Exploring Indian spirituality at Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh temples, Observing local traditions on the River Ganges and in rural villages, Searching out wildlife in Ranthambore with local naturalist park rangers, Walking though history in royal palaces and forts
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Walking through Delhi’s markets, you realize that India’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced—its kaleidoscope of culture and colour has burnt itself into your memory. And it’s not just the magnificent forts or treasures like the Taj Mahal that impress—it’s the country’s spirit. Visit the birthplace of Buddhism and Hinduism to gain greater insight into this ancient and complex land. From a safari in Ranthambore and a cruise on the Ganges to cycle-rickshaw rides, our expert guides will bring you deep into one of the world’s most culturally and spiritually fascinating places.
Arrive at any time. Included transfer to hotel. Tonight, enjoy an Indian feast welcome dinner.
Enjoy a walking tour of Old Delhi including the Jama Masjid (Great Mosque), Raj Ghat (Cremation Garden of Mahatma Gandhi), Chandni Chowk local market, Q'tub Minar and Gurduwara (a Sikh place of worship). This afternoon, fly to Varanasi and enjoy a sunset boat trip on the Ganges river to observe local ceremonies.
Rise early for a sunrise boat trip along the Ganges to observe the dawn rituals of bathing and burial. This afternoon we take a language class to learn the basics and visit to Sarnath, where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon.
Fly to Khajuraho and visit the Western Temples, famous for their erotic sculptures depicting scenes from the Kama Sutra. We also take a yoga class and enjoy a local Kandariya dance show.
Meet some local people on our train ride to Agra.
Visit and explore the Taj Mahal, take a cycle-rickshaw ride through the busy streets of Agra and visit the Red Fort. Later travel to Ranthambore National Park.
Explore Ranthambore National Park with local naturalists/rangers on two safari drives in search of deer, birds, leopards and monkeys - if we are lucky, we may even see one of the resident tigers. Walk up the ruins of Ranthambore Fort and pay respects at the Ganesh temple.
Travel to Jaipur where we learn more of India's history with visits to the City Palace, Palace of the Winds and impressive Amber Fort.
Drive to Jojawar and spend two nights in an historic heritage hotel. Explore the village with the opportunity to meet with locals who provide insight into rural village life in India. Also enjoy a countryside rural train safari through the Aravali Hill ranges.
Travel to Udaipur and take an orientation walk including a visit to Lake Pichola and Lake Palace. On Day 12, we explore the City Palace and Jagdish Temple which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Flight to Delhi and farewell dinner.
Depart at any time.
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