India’s Architecture Marvels

18th October, 2018 - 29th October, 2018
  • Delhi / Alsisar / Jaipur / Agra / Ahmedabad / Mumbai

  • 11 NIGHTS / 12 DAYS

Creative’s Expert Resource for the Journey

Seema Srivastava is an artist, an art enthusiast and an illustrator. With over 30 years of experience, she regularly conducts heritage walks, museum visits, and craft experiences for art and culture enthusiasts. Some has hosted guests such as the Prime Minister of New Zealand and the Directors, SFMOMA and Director, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Owner and President, McDonalds, USA, just to mention a few. She has a wide experience in teaching art history and design related courses. She regularly holds lecture series on Indian art and architecture for winterim students and faculty visiting India as part of credit programmes from Rutgers University, William College of Business, Xavier University, University of Iowa, USA and Virginia Commonwealth University, Doha, Qatar. She is also a freelancer artist and illustrator, involved in conceptualizing and designing advertisements, books, magazines, calendars, brochures etc. With her wide knowledge and experience in Indian art and architecture, she makes for the perfect host for your journey. She will accompany you to take a tour of the architectural wonders and share insights.

Seema Srivastava

Art & Design Historian, Heritage Expert

India's architecture is deeply influenced by its diverse culture and traditions. From Mughal palaces to Hindu temples, Rajput havelis and Colonial bungalows, the country’s architecture tells the stories of the many rulers, ethnicities and communities that have made their home hear over hundreds of years.

This journey is a chance to travel across time into the most significant eras of Indian history, as seen through its various architectural marvels. Learn about the historical and cultural context behind some of the most celebrated buildings of the country. Explore and admire the beauty of India’s famed monuments. Every tomb, mosque, fort and temple tells a unique story of the eras gone by. This 12-day tour offers the perfect opportunity to experience it all.

Crafted by Creative Advantages

  • Led by Seema Srivastava, an expert on Indian architecture and heritage
  • Study ancient, Mughal, Hindu, Colonial & Modern architecture styles all in one trip
  • A walking heritage tour in Mumbai to admire the magnificent architectural wonders
  • Visit ancient caves and one-of-its kind underground art gallery to study about cave architecture
  • Group photograph at Taj Mahal
  • Surprise gift to group members

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1
    18th October 2018 (Thursday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 2
    19th October 2018 (Friday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3
    20th October 2018 (Saturday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4
    21st October 2018 (Sunday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5
    22nd October 2018 (Monday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6
    23rd October 2018 (Tuesday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7
    24th October 2018 (Wednesday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8
    25th October 2018 (Thursday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9
    26th October 2018 (Friday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10
    27th October 2018 (Saturday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11
    28th October 2018 (Sunday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12
    29th October 2018 (Monday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 1
    18th October 2018 (Thursday)

    Arrive Delhi

    Arrive at the national capital of India – New Delhi. Enjoy your dinner while being briefed by Seema Srivastava, about the trip.

    • Vivanta by Taj - Ambassador
  • Day 2
    19th October 2018 (Friday)

    Delhi

    Enjoy a rickshaw ride in the lanes of Old Delhi. Take the city tour to experience a variety of architectural styles ranging from Ancient to Mughal and Neo-Classical and Edwardian.

    • Vivanta by Taj - Ambassador
  • Day 3
    20th October 2018 (Saturday)

    Delhi / Alsisar

    Drive to Alsisar, an approximately 6 hour-drive. Enjoy your evening at the hotel.

    • Alsisar Mahal
  • Day 4
    21st October 2018 (Sunday)

    Alsisar / Jaipur

    Spend your morning visiting Alsisar where you will witness art everywhere and get to admire the beauty of the life-size legendary frescoes of Shekhawati. In the afternoon, drive to Jaipur, approximately 4 hours away.

    • Lebua Resort
  • Day 5
    22nd October 2018 (Monday)

    Jaipur

    Spend your day taking a tour of the city. The architectural excellence of Jaipur will leave you spellbound. At night, visit the museum at the City Palace.

    • Lebua Resort
  • Day 6
    23rd October 2018 (Tuesday)

    Jaipur / Agra

    Drive to Agra and en route visit Abhaneri Stepwell, one of the deepest and largest stepwells in India. In the evening, visit the historical Agra Fort, which was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty till 1638.

    • ITC Mughal a luxury collection
  • Day 7
    24th October 2018 (Wednesday)

    Agra / Delhi / Ahmedabad

    In the morning, visit Taj Mahal to experience a unique blend of Persian, Islamic, and Indian architectural styles. Drive to Delhi airport and fly to Ahmedabad.

    • The House of MG
  • Day 8
    25th October 2018 (Thursday)

    Ahmedabad

    The architecture of Ahmedabad ranges from the ancient to the very modern. Visit Husain-Doshi Goofa, an underground art gallery by Balkrishna Doshi and Adalaj Stepwells, a unique Hindu 'water building' in the village of Adalaj, close to Ahmedabad.

    • The House of MG
  • Day 9
    26th October 2018 (Friday)

    Ahmedabad

    Spend your day sight-seeing in the city. Visit the Gandhi Ashram and the Utensil Museum and enjoy vegetarian dinner at Vishalla restaurant.

    • The House of MG
  • Day 10
    27th October 2018 (Saturday)

    Ahmedabad/Mumbai

    Fly to Mumbai and spend the afternoon witnessing the architectural wonders of Mumbai. Visit various creations from different eras of the city's history and get to know the cultural  and architecturalimportance of the same.

    • The Taj Mahal Palace (tower wing)
  • Day 11
    28th October 2018 (Sunday)

    Mumbai

    In the morning, visit the Elephanta Caves, a collection of cave temples and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and spend your afternoon at leisure.

    • The Taj Mahal Palace (tower wing)
  • Day 12
    29th October 2018 (Monday)

    Leave Mumbai

    After enjoying your breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport to leave India.

  • INCLUDED ACCOMMODATION

    CITY

    NAME OF THE HOTELS

    • Delhi
    • Vivanta by Taj - Ambassador
    • 5 Star
    • Alsisar
    • Alsisar Mahal
    • Heritage Hotel
    • Jaipur
    • Lebua Resort
    • 5 Star
    • Agra
    • ITC Mughal a luxury collection
    • 5 Star
    • Ahmedabad
    • The House of MG
    • Boutique Heritage Hotel
    • Mumbai
    • The Taj Mahal Palace (tower wing)
    • 5 Star
  • JOURNEY COST

    Assured tour operation with minimum 2 guests:

    On twin sharing basis
    • GBP EURO USD AUD
    • 3930 4460 5500 7175
    Over and above the twin sharing journey cost
    • GBP EURO USD AUD
    • 1070 1215 1495 1950
    Airfare in economy class for the sector - Lucknow / Mumbai (air fare subject to change at the time of booking)
    • GBP EURO USD AUD
    • 140 165 205 260
  • WHAT’S INCLUDED

    Journey led by an expert resource, a specialist of Indian architecture

    Accommodation based on twin / double sharing basis including breakfast for 11 nights & 12 days

    Lunch and dinner as per the program

    Drinks with the welcome dinner on first night

    All transfers, tours & excursions by appropriate air-conditioned vehicles based on the number of guests

    All entrance fees at the places of interest based on the program

    Assistance on all arrival, departure & during the journey

    Visit various types of architecture of Mughal, Colonial & modern era

    Architecture style of cave, stepwell, palaces, forts & buildings

    Architectural walking tour in Mumbai ( partly by car )

    Porterage at airport & hotels

    All currently applicable taxes

  • WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

    All personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, telephone calls, shopping etc.

    Meals not included and mentioned in the program

    Personal fees for cameras at the places of visit, depends on size of camera and equipment

    Any International airfare or domestic airfare (which is quoted separately). All flight schedules and airfare are subject to change till the time of final booking

    Any Visa fee (all nationalities require an entry visa prior to arrival in India)

  • SPECIAL NOTES

    Please send all bookings and information related emails to our Special Projects team at crafted@creative.travel

    Copies of passports for all guests will be required at the time of booking

    Check in times at the hotels are 1400 Hrs. / Check out times at the hotels are 1200 noon

    Free baggage allowance on domestic flights, as prevails currently (subject to change):Economy Class passengers: 20 kilos per person in check-in bag and 7 kilos in cabin bag.Excess baggage allowance can be purchased online in advance or at the airport while checking in

    Due to any unforeseen circumstances, if any airline opts to cancel / withdraw their flight operation(s) on particular sector(s) their liability is limited to the 100% refund of the airfare charged for the particular sector(s) and do not stand responsible for re-routing or re-booking seats on any other airline. In such events / situations, Creative Travel Pvt. Ltd. will try best to work out most suitable alternative option to make our guests travel and all applicable supplement(s), if any, to be borne by the guests / passengers

    The driving times mentioned in the proposal are approximate and as per normal traffic & road conditions

    The maximum group size will be 24 guests to ensure a delightful experience

    Journey prices are based on current taxes, in case of any change, the same will be levied additionally

  • BOOKING, CANCELLATION AND AMENDMENT FEE

    BOOKING 

    1.25 % of Journey cost to be paid at the time of booking

    2.Remaining payment to be paid 70 days prior to Journey

    3.If booking is made within 70 days of the journey, full payment is required to confirm the Journey

    4.Payment can be made by bank transfer or through Creative's online payment gateway

    CANCELLATION 

    1.Upto 70 days prior to Journey - 10% cancellation fee shall be applicable.

    2.Between 69 - 50 days prior to Journey - 25% cancellation fee shall be applicable

    3.Between 49 - 31 days prior to Journey - 50% cancellation fee shall be applicable

    4.Less than 30 days prior to Journey - 100% cancellation fee shall be applicable

    NAME CHANGE 

    1.Accommodation: Free of cost upto 72 hours before arrival

    2.Flights: A fee of US$ 55 per person, per sector shall be applicable along with any change in the ticket fare.

    3. Trains: A fee of US$ 5 per person, per sector shall be applicable.

  • CANCELLATIONS AND MATERIAL ALTERATION BY CREATIVE TRAVEL

    The journeys are planned well in advance. We reserve the right to modify itineraries, substitute accommodations, including flights and trains, at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond our control such as

    'force majeure' events - flood, fire, act of God, war or threat of war, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist activities, strikes, airport closure, technical problems with transport, alteration or cancellation of scheduled travel services. Most of the changes will be minor and we will advise you of them at the earliest possible date but occasionally there could be a major change closer to the departure date.

    We also reserve the right in any circumstances to cancel your travel arrangements. For example, if the minimum number of guests required for a particular travel arrangement is not reached, we may have to cancel it.

    In both conditions of change / cancellation, you will have the choice of either accepting the change of arrangements or cancelling your booked holiday and receiving a full refund deducting the taxes except where the major change/cancellation arises due to reasons of force majeure. In case of force majeure, we will refund you for all unutilised services after deducting taxes.

Getting ready for India

We look forward to welcoming you to India. Here is some pre-departure information to help you prepare for your trip. Incase you need any other information, please do reach out to us. Download 24 Hours Emergency Contact Number: (+91) 9911 266277

Your Journey

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Highlights

  • Led by Seema Srivastava, an expert on Indian architecture and heritage
  • Study ancient, Mughal, Hindu, Colonial & Modern architecture styles all in one trip
  • A walking heritage tour in Mumbai to admire the magnificent architectural wonders
  • Visit ancient caves and one-of-its kind underground art gallery to study about cave architecture
  • Group photograph at Taj Mahal
  • Surprise gift to group members

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