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Rocking Rajasthan with Rustic India

DAY 1 - DELHI - You start the tour with an arrival transfer from the Delhi International airport to a charming boutique homestay in West Delhi for an overnight stay.

DAY 2 - VARANASI  - This morning you will be transferred from the hotel to Delhi Domestic airport, to board the flight to Varanasi. On arrival in Varanasi, you will be transferred from the airport to hotel. You stay for two nights at a heritage hotel on the banks of the Ganges River (depending on availability). The rest of the day free to relax until the evening, where you take a walk to the nearby Ghats on Ganges River to witness the ‘aarti’ ceremony (evening prayers).

DAY 3 - VARANASI - Early morning boat ride on the Ganges. This is the best way to see the numerous river Ghats of this holy city. This will be followed by a walk in the old city which is truly an experience in itself. Post breakfast, its on to Sarnath, where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon after gaining enlightenment. Rest of the day free in Varanasi.

DAY 4 - OVERNIGHT TRAIN - Your morning is free to further explore Varanasi. In the evening, you will be transferred to Varanasi railway station, to board the overnight air-conditoned sleeper train to Agra.

DAY 5 - AGRA - On arrival in Agra, you will be transferred from the railway station to your hotel. The afternoon will be spent in visiting the monumental Agra Fort. You stay the night at a modern comfort hotel.

DAY 6 - JAIPUR - Early morning sunrise visit to the most photographed monument in the world, The Taj Mahal. You then return to the hotel for breakfast, check out and proceed to the ruined and phantom city of Fatehpur Sikri after which you head for the Pink City of Jaipur. You stay for two nights in a beautiful family run hotel in Jaipur.

DAY 7 - JAIPUR - After breakfast full day guided sightseeing of City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar & Amber Fort (where one can take an Elephant ride up (optional) to the fort or proceed by the transport).

DAY 8 - PUSHKAR - Post breakfast, drive to the desert oasis and one of the holy places for Hindus, Pushkar. You stay at the beautiful heritage hotel on the banks of the Pushkar Lake and the beginning of the main market street. Rest of the afternoon to wander around these alleys or simply offer a ‘pooja’ (prayer) at the lake and relax at the numerous cafes.

DAY 9 - CHANDELAO - After breakfast drive to a typical Rajasthani village of Chandelao. Here you stay at the Chandelao Garh, a heritage property and home to the local Rajput (princely) family. In the evening enjoy a jeep safari in the surrounding local villages. The host will join you during drinks & dinner in the courtyard.

DAY 10 - JAISALMER - After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer, the centre of the Indian Thar Desert. This is also known as the Golden City of Rajasthan. After this long 6.5 hour drive, you check in to the simple but neat, clean and very colourful family run hotel. In the evening, you can head out for dinner to the famous Trio restaurant in Jaisalmer or opt to relax at the hotel.

DAY 11 - JAISALMER - Morning half day guided sightseeing of Jaisalmer Fort and the surrounding areas. Rest of the evening to relax and indulge is some camel leather shopping or opt to hop on a camel roaming the dunes.

DAY 12 - JODHPUR - After breakfast drive back towards Jodhpur. Evening enjoy a visit to the majestic and one of the most impressive & well-kept forts of Rajasthan, the Meherangarh fort & Jaswant Thada. This night you stay at another heritage hotel in Jodhpur.

DAY 13 - UDAIPUR - Depart for the Jain Temple at Ranakpur, and then on to the lake city of India, Udaipur. End this day at the beautiful heritage hotel on the banks of Lake Pichola with optional dinner at a lake side restaurant, Ambrai.

DAY 14 - TRAIN - After breakfast, you take a walking tour of the City Palace and surrounding areas. Rest of the day free, until your early evening transfer to Udaipur railway station, to board the overnight train to Delhi.

DAY 15 - DELHI - On arrival in Delhi, you will be transferred from the railway station to the hotel. This is your last night on tour. Group dinner at a nice restaurant in Delhi.

DAY 16 - FLIGHT - You depart for Delhi International Airport for your onward connections home. Our services end on arrival at Delhi International Airport.

 

Tour Package Includes:
• Arrival transfer from Delhi International Airport to hotel at the start of the tour
• Accommodation is based on Twin sharing basis at selected hotels, which may be boutique, heritage or homestay style
• All hotels booked on Bed & Breakfast basis only
• Boat trip on Ganges River
• Overnight train tickets on the sector Varanasi/Agra in AC 2-tier or 3-tier (depending on availability)
• Half day sightseeing with an English speaking guide in Sarnath, Varanasi, Agra, Jaipur, Amber Fort, Jaisalmer & Udaipur
• Jeep safari at Chandelao village
• Overnight train tickets on the sector Udaipur/Delhi in AC 2-tier or 3-tier (depending on availability)
• Transport by Private Air conditioned vehicle from Day 5 to Day 14
• All arrival and departure transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
 

Tour Price Excludes:
• Flight tickets on sector Delhi/Varanasi on Day 2
• Audio Guide at Jodhpur Fort
• Entrance fees at any of the places visited on the itinerary
• Tips and gratuities to all service providers& tour leader
• Services, Meals and Drinks other than those mentioned in the itinerary
• Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
• Travel Insurance (this is compulsory while travelling with Rustic India)
• The above cost is based on current taxes and fuel cost. This can change if there is any increase in taxes and fuel price in India at the time of making the payments

Points To Be Noted:
• Trains can be booked up to 120 days prior to the date of travel. Day journeys will be travel in “AC Chair car” which is similar to airline-style seating and the price sometimes includes a meal. Overnight journeys will be by “AC Two Tier” or “AC Three Tier”. There are two toilets each at either end of the bogie and is usually a mix of Western and Indian styles. During an overnight journey, you will also be provided with freshly laundered blankets, sheets and pillows.
• Check in and check out times at hotels in India is at 12 noon. Hotels in India are very accommodating, so please do bear with them. They will make a room available to you as soon as they can.
• The cost of the tour is based on the hotels envisaged; however this may change depending on availability at the hotels.
• Similarly the Varanasi/Delhi flight cost can also change if the fare goes beyond INR 5,000/- at the time when you make the actual tour payment.

Payment Policy & Bank Details:
1. In order to confirm the tour, we require to make payments to the hotels and also more importantly purchase the flight tickets. Hence, we recommend that the payments be made in installments which we will intimate to you via email along with the bank details

2. Once we have received the first installment, we will purchase the Varanasi/Delhi flight tickets. Also, please note that if the flight costs go beyond INR 5,000/- per flight sector, then the additional amount will need to be borne by you.

3. We recommend online bank transfers or bank wire transfers. Should you be interested in booking with us, please do email us with your details and we will send you the necessary bank details.

CANCELLATION POLICY: (From Start Date Of The Tour)
• 4 months (120 days) and above – 10% cancellation applies
• 119 days to 90 days – 20% cancellation applies
• 89 days to 30 days – 50% cancellation
• Less than 29 days – 100% cancellation
• After commencement of the tour if you cancel due to some reasons, the tour becomes non-refundable.
• Flight cancellation will depend on the actual cancellation charges by the airline & Rustic India service charge.
• Amendments to the itinerary at the time of travel are not recommended. However, if the need arises then the extra costs involved will be borne by you. Any cancellations to the original itinerary will be non-refundable.

 

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