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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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Description
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
The capital of India is a bustling metropolis that successfully combines the ancient and the modern in its folds. Delhi can broadly be divided into two parts, Old Delhi and New Delhi. Old Delhi was the capital of Delhi’s Muslim rulers notably the Mughals between 17th & 19th centuries. New Delhi on the other hand is referred to as the Imperial city when the British decided to move their capital from Calcutta in 1911. On arrival you will be met transferred to the hotel for a non-alcoholic welcome drink.
Accommodation: Overnight in Delhi


DAY
3
DELHI
Breakfast: At hotel
Morning: Your adventure begins this morning 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. 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.
Accommodation: Overnight in Delhi
Meals Included: Breakfast


DAY
4
DELHI - AGRA
Breakfast: At hotel
Morning: 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. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure or perhaps book an optional tour to the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah.

Optional: Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah- 35 USD / 50 CAD 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.

Accommodation: Overnight in Agra
Meals Included: Breakfast


DAY
5
AGRA
Early Morning: 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. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or perhaps book an optional tour to Agra Fort.

Breakfast: At hotel
Optional: Agra Fort - 40 USD / 55 CAD 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.

Accommodation: Overnight in Agra
Meals Included: Breakfast


DAY
6
AGRA - RANTHAMBORE
Breakfast: At hotel
Morning: 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.
Accommodation: Overnight in Ramthambore
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner


DAY
7
RANTHAMBORE
Breakfast: At hotel
Morning: 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. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure or perhaps return to the park for an optional afternoon game drive.

Optional: Ranthambore Canter Safari – 65 USD / 90 CAD per person on SIC basis
Enjoy a three-hour afternoon canter safari (sharing basis) in Ranthambore National Park. A Canter safari is the best way see exotic wildlife. A Canter safari vehicle can accommodate between 16-20 people.

Accommodation: Overnight in Ranthambore
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


DAY
8
RANTHAMBORE - JAIPUR
Breakfast: At hotel
Morning: 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.

Dinner: Authentic Rajasthani dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Jaipur
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner


DAY
9
JAIPUR
Breakfast: At hotel
Morning: After breakfast take a half-day tour of the city visiting the Maharaja’s City Palace where you will see the Mubarak Mahal, the Museums of Textiles, the Diwan-e-Khas and Diwan-e-am. The 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, the City Palace stands apart, with its outstanding art and architecture. Afterwards drive past the Hawa Mahal - an impressive bee hive like tower with a beautiful façade for a photo stop. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure or perhaps pre book one of our optional tours.

Optional: Half a day tour of Amber Fort – 45 USD / 60 CAD per person
Optional: Visit of Jantar Mantar –35 USD / 50 CAD per person
Optional: Experience Elephants –55 USD / 75 CAD per person
Optional: Traditional Indian Cooking Lesson –60 USD / 80 CAD per person

Accommodation: Overnight in Jaipur
Meals Included: Breakfast



DAY
10
JAIPUR – COCHIN (FLIGHT) – COCHIN – ALLEPPEY
Breakfast: At hotel
Morning: Today you will be transferred to Jaipur International 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.
Accommodation: Overnight in Alleppey
Meals Included: Breakfast


DAY
11
ALLEPPEY
Breakfast: At hotel
Morning: Enjoy your day at leisure; perhaps book one of the optional tours. Overnight in Alleppey

Optional: Deluxe Houseboat cruise (Alleppey round trip) – 100 USD / 135 CAD per person
Optional: Cycling – 100 USD / 135 CAD per person
Optional: Backwater Kayaking – 80 USD / CAD 100 per person including lunch

Accommodation: Overnight in Alleppey
Meals Included: Breakfast


DAY
12
ALLEPPEY - COCHIN
Breakfast: At hotel
Morning: 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. Evening Enjoy South Indian Dinner & an overnight in Cochin

Dinner: Authentic South Indian dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Cochin
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner


DAY
13
COCHIN
Breakfast: At hotel
Morning: Enjoy your day at leisure; perhaps book one of the following optional tours. Overnight in Cochin

Optional: Kathakali Dance show – 35 USD / 48 CAD per person
Optional: Kalaripayattu Martial Art –40 USD / 55 CAD per person
Optional: Hands on Cooking Lesson –75 USD / 100 CAD per person
Optional: Muziris Heritage Tours (Jewish heritage tour) –85 USD / 115 CAD per person

Accommodation: Overnight in Cochin
Meals Included: Breakfast


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


DAY
15
USA ARRIVAL
Arrive back in USA


Prices are per person based on twin share basis. A single supplement of up to $799 applies for this tour.

Tours departing from Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD) and Washington (IAD) add $100 to New Yprk (JFK) prices.
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Tours departing from San Francisco (SFO) have the same price than Los Angeles (LAX) prices.

Guaranteed Departure Dates

Superior Category
Start Date End Date Ex Los Angeles (LAX) Ex New York (JFK) Land Only
20 Sep 2017 04 Oct 2017 USD $ 2390.00 Per Person USD $ 1990.00 Per Person USD $ 1090.00 Per Person
27 Sep 2017 11 Oct 2017 USD $ 2390.00 Per Person USD $ 1990.00 Per Person USD $ 1090.00 Per Person
03 Oct 2017 17 Oct 2017 USD $ 2890.00 Per Person USD $ 2190.00 Per Person USD $ 1290.00 Per Person
11 Oct 2017 25 Oct 2017 USD $ 2890.00 Per Person USD $ 2190.00 Per Person USD $ 1290.00 Per Person
18 Oct 2017 01 Nov 2017 USD $ 2890.00 Per Person USD $ 2190.00 Per Person USD $ 1290.00 Per Person
01 Nov 2017 15 Nov 2017 USD $ 2890.00 Per Person USD $ 2190.00 Per Person USD $ 1290.00 Per Person
15 Nov 2017 29 Nov 2017 USD $ 2890.00 Per Person USD $ 2190.00 Per Person USD $ 1290.00 Per Person
06 Dec 2017 20 Dec 2017 USD $ 2890.00 Per Person USD $ 2190.00 Per Person USD $ 1290.00 Per Person
24 Jan 2018 07 Feb 2018 USD $ 2890.00 Per Person USD $ 2190.00 Per Person USD $ 1290.00 Per Person
21 Feb 2018 07 Mar 2018 USD $ 2890.00 Per Person USD $ 2190.00 Per Person USD $ 1290.00 Per Person
14 Mar 2018 28 Mar 2018 USD $ 2890.00 Per Person USD $ 2190.00 Per Person USD $ 1290.00 Per Person
21 Mar 2018 04 Apr 2018 USD $ 2890.00 Per Person USD $ 2190.00 Per Person USD $ 1290.00 Per Person
04 Apr 2018 18 Apr 2018 USD $ 2390.00 Per Person USD $ 1990.00 Per Person USD $ 1090.00 Per Person
24 Apr 2018 08 May 2018 USD $ 2390.00 Per Person USD $ 1990.00 Per Person USD $ 1090.00 Per Person
25 Apr 2018 09 May 2018 USD $ 2390.00 Per Person USD $ 1990.00 Per Person USD $ 1090.00 Per Person
02 May 2018 16 May 2018 USD $ 2390.00 Per Person USD $ 1990.00 Per Person USD $ 1090.00 Per Person
23 May 2018 06 Jun 2018 USD $ 2390.00 Per Person USD $ 1990.00 Per Person USD $ 1090.00 Per Person
05 Sep 2018 19 Sep 2018 USD $ 2390.00 Per Person USD $ 1990.00 Per Person USD $ 1090.00 Per Person
26 Sep 2018 10 Oct 2018 USD $ 2390.00 Per Person USD $ 1990.00 Per Person USD $ 1090.00 Per Person
10 Oct 2018 24 Oct 2018 USD $ 2890.00 Per Person USD $ 2190.00 Per Person USD $ 1290.00 Per Person
24 Oct 2018 07 Nov 2018 USD $ 2890.00 Per Person USD $ 2190.00 Per Person USD $ 1290.00 Per Person
14 Nov 2018 28 Nov 2018 USD $ 2890.00 Per Person USD $ 2190.00 Per Person USD $ 1290.00 Per Person
28 Nov 2018 12 Dec 2018 USD $ 2890.00 Per Person USD $ 2190.00 Per Person USD $ 1290.00 Per Person

12 Nights accommodation at listed hotels or similar
On arrival meeting & assistance by our representative
Indian Traditional welcome
12 daily buffet breakfast
All meals in Ranthambore
Special Rajasthani Dinner in Jaipur
Special South Indian Dinner in Cochin
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
International airfare from different Gateways
Domestic airfare
Taxes & fuel surcharges
Items of a personal nature, Tips & gratuities
Visa fees
Optional tours
Travel Insurance
International airfare for land only option
Any item not mentioned as included
12 Nights Hotels
Accommodation is provided on a twin sharing basis
Accommodation Type - Standard
Crowne Plaza Okhla (New Delhi)
Our Rating: 5 Star   |   Local Rating: 5 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
The sleek Crowne Plaza New Delhi Okhla hotel is a landmark structure in South Delhi, placing you close to local business complexes and multinational companies. Step into our bright and airy Lobby, and cross the marbled floor past the chandelier and sparkling waterfall where our efficient staff are waiting to check you in to your spacious room. Our guests take the 20km trip from Indira Gandhi International Airport by taxi or rental car in under an hour. Crowne Plaza New Delhi Okhla is situated a short drive from international corporations like Samsung, Adidas and Yamaha. You can reach Delhi's major tourist attractions, such as the Red Fort, Qutab Minar and the vast, 14th-century ruins of Tughlakabad Fort, in under 30 minutes from the hotel.
Holiday Inn Jaipur City Centre (Jaipur)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
Holiday Inn Jaipur City center is a 5 star property located in the Pink City of India, Jaipur. It is in close proximity to Jaipur Railway Station (2.2 km), Jaipur Bus stand ( 2.7 km) and Jaipur Airport (9.9 Km). Most popular tourist attraction like Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort, City Palace Jaipur, Jal Mahal and Albert Hall Museum are easily accessible for the guests. The hotel offers facilities like doctor on call, porterage 24-hour, Wi-Fi, lift and parking facility. Moreover facilities like airport / railway transfers, car rental facilities, guide services, sightseeing, taxi Services and travel assistance is offered at a charge. The hotel also offers facilities like, gymnasium, outdoor swimming pool. The property provides well equipped business facilities like business centre, board room, conference hall and facilities, secretarial services and executive lounge making it suitable for all kind of formal and informal events.
Ramada Plaza Agra (Agra)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
The Ramada Plaza Agra is conveniently situated near the Taj Mahal. Enjoy our beautifully landscaped grounds, swimming pool with adjoining bar, and fitness center. Our onsite restaurants provide 24-hour room service.
Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere (Alleppey)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
Staying at Vasundhara is a sublime engagement with luxury living. In each of our 60 rooms, heritage motifs meld with contemporary design in room architecture and furnishings, conjuring a new perspective on hospitality and on Kerala. Feel indulged with beautifully appointed rooms, bathrooms, and a host of amenities at your fingertips. Cool breezes and a glorious view of the waterfront present you with your very own slice of God's Own Country.
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.
It is with a great deal of gratitude that I write to you both today. Our family has just returned from our fantastic journey through India and I wanted to let you know what a wonderful experience we had!

This was our first trip that we ever booked as a tour through an agency. Usually we book our own travel and take a self guided journey. With a trip to India we knew that we would need some expert help in order to get the most out of our travel and we are so pleased we did.

Our adventure, from beginning to end, was extraordinary. From our first pick up at the Delhi airport until our drop off 2 weeks later, everything was perfect. It is important to me that you know how much we appreciate all that was done for us.


Jean A. , Mar 2017
 
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