The Big Fat Indian Wedding

14th November, 2018 - 24th November, 2018
  • Delhi / Udaipur / Deogarh / Jaipur / Agra / Delhi

  • 10 NIGHTS / 11 DAYS

Creative’s Expert Resource for the Journey

Pankaj is a travel director and works with some of the leading travel companies in India. He has worked with V customer as a process trainer and was trained in voice, accent and soft skills. He is well educated and has thorough knowledge of the customs, religions and cultures of India. He has worked with distinctive guests, like Mr. Morris Kahn, the wealthiest man of Israel; Mr. Herman Von Rompuy, Ex-Prime Minister of Belgium and Ex-President of European Council, Mrs. Sherifa – from the royal family of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Scott Watson – Canada, to name a few.

Pankaj Sharma

An Expert on Indian Tradition & Culture

Indian weddings are a grand celebration that vary across regions, cultures and ethnicities. Regardless, they have a few things in common – a festive spirit, elaborate rituals, and in most cases, extensive decorations, lots of music and dance as well as colourful clothes!

This journey will provide insights into the cultures, customs and rituals of India along with the chance to attend a “Big Fat Indian Wedding”. Join us as we witness a couple embark on their journey together in this most celebrated of Indian occasions. Be part of the wedding ceremonies and interact with the families as they come together to prepare for this auspicious day. Dress up in ethnic attire, enjoy the best of Indian cuisine, and experience all the rituals and fanfare of an Indian wedding.

Weddings in India are a grand affair with about 10 million weddings celebrated in the country, every year! Typical Hindu families spend significant effort and financial resources to prepare and celebrate weddings. Several days of festivities and traditional functions culminate on the final day with the wedding ceremony, which usually consists of these three rituals – Kanyadaan, Panigrahana, and Saptapadi. These respectively mean, giving the daughter away; holding hands to signify the sacred union; and the seven steps representing the seven vows the couple makes to each other.

Going to a wedding is a unique and beautiful way to immerse yourself in the Indian culture and way of life. It is a life-changing event that will promote you from being just another tourist to becoming a local for a day.

Note: The date of journey may vary depending on the wedding date

Crafted by Creative Advantages

  • Led by Pankaj Sharma, a specialist on Indian tradition & culture
  • Attend a traditional Indian wedding as a guest of the family
  • Authentic Indian local cuisine at the ceremonies
  • Dress for the wedding in traditional ethnic attire, custom fitted for you and yours to keep
  • Group photograph at the wedding with the family and bride + groom
  • Surprise gift during the journey

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1
    14th November 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 2
    15th November 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 3
    16th November 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 4
    17th November 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 5
    18th November 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 6
    19th November 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 7
    20th November 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 8
    21st November 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 9
    22nd November 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 10
    23rd November 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 11
    24th November 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
View Full Itinerary
  • Day 1
    14th November 2018 (Wednesday)

    Arrive Delhi

    Arrive at the national capital of India, Delhi. Enjoy the welcome dinner while being briefed about the tour by Pankaj Sharma.

    • The Park
  • Day 2
    15th November 2018 (Thursday)

    Delhi

    Spend your day taking a rickshaw ride and stroll through the lanes of Old Delhi. Visit the Jama Mosque and the renowned street market, where you may like to buy traditional Rajasthani outfits. And visit Humayun's tomb.

    • The Park
  • Day 3
    16th November 2018 (Friday)

    Delhi / Udaipur

    Fly to Udaipur and spend your day taking a tour of the “City of Lakes.”

    • Trident
  • Day 4
    17th November 2018 (Saturday)

    Udaipur

    It's time to attend the pre-wedding ceremonies of the couple. Start with getting a Henna Tattoo done by an artist. Henna (Mehndi) is a form of temporary body art and is applied to the bride's hand before her wedding. Attend Sangeet, a musical evening at the wedding, where you can dance on Bollywood songs with the bride's family.

    • Trident
  • Day 5
    18th November 2018 (Sunday)

    Udaipur

    Spend your morning at leisure and unwind at a spa and salon to get the perfect look for the night. In the evening, attend the wedding ceremonies in traditional Indian attire and enjoy delicacies at the wedding venue.

    • Trident
  • Day 6
    19th November 2018 (Monday)

    Udaipur / Deogarh

    Drive to Deogarh, an approximately 3.5-hour drive and in the afternoon enjoy a jeep ride into the countryside with a guide and witness the local village life.

    • Deogarh Mahal
  • Day 7
    20th November 2018 (Tuesday)

    Deogarh / Jaipur

    Start your day by enjoying a short ride on a rural train, dating back to the 1930s, to experience rural India and the life of the locals. Then drive to Jaipur, an approximately 5.5-hour drive.

    • ITC Rajputana A luxury collection
  • Day 8
    21st November 2018 (Wednesday)

    Jaipur

    Spend your day taking a tour of Jaipur, the “Pink City.” In the evening, witness the divine aarti ceremony at a temple.

    • ITC Rajputana A luxury collection
  • Day 9
    22nd November 2018 (Thursday)

    Jaipur / Agra

    Drive to Agra and in the evening visit the iconic Taj Mahal.

    • ITC Mughal luxury collection
  • Day 10
    23rd November 2018 (Friday)

    Agra / Delhi

    Start your day by a visit to the Agra Fort and drive back to Delhi.

    • Pullman Aerocity
  • Day 11
    24th November 2018 (Saturday)

    Leave Delhi

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

  • INCLUDED ACCOMMODATION

    CITY

    NAME OF THE HOTELS

    • Delhi
    • The Park
    • Boutique Hotel
    • Udaipur
    • Trident
    • Boutique Hotel
    • Deogarh
    • Deogarh Mahal
    • Boutique Hotel
    • Jaipur
    • ITC Rajputana A luxury collection
    • Boutique Hotel
    • Agra
    • ITC Mughal luxury collection
    • Boutique Hotel
    • Delhi
    • Pullman Aerocity
    • Boutique Hotel
  • JOURNEY COST

    Assured tour operation with minimum 2 guests:

    On twin sharing basis
    • GBP EURO USD AUD
    • 3115 3535 4360 5690
    Over and above the twin sharing journey cost
    • GBP EURO USD AUD
    • 935 1060 1310 1705
    Airfare in economy class for the sector - Lucknow / Mumbai (air fare subject to change at the time of booking)
    • GBP EURO USD AUD
    • 120 135 170 215
  • WHAT’S INCLUDED

    Journey led by an expert resource

    Accommodation based on twin / double sharing basis including breakfast for 10 nights & 11 days

    Lunch and dinner as per the program

    Drinks with the welcome dinner on first night

    All transfers, journeys & 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

    Participation in an Indian wedding

    Traditional dress to participate in wedding

    Rural train & jeep ride in the countryside at Deogarh

    Porterage at airport & hotels

    Variety of traditional Indian wedding cuisine

    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 Pankaj Sharma, a specialist on Indian tradition & culture
  • Attend a traditional Indian wedding as a guest of the family
  • Authentic Indian local cuisine at the ceremonies
  • Dress for the wedding in traditional ethnic attire, custom fitted for you and yours to keep
  • Group photograph at the wedding with the family and bride + groom
  • Surprise gift during the journey

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