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India: Delhi, Agra & Jaipur

14 days (11 days in 2016)
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 it all—the sights, sounds and spiciness of the subcontinent. Hit the highlights of the Golden Triangle, with its exotic architecture and prolific wildlife. Then, travel south to float on a houseboat through the backwaters of Kerala.

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: 25 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels & 1 night aboard a river houseboat

  • Breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 8 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), sloth bears and more.

Jaipur 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Jaipur

Included meals: Breakfast

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 & elephant ride

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, head to Amber Fort for an elephant ride. 

• Climb on the back of an elephant 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.

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 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

Day 13: Transfer to Cochin airport for departure

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Disembark and enjoy a farewell lunch before flying back to Mumbai. 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 14: Arrival at home

Arrive home.

Add Mumbai $549 pp

Immerse yourself in color in Mumbai, a city awash with swirling saris, bustling bazaars and natural sunlight. Marvel at the vibrancy of this high-energy city as you discover its fascinating history and contemporary culture.

Mumbai 2 nights Hotel info

Day 13: Transfer to Mumbai

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After lunch in Kerala, fly from Cochin to Mumbai and spend the night as you please.

Day 14: Sightseeing tour of Mumbai

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

Day 15: Free day in Mumbai

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Mumbai before boarding your overnight flight home.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 16: 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

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 & elephant ride

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, head to Amber Fort for an elephant ride. 

• Climb on the back of an elephant 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 $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 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 Alleppey 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
  • Cochin, India
  • Kerala, India
  • Mumbai, India
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & visa

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. You may choose to obtain your individual visa by applying directly to the Indian consulate 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, along with internal flights: 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
  • Cochin, India
  • Kerala, India
  • Mumbai, India
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & visa

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. You may choose to obtain your individual visa by applying directly to the Indian consulate 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.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 10/31/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Great tour director!

India was a collage of epic sensations from its sounds, colors, smells, and tastes. There was a surprise at every turn, inviting the non suspecting tourist into a cultural bonanza. What added to the value of this trip was the great tour director, Rajat, who gave 110% to make this tour worthwhile. He was very knowledgeable about all of the sites we toured and was unflappable and rational in making last minute decisions. He seemed to get to know us rather well in a short amount of time as he was very skillful and sensitive about grouping compatible people together on the Kerala boat cruise. Rajat was also a genuinely nice person who kept a cool head under pressure. One word of caution: be very careful what you put in your mouth because half of the tour group got food poisoning on the third day of the tour.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 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.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 10/30/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

India Overall

Travel in India per our guide, Raj, requires patience and tolerance: patience with the traffic; patience with Air India; patience with each other and patience even when looking for the elusive tiger. I loved almost every minute of the trip—the food poisoning was the exception. (I think my companions have adequately indicated the general displeasure with the Clarks hotels!) Yes, there were long days in the airport and I guess that is why most tours don’t try to do both North and South India on one trip. While this was an annoyance, I am still glad I did both as a return trip from the USA is an unthinkable 25 hours! Yes, travel to India requires patience and tolerance but I also think managing expectations is critical to a successful trip. Go Ahead would be wise to indicate that: “Free time for wandering/shopping” is dependent upon traffic; “Not included meals” will probably mean eating as a group at a restaurant with limited choices; “Centrally located hotels”…really? In addition, I would prefer to have a few hundred dollars added to the overall price of the trip and relax knowing the service providers are adequately compensated. Struggling with whom and how much to tip was an annoyance. Also, the option to pay for the last night of the trip rather than having to vacate a room a 9PM when the flight is scheduled for 4 AM should be offered! I was extremely impressed with our guide, Raj. He handled professionally the unexpected. His organization, planning and ability to move 28 Americans through crowded streets, onto trains, etc… was impressive. His knowledge and love of his country enhanced my enjoyment. I also appreciated his willingness to run interference with the street peddlers. Our guide, Douglas, in Mumbai was also incredible. I would highly recommend both of them. As stated earlier, I loved my trip. My travel companion described India using words that started with the letter “c”: COLORFUL, CHAOTIC, CORRUPT, CONTRASTING, CONFUSING, CROWDED, CONTRADICTORY, CHANGING, CHALLENGING, CRAMPED and CUMBERSOME. It is all of these. Highlights included experiencing Diwali, the festival of lights, and, of course, seeing that tiger! I would recommend this trip for the experienced traveler who does not need 5 star hotels and gourmet meals (although even I could have done with a few fewer buffets). While Raj said you need patience and tolerance, I would add that one needs to be fit and energetic and possess a sense of humor. India is a developing country. Its beauty is in the Mughal architecture, the temples, the animal preserves, the crowded streets, the quiet canals and especially the people. Go with these expectations and you will have a memorable time.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 10/30/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Really liked my tour Director

My tour director, Rage, ranks very high for me given the many tours I have gone on in the past few years. He was knowledgeable and professional. On our tour there were some very difficult travelers. He maintained his professionalism, was very patient and helped them as much as the rest of the travelers. Not an easy job. I was extremely pleased with all of our accommodations with the exception of two. They were the a chain-The Clarks. The staff were rude, lied about what they had done or not done, never helpful, and the food was not edible. At least 1/3 of our tour got sick the evening and morning of our stay in Agra. I would never return to this hotel and would caution anyone traveling to India to avoid them. I believe they are a liability to Goahead Tours. Otherwise I believe the accommodations were very good. I would stay in any of the other hotels we were in. I especially liked the river cruise and the Tiger Reserve. It gave a welcome slow down to a very hectic tour. I noted above I would recommend this tour to others. This would only be true in the event the Clark Hotels were replaced by others.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 10/27/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Touring India isn't easy

I was disappointed with the trip to India. Admittedly, much of what went wrong is because “India is India” -- a struggling Third-World country. But part of the problem can be laid at the feet of Go Ahead. The sound system on the bus was flawed so that even passengers in the front had difficulty understanding the tour guide. This problem persisted throughout our travels in the Golden Triangle. Would this have occurred on a more upscale bus? At the Jaipur airport many of us were unexpectedly and confusingly subjected to paying a new , excess-baggage tax. Did Go Ahead know of this tax ahead of time? Shouldn’t it have and then notified us? Worst of all, we spent the equivalent of almost two full days driving to and waiting in airports. One group member dubbed our trip the Go Ahead Airport Tour. Some said that Go Ahead should pay us for what we were enduring. In sharp contrast to the excellent Oberoi hotel in Delhi, the two Clarks hotels were disappointing. Numerous group members, including my wife and me, got sick from the food at one of these hotels. Again, I realize that cost is a factor in your choosing this hotel chain. And stomach problems can occur in even the best hotels. On our last night, in Mumbai we spent five hours in the middle of the night in the uninspiring airport waiting area. We could easily have stayed longer in the “day room” at the nearby Casino hotel, but that would have meant that Go Ahead would have paid more for the hotel and bus rental. Regretfully, I would not recommend the Go Ahead India tour . [In contrast, our trip last year to northern Spain, was quite enjoyable.]

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