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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 19 day(s)
Group Size: 40 - 44 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Archeology/History  
Season: September - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 4109 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4789 US Dollar (USD)

Day 1 Arrive in Mumbai, India

Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.


Day 2 Mumbai

Today, enjoy sightseeing in Mumbai, a multicultural metropolis with a colorful history. This vibrant city is now India’s premier seaport, center of culture and industry, and home to “Bollywood.” Start at the GATEWAY OF INDIA, Mumbai’s most famous monument commemorating the visit of Queen Mary. Then, drive along Marine Drive—a seafront promenade—and see a traditional DHOBI GHAT. You will also visit the HANGING GARDENS and MANI BHAVAN (former residence of Mahatma Gandhi). (B)



Day 3 Mumbai-Cochin

Today, fly to Cochin, the “Gateway to Kerala.” Located on the Arabian Sea in Kerala, India’s southernmost state, Cochin is the perfect starting point to explore the region’s natural beauty. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. (B)


Day 4 Cochin

Today’s sightseeing includes the CHINESE FISHING NETS that are the livelihood of many fishermen in the area. You will also visit ST. THOMAS CHURCH, the HILL PALACE MUSEUM, DUTCH PALACE, and will walk through the Jewish quarter. The afternoon is at leisure. (B)



Day 5 Cochin

Enjoy an unforgettable full-day CRUISE in the backwaters of Kerala. Explore and witness local life along these serene waterways surrounded by lush palm trees and paddy fields. (B,L)



Day 6 Cochin-Delhi

Fly via Mumbai to Delhi, India’s capital city. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. (B)


Day 7 Delhi

The morning is at your leisure to rest before meeting your traveling companions and Tour Director for sightseeing in the afternoon. Your Local Guide will show you the sights of “Old Delhi.” Start with a visit to the JAMA MOSQUE followed by a [LF] RICKSHAW RIDE through Chandni Chowk, a colorful local bazaar. Tonight your Tour Director hosts a lavish welcome dinner, including a COOKING DEMONSTRATION followed by a talk on Indian cuisine. (B,D)



Day 8 Delhi

This morning’s sightseeing will focus on “New Delhi.” Visit the INDIRA GANDHI MEMORIAL MUSEUM and Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Then, visit HUMAYUN’S TOMB and Qutab Minar followed by the grand government buildings, the President’s House, and Parliament House. The afternoon is at leisure. Consider an optional visit to three famous temples for an introduction to India’s most popular religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. Your Tour Director has suggestions for other activities. (B)



Day 9 Delhi-Varanasi

Fly to Varanasi, the holiest of Hindu pilgrim cities, which is situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges River. Sightseeing today visits SARNATH, the “Cradle of Buddhism,” where Buddha first spoke of his philosophy. For a truly memorable experience, join tonight’s optional tour: a rickshaw ride through the bustling streets of this unique city followed by a sunset cruise on the Ganges. Here you will witness fascinating religious rituals being performed—a truly unique experience. (B)


Day 10 Varanasi-Khajuraho

Around dawn, board a [LF] BOAT to watch a striking religious ritual—the Hindus’ devotional bathing in the Ganges. You’ll observe hundreds of pilgrims gathered at the river’s edge, some practicing yoga, others meditating, and still others bathing fully clothed. A late-morning flight takes you to Khajuraho, where sightseeing focuses on the mysterious TEMPLES, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that have been isolated for centuries. Art historians have long puzzled over myths and legends in an attempt to understand the bizarre combination of prolific religious and erotic temples. (B)



Day 11 Khajuraho-Orchha-Jhansi-Agra

Today, enjoy the scenery as you pass through rural areas en route to Orchha. Upon arrival, visit the impressive MEDIEVAL PALACE COMPLEX, once the capital of a locally powerful Rajput kingdom. Later, arrive in Jhansi to board your train to Agra, where much of the city’s impressive past is still evident today in the majesty of her buildings. (B)


Day 12 Agra

Start your day with a sunrise visit to the incomparable TAJ MAHAL, an extravagant marble monument to love. The Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan built it as a memorial to his beloved wife, who died during childbirth. To add to this memorable experience, you’ll also travel by tongas (horse-drawn carriage) during your visit. Later, visit AGRA FORT, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by the Moghul Emperor Akbar, this impressive fortress of red sandstone conceals the imperial city of the Moghul rulers and its many palaces. (B,D)



Day 13 Agra-Fatehpur Sikri-Jaipur

This morning, visit FATEHPUR SIKRI (City of Victory) en route to Jaipur. In 1876, the city was painted pink to welcome Prince Albert and Queen Elizabeth II and it has been known as the “Pink City” ever since. Tonight, enjoy a SARI- and TURBAN-TYING LESSON followed by a [LF] HOME-HOSTED DINNER with an Indian noble family. (B,D)



Day 14 Jaipur

Today, visit the amazing AMBER FORT, built entirely of white marble and red sandstone. Tour the interior with its intricate mosaics, carvings, paintings, and mirror works. Then, visit the CITY PALACE and the adjoining MUSEUM, which houses a collection of rare manuscripts. You will also stop at the famous HAWA MAHAL (Palace of the Winds). In the late afternoon, take a [LF] WALKING TOUR through a local market, known for its arts and crafts, including jewelry, enamel work, hand-painted fabrics, and stone sculptures. (B,D)


Day 15 Jaipur-Jodhpur

This morning, head west to Jodhpur. This afternoon, visit the massive MEHRANGARH FORT, which sits 393 feet above the surrounding plains. The view will reveal why Jodhpur is known as the “Blue City.” Next, visit JASWANT THADA, a stunning white marble cenotaph built to commemorate Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. (B,L)



Day 16 Jodhpur-Udaipur

Enjoy time at leisure this morning before flying to Udaipur, the “City of Lakes.” This evening, CRUISE on Lake Pichola (water levels permitting), with a short visit to the island palace of JAG MANDIR. (B,D)



Day 17 Udaipur

Your full-day sightseeing starts this morning with a visit to EKLINGJI TEMPLE, dedicated to Shiva, the guardian deity of Mewar, followed by the JAIN TEMPLES OF NAGDA that date back to the 11th century. This afternoon, discover the massive granite and marble CITY PALACE with its courtyards, pavilions, terraces, and narrow corridors. Then, visit the adjacent CRYSTAL GALLERY before wrapping up your sightseeing at SAHELION KI BARI. Tonight, your Tour Director will host a festive farewell dinner to celebrate an unforgettable journey through India. (B,D)



Day 18 Udaipur-Delhi

Enjoy the morning at leisure in Udaipur. Later, return to Delhi. (B)



Day 19 Delhi

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

NOTE:
Some flights depart Delhi very early in the morning. In these cases, breakfast is not included and you will have to depart for the airport late in the evening on Day 18 or just after midnight on Day 19.



Vacation Highlights

MUMBAI
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the Gateway of India, a Dhobi Ghat, Hanging Gardens, and Mani Bhavan; Host service during your stay

COCHIN
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the Chinese fishing nets, St. Thomas Church, the Hill Palace Museum, and Dutch Palace; cruise the backwaters of Kerala; Host service during your stay

DELHI
Guided sightseeing; visit the Jama Mosque, Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, and Humayun’s Tomb; [LF] rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk bazaar; welcome dinner with cooking demonstration

VARANASI
Guided sightseeing; visit Sarnath; [LF] boat tour on the Ganges

KHAJURAHO
Visit the Khajuraho Temples with a Local Guide

ORCHHA
Visit the medieval Orchha Palace complex

AGRA
Guided sightseeing; visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise, Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri

JAIPUR
Guided sightseeing; visit the City Palace & Museum and Hawa Mahal; [LF] walking tour through a local market; [LF] home-hosted dinner with sari- and turban-tying lesson; visit the Amber Fort

JODHPUR
Guided sightseeing; visit Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada

UDAIPUR
Guided sightseeing; cruise on Lake Pichola with a stop at Jag Mandir; visit Eklingji Temple, Jain Temples of Nagda, the City Palace, the Crystal Gallery, and Sahelion Ki Bari; farewell dinner

NOTE:

•Small-Group Discovery – We never allow more than 20 travelers on our Small-Group Discovery vacations, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the destination and local culture.



Hotels

MUMBAI Trident Mumbai (MD)
COCHIN Trident Cochin (F)
DELHI Suryaa New Delhi (SF)
VARANASI Radisson Hotel (F)
KHAJURAHO Radisson Jass Hotel (F)
AGRA Trident Agra (MF)
JAIPUR Trident Jaipur (MD)
JODHPUR Park Plaza Jodhpur (F)
UDAIPUR Trident Udaipur (F)

Meals

American breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 7 dinners including a welcome dinner in Delhi, home-hosted dinner in Jaipur, and a farewell dinner in Udaipur

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices are based on double occupancy land only and vary on departure dates

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