The Best Tour of India with Pushkar

- 19 Days

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Day 1: Arrive at Delhi - most flights arrive either in the evening or at night, and we strongly recommend that our guests consider arriving a day earlier as this allows you to recuperate from jetlag and serves as insurance against international flight delays and cancellations. An additional night’s hotel stay can be added at the time of reservation.

Street Musician at Jaipur

Welcome to India, home to incredible historical monuments, a plethora of natural wonders, and the world’s most colorful culture.

You are greeted as you exit the terminal by an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator or your Accompanying India Connoisseur Guide and ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle. You are now driven to your top-ranked luxury hotel and assisted with your check-in if it is 3 pm or later.

The Leela Palace Delhi has large opulent rooms and interiors, a selection of fine dining options that include Indian and western cuisine, and a great location in Delhi’s Diplomatic Enclave that is conducive to easier sightseeing while avoiding the bad traffic of the historic and vibrant city. The Leela Hotels have been awarded the World’s Best Hotel Brand by Travel + Leisure, USA, based on the results of their World’s Best Awards Readers Survey in 2021. This is the second year in a row the hotel group has won this award. The Leela Delhi is the capital’s top ranked hotel. You will also be staying at their similarly top-ranked modern palace hotels in Jaipur and Udaipur, adding to the wonderful experiences at each destination. Your stays at the 3 Leela Palaces will include:

Daily Yoga
Complimentary Cocktail Hour from 5 to 6 pm with fine wines, top-shelf spirits, beer, and delicious canapes.
20% off on spa, laundry, and food and beverages (not including spirits), including in-room dining.
Complimentary Art Tour of the Palace followed by a glass of wine.

While you are here, we recommend that you take the time to enjoy the incredible facilities of your hotel, including their beautiful heated rooftop infinity pool and their wonderful spa and its fascinating offerings, which include a spice massage. Yoga sessions are available in the mornings.
(Overnight – The Leela Palace Delhi)

A Note about Meals during your exploration: You have the option to ask us to include the dinners that are not included for a supplement. Experience tells us that our guests often have a very light dinner at the end of the day, and to pay the significant additional costs for the dinner options at your luxury hotels and resorts is a bad value in our opinion.

Day 2: Delhi. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) Begin your exploration of India with a drive to the awe-inspiring 12th century Qutab Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Delhi has over 500 ancient structures strewn over its vast expanse, with many of them in various states of disrepair. In terms of amazing achievements of man from almost a millennium ago the Qutab Minar is unmatched in its architectural brilliance and longevity.

Qutab Minar

Qutab Minar

This 240 ft tall medieval tower is a symbol of victory and a spectacular example of Persian architecture, with intricate carvings and gorgeous inlaid calligraphy. There is a winding stairway inside the tower that goes up all the way to the balcony at the very top of the tower – unfortunately, this is no longer accessible for visitors. Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of the Quwat-ul-Islam Mosque, stands the legendary 2500-year-old Iron Pillar. The pillar stands 23 feet and 8 inches tall, weighs about 7000 pounds, and has inscriptions that are still legible to a great extent. This massive cast iron structure is said to have been moved from its distant cave shelter to Delhi around the 12th century and has not rusted over the millenniums.

From here you will proceed to Lutyens’ historic New Delhi. Upon arrival you will stop at the following attractions -

India Gate

India Gate

The exterior of the massive and awe-inspiring Rashtrapati Bhawan, India’s Presidential Palace which was known as the Viceroy’s House during the British era, and Delhi’s landmark structure, the India Gate.

. From here you will be driven to Connaught Place, which is New Delhi’s downtown and still retains its colonial architecture and design. Lunch will be at a fine-dining restaurant in Connaught Place, with options between multiple cuisines.

Next comes the nearby Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, which is a large gold domed Sikh House of Worship and is the most prominent Gurudwara in Delhi. It was first built as a small structure in 1783 and then expanded over the next few decades. The campus includes the temple, a kitchen, a school, an art gallery, and the Sarovar (Holy Tank) whose water is called Amrit (Holy Nectar). As with all Sikh Gurudwaras, volunteers, including children and the elderly, the extremely wealthy and not so well-off perform almost all the chores required to keep the Gurudwara functioning. A fascinating part of this is the daily langar (community meal), and you will witness as thousands of meals are served to all visitors who want one, regardless of race, religion, gender or belief. Only vegetarian food is served, so that no religions dietary restrictions are violated.

Continue your exploration of Delhi with a visit to the magnificent tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Delhi has such an abundance of amazing monuments that this Tomb Complex (1562 A.D.) does not quite get the acclaim that it deserves.

Humayun's Tomb Front

Front View of Humayun's Tomb

It is one of Delhi’s three UNESCO World Heritage Sites and its striking beauty and flawless proportions will captivate you.

A five-minute drive from here will take you to the gorgeous Lodi Gardens. Spread over 90 acres of extremely expensive real estate in the heart of New Delhi, this massive verdant garden area has ancient trees lush landscaping with beautiful flower beds surrounding an interesting collection of royal tombs from the 15th & 16th century. A large number of birdlife is also found here.

From the gardens you will be driven a very short distance to the Lodi Art District - https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/lodhi-art-district-st-art-india/NQKi787tb1GHJA?hl=en. Delhi may not be famous for its street art and murals, but the large amount of street art found all over this upscale part of the city will both surprise and delight you. The subject matter ranges from quirky to distinctly ethnic Indian and there will be surprises around every corner. After these stops a fairly short drive on tree lined avenues surrounded by embassies of the world’s major nations will bring you back to your hotel.

Welcome Dinner and Cultural Orientation: This evening you will join your fellow group explorers for a special welcome dinner along with your India Connoisseur Guide at your hotels main fine dining restaurant. Your expert guide will give you an introduction to Indian history and present-day culture, and then answer any questions you may have. You will have a choice between delicious set-menus with Indian and western cuisine options.
(Overnight – The Leela Palace Delhi)

Day 3: Delhi. (Breakfast and Lunch) You are driven to ancient Old Delhi this morning. One of your most enduring memories of India will be your next experience as you walk through the ancient Chandni Chowk Bazaar, home to the world’s largest spice market. The cacophony of sounds which have echoed through the centuries, the cries of hawkers and the animated bargaining, along with the incredible colors and the diverse smells emanating from the street food stalls and spice markets combine to make for an experience that is unique to this ancient bazaar.

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid

This will be followed by an e-rickshaw ride which ends up taking you to the Jama Masjid (1650 A.D.), the largest mosque in India.

The Masjid is a magnificent example of Mughal architecture and is constructed of red sandstone and white marble. It is an active place of worship and its courtyard can hold 25,000 worshippers. Bare legs and shoulders are not permitted inside the mosque and we include rented sarongs and scarves.

After this you will drive close by for lunch, a choice between set menus at the historic Curzon Room in the century old Maidens Hotel, a part of the Oberoi Group.

Your next stop after lunch will be at the awe-inspiring Red Fort. The great city inside the massive sandstone walls of the Red Fort offers visitors a large number of architectural and historical attractions. The Red Fort was the seat of the Mughal Empire for more than two hundred and fifty years and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an amazing example of a blend of Persian, Indian and European architecture. Both this fortified city and the Jama Masjid were built by Shah Jahan, the emperor who created the Taj Mahal. After exploring the Fort, you are driven back to your hotel so that you can arrive before Delhi’s evening rush hour really begins.
(Overnight – The Leela Palace Delhi)

Day 4: Delhi – Agra. (Breakfast and Lunch) After a slightly early breakfast (so as to avoid Delhi’s notorious rush hour traffic which starts in earnest after 8:30am), you are assisted with your check-out from your hotel and now you proceed on the drive to Agra on North India’s most upscale highway, an elevated tollway that allows for interesting views of the farmland and villages surrounding it. Arrive at Agra and proceed to one of the most famous luxury resorts on our planet, the Oberoi Amarvilas, where every room has a breathtaking view of the Taj Mahal. You will use the facilities to freshen up and your baggage will be unloaded by the hotel staff – you will be assisted with your check-in later in the afternoon.

You are driven to the first red sandstone fort of North India, the Agra Fort, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an amazing example of a blend of Persian, Indian and European architecture and was built in 1565 by India’s greatest Mughal ruler, Emperor Akbar. Its royal audience halls, immense stone courtyards, marble mosque and the private royal chambers give us a glimpse of the grandeur of the Mughal Empire. There are unique views of the Taj Mahal from a section of the fort, including the room where the Taj Mahal’s creator, Emperor Shah Jahan, was imprisoned during the later years of his life by his infamous son and successor, Aurangzeb.

Lunch will be at an acclaimed restaurant that offers great Indian cuisine and a small selection of very good western food options. After lunch you will return to your spectacular resort and be assisted with your check-in. You are at leisure to experience your lodging for a while – the resort really does make you feel that you are living in a fairy tale!

Taj Mahal - Late Afternoon

Taj Mahal - Late Afternoon

You will proceed next door for a late afternoon visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the incomparable Taj Mahal. Experience the amazing Taj and its surroundings in bright sunlight, culminating with an opportunity to admire the sun’s rays setting on the façade of the world’s finest monument.

The Taj Mahal was completed by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653 A.D. as a memorial to his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. This spectacular white marble mausoleum was created by about 22,000 skilled craftsmen, many of whom were brought here from far away nations, and it took twenty two years to complete. When you experience the Taj Mahal with an Easy Tours’ India Connoisseur Guide who shares unique insights into its innumerable facets, some of their passion for this masterpiece may rub off on you.
(Overnight – The Oberoi Amarvilas)

Day 5: Agra - Ranthambore. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) Enjoy a sunrise visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the incomparable Taj Mahal. Morning is the best time to experience it during most of the year, except for some years during which morning fog in late December and most of January can affect photography. Since it is more expensive for Indian tourists to enter at this early hour the massive monument and its surrounding Mughal gardens have a lot fewer visitors than the rest of the day. The world’s greatest monument dedicated to love is obviously a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the rising sun’s rays illuminate the precious stones inlaid in the marble they will gleam momentarily and change colors. Return to your resort in time for breakfast and some relaxation. You are assisted with your check-out in the mid-morning for the drive to Ranthambore.

On the way to Ranthambore you are driven to the Chand Baori stepwell at Abhaneri, located just off the Agra – Jaipur highway. The massive 10th century Chand Baori stepwell is one of the most impressive in all of India and is located next to a charming Rajasthani village. https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/india-beautiful-stepwells-spc/index.html. The depth of the stepwell is that of a modern 7 story building, and there are stairs (no longer accessible to visitors) leading down to the bottom from three of the 100 foot plus wide (35 meters) sides, creating symmetry and beauty to the ancient structure.

You will proceed nearby to a rural resort which serves farm fresh organic and all-natural produce, as well as pasture raised chicken and lamb in its restaurant. After lunch you will continue on with your journey to Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore National Park). This drive is through rural Rajasthan and there are colorful villagers around you going about their daily activities. You will also encounter many camels and other livestock on this drive. Upon arrival you are assisted with your check-in at your upscale jungle lodge. All meals will be at your lodge during your stay at Ranthambore.

Ranthambore was once the Jaipur rulers’ private hunting ground, and the original historical building of your lodge was where royalty stayed when they visited to hunt the Bengal Tiger and other wildlife. In 1972 the Park was declared a Sanctuary and was brought under the Project Tiger Conservation platform. Since 2006 Easy Tours of India has tracked the percentage of tiger sightings for our guests in Ranthambore National Park. More than 85% of our guests have had tiger sightings during this period, with most of them getting multiple sightings.
(Overnight – Taj Vivanta Sawai Madhopur Lodge)

Day 6: Ranthambore. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) Covering an area of 410 square kilometers, Ranthambore National Park runs along the eastern spur of the Aravalli Mountain range until it meets with the Vindhya ranges. Dry deciduous forest covers most of the park, and the vegetation is lush around the many small lakes and ponds. The open grasslands that are the tiger’s favorite terrain account for much of the land on the higher slopes.

(Overnight – Taj Vivanta Sawai Madhopur Lodge)

Alpha Male Tiger at Ranthambore

Alpha Male Tiger at Ranthambore

Enjoy wildlife jeep safaris into the park in the morning and in the afternoon. Varied flora supports a large number of animals including a variety of deer and antelope, crocodiles, the sloth bear, over 320 species of birds, leopards and one of India’s highest densities of the Bengal Tiger.

Day 7: Ranthambore – Jaipur. (Breakfast and Lunch)This morning those group members who would like to experience this have the option of a guided visit to the Ranthambore Fort. The massive Fort is one of the finest examples of the ancient Hindu concept of Vana-Durg, or a fort protected by a jungle. This excursion does have a fairly steep climb with almost 300 stairs that are always surrounded by dozens of playful monkeys. The history of this Fort (built in 944 A.D.) is a chronicle full of tales of blood and valor. Successively occupied by the Muslims, Rajput’s and Mughals, the insides of the fort today lie partly in ruin. There are superb views of the park to be had from its ramparts. There is also an ancient temple located in the fort which attracts a continuous stream of pilgrims from the surrounding villages. A note of caution – a large number of aggressive langurs (a larger than average South Asian monkey) have made the Fort area their home and it is not advisable to have food or shiny objects visible as you tour the fort as such items will be aggressively snatched away and this could cause injury.

Those who do not want to climb the steps can relax and enjoy the boutique lodge and its facilities and gardens. You are assisted with your check-out from your jungle lodge at noon and you will now break for lunch before you are driven to Jaipur. Sawai Madhopur, the community located next to Ranthambore, is a rural small town, and you will drive through it to get a glimpse of life here before you head for the UNESCO World Heritage City of Jaipur. Upon your arrival at Jaipur, you are assisted with your check-in at your luxury modern palace hotel. There are nightly cultural performances at the hotel, just as there will be at your hotels in Narlai and Udaipur.

After checking in, a tailor will take measurements for your traditional Indian apparel which will be expertly tailored and presented to you on the following evening. You will be shown options for colors and other customizable elements and can select based on your preferences. These garments will be made of fine materials and will make some of the special experiences on your exploration even more memorable.
(Overnight – The Leela Palace Jaipur)

Day 8: Jaipur. (Breakfast, Lunch and Royal Dinner) ) Start your day after an early breakfast and you are driven to a very scenic rural location - https://www.deraamer.com/, the massive compound of Dera Amer. Enjoy a half day experience with the elephants at the camp – the two resident elephants enjoy their bath in the mornings, which is the reason behind your early breakfast. You can assist in bathing, feeding and applying decorative colors on their faces, or you can just watch as all these activities take place. You will also enjoy an extended walk through the camp and experience the spectacular landscape – this is leopard country, although they are seldom spotted here. After this experience you will enjoy lunch at the compound, and, weather permitting, you will dine al-fresco with a view of the elephants.

After lunch you will drive close by to the Amber Fort and Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This awe-inspiring complex was completed in 1599 AD after 25 years of construction. You will be driven to the back entrance of the main complex as Easy Tours does not offer elephant-back ascents up the ramparts of the complex because many of the elephants are not treated well.

Amer Fort and Palace

Amer Fort and Palace

The massive Fort and Palace complex is one of India’s finest examples of Rajput architecture. Explore the chambers and hallways which are famous for their exquisite designs and handcrafted embellishments.

Your Guide will regale you with the history of the various structures as you take in the amazing workmanship of the craftsmen who created them. From the Fort-Palace you will return to your historic palace hotel.

This evening you will be presented with your bespoke Indian garments and the Palace Butlers will be happy to assist you in donning your new clothes – lady colleagues at the Palace will assist ladies with their clothing. This is the perfect night for you to try on your fine Indian attire for the first time.

Royal Indian Dinner Experience: Dinner today will be at the resorts amazing Rajasthani and Awadhi Cuisine restaurant that is solely lit up by candles and has 350,000 pieces of gorgeous Rajasthani decorative mirrorwork on its walls and ceiling. These exquisite Thikri artworks took 3 years to install and the hundreds of candles reflect in them, creating an ambiance that has to be experienced to be believed.
(Overnight – The Leela Palace Jaipur)

Day 9: Jaipur. (Breakfast and Lunch) Begin your exploration of the walled pink city of Jaipur. You will start with a stroll through the fascinating main bazaar in the heart of the pink city and watch the locals as they shop for pretty much everything a consumer can possibly want. This atmospheric and crowded bazaar has street sellers of vegetables, fruit and other goods occupying the curbs with their displays. There are stores selling spices, nuts, flowers, toys, footwear, hardware, and a lot more, mixed in with street food vendors and brick and mortar eating establishments. Byzantine alleys lead into inner courtyard shops.

After a few minutes of walking, you will get a photo opportunity at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Wind).

Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal

This intriguing facade was built in 1799 so that the ladies of the court could use its windows and observe the bustling bazaar without being visible to people below.

Jaipur is India’s capital for jewelery, and the largest supplier of exquisitely crafted jewelery to much of the world, and Johri Bazaar (jewelers’ market) happens to be the center of the largest precious stone cutting area on our planet. You will experience a short walk through a section of the area (please note that all the jewelry manufacturers are located on higher floors and so you will not be seeing the jewelers at work) and arrive at a small boutique hotel, The Johri. This five-room inn has an excellent restaurant where you will enjoy lunch. Locally sourced fresh organic vegetarian cuisine is served here, and you will order ala carte from their extensive menu of seasonal and regional offerings. We strongly recommend all their chaat and appetizer items, but their main entrees are not to be missed either.

After lunch you will proceed for a visit to the Jantar Mantar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a fascinating stone observatory built in 1728. Among other instruments, it includes a massive stone sun dial that is accurate to within 2 seconds.

Located next to Jantar Mantar is the City Palace, the royal residence that was built in a delightful blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles. A part of this massive complex is still occupied by the Royal family and is not accessible to the public. Your India Connoisseur Guide will regale you with stories of royalty as you admire their trappings. This immense complex also houses a number of museums that include displays of armor, miniature paintings, and a large and impressive collection of ancient royal garments and accoutrements.

Guests who want to do so will be driven back to your beautiful hotel for a late afternoon of relaxation. Jaipur is India’s shopping mecca for all sorts of exquisite hand-crafted items, fabrics, carpets, as well as jewelery, and those who are interested in shopping can have their India Connoisseur Guide serve as a personal shopper until the late evening while your chauffeur takes the rest back to your palace hotel.
(Overnight – The Leela Palace Jaipur)

Day 10: Jaipur - Pushkar. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel in the morning after a slightly early breakfast that, as always, contains dozens of Indian and western preparations, as well as many options for made to order dishes. Join your India Connoisseur Guide and your chauffeur and you are now driven to Pushkar. Arrive at Pushkar around noon and there is a break for lunch after which you are assisted with check-in at your upscale desert lodge, located next to a tiny village very near Pushkar. This is the most upscale lodging in the region and all 3 meals are included here while you are at Pushkar.

Afternoon - Walk through the Fair camp grounds with your India Connoisseur Guide to experience the cattle trading and everything else that goes on at this massive fair. The trading activity is at its peak during this part of the fair and you will experience rural Rajasthan as one can only do during this massive cattle fair - photo and video opportunities are endless. Thousands of camels, horses, and other cattle will be traded within a few days. The cattle are groomed and decorated, their skills and strengths are demonstrated in various ways, and there is intense haggling. A plethora of street vendors are mixed in with all this activity, selling food to the villagers and fodder for the various cattle.

At the end of the day the trading ceases and the thousands of villagers settle down to discuss the day’s exploits, and to prepare for their evening meal. At this time, as the sun sets in the desert, you will return to your resort.
(Overnight – The Westin Pushkar Resort & Spa)

Day 11: Pushkar – Narlai. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) You have the option to enjoy a balloon ride over Pushkar early this morning - $267 per person, and limited availability during the fair means that this needs to be reserved at the time of your tour reservation. If you opt for this experience you will return to your resort for breakfast.

Those who don’t select the balloon ride can choose to either sleep in or to experience the early morning activities at the Fair - you can have an early breakfast and join your India Connoisseur Guide for a visit to the fairgrounds, where you will walk through the awakening campground and observe the villagers as they prepare for the day.

Start your day with a guided exploration of small town of Pushkar, where you will walk through its crowded and colorful alleys this morning. This is a pilgrimage destination and you will see temples that are a hubbub of activity during this auspicious period. There is usually a colorful religious procession that goes through the alleys this morning, but this events schedule can change and so it is not guaranteed. Visit the holy lake in the middle of town where pilgrims are taking a dip to wash away their sins.

You are assisted in climbing on your personal camel (camel carts are also available) and then you proceed on a camel safari through the semi-arid region near Pushkar. Your safari ends at a venue where you are the guests of honor at an Easy Tours sponsored Camel Race.

Experience the fascinating race where some camels will develop a mind of their own and head in every other direction but the finish line. You will be amazed by the speed and grace of these awkward looking animals as they fly over the sand. Return to your resort to freshen up. You are assisted with your check-out from your desert resort and then you have your last meal at Pushkar. After lunch you will proceed on the drive to historic Rawla Narlai, a 17th century Royal Hunting Lodge located right in the middle of a wonderful and authentic ancient village. Rawla means Royal Palace, Narlai is the name of the village.

Much of the so-called rural tourism offered in Rajasthan is of smaller villages that receive a constant stream of visitors and most of their guest experiences are, at least partially, staged.

Rajasthani Village

Rajasthani Village

This large 16th Century village (almost 6000 residents) of Narlai is centuries old and the people are genuine and warm villagers.

The ancient royal lodge has been meticulously restored by its owners, the Royal Family of Jodhpur, and calling it boutique would be a vast understatement. There are two wings – one being the original 17th Century hunting lodge, and a more modern wing that was built around two decades ago. Near the lodge and visible from various vantage points is a massive ancient volcanic granite boulder called Elephant Hill, with a historic small Hindu Temple at its peak, and many caves carved into its facade.

Please note that the lodge is a unique rural historical experience and is not a luxury hotel – the amenities will not match your previous lodging. Although the rooms in the new wing are larger and have more modern conveniences and much more natural light, we recommend the rooms in the ancient wing as their incredible historical charm is a unique experience not found elsewhere. However, if you do not want a paucity of natural light, we recommend the new wing. Rooms in both wings have upscale traditional Rajasthani artwork, furnishings and décor, and the heritage wing rooms obviously have more antiques. If you choose the new wing, you will still experience a lot of the 17th Century lodge’s original features. You will select your room preference at the time of your reservation.

The cuisine served at the lodge wins accolades from everyone who stays here, and most of it is sourced from their own organic farms and orchards, as well as other farms surrounding the village. The chefs are attentive and will customize your meals to your preferences, and just like in every resort that you will stay in while in Rajasthan, there are live local cultural performances every evening. The lodge also offers exceptional service levels – nothing is too much for the staff.

Ancient Stepwell Magical Dinner Experience: After sunset you will be assisted in climbing aboard traditional bullock carts and transported through the dark countryside to a charming 16th Century stepwell. Your magical dinner will be at the stepwell, accompanied by live local folk music and accented by 1200 oil lamps adorning the steps of the stepwell. As you enjoy a multi-course dinner of local delicacies and the lodge’s attentive service, the oil lamps and countless stars will illuminate this amazing night.
(Overnight – Rawla Narlai)

Day 12: Narlai – Udaipur. (Breakfast and Lunch)  Guests can select one of two activities for the early morning today, or choose to relax and sleep in. Couples and family/friends can temporarily separate to enjoy one or the other – advance notice of your preference will be needed.

The first option, after tea/coffee and a snack, is to accompany one of the lodge stewards (they do this daily) up the 756 ancient hand carved steps that lead to the peak of Elephant Hill where you can enjoy the spectacular views and visit the small Hindu Temple. Your lodge steward will carry a hot beverage and snacks for your refreshment at the top of the boulder.

Large Male Leopard at Bandhavgarh

Large Male Leopard

The other option is to board one of the lodge’s jeeps with a lodge naturalist and head into the surrounding jungle in search of leopards, who are known to be elusive animals.

Sightings of tigers at India’s better National Parks are much more frequent than leopards, but leopard sightings are fairly common around Narlai, which is not a National Park. At the least you will enjoy an adventure into small rural communities and the jungle – 88% of our guests have had one or more leopard sightings during this adventure. The ride is bumpy as you are traversing rough terrain.

In both cases you will return to the lodge to have a late delicious breakfast and then you can enjoy your fascinating surroundings for a little while. You will be assisted with your check out just before noon and then you will proceed for the drive to Udaipur with a stop enroute. A very short scenic drive will bring you to one of India’s least mentioned historical and architectural marvels, the 15th Century Jain Temple that is an active place of worship.

Explore the awe-inspiring marble Ranakpur Jain Temple Complex. The main temple’s twenty-nine halls are supported by fourteen hundred and forty-four massive yet intricately carved marble pillars, and no two are of the same design. There is an abundance of intricate sculptures and friezes and the enormous scale of the monument and the exquisite details of its design have to be experienced to be believed. Lunch will be at a local restaurant at a nature resort.

After this you will continue on with your journey to Udaipur. This is one of the most picturesque drives in all of India, and snacks will be available in your vehicle during the drive. As you go through the Aravalli hills there will be photo opportunities of village life and livestock, including many camels. The rolling landscape, the languid lifestyle, and the charm of the local villagers will make you ask for frequent stops during this 2-to-2.5-hour journey. Arrive at magical Udaipur in the early evening and you are driven to a jetty where you are assisted in boarding the Leela Palace boat and then you will enjoy the short cruise to your exquisite top ranked luxury resort. Your upgraded room has gorgeous views of the lake and Jag Mandir Island and the Island is beautifully lit up at night. This evening you can enjoy the unique local entertainment that the resort orchestrates in the evenings.
(Overnight – The Leela Palace Udaipur)

Day 13: Udaipur. (Breakfast and Lakefront Royal Dinner) Enjoy a slightly early breakfast this morning. The reason for the slightly early morning breakfast is that the City Palace Complex has an hour at the beginning of every morning where they charge a little more and thus get significantly fewer visitors at that time. Your exploration of the vast complex will almost certainly take longer than an hour, but you will have done most parts that the later visitors will flock too.

The fabled City Palace Complex contains multiple old palaces and other structures. You will explore beautifully decorated rooms with thousands of exquisitely sculpted mirrors covering the walls, massive ivory doors (a dark reminder of Indian royalty’s passion for hunting), brightly colored stained-glass windows, expansive inlaid marble balconies, and the unique peacock courtyard. There are amazing views to be had from this structure, especially of Lake Pichola, the Lake Palace, and Jag Mandir Island. Enjoy a tour of the amazing Crystal Gallery which houses the world’s largest collection of priceless crystal.Marvel at pieces like the complete bedroom furniture set in crystal and the gorgeous crystal fountains in the courtyards.

City Palace

City Palace Complex, Udaipur

Return to gorgeous Palace Hotel and you are at leisure for a couple of hours to enjoy the amazing views and facilities. If you are hungry, we recommend a light meal as a wonderful dinner experience is scheduled for the evening.

In the afternoon you are driven to visit the Monsoon Palace, a small hilltop structure that offers amazing views of the picturesque city of Udaipur and its lakes and palaces. The journey up the hill takes you through a protected wildlife sanctuary and occasional small wildlife sightings can be experienced.

Return to the lake area and proceed for a cruise on captivating Lake Pichola in one of the Leela Palace boats to enjoy wonderful sunset views of Lake Pichola and magical Udaipur. Return to your resort after the cruise for your last night at Udaipur.

Lake Pichola Royal Dinner Experience: This evening you will join your fellow group explorers for dinner along with your India Connoisseur Guide at your resort. There is fascinating ethnic entertainment every evening at your resort, and today that will be followed by a special candlelit dinner on the lakefront terrace above the resorts Indian Fine Dining Restaurant. We strongly recommend the Royal Dinner with a mouthwatering array of dishes that the Udaipur Royals feasted on, but a set menu with multiple courses of western food is also available.
(Overnight – The Leela Palace Udaipur)

Day 14: Udaipur – Mumbai (Breakfast – Lunch on Flight) You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel in the morning. With its small-town atmosphere, laid back Udaipur is one of India’s best places to explore on foot, and your India Connoisseur Guide will take you for walks in small local bazaars and other interesting parts of this charming city. You will also enjoy a slightly bumpy (there are no shock absorbers) three-wheeler scooter ride through the streets.

Just before noon you are driven to the airport which is located well outside the city and assisted in boarding your early afternoon flight to Mumbai. Your flight in on India’s best full-service airline and passable meal options will be offered during the flight. Upon your arrival in Mumbai, you will be driven to your gorgeous top-ranked hotel and assisted with your check-in.

Gateway of India

Gateway of India

Your hotel has one of the best locations in Mumbai and your room has excellent views of the massive bay, the Queen’s Necklace (Marine Drive), and the city of Mumbai.

The area around your hotel is where middle class residents of Mumbai come in the evenings to enjoy the ocean breeze and socialize. It is a great place to walk on your own, as locals sit on the seaside promenade and street vendors hawk their wares to them, from street food to toys to foot massages! You can safely and comfortably explore the surroundings of your Mumbai lodging until the late evening.
(Overnight – The Oberoi Mumbai)

Day 15: Mumbai. (Breakfast and Lunch) for a guided city tour of Mumbai. The tour begins at The Gateway of India, situated overlooking Mumbai’s harbor. This structure was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai and India in 1905. After this a short drive takes you to the impressive Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, previously known as Victoria Terminus.

Chhatrapathi Shivaji Terminus

Chhatrapathi Shivaji Terminus

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is India’s finest example of Gothic architecture and one of the world’s busiest railway stations.

From here you will enjoy a walk-through Mumbai’s most interesting areas, stopping every few minutes to admire historic attractions while being surrounded by local residents going about their daily activities. The next 3 hours will be an experience where you will walk just under 2 miles, stopping frequently at the multitude of attractions. You will stroll through busy street bazaars and public parks where cricket is being played on most days, stopping to take in the incredible architectural details of century plus old Gothic and Victorian buildings that were constructed during the British Raj.

You will admire the historic Flora Fountain, and then another short walk will take you to Horniman’s Circle. Next, after a 2-minute walk, is Mumbai’s Town Hall, situated by the Mumbai’s docks. After this you will take another short walk and stop to enjoy a brief tour inside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, which was known as the Prince of Wales Museum until very recently. This is Mumbai’s premier museum, designed in the Indo-Saracenic style, and includes sections of paintings, archeology, and natural history. Another 5 minutes of walking will end up with a break for an a la carte snack for lunch at the iconic Leopold Café, a popular establishment that has been serving food to Mumbai’s residents since 1871 and was one of the targets during the 2008 Mumbai terrorism attack.

After lunch you will drive to Mumbai’s main Dhobi Ghat where you will observe the Dhobi’s doing Mumbai’s laundry by flogging the clothes on stone in the same manner that they have for more than a century. Over 100,000 pieces are laundered every day and hung to dry on seemingly unending clotheslines, then ironed, and delivered to far reaching areas of Mumbai. The profession is passed on from generation to generation.

Continue your exploration by driving further on Marine Drive and go up Malabar Hill where the Hanging Gardens provide a panoramic view of the city and bay. In the middle of the afternoon, avoiding the infamous Mumbai rush hour traffic, you are driven back to your hotel to enjoy its surroundings, views, and extensive facilities.
(Overnight – The Oberoi Mumbai)

Day 16: Mumbai – Cochin. (Breakfast and Lunch) You are assisted with your check-out in the morning and driven to Mumbai Airport. You are assisted with boarding your no-frills flight (only nonstop option available) to Cochin. Upon your arrival at Cochin Airport, lunch will be in the main restaurant at an upscale hotel next to Cochin Airport (Fort Kochi is an hour and a half drive from the airport) – very good western and Indian cuisine options will be available at the buffet.

You are driven to historic Fort Kochi to the bayfront location of the renovated 19th Century Dutch boat building facility that is your lodging, Brunton Boatyard, and assisted with your check-in to your sea facing room.

Brunton Boatyard

Brunton Boatyard

This extremely charming boutique 22 room lodge oozes a magical charm and has incredible service levels. This is by far the best lodging in the ancient historic seaport, and many of our guests rate their experience here higher than the luxury hotels they have already stayed at.

It has by far the best location and some of the finest coastal Keralan cuisine, very different from other cuisines in India with its Dutch and Portuguese influences – the restaurant chefs and servers will amaze you at every meal. You are right next to most of the major attractions of this fascinating historic small town, ideal for morning & evening walks. Excellent Ayurvedic massages and treatments are available in their small spa.

Late this afternoon you can enjoy the Brunton Boatyards complimentary tea, which includes some delicious finger food and good coffee options, before boarding the Brunton Boatyard’s boat (the last boat made by the Dutch shipbuilder, over 60 years ago) and joining other hotel guests for a sunset cruise on Cochin’s massive Harbor. Upon your return from the cruise, you have the option to join a few Brunton guests for their regular cooking class. Brunton Boatyards description of the class is

After the cruise you have the option to experience the Brunton Boatyard's master chefs share some of their skills with you at the evening cookery classes. Here you will learn the secrets of traditional Kerala cooking. And of course, you will enter the magical world of Indian spices. What they are, how to use them, combine them, and savor the special magic they bring to even the most commonplace foods.
(Overnight – Brunton Boatyard)

Day 17: Cochin. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) This day will start with a 1-minute walk from the Brunton Boatyard to the most photogenic of Cochin’s attractions, the Chinese fishing nets.

Chinese Fishing Nets

Chinese Fishing Nets, Cochin

Folklore will have it that these enormous nets (or at least their design) were brought here by famed Chinese explorer Zhang He about 600 years ago. Local fishermen manipulate these massive nets with an ease that comes from centuries of generational experience.

Ownership of the net and its prized location is handed down from generation to generation. The lowering and raising of the nets, with the fishermen deftly walking up and down the angled wooden poles and manipulating them in and out of the water with thick, well-worn ropes, has a synchronicity and rhythm that is fascinating to observe.

Continue exploring more with an 8-to-10-minute walk through historic Fort Kochi’s charming streets and alleys that are surrounded by Portuguese, Dutch and British architecture, and full of chic small cafes, boutique stores, art galleries, and a lot more. Arrive at Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica and experience its impressive collection of colorful artworks. A 5 minute walk from here will bring you to the St. Francis Church, which was established by the Portuguese Franciscan Friars in 1503. This is the first European church built in India, and the famous Portuguese explorer, Vasco Da Gama, the first European to reach India by sea, was buried in its courtyard for a few years before his remains were returned to Portugal.

A 2-minute walk will bring you to David Hall, a 17th century historic building that has been painstakingly restored and houses a rotating selection of art exhibits, mainly focusing on young artists. David Hall is operated by the CGH Earth Group, owners of the Brunton Boatyard, and a company that is quite possibly the most socially and environmentally progressive hotelier on our planet. The excellent and popular small café in the building will be your stop for lunch, and you will order ala carte. The food is CGH Earth quality, but here the focus is on casual Indian and western cuisine and drinks, including woodfired thin crust pizza’s prepared in an Indian clay oven – we strongly recommend trying the seafood topped ‘Fort Cochin’ Pizza!

After lunch a 10-minute drive through Fort Kochi will bring you to the Dutch Palace which was actually built by the Portuguese in 1555 and is famous for its detailed carved wooden murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana and the Puranic legends. Also known as Mattancherry Palace, this is an unattractive squat building that bears no similarity to the opulence of other palaces, or even mansions, in India. Very near the palace is the Jewish Synagogue which was built in 1568 and is still an active house of worship for the few remaining Jews in the area.

To get to the synagogue you will walk on Jew Street which runs through Jew Town – ancient street signs still identify these names! Fort Kochi’s ancient and colorful Jew Street now has antique stores and souvenir and art outlets. There was a Jewish presence in Kochi from 70 A.D. and the charming synagogue you will visit once was a busy house of worship for the locals. Return to the Brunton for some relaxation and their wonderful service and facilities.

Farewell ‘Taste of History’ Dinner: This evening you will join your fellow group explorers for dinner along with your India Connoisseur Guide at your hotel. Since your last evening in India is on your houseboat on the backwaters where all meals are included, we orchestrate the farewell dinner a night earlier. The menu of the fine dining restaurant, History, is based on recipes gathered over many years from local residents of Fort Kochi. These include immigrants who are of local Keralite, Syrian Christian, Jewish, Persian, Dutch, British, Konkan (from the Goa region), Tamil and many other origins. The first Executive Chef at the Boatyard started gathering these recipes a long time ago by visiting local homes, and the practice has continued until this day, as they continuously refine each recipe to perfection. You will dine on a 6-course menu at the wonderful fine dining History Restaurant.
(Overnight – Brunton Boatyard)

Day 18: Cochin – Backwaters. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) You are assisted with check-out from your boutique lodge in the late morning and are driven to the backwaters. Arrive at Alleppey and you are assisted in boarding your Houseboat.

Backwaters of Kerala

Backwaters of Kerala

Your India Connoisseur Guide will bid you a temporary farewell after getting you checked-in.

Most descriptions and photographs of the backwaters illustrate the incredible lushness and beauty of the vegetation around the fresh water canals, rivulets and lakes, with the charming water bodies and the abundance of coconut trees and other exotic plants creating a subtropical environment not found elsewhere on this planet. To many of our guests the most charming part of their cruise is the opportunity to be part of a unique way of life that hasn’t changed much for a few centuries, because you are literally seeing life as the locals have lived for a long time in this area.

Although now there are small dirt and paved roads leading to most homes and other structures, the residents of this area have always depended on the waterways for most of their movement from one place to another, and this practice continues today. What are streams to you are their streets and alleys, and much of the time you are cruising through their backyards.

You will witness men, women and adolescents rowing themselves to their destination, children in crisp uniforms being rowed back from school, women doing their laundry and dishes by hand in the fresh water streams, fishermen and produce sellers rowing up to the backdoors of the small homes to sell their wares to housewives, farmers in their water-soaked fields, pier-stations with passengers waiting for the commuter longboats that ply these waters, children swimming and playing in the shallower streams, and a whole lot more. As you take in the amazing cornucopia of visual delights, the cook and other staff make sure that all your needs are taken care of, while serving you with freshly made local cuisine.
(Overnight – Premium Houseboat)

Day 19: Backwaters Cruise – End of Journey. (Breakfast) Disembark from your houseboat after breakfast. There are three departure options on this day and your choice will be influenced by whether your international flight departs from Delhi or Cochin. Please note that almost all international flights depart from India’s airports either very late at night or early in the morning. Your assigned Easy Tours’ Guest Relations Manager will coordinate your departure based on your international flight details, once you provide us with that information.

Departure Option 1: For guests arranging their own departure from Cochin Airport. You are driven about 3 hours to Cochin Airport for your outbound flight. Please note that you will arrive at the airport around 1pm. We bid you farewell at the airport.



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Departure Option 2: For guests who have roundtrip flights in and out of Delhi.

Day 19: Backwaters – Cochin – Delhi.(Breakfast) You are driven about 3 hours to Cochin Airport. Additional costs will apply for the Cochin – Delhi flight and other services as detailed below. Please note that most international flights out of Delhi are either very late at night or early in the morning, and nonstop flights from Cochin to Delhi are either in the morning (which would require a very early private departure from your houseboat) or in the evening, which will mean an arrival at Delhi at night. Depending on your international flight departure details, upon your arrival in Delhi we will either bid you farewell, or you will be driven to the Oberoi Gurgaon and assisted with your check-in. During this hotel check-in, please remind the hotel staff of your flight departure timing - Easy Tours will already have informed them.

Day 20: Delhi – International Flight (Breakfast) Check-out at the appropriate time (your room is available until noon) and a luxury Oberoi vehicle will transfer you to the airport where you will board your international flight. Our services end with your Oberoi Gurgaon assisted check-in.



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Departure Option 3: For guests who booked multi-city international flights arriving in Delhi and departing from Cochin. Some of the better international airlines, including most of the major Far and Middle Eastern airlines like Singapore, Qatar, Cathay, Etihad and Emirates have international flights departing from Cochin in the very early morning.

Day 19: Backwaters – Cochin Airport (Breakfast) You are driven about 3 hours to Cochin Airport for your outbound flight. Additional costs will apply for the Cochin Airport Hotel. Arrive next to the airport and your India Connoisseur Guide will bid you farewell during your airport hotel drop-off. You are assisted with your check in at your airport lodging, the Courtyard by Marriott, which is fairly upscale and far superior to U.S. based Courtyard’s. During your check-in, please remind the hotel staff of your flight departure timing - Easy Tours will already have informed them.

Day 20: Cochin – International Flight. (Breakfast) Check out of your hotel at the appropriate time based on your flights timing and a courtesy hotel vehicle will drive you to the small airport.
Our services end with your assisted check-in at your airport hotel.



Lodging

Delhi
The Leela Palace New Delhi – Grande Deluxe Room
Agra
The Oberoi Amarvilas – Premier Taj View Room
Ranthambore
Vivanta Sawai Madhopur Lodge – Deluxe Allure Suite
Jaipur
The Leela Palace Jaipur – Grand Villa with Terrace
Pushkar
The Westin Pushkar Resort & Spa – Premier Villa
Narlai
Rawla Narlai – Grand Heritage Room
Udaipur
The Leela Palace Udaipur – Grand Heritage Lake View Room
Mumbai
The Oberoi Mumbai – Premier Ocean View Room
Fort Kochi
Brunton Boatyard – Sea Facing Room
Backwaters
Premium Houseboat
Delhi Airport
OR
Cochin Airport
The Oberoi Gurgaon - Deluxe Room

Courtyard By Marriott – Executive Room

Inclusions

The Best Accompanying India Connoisseur Guide in India
Gift of custom Tailor Made Indian Apparel for Special Occasions, on your journey and later
2 Jeep Safaris at Ranthambore National Park
All safari related costs at Ranthambore, including park entry, naturalists, vehicle fees etc.
Sunrise and Sunset visits to the Taj Mahal
Dedicated Events at Pushkar
Camelback or Camel cart safari at Pushkar (your choice)
Unique Elephant Interaction Experience at Jaipur
E-Rickshaw Ride in Old Delhi
Three Wheeler scooter ride through the streets of Udaipur
All meals at Ranthambore and Pushkar
Welcome Dinner and Cultural Orientation in Delhi
Royal Dining Experience at Jaipur
Magical Stepwell Dinner Experience at your Royal Hunting Lodge at Narlai
Spectacular Lake Pichola Farewell Dinner Experience at your hotel in Udaipur
Special Farewell Dinner Experience at your hotel in Cochin
Daily breakfast at all the hotels except for Arrival Day
Daily Lunch except for Arrival Day
Lunches/Dinners include regular hotel bottled water
Hotel check-in is at 3pm and checkout is at noon for almost all the hotels
All transfers and sightseeing by Upscale Micro Coach
Complimentary Wi-Fi in all vehicles, except for remote regions
All currently applicable taxes.

Flights on this Journey

Sector Class Baggage Allowance
Prepaid Increases Available
Udaipur - Mumbai Coach Class 44 lb.
Mumbai - Cochin Coach Class 44 lb.

Not Included

International Travel
Expenses of a personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone calls, etc.
All alcoholic and non-alcoholic premium beverages during included meals
Meals other than those specified above
Travel insurance, visa etc.
Camera and Video Camera Fees when Applicable

Dates & Prices

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Flights Delays and Cancellations: We strongly recommend that all our guests secure travel insurance for their tour. If your international arrival is delayed, there are no last-minute refunds for missed hotel nights.

If you miss any domestic flights due to delays not caused by Easy Tours, the Smart Fares we almost always book are refundable with nominal cancellation charges but the new tickets that we will need to book are going to be significantly higher as they will be secured at the last minute. Although Easy Tours only uses our destinations best airlines and makes every effort to use domestic flights that offer back-ups with later flights in case of a cancellation or significant delay, this is not always possible in every itinerary. If a domestic flight is cancelled and re-booking alternative flights (or using alternate means of transportation) is more or less expensive, a debit or credit will be issued to the guest. Hotel nights lost due to domestic travel cancellations have no last-minute refunds for missed hotel nights. Travel insurance to cover such expenses is available and strongly recommended. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.


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Easy Tours will do it's best to keep to the itinerary you choose. If circumstances beyond our control force us to deviate from the original plans, we will provide you with a choice between comparable values and a refund of the relevant fees. 


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Quoted tour costs do not include: Hotel stays before and after your tour, unless specified on your individual itinerary. Those costs can be quoted on request. Except for specified meals and snacks between destinations, most meals are not included in private tour costs. Small Group Tours usually, but not always, include all breakfasts and lunches, and some special dinner experiences. Included Meals are listed on the Inclusions List for your tour in your COAP (contract).
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Cancellations by the Guest Process: Cancellations are processed as detailed below:

A request for cancellation will only be valid if it is received through the Alteration/Cancellation Form on our web site https://www.easytours.travel/. There is also a link to the Form this near the top of your COAP (electronic contract). You can also click this link for the form:  https://www.easytours.travel/us/alter_plans.php. Please note that you will need your COAP number for this online form.

Within 2 business days of receiving your request for cancellation request, Easy Tours will send you a link to your Cancellation Agreement which details the exact amount contractually refundable to you, if any. Once we receive your acceptance of this agreement, Easy Tours will process your refund promptly as described in the Refund section in these Terms and Conditions.


Cancellation Costs:

On-Tour Air Travel Cancellation Costs Airline tickets purchased by Easy Tours for travel that is part of your tour, cancellations will incur charges as levied by the airline, plus a $15 service fee per flight segment for cancellations prior to 7 business days before the beginning of your tour. If less than 7 Business Days remain till the beginning of your tour all domestic fares are non-refundable & cannot be changed. When we provide you with an itinerary and quotation, we specify whether the airfares are non-refundable, restricted, or smart fares. Restricted fares will have higher costs from the airlines while smart fares have a lower charge per segment.

Land Tour Cancellation Costs for travel dates not including any date between Dec. 20th – January 5th:

(a) Cancellations received by us at least 95 days before your tour originates, are charged the higher amount (per person) out of US $500.00, or 7% of the total cost of your visit.

(b) Cancellations received by us between 95 days and 65 days remaining till your visit begins are charged the higher amount (per person) out of US $750.00, or 15% of the total cost of your visit.

(c) Cancellations received between 65 days and 35 days remaining till your visit begins are charged 35% of the total cost of your visit.

(d) Cancellations received between thirty five days and seven days remaining till your visit begins, are charged 80% of the total cost of your visit.

(e) If less than 7 days remain, a cancellation is considered a "No Show"* and does not qualify for a refund.

Land Tour Cancellation Costs for travel dates including any date between Dec. 20th – January 5th:
If any of your travel dates fall between December 20th & January 5th, the following cancellations costs apply. In very few instances some lodging providers only offer non-refundable rates during this period. If a hotel has such restrictions, this will be clearly noted on your payment terms before you make a payment, superseding the below terms.

(a) Cancellations received by us at least 125 days before your tour originates, are charged the higher amount (per person) out of US $500.00, or 7% of the total cost of your visit.
(b) Cancellations received by us at least 95 days before your tour originates, are charged the higher amount (per person) out of US $750.00, or 25% of the total cost of your visit.

(c) Cancellations received by us between 95 days and 65 days remaining till your visit begins are charged 60% of the total cost of your visit.

(d) Cancellations received between 65 days and 35 days remaining till your visit begins are charged 80% of the total cost of your visit.

(e) If less than 35 days remain, a cancellation is considered a "no show"* and does not qualify for a refund except at the sole discretion of Easy Tours.


International Airline Tickets Cancellation & Change Costs: Your flights before and after your tour will incur Cancellation & Change Charges as specified by the Airlines & Consolidators in their direct communications and the travel documents they provide you. Certain airfares cannot be cancelled and are either non-refundable and do not permit any changes, or can be changed with an extra charge. If you asked Easy Tours to refer you to a consolidator or airline, we are in no way involved in any cancellation or change that you or the airlines/consolidators make and will not be involved in refunds or other compensation of any kind for the airline tickets or any other fees tendered to them.


Pandemics & Other Similar Circumstances: The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in extremely significant losses to travel companies including Easy Tours because, among other things, of the refusal of some hotels and airlines in our destinations declining to issue refunds, even when the country was closed. Guests who were affected by such policies understandably feel aggrieved when travel companies pass the non-recoverable costs on to the guest if the guest only wants to cancel. If such a situation arises again, here are the two options Easy Tours will offer to our guests who have already reserved their tour:

Guests who have to cancel their Tour/Travel Package as the destination does not allow visitors during the guests travel dates: You will have a full credit for your complete payments to Easy Tours for future travel with Easy Tours. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.

Guests who want to cancel their Tour/Travel Package if the destination is open to Visitors: You will have a partial credit for your complete payments to Easy Tours for future travel with Easy Tours, depending on what Easy Tours is unable to recover from suppliers and document such non-recoverability to the guest(s). The second option will be to accept a partial refund based on what Easy Tours is unable to recover from suppliers and document such non-recoverability to the guest(s). Please note that the amount in the latter option will almost certainly be lower because some suppliers will only give us an option for future credit towards your travel, and no refund option. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.


Tour Itinerary & Other Changes: Changes to your tour package after your acceptance of the COAP (Confirmation of Availability Package) are done at the sole discretion of Easy Tours. You can request them by email or by accessing our Alter Plans Form. If we are unable to make your desired changes, we'll offer you the option for a refund as defined in our "Cancellations" section.

Very infrequently, small changes may be made to your travel arrangements which we reserve the right to do so at any time, and we will advise you at the earliest possible date. These changes may be the result of Force Majeure or other similar reasons that are beyond our control, such as weather conditions, delays in departures, strikes or riots, overbookings or closure of a hotel, decisions taken by Tourist Organizations and/or State Governments, etc. This may result in an alteration of the itinerary, omission of a destination, or changing the time spent in a particular destination. If it is possible we will provide you with alternative arrangements, and if not, give you a refund as per our policies defined in the Refunds section of these Terms and Conditions.


Refunds When Guest Cancels: All payments for transportation, or travel service, not provided to the passenger shall be promptly refunded, in accordance with the agreed-to terms and conditions, unless the passenger otherwise instructs the Easy Tours in writing.

If you cancel your tour, or do not make payments as per the agreed upon schedule, Easy Tours shall process your refund (after deducting the agreed upon Cancellation Costs as listed in these Terms and Conditions, in less than 7 business days from the earliest of the following dates:

(1) The scheduled date of departure.

(2) The day the passenger requests a refund by cancelling as per the policy defined in the cancellation section.


Tour Cancellation by Easy Tours & Refunds: In the extremely unlikely event that we are unable to provide the tour package due to force majeure, we will process the refund of all your payments within seven business days from the day that we become aware of this inability. In the event of cancellation due to unforeseeable circumstances beyond Easy Tours’ control (such as a natural disaster), Easy Tours will refund all your money within 14 business days of cancellation, after adjusting for any unrecoverable payments already tendered to our suppliers, for which we will provide you with concrete evidence. Since our inception in 2004 we have never had to do this (except in a handful of instances during the Covid-19 pandemic, where we gave the affected guests a full credit towards future travel with Easy Tours as an option to a partial refund) we have never had to take such a step. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.


Financial Liability of Easy Tours: Easy Tours Inc.'s liability in any and all cases will be limited to a refund of the payments made directly by you and/or your fellow travelers to us, subject to our cancellation and refund policies. Easy Tours Inc.'s liability in any and all cases will be limited to a refund of the contractually valid part of the payments made directly by you to us, subject to our cancellation and refund policies. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.


Release of Liability Indemnifying Easy Tours: Besides looking after our guests’ comfort and enjoyment, Easy Tours does its best to ensure that you travel, explore, and reside in a safe and risk-free environment. However, Easy Tours is not responsible, in any sense of the term, for the safety, health, and/or condition, of any guest’s person, their wards, or their property. Your acceptance of our COAP is your legal, binding, and unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement on behalf of yourself and/or any and each person on your tour as listed on your COAP .

You, on behalf of yourself and each person on your tour as listed in your COAP, expressly acknowledge that you are cognizant of any and all risks that are involved in travel to other nations and the related arrangements for trips of this nature, and fully disclaim, waive and discharge Easy Tours (including its shareholders, management, directors, and employees) from any and all liability, claims. damages, loss, or responsibilities, including damage to or loss of your property, or injury or death to you and/or any and each person on your tour as listed on your COAP, with regard to the proposed tour and/or travel package, and arrangements made with respect thereto, even if caused by the negligence of any airlines, transportation companies, hotels, restaurants, or any other party providing services or accommodations included in the tour/visit.

You, on behalf of yourself and each person on your tour as listed in your COAP, also expressly acknowledge and agree with the fact Easy Tours will not be liable for any claims, losses, damages for delayed or lost baggage or other property, or any loss of intangibles such as pleasure, or feelings of disappointment, distress, or frustration, whether mental or physical, which may have resulted from any act or omission of any party, including Easy Tours, providing services to you during your tour and/or travel package. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, and unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement.


Guaranteed Small Group Departures & Cancellations by Easy Tours: A departure date for a Small Group Tour offered by the Easy Tours will become a guaranteed departure when at least one booking secured by a valid deposit has been made on that departure. Easy Tours has No Minimum Group Size Requirements for our Guaranteed Departures. You may be the Only Travelers on your Group Tour Departure Date. Easy Tours does not cancel our guaranteed departures once a booking has been secured and payments made for any Group Departure date.

Easy Tours guarantees that all scheduled Small Group Tour departures booked and secured with valid guest payments will depart as indicated on the applicable confirmation, subject to small reasonable itinerary changes as described in these Terms or good faith health and safety concerns. This guarantee is not applicable in the case of Force Majeure. Up to date Tour and itinerary information is available on your COAP, the Easy Tours’ website or by contacting Easy Tours. Brochures and other printed materials displaying Tour information and departure dates are subject to change and may not be relied upon for purposes of this guarantee. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.

Easy Tours is not responsible for any incidental expenses or consequential losses that you incur as a result of the cancelled booking including visas, vaccinations, non-refundable flights or rail, nonrefundable car parking or other fees, loss of earnings, or loss of enjoyment, Easy Tours reserves the right to issue a refund in lieu of the choices above, at its sole discretion. Where a significant element of a Tour as described cannot be provided after departure, Easy Tours will make suitable alternative arrangements where possible. If it is not possible to provide a suitable alternative or if you reasonably reject any suitable alternatives, Easy Tours may provide you with a refund for unused products or services as determined in its discretion. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.


*No Show's*: Are defined in our above terms and do not qualify for any refunds for any part of their tour. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.


Site Content: The descriptions and views expressed on this web site are based on the knowledge and opinions of the management of Easy Tours. There is no guarantee of accuracy, implied or otherwise, in these descriptions and views. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.

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