Grand India

from $2280
Duration:
24 Days / 23 Nights
Type:
Small Group Tour
Run:
Selected Dates

Your India trip begins from your arrival into Delhi, the political capital of the country. Next visit Agra, the Mughal city famous for Taj Mahal and other monumental marvels. Continue to Jaipur, a royal city with diverse colors and history brimming monuments and citadels. Drive further to Pushkar, the holy city. Continue to Udaipur, most romantic city of Rajasthan. Discover the forts and palaces of the marwar region as you travel further to Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. Next visit the royal city of Bikaner and continue to Mandawa, famous its hand painted havelis and frescoes. Continue drive to Delhi and connect flight to Chennai and onward to the world heritage town of Mamallapuram. Then on the Journey continues to south india famous temple and best historical sights. After game in the national park of periyar, the best backwater destination-Kumarakom and the tour ends with drive to old city of Cochin.

Included:
  • Facilitator for assistance on initial arrival and final departure
  • 1 Night accommodation in Delhi at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Agra at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Jaipur at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • 1 Night accommodation in Pushkar at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Udaipur at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • 1 Night accommodation in Jodhpur at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Jaisalmer at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • 1 Night accommodation in Bikaner at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • 1 Night accommodation in Mandawa at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Mahabalipuram at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • 1 Night accommodation in Pondicherry at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • 1 Night accommodation in Tanjore at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Madurai at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • 1 Night accommodation in Thekkady at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Kumarakom at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • 1 Night accommodation in Cochin at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • Sightseeing the beautiful and ancient architecture of havelis in Jaisalmer
  • Sightseeing the havelis painted with colorful frescoes in Mandawa
  • Sightseeing the aromatic spice plantations of Thekkady
  • Pooja ceremony on Ghat with Hindu Priest in Pushkar
  • English-speaking local guides (1-9 Pax) OR accompanying English-speaking tour manager (10 Pax and above)
  • Group Transfers by A/C vehicle:

    - 02 – 03 Pax: Toyota Innova

    - 04 – 09 Pax: Tempo Traveler

    - 10 – 14 Pax: Mini coach

    - 15 Pax onwards: Large coach

  • Demonstration of Carpet weaving and block printing in Jaipur
  • Demonstration of Marble craftsmanship in Agra
  • 1 Bottled mineral water during long drives
  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur
  • Monument entrance fee and permits
  • Shoe covers at the Taj Mahal
  • Garlanding upon arrival in India
  • Sightseeing and Entrance fees
  • All presently applicable taxes
Excluded:
  • Meals not mentioned as being included
  • Visa fees, if applicable
  • Camera and Video fees
  • Beverages with meals
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional tours
  • Tipping
Itinerary:
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Day 1: New Delhi Arrival

Welcome to Delhi, India!On arrival at Delhi International Airport you will be met and assisted by our company executive and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight in Delhi.

Day 2: Welcome Agra

Tour Old and New Delhi visiting Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s serene and evocative cremation site, India Gate (the War Memorial) and the Presidents House (from the outside), the Baha’i Lotus Temple (closed on Mondays) - this distinctive lotus shaped marvel in marble is a symbol of peace, the Qutub Minar a stunning 240-foot minaret, the tallest in the world surrounded by an elaborate complex built in the Indo-Islamic architectural tradition.

Drive to Agra. On arrival check-in.

Overnight in Agra.

Day 3: Proceeding Agra

This morning visit Taj Mahal a sunrise (closed on Fridays).

Return back to the hotel. Later take a marble craftsmanship demonstration.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Optional Tour:

Half day tour of Agra:

Start with the visit of Itmad-Ud-Daulah monument. Later, discover the Agra Fort.

Overnight in Agra.

  • Remarks: Please check with the tour guide and re-confirm your pick-up time. Please be ready at-least 10 minutes prior to the pick-up time.

Day 4: Jaipur Arrival

Drive to Jaipur. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri an abandoned capital from the Mughal Empire between 1570 and 1586.

On arrival check in to the hotel.

Rest of time at leisure.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Optional Tour

Authentic Rajasthani dinner with Local family:

After a traditional welcome by your host, learn about their culture, cuisine, rituals and festivals. Listen to the stories of the Pink City from your charming hosts, admire the traditional décor of Hindu gods and Savor the great flavors of Rajasthani cuisine. Sit down with the family to feast on naans, lentils, curry, and dal- bati etc, as well as many other dishes typical of Rajasthan, including a dessert or sweet dish.

Day 5: Continuing Jaipur

Visit Amber Fort. Have a royal ride on elephant (subject to availability) up the hill like the Maharajas of past times and visit the Jagmandir (the hall of victory).

Enjoy your afternoon at leisure.

Overnight in Jaipur.

Optional Tour:

Half Day Jaipur city tour:

Stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), then proceed to The city palace. Continue to the impressive Jantar Mantar.

While you are in the city, visit the nearby popular street markets of Jaipur.

Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 6: Pushkar Tour

Drive to Pushkar a sacred city for Hindus. Afternoon, arrive in Pushkar; check in to the hotel. Have a walking tour of the holy city of the God, Brahma; visit the holy Pushkar Lake and the famous 8th century Brahma Temple dedicated to Lord Brahma. Experience a special Pooja ceremony at a Ghat with a Hindu priest on the banks of Pushkar Lake.

Overnight in Pushkar (Special Deluxe Tents during the Pushkar Camel Fair).

Day 7: Udaipur

After breakfast drive to Udaipur. Upon arrival in Udaipur, check into your hotel.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Optional Tour:

Sunset cruise on Lake Pichola:

Sail past picturesque Ghats and palaces and stop at the island of Jag Mandir, a 17th century water palace that witnessed two important historical events.

Day 8: Proceeding Udaipur

Start yout tour with visiting the City Palace, overlooking the blue waters of Lake Pichola. Afterwards, walk towards the Jagdish Temple to study its many remarkable friezes. Later, explore the Old City, wandering through its bustling streets lined with art shops, spice vendors, tailors and more.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 9: Jodhpur Tour

Drive to Jodhpur. En-route visit Ranakpur Temple built in the 15th century and located in a valley on the western side of the Aravali Range.

Overnight in Jodhpur.

Day 10: Jaisalmer Arrival

This morning visit Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada. Later drive to Jaisalmer.

Overnight in Jaisalmer.

Day 11: Jaisalmer Tour

Tour Jaisalmer and visit the fort, often referred to as the Golden Fort.

Walk through the narrow streets of the fort to see the Nathmalji-ki-Haveli, Patwon-ki-Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli. Outside the walls of the fortified town is the small oasis of Gadi Sagar, which led Prince Jaisal to found his city.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Optional Tour

Enjoy a unique camel ride:

See the sunset at Sam Dunes known for its enormous stretch of sweeping dunes with little or no vegetation that make it a surrealistic landscape with ever changing patterns carved by winds on the sand. Enjoy a camel ride out on the dunes at sunset before returning to “base camp” for beer/soft drinks and snacks while being entertained by folk singers and dance performances.

Day 12: Head to Bikaner

Morning breakfast. Check-out and drive to Bikaner.

Arrive in Bikaner; check in to the hotel. Spend time day at leisure.

Overnight in Bikaner.

Day 13: Mandawa

Today proceed for sightseeing tour of Bikaner. Visit Junagarh Fort. Then, drive to Mandawa.

In the afternoon arrive at Mandawa. Check in to the hotel. Enjoy a walking tour of Mandawa dominated by a painted arched gateway. Explore Chokhani and Ladia Havelis and the street with Saraf Havelis.

Overnight in Mandawa.

Day 14: Mahabalipuram Arrival

After breakfast, check-out and depart for Delhi. On arrival transfer, directly to airport to board flight for Chennai.

Welcome to Chennai! On arrival at Chennai International Airport you will be met and assisted by our company executive and transferred to Mamallapuram.

Overnight in Mamallapuram.

Day 15: Proceeding Mahabalipuram

Spend day at leisure. You may relax by the beach.

Overnight in Mamallapuram

Optional Tour:

Half Day Mamallapuram City Tour:

Visit Arjuna's Penance. The details, dating from the 7th century, portrays the flow of the Ganges down from the Himalayan mountains as well as scenes from Indian daily life. All the Five Rathas shrines are carved whole from an outcrop of rock. The five temples are dedicated to heroes from the great epic of the Mahabharata. Enjoy the detail of the carvings which include gods, humans and elephants and wonder why the temples are incomplete and were never consecrated.

Authentic Lunch at a local restaurant:

USD 32 Per person (min 02 Pax)

  • Remarks: Please check with the tour guide to re-confirm your pick-up time. Please be ready 10 minutes prior to the pick-up time

Day 16: Puducherry Tour

Depart for Pondicherry, set on the Bay of Bengal with delightful unspoiled beaches. En-route visit Auroville, the French village. Check-in to hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight in Pondicherry.

Day 17: Thanjavur Tour

Drive to Tanjore. En-route you may stop at Dharasuram Temple. Check-In to the hotel. Rest of the day leisure.

Overnight in Tanjore.

Day 18: Madurai Arrival

Explore Tanjore and visit Brihadeshvara Temple.

Afternoon, proceed to Madurai, a vast, pulsating city, one of the oldest cities in South India. Wander through the fun, packed streets, full of pilgrims, wandering cows, open-air kitchens and colourful bazaars. Arrive in the evening; check into your hotel.

Overnight in Madurai.

Day 19: Proceeding Madurai

Day at leisure or pre-book one of our optional tour.

Overnight in Madurai.

Optional Tour:

Cycle rickshaw tour of the city:

The Bi-Cycle Rickshaw tour of Madurai offers you a memorable experience. Walk through the interesting narrow streets and lanes of Madurai showing the typical life of locals. By taking this tour you are supporting the rickshaw pullers and at the same time encouraging locals to use rickshaws. By Cycle Rickshaw we visit the Flower, Fruit and Spice Market. Stop to admire the Thirumalai Nayak Palace, visit the Gandhi Museum, and small scale industries like vessel and cloth making.

Day 20: Thekkady Arrival

After breakfast, drive to Peiryar, also known as Thekkady. Afternoon Check-in to the hotel. Later, enjoy a guided Spice Plantation tour in the area. You may also enjoy an optional short ride on an elephant (supplement cost applicable) to get the best view of the stunning scenery.

Overnight in Periyar.

Day 21: Welcome Kumarakom

Morning at leisure or pre-book one of our optional tour. In the afternoon, depart for Kumarakom a cluster of tiny islands almost impossibly beautiful.

Overnight in Kumarakom.

Optional Tour

Take a river safari on Lake Periyar:

Rise early for the best chance to spot elephant, deer, wild boar, mongoose and colourful birds on a dawn walk. Your experienced guide will know the best places for game viewing and, if you are extremely lucky, you may even come across elusive leopard and tiger.

Day 22: Continuing Kumarakom

Spend day at leisure.

Overnight in Kumarakom.

Day 23: Kochi Tour

Drive to Cochin.

Overnight in Cochin.

Optional Tour:

Half a day Cochin City tour:

Afternoon meander through the old districts of Mattancherry, Fort Cochin, St Francis Church and Santa Cruz Basilica, Dutch Palace. Also, admire the Chinese nets which line the shore of Fort Cochin.

Watch Kathakali dance show and dinner at a beautiful restaurant:
Enjoy this "story play" genre of art where elaborately colorful make-up and face masks wearing actor-dancers, traditionally are all males. The epic Ramayana comes to life at a Kathakali performance, traditional Keralan dance, where the characters use larger than life gestures, wear outrageous costumes and dramatic make up.

After the dance is over, proceed to the restaurant at Hotel Fort house which is situated, opposite to the dance theatre. This waterfront restaurant offers a pleasant ambience, generated by the fresh sea breeze and the gentle sounds of water lapping against the pier. Seafood dishes, a hallmark of the Kerala Latin Christian cuisine, are among their specialties.

  • Remark: The Kathakali dance show and dinner is USD 50 per person, min 02 pax.

Day 24: Final Departure

Today, transfer to Cochin International Airport for your return flight home.

Accommodation :
Hotels:
  • Crowne Plaza New Delhi Mayur Vihar Noida / New Delhi
  • Four Points by Sheraton Agra Hotel / Agra
  • Indana Palace Jaipur / Jaipur
  • Pushkar Resorts / Pushkar
  • Justa Sajjangarh Resort & Spa / Udaipur 
  • Ranbanka Palace / Jodhpur
  • Desert Tulip Hotel & Resort / Jaisalmer
  • Lalgarh Palace / Bikaner
  • The Desert Resort Mandawa / Mandawa
  • Ideal Beach Resort / Mahabalipuram
  • Hotel Atithi Pondicherry / Puducherry
  • Hotel Sangam Tanjore / Thanjavur
  • Heritage Madurai / Madurai 
  • The Elephant Court / Thekkady
  • Aveda Resorts and Spa / Kumarakom
  • Le Meridien Kochi / Kochi
May-Sept
$ 2280 Price Per Person
Oct-April
$ 2490 Price Per Person
  • Note: These prices are valid only for minimum 2 Persons

 

Dates: 

  • 17th January 2019
  • 14th Feburary 2019
  • 7th & 28th March 2019
  • 4th & 11th & 18th April 2019
  • 9th & 16th May 2019
  • 12th & 19th Septmber 2019
  • 17th October 2019
  • 14th & 21st November 2019
  • 19th December 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 are valid all the year, except during Christmas 2019 and New Year 2020.

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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