The Best Tour of North India without Wildlife - 15 Days

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Day 1 – Delhi

Royal Club Parlour Room – The Leela Palace, Delhi

  • VIP Jet Bridge Arrival & Transfer

Most flights arrive either in the evening or at night, and we strongly recommend that our guests consider arriving a day earlier as this allows you to recuperate from jetlag and serves as insurance against international flight delays and cancellations. An additional night’s hotel stay can be added at the time of reservation.

Welcome to India, home to incredible historical monuments, a plethora of natural wonders, and the world’s most colorful culture. Our services begin with your luxury VIP greeting as you disembark at Delhi airport. You are greeted as you exit the jet bridge from your plane and are escorted through the complete arrival process, including immigration, baggage claim, and customs. After this process you will be met by an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator or your Accompanying Tour Director and ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle. You are now driven to your top-ranked luxury hotel and assisted with your check-in if it is 3 pm or later.

The Leela Palace Delhi has large opulent rooms and interiors, a selection of fine dining options that include Indian and western cuisine, and a great location in Delhi’s Diplomatic Enclave that is conducive to easier sightseeing while avoiding the bad traffic of the historic and vibrant city. The Leela Hotels have been awarded the World’s Best Hotel Brand by Travel + Leisure, USA, based on the results of their World’s Best Awards Readers Survey in 2021. This is the second year in a row the hotel group has won this award. The Leela Delhi is the capital’s top ranked hotel. You are staying in a Royal Club Parlor Suite, which offers 24-hour butler service and access to the gorgeous Royal Club Lounge. Premium spirits, cocktails and wines are part of the evening Club hours, as are delicious canapes which can serve as dinner for most guests. The next day’s plans are briefly reviewed. While you are here, we recommend that you take the time to enjoy the incredible facilities of your hotel, including their beautiful heated rooftop infinity pool and their wonderful spa and its fascinating offerings, which include a spice massage. Yoga sessions are available in the mornings.

Day 2 – Delhi

Breakfast

Royal Club Parlour Room – The Leela Palace, Delhi

  • Qutab Minar – UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Humayun’s Tomb – UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Historic Lutyen’s New Delhi
  • Langar Ritual at Historic Sikh Temple
  • Lodi Art District (Incredible Street Art)
  • Measurements by Tailor

Begin your exploration of India with a drive to the awe-inspiring 12th century Qutab Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Delhi has over 500 ancient structures strewn over its vast expanse, with many of them in various states of disrepair. In terms of amazing achievements of man from almost a millennium ago the Qutab Minar is unmatched in its architectural brilliance and longevity. This 240 ft tall medieval tower is a symbol of victory and a spectacular example of Persian architecture, with intricate carvings and gorgeous inlaid calligraphy. There is a winding stairway inside the tower that goes up all the way to the balcony at the very top of the tower – unfortunately, this is no longer accessible for visitors. Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of the Quwat-ul-Islam Mosque, stands the legendary 2500-year-old Iron Pillar. The pillar stands 23 feet and 8 inches tall, weighs about 7000 pounds, and has inscriptions that are still legible to a great extent. This massive cast iron structure is said to have been moved from its distant cave shelter to Delhi around the 12th century and has not rusted over the millenniums.

From here you will proceed to Lutyens’ historic New Delhi. Upon arrival you will stop at the following attractions - the exterior of the massive and awe-inspiring Rashtrapati Bhawan, India’s Presidential Palace which was known as the Viceroy’s House during the British era, and Delhi’s landmark structure, the India Gate. From here you will be driven to visit the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, making your way through Connaught Place, which is New Delhi’s downtown and still retains its colonial architecture and design. You can choose to break for lunch either before or after your next experience – your Tour Director Guide will make restaurant suggestions based on your preferences.

The Bangla Sahib Gurudwara is a large gold domed Sikh House of Worship and is the most prominent Gurudwara in Delhi. It was first built as a small structure in 1783 and then expanded over the next few decades. The campus includes the temple, a kitchen, a school, an art gallery, and the Sarovar (Holy Tank) whose water is called Amrit (Holy Nectar). As with all Sikh Gurudwaras, volunteers, including children and the elderly, the extremely wealthy and not so well-off perform almost all the chores required to keep the Gurudwara functioning. A fascinating part of this is the daily langar (community meal), and you will witness as thousands of meals are served to all visitors who want one, regardless of race, religion, gender or belief. Only vegetarian food is served, so that no religions dietary restrictions are violated.

Continue your exploration of Delhi with a visit to the magnificent tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Delhi has such an abundance of amazing monuments that this Tomb Complex (1562 A.D.) does not quite get the acclaim that it deserves. It is one of Delhi’s three UNESCO World Heritage Sites and its striking beauty and flawless proportions will captivate you.

A five-minute drive from here will take you to the gorgeous Lodi Gardens. Spread over 90 acres of extremely expensive real estate in the heart of New Delhi, this massive verdant garden area has ancient trees lush landscaping with beautiful flower beds surrounding an interesting collection of royal tombs from the 15th & 16th century. A large number of birdlife is also found here. From the gardens you will enjoy a walk (driving is an option) through an affluent area of New Delhi, ending up in the Lodi Art District - https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/lodhi-art-district-st-art-india/NQKi787tb1GHJA?hl=en. Delhi may not be famous for its street art and murals, but the large amount of street art found all over this upscale part of the city will both surprise and delight you. The subject matter ranges from quirky to distinctly ethnic Indian and there will be surprises around every corner. After these stops a fairly short drive on tree lined avenues surrounded by embassies of the world’s major nations will bring you back to your hotel.

Sometime during the day today, a tailor will take measurements for your traditional Indian apparel which will be expertly tailored and presented to you at Jaipur. You will be shown options for colors and other customizable elements and can select based on your preferences. These garments will be made of fine materials and will make some of the special experiences on your exploration even more memorable.

Day 3 – Delhi

Breakfast and Lunch

Royal Club Parlour Room – The Leela Palace, Delhi

  • Red Fort – UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Jama Masjid – Ancient Mosque
  • Ancient Bazaar & Spice Market Walk

You are driven to ancient Old Delhi this morning. One of your most enduring memories of India will be your next experience as you walk through the ancient Chandni Chowk Bazaar, home to the world’s largest spice market. The cacophony of sounds which have echoed through the centuries, the cries of hawkers and the animated bargaining, along with the incredible colors and the diverse smells emanating from the street food stalls and spice markets combine to make for an experience that is unique to this ancient bazaar. This will be followed by an e-rickshaw ride which ends up taking you to the Jama Masjid (1650 A.D.), the largest mosque in India. The Masjid is a magnificent example of Mughal architecture and is constructed of red sandstone and white marble. It is an active place of worship and its courtyard can hold 25,000 worshippers. Bare legs and shoulders are not permitted inside the mosque and we include rented sarongs and scarves.

After this you will drive close by for lunch, a choice between set menus at the historic Curzon Room in the century old Maidens Hotel, which is part of the Oberoi Group.

Your next stop after lunch will be at the awe-inspiring Red Fort. The great city inside the massive sandstone walls of the Red Fort offers visitors a large number of architectural and historical attractions. The Red Fort was the seat of the Mughal Empire for more than two hundred and fifty years and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an amazing example of a blend of Persian, Indian and European architecture. Both this fortified city and the Jama Masjid were built by Shah Jahan, the emperor who created the Taj Mahal. After exploring the Fort, you are driven back to your hotel so that you can arrive before Delhi’s hard to describe rush hour begins.

 

Optional Home Dining & Cooking Lesson: Before returning to your hotel, you can choose to be driven to an experience that many of our guests really enjoy while in Delhi. You will be hosted by an accomplished chef and her husband at their home in the affluent Hauz Khas area of Delhi, minutes away from your hotel. A home cooking lessons with dishes selected based on your pre-stated preferences will begin the evening, and a delicious dinner and conversations about life in Delhi will follow. Your hosts are a well-traveled couple and the lady of the house has a passion for Indian food. You will be asked about this option soon after reserving your tour.

Day 4 – Delhi – Varanasi

Breakfast, Lunch on Flight

Historical Suite – Nadesar Palace, Varanasi

  • Escorted Flight
  • 2300 year old Dhamekha Stupa

You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel in the mid-morning and driven to the airport after the rush hour and you are assisted with boarding your early afternoon flight to Varanasi (Banaras). India’s holiest city is the oldest continuously inhabited city on our planet with a history that dates back five millennia. You will fly on India’s best full-service airline and a passable meal will be served.


Before heading to your lodging, you are driven to Sarnath, a major Buddhism pilgrimage site, as it is most easily accessed from the airport. Attractions in this holy rural area include the massive 2300-year-old Dhamekha Stupa located near where the Buddha preached his first sermons. This Stupa was constructed by Emperor Ashoka, who is credited with the spread of Buddhism in the world. Sarnath was also where the first Buddhist Sangha was formed and the area is home to a number of other ancient Buddhist monuments that you will drive by. A highlight of the visit to Sarnath is the very small Archaeological Museum with its impressive collection of artifacts, which include the spectacular 4 headed lion that is India’s national emblem – this stop is optional.

From Sarnath you will head towards the ancient city and your exquisite Palace Hotel. This is the only true luxury lodging in Varanasi and calling the small Nadesar Palace ‘boutique’ is a vast understatement. Built by the East India Company in the 18th century, it was taken over by the local Royal Family in the late 19th Century and served as a guest house for British and other Royalty during their visits to India. It is the centerpiece of a very large campus of gardens and organic farmland, and, time permitting, you can reserve an exploration on the Royal Family’s horse drawn carriage.

Day 5 – Varanasi

Breakfast

Historical Suite – Nadesar Palace, Varanasi

  • Ghat Walk & Sunrise River Cruise
  • Temples & Ghats of the Ganga
  • Sunset Cruise on the Ganga
  • Ancient River Ganga Arti

Two of the highlights of your time in Varanasi are the sunset and sunrise cruises on the Ganga. This morning you can sleep in or you can join your Tour Director Guide and start your day with a sunrise morning boat cruise on the Ganga. It is a surreal experience to arrive at the Ghats just before dawn and witness the eons old scene - the most devout Hindu’s are waiting at the holiest Ghats to greet the rising sun as they immerse themselves in the Ganga, while others on the wide riverbank steps meditate and practice yoga. It is also a great opportunity to experience some of Hinduisms ancient and iconic rituals. You can simultaneously witness the religious ceremony as a recently deceased Hindu’s ashes are immersed in the river so that their soul can achieve salvation, while nearby another Brahmin priest orchestrates the naming ceremony of a newborn. Your boat offers an excellent view of all the activity on the Ghats - women immersing themselves into the Ganga discreetly while still wearing their sarees and ascetics waist deep in the water offering prayers as they pour holy water over themselves.

Return to your palace for breakfast and to freshen-up and get some relaxation, or enjoy the historical structure and its gorgeous gardens for a couple of hours. Acceptable dining options are very limited in Varanasi and, before you venture out in the early afternoon, we recommend lunch at the highly rated Chowk Restaurant at the Taj Ganges Hotel, but there are other alternatives that you can discuss with your Tour Director. The Taj Ganges is located on the same campus as your Palace Hotel and this early afternoon you can order a la carte from their extensive menu of Indian and/or western offerings.

Head back to the Holy River and you will now explore the other really ancient parts of Varanasi, including visits to some of the iconic temples that lie along the banks of the holy river – please note that, as your Tour Director Guide will point out, some temples are only open to Hindu’s. You will walk through the narrow lanes and through the crowded bazaars to discover a way of life that has not changed much over the past few millennia. Your Tour Director Guide will guide you on a walk on some of the Ghats - it is a lot less crowded on these Ghats before the evening ceremony and sunset rituals, which allows for a close-up look as pilgrims and locals go about their rituals and related activities. The Ghats on the holy river’s banks stretch for a few miles and are always full of activity, but the middle of the whole expanse is where the holiest Ghats are located and where the main evening ceremony takes place.

 

Your walk ends with you boarding your boat for a cruise along the river and all its evening activities, and your boat excursion ends with a close-up view of the iconic Ganga Aarti ceremony on the now crowded Dashashwamedh Ghat, the holiest place on the river. You can float your own lamps from your boat while you watch the ancient prayer and oil lamp ceremony at sunset. Your boat enables you to enjoy a great view of the ceremony and hundreds of lamps as they float down the holy river.

Day 6 Varanasi – Agra

Breakfast and Dinner

Premier Balcony Room with Taj View – Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

  • Escorted Flight
  •  Special ‘Under the Stars’ Dinner

You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel in the morning and driven to Varanasi airport where you will be assisted in boarding your flight to Agra. This flight departs right around noon and airplane food is served during it if you are so inclined, or you can choose to get a snack after checking in at your resort after arrival. You are driven from Agra airport to your luxury resort and assisted with your check-in. Easy Tours includes an upgraded room with a private balcony that overlooks the Taj Mahal, framed by the lush gardens and trees of the Amar Vilas. There are nightly cultural performances at the resort, just as there will be at your resorts in Jaipur, Narlai, and Udaipur.

 

Special Dinner Experience at the Oberoi Amarvilas: Description by Oberoi Hotels -
A specially crafted meal for two, served by a personal butler, under the stars and beside cascading water bodies. Choose between a specially curated four course dinner and our recommended Royal Indian ‘thali’. 

Day 7 Agra

Breakfast

Premier Balcony Room with Taj View – Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

  • Sunrise & Sunset at Taj Mahal
  • Agra Fort – UNESCO W.H. Site
  • Agra’s Colorful Kinari Bazaar

Enjoy a sunrise visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the incomparable Taj Mahal. Morning is the best time to experience it during most of the year, except for some years during which morning fog in late December and most of January can affect photography. Since it is more expensive for Indian tourists to enter at this early hour the massive monument and its surrounding Mughal gardens have a lot fewer visitors than the rest of the day. The world’s greatest monument dedicated to love is obviously a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Taj Mahal was completed by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653 A.D. as a memorial to his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. This spectacular white marble mausoleum was created by about 22,000 skilled craftsmen, many of whom were brought here from far away nations, and it took twenty two years to complete. As the rising sun’s rays illuminate the precious stones inlaid in the marble they will gleam momentarily and change colors. When you experience the Taj Mahal with an Easy Tours’ Tour Director Guide who shares unique insights into its innumerable facets, some of their passion for this masterpiece may rub off on you. Return to your resort in time for breakfast.

Enjoy the amazing facilities and views of your resort for a couple of hours, or you can join your Tour Director for a walk-through Agra’s ancient Kinari Bazaar. Lunch can be a lavish buffet featuring both Indian and Western options at the popular Taj Bano restaurant in the upscale ITC Mughal Hotel – ITC Hotels in India are recognized for the excellence of their cuisine, but there are other alternatives that you can discuss with your Tour Director Guide.  After lunch you will head to the first red sandstone fort of North India, the Agra Fort, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built in 1565 by India’s greatest Mughal ruler, Emperor Akbar. Its royal audience halls, immense stone courtyards, marble mosque and the private royal chambers give us a glimpse of the grandeur of the Mughal Empire. There are unique views of the Taj Mahal from a section of the fort, including the room where Emperor Shah Jahan’s infamous son and successor, Aurangzeb, imprisoned his father during the latter years of his life.

After exploring the fort you will proceed for a late afternoon visit to the Taj Mahal. Experience the amazing Taj and its surroundings in bright sunlight, culminating with an opportunity to admire the sun’s rays setting on the façade of the world’s finest monument. When the Taj Mahal closes right after sunset you will enjoy the short walk to your resort which is just a few hundred yards away.

Day 8 Agra – Jaipur

Breakfast & Royal Dinner

Historical Suite – Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

  • Beautiful 10th Century Stepwell

You are assisted with your check-out from your resort in the mid-morning and then you are driven to the Chand Baori stepwell at Abhaneri, located just off the highway. Snacks and refreshments will be available in your vehicle enroute. The massive 10th century Chand Baori stepwell is one of the most impressive in all of India and is located next to a charming Rajasthani village. https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/india-beautiful-stepwells-spc/index.html. The depth of the stepwell is that of a modern 7 story building, and there are stairs (no longer accessible to visitors) leading down to the bottom from three of the 100 foot plus wide (35 meters) sides, creating symmetry and beauty to the ancient structure.

Continue on with your journey to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Jaipur. Upon your arrival at Jaipur, you are assisted with your check-in at your boutique luxury palace hotel. Located in the heart of the city’s most prestigious area, with 47 acres of lush manicured greenery, your home in Jaipur is the awe-inspiring Rambagh Palace, the Maharaja’s former residence. You will stay in a Historical Suite and upgrade options to higher suite categories are available. The Palace is next to Jaipur’s finest golf course, the Rambagh Golf Course, and tee time and equipment can be arranged with prior request and an extension of you stay in Jaipur. There are Rajasthani cultural performances at your palace almost every night.

After checking in you will be presented with your bespoke Indian garments and whenever you are ready, today or on another day, the Palace Butlers will be happy to assist you in donning your new clothes – lady colleagues at the Palace will assist ladies with their clothing. Today is a good day to dress up as an Indian Royal as your dinner experience befits the apparel.

 

Royal Dinner Experience: Dinner will be at an incredibly charming and atmospheric venue this evening. The unique Steam Bar & Restaurant on the Rambagh Palace grounds is comprised of a lovingly restored 19th century narrow-gauge steam train and a recreated colonial era railway station – you can eat in the train compartments or on the authentic colonial era platform next to the train. You will select from a choice of wonderful multi-course set menus with delicious Jaipur and western cuisine options – your preferences will be required prior to this.

Day 9 Jaipur

Breakfast & Lunch

Historical Suite – Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

  • Amber Fort & Palace

Start your day after an early breakfast and you are driven to a very scenic rural location - https://www.deraamer.com/, the massive compound of Dera Amer. Enjoy a half day experience with the elephants at the camp – the two resident elephants enjoy their bath in the mornings, which is the reason behind your early breakfast. You can assist in bathing, feeding and applying decorative colors on their faces, or you can just watch as all these activities take place. After this experience you will enjoy lunch at the compound, and you can usually select between the dining room and an al-fresco option. There is also an option, if you are so inclined, to do a camel ride in the compound on their two resident camels – the nominal charge for this will be on a self-pay basis.

After lunch you will drive close by to the Amber Fort and Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This awe-inspiring complex was completed in 1599 AD after 25 years of construction. You will be driven to the back entrance of the main complex as Easy Tours does not offer elephant-back ascents up the ramparts of the complex because many of the elephants are not treated well. Please note that there are organizations that rescue and care for such elephants in camps in the Jaipur region and in many other parts of India. A half day elephant experience at such a center, with no riding, is an option that can be added to your Jaipur exploration upon request, potentially adding another night at Jaipur.

The massive Fort and Palace complex is one of India’s finest examples of Rajput architecture. Explore the chambers and hallways which are famous for their exquisite designs and handcrafted embellishments. Your Tour Director will regale you with the history of the various structures as you take in the amazing workmanship of the craftsmen who created them. From the Fort return to your gorgeous Palace Hotel.

Optional mid-afternoon activity:  Jaipur is India’s shopping mecca for all sorts of exquisite hand-crafted items, fabrics, carpets, as well as jewelery, and those who are interested in shopping can have their Tour Director Guide serve as a personal shopper until the late afternoon, or you can choose to return to your spectacular palace hotel.

Day 10 Jaipur

Breakfast & Lunch

Historical Suite – Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

  • Hawa Mahal
  • Jantar Mantar
  • City Palace

Begin your exploration of the walled pink city of Jaipur. You will start with a stroll through the fascinating main bazaar in the heart of the pink city and watch the locals as they shop for pretty much everything a consumer can possibly want. This atmospheric and crowded bazaar has street sellers of vegetables, fruit and other goods occupying the curbs with their displays. There are stores selling spices, nuts, flowers, toys, footwear, hardware, and a lot more, mixed in with street food vendors and brick and mortar eating establishments. Byzantine alleys lead into inner courtyard shops.


After a few minutes of walking, you will get a photo opportunity at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Wind). This intriguing facade was built in 1799 so that the ladies of the court could use its unique windows and observe the bustling bazaar without being visible to the people on the streets.

Jaipur is India’s capital for jewelery, and the largest supplier of exquisitely crafted jewelery to much of the world, and Johri Bazaar (jewelers’ market) is a historic enclave that happens to be the center of the largest precious stone cutting area on our planet. You will experience a short walk through a section of the area (please note that all the jewelry manufacturers are located on higher floors and so you will not be seeing the jewelers at work) and soon arrive at a wonderful upscale boutique hotel, The Johri. This five-room inn has an excellent restaurant where you will enjoy lunch. Locally sourced fresh organic vegetarian cuisine is served here, and you will order ala carte from their extensive menu of seasonal and regional offerings. We strongly recommend all their chaat and appetizer items, but their main entrees are not to be missed either.


After lunch you will proceed for a visit to the Jantar Mantar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a fascinating stone observatory built in 1728. Among other instruments, it includes a massive stone sun dial that is accurate to within 2 seconds.

Located next to Jantar Mantar is the City Palace, the royal residence that was built in a delightful blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles. A part of this massive complex is still occupied by the Royal family and is not accessible to the public. Your Tour Director will regale you with stories of royalty as you admire their trappings. This immense complex also houses a number of museums that include displays of armor, miniature paintings, and a large and impressive collection of ancient royal garments and accoutrements.

Day 11 Jaipur – Narlai

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Historical Suite – Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

  • Rawla Narlai
  • Elephant Hill
  • Ancient Stepwell Dinner Experience

You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel in the morning after a slightly early breakfast that, as always, contains dozens of Indian and western preparations, as well as many options for made to order dishes. Join your Tour Director Guide and your chauffeur and you are now driven to historic Rawla Narlai, a 17th century Royal Hunting Lodge located right in the middle of a wonderful and authentic ancient village. Rawla means Royal Palace, Narlai is the name of the village.

Much of the so-called rural tourism offered in Rajasthan is of smaller villages that receive a constant stream of visitors and most of their guest experiences are, at least partially, staged. This large 16th Century village (almost 6000 residents) of Narlai is centuries old and the people are genuine and warm villagers.

The ancient royal lodge has been meticulously restored by its owners, the Royal Family of Jodhpur, and calling it boutique would be a vast understatement. There are two wings – one being the original 17th Century hunting lodge, and a more modern wing that was built around 20 years ago. Near the lodge and visible from various vantage points is a massive ancient volcanic granite boulder called Elephant Hill, with a historic small Hindu Temple at its peak, and many caves carved into its facade.

Please note that the lodge is a unique rural historical experience and is not a luxury hotel – the amenities will not match your previous lodging. Although the rooms in the new wing are larger and have more modern conveniences and much more natural light, we recommend the rooms in the ancient wing as their incredible historical charm is a unique experience not found elsewhere. However, if you do not want a paucity of natural light, we recommend the new wing. Rooms in both wings have upscale traditional Rajasthani artwork, furnishings and décor, and the heritage wing rooms obviously have more antiques. If you choose the new wing, you will still experience a lot of the 17th Century lodge’s original features. You will select your room preference at the time of your reservation.

The cuisine served at the lodge wins accolades from everyone who stays here, and most of it is sourced from their own organic farms and orchards, as well as other farms surrounding the village. The chefs are attentive and will customize your meals to your preferences, and just like in every resort that you will stay in while in Rajasthan, there are live local cultural performances every evening. The lodge also offers exceptional service levels – nothing is too much for the staff.

After checking in and a slightly late lunch, you will enjoy an extended walk through the large village to get an introduction to the lives of the simple but proud Rajasthani villagers. There will be young boys and girls herding goats, sheep, and cows around the area, and many other experiences that are only found in rural Rajasthan. There will also be multiple opportunities to view various indigenous activities. if you communicate with the villagers through your Tour Director Guide, their simplicity, warmth, and hospitality will captivate you.

Ancient Stepwell Dinner Experience: After sunset you will be assisted in climbing aboard a traditional bullock cart and transported through the dark countryside to a charming 16th Century stepwell. Your magical dinner will be at the stepwell, accompanied by live local folk music and accented by 1200 oil lamps adorning the steps of the stepwell. As you enjoy a multi-course dinner of local delicacies and the lodge’s attentive service, the oil lamps and countless stars will illuminate this amazing night.

Day 12 Jaipur – Narlai

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Grand Heritage Room – Rawla Narlai, Narlai

  • Rural Drive to Narlai Village
  • Village Exploration & Interaction
  • Village Bullock Cart Ride
  • Magical Stepwell Candlelit Dinner

You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel in the morning after a slightly early breakfast that, as always, contains dozens of Indian and western preparations, as well as many options for made to order dishes. Join your Tour Director Guide and your chauffeur and you are now driven to historic Rawla Narlai, a 17th century Royal Hunting Lodge located right in the middle of a wonderful and authentic ancient village. Rawla means Royal Palace, Narlai is the name of the village.

Much of the so-called rural tourism offered in Rajasthan is of smaller villages that receive a constant stream of visitors and most of their guest experiences are, at least partially, staged. This large 16th Century village (almost 6000 residents) of Narlai is centuries old and the people are genuine and warm villagers.

The ancient royal lodge has been meticulously restored by its owners, the Royal Family of Jodhpur, and calling it boutique would be a vast understatement. There are two wings – one being the original 17th Century hunting lodge, and a more modern wing that was built around 20 years ago. Near the lodge and visible from various vantage points is a massive ancient volcanic granite boulder called Elephant Hill, with a historic small Hindu Temple at its peak, and many caves carved into its facade.

Please note that the lodge is a unique rural historical experience and is not a luxury hotel – the amenities will not match your previous lodging. Although the rooms in the new wing are larger and have more modern conveniences and much more natural light, we recommend the rooms in the ancient wing as their incredible historical charm is a unique experience not found elsewhere. However, if you do not want a paucity of natural light, we recommend the new wing. Rooms in both wings have upscale traditional Rajasthani artwork, furnishings and décor, and the heritage wing rooms obviously have more antiques. If you choose the new wing, you will still experience a lot of the 17th Century lodge’s original features. You will select your room preference at the time of your reservation.

The cuisine served at the lodge wins accolades from everyone who stays here, and most of it is sourced from their own organic farms and orchards, as well as other farms surrounding the village. The chefs are attentive and will customize your meals to your preferences, and just like in every resort that you will stay in while in Rajasthan, there are live local cultural performances every evening. The lodge also offers exceptional service levels – nothing is too much for the staff.

After checking in and a slightly late lunch, you will enjoy an extended walk through the large village to get an introduction to the lives of the simple but proud Rajasthani villagers. There will be young boys and girls herding goats, sheep, and cows around the area, and many other experiences that are only found in rural Rajasthan. There will also be multiple opportunities to view various indigenous activities. if you communicate with the villagers through your Tour Director Guide, their simplicity, warmth, and hospitality will captivate you.

Ancient Stepwell Dinner Experience: After sunset you will be assisted in climbing aboard a traditional bullock cart and transported through the dark countryside to a charming 16th Century stepwell. Your magical dinner will be at the stepwell, accompanied by live local folk music and accented by 1200 oil lamps adorning the steps of the stepwell. As you enjoy a multi-course dinner of local delicacies and the lodge’s attentive service, the oil lamps and countless stars will illuminate this amazing night.

Day 13 Udaipur

Breakfast & Royal Dinner

Grand Heritage Lake View Room with Balcony – The Leela Palace, Udaipur

  • Lake Pichola
  • World’s largest collection of priceless crystal
  • Monsoon Palace

Enjoy a slightly early breakfast this morning. The reason for the slightly early morning breakfast is that the City Palace Complex has an hour at the beginning of every morning where they charge a little more and thus get significantly fewer visitors at that time. Your exploration of the vast complex will almost certainly take longer than an hour, but you will have done most parts that the later visitors will flock too.

The fabled City Palace Complex contains multiple old palaces and other structures. You will explore beautifully decorated rooms with thousands of exquisitely sculpted mirrors covering the walls, massive ivory doors (a dark reminder of Indian royalty’s passion for hunting), brightly colored stained-glass windows, expansive inlaid marble balconies, and the unique peacock courtyard. There are amazing views to be had from this structure, especially of Lake Pichola, the Lake Palace, and Jag Mandir Island. Enjoy a tour of the amazing Crystal Gallery which houses the world’s largest collection of priceless crystal. Marvel at pieces like the complete bedroom furniture set in crystal and the gorgeous crystal fountains in the courtyards.

Next you will explore Udaipur. With its small-town atmosphere, laid back Udaipur is one of India’s best places to explore on foot, and your Tour Director will take you for walks in small local bazaars and other interesting parts of this charming city. You will also enjoy a slightly bumpy (there are no shock absorbers) three-wheeler scooter ride through the streets.

After you experience Udaipur, you will return to your gorgeous resort for a short break to freshen up and enjoy the wonderful facilities. If you are hungry, we recommend a light meal as a wonderful dinner experience is scheduled for the evening. In the afternoon you are driven to visit the Monsoon Palace, a small hilltop structure that offers amazing views of the picturesque city of Udaipur and its lakes and palaces. The journey up the hill takes you through a protected wildlife sanctuary and occasional small wildlife sightings can be experienced.

Return to the lake area and proceed for a cruise on captivating Lake Pichola in one of the Leela Palace boats to enjoy wonderful sunset views of Lake Pichola and magical Udaipur. Return to your resort after the cruise for your last night at Udaipur. Take however long you want to refresh and enjoy the views and hotel facilities before an enchanting dining experience - dinner timing and your selection between vegetarian and nonvegetarian cuisine will be prearranged based on your preferences. Experience an amazing Royal Dinner at a special venue that will make your meal a favorite memory – western food options can be substituted with prior request.

Day 14 Udaipur – Delhi – End of Tour

Breakfast

Deluxe Room – The Oberoi, Gurgaon

  • Late Night Flights
  • Flights around Midnight

Although your Tour Director Guide and chauffeur driven vehicle are available to you this morning if you desire to explore more (after checking out), we recommend that you enjoy this morning at leisure for your last couple of hours at your spectacular lodging. Also, if you wish to enjoy this beautiful small city and your gorgeous resort for longer, additional days at Udaipur are highly recommended by our previous guests and can be added when you reserve your tour.


You are assisted with your check-out around noon, and then you can choose to enjoy lunch at your hotel, before you are driven to the airport in time to board your late afternoon flight to Delhi.


There are three departure options on this day and your choice will be influenced by your international flight timings, or whether you want time at a world-class oceanfront resort. Please note that almost all international flights depart from India’s airports either very late at night or early in the morning.

Departure Option 1: If your international flight departure is less than four hours from your scheduled arrival time at the Delhi airport, before bidding you farewell, your Tour Director Guide will assist you in connecting you with your Airport VIP Services Representative, who will escort you through customs and immigration. Additional services can be added upon request.
 
Departure Option 2A: Late Night Flights - If your international flight departure is not in the early morning, but is four or more hours from your scheduled arrival time at the Delhi, you are greeted at the airport by your personal chauffeur. Your Tour Director Guide along with your personal vehicle and chauffeur are available to you until it is time for your airport transfer for your international flight. This is a good time to do some last-minute shopping and/or dining if you are so inclined. When you are driven to the airport for your international flight at the appropriate time, your Tour Director Guide will assist you in connecting you with your Airport VIP Services Representative, who will escort you through check-in, customs and immigration. Additional services can be added upon request.

OR

Departure Option 2B: Flights around Midnight -
If your flight departs early the next morning, upon your arrival in Delhi, you will be driven to the Oberoi Gurgaon and your Tour Director Guide will assist with your check-in. A nominal additional charge will apply for this extra night. During your check-in, please remind the hotel staff of your flight departure timing - Easy Tours will already have informed them. Your Tour Director Guide will bid you farewell at this time.

Day 15 Delhi – International Flight

  • Late Night Flights
  • Flights around Midnight

Flights well after midnight or on the next day Check-out at the appropriate time (your room is available until noon) and a luxury Oberoi vehicle will transfer you to the airport where you will board your international flight. At the airport you will be introduced to your Airport VIP Services Representative who will escort you through customs and immigration.

Our services end with your Oberoi Gurgaon assisted check-in.




Departure Option 3: Ocean Resort Options. Details on the two options are listed after the pricing details for the main tour.

Lodging Details

Destinations Lodgings
Delhi
The Leela Palace - Royal Club Parlour Room
Varanasi
Taj Nadesar Palace – Historical Suite
Agra
The Oberoi Amarvilas - Premier Room with Balcony
Jaipur
Rambagh Palace - Historical Suite
Narlai
Rawla Narlai – Grand Heritage Room
Udaipur
The Leela Palace – Grand Heritage Lake View Room with Balcony
Delhi Airport (if needed)
The Oberoi Gurgaon - Deluxe Room

Inclusions 

  • VIP Airport Services during International arrival and departure
  • Accompanying Tour Director to assist you throughout your on-tour flights and drives
  • Gift of custom Tailor Made Indian Apparel for Special Occasions, on your journey and later
  • 3 Private Jeep Safaris at Ranthambore National Park
  • All safari related costs at Ranthambore, including park entry, naturalists, vehicle fees etc.
  • Sunrise and sunset boat cruises on the holy river in Varanasi
  • Sunrise and Sunset visits to the Taj Mahal
  • E-Rickshaw Ride in Old Delhi
  • Three Wheeler scooter ride through the streets of Udaipur
  • All meals while at the Aman-i-Khas at Ranthambore
  • Special Under the Stars Dinner Experience at the Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra
  • Special Dinner Experience at ‘Steam’ at Rambagh Palace in Jaipur
  • Special Stepwell Dinner Experience at your Royal Hunting Lodge at Narlai
  • Special Lakeside Dinner Experience at your Modern Palace in Udaipur
  • Daily breakfast at all the hotels except for Arrival Day
  • 9 Lunches including the two lunches at Aman-i-Khas at Ranthambore
  • A Supplement to include other Lunches and Dinners is available but not recommended
  • Optional Cooking Lessons & Dinner at Delhi and Cochin with Chefs at their family homes
  • Lunches/Dinners include regular hotel bottled water
  • Camera Fee’s for Regular Cameras
  • Hotel check-in is at 3pm and checkout is at noon for almost all the hotels
  • All transfers and sightseeing by personal upscale vehicle
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in all vehicles, except for remote regions
  • All currently applicable taxes.

Exclusions

  • International Travel
  • Expenses of a personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone calls, drinks etc.
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic premium beverages during included meals
  • Meals other than those specified above
  • Travel insurance, visa etc.
  • Camera fees for professional DSLR (Over 200 mm lens) and Video Cameras

Pricing

1st October – 20th December, 2021 / 5th January – 15th  April , 2022

Occupancy Rooms/Suites On Tour Flights Cost
Double Occupancy
$13,900* Per Person
$860* Per Person
Single Occupancy
$26,100*
$860*

April 16th – September 30th, 2022 

Occupancy Rooms/Suites On Tour Flights Cost
Double Occupancy
$10,800* Per Person
$860* Per Person
Single Occupancy
$19,700*
$860*

Inquire about this Journey

This Exclusive Journey has very limited availability and online reservations are not possible. Some of the included luxury boutique resorts are very small and the few enhanced room/suite types we use can be sold out months in advance. Yes, even in 2022! Please fill out the Inquiry Form to see if your choice of dates is available.

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