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India: Delhi, Agra & Jaipur

11 days
Conjure up India at its most alluring—the mystique of Eastern religions, the swirl of colorful saris, and of course, the magic of the Taj Mahal. On this grand tour, you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and spiciness of the subcontinent while hitting the highlights of the Golden Triangle, with its exotic architecture and prolific wildlife.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 30 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills and stairs.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 5 three-course dinners with beer

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Delhi today.

Delhi 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Delhi

Welcome to India! Arrive late this evening in Delhi and settle into your hotel.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Old Delhi

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a restful morning and included lunch, then take a guided tour of Old Delhi. 

• Visit the Red Fort, a sandstone fortress built during the peak of Mughal power (Please note: On select departures, groups will visit the Red Fort in Agra instead of in Delhi)

• See Raj Ghat, Delhi’s tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, and visit the Gandhi museum

• View the black-and-white onion dome and minarets of the Jama Masjid, one of the most elegant mosques in India

• Take a rickshaw ride through the streets of Old Delhi

This evening, join your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day 4: Sightseeing tour of New Delhi

  Included meals: Breakfast

Today, a local guide introduces you to New Delhi. 

• Visit the India Gate, the most famous war memorial in India 

• See Qutub Minar, an early Islamic tower and UNESCO World Heritage site 

• Explore the grand boulevards, government buildings and city parks

Agra 1 night Hotel info

Day 5: Agra via Sikandra

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Stop in Sikandra to explore the mausoleum of Akbar The Great with a local guide and enjoy some free time in the beautiful grounds. Then, continue to Agra, home of the iconic Taj Mahal.

Ranthambore 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: The Taj Mahal & Ranthambore

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Awake early to enjoy a guided tour of the legendary Taj Mahal at sunrise. (Please note: Depending on weather and season, select departures will visit the Taj Mahal at sunset on day 5).  Then, stop in the abandoned red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri to see its complex temples and monuments. Continue on to Rathambore National Park by train for a chance to see the elusive Bengal tiger

Day 7: Game drives in Ranthambore

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the day at Ranthambore National Park on morning and afternoon game drives through rugged terrain. Keep watch for big cats (including tigers) and other large predators, like sloth bears, striped hyenas, jackals and Indian mongeese.

Jaipur 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Jaipur

  Included meals: Breakfast

View rural life during a stop at a local school in Rajasthani Village. Then, journey to Jaipur, known as “the Pink City” for its distinctive terra-cotta hue. Upon arrival, a local guide shows you Jaipur’s historic sites.

• View Hawa Mahal (“the Palace of Winds”) and walk through the colorful bazaar

• Enter the stunning City Palace and explore its museum

Day 9: Amber Fort & 4x4 Jeep ride

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, make your way to the 16th-century Amber Fort to take in stunning architecture and sweeping views.

• Climb into a 4x4 Jeep to ascend the slope to Amber Fort 

• Enjoy beautiful views from the top of the fort as well as a guided tour

After free time to explore Jaipur’s many markets and bazaars, sit down to an included dinner accompanied by a traditional puppet show.

Day 10: Transfer to Delhi airport for departure

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel back to Delhi. If you’re not extending your tour, you’ll have time to relax in a dayroom before returning to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 11: Arrival at home

Arrive home.

Add Cochin, Kerala Backwaters & Mumbai Starting from $1,259 pp

Cochin 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Transfer to Cochin

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, fly from Jaipur to Cochin to join your group for dinner and a  spellbinding Kathakali performance.

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Cochin

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On today’s guided tour of Cochin, discover why the city is considered the jewel in  the crown of Kerala.

• Visit Fort Cochin, home to some of the oldest European architecture in India

• See Mattancherry Palace and the Santa Cruz Basilica

• Enter and marvel at the St. Francis Church—the oldest European church in  India—and Paradesi Synagogue, where you’ll see Hebrew-inscribed gravestones

Kerala Backwaters 1 night

Day 12: Transfer to Alleppey

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to Alleppey to board a houseboat for a cruise through the Kerala backwaters.

• Spend tonight on board the houseboat for a unique opportunity to experience  some of India’s most stunning scenery

• Enjoy a dinner of local cuisine cooked by private houseboat chefs

Mumbai 1 night Hotel info

Day 13: Transfer to Mumbai

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Disembark and enjoy an included lunch in Cochin before flying back to Mumbai.

Day 14: Sightseeing tour of Mumbai & departure

  Included meals: Breakfast

Today, you’ll be introduced to the vibrant culture of Mumbai on a guided tour.

• Take a catamaran to Elephanta Island to explore its intricately carved caves

• See Dhobi Ghat, Crawford Market and the Prince of Wales Museum

You’ll have time to relax in a dayroom before traveling to the airport for your  overnight flight home.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 15: Arrival at home

Arrive home.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 5 three-course dinners with beer

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Delhi today.

Delhi 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Delhi

Welcome to India! Arrive late this evening in Delhi and settle into your hotel.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Old Delhi

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a restful morning and included lunch, then take a guided tour of Old Delhi. 

• Visit the Red Fort, a sandstone fortress built during the peak of Mughal power (Please note: On select departures, groups will visit the Red Fort in Agra instead of in Delhi)

• See Raj Ghat, Delhi’s tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, and visit the Gandhi museum

• View the black-and-white onion dome and minarets of the Jama Masjid, one of the most elegant mosques in India

• Take a rickshaw ride through the streets of Old Delhi

This evening, join your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day 4: Sightseeing tour of New Delhi

  Included meals: Breakfast

Today, a local guide introduces you to New Delhi. 

• Visit the India Gate, the most famous war memorial in India 

• See Qutub Minar, an early Islamic tower and UNESCO World Heritage site 

• Explore the grand boulevards, government buildings and city parks

Agra 1 night Hotel info

Day 5: Agra via Sikandra

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Stop in Sikandra to explore the mausoleum of Akbar The Great with a local guide and enjoy some free time in the beautiful grounds. Then, continue to Agra, home of the iconic Taj Mahal.

Ranthambore 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: The Taj Mahal & Ranthambore

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Awake early to enjoy a guided tour of the legendary Taj Mahal at sunrise. (Please note: Depending on weather and season, select departures will visit the Taj Mahal at sunset on day 5).  Then, stop in the abandoned red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri to see its complex temples and monuments. Continue on to Rathambore National Park by train for a chance to see the elusive Bengal tiger

Day 7: Game drives in Ranthambore

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the day at Ranthambore National Park on morning and afternoon game drives through rugged terrain. Keep watch for big cats (including tigers) and other large predators, like sloth bears, striped hyenas, jackals and Indian mongeese.

Jaipur 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Jaipur

  Included meals: Breakfast

View rural life during a stop at a local school in Rajasthani Village. Then, journey to Jaipur, known as “the Pink City” for its distinctive terra-cotta hue. Upon arrival, a local guide shows you Jaipur’s historic sites.

• View Hawa Mahal (“the Palace of Winds”) and walk through the colorful bazaar

• Enter the stunning City Palace and explore its museum

Day 9: Amber Fort & 4x4 Jeep ride

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, make your way to the 16th-century Amber Fort to take in stunning architecture and sweeping views.

• Climb into a 4x4 Jeep to ascend the slope to Amber Fort 

• Enjoy beautiful views from the top of the fort as well as a guided tour

After free time to explore Jaipur’s many markets and bazaars, sit down to an included dinner accompanied by a traditional puppet show.

Day 10: Transfer to Delhi airport for departure

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel back to Delhi. If you’re not extending your tour, you’ll have time to relax in a dayroom before returning to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 11: Arrival at home

Arrive home.

Add Cochin, Kerala Backwaters & Mumbai Starting from $1,259 pp

Cochin 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Transfer to Cochin

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, fly from Jaipur to Cochin to join your group for dinner and a  spellbinding Kathakali performance.

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Cochin

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On today’s guided tour of Cochin, discover why the city is considered the jewel in  the crown of Kerala.

• Visit Fort Cochin, home to some of the oldest European architecture in India

• See Mattancherry Palace and the Santa Cruz Basilica

• Enter and marvel at the St. Francis Church—the oldest European church in  India—and Paradesi Synagogue, where you’ll see Hebrew-inscribed gravestones

Kerala Backwaters 1 night

Day 12: Transfer to Alleppey

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to Alleppey to board a houseboat for a cruise through the Kerala backwaters.

• Spend tonight on board the houseboat for a unique opportunity to experience  some of India’s most stunning scenery

• Enjoy a dinner of local cuisine cooked by private houseboat chefs

Mumbai 1 night Hotel info

Day 13: Transfer to Mumbai

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Disembark and enjoy an included lunch in Cochin before flying back to Mumbai.

Day 14: Sightseeing tour of Mumbai & departure

  Included meals: Breakfast

Today, you’ll be introduced to the vibrant culture of Mumbai on a guided tour.

• Take a catamaran to Elephanta Island to explore its intricately carved caves

• See Dhobi Ghat, Crawford Market and the Prince of Wales Museum

You’ll have time to relax in a dayroom before traveling to the airport for your  overnight flight home.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 15: Arrival at home

Arrive home.

How's the weather?

  • Delhi, India
  • Agra, India
  • Ranthambore, India
  • Jaipur, India
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & visa requirements

In order to enter India, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the reentry date. Additionally, U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in advance in order to enter India. Travelers visiting India for less than 30 days may use an electronic visa. You may choose to obtain your individual visa by applying directly to the Indian consulate at indianvisaonline.gov.in or by using a visa provider, such as our partner company, VisaCentral. If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the Indian consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you’ll have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing & packing tips

Light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your tour. Temperatures throughout India can be exceedingly high, so it’s a good idea to dress in light, breathable materials. A sturdy pair of walking shoes is recommended for exploring the cities. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and rainwear are advised. Remember that it’s preferable not to visit religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There is some risk of the following diseases in India: malaria, rabies and dengue fever, among others. Travelers should make sure to wear protective clothing and insect repellent when outside, particularly in forested/rural areas. Sun protection is also highly advisable. No vaccinations are required for entry, but we strongly recommend that you check with your doctor at least eight weeks prior to departure for recommended vaccinations and the latest updates on requirements. For the most updated information on travel in this area, call the Centers for Disease Control and Protection at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747) or visit its website at www.cdc.gov/travel and view the sections on South Asia.

Important health tips

In order for you to stay healthy throughout your tour, we recommend the following:       * Drink bottled water. Refrain from drinking tap water, including when brushing teeth. * Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they are cooked or washed in clean water and peeled. * Bring a small first-aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication and any prescription medications.

Cuisine

In the northern regions of India, you’ll encounter a great deal of tasty meat-based dishes, including rogan josh and korma, as well as kebabs and biryanis. Tandoor cooking, probably the most popular cuisine in this region, involves vegetables, paneer (Indian cheese), or meat that has been marinated in spiced yogurt, cooked over coals. These are then served in a spicy gravy or sauce or as a kebab. However, if you’re not a meat eater, rest assured that many Indians are vegetarians for religious reasons, so delectable and flavorful vegetarian dishes abound as well. Throughout India, you’ll find that your meals are almost always served with either rice or bread—from unleavened rotis and tandoor-baked breads to the deep-fried puris and bhaturas and pancake-style breads.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in Delhi and depart from Mumbai. All other included transportation on your tour is by private motor coach. There are several included internal flights on the post extension: Jaipur to Cochin and Cochin to Mumbai.

Electricity

India operates on the European standard 220 volts or 240 volts.

Time zones

India is 5.5 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 10.5 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 10:30 p.m. in Delhi. Because there is no daylight-saving time, India is only 9.5 hours ahead of EST during the summer.

Currency

The Indian rupee is the currency you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take a combination of bank/ATM cards and credit cards, which can be used to access cash at local banks, as needed. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Shopping on tour

Please note that some excursions may include a stop at a market or specialty store. Go Ahead Tours has no relationship with these vendors and encourages you to research specialty items you’re interested in purchasing abroad before you leave to ensure you’re receiving the best quality.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

How's the weather?

  • Delhi, India
  • Agra, India
  • Ranthambore, India
  • Jaipur, India
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & visa requirements

In order to enter India, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the reentry date. Additionally, U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in advance in order to enter India. Travelers visiting India for less than 30 days may use an electronic visa. You may choose to obtain your individual visa by applying directly to the Indian consulate at indianvisaonline.gov.in or by using a visa provider, such as our partner company, VisaCentral. If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the Indian consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you’ll have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing & packing tips

Light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your tour. Temperatures throughout India can be exceedingly high, so it’s a good idea to dress in light, breathable materials. A sturdy pair of walking shoes is recommended for exploring the cities. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and rainwear are advised. Remember that it’s preferable not to visit religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There is some risk of the following diseases in India: malaria, rabies and dengue fever, among others. Travelers should make sure to wear protective clothing and insect repellent when outside, particularly in forested/rural areas. Sun protection is also highly advisable. No vaccinations are required for entry, but we strongly recommend that you check with your doctor at least eight weeks prior to departure for recommended vaccinations and the latest updates on requirements. For the most updated information on travel in this area, call the Centers for Disease Control and Protection at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747) or visit its website at www.cdc.gov/travel and view the sections on South Asia.

Important health tips

In order for you to stay healthy throughout your tour, we recommend the following:       * Drink bottled water. Refrain from drinking tap water, including when brushing teeth. * Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they are cooked or washed in clean water and peeled. * Bring a small first-aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication and any prescription medications.

Cuisine

In the northern regions of India, you’ll encounter a great deal of tasty meat-based dishes, including rogan josh and korma, as well as kebabs and biryanis. Tandoor cooking, probably the most popular cuisine in this region, involves vegetables, paneer (Indian cheese), or meat that has been marinated in spiced yogurt, cooked over coals. These are then served in a spicy gravy or sauce or as a kebab. However, if you’re not a meat eater, rest assured that many Indians are vegetarians for religious reasons, so delectable and flavorful vegetarian dishes abound as well. Throughout India, you’ll find that your meals are almost always served with either rice or bread—from unleavened rotis and tandoor-baked breads to the deep-fried puris and bhaturas and pancake-style breads.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in Delhi and depart from Mumbai. All other included transportation on your tour is by private motor coach. There are several included internal flights on the post extension: Jaipur to Cochin and Cochin to Mumbai.

Electricity

India operates on the European standard 220 volts or 240 volts.

Time zones

India is 5.5 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 10.5 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 10:30 p.m. in Delhi. Because there is no daylight-saving time, India is only 9.5 hours ahead of EST during the summer.

Currency

The Indian rupee is the currency you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take a combination of bank/ATM cards and credit cards, which can be used to access cash at local banks, as needed. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Shopping on tour

Please note that some excursions may include a stop at a market or specialty store. Go Ahead Tours has no relationship with these vendors and encourages you to research specialty items you’re interested in purchasing abroad before you leave to ensure you’re receiving the best quality.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 3/1/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour To See India

Our tour to India took place on March, 2016. Wow! what a trip! We saw so much of India in the two-week schedule--from the North to the South, central, East and West of the country. We traveled by plane, bus, van, train, boat and saw various landscapes, experienced many cultures and religions and met wonderful people. We cannot thank enough Go Ahead tours and, especially, our Tour Director, Rajeev, who helped us experience and learn about the history, culture, economics and more of his beloved country. Every new day and moment was an adventure and he helped us navigate the many activities with a lot of care and concern for our well-being. Rajeev is the BEST! It was indeed a GREAT tour and a trip of a lifetime. "A MILLION" THANKS!

 

Hi Ruth! We’re thrilled to hear you enjoyed your tour. It sounds like you were able to have so many unique, incredible experiences! We’re happy your Tour Director made such a positive impact on your tour, and we’re glad his enthusiasm shone through every day. Again, we thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on another tour soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 14, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 2/19/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: FL

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

This tour had quite a few deviations from schedule, due to politics and protests blocking roadways, shutting down train, and some temple/fort closures. We did get to the Taj Mahal, main reason for the trip, and saw 2, not just 1, wild tigers at the reserve, and visited many outstanding palaces/temples. Go Ahead did great job of adding to the itinerary, upgrading hotel, providing extra meals to accommodate for unexpected deviations. The farewell meal in the city with an Indian family was fabulous. The last day prior to the flight was long . We left our hotel early am, spent 5 plus hours by bus to hotel where we stayed until midnight before heading to airport. The guide with us (just for that day, as our regular tour director left with the extension group) did not interact or discuss our surroundings along the way. In general the trip was very exciting, informative, and colorful.

 

Hi Judith! Welcome home, and thank you for sharing your experience. We’re glad that you enjoyed your tour, despite the necessary adjustments. We’re happy you felt that these itinerary changes were well-planned. We’re also thrilled that you were able to see two wild tigers at the reserve – how special! Regarding your transfer guide, we regret to hear you weren’t satisfied with their services. We will communicate your feedback to our Operations Department. Again, thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on another tour soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | March 04, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 1/8/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Trip

Our flights to and from India were great. No layover in Europe. The hotels were fantastic. They were much better than I was used to on other trips. The Taj Mahal is more impressive in person than in photos. We went in January and the weather was perfect up north and in the low 90's around Cochin. Rajat, our tour director, was great and really helped out when things went wrong. Our flight from Jaipur to Cochin was delayed for 4 hours and we still were able to make it to Cochin the same day.

 

Hi Jim! We’re happy to hear many aspects of your tour exceeded your expectations. Between your Tour Director, the perfect weather, and the amazing sites, it sounds like an incredible time! We’re so glad. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 24, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 12/5/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

great tour director

If you've never been to India and are hesitant about doing it yourself, this is a great tour to introduce you to some of the highlights of the country. You will visit several cities, see many sights (including historical, spiritual, and wild life), and have lots of opportunities for shopping. Rajat, our tour director, was very knowledgeable about what we were seeing and also very flexible with unexpected problems or requests from tour members. He made us feel like we were in very competent hands and didn't have to worry about anything except having a good time. The hotels were uniformly comfortable, clean, and modern, often luxurious. The Taj Mahal is worth the price of admission, and lived up to and went way beyond its hype.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/2/2014

Number of Past Tours: 9

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fabulous tour director!

This was our ninth tour with Go Ahead and, to date, I have never submitted a review of any of our previous tour directors. I usually liked our tour directors but I have never felt compelled to suggest that they were extraordinary. Rajat on the India: The Golden Triangle to Kerala was extraordinary. Not only was Rajat a good communicator about India's history and cultural sights, he was also a guide who could be compassionate to a traveler's needs and at the same time assume we could function by ourselves without a lot of hand holding. This is refreshing in a guide because when you are sick and need to be hospitalized ( not me but another woman) you need the former. When all is going well, you need the latter. I really liked the India he introduced us to. He managed to be both a buffer for the many problems that traveling in India present, and a great representative for the Indian spirit. He is (rightly ) proud of India's history and shares this history in a way that makes one wonder why we didn't know more to start with. If you are lucky enough to travel with Rajat , know that you are in for a fabulous experience. He was(currently) younger than our youngest traveler but he had us spell bound from the start. He is ageless and wonderful and you will have the time of your life.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 6/20/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

The Real India

We went to India with an open mind. A "vacation" destination? Not in the true sense of the word. More like a cultural experience. You have to keep an open mind and accept that this is a third world, developing country. It was truly an "attack" on your senses. The colors, smells, visuals, noise and millions of people. A constant barrage of poor human beings, filth, unsanitary conditions.....But, this is their life. The temples and tombs were amazing considering their age and how they were constructed, so long ago. The Taj Mahal, magnificent! The people warm and friendly but oh so desperately in need of every basic need. The government could definitely step up and put programs in place to help it's millions of citizens. We travel to experience how others in this world live and what their countries hold. This trip was an eye opening experience. Glad we got to experience it and now on to the next adventure!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 2/7/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: ON

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Adventure

I had the most wonderful experience in India with Go Ahead. I went primarily to see the Taj Mahal which had been on my bucket list since childhood. I never expected to see 3 tigers in the wild, and the most incredible palaces. Riding an elephant and a houseboat were bonuses and on the last day my impromptu swim in the Arabian Sea was the cherry on the sundae. Go Ahead provides exquisite hotels and meals as well as fantastic internal transport (Train and bus). I loved the tour.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 2/7/2014

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A Unique Country

India is for the adventurous traveler wanting to see and experience a truly 3rd world country. This is not a trip for someone who wants to relax or see beautiful sites. On this trip you will experience the true India. That being said, we truly enjoyed the lovely and delightful people of Southern India, our tour director Rajat,and the houseboat trip. As in all the tours we have taken with Go Ahead this trip did give us the true feel of India and value for our money. If considering the extension to Mumbai the Holiday Inn Airport was the best hotel of the trip but be aware Go Ahead leave you pretty much on your own with no guide and little help or information on navigating Mumbai or the airport.

 

Dear Kelly, Thank you for traveling with Go Ahead, and for reviewing your experience for us and your fellow travelers! India is certainly an amazing country with so much to do and see, and we do our best to include as much as possible into this exciting itinerary. We are so pleased to learn that you got a true feel for this incredible country, and that you truly enjoyed your time and your Tour Director. Thank you for your comments about your experience on the extension. Please know we have changed this itinerary and the extension for all 2016 dates to better serve our travelers. We thank you again for your thoughtful review, and we hope to welcome you onto a future Go Ahead tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 24, 2015

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 11/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

great tour director

get and very knowledgable Tour Director and overall it was a very nice trip with lots of thinks to see and experience.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Caring Tour director

Everything was good except domestic flight luggage weight information was poor.

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