2017 SEASON
Jan 2017 - Dec 2017

12 Day Spotlight on India

Tauck Guided Tour starting in New Delhi and finishing in New Delhi

India & Sri Lanka Tours Tauck Asia Tours
Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Tauck's 12 Day Spotlight on India. Our shortest India tour, 'Spotlight on India' is tailor-made for those seeking a shorter visit to India while wishing to explore the 'Golden Triangle,' with stays at some of the world's finest hotels.

Overview

Operator: Tauck
Type: Coach Tour (Premium)
Duration: 12 Days
From: New Delhi to New Delhi
Tour Code: IAS
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: India
Our Price From:
$ 8,740
Per Person ($AU)

Day By Day

1

Arrive New Delhi, India

Tour begins: Leela Palace Hotel, New Delhi. A transfer is included from Indira Gandhi International Airport to your landmark hotel, Leela Palace Hotel in 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 Tauck's India tour begins - just mention this at the time of booking; Tauck can book your international flights for travel originating in the U.S. and can arrange an extra night at Leela Palace Hotel. Stay Three Nights: The Leela Palace New Delhi
2

New Delhi, India

Discover the contrasts of Delhi with a local guide on a drive through the Secretariat buildings, Parliament House, Presidential Palace and the iconic India Gate, a colossal monument inspired by the Arc d'Triomphe in Paris. See the ancient Qutb Minar Victory Tower - the tallest minaret in India, surrounded by medieval ruins - and Humayun's Tomb, modeled on the vision of a garden of paradise. At Gandhi Smriti, visit the home where Mahatma Gandhi was staying when his life was ended by an assassin; the house and its tranquil grounds are now a museum and Ghandi's room is preserved as it was in his lifetime. Join us this evening for a welcome reception and dinner. (B/L/D)
3

Old Delhi, India

Explore Old Delhi's labyrinthine streets for a compelling look at 17th-century mansions, mosques and temples. Visit the massive 16th-century Red Fort - once the residence of Mughal emperors, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site - and Raj Ghat, the memorial set on the site of Gandhi's cremation. The rest of the day is free to spend as you wish. (B)
4

Varanasi, India

Your flight to Varanasi takes you to the city traversed by the River Ganges; considered the spiritual capital of India, Varanasi is home to numerous religious sites that have been welcoming pilgrims as far back as 6 BC. With a guide, visit the ruins, temple and museum at Sarnath, the site of Buddha's first sermon, and the National Museum. The River Ganges not only supports the highest density of humans in the world but is considered sacred by Hindus; witness the fascinating activity along the river's ghats (stairs that line the banks) - from purification rituals to laundry; it is a moving and memorable experience. Stay: The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi (B/L/D)
5

Agra, India

Rise early for a cruise on the River Ganges to view the Varanasi sunrise ceremonies, then fly to Agra for a two-night stay and tomorrow's visit to one of the world's most famous and recognizable buildings, the Taj Mahal. An incredible domed mausoleum complex of white marble, built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to memorialize and house the tomb of his beloved third wife and completed in 1653, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered to be the greatest architectural achievement in the whole range of Indo-Islamic architecture - and yes, you'll have a view of it from your room in your award-winning luxury hotel, The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra. Stay Two Nights: The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra (B/L/D)
6

Taj Mahal, India

You'll see it first from your hotel, enjoying a privileged location next to the mesmerizing Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site considered to be the greatest architectural achievement in the whole range of Indo-Islamic architecture. Your guided visit to the Taj Mahal this morning reveals the love story behind the white marble wonder, as well as the unique design and relief work in marble and inlay with precious and semi precious stones that make it a monument apart. Sightseeing continues at the 16th-century Red Fort of Agra, near the gardens of the Taj Mahal. This red sandstone fortress encompasses the imperial city of the Mughal rulers, home to fairy-tale palaces and two very beautiful mosques made of pure marble. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this red sandstone city is remarkably preserved today. Dine at a choice of hotel restaurants tonight. (B/L/D)
7

Jaipur, India

Drive to Jaipur for a two-night stay in a luxury Oberoi hotel, arriving in time for lunch. This afternoon, join us for a guided visit to the magnificent City Palace Museum; inside are exhibits of historic royal costumes that include exquisite Pashmina shawls and silk saris. At the Jantar Mantar Observatory, discover astronomical skills that impress with the accuracy of instruments dating to the early 18th century. A special Maharajah evening includes entertainment, music and dance. Stay Two Nights: The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur (B/L/D)
8

Jaipur, India

The massive gateways, pavilions and palaces of Jaipur's Amber Fort are an interesting blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture, set against rugged hills. Inside forbidding walls meant to protect its 16th-century occupants, discover a palace whose walls are covered with paintings, carvings, precious stones and mirrors. Following a guided tour and lunch at the Raj Palace, you'll have the rest of the day to explore Jaipur as you wish. (B/L/D)
9

Udaipur, India

A flight from Jaipur to Udaipur today is rewarded with a three-night stay at your luxury Oberoi hotel, nestled along the banks of Lake Pichola and spread over fifty acres, which includes a twenty-acre wildlife sanctuary with deer and wild boar. Consistently voted among the top luxury hotels in the world, The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur is a destination experience unrivaled anywhere - while Udaipur itself is a Rajasthan city of palaces and lakes, often called the "Venice of the East" and 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. Stay Three Nights: The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur (B/L/D)
10

Lake Pichola, Udaipur

A cruise this morning on Lake Pichola reveals a shimmering white city whose sights include Saheliyon-Ki-Bari, a royal garden designed for strolling; Jagdish Mandir Temple, where music or chanting is heard throughout the day; and the City Palace, once the elegant living quarters of the Maharajah of Udaipur, over the lake. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and spend the afternoon indulging in the elegant amenities of your hotel. Join us for a demonstration in the art of donning a sari and a turban at a "Royal Repast" dinner. (B/L/D)
11

Udaipur, India

Soar over amazing Udaipur on a hot air balloon ride* at dawn. Then, today's sightseeing begins in Udaipur with an auto-rickshaw ride around the city's bustling spice and vegetable markets, for an insightful glimpse into everyday life in Udaipur. In the vegetable markets, women in brightly colored saris sit amongst the stalls, surrounded by baskets brimming with their fresh and equally colorful produce, while burlap bags or metal pans entice with a kaleidoscopic array of curries and spices. The rest of the day and evening are free to explore more of this "City of Lakes" as you wish. Due to its many picturesque locations, Udaipur has supplied scenic backdrops to many a film or television show over the years; portions of movies including Darjeeling Limited, Opening Night, Heat and Dust, Octopussy and Gandhi, plus the TV miniseries The Jewel in the Crown, were filmed here. Enjoy dinner at the hotel tonight. (B/D)
12

Fly To Dehli For Your Journey Home

Fly to Delhi; transfer to the Trident, Gurgaon, close to the Indira Gandhi International Airport, where rooms are reserved for your comfort. Tour ends: Delhi. Most international flights depart early the next day. (B/L)

Trip Inclusions

Travelling Well 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 (offering unparalleled views of the Taj Mahal)
  • Three nights in the "City of Lakes," Udaipur, including a sari & turban demonstration, hot air balloon flightseeing, and an auto-rickshaw tour of the city's spice and vegetable markets
  • Two nights in Jaipur, highlighted by a visit to the Amber Fort and a Maharajah evening featuring dinner and entertainment
  • Boat ride on the River Ganges, providing an opportunity to experience revered, centuries-old traditions in Varanasi
  • A visit to walled Old Delhi, brimming with 17th-century havelis (mansions), temples, mosques and rickshaws

Tauck Inclusions

  • Your tour is conducted by a professional, fully trained Tauck Director who remains with the group throughout the tour.
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted in the itinerary.
  • Service charges, taxes, gratuities to local guides and porterage
  • Complimentary basic Internet where available in hotel rooms (service levels are not guaranteed).
  • Air-conditioned motor coaches for your comfort.

Tauck Dining

  • This tour provides a variety of dining experiences, and may include buffets, à-la-carte dining and set menus.
  • 29 meals (11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners)

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.

Operator Details

Region: Asia
Style: Coach Tour
Accommodation: 4-5 Star
Location: Various
Guided: Tour Host & Local Guides
Transport: Modern Air-Conditioned Coach
Age Range: Open (min 8 years)
Flights: Not Included
Airport Transfers: Included in Price
Gratuities: Customary on Tour
Max Group Size: 44 (Avg. 35)
Free WiFi: In Hotels Where Available
* Source: Tauck for trips in Asia. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

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