Tour Route: Holi Tour: Mumbai – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer – Delhi
Add on tour: Delhi – Varanasi – Delhi

*Tour starts in Mumbai and ends in Delhi

Holi – India’s most dazzling festival. Join us, and millions of people across the country, in this joyous spring celebration of color and the victory of good over evil.

Celebrated by throwing magnificently colored powders on family, friends, and for the mischievous at heart, strangers;  Holi, the festival of colours, is one of India’s most adored festivals. Our Colours of India Tour highlights the best of India’s inspirational places to visit including Mumbai – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer – Delhi and optional Varanasi with the opportunity to also add our Marigold Adventure featuring Delhi – Agra – Japiur – Udaipur – Kemphur making this into an Indian extravaganza!

The enchanting northern province of Rajasthan is awash with all the colours of India. Consisting of the vast Thar Desert and one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, the Aravallis. The Rajput heritage is apparent in the forts, temples and palaces established by the Rajput Kings. On our adventure we discover the history of these massive forts and the opulence and splendour of Maharajahs’ palaces. Rajasthan has been described as an open air museum. We will travel through the chaos of Mumbai to the serenity of Jaisalmer, from the architectural wonder of Jodphur and the awe-inspiring Mehrangarh Fort, with time to enjoy the celebration of Holi with its colour and smiles. This is truly the essence of India.

Tour Organiser & Local Leader

Tammie Day is the founder of Vibrant Women, a retreat and travel company. Tammie spends her days creating inspirational journeys so you can travel in the security of a small group, whilst enjoying another culture. Tammie’s role is to ensure you feel well taken care of throughout your trip. 

Ashish Kumar is a local guide who comes from a small, picturesque village near Dharamsala. He is passionate about India and the Himalayas, and in his spare time enjoys camping and hiking. Ashish is a knowledgeable and caring guide and always makes us feel safe and informed. Ashish also assists us with our retreats to Dharmsala and our Marigold tour. 

Tour Highlights:

♦ Mumbai – City of Dreams

♦ Jodhpur – The Blue City

♦ Jaisalmer – The Golden City

♦ Holi Festival a celebration of colour

♦ Magnificent Mehrangarh Fort

♦ Camel safari and party under the stars

HOLI FESTIVAL

When you see colored powder flying and people laughing hysterically as they are covered in vibrant blue, green, pink, and purple powder, then you know it’s Holi. Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors is an auspicious occasion in the Hindu calendar. It is widely celebrated by millions of people as a harvest festival across India and around the world. It also ushers in the spring, a time for fertility, love, and a new season of prosperity.

The festivities can include people smearing colored powder called “gulal” or colored water on each other, and drenching one another with squirt pistols and water balloons. Everyone is considered fair game, old and young, friend and stranger, rich and poor alike. It is a raucous and joyful celebration. 

Holi lasts for a night and a day and starts on the evening of the full moon (Purnima) in the month of Phalgun in the Hindu calendar. During the month of Phalgun, India ushers in spring when seeds sprout, flowers bloom, and the country rises from winter’s slumber. 

The first evening is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi and the following day as HoliRangwali Holi, or Phagwah. On the evening of the first day, wood and dung pyres are burned to symbolize the triumph of good over evil. The second day is when people start throwing fistfuls of powder for the carnival of colors. We will celebrate with the family we are staying with are a gorgeous Haveli overlooking the magnificent fort before heading to the streets for some dancing and lots of laughing

You can read an article HERE on the Meaning Behind the Colours of Holi

*NB – We suggest bringing some white pants and top to celebrate the the festivities. Cover yourself in coconut oil and if you are blond, think about some hair protection, a shower cap and turban works well 🙂 

Prior to the Colours of India Tour we are running our famous “Best Exotic Marigold Trip” 17 – 25 March 2021, so you can pop on over the webpage HERE and add that trip too if it takes your fancy, or click on the image at the bottom of the page. If you add this trip your accommodation in-between the two trips and your flight from Delhi to Mumbai with be complimentary. 

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

2 Domestic Flights – Mumbai to Jodhpur – Jaisalmer to Delhi

Airport Transfers

Transport throughout

7 nights’ accommodation with breakfast

Entrance fees to sites

Mumbai return ferry ride to Elephanta Caves

Camel ride, dinner and show in Thar desert

Local guides in Mumbai, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer

Services of an English speaking guide throughout the Tour

Exclusions

Airfares to and from India

Indian visas

Travel Insurance (compulsory)

Cooking class in Jodhpur

High Tea at the Taj Hotel

Lunch and Dinner, bottled water and other beverages not included with meals

Occasional optional items not identified in itinerary description

Tipping and personal expenses – Tipping we collect at the first breakfast $20 a day for all tipping and guides tips. $140AUD cash is fine or 7000Rp. 

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Itinerary

Pre-Itinerary – 25 March 2021

Please arrive a day early, (if you are NOT joining us for The Marigold Tour beforehand. If you are joining the Marigold Trip, your airfare from Delhi to Mumbai and your accommodation on the night of the 5th are complimentary). On arrival our driver will be waiting at the airport for you to take you to our hotel the Mumbai Grand Hotel. Extra nights accommodation before or after the trip cost $250AUD. If you are staying longer than 1 night before or after the trip, or prefer to arrange your own accommodation please let us know your hotel details and we will collect you from your hotel the morning of the start day. If you are arriving before 2pm on arrival day or are leaving after 12pm on departure day please consider what you will do with this time.

*Please remember your arrival city is Mumbai, your departure city is Delhi for your flights. 

**Airport transfers are included on the 25, 26 March and 2 April 2021. Airport transfer before the 25th of March or after the 2nd of April will be $60AUD each way per person and can be arranged for you however please note there will be no tour guides available before the 25th of March or after the 2 April 2021 to assist you so please take this into consideration when booking your flights.

Overnight Mumbai – Grand Hotel Mumbai. Grand Hotel offers various amenities like room service, quick check-outs and a central location. Ringed by the port and naval establishments on one side, the land fans out from here to encompass the city’s major government and civic centers. Railways, post & telegraphs, art galleries, the museum and other important establishments lie within close proximity of an arc of a mere kilometer of Ballard Estate. Grand Hotel is centrally located in the heart of Ballard Estate which is one of the commercial hubs of Mumbai. The rooms are slightly 70’s but the location is number 1. Also next door is a great coffee shop 🙂 The hotel also has a small gymnasium.

Day 1:  26 March 2021 Mumbai

Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay), is famous for its chaotic streets. For bargains and people-watching, outdoor bazaars top the list of attractions. Popular waterfront destinations are Marine Drive, where visitors go to watch the sun set over the Arabian Sea, and the carnival-like Juhu Beach. 

9am- depart for Dharavi the largest slum in Asia and see the way people have turned their difficulties into enterprises. We will then lunch at “The Wine Rack” restaurant owned by Australian Masterchef contestant Sarah Todd. This afternoon sees us exploring the contrast between this mornings challenges and this afternoons consumerism at a Mega glitzy mall!

After lunch we head to the Dhobi Ghat the largest outdoor laundry in Mumbai. Then on our way back to our accommodation we hit the hanging gardens, terraced gardens perched at the top of Malabar Hill, on its western side, just opposite the Kamala Nehru Park. They provide sunset views over the Arabian Sea and feature numerous hedges carved into the shapes of animals. Lets finish our day with a stroll along Marine Parade to watch the sunset. The world is full of amazing contrasts and there is nowhere that highlights this more than India. 

 Overnight Mumbai – Grand Hotel Mumbai

Day 2: 27 March 2021 Mumbai 

After breakfast, you will start your tour in Colaba. Colaba is an area of contrasts, the energy and liveliness here is undeniable. There’s plenty to discover in this metropolis, be it the rich colonial history, glamorous Bollywood, or the daily life of the incredibly diverse millions who call Mumbai home. We start today with a visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum, a heritage structure in its own right. The museum showcases several collections of ancient artworks, sculptures and artifacts.

Heading for lunch at Leopold’s a Colaba institution and cafe from the book “Shantaram” they have something for everyone. We then make our way though the very famous Gateway of India to catch a 1 hour boat ride to Elephanta Caves. This has hiking up a lot of stairs to see this UNESCO wonder (don’t worry onthe way down you get to shop).

On arriving back to Colaba we head to the famous Taj Hotel for an early dinner/High Tea *approx $50pp. then on the way back to our accommodation we walk off high tea at the local markets, famous for leather goods, bags, shoes, clothes and silver jewellery.

Overnight Mumbai – Grand Hotel Mumbai

Day 3: – 28 March 2021 Jodhpur

Fly from Mumbai to Jodhpur. First stop mighty Mehrangarh Fort, the muscular fort that towers over the Blue City of Jodhpur, is a magnificent spectacle and an architectural masterpiece. Around Mehrangarh’s base, the old city, a jumble of Brahmin-blue cubes, stretches out to the 10km-long, 16th-century city wall. The Blue City really is blue! Inside is a tangle of winding, glittering, medieval streets, which never seem to lead where you expect them to, scented by incense, roses and sewers, with shops and bazaars selling everything from trumpets and temple decorations to snuff and saris.

After the tour of the Fort we head to the old part of the city and our lovely old Haveli with its spectacular rooftop view. The afternoon you can free time to explore the local bell-tower and Sadar Bazaar, one of the oldest markets in India, for handicrafts and antiques. The diversity of what’s on offer is impressive. 

Dine in our rooftop restaurant, get ready and extincted for tomorrow festivities. 

Overnight Jodhpur – Hotel Haveli Inn Pal is an old haveli built in 18 century now converted into a heritage hotel by its owners Chamund Singh Pal and son Narpat Singh Pal . The hotel is in close vicinity of major tourists attractions of the city. The hotel offers friendly hospitality and courteous staff to make your stay a comfortable one. The hotel has a traditional Rajasthani décor coupled with all modern necessities of modern life, (including hopefully hot water but not guaranteed and also the mirror in the bathroom was too high for me to actually see in, sorry shorties!).

Day 4: – 29 March 2021 Jodhpur Holi Festival

Today get ready for playing Holi with our fellow travelers, local family and people in our immediate vicinity. Don your white gear and take a before photo before heading out at 10am to take some of the most colorful pictures ever (please protect expensive cameras). How you participate is up to you, just enjoy the fun and festivities this may also be an opportunity to usher in a new you. Heading back to the Haveli for a 1pm lunch in the afternoon for the shoppers we head to some furniture stores that has amazing timber and inlaid furniture which can be shipped right to your door and then at 4pm attend an optional spice demonstration with the famous Spice girls of Jodphur.

Overnight Jodhpur – Haveli Inn Pal

Day 5: – 30 March 2021 Jaisalmer

Early this morning we take a bone jolting pre dawn tuk tuk ride to the edge of town to climb to a hilltop temple to watch the sunrise and see the blue city come to life.  Some great photo opportunities will present themselves. Back to the hotel for breakfast before driving to Jaisalmer (approx. 4.5 Hours) Passing through many desert villages of the Thar Desert. Upon your arrival to your Dessert Camp located near Kanoi Village, you can experience the nomadic spirit, albeit with some style (showers and flushing toilets) *Please note this dessert is not perhaps what you imagine, like the Sahara Dessert with rolling sand dunes, it has a more cracked earth and clay appearance, although there are some sand dunes, it is not a desert full of soft sand. The Thar Dessert is also famous for its wind farms.

During your stay you can opt for a camel ride to witness a sunset over the dunes. Once you are rested and refreshed after the camel safari, the late evenings bring an even more exotic experience of Rajasthani folk arts. A traditional musical and dance performance regales your senses before you are ready for the sumptuous dinner of Rajasthani cuisine.

Overnight Dessert Springs Camp – Our tented accommodation will give you the perfect night’s rest after a day of exploration in the dessert. Our tents offer all the amenities a modern traveller expects including Air Conditioning, Wi-Fi Internet Access, Refrigerator, Shower (hot water not guaranteed), Tea & Coffee Maker.

Day 6: – 31 March 2021 Jaisalmer 

After breakfast we head back to Jaisalmer 40 minute drive and explore Jaisalmer Fort, the Jain Temple and Patwa Haveli. In the evening we visit Gadisar Lake and Vyas Chhatri.

Jaisalmer, nicknamed “The Golden city”, is a city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, located 575 kilometres west of Jaipur. Once known as Jaisalmer state it is a World Heritage Site. The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, and is crowned by the ancient Jaisalmer Fort. This fort contains a royal palace and several ornate Jain temples. Many of the houses and temples of both the fort, and of the town below, are
built of finely sculptured sandstone. The town lies in the heart of the Thar Desert (the Great Indian Desert). Famous for jewellery and textiles in particular mirrored and bead-work bedspreads and wall hangings. 

Overnight Jaisalmer – Jasmin Home is a newly built boutique hotel which offers all comforts and luxury, with clean and spacious rooms Eastern tradition style with Western standards. With all 8 ensuite double deluxe bedrooms furnished with soft wooden furniture, air conditioned, mounted 32 inch LCD televisions, free wifi and thick, soft mattresses and pillows, our guests can relax indoors surrounded by Mugal carvings on Jaislamer sandstone or take advantage and spend time on our large, newly decorated rooftop terrace and air conditioned dinning. This offers panoramic views overlooking the spectacular 1000 year old Golden Fort where you can relax with a range of drinks, snacks and a fresh, tasty vegetarian a la carte menu where at night candle light dinners or family meals provide a unique setting.

Day 7: – 1 April 2021 Jaisalmer to Delhi

After breakfast, checkout from hotel and transfer to Jaisalmer airport. Arrive in Delhi in time for lunch and spend the afternoon wandering the aerocity mall close by to the hotel for last minute bargains. Meet for drinks at 6pm before dinner. Take this opportunity to repack and get ready for the next leg of your journey. Farewell dinner to take place for people not continuing on to Varanasi. If you are staying longer in Delhi we can recommend a local guide for you to do a day trip. 

Overnight Delhi – Hotel TBA 

Day 8: 2 April 2021 Delhi

After breakfast, check out from hotel and leave to the airport. *Tour ends or your add on Varanasi tour commences. **You can add the Varanasi extension on your registration form.

If you require extra nights’ accommodation in Delhi for the 2nd of April it is $250 and airport transfers after the 2nd of April are $60 each way if arranged by us. Please note no guides will be available to assist you after the 2nd of April so pleas take this into consideration when booking flights. 

This morning sees us flying to Varanasi, the most holy city in all of India. On arrival at Varanasi airport, meet your local guide and driver to hotel for check in. Spend the rest of the afternoon sightseeing in the main Ghat area before returning to our accommodation to freshen up before the evening Artie ceremony on the banks of the Ganges and some great local pizza. 

Varanasi is the India of your imagination. One of the most colourful and fascinating places on earth, surprises abound around every corner. 

This is one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited cities, and one of the holiest in Hinduism. Pilgrims come to the ghats lining the Ganges to wash away sins in the sacred waters or to cremate their loved ones. It’s a particularly auspicious place to die, since expiring here offers moksha (liberation from the cycle of rebirth).

Most visitors agree Varanasi is magical – but not for the faint-hearted. Intimate rituals of life and death take place in public, and the sights, sounds and smells on the ghats – not to mention almost constant attention from touts – can be intense. Still, the so-called City of Light may turn out to be your favourite stop of all. Walking the ghats and alleyways or watching sunrise from a boat can be unforgettable. Varanasi is the ultimate culmination of India, of all experiences rolled into one.

Overnight Local Homestay – is a comfortable recently renovate family homestay in the heart of Varanasi, an escape for the bustling crowds. 

Day 9: – 3 April 2021 Varanasi

Before breakfast we embark on a sunrise boat ride along the Ganges to see if from a different view and in the early morning light when the city is waking up, we then walk along a newly created path uncovering hidden temples by the government, just stunning. Today we have the option to visit an ayurvedic shop to stock up on oils, a silk factory, Varanasi is know for its silk, one of my favourite book stores, India’s books are very reasonably priced compared to Australia, and if you like music we can visit the musicians street and pop into a family home to hear some classical folk music *$20pp.

This afternoon for those who are interested we can arrange a local Hindu priest to perform a puja or prayer ritual on your behalf on the banks of Ganga Ji. This may be because you have a wish, yet unfulfilled, or a hope, dream or vision unrealised, or something you are grateful for, a loved one who has passed over. Your ceremony can be arranged to meet your specific needs. This is a very special opportunity for those who are interested approx. *$50pp.

Overnight Varanasi – Homestay


Day 10: – 4 April 2021 Tour ends

After breakfast check out from hotel and transfer to Varanasi airport. Arrive in Delhi and catch your international flight feeling blessed by India. Please make your international flight for the late evening.  

Varanasi Extension Price $AUD  Twin pp – $650  Single $850

Varanasi Extension Inclusions

All transfers by private vehicles as follows: Pickup and drop off at Delhi airport
Pickup and drop off at Varanasi airport Sightseeing in Varanasi
2 Domestic Flights Delhi to Varanasi Varanasi to Delhi
2 nights’ accommodation with breakfast
Boat ride in Varanasi
Local guide in Varanasi for 2 days

Exclusions

Airfares to and from India 
Indian visas
Travel Insurance (compulsory)
Lunch and Dinner
Occasional optional items not identified in itinerary description
Tipping and personal expenses at your discretion
Optional music performance and individual puja ceremony

I want to explore the colours of India – BOOK ME IN!

Our charity in India is Samadhan Dwarka, a service that supports children with intellectual disabilities. Vibrant Women will donate $25AUD per booking to Samadhan Dwarka on your behalf, we want you to know you are making a difference through your booking, so Thank You!

You have two payment options for this trip. To pay a $750 deposit and the remainder 75 days prior to the start of the retreat or to organise a payment plan. 

Deposits can be paid via Direct Bank Transfer or via PayPal.

If you pay via PayPal you can use your credit card.

Direct Bank Deposit

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Please write your name and retreat in the reference section.

PAYPAL

$750 Deposit via PayPal (3% surcharge applied) Credit Card Option




PAYMENT PLANS

For monthly repayments please use the buttons below, included is a $100 administration fee. Payments are programmed to complete 2 months before the start of the tour. 

Single Room

Twinshare Room

It is essential all guests take out their own travel insurance and to travel with a credit card in case of emergencies. We recommend taking travel Insurance within 14 days of travel. If you are looking for travel insurance please visit Travel with Jane

Up until 75 days before the start of the tour a $750 non-refundable deposit will be retained.  For between 75 days and 45 days,  50% will be forfeited in addition to the non refundable deposit.  For less than 45 days or for no shows the entire amount will be retained as we would have already had to pay for accommodation, transport, flights and activities, and this money will not be returned to us.  Once the tour has commenced no monies will be returned to you.  This is why travel insurance is compulsory.

You will arrive to Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. If you are continuing on from the Marigold Tour you will arrive the 25th of March. If you are starting this tour as the first leg of your journey you will need to arrive a night early also on the 25th of March.

Extra nights accommodation are $200AUD per room.

Airport Transfers on the 25th of March and the 2nd of April 2021 are included. Airport transfer before the 25th of March or after the 2nd of April will be $60AUD each way per person and can be arranged for you however please note there will be no tour guides available before the 25th of March or after the 2nd of April 2021 to assist you so please take this into consideration when booking your flights.

You can depart anytime on the 2nd of April from Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport. If you are adding the Varanasi extension please book your flight for the evening of the 4th to allow time to fly back from Varanasi to Delhi. 

Kindly note that check in time to all hotels will be at 1400hrs and check out is at 1200 noon.

If you need assistance with FLIGHT BOOKINGS please contact Donna McHugh from Wauchope Travel on (+61) 02 65852288 or email info@wauchopetravel.com.au

Donna can arrange flights to and from anywhere in the world and she knows our itineraries.

Luggage

All travellers are limited to two items of luggage each; a suitcase with a maximum weight of 15kg and one piece of hand luggage with a maximum weight of 7kg as well as your handbag.

It is essential that your luggage is lockable. Please note that Indian authorities will only allow bottles onto the aircraft if they have been checked in as main baggage. Bottles in hand luggage maybe confiscated.

Domestic airlines within India have recently reviewed their checked luggage limits, as such all airlines have now implemented a maximum checked luggage limit of 15kg. Please keep this in mind when packing for your upcoming trip. Any excess luggage charges incurred will be at the expense of the passenger.

NB* Please make sure when you pass through security that all of your hand luggage has a tag and security stamp including your handbag, otherwise when boarding the plane, you will be asked to return to the scanning section to have your tag stamped.

Indian Rupees are only available in India as it is a closed currency. You can change some money perhaps $500AUD at the Delhi airport on arrival and then bring some other cash to exchange perhaps $USD, (no one is keen to exchange AUD anymore really as our dollar trades so low but they will exchange it at the airport, more regional areas will not) and then a credit card and an ATM card as well. Good to have a few options in case one doesn’t work.

Tipping and personal expenses – Tipping we collect at the first breakfast $20 a day for all tipping, driver, ports and guides. $140AUD cash is fine or 7000Rp. If you would prefer we add this to your invoice please let us know. Other tipping for restaurants etc will be at your own discretion. Please note tipping is an expected part of the tourism industry. For your airport transfer 200Rp or $5AUD.

Traveller’s Checklist

Most people have their own individual preferences for what they like to travel with, so our list won’t be comprehensive for everyone. It’s intended to be a handy reference point from which you can build.

Documents – Don’t leave home without them – THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS YOU’LL CARRY! nearly everything else can be bought en route if necessary
  Passport
  Visa
  (Prescriptions, Doctors letters)
  Emergency Information – (contacts, Embassy addresses, travel insurance card and contact numbers)

 Indian Rupiah (small amount) and Credit / Debit Cards
  Address / phone list
  Photocopies of important documents (your passport)
  Business Cards – good even for pleasure trips
 
Clothes – depends on what you will be doing.  The key to travelling light is to set out what you want to take and then halve it! Layers are the way to go. Temperatures are expected to be between 10 and 35 degrees Celsius so it is really hard to know what to pack, but during the day it will be warm.
  Trousers or dresses / skirts
  Light long sleeve tops for sun and mosquito protection
  Shorts and T-shirts
  pj’s for overnight
  Scarf/pashmina  
  One cardigan or long trousers flights which can be cool
  A dress up outfit for a nice dinner
  Rain gear (jacket or umbrella), walking shoes, can be sandals but must be worn in and sun hat

Toiletries – a lot of items can be purchased wherever you go so don’t take industrial-sized bottles unless you know it is not available or you can’t live without it
  Comb and/or brush
  Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss etc.
  Deodorant
  Soap
  Shampoo & conditioner
  Skin-care lotion
  Razor & shaving cream
  Personal hygiene items (emergency adult diapers!)
  Vitamins & Probiotics
  Toilet Paper or tissues
  Inspect repellent
  Sunscreen
  
Medicine Kit – these items often won’t be available or at least not easily found, so it’s best to take what you think you will need.
  Asprin
  Plasters
  Antiseptic wipes
  Antibiotic cream
  Insect bite cream
  Upset stomach medication
  Diarrhea medicine and laxatives
  Sunburn relief / lip balm
  Cold/flu medicine
  Prescriptions – (malaria pills, altitude sickness pills, antibiotics, pain killers)
  Regular medication, plus a letter from your doctor for anything unusual.
 
Miscellaneous
  Phone/Ipad
  Camera
  Reading books or kindle
  Travel journal & pens cards
  Sunglasses and case
  Mini sewing / repair kit
  Tea and coffee (if you require something other than Nescafe instant)
  Small cartons of UHT milk if you need it (there is no fresh milk in the rooms for tea or coffee)
  Electrical converter / adapter if you have AC appliances
  Electrical plug adapters
  Earplugs / eyeshades

Before you go
  Stop deliveries and hold mail
  Arrange for care of pets, lawn, house plants, garden, swimming pool
  Arrange for home security if you’re worried
  Empty refrigerator and garbage
  Turn off hot water cylinder
  Pre-pay bills (or ask close friend to collect mail and pay bills for you)
  Lock all doors and windows
  Triple check that you have Passport / Tickets / Money  

These are just suggestions

HAPPY PACKING!

March marks the ending of winter season and starting of summer one. Rajasthan climate is slightly hot but not humid at day time and cool at night in Feb/March. Its day temperature can reach up to 32ºC maximum and 10ºC minimum at night. Tourists are recommend to wear suitable clothes according to weather and stay hydrated during travelling. You will need some warm and some cool weather clothing. Also note that this part of India can have air pollution which means we may experience smog for parts of this trip, especially in Delhi.

Q.  Where do I fly in and out of?

A. You will arrive to Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. If you are continuing on from the Marigold Tour you will arrive the 25th of March. If you are starting this tour as the first leg of your journey you will need to arrive a night early also on the 25th of March. You can depart anytime on the 2nd of April from Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport. If you are adding the Varanasi extension please book your flight for the evening of the 4th to allow time to fly back from Varanasi to Delhi. 

Check www.skyscanner.com for your options. 

Q. Are airport transfers included?

A. Airport Transfers on the 25th of March and the 2nd of April 2021 are included. Airport transfer before the 25th of March or after the 2nd of April will be $60AUD each way per person and can be arranged for you however please note there will be no tour guides available before the 25th of March or after the 2nd of April 2021 to assist you so please take this into consideration when booking your flights.

Q. What sort of rooms are available?

A. We have both single and twinshare rooms available. The single room has the supplement included. If you choose twinshare and are not travelling with a  friend we will do our best to find you a roommate however in the event noone else is seeking a twinshare roommate then the single room rate will apply. We hope you understand. *Please note that snorers, smokers or people who wear CPAP machines when sleeping must disclose this when booking as this could impact other peoples sleep and they need to be aware of this. **Also please note we cannot guarantee compatibility of roommates, for example you may be of different ages or nationalities, however mostly when we do match people up they get on well and its only for a short period of time. Some people have even made lifelong friendships.

Q. What is the maximum group size?

A. Our groups are usually between 12 and 18 participants. These are ideal numbers as they are small enough to be manageable and intimate but large enough for diversity and fun!

Q. What will the food be like?

A. The food is Indian haha and I think most people know what this is like. Yes its spicy but we can ask to tone it down. Keep in mind that when you ask, “Is this spicy ?” and the waiter says, “No Maam” his taste buds are not like yours and it will be spicy. India is heaven for vegetarians, all that delicious dahl, spinach and paneer, mushrooms with tomatoes and cauliflower and fresh green peas, potatoes with cumin seeds, koftas and the list goes on, India is my favourite food destination.

Q. Do I require a visa to enter India?

A. The most convenient and cheapest way to get your visa is online e-Visa – To complete online choose E-Visa Application. https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html

The online application can only be completed between 4 and 120 days prior to travel. Make sure you don’t apply too early so that your visa is expired by the time you want to depart, 30 days in advance is enough, previously it has taken 1 week to receive the E-Visa. This cost is between $50 and $105USD, prices change all the time sorry but just to give you a guideline.

You will receive a document on how to complete your VISA application after we receive your booking and deposit. Its a step by step process with images.

Q. I have never travelled to a an exotic country like India before, will I experience culture shock?

A. Yes, but in the very best way. India is an incredibly friendly place and has a rich cultural and spiritual history. There may times when you can feel overwhelmed by the poverty or large number of people, noise and or pollution, and then there are just times when the stimuli is totally exhilarating and you see a small child smile amidst the chaos. India just has away of putting everything into perspective.

Q. What should I wear/bring with me?

A. Please wear culturally appropriate clothing ie cover shoulders and knees. You will also need a scarf for temples and religious ceremonies. In the Jain temples any leather products are prohibited but they do provide lockers for you to store your belongings. Please bring comfortable walking sandals or shoes. You will also receive a packing list prior to departure. *Please do not bring any valuable items with you to India such as expensive jewellery.

Q. How much money will I need?

A. Well, that depends on your shopping habits! You will need to allocate around $15/$20 per meal lunches and dinners and then add on extra for personal spending. Alcohol is always more expensive in countries where people don’t drink and is taxed highly. I tell people to allocate around $100AUD per day spending money to change on arrival to India. Then bring a credit card for the other larger spending.

Q. Can I add extra days or extra tours to this trip? *Note above we do not suggest you come early or stay longer unless you have something specific in mind or another person with you. We would not recommend women travelling on their own venture out in large Indian cities unaccompanied.

A. Yep, you sure can. We can arrange extra nights and airport transfers for $200AUD per night accommodation and $60 for airport transfers each way. If you wish to stay longer to see more sights please send us your desired itinerary and we can get our ground staff to price it for you with a guide. Please note this will be independent travel, ie a Vibrant Women representative will not be with you.

Q. I think I wanna come….but it is a big decision and I am not 100% sure, can I talk it over with you and see if it is right for me?

A. Yes, I think that is a great idea.

You don’t know me and I want you to! Please view previous testimonials here to get an idea of what our past guest have to say about us and also if you just flick me an email to tammie@vibrantwomen.com.au I will arrange a time to call you or just give me a call – (+61) 0459247122 this works for Whatsapp too.

Q. Ok, I SO wanna come, how do I book?! How much is the deposit?? What’s the process please???

A. Great! You can just complete the registration form on the webpage and from there we will send you a confirmation email outlining what is covered in the trip, answering any questions and provide you with payment options. Once you have paid the deposit or commenced a payment plan then we will send you the trip notes and any other documentation you need to prepare for your journey. We are available to help you every step of the way.

Q. I’m nervous about arranging my flights, can you help me?

A. We use Donna McHugh from Wauchope Travel to arrange all of our flights please contact her on (+61) 02 65852288 or email info@wauchopetravel.com.au Donna can arrange flights to and from anywhere in the world and she knows our itineraries.

Fitness Requirements

This sightseeing tour has several walking tours and many stairs, you require a moderate level of fitness to attend. We can walk around 5km a day so you really need to be prepared. Please note you must wear practical and comfortable walking shoes or sandals for your own safety, road and paths are very uneven. 

*Please note we are unable to mange complex dietary requirements on this trip such as coeliac disease or other anaphylactic allergies. Only people with dietary requirements that they can manage themselves can attend this tour. 

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