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Pre-Trip Delhi & Varnasi: March 1-4, 2018 – $2,495 pp (dbl occ)

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India Done Different! (Main Trip): March 4-12, 2018 – $3,495 pp (dbl occ)

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Post-Trip Jaipur, Udaipur & Agra: March 12-17, 2018 – $4,395 (dbl occ)

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INDIA DONE DIFFERENT!:

An itinerary curated by the “creative queen,” Marilyn Murphy, for whom India is her favorite country in the world, in collaboration with Philippa Kaye, a Brit who has lived and worked in India for more than two decades – seeking out the people and places beyond the mainstream destinations. These two kindred spirits have cooked up something extraordinarily special that you’ll never find offered anywhere else. It’s not just the destination that’s different; it’s how we do it.

  • You’ll visit fewer tourist emporium shops (actually, none – unless you go on your own) and more bustling bazaars and locally-owned boutiques,
  • You’ll sleep in fewer cookie-cutter hotels and more heritage and privately-owned lodges and boutique properties.
  • You’ll see fewer historic monuments and temples and more opportunities to meet the most interesting people of India. 
  • You’ll experience fewer canned tours and more philanthropic connections with people who are making a difference.

Here are some of the stand-out experiences:

In Mumbai we’ll explore the city using local transport – the famous black & yellow taxis, red buses, and local trains – guided by enthusiastic youngsters who were once street kids, now trained to be professional tour guides.

The culturally-rich state of Kerala in the southwest of India provides opportunities to explore the lush backwaters by houseboat, enjoy interactive sessions and meals with artisans, performers, and community leaders and experience traditional handicrafts and performing arts that are in danger of dying out. 

The 3-night pre-trip itinerary includes time in Delhi to experience Holi – the festival of colors. From there, we’ll visit Varanasi, the oldest city in India and – possibly – the most shocking. Hindus believe that those who die in Varanasi will be released from the cycle of rebirth. Thus, devout Hindus come to Varanasi to meditate, wash away their sins and spend their last days before being cremated next to the sacred River Ganga. Every evening there is a boisterous, yet enchanting prayer ceremony which is not to be missed. 

The 5-night post-trip includes some of the places which are ever-popular: Rajasthan, with its royal palaces, forts and legendary cities. You’ll see the opulence of royal hunting lodges and converted palaces as well as simple tribal homes. You’ll photograph barren landscapes punctuated by bright flashes of colorfully-attired village women in their saris. And, yes – you’ll see the Taj Mahal, too!

What’s most fascinating about India? The people. More than forgettable monuments and temples, this journey provides ample opportunities to meet fascinating people: artisans, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, royals, performers, farmers, women, and kids.

  • Travel with the world’s best – WOWees! Limited to a small group of like-minded adventurers.
  • Escorted by Marilyn Murphy… prepare to be “wowed”!

Not included:  International airfare, airport transfers, cancellation and medical insurance.


OPTIONAL PRE-TRIP AND POST-TRIP EXTENSIONS:

A 3-night pre-trip (Mar 1-4) includes Delhi and Varanasi. See Pre-Trip tab for details.

A 5-night post-trip (Mar 12-18) includes Udaipur, Jaipur, and, yes, you’ll get to see the Taj Mahal, too. Plus a visit to the SOS wildlife elephant rescue before concluding in Delhi. See Post-Trip tab for details.

 

OPTIONAL PRE-TRIP – March 1-4, 2018:

Thursday, March 1 – Flight arrival into Delhi and transfer to Claridges Hotel. (Most flights arrive late at night…).

Friday, March 2 – The Indian festival of Holi is celebrated today . . . and we have made special arrangements for our group to enjoy this to the fullest! Later in the afternoon, after changing into clean clothes, we’ll enjoy a special rickshaw tour of Old Delhi. Dinner tonight is at Masala Library.

Saturday, March 3 – A morning flight to fascinating Varanasi, India’s holiest city where we’ll meet up with Kunal, our excellent, local guide. Hindus believe that those who die in Varanasi will be released from the cycle of rebirth. Thus, devout Hindus come to Varanasi to meditate, wash away their sins and spend their last days before being cremated next to the sacred River Ganga. We’ll stay at Bijrama Palace Hotel.

Sunday, March 4 – Get up early this morning for a sunrise experience on the Ganges. We’ll also visit Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first teachings after attaining enlightenment. It’s now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Late this afternoon, we’ll catch a flight to Mumbai . . 

INCLUSIONS:

  • Accommodations based on double occupancy, as follows:
    • Two nights at Claridges in Delhi based on a Deluxe category room
    • One night at Bijrama Palace in Varanasi, based on 3rd floor room with partial river view
  • Airport transfers
  • All meals
  • All tours, interactions, and activities as described – and many more surprises that are to be revealed
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach, and other local means of transport as appropriate
  • Domestic flight from Delhi to Varanasi, and from Varanasi to Mumbai
  • Bottled water throughout the journey
  • Expert, English-speaking guides
  • Entrance fees, taxes, porterage and gratuities
  • Services of Philippa Kaye from Indian Experiences, and Marilyn Murphy from The WOW! Travel Club
  • WOW! surprises and delights throughout the pre-trip itinerary
  • Travel with the world’s best – WOWees! Limited to a small group of like-minded adventurers
  • Escorted by Marilyn Murphy… prepare to be “wowed”!

 

INDIA DONE DIFFERENT!

MAIN TRIP – MARCH 4-12, 2018:

What’s most fascinating about India? The people. More than forgettable monuments and temples, this journey provides ample opportunities to meet fascinating people: artisans, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, royals, performers, farmers, women, and kids.

Some of the highlights of the main program (Mar 4-12): We’ll explore Mumbai using local transport, guided by enthusiastic youngsters who were once street kids, now trained to be professional tour guides. In the culturally-rich state of Kerala in the southwest of India we’ll explore the lush backwaters by houseboat; enjoy interactive sessions and meals with artisans, performers, and community leaders; and experience traditional handicrafts and performing arts that are in danger of dying out.

The southwest region of India is not quite what you might expect when you think of India. Green, verdant, and blessed with waterways and palm-fringed beaches, the area possesses a rich cultural heritage, relaxed pace of life, and plenty of international influences.

HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS:

  • Accommodations based on double occupancy as follows:
    • Two nights at the Trident Nariman Point Hotel (Mar 4,5)
    • Two nights at the Malabar House Hotel in Cochin (Mar 6,7)
    • One night at Purity on Lake Vembanad (Mar 8)
    • Three nights at Rasa Gurukul Resort in Chalakudy (Mar 9,10,11)
  • Domestic flight from Mumbai to Cochin and return
  • Airport transfers
  • All meals except for dinner on arrival day in Mumbai (March 4)
  • All tours, interactions, and activities as described – and many more surprises that are to be revealed
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach, and other local means of transport as appropriate
  • Bottled water throughout the journey
  • Expert, English-speaking guides
  • Entrance fees, taxes, porterage and gratuities
  • Donation to local NGO, as appropriate
  • Basic medical insurance
  • Services of Philippa Kaye from Indian Experiences, and Marilyn Murphy from The WOW! Travel Club
  • WOW! surprises and delights throughout the program
  • Travel with the world’s best travelers – WOWees! Limited to a small group of like-minded adventurers.
  • Escorted by Marilyn Murphy… prepare to be “wowed”!

Not included:  International airfare, Indian visa, and trip cancellation/interruption insurance.

OPTIONAL POST-TRIP – March 12-18, 2018:

Monday, March 12 – Flight arrives in Udaipur early this evening. Transfer by boat to the Leela Hotel across beautiful Lake Pichola and check into lake-view rooms.

Tuesday, March 13 – We’ll enjoy a walking tour of the Old City and visit to the City Palace in the afternoon.

Wednesday, March 14 – Today we’ll drive to Jaipur, to include a visit en route to a wonderful grassroots NGO in the city of Ajmer to meet women artisans employed by Anchal Project which provides economic opportunity and other life-changing benefits to marginalized women, many of whom were trapped in commercial sex work. Check into the Jai Mahal Palace Hotel later this evening.

Thursday, March 15 – Visit the Amber Fort by jeep this morning. This afternoon, guides are standing by to lead you on small-group walking tours of the old city tailored to your specific interests: temples, textiles, jewelry, etc. A very special dinner is planned for this evening.

Friday, March 16 – Depart Jaipur and drive toward Agra, visiting the Abhaneri Step Well en route. The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays, but we’ll view it at sunset from a special vantage point. Overnight at the ITC Mughal Hotel.

Saturday, March 17 – Enjoy a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal before breakfast. Check out of hotel and pay a visit to the Wildlife SOS Elephant Rescue Center. Continue on to Delhi, from where return flights to the U.S. depart late tonight. A dayroom at the Holiday Inn Aerocity Hotel is provided for your convenience.

 

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

WOW! TRAVEL CLUB – INDIA DONE DIFFERENT!

PRE-TRIP: March 1-4, 2018

MAIN TRIP: March 4-12, 2018

POST-TRIP: March 12-18, 2018

(Posted trip dates exclude calendar days that may be required for international flights)

AIR TRANSPORTATION: You may make your own flight arrangements or we can assist with a $50 per person service fee. We cannot book mileage tickets or upgrades, which must be done directly with the carrier. If you would like us to assist, contact Howard Wise at howard@thectpgroup.com or call him at 818-444-2710.

It is the responsibility of the traveler to provide the legal name as on the passport. Passport must be valid for six months from return date. Carriers may deny boarding if name on ticket does not match name on passport.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Space is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Initial deposit of $1500 pp is payable at time of registration. Final payment is due December 1, 2017.

CANCELLATION: DETAILS TO BE ADDED SHORTLY

SUPPLEMENTAL TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR TRIP CANCELLATION/INTERRUPTION: We recommend insurance to cover financial penalties if you need to cancel your trip. Information will be provided upon receipt of deposit.

TIPS AND TAXES: The package includes all service charges and taxes imposed by hotels and all entrance fees to museums, etc. Basic gratuities to drivers, guides and porters are included. You are welcome to extend additional gratuities for anyone who has provided exemplary service.

BAGGAGE: Check with your carrier regarding allowances for your international flights. For domestic flights within India, the airlines allow one piece of checked baggage per person, maximum 33 pounds. We will advise the applicable cost for overweight luggage.

PASSPORT: You must have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from the date of re-entry to your home country.

VISAS: A current visa is required for US Passport holders to travel to India.

HEALTH/VACCINATIONS: Consult your physician for recommendations. Additional information regarding Traveler’s Health precautions is available at the website for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Final travel documents will be sent to your mailing address about two weeks prior to departure.

WOW! VOWS: All guests will be asked to sign and agree to the WOW! Vows for responsible travel:

  • I vow to travel with my sense of wonder and my sense of humor.
  • I vow to be a gracious guest and leave a place at least as good as I found it.
  • I vow to be a respectful traveler – thoughtful of the people and places I visit.
  • I vow to be on time, or catch up with the group at my own expense.
  • I vow to communicate any complaints, grievances or missed expectations to the tour leader promptly, privately and appropriately. (e.g.; I will not whine in front of the group!)
  • I understand that travel requires patience, a positive attitude, and an ability to laugh. If I can’t relax and enjoy the unexpected, I vow to stay home!

8th WOW! VOW: In light of our current political climate, we have added one additional WOW! VOW:

  • I vow to refrain from any discussions within the group related to US politics.

RISKS OF TRAVEL AND YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES: International travel involves inherent risks. The CTP Group/WOW! Travel Club (CTP/WOW) cannot be liable for any injury, death or loss of personal property in connection with your participation in CTP/WOW activities. By participating in CTP/WOW India Done Different!, you assume risk of inherent dangers (including without limitation, annoyance and expenses) related to military or political action, civil disturbances, quarantine, strikes, detention, mental trauma, pilferage, weather, epidemiological events, acts of God or any other circumstances over which CTP/WOW has no control.

I understand that CTP/WOW reserves the right to refuse as a trip participant or remove from a trip, any person it judges to be incapable of meeting the rigors and requirements of participating in activities, or who it determines to detract from the enjoyment of the trip by others. I agree to follow all written and verbal rules of safety presented to me by CTP/WOW. CTP/WOW reserves the right to make route, hotel, itinerary and trip modifications as required or desirable to improve the trip quality and/or to accommodate the comfort and well-being of guests.

CTP/WOW reserves the right to alter or cancel any trip due to weather, sickness, political climate, and/or insufficient registration or other unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. While CTP/WOW will make every effort to obtain full or partial refunds from suppliers, CTP/WOW cannot guarantee your ability to recoup payment.

The above Terms & Conditions are hereby expressly incorporated into the “Release, Waiver and Indemnity Agreement” to be signed by you as a WOW! Travel Club participant.

CONSENT: Payment of the deposit OR any other partial payment for registration of a participant for CTP/WOW activities constitutes consent by all guests/participants registered by the party completing on-line registration. You and your guests/participants hereby agree to the Terms & Conditions of this website. The Terms & Conditions set forth on this website may not be modified or amended except in writing by an authorized officer of CTP/WOW.

All guests/participants are required to initial and sign a Release Waiver and Indemnity Agreement, which will be sent prior to final payment due date. Final processing of your registration payment cannot be completed until such time as CTP receives the initialed and signed “Release, Waiver and Indemnity Agreement” of all participants/guests covered by your on-line registration.

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