SONESHA SPIRITUAL INDIA TOUR 2016

ABOUT THE TOUR

Small group tour of 8-12 passengers.

Touring as a member of a small group means that you have more personalized attention and that you can interact more with the locals. The benefits include less cramped buses, greater opportunities to take in the sights and sounds, and more accessible photographic opportunities. The maximum group size you could expect is 12 people, although it is more likely that you will be travelling with 8-12 people. Some activities involve moderate walking but more strenuous walking may be necessary in hilly areas. You will be informed of any activities requiring physical exertion in advance, and you are not obliged to participate.

At Sonesha we respect the people, culture, religion, and environment of India. Before departure we advise our tour party about appropriate clothes to pack and we will also recommend suitable dress throughout the tour when visiting any places of worship, mausoleums, etc. We ask that our clients dispose of any rubbish in appropriate bins (even if that means carrying it with you back to the hotel).

Tour Dates:

Departing Brisbane
International Airport
Monday 22nd August 2016

Returning to Brisbane
International Airport
Saturday 3rd September 2016

Cost:

This tour is $5,500 per person inclusive of flights from Brisbane, visa, accommodation, trains and internal flights in India, bottled water, all meals, all tours, sightseeing and tour entrance fees, local tour guide fees including tips, Ayurvedic cooking class, Ayurvedic massage, yoga mat, yoga, meditation, philosophy classes.

$1500 deposit (non-refundable) must be paid by Friday 18th March 2016 in order to cover costs of flights and visas.

Full tour cost must be paid by Friday 22th July 2016. Payment options available on request.

Itinerary

Day 1: 22nd August 2016 – Australia/Singapore/New Delhi

Day 2: New Delhi – Staying in Pahar Ganj, visiting the Tibetan refugee village in Delhi, meditating in the Dalai Lama temple, experiencing the hustle and bustle of Delhi’s unbelievable markets, visiting the famous Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb.

Day 3: Delhi to Jaipur – There may be an overnight stay in Pushkar depending on road conditions. After breakfast we drive to Jaipur (the City of Victory) otherwise known as “The Pink City”. We stay overnight in a palace hotel.

Day 4: Jaipur – We visit the major sights of this beautiful city: the City Palace Museum, Amber Fort & Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). Visiting Jantar Mantar monument (the oldest astronomy and astrology observatory)

Day 5: Jaipur to Agra – We continue our journey to the city of the Taj Mahal, Agra.

Day 6: Agra to Fatehpur Sikri to Delhi – visiting the imperial ruins of the Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. This well-preserved city was mysteriously abandoned just 14 years after it was built. Sightseeing at the Agra Fort, and Akbar’s Tomb.

Day 7-8: Train from Delhi to Varanassi – Visiting Varanassi – the spiritual capital of India, or the Holy City along the banks of the sacred Ganges River. We will go to Sarnath, where Gautama Buddha gave his first sermon. Traditional Hindu Puja Blessing Ceremony

Day 8: Flight from Varanassi to Bodh Gaya

Day 9: Bodh Gaya – following the Buddha’s trail, meditating in the cave where the Buddha spent 6.5 years meditating (we won’t stay six and a half years!), meditating under the Bodhi Tree where the Buddha finally became enlightened, and much more! Staying in a Buddhist monastery.

Day 10: Bodh Gaya to Gaya to Patna to Delhi – Early morning in Delhi…  Jama Masjid (Delhi’s oldest mosque), sightseeing in Raj Ghat, taking an unforgettable rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk and Connaught Place.

Day 11: Delhi – final shopping day!

Day 12: Delhi/Singapore/Australia

This will be an awesome tour. Please note that this itinerary is subject to change due to road, transport and weather conditions. If this happens we will adjust the itinerary to include visiting Pushkar (a sacred Hindu town) and living in a fort in a small village in Rajastan and visiting Havelis.

Please note: Free time will be allowed throughout the tour.

Limited Numbers

Small group tour of 8–12 Guests

Touring as a member of a small group means that you have more personalized attention and that you can interact more with the locals.

The benefits include less cramped buses, greater opportunities to take in the sights and sounds, and more accessible photographic opportunities. The maximum group size you could expect is 12 people.

Inclusions:

Return international flights
Fuel levy surcharge
Australian airport departure taxes
All meals & accommodation in India
English speaking local guides
Visa fees for India for Australian passport holders
Sightseeing tours to all major attractions & monuments, including entrance fees
All group-based transportation
Travel insurance (Comprehensive Travel Insurance is essential when travelling in India.)

Non-Inclusions:
Foreign international airport departure taxes
Meals on Singapore stopovers

Vaccinations
There are no compulsory vaccinations for destinations covered by our tour. Nevertheless we recommend that you take all necessary precautions to protect against Hepatitis A and B, tetanus, typhoid, rabies, and malaria. We suggest that you visit your GP at least 60 days prior to departure.

Personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls, camera fees etc.
Gratuities on extension tours taken on your own accord

Terms and Conditions:
Please email us at info@sonesha.com and ask for a copy of the Terms and Conditions of the Sonesha Spiritual India Tour.

Please note: You must read and understand the terms & conditions before booking any tours with Sonesha. Terms & conditions of liability under which the tour operates are detailed in the document and the payment of the deposit or tour cost represents their acceptance by the purchaser.

Deposit:

$1500 deposit (non-refundable) must be paid by Friday 18th March 2016 in order to cover costs of flights and visas.

Full tour cost must be paid by Friday 22th July 2016. Payment options available on request.

Spending Money:
We are often asked how much spending money a tourist should bring to India. This is a difficult question as it depends greatly on whether you intend buying a lot of souvenirs, etc. By and large most things are cheaper in India though you should always take great care with your currency conversion to avoid overpaying. We would recommend about A$50 per day per person as a rough guide to allow you to have ample spending money. For those seeking a little more luxury we suggest you build your bank upwards from there. If your needs are few then you should have money to spare.

To book your place on the Sonesha Spiritual India Tour please click here.

Interested in this tour?

Contact Sonesha info@sonesha.com for further information.

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