19 day Golden Triangle India and Sri Lanka Exploration

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Visiting: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Taj Mahal, Colombo, Negombo, Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Yala National Park and Ahungalla. 

ALL IN PRICE INCLUSIONS:

Price includes land and air content, airport taxes and gratuities. If you are from another state, please let us know. Please contact our Friendly staff for more information

B = breakfast provided , L = lunch provided , D = dinner provided

DAY  01: MELBOURNE/SINGAPORE 

This evening, we have our bags packed and ready as we board our flight – we invite you to sit back and relax and not long you’ll arrive at your first stop. 

Meals – As per flight

DAY  02: SINGAPORE / DELHI (INDIA) 

Your overnight flight arrives into Changi airport and not long after, you will re-board your ongoing flight to Delhi. We should arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport in the morning, where our representative will be holding a placard and waiting to welcome the group outside the Exit gate of arrivals hall. Enjoy a bit of sightseeing in the morning before an early lunch at a local restaurant. Our city tour will cover parts of New Delhi that takes you past the presidential palace, the national parliament the India Gate and more. Then you visit the tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun and the 800-year-old Qutub Minar, the world’s tallest brick minaret, which is decorated with intricate calligraphy. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

Meals – As per flight / L /D

Overnight – Crowne Plaza Hotel or similar

DAY  03: DELHI

After breakfast we proceed for sightseeing of Old Delhi. Start the visit from Jama Masjid and later take a short walk into the narrow lanes of the Old Delhi. Pass through the food street and the busy market of Chandni Chowk. Also visit the spice market and smell the purity. Being more adventurous taste a tea from the tea stall or some Indian snack. Experience the rickshaw ride on the busy street of Old Delhi followed by photography stop at magnificent Red Fort, built on the banks of the River Yamuna by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan. If time permits also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. After lunch enjoy a bit of time for rest and relaxation before we regroup once again for dinner at our hotel. 

Meals – B/ L / D

Overnight – Crowne Plaza Hotel or similar

DAY  04: DELHI / AGRA 

After breakfast, we take to the road for Agra, a city whose very name evokes the romanticism and exoticism of India. On arrival, check in at the hotel.

Meals – B/ L /D

Overnight   –   Doubletree by Hilton or similar

DAY  05:  AGRA

Sunrise visit Taj Mahal—perfectly timed to coincide with the rising sun—will literally take your breath away. The fateful tale of love and loss that inspired the Taj is as incredible as the tomb itself. Commissioned by the broken-hearted Emperor Shah Jahan after his beloved wife died in childbirth, this masterpiece of Islamic architecture took some 20,000 laborers and artisans nearly two decades to complete (at a cost of more than $1 billion in today’s money). Return to hotel for breakfast. Afternoon proceed to visit Agra Fort. Agra Fort is an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River.

Meals – B/ L /D

Overnight   –   Doubletree by Hilton or similar

DAY  06: AGRA / JAIPUR

After breakfast drive towards Jaipur. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned, ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri lies some 40 km from Agra. The city was built by the Emperor Akbar in 1569, in honour of Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti, who prophesied that Akbar would have three sons. For 14 years Fatehpur Sikri was Akbar’s capital until a lack of water forced the city to be abandoned. The city is remarkably well-preserved, and visitors can see the Jama Masjid, the tomb of Salim Chisti and several palaces. By late afternoon you will reach Jaipur. Jaipur is a city of history and tradition, dating back to its foundation in the 17th century by Sawai Jai Singh, from whom it derives its name. Jaipur is almost equidistant from Delhi and Agra, and forms part of the famed Golden Triangle, which so many visitors to north India take.  

Meals – B/ L / D

Overnight   –   Shahpura House or similar

DAY  07: JAIPUR

Jeep ride to mount the Fort, which imperiously looks down on the city from atop the Hill of Eagles. You don’t just come here for the views – the Amber Fort is a majestic blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture built with red sandstone and white marble. The imposing and forbidding exterior belies the beautiful fusion of art and architecture behind the ramparts. Back in Jaipur, a sightseeing tour takes us to visit the City Palace, with its elaborately carved doorways and the Jantar Mantar observatory.

Meals – B/ L / D

Overnight   –   Shahpura House or similar

DAY  08: JAIPUR/GURGAON 

After breakfast at the hotel we drive towards Gurgaon, enroute lunch at Midway. Upon arrival in Gurgaon we will check in at hotel and rest up – it’s been a long day of driving. In the evening, visit “Kingdom of Dreams” for a dance drama theater show followed by dinner.

Meals – B/ L / D

Overnight   –   Crowne Plaza hotel or similar

DAY  09: GURGAON / DELHI AIRPORT / COLOMBO (SRI LANKA)  / NEGOMBO 

This morning we bid farewell to India and early morning we will make our way to Delhi airport for our flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka!  On arrival at the Colombo International Airport you will be warmly greeted by our representative and your English speaking guide and transferred to Negombo in an air-conditioned coach. Check in to the hotel.

Meals – B/ Own arrangements / D

Overnight   –   Gateway Hotel or similar

DAY  10 : NEGOMBO/PINNAWALA/DAMBULLA

After breakfast transfer to Dambulla, an en-route visit The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. As you enter the 25-acre coconut property, do not be surprised to witness baby elephants being bottle fed or moving around freely causing absolutely no harm to anyone. It is rightly a heartfelt sight to observe how these gentle giants – orphaned and sometimes three-legged – are taken care of since 1975 at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Up to date, over 20 calves have been born here and it is surprising to note that some of its inmates have even seen their grandchildren during the past few decades! Watch as they feed at 09:15 am, 01:15 pm & 05:00 pm and take a river bath twice a day at 10:00 am & 02:00 pm respectively, an experience that could never be felt anywhere else on earth!

Meals – B/ L / D

Overnight   –  Amaya Lake Hotel or similar

DAY  11: DAMBULLA / SIGIRIYA/ POLONNARUWA/DAMBULLA 

After breakfast proceed to Sigiriya Rock Fortress.  The 5th century rock citadel of King Kassapa and World Heritage Site – Sigiriya – not only boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaimed to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture. Step through the gigantic ‘Lion Paws’ – overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below – to comprehend the absolute splendour that once dominated this rock fortress. Walk in the shade of an eminent ‘mirror wall’ embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti. Wander into the well-fabricated museum downstairs for an epic journey of yesteryears to realize how the citadel floated above citizens with the castle, ponds and irrigation systems for centuries. Thereafter, we visit the Polonnaruwa Ancient City – Walk across its scattered walls of the World Heritage Site – blessed by stupas, resting Buddha statues, irrigation canals and fantastically carved Hindu sculptures – while observing the relic house – Watadage – which boasts of beautiful stone carvings. Take a close glance and you will realize a subtle Hindu influence on architecture and statues found in Polonnaruwa. Nissankamalla Council Chamber is however, a head-spinning beauty to just sit back and observe with its swaying pillars reminding the aesthetics of a powerful kingdom which rests beside Parakrama Samudraya – sea of Parakramabahu & masterpiece of irrigation! Return to the hotel after the excursion.

Meals – B/ L / D

Overnight   –  Amaya Lake Hotel or similar

DAY  12: DAMBULLA / MATALE / KANDY 

After breakfast transfer from Dambulla to Kandy, visit a spice garden on-route. An agricultural zone in the Central Province, Matale seldom drops off the maps due to its remarkable contribution through flagship crops of the island extending from tea, rubber & vegetables to spices. Stop by the side of a spice garden – into which you will be most welcome – and observe the therapeutic values of spices & processes over a refreshing cup of herbal tea! If you wish, spend some time idling on the hardened streets if you mean a real town adventure filled with voices and colors. On completion proceed to Kandy and check in at the hotel.

Meals – B/ L / D

Overnight   –  Amaya Hills hotel Kandy or similar

DAY  13:  KANDY

After breakfast visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, museum, Audience Hall, Rajah Tusker Hall and take a drive around the Kandy Lake. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. A stroll across this small lakeside town – cradled among the misty hills – will feature the Kandy City Centre – bundled with latest and world class brands, bazaar, an arts & crafts centre, as well as a gem museum & lapidary. Drive towards Victoria Golf Course, undoubtedly one of the best golf courses in the world for a sweep blended with class and style. Or walk in colour as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market. Fine tune your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka.

Meals – B/ L /D 

Overnight   –  Amaya Hills hotel Kandy or similar

DAY  14:  KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA 

After breakfast transfer to Nuwara Eliya. Misty steep roads, twisting through lush green blankets of tea bushes in a cool climate, remind visitors that they are within the range of the renowned British colonial retreat, Nuwara Eliya. Augmented by an English countryside atmosphere, the city of light – once governed by English & Scottish planters – is still studded with colonial bungalows, hedgerows & one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in the world. Upon arrival to your hotel, we will make  the rest of the day as a bit of rest and relaxation.  

Meals – B/ L /D 

Overnight   –  Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya or similar

DAY  15:  NUWARA ELIYA / YALA NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast transfer to Yala and check in at the hotel. Proceed on an evening safari at Yala National Park. Spreading into a vast 1259 Km2 Yala – with its glory spinning around vast grasslands, shrubs, tanks and dunes – rightfully is the heartland of wildlife in Sri Lanka. As your jeep rumbles through the giant gates of Yala, you are not only stepping into the most visited national park in the country, but also the lands of a civilization which thrived during the reign of Sri Lankan kings. Its usual inmates cover herds of elephant, sloth bear, spotted dear, jackal, extensively populated birdlife as well as the highest density of leopards in the world that garnish the park to be one of the finest destinations in the country. Feel the rough track as your jeep thunders over rocks and swish passing narrow bends for an exhilarating experience blended with the cries of wilderness under the tropical sun.

Meals – B/ L /D 

Overnight   –  Jetwing Yala or similar

DAY  16:   YALA NATIONAL PARK / AHUNGALLA 

After breakfast transfer to Ahungalla and check in at the hotel. Ahungalla is known primarily for its sandy beach, accompanied by a wide palm belt, considered to be one of the best on the island. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy this amazing place. 

Meals – B/ L /D 

Overnight   –  Riu Ahungalla or similar

DAY  17:   AHUNGALLA 

After breakfast proceed to visit the Galle Fort & Ramparts. Galle is Sri Lanka’s most historically interesting town and was a major port until about 100 years, but today still handles shipping and sailing boats in the natural harbor. Stroll around the lighthouse and harbor or visit the old town where you can see the traditional lace makers and wood carvers and purchase some the finest souvenirs. Afterwards we visit the Dutch Fort – the oldest landmark and a “World Heritage Site” in which the central city is contained. Today, the 90-acre Galle Fort shows no evidence of the Portuguese founders. The Dutch incorporated the Portuguese northern wall in a great rampart in 1663. A second, taller wall was built inside of it. Between the two walls, a covered passage connected the central bastion with the Fort’s two half bastions overlooking the sea. We then return to our hotel in the afternoon for lunch and dinner.  

Meals – B/ L /D 

Overnight   –  Riu Ahungalla or similar

DAY  18:   AHUNGALLA / COLOMBO AIRPORT 

After breakfast we transfer from Ahungalla to Colombo sightseeing and lunch (about 2.5 hours away). Proceed to Colombo via expressway and exit from Kottawa and visit the New Parliament (remote view), BMICH, Independence Square and drive via Green path near to the Vihara Maha Devi Park and Town Hall. Also if time permits, pick up your last minute souvenirs with a visit to Barefoot – Colombo’s most interesting and Original shop. Later in the evening, proceed to Gateway Hotel for your farewell dinner and freshen up before our late night flight out of Colombo. 

Meals – B/ L /D 

DAY  19:  COLOMBO / SINGAPORE / MELBOURNE

Your flight to Singapore departs shortly after midnight and we expect  to land early into Changi Airport. Not long after, we board our connecting flight back home. Sit back and relax and not long you will arrive back home. We hope you enjoyed your trip!

Meals – As per flight      

All in Pricing package price includes :

– Return flights with Singapore Airlines (including airport taxes)

– Accommodation as per itinerary

– Sumptuous meals as per itinerary

– Tour guide and bus services

– Entries to places listed on itinerary including Shore excursions as mentioned in itinerary

-Daily bottle of water provided

This group is scheduled to depart on the 2 March 2019 and May 2019 

March 2019 price:

All in price – $ 5,580* pp (twin share)

  *Early bird price before 30 November 2018!  – Afterwards, $5,980*/person  

 

May 2019 price:

All in price – $ 5080* pp (twin share)

  *Early bird price before 31 October 2018!  – Afterwards, $5,480*/person  

Early Payment Offer – Save a further $100/person if you pay in full before 30 September 2018

 

 

Please note – Secondary deposit of $500 per person is required once group is guaranteed to depart

Note – Additional Visa costs for AUS Passport holders 

  1. India evisa – $80USD (subject to change) payable at time of full payment 
  2. Sri Lanka evisa – $35USD (subject to change) payable at time of full payment 

ALL IN PRICE INCLUSIONS:

Price includes land and air content, airport taxes and gratuities. If you are from another state, please let us know. Please contact our Friendly staff for more information

DAY  01: MELBOURNE/SINGAPORE – N/A

DAY  02: SINGAPORE / DELHI (INDIA) – Crowne Plaza Hotel or similar

DAY  03: DELHI  Crowne Plaza Hotel or similar

DAY  04: DELHI / AGRA  –   Doubletree by Hilton or similar

DAY  05:  AGRA –   Doubletree by Hilton or similar

DAY  06: AGRA / JAIPUR –   Shahpura House or similar

DAY  07: JAIPUR –   Shahpura House or similar

DAY  08: JAIPUR/GURGAON  –   Crowne Plaza hotel or similar

DAY  09: GURGAON / DELHI AIRPORT / COLOMBO (SRI LANKA)  / NEGOMBO –   Gateway Hotel or similar

DAY  10 : NEGOMBO/PINNAWALA/DAMBULLA –  Amaya Lake Hotel or similar

DAY  11: DAMBULLA / SIGIRIYA/ POLONNARUWA/DAMBULLA –  Amaya Lake Hotel or similar

DAY  12: DAMBULLA / MATALE / KANDY –  Amaya Hills hotel Kandy or similar

DAY  13:  KANDY –  Amaya Hills hotel Kandy or similar

DAY  14:  KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA  –  Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya or similar

DAY  15:  NUWARA ELIYA / YALA NATIONAL PARK –  Jetwing Yala or similar

DAY  16:   YALA NATIONAL PARK / AHUNGALLA –  Riu Ahungalla or similar

DAY  17:   AHUNGALLA –  Riu Ahungalla or similar

DAY  18:   AHUNGALLA / COLOMBO AIRPORT 

DAY  19:  COLOMBO / SINGAPORE / MELBOURNE – N/A

 

During March

Delhi – India Average High – 26 degrees Celsius / Average Low 14 degrees Celsius

Agra – India Average High – 36 degrees Celsius / Average Low 22 degrees Celsius

Jaipur – India Average High – 29 degrees Celsius / Average Low 17 degrees Celsius

Colombo – Sri Lanka Average High – 32 degrees Celsius / Average Low 25 degrees Celsius

Kandy – Sri Lanka Average High – 31 degrees Celsius / Average Low 19 degrees Celsius

During May

Delhi – India Average High – 37 degrees Celsius / Average Low 25 degrees Celsius

Agra – India Average High – 38 degrees Celsius / Average Low 29 degrees Celsius

Jaipur – India Average High – 38 degrees Celsius / Average Low 28 degrees Celsius

Colombo – Sri Lanka Average High – 31 degrees Celsius / Average Low 26 degrees Celsius

Kandy – Sri Lanka Average High – 30 degrees Celsius / Average Low 22 degrees Celsius

 

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