Spotlight on India Tauck Tours

Spotlight on India

The Golden Triangle includes the areas around Delhi, Jaipur & Agra. Spotlight on India highlights this area as well as Varanasi on the Ganges and Udaipur, the City of Lakes. Take in the stunning architecture of the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort. Learn its exciting history and imagine life in the days of the Maharaja. Celebrate India’s cultures and cuisines with exclusive tours and excursions.

The 11 day Spotlight on India tour from Tauck Tours is an excellent tour of North India with a focus on a combination of landmarks and hidden gems. Your tour will feature first class flights and accommodations at some of the finest hotels in all of India. Whether you're drawn to India for the architecture, the art or the culture, your 11 day Spotlight on India tour will deliver on all fronts.


11 Daysfr. $8,490

  • 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 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
  • On-Tour Air (4 flights)
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • All customary gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff, and local guides and drivers 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.
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 8 lunches
  • 10 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)

India Welcomes You... Explore New Delhi

New Delhi, India

Tauck’s Spotlight on India 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 ex

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

Past Meets Present 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 HOTEL

Varanasi’s Rituals on the Ganges

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 your journey.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THE GATEWAY HOTEL GANGES VARANASI

A Ganges Cruise & on to Agra

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 HOTEL, AGRA

The Taj Mahal & Agra Fort

Agra, India

If you wish, you may visit the Taj Mahal in time for sunup – 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 HOTEL, 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 HOTEL, JAIPUR

Jaipur's Palaces and Pavilions

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 HOTEL, JAIPUR

Balloons Over Jaipur & on to Udaipur

Jaipur, India

Rise early and begin the day with a hot air balloon ride over Jaipur before breakfast. Later, a flight from Jaipur to Udaipur 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.

Udaipur, India

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 HOTEL, UDAIPUR

Treasures of Udaipur & a Lake Pichola Cruise

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 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 all the dignitaries visiting Udaipur as state guests.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THE OBEROI UDAIVILAS HOTEL, UDAIPUR

Udaipur's Markets & the City at Leisure

Udaipur, India

oday'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, followed by a farewell reception, prior to dinner at your leisure at the hotel this evening.

Breakfast, Dinner

THE OBEROI UDAIVILAS HOTEL, UDAIPUR

Fly to Delhi for Your Journey Home

Delhi, India

Fly back to Delhi today for your return home; transfer to the Trident, Gurgaon, close to the Indira Gandhi International Airport, where rooms are reserved for your comfort. Tauck's 11-day India tour ends in Delhi. Most international flights depart early the next day.

Breakfast, Dinner

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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.
  • 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.
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  • Additional deposits or payments are required for international air added to the start and/or end of your vacation.
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