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Trip Type : Group Tour
Historical Tajmahal-India-1379273-P

Beyond the Golden Triangle

Cox & Kings - the Americas
4.7 . Excellent
96%
Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
12 days
From: $ 6,570 $ 548 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit the grand Mughal and colonial monuments of Delhi
  • Enjoy a sunrise cruise on the sacred Ganges in Varanasi
  • Discover the gastronomic delights of Varanasi on a fascinating culinary tour
  • Travel to Agra to experience the timeless beauty of the Taj Mahal at sunset
  • Hear your steps echo atthe abandoned capital of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Admire the views from the massive Amber Fort in Jaipur and visit the stately Hawa Mahal
  • See the sights in vibrant Mumbai and sail out to Elephanta Island

Short Description

Travel from the historic sites of the Mughal Empire in Delhi to the banks of the holy Ganges in Varanasi on this Escorted Luxury Group Journey. Watch the sun set upon the glorious white marble domes of the famed Taj Mahal. Then head west to the deserts of Rajasthan and experience the heraldic past in the Pink City of Jaipur. Spend your nights in an opulent palace hotel and ride on elephant back to explore the Amber Fort. End your journey in vibrant, cosmopolitan Mumbai.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
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Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Delhi
End City Mumbai

Trip Includes

  • All hotel accommodations as per the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary (B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner)
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Sightseeing as described in itinerary including entrance fees and
  • services of professional local guides

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Accommodation: The Imperial, New Delhi

Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Delhi

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: The Imperial, New Delhi

Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the past as you explore Old Delhi's Red Fort, an opulent bastion of the Mughal Empire. Also visit Shah Jahan's incredible Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in the world. This evening, enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers.

Day 3: Delhi

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: The Imperial, New Delhi

Get acquainted with the red sandstone tower of Qutab Minar, built to celebrate the onset of Muslim rule. Then, soak up the atmosphere at the garden tomb of Emperor Humayun and admire the imposing India Gate. Savor a local lunch and then enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Day 4: To Varanasi

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: The Gateway Hotel Ganges

Fly to the ancient city of Varanasi. Later, visit Sarnath and then continue to the banks of the River Ganges and witness the magical evening aarti ceremony.

Day 5: Varanasi

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: The Gateway Hotel Ganges

Early this morning, immerse yourself in the sacred surroundings as you enjoy a sunrise boat ride. Later, embark on a walking tour that will take you through a maze of back lanes, which exude the smells and sounds of this holy city. Visit Kachauri Gali, a lane filled with a tempting bouquet of spices, where cooks sit beside huge pans of smoking oil, balanced on earthen ovens. While exploring, you'll have the opportunity to interact with local food sellers, learn fascinating facts about Varanasi street food and sample the delicacies that Varanasi is renowned for.

Day 6: To Agra

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: The Oberoi Amarvilas

This morning, fly to Agra, the former capital of Hindustan. After checking in, take a tour of the palaces, mosques and audience halls of magnificent Agra Fort, a walled city built out of red sandstone in the 16th century. In this once-impregnable fortress, discover the many hidden rooms and immerse yourself in the grand legacy of the Mughals in India. End the day with a sunset visit to the exquisite white marble mausoleum of the Taj Mahal, which Emperor Shah Jahan built as a shrine to his everlasting love for his queen, Mumtaz Mahal.

Day 7: To Jaipur

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: The Oberoi Rajvilas

Depart Agra for the Pink City of Jaipur. En route, explore Fatehpur Sikri, the enigmatic red-sandstone city built by Emperor Akbar as his capital and abandoned just 15 years later. Stop for a tasty lunch on the way. Upon arrival, take a stroll around the grounds of your palace hotel.

Day 8: Jaipur

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: The Oberoi Rajvilas

Ride on stately elephants to the spectacular Amber Fort. From the massive ramparts of the intimidating fort, savor the breeze and look down upon the shining waters of Maota Lake and the labyrinthine, historic old city. Back in town, spend some time admiring the lovely Hawa Mahal, which provided a place where the royal ladies could watch the regal parades without being gazed upon by the commoners.

Day 9: Jaipur

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: The Oberoi Rajvilas

Visit the City Palace Museum and marvel at its collection of Rajasthani costumes, weaponry and miniature painting before you continue to the awe-inspiring Jantar Mantar observatory. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Option: Enjoy an elephant safari followed by a picnic lunch.

Day 10: To Mumbai

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: The Taj Mahal Palace

Fly to Mumbai. En route to the hotel, visit Dhobi Ghat, Banganga and a lovely Jain temple. Following check-in, continue to explore this vibrant city.

Day 11: Mumbai

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: The Taj Mahal Palace

Set sail to visit the spectacular sculptures of the caves on Elephanta Island. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Day 12: Depart Mumbai

Meals: Breakfast

Today, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Cancellation Policy:

Should you wish to cancel your travel arrangements, you must notify Cox & Kings in writing. Please note that deposits are-refundable minus a per person administrative fee of $400 if the cancellation is received more than 91 days prior to departure. Please state the reason for cancellation as you may be covered by your insurance policy. For notification received within 90 days of departure, the following cancellation charges are applicable:

  • If Days before Departure is 90 days or longer, then Cancellation Charge is $400 per person administrative fee (some exceptions apply, you will be notified at time of booking)
  • If Days before Departure is 89 to 61, then Cancellation Charge is 20% of total land program price
  • If Days before Departure is 60 to 31, then Cancellation Charge is 50% of total land program price
  • If Days before Departure is 30 to Day of Departure, then Cancellation Charge is 100% of total land program price

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Trip Excludes

  • International air travel
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Personal items and alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities to your guides, drivers, porters and hotel service

Meals Included:

11 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 2 Dinners

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