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A Portrait of North India

  • Destination: Asia & India, India
  • Start: 02/24/2019
  • End: 03/08/2019

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  A CODA LUXURY SIGNATURE TOUR: MUMBAI | UDAIPUR | JAIPUR | AGRA | DELHI | VARANASI  

  • Double Occupancy $7695 | Single Occupancy $10495
  • 13 days/11 nights in Northern India (Mumbai, Udaipur, Jaipur, Agra, Delhi, Varanasi)
  • Luxury / Deluxe (5+★/5★) accommodations throughout
  • Activity level: Easy
  • International Air Routing: USA – New Delhi (DEL) – USA

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Day 1

SUN FEB 24, 2019 • Depart USA

day2Depart the USA on any regularly scheduled flight to Mumbai, India.

Day 2

MON FEB 25 • Arrive Mumbai

day1Welcome to India! Following Customs, Immigration formalities and baggage collection, our Airport Representative will meet you outside the Arrival Hall, after which you will be transferred to the hotel.

Mumbai is a city of dreams, the glamour of the movie world, the razor’s edge of the skyscrapers to the mainland of the harbour, people here come from diverse ethnic backgrounds yet nurture the dream of success, their undying spirit adds color and flavor to this multicultural city. A throbbing, cosmopolitan metropolis, it still retains the glory of the past, the colonial legacy that coexists with the Maratha influence. Still considered as the heart of business India, Mumbai houses the country’s vibrant Stock Exchange. The Gateway of India is almost literally a symbol of entry into the country by sea or air.

Hotel: The Oberoi
Room: Luxury Room

Day 3

TUE FEB 26 • Mumbai

day3Breakfast is at the hotel.

Morning, visit some of Mumbai’s prominent landmarks and observe how the long association with British is reflected in buildings that combine Gothic-like flamboyance with Muslim-Indian architectural features. See the Asiatic Library (Town Hall), Horniman Circle, the Cathedral Church of St. Thomas, Mumbai University, and the famous Rajabai Clock Tower. Mumbai has undergone rapid growth and transformation in recent decades, and the city’s art scene has become the most vibrant and exciting on the subcontinent. The city is now home to a host of independent contemporary art galleries featuring the work of renowned and emerging Indian artists. Visit the venerable Chemould Prescott Road Gallery, committed to promoting contemporary art in India and supporting young emerging artists throughout the subcontinent.

Afternoon, visit the former Prince of Wales Museum, now known as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS). This museum houses approximately 50,000 objects of ancient Indian history as well as international collections art, archaeology and natural history. Continue to the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, which opened to the public in 1872 as the Victoria and Albert Museum. It is Mumbai’s oldest museum, and showcases the city’s cultural heritage and history through its collection of fine and decorative arts. The permanent collection includes miniature clay models, dioramas, maps, lithographs, photographs, and rare books documenting the life of the people of Mumbai and the history of the city from the late 18th to early 20th centuries.

This evening, gather for a Welcome dinner at Ziya Restaurant, in the hotel.

Hotel: The Oberoi
Room: Luxury Room
Meals: B, D

Day 4

WED FEB 27 • Mumbai - Udaipur

day4Breakfast at the hotel.

Later drive to the airport and fly to Udaipur. (Please note the luggage allowance on this flight is 15kg/33lb checked in baggage and 7kg/15lb hand luggage).

Arrive Udaipur and check in for your stay.

Udaipur: Set on the shores of Lake Pichola and surrounded by hills, Udaipur grew in complete contrast to the harsh deserts of the rest of Rajasthan. From the late 16th century, peace brought about an era of renaissance in the arts and encouraged the building of beautiful palaces around the lake, culminating in the City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in the world. The lake itself is a romantic setting surrounding the gleaming white Lake Palace and the Jag Mandir, a refuge of the rebel Mughal prince, Shah Jahan, soon to be the creator of the incomparable Taj Mahal.

Rest day at leisure to explore the city by own or enjoy the hotel facilities.

Hotel: The Oberoi Udaivilas
Room: Premier room
Meals: B

Day 5

THU FEB 28 • Udaipur

day5Post breakfast; proceed on a city tour, starting with the opulent City Palace. Standing on a crest overlooking Lake Pichola, this majestic palace is a stunning blend of medieval European and Chinese architecture, surmounted by balconies, towers, cupolas and terraces with wonderful views of the city and lake. The entrance is through Hathi Pol (elephant gate) along the main street of the old city. The main part of the palace is now a museum with a large and eclectic collection.

Visit Crystal Gallery- the extraordinary, extravagant collection of Crystals includes crystal chairs, sofas, tables and even beds.

Stop off next at the three-storey Jagdish Temple, a wonderful Indo-Aryan temple built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651. Climb up stone steps flanked by sculpted elephants and admire the intricate pillars, carved ceilings, stunning frescoes and the massive black, stone image of Vishnu as Jagannath, Lord of the Universe.

Continue on to the Sahelion-ki-Bari (Garden of the Handmaidens), a good example of the Hindu art of landscape gardening on a princely scale. Ornamental pools with finely sculptured cenotaphs of soft black stone are surrounded by a profusion of fountains.

Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the facilities at hotel. Transport is available should you wish to explore the shopping options.

Hotel: The Oberoi Udaivilas
Room: Premier room
Meals: B,L

Day 6

FRI MAR 1 • Udaipur - Jaipur

day6

After breakfast, we will fly to Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur and check in for your stay.

This afternoon embark on a guided tour of Jaipur visiting City Palace. City Palace is now converted into a museum to showcase the royal life style. Additionally, in a private visit of City Palace you will also explore the private rooms in the Palace, which is a part of royal family residence till date. This private visit of City Palace would indeed add a royal flavor in the journey.

Also visit Observatory – a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring the world’s largest stone sundial. The instruments also allow the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye.

Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan province is known for its arts and crafts, jewellery, hand-painted fabrics and stone sculptures; it old town is one of North India’s finest examples of a planned city embodying the best of Rajput and Mughal architecture.

We will dine at the elegant Suvarna Mahal restaurant in the Taj Rambagh Palace this evening.

Hotel: The Oberoi Raj Vilas Jaipur
Room: Premier room
Meals: B,D

Day 7

SAT MAR 2 • Jaipur

day7Morning, start on an excursion to Amber Fort. Jaipur’s Maharaja Man Singh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started constructing Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The Fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Once you are on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room. Lunch is include today.

Returning to the hotel, there’ll be time to relax and unwind for the reminder of the day.

Hotel: The Oberoi Raj Vilas Jaipur
Room: Premier room
Meals: B,L

Day 8

SUN MAR 3 • Jaipur - Agra

day8Post breakfast, drive to the Agra. This route takes you through the region’s typical villages, where you can appreciate various scenes of traditional life. Comfort stops are made enroute.

Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri – the deserted red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. Ponder the mysterious desertion of this capital city that was dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its ‘ruins’ are still in a pristine condition. Wandering through its palaces and mosques is like stepping back in time.

Continue drive to Agra and upon arrival check in for your stay.

Agra – Once a small village on the banks of the Yamuna, it was transformed by two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and his grandson Shah Jehan into the second capital of the Mughal Empire – Dar-ul-Khilafat, or ‘seat of the Emperor’ in the 16th & 17th century. A world of contrasting edifices of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys, bustling streets and small buggies, Agra retains the irresistible charm that made this the favorite city of the Mughals. Stop for lunch en route.

Afternoon, visit Agra Fort – the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Approachable by two imposing gates and constructed of red sandstone, the citadel was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar between the years 1565 and 1573. Encircled by a moat, this dramatic city within a city was the palace of three emperors, Akbar, Shah Jehan and Aurangzeb, each of whom made significant contributions to the wonderful architecture of the inner buildings – a combination of Persian (Islamic) and local Hindu styles.

Hotel: The Oberoi Amar Vilas Agra
Room: Premier room
Meals: B,L

Day 9

MON MAR 4 • Agra - Delhi

day9Early in the morning visit Taj Mahal.

Said to be one of the most elegant and a harmonious building in the world, Taj Mahal was built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in 1630 AD to enshrine the mortal remains of his beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal manifests the wealth and luxury of Mughal art as seen in architecture and garden design, painting, and calligraphy. The 144 foot double dome of the Taj is capped with a finial and the four minarets each 131 ft. high and crowned by an open octagonal pavilion highlight the perfect symmetry of the tomb.

After our visit drive to Delhi. Check in to the Taj Diplomatic Enclave. Enjoy an afternoon & evening at leisure.

Hotel: Taj Diplomatic Enclave
Room: Deluxe room
Meals: B

Day 10

TUE MAR 5 • Delhi

day10Morning start on an exploration of Old Delhi, the capital of Mughal dynasty between the 16th and 19th centuries. In Old Delhi, visit Jama Masjid – the largest mosque in India built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in year 1650 AD and completed in the year 1656 AD. Then set off on an exciting rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, also known as The Moonlit Square. As you drive through the narrow lanes, witness the architectural marvels, the multicolored facades, beautifully decorated shops, ethnically dressed men and women and get bombarded by the cries of hawkers and fragrances emanating from the potpourri of eateries that line these historical alleys. Stop for lunch at a popular restaurant.

Continue to Raj Ghat – a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, set within a beautiful park.

Next drive through New Delhi, passing by Presidential Palace- the one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; the India Gate – a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war, Parliament house and other government buildings built in the first quarter of the 20th century by two famous English architects, Sir Herbert Baker and Sir Edwin Lutyens. It was during this time period that the capital of the British Empire was shifted from Calcutta to Delhi.

End the day with a visit to Qutub Minar, a 13th-century soaring minaret erected by the Afghan dynasties that ruled India from 1210 to 1526. The surrounding complex displays a visual history of India’s earliest political history—decorative Hindu panels, Islamic domes and early Afghan architecture converge to stunning effect. A walk through the complex provides an excellent overview of the varied architectural styles and cultural elements prevalent throughout India.

This evening we will dine outside the hotel at Masala Library.

Hotel: Taj Diplomatic Enclave
Room: Deluxe room
Meals: B,L,D

Day 11

WED MAR 6 • Delhi - Varanasi

day11Morning fly to Varanasi (Note, luggage allowance on this flight is 15 kg checked in baggage and 7 kg hand luggage).

On arrival, visit Sarnath where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Here our lucky group members will have an exclusive meeting with a Buddhist Monk to learn more about the religion from a monk’s perspective and observe a small prayer ceremony.

Continue to the hotel and on arrival, check in to The Gateway hotel Ganges Varanasi – a modern hotel set amidst 12 acres of beautiful greenery.

Evening, drive to the ghats (banks of river Ganges) to watch illuminated aarti ceremony at Dasahwamedh Ghat. In this century old ritual, the holy river is worshipped with flowers, incense, sandalwood, milk and vermilion. First the blazing camphor lamp and then the many flamed aarti lamps are raised high and then arched back to the water, the dark river reflecting the golden flames as Ganges accepts the worship. This is a passionate and divine journey as the music and the oil lamps create a trance-like experience. You will get the chance to float your own illuminated lamp down the river too!

Tonight our Farewell Dinner is at the hotel.

Hotel: The Gateway Hotel Varanasi
Room: Executive room
Meals: B, D

Day 12

THU MAR 7 • Varanasi - Delhi


day12Early this morning, experience a boat ride on the sacred Ganges at dawn. Witness thousands of devotees performing century old rituals at the ghats along the way. Also visit the funeral ghat and understand the after death concept in Hinduism. From here continue on to visit Vishwanath Temple and take a walk through the old city bazaars.

Return to hotel for breakfast and rest of the morning is at leisure for independent exploration.

Afternoon fly to Delhi (Please note, luggage allowance on this flight is 15 kg checked in baggage and 7 kg hand luggage).

Arrive Delhi and check in to your flight for onward destination.

Meals: B

Day 13

FRI MAR 8 • Arrive USA

Arrive in the USA.


Price Per Person Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
4-14 Travelers $7695 $10495
Airfare in economy class for travel Mumbai – Udaipur and Delhi – Varanasi – Delhi and Udaipur – Jaipur $580 per person in coach class

The rates do not include intra-tour airfare. All intra-tour airfares are subject to change until ticketed. These flights are in economy class, unless you request business class (based on availability). Single rates can be avoided if you are willing to share. We will be happy to match you with another single traveler who also wishes to share. If no share is available, the single rate will apply.

NOTE: Rates are based on current rates and currency exchange rates at the time of publishing the tour on-line. These rates are subject to change until final payment.

Your tour includes:
  • 10 nights’ accommodation in 5-★ hotels as described in the itinerary. Room categories as specified. Breakfast daily in the hotels.
  • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 4 dinners (Welcome Dinner in Mumbai, & Farewell Dinner in Varanasi)
  • Inter-city overland transportation in air conditioned vehicle
  • All sightseeing and visits to places of interest and sites as given in the itinerary, conducted by English speaking Guides
  • Coda Tour Manager on minimum of 10 participants
  • Entrance fees to the places of visit as per the itinerary.
  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur
  • Rickshaw ride at Old Delhi
  • Boat ride on river Ganges in Varanasi
  • Packaged drinking water in the coach throughout
  • All applicable taxes.
  • Complete pre-departure assistance and information
  • Final document portfolio
Your tour does not include:
  • International airfare; Domestic Airfare (quoted separately); Visa and passport fees (if applicable.) A visa is required for American/Canadian passport holders for this trip;Trip Cancellation & Interruption insurance (recommended); Meals and beverages other than those specified in the itinerary; Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, WiFi, Internet); Gratuities to guides, drivers and Coda Tour Manager.
    Travel Documents

    A single entry visa for India is required for American/Canadian passport holders.
    You may obtain your visa upon arrival at the airport in Mumbai or New Delhi by applying for an E-VISA. To arrange for this, please refer to this webpage https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html for current costs and to download forms. An EVISA is the least expensive and easiest way to obtain your visa.
    If you prefer to use a visa service, we recommend using www.g3visas.com . To speak directly to G3visas, call 888.883.8472 (toll-free in the U.S.).
    Please note that visas cannot be processed more than 90 days prior to departure and processing may take several weeks to complete. You may also apply directly with an Indian Consulate in your area. For information, google the Indian Consulate nearest you (e.g. Indian Consulate New York). You must have a valid passport that remains valid six months past your return to the U.S. You should also have a minimum of two empty passport pages.

    Shots

    None required or recommended. It is recommended you have your regular vaccinations up-to-date before traveling. For further information, visit the Center For Disease Control website: http://www.cdc.gov/

    International Airfare

    Delta, United Airlines, several European carriers and Air India are among airlines that can be used for this trip. We recommend booking at least 7 months in advance if you want to try to use Frequent Flyer Miles for free tickets or upgrades or the American Express Platinum card 2-4-1 program.

    Minimums

    All departures are guaranteed on a minimum of 6 participants. A Coda Tour Manager accompanies the tour on a minimum of 6 participants. This tour can be operated as a Private Tour, can be customized and repriced based on final itinerary. Rates are based on a minimum participation of 6. For fewer than 6 participants, rates may be revised.

    Pre-Departure Information

    A complete Portfolio of pre-departure information will be mailed to you approximately 3 weeks prior to departure. This will include information about traveling on this program and in this destination as well as what to expect the weather to be, recommendations for packing, tipping and a lot of other useful information.


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