GLUTEN FREE NORTHERN INDIA TOUR
Choose any date of travel (this is an individual itinerary, not a group trip)
Thanks to a collaboration between Gluten Free Travel-Us and Travel Scope India, you now have the opportunity to travel gluten free in India. As with all itineraries designed by Ellen Morse at Gluten Free Travel-Us, it can be altered based on your own timing, budget, and desired length of stay. This amazing northern India travel experience specifically includes keeping you "food safe" with gluten free meals at hotels and restaurants that have been carefully vetted. Ellen and Travel Scope Inida had to make certain that the hotels they chose had the knowledge and experience to keep their very special gluten free travelers healthy. Please keep in mind, you will not be eating from street vendors or stopping in restaurants along the way. Most restaurants have little knowledge of gluten intolerance or celiac disease.
You will be staying at only the finest hotels with desirable locations, luxury accomodations, and full amenities. Below you will find a brief description of the places you'll visit. For a full day-by-day suggested itinerary with all the details, you can contact Ellen at the phone number or email address provided below. Your trip can accommodate an extended stay in any of these cities, should you desire more time. You can also shorten your visit by eleiminating anything that does not appeal to you or fit into your schedule. Pricing is always based upon number of travelers, time of year, and exact itinerary.
New Delhi: If trees and streets could talk, the stories that would pour out of Delhi would keep listeners mesmerized for years. You can get no better insight into the diversity of India than from its capital, where the old and new, cultural and contemporary, rural and urban, all blend harmoniously. While Old Delhi is a maze of narrow serpentine lanes lined with shops, the new city is a bustling metropolis, replete with shopping malls, and wide open spaces. Suggested stay: 3 nights at a luxury hotel with regal interiors and impeccably trained staff. The hotel offers rooms in varying sizes and cost, yet the comfort and amenities it promises are in no way compromised. The hotel houses museum-worthy artifacts and elegant restaurants. Sightseeing highlights include visiting the Colonial Delhi Heritage Buildings, Qutab Minar, Hauz Khas complex with ancient ruins blended with a hip urban village, the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara Sikh Temple, Lodi Gardens, a rickshaw ride in Old Delhi, Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), and Humayuns Tomb Garden.
Agra: Known worldwide as the home of the Taj Mahal, Agra was the seat of the Imperial Mughal court during the 16th and 17th centuries, before the capital was shifted to Delhi. Located on the banks of the Yamuna and along the Grand Trunk Road, Agra flourished under the patronage of the Mughal emperors as a centre of art, with each ruler creating a new school and form, and architecture that borrowed inspiration from Persian, Islamic, Turkish, Byzantine and Indian styles. Suggested stay: 2 nights at a resort that sits only 600 meters from the Taj Mahal, offering brilliant views of the monument from the lobby, pool, spa, restaurants, and every room of the hotel. Elaborate gardens, terraced lawns, fountains, and pavilions complement the classic architecture of the hotel. Sightseeing highlights include visiting the Taj Mahal and many other monuments that epitomize the high point of Mughal architecture, historic gardens, Agra Fort, the old quarters of Agra, and Itiman-Ud-Daulah's Tomb and gardens.
Ranthambore: The dry deciduous valley of Ranthambore, spanned by the Aravali and Vindhya ranges and traversed by the Chambal River, is home to a wide variety of birds and animals. It is known for its tigers and is one of the best places in India to see these majestic predators in the jungle. Suggested stay: 2 nights at a hotel that offers the ultimate in luxury to experience the beauty and wildlife of the Ranthambhore National Park. Wooden floors, embroidered interior canopies, and regal style furnishings add to the beauty of the tents. Twenty-five luxury tents are available; each 790 sq. ft. with a private garden and outside deck for sunbathing, freestanding roll top baths, and separate showers. Sightseeing highlights include Fatehpur Sikri (en route from Agra to Ranthambore), Ranthambore National Park, evening Jeep Safari, and morning Game Drive.
Jaipur: The main gateway to the splendor and magic of Rajasthan is a labyrinth of fascinating bazaars, opulent palaces and historic sights. It is the first planned city of North India, which today is a unique synthesis of the traditional and modern. Providing a stunning backdrop to the Pink City are the ancient forts and palaces, which paint a dramatic picture of a bygone era. Suggested stay: 3 nights at a palace that offers guests a taste of royal living, thanks in part to the royal butlers that still work inside the palace walls. Elegantly appointed rooms decorated with rich fabrics, silk drapes and warm hues; marbled corridors and majestic gardens echo with the sounds of history. Eighty-five aesthetically restored rooms and suites are available, including the chambers of the former Maharaja. Sightseeing highlights include the Amber Fort, a private elephant safari in Dera Amer, the City Palace museum, and Astronomical Observatory.
Jodhpur: Epitomizing all the romance and feudal splendor of Rajasthan with the majestic Mehrangarh Fort towering over it, colorful bazaars and the sands of the Thar Desert, the city of Jodhpur exists in the most stunning shade of blue. Once flourishing as a center of trade, it is also known as the "Sun City" for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all year. Suggested stay: 2 nights at a palace set amidst 26 acres of lush garden. This golden yellow sandstone monument is one of the largest residences in the world with 347 rooms. It was completed in 1943 and is the last of the great palaces of India. Still serving as the primary residence of the royal family of Jodhpur, the Palace now offers 64 luxurious rooms and suites to guests. Sightseeing highlights include Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada.
Udaipur: The fairly-tale city, with its marble palaces and lakes, is surrounded by a ring of hills and dominated by the massive City Palace, which overlooks Lake Pichola with its romantic island palaces. Picturesque havelis and temples line the lakefront with the lively bazaars of the old walled city stretching behind them. The city's inherent romance and beauty and its remarkable past continue to enthrall one and all. Suggested stay: 2 nights at a hotel that's a dream of white marble and mosaic that burns bright in the day and glistens in the moonlight, offering a striking 360 degree panoramic view of the majestic Aravali Hills on one side and the lofty palaces on the other. Over the years the royal mystique of the palace has been maintained in the elaborately carved wood furniture, richly colored murals and lavish silks that decorate the interiors. It was built in 1754 in the middle of Lake Pichola spread over a 4-acre site complete with ponds. Sightseeing highlights include the Ranakpur Jain Temple (en route from Jodhpur to Udaipur), the City Palace, bazaars of the old city, and a boat ride on Lake Pichola.
PLEASE NOTE: IN THIS SPECIAL SITUATION, IF WE CAN GET A NUMBER OF TRAVELERS WISHING TO GO AT THE SAME TIME, WE COULD CREATE A GROUP TRIP IF YOU DESIRE.