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kumuka offers seven excellent
tours of india, designed to give you
a complete immersion in the culture
and heritage of this amazing land.
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MYStiCAL RAJAStHAN
14 DAYS
£605, €910, AU$1545, NZ$1785,
US$1275, CA$1395, ZAR10,285
Our hugely popular itinerary
that takes in all the very best of
this extraordinary part of India:
ith the long, grey, delightfully diverse group of co-travellers language of giggles that we were able to Taj Mahal, Udaipur, Jaipur, Jain
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damp English all interested in getting to know the ‘real’ share with village children as we asked Temples… As an insight to India,
winter looming, India – art and architecture, religion and for directions to the local temple. We this is a remarkable tour.
I find myself way of life, crafts, cuisine and music. were overawed by the piety of wandering,
planning another What we hadn’t bargained for was the masked, white-clad Jain monks, who HiGHLiGHtS oF iNDiA
escape! The luxury sheer warmth of the people of Rajasthan. never allow their way of life to harm 9 DAYS
of being retired allows me to realise my We were welcomed at every overnight a single living organism, and then to JAipUR – AGRA – VARANASi – DeLHi
travel dreams. stay with ceremonies and flowers visit their quiet temples of exquisite, £440, €660, AU$1125, NZ$1300,
So I turn to Kumuka again. I am whether we were to lodge in hotels, forts intricately carved white marble. US$925, CA$1015, ZAR 7,480
greeted at the end of the phone by the or tents. The final stop in Udaipur was
same cheerful representative as last Opportunities on the trip were so probably for us, the highlight: to travel tiGeRS AND tHe GANGeS
year: Ibrahim. Great luck! I like his “can varied: we could wander through the by boat amongst the islands of floating 15 DAYS
do” style which makes for hassle-free dawn mist rising over the Taj Mahal, palaces in the late afternoon sun was teMpLeS, pALACeS AND WiLDLiFe
planning: no questions are too silly, no marvel at the pink city of Jaipur and try quite magical. DeLHi, JAipUR, RANtHAMboRe
problems unsolvable. our hand at block printing; be welcomed The balance between being pARk, oRCHHA, kHAJURAHo,
I recall last year’s trip to India by maharajahs and live like royalty in a sightseeing group and private bANDHAVGARH Np, VARANASi
– the 14-day “Mystical Rajasthan“ their palace homes; be blessed by holy individuals who might want to have £805, €1210, AU$2055,
tour. Wonderful memories! India is men at waterside ghats and watch our time for private exploration and NZ$2375, US$1695,
rightly described as “incredible”. Thank rose petals be blown gently across the shopping was well maintained by our CA$1855, ZAR 13,685
goodness the Kumuka taxi turned up at lake at Pushkar; ride a camel into the excellent tour guide, Idris. He and
the airport on time – there were so many arid and scrubby desert before retiring our driver had a quiet confidence in
people, stray animals, tuc-tucs, lorries, ox to our tents. their knowledge and skills that made CHECK OUT OUR
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