What makes India such a special place and such a worthwhile travel destination?  Is it the art and architecture or unique wildlife, be it Taj or tiger?  The culture or cuisine?  The breathtaking natural beauty, be it Himalayan precipice or pristine, sandy beach?  Perhaps it is the deeply ingrained sense of spirituality that permeates a land responsible for the birth of the Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Sikh faiths.  It is undeniably all of these things.  But what makes India uniquely extraordinary is the charm and vitality of her people.  India is a land of immense antiquity, a nation that proudly displays a vast cultural diversity.  India’s name is derived from the Indus River, whose valleys were first settled five thousand years ago.  Since then India has been enriched by successive waves of migrants from distant lands, each adding to the cultural heritage of the Subcontinent.  Now home to a plethora of languages, religions, ethnicities, and cultures, it is this diversity that truly inspires and continues to breathe life into modern India, and which is displayed in her people to this day.

Outline Itinerary

Days 1 – 2 | Arrival / Mumbai

Arrive Mumbai.  Today’s highlights include the financial and entertainment center of India, Town Hall, Anglican cathedral, Victoria Terminus and Prince of Wales Museum.  You will also visit the Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 3 | Fly to Aurangabad / Visit Ellora

Aurangabad is your base for exploring the ancient Buddhist, Hindu and Jain locales of Ellora and Ajanta, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. This afternoon visit the Ellora Complex comprised of 34 caves.

Day 4 | Excursion to Ajanta

You will explore another World Heritage Site today as you visit Ajanta, a site that is comprised of 27 caves.

Days 5 – 6 | Udaipur

Fly to Udaipur and take a boat ride across Lake Pichola to your hotel.  Embark on an evening cruise on the lake to watch the sunset and sightseeing of the scenic Udaipur.  You will visit the Jagdish Temple, the Garden of Maidens, Maharaja’s City Palace, and Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal.

Days 7 – 8 | Jaipur

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and popularly known as the “Pink City.”  Explore the colorful bazaars of the old city, Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), Mughal Art Museum, Amber Fort and Palace, Temple of Kali, the Hall of Victory, Jai Mahal and Jagmandir.

Day 9 | To Kalakho Village Area

Delve deeper into Rajasthan rural area visiting Bishnoi villages.

Day 10 | Agra via Fatepur Sikri

Explore Fatepur Sikri en route to Agra.  The Mughal Emperor Akbar’s eerily abandoned city is full of elegant small palace structures carved from red sandstone.

Day 11 | Exploring Agra

Start your day with an unforgettable sunrise over the Taj Mahal.  This day’s tour includes visit to Itmad ud Daula, the Agra Fort and free time for shopping.

Day 12 | Khajuraho via Jhansi and Orchha

Board the Shatabdi Express to Jhansi.  Drive to Orchha and visit the famous temple complex. After lunch, drive 4 hours to your hotel just outside the city of Khajuraho.

Day 13 | Khajuraho

Explore the quiet little town of Khajuraho, once the religious capital of the Chandela kings.  Khajuraho is famous for its beautiful Hindu temples.

Day 14 – 15 | Varanasi

Depart Khajuraho in the afternoon for Varanasi, one of the world’s ancient living cities.  The next two days, you will take a boat ride on the Ganga past the ghats and visit Varanasi’s many temples.

Day 16 | Delhi

Take a morning flight to Delhi.  Explore the “Old Delhi” and drive to the Red Fort to take a rickshaw ride to Chandi Chowke and Jama Masjid.  Visit Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara (a Sikh temple), India Gate and Lotus Temple.

Day 17 | Departure

Trip Dates & Pricing

Dates:

This is a private journey offered from January - April and October - December
2021 LAND PRICE:

2 Travelers:                From $9,345 per person

Internal Airfare:       $510 per person

Single Supplement: $3,225 per person

NOTE: Land Price is based on Double Occupancy and Internal Airfare is subject to change by airlines.

Activity Level

This is an easy to moderate touring trip, staying in 4 to 5-Star hotels and first class lodge. Sightseeing excursions and intercity drives can be exhausting and long (5-6 hours), thus giving the tour a “moderate” rating. Bathroom facilities during sight seeing excursions and long drives are frequently nonexistent and limited to the facilities at a local restaurant, which could be just an “out-house.” Inter India flights can be delayed without reason, or much advance notice.