A Portrait of India Tauck Tours

A Portrait of India

India is steeped in history and culture and this unique tour guides you from the lavish palaces and forts in the north to the Ganges River and then south to the canal-laced Kerala. Discover the many colors of India. Stay in the world’s top luxury hotels, participate in unique tours and events and meet the local people to better understand the many unique cultures that make up India.

The 18 day A Portrait of India tour from Tauck Tours is an incredibly journey through one of the most exciting countries to visit these days. Indian life is far beyond what the capital, New Delhi, is all about. Getting a full portrait of India is important and this nearly 3 week tour spans far beyond the cities you read about in headlines and see on travel television shows. Your 18 day A Portrait of India tour from Tauck Tours will also feature luxury hotels and other accommodations that you've come to expect from this excellent tour provider.


18 Daysfr. $9,590

Tour Highlights & Offers

  • 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
  • On-Tour Air (5 flights)
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • All customary gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff, and local guides are included.
  • The customary gratuity to the Tauck Director is not included. Gratuitites should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis and not as a group.
  • All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, dry cleaning, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
  • Airline excess luggage charges, vaccinations, visa fees and services, airport arrival and departure taxes, individual train and airport transfers (when applicable), and other optional or incidental extras are not included.
  • All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
  • 17 breakfasts
  • 13 lunches
  • 15 dinners
  • The Leela Palace New Delhi in New Delhi, India (2 nights)
  • The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi in Varanasi, India (1 night)
  • The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra in Agra, India (2 nights)
  • The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur in Jaipur, India (2 nights)
  • The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur in Udaipur, India (3 nights)
  • Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Cochin in Cochin, India (2 nights)
  • Kumarakom Lake Resort in Kumarakom, India (2 nights)
  • The Oberoi, Mumbai in Mumbai (Bombay), India (3 nights)

Welcome to India... Explore New Delhi

New Delhi, India

Your India tour begins at 2:00 PM at The Leela Palace New Delhi. A transfer is included from Indira Gandhi International Airport to your luxury hotel, The Leela Palace New Delhi, renowned for gracious service in the heart of the city. Because most flights arrive late at night or very early in the morning, 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 arrange an extra night a

Your trip begins this afternoon with a welcome briefing by your Tauck Director, followed by a guided orientation tour of New Delhi including a drive through of Vijay Chowk, with views of the Secretariat buildings, Parliament House, the Presidential Palace and the India Gate, commemorating Indian and British soldiers.

Next, stop at the Gandhi Smriti Museum, paying tribute to the inspiring leader, Mahatma Gandhi, who forced change through non-violent protest, leading to an independent India in the late 1940s. You'll have much to discuss this evening at the welcome cocktail reception and dinner.

Dinner

THE LEELA PALACE NEW DELHI HOTEL

Back in time in Old Delhi

New Delhi, India

You'll tour two UNESCO World Heritage Sites today as you explore the centuries-old history and culture of Old Delhi and environs. The first, which you'll visit this morning, is Humayun’s Tomb, constructed for the Mughal Emperor Humayan and other members of his family in the 1570s, and set within beautiful gardens.

The first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent and the first large structure of its kind built of red sandstone, this Mughal creation popularized Persian-influenced architecture in India, and was an inspiration for the Taj Mahal in Agra.

After an orientation tour of Old Delhi followed by lunch, visit the five-story sandstone Qutb Minar Victory Tower, an imposing minaret built over eight centuries ago, part of one of the earliest surviving mosque complexes in India. Return to your hotel in New Delhi and spend the rest of the afternoon and evening as you please.

Breakfast, Lunch

THE LEELA PALACE NEW DELHI

Rituals on the River Ganges in Varanas

Varanasi, India

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 Tauck's India tour.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THE GATEWAY HOTEL GANGES VARANASI

Ganges Cruise & Off to Agra & the Taj Mahal

Varanasi, India

Awaken 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.

Agra, India

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THE OBEROI AMARVILAS, AGRA

Wonders in Agra – the Taj Mahal & Agra Fort

Agra, India

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, which reveals the love story behind the white marble wonder and UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its unique design and relief work in marble and inlay with precious and semi precious stones; your visit also includes time to explore on your own.

A guided tour of the massive red sandstone Agra Fort, yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site, follows. Inside, you'll get a very good look at medieval lifestyles of 16th- and 17th-century Mughal emperors. Following an afternoon spent at leisure, dine as you please this evening from among a selection of your hotel's fine restaurants.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THE OBEROI AMARVILAS, AGRA

Enjoy the Royal Treatment in Jaipur

Jaipur, India

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THE OBEROI RAJVILAS, JAIPUR

Jaipur's Glittering Palaces & Amber Fort

Jaipur, India

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. After a thali style lunch preceded by a puppet show, enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Jaipur, pursuing what interests you most.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THE OBEROI RAJVILAS, JAIPUR

Ballooning Over Jaipur & on to Udaipur

Jaipur, India

Rise early and begin the day with a hot air balloon ride over Jaipur before breakfast. Enjoy some free time, a sari and turban demonstration and lunch at your Jaipur hotel before flying from Jaipur to Udaipur for a three-night stay at your luxury Oberoi hotel in Udaipur – 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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THE OBEROI UDAIVILAS, UDAIPUR

Discovering Udaipur's Treasures

Udaipur, India

An Udaipur sightseeing tour with your local guide includes a stop at the City Palace complex – a labyrinth of richly decorated courtyards, frescoed galleries, and marble temples overlooking a lake that was once the elegant home of the Maharajah of Udaipur – and, a short walk away, the Jagdish Mandir Temple, where music or chanting is heard throughout the day.

Following lunch with a view of the lakeside palace, visit the 18th-century fountain gardens of Saheliyon Ki Bari, then enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Pichola. Enjoy for a memorable Tauck Exclusive private dinner at Royal Repast, a restaurant owned by descendants of the Bedla clan who have played a significant role in the affairs of the Udaipur State – serving as Prime Ministers, valued advisors, commanders in chief of the armed forces and hosting the dignitaries visiting Udaipur as state guests.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THE OBEROI UDAIVILAS, UDAIPUR

Udaipur's Markets & the City at Leisure

Udaipur, India

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 is 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 a demonstration in the art of donning a sari or a turban before dinner at your leisure at the hotel this evening.

Breakfast, Dinner

THE OBEROI UDAIVILAS, UDAIPUR

To Kochi & a Sunset Cruise on the Arabian Sea

Cochin, India

Fly via Mumbai to Kochi (known as Cochin during colonial times) 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.

Breakfast, Dinner

TAJ MALABAR RESORT & SPA, COCHIN

Traditional Cuisine & more in Kochi (Cochin)

Cochin, India

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!

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

TAJ MALABAR RESORT & SPA, COCHIN

Kerala Houseboat Cruise & Mohiniattam Dancers

Kumarakom Lake Resort, India

Travel through the small villages of coastal Kerala as you make your way to the picturesque island of Kumarakom in Lake Vembanad to continue your Tauck India tour with a two-night lakeside stay at Kumarakom Lake Resort.

En route, board a thatched-roof rice boat that's been converted into a luxury houseboat for a cruise through Kerala's palm-fringed canals; this region is often referred to as another "Venice of the East." Tonight at your resort, you'll be treated to a program featuring dancers performing the classical Indian dance form known as Mohiniattam, dating to the 16th century.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

KUMARAKOM LAKE RESORT

Kerala Villages & Kumarakom Resort Leisure

Kumarakom Lake Resort, India

After an exclusive morning walk for Tauck guests only in one of Kerala's villages, spend the entire afternoon enjoying the many activities and amenities offered by your beautiful 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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

KUMARAKOM LAKE RESORT

Welcome to Mumbai (Bombay)

Mumbai, India

Fly to the "City of Gold," Mumbai (known in earlier times as Bombay), 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 three nights are at The Oberoi, Mumbai; dine tonight at your choice of selected restaurants.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THE OBEROI, MUMBAI

Treasures of Mumbai & a Heritage Walk

Mumbai, India

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 Heritage Walk through some of the city's historic sites.

Following lunch in Mumbai, head to the Dharavi district – one of the most densely populated areas on Earth, which figured prominently in the Oscar-winning 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire (featuring several child actors from this area) – for a walking tour of the neighborhood and its thriving small industries, with insights on its difficulties and challenges from your local guide. The rest of the afternoon and evening are free.

Breakfast, Lunch

THE OBEROI, MUMBAI

Cruise to Elephanta Island

Mumbai, India

From the Gateway of India in Mumbai, take a boat cruise this morning to Elephanta Island (or Gharapuri, the "city of caves") with a local guide to explore the Elephanta Caves, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This series of rock-cut cave temples, most of which are dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, was hewn from solid basalt sometime between the fifth and seventh centuries AD. Return to your Oberoi hotel and spend the rest of the afternoon as you please in Mumbai.

Join the group this evening for a farewell cocktail reception and dinner at the hotel, as your incredible journey to India draws to a close.

Breakfast, Dinner

THE OBEROI, MUMBAI

Journey Home

Mumbai, India

Tauck's 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.

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Sun, Jan 20, 2019
$11,990.00
Wed, Jan 23, 2019
$10,890.00
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Wed, Feb 27, 2019
$9,590.00
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Wed, Sep 25, 2019
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Important information:

  • All rates listed are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice. Your land package pricing will be confirmed and guaranteed once your deposit is received and applied to the booking, except where price increases may result from increases in government taxes or fees. Room configurations are subject to availability. Guests added to your party after the booking are priced at the prevailing rate at the time they are added.
  • Flying time to Delhi averages about 18 hours from gateway cities in the U.S., and may include a stop-over in Europe; most international flights arrive between 11:00 PM and 3:00 AM local time, 10½ hours ahead of the U.S. (EST). To ease the effects of jet lag, consider traveling to India a day early, rather than arriving late at night on Day 1.
  • Tauck can book your international flights for travel originating in the U.S., including arranging an extra night at The Oberoi, New Delhi. Ask for details upon booking.
  • Also, please be aware that there are a number of internal flights on your India journey, some of which are made longer by a lack of non-stop flights between some Indian cities. While these flights often make for long travel days, please keep in mind that they are necessary to enable us to visit and explore as much of this remarkable country as we do.
  • Reserve your preferred 2020 departure date and we will advise you once the 2020 trip is finalized and priced. You will then have two weeks to cancel; should you cancel, you'll receive a full refund of your trip deposit and the cost of the Travel Protection Product (if purchased with Tauck Tours). If you are making your own air arrangements, do not book your flights until this trip is finalized as start and end cities may change.

ALL guests must carefully verify the existing identification requirements for their particular travel situation DIRECTLY WITH THEIR LOCAL CONSULATES OR EMBASSIES or with a visa service, as these requirements may change. Guests without proper documentation may be denied entry and will not be entitled to a refund
  • 60 days or more before departure: $600.00 per person
  • 59-8 days before departure: $1250.00 per person
  • 7-1 days before departure: $2000.00 per person
  • On departure day and later: 100% of total price
  • Any changes or cancellations to airline reservations made through Tauck either before or after departure are subject to the cancellation / change policies of the individual airlines. In n some instances these cancellation / change fees may be up to 100% of the ticket price.
  • Cancellation fees may also apply to any additional services, including extra night accommodations, independently supplied services, and optional excursions reserved prior to, during, and after the tour. If flight changes, including, but not limited to, flight cancellations or name changes, are requested after full land and air deposits are received, revision fees, change fees, or airline cancellation fees will apply.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing prior to tour departure. The cancellation policy will apply according to the date that the cancellation notification is received. The MINIMUM cancellation penalty is the deposit amount.
  • The purchase to trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
  • Land only “from price” is per person based on two people sharing a room together and does not include airfare unless expressly stated.
  • All prices are in US Dollars.
  • A $600 non-refundable, non-transferable, per-person, per-vacation deposit is required to reserve space for you. Payment of the deposit indicates you have read and accepted all Terms & Conditions. Your booking is not confirmed until the deposit payment is processed and you receive a confirmation invoice.
  • Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Within the final payment date, payment in full is required at time of booking to reserve space. Reservations (land, cruise, and air) are canceled if final payment is not received by the due date.
  • Additional deposits or payments are required for international air added to the start and/or end of your vacation.
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