Icons of India: The Taj, Tigers & Beyond with Varanasi
From visits to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and cultural interactions with locals to and exciting wildlife encounters, this fascinating tour of India won’t disappoint. Start in Delhi, India’s capital city. Here, visit Humayan’s Tomb and take a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, a colorful local bazaar. You will also enjoy a cooking demonstration and talk on Indian cuisine with a local chef. In Agra, visit the incomparable Taj Mahal at sunrise including a tonga (horse-drawn carriage) ride. Continue your adventure with three safari drives in Ranthambore National Park. Here, you have the chance to see native wildlife, including the elusive leopard and Bengal tiger! In Jaipur, visit the magnificent Amber Fort and dine with an Indian noble family at their home.Next, visit Varanasi, the holiest of Hindu pilgrimage sites. Visit the sacred Ganges to witness the Ganga Aaarti (spiritual worship) and for a boat ride at dawn to see the devotional bathing in river. Additionally, visit nearby Sarnath, where Buddha first spoke of his philosophy.
DELHIVisit Qutub Minar, Humayan’s Tomb, and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib; [LF] rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk bazaar; welcome dinner with Indian cooking demonstrationAGRA Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise by [LF] tonga, and Agra FortBHARATPUR–RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARKTravel by trainRANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK Three game drives by open-air, 4-wheel drive safari vehicleJAIPUR[LF] Home-hosted dinner with Indian noble family featuring a sari- and turban-tying demonstration; visit Amber Fort, Hawa Mahali, and the City Palace & MuseumVaranasi Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the ghats for the Ganga Aarti; boat ride on the Ganges to see the Hindu bathing ritual; excursion to Sarnath; Host service during your stay
American breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 8 dinners including a welcome dinner in Delhi and home-hosted dinner in Jaipur
NOTES:Small-Group Discovery – We never allow more than 20 travelers on our Small-Group Discovery vacations, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the destination and local culture.