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A Portrait of India


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$9,790 USD
Includes On-Tour Air
Journey Type
Time of Year
Sep - Dec
Cities & Landmarks
New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai, Varanasi
Portrait of India Escorted Tour


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Multiple-night stays at three hotels ranked among the 15 “World’s Best” hotels by the readers of Travel + Leisure – The Oberoi Udaivilas, The Oberoi Rajvilas and The Oberoi Amarvilas (where you’ll have Taj Mahal views from your room)




On-Tour Air included (5 flights)


Two nights in Jaipur, highlighted by a visit to the Amber Fort and a Maharajah evening featuring dinner and entertainment


A boat ride on the River Ganges, providing an opportunity to experience revered cultural traditions centuries old in Varanasi


Exclusive insider visit to a chef’s private home in Kerala and a cooking demonstration for an authentic taste of daily life


Houseboat and river cruises, and a martial arts demo


Kathakali dance performance in tropical southern India





Active components such as hiking, bicycling and walking longer distances may be included, and hills and/or uneven terrain may be encountered on several days. Guests should be able to walk two to three miles and stand for long periods of time with no difficulty.



Often robust – may include long days, active sightseeing, early starts, evening activities, significant travel times.

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Experiences of a lifetime

Live like a maharajah at some of the world's top-rated hotels – including a two-night stay at the award-winning The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, featuring views of the Taj Mahal, and three nights in Udaipur at The Oberoi Udaivilas...

You'll be amazed by all that's included on A Portrait of India... Our popular India tours give you a complete look at this complex country from north to south. Cruise by houseboat in southern India through Kerala’s beautiful canals. A boat ride witnesses spiritual ceremonies along the River Ganges in Varanasi, and a cooking demonstration features a taste of hospitality on an exclusive insider visit to a chef's private home in Kerala. Enjoy a special Maharajah evening with dinner and entertainment... a traditional dance performance... with special insights from Tauck's local experts and much more... Read Less

Udaipur's markets by rickshaw

A rickshaw ride to explore Udaipur's colorful local markets

In Udaipur, an auto-rickshaw ride around the city's bustling spice and vegetable markets offers insights into everyday life in India's "City of Lakes." As you roam the markets, you'll see local women in brightly colored saris sitting among the stalls, surrounded by baskets brimming with their fresh produce, and a colorful array of curries and spices.

Lunch aboard a Kerala houseboat

Enjoy a luxury houseboat luncheon cruise in Kerala

Southern India's Kerala region has often been referred to as the "Venice of the East" for the lovely, palm-fringed canals found throughout its small coastal villages. Hop aboard a traditional thatched-roof riceboat-turned-luxury houseboat for a luncheon cruise through these scenic waterways, en route to Kumarakom in Lake Vembanad.

Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

The royal treatment in Udaipur

In Udaipur – a city renowned for its palaces and Rajasthan-era grandeur – the palatial Oberoi Udaivilas embodies the opulence and romance of a royal era on the shores of Lake Pichola, projecting an ambiance of regal splendor. In accommodations like these, it's natural to feel like royalty.

On this trip the contrast between the northern desert cities and the lush tropical settings of the south is amazing.

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More Time – For all 2021 bookings, final payment will not be due until 60 days prior to departure – giving you more time and flexibility should your plans change.

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Reviews (63)

Great in every way. Never had to worry about anything ...Tauck did all the work. Just great.

Most Memorable Moment:

Cremation ceremonies on the Ganges. Taj Mahal, Jaipur,

Many gratifying 'up close and personal' experiences - Witnessing the ceremonies along the Ganges River, walking along the ghats in Varanasi, gliding above villages on a hot air balloon and strolling through colorful markets. Excellent varied itinerary. Amazing accommodations and meals. Go!

Most Memorable Moment:

People. Seeing the vibrant and beautiful colors worn by the warm and friendly people of India.

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Discover The World

Call us, or call your travel advisor, to book your preferred departure date today – and explore our beautiful brochures to find your inspiration for your next journey.