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Day 1: Arrive at Delhi (most flights arrive either in the evening or at night). Our services begin here. You are greeted at the airport by our travel facilitator and then ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle. You are then driven to your hotel where you are assisted with your check in. Our travel facilitator hands over travel documents such as your air tickets and hotel vouchers to you.

Scholars have traced Delhi's roots as a city to as far back as 1000 BC. Today, the city is divided into two sections, simply called Old Delhi and New Delhi. Currently, the metropolis has an approximate population of about sixteen million inhabitants. There has been a tremendous increase in the living standards of the average 'Delhite' in the past couple of decades, and every conceivable western luxury is easily available here. Luxury hotels, restaurants, and boutique stores abound, and emporiums offer handicrafts and other treasures from all corners of the nation.

There is amazing art and architecture all over Delhi; from the awe inspiring 16th century Mosques, palaces, forts, & other monuments of  the Moghul Empire, to the magnificence of countless other buildings and structures. These can range from structures many thousands of years old, to the numerous impressive bureaucratic buildings constructed during the "British Raj". Just a few examples are Moghul achievements like the massive Red Fort (and the city inside it) and the towering Qutab Minar; classic British era structures India Gate and Rashtrapathi Bhawan; modern edifices like the magnificent Bahai Temple; as well as numerous gardens designed and laid out many centuries ago.

New Delhi is the capital of India and the home of the largest bureaucracy in the democratic world. It is also the nations primary center for fine arts and other cultural endeavors. Architecturally and socially, the city is a diverse mosaic, woven with the tapestries of the cultures that have ruled and/or inhabited Northern India over the last eight centuries.




Day 2: Delhi. You are at leisure on these days. The only services provided by ETI are hotel room (including breakfast and taxes).

ETI can provide various services upon request, such as chauffeur driven vehicles, guides, escorted sightseeing and recommendations / reservations for dining and entertainment.


Day 3: Delhi. You are at leisure on these days. The only services provided by ETI are hotel room (including breakfast and taxes).

ETI can provide various services upon request, such as chauffeur driven vehicles, guides, escorted sightseeing and recommendations / reservations for dining and entertainment.




Day 4: Delhi – Agra. Board the early morning (6 am) Express train - two hour journey - to Agra.

Because it is the city of the incomparable Taj Mahal, Agra's many other historical and architectural monuments get far less attention than they deserve. There are magnificent palaces, forts, mausoleums, as well as various other similar structures. Spectacular historical reminders flourish all over this area, and you can choose how many of them you want to visit.

Visit four hundred and forty year old massive sandstone Agra Fort and it's many monuments; Jehangir Mahal, Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas, among others. Near there, tour the Itmad-Ud-Daulah and Agra's Jama Masjid. Just outside Agra, Fatehpur Sikri is a remarkably well preserved ghost city from the same time in history.

Agra is famous for its marble art & manufacturing of the same.




Day 5: Agra – Jaipur. Check out of your hotel and proceed on the drive to Jaipur. Arrive at Jaipur and check in to your hotel.

Rajput culture considers pink to be the color of hospitality; hence the pink walls of  the Old City in Jaipur. Constructed in the early 18th century, Rajasthan's capital has broad and open streets and is very well laid out. Maharaja Jai Singh II, after whom it is named, was a great astronomer who also had Jaipur's Jantar Mantar designed and constructed. The king and his architect built Jaipur using ancient Hindu principles of civic planning and design, and created a city full of magical color and beauty.

A visit to Jaipur should be a must for every visitor to India; the multi hued garments and jewelry of the locals, the profusion of camels in everyday traffic, and the play of the sun's rays on the brightly colored walls of the inner city all combine to create an atmosphere unique to this city. Magnificent palaces, the seven city gates, forts, and other monuments sit unchanged amidst the bustle of a busy metropolis. Just outside Jaipur, the Royal Cenotaphs provide for an interesting visit.

Astonishing in it's simple ingenuity, the Jantar Mantar (Jaipur Observatory-built 1728)is a must see for anyone with an interest in astronomy. Maharaja Jai Singh was a great conqueror and an equally adept astronomer. The observatory he had designed and built is a marvel that, even today, intrigues and fascinates visitors to Jaipur.

Jaipur is famous for its carpets, jewelry, & handicrafts.




Day 6: Jaipur. You are at leisure on these days. The only services provided by ETI are hotel room (including breakfast and taxes).

ETI can provide various services upon request, such as chauffeur driven vehicles, guides, escorted sightseeing and recommendations / reservations for dining and entertainment.


Day 7: Jaipur. You are at leisure on these days. The only services provided by ETI are hotel room (including breakfast and taxes).

ETI can provide various services upon request, such as chauffeur driven vehicles, guides, escorted sightseeing and recommendations / reservations for dining and entertainment.




Day 8: Jaipur – Cochin. Check out of your hotel and board the morning flight to Mumbai. Connect with the flight to Cochin. Arrive at Cochin and check in to your hotel.

One of the least acclaimed tourist destinations in India, Kochi has something to delight every explorer. It is know as "The Queen of the Arabian Sea", among other names, and is a scenic and lush collection of islands, capes, and mainland; connected by an elaborate yet intricate system of ferries and bridges.

Europeans controlled Kochi, and it's thriving trade, from the early 16th century. Their influence can be seen all over the picturesque city and the surrounding area. There are many monuments, architecture, and other reminders of the Dutch, Portuguese and British. The old world charm of Mattancherry and Fort Cochin have not changed much in the last couple of centuries. There are also many events in surrounding Kerala, such as the "Great Boat Races".

Visit Mattancherry Palace and its exquisite murals. St. Francis Church (early 16th century) is the oldest European church in India, and The Pardesi Synagogue was founded around the same time (history records Jewish settlers in this area as early as the 6th century, the guides will tell you that roots can be traced to over two thousand years ago). Fort Cochin is distinctly British Indian (with a little bit of Dutch thrown in) in it's architecture, and the Chinese fishing nets that dot it's northern end add to it's languid charm. The modern section called Ernakulam is pleasant and offers one of India's best opportunities to view classical Indian dance.




Day 9: Cochin. You are at leisure on these days. The only services provided by ETI are hotel room (including breakfast and taxes).

ETI can provide various services upon request, such as chauffeur driven vehicles, guides, escorted sightseeing and recommendations / reservations for dining and entertainment.


Day 10: Cochin. You are at leisure on these days. The only services provided by ETI are hotel room (including breakfast and taxes).

ETI can provide various services upon request, such as chauffeur driven vehicles, guides, escorted sightseeing and recommendations / reservations for dining and entertainment.




Day 11: Cochin – Backwaters cruise. Check out of your hotel in the morning, and then driven to the backwaters.

The backwaters of Kerala - meandering inland lakes networked by canals - stretch to over 900 km. Boat trips across these tranquil stretches are an experience unique to Kerala. Large kettuvalloms (traditional country crafts over 60 ft. in length) have been converted into luxury houseboats for these cruises.




Day 12: Backwaters – Mahabalipuram. Disembark from your houseboat at Alleppey and drive to Cochin airport to board the noon flight to Chennai. Arrive at Chennai airport and drive to Mahabalipuram to check in to your hotel.

Although it has monuments left over from ancient cultures, the city of Chennai as we currently know it was founded by the British in the early 17th century. In the 2nd century AD, Greek geographer Ptolemy described Mylapore (part of modern Chennai, located south of Marina Beach) as a prosperous port. The Kapaleswara temple and San Thome Cathedral are both located in this part of Chennai, and are well worth a visit.

Chennai has more than it's share of religious, cultural, and architectural points of interest, the oldest surviving Anglican church in Asia is located here. St. Mary's Church was built in 1680 and is located inside Fort George, which was constructed by the British in 1640. San Thome Cathedral Basilica was a church many centuries before that.

Traditional dance and music flourish in Chennai, safeguarded by a culture that relishes it's Tamil roots and protects them with a quiet pride. Modern business and industry co-exist in harmony with ancient rituals and practices in this city of six million inhabitants. There are miles of clean beaches, along with interesting museums and great local shopping.

Just south of Chennai is the ancient city of Mahabalipuram, containing some of the most fascinating examples of ancient Hindu religious art and architecture.  Explore the Shore Temple (built in the eighth century), Lord Krishan's Mandapa, and Arjun's Penance, just to name a few of the historical marvels located within a few minutes walking distance from each other.




Day 13: Mahabalipuram. You are at leisure on these days. The only services provided by ETI are hotel room (including breakfast and taxes).

ETI can provide various services upon request, such as chauffeur driven vehicles, guides, escorted sightseeing and recommendations / reservations for dining and entertainment.


Day 14: Mahabalipuram. You are at leisure on these days. The only services provided by ETI are hotel room (including breakfast and taxes).

ETI can provide various services upon request, such as chauffeur driven vehicles, guides, escorted sightseeing and recommendations / reservations for dining and entertainment.




Day 15: Mahabalipuram – International Flight. Check out of your hotel at leisure by noon. Do any last minute shopping and sightseeing that you feel you may have left for the end.

Your vehicle and chauffeur
stay with you till your (usually late evening) assisted check in at the airport.

Our services end at Chennai airport.




 


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John and Jeannene Bertosa
January 2014
We just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our trip to India and how impressed we were with Easy Tours of India. 
The guides were very knowledgeable and also extremely personable and attentive, especially our Tour Director Aamir Khan, who was with us from Delhi through Agra and Jaipur. You could tell he was quite experienced, not just with the history of the sites but also with what American tourists would be particularly interested in. We would happily recommend him for anyone looking for a guide.
We also admired the professionalism of our drivers and were pleasantly surprised with the attentiveness of the Easy Tours support staff (We are used to tours where the guide is the only one we have contact with). It is clear your company has a well-established and smooth-running operation and knows how to make tourists feel at ease and taken care of. 
Once again -- thank you -- and we look forward to using Easy Tours again in the future to see more of such an amazing country.
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Paul Stephens Group Six Guests
December 2013
What can I say?  The palmist in Jaipur was right. It has been a very busy four months since coming home from India.  We're not pregnant yet, but it is likely someone from the tour is working on it. Oddly, he was very consistent with the forecast of fertility.
However, we - I am representing the group - want to thank Easy Tours of India for putting together an incredible experience.  As we found, the experience India can hold its own - anywhere. I could never imagine attempting to navigate the cultural and logistical labyrinth which it represents - especially, when negotiating the services required. Rental car - are you kidding?  Kudos to you and your team for what was a seamless and incredibly well organized tour. We were confident that everything was handled in each city when we arrived.
From moment we arrived in Delhi to our final departure in Mumbai, everything was well assembled. When we arrived in each city, we were handed off to the local agent who helped to bridge the barrage of questions which each hotelier seemed to ask. Of course, for any global traveler - I have to admit attempting to get into an Indian airport represents one of the most bizarre experiences. Once again, an Easy Tours representative was there to assist with belaying the never ending efforts of the "guides" to assist to the "first class" line. 
Our special thanks goes to Ram, our driver. Not all the chilies and limes in the world could prepare one for the drive between Delhi and Jaipur. During our time there, he was the happy guy to meet us - even after hours in the city center. "Club Ram" - as we came to call the bus with the blue neon LED lights on - was the one consistent place we encountered every day. The bus was our interim home between hotel rooms. I spoke to him a few times and he - like many of your employees/contractors - really enjoyed his job and conveyed his enthusiasm of showing India to you as one of his passengers. It is their honest enthusiasm which made the trip special.
Then, of course - there's your "air traffic control."  Aripta and her staff in India were always behind the scenes. She did a splendid job of ensuring our satisfaction with the tour as we progressed from city to city.  Once again, kudos to her for a mission accomplished. Had the arrangements gone awry, I am confident she would have been to task to address it.
All in - we had an incredible time and many fabulous memories (I had to upgrade my home network server to handle the pictures and videos) and we are already thinking about our next trip to India.
Cheers and thank you.
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Ruth Budd and John Ehrenfield
December 2013
Excellent rating for Tour Design, Guides, Hotels, Ground Transportation, Transfers.
I cannot praise Easy Tours highly enough. Everything was absolutely fabulous and we felt so well taken care of. Delish, our guide, and Sebastian, our driver, were wonderful company for the 2 weeks - so knowledgeable and warm and friendly. The accommodations were fabulous, as was the staff at each hotel. I can't think of a single thing where you could do a better job. I will praise you sky high to everyone! It was an extraordinary trip.
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Samir Desai and Family - 4 guests
December 2013
Thanks for setting up a nice trip to India.  The Easy Tour staff was very professional and friendly.  When we go back to India, we will be calling you and Easy Tours to set it up for us.  Thanks again.
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Marjorie and William Speer
December 2013
Excellent rating for Tour Design, Guides, Hotels, Ground Transportation, Transfers.
Every aspect was ideal. The concern for the wishes and needs of the traveler was always paramount. Great trip - largely due to the selection of Easy Tours as our planner.

Regret that our Everest flight was delayed, that the night was very hazy for the moonlight visit to the Taj, and no tiger was spotted at Ranthambore. All of these "problems" were completely out of the control of anyone. Of particular benefit was the attention of our guide at the train station in Jhansi and our guide to assist transit from domestic to international at Mumbai at the end of our trip. I do want to also signal particular kudos for ALL guides and drivers - excellent. Hotels were of high quality, too, especially the Crown Plaza in Kathmandu and the Trident in Jaipur. REFERENCE AVAILABLE.  INDEPENDENT TRAVEL



 




 

 
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  • <strong>Humayun Tomb, Delhi</strong> - Humayun's Tomb - The square red sandstone double-storeyed structure.

    Humayun Tomb, Delhi

  • <strong>Taj Mahal - 2, Agra</strong> -

    Taj Mahal - 2, Agra

  • <strong>A Musician Rests In The Shade Of The Amber Fort, Jaipur</strong> -

    A Musician Rests In The Shade Of The Amber Fort, Jaipur

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    The five rathas -1, Mahabalipuram

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