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This 9 day "on-the-go" program features the highlights of India in an active itinerary which includes several walking tours as well as some early starts and long days.

DAY 1, Monday or Thursday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for India. Your flight includes meals, drinks and in-flight entertainment.

DAY 2, Tuesday or Friday - Arrive in Delhi
On arrival in Delhi, you will be welcomed by a representative and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Delhi

DAY 3, Wednesday or Saturday - Old & New Delhi City Tour
This morning, there will be a welcome orientation meeting with your Tour Manager. Later, enjoy a tour of Old Delhi, an ancient historical city with more than 60,000 identifiable monuments. Visit the Memorial of Mahatma Gandhi and the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. Enjoy exploring the Old Delhi on a cycle rickshaw that takes you through the narrow and bustling lanes of Chandi Chowk. After lunch, in New Delhi you'll see the Birla Temple, the India Gate, the Parliament House and the Presidential Palace. Enjoy a visit to the Gandhi Smriti which is formerly known as Birla House and is a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi where he spent the last 144 days of his life. The tour continues with a visit to Humayun's Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a landmark in the development of Mughal architecture. The significance of Humayun's Tomb lies in the fact that it was the first garden-tomb in India.
Overnight: Delhi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Thursday or Sunday - Travel to Jaipur
This morning, en route to Jaipur take a brief stop for a photo opportunity at the UNESCO World Heritage Qutab Minar, the world's tallest brick minaret. Continue traveling to Jaipur, the famed Pink City of India. The entire city was painted its unique pink color in 1876 to celebrate the visiting Prince of Wales. Several legends exist to explain why the color pink was chosen, but no matter the reason, it has come to represent the welcoming hospitality of Jaipur. Later, enjoy a stop at a Jewelry Shop and a local market.
Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday or Monday - Elephant Ride to Amber Fort
This morning's excursion takes you to the 16th century Amber Fort. Ascend the hill to the fort by jeep or on the back of an elephant if available and admire views of Jaipur's original city walls and the Maotha Lake below. At the conclusion of the morning's tour, stop for refreshment and browse a local Rajasthan textile and handicrafts market. Marvel at the silk-weaving, embroidery, clothing and housewares created by humble villagers. You may choose, on your own, to see the massive City Palace or stroll through the delightful gardens dotting the city. For a more lively scene, independently visit the city's colorful bazaar, filled with vendors selling everything from sacks of spices to personal electronics and flowers.
Optional: Half Day Jaipur City Tour
Optional: Dinner in a Local Jaipur Restaurant with Show
Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Saturday or Tuesday - Travel to Agra via Abhaneri
Today, travel to the medieval city of Agra, stopping in Abhaneri to visit the Chand Baori (stepwell). Created by King Chandra of the Nikumbha Dynasty, this stepwell is among the oldest in India dating from his reign during the 8th and 9th centuries. It is located adjacent to a temple dedicated to Harshat Mata, goddess of joy and happiness. In the past, locals would rely on stepwells to contain rainwater for their use. Upon arrival in Agra, the remainder of your day is at leisure.
Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday or Wednesday - Taj Mahal
This morning, visit the Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved Queen Mumtaj Mahal. This monumental construction, which took 22 years to complete (1631-53), is most famous for its imposing white-marble dome, and is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture in the world. Tour concludes with a visit to a local Marble Shop which offers incredible beautiful marble art and craft.
Optional: Half Day Agra City Tour
Optional: Dinner at a Local Agra Restaurant with Show
Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Monday or Thursday - Travel to Delhi
This morning depart Agra for Delhi. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel to freshen up and enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel restaurant. Late evening transfer to the airport for all flights departing at or just after midnight.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday or Friday - Arrive USA

Gate 1 itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Optional Tours

Half Day Jaipur Tour Day #5 01 Sep 2012 - 31 Dec 2014 $19

This afternoon, enjoy a city tour of Jaipur. First, visit the unique Jantar Mantar, which is a magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728 and drive past the Hawa Mahal, an intriguing "Palace of Winds." This was really a facade built in 1799, to allow royal ladies to view the city from the windows. Later, visit the opulent City Palace. This was the former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal style which has grand museums displaying an excellent collection of miniature paintings, costumes and armory.

Departs at 2:00 p.m. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel.

Dinner with Show at Local Jaipur Restaurant Day #5 01 Sep 2012 - 31 Dec 2014 $29

Enjoy the local flavors of a neighborhood restaurant. During or after your dinner, you will be entertained by performers, in their traditional attire, as they re-enact stories of a time past with dance and music. Transfers to and from the venue are included.

Departs at 7:30 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel.

Half Day Agra Tour Day #7 01 Sep 2012 - 31 Dec 2014 $19

Today, enjoy an afternoon visit to Agra Fort, the original red sandstone fort built by Moghul Emperor Akbar in 1565. The Fort's maze of courtyards, marble mosque, and lavish private chambers reflect the grandeur of the Mughal Empire. Also visit the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah "a jewel box in marble". This mausoleum was built by the Empress Nur Jahan as a gesture of love for her father. The tomb is built of the finest Indian marble embellished with mosaics and beautiful inlay work of semi precious stones. The central chamber contains the yellow marble tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah and his wife. The tomb is painted with floral decorations, and fine marble screens of geometric latticework suffuse the interior in a soft light. Based on its layout, inlay designs, and detailed latticework, the mausoleum is often considered an imminent precursor to the Taj Mahal.

Departs at 2:00 p.m. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel.

Dinner with Show at Local Agra Restaurant Day #7 01 Sep 2012 - 31 Dec 2014 $29

Discover all of the fun and excitement of Indian culture with traditional dances and music entertainment that will take place during or after your dinner. Transfers to and from the venue are included.

Departs at 7:30 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel.

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2013 & 2014 Travel Dates Living Social Price
Oct 7, Oct 10, Oct 14, Oct 17, Oct 28, Oct 31, Nov 7, Nov 18, Nov 21 & Nov 25 '13 $1799*
Dec 12 & Dec 19 '13; Jan 9 '14 $1999*
Jan 20, Jan 23, Feb 3, Feb 6, Feb 10, Feb 27 & Mar 6 '14 $1699*
Apr 3, Apr 10, Apr 17 & Apr 24 '14 $1899*

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.

Additional Information:
Please note this package is based on return flight departing Delhi for NYC shortly after midnight. For passengers travelling on flights departing later in the morning or afternoon on Day 9, an additional night in Delhi should be reserved.

This 9 day program is a comprehensive fast-paced tour featuring the highlights of India in a brief visit. For more leisurely options, please check our longer-stay tours.

Hotel rooms in India cannot comfortably accommodate 3 adults; therefore, a double, plus a single room configuration should be purchased

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.
Visas are required for India