The Wealth of India

THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME: HIMALAYAS WITH DELHI AND TAJ MAHAL

JUNE 3 - 20, 2021
PRICE

Air in India

Hotels: 

Tour Operator:

$159.04

$1,055.50

$735.46

Delhi to Leh/Ladakh  (roundtrip)

Per person.  2 people share room.  

Transportation, buses, and cost of tour operator.

TOTAL: $1,950.00

*Not including airfare from US to India roundtrip.
For this trip to occur, we must have a minimum of 4 travelers.

Sample Airfare:

$785.07

$645.77

Roundtrip SFO-DEL-SFO United Airways

Roundtrip MIA-DEL-MIA $805.59 on Delta

"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 one of our tours of India:  
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. Jun. 6, 2021, in Delhi at 9:30 a.m. in lobby of Imprial Hotel. End:  Jun. 20, 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

Delhi Airport

Leh/Ladakh

Leh/Ladakh

Delhi

Imperial Hotel

ITC Mughal

Roseate House

Golden Dragon

Stokh Palace

Taj Palace

Total:

Per person with 2 people in room:

$588

$54

$117

$585

$501

$266

$2,111.00**

$1,055.50

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 Leaders, Phil Walker and Navarina Narah, 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 Dinner Feast 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

 

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)

 

Whitewater Rafting in the Himalayas

 

Motorcycle riding on the highest motorable roadway in the world.

                       

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.  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.

Navarino Narah. our tourguide in the Himalayas. Native of the Himalayas, creator of boutique hotels, and voted one of the top 10 tour guides in the world.

 

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. 

 

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 prior 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

Thursday, Jun. 3, 2021: Fly from the U.S. to Delhi, India

Friday, Jun. 4, 2021 ARRIVE IN DELHI between 10:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. on June 5, 2021

Imperial Hotel

Classic British Raj Hotel - $147 per room per night

Saturday, Jun. 5, 2021 DELHI

Imperial Hotel:  $147/night

"THE HEARTBEAT OF INDIA--RELIGIONS"

 

9:30 a.m.  Tour Leader Morning Briefing (30 min) 

 

Iskcon Temple (Hare Krishna) 

Gudwara Bangla Sahib Sikh Temple (including museum)

LUNCH: United Coffee House

Connaught Place

 

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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Sunday, June 6, 2021: DELHI

Imperial Hotel:  $147/night

                       

"THE MAGIC OF OLD DELHI"

 

9:30 a.m.  Tour Leader Morning Briefing (30 min) 

 

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:   Social in Haus Khaz village on roof. Explore this Artists' Village

Monday, June 7, 2021: DELHI  

Imperial Hotel:  $147/night

"BRITISH RAJ AND COLONIAL INDIA”

 

9:30 a.m.  Tour Leader Morning Briefing (30 min) 

 

India Gate (War Memorial) 

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

National Museum (superb art and statuary)

LUNCH:  Nicoccara

Huynaman’s Tomb

Lodhi Garden

DRINKS: 1911 Bar at Imperial Hotel

DINNER: Spice Route, Imperial Hotel with special Indian Guests

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021: AGRA/TAJ MAHAL  

ITC Mughal: $54/night

“THE PILGRIMAGE TO THE TAJ MAHAL”

 

9:30 a.m.  Morning Briefing by Phil 

 

LUNCH:  En route to Agra

Red Fort in Agra

DRINKS: Hotel

DINNER: Pinch of Spice

Wednesday, June 9, 2021:  AGRA WITH RETURN TO DELHI

Roseate House at Delhi International Airport: $117/night

                       

"THE TAJ MAHAL--THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BUILDING IN THE WORLD"

 

9:30 a.m.  Morning Briefing by Phil 

TAJ MAHAL (Closed Fridays)

LUNCH: Pind Balucchi (food of Rajasthan)

Fatehpur Sukri (deserted Mughal City)

RETURN TO DELHI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

DRINKS AND DINNER: Roseate House

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Thursday, June 10, 2021:  Fly Delhi to Leh

GOLDEN DRAGON: $117/night

 

Fly from New Delhi to Leh, Ladakh (1 hr). Drive to Golden Dragon.  Arrive and rest! You are advised to relax and acclimatize throughout the day because of high altitude. Please do not exert yourself and drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated. Night at the Golden Dragon.
 

Friday, June 11, 2021:  Leh

GOLDEN DRAGON: $117/night

 

This is another day of acclimatization. Have a slow start to the day, relax and have breakfast. Enjoy the breathtaking views from your hotel and explore your surroundings. After lunch, drive to Ney village and visit Basgo Fort, an 11th century fort that played a major role in defense against Tibetans and was home to a Muslim queen. Enjoy breathtaking views of this trans-Himalayan region and its people. Night at the Golden Dragon. 

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Saturday, June 12, 2021:  Leh

GOLDEN DRAGON: $117/night

                        

Today, after breakfast, drive further west and explore Likir, Alchi, and Lamayuru monasteries.  Lamayuru is popularly known as moonscape due to large moon-like craters on its landscape believed to be the bottom of an ancient lake. Enjoy a picnic lunch on your way. Night at the Golden Dragon.  Special Indian guests arrive.

Sunday, June 13, 2021:  Leh

GOLDEN DRAGON: $117/night

“WHITE-WATER RAFTING”

Gear up for this thrilling day of white water rafting in the Zanskar river. After an early breakfast, drive up to Chilling village, an enchanting village of coppersmiths. You will visit the homes of local coppersmiths who weld hand designed bangles, utensils, and other silverware.


Rafting will start from this village at 11 am after your visit--a grade 3 adventure awaiting you through a jaw-dropping landscape. It is rather shocking to realize that this river freezes during the winters and people trek on it to get to the Zanskar Valley. Finish rafting at the Indus-Zanskar confluence, drive to Golden Dragon (25 min). Lunch at the Golden Dragon. Relax post lunch and explore Leh town market in the evening at leisure. Night at the Golden Dragon.

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Monday, June 14, 2021:  Leh

GOLDEN DRAGON: $117/night

After breakfast, visit Leh Palace, Ladakh Arts & Media Organization (LAMO) and Shanti Stupa. Lunch in town. Explore Leh and get to know the secrets of this ancient, Silk Route town.   Night at the Golden Dragon.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021:  Leh

Stok Palace:  $167/night

 

After breakfast, pick your Royal Enfield motorbikes to ride up to Khardung la (the world’s highest motorable road). Return for lunch in town. Spend the afternoon shopping, your cars will wait for you in town to put away your purchases. After an evening of shopping, you could either ride or drive your way up to Stok palace (the home of the current King of Ladakh). Night at the Stok Palace.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021:  Leh/Ladakh

Stok Palace:  $167/night

                       

“EXPLORING UDAIPUR”

 

Wake up to attend Buddhist morning prayers on top of the world, at Thiksey Monastery. Return to the palace for breakfast. Post breakfast, drive to Hemis Monastery. Enjoy a picnic lunch and visit Shey Palace (old capital of Ladakh) on your way back. Spend the evening with an oracle. Very powerful oracles have lived in Ladakh for centuries and their unique, mysterious traditions continue to this day. Night at the Stok Palace.

Thursday, June 17, 2021 Leh/Ladakh

Stok Palace:  $167/night

Today, you have the option of doing a small trek to Mon Karmo (a walk that promises sightings of some fascinating wildlife, such as, blue sheep, argali, ibex, etc.) OR cycling through the Stok valley, along the Indus river. You will return to Stok Palace for lunch and enjoy the rest of your afternoon at leisure, followed by a traditional folk dance performance at the Palace followed by a grand Himalaya Farewell Dinner.  Night at Stok palace. 

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Friday, June 18, 2021: Leh/Ladakh

Taj Palace Hotel: $133/night

Fly from Leh to New Delhi (1 hour)

FAREWELL DINNER: Bukhara, Indian Accent, or Orient Express (in Taj Palace Hotel)

Saturday, June 19, 2021:  DELHI TO U.S.

Taj palace hotel: $133/night

 

Flights leave at approximately 10:45 p.m. on Saturday evening or Sunday morning around 2:30 am.  Our guests book the Taj Palace with arrival on Friday, June 18, 2021, and departure, June 20, 2021, so that they can use their hotel room until it is time to leave for the airport to fly back to the U.S.  (about 1 hour by taxi/Uber from the hotel to Delhi International Airport).

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