Best of India November 8-22, 2019

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Tour Highlights

* Carefully selected UNESCO sites and cities 

* Private yoga with view of Taj Mahal 

* Enjoy palace accommodation 

* Be inspired by a visit to an elephant care center 

* Explore amazing textiles of India: block printing, silk saree weaving workshop 

* Walk through bustling bazaar, forts and villages 

* Enjoy sumptuous dinner at a rooftop restaurant 

* Private Indian cooking lessons 

* Enjoy folk music and dance show 

* Observe evening prayer of river Ganges

Golden Triangle

North Indian art, Rajasthani architecture of forts, palaces, haveli and step well in Jaipur. Along with food and textile exploration. Enjoy India’s capital New Delhi. Visit UNESCO heritage sites of Red Fort, Humayun’s tomb, Jama masjid. Mahatma Gandhi memorial. Majestic Taj Mahal and Varanasi the oldest city of India.

Splendor of South

Learn about art, architecture, lifestyle, craft and performing arts of South India. Visit enormous temple complexes. Visit UNESCO sites in Chennai. Explore largest fruits and flower market, cotton and silk weaving art, villages and rice paddy fields, enjoy south Indian food delicacies. Unwind at a beautiful resort surrounded by natural beauty.

Tour Itinerary

BEST of India Tour - Lead by Alka Bhavsar

Arrival New Delhi- Departure Chennai


Friday, Nov 8th, Arrive New Delhi

Early morning arrival. Relax and get acclimated to the new time zone.

Saturday, Nov 9th- New Delhi – (Lunch included)

Welcome lunch!! Post lunch depart for sightseeing of capital of India. Parliament house, India gate, Gandhi Smriti, Aksherdham temple. Enjoy Light & Sound show. 

Sunday, Nov 10th – New Delhi 

Morning visit to Old Delhi. See UNESCO site of Red fort, Jama Masjid, Humayun’s tomb. Rikshaw ride at Chandani Chawk. Enjoy shopping in metro Delhi markets. 

Monday, Nov 11th – Delhi / Agra 

Post breakfast depart for Agra. Enroute, visit Wildlife SOS a nonprofit organization for Elephant rescue center. In the afternoon visit iconic Taj Mahal and its picturesque beauty at sunset.

Tuesday, Nov 12th – Agra

Early morning private yoga lessons with view of the Taj Mahal OR morning spent at leisure.

Enjoy lunch with view of Taj Mahal. In the afternoon visit Agra fort and marble factory. 

Excursion: Private yoga session with Taj view. (Minimum 6 participants)

Wednesday, Nov 13th – Agra / Jaipur (Dinner included)

Early morning departure for Jaipur. On the way visit Chand Bawari stepwell, a unique architecture for water conservation. In the afternoon visit textile block printing shop for hands on block printing experience. Rajasthani dinner at a rooftop restaurant. Enjoy your stay at a fabulous palace hotel.

Thursday, Nov 14th – Jaipur 

Visit UNESCO site of Amer Fort by jeep. 18th century fort has both Rajput and Mughal architecture since both rulers built the fort over 150 years. Jantar Mantar observatory. Enjoy a camel ride at Jal Mahal.

Friday, Nov 15th – Jaipur / Varanasi

Morning visit to Jaipur bustling bazaar. Afternoon flight to Varanasi. Arrive Varanasi late evening. Evening at leisure.

Saturday, Nov 16th – Varanasi

Day starts with a visit to Silk saree weavers of Varanasi, a visit to Sarnath where Buddha gave his first sermon. Enjoy a sunset boat ride to observe Aarti, Hindu puja ceremony on the banks of the river Ganga where invocation is done with Conch shell, ringing of the bells and fire offerings. 

Sunday, Nov 17th – Varanasi/ Chennai

Take an early morning flight to Chennai. Post lunch visit Bronze museum, Mylapore (Peacock temple), Kapaleeswara temple. Spend a relaxing evening at Marina beach.

Monday, Nov 18th – Chennai

This morning visit silk saree craftsmen, Visit Dakshinachitra living art museum where you will see southern architecture, arts, crafts and an opportunity to shop for authentic southern artwork.

Tuesday, Nov 19th – Chennai / Mahabalipuram

After breakfast drive to the world heritage temples of Mahabalipuram. Panch ratha, cave temple and Krishna’s butterball. Proceed to Pondicherry.

Wednesday, Nov 20th- Pondicherry

Morning walk in the French quarters. Observe French influence on Indian architecture. Charming houses and historical buildings of Pondicherry

Thursday, Nov 21st – Pondicherry (farewell dinner included)

Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram, a spiritual community. Sri Aurobindo was a philosopher, yogi and guru in early 20th century. 

Excursion: Kolam Art (Rice powder design) of South India. (Minimum 6 participants)

Friday, Nov 22nd - Chennai – US departure

Today drive from Pondicherry to Chennai. Afternoon drop off to Chennai airport for US departure.

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FINE Print

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Pricing:

Starting from:

$4350 (Per person double occupancy)

$1050 ( Additional for single occupancy)


Register by April 30th: Get early bird discount of $100

Inclusion:

  • All hotel accommodations at 4 & 5 star hotels 
  • All breakfasts
  • All internal flights
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • Local, English-speaking guides
  • Private escorted tours
  • Local transportation via air conditioned motor vehicle
  • All sightseeing fees

Exclusion:

  • Air transportation to and from India
  • Daily lunches and dinners (unless otherwise specified in the itinerary)
  • Tips and gratuity 
  • Visa processing fees
  • Travel insurance charges
  • Vaccination charges
  • Any business meeting set up or contact services
  • Airline reservations outside of the package dates (unless requested)

Additional Information

  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult traveler
  • Physical activity level – moderate. Walking, climbing and full day sightseeing is normal part of the itinerary
  • Limited wheel chair accessibility at many tourist spots 
  • Some flexibility is required for meal timing
  • aaRna journeys reserves the right to make minor modifications to the daily itinerary
  • International flight booking assistance available for $75 pp fee
  • We offer 2 webinars for trip planning and pre departure Q&A

Reservation

· Due to limited space, reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

· To reserve your place, please complete reservation form and submit with the nonrefundable deposit of $1000 by April 30th, 2019

· $150 additional fees apply for registration received after June 30th, 2019

 

Payment:

Payments can be made by cash, check or bank wire. 

· Registration fee of $1000 by April 30th, 2019. 

· 50% payment due by June 30th, 2019 (Double Occupancy)

· Final payment due by July 15th, 2019

*Rates are based on tariffs and exchange rates in effective as of January 31st, 2019 and are subject to change. Rates are based on minimum group size of 10 paying guests. In case of smaller group size, package price or inclusion may be modified.


Cancellation:

aaRna journeys reserves the right to cancel any trip in the event minimum 6 passenger count is not met. In which case, a full refund will be issued to the customer.

· Cancellation by customer. If unforeseen events happen that force you to cancel, below penalties apply: 

· From time of booking to August 7th, 2019: Forfeit $1000 nonrefundable portion of deposit per person.

· After September 7th, 2019 No refund. Full amount is forfeited.


Travel Insurance:

We recommend travel insurance, to cover trip cancellation and interruptions. Information can be provided upon receipt of deposit. It is your responsibility to arrange comprehensive insurance coverage for your holiday. Aarna Associates LLC / aaRna journeys can assist with the process. (Bookings cannot be accepted unless you and your party comply with these insurance requirements. Aarna Associates LLC/ Aarna journeys can bear no responsibility in the event that you fail to procure any insurance coverage at all)


Passport:

You must have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from the date of re-entry to your home country. It is the responsibility of the traveler to provide the legal name as on the passport for internal flight booking.


Visa:

A current visa is required for US Passport holders to travel to India. Visit Indian Visa Online https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html

Vaccination:

Consult your physician for recommendations. Additional information regarding Traveler’s Health precautions is available at the website for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

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REGISTRATION FORM

Nov 2019 Registration Form (pdf)

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