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India’s Rich History and Beautiful Beaches of Goa

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PRIVATE TOUR - 12 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 3560

Private Tour Highlights

  • Take a tour of Old Delhi with a cycle rickshaw ride through the streets
  • See the India Gate Monument and extravagant government buildings in New Delhi
  • Go on a sightseeing tour of the stunning Taj Mahal
  • Stroll through the regal chambers of Agra Fort, once home to powerful emperors
  • Visit Fatehpur Sikri city, dramatically abandoned shortly after it was built
  • Tour the magnificent rooms and chambers of the Amber Fort
  • Explore the Gateway of India with its turrets and intricate latticework
  • Sample some local meat and produce while strolling through Crawford Market
  • See the impressive mixture of Gothic and Moorish styles at the Prince of Wales Museum
  • Choose from a variety of watersports to enjoy while visiting the fine beaches of Goa
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Tour Overview

Once you have taken the time to explore India’s most famous destinations throughout Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, travel to the megalopolis of Mumbai. Although it appears as a bustling modern city at first glance, its cultural and historical highlights are not to be overlooked. After exploring the city, you will continue even further south to spend a few glorious days on the sunny beaches of Goa.

This Highlight Tour begins with a visit to some of India’s most popular cities; Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. You’ll explore the Red Fort, the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Amber Fort and others before heading South to Mumbai.

In Mumbai, your sightseeing will begin at the imposing Gateway of India, the huge iconic archway on the water’s edge. Then, in the old British part of town, you will find the Crawford Market, an elegantly designed market with a dominating clock tower and steeple. For a trip into the past, the Prince of Wales Museum is sure to impress with a huge collection of ancient Indus Valley artifacts and priceless art pieces from Tibet and Nepal. Although Mumbai has become an immense megalopolis, these are just some of the treasures that are hidden among its high-rises that make it a classic destination to visit.

Once a jewel of Portugal’s eastern empire, Goa has retained its Portuguese heritage and has developed as a favorite tourist getaway. A land of lush green hills and miles of beautiful beaches, this is the ideal place for fun and relaxation. Although Goa is known for its good food, wine and plentiful beaches, it also boasts vanilla scented spice plantations, meandering rivers with excellent birdlife, centuries old cathedrals and white-water waterfalls. This is the perfect way to unwind at the end of your Indian odyssey.

Inclusions
Price Includes:
One way domestic airfare from Jaipur to Mumbai, round trip domestic airfare from Mumbai to Goa, all accommodations with continental or buffet breakfast, service of deluxe air-conditioned vehicle, one time entrance fees at all monuments, services of English speaking local guide for excursions, all currently applicable taxes including service tax.

Notes:
* You should exercise caution if you intend to swim in open waters along the Indian coastline, particularly during the monsoon season. Every year, several people in Goa and other areas drown due to strong undertows. It is important to heed warnings posted or advised at beaches and to avoid swimming in the ocean during the monsoon season. Trained lifeguards are very rare along beaches.

* The Red Fort in Delhi remains closed on every Monday

* The Taj Mahal in Agra remains closed on every Friday

* The Elephanta Caves and Prince of Wales museum in Mumbai remain closed on Mondays

* Additional supplements may apply between 1 – 20 November, 20 December – 10 January and 1 – 28 February. Please ask a Yampu Travel Consultant for more details.
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Single £$4725 £$5900 £$8267 £$11552

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International flight to New Delhi

Overnight international flight to New Delhi.

Overnight international flight to New Delhi.

Day
2

Arrival in New Delhi

Upon arrival and airport reception, transfer to the hotel. Depending on arrival time, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Upon arrival and airport reception, transfer to the hotel. Depending on arrival time, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day
3

Day Tour of New Delhi

Begin with a morning tour of Old Delhi with a cycle rickshaw ride through the streets. Make a panoramic visit to the Red Fort, which was the most affluent fort and palace of the once reigning Mughal Empire. Then it’s on to Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. The final stop in Old Delhi will lead to Chandni Chowk (closed on Sunday), a lively and colorful market that was once the commercial center of the city.
Then drive to New Delhi, which will provide a stark contrast between the old and the new; a recurring theme throughout India. In New Delhi visit the India Gate monument, followed by the grounds of the Parliament House and other extravagant government buildings. Then continue to Humayun’s Tomb, built in honor of India’s second Mughal emperor. Later visit the world’s tallest brick minaret, Qutub Minar.


Note: Yampu recommends an optional tour (price not included) to enjoy a fine dinner at the Veda Restaurant, a lavishly designed nouvelle cuisine curry house that offers a fusion of traditional Indian food with a modern spin. A second option is a visit to Akshardham, a unique, yet stunning monument that boasts 234 elaborately carved pillars, 9 decorative domes, 20 quadrangled shikhars (towers of Hindu architecture), stone elephants sculptures, and 20,000 murtis (Hindu images portraying Divine spirits). Please inquire with a Yampu travel consultant for more information.
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Delhi - Agra

Begin with a drive to Agra that will take approximately 4 hours. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Then proceed for a sightseeing tour of the stunning Taj Mahal, India’s most picture perfect work of architecture and one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
Driving through the city to the Agra Fort, see some excellent images of the local scene and bazaars, and the everyday buzz of India. Once at the Agra Fort, stroll through its regal chambers that were once called home to some of India’s most powerful Mughal emperors.


Note: Yampu recommends an optional tour (cost not included) to a showing of Mohabbat The Taj, a live show with a touch of Bollywood comes highly recommended. This 80 minute presentation is a charming way to top off the day at the Kalakriti Auditorium. Please enquire with a Yampu travel consultant for more details.
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Agra - Jaipur

Drive approximately 4-5 hours to Jaipur. En route, stop to enjoy an excursion at the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, the once imperial city of the Mughal dynasty that was mysteriously deserted years after its inception. This ornate city was built with such grandeur that words do not do justice to the glorious atmosphere created by its buildings. Once arrived, check in and have some time to relax before a sound and light show at the city’s Amber Fort.

Drive approximately 4-5 hours to Jaipur. En route, stop to enjoy an excursion at the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, the once imperial city of the Mughal dynasty that was mysteriously deserted years after its inception. This ornate city was built with such grandeur that words do not do justice to the glorious atmosphere created by its buildings. Once arrived, check in and have some time to relax before a sound and light show at the city’s Amber Fort.

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Day
6

Tour of the Amber Fort

This morning return to the Amber Fort for a half day excursion. While strolling through the magnificent rooms and chambers, observe the various intricate ivory, mirror and glass work. In the afternoon, enjoy a city tour that will begin at the City Palace Museum, followed by a visit to Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726), and great photographic opportunity at the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of Winds – a spectacular five storied, honeycomb styled building exemplifying superb Rajput artistry.


Note: Yampu recommends an optional tour (price not included) of an evening elephant safari. After a chance to feed these gentle creatures, ride upon their backs through a private jungle area, passing many villages, fields, and a medieval fortress as the sun sets. Please inquire with a Yampu travel consultant for more information.
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Jaipur - Mumbai

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Spend the remaining time at leisure enjoying Mumbai.

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Spend the remaining time at leisure enjoying Mumbai.

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8

Mumbai

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Morning transfer to the jetty at the Gateway of India to board a boat to Elephanta Island to see the shrine cut from the hillside. This ancient stone temple is decorated with intricate sculptures of Hindu Gods. Perhaps the most glorious of them all is the Hindu Trinity, which depicts three aspects of Shiva the Creator, Preserver and the Destroyer.
Upon returning to the city, explore and observe the Gateway of India. With four turrets and intricate latticework, the archway was constructed out of yellow basalt stone for the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911, the first visit of any British Monarchs. Near the arch, can there are steps down to the water, where small motor launches offering short cruises of the harbor can be found (price not included).
Moving to the old British part of town, stroll through the Crawford Market and sample some of the local fruit, vegetable, and meat stands. Completed in 1869, this covered market is elegantly designed with an impressive clock tower and steeple that stands above the surrounding skyline.
Also on deck for today is a visit to the Prince of Wales Museum, an odd looking building built with a mixture of Gothic and Moorish styles. With an array of ancient Indus Valley artifacts dating to 2000 BC, priceless pieces of Tibetan and Nepali art, Buddhist scrolls and Tibetan bronzes can also be found. However, the most notable attraction here is the collection of over 2000 miniature paintings from India’s various art schools.
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9

Mumbai- Goa

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Goa. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure, perhaps with a stroll on the beach or a few drinks while watching the sun set over the ocean.

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Goa. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure, perhaps with a stroll on the beach or a few drinks while watching the sun set over the ocean.

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Day Tour of Goa

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Morning sightseeing tour of the historic part of Goa, which will go to the Basilica de Bom Jesus and the Grand Se Cathedral. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the basilica is the final resting place of the celebrated St. Francis Xavier, one of Goa’s patron saints. Today, the basilica remains as one of India’s best examples of baroque architecture. Next visit the Se Cathedral, the largest in all of Asia at 76 meters (250 ft) in length and 55 meters (180 ft) in width.


In the afternoon, tour one of Goa’s fragrant spice plantations. The dense forested landscape of Goa and its favorable climate make for a perfect environment to grow spices. Walking through the aromatic fields, one will undoubtedly smell and see vanilla beans, pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, chilies, nutmeg, turmeric, ginger and a variety of fruits. Afterwards, return to the hotel for the night.
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11

Day at leisure in Goa

Spend the day at leisure and enjoy the fine beaches of Goa. There are plenty of opportunities to partake in some water sports, take a yoga class, visit a local museum or go bird watching (not included).

Spend the day at leisure and enjoy the fine beaches of Goa. There are plenty of opportunities to partake in some water sports, take a yoga class, visit a local museum or go bird watching (not included).

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Day
12

International Flight Home

Depending on departure time, spend the morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for a connection to Mumbai and flight home or continue with an optional Yampu Tours add-on.


Note: Check out of the hotel is at 12 pm. Late check out may be available directly at the hotel subject to availability. Regardless, store luggage at the hotel until the time of departure for the airport.

Depending on departure time, spend the morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for a connection to Mumbai and flight home or continue with an optional Yampu Tours add-on.


Note: Check out of the hotel is at 12 pm. Late check out may be available directly at the hotel subject to availability. Regardless, store luggage at the hotel until the time of departure for the airport.

Places You'll See

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    Goa

    Famous for its gorgeous beaches and several ancient temples, Goa is rich with history and culture. Visit the many museums, such as the Christian Art Museum or the Naval Aviation Museum to see vintage aircrafts. Buy handmade trinkets at the Anjuna Flea Market or browse their many libraries. Go diving or kitesurfing on the beautiful waters, or just relax on the sand.

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    Mumbai

    There is much to see in the city of Mumbai, from the modern presence of Bollywood, to the colonial buildings showcasing examples of the Gothic revival. Immerse yourself in the hustle of the crowds at the street markets and vendors, or take a peaceful stroll along Juhu Beach. Enjoy the city’s vibrant theater scene and catch a performance at the Prithvi Theater.

  • Amber-Fort-Jaipur-India

    Jaipur

    Nicknames the Pink City, Jaipur is home to several enticing attractions. Visit the Amber Fort, once the royal palace for the Kachwahas, and see the impressive evening light show. Explore the massive City Palace inside the old city. Take a peaceful stroll through one of the many gardens, or purchase some unique souvenirs at the city center bazaar.

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    Agra

    Visit the famous Taj Mahal, one of the New 7 Wonders of the world, in Agra. Take a guided tour through the immense, white marble mausoleum, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his late wife, a true monument of love. While in Agra, also visit the Agra Fort, mainly constructed from sandstone, it’s more of a palace than a defense structure.

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    Delhi

    Home to India’s largest mosque, the Red Fort, Delhi is abundant in historical artifacts and cultural events. Visit the Baha’i Lotus Temple, a beautiful building in the shape of a lotus bud, or the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art. To get a real taste of area, take a food tour to experience the local cuisine. Or take a peaceful morning walk in the Lodhi Garden.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Delhi : Justa Greater Kailash

Agra : Hotel Amar

Jaipur : Alsisar Haveli

Mumbai : Gordon House

Goa : Phoenix Park Inn

4 Star Properties

Delhi : The Royal Plaza

Agra : Agra Trident Oberoi

Jaipur : Jaipur Trident Oberoi

Mumbai : Trident Nariman Point

Goa : Fortune Select Regina

5 Star Properties

Delhi : The Claridges

Agra : ITC Mughal Agra

Jaipur : Jaimahal Palace

Mumbai : The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower

Goa : Taj Exotica Goa

Luxury Properties

Delhi : The Oberoi

Agra : Amarvilas

Jaipur : Oberoi Rajvilas,

Jaipur : Taj Rambagh Palace

Jaipur : Sujan Rajmahal Palace

Mumbai : Oberoi Mumbai

Goa : The Leela

Testimonials

Lucy and John

Traveled April, 2012

India and Sri Lanka were an amazing combination

India and Sri Lanka were an amazing combination! The hustle of India is exciting, but also overwhelming so including Sri Lanka toward the end of our itinerary was an amazing way to relax and unwind! In India we were blown away by the service at the Deluxe hotels, and even the 4-star hotels. The hospitality in India is incredible with everyone working to make sure you are comfortable and happy. We loved the Oberoi hotels, the rooms were beautiful and the service was immaculate. The sites in India were truly amazing and we loved the elephant safaris and interactions were we were able to bathe and paint these gentle giants! During our long transfers in India our driver was pleasant, providing us with interesting facts but not overwhelming us with too many details or idle chatter.In Sri Lanka we absolutely loved the Temple of the Tooth, the atmosphere is so humbling and spiritual; absolutely a must-see! We loved the ancient site of Polonnaruwa and the lying down Buddha and the elephant orphanage at Pinnawela. We also really enjoyed climbing the Sigiriya rock fortress, although its not the best option for those who are scared of heights!

Traveled To


Lucy and John

Traveled April, 2012

India and Sri Lanka were an amazing combination!

India and Sri Lanka were an amazing combination! The hustle of India is exciting, but also overwhelming so including Sri Lanka toward the end of our itinerary was an amazing way to relax and unwind! In India we were blown away by the service at the Deluxe hotels, and even the 4-star hotels. The hospitality in India is incredible with everyone working to make sure you are comfortable and happy. We loved the Oberoi hotels, the rooms were beautiful and the service was immaculate. The sites in India were truly amazing and we loved the elephant safaris and interactions were we were able to bathe and paint these gentle giants! During our long transfers in India our driver was pleasant, providing us with interesting facts but not overwhelming us with too many details or idle chatter. In Sri Lanka we absolutely loved the Temple of the Tooth, the atmosphere is so humbling and spiritual; absolutely a must-see! We loved the ancient site of Polonnaruwa and the lying down Buddha and the elephant orphanage at Pinnawela. We also really enjoyed climbing the Sigiriya rock fortress, although its not the best option for those who are scared of heights!

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Ruben D. (travel agent)

Traveled October, 2012

I would recommend contacting Yampu Tours

I would recommend contacting Yampu Tours. They are great to work with and the documentation for clients is exceptional.

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