The Mighty Goddess and Dussehra

2nd October, 2019 - 10th Octobber, 2019
  • Kolkata – Jaipur - Agra - Delhi

  • 8 NIGHTS / 9 DAYS

Creative’s Expert Resource for the Journey

Seema Srivastava is an artist, art enthusiast and illustrator. With over 30 years of experience, she regularly conducts heritage walks, museum visits, and craft experiences for art and culture enthusiasts. With a wide experience in teaching art history and design-related courses, she regularly holds the lectures on Indian art and architecture for students and faculty visiting India. With her wide knowledge and experience in Indian art and architecture, she makes for the perfect host for your journey, and will share her incomparable insights about Indian art forms, both traditional and modern.

 


 

Seema Srivastava

Art & Design Historian and Heritage Expert

The intriguing diversities of India are nowhere represented more alluringly than in the festivals of the country. This immersive journey is the chance to witness two aspects of a festival that is celebrated in myriad forms and colours across the country.

Crafted by Creative Advantages

  • Led by Seema Srivastav, an expert in Indian art and culture
  • Get into the thick of “Durga Puja” festivities at Pandals (local fares)
  • Explore the heritage of the City of Joy, Kolkata
  • Dig into mouth-watering Indian street food
  • Enjoy the musical and visual treat of a Bollywood movie at one of India’s oldest theatres
  • Witness “Dussehra” celebrations
  • Group photograph during Durga Puja celebration
  • Surprise gift during the journey

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1
    2nd October 2019

    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
    3rd October 2019

    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
    4th October 2019

    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
    5th October

    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
    6th October 2019 (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 7
    7th October 2019 (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
    8th October 2019 (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 9
    10th October 2019 (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
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  • Day 1
    2nd October 2019

    2nd October 2019 – Arrive in Kolkata

    Welcome to the first destination of your tour – Kolkata. The welcome dinner at the hotel will help you unwind and prepare for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Seema Srivastava, while she briefs you on the upcoming journey.

  • Day 2
    3rd October 2019

    Kolkata

    Start your day with a tour of the city. In the afternoon, visit Durga Puja pandals (stalls at local fares) and enjoy the famous street food of Bengal.

     

    Note: Wear comfortable shoes as the day would involve a lot of walking, especially at the pandal. Due to heavy crowds, vehicles are not allowed near the marquees.

  • Day 3
    4th October 2019

    Kolkata

    Start your day with a morning heritage tour of the city, centered around the Dalhousie square and covering famous landmarks of the city. Later, enjoy Durga Puja festivities with a family at their heritage home.

  • Day 4
    5th October

    Kolkata / Jaipur

    Spend your morning at leisure. Later, fly to Jaipur and in the evening, watch a Bollywood mvie in one of the most spectacular movie theatres of India.

  • Day 5
    6th October 2019 (Sunday)

    Jaipur

    Spend your day taking a tour of Jaipur, the Pink City of India. Your evening is dedicated to a royal rendezvous at the Ikaki Niwas where you spend time with the royal family as they share anecdotes of the local culture and heritage, over drinks and snacks. Learn the art of cooking Rajasthani cuisine followed by dinner with the family.  

  • Day 7
    7th October 2019 (Monday)

    Jaipur - Agra

    Drive down to Agra, an approximately 5-hour drive, and visit the Agra Fort, one of the finest forts built by the Mughals in India.

  • Day 7
    8th October 2019 (Tuesday)

    Agra - Delhi

    Visit the much-awaited monument of love, Taj Mahal, the mausoleum built by emperor Shah Jahan for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Afterwards, drive down to the capital city of Delhi, where you spend the evening witnessing the festivities of Dussehra. Giant effigies of Ravana are burnt at dusk, in colourful carnivals where the community comes together to celebrate

  • Day 9
    10th October 2019 (Thursday)

    Leave Delhi

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board the flight to onward destination

  • INCLUDED ACCOMMODATION

    CITY

    NAME OF THE HOTELS

  • JOURNEY COST

    Assured tour operation with minimum 2 guests:

    On twin sharing basis
    • GBP EURO USD AUD
    Over and above the twin sharing journey cost
    • GBP EURO USD AUD
    Airfare in economy class for the sector - Lucknow / Mumbai (air fare subject to change at the time of booking)
    • GBP EURO USD AUD
  • WHAT’S INCLUDED

                    Journey led by an expert resource

                    Accommodation based on twin / double sharing basis including breakfast for 8 nights & 9 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

                    Pandal hopping to see the Goddess & artistic Pandals

                    Heritage walking tour in Kolkata

                    Sample the street food in Kolkata

                    Bollywood movie show in Jaipur

                    Cooking demonstration & dinner with a noble family in Jaipur

                    Witness Dussehra festival in Delhi

                    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.       Up-to 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 up to 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 the taxes.

  • CANCELLATIONS AND MATERIAL ALTERATION BY CREATIVE TRAVEL

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 Srivastav, an expert in Indian art and culture
  • Get into the thick of “Durga Puja” festivities at Pandals (local fares)
  • Explore the heritage of the City of Joy, Kolkata
  • Dig into mouth-watering Indian street food
  • Enjoy the musical and visual treat of a Bollywood movie at one of India’s oldest theatres
  • Witness “Dussehra” celebrations
  • Group photograph during Durga Puja celebration
  • Surprise gift during the journey

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