India is steeped in history, mystery and magnificence. It’s a heady cocktail of extraordinary contrasts, sumptuous palaces, splendid forts, lush countryside, haunting deserts and vibrant cities. Our extraordinary tour takes you to some of the most colourful and amazing places on the entire planet – from Amritsar’s Golden Temple to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, the gleaming white of the Taj Mahal, and the 'Blue City' of Jodhpur. Then there are the parched ochre dunes of the desert sands and the array of reds and yellows exploding from a classic Indian sunset across a city’s jumbled rooftops. India is all this and much more. It’s not just a country; it’s an entire continent crying out to be discovered and explored.
You’ll visit some of this wonderful destination’s finest jewels; many world famous, while others are less well-known but equally enthralling. In this religious melting pot, you’ll experience some of the world’s most spiritual sites - including the Sikh holy city of Amritsar, and the revered Hindu town of Pushkar with its unique Brahma temple, sacred lake and historic bathing ghats. Jaipur’s City Palace and the Palace of the Winds will amaze you with their grandeur, yet none compare with the Taj Mahal, that supremely beautiful and romantic masterpiece, truly one of the few wonders of the world.
Another great and unmissable wonder is Agra’s 16th century awe-inspiring Red Fort. Once at the heart of the Moghul Empire, it’s a fitting overture to the many other magnificent citadels for which Rajasthan is rightly famous – especially the imposing and vast Mehrangarh Fort with its enchanting panoramic view over the 'Blue City’ of Jodhpur. Finally it’s on to Udaipur, nestling serenely in one of the world’s most naturally beautiful settings. Surrounded by a series of scenic hills and lakes, almost silhouetted against the clear blue sky, its multitude of intricately turreted and balconied palaces surround the lakeside - a perfect blend of man and nature in complete harmony and quintessential India at its most mysterious, romantic and thought-provoking.
Spectacular though India’s cities, palaces and monuments are, a country is nothing without its people and you can travel the whole world before you find a welcome as warm and genuine as that in India. Increasingly aware of their unique sophisticated culture, Indians are eager to share their knowledge with you – and to practice their English, which is almost universally spoken. You really sense that this is a country ‘on the move’.
Of course, India also possesses one of the world’s greatest cuisines, which for many will be one of the highlights of your holiday. Universally but incorrectly described as curry, there is a huge variety on offer making use of gorgeously fresh vegetables, pulses, meat and fish all expertly blended with an almost infinite array of herbs and exotic spices. With some dishes cooked quickly and some more slowly, it’s a real gourmet’s delight, so totally different and tastier than the majority of Indian restaurants we are used to at home. All this combined with the legendary Indian passion for service, ensures you will get the very best out of your visit to this fascinating and enchanting part of the world, returning home with some truly enchanting memories.
The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms available at the relevant supplement. The price includes:
Included excursions are:
Indian visa not included.
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5-star Taj Lake Palace
Treat yourself to an unforgettable stay at the sumptuous five-star Taj Lake Palace when staying in Udaipur. Set in the middle of Lake Pichola, this white-marble palace is perhaps the world’s most romantic hotel and was used as a key location in a Bond film.
The luggage allowance for internal flights on this tour is limited to one bag per person weighing no more than 20kg.
All holders of Irish Passports require a visa to travel to India. There are now three ways to apply for your Indian tourist visa: by post, in-person and the new E-Visa.
Please ensure that you have at least two empty pages in your passport and that your passport is valid for a minimum of 180 days from the time of submitting your visa application. At the time of departure you will be able to travel as long as both the passport and the visa are valid.
Personal and postal applications
All visa applicants are required to fill in and submit their application forms online. This can be accessed at indianembassydublin.in. Each application submitted online will create a web reference number starting with letters IRLD. The duration of the visa issued is generally three months and the visa is valid from the date of issue. We therefore recommend applying for the visa approximately 2 months before departure, to ensure it covers the full duration of your stay in India.
Once you have completed and printed your online application form, it is to be submitted to the embassy in person or through post / courier. The address for postal/personal applications is:
Indian Visa Application Centre
6 Leeson Road
TEL: 00353 14 966 792
Holders of Irish Passports are now eligible to apply for an e-visa online. The cost of a tourist e-visa is US$80.00, and will be converted into euros by your bank. The website to apply for the e-visa is indianvisaonline.gov.in Here you will find all the information to assist you with the completion of your application.
Visa fees are subject to change without notice and non-refundable.
Full details of the visa application process will be provided in your booking confirmation document.
Whilst care has been taken to ensure that the information provided relating to visa requirements is true and correct at the time of publication, changes in requirements after this time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. therefore, whilst we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest that you re-confirm requirements with the relevant embassy prior to travel.
Whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we would point out that in visiting a number of historical sites, paths may be uneven and uphill and we often enjoy walking tours of the main sights. Therefore, this holiday may not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility. In the tropics temperatures and humidity levels will also be quite high for most of the year. Please consult your GP regarding the appropriate inoculations required for India at least a month before departure.
We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.
All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us.
En route to the first hotel in Delhi we will do some sightseeing, adding approximately 2 hours to the transfer time.
|Arrival airport||First hotel location||Transfer time||Final hotel location||Departure airport||Transfer time|
|Delhi - Indira Gandhi International Airport||Delhi||1 hr||Delhi (airport hotel)||Delhi - Indira Gandhi International Airport||10 mins|
Lynda and Eugene Calcott
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