Day 01 Arrive Delhi
On arrival at Delhi. A
representative of Sacred Dot Tours India holding a sign
in your name, will meet you in the arrivals area upon
exiting baggage claim and escort you to your hotel.
Delhi is one of India’s most
vibrant cities today. It is not only a city that has
played capital to various dynasties, but is also one of
the most beautiful cities in the world. Today, apart
from being at the political forefront, it also leads the
country in terms of art, culture, culinary experiences,
shopping, entertainment and overall standard of living.
The city, like other ancient cities, is a beautiful
homogeneous mix of the old and the contemporary. One of
the most beautiful cities in the world, Delhi is a
microcosm of all that is India.
Day 02 In Delhi
This morning visit the
oldest surviving part of Delhi, aptly called Old Delhi.
You are lead on an exploratory tour of the spice markets
of Old Delhi with our experience guide who introduces
you the myriad street food available. Sample something
savoury, something sweet, as you wind your way down the
cramped oft overrun lanes. The journey ends at the
famous Karim’s – a restaurant which is more of an
institution. Don’t go by its looks, it serves up some of
Mughlai cuisine you can image.
After this, visit India’s
largest mosque Jama Masjid.
Then visit the mausoleum of
Emperor Humayun. The monument was commissioned by
Humayun’s wife, selected a Persian architect to build
the tomb. He combined the best of Hindu and Persian
architectural styles to create this fabulous monument,
which went on to become the forerunner of the Mughal
style of architecture in the country.
Lastly visit the Qutab
Minar, the tallest minaret in India. Built in the 12th
Century, this minaret is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
and is made of the traditional red sandstone and marble
as also seen in later Mughal architecture. The complex
also has an ancient iron pillar, which is considered to
be 1600 years old. While the Qutab Minar is inscribed
with Koranic verses for its entire length of 237 feet,
the iron pillar in the same complex is inscribed with
Brahmin poetry extolling the kings of the Gupta period.
Return to your hotel with
some time to rest and recuperate.
Dinner this evening Focusing
on the gourmet diner as well as the youth of India,
Farzi Café aims to bring Indian cuisine back “in-Vogue”.
“Farzi” can have many connotations, but at Farzi Café,
it has just one, “creating an illusion” with its
cuisine. Best described as a gourmet experience, it
amalgamates traditional global and Indian classics, with
Indian influences, contemporary presentations, culinary
styles and ambiance. It is a quirky, chic, modern Indian
café, where guests enjoy a sensory experience through
the finest modern Indian cuisine, with a high energy
ambiance. Infusing a generous dose of Indian flavours,
Farzi Café presents Indian cuisine where culinary art
meets the alchemy of modern presentations and cooking
techniques like molecular gastronomy to absorb the guest
into the ultimate gastronomic illusion. (B, L, D)
Day 03 Delhi –
Agra - By Surface 203 Kms / 04 hrs
After breakfast check out
from hotel and drive to Agra enroute visit some of the
highlights of New Delhi. You are driven through Lutyen’s
Delhi where you drive past India Gate – the memorial to
the Unknown Soldier, Rashtrapati Bhawan – the
Presidential Palace, the Parliament House and other
beautiful buildings built by the noted British
architect. This entire area of Delhi is lush, with
parks, wide roads and rambling beautiful houses.
Visit Bangla Sahib – one of
Delhi’s largest Sikh Temples – Gurudwara’ s. David talks
to you about this religion and his experiences with
them. We will try and reach in time for lunch and if
that is possible then the guests can enjoy a traditional
Langer. They can also help out by doing some work at the
Gurudwara which is a form of prayer in the Sikh religion
After visit drive to Agra.
Agra was the erstwhile
capital of the Mughal Empire. Located in central India,
on the banks of the Yamuna River, this city has always
been very important in the country’s history. Today, it
is known around the world as the home of the Taj Mahal.
Unlike most other Indian cities, Agra has not grown into
a large metropolis, but maintains its small town status.
It is replete with monuments and places of interest.
On arrival check in at
hotel. (B, L)
Day 04 In Agra
Early morning visit the
UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Taj Mahal. This
monument is an amazing feat of human industry, a perfect
example of beauty, symmetry and aesthetics. It is only
once you enter the main gates and gaze upon the Taj,
does the enormity of the task of building this mammoth
structure impress. Built by the Mughal Emperor
Shahjahan’s, this is a tribute of love for his favourite
wife Mumtaz Mahal. As the rays of the sun hit the marble
they make it glitter, and change color, reflecting stark
white against a very blue sun.
After visit return to
Hotel and after breakfast tour of Agra.
On arrival in Agra visit
Agra Fort. This fort, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site,
is the best example of Mughal architecture in India.
Spread over a mile and a half, along the banks of the
Yamuna River, the fort houses various palaces, gardens
and places of worship. Originally a Hindu red brick
fort, this monument played home to various empires. It
is under the reign of the greatest Mughal Emperor Akbar,
that the fort was rebuilt with red sandstone and his
grandson Shah Jahan is responsible for the look that can
be seen today. The high red stone monument stretches for
around one and a half miles. The palace is a notable for
its smooth blending of Hindu and central Asian
architectural styles. See the Diwan-i-Aam (hall of
public audiences), Diwan-i-Khas (hall of private
audiences), the Khas Palace, the Sheesh Mahal (palace of
mirrors), the Shah Jahani Mahal (Shahjahan’s Palace),
Jahangiri Mahal (Jahangir’s Palace) and the Akbari Mahal
(Akbar’s palace) inside the fort.
Evening Food walk of Agra.
Savour local flavours as you
taste paradise on a fun filled journey of discovery.
Indian food makes a large part of brand India, with
delicacies such as Chicken Tikka Masala being named as
the national dish of the U.K. If you have a picture of a
colourful city with bustling streets, true to its
gastronomic style, Agra is one place that you, the
hungry traveler will never be disappointed with. It is
famous for its Petha and the different varieties of
chaat. Our food trail is a journey, not just of taste,
but of knowledge, as passionate people tell you about
how this food has ended up on your plate. This tour is
approximately 2 to 3 hours foodie exploration of the
City of Agra meant for those who think from the Stomach.
In the tour, we take you to the oldest and most popular
food joints for tasting of a variety of Indian cuisine
and chaat and show you a wholly different site of Agra,
which you may not see being on any of the other tour .
After this visit check in to
your hotel for the night. (B, D)
Day 05 Agra –
Jaipur - By Surface 232 Kms / 6 hrs
This morning after a
leisurely breakfast drive to Jaipur.
Built by Maharaja Jai Singh
II (after whom it was named), in 1727, it is the largest
and fastest growing city in the state of Rajasthan.
Jaipur today emulates Delhi with its contemporary
lifestyle and mélange of art and cultural options.
India’s first planned city, Jaipur was built on the
classical architectural principals of Vaastu Shastra.
The city was divided into blocks and for the first time
there was a segregation of residential and commercial
areas. The City Palace built at its heart covered almost
a seventh of the area of the entire city. It is
popularly known as Pink City, due the hue of the
buildings across the old town.
On arrival at Jaipur check
in at hotel.
In the evening Cooking
demonstration followed by dinner. While Indian cuisine
is available across the world the fare on offer is
limited showcasing only a fraction of what is available.
You can enjoy a cooking demonstration at the house of a
lovely young Jaipur woman – Payal Biyani. Though hailing
from a Marwari background where food is mostly
vegetarian, Payal through her love and passion for
cooking offers a wide range of vegetarian and
non-vegetarian Rajasthan fare. Enjoy dinner after the
demonstration. (B, D)
Day 06 In
This morning have an early
breakfast at the hotel and then depart for a day of
sightseeing of Jaipur. An early breakfast is planned at
the hotel, followed by a full day of sightseeing in
Jaipur. The tour starts at Amber Fort with a stop at the
Hawa Mahal en-route for photographs. The Hawa Mahal or
Palace of Winds is a beautiful façade built for the
ladies of the royal family. It is where they sat and
watched the procession and festivals on the main avenue
without being seen. Proceed on to Amber Fort, now
declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in Amer,
a town lying on the outskirts of Jaipur. This is where
the Kushwaha Kings were based before moving to Jaipur to
cater to the burgeoning population and scarcity of
water. The Amber Fort is a classic example of Hindu and
Rajput architectural styles. Its large ramparts lead up
to a fort that is spread over four levels, each with
large courtyards. The fort houses various palaces
including the summer, winter and monsoon palace as well
as many temples. Each of these palaces was built to
combat the extreme weather and even today one can see
how effective they were. Built on a high hill, the fort
can be seen for miles and has been recently renovated.
The ascent up to the fort is on elephant back, in the
style of the Maharajas.
After visiting Amber, return
to Jaipur to see the City Palace. The City Palace is the
residence of the erstwhile royal family but some parts
including the museums are open to visitors. The palace
contains various smaller palaces, which house the
armoury museum and the artists’ exhibition. The liveried
palace staff can be seen going about their business. On
display in the museum are clothes, pictures, and objects
from everyday life, horse buggies and elephant Howdahs.
The intricate styling of the city palace doors, the
enormous silver urns, the beautiful frescos and the
lovely palaces make this an enticing place to visit.
Lastly visit an observatory
built by the astronomer king Jai Singh II - the Jantar
Mantar. The collection included many architectural
astronomical instruments that were used to measure time,
predicting eclipses, and tracking stars, do astrological
calculations & predictions and more. The fourteen large
instruments are still in working condition.
Evening we will take you to
local market to do preparation of Pickle and Papad
Day 07 Jaipur –
Mumbai (By Flight – Afternoon)
After breakfast you will be
transferred to Jaipur airport to connect flight to
Mumbai. On arrival check in at hotel.
Mumbai is the financial
capital of India. It has a history of incredible
transformation from its foundation to the present day,
where small islands were strung together and land
between them reclaimed to form the bustling metropolis
it is today. A metropolis in the true sense of the word,
the city has loads to see during the day and a vibrant
life at night.
Evening street food with
cooked Demo (Veg)
Cooking demo: Join Pallavi
in her kitchen to cook up some simple yet delicious
Mumbai Street Food. One of the biggest challenges the
foreign travelers face when visiting India is the
hygiene levels at the street food counter. With this
experience, you need not worry a bit. She will assist
you in preparing some healthy and local street food like
Vada Pav, Pani Puri, Pav Bhaji and lots more!
In-home dining: Pallavi will
share all the dishes on the dining table. Diners will
get to know about the typical Mumbai street food culture
and get to eat the food they have cooked. (B, D)
Day 08 In
After breakfast the tour
starts at the Gateway of India, a basalt Arch, which was
erected to commemorate and welcome King George V and
Queen Mary into Mumbai. Built in such a way that it was
the first thing people saw, when they came to Mumbai via
sea, it was used to welcome important guests to the
city. From here, drive past Afghan Church, the
Secretariat of the Maharashtra Government and along the
famous Marine Drive and the mosque of Haji Ali, located
on an islet, off the coast of Mumbai. Visit the amazing
Hanging Gardens, which are terraced gardens built in
such a way so as to maximize the small space available.
Then visit Mani Bhavan where Mahatma Gandhi spent
seventeen years of his life.
Lunch in-home dining:
Home-chef Farida invites you to her beautiful home to
enjoy a Bohri thaal with her family. A scrumptious meal
full of savoury and sweet dishes that you will only find
at a Bohri home. This is an opportunity to not only
relish the amazing flavours but also understand about
the culture and customs of the community.
Eating a Bohri Thaal meal is
an amazing experience with the diners seated in groups
of 7-8 around a thaal. As is the case with all Bohri
Thaals, the meal will start with a pinch of salt offered
by the youngest to others. This is known to cleanse your
palate and aid digestion. Now that you have had salt,
you are ready for feast to begin. The first dish will be
a Mithaas [sweet] dish followed by a course of Kharaas
[Savoury]. You will keep alternating between these till
you reach the main course known as the 'Jaman'. A Bohri
Thaal is loved by one and all because of the niceties
and the nuances that the cuisine has on offer. It is
your window into the exciting and exhilarating world of
Bohri cuisine and culture and will make you feel like an
Indian Royalty :)
Later a visit to the Dhobi
Ghat, dirty laundry from all over Mumbai is brought to
this massive open air laundry and painstakingly hand
washed by the dhobis (washermen) in the seemingly
endless rows of concrete troughs fitted with flogging
stones. It provides an unforgettable glimpse into the
inside of the city. (B, L)
Optional – Trishna Iconic
Sea Food - “Trishna” which means thirst has been popular
sea food for past 50 years. We are situated on a back
street in Fort at Kala Ghoda. The food is cooked in
South Indian Style, and 80% guests visit us to relish
the sea food. The restaurant was previously known as
“Matrebhoomi Lunch Home” and after renovation in April
1991 was christened as “Trishna”
Day 09 Mumbai –
Kochi (By Flight – Afternoon)
After breakfast you will be
transferred to Mumbai airport to connect flight Kochi.
You are met Sacred Dot Tours and escorted to your hotel
to check in.
The allure of a small
seaport, the swaying of coconut palms, old buildings,
and quaint streets all come together to make Kochi a
lovely city. Kochi is also a natural harbor and because
of this, people from around the world came here to
trade, work and live. The influence of all these people
from the Chinese to the Dutch, the French to the
Portuguese and finally the British can be seen here. A
great city to walk in, Kochi surprises you at every
turn, greeting you with heritage buildings, old churches
and temples, beaches dotted with Chinese fishing nets,
small village schools, tiny restaurants and much more.
Kochi is rated in the top three tourist destinations by
the World Travel & Tourism Council and featured in
National Geographic Traveler's '50 greatest places of a
In the evening enjoy a
Kathakali dance performance. Kathakali is as much a
tribute to God and a form of prayer as a folk dance. In
this, dancers don elaborate costumes and masks to
portray scenes from the Hindu epics Ramayana and
Mahabharat. Using intricate facial expressions and dance
movements, the artists tell stories of love, valour,
morality and adventure. Kathakali, a dying art is being
kept alive in small schools across the state and tourism
is the only thing keeping it alive. You will be taken to
just such a school, where you can watch the performers
adorn their costumes and then perform for you. (B)
Day 10 Kochi
After breakfast guide will
take you on the ferry to Ernakulam to Broadway market
where you will take them to various wholesale stalls and
show the various stall selling fresh vegetables, meats
and spices - maybe you can talk about the spices at this
time. Lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch proceed for
half-day tour of Kochi (Cochin), which comprises of
visits to the Dutch Palace (closed on Friday), the
Jewish Synagogue (closed on Friday, Saturday and all
Jewish Festivals) and, St. Francis Church and the Santa
Cruz Basilica. See the Chinese fishing nets, which dot
the harbor as you drive along the coastline. The tour
ends in the Fort Kochi area where you can walk through
the historical Dutch and Portuguese buildings. Also
visit Jew Street, which is famous for antiques and
In the evening enjoy an
elaborate sea food dinner at Terrace Grill restaurant at
hotel will also be your farewell in India. (B, L, D)
Day 11 Depart
You are escorted to Kochi
International Airport to board your flight home. (B)
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person
Cost towards 02 Persons traveling together
Valid from 01st May – 30th
US $ 2218
US $ 2675
Single Room Supplement
US $ 693
US $ 1143
Cost towards 02 Persons traveling together
Valid from 01st Oct’2018 –
US $ 2525
US $ 3493
Single Room Supplement
US $ 993
US $ 1968
Supplement cost for Domestic Airfare
(subject to change)
Jaipur – Mumbai / Mumbai - Kochi
US $ 150
note above cost in not valid from 20th
Dec’2018 – 10th Jan’2019.
• 10 night’s accommodation
on Double room on Bed and Breakfast basis.
Additional Meals (without alcoholic and non alcoholic
drinks) as mentioned in the itinerary
Tours and excursion by an Air conditioned Toyota Innova.
• Service of English speaking local guide as per the
• Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur
(Subject to availability).
• Entrance charges to
monuments (Single entry) as mentioned in the itinerary
• Current applicable Service Tax.
• Any other major meals
other than those mentioned.
• International airfare.
• Domestic airfare (quoted as a supplement).
alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks during meals as
mentioned in the inclusions.
• Expenses of a personal
nature like laundry, alcoholic and non-alcoholic
beverages, any major meals in hotels or during
excursions, tips at hotels and restaurants / porter
charges at Railway station and airports etc.
services not mentioned in the above inclusions.
• Check in time is 1400
hours / Check out time 1200 hours
• Twin Rooms are
subject to availability at check in time.
• The cost
has been calculated on the existing tariffs/conditions
and any change in costs or modification in tax structure
will oblige us to revise the same.
• This is simply a
proposal and not the confirmation of any service. All
confirmations will be subject to availability of
accommodation / air seats.
• In case desired category
of Hotel/s or type of room is not available then our
costs will be subject to revision or supplement or