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  • David’s Tours Page 1 of 20

    Welcome to the Experience India Tours with David’s Tours

    TOURS Starting from May 2015 to August 2015

    DURATION TOUR CODE Value Accommodation

    (twin share) from:

    Moderate Accommodation

    (twin share) from:

    Deluxe Accommodation

    (twin share) from:

    Fixed Departure Dates

    Experience Villages Tour 26D/25N IN/001 $5,000 $5,500 $6,200 3/8/2015

    Experience Forts & Palaces of Rajasthan

    13D/12N IN/002 $2,100 $2,400 $2,900 20/8/2015

    Experience the Golden Triangle

    07D/06N IN/003 $900 $1,100 $1,400 1/8/2015

    Experience Off-beaten Rajasthan

    13D/12N IN/004 $2,200 $2,400 $2,900 5/8/2015

    Experience Kerala 07D/06N IN/005 $1,100 $1,300 $2,000 8/8/2015

    Experience Karnataka 05D/04N IN/006 $1,000 $1,200 $1,500 15/8/2015

    Experience Indian Wild Frontiers

    14D/ 13N IN/007 $2,100 $2,600 $4,200 1/8/2015

    TOURS Starting from September 2015 to April 2016

    DURATION TOUR CODE

    Value Accommodation

    (twin share) from:

    Moderate Accommodation

    (twin share) from:

    Deluxe Accommodation

    (twin share) from:

    Fixed Departure

    Dates

    Experience Villages Tour 26D/25N IN/001 $5,900 $6,500 $7,300 5/10/2015 4/1/2016

    Experience Forts & Palaces of Rajasthan

    13D/12N IN/002 $2,500 $2,800 $3,400 22/10/2015 21/1/2016

    Experience the Golden Triangle

    07D/06N IN/003 $1,300 $1,500 $1,700 3/10/2015 2/1/2016

    Experience Off-beaten Rajasthan

    13D/12N IN/004 $2,600 $2,800 $3,400 7/10/2015 6/1/2016

    Experience Kerala 07D/06N IN/005 $1,300 $1,500 $2,400 10/10/2015 9/1/2016

    Experience Karnataka 05D/04N IN/006 $1,200 $1,400 $1,700 17/10/2015 16/1/2016

    Experience Indian Wild Frontiers

    14D/ 13N IN/007 $2,500 $3,100 $4,900 3/10/2015 2/1/2016

    Small Group Tours

    Experience India Tours – General Information Experience India Tours are created with personal care, flexibility and safety in mind. All tours provide an insight into the places, sounds, tastes and culture of an amazing country. India is the world’s largest democracy; with history dating back thousands of years – come and experience. All tours include private air-conditioned vehicles (and air-conditioned train travel) with professional drivers. The local guides are available (at a reasonable fees) and they will tell you stories about the places so that they become more real and exciting. They will also indicate the best photo shots. As you experience the sights, monuments and activities, feel free to ask questions - the more you interact the more you will discover. The usual accommodation is four star (or heritage/boutique) with breakfast included each day. When traveling, lunch is usually taken en-route to break the trip and on tour days lunch is taken at a local restaurant. Your guides and drivers will indicate the best value places but do explain the kind of food that you are seeking (and the price range) All of our Experience India tours are priced with moderate accommodation (M), as this is the most commonly requested accommodation for group travel, however value accommodation (V) and luxury accommodation (L) are also usually available. The lists of hotels found in this document are the preferred hotels for these tours; however, should they not be available, similar hotels/rooms will be selected.

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    All Experience India tours are designed as small group tours (minimum of 10, usual maximum 24) with fixed departure dates (FDD). The tours are available to smaller groups such as family, special interest, photography, etc.; however, there may be a small surcharge, and there will be a greater choice of departure dates. Please contact us for relevant information, if you wish to travel as a couple. It is possible to take several tours back-to-back, for example, start with Experience the Golden Tringle, then Experience Kerala and then Experience Karnataka. Please talk to us of your plans. It is possible to mix group tours with fixed departure dates and other tours, that is, start (or finish) with a group tour and include a “couples” tour as an extension. Again, contact us so that we can create your ideal travel plans. General Inclusions and Exclusions: Included in the Experience India tours are all accommodation, including breakfast, all travel costs including drivers, driver allowances, tolls, taxes, fuels, etc., nominated flights and train travel, and other nominated items. Excluded from the Experience India tours are all lunches, all dinners (except the farewell dinner and some meals at National Parks) and entries to monuments and all other personal expenses. Most groups share their meals, as is the Indian way of eating together and then split the costs. Previous travelers have reported personal expenditure, not including gifts of between $30 and $100 per day per person, depending on choices). Please note pricing is based on AUD1/54INR – changes in rate may alter price. Tips are expected and it is best to follow the Tipping Section found in the Key Information – India document at davidstours.com.au

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    EXPERIENCE VILLAGES TOUR (IN/001)

    Destinations: Delhi -Samode ~ Nawalgarh ~ Khimsar ~ Jaisalmer ~ Pokhran ~ Jodhpur ~ Daspan ~ Siana ~ Bera ~ Ranakpur ~ Devgarh ~

    Udaipur ~ Dungarpur ~ Chittorgarh ~ Kota ~ Bundi ~ Pachewar ~ Jaipur ~ Bhandarej ~ Karauli ~ Bharapur ~ Agra ~ Delhi

    Duration: 26 Days / 25 Nights

    DETAILED ITINERARY

    Delhi If arriving in Delhi before, we can arrange accommodation and transport at a fee – please discuss your itinerary. Day 1: Delhi / Samode (250 km / 5-6 hrs) After breakfast, our representative will meet you at your hotel and drive to Samode. On arrival, check in to your hotel and relax for the remainder of the day. Samode Palace is a 300-year-old maharaja's mansion which was converted to a boutique hotel near Jaipur, in the heart of Rajasthan. Key features of the building include mirror-tiled halls, mural-lined walls, marble swimming pools and regal antique-filled suites, showcasing days gone by. Day 2: Samode / Nawalgarh (120 km / 3-4 hrs) After breakfast, drive to Nawalgarh which is in the heart of the Shekhawati region. On arrival, check in at Roop Niwas Kothi and take that rest of the day to explore the surrounding towns and villages with their painted havelis and temples. Nawalgarh is a town in the Jhunjhunu district and is part of Panchpana. It was established by Thakur Nawal Singh Ji Bahadur of Shekhawat in 1737 AD. He received the region from his father Maharao Shardul Singh Ji, the ruler of Jhunjhunu. Thakur Nawal Singh Ji and his descendants were lovers of art and culture. This influence is visible in the structure and furnishings of Nawalgarh fort and other buildings they built. Day 3: Nawalgarh/ Khimsar (250 km / 5-6 hrs) In the morning, drive to Khimsar Fort which is a charming heritage hotel. Blackbutt can be sometimes seen on the short jeep safaris from the village. Khimsar Fort is set in the sand dunes. The amazing fort of Khimsar stands as securely as ever, even after many centuries of battles and strife. The construction began in 1523, and twenty one generations later a major part of the fort presents itself with all the grandeur of Rajput hospitality. Be cocooned within eleven acres of lush lawns under the canopy of bright clear skies and soak in the rustic charm of a time gone by. Open spaces, courtyards surrounding the rooms, stone carved exteriors, and windows and arches are characteristics of this fort. Day 4: Khimsar / Jaisalmer (290 km / 6-7 hrs) After breakfast, drive to Jaisalmer, the charming fortified settlement in the heart of the desert. Relax and enjoy the journey. Day 5: Jaisalmer /Pokhran (115 km / 2-3 hrs) In the morning, explore Jaisalmer on foot. This area’s culture, crafts and practices have survived for centuries in their original form.

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    Visit Jaisalmer Fort (or Sonar Quila) which was built in 1150. The construction is in yellow sandstone which at certain times of the day gives a golden glow. This is one of the oldest forts in Rajasthan. It stands 76 m high, is over 5 km in circumference. It has 99 buttresses to help support the walls. Also visit Gadisar Lake, but take a tuk-tuk or rickshaw as it is quite a walk from the walled city. The lake is man-made and was built in 1400 by Makarwal Gadsi Singh to hold rainwater for drinking purposes. He aimed to provide all of Jaisalmer with water. Head towards Salim Singh Ki Haveli which has been built on the remains of an older haveli (built in the late 17th century). The new building was built in the year 1815 and was occupied by the Mehta family of Jaisalmer. The Mehta family was the most influential family of their time. Also visit Nathmal Ki Haveli that was commissioned to serve as the residence of Diwan Mohata Nathmal, the then Prime Minister of Jaisalmer. The architects of this haveli were Hathi