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India - Land of Kings and Camels
40s - 50s and 60s+ Singles Vacations

November 3 - November 12, 2017

$2,595
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RAJASTHAN, the land of kings is India at its exotic and colorful best. Our India singles vacation offers the traveler a potpourri of visual, culinary, spiritual and cultural experiences while making friends and memories for life. Join Best Single Travel as we explore India, a land of fairs, forts and palaces of breathtaking charm that add to its grandeur and mysticism.

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India - Land of Kings and Camels Singles Vacation Daily Itinerary


akshardham templeVacation Day 1: Arrive Delhi, India
Upon arrival at the Delhi airport (remember departure is from Mumbai), you will be met by our local representative and transferred to the group's hotel. Relax and time to get over jet lag before our Indian vacation begins with a meet and greet and optional dinner.

Vacation Day 2: The Best of Delhi
Qutub MinarDelhi, the capital of India's history dates back 3000 years. Various rulers built eight successive cities in and around present day Delhi. The winding busy streets of Old Delhi gives insight into India's Mughal past, whereas the open imperial spaces and avenues of New Delhi show the legacy of the grand governmental buildings of the British Raj. Today we enjoy a full day sightseeing in both Old and New Delhi.
Visit the impressive Qutab Minar, a 234-foot high red sandstone minaret. The buildings in this complex date from the onset of Muslim rule in India. Also visit Humayun’s tomb, built in the 16th-century, a predecessor to the famous Taj Mahal. It is the first Mughal Garden Tomb and the tomb of the second emperor of the Mughal dynasty. We will drive past the government buildings and the Rashtrapati Bhawan Chandni Chowk(Presidential Palace) along the broad and majestic Rajpath before venturing into Old Delhi.
Then drive by the Red Fort, a symbol of Mughal power, take a rickshaw ride around Chandni Chowk (old shopping street) on to visit the Jama Masjid Mosque area; Visit Raj Ghat, a memorial of the great Mahatma Gandhi and wander around the Crafts Museum and see workmen produce gems of Indian handicrafts
After our busy day, tonight we can relax and enjoy our Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.


Vacation Day 3: Delhi to Agar
India TajMahal SunsetIn the morning we travel south 3 1/2 hours to Agra and Its many wonderful monuments, including the Taj Mahal. Our first stop this afternoon is The Taj Mahal, built as a monument to love. When his wife died unexpectedly, Emperor Shahjahan vowed to honor her with a memorial of unmatched beauty. He commissioned the world's best craftsmen and 20,000 workers to build this beautiful structure. The result is a delicately carved, white marble jewel, which seems to float on a sea of red limestone.
The Taj Mahal is generally considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements of Persian, Turkish, India India 112Indian, and Islamic architectural styles. In 1983 the Taj became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Next we visit the 16th century Mughal monument known as the Red Fort of Agra. This powerful fortress of red sandstone was the former imperial residence of the Mughal Dynasty. It comprises many Fairy-tale palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, audience halls, such as the Diwan-i- Khas; and two very beautiful mosques.

 

Vacation Day 4: Agra / Fathepur Sikri / Bharatpur / Ranthanbhor
Fatehpur SikriEarly in the morning we travel west about 1 1/2 hours to Fatehpur Sikri, the once-fabled Mogul capital that has taken on a sleeping beauty quality, lying quietly but wonderfully preserved. Using the locally available red sand stone many masons and stone carvers worked hard to create a complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, including one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid. Some fifteen years after completion it was realized that there was a lack of adequate water, so the pristine complex was abandoned. After our visit to Fatehpur Sikri we drive to Bharatpur Rail station for our train to Sawai Madhopur - Ranthanbhor, a National Park famous for tigers and overrun by vegetation, remnants of the summer palaces, temples and guard stones within the fort still remain. 
India RanthamboreFor a relatively small area, the park has a rich diversity of fauna and flora - species list includes 300 trees, 50 aquatic plants, 27 birds, 12 reptiles (including the marsh crocodile) & amphibians and 30 mammals. After lunch, our afternoon game drive will allow us to come as close to it as is possible to the animals. The landscape is dotted with ancient banyan trees, dhok & pipal trees, clusters of mango trees and crisscrossed with evergreen belts. The terrain is made up of massive rock formations, steep scarps, perennial lakes and streams and forest suddenly opening up into large areas of savannah.


Vacation Day 5: Ranthanbhor to Jaipur
RanthambhoreTigerTime for another chance to see the tigers on our morning jeep safari in Ranthanbhor before breakfast. Then we travel 160 miles northwest to the pink city of Jaipur.Hotel
The rose-pink capital of Rajasthan is surrounded on all sides by rugged hills and was founded in 1727 by the astronomer-king, Sawai Jai Singh II and built according to an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture and sculpture. It is a walled city with seven rectangular blocks. The Maharajah's palace stands in the center of the city amidst lovely gardens.
Late in the afternoon we visit the City Palace, the royal residence e of the erstwhile King of Jaipur. It houses a museum with India Jaipura superb collection of Rajasthani costumes, armory of Mughal and Rajput weaponry, and swords with ornamental handles – some of them inlaid with enamel, embellished with jewels and encased in magnificent scabbards. 
Drive past Moti-Doongri Palace, a privately owned hilltop fort built like a Scottish castle to Ram Niwas Gardens before coming to The Birla temple. Tonight we witness an Aarti ceremony, a Hindhu religious ritual of worship, as part of puju. Aartis also refer to the songs sung in praise of the deity, when lamps are being offered.


Vacation Day 6: Jaipur
jantar mantarIn the morning we will visit Jantar Mantar, an observatory which is equipped with instruments of astonishing size and precision, including a 90 foot high sun dial . See the Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds, a major Rajput landmark built in 1799. This five-story building in the old city is a pink sandstone masterpiece with semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows. The monument was originally conceived to enable ladies of the royal household to watch the city’s everyday life and royal processions in absolute privacy.
amber fort elephantOur afternoon excursion to Amber Fort, once the ancient capital of Jaipur, construction of the fortress-palace started in 1592. The fort is a superb example of Rajput architecture, stunningly situated on a hillside and over-looking a lake which reflects its terraces and ramparts. Note- The approach to Amber is via Elephant ride; for anyone not interested in the elephant ride a jeep is an alternative.
Evening Rickshaw ride from Jhori Bazaar to Bapu Bazaar and free time in bazaars for local shopping.

Vacation Day 7: Jaipur to Jodhpur
Jodhpur indiaIn the morning, enjoy the Indian countryside as we travel west, about 5 hrs to Jodhpur. The 15th century city of Jodhpur, stands at the edge of Thar Desert and is the largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. The city is totally dominated by a massive fort sprawled across a 12,345 foot high hill known as Meherangarh Fort, founded by Rao Jodha in the 15th century. The ramparts Sardar Bazaarof the Fort affords a magnificent view of Jodhpur, also known as The Blue city due the Indigo color that the houses are painted.
Time to relax before our early evening visit to Sardar Bazaar and Clock Tower markets where vegetables, spices, Indian sweets, textiles and silver are traded. These colorful markets, filled with tiny shops that dot the narrow lanes, are brimming with woodcarvings, wrought iron, lacquer work, silver and ivory ornamentation and leather handicrafts.
Enjoy a Tonga (Horse carriage ) ride before returning to our hotel.


Vacation Day 8: Jodhpur
Mehrangarh Fort
We start our day with a visit to the impregnable Meherangarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India. Built around 1460 by Rao Jodha, the fort is situated 410 feet above the city and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. The fort totally dominates the city and within its walls are royal palaces, priceless jewels and a striking collection of arms. Then we visit Jaswant Thada, the white Camel Ridemarble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II built in 1899 and located within beautiful gardens.
This afternoon we travel to Osian, a very old small temple town in the Thar Desert situated about 40 miles to the north west of Jodhpur. Enjoy a Camel ride and a musical evening of Rajasthani Mujra and pure Rajasthani food in a desert camp under the clear sky of Jaisalmer’s desert.


Vacation Day 9: Jodhpur to Mumbai
MUMBAI housesToday we leave the desert behind as we
fly to the cosmopolitan city of Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay.  A densely populated city on India’s west coast, Mumbai is India's financial center and largest city. On the Mumbai Harbor waterfront stands the iconic Gateway of India stone arch, built by the British Raj in 1924. The city's also famous as the heart of the Bollywood film industry.
Upon arrival we will check-in to our hotel and relax. In the Evening our tour leader will host our farewell Dinner.


Vacation Day 10: Mumbai - End of Tour
Dhobi GhatIn the Morning visit the Gateway of India, a 262 feet high gateway overlooking the sea, built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary. We will drive past the Hanging gardens, Victoria Railway Station and the Crawford Market on our way to the Flora Fountain, a center of all business activities. We will enter the Prince of Wales museum, which was built to commemorate King George’s first visit in India in 1905 while he was still the Prince of Wales. We will visit the Mani Bhavan or the Gandhi Museum, where The Mahatma, Father of the Nation, stayed during his visits to Bombay from 1917-34 to see a pictorial exhibit of the incidents in Gandhi’s life. Also visit the ‘not-to- be missed’ dhobighats (public laundry)
Our India vacation has come to an end. Depending on your international flight time, you will be transfered to airport. 

 

Hotels

 Delhi - Lalit Hotel Agra - Four Points by Sheraton
Ranthambore - Ranthambore Regency
 Jaipur - Ibis Jaipur Hotel Jodhpur - Ratan Vilas Mombai -  Trident, Nariman Point Hotel

India Singles Vacation

 
Date: November 3 - November 12, 2017


Price: $2595*


Singles Vacation Includes

* 9 Nights Accommodations
* Breakfast Daily - 1 Lunch - 4 Dinners
* Train Tickets
* Domestic Air flight
* English Speaking Vacation Leader/Guide
* Guided Tours per itinerary
* Airport/Hotel Transfers on Tour Dates
* All Taxes and Surcharges

 

*The price per person is for a double room. Best Single Travel provides free roommate matching on all our vacations, so there is never a need to pay a "single supplement". If you wish to room alone it is an additional $750

Not Included

* International Airfare
* Tips

 
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