Tour route: India: Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi, Sri Lanka: Colombo - Negombo - Pinnawala - Sigiriya - Anuradhapura - Matale - Kandy
Welcome to India! Upon arrival at India Gandhi International Airport, you will be greeted by your chauffeur guide and then be escorted to you hotel where your guide will help you check in and brief you about the following tours. The rest of the day is yours to relax and adjust to the new time zone.
Pass by Red Fort before drive to New Delhi for the tallest stone tower in India, 800-year-old Qutub Minar surrounded by ancient Hindu and Muslim complex. Continue to Raj Ghat - the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi.
Drive along the city landmark of India Gate, President's House, Parliament House & Government Secretariat Buildings. Finish today with an insight into the local religion at a colorful Hindu temple-Laxmi Narayan Temple.Overnight: Delhi
After breakfast, head to Jaipur by private A/C car, stopover for coffee break or photo opportunities are at your request any time en-route. On arrival check in at hotel, afternoon is free for your rest.
Note: Driving time in the program is approximate, subject to the traffic, weather and road conditions.Overnight: Jaipur
Tips:Be careful for the hard sell from hawkers all along the way - it's strongly suggested to just ignore them completely if you have no interest to buy; don't talk to them, no 'no thanks' either.
Breakfast then head east to Agra, en-route a brief exploration to the former royal city of Fatehpur Sikri (about 1.5 hrs), one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendor at its height, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. Lunch time after that and then proceed to Agra. Upon arrival, be met and check in hotel.Overnight: Agra
Today you start with an early morning visit to Taj Mahal (closed on Friday) which frees you from the crowds and heat in daytime. This white-marble world wonder was built by a great emperor in memory of his beloved.
Later visit the palatial Royal Pavilions at the red sandstone Agra Fort for a glimpse of the royal Mughal lifestyle.
After breakfast, we escort you to Delhi airport in time for your flight to Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your chauffeur guide, who will take care of you during your tour in Sri Lanka, and then be transferred to Negombo to check in the hotel.
Note: Buddhism is extremely respected in Sri Lanka, any disrespectful words or acts may cause deportation or denial of entry, e.g. Buddha tattoos, kissing/climbing/riding Buddha statue, drinking inside a temple, etc.
After breakfast, check out and head for to Pinnawala where you can visit the Elephant Orphanage and get in close proximity with semi-wild elephants during their morning feeding and river bathing. After lunch, proceed to Sigiriya known as the country’s rich cultural triangle. Upon arrival check in to hotel, the rest of the day at your leisure.Overnight: Sigiriya
Breakfast at hotel, then we take a morning excursion to Sigiriya for its 5th-century legendary sky citadel of “Lion Rock”, discovered in 1907 by British Explorer John Still, the citadel is arguably the most impressive site in Ceylon; although a steep climb is requested, the views and frescoes are definitely worth the effort. In the late afternoon, transfer to hotel and free to relax.Overnight: Sigiriya
Breakfast at hotel, today will start with a visit to the famous Dambulla Cave Temple which is noted for magnificent Buddha Images and rock painting dating back to 2nd century BC.
Later continue to one of the best preserved ruins of ancient Ceylon - the UNESCO World Heritage City of Anuradhapura - for 15 centuries, it was the capital of Sri Lanka. In the afternoon engage in a city tour of Anuradhapura including the Abayagiri complex.Overnight: Anuradhapura
After breakfast continue to Kandy , en route stop by a Spice Garden at Matale, where you will learn a variety of spices, even taste an herbal brew, and communicate with a local cooker during the Cookery Demonstration in the garden; you can also try an Ayurveda massage based on natural herbs if time allows. When arrive in Kandy in the afternoon, check in to hotel and take some rest.
Later in the evening, a cultural Dance performance & amazing Fire eating will put a perfect end to today’s sightseeing.Overnight: Kandy
Later in the afternoon take a visit to local gem museum & lapidary, highly reputed for quality Ceylon blue sapphire and delicate handicraft. Evening is your free time; a leisure walk around the city lake might sound good to you.Overnights: Kandy
After breakfast, check out on time, you will be transferred to the Colombo International Airport for your departure flight.Meals: Breakfast
Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey
Good accommodation choice will in no doubt enhance your tour experience. Our well-established partnership network with key hotel chains in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri-Lanka will bring you the benefits of competitive hotel rate and guaranteed room availability.
We pick hotels for you based on:Location: geographically convenience values for your precious holiday time. So properties we use are either in downtown area close to main city attractions and amenities, or convenient for sightseeing or transportation.
Hotel Criteria for Each Tour Class
Note: Bhutan is less developed with fewer hotels criteria for choice, and most of the hotels there aren't as high standard as those in Western society.
Hotel Arrangement for Standard Tour ClassUsually conveniently located and meet the basic requirements of a comfortable stay: decorative lobbies and nice guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants may be average in size but offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. In most cases, staffs have basic command of English. Usually 3 star hotels are adopted.
Hotel Arrangement for Comfortable Tour Class
Normally you'll stay at formal and large hotels conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, room service, fitness center and swimming pool (in some cases there is no pool) all together offer an above-average accommodation experience.
Usually good 4-star hotels are adopted or boutique hotels at request. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.
Hotel Arrangement for Superior Tour Class
Usually properties are conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby and offer a better service and hotel facility than that in hotels of Comfortable Tour Class. Usually 4-4.5 star hotels or boutique hotels are adopted.
Hotel Arrangement for First Tour Class
Deluxe hotels with high-end service and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site with extensive menus for choice, room service available 24/7, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience. Usually 5 star hotels are adopted.
Hotel Arrangement for Deluxe Tour Class
The most luxury hotels are used and only available in some particular cities. These properties have top-notch service and unique location, such as a lake or a historic site, and usually incorporate some of the country’s most exquisite architecture traditions. Usually top 5 star or the best available hotels are adopted.
Normally, India Odyssey Tours put breakfast in your itinerary except for in Bhutan (all meals included). Lunch won’t be included for the sake of tour convenience, while dinner is also excluded as some travelers might want a little culinary adventure themselves. But surely your tour guide/driver is always glad to offer their advice.
It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.
Usually lunch won’t be included considering the fact that sometimes travelers may want to stay somewhere longer/shorter or need other minor changes during daily sightseeing, and it’s better to decide the lunch site then rather than pre-arranging it. For sure our tour guides/drivers will be happy to advice good places to you, and we strongly suggest qualified local restaurant or hotels around the scenic spots for the sake of your health.
Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in the incredible India & South Asia. This is why we offer you this flexibility of food choice, and you can always get advice from your tour guides/drivers.
If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.
Private Guide & Transfer
You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across South Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.
All tour guides of India Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.
You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.
All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.
If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.
With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across South Asia.
Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.
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