present a credit card or cash deposit upon check-in to cover any additional expenses that may be incurred during your stay, for example mini-bar. You are responsible for the payment of any such additional expenses.
  • Please check baggage allowance prior to travel. The allowance may vary according to the destination, airline, cruise or coach operator. You are responsible for any excess baggage fees.
  • Travelbay recommends travel insurance. We would be pleased to provide you with a quote and support you in your insurance needs. Please click here or contact us on 1800 020 020.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you have a valid visa, if required. Please click here for more information on visa requirements.
  • Passport and visa regulations can change and it is your responsibility to ensure that you possess the relevant travel documents before you travel. Delays can be experienced in obtaining a passport or visa, so you are advised to apply in plenty of time. We accept no responsibility in any regard in relation to customers who are denied entry to a country because they do not possess the correct travel documents.
  • It is also your responsibility to ensure that you hold a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond your date of return. If you hold multiple passports, you may be required to present your passport of residence on departing that country. If you hold a passport for a country to which you are travelling, you may be obliged to produce that passport on entering the country. Accordingly, you could be obliged to carry more than one passport when travelling overseas. You should make your own enquiries in relation to your specific circumstances and requirements.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that all your details are recorded correctly. Any request for a name change after documents have been issued may incur amendment fees or result in the original booking being cancelled and in the case of airlines, the loss of a seat.
  • When purchasing flights, cruises and other carriage and travel services, the name on the passport must match the name on the ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid. If, after purchasing products or services but before traveling, any member of your party changes their name you must notify the relevant carrier, or us, immediately so that the necessary changes can be made to your documentation. You may incur a fee.
  • Travelbay recommends you check with your doctor as to any immunisations that you may require or that are recommended for your travels. Alternatively, you can visit The Travel Doctor or Travelvax for more information. For those of you who have any medical conditions please also ensure you are fit to travel and have all the medication you need with you. Recommended inoculations for travel may change and you should consult your doctor for current recommendations before you depart. It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet all health entry requirements, obtain recommended inoculations, take all recommended medication, and follow all medical advice in relation to your trip.
  • Many but not all suppliers have facilities for people who require assistance. If you have any disabilities or require special assistance, please let us know at the time of booking so we can check if suitable services are available.
  • It is your responsibility to review travel prohibitions, warnings, announcements and advisories issued by the relevant government agencies prior to booking travel or departing to international destinations. For Australian travellers, information on conditions in various countries and the level of risk associated with travel to particular international destinations can be found on the Australian Government's travel advisory and consular assistance service website currently located at http://www.smarttraveller.gov.au. For travellers from other countries we recommend you check the travel recommendations of your country.
  • By offering reservations for travel-related products or services in relation to particular international destinations, Travelbay does not represent or warrant that travel to such points is advisable or without risk, and Travelbay is not liable for damages or losses that may result from travel to such destinations.
  • Travelbay sells tours on behalf of other Suppliers/Tour Operators. We rely on the relevant third party suppliers. Travelbay and the airlines, hotels and other Suppliers providing Services made available on or through this Website are independent parties and are not related parties. To the fullest extent permitted by law, Travelbay is not liable for the acts, errors, omissions, representations, warranties, breaches or negligence of any such Suppliers or for any personal injuries, death, property damage, or other damages or expenses resulting therefrom.
  • Whilst we take great care to provide clear and accurate information, there may be occasions where there are inaccuracies or errors. To the maximum extent permitted by law, Travelbay does not guarantee the accuracy of, and disclaims liability for, any errors or other inaccuracies relating to the information, descriptions and activities displayed on this website and in our promotional material.
  • All accommodation and hotels are subject to change. If the stated hotel is not available a hotel of a similar standard and location will be booked.
  • Hotel ratings displayed on this Website and in our promotional material are intended only as general guidelines, and Travelbay does not guarantee the accuracy of the ratings. Hotel room images are representative only and the actual room occupied may vary in inclusions and décor.
  • In some circumstances, some specific products or services as contained on this website and promotional material may not be available due to circumstance beyond our control. In that situation, we will do our best to provide replacement products and / or services of a comparable nature and quality. Travelbay and our respective Suppliers make no guarantees about the availability of specific products and services.
  • Subject to relevant laws, if Travelbay merges, sells or otherwise changes control of our business or this Website, we reserve the right, without giving notice or seeking consent, to transfer or assign your Personal Information, content and rights that we have collected from you and any agreements we have made with you.
  • Travelbay reserves all intellectual property rights, including but not limited to, copyright in material and/or services provided by us.

If you have any questions please email us 24/7 or call us Monday to Friday on 1800 020 020 to speak with one of our friendly team.


India Holiday Information

India Facts

Capital City: New Delhi

Population: 1.366 billion

Languages: There is no national language in India. Hindi and English are both official languages. India has over 1,000 spoken languages. The languages with the most number of speakers are Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi and Tamil.

Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)

Time Zone: (GMT+05:30) Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi

Dialling code: +91

Religion: Hinduism is the predominant followed by Islam, Christianity, Sikh, Buddhism and Jainism


India weather

Travelbay India Tours - India weather

The best time to visit India is from October through to March. At this time, the weather across India is mostly warm and dry.

India is a large country with a huge range of varying climates. Most of the country is sub tropical with hot, humid summers and mild winters. Below is a very general overview to give you some idea of what to expect.

North India

  • Winter (October to March): The weather in the winter time in North India makes it a pleasant time to travel. It is not too hot nor is it too cold - although in some of the more alpine places it can get chilly - take some warm layers.
  • Summer (April to July): Summers can be hot in North India, particularly in May, June and July. The highs can reach 40°C and the lows drop to around 27°C.
  • Monsoon (July to September): This is when the North sees the most rain.

South India:

  • Winter (October to February): The temperatures are cooler at this time of year on the coastal regions (23°C to 32°C). The areas in the hills can be much cooler (15°C to 21°C).
  • Summer (March to May): Summers can be hot and humid in the South but sea breezes bring down the temperature and it's a great time to visit the hill stations and tea plantation areas.
  • Monsoon (June to September): The rains start in June and bring the temperatures down. The areas in the hills become misty and lush. The beaches in the South can get choppy.

How to get there

Travelbay India Tours - How to get there

This tour starts and ends in Delhi.

Flights from Australia to India are approximately $900 - $1,200 per person return. The actual price varies depending on departure city, time of year and luck of the draw!

Travelbay works together with an excellent corporate flight booking company and we would be happy to provide you with a free quote.

If you choose to book your flights with Travelbay, we charge a $50 booking fee for this service.


Interesting facts on India

  • India, Pakistan and Bangladesh used to be one country. After British rule ended in 1947 these countries eventually became independent.
  • Delhi is the capital of India but Mumbai is the most populated with a population of over 20 million.
  • India prides itself on being the world's largest democracy. In the 2009 election there were over 417 million voters.


Visa information

Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to India. You need to apply for and receive your visa before you depart.

You can apply for an e-visa online or you can apply for your visa via VSF Global who works in conjunction with the Indian embassy. For more information you can visit our visa information page.

To find out the visa requirements for India, you can also check here with Visalink.

Please note: We attempt to provide you with the latest information and links. However, please be aware that it is each traveller’s responsibility (and not Travelbay’s) to ensure that you have a valid visa if required for any country you visit.


Tipping

Tipping is entirely at your discretion.

In response to some customers questions here are a few guidelines:

It is usual to tip the waiters, porters, guides and drivers. Tips are not included in the bills for hotels, transport companies or any other suppliers. At hotels and restaurants, about 10% of the bill is usually acceptable. Tipping is not necessary for taxis or for cheaper restaurants.

Although we give below a few general guidelines, it is to be remembered that tipping is a sign of gratification for good service, and therefore please view the guidelines as the middle ground, which can be adjusted depending on the level of service you feel you have received.

Please note the below amounts are per person for individual travellers.

  • Guide (Full Day): Rs 500 – Rs 800 per day
  • Guide (Half Day): Rs 400 – Rs 600 per day
  • Tour Escort: Rs 500 – Rs 1000 per day
  • Driver: Rs 300 – Rs 500 per day
  • Bell Boy: Rs 30 – Rs 50 member of staff
  • Room Service & Restaurants: about 10% of the bill total (Unless service charge is mentioned as included)

Tipping tip: It can be handy to have small notes for tipping.


Currency

Travelbay India Tours - Currency

The currency used in India is the Indian Rupee.

What currency to take is a personal choice. Some people prefer to take US$ cash as a backup whilst others prefer to take AUD$ cash – it depends on what you are comfortable with. There are ATM machines readily available in the cities.

We recommend letting your bank know that you will be using your card in India to avoid them freezing any 'suspicious' activity.


Shopping in India

There is some wonderful shopping in India and you may wish to leave space in your luggage so you can bring it home.

We personally recommend:

  • Scarves & pashminas - you can find beautiful scarves in India and real pashminas are made from a type of cashmere wool that is costly - if you are offered a cheap pashmina, it's likely it's not real.
  • Textiles - bedspreads, wall hangings, embroidered pillow cases... cotton, silk, wool... beautiful colours and intricate details. There is a huge selection to choose from.


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