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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Royal palaces and monuments in India


Go back in time to an era where Emperors and Maharajas ruled India: Visit the imperial capital of Delhi, experience the Mogul splendors of Agra's fabled monuments and tour through the former royal states of Rajasthan. Stay at some former Maharaja's palaces or noblemen's mansions, explore colorful bazaars and experience the rich history and culture of this fabulous land. Yet, India is not a living museum or a giant theme park - it is a sensual feast of colors, sounds and sights that is bound to delight the palate of the most jaded traveller! 


Cupola.typical Rajasthani architecture
Typical Rajasthani architecture

Trip Highlights include:

  • 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

  • Rickshaw ride in Delhi

  • Romantic Taj Mahal

  • Bazaars and palaces of Jaipur, Rajasthan

  • Overnight at the Kuchaman Fort

  • Forts and palaces of Jodhpur

  • Udaipur with its famous Lake Palace

  • Stopover in Singapore


Trip Itinerary

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

Day 4: Delhi

This morning, enjoy a brief tour of Old Delhi, riding in a rickshaw just like the locals, through the narrow streets and teeming bazaars. Visit the grand mosque before continuing to New Delhi, for other sites such as Humayun’s Tomb and some free time for shopping etc.

Day 5: Delhi to Agra


Leave Delhi this morning and travel to Agra, once a Mogul capital and home of the world famous Taj Mahal! Twenty thousand master craftsmen labored for twenty years to build this awesome memorial for one man to honor the memory of his wife. Later visit the majestic Agra Fort.

Day 6: Agra to Jaipur Morning drive to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city which was abandoned in the 16th century. Continue onwards to Jaipur, visiting Keoladeo National Park on the way, once a Maharajah’s private duck shooting grounds and now a haven for migratory birds from Central Asia. Arrive in Jaipur, Rajasthan’s famous ‘pink city’, built in 1728 from local sandstone. Just before entering Jaipur, stop at the Amber Palace – a hilltop fortress, accessed in appropriately royal style on elephant back!
Day 7: Jaipur
Jaipur’s elegant buildings and palaces reflect its past wealth and grandeur. Visit the elaborate ‘Palace of Winds’, which is not a palace but merely a façade, behind which the ladies of the royal household could watch processions and street festivals without being seen themselves! Spend the afternoon walking through Jaipur’s bazaars – famous for their silver jewelry and handicrafts.
Day 8: Jaipur to Kuchaman Drive through the countryside, passing villages and women wearing brightly colored garments before arriving at Pushkar, famous for its annual camel fair. Built atop a 1000 feet high rock cliff, the imposing Kuchaman Fort houses splendid palaces, temples and palatial rooms decorated with exquisite frescoes and murals.
Day 9: Kuchaman to Jodhpur Drive to Jodhpur and visit its impressive fort made of red sand stone. Proceed to the village of Luni, home of Fort Chanwa, an exceptional example of elegance and symmetry in Indian architecture of the last century with its ornately carved lattice work.
Day 10: Jodhpur Enjoy a morning walking tour of the old city of Jodhpur with its markets and bazaars. The afternoon is free.
Day 11: Jodhpur to Deogarh Visit the exquisite Jain Temples at Ranakpur, before driving on to the village of Deogarh, the site of another charming 17th century castle, now converted into a hotel. Most guest rooms are decorated in the local style with lots of period furniture, antique and objets d’art. Relax with a drink as you soak in the magical atmosphere of the castle and transport yourself back to a bygone era of Maharajahs and kingdoms
Day 12: Deogarh Enjoy a free day in this charming medieval town.
Day 15: Deogarh to Udaipur Drive through the Rajasthani countryside to the town of Udaipur, surrounded by hills and mountains and set on the edge of three lakes. Famous for its whitewashed houses with brightly painted exterior walls, Udaipur has a rich historical and cultural heritage with an abundance of elaborate palaces and ornate temples.
Day 15: Udaipur Enjoy a free day to explore Udaipur on your own or catch up on some shopping perhaps.
Day 16: Udaipur to Delhi & Singapore Late morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi, connecting to an overnight flight to Singapore.
Day 16: Singapore to USA Land in Singapore early this morning for your connecting flight to the US, arriving the same day.

Delhi, Agra (Taj Mahal), Jaipur, Kuchaman, Jodhpur, Deogarh & Udaipur (Rajasthan)

16 Days from $2,399

Royal India, 16 Day Independent Tour of North India and Rajasthan
1/1 - 3/31/17 $2,550 $2,822
4/1 - 5/31/17 $2,399 $2,577
6/1 - 8/31/17 $2,791 $3,154
9/1 - 9/30/17 $2,488 $2,760
10/1 - 11/30/17 $2,884 $3,050
12/1 - 12/31/17 $3,166 $3,424
1/1 - 3/31/18 $2,866 $3,120
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.

Village woman at the Abhaneri temples, Rajasthan

Camels and their owners, Rajasthan, India
Camels and their owners

Rajasthani Archiectural Style

Market vendor in Rajasthan
Market woman in Rajasthan

Royal Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan
Royal Palace, Udaipur


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