The magic of India is inexhaustible with the cosmopolitan and multicultural Delhi, the romantic Taj Mahal, the palatial walled cities of the Maharajas of Rajasthan, the bustling Mumbai, the tropical treasures of southern India and the Himalayas Buddhist tradition in north India.
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- We put together the 5 best rated India travel packages, excursions and activities in 2016.
- #1 The Golden Triangle Tour – visit Delhi, Agra and Jaipur in 5 days.
- #2 Amritsar and Golden Temple Tour Package from Delhi for 2 days.
- #3 Take a 6 day guided Royal Rajasthan tour of Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur!
- #4 Cruise the Kerala backwaters on a houseboat and stay overnight.
- #5 Last but not least a 3-Night Luxury Vacation Package in Goa.
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We put together the 5 best rated India travel packages, excursions and activities in 2016.
#1 The Golden Triangle Tour – visit Delhi, Agra and Jaipur in 5 days.
This private tour package includes a local guide, the pickup and drop-off at the Indira Gandhi International Airport or your Delhi hotel, transportation in a comfortable and private, air-conditioned vehicle, an elephant ride to Amber Fort is also included. Expect luxury 5-star accommodations and full buffet breakfasts as part of the package.
Delhi is the capital of India and the second most populous city. Located in the center of the province of Delhi, it is divided into two parts (old and new). There are admired forts, palaces, tombs and temples of the most varied styles alongside with government buildings in colonial style, modern industries, trades of all types and of course residential areas.
In Delhi we recommend visiting the Red Fort, the Jama Masijd, Raj Ghat or the India Gate in the Old Town. In the new area we suggest the Qutab Minar, Birla Temple and Sikh Temple.
Agra – a monument that identifies both the city and the entire country in the world is located her: the Taj Mahal. Created by Sultan Sikandar Lodi order, in eternal love for his wife. The city was occupied for a long period by Muslims. Today you can admire its inheriting architectural and urban structures of medieval character, as well as its winding alleys.
Located 35 kilometers from Agra, the imperial ruins of “Fatehpur Sikri” stands on a rocky platform. Surrounded by a wall of 6 km it was a symbol of the ancient capital of the Mongol empire in the sixteenth century. Its architectural setting has been declared heritage of humanity.
Jaipur is known as the Pink City, formerly known as Rajputana, it owes the nickname to the color of the sandstone with which the buildings of the old city were built. The nice architectural design is a mix of styles as diverse as Hindu, Jain, Mongolian and Persian.
This Golden Triangle tour is probably the best way to quickly see a good portion of India. The hotels are all excellent, the local guide is very passionate and knowledgeable, the driver safe and reliable. Package prices start at around US$ 770 – very recommended, 744 reviews and 5 star ratings only!
Short on time or on a budget?
You can do a similar, very well organized, private Golden Triangle tour in just 2 days, inclusive a stay in a good 3 star hotel. Prices from around US$ 200. So far 270 travelers where very satisfied with this tour and gave it a 4.5 star rating.
#2 Amritsar and Golden Temple Tour Package from Delhi for 2 days.
The timely organized tour packages includes a personal driver and a professional guide, visits to many attractions. A comfortable transport by train and overnight stay at Amritsar Country Inn and Suites. Prices from around US $ 186. Amazing, 192 customers gave 5star ratings only!
Amritsar – the place of Harmandir Sahib, known as the Golden Temple, it is considered the most important destination for Sikh pilgrims. The temple itself with its golden turrets, domes and minarets, is more than amazing.
But there is another less know fact: the community kitchen, which offers a free meal to every visitor without consideration of religion, color, creed or status. What is most amazing is the sheer size of this kitchen, which covers at least 3 basketball courts, with hundreds of people working here for charity 24/7.
Another place of interest is the Jallian Wala Bagh, which has a bad reputation due to the slaughter that took place there during the rule of the British. Today, this place is a public garden with a memorial dedicated to the victims. Visit the Wagha border – the international border between India and Pakistan, where there is an elaborate ceremony at the time of the changing of the guard.
#3 Take a 6 day guided Royal Rajasthan tour of Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur!
Explore the exotic destinations of Rajasthan.
Jaipur is a beautiful mix of colors, dances, songs, and many traditional arts. It is a very neat very well planned city with wide avenues and roads. They call it the “Pink City” because its buildings are painted in dark red and pink colors.
Visit the Hawa Mahal, “Palace of Winds,” one of the best known landmarks of Jaipur, although it is only a facade. This 5 story building was built for the ladies of the royal family to watch the processions and everyday life of the city.
The City Palace, which is situated in the center of the Old Town, is a large complex of buildings, gardens and terraces, and also has an interesting museum. Next to the Palace is Jantar Mantar – the royal observatory.
Visit Amber Fort on the outskirts of the city to travel back in time. Inside the fort, visit Jagmandir the Corridor of Victory, Jai Mahal and the Temple of Kali.
Quiet, and romantic Udaipur was built around a magnificent blue lakes, which reflect the green hills of the Aravali mountains and was founded way back in 1599. This city, full of beauty, was very advanced in the science of the time and fortified with bastions and 11 innings. Today you can still see the ruins of such bastions and visit some of the palaces. Btw. the James Bond movie “Octopussy” was filmed in Udaipur.
The City Palace is the largest in Rajasthan, highlights here are the arches, balconies, and wonderful domes. Much of the palace has been converted into a museum.
Saheliyon-Ki-Bara or “The Garden of the Ladies of Honor” is a beautiful ornamental garden. At the end of the day take a sunset sailing on the sparkling waters of Lake Pichola. Here the Lake Palace emerges from the turquoise waters like an elegant fantasy in white marble.
Jodhpur, the “Blue City”, is an oasis in the middle of the Thar desert. Jodhpur is Rajasthans second largest city. This city is full of colors, but mostly blue. Forts and palaces, temples and mansions, culture and tradition, spices and fabrics, color and texture, Jodhpur has everything in impressive quantities.
Visit Fort Meherangarh, undoubtedly the jewel of Jodhpur, is considered one of the best Forts in India. This powerful structure is situated on a hill with an incredible view of the surrounding area. Windows with intricate details, delicate carvings and elegant portals show the beauty and good taste of the ancient architects.
Each part of the fort has its own powerful atmosphere, and no traveler can escape the magic of this place. Near the Fort, a there is a monument built in white marble. There is also a unique exhibition of portraits of the Maharajahs and rulers of Jaipur. Take a walk to appreciate the details of the gates and trellises. At the end of the day visit Sardar Market in the heart of the city. It is full of colors and small shops filling the narrow streets, with the variety of craft products, it is a favorite place for shopping.
What´s included in the Rajasthan tour package? An experienced driver and local guide, 5 stays in a good accommodation (incl. breakfast). Prices from US$ 216.00.
#4 Cruise the Kerala backwaters on a houseboat and stay overnight.
Not surprisingly, Kerala, ‘God’s Own Country, was chosen as one of the ten most popular destinations in the world by Conde-Nast Traveller. A trip to Kerala in south India is an unique experience – the backwaters and kettuvalams, the wild elephants, hammocks in the middle of the lush nature, spicy seafood and ayurvedic massages.
One of the highlights of any trip to Kerala is a night aboard a houseboat. These ships, called “Kettuvallams” sail lakes surrounded by palm groves and small canals. You can sail through villages built on narrow pieces of land, stop to visit local markets, or watch busy craftsmen building ships. The houseboats have one or two cabins with a small living room, 2 crew members and a chef. The accommodation is basic, but the experience is worth it.
With prices from US$ 180.00 it´s an affordable and unforgettable experience – all 24 reviewing customers gave it a 5 star rating already.
#5 Last but not least a 3-Night Luxury Vacation Package in Goa.
What´s included? 3 nights’ accommodation at a quality 4/5-star luxury hotel (incl. breakfast and dinner) transfers and sightseeing tour. Prices from US$ 460.00 – this package too got only 5 star reviews.
Goa, the land of beaches and palm groves, is located in the middle of the South-West coast of India. Goa is a true paradise and ideal for a romantic honeymoon. During the last years Goa has gained momentum, but even if there is a lot of movement and noise in the capital, the beaches and markets have retained their sense of leisure that is so important to Goa. Distinguish from the rest of the country the population contains many people of Portuguese origin which like to enjoy life. That is evident in the many restaurants, bars, and in the famous beaches.
Goa is a lot more than pretty beaches and snazzy clubs. Visit the charming churches in the region, the Latin quarters or one of the many forts, go kayaking, trekking the foothills, or exploring the local villages. For seafood lovers, Goa is an ideal place for unforgettable meals.
With these travel packages you can easily wrap yourself in India’s ancient culture, its smells, colors and traditions. All it takes is a flight from the USA and approx. 15 hours or 7,500 miles later you can wander through the cosmopolitan and multicultural bustling Delhi, visit romantic or royal sites, intricate jungles, golden deserts, or enjoy the tropical treasures of southern India.
Hope you enjoyed our recommendations for 2016 we will keep you updated for India travel packages 2017.