(13 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Delhi, Varanasi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai
This tour is an overview of India’s diverse regions and local cultures. Begin in Delhi, the bustling capital of India. During private touring, experience highlights such as the UNESCO-listed Humayun’s Tomb and Qutb Minar, the Lodi Gardens, and a rickshaw ride through the colorful bazaars of Old Delhi, as well as upscale shopping districts.
Next, visit Varanasi (Benares), one of the oldest cities in the world and, as the spiritual center of the Hindu world, a major Indian pilgrimage site. Watch as believers congregate on the ghats (stone steps) along the banks of the holy Ganges River to perform ritual ablutions. Visit local villages and explore Varanasi’s old town, with its ancient universities and renowned silk shops. Also take an excursion to Sarnath, believed to be the site of the Buddha’s first sermon. If desired, visit master silk weavers and enjoy a private recital in the home of a local musician.
Continue to Agra for a spellbinding visit to the Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest monument to love. Also explore Agra Fort and local markets. Stay in the lavish Oberoi Amarvilas in a room with an uninterrupted view of the Taj.
Next, transfer to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s great “Pink City,” visiting the centuries-old ruins at Fatehpur Sikri en route. See the rich architectural legacy of Jaipur’s merchants and maharajas—hill forts, palaces, the observatory, gardens, temples and havelis (courtyard mansions)—surrounded by stark desert. If desired, ride an elephant to Amber Fort. Marvel at the luminous saris of indigenous tribal women and the bright turbans of Rajasthani men. Explore medieval backstreets and browse bazaars selling textiles, leatherwork, woodblock prints, perfume, jewelry and Jaipur’s traditional blue pottery.
Spend three nights in Udaipur, India's most romantic city, at the beautiful Oberoi Udaivilas. Cruise Lake Pichola and walk through picturesque backstreets, shop for local folk art, tour the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, the Saheliyon Ki Bari Garden, and browse the local bazaars. On a day excursion outside the city, perhaps tour the spectacular Jain temples of Ranakpur, where relief carvings cover every surface, including over 1,400 pillars.
The tour concludes with two nights in exciting Mumbai (Bombay), India’s economic capital and the home of the Bollywood film industry. Tour the city’s cultural attractions, bazaars and most interesting neighborhoods, and take a private boat ride to the Elephanta Island Caves—inside are extensive Hindu stone sculptures linked to the cult of Shiva.
Private transfer to hotel for 2 night stay
Full-day private tour of Old & New Delhi
Delhi - Varanasi
Private transfer and flight to Varanasi for overnight stay. Private city touring and visit to Sarnath
Varanasi - Agra
Morning private boat ride on the Ganges and city touring. Transfer and flight to Delhi; overland drive to Agra for 2 nights
Private touring including Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and other attractions in Agra
Agra - Jaipur
Private tour of Fatehpur Sikri en route to Jaipur for 2 nights
Private Jaipur touring, including morning elephant ride and afternoon city touring and shopping
Jaipur - Udaipur
Private transfer to Udaipur for 3 nights with touring en route
Private touring, including meal at private home and cruise on Lake Pichola
Private excursion to Jain Temples at Ranakpur or visit local temples and gourmet lunch at a palace
Udaipur - Mumbai
Private transfer and flight to Mumbai (Bombay). Private city touring this afternoon
Private city tour including boat ride to Elephanta Island
Private airport transfer
The Imperial New Delhi
The Oberoi Amarvilas
The Oberoi Udaivilas
The Taj Mahal Palace or The Oberoi Mumbai
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