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A Taste of India

Savor India's Golden Triangle: Delhi, Agra & the Taj Mahal, then the pink city of Jaipur; plus Nepal optional extension

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Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of no more than 16 likeminded travelers (and often much fewer), escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures March 2021 – March 2022 Group Size 16 travelers max
Themes History & CultureBucket List
Activity Level Moderate
What to Expect This fast-paced, escorted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness. This tour also includes long scenic drives between destinations and may have limited rest stops.
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India has become one of the world's hottest destinations for savvy travelers, and we've got just the right Taj Mahal tour package—at just the right price—so you can check out this incredible country. Our A Taste of India will take you to the "Golden Triangle" of India—from fascinating and exotic Delhi, to Agra and the Taj Mahal, the world's most famous and lovely monument to love, to Jaipur, the "pink city," full of lavish mansions and palaces. An optional extension to Nepal is also available. At this price, you can't afford to miss the chance to see India for yourself!

November 8, 2020 & October 29, 2021 Departures: Celebrate the festival of lights, Diwali!

March 23, 2021 & March 12, 2022 Departures: Enjoy the color festival of Holi, the most vibrant festival of all!

Package includes

  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK or EWR) including taxes & fees
  • Intra-India ground transportation
  • 6 nights at superior first class & deluxe hotels with private bath
  • 8 meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch & a farewell dinner
  • Comprehensive guided touring program including all entrance fees to places visited
  • Experienced English-speaking tour director

Optional add-ons

  • Special discounted optional tours package
  • Optional Nepal Post-tour Extension

Why you'll love it

  • Tour the Taj Mahal and surrounding gardens.
  • Ride by bicycle rickshaw to Jama Masjid, a towering red sandstone and marble mosque in Delhi.
  • Share High Tea with a local Indian family.
  • Admire the Chand Baori stepwell, the largest and deepest stepwell in all of India.
  • Learn how to make traditional naan or chapati bread.
  • Visit Jaipur’s Amber Fort, a vast complex comprised of numerous courtyards and halls.

Itinerary at a Glance

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If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when (or after) you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

A Taste of India
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Mar 31, 2021;  Apr 7, 2021;  Apr 14, 2021;  Apr 28, 2021;  May 12, 2021;  Aug 25, 2021;  Sep 8, 2021;  Sep 22, 2021 $299
Sep 16, 2020;  Sep 23, 2020 $349
All other dates $599
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Optional Excursions Package $45
Separately Paid Taxes & Fees
India Visa & Processing Fee1 (paid separately) $26

1. Visas must be obtained prior to travel. Price includes $25 e-visa fee + 2.5% bank fee.

Nepal Optional Extension1
Nepal Extension
Sep 16, 2020;  Sep 23, 2020 $849
Apr 7, 2021 $999
All other dates $899
Nepal Visa Fee2 (paid separately) $30
Rooming selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Mar 31, 2021;  Apr 7, 2021;  Apr 14, 2021;  Apr 28, 2021;  May 12, 2021;  Aug 25, 2021;  Sep 8, 2021;  Sep 22, 2021 $249
All other dates $299

1. Requires a minimum of two passengers to operate.

2. Obtained upon arrival in Nepal.

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc. Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York City (NYC)1 included

1. NYC departures will be from either JFK or EWR based upon availability.

This package includes round-trip flights from the city listed above.

Want to fly from another city? We can arrange flights from most major cities. Ask us for a quote for flights from your preferred city when (or after) you reserve, and we'll get back to you with the price and availability within 3 business days. Of course, you can also book your own connecting flights. More information

Detailed Itinerary

Notice Notice: The Taj Mahal is currently undergoing renovations. Some scaffolding has been erected on sections of the building and some of its surrounding spires.

Day 1 Depart USA

  • Your exotic journey to India begins today as you depart the USA

Day 2 Arrive Delhi

  • Arrive in Delhi, India's capital. Following customs and immigration formalities, meet our representative and transfer to your hotel.

Shangri-La Eros Hotel or similar

Day 3 Old & New Delhi

  • Full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi
  • Ride by bicycle rickshaw to Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque
  • Visit Gandhi Smriti, the Mahatma Gandhi Museum

Shangri-La Eros Hotel or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Qutub Minar Photo by Igor Ovsyannykov on Unsplash

After breakfast at the hotel, board your coach to explore Old and New Delhi. Sprawling on the banks of the river Yamuna, bustling Delhi typifies the soul of India, where many layers of civilizations have flourished for more than 3,000 years. Begin at the modern Laxmi Narayan Temple, built in honor of the Hindu goddess of wealth, Laxmi, and of her consort, Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the Hindu Trinity. Popularly known as the Birla Temple for the noted industrialist family which built it, Laxmi Naryan Temple was one of the first major Hindu places of worship open to the lower caste Harijans (untouchables).

Continue to Gandhi Smriti, a museum and memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Drive past the magnificent Red Fort, built in 1648 as a symbol of Mughal's power. Later, ride by bicycle rickshaw to Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. Completed in 1656 after six years of work by 5,000 laborers, the red sandstone and marble mosque is considered one of the loveliest houses of worship in the world.

Next, you'll marvel at the Qutub Minar, the world's tallest free standing minaret at 72.5 m (238 ft), and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you'll also find the Iron Pillar, a curiosity thought to date from 5th century A.D., which has never rusted.

Sightseeing continues in New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. Drive past the India Gate, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The 42 meter high structure is a war memorial for the Indian soldiers who died in World War I and the Afghan Wars. Burning in a shrine under the arch is the Amar Jawan Jyoti (the flame of the immortal warrior), which marks the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Proceed to the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President's residence.

Day 4 Delhi & Agra

  • After breakfast travel to the city of Agra
  • Evening visit to Sheroe's Hangout

ITC Mughal or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Rajasthani woman

After a good night's sleep and breakfast, drive to Agra, an ancient city that came into prominence in Medieval times under the Mughal rulers and was once the capital of a sprawling Mughal kingdom covering much of southeast Asia. Arrive at your hotel and proceed to check in with your fellow travelers.

This evening visit Sheroe's Hangout, a café that employs women who have suffered from debilitating acid attacks. In order to regain their self-esteem and livelihoods, this café is solely run by these survivors.

Day 5 Agra

  • Rise early for a morning tour of the Taj Mahal
  • Remainder of the day at leisure or take part in optional excursions
  • Enjoy an evening High Tea with a local family

ITC Mughal or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Taj Mahal, Agra, India
Rise early to enjoy a breathtaking morning tour of the Taj Mahal, truly one of the wonders of the world. Built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj took 22 years and 20,000 men to build, its white marble quarried 200 miles away and transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Though the Taj is known for its stunning symmetry and balance, it is the close-up marble inlay work which is really astounding. You'll have ample time to explore this outstanding piece of architecture, and to wander the pristine gardens that surround it. Afterwards, return to the hotel for breakfast. *Departure from the hotel may be as early as 5:30am. Visit time may change depending on weather conditions.
 
In the evening you will be taken to the residence of an Indian Family for High Tea. Here you will get the opportunity to interact and learn more about their day to day life, eating habits, costumes & culture.
Optional Excursion: Agra Fort, $25
Musamman Burj, Agra Fort

Visit the splendid Agra Fort, built by and inhabited by six successive generations of Mughal emperors—Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb. Though often eclipsed by the Taj Mahal, this sprawling fortress, more accurately described as a massive walled palatial city, is magnificent in its own right, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was here that Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son, Aurangzeb, and from the Musamman Burj, a tower with a marble balcony, Jahan watched the continuing construction of his Taj Mahal until his death.

Optional Excursion: Mehtab Bagh, $20
View of Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh

Visit Mehtab Bagh at sunset to enjoy uninterrupted views of the Taj Mahal. Emperor Shah Jahan who had the Taj Mahal built, felt that the best view of this mausoleum was from the Mehtab Bagh. The 25 acres crescent-shaped land laid in the 17th century is situated along the Bank of the river Yamuna.

Day 6 Agra, Abhaneri Village & Jaipur

  • Visit Abhaneri Village and see the Chand Baori stepwell
  • Experience traditional bread making (chapati or naan)
  • Learn the art of tying colorful turbans and sarees
  • Continue to Jaipur and check into your hotel

ITC Rajputana or similar Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary
Chand Baori stepwell

After breakfast, depart for Abhaneri Village, a popular stop along the Agra-Jaipur road for the impressive Chand Baori stepwell and the Harshat Mata Temple. The Chand Baori is perhaps the region’s most visited stepwell and is one of the largest and deepest in all of India. These stepwells were created to harvest rain water and also provided the locals a place to cool off during the hottest summer months as the temperature is a few degrees cooler at the bottom of the well than at its surface. After some exploration, depart for Jaipur, stopping en route at the Umaid Lake Resort for an included lunch. At the resort, receive a cooking demonstration and experience making chapati or naan bread. Afterwards, learn the art of tying colorful turbans and sarees, and receive insights regarding their importance. Continue to Jaipur and check into your hotel.

Day 7 Jaipur

  • Morning tour of Jaipur including a brief stop at the Hawa Mahal and a visit to the Amber Fort, ancient capital of Rajasthan
  • Afternoon at leisure or take part in an optional excursion
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner with fellow travelers

ITC Rajputana or similar Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Hawa Mahal

This morning's tour starts with a brief photo stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). Its beehive-like structure is an interplay of red and pink sand stone, painstakingly outlined with white borders and motifs. Behind this elaborate latticed facade, the cloistered ladies of the court could watch the daily goings-on in the street below.

Then, continue to the imposing Amber Fort, ancient capital of Rajasthan. The fort was begun in the 17th century by Maharaja Mansingh, Emperor Akbar's most successful general. Perched atop the Aravalli hills overlooking the Moat Lake, the fort's fortified battlements and crenellated walls spread over many acres. Ascend to the fortress by jeep to view the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls, many of them hung with magnificent paintings and inlaid with precious stones.

This afternoon, explore the markets and lanes of Jaipur on your own. Known as the Pink City, Jaipur is India's first and perhaps best planned city, full of beauty and color. Here you find magnificent palaces and gardens, serene lakes, and wide tree-lined streets. Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed since 1727, when Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II designed and built the city.

Later this evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant with fellow travelers.

*Kindly note that you will see elephant rides offered around the Amber Fort. However, Friendly Planet Travel has made the compassionate decision to not include elephant rides in our itineraries, as the process to train these brilliant animals is not up to our ethical standards. In addition, elephant backbones are delicate and not meant to carry the weight of saddles and people. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Day 7 Diwali Departures: Jaipur & Diwali Celebration at Suryaa Villa

  • Morning tour of Jaipur including a brief stop at the Hawa Mahal and a visit to the Amber Fort, ancient capital of Rajasthan
  • Afternoon at leisure to explore Jaipur
  • This evening enjoy a special dinner celebration for Diwali, the "Festival of Lights"

ITC Rajputana or similar Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Girl decorating Rangoli with oil lamps

This morning's tour starts with a brief photo stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). Its beehive-like structure is an interplay of red and pink sand stone, painstakingly outlined with white borders and motifs. Behind this elaborate latticed facade, the cloistered ladies of the court could watch the daily goings-on in the street below.

Then, continue to the imposing Amber Fort, ancient capital of Rajasthan. The fort was begun in the 17th century by Maharaja Mansingh, Emperor Akbar's most successful general. Perched atop the Aravalli hills overlooking the Moat Lake, the fort's fortified battlements and crenellated walls spread over many acres. Ascend to the fortress by jeep to view the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls, many of them hung with magnificent paintings and inlaid with precious stones.

This afternoon, explore the markets and lanes of Jaipur on your own. Known as the Pink City, Jaipur is India's first and perhaps best planned city, full of beauty and color. Here you find magnificent palaces and gardens, serene lakes, and wide tree-lined streets. Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed since 1727, when Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II designed and built the city.

This evening enjoy a special dinner celebration for Diwali, the "Festival of Lights". Join your fellow travelers and a traditional Indian family at Suryaa Villa, where the group is greeted by Thakur Surya Pratap Singh & his family in traditional Rajput attire. They will also provide traditional Turbans & Sarees to each group member. The Diwali festival celebrations begin with special Diwali Puja and prayer ceremony with the family followed by fireworks, rangoli, flower work decoration, henna (mehndi) and cultural folk dances followed by dinner with a noble Rajput family. It is an authentic experience and a great way to see traditional Indian Diwali celebration in action.

*Kindly note that you will see elephant rides offered around the Amber Fort. However, Friendly Planet Travel has made the compassionate decision to not include elephant rides in our itineraries, as the process to train these brilliant animals is not up to our ethical standards as it is painful and involves "breaking" so they don't pose a risk of attacking humans. In addition, elephant backbones are delicate and not meant to carry the weight of saddles and people. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Day 7 Holi Departures: Jaipur & Holi Festival

  • This morning, experience the color festival of Holi
  • Enjoy typical foods and music while you throw herbal colors and water balloons
  • Afternoon at leisure or take part in an optional excursion
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner with fellow travelers

ITC Rajputana or similar Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Celebrating Holi

This morning, experience the color festival of Holi, the most vibrant festival of all. Join a fun-filled party at Narain Niwas Hotel, where you will receive your very own Kurta Pajama. Enjoy typical snacks and foods as well as live traditional music while you throw herbal colors and water balloons at each other! After lunch, change back into your regular clothing, and spend the afternoon at leisure.

Later this evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant with fellow travelers.

Optional Excursion: Jaipur City Tour including the City Palace & Jantar Mantar Observatory, $30
Jantar Mantar

Take an optional excursion to some of the city's famous pink sandstone buildings, including the City Palace Museum, housing the magnificent art collections of the Maharajas of Jaiputo. At the entrance to the City Palace is Jantar Mantar, the largest of five observatories founded by classical astronomer Sawai Jai Singh II nearly three centuries ago. Its 14 massive masonry instruments are extraordinarily precise and were used for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars' location as the earth orbits around the sun ascertaining the declinations of planets, and more.

Day 8 Jaipur & Depart Delhi

  • In the morning, depart for Delhi via motor-coach and transfer to the airport
  • Your memorable journey ends tomorrow when you arrive in the USA

Breakfast

Optional Excursions Package: $45

Save by pre-booking a discounted package of our most popular optional excursions:

  • Agra Fort (Day 5)
  • Mehtab Bagh (Day 5)
  • Jaipur City Tour including City Palace & Jantar Mantar Observatory (Day 7)

You can book these excursions individually in India. But you can save $30 if you purchase this special package ahead of time—with or before your final payment. These are not "seat in coach" excursions that pick up passengers at various hotels; all are operated for Friendly Planet groups only.

Nepal Extension

Take advantage of your already included airfare and add an optional extension to mysterious Nepal. The Nepal Extension includes 1 night in Delhi, round trip flights from Delhi to Kathmandu, 3 nights in Kathmandu with a full touring program, transfers, breakfast daily and a farewell dinner and performance. Passengers taking the Nepal Extension will return to the U.S. 5 days later than the return dates shown.

Note: Due to the earthquake in April 2015, some of Nepal's stupas and other sites are under ongoing renovations.

Day 8 Jaipur & Delhi

  • In the morning, depart for Delhi via motor-coach
  • Upon arrival, check in to your airport hotel

Novotel New Delhi Aerocity Breakfast

Day 9 Delhi & Kathmandu, Nepal

  • Transfer to the airport to take a short flight to Kathmandu, Nepal
  • You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel
  • Welcome drink will be served on arrival at your hotel
  • Later, visit Boudhanath, one of the world’s largest stupas

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu. Having cleared immigration, collect your luggage and pass through customs. Upon exiting the terminal you will be met and transferred to your hotel and a welcome drink will be served upon arrival. After check-in, take a walk with your guide to Boudhanath which is possibly the world's largest Buddhist stupa. Around the stupa a number of monasteries have sprung up including one that houses an enormous seated statue of Maitreya Buddha splendidly adorned.

Day 10 Kathmandu, Patan City & Swoyambhunath

  • Optional morning flight over Mt. Everest
  • After breakfast, travel to Patan City south of Kathmandu
  • In the afternoon, visit the National Museum and Swoyambhunath, the ‘monkey temple’

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Swayambhunath, Kathmandu

This morning you will have an opportunity to experience an optional early morning scenic flight over Mt. Everest and the breathtaking Himalayas. After breakfast, visit Patan City located just south of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley. The official name of the city is Lalitpur, meaning city of fine art. Walk from Kumaripati through the narrow streets, curios shops and bazaars. On the way, visit the Golden Temple and then go to Patan Durbar Square where you will see the sky piercing temple of Taleju.

In the afternoon, drive to Swoyambhunath. En route, make a stop at the National Museum to see a splendid collection of weapons and artifacts from ancient, medieval and modern Nepal. Continue to Swoyambhunath, also known as the "Monkey Temple" which is said to be over 2,000 years old and one of the world's most fabulous Buddhist temples. Situated on top of a high hill where legendary Manjushri discovered the lotus growing in the ancient Kathmandu Valley Lake, Swoyambhunath commands a superb view of the valley below.

Optional Excursion: Mt. Everest Flyover (purchased locally), $205
Prayer flags, Mt. Everest

Early this morning you will have an opportunity to experience an optional Mt. Everest scenic flight over the breathtaking Himalayas, weather permitting. This optional excursion must be purchased locally.

Day 11 Kathmandu & Bhaktapur

  • Enjoy a morning visit to Bhaktapur Durbar Square
  • This afternoon visit Kathmandu Durbar Square at the heart of the old city
  • In the evening, enjoy a Nepalese farewell dinner and performance

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu or similar Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Shiva Temple, Durbar Square

In the morning, drive to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, located in the center of Bhaktapur. The square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the valley and is home to some of the finest medieval arts of Nepal. Here you’ll see the Lion Gate, the Golden Gate, Nyatapola Temple and statues of the kings of Nepal.

In the afternoon, drive back to Kathmandu and visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, located in the heart of the old city. Visit Kumari temple, Taleju temple, Shiv Parvati temple, and Kal Bhairav. On a walk through a local bazaar, you will discover the true heart of Kathmandu in the sights, sounds and smells. This evening, join your fellow travelers for Nepalese farewell dinner and dance performance.

Day 12 Kathmandu & Depart Delhi

  • Enjoy the morning at leisure in Kathmandu to shop and explore independently
  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi
  • Bid farewell to India & Nepal as you board your overnight return flight to the USA
  • Your memorable journey ends tomorrow when you arrive in the USA

Breakfast

Hotels

Shangri-La Eros Hotel
Shangri-La Eros Hotel
Deluxe

The deluxe Shangri-La Eros Hotel is centrally located amid landscaped gardens in New Delhi's historic government district. It is an elegant oasis nestled within the heart of bustling metropolis. Travelers around the world are offered a relaxing place to rest and recharge and a convenient base from which they can explore this fascinating city.

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ITC Mughal
ITC Mughal
Deluxe

Sprawled over 35 acres of lush gardens, the ITC Mughal is in close proximity to the Taj Mahal. This 5-star hotel is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past.

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ITC Rajputana
ITC Rajputana
Deluxe

ITC Rajputana is located less than a mile from the center of Jaipur. The regal-influenced design and gardens echo Jaipur’s history.

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Novotel New Delhi Aerocity
Novotel New Delhi Aerocity
Deluxe

The Novotel New Delhi Aerocity is a five star rated hotel that is ideally located at Aerocity, just minutes away from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) and the Delhi Aerocity Metro Station. The Novotel New Delhi Aerocity provides guests in transit with an excellent option for a comfortable overnight stay with first class amenities.

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Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
Deluxe

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is set on 37 acres, just a short ride from the center of Kathmandu. Its lavish regional architecture is a feast for the senses, with vibrant colors, serene walkways and luscious cuisine.

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