Flavors of India

Come, Seek & Discover the Magic of India on a tour that takes you to Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur & Samode!

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Package includes:
  • Airport transfers when Mayflower tours provided flights
  • 10 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches & 10 Dinners
  • City tour of Old Delhi * Rickshaw cycle ride through Old Delhi
  • Dine with an Indian family
  • Visit Raj Ghant, Jama Masjid & Humayun’s Tomb
  • Sunset & Sunrise visits to the Taj Mahal
  • Agra’s Red Fort, Amber Fort & UNESCO World Heritage site of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Scenic rail experience to Sawai Madhopur
  • 2 Safari adventures with a chance to see Bengal Tiger & other wildlife
  • City tour of Jaipur - visit City Palace, “Jantar Mantar” & Hawa Mahal - Palace of Winds
  • Live like royalty with luxurious accommodations during an overnight stay at an historic Indian Palace
Accommodations:

Day 2 - 4 Vivanta by Taj Owarka, Delhi India
Day 5 - 6 Taj View, Agra India
Day 7 - 8 Tree house Anuraga, Ranthambore, India
Day 9 - 10 Trident Hotel, Jaipur, India
Day 11 Samode Palace, Samode, India

Itinerary:

DAY 1 – Depart the USA
Depart the USA on an overnight flight to New Delhi, India, a city that
bridges two different worlds.
DAY 2 – New Delhi, India
Upon arrival in New Delhi, late evening, a representative of
Mayflower Cruises & Tours will meet you and assist with the transfer
to your hotel. Please note, some flights may not arrive until early
morning on Day Three.
DAY 3 – Old Delhi
Begin the day with a tour of Old Delhi, a labyrinth of narrow lanes
overflowing with major attractions and World Heritage Sites. Visit
the Red Fort, the largest monument of the city and the most opulent
fort and palace of the Mughal Empire. The memorial site of Mahatma
Gandhi, Raj Ghat, sits serenely on the banks of the Yamuna
River. Jama Masjid, another architectural treasure and the largest
mosque in India, is also visited. Experience life like a local on a rickshaw
cycle ride around Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colorful
street market of the old city. An afternoon visit to Bangla Sahib showcases
the most prominent Sikh house of worship in Delhi. This
evening, a welcome dinner is included. Meals: B, D
DAY 4 – New Delhi, the Capital of India
With its wide boulevards, impressive government buildings, green
parks and gardens, the city is in complete contrast to Old Delhi. Your
excursion travels along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the Parliament
House and Rashtrapati Bhawan - official residence of India’s
President. See India’s counterpart to France’s Arc de Triomphe as a
photo stop is made at India Gate – a commemoration to fallen soldiers.
Visit two monuments from India’s past – the magnificent garden
tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun and Qutub Minar, the
second tallest tower in India and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The remainder of the day is at leisure. Meals: B, D
DAY 5 – Delhi to Agra
After breakfast, journey to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Built by
Emperor Shah Jahan, it’s considered one of the Wonders of the World
and its beauty has never been surpassed. This afternoon, enjoy a life
enriching experience with a sunset visit to Mehtab Bagh, a recently excavated Mughal garden, with a breathtaking view of the Taj Mahal
from across the River Yamuna. What a perfect end to the day as you
see this magnificent monument, as the sun sets, gradually turning
the white marble to a soft rosy pink. Meals: B, D                                                                                                                Day 6 - Agra                                                                                                                                                                               Sunsets aren’t the only way to experience the beauty of the Taj Majal.
The day begins with yet another awe-inspiring experience with a return
to the Taj Mahal for a sunrise visit. The rays of the sun cast a
golden sheen upon this architectural masterpiece and provide yet another
unbelievably amazing sight. While visiting the Red Fort of
Agra, discover the inner paradise hidden by its forbidding exteriors.
Emperor Shah Jahan was imprisoned in this fortress and walled city,
yet he could still see his exquisite Taj Mahal every day. The final afternoon
in Agra is at leisure. Meals: B, D
DAY 7 – Fatehpur Sikri, Bharatpur and Ranthambore
Departing Agra, journey by coach to Bharatpur. En-route, visit a
real-life ghost town: the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fatehpur
Sikri (City of Victory), built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. Dramatically
abandoned a few years after it was built, its ‘ruins’ are still
in pristine condition. After an included lunch in Bharatpur, board
the train and enjoy a scenic rail journey to Sawai Madhopur. Gateway
to Ranthambore, and one of the largest and most renowned national
parks in Northern India, it’s a blend of history and nature,
supporting a diverse range of flora and fauna. Meals: B, L, D
DAY 8 – Ranthambore National Park
Explore Ranthambore on morning and afternoon safari adventures.
As you drive through the sanctuary, observe majestic predators in
their natural habitat and set your sights on tigers, leopards, deer and
other animals your naturalist guide helps you spot in the forest.
Keep your camera ready to snap those once-in-a-lifetime photos!
Meals: B, L, D
DAY 9 – Jaipur, Think Pink!
Travel to the walled city of Jaipur, known as the “Pink City” due to
the color of its buildings. Visit the City Palace and see some of the
most imposing architecture of the city. Inside the palace is a resplendent
collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armory of
weapons, and miniature paintings portraying historic events. At the
awe-inspiring Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in 1726 AD, see
curiously shaped and oversized instruments that are still astonishingly
accurate today. Tonight you are immersed in culture as you
dine with a local family. From the traditional greeting upon arrival
to conversation and dinner with the family, it’s truly a life enriching
experience. Meals: B, D
DAY 10 – Amber Fort
Located on a hill high above the city, in a rugged and picturesque setting,
the towers and domes of the Amber Fort are reminiscent of
scenes from a fairytale. Discover the opulent palace complex as your
guide takes you through the halls, gardens, pavilions and temples of
this fascinating site made of red sandstone and marble. On the return,
stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) – the most wellknown
landmark and icon of Jaipur. This five-story architectural
wonder, has a spectacular pyramidal façade. Its 953 delicately honeycombed
pink sandstone windows allowed the women of the palace
to observe daily life without being seen. The remainder of the day is
free of planned activities. Meals: B, D
DAY 11 – Jaipur to Samode
Following a relaxing morning in Jaipur, journey to Samode – an enchanting
village in the Aravalli Hills, with a simple landscape of mustard
fields and an intricate royal history. This afternoon, experience
the village on a camel cart ride along the rugged countryside into
nearby villages and fields. This evening, you’re in for a royal treat as
you overnight in an authentic palace! Mosaics on the walls tell stories
of times past; antique furniture; old-world accents; luxurious
sleeping rooms; landscaped gardens…it’s all yours on the final night
in India! Meals: B, D
DAY 12 – Samode / Delhi / USA
The morning is at leisure to enjoy the palace grounds, or explore the
cobbled lanes and markets of Samode Village. This afternoon, journey
back to Delhi, with a late afternoon arrival. Enjoy an included
dinner before transferring to the airport for the flight home. Due to
the day’s logistics, flights should depart Delhi after 10:00pm.
Meals: B, D
Itinerary is subject to change.