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Splendours of India - Holiday of a Lifetime

Duration
18 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,999

Your fully escorted tour begins in Mumbai, where you will immediately be immersed in the real India. This metropolis with its teeming masses has much to offer the visitor – Gandhi’s house, now a museum, majestic Marine Drive, Dobhi Ghats (an amazing outdoor laundry) plus a visit to a working neighbourhood.


Fly to, arguably, India’s most beautiful city, Udaipur with its lake setting and magnificent palaces and gardens where you stay in a converted Maharajas’ palace. From here, travel overland to Jodhpur with its magnificent and imposing Meherangarh Fort and also have a jeep ride into the desert to view the local wildlife. Then it's on to Jaipur, home of the Renowned Amber Fort reached on the back of an elephant.  You will see the old observatory and visit the city palace and museum, once home to a local Maharaja.

Next up is a stay at an ex-hunting lodge at the Ranthambore Tiger Sanctuary with time for a couple of safari drives. En route to Agra, stop at the “Ghost City” of Fatehpur Sikri. The Taj Mahal in Agra will exceed expectations with its architectural brilliance. Also it is here that you will visit an orphanage originally founded by Mother Teresa.

The holy city of the Hindus, Varanasi, is probably the most atmospheric of all Indian cities. Here the early morning cruise on the River Ganges will give you an understanding of the Indian way of life you never had before.

Finally, the last stop is India’s capital city with its fascinating mixture of the old and the new.  If you come back a totally different person, don’t blame it on us. Blame it on India!


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Duration
18 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,999

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Day 1

Depart Your Hometown

To our recommended departure cities of New York, Los Angeles or Toronto. 

Day 2

Arrive Mumbai

After arriving in, Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra, you will be met and transferred to your hotel by your Goway Tour Director. Meet your fellow travellers and receive an informal briefing of the days to come.

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Trident Nariman Point

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    Trident Nariman Point



    The Trident Nariman Point is a modern high rise 4 star hotel located on Marine Drive at Nariman's Point. The hotel, delivers a memorable experience for guests - from excellent amenities to warm and friendly service. The hotel has 555 well-appointed rooms. Be it for ...

    The Trident Nariman Point is a modern high rise 4 star hotel located on Marine Drive at Nariman's Point. The hotel, delivers a memorable experience for guests - from excellent amenities to warm and friendly service. The hotel has 555 well-appointed rooms. Be it for business or leisure, a comfortable and invigorating experience awaits every time you visit Mumbai.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa

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Day 3

Mumbai Splendours

After a late break­fast, depart for a sightseeing tour of Mumbai's most iconic sites starting with a tour of the city passing by the University of Mumbai, the High Court, the exquisitely designed Flora Fountain, Victoria Terminus and the city’s best known market, Crawford Market.  Then drive along the attractive Marine Drive to the affluent Malabar Hill where we will visit the Jain Temple and the Hanging Gardens which has a great view of the city in the distance. After that, head to the Dhobi Ghats (the local outdoor laundry), one of the highlights of Mumbai before visiting Mani Bhavan, the house where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay during his visits to Mumbai, now a permanent museum and memorial to Gandhi. Also visit the Prince of Wales Museum housing interesting displays of jade, ceramics, weapons, manuscripts and exquisite miniatures finally visit to the iconic monument and landmark, the Gateway of India located on the waterfront. There is time for an optional stop at Colaba Causeway for shopping before returning to your hotel. This evening enjoy a “Welcome to India” special dinner. 

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Day 4

Mumbai to Udaipur

Our day begins with a visit to the Old City to visit Banganga with its sacred water tank surrounded by four hundred year old temples. Also visit Kotachiwadi, a nineteenth century settlement with quaint old houses before returning to Mumbai for lunch. After this, head to the airport for the flight to Udaipur. Upon arrival in Udaipur, you will be transferred to your hotel.

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Fateh Garh Resort

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    Fateh Garh Resort



    Fateh Garh Resort perched on a hill within the very heart of Lake City Udaipur is yet blissfully away from the familiar drone that one travels to make distance from. The resort is based on vaastu principles which is vedic architectural style for balance and ...

    Fateh Garh Resort perched on a hill within the very heart of Lake City Udaipur is yet blissfully away from the familiar drone that one travels to make distance from. The resort is based on vaastu principles which is vedic architectural style for balance and harmony of nature's forces, it has interplay of the male and female aspects which is found more obviously in the spaces referred to as the Mardana Mahal, bold and exhibitionist - traditionally, the palace of the gentry; and the Zanana Mahal, intimate and delicate - traditionally, the palace of ladies.

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Day 5

Udaipur Splendours

We start with a visit to the spectacular City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan built in 1725. The palace walls stretch over a mile.  Also visit the museum inside the palace with its wide array of artifacts. Afterwards, enjoy a boat ride on the beautiful Lake Pichola offering wonderful city views. In the evening, enjoy a typical Rajasthani dinner.

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Day 6

Udaipur to Jodhpur

This morning, we drive overland to Jodhpur visiting the Ranakpur Jain Temple complex en route (approximately a 2 hour drive). The temple has more than 1440 marble pillars carved in exquisite detail. On arrival in Jodhpur (approximately a 4 hour drive), we check into our hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. In the evening we will have dinner at our hotel.

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Ajit Bhawan Palace Resort

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    Ajit Bhawan Palace Resort


    The Ajit Bhawan Palace Resort is one of the most popular heritage hotels located in Jodhpur in Rajasthan, North India. This heritage hotel was constructed especially for the Maharaja Ajit Singhji. All rooms and suites have a unique and distinctive feel of the Raj. Antiques ...

    The Ajit Bhawan Palace Resort is one of the most popular heritage hotels located in Jodhpur in Rajasthan, North India. This heritage hotel was constructed especially for the Maharaja Ajit Singhji. All rooms and suites have a unique and distinctive feel of the Raj. Antiques from various periods and photographs from the family archives create an ambiance that suggests a private home rather than a hotel room. All the Rooms have a luxurious touch along with all modern amenities.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Medical Services
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa

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Day 7

Jodhpur Splendours

We explore the city including a visit to the magnificent Meherangarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India overlooking the city and Jaswant Thada, a white marble memorial built for a distinguished Maharaja of the past with a beautiful multi-tiered garden and small lake. In the afternoon, visit the Bishnoi Villages and enjoy a jeep safari to view the desert and the local wildlife. 

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Day 8

Jodhpur to Jaipur

Travel today by train (approximately a 4 hour journey) to Jaipur, known as the “Pink City” due to the colour of its buildings. On arrival, we check into our hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. 

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ITC Rajputana Palace Hotel

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    ITC Rajputana Palace Hotel



    Sheraton Rajputana Palace Hotel is just 15 kilometres from Jaipur International Airport (JAI) and a half-kilometre from the city centre, our enchanting design and gardens echo the city’s history. Each of the 218 guest rooms are tastefully adorned with elegant fabrics, light colour schemes, and ...

    Sheraton Rajputana Palace Hotel is just 15 kilometres from Jaipur International Airport (JAI) and a half-kilometre from the city centre, our enchanting design and gardens echo the city’s history. Each of the 218 guest rooms are tastefully adorned with elegant fabrics, light colour schemes, and soft furnishings.

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    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Safe Deposit Box

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Day 9

Jaipur Splendours

We start the day with a visit to the famed Amber Fort and arrive at the gate by elephant. Located on a rugged hilltop offering magnificent views of the surrounding countryside, it is constructed in white and red sandstone. Later, enjoy a city tour which includes a visit to the Palace of Winds; the City Palace & Museum as well as The Jantar Mantar Observatory. Built in 18th century, the huge masonry instruments were used to study the movement of constellations and stars. This evening, enjoy dinner at a special restaurant.

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Day 10

Jaipur to Ranthambore

This morning depart by road (approximately a 4 hour drive) to Ranthambore National Park known for its fascinating blend of history and nature. It supports a diverse range of flora and fauna and is home to the majestic Bengal tiger.

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Nahargarh Fort Hotel

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    Nahargarh Fort Hotel


    Nahargarh, the most luxurious hotel lies nestled at the foot hills of 'Aravali ranges' neighbouring the Ranthambore National Park. Surrounded by a 16th century style fortress, Nahargarh is built like a traditional Rajput hunting palace complete with a vast "Char Bagh" or formal Mughal garden. ...

    Nahargarh, the most luxurious hotel lies nestled at the foot hills of 'Aravali ranges' neighbouring the Ranthambore National Park. Surrounded by a 16th century style fortress, Nahargarh is built like a traditional Rajput hunting palace complete with a vast "Char Bagh" or formal Mughal garden. This is the perfect base to explore Ranthambore from the lap of luxury filled nature. Nahargarh is a complete habitat in itself as one can see several animals and birds, performing their playful acts in the surrounding grasslands. The proximity of Nahargarh to the National Park makes it a travellers' hub. There are 68 ultra-luxurious rooms.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
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Day 11

Ranthambore Jungle Safari

Today we will experience 2 jungle safaris with a profes­sional naturalist at both dawn and dusk. Ride in an open canter, perfect for safe tiger tracking, bird watching and photography. The afternoon is free time for you to relax at the hotel before undertaking a further jungle safari.

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Day 12

Ranthambore to Agra

We board the Shatabdi Express to Bharatpur (a 2 hour rail journey) where we con­tinue by scenic drive (approximately a one and a half hour drive) to Agra. En route we visit the deserted capital of Fatehpur Sikri, known as the “Ghost City” as it was originally built as the capital of the Mughal Empire but was eventually abandoned.

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ITC Mughal

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    ITC Mughal



    Sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, ITC Mughal, a 5 star hotel in Agra is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. This luxury hotel in Agra comprises of 233 opulent rooms ...

    Sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, ITC Mughal, a 5 star hotel in Agra is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. This luxury hotel in Agra comprises of 233 opulent rooms and suites, recreating a paradise and perfection which was the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Safe Deposit Box
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Whirlpool

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Day 13

Agra and the Taj Mahal

Today we visit the Taj Mahal, a monument commemorating one of the greatest love stories ever told. It took 22 years and 20,000 men to build. Afterwards, we drive to the imposing Agra Fort which dominates the city and later visit Mother Teresa's Orphanage, an interesting experience. Dinner this evening at a special local restaurant. 

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Day 14

Agra to Varanasi

We drive to Delhi (a 5 hour drive) where we catch a flight to the sacred Hindu city of Varanasi and one of the oldest cities in India. On arrival, remainder of the day at leisure. Tonight is a special kebab dinner at the hotel.

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Radisson Hotel Varanasi

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    Radisson Hotel Varanasi



    Radisson Hotel Varanasi, is a four-star hotel boasting modern architecture, warm hospitality and a convenient location in the heart of the city's main business district. Whether you're travelling on business or leisure, you will be delighted by the hotel's spacious accommodations and top-notch services. Each ...

    Radisson Hotel Varanasi, is a four-star hotel boasting modern architecture, warm hospitality and a convenient location in the heart of the city's main business district. Whether you're travelling on business or leisure, you will be delighted by the hotel's spacious accommodations and top-notch services. Each of the 116 hotel rooms at the Radisson Varanasi has been carefully designed to provide you with an outstanding stay.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Massage Treatments
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    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa

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Day 15

Varanasi the Holy City

Start the day with an excursion to Sarnath where Buddha preached his first sermon after gaining enlightenment. It was also the centre of religious activity and learning up to the 9th Century AD. Also visit the local museum with its Buddhist artifacts. The afternoon is free to explore the city or go shopping. Varanasi is famous for its excellent saris and cashmere. In the early evening, board a rickshaw and visit the atmospheric Ghats and witness an aarti ceremony at sunset.

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Day 16

Varanasi to Delhi

Enjoy an early morning boat ride on the sacred River Ganges to see the cremation Ghats and wit­ness the living traditions of one of the world's oldest religions. In the afternoon, depart on your flight to Delhi. Dinner at the hotel.

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Shangri La Eros Hotel

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    Shangri La Eros Hotel


    Centrally located in landscaped gardens in the historic government district, Shangri La Eros Hotel is just a 45 minute drive from the international airport and within a two kilometre radius of Parliament House, the Presidential Palace, India Gate and the bustling commercial and shopping district ...

    Centrally located in landscaped gardens in the historic government district, Shangri La Eros Hotel is just a 45 minute drive from the international airport and within a two kilometre radius of Parliament House, the Presidential Palace, India Gate and the bustling commercial and shopping district of the renowned Connaught Place. The hotel consists of 320 guestrooms including Horizon Club rooms and suites, with most of the rooms Boasting spectacular views.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Massage Treatments
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Day 17

Old Delhi Splendours

We start with a half day sightseeing tour of Old Delhi visiting the extensive Red Fort, the Jama Masjid Mosque, India’s largest and renowned as the most elegant mosque in India. Then there will be an interesting cycle rickshaw ride through Chadni Chowk, the very centre of Old Delhi. Next visit the atmospheric Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.  In the afternoon, we take in the sights of New Delhi including the India Gate, a war memorial commemorating the Indian soldiers killed in the World War II. We also drive past the magnificent Presidential Palace and Government buildings. In the afternoon, visit Humayun’s Tomb with its several tombs of past Mughal Emperors and Qutub Minar, India’s tallest stone tower made of red sandstone and considered an architectural marvel of the 13th century. After some last minute shopping, enjoy a special farewell to India dinner.

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Day 18

Delhi to North America

Depart today from Delhi flying back to North America arriving the same day in time to connect to your home city.

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