Dates: October 7 - October 23, 2018
Total Duration: 17 days
Cost: From approx. $5,795 per person, double occupancy. Includes airfare from Boston, NYC or DC. Airline fees separate.
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
Region: South Asia
Mystical and spiritual, chaotic and confounding, India overflows with riches. Staying at excellent hotels, your small group travels the classic Golden Triangle: bustling Delhi; Agra, home of the sublime Taj Mahal; and Jaipur, great city of the Rajput. Start your 17-day exploration of this intriguing nation in the Indian capital, touring both Old Delhi and New Delhi. Continue to the "pink city" of Jaipur, known for its pink sandstone buildings, and enjoy a home-hosted dinner with a multi-generational Rajasthan family. Spend two nights in Ranthambore, where you take game drives in search of elusive Bengal tigers and other wildlife at Ranthambore National Park, once a royal hunting ground, with its picturesque ruins of forts and palaces. Then you embark on an afternoon camel safari in Kalakho to meet the Meena tribespeople in their homes. Travel next to Agra to visit the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal as well as imposing Agra Fort. Here you also take an Indian cuisine cooking lesson, enjoying the results for lunch. Conclude your journey in the holy city of Varanasi, where you cruise the Ganges and witness Hindu pilgrims performing their rituals. Visit nearby Sarnath, one of Buddhism's four holiest sites and where the Buddha first taught after achieving enlightenment; and Sarnath Museum, housing a superb collection of Buddhist artifacts.
An optional 5-day/4-night guided post-tour extension to Nepal is available, with extensive sightseeing, including Swayambhunath Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath, the royal city of Patan, colorful Bhaktapur, and Kathmandu and its environs.