INDIA & SRI LANKA - 2020 FLY FREE* - Deluxe Travel & Cruise

 
INDIA & SRI LANKA - 2020 FLY FREE* - Deluxe Travel & Cruise
INDIA &
SRI LANKA
Featuring Nepal and Bhutan

                                        FLY FREE*
2020
Premium journeys at exceptional value
                                        Earlybird Offers
                                           *See page 22
                                             for details
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Why Choose
Travelmarvel

                   MORE VALUE
      Travelling with us means you’ll visit incredible
     destinations, see all the must-see sights, stay in
  premium accommodation and enjoy authentic meals
– all without paying for the extras you don’t want or need.

                  MORE CHOICE
 We know that one size doesn’t fit all, so our itineraries
 are designed to provide the perfect balance between
    exploring all the iconic sights and having plenty
             of time to do your own thing.

               MORE EXPERIENCE
    Backed by the award-winning APT Travel Group,
       we’re proud to be owned and run by the
    McGeary family, who have been at the forefront
        of the travel industry for over 90 years.

                 MORE RELAXED
       Travelling with like-minded people means
     you’ll experience a more casual and relaxed
     atmosphere, in which fellow travellers quickly
               become new-found friends.

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30 YEARS STRONG                                  A HISTORY OF VALUE                                           PART OF THE FAMILY
    With a rich history of designing and             Since 1988, the Travelmarvel name                            As part of the APT Travel Group,
    operating premium holidays for the past          has been synonymous with great value.                        Travelmarvel is proud to be owned
    30 years, Travelmarvel is a recognised           Today, we offer an incredible variety of                     and run by the McGeary family, with
    leader in providing holidays that offer          destinations and travel styles, catering                     roots in the travel industry dating all
    travellers more choice, more value               for a broad range of interests, no matter                    the way back to 1927.
    and more inclusions.                             where in the world you want to go next.

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                                              1. While Travelmarvel’s vehicles have definitely changed since 1988, our commitment to creating exceptional holidays hasn’t
                                                                              2. The Travelmarvel story began over 30 years ago with our very first tours through Australia
                                                                                                                             3. Proud owners – Rob and Geoff McGeary
                                                              4. Our program has now expanded to over 55 countries, including our much-loved European River Cruising

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We Take Care of Everything
Looking after you isn’t just our job — it’s our passion

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At Travelmarvel, we know that great service is about going above and beyond, which is why our staff
have a 98% satisfaction rating on average from our guests.

YOUR EXPERT TOUR                               KNOWLEDGEABLE LOCAL GUIDES                     INSIDER EXPERIENCES
DIRECTOR & ESCORT                              There’s nothing like local knowledge           Travelmarvel’s Insider Experiences are
On your travels across Sri Lanka and           to help you gain an insider’s perspective      a collection of holiday highlights that
cruising along the Lower Ganges, your          into each destination. Our friendly English-   provide a unique window into the history
dedicated Tour Director will be with you       speaking guides have a unique knowledge        and culture of the region you’re exploring
every step of the way. During your rail        and passion for their local area, its sights   – whether through an iconic rail journey,
journey, an expert Great Rail Journeys         and its customs. They make sure you not        an outstanding hotel, a memorable meal,
Tour Escort will make sure that every          only visit the landmarks, but show you         or a special sightseeing experience.
aspect of your holiday is enjoyable. Our       spots not mentioned in the guide books.        Throughout itineraries, Insider Experiences
Tour Directors and Escorts are highly          They can also provide hints for what to        are presented in bold, coloured text and
trained experts, selected for their engaging   do during your leisure time.                   are highlighted by the star logo.
personalities, superior knowledge and
                                               WORLDWIDE OFFICES
insider's perspective.
                                               Dedicated Travelmarvel and Great Rail
YOUR DESTINATION EXPERTS                       Journeys staff are based in our offices
The Travelmarvel team has travelled            throughout the world. If the unexpected
extensively through India, Sri Lanka, Nepal    occurs while you’re travelling, our staff
and Bhutan in order to create unique and       will ensure you are taken care of.
rewarding holidays with attention to the
                                                                                                         1. Discover a new perspective on popular sites
finest details. Our first-hand knowledge                                                      2. Relax knowing that the details have been taken care of
means you’ll experience the iconic
attractions in a new light.

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See the iconic Sigiriya Rock in Sri Lanka

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Contents
8    Destination Map
10   Holiday Maps
12   More Ways to Travel
14   Great Rail Journeys
15   Cruising the Lower Ganges
16   Premium Accommodation
18   Included Sightseeing
20   Authentic Flavours
22   Earlybird Offers
24   INSIDE INDIA & THE HIMALAYAS
26   Colours of India & the Lower Ganges          17 Days
28   Golden Triangle & The Lower Ganges          23 Days
30   India’s Golden Triangle, Tigers & Shimla	   13 Days
32   India’s Golden Triangle & Tiger Safari	       11 Days
34   Darjeeling & The Kingdom of Bhutan          14 Days
36   Grand Tour of India & Nepal                 18 Days
38   DISCOVER SRI LANKA
40   Splendours of Sri Lanka                     12 Days
42   In Search of Tigers & Leopards              23 Days
44   Wonders of Darjeeling, Bhutan & Sri Lanka   25 Days
46   GENERAL INFORMATION
46   Enhance Your Journey
46   Pre & Post Accommodation
47   Deck Plans
48   General Information & Conditions
50   Traveller Club
51   Travelmarvel Companion

“      Everything was so professionally
       done, every detail was excellent,
       the crew learnt your names and were
       always so polite and accommodating...

                                         ”
       Thank you for organising this truly
       exceptional holiday.
       Robyn & Bill, NSW

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Explore More of India
    with Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan

                                              AMRITSAR        4

           1   KATHMANDU
          Become immersed
          in the vibrant culture
          and incredible spirituality
          of this remarkable city.
                                                     5    SHIMLA

          2    POKHARA                                                                                 2       POKHARA
          Set on the shores of
          Lake Phewa, you’ll enjoy
          staggering views of Fishtail
                                                                                                 NEPAL
                                          6    DELHI
          Peak and the Himalayas.                                                                                     KATHMANDU   1

                                          7    JAIPUR                                                      3    CHITWAN
          3    CHITWAN
          Keep an eye out for wildlife
          on a wonderful Jeep safari                                                             LUCKNOW         10
          through the jungles of                                       AGRA   8
          Chitwan National Park.

          4    AMRITSAR                          9   RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK
          See the stunning Golden
          Temple, a Sikh holy shrine
          and one of India’s most
          beautiful sights.
                                                                              INDIA                   11       VARANASI
          5    SHIMLA
          Learn about the history
          behind this charming
          colonial town, nestled at the
          foothills of the Himalayas.

          6    DELHI
          Soak up the atmosphere
          of India’s capital as you
          explore Humayun’s Tomb
          – a palatial wonder.                                         SRI LANKA
           7   JAIPUR
          Enjoy all things royal in the                                             SIGIRIYA     17
          ‘Pink City’, a fairytale-like
          place of stunning hilltop
          forts and glorious palaces.                                              KANDY    18

          8    AGRA
          Marvel at the gold domes
          of the Taj Mahal and see
          the impressive architecture
          of Agra Fort.                                           19   YALA NATIONAL PARK

          9 RANTHAMBORE                                  20   GALLE
          NATIONAL PARK
          Search for elusive tigers
          and leopards as you
          journey through the park.

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10   LUCKNOW
                                             Discover the wonderful
                                             colonial architecture of
                                             this city, including the
                                             La Martiniere Boys’ School.

                                             11   VARANASI
                                             Immerse yourself in the
                                             spirituality of Varanasi,
                                             famous for its ghats (steps)
                                             on the banks of the Ganges.

                                                                                Welcome!
                                             12LOWER
                                                                                                   “There's something
                                             GANGES CRUISE
                                             Cruising the Lower Ganges                             about this part of the
                                             will leave you awash with                             world that keeps
                                             a new sense of wonder.                                drawing me back
                                                                                                   time and time
                                             13   KOLKATA                                          again. From the
                                             Explore the thriving                                  mesmerising cities of
                                             metropolis of Kolkata with
                                                                                India to leafy jungles of Sri Lanka, there
                                             its rich colonial history –
                                             the gateway to the Ganges.         are countless experiences to share.
              14    PARO      PUNAKHA   15
                                                                                Travelling by train is a quintessential
                                             14   PARO                          Indian experience and really allows you
                              BHUTAN         In Paro, view Tiger's Nest         to see everything this country has to
                                             Monastery, a sacred
                     16   THIMPHU                                               offer. With rail travel, you can sit back
       Darjeeling                            Buddhist site perched on a
                                             cliffside over the Paro Valley.    and relax as you journey through some
                                                                                of the world's most unique landscapes.

                                             15   PUNAKHA                       Although significantly smaller, Sri Lanka
  12    LOWER GANGES RIVER                   Nestled in the valleys             is a hidden gem. I was taken aback by
                                             of the Himalayas, visit
Farakka                                                                         its fascinating history, from the Temple
                                             Punakha and see the
                                             iconic Dzong.                      of Buddha’s Tooth in Kandy to Sigiriya
               Murshidabad                                                      rock and its ancient ruins.

                    Mariari
                                             16   THIMPHU                       Sprinkle a touch of magic to your
                                             Stroll Bhutan's capital city,      journey by spending time in Nepal and
   Kalna
                                             making sure not to miss the
              Chandannagar                                                      Bhutan. Up in the mountains, places
                                             brilliant Tashichho Dzong,
                     KOLKATA   13            a 17th-century fortress.           are brimming with spiritual discoveries
                                                                                and heavenly views. A trip to India,
                                                                                Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan is sure
                                             17   SIGIRIYA
                                             Explore the ancient fortress       to be one you'll never forget.”
                                             atop the magnificent Sigirya
                                             rock and uncover a world
                                             of historical wonder.

                                                                                Tracey Padgham,
                                             18   KANDY                         Asia Product Manager
                                             Visit the ancient Temple of
                                             the Tooth Relic and marvel
                                             at the beautiful Botanical
                                             Gardens and Kandy Lake.

                                             19 YALA
                                             NATIONAL PARK
                                             Enjoy a safari through the
                                             park and keep a look out
                                             for leopards and elephants.

                                             20   GALLE
                                             Admire the Dutch-colonial
                                             architecture, ancient
                                             mosques and grand
                                             mansions of this fortified city.

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Holiday Maps
                       “Travelmarvel is part
                       of the APT Travel Group,
                       an industry-leading group
                       of companies, proudly

                                                    Holiday Maps
                       owned by our family.
                       With origins that date
     back to 1927, we are celebrating over
     90 years of premium journeys – and we
     are looking forward to many more years
     of exciting adventures with you.

     Thank you for considering Travelmarvel
     for your exciting India, Sri Lanka and
     the Himalayas holiday.

     We hope to welcome you soon.”

     Geoff McGeary OAM         Robert McGeary
     Company Owner             Director

     Travel with Confidence
     OUR EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE                       17 Days Colours of India                                                     23 Days Golden Triangle
                                                   & The Lower Ganges (TINR17)                                                 & The Lower Ganges (TINRLTC23)
     We offer our guests the experience
     and expertise of our group of diverse                      Delhi                                                              Chandigarh
                                                                                                                                                       3 Shimla
                                                                                                                                                           Kalka
     companies, including Travelmarvel,                             2
                                                                                                                                                       4 Delhi
                                                                                                      7
     APT, Captain’s Choice and Botanica                         2        2   Agra          RV Rajmahal                                                                                              7
                                                       Jaipur
                                                                                                                                                               1 Agra
     World Discoveries.                                                           Lower
                                                                                Ganges River
                                                                                                      Farakka                    Jaipur      2                                               RV Rajmahal

                                                                                                  3                                                    2
                                                                    India                                                                                                                         Farakka
     98% CUSTOMER SATISFACTION                                                                  Kolkata
                                                                                                                                             Ranthambore
                                                                                                                                             National Park                                           Lower
                                                                                                                                                                       India                       Ganges River
     We’re proud of the 98% satisfaction                                      Farakka
                                                                                                                                                                                              3
                                                                                                                                                                                           Kolkata
     rating we receive from our travellers,                          7
                                                                                                                                                 Farakka
                                                                                        Murshidabad
     and we’re committed to maintaining it.                     RV Rajmahal                                                                                        Murshidabad
                                                                                            Lower
                                                                                          Ganges River
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                                                                                                                                                                         Lower

     WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED                                                   Mayapur            Matiari                                 RV Rajmahal                    Ganges River

                                                                                        Kalna                                                     Mayapur                Matiari

     If you pay an upfront fee of $95 per                                               Chandannagar
                                                                                                                                                       Kalna

     person, you can cancel your holiday                                 Kolkata                                                         Chandannagar
                                                                                                                                                                   Kolkata
                                                                                                                       pages                                                                            pages
     prior to the due date for final payment                                                                           26-27                                                                            28-29
     and retain a credit for the deposit
     paid, less any third party cancellation       13 Days India's Golden Triangle,                                              11 Days India’s Golden Triangle
     fees. Held by Travelmarvel, this can            Tigers & Shimla (RJTLTC13)                                                     & Tiger Safari (RJTGSC11)
     be used for a new Travelmarvel
                                                                                           Shimla
     booking made within three years                                                            3
                                                                                                      Toy Train
     of original cancellation.                                               Chandigarh           Kalka
                                                                                                                                                                             3 Delhi
     Conditions apply, see pages 48-49.
                                                                    India                   4 Delhi
                   Travelmarvel proudly                                                                                                 Patan      1

                   participates in the Travel                                                                                                                                                       1 Agra

                   Accreditation Scheme                                                                                                                                                Fatehpur Sikri
                                                                                                                               Jaipur    3
     run by the Australian Federation of                                                                             1 Agra

     Travel Agents (AFTA).                         Jaipur   2
                                                                                                          Fatehpur Sikri

                                                                                                                                                           2                                    India
                                                                                                                                        Ranthambore National Park

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                                                            Ranthambore National Park                                  pages                                                                            pages
                                                                                                                       30-31                                                                            32-33

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14 Days Darjeeling & The Kingdom                                      18 Days Grand Tour of India & Nepal                                                     12 Days Splendours of Sri Lanka
      of Bhutan (RJTCDJ14)                                                        (RJTKTJ18)                                                                              (TS12)

              Darjeeling   Paro    22         11   Punakha
                     33                   2
                                          2
                                                    Bhutan                                                                                                                                       Sri Lanka
 Darjeeling Himalayan                   Thimphu
                              11
       Railway                                                       2 Amritsar
             Siliguri 11   Phuntsholing
                                                                                                                                                                                                             3   Sigiriya

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dambulla
                                                                                              India
         India
                                                                                                               Nepal
                                                                                                                                                                                                       2    Kandy
                                                                            Delhi   3                                 Pokhara       3                                    Negombo     1
                                                                                                                                            Kathmandu
                                                                                                                                              3                            Colombo                          1           Ella
                                                                                               1                            Chitwan     2                                                        Nuwara Eliya
                                                                                             Agra              2
                                                                                                          Lucknow
              33 Kolkata                                                                                                        1                                          Ahungalla     2                                      2   Yala
                                                                                                                             Varanasi                                                                                           National Park
                                                                                                                                                                                         Galle

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                                                             34-35                                                                           36-37                                                                                         40-41

                                                                     23 Days In Search of Tigers & Leopards                                             25 Days Wonders of Darjeeling, Bhutan
                                                                                  (TSGSC23)                                                                    & Sri Lanka (TSCDJ25)

                                                                                     Delhi                                                                                         Paro      2         1    Punakha
                                                                                        4
                                                                                                                                                          Darjeeling      3                        2        Bhutan
                                                                            1 Patan                 Agra                                                Darjeeling Himalayan                      Thimphu
                                                                                                      1                                                       Railway              1
                                                                                India                                                                                          Phuntsholing
                                                                                              Fatehpur Sikri
                                                                                                                                                              Siliguri    1
                                                                         3 Jaipur

                                                                              2 Ranthambore
                                                                                    National Park

                                                                                                                    Sri Lanka                           India
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sri Lanka
                                                                                                                      3 Sigiriya                                                                                               Sigiriya
                                                                                                                       Dambulla
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dambulla

                                                                                                                    2
                                                                                                                    2 Kandy                                                                                         2       Kandy
                                                                                             Negombo 11                                                                                      Negombo 1
                                                                                                                           Nuwara Eliya                                                                                      Nuwara Eliya
                                                                                               Colombo                 1
                                                                                                                       2                                                                      Colombo                   1     Ella
                                                                                                                              Ella
                                                                                                                                                                                             Ahungalla 2                         2 Yala
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   National Park
                                                                                              Ahungalla 2
                                                                                                        2                           21 Yala
                                                                                                                                       National Park            3   Kolkata                                 Galle
                                                                                                           Galle
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More Ways to Travel
     Discover the beauty of India, Sri Lanka, Nepal & Bhutan by river, land and rail

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     Travelmarvel’s extensive range of travel styles allows you to explore India, Nepal, Bhutan and
     Sri Lanka in a way that best suits you. Cruise past remote riverside villages, journey along steel
     tracks on an epic rail adventure and wind through the countryside by coach.

     THE CHOICE IS YOURS                                    RIVER CRUISING                             LAND JOURNEYS
     Whether you’re looking to tick off all          Undoubtedly one of the more relaxing           Embark on an exciting land journey to
     the iconic sights as well as lesser-known       ways to travel, river cruising along the       visit the famous landmarks and lesser-
     wonders on a much-loved river cruise,           Lower Ganges allows you to see more            known gems. Delve into fascinating
     meander along rural roads by coach,             of India at a comfortable pace. Unpack         cultures and explore striking landscapes,
     or take a rail journey through mountain         once and watch the world glide by as you       all in total comfort, while staying in
     scenery, look no further. We’ve left no stone   experience this iconic river, and examples     centrally located hotels. From a visit
     unturned in bringing you a range of travel      of daily life that line its banks. Wake each   to the lush Royal Botanical Gardens of
     styles to choose from, so you can explore       day to an exciting new destination, docking    Peradeniya, to tracking leopards on a
     India, the Himalayas and Sri Lanka in a way     at remote ports, closer to the sights you’ve   safari, an immersive land journey is the
     that is just right for you.                     come to see. Step ashore and bask in           perfect complement to any river cruise
                                                     the freedom to explore.                        or rail journey.

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1. Relax aboard your river ship while cruising India's waterways
                                                                                          2. Spot some of Sri Lanka's wildlife on an immersive land journey
                                                                                  3. Glide past leafy tea plantations during a rail journey through Sri Lanka
                                                                                                        4. Be left in awe by a visit to the Amber Fort in India

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                                                                                               “
                                                   COMBINE YOUR TRAVEL STYLE
   GREAT RAIL JOURNEYS
                                                   For a more in-depth discovery of India,
                                                                                                        To see the road less
A contrast to the fast pace of everyday life,
rail travel is relaxing, comfortable and social.   Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka, perhaps                 travelled and visit such
Be left in awe by the ever-changing scenery        combine travel styles and enjoy a river
                                                                                                        interesting and diverse

                                                                                                                                    ”
as you travel through diverse landscapes           cruise, with an exciting rail or land
that cannot be accessed by any other form          journey. Our diverse range of options                places was a fantastic
of transport. Climb aboard fantastic heritage      gives you the chance to stay a little                opportunity.
railways that glide across picturesque             longer and uncover some of the region's
                                                   most enchanting destinations. Get right               Julie & Tony, QLD
scenes, creating an experience that's so
much more than your average train ride.            to the heart of these countries. With
Enjoy ample leg room and tasty snacks on           access to road, rail and river, your
board as you take in the sweeping views.           discoveries are limitless.

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Great Rail Journeys
     Welcome to a marvellous new age of fully escorted rail travel

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     Return to a time when travelling was an art in itself and experience
     the unique sights and culture of India through rail journeys as
     memorable as the places you go.

     THE PERFECT PARTNERSHIP                          KNOW WHAT'S INCLUDED
     Travelmarvel is excited to partner with          We make sure the majority of your holiday
     Great Rail Journeys, who have more than          costs are covered before you leave home.
     30 years' experience in rail-based holidays.     This includes rail travel, airport transfers,
     This award-winning company strives to            accommodation, gratuities, many meals,
     deliver you the best Indian journeys.            sightseeing and porterage. Everything that is
                                                      included in the itineraries is clearly specified.
     A RELAXING WAY TO TRAVEL
     You're free to move about the train and eat      A VARIETY OF RAIL EXPERIENCES
     or drink as you desire. Sit back, relax, and     From trains that hark back to a colonial
     enjoy the ever-changing views.                   past, to high-speed intercity trains, every
                                                      rail journey through India has something
     YOUR EXPERT TOUR ESCORT
                                                      unique to offer. Take in the views of rolling
     Your Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort is with
                                                      hills on board the Toy Train from Kalka
     you throughout your rail journey. Tour Escorts
                                                      to Shimla, experience the high-speed
     are selected for their engaging personalities,
                                                      efficiency of the Shatabdi and Gatimaan
     insight and experience, and will ensure that                                                               1. Enjoy the comforts of a rail journey
                                                      Express trains, or ascend more than 2,000              2. Travel aboard the Toy Train to Ghum
     your trip with Great Rail Journeys is seamless
                                                      metres into the mountains on the                              3. Cruise aboard the RV Rajmahal
     and stress-free.                                                                                     4. Relax in comfort aboard your river ship
                                                      Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.

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Cruising the Lower Ganges
Discover a different perspective from the river

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Explore the Lower Ganges River in comfort aboard your boutique river ship, the RV Rajmahal.

THE LOWER GANGES RIVER                         ATTENTIVE ONBOARD SERVICE                      AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES
India presents endless surprises to every      With a high staff-to-guest ratio, enjoy a      Gain an even greater insight into the real
traveller. Setting sail from Kolkata, you’ll   friendly style of service on every cruise.     India and immerse yourself in the local
visit former outposts of French, British       Your ship’s captain and crew have vast         cultures and traditions as you experience
and Dutch colonies and delve deeper into       experience and training, so relax knowing      life along the shores of the Lower Ganges.
the rich and diverse history of the region.    your safety and comfort is paramount.
                                                                                              Chandannagar
See intricate temples and mosques that
                                               ONBOARD FACILITIES                             Encounter a much quieter way of life in
have withstood centuries of conquest,
                                               The RV Rajmahal offers the premium             Chandannagar, a former French colony.
and experience remote communities
                                               facilities of a quality hotel. Each spacious
showcasing rural India at its most idyllic,                                                   Khushbagh Gardens
                                               stateroom features air-conditioning, an
while still relatively untouched by tourism.                                                  Wander through the Mughal-style gardens
                                               ensuite, and a Panoramic Balcony so you
                                                                                              that translates to the Garden of Happiness.
CRUISE IN COMFORT & STYLE                      can enjoy the riverside scenery. The ship’s
Travelmarvel is excited to welcome             Sun Deck features a bar, while the main        Mayapur
you aboard the boutique river ship,            lounge is the perfect space to relax.          Mayapur is believed to be the birthplace
the RV Rajmahal. This stylish vessel was                                                      of an important Hindu saint. It is a place of
                                               KNOW WHAT'S INCLUDED
custom-designed and built specifically                                                        sacred significance in the Hindu faith.
                                               Your onboard meals feature a variety of
for the River Ganges. Accommodating                                                           Kalna
                                               tantalising Indian and western-style dishes.
just 40 guests, and with 30 staff on board,                                                   Named after the Hindu goddess Kali,
                                               Local soft drinks, beers and spirits are
a personalised experience is assured.                                                         Kalna is known for its iconic terracotta
                                               served free of charge, and regional wines
Please refer to page 47 for deck plan.                                                        temples such as the Nava Kailash Temple.
                                               are included with every lunch and dinner.

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Premium Accommodation
     Stay in perfectly positioned comfort after each day of discovery

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     Relax and unwind in some truly charismatic properties that provide the perfect base to explore India,
     Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. Whether you’re admiring the views or soaking up the wonderful location,
     you’re sure to be impressed by the quality, service and comfort of these first-class properties.

     Taj Palace, Delhi, India                           INSIDER EXPERIENCES                            Jetwing Yala, Sri Lanka
     Spread out over six acres of lush gardens,         Selected for their spectacular locations       Set amid leafy vegetation, Jetwing Yala
     the Taj Palace is an oasis of calm in the          and unique settings, these hotels              presents a winning combination of style
     heart of India's capital city.                     showcase the very best of the region.          and privacy in a lush, natural setting.
                                                                                                       Spread across 38 acres and with
     Patan Mahal Palace Hotel, India                    Oberoi Cecil Hotel, Shimla, India
                                                                                                       unparalleled access to the beach,
     In the historic city of Patan, feel like royalty   Situated in the leafy green hills of Shimla,
                                                                                                       the hotel features an outdoor swimming
     with a stay in the lovingly restored Patan         the Oberoi Cecil hotel features classically
                                                                                                       pool and spacious modern rooms.
     Mahal Palace Hotel, which radiates an old          furnished rooms and a comfortable lounge
     stately feel from its time as the royal Patan      area with roaring marble fireplaces. During    Aliya Resort & Spa, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
     family palace.                                     the times of the British Raj it was one of     Enjoy a unique stay nestled in the quiet
                                                        Shimla's most exclusive hotels, famed          greenery surrounding Aliya Resort. Interiors
     ITC Rajputana Sheraton, Jaipur, India
                                                        for its fashionable clientele.                 complement the location, with bright, airy
     With a lavish lobby and elegant rooms
                                                                                                       rooms and elephant artwork strewn across
     to match, the architecture at ITC Rajputana        Amaya Hills, Kandy, Sri Lanka
                                                                                                       the resort. Spend your time swimming in
     perfectly reflects the city’s rich history.        Nestled in the picture perfect hills
                                                                                                       the large pool which looks out onto iconic
                                                        surrounding Kandy, Amaya Hills offers
     Heritance Ahungalla, Sri Lanka                                                                    Sigiriya Rock, or enjoy the same view over
                                                        breathtaking views of the Hanthana
     The Heritance Ahungalla is a premium                                                              an authentic meal at one of the restaurants.
                                                        mountain range. Every room tastefully
     eco-friendly beachfront hotel that boasts
                                                        mingles aspects of Kandyan culture with
     excellent service and beautifully designed
                                                        contemporary trimmings. Make the most
     rooms. Relax by the infinity pool, unwind
                                                        of this charming retreat as you stroll along
     at the hotel's Diviyan Spa, or indulge in
                                                        tree-laden pathways.
     a delicious cocktail from the pool bar.
                                                                                                               1. Take a dip in the swimming pool at Taj Palace
                                                                                                                    2. Relax in your room at Heritance Ahungalla
                                                                                                            3. Sit back and soak up the views at Jetwing Yala

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Included Sightseeing
     Gain an extraordinary insight into the essence of India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan

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     Your Travelmarvel holiday covers the must-see sights, but also offers you a window to the lesser-
     known wonders. With our specially selected Insider Experiences, you’ll enjoy in-depth discoveries
     of the local culture, history and natural beauty of each destination.

     The Iconic Taj Mahal, India                    Yala National Park, Sri Lanka                   INSIDER EXPERIENCES
     As you witness the play of light beaming       Yala National Park is home to over              Designed to complement your extensive
     from the domed marble surfaces of the          32 species of mammals including                 sightseeing opportunities, our Insider
     Taj Mahal, you’ll see why this is known        elephants, sloth bears and leopards.            Experiences range from a special
     as the world’s greatest declaration of love.   Head out on a morning safari in search          overnight stay to a memorable meal.
                                                    of these beautiful creatures.                   Look for the Insider Experience logo and
     Agra Fort, India
                                                                                                    bold, coloured text throughout itineraries.
     Located on the banks of the Yamuna River       UNESCO World Heritage Sites,
     and considered to be one of the finest         Sri Lanka                                       Explore Jaipur’s Amber Fort, India
     Mughal forts in India, you’ll enjoy            Sri Lanka boasts an impressive number           Climb aboard a Jeep for a ride
     an in-depth tour of this monumental            of World Heritage-listed sites, and you'll      to Amber Fort. Constructed in 1592, the
     World Heritage-listed structure.               visit five of them, including the magnificent   impressive fort is built entirely out of pink
                                                    Sigiriya Rock and Dambulla Cave Temple.         and yellow sandstone and white marble.

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1. Visit the World Heritage Dambulla Cave Temple, Sri Lanka
                                                                                                                      2. Explore the Amber Fort in Jaipur, India
                                                                                                           3. Search for rhinos in Chitwan National Park, Nepal

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Jeep Safari in Chitwan National Park,         Tiger's Nest Monastery, Bhutan                        Rail Journey to Ella, Sri Lanka
Nepal                                         Perched on the side of a cliff 900 metres             Embark on an enchanting journey through
Take an exhilarating Jeep safari through      from the ground, see this sacred Buddhist             the highlands of Sri Lanka. Leaving Nuwara
the national park, one of the best ways to    site. Legend tells that Guru Rinpoche was             Eliya, travel by train past leafy-green tea
witness the wildlife of Chitwan first hand.   carried here from Tibet on the back of a              estates, hugging the edge of mountains
                                              tigress, which lends itself to the site's name.       and overlooking sweeping valleys, before
Talk with Author Raaja Bhasin,
                                                                                                    arriving into the town of Ella.
Shimla, India                                 Hazarduari Palace,
Enjoy a fascinating talk from author,         Murshidabad, India                                    Ranthambore National Park, India
historian and journalist, Raaja Bhasin        Explore this palace on the Murshidabad                Look out for the elusive tiger on morning
and learn about Shimla's colourful history,   waterfront and be wowed by its impressive             and afternoon game drives in
a beautiful colonial style town nestled at    eight galleries, each containing collections          Ranthambore National Park.
the foothills of the Himalayas.               of china, weapons, artwork and antiques.

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Authentic Flavours
     Tantalise your taste buds with an array of exotic and inspiring flavours

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     In India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan, the cuisine is like a destination unto itself – something to be
     explored and savoured. Throughout your culinary journey, local cuisine represents a delectable
     pathway to the cultural essence of each region.

     DELIGHTFUL LOCAL CUISINE                        Dinner is your chance to get together as a       INSIDER EXPERIENCES
     On your journey, dine on fresh produce          group over a delicious feast one last time       Throughout your chosen tour, you will
     and sumptuous flavours you never knew           before parting ways.                             enjoy a range of delicious and insightful
     existed. We provide a wide range of                                                              culinary experiences, specially selected
     unique culinary experiences on land and         ALL INCLUSIVE LOWER GANGES                       by Travelmarvel just for you.
     by water. During free time, you'll have         RIVER CRUISE
                                                     Discover a range of enticing regional            High Tea at the Imperial Hotel
     the opportunity to sample local fare and
                                                     meals created by your ship’s skilful chefs       in Delhi, India
     discover each region’s speciality.
                                                     using the freshest local ingredients. On         Indulge in a sumptuous high tea at
     WELCOME & FAREWELL DINNERS                      your cruise, local soft drinks, beers and        the award-winning Atrium Tea Lounge.
     At the beginning of your holiday, enjoy a       spirits are included at no additional cost.      Choose from a variety of specialty tea
     Welcome Reception or Dinner as you get          Regional wines are also included with            blends including the famous Darjeeling tea,
     to know your fellow travellers. Your Farewell   every lunch and dinner on board your ship.       accompanied by freshly made scones.

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1. Indulge your senses in the rich spices of India and Sri Lanka
                                                                                                           2. Savour delicious culinary offerings on tour
                                                                                                3. Talented onboard chefs perfectly prepare each meal

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Dinner at Sonargaon Restaurant                Seafood Dinner Colombo, Sri Lanka               Tea Plantation Visit in Nuwara Eliya,
in Kolkata, India                             Serving the freshest seafood prepared           Sri Lanka
Celebrate the flavours of Indian cuisine at   over 150 different ways, Lagoon Colombo         Tour a famous tea plantation and learn all
Sonargaon restaurant in Kolkata. Sample a     is a lively restaurant with a diverse and       about the traditions behind the tea making.
range of northern Indian dishes and admire    tantalising menu. Serving a range of            Visit a tea processing factory and sample
the rustic setting of the restaurant.         international cuisines including Indian,        some of the world's finest pure Ceylon tea.
                                              Continental, Chinese and Thai.
Patan Mahal Palace Hotel                                                                      Traditional Local Dinner, Sigiriya,
Dinner, India                                 Picnic Lunch at Peradeniya Botanical            Sri Lanka
Enjoy local folk music and dancing during     Gardens, Sri Lanka                              At Aliya Resort & Spa's Paddy Museum,
your Farewell Dinner at the Patan Mahal       Enjoy a picnic lunch at the picturesque         feast on simple, rustic Sri Lankan cuisine
Palace Hotel. Savour regional, Indian and     Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, located           prepared in clay pots using traditional clay
continental cuisines, all prepared using      just outside of Kandy. Relax amongst            stoves, for a delicious insight into authentic
the freshest of ingredients.                  the perfectly manicured gardens.                Sri Lankan cuisine.

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Earlybird Offers
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                               When you book any India, Himalayas or Sri Lanka holiday and pay in full 10 months prior to departure.

                                                                                         SAVE $600          UP
                                                                                                            TO
                                                                                                                                      PER
                                                                                                                                      COUPLE

                                                        TRAVEL WITH FRIENDS & SAVE
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                                                                                         SAVE $600          UP
                                                                                                            TO
                                                                                                                                      PER
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     *Conditions apply. Information and offers are correct as of 11 February 2019, but may fluctuate due to changes in availability, surcharges, fees, taxes or exchange rates. All pricing and amounts are in Australian dollars.
     A limited number of offers are available until sold out. Offers are subject to availability, available on new bookings and can be withdrawn any time. Offers cannot be combined with any other offer, unless otherwise stated.
     A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 per person is due within seven days of booking; a second non-refundable payment of $1,000 per person is due by 30 September 2019. However, if fares increase and/or changes in
     ticketing requirements occur, the second payment may be required earlier. Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure. Your deposit is considered a guarantee of the flight arrangements shown on your invoice and
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     fees. Should you choose to depart Australia earlier than your scheduled tour departure, or make variations to airline routings, surcharges will apply. OFFER 1 – FLY FREE: Available when booking any Sri Lanka holiday or
     any India tour within this brochure of 17 days in duration or longer (excluding the Grand Tour of India & Nepal RJTKTJ18). Based on wholesale airfares in economy class with Singapore Airlines (W Class), or an airline of
     Travelmarvel’s choosing, and are subject to availability of the related airline booking class as specified in the conditions of each offer. Includes taxes of up to $200 per person with Singapore Airlines from select cities in
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 26          TINR17                   Colours of India & The Lower Ganges                                                            ✓                                                $600                      $600
 28          TINRLTC23                Golden Triangle & The Lower Ganges                                                             ✓                                                $600                      $600
 30          RJTLTC13                 India's Golden Triangle, Tigers & Shimla                                                                                 ✓                      $400                      $300
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 34          RJTCDJ14                 Darjeeling & The Kingdom of Bhutan                                                                                       ✓                      $400                      $300
 36          RJTKTJ18                 Grand Tour of India & Nepal                                                                                              ✓                      $400                      $300
                                      SRI LANKA HOLIDAYS
 40          TS12                     Splendours of Sri Lanka                                                                        ✓                                                $400                      $300
 42          TSGSC23                  In Search of Tigers & Leopards                                                                 ✓                                                $600                      $600
 44          TSCDJ25                  Wonders of Darjeeling, Bhutan & Sri Lanka                                                      ✓                                                $600                      $600

                                                                                                                                                                                   Discover vibrant Varanasi in India

schedule changes once booked. OFFER 2 – SAVE UP TO $1,000 PER COUPLE: Available when booking any tour within this brochure that includes a Great Rail Journeys holiday of 18 days or less or the Authentic India
- Lower Ganges Cruise (TINR11/TIN11). A limited number of offers are available until sold out. Offers may be withdrawn at any time. Offers subject to availability and available on new bookings only. Earlybird Specials cannot
be combined with any other offer, unless otherwise stated. EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT: $1,000 deposit must be paid within seven days of booking and paid in full 10 months prior to travel. Discount is combinable with
one other offer (OFFER 1 or 2) as well as the Travel with Friends discount where applicable. Discount varies with tour. TRAVEL WITH FRIENDS: Available when six or more friends book and are travelling together on the
same cruise or tour. Discount is combinable with one other offer (OFFER 1 or 2) as well as the Early Payment Discount where applicable. Not combinable with any other group discount. Discount varies with tour. For full
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Inside India
     & the Himalayas
     Discover the colours of India,
     Nepal and Bhutan

     India, the word alone conjures images
     of saris in vibrant colours and flavourful
     dishes. While soul shaking and
     challenging, if you take the effort to
     delve deeper to what lies below the
     surface, you will be warmly embraced.

     CITIES OF INDIA
     A kaleidoscope of colours, a cacophony of sound.
     Chaotic roads and calm pockets of nature. The cities of
     India are a feast for the senses. Discover the heavenly
     hilltop city of Shimla and wander its quiet pedestrian
     streets and maze-like bazaar. In Amritsar, head to the
     walled old town to see the magnificent Golden Temple,
     its gold foil overlay brilliant under the Indian sun.
     Witness the chaos of Kolkata heaving with culture and
     contrasts. These magical places are guaranteed to get
     under your skin and leave you desperate to return.

     THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE
     Delhi, Agra and Jaipur – these eclectic cities make
     up India’s illustrious and unmissable Golden Triangle.
     Visit the monumental Amber Fort, wander the
     pink-hued streets of Jaipur and experience the
     mesmerising beauty of the Taj Mahal. The Golden
     Triangle perfectly packages some of India’s most
     memorable highlights.

     A WORLD ABOVE THE CLOUDS
     Where mountain peaks are topped with a constant
     dusting of snow. Where rainbow prayer flags flutter
     in the breeze. Where the sky feels close enough to
     touch. Nestled between India and China, Nepal and
     Bhutan are as surprising as they are beautiful. Wander
     sacred Buddhist sites on foot, while robed monks
     gather for prayer. Hear about spirits which dwell
     at the peaks of the Himalayas. See for yourself the
     unexpected treasures of these elevated countries
     that are steadily drawing in travellers from all over.

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COLOURS OF
     INDIA & THE
     LOWER GANGES
     Delhi to Kolkata
     17 Days

     Agra Fort n Taj Mahal n Pink City of Jaipur
     Kolkata n Lower Ganges Cruise

                                                                          Day 1. Arrive Delhi                     Day 5. Agra, Jaipur
     YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES                                          Upon arrival in Delhi, you’ll be met    After breakfast, discover the
                                                                          by a Travelmarvel representative        beautiful deserted city of Fatehpur
     ✓✓ Nine nights in premium accommodation                              and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy    Sikri before heading to Laxmi Vilas
     ✓✓ Seven-night Lower Ganges cruise on the RV Rajmahal                a stylish stay at Hyatt Regency and     Palace for lunch. This afternoon,
                                                                          a Welcome Dinner this evening.          travel towards Jaipur, commonly
     ✓✓ Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director and Cruise Director      Two Nights: Delhi, Hyatt Regency. D    referred to as the Pink City.
     ✓✓ 38 meals – 16 breakfasts (B), 11 lunches (L) and 11 dinners (D)                                           Two Nights: Trident Jaipur.      BL
                                                                          Day 2. Delhi
     ✓✓ All meals, plus soft drinks, local beers and spirits are          A guided tour of Delhi begins with      Day 6. Jaipur
        included on board your cruise, and regional wines are             a visit to the iconic Jama Masjid.      Enjoy a tour of the beautiful city
        included with lunch and dinner on board                           Embark on a rickshaw ride through       of Jaipur. Climb aboard a Jeep for
                                                                          the labyrinth of historic lanes in      a trip to the Amber Fort. See Hawa
     ✓✓ Flight within India                                               the Old City. Afterwards, see           Mahal and explore the fascinating
     ✓✓ Airport transfers, port charges and tipping                       the impressive Red Fort before          City Palace complex. Learn the
                                                                          exploring historic Humayun’s            traditional Rajasthani-style of
                                                                          Tomb, a fine example of Mughal          cooking during a class, then
     INSIDER EXPERIENCES
                                                                          architecture. After, stop at India      sample your efforts over lunch.BL
                                                                          Gate for a photo opportunity, which
         Unwind at the majestic Hyatt Regency in New Delhi                                                        Day 7. Jaipur, Kolkata
                                                                          commemorates the Indian soldiers
                                                                                                                  After breakfast, fly to Kolkata and
         Take a fascinating rickshaw tour in Delhi                        who died in WW1 and the Anglo-
                                                                                                                  be transferred to your premium
                                                                          Afghan War of 1919.               BL
        	Experience Amber Fort on a Jeep ride                                                                    hotel, the Taj Bengal.
                                                                          Day 3. Delhi, Agra                      Two Nights: Kolkata, Taj Bengal. B
         	Learn how to cook Rajasthani-style at a local                  En route to Agra, make a stop at
         Jaipur restaurant                                                                                        Day 8. Kolkata
                                                                          Qutab Minar – India’s tallest stone
                                                                                                                  Today you will embark on a
        	Enjoy an indulgent stay at the Taj Bengal in Kolkata            tower. Arrive at your hotel in Agra.
                                                                                                                  sightseeing tour to take in some
                                                                          Two Nights: Agra,
         Gain an insight into Kalna during a cycle rickshaw tour          Courtyard by Marriott.             B
                                                                                                                  of Kolkata’s famous landmarks,
                                                                                                                  including the vibrant Mullik Ghat
        	Visit the ancient brass-working village of Matiari
                                                                          Day 4. Agra, Taj Mahal                  Flower Market. Other highlights
          in West Bengal                                                  Visit the stunning Agra Fort. Next,     include the Howrah Bridge and
        	Unlock the secrets of Murshidabad’s mysterious                  head to the Taj Mahal for a locally     ‘Nirmal Hriday”, most commonly
          Hazarduari Palace                                               guided tour. See why it is adored       known as Mother Teresa’s House.
                                                                          as India’s ultimate icon and a place    Later this evening, enjoy dinner
                                                                          of unsurpassed beauty. Delight in       at your hotel.                   BD
                                                                          a special dinner at Anise set within
                                                                          the Courtyard by Marriott.       BD

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                                                                                                                                                   for details

                                                                                                                                                                                    Colours of India & The Lower Ganges
                                                             Jaipur   2              2   Agra
                                                                                                                        7
                                                                                                               RV Rajmahal
                                                                                                                       Farakka
                                                                                                                                  Lower
                                                                                                                                Ganges River
                                                                                                                            3
                                                                              India                                Kolkata

                                                                                                                                       Farakka
                                                                                                                                                           7
                                                                                                                                                    RV Rajmahal
                                                                                                                                                     Murshidabad
                                                                                                                                                           Lower
                                                                  Coach                                                                                  Ganges River

                                                                  Cruise                                                                   Mayapur             Matiari
                                                                  Included flights                                                                     Kalna
                                                                  Rail
                                                                                                                                                     Chandannagar
                                                                  Stay (no. of nights)                                                              Kolkata

                                          1

Day 9. Kolkata, Embark Ship,                  Day 13. Murshidabad                         St Paul’s Cathedral. Tonight, enjoy
                                                                                                                                           11-DAY LOWER GANGES
Serampore, Barrackpore                        Begin your day with a trip to               a Farewell Dinner with your fellow
                                                                                                                                           CRUISE
This morning, board your river                the Khushbagh garden. Continue              travellers at Sonargaon Restaurant.
ship. Sail past the old Danish                cruising upstream, where the                Stay: Kolkata, Taj Bengal.      BLD             Enquire about our 11-day Kolkata
colony of Serampore before                    remarkable Hazarduari Palace                                                                 return Lower Ganges cruise
                                                                                          Day 17. Depart Kolkata                           starting from ~$5,095
arriving in the city of Barrackpore.          dominates the Murshidabad
                                                                                          Your holiday comes to an end                     per person, twin share.
Here, highlights include the                  waterfront. You’ll be wowed by
                                                                                          today. Spend the morning at your                 Enquire for details (TINR11/TIN11).
Semaphore Tower, Flagstaff                    its impressive eight galleries, each
                                                                                          leisure before being transferred to
House, Government House                       containing exquisite collections
                                                                                          the airport for your onward flight. B
and the Temple of Fame.                       of china, weapons and art.                                                                  1. See the magnificent Red Fort in Agra
                                                                                          
Seven Nights: Lower Ganges River,             Later, see the great Katra Mosque
RV Rajmahal.                    BLD          before visiting the Nashipara and

Day 10. Chandannagar, Kalna
                                              Kathgola Palaces.               BLD
                                                                                           2020 Dates & Prices (A$)
Cruise to the former French colony            Day 14. Baranagar, Farakka
of Chandannagar and spend some                This morning, take a stroll through            17 Days – Delhi to Kolkata (TINR17)
time exploring. See the 18th-century          the fields of Baranagar. Here, visit           Per Person, twin share                               EPD Price~      Standard Price
French church and the Dupleix’s               three miniature terracotta temples             Mar. 11.                                             $7,995          $8,295
House, home to former Governor-               before continuing up the Lower                 Oct. 14.                                             $8,195          $8,495
General of French India.       BLD           Ganges. Tonight, your ship moors               Nov. 25^.                                            $7,995          $8,295
                                              close to the Farakka Barrage.  BLD
Day 11. Kalna, Matiari                                                                       ~EPD – includes bonus Early Payment Discount.
Embark on a traditional rickshaw              Day 15. Gaur                                   Solo travellers add from $3,450, enquire for details and upgrade pricing.
                                                                                             For Early Payment Discount terms and conditions see pages 22-23.
ride through the town of Kalna and            Discover the city of Gaur. The city            ^Variation to itinerary. Lower Ganges cruise operates in reverse direction
take in all its main sights. Kalna is         is strewn with ancient monuments               from Farakka to Kolkata (TIN17).
famous for its iconic terracotta              and the remains of mosques.
temples. It’s onwards through the             Rejoin the ship above the Farakka              Cruise Upgrades – RV Rajmahal
countryside to Mayapur. See the               lock gate and make the most of
                                                                                             Twin Share prices based on Cat. B (Double Stateroom) on the Main Deck.
ISKCON temple, which dominates                your last evening on board. BLD
                                                                                             See page 47 for deck plans. To upgrade, add per person from:
the town’s skyline.               BLD
                                              Day 16. Farakka, Disembark                     Cat.        Balcony Type           Deck                              Twin Share
Day 12. Matiari, Murshidabad                  Ship, Kolkata                                  A           Panoramic              Upper                             $395
Explore the riverside village of              Disembark the ship early this
                                                                                             A+          Panoramic              Upper                             $595
Matiari. Here you’ll see first-hand           morning and transfer by local train
how locals beat brass to make                 to Kolkata. Enjoy lunch on arrival             Tour Notes
water pots and other utensils, while          before paying a visit to Victoria
learning the heritage behind the              Memorial, an intricate marble                  Itinerary and inclusions may be subject to change. Prices include transfers,
                                                                                             tipping, internal flight, porterage and port charges. When arriving into Delhi,
workmanship. Later, pay a visit to            building and iconic symbol of                  ensure your flight lands before 4pm. Low or high water levels may cause
the iconic battlefield of Plassey. B
                                    LD       the British Raj. Later, head to                disruption to cruising. Please see pages 48-49 for full terms and conditions.

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GOLDEN
     TRIANGLE & THE
     LOWER GANGES
     Delhi to Kolkata
     23 Days

     Foothills of the Himalayas n Agra Fort
     Taj Mahal n Ranthambore National Park Jaipur
     Lower Ganges Cruise

                                                                           Day 1. Arrive Delhi                      Day 5. Shimla, Delhi
     YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES                                           Be met and transferred to your           Travel to Chandigarh and board
                                                                           hotel. Tonight, get to know your         the express train back to Delhi.
     ✓✓ 15 nights in premium accommodation                                 Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort          Two Nights: Delhi, Taj Palace.  BLD
     ✓✓ Seven-night Lower Ganges cruise on the RV Rajmahal                 and fellow travellers during
                                                                                                                    Day 6. Delhi
                                                                           a Welcome Dinner.
     ✓✓ Services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort                      Stay: Delhi, Taj Palace.        D
                                                                                                                    Visit Jama Masjid, a 17th-century
        and Travelmarvel Cruise Director                                                                            mosque before taking a classic
                                                                           Day 2. Delhi, Shimla                     rickshaw ride. Move on to New
     ✓✓ 57 meals – 22 breakfasts (B), 14 lunches (L) and 21 dinners (D)    Take the Shatabdi Express to Kalka.      Delhi, to visit Humayun’s Tomb,
     ✓✓ All meals, plus soft drinks, local beers and spirits               From here, you’ll board the Toy          India Gate, the Parliament Building
        are included on board your cruise, and regional                    Train to Shimla. The World Heritage-     and Qutab Minar.                 BD
        wines are available with lunch and dinner on board                 listed Toy Train provides one of the
                                                                                                                    Day 7. Delhi, Agra
                                                                           country’s most idyllic train journeys.
     ✓✓ Flight within India                                                                                         Transfer to the station where you’ll
                                                                           Arrive in Shimla by early evening.
                                                                                                                    board the Gatimaan Express to
     ✓✓ Airport transfers, port charges and tipping                        Three Nights: Shimla,
                                                                                                                    Agra. Once in Agra, embark on
                                                                           The Oberoi Cecil Hotel.           BLD
                                                                                                                    a sightseeing tour of the World
     INSIDER EXPERIENCES                                                   Day 3. Shimla                            Heritage-listed Red Fort. Continue
                                                                           After breakfast this morning, enjoy      to the Taj Mahal for a guided tour.
         Ride the legendary ‘Toy Train’ to Shimla                          a talk from author, historian and        Stay: Agra, ITC Mughal.         BD
                                                                           journalist, Raaja Bhasin and learn
        	Enjoy a fascinating talk from guest speaker, author, historian                                            Day 8. Delhi, Fatehpur Sikri,
                                                                           about the city’s history. Afterwards,
          and journalist Raaja Bhasin                                                                               Ranthambore
                                                                           take a guided sightseeing tour of
                                                                                                                    En route to Ranthambore National
         Explore Shimla, nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas         Shimla and see the Viceregal
                                                                                                                    Park, stop at Fatehpur Sikri for a
                                                                           Lodge, the Sankat Mochan Temple
        	Take a fascinating rickshaw tour in Delhi                                                                 guided tour. Enjoy lunch at Laxmi
                                                                           and Scandal Point.              BLD
                                                                                                                    Vilas Palace Bharatpur before
        	Search for the elusive tiger on morning and afternoon game       Day 4. Shimla                            continuing to Ranthambore.
          drives in Ranthambore National Park                              Nestled at the foothills of the          Two Nights: Sawai Vilas
        	Experience Amber Fort on a Jeep ride                             Himalayas, Shimla is a delight to        Ranthambore.BLD
                                                                           visit and was a favourite with the
        	Enjoy an indulgent stay at Taj Bengal in Kolkata                                                          Day 9. Ranthambore
                                                                           Sahebs from the time of the Raj.
                                                                                                                    Spend the morning at leisure. After
        	Gain an insight into Kalna during a rickshaw tour                Be sure to make the most of your
                                                                                                                    lunch, head out for a guided game
                                                                           free day in this town as you
        	Visit the brass-working village of Matiari in West Bengal                                                 drive through the national park.
                                                                           explore on your own. Perhaps
        	Unlock the secrets of Murshidabad’s Hazarduari Palace                                                     With an expert guide, go in search
                                                                           explore the Himalayas outside
                                                                                                                    for Bengal tigers. Return to your
                                                                           Shimla and Wildflower Hall.      BD
                                                                                                                    hotel for dinner.                BLD

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                                                                                                                                   Mayapur            Matiari
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                                                                Rail                                                                         Chandannagar
                                                                Stay (no. of nights)                                                        Kolkata

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Day 10. Ranthambore, Jaipur                    Day 16. Chandannagar                          Day 22. Farakka, Disembark                     Day 23. Depart Kolkata
Rise early for one last game drive             Cruise to the former French colony of         Ship, Kolkata                                  Transfer to the airport for your flight. B
before a morning at leisure. Later,            Chandannagar and spend some time              Take a train to Kolkata. Visit Victoria
head to the Pink City of Jaipur.               exploring this historical town.  BLD         Memorial and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Two Nights: Jaipur,                                                                          Stay: Kolkata, Taj Bengal.          BLD
                                               Day 17. Kalna, Mayapur
ITC Rajputana Sheraton.         BLD
                                               After breakfast, embark on a
Day 11. Jaipur                                 traditional rickshaw ride through                                                                            1. Drift past local villages
                                                                                                                                                            aboard the RV Rajmahal
For your final full day in Jaipur,             the town of Kalna and take in all
you’ll travel by Jeep to the main              its main sights, including its iconic
entry of the iconic Amber Fort for             terracotta temples. Continue
a morning tour. On the way back                on to Mayapur where you’ll visit               2020 Dates & Prices (A$)
to your hotel, drive past Jaipur’s             the ISKCON temple.               BLD
‘Palace of the Winds’.            BD                                                           23 Days – Delhi to Kolkata (TINRLTC23)
                                               Day 18. Matiari
Day 12. Jaipur, Delhi                          Today you will visit the charming                Per Person, twin share                                EPD Price~     Standard Price

Spend the morning at leisure before            riverside village of Matiari. Here               Mar. 5.                                               $9,895         $10,195
travelling back to Delhi this afternoon.       you’ll see first hand how locals                 Oct. 8.                                               $10,095        $10,395
Arrive at your hotel tonight.                  beat brass to make water pots and                Nov. 19^.                                             $9,895         $10,195
Stay: Delhi, Taj Palace.            BD        other utensils. Later, pay a visit to            ~EPD – includes bonus Early Payment Discount.
                                               the battlefield of Plassey.       BLD           Solo travellers add from $5,050, enquire for details and upgrade pricing.
Day 13. Delhi, Kolkata                                                                          For Early Payment Discount terms and conditions see pages 22-23.
Fly from Delhi to Kolkata where                Day 19. Murshidabad                              ^Variation to itinerary. Lower Ganges cruise operates in reverse direction
                                                                                                from Farakka to Kolkata (TINLTC23).
you’ll be transferred to your                  This morning, visit the beautiful
elegant hotel, the Taj Bengal.                 Mughal-style gardens, Khushbagh.
Two Nights: Kolkata, Taj Bengal. B            Carry on upstream to discover                    Cruise Upgrades – RV Rajmahal
                                               the magnificent Hazarduari Palace.               Twin Share prices based on Cat. B (Double Stateroom) on the Main Deck.
Day 14. Kolkata                                                                                 Solo Traveller prices based on Cat. C (Single Stateroom) on the Main Deck.
                                               Afterwards see the great Katra
Take a tour to see some of Kolkata’s                                                            See page 47 for deck plan. To upgrade, add per person from:
                                               Mosque and the Nashipara and
famous landmarks, including the
                                               Kathgola Palaces.                BLD            Cat.        Balcony Type         Deck                                Twin Share
vibrant Mullik Ghat Flower Market
                                                                                                A           Panoramic            Upper                               $395
and Mother Teresa’s House.      BD            Day 20. Baranagar, Farakka
                                                                                                A+          Panoramic            Upper                               $595
                                               Today, experience rural India at
Day 15. Kolkata, Embark Ship,
                                               its most idyllic with a stroll through
Serampore, Barrackpore                                                                          Tour Notes
                                               the fields of Baranagar.           BLD
Transfer to your river ship to begin                                                            Itinerary days 1-12 are operated by Great Rail Journeys. Itinerary and inclusions
your cruise. Sail past Serampore and           Day 21. Gaur                                     may be subject to change. Prices include transfers, tipping, internal flight,
on to Barrackpore for a walking tour.          Travel to the intriguing city of                 porterage and port charges. When arriving into Delhi, ensure your flight lands
                                                                                                before 4pm. Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising. Please
Seven Nights: Lower Ganges River,              Gaur for a full day of exploring
                                                                                                see pages 48-49 for full terms and conditions.
RV Rajmahal.                     BLD          its ancient ruins.              BLD

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INDIA’S GOLDEN
     TRIANGLE,
     TIGERS & SHIMLA
     Delhi Return
     13 Days

     Foothills of the Himalayas n Agra Fort
     Taj Mahal n Ranthambore National Park
     Pink City of Jaipur n Amber Fort

                                                                         Day 1. Arrive Delhi                      was a favourite with the Sahebs
     YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES                                         On arrival in Delhi, you’ll be           from the time of the Raj. Be sure
                                                                         met and transferred to your              to make the most of your free
     ✓✓ 12 nights in premium accommodation                               hotel. Tonight, get to know your         day in this charming town as you
     ✓✓ Services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort                    Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort          discover it on your own. Perhaps
                                                                         and fellow travellers during             explore the Himalayas outside
     ✓✓ 30 meals – 12 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L) and 12 dinners (D)   a Welcome Dinner.                        Shimla and visit Wildflower Hall.BD
     ✓✓ Airport transfers and tipping                                    Stay: Delhi, Taj Palace.        D
                                                                                                                  Day 5. Shimla, Delhi
                                                                         Day 2. Delhi, Shimla                     After breakfast this morning, travel
     INSIDER EXPERIENCES                                                 Take the Shatabdi Express to Kalka.      from Shimla to Chandigarh by car
                                                                         From here, you’ll board the Toy          before boarding the express train
         Ride the legendary ‘Toy Train’ to Shimla                        Train to Shimla. The World Heritage-     back to Delhi. Upon arrival, transfer
                                                                         listed Toy Train provides one of the     back to your hotel. Enjoy a further
        	Enjoy a fascinating talk from guest speaker, author,           country’s most idyllic train journeys.   two evenings at the Taj Palace, an
          historian and journalist Raaja Bhasin                          Arrive in Shimla by early evening.       oasis of calm in the heart of India’s
        	Explore Shimla, nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas      Three Nights: Shimla,                    bustling capital.
                                                                         The Oberoi Cecil Hotel.           BLD   Two Nights: Delhi, Taj Palace.  BLD
         Take a fascinating rickshaw tour in Delhi
                                                                         Day 3. Shimla                            Day 6. Delhi
        	Search for the elusive tiger on morning and afternoon game
                                                                         After breakfast this morning, enjoy      Today you will further explore Delhi,
          drives in Ranthambore National Park                            a fascinating talk from author,          India’s vibrant, hectic, awe-inspiring
         Visit the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur                                 historian and journalist, Raaja          capital city. Visit Jama Masjid, a
                                                                         Bhasin and learn about the city’s        17th-century mosque, before taking
        	Experience Amber Fort on a Jeep ride
                                                                         fascinating history. Afterwards,         a rickshaw ride through the narrow
                                                                         embark on a guided sightseeing           streets of Delhi’s lively bazaar,
     HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS                                                  tour of Shimla and see a number          winding through a sea of
                                                                         of sights including the Viceregal        pedestrians going about their
     ✓✓ V
         isit Viceregal Lodge, once the summer residence                Lodge, once the summer residence         everyday lives. Leave the enticing
        of the Indian viceroys                                           of the Indian viceroys. Continue         aromas of street food behind and
                                                                         on to the Sankat Mochan Temple.          move on to New Delhi, to visit
     ✓✓ Enjoy a sightseeing tour of New Delhi                           This afternoon you’ll walk to the        Humayun’s Tomb. Thought to have
     ✓✓ W
         itness the spectacular beauty of the Taj Mahal                 mysterious Scandal Point.       BLD     inspired the magnificent Taj Mahal,
        and the Red Fort in Agra                                                                                  the tomb perfectly combines
                                                                         Day 4. Shimla
                                                                                                                  elements of Persian and Mughal
     ✓✓ L
         earn about the fascinating history of the                      Nestled at the foothills of the
                                                                                                                  architecture in its design. You’ll also
        ‘Palace of the Winds’ in Jaipur                                  Himalayas and surrounded by
                                                                                                                  visit India Gate, the Parliament
                                                                         picturesque natural scenery,
                                                                                                                  Building and Qutab Minar.           BD
                                                                         Shimla is a delight to visit and

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                                                                                                                                                                                       India’s Golden Triangle, Tigers & Shimla
                                                                                      Stay (no. of nights)                   Shimla
                                                                                                                                 3
                                                                                                                                       Toy Train
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                                                                                                     India                     4     Delhi

                                                                                                                                                     1   Agra

                                                                                                                                       Fatehpur Sikri
                                                                                  Jaipur     2

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Day 7. Delhi, Agra                           Day 9. Ranthambore                            blend of Hindu and Islamic styles.                Day 12. Jaipur, Delhi
Transfer to the station where you’ll         It’s a welcome slow start to your             Its exterior contrasts with the intricate         Spend your morning at leisure at
board the Gatimaan Express to                morning. You can spend your time              interior with many of the rooms                   your hotel. This afternoon, travel
Agra. Once in Agra, embark on                relaxing in your hotel room or                elaborately painted with decadent                 back to Delhi, arriving in the
a sightseeing tour of the World              enjoying the swimming pool and                mirrors and precious stones.                      evening. Tonight, say goodbye
Heritage-listed Red Fort. One of             landscaped gardens. After lunch,                                                                to your fellow travellers at a
                                                                                           Enjoy time at leisure for lunch
the city’s most historic sites, the          head out for a guided game drive                                                                Farewell Dinner.
                                                                                           before jumping right back into your
fort has served as both a military           through the national park. With                                                                 Stay: Delhi, Taj Palace.          BD
                                                                                           sightseeing. Visit sites including the
point and a royal residence in               an expert guide, go in search for
                                                                                           iconic City Palace, the 18th-century              Day 13. Depart Delhi
the past. Continue to the iconic             Bengal tigers. Ranthambore boasts
                                                                                           Jantar Mantar Astronomical                        After breakfast you’ll be transferred
Taj Mahal. The structure took over           a high population of tigers, so make
                                                                                           Observatory, and drive by Jaipur’s                to the airport for your flight.    B
22 years to build and is a wonder            sure to have your camera at the
                                                                                           most distinctive landmark,
to behold. Spend the afternoon on            ready. Also look for leopards, wild
                                                                                           the ‘Palace of the Winds’.         BD
a guided tour of the grounds and             boars, striped hyenas and other
learn about the love story behind            wildlife that call this park home.
the marble mausoleum.                        After a day exploring the jungle,
                                                                                                                                                          1. Admire the architecture
Stay: Agra, ITC Mughal.            BD       return to your hotel for a well-                                                                                       at the Taj Mahal
                                             deserved dinner.                  BLD
Day 8. Delhi, Fatehpur Sikri,
Ranthambore                                  Day 10. Ranthambore, Jaipur
Transfer from Agra to Ranthambore            Rise early for one last game drive.             2020 Dates & Prices (A$)
National Park, stopping en route             It’s then back to your hotel for
at the abandoned ancient city of             breakfast before spending the                     13 Days – Delhi Return (RJTLTC13)
Fatehpur Sikri for a guided tour.            rest of the morning at leisure. This              Per Person, twin share                                EB Price~     Standard Price
This town to the west of Agra was            afternoon, make your way to
                                                                                               Jan. 17, 31; Feb. 14.                                 $3,595        $4,295
once known as the City of Victory.           the intriguing Pink City of Jaipur.
                                                                                               Feb. 21; Mar. 5, 20.                                  $3,595        $4,295
Built in the 16th century, Fatehpur          Two Nights: Jaipur,
                                                                                               Sept. 11.                                             $2,995        $3,695
is home to a number of impressive            ITC Rajputana Sheraton.         BLD
                                                                                               Sept. 25.                                             $3,295        $3,995
monuments and temples. Enjoy
                                             Day 11. Jaipur                                    Oct. 8, 23; Nov. 6, 19.                               $3,595        $4,295
lunch at Laxmi Vilas Palace
                                             This morning is dedicated to                      ~EB – includes bonus Early Payment Discount and dollar saving.
Bharatpur before jumping back into                                                             Solo travellers add from $1,750, enquire for details.
                                             an in-depth exploration of Jaipur.
your coach for the last leg of your                                                            For Early Payment Discount terms and conditions see pages 22-23.
                                             Begin with a guided tour of Amber
trip to Ranthambore National Park.
                                             Fort. Travel by Jeep to the main
Dinner is at your hotel.                                                                       Tour Notes
                                             entry and spend the morning
Two Nights: Sawai Vilas                                                                        Itinerary operated by Great Rail Journeys. Itinerary and inclusions may be
                                             touring through the fort, learning
Ranthambore.BLD                                                                               subject to change. Prices include transfers, tipping and porterage. When
                                             about its fascinating history. The                arriving into Delhi, ensure your flight lands before 4pm. Please see
                                             striking architecture is a unique                 pages 48-49 for full terms and conditions.

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