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Trip cost includes:

- Round trip air, including fuel surcharges and taxes from New York or Los Angeles

- Accommodation on a twin share basis

- Daily breakfast

- Airport / railway station transfers in India

- Sightseeing and excursions by air-conditioned vehicles, with English speaking local guides

- Entrance fees to all monuments listed in the itinerary

- Local taxes & service charges on the above

Not included are visa fees, personal expenses of all kinds, travel insurance, meals other than breakfast.


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Coast to Coast India Vacation Package

Go back in time on this unique journey across India that brings you not only to 2000-year old monuments, but also visit villages deep in the heart of India where native tribal people lead a way of life that has not changed over centuries, virtually untouched by modern civilization. Travel between the large cities of Bombay and Calcutta from one coast to another, using a combination of domestic flights, train travel on Indian Railways and overland travel by a private car and driver, experiencing an India that few visitors get to see.

Visit Hyderabad, a bustling city steeped in history and now home to modern India's leading edge of R&D and high technology; yet barely a few hundred miles away, one of the highlights of your trip will be a visit to some remote village markets frequented by various aboriginal tribal people, who are so removed from modern life that they still hunt with bows and arrows. Travel by road for another hundred odd miles and you come across the Sun Temple in Konarak, an ancient monument famous for the erotic sculptures carved on its walls! All this is the colorful kaleidoscope that is India, for you to discover.

Elaborate sculptures at Ellora, near Aurangabad, India
Elaborate sculptures carved out of sheer rock at Ellora

Trip Highlights include:

  • 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

  • Bombay, India’s gateway by the Arabian Sea

  • 2000-year old Buddhist temples of Ajanta

  • Ancient Hindu rock temples of Ellora

  • Hyderabad

  • Tribal villages of Orissa

  • Sun Temple in Konarak

  • Bay of Bengal beaches at Gopalpur & Puri

  • Calcutta

  • Stopover in Singapore

Day 1: USA to Singapore

Shortly after noon today, catch your Singapore Airlines flight to Asia. Arrive in Singapore two days later after crossing the International Dateline.

Day 3: Singapore

The day is free for you to enjoy Singapore, a modern city and yet distinctly Oriental. A special visitors’ pass is included for transportation and entrance fees to important sights around the city. Take the evening flight to Bombay (Mumbai)

Day 4: Bombay (Mumbai)

Tour some of the major sights this morning, like the impressive Gateway of India, Crawford Market and the impressive Victoria Terminus Railway Station . The afternoon is free for you to explore Bombay on your own.

Day 5: Bombay to Aurangabad Take an afternoon flight to Aurangabad, gateway to the ancient monuments of Ajanta & Ellora.
Day 6: Ajanta Caves The Buddhist cave monuments at Ajanta , dating from 2nd century BC, are famous for their paintings and sculptures. These exquisite works of art created with natural colors have survived more than 2,000 years tell an amazing story about religion and culture in ancient India.
Day 7: Ellora Caves to Hyderabad Visit Ellora with its fabulous temples carved from sheer rock hills. The 34 monasteries and temples are over 1,000 years old and are devoted to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, reflecting changes in religious following over the years. Later this evening, take an overnight train from Aurangabad to Hyderabad.
Day 8: Hyderabad Hyderabad is located on the Deccan Plateau surrounded by hills, lakes, forests and rock formations – a cosmopolitan city with a variety of cultures. See the sights during a city tour.
Day 9: Hyderabad to Vishakhapatnam Midday flight to Vishakhapatnam, situated on the coast with beautiful beaches, Buddhist monuments and ancient caves.
Day 10: Vishakhapatnam to Jeypore Visit tribal village on the way to Jeypore, abundant with forest, waterfalls and colorful wildlife.
Day 11: Jeypore to Rayagada Visit the weekly market at Onukudelli, attended by the Bonda, Gadaba and Didei tribes. This is the only opportunity to see many of these tribal people, who lead an isolated existence in remote hills, where hunting with bows and arrows is a daily way of life. Later, visit some Desia Kondh tribal villages near Chatikona, on your way to Rayagada.
Day 12: Rayagada to Gopalpur Travel through the Orissa countryside, stopping at Kondh tribal villages and the Taptapani sulphur springs en route, before reaching Gopalpur on the coast.
Day 14: Gopalpur to Puri Heading north along the coast visit Chilka, Asia’s largest salt water lake and the site of the Nalban Bird Sanctuary, where migratory birds from northern climates flock during the winter months.
Day 14: Puri Enjoy a relaxing day on the beach.
Day 15: Puri to Bhubaneswar and Calcutta (Kolkata) Visit the magnificent Sun Temple in Konarak , before heading to Bhubaneswar with its ancient Hindu temples from the 8th to 14th century AD. Fly to Calcutta early this evening.
Day 16: Calcutta (Kolkata) In the morning take an orientation tour of the city, well known for its colonial era buildings, museums and art galleries. The afternoon is free.
Day 17: Calcutta to Singapore

The morning is free, fly to Singapore later this evening.

Day 18: Singapore to USA Early morning arrival in Singapore, with connecting flights to the US, arriving the same day.

Bombay, Ajanta, Ellora, Hyderabad, Tribal Orissa, Calcutta

18 Days from $3,384

Travel through India from Coast to Coast.  Vacation Package from Bombay to Calcutta, via Ajanta / Ellora, Hyderabad and Orissa tribal villages

Gateway of India, Bombay / Mumbai, India
Gateway of India, Bombay

1/1 - 3/31/17 $3,698 4,098
4/1 - 5/31/17 $3,384 $3,732
6/1 - 8/31/17 $3,498 $3,852
9/1 - 9/30/17 $3,384 $3,732
10/1 - 11/30/17 $3,828 $4,248
12/1 - 12/31/17 $4,129 $4,548
1/1 - 3/31/18 $3,997 $4,411
Single occupancy surcharge on request

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We offer two categories of accommodation: Silver hotels are carefully selected for their excellent value - all  rooms have private facilities. Gold hotels are better located, offer more spacious rooms with better amenities and a higher standard of service.
 The departure date determines the price applicable. All prices are per person and based on twin-share accommodation.

A $100 surcharge applies for bookings made within 16 days of the departure date.

Ellora, near Ajanta, India - Massive temples with exquisite sculptures, carved out of sheer rock
Massive temples with exquisite sculptures, carved out of sheer rock

Tribal woman in Orissa, India
Tribal woman in Orissa
Tribal woman in Orissa, India

Beach scene in Puri, Orissa, India
Beach scene in Puri - Indian family drying a sari after a dip in the sea

Fishermen landing their catch, Orissa, India
Fishermen landing their catch

Sculptures at the Sun Temple, Konarak, Orissa, India
Sculptures at the Sun Temple, Konarak, Orissa

Praying women in Calcutta, India
Praying women in Calcutta


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