Majestic India Tour



Have you ever been to India? Join our group for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure in April 2018. Your flights, hotels and tour guides are all included. We take care of everything so you can relax and explore! Our partners, Richmond-based Indus Travels have years of experience delivering quality custom tours to Canadians like you.

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Tickets are just $2,799 for Richmond Chamber Members, their employees and families, and $2,999 for non-members. 



Your ticket on this trip includes all of these outstanding features:

  • 8 Nights’ accommodation at listed hotels or similar
  • International Airfare from Vancouver (Inc. Taxes)
  • Return airport transfers
  • Daily buff­et breakfasts
  • 2 Special dinners
  • Demonstration of Marble craftsmanship in Agra
  • Shoe covers at the Taj Mahal
  • Demonstration of Carpet weaving and block printing in Jaipur
  • Rickshaw Ride in Jaipur
  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur
  • Pooja ceremony on Ghat with Hindu Priest in Pushkar
  • Boat ride on Lake Pichola, Udaipur
  • Sightseeing & Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Service of an English speaking Tour Manager
  • All transportation in an AC Chauffeur driven vehicle
  • All presently applicable taxes



DAY 01 CANADA DEPARTURE

Today: Make your way to your gateway airport to board your flight to India. Enjoy in-flight meals and services. Overnight onboard the flight

DAY 02 DELHI ARRIVAL

Evening: Welcome to Delhi, India! a monumental city with a vibrant mix of old and new teeming bazaars, stately British boulevards, powerful Mughal palaces and forts, and intricate, ethereal towers, temples and tombs. On arrival at Delhi International Airport you will be met and assisted by our company executive and transferred to your hotel.

Accommodation: Overnight in Delhi

DAY 03 DELHI - AGRA (205 KMS / 3 HRS)

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Tour Old and New Delhi visiting Raj Ghat,  Mahatma Gandhi’s serene and evocative cremation site, India Gate (the War Memorial) and the Presidents House (from the outside), the Baha’i Lotus  Temple (closed on Mondays) – this distinctive lotus shaped marvel in marble is a symbol of peace, the Qutub Minar a stunning 240-foot minaret, the tallest in the world surrounded by an elaborate complex built in the Indo-Islamic architectural tradition.

Afternoon: Drive to Agra. On arrival check in to the hotel

Evening: Welcome dinner

Accommodation: Overnight in Agra

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 04 AGRA

Breakfast: At hotel

Early Morning: Visit Taj Mahal a sunrise (closed on Fridays). Often considered the pinnacle of Mughal art in India, the Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. When declaring it a world heritage site, UNESCO described it as “the jewel of Muslim art in India”. There are few words that can describe the magnificence of this monument. Marvel as light and colors transform this stunning monument in the beautiful dawn glow. Return back to the hotel

Later take in a Marble craftsmanship demonstration

Afternoon: Included: Half day tour of Agra: Starting with the visit of Itmad-Ud-Daulah monument, known as the "Baby Taj", the first Mughal structure totally built from marble. We will also visit the Sikandra, the sandstone and marble tomb of Akbar which blends Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Christian motifs and styles. Later we will discover the Agra Fort, another UNESO heritage site built and added to between the 16th and 17th centuries by successive rulers of the Mughal Dynasty. The fort was built primarily as a military structure, but Shah Jahan upgraded it to a palace and later it became his gilded prison for 8 years after his son Aurangzeb seized power. The elegant building inside reflects an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles.

Accommodation: Overnight in Agra

DAY 05 AGRA - JAIPUR (250 KMS / 5 HRS)

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Drive to Jaipur, enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri – an eerily abandoned capital from the Mughal Empire between 1570 and 1586. Akbar built this city to celebrate the birth of his son and future heir to the throne, Emperor Jahangir. While Akbar is believed to have been illiterate, he took great interest in the arts and architecture; Fatehpur Sikri is one of his masterworks. Sadly, it served as capital for little more than a decade, eventually abandoned for lack of accessible water.

Afternoon: Demonstration of gem-cutting & polishing

Evening: On arrival check in to the hotel. Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital is also known as the Pink City. The origin of this nickname becomes immediately apparent as you enter the old city walls and greet the pink-colored buildings that rise at every turn.

Included: Authentic Rajasthani dinner

After a traditional welcome by your host, learn about their culture, cuisine, rituals and festivals. Listen to the stories of the Pink City from your charming hosts, admire the traditional décor of Hindu gods and Savor the great flavors of Rajasthani cuisine. Sit down to feast on naans, lentils, curry, and dal- bati etc, as well as many other dishes typical of Rajasthan, including a dessert or sweet dish.

Accommodation: Overnight in Jaipur

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 06 JAIPUR

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Start with an exhilarating excursion to Amber Fort perched on top of a hill. A royal ride on elephant (subject to availability) up the hill like the Maharajas of past times and visit the Jagmandir (the hall of victory). Perched on a hillside on the outskirts of town, the palace was constructed in the 1590s by Maharaja Man Singh, the commander of Akbar’s army, and was largely motivated by the highly defensible location. This is a beautiful and very well preserved structure, built on four levels and surrounded by ruins, which served as the backdrop for the Mira Nair movie “Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love.” Afternoon: At leisure Included:Half Day Jaipur city tour Start exploring the city by a stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). This magnificent structure was built to allow the royal ladies of the palace to discretely watch the grand processions along the main street. The city palace was built between 1729 and 1732 by the ruler of Amber Sawai Jai Singh II. City palace has a large part of total area of Jaipur which is surrounded by battle door. The palace complex was built like there is another city in a city. A complex of courtyards, gardens, buildings, temples, fountains, pounds, courts, horse stable, workshops and playgrounds. Continue to the impressive Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory built in the early 1700s by Maharaja Jai Sing II, the astronomer to which this city owes its name. The term "Jantar Mantar" literally means "instruments for measuring the harmony of the heavens". It houses various architectural and astrological instruments that have caught the interests of astronomers, historians and architects around the world. It is considered to be one of the largest observatories ever built. While you are in the city, you can also visit the nearby popular street markets of Jaipur like Renowned Johori bazaar with hundreds of jewelry vendors, plus handcrafted clothing, furniture, art & more.

Accommodation: Overnight in Jaipur

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 07 JAIPUR – PUSHKAR (140KMS /3.5 HRS)

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Drive to Pushkar, a sacred city for Hindus. Surrounded by hills on three sides and sand dunes on the fourth, Pushkar forms a fascinating location and a befitting backdrop for the annual religious and cattle fair (held in November). A quiet, secluded desert town for 51 weeks a year, for just a few days it becomes an absolutely incredible and authentic extravaganza during the annual Pushkar Fair. Drawing people from all around the globe, it is also quite possibly the largest camel and cattle-trading fair in the world.

Afternoon: Arrive in Pushkar; check in to the hotel. Enjoy a walking tour of the holy city of the God, Brahma; visit the holy Pushkar Lake and the famous 8th century Brahma Temple dedicated to Lord Brahma the creator of the universe and the only Bull temple in the world. Experience a special Pooja ceremony at a Ghat with a Hindu priest on the banks of Pushkar Lake.

Accommodation: Overnight in Pushkar

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 08 PUSHKAR – UDAIPUR (260 KMS / 5 HRS)

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning:After breakfast drive to Udaipur. Udaipur is the majestic city of lakes and palaces. Founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 and fondly referred to as Rajasthan’s most romantic city, its rich history is matched by its picturesque setting among the Aravalli Mountains and three manmade lakes.

Afternoon: On arrival in Udaipur; check in to the hotel.

Evening: Included: Sunset cruise on Lake Pichola: Sailing past picturesque Ghats and palaces, stopping at the island of Jag Mandir, a 17th century water palace that witnessed two important historical events. It was the refuge for Prince Khurram, later known as Shah Jahan, when he was exiled by his father and later during the uprising of 1857, the island offered safety to several British families who fled from nearby Ne´e much.

Accommodation:Overnight in Udaipur

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 09 UDAIPUR

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Begin our day at the City Palace, overlooking the blue waters of Lake Pichola. Maharana Udai Singh initiated construction in 1559 A.D. and it was subsequently expanded, with impressive uniformity, by several succeeding Maharanas. The palace consists of a number of beautiful courtyards and gardens. The main hall has been converted into a museum, housing opulent artifacts and original works of art. Inside the complex we will find the exquisite crystal gallery, exhibiting 19th century pieces including crystal chandeliers, tables, sofas and beds. We will continue walking towards the Jagdish Temple to study its many remarkable friezes. Lavishly built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh, it is easy to understand why Jagdish is the most venerated Hindu temple in Udaipur. Afterwards we will explore the Old City, wandering through its bustling streets lined with art shops, spice vendors, tailors and more.

Accommodation: Overnight in Udaipur

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 10 UDAIPUR - DELHI – CANADA

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning at leisure.

Late afternoon transfer to airport to connect with flight to Delhi and then your international flight back home. Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 11 DELHI – CANADA

Arrive back in Canada at YVR


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India is a country that stimulates senses with its unique smalls of incense, cacophony of extraordinary sounds, succulent cuisine and visual wealth of ancient architecture.

One of the world's great civilizations, Indian culture can be traced back nearly 6,000 years. India - bounded by the majestic Himalayan ranges in the north and edged by a spectacular coastline surrounded by three seas, India is a vivid kaleidoscope of landscapes, magnificent historical sites and royal cities, golden beaches, misty mountain retreats, colourful people, rich cultures and festivities.

Majestic India offers guests a comprehensive tour of north India, beginning in the capital city of Delhi. From Delhi guests fly to Udaipur, a majestic city of lakes and palaces, and on to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. After exploring the monumental Amber Fort, the next stop is Agra and the majestic Taj Mahal, from where guests will travel to Lake Pichola and Udaipur. The tour ends back in Delhi.


Vegetable dishes are more common than in Europe, particularly in the fruity, coconut dishes of southern India, while northern India has an entirely different but equally satisfying cuisine to sample. Breads like paranthas, chapatis, naans and rotis are also part of the main diet in several states like Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Achars (pickles), relishes and chutneys again vary by region and add more resonance to amazing meals.

Sweets or mithai too have regional specialties. They tend to be milk based and some are syrupy and fried. Well-known northern sweets are gulab jamun, jalebi (it’s worth watching how these syprup-based confections are made in the street), kulfi, kheer, halwa and laddu. From the east are rasgulla and rasmalai. The south has several burfi and halwa-type desserts like coconut burfi and badam halwa made from almonds.

While care should be taken in where one eats, exceptional food can be had in the humblest surroundings such as food at ashrams as can be found in 5-star restaurants. Non-vegetarians will find fabulously spiced mutton dishes according to regional specialities including fish dishes typical to coastal areas.

Specialties:

• Dhal (curried lentils).

• Kulfi (firm Indian-style ice cream).

• Gulab Jamuns (deep-fried dough balls in sweet syrup).

• Jalebi (circular-shaped deep-fried batter in sweet syrup).

• Dosa (fermented crepe stuffed with vegetables, meat and sauces, originally from the south).

Things to know:

Bottled water is recommended for visitors but make sure the bottles are properly sealed. Alcohol is mainly served at mid- and upper-range restaurants in the larger towns and cities known as “resto-bars”; in budget eateries, it's usually only found at non-vegetarian restaurants which have a liquor license.

Regional drinks:

• Chai (tea) is India's favourite drink. It will often come ready-brewed with milk, sugar and other spices usually at minimum cardamom and ginger unless 'tray tea' or 'separate tea' is specified.

• Coffee has long been popular in the south. South Indian coffee made and poured in a particular fashion is a specialty. Nowadays most large cities and towns have cafés serving cappuccinos, lattes, espressos and more.

• Nimbu Pani (lemon water) served sweet or sweet and salted.

• Lassi (iced yogurt/buttermilk beverage) also flavoured with fruits like mango or banana or sweet and salty.

• Indian beer (in many varieties, with Kingfisher the most popular brand).





KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PREPARING TO GO TO INDIA

INDIA LOCAL TIME

The standard time for India is calculated from Allahabad and is common to all cities. Indian Standard Time (IST) is 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of GMT.

ELECTRICITY

220 volts & 50Hz. A variety of power outlets are used in India, but most plugs have two or three round pins.

LANGUAGE

Although English is generally used for official and business purposes, Hindi is the official language and is spoken by about 30 percent of the population. There are in all 22 officially recognized languages.


PASSPORT & VISA

A passport valid for at least 180 days and with at least two blank pages is required by all nationals

Citizens of all countries need to have a valid passport and an entry, transit or tourist visa obtained from the Indian Visa Service in their country prior to departure. Regulations and costs change frequently and differ according to nationality. For the latest information on your specific visa requirements, please contact your local Indian Embassy or Consulate. The servicing of visas has been outsourced by the Indian government in most countries to a Visa Services however information on which service is available on the website of the Indian consulate/embassy of your residing country.

US & Canadian citizens can now arrange an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) online through the following link: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html Please note this visa service only allows you to apply for your visa a maximum of 30 days prior to the departure of your trip to India and for single Entry Visa for max of 30 days.

For Multiple Entry Visas, you will have to apply at your local Indian Embassy or Consulate and get your Visa before departure.

E-Tourist Visa once issued on arrival is Only single entry, non-extendable and non-convertible.

The following countries are all able to apply for this ETV:

Mozambique, Russia, Ukraine, United Kingdom and USA, Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Island, Chile, China, China- SAR Hong Kong, China- SAR Macau, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Oman, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turks & Caicos Island, UAE, Vatican City-Holy See, Venezuela and Vietnam, Japan, Singapore and Sri Lanka

There is no visa fee for the following countries however one must still apply online: Argentina, Cook Islands, Fiji, Jamaica, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue Island, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uruguay and Vanuatu

All Passengers are responsible for securing proper documentation prior to joining the tour. Passports are required; in addition travelers are advised to check with local consulates for full details regarding Visa requirements. Please note securing a valid visa for entry is sole responsibility of the traveler.

LOCAL CURRENCY

The monetary unit in India is the India Rupee (INR). Rupee (INR; symbol Rs) = 100 paise. Notes are in denominations of Rs1000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of Rs5, 2 and 1, and 50, 25, 20, 10 and 5 paise.

Note: The import and export of local currency is prohibited.

Keep in mind that sometimes smaller vendors will not take bills larger than Rs 500. It is best to carry a range of rupee notes if you are shopping at bazaars and local markets.

On November 8, 2016, the government of India announced that existing 500 and 1,000 rupee bank notes are being withdrawn immediately from circulation and will be replaced with new 500 and 2,000 rupee notes. Airports, railway stations and hospitals will accept 500 and 1,000 rupee notes until November 11, 2016.

**Do not accept bank notes that have been taken out of circulation**

MONEY EXCHANGE, CREDIT CARD & ATM

Banks & ATM can be found in most cities and sizable towns where it is possible to exchange cash and travelers cheques. Many hotels also offer currency exchange and may offer a faster service at similar rates. Credit cards are usually only accepted in larger shops and more expensive hotels and restaurants.

Credit cards:

In major cities, the full cadre of banks cards are generally accepted including debit cards, American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. However, in smaller towns and villages, choice is generally narrowed to cash or MasterCard and Visa.

ATM:

24 hour ATM machines can be found in all the major cities and most large towns. Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus, Maestro and Plus are amongst the most commonly accepted cards.

CLOTHING

As a general guideline, clothing should be lightweight and loose fitting. In India's hot summer months, cotton clothing is much more comfortable than materials like nylon. In the winter months (Dec-Feb) North India can get very cold so warm clothing is recommended.


COMMUNICATION & EMAILS

Internet cafes can now be found in most cities and sizable towns. Connection times are often painfully slow although this does vary from city to city. The average cost for an hour is approx. US$1. Most hotels offer wifi service and rates can vary from hotel to hotel.


The Indian phone system is fairly good. Look out for shops/booths labeled with a yellow "PCO-STD-ISD" sign which can be found almost everywhere. A 3 minute call (to the Canada) will cost approx. US$10 from a hotel and approx. US$3 from a shop/booth.


INTERNAL FLIGHTS

Please note that when flying within India, the airline baggage allowance is 15KG (33LBS). Airlines are becoming quite strict with the weight restrictions and will charge a fee if you are over your weight allowance.


MEALS

Approximate costs for meals and snacks not included are shown below:

Simple snack - US$ 5-8

Light meal - US$ 10-15

Fancy restaurant - US$ 25-35


DRINKS

Approximate costs for drinks bought in a shop in the street are shown below. Note: Prices in restaurants and hotels can be as much as double as those specified.

1l of water - US$ 1.00

30cl bottle of soft drink - US$ 1.00

65cl bottle of beer - US$ 3.00

Register for Orientation Sessions here:

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