Taj Mahal & the Treasures of India 2019

Taj Mahal & the Treasures of India 2019


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

India

Tour Itinerary

Explore India's greatest treasures, as you visit the timeless Taj Mahal, seek the graceful Bengal tiger and witness a holy rite beside the Ganges — all while staying in royal palaces-turned-luxury hotels.

DAY 1: Arrive Mumbai, India

Arrive in Mumbai, perhaps from your pre-tour extension. Onarrival, an A&K representative meets and transfers you to youriconic hotel.


Hotel: The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai  

DAY 2: Mumbai

Explore the city’s classic sites, including the Gateway of India, an85-foot-high arch whose design reflects India’s Muslim and Hindutraditions. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum and Mani Bhawan, amuseum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi. Next,see the Dhobi Ghat, the largest open-air laundry in the world and awonderfully colorful spectacle to behold. Tonight, enjoy a welcomedinner.

(Breakfast, Dinner)
Hotel: The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai  

DAYS 3-4: Udaipur

Fly to Udaipur and visit the stunning City Palace, a marblecomplex that offers unforgettable views of the lake and itssurroundings. Continue to the Crystal Gallery in Fateh PrakashPalace, before arriving at your romantic hotel, set in the middleof Lake Pichola. The next morning, journey out of town for anexcursion to Delwara and visit two important temple complexes— Eklingji, dedicated to Shiva, and deserted Nagda, built tohonor Lord Vishnu. After lunch, return to Udaipur and strollthrough Sahelion Ki Bari (Garden of the Maids of Honor) beforereturning to your hotel. Later, embark on a private cruise pastJag Mandir, a marble palace on an island in Lake Pichola.

(Breakfast, Dinner (Day 3); Breakfast, Lunch (Day 4))
Hotel: Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur  

DAYS 5-6: Jaipur

This morning, fly to Jaipur and check in to your hotel, theformer residence of the Maharajah of Jaipur. Later, explore theCity Palace, a unique and arresting complex of several palaces,pavilions, gardens and temples. Located within the palace’s gatesis the Mubarak Mahal, or “Auspicious Palace,” which containstextiles including the royal formal costumes, sanganeri blockprints, Kashmiri pashminas and silk saris. Then, visit JantarMantar, an open-air array of astronomical instruments. Thenext day, view the Palace of the Winds — built for the womenof the royal household to observe street life without being seen.Proceed to explore the beautiful Mughal-style Amber Fort. Thisred sandstone and marble palace is a UNESCO World HeritageSite.

(Breakfast, Dinner (Day 5); Breakfast, Lunch (Day 6))
Hotel: Rambagh Palace, Jaipur  

DAYS 7-8: Agra

Drive to Agra, observing the colorful rural life of Rajasthanon your journey. Upon arrival, catch your first glimpse of thebreathtaking Taj Mahal from your luxurious room. Visit the TajMahal in the late afternoon, as the setting sun bathes it in a softorange glow. Return the next morning, when the rising sun lendsa warm pink tint to its marble face. Visit the Agra Fort, once theprison of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahalafter the death of his beloved wife.

(Breakfast, Lunch (Day 7); Breakfast, Dinner (Day 8))
Hotel: The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra  

DAY 9: Panna National Park

Depart by express train to Jhansi. After lunch, continue to remotePanna National Park, a haven for India’s wildlife, and check in toyour wilderness lodge.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: Pashan Garh, Panna National Park  

DAY 10: Panna National Park

Rise early this morning for a game drive in Panna NationalPark aboard a four-wheel-drive vehicle, spotting crocodilesor perhaps the elusive Bengal tiger. Learn how a successfulconservation program has grown the park’s tiger population,increasing the odds of a sighting. Return to the lodge to enjoyan Indian cooking demonstration, as a chef prepares localdelicacies for lunch. Enjoy an afternoon game drive beforereturning to your lodge for dinner.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: Pashan Garh, Panna National Park  

DAY 11: Khajuraho & Varanasi

Drive to Khajuraho to see all of life — joy, love, divinity, war —depicted in detail on every inch of its 85 Hindu and Jain temples.Then, fly to Varanasi, a city of more than a thousand temples andshrines, sacred to Hindus and Buddhists. At dusk, beside theGanges River, witness the Aarti ceremony. Chanted prayers andrhythmic drumming fill the air as you watch lantern-bearingpriests bid the gods and goddesses a restful slumber.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: Taj Ganges, Varanasi  

DAY 12: Varanasi & Delhi

Rise early for a private sunrise cruise on the Ganges River to observeactivity along the ghats (stone steps leading down to the river), wherelocals and pilgrims cleanse themselves, literally and spiritually. Later,fly to Delhi for a farewell dinner.

(Breakfast, Dinner)
Hotel: The Oberoi, New Delhi  

DAY 13: Delhi

Visit the great Jama Masjid, the most important mosque inIndia. Completed in 1656, its two minarets, made from redsandstone and white marble, each stand 131 feet tall. Then, setoff on an exciting rickshaw ride through the carts and stalls ofChandni Chowk bazaar, one of the oldest and busiest markets inOld Delhi. Like Jama Masjid, it dates to the era of Shah Jahan,and today is a vital part of everyday life here — frequented bylocals and a must-see destination for visitors. After lunch, tourNew Delhi, including Humayun’s Tomb, the last resting place ofan esteemed 16th-century Mughal emperor and an architecturalprecursor of the Taj Mahal.

(Breakfast, Lunch)
Hotel: The Oberoi, New Delhi  

DAY 14: Depart Delhi

Transfer to the airport early this morning for your flight home,or begin your post-tour extension to Kathmandu.

(Breakfast)

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