Luxury Group Tour - Luxury India with Award Winning Oberoi Hotel & Resorts

Maximum of 20 guests (Minimum of 6) | Starting from $11,299 CAD with Air

Visit India with the luxury, awarding winning Oberoi Hotels & Resorts. This 14 night tour of India takes you to the exotic, vibrant land of India where tradition and glory meet in an array of colours against the vast backdrop of sand and desert to lakes and oceans. India has an unusual diversity in its entire form – people, customs, culture, costumes, music, manners, dialects, cuisine, and physiography. The land is endowed with incredible forts, magnificent palace havelis, rich culture and heritage, incredible beauty and natural resources. This tour is designed to intrigue and enchant you with the passion for India at every turn. Each day is filled with adventures tailor made for you – your personal chauffeur and tour guides are there to guide you but you can also adjust any plans you like as well. This is a trip of a lifetime to experience incredible India with the world class comfort of the Oberoi Hotels and the world class services of Explore India.

Explore India and feel the magic that will change your life

Tour Highlights

  • Emotions stir as the heartwarming aspects of the Indian culture are revealed through unique, authentic, and magnificently beautiful cultural experiences throughout the tour.
  • Experience your stay at the Award winning Oberoi Hotels & Resorts throughout the journey
  • Step back in time and into the last footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi as you walk through his home for the last 144 days of his fascinating life.
  • Take an exhilarating bicycle rickshaw ride through the narrow back lanes of Old Delhi.
  • Visit the oldest living city of India and home to one of the worlds’ most time-honored and mysterious cultures.
  • Witness the most important daily rituals at sunset and sunrise on the banks of the holy Ganges River.
  • Visit the world heritage site Sarnath, where Buddha preached his first sermon.
  • Visit the 3rd century BC monuments built by Emperor at Sarnath.
  • You will feel as though you are in another world as you stroll through the meticulously planned gardens as you head toward the world’s largest monument of love, the Taj Mahal. As the sun slowly rises over this jewel of India, it will reveal itself to you in all its glory, taking it from the subtlety of night to its grandiose brilliance at day break.
  • Experience the majestic Amber Fort Palace in Jaipur built in 1592

Tour Inclusions

  • International round trip airfare with AIR CANADA NONSTOP From YVR/YYZ
  • Throughout the journey, stay in first class hotel and at the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur
  • You will be escorted by one of our most knowledgeable English speaking tour directors, who will be your travelling concierge throughout the journey
  • Our talented team of professionals will ensure that you enjoy your holiday to the fullest every step of the way
  • While on board you will enjoy the great comfort of a luxury air-conditioned Toyota Innova car with extended leg room and comfort
  • There is baggage handling with integrated and rapid delivery to your door at every hotel
  • All taxes and porterage services at hotels are included
  • Airport transfers between the airports to your pre booked hotels are included
  • Meals as per the outlined program including special events dinners
  • Soft drinks, mineral water, snacks during sightseeing tours and long drives
  • Entrance fees to all monuments including all boat rides, elephant rides and other activities mentioned in the outlined program
  • Local Airfare in India as per the program

Tour Exclusions

  • Personal expenses such as porter, tips, laundry, bar bills, phone bills, etc.

 

  • Any other sightseeing other than mentioned in program will charge extra.

 

  • Services other than in our inclusion.

Day 1: Arrival in New Delhi

Welcome to Incredible India! On your arrival at Indira Gandhi International airport meet our representative and transfer to your hotel. Time to relax after your journey.

Accommodation: The Oberoi Gurgaon

The Oberoi Gurgaon


Day 2: New Delhi Sightseeing

After leisurely breakfast we will explore New Delhi, an area designed and built by the British in the 1920’s. Drive past the government buildings and diplomatic enclave along the broad and majestic Rajpath followed by a visit to a Sikh Temple built in 1783 locally called Gurduwara Bangla Sahib.

In the early afternoon visit Humayun’s tomb UNESCO world heritage site. The tomb was built by his widow, in 1569, 14 years after his death, at a cost of 1.5 million rupees. It was later used for the burial of various members of the ruling family and contains some 150 graves. It has aptly been described as the necropolis of the Mughal dynasty.

Later in the afternoon explore the colorful markets of Delhi. In the evening enjoy a warm welcome dinner at the historical Lodi garden.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: The Oberoi Gurgaon

The Oberoi Gurgaon


Day 3: Old Delhi Sightseeing

After breakfast we will start our morning tour with a visit to 17th century Old Delhi. Visit the Jama Mosque, the royal mosque built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in 1656. We will travel by bicycle rickshaw through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk, the spine of Old Delhi that houses the spice market and jeweler’s lane and then drive past Red Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Later visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation in 1948. In black marble, surrounded by lawn and with an eternal flame burning, Raj Ghat remembers the man who is known as the Father of India. Later we will proceed for our lunch.

After lunch we will visit the UNESCO world heritage site, Qutab Minar. Located in the district of South Delhi, this magnificent monument in red and buff sandstone is the highest tower in India. Built in the early 13th century, the surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, the masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art (built in 1311), and two mosques, including the Quwwatu’l-Islam, the oldest in northern India, built of materials reused from some 20 Brahman temples.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: The Oberoi Gurgaon

The Oberoi Gurgaon


Day 4: Delhi – Varanasi | The Holy Ganges

You will take a short flight to the holy city of Varanasi, one of India’s most sacred cities and the religious capital of Hinduism and one of the oldest living cities in the world. Arrive and transfer to our hotel.

In the early evening we will take a close look at the banks of the Ganges to witness the cremation site and devotional ceremony of Aarti performed by thousands of devout Hindus. The incredible chanting of prayers fills the air as does the rhythmic drumming and sounds of bells from temples across the Holy Ganges.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Taj Nadesar Palace

Taj Nadesar Palace


Day 5: Varanasi | Sarnath Centre of Buddhist Learning

A memorable day ahead as we leave early in the morning to board our boat for a ride along the Ganges to see the bathing Ghats (river bank) & cremation site. We will watch the sunrise on the riverfront from a boat which can be a moving spiritual experience as you witness the worship and sites along the river. Life on the Ghats is bound by an endless string of rituals and the ever-changing aspects of the river and the wide landscapes throughout the area have fascinated visitors from all over the world. You will become entranced by the sights and sounds of those worshipping in this amazingly beautiful, mysterious, and ancient place. We will also visit Mother Teresa’s missionary before returning to the hotel for breakfast.

In the afternoon, we enjoy a guided excursion to Sarnath, a centre of Buddhist learning and the buried Buddhist city where Buddha preached his first sermon. After attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya, the Buddha went to Sarnath and it was here that he preached his first discourse in the deer park and set in motion the ‘Wheel of the Dharma’. It is one of the most holy sites because it is believed that in this place the stream of the Buddha’s teaching first flowed. Sarnath was a renowned school of learning from the 16th century BC to the 12th century AD. Visit the ruins, the stupa, the Buddhist temple & the museum. See the Ashok Pillar at the museum with its four guardian lions, now the national emblem to acknowledge India’s independence.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Taj Nadesar Palace

Taj Nadesar Palace


Day 6: Varanasi - Agra | The City of Taj Mahal

After breakfast transfer to airport to board your flight for Agra. Meet and assist at Agra airport and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy your lunch after check in.

Afternoon at leisure, later in the evening enjoy a live show, a fascinating play that depicts the saga of love and a memorable journey into history of Taj Mahal. The drama portrays the Mughal era in the 16th century. It is series of plays depicting the true and immortal love of Shahjahan for Mumtaz Mahal, his beautiful wife; the lavish lifestyle of Mughal era; and the hardship of the artisans who worked for 22 years to create the most precious specimen of craftsmanship. Dinner on your own.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Oberoi Amarvilas

The Oberoi Amarvilas


Day 7: Agra & Taj Mahal

Early Morning – We will start our day at sunrise with a visit to one of the most incredible monuments ever built in the world. The Taj Mahal is a monument of love built between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife. The Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage. Breakfast at your hotel.

After leisurely breakfast visit Agra Fort, a UNESCO World heritage site with imposing walls of red sandstone. The fort is almost two miles long and contains palaces, audience halls and mosques.

Optional Afternoon – Visit a well renowned marble factory to experience the making of fine inlaid stonework and translucent marble of the region. The craftsmen of Agra are still renowned for the exquisite marble-inlay work that has made Agra’s monuments famous. Dinner at your own.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Oberoi Amarvilas

The Oberoi Amarvilas


Day 8: Agra & Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur

After breakfast, we drive to Jaipur. en route visit the abandoned Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. Built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, this was the old capital of the Moghuls, which was abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water.

After lunch we will continue our driver towards Jaipur, the city of Jaipur owes its names, foundation and its careful planning to the great warrior, astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II. In 1727, with Mughal power on the wane, Jai Singh decided to move down from his hillside fortress at nearby Amber to a new site on the plains. He laid out the city, with its surrounding walls and six rectangular blocks, according to the principles of town planning set down in Shilpa Shastra, an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture.

Arrive and check in at your hotel. Spend afternoon at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Oberoi Rajvilas

The Oberoi Rajvilas


Day 9: Jaipur | Amber Fort & Pink City

In the morning after breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Amber Fort including an elephant ride ascent to the fort. Along the way, we will have a photo stop at Hawa Mahal, the ornamental facade of the “Palace of Winds” which is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Amber Fort is the classic romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression.

Next visit City Palace, a delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture. The City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. Also, visit Jantar Mantar. This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. The observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.

In the afternoon, there is time for shopping. Jaipur is world-famous for its precious and semi-precious stones, colorful fabrics, and block printing, which is a traditional heritage craft of the Jaipur.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Oberoi Rajvilas

The Oberoi Rajvilas


Day 10: Jaipur – Udaipur

In the morning, transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight to Udaipur. Upon arrival you are met and transferred to your luxury romantic palace hotel. Travel and Leisure Magazine rated the Taj Lake Palace one of the best hotels in the world. After settling in, take in the magnificent views of the City Palace and Jag Mandir from the hotel’s balconies. Taj Lake Palace, which was built in the 17th century. When it was transformed into a hotel, its grand interiors drew the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy, Queen
Elizabeth II and the King of Nepal. Occupying a four-acre island in Pichola Lake, Cypress-shaded courtyards, gardens and fountains dot the graceful white marble complex, which was built facing the east so that residents could pray to the sun god at dawn.

In the evening cruise on the placid, mystical waters of Lake Pichola. We will explore this glimmering lake, the mountains and the city against the backdrop of a beautiful sunset.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Oberoi Udaivilas

The Oberoi Udaivilas


Day 11: Udaipur | Private Cruise to Jag Mandir Island

This morning, we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the City Palace, a conglomeration of buildings added by various Maharanas; the palace manages to retain a surprising uniformity of design. Then we head to the Crystal Gallery, which features a rare collection of Osler’s crystal ordered from England by Maharana
Sajjan Singh in 1877.

Later return back to your Palace to spend some time for your leisure activities or to use the spa or pool facilities.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Oberoi Udaivilas

The Oberoi Udaivilas


Day 12: Udaipur – Mumbai

In the afternoon transfer to airport to board your flight for Mumbai. Upon arrival, you are transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is at your leisure. Overnight stay in Delhi.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Oberoi Hotel Mumbai

The Oberoi Hotel Mumbai


Day 13: Mumbai

After breakfast, you will explore the sounds and sights of Mumbai originally known as Bombay, visit the Gateway of India, an 85-foot-high arch whose design reflects India’s Muslim and Hindu traditions. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum and Mani Bhawan, a small museum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi. Later we will see the Dhobi Ghat, the largest open-air laundry in the world and witness hundreds of men and women hand-wash sheets and garments etc.

In the afternoon cruise from Mumbai Harbour to Elephanta Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Elephanta Island is the site of the magnificent Elephanta caves, containing beautiful carvings, sculptures, and a temple to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva. The island, being a commercial, military and religions center for centuries also has traces of early Buddhist culture. Here, Indian art has found one of its most perfect expressions, particularly the huge high reliefs in the main cave.

After lunch – We have an optional walk to see the architecture in the area as well as the bustling Crawford Market.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Oberoi Udaivilas

The Oberoi Udaivilas


Day 14: Departure Flight for Home

All good things must come to an end. We hope you enjoyed your vacation and we look forward to welcoming you soon on your next adventure.

We wish you a very Happy Journey Home! In time you are transferred to the international airport for your flight home.

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