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zVisions of India

12 days

Never more than 16 guests. Guaranteed.

Small Group Discoveries

+ Witness two of India’s most powerful rituals... Sunrise on the Ganges as thousands of devotees come to the river for purification and the candle-lit Aarti Ceremony that unfolds at twilight.
+ Discover some of India’s greatest artistic achievements at the temples of Khajuraho.
+ Our sunrise and sunset visits to the Taj Mahal offer two surprisingly different perspectives of India’s best-known and most beloved monument.
+ Amber Fort and tour this 16th-century citadel.
+ Includes 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites

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Day
1

Welcome to Delhi!

Check in to your lavishly appointed Deluxe Room at the Taj Palace.

Day
2

Discover New Delhi

Drive along the Rajpath past the India Gate and Parliament to visit Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar, a graceful 12th-century minaret embellished with lovely carvings. Sit down to an elegant lunch overlooking lush gardens at The Lodi. Meals B+L+D

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Colorful Old Delhi

Delve into India’s rich diversity as you visit Jama Masjid, Asia’s largest mosque, and explore the city’s most important Sikh Temple. A traditional pedicab is the best way to experience the sights and sounds of Old Delhi as you travel along ancient winding lanes to the bustling Silver Market and past the imposing facade of the Red. Meals B+L+D

Day
4

Fly to Varanasi

Regarded as one of the seven holy cities of Hinduism, Varanasi is alsoone of the world’s oldest cities. Upon arrival, you’ll be escorted to the Gateway Hotel Ganges. This evening, we take you to the banks of the sacred River Ganges to observe the Aarti Ceremony, an evocative Hindu ritual of light and praise. Meals B+L+D

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5

Explore Varanasi

Set out at dawn for a boat ride on the Ganges as thousands of devotees descend to the waters for purification, a daily ritual which has unfolded here for thousands of years. Accompanied by the haunting melody of our flutist, this is one of the most powerful scenes of humanity you will ever witness. Tour the most important shore temples and observe the city’s renowned silk weavers at a local workshop. Travel to Sarnath, revered as the site of Buddha’s first sermon, before returning to your hotel. Meals B+L+D

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6

Fly to Khajuraho

Khajuraho’s 10th-century temples are famously adorned with erotic carvings but titillation aside, they are most notable for the perfect balance they strike between architecture and sculpture. Your tour of the most important temples includes Kandariya Madadev, one of India’s greatest artistic achievements. Overnight at the Taj Hotel Chandela. Meals B+L+D

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7

Journey to Agra

Visit the handsome medieval city of Orchha and continue to Jhansi to board the Shatabdi Express Train bound for Agra. Upon arrival, transfer to the Gateway Hotel and settle in to your elegant guestroom facing the Taj Mahal. Meals B+L+D

Day
8

The Taj Mahal

In addition to touring the palatial Agra Fort, your sunrise and sunset visits to the magnificent Taj Mahal capture all of its haunting beauty – bathed in the first rays of dawn and again in the golden glow of dusk. Observe the artistry behind the region’s exquisite marble inlay work at a local workshop and dine à la carte at Jhankar. Meals B+L+D

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9

Onward to Jaipur – India’s Pink City

Visit Fatehpur Sikri, built and mysteriously abandoned in the 16th century. Continue to Jaipur and check in to the historic Taj Rambagh Palace Hotel. This evening, dine à la carte and stroll through the colorful streets of Old Jaipur. Meals B+L+D

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10

Discover Jaipur

See the Palace of Winds, tour the Amber Palace, where opulent halls and lavish courtyards reveal the grandeur of a kingdom that was never conquered. Dine at Samode Haveli, set in a 200-yearold manor house, and continue to the City Palace Museum and Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in 1726. Dine à la carte tonight. Meals B+L+D

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11

Back to Delhi

Fly to Delhi and transfer once again to the Taj Palace Hotel. Meals B+D

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12

Depart Delhi

Our tour ends this morning. Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Add Jodhpur & Udaipur

6 Day Post-Tour Extension from $2,799

Journey deeper into Rajasthan from Jaipur to explore two of India’s most captivating and historic cities.

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Day 11 - Journey Historic Jodhpur

Drive to Jodhpur and check in to the Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel. This afternoon, tour the imposing Mehrangarh Fort. Meals B

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Day 12 - Our Exclusive Desert & Villages safari experience

Our comfortable 4x4 desert vehicles and expert drivers transport you deep into the desert landscapes of Rajasthan. Observe the region's diverse wildlife and spend time with villagers for fascinating insight into their cultural traditions and enduring way of life. Meals B,L

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Day 13 - Onward to beautiful Udaipur

Visit Ranakpur, one of India's most important Jain temples, and sit down to lunch in an historic palace hotel in the scenic Aravali foothills. Continue on to the one-and-only Taj Lake Palace. Meals B,L

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Day 14 - Delight in the romance of Udaipur

Tour the ornately decorated City Palace; built in 1725, it's one of the largest palace complexes in the world. Then visit Jagdish Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and enjoy a tranquil cruise on Lake Pichola. Dine tonight on the rooftop terrace of the Taj Lake Palace. Meals B,D

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Day 15 - From Udaipur back to Delhi

The morning is yours to enjoy the incomparable setting of your palace hotel. Then fly to Delhi and transfer to the Taj Palace Hotel. Meals B

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Day 16 - Depart Delhi

Our tour ends this morning.

Private Tour Add-Ons

Kathmandu

Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package includes a choice of fine hotels, daily breakfast, extensive sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide and chauffeured airport transfers.

Aurangabad

Historic Aurangabad is the perfect base for your private tours to the Buddhist caves of Ajanta and the spectacularly decorated cave temples of Ellora, testament to five centuries of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain faith.

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Diwali Festival  

Join our October 30, 2013 or October 19, 2014 departure and experience the Hindu festival of lights in Varanasi. You’ll be enthralled by the innumerable candles and lanterns illuminating the streets and riverbanks of India’s most ancient city. It’s a timeless and inspiring celebration of the victory of good over evil - and the glory of light!

Holi Festival  

Go in February 2015 and join joyous Jaipur residents for Holi, the much anticipated Festival of Colors. As locals herald the arrival of spring, you’ll experience colorful spectacles and ancient traditions including lively parades, joyful music and exotic dancing!

Trip Type

Prices are per person, land only. We offer air on Emirates or United. Add extra nights.

Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
  • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
  • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
  • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
  • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!

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