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A PORTRAIT OF INDIA
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Essence ofIndia You'll be amazed by all that's included on A Portrait of India. Our popular India tour gives you a complete look at this complex country from north to south. Live like a maharajah at some of the world's top-rated hotels – including two-night stays at the award-winning The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, featuring views of the Taj Mahal, and in Udaipur at The Oberoi Udaivilas. View the amazing temples of Khajuraho, and cruise by houseboat in southern India through Kerala’s beautiful canals. A boat ride witnesses spiritual ceremonies along the River Ganges in Varanasi, and a cooking demonstration features a taste of hospitality on an exclusive insider visit to a chef's private home in Kerala. Enjoy a special Maharajah evening with dinner and entertainment... a traditional dance performance... with special insights from local experts and much more. Our India tour is a must for any world traveler!

Day 1 Welcome to India!
Meals
This ultimate India tour begins at The Oberoi, New Delhi. A transfer is included from Indira Gandhi International Airport to your landmark hotel, The Oberoi, New Delhi, renowned for gracious service in the heart of the city. Due to flight schedules, you will probably arrive at the hotel after midnight local time. You may want to travel a day early to ease the effects of jet lag and relax a bit before your India tour begins – just mention this at the time of booking; we can book your international flights for travel originating in the U.S. and can arrange an extra night at The Oberoi, New Delhi.

Lodging The Oberoi, New Delhi Map

Day 2 Explore New Delhi, where old & new converge
Meals B, L, D
Explore India’s capital city with an insider guide; a sightseeing excursion shows you the Secretariat buildings, Parliament House, Presidential Palace, and India Gate, commemorating Indian and British soldiers. Visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the five-story sandstone Qutb Minar Victory Tower, built over 8 centuries ago, and Humayun’s Tomb, set in beautiful gardens. This Mughal creation popularized Persian-influenced architecture and was an inspiration for the Taj Mahal. After lunch, stop at the Gandhi Smriti Museum, paying tribute to the inspiring leader Mahatma Gandhi who forced change through non-violent protest. You'll have much to discuss this evening at the welcome cocktail reception and dinner.


Lodging The Oberoi, New Delhi

Day 3 Delving into the past in Old Delhi
Meals B, D
Check out the colorful bazaars, sacred temples, 17th-century havelis (mansions) and colonial monuments in the winding streets of Old Delhi, the capital of Muslim India from the 12th through the 19th centuries. See the sumptuous Red Fort palaces, the symbol of Indian nationhood, and Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial and cremation site. Spend the afternoon as you wish – and for your dining pleasure this evening, it's your choice. Dine à la carte at a selection of fine restaurants in the hotel.


Lodging The Oberoi, New Delhi

Day 4 Rituals on the River Ganges in Varanasi
Meals B, L, D
Fly to the ancient city of Varanasi, built on the banks of the sacred River Ganges. Since the 6th century BC, this city has been a key destination for pilgrims who seek blessing and purification in the river’s holy waters. A sightseeing tour visits Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first sermon, and the National Museum, home to a priceless sculpture collection dating back to the 3rd century BC. Tonight, take a journey by boat along the River Ganges to witness ceremonies "putting the river to sleep." Amidst hundreds of lighted candles and flower offerings, tonight will be a special highlight of this India tour.


Lodging The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi

Day 5 Sunrise Ganges cruise and then visit the temples of Khajuraho
Meals B, L, D
This India tour continues as you rise early for a cruise on the River Ganges to view the Varanasi sunrise ceremonies, then fly to Khajuraho for an overnight stay. "Wow" is a common and appropriate response to the treasures you're about to explore. The Khajuraho Group of Monuments were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986; during the Chandella dynasty about a millennium ago, between 950 and 1,050 temples were built. They were described as striking a perfect balance between architecture and sculpture; though only about 20 remain today, their exquisitely detailed sculptures put them among India's most revered works of art. Dine à la carte this evening at your leisure at your hotel, surrounded by lush gardens near the temples.


Lodging The LaLiT Temple View Khajuraho

Day 6 Orchha's palace ruins and on to Agra by rail
Meals B, L, D
This India tour continues to historic Orchha, where ancient palaces, temples and cenotaphs speak volumes about India's Mughal empire. Once inhabited by royalty, today the eerily silent ruins are home to brilliant green parakeets and chattering langurs. See the soaring spires of the cenotaphs before you travel by train to Agra, home of the magnificent Taj Mahal. Your room in the luxurious Oberoi Amarvilas offers a wonderful view of this stunning man-made wonder... what a sight to wake up to!


Lodging The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

Day 7 Wonders in Agra – the Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
Meals B, L, D
Guests who wish may visit the Taj Mahal in time for sunrise – the gates open at sunrise. Those not going quite so early will join your Tauck Director a little later than sunrise (but still early morning) for a guided visit to the spectacular Taj Mahal, with time to explore on your own and take photographs. A guided tour of the massive red sandstone Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, follows. Inside, you'll get a very good look at medieval lifestyles of 16th- and 17th-century Mughal emperors. Join us if you wish on an afternoon excursion to the walled imperial city of Fatehpur Sikri for in-depth exploration of this remarkably preserved site, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dine as you please this evening from among a selection of your hotel's fine restaurants.


Lodging The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

Day 8 Arrive in Jaipur, do some sightseeing and attend a special "Maharajah" evening
Meals B, L, D
Travel to Jaipur for a two-night stay at The Oberoi Rajvilas, reflecting the gracious lifestyles of India's legendary Rajput princes. A sightseeing tour of Jaipur includes the City Palace Museum and the Jantar Mantar Observatory – a collection of architectural astronomical instruments for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars in their orbits, figuring out the declinations of planets and determining the celestial altitudes – all built by Maharajah Jai Singh II in the 18th century. Attend a special evening fit for Maharajah royalty tonight, celebrating India's cultural traditions, music, dance and cuisine.


Lodging The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur

Day 9 Jaipur's glittering palaces and pavilions of Amber Fort
Meals B, L, D
A highlight of your India tour, today's sightseeing includes the many gems of Jaipur, from the massive gateways and pillared pavilions inside Amber Fort to a tour of Amber Palace, with its magnificent domes, massive ramparts and glittering hall of mirrors. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Jaipur, pursuing what interests you most.


Lodging The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur

Day 10 Fly to Udaipur
Meals B, L, D
Fly to Udaipur today via New Delhi, arriving at your hotel late this afternoon. Udaipur is a Rajasthan city of palaces and lakes, often called the “Most Romantic City in India.” Dinner is at your leisure in your hotel, named India’s best hotel by Condé Nast Traveler and 4th in the world’s top 100 hotels.


Lodging The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

Day 11 A lake cruise plus a royal garden, temples and palaces
Meals B, L, D
A leisurely cruise on Lake Pichola sets the stage for an Udaipur sightseeing tour with our local guide. Visit the 18th-century fountain gardens of Saheliyon Ki Bari, and the Jagdish Mandir Temple. View the City Palace, a labyrinth of richly decorated courtyards, frescoed galleries, and marble temples that was once home to the Maharajah of Udaipur. Spend the rest of the day at leisure before dinner à la carte at the hotel.


Lodging The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

Day 12 Fly to Cochin and take a sunset cruise on the Arabian Sea
Meals B, L, D
Fly to Kochi (Cochin) in the state of Kerala, on the southern tip of India, home to coconut groves, paddy fields and wide beaches. Cruise its tropical inland waterways before setting off on a spectacular sunset cruise on the Arabian Sea. Enjoy a performance of the renowned Kathakali Dancers prior to dinner tonight at your hotel.


Lodging Vivanta by Taj Malabar

Day 13 Traditional cuisine & more in historic Kochi (Cochin)
Meals B, L, D
Kochi (Cochin) dates back to the 15th century, boasting myriad historic sites reflecting its founding by the Portugese, as well as the influence of Dutch and British settlers. After a lecture on southern India's unique heritage and cultural diversity, Kochi sightseeing includes Fort Cochin, the oldest European settlement in India, the Dutch Palace and the 16th-century St. Francis Church. Later, visit the private home of an acclaimed Kerala chef for a cooking demonstration and dinner this evening. Lively conversation, lively spices and delectable dishes await!


Lodging Vivanta by Taj Malabar

Day 14 Mohiniattam dancers & more at Kumarakom Lake Resort
Meals B, L, D
Explore the small villages of coastal Kerala as you make your way to the picturesque island of Kumarakom in Lake Vembanad to continue your India tour with a two-night lakeside stay at Kumarakom Lake Resort. Tonight you'll be treated to a program featuring dancers performing the classical Indian dance form known as Mohiniattam, dating to the 16th century.


Lodging Kumarakom Lake Resort

Day 15 Cruise the Kerala waterways and attend an ancient martial arts demonstration
Meals B, L, D
Board a thatched-roof rice boat for a “backwaters” cruise through still lagoons and palm-fringed canals; this region is often referred to as the "Venice of the East." Spend the afternoon enjoying the activities and amenities offered by your lakefront resort. An unforgettable martial arts demonstration this evening is both educational and entertaining; there is no other ancient martial practice in the world that can compete with its training system and application techniques. Have dinner at your leisure at the resort.


Lodging Kumarakom Lake Resort

Day 16 Fly to Mumbai and do some city sightseeing
Meals B, L, D
Fly to the "City of Gold," Mumbai, surrounded on three sides by the Arabian Sea. Upon arrival, an introductory sightseeing tour maps out the city and its landmark sites for you. Your accommodations for the next two nights are at The Oberoi, Mumbai; dine à la carte tonight at your hotel.


Lodging The Oberoi, Mumbai

Day 17 Elephanta Island temples & other treasures of Mumbai
Meals B, L
Explore Mumbai today, including the Gateway of India – erected by the British to commemorate the landing of the King and Queen in 1911 – and a cruise to Elephanta Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the rock-cut cave temples with sculptured interiors dating back to the 6th century; a highlight is the Mahesamurti, a triple-headed Shiva statue. Following lunch in Mumbai and an afternoon spent as you please at the hotel, join us this evening for a farewell cocktail reception as your India tour comes to an end.


Lodging The Oberoi, Mumbai

Day 18 Journey home
Meals This comprehensive India tour ends: Mumbai. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from your hotel in Bombay to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. Most international flights depart between 2:00 AM and 3:00 AM.

Value Includes
Multiple-night stays at three hotels ranked among the 15 “World’s Best” hotels by the readers of Travel + Leisure – The Oberoi Udaivilas, The Oberoi
Rajvilas and The Oberoi Amarvilas (where you’ll have Taj Mahal views from your room)
Two nights in Jaipur, highlighted by a visit to the Amber Fort and a Maharajah evening featuring dinner and entertainment
A boat ride on the River Ganges, providing an opportunity to experience revered cultural traditions centuries old in Varanasi
Exclusive insider visit to a chef’s private home in Kerala and a cooking demonstration for an authentic taste of daily life
Houseboat and river cruises, and a martial arts demo
Kathakali dance performance in tropical southern India
A cruise to Elephanta Island in Mumbai Harbor to see the “City of Caves,” a UNESCO World Heritage Site treasured for its art, thousands of years old
Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
46 meals (16 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 15 dinners); gratuities to local guides, service charges, admissions, taxes and porterage


ACCOMMODATIONS

Nights 1 - 3 : The Oberoi, New Delhi - New Delhi, India
Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!

Located close to the city center, The Oberoi, New Delhi overlooks the prestigious Golf Club on one side and Humayun’s Tomb on the other. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this elegant hotel is a favorite of sophisticated travelers. The readers of Travel + Leisure rank The Oberoi, New Delhi among the top 50 hotels in Asia, and Forbes Traveler 400 places it among the “The World’s Best Hotels and Resorts.” Guest rooms are artfully decorated in contemporary Indian style and provide such welcome amenities as plasma TV with satellite channels and CD player, and minibar. Pamper yourself at The Oberoi Spa, take advantage of the well-equipped gymnasium or enjoy a dip in the new heated outdoor swimming pool. Three restaurants, Threesixty, Travertino and Taipan, offer a variety of cuisines while The Oberoi Patisserie and Delicatessen invites browsing amidst gourmet treats and international luxury brands.


Night 4 : The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi - Varanasi, India
Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!

Recently renovated and refurbished and set within 40 acres of lush gardens, The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi is a haven of tranquility in this bustling city. Guest room amenities include TV with satellite channels, in-room safe, minibar, and tea/coffee maker. During leisure time, have a swim in the pool, keep up with your workout in the Fitness Centre or just take a walk in the gardens. International cuisine is featured at GAD, with a choice of an elaborate buffet or an a la carte menu, while Varuna specializes in authentic Indian cuisine. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian snacks are available at the Prinsep Bar along with a good selection of wines and spirits.


Night 5 : The LaLiT Temple View Khajuraho - Khajuraho, India
Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!

Set amidst lush green surroundings close to the western group of the temples of Khajuraho, The LaLiT Temple View Khajuraho enjoys an ideal location. Comfortable guest rooms feature such welcome amenities as air conditioning, coffee / tea maker, iron and ironing board, free in-house movies, satellite and cable TV, international direct-dial telephones and refrigerator. During leisure time, stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens, have a dip in the pool or indulge yourself at Rejuve – The Spa. Panna, the multi-cuisine restaurant and Mahua, the hotel bar, are sure to please.


Nights 6 - 7 : The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra - Agra, India
Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!

The luxurious Oberoi Amarvilas is located just 600 meters from the world’s most famous monument, the Taj Mahal. Moorish and Mughal in architecture, it is surrounded by terraced lawns, fountains, reflecting pools and pavilions with rich interiors that are reminiscent of the days of princes and emperors. The readers of Condé Nast Traveler named The Oberoi Amarvilas to the prestigious Gold List and the readers of Travel + Leisure rank it as one of the world’s best hotels. Your guest room, with a view of the Taj Mahal, features Burma Teak flooring, spacious marble bathroom with separate shower and tub, minibar, walk-in closet with electronic safe, LCD TV with satellite channels and DVD player and more. Set in a torch-lit terraced garden, the white marble swimming pool seems straight from The Arabian Nights. If you’re craving some exercise, you’ll find a fully equipped, state-of-the-art gymnasium within the Oberoi Spa. Both the Bellevue, featuring fine international and authentic Indian cuisine, and Esphahan, the specialty Indian restaurant serving traditional Indian dishes, are excellent dining choices. Cap off your evening at the Bar while enjoying your favorite beverage on its terrace with a breathtaking view of the Taj Mahal.


Nights 8 - 9 : The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur - Jaipur, India
Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!

The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur evokes the opulent lifestyles of the legendary Rajput princes. Set amid 32 acres of lush, landscaped gardens with pavilions and reflecting pools with Jaipur as a backdrop, guests are surrounded and enveloped with the romance and grandeur that was Rajastan. All guest rooms have regal four-poster beds and sunken marble baths overlooking private, walled gardens and provide LCD TV with satellite channels and DVD player, walk-in closet with electronic safe, minibar and more. Relax and reflect in the beautiful heated swimming pool set in a garden, play some tennis, hit the ball around a five-hole pitch and put course, burn off some calories in the fully equipped gymnasium or allow the Oberoi Spa to lull you with personalized treatments drawn from both Eastern and Western traditions. End the day feeling like Rajput royalty as you linger over a nightcap in the Rajwada Library Bar. Both Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure give The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur top marks.


Nights 10 - 11 : The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur - Udaipur, India
Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!

Capturing all of the splendor and romance of a royal era, palatial The Oberoi Udaivilas sits on the shores of Lake Pichola. Udaipur is a city renowned for its palaces, and this splendid hotel evokes the Rajasthan-era grandeur, romance and splendor once enjoyed by royalty. On its grounds with rambling courtyards, rippling fountains, reflecting pools and verdant gardens – and within its interiors embellished with hand-painted frescoes, intricate mirrors and meticulously crafted artifacts – the ambiance is one of regal splendor. Guest rooms, each with a private walled courtyard, are elegantly appointed with fine Indian textiles and custom-designed, handcrafted furniture and provide LCD TV with satellite channels and DVD player, minibar and many more welcome amenities. Two magnificent heated outdoor swimming pools await, as does a state-or-the-art gymnasium and The Oberoi Spa, a haven of relaxation and rejuvenation. In the evening, relax in the refinement of the Bar with a variety of spirits. wines and cigars.


Nights 12 - 13 : Vivanta by Taj Malabar - Cochin, India
Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!

Enjoying a magnificent view of Cochin Harbour from Willington Island, the Vivanta by Taj Malabar, built in 1913, blends modern convenience with old-world elegance. Guest amenities in all distinctive and elegant rooms include electronic safe, minibar, hairdryer, tea/coffee maker and TV with satellite channels. Take advantage of the swimming pool and steam room, keep up with your workouts in the Fitness Centre, or give yourself over to the many pleasures of the Jiva Spa.


Nights 14 - 15 : Kumarakom Lake Resort - Kumarakom, India
Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!

Known as the “land of green magic,” Kerala is a lush and beautiful area on the coast of southwest India. It is here that the lovely Kumarakom Lake Resort, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and winner of the World Travel Award as India’s Leading Resort, beckons with the perfect blend of elegance and tradition embodied in its freestanding villas set amidst 25 acres of greenery at the edge of Lake Vembanad. Peace, tranquility and true relaxation abound. Guest accommodations were created with materials from century-old ancestral homes, retaining traditional details as well as New Age amenities welcomed by sophisticated travelers. Swimmers will love the meandering swimming pool!


Nights 16 - 17 : The Oberoi, Mumbai - Mumbai (Bombay), India
Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!

Located on Nariman Point with the best view of Mumbai with the tip of the “Queen’s Necklace,” Marine Drive, on its doorstep, The Oberoi, Mumbai couldn’t be in a better location. Away from the hustle and bustle found in other parts of the city, it is still close to shops, restaurants and other pleasant diversions. Like the other famous Oberoi hotels, The Oberoi, Mumbai warmly welcomes guests with top-notch service in a luxurious ambiance. The hotel is in the midst of a multi-million renovation after which more specific information regarding new guest room amenities, recreational facilities and dining options will be available.


Extend Your Trip
Many travelers prefer arriving at their destination a day before their journey begins, or often extend a stay at the end of their trip.


Arrive Early: The Oberoi, New Delhi - New Delhi, India
Located close to the city center, The Oberoi, New Delhi overlooks the prestigious Golf Club on one side and Humayun’s Tomb on the other. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this elegant hotel is a favorite of sophisticated travelers. The readers of Travel + Leisure rank The Oberoi, New Delhi among the top 50 hotels in Asia, and Forbes Traveler 400 places it among the “The World’s Best Hotels and Resorts.” Guest rooms are artfully decorated in contemporary Indian style and provide such welcome amenities as plasma TV with satellite channels and CD player, and minibar. Pamper yourself at The Oberoi Spa, take advantage of the well-equipped gymnasium or enjoy a dip in the new heated outdoor swimming pool. Three restaurants, Threesixty, Travertino and Taipan, offer a variety of cuisines while The Oberoi Patisserie and Delicatessen invites browsing amidst gourmet treats and international luxury brands.
Abundant amenities include air conditioning, blackout drapery, satellite television with premium channels, direct-dial telephone with voicemail, Internet access, mini-bar, bathrobe, slippers, hair dryer, makeup/shaving mirror, complimentary toiletries, and in-room safe.


The Oberoi, New Delhi
Dr Zakir Hussein Marg
New Delhi, India
Phone: 91 11 2436 3030
Fax: 91 11 2436 0484

Stay Later: The Oberoi, Mumbai - Mumbai (Bombay), India
Located on Nariman Point with the best view of Mumbai with the tip of the “Queen’s Necklace,” Marine Drive, on its doorstep, The Oberoi, Mumbai couldn’t be in a better location. Away from the hustle and bustle found in other parts of the city, it is still close to shops, restaurants and other pleasant diversions. Like the other famous Oberoi hotels, The Oberoi, Mumbai warmly welcomes guests with top-notch service in a luxurious ambiance. The hotel is in the midst of a multi-million renovation after which more specific information regarding new guest room amenities, recreational facilities and dining options will be available.
Plentiful guest room amenities include air conditioning, cable/satellite television, writing desk, dual line telephone with speaker and voicemail, Internet access, coffee/tea maker, bathrobe, slippers, hair dryer, makeup/shaving mirror, complimentary toiletries, and in-room safe.


The Oberoi , Mumbai
Nariman Point
Mumbai 400 021
Phone: 91 22 6632 5757
Fax: 91 22 6632 4142


Dates
January - March
September - December


Prices
From approx $8,240 US per operson based on double occupancy

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