Dates: November 1 - November 14, 2019
Total Duration: 14 days
Cost: Approx. $11,990 per person, double occupancy
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
Vehicle: Palace on Wheels
Tour Operator: Criterion Travel, Inc.
Region: South Asia
Visit Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Agra and the Taj Mahal, Ranthambore and Keoladeo Ghana National Parks, and the world-famous Pushkar Camel Fair on an itinerary that highlights the rich variety of cultural, natural, and historical jewels for which India is famous. Learn about Mughal empires, visit majestic forts and palaces, experience diverse cultures, and marvel at the vibrant colors contrasted against the desert landscape. Traverse legendary Rajasthan in the comfort of the Palace on Wheels train, the best way to explore some of northern India's remote but fascinating places that are inaccessible by air.
Travel for five nights aboard the Palace on Wheels (formerly the Royal Rajasthan) train, designed, furbished, and appointed in a style worthy of India's royal maharajas, with spacious cabins, two restaurants, and a spa. Visit five UNESCO World Heritage sites: Humayun's Tomb and Qutab Minar in Delhi, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, and Agra Fort and the incomparably beautiful Taj Mahal in Agra. Accompanied by expert naturalists, search for the elusive Bengal tiger in Ranthambore National Park and a variety of wildlife and rare birds in Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Explore the princely city of Jaipur; enchanting Udaipur, known as the "Venice of the East"; and the "blue city" of Jodhpur, famed for its indigo-washed buildings. Delight in the kaleidoscope of colors and the cacophony of sounds at the world-famous Pushkar Camel Fair, on nearly everyone's "bucket list"; enjoy a camel safari into the red sand dunes of the Thar Desert; and savor the unique cuisine of the region throughout the program.