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India, Sri Lanka, Nepal & Bhutan


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TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS

HOUSE OF TRAVEL AND TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS WORKING TOGETHER At House of Travel we went in search for a travel solution that provides our customers the best India has to offer. We wanted to work with a reputable company that has knowledge and expertise with inspiring group tours and tailor made itineraries to meet your travel dreams. We wanted the reassurance that the best service was provided as well as the best accommodation and touring options. House of Travel are pleased to have joined a partnership with TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS in New Zealand. With 20 years of operation in India, TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS have also been operating their own office in New Zealand for the past 12 years, meaning we have expertise at our fingertips as well as staff on the ground where it matters most – in the country you are travelling. We can create the most rewarding, stimulating and inspirational itineraries for you, with expert local English speaking guides and reputable vehicles throughout the country. We know that with their specialist approach and professional team, your journey to this magical part of the world will be a memorable one.


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Tailor-Made Holiday

On a private journey you have the freedom of travelling in your own private vehicle with an English speaking driver and a local tour guide during sightseeing.

Let us know your style of holiday and some of the preferred sights you would like to visit and our destination experts will assist you in creating that holiday you have been waiting for.

Group Journeys Our Small Group trips are renowned for revealing the hidden gems of India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Nepal. Tours are carefully designed to experience variety of accommodations, local interaction, enjoy authentic cuisine leading to inspiring escapade for our travellers.

School & Educational Tours Our aim is to provide schools with some fantastic options and provide the perfect balance between study, fun and hands on experience including the best sightseeing attractions each country has to offer. We can provide all your requirements in a safe, well organised environment and keep within your schooling budget.

Royal Wedding & Honeymoon Been dreaming of a royal wedding? Planning a honeymoon? Celebrating an anniversary? Setting the stage for a dramatic marriage proposal? Our honeymoon and royal wedding specialist will help you personalise your romantic travel experience.

Houseboat Kerala & Kashmir An excellent way to experience hidden paradise often not easily reached by other means and for those seeking to combine the excitement of discovery travel with relaxation. These are not big voyages but boutique vessels equipped with all modern facilities and comfort.

Family Holiday We are family people and understand the real meaning of a family holiday. Any itinerary can be customised by our destination experts keeping in mind the needs of everyone, be they toddlers, teenagers or greatgrandparents.

Train Journey Experience one of the largest and efficient rail networks in the world and witness part of untouched and rural India passing by. Choose from our popular itinerary or let us tailormake a journey for you. Travelling by train in India is an adventure.

Business & Corporate Travel

Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE)

We offer complete business travel solutions from hotel booking, car hire, transfers, flight and train booking to boardroom conference with a 24/7 helpline in each country. We understand that plans can change at the last minute, for which you require a reliable and flexible travel organiser.

Managed by a team with 28 years experience. Innovative ideas and buying power is our strength, enabling us to deliver a well organised and spectacular experience that participants simply cannot forget. Try us once and you will be thankful you did!

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10 Reasons to choose TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS for your holiday 1. 2. 3.

National award-winning team Local Travel wholesaler and Ground Operator Total Travel and Destination Management Company with over 36 owned and associate offices across India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan 4. A wide selection of flexible and unique itineraries 5. Any Itinerary can be tailor-made 6. Best value operator in our class 7. Variety of accommodation to choose 8. Almost all inclusive and hassle-free holiday 9. 100% guaranteed departures 10. Our price guarantee and no hidden costs or local payments

The Magic, the Mystery... We make it yours Travelling to India is not so much a journey but an experience. Its size, diversity, beauty and careless flowing of countless cultures make a journey through India a continuous cinerama. India embraces you, looks at you, evaluates you, turns you inside out and ensures that the tourist to India has an incredible experience.

India is incredible and its past and present is a procession of images, people, places and periods. This is a land that continues to mesmerise with its larger than life image and an aura that is spellbinding, a land where spiritualism breathes in and out, where gods reside, where

every day is captivating and fascinating. An occasion, where the forts and palaces still echo the bugle of victory, where you witness the arena of intellectual exchange, where the mustard fields delight you and village life attracts you. Welcome onboard and witness a canvas of majestic landscapes, snow-capped mountains, endless plains, virgin beaches, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, fantastic fairs and festivals and museums, known to be the best in the world.

“So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked.” MARK TWAIN

Responsible Tourism

Promoting responsible tourism has always been the priority of TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. It’s our commitment which is supported by the travellers who choose to travel with us. We believe that without involving locals and respecting their culture and customs it’s almost impossible to have a memorable holiday. Travel is all about experiencing others' culture, cuisine, customs and sights. Being a local tour operator to India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Australia and New Zealand we use services of local people who know the destinations inside out. Cooking and dining with locals during culinary familiarity, experiencing a rickshaw ride, visiting handicraft villages or staying in boutique hotels are few activities we add in the itinerary which provide employment opportunities to the underprivileged communities.

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CONTENTS PRIVATE CAR TOURS Festivals and Fairs of India & Sri Lanka. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Train Journeys

Important Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Tigers & Taj by Rail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Family Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Honeymoon Tours. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Featured Deluxe Hotels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Featured Luxury Hotels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

India by Rail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Luxury Trains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Add ons / Short Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Sri Lanka. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

DELUXE GROUP JOURNEYS Deluxe Small Group Journeys. . . . . . 70

Group Journey Itineraries

Featured Premium Hotels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Featured Deluxe Hotels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Golden Triangle & Tiger . . . . . . . . . . . 72

Map & Temperature Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Featured Luxury Hotels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Spice, Tea & Backwaters of Kerala. . . 73

North India Itineraries

Glimpse of Paradise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Culinary Journey of North India. . . . 74

Golden Triangle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Golden Triangle, Varanasi & Lucknow. . . . 17 The Second Marigold Hotel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Forts & Palaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Himalayan Valley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Splendid India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Golf Tour of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Curry and Culture of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Golden Triangle & Wellness Tour of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Gems of Northern India. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Traditional Farming of Lanka . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Highlights of Lanka. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Lanka and Leopard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Culinary, Culture & Shopping Tour. . 78

Wildlife Wonders of Lanka . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Saffron to Bollywood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

Best of Ceylon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

The Perfect Click . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82

Panoramic Lanka. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Highlights of Rajasthan. . . . . . . . . . . . 84

Golf, Beach & Wildlife of Lanka . . . . . . . . . . . 60 The Architectural Gem of Geoffrey Bawa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Lanka Explorer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Sri Lanka Add ons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Rajasthan Heritage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Nepal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

Land of Maharajas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Kathmandu & Pokhara Hotels & Sightseeing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

South India Itineraries Essence of Kerala . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Spice of Kerala . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Enchanting South. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Scenic South. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Unique Experience Treasure of Kolkata & Orissa . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 The Big "5" & Tiger (Wildlife Tour). . . . . . . . . 33 Palace Trail of Central India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Highlights of Gujarat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Diamond & Dynasty of Deccan. . . . . . . . . . . 36 Adventure on Himalayan Foothills . . . . . . . 37 Tea, Tribes, Rhino & Island of Assam. . . . . . 38 Panoramic Leh & Ladakh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

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Cycling Sikkim & Tea Trails of India . 76

Kathmandu & Wildlife . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Kathmandu & Hiking. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Nepal Delight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Essential Kathmandu. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

Bhutan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Best of Bhutan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Land of Dragons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

Incredible India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Best of Rajasthan & Kerala. . . . . . . . . 88 Highlights of India & Nepal . . . . . . . . 90 Classic Lanka. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Tri Nation Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Booking Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Booking Conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98


Festivals and Fairs of India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan & Myanmar The lively fairs and colourful festivals of any country are major attractions to the tourist because it reflects the vibrant culture of the country, history of these traditions, ethnic heritage, religious beliefs, myths, cuisine and the seasons. Below is a selection of some famous festivals and fairs. Since dates are chosen in most festival according to local calendar we have given indicative month/date. Check with your agent or us to find out the exact date if you want to include it in your itinerary.

Ahmedabad International Kite Festival | JAN

It is regarded as one of the biggest festivals celebrated in Ahmedabad. You can choose to capture the kite filled skies in your Camera or check your Kite flying skill.

Goa Carnival | FEB

Goa Carnival is the eagerly awaited festival of Goa which is usually held for 3 to 4 days. The streets come alive with colors, lively processions, floats, the strumming of guitars, graceful dances and of non-stop festivity.

Mumbai Kalaghoda Art Festival | FEB

Every year from the first Saturday of February till the next Sunday, the Kala Ghoda area in South Mumbai comes to life with art and culture. Impressive art installations greet you at the entrance as you pass by vibrant stalls from across India selling bespoke clothes, paintings, curios, decorative pottery, silk scarves, and other artistic ensemble. On the opposite side are food stalls taken up by popular city joints.

Khajuraho Festival | FEB

Khajuraho Dance Festival is recognized by International dancers and academies. Offering village fair experience along with popular dances of India.

Agra Taj Mahotsav | FEB

This 10 days long carnival is a vibrant platform that gives you information of India where you can find India’s rich arts, crafts, cultures, cuisine, dance and music. The venue of the festival is Shilpgram near the Eastern gate of “Taj Mahal”.

Jaisalmer Desert Festival | FEB

Desert Festival of Jaisalmer is a colourful festival held in February every year. You will get to see Cultural events, camel races, turban tying competitions etc. Not exciting enough! Attend the contests to judge the man with the best moustache. With a final musical performance by folk singers under the moonlit sky at the dunes in Sam, just outside Jaisalmer, the festival comes to its end.

Jodhpur & Nagur Sufi Festival | FEB

Sufi Festival is a folk music festival held at Nagaur a small city in Rajasthan. This music festival attracts music lovers from all across the different countries.

Holi – The Festival of Colours | MARCH

One of the major festivals celebrated with enthusiasm and gaiety on the full moon day in February/March. If you are slightly adventurous and keen to experience various aspects of India, this could indeed be a perfect time. The weather is mild and the light good for photography.

Myanmar Water Festival | APRIL

If you are adventurous than you may love this festive. Usually fall in April where people are throwing water to each other in the faith that all the evil deeds of ones would be washed away before Buddhist New Year.

Vesak | MAY

This festival is considered as both a  religious and cultural festival celebrated on the day of the full moon in May. The day is very sacred for Buddhists faith and celebrated across the world including India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Myanmar.

Sikkim Gangtok Flower Festival | MAY

The beautiful state of Sikkim in North East India is adorned with serene mountains, lush greenery and scented orange orchards. Thanks to its refreshing climate and natural topography. Sikkim has a collection of thirty species, International Flower Festival, Gangtok is a scented platform that displays different varieties of flowers that are commonly seen in the hill station. This festival takes place in the month of May, the peak flowering season in Sikkim.

Kerala Onam Festival | AUG/SEP

It is the state festival of Kerala and falls during the month of Chingam. This is one of the very few festivals which are celebrated with most number of cultural elements.

Sri Lanka Kandy Perahara | AUG

August is the month of Esala, where one of the most important annual Buddhist celebrations takes place in Kandy. At this event the Buddhism's most sacred relics, the Sacred Tooth, is taken from the Dalada Maligawa Temple in a golden casket and paraded through the streets of Kandy. The procession includes richly decorated elephants, fire-juggling acrobats, dancers, musicians, whip crackers, torch bearers, Swordsmen and thousands of barefoot pilgrims. This ceremony has happened every year since around 300 AD.

Dipawali | OCT/NOV

Diwali is a festival of lights symbolizing the victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness. This is one of the most popular festivals in the India.

Pushkar Camel Fair | OCT/NOV

The Pushkar Fair is the annual five-day camel and livestock fair, held in the town of Pushkar. It is also one of the world's largest camel fairs and attracts thousands of tourists.

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Important Information Experience and Expertise TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS is not only a specialist travel wholesaler in New Zealand but also a National Award winning ground operator in the countries in which we specialise. With 32 years' experience, our dedicated team is committed to offering a unique touring experience as well as bringing out the best in both quality and value of our Small Group Journeys, Private Car Guided Tours, Family Holidays and Tailor-made Tours.

Private Car Tours The tour packages in this brochure are a collection of popular Itineraries which can be used as it is or modified to suit your individual style and pace of travel. Our independent tours provide you with your own air-conditioned car, well experienced English speaking driver, a private tour guide for sightseeing and assistance at each destination. Choose your own dates, select your preferred accommodation (Comfort, Deluxe, Luxury or Premium hotel), and enjoy the holiday you deserve.

Tailor-made Tours Our Group and Private Car tours have been designed to feature a selection of the destination’s highlights, but they may not meet all of your requirements. At TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS we are proud to offer expert tailor-made services that enable us to construct your perfect holiday. Perhaps you would like to vary the standard of accommodation or modes of transport. On the other hand, you may want to create an entirely individual itinerary that includes destinations and experiences not covered in the brochure. Whatever your needs, we are happy to design a personalised itinerary and quote without obligation.

Brochure Prices

All prices shown in this brochure are in New Zealand dollars (NZD) and are on a per person basis. Twin share prices will only apply when you share a room with one of your travel companions.

No Hidden Cost We love transparency so the prices shown in this brochure are almost all inclusive and help the traveller to budget their holidays accurately. All we ask you to do is relax and enjoy your holiday, knowing that all prepaid expenses have been included in your initial tour cost. Please refer to the tour inclusions for more details.

Local Offices & 24/7 Helpline

Apart from a 24/7 helpline number for emergency assistance. Our 36 local network and associate office Managers will be there to assist you in every destination.

Add On

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designed Add On can be used as short breaks on their own or as pre or post tour extensions. With all arrangements made they allow you to explore a region or city more in-depth.

Passport and Tourist Visas

INDIA: Visa is required and after recent launch of eTVA most nationals can apply online by visiting https://indianvisaonline. gov.in/visa/tvoa.html at least 15 days before arrival in India. Conditions and fee apply. SRI LANKA: Visa is required and can be obtained online by visiting www.eta.gov.lk at least 15 days before arrival in Sri Lanka. Conditions and fee apply. NEPAL: Visa is required and can be obtained on arrival. Conditions and fee apply. BHUTAN: Visa is required, we can help obtain visa if the tour is booked with us. MYANMAR: Visa is required and can be applied online by visiting http://evisa.moip. gov.mm at least 15 days before arrival in Myanmar. Conditions and fee apply.

100% Protected Holiday

We are a member of IATA, ATAS, TAANZ and AFTA which ensure that your holiday is 100% protected.

What is Not Included?

International airfares, any meals other than those specified, drinks, laundry, mineral water, telephone calls, postage, video/still camera charges at monuments and forts, train or domestic airfares excluding those mentioned in the “includes” column of each tour package, optional tour and excursions, Visa and passport fees, travel insurance of any kind, tipping, extra baggage charges, early check-in or late check-out.

Loyalty Rewarded 5% Off

Many of our clients choose to travel with us time and time again. As a valued client, we offer you a 5% discount off your second brochure tour and onwards tour package. This offer applies only to the tour cost of your trip and conditions do apply. Speak to us for details when making your booking.

International Flights

The tour packages in the brochure are “Land only” and do not include international flights. We therefore recommend that you contact us or your travel agent to book your flights well in advance of travel, when you can generally gain access to cheaper airfares and flexibility of dates.

Pre and Post Accommodation

Generally, day 1 and the final day of each trip are free days for you to arrive or depart. We can book pre and post tour accommodation for you if you would like to spend extra time exploring, as there are lots of sights to see and things to do for which you may not have time during the tour.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our journeys. Speak to us or your travel agent

about comprehensive insurance to cover your travel arrangements. This must cover medical expenses in case of an emergency. Note that travel insurance automatically provided with credit cards generally does not provide adequate cover.

Meals Being seasoned travellers ourselves we understand the hassle of searching for proper dining when travelling time is unpredictable. Most of our tour packages include daily breakfast and dinner which are a combination of local and western food, usually served in a buffet style, which enables you to sample the local specialties and cuisines of each region. While you are in India don’t expect to eat much western food. Rather, enjoy the local cuisine of a true blend of spice and not too much chilli.

Selecting Your Holiday Type Most of our journeys are suited to those with normal fitness and mobility levels. To assist you in choosing a journey best for you we have graded our tours: Easy: Walking involved is generally in and around major tourist attractions and bazaars, climbing of stairs, embarking and disembarking from boats. Moderate: These tours are not strenuous but may require walking during sightseeing or soft trekking, climbing of stairs, embarking and disembarking from boats. Adventurous: These refer to programs where your physical fitness needs to be at highest level. Trekking, cycling, climbing, walking and more adventurous activities may be included.

Best Time to Travel

India and Myanmar offers 4 seasons in a year and the best time to visit India are between September to April when temperature is cooler and enjoyable. May and June is peak summer and days are warmer where else July and August is monsoon season. Sri Lanka is year around destination and has moderate tropical climate. Nepal and Bhutan is ideal between February to May and August to November as temperature plummet during winter season. For more information see temperature chart of the country.

Hotel Grading

Comfort: 3 star hotels offering clean and basic standard facilities. Deluxe: 4 star hotel, boutique Palaces and Heritage properties offering above average to very good facilities. Luxury: 5 star hotel, Palace and Heritage properties offering a full range of facilities and exceptional services. Premium: Unique 5 star resorts, hotel, Palace and Heritage properties offering an extensive range of facilities and outstanding services. Note: Where destinations have less choice in accommodation, the best available category of hotels are provided. It is also possible to take


a combination of comfort, deluxe, luxury and premium accommodation in one itinerary. Nepal, being an adventure destination, the choices of accommodation are limited. To ensure comfortable standard of service we have used 4* & 5* accommodations. In Bhutan basic 3* hotel accommodation is used unless requested. Myanmar Tourism is in its developing stage and hotels are limited. Best available 3*, 4* & 5* accommodation are used in the packages.

Transportation

We use all travel modes such as coaches, cars, SUVs, cycle/auto rickshaws, cruises, trains, camels, tongas and planes to make your holiday more enjoyable, enabling you to enrich your authentic travelling experience. By using these various forms of transportation our travellers are able to visit areas that are highly recommended and worth visiting but where access for cars and coaches is impossible. Our car and coach travel is in comfortable air-conditioned vehicles with driver, while all internal flights are based on economy class.

Trains of India Travelling by train in India is comfortable, adventurous and fun. We use airconditioned chair cars for daytime short travel and air conditioned sleeper class for overnight journeys. Facilities onboard are both western style and squat toilets which are clean, however you cannot expect perfect western standards anywhere in India. Some itineraries also make use of the famous narrow gauge toy trains which are the best way to experience remote hill stations. Luxury trains mentioned in this brochure are luxury palaces on wheels with facilities of the modern world beside the charm of heritage India.

Tipping

Tipping in India has always been difficult as there are no boundaries or proper guidelines. These days most hotels and restaurants have replaced tipping with a service charge of around 10%. In some of the restaurants where service charges are not included in your bill a tip of a similar amount is appreciated by the staff. Hotel porters/bell boys expect around INR 100 to carry bags. Local tour guides expect INR 300. Boatmen at Kerala expect to be tipped INR 300. Our recommendation for drivers at the end of your tour is INR 300 per day per person. Similar guidelines can be used when travelling to Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan. It is customary to tip waiters, porters, guides and drivers.

Malaysia Airlines, Air India, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Qantas, Thai Airways and Jet Airways to name a few. Bhutan is accessible via India, Nepal and Thailand by Druk air.

National Parks

Variety of national park offering great opportunities to spot wildlife in its natural environment is delightful. As such viewing can not be guaranteed but to increase the chance we use shared Jeep. Recently Govt has put limitation on safari vehicles in the National park hence its advisable to book your holiday as early as possible.

Booking Forms

Booking forms must be completed and sent back to TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS along with the deposit within seven days of making your booking. This will ensure

TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS has on file all the necessary information such as passport information, travel insurance policy and emergency contact details. Clients who are aged 70 years or more, or with a pre-existing condition that affects their fitness to travel, or any medical dietary requirements, must complete and return their document with their booking form. We recommend all clients should visit their doctor for these aforementioned purposes and/or to confirm that they are physically able to undertake the day-to-day requirements of the tour. A copy of the booking form can be found at the back of this brochure.

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TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS Ground Transport All our transportation comes with an experienced driver for your tour. Our Comfort tour packages include the use of a medium vehicle whereas our Deluxe & Luxury tour packages include a large vehicle for additional comfort and space. When passengers are in a group of 4-8, mini coach is used where else above 9 passengers travelling in a group medium or large coaches will be used to accommodate the number of passengers and their luggage. Vehicle type may vary from country to country and place to place though all our vehicles are air-conditioned except in remote Himalayan, Bhutan, Kashmir regions and a few places in Myanmar where air-conditioning is not available or usually necessary. In national parks and sanctuaries open-top vehicles are used.

Medium Vehicle

Large Vehicle

Tata Indigo/Suzuki Dzire Including driver

Toyota Innova

Mini Coach

Mini Van

Tempo Traveller

x 10 Including driver & assistant

Toyota Hiace

Including driver

x 10 Including driver & assistant

Vaccinations We recommend you consult your doctor for the relevant vaccinations.

Getting There

You can fly into India, Sri Lanka and Nepal by major airlines like Singapore Airlines,

Medium Coach

x 20-27

Including driver & assistant

Large Coach

x 35-45 Including driver & assistant

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FAMILYY HOLIDA

Any itinerary in this brochure can be customised for your Family Holiday

When it’s a family holiday, it’s important to get it right A family holiday allows you to steal a moment in time with your children, where dreams and memories can be shaped. If you can dream it we can create it. Experience together a family safari adventure; a camp in the desert or a luxury beachside resort. Captivate, educate, laugh, enjoy and be entertained. Your family travel experience is what memories are made of. At TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS, we understand the element required for a great family holiday therefore every itinerary is tailor-made with children in mind. Accommodation, activities and sightseeing are carefully chosen to ensure every one in the family have a memorable holiday.

Visiting India? There is so much to inspire and excite little ones in this eclectic country. Let dawn reveal the white domes and minarets of the infamous Taj Mahal. For ‘Jungle Book’ lovers, experience a thrilling safari to spot elusive tiger, leopard and sloth bear and spend the night in a tree house. Hop on a train and meet local people – they might be curious, but always kind. Immerse yourself in the traditions of an Indian festival like the majestic Elephant Festival where these giants are celebrated with ornate designs. Visit stunning Rajasthan – wrap up in blankets on an overnight camel ride or let the children play as local kids do, flying kites made from dyed paper. Don’t forget some down time too – perhaps a tropical beach break in Goa to feast on mild coconut curries and exotic fruit. Watch eyes widen and minds expand as India enriches you and your family.

Visiting Sri Lanka? If you’re looking for something a world apart from glossy resorts with kids’ clubs, Sri Lanka could reward you hugely for your efforts. There are plenty of picture-postcard beaches for easy days spent splashing in the shallows, but the cultural side of the island begs to be discovered, including impressive ancient cities, a legacy of the melting cultural pot of Muslim, Tamil and Sinhalese, and some fabulous temples. And animals only previously seen in school textbooks make their home here –the promise of a glimpse of a leopard or elephant should stir even the most recalcitrant of teenagers from their sun lounger.

Visiting Myanmar? Travelling in Burma is a delight with children. Walking through the market will take three times as long as normal as each stall holder comes out to greet you and give the kids fruit, sweets and cakes. The children will love boat rides on Inle Lake, hiking to hill tribe villages, eating freshly barbequed fish and most of all, following small goat tracks through the countryside around Bagan and exploring the crumbling temples. There are also fabulous beaches in the south of the country so you can end your holiday with a few days on a still-completely-unspoilt white sandy beach – always a hit with the kids!

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INDIA

SRI LANKA

BHUTAN

MYANMAR

A honeymoon is an investment in a lifetime of memories

The perfect couple deserves the picture perfect places for the golden days of their life together-that is the spirit of a Honeymoon. Since every person is different so are their idea of a honeymoon. We offer an extensive range of options to ensure you enjoy every moment while on tour. TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTONS honeymoons are designed by our regional specialists and supported on the ground by our network of the very finest, most reliable and knowledgeable local guides and representatives. Our tour consultants have accumulated unrivalled experience at creating the ultimate escapes, tailored to individual dates, interests, tastes and budget.

From the long list of options for your honeymoon, a few are given below: Delhi: Displays a regal and a rich cultural heritage. Agra: The city of the Taj Mahal where the greatest love story ever told unfolds.

Udaipur: Lake city also referred as the Most Romantic City of India. Jaipur: Known as the Pink City, offers great cultural experiences and shopping.

Wildlife Resorts: A great way to relax and enjoy company of each other while spotting big cats and other wildlife species during your safari. Though there are many options available but in India Bandhavgarh, Ranthambhore, Kanha, Kaziranga and in Sri Lanka Minneriya and Yala national park are worth visiting.

Private Houseboats: Either cruise through backwater of Kerala or dock at Dal Lake, traditional Kerala and Kashmir houseboat offers lots of private time, wonderful onboard accommodation with fully loaded kitchen and crew.

Beach and Island Resorts: Though there are many options but in India Goa, Marari, Kovalam, Mahabalipuram, Andaman and Nicobar Island and in Sri Lanka Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Galle, Kalutara and Trincomalee offer lovely beach accommodation.

Hidden Gems: Possessing long list of history and ruled by many different dynasties there are limitless options which give an opportunity to experience unique surrounding and rustic part of the country and at the same time offers charming heritage and Palace

Special arrangement can be made on request:

hotel. In India Rawla Narlai, Raas Jodhpur, Chattra Sagar, Udaibilas Palace and Ramathra Fort and in Sri Lanka Vil Uyana, Lighthouse, Tea Trails and Warwick Gardens are some good options to consider.

Hill Resorts: In India Shimla, Mussoorie, Nainital, Mount Abu, Srinagar, Gulmarg, Darjeeling; in Sri Lanka, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya to name a few whereas Bhutan as a whole country offers breathtaking beauty and plenty of activities.

Tea Estate: Indian Darjeeling and Assam and Srilankan Ceylon Tea are amongst the most famous tea in the world. Accommodations in these destinations offer peaceful surrounding, magic of tea state while witnessing century old tea gardens spread across acres and acres of land.

Myanmar: A honeymoon to Myanmar offers much more than just beach lounging: take a nostalgic horse and carriage ride, cycle through rural teak villages, and visit ancient Buddhist monasteries and caves filled with golden effigies. The serene Inle Lake offers a peaceful highland escape where you can witness the leg-rowing technique of the local fishermen, and when idyllic beach relaxation is the order of the day, you’ll find long stretches of palm-lined white sand by the dazzling blue Indian Ocean at Ngapali, where you can take time to relax in one another’s company in this untouched, exotic destination.

Flower decorated car on arrival.

A Romantic Gesture: A special turndown service that includes flower petals on your bed on the first evening of your stay.

A Bubbly Welcome: A bottle of chilled sparking wine elegantly arranged in your room upon arrival to toast your future.

Wake up to Wedded Bliss: Delight in a delivery of fresh flowers and a decadent breakfast in bed on one morning of your choice.

Relaxing Touches: A rose petal bath prepared and drawn with essential oils.

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Featured Deluxe Hotels From our selection of Deluxe Category hotels a few are listed below.

Jaypee Siddharth

Ramada Resort & Spa

Bhanwarsingh Palace

Delhi

Udaipur

Pushkar

Strategically located at the hub of the Commercial Centre of New Delhi, Jaypee Siddarth's elegant interior and finest hospitality brings outstanding comfort to visitors.

Surrounded by hills and large garden land, this traditional stone carved hotel gives luxury and a spectacular view in the beautiful lake city.

Situated away from all the hustle and bustle of the city, this newly built hotel showcases the rich heritage of the Merwara region.

Lallgarh Palace

Fort Rajwada

Ramada

Bikaner

Jaisalmer

Amritsar

The unmatched jewel in the Thar Desert, this 19th century palace has played host to a number of dignitaries from all over the world.

A perfect example of India art and craft work. This oasis of serenity and comfort is located in the peaceful countryside on the outskirts of the golden city.

A perfect hide-out in the heart of Amritsar with close proximity to all major attractions and the main market.

Laxmi Niwas Palace

The Pride Hotel

Radisson Blu

Bharatpur

Bangalore

Cochin

Peace and tranquillity are synonymous with this newly built hotel, replicating the charm and the architectural marvel of the older Laxmi Vilas Palace.

Situated in the heart of Bangalore city this newly built hotel provides an exclusive blend of traditional hospitality and modern comfort.

Like a window into Cochin’s soul, Radisson Blu is where the ancient rhythms of the past blend seamlessly with today’s cosmopolitan lifestyle.

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Featured Luxury Hotels From our selection of Luxury Category hotels a few are listed below.

Jaypee Palace

ITC Kakatiya

Vivanta by Taj

Agra

Hyderabad

Lucknow

Sprinkled with enormous bodies of water and endless walkways, this magical creation impeccably blends Mughal and contemporary architecture with modern amenities.

Overlooking the picturesque Hussain Lake with sprawling expanses of beautifully landscaped gardens, this exquisite hotel creates renaissance in standards of service and style.

On the banks of the River Gomti, this city central retreat is an architectural marvel with the finest hospitality and modern technology.

Trident

Trident Nariman point

ITC Windsor

Udaipur

Mumbai

Bangalore

Inspired by the architectural and cultural heritage of Udaipur, all rooms are furnished in hues of muted beige and cream with traditional artefacts, reflecting elegance and charm.

Offers panoramic views of the Marine Drive, an iconic Mumbai landmark. Featuring one of the finest hotels in the city, spacious and well-appointed with all modern amenities.

Merging old world ambience with international service to create a hotel experience that goes beyond expectation, ITC Windsor plays host to the aristocracy of the world.

Ajitbhawan Palace

Radisson

The Raviz

Jodhpur

Shimla

Kollam

An imposing blend of crisp luxuries and impressive heritage.  A romantic mÊlange of erstwhile elegance and located in the vicinity of historical Monuments.

Nestled in the scenic locales of Shimla, at Lower Bharari Road and offering exceptional comfort and modern conveniences. Located stone's throw from the Mall Road.

Well-appointed hotel with delectable cuisine and green leaf certified wellness facilities. To ensure a memorable stay, all rooms are intricately designed and traditionally decorated.

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Featured Premium Hotels From our selection of Premium Category hotels a few are listed below.

Taj Jaimahal Palace

Raas

Jaipur

Jodhpur

Paradisa Plantation Retreat Thekkady

A masterpiece in the Indo Saracenic style of architecture, this palace blends opulence with tantalizing comforts that transport guests to a world of Rajasthan magnificence.

A beautiful boutique hotel in the blue city facing the majestic Mehrangarh fort with a pure blend of contemporary and traditional construction.

Located on the cardamom hills and overlooking the lush green forest, this traditional Kerala house retreat will set you close to the nature with complete privacy.

ITC Maurya

Niramaya Villas & Spa

Vivanta by Taj

Delhi

Kovalam

Cochin

ITC Maurya is acknowledged as the preferred ‘Residence for World Leaders and Global Icons' for 30 years with exemplary service and warm hospitality soaked in Indian traditions.

Surrounded by lush greenery, by the Arabian Sea, this traditional Keralite heritage homes offering a perfect balance between old world charm and modern day comfort.

Situated on Willingdon Island with a magnificent view of Cochin harbour, is a fine balance between yesterday and tomorrow.

Suryagarh Palace

Fateh Prakash Palace

The Oberoi Cecil

Jaisalmer

Udaipur

Shimla

Architecturally pure and true to an ancient craft, this magnificent hotel offers its guests a wonderful sense of space.

Once the exclusive venue for the royal functions for the Mervar rulers, this beautiful lake facing palace has been meticulously preserved for discerning guests.

A perfect family gateway overlooking the beautiful Shimla valley with all its Heritage charm. This elegant, restored grand hotel retains much of its colonial charm.

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North India Northern India is strategically the most important part of India and has shaped the course of India’s historical and cultural evolution over the last 3500 years. The main four religions are Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Jainism. The sacred rivers Ganga, Yamuna and many other important rivers are sourced in northern India. The mighty Himalayas from Himachal Pradesh to Arunachal Pradesh which safeguard the country are also part of northern India.

the outstanding monuments like Qutb Minar, Jama Mosque and Humayun’s Tomb were built by Mughal Emperors during their regime. Rajasthan, one of the most colourful and vibrant states of India is proudly associated with northern India and is famous for its Forts and Palaces. Rajasthan’s Thar Desert and Cattle Fairs are just as interesting. Uttar Pradesh, the most populated state in the country owns many beautiful monuments like the Taj Mahal, supports its own wildlife sanctuaries and is associated with the river Ganges, whose source comes from Gaumukh in the Himalayas.

Delhi, the capital of India, has seen battles between many emperors and has been ruled by them from time to time. Some of

Golden Triangle PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily Starts: Delhi Ends: Delhi Grade: Easy Paced

6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS

It might not be justifiable to say that Delhi, Agra and Jaipur can in anyway be a showpiece of what India truely is. However this combination of three enchanting destinations beautifully displays the richness of India’s history, heritage and culture in the shortest time possible.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

On arrival at the airport meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi

Mesmerise yourself in a splendid sightseeing tour of New and Old Delhi. Visit Qutb Minar, Jama Masjid, the Gandhi Memorial and the India Gate. Witness the legacy of the past that survives in the many monuments left behind by the regents.

Day 3: Delhi - Jaipur

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified

1098.00

FROM NZ$

Travel to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, founded by warrior-astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II. Explore the colourful bazaar of this pink city and stay overnight at your hotel.

Day 4: Jaipur

Start your full day tour with visit to Amber Fort on the back of a brightly decorated

elephant. On your return drive past old part of city and visit City Palace Museum, Observatory, and Hawa Mahal known as Wind Palace. Evening free to explore famous local baazar of old Jaipur. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 5: Jaipur - Agra

Today we travel to Agra, en-route visiting the abandoned city of Mughals, called Fatehpur Sikri. Enjoy this sightseeing tour with its interesting birth story of Fatehpur Sikri. Free to relax in the evening and stay overnight at hotel.

Day 6: Agra - Delhi Departure

Pay a visit to the immortal Taj Mahal and visit Agra Fort before travelling back to Delhi. Tour finishes by late afternoon with transfer to international airport to board your onward flight.

Private English speaking guide Entry fee and monument charges Elephant ride / Jeep ride in Jaipur

PER PERSON From (NZ$)

COMFORT Twin/Single

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

Rickshaw ride in Delhi

16 Sep 16 - 15 Apr 17

$1168 / $1760

$1430 / $2347

$1549 / $2629

$2399 / $4158

A bottle of water while travelling

16 Apr 17 - 15 Sep 17

$1098 / $1660

$1248 / $2149

$1399 / $2249

$2059 / $3449

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Elephant ride, Jaipur

er Top Sell

Boat ride on Ganges

Itimad ud daulah

Golden Triangle, Varanasi & Lucknow

11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS

2698.00

FROM NZ$

Offering an inspiring introduction to the Subcontinent, this journey combines Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Varanasi and Lucknow’s cultural and natural wonders. Delving into centuries of history, the tour uncovers ornate temples, magnificent Islamic architecture and marbled palaces. Explore the Old and New Delhi highlights, visit the ultimate symbol of love, the Taj Mahal in Agra and Varanasi which is considered the oldest living city. Experience the spiritual aspect of India’s age-old beliefs and enjoy a unique culinary experience in the metropolis of Nawab known as Lucknow.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel in Delhi for two nights stay.

Day 2: Delhi

Enjoy breakfast and a brief introduction to the city before starting a full day tour of old and New Delhi. Visit Qutb Minar, India gate, Gandhi memorial and Chandni Chowk bazaar. PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily Starts: Delhi Ends: Delhi Grade: Easy Paced

Day 3: Delhi - Varanasi

After breakfast we board the morning flight to Varanasi. Later in the afternoon visit a silkweaving village to witness the unique art of weaving silk and shop for souvenirs. In the evening witness a grand prayer ceremony at the Ghats. Stay two nights in Varanasi.

Day 4: Varanasi

Early morning start with a heritage walk and sunrise boat ride on the river Ganges. Witness the perpetual movement of the pilgrims on the steps, the vivid colours of their clothes against the pale gold water. After breakfast enjoy a city tour and afternoon excursion to Sarnath where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon after his enlightenment.

Day 5: Varanasi - Lucknow

Hotel accommodation with private facilities

An early morning transfer to the railway station to board train to Lucknow. Lucknow is also known as ’The City of Nawabs’ and is an intriguing blend of old world charm, beautiful architecture, warm hospitality, and rich heritage. In the evening enjoy a walking food tour of Lucknow which allows you to hop-in, hop-out of the world famous traditional roadside eateries. Some of the eateries we visit are Mobeen’s Pasanda, Raheem’s Nihari Gosht, Bismillha’s or Idris’ Biryani, Tundey Kebab and finish with Indian ice ream at Chanakya’s Kulfi, this is your dinner tonight. Stay two nights at Lucknow.

Private air-conditioned car with driver

Day 6: Lucknow

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Meals as specified Private English speaking tour guide Entry fee and monument charges Sightseeing as specified Rickshaw ride in Delhi Walking food tour in Lucknow Elephant ride / Jeep ride in Jaipur Airfare Delhi-Varanasi in economy class Train ticket in air-conditioned class A bottle of water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

Enjoy a city sightseeing tour and visit Bada Imambara, a famous monument of Lucknow, Government Museum. In the afternoon visit a chikan workshop that will mesmerise you as you watch skilled workers delicately working in unique styles and stitches on very light cotton cloths. Also take a leisure walk in Hazrat Ganj and Aminabad local bazaar.

Day 7: Lucknow - Agra

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and explore the local bazaar on your own until midday. Later transfer to the railway station to board train to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. The city is still associated with the Mughals who were great builders and you will witness this as you pass the architectural buildings. Stay two nights in Agra.

Day 8: Agra

Early morning watch the sunrise over the Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest monument of love and devotion with its superb craftsmanship of semi-precious stones inlaid into the marble in beautiful patterns, a process known as pietra dura. Later visit the impressive 16th century Agra Fort, Itimadud-daulah also known as Baby Taj, and visit a marble workshop to witness remaining artisans at work.

Day 9: Agra - Jaipur

After breakfast travel to Jaipur. En-route visit abandoned city of Mughals, Fatehpur Sikri. Evening free to explore the markets. Stay two nights at Jaipur.

Day 10: Jaipur

Start full day sightseeing tour with a visit to Amber Fort riding an elephant from the foothill of the fortresses and the Maharaja’s City Palace, the Observatory and photo stop at the Hawa Mahal as we drive past the old part of the magnificent Pink City.

Day 11: jaipur - Delhi Departure

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before travelling back to Delhi. Tour finishes with direct transfer to Delhi international airport to board your onward flight home.

PER PERSON From (NZ$)

COMFORT Twin/Single

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 16 - 15 Apr 17

$2894 / $4289

$3348 / $5398

$3659 / $5868

$5196 / $8398

16 Apr 17 - 15 Sep 17

$2698 / $4074

$3069 / $4898

$3348 / $5265

$4464 / $7126

Make this your Family Tour – Child under 5 years old stays free.

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Most Loved

The Second Marigold Hotel

12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS

2790.00

FROM NZ$

To coincide with the release of new British movie, the SECOND Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS has put together this new and exciting private journey that not only takes in some of the sites of this much-talked about film, but also has you staying at locations where the movie was filmed based on the availability of the hotels. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is in fact Rawla Khempur, a charming rural palace hotel situated about an hour to the north of Udaipur. Combining this with more famous sites in Delhi, Agra; including the Taj Mahal, Kanota castle which was featured as Viceroy Club, Jaipur to explore monuments and bazaar, Jodhpur where Sonny’s marriage took place, and Udaipur. The itinerary will give you a great blend of both the mainstream and the offbeat, in one of India’s most colourful locations.  PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Starts: Delhi Ends: Udaipur

On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Delhi.

Grade: Easy Paced

Day 2: Delhi

Departs daily

Enjoy a full-day city tour of Old and New Delhi and visit Red Fort, Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid, India Gate, Rajpath, Qutb Minar and explore Chandni Chowk on a rickshaw.

Day 3: Delhi - Agra

Travel to Agra, visit mighty riverside Agra Fort and the iconic Taj Mahal during sunset. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 4: Agra - Viceroy Club

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified Private English speaking guide Entry fee and monument charges Elephant ride / Jeep ride in Jaipur Rural experience with picnic lunch Boat ride in Udaipur Rickshaw ride in Delhi A bottle of water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

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Travel to Kanota, en-route visit the magnificent city of Fatehpur Sikri. Afternoon free to explore the village or relax at the historical library of Castle Kanota which was featured as Viceroy Club in the movie.

Day 5: Kanota - Jaipur

Leave for Jaipur, the 'Pink City' where most of the movie was filmed. Afternoon enjoy walking tour of Old Jaipur bazaar and stay two nights in Jaipur.

Day 6: Jaipur

Morning visit to the great Amber Fort and enjoy an elephant ride, later continue your visit to City Palace, Observatory, and Hawa Mahal.

Day 7: Jaipur - Wedding Venue

Travel to Jodhpur a city founded in 1459 AD

that seems like an oasis in the vast desert. Afternoon visit Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Tada and evening explore local bazaar. Stay two nights at Jodhpur and enjoy the dinner at the hotel where the wedding scene of the movie was filmed.

Day 8: Rural Experience

Today after breakfast enjoy incredible rural experience by 4x4 vehicles through remote villages with picnic lunch, visit the village interiors to witness lifestyle of locals.

Day 9: Jodhpur - Marigold Hotel

Depart for Khempur and check into The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, AKA Ravla Khempur. And don’t worry, although not super luxurious this charming converted palace hotel is a lot more comfortable than the film depicts. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Khempur - Udaipur

Enjoy a walk around the village before travelling a short distance to Udaipur, the Lake City, where you will have the rest of the day free to enjoy this beautiful lakeside town. Stay two nights in Udaipur.

Day 11: Udaipur

Enjoy a city tour and visit the City Palace, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Jag Mandir before ending the day with a boat ride on Lake Pichola.

Day 12: Udaipur Departure

After breakfast tour finishes with transfer to Udaipur airport to board the flight for Delhi or Mumbai.

PER PERSON From (NZ$)

COMFORT Twin/Single

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 16 - 15 Apr 17

$2964 / $4587

$3399 / $5667

$3739 / $6369

$5699 / $9589

16 Apr 17 - 15 Sep 17

$2790 / $4225

$3179 / $5239

$3348 / $5549

$4534 / $7324

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Elephant ride, Jaipur e First-Tim rs Travellee Choic

Humayun Tomb

Forts & Palaces

PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily Starts: Delhi Ends: Udaipur Grade: Easy Paced

10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS

After exploring the sights of Old and New Delhi as well as the spectacular Taj Mahal, journey through the princely state of Rajasthan to take a closer look at the region’s magnificent forts and explore cities that are full of atmosphere and character, set against stunning desert scenery.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Delhi.

Afternoon explore Pushkar Lake and take a walk in the village to witness ambience of peace and spirituality. Stay overnight at Pushkar.

Day 2: Delhi

Day 7: Pushkar - Khejarla

Enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi, visit Qutb Minar, the Lotus Temple and Jama Masjid and travel through the India Gate, Red Fort, Parliament and the President House.

Day 3: Delhi - Agra

Meals as specified

Travel to Agra, stop on the way at Sikandra Fort to see the famous tomb of Akbar. In the afternoon visit Agra Fort and conclude your day with a sunset visit to the incomparable monument of love, the Taj Mahal. Stay overnight at Agra.

Private English speaking tour guide

Day 4: Agra - Jaipur

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private air-conditioned car with driver

Entry fee and monument charges Boat ride at Udaipur Elephant ride / Jeep ride in Jaipur Rickshaw ride in Delhi A bottle of water while travelling Assistance and transfers

Travel to Jaipur, en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, known as the abandoned city of Mughals, built in 1569 by Emperor Akbar. The afternoon is free to explore the bazaar trails and witness the timeless appeal of its colourful markets and cheerful people. Stay two nights at Jaipur.

Day 5: Jaipur

All current collectable taxes

Add-On

2489.00

FROM NZ$

Witness the wonderful combination of Mughal and Rajput architecture during your sightseeing, and enjoy an elephant ride to Amber Fort. See the City Palace and Jantar Mantar and enjoy a photo stop at Hawa Mahal.

After breakfast we travel to Khejarla and evening free to explore the village. The 400 year old fort now converted to a heritage hotel offers picturesque settings, latticework friezes and intricate Jharokas that will transport you back in time to experience the majesty of a long-gone era of valour and chivalry. Stay overnight at heritage hotel.

Day 8: Khejarla - Udaipur

Enjoy morning walk in the village and breakfast before travelling to Udaipur. Evening free to walk around the local bazaar. Stay two nights at Udaipur.

Day 9: Udaipur

Enjoy full day guided city tour and visit City Palace museum which houses a remarkable collection of ancient sculptures and inscriptions of the bygone era, the Jagdish temple for its Indo-Aryan style of architecture, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir and Jag Mandir.

Day 10: Udaipur Departure

After a leisurely breakfast the tour finishes with transfer to Udaipur airport where you board flight to Delhi or Mumbai to connect your onwards flight home.

Day 6: Jaipur - Pushkar

Today travel to a tiny tranquil town of Pushkar famous for its annual camel fair.

Mumbai 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

859

FROM NZ$ .00 Many Short Tour/Add-on options are available. Refer to page 44-51.

PER PERSON From (NZ$)

COMFORT Twin/Single

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 15 - 15 Apr 16

$2546 / $3889

$2929 / $4559

$3249 / $5569

$4669 / $7948

16 Apr 16 - 15 Sep 16

$2489 / $3789

$2789 / $3749

$2999 / $4859

$4185 / $6499

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Shimla

Golden Temple, Amritsar

Toy Train, Shimla

Himalayan Valley

Popular Winter y Getawa

PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily Starts: Delhi Ends: Delhi Grade: Easy – Moderate

11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS

Originally Himachal Pradesh, the Himalayan region has now been divided into two states; Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal. Blessed with some of the most spectacular and beautiful landscapes in the world, it is a traveller's paradise – lofty snow peaks, deep gorges, lush green valleys, fast flowing rivers, enchanting mountain lakes, flower bedecked meadows, beautiful temples and monasteries steeped in time. Come on board this unforgettable journey and explore the region which offers memories of a life time.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi

Visit Jama Masjid, Qutb Minar, Gandhi Memorial and the India Gate and enjoy a rickshaw ride in the narrow street of the famous Chandni Chowk bazaar.

Day 3: Delhi - Shimla WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private car with driver Meals as specified Private English speaking tour guide Entry fee and monument charges Rickshaw ride in Delhi A bottle of water while travelling Train ticket in air-conditioned class Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

Day 7: Manali - Dharamshala

Travel to Dharamshala and enjoy another scenic ride through many small villages in the Himachal Valley. Stay two nights at Dharamshala.

Day 8: Dharamshala

Explore the home of Noble Laureate the Dalai Lama and enjoy a panoramic view of the tea gardens, beautiful hills, colourful bazaar and colonial lifestyle.

Start our day with a train journey to Kalka to board the Himalayan Queen train for an unforgettable journey. Registered in The Guinness Book of World Records as the greatest narrow gauge engineering achievement in India from Kalka to Shimla, this track passes through the breathtaking landscapes of the majestic Himalayas, with 103 tunnels, 969 bridges, 919 curves and more than 20 railway stations in its entire journey. Transfer on arrival and stay two nights at Shimla.

Day 9: Dharamshala - Amritsar

Day 4: Shimla

Day 11: Amritsar - Delhi

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and explore the Mall, the Ridge and the beautiful town covered with pine forests, boasting breathtaking views and a legacy of the bygone British era.

Add-On

2549.00

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Day 5: Shimla - Manali

Travel to Manali and enjoy the scenic ride and breathtaking beauty of this hill station. Stay two nights at Manali.

Day 6: Manali

Go for an excursion to Rohtang Pass for panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas.

Travel to Amritsar to see the most sacred shrine and important holy place of the Sikh religion. In the afternoon explore this holy city and visit the famous Golden Temple. Stay two nights at Amritsar.

Day 10: Amritsar

Relax in the morning and visit the Jallianwala Bagh which tells the sad story of the mass killing of April 1919, then experience a retreat ceremony at Wagha Border. After breakfast, transfer to the railway station to board the Delhi-bound train. On arrival the tour finishes with a direct transfer to Delhi Airport.

What our clients say:

“I just loved everything and toy train ride was awesome. Call from your office during our travel to check how our tour was going exceeded my expectations.” – Margaret & Diane, Australia

Haridwar & Rishikesh 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

849

FROM NZ$ .00 Many Short Tour/Add-on options are available. Refer to page 44-51.

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DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 16 - 15 Apr 17

$2399 / $4125

$2825 / $4959

$3449 / $5899

$4324 / $7149

16 Apr 17 - 15 Sep 17

$2549 / $4259

$2999 / $5064

$3836 / $6199

$4534 / $7378

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Local bazaar, Delhi

Qutb Minar

Splendid India PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily Starts: Delhi Ends: Khajuraho Grade: Easy Paced

11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS

Discover the mysteries and legends surrounding the dramatic and varied settings of the British capital of Delhi. Venture into India’s wild side and spot the tigers amongst the many wild animals in Ranthambhore National Park before moving to central part of India to explore hidden gems of the area, the fort in Gwalior, Palaces in Orchha, famous intricately carved temples of Khajuraho and the spectacular Taj Mahal in Agra.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi

Enjoy a full day city sightseeing tour and witness the display of rich cultural heritage that has flourished over the last three thousand years. Visit Qutb Minar, Jama Masjid and the Gandhi Memorial and travel past the India Gate, Red Fort, Parliament and the President's House.

Day 3: Delhi – Ranthambhore NP

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified Private English speaking tour guide Entry fee and monument charges Wildlife safari at Ranthambhore Rickshaw ride in Delhi A bottle of water while travelling Train ticket in air-conditioned class Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

Transfer to the railway station for you to enjoy short train journey on the express train to Sawai Madhopur. Remaining day free to explore this small village and stay two nights in Ranthambhore. From 1 July to 30 Sep Ranthambhore is closed and will be replaced with Bharatpur.

Day 4: Wildlife Safari

Enjoy morning and afternoon wildlife safari; spot mysterious Royal Bengal Tigers and many other wildlife species. The chance of seeing a tiger in this national park is much higher than in any other national park in the region.

Day 5: Ranthambhore - Agra

Add-On

2499.00

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Travel by road to Agra, home of the most loved monument of love the Taj Mahal and many other architectural wonders. Afternoon enjoy walk to the bazaar and explore this world-renowned city. Stay two nights at Agra.

Day 6: Agra

Agra Fort, and Itimad-ud-Daulah's tomb, also known as a mini Taj Mahal.

Day 7: Agra - Gwalior

Continue by road to Gwalior and visit 15th century Gwalior Fort referred to by Mughal Emperor Babar as the pearl amongst India's fortresses. Stay overnight at Gwalior.

Day 8: Gwalior - Orchha

Travel to Orchha, once the capital of the Bundelas and now just a village set amidst a complex of well-preserved temples and palaces. Afternoon take a walk to witness neatly painted houses and market stalls which contribute to the nostalgic beauty of Orchha. Stay overnight at Orchha.

Day 9: Orchha – Khajuraho

Visit Jehangir Mahal; the largest of the palaces, Raj Mahal and Rai Praveen Mahal; dedicated to the 17th century poetessmusician and experience the interior-rich repositories of Bundela art before travelling to Khajuraho for two nights stay.

Day 10: Khajuraho

Morning visit the world famous Erotic temples of Khajuraho constructed between 950 and 1050 A.D. The temples are considered the “high point” of Indian architectural genius in the medieval period, a unique gift of love to the world conveying a highly mature civilization.

Day 11: Khajuraho Departure

After breakfast tour finishes with a transfer to the airport where you board your flight to Delhi or Mumbai.

Start your day with visit to the symbol of everlasting love the Taj Mahal built by Emperor Shah Jahan. After breakfast visit

Holy Varanasi 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

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COMFORT Twin/Single

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 16 - 15 Apr 17

$2649 / $4158

$2929 / $5059

$3766 / $6439

$4290 / $7378

16 Apr 17 - 15 Sep 17

$2499 / $3899

$2759 / $4695

$3199 / $5349

$3449 / $5768

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Taj Mahal, Agra

Rambagh Palace

Golf Tour of India

11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS

4999.00

FROM NZ$

This tour not only gives you the privilege of playing golf in some of the oldest and historical golf courses in India, but also covers the must-see-and-do sights. You will visit the monument of love, the Taj Mahal, stay in some of the Grand Palaces, sample mouth watering cuisine and go shopping. In India you can play golf almost anywhere, in the hills and high Himalayas, in metropolitan cities and in small towns, by lakes and forests, or surrounded by tea estates, out in the desert and in old British cantonments… the flavour of India is visible everywhere that golf in the country is played.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Day 3: Golf & Spa

PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR

Enjoy your leisurely breakfast before enjoying your first golf experience in India's first 18-hole golf course, designed by the legendary Greg Norman. Jaypee Greens golf course spraws over 452 acres of land. This 72-par course is India's longest golf course, standing at 7347 yards, housing 14 shimmering lakes and water bodies together with 88 snow-white bunkers which give this lush green course a whole new meaning. After a round of golf you are free to enjoy spa treatment (not included) at the Six Senses Spa before concluding your day.

Departs daily

Day 4: Delhi - Agra Sightseeing

On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel in Delhi. Stay three nights.

Day 2: Delhi Sightseeing

Enjoy city sightseeing tour and witness the display of rich cultural heritage that has flourished over the last three thousand years. Visit Qutb Minar, Jama Masjid and travel past the India Gate, Red Fort, Parliament and the President House.

Starts: Delhi Ends: Jodhpur Grade: Easy Paced

Today travel to Agra by road, enjoy a sightseeing tour and visit Agra Fort, the great monument of red sandstone that was constructed in the 16th century, and Itimad-Ud-Daulah, also known as the mini Taj Mahal. Conclude the day with a sunset visit to the famous Taj Mahal, a monument dedicated to love. Stay two nights is Agra.

Day 5: Golf & Shopping

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified Private English speaking tour guide Entry fee and monument charges Elephant ride / Jeep ride in Jaipur Rickshaw ride in Delhi

After breakfast transfer to Agra Club Golf Course, built in 1904 and upgraded to an 18hole course. This course will surely test your golfing skills as the putting greens are not as smooth, but it will give you the chance to say that you played golf in the City of Taj Mahal. Evening is free to relax at the poolside, with dinner at the hotel.

Day 7: Jaipur Sightseeing

Start your city sightseeing tour with excursion to Amber Fort and enjoy a ride on the back of an elegantly painted elephant, ‘Maharaja style’, from the foothills. Later visit City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal. Afternoon visit the local bazaar and conclude your day with dinner at hotel.

Day 8: Golf & High Tea

After breakfast transfer for a round of golf at Rambagh Golf Club built in 1944 for former Queen Gayatri Devi of Jaipur, an18hole challenging championship course with Par 70 Yardage-6303 (SSS 70). Playing on this course with its view of Nahargarh and Moti Doongri Fort is memorable. On your return enjoy your High Tea and relax at the hotel.

Day 9: Jaipur - Jodhpur

Experience the feeling of travelling back in time with a journey to Jodhpur, a city founded in 1459 AD and referred to as the Blue City of Rajasthan because of its bluepainted houses around the  Mehrangarh Fort. Afternoon enjoy city sightseeing and stay for two nights in Jodhpur. 

Day 10: Rural Experience

Today after breakfast enjoy an incredible rural 4x4 vehicle experience through remote villages, with a picnic lunch. This will be a chance to meet and witness the lifestyle of villagers and tribes.

Day 11: Jodhpur Departure

Day 6: Agra - Jaipur

Travel to Jaipur, the city that epitomises the spirit of Rajasthan and retains its character and history. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Evening free to relax at the hotel. Stay for next three nights at Jaipur.

After breakfast tour finishes with transfer to the airport where you board your flight for your onwards journey.

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LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 16 - 15 Apr 17

$5057 / $7889

$7149 / $10999

16 Apr 17 - 15 Sep 17

$4499 / $6875

$6099 / $8949


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Curry & Culture of India

12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS

3976.00

FROM NZ$

“Indian Cuisine is a reflection of the heritage of its people. It represents its historical developments, religious beliefs, cultural practices and above all, its geographical attributes”. The major culinary influences on Indian cuisine resulted from significant historical invasions, including the Greeks, Mughal, Portuguese and British. On this tour, the culinary journey of just five cities will bring to the fore the variety and complexity of the cuisine but more importantly, you will get an in-depth view on the culture of the people who are inseparable from the food they eat. On this culinary journey, discover not just the food of India but the culture behind the food.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel. Stay three nights in Delhi. 

Day 2: Delhi

After breakfast and tour briefing, proceed on a city sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat, and take a rickshaw ride in Chandani Chowk. Walk through Khari Baoli, one of the largest wholesale spice markets, before your first culinary lunch experience of south Indian cuisine. Evening welcome PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily Starts: Delhi Ends: Cochin Grade: Easy Paced

dinner at the Great Kebab Factory offering mouth-watering Awadhi cuisine at Hotel Radisson Plaza.

Day 3: Delhi

Today enjoy sightseeing tour of New Delhi and visit Qutb Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, drive past India Gate and the President's House. Then witness a most stunning and colourful musical live entertainment show followed by a themed Bangai cuisine dinner at Kingdom of Dreams.

Day 4: Delhi - Agra

Travel to Agra and visit Agra Fort, built by Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great followed by a sunset visit to the Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Enjoy live music with dinner at Paatra offering varieties of cuisine from Amritsar to Lahore, cooked in their unique style. Stay overnight in Agra.

Day 5: Agra - Jaipur

Journey to Jaipur en-route visiting the old deserted town of Fatehpur Sikri the eerie, abandoned capital of the Mughal Empire. Enjoy your lunch at none other than Laxmi Vilas Palace before continuing your travel to Jaipur. Afternoon free to relax and conclude your day with a Rajasthani cuisine dinner at Spice Court. Stay two nights in Jaipur.

Day 6: Jaipur

Meals as specify in speciality restaurants

Start your day with visit to Amber Fort and enjoy an elephant ride from the foothills to the top of the fortress. Continue your visit to Hawa Mahal (often called the Palace of Winds), City Palace and impressive Jantar Mantar. Have natural Heena art work applied to your hand by a professional artist. Evening enjoy home cooked meal and cooking class with an Indian family.

Rickshaw ride in Delhi

Day 7: Jaipur - Mumbai

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities 01 night on board private houseboat Private air-conditioned car with driver Economy class airfare Jaipur-MumbaiCochin

Live entertainment musical show in Delhi Elephant ride / Jeep ride in Jaipur Kathakali show in Cochin

After leisurely breakfast transfer to board flight to Mumbai. Afternoon free to relax and enjoy dinner at Kebabs & Kurries at ITC Grand offering great selections of food from

Elephana excursion & ferry ticket in Mumbai Entrance fee and monument charges

the kitchen of Lucknow Nawabs to Nizam of Hyderabad. Stay two nights in Mumbai.

Day 8: Mumbai

Start your sightseeing tour with visit to Gateway of India and board a ferry to Elephanta Cave, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Evening you'll enjoy a local cuisine dinner at the famous Diva Maharashtracha and, if lucky, you may see famous Bollywood stars also dining in this restaurant.

Day 9: Mumbai - Cochin

After breakfast transfer to board a flight to Cochin, a spice trading centre since the 14th century. Afternoon free to explore and take a walk in Fort Cochin. Evening watch a Kathakali dance show at the local theatre before enjoying your multi cuisine dinner at the hotel. Stay two nights in Cochin.

Day 10: Cochin

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city which was the entry Port for European, Portuguese, Dutch and British rulers until the 19th century. Visit the Jewish Synagogue built in 1568, St. Francis Church built by the Portuguese in 1510 and Mattancherry Palace built by the Portuguese in 1555. Evening enjoy Malabar cuisine experience at the Terrace Grille.

Day 11: Private Houseboat

Transfer to board your comfortably furnished private traditional Houseboat at Alleppey. Relax and cruise through a splendid waterway of canals, lakes and coves. As you drift along, observe the amazing local lifestyle. People sail, fish, swim, wash their laundry and bathe here. Your traditional homely cooked lunch, dinner and breakfast will be served on board by your private crew. Overnight on board.

Day 12: Cochin Departure

Disembark houseboat after breakfast and the tour finishes with direct transfer to the airport to board your flight for onward journey.

A bottle of mineral water while travelling

PER PERSON From (NZ$)

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

Assistance and transfers

16 Sep 16 - 15 Apr 17

$4289 / $6839

$4749 / $7699

$6138 / $10349

All current collectable taxes

16 Apr 17 - 15 Sep 17

$3976 / $6139

$4289 / $6679

$5089 / $8649

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Ayurveda treatment

Golden Triangle & Wellness Tour of India PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily Starts: Delhi Ends: Cochin/Trivandrum Grade: Easy Paced

On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel in Delhi for two nights stay.

Day 2: Delhi

Enjoy breakfast and a brief introduction of the city before starting full day tour of Old and New Delhi. Visit Qutb Minar, India Gate, Gandhi Memorial and Chandni Chowk bazaar.

Day 3: Delhi - Jaipur

Travel to Jaipur the Pink City of India. Afternoon is free to explore the bazaar trails and witness the timeless appeal of its colourful markets and cheerful people. Stay two nights at Jaipur.

Day 4: Jaipur

Meals as specified

Start full day sightseeing tour with a visit to Amber Fort, riding an elephant from the foothills of the fortress. Also visit the Maharaja’s City Palace, the Observatory, and Hawa Mahal and drive past the old part of Jaipur city.

Private English speaking tour guide

Day 5: Jaipur - Agra

Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private car with driver

Entry fee and monument charges Rickshaw ride in Delhi Airfare Delhi-Cochin/Trivandrum in economy class Elephant ride / Jeep ride in Jaipur A bottle of water while travelling At the Wellness Resort: Ayurveda doctor consultation Yoga, meditation and detox session Special meal while at resort

3749.00

FROM NZ$

This tour is specifically designed for those who have limited time but want to visit the "must-dos" of India, the Golden Triangle and also want to rejuvenate body, mind and soul in a pristine coastal area. Highlights include Agra with its ultimate symbol of love, the Taj Mahal and Fort; Jaipur, the Pink City famous for its colour, culture and palaces, and Delhi, the capital of India, where we witness the living history of the Mughals and the British Raj. Stay at a resort for seven nights to rejuvenate your senses with the goodness of yoga, Ayurveda therapy and specially prepared meals made with fresh local produce.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS

After breakfast drive towards Jaipur enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stay two nights in Agra.

Day 6: Agra

16th century Agra Fort, Itimad-ud-Daulah also known as ‘Baby Taj', and conclude with a visit to a marble-inlay workshop for an understanding of the beautiful calligraphy done on the Taj Mahal with precious stones.

Day 7: Agra - Wellness Resort

After breakfast travel to Delhi to board flight to Cochin/Trivandrum and transfer by road to your Wellness Resort located away from the hustle bustle in a pristine beach and peaceful environment. Rejuvenate and heal your body, mind and soul with the goodness of ancient yoga and Ayurveda Therapy. Stay seven nights at the Wellness Resort.

Day 8-13: Wellness Resort

The Retreat’s daily programme includes yoga and meditation sessions. Alternatively you can spend lazy days on the beach or at the pool. There are daily ayurvedic therapy sessions, ranging from hot oil massages to herbal pummelling. There’s fantastic fresh food and great service. Enjoy an introduction to Yoga kriyas, asanas, Yoga nidra. Meditations and Pranayama, relaxing Abhyanga Ayurveda massages and special focus yoga sessions.

Day 14: Cochin/Trivandrum Departure

After breakfast check out from the resort and tour finishes with transfer to the airport.

Morning visit to the immortal Taj Mahal built by Emperor Shahjahan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal. After breakfast continue with the sightseeing tour, visiting the impressive

Special yoga session

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LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

Massage and therapy

16 Sep 16 - 15 Apr 17

$3998 / $5798

$4398 / $6498

$5269 / $8359

$6389 / $10255

Assistance and transfers

16 Apr 17 - 15 Sep 17

$3749 / $5446

$3998 / $5875

$4066 / $6177

$4896 / $7598

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Gems of Northern India

13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS

3239.00

FROM NZ$

In this 13-day tour we travel across the northern states that include Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Jaipur, Agra and Jodhpur. Enjoy a boat ride on the Ganges, and an excursion to Sarnath in Varanasi, Elephant ride in Jaipur, temples with exquisite carvings in Khajuraho along with the historical monuments and forts in Delhi and Jaipur conclude your holiday in the beautiful palace of Neemrana.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi

Enjoy a full day city tour of New and Old Delhi. Visit Qutb Minar and Jama Masjid and explore Chandni Chowk by rickshaw. PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily Starts: Delhi Ends: Delhi Grade: Easy Paced

Drive past the mighty Red Fort, India Gate, President’s and Parliament House.

Day 3: Delhi - Varanasi

After breakfast transfer to board your flight to Varanasi; on arrival transfer to the hotel. Afternoon enjoy visiting a silk-weaving village and conclude your day by witnessing the grand Ganges prayer ceremony. Stay two nights at Varanasi.

Day 4: Varanasi

Early morning boat ride and witness the people of Hindu faith taking a dip in the holy water of River Ganges to ritually cleansing their sins. Later enjoy an excursion to Sarnath where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon and experience grand prayer ceremony in the evening.

Day 5: Varanasi - Khajuraho

Transfer to the airport and board morning flight to Khajuraho. Afternoon is free to take a stroll in the narrow streets of this small village and witness the life style of the locals. Stay two nights at Khajuraho.

Day 6: Khajuraho

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified Private English speaking tour guide

Visit Khajuraho temples built during 10th century and famed for their erotic sculptures depicting in exquisite detail the everyday life of people of that era.

Day 7: Khajuraho - Agra

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before travelling to Jhansi station; enjoy the short train journey to Agra. On arrival transfer to the hotel for two nights stay.

Entry fee and monument charges Train ticket in air-conditioned chair car Airfare Delhi – Varanasi – Khajuraho in economy class Elephant ride / Jeep ride in Jaipur Rickshaw ride in Delhi Boat ride in Varanasi Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

Day 8: Agra

An early morning visit to famous Taj Mahal; known as the most perfect marble-built monument in the world. Later visit Agra Fort and spend remainder of the day exploring this world renowned city.

Day 9: Agra - Jaipur

Travel by road to Jaipur, en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital built in the 16th Century by Emperor Akbar. Afternoon explore colourful bazaar trails of the Pink City. Stay two nights.

Day 10: Jaipur

Ride an elephant up to Amber Fort, then visit Jantar Mantar, the best preserved 18th Century observatory, and the City Palace which is still home to the Royal family. Take a photo stop at Hawa Mahal.

Day 11: Jaipur - Neemrana Enjoy your leisurely breakfast before travelling to Neemrana. Be amazed by the scenery of rural Rajasthan and stay two nights at the former Fort built in 1464 AD and now the luxury Neemrana Fort and Palace Hotel.

Day 12: Neemrana

Pamper yourself while staying at one of the oldest heritage resorts and explore this small town at your pace as the day is free for your own activities.

Day 13: Neemrana - Delhi Airport

After relaxed breakfast return to Delhi. Your tour will finish by late afternoon with direct transfer to Delhi airport.

PER PERSON From (NZ$)

COMFORT Twin/Single

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 16 - 15 Apr 17

$3529 / $5365

$3869 / $6237

$4329 / $9675

$5699 / $9557

16 Apr 17 - 15 Sep 17

$3239 / $4896

$3529 / $5639

$3836 / $5969

$4959 / $7899

Make this your Family Tour – Child under 5 years old stays free.

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Mumbai

Pushkar

Dilli Haat, Delhi

Rajasthan Heritage PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily Starts: Mumbai Ends: Delhi Grade: Easy Paced

13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS

Mumbai is the centre of the Bollywood film industry, and Rajasthan is one of India’s prime tourist destinations. Nobody leaves here without priceless memories, a bundle of souvenirs and an address book full of friends. This diverse state is the home of the Rajputs, a group of warrior clans who controlled this part of India for a thousand years, adhering to a code of chivalry and honour similar to that of the medieval European Knights.

Day 8: Bijaipur - Kota/Bundi

Day 1: Arrive Mumbai

On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Mumbai.

Day 2: Mumbai

A full day city sightseeing tour of Mumbai, visiting the Prince of Wales Museum, Gateway of India, Hanging Gardens and Dhobhi Ghat, with a walk along the bustling Chowpatty beach.

Day 3: Mumbai - Udaipur

Board a flight to Udaipur, a city once known as Mewar and now the most romantic city of Rajasthan. In the afternoon explore the banks of Lake Pichola and the numerous shops that dot the narrow winding streets.

Day 4: Udaipur

Meals as specified

Visit the City Palace, the intricately carved Jagdish Temple and a garden specially created for maids of the queen known as Saheliyon-Ki-Bari. Conclude your day with a sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola.

Private English speaking tour guide

Day 5: Udaipur

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private air-conditioned car with driver

Entry fee and monument charges Elephant ride / Jeep ride in Jaipur Boat ride at Lake Pichola Economy class airfare Mumbai – Udaipur Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

Today take an excursion to Eklingji and Nagda the ancient capital of Bappa Rawal, visit a famous 10th Century temple chiselled out of sandstone and marble.

Day 6: Udaipur - Castle Bijaipur

Travel to Bijaipur and enjoy your stay at the 16th Century Castle Bijaipur. Afternoon enjoy the Horse Safari around the village providing the opportunity to see the locals in their routine village life. Stay two nights in Bijaipur.

Day 7: Castle Bijaipur

Morning enjoy an excursion to the 7th Century Chittorgarh Fort, which stands 180 metres high with each stone narrating its own story. The fort offers an insight into the life of Great Rajput rulers.

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3278.00

FROM NZ$

After breakfast travel to Kota, known as the industrial heartland of Rajasthan. Afternoon visit City Palace and Jagmandir Palace. Stay two nights in your hotel.

Day 9: Bundi Excursion

Enjoy short excursion to Bundi and visit Diwan-e-aam, Hathia Pol, Naubat Khana, Phool Sagar Palace, Sukh Mahal and Shikar Bur. Also visit Taragarh Fort before returning to your hotel.

Day 10: Kota - Jaipur

Travel to Jaipur, en-route stop at Bundi, a hidden splendour set in a narrow inclining gorge and view an enchanting fresco that has been frozen in stone over the ages. Stay two nights.

Day 11: Jaipur

Enjoy a full day city sightseeing tour and climb to the majestic Amber Fort on the back of a painted elephant. Visit City Palace which houses amazing antiques, and the Observatory, then take a photo stop at Hawa Mahal.

Day 12: Jaipur - Agra

Travel by road to Agra, en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted city of Mughals and witness one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendour. Stay overnight at Agra.

Day 13: Agra - Delhi Departure

Start your day with visit to the monument of love, the Taj Mahal followed by the Agra Fort before travelling back to Delhi. Tour will finish by late afternoon with a direct transfer to Delhi airport.

PER PERSON From (NZ$)

COMFORT Twin/Single

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 16 - 15 Apr 17

$3557 / $5498

$3998 / $6939

$4398 / $7445

$6198 / $10498

16 Apr 17 - 15 Sep 17

$3278 / $5097

$3836 / $6338

$3976 / $6569

$5336 / $8697

Make this your Family Tour – Child under 5 years old stays free.


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Jaipur Palace

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Palace Hotel, Bikaner

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Land of Maharajas

16 DAYS / 15 NIGHTS

3069.00

FROM NZ$

Land of Maharajas leads you through some of the exciting cities of Rajasthan, as well as unlocking a few hidden gems which lie slightly off the well-known route. The Thar Desert and Aravalli Hills combine to create a stunning visual backdrop to this journey.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi

Full day sightseeing tour of the city which possesses a combination of eight cities within her boundaries. Visit Qutb Minar, Jama Masjid, India Gate, and enjoy a rickshaw ride at Chandni Chowk before we drive past the Red Fort, Parliament House and the President's House.

Day 3: Delhi - Mandawa

Journey by road to Mandawa, named “The Open-Air Art Gallery of Rajasthan”. In the afternoon visit Mandawa Fort and the

intricately carved and elegantly painted Havelis. Stay overnight at Mandawa.

Day 4: Mandawa - Bikaner

Travel to Bikaner, centre of art and culture of medieval India. In the afternoon visit the well-preserved 16th century Junagarh Fort and Lallgarh Palace. Stay overnight at Bikaner.

Day 5: Bikaner - Jaisalmer

Travel to Jaisalmer, located deep in the heart of the Thar Desert. Witness exquisitely carved houses dating back to the 12th century and experience a medieval township caught in a time warp. Stay two nights at Jaisalmer.

Day 6: Jaisalmer

Starts: Delhi Ends: Delhi

Full day sightseeing tour. Visit 15th century Jaisalmer Fort and well-preserved palaces, elegantly carved Patwon Ki Haveli and Salim Singh Haveli. Conclude your day with a camel ride over the sand dunes.

Grade: Easy Paced

Day 7: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur

PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily

Travel to Jodhpur and explore the rustic rural life of the locals wearing colourful multi-hued turbans and special mirror-jaded costumes. Stay two nights at Jodhpur.

Day 8: Jodhpur

Visit an old city surrounded by a 10km wall and its winding colourful street markets. The blue houses, and the beauty and grandeur of the numerous palaces within Mehrangarh Fort narrate a saga of hard sandstone. WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified Private English speaking tour guide Entry fee and monument charges Elephant ride / Jeep ride in Jaipur

Day 9: Jodhpur - Udaipur

Drive to Udaipur and stop midway to visit the Ranakpur temples, famous for their 1,444 elegantly carved pillars, with no two identical. Stay two nights at Udaipur.

Day 10: Udaipur

Saheliyon Ki Bari. In the evening take a sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola and explore the numerous shops that dot the narrow winding streets of Udaipur.

Day 11: Udaipur - Pushkar

Journey through rural areas to Pushkar, a city famous for its annual camel fair. Explore Pushkar Lake and the bazaars of this small town. Stay overnight at Pushkar.

Day 12: Pushkar - Jaipur

Travel to Jaipur, known as the Pink City and famous for its colour, lifestyle and Rajasthani cuisine. In the afternoon witness the cultural heritage of the city, unfolding a legacy of its royal past. Stay two nights at Jaipur.

Day 13: Jaipur

Full day city tour with an elephant ride to Amber Fort. Visit the City Palace which houses well preserved costumes and antiques. Visit the Observatory, then take a photo stop at Hawa Mahal.

Day 14: Jaipur - Agra

Travel to Agra. En-route stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, built by Emperor Akbar and now known as a ghost town. The afternoon is yours free to explore the world-renowned city of the Taj. Stay two nights at Agra.

Day 15: Agra

Start your day with visit to the Taj Mahal, most loved for its eternal beauty, then to the 16th Century Agra Fort, and Itimad-UdDaulah that was built by Mughal Empress Noor Jahan in memory of her father.

Day 16: Agra - Delhi Departure

After a leisurely breakfast, return to Delhi where the tour finishes with a direct transfer to airport.

Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of this romantic city, visiting City Palace, Jagdish Temple, the Museum, Jag Mandir and

Rickshaw ride in Delhi Boat ride in Udaipur Camel ride in Jaisalmer A bottle of water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

PER PERSON From (NZ$)

COMFORT Twin/Single

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 16 - 15 Apr 17

$3289 / $5559

$4324 / $7739

$4879 / $8349

$7669 / $12774

16 Apr 17 - 15 Sep 17

$3069 / $5198

$3836 / $6468

$3939 / $6568

$5579 / $9189

Make this your Family Tour – Child under 5 years old stays free.

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South India India’s great divide is the Vindhya Mountains. They run from east to west, separating the fertile river valley of the Ganges, called the Ganga, from the Deccan Plateau which occupies much of the peninsula of India. It also separates the north, where the predominant languages are Sanskrit based, brought in by the IndoIranian herd people about 3,500 years ago, and those based on the Dravidian tongues brought in by the Mediterranean race about a thousand years earlier. The Southern Indian coastal plains are

backed by the mountains rimming the wedge of the Deccan Plateau. On these plains lie the best beaches in South India. On the rimming mountains, the western and eastern Ghats, are the tea, coffee and spice lands. Beyond these mountains, in the wedge-shaped plateau, are great old cities supported by rich farm lands and a culture that has its roots in the historical Kumari Continent from where, they claim, civilisation spread across the world. The south is gracious, graceful, old India.

Essence of Kerala PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily Starts: Cochin Ends: Trivandrum Grade: Easy Paced

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS

This tour covers culture, lush tropical scenery, the scent of spices, tea and flowers, colonial buildings that jostle for space with churches, synagogues, mosques and temples, golden beaches, quiet inland waterways and a backdrop of jungle-covered slopes.

Day 1: Arrive Cochin

On arrival at the airport meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Cochin.

Day 2: Cochin

Visit Mattancherry Palace (built by the Portuguese in 1555 AD), a Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church and Santa Cruz Basilica. Experience Chinese fishing net and conclude your evening by watching a theatrical Kathakali dance drama unfold.

Day 3: Private Kettuvalam

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities

1259.00

FROM NZ$

Travel by road and embark on a traditional houseboat at Alleppey. Experience serenity while cruising on backwaters winding through the vast stretch of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lining bothe sides of

the canals. Enjoy onboard meals with an overnight stay on the houseboat.

Day 4: Kumarakom

Disembark after breakfast, transfer to Kumarakom and check in to the hotel. Afternoon enjoy nature walk and explore this small village. Stay overnight at Kumarakom.

Day 5&6: Kovalam

Early morning visit to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary to spot rare and endangered species of birds and reptiles. Later enjoy a scenic drive to Kovalam and stay two nights at the beach resort.

Day 7: Kovalam - Trivandrum

After a leisurely breakfast, the tour will finish with a transfer to Trivandrum airport.

Private air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified Local English speaking guide

PER PERSON From (NZ$)

COMFORT Twin/Single

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

Entry fee and monument charges

16 Sep 16 - 15 Apr 17

$1569 / $2699

$1849 / $3049

$2689 / $4459

$3279 / $5499

Private backwater cruise

16 Apr 17 - 15 Sep 17

$1259 / $2049

$1599 / $2499

$2059 / $3289

$2649 / $4159

Kathakali Dance Show

Make this your Family Tour – Child under 5 years old stays free.

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Prefer to travel with a group?

Take a look at our DELUXE Small Group Journeys beginning at page 70.


SOUTH INDIA

Thrissur Pooram Festival

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Kerala Backwaters boat

Munnar tea plantations

Spice of Kerala

12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS

2369.00

FROM NZ$

On this 12-day tour you will be transported back in time at the spice trading port of Cochin, with its melting pot of cultural influences, lulled by the serene beauty of Kerala’s backwaters and thrilled by game spotting in the jungles of Periyar. The fragrant tea plantations and hill forests of Munnar are sure to enchant as you discover the Spice of Kerala. PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR

Day 1: Arrive Cochin

Starts: Cochin Ends: Trivandrum

On arrival at the airport meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Cochin.

Grade: Easy Paced

Day 2: Cochin

Departs daily

Cochin's sightseeing includes Cochin Harbour terminus where the Chinese fishing nets present a wonderful sight; Mattancherry Dutch Palace; The Jewish Synagogue and St. Francis Church (built in 1510 and where Vasco Da Gama was originally buried). Later visit the Hill Palace which was built in the 19th century. Later you will be collected for a Kathakali Dance Show.

Day 3: Cochin – Munnar WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified Local English speaking tour guide Entry fee and monument charges Private backwater cruise Kathakali dance show Wildlife safari in Periyar Spice Plantation tour in Periyar Boat ride in Cochin A bottle of water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

What our clients say:

“After my Rajasthan tour when I did my South India tour I could not believe that I was in India. It’s so beautifully different; I loved the Ayrveda Massage and enjoyed the back water cruise.” – James Miller, Australia

Enjoy a beautiful drive to Munnar, famous for its scenic beauty, marvellous waterfalls and high mountains. The remainder of the day is free for your own activities. Stay two nights at Munnar.

Day 4: Munnar

Explore a town that is difficult to describe and witness tea gardens spread like a green carpet over hundreds of kilometres. Munnar has lush green hills with sparse population.

Day 5: Munnar - Thekkady

Travel to Thekkady, known for the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. In the afternoon take a walk and explore this spice town and stay two nights at Thekkady.

Day 6: Thekkady

Enjoy a boat ride on the lake to spot wildlife, and later visit a spice plantation farm

growing cardamom, pepper, coffee, and tea. On your way back you could stop at the local market and purchase their fragrant spices.

Day 7: Backwaters Cruise

Transfer for embarkation on your private houseboat at Alleppey and cruise through the beautiful backwaters of Kerala. Witness the lifestyle of the locals and travel the vast network of lagoons, lakes, rivers and canals. Enjoy onboard meals and stay overnight on the houseboat.

Day 8: Alleppey - Kollam

Disembark after breakfast and travel to Kollam, the centre of the country’s cashew trading and processing industry. Take an afternoon walk in this beautiful small town surrounded by the lake. Stay two nights at Kollam.

Day 9: Kollam

Interact with the locals and experience their day-to-day life or relax at the resort offering options of various Ayurvedic treatments.

Day 10: Kollam - Kovalam

Travel to Kovalam, a beautiful fishing and beach town in Kerala. Day is free to relax and stay two nights in Kovalam.

Day 11: Kovalam Have a leisurely breakfast, enjoy Ayurveda massage and relax at the beach.

Day 12: Trivandrum Departure

After breakfast tour finishes with transfers to Trivandrum airport.

PER PERSON From (NZ$)

COMFORT Twin/Single

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 16 - 15 Apr 17

$2598 / $4426

$3239 / $5697

$4598 / $7739

$5649 / $9489

16 Apr 17 - 15 Sep 17

$2369 / $3923

$2929 / $5030

$3729 / $5868

$4534 / $7277

Make this your Family Tour – Child under 5 years old stays free.

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SOUTH INDIA

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Enchanting South

17 DAYS / 16 NIGHTS

3659.00

FROM NZ$

This tour will take you to the hidden but marvellous places in south India covering the Karnataka and Kerala regions. Witness the architectural and cultural diversity of Northern Malabar and the Kingdom of Mysore. You will be experience palaces and temples of the Mysore Empire, wildlife of Western Ghats, and natural beauty of Ooty before you travel to Kerala. Kerala will welcome you with its lush green scenery of Wayanad and wildlife in Muthanga. Moving onward, you will experience the culture, temple rituals, villages and colonial buildings that jostle for space with churches, synagogues, mosques and temples; golden beaches, quiet inland waterways and a backdrop of jungle-covered slopes.

Day 1: Arrive Bangalore

On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay at Bangalore.

Day 2: Bangalore - Mysore

In the morning visit the Bull Temple, carved out of a single granite rock. Visit Bangalore Palace, built in the Tudor style, and the summer palace of Tipu Sultan. In the afternoon drive to Mysore and stay two nights. PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily Starts: Bangalore Ends: Trivandrum Grade: Easy Paced

Day 3: Mysore

Start your sightseeing with Mysore Palace, built in Indo-Saracenic style. Visit Chamundi Hill to see panoramic views of the city and in the evening visit Brindavan Gardens, famous for their spectacular musical fountains.

Day 4: Wildlife & Tea Gardens

Journey to Ooty, en-route visit Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary  and spot many species of birds and reptiles while enjoying a safari. Continue to Ooty where the afternoon is free to relax. Stay two nights in Ooty.

Day 5: Tribe & Toy Train

Go for sightseeing tour and visit Botanical Gardens, Lake, and tribal Village. Afternoon enjoy the famous toy train ride from Connor to Ooty on the historical Nilgiri Mountain Railway established in 1899.

Day 6: Ooty – Wayanad

Travel to Wayanad, the green paradise nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats. Afternoon free to explore. Stay two nights in Wayanad.

Day 7: Wayanad

Morning enjoy fun packed jungle safari at the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and Kuruwa Island before visiting Edakkal Caves.

Day 8: Wayanad – Bekal

Meals as specified

Today drive to Bekal and to Pallikare village which is in a very attractive region situated on the shoreline of the Arabian Sea. Remainder of day is free to explore this seaside town. Stay two nights.

Local English speaking tour guide

Day 9: Bekal

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private air-conditioned car with driver

Entry fee and monument charges Private Backwater Cruise One Ayurveda oil massage Boat ride in Cochin

Enjoy sightseeing tour and visit Bekal Fort, known to be one of the largest and best preserved forts. 

Day 10: Bekal - Kozhikode

Travel to Kozhikode, stopping en-route at

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Azhikode to visit Handloom weaving village and Thalassery. Stay two nights. 

Day 11: Kozhikode

Visit Beypore, a prominent port and fishing harbour of ancient Kerala where you can explore fish markets and boat yards. Afternoon explore the famous Sweet Meat Street for handicraft and textiles and the wholesale spice market at Big Bazaar Road.

Day 12: Kozhikode – Cochin

Travel to Cochin and en-route stop at the holy town where you will witness a countless line of devotees making a major pilgrimage to Guruvayoor Temple; also see the elephant sanctuary of Punnathoor Kotta. Evening free to explore Fort Cochin. Stay two nights.

Day 13: Cochin

Visit the synagogue built in 1568, spice trade centres, a Dutch Palace, and St. Francis Church, the first church to be built in India which contains the burial place of Vascode-Gama. Explore Fort Cochin to witness Chinese fishing nets and end your day at the theatre with a Kathakali Dance show.

Day 14: Backwater Cruise

Transfer to board your private Kerala houseboat. Cruise through the tropical countryside and enchanting backwaters of Alleppey to observe the lifestyle of locals living alongside the backwaters. All meals and overnight on board.

Day 15 & 16: Kovalam Beach

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Kovalam. Enjoy a traditional Ayurveda oil massage while you stay two nights, exploring this beach resort.

Day 17: Trivandrum Departure

After a leisurely breakfast tour finishes with the transfer to Trivandrum airport around midday.

Toy Train ride

PER PERSON From (NZ$)

COMFORT Twin/Single

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

A bottle of water while travelling

16 Sep 16 - 15 Apr 17

$3798 / $6598

$5298 / $9049

$6398 / $11099

$8789 / $15292

Assistance and transfers

16 Apr 17 - 15 Sep 17

$3659 / $6269

$4879 / $8249

$5598 / $9458

$7949 / $13879

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Make this your Family Tour – Child under 5 years old stays free.


SOUTH INDIA

Temple Madurai

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Periyar National Park

Mahabalipuram

Scenic South

16 DAYS / 15 NIGHTS

3554.00

FROM NZ$

Experience the culture as we cross two States (Kerala and Tamil Nadu), each with distinctive cultural traditions, exquisite architectural jewels, rich, delicately scented cuisine and an endlessly varied spiced feast for the senses.

Day 1: Arrive Chennai

On arrival at the airport meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Chennai.

Day 2: Chennai

thousand temples and famous for its silk weavers, who settled around 400 years ago. Stay two nights at Mahabalipuram.

Day 4: Mahabalipuram

Visit Kalakshetra; a school that teaches local art, music, weaving and design, St. Mary’s Church, Sri Parthasarathy Temple and San Thomas Cathedral Basilica, which was rebuilt in 1606.

Go on a sightseeing tour and visit marvellous monuments with sculptured panels, caves, monolithic rathas (chariots) and temples built during the Pallava Dynasty. In the evening enjoy a walk and witness life of locals living in the town.

Day 3: Mahabalipuram

Day 5: Pondicherry

PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR

Travel by road to Pondicherry and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city ruled by the French before independence. Stay overnight at Pondicherry.

Departs daily

Day 6: Thanjavur

Drive to Mahabalipuram, en-route visit 2nd century Kanchipuram, a city with a

Starts: Chennai Ends: Cochin Grade: Easy Paced

Drive to Thanjavur, en-route visit Chidambaram, noted for its dancing Shiva Natraja sculptures that illustrate 108 forms of dance. Also visit Gangaikonda Cholapuram with its rich and intricately-carved temples from the Chola Dynasty. Stay two nights at Tanjavur.

Day 7: Thanjavur

We proceed for a sightseeing tour of the city also known as the “Rice Bowl”, famous for the ancient handicraft making of bronze icons. Visit intricately carved temples dating back to the 10th century and shop for souvenirs. WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Day 8: Thanjavur - Trichy

Local English speaking tour guide

Enjoy a short drive to Trichy, claimed to be one of the oldest towns established, several centuries before the birth of Christ. Visit Rock Fort and ancient temples and walk around to witness the culture left behind by many rulers. Stay overnight at Trichy.

Entry fee and monument charges

Day 9: Trichy - Madurai

Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified

Private backwater cruise Kathakali dance show Boat ride in Cochin Spice plantation visit

Travel to Madurai and relax at the hotel or explore the town, famous for silk weaving. Stay two nights at Madurai.

Day 10: Madurai

Visit the magnificent Meenakshi Temple and experience the stunning architecture. The sculpted pillars tell the story of the beautiful princess of Madurai and her marriage to Lord Shiva.

Day 11: Madurai - Thekkady

After breakfast travel to Thekkady and visit the spice plantation growing cardamom, pepper, coffee, and tea. Walk amidst the palette displaying variant shades of green, neatly arranged into terraced farms. Later stop at the local market and purchase some fresh spices as souvenirs. Stay two nights at Thekkady. 

Day 12: Wildlife Safari

This morning we enjoy a wildlife safari at the Periyar National Park. Later in the day optionally enjoy an elephant ride in the coffee plantation.

Day 13: Backwater Cruise

Drive to Alleppey and embark on your private houseboat. Cruise through the narrow canals and backwaters of Kerala and experience unforgettable panoramic sights. All meals and overnight on board.

Day 14: Kumarakom - Cochin

Disembark after breakfast and travel to Cochin, set on a cluster of peninsulas and islands in the Indian Ocean. Evening enjoy Kathakali Dance show. Stay two nights at Cochin.

Day 15: Cochin

Enjoy a sightseeing tour and explore Fort Cochin and conclude your evening with a Kathakali dance show at the theatre.

Day 16: Cochin Departure

After a leisurely breakfast, the tour finishes with transfer to the airport around midday.

Wildlife safari in Periyar

PER PERSON From (NZ$)

COMFORT Twin/Single

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

A bottle of water while travelling

16 Sep 16 - 15 Apr 17

$3798 / $6598

$4699 / $8159

$5399 / $9479

$6998 / $12398

Assistance and transfers

16 Apr 17 - 15 Sep 17

$3554 / $6199

$4265 / $7396

$4989 / $8649

$5889 / $10178

All current collectable taxes

Make this your Family Tour – Child under 5 years old stays free.

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Unique Experience

With the emphasis shifting more on unexplored and offbeat destinations and unique experience-based itineraries, we have put together a collection of the most popular tours. These small itineraries through India are a kaleidoscope of sight, sound and

Private Backwater Cruise – Kerala

taste. Their captivating cultures, flavourful food, unique landscape, charming people, enchanting music and diverse wildlife can provide a journey to suit the tastes of even the most discerning traveller.

Treasure of Kolkata & Orissa

9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

2898.00

FROM NZ$

This unusual but fascinating tour offers a glimpse of a part of India that is often neglected by visitors. East India combined covers a vast and uneven terrain along the Indo-China border. Sloping down from the lower heights of the Himalayan peaks, this area is dotted with dense forests and blessed with differing climate zones, making this region an eco-tourism paradise, with lush flora and fauna. This short tour covers two states of East India; West Bengal to witness its glorious past and present unique culture; and Orissa, a large, verdant state clinging to the Bay of Bengal coast with its tribal villages, sandy beaches, extraordinary temples and mighty monuments.

Day 1: Arrive Kolkata

On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you with transfer to the hotel in Kolkata for two night stay. PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily Starts: Kolkata Ends: Bhubaneswar Grade: Easy Paced

Day 2: Kolkata

After a short tour briefing proceed for sightseeing tour of this multicultural historical city. Visit Victoria memorial, Town Hall, St. John's Church, one of Asia’s largest flower market, Kumar Tuli and conclude your day walking through Chowringhee lane to witness colonial-style cafes.

Day 3: Kolkata - Bhubaneswar

An early morning transfer to board express train to Bhubaneswar, the lively capital of Orissa. The ancient 'Kalinga' empire boasts settlements stretching back 2000 years. Transfer on arrival and remaining afternoon free to explore. Stay two nights at hotel.

Day 4: Bhubaneswar

Private air-conditioned car with driver

Enjoy a city sightseeing tour of this ancient city and visit Lingaraja, Parasurameswara, Mukteshwar, Rajarani temples, great examples of Orissa's 7th to 10th Century architecture, and Dhauli Giri where king Ashoka renounced violence and embraced Buddhism. Afternoon enjoy an excursion to the remarkable sites of Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves historically the ancient seat of Jainism.

Meals as specified

Day 5: Bhubaneswar - Puri

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities

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Today we travel via some historical villages and towns to the ancient coastal settlement of Puri. En-route visit the Bell Metal Workers’ village, then stopping at the appliquéwork village at Pipli, Brahmin village at Birpratappur and Artisans’ village at Raghurajpur now declared a UNESCO World Heritage village. Stay two nights at hotel.

Day 6: Konark Excursion

Morning excursion to Konark, a UNESCO

world heritage site. En-route visit Stone Carvers village at Chhaitana. In the evening explore the town by foot and rickshaw.

Day 7: Chilika & Gopalpur

Travel to Gopalpur, en-route stop at Chilika Asia's largest brackish water lagoon with water spread ranging from 1165 sq km in the rainy season to 906 sq km in the dry season. Nestled in the heart of coastal Odisha (Orissa) this lagoon is home to thousands of migratory birds including Siberian Crane, grey legged geese, flamingos, purple moorhens, jacana and herons. Enjoy a boat ride on the lake before continuing your journey to Gopalpur, famous for its virgin beaches. Evening is free to explore the beautiful beaches. Stay two nights at hotel.

Day 8: Chandragiri & Taptapani Excursion

Enjoy an excursion to Chandragiri blessed with nature and home to Tibetan settlers. Also visit Saora tribal village to experience new world tucked in to natural forest. Later visit Taptapani famous for hot sulphur springs believed to have medicinal powers. Return to Gopalpur in the evening.

Day 9: Bhubaneswar Departure

After breakfast tour finishes with transfer to Bhubaneswar airport where you can fly to Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad to board your international connection. PER PERSON From (NZ$)

DELUXE Twin/Single

16 Sep 16 - 15 Sep 17

$2898 / $4996

*In some destinations luxury options are available.


Unique Experience

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The Big "5" & Tiger (Wildlife Tour)

ELEPHANT, RHINOS, WILD BUFFALO, LEOPARD, ASIATIC LION AND TIGER

11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS

5989.00

FROM NZ$

When it comes to wildlife, people commonly think of Africa and often forget that India has some of the most bio-diverse regions of the world. India hosts three of the world's 34 bio-diverse hot-spots. According to one study, India is amongst 17 mega-diverse countries which are home to about 60-70% of the world's bio-diversity. This tour is focused on the most famous Big 5: the Asiatic Lion, Asiatic Elephant, the endangered One-horned Rhino, Wild Buffalo, Leopards, and includes the most popular amongst wildlife lovers, the Royal Bengal Tiger. This tour combines incredible scenery with remarkable culture but focuses predominantly on the wildlife. It is designed to ensure you spend the majority of your adventure in the best national reserves and are escorted by the best naturalist guides. Travel to a luxuriant humid jungle and watch the Tigers, Elephants, Rhinos, Birds and many more in the wilderness. Hear the sound of a Panther snarling in the jungle, feel the earth rumble as a Rhino charges past and marvel at the graceful sight of Cranes and Flamingos in flight around their nesting grounds in the wildlife sanctuaries in India.

Day 1: Arrive Mumbai

On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you with transfer to the hotel in Mumbai for overnight stay. PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily Starts: Mumbai Ends: Guwahati Grade: Easy Paced

Day 2: Mumbai - Gir

After breakfast board your flight to Rajkot, then drive to Gir National Park located in small town of Sasangir, the only home of Asiatic Lions. Remainder of evening free to relax. Stay three nights at resort.

Day 3: Asiatic Lion

Enjoy morning and afternoon jeep safaris at Gir National park to see beautiful Asiatic lions and other wildlife species. Two safaris in a day will provide ample time to spot lions, and in the evening explore this small village town known for its unique culture and welcoming people.

Day 4: Asiatic Lion

Another day of morning and afternoon Jeep safaris at Gir National Park, providing further opportunities to see Asiatic lions close up. Evening free to explore the village.

Day 5: Sasangir Pench National Park

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified 04 jeep safaris with naturalist at Gir 03 jeep safaris with naturalist at Pench 02 jeep safaris with naturalist at Kaziranga 01 elephant back safari at Kaziranga

After breakfast transfer to Rajkot airport to board your flight to Nagpur, then transfer to Pench National Park. Though there are many species of wild animal, reptile and birds, the main predatory attractions in Pench are Royal Bengal tiger, followed by leopard, wild dog and wolf. If you're lucky you may also spot sloth bears, Chousingha, Chinkara, barking deer, jackal, fox, palm civet, small Indian civet, jungle cat, hyena and porcupine to name few. Stay two nights at Pench.

Day 6: Tiger & Leopard

Economy class airfare Mumbai-RajkotNagpur-Kolkata-Guwahati

Morning and afternoon safaris will provide you more chances to spot the shy animals in their natural habitat. Evening free to explore surrounding villages.

Entry fee and monument charges

Day 7: Pench - Kolkata

A bottle of water while travelling

Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

Enjoy another early morning Jeep safari before your breakfast and transfer to Nagpur

airport to board evening flight to Kolkata. On arrival transfer to hotel for an overnight stay in Kolkata.

Day 8: Kolkata - Kaziranga

After an early morning breakfast transfer to airport to board flight to Guwahati, on arrival transfer to Kaziranga. Kaziranga National Park is famous specifically for the endangered One-horned Rhino. Other species of animals here are hog deer, swamp deer, wild buffalo, elephants and the Royal Bengal Tiger. It is also home to pelicans, storks and darters. Evening free to relax or explore surrounding areas and stay three nights at Kaziranga.

Day 9: Rhino & Buffalo

Early morning jeep safari into the national park and afternoon safari on the back of an elephant to the different regions of the park mainly to spot One Horned Rhino and many other wildlife, reptiles and birds. Evening free to relax or go walking.

Day 10: Rhino & Gibbons

Geographical location of Kaziranga National Park makes it an ideal home for various wildlife species. Early morning travel to a nearby region where we will have a chance to see gibbons. Afternoon enjoy a game drive into the national park and have another chance to spot the one horned Rhino.

Day 11: Guwahati Departure

After breakfast tour finishes with transfer to Guwahati airport where you board flight to Kolkata or Delhi to connect with your onwards flight. PER PERSON From (NZ$)

DELUXE Twin/Single

15 Oct 16 - 15 Jun 17

$5989 / $9998

*Luxury and Premium options are available on request.

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Unique Experience

Tajul Masjid, Bhopal

Flower market

Palace Trail of Central India DISCOVER THE WELL-KEPT SECRETS OF INDIA IN THIS TOUR

Jahaz Mahal, Mandu

9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

3479.00

FROM NZ$

Steeped in heritage, history and culture, this is a popular tour where you step back in time, and adventure through the historical heart of India. Here your journey will zig-zag across vast regions which bear witness to the major influences that contribute to India's diverse culture of unspoilt land, her greatest cultural triangle with the largest concentration of tribal people. Rock paintings at Bhimbetka date back approximately 30,000 years to the Stone Age; Bhopal is famous for its lakes; Sanchi for its UNESCO World Heritage site with preserved stupas from the 3rd Century BC; Ujjain for its famed Jain temples; Dhar and Amla for a grand Palace; Maheshwara for its temple and Indore for metropolitan culture. Despite this it remains off the beaten track. All the more reason we think you'll enjoy exploring it all and stay in some of the finest heritage and palace hotels of the region.

Day 1: Arrive Bhopal

On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you with transfer to the hotel in Bhopal for three nights stay.

Day 2: Sanchi Excursion

Proceed on a half day excursion to UNESCO heritage site Sanchi known for its stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars dated from PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily Starts: Bhopal Ends: Indore Grade: Easy Paced

the 3rd Century BC to 12th Century AD. It is the oldest Buddhist sanctuary in existence, and was a major Buddhist centre in India until the 12th century AD. Afternoon return to the city and visit Moti Masjid, the second largest mosque in India, Lakshmi Narayan Temple and Tribal museum.

After breakfast visit 12th Century Fort built by Mohammad Bin Tughluk with gateways and ramparts added up until the 18th Century. Later visit Tomb of warrior saint Shaykh Changal, Lal Masjid, Bhojshala and Kamal Maula Mosque.

Day 3: Bhimbhetka & Bhojpur

Today enjoy an excursion to the beautiful ancient city of Mandu, once known as the `City of Joy', and noted for its fine Hindu and Muslim architecture. Visit Jahaz Mahal; situated between two lakes, it looks like a ship floating in the water; Hindola Mahal and Baz Bahadur’s Palace before continuing your journey to Maheshwar to visit the Maheshwari textile weaver’s village. Enjoy a boat ride at River Narmada and return to Dhar.

Enjoy full day excursion tour to UNESCO world heritage site of Rock Shelters of Bhimbhetka, the site of south Asia's richest collection of prehistoric cave paintings and the uncompleted 11th Century Bhojeshwar temple.

Day 4: Bhopal - Fort Amla

Today travel east of Bhopal to Fort Amla, en-route visiting temples of Ujjain. Temple of Ujjain is situated on the banks of the river Shipra and regarded since time immemorial as sacred. Arrive Fort Amla by afternoon and stay at this heritage hotel. Though it’s not a grand luxury hotel but an architectural delight to behold with bold sweeping arches and long open terraces. The stillness of the life, its charming simplicity is a contrasting reflection on today's present world. Stay overnight at Fort Amla.

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After breakfast explore on your own the surrounding village to observe the innocent village people with their simple lifestyle. Afternoon travel to Dhar and stay three nights at Jhirabagh Palace heritage hotel built in 1865 by the Puar Kings.

Day 7: Mandu & Maheswar

Day 8: Dhar - Indore

Travel to Indore, an ancient now buzzing metropolis and the largest city in state of Madhya Pradesh. Afternoon visit 200 year old Rajwada palace, mirror temple known for its beautiful interiors of multicoloured glass mosaic, Central Museum and the neo classical wonder Lal Bagh palace. Stay overnight in Indore.

Day 9: Indore Departure

Day 6: Dhar

City is situated among lakes and trees surrounded by barren hills and possesses, besides its old ramparts, many interesting buildings, some containing records of cultural, historical and national importance.

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Enjoy your leisurely breakfast and tour finishes with direct transfer to the Indore airport where you board your flight to Mumbai or Delhi to connect with your onward flight.

PER PERSON From (NZ$)

LUXURY Twin/Single

16 Sep 16 - 15 Sep 17

$3479 / $5698


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Gateway of India, Mumbai

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Asiatic Lion, Gir National Park

Highlights of Gujarat

11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS

4298.00

FROM NZ$

Gujarat is located in the western part of India and is very popular for its age-old forts and palaces, its beaches and also its lip smacking cuisine. Besides the aforesaid, the state is also a hot favorite amongst tourists for its distinct flora and fauna collection, easily seen in abundance across its numerous wildlife sanctuaries. Through the 11 days Highlights of Gujarat tour, we offer you the very best of its heritage and its culture.

Day 1: Arrive Mumbai

On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you with transfer to the hotel. Stay two nights in Mumbai. PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily Starts: Mumbai Ends: Ahmedabad Grade: Easy to Moderate

Day 2: Mumbai

Start your day with sightseeing tour of the Bollywood city with an excursion to the 600 AD rock carved Elephanta caves, Prince of Wales museum (closed on Monday), Gateway of India, drive through Marine Drive, Hanging Gardens and Dhobi Ghat.

Day 3: Mumbai - Gondal

Transfer for your morning flight to Rajkot then travel by road to Gondal, known for its beadwork, silver jewellery and brassware. Afternoon visit cottage weavers' community and famous Naulakha Palace housing princely collections of Royal era.

Day 4: Gondal - Gir

Travel to Gir National Park, world famous as the only haven of the majestic Asiatic Lion. En-route stop at Junagadh to visit Uparkot Fort, a magnificent Gothic palace and beautiful tomb built by the Nawabs. Stay two nights at Gir National Park.

Day 5: Gir National Park

Private air-conditioned car with driver

In the morning enjoy a wildlife safari to spot vast numbers of wild animals, birds, reptiles, endangered Asiatic Lions and the thriving leopard population.

Meals as specified

Day 6: Gir - Bhavnagar

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities

Local English speaking tour guide Entry fee and monument charges Economy class airfare Mumbai - Rajkot Wildlife safari in Gir National Park Vilavadar Black Buck Sanctuary A bottle of water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

Today travel to Bhavnagar, a coastal city and former princely state Sihor founded by Bhavsinhji Gohil in 1723 AD. Afternoon enjoy a city tour and visit Gandhi Smriti, a complex attached to a clock tower, situated in the heart of the city; Takhteshwar Temple, Barton Library and Museum displaying Old books, manuscripts, rare coins, arms and armour belonging to the rulers of Bhavnagar. Stay two nights at Bhavnagar.

Day 7: Palitana Excursion

Enjoy an excursion to Palitana where you will need to be physically fit to climb the stone steps leading to the top of the hill to see the enormous compound of approximately 863 fascinating Jain temples built over 900 years.

Day 8: Bhavnagar - Vilavadar

Journey to Vilavadar and in the afternoon visit National Park, famous for blackbucks amongst other migratory birds. Evening free to explore this small town and stay overnight at hotel.

Day 9: Vilavadar - Ahmedabad

After breakfast we travel to Ahmedabad, en-route stop in Utelia founded by the chieftain of the Vaghela Rajput clan, in the 18th century and also at Lothal to visit the museum and the archaeological grounds providing you an opportunity to see a planned city during the Indus Valley Civilization. Rest of the evening free for last moment shopping. Stay overnight at Ahmedabad.

Day 10: Ahmedabad

Visit the Calico Museum, famous for its rich collection of textiles, Sabarmati Ashram started by Mahatma Gandhi in 1915, Hridaya Kunj, a 15th-century Adalaj step-well and Dada Hari Wav. Evening free to explore local bazaar for handicraft or textiles.

Day 11: Ahmedabad Departure

After a leisurely breakfast the tour finishes with a transfer to the Ahmedabad International Airport. PER PERSON From (NZ$)

DELUXE Twin/Single

10 Oct 16 - 30 Jun 17

$4298 / $7394

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Unique Experience

Badami Caves

Charminar, Hyderabad

Diamond & Dynasty of Deccan

Stone Chariot, Hampi

10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS

3278.00

FROM NZ$

This historic tour begins in the former princely city of Hyderabad, a cornucopia of contrasts, rich in Imperial heritage and new age industry. A legacy of the decadent Nizams is the trade of pearls, gold, fabric and of course diamonds. Travel from this Islamic pocket in southern India to the intrinsically Hindu collection of temples at Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal and on to Hampi and the ancient Vijayanagar Empire to see some of India’s most intricate historical stone carvings. Most of the monuments visited in this tour are now UNESCO World Heritage sites showcasing the glorious past of the area. If you wish, at the end of your explorations through history, why not add on a stopover at Goa, renowned for its endless beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture.

Day 1: Arrive Hyderabad

On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you with transfer to the hotel in Hyderabad for two nights stay.

Day 2: Hyderabad

After breakfast and tour briefing proceed for a guided sightseeing of this 400 year old metropolis, founded in 1591 by Muhammad Qutub Quli Shah, the Sultan of Golconda. Visit Charminar, Mecca Masjid with its bricks brought from Mecca, Salar Jung Museum that houses magnificent exhibits of PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily Starts: Hyderabad Ends: Goa Grade: Easy Paced

European and Indian paintings and statuary, Tank Bund and Hussain Sagar lake.

Day 3: Bidar - Gulbarga

Travel to Gulbarga, en-route visiting Bidar, a tiny district steeped in rich history. The Fort, the Cannons, Palaces in ruins, the magnificent tombs and massive monuments all combine to make it a must-visit of this once capital of the Bahamani and Barid Shahi dynasties. Evening free to explore the town and stay overnight at Gulbarga.

Day 4: Gulbarga - Bijapur

Enjoy city tour of Gulbarga and experience unique synthesis of two cultures. Visit the Gulbarga Fort and the tomb of the great Sufi saint for Sufi experience before travelling to Bijapur. Evening free to explore the town and stay overnight at Bijapur.

Day 5: Aihole & Badami

Today visit Gol Gumbaz, the tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah, which is the second largest tomb in the world, and Jumma Masjid, examples of the finest mosques in India, before travelling to Badami. En-route visit Aihole “cradle of Indian architecture", housing over 100 temples scattered around the village. Continue your drive to Badami, the capital of early Chalukya, picturesquely situated on two rocky hills. Afternoon visit the Cave temples. Stay overnight at Badami. WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified Local English speaking guide 02 wildlife safari at Dandeli A bottle of water while travelling Entry fee and monument charges Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes 36 www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz

Day 6: Pattadakal & Hospet

Morning visit North Fort and Mahakuta temple before travelling to Hospet. En-route visit Pattadakal situated on the banks of the Malaprabha River with its ten major temples representing early Chalukyan architecture. If time permits visit The Tungabhadra Dam or explore local village markets and stay overnight two nights at Hospet.

Day 7: Hampi Excursion

Enjoy excursion to Hampi UNESCO World Heritage site and ancient capital of Vijayanagara during 1336 to 1565, a vast site of monuments and ruins, silent witness to a glorious era of triumphs and tragedies. The majestic, imposing ruins leave the visitor stunned, awestruck and very humbled. Visit the Virupaksha Temple, rising majestically at the western end of a 670m long street once the famous Hampi Bazaar, and the Vitthala Temple complex, of which 56 pillars in the main hall produce musical notes when struck.

Day 8: Hospet - Dandeli

Today travel to Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary abounding in rich flora and fauna. The sanctuary is undulating with steep slopes, with picturesque deep river valleys and rich hilly forest terrain. Afternoon free to relax or explore surrounding area and stay two nights at Dandeli.

Day 9: Wildlife Safari

Morning and afternoon safari at Dandeli National Park, home of thousands of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds. Wild animals to keep a look out for are the Black Panther, Bison, Elephants and if you're lucky you may even catch a glimpse of the Tiger, one of the surviving members of this wildlife sanctuary.

Day 10: Dandeli - Goa Departure

After leisurely breakfast tour finishes with direct transfer to Goa Airport where you board your flight to Mumbai or Delhi to connect with your onward flight home.

PER PERSON From (NZ$)

DELUXE Twin/Single

16 Sep 16 - 15 Sep 17

$3278 / $5498

*In some destinations luxury options are available.


Unique Experience

River Ganges Ghat, Rishikesh

Kalmatia Sangam Resort, Almora

Luxmanjhulla, Rishikesh

Adventure on Himalayan Foothills

10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS

3379.00

FROM NZ$

In this tour experience a mix of soft adventure in the Himalayan Foothills including rafting, trekking and safari. The tour covers both the cultural and natural aspects of the region. From Delhi you head north across the plains, then up through the Himalayan foothills to explore the sacred Hindu pilgrimage site of Rishikesh on the banks of River Ganges. Continue your journey east to Corbett for game viewing in the famous Jim Corbett National Park .The outstanding natural beauty of northern India will stimulate your mind and senses, leaving unforgettable memories: fresh mountain air, the majesty of sunrise over the Himalayas and Almora giving you a realistic experience of local life, where old traditions and culture are still very much a part of daily life. PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Starts: Delhi Ends: Delhi

On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you with transfer to the hotel in Delhi for two nights stay.

Grade: Easy to Moderate

Day 2: Delhi

Departs daily

Enjoy breakfast and brief introduction of the city before starting full day tour of old and New Delhi. Visit Qutb Minar, India Gate, Gandhi Memorial and Chandni Chowk bazaar.

Day 3: Delhi - Haridwar

An early morning transfer to board your train to Haridwar, and a short drive to Rishikesh, one of India’s seven Hindu holy cities situated at the confluence of the rivers Ganges and Chandrabagha. It is home to many ashrams offering spiritual learning, yoga and meditation. Remainder of afternoon is for exploring. Stay two nights in Rishikesh. WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified Local English speaking guide River rafting in Rishikesh Jeep safari in Corbett Elephant back safari at Corbett Village walks at Almora A bottle of water while travelling Train ticket in air-conditioned class Entry fee and monument charges Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

Day 4: Rishikesh

Enjoy rafting adventure on River Ganges from Shivpuri, ending near Laxman Jhula. Afternoon explore the spiritual town and evening witness grand prayer by the banks of Ganges.

Day 5: Rishikesh - Corbett

Today head to one of the oldest national parks of India named after legendary Jim Corbett, who mastered the art of killing man eating tigers to save the local populace. His tales still abound in the villages around Corbett and his house in Kaladhungi is now converted into museum. Travelling through the villages and towns gives you opportunity to see the real countryside of India. Evening is free to relax or explore surrounding areas and stay two nights at Jim Corbett.

Day 6: Wildlife Safari

Enjoy morning wildlife safari on the back of an elephant and afternoon by Jeep in this Tiger Reserve, housing many species of wildlife animals, mammals, reptiles and birds. Evening free to relax or go walking in the nearby village.

Day 7: Corbett - Almora

Travel to Almora, the first British hill station in India during British Raj. The best way to experience this town is to go for a walk around the town and see local village people wearing traditional colourful dress, and buildings that reflect a curious mixture of British colonial and Kumaoni architecture. Stay two nights at Almora.

Day 8: Almora

Today enjoy a leisurely walk around the hills and take in the stunning beauty of this town.

Day 9: Almora - Delhi

After leisurely breakfast transfer to Kathgodam railway station to board Delhi bound train. On arrival transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 10: Delhi Departure

After leisurely breakfast tour finishes with transfer to airport where you board your onward flight home.

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DELUXE Twin/Single

01 Oct 16 - 31 May 17

$3379 / $5848

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Unique Experience

Tea, Tribes, Rhino & Island of Assam PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily Starts: Guwahati Ends: Dibrugarh Grade: Easy Paced

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified Local English speaking guide Sightseeing as specified Elephant and Jeep wildlife safari Return Ferry tickets to Majuli Island Visit to a Tea garden A bottle of water while travelling Entry fee and monument charges Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS

2685.00

FROM NZ$

In this North East region, Assam is a land of unspoiled natural beauty, teeming wildlife, immaculate tea gardens, and beautiful people of various ethnic, religious, linguistic backgrounds making it a mosaic of culture. Assam is an unexplored paradise, said to be a miniature version of India.

Day 1: Arrive Guwahati

Day 5: Majuli - Sivasagar

On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist with transfer and check in. Afternoon explore the town and visit the historical temple. Stay overnight in Guwahati.

Morning, take the local ferry to Nimatighat and travel to Sivsagar. Afternoon visit the Gargaon Raj Palace, the royal observatory, Talatal Ghar and Sivasagar Tank. Stay overnight at Sivasagar.

Day 2: Rhinos & Wildlife

Day 6: Assam Tea Gardens

Travel to Kaziranga National Park, a World Nature Heritage site famous for its one-horned Rhinos and unique wildlife. Afternoon explore the surrounding area on your own and stay two nights in Kaziranga.

Today travel to Dibrugarh, one of India's tea cities, and the gateway to the three districts which produce almost 50% of Assam tea. Afternoon explore the world famous Assam Tea gardens and stay overnight at Dibrugarh.

Day 3: Wildlife Safari

Day 7: Dibrugarh Departure

Early morning enjoy a jeep safari into the national park and afternoon safari on elephant back to the different regions of the park mainly to spot one-horned Rhinos and many other wildlife, reptiles and birds.  Evening free for your own activity.

After a leisurely breakfast your tour finishes with direct transfer to the Dibrugarh airport where you board flight to Kolkata the closest international airport.

Day 4: Majuli Island & Tribes

After breakfast travel to Nimati Ghat to take a local ferry to cross Brahmaputra River to the Majuli Island, the largest fresh water midriver deltoid island in the world. It has a small population, the majority being tribal and is endowed with rich heritage and rare species of flora and fauna. Afternoon explore the island and visit Satras, Missing tribal village, Mask making village and Pottery village. Stay overnight at Majuli.

PER PERSON From (NZ$)

DELUXE Twin/Single

01 Oct 16 – 31 May 17 $2685 / $4359 *In some destinations luxury options are available.

Prefer to travel with a group? Have a look at our DELUXE Small Group Tours to India and Sri Lanka, from page 70.

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Unique Experience

Panoramic Leh & Ladakh BEST TIME TO TRAVEL IS BETWEEN JUNE TO OCTOBER

9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

1959.00

FROM NZ$

Bounded by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, Ladakh is situated towards the eastern parts of Jammu and Kashmir. It lies on the crossroads of the historic 'Silk Route' from Sinkiang to West Asia and to the plains of India. This tour offers the historical, cultural and scenic sights of the region perfect for those who love the mountain peaks and adventure. Leh is easily accessible by air from Delhi.

Day 1: Arrive Leh

Leh is a land of beautiful landscapes and gorgeous never-ending vistas. Often described as moonscape, this desolate high altitude desert is a kingdom of mysticism and mystery. On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you with transfer to the hotel in Leh. As your flight arrives in morning you have full day PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily Starts: Leh Ends: Leh Grade: Adventurous

to explore local bazaar, narrow streets and to acclimatise to the high altitude. Stay two nights in Leh.

Day 2: Leh & Shey

Start today with an excursion to Shey, home to the Ladakh Royalty. Visit Shey Palace built by King Deldan Namgyal in 1655 AD as a centre of Buddhism, which houses Shey Monastery with its largest golden Buddha statue towering 39 feet. Explore the largest Gompa at Thiksey Monastery belonging to Yellow Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism; which strikingly resembles the Potala Palace of Tibet.

Day 3: Khardungla - Nubra

Travel to Nubra valley, passing through the highest motorable road of the world, Khardungla pass. As you descend through the pass, you will get to see the picturesque Sunoor area and Samstanling Gompa, which offers you scenic views of the Dikshit valley. Nubra is also a home of humped back camel and offers you an insight into the ways of life of the local people, living in harsh climatic conditions. Stay overnight at camp offering basic accommodation.

Day 4: Nubra - Leh WHAT’S INCLUDED? 07 nights hotel accommodation with private facilities 02 nights at standard camp Private non-air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified Ladakh permit Entry fee and monument charges Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

After breakfast explore Deskit and Hundar, the two most important villages of Nubra Valley. Visit one of the oldest monasteries, a local school and witness the simple lifestyle of the locals. Enjoy a camel ride on sand dunes before travelling back to Leh for overnight stay.

Day 6: Pangong - Leh

Enjoy breakfast at the camp amidst the naturally calm environments, you might have rarely experienced such quiet and peaceful mornings where even the birds do not chirp, the only sound you hear is that of the wind blowing. While returning to Leh visit Darbuk Village near Tangtse Valley, where stands a chain of war memorials in commemoration of the soldiers who lost their lives during the Indo-China war of 1962. You may see the villagers with their large herds of Pashmina sheep and longtailed yaks. Stay three nights at Leh.

Day 7: Likir & Alchi

Today we discover the rich Buddhist heritage of Ladakh, by travelling to one of the oldest monasteries established in 10th century housing 11th & 12th century wall paintings, all of Indo Himalayan style. En-route visit Likir monastery which was established in 1065 AD and is situated alongside the Valley of Indus River.

Day 8: Leh

Enjoy your leisurely breakfast as the day is kept free for you to explore city and local colourful bazaar handicrafts.

Day 9: Leh Departure

After breakfast tour finishes with direct transfer to Leh airport where you board flight to Delhi for your onward journey home.

Day 5: Leh - Pangong

Today enjoy a scenic ride and explore one of the most beautiful lakes in the Himalayas, the Pangong Lake spread over 604 sq kms of area between India and Tibet. Visit small villages en-route and stay overnight at a camp offering basic facilities.

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DELUXE Twin/Single

16 Sep 16 - 15 Sep 17

$1959 / $3499

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Train Journeys Indian railway is certainly the “lifeline of the nation”. It began on 16 July, 1853 and now runs around 1,400 trains. Known to be the largest railway network in Asia and the world’s largest railway system under

single management, Indian rail employs around 1.6 million people, making itself the second largest commercial or utility employer in the world. Travelling by train in India is adventurous, efficient and fun.

India by Rail

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14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS

3898.00

FROM NZ$

From old steam engines to modern diesel and electric locomotives, this tour by rail covers four Indian states in 14 days unfolding the scenic topography, culture, cuisine and must see monuments of India. PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR

Day 8: Varanasi

Day 1: Arrive Kolkata

Starts: Kolkata Ends: Delhi

On arrival at the airport meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Kolkata.

Grade: Easy – Moderate

Day 2: Kolkata

Departs daily

After breakfast we start our sightseeing tour of this sprawling metropolis home of five Nobel laureates. Visit Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge, drive past Eden Garden and explore the first capital city during British rule.

Day 3: Kolkata - Darjeeling

Relax at the hotel or prearrange a visit to Mother Teresa’s Ashram. Board the overnight train to New Jalpaiguri in air-conditioned sleeper class. Overnight on board.

Day 4: Darjeeling

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified Local English speaking sightseeing guide Entry fee and monument charges Boat ride in Varanasi Toy train ride Train tickets in air-conditioned sleeper class Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

Important note: This is a unique itinerary and we only use air-conditioned class trains which are limited in these sectors. Please book early to secure space.

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Arrive in the morning and if weather permits, enjoy the narrow gauge toy train pulled by a small steam locomotive, or transfer by car to Darjeeling. Experience an unforgettable scenic ride through the hills and stay three nights at Darjeeling.

Transfer on arrival and in the afternoon explore the spiritual capital of India and witness grand prayer at the temple. Stay overnight at Varanasi.

Day 9: Varanasi - Agra

An early start to experience a sunrise boat ride on the river Ganges and an excursion to Sarnath. In the afternoon board the overnight train to Agra and enjoy your journey in air-conditioned sleeper class. Overnight on board.

Day 10: Agra

Transfer on arrival. In the afternoon visit Agra Fort built by Emperor Akbar, Itimadud-Daulah; known as the mini Taj Mahal and finish your sightseeing tour at the Taj Mahal, the most perfect marble building in the world. Stay overnight at Agra.

Day 11: Agra - Delhi

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before travelling to Delhi. Evening free to relax or explore local bazaar and stay overnight at Delhi.

Day 12 & 13: Delhi - Shimla

Day 5: Darjeeling

Go for a long walk. Enjoy low clouds touching your feet and view the famous lush green Darjeeling tea gardens.

Day 6: Darjeeling

Go on an early morning excursion to witness the sunrise over Tiger Hill and visit the famous Ghoom Monastery and institute. In the afternoon visit the bazaar and experience daily life of the locals.

Day 7: Darjeeling - Varanasi

Travel to the railway station to board the overnight train to Varanasi. Enjoy a scenic journey in air-conditioned sleeper class and stay overnight on board.

Early morning transfer to the railway station where you will board the Toy train to Kalka. As the journey begins, one is taken by the change in vegetation, and the majestic glory of the railway stations and Gothic-style bridges en-route. Enjoy the charm of the former summer capital of British, The Mall area. Stay two nights at Shimla.

Day 14: Shimla - Delhi Departure

After an early morning breakfast transfer by road to board the Delhi bound train at Kalka railway station. Late evening arrive in Delhi where the tour finishes with a direct transfer to the airport.

PER PERSON From (NZ$)

COMFORT Twin/Single

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

16 Sep 16 - 15 Sep 17

$3898 / $6298

$4329 / $7098

$4998 / $7898


TRAIN

JOURNEYS

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Taj Mahal, Agra

Tigers & Taj by Rail

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

2198.00

FROM NZ$

Come aboard and enjoy the picturesque landscapes, the magnificent forts and adventurous train journeys. India is a blend of culture: this short tour provides a taste of Indian heritage, fauna and people. You will cover most of your overland journey by Indian Rail which is one of the largest railway networks in the world. PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR

Day 1: Arrive Mumbai

Starts: Mumbai Ends: Delhi

On arrival at the airport meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay in Mumbai.

Grade: Easy – Moderate

Day 2: Mumbai - Jaipur

Departs daily

Experience the Bollywood buzz while visiting the Prince of Wales Museum, Gateway of India, the Hanging Garden and Dhobhi Ghat. Late afternoon transfer to board the overnight train to Jaipur. Travel in air-conditioned sleeper class and watch rural India passing by. Overnight on board.

Day 3: Jaipur

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified Local English speaking tour guide Entry fee and monument charges Elephant ride / Jeep ride in Jaipur Two wildlife safaris Train tickets in air-conditioned class

Transfer on arrival. Rest of the day is free to explore the colourful and chaotic streets , shopping for souvenirs like silver jewellery, embroidered clothing and quilts. Besides shopping one can also watch the skilful artisans at work. While walking down the lanes you will also witness the cultural heritage of the city unfolding a legacy of the royal past.

Day 4: Jaipur

Start your full day of sightseeing with an elephant ride while climbing to the Amber Fort. Later visit City Palace which is still the home of a royal family. Also visit the Observatory and enjoy a photo stop at Hawa Mahal.

Day 5: Ranthambhore

Transfer to board the morning train and enjoy a short journey to Sawai Madhopur and then by car to Ranthambhore Tiger reserve. In the afternoon relax at the resort or go for walk in the village. Stay two nights at Ranthambhore.

Day 6: Wildlife Safari

Enjoy a morning and afternoon wildlife safari, spotting the Royal Bengal Tiger, many wild species of birds, reptiles and capture some spectacular views of the majestic Aravalli Ranges. Don’t forget your camera!

Day 7: Ranthambhore - Agra

An early morning transfer to board the train to Bharatpur and then a drive to Agra. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri known as the abandoned city of Mughals. Stay overnight at Agra.

Day 8: Agra - Delhi Departure

An early morning visit to the most impressive Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jahan for his beloved wife, then to the Agra Fort, a priceless example of craftsmanship from the Mughal period. Late afternoon transfer to the station to board the train to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi your tour finishes with direct transfer to the international airport.

Assistance and transfers

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COMFORT Twin/Single

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

All current collectable taxes

16 Sep 16 - 15 Sep 17

$2198 / $3398

$2568 / $3998

$2898 / $4569

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Luxury Trains For more Luxury Train options, special offers and updated prices, please contact us or your travel agent.

Deccan Odyssey

Maharaja Express INDIAN PANORAMA 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS DEPARTS SATURDAY

9199.00

THE HERITAGE OF INDIA 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS DEPARTS SUNDAY

10499.00

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Relish royalty, spirituality and wilderness. Embark on an unforgettable escapade that starts off with the capital city of Delhi. Make your way through the sacred city of Varanasi and cruise on the River Ganges to observe ancient spiritual rites. Witness the immortal beauty of the Taj Mahal in Agra, the sensuous moods of the temples of Khajuraho, the elegance and imperial splendour in Lucknow and the wilderness of the Ranthambhore National Park.

Discover the bustling commercial city of Mumbai and the national Capital Delhi. Admire the beautiful cave paintings at Ajanta, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the shimmering Lake City of Udaipur and the majestic fort at Jodhpur and enjoy sundowns on the sand dunes at Bikaner. Soak in the colourful Pink City of Jaipur. See from close quarters the legendry tigers at Ranthambhore and one of the Seven Wonders of the World 'The Taj Mahal' in utmost luxury.

Places covered: Day 1 (Sat): Delhi Day 2 (Sun): Jaipur Day 3 (Mon): Ranthambhore & Fatehpur Sikri Day 4 (Tue): Agra & Gwalior Day 5 (Wed): Orchha & Khajuraho Day 6 (Thu): Varanasi Day 7 (Fri): Lucknow Day 8 (Sat): Delhi by 0830hrs WHAT’S INCLUDED? 7 nights twin accommodation, all meals, conducted sightseeing, entrance fee and monument charges, wildlife safari at Ranthambhore, High tea and boat ride at Varanasi

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Places covered: Day 1 (Sat): Mumbai Day 2 (Sun): Ajanta Day 3 (Mon): Udaipur Day 4 (Tue): Jodhpur Day 5 (Wed): Bikaner Day 6 (Thu): Jaipur Day 7 (Fri): Ranthambhore & Fatehpur Sikri Day 8 (Sat): Agra and Delhi by 1530hrs WHAT’S INCLUDED? 7 nights twin accommodation, all meals, conducted sightseeing, entrance fee and monument charges, wildlife safari at Ranthambhore and boat ride at Udaipur

HIDDEN TREASURES OF GUJARAT 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS DEPARTS SATURDAY

6449.00

FROM NZ$

Welcome to Hidden Treasures of Gujarat, a spellbinding railroad journey on board the iconic Deccan Odyssey, one of India's most luxurious and opulent trains. On this exciting journey through Gujarat, explore the medieval capital of Vadodara and the pilgrim town of Palitana. Discover the pugmarks of history at the only sanctuary of Asiatic Lions in the Subcontinent; marvel at the unique featureless landscape of the Little Rann; wander through the architectural wonders of Modhera and visit the holy city of Nashik, before culminating your journey in Mumbai.

Places covered: Day 1 (Sat): Mumbai Day 2 (Sun): Vadodara Day 3 (Mon): Palitana Day 4 (Tue): Sasan Gir & Somnath Day 5 (Wed): Little Ran of Kutch Day 6 (Thu): Modhera & Patna Day 7 (Fri): Nashik Day 8 (Sat): Mumbai by 0730hrs WHAT’S INCLUDED? 7 nights twin accommodation, all meals, conducted sightseeing, entrance fee and monument charges, wildlife safari at Sasan Gir


Palace on Wheels

Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

The Golden Chariot PRIDE OF THE SOUTH

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS DEPARTS EVERY WEDNESDAY

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS DEPARTS EVERY SUNDAY

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Though times have changed and the winds have shifted, the Palace On Wheels cruises along in Royal Style, the kind only the Maharajas of yesteryears could have perpetuated and enjoyed. Welcome aboard The Palace On Wheels on its splendid and enchanting royal journey through the bygone era of the erstwhile Maharajas.

In the sheer opulence and comfort of Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, you will traverse Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chittaurgarh, Jaipur and Khajuraho witnessing fascinating architecture and festivals. Stop at Sawai Madhopur to spot tigers at Ranthambhore, experience the holy city of Varanasi, and mesmerise yourself with the beauty of the Taj Mahal at Agra. Come aboard and let the good times roll!

Welcome aboard a fascinating journey through the many worlds of Karnataka. Embark on a luxurious voyage of discovery through the Cradle of Stone architecture. The Golden Chariot train, named after the famous Stone Chariot in Hampi, a world heritage site in Southern India, will travel through timeless historical heritage sites, resplendent palaces and golden beaches.

Places covered:

Places covered:

Day 1 (Sun): Delhi Day 2 (Mon): Jodhpur Day 3 (Tue): Udaipur & Chittaurgarh Day 4 (Wed): Ranthambhore & Jaipur Day 5 (Thu): Khajuraho Day 6 (Fri): Varanasi Day 7 (Sat): Agra Day 8 (Sun): Delhi by 0745hrs

Day 1 (Mon): Bangalore Day 2 (Tue): Mysore, Kabini, Bandipur Day 3 (Wed): Mysore Day 4 (Thu): Hassan, Belur, Halebid Day 5 (Fri): Hospet, Hampi Day 6 (Sat): Badami Day 7 (Sun): Goa Day 8 (Mon): Bangalore by 0900hrs

5384.00

Places covered: Day 1 (Wed): New Delhi Day 2 (Thu): Jaipur Day 3 (Fri): Sawai Madhopur, Chittaurgarh Day 4 (Sat): Udaipur Day 5 (Sun): Jaisalmer Day 6 (Mon): Jodhpur Day 7 (Tue): Bharatpur, Agra Day 8 (Wed): Delhi by 0700hrs WHAT’S INCLUDED? 7 nights twin accommodation, all meals, conducted sightseeing, entrance fee and monument charges, camel ride at Jaisalmer, boat ride at Udaipur, rickshaw ride at Bharatpur

7269.00

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS DEPARTS MONDAY

6349.00

FROM NZ$

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

7 nights twin accommodation, all meals, conducted sightseeing, boat ride, entrance fee/monument charges

7 nights twin accommodation, all meals, conducted sightseeing, entrance fee and monument charges

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Add-On / Short Tour UK & Europe Stopover

Deluxe , Luxury and Premium options available on request.

Add-On one or two options to your tour of choice, or string together as many as you wish to create your customised holiday. Following are some wonderful suggestions but If you cant find what you are looking for please contact us.

Bangalore City Old & New Delhi

129

FROM NZ$

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Experience the influence of many rulers in the city that has been rebuilt more than seven times. Visit Jama Masjid, Rajghat, Qutb Minar, Chandni Chowk and drive through Red Fort, India Gate, Parliament House and the Presidents House. FULL DAY | DEPARTS DAILY, 9AM

137.00

FROM NZ$

The tour takes you around the city starting at Sultan Tipu’s Palace. Visit Bull Temple, featuring a magnificent Nandi (bull), 15 feet tall and over 20 feet long. Also visit Lalbagh, Vidhana Soudha, which dominates the northern boundary of Cubbon Park. FULL DAY | DEPARTS DAILY, 9.30AM

Chennai City

129.00

FROM NZ$

This city tour covers Fort St George, Government Museum, Snake Park (closed on Tuesdays), Kapaleeswarar Temple, Valluvar Kottam, and Marina Beach. (Govt. Museum will be closed on Friday so Birla Planetarium will be covered instead on that day.) FULL DAY | DEPARTS DAILY, 9.30AM

Mumbai City

139.00

FROM NZ$

This fascinating tour takes you to the Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum (closed on Mondays), and the Hanging Gardens on the slopes of Malabar Hills. Also visit Crawford Market and Mani Bhawan (Mahatma Gandhi’s former residence) FULL DAY | DEPARTS DAILY, 9AM

Hyderabad City

149.00

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Visit the Charminar; a rectangular four arched monumental gate, the Mecca Mosque and Salar Jung Museum; one man‘s collection of manuscripts, ancient weapons, costumes and curios. Later drive past the High Court buildings. FULL DAY | DEPARTS DAILY, 9.30AM

Agra & Fatehpur Sikri

299.00

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Pick up from Delhi hotel and travel to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal, perhaps the greatest monument to love ever built, and Agra Fort. Also visit Fatehpur Sikri, the perfectly preserved Moghul City built in 1569 and abandoned after only 15 years. Late afternoon travel back to Delhi and tour finishes with a direct transfer to the hotel. FULL DAY (18.5hrs) | DEPARTS DAILY (except Friday), 6.15AM 44 www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz

Cochin City

115.00

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Enjoy a half day city tour to visit the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue (closed every Friday and Saturday), Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church and Santa Cruz Church. FULL DAY | DEPARTS DAILY, 9.30AM


The Taj Mahal 2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT

Day 1: Delhi - Agra

418.00

FROM NZ$

Board the early morning Shatabdi express train departing at 0615hrs to Agra. Visit the imposing Agra Fort, magnified jewel-like Itimad-UdDaulah and the Taj Mahal. Stay overnight at Agra.

Day 2: Fatehpur Sikri - Delhi

Enjoy an excursion to Fatehpur Sikri and visit architectural grandeur built by Mughal Emperor Akbar between 1571 and 1584. Late afternoon return to Agra and board train to Delhi. Tour finishes on arrival at Delhi. WHAT’S INCLUDED? 01 night hotel accommodation, sightseeing and transfer by private car, meals as specified, entrance fee, local English speaking tour guide, train tickets

Goa 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

466.00

FROM NZ$

If there is one thing that makes Goa different from other parts of India then it is its East-West symbiosis, giving it a special historical and social niche. The history of Goa tells a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. The city was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the surge of trade and demand of spices, cotton and indigo. As a land with an identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated from Portugal of its oppressive rule of about 450 hundred years, in 1961. Time and it’s amazing beaches have made Goa a famous tourist destination. WHAT’S INCLUDED? 03 nights hotel accommodation, meals as specified, arrival and departure transfer, half day city tour.

Darjeeling & Sikkim 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

1245.00

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Day 1 & 2: Bagdogra – Darjeeling

Amritsar 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

FROM NZ$

360.00

Arrive Amritsar either by train or flight. Our representative will assist you to transfer to the hotel. The next day start your city tour with the Golden Temple, historical Jallianwala Bagh and the Summer Palace Museum. In the evening witness a Flag Retreat ceremony at Wagah Border before concluding your sightseeing tour. On your last day you will be transferred to the airport or railway station for your onward journey.

Arrive Bagdogra from Kolkata or Delhi and transfer to Darjeeling. Enjoy full day sightseeing with a sunrise visit to Tiger Hill, Ghoom Monastery and Batashia Loop War Memorial. In the evening explore colourful bazaars, the famous Darjeeling tea plantation and if weather is good, than a toy train ride. Stay two nights at hotel.

Day 3 & 4: Darjeeling – Gangtok

Travel to Gangtok which offers breathtaking views, colourful lifestyles, Buddhist Shrines, adventure and exquisite flora and fauna. Enjoy full day city sightseeing tour and stay two nights at hotel.

Day 5: Gangtok – Bagdogra

After breakfast the tour finishes with a transfer to Bagdogra Airport.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

02 nights hotel accommodation, meals as specified, sightseeing and transfer by private car with driver, local English speaking tour guide and monument fees

04 nights hotel accommodation, meals as specified, sightseeing and transfers by private car with driver, local English speaking guide, monument charges, toy train ride.

Package prices featured above are on low season, per person based on two people sharing a base category room. Please contact us or your agent for any special offer.

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Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

Mumbai 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

859.00

FROM NZ$

We assist you to transfer from the airport to the hotel. Touch, feel and experience Mumbai, the bubblegum glamour of Bollywood cinema, shopping malls full of designer labels and red double-decker buses queuing in grinding traffic jams. This pungent drama is played out against a Victorian townscape more reminiscent of a prosperous 19th century English industrial city than anything you would expect to find on the edge of the Arabian Sea. Enjoy a city sightseeing tour and an excursion trip to the 5th century Elephanta Cave provided boats are running on the day.

499.00

FROM NZ$

Arrive Sawai Madhopur and transfer to the resort, then enjoy a morning and afternoon safari to the National Park. It is probably the best reserve to spot wild tigers in its dry deciduous habitat. Ranthambhore is known for its rich wildlife, with over 35 reptile species, 320 bird species, leopards, spotted deer, Indian gazelle, wild boar, striped hyenas, and the elusive tiger, to name a few. WHAT’S INCLUDED? 02 nights resort accommodation, meals as specified, 02 wildlife safaris with entrance fee, arrival and departure transfers Note: National park is closed every year from 01 July – 30 September

WHAT’S INCLUDED? 03 nights hotel accommodation , meals as specified, arrival, departure transfers with one full day sightseeing by private car, local Englishspeaking tour guide, monument charges and boat ride.

Ajanta & Ellora Cave 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

866.00

FROM NZ$

Day 1: Arrive Aurangabad

Assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel for four nights stay.

Day 2: Aurangabad

Hot Air Balloon Ride DAILY FROM OCT - APR DURATION 3 HOURS

(Jaipur/Udaipur)

378.00

FROM NZ$

The excitement of flying India over palaces, forts and lakes during the balloon safari in Jaipur is quite special. Behold these fantastic sights and capture them in your camera to cherish later. These flights are operated early in the morning and late afternoon as during this period the winds are quite favourable for this activity. Witness some breathtaking sights and the landscape of this spectacular region. This gentle 1-hour flight in India’s ‘Pink City’ provides an exhilarating experience as you drift over mountains, traditional villages, rural fields, palaces and the spectacular Amber Fort. Experience will start with pickup from your Jaipur hotel and transfer to the launch site, where you’ll receive hot tea and other refreshments. Listen to a briefing and watch with awe as the colourful hot air balloon inflates while the ground crew prepares for your flight according to international safety standards.

Enjoy city sightseeing and visit Daulatabad Fort, Panchakki; a flourmill run by water built in 1695, Bibi ka Maqbara built in 1678 by Sultan Azam Shah in an intentional bid to copy and rival the world famous Taj Mahal.

Day 3: Ellora Caves

Go for a day excursion to visit Ellora Caves, one of the highly visited World Heritage sites of India. It houses 34 monasteries and temples with some exclusive uninterrupted sequence of monuments that date back from 600 to 1000 AD.

Day 4: Ajanta Caves

Today enjoy an excursion to the Ajanta Caves recognised as World Heritage Site. Its location within the Sahyadri Hills above the Waghora, depicts the story of Buddhism that prevailed during 200 BC to 650 AD. Etched and painted in mineral dyes, the paintings have a languorous stylised beauty and magical eloquence.

Day 5: Aurangabad Departure

After breakfast the tour finishes with a transfer to the airport.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Approx. 03hrs experience including 01 hrs flight, return hotel transfer, tea/coffee, first flight certificate

04 nights hotel accommodation, meals as specified, sightseeing and transfers by private car, local English speaking guide and entry fee

Package prices featured above are on low season, per person based on two people sharing a base category room. Please contact us or your agent for any special offer.

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Holy Varanasi 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

Kerala Houseboat

466.00

FROM NZ$

Varanasi is probably one of the most ancient living cities in the world and has been a great religious centre for Hindus. On your second day experience sunrise boat ride on the holy river Ganges and an excursion to Sarnath where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Evening witness Maha Pooja at one of the temples before concluding your evening with overnight at hotel. WHAT’S INCLUDED? 02 nights hotel accommodation, meals as specified, arrival and departure transfers with one full day sightseeing by private car, local English speaking tour guide, monument charges and boat ride

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

699.00

FROM NZ$

The backwaters are an elaborate chain of lagoons, lakes and rivers spread like a necklace through central Kerala. Cruising provides an excellent opportunity to view the lifestyle of the locals living alongside the waterways.

Day 1-2: Kettuvallam Onboard

On arrival in Cochin airport transfer to board a private houseboat docked at Alleppey. Enjoy cruising through narrow serene backwater canals, experience tranquillity, tradition and customs while observing the daily life of locals living alongside the backwaters. Stay two nights on board.

Day 3: Kumarakom - Cochin

After breakfast disembark and transfer to the Cochin airport to board your onward flight home. WHAT’S INCLUDED? 02 nights onboard private houseboat on full board basis, assistance and return airport transfers, all current taxes

Kashmir Houseboat 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS

970.00

FROM NZ$

The blossoms of spring, the cool weather of summer and the gold and red hues of autumn all provide the peak season to visit Kashmir. This small tour is set to engulf you in its panoramic charms. The silver lakes, snow-capped mountains, most scenic gardens replete with beautiful flowers are perfect for a memorable holiday. Adventurous excursions and unequalled five nights stay in the Royal Houseboats is bound to mesmerise you.

Day 1: Arrive Srinagar

Arrive Srinagar from Delhi or Mumbai and transfer to the traditional Kashmiri houseboat. Stay five nights on board.

Day 2: Gulmarg Excursion

Enjoy full day excursion to Gulmarg and walk in the lush green meadows of flowers with a backdrop of the snow capped mountains.

Day 3: Sonamarg Excursion

Excursion to Sonamarg through the Sindh Valley known as “the meadow of gold’ famous for trout fishing.

Day 4: Srinagar

Enjoy city sightseeing tour, visit one of the oldest mosques built in 1400AD, Hazratbal Mausoleum and world-renowned Mughal gardens.

Day 5: Srinagar

After breakfast relax as the day is free for your own activities.

Day 6: Srinagar Departure

After breakfast tour finishes with transfer to the airport to board your onward flight home.

Golf in Greens Delhi 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

1729.00

FROM NZ$

On arrival in Delhi you will be assisted by THO Tour Executive and transfer to Jaypee Greens Golf & Spa Resort located outskirts of Delhi. Set amidst 450 acres of pristine land, Resort is a harmonious blend of luxury, impeccable service age old traditions and contemporary sophistication. This captivate 18 hole Championship Golf Course is designed by none other than Greg Norman and super-luxury designer resort built on 9 acres offers 170 harmoniously designed rooms (152 deluxe rooms and 18 suites), seven fine dining experiences, an exotic kid’s zone, a world renowned Six Senses Spa amongst other facilities. Your Golf Course entrance fee is included while you stay three nights in the Resort. On your fourth day after breakfast you will be transferred to the airport to board your onward flight home.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

05 nights accommodation in private deluxe houseboat, private car for transfer and sightseeing, meals as specified, English speaking tour guide, one return shikara transfer a day, entrance fee/ monument charges, all current taxes

03 nights accommodation in deluxe room, daily breakfast, golf course entrance fee and return airport transfer by private car Note: Day excursion to visit Taj Mahal can be arranged. Caddie, Golf Carts and equipment for hire are available at the resort.

Package prices featured above are on low season, per person based on two people sharing a base category room. Please contact us or your agent for any special offer.

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Rural Experience DAY EXCURSION DURATION: 6 HOURS

199.00

FROM NZ$

The Lucknow Nawabs 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

From: Jodhpur, Luni, Rohet, Jhalamand or Pal This is a very unique activity where you enjoy an off-road soft adventure by 4X4 through the semi arid desert of Jodhpur to witness distinctive local communities, culture and wildlife. You will be picked up from the hotel after breakfast around 8:30 am and before long, we are hitting the rural and desert tracks through dry river bed and witness camel, bullock and buffalo cart which are the local mode of transport for the communities. En-route you get the opportunity to see wildlife that is abundant in this area. On arrival at the rural village you will visit their homes to witness simple and colourful lifestyle of the locals. A delicious packed picnic lunch is served at scenic spot before visiting another village where senior member of the local community invites you to take part in a ceremony of friendship and brotherhood. Later walk around the village to see craftsmen at work and get a glimpse into the village life of western Rajasthan. You will be transferred back to the hotel by sundown leaving you with memories of a rural visit completely off the beaten path and unlike anything else you will experience during your visit to Rajasthan.

660.00

FROM NZ$

On arrival in Lucknow you will be assisted by THO Tour Executive and transfer to the hotel. Lucknow is the hallmark of cultural extravaganza and famous for its delicious Awadhi cuisine, Chikan textile and unique culture. Your first introduction to the city will be guided walking tour of world famous traditional roadside eateries, cuisine handed down over generations. Next day we visit a Chikan work shop to witness skilled workers delicately working on unique styles and stitches on very light cotton cloths and continue with the city sightseeing tour. Visit Bada Imambara, Museum and leisure walk in Hazrat Ganj and Aminabad local bazaar giving chance to shop for traditional but very comfortable Chikan dress. Stay two nights in hotel and day three your tour finish after breakfast with direct transfer to the airport. WHAT’S INCLUDED? 02 night’s hotel accommodation, walking food tour, city sightseeing and return airport transfers by private car

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Return hotel transfer, 4x4 vehicles with experienced driver guide, picnic lunch, meet with village community, craftsmen, locals and experience their simple lifestyle

Shimla & Toy Train 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary 2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT

416.00

FROM NZ$

On arrival at Bharatpur railway station you will be assisted by THO tour executive and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon enjoy rickshaw ride through one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and finest bird parks in the world. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a reserve that offers protection to faunal species and nesting indigenous water-birds as well as migratory water birds along with other wild animals. Stay overnight at hotel. Next day tour finishes after breakfast with transfer to the railway station. WHAT’S INCLUDED? 01 night hotel accommodation, bird sanctuary visit with rickshaw ride and return railway station transfers by private car

Board your morning train from Delhi to Kalka where you will be assisted to change the trains and board Himalayan Queen Train. This train journey is also registered in The Guinness Book as the greatest narrow gauge engineering achievement in India. The train passes through the breathtaking landscapes of majestic Himalayas, 103 tunnels, 969 bridges, 919 curves and more than 20 railway stations in its entire journey. Enjoy the splendid views of snow clad ranges of the Himalayas, covered with thickly populated forests of pine and oak. On arrival met by THO tour executive and transfer to the hotel. The magnificent old sites and structures hold the reminiscences of the pre-independence era, when India was ruled by the British. Enjoy an excursion to Kufri, explore the town and stay three nights in hotel. On day four tour finishes after breakfast with transfer to Kalka railway station where you board train to Delhi. WHAT’S INCLUDED? 03 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast, train fare DelhiShimla-Delhi, Kufri excursion, return airport transfers by private car in Shimla

Package prices featured above are on low season, per person based on two people sharing a base category room. Please contact us or your agent for any special offer.

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952.00

FROM NZ$


Marwari Horse on Historical Trails 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS MINIMUM 4 PEOPLE

Pearls of Hyderabad 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

563.00

FROM NZ$

On arrival at Hyderabad airport you will be assisted by THO tour executive and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy city sightseeing of this 400 year old metropolis, founded in 1591 by Muhammad Qutub Quli Shah, the Sultan of Golconda. Visit Charminar, Mecca Masjid built with bricks brought from Mecca, Salar Jung Museum, Tank Bund and Hussain Sagar lake. Stay two nights at hotel. On day three tour finishes after breakfast with direct transfer to airport. WHAT’S INCLUDED? 02 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast, city sightseeing tour, return airport transfers by private car

4169.00

FROM NZ$

STARTS: Udaipur or Jodhpur ENDS: Kumbhalgarh Explore rural India the way Maharajas and Prince of a bygone era have travelled. This luxury Marwari Horse Safari is an opportunity to explore the beautiful Aravalli Mountains of western India, sandy valleys of Thar and untouched deciduous forests where bird life thrives. What makes this safaris more memorable is the experience of riding pure breed Indian horses like the MARWARIS, KATHIAWADIS and the SINDHIS cross country which are well bred and schooled, in unspoiled terrain where you can frequently interact with nomads and share interludes with folk musicians. Every Itinerary is well planned and escorted by experts and to make you feel like a Maharaja, we've included boutique heritage haveli jungle lodges as well as few nights camping to enjoy beautiful sights and wilderness of the region.

Day 1: Arrive Korta

Arrive at Korta from Udaipur or Jodhpur, get to know your horse before concluding your day with cocktail dinner and two nights stay in themed cottage.

Day 2: Village & Tribes (riding approx. 28km)

After breakfast, have a brief introduction to the safari route, accommodation, and the do’s and don’ts, as well as getting familiar with your horse before starting the safari. We ride through dry riverbeds to the small villages of tribes.

Day 3: Wildlife & hill dunes (riding approx. 24km)

Trail towards the hills, witness wild and birdlife while passing through shepherd village and hill dunes. Enjoy lunch at the farm house and cocktail dinner with bonfire. Stay at the jungle camp.

Day 4: Aravalli Hills (riding approx. 30km)

Ride through the village and age-old tracks across green fields and head towards Aravalli hills, passing through rocky and romantic hills and a few remote villages.

Day 5: Forest & Temple (riding approx. 36km)

Enjoy the sights, passing through the age old track with lush green fields, forest and the mountains tribal area. Evening visit world famous Ranakpur Jain temple before your dinner and overnight at the boutique hotel.

Day 6: Village & Castle (riding approx. 28km)

Kolkata 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

785.00

FROM NZ$

On arrival at Kolkata airport, you will be assisted by THO tour executive and transfer to the hotel. Kolkata is the cultural hub of west Bengal and the capital of India during British rule, and offering a great mix of colonial and local culture. Enjoy sighting tour and visit Howrah Bridge, flower market, Kumar Tuli, Victoria Memorial, Tagore, Mother Teresa House and take a boat ride to visit Belur Math. Stay three nights in hotel. On fourth day your tour finishes after breakfast with transfer to the airport. WHAT’S INCLUDED? 03 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast, sightseeing, entrance fee to the monument, boat ride on Hugli River, return airport transfers by private car

Head towards the ranges passing through forest, Shepherd Village and water dam. After witnessing different trails on your ride enjoy dinner and overnight at the 17th Century old Ghanerao Castle.

Day 7: Wildlife & Hunting Lodge (riding approx. 22km)

Mount on the horses to explore wildlife sanctuary before crossing forest and farms. Enjoy dinner and overnight stay at the former hunting lodge of the Maharana of Mewar.

Day 8: Kumbhalgarh Departure

Enjoy leisurely breakfast as your tour ends with your transfer to Udaipur or Jodhpur. WHAT’S INCLUDED? 07 Night accommodation in jungle lodges, heritage hotels and camp with private facilities, all meals, return transfer, horse full tack with English saddlery and grooms, backup jeeps and baggage transport with attendants, bottle of mineral water, all current taxes

Package prices featured above are on low season, per person based on two people sharing a base category room. Please contact us or your agent for any special offer.

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Haridwar & Rishikesh 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

The Winery of India 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

899.00

FROM NZ$

If we think about India, the first thing to come to mind probably won't be wine! Nashik is India’s largest grape-growing region situated northeast of Mumbai, but had traditionally never been used to grow wine grapes. The climate of this area is known to be perfect for wine grapes and is on par with the wine regions in Spain, California, and Australia. In 1997 India took the revolutionary step of planting French Sauvignon Blanc and Californian Chenin Blanc grapes, varieties that had never before been planted here. The first Sula wines, released in 2000, were widely acclaimed as India’s best white wines. Since its inception, Sula has rapidly established itself as India’s leading Premium Wine producer, helping to spark a wine revolution that has seen consumption grow at 25% annually. Enjoy wine tour with tasting, return transfer from Mumbai and stay two nights in the Beyond Wine Resort.

On arrival at Haridwar railway station, you will be assisted by THO tour executive and transfer to the hotel in Rishikesh. Besides being a very important religious centre for Hindu, Rishikesh is also recognised as the world capital of Yoga. Enjoy morning walk to the Ghats, city sightseeing tour, Grand Prayer ceremony on the bank of River Ganges and excursion to Haridwar. Stay three nights at hotel. On your fourth day tour finishes after breakfast with transfer to the Haridwar railway station. WHAT’S INCLUDED? 03 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast, excursion to Haridwar, return Haridwar railway station transfers by private car

Varanasi & Khajuraho 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

WHAT’S INCLUDED? 02 nights accommodation with breakfast and dinner, wine tour with tasting, and return Mumbai airport transfers by private car

849.00

FROM NZ$

737.00

FROM NZ$

Day 1: Arrive Varanasi

On arrival at Varanasi airport, you will be assisted by your THO tour executive to transfer to the hotel. Varanasi is a city of traditional classical culture and is a microcosm of Hinduism. A city with a rich and vibrant past, it has no exquisitely carved palaces, no impregnable forts, and no architectural splendour, but it does have an inherent charm of its own; ghats are dotted with temples and a maze of alleyways. Afternoon visit the silk-weaving village and in the evening witness the Grand prayer ceremony conducted on the ghats of River Ganges. Stay two nights in Varanasi.

Day 2: Varanasi

Take an sunrise boat ride on River Ganges to see the perpetual movement of the pilgrims on the steps, the vivid colours of their clothes glistening against the pale gold water, and the triangular flags fluttering atop the temple spires. After breakfast, proceed on a city tour of Varanasi followed by an excursion to Sarnath where Buddha is said to have given his first sermon. Evening free to explore.

Day 3: Varanasi - Khajuraho

Dharavi Slum - Mumbai HALF DAY

199.00

FROM NZ$

On this half-day tour, you will see why Dharavi is the heart of small scale industry in Mumbai. Many people know Dharavi as the 'largest slum in Asia', but there is much more to this historic area than poverty. Dharavi's industries have an annual turnover of approximately US$665 million with a wide range of small industry, recycling, pottery-making, embroidery, bakeries, soap factories, leather tanning, poppadom-making and much more. This place is rich with many cultures and religions, where temples, mosques and churches stand side-by-side. WHAT’S INCLUDED? Local tour guide, return transfers from city hotel by private car

Morning transfer to board flight to Khajuraho. Afternoon visit the 10th Century Chandella temples which are an excellent example of Indo-Aran architecture. Famed for their erotic sculptures, the temples in fact depict an exquisite detail of the everyday life of people of that era. Evening free to explore this small village town and stay overnight in Khajuraho.

Day 4: Khajuraho Departure

After leisurely breakfast tour finishes with transfer to airport where you board flight to Mumbai or Delhi to connect your onward flight. WHAT’S INCLUDED? 03 nights accommodation with breakfast, city sightseeing tour, entrance fee to monument, village visit, boat ride and transfers by private car. (Excludes Varanasi to Khajuraho airfare) *airfare Varanasi-Khajuraho at an extra cost

Package prices featured above are on low season, per person based on two people sharing a base category room. Please contact us or your agent for any special offer.

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Salaam Baalak Trust Walk - Delhi HALF DAY

170.00

FROM NZ$

The Salaam Baalak Trust is an NGO that provide shelters and care for children. This city walk aims to make the story of street children heard, and to give a view of their world through their eyes. In this half-day walk you will make your way through the enchanting streets of the inner city of Paharganj and the area around New Delhi Railway Station, led by a child trained as a local guide who was once living and working on the streets. It's 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. For you it will be an eye opener and for the guides, it is a walk down the memory lane, the places held dear to them and how they faced the odds to survive to be where they stand proudly today.

Flavours of India COOKING CLASS

144.00

FROM NZ$

Duration: 4-5hrs City: Delhi, Jaipur, Chennai, Bangalore, Cochin and Thekkady Learn authentic Indian Cooking in an Indian family home. Have you wondered why cooking from recipes book does not taste the same? Chefs do not pass on their secrets. But, here in these cookery classes you get to learn how to mix Indian Spices and the 5 C’s that are essential to Indian cuisine: Cloves, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Coriander and Cumin. The dishes you learn will be a mix of quick and easy dishes that can be enjoyed as a mid week supper and slow cooked dishes that you can impress friends and family with. Since every state is proud of their cuisine, menu in the chosen city will vary. WHAT’S INCLUDED? 01 cooking class 2-3 dishes in any of above destinations, utensils, ingredients and one meal (Lunch or dinner), current applicable taxes.

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Local tour guide, return transfers from city hotel by private car

Yoga, Ayurveda & Beaches 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS

Andaman Islands 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

599.00

FROM NZ$

Board flight from Kolkata or Chennai to Port Blair and on arrival transfer to the hotel. Floating in splendid isolation, the Indian mainland is the archipelago of 572 emerald islands, known as Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This Union Territory is stretched over an area of more than 700km with 36 inhabited islands. These undulating islands are covered with dense forests and an endless variety of exotic flowers and birds. The series of islands offers an excellent scope for water sports. WHAT’S INCLUDED? 03 nights accommodation with private facilities, daily breakfast and dinner as mentioned, arrival and departure transfers

1149.00

FROM NZ$

India is undoubtedly the world capital of yoga and Ayurveda. Besides a rich and diversified culture, much of Indian life is simple and inspired by yogic principles. Yoga, meditation and Ayurveda is not merely a system of treatment, it is a way of life and this short package is a unique blend of Ayurveda, yoga, meditation and wellness therapies, to rejuvenate your body and mind with the help of traditional holistic treatment methods. Individual results may vary but In order to achieve a positive result your 5 night programme is designed by an experienced doctor, keeping in mind the individual’s desire to heal, cleanse, relax and revitalize. This includes a specialized diet programme, Ayurveda therapy regular yoga and meditation classes. WHAT’S INCLUDED? 05 nights accommodation in wellness resort, all meals. Ayurveda message and therapy, yoga and meditation classes, return airport transfer

Package prices featured above are on low season, per person based on two people sharing a base category room. Please contact us or your agent for any special offer.

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Sri Lanka A Land Like No Other Situated just 32kms off the India coast, the island formerly known as Ceylon is home to 20 million people. The gorgeous land of Sri Lanka has many nicknames, each of which describes its unique features. This island country, because of its geographical location, is known as the “Teardrop of India” and its cultural richness has earned it the title

of the “Pearl of the Orient”. The country known by a flotilla of aliases, the Resplendent Isle is one of gorgeous beaches, tea plantations and ancient cities. Scuba dive, visit an elephant orphanage and a lagoon of singing fish, explore dense jungle, shrines and temples.

Climate and Weather in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka enjoys a tropical climate with varying temperatures according to location. Coastal or upland areas benefit from cool mountain or sea breeze all year round. Monsoon season is between May to September in the South and West. From October to April in the North and East of the country. These monsoons give Sri Lanka its only seasons as it is located so near the Equator. Temperatures average 27°C in Colombo and 16°C in Nuwara Eliya, which is on higher ground, all year round. Best time to travel to Sri Lanka is between the main rainy seasons. The period from October to April is the driest season on the south west coast and up in the hills. Here, some of the best beaches and many other places of tourist interest are located. Therefore the period between October and April is the best time to visit this region and is also considered the tourist season in Sri Lanka. May to September is the best time to visit the east coast, as it is dry during this period. Hence, Sri Lanka is a round-theyear destination; there is always a good time to visit at least some part of the country. “It may well be that each of Sri Lanka’s attractions is surpassed somewhere on Earth; Cambodia may have more impressive ruins, Tahiti lovelier beaches, Bali more beautiful landscapes (though I doubt it), Thailand more charming people (ditto). But I find it hard to believe that there is any country which scores so highly in all departments - which has so many advantages and so few disadvantages, especially for the western visitor.” ARTHUR C. CLARKE

Average temperature (for guidance only) CITY Colombo

Temp. max ºc Min ºc

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MAR 32 25

APR 32 25

MAY 31 26

JUN 30 26

JUL 29 26

AUG 29 25

SEP 29 25

OCT 29 25

NOV 29 25

DEC 30 25


Featured Deluxe Hotels From our selection of Deluxe Category hotels a few are listed below.

Jetwing Sea

OZO Hotel

Earls Regent

Negombo

Colombo

Kandy

This seaside resort reflects a mixture of modern elegance and cozy ambience. Its excellent location makes it a popular destination for a family vacation or a romantic retreat.

Close enough for an urban buzz in Colombo, but far enough to get away, OZO Colombo is the base you’ll need for work and play. Understated simplicity worked to perfection.

Nestled within the lush green surroundings of the ancient kingdom of Kandy, this hotel showcases the very essence of authentic Kandyan heritage.

Amaya Lake

Habarana Village

Paradise Resort & Spa

Dambulla

Habarana

Dambulla

Set on the tranquil banks of the magnificent Kandalama Lake, this showpiece resort captures the essence of Sri Lankan design, culture and tradition.

The cosy cottages of this hotel are inspired by the typical local thatched roof huts. The paint used is mixed with mud, in true native fashion, to ensure the facade is in harmony with nature.

Deep within the city of Dambulla, enveloped in mesmerizing greenery, Paradise Resort & Spa is one of the most prominent holiday destinations in the Central Province of Sri Lanka.

Ozo

Jetwing St Andrews

The Surf

Kandy

Nuwara Eliya

Bentota

Cosy rooms, stunning views over the mountains, modern technology you can’t do without while traveling, and sublime beds – you’ll be waking up before the alarm goes off with ease.

Amidst mountains swathed in mist and dotted with tea plantations, this former country house, converted into a Jetwing Hotel, is reminiscent of the days of the British Rulers.

Set before a stretch of beach, The Surf brings together golden sunsets, soft sand and a sprawling lawn with comfortable accommodation and great seafood that you cannot resist.

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Featured Luxury Hotels From our selection of Luxury Category hotels a few are listed below.

Jetwing Blue

Cinnamon Lodge

Heritance Kandalama

Negombo

Habarana

Dambulla

A stylish beach hotel that redefines the ultimate beach holiday experience. Just 15mins drive from the airport, Jetwing Blue's warm hospitality, contemporary comforts and excellent service are all yours to enjoy.

Sprawled over 27 acres of forested land, Cinnamon Lodge Habarana is an exclusive hideaway for the entire family. Experience tranquility while walking along the paths that lead up to the chalet-style rooms.

A supreme example of Geoffrey Bawa’s philosophy of adapting architecture to suit the environment. From timber panelled rooms to an infinity pool, the service quality of the hotel will always make you feel relaxed.

Mahaweli Reach

Trinco Blu

Kandy

Heritance Tea Factory Nuwara Eliya

Situated by Sri Lanka's longest river and the wondrous mountain ranges, stands the palatial Mahaweli Reach Hotel. Mysteriously hidden behind the lush green tropical gardens on the plush banks of the Mahaweli River.

Stay in a converted tea factory, pluck your own tea and take it home with you as a souvenir. The views over lush green organic plantations as the sun mingles with the mist are truly unforgettable.

Sit in the heart of the deep blue of Sri Lanka’s east coast with retro interiors and plush comforts to make you feel right at home at Trinco Blu by Cinnamon.

Cinnamon Bey

Jetwing Lighthouse

98 Acres Resort

Beruwala

Galle

Ella

This large resort boasts 200 rooms that are abundant with space and luxury, with stunning views of the sea. Decorated with lattice work and complimentary hues, every room will be a haven of luxury.

On the fringe of the former Dutch Colonial town of Galle, this hotel is a testament to the iconic work of Sri Lankan architect, Geoffrey Bawa. An ultimate retreat amidst the sun, sea and sands of the southern coast.

A scenic tea estate on ninety-eight acres of land. Experience the beauty and serenity of Sri Lanka’s scenic hill country within the luxurious comforts of an elegant, chic boutique hotel.

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Trincomalee


SRI LANKA

Glimpse of Paradise Day 1: Arrive Colombo

On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay. PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily Starts: Colombo Ends: Colombo Grade: Easy – Moderate

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private air-conditioned car with driver guide Meals as specified Entrance fees and tickets Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS

Day 2: Dambulla/Habarana

Travel to Dambulla/Habarana, en-route visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. Afternoon visit Golden Temple and 2nd century Dambulla Caves and stay two nights at hotel.

Day 3: Polonnaruwa Excursion

Morning visit and climb famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress to see the 5th Century ruined palace. Afternoon enjoy excursion to Polonnaruwa, the second ancient capital of Sri Lanka.

Day 4: Kandy

Travel to Kandy, en-route visit the 2nd century Aluvihara Temple and Matale spice garden growing region to see the local PER PERSON From (NZ$) 16 Sep 16 - 15 Sep 17

1398.00

FROM NZ$

spices. Stay two nights at Kandy.

Day 5: Kandy

After breakfast we visit the Peradeniya Botanical Garden, Gem Stone workshop and the local bazaar. Afternoon visit the sacred temple of Tooth Relic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in the evening enjoy cultural dance show.

Day 6: Colombo/Negombo

Travel to Colombo and enjoy a city sightseeing tour in the afternoon. Evening free to relax and stay overnight.

Day 7: Colombo Departure

After a leisurely breakfast the tour will finish with a transfer to Colombo Airport.

COMFORT Twin/Single

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

$1398 / $2298

$1669 / 2649

$1889 / $3089

*During festivals and New Year, surcharges may apply

Traditional Farming of Lanka Day 1: Arrive Colombo

On arrival at the airport, meet your executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for overnight stay. PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily Starts: Colombo Ends: Colombo Grade: Easy – Adventurous

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private air-condition car with driver guide Meals as specified Entrance fee and monument charges Farm and village visit Cooking demonstration with lunch A bottle of mineral water while travelling

Day 2: Dambulla

After breakfast travel to Dambulla and check in to the hotel for three nights. Afternoon enjoy walk through the reservoir and a catamaran ride before reaching a traditional farm. Spend time with the farmer, observing ancient methods of farming before visiting the farmer's hut to enjoy humble hospitality.

Day 3: Hingurakgoda Excursion

Today leave for Hingurakgoda to experience one of the largest farms spread across 1300 acres producing a variety of agriculture and livestock  products from seed paddies, rice, fruits, vegetables and poultry, to dairy for local and overseas markets. Afternoon enjoy a cooking demonstration by the local chef followed by lunch. If you wish you can participate in farming activities.

Assistance and transfers

PER PERSON From (NZ$)

All current collectable taxes

16 Sep 16 - 15 Sep 17

6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS

1289.00

FROM NZ$

Day 4: Sigiriya & Fruit farm

Visit the 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress before arriving at a traditional farm growing varieties of tropical fruits.

Day 5: Matale - Kandy

Travel to Kandy, stopping en-route in Matale spice growing region for a special insight into some unique Sri Lankan agriculture. We enjoy a tour of a spice plantation growing cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, cloves, cardamom and many more varieties of spices. Afternoon enjoy a cultural show at the theatre followed by a visit to the Temple of the Tooth Relic. Stay overnight at Kandy.

Day 6: Colombo Departure

After breakfast the tour will finish with a transfer to Colombo Airport.

COMFORT Twin/Single

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

$1289 / $1598

$1549 / $2075

$1729 / $2428

*During festivals and New Year, surcharges may apply

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SRI LANKA

Most o P pular

Highlights of Lanka

Day 1: Arrive Colombo

On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay at Colombo.

Day 2: Dambulla/Habarana

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

at Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. In the afternoon visit the World Heritage site of Dambulla Cave. Stay two nights at hotel.

museum in the afternoon. In the evening enjoy an upper lake drive and watch a cultural show before finishing your day.

Day 3: Wildlife Safari

Day 6: Bentota/Beruwela

Departs daily

Enjoy a visit to Polonnaruwa, the old capital of Sri Lanka. In the afternoon take a wildlife safari at Minneriya National Park, showcasing a large number of wild elephant families and wild species of birds and reptiles.

Starts: Colombo Ends: Colombo

Day 4: Kandy

Travel by road to Dambulla, en-route stop PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR

Hotel accommodation with private facilities

Travel to Kandy, en-route visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and spice garden at Matale where you will see the spice plantations and be able to purchase locally grown spices as a souvenir. Stay two nights at Kandy.

Private air-conditioned car with driver guide

Day 5: Kandy

Grade: Easy Paced

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Meals as specified Entry fees and tickets Wildlife safari at Minneriya National Park

1649.00

FROM NZ$

In the morning explore the town and visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and the Gem

River safari at Bentota

PER PERSON From (NZ$)

Assistance and transfers

16 Sep 16 - 15 Sep 17

Travel by road to a small resort town in the south western coastal belt and stay two nights at resort.

Day 7: Bentota/Beruwela

Visit a Turtle Hatchery at Kosgoda and see several colourful and endangered species of turtles. Enjoy a river safari on the Bentota River and experience the unique eco-system and breathtaking beauty.

Day 8: Colombo Departure

After breakfast, the tour finishes with a transfer to Colombo Airport.

COMFORT Twin/Single

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

$1649 / $2595

$1979 / $3195

$2329 / $3769

*During festivals and New Year, surcharges may apply

All current collectable taxes

Lanka and Leopard

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS

1346.00

FROM NZ$

Day 1: Arrive Colombo

Day 4: Yala

Starts: Colombo Ends: Colombo

On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Travel to Yala, evening participate in a spiritual ceremony at Kataragama Temple. Stay overnight at hotel.

Grade: Easy Paced

Day 2: Kandy

Day 5 & 6: Bentota/Beruwela

In the morning travel by road to Kandy, then in the evening visit the most sacred Temple of Tooth Relic and enjoy a cultural show. Stay overnight at Kandy.

Morning enjoy safari at Yala before travelling to Bentota. En-route stop at Galle Fort and evening free to explore. Stay two nights at the beach resort.

Day 3: Nuwara Eliya

Day 7: Colombo Departure

PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private air-conditioned car with driver guide Meals as specified Entrance fees and tickets Wildlife safari at Yala National Park

Travel to Nuwara Eliya passing through tea plantation. In the afternoon explore the town and stay overnight at Nuwara Eliya.

After a leisurely breakfast the tour will finish with a transfer to Colombo Airport.

Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

PER PERSON From (NZ$) 16 Sep 16 - 15 Sep 17

COMFORT Twin/Single

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

$1346 / $2229

$1759 / $2939

$1949 / $3269

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Wildlife Wonders of Lanka

10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS

2439.00

FROM NZ$

Sri Lanka’s wildlife is as varied as the island itself, ranging from elephants and leopards to egg-laying turtles and a huge variety of birds. With 12 per cent of the country designated for wildlife protection it is easy to sample Sri Lankan wildlife. Safari parks and sanctuaries, particularly in the southern and central zones, offer the easiest way to see animals in their natural habitat. Stay alert for a sighting of the endangered leopard; take your time as you watch the elephants feeding and washing in a tank or lagoon; or walk quietly near the turtles until they stop to lay their eggs. Safaris are arranged with cultural tours as it is possible to find wide range of wildlife in place surrounded by cultural heritages mainly in the dry zone. One of the key reasons which makes Sri Lanka a popular wild life destination is the availability of expertise. This tour covers a variety of national parks ensuring you get the chance to see all possible wildlife existing on the island.

Day 1: Arrive Colombo

On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel in Negombo for two nights stay.

Day 2: Colombo - Sinharaja

After breakfast proceed to Sinharaja Rain forest. Moist and muggy, murky and mysterious; Sinharaja is like nothing else in Sri Lanka. Trekking through this magnificent jungle, the last surviving stretch of virgin PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily Starts: Colombo Ends: Colombo Grade: Easy – Adventurous

rainforest on the island, is a truly enriching experience. From top to bottom the forest is teeming with life, colour and sound to stir the senses. Sinharaja is a UNESCO International Man and Biosphere Reserve.

Day 3: Udawalawe & Bundala

After breakfast we proceed to Udawalawa National Park with a packed breakfast. An estimated 500 elephants in herds of up to 1,000 live here and the dry season is the best time to watch them. Enjoy a safari to see whole herds of elephants bathing, playing and feeding in the water.

Day 4: Bundala & Yala

Wake up early for a Safari at Bundala National Park. Bundala wetlands combine 20km of beach, lagoons and scrub hosting more than 150 bird species. These wetlands are home to winter migratory birds and flocks of flamingos. A vast concentration of Estuarine crocodiles live in the lagoon areas and in the estuary of the Kirindi Oya river. Later return to hotel for breakfast and travel to Yala.

Day 5: Yala

First thing in the morning will be your best chance to see a leopard as you enjoy a safari at Yala National Park. The male leopards in Yala are very confident animals and young males in particular seem to have no fear of the jeep, which can lead to some excellent photographic opportunities. The park is also home to spotted deer, sambar, boar, wild buffaloes, sloth bear, jackal and mongoose.

Lanka. The starting point is marked by a gate and a little pond and further up you’ll end up in a resting station before you start the trek, 10 km of it. Once you reach the world's end you’ll experience the cloud forest. You’ll need a bit of patience to wait for the clouds to part and show you the great vista of the valley spreading for miles below. Further on, the trail becomes even and then you’ll have to make an arduous climb down to see Baker Falls and rest at the platform relishing the cool spray of the falls. Later travel to Kandy and if time permits we visit the famous and sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 8: Wasgamuwa & Knuckle Proceed to Wasgamuwa via Knuckles Valley, a major eco tourism area stretching over 155 sq km and containing five major forest formations, a wide variety of endemic flora and fauna and some breathtaking mountain scenery. It is a real paradise for those who love to hike or mountain bike offering numerous mountainous trails that journey across clear rivers, through dense forests, past flowing waterfalls, lush tea plantations and alongside terraced paddy fields.

Day 9: Wasgamuwa - Negombo

01 safari at Yala

Travel to Nuwara Eliya, en-route visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best Ceylon Tea in the world is produced. Afternoon free to explore this small, beautiful town and stay overnight at hotel.

Wasgamuwa National Park, located in the districts of Matale and Polonnaruwa and bordered by the ‘Mahaweli' and ‘Amban' rivers, stretches an impressive 36,948 hectares. Home to a huge variety of flora and fauna, this park is truly a paradise for the nature lover. Enjoy a safari at Wasgamuwa, spotting large flocks of birds, big herds of dear and buffalos grazing. Return to the hotel for breakfast, travel to Negombo and evening free to explore this fishing town. Stay overnight at Negombo.

01 safari at Sinharaja

Day 7: Horton Plains & Kandy

Day 10: Colombo Departure

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private air-conditioned car with driver guide Meals as specified Entrance fees and monument charges 01 safari at Minneriya

01 safari at Udawalawe 01 safari at Bundala Visit to Hortan Plains Visit to Wasgamuwa Visit to Knuckle Valley

Day 6: Yala - Nuwara Eliya

Enjoy an excursion at Horton Plains to "catch" the remaining Highland endemics. Horton plains or Mahaeliya Tenna in Sinhalese are the great plains of the central hills of Sri

A bottle of mineral water while travelling

PER PERSON From (NZ$)

Assistance and transfers

16 Sep 16 - 15 Sep 17

All current collectable taxes

After breakfast tour finishes with transfer to airport where you board your flight for your onward journey.

COMFORT Twin/Single

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

$2439 / $3929

$2998 / $4949

$3249 / $5339

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SRI LANKA

Nuwara Eliya

e First-timers Travell e Choic

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

Anuradhapura

Best of Ceylon

11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS

2369.00

FROM NZ$

This brief tour combines culture and relaxation taking in some of Sri Lanka’s finest historical, archaeological and natural treasures whilst not forgetting the pleasures of a few days by the sea. Tour the Cultural Triangle visiting the ancient cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura, the sacred cave temples of Dambulla and the inspiring sky citadel of Sigiriya. Travel to the bustling city of Kandy where you may explore the Temple of the Tooth Relic and the magnificent Peredeniya Botanical Gardens. Travel to Nuwara Eliya and enjoy the misty experience of the tea garden. Finish the trip with a few days at a charming boutique hotel with miles of beaches right on the doorstep.

Day 1: Arrive Colombo

Meet and assistance on arrival at the airport by tour executive and transfer to hotel for overnight stay. PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily Starts: Colombo Ends: Colombo Grade: Easy – Adventurous

Day 2: Dambulla/Habarana

Travel to Dambulla the hub of cultural triangle. Afternoon visit the 2nd century cave temple of Dambulla and stay three nights in hotel.

Day 3: Anuradhapura

Enjoy an excursion to Anuradhapura, ancient capital between 5th century BC - 9th century AD and the centre of the island’s Buddhist civilization. Visit Mihintale on our way back to the hotel. Evening enjoy catamaran ride on the Habarana Lake with a local fisherman. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Polonnaruwa & Wildlife

Today take an excursion to the ruins of Polonnaruwa and witness a collection of rich architecture, extraordinary ancient irrigation methods and huge man-made reservoirs. Afternoon enjoy jeep safari to see herd of wild elephants and various wildlife at Minneriya national park.

Day 5: Kandy

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private air-conditioned car with driver guide Meals as specified Entrance fees and tickets Catamaran ride

Morning visit impressive 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress. This world heritage site, consists of the remains of a palace on the top of the rock. Later continue journey towards Kandy, en-route stop at Matale Spice gardens. Stay two nights in Kandy.

Day 6: Elephant Orphanage

Enjoy an excursion to the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela to watch the bathing and bottle feeding of baby elephants. On your return explore the town

Jeep safari at National Park

PER PERSON From (NZ$)

Assistance and transfers

16 Sep 16 - 15 Sep 17

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and visit Temple of the Tooth Relic, Gem museum and watch a cultural dance show before ending your day.

Day 7: Nuwara Eliya

Visit the Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya before travelling to Nuwara Eliya. Visit a Tea Plantation and Factory to observe the complete process of turning raw green leaf into the finished product.

Day 8: Trek to Worlds End

Leave early morning to Horton Plains for a trek (2-3 hrs) to Worlds End and witness nature at its best. Afternoon is free to relax or explore this small town.

Day 9: Bentota / Beruwala

Today travel to beach resort, rest of the day is free to relax and stay two nights at beach resort.

Day 10: Galle Excursion

After breakfast enjoy an excursion to Galle, famous as the Tarshish of the Bible and the Port where the Portuguese first landed in Sri Lanka. Explore the bazaar for local handcrafted souvenirs.

Day 11: Colombo Departure

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before travelling back to Colombo. Tour finishes by late afternoon with direct transfer to the International airport.

COMFORT Twin/Single

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

$2369 / $3795

$2969 / $4859

$3298 / $5559

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SRI LANKA

Dambulla cave temple

er Top Sell

Stilt fishermen

Panoramic Lanka

13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS

2779.00

FROM NZ$

Marco Polo considered Sri Lanka “the finest island of its size in the world”. We invite you to explore this superb destination, visiting the ancient cities and UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya and Dambulla. Relive the days of the British Raj in the evocative hill station of Nuwara Eliya, set in wonderful mountain scenery amidst tea plantations. Also be one of the first to visit the eastern coast at Trincomalee. This splendid itinerary includes some easy trekking and nature safaris and offers an excellent all-round introduction to Sri Lanka.

Day 1: Arrive Colombo

Meet and assistance on arrival at the airport by tour executive and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2: Anuradhapura

Travel this morning to Anuradhapura an ancient mighty Sinhalese Kingdom and explore the ruins which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stay three nights.

Day 3: Wildlife & Polonnaruwa

In the morning take a jeep safari through the spectacular Minneriya National Park. In the PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily Starts: Colombo Ends: Colombo Grade: Easy Paced

afternoon visit Polonnaruwa, the medieval capital of Sri Lanka. Enjoy Habarana lake excursion in the evening with a local fishman.

Day 4: Village experience & Caves

Enjoy an early morning easy walk (2½hours) around the small villages to see the daily life of farmers. The guided walk goes along side Hiriwaduna Lake giving chance to spot birds and land monitors. Cross a little jungle rivulet by catamaran and reach a farmers simple “wattle and daub” house to enjoy your packed breakfast with tea. Enjoy a bullock cart ride through paddy field and village before you end this fantastic village experience. Afternoon visit Dambulla Cave Temples, vast isolated rock mass 500 feet high and a mile around the base.

Day 5: Trincomalee Beach

Travel to Trincomalee en-route at Sigiriya rock fortress. This world heritage site consists of the remains of a palace on the top of the rock, amid level terrace that includes the Lion Gate and the mirror wall with its frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’, and a lower palace on the slopes below the rock. After your visit continue towards Trincomalee, the natural deep-water harbour that has attracted seafarers like Marco Polo, Ptolemy and Sea Traders from China and East Asia since ancient times. Stay two nights at the hotel.

Day 6: Trincomalee Beach

Private air-conditioned car with driver guide

The day is at leisure to enjoy the beautiful white sandy beaches at Trincomalee. Optional half day tour to visit Fort Frederick, Kanniyai Hot wells and the Lover’s Leap.

Meals as specified

Day 7: Kandy & Spice Plantation

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities

Entrance fees and tickets Catamaran ride Nature walk through village Bullock cart ride 02 Jeep safari at the National Park Visit to Elephant Orphanage

Travel to Kandy stopping en-route at Spice Plantations. Afternoon free to relax or explore this beautiful hill station and conclude your evening watching a cultural dance show at the theatre. Stay two nights in Kandy.

Tea tour

PER PERSON From (NZ$)

Assistance and transfers

16 Sep 16 - 15 Sep 17

All current collectable taxes

Day 8: Elephant Orphanage & Temple

Enjoy an excursion to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975 with seven orphan elephants and with the help of local and foreign elephant experts, it soon branched out into a captive-breeding program, and conservation and educational centre. Afternoon visit Gem Museum and Temple of the Tooth Relic, which houses the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha.

Day 9: Ceylon Tea Gardens

Leave for Nuwara Eliya, known as ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, set against beautiful backdrops of mountains, valleys, waterfalls and tea plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coldest places on the island but it is really just like an English spring day. Afternoon visit Tea Plantation and factory to observe the complete process of turning raw green leaf into the finished product. Stay overnight in hotel.

Day 10: Yala / Tissamaharama

Leave Nuwara Eliya this morning after breakfast, traversing the high misty plateaus of Horton Plains to Yala National Park. Evening is free for your own activity and stay two nights in the hotel.

Day 11: Wildlife Safari

Wake up early collect your packed breakfast and travel towards the Yala National Park. We can spot many wild animals, including leopards, reptiles, elephants, and birds. Afternoon is free to relax at the hotel or enjoy a long walk.

Day 12: Colombo

Return to Colombo. Visit en-route Galle on the Southern Beach Resort, the Dutch Colonial Building and UNESCO Galle Fort. Overnight stay in Colombo.

Day 13: Colombo Departure

After leisurely breakfast tour finishes with direct transfer to the international airport.

COMFORT Twin/Single

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

$2779 / $4449

$3649 / $5997

$3998 / $6598

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Golfer's Choice

Golf, Beach & Wildlife of Lanka

3749.00

12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS

FROM NZ$

In this tour you will visit the cultural triangle of this country that includes temples, tea gardens, and caves as well as a wildlife safari national park. Not to mention the highlight of this tour is an opportunity for you to play golf in some of the most beautiful golf courses in the country.

Day 1: Arrive Colombo

On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel in Colombo for two nights stay.

Day 2: Colombo

After breakfast transfer for a round of golf at the Royal Colombo Golf Club situated nearby. Built in 1879 this course is a green oasis accompanied by a clubhouse of colonial charm. This prestigious course is a good introduction to golf in Sri Lanka. Evening free to explore the town. PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily Starts: Colombo Ends: Colombo Grade: Easy Paced

Day 3: Habarana/Dambulla

Travel to Habarana, en-route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage which was started in 1975 to house abandoned and wounded elephants. This orphanage is now home to many elephants. Visits are normally done during feeding and bathing time to give you opportunity to be up close. Continue travel and visit the World Heritage site of Dambulla Caves dating back to the 2nd century BC. Stay two nights at hotel.

Day 4: Habarana/Dambulla

Enjoy an excursion to UNESCO World Heritage site of Polonnaruwa. It comprises the Brahmanic monuments built by the South Indian Cholas, and the ruins of the fabulous garden-city created by Parakramabahu I during the golden age of the city between 11th & 12th century. Later enjoy jeep safari at Minneriya National Park to see many wildlife species of birds, reptiles, animals and especially for herds of elephants.

Day 5: Kandy

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private air-conditioned car with driver guide Meals as specified Entrance fees and tickets Golf course entrance fee Visit to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage 01 jeep safari at Minneriya 01 jeep safari at Yala A bottle of mineral water while travelling

Travel to Kandy, en-route visit the 5th century old Sigiriya Rock Fortress. If you are up for an adventure then you must climb this fortress to see spectacular 360 degree view, the mirrored walls for frescoes of the King’s concubines and remains of palace build by king on top of this rock. Also visit Matale Spice growing region en-route for special insight to some unique Sri Lankan agriculture. Evening watch a Kandiyan dance performance. Stay two nights in Kandy.

Day 6: Kandy

After breakfast transfer to Victoria Golf and Country Resort, voted ‘Best Golf Course in Asia' by Golf Digest, an 18-hole golf course with putting green and practice range, Pro shop and PGA golf academy. Evening enjoy drive around Kandy Lake and explore the town, bazaar and the sacred temple of the Tooth Relic.

Day 7: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

Journey to Nuwara Eliya which was made into a summer retreat by the British in the early 1800s with much of its colonial character still remaining. Evening enjoy a round of golf in Nuwara Eliya Golf Club. Stay two nights at Hotel.

Day 8: Nuwara Eliya

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and prepare for a Tea Garden Tour. The tea industry in Sri Lanka is over 150 years old and vestiges of the Colonial heritage are still evident, particularly in the tea growing regions. Tea experts will show you around the tea gardens, before entering the tea factory to observe the process from green leaf to various tea grading. Evening free to explore the town or go for another round of golf.

Day 9: Nuwara Eliya - Yala

Today after breakfast travel to Yala. Enroute visit Rawana falls. Evening free to relax or explore nearby small town.

Day 10: Yala - Bentota

An early morning start with packed breakfast to enjoy wildlife safari in Yala National Park. Today will be your best chance to see a leopard first thing in the morning. Young male leopards in particular seem to have no fear of the jeep, which can lead to excellent photographic opportunities. National Park is also home to spotted deer, sambar, wild boar, wild buffaloes, sloth bear, jackal and mongoose. Afternoon travel to Bentota, a famous beach resort and stay two nights.

Day 11: Bentota

Enjoy your leisurely breakfast and relax at the beach.

Day 12: Bentota - Colombo

After leisurely breakfast checkout by mid day and travel back to Colombo. Transfer to international airport where you board your onward flight.

Assistance and transfers

PER PERSON From (NZ$)

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

All current collectable taxes

16 Sep 16 - 15 Sep 17

$3749 / $5848

$4297 / $6548

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SRI LANKA

Premium on Collecti

Galle

Kandy House

The Architectural Gem of Geoffrey Bawa

Heritance Kandalam

3999.00

11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS

FROM NZ$

Few countries can point to such an influential figure in the development of a stylish and successful tourist sector than can Sri Lanka with Geoffrey Bawa. Bawa was responsible for linking Sri Lanka’s ancient and modern architecture. He had a deep understanding of the country’s cultural heritage – from the ancient kingdoms of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, to the influences of the Portuguese and Dutch periods – and his travels worldwide also ensured an appreciation of more contemporary styles. This specialist holiday has been put together to enable those interested in architectural design to experience the works of Bawa, as well as this island’s ancient architectural heritage and natural landscapes that influenced his creations.

Day 1: Arrive Colombo - Wallawwa

Upon arriving in Sri Lanka, transfer to the Wallawwa in Kotugoda, a boutique colonialstyle bungalow just 15 minutes away from the International Airport. Relax after your long journey and immerse yourself in a rejuvenating massage at the Z Spa.

dream hidden within the edge of a jungle filled with numerous species of birds, butterflies and plenty of monkeys.

Departs daily

During the next two days, you will also experience Sri Lanka's ancient architectural heritage – ruins of cities, palaces and temples built by kings of the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa periods dating back to the 3rd century BC. In Dambulla, visit the ancient Buddhist cave temples and the Sigiriya Rock fortress. You also have the option of visiting Aukana, where the Buddha stands 42 feet high, the best-preserved statue in Sri Lanka. If you wish, climb 1,840 steps, high above the palm trees, with the pilgrims to the summit of Mihantale rock. Thereafter, visit the fabulous 'Mahakanadarawa' stone bridge, which dates back to the 7th century and is situated in the midst of the forest.

Starts: Colombo Ends: Colombo

Day 4&5: Dambulla - Kandy

Day 2&3: Wallawwa - Dambulla

Travel to Dambulla where you will experience your first Geoffrey Bawa creation: Heritance Kandalama. Bawa conceived the hotel `as an austere jungle palace’ located on the bund of an ancient 3rd century tank (reservoir) and captures the surrounding magical views from every angle. Kandalama is a naturalist’s PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR

Grade: Easy Paced

The journey from the cultural triangle to Sri Lanka's hill capital, the small lakeside city of Kandy, will occupy most of the morning. In the afternoon, a city tour includes the fabulous Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya and the Temple of the Tooth Relic where a sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha has been enshrined since the 4th Century AD. We recommend spending two nights at the Kandy House, a small boutique hotel located in the outskirts of the city.

Day 6&7: Kandy - Galle

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private air-conditioned car with driver guide Meals as specified Entrance fees and monument charges A bottle of mineral water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

Travel to Galle where you will stay overnight at the Lighthouse. En-route you will pass several of Geoffrey Bawa’s creations including Ruhuna University in Matara, an inspiring creation by Bawa built between two hills. In the evening we will visit Galle’s 17th Century fort – a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site. Another highlight of Galle is the Dutch Reformed Church built by a Dutch Army officer at the site of a previous Portuguese church. We stay overnight at the Lighthouse Hotel designed by Geoffrey Bawa in 1994. This elegant boutique hotel is located on a rocky headland overlooking

the Indian Ocean. Lighthouse Hotel, like Kandalama, demonstrates Bawa’s skill at integrating architecture and landscape, and his stenographic manipulation of space.

Day 8&9: Galle - Bentota

Travel along the coast to Bentota where you will stay two nights at Lunuganga, a garden retreat that was originally an old rubber plantation that Geoffrey Bawa transformed into a haven of peace. Continuing further south west you reach Bentota. We visit the temple of Galapata Vihara dating from the 12th Century. It is said to have been built by Parakramabahu the Great, who also built the city of Polonnaruwa. Also visit the turtle hatcheries. Once at Lunuganga, you will have an opportunity to experience Bawa’s personal space. The Lunuganga gardens were a lifelong project cherished by Bawa and designed with numerous varieties of foliage, many pavilions and statues.

Day 10: Bentota - Colombo

Today you head back to Colombo for your final night where you will be staying at Tintagel – a luxurious boutique hotel housed in one of Sri Lanka’s most famous ancestral residences belonging to the family of Sri Lanka’s former president. The hotel is a short ride away from several public buildings designed by Geoffrey Bawa including Sri Lanka’s parliament building in Kotte.

Day 11: Colombo Departure

After breakfast the tour finishes with transfer to the airport to board your onward flight home.

PER PERSON From (NZ$)

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 16 - 15 Sep 17

$3999 / $6359

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SRI LANKA

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Lanka Explorer

18 DAYS / 17 NIGHTS

3466.00

FROM NZ$

We call Sri Lanka "paradise" and people still use this name to describe the country because of its landscapes, beaches, mountains, food, festivals and hospitality. This tour not only covers all must-see destinations, it also gives you an opportunity to explore few untouched areas. Designed for those who would like to explore more of this wonderful island, visit untouched destinations and experience the uniqueness of the county.

Day 1: Arrive Colombo

Meet and assistance on arrival at the airport by tour executive and transfer to hotel for two nights stay.

Day 2: Negombo

Negombo is a fishermen's town where we start our day with visit to famous fishing village where the fishermen bargain and PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily Starts: Colombo Ends: Colombo Grade: Easy Paced

sell fish to various local wholesalers and retailers. Remaining day is free to relax or explore this small but beautiful town.

Day 3: Negombo - Anuradhapura

Travel to Anuradhapura, the centre of the island’s Buddhist civilization. Also visit Mihintale and conclude your day with dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 4: Anuradhapura - Jaffna

Today travel to Jaffna, the cultural town located at the northernmost region of the country. Afternoon free to relax or explore the town and stay three nights in the hotel.

Day 5: Jaffna

Start your day with boat ride to visit Naga Deepa followed by city sightseeing tour and visit Kandadorai Viharaya, Dambakola Patuna and Keeramallai holy bath ponds.

Day 6: Jaffna

Morning visit Nallur Kovil before enjoying an excursion to Point Pedro, a small town offering beautiful beaches and a coral reef. It was badly affected by the 2004 tsunami. On your return you can visit the Jaffna library, one of the biggest libraries in Asia.

Day 7: Jaffna - Habarana

Travel to Habarana. Afternoon visit Dambulla Cave Temples, remainder of the day is free to relax. Stay three nights at the hotel.

Day 8: Sigiriya Rock

Morning visit famous Sigiriya Rock fortress where you can climb to the top using a series of steps and walkways which zig-zag their way up the seemingly impenetrable rock cliffs. Evening free to explore.

Day 9: Polonnaruwa & Wild Life WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private air-conditioned car with driver guide Meals as specified Entrance fees and tickets

Today take an excursion to the ruins of Polonnaruwa and witness a collection of rich architecture, extraordinary ancient irrigation methods and huge man-made reservoirs. Afternoon enjoy jeep safari at Minneriya national park.

02 Jeep safari at National Park Ferry Ride in Jaffna

Day 10: Habarana - Kandy

Travel to Kandy, the most sacred town of Sri Lanka. En-route visit Spice plantation at Matale. Stay two nights at the hotel.

Day 11: Kandy

In the morning visit Temple of the Tooth Relic and afternoon explore local bazaar and Gem museum. Evening go for upper lake drive and enjoy Cultural dance shows.

Day 12: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

Visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden before travelling to Nuwara Eliya, a tea countryside famous for its Ceylon tea. Stay two nights at the hotel.

Day 13: Ceylon Tea Tour

Today we start early to experience the art of Tea Plucking and Blending. After a brief introduction on the technique of tea plucking you will be provided with a basket to collect your share of leaves before returning to the tea factory to learn about the process and blending of tea.

Day 14: Yala National Park

Enjoy scenic drive to Yala, afternoon visit Kataragama Temple and evening free to relax and stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 15: Yala - Galle

Enjoy a morning jeep safari to spot not only the leopard for which the national park is famous for but also various other wildlife, birds and reptiles. Later travel to Galle and stay two nights in the hotel.

Day 16: Galle

After breakfast enjoy the sightseeing tour of Galle Fort. Remainder of the day is free to explore or relax at the hotel.

Day 17: Galle - Colombo

Travel to Colombo, en-route stop at Ambalangoda to visit a traditional handmade mask workshop. Evening enjoy sightseeing. Stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 18: Colombo departure

After leisurely breakfast tour finishes with transfer to Colombo International airport.

A bottle of mineral water while travelling

PER PERSON From (NZ$)

COMFORT Twin/Single

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

Assistance and transfers

16 Sep 16 - 15 Sep 17

$3466 / $5779

$4698 / $7767

$5349 / $8998

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Sri Lanka Add-ons Add-On one or two options to your tour of choice, or string together as many as you wish to create a customised holiday.

Surfing in Lanka 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS

899.00

FROM NZ$

A relatively small, tropical island with an opposite east-west monsoon season, Sri Lanka has two distinct seasons on either side of the island. November to April brings morning offshore winds to the western side, centred around Hikkadua, where beach and reefs dominate. May to October brings the same conditions to the east centred around Arugam Bay. Here the occasional reef and a profusion of long, sand points offer relatively unchallenging but consistent waves. The waves here are from the same swells which regularly sweep up the Indian Ocean from the Roaing 40s. First surfed by Rusty Miller in 1965, this area is a popular leg of many travellers journeys and as such the surf can be crowded at the most popular spots. WHAT’S INCLUDED? 05 nights’ accommodation with daily breakfast, return transfer by private van, assistance and all current taxes

Art of Tea Plucking and Blending

98.00

FROM NZ$ Duration: 4-5hrs From: Nuwara Eliya

Wake up early and enjoy freshly-brewed Ceylon tea, then leave for the tea garden to join the early crowd of tea pluckers. The plucking time of the tea leaves plays a crucial role when creating the finest teas. The leaves should be plucked before sunrise when the natural fragrance is at its peak. After a brief introduction on the technique of tea plucking you will be provided with local attire and a basket to collect your leaves. Collect as many leaves within two hours and then proceed towards the tea factory to learn about the process and blending of the tea. The factory manager will then take you on a tour of the mini Tea Factory and explain the whole process, from the initial drying (withering) of the leaves, through rolling, fermenting and sifting, to produce the different types of tea. WHAT’S INCLUDED? Visit to a tea garden, instructions for plucking tea, tour of a tea factory to learn about the various process from start to finish

City Cycling Tour Cycling through the village, local markets, streets or even the medieval capital of the country itself is a great way to explore at your own pace. The tour starts in the morning as well as late afternoon from a meeting point. Basic gear, such as helmet and water-bottle, is offered for participants.

134.00

Cycling in Polonnaruwa

FROM NZ$

Cycling in Anuradhapura

FROM NZ$

Cycling in Kandy

FROM NZ$

Cycling in Colombo

FROM NZ$

Duration: 3-4hrs

134.00

Duration: 3-4hrs

134.00

Duration: 3-4hrs Duration: 2-3hrs

134.00

Hiriwaduna Chena Village Experience

99.00

FROM NZ$

Duration: 3-4hrs From: Habarana/Dambulla Start around 7am with your packed breakfast and transfer to a place where you begin this tour of a classic Sri Lankan village. This walk goes via a lake where you could see fishermen waiting for their catch of the day in the lake. Visit a village home and enjoy your packed breakfast along with local Ceylon Tea and see their traditional Cattle Farm. It is then time to experience an ancient mode of transportation mounted on a Bullock cart, as you plot your way through the winding country roads. See the green rice fields as you approach the village and at Chena cultivation you will stop to enjoy the farmer’s humble hospitality.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Cycling tour guide, cycle, helmet and water bottle

Experience local guide during tour, Chena farm and village visit, catamaran ride, bullock cart ride and hospitality of a local farmer.

Excludes: Any entrance fee to monuments Package prices featured above are on per person based on minimum two people doing the tour.

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Nepal A World of it’s Own Welcome to the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. A fantastic blend of ancient history, vibrant cultures and scenic grandeur draped along the greatest heights of the Himalayas, the Kingdom of Nepal is a land of eternal fascination, a place where one visit is rarely enough. It is in fact a country of amazing extremes, a mixture of ethnic diversity, a combination of eternal snow and tropical south blended with a perfection of architecture, arts and crafts. Nepal offers an astonishing topographical variation with altitudes ranging from 70m to 8,848m over a span of just 193km. Partly because of this; Nepal boasts climates ranging from alpine to temperate to tropical and all kinds of flora from tundra-like vegetation to desert-type cacti to rainforest. Fauna from prairie dog-like Marmot to snow leopard to

dolphin habitate in Nepal. All kinds of geo-features ranging from the steppes to countless rivers to lakes, valleys and hills, to mountains, plains, jungles, marshland and grassland, not to mention hundreds of rivers, glacial lakes, and creeks all with their common origin in the Himalayas. Over 70 ethnic groups, each with their own unique culture and language, spread out across the length and breadth mostly in hamlets, villages and shantytowns. All you need to enjoy all this is a pair of strong legs, and the spirit of adventure. You can see life, virtually unchanged from hundreds of years ago, unfolding before your eyes as you journey into the heart of the Himalayas. Experience Nepal at its best with our team of professionals.

Climate and weather in Nepal Nowhere in the world is the climate so distinct and poles apart. The long stretch of the northern frontier, which is mostly rugged terrain, towered by the mighty Himalayas experiences arctic climate and a few hours down south at the fringes of the Indian borderlands the landscape and climate changes dramatically as the elevation decreases. With lush green tropical forests and vast stretches of plains one can encounter hot humid climate.

Simikot Mugu Dandeldhura

Jumla

Mustang Jomson

Dhangarhi Saylan Nepalganj

Dhaulagiri

Annapurna Manaslu

Pokhara Gurkha Kodari

Baglung

Butwal

KATHMANDU

Mt Everest

Namche Bazar

Kangchenjunga

Sindhuli Garhi Biranj Janakpur

Dharan

Ilam

Biratnagar

The year is divided into four seasons – winter, spring, monsoon and autumn. The best period to visit the country for plant lovers is during spring when the flowers are in full bloom and the mountain slopes are covered with beautiful and colorful blossoms. The spring season commences from early March and continues until late May. Even though the days are clear, haze disturbs the mountain views. Late May, and the downpour begins. It continues till late August. Come in September and the autumn season begins. It continues till late November. With temperate climate, clear blue skies and extraordinary mountain views it is the best season to visit the country. Winter begins in late November and continues till late February.

Average temperature (for guidance only) CITY Kathmandu

Temp. max ºc Min ºc

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JAN 19 2

FEB 20 4

MAR 25 8

APR 30 11

MAY 30 16

JUN 30 20

JUL 20 21

AUG 29 20

SEP 27 19

OCT 23 15

NOV 23 4

DEC 20 2


Kathmandu & Pokhara Hotels & Sightseeing

Hotel Himalaya

Hotel Yak & Yeti

Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Hotel Himalaya is distinguished by its 180 degree panoramic views of the majestic Himalayas, an intimate sense of luxury and an address near the business district Kathmandu. It is close to the Patan Durbar Square, the ancient palace of the Malla Kings and a World Heritage Site.

Hotel Yak & Yeti is a premier hotel located in the heart of Kathmandu. It continues to be one of the city’s leading luxury business and leisure hotels and though it boasts modern décor and facilities, the traditional Nepali architectural features have been preserved.

Hotel Shankar

Fish Tail Lodge

Kathmandu

Pokhara

The Shanker Hotel is a 100 year old palace, situated in the heart of Kathmandu and just 5 minutes walk from the city’s hub ‘Thamel’. This palatial Heritage hotel was once owned by the grandfather of Her Majesty of Nepal.

Situated on a peninsula with the Fewa Lake on one side and a forest covered hill on the other, the Fish Tail Lodge offers spectacular views of the Annapurna ranges and the ‘Fish Tail’ mountain. Guests are greeted by lush gardens and unique round bungalows.

Kathmandu City Tour

Mt Everest Flight

Join us on a tour of Kathmandu City, which includes Durbar Square and the Taleju Temple with its gilded roofs, the present temple was restored by King Mahendra Malla in 1562. We also see the Temple of the Living Goddess ‘Kumari’, the Pashupatinath Temple and the Boudhanath Stupa, the world centre of Tibetan Buddhism. Altogether 108 Buddha images and 147 insets of prayer wheels adorn the base of the huge circular edifice Departs: Daily 9.30am Duration: Full day (7 hours)

109.00

FROM NZ$

This wonderful experience offers views of not only Mt Everest but almost the entire Himalayan panorama. Very few experiences can compare with the close encounter with the famed mountains of the Nepalese Himalayas. A breathtaking experience! Departs: Daily September – May (weather permitting)

425.00

FROM NZ$

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NEPAL

Kathmandu & Wildlife PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR

6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

Starts/Ends: Kathmandu

Meet and assistance provided on arrival at the airport by your tour manager and transfer to hotel for an overnight stay.

Grade: Easy – Moderate

Day 2: Kathmandu - Chitwan

Departs daily

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

After breakfast travel to Chitwan and explore the village. Stay two nights at Chitwan.

Hotel accommodation with private facilities

Day 3: Chitwan National Park

Private car with driver Meals as specified Local Private English speaking guide

Morning enjoy a wildlife safari on the back of an elephant and in the afternoon walk around the nearby village to observe the daily life of locals.

Entrance fees and tickets

1998.00

FROM NZ$

Day 4: Chitwan - Kathmandu

After breakfast travel to Kathmandu enjoying the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. Stay two nights in Kathmandu.

Day 5: Kathmandu

Enjoy an excursion to Patan and Bhaktapur to see ancient Newari architecture and arts. Visit the 5th Century Pashupatinath temple, one of the largest Baudhanath stupas and Durbar Square. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 6: Kathmandu Departure

After breakfast tour finishes with a transfer to the airport.

Wildlife safari on the back of an elephant Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

PER PERSON From (NZ$)

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

16 Sep 16 - 15 Sep 17

$1998 / $3247

$2394 / $3585

Kathmandu & Hiking PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

Starts/Ends: Kathmandu

On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay at Kathmandu.

Grade: Easy – Adventurous

Day 2: Bhaktapur Excursion

Departs daily

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private car with driver Meals as specified Local private English speaking guide Entrance fees and tickets Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

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1849.00

FROM NZ$

mountains. Experience a magnificent sunset and stay overnight at Nagarkot.

Day 4: Hike to Sankhu

Enjoy a city sightseeing tour, visit Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur, the ancient city housing unique culture, tradition, arts and craftsmanship.

Wake up early in the morning to enjoy a magnificent sunrise over the Himalayan ranges. After breakfast set off hiking in Sankhu and enjoy the rich culture and heart-stopping scenery. Later return back to Kathmandu for an overnight stay.

Day 3: Nagarkot

Day 5: Kathmandu Departure

Visit Stupa of Swayambhunath before travelling to Nagarkot. Enjoy a scenic drive and savour the breathtaking view of the

After breakfast the tour will finish with a transfer to the airport.

PER PERSON From (NZ$)

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

16 Sep 16 - 15 Sep 17

$1849 / $2598

$1999 / $2728


NEPAL

Nepal Delight Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

Day 2: Kathmandu - Chitwan

PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR

Travel by road to Chitwan National Park famous for endangered one-horned rhinos, tigers and many wildlife species of birds, animals and reptiles. Stay two nights at Chitwan.

Departs daily

Day 3: Chitwan National Park

Meet and assistance on arrival at the airport by your tour manager and transfer to hotel for an overnight stay.

Grade: Easy – Moderate

Morning enjoy wildlife safari on elephant back. Afternoon walk around the nearby village to observe the daily life of locals.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Day 4: Chitwan - Pokhara

Starts/Ends: Kathmandu

Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified Local private English speaking guide Entrance fees and tickets

Experience scenic ride to Pokhara and relax at the hotel or take a walk to the Lake. Stay two nights at Pokhara.

Day 5: Pokhara

Visit Mahendra Gupha Cave, The Devil’s Fall at the gorge of the Seti River, Tibetan refugee

2598.00

FROM NZ$

camp and enjoy boat a ride to witness the majestic sight of snow-capped mountain peaks and exquisite beauty.

Day 6: Pokhara - Kathmandu

Today travel back to Kathmandu and check into Hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing tour of Swoyambhunath Stupa. Also visit Chobhar and Kirtipur. After visit return to Kathmandu for overnight stay.

Day 7: Kathmandu

After breakfast visit Patan Darbar square and Boudhanath stupa, After visit return to Kathmandu for overnight stay.

Day 8: Kathmandu Departure

After leisurely breakfast, tour finishes with transfer to the airport.

Wildlife safari on the back of an elephant Boat ride at Pokhra Assistance and transfers

PER PERSON From (NZ$)

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

All current collectable taxes

16 Sep 16 - 15 Sep 17

$2598 / $4179

$2759 / $4559

Essential Kathmandu PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily Starts/Ends: Kathmandu Grade: Easy Paced

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private car with driver Meals as specified

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon visit Pashupathinath Temple; the Temple of Lord Shiva situated on the banks of the Holy Bagmati River, and the Boudhanath Stupa, an ancient colossal stupa and the world centre of Tibetan Buddhism (time permitting). In the evening you will have a welcome dinner at a Nepali restaurant featuring a cultural program.

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

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Day 2: Kathmandu Valley

Today after breakfast, you have a full day sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley including the cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur to witness medieval art and architecture.

Day 3: Kathmandu

After breakfast the tour finishes with a transfer to the airport.

Local private English speaking guide Entrance fees and tickets Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

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Bhutan The country is known to the world by several names, “the Last Shangri-La” to some and to others, “the Last Place on the Roof of the World”. Its a tiny remote Himalayan Kingdom where buying cigarettes is illegal, where rice is red, where chillies are not just a spice for food but an entire dish, where men still wear tunics to

work and where the prosperity of the nation is measured by the Gross National Happiness of its people and not the gross national product. Whether you are a cultural seeker, trekker or simply a nature lover, Bhutan will lure you with a charm and magic, like nowhere else in the world.

Best season to visit Bhutan

Bhutan has four seasons in a year; Winter from December until February, Spring from March to May, Summer from June to August and Autumn from September until November. Though it is possible to visit Bhutan throughout the year, the best seasons to visit Bhutan are Spring and Autumn. During these months of the year, Bhutan has

not only favorable and pleasant climatic conditions but also many ongoing festivals and events within the country. We suggest you plan your visit to Bhutan in advance since its accessibility through air are limited.

Average Temperature (for guidance only) CITY Thimphu

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JAN 10

FEB 13

MAR 14

APR 17

MAY 23

JUN 25

JUL 26

AUG 25

SEP 23

OCT 18

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BHUTAN

Best of Bhutan PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR Departs daily Starts: Paro Ends: Paro Grade: Easy – Adventurous

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private car with driver Meals as specified Local private English speaking guide Entrance fees and tickets Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes Bhutan Entry Visa and government royalty

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

Day 1: Arrive Paro - Thimphu

Departs daily Starts: Paro Ends: Paro Grade: Moderate – Adventurous

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Hotel accommodation with private facilities Private car with driver Meals as specified Local private English speaking guide Entrance fees and tickets Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes Bhutan Entry Visa and government royalty

Day 4: Punakha - Paro

The flight into Bhutan offers dazzling scenic views of Himalaya. On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager who will assist you to transfer to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan, for two nights stay.

Travel to Paro and visit Drugyel Dzong, Ta-Dzong, famous tiger-nest monastry and explore local culture and history. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Thimphu

After breakfast the tour will finish with a transfer to the airport.

Take a full day sightseeing tour of the valley and visit Changangkha Monastery, Drupthob Nunnery Temple, Tashichho Dzong and the local market.

Day 5: Paro Departure

Day 3: Thimphu - Punakha

Leave Thimphu valley and travel to Dochula pass at an altitude of 3140m, stopping enroute to visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress in Bhutan. Later visit Punakha’s Dzong and stay overnight at the hotel.

Land of Dragons PRIVATE CAR GUIDED TOUR

2499.00

FROM NZ$

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

Day 1: Arrive Paro - Thimphu

The flight into Bhutan offers dazzling scenic views of Himalaya. On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager who will assist you to transfer to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan, for two nights stay.

Day 2: Thimphu

Take a full day sightseeing tour of the valley and visit Changangkha Monastery, Drupthob Nunnery Temple, Tashichho Dzong and the local market.

Day 3: Thimphu - Trongsa

After an early breakfast, take a scenic drive through streams, forests and small villages before crossing the Pele la Pass. In the evening explore the town and stay overnight at Trongsa.

Day 4: Trongsa - Bumthang

Travel to Bumthang and visit Wangdicholing, Jakar Dzong, Kurjey and Tamshing monasteries. Enjoy refreshments at the

4279.00

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Swiss Farm House famous for it’s cheese and beer factory. Stay overnight at Bumthang.

Day 5: Bumthang - Punakha

Explore the valley and travel to Punakha. Visit Punakha Dzong Fortress and Simtokha Dzong which now serves as a Buddhist university. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: Punakha - Paro

Enjoy sightseeing around the Paro Valley and visit Ta Dzong which houses the National Museum, the ruins of Drugyel Dzong, the courtyard of 7th century Kichu Lhakhang and famous tiger-nest monastry. Stay two nights at the hotel.

Day 7: Paro

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and explore the town and valley.

Day 8: Paro Departure

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Every tour is 100% guaranteed departure Deluxe Small Group Journeys Touch it, feel it and experience it

India and Sri Lanka are fast becoming favourite destinations amongst the travellers because of their history, age old traditions and heritage famous architecture, Tea Gardens, sandy beaches, National Parks and mouth watering cuisine giving you a unique and well rounded cultural experience and definitely a must-see at least once in your lifetime. Our latest brochure has a collection of some of the unique and popular Small Group Tours, finely tuned to help you capture the most exciting experiences of your choosing. Make the most of it while you enjoy a stay at some of the beautiful palaces, havelies, tea gardens and beach resorts offering international and modern facilities.

Why Small Group Travel? Smaller, Escorted and Inclusive Our Small Group tours consist of a maximum of 16 people to ensure perfect combination of intimacy, flexibility and authentic cultural experiences. Our itineraries are artfully crafted, showcasing the essence of a destination by combining famous highlights with hidden jewels. All groups are escorted on achieving minimum number by an English speaking Tour Leader assisting you throughout your day-to-day activities and enlightening you with local knowledge on general specialties, additional sightseeing and souvenir shopping. Our experienced Local Tour Guides will enhance your experience during sightseeing tours. Travel with like-minded travellers and experience comprehensive inclusions, as well as unsurpassed cultural interpretation provided by experienced tour leaders.

What Makes Us Different?

We are your Local wholesaler Being one of the True Destination Specialists our group team in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal as well as Australia and New Zealand ensures that every itinerary is well balanced and filled with amazing cultural experiences, breathtaking scenery and historical sites. Most mustsee and must-do’s are included giving you opportunity to witness sights, taste delicious cuisine, visit bazaars for souvenirs, meet and experience life of locals at the same time having some free time to explore the towns the way you want to. Whichever itinerary you select, all include complete travel and transfer by charted air-conditioned vehicles, local English speaking 70 www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz

guide, sightseeing, entrance fee to the monuments and parks, safaris, boat ride, elephant or camel or horse ride, cultural shows at the theatre or hotel, domestic airfare in economy class, train fare in best available air-conditioned class, not to mention the current Govt taxes of the county. For more details of inclusions please refer to the inclusions column of the itinerary. Deluxe Group Tour Accommodation All our Group Tours are based on deluxe (4*) accommodation unless mentioned on the tour page, each hotel is carefully selected for its location, comfort, style and ambience providing a true holiday experience. Our accommodation is a mixture of palaces, heritage, Havelies and modern hotels. In most cases we free upgrade the whole group to 5* accommodation in some destinations when tour is fully booked out in advance. Value for Money Being a wholesaler, our huge buying power helps us pass the discounted rates to provide our clients with deluxe accommodation and sometimes upgrades without any additional cost. Our own local team of experts add incredible value for your dollar. Getting Around Comfort is our first priority. All our coaches are air-conditioned with push back seats. We even offer 30-35 seater coach when only 16 people are in a group, providing everyone a window seats. Our train journeys are in air-conditioned sleeper class where bedding is provided by the train attendant, and itineraries that include domestic flight to connecting destinations we use economy class.


Guaranteed Departures To assist you when booking the airline and taking our great early payment savings, TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS has designated all Group Tours as 100% GUARANTEED departure with specified minimum numbers on the scheduled date, unless circumstances occur beyond our control. Tipping Pool Though there are no proper guidelines for tipping, to make it easy for everyone we have given guidelines on page 9 of this brochure. You can pay that with your final payment or on arrival to your Tour Manager.

Multi Trip Discount 5% Off If you have the time why not combine two or more of our Small Group Journeys and save? In any one holiday, we will discount your second and onwards trip by 5%. Discount applies for lowest price tour package and does not apply to trips already combined on the Group Tour itineraries. The discount is on land only tour package.

Plan Your Own Group The advantage of a true specialist is their knowledge and confidence in assisting anyone who is keen to visit a destination but like to do things differently. A special occasion? Do you want to experience a festival, lead a culinary adventure, organise a yoga and wellness group or cycle the off beaten tracks of India or Sri Lanka with people close to you? Or do you find parts of one of our tours appealing but want to alter dates or itineraries to better suit your groups’ needs? Please contact us with your wish list and our team will be glad to tailor-make your special tour ensuring all possible activities and ideas are incorporated, making a unique group tour.

Group Discount 5% Off If you have a group of friends or family wanting to visit India, Sri Lanka, Nepal or Bhutan, we are offering a 5% discount when six or more passengers book together on any Small Group Journey departure. The discount is for land only tour package.

Loyal Passenger Discount 5% Off As Loyal Traveller appreciation we offer a 5% discount off any new Small Group Journey bookings on land only. All you have to do is prove that you have travelled on one Small Group Journey with us since 2012 and the discount is yours!

Meals Being seasoned travellers ourselves we understand the hassle of searching for proper dining when travelling time is unpredictable. All our group journeys include daily breakfast at hotel, lunch in midway restaurants and dinner either in the hotel or at local restaurants. Cuisine is a combination of local and international food, usually served in a buffet style or fixed menu meal, enabling you to sample the local specialties. While you are in India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar don’t expect to eat much western-style food. Rather, enjoy the local cuisine of a true blend of spice and not too much chilli.

How Early Should I Book? The earlier the better so that you can save on our promotional offers. We offer excellent value for our Small Group Tours which tend to be booked out earlier than expected; hence it is advised you reserve your place at least 6 to 7 months prior to departure.

Early Bird Discount 5% Planning ahead of time is rewarded at THO, any booking made 11 months before its scheduled departure date will get 5% discount on the tour price.

Local Offices and 24/7 Helpline Apart from a 24/7 helpline number for emergency assistance, our guest relations manager will keep contact with your escort on every alternative day making sure everything is going smoothly. Our 36 local network and associate office Manager will be there to assist you in every destination.

Group Tour Privately If you have group of friends or family or even two of you and like to do group tour Itinerary as a Private Car. Please contact us and we will be glad to assist you.

Pre and Post Tour Accommodation If you like to arrive early to adjust in the environment before starting the tour or stay on longer, we can arrange pre or post tour accommodation.

International Flights Since most of the people like to fly with their preferred airlines and travellers join our group tour from different parts, Intentional airfare is not included in any of our tours. Please contact us or your travel agent for promotional and discounted fare.

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Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve

Golden Triangle & Tiger

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

2159.00

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

FROM NZ$

On this journey, take an in-depth look at the amazing Palaces and Monuments of India and explore some of the most impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites and search for the elusive tiger in the Ranthambhore National Park. The dazzling Forts, Palaces and Monuments of Delhi are evidences of Mughal opulence and British sophistication. The Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest monument of love, is definitely the highlight with visit to Agra Fort and local markets. Not to be missed is the Pink City of Jaipur to witness the rich architectural legacy of Jaipur merchants, ride an elephant to Amber Fort. We enjoy a wildlife safari at Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve and spot various wild animals and maybe a Royal Bengal Tiger before returning to Delhi.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel in Delhi for two nights stay.

Day 2: Delhi

Enjoy breakfast and an introduction to the tour before starting full day sightseeing of Old and New Delhi. Visit Qutb Minar, India Gate, Gandhi Memorial and Chandni Chowk bazaar.

Day 3: Delhi - Jaipur

SMALL GROUP TOUR Starts: Delhi Ends: Delhi Grade: Easy Paced

Travel to Jaipur, evening explore the bazaar and witness local men wearing turbans, describing their clan and women in their beautiful mirror jaded colourful clothes. Stay two nights at Jaipur.

Day 4: Jaipur

Deluxe hotel accommodation with private facilities

Start full day sightseeing tour with a visit to Amber Fort riding an elephant from the foothills of the fortresses and the Maharaja’s City Palace, the Observatory, photo stop at the Hawa Mahal and drive past the old part of Jaipur city.

Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle

Day 5: Ranthambhore

Guaranteed Departure minimum 02 pax WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Group assistance and transfers Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified THO Tour Manager (minimum 06 people) Local English speaking tour guide Monument entry fees Elephant ride in Jaipur Rickshaw ride in Delhi 02 wildlife safaris at Ranthambhore A bottle of water while travelling

After breakfast travel to Ranthambhore National Park and enjoy a village tour. Stay two nights at the wildlife resort.

Day 6: Ranthambhore

Enjoy morning and afternoon wildlife safari at the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, home to many wildlife species. Evening free to explore nearby village.

Day 7: Ranthambhore - Agra

Journey to Agra, en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned city of Mughals. Stay overnight at Agra.

Day 8: Agra - Delhi Departure

Morning visit to the immortal Taj Mahal (closed on a Friday) built by Emperor Shahjahan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal and Agra Fort a UNESCO World Heritage site before travelling back to Delhi. Tour finishes with direct transfer to international airport. Add return airfare from NZ$1200* Low season *contact your agent or us for current or promotional fare.

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11 Oct

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01 Nov

08 Nov

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29 Nov

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27 Dec

$2259

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$2159

$2884

21 Jan

07 Feb

$2159

$2884

28 Feb

07 Mar

$2159

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$2159

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11 Apr

18 Apr

$2159

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02 May

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$2159

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03 Oct

10 Oct

$2269

$3034

31 Oct

07 Nov

$2269

$3034

12 Dec

19 Dec

$2269

$3034

2018

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16 Jan

$2269

$3034

06 Feb

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$2269

$3034

06 Mar

13 Mar

$2269

$3034

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17 Apr

$2269

$3034

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All current collectable taxes

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Spice, Tea & Backwaters of Kerala

9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

.00 2429 .00 1838

FROM NZ$ FROM AU$

Kerala today has become one of the most popular destinations in South India. It’s a perfect destination for adventure, culture and relaxation. With its laid-back scenic beaches, swaying elephant rides and gentle houseboat cruises along tropical backwaters, you'll soon see why National Geographic Traveller voted Kerala as one of its ten 'Paradise Found'. There are many fascinating elements that make Kerala a must see place. This small tour takes in the most captivating areas, including the ancient harbour city of Cochin, through the beautiful tea gardens and coffee estates of Munnar, to the wildlife reserve of Periyar and the serenity of the backwaters.

Day 1: Arrive Cochin

On arrival at the airport meet your tour manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Cochin

Day 2: Cochin

Wake up early to witness the mesmerising sight of the sun rising over Chinese fishing nets. After breakfast we will set out to explore this port city with a rich and interesting past.

We will walk through the Fort area, exploring the Jewish Syangogue, St Francis church, Dutch Palace or Mattancherry Palace. Visit the spice market, one of the biggest centres of spices in Cochin. Here you can buy some of the authentic spices used in Indian curries. In the evening we will attend a Kathakali dance performance. Kathakali is a ritualised dance form that is native to Kerala, with elaborate costumes and makeup.

Day 3: Cochin - Munnar

Drive from Cochin to Munnar, a hill station at a height of 1525 mtrs, offering a breathtaking view of the hills swathed in a vibrant green carpet of tea bushes. Munnar is a quaint little town that exudes a rare old-world charm and reminds one of the days of the Raj in its elegant splendour. Beyond the rolling hills discover the rich tropical forests abounding in exotic flora and fauna. Afternoon free to relax or explore the surroundings and stay overnight at Munnar.

network of canals to board the “Kettuvallam”, traditional rice boats now converted into deluxe accommodation. Enjoy afternoon relaxing in the lounge as we drift along. Spend overnight on the houseboat.

Day 7&8: Allepey - Kovalam

Disembark after breakfast and travel to the coastal beach resort town of Kovalam. Relax at the beach resort and rejuvenate yourself with the goodness of Ayurveda herbal message during your two night stay.

Day 9: Trivandrum Departure

After breakfast transfer to Trivandrum International Airport to board your onward flight home. Add return airfare from NZ$1200* Low season *contact your agent or us for current or promotional fare.

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20 Oct

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17 Nov

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Day 4: Munnar - Thekkady SMALL GROUP TOUR Starts: Cochin Ends: Trivandrum Grade: Easy Paced

Guaranteed Departure minimum 02 pax WHAT’S INCLUDED? Deluxe hotel accommodation with private facilities Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle Group assistance and transfers Sightseeing as specified

After breakfast we drive through the Western Ghats to Thekkady, a beautiful area of tea gardens, rubber estates and coffee and pepper plantations, located high in the Cardamom hills. En-route visit the Tea Museum opened by the Tata Tea group, where you will learn about the growth of the tea plantations in Munnar. In the afternoon, visit a spice garden where you will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of the spices are grown. Stay two nights at Thekkady.

Day 5: Thekkady

Spice plantation visit

Wake up early to experience a boat cruise on the Lake Periyar, which showcases a kaleidoscope of activities that occur around the lake and jungle. Later return to the hotel for breakfast and visit a spice plantation growing cardamom, pepper, coffee, and vanilla. Stay overnight in Thekkady.

Overnight backwater cruise

Day 6: Backwater Cruise

Meals as specified THO Tour Manager (minimum 06 people) Local English speaking tour guide Monument entry fees

01 standard Ayurveda oil massage Tea museum in Munnar A bottle of water while travelling All current taxes

After an early breakfast enjoy the scenic drive to Alleppey dotted with traditional Kerala houses and bordered by rolling hills on either side. Arrive at these beautiful

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Foodie's Choice

Culinary Journey of North India

11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS

4299.00

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Though North India offers variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine, due to limited time we have selected our Best Five to give you an understanding of the cooking style. We not only will enjoy the real food of the region but also visit all must see places during our sightseeing tour.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Tour starts in Delhi, the capital of India; this city was once ruled for 330 years by the Mughals who did everything in style and splendour. Today city offers a panoramic vista of heritage and modern India that you will experience during the city sightseeing tour. Mughlai Food will be our first culinary experience known for its richness, exotic use of spices, dried fruit and nuts. We also visit historical Parathewali gali famous for variety of stuffed bread and enjoy a Mughlai dinner at famous Moti Mahal restaurant known for the introduction of Butter Chicken to the world. Our next destination is Lucknow; the city of Nawabs famous for Chickan Textile and its Awadhi Cuisine. This is one place that has a colony of Chefs called 'Bawarchi Tola'. Over 450 years Royal Bawarchis (Cook) and Rakabdars of Awadh gave birth to Dum style of cooking or you can say the art of cooking over a slow fire which becomes synonymous with this city. Here we will enjoy Awadhi Dastarkhwan with Kebabs, Sheermal, Briyani amongst other delicacy and also walking food tour of world renowned traditional roadside eateries. We travel to Agra to see the monument of love The Taj Mahal before making our way to Ranthambhore National Park to spot wild life and elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. We will stay in Jungle Resort and enjoy an Indian BBQ dinner. Jaipur will be our last destination, known as the Pink City of Rajasthan for its Royal Palaces and Rajput Warriors. We enjoy city sightseeing tour, elephant ride, explore local bazaar and not to be missed Rajasthani Cuisine at ethnic restaurant. Our cooking class will be at the Royal Family home with homemade dinner.

Deluxe hotel accommodation with private facilities

Highlights of this tour are to introduce you to real culinary experience with five different cuisines of North India.

SMALL GROUP TOUR Starts: Delhi Ends: Delhi Grade: Easy Paced

Guaranteed Departure minimum 06 pax

Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle Group assistance and transfers Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified THO Tour Manager (minimum 08 people) Local English speaking tour guide Monument entry fees Elephant ride at Jaipur Rickshaw ride in Delhi 02 wildlife jeep safaris at Ranthambhor Barbeque dinner at Ranthambhore Dastarkhan style dinner at Lucknow Ethnic Rajasthani Thali dinner A bottle of water while travelling Train fare Delhi - Lucknow - Agra in A/C chair carriage All current collectable taxes 74 www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

On arrival at the airport, meet your tour Manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi Sightseeing & Mugahli Food

After a brief introduction of the city by the tour Manager we visit Old City of ‘Shahjahanabad’, included is a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk to the largest mosque in Asia, Jama Masjid. A quick visit to the famous Paranthe Wali Gali – then we tour Khari Baoli, Asia’s largest wholesale spice market. We stop for lunch before touring Old Delhi that includes Qutb Minar and Humayun’s Tomb. Evening get ready for our first culinary experience and to enjoy truly Mughlai food at the world renowned restaurant Moti Mahal, which introduced the world to Butter Chicken in 1948. Mughlai Biryani, Tandoori

Tikka, Qurma are some of the delicacies you will enjoy.

Day 3: Delhi - Lucknow

An early morning transfer to board express train to enjoy a short journey to Lucknow. 'The City of Nawabs' is an intriguing blend of old world charm, warm hospitality, courteous people, beautiful architecture and rich heritage. The city also is the centre for Chikan embroidery, renowned for its timeless grace and gossamer delicacy, a skill more than 2000 years old. Afternoon, visit a Chickan workshop that will have you mesmerised as you watch skilled workers delicately working on unique styles and stitches on very light cotton cloth. Ensure you leave enough space to enjoy a walking food tour of Lucknow which allows you to hop-in, hop-out of the world famous traditional roadside eateries. Some of the


eateries we visit are Mobeen's Pasanda, Raheem's Nihari Gosht, Bismillha's or Idris' Biryani, Tundey Kebab and finish with Indian ice-cream at Chanakya's Kulfi. Stay two nights at Lucknow.

Day 4: Lucknow Sightseeing & Awadhi Food

By this morning you will certainly want to take a long walk to prepare yourself for an Awadhi Cuisine dinner. We start our day with a city sightseeing tour and visit Bada Imambara; a famous monument of Lucknow, Government Museum and leisure walk in Hazrat Ganj and Aminabad local bazaar providing an opportunity to shop for traditional but very comfortable Chikan dress for tonight’s dinner. Evening get ready for another memorable Awadhi Cuisine Dastarkhwan dinner night where you will be enjoying Awadhi Biriyani, Galawat and Kakori Kebab, Sheermal and chef special Raan Musallam to name few.

Day 5: Lucknow - Agra & Multi Cuisine

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and the morning is free to explore the heritage city of the Nawabs on your own. Noon we check out of the hotel and transfer to the railway station to board train to Agra. Known by all as the home of the Taj Mahal, the city is still associated with the Mughuls who were great builders and you will witness some of the finest architecture as you pass by. Food was also their passion and the cuisine will range from mild to spicy, with specialities in barbeque, curries and bread. Enjoy multi cuisine dinner and stay two nights in Agra.

Day 6: Agra

Early morning watch the sunrise over the Taj Mahal. The world's greatest monument to love and devotion with its superb craftsmanship of semiprecious stones inlaid into the inlaid marble in beautiful patterns, a process known as pietra dura. After breakfast visit the impressive 16th Century Agra Fort and Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah. Afternoon visit marble inlay workshop to understand the beautiful calligraphy done with precious gemstones on the Taj Mahal. Evening free to explore local bazaar.

Day 7: Agra - Ranthambhore

Drive to Ranthambhore, en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned city of the Mughals, and another UNESCO World Heritage site. Evening free to relax or explore this small village and stay two nights in Jungle resort.

Day 8: Wildlife safari & Indian Barbeque As dawn breaks the jungle comes alive with bird and animal calls. Enjoy morning and afternoon wildlife safari by Jeep, searching for that elusive Royal Bengal Tiger amongst many wild species of birds, reptiles and capture some spectacular views of the majestic Aravalli ranges. We will enjoy an Indian barbeque on the lawns of the hotel. The food is first marinated for hours before skewering on iron rods and cooked over the charcoal fire and clay oven also known as Tandoor, to give a unique flavour. Food we enjoy will be selection of tikkas and kebabs accompanied by local dishes.

Day 9: Ranthambhore Jaipur & Home-Made Meal Travel to Jaipur; the Pink City of Rajasthan is a treasure-trove of culture, art and history and famous for its colour, life style and Rajasthani cuisine. Evening we explore the bazaar, hunting through the colourful and chaotic streets, shopping for souvenirs like silver jewellery and precious and semiprecious stones. To understand what a typically Indian family eat on a daily basis we visit a Rajput family house and participate in cooking lesson so you can create quick, simple and healthy curry when you are back home. The lady of the house will guide you through the lesson and share the story of their royal past. We enjoy a typical house meal consisting of vegetables, lentils, meat, some snacks, rice and chapatti. Stay two nights at Jaipur.

Jantar Mantar an open air astronomical observatory, photo stop at the Hawa Mahal and City Palace complex. In the evening have a traditional Rajasthani Thali, which usually has some vegetables grown only in Rajasthan desert areas and served with chapattis among other Rajasthani delicacies.

Day 11: Jaipur - Delhi Departure

After leisurely breakfast we travel back to Delhi. Tour finishes by late afternoon with direct transfer to Delhi International airport where you board your onward flight.

Add return airfare from NZ$1200* Low season *contact your agent or us for current or promotional fare.

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17 Oct

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20 Mar

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22 Jan

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13 Apr

23 Apr

$4529

$5364

For the quality of accommodation, please refer page 12-13 of this brochure.

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12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS

5298.00

FROM NZ$

The dramatic terrain of Sikkim guarantees stunning vistas of snow-capped Himalayan peaks and challenging biking on roads lined with a wide variety of rhododendrons. This land locked northern Indian state is bordered by Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, and the influence is seen in the people, the majority of whom are ethnically Nepali, and the two predominant religions of Hinduism and Vajrayana Buddhism. The going is mostly along quieter roads, but there are some busier sections, which the guides and accompanying vehicles will help you to negotiate. We start our tour at the state capital of Gangtok, which is also a centre of Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning. On our first day of riding we'll take an easy cycle to get used to the higher altitude of 1,437 metres (4,715 ft) and use our bicycles to visit the 200-year-old baroque Enchey monastery. We'll be riding down into valleys and then up over passes (none higher than 2,100 m) where we'll have the Kanchenjunga mountain range as our backdrop. We take breaks to visit Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, make a wish at Sikkim's holiest lake, sample tea from local plantations, and ride a toy train in the colonial hill station of Darjeeling. SMALL GROUP TOUR Starts: Kolkata Ends: Bagdogra Grade: Adventurous

Guaranteed Departure minimum 06 pax WHAT’S INCLUDED? Comfort hotel accommodation with private facilities Travel by charter coach and cycling Support vehicle during cycling Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified THO Tour Manager (minimum 06 people) Local English speaking tour guide Monument entrance fees Toy train ride in Darjeeling Hire mountain terrain bike with front suspension A bottle of water while travelling Airfare Kolkata - Bagdogra in economy class Group assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes 76 www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz

Note: Due to hygiene reasons we recommend you bring your own personal cycling gear to be used during tour. Only one mountain terrain bike hire included as per itinerary.

Day 1: Arrive Kolkata

On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay in Kolkata.

Day 2: Kolkata

After relaxed breakfast meet your Tour Manager at the lobby for a tour briefing and feel free to clear all the doubts regarding the tour before we start our adventure. Kolkata being the capital of the British Colonial Empire prior to Independence, and now capital of West Bengal, offers a vast variety of sights which we will enjoy during our sightseeing tour. Our day starts with visit to Dalhousie Square, one of Asia’s largest flower markets with the view of Howrah Bridge, Kumartuli, enjoy a short walk on Chowringhee Lane, St. Paul Cathedral Church and Victoria Memorial. Return to the hotel to freshen up and conclude your evening with welcome dinner at the restaurant, serving authentic cuisine (Thali) from all over Bengal. Overnight at hotel in Kolkata.

Day 3: Kolkata - Gangtok

Morning transfer to board flight to Bagdogra and transfer by coach to Gangtok the capital of Sikkim. Located amidst the grandeur of the mountain peaks, lush valleys, fast flowing rivers, hills, Sikkim offers her visitors a rare and singular experience. Remainder of the day is free to explore and stay overnight at hotel.

Day 4: Gangtok

Soon after breakfast your adventure starts; you will pick up your mountain Cycles and start the sightseeing of Gangtok city visiting Flower Show Complex, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (closed on Sundays), Cottage Industry (closed on Sundays) and Enchey Monastery. Rest of the day is spent at leisure. Stay two nights at the hotel.

Day 5: Gangtok

After an early breakfast we cycle 24 km down to the Rumtek Monastery to witness traditional murals and Tibetan paintings heightened by the visual effects of its impressive architecture. Other highlights


will be the paintings of the Kagyu lineage, the eight great Bodhisattvas, the sixteen Arhats, the Genduk Chogngi, sprawling green landscape, mild weather, smiling people, traditions that touch the conscience, and the beautiful monastery.

remains just as alluring with its snow capped mountains, tiny waterfalls, little villages, narrow gauge railway track and world famous Tea Gardens. Rest of the evening at leisure with dinner and three nights stay at hotel.

Day 6: Gangtok - Temi

Day 10: Darjeeling

After breakfast we leave Gangtok and cycle towards Temi Tea Garden. Established in 1969 over 435 acres of land, about 55 kms from Gangtok in the beautiful valley of Ravangla, Temi tea estates produces some of the best Tea in the world. On arrival check in to one of the scenic resorts for overnight stay. Later we cycle through the Temi Tea Garden and Samdruptse to view Mt. Kanchenjunga.

Day 7: Temi - Yuksom

Today we head 70km further northwards to Yuksom, the beautiful north Himalayan valley in Sikkim. We freewheel down more than 1,500m to Legship (520m) then cycle uphill to Tashiding, taking a break for lunch and to visit the monastery and finish at Yuksam (1780m). Overnight at the hotel in Yuksom.

Day 8: Yuksom - Pelling

We ride to Khecheopalri and visit Sikkim’s holiest lake surrounded by dense forests and hidden in a mountain bowl 33-m to the northwest of Pelling. Khecheopalri Lake, known as the "Wishing Lake" is sacred to the Lepchas. Our day continues through undulating forests and rhododendrons to Pelling (2080m) covering approx 50km ride. Evening free to relax. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 9: Pelling - Darjeeling

After an early breakfast we start cycling towards the beautiful city of Darjeeling and, mostly downhill, we reach Malli on good tarsealed roads covering approx 70 km. When we have finished our descent we'll pack up the bikes and travel by coach up the steep incline to the hill station of Darjeeling. Town often referred to as the “Queen of the Hills”, it

No cycling today but an early start to watch a beautiful sun rise at Tiger Hill and chance to see mountain Range like Kanchanjunga, Mount Everest amongst others. A truly majestic sight, the horizon changes colours just before sunrise and then the entire Himalayan range turns golden. We return to the hotel for breakfast before proceeding to the Darjeeling Railway station for a World Heritage Toy Train ride started in 1881 up to Ghoom. Afternoon free to relax or explore the town for souvenirs.

Add return airfare from NZ$1200* Low season *contact your agent or us for current or promotional fare.

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24 Sep

$5298

$6398

11 Oct

22 Oct

$5298

$6398

15 Nov

26 Nov

$5298

$6398

2016

2017

23 Jan

03 Feb

$5298

$6398

20 Feb

03 Mar

$5298

$6398

20 Mar

31 Mar

$5298

$6398

17 Apr

28 Apr

$5298

$6398

22 May

03 Jun

$5298

$6398

18 Sep

29 Sep

$5575

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09 Oct

20 Oct

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Back on the bikes for city tour as we cycle from our hotel through an old residential area of Darjeeling, we cross the old Hill Cart Road and then take the Old Military Road covering approx 40km. Evening we chit-chat and celebrate all the hills we conquered over a farewell dinner.

13 Nov

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Day 12: Bagdogra Departure

Day 11: Darjeeling

2018

22 Jan

02 Feb

$5575

$6729

19 Feb

02 Mar

$5575

$6729

19 Mar

30 Mar

$5575

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16 Apr

27 Apr

$5575

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21 May

01 Jun

$5575

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After leisurely breakfast tour finishes with transfer by coach to the Bagdogra airport where you board flight to Kolkata, Delhi or Mumbai to connect with your onward flight.

Add-On

Andaman Islands 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

599

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Festivals of Rajasthan

Culture, Culinary & Shopping Tour

Jal Mahal

15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS

6278.00

FROM NZ$

This tour takes you to the cities rich in history and monumental splendour of India. View the ancient and modern attractions of Delhi, the world famous Taj Mahal in Agra, the forts and palaces of Jaipur. Unique brassware, handicrafts, leather, silver, marble, carpets, paintings and textiles are India's trademark. It's a fun way to meet the locals and certainly expect to bargain your way into winning a purchase. Destinations selected for this tour are famous for their unique culture and mouth-watering cuisines, not to mention the variety in shopping. Delhi is a great introduction to an imperial past and shopping paradise. Varanasi is famous for being one of the oldest living cities in the world, housing great culture and strikingly beautiful Varanasi silk. We make our way to Agra to see the perfect marble monument that tells the story of unconditional love, the Taj Mahal. We'll explore a bazaar for marble handicrafts and bejewelled carpets in Agra before travelling to Jaipur, the colourful city of Rajasthan, famous for grand palaces, colourful bazaars selling textiles, and high quality gold, silver and diamond jewellery.

SMALL GROUP TOUR Starts: Delhi Ends: Mumbai Grade: Easy Paced

Guaranteed Departure minimum 02 pax WHAT’S INCLUDED?

We enjoy a Royal stay at Deogarh Palace where every room of the Palace tells the story of its glorious past. Jodhpur will mesmerise you with its charm, and delight you with its wellpreserved Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest spice and Jodhpuri textile markets. Before concluding the tour we fly to Mumbai to enjoy the Bollywood buzz and shopping. When shopping for souvenirs, the subtle yet ethnic appeal of every item is irresistible whether it be furniture, leatherwear, pottery, metal craft or textiles. It is little wonder, therefore, that because of these artistic treasures you can be indulgent without being extravagant.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Deluxe hotel accommodation with private facilities

On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Delhi.

Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle

Day 2: Delhi

Heena full hand painting

Enjoy breakfast and brief introduction of the city before starting full day tour of old and New Delhi. Visit Qutb Minar, India Gate, Gandhi Memorial and Chandni Chowk bazaar. We will explore local bazaars and workshops for handicrafts, and shopping. In the evening discover the culinary secrets of Moghul Cuisine which have been passed on from one generation to another. You will sample the most delicate kebab cooked to perfection in tandoors and served with Roomali Rotis or "handkerchief" bread. Watch the masters prepare this unique bread that takes the shape of a handkerchief and can measure up to 3'x3'!

A bottle of water while travelling

Day 3: Delhi - Varanasi

Group assistance and transfers Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified THO Tour Manager (minimum 06 people) Local English speaking tour guide Monument entrance fees Airfare Delhi-Varanasi-Agra and JodhpurMumbai in economy class Rickshaw ride at Old Delhi Boat ride on River Ganges Elephant ride at Amber Fort

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Soon after breakfast we board morning flight to Varanasi. Varanasi abounds in the

art of silk weaving, an exotic art form which manifests itself in precious Banarasi silk saris and silk brocades that are cherished as collector’s items across the world. We enjoy an afternoon at the silk weaving village observing the art of silk weaving and shop for beautiful souvenirs. Evening watch the grand prayer ceremony at the Ghats. Stay two nights at Varanasi.

Day 4: Varanasi

An early morning start to heritage walk and sunrise boat ride on river Ganges. Witness the perpetual movement of the pilgrims on the steps, the vivid colours of their clothes glistening against the pale gold water, the triangular flags fluttering atop the temple spires. After breakfast enjoy city tour and afternoon excursion to Sarnath where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon at the deer park after his enlightenment.

Day 5: Varanasi - Agra

After breakfast we board flight to Agra the home of the Taj Mahal, the city is still


Varanasi Ghats

associated with the Mughuls who were great builders. Afternoon visit a marble inlay workshop to see remaining artisans creating masterpiece with marble and precious gem stones. Stay two nights in Agra.

Day 6: Agra

An early start to visit the Taj Mahal, the world's greatest monument of love and devotion with its superb craftsmanship of semi-precious stones inlaid in the marble in beautiful patterns, a process known as pietra dura. After breakfast visit the impressive 16th century Agra Fort and Tomb of Itimadud-Daulah, also known as Baby Taj. Evening visit a jewel carpet workshop and explore local bazaars.

Day 7: Agra - Jaipur

Travel to Jaipur, En-route we stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted city of the Mughals. Travel to Jaipur; the first planned city of India, a treasure-trove of culture, art and history, famous for its colour, lifestyle and Rajasthani cuisine. Evening explore a world-famous jewellery market offering a variety that ranges from chunky tribal jewellery, to enamelled gold, to modern diamond jewellery, and shop at a local bazaar for necklaces, armlets, anklets, earrings, rings, bangles inset with semiprecious stones. Stay two nights at Jaipur.

Day 8: Jaipur

Morning city sightseeing tour with a visit to Amber Fort, and Jantar Mantar, the open-air astronomical observatory. Take a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal, built for the ladies of the court to watch busy streets below without being seen, followed by the huge City Palace complex, home to the Maharaja with a fascinating museum containing his personal collection of weaponry, miniature paintings, royal attire and jewellery. Afternoon excursion to Sanganer with its block and screen printed fabrics workshop.

Day 9: Jaipur Deogarh Palace

Travel to experience rural village life which once was a very important area of Mewar aristocracy. Our stay will be none other than Deogarh Mahal, a truly remarkable luxury palace hotel where every room of the palace tells the story of by gone era. Evening free to explore the village and enjoy two nights stay at the Deogarh Mahal.

Day 10: Deogarh Palace

This is the day to relax and pamper so have a leisurely breakfast and meet our local Heena painting experts who will surprise you with the designs for both your hands and feet. As you relax you will see why Heena is so important for Indian wedding ceremonies and functions. In the afternoon rejuvenate yourselve with an Ayurveda oil massage. Evening explore the village before dinner at the hotel.

Day 11: Deogarh - Jodhpur

Today we make our way to Jodhpur, an oasis in the vast desert, founded in 1459 AD. Evening explore the famous Sadar Bazaar in the heart of the city, one of the largest markets for Indian spices and textiles. While touring observe the traditions, culture and glorious past personified through Jodhpur's amazing monuments.

Day 12: Jodhpur

Visit Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble built in 1899 in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, and Mehrangarh Fort, one of the best preserved forts in India. Rest of the day free to shop for silverware, quilts, fabrics, leather goods, paintings, embroidered shoes, Jodhpuris and a range of souvenirs.

Day 13: Jodhpur - Mumbai

After leisurely breakfast board your flight to Mumbai. Evening is free for shopping. Mumbai is not only famous for the international fashion brands and labels, but

is also home to a wide assortment of local markets, boutiques and shopping. Stay two nights in Mumbai.

Day 14: Mumbai

We enjoy half day sightseeing tour of Mumbai, visiting the Prince of Wales Museum, Gateway of India, Hanging Gardens and Dhobi Ghat. Remainder of the day is free for shopping.

Day 15: Mumbai Departure

After breakfast tour finishes with transfer to Mumbai airport to board your onward flight. Add return airfare from NZ$1200* Low season *contact your agent or us for current or promotional fare.

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10 Sep

24 Sep

$6278

$7989

08 Oct

22 Oct

$6278

$7989

12 Nov

26 Nov

$6278

$7989

27 Dec

10 Jan ’17

$6378

$8089

2016

2017

21 Jan

04 Feb

$6278

$7989

11 Feb

25 Feb

$6278

$7989

11 Mar

25 Mar

$6278

$7989

15 Apr

29 Apr

$6278

$7989

09 Sep

23 Sep

$6598

$8398

07 Oct

21 Oct

$6598

$8398

11 Nov

25 Nov

$6598

$8398

27 Dec

10 Jan’18

$6698

$8498

2018

20 Jan

03 Feb

$6598

$8398

10 Feb

24 Feb

$6598

$8398

10 Mar

24 Mar

$6598

$8398

14 Apr

28 Apr

$6598

$8398

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Kanchipuram Temple

Kerala Houseboat

Saffron to Bollywood

15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS

5196.00

FROM NZ$

This tour is a highly recommended itinerary for those wishing to experience the beautiful scenery and rich culture of Southern India. Explore some of India’s most important pilgrimage sites and temples, taste spices at their source, cruise waterways, and experience the multicultural harbour town of Cochin and the exciting city of Mumbai. We start our tour in Chennai visiting important cultural sites; the seaside town of Mamallapuram, where Pallavan stonecutters produced some of the finest carvings in India; Pondicherry where the neatly laid roads remind us of the French colonial era, Thanjavur which still bears witness to the splendour of Chola architecture, found in the carvings of Meenakshi Temple, a temple that buzzes with Hindu pilgrims performing rituals at all hours of the day.

SMALL GROUP TOUR Starts: Chennai Ends: Mumbai Grade: Easy Paced

Guaranteed Departure minimum 02 pax WHAT’S INCLUDED? Deluxe hotel accommodation with private facilities

Periyar, visit local spice plantations growing cardamom, pepper, vanilla, tea and coffee and enjoy a boat ride in a nearby wildlife reserve to scout the forest for resident elephants and birds. We then board an overnight cruise to explore the scenic Backwaters of Kerala a vast, intricate network of lagoons, canals and lakes. Listen for the birdsong drifting out of the nearby Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and observe the local life along the waterways. Cochin, also known as Kochi, an evocative harbour town where we experience the city’s rich past, flavoured by the Portuguese, British, Dutch, Chinese and Jewish traders including a 500 year old church, a 16th Century Synagogue, and Royal Palace. Enjoy gourmet South Indian specialty dishes and witness a highly ritualised “Kathakali” dance. We will have enough time to browse for antiques and perhaps indulge in a traditional Ayurvedic spa treatment a specialty of southern India. Conclude with a tour of Mumbai, India’s high-energy capital and the home of the Bollywood Film Industry. Enjoy the city’s wonderful restaurants, markets and private touring of the most interesting cultural attractions.

Day 1: Arrive Chennai

Sightseeing as specified

On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay in Chennai.

now a World UNESCO site. Later visit a silk weavers village, settled around 400 years ago with an enviable reputation, who still use highest quality silk and pure gold thread.

Meals as specified

Day 2: Mahabalipuram

Day 4: Pondicherry

Backwater cruise

After a brief introduction of the city by our tour manager we visit the Museum and Art Gallery and Marina beach, one of the longest beaches in the world. Afternoon travel to Mahabalipuram and stay two nights.

Journey to Pondicherry, explore this well planned city and note the French legacy of beautiful promenades and architecturally imposing buildings left behind before independence. Stay overnight in the hotel.

Spice Plantation visit

Day 3: Kanchipuram

Day 5: Pondicherry Thanjavur

Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle Group assistance and transfers

THO Tour Manager (minimum 06 people) Local English speaking Tour Guide Monument entry fees

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We enjoy an excursion to Kanchipuram, the flourishing capital city of the 2nd century Cholas Dynasty, now known as City of a Thousand Temples and one of the seven most sacred cities of the Hindu faith. Visit intricately stone carved 8th century Shore Temples constructed in Dravidian style and

Morning we enjoy city sightseeing and visit Rai Nivas and Sri Aurobindo Ashram and explore the medieval town of the French province, which has managed to preserve its French aura. Later travel to Thanjavur and stay two nights at hotel.


Day 6: Thanjavur

After breakfast we enjoy an excursion to Thanjavur, the Granary of South India, lying in the deltaic region of the famous river Cauvery and criss-crossed by a lengthy network of irrigation canals. The city rose to glory during the later Chola Reign between 11th and 14th centuries and became the centre of learning and culture. It is also known for its exquisite handicrafts, bronzes and South Indian Musical Instruments. Evening free to explore local bazaar.

Day 7: Thanjavur - Trichy - Chettinad

Today we travel to Chettinad, en-route stopping at Trichy. Visit Srirangam Temple located at River Kaveri and most famed 83 meter high rock on flat land, said to be 3800 million years old. Evening free to explore local bazaar and witness 18th century wooden carved houses. Later in the evening we enjoy a Chettinad cuisine. Spices are so important to the cuisine – marathi mokku (dried flower pods) anasipoo (star anise), tamarind and saunf (fennel seed) are amongst the favourites used.

Day 8: Chettinad - Madurai

After breakfast we start our city sightseeing tour by visiting heritage mansions built more than 100 years ago and famous for their architecture, chandeliers and wooden craftsmanship. Continue with a visit to the Museum and famous temple before travelling to Madurai, the centre of Tamil heritage and culture. Stay overnight in Hotel.

Day 9: Madurai - Thekkady

Start our sightseeing tour of the city, once the capital for the Pandyan King in 550 AD. Visit magnificent Meenakshi Temple to experience stunning architecture such as the sculpted pillars that tell the story

of the beautiful princess of Madurai and her marriage to Lord Shiva. Later travel to Thekkady, famous for its wildlife sanctuary and enjoy a spice plantation tour to see crops of cardamom, cinnamon, pepper and coffee. Stay two nights at Thekkady.

Day 14: Mumbai

Day 10: Wildlife Sanctuary

After a leisurely breakfast the tour finishes with a transfer to the airport.

Wake up early to enjoy a boat ride in the Periyar wildlife sanctuary to spot various wild animals, birds and reptiles. Later visit a spice plantation. Evening attend a local cooking class to learn to cook Kerala dishes, one of the most intriguing cuisines of the world. The class will be held in a traditional home set in the grounds of a working bioorganic spice garden.

Visit enjoy city sightseeing tour of Mumbai and visit Gateway of India, Hanging Gardens, Dhobi Ghat and finish your day exploring the famous Crawford bazaar.

Day 15: Mumbai Departure

Add return airfare from NZ$1200* Low season *contact your agent or us for current or promotional fare.

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10 Sep

24 Sep

$5196

$7849

Today we travel to Kumarakom and embark on our houseboat. Enjoy cruising through palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along the sides of the canals providing panoramic sights never to be forgotten. All meals and overnight on board.

15 Oct

29 Oct

$5196

$7849

12 Nov

26 Nov

$5196

$7849

28 Dec

11 Jan’17

$5296

$7949

18 Jan

01 Feb

Day 12: Alleppey - Cochin

Day 11: Backwaters Cruise

Disembark after breakfast and travel to Cochin. Afternoon visit the Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace and St Francis church, the oldest church built in 1503AD by Portuguese. In the evening explore the local bazaar of Fort Cochin and finish the day with a Kathakali dance drama cultural show in the theatre. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 13: Cochin - Mumbai

After breakfast transfer to board a flight to Mumbai to enjoy the glamour of Bollywood cinema and shopping malls full of designer labels and explore the local bazaar. Stay two nights at Mumbai.

2017

$5196

$7849

11 Feb

25 Feb

$5196

$7849

11 Mar

25 Mar

$5196

$7849

01 Apr

15 Apr

$5196

$7849

09 Sep

23 Sep

$5467

$8259

14 Oct

28 Oct

$5467

$8259

11 Nov

25 Nov

$5467

$8259

28 Dec

11 Jan '18

$5567

$8359

2018

20 Jan

03 Feb

$5467

$8259

10 Feb

24 Feb

$5467

$8259

10 Mar

24 Mar

$5467

$8259

07 Apr

21 Apr

$5467

$8259

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The Perfect Click PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS

5650.00

FROM NZ$

The Perfect Click tour is suitable for all kinds of photography enthusiasts. This very carefully planned photography tour takes you into the most vibrant places of Rajasthan. Our tour director will take you to perfectly timed shoots at some of the most famous and important sights covered in this programme. Every place provides different perspective, light, shade, landscape and people dressed in colourful local costumes to capture that perfect shot which every photographer looks for.

SMALL GROUP TOUR Starts: Delhi Ends: Delhi Grade: Easy to Moderate

Guaranteed Departure minimum 08 pax WHAT’S INCLUDED? 12 nights deluxe hotel accommodation with private facilities

The tour will start in Delhi which allows us to witness and capture this historic city as well as the modern New Delhi. We enjoy an overnight train journey to Jaisalmer; boarding the train itself is a unique experience as the station platform will be a chaotic jumble of businessmen, suitcases, children, monkeys and dogs. At every stop, station vendors will wander past as they sell snacks and Masala Chai. It is an eye-opening and rewarding experience that really will immerse you in the true India. Our next stop is Jodhpur, also known as the Blue City of Rajasthan, offering an amazing mix of culture and colour before travelling to Narlai, a small town which will offer us the opportunity to meet the local tribe and indigenous Mewari horses. One of the main highlights of this is tour is the amazing, colourful, heart pounding, vibrant Pushkar Camel Fair where we will spend three nights to ensure you get full opportunity to see and shoot every aspect of this wonderful fair. A hot air balloon shoot is included in the price, timed to let you capture the low sun, the long shadows, the smoke rising from a hundred campfires and also to give you a perspective of Rajasthan that is priceless. We make our way to another exciting destination Jaipur, the Pink City with its chaotic, intoxicating bazaars and the stunning Amber Fort, where you'll discover how useful an elephant can be as a shooting platform, before travelling to Agra, for the unmissable Taj Mahal and specially-organised sunrise and sunset shoots.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Travel by air-conditioned charter coach

On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay in Delhi.

Group assistance and transfers

Day 2: Delhi - Jaisalmer

03 nights deluxe tent in Pushkar

Hot air balloon ride in Pushkar

Street shoot, famous sights, surprises After breakfast we will visit Qutb Minar, one of the tallest stone carved towers; 17th century Jama Masjid and the not to be missed chaos of Chandni Chowk. Your next adventure begins in the evening as we board the overnight train for a rockin'-androllin' journey to Jaisalmer in air-conditioned sleeper class. This in itself is a shooting opportunity: slices of railway life on board and on platforms at train stops will have you reaching for your camera. Packed dinner and overnight on board.

Train fare Delhi-Jaisalmer in A/C sleeper

Day 3: Jaisalmer

Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified THO Tour Manager (minimum 08 people) Local English speaking Tour Guide Monument entry fees Elephant ride at Jaipur Camel ride at Jaisalmer Visit to Bishnoi village Horse ride to visit Rabari tribe in Narlai

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Thar Desert, havelies, markets and moments We are now in the middle of the arid Thar Desert. Just before noon, we roll into

Jaisalmer, the Golden City to view its lovely sandstone hues and transfer to hotel. After freshening up, we'll head straight out to the city and start shooting. We begin with the town and bustling market. You'll come upon opportunistic vignettes, the once-ina-lifetime moments: the child playing in a doorway, the vivid flashes of a woman's sari. Late in the afternoon we'll head out to the sand dunes to look for camels. The sun will be low, kissing everything with a delicious glow. On our way back we'll stop outside the Fort to shoot the illuminated city.

Day 4: Jaisalmer

Sunrise dune shoot, Khuri Village, dunescapes, shepherds We wake up early for a sunrise shoot from the top of a sand dune as the first pink rays kiss the ancient fortress. We then go to Khuri Village and chat with the colourful residents of this charming Rajasthani hamlet. Keep your camera charged as today is Dipawali, the Indian Festival of Light. Even in the most


ordinary working town this festival is a feast for the eye. Your tour director will organise a genuinely privileged encounter, up close and friendly with a local family as they celebrate Diwali in their own home, enabling you to chat, connect and take photos in classic travel shooters documentary style.

Day 5: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur

Roadside encounters, Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Blue City street shooting After breakfast we hit the road to Jodhpur. As we drive, we'll see glimpses of Thar desert life flash past. Droopy-eyed camels, exquisitely costumed Rajasthani women and the good-looking Marwari men trading jokes over glasses of tea. Jodhpur will take your breath away. We'll shoot scintillating coloured beams of sunlight streaming through exquisite multi-hued glass panes; we'll amble past walls of ancient mirrors and marvel at the extravagant and sensuous Phool Mahal where concubines once danced to tempt a prince's libido. Then we proceed down to the Jaswant Thada, an exquisite, creamy white marble memorial contrasted against the azure desert sky. Then we're off to capture slices of Jodhpuri life, and the contrasts of local costumes set against those blue-daubed walls. Stay two nights at hotel.

Day 6: Rajastahni Village

The Bishnoi Tribals, mud village, wildlife, personal encounters Today we head out to a rural Rajasthani village to experience and shoot the amazing world of the Bishnoi tribe. Bishnois are strict vegetarians where animals are considered as God, so 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, while the men wear a spotless bright white. After lunch we'll amble back down to the Old Town. Our Tour Director may have a surprise experience up his sleeve: perhaps a picturesque shooting session of tying a Rajasthani turban, or we might pop in and say hello to a local family in their home.

Day 7: Jodhpur - Narlai

Marwari warrior horse shoot, heritage hotels, free evening In the morning we'll set off for a very special encounter going behind the scenes for a specially organised shoot experience with a very exclusive, rare and photogenic breed of Marwari horses with its great story of existence and current bloodline. We'll shoot a large group of these descendants of the Rajput warrior horses, pristine and unsaddled, by a quiet stream. We'll then follow the horses through all the key moments of a day's care and training. Evening is free to socialise, relax and explore.

Day 8: Narlai

Close encounter with the Rabari nomads, Opium in the den, free evening The Rabaris are descendants of an ancient group of nomads and today many of them are semi-nomadic, living in small villages

dotted over thousands of square kilometres of Rajasthan and its neighbouring states. We will join them to share a few hours of their lives, up close and personal. We'll arrive in time to capture early morning activity, as they primp their circular mudand-thatch homes, the women starting the day's cooking, fetching water from the village well, dressing themselves and their children while the men head out to graze their livestock. This is powerful, authentic, slice-of-life stuff, you'll be fascinated by their amazing jewellery, their tattoos and accessories. We enjoy an Opium ceremony before heading back for a relaxed evening.

Day 9: Narlai - Puskar

The Camel Fair, hot air balloon ride We'll leave Narlai after breakfast and head out to our tour highlight, the Pushkar Camel Fair, arriving before noon. Like all the serious players, we're there early, when the livestock trading is at its most intense, the crowds fascinating but manageable, and the access for photography most open and accessible. Mind-boggling photo opportunities await as we head down the dunes to Pushkar lake: the turbaned men, the bejewelled and extravagantly draped women, the traditionally costumed kids, the camels, the goats and the cattle. As the sun drops to the horizon and sends out long shadows, we head out on a hot air balloon ride over Pushkar at sunset. After an hour's silent drifting in the sky above Pushkar, we'll land and head off to dinner.

Day 10: Puskar

Sunrise with the camels, Pushkar Camel Fair, Pushkar town shoot, Hilltop temples We're up at dawn for a sunrise shoot, hoping to scoop up that soft light as it edge-lights the dunes, backlights wandering camels and gives even the ordinary a little touch of magic. We'll shoot the snake-charmers, the puppet shows and the haggling of the camel-dealers. In the evening, we head away from the lake to Pushkar town itself to see street stalls and traders, barbers and buccaneers, holy men and grafters before returning to our accommodation for dinner. Evening is free for those who like to venture out for some more evening shoots.

en-route to capture tableaux in the towns of Ajmer. Jaipur’s royal origins will be a big influence on our shooting over the next couple of days: its forts, palaces and monuments make for spectacular photography under the clear desert sky. Enjoy sightseeing and a bit of architectural photography at Hawa Mahal, the Palace of the Winds and the magnificent Amber Fort. Experience some of Jaipur's fabled bazaars, where you can shop, shoot or simply gasp at the amazing array of wares. Stay two nights at hotel.

Day 13: Jaipur

Elephants, sari dyeing workshop, bazaar We’ll start by visiting the elephants at the Amber Fort: we’ll find them in a brand new government-funded elephant village and with a bit of luck, we’ll see them playing in their special pool for great shooting material. Later we move to a sari-dyeing workshop for some of the most extravagant displays of colour you’ll ever get to point your autofocus. In the evening we explore local bazaar.

Day 14: Jaipur - Agra

Itimad-ud-Daulah, Taj Mahal sunset shoot After breakfast we head out for four hours or so of rural driving while witnessing tooting lorries, camels, sacred cows, wandering pedestrians and holy men all apparently claiming sole ownership of the highway. We first visit Itimad-ud-Daulah, the socalled Baby Taj before arriving at the hotel for check in. A quick freshen up and we'll make our way to the Taj Mahal to shoot it inside, outside and at perfect sunset taking advantage of the long shadows and the sun tinting the bone marble orange. If time permits then we can explore Taj Ganj.

Day 15: Agra - Delhi Departure

Taj Mahal sunrise shoot – Agra Fort Head out early for one last Taj Mahal shoot at sunrise, and visit Agra Fort, a colossal red sandstone walled city where Shahjahan, the Emperor who built the Taj Mahal, spent the last seven years of his life under house arrest. On arrival in Delhi direct transfer to the airport where you board your return flight home.

Day 11: Pushkar

Full-on festivities – Camelback and camel buggies - Pushkar sunset By now, you'll have the classic shooter's feel for the kind of shot you really want to master at Pushkar. The backlit camels and hanging dust at sundown… the amazing colours, clothes, canopies and tattoos… the proud, handsome faces of the Marwari men and the flashing, dancing eyes of the women… One last glorious, smoky, exotic Pushkar sunset and a bit of jewellery shopping.

Day 12: Pushkar - Jaipur

Ajmer, Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Bazaars Early morning we slip off to the Pink City of Jaipur; so nicknamed because the entire city was painted bright pink in honour of the Prince of Wales’ visit in 1853, and stop

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Highlights of Rajasthan

17 DAYS / 16 NIGHTS

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Rajasthan, ‘Land of Kings’ is steeped in romantic history, chivalry and valour. It boasts some of the finest fortress palaces against the stark desert landscape with its highly coloured costumes of local, turbaned men and richly jewelled women, the Havelies and villages, fairs and festivals. This tour takes you back to a bygone era.

SMALL GROUP TOUR Starts: Delhi Ends: Delhi Grade: Easy Paced

Guaranteed Departure minimum 02 pax WHAT’S INCLUDED? Deluxe hotel accommodation with private facilities

We begin on this epic journey from Delhi with visits to India Gate, the Qutb Minar, the tallest stone built tower in the world, Jama Masjid; the largest mosque in India and the famous Chandni Chowk Bazaar travelling in a bicycle rickshaw. Heading to the Pink City, Jaipur, ride on an elephant to climb to the Amber Fort, entice by Jantar Mantar, a collection of architectural astronomical instruments still providing accurate information. Stop for a photo stop at the famous Hawa Mahal and search for souvenirs in the backstreets. As we travel to Jaisalmer enjoy an ancient city with a hill top fortress town that was once a major stopover for silk and spice caravans. Tour the fort, visit the impressive Jain Temples and witness the marvel of elaborately carved stone facades of the havelies. One evening, enjoy a camel ride across the Sam Sand Dunes at sunset. Continue your trip to Jodhpur, a sprawling Art Deco Masterpiece. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort and enjoy a panoramic view of the Blue City. Stay in Udaipur and tour the famous lake city known as India’s most romantic city. Explore significant cultural sites, walk through picturesque backstreets, browse bazaars for local crafts and painted miniatures. Adventure lies ahead with a possible tiger sighting in Ranthambhore National Park, as well as other wildlife species including leopards, deer, wild boars etc before proceeding towards our final destination to view the majestic Taj Mahal in Agra. With so much to offer we look forward to welcoming you on this magical tour of Rajasthan.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Group assistance and transfers

On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel. Stay two nights in Delhi.

Sightseeing as specified

Day 2: Delhi

Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle

Meals as specified THO Tour Manager (minimum 06 people) Local English speaking Tour Guide Monument entry fees Cycle rickshaw ride in Delhi Camel ride at Jaisalmer Rural Experience with picnic lunch Elephant ride at Jaipur Boat ride at Udaipur Two wildlife safaris at Ranthambhore A bottle of water while travelling All current collectable taxes

After breakfast and briefing by your tour manager, proceed on a sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. Start the tour with a visit to Jama Masjid; India’s biggest mosque and enjoy a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk; which is bustling area, typical of real India where locals go shopping here like nowhere else. Later visit Gandhi Memorial, Humayun’s Tomb, built in 1570 and the first garden tomb on the Indian subcontinent. Drive past India Gate; that honours the 90,000 Indian soldiers who died in World War, President's House and Parliament House. Before concluding the tour we will visit Qutb Minar, the 234-step tower dating back to 1193.

Day 3: Delhi - Jaipur

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lifestyle and Rajasthani cuisine. It is a city exuding royal heritage and extravagant richness. In the afternoon we will learn the art of Indian cooking as you watch famous recipes being cooked in your presence. It’s all about typical home-style Indian cooking where  you can choose to participate and learn how to cook an easy curry at home, and conclude the day with home cooked dinner. Stay two nights in Jaipur.

Day 4: Sightseeing & Bazaar

Start the day's sightseeing with a visit to Amber Fort on the back of an elephant. Later continue to City Palace and the Observatory and take a photo stop at Hawa Mahal or the Palace of the Winds, built in the 17th Century. Jaipur is famous for colourful markets filled with textile, jewellery and fantastic souvenirs so you'll enjoy exploring the local bazaar in the evening.

Day 5: Jaipur - Bikaner

Travel to Bikaner, center of art and culture of medieval India. In the afternoon visit the well preserved 16th century Junagarh Fort and Lallgarh Palace. Evening at leisure to


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explore and experience the royal legacy of a bygone era. Stay overnight in Bikaner.

Day 6: Bikaner - Jaisalmer

After breakfast travel to the Golden City of Jaisalmer, built in 1156 AD and named after its founder, Bhatti Rajput Rao Jaisal. Located deep in the heart of the Desert, the city is popular for its centuries old forts, palaces, havelies and amber-hued houses. Evening free to explore the town and stay overnight two nights in Jaisalmer.

Day 7: Jaisalmer Sightseeing

Off for a sightseeing tour to visit the Imposing Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon Ki Haveli and Gadisar Lake. Later this evening, enjoy a camel safari on the exotic sand dunes, offering an unforgettable experience of rich cultural heritage.

Day 8: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur

Today drive to Jodhpur, bustling desert city the second largest city in Rajasthan with a landscape dominated by the massive Mehrangarh Fort atop a sheer rocky ridge. Afternoon visit Mehrangarh Fort; one of the most impressive and formidable structures anywhere in India. And Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble built in 1899 AD in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Evening explore the local spice market and stay two nights in Jodhpur.

Day 9: Rural Experience

Today after breakfast enjoy incredible rural 4x4 vehicle experience through remote villages with picnic lunch, visit the village interior to meet and observe the lifestyle of the locals.

Day 10: Jodhpur - Udaipur

Drive to Udaipur and en-route visit Ranakpur. Renowned for its Jain temples with intricately carved marble Pillars and Domes believed to have been built in 1439 AD. The temple rests on 1444 elegantly carved pillars, with no two identical. Stay two nights in Udaipur.

Day 11: Udaipur Sightseeing

Start your full day sightseeing tour with visit to City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Museum, Jag Mandir, Saheliyon-Ki-Bari and Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir which is an Indian folk arts museum. Conclude your evening with boat ride on Lake Pichola.

Day 12: Udaipur - Pushkar

We will leave early this morning and drive west to Pushkar, the charming and usually peaceful Hindu pilgrimage centre made famous by the annual Camel Fair which is organised during a full moon night in the Hindu calander month of Kartik mostly falling in October or November. Afternoon free to explore the town and stay overnight in Pushkar.

Day 13: Pushkar Ranthambhore

Today travel to Ranthambhore National Park, the former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur and today a famous tiger reserve. Evening free to explore the town and stay two nights in Ranthambhore.

Day 14: Wildlife Safari

An early start of the day and enjoy morning tea before heading off to the national park for the first wildlife safari accompanied by a naturalist. Enjoy breakfast on your return and day is free till your second safari in the afternoon.

Day 15: Ranthambhore - Agra

We make our way for the last leg of our journey to Agra, en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, now a ghost town that was formerly established by the Mughals. Evening visit Mehtab Bagh to to watch the sunset over the Taj Mahal from across the Yamuna River. This place was orignially chosen to build the Black Taj Mahal by the Emperor who was imprisoned by his son soon after work was started. Stay two nights in Agra.

Day 16: Agra

An early morning start as we enjoy decorated Tonga Ride up to east gate of

Taj to pay a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. This monument of love was made entirely of white marble where different types of precious and semi-precious stones were used in the intricate inlay work on the interios. Return to hotel for breakfast before continuing your sightseeing with visit to Agra Fort and Itimed-Ud-Daulah.

Day 17: Agra - Delhi Departure

Enjoy your leisurely breakfast and get your packing sorted as we checkout by midday and after lunch travel back to Delhi. Tour finishes by evening with direct transfer to Delhi International Airport. Add return airfare from NZ$1200* Low season *contact your agent or us for current or promotional fare.

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Incredible India

17 DAYS / 16 NIGHTS

6998.00

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This Group Tour will showcase the best of India’s highlights, as well as exciting experiences and discoveries that will appeal to travellers of all ages. The tour begins in Delhi, where the history of India seems to rewrite itself over and over again, where empires were born, prospered and fell. Each great monument in this city is a landmark of a different historical, religious and political landscape: from Asoka’s Iron pillar to the Qutb Minar, from Humayun’s Tomb to the Raj Ghat.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

We then fly to the holy city of Varanasi to witness one of the oldest living cities in the world. We enjoy a sunrise boat ride to experience sacred effervescence of temple processions. Fly to Khajuraho and visit its intricately carved erotic temples built during Chandela dynasty between 950-1050 AD. Our next destination is Agra famous for The Taj Mahal and a must see at least once in one’s lifetime along with Agra Fort. Heading towards Rajasthan we enter the Pink City of Jaipur, on our sightseeing tour we ride an elephant to Amber Fort, stop for a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal and devising the masonry instruments of Jantar Mantar that provides accurate astronomical readings to this day. You will have enough time to search for souvenir at the bazaar. Travel to the Blue City of Jodhpur; the daunting fort of Mehrangarh rightly called the “Work of the Giants”. You will love rural experience when you get to meet and see local tribal people with a picnic lunch at a scenic spot. Our second last city is the Lake City of Udaipur, which consequently has a special place in the mindset of the proud Rajputs. Here we visit Sahelion Ki Bari, the Folk Museum and a Mewar Art Gallery. Later part of the day we walk through the local streets and shops concluding the day with an enchanting dinner at a local restaurant overlooking Lake Pichola. We than fly to Mumbai to enjoy bit of Bollywood, history, culture and sights before we returning back to our home country.

Deluxe hotel accommodation with private facilities

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

SMALL GROUP TOUR Starts: Delhi Ends: Mumbai Grade: Easy Paced

Guaranteed Departure minimum 02 pax

Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle Group assistance and transfers Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified THO Tour Manager (minimum 06 people) Local English speaking Tour Guide Monument entry fees Dharavi Slum Tour Rickshaw ride Elephant ride at Jaipur Incredible Rural Experience Boat ride at Varanasi and Udaipur A bottle of water while travelling Economy class airfare Delhi–Varanasi– Khajuraho and Udaipur–Mumbai All current collectable taxes 86 www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz

On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2: Delhi

Enjoy breakfast followed by a briefing before starting the tour of Old and New Delhi. Visit Qutb Minar, India Gate, Gandhi Memorial and explore Chandni Chowk bazaar by rickshaw.

Day 3: Delhi -Varanasi

After breakfast transfer to Airport to board flight to Varanasi. On arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon we visit silk weaving village to see few remaining artisans carry out this centuries-old work. Evening enjoy heritage walk to the Ghats and witness grand Ganges prayer ceremony. Stay overnight at Varanasi.

Day 4: Varanasi

Witness the people of Hindu faith ritually bathing during a sunrise boat ride on Ganges. Later enjoy city tour and an excursion to Sarnath. Evening go for a walk to explore this oldest spiritual town. Stay overnight at Varanasi.

Day 5: Varanasi - Khajuraho

Transfer to the airport and board flight to Khajuraho. Afternoon visit the Chandella temples famed for their erotic sculptures and aesthetic sensibility. Evening explore the village and stay overnight at Khajuraho.

Day 6: Khajuraho - Agra

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and transfer to Jhansi Railway Station. En-route visit famous Orchha palaces and temples before boarding the train to Agra. On arrival transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay at Agra.


Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Day 7: Agra

Start your day with a sunrise visit to Taj Mahal built by Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. After breakfast visit Agra Fort and Itimadud-Daulah. Evening free to relax and explore the city’s marble carving industry. Stay overnight at Agra.

Day 8: Agra - Jaipur

Travel to Jaipur, en-route visit the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, a city of yesteryear, today lost in the midst of time. Evening free to stroll in the colourful bazaar and stay overnight at Jaipur.

Day 9: Jaipur

Morning enjoy an excursion to Amber Fort and ride an elephant to the top of the fortress. Later visit City Palace Museum, the home of Royal families, Observatory and Hawa Maha, especially constructed for Royal ladies so they could view the city without being seen. Overnight at hotel.

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We enjoy excursion to Elephanta Island and visit beautiful caves dating back to the 5th Century. On our return we explore Crawford Markets, having goodies for everyone that bring back childhood memories no matter where you were born. People tell you this is a wild, crazy place where you can find everything. Enjoy farewell dinner before concluding our day.

Day 17: Mumbai Departure

After breakfast tour finishes with transfer to Mumbai airport where you board your onward flight.

Day 10: Jaipur - Jodhpur

Travel to Jodhpur to experience historic opulence, exquisite handicrafts, folk dances and music. Afternoon visit Mehrangarh Fort, Fort Museum, Jaswant Thada, Sardar Bazaar and stay two nights at hotel.

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wide range of small industries, recycling, pottery-making, embroidery, bakery, soap factory, leather tanning, poppadom-making and many more. This place is best example of multi cultural and multi religion as the temples, mosques and churches stand side by side.

For the quality of accommodation, please refer page 12-13 of this brochure.

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Day 11: Rural Experience

Today experience a drive through remote villages, have a picnic lunch, meet locals and visit mud houses, observe their lifestyle and watch for wildlife at home in and around the village. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Add-On

Day 12: Jodhpur - Udaipur Journey to Udaipur, the Lake City. Enroute visit the 12th Century Ranakpur Jain Temples standing on 1444 carved pillars, each different from the other and preserved almost in perfect condition. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Udaipur Morning enjoy sightseeing tour and visit the City Palace, Saheliyon ki bari and the Jagdish Temple. Afternoon explore the local bazaar and conclude your day with boat ride on Lake Pichola. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Udaipur - Mumbai Enjoy leisurely breakfast before transfer to board your flight to Mumbai. On arrival transfer to the hotel, remainder of day free to relax. Stay three nights in Mumbai.

Day 15: Dharavi Slum & City Morning we enjoy city sightseeing tour of Mumbai and visit, Gateway of India, Hanging Garden and Dhobhi Ghat. Our afternoon visit to Dharavi demonstrates why it is the heart of small scale industry in Mumbai. Many people know Dharavi as the 'largest slum in Asia', but there is much more to this historic area of Mumbai than poverty. To your surprise Dharavi's industries have an annual turnover of approximately US$1billion. See

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Essence of Kerala

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS

This tour covers culture, lush tropical scenery, the scent of spices, tea and flowers, colonial buildings that jostle for space with churches, synagogues, mosques and temples, golden beaches, quiet inland waterways and a backdrop of jungle covered slopes. Visit Mattancherry Palace (built by the Portuguese in 1555 AD), a Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church and Sant Cruz Basilica. Experience serenity while cruising on backwaters winding through the vast stretch of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along either side of the canals. Enjoy an afternoon visit to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and spot numerous rare and endangered species of birds and reptiles. Enjoy a scenic drive to Kovalam and stay two nights at the beach resort. See page 28 for more information on this itinerary. www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz 87


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6098.00

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Explore the best of Rajasthan and Kerala on this incredible group tour. Great for firsttime travellers to India who want to see a broad range of the best the entire country has to offer, the tour features breathtaking landscapes, spectacular cultural sites, one of India’s most interesting game reserves, and two dynamic regions. The dazzling forts, palaces and monuments of Delhi are evidence of Mughal opulence and British sophistication. The Taj Mahal world’s greatest monument to love is definitely the highlight with visit to Agra Fort and local markets. Not to be missed is the Pink City of Jaipur to witness the rich architectural legacy of Jaipur merchants, ride an elephant to Amber Fort. Enjoy a wildlife safari at Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve and spot various wild animals and Royal Bengal Tigers before flying to Cochin and continue our Kerala tour. The highlights of the south start at the harbour city of Cochin, an evocative harbour town stretched across islands and peninsulas on the Malabar Coast. Experience the city’s rich past flavoured by the Portuguese, British, Dutch, Chinese and Jewish traders including a 500-year-old church, a 16th century synagogue and a Royal Palace. Explore on foot the scenic valley of Munnar covered by Tea Gardens. In Periyar we visit the local spice plantations growing cardamom, pepper, vanilla, tea and coffee and enjoy a boat ride in a nearby wildlife reserve to scout the forest for resident elephants and birds.

SMALL GROUP TOUR Starts: Delhi Ends: Trivandrum Grade: Easy Paced

Guaranteed Departure minimum 02 pax WHAT’S INCLUDED? Deluxe hotel accommodation with private facilities Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle Group assistance and transfers

A highlight of the south is an overnight cruise on the scenic backwaters of Kerala, an intricate network of lagoons, canals and lakes giving you an opportunity to observe the local life along the waterways. Wind down in Trivandrum and browse for antiques, then indulge in a world famous traditional Ayurvedic spa treatment.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

On arrival THO Tour Manager will welcome us at the airport arrival lounge and transfer to the hotel for two nights stay.

Day 2: Delhi

Enjoy breakfast and a brief introduction of the city before a full-day tour of old and New Delhi. Visit Qutb Minar, India Gate, Gandhi Memorial and Chandni Chowk bazaar.

Day 3: Delhi - Jaipur

Travel to Jaipur and explore the markets and observe local men wearing turbans, describing their clan and women in their beautiful mirror jaded colourful clothes. Stay two nights at Jaipur.

Day 4: Jaipur

Start full day sightseeing tour with a visit to Amber Fort riding an elephant from the

Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified THO Tour Manager (minimum 06 people) Local English speaking Tour Guide Monument entry fees Airfare Delhi-Cochin in economy class Overnight Backwater Cruise 02 Wildlife safari at Ranthambhore Elephant ride in Jaipur 01 Basic Ayurveda massage Kathakali Dance Show Wildlife safari at Periyar Spice plantation visit All current collectable taxes 88 www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz

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Varanasi & Khajuraho 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

Visit Varanasi, a city of traditional classical culture and microcosm of Hinduism, and Khajuraho, with its centuries old temples.

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foothills of the fortress, the Maharaja’s City Palace, the Observatory, Hawa Mahal and drive past the old part of Jaipur city.

Day 5: Ranthambhore

After breakfast travel to Ranthambhore National Park and enjoy a village tour. Stay two nights at the wildlife resort.

Day 6: Ranthambhore

Enjoy a morning and afternoon safari to spot the most loved Royal Bengal Tigers and various other wildlife animals and reptiles.

Day 7: Ranthambhore - Agra

Journey to Agra, en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned city of the Mughals. Stay two nights at Agra.

Day 8: Agra

Morning visit to the immortal Taj Mahal built by Emperor Shahjahan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal, Agra Fort and Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, sometimes known as BabyTaj.

Day 9: Agra - Cochin

Travel back to Delhi and board flight to Cochin. In the evening explore the capital of Kerala, known as God’s Own Country, and stay overnight at Cochin.

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Day 13: Thekkady

Morning visit to a Spice Plantation. This area is famous for cardamom, coffee and tea plantations and we will learn a little about the many uses of spice, both medicinal and culinary. vening at leisure to explore the local market famous for its spice and local produce.

Day 14: Backwater Cruise

Morning travel to Kumarakom and enjoy a cruise through canals and lakes. Observe the daily life of locals residing on the banks. All meals and overnight on houseboat.

Day 15-17: Alleppey Kovalam

Wake up with the chirruping noise of the birds and disembark after breakfast. Travel to Kovalam and enjoy a basic ayurveda massage with three nights at beach resort.

Day 18: Trivandrum Departure

After a leisurely breakfast the tour finishes with a transfer to Trivandrum airport. For the quality of accommodation, please refer page 12-13 of this brochure.

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TWIN PRICE

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15 Oct

01 Nov

$6098

$8398

12 Nov

29 Nov

$6098

$8398

26 Dec

12 Jan '17

$6198

$8498

2016

2017

21 Jan

07 Feb

$6098

$8398

18 Feb

07 Mar

$6098

$8398

18 Mar

04 Apr

$6098

$8398

15 Apr

02 May

$6098

$8398

17 Oct

03 Nov

$6398

$8798

11 Nov

28 Nov

$6398

$8798

26 Dec

12 Jan '18

$6498

$8898

2018

20 Jan

06 Feb

$6398

$8798

17 Feb

06 Mar

$6398

$8798

17 Mar

03 Apr

$6398

$8798

14 Apr

01 May

$6398

$8798

Day 10: Cochin - Munnar

Travel to Munnar, famous for its tea gardens and summer resort of the erstwhile British administration in South India. Stay two nights at hotel.

Add-On

Day 11: Munnar

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, walk through the enchanting tea estates and enjoy the tranquillity it provides while watching women plucking tea leaves at the tea estate.

Day 12: Munnar - Thekkady

Morning after breakfast drive to Thekkady and on arrival check in at the hotel. Thekkady is regarded as one of the best places to see Asian elephants. Later head out for an evening boat ride into the wildlife sanctuary when in the cooler air as the sun sets wildlife come to drink at the lake’s edge. Spend two nights in Thekkady.

952.00

FROM NZ$

Shimla & Toy Train

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

Board a morning train from Delhi to Kalka where you will be assisted with train changes to board the Himalayan Queen Train. Enjoy the splendid views of snow clad ranges of the Himalayas, covered with thickly populated forests of pine and oak. On arrival be met by a THO tour executive and transfer to the hotel. The magnificent old sites and structures of Shimla are reminiscent of the pre-independence era, when India was ruled by the British. See page 48 www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz 89


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Taj Mahal, Agra

Durbar Square, Kathmandu

Highlights of India & Nepal

Varanasi Ghat

21 DAYS / 20 NIGHTS

6949.00

FROM NZ$

This tour is an overview of India and Nepal’s diverse regions and local cultures. Begin in Delhi, the bustling capital of India. Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi, visiting Lakshmi Narayan temple, Raj Ghat (memorial to Mahatma Gandhi). Drive past the India Gate, the President’s Residence – formerly the Viceroy’s Palace, Parliament House and the Secretariat buildings. Visit the 12th Century Qutb Minar and the Iron Pillar. Continue to Udaipur where you can relax in the late afternoon on a boat cruise on Pichola Lake and visit the island palace of Jag Niwas, the City Palace, the Jagdish Temple, the Sahelion Ki Bari gardens and fountains and later drive around the Fatehsagar Lake. Proceed to Jodhpur and visit en-route the Jain Temple at Ranakpur. In Jodhpur, visit the Mehrangarh Fort. Then proceed to the Jaswant Thada. At the end of the tour enjoy a short walk through the local and vibrant bazaar of Jodhpur. From Jodhpur leave for Jaipur to visit the Amber Fort, from an unexpected viewpoint – off the back of an elephant, as did the Maharajas of old and the first British explorers. SMALL GROUP TOUR Starts: Delhi Ends: Kathmandu Grade: Easy Paced

Guaranteed Departure minimum 04 pax WHAT’S INCLUDED? Deluxe hotel accommodation with private facilities Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle Group assistance and transfers Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified THO Tour Manager (minimum 10 people) Monument entry fees Rickshaw ride in Delhi Auto Rickshaw ride in Jodhpur Elephant ride at Jaipur Boat ride in Udaipur Two Wildlife safaris at Ranthambhore Boat ride in Varanasi A bottle of water while travelling Train tickets Agra – Jhansi Airfare in economy class Delhi–Udaipur, Khajuraho – Varanasi, Varanasi – Kathmandu All current collectable taxes

From the Pink City we travel to Ranthambhore National Park, one of the world’s finest wildlife sanctuaries. We enjoy two game drives to spot as much wildlife as possible. Transfer to Agra for a spellbinding visit to the Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest monument of love. Also visit Agra Fort and local markets. We travel to Khajuraho, stay overnight and visit the Chandela Dynasty Temples, which are popular for their architecture as well as their craftsmanship. The temples are especially famous for their spectacular sculpture and erotic carvings. Visit Varanasi (Benares), one of the oldest cities in the world and, as the spiritual center of the Hindu world, a major Indian pilgrimage site. Watch as believers congregate on the ghats (stone steps) along the banks of the holy Ganges River to perform ritual ablutions. Visit local villages and explore Varanasi’s old town, with its ancient universities and renowned silk shops. Also, take an excursion to Sarnath, believed to be the site of Buddha’s first sermon. We then fly to Kathmandu. Spend enough time sightseeing this extraordinary city, visiting the Durbar square, Hanuman Dhoka, Mahadev and Parvati Temple. Walk around the local bazaars. Continue sightseeing in Patan, the second largest city in Nepal, visiting the Royal Palace and Durbar Square which are UNESCO World Heritage sites and later visit Dhulikhel, a centre of profound devotion.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

On arrival at Delhi airport, meet your tour manager in the arrival lounge who will assist you to transfer to the hotel where you will receive a traditional welcome. Stay two nights.

Day 2: Delhi

Start sightseeing tour with visit to Saheliyon Ki Bari Gardens, the Folk Museum and Mewar Art Gallery. We also visit the City Palace and walk through the local streets and shops. Conclude your day with a relaxing cruise on Lake Pichola.

After an outline of the tour, we visit Old Delhi, drive past the Red Fort, explore Chandni Chowk Bazaar by rickshaw, and view Jama Masjid, and Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple. Afternoon photo stop at India Gate and also visit Gandhi Smriti and Qutb Minar.

Day 5: Udaipur - Jodhpur

Day 3: Delhi - Udaipur

Morning we visit Mehrangarh Fort and the museum located in the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Enjoy an auto rickshaw ride through the market followed by a walking tour through local vegetable and spice market.

After breakfast transfer to board flight to Udaipur, a city of lakes, palaces and temples. The afternoon is free to explore the city.

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Day 4: Udaipur

Today we travel to Jodhpur and visit the intricately carved 15th Century marble Ranakpur temples, the largest Jain temple complex in India.

Day 6: Jodhpur


Udaipur City

Day 7: Jodhpur - Jaipur

Journey through the colourful countryside to Jaipur. This afternoon we enjoy some shopping at the local bazaar in Choti Choper located inside the walled city.

Day 8: Jaipur

Start sightseeing tour with a photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) before enjoying an elephant ride from the foothills to the top of the fortress at Amer. This afternoon visit the City Palace and Jantar Mantar and end the day with traditional dance performance and dinner.

Day 9: Ranthambhore

Today we head to Ranthambhore National Park, one of the most famous tiger reserves in Rajasthan. Evening free to explore the narrow streets of this small town.

Day 10: Ranthambhore

Enjoy a morning and afternoon canter safari around the game reserve with an estimated area of 400sq km. Spot various wildlife species of animals, birds and reptiles and if lucky, see a Royal Bengal Tiger.

Day 11: Ranthambhore - Agra

This morning we travel to Agra en-route stopping by the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. Visit palaces, Tomb of Shaikh Salim Chisti and understand the reason behind the creation of a new Mughal city that was abandoned just a few years later.

Day 12: Agra

Early this morning we view the Taj Mahal as the sun is rising. Later we visit a marble inlay workshop followed by Agra Fort and Itimadud-Daulah Tomb also known as Baby Taj.

Day 13: Agra - Khajuraho

After breakfast we enjoy short ride by Shatabdi Express train to Jhansi. From here we continue by road to Khajuraho stopping in Orchha for lunch. Enjoy a cultural dance show at the temple this evening.

Day 14: Khajuraho - Varanasi

Visit the most intricately carved Western Group of temples known as the Erotic Temples of Khajuraho before boarding afternoon flight to Varanasi. In the evening

take a rickshaw ride to the Ghats of the River Ganges and witness the grand Pooja ceremony.

Day 15: Varanasi

Start city tour with sunrise boat ride on the River Ganges followed by a short heritage walk through the old city, visit to the silk weaver’s village before visiting the Buddhist sites of Sarnath.

Day 16: Varanasi Kathmandu

Transfer to the airport to board flight to Kathmandu. The remainder of the day is free to explore local Bazaar or relax to acclimatise to the altitude.

Day 17: Kathmandu - Patan

We start our tour with visit to the sacred temple known as Dakshinkali, then continue with sightseeing of Patan, the second largest city in Nepal, visiting the Royal Palace and Durbar Square which are both UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Day 18: Kathmandu

This morning we visit Durbar Square and the Kumari Temple and explore the Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhnath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. Enjoy an evening visit to Thamel Market.

Add return airfare from NZ$1200* Low season *contact your agent or us for current or promotional fare.

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TWIN PRICE

SOLO PRICE

05 Oct

25 Oct

$6949

$9998

09 Nov

29 Nov

$6949

$9998

21 Dec

10 Jan '17

$6949

$9998

2016

2017

18 Jan

07 Feb

$6949

$9998

15 Feb

07 Mar

$6949

$9998

15 Mar

04 Apr

$6949

$9998

12 Apr

02 May

$6949

$9998

04 Oct

24 Oct

$7298

$10499

08 Nov

28 Nov

$7298

$10499

20 Dec

09 Jan '18

$7398

$10599

2018

17 Jan

06 Feb

$7298

$10499

14 Feb

06 Mar

$7298

$10499

14 Mar

3 Apr

$7298

$10499

11 Apr

01 May

$7298

$10499

For the quality of accommodation, please refer page 12-13 of this brochure.

Day 19: Kathmandu Nagarkot

Today we travel to Nagarkot, an excellent place to see the sun set and rise over the Himalayas. En-route visit Changu Narayan and Bhaktapur. Overnight at Nagarkot.

Day 20: Nagarkot Kathmandu

Wake up early to witness a spectacular sunrise before we travel back to Kathmandu. Conclude your day by enjoying a local dance and dinner.

Day 21: Kathmandu Departure

After breakfast transfer to Kathmandu airport and board your flight back home.

Add-On

Amritsar 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

360

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Sigiriya Rock Fortress

er Top Sell

Classic Lanka

14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS

4177.00

FROM NZ$

Marco Polo considered Sri Lanka “the finest island of its size in the entire world”. This splendid itinerary includes some easy trekking, nature safaris, tea plantation experience, golfing familiarity in Sri Lanka, fishing skills, cooking demonstrations etc offering an excellent all-round introduction to Sri Lanka. This brief tour combines culture and relaxation, taking in some of Sri Lanka’s finest historical, archaeological and natural treasures while not forgetting the pleasure of a few days by the sea. Tour the Cultural Triangle visiting the ancient cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura, the sacred cave temples of Dambulla and the inspiring sky citadel of Sigiriya. Travel to the bustling city of Kandy where you explore the Temple of the Tooth Relic and the magnificent Peredeniya Botanical Gardens. Finish the trip with a few days at a charming boutique hotel with miles of beaches right on the doorstep.

Day 1: Arrive Colombo

SMALL GROUP TOUR

On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager at the arrival lounge who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay in Negombo.

Starts: Colombo Ends: Colombo

Day 2: Colombo - Habarana

Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle

After a brief outline of the tour, travel to Habarana, the hub of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle. Stop en-route at Pinnawala elephant orphanage to watch baby elephants bottle-fed before they are taken to the river to bathe. Thereafter proceed to Habarana and remainder of afternoon is free to relax. Stay four nights at Habarana.

Group assistance and transfers

Day 3: Anuradhapura

Grade: Easy Paced

Guaranteed Departure minimum 02 pax WHAT’S INCLUDED? Deluxe hotel accommodation with private facilities

Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified THO tour escort (minimum 08 people) Monument entry fees Visit to Elephant Orphanage Jeep safari at Minneriya National Park Cultural Dance show in Kandy Jeep safari in Yala National Park Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery Hiriwadunna Chena village experience Tea Factory tour in Nuwara Eliya Moonstones Mines visit in Meetiyagoda A bottle of water while travelling All current collectable taxes

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Today enjoy an excursion to Anuradhapura; Sri Lanka’s ancient capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the ruins and monuments, an engineering marvel, embellished with handsome stone carvings or sculptures, pleasure gardens, beautifully executed stone baths and ponds and a superb irrigation system of reservoirs and canals dated back to the 2nd Century BC. Afternoon return to Habarana and conclude your day with dinner.

Day 4: Village & Sigiriya

Morning visit the 5th Century Sigiriya rock fortress. An afternoon bullock-drawn cart ride will take you through the village of Hiriwadunna, to a banana plantation where ripe bananas can be tasted and savoured fresh. Cross a scenic reservoir by Oruwa (traditional boat), its long, narrow shape gliding effortlessly on the water, to visit a

Chena cultivation, where from the shade of a tree house made of mud and thatched palm leaves, the village of Hiriwaduna can be surveyed. Mix and mingle with locals over a cup of Ceylon Tea before a home cooked lunch is served by the local family.

Day 5: Polonnaruwa & Minneriya

Take an excursion to Polonnaruwa, another World Heritage Site, and visit monuments built by the South Indian Cholas dynasty in the 11th and 12th centuries. Later visit Minneriya National Park to watch a big family of elephants come to bathe and graze, as well as the variety of birds that come to fish in the shallow waters.

Day 6: Habarana - Kandy

Leave after breakfast for Kandy, stopping en-route in Matale, spice growing region, for a special insight into some unique Sri Lankan agriculture. Evening enjoy a drum and dance cultural show before concluding the day with two nights stay in Kandy.

Day 7: Kandy

Morning visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden and the Temple of the Tooth Relic. Evening explore the town and bazaar for local handicrafts and visit a gem museum.

Day 8: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya and enjoy the scenic ride to the tea state. See lush green land filled with miles of tea plantations. Stay two nights at hotel.


Day 9: Tea Tour

Wake up to the freshness of the tea garden, enjoy a leisurely breakfast and get ready for a tea garden tour. The tea industry in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) is over 150 years old. It is a traditional industry commenced by the British when Ceylon was a colony. Vestiges of the colonial heritage are still evident, particularly in the tea growing regions. Meet tea experts and scientists at the Tea Research Institute and learn about the latest scientific discoveries. Sharpen your tea tasting skills with experts. Remainder of the day is free to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Day 10: Nuwara Eliya - Yala

Travel to Yala, famous for its national park, enjoying a scenic ride through small towns, and arrive late afternoon. Evening free to explore and stay overnight at Yala.

Day 11: Yala Hikkaduwa/Galle

After breakfast take a morning jeep safari to Yala National Park that has the world’s highest concentration of leopards per

square kilometre. Spot varities of wild animals, birds and reptiles. Later visit Galle, said to be the famous Tarshish of the Bible where King Solomon obtained gems and spices. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Add return airfare from NZ$1200* Low season *contact your agent or us for current or promotional fare.

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Day 12: Hikkaduwa - Bentota

Travel to Bentota, en-route stop at the Mask Factory Museum at Ambalangoda. On arrival check-in to the hotel and in the evening visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, operated by the Wildlife Protection Society of Sri Lanka to protect endangered turtle species from extinction. Stay two nights at hotel.

Day 13: Bentota

Enjoy leisurely breakfast as the day is free to relax on the beach.

TWIN PRICE

SOLO PRICE

2016

15 Oct

28 Oct

$4177

$5327

12 Nov

25 Nov

$4177

$5327

26 Dec

08 Jan '17

$4277

$5427

2017

14 Jan

27 Jan

$4177

$5327

11 Feb

24 Feb

$4177

$5327

11 Mar

24 Mar

$4177

$5327

08 Apr

21 Apr

$4177

$5327

13 May

26 May

$4177

$5327

After leisurely a breakfast, checkout by midday and travel back to Colombo. Enjoy a Colombo city sightseeing tour. The tour finishes in the evening with a transfer to the airport.

10 Jun

23 Jun

$4177

$5327

07 Oct

20 Oct

$4395

$5598

11 Nov

24 Nov

$4395

$5598

09 Dec

22 Dec

$4495

$5698

For the quality of accommodation, please refer page 12-13 of this brochure.

13 Jan

26 Jan

$4395

$5598

10 Feb

23 Feb

$4395

$5598

10 Mar

23 Mar

$4395

$5598

07 Apr

20 Apr

$4395

$5598

12 May

25 May

$4395

$5598

09 Jun

22 Jun

$4395

$5598

Day 14: Bentota - Colombo

2018

Add-On 1098.00

FROM NZ$

Golden Triangle

6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS

It might not be justifiable to say that Delhi, Agra and Jaipur are in any way the showpiece of India. However this combination of three enchanting destinations beautifully displays the richness of India’s history, heritage and culture in the shortest time possible. See page 16 for more information www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz 93


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Taj Mahal, Agra

Unique on Collecti

Durbar Square, Kathmandu

Tri Nation Tour | INDIA SRI LANKA NEPAL

Elephant Orphanage, Pinnawala

18 DAYS / 17 NIGHTS

7839.00

FROM NZ$

The Tri Nation Group Tour is a potpourri of the best highlights and must see destinations of three neighbouring countries: India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Sri Lanka offers an extraordinary array of landscapes and a world of cultural, artistic and culinary experiences. We start at Colombo, explore the important cities of this island nation and visit some of the amazing monuments, museums, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic and unique wildlife. We stay at Bentota, a famous beach resort in the south before flying to India. This tour highlights the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur with Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. We start with a visit to Qutb Minar, India Gate, Gandhi Memorial and explore the famous Chandni Chowk bazaar in a bicycle rickshaw, adding a unique experience. At Agra you will travel by horse-drawn carriage (tonga) to see the Taj Mahal at sunrise and later to Agra Fort and local bazaars. The highlight for some will be safaris at Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve which is different from any other National Park in that it provides best opportunities to spot Royal Bengal Tigers, and a wealth of wild animals and birdlife. In the “Pink City,” of Jaipur we ride on an elephant to Amber Fort, stop for a photo stop at Hawa Mahal, and devising the masonry instruments of Jantar Mantar that to this day provide remarkably accurate astronomical readings. You will have enough time to search for souvenirs at the colourful bazaar.

SMALL GROUP TOUR Starts: Colombo Ends: Kathmandu Grade: Easy Paced

Guaranteed Departure minimum 04 pax WHAT’S INCLUDED? Deluxe hotel accommodation with private facilities Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle Group assistance and transfers Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified

We fly to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, a true Himalayan kingdom. Sharing Mount Everest, the highest mountain, on its northern border, Nepal has seven more 8,000m peaks scattered across the country. Tour Kathmandu and visit Patan Durbar Square for exquisite architecture. In Nagarkot we wake up early for a panoramic sunrise over snowy Himalayan peaks. The dazzling diversity you encounter on this tour will leave you keen for more.

Day 1: Arrive Colombo

On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay in Colombo.

Day 2: Colombo - Kandy

Journey to Kandy with an en-route stop at a spice garden. In the evening visit the revered Temple of the Tooth Relic and enjoy a cultural performance before staying overnight at Kandy.

Day 3: Kandy - Yala

Monument entry fees

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and relax before travelling to Yala National Park. The evening is free for you to explore. Stay two nights at the resort.

Elephant ride in Jaipur

Day 4: Yala National Park

THO Tour Manager (minimum 10 people) Local English speaking Tour Guide

Horse drawn carriage in Agra

Go on a jeep safari to spot leopards and the extensive elephant population, along with various wildlife species. Remainder of the day at leisure with overnight at the resort.

A bottle of water while travelling

Day 5: Yala - Bentota

Wildlife safari at Yala and Ranthambhore Rickshaw ride

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Travel to Bentota, a tropical resort that lies cradled between the sea and lagoon, endowed with stunning views. Explore the

beautiful beaches, enjoy water sports and stay two nights at the resort.

Day 6: Bentota

Apart from swimming, optionally enjoy surfing, diving, jet-ski, windsurf, parasail or a romantic river safari as the day is free for your own activities.

Day 7: Bentota - Delhi

Have an early morning breakfast and transfer to Colombo airport to board a flight to Delhi. Assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel for overnight stay in Delhi.

Day 8: Delhi

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi and visit Jama Masjid, India Gate, Gandhi Memorial and drive past the Parliament and President's House before making your way to the Chandni Chowk Bazaar. Stay overnight in Delhi.

Day 9: Delhi - Agra

Travel to Agra, one of India’s most important and historical cities. In the afternoon visit the Agra Fort, built in red stone by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Stay overnight at Agra.


Amber Fort, Jaipur

Day 10: Agra Ranthambhore

Day 15: Kathmandu

Pay a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, a monument of love built by Emperor Shahjahan as a tribute to his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. After breakfast travel to Ranthambhore National Park, check into the resort with rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 11: Ranthambhore

Enjoy a morning and afternoon safari to spot the most admired Royal Bengal Tiger and various other wildlife.

Day 12: Ranthambhore Jaipur

Travel to Jaipur, also known as the Pink City of India. In the evening explore this glorious city that boasts of its cultural heritage at every corner. Stay two nights at Jaipur.

Day 13: Jaipur

Start our sightseeing tour with a visit to Amber Fort and ascend to the top of the Fortress on the back of an elephant. Later visit City Palace Museum, Jantar Mantar and enjoy a photo stop at Hawa Mahal.

Morning proceed for a city sightseeing tour and optionally in the afternoon enjoy a scenic flight to see Mt Everest. Stay overnight at Kathmandu.

*contact your agent or us for current or promotional fare.

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21 Oct

07 Nov

$7839

$9874

11 Nov

28 Nov

$7839

$9874

02 Dec

19 Dec

$7839

$9874

Day 16: Nagarkot

Visit the World Heritage listed former Royal Palace and Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa and Bodhnath Stupa around Patan; the second largest city in Nepal, before travelling to Nagarkot. Evening at leisure and stay two nights at Nagarkot.

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2017

23 Jan

$7839

$9874

10 Feb

27 Feb

$7839

$9874

Wake up to the sunrise view of the Himalayan ranges of eastern Nepal capped in snow. The day is free for you to relax and soak in the environment.

10 Mar

27 Mar

$7839

$9874

07 Apr

24 Apr

$7839

$9874

05 May

22 May

$7839

$9874

Day 18: Kathmandu Departure

02 Jun

19 Jun

$7839

$9874

20 Oct

06 Nov

$8298

$10389

10 Nov

27 Nov

$8298

$10389

01 Dec

18 Dec

$8298

$10389

Day 17: Nagarkot

After a leisurely breakfast tour finishes with a transfer to Kathmandu Airport.

2018

For the quality of accommodation, please refer page 12-13 of this brochure.

05 Jan

22 Jan

$8298

$10389

09 Feb

26 Feb

$8298

$10389

09 Mar

26 Mar

$8298

$10389

06 Apr

23 Apr

$8298

$10389

04 May

21 May

$8298

$10389

Add-On

Amritsar

Add-On

360.00

FROM NZ$ 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

Discover Amritsar's treasures: the Golden Temple, historical Jallianwala Bagh and the Summer Palace Museum. See page 45 for more information

SOLO PRICE

06 Jan

Day 14: Jaipur - Kathmandu

After an early breakfast travel to Delhi Airport and board the flight to Kathmandu. Assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Evening is free for you to explore the city. Stay overnight at Kathmandu.

Add return airfare from NZ$1200* Low season

Shimla & Toy Train 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

952

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Introducing...

TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS redefine luxury at every given opportunity. We define our THO Royal Experience as "the uppermost tier of travel experiences, perfected with a superlative blend of ingredients that matter most". Our team of experts are there to understand your preferences, wish-list, and every small detail before creating the perfect, intimate Itinerary, adding our unique activities and world-class service, and choosing suitable accommodation from our list of grande and boutique Royal palaces, luxurious jungle lodges, villas and spa resorts, guaranteeing you experience that bygone era of Royalty.

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IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ PRIOR TO MAKING YOUR RESERVATION

1. Validity: The Private Tours Brochure is valid from  15 September 2016 to 14 September 2017,  and Group Tour Brochure is valid from 15 September 2016 to 30 June 2018, unless otherwise specified. 2. Reservations, Deposit and Payments: You can choose your tour from this brochure or our team of experts will be happy to tailor-make your holiday and provide you with a quote. Once you have made your choice, please complete and forward the booking form (overleaf) with a non-refundable deposit of $300 per person at the time of confirmation. For bookings at a value of less than $300, full payment is due at the time of booking. Some of the tours and ground arrangements may require a higher deposit of up to 50% or more to meet local tour operator and hotel booking conditions. These details will be provided on confirmation. The deposit is required within 7 days  of confirmation to hold your reservation. The booking confirmation will include the balance amount which will be due 60 days prior to departure. Prices are subject to change until paid in full. Failure to pay in full by the due date may result in the automatic cancellation of your booking without refund of monies paid. Receipt of deposit will be taken as an understanding by the Company that the participant has checked their confirmed travel arrangements and has read and agreed to abide by the terms and conditions set forth in this brochure. Any verbal quote given is an estimate only of the price which will be subject to advice on confirmation of the reservation. 3. Price Guarantee: Prices in this brochure are based on costs and exchange rates as at 1 July 2016. Should these costs change it may be necessary to apply a surcharge on the price of your holiday. However, no surcharge in respect to cost or currency fluctuations will be made to the arrangements of your holiday once full payment has been received by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. This does not apply to any tax charges or levies imposed by any Government or their agencies. The air content of tours is based on airfares applicable as at the above brochure validity date. As airline prices are constantly changing it may be necessary to impose an air surcharge any time up to departure. The package prices are on cash, cheque or direct bank transfer purchase only. Payment by Master and Visa card will incur an additional 3% bank fee, and American Express will incur an additional 4% of the total travel arrangements at the time of payment. 4. Availability: All arrangements are strictly subject to availability at the time of booking. We recommend that you book as early as possible especially during the peak season months from October to April. 5. Last Moment Changes: Once travel has commenced, any changes requested by the client will incur additional costs which must be paid in full at the time of the request. 6. Single to Twin Passengers: Passengers wishing to share will pay the twin share price. If someone is not compatible with the person they have been matched with, any additional costs incurred to assist with changing their room type will be at the passenger’s expense and subject to availability. Please note smoking is not permitted in hotel rooms. 7. Special Requirements: It is your responsibility to make us aware should you have any specific travelling needs, at the time of booking. Special room and dietary requests will be accepted and passed on to the hotels but cannot be guaranteed. Meal plans include breakfast and/or dinner as mentioned. 8. Not Included in the Tour Cost: Visa and passport costs, vaccination and medical expenses, any type of insurance, excess baggage, extra meals, mini bar, room service, additional excursions, laundry, beverages, souvenirs, tipping, postage, phone calls, internet, none collectable taxes, items of a personal nature and anything not mentioned in the Includes column of your tour quote. 9. Cancellations/Transfer of Booking: In the event of a cancellation, the following per person per booking cancellation fee applies. Departure is calculated from the first date of services booked with TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS: • 60 days or more prior to departure: Loss of deposit • Less than 60 days before departure: 50% of total tour cost • Less than 45 days before departure: 75% of total tour cost • Less than 30 days before departure: 100% of total tour cost • No show due to any reason: 100% of the total tour cost • Services booked that are less than the minimum deposit, no refund is applicable. All cancellations must be received in writing; and if you wish to cancel your existing booking to transfer to a new departure date, the above cancellation fees will still apply. Cancellations fees for some products and services may vary from those stated above. Please check with TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS at the time of your booking. Regrettably cancellation charges cannot be waived. There will be no exceptions. No refunds will apply on unused or omitted services due to any unforeseen circumstances after departure from the originating city. Please note that employees of any overseas suppliers are not authorised by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS to make any undertakings to our Clients in respect of refunds or other matters. Cancellation of air and rail arrangements will be subject to fees charged in accordance with the type of airfare tariff regulations. 10. Cancellation by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS: Every tour is a guaranteed departure with minimum of one person in private car tour, and group tour as mentioned in tour itinerary. The Company reserve rights to cancel any tour due

to any unforeseen circumstances and will advise you as soon as possible. We stress that this rarely occurs; however, in such an eventuality, the Company will make every endeavour to offer substitute arrangements of a similar nature, standard and cost. If the arrangements offered are not acceptable to you the Client, a full amount, except any penalty charged by airlines and any third party, will be refunded. TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS takes no responsibility for any loss incurred due to the tour cancellation. 11. Discounts: The loyalty discount offered in the brochure is given on the lowest price tour package and cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. The Company reserves the right to withdraw or change these offers at any time. 12. Errors & Omissions: We reserve the right to correct any errors in prices quoted or calculated for any services, and will notify you as soon as possible. 13. Hotel Descriptions, Maps and Photos: Hotel descriptions featured in this brochure are based on current hotel guides and contractual agreements provided by suppliers. Any facilities described are subject to change at any time. Maps and photographs are included for general information and may not necessarily reflect actual routes, locations, or services. Hotel room photographs many not be specific to the actual room to be occupied. 14. Room and Bedding Configuration: All accommodation quoted in the itinerary is considered lead-in or base category rooms unless otherwise requested. A double room is fitted with double or twin beds; single room may be smaller than other rooms and this varies from hotel to hotel. Triple rooms usually offer a double bed with an additional rollaway mattress or fold-away bed for the third person in the same room which you may find causes over-crowding. 15. Travelling with Children: In hotels stating where a child stays free, this is generally a room paid for as two adults and the child is expected to share the parents' bed. Hotels will not provide an extra bed, and additional charges may be levied for a child's meal and extra bedding. An additional room is charged at an adult rate even if the child stays unaccompanied by an adult. Children’s fares are available on application but please note that children under 5 are only permitted on private car tour and not permitted on any group journeys. Clients will be responsible for the health, safety and security of their children. 16. Fitness and Participation: All Clients are expected to satisfy themselves prior to booking that they are fit and able to complete the day-to-day activities mentioned in the itinerary of their chosen tour. Most of the tours require walking while visiting monuments, parks, bazaars, etc during sightseeing tours. Some tours may require walking, climbing, cycling, trekking, embarking and disembarking boats etc. Clients agree to accept the authority and decisions of the Company’s employees, tour leaders, and agents whilst on tour. If in the opinion of such person, the health or conduct of a Client before or after the departure appears likely to endanger the safety, comfort, or congenial progress of the tour, the Client may be excluded from all or part of the tour, in which case all monies paid will be forfeited and the Company will not be liable to pay any compensation whatsoever to such Client. Travellers, who have preexisting medical conditions that affect their fitness to travel, or any medical dietary requirement, must be advised at the time of booking. We recommend all travellers should visit their General Practitioner for these aforementioned purposes and/or to confirm that they are physically able to undertake the day-to-day requirements of the tour. 17. Passport Visa and Vaccinations: It is mandatory that you familiarise yourself with any visa and health requirements that may be applicable in the countries you are visiting. You are responsible for complying with all entry visas, health laws, regulations, orders, demands and requirements of countries visited or transited. Please note that passport and visa requirements are not the responsibility of TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or that of your travel agent and both these parties cannot be held liable for any loss or expense due to the failure to comply with the above. 18. Insuarance: It is a condition of booking any tours that travellers are adequately insured for the full duration of their travel arrangements in respect of illness, injury, death, loss of baggage, loss of personal item, cancellation, curtailment or any unforeseen circumstances. We strongly recommend that you take suitable travel insurance at the time of booking. TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS cannot in any way be made liable for any cost incurred by the customer on any tour.19. Local Laws: All participants in tours operated by the Company are expected to obey the laws and regulations of the countries visited and any failure to do so will relieve the Company of all obligations that it may otherwise have under this Contract. 20. Complaints and Claims: We strive to ensure your arrangements are delivered smoothly. However, there are times when problems arise while on tour. If the Client is not satisfied with any aspect of their arrangements, they must immediately bring it to attention of the local office manager at the time so that they may use their reasonable endeavours to rectify the situation. If the problem cannot be resolved, you should contact us on emergency phone line provided in your documentation. Failure to complain at the time will affect the Client’s ability to claim compensation from the Company. Should the problem remain unsolved during the journey you should send us written correspondence detailing the nature of complaint as well as the effort you made to resolve the problem while on tour. Please send your correspondence with supporting evidence within 28 days of

the completion of the tour. No complaint or claim will be considered if it is made after this period. 21. Behaviour: It is the Client's responsibility to ensure that he and the members of his Party do not behave in a manner which causes offence or danger to others, or which risks damage to property belonging to others. In such circumstances all suppliers (e.g. hotel staff, guide, driver, airline staff etc.) and the Company have the right to terminate arrangements made on the Client's behalf, in which case the Company’s responsibility to the Client ceases immediately. Therefore, the Company will not be liable for any refunds, payment of compensation or reimbursement of any cost or expenses incurred as a result. Further, the Client will be liable to reimburse the Company for any expenses whatsoever that it incurs as a result of such behaviour. 22. Liability Disclaimer: TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS (herewith called 'the Company') advises that passengers should familiarise themselves with the services, quality, location, terms and conditions of our suppliers such as hotel, transporter, airlines before making a booking. TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS will not be held responsible and will be excluded from liability for any loss, damage, omission or acts being negligent or otherwise committed by the suppliers of transportation vehicles, hotels, restaurants or attractions used in connection with the tours. While the Company will use its best endeavours to operate all tours as advertised, reasonable changes in the itinerary or services may be made without notice where deemed necessary or advisable by the Company. No refund will be made for any unused services which are included in the tour price. The information detailed in the Company brochure range, including pricing is correct to the best of the Company’s knowledge at the time of print. The Company however accepts no liability for innocent inaccuracies contained herein. 23. Airline Schedule changes: TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS is not responsible for any schedule changes or cancellation of booked flights imposed by the airlines. Although we do our best to reschedule your booked services we take no responsibility for any services missed or additional costs incurred as a result of schedule changes or cancellations.  24. Airlines Baggage Allowance: Although we do not have any luggage limits while travelling by coach or car, airlines are frequently changing their luggage allowance policy. Domestic airfare included in our tour includes current baggage allowance which may change at the time of booking. As these circumstances are beyond our control, you may have to pay additional charges at the airport for any extra baggage as per an airline's policy. We recommend you check with your agent for correct luggage allowance of your international and domestic flights before commencing your travel. 25. Variations: Considerable care has been taken in preparing this brochure but circumstances not within TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTONS' control may force changes for Itineraries, accommodation, activities, costs, in which case you will be informed as soon as possible. If necessary, due to circumstances beyond our control, TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS reserves the right to change hotels to a similar category. TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS may update these terms and conditions at any time. Any changes to these terms and conditions made after booking will be advised to you as soon as possible. 26. Documentation: Client’s documentation will be forwarded only two (2) weeks prior to departure when full payment is received by the Company. Requests can be made if you wish to receive your documentation earlier. 27. Agent Responsibilities: It is the travel agent's responsibility to ensure that their client is carrying the correct travelling documents and is aware of full booking the terms and conditions of TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. 28. Client Responsibility: Tlthough we take utmost care while selecting accommodation to ensure you enjoy a comfortable stay, it should be noted that the standard of accommodation in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan vary quite drastically throughout the various regions. Since most booking are made far in advance, it is the client's responsibility to advise us at the time of confirmation should they have any concern or a likelihood to want to change any accommodation included in the itinerary. Any changes made after confirmation may incur a penalty. Passengers are also advised to ensure that full payment of your booking is made on time by the travel agent where tours are booked. 29. Pre-departure information: We highly recommend all travellers read our predeparture information to get a good insight into frequently asked questions. Please contact us if you still have any questions which are not covered relating to your specific tour. 30. Consent: You give TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS permission to use your tour picture in their brochure, advertising material or website to support authenticity of the tours and services. Email and postal address as provided may be used for updating on special and promotions. 31. Force Majeure: “Force Majeure” means any event which TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, industrial or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire and similar events beyond our control. In the case of force Majeure TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS will not accept liability, and reserve the right to change and cancel trip. 32. Consular Advice: We strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with the latest Government consular advice and information before making a booking and prior to departure by calling or visiting websites of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


What people say about our services

What an amazing trip. We loved the hotels, food, activities and the knowledge of the tour guides. The coach was comfortable with lots of space and extra seats so we all moved around and were not stuck with one seat for the whole time as we are on other tours. Whenever we think of India it will remind us of the helpful TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS team."

"We had a wonderful holiday in India and Sri Lanka. Thank you for all your help. We highly recommend your company, both drivers were awesome, we highly recommend them for their safe driving." TAILOR-MADE INDIA & SRI LANKA – MRS MONICA & DR MAREK, AUSTRALIA

CULTURE CUISINE & SHOPPING GROUP – IRIDE, NEW ZEALAND

"I will be failing in my duty if I do not acknowledge the trouble free holiday me and my German friend had in Myanmar (Burma). It was a total success. You had made the arrangements so well that we felt that there was a friend in every station we went. There was continuity in our trip from Yangon airport from the time we stepped out of the airport till we returned to Yangon airport for our return journey. I never thought one could arrange such a trip so meticulously prepared and executed. The guides were superb and some of them were very well informed. I have visited more than 30 countries but this experience will remain permanent in my memory and I will cherish it always. At a future date if I need any tour related advice or arrangements, be assured that I will always think of TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS." TAILOR-MADE MYANMAR – JOHN & NANCY, NEW ZEALAND

"We were totally delighted by every aspect of this tour, which gave us an amazing insight into aspects of the life, culture and scenery of this vibrant and colorful country. The tour itself was superbly organised, with activities in every city we visited planned to allow us to experience a wide variety of unforgettable experiences, from guided tours of breath-taking temples and palaces to village life and safaris in the desert with ride-on camels, elephants and jeeps. The ultimate moment was seeing tigers in their natural habitat at Ranbamthore. From beginning to end, this was an excellent tour, and if we get the opportunity, we would choose TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS for our next travel. HIGHLIGHTS OF RAJASTHAN – AILEEN & KEN, NEW ZEALAND

"We loved Kochi and the old town rather than the new town. Our day trips were all in the old town and it was so beautiful with cobbled streets and old buildings. Our guide was wonderful. We were more interested in seeing markets and henna than temples and synagogues though! The houseboat in Alleppey was of course amazing and relaxing. We enjoyed and loved everything of our Kerala holiday. SPICE OF KERALA – JADE ERLANDSEN, AUSTRALIA


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India, Sri Lanka, Nepal & Bhutan Brochure 2016