India 15-Day Adventure

Holi-Fest and India Experience in Comfort, Delhi, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Agra, CHandigarh, Shimla

Cost: $2,899

Dates: March 9 - 23, 2019

Activity Level: Moderate

Group Size: 8-12

Overview

Explore Ireland for 9-Days, see amazing places and participate in the life and culture of this incredible country! This is a moderate paced tour allowing you to see a lot, but still taking some “you” time to explore. You should be physically fit and able to walk 3-5 miles, or more if you’re ambitious. 

Activities will include biking, hiking, sailing the Ireland coast on a traditional Galway Hooker, and a lot more.

Ireland is a country rich in history, culture and beautiful scenery. You’ll get an unforgettable taste of it on this cultural adventure tour. Meet your guides in Dublin and the adventure begins. 

Start by spending three days at a B&B on the remote Island of Inis Oirr, one of the Aran Islands that look out to the Cliffs of Moher. 

Learn to make soda bread and maybe even learn a little Gaelic from Paraic, the owner of Mermaid’s Garden B&B, where we’ll be staying for 3 nights. Explore ancient Celtic ruins on Inis Oirr and Inis Mor.

Next head back to the mainland and spend two nights in the lively town of Dingle overlooking the Dingle Bay. 

Our days will include a guided castle tour, a scenic driving tour on Slea Head Drive, with plenty of time to explore and experience the town. Enjoy it’s lively nightlife with great music and pints of Guinness. 

We will drive the Ring of Kerry, visit Skellig Michael (AKA Jedi Temple to StarWars fans), and spend nights in Portmagee, Kenmare, and Killarney. 

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+ Highlights

  • Galway
  • Aran Islands
    • Inis Oirr
    • Inis Mor
    • Dun Aonghasa
    • Learn to make soda bread
    • Learn a wee bit o’ Gaelic
  • Sailing Excursion on Galway Hooker
    • Connemara Islands
    • Carna
    • Learning about traditional sailing and culture
  • Ancient Celtic Ruins
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Dingle
    • Slea Head Drive tour
    • Dubbet Promontory Fort
    • Beehive Hut
    • Gallarus Oratory
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Portmagee
    • Ballycarbery Castle
    • Cahergall Stone Fort
    • Skellig Michael
  • Kenmare
    • Staigue Stone Fort
  • Killarney National Park
    • Muckross Abbey
    • Torc Mountain & Waterfall
    • Ross Castle
  • Ballad Tour of Dublin

What Is Included

Price includes all accommodations for 8 nights in 3 star or higher B&B’s. All transportation for 9 days during the tour. Private guide for the entire trip. Ferry Rides. All guided tours of Inis Oirr, Inis Mor, Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula, Ring of Kerry, Killarney National Park, and tour of Dublin. Sailing on a Galway Hooker. Boat ride and entrance to Skellig Michael. Breakfast each morning (8 breakfasts), 3 lunches, and 3 dinners.

International Flights are not included in cost, but we can help you find flights and the best rates.

    Accommodations

    3 nights - Mermaid's Garden B&B, Inis Oirr

    2 nights - B&B in Dingle

    1 night - B&B in Portmagee

    1 night - B&B in Kenmare

    1 night B&B in Killarney


    India Itinerary

    Printable 9-day itinerary here. It is possible for the itinerary to change or adjust due to weather or another reason we don't even know about yet. Every group is different so we're always happy to adjust based on the specific interests of the group.

    + Day 1: Delhi

    Arrive Delhi via international flight at --- hrs. On arrival in Delhi, after crossing immigration and baggage, you will be met by a Our Tours representative at the arrival hall, who will transfer you to your hotel.

    DELHI - reflects the legacy and heritage of Mughal Delhi which is popularly known as Old Delhi. Pulsing with energy and colour, Old Delhi is laced by maze of narrow lanes where you get a glimpse of all contrasting flavours from wedding bazaar to biggest spice markets to graceful architecture. On contrary to Old Delhi – the imperial city or New Delhi created by the British has numerous fine colonial structures, magnificent buildings and wide boulevards laid according to the master plans of the great colonial architect Lutyen’s Meals Included: Dinner and Guinness!

    + Day 2: Delhi

    Today you will be taken for a full day tour of New Delhi.

    We will start the tour by exploring the fascinating and the living legacy of the Indo-Islamic culture, lifestyle in Old Delhi. Wander in the busy and narrow streets of the mile long Chandni Chowk, popularly called “The Silver Street”, surrounded by shops and bazaars. Visit the largest mosque of Old Delhi which can accommodate 20000 people at one time - Jama Masjid with its tapering minarets and wonderful marble domes. You will also have an opportunity to experience rickshaw ride here.

    Afternoon, drive past the magnificent Parliament Building, the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India in the 330 acres of land and designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens) and India Gate in New Delhi. End the tour at Humayun’s Tomb, built in the 16th century and architecturally considered the forerunner of the Taj Mahal.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    + Day 3: Delhi - Udaipur

    After a relaxed morning you will be met and transferred from your hotel to Delhi airport for your flight for Udaipur, on arrival Udaipur you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    Rest of the day is free for independent activities.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    + Day 4: Udaipur - Jodhpur

    Spend the morning visiting the City Palace, actually a series of interconnected palaces that reveal private apartments, airy gardens on the upper floors, paintings and portraits, and a miniature painting gallery. In another of the nearby palaces, view a splendid private collection of crystal, before seeing the Maharana’s collection of vintage cars.

    Proceed for a walk through the old part of the city, seeing fruit and vegetable markets and farmers displaying their produce. You may like to be adventurous and try tea at a local vendor, after which an introduction to the arts of Udaipur including miniatures.

    Rest of the day is free to enjoy the luxurious environs of your hotel. Later in the afternoon, enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Pichola, visiting Jagmandir Island and taking in the heady lakeside vistas. (Water levels in the lake permitting)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

    + Day 5: Udaipur

    After Breakfast, Drive to Jodhpur via Ranakpur Temple. Later visit the largest Jain temple complex dating to the 15th century. Witness the intricate carvings detail mythological figures, patterns and motifs on the walls, pillars and domes. The unique thing about this temple complex is its 1444 ornately carved marble pillars and none of them are similar. The beautiful lace-like interiors of the dom es are a superb example of western Indian temple style. Surya temple and other Jain temples are side attractions.

    Rest of the day is free for independent activities.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    + Day 6: Jodhpur

    This morning you will visit the stunning Mehrangarh Fort.

    Rao Jodha, chief of the Rathores, a Rajput clan, founded Jodhpur in 1459. Until recent times, Jodhpur was known as the ancient kingdom of Marwar, the largest kingdom in Rajputana. Standing at the edge of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is the largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. The city is dominated by the huge Mehrangarh Fort that sits atop a sheer rocky ridge right in the centre of the town.

    After visiting the Fort you will walk out from the back gates of the Fort and take a walk through the back streets of the Old walled city before perhaps some shopping time in Jodhpur and returning to your hotel for a late lunch (or have lunch in the town).

    Your evening will be at leisure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

    + Day 7: Jodhpur - Jaipur

    After breakfast you will be driven to the first royal city of Rajasthan – Jaipur (6 hours). Assisted check-in upon arrival.

    This evening you may like to take a walk through Jaipur’s traditional markets, set amidst the memorable backdrop of Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob’s vernacular architecture Walk through the colourful fruit and vegetable markets and bustling alleyways of original haveli’s, still inhabited by merchant families in the old part of the city.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    + Day 8: Jaipur

    After breakfast, drive the short distance north to Amber, the ancient capital that preceded Jaipur. Originally built in the 11th century AD and expanded in size and scope by succeeding dynasties and their rulers, Amber is a fortress town of visual awesomeness. Ride up to its imposing hilltop location by jeeps and explore the maze of passage’s, corridors, pavilions, ornamental gardens and ramparts. On the way back we stop at Anokhi Museum, where we can see a collection of old costumes with hand block prints that are typical to Rajasthan (closed on Wednesdays)

    From here, you will proceed to the City Palace, home of the royal family and known for it’s clutch of excellent private museums that display royal memorabilia, particularly armaments, art, books, costumes and textiles.

    We recommend a visit to the Albert Hall that houses the central museums superb collection of fine art and traditional crafts from across Rajasthan.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    + Day 9: Jaipur

    Day is free for independent activities. Car and guide is booked at your disposal.

    Later in the afternoon you will be taken to Dera Amer a camp located in the foothills of Aravalli Range and surrounded by the wilderness of a reserved forest with no urban civilization in the vicinity, just a few hamlets housing the local villagers occupied by farming on the their fields bordering a pretty lake.

    Here, you will take a private elephant safari through the hills, followed by dinner within the grounds of the camp, – a truly magical and unique experience.

    + Day 10: Jaipur - Agra

    After breakfast, you will be driven to Agra (5.5 hours drive) – en route visit Fatehpur Sikri, an enigmatic deserted Mughal city. This spacious, red sandstone city was built in the 16th century by the great Mughal Emperor, Akbar, one of India's greatest rulers. The architecture of Fatehpur Sikri is a combination of Hindu and Muslim styles, expressing Akbar's vision of synthesizing the two cultures. Akbar occupied Fatehpur Sikri for 14 years before the city was mysteriously abandoned. This hauntingly beautiful city has been painstakingly restored and is now a World Heritage Site.

    We recommend you have lunch at nearby Bharatpur at the Laxmi Niwas Palace

    Later in afternoon visit Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture was the seat of Mughal rule and administration. Present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls, gates and first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added impressive imperial quarters and the mosque while Aurangazeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions.

    + Day 11: Agra - Delhi

    Today early morning by sunrise visit Taj Mahal: Undoubtedly India’s most famous monument, Taj Mahal on banks of Yamuna River is a crowning glory of Mughal architecture in India. Built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in mid 17th century, the construction began in 1631 and building took 20 years, over 20,000 workers to complete along with the fleet of 1000 elephants to transport white marble quarried from 200 miles away. The Taj is covered with beautiful domes and has walls decorated with fine carvings. One of the most fascinating details about Taj Mahal is its perfect symmetry. Its marble inlay work is really astounding.

    After visiting Taj Mahal return back to hotel for breakfast. Later you will be driven to Delhi (4.5 hours)

    Rest of the day is free for independent activities.

    + Day 12: Jaipur

    Enjoy breakfast at your hotel.

    You will then be assisted transfer to the railway station for your departure by train to Chandigarh (Kalka Shatabdi 12011 departing Delhi at 0740 hrs / arrival Chandigarh at 1105 hrs). On arrival Chandigarh you will be met and driven to Shimla

    Rest of the day is at leisure.

    + Day 13: Shimla

    CELEBRATE -HOLI : Celebrate Holi. Holi is a Hindu festival that celebrates the arrival of spring. The festival is celebrated over the course of several days, usually in the second week of March. Holi is one of the most popular Hindu festivals, and...

    + Day 14: Shimla

    After breakfast proceed to sightseeing of Jakhu Temple & Vice Regal Lodge. Relax at hotel in the afternoon. Transfer to The Mall at Shimla in the evening with free time. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

    + Day 9: Shimla - Chandigarh - Delhi

    Breakfast at hotel & check-out followed by transfer to Shimla Railway station. Train no.-256 departs to Kalka (dep.10h30 / arr.16h05). (Toy Train)

    Packed lunch onboard.

    At Kalka board the onward Train No. -2012 for New Delhi (dep.17h30 / arr.21h45).

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