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Catch a spectacular sunrise over the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.
Marvel at the ornamentation of the Agra Fort in Agra, India.
Admire the red and pink sandstone palace of Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, India.
See vibrant spices and other goods at the Chandni Chowk markets in Old Delhi, India.
Shop for trinkets and treasures at the Chandni Chowk markets in Old Delhi, India.
Photograph the large Jama Masjid mosque in Old Delhi, India.
Enjoy a rickshaw ride in Old Delhi, India.
See the 42-metre India Gate war memorial in Delhi, India.
Marvel at the Hawa Mahal 'Palace of Winds' in Jaipur, India.
See the beautiful Amber Fort in Jaipur, India.
Choose to take part in an optional food tour in Agra, India (charges apply).
See the historical Chand Baori stepwell in Rajasthan, India.
Tick the iconic Taj Mahal off your bucket list while in Agra, India.
Dine on authentic cuisine throughout Agra, India.
See the sacred banks of the Ganges in Varanasi, India (Itinerary 2).
Take an early morning boat cruise on the Ganges River in Varanasi, India (Itinerary 2).
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2 for 1 Incredible India

Operated by TripADeal
Delhi, Jaipur, Agra & more
Discover the highlights of India's famed Golden Triangle & beyond
Admire the Taj Mahal at sunrise, marvel at the Amber Fort & more
Dates: 6 Nov 2024 - 9 Dec 2025
Earn & Use Qantas Points
Return international full-service flights
6 nights of hotel accommodation
8 meals including daily breakfast & 2 speciality lunches
English-speaking tour guides
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Overview

A vibrant collision of colour, culture, and energy – India is a destination that never fails to dazzle and delight the senses. With grand architecture, mouth-watering cuisine and deep traditions that have remained unchanged for thousands of years, it's a country too special to experience alone.

Your adventure begins in the cultural melting pot of Delhi where you’ll take an exciting city tour of Old and New Delhi. Tour the bustling Chandi Chowk market by rickshaw, admire the Laxmi Narayan Temple dedicated to the goddess of prosperity, see the 42-metre-high India Gate war memorial and more. Continue along the Golden Triangle to the pink city of Jaipur where colourful bazaars, ambling camels and spectacular heritage buildings await. Enjoy a fascinating sari and Indian costume demonstration, behold the spectacular sight of the Amber Fort and more.

Take the opportunity to visit the historical Chand Baori Step Well and witness an awe-inspiring sunrise over the Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal in 1631. Photograph the ornamentation of the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort (Red Fort) before catching the high-speed Gatiman Express train back to Delhi to begin your journey home.

This incredible 2 for 1 package includes return international full-service flights, 6 nights of hotel accommodation, 8 meals, English-speaking tour guides and more.

Want more? Choose the 11-day package and explore the holy city of Varanasi. You can also choose from Standard or Premium accommodation options and Arrive Early or Stay Behind in Delhi, India packages.

Tour Inclusions

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Journey through India’s famed Golden Triangle
  • Immerse yourself in the highlights of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra
  • Witness the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
  • Experience the sights and sounds of vibrant Delhi
  • See the Red Fort, Raj Ghat and Jama Masjid Mosque
  • Explore the vibrant Chandni Chowk market by rickshaw
  • Travel on one of India's fastest trains, The Gatiman Express
  • Take in Jaipur's impressive Amber Fort on a guided city tour
  • Visit Chand Baori, one of the world’s deepest step wells
  • Enjoy an Indian costume-tying demonstration
FLIGHTS
  • Return international full-service flights (economy class) surcharges may apply
ACCOMMODATION
  • 6 nights of hotel accommodation (Standard or Premium options available at checkout)
DINING
  • Enjoy 8 meals including daily breakfast and 2 speciality lunches
ESSENTIALS
  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
TRANSPORT
  • Transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Travel by The Gatiman Express from Agra to Delhi
TRANSFERS
  • Return airport transfers with meet and assist
ITINERARY 2: 11-DAY WITH VARANASI EXTENSION

All of the above, plus the following:

  • Return internal flights (economy class) from Delhi to Varanasi
  • 3 nights of additional hotel accommodation (Standard or Premium options available at checkout)
  • Enjoy 3 additional meals including daily breakfast 
  • Take a boat ride on the Ganges River
  • See the Durga Temple and Vishwanath Temple on a Varanasi city tour
UPGRADES AVAILABLE
  • Arrive Early: Arrive up to 30 days before your tour starts (does not include hotel accommodation, meals or transfers)
  • Stay Behind: Return up to 30 days after your tour concludes (does not include hotel accommodation, meals or transfers)
  • Stopover Packages: Break up the long-haul flight with a stopover at a fantastic location (see checkout for details)
  • Optional Tours: Optional experiences and tours are available to add to your itinerary (see checkout for details)
  • Premium Accommodation: Upgrade your accommodation package (see checkout for details)
  • Preferred Airline: Fly with a preferred airline (see checkout for details)
  • Flight Upgrades: Upgrade to Business Class (see checkout for details)

Please note: Extra charges may apply, see the Important Info section and checkout cart for fees and details

Itinerary 1
Day 1 Australia (or New Zealand) - Delhi, India

Today you'll depart for Delhi, India. Upon arrival, you'll be met by a representative at the airport. You will then be transferred to your hotel where you may enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Please note: Due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on Day 0. Affected customers must be at the airport the day before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documents 4-6 weeks prior to departure.

Overnight: Delhi (selected Standard or Premium accommodation option)

Meals included: In-Flight

Day 2 Delhi City Tour

As the capital of India, Delhi is a major gateway city for international visitors. The area is a fascinating metropolis offering an intriguing mix of ancient sites and modern wonders while also serving as the headquarters of Indian politics. Many of the heads of the Indian government and other political parties reside in the city, including the Prime Minister and President of India.

After breakfast this morning, you'll take a late-morning city tour of Old and New Delhi. Your tour begins in Chandni Chowk, the main street of Old Delhi that boasts the famous colourful shopping bazaar where you'll enjoy a rickshaw ride through the marketplace. You'll then drive past Jama Masjid which is the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort which Mughal Emperor Shahjahan made.

Visit New Delhi to see the Laxmi Narayan Temple, dedicated to Lakshmi who is the goddess of prosperity and good fortune. Afterwards, you'll travel to India Gate which is a 42-metre-high stone of triumph and war memorial. It bears the names of 85,000 Indian army soldiers who died in the campaigns of WWI. You'll then drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan which is the official residence of the President of India and has an interesting blend of Mughal and western architectural styles.

Afterwards, you'll return to the hotel where the rest of the day is free for independent activities or you can choose to take part in the optional afternoon tour.

Optional Activity: UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour - $40 per person
India has an astounding 40 UNESCO World Heritage sites, one of the largest concentrations in the world. On this tour, you'll discover two of Delhi’s UNESCO-listed sites, starting at Humayun’s Tomb. This is the first great example of Mughal architecture in India and was built to house the Emperor’s body. You'll then stop off at the Qutub Minar, a 72.5-meter victory tower with five distinct storeys. Built by Qutb ud-din Aibak in 1193, it is the world’s tallest brick minaret. The red sandstone structure has words from the Quran intricately engraved into it. This optional tour includes transfer by air-conditioned vehicle, an English-speaking guide and entrance fees.

Overnight: Delhi (selected Standard or Premium accommodation option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 Delhi - Jaipur

Today after breakfast, you'll depart for Jaipur on an approximately 250-kilometre journey.

As the picturesque capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is washed in pink, the colour associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. This beautiful city, along with Agra and Delhi, forms what is known as the Golden Triangle of the Indian tourist circuit. Jaipur is a city where royalty still lives in the grandeur of its palaces, fighting for the honour of your clan has never been a need but a way of life and treating guests as gods has been a tradition for centuries. There is a timeless appeal to Jaipur's colourful bazaars where one can shop for Rajasthani handlooms and trinkets. You'll also find beautifully laid out gardens and parks, attractive monuments and marvellous heritage buildings. Not to mention the ambling camels and cheerful people in multi-hued costumes that make your trip to the pink city a memorable one.

Upon arrival in Jaipur, you'll check in to the hotel and then enjoy a short orientation tour of the city including a sari and Indian costume demonstration. Afterwards, if you wish, you can take an optional cooking demonstration with dinner.

Optional Activity: Cooking Demonstration Experience With Dinner - $30 per person
Make your day a special one by participating in a cooking demonstration to learn the secrets of authentic Rajasthani cooking in an informative and fun way. Experience cooking traditional vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes while getting an idea about the different spices used to make the dishes more delicious and rich. The royal household of Jaipur is known for many succulent recipes and kitchen secrets that have been handed down from one generation to another over centuries. Your local chef will try to provide the maximum possible cooking techniques and secrets in the shortest time while allowing you to enjoy the dishes with their delightful families. A must for cooking enthusiasts, you are sure to learn some absolutely mouth-watering tips and tricks to cooking up a storm.

Overnight: Jaipur (selected Standard or Premium accommodation option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Jaipur

After breakfast at the hotel this morning, you'll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Jaipur. Your tour begins with a morning excursion to Amber Fort which is located 11 kilometres from Jaipu. It was the old fort of the Kachwaha clan of Amber and is a beautiful sight to behold as the fort is built with white marble and red sandstone. It looks even more attractive because of the Maota Lake in the foreground.

Optional Activity: City Tour To Hawa Mahal, City Palace & Jantar Mantar - $45 per person
Take part in an afternoon city tour visiting the Hawa Mahal, or 'Palace of the Winds', which was constructed for the royal ladies to watch royal processions without being seen. You'll also have the chance to discover Jantar Mantar, the largest of the five astronomical observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh, and visit the City Palace, the former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles.

Overnight: Jaipur (selected Standard or Premium accommodation option)

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

Day 5 Jaipur - Chand Baori - Agra

After breakfast this morning, you'll depart for Agra on an approximately 280-kilometre journey. You'll stop en route, visiting the Chand Baori Step Well which is located opposite a temple known as Harshat Mata Temple. It is believed that the Chand Baori Step Well has a religious connection and that’s the reason it was built in front of the temple. Upon arrival in Agra, you can check in at your hotel.

Agra is the quintessential Mughal City where the world marvels at the epitome of love, beauty and sacrifice. It's also home to the Taj Mahal, one of the 7 Wonders of the World. So overwhelming is the magic monument that Agra has been immortalised, as the City of the Taj. As visitors walk down the narrow bustling streets, they cannot help but wonder if the man contentedly smoking a hookah is a direct descendent of some bygone Mughal. Enjoy either taking the afternoon at leisure in this iconic city or choosing to join the optional tour.

Optional Activity: Food Trail Tour - $35 per person
Embark on a heritage walk through hidden lanes and bustling markets to visit an array of local eateries. Meet the people behind some of the city’s most famous snacks, sample traditional foods such as paratha and savour chai served in a traditional clay cup. You'll also have the chance to taste Agra’s famous sweet petha, originally prepared more than 350 years ago in the royal kitchens of Shah Jahan. This sugary white pumpkin sweet comes in a variety of flavours having adapted to consumers' changing tastes. This optional tour includes transfer in an air-conditioned vehicle, an English-speaking guide, and a selection of snacks and chai.

Overnight: Agra (selected Standard or Premium accommodation option)

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

Day 6 Agra - Delhi

Today, just after sunrise, you'll visit the Taj Mahal at approximately 06:00 before returning to the hotel for breakfast. Alternatively, you can choose to visit the mausoleum just after breakfast at 09:00. The world-famous Taj Mahal is where you'll see the undeniable beauty of Persian and earlier Mughal architecture. The Taj Mahal was commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1631, to be built in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632 and the principal mausoleum was completed in 1643, the surrounding buildings and garden were finished about five years later.

Later you'll enjoy visiting Agra Fort (Red Fort), a fascinating sight that showcases a high level of ornamentation with the Kohinoor diamond reportedly part of the furnishings. The fort’s artwork mixes Persian, European and Indian art, resulting in a unique Shahjahani style rich in form, expression and colour. The Red Fort is one of the building complexes of India encapsulating a long period of history, art and innovative architectural style including its garden design which influenced later buildings and gardens in Delhi. In 2007, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Red Fort Complex.

Afterwards, you can enjoy this world-famous city at leisure or choose an optional activity. In the evening, you will be transferred to the railway station to ride on one of India’s fastest trains, The Gatiman Express. On arrival in Delhi, you will be transferred to the hotel for check-in.

Optional Activity: Visit Baby Taj & Mehtab Bagh - $40 per person
Head to the landmark mausoleum of Itmad ud Daulah, known as “the Baby Taj”. Marvel at the intricately carved marble monument, conceived before the Taj Mahal and considered the blueprint for its design. You'll then continue to Mehtab Bagh (Moonlight Garden) and sip a drink as the sun sets over the Taj Mahal. This optional tour includes transfer in an air-conditioned vehicle, an English-speaking guide and entrance fees.

Overnight: Delhi (selected Standard or Premium accommodation option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Delhi, India - Australia (or New Zealand)

After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport to board your flight back to Australia (or New Zealand).

Meals included: Breakfast; In-Flight

Day 8 Arrive Australia (or New Zealand)

Itinerary 2
From $4,899 for 2 people - Varanasi Extension
Day 1 Australia (or New Zealand) to Delhi, India

Today you'll depart for Delhi, India. Upon arrival, you'll be met by a representative at the airport. You will then be transferred to your hotel where you may enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Please note: Due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on Day 0. Affected customers must be at the airport the day before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documents 4-6 weeks prior to departure.

Overnight: Delhi (selected Standard or Premium accommodation option)

Meals included: In-Flight

Day 2 Delhi City Tour

As the capital of India, Delhi is a major gateway city for international visitors. The area is a fascinating metropolis offering an intriguing mix of ancient sites and modern wonders while also serving as the headquarters of Indian politics. Many of the heads of the Indian government and other political parties reside in the city, including the Prime Minister and President of India.

After breakfast this morning, you'll take a late-morning city tour of Old and New Delhi. Your tour begins in Chandni Chowk, the main street of Old Delhi that boasts the famous colourful shopping bazaar where you'll enjoy a rickshaw ride through the marketplace. You'll then drive past Jama Masjid which is the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort which Mughal Emperor Shahjahan made.

Visit New Delhi to see the Laxmi Narayan Temple, dedicated to Lakshmi who is the goddess of prosperity and good fortune. Afterwards, you'll travel to India Gate which is a 42-metre-high stone of triumph and war memorial. It bears the names of 85,000 Indian army soldiers who died in the campaigns of WWI. You'll then drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan which is the official residence of the President of India and has an interesting blend of Mughal and western architectural styles.

Afterwards, you'll return to the hotel where the rest of the day is free for independent activities or you can choose to take part in the optional afternoon tour.

Optional Activity: UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour - $40 per person
India has an astounding 40 UNESCO World Heritage sites, one of the largest concentrations in the world. On this tour, you'll discover two of Delhi’s UNESCO-listed sites, starting at Humayun’s Tomb. This is the first great example of Mughal architecture in India and was built to house the Emperor’s body. You'll then stop off at the Qutub Minar, a 72.5-meter victory tower with five distinct storeys. Built by Qutb ud-din Aibak in 1193, it is the world’s tallest brick minaret. The red sandstone structure has words from the Quran intricately engraved into it. This optional tour includes transfer by air-conditioned vehicle, an English-speaking guide and entrance fees.

Overnight: Delhi (selected Standard or Premium accommodation option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 Delhi - Jaipur

Today after breakfast, you'll depart for Jaipur on an approximately 250-kilometre journey.

As the picturesque capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is washed in pink, the colour associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. This beautiful city, along with Agra and Delhi, forms what is known as the Golden Triangle of the Indian tourist circuit. Jaipur is a city where royalty still lives in the grandeur of its palaces, fighting for the honour of your clan has never been a need but a way of life and treating guests as gods has been a tradition for centuries. There is a timeless appeal to Jaipur's colourful bazaars where one can shop for Rajasthani handlooms and trinkets. You'll also find beautifully laid out gardens and parks, attractive monuments and marvellous heritage buildings. Not to mention the ambling camels and cheerful people in multi-hued costumes that make your trip to the pink city a memorable one.

Upon arrival in Jaipur, you'll check in to the hotel and then enjoy a short orientation tour of the city including a sari and Indian costume demonstration. Afterwards, if you wish, you can take an optional cooking demonstration with dinner.

Optional Activity: Cooking Demonstration Experience With Dinner - $30 per person
Make your day a special one by participating in a cooking demonstration to learn the secrets of authentic Rajasthani cooking in an informative and fun way. Experience cooking traditional vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes while getting an idea about the different spices used to make the dishes more delicious and rich. The royal household of Jaipur is known for many succulent recipes and kitchen secrets that have been handed down from one generation to another over centuries. Your local chef will try to provide the maximum possible cooking techniques and secrets in the shortest time while allowing you to enjoy the dishes with their delightful families. A must for cooking enthusiasts, you are sure to learn some absolutely mouth-watering tips and tricks to cooking up a storm.

Overnight: Jaipur (selected Standard or Premium accommodation option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Jaipur

After breakfast at the hotel this morning, you'll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Jaipur. Your tour begins with a morning excursion to Amber Fort which is located 11 kilometres from Jaipu. It was the old fort of the Kachwaha clan of Amber and is a beautiful sight to behold as the fort is built with white marble and red sandstone. It looks even more attractive because of the Maota Lake in the foreground.

Optional Activity: City Tour To Hawa Mahal, City Palace & Jantar Mantar - $45 per person
Take part in an afternoon city tour visiting the Hawa Mahal, or 'Palace of the Winds', which was constructed for the royal ladies to watch royal processions without being seen. You'll also have the chance to discover Jantar Mantar, the largest of the five astronomical observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh, and visit the City Palace, the former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles.

Overnight: Jaipur (selected Standard or Premium accommodation option)

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

Day 5 Jaipur - Chand Baori - Agra

After breakfast this morning, you'll depart for Agra on an approximately 280-kilometre journey. You'll stop en route, visiting the Chand Baori Step Well which is located opposite a temple known as Harshat Mata Temple. It is believed that the Chand Baori Step Well has a religious connection and that’s the reason it was built in front of the temple. Upon arrival in Agra, you can check in at your hotel.

Agra is the quintessential Mughal City where the world marvels at the epitome of love, beauty and sacrifice. It's also home to the Taj Mahal, one of the 7 Wonders of the World. So overwhelming is the magic monument that Agra has been immortalised, as the City of the Taj. As visitors walk down the narrow bustling streets, they cannot help but wonder if the man contentedly smoking a hookah is a direct descendent of some bygone Mughal. Enjoy either taking the afternoon at leisure in this iconic city or choosing to join the optional tour.

Optional Activity: Food Trail Tour - $35 per person
Embark on a heritage walk through hidden lanes and bustling markets to visit an array of local eateries. Meet the people behind some of the city’s most famous snacks, sample traditional foods such as paratha and savour chai served in a traditional clay cup. You'll also have the chance to taste Agra’s famous sweet petha, originally prepared more than 350 years ago in the royal kitchens of Shah Jahan. This sugary white pumpkin sweet comes in a variety of flavours having adapted to consumers' changing tastes. This optional tour includes transfer in an air-conditioned vehicle, an English-speaking guide, and a selection of snacks and chai.

Overnight: Agra (selected Standard or Premium accommodation option)

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

Day 6 Agra - Delhi

Today, just after sunrise, you'll visit the Taj Mahal at approximately 06:00 before returning to the hotel for breakfast. Alternatively, you can choose to visit the mausoleum just after breakfast at 09:00. The world-famous Taj Mahal is where you'll see the undeniable beauty of Persian and earlier Mughal architecture. The Taj Mahal was commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1631, to be built in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632 and the principal mausoleum was completed in 1643, the surrounding buildings and garden were finished about five years later.

Later you'll enjoy visiting Agra Fort (Red Fort), a fascinating sight that showcases a high level of ornamentation with the Kohinoor diamond reportedly part of the furnishings. The fort’s artwork mixes Persian, European and Indian art, resulting in a unique Shahjahani style rich in form, expression and colour. The Red Fort is one of the building complexes of India encapsulating a long period of history, art and innovative architectural style including its garden design which influenced later buildings and gardens in Delhi. In 2007, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Red Fort Complex.

Afterwards, you can enjoy this world-famous city at leisure or choose an optional activity. In the evening, you will be transferred to the railway station to ride on one of India’s fastest trains, The Gatiman Express. On arrival in Delhi, you will be transferred to the hotel for check-in.

Optional Activity: Visit Baby Taj & Mehtab Bagh - $40 per person
Head to the landmark mausoleum of Itmad ud Daulah, known as “the Baby Taj”. Marvel at the intricately carved marble monument, conceived before the Taj Mahal and considered the blueprint for its design. You'll then continue to Mehtab Bagh (Moonlight Garden) and sip a drink as the sun sets over the Taj Mahal. This optional tour includes transfer in an air-conditioned vehicle, an English-speaking guide and entrance fees.

Overnight: Delhi (selected Standard or Premium accommodation option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Delhi - Varanasi

At the appropriate time today, you'll transfer to the airport to fly to Varanasi. On arrival in Varanasi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. In the evening, you can't miss the glittering Aarti ceremony at the Ganges that takes place every day at dusk.

The city of Varanasi is situated along the west bank of the Ganges in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Called Benaras by the British, Varanasi is an important pilgrimage centre for the Hindu religion. It was a flourishing trade centre when Buddha came to Sarnath to preach his first sermon in 500 BC. The renowned American novelist Mark Twain once wrote, “Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together”. Since ancient times, Varanasi has stood as a symbol of the Hindu Renaissance and preserved the rituals and traditions of Hindu philosophy. Down the ages, pilgrims from distant lands have come to Varanasi in search of divine blessings.

Overnight: Varanasi (selected Standard or Premium accommodation option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Varanasi

This morning, you'll enjoy an early morning boat cruise on the Ganges River. The banks of the Ganges are considered to be sacred in the Hindu religion and are the centre of great religious activity in the city. The ghats built along the banks of the river for such religious activity also form a major source of attraction here.

Afterwards, you'll enjoy a leisurely breakfast before taking a city tour of Varanasi’s temples. Some of the other interesting places you will see on the panoramic city tour are the Durga Temple, Vishwanath Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, Banaras Hindu University and the Archaeological Museum.

Afterwards, you can either spend the rest of the day at leisure to soak up this spiritual capital or visit Sarnath on an optional tour.

Optional Activity: Visit to Sarnath - $40 per person
In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion to the city of Sarnath, just 10 kilometres from Varanasi. Sarnath is a highly revered Buddhist pilgrimage centre as it's believed that after reaching enlightenment at Bodh Gaya, Lord Buddha preached his first sermon. The great Dhamek Stupa, and several other structures, stand testimony to the importance the place enjoyed at that time. The Chaukhandi Stupa is where, during his first visit to Sarnath, Lord Buddha met his first five disciples. The area is a treasure trove of archaeological findings such as Dharmarajika Stupa and Mulagandha Kuti Vihar. You'll also visit the Pillars of Ashoka and a Tibetan Temple.

Overnight: Varanasi (selected Standard or Premium accommodation option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Varanasi - Delhi

After breakfast this morning, you'll transfer to the airport for your return flight back to Delhi. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation where you can spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Delhi (selected Standard or Premium accommodation option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 Delhi, India - Australia (or New Zealand)

After breakfast, you'll transfer to the airport to board your flight back to Australia (or New Zealand).

Meals included: Breakfast; In-Flight

Day 11 Arrive Australia (or New Zealand)

Important Info

Booking information 

After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. You must complete the Passenger Information Form within 72 hours of purchase. Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer, you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions and the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.
 
Please note: All countries and territories have different entry requirements in relation to vaccinations, quarantine/isolation periods and travel restrictions. Due to the evolving nature, we would ask all of our customers to monitor, meet and adhere to the specific requirements of their intended destination(s) in the lead-up to and immediately before travel, as well as any requirements post-travel upon their return.
 
CANCELLATION POLICY
Tour packages are non-refundable. If your tour package is affected by Covid-19-related travel restrictions and you are unable to travel, you will receive either a free date change (credit that is specific to your original package and purchase value) or an open credit less any non-recoverable supplier fees to the value of your original purchase for use on any other tour or package available via the TripADeal website.
 
Please note: Date change credits are subject to availability and not guaranteed until confirmed by TripADeal, not the tour operator you are due to stay with. We recommend you consider purchasing travel insurance with Covid-19 protection. The standard cancellation policy will apply if you cannot travel because you have tested positive for Covid-19.
 
Please note: All additional charges are payable in AUD (unless otherwise stated).
 
Offer essentials

This travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 9th December 2025.
 
This travel offer is priced for 2 people.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers, no discounts apply (full voucher must be purchased).  
Please note: Accommodation for single customers who are travelling on a tour or cruise package may be in a single room, depending on availability.
 
Departure Dates
2024
November: *6, **13
December: **4, ^11
 
2025
January: ^15, ^20
February: **4, *18
March: *4, *18
April: 1, 15, **29
May: 13, 27
June: 10, **24
July: **8, 22
August: 5, 19
September: 2, 16, **30
October: *14, *28
November: *11, **25
December: ^9
Please note: See checkout for live dates and availability.
 
Surcharges
Please note: 
• Dates/months with a * incur a high season surcharge of $100 per person.
• Dates/months with a ** incur a high season surcharge of $250 per person.
• Dates/months with a ^ incur a high season surcharge of $600 per person.
 
Flights

Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, *Brisbane, *Adelaide, Perth and **Auckland. 
 
Departure City Surcharges
• Brisbane and Adelaide: $200 per person.
• Auckland: $500 per person.
 
International Full-Service Airline(s) Used
• Cabin Class: Economy Class.
• Airlines: Singapore Airlines, Air India, Malaysia Airlines, Emirates, Qantas Airways, Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways, Sri Lankan Airlines and partners (subject to availability).
Please note: We cannot accommodate one-way flights. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation.
 
Domestic Airline(s) Used (Itinerary 2 - Varanasi Extension)
• Cabin Class: Economy Class.
• Route: Delhi to Varanasi Return.
• Airlines: Air India, Indigo and partners (subject to availability).
Please note: TripADeal cannot accommodate one-way flights. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation.
 
Domestic Flight Information
Baggage allowance per person:
• 1x 15 kilograms of checked baggage.
• 1x 7 kilograms of carry-on baggage.
Please note: Check with the airline website for up-to-date information.
 
Preferred Airline Surcharge
• Cabin Class: Economy Class.
• Singapore Airlines: $265 per person. 
Please note: 
• Preferred airlines are subject to availability. If we are unable to fulfil your request, the above extra cost will be refunded.
• On any upgrade purchase, short-haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed, subject to aircraft configuration.
• In the event that a purchased stopover package and a purchased preferred airline upgrade are not compatible, you will have the option to receive a refund for the preferred airline upgrade or be offered an alternative stopover city option, e.g if you choose to fly with Singapore Airlines you cannot stopover in Dubai.
• Preferred airline refers to the marketing carrier and could include codeshare partners.
 
Arrive Early Options
• Delhi, India - $300 per person.
Please note:
• This fee does not include extra nights' accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
• You may book a date to arrive early via our website but only a date that is within 30 days of the tour departure date. If you wish to arrive earlier than 30 days before your tour departure date, please call our friendly staff for availability and pricing. Additional costs may apply.
• No flight booking changes or cancellations are permitted after air tickets have been issued.
• Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
• A high season ‘arrive early’ can be purchased for up to $500 per person, subject to availability.
• High season surcharges apply to flights departing between the below date ranges:
07th October 2024 - 20th October 2024
6th December 2024 - 31st January 2025
28th March 2025 - 27th April 2025
16th June 2025 - 20th July 2025
15th September 2025 - 12th October 2025
1st December 2025 - 31st January 2026
 
Stay Behind Options
• Delhi, India - $300 per person.
Please note:
• This fee does not include extra nights' accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
• You may book a date to arrive early via our website but only a date that is within 30 days of the tour departure date. If you wish to arrive earlier than 30 days before your tour departure date, please call our friendly staff for availability and pricing. Additional costs may apply.
• No flight booking changes or cancellations are permitted after air tickets have been issued.
• Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
• A high season ‘arrive early’ can be purchased for up to $500 per person, subject to availability.
• High season surcharges apply to flights departing between the below date ranges:
6th December 2024 - 31st January 2025
28th March 2025 - 27th April 2025
16th June 2025 - 20th July 2025
15th September 2025 - 12th October 2025
1st December 2025 - 31st January 2026
 
Stopover Packages 
• Kuala Lumpur.
• Singapore.
Includes:
• 2, 3 or 5 nights in 4-star accommodation.
• Daily breakfast.
• Return airport transfers.
For pricing, please refer to the payment cart at checkout.
Please note: 
• When a pre and post-tour stopover is chosen, the same stopover location must be chosen each way, due to the airline used.
• When selecting an Arrive Early or Stay Behind in conjunction with a Stopover Package, the stopover will take place after the departure date you select for your Arrive Early or Stay Behind.
• Stopover packages are subject to availability.
• In the event that a purchased stopover package and a purchased preferred airline upgrade are not compatible, you will have the option to receive a refund for the preferred airline upgrade or be offered an alternative stopover city option, e.g if you choose to fly with Singapore Airlines you cannot stopover in Dubai.
• Blackout dates apply to flights departing between the below date ranges:
23 December 2024 to 3 January 2025
Singapore Grand Prix: September 2025 (TBC event exact dates)
22nd December 2025 to 2nd January 2026
 
Flight Class Upgrades
Business Class: For pricing, please refer to the payment cart at checkout.
Please note:
• Flight upgrades are subject to availability and pricing changes (if we cannot fulfil your request, the upgrade cost will be refunded).
• On any upgrade purchase, short-haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed.
 
Missed Flights 
If you fail to arrive for your outbound flight, you risk all flight and land arrangements in your destination being automatically cancelled by the airlines and land operator, respectively. Additional fees may apply to reinstate these services. If you miss your flight for whatever reason, please contact us as soon as possible to make arrangements.
 
Accommodation

Accommodation Used
Standard Package: 3 & 4-Star Properties (Self-Rated)
• Delhi: Best Western or similar.
• Jaipur: The Fern Residency or similar.
• Agra: Howard Plaza The Fern or similar. 
• Varanasi: Meraden Grand or similar (itinerary 2).

Premium Package: 4 & 5-Star Properties (Self-Rated)
• Delhi: Radisson Blu or similar. 
• Jaipur: Ramada Plaza or similar. 
• Agra: Grand Mercure or similar.
• Varanasi: Om Vilas Benares or similar (itinerary 2).

Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type and are subject to availability based on seasonality. In the instance a property is not available, a similar standard of accommodation will be provided. Properties will be confirmed and included in your travel pack, which you will receive 4-6 weeks before travel.
 
Extra Nights
Not available.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people.
 
Child Policy
• No child discounts. The full price applies to all children travelling with their parents.
• Valid for children 12 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.
 
Triple Share
Not available.
 
Bedding Configuration
Twin or Double bedding (subject to availability).
 
General information

Minimum group size 4, maximum group size 20 per vehicle.
Please note: A small group tour is defined as a tour with no more than 20 travellers per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours/Activities
• Day 2 - Delhi: UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tour - $40 per person.
• Day 3 - Jaipur: Cooking Demonstration Experience With Dinner - $30 per person.
• Day 4 - Jaipur: City Tour Visiting Hawa Mahal, City Palace & Jantar Mantar - $45 per person.
• Day 5 - Agra: Food Trail Tour - $35 per person.
• Day 6 - Agra: Visit Baby Taj & Mehtab Bagh - $40 per person.
• Day 8 - Varanasi: Visit Sarnath - $40 per person (itinerary 2).
Please note:
• The optional tours listed above must be purchased on checkout or over the phone before submitting your passenger information form (subject to availability). 
• Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.
 
Exclusions

• Visa fees and requirements. 
• Domestic transfers and flights not stated in the deal offer.
• Meals/beverages not stated in the deal offer.
• Optional gratuities/tipping. 
• Optional activities/tours. 
• Personal expenses.
• Travel insurance.
• Any costs associated with an interruption to your tour as a result of an airline schedule change or cancellation.
• Mandatory city tax.
 
Other important information

TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on the history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction where they are guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves it at the end of the tour; they do not travel with the group.
 
Tour Leader
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides at each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village and offer information on the place visited on the bus. However, they are not required to have specific art, architecture, or historical knowledge. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and, if caught doing so, can be fined.
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when required to enhance the experience of the destination featured.
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
India
• Summer: April, May & June - Expect hot temperatures, very low to moderate humidity and low precipitation.
• Autumn: October & November - A pleasant climate characterised by warm days, cool nights, low humidity and low precipitation.
• Winter: December & January - Typically cool to cold temperatures with moderate humidity and low precipitation.
• Spring: February & March - Expect a pleasant climate with warm days, cool nights, low to moderate humidity and moderate precipitation.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points
We do not arrange seat selection. It is essential to highlight that some airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the airline directly with seating allocation requirements and/or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity
Customers must provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase or no later than 45 days before the departure date. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of the booking. Customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred in this instance.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals
8 meals in total are included in the package for the 8-day itinerary, and an additional 3 meals for the 11-day itinerary. For meals not included, the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements.
Please note: We will do our best to meet your requests/requirements; however, we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on tour. You must carry your own luggage from the vehicle to the hotel room and back to the vehicle. The driver will assist with the uploading and unloading of bags from the vehicle.
 
OTHER
Mobility
If you require wheelchair access please contact our friendly sales and service team to inquire on your behalf.
 
Fitness Level Required
An easy/low level of fitness will be required. Easy/low is described as requiring light walking on well-maintained surfaces, occasional climbing of stairs and the ability to get on and off vehicles without assistance and stand for a minimum of 30 minutes in hot/humid conditions. A general level of fitness and mobility.
Please note: If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities/Tipping
Land
Gratuities (tips) are not included for the services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip is 300 Rupees per person per day. This covers the guide/leader and the driver and will be collected on tour.
Please note: Tipping for services provided is always a matter of personal discretion; however, please be aware that many locals consider tipping part of their normal remuneration, and they may approach you for payment; there's no need to be intimidated by the request.
 
Sightseeing
Please note: If entry to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary, where possible, may be adjusted, or a similar activity will be offered in its place (subject to availability).
 
Shopping
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all your receipts. Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions regarding shopping for further information.
 
Visas

India
A tourist visa for India is a strict requirement if travelling on an Australian or New Zealand passport. You will be able to start your visa application process once you receive your final travel documentation approximately 6 weeks prior to departure.
Important: 
• Please start arranging your visa three weeks before departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours.
• Visa rules may have changed since Covid-19. Some countries and airlines may require you to obtain an additional visa before arrival. Please check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.
Please note: 
• It is your responsibility to be travel-ready and ensure that you are aware and comply with any destination or travel requirements, including the validity of all required travel documents.
• Passengers who are not Australian citizens must also check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required.
• It is also important to note that some areas of employment, such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations, may have additional restrictions in applying for visas. This may, in turn, affect the type of application required.
 
Travel insurance 

Embarking on your next trip is exciting, and while you hope the unexpected does not happen, it is best to be prepared. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance when making your booking. Whether it’s a potential medical emergency, a flight cancellation, a delayed suitcase, or an unforeseen event, it's important to ensure you're adequately protected. For more information or advice visit https://www.tripadeal.com.au/travel-insurance
 
Schedule of fees

Voluntary Changes
This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.
• Changes - $100 AUD per booking and any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.
 
Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
• If the incorrect name has been provided, charges of $100 AUD per booking and any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.
 
Supplier Fees
In the event the tour package you have purchased is unable to proceed, and/or a travel Supplier is unable to fulfil the tour due to external circumstances (Limitation of Liability e.g. a Force Majeure event), there may be a fee or amount of money that is withheld by our Suppliers and is unrecoverable. This may be due to non-refundable airline tickets, cancellation penalties with cruise cabins or unrecoverable payments with our land/accommodation partners. If refunds are not available from Suppliers, we will endeavour to obtain a travel credit on the best terms available and communicate these outcomes to you. In the event we are unable to obtain a refund or travel service credit, or part thereof, this cost is passed on to the customer as a Supplier Fee.