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India - Splendours of Delhi, the Taj Mahal & Rajasthan incl. Dubai extension

  • 14 Night Holiday
  • Half Board in India and B&B in Dubai
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The regions of Delhi and Rajasthan in the north of India are home to some of the most impressive sights in Asia. With visits to the Taj Mahal* and the magical city of Udaipur included, you will experience the very best of this fascinating country on this 14-night break.

Along your journey you will visit ancient palaces and monuments, proud fortresses, mosques and bustling cities. Take a rickshaw ride in Old Delhi’s busy streets, and awaken your senses on a spicy kaleidoscope of colour and sound in its buzzing markets. In Agra, you will gaze in wonder at the most famous monument to love, the Taj Mahal*. You will visit the Amber Fort in the Pink City of Jaipur and, of course, have plenty of time at leisure to discover India at your own pace. Come with us on this holiday of a lifetime and discover the Splendours of India for yourself.

As if India wasn't impressive enough, this holiday also offers you the opportunity to enjoy an independent three day stay in the unique city of Dubai at the end of your tour. Lying on the calm, blue waters of the south eastern Persian Gulf and flanked by a majestic desert, Dubai offers all-year-round sunshine and luxury along with the adventure of a unique Arabian experience. Please note that your extension in Dubai will be on an individual basis rather than as part of a group, and that guide services are not included for this part of the tour.

Coach transfer to and from Belfast (Chichester Street) to Dublin Airport on selected dates. 

*In order to preserve the beauty and integrity of the iconic monument, the Taj Mahal, cleaning and restoration work is ongoing at this site. Some phases of the restoration involve scaffolding and mud treatment,  thus a clear view of the entire monument may not be possible.

Note: The Diwali Festival of Light will take place in November in Jaipur. This ancient Hindu festival is celebrated in autumn every year and spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness. November departures include special activities, which will take place at your hotel to celebrate, including fireworks, flower decorations and cultural folk dances

The same tour is available on the same dates without the Dubai extension. Click here for details. 

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency

Rupee in India

Dirham (AED) in Dubai

Local Time

GMT + 5.5 hours. India does not observe daylight saving time (DST).

GMT+4 Hours in Dubai

Passport
Irish and UK citizens require a visa to enter India. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months. Click here for information on visas for India.  Holders of an Irish or UK passport can obtain entry permits upon arrival in Dubai. Non Irish & UK citizens should check requirements.
Dress Code
Compared with certain parts of Asia, India has a very relaxed dress code and similarly by comparison with certain parts of the Middle East, Dubai has a very relaxed dress code. However in both regions, care should be taken not to give offence by wearing clothing, which may be considered revealing, especially when visiting religious sites. At the pool or on the beaches, trunks, swim-suits and bikinis are quite acceptable.
Climate

India has a varied continental climate. Spring occurs from March to April, summer from May to October, and winter from November to February. Tropical monsoon occurs from June to August, and post-monsoon or northeast monsoon season (Oct-Dec). Dubai has a hot, sunny desert climate. Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm. At other times, sunhat, sun glasses and sun block are recommended.

Food & Drink

The cuisine in Rajasthan is predominantly vegetarian, with beans and lentils being the focus although chicken and lamb dishes are also widely available - you will see little to no pork or beef in the north of India. The style of dishes is varied and delicious, from hot and spicy to mild and aromatic, you will notice the subtle variations in the food as you travel from place to place. Curry served with fluffy rice and flatbreads usually make up the main meal of the day with dry fruits, spices and yogurt being the predominant ingredients. Dubai is a fantastic place to sample Middle Eastern cuisine, as well as offering countless international dining options. Breads and slow cooked meats are staple, with hummus, tabbouleh and other delicious accompaniments served alongside. Desserts are flavoured with rose water, nuts and dried fruits.

Vaccinations
Vaccinations may be required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.
Average Prices for Region

India (80 Rupees - €1.00)

  • Coffee: 74.00Rs
  • Beer: 75.00Rs
  • Glass of wine: 100.00Rs
  • Meal: 200.00Rs
  • Soft Drink: 21.00Rs
  • Bottled Water: 22.00Rs

Dubai

  • Coffee: 15.30 AED
  • Beer: 35.00 AED
  • Glass of wine: 35.00AED
  • Main course: 25.00AED
  • Soft Drink: 1.50AED
  • Bottled Water: 1.06AED
  • €1 = 4.17 AED
Packing List

We advise you to bring:

  • Your valid passport
  • A 220v/240v plug adaptor
  • Sun cream and sun hat
  • Shawl – useful to cover shoulders when visiting religious sites
  • A small backpack
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

The White Tiger by Arivand Adiga

A Passage to India by E. M. Forester

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Carte Blanche by Jeffrey Deaver

Dubai, the Story of the World’s Fastest City by Jim Krane

Hello Dubai by Joe Bennett

Holiday highlights

Delhi

Delhi has been the focal point to so many invasions and absorbed so many cultures that it perfectly captures the essence of India. Exploring New Delhi, you will see the Lutyens designed parliament building, drive past India Gate and along the beautiful tree lined boulevards of the diplomatic quarter. The Red Fort dominates the Old Delhi landscape, with walls and watchtowers towering above the local streets and alleys.

Udaipur

Udaipur known as the “Venice of the East” is an breathtaking city built around Lake Pichola. The floating palace featured in James Bond’s Octopussy and many bars and restaurants regularly show the film for visitors.

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is one of the worlds most beautiful monuments and built by Shah Jehan as a memorial to his favourite wife. The brilliance and symmetry of this elegant marble structure, embedded with semi-precious stones and reflected in cool, clear pools, is guaranteed to take your breath away. 

Fatehpuhr Sikri

Fatehpuhr Sikri is a deserted city to the west of Agra. Used in the 16th century for barely twenty years as the court of the Emperor Akbar, the city was suddenly abandoned. Highlights include the Royal Palace and Audience Hall, both of which offer an excellent insight into the courtly life of Mughal royalty.

Jaipur

Known as the Pink City due to its painted stone buildings, Jaipur is a lively and bustling place and is the capital of Rajasthan. Today, visitors can discover the lavish architectural projects backed by the royal family, including the Jantar Mantar observatory and the “Palace of Winds”. Outside the city stands the magnificent Amber Palace, decorated with marble, mirror work and mosaics, lays on top of a hill overlooking the city.

Jumeirah Beach - Dubai

Jumeirah Beach is a beautiful white sand beach located in the Jumeirah district of Dubai. It stretches along on the coast of the Persian Gulf and features a water park, numerous hotels with bars and restaurants for you to enjoy and a shopping complex.

Dubai Creek

Dubai's waterfront epitomizes the city's personality. The best way to see the trading port is from the water. You can book a cruise or hire an abra (small boat) and ask the captain to take you to Al-Maktoum bridge and back. Also take time to walk around the dhow wharfage on the Deira side of Dubai Creek, to the west of the abra dock.

Grand Mosque - Dubai

The Grand Mosque in Bur Dubai is home to the city's tallest minaret. It was built in the 1990s in the style of the Grand Mosque, which dated from 1900 but was demolished to make way for another mosque in 1960. The new Grand Mosque's sand-coloured walls and wooden shutters blend perfectly with the surrounding old quarter of Bur Dubai. Jumeira Mosque is known for its size and elaborate design. The best time to see it is at night, when it is spectacularly lit.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency

Rupee in India

Dirham (AED) in Dubai

Local Time

GMT + 5.5 hours. India does not observe daylight saving time (DST).

GMT+4 Hours in Dubai

Passport
Irish and UK citizens require a visa to enter India. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months. Click here for information on visas for India.  Holders of an Irish or UK passport can obtain entry permits upon arrival in Dubai. Non Irish & UK citizens should check requirements.
Dress Code
Compared with certain parts of Asia, India has a very relaxed dress code and similarly by comparison with certain parts of the Middle East, Dubai has a very relaxed dress code. However in both regions, care should be taken not to give offence by wearing clothing, which may be considered revealing, especially when visiting religious sites. At the pool or on the beaches, trunks, swim-suits and bikinis are quite acceptable.
Climate

India has a varied continental climate. Spring occurs from March to April, summer from May to October, and winter from November to February. Tropical monsoon occurs from June to August, and post-monsoon or northeast monsoon season (Oct-Dec). Dubai has a hot, sunny desert climate. Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm. At other times, sunhat, sun glasses and sun block are recommended.

Food & Drink

The cuisine in Rajasthan is predominantly vegetarian, with beans and lentils being the focus although chicken and lamb dishes are also widely available - you will see little to no pork or beef in the north of India. The style of dishes is varied and delicious, from hot and spicy to mild and aromatic, you will notice the subtle variations in the food as you travel from place to place. Curry served with fluffy rice and flatbreads usually make up the main meal of the day with dry fruits, spices and yogurt being the predominant ingredients. Dubai is a fantastic place to sample Middle Eastern cuisine, as well as offering countless international dining options. Breads and slow cooked meats are staple, with hummus, tabbouleh and other delicious accompaniments served alongside. Desserts are flavoured with rose water, nuts and dried fruits.

Vaccinations
Vaccinations may be required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.
Average Prices for Region

India (80 Rupees - €1.00)

  • Coffee: 74.00Rs
  • Beer: 75.00Rs
  • Glass of wine: 100.00Rs
  • Meal: 200.00Rs
  • Soft Drink: 21.00Rs
  • Bottled Water: 22.00Rs

Dubai

  • Coffee: 15.30 AED
  • Beer: 35.00 AED
  • Glass of wine: 35.00AED
  • Main course: 25.00AED
  • Soft Drink: 1.50AED
  • Bottled Water: 1.06AED
  • €1 = 4.17 AED
Packing List

We advise you to bring:

  • Your valid passport
  • A 220v/240v plug adaptor
  • Sun cream and sun hat
  • Shawl – useful to cover shoulders when visiting religious sites
  • A small backpack
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

The White Tiger by Arivand Adiga

A Passage to India by E. M. Forester

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Carte Blanche by Jeffrey Deaver

Dubai, the Story of the World’s Fastest City by Jim Krane

Hello Dubai by Joe Bennett

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to India

Full Day

Travel to India

Depart for Delhi.

Day 2 - Delhi & New Delhi

Morning

Arrive in Delhi

Upon arrival in Delhi you will be met by our local representative before being transferred to your hotel by coach. 

Afternoon

Tour to Qutub Minar

You will take an afternoon guided excursion to the Qutub Minar, the world’s tallest brick minaret standing 100 metres tall. 

Day 3 - Guided Tour of Old Delhi

Full Day

Guided Tour of Old Delhi

After breakfast you will see all the sights and sounds of bustling Old Delhi, beginning with a cycle rickshaw ride through the city.  After your ride, you will visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of Mahatma Gandhi, where you can see an eternal flame burning at the spot of his cremation.  From here you will move on to the Jama Masjid mosque and view the beautiful 17th century place of worship, which is home to an ancient Qur’an written on deerskin. You will also see Humayun’s Tomb, a beautiful 16th Century building and the tomb of the Emperor Humayun and visit the Bangla Sahib Sikh Temple and the Jama Masjid mosque.  There will be time to pick up some souvenirs and local bargains at the bustling and colourful market of Chandni Chowk before returning to your hotel. 

Day 4 - Agra

Morning

Transfer to Agra

Transfer from your hotel to Agra by coach. 

Afternoon

Agra Fort

In the afternoon you will enjoy a guided tour of the Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the finest Mughal forts in India.  Built in the 11th century, era marked by invasions and battles, this red stone-fortified castle was the site of the India Rebellion of 1857. 

Day 5 - Taj Mahal & Fatehpur Sikri

Morning

Taj Mahal

In the morning you will visit the Taj Mahal where you will enjoy sunrise at the one of the world’s biggest monuments to love. The morning is an ideal time to photograph this spectacular building when the lighting is at its most dramatic. This famous mausoleum, built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, in memory of his favourite wife, is a highlight for many visitors to India and it is easy to see why. 

Afternoon

Travel to Jaipur & Fatehpur Sikri

In the evening you will travel to Jaipur and visit the deserted red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri en-route. Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and it served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585.

Day 6 - Jaipur

Morning

Amber Fort

Enjoy a full day guided tour of Jaipur – the Pink City. Visit the Amber Fort, a spectacular Hindu fort overlooking Lake Maota, before visiting the City Palace Museum, to see the beautiful former seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur.

Afternoon

Jantar Mantar Sun Dial

See the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar sun dial, and finally Hawa Mahal, also known as the ‘Palace of Winds.’

Day 7 - Jodhpur

Morning

Depart Jaipur

Today, you will transfer to Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, your local guide will be happy to suggest places to see and visit depending on your interests. Jodhpur is sometimes referred to as the “Blue City” due to the brightly painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort and was named as Lonely Planet’s most extraordinary place to stay in 2014.

Afternoon

Arrive Jodhpur

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, your local guide will be happy to suggest places to see and visit depending on your interests.

Day 8 - Guided Tour of Jodhpur

Morning

Guided tour of Jodhpur

Enjoy a guided tour of Jodhpur, the home of the Rathore rulers of the princely state of Rajasthan. Here you will visit Mehrangarh Fort, an imposing structure sitting on a hill, which was seen in the film The Dark Knight Rises. The tour will also bring you to Jaswant Thada, a beautiful monument built entirely out of white marble.

Afternoon

At Leisure

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure

Day 9 - Travel to Udaipur

Full Day

Travel to Udaipar

Today, you will transfer to Udaipur, also known as the city of the lakes. This beautiful city has been described as the “Venice of the East” and its centerpiece is the Lake Palace, which sits in the middle of Lake Pichola. En route to Udaipur you will stop at where you will visit Ranakpur, which is home to some impressive palaces tucked away in the hills.

Day 10 - Udaipur

Morning

City Palace Museum & Boat Cruise

Today you will have a guided morning excursion to the City Palace Museum and the spectacular garden of Saheliyon-ki-Bari, which is brimming with lotus ponds, marble elephants and gushing fountains.

Afternoon

Boat Cruise

Later on, you will enjoy a boat cruise on the serene and beautiful Lake Pichola.

Day 11 - Transfer to Delhi

Afternoon

Transfer to Delhi

Following a morning at leisure, you will be transferred by coach to the airport for your flight to Delhi.

Day 12 - Travel to Dubai

Morning

Travel to Dubai

Morning transfer to Delhi Airport with guide assistance for your flight to Dubai.

Afternoon

Arrival in Dubai

Upon arrival in Dubai you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. *Please note that your extension in Dubai will be on an individual basis rather than as part of a group and that guide services are not included for this part of the tour.

Day 13 & 14 - At Leisure

Full Day

At Leisure

You will have two full days to enjoy an independent stay in Dubai, a cosmopolitan city where the traditional and contemporary meet. You could visit Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai’s largest mosque, or Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city. Or you could relax on the beach - after getting lost in the Dubai Mall, which features over 1,200 retail stores !

Day 15 – Return Home

Afternoon

Return Home

Afternoon transfer to Dubai Airport for your flight home.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

Customer reviews

Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Crowne Plaza New Delhi Mayur Vihar 5

Crown Plaza Mayur Vihar is ideally located close Buddh International Circuit, key metro stations and Taj Expressway as well as near to shops and restaurants. Touristic attractions like Akshardham Temple, Rajghat, Old Fort and Humayun Tomb are less than 20 minutes driving from the... read more read more read more

Crown Plaza Mayur Vihar is ideally located close Buddh International Circuit, key metro stations and Taj Expressway as well as near to shops and restaurants. Touristic attractions like Akshardham Temple, Rajghat, Old Fort and Humayun Tomb are less than 20 minutes driving from the hotel.

All rooms and all facilities are designed to provide a comfortable and relaxing stay.

This hotel features a 24 hours restaurant, a lounge bar and fitness & wellness centre.

Hotel address
Crowne Plaza New Delhi Mayur Vihar
13 B Mayur Vihar
District Centre
New Delhi - 110091
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Courtyard by Marriott Agra 5

Treat yourself to 5-star elegance at the Courtyard Marriott Agra. Completely new and ideally located near the Taj Mahal and other renowned India attractions, our hotel is ideal for a relaxing getaway. The spacious rooms and suites are among the largest in Agra and offer 5-star am... read more read more read more

Treat yourself to 5-star elegance at the Courtyard Marriott Agra. Completely new and ideally located near the Taj Mahal and other renowned India attractions, our hotel is ideal for a relaxing getaway. The spacious rooms and suites are among the largest in Agra and offer 5-star amenities like high-speed Internet, luxury bedding, and flat-screen TVs.

Hotel address
Courtyard by Marriott Agra
Taj Nagri, Phase II
Fatehabad Road
282001
Agra
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Jaipur Marriott Hotel 5

Jaipur Marriott Hotel is conventionally located near to Jaipur International Airport. All rooms and facilities are designed with a combination of traditional luxury and modern convenience to provide comfort and a pleasant stay. The hotel also features two restaurants where one of... read more read more read more

Jaipur Marriott Hotel is conventionally located near to Jaipur International Airport.

All rooms and facilities are designed with a combination of traditional luxury and modern convenience to provide comfort and a pleasant stay.

The hotel also features two restaurants where one of them is specialized in Indian cuisine, bar, pub, outdoor pool, fitness centre and spa.

Hotel address
Jaipur Marriott Hotel
Ashram Marg
Near Jawahar Circle
Rajasthan
Jaipur
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The Ummed Jodhpur 5

The Ummed Jodhpur is set amidst 28 acres of fantastically kept gardens and courtyards. It provides for the modern day explorer, a sanctuary to break away from the conventional and adore the romance of the bygone era. With well appointed rooms and public spaces complimented with e... read more read more read more

The Ummed Jodhpur is set amidst 28 acres of fantastically kept gardens and courtyards. It provides for the modern day explorer, a sanctuary to break away from the conventional and adore the romance of the bygone era. With well appointed rooms and public spaces complimented with excellent service, the property offers an unparalleled experience for travellers.

Hotel address
The Ummed Jodhpur
Banar Road
Jodhpur
342027
Jodhpur
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Tat Saraasa Resort & Spa Udaipur 5

Perched within the periphery of the Udaipur city, on the bank of tranquil Lake Lakhawali and encompassed by divine Aravalli ranges, TatSaraasa Resort & Spa is located in scenic and historic heart of Udaipur.... read more read more read more

Perched within the periphery of the Udaipur city, on the bank of tranquil Lake Lakhawali and encompassed by divine Aravalli ranges, TatSaraasa Resort & Spa is located in scenic and historic heart of Udaipur.

Hotel address
Tat Saraasa Resort & Spa Udaipur
Village Bhilwara
Gram Panchayat Lakhawali
National Highway 76
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Novotel New Delhi Aerocity Hotel 5

Novotel Aerocity is located near to metro, shops and business hubs of Gurgaon, New Delhi and Cyber City. All rooms are modern decorated offering a comfortable and relaxing accommodation. Facilities include its unique and modern restaurant, a bar and a fitness centre.... read more read more read more

Novotel Aerocity is located near to metro, shops and business hubs of Gurgaon, New Delhi and Cyber City.

All rooms are modern decorated offering a comfortable and relaxing accommodation.

Facilities include its unique and modern restaurant, a bar and a fitness centre.

Hotel address
Novotel New Delhi Aerocity Hotel
Aerocity Hospitality District
IGI Airport New Delhi
110037 New Delhi
New Delhi
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Marina Byblos Hotel Dubai 4

Marina Byblos Hotel lies close to the famous Jumeirah Beach and the fashionable waterfront strip known as The Walk.  In the immediate area, there is a wide choice of shops, cafes and restaurants and for further exploration, the JLT Metro Station is a 10 minute walk away.&nbs... read more read more read more

Marina Byblos Hotel lies close to the famous Jumeirah Beach and the fashionable waterfront strip known as The Walk.  In the immediate area, there is a wide choice of shops, cafes and restaurants and for further exploration, the JLT Metro Station is a 10 minute walk away.  With its well –appointed guest rooms overlooking Dubai Marina and a range of onsite leisure facilities, Marina Byblos Hotel is an ideal base for sightseeing, shopping and relaxing in Dubai.

Hotel address
Marina Byblos Hotel Dubai
Al Hubob St,
Dubai Marina
Dubai
Dubai
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Ananta Resort Udaipur 4 Star

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Hotel address
Ananta Resort Udaipur
Village Bujhda
Tehsil Girwa
Kodiyat Road
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* Some hotel facilities may be seasonally operated or under maintenance and therefore unavailable at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

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