INDIA AS A MAHARAJA
Cultural tour of India (ONE-TIME DEPARTURE)

Experience the best of Northern India in these 11- and 14-day journeys. This tour includes not only the famous Golden Triangle cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, but also the fascinating opportunity to spot tigers and other wild animals at the Ranthambore National Park. The tour also visits 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the world's best-known monument to love, the Taj Mahal, and the famous Persian gardens of the Moghuls. An optional extension provides us with the chance to experience a train journey to Amritsar and view one of the most fascinating sites in India, the Golden Temple. This is combined with the unique opportunity to see the border ceremony at Wagah border between India and Pakistan, truly an experience unlike any other!
Priced with airfare and luxury hotels included, this tour truly provides a fantastic value for money experience of India. Like a maharaja or maharani, sit back and relax as everything is looked after on this incredible India journey!

UNESCO World Heritage Sites covered in this tour
1. Humayun’s Tomb 5. Fatehpur Sikri
2. Qutb Minar and its Monuments 6. Taj Mahal
3. Red Fort Complex 7. Agra Fort
4. Jantar Mantar 8. Hill Forts of Rajasthan

Tour Information
Tour Duration : 11/14 days
Min. Tour Size : 10 persons
Max. Tour Size : 40 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Sep 23, 2018: Depart Vancouver for New Delhi (Flight)
Day 02: Sep 24, 2018: Arrive New Delhi
Day 03: Sep 25, 2018: Delhi
(B, D)
Day 04: Sep 26, 2018: Delhi/Agra (Drive)
(B)
Day 05: Sep 27, 2018: Agra (Drive)
(B)
Day 06: Sep 28, 2018: Agra/Fatehpur Sikri/Jaipur (Drive)
(B)
Day 07: Sep 29, 2018: Jaipur
(B)
Day 08: Sep 30, 2018: Jaipur/Ranthambore (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 09: Oct 01, 2018: Ranthambore
(B, L, D)
Day 10: Oct 02, 2018: Ranthambore/Delhi (Train) /Depart Delhi (Flight)
(B, D)
Day 11: Oct 03, 2018: Arrive Vancouver
Optional extension to Amritsar (Oct 02 – 06, 2018)
Day 10: Oct 02, 2018: Ranthambore/Delhi (Train)
(B, D)
Day 11: Oct 03, 2018: Delhi/Amritsar (Train)
(B)
Day 12: Oct 04, 2018: Amritsar
(B)
Day 13: Oct 05, 2018: Amritsar/Delhi (Train)/Depart Delhi (Flight)
(B, D)
Day 14: Oct 06, 2018: Arrive Vancouver
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Sep 23, 2018: Depart Vancouver for New Delhi (Flight)

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

Day 02: Sep 24, 2018: Arrive New Delhi

Namaste! We arrive at the airport at 1:35 hrs on Sep. 25. We are warmly welcomed in the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together and transferred to our 5-star hotel.
Overnight: Vivanta by Taj Dwarka (5-star), New Delhi (2 nights)

Day 03: Sep 25, 2018: Delhi

The capital of India is a true reflection of the old and new of India. Today we explore Old Delhi and visit the Red Fort Complex*, named for its massive walls of red sandstone. The Red Fort and its sister construction, the 16th-century Salimgarh fort, are considered the zenith of Moghul creativity. After our visit, we embark on a captivating journey by rickshaw, passing through the narrow lanes of the famous Chandni Chowk Bazaar. Constructed by Moghul emperor Shah Jehan in the 17th century, this bazaar remains one of Old Delhi's oldest and busiest markets.  We end our rickshaw ride at Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. We then proceed to Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi.
Next we explore New Delhi and visit the famous India Gate followed by the Houses of Parliament and Connaught Place. We continue to Qutb Minar and its Monuments*. Built over the course of 300 years, the red sandstone tower of Qutb Minar is 72.5 meters and five stories high. The surrounding archaeological area contains fascinating funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, a masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art, and two mosques. In the evening, we enjoy a welcome dinner. (B, D)

Day 04: Sep 26, 2018: Delhi/Agra (Drive)

After breakfast, we check out from our hotel and visit Birla House, the Former Residence of Mahatma Gandhi before he was assassinated in 1948. Next we visit Humayun’s Tomb*, built as the first garden tomb on the Indian subcontinent in 1570. Following our tour, we drive to Agra and check in to our hotel.
Overnight: Jaypee Palace (5-star), Agra (2 nights) (B)

Day 05: Sep 27, 2018: Agra

We start our day with a sunrise visit to one of the most well-known wonders of the world and the highlight of holiday tours to India, the Taj Mahal*. An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Moghul emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and a universally admired masterpiece of world heritage. Situated on the right bank of the Yamuna in a vast Moghul garden, this funerary monument combines elements and styles of Persian, Central Asian and Islamic architecture. After visiting the Taj Mahal, we return back to our hotel for breakfast.
Following our morning meal, we visit Agra Fort*. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses the spectacular imperial city of the Moghul rulers. Explore fairy-tale palaces, audience halls 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 of inlaying precious and semiprecious stones on the world-renowned marbles from the mines of Makrana. (B)

Day 06: Sep 28, 2018: Agra/Fatehpur Sikri/Jaipur (Drive)

A short journey takes us to Fatehpur Sikri*. Built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar, this stunning complex was once capital of the Moghul empire. After just 10 years, its temples, mosques and monuments were abandoned due to lack of water. The remains include one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid, and the artistically designed mausoleum of the revered Sufi saint, Salim Chisty.
From Fatehpur Sikri, we continue our drive to Jaipur, the rose-pink capital of Rajasthan. The rose-pink sandstone with which most of Jaipur’s buildings have been constructed have earned it the nickname of the Pink City. On arrival, we check in to our hotel before embarking on an colourful walking tour of the local bazaar. We then have the opportunity to witness the traditional art of block printing on textile, which has been passed down from one generation to another over hundreds of years, before returning to our hotel.
Overnight: Hilton Jaipur (5-star), Jaipur (2 nights) (B)

Day 07: Sep 29, 2018: Jaipur

This morning, we are treated like the royalty of yesteryear with a visit to 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. Next drive to monumental Amber Fort* located in a picturesque valley among the Kalikho Hills. Known as the gem of Jaipur, this imposing fort dating from the late 16th century has never been attacked or invaded. Built from a combination of yellow and pink sandstone and white marble, the fort includes distinguished halls, intricate carvings and ornate gardens. Later we visit the majestic City Palace, which houses a rare collection of Indian art, and the Jantar Mantar* a historic astronomical observation site boasting instruments used to star-gaze with the naked eye. We end our day with visits to some local stores to admire the art of gem cutting and polishing, which Jaipur is famous for. (B)

Day 08: Sep 30, 2018: Jaipur/Ranthambore (Drive)

Our adventure continues as we set off for Ranthambore, the former hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Ranthambore National Park boasts one of the largest and most diverse collections of wildlife species in India. It’s rugged terrain and dense deciduous forests also offer stunning panoramas. We enjoy lunch and dinner at our luxurious lodge.
Overnight: Ranthambore Regency (Luxury), Ranthambore (2 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 09: Oct 01, 2018: Ranthambore

An exciting day ahead as we enjoy morning and evening safaris in Ranthambore National Park. Ranthambore was established as a game sanctuary in 1955 and declared a Project Tiger reserve in 1973. Spotting Ranthambore’s famous Royal Bengal tigers in their natural habitat is an awe-inspiring experience. We will also have the opportunity to spy nilgai, chausingha, chital, chinkara, wild boar, jungle cat, ratel, hyena, porcupine, rhesus macaque and the black-faced langur. Additionally, about 150 bird species can be found here, including migratory birds that arrive in winter. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Oct 02, 2018: Ranthambore/Delhi (Train)/Depart Delhi (Flight)

Early morning, we are transferred to Sawai Madhopur railway station for our train to Delhi. Upon our arrival, we are transferred to Vivanta By Taj Dwarka New Delhi for day use of rooms until 20:00 hrs. We then enjoy our farewell dinner at the hotel. Late evening, we are transferred to the airport to catch our flight to Vancouver, departing at 02:40 hrs on Oct. 03. (B, D)

Day 11: Oct 03, 2018: Arrive Vancouver

After a fascinating insight into India, we arrive back in Vancouver.

Optional extension to Amritsar (Oct 02 – 06, 2018)

Day 10: Oct 02, 2018: Ranthambore/Delhi (Train)

Early morning, we are transferred to the railway station for our train to Delhi. Upon our arrival, we are transferred to Vivanta By Taj Dwarka New Delhi, with the remainder of the afternoon free. Enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Vivanta by Taj Dwarka (5-star), New Delhi (1 night) (B, D)

Day 11: Oct 03, 2018: Delhi/Amritsar (Train)

Morning we are transferred to New Delhi railway station for our deluxe train ride to Amritsar, the holy city of the Sikhs. This daytime travel allows us to see rural India in the comforts of the Executive Class of the Shatabdi Express. Meeting local Indian folks on board adds to the cultural experience. Upon our early afternoon arrival, we are transferred to our hotel. Remainder of the day free to enjoy the city’s many cultural highlights. Optional visit to the Golden Temple to view the closing day Paiki Sahib ceremony, when the Holy Book is brought to rest every evening – truly a unique spiritual experience.
Overnight: Holiday Inn (4-star), Amritsar (2 nights) (B)

Day 12: Oct 04, 2018: Amritsar

As the spiritual centre for the Sikh religion, Amritsar is best known for its Golden Temple, Sri Harimandir Sahib, one of the most breathtaking temples in all of India. This monument is Sikhism’s holiest shrine, and we will have the opportunity to experience it on our tour today. The temple was intended to be a place where men and women from all walks of life and all religions can come and worship God equally. Housed inside is the Guru Granth Sahib, the holiest text of Sikhism. This visit to the temple is a major highlight of tours to 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 a garden has been created here as a national monument.
In the afternoon, we visit the border between India and Pakistan and watch the spectacular Retreat Ceremony, put on by India's Border Security Force and on the other side by the Pakistan's Sutlej Rangers. This border is the only land route open between India and Pakistan. Every day, when the border closes, border guards from both sides put on a spectacular display. Bugles are sounded, flags of the two nations are ceremoniously retrieved and lights are switched on, marking the end of the day amidst thunderous applause by supporters from both sides. This event has been captured by many news channels including the BBC and CNN. (B)

Day 13: Oct 05, 2018: Amritsar/Delhi (Train)/Depart Delhi (Flight)

An early morning start as we are transferred to the railway station for our train to Delhi. Upon arrival, we are transferred to our hotel for day use of the rooms until 20:00 hrs. In the evening, we enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel before being transferred to the airport for our flight back to Vancouver, departing at 02:40 hrs on Oct. 06. (B, D)

Day 14: Oct 06, 2018: Arrive Vancouver

After an interesting insight into India, we arrive back in Vancouver the same day.

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

Sep 23

Tour Price

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Departure Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
Sep 23-Oct 03, 2018 US$ 2304 • CA$ 2996 US$ 346 • CA$ 450


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Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • International airfare Vancouver/Delhi/Vancouver on specially negotiated airfare. Add on from other cities available
  • Airport taxes and airline surcharges
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 14 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Train fare Executive Class on Shatabdi Train
  • All sightseeing and transfers by air-conditioned 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 gem cutting & polishing in Jaipur
Not Included
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

OPTIONAL EXTENSION TO AMRITSAR
Departure Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
Oct 02-06, 2018 US$ 534* • CA$ 695* (based on minimum of 10 & a maximum of 40 persons) US$ 150 • CA$ 195
*Special discount of CA$ 150 per person on the Optional Extension when booked before March 15, 2018

Optional Ext. Cost Includes:
- Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
- 4 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, D=Dinner)
- Train tickets as mentioned (Executive Class on Shatabdi Express)
- All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation
- Services of local English speaking guides
- Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
Not Included
- Tips/gratuities

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

CANADA(West Coast)
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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 10 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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