For departures before 1 January 2014 this trip has variations.
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This classic journey to the area known as the ‘Golden Triangle’ encapsulates some of the highlights of northern India. We begin in the capital, New Delhi, and experience a fascinating sightseeing tour of both the old and new parts of the city, before heading to Agra where we visit the magnificent Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Our journey then continues on to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, where we explore the busy markets, see the famous Palace of the Winds and discover the superb Rajput fort at Amber. Finally we return to Delhi on day five, where our tour ends.
Accommodation: Hotel Florence or similar, Delhi
Meals included: 1 breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Utkarsh Vilas or similar, Agra
Meals included: 2 breakfasts
Accommodation: Mahal Khandela or similar, Jaipur
Meals included: 1 breakfast
Meals included: 1 breakfast
If you wish to spend some more time in Delhi we recommend you book additional accommodation for this day. If you plan to leave, as most flights leave Delhi in the late evening, we would also suggest you consider booking accommodation for the day as well. Your leader will be on hand to assist with transfers to the airport. These are not included, but can be booked through us or your travel agent.
International flights, airport departure taxes, visas, insurance, other meals including all lunches and dinners, any optional tours and activities during free time, excess baggage charges, tips, items of a personal nature and camera fees (some places that we visit charge additional fees if you are entering with a camera or camcorder - your guide will advise on these and they can be paid for locally).
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.Visas and Permits
It is your responsibility to ensure you have all required visas for your trip. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.
Please note that visa requirements can and do change. It is essential that you confirm requirements with the nearest relevant embassy or check with your travel agent before you travel. At the time of writing, a visa is required by most travellers visiting India including Australians, New Zealanders, Americans, British and Canadians. You must obtain an Indian visa prior to leaving home as it cannot be obtained on arrival. Please note that visa requirements can and do change. It is essential that you confirm requirements with the nearest relevant embassy or check with your travel agent before you travel. At the time of writing, a visa is required by most travellers visiting India including Australians, New Zealanders, Americans, British and Canadians. You must obtain an Indian visa prior to leaving home as it cannot be obtained on arrival. An Indian tourist visa is available for six months from the date of issue and you should apply for a multiple entry one, as the cost is the same as for single/double entry. Your travel agent can assist you in the applying for your visa if required. Recent change to visa rules: as of January 2010, the Indian Government is in the process of implementing a new visa rule which means tourists can’t visit India twice within the space of 2 months. However, it does state that people who have documentation proving that they are using India as a base to explore neighbouring countries can enter India up to three times within 2 months.
You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.Responsible Travel
Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.
Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in.
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.
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These tours are unescorted
As these are independent style trips, you won't have a tour leader with you from start to finish. When travelling from point to point you will have a driver who speaks basic English, whilst in each city or tourist site you will have a local guide who will show you around for a few hours. There is an emergency phone number of our local operator that you can call should the need arises.
Road Travel in India
Travel in India is not always easy and we find that a good dose of patience certainly comes in handy! Travelling on the roads in India is also quite an experience. Road rules are not always followed and some of the traffic in the larger cities has to be experienced to be believed. Particular care should be taken when crossing roads.
Meals in India
Please note that the choice of food is often limited to a fixed buffet at many of the smaller places.
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
15 November 2013