Essential India

from $800
Duration:
9 Days
Type:
Small Group Tour
Run:
Selected Dates

Visit the highlights of Northern India, travel from Delhi, the bustling 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 before returning to Delhi where the tour ends.

 

Included:
  • Group transfers by A/C vehicle as follows:
  •     -  2 – 3 Pax: Toyota Innova
  •     -  4 – 9 Pax: Tempo Traveler
  •     - 10 – 14 Pax: Mini coach
  •     - 15 Pax onwards: Large coach
  • Driver allowances, Petrol/Gas cost, Toll Tax, Parking, and Vehicle Insurance.
  • On arrival meeting & Assistance by our office Representative.
  • Exclusive assistance by our professionally trained staff.
  • Service of accompanying English-speaking tour manager
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Monument entrance fee & permits
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • 1 dinner in Bharatpur and Agra
  • All presently applicable taxes
  • Daily buffet breakfast

 

Note: Only one transfer included in the cost during arrival / departure, additional transfers implment extra rates.

Excluded:
  • Domestic and international airfare
  • Entry visa to India
  • Any optional tours
  • Personal spendings
  • 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. Overnight in Delhi

Day 2: Proceeding New Delhi

Breakfast: At hotel

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

Optional tour: 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 tour : 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: Welcome Jaipur

Breakfast: At hotel

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

Accommodation: Overnight in Jaipur

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional tour : 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 tour: 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 7: Proceeding 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 8: Final Departure

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: at leisure or take the below optional tour:

Optional tour: Jaipur by cycle - pedal to heritage (morning):

This specially designed morning cycle tour of Old and New Jaipur aims at providing a ‘green way’ of exploring the waking up of the Pink City. We start early to avoid traffic at the iconic Statue Circle with a safety briefing and time to gear up for the ride. The tour heads northwards to M.I Road where we begin by tasting a famous Lassi (churned yogurt shake) to build our energy up for the tour. Afterwards we’ll enter the walled city cycling past its mansions; we will see the city waking up and the temple services starting. We will stop at the market to climb up to its roof for a bird’s eye view of the city afterwards we will ride along through twisting lanes to visit the chief deity of the city ‘Govind Dev Ji’ and attend a morning Aarti ceremony. The next stop will be the morning vegetable market before heading south to Albert Hall, which currently is a government museum. On the way we’ll make pit-stops to taste local snacks.

Late morning: Travel back overland to Delhi and connect to onward flight.

Accommodation :
Hotels:
  • The Grand New Delhi / New Delhi
  • Jaypee Palace Hotel and Convention Centre / Agra
  • Laxmi Villas Palace / Bharatpur
  • Hilton Jaipur Hotel / Jaipur
May-Sept
$ 800 Price Per Person
Oct-Mar
$ 995 Price Per Person
  • Note: These prices are valid only for minimum 2 Persons
     

Dates

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