North America’s Premier Travel Facilitator
for Asia has introduced a unique package that includes the world's finest lodging at Hotels such as the Oberoi Resorts & Taj Palaces, as well as roundtrip international flights on Emirates, one of the world’s finest Airlines. Emirates non-stop service to Dubai departs from Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Houston or San Francisco. From Dubai, India is just a 3 hour hop. Add-ons are available from other US cities, as are Business & First Class upgrades. The tour includes amazing exclusives such as meals with famous chefs, fine dining at the Burj Al Arab, tiger safari’s, desert safari’s, elephant back and camel back excursions and a lot more. To make reservations or ask questions, please call 512-345-1122 / 888 597 9274, or use the reservation form below.
Emirates Flight Options for departure from North America
All these flights, with a very short stopover, connect with Emirates flight #EK512 (3 hours; 10:10 PM – 2:40 AM) from Dubai to New Delhi.
Day 1: Depart from North America.
|City of Origin
/ Flight Number
|New York (JFK)
||11:00 PM / #EK202
||12 Hrs 45 Min
||6:50 PM / #EK212
||14 Hrs 55 Min
|Los Angeles (LAX)
||4:45 PM / #EK216
||15 Hrs 55 Min
|San Francisco (SFO)
||4:45 PM / #EK226
||15 Hrs 40 Min
You will have received E-Tickets for your international flights soon after reserving your tour. Board your departure flight on your own. Enjoy the world class service that Emirates provides for its passengers. This includes -
1. Award-winning gourmet cuisine and beverages. Economy Class passengers enjoy a complete range of complimentary drinks in-flight - including aperitifs, spirits, beers and a choice of excellent red and white wines. For Business & First Class passengers this gets enhanced to levels that rival the best restaurants of the world.
Day 2: Arrive at Dubai
2. Individual TV’s with anywhere from 600 & 1200 (depending on the flight) channels of premium entertainment to keep you entertained during your flight. On Demand features on almost all of the longer segments. The latest and best movies, television, audio and games from around the world. Keep in touch with live business, news and sport headlines from BBC News, and read up on Dubai and Emirates. You have the option to phone, SMS or email (for a charge) the world below direct from your seat or call friends and family seated elsewhere on the aircraft.
3. Comfortable, reclining, ergonomically-designed seats in Economy Class. For Business & First Class passengers this elevates to Lie Flat seats and Private Suites on almost all of the longer segments.
and connect with your Emirates flight to Delhi. Connection times are between 2.5 to 3.5 hours and Emirates has a beautiful new terminal for you to enjoy during this period. Board the three hour flight to New Delhi after your stopover.
Day 3: (L) Arrive at Delhi
at 2:40 am in the early morning. You are greeted at the airport by an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator and ushered to your luxury Mini Coach. You are driven to your hotel where your Travel Facilitator gets you checked in to your rooms with a minimum of delay as your room has been booked from the previous day.
2:00 PM – Orientation Lunch
. Small Group members meet for a lavish lunch buffet and your Travel Facilitator introduces you to your Tour Director. The next few days’ plans are briefly reviewed and your Facilitator and/or Tour Director answer any questions you may have.
- You are at leisure for the rest of the afternoon and evening to rest and explore your luxury hotel. We can pre-book discounted spa treatments or you can choose to take an optional excursion to acclimatize yourself with New Delhi. An early night is highly recommended – you will still be adjusting your time clock and you have a long day of exploring ahead!
Day 4: Delhi.
(B, L) Delhi. Start your exploration
of India with a guided city tour of Old Delhi. Drive, walk and ride through the ancient city’s streets and alleys; explore crowded and colorful bazaars. This excursion includes explorations of the Jama Masjid (finished in 1650 AD), the largest mosque in India, and the amazing Red Fort that was finished a decade before the mosque. Both structures were built by Shah Jahan, the emperor that created the Taj Mahal. The Masjid (Mosque) is a magnificent example of Mughal architecture and is constructed of red sandstone and white marble. It is an active place of worship and its courtyard can hold 25,000 worshippers.
The great city
inside the massive sandstone walls of the Red Fort offers visitors a large number of architectural and historical attractions; it was once known as the 8th wonder of the world. The Red Fort was the seat of the Moghul Empire for more than two hundred and fifty years and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an amazing example of a blend of Persian, Indian, and European architecture.
Once you leave the Fort you will experience a rickshaw ride in the alleys of the ancient bazaar at Chandni Chowk. After experiencing the crowded and colorful bazaar you will proceed to your last destination in Old Delhi. The cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi (Raj Ghat) is a simple yet stirring memorial to the father of the nation. Lush lawns extend beyond the enclosure that surrounds the black marble platform occupying the spot where the Mahatma was cremated. An eternal flame burns next to the platform.
There is a break
Afternoon – enjoy a city tour
of New Delhi. This excursion begins with a drive past Safdarjang’s Tomb (1753 AD) while driving to the awe-inspiring Qutab Minar (1193 A.D.). This 239 ft tall medieval tower is a symbol of victory and a beautiful example of Persian architecture from that period. There is a winding stairway inside the tower that goes up all the way to the balcony at the very top of the tower – unfortunately they are no longer accessible for visitors. The Qutab Minar and its Monuments are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Within the Qutab complex
, amidst the ruins of the Quwat-ul-Islam Mosque, stands one of the legendary Ashoka Pillars. This large iron pillar has withstood the ravages of Delhi’s weather (and recent pollution) and has not rusted in over 1500 years. After the Qutab complex you will be driven to visit the magnificent tomb of the Moghul Emperor Humayun. Delhi has such an abundance of amazing monuments that this Tomb Complex (1562 A.D.) does not quite get the acclaim that it deserves. It is Delhi’s third UNESCO World Heritage Site and its amazing architecture and the elaborate gardens (all currently undergoing restoration) will captivate you.
From the tomb
you will proceed on a drive to Lutyens’ New Delhi. Time permitting, this drive will include photo opportunities at some of the following attractions - the exterior of the massive and awe-inspiring Rashtrapati Bhawan (known as Viceroy’s House during the British era), Delhi’s landmark structure India Gate, a golden domed Sikh Temple (Bangla Sahib Gurudwara), & the Birla Temple. The last part of this excursion is a drive through Connaught Place, which is New Delhi’s downtown.
Day 5: Delhi – Agra.
You are assisted with your checkout from your hotel and driven to Delhi’s railway station where you are assisted with boarding the early morning Express train to Agra for a two hour journey. Your Easy Tours Facilitator assists you in getting seated in your assigned seats and gets your luggage ported to the appropriate location above your seats. The facilitator stays with you till the train departs. Your Tour Director provides you with a detailed itinerary of the trains schedule so as to make you comfortable with every step of the journey. Refreshments are served by Indian Railways during this journey – we recommend that you refrain from consuming these (except for the bottled water) as you will have been provided with a bagged breakfast. You are greeted by an Easy Tours Facilitator on your arrival at Agra.
You now start your exploration
of Agra with a half day city tour of the magnificent monuments of this city. This exploration includes a visit to the famous tomb of Itmad-Ud–Daulah’s. This was built by Mughal Emperor Jehangir’s queen as a memorial to her father. The tombs sheer beauty will surprise you – the only reason it does not get more accolades is because it shares the stage with the incomparable Taj Mahal. Like the Taj it has amazingly intricate ‘Pietra Dura’ inlay and lattice marble screens. The mausoleum rests in a walled garden with a view of the river Yamuna. Constructed in the year 1628, most historians believe that its design provided the inspiration for the Taj Mahal. After your exploration of the tomb you will visit the first red sandstone fort of North India, the Agra Fort. It was built in 1565 by India’s greatest Mughal ruler, Emperor Akbar. Its royal audience halls, immense stone courtyards, marble mosque and the private royal chambers give us a glimpse of the grandeur of the Mughal Empire.
There is a break
- Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the incomparable Taj Mahal. The world’s greatest monument dedicated to love is obviously a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Taj Mahal was completed by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653 AD as a memorial to his beloved queen, Mumtaz Mahal. This spectacular white marble mausoleum was created by about 22,000 skilled craftsmen and it took twenty two years to complete. When you experience the Taj Mahal with an Easy Tours Guide and have them provide unique insights into its innumerable facets, some of their passion for this masterpiece may rub off on you! Explore the amazing Taj and its surroundings till it is time to admire the sun’s rays setting on the façade of the world’s finest monument.
Day 6: Agra – Ranthambore.
You have the option (no charge) of a sunrise visit to Mehtab Bagh, which is a 500 year old Mughal garden located across from the Taj Mahal on the other side of the Yamuna River. You also have the option of visiting the Taj Mahal again for a sunrise visit (entry fee surcharge applies). If you select either of the two options, you will return to your hotel to freshen up after the visit.
You are assisted
with your check-out from your hotel and then you are driven to Fatehpur Sikri.
Enjoy a guided exploration of this beautiful uninhabited city. It was built by Emperor Akbar between 1570 and 1585 and is constructed primarily out of red sandstone. The Emperor moved his capital from Agra to this city and then abandoned it, returning back to Agra. Visit the tallest gateway in the world, the towering Bulund Darwaza (The Gate of Victory). In the northern part of the courtyard is the superb white marble tomb of Shaik Salim Chishti, built in 1570.
Proceed on the drive to
Ranthambore National Park. The second half of this drive is through rural areas where you will have multiple photo opportunities of villagers engrossed in their daily activities, as well as their dwellings and livestock. You are greeted on arrival at your jungle lodge and are assisted with your check-in.
Since 2006, Easy Tours of India
has tracked the percentage of tiger sightings for our guests in Ranthambore National Park. Over 85% of our guests have had tiger sightings during this period, with many of them getting multiple sightings.
Day 7: Ranthambore.
Covering an area of 410 sq. km, Ranthambore National Park runs along the eastern spur of the Aravali mountain range. Ranthambore used to be the private hunting ground of the rulers of Jaipur. In 1972 it was declared a Sanctuary and was brought under the Project Tiger Conservation platform.
Dry deciduous forest covers most of the park, and the vegetation is lush around the many small lakes and ponds. The open grasslands that are the tiger’s favorite terrain account for much of the land on the higher slopes. This varied flora supports a large number of animals including a variety of deer, the sloth bear, the shy caracal, leopards and, of course, the tiger.
Enjoy wildlife safaris
in to the park in the morning and evening. In between safaris, you have the option (no charge) of a guided visit to the Ranthambore Fort
. This excursion does have a fairly steep climb – approximately 700 feet of stairs. The massive Fort is one of the finest examples of the ancient Hindu concept of “Vana-Durg”, or a fort protected by a jungle. The history of this Fort (originally built in 944 AD) is a chronicle full of tales of blood and valor. Successively occupied by the Muslims, Rajputs and Mughals, the insides of the fort today lie partly in ruins, and there are superb views of the park to be had from the ramparts. There is an ancient temple located in the fort and it attracts a continuous stream of pilgrims from the surrounding villages. A large number of aggressive langurs (South Asian monkey) have made the Fort area their home and it is not advisable to have food visible in your hands as you tour the fort.
Day 8: Ranthambore – Jaipur.
Enjoy your last safari into Ranthambore in the morning. You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel and then you are driven to Jaipur. Sawai Madhopur is a rural small town and you will drive though it to get a glimpse of life here.
Arrive at Jaipur and you are assisted with your check in at your hotel.
There is a break
- Proceed for a city tour of the walled city of Jaipur, including the magnificent City Palace. Visit the unique Jantar Mantar magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728. View the ‘Hawa Mahal’ (Palace of the Wind), the intriguing facade built in 1799 to allow the ladies of the court to view the city and bazaar from the windows without being seen themselves. Continue the tour to visit the City Palace, the former royal residence (a part of it is still occupied by the Royal family and is not accessible to the public), built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles. This immense complex also houses a number of museums that offer a large and impressive collection of miniature paintings, costumes, and armory.
Jaipur is famous
for its carpets, jewelry & handicrafts.
Day 9: Jaipur.
Start your day with an excursion to Amber Fort & Palace, located 12 kilometers from the center of the City. Just like the Emperors of a few centuries ago, enjoy the ascent up to the ramparts of the fort on top of a colorfully caparisoned elephant (if you so desire,
jeeps are available instead of the elephants). The massive Fort complex was originally built by Raja Mansingh and is one of India’s finest examples of Rajput architecture. Explore the chambers and hallways of the Palace which are famous for their exquisite designs and handcrafted embellishments. Return to the valley beneath the Fort on your elephant or jeep and proceed back to the Pink City.
There is a break for lunch
– you are at leisure to enjoy the facilities at your amazing boutique resort. There is an optional (no charge) excursion to shop for Rajasthani specialties if you are so inclined. Jaipur is India’s pre-eminent market for jewelry, carpets and various other handicrafts.
– Enjoy the Rajasthani dance and music performance at your hotel in the early evening. Your Tour Director will then accompany you to the heritage home of a Rajasthani family where you will join them for a traditional dinner and conversation.
Day 10: Jaipur – Mumbai – Cochin (Kochi).
You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel and then you are driven to the airport where you are assisted with boarding your flight to Mumbai. Arrive at Mumbai and connect with the flight to Cochin. You are greeted at the airport by an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator and ushered to your luxury Mini Coach. Enjoy a guided exploration of the fascinating port city of Cochin and marvel in its culture and architecture, a result of centuries of various European influences combined with rich indigenous history. The tour begins from the Jewish Synagogue (closed on Fridays and Saturdays – if this is a Friday or Saturday you will have the option to visit it later), which was built in 1568 and is still an active house of worship for the few remaining Jews in the area. If the synagogue is closed on this day the visit can be facilitated on the day before or the day after.
Next to the synagogue is Cochin’s ancient and colorful Jew Street with its antique stores and souvenir peddlers. There is evidence of a Jewish presence in Kochi from 70 AD. After the synagogue you visit the St. Francis Church, which was established by the Portuguese Franciscan friars in 1503. This is one of the first European churches built in India and the famed Vasco Da Gama was buried in its courtyard for a few years before his remains were returned to Portugal.
You now visit the most photogenic of Cochin’s attractions, the Chinese fishing nets. Folklore will have it that these enormous nets (or at least their design) were brought here by famed Chinese Explorer Zhang He about 600 years ago. Local fishermen manipulate these massive nets with an ease that comes from centuries of practice – it is a vocation handed down by generations. The lowering and raising of the nets has a synchronicity and rhythm that is quite an amazing experience. Some of the nets are more than a century old as the fishermen patch them up and keep going. Finish your exploration with a short guided walk through Fort Kochi and experience the unique local culture and architecture – Fort Kochi is one of India’s best cities to explore on foot. You will be driven to your hotel after your walk.
Day 11: Cochin – Backwaters cruise.
You are assisted with your check-out by an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator and driven to the backwaters. If the previous day was a Saturday, you can visit the Jewish Synagogue on your way to the backwaters. Proceed on the drive to Alleppey in the morning & board your houseboat.
Take our word for this
, your backwaters cruise will very likely become one of your most treasured travel memories. The incredible lushness of the vegetation around the fresh water canals, rivulets and lakes, the beauty of the water bodies themselves and the abundance of coconut trees and other exotic plants create a subtropical environment not found elsewhere on this planet. When you combine this with the opportunity to be part of a unique way of life (while being cocooned in luxury) that hasn’t changed much for a few centuries, it results in most visitors’ second highest rated experience in
India (after the Taj Mahal). Relax and have a great time till the next morning as you cruise the amazing backwaters. The cook and other staff make sure that all your needs are taken care of, while serving you with delicious Kerala cuisine. You have the option of taking shore excursions at one or two of the tiny rural communities as you cruise by – the locals are very friendly and communicative.
Day 12: Backwaters – Cochin:
Disembark from your boat and drive back to Cochin and check in to your hotel. If the previous two days were Friday and Saturday, you can visit the Jewish Synagogue on your way to your hotel. You are at leisure for the remaining part of this afternoon – enjoy your scenic surroundings as you prepare for your journey to Dubai.
– An Easy Tours facilitator will pick you up from your hotel and accompany you to a local theatre where you get to experience Kerala’s ancient performing art, a Kathakali dance performance. Kathakali literally means the art of storytelling through dance and the dance form is an ancient forefather of many Asian dance forms.
After the dance performance
you are driven to an experience that is the highlight of many of our guests’ time in Kerala. You will be hosted by a famous Keralan Chef and her family at their home. A delicious dinner will follow, and cooking lessons are included. At the end of dinner you will be driven back to your hotel.
Day 13: Cochin – Dubai.
Check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport. Board the 9:30 AM Emirates flight to Dubai.
Arrive at Dubai
four hours later, noon local time. You are greeted at the airport by your assigned Marhaba representative as you enter the terminal. They will hand over your Dubai documents to you, including your visa, and then escort you through the formalities at the airport, including the immigration and customs counters. They will assist you with collecting your baggage and provide trolleys where needed. They will then escort you directly to where the chauffeur of your luxury Mini Coach is waiting. You will be driven to your hotel where you will be assisted with your check in.
You are at leisure
for the rest of the afternoon to rest and explore your luxury hotel. We can pre-book discounted spa treatments or you can choose to take an optional excursion to familiarize yourself with Dubai.
Day 14: Dubai.
Begin your discovery of Dubai with a half day city tour of Dubai. Marvel at the co-existence of two strikingly disparate worlds – old Dubai & new Dubai. Experience Dubai’s main attractions, beginning with the magnificent Jumeirah Mosque.
Built in 1979, this gorgeous example of modern Islamic architecture is designed in the style of the Fatimi mosques in Egypt. You will pass by Jumeirah beach and then stop to admire the world’s tallest (and arguably finest) hotel, the incomparably luxurious Burj Al Arab. Continue your explorations as you drive to the Al Fahidi Fort, passing by Sheikh Mohamed’s Palace. The Fort was built (out of rocks and gypsum claimed from the sea) in 1800 AD and the fascinating Dubai Museum lies within its walls. After touring the museum you drive by the colorful textile market on your way to board a water taxi (Abra) for Deira Dubai. Explore the fascinating Spice Souk and Gold Souk, amazing markets that are unique and an experience not to be missed.
Enjoy lunch at Al Dawaar
Restaurant. Besides a great selection of different cuisines, this revolving restaurant offers a breathtaking view of the Dubai skyline. Return to your hotel to freshen up after lunch.
– Head out for a once in a lifetime experience, a Sand Dune Dinner Safari.
Specially equipped 4WD vehicles
(Land Cruisers or similar) drive you through the desert, navigating over undulating sand dunes that have a stark and surreal beauty. You arrive at the perfect vista point just in time to experience a magical Arabian Desert sunset. After the sunset you drive on to the nearby desert camp. Arriving at the camp makes you feel like you have become a character in an exotic desert fable, as you are surrounded by furnishings straight out of ‘The Arabian Nights’. Soak in the atmosphere as your ears get used to the unique silence of the desert. You have the option to enjoy a camel ride, smoke the aromatic ‘Shisha’ (water pipe), surf on the sand dunes – you can even have a local specialist create a traditional henna painting on your hands. Or you can refuse to participate in any activities for a little while, while you observe your desert feast (Arabic BBQ dinner buffet, salads and fruits) being prepared.
Dinner is ready!
Enjoy the experience of a visual & gastronomical feast, served for your pleasure under the vibrant desert moon & stars. A belly dancer enthralls you with her art as she performs to the ancient melodies of local musicians. Return to your hotel in the late evening.
Day 15: Dubai
. (B, L) Enjoy a guided tour of the Burj Khalifa (a.k.a. Burj Dubai). At 2,717 feet, this magnificent new building is the tallest man-made structure in the world. It is well over twice the height of the Empire State building and three times the height of the Eiffel Tower! After the tour of the Khalifa you are driven to the Burj Al Arab
(means “Tower of the Arabs”, also known as the Arab Sail), Dubai’s legendary hotel, designed to replicate a sail filled with the wind, soaring to a height of 1050 Ft. Experience the magnificent luxury and opulence of the hotel as you enjoy lunch at the Al Muntaha Restaurant. Take one of the Express Panoramic elevators to the restaurant where you will enjoy exquisite contemporary European cuisine and amazing views of Jumeirah Beach and The Palm and The World Islands. After your lunch you are driven back to your hotel.
You are at leisure
for the rest of the afternoon. Explore Dubai on your own, shop in some of the finest stores on the planet, or just relax and enjoy your hotel or the beach.
Day 16: Dubai – International Flight – North America.
You are assisted with your checkout from your hotel and driven to the airport in the morning. Board the Emirates nonstop flight to the United States and enjoy their world class service.
Our services end
at Dubai airport.
Afternoon: Arrive back in North America.
Emirates Flight Options
/ Flight Number
|Duration Of Flight
|8:30 AM / #EK201
||14 Hrs 20 Min
||New York (JFK)
|9:05 AM / #EK211
||16 Hrs 50 Min
|8:20 AM / #EK215
||16 Hrs 30 Min
||Los Angeles (LAX)
|8:55 AM / #EK225
||16 Hrs 30 Min
||San Francisco (SFO)