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Royal India Ex Canada

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Experience the extraordinary attractions of north and west India on our Royal India Tour. See the historical capital city of Delhi; visit the wondrous...
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Tordes Schaefer-Charlton
My love of travel and discovering new places began when I was very young, with my parents regularly taking me abroad on family vacations. Later, as a teenager, if not off having adventures in foreign lands, I could be found reminiscing and daydreaming about travel and sharing my passion with others. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have set foot on all seven continents (the most recent being Antarctica in 2011), to have visited over 65 countries worldwide and to have lived for extended periods in five remarkable destinations: Wales, France, Germany, Australia and Bali. Now in my 15th year in the travel industry, my passion is as fervent as ever and these days I am the one planning the family vacations; taking my own children out to discover the world and to see them grow through their experiences. From snorkelling with sharks in Belize and zip-lining at Copan to watching orangutans in the wild in Borneo and climbing the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, I hope that I have instilled a love of travel in them and that they find as rewarding as I have over the years. Helping people discover the pleasure of travel and watching them get bitten by the travel bug is what I enjoy most.
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Experience the extraordinary attractions of north and west India on our Royal India Tour. See the historical capital city of Delhi; visit the wondrous Taj Mahal, tour sacred lakeside temples and spend time in a desert tribal village; ride on an elephant, enjoy a camel ride in the desert and experience a romantic boat ride on Lake Pichola. Stay overnight in a palatial 17th century Palace and see the best that this beautiful country has to offer.
Tour Highlights
Explore the majestic Taj Mahal at sunrise
Climb up to the Amber Fort on the back of an elephant
Experience a special Pooja ceremony at a Ghat with a Hindu priest
   

Royal India Ex U.S.A. 16 Days


Land only participants should plan to arrive on day 2 of the itinerary

Extra pre-nights in Delhi can be booked for an additional USD125/person on a twin sharing basis.
DAY
1
USA DEPARTURE
Make your way to your gateway airport to board your flight to India. Enjoy in-flight meals and services. Overnight onboard the flight



DAY
2
DELHI ARRIVAL
Evening: 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.
Accommodation: Overnight in Delhi


DAY
3
DELHI – AGRA (205 KMS / 3 HRS)
Breakfast: At hotel
Morning: Tour Old and New Delhi visiting Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s serene and evocative cremation site, India Gate (the War Memorial) and the Presidents House (from the outside), the Baha’i Lotus Temple (closed on Mondays) - this distinctive lotus shaped marvel in marble is a symbol of peace, the Qutub Minar a stunning
240-foot minaret, the tallest in the world surrounded by an elaborate complex built in the Indo-Islamic architectural tradition.
Afternoon: Drive to Agra. On arrival check in to the hotel
Evening: At leisure
Accommodation: Overnight in Agra
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY
4
AGRA
Early Morning: Visit Taj Mahal a sunrise (closed on Fridays). Often considered the pinnacle of Mughal art in India, the Taj Mahal 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 dawn glow. Return back to the hotel
Breakfast: At hotel
Later take a Marble craftsmanship demonstration
Afternoon: Optional: Half day tour of Agra: USD 60/pp, min 02 pax
Starting with the visit of Itmad-Ud-Daulah monument, known as the "Baby Taj", the first Mughal structure totally built from marble. We will also visit the Sikandra, the sandstone and marble tomb of Akbar which blends Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Christian motifs and styles.
Later we will discover the Agra Fort, another UNESO heritage site built and added to between the 16th and 17th centuries by successive rulers of the Mughal Dynasty. The fort was built primarily as a military structure, but Shah Jahan upgraded it to a palace and later it became his gilded prison for 8 years after his son Aurangzeb seized power. The elegant building inside reflects an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles.

Evening: At leisure
Accommodation: Overnight in Agra


DAY
5
AGRA - JAIPUR (250 KMS / 5 HRS)
Breakfast: At hotel
Morning: Drive to Jaipur, enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri -an eerily abandoned capital from the Mughal Empire between 1570 and 1586. Akbar built this city to celebrate the birth of his son and future heir to the throne, Emperor Jahangir. While Akbar is believed to have been illiterate, he took great interest in the arts and architecture; Fatehpur Sikri is one of his masterworks. Sadly, it served as capital for little more than a decade, eventually abandoned for lack of accessible water.
Afternoon: Demonstration of gem-cutting & polishing
Evening: On arrival check in to the hotel. Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital is also known as the Pink City. The origin of this nickname becomes immediately apparent as you enter the old city walls and greet the pink-colored buildings that rise at every turn.
Optional: Authentic Rajasthani dinner with Local family: USD 50 /PP, min 02 pax
After a traditional welcome by your host, learn about their culture, cuisine, rituals and festivals. Listen to the stories of the Pink City from your charming hosts, admire the traditional décor of Hindu gods and Savor the great flavors of Rajasthani cuisine. Sit down with the family to feast on naans, lentils, curry, and dal- bati etc, as well as many other dishes typical of Rajasthan, including a dessert or sweet dish.
Accommodation: Overnight in Jaipur
Meals Included: Breakfast


DAY
6
JAIPUR
Breakfast: At hotel
Morning: Start with an exhilarating excursion to Amber Fort perched on top of a hill. A royal ride on elephant (subject to availability) up the hill like the Maharajas of past times and visit the Jagmandir (the hall of victory). Perched on a hillside on the outskirts of town, the palace was constructed in the 1590s by Maharaja Man Singh, the commander of Akbar’s army, and was largely motivated by the highly defensible location. This is a beautiful and very well preserved structure, built on four levels and surrounded by ruins, which served as the backdrop for the Mira Nair movie “Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love.”
Afternoon: At leisure
Optional: Half Day Jaipur city tour: USD 35/PP, min 02 pax
Accommodation: Overnight in Jaipur
Meals Included: Breakfast



DAY
7
JAIPUR - PUSHKAR (140 KMS /3.5 HRS)
Breakfast: At hotel
Morning: Drive to Pushkar a sacred city for Hindus. Surrounded by hills on three sides and sand dunes on the fourth, Pushkar forms a fascinating location and a befitting backdrop for the annual religious and cattle fair (held in November). A quiet, secluded desert town for 51 weeks a year, for just a few days it becomes an absolutely incredible and authentic extravaganza during the annual Pushkar Fair. Drawing people from all around the globe, it is also quite possibly the largest camel and cattle-trading fair in the world.
Afternoon: Arrive in Pushkar; check in to the hotel. Enjoy a walking tour of the holy city of the God, Brahma; visit the holy Pushkar Lake and the famous 8th century Brahma Temple dedicated to Lord Brahma the creator of the universe and the only Bull temple in the world. Experience a special Pooja ceremony at a Ghat with a Hindu priest on the banks of Pushkar Lake
Accommodation: Overnight in Pushkar (Special Deluxe Tents during the Pushkar Camel Fair)
Meals Included: Breakfast


DAY
8
PUSHKAR – UDAIPUR (260 KMS / 5 HRS)
Breakfast: At hotel
Morning: After breakfast drive to Udaipur. Udaipur is the majestic city of lakes and palaces. Founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 and fondly referred to as Rajasthan’s most romantic city, its rich history is matched by its picturesque setting among the Aravalli Mountains and three manmade lakes.
Afternoon: On arrival in Udaipur; check in to the hotel.
Evening: Optional: Sunset cruise on Lake Pichola: USD 40/PP, min 02 pax
Sailing past picturesque Ghats and palaces, stopping at the island of Jag Mandir, a 17th century water palace that witnessed two important historical events. It was the refuge for Prince Khurram, later known as Shah Jahan, when he was exiled by his father and later during the uprising of 1857, the island offered safety to several British families who fled from nearby Née much.
Accommodation: Overnight in Udaipur
Meals Included: Breakfast


DAY
9
UDAIPUR
Breakfast: At hotel
Morning: Begin our day at the City Palace, overlooking the blue waters of Lake Pichola. Maharana Udai Singh initiated construction in 1559 A.D. and it was subsequently expanded, with impressive uniformity, by several succeeding Maharanas. The palace consists of a number of beautiful courtyards and gardens. The main hall has been converted into a museum, housing opulent artifacts and original works of art. Inside the complex we will find the exquisite crystal gallery, exhibiting 19th century pieces including crystal chandeliers, tables, sofas and beds. We will continue walking towards the Jagdish Temple to study its many remarkable friezes. Lavishly built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh, it is easy to understand why Jagdish is the most venerated Hindu temple in Udaipur. Afterwards we will explore the Old City, wandering through its bustling streets lined with art shops, spice vendors, tailors and more.
Accommodation: Overnight in Udaipur
Meals Included: Breakfast


DAY
10
UDAIPUR - JODHPUR (285 KMS / 5 HRS)
Breakfast: At hotel
Morning: Drive to Jodhpur, en-route visit Ranakpur Temple built in the 15th century and located in a valley on the western side of the Aravali Range. Ranakpur is considered one of the five holiest sites of the Jain community and is exceptionally beautiful. Over 1444 marble pillars, each differently carved in exquisite detail; support the temple although legend has it that it is really impossible to count the pillars. Not to be missed in the temple is one carving out of a single stone with 108 heads of snakes and numerous tails.
Afternoon: Upon arrival check in to the hotel
Evening At leisure
Accommodation: Overnight in Jodhpur
Meals Included: Breakfast


DAY
11
JODHPUR– JAISALMER (290 KMS/ 5.5 HRS)
Breakfast: At hotel
Morning: Visit Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada. Later drive to Jaisalmer founded by Prince Jaisal in 1156. Jaisalmer was a major staging post on the trade route across the forbidding Thar Desert. The first glimpse of the honey colored walls of the fort, rising out of the hot and barren desert is magical. Untouched by time, Jaisalmer, with its golden crenulated walls, narrow streets lined with exquisite havelis, has a medieval ambience.
Afternoon: Arrive in Jaisalmer; check in to the hotel
Evening: At leisure
Accommodation: Overnight in Jaisalmer
Meals Included: Breakfast


DAY
12
JAISALMER
Breakfast: At hotel
Morning: Tour Jaisalmer; the fort, often referred to as the Golden Fort because of the color of the stone, encloses palaces decorated with delicate jali or lattice worked screens, carved doors and floral carvings and elaborately carved 12th to 16th century Jain temples. The havelis in both the fort and the town are exceptional, similar in style to the homes of Venetian merchants; the havelis were the mansions of wealthy traders. The houses are decorated with beautifully carved facades, screens and windows. Each haveli has an inner courtyard surrounded by richly decorated apartments. Walk through the narrow streets of the fort to see the Nathmalji-ki-Haveli with its beautiful arched roof with carved brackets in the form of peacocks; Patwon-ki-Haveli the most elaborate and magnificent haveli and best known for its latticed façade and Salim Singh
ki Haveli. Outside the walls of the fortified town is the small oasis of Gadi Sagar, which led Prince Jaisal to found his city.
Evening: Optional: Enjoy a unique camel ride: USD 45 per person, based on a minimum of 10 guests
See the sunset at Sam Dunes known for its enormous stretch of sweeping dunes with little or no vegetation that make it a surrealistic landscape with ever changing patterns carved by winds on the sand. Enjoy a camel ride out on the dunes at sunset before returning to “base camp” for beer/soft drinks and snacks while being entertained by folk singers and dance performances.
Accommodation: Overnight in Jaisalmer
Meals Included: Breakfast


DAY
13
JAISALMER – BIKANER (325 KMS/ 6 HRS)
Breakfast: At hotel
Morning: After breakfast drive to Bikaner
Afternoon: Arrive in Bikaner; check in to the hotel. Day at leisure.
Accommodation: Overnight in Bikaner
Meals Included: Breakfast


DAY
14
BIKANER – MANDAWA (200 KMS/ 4 HRS)
Breakfast: At hotel
Morning: Visit Junagarh Fort, begun by Raja Rai Singh in the 16th century, but was added on over the next three centuries. The outer wall, built of light red sandstone is surrounded by a moat, and within are beautifully designed palaces with balconies, kiosks, fine jali or lattice work screens with richly decorated interiors. The Badal Mahal in the fort has walls covered with stories from Krishna’s life, whilst the walls of the oldest palace, the Lal Niwas, are elaborately decorated in red and gold. Drive to Mandawa
Afternoon: Arrive at Mandawa; check in to the hotel. Enjoy a walking tour of Mandawa dominated by a painted arched gateway adorned with Lord Krishna and his cows. Visit Chokhani and Ladia Havelis and the street with Saraf Havelis
Accommodation: Overnight in Mandawa
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY
15
MANDAWA – DELHI (265 KMS / 6 HRS)
Breakfast: At hotel
Morning: Depart back to Delhi
Late Afternoon: Free time for last minute shopping in Delhi.
Evening: Transfer to Indira Gandhi International Airport to check in for onward flights
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY
16
DELHI - USA
Arrive back in USA

Prices are per person based on twin share basis. A single supplement for up to $950 applies for this tour.

Tours departing from Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD) and 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

Deluxe Category
Start Date End Date Ex Los Angeles (LAX) Ex New York (JFK) Land Only
13 Sep 2017 28 Sep 2017 USD $ 1950.00 Per Person USD $ 1850.00 Per Person USD $ 995.00 Per Person
20 Sep 2017 05 Oct 2017 USD $ 1950.00 Per Person USD $ 1850.00 Per Person USD $ 995.00 Per Person
22 Oct 2017 06 Nov 2017 USD $ 2195.00 Per Person USD $ 2095.00 Per Person USD $ 1250.00 Per Person
25 Oct 2017 09 Nov 2017 USD $ 2195.00 Per Person USD $ 2095.00 Per Person USD $ 1250.00 Per Person
08 Nov 2017 23 Nov 2017 USD $ 2095.00 Per Person USD $ 1995.00 Per Person USD $ 1150.00 Per Person
22 Nov 2017 07 Dec 2017 USD $ 2095.00 Per Person USD $ 1995.00 Per Person USD $ 1150.00 Per Person
24 Nov 2017 09 Dec 2017 USD $ 2095.00 Per Person USD $ 1995.00 Per Person USD $ 1150.00 Per Person
20 Dec 2017 03 Jan 2018 USD $ 2395.00 Per Person USD $ 2295.00 Per Person USD $ 1350.00 Per Person
17 Jan 2018 01 Feb 2018 USD $ 2095.00 Per Person USD $ 1995.00 Per Person USD $ 1150.00 Per Person
24 Jan 2018 08 Feb 2018 USD $ 2095.00 Per Person USD $ 1995.00 Per Person USD $ 1150.00 Per Person
14 Feb 2018 01 Mar 2018 USD $ 2095.00 Per Person USD $ 1995.00 Per Person USD $ 1150.00 Per Person
07 Mar 2018 22 Mar 2018 USD $ 2095.00 Per Person USD $ 1995.00 Per Person USD $ 1150.00 Per Person
28 Mar 2018 12 Apr 2018 USD $ 2095.00 Per Person USD $ 1995.00 Per Person USD $ 1150.00 Per Person
11 Apr 2018 26 Apr 2018 USD $ 1950.00 Per Person USD $ 1850.00 Per Person USD $ 995.00 Per Person
18 Apr 2018 03 May 2018 USD $ 1950.00 Per Person USD $ 1850.00 Per Person USD $ 995.00 Per Person
09 May 2018 24 May 2018 USD $ 1950.00 Per Person USD $ 1850.00 Per Person USD $ 995.00 Per Person
16 May 2018 31 May 2018 USD $ 1950.00 Per Person USD $ 1850.00 Per Person USD $ 995.00 Per Person
12 Sep 2018 27 Sep 2018 USD $ 1950.00 Per Person USD $ 1850.00 Per Person USD $ 995.00 Per Person
19 Sep 2018 04 Oct 2018 USD $ 1950.00 Per Person USD $ 1850.00 Per Person USD $ 995.00 Per Person
17 Oct 2018 01 Nov 2018 USD $ 2195.00 Per Person USD $ 2095.00 Per Person USD $ 1250.00 Per Person
21 Nov 2018 06 Dec 2018 USD $ 2095.00 Per Person USD $ 1995.00 Per Person USD $ 1150.00 Per Person
19 Dec 2018 03 Jan 2019 USD $ 2395.00 Per Person USD $ 2295.00 Per Person USD $ 1350.00 Per Person

13 Nights accommodation at listed hotels or similar
Return airport transfers
Daily Breakfast
Demonstration of Marble craftsmanship in Agra
Shoe covers at the Taj Mahal
Demonstration of Carpet weaving and block printing in Jaipur
Elephant ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur
Pooja ceremony on Ghat with Hindu Priest in Pushkar
Sightseeing & Entrance fees as per the itinerary
Service of an English-speaking Tour Manager
All transportation in an AC Chauffer driven vehicle
All presently applicable taxes
International Airfare from different gateways
International Air taxes and fuel surcharges
Items of a personal nature, Tips & gratuities
Visa fees
Optional tours
Travel Insurance
International Airfare for land only packages
Items not mentioned as being included
13 Nights + 2 nights in transit
Accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis
Accommodation Type - Standard
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.
Jaypee Siddharth (New Delhi)
Our Rating: 5 Star   |   Local Rating: 5 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
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.
Accommodation Type - Deluxe
Pushkar Resort (Pushkar)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 3 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Deluxe
Pushkar Resort is A luxury resort in Pushkar (Rajasthan, India), a place reputed for the cattle / camel fair in Oct-Nov and destination all through the year. Pushkar Resort significance is that its best suited for both Indian and Inbound guests. Its located 6 kms from lake, ghats and the Brahma temple and has a spread out layout spread over tens of acres of greenery and gardens. Cottage Accommodation, Spreadout layout and excellent room interiors and modern comforts are good for a relaxing stay.
Lallgarh Palace (Bikaner)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Deluxe
The Lallgarh palace is an imposing red- sand stone palace and was built by Maharaja Ganga Singhji in the memory of his father, Maharaj Lall Singhj in 1902 A.D. This oriental fantasy designed by Col. Sir Swinton Jacob, is entirely a hybrid architecture and mixture of different elements of Rajput, Muslim and European styles and can be categorized as Indo- Saracenic style. The Rajput exterior of Lallgarh Palace contrasts dramatically with the occidental décor within. The intricately dexterous carving on red stone is hall mark of great local craftsman.
Desert Resort (Mandawa)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Deluxe
In the heart of Rajasthan , the colourful land of the Rajputs is the region of Shekhawati, taking its name from the powerful Shekhawat clan. The legends of this historic land have been captured in the murals and frescoes of its Havelis, Forts, Temples, and cenotaphs. Set against this exotic backdrop is The Desert Resort , Mandawa.
Ranbanka Palace (Jodhpur)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Deluxe
"The magnificent sandstone building, built for Maharajadhiraj of Jodhpur, Sir Ajit Singh ji, the younger brother of Maharaja Umaid Singh, tastefully blends the lavish interiors and modern comforts. Present day facilities are harmonized so as not to disturb the antiquity of the royal abode. Ranbanka Palace exudes an aura distinctly its own - enhanced by its rich and varied collection of paintings, treasure troves and hunting trophies of yesteryears, all so well preserved by the royal family, which still uses a part of the building as its home. Overlooking the seemingly invincible Mehrangarh Fort on one side and the gigantic Umaid Bhawan Palace on the other, Ranbanka Palace holds the lingering echoes of a bygone era, like no other place. The property is promoted by R.K. Karanvijay Singh (grandson of Maharajadhiraj Sir Ajit Singhji), a polo player who has participated in major national and international polo tournaments. "
Fort Rajwada (Jaisalmer)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Deluxe
"Fort Rajwada is a regal way of experiencing Jaisalmer. This luxury hotel stands tall among hotels in Western Rajasthan for its exquisite architecture blending with the picturesque & rich heritage of the Golden City - JAISALMER. Wonderful carving of the front building Built in the Golden City – Jaisalmer facing the “SONAR KILLA” Fort Rajwada is a unique piece of architecture in yellow sand stone which comes alive with the fall of the sunrays on it giving it a golden glow to the absolute delight and enchantment of guests "
Good morning Ayesha

Lew and I are home and starting to get rested.
Thank you for arranging such an excellent trip for us.
India was fascinating...so many contrasts...rich and poor...huge palaces and homeless...cattle on the road....traffic everywhere.
Our accommodations were an excellent variety , hotels, palaces, resorts,heritage sites ,mud construction. Exposure to many cultures.

Shailendra Singh Udawat, our guide, showed his love and pride in his country...gave us wonderful tales of the past, Explained carefully what we were about to see, handled all the tips by collecting from each of us so that we were not constantly reaching into our wallets for rupees.
I would recommend that you request him as a guide for any tours you organize.

All in all , a wonderful adventure and we certainly will be recommending your company to any who express a desire to see such fabulous countries.

Thanks again,

Lew and Jean R. , Feb 2015
Tordes,

Just a quick note to let you know the Royal India trip was WONDERFUL.
Everything about it - the organization - hotels, transportation, etc. could not have been better.
Mihapal was the perfect guide - informative, solicitous, and certainly giving value-added service.
His driver and helper were also pleasant, and helpful.
I loved every minute of the bus rides through India, and the wonderful sites we visited.

Lois  , Mar 2014
 
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