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MYSTERIES OF INDIA

15 DAYS FROM $2,649 US  
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The Taj Mahal, temples and tigers – experience all the spice of India on this 15-day tour. See the Taj Mahal bathed in the light of sunrise. 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, even get a henna tattoo! See the City Palace in Jaipur. Experience two game drives in Ranthambore National Park. Visit the site of Buddha’s first sermon. Take an early morning ride on the holy River Ganges.
 
Day 1 Overnight Flight

Day 2 Delhi, India - Tour Begins
Welcome to Delhi, India’s capital city that sports a rich history spanning over 2,000 years.


Hotel: Kempinski Ambience Hotel Delhi

Day 3 New Delhi
Ease your way into the local culture as your tour manager shares a few key phrases of the native language. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. Explore Old Delhi’s narrow streets by rickshaw, the traditional mode of transportation. Next you’ll tour New Delhi, visiting Qutub Minar, the tallest brick minaret in the world. Then, visit Humayun's tomb – considered a precursor to the Taj Mahal for its Indo-Persian design; it was built by the widow of a great Mughal Emperor. Behold the India Gate war memorial, the Parliament and the palatial Rashtrapati Bhawan – the President's residence.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel: Kempinski Ambience Hotel Delhi

Day 4 Delhi - 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.


Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: Lalit Laxmi Vilas

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 we cruise along Lake Pichola and take in views of the Jag Mandir Palace and the City Palace.


Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Lalit Laxmi Vilas

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, finding gardens, courtyards, intricate decorative art and carved doorways. Marvel at Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory built in 1726 by Sawai Jai Singh.


Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Hilton Jaipur

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 program supported by the efforts of Collette Cares. 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. Sit down tonight for a home-hosted dinner, observing daily life inside the old city.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel: Hilton Jaipur

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.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel: Dev Vilas Ranthambore

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.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel: Dev Vilas Ranthambore

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.


Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Jaypee Palace

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.


Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Jaypee Palace

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.


Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Taj Chandela Hotel

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.


Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: The Gateway Hotel Ganges

Day 14 Varanasi
Cruise along the River Ganges past various Ghats where we see people ritually cleansing 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 BC. A Hindu scholar discusses the philosophy of Hinduism with you. Join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner this evening.


Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: The Gateway Hotel Ganges

Day 15 Varanasi - Delhi - Tour Ends
Enjoy a morning at leisure before flying back to Delhi. Later, depart for your flight home.


Meals: Breakfast


Map Your Journey
Experience two game drives in Ranthambore National Park.
See the Taj Mahal at sunrise.
Spend two nights in Varanasi, India’s holiest city.


Personalize Your Trip
Pre and Post Tour Extensions. Start and end your vacation rested.


Arrive early:
Pre night in Dubai
During your 4 day Dubai Extension
Visit the 180-year-old Al Fahidi Fort, which today houses the Dubai Museum.
Be whisked away on a 4-wheel drive into the golden sand dunes of Arabia.
Enjoy an Arabic evening at a Bedouin campsite including a belly dance performance.


Leave late:
Post night in Nepal
During your 5 day Nepal Extension
See Patan Durban Square comprised of palace buildings, courtyards and temples.
Explore Kasthmandap, a wooden temple built from a single tree.
Discover Boudnath, a sacred place to Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet.
Visit the sacred Pashupatinath Temple the most important Hindu temple in Nepal.


Things to know
To truly experience the program and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening.


Travel Tips
India is 9.30 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
No significant elevation is encountered.
The currency in India is the Rupee.
Voltage in India is 230V. Plug type is C and D.


Travel Tips
Time Zone
India is 9.30 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.


Electricity
Voltage in India is 230V. Plug type is C and D.

An adaptor (which changes the physical plug) and/or converter (which changes the electric current) are necessary if you plan to use an appliance with voltage different from the standard within the country you are visiting. Please note, if your appliance has dual voltage you may still need an adaptor for the plug. When packing your electronic items for travel, please review the converter electric current level to make sure it is the same or greater than the items you are planning on using. If you plan on utilizing or transporting a sleep apnea machine, please remember to pack an extension cord and adapter plug to ensure proper function.


Elevation
No significant elevation is encountered.



Departures:
January – April
October – November

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