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12 Day Kaleidoscope of India

Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights NYC-Delhi
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Khajuraho-Varanasi & Varanasi-Delhi
  • 9 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Delhi
    • 2 nights Jaipur
    • 2 nights Agra
    • 1 night Khajuraho
    • 2 nights Varanasi
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 14 meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Taj Mahal
  • Elephant-back ride to Amber Fort
  • Boat ride at dawn on the Ganges

DAY 1, Thursday or Monday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for India. Your flight includes meals, drinks and in-flight entertainment

DAY 2, Friday or Tuesday - Arrive in Delhi
On arrival in Delhi, you will be welcomed by a representative and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Delhi

DAY 3, Saturday or Wednesday - Old & New Delhi City Tour
This morning starts with an orientation meeting with your tour manager. Later, enjoy a tour of Old Delhi, an ancient historical city with more than 60,000 identifiable monuments. Visit the Memorial of Mahatma Gandhi and the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque, and enjoy a brief photo stop to view the famous Red Fort. Enjoy a rickshaw ride around Old Delhi. Tour continues to explore New Delhi with a visit to the 17th-century Birla Temple. Drive past India Gate, the President's House and the Indian Parliament House. Later, visit the Mausoleum of Humayun, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Overnight: Delhi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday or Thursday - Travel to Jaipur
This morning, en route to Jaipur take a brief stop for a photo opportunity at the UNESCO World Heritage Qutab Minar, the world's tallest brick minaret. Continue to travel to Jaipur, the famed Pink City of India. The entire city was painted its unique pink color in 1876 to celebrate the visiting Prince of Wales. Several legends exist to explain why the color pink was chosen, but no matter the reason, it has come to represent the welcoming hospitality of Jaipur. Later, enjoy a visit at a Jewelry Shop and a local market
Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday or Friday - Elephant Ride to Amber Fort & Jaipur City Tour
This morning's excursion takes you to the 16th century Amber Fort. Ascend the hill to the fort by jeep or on the back of an elephant if available and admire views of Jaipur's original city walls and the Maotha Lake below. At the conclusion of the morning's tour, browse a local Rajasthan textile and handicrafts market. In the afternoon, tour Jaipur, including visits to the observatory of Maharaja Jaisingh and the museum at the Maharaja City Palace. Drive past the 18th -century Hawa Mahal ("Palace of Winds"), which has a streetside facade of 953 small windows designed to circulate wind throughout the palace, thus giving the palace its name
Optional: Dinner at a Local Jaipur Restaurant with Show
Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Tuesday or Saturday - Travel to Agra via Abhaneri
Today, travel to the medieval city of Agra, stopping in Abhaneri to visit the Chand Baori (stepwell). Created by King Chandra of the Nikumbha Dynasty, this stepwell is among the oldest in India dating from his reign during the 8th and 9th centuries. It is located adjacent to a temple dedicated to Harshat Mata, goddess of joy and happiness. In the past, locals would rely on stepwells to contain rainwater for their use. Also, if time permits there may be a visit to a local school. Upon arrival in Agra, the remainder of your day is at leisure
Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Wednesday or Sunday - Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
This morning, visit the Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved Queen Mumtaj Mahal. This monumental construction, which took 22 years to complete (1631-53), is most famous for its imposing white-marble dome, and is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture in the world. Afterward, visit a local Marble Shop which offers incredible marble art and craft. In the afternoon, visit the Agra Fort, begun by Emperor Akbar the Great in the 16th century. View the palaces, mosques, and Halls of Public and Private Audiences of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterward, see the beautifully embellished mausoleum of Itimad-Ud-Daulah (the Lord Treasurer), final resting place of vizier Mirza Ghiyas Beg, with walls of white marble set with semi-precious stone decoration
Optional: Dinner at a Local Agra Restaurant with Show
Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Thursday or Monday- Sightseeing En Route to Khajuraho
This morning, board the Shatabdi Express train for Jhansi. Continue via motor coach to Khajuraho, stopping at Orchha on the River Betwa to view some of the most noteworthy Hindu architecture in India
Overnight: Khajuraho
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday or Tuesday - Chandela Dynasty Temples of Khajuraho & Flight to Varanasi
Enjoy an exciting morning tour of the Chandela Dynasty Temples. First visit the Western Temples including the Kandariya Mahadeo Temple to Lord Shiva and the Chaunsath Yogini Temple, dedicated to the 64 Yoginis of the Goddess Kali. Among the Western Temples you will view the Bharatji Temple, with its 11-headed sculpture of Vishnu. Next, visit the Eastern Temples including the Ghantai Temple, Javari Temple, and the Vamana Temple, dedicated to the dwarf incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the afternoon is at leisure
Optional: Evening Sacred Prayer Ceremony at the Ganges River
Overnight: Varanasi
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Saturday or Wednesday - Ganges Boat Ride, Hindu Temples Visit & Sarnath Sightseeing
This morning, witness dawn on the Ganges, a time when the Ghats along the riverbanks hum with activity, as Hindu devotees perform their ablutions in the river or offer prayers to the rising sun. A boat ride through this serene setting offers you the perfect panoramic vantage for this extraordinary experience. Visit the Bharat Mata Temple, with its marble relief map of an undivided India, the Durga Temple, the exterior of the golden-spire temple of Vishwanath and Benaras Hindu University. After your early morning tour, return to your hotel for a breakfast. Enjoy time at leisure to shop for authentic silks and brocades. Later, drive to the city of Sarnath, the ancient deer park where Guatama Buddha gave his first divine sermon of Dharma, and view the ruins, the stupa, and the Buddhist Temple. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at a restaurant
Overnight: Varanasi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday or Thursday - Travel to Delhi
Enjoy your morning at leisure. This afternoon, you will head to the airport for your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel to freshen up. Late evening transfer to the airport for all flights departing at or just after midnight
Day use: Gurgaon
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Monday or Friday - Arrive USA

Eros Hotel, New Delhi

This first class hotel is located in the South Delhi neighborhood, overlooking the Lotus Temple.

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Lemon Tree Premier Jaipur, Jaipur

This first class hotel is located in the heart of Jaipur, close to the commercial district.

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Jaypee Palace, Agra

This deluxe hotel is centrally located in the main tourist district of Agra.

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Radisson Hotel Khajuraho, Khajuraho

This deluxe class hotel is located in a quiet area less than a mile from the Khajuraho Temples.

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Radisson Hotel Varanasi, Varanasi

This first class hotel is located in the heart of the city in the Cantt area.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Gurgaon, Gurgaon

This first class hotel is located in Gurgaon close to the city's shopping, dining and entertainment district.

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Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

Dinner at Local Jaipur Restaurant with Traditional Folk Dance

Day #5 01 Sep 2012 - 31 Dec 2014         $29
Enjoy the exotic flavors of Indian cuisine at a popular local restaurant. You’ll be entertained by performers in traditional attire as they re-enact stories of a past era with dance and music. Transfers to and from the venue are included.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Dinner at Local Agra Restaurant with Bollywood Dance

Day #7 01 Sep 2012 - 31 Dec 2014         $29
Dinner at a local restaurant along with an evening of Indian culture. You’ll discover all the fun & excitement of bollywood beats with the dance performance by a dancer on recorded music that will take place during or after your dinner. Transfers to and from the venue are included.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Evening Sacred Prayer Ceremony at the Ganges River

Day #9 01 Sep 2012 - 31 Dec 2014         $19
This evening you will travel to Dasawamedh Ghat on the Ganges River which is lit up with oil-lamp lights and candles. Here you will have the unique opportunity to witness the collective prayer known as the Aarti ceremony and watch as the floating oil lamps illuminate the river Ganges. A group of priests perform the choreographed musical ritual with lamps, incense, and conch shells in perfect harmony in order to make their offerings to the deities every evening. The entire atmosphere at river side is lively and bright and is an experience that will be sure to transform your soul.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Khajuraho-Varanasi and Varanasi-New Delhi.

Passengers should select flights that depart Delhi no earlier than 11:59 pm on Day 11.

Hotel check out for a Day Use Room is 9:30 pm.

Hotel rooms in India cannot comfortably accommodate 3 adults; therefore, a double, plus a single room configuration should be purchased.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

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