Mysteries of India

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Day 1

Overnight Flight.

Delhi, India - Tour Begins:
Welcome to Delhi, India's capital city that sports a rich history spanning over 2,000 years.

Accommodation:
Kempinski Ambience Hotel Delhi

New Delhi:
Ease your way into the local culture as your Tour Manager shares a few key phrases of the native language. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. Explore Old Delhi's narrow streets by rickshaw, the traditional mode of transportation. Next you'll tour New Delhi, visiting Qutub Minar, the tallest brick minaret in the world. Then, visit Humayun's tomb - considered a precursor to the Taj Mahal for its Indo-Persian design; it was built by the widow of a great Mughal Emperor. Behold the India Gate war memorial, the Parliament and the palatial Rashtrapati Bhawan - the President's residence.

Accommodation:
Kempinski Ambience Hotel Delhi

Meal Plan:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Delhi - Udaipur:
Fly to Udaipur, your gateway to Rajasthan, where chivalrous tales come to life at forts and palaces. Settle into your hotel, a carefully restored palace perched on a hill and overlooking the lake.

Accommodation:
Lalit Laxmi Vilas

Meal Plan:
Breakfast and dinner.

Udaipur:
Participate in a relaxing yoga class and learn basic exercises and breathing techniques from a local expert. Visit the exquisite City Palace - its main entrance, Tripolia, was built in 1725. Stop at Sahelion-ki-Bari, the Garden of the Maids of Honour, and learn about the lifestyle of the royal ladies who once strolled through these gardens. This evening, cruise along Lake Pichola and take in views of the Jag Mandir Palace and the City Palace.

Accommodation:
Lalit Laxmi Vilas

Meal Plan:
Breakfast

Udaipur - Jaipur:
This morning, depart on a scenic drive through the countryside to the "Pink City" of Jaipur. After having lunch and checking into your hotel, head out for a brief stop at Hawa Mahal, home to a former Maharaja, beholding its facade of 953 windows. Visit the City Palace and find gardens, courtyards, intricate decorative art and carved doorways. Marvel at Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory built in 1726 by Sawai Jai Singh.

Accommodation:
Hilton Jaipur

Meal Plan:
Breakfast and lunch.

Jaipur:
Ride an elephant to the top of Amber Fort, India's former seat of power. Visit a local school where the children are part of a mid-day program supported by the efforts of the Collette Foundation. Tap into local customs during lunch as you learn about turban and sari tying. Stroll through a flower market for a glimpse into the art of making garlands used in traditional Indian welcome ceremonies. Enjoy a henna tattoo and bindi demonstration. Tonight, sit down for a home-hosted dinner and observe daily life inside the old city.

Accommodation:
Hilton Jaipur

Meal Plan:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Jaipur - Ranthambore:
Travel to Ranthambore National Park, learning of Project Tiger's efforts at conservation in the country. A naturalist discusses the wildlife of the country and presents a slideshow. Embark on a game viewing drive by canter (an open air vehicle). Watch for marsh crocodiles, hyenas, sloth bears and even tigers.

Accommodation:
Dev Vilas Ranthambore

Meal Plan:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Ranthambore:
Rise and shine early for a game viewing drive. Afterwards, enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Visit the Ranthambore School of Art which recruits students from neighboring villages and trains them to be self-sufficient artists. Next, visit Dastkar Ranthambore Project, founded in 1981 by six women united to protect India's traditional artisans. Dive into the local cuisine with an interactive cooking demonstration followed by dinner.

Accommodation:
Dev Vilas Ranthambore

Meal Plan:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Ranthambore - Bharatpur - Agra:
An early morning train brings you to Bharatpur. Disembark and enjoy brunch before continuing your journey to Agra, a city rich with the splendors of the past.

Accommodation:
Jaypee Palace

Meal Plan:
Breakfast and lunch.

Agra:
Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise aboard a tonga - or horse carriage - that takes you to its gates. The Taj Mahal took 22 years and 20,000 men to build. Built in the 17th century by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Visit Agra Fort, the seat of the Mughal Empire.

Accommodation:
Jaypee Palace

Meal Plan:
Breakfast

Agra - Jhansi - Orchha - Khajuraho:
Board your train for Jhansi and continue to Orchha for a relaxing lunch. Arrive in Khajuraho, your home for the evening.

Accommodation:
Taj Chandela Hotel

Meal Plan:
Breakfast and lunch.

Khajuraho - Varanasi:
Visit the Chandel Temple complex and behold some of the finest examples of temple architecture in northern India. Fly to Varanasi, a simplistic and charming city with a universal mystique. Tonight, visit the Ghats - the banks of the river - witnessing the illuminated Ganga Aarti ceremony.

Accommodation:
The Gateway Hotel Ganges

Meal Plan:
Breakfast

Varanasi:
Cruise along the River Ganges past various Ghats where people ritually cleanse themselves of their sins, hoping for salvation. A city tour of Varanasi includes the Benaras Hindu University and Bharat Mata Temple. Continue to Sarnath where Siddarth Gautama, later known as Buddha, gave his first sermon on a quiet grove in the 6th century B.C. A Hindu scholar discusses the philosophy of Hinduism with you. Join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner this evening.

Accommodation:
The Gateway Hotel Ganges

Meal Plan:
Breakfast and dinner.

Varanasi - Delhi - Tour Ends:
Enjoy a morning at leisure before flying back to Delhi. Later, depart on your flight home.

Meal Plan:
Breakfast