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SAT FEB 6, 2021 • Depart USA
Depart the USA on any regularly scheduled flight to Mumbai, India
SUN, FEB 7 • Arrive Mumbai
Welcome 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.
Hotel: Taj Mahal Palace ★★★★★
MON, FEB 8 • Mumbai
Breakfast is at the hotel. This morning start with a special tour of Mumbai! This specially curated tour offers an immersive perspective of the city in its entirety through a combination of fun and engaging experiences that don’t dwell on just history lesson but go beyond it.
We take you on a walk through the colonial precinct of Mumbai covering major landmarks, starting with the Gateway of India. Stumble upon the dabbawalass (lunch delivery men) scampering through the streets to maintain those six sigma ratings. Walk down the famous Spice Market. You can not only buy the spices but can also get them dry-roasted and ground into the masala mix of your choice. This evening meet for a Welcome Dinner at a specialty Indian restaurant.
Hotel: Taj Mahal Palace ★★★★★
TUE, FEB 9 • Mumbai | Udaipur
Breakfast 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. Remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy the fabulous hotel facilities.
Hotel: The Oberoi Udaivilas ★★★★★
WED, FEB 10 • Udaipur Tour
After breakfast, depart 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. 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.
Stop off next at the three-storey Jagdish Temple, a wonderful Indo-Aryan temple built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651. Break for lunch at a local restaurant. 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. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the facilities at hotel. Transport is available should you wish to explore the shopping options.
Hotel: The Oberoi Udaivilas ★★★★★
THU, FEB 11 • Udaipur | Jaipur
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 and Observatory. 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. 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. Dinner tonight is in “Suvarna Mahal” in the Rambagh Place.
Hotel: Rambagh Palace ★★★★★
FRI, FEB 12 • Jaipur’s Amber Fort & Home-Hosted Dinner
Morning, 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 included today. Returning to the hotel, there’ll be time to relax and unwind for the reminder of the day. Lunch is included at a converted Haveli (private mansion.) Enjoy some shopping in the afternoon or relax at the hotel. This evening, enjoy a special home-hosted dinner and learn about daily life inside the old city from your local hosts.
Hotel: Rambagh Palace ★★★★★
SAT, FEB 13 • Jaipur | Agra
After breakfast, drive to the Agra (approx. 6 hours). Upon arrival in Agra, enjoy lunch at the Italian restaurant. After some time to relax, 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. Time-permitting visit the Kohinoor Museum and see the extraordinary priceless embroidery work owned by the family. Overnight in Agra.
Hotel: The Oberoi Amar Vilas Agra ★★★★★
SUN, FEB 14 • Agra | Delhi
Early in the morning visit Taj Mahal. Said to be one of the most elegant and harmonious buildings in the world, the 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, return to the hotel for some time to enjoy the facilities. After lunch on your own, drive to Delhi (approx. 5 hours). Check in to the Leela Palace Hotel. Enjoy an evening at leisure.
Hotel: The Leela Palace ★★★★★
MON, FEB 15• Delhi Tour
Start this morning 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 market. Stop for lunch at a popular restaurant. 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. Later embark on a guided visit of Humayun’s Tomb – one of the finest example of Mughal architecture and inspiration for the Taj Mahal. This evening we will dine in the hotel at an Indian specialty restaurant.
Hotel: The Leela Palace ★★★★★
TUE, FEB 16 • Delhi | Varanasi
Morning fly to Varanasi (Note, luggage allowance on this flight is 15 kg checked in baggage and 7 kg hand luggage).
On arrival, check in to The Gateway hotel Ganges Varanasi – a modern hotel set amidst 12 acres of beautiful greenery. This 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!
Hotel: The Gateway Hotel Varanasi ★★★★★
WED, FEB 17 • Varanasi | Delhi
Very early 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. If you require a hotel, Coda will arrange for a room at the Hyatt Andaz Aerocity hotel or similar, only minutes away from the airport.
THU, FEB 18 • Arrive USA
Fly from Delhi to the USA.
|Rates||Double Occupancy||Single Occupancy|
|Intra-tours flights (subject to change until ticketed)|
|Economy Class – $800|
|Mumbai / Udaipur; Udaipur / Jaipur; Delhi / Varanasi; Varanasi / Delhi|
|Seat assignments may be additional.|
|Business Class may be available on some flights. We will quote you an upgrade fare upon request.|
|Intra-tour flights are at an additional cost and are outlined above. Coda Tours will book these on your behalf. Intra-tours flight costs are subject to change until ticketed.|
|Most domestic flights in India have luggage weight restrictions. Please see the TRAVEL PREP INTRA-TOUR FLIGHTS.|
|Fast Track Arrival – Recommended!!|
|There is a facility of Fast Track immigration facility along with transfer by Golf Cart from aerobridge to the immigration hall is available in Mumbai airport and same can be arranged under supplement of $140 per person per transfer.|
If you will be arriving early in Mumbai and need an additional night at the Taj Mahal Tower Hotel, below are the applicable rates. Rates are PER ROOM with breakfast. If you are arriving early or departing later, you will also need Private Transfers.
|Additional Hotel Nights||Private Transfers|
|Taj Mahal Tower Hotel||Hyatt Andaz Aerocity Hotel|
|$510 Dbl occ.; $450 Sgl occ.||$265 Dbl occ.; $230 Sgl occ.|
|Arrival in Mumbai||Departure from Delhi|
|1-3 people: $90 per car||1-3 people: $75 per car|
If you will be arriving early in Mumbai and need an additional night at the Taj Mahal Tower Hotel, below are the applicable rates. Rates are PER ROOM with breakfast.
|Room Upgrades||Room Category||Upgrade Cost|
|Taj Mahal Palace Hotel||Luxury Grand City View (Heritage wing)||$360 – Double; $355 Single|
|Oberoi Amarvilas||Premium Balcony room||$$740 – Double; $690 Single|
International airfare; Intra-Tour airfare (quoted separately); Trip Cancellation & Interruption insurance (highly recommended); Visa and Passport fees; a visa is required for India; more information on what is required and how to obtain visas will be provided in both the confirmation letter and Information Portfolio given to registrants of the tour, provided by Coda Tours;Personal meals, drinks, telephone, gifts, and expenses not outlined in the itinerary; Any optional sightseeing excursions or additional visits not outlined in itinerary; Gratuity for local guides, drivers and Coda Tour Manager.
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. Coda Tours can assist you with your international air booking in Business or Coach class (First Class is rare nowadays on international flights, but if available, we can quote it.) Please ask us to quote for you. We often have favorable rates. There is a standard $35 per ticket ticketing for this service.
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 complete forms. An E-VISA is the least expensive and easiest way to obtain your visa. You cannot obtain this authorization upon arrival in India. It must be done in advance. YOU CANNOT OBTAIN A VISA AUTHORIZATION FOR INDIA MORE THAN 34 DAYS IN ADVANCE OF YOUR DEPARTURE. You should obtain you visa within a few days to a week. Please ask Coda Tours if you have questions. You should also have a minimum of two empty passport pages.
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/
Coda trips are casual at all times. There is no need for a jacket or tie unless you personally opt to dine at a fine restaurant requiring formal dress. We do not book these restaurants for our group experiences. Pack for a variety of weather. Bring a light jacket or sweater. Jeans, khakis and shorts are fine for daily wear. Comfortable shoes are a must. All hotels offer laundry service but it can be expensive.
All departures are guaranteed on a minimum number of participants. A Coda Tour Manager will accompany a tour also based on a minimum number of participants. This tour can be operated as a Private Tour, can be customized and repriced based on a final itinerary.
A complete portfolio of pre-departure information will be mailed to you approximately three weeks prior to departure.