Mysteries of India
Experience all the spice of India on this 15-day tour.
Experience all the spice of India on this 15-day tour. See the Taj Mahal bathed in the light of sunrise and sunset. Embark on an evening cruise across Lake Pichola. Enjoy magnificent views of the Jag Mandir Palace. Participate in a yoga class, a cooking demonstration, bindi tying, and even get a henna tattoo! See the City Palace in Jaipur. Experience game drives in Ranthambore National Park, visit the site of Buddha’s first sermon, and take an early morning ride on the holy River Ganges.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Hotel accommodations for 13 nights
- 26 meals
- Transportation by train and motorcoach
- Sightseeing and scenic excursions per itinerary
- Services of a professional tour manager
Scenic highlights include:
- Old Delhi
- Lake Pichola
- Ranthambore National Park
- Mother Teresa's Charity Home
- Taj Mahal
- Chandel Temple Complex
Day 1 - International Flight to Delhi
Embark on your international flight to Delhi, India from your U.S. gateway (international flight not included in tour price).
Day 2 - Arrive in Delhi, India
Welcome to Delhi, India's capital city that sports a rich history spanning over 2,000 years. Overnight Delhi.
Day 3 - New Delhi
Ease your way into the local culture as your tour manager teaches you a few key phrases of the native language. Today's highlights include a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi with a visit to Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. There will be an opportunity to explore the narrow streets of Old Delhi by rickshaw, the traditional mode of transportation. You will also tour New Delhi, visit Qutub Minar, the tallest brick minaret in the world. Visit Humayun's tomb, considered a precursor to the Taj Mahal for its Indo-Persian design. You will also see the India Gate war memorial, the Parliament, and the palatial Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President's residence. Overnight Delhi. (B, L, D)
Day 4 - Delhi to Udaipur
Fly to Udaipur, your gateway to Rajasthan, where chivalrous tales come to life at forts and palaces. Settle into your hotel, a carefully restored palace perched on a hill and overlooking the lake. (B, D)
Day 5 - Udaipur
Participate in a relaxing yoga class and learn basic exercises and breathing techniques from a local expert. Visit the exquisite City Palace - its main entrance, Tripolia, was built in 1725. Stop at Sahelion-ki-Bari, the Garden of the Maids of Honour, and learn about the lifestyle of the royal ladies who once strolled through these gardens. This evening, cruise along Lake Pichola and take in views of the Jag Mandir Palace and the City Palace. (B)
Day 6 - Udaipur - Jaipur
This morning, depart on a scenic drive through the countryside to the “Pink City” of Jaipur. After having lunch and checking into your hotel, head out for a brief stop at Hawa Mahal, home to a former Maharaja, beholding its façade of 953 windows. Visit the City Palace and find gardens, courtyards, intricate decorative art and carved doorways. Marvel at Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory built in 1726 by Sawai Jai Singh. (B)
Day 7 - Jaipur
Ride an elephant to the top of Amber Fort, India's former seat of power. Visit a local school where the children are part of a mid-day programme supported by the efforts of the Collette Foundation. Tap into local customs during lunch as you learn about turban and sari tying. Stroll through a flower market for a glimpse into the art of making garlands used in traditional Indian welcome ceremonies. Enjoy a henna tattoo and bindi demonstration. Tonight, sit down for a home-hosted dinner and observe daily life inside the old city. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Jaipur - Ranthambore
Travel to Ranthambore National Park, learning of Project Tiger's efforts at conservation in the country. A naturalist discusses the wildlife of the country and presents a slideshow. Embark on a game viewing drive by canter (an open air vehicle). Watch for marsh crocodiles, hyenas, sloth bears and even tigers. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - Ranthambore
Rise and shine early for a game viewing drive. Afterwards, enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Visit the Ranthambore School of Art which recruits students from neighboring villages and trains them to be self-sufficient artists. Next, visit Dastkar Ranthambore Project, founded in 1981 by six women united to protect India's traditional artisans. Dive into the local cuisine with an interactive cooking demonstration followed by dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 10 - Ranthambore - Bharatpur - Agra
An early morning train brings you to Bharatpur. Disembark and enjoy brunch before continuing your journey to Agra, a city rich with the splendors of the past. (B, L)
Day 11 - Agra
Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise aboard a tonga - or horse carriage - that takes you to its gates. The Taj Mahal took 22 years and 20,000 men to build. Built in the 17th century by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Visit Agra Fort, the seat of the Mughal Empire. (B)
Day 12 - Agra - Jhansi - Orchha - Khajuraho
Board your train for Jhansi and continue to Orchha for a relaxing lunch. Arrive in Khajuraho, your home for the evening. (B, L)
Day 13 - Khajuraho - Varanasi
Visit the Chandel Temple complex and behold some of the finest examples of temple architecture in northern India. Fly to Varanasi, a simplistic and charming city with a universal mystique. Tonight, visit the Ghats - the banks of the river - witnessing the illuminated Ganga Aarti ceremony. (B)
Day 14 - Varanasi
Cruise along the River Ganges past various Ghats where people ritually cleanse themselves of their sins, hoping for salvation. A city tour of Varanasi includes the Benaras Hindu University and Bharat Mata Temple. Continue to Sarnath where Siddarth Gautama, later known as Buddha, gave his first sermon on a quiet grove in the 6th century B.C. A Hindu scholar discusses the philosophy of Hinduism with you. Join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner this evening. (B, D)
Day 15 - Varanasi - Delhi
Enjoy a morning at leisure before flying back to Delhi. Later, depart on your flight home. (B)
Dates & Prices
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: Departs 25th February 2016 ($3,099), 10th March 2016 ($3,099), 7th April 2016 ($2,649), 13th October 2016 ($3,299), 20th October 2016 ($3,299), 5th November 2016 ($3,299), 12th January 2017 ($3,299), 19th January 2017 ($3,299), 9th February 2017 ($3,299), 5th March 2017 ($3,299), 21st April 2017 ($2,849)