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Magical Northern India

  • Destination: India
  • Duration: 15 days

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15 days / 13 nights in Magical Northern India, including Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Agra, Delhi. Start in Mumbai. End in Delhi.

Overview

Day 1

Fly USA to Mumbai, India

Day 2

Arrive Mumbai

Day 3

Tour Mumbai City. Welcome Dinner.

Day 4

Tour Elephanta Island & Fly to Udaipur

Day 5

Udaipur – Tour City Palace & Crystal Gallery

Day 6

Udaipur – Visit Eklinji & Nagda temples & cruise on Lake Pichola

Day 7

Udaipur – Jodhpur. Tour Ranakpur Temple en route.

Day 8

Udaipur – Jodhpur. Tour Ranakpur Temple en route.

Day 9

Udaipur – Jodhpur. Tour Ranakpur Temple en route.

Day 10

Udaipur – Jodhpur. Tour Ranakpur Temple en route.

Day 11

Jaipur drive to Agra – visit Fatehpur Sikri en route

Day 12

Agra – visit the Taj Mahal

Day 13

Agra – drive to Delhi. Stop to visit Sikandra

Day 14

Tour Delhi. Farewell dinner.

Day 15

Depart for USA

Itinerary

On this tour you will journey through 5,000 years of spectacular history and a brilliant kaleidoscope of cultures, religions and landscapes. From the spectacle of the metropolis of Mumbai, move on for a taste of the princely splendors of Rajasthan in Udaipur & Jaipur. Next make a stop at the imperial city of Agra to see the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal before continuing to the fascinating mughal monuments in Delhi.

Day 1

Fly USA to Mumbai, India

Depart the USA on any regularly scheduled flight to Mumbai, India. A visa is required for entry into India and must be obtained prior to leaving the USA.

Day 2

Arrive Mumbai

You will arrive Mumbai’s International airport today. Once you have collected your luggage and cleared Customs, exit and look for the Coda representative & driver holding a sign with your name and/or a Coda sign. You will be transferred to the hotel for check in. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Hotel: Taj Mahal
Room: Superior City View (Ask about an upgrade to Sea View)
Meals: None

Day 3

Tour Mumbai City. Welcome Dinner.

This morning will be at leisure for a late start following the flight to India. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and perhaps a swim in the pool.
This afternoon we will depart for sightseeing of Mumbai including the Prince of Wales Museum. Drive past other major landmarks, such as Victoria Terminus. The first train to steam out of Mumbai was from here to Thane in 1853. Mani Bhawan: A small museum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi is also on the schedule. Noteworthy is a visit to the Hanging Gardens. Last on the program is the “Dhobhi Ghat”- a unique outdoor laundry. Return to the hotel.
Tonight we gather for a welcome dinner with cocktails to get to know our fellow travelers.
Hotel: Taj Mahal
Room: Superior City View
Meals: Breakfast & Welcome Dinner.

Day 4

Tour Elephanta Island | Fly to Udaipur

After breakfast, we take check out of the hotel and depart to visit the Gateway of India, the postcard landmark of Mumbai. It was the principal port when visitors came to India by ship. We will embark ourselves on a regularly scheduled boat bound for the Elephanta Caves. Located across the sea from the Gateway of India, the island of Elephanta is the glorious abode of Lord Shiva. The island is famous for its great cave shrine, excavated in the sixth century. (Note this excursion requires a significant climb or the use of a hired sedan chair (additional cost.)) After our visit, return to Mumbai and transfer to the airport for a flight to Udaipur.

Flight proposed: Departure: Mumbai at 1755 hours by 9W-2541
Arrive: Udaipur at 1945 hours

Upon arrival we will be met and transferred to our hotel, The Leela Palace.

One of the newest hotels in Udaipur, the Leela Palace is conveniently located on the lake in Udaipur. This stunning property boasts an inviting outdoor space as well as opulent décor throughout the main building and in the guest rooms.
Hotel: The Leela Palace
Room: Lakeview Room
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5

Udaipur – Tour City Palace & Crystal Gallery

Breakfast will be at the hotel before we set off to explore Udaipur. We will begin at the City Palace, a conglomeration of buildings added by various Maharanas, yet it manages to retain a uniformity of design. The Crystal Gallery houses a rare collection of Osler’s crystal. Also see the Maharana’s Vintage & Classic car museum.
Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure for independent/spa activities. The pool is irresistible.
Hotel: The Leela Palace
Room: Lakeview Room
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6

Udaipur – Visit Eklinji & Nagda temples & cruise on Lake Pichola

Following breakfast our morning excursion is to Eklinji temple, believed to be the ruling deity of the once Princely State of Mewar. The beautifully sculpted temple complex includes 108 temples and the main temple dates to the 15th century. Continue to Nagda, now in ruins, was the scene of frequent Muslim invasions. It has two 11th-century temples ornamented with unusual carvings.
Enjoy lunch today in the lavish 18th-century fort-palace Devigarh. The multi-cuisine restaurant offers both Indian and international cuisines. After lunch return to hotel.
This evening we have planned a Sunset cruise aboard our own boat, sailing the placid, mystical waters of Lake Pichola. From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the midst of the enigmatic deserts of Rajasthan.
Hotel: The Leela Palace
Room: Lakeview Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Udaipur – Jodhpur. Tour Ranakpur Temple en route.

We will explore the countryside on our 6 hour drive to Jodhpur in an air-conditioned coach. We will stop at the beautiful temple of Ranakpur, renowned for its unique architecture.
Lunch will be served at Maharani Bagh Orchard. In the late afternoon, we will arrive in Jodhpur. Check-in at hotel Umaid Bhawan Palace.

The Umaid Bhawan Palace was built, between 1928 and 1943, for H.H. Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present Maharaja, who had benevolently commissioned a new palace in 1923 to replace Mehrangarh Fort as the symbol of a new Jodhpur and to give employment to the people of Marwar during the period’s great droughts and famines.

The magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the world’s largest private residences constructed in golden hued desert sandstone and set amidst acres of verdant gardens. An imitable tribute to art deco, the Palace has in its luxurious fold 64 rooms and suites. Stroll through the private museum, test your skills on the marbled squash courts or enjoy a game of billiards in the paneled recreation room.
Hotel: Umaid Bhawan Palace
Room: Palace Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Udaipur – Jodhpur. Tour Ranakpur Temple en route.

Breakfast is served at the Palace. The magnificent Mehrangarh fort is our destination today. See an exclusive collection of artifacts from the Royal family of Jodhpur.
Later enjoy a three-wheeled tuk tukride through the winding streets of the old city and the bustling market of Jodhpur.
This afternoon we take an exciting Jeep Safari to Bishnoi village in the company of a nobleman. Meet a local Bishnoi family. The Bishnoi are India’s ecologists and arguably the first ecologists of the world. They have been protecting nature since 1484 AD and are largely responsible for the survival of many species of antelope like the Black Buck.
Hotel: Umaid Bhawan Palace
Room: Palace Room
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9

Udaipur – Jodhpur. Tour Ranakpur Temple en route.

After breakfast our drive from Jodhpur to Jaipur will take about 6 hour.
We are met at the hotel Jai Mahal Palace. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities.

Set among 18 acres of Mughal Gardens, the Jai Mahal Palace dates back to 1745 AD. It is a masterpiece in the Indo Saracenic style of architecture.
Hotel: Jai Mahal Palace
Room: Luxury Room, Red or Blue
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10

Udaipur – Jodhpur. Tour Ranakpur Temple en route.

A special treat is in store this morning. Embark on an elephant safari through the Indian countryside before stopping to enjoy a champagne breakfast.
Afterwards, our excursion continues to the magnificent Amber Fort. Tour the chambers and hallways of the palace, famous for the excellence of its design and decoration.
In the afternoon visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory. Although built in the 1700s, it still appears futuristic. Continue to the City Palace that houses the Maharaja’s private collection of textiles and armory. Culminate the tour with a photo stop at Hawa Mahal, fondly called the ‘Palace of Winds’
Hotel: Jai Mahal Palace
Room: Luxury Room, Red or Blue
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11

Jaipur drive to Agra – visit Fatehpur Sikri en route

After breakfast we depart again on a 6 hour drive. This time we are headed to Agra, home to the magnificent Taj Mahal.
En route we visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. Our lunch stop is at Laxmi Niwas Palace in Bharatpur. After lunch continue to Agra. Check-in at the hotel Radisson Hotel Agra or Jaypee Palace Hotel.
Hotel: Radisson Hotel Agra or Jaypee Palace Hotel
Room: Superior
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12

Agra – visit the Taj Mahal

Early this morning we visit the glorious Taj Mahal – one of the most perfect architectural monuments in the world. Words do not do justice. Return to the hotel for breakfast.

Later in the day visit Agra Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). & Itmad-Ud-Daulah mausoleum, considered as the imminent precursor of the Taj Mahal as far as elaborate carvings and inlay work are concerned.
Hotel: Radisson Hotel Agra
Room: Superior
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13

Agra – drive to Delhi. Stop to visit Sikandra

After breakfast our drive from Agra to Delhi will take about 5 hours. En-route we will visit Sikandra, the tomb of the great Mughal emperor Akbar, located just outside Agra. In Delhi our hotel is the Taj Palace. The remainder of the day is at leisure for independent activities.
Hotel: Taj Palace
Room: Standard
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14

Tour Delhi. Farewell dinner.

Breakfast. This morning we begin our exploration in Old Delhi visiting the Jama Mosque, the royal mosque built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in 1656. Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk, the spine of Old Delhi. Drive past the Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This afternoon we drive through Lutyens’ Delhi, Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President’s Palace and India Gate, a war memorial arch built in honor of Indian soldiers who lost their lives in World War I. Explore the famed Humayun’s Tomb and culminate the tour at Qutab Minar, the tallest brick minaret in the world, at 238 feet.
A Farewell dinner will be arranged at hotel this evening.
Hotel: Taj Palace
Room: Standard
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15

Depart for USA

Our representative will escort you to Delhi International airport in time for your homebound flight.

Rates & Facts

Rates

Tour costs are based on current airfares, tariffs and currency values at the time of publishing of the tour (usually 1 year prior to departure.) All rates & fares are subject to change until final payment is made as specified in our Terms and Conditions.

Inclusions
  • 13 nights’ accommodation based on twin sharing at the following hotels/room categories.
  • Breakfast on fixed menu basis.
  • Welcome & Farewell dinners with cocktails (in house beverages) on 14th & 25th Jan ’12 at hotel Taj Mahal Delhi.
  • Fixed menu lunch at Devigarh, Laxmi Vilas Palace Bharatpur and Orcha Resort 17th, 20th & 22rd Jan ‘12.
  • Intra-tour airfare Mumbai-Udaipur
  • Dera Amer decorated Elephant Safari with lunch on 19th Jan ’12 in Jaipur.
  • Services of English-speaking local guide during sightseeing.
  • All transport services by air conditioned transportation.
  • Toyota Innova’s for climb at Amber Fort Jaipur based on 04 persons per vehicle.
  • Toyota Innova’s for the Ghat visit during Aarti Ceremony in Varanasi based on 04 per vehicle for group.
  • Entrance & Camera fees to monuments of visit as per the itinerary.
  • Domestic bottled during sightseeing tours and excursions.
  • Air conditioned chair car train fare for Agra- Jhansi by Shatabdi Express.
Exclusions
  • International airfare
  • Airport taxes
  • Visa fees (a visa is required for India) and passport expenses.
  • Trip Cancellation & Interruption insurance (highly recommended).
  • Cost of meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Drinks with meals.
  • Gratuities for drivers and guides.
  • Alcoholic drinks, laundry and internet & telephone charges.
Travel Documents

A single entry visa for India is required for American/Canadian passport holders. For current costs and to download forms, we recommend using Zierer Visa Service. To Speak directly to ZVS Customer Service, call 866-788-1100 (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. If you plan to visit Nepal or another country before or after India and will return to India to fly home, you will need a multiple entry visa for India.

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.

International Airfare

Delta, British Air, Air France, Lufthansa, 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 2 participants. Current pricing is based on a minimum of 14 travelers. Fewer than 14 travelers may necessitate a recalculation of rates. A Coda Tour Escort will travel with the group based on a minimum of 10 travelers. Local hosting will supervise groups less than 10 travelers.

Average Temperatures / Average Rainfall

JANUARY Delhi Agra Jaipur Varanasi
High 69 73 71 73
Low 45 43 49 47
Rainfall 0.8 na 0.4 0.7

Accommodations

The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

The history of Mumbai and The Taj Mahal Palace are dramatically intertwined. The hotel is Mumbai’s first harbour landmark (built 21 years before the Gateway of India) and the site of the first licensed bar in the city. For more than a century, the Taj has played an intrinsic part in the life of the city, hosting Maharajas, dignitaries and eminent personalities from across the globe. Today it is a Leading Hotel of the World and favourite destination for discerning business travellers.
A treasure-trove of invaluable memorabilia, there is a story to tell behind every pillar, a landmark deal in every boardroom, and a storied celebration under every awning. Come be a part of the legend.

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Leela Palace, Udaipur

With a majestic location on the Lake Pichola and spectacular view of the Aravalli Mountains, The Leela Palace evokes grandeur and opulence of the land of the Mewar. Beautifully designed to reflect the surrounding style and influences, the intricate craftsmanship and world class amenities designed by Jeffrey Wilkes from DESIGNWILKES make it an ultimate palace experience and regal indulgence. Udaipur is known as the Venice of the East.

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Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

The magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur one of the world’s largest private residences is a golden hued desert sandstone monument set amidst acres of verdant gardens. An imitable tribute to art deco, the Palace has in its luxurious fold 64 rooms and suites. Stroll through the private museum, test your skills on the marbled squash courts or enjoy a game of billiards in the panelled recreation room. Take an exhilarating drive through the enchanting city of Jodhpur in a vintage car, accompanied by your royal butler. Stop beneath the starry night sky for a divine grilled feast accompanied by the music of the desert. Experience the art of India’s ancient healing wisdom in the romantic new setting of the Taj Spa.

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Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Set amidst 18 acres of beautifully landscaped Moghul gardens, this incomparable Palace dates back to 1745 A.D. A masterpiece in the Indo Saracenic style of architecture, it blends spotlight-grabbing opulence with tantalizing comforts that transport guests to a world of Rajasthan magnificence. It is located downtown, close to the main shopping center and historical monuments.

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Agra

With its modern architecture and timeless appeal, the Radisson Hotel Agra Taj East Gate Road is more than a hotel—it is a destination. Located on 4.5 acres of land in the heart of the business and leisure precincts and within walking distance of the Taj Mahal, our hotel in Agra, India proudly offers everything that savvy international travellers have come to expect in cutting-edge accommodations. Guests will enjoy such amenities as flat-screen TV, safe, and large work desk in all rooms. Our conference and function rooms can accommodate up to 500 people with a full range of services. Stay with us and see why our all-new, sophisticated hotel is the first of its kind.

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Jaypee Palace Hotel, Agra

The regal Jaypee Palace Hotel and Convention Centre, a glorious structural blend of red sandstone and marble is spread over an unbounded 25 acres of elegantly landscaped luxuriant greenery. Sprinkled with enormous water bodies and endless walkways, this magical creation impeccably blends Mughal and contemporary architecture with modern amenities. Leading the way to luxurious rooms and suites, the impressive interiors along the way set the tone for a majestic way.

Varanasi — Soul Of India

March 22-25, 2013

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Varanasi, once known as Benares or Banaras and Kashi, is a historical city in northern India. The city is sacred to Hindus and also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. In many ways Varanasi epitomizes the very best and worst aspects of India, and it can be a little overwhelming. However, the scene of pilgrims doing their devotions in the River Ganges at sunrise set against the backdrop of the centuries old temples is probably one of the most impressive sights in the world.

Day 15

Delhi | Varanasi

Varanasi, formerly Benares, is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in India. The Ganges, where it flows through the ‘eternal city’, is believed to have the power to wash away the sins of mortals. Mark Twain said: “Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together.” For the pious Hindu, the city has always been a special place, and it is considered a particularly auspicious place to die, ensuring an instant route to Heaven.
This evening, go down to the banks of the River Ganges and board your private boat to witness the ‘Aarti’, a prayer to the mother river, conducted every evening by five priests on the banks of the river.
Hotel Taj Gateway to Ganges
Room Executive room
Meals Breakfast

Day 16

Varanasi

Visit Sarnath this morning breakfast. Sarnath is the place chosen by Buddha to deliver his first sermon. It is as holy to the Buddhists as Varanasi is to the Hindus. Explore the ruins of a once flourishing Buddhist monastery and look around a museum with an interesting collection of Buddhist art and sculpture. The Ashoka pillar of Sarnath is the national emblem of India.
This afternoon enjoy acity tour of Varanasi. Stops on the tour include Bharat Mata Temple, Banaras Hindu University, founded by pundit Madan Mohan Malviya and, Vishwanath Temple and Museum. Lastly see Durga Temple from the 18th century and one of the most important temples in Varanasi.
Hotel Taj Gateway to Ganges
Room Executive room
Meals Breakfast

Day 17

Varanasi | Delhi

Early this morning, visit the Daswamedh Ghat and watch the wonderful colors of the sunrise as you meander along the sacred Ganges River in a boat. As part of their pilgrimage rites, the faithful walk down steps into the river to perform their religious ablutions. Watching the people worshipping at the ghats is an extraordinary experience. You may also witness a funeral pyre, an essential part of the traditional Hindu funeral ceremony.
Return to your hotel for breakfast and reminder of the morning at leisure.
In the afternoon you will be met and transferred to the airport for your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.
Hotel Trident Gurgaon or similar
Room Superior
Meals Breakfast

Day 18

Leave Delhi

Our representative will escort you to Delhi International airport in time for your homebound flight.

Rates

Double Single

Intra-tour Airfare is included in rate.
Tour costs are based on current airfares, tariffs and currency values at the time of publishing of the tour (usually 1 year prior to departure.) All rates & fares are subject to change until final payment is made as specified in our Terms and Conditions.