India and Sri Lanka Tour

from $1565
Duration:
13 Days / 12 Nights
Type:
Small Group Tour
Run:
Selected Dates

India and Sri Lanka tour offers you the opportunity to discvover two vibrant countries India and Sri Lanka. Visit the highlights of India, travel from Delhi, the National Capital to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, and explore Bharatpur where you may have the chance to spot migratory water birds. Continue on to Jaipur, the imperial pink city. Proceed to Sri Lanka, the island of magical proportions, once known as Serendib, Taprobane, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, and Ceylon. Discover refreshingly Sri Lanka and visit Colombo, Kandy, Wadduwa and more. 

 

Included:
  • On arrival meeting and Assistance by our office Representative
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Delhi at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Agra at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • 1 Night accommodation in Bharatpur at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • 3 Nights accommodation in Jaipur at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • 1 Night accommodation in Colombo at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • 1 Night accommodation in Kandy at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Wadduwa at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • Accommodation at listed hotels in Twin / Double sharing basis
  • Driver allowances, Petrol/Gas cost, Toll Tax, Parking, and Vehicle Insurance
  • English-speaking tour manager (in India only), chauffer guide in Sri Lanka
  • Exclusive assistance by our professionally trained staff
  • Explore marvellous Taj Mahal (closed on Friday)
  • Enjoy an Aarti Ceremony in Birla Mandir, Jaipur
  • Monument entrance fee and permits
  • Group transfers by AC vehicle
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Garlanding upon arrival in India
  • 1 dinner in Bharatpur
  • 1 dinner in Agra
  • Taxes
Excluded:
  • Meals other than those specified
  • International / Domestic airfare
  • Any optional tours
  • Personal spendings
  • Camera fee
  • Tipping
Itinerary:
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Day 1: New Delhi Arrival

The capital of India is a bustling metropolis that successfully combines the ancient and the modern in its folds. Delhi can broadly be divided into two parts, Old Delhi and New Delhi. Old Delhi was the capital of Delhi’s Muslim rulers notably the Mughals between 17th & 19th centuries. New Delhi on the other hand is referred to as the Imperial city when the British decided to move their capital from Calcutta in 1911. On arrival, you will be met transferred to the hotel for a non-alcoholic welcome drink.

Accommodation: Overnight in Delhi

Day 2: New Delhi Tour

Breakfast: At hotel

Day: At leisure; perhaps pre-book a Delhi city tour.

Accommodation: Overnight in Delhi

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Welcome Agra

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Drive to the medieval city of Agra, home of the world-famous Taj Mahal. Agra is one of India’s prime tourist destinations for specifically this reason, though its attractions also extend to an array of other impressive historical sights. The Taj is in a league of its own and needless to say is a must-see for any visitor to the city. Commissioned by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the 15th century as a memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, it is an architectural masterpiece of exquisite craftsmanship and perfect proportions.

Afternoon: Enjoy your afternoon at leisure or perhaps book an optional tour to the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah.

Early Evening: At leisure or perhaps book an optional show about the Taj Mahal.

Accommodation: Overnight in Agra

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Optional: Tomb Of Itimad Ud Daulah - Agra:

Visit Itmad-Ud-Daulah, known as the "Baby Taj", the first Mughal structure totally built from marble. It is looked upon as the precursor of the Taj Mahal as far as elaborate carvings and inlay work are concerned.

Optional: Mohabbat E Taj, live show:

A series of play depicting the saga of love. The true and immortal love of Shajahan for Mumtaj Mahal- his beautiful wife; the lavish lifestyle of Mughal era; immaculate hardship of the artisans for 22 years that created the most precious specimen of craftsmanship ‘Mohabbat-the-Taj’ at ‘Kalakriti is exceptionally inviting. The effort to hold up the cultural and historical legacy of India is worth a glance.

Day 4: Proceeding Agra

Early Morning: Visit the Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays). Often considered the pinnacle of Mughal art in India, the Taj was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. When declaring it a world heritage site, UNESCO described it as “the jewel of Muslim art in India”. There are few words that can describe the magnificence of this monument. Marvel as light and colors transform this stunning monument in the beautiful rising sun’s rays.

Breakfast: At hotel

Accommodation: Overnight in Agra

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional: Agra Fort:

Known as the Red Fort of Agra, this walled imperial city was founded in 1565 by the Emperor Akbar (1556-1605) and is a well-deserving UNESCO World Heritage site, located just 2.5 kilometers from the famous Taj Mahal. Its palaces, grand mosques and elaborate public hall are crafted from pink-red sandstone and are testament to an era when Indo-Muslim art, strongly marked by influences from Persia, was at its height. Emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal for his deceased wife, was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb in Agra Fort. He is said to have died in the Musamman Burj, a marble tower he himself built, with one of the most alluring views of the Taj Mahal.

Day 5: Bharatpur Tour

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Depart for Bharatpur – a birder’s paradise, en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri an eerily abandoned capital from the Mughal Empire between 1570 and 1586. Akbar built this city to celebrate the birth of his son and future heir to the throne, Emperor Jahangir. While Akbar is believed to have been illiterate, he took great interest in the arts and architecture; Fatehpur Sikri is one of his masterworks. Sadly, it served as capital for little more than a decade, eventually abandoned for lack of accessible water.

Afternoon: Upon arrival in Bharatpur; check in to the hotel. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure or book an optional visit to the Bird Sanctuary.

Accommodation: Overnight in Bharatpur

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Optional: Bharatpur bird sanctuary tour by bicycle/paddle rickshaws:

Enjoy an escorted visit to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary by bicycle/ paddle rickshaws. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is one of the finest bird parks in the world; Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (Keoladeo Ghana National Park) is a reserve that offers protection to faunal species as well. Nesting indigenous water- birds as well as migratory water birds and waterside birds, this sanctuary is also inhabited by Sambar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar

Day 6: Jaipur Arrival

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Depart for the “Pink City” of Jaipur - Rajasthan’s capital, the origin of Jaipur’s nickname becomes immediately apparent as we enter the old city walls and greet the pink-colored buildings that rise at every turn. Jaipur is an excellent place to enjoy unparalleled shopping and people watching.

Afternoon: Arrive in Jaipur. You may want to spend time in the oldest and busiest of markets in the walled city, Johori Bazaar, a true feast for the senses. Aromatic spices fill the air, while oxcarts, rickshaws, cows, bejeweled women and men with shocking pink turbans jostle through the labyrinthine streets. Learn the art of Turban and Saree tying. The Turban is the crown that has been conferred upon naturally for men. It doesn’t matter whether he is a King or a simple commoner. Of all the turbans, the turbans of Jaipur, Rajasthan deserves special mention. In this part of the country, the turban is known as Paag, Safa or Pagdi. The art of wearing a turban is believed to be started by the Rajput community. The Saree, a symbol of Indian women’s attire has become an icon the world over. This simple one long piece of cloth measuring 5-9 meters in length did not lose its basic design and is still popular among contemporary Indian women as one of the best traditional and ethnic wear.

Accommodation: Overnight in Jaipur

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7: Proceeding Jaipur

Breakfast: At hotel

Day: At leisure; perhaps pre-book a tour of Amber Fort.

Accommodation: Overnight in Jaipur

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional: Half Day Amber Fort Tour (Morning):

Visit Amber Fort built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh. The fort is one of the finest examples of Rajput architecture and offers extensive views over a deep narrow valley and the wider plains beyond. The Fort was completed in the early 18th century, it was once, the capital of the Mina tribes, believed to be the original inhabitants of this region. The fort, sprawled along the Maotha Lake, boasts of a massive complex gateway, courts, stairways and pillared pavilions, and palaces that recall the glory and wealth of Amber's association with the Mughals. This is a beautiful and very well-preserved structure, built on four levels and surrounded by ruins, which served as the backdrop for the Mira Nair movie “Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love.”

Optional: Experience With The Elephants (Late Morning)

Visitors are taken on a journey to the world of elephants and are guided through an unforgettable experience with these magnificent creatures. Visitors are able to touch, feed, paint, wash, cook and get to know these animals. This tour offers visitors the incredible opportunity to walk hand-in-trunk with elephants. Enter the world of elephant with an Elephant Back Ride. Bare-back Elephant Back Riding enables us as humans to feel the power and bulk of an elephant in contrast with the quietness, delicateness and grace of these mammoth creatures’ movement as they walk/glide across the ground. Understand the height at which an elephant stands and experience their environment from an elephant’s perspective.

Optional: Traditional Indian Cooking Lesson (Evening)

Enjoy a lesson on Indian style cooking, interact with a local family and learn about the mysteries and secrets of Indian Cooking

Day 8: Rest of Jaipur

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Enjoy a tour of Jaipur including a visit to the City Palace built between 1729 and 1732 by the ruler, Amber Sawai Jai Singh II. The City Palace covers a large part of the total area of Jaipur; the palace complex was built as if there is a city within a city. A complex of courtyards, gardens, buildings, temples, fountains, pounds, courts, horse stable, workshops and playgrounds make up the palace grounds. Afterwards continue to the impressive Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory built in the early 1700s by Maharaja Jai Sing II, the astronomer to which this city owes its name. The term "Jantar Mantar" literally means "instruments for measuring the harmony of the heavens". It houses various architectural and astrological instruments that have caught the interests of astronomers, historians and architects around the world. It is considered to be one of the largest observatories ever built.

Afternoon: At leisure

Evening: Enjoy an Aarti Ceremony in Birla Mandir. “Aarti” is a very auspicious Hindu ritual in which we offer our prayers (traditional hindi song) to God. The Guru or the Master with his devotees, sing the prayers along with the lighting of small lamps. The experience, the view and the positive vibrations are so inspirational that it is difficult to put into words.

Accommodation: Overnight in Jaipur

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9: Colombo Tour

This morning check out from hotel and drive to Delhi airport to connect flight for Colombo. Meet and assist on arrival at Airport by our Tours Representative and transfer to the hotel.

Rest of time at leisure.

Overnight stay.

Day 10: Kandy Tour

After breakfast transfer to Kandy

Optional: Enroute visit of Pinnawala:

As you enter the 25 acre coconut property, do not be surprised to witness baby elephants being bottle fed or moving around freely causing absolutely no harm to anyone. It is rightly a sincere sight to observe how these gentle giants - orphaned and sometimes three-legged - are taken care of since 1975 at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Up to date, over 20 calves have been born here, and it is surprising to hear that some of its inmates have even seen their grand children during the past few decades! Watch as they feed at 9:15 am, 1:15 pm & 5:00 pm and take a river bath twice a day at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm respectively for an experience that could never be felt anywhere else on earth!

Afternoon, do a city tour of Kandy, Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe - before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, Kandy - the World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings - crafts an array of culture, history and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. A stroll across this small lakeside town - cradled among the misty hills - will feature the Kandy City Centre - bundled with latest and world class brands, bazaar, an arts & crafts centre, as well as a gem museum & lapidary.walk in color as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market. Fine tube your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka.

Overnight Stay

Day 11: Wadduwa Arrival

Breakfast at Ozo Kandy

Transfer from Kandy to Waskaduwa hotel

Overlooking the mass blue of the Indian Ocean, Citrus Waskaduwa embodies the true essence of luxury for your ideal beach vacation in Sri Lanka. Sun-soaked tranquility and breathtaking views, outstanding cuisine and luxury accommodation combined with the magic of Citrus, nestled on the magnificent golden-sand crescent along the west coast of Sri Lanka are just a few reasons to visit Citrus Waskaduwa. Experience Waskaduwa like never before at these five star-class resorts that owns an unspoiled, 400m long beachfront.

Enjoy the beach and facilities at the hotel.

Overnight Stay at CItrus Waskaduwa.

Day 12: Proceeding Wadduwa

Breakfast at Citrus Waskaduwa

Optional tours:

Excursion to Bentota (Water sports) & Kosgoda turtle hatchery.

Both locals and international volunteers battling it out for ''Sea Turtles' Sake'' is a common sight at Kosgoda. This vibrant tourist destination sitting calm along the Southern coast of Sri Lanka - apart from its traditional industries of fisheries and cinnamon cultivation - was later recognized by the Wildlife Protection Society who studded the region with a Sea Turtle Conservation Project which operates on a formidable scale today. Indirectly, this has become a watering hole of flipper & shell enthusiasts!

Excursion to Galle visit

Galle is a city on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. It’s known for Galle Fort - UNESCO world heritage site, the fortified old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century. Stone sea walls, expanded by the Dutch, encircle car-free streets with architecture reflecting Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. Notable buildings include the 18th-century Dutch Reformed Church. Galle Lighthouse stands on the fort’s southeast tip.

Overnight Stay

Day 13: Final Departure

After breakfast drive back to Colombo , upon arrival proceed for Colombo city & shopping tour, The throbbing metropolis, Colombo - located in the West - is not only the country's commercial capital, but also the turbine that impels above 50% of the national GDP flanking Colombo's fancy urban development effort. Drive along the clean streets edging the crystal white Race Course - horse racing hub in 1893 & World War II airstrip - furnished today with lavish clothing, food & tea boutiques. Head along Bauddhaloka Mawatha towards 'Arcade' facing a historic waypost, the Independence Square. Every designer boutique, top-notch cuisine outlet and even the 'walk-over fish tank', have revamped this colonial masterpiece into one of the trendiest shopping and hangout zones in Sri Lanka. head into an exhibition at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) before swaying your head to an opera or play at Nelum Pokuna that should just drive your day into perfection!

Continue transfer to the International airport to connect flight for your onward destination.

Accommodation :
Hotels:
  • The Grand New Delhi / New Delhi
  • Jaypee Palace Hotel and Convention Centre / Agra
  • Laxmi Villas Palace / Bharatpur
  • Hilton Jaipur Hotel / Jaipur
  • Ozo Colombo / Colombo
  • Ozo Kandy Sri Lanka / Kandy
  • Citrus Waskaduwa / Wadduwa
May-Sept
$ 1565 Price Per Person
Oct-April
$ 1670 Price Per Person
  • Note: These prices are valid only for minimum 2 Persons

 

Dates: 

  • 21st February 2019
  • 14th & 21st March 209
  • 4th & 25th April 2019
  • 2nd & 23rd May 2019
  • 5th & 26th September 2019
  • 10th & 24th October 2019
  • 14th & 28th November 2019

 

Prices:

Tour price currency is set to USD but you can pay in Euro or British pound. The prices quoted per person per tour and prices are always updated to ensure you receive the best possible price. Prices valid all the year, except during Christmas 2018 and New Year 2019.

 

 

Child Policy:

- 0 - 4.99 Free of Charge

- 5 - 10 pay 25% of tour price

- 11 - 11.99 pay 50% of tour price

- 12+ pay full tour price as per adult person

 

Note: If the tour package includes flights, trains, jungle safari, private monument, an extra supplement will be applicable to the child.

 

 

Payment Policy: 

An invoice shall be generated, once received confirmation on a tour. The deposit 50% of the total cost, will be required at the time of confirmation. You can pay by bank transfer or credit card. This deposit counts as part of your final payment. The balance 50% is payable 30 days before the commencement of the tour plus any applicable insurance premiums. 

Note: Kindly note that in special cases wherein a hotel requires 100% payment in advance (during festive period i.e. Pushkar Fair, Christmas, New Year, etc.), will be payable along with 50% tour deposit. As per hotel policy, this amount will not be refundable.  

 

 

Tour Cancellation Policy:

You may cancel your booking at any time prior to commencement of the tour by notifying us in writing. The cancellation charges shall be as follows:

  • If you cancel before 45 days of tour commencement date, there will be no cancellation fees, except components which require per booking (train, flight and safaris).  
  • If you cancel on or before 44-30 days of tour commencement date, 25% of the entire tour price will be charged.
  • If you cancel on or before 29-15 days of tour commencement date, 50% of the entire tour price will be charged. 
  • Less than 14 Days before arrival 100% cancellation will be applicable. 


Changes By You: 

If you request any changes to your travel arrangements once we have confirmed a booking, all out of pocket charges, including charges imposed by our suppliers, will be payable by you. If after the commencement of your tour you request any changes to your travel arrangements, we will do our best to implement them, but we cannot guarantee that it will be possible. In the event of such change(s) being made, you will be liable for any cancellation charges that may be levied for the previously booked service and for any costs incurred by us and our suppliers in attempting to secure any revised arrangements. Any name changes must be provided to us in writing and are subject to any airline/ train fees or penalties.

 

Passports & Visa Fees:

All Passengers are responsible for securing proper documentation prior to joining the tour. Passports are required; in addition, travelers are advised to check with local consulates for full details regarding Visa requirements. Please note securing a valid visa for entry is sole responsibility of the traveler.

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