The Experience of India

From Mughal to colonial to up-to-the-minute action, few cities can rival Delhi for vibrancy and contrasts. Varanasi meanwhile remains the most traditional and holy of Hindu cities. The ghat steps lining the Ganges River come alive at dawn as Hindu pilgrims, many from far away, perform rituals at sunrise - a mesmerising spectacle on our dawn river cruise. At Agra we visit one of the world's most famous and beautiful monuments, the Taj Mahal, before continuing to the unnatural abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. We are hosted by the descendents of Rajput royals at Karauli. Rajasthan's capital, the dynamic 'Pink City' of Jaipur is all color and action, and centers on the huge Amber Fort. We get away from the bustle to explore Sawarda and Mandawa, two hidden gems in Rajasthan, we experience the region's magic in relative seclusion.

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Delhi and transfer to hotel
Day 02: AM: Sightseeing of Delhi Pm: Catch overnight train to Varanasi
Day 03: Arrive in Varanasi. PM: visit to Buddhist holy site of Sarnath
Day 04: Morning boat ride on Ganges River. Explore the old city
Day 05: Free day to explore the holy city. Overnight train to Agra
Day 06: Arrive in Agra and visit the Taj Mahal
Day 07: Visit Fatehpur Sikri en route to Karauli. Stay in a Rajput palace
Day 08: Explore 600-year-old Karauli including the palace and countryside farms
Day 09: Drive to Jaipur and visit Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and City Palace
Day 10: AM: Visit to Amber Fort. PM: free time to explore in Jaipur
Day 11: Drive to fort at Sawarda. Enjoy village walk and indulge in the timeless splendor of the countryside
Day 12: Drive to Mandawa and discover markets and frescoed 'havelis', then spend the night in a luxury desert resort
Day 13: Drive to Delhi. City orientation, including India Gate and Janpath Bazaar
Day 14: Departure from Delhi

Trip Facts

Country: India (Delhi, Darjeeling district, Sikkim)
Best Period: Feb to April & Sept to Nov
Number of Days: 13 Nights / 14 Days
Flights: Delhi / Bagdogra / Delhi
Accommodations: Hotels
Cost: Details of cost upon request

Features

People: Punjabi, Jat, Muslims and Christens
Language: Hindi, Urdu, Panjabi, Rajasthani
River: Yamuna

Maps

Map of A Tour of the Eastern Himalayas