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PLT  
#1 Posted : Saturday, February 20, 2016 4:09:30 PM(UTC)
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On Day 11 of this tour, we travel from Varanasi back to New Delhi. I haven't received the flight time yet from Gate 1. For those of you that have done this tour - does anything else happen that day, like any touring at all?

littlera  
#2 Posted : Saturday, February 20, 2016 8:47:39 PM(UTC)
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We have not done this exact tour, but have done a couple of other India tours with Gate 1, most recently in November.

I do not think this includes any touring that morning. Some dates of this tour are extended for a Nepal leg. For that, the itinerary notes that flights to Nepal are in the late morning, so probably not time for an outing. There IS touring in the morning in Kathmandu before the late afternoon flight back to Delhi. We did that, stayed in a hotel for an hour or so to freshen up, then to the airport for midnight flight home. The itinerary still shows that is the plan for the tours that extend to Nepal.

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PLT  
#3 Posted : Sunday, February 21, 2016 6:46:04 PM(UTC)
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This tour does not include the Nepal extension, but the schedule says that we do not depart Varanasi until evening for New Delhi. Upon arrival there we check-in to a day room at the hotel to "freshen up" before the flight home.

It seems to me there is quite a bit of wasted daylight time in Varanasi, if there is no touring scheduled. Since I travel solo, I'm not sure about going out on my own that day.

Travel Dee  
#4 Posted : Monday, February 22, 2016 2:48:01 PM(UTC)
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I have a couple of suggestions. The hotel desk can help you organize some type of local tour or make suggestions of things to do. The tour covers all the highlights and if something really impresses you, you could take a taxi to see it again. I find that I often wish we could have spent longer at some places.

Or by the end of the trip you will probably find people to share a taxi with or do something with on that last day. Some people will probably want to hang out at the pool and relax before the long journey home. Some will want to shop. Some will want to do more touring. I think you will find something to do!

We just got back from the 15 day India with Rathambore and it was extremely good!
Travel Dee
littlera  
#5 Posted : Monday, February 22, 2016 3:18:48 PM(UTC)
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Travel Dee has good ideas for your free day. I am sure you can find fellow travelers that will accompany you.

My point was that some dates of your tour are coupled with the Nepal extension, and those Kathnamdu flights depart in the morning. That proves to me that there is no scheduled touring for that day, and those going to Delhi airport in the evening are left to their own devices for the day.

Travel Dee, we did your Ranthambore trip last November. As you noted, it was a great tour.

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PLT  
#6 Posted : Monday, February 22, 2016 7:35:34 PM(UTC)
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Thanks for the responses...I just hate to waste precious time. I'm not a very good "relaxer" while on vacation; I just go - go - go until I get home!

NadiaP  
#7 Posted : Friday, February 26, 2016 6:04:46 PM(UTC)
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We just came back from the same tour. Nothing happens on that day. Our Varanasi to Delhi flight was around 3:30 pm local time, and once we got to New Delhi we had four hours in the hotel before they took us to the airport to fly home. Depends on what time your flight departs for US.

PLT  
#8 Posted : Saturday, February 27, 2016 2:02:17 PM(UTC)
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Sincerly appreciate the info...I'll look for something to do.
Dawnarama  
#9 Posted : Sunday, February 28, 2016 4:42:18 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: PLT Go to Quoted Post
On Day 11 of this tour, we travel from Varanasi back to New Delhi. I haven't received the flight time yet from Gate 1. For those of you that have done this tour - does anything else happen that day, like any touring at all?




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Dawnarama  
#10 Posted : Sunday, February 28, 2016 4:46:34 PM(UTC)
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I just came back fro this tour a few weeks ago and did it solo! Had a blast! There is nice shopping on the same street as the Radisson Varanasi. Mehta silk is next door, OM down the street has a nice selection of inexpensive souvenirs and is a no pressure shop. You can also buy spices, teas and other goodies at a little market right across from the hotel.

Also, you will probably have time for an early lunch. I suggest the Hotel Surya next door. I chilled there after last minute shopping for a nice lunch.
All the other suggestions are good. If you go out further for sightseeing I suggest you go with a new buddy from your tour group.
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PLT  
#11 Posted : Monday, February 29, 2016 11:45:15 AM(UTC)
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Perfect! I really appreciate the tips...looking very forward to the trip!
schroeds29  
#12 Posted : Thursday, March 10, 2016 3:58:37 PM(UTC)
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Hello -
I just returned from that trip. That last day (or at least the morning) in Varanasi is down time, which you will need by then! You will leave for the airport around 1230 or so if you have the same flights we had, and then there is a lot of quality airport time since you will have that flight first, a short bit at the hotel in Delhi, and later on your flight(s) home.
Fantastic trip - have a blast!
Mary Schroeder
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