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14-day tour with Brendan

Brendan Tour Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive in New Delhi, India
On arrival, take a private transfer to your hotel. India’s capital is a very contemporary metropolis, layered atop more than a thousand years of ancient cities.

Day 2 Old & New Delhi
After breakfast, tour a morning market to select spices and vegetables, accompanied by a culinary expert. Then she will escort you to her home to prepare, with your help, a delicious lunch. This afternoon visit Humayun’s Tomb, an early example of resplendent Mughal architecture. Nearby the Qutab Minar (Tower of Victory) was built to announce the might of Islam and the glory of the new empire. Dinner is at the Veda restaurant, where fine Indian dining is elevated to international standards. (B,L,D)

Day 3 New Delhi. The Legacy of the Mughals
Visit the Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Drive to the Red Fort, a red sandstone monument to the pinnacle of the Mughal Empire. Proceed to Jama Masjid, a huge mosque built by Shah Jahan in the 17th century. This afternoon, experience the uniquely Indian Kingdom of Dreams. Delight in Bollywood-style dancing, music, and a host of other theatrical linkings of tradition and modernism. (B)

Day 4 New Delhi / Udaipur
Enjoy a free morning in New Delhi, fly west to Rajasthan and the city of Udaipur. The “City of Lakes” was the capital of the kingdom of Mewar, a rich and beguiling tapestry of lakeside palaces, forts, temples and gardens. (B)

Day 5 Udaipur. Royal Palaces & Gardens
After breakfast visit Udaipur’s City Palace complex, topped by crenellated walls. Explore four major palaces with lovely courtyards, colonnades and gardens. A favorite of the royal ladies was the Garden of the Maids of Honor, with tinkling fountains, sculpted kiosks and marble elephants. Then browse the traditional bazaars, full of embroidery, sculpture and custom jewelry. (B)

Day 6 Udaipur / Chomu
As you drive across Rajasthan, you’ll encounter majestic landscapes and rich village life. On arrival at the Chomu Palace Hotel you will be welcomed in grand style with a traditional feast. The hotel itself is a masterpiece of exotic architecture. (B,D)

Day 7 Chomu / Jaipur
After breakfast drive to Jaipur, the Pink City. The vibrant capital of Rajasthan is a land of natural beauty and great history, known around the world for its palaces and forts. (B)

Day 8 Jaipur Forts & Palaces
Start the day with a visit to the five-story Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds. Then, drive to a ridgetop high above Jaipur to see the Amber Fort. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements overlooking the Moat Lake. Nearby visit the new Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing to see the colorful textile collection. This afternoon visit the City Palace Museum, which has a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and arms. Stop at the Jantar Mantar Observatory, and stroll through a colorful bazaar. (B)

Day 9 Jaipur / Ranthambore National Park
After breakfast drive about 100 miles to one of the finest Tiger sanctuaries in India. An afternoon game drive will seek warthog, mongoose, and many species of deer – and perhaps an elusive great cat. Overnight Nahargarh, evoking a Rajput country palace. (B,L,D)

Day 10 Ranthambore National Park
Enjoy both morning and afternoon wildlife treks deep into the national park, with a break for lunch at mid-day. (B,L,D)

Day 11 Ranthambore / Bharatpur / Agra
After a final dawn game drive and breakfast, travel by rail and road to Agra. Agra is home to the incredible Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan’s sublime tribute in marble to his beloved Mumtaz Mahal. (B)

Day 12 Agra. The Taj Mahal
You’ll see the perfectly proportioned marble Itmad-ud-Daulah, and the treasurehouse of the Kohinoor. Wander through Agra Fort, which became a Mughal palace. Most impressive by far: the Taj Mahal – a symphony in white marble, a tribute to eternal love. You’ll marvel at its magnificence both at sunrise and sunset. The Taj Mahal will likely be your most indelible impression of your Indian journey. (B)

Day 13 Agra / New Delhi
After a morning at leisure in Agra, drive to New Delhi. (B)

Day 14 Depart New Delhi
Take a private transfer to New Delhi airport where your vacation ends. (B)
All This Included
  • Private airport transfers throughout Days 1-14
  • Internal air flight: New Delhi-Udaipur
  • Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling
  • 13 breakfasts (B); 3 lunches (L); 4 dinners (d)
  • Services of an English-speaking local travel expert
  • Travel by private, luxury, air-conditioned mini-coach
  • Train transportation from Ranthambore to Bharatpur
  • Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges
  • Portfolio of travel documents
Accommodations on this Tour
New Delhi: DoubleTree by Hilton Noida-Mayur Vihar (SF)
Udaipur: Trident Udaipur (MD)
Chomu: Chomu Palace Hotel (SF)
Jaipur: Trident Jaipur (MD)
Ranthambore N.P.: Nahargarh (F)
Agra: Trident Agra (MD)
New Delhi: Raddison Blu Dwarka (MD)
  • Depending on your flight schedule, you may be transferred to the airport late in the evening on Day 13.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available in July 2013.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package, at the price quoted.

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