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Indian Family Adventure - A Masala Encounter

India is the ultimate cultural family destination. It is a place that assaults all of your senses. Children young and old are impacted by a journey through India. We are exposed to a vibrant culture, visiting amazing sites and meeting a variety of local folk along the way. Our aim is to immerse ourselves and our families in the lives of many of our Indian friends

We start in Delhi in the hubbub of this busy and expanding city. We visit stunning monuments and historical sights none more dramatic than the amazing Taj Mahal in Agra. Built as a monument to love it stands out as India’s centre piece. We travel through Rajasthan visiting the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur and the Holy town of Pushkar, home to the annual camel fair and a place of Pilgrimage to Hindus and travellers alike. A highlight is our stay in the Heritage Fort of Sardargarh. Our friends will host us for two nights when we drift back to a time when the remote regions of India enjoyed grandeur and opulence. Udaipur is India’s romantic gem. We will enjoy a lesson in Indian cooking and our budding masterchefs will be producing wonderful flavours from here on in! Finishing in the vibrant metropolis of Mumbai our journey will come to an end as we gaze across the Arabian Sea and wonder of the splendours of the past and the unknown future that lies ahead for this fastest growing population in the world. Our lives will be changed, adults and children alike!

***AN OPTIONAL ADD ON TO GOA WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE***

14 Day Itinerary
Departure:26th December 2020(Sunday to Saturday - *NEW YEAR IN JAIPUR*
Price:AUD$2690 AUD$2490 for children under 17 years of age

Global Drift Family Adventures are designed for families travelling together (i.e. each party booking requires at least one parent or legal guardian accompanying any children). Child friendly adults may join this trip. We have a minimum age for children of 7 years old

Please see footnote at the bottom of the page re Family tour group size

Day 1 - arrive Delhi
This evening we have dinner planned in one of downtown Delhi's family restaurants
Day 2 - Delhi
This morning we journey into the teeming centre of “Old Delhi”. We enjoy a stop at the stunning Jama Masjid Mosque then take the kids on a colourful walk through the maze of laneways and alleys of Chandni Chowk. Here are the bazaars and stalls of Indian legend. Time for some bargaining and a cup of local Chai. This afternoon you are free to explore the city’s many sites including the Red Fort and Raj Ghat where Gandhi was cremated. We enjoy dinner in Connaught Place tonight where Delhi's “in” crowd can be found
Day 3 - Delhi to Agra
This morning we journey south through the countryside to the fabled city of Agra, home of the magnificent Taj Mahal. We arrive in time for an orientation of this intimate and bustling city. Perhaps a sunset drink watching the sun set over the Taj
Day 4 - Agra
We visit the fabled Taj this morning. Known as the ‘Teardrop on the face of Humanity,’ this monument to love will leave a lifetime impression. Sitting in the shadows of the marble shrine we recall the stories of Shah Jehan and the love of his life, Mumtaz Mahal. Later visit a carpet factory and learn how these local treasures are made. You will have time for an optional visit to the Agra Fort or just take a rickshaw and get lost in the narrow streets
Day 5 - Agra to Jaipur
We head west and first stop at the amazing barren 16th century city of Fatehpur Sikri. Built by Akbar it exhibits the splendour of a Mughal city and was left pristine when abandoned due to lack of water. We learn of the mysteries of this ancient kingdom frozen in time. Continuing on we arrive at Jaipur, known as the Pink City. Jaipur is all that Rajasthan has to offer. Brilliant colours, forts and palaces and a bustling city centre. We stay in a Heritage Palace Hotel decorated in traditional Mughal Rajasthan style
Day 6 - Jaipur
In the morning we take a short drive to the Amber Palace. We climb aboard our elephants who will trudge us up the hill to the palace courtyard. We return to Jaipur to visit the famed Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) and have time to explore the Mubarak Mahal. The Maharajas museum has a superb collection of Royal costumes and pashmina shawls. A busy day concludes with a night of Bollywood cinema at the Raj Mandir Theatre
Day 7 - Jaipur to Pushkar
A short drive takes us to the desert pilgrimage town of Pushkar. We will absorb the spiritual atmosphere by the lake and are engulfed by the sounds and colours of this tribal haunt. We can visit the only Brahman temple in India. Later there are optional camel rides and a morning climb for a stunning sunrise
Day 8 - Pushkar to Sardargardh
Driving south we head for the sprawling hilltop fort of Sardargarh. Off the beaten track we get a taste of the glory and infamy of a time when Rajput honour meant more than life itself. We stay at the Heritage Fort of Sardargardh as guests of the Rao or Lord of the Region and his family
Day 9 - Sardargardh
A day of adventure or relaxation. There is an optional jeep safari visiting small villages and searching for some of the local wildlife including leopards and deer. Our hosts Dharitri and Mahipal will regale us with stories of the region and introduce us to the secrets of their stunning fort. Dinner is served on the rooftop courtyard and the sounds of local villagers performing traditional songs make for a memorable evening
Day 10 - Sardargardh to Udaipur
We head south to the fabled romantic city on the lake, Udaipur. We enjoy an orientation walk and a chai in the crumbling old city centre. We dine tonight at the rooftop restaurant of the Udai Kothi overlooking the stunning old city and lake
Day 11 - Udaipur
Some say Udaipur is the most beautiful and classical city in the east. The Lake Palace is a testament to the style and crafting of the Rajput lords of the region. The city is teeming with palaces and Haveli, truly a sight to savour. After breakfast we take a short walk into the City Palace and museums, where the mosaics, miniatures and crystal galleries will hold our attention for most of the morning. The afternoon is free with a cruise on the lake recommended or chai in one of the local tea shops overlooking the city. This evening we take part in an interesting family friendly cooking class followed by dinner
Day 12 - Udaipur to Mumbai
A morning free in Udaipur then a short flight to the vibrant metropolis of Mumbai. This evening we will hopefully be in time for a stroll along the beach of Chowpatty with other Mumbai families and sample local favourites of Dal Puri and Dai Wada on the sands
Day 13 - Mumbai
For early risers we can jump into a pre dawn rickshaw and head down to the old Sassoon docks to see the fishing boats arriving with their catch of the night. See, hear and taste the essence of India before breakfast. We have time today to explore the legendary Crawford Market, which is the old bastion of British Bombay. With luck we may lunch at the Bombay Cricket Club on the lawns of the old ground. A visit to Mumbai is not complete without a stop at the “Gateway of India”. In the evening gather for a drink at the legendary Taj Mahal hotel and head out for a delightful farewell dinner together. Time to share our stories and toast the magnificent experiences we have savoured
Day 14 - depart Mumbai
Today is departure day and you are free to make you arrangements to leave at any time
- AN OPTIONAL ADD ON TO GOA WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE***

Trip Options

Single Travellers:InquireDetails
Extra Accommodation: Single AUD$140Details
Double AUD$140
Arrival Airport Transfer:AUD$40Details

Family tour group size can be higher than 16 depending on adult/child ratios. For this tour we may take as many as 20 travellers

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