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9 days-8 nights
Teeming, fascinating New Delhi, imperial capital of the British Raj, contains captivating historic monuments, magnificent museums, a lively performing-arts scene, bustling markets and fabulous eating.
The mesmerizing music of the desert is echoed in Bikaner, a medieval city set along the old caravan route that linked Central Asia and North India with the Gujarat seaports. Jodhpur’s gentle atmosphere belies a stormy yet glorious past. Its walls, seven gates and numerous bastions and towers were built in the 16th century; palaces and temples lie throughout the old city’s maze of lanes.
Pushkar is famous for its annual camel fair and hundreds of temples, ashrams and rest houses. Jaipur is home to Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) and Jai Singh’s Observatory, built in the 17th century.
plantations nurture the greens to a denser, monsoon-washed forest palette.
From $1250 U.S. p.p.d.o.
Golden Triangle: Delhi/Jaipur/Agra
6 days-5 nights
From $650 U.S. p.p.d.o.
Culture & Wildlife tours to see three popular national parks, lions and tigers can be combined with the Golden Triangle tour.
from Mumbadevi, the local Hindu deity. The trip includes boat excursion to Elephanta Caves; Gateway of India, Mumbai’s principal landmark.
From U.S. $900 p.p.d.o.
8 days-7 nights
Kerala, in the southwest corner of India, is a festive, palm-fringed paradise with dazzling silver beaches, green fields, thatched villages and still backwaters. Lush plantations rise from the sea; coconut palms stretch to the skies; tea and coffee
Prices for individuals start at $1200 U.S., based on double occupancy. Group rates available. Tours include accommodations, guides, transportation, monument entrances, meals, train tickets and elephant ride at Jaipur.
Journeys to the ancient past and the land of the future.
Aurangabad & Mumbai (extension)
5 days-4 nights
Aurangabad is the gateway to Ellora and Ajanta, two of the most interesting historical sites in India. These 2,000-year-old manmade caves were literally scooped out of solid rock by Buddhist monks who chose these sites for their seclusion.
Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, was a cluster of seven islands covered with coconut palms and inhabited by fishermen when the Portuguese acquired it in the 16th century. Its name is derived
The tour culminates in a visit to the red sandstone ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri; the Agra Fort; and the majestic Taj Mahal, said to be the most beautiful building on Earth, a monument to the timeless love of Shah Jahan for the Empress Mumtaz.