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Discover India with Mary Lambie

15 day hosted tour from $7949 per person based on twin share
Economy Class flights included
Departs 14 Oct 2020

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15 day hosted tour from
$7949
per person based on twin share Economy Class flights included Departs 14 Oct 2020

Discover India with Mary Lambie

Mary’s hosted journey is a great mixture of sights, experiences and food, alongside some free time to explore the many markets and other wonders of India. On your journey, we take an in-depth look at the amazing palaces and monuments of India. We start by exploring some of the most impressive sights of Old and New Delhi. We then fly to Varanasi, which is
considered the oldest living city in the world. Here you will experience the spiritual aspect of India’s age-old beliefs. We continue to Agra Fort and to The Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest monument of love. Not to be missed is the Pink City of Jaipur, where we witness the rich architectural legacy of Jaipur merchants. In the Blue City of Jodhpur, we will explore the one of the largest forts in India. We will visit the Bishnoi tribal community and Glamp in the wilderness of the Manvar Desert, surrounded by sand dunes.

 
 Mary - Nov 2018 Your Guide: Mary Lambie
For TV personality Mary Lambie travel is in her blood. She started travelling when just 18yrs old. That first ‘OE’ took her to America, UK and Europe. After finishing at university and getting a few years journalism experience, she was asked to be Radio New Zealand’s foreign correspondent in Japan.
The contract was originally for one year – she stayed for three. Back in New Zealand came the big job hosting the Good Morning Show for TVNZ. Then came three children with her broadcaster husband Jim Mora. But that didn’t slow her down. When her kids were young, she packed them up and took them to see the ‘real’ Santa in the North Pole. While over there she showed them all around northern Europe, UK and Ireland. Mary has explored the Pacific, cruised the Mediterranean and Caribbean and cycled, tramped and run pretty much all over New Zealand. One of Mary’s travel highlights came when asked to host an episode of Intrepid Journeys located in Iran, an experience which inspired Mary to seek out paths less travelled and her next big adventure which will take her to India in 2020.
Why don’t you join her for a fun filled, exciting, unique and exotic fortnight in this stunning country!
 


Deal Includes
 Flights (economy) including taxes from Auckland, Business class available on request. Regional connections available on request at additional cost
 Hosted from Auckland by Mary Lambie with services of local Indian guides
 Hotel accommodation with private facilities (Check-in: 1400hrs / Check-out: 1200hrs Hotels)
 Travel and transfers by air-conditioned vehicle as per the itinerary
 Meals as specified (B=Breakfast & D=Dinner throughout the tour as mentioned in the itinerary)
 Local English-speaking tour guide during sightseeing, excursions and duration of the trip
 Entrance fees to the monuments as per the Program (one visit per monument)
 Salam Baalak Trust walk in Delhi
 Cycle rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
 Sunset boat ride followed by evening Aarti ceremony in Varanasi
 Sunrise boat ride & heritage walk in Varanasi
 Morning visit to Taj Mahal
 Jeep ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur
 Cycling Tour in Jaipur (not compulsory)
 Traditional Evening in Jaipur
 Lunch in Kharwa Bagh followed by Farm walk on day
 Heritage walks in Jodhpur
 Dinner at Darikhana, Raas, Jodhpur
 Jeep Safari to Bishnoi Village in Jodhpur
 Village walk & Camel ride in Manvar
 Cocktails at Dome
 Bottled water (during drives and sightseeing only)
 Assistance and transfers
 All applicable & current taxes
 Visa Advice
 Our expert services before you depart

Exclusions

• Travel Insurance which is compulsory (via us or your
own provider)
• Indian e-visa – approx. US$80 based in NZD for NZ
passport holders assistance given
• Tipping – approx. US$130 per person collected on the 1st day in Delhi by Mary
• Items of personal nature – laundry, drinks etc
• Lunches – approx. NZ $20 per lunch

15 day escorted tour
From $7949 per person based on twin share 
Single supplement only $175 per day
Economy class flights are included
Travel: 14 October 2020

Extensions to other parts of India available on request

Indian Map New Route 2020

Itinerary 2020

Date  Location
14th Oct (Day 1) Depart New Zealand and fly to Delhi 
  Meet up with Mary and your fellow travellers in Auckland Airport before jetting off to India!!
15th Oct (Day 2) Arrive into Delhi with early check in
  Once we arrive at Delhi International Airport, we'll clear immigration, collect our bags and meet our transfer in the arrivals hall. Our group will then be transferred to the hotel by private  A/C coach, where you will experience a traditional Indian welcome with Garlands and Tikka while hotel formalities are being completed. You’ll have the morning free to relax, freshen up or go out depending on your energy levels. 
This afternoon we will visit Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. Dedicated to 8th Sikh guru Sri Harkishen Sahib, the hall of the Gurudwara is kept simple, except for the open central shrine, covered by a small golden dome sporting a sculpted bronze cupola. On entering the premises, you can hear the chants and devotional bhajan songs. One can visit the main complex bare footed only, covering one's head. We'll make a visit to the pond (Sarovar), main central hall and the community kitchen, which is in the east side of the complex. You will be having langar for lunch in Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. Raj Ghat is a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi.(B,L,D)
16th Oct (Day 3) Delhi
  Early morning, after breakfast, we will meet up with our local tour manager. Together we will experience the Salaam Baalak Trust City Walk, whichaims to make the story of the children of the street heard and to give us a view of their world through their eyes. During the walk, we will journey through the enchanting streets of the inner city of Paharganj and the area around New Delhi Railway Station. We will be led by a child who was once living and working on the streets and has now been fully trained as a local guide. It is a unique way of providing an insight into the lives of these children and an opportunity for them to improve their communication and speaking skills.
Next we'll head towards Old Delhi with a drive past the Red Fort Palace to reach Jama Masjid - built in red sandstone and the largest mosque in India. Between the mosque and Chandni Chowk is a narrow shop-lined street along which you will be transported by cycle rickshaws on your most photogenic journey of the tour.
Conclude your day with a visit to Qutub Minar, one of the most important landmarks of Delhi, with calligraphically decorated interiors and inscriptions of verses of the Holy Quran. In the evening, enjoy the welcome dinner (buffet) at the in-house, 24/7 Restaurant. With its bustling lobby, an alfresco extension and an interactive open-plan kitchen lending a sense of excitement, this restaurant showcases a range of cuisine, from authentic Indian dishes to continental, Japanese and Pan-Asian specialties. Stay overnight in Delhi. (Breakfast & Dinner)
17th Oct (Day 4) Delhi – Varanasi by high speed train
  Early morning check-out and assisted departure transfer (with packed breakfast) to Delhi Railway Station to board the high-speed train to Varanasi. Abode of Lord Shiva and Parvati, the origins of Varanasi are yet unknown. Varanasi abounds in the art of silk weaving, an exotic art which manifests itself in precious Banarasi silk saris and silk brocades, which are cherished as collector's items across the world. The city is also renowned for its rich tapestry of music, arts, crafts and education. On arrival, our guide will meet us. Thereafter you will be assisted with a transfer and check-in at the hotel, which will be followed by some free time. Later in the evening, enjoy a sunset boat ride to witness the grand prayer ceremony on the Ghats of River Ganges. You will be transported to a surreal world, as dozens of big lamps are lighted and swayed in a semi-circle by the priests to offer prayers. You will hear Vedic hymns and the sound of traditional instruments, while the visitors release hundreds of small earthen lamps with flickering lights. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay. (Breakfast & Dinner) 
18th Oct (Day 5) Varanasi
  Early morning enjoy the heritage walk and sunrise boat ride on the River Ganges. Witness early morning bathers raising their faces to the rising sun and reciting the sacred mantra. After breakfast at the hotel, we will begin our morning city tour of Varanasi, visiting various temples. The Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the most sacred Shiv Temples for Hindus.  In the Bharat Mata Temple,  the map of undivided India is inscribed in stone and prayed to instead of any god or goddess. In the afternoon, we will visit Sarnath - the site of the deer park where Gautama Buddha is said to have given his first sermon. It has been a leading centre for Buddhism and has a rich collection of ancient Buddhist relics and antiques. Numerous Buddha and Bodhisattva images are on display at the Museum (Sarnath museum is closed on Friday). We will then return to the hotel, with the rest of the day  being spent at leisure. Dinner will be served in the hotel. Overnight stay in Varanasi. (Breakfast & Dinner) 
19th Oct (Day 6) Varanasi – Agra 
  After breakfast, check out and an assisted departure transfer to the Varanasi airport, we will board our flight to Agra/Delhi. On arrival, we will travel to straight to your hotel in Agra, home to India's most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal. A poem of white marble, the Taj is described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love. Today we check into the hotel and spend rest of the time at leisure or head out to the markets. Dinner will be served in the hotel. Stay overnight in Agra. (Breakfast & Dinner) 
20th Oct (Day 7) Agra – Jaipur (By road: Approx. 4 to 5 hrs drive)
  Morning visit to Taj Mahal - the 'epitome of love', stands on the banks of the River Yamuna and was built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. The white marble building changes its hue with the variations in the daylight. Made entirely of white marble and decorated with exquisite pietra dura (stone inlay) work, a variety of precious and semi-precious stones were used in the intricate interior inlay work. This magnificent monument is built around a Charbagh or 'four garden' plan, split by watercourses and reflects the influence of Persian architectural style. Later, we check out from the hotel and visit the Agra Fort, built by Emperor Akbar, which is a mixture of the Islamic and Hindu styles of architecture.  We then travel to Jaipur, the first planned city of India, which is a treasure trove of culture, art and history. Jaipur is famous for its colour, lifestyle and Rajasthani cuisine. It is a city exuding royal heritage and extravagant richness. The historic city also has many temples and shrines. On your arrival at Jaipur, check into the hotel. The rest of the evening is free to explore the local markets of Jaipur. Dinner will be served in the hotel. Stay overnight in Jaipur. (Breakfast & Dinner) 
21st Oct (Day 8) Jaipur
  After breakfast, we will enjoyed guided sightseeing of Jaipur. Start your day with an excursion to the majestic Amber Fort, with a photo stop at Hawa Mahal. Admire the façade of the Hawa Mahal, poetically known as the "Palace of Winds". Continue to Amber Fort, the former ancient capital of Jaipur state built by Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar's army, which is a superb example of Rajput architecture. Conclude your sightseeing with a visit to the City Palace Museum. The museum displays priceless handwritten Hindu scriptures of the ancient past, miniature delicate paintings, preserved painted ceilings and elephant saddles. A pair of silver urns on display were fashioned without the use of soldering and are recognised by the Guiness Book of World Records as the largest single object constructed from silver.  We will return to our hotel for some rest and to freshen-up. Later in the evening, we will participate in a traditional experience. For women this will involve an interesting session of Henna. This isa dye made from the powdered leaves of a tropical shrub, that is used to decorate the hands and feet. For over five thousand years, henna has served as a symbol of good luck, health and sensuality in the Indian sub-continent. Men will learn the traditional Rajasthani turban tying. There are many variations of the turbans in Rajasthan, and it is said that the style of the turban changes with every 15kms you travel. In some areas, especially in Rajasthan, the turban's size may indicate the position of the person in society. Turbans come in all shapes, sizes and colours and there are specific turbans for specific occasions as well. Later we proceed to Narain Niwas Palace hotel's garden restaurant to enjoy a traditional dance performance. Narain Niwas Palace hosts folk artists and puppet shows every night to keep you entertained.  This is followed by dinner. The food is also sumptuous, presenting the best of local culinary traditions. After dinner return to the hotel for an overnight stay. (Breakfast & Dinner) 
22nd Oct (Day 9) Jaipur – Jodhpur (By Road: Approx. 5 to 6 hrs. drive)
  Early morning, we commence out unforgettable cycling tour (we can offer an alternative if you wish not to cycle) of Jaipur city with accompanying cycling captain/guide. This is a unique opportunity for us to have a close look at the city and life of local people.  Our first stop is at the famous Lassi Wala. This outlet was opened around the Independence era. We will then enter the "walled city" at the Ajmeri Gate which is painted in pink, hence the fame of Jaipur Pink City. Next we ride through the narrow streets of the city, passing through vintage Havelis and several other architectural marvels. At around 0730 A.M, we now witness "Morning Aarti", hymns of prayer at the City Palace's main temple, devoted to Lord Krishna, with lighted wicks before the sacred idol of the deity. You can choose to practice your bargaining skills at the flower market, to buy offerings to the deity and interact with the locals. At 0830 A.M, walk through the market rooftops as you pedal out of the palace gates, park your bikes near the market and cruise through the historical spices and sweets market before halting at the famous Tea merchant's rooftop settlement. At 0900 A.M we will try some of the famous food joints of Jaipur. We will pass through narrow lanes and indulge in various from of art and craft work, which is an interesting way to rediscover the ancient culture and architecture of Jaipur on a bike. At 0930 A.M, we conclude our cycling tour at "Panchbatti", the famous crossroads in the heart of the city.  We will return to hotel to freshen-up and eat breakfast. Later, we will check out of the hotel and travel to Jodhpur. En-route, we will stop for lunch at Kharwa Bagh, a friendly farm restaurant located in the heart of three main cities in Rajasthan as Jodhpur, Jaipur and Udaipur. Kharwa Bag Farm Restaurant boasts four beautiful gardens, making it the perfect stopover. They only serve organic food, grown in their farms. Before lunch, you can take a walk with the owner through their beautiful organic gardens, to gain some knowledge about growing vegetables & fruits. After lunch, we will experience the feeling of travelling back in time with a journey to Jodhpur. On arrival and assisted check-in at the hotel  we spend rest of the day at leisure. In the evening enjoy your dinner at Darikhana, an alfresco dining option in the Raas Hotel. Perched on the first floor, above the old stables, this dining venue offers clear views of the Mehrangarh Fort. Evening meals at Darikhana are some of our most popular, where you can see the illuminated fort above and the candlelit Haveli courtyard below. Each meal at the Darikhana is prepared with hand ground spices, specially sourced from a 200-year-old shop hidden in the lairs of Old Delhi. Here also, meals are made from fresh, seasonal, organic herbs and vegetables picked from the chef's garden. Later after dinner, return to hotel for an overnight stay. (Breakfast & Dinner) 
23rd Oct (Day 10) Jodhpur
  After breakfast at a leisurely pace, we will begin a guided sightseeing of Mehrangarh Fort. One of the largest forts in India, the beauty and grandeur inside narrates a saga of hard sandstones, yielding the chisels of skilled Jodhpur sculptures. To enter, seven gates must be crossed. A collection of musical instruments, palanquins, furniture and cannons on the ramparts of the fort are well preserved. Jaswant Thada is a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble built in the year 1899 AD in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Within the main cenotaph are the portraits of various Jodhpur rulers. It is an architectural landmark of Jodhpur. From here, we embark on a fascinating heritage walk, which uncovers four, largely undiscovered areas of the old city - Bhramapuri, Nav Choukiya, Sarafa Baaar and Katla bazar. Brahmpuri is the settlement of the Brahmins; their blue houses are packed together along narrow streets. Other sites include historic temples and shrines as well as ponds and ancient wells which are still used today. Nau Chokiya is a bustling square in the heart of the old city which has been a popular meeting place for many centuries. Local villagers in vibrant dress congregate here to find work, old men sip chai and play cards and the place is wonderful for people watching and photo opportunities. Ghanshyam ji ka mandir is a lively temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. The heritage walks conclude at the famous Clock Tower where we can taste the celebrated local delicacies from Jodhpur, including Makhaniya lassi and Mawe ki kachori. Return to the hotel and spend rest of the time at leisure. Dinner will be served in the hotel. Stay overnight in Jodhpur. (Breakfast & Dinner) 
24th Oct (Day 11) Jodhpur – Manvar (By Road: Approx. 2 hrs drive)
  After breakfast, we will commence our jeep safari to Bishnoi village, a rural Rajasthani village. Here we will experience the amazing world of the Bishnoi tribe, who live rigidly and prosperously by 29 tenets lay down by their founder in the early 15th century. Prepare yourself for an adventure ride through encounters, photo opportunities and contrasts that will flatly astonish you. Bishnois are strict vegetarians and animals are considered as God. When we are invited into the cool shade of their huts, we may well see a woman suckling an injured or weak black-buck calf. The women wear richly coloured clothes, following one of the tenets, while the men wear a spotless bright white. Return to the hotel to freshen-up.
After check-out we travel to Manvar. Surrounded by the sand dunes in the wilderness, is the isolated splendor of the Manvar Tented Desert Camp. The beauty is breath-taking and the feeling of viewing a sunset during the sand dunes is hard to describe. On arrival we check in (at 1600 hrs) at our tented resort and spend the rest of the day at leisure. In the evening we will enjoy the local folk dances followed by dinner. Stay overnight in Manvar (Tented accommodation). (Breakfast & Dinner)
25th Oct (Day 12) Manvar
  After breakfast, we will enjoy the Village walk which is an informative way to experience the desert way of life. You could visit the homes of the traditional inhabitants (Bishnois, Rajput's, Meghwals) or peek into the homes and lives of the desert craftsmen such as carpenters, metalsmiths and cobblers. We will see unique species of flora and fauna that have adapted to the desert. We will take a trip to the farms in the desert to learn about farming techniques in this environment. We can walk up to the temple on a hillock behind the resort and enjoy a great panoramic view. We will return to your resort for lunch and a rest. In late afternoon, we will enjoy a ride on the back of the desert's most famous and iconic inhabitant - The Ship of The Desert. Camel treks will give you an opportunity to see the splendor of the Thar Desert from a little higher up. The trained and veteran riders will help you to ride the camel, while the accompanying tour guide shares folk stories and interesting facts about this part of the Thar. After finishing the camel ride, we return to the resort and spend rest of the day at leisure. In the evening we will enjoy the local folk dances followed by the dinner. Stay overnight in Manvar (Tented accommodation) (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) 
26th Oct (Day 13) Manvar – Jodhpur (By Road: Approx. 2 hrs drive followed by short flight ) – Mumbai
  After breakfast, we check out and travel directly to Jodhpur airport to board the flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival, you will meet our transfer who will take us to our hotel. Later we will visit the Dharavi slum;  on arrival in Dharavi you will set out on your 2.5 hour walking tour follow your guide down a maze of narrow lanes that comprise a mixture of households and small-scale businesses run by Dharavi's residents. We will learn about the working conditions among numerous cottage industries, including textiles, recycling, pottery and leather tanning This is an informal economy that turns over millions of dollars annually. Passing through these small spaces, you'll learn about the sense of community that exists among the residents, whose diversity is reflected in the temples, mosques, and churches that stand side by side. We will tour the recycling area, where old computer parts and plastics arrive from all over the world, and step foot inside a bakery where tea biscuits are made fresh daily. We will watch artisans create pots from sun-dried clay and see the women of Dharavi make poppadums, the essential appetizer of any Indian meal. Guides strongly believe that the purpose of this tour is for educational reasons alone and allows for a better understanding of Indian life inside Dharavi. Furthermore, most of the proceeds from your sightseeing fee goes back into the local community to support a variety of projects on education, health, and livelihood.
In the evening, we take you to the beautiful Marine Drive, popularly known as the Queen's Necklace. Here, you can sit and relax/walk around (30 – 60 Minutes), taking in the spellbinding view that the Arabian Sea offers. Later we will head to the "Dome" at the Intercontinental Marine Drive – a rooftop sky bar overlooking the sea and twinkling lights of the city below. It is located on the hotel's 8th floor, and captures the mood with an informal, open air lounge and terrace restaurant, offering selection of grilled items, cocktails, premium wines and cigars. Enjoy 2 hours of unlimited drinks IMFL (Indian Made Foreign Liquor) with 2 Vegetarian + 2 Non-Vegetarian Starters. Later you will return to your hotel for Dinner and overnight stay. (Breakfast & Dinner) Cocktails at the Rooftop bar
27th Oct (Day 14) Mumbai Departure
  Breakfast at hotel followed by assisted departure transfer to Mumbai Airport to board your flight home or perhaps discuss with us if you would like to extend your trip. (Breakfast)  
28th Oct (Day 15) Arrive back into Auckland
   

Departs: 14th October 2020
Returns: 28th October 2020

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Pricing is correct as at 16NOV19 • Prices are valid for new bookings only • Tour is subject to confirmation once minimum numbers are met • Sales are valid until sold out or withdrawn • Travel dates valid as specified on each itinerary • Prices include return economy class airfares as specified on each itinerary. Departures from other domestic NZ Airports are an additional cost • All package prices are based on Twin share and costs are per person in NZ dollars • Single pricing is subject to availability and pricing at time of booking • Prices may vary due to exchange rates and are indicative only and subject to change until paid in full • All prices and products are subject to availability at time of reservation • Deposit of $500 per person is required within 3 days of booking • A further $2600 per person is due prior to the 28th of February. Final balance is due by the 28th of June 2020 • All passengers must have a valid passport with more than 6 months validity at the end of their holiday. Travel insurance should be taken out at time of booking to cover in the event of any unforeseen cancellation. Included airfares are based on special non-refundable economy fares. ESTA Visas are required for itineraries India. Visa costs are not included. If travelling on a non NZ passport other visas + NZ re-entry permits may also be required, please check with us. Flexible return dates only are allowed, any additional airfare or taxes are at own expense • Amendment & cancellation fees may apply • Please ask your House of Travel consultant for full details.

 

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