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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Visit ancient monuments in India’s capital city of Delhi and experience the amazing beauty of the romantic Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world.  Explore the ghost town of Fatehpur Sikri, check out migratory birds in a wildlife sanctuary, climb on elephant back to a hilltop fortress and see all the people in their colorful turbans and saris at the bazaars and palaces of Rajasthan.


Shekhawati architecture in Mandawa, Rajasthan, India
Heritage buildings in Mandawa

Trip Highlights include:

  • 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

  • Rickshaw ride in Delhi

  • Romantic Taj Mahal

  • Fatehpur Sikri, abandoned 16th century town

  • Keoladeo National Park, bird sanctuary

  • Bazaars and palaces of Jaipur, Rajasthan

  • Heritage buildings of Mandawa

  • Stopover in Singapore

Day 1: San Francisco/Los Angeles - 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


Day at leisure to see the sights of Singapore (a visitors pass is included for entrance fees and transportation) or indulge in some shopping!


Day 4: Singapore to Delhi


Leave Singapore this evening and fly to Delhi, India’s capital.  


Day 5:  Delhi to Agra


This morning, visit Humayun’s Tomb  Your ALT-Text here  and enjoy a brief tour of Old Delhi, riding in a rickshaw just like the locals, through the narrow streets and teeming bazaars. Also visit the grand mosque (Jama Masjid) of Delhi before heading south to Agra.


Day 6: Agra


Wake up early today to see the Taj Mahal  Your ALT-Text here  changing color from orange to dazzling white with the rising sun, an unforgettable sight. Built almost 400 years ago by an emperor in loving memory of his wife, this exquisite marble monument is simply awesome in its beauty. Later, visit the massive Agra Fort  Your ALT-Text here , built of red sandstone.


Day 7:  Agra to Jaipur


Visit Fatehpur Sikri  Your ALT-Text here , a 16th century capital of Mughal India, abandoned soon after it was built when water ran out! Later, visit the Keoladeo National Park  Your ALT-Text here , once a Maharajah’s private duck shooting grounds and now a haven for migratory birds from Central Asia and further north. Continue to Jaipur, noted for its handicrafts, colorful bazaars and broad avenues lined by sandstone clad houses (hence the name ‘pink city’).


Day 8: Jaipur


Your morning tour includes visits to the Maharajah’s City Palace and the Palace of Winds (which is not really a palace but an elaborate façade behind which royal ladies watched street processions while remaining unseen themselves). In the afternoon, visit the hilltop fortress palace of Amber, climbing up on the back of a decorated elephant just like royalty in the past!


Day 9: Jaipur to Mandawa


Travel north along an ancient trading route between China and Arabia, until you reach the busy market town of Mandawa. In the 18th century wealthy merchants and noblemen constructed mansions (havelis) with exquisite paintings decorating their walls, and many of these still stand today bearing witness to their faded glory. The medieval fort of Mandawa dominates the town with a painted arched gateway adorned with Lord Krishna and his cows.


Day 10: Mandawa to Delhi (and onward to Singapore)


Enjoy some free time this morning to visit some of the smaller towns and villages of the region or perhaps shop for some arts and crafts, before leaving for Delhi this afternoon.  Proceed directly to the airport this evening for the overnight flight to Singapore.


Day 11: Singapore to USA


Land in Singapore early this morning for your connecting flight to the US, arriving the same day.


Delhi, Agra (Taj Mahal), Keoladeo National Park, Jaipur & Mandawa

11 Days from $1,799
including airfare

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Hawa Mahal Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Hawa Mahal Palace, Jaipur

1/1 - 3/31/17 $1,899 $1,998
4/1 - 5/31/17 $1,799 $1,925
6/1 - 8/31/17 $2,042 $2,188
9/1 - 9/30/17 $1,887 $1,997
10/1 - 11/30/17 $1,945 $2,066
12/1 - 12/31/17 $2,220 $2,520
1/1 - 3/31/18 $2,075 $2,288
Single occupancy surcharge on request

Departs Daily except Sundays

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 30 days of the departure date.

Bahai'i temple in New Delhi
Bahai'i temple in New Delhi

Farmers Market, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Farmer's market in Jaipur

Haveli in Mandawa, Rajasthan
Haveli in Mandawa, Rajasthan


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