The Wealth of India

THE CLASSIC TOUR:  DELHI, TAJ MAHAL, JAIPUR PINK CITY, RANAKPUR JAIN TEMPLE, AND UDAIPUR LAKE PALACES

NOV. 28 – DEC. 12, 2021: India Trip
PRICE

Air in India

Hotels: 

Tour:

$64.36

$929.50

$956.14

Udaipur to Delhi  (book yourself)

Per person.  2 people share room.  (book yourself)

Transportation, buses, tour guide throughout trip, local guides, and cost of tour operator  (Phil arranges for you.)

TOTAL: $1,950.00

*Not including airfare from US to India roundtrip. We will need 4 travelers for this trip to go forward.

Sample Airfare:

$664.47

$783.00

Roundtrip MIA-Delhi-MIA on Qatar Airways (book yourself)

Roundtrip SFO-Delhi-SFO on United Airlines non-stop

"WHAT MAKES US SPECIAL"

The people you will travel with, the new friends Phil will introduce you to in India, and the restaurants and hotels we have hand-picked based on recommendations from Phil’s friends in India.
Here is what one of our travelers said about "The Classic" tour of India:  Delhi; Taj Mahal; Fatehpur Sikri abandoned city; Jaipur, The Pink City; Ranakpur, a spectacular Jain Temple with 144 carved pillars each different; and Udaipur, the Lake City, with a stay at the magnificent Raas Devigarh, a restored palace:
Hi Phil -

I just wanted to thank you for a fantastic trip!  India was mind-blowing -  my senses are still overloaded!  

What a great itinerary.There was so much variety. I feel we experienced such a broad spectrum of Indian life and landscapes even though there is much more that couldn’t be put into one trip.  

   --Jim Glanville, San Francisco
HOW IT WORKS
  1. Flights to India and Return:  We give you the itinerary with tour start and end dates.  Start:  Sat. Oct. 30, 2021, in Delhi at 9:30 a.m. in lobby of Claridge’s Hotel. End:  Nov. 13, 2021, in Delhi when you fly home.

  2. You book your own air so you can get exactly what you want.

  3. Visa: Go online and book your Indian E-Visa. ($75.00)

  4. Internal air: We give you the flights. You book yourself.

  5. Hotels: You book yourself. That way, you can get exactly what you want.

HOTEL SUMMARY

(Total Price as advertised on Hotels.com not including taxes)

Delhi

Agra

Jaipur

Udaipur

Udaipur

Delhi Airport

Claridge's

ITC Mughal

ITC Rajputana

Jagat Niwas

Raas Devigarh

Vivanta by Taj

Total:

Per person with 2 people in room:

$591.00

$178.00

$399.00

$254.00

$321.00

$116.00

$1,859.00**

$929.50

That's it.  From that point on, we take care of everything for you including:

 

a. Morning Briefing:  30 minute briefing each day on what you will see by or Tour Leader, Phil Walker, in lobby of our central hotel

 

b. Tour guide for each day and local guides at each site.

 

c. Each site:  Transportation to each site

 

d. From Town to Town:  Transportation between destinations.

 

e. Special events:

 

Farewell private outdoor cocktails and feast at Raas Devigarh in Udaipur with Indian musicians and dancers

 

Dinner at the remarkable Spice Route after drinks in the British Raj 1911 Bar in the Imperial Hotel in Delhi

 

Cruise on beautiful Lake Pichola in Udaipur

 

Wild rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk Market in Old Delhi

 

Lunch at Karim’s-- delicious meat dishes, and one of the oldest restaurants in Delhi

 

See the magnificent painted havelis of Old Delhi, courtyards, and rooftop views of the City

 

Dinner at the hip Olive Bar with beautiful courtyard and live Music (very popular with locals)

 

Afternoon with the Elephants in Jaipur (spectacular and quite moving)

 

Jeep Safari to the Amber Fort in Jaipur

 

Floating palace and Palace of the Winds in Jaipur

 

Ranakpur Jain Temple with thousands of carvings

 

Twilight dining at 1559 A.D. in Udaipur

                       

Dinner at the top restaurant in India:  Indian Accent in Delhi (one of the 3 best meals Phil has had in his life!)

 

Dining lakeside in Udaipur with the lights of the palaces Illuminating the night sky

                       

f. Special people:

 

What makes our tours special is the people who travel with you and the people we introduce you to in India.  For gay travelers, meet famous gay Indians. For straight travelers, meet new friends who will share insights into Indian culture and society

 

We introduce you to our personal friends in India.  We feel sure they will become your friends as well.

 

You will meet Prince Manvendra Singh and his partner, DeAndre. Manvendra has been on Oprah 3 times.  He was the first Indian royal to come out.

 

Aman Nath, owner of 36 Heritage Hotels and author of 29 books on India.  Winner of the French Legion of Honor. Will likely join us in the 1911 Bar at the Imperial and dine with us at Spice Route.  A fascinating Indian storyteller and personal friend of all the leaders of India.  Will tell you the story of the struggle to overturn the law against homosexuality in India.

 

Gurjeet Kaur, 30 years old. Just got PhD at Jawal Nehru University in Politics.  Great student of Gandhi.  She will join us to share insights into current Indian politics Sikh culture, and the role of women in Indian society today.

 

Shruti Singal:  A lovely young lady in Delhi who will be our guide to the restaurants, shops, and locals that only a Delhite would know. She will introduce us to Delhi's world of artists and fashion designers. If possible, we will meet Shruti's father whose remarkable story is told in Telecom Man. He brought the internet to India.

 

Rahul Sethi:  A sportsman. Will teach us about cricket.

 

g. Local Expertise:  Where to dine, where to shop, best stores for specific items (tailoring, lacquer boxes, housewares, fabrics, pillow covers, art, saris, scarves).  We hand-pick each one. Especially popular:  FabIndia, Khan Market, the Gem Store, the Trunk Store, book stores in Delhi/Agra/Jaipur, and Jagdish Indian Crafts in Udaipur.

 

h. Itinerary Fully Planned:  We plan out your itinerary with all of the best sights to see, transportation, guides, hotels, shopping, and lunch and dinner locations each day.  All of these are hand-chosen as our favorites of our travelers.

i. Lunch and Dinner Reservations Made for You: We take care of this.

 

j. Spectacular hotels: One of the secrets of India is coming back to a wonderful hotel after the people and sights of the day.  The hotels we pick are an absolute favorites of our travelers. Nothing beats relaxing with a gin and tonic by the pool after a day of sightseeing and the energy of Indian life.

ITINERARY

Nov. 28, 2021 (Sun.) DELHI

Claridge’s Hotel: $148/night:  Beautiful old Raj Hotel with the feel of Colonial India.  There is nothing like having drinks on the lawn at dusk.  A true Indian classic.

"THE HEARTBEAT OF INDIA--RELIGIONS"

 

9:30 a.m.  Tour Leader Morning Briefing (30 min) at Claridge’s Hotel

 

Iskcon Temple (Hare Krishna) 

Gudwara Bangla Sahib Sikh Temple (including museum)

LUNCH: Little Saigon in Haus Khaz village and explore this artists’ village

 

3:30 p.m.  Akshardham Hindu Temple (if you wish, stay for the light and water show at dusk)

 

DRINKS AND DINNER: Olive Bar (hip Italian restaurant with courtyard and live music.  Very popular with locals.)

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Nov. 29, 2021 (Mon.) DELHI

Claridge’s Hotel:  $148/night

                       

"THE MAGIC OF OLD DELHI"

 

9:30 a.m.  Tour Leader Morning Briefing (30 min) at Claridge’s Hotel

 

Red Fort (closed on Monday)

                                   

LUNCH:   Karim’s Kebab House in Old Delhi

 

Old Delhi:

  • Spice Market

  • Rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk Mkt

  • Painted havelis in Chandni Chowk

  • Rooftop views of Delhi

  • Jama Masjid Mosque

 

DRINKS: Lawn at Claridge’s

 

DINNER:   Mizo Diner (food of northeastern India)

Nov. 30, 2021 (Tues.) DELHI  

Claridge’s Hotel:  $148/night

"BRITISH RAJ AND COLONIAL INDIA”

 

9:30 a.m.  Tour Leader Morning Briefing (30 min) at Claridge’s Hotel

 

India Gate (War Memorial) 

President's Palace (former Viceroy’s House) and Janpath Presidential Avenue 

National Museum (superb art and statuary)

LUNCH:  United Coffee House (Indian, Asian, Vegetarian)

Huynaman’s Tomb

Qutub Minar

DRINKS: 1911 Bar at Imperial Hotel

DINNER: Spice Route, Imperial Hotel

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Dec. 1, 2021 (Wed.) DELHI

Claridge’s Hotel:  $148/night

                       

“INDIA’S WORLD HERITAGE”

 

9:30 a.m.  Tour Leader Morning Briefing (30 min) at Claridge’s Hotel

Lotus Temple

Gandhi Memorial and Museum

LUNCH: Café Lota at National Crafts Museum

National Crafts Museum

Lodi Garden

DRINKS: On the lawn at Claridge’s

DINNER OPTIONS: Nicocaara or Indian Accent

Dec. 2,  2021 (Thur.) DELHI to AGRA (Taj Mahal)

ITC Mughal: $98/night

“THE PILGRIMAGE TO THE TAJ MAHAL”

 

9:30 a.m.  Morning Briefing by Phil in Claridge’s Lobby Delhi to Agra by Motor Coach

 

LUNCH:  En route to Agra

Baby Taj

Mehtab Bagh Garden

DRINKS: Hotel

DINNER: Pinch of Spice

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Dec. 3, 2021 (Fri.) AGRA (Taj Mahal)

ITC Mughal: $98/night

                       

"THE TAJ MAHAL"

 

9:30 a.m.  Morning Briefing by Phil in ITC Mughal Lobby

TAJ MAHAL (Closed Fridays)

LUNCH: Pind Balucchi (food of Rajasthan)

Fatehpur Sukri (deserted Mughal City)

DRINKS: At ITC Mughal

DINNER: On your own.  We will give you recommendations.

Dec. 4, 2021 (Sat.) AGRA to JAIPUR (PINK CITY)   

ITC Rajputana $133/night

“FROM THE TAJ MAHAL TO THE PRINCES”

9:30 a.m.  Lobby of Hotel. Depart by bus to Jaipur

LUNCH: En route to Jaipur

DRINKS: Hotel Night Market 

DINNER: Rooftop Restaurant

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Dec. 5, 2021 (Sun.) JAIPUR

ITC Rajputana $133/night

                       

“THE ROYAL PINK CITY”

 

9:30 a.m.  Morning Briefing by Phil in ITC Rajputana Lobby

Jeep Safari to Amber Fort and Crafts House

LUNCH: Govindam Retreat Restaurant

Jantar Mantar Observatory

Palace of the Winds:  Hawal Mahal

DRINKS: At Hotel

DINNER: Hi Life The Rooftop Grill at Ramada Plaza

Dec. 6, 2021 (Mon.) JAIPUR

ITC Rajputana $133/night

“MAGNIFICENT PALACES”

 

9:30 a.m.  Morning Briefing by Phil in ITC Rajputana Lobby

 

City Palace

LUNCH: Hawk View Rooftop Restaurant

Elephantastic or Shopping (Gem Store, Trunk Store)

DRINKS: Polo Bar at Rambagh Palace

DINNER: Bar Palladio (Italian)

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Dec. 7, 2021 (Tues.) JAIPUR TO UDAIPUR

Jagat Niwas Palace:  $64/night

“FROM THE PINK CITY TO UDAIPUR-- THE CITY OF LAKES”

                       

9:30 am. Depart hotel. Bus to Udaipur. Approx 6.5 hours.

LUNCH: En route

DRINKS: Hotel

DINNER: By pool at hotel or overlooking lake

Dec. 8, 2021 (Wed.) UDAIPUR

Jagat Niwas Palace:  $64/night

“THE GLITTERING CITY OF LAKES”

 

9:30 a.m. Morning Briefing by Phil

Monsoon Palace

LUNCH: At City Palace

Boat tour of Lake Pichola

City Palace Museum/Crystal Gallery

DRINKS: At hotel

DINNER: 1559 A.D. in Udaipur

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Dec. 9, 2021 (Thur.) UDAIPUR

Jagat Niwas Palace:  $64/night

                       

“EXPLORING UDAIPUR”

 

Gondola to Mountain Temple

LUNCH: Upre by 1559 A.D.

Shopping at F+S (most popular shopping spot for our travelers in India)

DRINKS: Shiz Niwas

DINNER: Shiz Niwas Hotel by pool

Dec. 10, 2021 (Fri.) Ranakpur from Udaipur

Jagat Niwas Palace:  $64/night

“THE CARVED JAIN TEMPLE”

 

Travel to Ranakpur to see the famous Jain Temple

With thousands of carvings.

2.5 hours there and back

LUNCH: En route

DRINKS AND DINNER:  On your own.  You will Likely be tired after this trip to Ranakpur

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Dec. 11, 2021 (Sat.) Udaipur

Raas: Devigarh: $321/night

“THE RESTORED PALACE OF RAAS DEVIGARH AND FAREWELL TO INDIA”

                     

Travel to Raas Devigarh outside Udaipur.

Enjoy the day exploring this beautiful hotel: pool, Aruyvedic medicine, spa, massage, Tour of hotel.

DRINKS: Either upstairs bar or out on the deck

FAREWELL DINNER: Private Outdoor Feast at Raas Devigarh with Indian musicians and Rajahastani dancers

Dec. 12, 2021 (Sun.) UDAIPUR TO DELHI

Vivanta by Taj: $116/night

“UDAIPUR TO DELHI"

 

Morning at Raas Devigarh on your own.

12 noon: Depart for Udaipur airport.

3:20 p.m. flight on Vistara from Udaipur to Delhi International.

 

DRINKS & DINNER: At Hotel as travelers will be leaving or late night departures.

Usually late night departures to U.S.

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