18 Days
Duration
Small Group Departure 12th February & 12th November 2017, Year round – private tours
Dates
India
Destination

Spirit of India- Private tour

 India is the most profound place that you will ever visit. Its energy, colours, festivals. Overcrowded streets where people are born and die. These restless streets are the stage where the drama of their entire life happens. If you want to sense the real spirit of India and breathe its monumental culture, we know where to take you and show you the essence, the spirit of India. Our special tour is a necklace where all the pearls perfectly fit together.  Stroll around the vibrant Delhi, admire its rich history, walk through the famous forts, towers, mosques, temples, churches, museums, marketplaces.  Sense the magic of ancient city Agra. Feel your heartbeats at the sight of magnificent Taj Mahal.

Dance with exotic Jaipur and let its energy run through your veins. Unveil the beauties of the passionate Southwest coast of India, grasp the spirit of Cochin, the Queen of the Arabian sea, dive into the colourful backwaters in Alleppey, enjoy the breathtaking sunsets at Marari beach.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONFlights available on request – please contact Spirit Journeys Worldwide for quote including flights
DEPARTURE TIME TBA
INCLUDED17 Nights accommodation at the hotels mentioned based on Twin/Double Sharing as per hotels mentioned.
Meal Plan included as following –
  • Day 01: Dinner at Hotel
  • Day 02: Lunch at local restaurant in Delhi + Dinner at hotel
  • Day 03: Lunch at local restaurant in Delhi + Dinner with an Indian Family
  • Day 04: Lunch at local restaurant in Agra + Dinner at hotel
  • Day 05: Lunch at local restaurant in Delhi + Dinner at hotel
  • Day 06: Lunch at a heritage hotel in Jaipur + Dinner at hotel
  • Day 07: Lunch at a heritage hotel in Jaipur + Dinner at hotel
  • Day 08: Lunch at Spice Court in Jaipur + Dinner at hotel
  • Day 09: Dinner at hotel
  • Day 10 : Lunch at a local restaurant in Kochi + Dinner at hotel
  • Day 11 : Lunch at a local restaurant in Kochi + Dinner at hotel
  • Day 12 : Lunch & Dinner on board

Half day sightseeing tour of Old Delhi
Half day sightseeing tour of New Delhi
Walking tour of bazaar followed by cooking demonstration and Dinner
Full day visit of Agra visiting Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
Full day sightseeing tour of Jaipur including Elephant ride at Amber Fort [subject to availability / else by jeep]
Half day sightseeing of Fort Kochi
All transfers, sightseeing and excursions as per itinerary will be by an air-conditioned Innova car or [similar]
Accompanying English speaking guide from Delhi till Jaipur
Local English speaking guide during the sightseeing of Kochi (No guide at Alleppey & Mararikulam)
All taxes, parking fee, entrances, fuel charges, interstate taxes, and porterage at all airports;
Spirit Journeys representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers with meet and assist
All currently applicable taxes;

NOT INCLUDEDExpenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone / fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera / video camera fee at all monuments, medical expenses, airport departure taxes, etc.;
Meals other than those specified above;
Any insurance;
India Visa
International air-fare;
Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions;

Additional information

LocationIndia
Single supplementFor single prices please contact us for a quote – tour based on 2 people travelling
Twin Room£3499 per person – must be 2 people to book this room type
Double room£3499 per person – must be 2 people to book this room type
1

Day 01: ARRIVE DEHLI

On arrival in Delhi: Company representatives cannot come into the baggage collection area. After you collect your luggage and pass through customs, please make your way towards the exit of the terminal building where a Spirit Journeys representative will be waiting to greet you with a paging board with your name on. Please note that the crowds can be enormous and it is possible that you may not spot our representative, despite their making every effort to be as visible as possible, so please keep an eye out for them. A representative will transfer you to the airport hotel and give you the documents.

In the afternoon, you will be at leisure (No Transportation)Later in the evening, you will enjoy Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Overnight is at Maidens, Delhi [Premier Room with Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]

2

Day 02: DELHI

After breakfast, enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Delhi. Your exciting journey begins with sightseeing the most important spots of Old Delhi – Jama Masjid, Red Fort and Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Stroll around  the busy streets of the mile long Chandni Chowk, popularly called “The Silver Street”. After this exciting experience, enjoy lunch at the local restaurant. Afternoon is at leisure for independent activities. Dinner will be at your hotel.

Overnight is at Maidens, Delhi [Premier Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

3

Day 03: DEHLI

Today, spend time according to your own interests.

Optional tours that can be booked and paid locally.

Optional tour we offer: Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, Lotus Temple, Birla Temple, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Shopping in Khan Market, Jantar Mantar, Dilli Haat Market, National Gandhi Museum , Slum Tour, Walking tour of the market.

Overnight is at Maidens, Delhi [Premier Room with Breakfast]

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Day 4: DELHI - AGRA – DELHI

After breakfast, transfer to the railway station to board your train for Agra.

Train Gatimaan Express:
Departs Delhi 08:10 am
Arrives Agra 09:50 am

On arrival in Agra, check-in to the hotel.

Hotel check in time is 14:00 – We will place a request for early check-in and do our best to secure it, however, it depends on availability and cannot be guaranteed

In the morning, visit the Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Lunch will be at one of  local restaurants. Prepare to be dazzled, enjoy the late afternoon visit to Taj Mahal (remains closed on Friday). In the evening, board train back to Delhi.

Train Gatimaan Express:
Departs Delhi 17:50
Arrives Agra 19:30

After you arrive at the Delhi railway station, transfer to hotel Maidens. Dinner will be at your hotel.

Overnight is at Maidens, Delhi [Premier Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

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Day 05: DELHI

After breakfast, dive into the cultural, religious and historical treasures of  New Delhi – Qutab Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, drive past the imposing India Gate,  the Parliament building and the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President’s residence. In the evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Overnight is at Maidens, Delhi [Premier Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

6

Day 06: DELHI – JAIPUR

After breakfast, transfer to the railway station to board your train for Agra.

Train Shatabdi:
Departs Delhi 06:05
Arrives Jaipur 10:35

On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day you will be at leisure.

Overnight : Royal Heritage Haveli, Jaipur [Suite with breakfast & dinner]

7

Day 07: JAIPUR

After breakfast, you’ll go outside Jaipur to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. En route to Amber, you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. In the afternoon, enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of the city. Begin with the magnificent City Palace. The major attractions in the Palace are the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas, Dilkhush Mahal, Moti Mahal Sheesh Mahal and Krishna Mahal, all of them with exquisite colours and paintings. Then walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar also called Astronomical Observatory, one of the five such astronomical wonders constructed by Sawai Jai Singh and makes accurate predictions even to this day.

Overnight: Royal Heritage Haveli, Jaipur [Suite with breakfast & dinner]

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Day 8: JAIPUR

Breakfast is at the Hotel. Day is at leisure to enjoy independent activities. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant.

Overnight: Royal Heritage Haveli, Jaipur [Suite with breakfast & dinner]

9

Day 9: JAIPUR - KOCHI

Breakfast is at the hotel.

Tea / Coffee at the hotel [We would request the hotel to provide packed breakfast]

Transfer to Jaipur airport to connect with your flight to Kochi via Mumbai.

Flight 9W 2383:
Depart Jaipur 08:15
Arrives Mumbai 10:05

On arrival in Mumbai, stay in transit for your onward flight to Kochi. Please contact the airline staff for any assistance.

Flight 9W 403:
Depart Mumbai 13:25
Arrives Kochi 15:40

Note:

  1. Guests do not get any food on board and baggage allowance is 15 kg in Economy class.
  2. You may have lunch inside the Mumbai airport (on direct payment). On arrival at Kochi airport, a guide will transfer you to the hotel, afterwards, check-in the hotel

Rest of the day, you are at leisure to relax or enjoy independent activities [No transportation]

Overnight : Eighth Bastion, Kochi [Standard room with breakfast & dinner]

10

Day 10: KOCHI

After breakfast, dive into the charming Cochin City. All the sightseeing places are located in the Fort Cochin area itself. Begin with Dutch Palace, then visit Jewish Synagogue (closed on Friday & Saturday), St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica Church. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon will be at leisure.

Optional Tour: In the evening, witness Cultural performance – Kerala Kaleidoscope – a mix of various dance performance of Kerala.

Overnight: Eighth Bastion, Kochi [Standard room with breakfast & dinner]

11

Day 11: KOCHI

Day is at leisure to enjoy independent activities.

Optional: Lulu Mall, the largest shopping mall in India situated in the city of Kochi.

Enjoy lunch at local restaurant.

Overnight : Eighth Bastion, Kochi [Standard room with breakfast & dinner]

12

Day 12: KOCHI – ALLEPPEY

This morning, transfer to Alleppey Jetty (approx. 60 Kms: 02 Hrs). Admire panoramic view of one of the most picturesque aspects of the God’s Own Country. Cruise through the palm-fringed backwaters.  All meals will be served on board this charming house-boat.

Overnight is on the Houseboat [AC Houseboat with all Meals, check-in time 13:00]

13

Day 13: ALLEPPEY - MARARI

After breakfast, leave the houseboat and transfer to Marari (approx. 30 Kms – 01 Hr). On arrival, check-in at your hotel. (check in time is 14:00. We will place a request for early check-in and do our best to secure it, however, it depends on availability and cannot be guaranteed]

Overnight : Marari Sands by Tree Leaf Hospitality [Palm Villa with Breakfast]

14- 17

Day 14 - 17: MARARI

These days, you will be at leisure [No transportation].

Optional tours that can be booked and paid locally: Visit to the Coir factory, Visit to Alleppey town, Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple, Arthunkal Basilica Church.

Overnight: Marari Sands by Tree Leaf Hospitality [Palm Villa with Breakfast]

18

Day 18: MARARI – KOCHI – DEPARTURES

Tea/coffee is at the hotel (We provide you the packed breakfast).

Transfer to Kochi airport (approx. 80 Kms – 2.5 Hrs).

Special Notes:

UK and EC citizens require a visa to visit India. You are responsible for obtaining these yourselves but we will of course provide any guidance or assistance you may require.
Hotel check-in & check-out time is usually 1200 Hrs except for Taj and Oberoi properties where check-in time is 1400 Hrs and check-out is at 1200 Hrs; Check in time at Marai beach Resort : 1500 Hrs and Check out : 1200 Hrs.
In case of any currency fluctuations or amendments to local Government taxes, or any fuel price rises, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly;
Any change in hotel or room category may attract a supplement or reduction in the tour cost.
Rate quoted above includes only those items as specified in the above inclusion column;
Effective 2nd October 2008, the Government has introduced “No-Smoking” legislation for hotels, restaurants and all public places. As a consequence, smoking is prohibited in all parts of the hotel except in designated bedrooms where smoking is permitted. The hotel has dedicated smoking guest bedrooms. Should you desire a smoking bedroom, please let us know. We shall try to reserve a smoking bedroom for you, subject to availability, should you need one.

For Security Reasons, it is mandatory to supply the following

  • Guest Residential Address
  • Contact Numbers
  • Email ID
  • Nationality
  • Place of Work / Organization Name
  • Designation
  • Photo Identity
  • Copy of passport

Our promise to sustain my environment:

We are environmentally conscious and aware of its footprint. We put effort into educating our travellers to be aware of their impact on the ecosystems and to act responsibly.

Our correspondence and promotion are carried out via the Internet and email, minimizing the amount of paper we use. All hotels on the Spirit of India tour have an environmental responsibility program in place and employ local people. The hotel in Kochi has a community program for supporting the development of local community.  Before travelling to India, we give our customers a short briefing about the importance of being responsible. We advise our travellers to take care of nature, control water usage whenever they can, and pick up all the litter that they see.

Excursions and attractions in which captive wildlife is held are not offered, except for properly regulated activities in compliance with the local, national and international law. Any disturbance of natural ecosystem is minimised.

My promise to support my community:

Our tours are designed to show and preserve local culture and traditions. During our India tour, we include several visits to local markets and local factories. All of the guides,  drivers and staff are local people. We also use local transport wherever possible, from trains to taxis, cycle rickshaws to the local metro.

We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when travelling. Respect to the local people, their cultures, the economy and the environment should be the first rule that travellers follow. On trips like the Spirit of India, where dress standards can be conservative (particularly outside of the major cities), we recommend our travellers wear loose, lightweight clothing so not to offend, particularly when visiting religious sites.

Most of our meals in India are prepared by locals chefs, and we also visit a local family to have dinner and learn about Indian family traditions and the way of life. In the aim to support the local economy we only eat in local restaurants and buy in local markets.

Our goal is not only to help the local community but also to educate our customers to act in a socially responsible way. We will attempt to give an insight and understanding of the host culture and community to our clients so that they can gain more from their visit. All our travellers who book through our company receive information on India prior to their trip, to understand and respect the culture and environment of the host destination. Sustainable development, protection and conservation are most important goals of our company. We are doing our best to transfer our knowledge to others so we could together act responsibly in preserving the planet.

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