Highlights of Rajasthan
17 Days / 16 Nights
From NZ$ 4,699.00

Rajasthan, ‘Land of Kings’ is steeped in romantic history, chivalry and valour. It boasts of some of the finest fortress palaces against the stark desert landscape with its highly coloured costumes of local, turbaned men and richly jewelled women, the Havelies and villages, fairs and festivals. This tour takes you back to an era long gone by.

We begin on this epic journey from Delhi with visits to India Gate, the Qutub Minar; the tallest stone build tower in the world, the Jama Masjid; the largest mosque in India and the famous Chandni Chowk Bazaar travelling in a bicycle rickshaw. Heading to the Pink City, Jaipur, enjoy Jeep ride to the Amber Fort, entice by Jantar Mantar, a collection of architectural astronomical instruments still providing accurate information. Stop for a photo stop at the famous Hawa Mahal and search for souvenirs in the backstreets.  As we travel to Jaisalmer enjoy an ancient city with a hill top fortress town that was once a major stop for silk and spice caravans. Tour the fort, visit the impressive Jain Temples and witness the marvel of elaborately carved stone facades of the havelies. One evening, enjoy a camel ride across the Sam Sand Dunes at sunset. Continue your trip to Jodhpur, a sprawling Art Deco Masterpiece. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort and enjoy a panoramic view of this blue city. Stay in Udaipur and tour the famous lake city known as India’s most romantic city. Explore significant cultural sites, walk through picturesque backstreets, browse bazaars for local crafts and painted miniatures. A bit of adventure lies ahead with a possible Tiger sighting in Ranthambore National Park including other wildlife species including the leopards, deer, wild boars etc before proceeding towards our final destination to view the majestic Taj Mahal in Agra. With so much to offer we look forward to welcoming you on this magical tour of Rajasthan.

About TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The company with over 28 yrs old experienced team is committed to bringing the best in both quality and value to small group journeys, private car guided tours and tailor-made tours to India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Being a leading travel wholesaler we introduce travellers to the amazing culture and offer tours at unbeatable prices and with unparalleled comfort. For your protections TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS is approved Destination Management Company by Ministry of tourism Govt of India and member of IATA, AFTA, ATAC, IATO and PATA to name few. We are proud to say that our team is very experienced with in-depth knowledge of destination. Our reputation is built on providing world class service with real personal touches that make a difference to your holiday. We understand the importance of giving attention to even the smallest of details and care about the countries to which we take you and make sure that we have a positive effect on the environment. Respect for locals and their way of life is an essential part of travelling with TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS.

“You Rely on us and we rely on experience”

Why THO Small Group Journey?

Smaller, Escorted and Inclusive

Our Small Group tours consists maximum of 16 people to ensure perfect combination of intimacy, flexibility and authentic cultural experiences. Our itineraries are artfully crafted, showcasing the essence of a destination by combining famous highlights with hidden jewels. All groups are escorted on achieving minimum 06 people unless specified on the tour by an English speaking Tour Manager assisting you throughout on day to day activities and enlightening you with local knowledge on general specialties, additional sightseeing and souvenir shopping.

Our experienced Local Tour Guides will enhance your experience during sightseeing tour. Travel with like-minded travellers and experience comprehensive inclusions, as well as unsurpassed cultural interpretation provided by experienced tour leaders.

Highlights of Rajasthan- 17 Days/16 Nights (Small Group Tour)

 

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

 

Day 2: Delhi

 

Day 03: Delhi – Jaipur

 

Day 04: Sightseeing & Bazaar

 

Day 05: Jaipur – Bikaner

 

Day 06: Bikaner – Jaisalmer

 

Day 07: Jaisalmer Sightseeing

 

Day 08: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur

 

Day 09: Jodhpur Sightseeing

 

Day 10: Jodhpur - Udaipur

 

Day 11: Udaipur Sightseeing

 

Day 12: Udaipur – Pushkar

 

Day 13: Pushkar – Ranthambore

 

Day 14: Wildlife Safari

 

Day 15: Ranthambore – Agra

 

Day 16: Agra

 

Day 17: Agra – Delhi Departure

 

Tour Ends

Deluxe Group Tour Accommodations

All our Group Tours are based on deluxe (4*) accommodation unless mentioned on the tour page, each hotel is carefully selected for its location, comfort, style and ambience providing a true holiday experience. Our accommodations are a mixture of palaces, heritage, Havelies and modern hotels. In most cases we free upgrade the whole group to 5* accommodation in some destinations when tour is fully booked out in advance.

Nepal being adventure destination, choices of accommodation are limited hence best available (4*) hotel are offered which are categorised by Nepal tourism and standard of accommodation may be different than India and Sri Lanka. 

100% Guaranteed Departures

To assist you when booking the airline and taking our great early payment savings, TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS has designated all Group Tours as 100% GUARANTEED departure with specified minimum numbers of 02 or mentioned on the scheduled date, unless circumstances occur beyond our control.

Meals included

Being a seasoned traveller ourselves we have discovered the travelling time is unpredictable sometime you reach a destination so late that you are tired to go out for dinner or search for a proper dinning place around the vicinity of your hotel which may become a chore during your holiday, hence we have removed the hassle by including most of breakfast and dinners in all our brochure tour packages.  

Pre & Post Tour Accommodation

Do some exploring before the trip begins or add couple of nights after the tour to relax before boarding your flight. We offer competitive rates in all destinations- book in conjunction with your main tour - ask TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or your travel agent.

Add-On (Short Tour packages)

Make the most of your time away - after all, you have travelled all that way.  Our Add-On can be used as short breaks in their own right or as pre/post tour additions.  With all arrangements made for you they are the perfect way to discover more of your destinations - ask TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or your travel agent.

Group Tour Privately or Tailor-made

If you have group of friends or family or even two of you and like to do this group tour Itinerary as a Private Car or like to tailor-make to suite your requirements. Please contact us and we will be glad to assist you.

Plan Your Own Group

The advantage of a true specialist is their knowledge and confidence in assisting anyone who is keen to visit a destination but like to do things differently. Is a special occasion? Do you want to experience a festival, lead a culinary adventure, organise a yoga and wellness group or cycle the off beaten tracks of India or Sri Lanka with people close to you? Or do you find parts of one of our tours appealing but want to alter dates or itineraries to better suit your groups’ needs?

Please contact us with your wish list and our team will be glad to tailor-make your special tour ensuring all possible activities and ideas are incorporated, making a unique group tour.

“The Holidays you dream are the holidays we pack”

What Makes Us Different?

Being your Local Travel wholesaler and one of the True Destination Specialists our team in Australia, New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan ensures that every itinerary is well balanced and filled with amazing cultural experiences, breathtaking scenery and historical sites. Most must see and must do’s are included giving you opportunity to witness sights, taste delicious cuisine, visit bazaar for souvenirs, meet and experience life of locals at the same time have some free time to explore town the way you like.

Whichever itinerary you select all are included complete travel and transfer by charted air-conditioned vehicles, local English speaking guide, sightseeing, entrance fee to the monuments and parks, safaris, boat ride, cultural shows at the theatre or hotel, domestic airfare in economy class, train fare in best available air-conditions class and not to mentioned the current govt taxes of the county. For more details of inclusions please refer to the inclusions column of the itinerary.

Prices Guarantees

All prices shown are on per person basis on twin/double and apply when you share room with travel companion. For single traveller we do offer single room and price is available on request.

You don’t need to worry about currency fluctuations. Once we receive your full payment, your land tour price is guaranteed and protected against any increases. 

100% Protected Holiday

We are a member of IATA, ATAC and AFTA which ensure that your holiday is 100% protected.

No Hidden Cost

We love transparency so the prices quoted by THO are almost all inclusive and help the traveller to budget their holidays accurately. All we ask you to do is relax and enjoy your holiday, knowing that all prepaid expenses have been included in your initial tour cost. Please refer to the tour inclusions for more details.

Value for Money

Being a local Travel Wholesaler, our huge buying power help us pass the discounted rates to our clients. We also do FREE hotel upgrade at some destination as a gesture of appreciation to our valuable travellers. Apart from this our local team of experts adds incredible value for your dollar.

Discounts & Rewards:

Please note discount and rewards given below can not be combined with any other promotions. You only can avail any one discount or promotions.

Loyalty Rewarded 5% Off

Many of our clients choose to travel with us time and time again. As a valued client, we offer you a 5% discount off your second and onwards tour package. This offer applies only to the tour cost of your trip and conditions do apply. Speak to us for details when making your booking.

Past Passenger Discount 5% Off

As Loyal Traveller appreciation we are offering a 5% discount off on any new Small Group Journey bookings on land only.

All you have to do is prove that you have travelled on one Small Group Journey with us since 2009 and the discount is yours!

Multi Trip Discount 5% Off

If you have the time why not combines two or more of our tour and save? In any one holiday, we will discount your second and onwards trip by 5%. Tour package must be minimum 10 days or more from our brochure and discount applies on lowest price tour package. Discount does not apply to add-on pre & post accommodation, train journeys, flights and/or any small packages or services.

BIG SAVINGS when travelling with your friends and family

The advantage of a true specialist is their knowledge and confidence in assisting anyone who is keen to visit a destination but like to do things differently. Is a special occasion? Do you want to experience a festival, lead a culinary adventure, organise a yoga and wellness group or cycle the off beaten tracks of India or Sri Lanka with people close to you? Or do you find parts of one of our tours appealing but want to alter dates or itineraries to better suit your groups’ needs?

Please contact us with your wish list and our team will be glad to tailor-make your special tour ensuring all possible activities and ideas are incorporated, making a unique group tour.

(Best suited discount will be offered and any discount can not be combined with any other discount or promotions)

How Early Should I Book?

The earlier is better so that you can save on our promotional offers.

We offer excellent value for our Small Group Tours which tends to be booked out earlier than expected hence reserve your place at least 6 to 7 months prior to departure.

24/7 Helpline and assistance by THO Local Offices

Apart from 24/7 helpline for emergency assistance; our guest relation manager will call you to make sure everything is going smoothly. Our 36 local network and associate office Manager will be there to assist you in every destination.

International Flights

The tour packages are usually “Land Only” and do not include international flights.  We therefore recommend that you contact us or your travel agent to book your flights well in advance of travel, when you can generally gain access to specials and discounted airfares. This will ensure you can travel on the days that suit you and your tour.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our journeys. Speak to us or your travel agent about comprehensive insurance to cover your travel arrangements. This must critically cover medical expenses in case of an emergency.  Note that travel insurance automatically provided with credit cards generally does not provide adequate cover. Its your responsibility to ensure that you have appropriate and comprehensive travel insurance.

Medical Information

Our elderly travellers who are aged 70 years or more, or with a per-existing condition that affects their fitness to travel or any medical dietary requirement, must be advised at the time of booking. We recommend all travellers should visit their Doctor for these aforementioned purposes and/or to confirm that they are physically able to undertake the day-to-day requirements of the tour.

Selecting Your Holiday Type

Most of our journeys are suited to those with normal fitness and mobility levels. To assist you in choosing a journey best for you we have graded our tours;

Easy Paced: These programs are set at a comfortable pace. Walking and climbing of stairs involved is generally in and around major tourist attractions though you may require walking from road till boat jetty while embarking or disembarking boats.

Moderate: These tours are not strenuous but you will require good amount of fitness as they may include days with long periods of walking or soft trekking, climbing of stairs, embarking and disembarking boats and where longer distances may be travelled by uneven roads.

Adventurous: These refer to programs where your physical fitness needs to be on highest level. Trekking, cycling, climbing, walking and more adventurous activities may be included.

Getting Around

Comfort is our first priority. All our coaches are air-conditioned with push back seats. We even offer 30-35 seater coach when only 16 people are in a group, providing everyone a window seats. Our train journeys in air-conditioning sleeper class where bedding is provided by the train attendant and itineraries that include domestic flight to connect destination we use economy class.

Passport & Visas

India: Visa is required for all foreign nationals. 

Apply online for a Pre-Approval at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html .The online application should be submitted a minimum of 4 days in advance and a maximum of 30days of the proposed date of travel. TVOA links may also be found in websites of Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs, Bureau of Immigration, Incredible India etc.

As of 27 Nov 2014 nationals and passport holder of 34 countries including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, Finland, Luxem Bourg, Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia and Myanmar to name a few,  can avail a Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) facility upon disembarking at international airports Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi and Trivandrum only. You will require to pay fees along with require documentation and is subject to verification and satisfaction of the Immigration. Please contact High Commission of India for updated information.

Sri Lanka: Every tourist visiting Sri Lanka required visa prior to departure. Visa must be obtained atleast 01 months prior to arrival in Sri Lanka by visiting www.eta.gov.lk The Tourist visa is valid for stay within 30 days. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel to Sri Lanka. Fee will apply.

Nepal: Visa is required for all foreign nationalities and the best way to apply for visa is from the Royal Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. Tourist Visa also can be obtained on arrival. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel in Nepal. Fee will apply.

Bhutan: All foreign nationals require visa for Bhutan.

Visa can be arranged by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. To process this we require clear readable colour copy of passport (page containing passport no and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) and current colour passport photograph and at least 30 days prior to date of entry into Bhutan. Remaining validity of passport should be at least 6 months from the date of exit from Bhutan.

Tourism Council of Bhutan issues visa clearance letter closer to travelling date which we email or fax you or your local travel agent. Travellers are required to produce aforesaid visa clearance copy at the time of check-in for their flights while those entering Bhutan by surface via Phuentsholing or Samdrup Jonkhar, they are required to produce this Visa Clearance letter at the Immigration counter. Actual visa is stamped at passport on arrival in Bhutan.

Visa only service is not offered in Bhutan, you would have to book a service tour package from TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS that includes accommodation, guided tours, transfers etc

Myanmar: Visa is required for all nationalities.

Visa can be arranged by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. To process this we require international flight details, clear readable colour copy of passport (page containing passport no and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) and current colour passport photograph and at least 30 days prior to date of entry into Myanmar. Remaining validity of passport should be at least 6 months from the date of exit from Myanmar.

HOW TO BOOK

You can contact our associate travel agent, call our local office, email us or book online. Booking forms must be completed to ensure TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS has on file all the necessary information such as passport details, travel insurance policy details and emergency contacts etc. Travellers over the age of 65 and those with pre existing medical conditions will also be required to provide a medical certificate to certify they are fit to travel.  By booking through travel agent or online means you have read and agreed to the TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS booking conditions. For more detail please click here.

The Team at TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS wishes you a wonderful holiday!!!

 

Day 01: Arrive Delhi 

Arrive at Delhi International Airport. Please clear immigration & visa formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the arrival lounge through the green channel if you do not have goods to be declared to customs. TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS Tour Manager will page you by the tour name. Thereafter you will be assisted with a transfer to the hotel, check in at the hotel and stay overnight in Delhi. (No Meals)


Day 02: Delhi

Enjoy breakfast and a brief introduction of the city before starting city tour of old and New Delhi. Visit Qutb Minar, India Gate, Gandhi Memorial, explore Chandni Chowk and largest spice market. (B, D)


Day 03: Delhi – Jaipur 

After breakfast travel to Jaipur, the first planned city of India, is a treasure-trove of culture, art, and history, famous for its color, lifestyle and Rajasthani cuisine. It is a city exuding royal heritage and extravagant richness. The historic city also has many temples and shrines. Upon arrival check in into your designated hotel, with remaining day to explore the Jaipur Bazaar at your own pace or relax in the hotel. Enjoy hunting through the colorful and chaotic streets, shopping for souvenirs like silver jewelry, precious and semi-precious stones such as diamonds, topaz, and emeralds, embroidered clothing and quilts, block printed textiles, lacquered brass work, leather footwear, miniature marble carvings and blue potteries. In the evening, we learn the art of Indian cooking in your presence. It's all about typical home-styled cooking where you can choose to participate and learn how to cook an easy curry at home, conclude the day with home cooked dinner. Stay for two nights in Jaipur (B, D)


Day 04: Sightseeing & Bazaar

Morning city sightseeing tour with a visit to Amber Fort, and Jantar Mantar, the open-air astronomical observatory. Take a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal, built for the ladies of the court to watch busy streets below without being seen, followed by the huge City Palace complex, home to the Maharaja with a fascinating museum containing his personal collection of weaponry, miniature paintings, royal attire and jewelry. Afternoon visit renowned jewelry and block and screen printed fabrics workshop. Explore the Local Bazaar in the evening. (B, D)

 


Day 05: Jaipur – Bikaner 

After breakfast check out of the hotel and travel to Bikaner. Bikaner retains the medieval splendor that pervades the city's lifestyle. More popularly called the camel country, the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world. The ship of the desert is an inseparable part of life here - Be it pulling heavy carts, transporting grains or working on wells. Camels are the prime helpers. Bikaner stands on a slightly raised ground and is circumscribed by a seven km long embattled wall with five gates. The magnificent forts and palaces created with delicacy in reddish-pink, sandstone, bear testimony to its historical and architectural legacy. Bikaner's history date backs to 1488 AD when a Rathore Prince, Rao Bikaji - a descendant of the founder of Jodhpur (1459 AD) Rao Jodhaji, established his kingdom here. The strategic location of Bikaner on the ancient caravan routes that came from West / Central Asia made it a Prime trade center in the times of the year. Relax in the evening or take a walk in the old city. On arrival check into the Palace accommodation with rest of the evening at leisure to explore and experience the royal legacy of the bygone era; Stay overnight in Bikaner (B, D)


Day 06: Bikaner – Jaisalmer 

After breakfast travel to the Golden City of Jaisalmer, built in 1156 AD and named after its founder, Bhatti Rajput Rao Jaisal. Located deep in the heart of the Desert, the city is popular for its century’s forts, palaces, havelis and amber-hued houses. Perched atop the Trikuta Hill, it stands tall against miles of gleaming sand, epitomizing the desolate, awesome charm of the desert. The havelis, built by merchants of the 19th century are exquisitely carved from golden-yellow sandstone and are still in beautiful conditions. Enjoy the afternoon free, take a stroll in the narrow streets of the Golden city and get a glimpse of the lifestyle of the locals. Every house is exquisitely carved having filigreed work all over. As you move up its ancient cobbled streets, it brings alive an experience of a medieval township caught in a time warp. These houses date back to the 12th-15th century. Arrive Jaisalmer and check in at the hotel; dinner will be served at the hotel. Stay for two nights in Jaisalmer. (B, D)


Day 07: Jaisalmer Sightseeing

After breakfast proceed to a sightseeing tour of Golden city visit the Imposing Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon Ki Haveli (Merchant Mansions) and Gadisar Lake. Later this evening, enjoy a camel safari on its exotic sand dunes, offering an unforgettable experience of rich cultural heritage. This amber-hued city, in the heart of the desert, dazzles gloriously in the early morning. The sunset has a peculiar glow and as night descends, the sky goes up in flames, which fade leaving a few embers, until it becomes black, a breathtaking sight indeed! Filled with color, festivity, and smiles, Jaisalmer is truly a memorable experience across shimmering sands. Stay overnight in Jaisalmer (B, D)


Day 08: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur 

Today drive to Jodhpur, bustling desert city the second largest city in Rajasthan with a landscape dominated by the massive Mehrangarh Fort atop a sheer rocky ridge. Afternoon free to relax or explore the local bazaar. Stay two nights in Jodhpur. (B, D)


Day 09: Jodhpur Sightseeing

Morning visit Mehrangarh Fort; one of the most impressive and formidable structures anywhere in India. And Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble built in 1899 AD in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Afternoon take a jeep ride to witness village life of Bishnoi tribe. Evening free to explore the local bazaar. (B, D)


Day 10: Jodhpur – Udaipur 

Drive to Udaipur, en-route pass lush green valleys, streams and heart capturing views before visiting Ranakpur. Renowned for its Jain temples with intricately carved marble Pillars and Domes, Ranakpur is amongst the five holiest places of the Jain community and exceptional in beauty. Tucked away in a remote valley in the Aravalli ranges, it boasts of one of the largest and most important Jain Temples in the country. It has a four-temple complex which is famous for its peaceful and harmonious surroundings. The temples are believed to have been built in 1439 A.D. The temple rests on 1444 elegantly carved pillars, with no two being identical and the realistic sculptures of celestial nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are a fascinating sight to see. The two huge bells weighing 108kgs each, whose sound echoes in the entire complex, add to the temple’s allure.Later travel to Udaipur. On arrival at Udaipur check in at the hotel, while rest of the evening to enjoy at leisure; dinner will be served at the hotel. Stay two nights in Udaipur (B, D)


Day 11: Udaipur Sightseeing

Founded by Maharaja Udai Singh in 1568, Udaipur is situated on the banks of Lake Pichola with lush green hills of the Aravalli surroundings, making it the most romantic city of Rajasthan. A vision in white drenched in beauty, the city is a fascinating blend of sights and sounds The rich cultural, social and natural heritage, aesthetic beauty and ecological richness, preserved through the lakes, serene and opulent hilly ranges, lush green vegetation, pleasant gardens and harmonious built forms present a unique condition of scenic beauty. Proceed for a guided sightseeing tour and visit City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Museum, Jag Mandir and Saheliyon-Ki-Bari. We also visit the Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir which is an Indian folk art museum and has interesting exhibits that include folks dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folks musical instruments, folk deities and paintings followed by a visit too Jag Mandir, a temple dedicated to Lord Jagdish. Conclude your day with a boat ride on Lake Pichola, an artificial freshwater lake, created in the year 1362 AD, named after the nearby Picholi village. It is one of the several contiguous lakes and developed over the last few centuries in and around the famous Udaipur city. The lakes around Udaipur were primarily created by building dams to meet the drinking water and irrigation needs of the city and its neighborhood. Two islands, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir are located within Pichola Lake and have been developed with several palaces to provide views of the lake. Stay overnight stay in Udaipur. (B, D)


Day 12: Udaipur – Pushkar 

We will leave early this morning and drive west to Pushkar, the charming and usually peaceful Hindu pilgrimage center and home of the only temple in India dedicated to the god of creation Lord Brahma. This year we will join the unique Camel Fair which is each November at the time of the Kartik Purnima full moon and is one of India’s most highly-rated travel experiences. We spend the day taking in this extraordinary event and don’t be shy to get involved! Stay Overnight in Pushkar. (B, D)


Day 13: Pushkar – Ranthambore 

After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive for onward journey to Ranthambore. The National Park is one of the biggest and most renowned National Parks in Northern India. The park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of South-eastern Rajasthan, which is about 130 km from Jaipur. Being considered as one of the famous and former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, today the Ranthambore National Park terrain is a major wildlife tourist attraction spot that has pulled the attention of many wildlife photographers and lovers in this destination. Arrive Ranthambore and check in at the hotel; dinner will be served at the hotel. Stay overnight in Ranthambore (B, D)


Day 14: Wildlife Safari

Wake up early in the morning and prepare for the first game drive at 6:00 – 9:30 am kindly check with the reception if there is any change in time. Enjoy the national park traveling in a canter with an estimated area of 400sq Km of this amazing reserve. The park is dotted with steep rocky hills and the dominating architecture of Ranthambore Fort (built in the 10th century), adds to its landscape. The rugged park terrain alternates between dry deciduous forest, open grassy meadow, dotted by several lakes and rivers that are only made passable by rough roads built and maintained by the Forest Service. The tiger is not the only attraction at Ranthambore although it is the one park resident that people come to see. A variety of birds including Owlets, the ubiquitous Langur (monkey), Leopard, Caracal, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, marsh Crocodiles, Wild Boar, Bears and various species of Deer are the other attractions. Return to the hotel at approximately around 9:30 am and have your breakfast. Later enjoy another game drive to National Park in afternoon commencing from 1430 Hrs, Return to hotel post safari. Stay overnight in Ranthambore (B, L, D)


Day 15: Ranthambore – Agra 

After breakfast, we’ll check out from the hotel and drive to further Agra visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site. In 1571 Akbar constructed Fatehpur (Victory) Sikri city exactly as we see it today, as the new capital of the Mughal Empire, replacing the perfectly viable Agra, just 37 km away, which was left almost deserted. But after only fifteen years, Fatehpur itself was abandoned and left as an evocative ghost-town, because, they say, of a lack of water! The perfectly preserved red sandstone buildings consist of palaces, courtyards, a life-size chess board, tombs, and mosques. Akbar was most interested in his food, and it was during his regime that Mughal food was perfected. We visit the Diwan-e-Khas (Private Audience Hall) with its remarkable central pillar. Also unmissable is Panch Mahal, the five-storied structure, used as the viewing station for the hareem. Post-visit continue with a drive to Agra, arrive and check in at the hotel. We visit Mehtab Bagh to have the different view across the Yamuna River and the place know to be chosen to build Black Taj Mahal. Enjoy dinner and stay two nights in Agra. (B, D)


Day 16: Agra

An early start to visit the Taj Mahal, the world's greatest monument of love and devotion with its superb craftsmanship of semi-precious stones inlaid in the marble in beautiful patterns, a process known as pietra dura. After breakfast visits the impressive 16th century Agra Fort and Tomb of Itimadud- Daulah, also known as Baby Taj. Conclude the day with visit a marble inlay workshop to see remaining artisans creating a masterpiece with marble and precious gemstones. (B, D)


Day 17: Agra – Delhi Departure

After leisurely breakfast, checkout by 1200hrs and drive back to  Delhi, upon arrival transfer to Delhi international airport to board the homebound return flight. (B)

 

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2019

   25 Sep    11 Oct        $4,699    $6,556     C
 
   18 Oct    03 Nov        $4,699    $6,556     C  
   08 Nov    24 Nov        $4,699     $6,556     A  
   06 Dec    22 Dec        $4,699     $6,556    A  

2020

   03 Jan     19 Jan        $4,699     $6,556    A  
   07 Feb    23 Feb        $4,699     $6,556    A  
   06 Mar    22 Mar        $4,799     $6,656    A  
   03 Apr    19 Apr        $4,699     $6,556    A  
   01 May    17 May        $4,699     $6,556    A  
   25 Sep    11 Oct        $4,964     $6,927     A  
   16 Oct    1 Nov        $4,964     $6,927     A  
   13 Nov    29 Nov        $5,064     $7,027     A  
   18 Dec    3 Jan 21        $5,064     $7,027     A  

2021

   15 Jan    31 Jan        $4,964     $6,927     A  
   12 Feb    28 Feb        $4,964     $6,927     A  
   27 Mar    12 Apr        $4,964     $6,927     A  
   17 Apr    3 May        $4,964     $6,927     A  
   14 May    31 May        $4,964     $6,927     A  
 

For further information, please contact TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or ask your travel agent.        

 
  A = Available   R = Reserved   C = Closed  

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Taj Mahal

The city flourished under the patronage of the emperors Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan and attracted artisans from Persia and central Asia. Agra is still famous for handicrafts products....Read More»

Departs: Delhi
Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night
Goa
From NZ$ 466
Goa

Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. As a land with an identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when...Read More»

Departs: Goa
Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Amritsar
From NZ$ 360
Amritsar

Amritsar, literally Pool of Nectar, derives its name from Amrit Sarovar, the holy tank that surrounds the fabulous Golden Temple. First time visitors to Amritsar could be forgiven for the impression that Amritsar is like any other small town in northern India...Read More»

Departs: Amritsar
Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
Darjeeling Sikkim
From NZ$ 1245
Darjeeling & Sikkim

Darjeeling is a town in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is noted for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Darjeeling is the headquarters of Darjeeling district which has a partially autonomous status within the state of West Bengal.

The development of the town dates back to the mid-19th century, when the colonial British administration set up a sanatorium and a military depot. Subsequently, extensive tea plantation was done in the region, and tea growers developed hybrids of black tea and created new fermentation techniques. The resultant distinctive Darjeeling tea is internationally recognized and ranks among the most popular of the black teas. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway connects the town with the plains...Read More»

Departs: Kolkata
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Mumbai
From NZ$ 859
Mumbai

Touch, feel and experience the Mumbai, a bubblegum glamour of Bollywood cinema, shopping malls full of designer labels, promenading families eating Bhelpuri on the beach...Read More»

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Rantham Tiger Reserve
From NZ$ 499
Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve

Wake up early morning for a wildlife safari to the National Park. It is probably the best place in the world to see wild tigers and is the only dry deciduous tiger habitat in the world...Read More»

Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
Holy Varanasi
From NZ$ 466
Holy Varanasi

Varanasi is probably one of the most ancient living cities in the world. From time immemorial it has been a great religious centre for Hindus and one of their most sacred places of pilgrimage being visited by millions of...Read More»

Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
Ajanta Ellora Cave
From NZ$ 866
Ajanta & Ellora Cave

This tour will unveil one of the oldest history of mankind. Located near the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra, the famous Ajanta and Ellora are cave shrines cut out of rock, by hand, and rank amongst some of the most outstanding specimens of ancient Indian architectural heritage...Read More»

Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Kashmir Houseboat
From NZ$ 970
Kashmir Houseboat

The blossoms of spring, the cool weather of summer and the gold and red hues of autumn all provide the peak season to visit Kashmir. Although the best time to visit is during March to October which covers spring, summers,...Read More»

Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
Kerala Houseboat
From NZ$ 699
Kerala Houseboat

he backwaters are an elaborate chain of lagoons, lakes and rivers spread like a necklace through central Kerala. Cruising provides an excellent opportunity to view the lifestyle of the locals living alongside the waterways...Read More»

Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
Golf in Greens Delhi
From NZ$ 1729
Golf in Greens Delhi

Morning you are free to enjoy golfing at the premier Golf course of the city. Afternoon you will be taken for half day city tour of Old Delhi– the 17th-century living city...Read More»

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Incredible Rural Experience
From NZ$ 199
Incredible Rural Experience

This is a very unique activity where you enjoy an off-road soft adventure by 4X4 through the semi arid desert of Jodhpur to witness distinctive local communities, culture and wildlife...Read More»

Departs: Jodhpur
Duration: Day Excursion
lucknow nawabs
From NZ$ 660
The Lucknow Nawabs

Upon arrival at Lucknow – the city of Nawabs, 'The City of Nawabs' is an intriguing blend of old world charm, warm hospitality, courteous people, beautiful architecture and rich heritage...Read More»

Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
From NZ$ 416
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

The Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India is a famous avifauna sanctuary that plays host to thousands of birds especially during the summer season. Over 230 species of birds are known to have made the National Park their home. It is also a major tourist centre with scores of ornithologists arriving here in the hibernal season. It was declared a protected sanctuary in 1971. It is also a declared World Heritage Site. Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a man-made and man-managed wetland and one of the national parks of India. The reserve protects Bharatpur from frequent floods, provides grazing grounds for village cattle and earlier was primarily...Read More»

Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night
Pearls of Hyderabad
From NZ$ 563
Pearls of Hyderabad

Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed for full day city tour of Hyderabad visiting Salarjung Museum; along with a collection of art objects by Nawab Salar Jung III, this museum houses magnificent exhibits of European and Indian paintings and statuary...Read More»

Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
Shimla Toy Train
From NZ$ 952
Shimla & Toy Train

Himalayan Queen Train registered in The Guinness Book as the greatest narrow gauge engineering achievement in India. It passes through the breathtaking landscapes of majestic Himalayas, 103 tunnels, 969 bridges, 919 curves and more than 20...Read More»

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Haridwar Rishikesh
From NZ$ 849
Haridwar & Rishikesh

Haridwar is the place where Holy River Ganges leaves the Himalayan Hill and enters the plains of North India. The centre of Indian culture and Yoga, Haridwar is one of the seven holiest places of Hindus...Read More»

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
kolkata
From NZ$ 785
Kolkata

After breakfast you will travel to Chunar a great historical town where your sailing boat will be ready with the sailor. After a safety briefing, board and sail towards Varanasi covering approx 30km distance. Kolkata (also known as Calcutta) is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Located on the east bank of the Hooghly River, it is the principal commercial, cultural, and educational centre of East India, while the Port of Kolkata is India's oldest operating port as well as its sole major riverine port. Kolkata served as the capital of India until 1911, when its perceived geographical disadvantages, combined with growing nationalism in Bengal, led to a shift of the capital to New Delhi....Read More»

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Kerala Homestay Thekkady
From NZ$ 664
Kerala Homestay

Experience staying in a Kerala home stay where one gets an authentic taste of how families live in this fascinating south Indian state. At a short distance from Thekkaday, Pepper County is home stay set......Read More»

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
The Winery of India
From NZ$ 899
Winery of India

Have you ever wondered how the wine in your glass was made and got its taste?? You are just going to explore the origin, making and then tasting of the wine......Read More»

Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
Slalam Balak Trust Tour
From NZ$ 199
Dharavi Slum - Mumbai

On this tour, visitors will see why Dharavi is the heart of small scale industry in Mumbai. Many people know Dharavi as the 'largest slum in Asia', but there is much more to this historic area of Mumbai than poverty......Read More»

Departs: Mumbai
Duration: Half Day Tour
Varanasi Khajuraho
From NZ$ 737
Varanasi & Khajuraho

Arrive the oldest spiritual living city in the world, Varanasi. Named after the two tributaries of Ganges that flows through the city named Varuna and Assi rivers, Abode of Lord Shiva and Parvati, the origins of Varanasi......Read More»

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Salaam Baalak Trust Tour Walk3
From NZ$ 170
Salaam Baalak Walk

SALAAM BAALAK TRUST runs five 24-hour full care shelters for children, one being devoted to girl children. These shelters provide the children security, a sense of home......Read More»

Departs: Delhi
Duration: Half Day tour
Andaman Islands
From NZ$ 599
Andaman Island

The Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands consisting of about 293 islands is situated in the Bay of Bengal. The topography of the islands is hilly & they abound in evergreen forests. The white sandy beaches have a back drop of luxuriant greenery & in the clear blue waters of the lagoons enclosed by coral reefs......Read More»

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Flavours of India
From NZ$ 144
Flavours of India - Cooking Class

Learn authentic Indian Cooking in an Indian family home. Have you wondered why cooking from recipes book does not taste the same......Read More»

Duration: 4-5 Hours
Ayurveda Beaches
From NZ$ 1149
Yoga, Ayurveda & Beaches

Ayurveda is synonymous with Kerala. It is an ancient system of healing which is very popular in this state. Originated in India around 5000 years ago, Ayurveda occupies a prized place in Kerala. The state is blessed with rich flora consisting of rare herbs and natural oils. Rejuvenate your body, mind and soul...Read More»

Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
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Start: Delhi

Ends: Delhi

Tour Grade: Easy Paced Tour

Guaranteed Departure: minimum 02 people

What's Included?

Deluxe hotel accommodation with private facilities

Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle

Group assistance and transfers

Sightseeing as specified

Meals as specified

THO Tour Manager (minimum 06 people)

Local English speaking Tour Guide

Monument entry fees

Cycle rickshaw ride in Delhi

Camel ride at Jaisalmer

Rural Experience with picnic lunch

Jeep ride (shared Jeep) at Jaipur

Boat ride at Udaipur

Two wildlife safaris at Ranthambore

A bottle of water while travelling

All current collectable taxes

What's Excluded?

Any International or Domestic Airfare

Airport taxes and Visa fee

Early check in or late check out

Meals other than specified above

Tips & Gratuities

Travel & Medical Insurance

Camera and video permits

Expenses incurred due to flight / train cancellation or delay

Any expense of a personal nature, like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, mini bar, etc

Any optional excursion or tour

Any other expense not mentioned in the prices include column

What Our Clients Say

“HI Jean. 

Thanks for your call this afternoon.  That was really kind of you.  After talking about the trip to India, I don’t think I could recommend that specific trip highly enough.  Very, very well organized, very comprehensive and accommodating and the fact that we stayed in the same hotel most times for two nights added to it.  Whoever selected the accommodation did a great job…old renovated forts and palaces and even stables. Maureen (WA)

 

Don’t know whether we just lucked in on  the guide …Rahul but he was superb.  Very organised, pleasant and accommodating, his English and his knowledge was excellent

Rahul went out of his way to find out people’s particular interests and find ways to accommodate them.  Julie Peachey. Helen from SA  and I were particularly interested in fabrics and silver jewellery, but I told him I would only buy where it was guaranteed Fair Trade and no child labour involved and only wanted to buy from the Women’s cooperatives, run and organised by women which I’d read about.  He went out of his way to find these in many of the places we visited and said he was surprised to see what they offered. Maureen (WA)

If you want to recommend this tour group to others I wouldn’t hesitate to back that up and I’m sure Julie would agree with that.  Thanks for all your help.  Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Maureen (WA)

From beginning to end, this was an excellent tour, and we would thoroughly recommend Total Holiday Options to anyone wishing to experience India. We would certainly like to return, and if we get the opportunity, we would choose Total Holiday Options (especially if Binod was driving!) 

Aileen and Ken MacKenzie (NZ)    

we were totally delighted by every aspect of this tour, which gave us an amazing insight into aspects of the life, culture and scenery of this vibrant and colourful country. The tour itself was superbly organised, with activities in every city we visited planned to allow us to experience a wide variety of unforgettable experiences, from guided tours of breath taking temples and palaces to village life and safaris in the desert with rides on camels, elephants and jeeps. The ultimate moment was to see tigers in their natural habitat at Ranbamthore. At every new point of arrival in the tour we were met by local agents who were unfailingly helpful, but the real star who held everything together was our driver Binod Mahto, who with his superb driving and witty conversation kept us amused and informed during some of the long drives. We always felt safe with Binod behind the wheel, despite the chaotic traffic conditions we encountered at times. Binod is a real asset to the Company, and worth his weight in gold!  Aileen and Ken MacKenzie (NZ)