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).
Monday 22nd August 2016
Returning to Brisbane
Saturday 3rd September 2016
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.
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.