- Accommodation on double occupancy basis with daily buffet breakfast
- Transportation by private van or coach
- Sightseeing admission fees except for camera
- Local English speaking Guides
- Elephant Ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur
- Train ticket from Agra to Jhansi
- Boating trip in Ganges river.
- Coach class airfare from Khajuraho to Varanasi to Delhi
Cost Does Not Include
- Meals at hotels except those listed in above inclusions
- Expenses of personal nature such as tipping, porters, laundry, telephones, etc.
- International and domestic airfares
- Extra expenses caused due to nature and unforeseen events
- Price excludes any supplement for Christmas & New Year Eve
- Travel health, personal accident and trip cancellation insurance
Trip Difficulty Level
This is basically motor vehicle based tour, suitable for travelers of all ages with normal health condition. Some monuments, fort or castles visit require climbing flight of stairs. Please, do not expect elevators or escalators! Subject to availability, we may have opportunity to experience elephant ride in Jaipur. We will also occasionally take tricycle rickshaw trips.
No strenuous hiking or climbing or any altitude issues on this trip. Although, no major preparation is necessary for this trip, it's recommendable that you start a soft training program such as walking, jogging, cycling or aerobics about a month ahead of the trip to keep yourself optimally fit. About a month ahead of trip departure, we will mail you final trip dossier that includes the list of hotels and contacts, detailed pre-departure information including clothing recommendation, money matter and health and safety updates and some do's and don'ts.
Life on the Trip.
A sightseeing day, depending on the season, starts between 8.30 am to 9 am. We are picked up at our hotel by our guide and driver. We visit the sights and monuments or participate in activities and we will have lunch break around noon to 1 pm. After lunch, we again embark on the tour for 2 to 3 hours and we are brought back to our hotel late afternoon and our guide will generally leave us free. We will have time to take rest, write diaries or wander about ourselves.
When we are driving from once city to another, we usually spend 4-5 hours on the road with occasional stops for photography and drinks and snacks. Some days can be longer.
We try our best to adhere to the itinerary but it should be taken as a general guideline or scope of activities rather than an inflexible series of events and depending on the local conditions or time factor; it can change from the exact sight to see to the exact city to stop. During the tour, we will have time enough for photography, interact with the locals or enjoy bargaining with the street vendors. Our guide and driver are flexible and will do their best to help you enjoy the trip the way you like. You may consider bringing some small gifts such as cigarettes for adults, candies or pencils for kids, in order to get along with them.
You need to obtain Indian visa before hand as India does not grant visa upon arrival. Cox and King Global Services handles all the India visa requests from inside the United States as a private contractor to the Indian Embassy and Consulates.
You are also able to apply online eTourist visa for India minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival in India with a window of 30 days. The visa validity is 30 days from the date of issue and it's good for single entry only.
Accommodation will be in the deluxe properties (5 star by local standard) with all modern amenities . The hotels listed below are our preferred properties but they are subject to change. The final list of hotels will be provided with final trip details that will be sent to you 2-3 months prior the trip date.
The Park Hotel, Delhi
The Hilton, Jaipur
Jaypee Palace, Agra
Hotel Chandela, Khajuraho
The Gateway at Ganges, Varanasi
All our trips are lead by local guides who are university graduate, trained and certified by Indian tourism authorities. They are knowledgeable, friendly and flexible. They will show you the wonders of the areas that you would never discover on your own and share their knowledge on Indian history, culture and religion. Your guide carries necessary vouchers for the hotels and buys admission tickets where necessary. Tour guide and driver is not the same person.
Depending on the group size, we use air-conditioned Mini Van or coaches for all transfers and sightseeing. Our drivers are friendly locals with years of experience in driving vehicle in tourism and hospitality industry. Driver may have limited English.
International and Internal Airfares
You can purchase your international airfare to India on your own. If you need any help on this, certainly feel free to contact us. We will take care of all internal airfares as per the itinerary for you. The cost of approximate internal airfare is separately quoted. Local airport taxes may or may not be included in the airfare.
Booking and payment schedule
When you are sure you will be joining us on the tour, without delay, please initiate your booking so that we can confirm you in preferred hotels and flights. A deposit of US$300 for on land travel plus the cost of internal airfares are requested initially, along with a completed trip application form and a copy of the photo page of your passport. Balance payment is due 90 days prior to your departure. Reservations booked within 90 days of departure require full payment at the time of booking. Balance payment must be paid by personal check or wire transfer. Balance payment by credit card attracts additional 3.5% fee.
Cancellation and refund
Cancellation request must be received by us in written form. Cancellation fee of the landcost will be as below.
- 90 days prior departure: Administrative fee US$ 150 per person.
- 60-89 day's prior departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- 45 days to 59 days prior departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- 30 days to 44 days prior departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- Less than 30 days:100%
- Cancellation and refund of air tickets will be as per airline policy and $25 will be levied by us to process refund. For details, please view booking and cancellation terms and coditions