Classic India & Sri Lanka

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Day 01: Australia Delhi

Fly to Delhi, the capital of India. Arrive at Delhi, meeting-assistance on arrival, as you’re Welcomed with flowers & transferred to your pre-booked hotel Time permitting take a few walks around to acclimatize yourself to this ever bustling city.
Tonight enjoy welcome Dinner at a Local Indian Restaurant with all important tour briefing. (D)

Today’s highlights feature metro & Cycle rickshaw rides, Sound & Light Show with Boat ride in Akshardham
Enjoy your Tour of New Delhi including Qutab Minar, a Sikh Temple, Parliament House, President House & India Gate. Take a Metro ride from New to Old Delhi. Visit Old Delhi including Jama Mosque, drive past Red Fort. Enjoy a Cycle Rickshaw ride in the narrow alleys around the wedding street & spice markets. This evening visit Akshardham Temple, with Sound & light show and Boat ride. Overnight stay at your hotel. (B)

Unique experience: Village Tour on Bicycles
Morning drive to Khandela, an ancient town with 2000 year old history ruled by various Rajput clans & where one would get bowled by the simplicity of people's lifestyle here. Embark on your Cycling tour exploring this rural village, with colourful bazaars, vivid effigies of mud plastered walls, shady trees, green fields, dung cakes, uneven roads, camel carts and deep dark wells. Overnight stay at your hotel (B)

Excursion to Mandawa
There are forts, minor castles, mosques, wells called baories and chhatris or cenotaphs and much more to discover in the forgotten land of Mandawa. The eternal legacy of this small kingdom continues till date with its unique monument circuit. A gateway to Shekhawati kingdom, Mandawa served as a hometown for dominant merchant families who used to dwell in the artistic mansions, famously known as havelis. Evening drive back to Khandela & stay overnight. (B)

Morning drive to Osian on the long dusty roads. A visit to Osian takes you back in time, as this place existed to as far back as the 8th century. Though this town was flourishing and successful trading center during 8th – 12th century, it now remains an Oasis with ruins and beautiful temples. The temple walls are adorned with a cornucopia of life like sculptures and traditionally carved ornamentation. The striking feature of the temples in Osian is that no two temples are the same.
Overnight stay in Decorated Camel cart (B/-/D)

Explore the Local village, School & Temples Later drive to Jodhpur, the Blue City. Embark on the Jodhpur City tour including Royal Cenotaphs at Jaswant Thada, Mehrangarh fort & thereafter a very interesting walking tour to the Clock tower through the narrow alleys. Continue drive to Luni for the overnight stay. (B)

After early breakfast we drive to Devgarh Mandariya Railway station. Enjoy a perfect rural train experience. The engine laboriously and slowly pulls the train through the beautiful greenery, silent forests and hills. As we move uphill crossing few tunnels on the way, be ready to be welcomed by the Monkeys waiting for the train, along with low moving clouds, small waterfalls, fountains and some grazing cattl. Upon your disembarkation drive to Khempur, for our next stay in the real marigold hotel i.e. Ravla Khempur. If time permits visit the famous Ranakpur Jain Temples
Evening free to explore local villages around the Khempur. Overnight stay at your hotel. (B)

Excursion to Udaipur
Morning set out for full day excursion to Udaipur, known as the City of Lakes. Enjoy a Walking Heritage tour of Udaipur city including City palace, Jagdish Temple & Sahelion Ki Bari. Take the Boat ride on the Lake Pichola. Evening return to Khempur for overnight stay. (B)

Morning drive to Jaipur, known as the Pink city, En route visit Pushkar, the holy city of Temples with its’ sacred lake & Brahma Temple. Continue drive to Jaipur & check-in. If time permits take a stroll around the local bazaars, full of bright colours & an unending charm. Tonight enjoy the Sound & Light show at Amber fort. Overnight stay at your hotel. (B)

Take the Jaipur City tour and as we begin with a photo stop at Hawa Mahal & thereafter to Amber fort, climb on by a jeep & walk down through the old city. Enjoy Elefreind, a place for elephant conservation where you get up-close, with the elephant including a ride & other fun activities
Continue with the remaining tour including City Palace & Jantar Mantar (Observatory)
Overnight stay at your hotel. (B)

Early morning there lies an opportunity to explore the local vegetable & flower markets, close to your hotel. After breakfast, drive to Agra, the City of Taj En route visit Abhaneri Step Well, a revelation of its own. Upon arrival straight to visit the Agra fort. Evening is free to explore local bazaars & other market places. Overnight stay at your hotel. (B)

Visit Taj Mahal at Sunrise (Closed every Friday), marvel at this most beautiful building in the world.
Later drive to Delhi with a farewell dinner before you are transferred to the airport for flight to Colombo. Upon arrival at Colombo, meet & transfer to Negombo for overnight. (B/-/D)

Wake up to the tropical sunrise and head out to Wella to observe the fishermen’s way of life. Then proceed to Sigiriya, visit Dambulla Cave Temple and explore the Iron Wood Forest that treasures a 500-million-year old Rose Quartz Mountain. (B)

Trek through the archetypal Sri Lankan typical village. The Trek begins with an awesome walk along a bund of a manmade reservoir. Visit Sigiriya Lion Rock, the Eighth Wonder of the World. (B)

Experience the climate change of that dry zone to wet zone as you pass by Dambulla & reach Kandy via Matale. Proceed to Kandy via Matale, start your spice garden tour under the watchful eyes of an in-house specialist who will take you through a journey entwining with spices and their herbal values. Finally, enjoy a cup of herbal tea – something unique for a Sri Lankan at heart – before heading out to the all-important last royal capital of Sri Lanka, Kandy. Take a walk through busy streets of Kandy and observe how life unfolds under the shades of heritage. (B)

Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, walk into the most sacred temple that enshrines the tooth relic of Lord Buddha where you will be able to witness Pooja – twice a day – showered by the blessings of devotees that account to few hundreds on any given day. Visit the Kandy Museum which houses a tale of Kings and Queens entwined between the pillars of heritage. (B)
Explore Peradeniya Botanical Garden, which enshrines an abundance of flora. Proceed to Nuwara Eliya, visit Ramboda Falls. (B)

Proceed to Ella, climb up to the top of the mountain to view the unforgettable Ella-Gap. Then climb down and proceed to Yala. Welcome to leopard country! (B)

Leave to Yala National Park for Morning Safari by private Jeep, enter the holy land of Sri Lankan wildlife (B)

Proceed to Galle, which still boasts of its colonial heritage and historic fort. Walk into the gigantic gateways of the fort – first built by Portuguese and refined later by the Dutch – and observe how life goes by inside a living Dutch monument. Take a walk along the well-paved roads of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then proceed to Colombo for city orientation tour before transfer to the airport. (B)

Welcome home.
Price is based on twin share.
Small group travel, maximum 15 people.
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Inclusions
  • Return airfares ex Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, or Perth
  • Flight Delhi to Colombo
  • All taxes & charges
  • 18-night twin share accommodation
  • Local transport by air-conditioned vehicles
  • Sightseeing tours
  • Entrance fees
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Daily breakfast, 3 dinners
Hotel lists
  • Delhi: Justa Panchsheel Park, Delhi
  • Khandela: Castle Khandela - Heritage
  • Osian: CAMEL CARAVAN
  • Luni: Fort Chanwa, Luni – Heritage
  • Khempur: Ravla Khempur - Heritage (A Marigold Hotel)
  • Jaipur: Khandela Haveli, Jaipur – Heritage
  • Agra: Four point by Sheraton
  • Negombo: Goldi Sands Hotel
  • Dambulla: The Paradise Resort
  • Kandy: Ozo Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya: Black Pool
  • Tissamaharamaya: The Safari Hotel
  • Kalutara: Turyaa Hotel