Soul Connect - Kumbh Departure

  • 16 Days & 15 Nights
  • New Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Gurgaon

From time immemorial, India is considered the land of mystics, traditions and compassion. This is where religion and philosophy arose from the collective consciousness. This belief has stood the test of time, and even today, her faith in the divine is at the very core of its existence. Cox & Kings, for the last 260 years has been at the forefront of making travelers experience the multitude of faiths and religious beliefs prevalent around the world. We welcome you to come and feel the energy, the vibrancy of colors that truly makes India a unique destination for the curious and the likeminded.

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Dates & Pricing
  • Hotels
  • Inclusions
  • Pre Tour
  • Post Tour
  • Activities
  • Extensions
  • FAQs
  • Country Notes
  • T&C

Journey Highlights

  • Temples and a special audience at prayer ceremonies
  • Insights into the traditions of Sikhism with an expert
  • Interaction with a musician from Jaipur Gharana
  • History of the Mughal empire by an authority on the subject
  • A meal at the residence of a royal noble
  • Spiritual awakening of the mind, body and soul by the Ganges
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  • Accommodations

    Accommodations

    Specially selected palaces and hotels make your journey even more memorable.
    The Oberoi Amarvilas, greets you with breath-taking views of the Taj Mahal unveiling itself at dawn as you sip your morning tea.
    The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambore, offers opulent tented accommodation spread over 20 acres of lush, landscaped gardens abundant with flora and fauna.

    Marvel at the Rambagh Palace, which once served as the royal guesthouse, hunting lodge, the Maharaja's residence and also was home to the queen's favourite handmaiden. Immerse yourself in the history that these walls have been witness to.

    In Udaipur, glimpse a sunset from the Taj Lake Palace, a jewel-like island hotel floating on Lake Pichola that evokes romance and is a vision to behold. This palace is one of the most recognizable locations in the world having been featured in many films like the James Bond film 'Octopussy' and TV shows.
    We also offer many charming hotels with a number of fine dining options, excellent spas and transcendent service, making everyday unforgettable!

  • Passport & Visas

    Passport & Visas

    Passport

    Citizens of all countries require a valid national passport. Please ensure that all traveling members, including infants and children, are in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel and must have at least 2 blank pages.

    India Visa

    This visa information below is for U.S. citizens. Citizens of any other country should check with the Indian Embassy for specific entry requirements.

    Citizens of all countries require a valid visa granted by the Government of India to visit India. It is recommended that you obtain & process your Indian visa at least 90 days before departure.

    To obtain a visa for India:

    1. You can contact the Indian Consulate visa processing agency 'CKGS' directly by visiting their website at
    https://www.in.ckgs.us

    OR

    2. You can also apply for an e-Visa to enter India on the authorized Government of India website on
    https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/

    OR

    3. Apply for visas - contact CIBT Visas at cibtvisas.com

    Notes for e-Visas for India

    • The applicant should carry a copy of the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) along with him / her at the time of travel. Please confirm that your ETA status is shown as 'GRANTED' on this website prior to commencement of your journey. Applicants can track the status of their application online by clicking on the Visa Status.
    • Biometric details of the applicant will be mandatorily captured at Immigration on arrival in India. Please keep in mind there may be long waiting lines.

    Nepal Visa

    If you wish to extend your holiday to Nepal, you will need the following:A visa may be obtained prior to arrival from the Nepal Embassy or Consulate, or you can purchase a one-day ($5) or a 15-day multiple-entry visa ($25) on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, or select border crossings. Travelers can also obtain e-visa at http://in.nepalembassy.gov.np

    Neither Cox & Kings nor any visa assistance company can guarantee the granting of any visas, as this is a matter outside of their control. If a visa is not granted through no fault of Cox & Kings or any visa assistance company, neither will accept any liability for the consequences. Therefore, Cox & Kings reserves the right to pass on to you any costs incurred as a result, including cancellation charges.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Delhi

    Arrival transfer from airport to hotel in Delhi (Seat in coach).
    Welcome to India's capital, Delhi. Following your arrival into Delhi, a Cox & Kings representative will meet you at the exit gate of the arrival terminal and accompany you to your hotel.

    After you settle in, we suggest you take some time to enjoy this iconic luxury hotel. Its interiors are inspired by Lutyens' New Delhi design. The hotel and its rooms have authentic furnishing and handpicked artwork that seamlessly blend with its style while radiating luxury.

    • Meals On Your Own.
    India Gate, Delhi
  • Day 2
    Delhi

    Metro ride to visit spice market in Khari Baoli followed by walking tour of Shahjahanabad (Seat in coach).
    After a wholesome breakfast, hop on to the Delhi Metro ride that takes you to the heart of Asia's oldest and largest wholesale spice market in Khari Baoli, operational since the 17th century. Get ready for a walking tour of the narrow serpentine lanes, where the shops are famous for weddings cards, perfumes incense sticks and spices. After an exhilarating walk, sample some of the local delicacies and sweetmeats before you visit Shah Jahan's Jama Masjid mosque. After your walk around old Delhi, return to the plush surroundings of your hotel.

    Visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.
    Later in the afternoon, you will be introduced to a devout Sikh who will share the tenets and traditions of Sikhism as you make your way to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, a Sikh shrine. Soak in the solemn atmosphere as you witness the peace and serenity of its environs, while a countless number of people comes to seek blessings. As you leave the sanctum, make way to the community kitchen called Langar, where people sit together on the ground and have vegetarian food that's served to one and all without distinction of religion and ethnicity. Note: Visitors are requested to be modestly dressed and barefoot and have their heads covered (with scarves/ stoles) before entering the Sikh Temple.

    Tour briefing followed by welcome dinner (Seat in coach).
    Later this evening, you will participate in the tour briefing followed by a welcome dinner at a private colonial-era Club in New Delhi.

    • Meals Breakfast, Dinner
    Jama Masjid, Delhi
  • Day 3
    Delhi

    Half day city tour of New Delhi (Seat in coach).
    After a sumptuous breakfast, take a drive through the grand and lush green avenues of imperial Delhi as you pass the colonial buildings such as the Rashtrapati Bhawan - the residence of the President of India, The Parliament House and India Gate amongst other imperial landmarks. Make your way to Humayun's Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a precursor to the Taj Mahal. Understand the nuances of Mughal gardens and mausoleum architecture by an expert from the Aga Khan Trust, an institution responsible for the resurrection of Humayun's Tomb and the Sunder Nursery.

    In the afternoon visit a spiritual center.
    Later in the afternoon, you will drive to a spiritual center tucked away in a quiet corner of Delhi. The center has been formed on the principles and teachings of an Indian philosopher, poet and yogi. The center has sprawling manicured gardens with quaint meditation areas, a bookshop showcasing books on spirituality, healing and healthy living. There is a sense of calmness that resonates as you take a walk around the center before you have tea and engage in conversations ranging across a variety of topics which include the concept of Seva - its philosophy and spirituality.

    Visit the weavers on looms.
    In the afternoon, visit the weavers on looms crafting the fine Banarasi silks.

    • Meals Breakfast
    Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi
  • Day 4
    Delhi - Jaipur

    Transfer from hotel to airport in Delhi to board your flight to Jaipur (Seat in coach).
    Our Cox & Kings representative will meet you at the hotel lobby and assist with your transfer to the airport for your flight to Jaipur.

    Transfer from airport to hotel in Jaipur, en route visit City Palace (Seat in coach).
    On arrival in Jaipur, your local city expert will meet you and you will proceed to visit the Royal City Palace Museum to see an excellent collection of regal costumes, miniature paintings along with Mughal and Rajput armory. This sprawling palace complex illustrates a remarkable blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture, with its grand design, resplendent courtyards, and private and public audience halls. Later this afternoon, drive to your hotel to complete your check-in formalities. Tonight you stay in the same opulence enjoyed by Jaipur's Royals. This palace has served as a home to the queen's favorite handmaiden, a royal guesthouse, a hunting lodge, and as the Maharaja's residence. It has managed each transition with grace. Wander through its marbled corridors, elegant rooms and majestic gardens to feel all the history these walls have witnessed.

    Evening walk around the vibrant bazaars & witness mystical evening prayer ceremony at a renowned temple (On foot).
    Later in the evening, proceed for a walk around the vibrant bazaars of Jaipur and arrive at a renowned temple for the mystical evening prayer ceremony.

    • Meals Breakfast
    City Palace, Jaipur
  • Day 5
    Jaipur

    Morning interaction with musician from Jaipur Gharana.
    Early this morning, set course to visit some of the lesser frequented temples for a private interaction with an acclaimed woman singer of the Dhrupad Gayan tradition from one of the oldest music gharanas (school) of Jaipur. This promises to be one of the most fascinating experiences that will leave you spellbound as it's not only about the age-old musical tradition that you learn, but also understand the socio-cultural nuances of Indian society.

    Visit the majestic Amber Fort (Seat in coach).
    Post breakfast at the hotel, take a drive to the outskirts of Jaipur and drive up the majestic Amber Fort Palace complex, an embodiment of Indo-Islamic architecture. On the way, take a moment to photograph the iconic Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds was built for the ladies of the royal house to view the royal processions as they passed by through the streets below.

    Enjoy Thaali lunch at a spectacular restaurant.
    Enjoy a 'thaali' lunch at a spectacular restaurant located inside the ramparts of the fort.

    • Meals Breakfast, Lunch
    Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
  • Day 6
    Jaipur-Agra

    Transfer from hotel in Jaipur to hotel in Agra , en route visit Fatehpur Sikri and relish lunch at Bharatpur (Seat in coach).
    This morning, you will leave Jaipur and proceed to Agra, known most significantly for Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. En route enjoy lunch at a palace hotel in Bharatpur and visit Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO World Heritage site that's renowned for its grand palaces, audience halls, shrines and also has the world's most massive archway made in red sandstone. On your arrival in Agra, check in to your hotel. The Oberoi Amarvilas - a spectacular hotel set amidst serene Mughal inspired pools and terraced gardens. Revel in breathtaking views of the Taj Mahal from your hotel.

    The rest of the evening is at leisure where you may enjoy the services of the luxurious hotel with a romantic tea with an Indian classical dance performance overlooking the Taj Mahal.

    • Meals Breakfast, Lunch
    Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
  • Day 7
    Agra

    Enjoy sunrise at the Taj Mahal (Seat in coach).
    Visit the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, with a Professor of Mughal history and architecture at sunrise. Admire the intricately carved and inlay work with precious and semi-precious stones that adorn the marble structure. The Taj Mahal is the epitome of Indo-Mughal architecture that took 22 years of painstaking labor to build during the reign of Shah Jahan for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

    Visit Agra Fort & Itmad-ud-daula tomb (Seat in coach).
    Return to the hotel for breakfast followed by a visit to Agra Fort that built in the 17th century. As the story is told, Emperor Shah Jahan was held in house arrest by his own son, Aurangzeb. On your way back to the hotel, you will visit Itmad-ud-daula, the first tomb in India to be made entirely of marble by the banks of the river Yamuna.

    The rest of the afternoon is at leisure where you may enjoy the services of the hotel or for those keen to capture the Taj Mahal during the golden hour (dusk), we have a professional photographer who will assist in capturing the beauty of the Taj by sunset.

    Special talk at traditional jeweler's boutique.
    In the evening, there will be a special talk at a traditional jeweler's boutique, where you will get to see their private collection which includes select artifacts from the royal house of the Mughals.

    • Meals Breakfast
    Itmad-ud-daula, Agra
  • Day 8
    Agra-Lucknow

    Rejuvenating session of Yoga facing the Taj Mahal.
    Begin your morning with a rejuvenating session of yoga facing the Taj Mahal. Try the different 'Asanas' (positions) as the instructor guides you on the benefits and history of this life science.

    Drive to Lucknow.
    Post a healthy breakfast, you will leave Agra and make your way to Lucknow. Upon your arrival in Lucknow, you will check in to your hotel and get some time to relax and unwind. The Vivanta by Taj, Lucknow is a luxury hotel perched on the banks of River Gomti and in the heart of Lucknow's business and entertainment centers. Here you can experience Nawabi Grace in a stylish new avatar.

    Experience the elegance and charm of traditional Nawabi hospitality.
    Later, this evening experience the elegance and charm of traditional Nawabi hospitality during an 'Indian Evening' of mesmerizing music, courtesan dance and culinary delights from the royal kitchens of Kotwara in the company of a royal family.

    • Meals Breakfast, Dinner
    Lucknow, The City of the Nawabs
  • Day 9
    Lucknow

    Half day city tour of Lucknow (Seat in coach).
    After a sumptuous breakfast, discover the architectural excellence of Nawab heritage monuments of the early 18th and late 19th centuries. Decipher the saga of the famous Bhool Bhulaiya and the largest vaulted chamber in the world as you explore the Bara Imambara. Explore the beautiful amalgamation of culture and food as you discover ancient chronicles about the Old Rumi Gate and traverse through the labyrinthine lanes of the famous chowk where once the Nawabs spent their evenings enthralled by the captivating performances of their courtesans. Discover the legacy of one of India's most prestigious schools, La Martiniere, which is famous for its historical glory and French connection. Walk around this legendary structure that has exemplary architectural brilliance and soak up tales about Claude Martin, a Frenchman, who rose to prominence as an employee of the British establishment, while serving the then Nawab of Awadh or Oudh.

    Visit a Dargah.
    Later today, get ready for a spiritual and mystical experience as you visit the pious Dargah, a symbol of universal love and brotherhood at sunset. Witness locals offering prayers at the shrine and revel in the mellifluous sound of Sufi music as you bask in the spiritual ethos lingering in the air.

    • Meals Breakfast
    Bara Imambara, Lucknow
  • Day 10
    Lucknow - Allahabad

    Drive to Allahabad enroute stop for lunch at a mango orchard (Seat in coach).
    This morning after breakfast, you will drive to the ancient city of Prayag, Allahabad, located at the Sangam (confluence) of sacred rivers to witness the grand spectacle of Kumbh Mela. En-route, you will stop for an experiential lunch amidst the mango orchards.

    Witness the evening Aarti ceremony at the campsite followed by dinner.
    The Kumbh Mela is a magnificent milieu of humanity. The chanting of a million voices united in their journey to find salvation, the hypnotic rhythm of worship bells punctuated by haunting blows of conchs. It is indeed the perfect place for a multi-sensory exploration into the complexities of Indian culture and the power of its inherent spirituality and faith. There is a spiritual, mesmerizing and almost epiphany ambience that leaves an indelible mark on the minds of all those who visit. It is an auspicious fraction of time when the stars and planets align to influence the soul of all living creatures assembled at the Kumbh Mela.

    • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Prayag, Allahabad
  • Day 11
    Allahabad

    Morning session of yoga and breathing exercises.
    Wake up at dawn and immerse yourself in a session of yoga and breathing exercises to the melodious chimes of the temple bells, resonating from the "Kumbh City" in the distance.

    Walk through the world's largest temporary, tented city where the Akharas have their presence. (On foot).
    Post breakfast, set course on a gentle paced walk through the world's largest temporary, tented city where the Akharas have their presence. An Akhara is a place of practice with facilities for boarding, lodging and training on the path of spiritual enlightenment. The Juna Akhara, with over 400,000 sanyasis is perhaps one of the largest sects present at the Kumbh Mela. They are also considered to be the most fascinating.

    Post lunch, you may further choose to explore the Kumbh Mela at your own pace and feel in vibrant and eclectic feeling of devotion and harmony on the banks of the River Ganga. Alternatively, enjoy the environs of the camp and participate in the host of activities at the camp i.e. participate in the havan/puja ceremony at sunset or listen in to one of the discourses by religious and philosophical experts.

    • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Kumbh City, Allahabad
  • Day 12
    Allahabad

    Morning session of Yoga and deep breathing exercises.
    Arise at dawn and soak in the vibrations during your session of yoga and deep breathing exercises, followed by a healthy breakfast.

    A mesmerizing experience with a boat ride (subject to availability) to the holy Sangam (confluence).
    Prepare yourself for a mesmerizing experience with a boat ride (subject to availability) to the holy Sangam (confluence) to observe the Kumbh Mela from a unique vantage point. View the banks flanked by devotees performing different rites and rituals, or taking the holy dip unaffected by the freezing cold waters of the river.

    Enjoy an interactive discourse of religion and mythology by experts in the evening.
    Return to the comfort of the camp and enjoy an interactive discourse of religion and mythology by experts in the evening, followed by a sumptuous vegetarian dinner.

    • Meals Breakfast
    Shringverpur, Allahabad
  • Day 13
    Allahabad - Varanasi

    Drive to Varanasi (Seat in coach).
    This morning after breakfast, you will drive to one of the holiest cities in the world - Varanasi. Situated on the west bank of the holy Ganges, Varanasi has a spiritual and religious legacy that goes back nearly 3000 years. Arrive into your luxurious hotel to complete your check-in formalities.

    Evening witness the magical Aarti (prayer) ceremony (On foot).
    Shortly before sunset, you will arrive at the banks of the Ganges. Witness the magical Aarti (prayer) ceremony conducted by priests and attended by devotes. Apart from the 700 shrines where ceremonies are performed five times a day but the one that's most extravagant is performed by the Ghats in honor of mother Ganges, the nurturing all life. The ceremony culminates with a moving ritual of releasing a lamp into the sacred waters as an expression of gratitude.

    • Meals Breakfast
    Varanasi Aarati
  • Day 14
    Varanasi

    Morning walking tour of Varanasi followed by boat cruise to witness sunrise on the River Ganges (On foot).
    This morning, set off for an enlightening walking tour through the streets of Varanasi as you make your way to the Ghats. Watch a multitude of devotees pay homage to the rising Sun. Stop at the Manikarnika Ghat for an intimate audience with one of the last representative of Lord Shiva. Soak in the emotion of the sights and sounds that engulf you as you enjoy an interactive Satvik breakfast with your local host. While you make your way back to the hotel, you will be introduced to the nerve centre of India's freedom movement. Take a moment to reflect as you walk around the monuments that are deeply rooted in Indian history.

    Visit Sarnath (Seat in Coach).
    Hereon, your local city expert will escort you on a short drive to Sarnath, where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon. At Sarnath, you will have an opportunity to interact with a practicing monk who will talk about the philosophy of Buddhism as you visit the ruins. Be ready for a very powerful spiritual experience.

    Visit the weavers on looms.
    In the afternoon, visit the weavers on looms crafting the fine Banarasi silks.

    Evening witness the magical Aarti (prayer) ceremony (On foot).

    • Meals Breakfast
    Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi
  • Day 15
    Varanasi - Delhi

    Fly to Delhi (Seat in coach).
    Our Cox & Kings representative will meet you at the hotel lobby and assist with your transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi.

    Transfer from airport to the hotel.
    Our Cox & Kings representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

    • Meals Breakfast
    Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi
  • Day 16
    Depart Delhi

    Departure transfer from the hotel in Gurugram to the airport in Delhi (Seat in coach).
    It's time to say goodbye to the spiritual sojourn in India. A Cox & Kings representative will greet you at the hotel lobby and escort you to the airport for your flight back home.

    • Meals Breakfast
Departure Date(s) Category Double Occupancy Single Occupancy Child no bed
Jan 14,2019 5 Star Deluxe $10,435 $16,165 $4,050
Feb 11,2019 5 Star Deluxe $10,435 $16,165 $4,050

Price Notes

  • PACKAGE PRICE

    • The above price is based on minimum 2 adults travelling together.
    • Per person cost on a twin room
    • Vox set ( Head set of commentary by Tour leader)
    • Child between 5 to 12 years sharing bed with parents (Maximum one child)
    • Child up to 5 years sharing bed with parents- Free, no charge
  • HOTEL INFORMATION

    • Official Check-in time at hotels: 1400 hours ' Official Check-out time at hotels: 1200 hours
    • The hotel has the right to charge the client directly for any damages in the room. All personal bills should be settled in sufficient time before departure, as to avoid any delay in transfers.
    • Guests should settle their personal bills (laundry, telephone / fax calls, alcoholic beverages etc) well in time to avoid any delay in their schedule.
  • PORTERAGES / HANDLING OF LUGGAGE / BAGGAGE ALLOWANCES

    • Porterage is not included in the package cost; it is the responsibility of the guest to ensure care of their personal luggage and belongings. Cox and Kings Ltd. bears no responsibility of the same.
  • TRANSPORTATION

    • The transportation service in this package is based on an air-conditioned vehicle; the size of the coach may vary depending upon the number of tourist travelling on the particular date.
    • Tour pickup is from the hotel lobby. The pickup and drop off service from the hotel may cause a time delay due to traffic and other hotel pick-up; hence service is slower than private services.
  • NON-UTILIZATION

    • There will not be any refund of non-utilization of any services.
  • The transportation service in this package is based on an air-conditioned vehicle, the size of the coach may vary depending upon the number of tourist travelling.
  • Tour pick-up is from the hotel lobby. The pickup and drop off service from the hotel may cause a time delay due to traffic and other hotel pick-up, hence service is slower than private services.
  • Services of English speaking guides during sightseeing.

Inclusions

  • 15 Nights accommodation on double / twin sharing basis.
    • Meals
    • Breakfast on all days (Breakfast in bed on select days).
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Sangam Nivas, Allahabad
    • Welcome dinner in Delhi.
    • Indian Thali meal at 1135 AD in Jaipur.
    • Lunch at a local restaurant in Bharatpur.
    • Dinner at the residence of a royal noble.
    • Lunch at Pratapgarh Farms.
    • Farewell dinner in Delhi.
  • All transfers, sightseeing tours and excursions as mentioned in the itinerary will be provided by an air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Vox set ( Headset of commentary by Tour leader)
  • Services of English speaking hosts, curators and guides during sightseeing.
  • One-time entrance fees to all the monuments listed in the enclosed itinerary.
  • Tips to driver, local guides, for meals included in the itinerary, porterage at hotels
  • English speaking Cox & Kings representative at all arrival / departure airport transfers.
  • Goods and Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt. Of India

Exclusions

  • International air ticket.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Domestic airfare
  • Visa charges.
  • Over-seas mediclaim Insurance.
  • Meals, Laundry, telephone, optional excursions and other items of a personal nature.
  • Any items or services not specified in the itinerary 'HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES' head.

Optional Activities

Choose from an array of Optional Activities & Experiences.

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    • Afternoon 15:00 - 18:00
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    Jaipur is a paradise that those with a penchant for shopping handcrafted items including textiles, blue pottery and jewelry. Your personal shopper will customize your tour around the city as per yo ...

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    Starting price
    $155
    per adult
    $140
    per child
    • Jaipur
    • Afternoon 15:00 - 18:00
    Unravel the gastronomic delights of Jaipur with a passionate food connoisseur

    Jaipur is synonymous to a variety of gastronomic adventures for true food aficionados. Take a walking tour with a local food connoisseur and get a flavor of the culinary treasures of the city infus ...

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    Day 5
    Starting price
    $195
    per adult
    $195
    per child
    • Jaipur
    • Afternoon 15:00 - 18:00
    Delve into the world of the finest block printed textiles at Sanganer

    Join our textile specialist for a visit to Sanganer, famous for its handmade paper and block printed fabrics. The feel of the fabric, the intricacy of teak wood blocks carved to print motifs where ...

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    Day 5
    Starting price
    $200
    per adult
    $175
    per child

Terms & Conditions:
  • Pricing mentioned is per person for 01 session or 01 time entrance fee, some activities may need more than 01 adult for availing the mentioned prices.
  • Activities will be scheduled only on specific days of the tour as mentioned in the main itinerary of the product.
  • Price Validity : We are currently not holding any bookings other services for activities and rates are subject to availability and prevailing prices at the time of booking.
  • If same activity is not available for a particular tour or departure alternate activity can be recommended.
  • Cox & Kings makes arrangements with service providers and other independent parties to provide the services for the activities you purchase. We do not own or operate any of the attractions or facilities used in connection with your activity. We therefore cannot accept liability for negligence of the staff of these organizations or non performance of equipment or facilities etc. These parties are independent suppliers over whom we have no direct control. Cox & Kings is not liable in the event of any failure by any person , equipment or company to render any travel service under the purchased activity, or for expenses incurred due to delays, mechanical failures or any acts of God. Cox & Kings cannot assume any responsibility for cancellations or missed activity and is not liable for any expenses or consequences resulting therefrom.
  • Terms & Conditions apply in addition.
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    Note: For departures of five or fewer travelers, your group will be met by a local guide at each stop in the itinerary. For departures of six or more passengers, your journey will be fully escorted throughout by a Cox & Kings Tour Director.

  • What kind of hotels will I stay in?

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    Due to logistical and safety reasons, we are not able to accommodate guests who wish to join a tour after Day 1 or depart before the last day. Please contact us for more information.

  • Who will be in my group? How old are the other passengers? From what countries?

    Your group will be comprised of like-minded travelers from the United States. While we cannot share personal traveler details, our typical client tends to be a savvy, seasoned traveler who enjoys the fine touches of a luxurious vacation as well as some element of activity and lots of cultural immersion.

  • What’s included in each trip?

    Each Luxury Small Group Journey includes: all accommodation, private arrival/departure transfers, services of a local guide and/or escorted by Tour Director throughout, welcome event and farewell dinner, all local transportation, sightseeing and entrance fees as noted within itinerary, some meals as indicated, all tips other than Tour Director and in-room internet where available.

  • What is not included in each trip?

    International air, room upgrades, meals other than those indicated, alcoholic beverages (other than welcome cocktail event), entrance fees other than those indicated, laundry service other than where indicated on trips of 10+ days, visas & passport processing and travel insurance.

    Note: Cox & Kings is happy to help you arrange international airfare, travel insurance and visas to India.

  • Is airfare included?

    Air Travel

    Most airline tickets are non-refundable once confirmed, however, depending on airline and class of service, exceptions may apply, and you will be notified at time of reservation. Any air tickets issued at any time are subject to the terms of the airline.

    Land Only Travel and Optional Flights

    Unless otherwise noted, prices displayed do not include international airfare.
    Cox & Kings would be more than happy to include international flights for you. We can offer favorable prices for Economy, Premium Economy, Business and First Class travel.

    If you are considering booking your own flights, please be aware of your responsibilities, which include but are not limited to the following: If you are booking flights on your own, please be aware of tour timings. It is your responsibility to meet up with the group. There may be supplementary costs if you require arrival and/or departure transfers other than what is included in the program, or additional hotel nights on arrival or departure.

    We strongly advise against booking flights independently of Cox & Kings as there may be difficulties if your flight is delayed / cancelled to connect with your group.

    Note:
    • If you choose not to purchase flights through Cox & Kings, please provide us with a copy of your tickets before you arrive into the destinations.
    • For journeys in which international and/or internal (regional or intra-country) airfare is already included in main price, please be aware that the price of your journey may be impacted if you purchase international or internal flights on your own.
    Domestic Air Travel

    Flight times quoted are subject to change. Domestic flights in India are prone to last minute schedule changes and cancellation without any advance notice - especially during the peak travel season of November through March. Currently, India is undergoing massive expansion of its airport terminals and facilities and as a result, delays may be unavoidable due to air traffic control restrictions during certain times of the day.

  • Do I need a visa to travel?

    Some destinations require a visa for entry. Please see Travel.State.Gov for further info.

    Note: Cox & Kings is happy to help you arrange visas, international airfare and travel insurance to India.

  • Do I need travel insurance?

    Travel insurance is not mandatory to travel with Cox & Kings, but is highly recommended to protect your person and personal belongings while abroad. We’re pleased to offer a leading travel insurance product from our partner Allianz Global.

  • Do I need any immunizations to travel?

    Some immunizations might be required or recommended for travel based on your destination. Please see the CDC website for further info.

    Note: our Destination Experts are not able to offer specific advice on health matters or immunizations.

Introduction

In order to ensure that you have the best experience possible, we ask that you please read the following information:

Passport

Citizens of all countries require a valid national passport. Please ensure that all traveling members, including infants and children, are in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel and must have at least 2 blank pages.

India Visa

This visa information below is for U.S. citizens. Citizens of any other country should check with the Indian Embassy for specific entry requirements.

Citizens of all countries require a valid visa granted by the Government of India to visit India. It is recommended that you obtain & process your Indian visa at least 90 days before departure.

To obtain a visa for India:

1. You can contact the Indian Consulate visa processing agency 'CKGS' directly by visiting their website at
https://www.in.ckgs.us

OR

2. You can also apply for an e-Visa to enter India on the authorized Government of India website on
https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/

OR

3. Apply for visas - contact CIBT Visas at cibtvisas.com

Notes for e-Visas for India

  • The applicant should carry a copy of the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) along with him / her at the time of travel. Please confirm that your ETA status is shown as 'GRANTED' on this website prior to commencement of your journey. Applicants can track the status of their application online by clicking on the Visa Status.
  • Biometric details of the applicant will be mandatorily captured at Immigration on arrival in India. Please keep in mind there may be long waiting lines.
Nepal Visa

If you wish to extend your holiday to Nepal, you will need the following:A visa may be obtained prior to arrival from the Nepal Embassy or Consulate, or you can purchase a one-day ($5) or a 15-day multiple-entry visa ($25) on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, or select border crossings. Travelers can also obtain e-visa at http://in.nepalembassy.gov.np

Neither Cox & Kings nor any visa assistance company can guarantee the granting of any visas, as this is a matter outside of their control. If a visa is not granted through no fault of Cox & Kings or any visa assistance company, neither will accept any liability for the consequences. Therefore, Cox & Kings reserves the right to pass on to you any costs incurred as a result, including cancellation charges.

Travel Insurance

Be Prepared and Protect Your Investment

As an educated traveler you have made a smart decision when it came to choosing Cox & Kings for your trip. Make the same smart decision by protecting your investment. Just as in everyday life, there are risks associated with travel. You'll rest easy knowing that you're prepared for any eventuality - sickness, accident, baggage loss, etc. - with Allianz Global Assistance Traveler's Insurance.

Get the peace of mind travel insurance provides, so you can focus on the extraordinary moments of your upcoming journey!

Alternatively you can call on numbers listed below:

Allianz Customer Service
866-390-9733

Cox & Kings Accam Reference Number: F024290
OR
Call : 1.323.557.1808


IMPORTANT


If you choose not to purchase the Cox & Kings insurance, we recommend that you purchase an alternative policy at the time of booking to cover you in case you must cancel your travel plans.

It is important that you carry a copy of your policy with you while you travel so that you can refer to it should you need to make a claim.

Important Contacts & Links

U.S.Embassy in India

New Delhi
Embassy of the United States
Shantipath, Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi 110021
Tel : 011 2419 8000
in.usembassy.gov
U.S. Embassy in Nepal
U.S. Embassy in Nepal
Maharajgunj Rd, Kathmandu 44606, Nepal
Tel : +977 1-4234000
https://np.usembassy.gov/

Indian Embassy in USA

Washington DC
Embassy of India
2536, Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel : +1 202-939-7000
www.indianembassy.org
Embassy of Nepal in India
Embassy of Nepal in India
Barakhamba Rd, Vakil Lane,
Mandi House, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
Tel : 011 2347 6200
http://in.nepalembassy.gov.np/

Canadian High Commission in India

New Delhi
High Commission of Canada in India
7/8 Shantipath, Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi 110 021
Tel : 011 - 4178 2000
http://international.gc.ca
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA
800-CDC-INFO ' (800-232-4636)
TTY: (888) 232-6348
Contact CDC-INFO
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington,
DC 20004, USA
Tel : 877 227 551 / 202 325 8000
https://www.cbp.gov/

Currency conversion
www.xe.com
Weather information
www.weatherbase.com
Translation
www.translate.google.com

Capital

New Delhi

Area

12,741,37.123 Square mile, stretching from the Himalayas in the north to the Indian Ocean in the south.

Administrative Divisions

29 States and 7 Union Territories.

Time Difference

5 ½ hours ahead of GMT (winter) and 4 ½ hours ahead of GMT (summer).

Timezone

GMT +0530 (Year round)
EDT +0930 (March to November)
EST +1030 (December to February)

International Dialing Code

+91

Climate & Weather Chart

Between October and March, days are normally warm and sunny while nights are much cooler, particularly in December and January. The pre-monsoon months of May and June are very warm (air-conditioned transport is recommended), while the rains usually arrive in July and continue to early September.


New Delhi JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Max av temp (F) 17.2 19.9 27 34.4 38.5 38 31.4 30.4 30.4 29.9 24.9 18.9
Min av temp (F) 3.8 6.8 11.8 18.9 22.4 25.9 23.2 22.6 20.8 15.5 8.4 5
Av rain (mm) 20.3 15 15.8 6.7 17.5 54.9 231.5 258.7 127.8 36.3 5 7.8
National Holidays

January 26 - Republic Day, August 15 - Independence Day and October 2 - Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday.

Entry And Exit Formalities

After you have passed Customs and Immigration and have retrieved your luggage, follow the signs to exit through the Green Channel doorway out of the Arrivals Terminal building. Look for someone standing at the building exit doorway holding a Cox & Kings sign with your name.

Your representative will then transfer you to your hotel. When you check in to your hotel room, please inspect your accommodations. If you are not happy with your room, immediately advise your Cox & Kings representative, who will be waiting in the lobby. He or she will help you secure more suitable accommodations in the same room category. Please note that non-smoking rooms on the Indian Subcontinent do not exist in many hotels. Departure tax formalities vary from country to country in the Indian Subcontinent. In India, the departure tax is included in the cost of your international airline ticket.

Airport And Customs

Security
As with airports all over the world in this era, security checks are stringent, and you and your luggage may be searched more than once before you get on the plane. At some places, it may be necessary to identify your baggage on the tarmac before it is loaded on to the aircraft.

Baggage Allowance
As per the rules and regulations of the Aviation Ministry, passengers can carry a limited weight of luggage with them. There may be few changes in the rules of domestic and international flights regarding the baggage allowance (Checked/Hand baggage).

International Flights to India

  • Checked baggage allowance for international flights to India varies as per the class of travel such as for adults and children travelling n the Business Class permissible per person limit is up to 88 lbs and in Economy (Coach) class it is 66 lbs.
  • Hand baggage allowance for international flights to India is up to 15 lbs.
    For infants baggage allowance varies between 0-22 lbs depending on the flight carrier.

Please note the baggage allowance limits as given above are to be taken as an indication since these are carrier regulated and might differ between carriers or between flight sectors or change with amendments in airlines policies. Detailed information regarding the permissible baggage limits is generally displayed on the official website of most of the airlines and may be consulted before taking the flight to the desired destination.

Airport Departure Tax

  • Airport departure tax is usually included in your international tickets and does not have to be paid at the airport.

Customs On Arrival

  • There are two customs clearance channels. The green channel is for travelers carrying no dutiable items while the red channel is for travelers carrying dutiable items.


Note : Officials may carry out spot checks on passengers passing through the green channel.

Customs Formalities

  • Visitors in possession of more than US$ 5000 (or equivalent) foreign currency notes and/or more than US$ 10,000 (or equivalent) of traveler cheques, bank notes or currency notes are required to obtain a Currency Declaration Form before leaving customs.

Duty Free

  • Duty free items which you may bring to India include personal effects like clothing and other articles but not if this is commercial merchandise. All expensive electronic equipments must be declared at the customs which will be rechecked on departure. Visitors may bring in free of duty 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco and 2 litres of alcohol.

Mishandled / Lost Baggage

  • If your baggage is mishandled or lost in transit, obtain a certificate to this effect from the airline and have it countersigned by the customs.
Electricity

Voltage in most places is 220v AC, 50 Hz. Socket sizes vary, so it is recommended to carry adapters.
Electricity Plug

Currency

The Indian currency is Rupee, abbreviated as which is divided into 100 paisa (1 rupee equals 100 paisa or paise). The Rupee notes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 2000. Coins are in denominations of Rupee 1, 2, 5 and 10. One U.S. dollar is equal to approximately 63 rupees.

Foreign currency regulations are strict. Currency in excess of US$ 5000 and an aggregate total of US$10,000 and above (including cash, bank notes and traveller cheques) has to be declared at the time of entry.

Credit Cards
Diners, Mastercard, Visa and American Express credit cards are widely accepted by your hotel and most major stores.

Foreign Exchange

  • Cox & Kings has a full-fledged money changing division at various locations. Please get in touch with you Tour Director for further details.
  • U.S. dollar bills can be exchanged for Indian Rupees at local banks or hotels. For the most current rate of exchange, visit www.xe.com.
  • For shopping at street markets, you will need to have rupees. Some shops will accept U.S. Dollars.
  • You can also withdraw Rupees from an ATM, if your debit card has a chip and your bank allows it. Please contact your bank for details. ATMs are available throughout India, but you should not rely on them as the only source of obtaining cash.

Currency Conversion

Languages

English enjoys associate status but is the most important language for national, political, and commercial communication. The official language of the Indian Union is Hindi, which is the primary tongue of 30% of the people. Besides Hindi, some of the other official languages include Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Malayalam, Kannada, Oriya, Punjabi, Assamese, Kashmiri and Sindhi.

Business Hours
  • Government Offices/Shops: Monday - Friday, 10:00 - 17:00 hrs
  • Banks: Monday - Saturday, 1000 - 1500 (except second and fourth Saturdays)
  • Some commercial offices operate on a five-day week, with Saturdays and Sundays off. Others work a half-day on Saturdays. Office hours tend to be 09:30 - 18:00 hrs.
  • Shops do not have any standard timings. In major metros, you may find malls and department stores open until 20:00 hrs, seven days a week. Shops in business areas tend to close a little after office closing time. In tourist areas, you will probably find small stores open late into the evening. In many small towns, shops would tend to close around 20:00 hrs.
  • Restaurants and bars have different closing hours in different states. In most parts of the country, this would be around midnight or even earlier. The only food establishments legally open 24 hours a day are coffee shops in five-star hotels.

NOTE: Some government and commercial offices are open on alternate saturdays.

Tipping / Gratuities

Gratuities for driver, coach assistant and local guides are included in the cost. Tips at restaurants where the meals are included in your itinerary are included in the cost. Gratuity for your accompanying Tour Director is not included and can be paid as per the quality of service rendered.

Religion & Social Customs

India is a secular country and all religions are treated equally. Though the majority of people follow Hinduism, there are large minorities of other religions. Travelers should respect customs and traditions when travelling in India and the Subcontinent. Places of worship and religious ceremonies are particularly sensitive. Please dress modestly and note that you will be required to remove your shoes before entering a place of worship. It is disrespectful to touch a carving or statue of a deity. For religious reasons, touching local people on the head or directing the soles of your feet at a person are both considered taboo. When visiting Buddhist temples and religious sites, please try and remember to walk around them in a clockwise direction. Please also remember to use your right hand when greeting someone, eating or handing over money.

Recommended Clothing

Climates vary on the Indian Subcontinent, and you should be prepared. Evening temperatures in desert areas can drop dramatically from the intense day heat and jackets or sweaters are recommended. During the day, casual clothing and sturdy walking shoes are advised. In the evenings, you may want to wear something more formal, such as slacks and jacket for men and a skirt or dress for the ladies. Ties however are not necessary. You may also want to carry a pair of socks to wear when entering religious sites.

Please Note: Particularly for visits to religious sites, women should wear conservative clothing so that shoulders and legs are not exposed. Wearing very short skirts, shorts and sleeveless blouses is not recommended. Many travelers prefer to wear Indian-style clothes when traveling, such as the salwar kameez, which consists of a tunic top, trousers and a long scarf called a dupatta. Please see our recommended packing checklist.

Recommended Packing List
  • Tickets / Passports / Credit Card / Cash / Medical Insurance Certificate / Visa (If you have an e-Visa, carry a copy of e-Visa at the time of travel)
  • Carry a photocopy of your passport and tickets etc. and it is recommended that you leave one copy with a family member back home
  • Good quality sunglasses (preferably polarized and UV protected)
  • Wide-brimmed hat (baseball caps do not offer the sun protection that wide-brimmed hats do)
  • Camera equipment & additional memory cards
  • SPF45 sun block
  • Insect repellent and/or anti-malaria medication
  • Prescription medication, aspirin and anti-diarrhoea medication
  • First aid Medical Kit (Bandages, Imodium, Antiseptic Cream, etc.)
  • Lip balm / good moisturizing lotion / hair conditioner
  • Other personal toiletries
  • Comfortable walking shoes / flip flops / sandals
  • Swimsuit
  • Light raingear
  • T-shirt & Long-sleeved Cotton shirt
  • Long pants / skirts
  • Clothing in lightweight fabrics (linen, cotton) and light colors (white, beige)
  • Track suit
  • Underwear & socks
  • Raincoat and layered clothing such as a sweater or a jacket
  • Head scarf
  • One smart casual outfit
  • Prescription glasses & extra contacts - if you wear contact lenses, your eyes may get irritated bythe dust. Keep an extra set of glasses / contact lenses as it takes time to get replacements.
  • Important / Emergency contacts and addresses
  • Phrase book or dictionary
  • Personal electronic appliances with chargers and electrical converters
  • Waterproof zip lock bags
Shopping

India is a shopper's paradise. Shopping is recommended from Government Emporiums and suggested shops by Cox & Kings. Most of the large stores will ship your purchases for you, though for convenience and to avoid postal delays, it is advisable to carry your purchases with you or to book it as baggage.

Among the many items of quality produced in India are fabrics (including silks), clothing and shawls, paintings and prints, religious iconography, rugs and carpets, tea, gems and jewellery, batiks, items made of brass, wood, marble, copper, bronze, jute, crystal and papier-mache. Any item more than 100-years old is classified as an antique and you will need permission to take it home.
Well-made souvenirs are available at most hotels, but for the real Indian buying experience, head to any local market.

Note: Shopping is a way of life in India. Please inform your accompanying guide / Tour Director of your shopping preferences. If you do not wish to be taken to any shops, simply inform them at your convenience.

Health And Safety

Cox & Kings takes every precaution to keep you safe and healthy while you travel, but keep in mind that standards are not the same as they are in the U.S. Travelers should plan accordingly.

Vaccinations
It is recommended that travelers to the Indian Subcontinent be vaccinated against Tetanus and Hepatitis A. For the most up-to-date requirements regarding vaccinations and health concerns, please contact your personal physician or the Center for Disease Control.

No vaccinations are necessary to travel to India. However, foreign tourists should be in possession of a Yellow Fever Vaccination certificate conforming to International health regulations, if they are originating or travelling through Yellow Fever endemic countries.

Medicine
If you or any of your traveling party are taking medicine for certain conditions that could require intervention while travelling (such as diabetes or a heart condition), please carry an adequate supply in your carry-on luggage.
Medical treatment in India is inexpensive by European or North American standards, though India has a pool of some of the best doctors in the world. Most hotels have a doctor on call.

Carry a kit containing sunscreens and other lotions for protection from the sun, insect repellents and sting relief creams, water sterilizing tablets and medicines for possible stomach upsets or indigestion.

Mosquitos
To protect yourself from mosquitoes when outdoors in the evenings, use an insect repellent on exposed skin, and wear socks, trousers and long-sleeved shirts.

Hospitals & Pharmacies
There are state-operated facilities in all towns and private consultants and specialists in urban areas. It is recommended to carry your own medicines, since all medications in India are locally manufactured and you may not find the same brand names. There are very good drugstores and doctors everywhere, and they can advise on substitute medication. If the necessity arises, ask your hotel to recommend a doctor.

Food & Water
Only drink bottled water and always check that the seal is secure. Mineral water is readily available. Avoid food and drink from street vendors and restaurants that look suspect with their refrigeration and sanitary practices.

Valuables
Travel with the absolute minimum. It is not advisable to carry valuable jewellery. Money should be taken in traveller's cheques, with the receipt numbers retained separately in case they are lost or stolen. Cash kept on your person should be minimum. Where possible, leave any valuables, documents and passports in your hotel safety deposit box. Your luggage is particularly vulnerable at airports, railway stations or where crowds gather.

Communication

Most hotels have in-room direct-dial facilities for both local and international calls. In smaller hotels and smaller towns, it is easier to have the hotel operator connect both local and long- distance calls. However, as with other destinations worldwide, hotels do charge high rates. It's strongly advised to check with your local cell phone provider prior to departure of the availability and charges to make and receive cell phone service in India. Internet service is available in major hotels in larger cities, as well as in Internet cafes.

Legal Drinking Age

As per the Indian constitution, alcohol is a subject in the State list. Hence the laws governing alcohol vary from state to state.

Booking Procedures

Please read the conditions of travel as your booking is subject to the terms and conditions listed below. A contract is entered into, once East India Travel Company, Inc. (Cox & Kings) accepts and confirms the booking. Please note that travel arrangements are not confirmed until stated so in writing by Cox & Kings. Payment of any monies constitutes acceptance and understanding of Cox & Kings' Terms & Conditions as laid out below, as listed on our website and in our pre-travel documentation.

It's a simple process to book your journey. Simply follow the steps listed below.

1. Kindly complete and sign the booking form per party by the family head or the authorized person for each party.

2. Then complete the terms and conditions form per party by the family head or authorized person for each party.

  1. Completed & Signed Booking Form
  2. Signed Terms and Conditions
  3. Passport Copy (the photo ID page)

    Minimum Age for Luxury Small Group Journeys
    The minimum age for a child to join a luxury small group journey is 6 years old.

Luxury Small Group Journeys Payment

Prices
Prices quoted are based on the following configuration:

  • Per person cost on a twin room
  • Cost using single room
  • A child aged between 6 years and 11 years can be accommodated with two adults sharing a room with an extra bed based on the hotel policy. In certain destinations there will be no reduction on the cost for children between 6 years and 11 years & they will have to pay the adult cost only.
  • Child of 12 years and above will be charged at full adult rates.

Deposit and Payment
A per person deposit of $500 must be paid at the time of booking. The balance of the trip must be paid prior to 120 days before you travel.

If you book your travel on or after 120 days of departure, the full amount of your trip must be paid in order to confirm the booking.
If the final balance is not received on time both for regular journeys and special offers, Cox & Kings reserves the right to treat the booking as cancelled by you and to levy cancellation charges. If you book your travel 120 days or prior to departure, the full amount of your trip must be paid in order to confirm the booking.

For any air tickets handled by Cox & Kings, full payment is required at time of booking in order to secure the fare quoted.

  • You can pay in full to confirm your booking or make a deposit to book your reservation. Please see the payment schedule listed below.
Payment Schedule
Payment Terms Amount (Per Person) Date of Payment
Booking Amount $500 Immediately upon booking prior to 121 days before the date of your journey
Balance Payment Remainder Amount Immediately or after 120 days from the date of your journey whichever is earlier
  • You can book ONLINE -www.coxandkingsusa.com/luxury-small-group-journeys & then upload your documents.
  • If you wish to pay by check, please address your check to "Cox and Kings The Americas" along with your documents and send to : Cox & Kings, 8060 Melrose Avenue, 3rd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90046.

Cancellation by You

Should you wish to cancel your travel arrangements, you must notify Cox & Kings in writing to groupjourneys@coxandkingsusa.com. Please state the reason for cancellation as you may be covered by your insurance policy.

Please note that for most custom journeys, deposits are refundable minus a per person Administrative Fee of $400 if the cancellation is received more than 91 days prior to departure. You will be advised if your Terms & Conditions are different than listed below by your Travel Specialist at time of booking.

For notification received within 90 days of departure, the following cancellation charges are applicable for most custom journeys (some exceptions apply including Africa, please see separate cancellation terms below):

Cancellation Terms for Luxury Small Group Journeys

Days before Departure Cancellation Charge
120 days or longer Deposit Paid + Air Tickets
91 to 119 days before departure 20% of total land program price + Air Tickets
61-90 days before departure 50% of total land program price + Air Tickets
60 or fewer days before departure 100% of total land program price + Air Tickets

Air Travel

Most airline tickets are non-refundable once confirmed, however, depending on airline and class of service, exceptions may apply, and you will be notified at time of reservation. Any air tickets issued at any time are subject to the terms of the airline.

Land Only Travel and Optional Flights

Unless otherwise noted, prices displayed do not include international airfare.

Cox & Kings would be more than happy to include international flights for you. We can offer favorable prices for Economy, Premium Economy, Business and First Class travel.

If you are considering booking your own flights, please be aware of your responsibilities, which include but are not limited to the following: If you are booking flights on your own, please be aware of tour timings. It is your responsibility to meet up with the group. There may be supplementary costs if you require arrival and/or departure transfers other than what is included in the program, or additional hotel nights on arrival or departure.

We strongly advise against booking flights independently of Cox & Kings as there may be difficulties if your flight is delayed / cancelled to connect with your group.

Note:

  • If you choose not to purchase flights through Cox & Kings, please provide us with a copy of your tickets before you arrive into the destinations.
  • For journeys in which international and/or internal (regional or intra-country) airfare is already included in main price, please be aware that the price of your journey may be impacted if you purchase international or internal flights on your own.

Domestic Air Travel

Flight times quoted are subject to change. Domestic flights in India are prone to last minute schedule changes and cancellation without any advance notice - especially during the peak travel season of November through March. Currently, India is undergoing massive expansion of its airport terminals and facilities and as a result, delays may be unavoidable due to air traffic control restrictions during certain times of the day.

Alterations by You

If you request any amendments to your travel arrangements once your booking has been confirmed, an amendment fee may apply. If you request any changes in services or accommodation, once commencement of travel, Cox & Kings will do all possible to accommodate your request, however, any costs incurred due to such amendments, you will be liable for any cancellation / retention charges that may be levied for the previously booked service and for any costs incurred to secure revised arrangements. Any alteration made will be treated as a tailor made booking and subject to different terms and conditions.

Unutilized Services

We cannot give any allowance or refund for meals, rooms, excursions, etc. that have not been consumed or utilized, when these services have been included in the price of the program. No refund can be made on lost, mislaid or destroyed travel tickets. Any air tickets issued at any time are subject to the terms of the airline. To protect your investment, we strongly recommend that you purchase full coverage travel insurance at partner.allianztravelinsurance.com .

Alterations Made to the Scheduled Program

Travel arrangements are planned and secured in advance and so changes in itinerary content may be unavoidable. These changes may be due to circumstances amounting to "force majeure" or reasons beyond Cox & Kings' control. They could include but not limited to; delay in departure due to flight disruption, closure of a hotel, strikes, riots, natural occurrences, decisions by State / National Governments or Tourist Organizations that cause forced alterations to a planned itinerary, its duration, time spent in a city or requiring the need to remove a city or part of from the itinerary caused by a local occurrence or situation. In such cases, Cox & Kings will offer comparable alternative arrangements. If any of the circumstances listed above occur during the course of the program, we reserve the right to alter the scheduled itinerary accordingly and compensation cannot be paid. We will make every reasonable effort to provide the booked arrangements but minor changes may occur. If changes are significant we shall where possible, inform you or your travel agent before your departure. Please note that Cox & Kings cannot be held responsible for any price increases or surcharges caused by governmental action, additional taxes imposed, fluctuations in exchange rates, increases in scheduled airfare or increases in fuel surcharges should Cox & Kings need to pass along these increases. Any increase in the original program price will be notified to you at least 91 days before departure. If you make your booking within 90 days of departure, the surcharge will be included in your invoice. Any surcharge will not exceed 10 percent of the listed program price.

Travel Warnings

It is the responsibility of the Traveler to become informed about the most current travel advisories and warnings by referring to the U.S. State Department's travel website at www.travel.state.gov or by phone at 1-888-407-4747. In the event of an active State Department Travel Warning against travel to the specific destination location/s of the trip, should the Traveler still choose to travel, notwithstanding any travel advisory or warning, the Traveler assumes all risk of personal injury, death or property damage that may arise out of the events like those advised or warned against.

What Your Program Price Includes and Excludes

Please refer to each program which lists the Inclusions & Exclusions. There are separate Inclusions & Exclusions for land + air programs and separate Inclusions & Exclusions for land only programs.

Cox & Kings' Limits of Responsibilities

Except where otherwise stated in these Terms & Conditions, neither Cox & Kings nor any Third Party Supplier can accept liability or pay compensation where our performance of our or our supplier's contractual obligations is affected by or you otherwise suffer any damage or loss as a result of force majeure. In these terms and conditions force majeure means any event which we / the supplier of the service(s) or the third party supplier could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include but not be limited to; actual or threatened war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, epidemics, fire, and all similar events outside the control of the party concerned.

Cox & Kings makes arrangements with airlines, hotels and other independent parties to provide the travel services you purchase. We do not own or operate any of the accommodation, transport or other facilities used in connection with our programs. We therefore cannot accept liability for negligence of the staff of these organizations. These parties are independent suppliers over whom we have no direct control. Cox & Kings is not liable in the event of any failure by any person or company to render any transportation, accommodation or other travel service to be provided on the journeys, or for expenses incurred due to delays caused by weather, strikes, war, civil disturbances, natural disasters, flight delays, government actions, mechanical failures or any acts of God. Cox & Kings cannot assume any responsibility for flight delays, cancellations or missed connections and is not liable for any expenses or consequences resulting therefrom, and such expenses are to be borne by the traveler. When you travel with an airline the Conditions of Carriage of that airline will apply. These conditions are the subject of International Agreements and may limit or exclude liability. Your travel agent or airline can advise you of these conditions. The participant waives any claim against Cox & Kings for any damage to, or loss of, property, or injury to, or death of, due to any act, or negligence of any airlines, surface transportation companies, hotels or any person rendering any of the services or accommodations included. Cox & Kings cannot be held responsible for any claim, losses, damages for delay of baggage or other properties, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment, upset and disappointment, distress or frustrations, whether physical or mental, resulting from the act or omission of any party providing services.

The participant assumes and understands that all travel has an inherent risk that may result in injury or death from participation in activities, including but not limited to, driving, hiking, walking, touring, visiting archeological sites, walking on uneven surfaces, riding on rough roads, rafting, boating, canoeing riding in helicopters, on trains, boats, swimming, surfing, horseback or camel riding and any other activities. Participant knows and is familiar with the activities in their itinerary and is able to confirm that they meet the physical requirements to participate.

All services are subject to the laws of the countries in which these services are rendered. Venue for all claims or disputes shall be exclusively in Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A., whose courts, using California Law, shall have exclusive jurisdiction. Damage claims against Cox & Kings shall be limited to the value of the particular item in dispute and not for any incidental, consequential, or special damages. Cox & Kings assumes no responsibility for representations made by others including, but not limited to, any employee of Cox & Kings or independent travel agent. Payment for reservations on any Cox & Kings travel arrangements shall constitute consent to all the provisions in the Booking Terms & Conditions published herein and is binding on all travel participants.

United States Tour Operators Association - $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program

Cox & Kings, The Americas, as an Active Member of USTOA, is required to post $1 Million with USTOA to be used to reimburse, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program, the advance payments of Cox & Kings, The Americas' customers in the unlikely event of Cox & Kings, The Americas bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business. Further, you should understand that the $1 Million posted by Cox & Kings, The Americas may be sufficient to provide only a partial recovery of the advance payments received by Cox & Kings, The Americas. More details of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program may be obtained by writing to USTOA at 345 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1801, New York, New York 10001, or by email to information@ustoa.com or by visiting their website at www.USTOA.com.