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Highlights of India: Private Tour: Delhi to Mumbai

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12 Days
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Goway's 12 day Highlights of India visits the cities of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Mumbai and many famous locations such as the Taj Mahal, the City Palace, The Red Fort and many more


Rajasthan is India’s largest state and occupies approximately 10% of the country’s land mass. With its colourful history and geographical beauty, it is no wonder why it has become so popular with visitors to India. Delhi, the capital, is made up of Old and New Delhi. Colourful Old Delhi teeming with masses of people has a very strong atmosphere with its narrow winding back streets and the important and beautiful Jama Masjid Mosque. New Delhi with the impressive India Gate on the Rajpath, the Presidential Palace and Humayan’s Tomb where a number of former emperors are buried.

Agra naturally what comes to mind first when thinking of Agra is the famous Taj Mahal. One thing is certain, no visitor will be disappointed by the magnificence of this edifice and surrounding gardens. It is an outstanding stark white marble monument which was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630 as a memorial to his beloved wife who died during childbirth. The other icon here is the Agra Fort, an imposing red brick structure built by Akbar the Great.

Ranthambore National Park, one of the largest and most renowned animal parks in the country. Originally the hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, it is now a major wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary is especially famous for its tigers, generally spotted during the daytime either ambling or basking in the sun. It is also known for other animals besides tigers such as leopards, hyenas, sloth bears and exotic birds. Safari in an open cantor (a large open top bus perfect for animal viewing)

Jaipur the pink city with the interesting Jantar Mantar old time observatory. Ttravel to the imposing Amber Fort perched high on a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside and reached on the back of an elephant. Visit the City Palace as well as viewing the Palace of Winds.

Journey to Jodhpur and take a jeep ride to the Bishnoi villages to experience the desert and to see the local wildlife. In Jodhpur, an old walled city which has the huge and imposing Mehrangarh Fort perched high on a hill as a backdrop, enjoy a stroll through the local bazaars and spice markets to experience some local flavour.

Continue on by road to Udaipur, possibly India’s most beautiful city with its attractive location on three lakes. Here lives the magnificent City Palace, and Lake Pichola where a cruise shows of the surroundings of the Lake Palace.

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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,739

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Day 1

Arrive Delhi

Welcome to Delhi, the intriguing cultural and historical centre of India's past and future, built over 450 years by a succession of empires - first the Hindu and Muslim dynasties, followed by the powerful Mughal dynasty who ruled until the British took over. Delhi offers its visitors glimpses of the stupendous power and wealth of its past. Where even the most modern parts of the city retain their distinctly Indian identity, here you will find a model of the latest car cruising through the streets and at the busiest intersection you will find a herd of doe-eyed cows oblivious to the traffic. It is in Delhi that a Mercedes Benz and a cycle rickshaw co-exist in the same neighborhood. In keeping with this Old and New Delhi are so different from each other but yet one complements the other.

Duration2 Nights
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Suryaa New Delhi

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    Suryaa New Delhi



    The Suryaa, New Delhi with its host of facilities and services is designed to meet your every business need. Lying in the heart of New Delhi, a mere 40 minutes' drive from the International Airport and adjacent to Delhi's business districts - Nehru Place, Pragati ...

    The Suryaa, New Delhi with its host of facilities and services is designed to meet your every business need. Lying in the heart of New Delhi, a mere 40 minutes' drive from the International Airport and adjacent to Delhi's business districts - Nehru Place, Pragati Maidan - the International Trade Fair venue and Okhla and Noida Promotion Zones. The 242 well-appointed guestrooms and suites are elegantly designed.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms
    • Whirlpool

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Day 2

Delhi

This morning proceed to explore Old Delhi popularly known as The Walled City, was once the capital of Muslim India between the 17th and 19th centuries. Drive past the magnificent Red Fort, an eternal symbol of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan's power and style are among the main attractions of Old Delhi and the imposing Jama Masjid, the great mosque of Old Delhi, with its onion shaped dome and characteristically Mughal architecture.

Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk. Today it still contains its fabled, colorful bazaars and a myriad of narrow streets, of which Chandni Chowk, with its never-ending but ever fascinating chaos remains the most famous.

This afternoon you will notice the sharp comparison the architecture of New Delhi or "Lutyen's Delhi" commissioned in 1911 and inaugurated as recently as 1931 is a combination of British and Indian styles and this whole area of Delhi is magnificently planned. At one end of the avenue known as the Rajpath (literally the "King's Way") is the War Memorial Arch, better known as India Gate, a memorial to the 90,000 Indians who gave their lives in World War I. At the other end stands the Rashtrapati Bhavan, one of the largest and most grandiose of the Raj constructions, built originally for the British Viceroy and now the official residence of the President of India Visit Humayun's Tomb, Emperor Humayun, the father of Emperor Akbar, lies buried in this magnificent monument built in red sandstone. Haji Begum, Humayun's first wife and mother of Emperor Akbar designed and supervised the entire construction. Marvel at the Qutab Minar, India's tallest stone tower. At a height of 234 feet, the "Tower of Victory" is considered by some to be the world's most perfect specimen of tower architecture. A mathematical marvel, this building has remained standing for nine centuries.

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Day 3

Delhi to Agra

This morning you will depart for Agra, the capital to the Mughals in the 16th and 17th Centuries. Though Agra's history is largely recognized with the Mughal Empire, this city was established much earlier and has links to the Mahabharat period in 1000 BC. However the Golden Age of this city began with the Mughals and was known then as Akbarabad. Home to three generations of one of the most dynamic dynasties in the medieval world - with each generation playing a different role in its making! Agra is home to the finest examples of Mughal architecture in India, of which the Taj is simply the most famous. The beauty of these buildings will bowl you over, but knowing something of the dramatic history that played itself out on these stages makes the entire Agra experience come alive.

This afternoon you will visit the magnificent Agra Fort. Emperor Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1565-1573. With imposing gates, walls of red sandstone and moat, it dominates the center of the city. Aurangzeb imprisoned his father, Shah Jehan, at Agra Fort, a mild punishment considering the luxury of the fort. Legend states that Shah Jehan died in Muasamman Burj, a tower with a marble balcony with an excellent view of the Taj Mahal.

At sunset proceed to visit the Taj Mahal, to experience its splendour and beauty graced by the light of the setting sun. Visitors are asked to remove their shoes prior to entering the interiors of the Taj Mahal. This ethereal monument took 22 years and more than 20,000 men to build. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal who died at the age of 39 for giving birth to her fourteenth child. Its unique beauty and immaculately intricate execution all contribute to the breathtaking first impression as you pass through the arch of the entrance gateway.

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Duration1 Night
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Jaypee Palace Hotel

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    Jaypee Palace Hotel



    Jaypee Palace Hotel is a glorious blend of red sandstone and marble spread over an unbounded 25 acres of elegantly landscaped luxuriant greenery. The hotel is centrally located in the main tourist district of Agra. The hotel is sprinkled with enormous water bodies and endless ...

    Jaypee Palace Hotel is a glorious blend of red sandstone and marble spread over an unbounded 25 acres of elegantly landscaped luxuriant greenery. The hotel is centrally located in the main tourist district of Agra. The hotel is sprinkled with enormous water bodies and endless walkways, this magical creation impeccably blends Mughal and contemporary architecture with modern amenities. There are 341 guest rooms including 15 Suites and 40 Executive Rooms.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Bowling
    • Business Centre
    • Children's Activities
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Games Room
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Medical Services
    • Nightclub/Disco
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Squash courts
    • Tennis

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Day 4

Agra to Jaipur

This morning you will drive to Jaipur stopping en route to visit Fatehpur Sikri literally translated as "The City of Victory" where we find the site of the deserted city of Emperor Akbar. The vast, imperial capital with its 500 splendid buildings was abandoned after only fourteen years due to the drying up of the city's water supply.

Welcome to Jaipur, a city, whose past is never too far from hand. The city of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state and its people: surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort; and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendour are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the "pink city".

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Duration2 Nights
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Lemon Tree Premier Jaipur

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    Lemon Tree Premier Jaipur



    Lemon Tree Premier Jaipur is an upscale business and leisure hotel that pampers the style conscious and upbeat traveller with its personalized services, premium in-room amenities, restaurants and fun experiences. The hotel is located in the heart of the city, is a short distance away ...

    Lemon Tree Premier Jaipur is an upscale business and leisure hotel that pampers the style conscious and upbeat traveller with its personalized services, premium in-room amenities, restaurants and fun experiences. The hotel is located in the heart of the city, is a short distance away from Collectorate Circle and MI Road. The hotel is easily accessible from the railway station and the Ajmer-Delhi National Highway. It is in close proximity to major tourist attractions like Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, City Palace and the walled city of Jaipur. The hotel has 108 smart and stylish rooms, offers a wide range of upscale accommodation options at an unbeatable value.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Pool (s)
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Day 5

Jaipur

The morning you will drive along the streets of Jaipur to the Amber Fort, set atop a rugged hilltop and overlooking Lake Moata. The fort has been constructed in white and red sandstone. The Fort is unique in that it's outside, an imposing and rugged defensive structure, is markedly different from its inside, an ornate, lavish interior influenced by both Hindu and Muslim styles of ornamentation.

This afternoon you will explore the city stopping first to view and photograph the Palace of Winds. Completed in 1799, the Palace was originally built to allow the sequestered ladies of the court to view the bustling life of the city. It is popularly known as Hawa Mahal, because of the perforated screen facade which catches the welcome breeze or Hawa.

Continue on including a visit to the City Palace complex that continues to evoke the splendour of a bygone era. In an unending series of delights, from its grand aged entrance to the play of ornamental fountains, the City Palace is a dazzling showplace of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Next to the city palace is Jantar Mantar, literally translated as Calculation Instrument. This Observatory was built between 1728 and 1734 by Maharaja Jai Singh, Jantar Mantar was built on a grand scale and was way beyond its time. This was modeled after the one that was built in Delhi, the then Mughal capital. He had constructed a total of five of which the one in Jaipur is the largest.

After your tour board a cycle rickshaw to explore the local markets. Jaipur is a shopper's paradise, renowned for gems and jewelry: precious and semi-precious stones set in gold, 'meenakari' (enamel work), antique and chunky silver jewelry; and Colombian emeralds which are actually brought to Jaipur for cutting and polishing and are available at reasonable prices. Other finds include carpets, 'Pechwai' and miniature paintings on silk and paper, a unique type of blue pottery and even glass bangles. Fabric-wise, there are brocades, tie-and-dye, block printed, and the famous 'mirror work' embroidery, also used in table linen, cushion covers and readymade garments.

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Day 6

Jaipur to Jodhpur

This morning you will drive to Jodhpur, also known as India's Blue City. Situated at the edge of the Thar Desert, it is the largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. Of Rajasthan's many princely settlements, Jodhpur is among the most distinctive. This five hundred-year-old settlement was the headquarters of the Rathore Rajputs' celebrations. A six-mile-long wall surrounds the old Jodhpur City with eight gates serving as entrances.

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Duration2 Nights
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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.

    Facilities

    • 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

This morning drive to the nearby Bishnoi Villages and enjoy a jeep safari through the village. The views of desert wildlife, like black bucks, chinkaras, blue bulls, desert foxes, hares and partridges. Visitors can enjoy a view of thousands of migratory demoiselle cranes from September to March. There is also opportunity to see craftsman, shepherds and farmers at work.

This afternoon explore the city and visit Meherangarh Fort. Founded by Rao Jodha in 1459, this majestic fort was one of the largest forts in India. Situated approximately 4 miles from Jodhpur, it overlooks the city from atop a 125m high hill. The fort also houses a large museum which houses some unusual artifacts.

During your decent you will see Jaswant Thada, an architectural white marble memorial built by Sardar Singh in 1899 in memory of Maharja Jaswant Singh II. Within this cenotaph, there are also two more tombs. The Jaswant Thada is a traditional cremation ground of Jodhpur rulers. The grounds are also comprised of exquisitely carved gazebos, a beautiful multi-tiered garden, and a small lake.

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Day 8

Jodhpur to Udaipur

This morning you will depart for Udaipur stopping en route to visit the magnificent Jain temple complex of Ranakpur. Light colored marble has been used for the construction of this grand temple which occupies an area of approximately 60 x 62 meters. Over 1444 marble pillars, carved in exquisite detail, support the temple. The pillars are all differently carved and no two pillars are the same. It is also said that it is impossible to count the pillars and all the statues face one or the other statue. One particular pillar has intentionally been made crooked. Cast your eyes over the bewildering maze of ornately carved pillars and see if you can spot it. The reason for making it crooked is that only God can create something perfect and this beautiful structure was made by mere mortals.

Continue to Udaipur, with its picturesque setting and long royal heritage, Udaipur offers much to delight the eye. Also known as both the City of Sunrise and the City of Lakes, it is awash in romance. Providing a sharp contrast to its desert neighbours, it presents a serene picture of shimmering blue lakes, green hills and impressive white marble palaces. It provides a kaleidoscope of colour against stark surroundings.

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Duration2 Nights
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Fateh Niwas

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    Fateh Niwas is a strategically located property in the city, offering a cultural experience in an antiquated setting. Enjoy breath-taking views of The City Palace, Jagmandir, Monsoon Palace, Lake Pichola and the Aravalli hills from the roof top pool and restaurant. Reliving the Antiquated- An ...

    Fateh Niwas is a strategically located property in the city, offering a cultural experience in an antiquated setting. Enjoy breath-taking views of The City Palace, Jagmandir, Monsoon Palace, Lake Pichola and the Aravalli hills from the roof top pool and restaurant.

    Reliving the Antiquated- An ideal venue for weddings and events in Udaipur amongst recreated ruins of old temples. Fateh Niwas has 4 different venues with 2 swimming pools and a conference hall.

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    • Garden
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Parking
    • Reception
    • Restaurant
    • Rooftop Pool
    • Swimming Pool
    • Terrace

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Day 9

Udaipur

Your morning exploration of the city begins with a visit to the City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. It is a spectacular complex containing decorated mirror works and galleries adorned with frescoes. Continue to the Jagdish Temple, one of the famous temples of Udaipur. Located in the City Palace complex of Udaipur, this temple is made in the Indo-Aryan style of architecture. In 1651, Jagdish temple was built by Maharana Jagat Singh, who ruled Udaipur during 1628-53. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Laxmi Narayan), the preserver of the Universe. It is celebrated for being the largest temple in the city of Udaipur.

Continue touring and visit Sahelion ki Bari Gardens built by Maharana Sangram Singh in the mid-18th Century. Literally translated as 'The Garden of the Maidens', it evokes vivid pictures of the luxurious lifestyle of the ladies of the court. The garden is said to have been made for the 48 girls that the Maharana received in his dowry.

Your tour ends with a boat ride on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. The beautiful Lake Pichola was enlarged by Maharana Udai Singh after he founded the city. The city palace extends a considerable distance along the east bank of the lake. From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. You will be able to get a view of the Dhobi (laundry) ghats.

The afternoon is at leisure.

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Day 10

Udaipur to Mumbai

Early this morning proceed to the airport for your flight to Bombay, renamed as Mumbai in 1995. Mumbai originally consisted of seven islands and in the 500 years since its "discovery" by the Portuguese. These islands, home to communities of fishing colonies have since been joined together by a series of reclamations. Now a sprawling metropolis of over 10 million people and the money capital of India.

After breakfast at your hotel you will proceed to explore the city.

Your tour begins at the Gateway of India Gateway of India is the landmark of Bombay, which, was before the advent of air travel, the only gateway to India. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George and Queen Mary to India in 1911. You will be then driven along Marine Drive, the sea - Front Boulevard. It is also known as the Queen's Necklace as in the evening, the breeze from the Arabian Sea comes over Marine Drive and as the streetlights on this U-shaped road light up, the view from south Bombay's skyscrapers or from the exclusive residential area, is that of a Queen's Necklace.

You will visit the Jain Temples, built of marble and dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara. From the temples you will be driven along Malabar Hill via the Tower of Silence - a round stone construction on which Parsis place their dead to be eaten by the vultures and Hanging Gardens which is built over Bombay's reservoir. From here one can get a panoramic view of picturesque Marine Drive. You will than driven to the Dhobi Ghats a huge open-air laundry, which makes an interesting viewing.

You will drive past a most remarkable railway station. Inspired by St. Pancras Station in London, the Victoria Terminus was built during Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee year. It is an extraordinary conglomeration of domes, spires, Corinthian columns and minarets in a style described by journalist James Cameron as "Victorian-Gothic-Saracenic-Italianate-Oriental-St.Pancras-Baroque." The first train in India left from this station in 1853 and today more than a half a million commuters use the station every day.

Your tour ends with a visit to Mani Bhawan (Gandhi Memorial), the house where the Father of the Nation stayed on his early visits to the city. The room, in which Gandhi stayed, preserved as it was, and the scenes of Gandhi's life in photographs and models are of special interest.

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Duration2 Nights
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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)
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    • Spa

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Day 11

Mumbai

This morning proceed to the jetty and board a cruise to the serene and densely forested Elephanta Island where the caves are located. The rock cut architecture of the caves has been dated to between the 5th and 8th centuries however their origins are not clear. The caves are hewn from solid basalt rock and were also originally painted in the past, but now only traces remain.

The afternoon is at leisure.

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Day 12

Depart Mumbai

Proceed to the airport for your international onwards flight.

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Note: Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays, Red Fort is closed on Mondays.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Private sightseeing and transfers as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare and airfare taxes
  • Visa fees (if required)
  • Gratuities,
  • Meals & beverages not specifically indicated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature

DOCUMENTATION:

For visits to Ranthambore National Park, scanned colour copies of passports are required and must be submitted one month prior to departure.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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