Highlights

  • Explore kaleidoscopic India, seeing contrasting Old and New Delhi; holy Varanasi; and - if luck has it - the exclusive Bengal tiger in Panna National Park.
    • Witness the Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset.
      • Take an elephant safari in Jaipur.
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Mumbai, India

Arrive in Mumbai, where an X! Travel Club representative meets and transfers you to your iconic hotel.

Day 2 - Mumbai | Bustling Environs

After a morning at leisure, explore the city’s classic sights, including the Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a UNESCO World Heritage building. Skirt Marine Drive, continuing to residential Malabar Hill. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum and Mani Bhawan, a museum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi. See the Dhobi Ghat open-air laundry. Sit down to a welcome cocktail and dinner with fellow guests at your fine hotel restaurant.

Day 3 - Mumbai/Udaipur | Temples and Palaces

Cruise Mumbai Harbour to Elephanta Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see its renowned temples, carved directly out of the basalt rock. Later, fly to Udaipur and check into your hotel. Dinner is at your leisure.

Day 4 - Udaipur | Cruise to Jag Mandir

Visit the City Palace, a marble complex of palaces and galleries overlooking the lake. Take a private tour of the Crystal Gallery in Fateh Prakesh Palace, and stroll through Sahelion Ki Bari (Garden of the Maids of Honor). Pay a visit to a local painting school as well as the Mayur Arts store. Later, take a private cruise to Jag Mandir, a palace on an island in Lake Pichola. Enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Day 5 - Udaipur | Cruise to Jag Mandir

After breakfast, set out on an excursion to Eklingji and Nagda temples. Break for lunch a nearby Lebua Devi Garh Fort Palace. Return to Udaipur to spend the rest of your day at leisure, enjoying the superb amenities of your accommodations, a former residence of royalty.

Day 6-7: Pushkar | A Vibrant Fair

Early this morning, drive to the otherwise quiet, secluded desert town of Pushkar, sharing the road with camels, trucks, cattle, water buffalo and rickshaws as you approach. Spend the next two days experiencing the bustling Pushkar Fair, a colorful whirl of activity drawing people from all around the globe. See painted and adorned camels as well as cattle as they are traded; peruse stalls selling camel tassels and ancient woven gypsy dowry bags; and witness Hindu devotees as they throng the ghats around Pushkar Lake in order to bathe, cleanse their sins, and attain a place in heaven, and visit the Brahma temple. Dine each evening at the fine restaurant at your resort.

Day 8-9: Jaipur | The Pink City

Travel overland to Jaipur and check into your hotel, the former residence of the Maharajah of Jaipur. This evening, attend a cultural dance performance, followed by dinner. The next day, explore the Mughal-style Amber Fort. You may also embark on an elephant ride through the countryside with the help of a mahout (trainer). Stop for an al fresco lunch, and then, on a tour of the city, visit open-air Jantar Mantar, seeing its astronomical instruments, and the pink sandstone Hawa Mahal. Enjoy your evening at leisure.

Day 10- 11: Agra | Monuments of Emperors

Travel to Fatehpur Sikri, a “ghost city” of delicately carved red sandstone. Continue to Agra and your luxury hotel, catching your first glimpse of the breathtaking Taj Mahal from your window, before viewing it up close at sunset. Visit this architectural masterpiece again the next morning, when the rising sun lends a warm pink tint to its marble face. Then, visit the Agra Fort, a 16th-century Mughal monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site, before enjoying lunch at your hotel and an afternoon at leisure, with the option to make an excursion to Fatehpur Sikri.

Day 12-13: Jhansi/Panna/Khajuraho | Forests and Temples

This morning, board an express train to Jhansi, where you have lunch at the Jhansi Hotel. Then, continue to remote Panna National Park, checking in to your wilderness lodge. The next day, drive to Khajuraho to see its magnificent Hindu and Jain temples adorned with intricate stone carvings depicting all aspects of life. After lunch, return to Panna for a game drive in a four-wheel-drive vehicle, spotting crocodiles or perhaps the elusive tiger. Return to your lodge for a cooking demonstration that creates at tasty Chef’s Table experience.

Day 14-15: Varanasi/Delhi | India’s Holiest City

After a morning at leisure, fly to Varanasi, a city sacred to Hindus and Buddhists alike. At dusk, head to the banks of the sacred Ganges River to witness the Aarti ceremony. The next day, begin with an early morning boat ride on the Ganges at sunrise. After breakfast, set out on a city tour that includes a visit to the 18th-century Durga Temple, devoted to the Hindu deity Durga; Bharat Mata Temple, dedicated by Mahatma Gandhi to Mother India; and Banaras Hindu University. Then, see the Buddhist city of Sarnath. This afternoon, fly to Delhi and settle in to your hotel, where you later gather for a farewell cocktail and dinner.

Day 16: Delhi | Exploring the Old and the New

In Old Delhi, drive past the Red Fort; visit the great Jama Masjid, and set off on an exciting rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk bazaar. After lunch, tour New Delhi, seeing Humayun’s Tomb, which prefigures techniques later perfected in the Taj Mahal; Qutub Minar; the India Gate, an 85-foot-high arch whose design reflects India’s Muslim and Hindu traditions; and Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the President of India. Return to your hotel and enjoy dinner at your leisure.

Day 17: Depart Delhi

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to depart or board a flight to Kathmandu for a post-tour extension.

Activity Difficulty Level

1 out of 5

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Prices & Dates

From: ` 0 Per person double occupancy

2015 - ` 0 (X!TC Member); ` 1000 (Non-member)

2016

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Price Includes

  • Stay in former palaces, including iconic royal residences such as the lavish Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur.
  • Ride Like a Local on a rickshaw through Old Delhi.
  • Experience the glorious Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset.

Price Does Not Include

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  • The items which are not mentioned in the inclusions.

 

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Terms

  • The above price is valid for a minimum of 2 persons travelling together.
  • Airfare / Hotel rates are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Rates are not valid during Trade Fairs, Special Events, New Year & Black Out Dates.
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Gear List

In addition to everyday wear here’s a check list of items you should ideally carry on your trip. This list is not exhaustive but contains almost everything you need to enjoy your trip.

Health:

  1. First aid kit
  2. Medicines to any specific health problems
  3. Medicines for common problems such as cold, fever

Finances:

  1. Insurance
  2. Cash/travelers cheques
  3. Credit/Debit cards
  4. Inform credit card company that you are traveling
  5. Save all required information online in a secure account

Electronics:

  1. Camera + charger & battery
  2. Travel power adapter
  3. Smartphone + charger
  4. Laptop/tablet + charger
  5. Purchase foreign SIM card if necessary

Outerwear:

  1. Jacket/sweater
  2. Windcheater
  3. Rain coat
  4. Flat walking shoes
  5. Trekking shoes if necessary

Other:

  1. Inform family you are traveling
  2. Leave emergency numbers
  3. Install tracking apps
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