India with Paul Saltzman - A Fusion of Colour, Music & Soul

from USD 7495
Tour Duration: 16 Nights / 17 Days
Paul Saltzman is a two-time Emmy Award winning film and television producer-director with over 300 productions to his credit. The documentary features Prom Night in Mississippi and The Last White Knight—Is Reconciliation Possible? are his most recent movies and feature Morgan Freeman. Paul is also a renowned author and photographer.

Tour Highlights

Paul Saltzman is a two-time Emmy Award winning film and television producer-director with over 300 productions to his credit. The documentary features Prom Night in Mississippi and The Last White Knight—Is Reconciliation Possible? are his most recent movies and feature Morgan Freeman. Paul is also a renowned author and photographer.

In 1968, he learned meditation at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh, India. There, he spent time with and photographed the Beatles. His photos have been judged “some of the best intimate shots” ever taken of John, Paul, George and Ringo, and have been seen in galleries worldwide.

In 2000, Paul released a book of his photographs, The Beatles in Rishikesh, with Penguin-Putnam; in 2006, he self-published the acclaimed Deluxe Limited Edition box set, The Beatles in India. In 2018, Insight Editions released a 51st anniversary hardcover edition.

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Tour Itinerary at Glance

Day 1: Arrive Trivandrum & Drive to Kovalam
Day 2: Kovalam
Day 3: Trivandrum/Alleppey (Drive:175 Km/4 Hours)
Day 4: Alleppey/Cochin (Drive:80 Km/2 Hours) & Cochin/Mumbai by Flight
Day 5: Mumbai
Day 6: Mumbai/Udaipur By Flight
Day 7: Udaipur
Day 8: Udaipur
Day 9: Udaipur/Jaipur by flight
Day 10: Jaipur
Day 11: Jaipur/Fatehpur Sikri/Agra (Drive: 245 Km/ 6 Hours)
Day 12: Agra/New Delhi (Drive: 220 Km/ 04 Hours)
Day 13: Delhi
Day 14: Delhi/Haridwar by Train & Haridwar/Rishikesh (Drive)
Day 15: Rishikesh
Day 16: Rishikesh/Dehradun (Drive) & Dehradun- Delhi by flight
Day 17: Delhi/Home
  • - Breakfast
  • - Lunch
  • - Dinner

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance

  1. Whats included in this tour
    • All sightseeing and transfers by Air-conditioned transportation
    • Entrances fees
    • Boat Ride (Common Boat) at Lake Pichhola in Udaipur
    • 16 nights hotel accommodation as mentioned or similar category
    • 25 Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, HT=High Tea)
    • Exclusive 150 year Old Boat “The Gangaur” at Udaipur
    • Honorariums for Yoga, lectures, and folk dances
    • Services of local English-speaking guides/drivers
  1. Whats not included in this tour
    • International airfare & departure taxes
    • Insurance & visa fees
    • Drinks/beverages with meals
The tour package booking terms and conditions

Before you book a trip with “Bestway2india.com”- An online trading entity of Bestway Tours and Safaris Pvt Ltd , please take the time to read and understand the booking terms and conditions & additional special conditions which apply to certain trips ,themes and promotional offers. These booking conditions form the basis of your contract with “Bestway Tours & Safaris Pvt. Ltd, Suite 403, Suncity Trade Tower, Sector 21, Gurgaon (National Capital Region), Haryana – 122016, (India) , A company incorporated under Indian companies ACT 1956 vide registration number 55-51646

By asking us to confirm your booking, you confirm that you have had the opportunity to read and have read these booking conditions, Essential trip information, Inclusions & Exclusions and cancellation & refund policy and agree to be bound by them.

These booking conditions only apply to holiday arrangements which you book with us on https://www.bestway2india.com (An online trading entity of Bestway Tours & Safaris Pvt Ltd) and which we agree to make , provide, or perform (as applicable) as part of our contract with you. All references in these booking conditions, to “holiday”, “booking”, “contract”, “package”, “tour” or “arrangements” mean such holiday arrangements unless otherwise stated.

  1. Essential Trip Information
    • The prices are Per Person on twin sharing basis.
    • The above cost is valid for the mentioned departure dates only.
    • Please note that smoking is prohibited in public and all parts of the hotels except in designated areas and bedrooms, where smoking is permitted.  Should you desire a smoking bedroom, please let us know.  The fulfillment of this request is subject to availability of smoking rooms and is not guaranteed. 
    • Unless specified, check-in at hotels in India is at 14:00 Hrs and check out is at 12:00 Hrs
    • Our liability does not arise in case of Force Majeure (political disturbances, natural phenomenon etc.)
    • Reporting time at the International at the airport is generally 3 hrs prior to departure of the flight.
    • Check-in counters of most flights close approximately 45 minutes before departure and boarding gates close about 15 minutes prior departure.
    • Reporting time at the Domestic airport is generally 2 hrs prior to departure of flight
    • For booking domestic air seats we need names as per passport.
    • Baggage allowance in internal flights with in India is 15 Kg per person 
    • Kindly note that the names of hotels mentioned above only indicate that our rates have been based on usage of these hotels and it is not to be construed that accommodation is confirmed at these hotels until and unless we convey such confirmation to you. In the event of any of the above-mentioned hotels not becoming available we shall book alternate accommodation at a similar or next best available hotel and shall pass on the difference of rates (supplement/reduction whatever applicable) to you.
  1. Cancellation, Booking deposits and refund policy

    The following booking deposit and cancellation policy applies. 

    For Departure Dates 

    12-Dec-2020 , 25-Jan-2020 , 31-Mar-2021 ,

    Booking Deposit : 15 % of the Tour amount. 

    If you cancle the tour the following cancellation policy will apply

    Cancellation received 

    45 days or more - 15 % including deposit

    44 days - 33 Days - 25 % including deposit.  

    For Departure Dates 

    12-Dec-2020 , 25-Jan-2020 , 31-Mar-2021 ,

    Booking Deposit : 15 % of the Tour amount. 

    If you cancle the tour the following cancellation policy will apply

    Cancellation received 

    45 days or more - 15 % including deposit

    44 days - 33 Days - 25 % including deposit.  

    For Departure Dates 

    12-Dec-2020 , 25-Jan-2020 , 31-Mar-2021 ,

    Booking Deposit : 15 % of the Tour amount. 

    If you cancle the tour the following cancellation policy will apply

    Cancellation received 

    45 days or more - 15 % including deposit

    44 days - 33 Days - 25 % including deposit.  

    For Departure Dates 

    12-Dec-2020 , 25-Jan-2020 , 31-Mar-2021 ,

    Booking Deposit : 15 % of the Tour amount. 

    If you cancle the tour the following cancellation policy will apply

    Cancellation received 

    45 days or more - 15 % including deposit

    44 days - 33 Days - 25 % including deposit.  

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  1. Day 1 Arrive Trivandrum & Drive to Kovalam

    kovalam-beach Namaste! We are welcomed the traditional Indian way with palms held together. After immigration and custom formalities, we are met and driven to Kovalam. After checking into our hotel, and before dinner, Paul Saltzman will welcome you on this unique journey at the Neera Bar outdoor patio. As an added treat, one lucky person will win a draw for Paul’s Special Limited-Edition box set (value $325).

    Meals Included

  2. Day 2 Kovalam

    kovalam-beach Morning Yoga session, if you wish to join us. (Optional) The day is free to relax on the beach, explore the local shops and surroundings, or visit nearby Trivandrum, Kerala’s capital. Those who want to go for Ayurveda can book this at the Taj Spa (Optional), which is one of the best Spa’s in the south. Evening we join Paul for film screening “Meeting the Beatles in India”

    Meals Included

  3. Day 3 Trivandrum/Alleppey (Drive:175 Km/4 Hours)

    houseboat-alleppey Scenic coastal drive to Alleppey where we board traditional rice boats—Ketuvallam—converted to house boats and begin our magical journey through Kerala’s picturesque inland waterways, relaxing in the tranquility of the backwaters and lakes, experiencing the way of life and activity of the locals. A special treat is the authentic and exquisite Kerala cuisine cooked on-board. Boats have one or two bedrooms.

    Meals Included

  4. Day 4 Alleppey/Cochin (Drive:80 Km/2 Hours) & Cochin/Mumbai by Flight

    gateway-of-india-mumbai After breakfast, we disembark from our houseboats and drive to Cochin Airport for our flight to the magical city of Mumbai, where we are transferred to our hotel Taj Lands’ End. Evening we enjoy a scrumptious dinner in a private dining room at our hotel, prepared for us by the executive chef. 

    Meals Included

  5. Day 5 Mumbai

    chhatrapati-shivaji-terminus-mumbai A long but exciting day ahead of us in Mumbai. Arrangements are in the works for a meeting with Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, considered to be the foremost bansuri flute player of his generation. He may give us an informal recital. Pandit Chaurasia toured and recorded with George Harrison on ‘The Inner Light’ and George’s ‘Dark Horse Tour’. This will be followed by a guided city tour of Mumbai including the famous Chor Bazaar (Thieves Market) and the Victoria Terminus, a World Heritage Site and pass by the EMI Studio where, in 1968, George Harrison recorded Inner Light. Then we have a high tea in the Heritage wing of the Taj Mahal Hotel. Please note that as one of the largest cities in the world, Mumbai is known for its traffic.

    Meals Included

  6. Day 6 Mumbai/Udaipur By Flight

    lake-palace-udaipur A short flight takes us into Rajasthan, to the city of Udaipur, named as the world’s 7th best city in 2007. We travel by bus and boat to the Lake Palace Hotel—Paul Saltzman’s “favourite hotel in the world.” Later in the evening we enjoy dinner on the Royal Barge. ‘Gangaur’ is an antique royal barge of the House of Mewar. Its regal décor and vibrant splendor were featured in the James Bond film Octopussy and guests continue to enjoy its magnificence. Six rowers in traditional attire steer us around the mystical Lake Pichola while we unwind with cocktails and enjoy barbequed snacks and hors d’oeuvres served by our own personal butlers. The highlight of the evening is a floating buffet that attaches to our barge. Our chefs have created for you the finest Indian feast. Gentle, live music is on board.

    Meals Included

  7. Day 7 Udaipur

    shri-jagdish-temple-udaipur Day is free for personal activities and spa services at the hotel on direct payment. In the evening we join Paul for his slide show and talk: ‘The Inner Journey. Fusion of East and West’ followed by conversation. 

    Meals Included

  8. Day 8 Udaipur

    city-palace-udaipur Today we tour Udaipur, visiting the City Palace followed by a visit to the world-famous Crystal Gallery in the Fateh Prakash Palace. It has been hailed as the single largest private collection of crystal anywhere in the world. It was in 1877 that the Maharaja Sajjan Singh custom ordered this collection from the F&C Osler Co. in Birmingham. It includes a bewildering number of objects d'art, dinner sets, perfume bottles, decanters, glasses, washing bowls and even furniture, including the only crystal bed in the world. In the afternoon, we visit Sajjangarh Fort, the ‘Monsoon Palace’, high above Udaipur, affording a marvelous, panoramic view of the area.  En-route to our hotel we can visit an excellent gallery/fine crafts emporium. 

    Meals Included

  9. Day 9 Udaipur/Jaipur by flight

    hawa-mahal-jaipur After breakfast, we take a short flight to Jaipur, capital of India’s most romantic state, Rajasthan. On arrival in Jaipur, we are transferred to our hotel. This evening, we’ll see a 23-minute video on a Jaipur family of Master Meenakari craftspeople who create exquisite gold and silver enamel jewelry, chess sets and more. The film, made by Paul Saltzman in 1975, follows Gopal Deen Dayal, age 11, as the craft is passed to him and his brothers by their father. We’ll visit them the next day in their home/workshop.

    Meals Included

  10. Day 10 Jaipur

    amber-fort-jaipur This morning we drive to Amber to explore Amber Fort, situated on top of a hill rendering a majestic panoramic view of the city. Amber was the capital of Rajasthan before Jaipur. The Palace is laid out on different levels on the hillside and surrounded by a fortress. A shopper’s paradise, Jaipur is noted for its gems, puppets and artisans, skilled in brass inlay, enamel and lacquer work and pottery. Most of the buildings in the old city are made of pink sandstone and one of the most beautiful is the Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, from where the ladies of the royal harem would watch the city from behind the intricately carved facade. In the afternoon, we’ll visit Gopal’s home and workshop in the old bazaar area of Jaipur. Evening is dinner at Diggi Palace, where we are entertained with a Rajasthani cultural show. Shopping at the bazaar is an option

    Meals Included

  11. Day 11 Jaipur/Fatehpur Sikri/Agra (Drive: 245 Km/ 6 Hours)

    fatehpur-sikri After an early breakfast, we head out for a lovely countryside drive to Agra. En route we visit Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful capital built in 1640 by the Mughal King, Akbar the Great. A superb example of Mughal architecture, it stands perfectly preserved in the desert. We tour the Palace-Fort and visit the artistically designed mausoleum of Salim Chisty before continuing to Agra. On arrival in Agra, we check in to our hotel. Later in the evening, we have a gala dinner at the Peshawari restaurant at ITC Mughal. Overnight

    Meals Included

  12. Day 12 Agra/New Delhi (Drive: 220 Km/ 04 Hours)

    taj-mahal-agra We begin our day with a sunrise visit to the most well-known of the ‘Seven Modern Wonders of the World’, the Taj Mahal. It is a unique and exquisite experience to stand in front of the huge wooden Mughal doors as they are swung open and be the first to view the Taj Mahal in the soft morning light, with the grounds empty. Built by Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, visiting the Taj is beyond any photographs or film one can view. While there, Paul will share a few of his favourite stories of the Taj and of ancient India. After breakfast, we drive to New Delhi and check in our hotel. Please note- Taj Mahal remains closed on Friday and Akshardham temple remains closed on Monday

    Meals Included

  13. Day 13 Delhi

    jama-masjid-new-delhi Today, we explore wonderful sights and experiences of New Delhi and Old Delhi. The British Raj built New Delhi as their capital, while Old Delhi is a reflection of both its Mughal past and the 7 city kingdoms of earlier times. We could easily spend a month exploring exotic corners of both cities and some of the highlights for today include: Jama Masjid, in Old Delhi, is the second largest mosque in Asia and the most important in India. A center of Muslim importance, it was built in 1656 by Shah Jehan, builder of the Taj Mahal. The best over-views of Old Delhi are to be seen by climbing the narrow steps to the top observation level of one of its two towering minarets. We take bicycle rickshaws through the gullies, or narrow pathways, of Old Delhi which hold the most wonderful specialty markets: spices, gold and silver, wedding saris, antiques and much more. Then we will drop in at the Rikhi Ram Music Store in Connaught Place where the Beatles shopped for their musical instruments.  
     

    Meals Included

  14. Day 14 Delhi/Haridwar by Train & Haridwar/Rishikesh (Drive)

    rishikesh India has the world’s largest train network and it is said that on any given day there are some 25 million people on the trains of India. Any train journey adds a lot to the flavour of our Indian adventure. We take the deluxe, early-morning Shatabdi Express ride to the foothills of the Himalayas, to Haridwar, on the banks of River Ganges. Haridwar is a jumping off point for the short drive up to Rishikesh, one of the four holiest sites of Hinduism and a center for meditation, yoga and spiritual studies. It was the site, in 1968, of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram where the Beatles spent a number of weeks and Paul Saltzman spent a week with John, Paul, George and Ringo. Evening, we’ll join a candlelight Aarti ceremony on the Ghats of the Ganges at Parmath Ashram. 
     

    Meals Included

  15. Day 15 Rishikesh

    rishikesh After our morning yoga (optional) we cross the Ganges to visit the site of what used to be Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram at Raja Ji National Park. Here, we’ll sit by the edge of the cliff overlooking the Ganges, far below, where the Beatles sat for many hours. Their time at the ashram was their single most creative capsule of time—they wrote 48 songs in just a few short weeks. Overlooking the Ganges, Paul will lead a short meditation and share stories of his time with the Beatles at the Ashram. 
    We’ll stop at a small tea and fruit salad shop overlooking the Ganges. ‘The Office’ is said to have the best chai in all of India. At our culminating, ‘goodbye’ dinner celebration Tour Certificates will be presented to all participants.  
     

    Meals Included

  16. Day 16 Rishikesh/Dehradun (Drive) & Dehradun- Delhi by flight

    Today we are transferred to Dehradun airport for our flight to Delhi.  For those joining the trek to Nepal please see itinerary below*. 
    For those ending the tour will be met and transferred to your hotel in Delhi.  
     

    Meals Included

  17. Day 17 Delhi/Home

    Today we are transferred to Delhi airport for our flight to onward destinations

    Meals Included

  • - Breakfast
  • - Lunch
  • - Dinner

* DENOTES UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES INCLUDED

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  1. FAQ 1 What is the most appropriate type of luggage to bring?

    We strongly recommend bringing a backpack or a duffel bag, as suitcases can be cumbersome and difficult to store in buses, under seats, etc. Keep in mind that you will normally have to carry your own luggage on and off buses and trains and up and down hotel staircases.

  2. FAQ 2 What vaccinations are recommended for this tour?

    It's important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information for the region you will be visiting. The only one qualified to provide you with this advice is your family physician or a specialist from a Travel Health clinic. Below are the links to a number of websites that contain excellent background information related to travel health issues. Nevertheless, these websites are no substitute for a personal consultation with a qualified medical professional. For Canadian Citizens: www.travel.gc.ca For American Citizens: www.nc.cdc.gov For UK Citizens: www.travelhealthpro.org For Australian Citizens: www.travelvax.com For EU Citizens: www.healthhype.com

     

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    We always recommend packing as light as possible however the specific requirements for your tour will vary widely depending on where and when you are traveling. Our 'General Conditions' includes a suggested packing list and these can be downloaded from each individual tour page. The checklist is tour specific and based upon the experience of our ground staff.

  4. FAQ 4 Do your tours include international airfare?

    Travelers arrive from all over the world to begin our tours and it is not possible to include international airfare in our prices. We would be happy to help you arrange flights. Just ask for an air quote when making your booking.

  5. FAQ 5 What type of ground transportation is used on your tours?

    Our ‘General Conditions’ includes the details of all the transports used during the entire service. The details can be found on each individual tour page.

  6. FAQ 6 Are airport transfers included?

    All of our tours include airport transfers and the prices for the same are included in our tour rates.

  7. FAQ 7 Can I join a tour late or leave it early?

    It is possible to join a tour late or leave a tour early. Though you would be responsible for all costs associated with joining a tour late or leaving one early. If you feel this may be necessary please consult our Specialist before you book your tour.

  8. FAQ 8 Can you provide me with a list of the hotels we will be staying at?

    We use a variety of hotels en-route and a complete list of hotels is provided for your tour. Hotel voucher of each hotel registered for the tour is shared too.

  9. FAQ 9 I'm a single traveler, will I be charged a single supplement?

    All of our trips have a single supplement. The cost and the details vary by trip, so please refer to each tour page for details.

  10. FAQ 10 What are the age restrictions on your tours?

    There are no upper age limits for most of our tours (although for tours under ‘Trekking in the Himalayas’ and ‘Himalayan Panorama’ requires a fit medical condition. For the same, we have a ‘Medical Form’ which is mandatory to be filled by all age groups). For children below the age of 12 years, a parent/guardian should be present. If an assistance is needed, it is to be mentioned at the time of booking. The same will be chargeable.

  11. FAQ 11 How many people can join a tour?

    We keep our group sizes very flexible. So a group of 7 or a group of 70, we welcome all with the same zeal and fondness.

  12. FAQ 12 Who are my travelling companions?

    For privacy reasons, we cannot provide you with advance details on your traveling companions. However, our tours appeal to a wide range of travelers, most of whom share a traveling passion and a desire to experience these destinations at a grass-roots level. Our tours are conducted in English and so they attract many travelers from Canada, North America, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.

  13. FAQ 13 Can I book extra nights of hotel accommodation before or after my tour?

    Yes, in most cases we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels. Please contact our Specialist for price information. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.

  14. FAQ 14 Is tipping included and if not, how much should I budget?

    Tips are not included in the tour price and tipping is entirely at your discretion.

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