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13Nights/14Days
India
Mumbai, Rajasthan, Delhi
Holiday information

Namaste! Welcome to India. Your adventure begins in Mumbai, where you will be transferred from the airport to your hotel. Here you will meet your fellow travelers and local leader for an evening welcome meeting.

 Mumbai’s culinary scene is also deliciously diverse, and after your welcome meeting, you will head out with your leader and small group for your first taste. Dine at a wonderful restaurant specializing in Mangalorean seafood and celebrate the beginning of a new adventure.

Start at Dhobi Ghat – the world’s largest outdoor laundry. Here you’ll enjoy a snapshot of life in the city that most visitors don’t see, as locals work and children play beneath colorful rows of drying clothes. Continue to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to admire its stunning Victorian Gothic architecture, then visit the Prince of Wales Museum.

The City of Lakes”, Udaipur’s delightful historic buildings are contrasted with beautiful surroundings. On arrival, settle into your hotel then join your leader for an orientation walk to get a feel for Rajasthan’s most romantic city.

 The capital of Rajasthan is known as the ‘Pink City’ due to the vibrant color of its buildings. Arrive at your feature stay accommodation, the fabulous Hotel Narain Niwas Palace.

Ranthambore National Park is one of the original Project Tiger reserves – a place where nature has reclaimed ancient fortresses and temples and is teeming with wildlife. In four-wheel-drive safari vehicles, take game drives to search for animals, including the majestic tiger which stalks through the jungle.

Make the drive to the fabled city of Agra. Once arrived, take some time to settle into your hotel then head out at sunset to visit India’s most iconic structure – the spectacular Taj Mahal. Best known as a monument to love and loss.

Destination / Country Name :

Mumbai, Udaipur, Bundi, Pushkar, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Agra, Delhi

Place of Origin

Ex. Mumbai

 

 

Holiday Type (Tagging)

Family Tour, Walking Tour, Heritage Tour, Honeymoon Tour

No of Nights

13

Activities

 #walking 

Accommodation type

Standard

Meals

Continental Breakfast

Day 1-2:- Mumbai

Day 3-4:- Mumbai – Udaipur

Day 5:- Udaipur – Bundi

Day 6:- Bundi

Day 7:- Pushkar

Day 8:- Pushkar – Jaipur

Day 9:- Jaipur

Day 10:- Jaipur – Ranthambore

Day 11:- Ranthambore

Day 12:- Ranthambore – Agra

Day 13:- Agra – Delhi

Day 14:- Delhi

Itinerary

Day 1

Namaste! Welcome to India. Your adventure begins in Mumbai, where you will be transferred from the airport to your hotel. Here you will meet your fellow travelers and local leader for an evening welcome meeting. If you arrive with time to spare, India’s most populated city truly has it all. You may like to check out the Bollywood Walk of Fame, or perhaps head out to a Parsi cafe, a symbol of Mumbai’s cultural diversity. Mumbai’s culinary scene is also deliciously diverse, and after your welcome meeting, you will head out with your leader and small group for your first taste. Dine at a wonderful restaurant specializing in Mangalorean seafood and celebrate the beginning of a new adventure.

 

Day 2

Today you will get to know Mumbai on a guided city tour. Start at Dhobi Ghat – the world’s largest outdoor laundry. Here you’ll enjoy a snapshot of life in the city that most visitors don’t see, as locals work and children play beneath colorful rows of drying clothes. Continue to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to admire its stunning Victorian Gothic architecture, then visit the Prince of Wales Museum. With an exquisite exterior showcasing Indian, Mughal, and British architectural styles, the museum is home to some 50,000 artifacts that tell the story of India. Stop by the sprawling Crawford market; built in 1869 and selling everything from fruit to jewelry, this is one of the city’s most popular shopping spots. After your tour, the rest of the afternoon is free for your own discoveries. Your leader will be happy to share some tips on great places to grab a local dinner.

 

Day 3 :

Today you will get to know Mumbai on a guided city tour. Start at Dhobi Ghat – the world’s largest outdoor laundry. Here you’ll enjoy a snapshot of life in the city that most visitors don’t see, as locals work and children play beneath colorful rows of drying clothes. Continue to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to admire its stunning Victorian Gothic architecture, then visit the Prince of Wales Museum. With an exquisite exterior showcasing Indian, Mughal, and British architectural styles, the museum is home to some 50,000 artifacts that tell the story of India. Stop by the sprawling Crawford market; built in 1869 and selling everything from fruit to jewelry, this is one of the city’s most popular shopping spots. After your tour, the rest of the afternoon is free for your own discoveries. Your leader will be happy to share some tips on great places to grab a local dinner.

Day 4

Start the day with a tour of the City Palace. Built by Maharana Udai Singh II, the founder of Udaipur, this marvelous building overlooks Lake Pichola and is Rajasthan’s largest palace. Explore its elegant interior as your local guide shares information on its history and architecture. Enjoy a free afternoon to discover more about Udaipur. You may like to explore the charming, narrow lanes of the old town, or sit back and relax on the shores of the lake. In the evening, see a different side of Indian culture as you head to a haveli (a traditional Indian mansion) for a regional dance performance. Sit in the haveli’s gorgeous courtyard and watch performers in typical Rajasthani folk costumes perform traditional Indian dances.

Day 5

In the morning you will drive to Bundi, a small town founded in the 12th century. Famous as the place that inspired Rudyard Kipling to write his novel, ‘Kim’, Bundi today is known for its series of step-wells (baoris), old houses, and the remarkable Taragarh Fort. The view from the highway as you enter the town is unforgettable. On arrival, head out on an orientation walk with your leader and wander narrow streets packed with blue Brahmin houses, bazaars, temples, and shops, and mingle with locals in the downtown market. Visit the ancient and ornately carved baoris, which once provided water to the city, and learn about Rudyard Kipling’s place in the town’s history. This evening’s dinner will be one to remember as you will dine with a local Rajput family in Bundi. The family will welcome you into their home, prepare a traditional home-cooked meal, and share stories and photographs of their lives and their ancestors.

 

 

Day 6

This morning, explore the expansive 17th-century Bundi Palace, built during the reign of Rao Raja Ratan Ji He ruled and which looms large over the town. The palace, described by Kipling as ‘the work of goblins rather than of men’, provides sweeping views across Bundi. Your leader will show you the stunning turquoise and gold murals inside the palace. Then it’s time to depart Bundi and make the drive to Pushkar, arriving in the late afternoon. Home to more than 500 temples, Pushkar is one of India’s holiest cities. Head out for an orientation walk with your leader to get acquainted with the city’s colorful streets, religious sites, and centerpiece lake.

Day 7

You may like to start the day with an optional visit to the Savitri Temple – set on a hill overlooking the city, this popular pilgrimage site is an incredible place to watch the sunrise. Later on, join your leader on a walking tour of Pushkar. Visit the ghats and religious temples that fringe Pushkar lake and observe the devout worshiping by the holy waters and at the Brahma Temple. The afternoon is free for your own discoveries, then you will regroup with your fellow travelers and leader in the evening for a special dinner experience. Head to Pushkar’s nearby dunes, for tea or coffee-break while watching the sunset over the vast landscape. Continue to a different dune where you will enjoy a traditional Rajasthani dinner while watching folk dancers from the local community perform the traditional Kalbelia style of dance – an experience that will completely immerse you in the culture of the region.

Day 8

Depart Pushkar this morning and drive to Jaipur. The capital of Rajasthan is known as the ‘Pink City’ due to the vibrant color of its buildings. Arrive at your feature stay accommodation, the fabulous Hotel Narain Niwas Palace. This beautiful heritage hotel has been run by the same family since its opening in 1928 and retains the warm feel of a traditional family home, while opulent touches emanating from every corner – lookout for delectable chandeliers, stained glass windows, and peacocks roaming the grounds. Surrounded by a glittering swimming pool and lush gardens, you’ll enjoy a magical escape from the rush and racket of the outside world. Settle into your hotel on arrival then join your leader on a walking tour of the city. Explore buzzing bazaars filled with handcrafted textiles, folk art, and the local specialty of semi-precious stones, and stroll streets teeming with camel carts, rickshaws, trucks, and bicycles. If your walking tour works up an appetite, you’re in for a real treat this evening. Visit the home of a local Brahmin family for a wonderful meal and to learn about their culture and way of life. The use of onion and garlic is prohibited in Brahmin cooking, but your friendly hosts will be happy to explain how they make their food so delicious. After dinner, return to your featured stay accommodation.

Day 9

Begin the day with a visit to the extravagant Amber Fort – the jewel of Jaipur. It is quite a sight, with its soft shades of red, sandstone, and white marble with elaborate Hindu-style flourishes. Your local guide will share the stories of a fallen empire as you explore ornate rooms, lavish murals, frescoed arches, and delicate jali work. Afterward, stop at one of India’s most photographed buildings, the Hawa Mahal or ‘Palace of the Winds’, to capture your own photo. Then pay a visit to the striking City Palace, a marvelous blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Tour the grounds and learn about its construction by the founder of Jaipur. Later in the afternoon, hop on a rickshaw and travel to a royal haveli. Haveli’s are old mansions that were ornately decorated as a display of wealth, many of which remain across the city today. Here you will meet the owner of the haveli who will give you a tour of the property and share fascinating photographs and stories of his ancestors who once ruled the nearby provinces. Head to the rooftop for drinks and take in sweeping views of Jaipur’s old walled city.

Day 10

This morning you will say goodbye to Jaipur and make the journey to Ranthambore. Ranthambhore’s treasured national park is one of the best places in the world to spot tigers, and also plays host to ancient temples, mosques, and a vast array of wildlife. On arrival, you may like to take a stroll around town or put your feet up and relax beside the pool in anticipation of an exciting day of wildlife spotting tomorrow.

 

 

Day 11

Rise early for a morning safari. Ranthambore National Park is one of the original Project Tiger reserves – a place where nature has reclaimed ancient fortresses and temples and is teeming with wildlife. In four-wheel-drive safari vehicles, take game drives to search for animals, including the majestic tiger which stalks through the jungle. Even if they are too stealthy to see, the park is filled with other animals like gazelle, hyenas, sloth bears, crocodiles, jackals, three types of antelope (nilgai, sambar, and chital), and leopards to watch out for. Enjoy some downtime at the resort in the afternoon, then venture back out for an evening safari through the park – another chance to spot some of this region’s resident tiger population. You may also have the opportunity to explore the 1000-year-old Ranthambore Fort, where two pavilions that have survived the ravages of war and time, Badal Mahal and Hammirs Court, give an idea of its old grandeur.

 

Day 12

Today, make the drive to the fabled city of Agra. Once arrived, take some time to settle into your hotel then head out at sunset to visit India’s most iconic structure – the spectacular Taj Mahal. Best known as a monument to love and loss, the 17th-century Taj was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his second wife and is a beautiful example of Mughal architecture, surrounded by trimmed English gardens. Meet with an expert Taj Mahal guide who will illuminate the fascinating history of this world-famous building as you tour it at sunset. Beyond its most famous structure, Agra also boasts a marvelous food scene. This evening, a foodie expert will join you on a street food tour away from the main tourist trail and help you understand Agra’s cuisine and culture. Stop by a 19th-century shop serving up age-old recipes from the Braj region of India, and visit hyper-local eateries which most visitors to Agra never see.

Day 13

Start the day with a visit to the remarkable Agra Fort. Learn how a fortress and prison was built out of red sandstone by Akbar in 1565, then conversions and additions by Shah Jahan transformed the fort into a palace. After your visit, depart Agra and make your way to Delhi, India’s lively capital. In the afternoon, get a taste of the city during a tour with your leader. Navigate the city’s metro system and arrive in Old Delhi where you’ll wind through its lanes and markets. It’s not the real Delhi without a traffic jam so hop aboard a traditional rickshaw and weave your way around the streets surrounding the Chandni Chowk marketplace. Stop by India’s oldest and largest mosque, the Jama Masjid, then head into the Sikh temple of Sheeshganj Gurudwara for a moment of peace and to observe the spiritual side of this bustling metropolis. In the evening, join your leader and group for a final dinner at one of Delhi’s oldest restaurants that have been delighting visitors for more than 80 years.

 

Day 14

Your adventure comes to an end after breakfast this morning. If you would like to spend more time in Delhi to explore more of the city, we’d be happy to arrange additional accommodation ahead of time (subject to availability).

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Inclusions/Exclusions

COST INCLUDES :

  1.       Breakfast at all places and Meals as per described on the Itinerary
  2.       Accommodation on Twin Sharing basis at the Hotels mentioned or Similar
  3.       Sightseeing as per Itinerary.
  4.       All Currently applicable taxes.
    •         Tourist visa support
    •         Overseas Mediclaim

    Exclusions for all tours

    •         Air Fare / Train fare with taxes until specified in the Cost Inclusions.
    •         COVID test costs, if required by the destination of your visit.
    •         Vehicles quoted in the package will only cover Sightseeing / Places as mentioned in the itinerary and is not at Disposal until specified. Extra usage of vehicles other than sightseeing mentioned in the Inclusion, will be charged extra.
    •         Travel Insurance and Meals other than those not specified in the above “cost includes”.
    •         Any expenses of personal nature such as Minibar items, Optional Tours, laundry, telephone calls, tips & gratuity, mineral water, soft & hard drinks, rafting, rock climbing, paragliding, joy ride (Toy Train), portage, etc not forming the part of the given itinerary.
    •         Entrance Fees & Guide charges, until not included in “Cost Includes”.
    •         Any cost arising due to natural calamities such as, landslides, road blockage, political disturbances (strikes), flight delays, on tour changes, etc (to be borne by the client, which is directly payable on the spot).
    •         Any increase in taxes or fuel price OR seasonal surcharges (due to festival/events at the place of visit), leading to an increase in cost on surface transportation & land arrangements, which may come into effect before departure. 
    •         Any on-tour changes/last-minute changes while on tour will be charged extra. Applicable cancellations will be levied in case of last-minute cancellations as per hotel policy.
    •         5.00% Govt. Service Tax
    •         5.00% TCS as applicable (as per Government Regulations)
    •         Anything which is not mentioned in Cost Inclusions.

     

    MANDATORY NOTE for all tours

    Valid for Group Travel on a Minimum 20Adults Travelling together

    Preferable time of Travel: As highlighted under respective tour

 

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Request you to carry a valid Government approved photo ID to produce it at the time of check – in :- For Indian Residents — Voters ID, Aadhar Card or Passport and For Foreigners & Non-Resident Indians: Passport (MANDATORY) and OCI / PIO

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