The Best Small Group Tour of North India & Nepal with Holi

- 19 Days

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Feb 19th: Arrive at Kathmandu, Nepal.        Overnight – Hyatt Regency Kathmandu


Easy Tours will be happy to guide and/or assist you with planning your international flight logistics, including multi-city options that arrive in Kathmandu and depart from India. Our services begin with your greeting at Kathmandu airport, after which you are driven to your upscale lodging in Kathmandu and assisted with your check-in to your upgraded room with its wonderful view of the Boudanath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

If your arrival at your hotel is a little before 3pm, an early check-in may be possible, but is not guaranteed. If it is much before 3pm, an additional night’s stay can be added, enabling you to check in at arrival. For most of our South Asian destinations, we recommend a day at leisure upon arrival so as to both recuperate from your international flights, as well as to build a cushion for unexpected flight delays.

Nepal Mountains Dhulikhel

Welcome to an ancient Himalayan Country that offers a fascinating culture, incredible scenery, very warm and friendly people, great trekking opportunities, and a whole lot more.

With the exception of the fairly congested Kathmandu Valley, Nepal has charming and laid-back cities and towns, along with picturesque wildlife parks that are home to many endangered species.

The unfortunate picture of the effects of the 2015 earthquake as painted by the media, like much of what they do, is severely exaggerated. For example, the three ancient UNESCO World Heritage religious structures in Kathmandu survived with very little or no damage. The three Durbar Square’s (all of which are also individual UNESCO World Heritage Sites) in the queen cities of the Kathmandu Valley did suffer more damage, but most of their monuments are still standing, providing wonderful insights into the local history and culture.
(Overnight – Hyatt Regency Kathmandu)

Feb 20th: Kathmandu. (Breakfast and Lunch)        Overnight – Hyatt Regency Kathmandu


Weather permitting, you have the option of experiencing an Everest flight early this morning – this is facilitated with private Easy Tours assisted transfers between the hotel and the airport. If you decide to take this flight, on your return you will freshen up and have breakfast. If weather conditions result in the flight getting cancelled, it can be substituted for the following day.

Today and tomorrow are days with amazing experiences and photo opportunities at six UNESCO sites and other interesting places. Begin your day with a tour of Pashupatinath Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. Originally built around 2400 years ago, the spectacular temple was reconstructed by a Nepalese king in the 15th century after the original wooden structure was (purportedly) consumed by termites. A lesser-known fact among western visitors is that Nepal’s natives are primarily Hindus (over 80%), and Pashupatinath’s surrounding area is dotted with ancient Hindu shrines and ashrams, as well as a steady stream of pilgrims and worshippers.

Nepal’s holy river Bagmati flows through here and its banks are constant witnesses to Hindu ceremonies for the dead and the living. There is a cremation area where pyres are always present, and your Guide will ask you for a mindful approach in these areas. The main temple and most of the surrounding shrines received no damage in the 2015 earthquake.

Next you are driven to the Kathmandu Durbar Square, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. A few of the ancient monuments here were damaged during the earthquake, but much of it remains intact. The monuments in the Square were built between the 12th and 18th centuries, and this is where, even today, most of the state ceremonies are performed. Start with a visit to the beautiful 17th Century three-story building called Kumari Ghar, which means the abode of the Living Goddess. Guests may want to spend a couple of minutes researching this ancient tradition before their visit. If you are fortunate, you may be graced with the anointed child’s appearance in an upstairs window. You will then explore the ancient square and its many monuments, with the opportunity to pose in front of Kal Bhairav, an ancient and impressive stone relief of Lord Shiva in one of his most fearsome manifestations.

You will break for lunch and then visit the Swayambhunath Temple and Pagoda, Kathmandu’s signature monument, with the expressive eyes and nose painted on all four sides of its unique crown that are visible from almost all the Kathmandu Valley.

Swayambhunath Temple and Pagoda

Swayambhunath Temple and Pagoda

With a history that may go back as far as 2500 years, this ancient complex is obviously a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is built on a hilltop.

Devout Nepalese walk up the hill from the base (365 steps), but most of our guests prefer to drive up almost all the way up and then use the few steps on the other side of the hill. Although a couple of the smaller surrounding monuments were damaged during the 2015 earthquake, the main structure still stands, along with other smaller shrines and monasteries surrounding it.

Your last experience today is the Boudhanath Stupa near your hotel, another UNESCO World Heritage Site that also happens to be one of Kathmandu’s two landmarks. This is the largest stupa in Nepal and a major pilgrimage destination for Buddhists. Said to have been built just after Lord Buddha’s departure from the world about two and a half millennia ago, the stupa has multiple legends associated with it in both Nepalese and Tibetan Buddhism. The influx of Tibetan Buddhists escaping China’s control over the last six decades has transformed the area around it as many of them have settled here, and have also built over 50 Gompa’s (monasteries) around the Stupa. Exploring the stupa and its colorful surrounding areas is a highlight for any visitor to Kathmandu.

Boudhnath Stupa Morning Prayer

Boudhnath Stupa Morning Prayer

The spire of the stupa and a few other areas received some damage in the 2015 earthquake but this has now been repaired.

Those who wish can accompany their Nepal Connoisseur Guide on a walk to your nearby hotel, instead of being driven back.
(Overnight – Hyatt Regency Kathmandu)

Feb 21st: Kathmandu – Nagarkot. (Breakfast and Lunch)        Overnight – Hotel Mystic Mountain


You are assisted with your checkout in the mid-morning and driven to Patan City, one of the three queen cities of the valley. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, although some structures here were damaged or destroyed by the 2015 earthquake, much of the amazing historic site remains, and is more than well worth a visit. Patan is the city of fine arts, and you will start with an exploration of the Durbar Square. The museum here houses a collection of ancient bronzes and religious objects. Other noteworthy monuments are the impressive carvings at the 17th century Krishna Mandir and Mahavihar, and the 12th century Golden Temple of Lord Buddha.

From here you will proceed to Bhaktapur, a UNESCO world Heritage Site, for a guided exploration. Bhaktapur lies on the way between Kathmandu and Nagarkot and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the Kathmandu Valley’s three queen cities, and its name translates as The City of Devotees. Although this queen city suffered more damage than the two others during the earthquake, there is more than enough remaining to marvel at as you walk around the ancient square with its unique architecture and charming temples.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

The architecture and culture here is different from what you will experience in most of Kathmandu, as ancient Newari architecture and culture are found here in their purest form.

There is a break for lunch after which you will be driven to Nagarkot, which is located east of Kathmandu. Nagarkot is situated at an elevation of 7135 feet (2175 meters) and offers a panoramic view of the Himalayas. On a very clear morning you can see five of the world's ten highest mountains - Everest 29,028 feet (8848 meters), Lhotse 27939 feet (8516 meters), Makalu 27,765 feet (8463 meters) and Manaslu 26,781 feet (8163 meters), as well as many other summits.

You are assisted with your check-in at the Mountain Resort on your arrival at Nagarkot. Your room will have a large balcony with a direct view of the Himalayas. We recommend that you turn in early this evening. Please note that the best time for good visibility of the distant Himalayas is at sunrise.
(Overnight – Hotel Mystic Mountain)

Feb 22nd: Nagarkot – Kathmandu – Delhi. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)        Overnight – The Imperial Delhi


Awaken before sunrise in the morning so that you can take in the amazing vista of the Himalayas. Besides your balcony, there are various other locations at the resort that provide great Himalayan views. After breakfast you are driven to a nearby location from where you will proceed on a short easy hike to a fascinating Tamang Village. You will experience a refreshing hike through pine forests full of Himalayan birds and small wildlife, as well as terraced farmlands cultivating mountain vegetables and more.

The Tamang are mountain folks who moved from Tibet to Nepal and India over the last few centuries. Traditionally horse traders, the Tamang have kept their language, Buddhist beliefs and culture, as well as their traditional dress. They are friendly to visitors and their villages are often a part of much more arduous trekking journeys in Nepal. You will experience how these simple mountain people sustain themselves and go about their day-to-day activities.

After the hike you will return to your resort to freshen up. You are assisted with your check-out around noon, and then there is a break for lunch at your resort, after which you are driven to Kathmandu Airport. At the airport you are assisted with your check-in for your late afternoon flight to Delhi. This flight often offers great views of the higher Himalayan Ranges as you depart from Nepal. Upon arrival at Delhi your Small Group India tour itinerary will commence. Your gorgeous historical hotel in Delhi has the best possible location – you are right next new Delhi’s downtown, colonial Connaught Place.

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 by as you exit the airport and ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle. You are now driven to your boutique luxury hotel and assisted with your check-in. Everything about the Imperial Delhi oozes historical colonial charm, tastefully updated to offer all modern conveniences. The collection of colonial art that is spread throughout the hotel is one of the finest anywhere in India. Besides the wonderful facilities, gardens, and the excellent service and wonderful cuisine, the location is extremely advantageous for all your touring.

Welcome Dinner and Cultural Orientation: This evening you will join your fellow group explorers for a special welcome dinner and an overview of your upcoming exploration of India. A selection of excellent set menus with choices between Indian and western cuisine will be available.
(Overnight – The Imperial Delhi)

Feb 23rd: Delhi. (Breakfast and Lunch)        Overnight – The Imperial Delhi


Begin your exploration of New Delhi with a drive through some of Lutyens’ historic New Delhi.

India Gate

India Gate

You will stop for a view of the exterior of the massive and awe-inspiring Rashtrapati Bhawan, which was known as the Viceroy’s House during the British era.

From here you can also enjoy a striking view of the India Gate at the other end of majestic and historic Rajpath, the former Kingsway.

After a very short drive on Rajpath you will arrive at the India Gate, a War Memorial to the 84,000 British Indian Army soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War, and Indian casualties in other wars. You will learn a little about the magnificent structure, which is often compared to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Explore the gardens and monuments around the area.

Continue your exploration of Delhi after a 5-minute drive 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. Lunch will be on the way to your next destination at a very good restaurant located in an upscale hotel.

From here you will be driven through a section of Connaught Place, which is New Delhi’s downtown and still retains its colonial architecture and design. Arrive at the 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.

From here you are driven to the beautiful Lodi Gardens. This massive garden complex is spread over 90 acres of priceless real estate in the heart of Delhi, and contains the tombs of various rulers of the Pashtun Dynasty that ruled much of Northern India during the 16th century. There are lush lawns and a plethora of flowers and plants mixed in with all the monuments.

Very near the gardens is the Lodi Art District, your last destination before returning to your hotel. Delhi isn’t famous for its street art and murals, and 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. A google presentation on the Lodi Art District - https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/lodhi-art-district-st-art-india/NQKi787tb1GHJA?hl=en.
(Overnight – The Imperial Delhi)

Feb 24th: Delhi. (Breakfast and Lunch)        Overnight – The Imperial Delhi


This morning you are driven nearby to historic Old Delhi. While exploring North India, you will repeatedly experience awe as you experience some of the achievements of one of our planet’s greatest ruling dynasties ever - the Mughal Empire. You will visit three of their most famous attractions, the UNESCO Forted Cities at Delhi and Agra, and the Taj Mahal. But a lot more of what you will experience at Delhi and Agra, as well in Rajasthan, will have originated under the kingdom’s influence. The Mughal’s also left behind unique cuisine, uncountable other monuments, bazaars, and a lot more, many of which you will experience during your exploration.

One of your most enduring memories of India will be your next experience as you walk through the ancient (from the time of the Mughals) 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 at 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 at the historic Curzon Room in the century old Maidens Hotel.

Start your afternoon with a fairly short drive to Raj Ghat, driving between the massive back walls of the Red Fort and the Yamuna River. You will experience a brief stop at the memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. The centerpiece of this peaceful and serene campus are an unadorned black marble structure and an eternal flame that evoke his simplicity, humanity, and spirituality.

You will be driven next door to 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 obviously 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 you visited earlier today were built by Shah Jahan, the Mughal 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 rush hour.
(Overnight – The Imperial Delhi)

Feb 25th: Delhi – Varanasi (Benares). (Breakfast and Lunch)        Overnight – Taj Ganges


You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel and driven 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. For mankind’s achievements from about 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.

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.

From the Qutab Minar you are driven to the airport where you are assisted in boarding your early afternoon flight to Varanasi on India’s best full-service airline - decent food is served during this flight and you will have a pretty late lunch upon arrival at your Varanasi hotel. From the Varanasi airport you are driven to your comfortable hotel. Arrive and break for lunch, after which you are assisted with your check-in to your upgraded room at your highly ranked comfortable hotel.

India’s holiest city is said to be the oldest continuously inhabited city on our planet with a history that dates back five millennia. The truly ancient part of the city, Kashi, is what this applies to. Among many other things, Hindu’s believe that being cremated here can free their soul from the cycle of death and rebirth. We will not try to go into details about this amazing destination, you will be introduced to some of this destination’s highlights. Benares is also home to some of our planet’s best handloomed silk and well-off Indians visit this destination just to purchase silk garments for special occasions such as weddings and other life events.
(Overnight – Taj Ganges)

Feb 26th: Varanasi. (Breakfast and Lunch)        Overnight – Taj Ganges


Two of the highlights of your time in Varanasi are the sunset and sunrise cruises on the Ganga. After a pre-dawn hot beverage and cookies, join your India Connoisseur Guide for a visit to the Ghats. It is a surreal experience to arrive at the Ghats just before dawn and witness the eons old scene - the most devout Hindu’s are waiting at the holiest Ghats to greet the rising sun as they immerse themselves in the Ganga, while others on the wide riverbank steps meditate and practice yoga.

Sunrise Dip on a Festival Morning

Sunrise Dip on a Festival Morning

Your boat offers an excellent view of all the activity on the Ghats - women immersing themselves into the Ganga discreetly while still wearing their sarees and ascetics waist deep in the water offering prayers as they pour holy water over themselves.

During your boat ride you will experience a private live performance of the wonderful sounds of traditional Benares Gharana, an ancient form of music incorporating the tabla and the sitar. The ambiance created by your surroundings and the traditional Benares music has to be experienced to be believed.

Return to your hotel to have breakfast, and then you are at leisure until noon, when you will enjoy lunch at the highly rated Chowk Restaurant at your hotel. In the early afternoon you will head to nearby Sarnath, a major Buddhism pilgrimage site. Attractions in this holy rural area include the massive 2300-year-old Dhamekha Stupa located near where the Buddha preached his first sermons. This Stupa was constructed by Emperor Ashoka, who is credited with the spread of Buddhism in the world. Sarnath was also where the first Buddhist Sangha was formed and the area is home to a number of other ancient Buddhist monuments that you will drive by. A highlight of the visit to Sarnath is a brief stop at the very small Archaeological Museum with its impressive collection of artifacts, which include the spectacular 4 headed lion that is India’s national emblem.

In the mid-afternoon you are driven to a spot near the Holy River from where you will be escorted through a crowded bazaar catering to visiting pilgrims. Arrive at the ghats and commence a walk on the banks of the Ganga. This is a great opportunity to experience some of Hinduisms ancient and iconic rituals. Various rituals will be taking place on the Ghats. Such ceremonies include, but are not limited to, rituals where devout Hindu’s are getting their heads shaved in respect to a recently diseased parent, newly married couples are praying with a priest for blessings, while nearby another Brahmin priest orchestrates the naming ceremony of a newborn.

Your walk will end with you being assisted in boarding your boat for a cruise along the river to view its evening activities as you cruise and observe all the rituals and prayers, including the main cremation Ghat where the deceased are burned on wooden pyres in what is considered the holiest place for their earthly remains to depart from this world, and for their soul to achieve salvation.

Priest Performing Sunset Aarti, Dashashwamedh Ghat

Priests Performing Sunset Aarti, Dashashwamedh Ghat

As the sun starts setting our boat excursion pauses for a close-up view of the iconic Ganga Aarti ceremony on the now crowded Dashashwamedh Ghat, the holiest place on the river.

The Ghats on the holy river’s banks stretch for a few miles and are always full of activity, but the middle of the whole expanse is where the holiest Ghats are located and where the main evening ceremony takes place. You can float your own lamps from your boat while you watch the ancient prayer and oil lamp ceremony at sunset. Your boat enables you to enjoy a great view of the ceremony and hundreds of lamps as they float down the holy river. After this you are assisted with your disembarkation at an outer bank of the river.
(Overnight – Taj Ganges)

Feb 27th: Varanasi - Agra. (Breakfast and Lunch)        Overnight – Tajview Hotel by Taj Hotels


You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel in the morning and driven to Varanasi airport where you will be assisted in boarding your flight to Agra. This flight departs right around noon and not very good airplane food is served, so we recommend that you wait until your arrival at Agra. You will be driven to your hotel where you will enjoy lunch at the main restaurant before being assisted with your check-in. This moderately upscale hotel has a few newly renovated upgraded rooms on its higher floors that offer the second-best views of the Taj Mahal among all Agra hotels, and these are the rooms we use for your stay.

Mid-afternoon - You will visit the first red sandstone fort of North India, the Agra Fort, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. This Forted City was built in 1565 by India’s greatest Mughal ruler, Emperor Akbar, and almost everything here was copied in Delhi’s larger Red Fort. 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.

Taj Mahal - Late Afternoon

Taj Mahal - Late Afternoon

Next you will proceed 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. The world’s greatest monument dedicated to love is obviously a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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 – Tajview Hotel by Taj Hotels)

Feb 28th: Agra - Ranthambore. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)        Overnight – Sawai Vilas


Enjoy a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. Morning is the best time to experience it in terms of crowds - it is more expensive for Indian tourists to enter at this early hour and so the massive monument and its surrounding Mughal gardens have a lot fewer visitors than the rest of the day. As the rising sun’s rays illuminate the precious stones inlaid in the marble they will gleam momentarily and change colors.

Return to your hotel in time for breakfast and to prepare for the day’s journey and then you will be assisted with your checkout in the mid-morning. You are driven to the Chand Baori stepwell at Abhaneri, located just off the highway before you turn into the countryside towards Ranthambore. 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. 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). The second half of 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.

Ranthambore was once the Jaipur rulers’ private hunting ground 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.

Upon arrival you are assisted with your check-in at your upscale jungle lodge. Ranked among the very best in the Ranthambore Park region, you will stay in upscale and large villas with natural polished Rajasthani Stone floors and all conveniences. Service and cuisine are both top-rated, and the vast common areas include multiple outdoor sitting and dining venues, as well as a nice large swimming pool. All meals will be at your lodge during your stay at Ranthambore.
(Overnight – Sawai Vilas)

Mar 1st: Ranthambore. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)        Overnight – Sawai Vilas


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. Enjoy wildlife jeep safaris into the park in the morning and in the afternoon.
(Overnight – Sawai Vilas)

Alpha Male Tiger at Ranthambore

Alpha Male Tiger at Ranthambore

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.

Mar 2nd: Ranthambore – Jaipur. (Breakfast and Lunch)        Overnight – Trident Jaipur


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 and an ancient temple which attracts a continuous stream of pilgrims from the surrounding villages. A note of caution – 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, a tailor will take measurements for your traditional Indian apparel which will be expertly tailored to your measurements. You will be shown options for colors and other customizable elements that you can select based on your preferences. These garments will be made of superior materials and we recommend donning them for dinner at your hotels and on other occasions when you feel like it.

You are assisted with your check-in to your top-ranked moderately upscale hotel. You are in the few rooms that have small balconies looking out at the lake and the small palace in the waters. Unlike every other upscale Jaipur hotel, you are very near the walled historic city, and on the road to Jaipur’s signature attraction, the Amer Palace and Fort complex.
(Overnight – Trident Jaipur)

Mar 3rd: Jaipur. (Breakfast and Lunch)        Overnight – Trident Jaipur


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 arrive at the most photographed of Jaipur’s monuments, the enchanting 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 unique windows and observe the bustling bazaar without being visible to the people on the streets.

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) is a historic enclave that 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 soon 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 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 Tour Director 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.
(Overnight – Trident Jaipur)

Mar 4th: Jaipur. (Breakfast and Lunch)        Overnight – Trident Jaipur


Today will start with three of Jaipur’s off the beaten tourism track historical destinations, which also happen to be among the most wonderful opportunities for photography in India. First you are driven to a very scenic location in Jaipur adjacent to a public park, The Albert Hall Museum, which was completed in 1887 by the architect Samuel Swinton Jacob. You won’t enter the museum as this stop is solely for you to walk around and take-in the absolutely gorgeous Indo-Saracenic architecture. Rudyard Kipling (himself the son of a museum curator) on a visit was so impressed that he wrote "it is now a rebuke to all other museums in India from Calcutta downwards".

From here you are driven to the ancient Hindu pilgrimage site of Galtaji, located in a crevice in the Aravalli Hills. This 15th century complex of temples here is sometimes referred to as the Monkey Temple by tourists because a large tribe of monkeys lives here and believes they own the complex. The picturesque complex of temples has seven ponds that are fed by springs on the surrounding hilltops, and Hindu pilgrims consider taking a dip in these to be purifying. The beautiful temple complex has been a retreat for a sect of Hindu ascetics since the 16th century.

The monkeys agree and swim around the main pond with reckless abandon, and many of them can be seen diving into the tank from various vantage points.

Part of Galtaji Temple Complex

Part of Galtaji (Monkey) Temple Complex

Enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful Galtaji Temple, which is crafted in pink stone. There are other ancient temples in the complex, and you will visit a couple of them, including the Balaji Temple.

Monkeys are everywhere, and they are obviously in-charge! For someone not used to their social behavior and grooming rituals, observing them can be fascinating.

From here you will be driven to Jaipur’s best kept secret, the royal cenotaphs known as Gaitore ki Chhatriyan. By now you will have seen many examples of Chhatri’s (ornate umbrella shaped domes), but those that cover the individual tombs and structures here are a sight to behold, and an incredible Instagram opportunity. In a city full of UNESCO Sites and incredible colors, this complex is sometimes our guests’ favorite memory of Jaipur. Although you are still in today’s Jaipur, this spots serenity and scenery is a surprising break from the crowds and noise. The complex was first used in 1733 AD for a tomb that marked the cremation site for Jaipur’s Rajas. Although each of the smaller structures is worth a detailed exploration, the highlight is the large intricately carved white marble cenotaph of Jaipur’s founder, the legendary Maharaja Sawai Jai Singhji.

On the way to your next destination, you will stop for lunch at the excellent restaurant at your hotel as it lies on the way.

Amer Fort and Palace

Amer Fort and Palace

After lunch you will explore the awe-inspiring Amber Fort and Palace complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This complex was completed in 1599 AD after 25 years of construction. You will be driven to the back entrance as Easy Tours does not offer elephant-back ascents up the ramparts of the complex. The massive forted city inside the complex is one of India’s finest examples of Rajput architecture. You will explore the gorgeous 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.

This late afternoon guests will be driven back to your hotel for some relaxation. Jaipur is India’s shopping mecca for all sorts of exquisite hand-crafted items, fabrics, carpets, as well as jewelery. Guests who are interested in shopping can choose to continue on and have your India Connoisseur Guide serve as a personal shopper for a while before being driven back.

This evening you will be presented with your bespoke Indian garments and the hotel staff will be happy to assist you in the right way to don your new clothes – female colleagues at the hotel can assist lady guests with their clothing, if needed.
(Overnight – Trident Jaipur)

Mar 5th: Jaipur – Narlai. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)        Overnight – Rawla Narlai


You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel in the morning after a slightly early breakfast and driven 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 rooms in the new wing are larger and have more modern conveniences and 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 prefer 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 hundreds of 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)

Mar 6th: Narlai – Udaipur. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)        Overnight – Vatsalya Vihar


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. You will need to select your preference soon after finalizing your reservations.

The first option 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.

You will break for lunch after exploring the temple complex. After lunch you will continue on with your journey to Udaipur. This is one of the most picturesque drives in all of India. As you go through the Aravalli hills there will be photo opportunities of village life and livestock, including many camels. The rolling landscape and the charm of the local villages and their colorful inhabitants will fascinate you during this 2-to-2.5-hour journey. Arrive at your beautiful boutique nature resort, located very near the town of Udaipur, in the late afternoon and you are assisted with check-in.

Staying at this resort is one of our guests’ favorite experiences while in India. There are only 7 large upscale villas and suites in the 9+ acre campus, and you are surrounded by gorgeous gardens and the resorts organic farm and orchards, from which you can pick your meal ingredients while opting for Indian or western cuisine. The orchard has a plethora of trees, including a variety of lemon trees, an olive garden, and a lot more. Service is exemplary, and matches the wonderful fresh ala-carte cuisine served here. The resort is a labor of love for its affluent owners, who are both involved in making sure all guests love their stay here. There are bike and walking trails, a pool and gym facilities, and a lot more. After acquainting yourself with your hosts and the resort, you will enjoy a wonderful dinner cooked to your preferences.
(Overnight – Vatsalya Vihar)

Mar 7th: Udaipur. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)        Overnight – Vatsalya Vihar


This morning 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. After a few minutes exploring the historical structure, you will experience the spectacular view of the lakes and palaces of Udaipur, set picturesquely amidst the Aravalli mountain range.

Next up is an easy and delightful walk in the picturesque city. 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. A brief stop during the walk will be at a gallery where accomplished local artists create Udaipur’s famous and fascinating miniature paintings. You will also enjoy a slightly bumpy (there are no shock absorbers) three-wheeler scooter ride to your destination for lunch.

City Palace

City Palace Complex, Udaipur

Lunch today will be at the lakefront Sunset Terrace restaurant at the entrance of the massive City Palace Complex. Enjoy lunch while experiencing one of the best lake views in all of Udaipur.

After lunch you will enter the fabled City Palace Complex which 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.

After exploring the complex you will proceed to the palace jetty and board your boat for a private cruise on captivating Lake Pichola to enjoy wonderful views of Lake Pichola and magical Udaipur. After the cruise you are driven back to your boutique resort where you will have time to freshen up and change into your Indian attire if you are so inclined.

Evening: Your India Connoisseur Guide will pick you up from your resort and accompany you to the City Palace complex where you will witness the ancient traditional Holika Dahan ceremony, or custom of lighting the Holi Pyre, on the night before Holi. The Royal Family of Mewar (Udaipur and the surrounding regions) performs this celebration with great pomp and ceremony. A grand procession led by the Royals arrives and then the ceremony begins. The King lights the large pyre after the rituals and prayers. The end of the event is a traditional dance by a local troupe, performed only at this one occasion every year.
Dinner is included at the City Palace after the ceremony.
(Overnight – Vatsalya Vihar)

Mar 8th: Udaipur – Holi Celebration. (Breakfast and Lunch)        Overnight – Vatsalya Vihar


Today is the festival of colors, Holi, one of India’s biggest festivals. We do not recommend celebrating Holi in most cities of India as young people sometimes get intoxicated and can behave inappropriately amidst the celebratory crowds. The upscale part of Udaipur where our guests celebrate is a lot of fun and perfectly safe. The locals take to the streets and everyone douses each other with powdered colors as well as colored water. You will walk through residential neighborhoods and small bazaars as you celebrate. Our guests are provided with a simple set of traditional Indian clothing on the day before Holi which you are welcome to keep as a memory. After the celebration you will return to your resort after your celebration and enjoy the special Holi lunch there.

Afternoon - Join in with the Holi festivities at your resort this afternoon, and enjoy the special cuisine being served. As is the custom on this festival, you will be part of a joyous celebration, and special Holi activities will charm you this afternoon and early evening. Everything in Udaipur will be closed for the festival.
(Overnight – Vatsalya Vihar)

Mar 9th: Udaipur – Delhi – International Flight. (Brunch)


Cooking Class & Special Farewell Brunch Experience: Enjoy your last morning at your nature resort before you are assisted with your checkout around noon. This morning you will join your fellow group explorers for a very special farewell brunch at your boutique resort. Your gracious hostess at the resort is also an accomplished chef, and she and the other great cooks in her kitchen will prepare a very special meal for you this morning. You will be asked for your preferences on the previous day and you are invited to participate in the preparations for this meal, including picking fresh herbs and produce from the resorts organic farm.

After brunch you are driven to the airport (located well outside the city) and assisted in boarding your mid-afternoon flight to Delhi. Your flight in on India’s best full-service airline and, if the flight is on-time, it will be a little after 5pm by the time you collect your baggage at the domestic arrival section. All international flights depart from the international departure area of the same terminal. 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 make further recommendations based on your international flight details, once you provide us with that information. Any additional services, such as a one-night hotel stay, will be suggested based on those details.
Our services end with your Udaipur flight departure.



Lodging

Kathmandu
Hyatt Regency – Stupa View Room
Nagarkot
Hotel Mystic Mountain – Superior Deluxe Room
Delhi
The Imperial Delhi – Imperial Room
Varanasi
Taj Ganges – Luxury Room
Agra
Taj View Hotel by Taj Hotels – Executive Taj View Room
Ranthambore
Sawai Vilas – Villa
Jaipur
The Trident – Lake View Room
Narlai
Rawla Narlai – Grand Heritage Room
Udaipur
Vatsalya Vihar – Villa/Suite

Experiences & Meals

 
Services of the best English-speaking Accompanying Country Connoisseur Guides
Sunrise and sunset boat cruises on the holy river in Varanasi
Sunrise and Sunset visits to the Taj Mahal
Private Benares Gharana music performance during sunrise cruise in Varanasi
2 Jeep Safaris at Ranthambore National Park
All safari related costs at Ranthambore, including park entry, naturalists, vehicle fees etc.
Leopard Jeep Safari or Ancient Boulder Ascent at Rawla Narlai
E-Rickshaw Ride in Old Delhi
Three Wheeler (tuk-tuk) scooter ride through the streets of Udaipur
Magical Stepwell Dinner Experience at your Royal Hunting Lodge at Narlai
All meals at your hunting lodge in Ranthambore
Welcome Dinner and Cultural Orientation in Delhi
Holika Dhan Ceremony and Pyre with the Royal Family
Special Holi Dinner at the City Palace in Udaipur
Cooking Class & Special Farewell Brunch Experience at Udaipur
Daily breakfast except for Arrival Day
Daily lunch except for Arrival and Departure Days
Lunches/Dinners include regular bottled water
Bottled water during your drives, sightseeing, and at your hotels
WIFI at your hotels (Some hotels in India still charge for WIFI)
Hotel check-in is at 3pm and checkout is at noon for almost all the hotels
All transfers and sightseeing by Upscale Mini Coach
All currently applicable taxes

Flights on this Journey

Sector Class Baggage Allowance
Prepaid Increases Available
Kathmandu - Delhi Coach Class 44 lb.
Delhi - Varanasi Coach Class 44 lb.
Varanasi - Agra Coach Class 44 lb.
Udaipur - Delhi Coach Class 44 lb.

Not Included

Everest Flight
International Travel (except Kathmandu – Delhi)
Expenses of a personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone calls, etc.
All alcoholic and non-alcoholic premium beverages
Meals other than those specified above
Travel insurance, visa etc.
Camera and Video Camera Fees

Dates & Prices

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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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