This tour offers a once-in-a-lifetime India experience. India has too much to experience in a single lifetime, let alone a single trip! This Absolute India tour is a comprehensive tour featuring the best of North and South India. From the national capital city of Delhi, Hindu rituals in Varanasi, awe-inspiring Taj Mahal, irreplaceable forts and palaces of Rajasthan, 2,000 year old art at the Ajanta and Ellora caves, Jewish town of Cochin to the pristine Backwaters of Kerala.

16 DAYS ABSOLUTE INDIA- NORTH AND SOUTH INDIA

ESCORTED WITH MINIMUM 12 AND MAXIMUM 16 PASSENGERS. LOCALLY HOSTED IF LESS THAN 12 OR ...MAKE IT A WORLDVIEW 'PRIVATELY GUIDED' TOUR.

Featuring: Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra, Jaipur, Deogarh, Udaipur, Aurangabad, Cochin, Kumarakom.

This tour offers a once-in-a-lifetime India experience. India has too much to experience in a single lifetime, let alone a single trip! This Absolute India tour is a comprehensive tour featuring the best of North and South India. From the national capital city of Delhi, Hindu rituals in Varanasi, awe-inspiring Taj Mahal, irreplaceable forts and palaces of Rajasthan, 2,000 year old art at the Ajanta and Ellora caves, Jewish town of Cochin to the pristine Backwaters of Kerala.



Day 1 ARRIVE DELHI Late night arrival in Delhi, capital of India. Its history goes back 2000 years. TAJ PALACE


Day 2 DELHI (B) Tour New Delhi visiting the impressive Qutab Minar, a 234-ft sandstone tower and Humayun's Tomb. See the Government buildings and presidential palace along the broad and majestic Rajpath. Tour Old Delhi to see the Red Fort, a symbol of Mughal power. Drive through old Delhi and visit Raj Ghat, a memorial to the great Mahatma Gandhi.


Day 3 DELHI- VARANASI (B) Fly to Varanasi. With its array of shrines, temples and palaces, rising in several tiers from the River Ganges water’s edge, Varanasi is the holiest city for Hindus. Tour Sarnath, the site where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon. Evening witness the prayer ceremonies at the ghats. TAJ GATEWAY GANGES


Day 4 VARANASI- KHAJURAHO (B) Early morning boat ride on the Ganges River. Thousands of devout Hindus descend to the holy waters of the Ganges for purification. Later fly to Khajuraho to tour the magnificent temples known for their symmetry and design, and also for their intricate and erotic carvings. TAJ CHANDELA


Day 5 KHAJURAHO- ORCHHA-AGRA (BL) Morning a drive to Jhansi for a train ride to Agra visiting en route palaces and temples of Orchha. TAJ GATEWAY FATEHABAD


Day 6 AGRA (B) Visit the Taj Mahal built by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1648 AD in memory of his Queen. It took the world's best craftsmen and over 20,000 workers almost 20 years to build this dream. Also visit the Agra Fort and sample the arts of the region.


Day 7 AGRA- JAIPUR (B) An interesting drive to Jaipur visiting en route Fatehpur Sikri, the once fabled Mughal capital that now lies quietly but wonderfully preserved. TAJ JAI MAHAL


Day 8 JAIPUR (B) This morning visit Amber Fort with a thrilling elephant ride. Inside, the fort find lavish courtyards, beautifully decorated halls and the Chamber of Mirrors. Afternoon tour Jaipur city visiting the Royal Observatory and Palace Museum. See the ornate and elaborate Palace of Winds, the Hawa Mahal, a striking landmark of Jaipur. Later explore the exotic 'bazaars' of Jaipur.


Day 9 JAIPUR- DEOGARH (B) Drive to Deogarh, a small town surrounded by colorful villages. Participate in a Village Safari by jeeps. Experience first-hand the true rural life of India not often seen by tourists. DEOGARH MAHAL


Day 10 DEOGARH- UDAIPUR (B) On our drive to Udaipur visit the beautiful Jain temple of Ranakpur. Built in white marble it has exquisite intricate carvings. The city of Udaipur stands in a valley amid green hills on the banks of the wide, steel blue Lake Pichola. Enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Pichola including visit to the Jagmandir Palace. FATEHGARH


Day 11 UDAIPUR- AURANGABAD (B) Tour of Udaipur, visiting the vast and exquisite City Palace of the Maharana. Amber, jade and colored glass gives the palace a sparkling, yet ethereal quality. See the Fateh Sagar Lake and visit the Jagdish Temple. Later fly to Aurangabad, home of some of the most impressive sights in India. TAJ RESIDENCY.


Day 12 AURANGABAD (B) Morning visit Ajanta cave temples. Completed around the 7th century AD Buddhist monks spent centuries carving 29 caves into a horseshoe-shaped cliff. Afternoon tour of Ellora. Over 2000 years ago stonecutters removed an estimated 200,000 ton of solid rock by using chisel and hammer to build the 34 caves, sculptures, columns and decorative facades. The enormous Kailash temple carved out of a single rock is perhaps the largest monolith in the world.



Day 13 AURANGABAD-MUMBAI-COCHIN (B) Fly to Cochin via Mumbai (brief orientation drive through the city if layover time allows between the flights). Cochin harbor has been trading spices with the rest of the world for over 2000 years. In the evening witness a colorful Kathakali dance performance. VIVANTA BY TAJ MALABAR


Day 14 COCHIN (B) Tour of Cochin includes a visit to the Jewish Synagogue, one of the oldest in India and the Dutch Palace, well known for its mural paintings. See the Chinese fishing nets in operation, at the entrance of the Kochi Harbor.


Day 15 COCHIN-KUMARAKOM (B) Drive today to see the famous Kerala Backwaters. Afternoon a three-hour cruise on the Backwaters. A relaxing cruise through palm-fringed canals, see the country side and life along the canals. KUMARAKOM LAKE RESORT


Day 16 KUMARAKOM- COCHIN- HOMEBOUND (B) Later transfer to the airport to connect home bound flight.

TOUR ENDS! HAPPY LANDINGS!

LAND TOUR PRICES INCLUDE: First Class train tickets for any train travel15 nights hotel accommodations at the mentioned or similar hotels15 American Breakfasts, Sight-seeing tours with local English speaking guides including entrance feeIndia expert Tour Director (minimum 8 passengers) or locally hosted with minimum 2Round trip transfers and Baggage handlingService charges and hotel taxes

LAND TOUR PRICES DOES NOT INCLUDE: International and Internal airfare, any passport and visa fee, any airport taxes, any camera fee at the monuments, any meals except those mentioned, any transportation except those mentioned, tips to room boys, laundry charges, telephone calls or any other charges of personal nature. Nor does it include any end of the trip gratuity to our India expert Tour Director (suggested tipping is $10 per person per day).

'PRIVATELY GUIDED'- TRAVEL ANY DAY
This tour can be customized to travel any day as a 'privately guided' tour with locally hosted ground arrangements for two or more guests traveling together. Call (800) 373 0388 or email info@worldviewtours.com to book this trip