FIVE STAR INDIA
9 Days / 8 Nights

India is a destination of unique beauty and diversity, of stunning landscapes and jaw-dropping man-made wonders. Above all, however, it’s the people that really make the country. On this nine-day journey through India’s illustrious Golden Triangle, you have a chance to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, cities and culture of magical India - with a hearty dose of luxury for good measure.

Experience the vibrant street life of Delhi; see highlights such as Chandni Chowk market, the impressive Bahai Lotus Temple, Red Fort and more. Tick off the bucket list with a visit to the Taj Mahal, an immortal symbol of love, and continue on to beautiful Jaipur - capital of Rajasthan. Witness the honey-coloured Royal Amber Fort, perched high on a hill overlooking the city; visit the gorgeous City Palace; see Hawa Mahal, the palace of the winds, and more! 

HIGHLIGHTS

• Tour the Golden Triangle: Delhi, Jaipur and Agra
• Witness the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
• Experience the sights and sounds of vibrant Delhi
• See Jama Masjid Mosque, Red Fort and Raj Ghat
• Visit the beautiful Lotus Temple in New Delhi
• See colourful Chandni Chowk Market by rickshaw
• Enjoy a day at leisure in Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan
• Marvel at Jthe Royal Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, City Palace and more
• See Hawa Mahal, also known as Palace of Winds
• Visit Chand Baori, one of the world’s deepest step wells
• Enjoy an Indian costume tying demonstration

INCLUDES
• Return economy flights from either Brisbane#, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide# or Perth# to Delhi, India
• Return airport transfers with meet and assist
• Welcome garland on arrival 
• 7 nights 5-star acccommodation
• Daily breakfast
• English-speaking local guides 
• Sightseeing and monument entry fees 
• Airlines taxes and surcharges

ITINERARY
DAY 1 AUSTRALIA - DELHI, INDIA
Today depart from either Brisbane#, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide# or Perth# for Delhi. Upon arrival be met by a representative at the airport and receive a welcome garland. The representative will escort you by private chauffeur car to the hotel. Whilst room keys and check in is organised, you will receive the ‘Welcome Folder’ documents and be briefed on the tour programme. 
Please note: due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on day 0. Affected customers must be at the airport the night before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documentation which you will receive prior to departure.
Overnight: Crowne Plaza New Delhi Okhla or similar, Delhi 
Meals included: In-Flight

DAY 2 DELHI
The capital of India, Delhi is a major gateway city for international visitors. It’s a fascinating metropolis offering an intriguing mix of ancient sites and modern wonders, and also serves as the headquarters of Indian politics. Many of the heads of the Indian government, as well as other political parties, reside in the city, including the Prime Minister and President of India. After breakfast, enjoy a city tour of old and new Delhi. The tour will take in Raj Ghat (where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated); Red Fort (made famous by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan); and Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in India) which has three great gateways, four angle towers and two minarets constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble. Also enjoy a rickshaw tour through Chandni Chowk, a colourful shopping bazaar in Old Delhi. Travel to Laxminarayan Temple, a site dedicated to Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and good fortune. You’ll also witness the India Gate, a 42m high war memorial and stone of triumph. The tour continues with a visit to Rashtrapati Bhawan, the palace-like building home to the President of India. Also visit the beautiful Lotus Temple, also known as the Bahai Temple, where adherents of any faith can visit, pray or meditate at this dazzling architectural temple.
Overnight: Crowne Plaza New Delhi Okhla or similar, Delhi 
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 3 DELHI - JAIPUR ‘THE PINK CITY’
After breakfast at the hotel, you will travel to Jaipur - the capital of Rajasthan. On arrival in Jaipur you will check into the hotel, where you will also enjoy dinner this evening. Jaipur is instantly recognisable for its pink-washed buildings, a colour associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. This beautiful city, along with Agra and Delhi, form what is known as the Golden Triangle of India’s tourist circuit. Jaipur is a city where royalty still lives in the grandeur of its palaces, where fighting for the honour of the clan has never been a need but a way of life, and where treating guests as gods has been a tradition from time immemorial. There is a timeless appeal to Jaipur’s colourful bazaars, where you can shop for Rajasthani textiles and trinkets. The beautifully laid out gardens and parks, attractive monuments and heritage hotels, once the residence of Maharajas, are all worth a look. In the evening take in an orientation tour of the city, visiting Birla temple and Indian costume tying demonstration.
Overnight: Jaipur Marriott Hotel or similar, Jaipur
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 4 JAIPUR
After breakfast, enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Jaipur. Begin with a morning excursion to Amber Fort. Located 11km from Jaipur, it was the old fort of the Kachwaha clan of Amber. The fort is built with white marble and red sandstone and looks even more attractive because of the Maota Lake in the foreground. The fort itself is a beautiful sight to behold. This afternoon take part in a city tour visiting the City Palace, the former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles. Jantar Mantar, is the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed for the royal ladies to watch royal processions without being seen. Enjoy an Indian costume tying demonstration and also visit Lakshmi Narayan Temple.
Overnight: Jaipur Marriott Hotel or similar, Jaipur
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 5 JAIPUR
Today take the day to enjoy this heritage city at leisure or choose from two optional activities. 
Optional activity: Pushkar Full Day Tour - $60 per person
Home of the world famous Pushkar Camel Fair. Pushkar is renowned for it's scenic beauty. Enjoy time to take in the sights and local markets. 
Optional activity: Culinary Delight Tour - $40 per person
Learn the secrets of Indian cuisine and try your hand at cooking local dishes, with lunch included.
Overnight: Jaipur Marriott Hotel or similar, Jaipur 
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 6 JAIPUR - AGRA
After breakfast, you will depart for Agra. On the way, you will visit Chand Baori Step Well, 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. On arrival to Agra, check into the hotel. Agra is the quintessential Mughal City, where the world marvels at the epitome of love, beauty and sacrifice, the Taj Mahal one of the wonders of the world. So awe-inspiring is the 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. This afternoon enjoy a visit to Agra Fort (Red Fort). A fascinating sight, it showcases a high level of ornamentation and the Kohinoor diamond was 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. Red Fort is one of the building complexes of India encapsulating a long period of history, arts and its 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.
Overnight: Courtyard by Marriott Agra or similar, Agra 
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 7 AGRA - DELHI
Today you will have an option to rise early and visit the Taj Mahal just after sunrise at approx. 6:00am and return to the hotel for breakfast or you can visit just after breakfast at 9:00am. The world famous Taj Mahal is where you will see the undeniable beauty that incorporates and expands on design traditions of Persian and earlier Mughal architecture. While earlier Mughal buildings were primarily constructed of red sandstone, Shah Jahan promoted the use of white marble inlaid with semi-precious stones. 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, the principal mausoleum was completed in 1643 and the surrounding buildings and garden were finished about five years later. At approximately 12 noon checkout of the hotel and travel back to Delhi, on arrival check into the hotel.
Overnight: Crowne Plaza New Delhi Okhla or similar, Delhi 
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 8 DELHI, INDIA - AUSTRALIA
Today at the appropriate time you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight back to Australia.
Meals included: Breakfast; In-Flight

DAY 9 ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA

OPTIONAL TOURS/ACTIVITIES
• Day 5: Pushkar Full Day Tour - $60 per person
• Day 5: Culinary Delight Tour - $40 per person

Please note:
- Prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions
- The optional tours listed above must be purchased at time of booking or over the phone prior to submitting your passenger information form (subject to availability) 
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.

EXCLUSIONS
• Visa fees and requirements (A visa is a strict requirement if travelling on an Australian passport)
• Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary 
• Recommended gratuities/tipping: 300 rupees (approx. $6 AUD) per person/day.
• Optional activities/tours
• Personal expenses
• Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.

2019 DEPARTURE DATES
20, 27 August
3, 9, 12 September
8, 12, 16 October
6, 13, 20 November
2 December~

2020 DEPARTURE DATES

7 January~
11, 18, 25 February
3, 10, 17 March
21, 23 April

PRICE
From $1,999*

*Terms and conditions apply. Prices are per person twin share based on adult fares in AUD and subject to availability at time of booking. Offer valid until 11 April 2019, unless sold out prior. #Interstate surcharge ex Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth: add an extra $200 per person. ~Flight High Season Surcharge: add an extra $300 per person. Additional seasonal surcharges & single supplements may apply, & prices may vary due to currency fluctuations & changes to taxes & surcharges. Valid for new bookings only & not combinable with any other offers. Saving amount has already been applied to the advertised price. Valid for travel on selected dates. Departures may be based on minimum group numbers. Prices are correct as at March 2019 & are subject to change. Further conditions apply, call your Bucket List Buddy team.