INDIA AS A MAHARAJA
Cultural tour of India

This 11-day unique journey is the ideal tour of exotic India for first timers. We explore the best Northern India has to offer, visiting 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites,  including the world's best known monument to love - the Taj Mahal.  Visit Delhi with its many monuments and exotic bazaars, as well as Agra featuring the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and the nearby ruins of majestic Fatehpur Sikri. Explore the pink city of Jaipur and its beautiful palaces. Enjoy 2 wildlife watching safaris in Ranthambore National Park, a renowned tiger sanctuary. You will not want to miss the 6- day optional extension exploring Amritsar, the holiest city of the Sikh faith; Haridwar , one of the seven holiest places to Hindus and. Rishikesh, the Yoga Capital of the World.

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Tour Information
Tour Duration : 11 days
Min. Tour Size : 20 persons
Max. Tour Size : 40 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Apr 07, 2018: Depart Vancouver for New Delhi
Day 02: Apr 08, 2018: Arrive New Delhi
Day 03: Apr 09, 2018: Delhi
(B, D)
Day 04: Apr 10, 2018: Delhi
(B)
Day 05: Apr 11, 2018: Delhi/Jaipur (Drive)
(B)
Day 06: Apr 12, 2018: Jaipur
(B)
Day 07: Apr 13, 2018: Jaipur/Ranthambore (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 08: Apr 14, 2018: Ranthambore/Fatehpur Sikri/Agra (Drive)
(B)
Day 09: Apr 15, 2018: Agra
(B, D)
Day 10: Apr 16, 2018: Agra/Delhi (Drive)
(B)
Day 11: Apr 17, 2018: Delhi/Home/Arrival (Same day)
Optional extension to Amritsar & Rishikesh (April 16 – 22, 2018)
Day 10: Apr 16, 2018: Agra/Delhi (Drive) Delhi/Amritsar (Train)
(B)
Day 11: Apr 17, 2018: Amritsar
(B)
Day 12: Apr 18, 2018: Amritsar/Rishikesh (Train & Drive)
(B)
Day 13: Apr 19, 2018: Rishikesh
(B)
Day 14: Apr 20, 2018: Rishikesh/Haridwar/Delhi (Drive & Train)
(B)
Day 15: Apr 21, 2018: Delhi
(B)
Day 16: Apr 22, 2018: Depart Delhi/Vancouver
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Apr 07, 2018: Depart Vancouver for New Delhi

Today we depart on this exciting tour as we fly over the Pacific Ocean and cross the International Date Line.

Day 02: Apr 08, 2018: Arrive New Delhi

Namaste! We are warmly welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together at the airport and transferred to our 5* hotel.
Overnight: Vivanta By Taj Dwarka (3 nights)

Day 03: Apr 09, 2018: Delhi

Morning is free to get over from jetlag.
The capital of India is a true reflection of the old and new of India. In the afternoon, we explore New Delhi and visit the famous India Gate followed by the Houses of Parliament, Connaught Place and Humayun's Tomb*, the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, built in 1570. We continue to Qutb Minar and its Monuments* Built in the early 13th century the red sandstone tower of Qutb Minar is 72.5 m high. The surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, a masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art and two mosques. In the evening, we enjoy welcome dinner. (B, D)

Day 04: Apr 10, 2018: Delhi

Today we explore Old Delhi and visit the Red Fort Complex*. Named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone, it is adjacent to an older fort, the Salimgarh, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546, with which it forms the Red Fort Complex. The Red Fort is considered to represent the zenith of Mughal creativity which, under the Shah Jahan, was brought to a new level of refinement and each pavilion reveals architectural elements typical of Mughal building, reflecting a fusion of Persian, Timurid and Hindu traditions. After visiting the Red fort, we embark on a captivating journey on a Rickshaw passing through the narrow lanes of the famous Chandni Chowk Bazaar, it was originally built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan for his daughter Jahan Ara in 17th Century since then many changes have taken place however it remains Old Delhi's one of the Oldest and busiest markets in Delhi. Finally end our rickshaw ride at Jama Masjid, Mughal majesty and India's largest mosque. Evening free in Delhi. (B)

Day 05: Apr 11, 2018: Delhi/Jaipur (Drive)

After breakfast, we drive to Jaipur, the rose-pink capital of Rajasthan, since most of the buildings in the old city are made of pink sandstone. Jaipur is the capital of the picturesque state of Rajasthan. Balance of the day free.
Overnight: ITC Rajputana – A Starwood Luxury Collection (2 nights) (B)

Day 06: Apr 12, 2018: Jaipur

This morning we start with a visit of the majestic Amber Fort. The Palace and Fort are located on top of the hill with the city on slopes, and the valley protected by fort walls with four gates in the four cardinal directions. The construction of the fort began in 1592. The fort comprises of a number of gardens, courtyards and palatial spaces derived from Mughal architecture and are a distinguished example of 17th Century Rajput architecture. At Jaipur see the art of carpet weaving & block printing. Later we visit the majestic City Palace, which houses a rare collection of Indian art and the beautiful Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, where the ladies of the royal harem used to watch the city from behind the intricately carved facade. We also visit the Jantar Mantar*, an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century that includes a set of some 20 main fixed instruments designed for the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye. It is an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period. (B)

Day 07: Apr 13, 2018: Jaipur/Ranthambore (Drive)

Morning drive to Ranthambore, the former hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Ranthambore National Park lies at the edge of a plateau, and is bounded to the north by the Banas River and to the south by the Chambal River. The rugged terrain and the dense deciduous forests are major features of this national park, which has among the largest and most diverse collection of wildlife species in India. After lunch at our lodge in Ranthambore, we go on an exciting take a safari through the National Park which is home to various indigenous animals, such as tiger, nilgai, chausingha, chital, chinkara, wild boar, jungle cat, ratel, hyena, porcupine, the Rhesus Macaque and the black-faced Langur. About 150 bird species can be found here including migratory birds that arrive in winter.
Overnight: Ranthambore Regency (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 08: Apr 14, 2018: Ranthambore/Fatehpur Sikri/Agra (Drive)

Ranthambore was established as a Game Sanctuary in 1955 and was declared a Project Tiger reserves in 1973. Ranthambore is famous for the famous Royal Bengal Tigers and spotting the big cat in its natural habitat is an experience. Early morning we take another safari through the park. If we are lucky enough we may be able to spot tigers in their natural environment. After our morning safari, we drive to Agra en-rout visiting Fatehpur Sikri*. Built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar, the City of Victory was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. The complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid and the artistically designed mausoleum of the revered Sufi saint, Salim Chisty.
Overnight: ITC Mughal – A Starwood Luxury Collection (2 nights) (B)

Day 09: Apr 15, 2018: Agra

We start our day with a sunrise visit to one of the most well-known wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal*. An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. Situated on the right bank of the Yamuna in a vast Mogul garden, this funerary monument combines elements and styles of Persian, Central Asian and Islamic architecture. After visiting Taj Mahal, we return back to our hotel for breakfast. After breakfast we visit Agra Fort*. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan; audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques. We end our tour with a visit to some of the local factories famous for inlay work on marbles and witness the complex art inlaying precious and semiprecious stones on the world-famous Marbles from the mines of Makrana. Late evening we have our farewell dinner at the city that is home to the most well known monument of love – the Taj Mahal. (B)

Day 10: Apr 16, 2018: Agra/Delhi (Drive)

After a leisurely breakfast, we are driven to Delhi. For those taking the optional extension to Amritsar you are dropped at the Railway station (see detailed of the extension itinerary below). For those not taking the extension you will be dropped at your hotel where you have free time and can do your optional shopping or relax at our hotel with special arrangements for a late check out till 8:30 PM. We are then driven to the airport for our flight home. We bid farewell to India after what will have been a memorable journey into history, culture, art, architecture, making new friends and lots of memories. (B)

Day 11: Apr 17, 2018: Delhi/Home/Arrival (Same day)

After an infesting insight into India we take off for Vancouver the same day.

Optional extension to Amritsar & Rishikesh (April 16 – 22, 2018)

Day 10: Apr 16, 2018: Agra/Delhi (Drive) Delhi/Amritsar (Train)

After a leisurely breakfast, we are driven to Delhi where are transferred to New Delhi railway station for our deluxe train to Amritsar. View scenic countryside of the fertile Punjab. Upon arrival in Amritsar, we are transferred to our hotel.
Overnight: Holiday Inn, Amritsar (2 nights) (B)

Day 11: Apr 17, 2018: Amritsar

Amritsar is the holy city city of the Sikhs. Morning, we visit the holy Sikh site of Sri Harimandir Sahib - the Golden Temple. The holiest text of Sikhism, the Guru Granth Sahib, is kept inside the gurdwara. It is brought in a solemn procession from the Akal Takhat (the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs) everyday in the morning to the temple to be returned at night. The temple's construction was intended to build a place of worship for men and women from all walks of life and all religions to come and worship God equally.  This visit to the temple will stand as a major highlight of your tour of India. Next, we visit Jallianwala Bagh, the historic site where hundreds of innocent Indian men, women and children were massacred by British General Michael Dyer on April 13, 1919. A memorial and Garden have been created here as a national monument. In the afternoon, we visit the border between India & Pakistan to watch the spectacular Retreat Ceremony put on by the India's Border Security Force and Pakistan's Sutlej Rangers at the close of the border everyday. 30Kms on the road to Lahore is India-Pakistan Border. A visit to the border is a very interesting experience as the border guards from both sides putting up a well coordinated and a spectacular display. The sound from the Bugles blown together from both sides paints past on the canvas when India and Pakistan were one, simultaneously Flags of the two nations are ceremoniously retrieved and lights are switched on marking the end of the day. Amidst thunderous applause today this point is the only land route open to approach Pakistan and Central Asia.

Day 12: Apr 18, 2018: Amritsar/Rishikesh (Train & Drive)

Early morning, we are transferred to railway station for our train to Haridwar. On arrival in Haridwar, we are driven through a scenic drive to Rishikesh. Rishikesh is at the foothills of the Himlayas with the Ganges River, the holy river in India, cutting across the town. Balance of the day is free to loiter around the banks of the Ganges where there are lots of activities taking place.
Overnight: Vasundhara Palace, Rishikesh (2 nights) (B)

Day 13: Apr 19, 2018: Rishikesh

Temples and ashrams (centers for spiritual studies) line the eastern bank around Swarg Ashram, a traffic-free, alcohol-free and vegetarian enclave upstream from Rishikesh town. Morning Yoga session. After breakfast, we take a tour of Rishikesh. Our visit takes us to Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Geeta Bhawan and other temples & ashrams. Later we cross the Ganges to visit the site of what used to be the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram at Raja Ji National Park. This is where some forty years back, the Beatles along with celebrities like Mike Donovan and Mia Farrow underwent teachings by the Maharashi. We will stroll the area where history was made. Their time at the ashram was their single most creative capsule of time—they wrote 48 songs in just a few short weeks. Evening, we attend the interesting Aarti Ceremony at the Ghats of Ganges. (B)

Day 14: Apr 20, 2018: Rishikesh/Haridwar/Delhi (Drive & Train)

Morning is free for personal activities at Amritsar. The spiritual environment at Amritsar will want you stay longer. In the evening, we are transferred to Haridwar Railway Station for our train to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, we are met and transferred to our hotel.
Overnight: Vivanta By Taj Dwarka (1 night) (B)

Day 15: Apr 21, 2018: Delhi

After breakfast at the hotel, the day is free for personal activities and last-minute souvenir shopping for friends and family. Evening, we check out from our hotel at 18:00 hrs. and transferred to the airport for our flight home. (B)

Day 16: Apr 22, 2018: Depart Delhi/Vancouver

After a wonderful and enlightening tour we return to Vancouver.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2018

April 07

Tour Price

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Departure Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
April 07, 2018 CA$ 2895 CA$ 450
(Tour Deposit Amount is $1500 per person. Balance due January 15, 2018)


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Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Airfare Vancouver/Delhi/Vancouver on specially negotiated airfare
  • Taxes and airline surcharges
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 12 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation
  • Services of local English speaking guides
  • Entrances fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
  • 2 Safaris by special canter safari vehicles at Ranthambore National Park
  • Rickshaw ride in Delhi
  • Demonstration of Marble craftsmanship in Agra
  • Demonstration of block printing & carpet weaving in Jaipur
  • Demonstration of Gems cutting & polishing in Jaipur
Not Included
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Optional extension to Amritsar & Rishikesh
Departure Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
April 16-22, 2018 CA$ 795 (based on minimum of 10 & a maximum of 40 persons) CA$ 195

Optional Ext. Cost Includes:
- Hotels as mentioned or similar on Twin Sharing basis
- 06 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast)
- Train fares as mentioned
- All sightseeing and transfers by Air-conditioned transportation
- Services of local English Speaking tour escort and guide
- Entrances fees to monuments and sites as per the itinerary
Not Included
- Tips/gratuities

Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is included in this tour)

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USA(West Coast)
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CANADA(East Coast)
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USA(East Coast)
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Participants

The main tour operates on a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 40 participants.

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
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