INDIA AS A MAHARAJA
Cultural tour of India

This 11 days unique journey of exotic India is the first timers tour of India. We explore the best of Northern India visiting 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the world's most well known monument of love - the Taj Mahal. Delhi with its many monuments and exotic bazaars, Agra with the Taj and Agra Fort, the majestic Fatehpur Sikri, the pink and enchanting city of Jaipur with 2 game safaris at the incredible tiger sanctuary in Ranthambore National Park.

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Tour Information
Tour Duration : 11 days
Min. Tour Size : 20 persons
Max. Tour Size : 25 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Sep 24, 2017: Depart Vancouver for New Delhi
Day 02: Sep 25, 2017: Arrive Delhi
Day 03: Sep 26, 2017: Delhi
(B, D)
Day 04: Sep 27, 2017: Delhi/Agra (Drive)
(B)
Day 05: Sep 28, 2017: Agra
(B)
Day 06: Sep 29, 2017: Agra/Fatehpur Sikri/Jaipur (Drive)
(B)
Day 07: Sep 30, 2017: Jaipur
(B)
Day 08: Oct 01, 2017: Jaipur/Ranthambore (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 09: Oct 02, 2017: Ranthambore
(B, L, D)
Day 10: Oct 03, 2017: Ranthambore/Delhi (Train)
(B, D)
Day 11: Oct 04, 2017: Delhi/Home/Arrival (Same day)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Sep 24, 2017: Depart Vancouver for New Delhi

Cross International Date Line.

Day 02: Sep 25, 2017: Arrive Delhi

Arrival. Namaste! We are warmly welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together at the airport and transferred to our 5* hotel.
Overnight: The Suryaa, New Delhi (2 Nights)

Day 03: Sep 26, 2017: Delhi

Full day tour of Old and New Delhi.
The capital of India is a true reflection of the old and new of India. We explore Old Delhi, starting with 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. After visiting the mosque, we proceed to Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. We next visit New Delhi, visiting the famous India Gate followed by the Houses of Parliament, Connaught Place. Thereafter 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. We end our day with a welcome dinner at a local Indian restaurant before returning to our hotel. (B, D)

Day 04: Sep 27, 2017: 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 by Nathu Ram Godse on January 30, 1948. Next visit Humayun's Tomb*, the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, built in 1570. Thereafter, we drive to Agra and check in our hotel.
Overnight: The Gateway Hotel, Agra (2 Nights) (B)

Day 05: Sep 28, 2017: 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 to our hotel for breakfast. Post 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 for the mines of Makrana. (B)

Day 06: Sep 29, 2017: Agra/Fatehpur Sikri/Jaipur (Drive)

A short drive gets us to 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. From here we drive to Jaipur, the rose-pink capital of Rajasthan, since most of the buildings in the old city are made of pink sandstone. On arrival in Jaipur, we check in at our hotel. Thereafter, we leave for a walking tour of the local bazaar. After the tour of the local bazaar, we witness the traditional art of block printing on textile, an art which is passed on from one generation to another. Later we return to our hotel.
Overnight: Hilton, Jaipur (2 Nights) (B)

Day 07: Sep 30, 2017: Jaipur

This morning we visit 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. From here we drive to Amber Fort and take a jeep ride up to the Amber Fort, located in a valley formed by a range of Aravallis known as Kalikho hills. 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. It shows the evolution from the purely defensive fort settlements of the early medieval period to the palace fortress type of architecture typified in the 16th century. This palace fortress was never attacked or invaded. The fort comprises of number of gardens, courtyards and palatial spaces derived from Mughal architecture and are a distinguished example of 17th Century Rajput architecture.
Later we visit the majestic City Palace, which houses a rare collection of Indian art and 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. Jaipur is a hub of gem stones and is one of the world’s most noted gem producers. We visit some of the local stores where we witness the art of gem cutting and polishing. After the tour of Jaipur, we return to our hotel. (B)

Day 08: Oct 01, 2017: Jaipur/Ranthambore (Drive)

After breakfast, we check out and drive to Ranthambore. On arrival and check in it our hotel. Lunch & Dinner at hotel.
Overnight: Ranthambore Regency (2 Nights) (B, L, D)

Day 09: Oct 02, 2017: Ranthambore

Ranthambhor was established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in 1955 by the Government of India, and was declared one of the Project Tiger reserves in 1973.Ranthambore is famous for the famous Royal Bengal Tigers and spotting the big cat in its natural habitat can be an experience. In the morning, we take a safari through the National Park. On our journey, we might see 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. In the afternoon, we take another safari through the park. If we are lucky enough we may be able to spot tigers in their natural environment. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Oct 03, 2017: Ranthambore/Delhi (Train)

Early morning, we are transferred to Sawai Madhopur Railway Station for our train to Delhi. An interesting day as we see India’s countryside in the comforts of our train as well as have an opportunity to meet local folks on the train. Upon arrival at Delhi we are transferred to Vivanta By Taj Dwarka New Delhi. Balance of the day is free for personal activities and shopping. We have a late check out at 8PM. Farewell dinner is followed by transfer to the airport.
Overnight: Vivanta By Taj Dweaker Hotel (B, D)

Day 11: Oct 04, 2017: Delhi/Home/Arrival (Same day)

Early morning flight to Vancouver arriving the same day back home.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

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

2017

Sep 24

Tour Price

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Departure Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
Sep 24, 2017 CA$ 2895 CA$ 450


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Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Airfare Vancouver/Delhi/Vancouver on specially negotiated airfare
  • Taxes and airline surcharges
  • Train fare in Chair-car class from Sawai Madhopur to Delhi Railway Station
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 14 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
  • Rickshaw ride in Delhi
  • Elephant Ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur
  • 2 half day game safaris at Ranthambore National Park
  • Rickshaw Ride in Delhi
Not Included
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

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

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CANADA(East Coast)
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USA(East Coast)
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Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 25 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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