India offers remarkable perspectives on where the modern world intersects with life as it has been lived for centuries. This program includes the commercial center of India and home to Bollywood - Mumbai, Romantic Udaipur with its lakes and palaces, the 15th-century Jain temple at Ranakpur with exquisite marble carvings, the rose pink city of Jaipur; Agra's Taj Mahal, a poem in marble, the erotic temples in Khajuraho, a chance to see tigers at Panna National Park, the sacred Hindu city of Varanasi, the capital Delhi; Sample a connoisseur’s collection of visual and performing arts with behind the scenes access to artists at work and private art collections.
15 Days NORTH INDIA SPECTACULAR
Featuring: MUMBAI-UDAIPUR-JAIPUR-AGRA-KHAJURAHO-PANNA NATIONAL PARK- VARANASI-DELHI. With some of the best hotels in the worldESCORTED WITH MINIMUM 10 AND MAXIMUM 18 PASSENGERS. LOCALLY HOSTED IF LESS THAN 10 OR MAKE IT A WORLDVIEW 'PRIVATELY GUIDED' TOUR- Optional extensions
Pre-tour to Ajanta and Ellora Caves and Post tour to Kathmandu, Nepal. This tour is guaranteed to operate with minimum two passengers.
The art, architecture and sights of India continue to beckon travelers from all over the world. Today India is also the most populous democracy in the world and a leader in technology development. It offers remarkable perspectives on where the modern world intersects with life as it has been lived for centuries.
This program includes the commercial center of India and home to Bollywood - Mumbai, Romantic Udaipur with its lakes and palaces, the 15th-century Jain temple at Ranakpur with exquisite marble carvings, the rose pink city of Jaipur; Agra's Taj Mahal, a poem in marble, the erotic temples in Khajuraho, a chance to see tigers at Panna National Park, the sacred Hindu city of Varanasi, the capital Delhi; Sample a connoisseur’s collection of visual and performing arts with behind the scenes access to artists at work and private art collections.
DAY 1: ARRIVE MUMBAI- Arrive Mumbai the vibrant commercial capital and home of Bollywood of India. You will be met and transferred to the TAJ MAHAL PALACE HOTEL
DAY 2 MUMBAI (B, D) Morning private cruise to Elephanta Caves, about 5 miles north-east of the jetty overlooking the Gateway of India. Elephanta is known for its four rock- cut Hindu temples which were cut between 5th-8th century. Later tour Mumbai, visiting the Gateway of India, Prince of Wales museum and Mani Bhavan or the Gandhi Museum. Also visit not to be missed ‘dhobi ghats’ (public laundry). At the end of the tour, enjoy a welcome drink at the roof top bar of Four Seasons hotel for a Panoramic view of Mumbai and enjoy dinner at one of Mumbai's local restaurant.
Day 3 MUMBAI-UDAIPUR (B, D) Today we fly to Udaipur. It stands in a valley amid green hills on the banks of the wide, steel blue Lake Pichola. TAJ LAKE PALACE HOTEL. Afternoon cruise on Lake Pichola and visit the Jag Mandir Palace. This palace is built on an island, which covers 4 acres and is noted for its marble interior and imposing dome. You will get a chance to witness the daily life on the banks of the lake.
DAY 4 UDAIPUR (B, D) Tour Udaipur, including a visit to the vast and exquisite City Palace of the Maharana of Udaipur, Jagdish Temple and the Garden of the Maids-of-Honor. Visit the elegant Crystal Gallery, featuring furniture made from Belgian glass. Tea/coffee with a panoramic view. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 5 Udaipur- (B, L) Morning drive 1 hour to Devigarh Palace for an early lunch. Continue to the amazing Jain temples of Ranakpur. This 15th century Jain temple is built in white marble with exquisitely intricate carvings and is unique in its architectural elegance. The entire complex is built on over 40,000 sq ft and comprises 29 halls 5 spires, 20 domes and 1444 pillars and amazing to find that among hundreds of pillars no two are alike. Meet with the temple priest for a private blessing. Rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Day 6 Udaipur - Jaipur (B) Fly to Jaipur this morning. The rose-pink capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is surrounded on all sides by rugged hills. Afternoon tour the City Palace and an old astronomical observatory. We will also see the ornate and elaborate Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds. Later explore the exotic bazaars of Jaipur by Rickshaws. TAJ RAMBAGH PALACE
DAY 7, JAIPUR. (B, D) Enjoy a memorable excursion to the Amber Palace with an exciting elephant ride along the way. Tour the City Palace and an old astronomical observatory. Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy your beautiful hotel. In the evening special dinner at a historic restaurant.
DAY 8- JAIPUR- AGRA (B, L) We drive to Agra today, visiting en route Fatehpur Sikri, the once fabled Mughul capital. The earliest reference to Agra is in the epic ‘The Mahabharata’. During the medieval period, Agra earned prominence as a capital city under the Mughals. Enjoy the wonder and beauty of the iconic Taj Mahal at Sunset, when it bathes in soft exotic orange glow. OBEROI AMARVILAS
DAY 9- AGRA- (B, D) Extended visit to the Taj Mahal in the morning. We also visit Agra Fort and learn about the arts of this region with visits to two private collections.
Day 10 AGRA - KHAJURAHO - PANNA (B, L) Morning a short train ride to Jhansi and then drive to Panna National Park. Nature drive in the park for chance to see the majestic tiger, if you are lucky may also see leopard, wolf, hyena, jackal and sloth bear. The reserve is also well known for sightings of nilgai, sambar, chital, wild boar and Indian crocodile. TAJ PASHAN GARH
DAY 11 KHAJURAHO- (B, D) Morning visit Khajuraho known for its magnificent temples, which are amongst the most creative examples of Indian architecture.
Afternoon another nature drive in the park.
DAY 12 KHAJURAHO - VARANASI (B, D) Afternoon fly to Varanasi, one of the oldest and most fascinating cities in India, Varanasi. With its array of shrines, temples and palaces, rising in several tiers from the water’s edge, Varanasi is the holiest city for Hindus. Evening witness prayer ceremonies on a sunset cruise along the Ganges River.
DAY 13- VARANASI- DELHI (B, D) Enjoy an early morning boat ride on the Ganges River to see Hindu rituals. Tour of Varanasi city and visit Sarnath, the site where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon.
Later fly to Delhi. THE OBEROI GURGAON
DAY 14, DELHI – (B, D) Morning tour of Old Delhi. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk (the old shopping street) and view Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. Visit Raj Ghat, a memorial to the great Mahatma Gandhi. Afternoon tour of New Delhi, visiting the 800 year old Qutab Minar, and the Humayun’s Tomb, known as the first example of Mughal Imperial architecture. Drive past the President’s house along the majestic Rajpath and visit the Temple of the Sikhs.
Farewell dinner and a spectacular Bollywood Show at the Kingdom of Dreams.
DAY 15- LEAVE DELHI - (B) HOME BOUND FLIGHTS- Transfer to the airport for your home bound flights.
TOUR ENDS. HAPPY LANDINGS!!
LAND TOUR PRICES INCLUDE: 14 nights hotel accommodations at the mentioned or similar hotels, American Breakfast daily and mentioned meals, Sight-seeing tours with local English speaking guides including entrance fee, India expert Tour Director (minimum 10 passengers) or locally hosted with minimum 2. Round trip transfers and Baggage handlingService charges and hotel taxes
LAND TOUR PRICES DO 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to book this trip
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