Essence of India Tour programs with Singapore Airlines


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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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Discover India and her splendors


The perfect program to experience the spirit of India on a short trip. Starting with the imposing capital city of Delhi, travel to Agra to feel the awesome magic of the Taj Mahal. The next stop is Varanasi, the holy city of the Hindus on the River Ganges, where you can almost touch the soul of India. Finally, visit Calcutta, a city like no other - charming, shocking and yet so fascinating - an experience not to be missed!


Boat ride on the River Ganges, Varanasi, India
Boat ride on the River Ganges

Trip Highlights include:

  • 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

  • Delhi, the capital city

  • Romantic Taj Mahal in Mogul Agra

  • Varanasi, the holy city of the Hindus

  • Boat ride on the River Ganges

  • Calcutta, the City of Joy

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: USA to Singapore Leave San Francisco just after midnight and fly to Singapore. Crossing the International Date Line you will arrive in Singapore on the next day.
Day 2: Singapore to Delhi After a few hours layover at Singapore's Changi Airport take an afternoon flight to Delhi.
Day 3: Delhi to Agra After breakfast this morning, join a full day city tour covering both Old and New Delhi. Visit the busy Chandni Chowk - the silver bazaar – with its myriad shops selling not only jewelry but virtually everything imaginable, see the grand Jama Masjid Mosque, the impressive Red Fort and the broad avenues leading to the Parliament and other government buildings in this capital city. Leave Delhi in the afternoon and drive to Agra.
Day 4: Agra A highlight of the trip awaits you this morning, when you visit the Taj Mahal to view this magnificent monument in the light of the early morning sun. This fabulous monument – a token of a man’s love for his wife – is breathtaking in its beauty and grandeur and is bound to leave you awed. This afternoon you will be taken on a tour of some of the other sights in and around Agra – including the famous Red Fort, with its palaces and royal buildings inside. Then board your overnight train bound for Varanasi.
Day 5: Varanasi You will be met at the railway station this morning and transferred to your hotel. Later this morning, you will be taken on a tour of Varanasi, which is perhaps the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. The narrow alleyways of the old part of the city as well as the embankments on the river Ganges are almost like the settings of a movie on medieval India – except that the scenes unfolding in front of your eyes are very real! The evening is free for you to relax.
Day 6: Varanasi to Calcutta After a very early morning wake up call today, leave your hotel well before sunrise to go into the city center of Varanasi. Even at this early hour, the embankments on the river Ganges are a hub of activity as residents as well as pilgrims from all over the country prepare to bathe in the river at sunrise – considered a particularly auspicious time. A traditional, hand rowed country boat has been reserved for you to cruise on the river slowly as the sun makes an appearance on the horizon and life unfolds on the banks of the river, exactly as it has done for the past thousands of years.

Return to your hotel for breakfast, before taking another tour of this ancient city. Later, you will be transferred back to the railway station for your onward journey to Calcutta. Observe the fascinating Indian countryside with its farms and villages unfold from your train window, before darkness falls and you settle in for the night on the train.
Day 7: Calcutta After an early morning arrival cross the busy Howrah Bridge, teeming with pedestrians and all kinds of traffic – an amazing sight! Take an orientation tour of the city, well known for its colonial era buildings, museums and art galleries. The afternoon is at you leisure.
Day 8: Calcutta to Singapore The morning is free until your early evening transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to Singapore.
Day 9: Singapore to USA Arrive in Singapore early in the morning, connecting to your flight to the US, arriving on the same day.

Private Journey

Delhi, Agra (Taj Mahal, Varanasi & Calcutta

9 Days from $2,172
including airfare

Encounter India: Independent Tour from Delhi via Agra and Varanasi to Calcutta
1/1 - 3/31/17 $2,280 $2,399
4/1 - 5/31/17 $2,172 $2,263
6/1 - 8/31/17 $2,412 $2,525
9/1 - 9/30/17 $2,292 $2,383
10/1 - 11/30/17 $2,455 $2,699
12/1 - 12/31/17 $2,760 $2,880
1/1 - 3/31/18 $2,520 $2,688
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 fee applies for bookings made within 30 days of the departure date.

At the Red Fort, Delhi, India
At the Red Fort, Delhi

The Taj Mahal at dawn, Agra, India
Taj Mahal at dawn

Varanasi, on the River Ganges
Varanasi, on the River Ganges

Calcutta's Victoria Memorial
Calcutta's Victoria Memorial


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