A land of quite spectacular diversity, India straddles the vast gulf between its past and its present with equal ambivalence. In a world of instant gratification and media overload, it can still manage to excite and enthral the senses of even the most jaded traveller like few other places on earth. India wears its heart very much on its sleeve and this incredible adventure takes us from the bustling streets of its great capital, on a journey into the very consciousness of this remarkable country.
We will follow in the footsteps of Mughal emperors and colonial overlords, explore the wonderful medieval monuments of Gwalior and Orchha and gaze upon the infamous carvings at the temples of Khajuraho. Seek out the epitome of the natural world – the Bengal tigers at Bandhavgarh National Park. Visiting the timeless setting of Varanasi, one of the oldest and holiest cities on earth, we watch the flowing waters of the Ganges reputedly dividing the worlds of men and gods.
Finally we stand amongst the Buddhist ruins of Bodh Gaya, where the Lord Buddha himself attained enlightenment. All in all this is a wonderful off beat India tour, taking in many cultural highlights.
Explore the great historical city of Delhi
Discover the architectural splendor of Gwalior & Orchha
See the majestic temples of Khajuraho
Go in search of Bengal tigers at Bandhavgarh National Park
Varanasi, one of the oldest and holiest cities on earth.
Visit the important Buddhist sites of Bodh Gaya and Sarnath
Explore the historical and cultural highlights of Kolkata
Full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
13 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners (typically in local restaurants where viable)
Drinking water throughout
All transport (minibuses, train, shared safari canter and river boat).
14 nights' accommodation (11 in hotels - including 1 night in a heritage hotel and 1 night in a 5 star hotel in Delhi - 2 nights in a jungle lodge, and 1 night on an overnight train)
* Please note that our December departure of this tour does not finish in Kolkata but instead fly's back to Delhi. Please refer to the December dossier for full details **
ALL OUR SMALL GROUP TOURS HAVE NO LOCAL PAYMENTS, HIDDEN EXTRAS OR COMPULSORY SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS
When you book a holiday with Wild Frontiers you are awarded ‘miles’, which are based on the return distance from London to the arrival city of your trip. Wild Miles are awarded for all our holidays, from walking tours to riding holidays and from escorted group tours to tailor-made trips. When you accrue Wild Miles, you will qualify for the following discounts on all future bookings:
Blue: More than 10,000 miles travelled - 2.5% discount Bronze: More than 30,000 miles travelled - 5% discount Silver: More than 45,000 miles travelled - 7.5% discount Gold: More than 60,000 miles travelled - 10% discount
At Wild Frontiers we have always strived to offer the most authentic, safe and ethically sensitive travel experiences on the market, not necessarily the cheapest. From the support system in London to the holiday itself, we feel we offer the best way to see and experience a destination and that is why our loyal clients come back to us time and again. So when making price comparisons, please bear in mind the following:
On your trip
On all but a handful of group tours our maximum size is 12.
We use dedicated tour leaders as well as local guides.
We aim to use quality, interesting and experiential accommodation – usually the best available.
We tend to offer our trips on an all-inclusive basis. (Please check specific dossier for details but this could add in excess of £400 to competitors pricing!).
We include drinking water, and often soft drinks.
We aim to use the most efficient, interesting, safe and comfortable transport available.
As part of our ethical policy, we pay a fair price for the services offered to us, thus making sure our local staff and crews receive a fair wage.
Peace of mind
We are fully ATOL & ABTOT protected – with us your money is safe!
We have full public liability insurance – to the tune of £5,000,000.
We work in association with the security company Control Risks in order to receive live security updates, briefings and emergency evacuation protocols if needed.
We have an office in London, staffed by a professional team of adventure holiday planners.
We have a 24 hour emergency helpline.
We have full Crisis Management training.
Each trip is managed by a specific operations manager with whom you will have direct access.
All our itineraries are designed by us, not bought ‘off the shelf’ from local companies.
A percentage of all income generated by our trips goes to The Wild Frontiers Foundation.
It is for these reasons, and the expert delivery of our trips, that we have won so many awards and have so many loyal clients. As we say, we are not the cheapest, but we do fell we are the best.
NB: Please see dossier for exact details of what is included on this specific tour.