First Timer's India Tour
Bustling and serene, timeless yet irrepressibly on the move, India dazzles & delights like no other place on earth. For travelers visiting India for the very first time, we have designed an itinerary covering the important highlights of the country. You will be gazing the magnificent Tajmahal and riding an elephant to the Amer Fort of Jaipur. From visiting the blue city Jodhpur & riding on a boat around Lake Pichola to roaming Mumbai, the Bollywood City of India - you cover all what India has to offer
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Delhi
- Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise
- See the Forts & Palaces of the 'Pink City' of Jaipur
- Go on boat cruise in lake Pichola in Udaipur
- Discover the vibrant city of Mumbai, its sights, shops and restaurants
Day 01 - Arrive Delhi
On arrival in Delhi, you’ll be met by your Indus Bound Representative and transferred to your hotel, where you’ll be staying for two nights. Spend the remainder of the day recovering from your journey, and perhaps a stroll around the local neighborhood later.
Day 02 - In Delhi
Explore Delhi today starting with Old Delhi in the morning: enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride in the bustling lanes of Chandni Chowk followed by the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. In the afternoon, drive past Lutyens's New Delhi and visit the tomb of Humayun and the Qutab Minar. Spend some time at the Bangla Sahib Sikh Temple for blessings and see & participate in the community kitchen.
[Optional : Cooking Class experience with a local]
Day 03 - Drive to Agra
Drive to Agra (03-04 Hrs). Spend rest of your day at leisure or explore neighborhood with your driver.
[Optional : Visit to the Sherous Hangout Cafe]
Day 04 - In Agra
An early start this morning, but worth it for sunrise views of the Taj Mahal. It's also the quietest time to visit, before the crowds arrive. Return back to your hotel and later proceed for your city tour of Agra, including visit to the impressive Agra Fort, a mix of Hindu and Islamic architecture followed by a visit to the ornate tomb of Itamud-ud-Daulah.
Day 05 - Drive to Jaipur
Morning drive to Jaipur (05-06 Hrs) where you would be visiting the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri enroute. Closer to Jaipur you would stop at the impressive 9th century step well at Abhaneri
Day 06 - In Jaipur
Enjoy a full day’s sightseeing in Jaipur today, beginning with a trip out to Amber, followed by the Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar Observatory and world-famous City Palace museum. Enjoy a local market walk to explore the way of life here.
Day 07 - Drive to Jodhpur
Drive to Jodhpur (06-07 Hrs). Enroute quick stop at Pushkar to see the Pushkar Lake and Brahma Temple.
Day 08 - In Jodhpur
Visit the impressive Mehrangarh Fort which stands overlooking the whole of Jodhpur as well as getting the chance to explore the busy streets and blue houses. Later discover the bazaars located around the clock tower.
Day 09 - Drive to Udaipur
Drive to Udaipur (05-06 Hrs) via the impressive Kumbhalgarh Fort and Temple at Ranakpur. The temple is a renowned Jain temple and is certainly one of the most impressive temples to visit while in Rajasthan. Also, stop to see and walk up to Kumbhalgarh Fort.
Day 10 - In Udaipur
Explore many of the highlights of the city including the City Palace which was built in a flamboyant style and considered the largest of its type in the state. Wander down to the Jagdish Temple nearby before heading into the old city to explore the markets. Late afternoon is the time to be at the water’s edge, soaking up the sunset colours and unique atmosphere of this romantic city with a boat ride in Lake Pichola.
[Optional : Visit to the Animal Aid Unlimited]
Day 11 - Fly to Mumbai
Morning flight to Mumbai. Spend leisure time at your hotel.
[Optional : Night walk of Mumbai]
Day 12 - In Mumbai
Full Day tour visiting, Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum & other important sights. Get ready for an experience to see and meet the Dabbawala. A Dabbawala literally meaning "box person", is a person in Mumbai, who is employed in a unique service industry, whose primary business is collecting freshly cooked food in lunch boxes from the residences of the office workers. Evening visit to Crawford Market, the city’s principal source of fresh produce
Day 13 - Departure Transfer
At time transferred to Mumbai Airport for your flight back home, or continue with your onward journey with us
Starting from USD 1190 Per Person
Price is based on double occupancy, and is subject to change based on hotels & dates of travel. Price includes daily breakfast, sightseeing, monument entrance fees, private guides, domestic flights, transfers, chauffeur driven air-conditioned SUV car & All Taxes.
When to Travel?
For our First Timer's India tour, the best time is between October and March, when the weather is more likely to be warm, sunny, and dry. Increasing temperatures in end of April and May can result in excellent value trips, but you can expect some humidity and thunderstorms.
These are some of the recommended hotels for your private tour. Let us know for more options you may need, we work with a wide range of hotels in India & Beyond.
FIRST CLASS, HERITAGE
The Oberoi Amarvilas
Coral Tree Homestay
Taj Rambagh Palace
Royal Heritage Haveli
FIRST CLASS, HERITAGE
MID RANGE, BOUTIQUE HOMESTAY
Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace
FIRST CLASS, HERITAGE, BOUTIQUE
MID RANGE, HERITAGE
The Oberoi Udaivilas
Taj Lake Palace
The Leela Palace
Jagat Niwas Palace
MID RANGE, HERITAGE
Taj Mahal Palace
Why 'Private' Travel?
Full flexibility & Personalized service with your own experienced Private guide
A private Car & Driver at your disposal for your holiday. Set your own pace
Select from Hand-picked hotels; from Luxury Palaces to boutique homestays
Meet the locals & Discover the real 'authentic' experiences of a destination
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Dear Pankaj, you delivered what we missed in our last 6 trips to India, a true Indian experience!! An advise for all those hesitating working with you, 'If you are tired of cookie-cutter tours and looking for an authentic travel experience in India, you are at the right place'.
Ms Elaine & Mr Wayne Helson, UK
Tailor-made Central India & Gujarat
I wanted to take the time to thank you for all the hard work you put in to arrange a magical honeymoon for us. We had a ball. All the transfers worked like clockwork, the hotels were great and the route planning excellent. We really felt we were spoon-fed all the way through.
You guys were absolutely true to your word, the holiday experience we have been waiting for years. Big thanks for arranging our visit to Ruskin Bond's home, you are certainly more than a holiday provider.
Mr Neil & Mrs Susan Everington, UK
Tailor-made North India & Nepal
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