A Portrait of India

Destinations Covered : Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Agra - Jaipur - Udaipur - Cochin - Kumarakon - Mumbai

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Durations 18 D / 17 N

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Day1: Arrive at Delhi

Guests will arrive at the Delhi where they will meet their trip leader at the airport and take them to The Oberoi Hotel.

Day2: Delhi

After breakfast, we head out to see the highlights of New Delhi.
The British laid out the broad, tree-lined avenues and neat street grid of New Delhi (in contrast to the narrow alleyways of the old part of the city). Guests will begin their explorations by visiting Qutab Minar, a spectacular example of Indo-Islamic architecture topped by a 234-foot-high tower. Begun in the twelfth century, this is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and the symbol of New Delhi. After lunch been served at a, local restaurant guests will continue their tour of the former "Imperial City" which continues to serve as the center of government for the world's largest democracy. They will see the buildings of India's Parliament and (from the outside) the residence of India's President, a palatial building called Rashtrapati Bhavan. Nearby they will see the India Gate, where a popular park surrounds a memorial to Indian soldiers who served Great Britain in World War I and Britain's 19th-century war in Afghanistan.
Guests will have the latter part of the afternoon at leisure. This evening they will enjoy dinner the hotel.

Day3: Old Delhi

After breakfast guests will gather with their fellow travelers for a briefing by their Trip Leader.
Start your discoveries this afternoon in Delhi by visiting Old Delhi. Even when Bombay and Madras were mere trading posts and Calcutta a village of mud huts, Delhi had been the seat of an empire for 500 years. Through the centuries, eight cities have been built on this site, by Hindu, Mughal and British rulers—with each adding their own flavor.
In the old part of Delhi, guests will visit Raj Ghat, a beautifully serene monument. This is where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated, and they will see an impressive shrine to India's best-known statesman. Next, after visiting the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, they will take a short ride by rickshaw through the crowded lanes of the Chandni Chowk bazaar. Dinner will be done by own.

Day4: Fly to Varanasi

Guests will have their breakfast in the hotel and later they will fly to Varanasi where they will meet their guide and will be transferred to the hotel.

Day5: Varanasi

Guests will be taken to the sightseeing to Sarnath.
Sarnath visit Sarnath – (8 kms from Varanasi) is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world, where Buddha preached his first Sermon in 590 B.C. Here you will witness the ruins of a once flourishing Buddhist monastery and then visit a fine Archaeological Museum which houses an excellent collection of Buddhist art and sculptures found at the site. The main attraction at this excellent Archaeological Museum is the superb capital from the Ashokan pillar. It has the Ashokan symbol of four back-to-back lions which has been adopted as the state symbol of modern India. (The museum is closed on Fridays).
Thereafter transfer to the hotel and check-in.
Evening proceed to the "ghats", a long stone stepped embankment built on the riverbank. Here, watch the evening "aarti" ceremony, a deeply moving spectacle where devotees release leaf borne lamps on to the water at sunset.
Overnight at hotel the Gateway where dinner will be served.

Day6: Fly to Khajuraho

After a leisurely breakfast and sometime free for relaxation you will be transferred to airport for flight to Khajuraho. Upon arrival in Khajuraho, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel.
Afternoon visit the most important and fascinating temples of Khajuraho. The temples of Khajuraho have been declared a 'world heritage' site by UNESCO in order to preserve the rich legacy of architecture, bequeathed to future generations by the Kings of the Chandela dynasty. These temples are famous for their intricate sculptures and carvings that are one of the outstanding achievements of Indian art.
Overnight at hotel the Lalit where dinner will be served.

Day7: Agra

As the guests continue to explore India, they will experience the vast rural countryside of India as they ride toward Agra. En route, our Trip Leader entertains them with a discussion of the history of the Mughals.
Reaching Agra guests will be taken to the Taj Mahal. Please note: If this day falls on a Friday, guests will visit the Taj Mahal on the evening of Day 11 instead.
This grand edifice, built by Shah Jahan from 1631 to 1653 to enshrine the remains of his Queen Mumtaz Mahal, took 20,000 workers to build. They will walk into the inner chambers of this renowned "Monument to Love," and seek out several vantage points to see the magnificent play of light. The semi-translucent white marble is inlaid with thousands of semi-precious stones in beautiful patterns and the building has four identical facades, a perfect exercise in symmetry. It's truly a wonder of the world!
Later they will be also taken to the sprawling Agra Fort on the bank of the Yamuna River. This immense fort and palace were the seat of power for four generations of Mughal emperors; they ruled all of northern India from the early 16th century until the consolidation by British colonial rule in the early 1800s. Agra Fort's architecture is an almost perfect fusion between military might and lavish beauty.
Guests will return to the hotel to enjoy the afternoon at leisure, and later they will gather for an included dinner this evening.

Day8: Fly to Jaipur

Now guests will leave from Agra and proceed towards there next destination Jaipur. Reaching Jaipur they will check in to the hotel and meals will be served to them.

Day9: Jaipur

After breakfast guests will fly to Jaipur which is also known as the “Pink City” for the rosy hue of its sandstone buildings. It is one of the vibrant states of Rajasthan. Guests will see the Jantar Mantar, a remarkable astronomical and astrological observatory built in the 18th century. The giant sundials here are still accurate to two-tenths of a second. Then they will go on to the City Palace Museum, filled with an array of textiles, arms, carpets, paintings and manuscripts. Later they will also take a view of the exterior of Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). This is actually not a palace, but rather a façade of 956 delicate, honeycombed sandstone windows used by the ladies of the palace to watch the outside world without being seen.
Next, they will explore Jaipur's Amber (pronounced "am-er," with a silent "b") Fort-Palace. The Fort is a stunning and well-preserved 16th-century structure, built on four levels.
Among its many splendors is the Sheesh Mahal, a small room whose ceiling, covered with tiny mirrors, looks like a sky filled with brilliant stars. Here, in Rajput times, a dancing girl held candles during a dance of love for her Maharaja. Guests will make their way back down the hill and return to Jaipur.
Back to the hotel where the guests will relax and dinner will be served.

Day10: Fly to Udaipur

After completing all the formalities and breakfast been done guests will now proceed towards Udaipur which is one of India's most romantic cities and famed for its lovely palaces and lakes.
After reaching to the Udaipur check – in to the hotel where the meals will be served and guests will relax.

Day11: Udaipur

Begin by visiting the City Palace and wandering through its beautiful rooms and apartments, continue on to the Garden of Maidens "Sahelion-ki-bari”.
Late afternoon enjoy a boat cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From the lake you have a wonderful view of the City Palace stretching along the east bank, while the south bank has pleasant gardens running down to the waterside. (Boat ride depending upon the water level of the Lake)
Overnight at hotel where dinner will be served.

Day12: Fly to Cochin

After breakfast guest will complete all the formalities and later they will continue their journey towards Cochin.
Reaching Cochin they will meet their guide and check in to the hotel where they will relax and dinner will be served.

Day13: Cochin

After breakfast this morning, guests will explore Cochin city proper. They will see remnants of the melting-pot culture that emerged here as a result of the spice trade in the blend of Dutch and English architecture and in the elegant cheena vala (Chinese fishing nets) for which Cochin is known. They will also visit the Freedom Fighters' Jail and St. Francis Church, burial place of Vasco da Gama. Later guests will also visit Fort Kochi and embark on a walking tour of its fascinating Heritage Buildings. After explorations, they will sit down for lunch together at a local restaurant.
Return to the hotel for a brief rest before dinner.

Day14: Cochin/ Kumarakon drive

After breakfast guests will drive to Kumarakom upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Kumarakom - is a beautiful backwater village on the shores of the enchanting Vembanad Lake, criss crossed with meandering waterways and ancient cottages.
Overnight at Kumarakom lake resort

Day15: Kumarakon

Morning at leisure
Afternoon, board the traditional rice boats - “Kettuvallam” for a fascinating cruise through the backwaters of Kerala which offer one of the world’s truly unforgettable experiences. These traditional houseboats of Kerala are one of the most enduring images of the backwaters, its natural, cocoon-like profile complementing the surrounding countryside. You can relax on the sundeck and watch the way of life and activity of the local people, sipping from a tender coconut and enjoying the sheer peace of the surroundings. Overnight on board

Day16: Fly to Mumbai

In the morning guests will leave for Mumbai.
Reaching Mumbai they will be transferred to the Oberoi Hotel where they will relax and make themselves comfortable. Dinner will be served

Day17: Mumbai

Early morning, one hour boat ride across Mumbai Harbour brings you to the lush green Elephanta Island. Here, visit some of the huge and intricately carved Elephanta Caves that date back to the 8th century. For rows of massive columns cut into solid rock from three magnificent avenues, lead to the outstanding three-headed sculpture representing Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the Destroyer. Dedicated to Shiva, the beauty and power of these phenomenal sculptures depicting the various manifestations of Shiva is overpowering.
Later in the afternoon guests will be taken to the city tour of Mumbai - the great port city with its Victorian Gothic buildings from the British Raj Era mingling with the modern. The tour includes Gateway of India overlooking the Harbour, Marine Drive and the Dhobi Ghat, the unique and colourful outdoor 'laundry'. Also visit Mani Bhawan, a small museum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi.
Overnight at hotel

Day18: Departure from Mumbai

Morning transfer to the International airport for flight back home Depart Mumbai

Hotel Details:

City Hotel Name No. of Nights
New Delhi The Oberoi 03
Varansi   The Gateway 01
Khajuraho   The lalit 01
Agra    The Amarvillas 02
Jaipur   Rajvillas 02
Udaipur    Udai Villas 02
Mumbai     Taj Malabar 01
Cochin   Kumarakon Resort 02
Kumarakom     Boat Cruise 01
Mumbai     The Oberoi 02

 

The above cost includes:

  • Round trip international flights New York – New Delhi, New Delhi – New York
  • Airline taxes and fuel surcharges
  • 14night accommodations
  • All transfer and sightseeing per itinerary in modern air – conditioned vehicles
  • 39meals: 13 breakfast, 13 lunches, 13 dinners
  • Bottled water provided during sightseeing excursions
  • Services of English – speaking tour managers throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

The above cost does not include:

  • Any personal expenses such as laundry bills, telephone bills, alcoholic beverages and airport tax.
  • Any other cost that is not mentioned in the itinerary & inclusions.
  • Tips and other such cost, which is to be paid to the drivers, guides, porters etc.
  • The cost is based on current fuel prices, taxes and other statutory levies. In case of any increase in the same or any other inputs, we reserve the right to amend the price accordingly.
  • The cost is based on current exchange rates. In case of more than 4% difference in exchange rates (at the time of operation of the tour) we reserve the right to adjust prices accordingly.