India
  • 12 days/11 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From Call for Pricing / person
  • (Varies single supplement)

India Adventure Vacation Package

India may be the most vibrant country in the world. The India Adventure Vacation Package will plunge you directly into the heart of India, letting you soak up India’s culture, explore its magnificent past, and bask in its thriving present. The sharp scent of spices will entice you as you weave between market stalls with artisans, vendors, and locals all engaging in the unchoreographed dance of trade. Relish the unforgettable tastes of such culinary delights as samosa, kachori, kulfi and lassi. Let yourself be enthralled by the Indian people, but don’t forget the natural world. Seek out wildlife such as tiger, sloth bear, hyena, and flying squirrel from the comfort and safety of a 4×4 jeep crawling its way under a towering canopy of teak and arjuna trees. Witness the sun rise while canoeing the glassy waters of the Pench River. This adventure, like India itself, is charming, wild, and deeply moving.

  • Asia & Pacific Vacations
  • Adult only
  • Hiking
  • Paddling/Rafting
  • Safari/Wildlife
  • Gourmet Dining
  • Cultural/History

Activity Level: Easy (1)

About
This Tour
India seems to have everything from incredible culture to impressive monuments (Taj Mahal, anyone?), from tantalizing cuisine, to majestic wildlife. The India Adventure Vacation Package features all of it. Take in the vibrant culture while wandering Old Delhi’s markets or witness tigers moving silently through the jungle. Ride in rickshaws surrounded by locals going about their lives or bask in the sun on a lazy river surrounded by grazing wildlife. It may be cliché, but India truly is a land of contrasts. This is your chance to soak up every last drop.
  • View the ancient mountain fortresses surrounding Maharaja Jai Singh II’s “Pink City” and then relax in royal luxury in some of the finest accommodations in India.
  • Local guides and naturalists immerse you in India’s culture and natural world, letting you explore the country from ground-level.
  • Sightsee palaces like the Taj Mahal, Amber Fort, India Gate, and Humayun’s Tomb.
  • Explore Panchmarchi Biosphere Reserve’s dense teak and sal forests, high sandstone mountains, waterfalls, and narrow gorges.
  • Track a diverse array of wildlife including (but certainly not limited to) leopard, tiger, sloth bear, Indian Gaur, sambhar, wild boar, chital, nilgai, barking deer, black buck, langoor, and hyena.
Gaur in India
Photo: Gaur in India

"The most amazing trip of a lifetime. All my Expectations were met and exceeded."

Vivian B. New York, NY-Delhi

"This was my first Austin Adventures trip outside of the USA. I was extremely happy with our trip. I saw and experienced things I may not have on my own."

Sarah N. Haverton, PA-Pench

"Our second trip with Austin - so well organized and love the staff!!"

Tobe R. Boca Raton, FL- Pench

Itinerary
& Map
Day 1: Delhi
Overnight: The Claridges
On your arrival at the international airport in Delhi and after clearing customs & immigration, our representative will receive and escort you to your hotel. Delhi, the capital of India, is a city that offers a glimpse of both ancient and modern day India. It is the third largest city in India and one of the fastest growing in Asia. This city is rich in culture, always changing with time but never hiding its splendid past. The various ancient ruins seen in the city are silent witnesses to its magnificent history.

About The Claridges

Built in 1952, The Claridges remains one of New Delhi’s most iconic hotels to date. A perfect amalgamation of elegance and contemporary luxury, it is located in close proximity to the Capital’s bustling commercial and cultural centers. With truly Indian warmth and service, it is the very best Delhi has to offer.
Day 2: Delhi
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: The Claridges
As the city wakes up, transport back to times of grandeur and subsequent ruin during the Mughal Empire. Colorful, vibrant, noisy and chaotic are words that best describe what many call Old Delhi, which was built by the mighty Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Walk or ride in a rickshaw through the streets and markets of this seventeenth century imperial capital city of the Mughal empire savoring the fragrances of the boisterous spice markets and eyeing the glittering gems of India's largest jewelry shops. In the afternoon, sightsee with your guide around New Delhi, which actually features more historical sites than Old Delhi. Visit Humayun’s Tomb, drive along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House and the President’s Residence before ending with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.
Day 3: Delhi / Jaipur
Jaipur
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: Alsisar Haveli
After breakfast, we spend the majority of the day driving southwest to Jaipur (6-7 hours transfer). Jaipur, the capital city of the state of Rajasthan, also known as “Pink City” owes its name, foundation and planning to the great warrior astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II. The city sits on a dry lake bed in a wild and somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills surmounted by fortresses and crenellated walls. Check into the hotel and relax with the rest of your day at your leisure

About Alsisar Haveli

Over the past five centuries, Majarajas of Rajasthan have enjoyed the timeless grandeur of this magnificent and stately setting, attracted by the relaxed aristocratic feel. Handsomely located in the center of Jaipur, Alsisar Haveli is an appealing treat of regal architecture, plush hospitality and princely ambiances.
Day 4: Jaipur
Jaipur
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: Alsisar Haveli
Take an excursion by jeep to Amber Fort, a classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace built in the sixteenth century. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles find their ultimate expression. Late afternoon take a walk around Jaipur to learn more about the dazzling heritage of traditional India. Since its foundation in 1727, the royal family and nobles of Jaipur had been patronizing various craftsmen and artisans throughout Pink City. Many of these traditions continue to this day, making the modern day Jaipur the perfect destination to witness India’s rich art and craft. Mingle and talk with the locals while sampling some of the  region’s culinary delights, such as Samosa Kachori, Kulfi and Lassi. Observe local artisans like silversmiths and bangle makers at work. Explore Jaipur like the locals do and learn about the rich traditions of this captivating city with your knowledgeable guide.
Day 5: Jaipur / Agra
India
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: ITC Mughal
After a hearty breakfast, we drive to Agra (5 hour transfer). After some time to relax at your hotel, we head to the Taj Mahal at sunset. Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder as it is most always the soul raison-d’être for every person’s visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also famous particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.

About ITC Mughal

Evoking the majesty of the nearby Taj Mahal, ITC Mughal’s timeless gardens, opulent décor, and unrivaled service guarantee an indelible stay. An enchanting setting, gracious furnishings, and the latest in modern conveniences and amenities distinguish the guest rooms. Kaya Kalp – The Royal Spa is the country’s largest spa at over 99,000 square feet.
Day 6: Agra / Bhopal
Meals Included:  B
Enjoy an early breakfast before transferring to Agra’s railway station to board a train to Bhopal. Sit back and relax during your train ride of approximately 6 hours. You’ll be picked up at Bhopal Railway Station upon arrival and transferred to your hotel where you may enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

About Jehan Numa Retreat

Sprung up from the earth as it were, at the edge of a green forest – the Van Vihar National Park – this snug spa and resort has been created in the tradition of a culture and life that is nourished by its relationship with nature. And in turn, it nourishes guests and relaxes them.
Day 7: Bhopal / Satpura
Reni Pani India
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Today we drive to Satpura National Park (4 hour transfer). The 524 square kilometer park is the core area of the Panchmarchi Biosphere Reserve that includes Bori wildlife sanctuary to its southwest and Pachmarhi wildlife sanctuary to its northeast. The park features tall sandstone mountains, narrow gorges, ravines, waterfalls, streams and dense forests near the Mahadev hills in the Pachmarhi plateau. The area boasts of two unique species of tree – the sal and the teak – alongside wide varieties of ferns, mango trees, butterflies and birds. This afternoon, take a nature walk in the park with your naturalist guide, tracking tigers, lions, sloth bear and other resident animals when the opportunity arises.

About Reni Pani Jungle Lodge

Reni Pani Jungle Lodge is an exquisitely designed conservation and wildlife focused lodge located close to the Saptura National Park and Tiger Reserve. It features 12 luxury cottages encompassing three distinct structural designs, a cozy central meeting place called the Gol Ghar and a jungle pool located along its seasonal nullah.
Day 8: Satpura National Park
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Indulge yourself in morning and afternoon game drives. Apart from tigers, this expanse of dry deciduous forest is home to a number of species of animals: leopards, wild dogs, sloth bear, Indian gaur, sambhar, wild boar, chital, nilgai, barking deer, black buck, and langoor are amongst the widely viewed animals here. The forest’s true wilderness and limited exposure to human pressure have enabled it to host some rare Indian fauna including the Hyena, the Flying Squirrel and the porcupine. Satpura Tiger Reserve is also a birdwatcher’s paradise.
Day 9: Satpura / Pench
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Before breakfast, we enjoy a relaxed canoe excursion at sunrise. The calmness of the water, interrupted occasionally by the honking of bar headed geese or the deafening screeches of a black ibis while observing grazing herbivores on the shore is truly a treat! After breakfast back at the lodge, we transfer to Pench National Park (5 hour transfer) where we’ll check into our wilderness camp, situated in the village of Jamtara and get settled in to our accommodation.

About Jamtara Wilderness Camp

Situated in the Village of Jamtara, near Pench National Park, Jamtara Wilderness Camp is a 10 luxury tented property in the heart of rural Pench. Surrounded by tall Arjuna Trees and an ancient Banyan rooted on a dry riverbed, each tented room overlooks the forest which sets the perfect background to this jungle experience.
Day 10 & 11: Pench National Park
Leopard India
Meals Included:  B, L, D
For the next several days, we explore Pench National Park by 4x4 Jeep, accompanied by a resident naturalist and forest park guide. Pench is nestled in the lower southern reaches of the Satpura hills and is named after the Pench River, meandering through the park from north to south. Over 1,200 species of plants have been recorded from the area including several rare and endangered plants as well as plants of ethno-botanical importance. The park has always been rich in wildlife. The varied habitat heterogeneity favors high population of Chital and Sambar. Pench tiger reserve has the highest density of herbivores in India and also has a large diversity of wildlife, including Leopard, Tiger, Jungle Cat, Dhole (Wild Dog), Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Mongoose and Gaur.
Day 12: Pench National Park
Meals Included:  B
After breakfast in camp, drive to Nagpur airport (3 hour transfer) in time for your flight to Delhi. You’ll be picked up from the Delhi Airport and transferred to an airport hotel where you can relax until your transfer back to Delhi Airport for your international flight home. *Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.
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  • 12 days/11 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From Call for Pricing / person
  • (Varies single supplement)

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Additional Trip Information

Arrival & Departures

An Austin Adventures representative will meet you upon arrival at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. Upon clearing customs, transportation to The Claridges in New Delhi will be provided. On Day 12 your guide will drive you to Nagpur airport (3 hour transfer) in time for your domestic flight to Delhi. You will have access to an airport hotel room until it’s time to check-in three hours prior for your international flight from Delhi to home.

Activities

  • Walking: Sightseeing walks in the city and national parks up to 2.5 hours per walk. Sometimes multiple walks are done in a day.
  • Canoeing: Sit back and relax as you are paddled along a section of calm water in Satpura National Park.
  • Safari: Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as your naturalist guide educates you on the area’s wildlife while walking or riding by 4WD Jeep.

Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. Meals are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price. Included in the Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • Meals as mentioned in itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Fully trained, professional guide and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Any necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • Land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information. • Entrance fees to the monuments and parks.
  • Tipping at hotels/lodges, restaurants, porters, safari guide/drivers, local guides, resident naturalist (for groups of 6 guests or more).
Not Included in the Trip Price
  • Gratuities to lead tour guide.
  • Government service tax of 9%.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Meals not listed in detailed itinerary.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Domestic and international flights, airport taxes and insurance fees.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, curios, etc.
Pre-departure Information After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 1. India’s unique cuisine will entice even the pickiest eater.
  • 2. The sense of both grand history, as well as a vibrant future, are equally evident whether in a modern city of steel and glass skyscrapers or a rural village.
  • 3. Learn rich traditions with local guides and naturalists.
  • 4. Track reclusive tigers and other wildlife by jeep for an intimate viewing experience.
  • 5. Observe local artisans ply their trades amid the boisterous markets.
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