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Treasures Of India Ex U.S.A.

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This amazing tour offers guests the opportunity to experience the Treasures of India on a carefully designed itinerary. Visit the highlights of Northe...
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Keren Samuel
After Graduating from Bombay University, I decided I wanted to pursue a career as a travel agent. After obtaining a Diploma in Travel and Tourism; and becoming certified by IATA- UFTAA as an International Travel Consultant, I now have 28 years experience in the Travel Industry, 15 years of which have been in Canada. During this time, I have travelled extensively throughout India; Australia; New Zealand; the Exotic South Pacific Islands like Tahiti, Fiji and The Cooks; Mauritius; The Maldives; Israel; Italy, England, South Africa, Swaziland, Morocco, China, Kenya,Thailand, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Singapore and more. Every place I’ve travelled to has offered me a different experience….the world is a stunning place. There’s nothing quite like seeing Michelangelo’s DAVID in person, or standing right at the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, or cuddling a real live Koala, or having a huge herd of African elephants block the tiny dirt road your jeep is traveling on……. the list of exciting things I’ve seen and done on all my travels goes on and on...
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See the best of North and South India on this unforgettable 15 day tour. Travel from Delhi, the bustling national Capital, to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, and explore Ranthambore, where you may see Royal Bengal Tigers roaming wild and free. Continue to Jaipur, the imperial pink city, before heading south. Visit the tranquil town of Alleppey, beautifully located on the back waters of Vembanad Lake, before ending your tour in the old colonial harbor city of Cochin overlooking the Arabian Sea.
Tour Highlights
• Visit the incredible Taj Mahal at sunrise
• Explore Ranthambore National Park in search of the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger
• Tour the famed ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur
• Immerse yourself in the beauty of Vembanad Lake
• Visit Cochin’s European influenced 16th-century Portuguese-built churches and forts
   

Best Of North And South India Ex U.S.A. 15 Days


DAY
1
DEPART USA
Today make your own way to the airport to depart on your overnight flight to India. Enjoy in-flight meals and services.

DAY
2
DELHI ARRIVAL
Welcome to Delhi, India! a monumental city with a vibrant mix of old and new teeming bazaars, stately British boulevards, powerful Mughal palaces and forts, and intricate, ethereal towers, temples and tombs. On arrival at Delhi International Airport you will be met and assisted by our company executive and transferred to your hotel for check in. Overnight in Delhi

DAY
3
DELHI
Your adventure this morning begins in Old Delhi, the Mughal capital established by Shah Jahan in 1638. At the famous Red Fort, where Jawaharlal Nehru unfurled the flag of newly-independent India on August 15, 1947, trade the vehicle for bicycle rickshaws. Weave through the warren of crooked, congested alleys off Chandni Chowk, one of India’s oldest and busiest bazaars, where you will see the traditional workmanship for which India is well known and still thrives. Visit Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s serene and evocative cremation site and the Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. The majestic Jama Masjid – meaning world-reflecting’ mosque – is Old Delhi’s principal place of worship, and the largest and most renowned of its kind in India. Built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan – who also built the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort – it’s an elaborate structure featuring an expansive geometric base topped with globe-shaped minarets crafted from strips of red sandstone and white marble, and a massive courtyard that can hold up to 25 000 people. Jama Masjid is particularly impressive just before dusk, when its rosy hues intensify in the glow of the setting sun.
This afternoon visit the Qutab Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a stunning 240-foot minaret, the tallest in the world, surrounded by an elaborate complex built in the Indo-Islamic architectural tradition. Overnight in Delhi


DAY
4
DELHI - AGRA
After breakfast drive to the medieval city of Agra, Home of the world-famous Taj Mahal. Agra is one of India’s prime tourist destinations for specifically this reason, though its attractions also extend to an array of other impressive historical sights. The Taj, however, is in a league of its own and needless to say is a must-see for any visitor to the city. Commissioned by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the 15th century as a memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, it is an architectural masterpiece of exquisite craftsmanship and perfect proportions. Spend the afternoon at leisure or perhaps book an optional tour. Overnight in Agra

Optional: Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah- 35 USD per person
Known as the "Baby Taj", the first Mughal structure totally built from marble. In addition, visit the Sikandra, the sandstone and marble tomb of Akbar which blends Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Christian motifs and styles.


DAY
5
AGRA
Early this morning visit the Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays). Often considered the pinnacle of Mughal art in India, the Taj was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. When declaring it a world heritage site, UNESCO described it as “the jewel of Muslim art in India”. There are few words that can describe the magnificence of this monument. Marvel as light and colors transform this stunning monument in the beautiful rising sun’s rays. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Rest of the day at leisure or perhaps book an optional tour.

Optional: Agra Fort - 40 USD per person
Known as the Red Fort of Agra, this walled imperial city was founded in 1565 by the Emperor Akbar (1556-1605) and is a well-deserving UNESCO World Heritage site, located just 2.5 kilometers from the famous Taj Mahal. Its palaces, grand mosques and elaborate public hall are crafted from pink-red sandstone and are testament to an era when Indo-Muslim art, strongly marked by influences from Persia, was at its height. Emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal for his deceased wife, was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb in Agra Fort. He is said to have died in the Musamman Burj, a marble tower he himself built, with one of the most alluring views of the Taj Mahal. Overnight in Ranthambore


DAY
6
AGRA - RANTHAMBORE
After Breakfast drive to Ranthambore. Ranthambore National Park, at 150 square miles, is one of India’s smallest tiger reserves, but it boasts one of the country’s largest tiger populations and an impressive array of other animal and bird life (over 270 species of birds have been documented). It is situated between the Aravalli and Vindhya mountain ranges, forested with deciduous trees and dotted with natural and manmade lakes and spectacular ancient ruins. Wildlife including leopard, sloth bear, wild boar, langur nilgai, sambar and chital inhabit the park in abundance. Crocodiles are found in some of these lakes, which are also seasonally rich in water birds. Spend the afternoon at leisure. You may book Ayurveda treatment sessions directly at the hotel. Overnight in Ranthambore

DAY
7
RANTHAMBORE
Our day will begin with pre-dawn coffee and biscuits before setting off on an early morning game drive with a park guide in search of the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. Return to the hotel for Lunch. In the afternoon, return to the park for an optional afternoon game drive. Dinner and Overnight in Ranthambore

Optional: Ranthambore Canter Safari–65 USD per person on SIC basis
Enjoy a three-hour afternoon canter safari (sharing basis) in Ranthambore National Park. Canter safari is the most supreme style to watch the exotic wildlife. Most of the wildlife lovers prefer to go on Canter safari. At a time Canter safari can accommodate 16-20 people. It gives personal delight of sightseeing and unique experience of exploring magnificent vicinity of the park.


DAY
8
RANTHAMBORE - JAIPUR
This morning depart for the “Pink City” of Jaipur - Rajasthan’s capital, the origin of Jaipur’s nickname becomes immediately apparent as we enter the old city walls and greet the pink-colored buildings that rise at every turn. Jaipur is an excellent place to enjoy unparalleled shopping and people watching. You may want to spend time in the oldest and busiest of markets in the walled city, Johori Bazaar, a true feast for the senses. Aromatic spices fill the air, while oxcarts, rickshaws, cows, bejeweled women and men with shocking pink turbans jostle through the labyrinthine streets. Overnight in Jaipur
Optional: A day with Elephant –55 USD per person USD
Visitors are taken on a journey to the world of elephants and are guided through an unforgettable experience with these magnificent creatures. Visitors are able to touch, feed, paint, wash, cook and get to know these animals. It offers visitors the incredible opportunity to walk hand-in-trunk with the elephants. Enter the world of the Elephant with Elephant Back Riding. Bare-back Elephant Back Riding enables us as humans to feel the power and bulk of an elephant in contrast with the quietness, delicateness and grace of these mammoth creatures’ movement as they walk/glide across the ground. Understand the height at which an elephant stands and experience their environment from an elephant’s perspective

Optional: Traditional Indian Cooking Lesson –60 USD per person
Enjoy a lesson on Indian style cooking, interact with a local family and learn about the mysteries and secrets of Indian Cooking


DAY
9
JAIPUR
After breakfast take a half-day tour of the city visiting the Maharaja’s City Palace. See the Mubarak Mahal, museums of textiles, the Diwan-e-Khas and Diwan-e-am. City Palace forms one of the most famous tourist attractions and a major landmark in Jaipur. The beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. Among the various forts and palaces of Jaipur, City Palace stands apart, with its outstanding art and architecture. Later drive past Hawa Mahal - an impressive bee hive like tower with beautiful fascade.
Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or perhaps take an optional tour. Overnight in Jaipur

Optional: Amber Fort –45 USD per person
Amber Fort, officially known as the ‘Amer Palace’, is one of the most famous forts of Rajasthan attracting around 4000 to 5000 visitors a day during peak tourist season. The palace was named after the small town of Amer, where it is situated - only eleven kilometres from Jaipur. Perfectly picturesque, this 16th century hillside residence is well preserved, boasting grand pavilions and mirrored halls that open onto flourishing gardens and courtyards. Although the palace’s main construction started in 1592 by Maharaja Man Singh, it was added to over the years by successive rulers and continued to be occupied by them until Jaipur was built.

Optional: Jantar Mantar –35 USD per person
Jantar Mantar, literally meaning “instruments for measuring the harmony of the heavens” is the oldest in India. Each instrument has a specific purpose and gives an accurate reading.

DAY
10
JAIPUR – COCHIN (FLIGHT) – COCHIN – ALLEPPEY
Today you will transfer to Airport for your flight to Cochin, the commercial capital of Kerala with its modern part Ernakulum and the old peninsular district of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry, Cochin is situated on the southwest coast of the Indian peninsula. Upon arrival, depart for Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha. Alleppey is a pleasant easy-going market town surrounded by coconut plantations. With its large network of canals, it is a major center for backwater cruises and the venue for spectacular snake boat races. Also called the “Venice of the East”, the town is the headquarters of Kerala’s coir industry and also important for cashew nut processing. Overnight in Alleppey

DAY
11
ALLEPPEY
Enjoy your day at leisure; perhaps book an optional tour. Overnight in Alleppey

Optional: Deluxe Houseboat cruise (Alleppey round trip) – 100 USD per person
Enjoy an afternoon cruising along the backwaters of Kerala. Meandering streams, chirpy birds, murmuring forests, and the slender breeze makes you feel that heaven is here. You can sunbathe on the deck or observe the landscape from the protection of the cabin. People sail, fish, swim and bathe here. Countless water birds wait for their chance to catch a fish. The trip goes through a wonderful area full of palm trees, rice fields and floating water plants that surround the boat like an emerald green island.

OR

Optional: Cycling – 100 USD per person
Enjoy a relaxing ride along the beaches, the country roads and the backwaters. Meet local people; taste their delicious homemade Keralan food, perhaps stop for a visit at one of their homes and enjoy nature at its best.

OR

Optional: Backwater Kayaking – 80 USD per person including lunch
A great opportunity to see and enjoy life in the Keralan backwaters as you paddle through the narrow canals, waterways, rivers and lakes that make up the water world here. Stop for a traditional lunch and continue kayaking through the Kuttanad backwaters. 02-04 pax per Kayak.

DAY
12
ALLEPPEY - COCHIN
After Breakfast we drive back to Cochin. Over the years, Cochin has emerged as the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala and is perhaps the second most important city on the west coast of India (after Mumbai/Bombay). Cochin was an important spice-trading center on the Arabian Sea coast from the 14th century onwards. It was the first European colonial settlement in India. First the Portuguese followed by the Dutch and the British ruled here until the 19th century. Visit the old part of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry. Visit the Jewish Synagogue (closed on Saturdays) at the heart of what is locally called Jew Town, the St. Francis Church, the oldest European Church in India, the Santa Cruz Basilica originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese, the Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays) built by the Portuguese and presented to the Cochin King in the 16th century, the Fish market and the famous Chinese fishing nets, which are huge cantilevered nets believed to have been brought to Kochi by Chinese traders from Kublai Khan’s court in China. Overnight in Cochin

DAY
13
COCHIN
Enjoy a free day or book one of the optional tours below. Overnight in Cochin

Optional: Kathakali dance show – 35 USD per person
Kathakali literally meaning "story dance" is the pantomimic dance drama, the dancing and the acting being blended together into an inseparable form. It is a combination of facial expressions and body movements, which brings out the thought and emotion of the character. Kathakali has its origins almost 1500 years ago in the early ritual folk dances and dance dramas of Kerala, in southern India, such as the dances associated with the cult of Bhagavathy (Thiyyattom, Mudiyettu, and Theyyam), that were performed at religious festivals by actors wearing elaborate masks, colorful costumes and headdresses, and intricately painted faces.

Optional: Kalaripayattu Martial Art –40 USD per person
The martial art form of Kerala is regarded as the oldest and most scientific of its kind in the world. Training in combat is given at the Kalari (training school). Feats like chaattom (jumping), ottam (running), marichil (somersault) etc. are taught, followed by the lessons in the use of weapons such as daggers, swords, spears, maces etc.

Optional: Hands on Cooking Lesson –75 USD per person
Learn about the preparation of the local cuisine with a local family. Keralite cuisine is generally characterized by an abundance of coconut and spices. The food offers menu options tracing Cochin’s Jewish, Syrian, Arabic and Portuguese food history. There will be interaction session also where apart from foods, you may peep into their social and cultural life. This will be followed by dinner which you have cooked.

Optional: Muziris Heritage Tours (Jewish heritage tour) –85 USD per person
Enjoy a full day tour to Muziris, an ancient port town in little Kerala that still holds a kind of beauty that is filled with history and culture. What this old port town dishes out along with history and culture, are the remnants of its past glory.

DAY
14
COCHIN - USA
Today you will be transferred to Cochin International Airport for your return flight back home.

DAY
15
USA ARRIVAL
Arrive back in the USA and make your own way home from the airport.

Prices are per person based on twin share basis. A single supplement of up to $600 applies for this tour.

Tours departing from Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Washington (IAD) are the same price as tours departing from Los Angeles (LAX). For tours from Miami (MIA), Orlando (ORL), Atlanta (ATL) and San Francisco (SFO) add $100 to Los Angeles (LAX) prices. For tours from Dallas (DFW), Houston (IAH), Philadelphia (PHL), Seattle (SEA), Denver (DEN) and Phoenix (PHX) add $200 to Los Angeles (LAX) prices.

Guaranteed Departure Dates

Superior Category
Start Date End Date Ex Los Angeles (LAX) Ex New York (JFK) Land Only
25 Jan 2017 08 Feb 2017 USD $ 1995.00 Per Person USD $ 1895.00 Per Person USD $ 1045.00 Per Person
22 Feb 2017 08 Mar 2017 USD $ 1995.00 Per Person USD $ 1895.00 Per Person USD $ 1045.00 Per Person
08 Mar 2017 22 Mar 2017 USD $ 1995.00 Per Person USD $ 1895.00 Per Person USD $ 1045.00 Per Person
05 Apr 2017 19 Apr 2017 USD $ 1875.00 Per Person USD $ 1775.00 Per Person USD $ 925.00 Per Person
19 Apr 2017 03 May 2017 USD $ 1875.00 Per Person USD $ 1775.00 Per Person USD $ 925.00 Per Person
17 May 2017 31 May 2017 USD $ 1875.00 Per Person USD $ 1775.00 Per Person USD $ 925.00 Per Person
20 Sep 2017 04 Oct 2017 USD $ 1995.00 Per Person USD $ 1895.00 Per Person USD $ 1045.00 Per Person
18 Oct 2017 01 Nov 2017 USD $ 1995.00 Per Person USD $ 1895.00 Per Person USD $ 1045.00 Per Person
08 Nov 2017 22 Nov 2017 USD $ 1995.00 Per Person USD $ 1895.00 Per Person USD $ 1045.00 Per Person

• 12 Nights accommodation at listed hotels or similar
• On arrival meeting & assistance by our representative
• Traditional Indian welcome
• Daily buffet breakfast
• All meals in Ranthambore
• Traditional North Indian Welcome Dinner
• South Indian Farewell Dinner
• Transportation/Transfers in an air-conditioned deluxe coach
• Sightseeing & entrance fees as per the itinerary
• Shoe Covers at the Taj Mahal
• 1 Canter Safari at Ranthambore National Park
• English speaking guides as per the itinerary
• International airfare from listed destinations
• Domestic airfare as noted in the itinerary
• Taxes & fuel surcharges
• Meals not mentioned as being included
• Items of a personal nature
• Items not mentioned as being included
• Visa fees
• Travel Insurance
• Tips & gratuities
• Optional tours
• Camera/Video fees
• Travel Insurance
• Beverages with meals
12 Nights Hotels
Accommodation is provided on a twin sharing basis
Accommodation Type - Superior
Hotel Citrus (Alleppey)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Overlooking the Palllathuruthy River, this upscale hotel is 9 km from Alappuzha Beach and 17 km from the Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple. Offering rice field views, the stylish rooms with brightly coloured accents have free Wi-Fi and minibars.
Four Points by Sheraton Agra (Agra)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Offering an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Four Points by Sheraton Agra isjust 1.2 miles from the magnificent Taj Mahal. Dining options include Oasis, an all-day dining multi-cuisine restaurant, Stop by Henry’s, a lounge bar where alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and The Roof Top where guests can enjoy exquisite food with a view of the Taj Mahal.
Royal Orchid (Jaipur)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Strategically located just 2.5 kms from Jaipur airport and 10 kms from the city railway station, Hotel Royal Orchid with its elegant furnishing, decor and blend of sophistication, flamboyance with a relaxed attitude make this an ideal stay for all discerning travelers. The guests can calm their senses at the roof-top swimming pool or indulge in gastronomic delights at ‘Tiger Trail’ and at the 24 hour coffee shop ‘Limelight and can even lighten their spirit at ‘Salsa’- the signature lounge bar after a day of hectic bustle.
Accommodation Type - Deluxe
Trident, Cochin (Cochin)
Our Rating: 5 Star   |   Local Rating: 5 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Deluxe
"We are delighted to share the world of Trident Privilege with you. Avail of our exciting offers and enjoy the wide spectrum of privileges with each tier. You will find that our generous guest loyalty programme is truly rewarding. Trident Privilege Programme has three tiers - Red, Gold and Platinum. The benefits and privileges are based on your membership tier."
Tree House Anuraga (Ranthambore)
Our Rating: 5 Star   |   Local Rating: 5 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Deluxe
Imagine a world where time stands still. A world where the distant roar of the tiger echoes in the majestic foothills of the Aravalli’s. A world where tradition meets modernity. Imagine the world of Anuraga Treehouse Resort, one of the most exquisite resorts in Ranthambore.
Jaypee Siddharth (New Delhi)
Our Rating: 5 Star   |   Local Rating: 5 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Deluxe
With elegant interiors and modern comforts, Jaypee Siddharth Hotel is a delight for first time visitors and regular customers. Housing a 24-hours resto café, extensive conference and banquet spaces, the hotel enhances every aspect of your visit, taking care of each guest personally.
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