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INCREDIBLE INDIA - THE GREAT EPIC

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									      INCREDIBLE INDIA - THE GREAT EPIC
      16 DAYs DEpARTINg 6TH FEBRUARY 2011, FRom NEw DELHI


DETAILED ITINERARY

Embark on an exclusive journey to this enchanting land of colours, spices and a plethora
of traditions. Be awe struck by fabled forts, legendary palaces, jungle safaris with tigers,
elephants and wildlife, ancient temples, inspiring monuments, mighty rivers, god men and
wandering minstrels. This is the tapestry of Incredible India!




DAy 1 - 6TH fEBRuARy
wELcomE To INDIA
Arrival day
You will be met at the airport of the county’s bustling capital city, New Delhi and transferred
to your hotel. Enjpoy a traditional welcome ceremony.
Accommodation: The Lalit


DAy 2 - 7TH fEBRuARy
DELHI
Breakfast
Take a rickshaw ride through the narrow alleys in Old Delhi. These lanes contain wholesalers
of cloth, jewels, hand made perfumes and spices etc.
Visit the Jama Masjid, India’s principal mosque. Drive to the Qutub Minar from here, and visit
the flower market en-route. End your day with a visit to Humayun’s tomb - the first ever
garden tomb in the country and an inspiration behind the construction of the Taj mahal.
Accommodation: The Lalit



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DAy 3 - 8TH fEBRuARy
DELHI To AgRA
Breakfast
Board the morning train to Agra ( Mangala Express - 0920/1220).
In Agra, visit the Taj Mahal and the Agra fort from where Emperor Akbar stood and
watched over the Taj. Spend some time at the ‘Kaya Kalp’ spa in your hotel.
It is considered to be one of the best in the country.
Dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation: ITC Mughal


DAy 4 - 9TH fEBRuARy
RANTHAmBoRE
Breakfast
Go on a game drive early this morning.
Jeeps will take you into the park, where
you will have the opportunity to spot a
large variety of wildlife, from the tiger,
to cheetahs, deer, a number of birds etc.

Return to the lodge for breakfast and
venture into the village on camel back,
to mix with the locals. These people
are actively involved in steps towards
the preservation of the Tiger and its habitat.

In the evening, head out on another game
drive, and return to the camp for dinner.
Accommodation: Khem Vilas Luxury Jungle Camp


DAy 5 - 10TH fEBRuARy
RANTHAmBoRE / jAIpUR

Breakfast.
Head out on a morning game drive, and drive up to the 900 AD Ranthambore fort. Trips
to the fort provide an insight into the enthralling history of the area and also provide
panoramic views of the Jungle. Return to the lodge for breakfast and drive to Jaipur.
Check in to the charming ‘Samode Haveli’ hotel.
Spend this evening in the bazaars of the ‘Pink City’.




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DAy 6 - 11TH fEBRuARy
jAIpUR

Breakfast.
Climb up to the magnificent Amer Fort on elephant back this morning. This citadel that was
once home to the original inhabitants of the city.
Proceed for a tour of the royal city palace, and Jantar Mantar - a 17th century observatory.
Spend sometime in the markets, and return to your hotel.
Dine at the Grand ‘Samode Palace’ tonight.
Accommodation: Samode Haveli




DAy 7 - 12TH fEBRuARy
jAIpUR / joDHpUR
Breakfast.
Visit Sanganer on the outskirts of Jaipur - famous for its production of block print textiles.
From here, board the flight to Jodhpur. (IT 4306 - 1440 / 1540).

On arrival in Jodhpur, you will be transferred to your hotel. Spend the evening in the bazaars
of the city, and return to your hotel for dinner.
Accommodation: Ajit Bhawan Palace (a Palace resort)




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DAy 8 - 13TH fEBRuARy
joDHpUR
Breakfast.
Visit the Mehrangarh fort this morning, and discover the temples, palaces and the
museum inside the fort. Have lunch at your hotel and drive to Narlai - a typical
Rajasthan village that gives you the opportunity to take a peek into the lifestyle of its
locals.

Check in to the Rawla Narlai - a 17th century fortress which became an enchanting
hunting lodge and now a heritage hotel.
In time for dinner, bullock carts will take you to the site of an ancient step - well
where you can enjoy live folk performances, followed by a traditional thali dinner.
Accommodation: Rawla Narlai




DAy 9 - 14TH fEBRuARy
NARLAI / UDAIpUR
Breakfast.
Go in to the village in jeeps this morning to explore the lifestyle bustling with activity and
color. Return to your hotel for a reak, and drive to Udaipur. En route visit the Ranakpur Jain
temple, rising majestically from the slope of a hill, and dedicated to Adinatha. The temple is
constructed in light colored marble and is distinctive with over 1444 marble pillars.

On arrival in Udaipur, you will be transferred to Fatehgarh. This boutique hotel, perched on
a hill overlooking the city of lakes, has been built using stones and other material from an
old palace situated elsewhere.
Accommodation: Fatehgarh




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DAy 10 - 15TH fEBRuARy
UDAIpUR
Breakfast.
Drive down to the city and tour the city palace. A majestic architectural marvel towering
over the lake Pichola, on a hill surrounded by crenellated walls, it is a conglomeration of
courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens.

Also visit the Crystal Gallery located within the city palace complex. It is a breath taking
collection of crystals that the Maharana primarily ordered from F&C Osler England.
Some of the items here include tables, sofas dressers and even fountains besides a
whole array of washing bowls, decanters and perfume bottles. There is also a fine jewel
studded carpet, and a crystal bed that is the only one of its kind.

Spend some time shopping in the city. Enjoy a cooking demonstration at the Bedla House
before you return to your accommodation at the Fatehgarh for the night.




DAy 11 - 16TH fEBRuARy
UDAIpUR / kocHI
Breakfast.
Board the flight to Mumbai this morning, and the connecting flight to Kochi.
Check in to the charming ‘Tea Bungalow’ hotel, located in Fort Cochin.




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DAy 12 - 17TH fEBRuARy
kocHI
Breakfast.
Visit the various sites in sixteenth Century Fort Kochi this morning. See the Church of St
Francis that houses the Tomb of Vasco Da Gama; the Portuguese built Dutch Palace with
a wonderful museum that displays the artifacts of the erstwhile Rajahs of Cochin; and
the historic Jewish Synagogue.
Have lunch at the Malabar House hotel.

Take an auto rickshaw ride to Mattancherry and stroll through the lanes of this long
stretch of antique shops. Watch a traditional Kathakali performance before you return to
your hotel for dinner.
Accommodation: Tea Bungalow


DAy 13 - 18TH fEBRuARy
kUmARAkom
Breakfast.
After breakfast this morning, drive to Kumarakom. Embark on a short boat ride aboard a
country boat to reach Philip Kutty’s farm. This working farm, which practices sustainable
/ organic methods of farming, is two meters below the lake level and has coconut, toddy,
nutmeg, banana, cocoa and pepper cultivation not to forget the jumbo prawn (scampi)
and karimeen (pearl-spot) found in some of the farm canals.

Spend time exploring the farm with the hosts, and enjoy a traditional lunch served on
Banana leaf. After lunch, you will be transferred to the boat jetty to board a houseboat.
Wander through the charming backwaters in this traditional rice boat, and enjoy a fresh
dinner cooked by the chefs on board.
Accommodation: House Boat


DAy 14 - 19TH fEBRuARy
ALLEppEY / mARARIkULAm
Breakfast.
After breakfast this morning, disembark, and drive to Mararikulam to check in to the
Marari beach resort. Spend the day at the beach, and enjoy a cooking demonstration by
the chef himself.
Accommodation: Marari Beach Resort




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DAy 15 - 20TH fEBRuARy
mARARI
Breakfast.
Start the day with a yoga lesson at the beach, and spend the remainder of the day at
leisure. Spend time on the beach; take long walks or bicycle rides; and get an Ayurvedic
massage.

Relish the hotel’s specialty seafood for dinner. The accent at Marari Beach is on fresh
fish. The Malabar Coast is abundant with splendid seafood varieties, from blue crabs and
fat mussels, to giant prawns, lobster, sea bass, shark, mackerel and red snapper...the list
is endless.
Accommodation: Marari Beach Resort


DAy 16 - 21sT fEBRuARy
mARARI / kocHI
Breakfast.
Drive back to Kochi after lunch. Spend time at the market before you are transferred to
the airport for your flight back home.




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          INcLUDED wITH THIs TRIp
·   15 nights accommodation - twin share
·   All Meals
·   Train fare
·   All transfers
·   All taxes and service charges at the hotels
·   All paid admissions during the tour listed in the itinerary.
·   Services of a fully experienced bi-lingual guide

AccommoDATIoN
Hotels / Logdes / Palace / Luxury Tent (15 nights) as per itinerary

mEALs
All meals are included (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) with special meals as follows:
Dinner at Samode Palace, Step Well Dinner at Narlai, Cooking demo + Dinner at Bedla House,
Lunch at Philip Kutty’s Farm, Dinner at The Malabar House in Kochi.
While travelling with us you will experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world.

TRANspoRT
Minibus, Camel, Elephant, Rickshaw, 4WD Vehicle, Train, Boat, Walking

AcTIvITIEs
Sightseeing, activities and entry fees as outlined on the itinerary



      	   NoT INcLUDED wITH THIs TRIp
·   International Airfares
·   Internal flight, economy class (Cost additional $375 USD)
·   Airport Tax
·   Visa fees - each member of the group must carry a valid passport (valid for at least 6
    months beyond the duration of your trip) and have obtained the appropriate visas
·   Tips, personal telephone charges...
·   Travel Insurance (compulsory) - You will need to give the policy number prior to departure
·   Items of a personal nature; postage, drinks and souvenirs
·   Entrance fees during free time
·   Additional optional activities
·   Accommodation in Mumbai
·   Additional food such as snacks and all drinks
·   Medical Advice - Please refer to your GP or local travel clinic for up to date travel
    health advice for the area(s) you are visiting.




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