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MYSTICAL INDIA

Aswirl with colorful saris, awash in waves of song and prayer, India carries you on a sea of artistic and architectural wonder. From the majesty of the Taj Mahal to the minarets, mosques and palaces of its ancient cities, India offers an unforgettable blend of history and culture. Witness sunrise rituals of Hindu pilgrims on the Ganges in Varanasi, explore bustling markets, and enjoy superb cuisine and accommodations that enhance each destination on a journey that celebrates India's enduring splendor.

 Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Agra - Ranthambhore - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Aurangabad - Mumbai

ITINERARY

DAY 1 - 2

NEW DELHI ,Arriving late on Monday night/early Tuesday morning.Upon arrival and after passing through customs and immigration, you are greeted warmly and transferred to your luxurious hotel in the heart of India's capital. Of all India's cities, Delhi is the most accessible and its multifaceted heritage reflects the seven different cultures that have come together here. Parks and gardens are plentiful, the street life is colorful, and the sweep of the city's turbulent history has left innumerable magnificent monuments in its wake. The Oberoi

DAY 3

NEW DELHI This morning you are free to relax or explore independently in Delhi. During the afternoon tour of the city discover the wonders of the impressive Qutab Minar, a34foot sandstone tower that is Delhi's oldest monument dating from 1190. A memorial to Islam's arrival in India, the main tower dominates an area surrounded by gardens. Beautiful courtyards adjoin the tower of a mosque, and at the center standsa mysterious fourth-century relic of the Gupta period, a black iron pillar that was originally part of a Vishnu temple. Explore Humayun's Tomb, a Mughal masterpiece, the first example of a garden-tomb in India, and one of Delhi's best-preserved Mughal structures. Traveling on Delhi's busy streets, admire the architecturally imposing government buildings, presidential palace and diplomatic enclave, and visit the Bahai Temple, also known as the Lotus Temple, which was built in 1986 and set among serene pools and gardens. This temple celebrates all faiths and many visit regularly to pray andmeditate. The Oberoi

DAY 4 NEW DELHI

In Old Delhi, drive past the timeless Red Fort, a symbol of Mughal power. Ride by rickshaw through Chandni Chowkand see a colorful array of merchants and shoppers. Also visit Mahatma Gandhi's memorial, and Raj Ghat, a park on the banks of the Yamuna River, which commemorates the life of Ghandi and his contribution to India's independence; the Crafts Museum with its priceless collection of traditional Indian textiles and works in metal, wood and ceramics; and the Temple of Sikh Gurudwara, a pilgrimage site for Sikhs and Hindus. The Oberoi

DAY 5 VARANASI & SARNATH

Today, continue to Varanasi, one of India's most sacred cities and the Center of Hindu faith. Many believe that Varanasi was created when the universe itself was created, and according to historical records, it was inhabited at the same time as the cities of Thebes and Niniveh, making it the oldest living city in the world. Located on the banks of the sacred Ganges River, Varanasi has drawn Hindu pilgrims from all over India for centuries.

In the afternoon, travel outside Varanasi to explore historic Sarnath, where Buddha delivered his first sermon, preaching the middle path for attaining ‘Nirvana." Emperor Ashoka in the third century B.C., recognized the sanctity of the site, building many monuments, the remains of which are set in beautiful gardens. See Ashoka's pillar, the Mulagandhakuti Vihara Temple and the magnificent Dharmekh Stupa. View some of the world's greatest Indian Buddhist art at the Archaeological Museum. North of the main temple, survey the ruins of what were once monasteries, all flanked by beautiful Deer Park. Taj Ganges Hotel

DAY 6 VARANASI & KHAJURAHO

An early-morning excursion by boat on the sacred River Ganges opens your eyes to the deep faith of countless pilgrims who flock to Varansi to perform sunrise rituals and make offerings of flowers, milk, sandalwood and sweetmeats. See the Manikarnika Ghat, one of the most sacred of the more than 100 bathing ghats (steps) along the Ganges.Later, visit the Bharat Mata Temple, where a massive relief map of the subcontinent is homage to Mother India. Drive through the Benares Hindu University, one of theoldest universities in India, built in the early twentieth century as a center of education in Indian art, culture, music and the study of Sanskrit. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Khajuraho, a magnificent legacy, forgotten for centuries and once engulfed by vegetation. Known for its magnificent temples, Khajuraho offers one of the most creative examples of Indian architecture. Visit the surviving Eastern and Western group of temples, built between 950 and 1050 A.D., examining their sublime and sensuous sculpture and carvings depicting griffins,nymphs, beasts, demons, gods, and women, expressing a range of human emotion,from fear and pain to love an passion. Taj Chandela Hotel

DAY 7AGRA

There is another opportunity in the morning to visit the temples of Khajuraho before boarding a train for Agra, where you fall under the spell of the spectacular Taj Mahal. Oberoi Amarvilas

DAY 8AGRA

In the morning, visit the unforgettable Taj Mahal, which many people define simply, as beauty itself — not just in design and engineering, but in desire and intent. It wasbuilt as a monument to love by Emperor Shah Jahan to honor his wife when she died unexpectedly. He commissioned the best craftsmen and 20,000 workers to constructthis study in perfection, a delicately carved, white-marble jewel, which seemsto float on a sea of red limestone.

Also explore the 16th century Mughal monument known as the Red Fort of Agra. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses the imperial city of the Mughal rulers and is composed of many fairy-tale palaces, including the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, audience rooms, and two beautiful mosques.

The rest of the day is free for independent exploration or enjoyment of the superb amenities at the hotel. Oberoi Amarvilas

DAY 9FATEHPUR SIKRI & RANTHAMBHORE

From Agra, visit the nearby deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, once a magnificent, fortified city and the capital of the Mughal Empire. Though less well known than the Taj Mahal, this complex of walls, palaces, baths, royal mint, courts and gardens are a brilliant example of Mughal architecture, and an impressive example of the Empire's splendor at its apex. Explore the Halls of Public and Private Audiences, the Tower of Victory and the tomb of Salim Christi, which is laced with mother-of-pearl. After exploring Fatehpur Sikri, continue by motorcoach to Bharatpur, where you transfer to a train bound for Ranthambhore National Park. Famous for its elusivetigers and a magnet for photographers from around the world, the park's animals — including tigers — are well protected and undisturbed by human visitors. Oberoi Vanyavilas Luxury Tents

DAY 10RANTHAMBHORE

Morning and afternoon game drives take you deep into the park to experiencethe rich diversity of flora and fauna. Search the bush for tigers, as well as panthers, jackals, leopards, striped hyenas and caracals, as well as sambar deer, sloth bears, antelope, langurs, crocodiles and small Indian gazelles knowas chinkara. Many bird species, including the crested serpent eagle and paradise fly-catcher also populate the park. Back at the hotel, allow yourself to be lulled to sleep by local musicians playing traditional Rajasthani music.Oberoi Vanyavilas Luxury Tents

DAY 11 JAIPUR

In the morning, travel to Jaipur, the rose-hued capital of Rajasthan surrounded on all sides by rugged hills. Most of the palaces and buildings in the city were made from pink sandstone.

Jaipur was founded in 1727 by the astronomer-king, Sawai Jai Singh II and constructed according to the Shilpa Shastra, the ancient Hindu treatise on architecture and sculpture. Centered on the Maharajah's palace, this walled city consists of seven rectangular blocks.

Take time for independent exploration of the city or relax in the luxury of your regal, hotel with its superb amenities. Rambagh Palace

DAY 12 JAIPUR

This morning your journey takes you outside Jaipur to the ancient Amber Fort where massive ramparts, towers and domes surround a glittering chamber of mirrors. Within the fort, find lavish courtyards, decorated halls and the famous Jai Mandir Temples with its world-renowned hall of mirrors. The mirror-covered walls and ceiling reflect any streak of light and illuminate the entire room. The pierced screen windows of the enclosed pavilion offer views of the surrounding countrysideand water below.

Also visit Jantar Mantar, a medieval observatory equipped with instruments of astonishing size and precision, including a 90-foot-high sundial. Explore the Hawa Mahal - Palace of Winds - a major Rajput landmark built in 1799. This five-story building in the old city is a pink-stone masterpiece with semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows. The monumentwas conceived to enable ladies of the royal household to watch the city's everyday life and royal processions in privacy.At the City Palace, royal residence of the King of Jaipur, examine a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and an armory of Rajput and Mughal weaponry, much of it inlaid with enamel and embellished with jewels.

Drive past Moti-Doongri Palace, a privately owned hilltop fort built like a Scottish castle, to Ram Niwas Gardens and the architecturally impressive Albert Hall.The Central Museum in Albert Hall includes portraits, tribal costumes, miniature paintings, musical instruments and decorative artifacts. A rickshaw ride takes you into the heart of the old walled-city bazaars with a stop at the landmark Tripolia Gate.Rambagh Palace

DAY 13 JODHPUR

At the edge of the Thar Desert, the 15th century city of Jodhpur is a glittering jewelwhose immense walls enclose the old city's exotic jumble of narrow streets andlively bazaars. The Rajputs poured their wealth into elaborate fortresses and palaces, and many of these structures remain. Upon arrival, make yourself athome at your luxury hotel, the Umaid Bhawan. Known as the ‘Blue City,' Jodphur is filled with beautiful, indigo colored houses, mostly belonging to the Brahmin caste. It is encircled by a high, six-mile-long wall, and its historic forts, temples, gardens and lakes are both beautiful and illuminating. Explore the impregnable Meherangarh Fort, which was constructed in 1459. It dominates the city and within its walls are royal palaces, priceless jewels and a striking collection of arms. Umaid Bhawan

DAY 14 JODHPUR

In the morning, take a short drive through scenic countryside to Rohet Gahr. Located next to a village at the edge of a lake, it is a fortified desert home that has belonged to Raja Manvedra Singh and his ancestors since the 16th century. Today it is a Heritage Hotel where the family still resides, and where you are warmly welcomed to lunch.

A "village safari" affords an opportunity to experience firsthand authentic rural life in India, its local cultures and traditions. Hosted by a family whose special bond with different local communities goes back generations, you are received into homes with warmth and affections-an extraordinary and unforgettable experience.

Become acquainted with many cultures, including the Bishnois, a community of desert dwellers, who are committed to protecting their ancient landscapes; the semi-nomadic Raika sherhers of Marwar with their brilliant crimson and marigold costumes; the Paliwals and the Meghwals, the farmer sand weavers. Enjoy traditional folk ceremonies and watch artisans at work, creating pottery and woven handicrafts. And keep your eyes open for sightings of rare birds - Rohet is a haven for up to 200 domestic and migratory species.

Watch for wild camels as you return to Jodhpur, and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of colorful markets and bazaars in the city. You also may want to seek out a sari maker, as Jodhpur is known for its innovative designs, exquisite colors and exclusive sari boutiques. Umaid Bhawan

DAY 15 UDAIPUR

Majestically set on the shores of Lake Pichola, Udaipur is known as the Venice of the East and is a city of lakes, palaces, gardens and temples. Combining beauty with picturesque reminders of its glorious past, it overlooks little islands on the lake, which rise like marble palaces of pure white that glisten like fairy castles. Upon arrival in Udaipur transfer to your luxurious hotel.

Observe daily life on the banks of Lake Pichola as you cruise to the Jag Mandir Palace, built on an island and covering four acres. The palace is noted for its marbleinterior and imposing dome. Oberoi Udaivilas

DAY 16UDAIPUR

Crowning the ridge of the city, along the shores of the lake, is the palace of Maharana, protecting within its walls the magnificence of the East - peacocks in mosaic on the walls, floors inlaid with beautiful tiles and roof gardens with stunning, panoramic views.

In the morning visit Jagdish Temple, built in the 16th century and dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Drive past Fateh Sagar Lake, stopping to visit Sahelion-ki-Bari, an unforgettable garden. When you return to the city, visit the Crystal Gallery in the Durbar Hall at the Fateh Prakash Palace, which was once used to host state banquets and official functions and which offers superb views of lake, palaces and forts.Oberoi Udaivilas

DAY 17AURANGABAD

Aurangabad, once a Mughal capital, is now a thriving industrial metropolis, and an important base for visiting the Ajanta and Ellora caves. Northern Maharashtras' largest city, Aurangabad is located northeast of Mumbai, and is situated on the northern part of the elevated Deccan plateau in the region known as Marathwada. This pleasant city stands along the River Kham. Hotel Taj Residency

DAY 18 AURANGABAD

Buddhist monks spent centuries carving the caves at Ajanta, filling them with exquisite depictions of Buddhist legends and history. Completed around the seventh century A.D., these masterpieces were lost for centuries until a British hunting party stumbled upon them in 1819. These dramatically cut caves contain some of India's most magnificent paintings. Their murals exquisitely depict scenes from Buddhist legend and reveal telling details of the culture at the time they were panted. Five of the caves were temples and 24 were monasteries, thought to have been occupied by some 200 monks and artisans.Hotel Taj Residency

DAY 19Mumbai

This morning visit the spectacular Ellora Caves. The 34 ancient temples and monasteries were carved in solid rock by Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monks from 1,500 to 1,000 years ago. With statues, columns and decorative facades, these temples are a wonder of ancient art. They have been compared to the Pyramids for their amazing construction.

The highlight of the 34 caves is the mighty Kailash Temple, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, and possibly the largest monolith ever created. Hewn from solid rock from the top down, using the most rudimentary tools, the temple now appears freestanding. It incorporates enclosures, galleries, a bridge, two large stone elephants and several finely carved panels.

Late in the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight to Mumbai. The Oberoi / Hotel Taj Mahal

DAY 20MUMBAI

A beautiful harbor studded with hilly islands and palm-fringed shore creates a splendid waterfront for Mumbai (formerly Bombay), the "Gateway to India." The commercial capital of India, Mumbai is an industrial giant and cultural center.Pass beneath the massive, arched "Gateway to India," a lasting reminder of India's British influence built on the water's edge. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum to see a vast collection of art and artifacts, including Indus valley relics and Assyrianpalace reliefs. At the Ghandi Museum, discover Mahatma's spinning wheel andantiquated telephone sitting just as he left them more than half a century ago.

Tonight you will enjoy a cocktail party and farewell dinner with your fellow travelers. For U.S.–bound flights, you will be taken to the airport late tonight. The Oberoi / Hotel Taj Mahal

DAY 21DEPART FOR HOME

Early this morning you will be taken to the airport and depart for home or on to your next destination.

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India's colors change with the hours. See the Taj Mahal at dawn, its exquisite marble dome opalescent in the tranquil early hours. Spend an afternoon in the blue city of Jodhpur, perched at the edge of the Great Thar Desert in Rajasthan, and savor the cool evening in Udaipur, city of lakes, as the sun descends over fabulous palaces and paints theaters with a golden sheen. Explore ancient temples, their stone walls fragrant with jasmine, and discover the Mughals’ magnificent fortresses and their sacred treasures. Shop in lively markets and relish luxurious royal hotels, wander through bustling cities and enjoy the serene wilderness—resplendent India has it all.
Delhi - Agra - Ranthambhore - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Rohet - Udaipur - Mumbai

DAY 1
NEW DELHI Arrive in New Delhi and you are taken to your luxury hotel. You’ll have the morning to rest in your deluxe room after your long flight. In the afternoon begin your exploration of the city. Capital to seven different cultures over the course of its history, New Delhi is a fascinating fusion of them all. The art and architecture of the city reflects its ancient and multifaceted heritage. A Hindu fortress, a Mughal tomb, an Islamic minaret and mosque – all within minutes of each other –give an idea of the cultural richness of this city.

Designed by the British, modern day New Delhi is one of the greenest capitals in the world. Take in the splendor as we drive past the government buildings and diplomatic enclave along the broad and majestic Rajpath. The Rashtrapati Bhawan (Presidential Palace) is where the Viceroy once lived and now is the official residence of the President of India. It is an imposing structure with 340 rooms, constructed high up on Raisina Hill. View India Gate, a war memorial arch built in honor of 90,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives in World War I. Below it burns a perpetual flame in tribute to all martyred soldiers.

See Purana Qila, or Old Fort, the sight of the mythical Indraprastha, the original city of Delhi. The Afghan ruler, Sher Shah, completed the fort during his reign from 1538-45. The fort, located near India Gate and Humayun's Tomb, has massive walls and three large gateways. Visit Humayun’s tomb built in the 16th-century. It is the first Mughal garden tomb and the tomb of the second emperor of the Mughal dynasty. Notable as an excellent example of early Mughal architecture, this style reached maturity in the Taj Mahal at Agra. The terraces of the tomb provide an excellent view of the surrounding city.

Our last destination today is the impressive Qutab Minar, a 234-foot high red sandstone minaret. The buildings in this complex date from the onset of Muslim rule in India. The Qutab Minar itself is a soaring tower of victory, whose construction was commenced in 1193, immediately after the defeat of the last Hindu Kingdom in Delhi. The tower has five distinct stories, each marked by a projecting balcony. Tonight there will be a private cocktail and dinner party with your Travcoa Travel Director and fellow travelers to learn aboutthe incredible sights ahead. Taj Mahal Hotel

DAY 2 NEW DELHI

Old Delhi will be explored this morning. Begin with a drive by the Red Fort, seat of the Mughal Empire. It is a huge fort, housing within its precincts, imposing palaces and impressive public buildings. Construction of the massive fort started in 1638 and was completed in 1648. Shah Jahan, the Emperor behind this creation, was deposed and imprisoned in Agra Fort by his son Aurangazeb.

Experience a rickshaw (pedi-cab) ride around Chandni Chowk (an old shopping street). See Jama Masjid, which means Friday mosque. It was built in 1656 and is the largest and the most splendid mosque in India. The mosque is made of glowing red sandstone inlaid with marble and brass, and has three majestic black and white marble domes. On to visit the gardens of the Bahai Temple, completed in 1986. It is set among pools and gardens and adherents of any faith are welcome to visit and pray or meditate according to their reliion. The structure is in lotus shape so it often called the Lotus Temple. The view of the temple is very spectacular after dusk when the temple is flood lit.

Visit Raj Ghat, a memorial to the great Mahatma Gandhi. Also visit the Crafts Museum, a collection of traditional Indian crafts in textiles, metal, wood and ceramics. Then see the Temple of the Sikh, Gurudwara. Taj Mahal Hotel

DAY 3 DELHI & AGRA

Today we travel to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. The earliest reference to Agra is in the epic Mahabharat. Ptolemy, geographer to Alexander the Great, also called it Agra. However, it was in the medieval period that Agra earned prominence as a capital city under the Mughals. The many monuments and the Taj Mahal, the greatest of them all, have given it a unique status. Oberoi Amarvilas Hotel

DAY 4 AGRA

In the morning visit the Taj Mahal. The stunning mausoleum is pure beauty – not just in design and technique, but also in desire and intent. It was built as a monument to love, a manifestation of life’s most powerful emotion. It was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, whose death in childbirth in 1631 left the Emperor so heartbroken that his hair is said to have turned gray overnight. He vowed to honor her with a memorial of unmatched beauty and commissioned the world’s best craftsmen and 20,000 workers to buld this beautiful structure. The result stands before you – a delicately carved, white marble jewel, which seems to float on a sea of red limestone.

Later, travel to the Agra Fort, the massive red sandstone Mughal Fort built on the banks of the Yamuna River in 1565 by Emperor Akbar. Additions were made until the rule of his grandson, Shah Jahan, under whose reign it was partially converted into a palace. Oberoi Amarvilas Hotel

DAY 5 AGRA & RANTHAMBHORE

In the morning drive to Fatehpur Sikri, which lying quietly and taking on a sleeping beauty quality, is wonderfully preserved. This magnificent fortified city was the capital of the Mughal Empire between 1571 and 1585. Once fabled, it is a perfectly preserved example of a Mughal city at the height of the Empire's splendor. You’ll see the Halls of Public and Private Audiences, the Tower of Victory, and the Tomb of Salim Christi, which is laced with mother-of-pearl. Continue driving to Bharatpur and the rail station for your train to Sawai Madhopur, which is near to Ranthambhore, hailed as one of India's finest wildlife destinations Ranthambhore National Park derives its name from an 11th century fort, of which the remnants of summer palaces and temples still stand. It is famous for its elusive tigers and is a favorite with photographers. Tigers may be spotted during the day while stalking, hunting or taking care of their young. With the strict measures taken for their conservation, they seem quite accustomed to and not disturbed by human presence. Oberoi Vanyavil?s Luxury Tents

DAY 6 RANTHAMBHORE

Today you will have morning and afternoon game drives into the park by Jeep. The park has a rich diversity of flora and fauna. The species’ lists include 300 trees, 50 aquatic plants, 272 birds, 12 reptiles and amphibians, and 30 mammals.

In addition to the tiger, other predators found in the park include leopards, striped hyenas, jackals, caracals and jungle cats. Also seen are sloth bear, sambar deer, spotted deer, blue bull antelope, wild boar, Indian gazelles, mongoose, and monitor lizards. Oberoi Vanyavil?s Luxury Tents

DAY 7 RANTHAMBHORE & JAIPUR

In the morning, we drive to Jaipur. The rose-pink capital of Rajasthan is surrounded on all sides by rugged hills. Most of the palaces and buildings in the city were made from pink sandstone and hence Jaipur came to be called the “Pink City.” The city was founded in 1727 by the astronomer-king Sawai Jai Singh II and built according to the Shilpa Shastra, the ancient Hindu treatise on architecture and sculpture. It is a walled city with seven rectangular blocks. The Maharajah’s palace stands in the center of the city amidst lovely gardens.

You’ll have the rest of the day to relax in your luxury rooms and enjoy the city and your magnificent hotel. Rambagh Palace Hotel

DAY 8 JAIPUR

We travel north of Jaipur in the morning to visit Amber Fort and its famous palace, beautifully reflected in the lake below.

Within the fort, find lavish courtyards, beautifully decorated halls and the famous Jai Mandir Temple with its world-renowned hall of mirrors, Sheesh Mahal. The walls and the ceiling of the Mahal are covered with a beautiful array of mirrors, which reflects any streak of light and illuminate the entire room.

Visit Jantar Mantar, a medieval Indian observatory equipped with instruments of astonishing size and precision, including a 90-foot high sundial.

See the Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds, a major Rajput landmark built in 1799. This five story building in the old city is a pink sandstone masterpiece with semi octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows. The monument was originally conceived to enable ladies of the royal household to watch the city’s everyday life and royal processions in absolute privacy.

The City Palace is the royal residence of the erstwhile King of Jaipur. It houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes, armory of Mughal and Rajput weaponry, and swords of different shapes and sizes with ornamental handles – some of them inlaid with enamel, embellished with jewels and encased in magnificent scabbards.

Drive past Moti-Doongri Palace - a privately owned hilltop fort built like a Scottish castle – to Ram Niwas Gardens and architecturally impressive Albert Hall. The Central Museum, housed in the Albert Hall, include portraits of the Maharajas of Jaipur, tribal costumes, miniature paintings, musical instruments and decorative artifacts. Then take a brief rickshaw ride through the old walled city bazaars, with a stop at Tripolia Gate. Rambagh Palace Hotel

DAY 9 JAIPUR & JODHPUR

Our journey continues to the 15th century city of Jodhpur stands at the edge of Thar Desert. It is a resplendent city, with a blend of modern and traditional buildings. It is popularly known as the “Blue City” because of the beautiful houses painted with an indigo color, mostly belonging to the Brahmin caste. Jodhpur is encircled by a high six mile-long wall and is blessed with a number of forts, temples, gardens and lakes. The historic grandeur, exquisite handicrafts, folk dances, music and the brightly attired people lend an aura of romance to the city.

Visit impregnable Maherangarh Fort, founded in 1459. It totally dominates the city and within its walls are the royal palaces, priceless jewels and a striking collection of arms. Umaid Bhawan / Taj Hari Mahal Hotel

DAY 10 JODHPUR & ROHET

This morning we take a short drive through scenic countryside to Rohet Gahr. Located next to a village at the edge of a lake, it is a fortified desert home that has belonged to Raja Manvedra Singh and his ancestors since the 16th century. Today it is a Heritage Hotel where the family still resides.

You’ll participate in a “Village Safari” and have an opportunity to experience first hand the authentic rural life of India and its local cultures and traditions. Because of the host family's special bond with different local communities that goes back for generations, you are taken into homes and received with warmth and affection, an experience that often eludes the ordinary traveler.

Become acquainted with many cultures – the Bhishnois, protectors of nature for five centuries and arguably the world's first ecologists, responsible for the survival of species such as the black-buck antelope; the semi nomadic Raika shepherds of Marwar whose brilliant crimson and marigold costumes would put modern designers to shame; and the Paliwals and the Meghwals, the farmers and weavers.

Witness traditional folk ceremonies and see village artisans at work creating leather articles, pottery and woven handicrafts. In addition to being home to three species of antelope – the chinkara, the blue bull and the black buck – Rohet is also a haven for bird watchers, with up to 200 domestic and migratory species. Driving across the landscape you may encounter wild camels.

Visit Sardar Bazaar and Clock Tower markets where you can see the vegetable, spice, Indian sweets, textile and silver markets. These colorful markets with tiny shops dot the narrow lanes replete with woodcarvings, wrought iron, lacquer work, silver and ivory ornamentation and leather handicrafts.

Jodhpur is famous for exquisitely designed saris. Some of India's most innovative designers have their exclusive boutiques in Jodhpur. Umaid Bhawan / Taj Hari Mahal Hotel

DAY 11 JODHPUR & UDAIPUR

In Udaipur, the city combines real beauty with picturesque associations of a great and glorious past. It stands in a valley, amid green hills on the banks of Lake Pichola. On little islands in the lake, rise marble palaces of pure white that glisten like fairy castles. Crowning the ridge of the city, along the shores of the lake, is the palace of Maharana. Within the palace is all the magnificence of the East – peacocks in mosaic on the walls, floors inlaid with tiles of rare beauty, and roof gardens with thrilling views of the panorama below. Upon arrival in Udaipur, transfer to your luxury hotel. Lake Palace Hotel

DAY 12 UDAIPUR & MUMBAI (BOMBAY)

Your morning sightseeing of Udaipur includes a visit to the vast and exquisite City Palace, a well-fortified, majestic white monument. The main entrance, a triple-arched gate named the Tripolia, was built in 1725 and is a marvel. The Suraj Gokhada, the Balcony of the Sun, where the Suryavanshi Maharanas of Mewar presented themselves in times of trouble to the people to restore their confidence, is also a fascinating sight.

Visit Jagdish Temple, a 16th century temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it is the largest and most splendid temple in Udaipur.

Drive past Fateh Sagar Lake and visit Sahelion-ki-Bari, the Garden of the Maids of Honor, which has numerous fountains in four pools, embellished with delicately chiseled kiosks and elephants. The garden brings to the fore the unique lifestyle of the royal ladies, who once strolled through these gardens.

Take a cruise on Lake Pichola to visit Jag Mandir Palace, which covers almost four acres and is noted for its marble pavilion and an imposing dome. You’ll see people doing their laundry on the shores of the lake against the backdrop of the massive City Palace and the old ciy.

Late in the evening you fly to Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) and upon arrival, are taken directly to your luxury hotel. The Oberoi / Taj Mahal Hotel

DAY 13 MUMBAI

Mumbai’s beautiful harbor and waterfront is studded with hilly islands and a palm-fringed shore that rises gradually to the peaks of mountain ranges. Known as “the Gateway of India,” it is the second largest city in the world and the commercial capital of India. Its original name Bombay emerged from the Portugal term Bom Bahai meaning good bay or harbor. The city was formed by the reclamation of seven islands on the coast along the Arabian Sea.

Mumbai boomed into a textile city in the 19th century. With the opening up of the Suez Canal in 1869 the city's future as India's primary port was assured. The prolific film industry, cricket on weekends, bhel puri (an Indian snack) on the Chowpatty beach and red double-decker buses enhance the charm of the city.

In the morning cruise to Elephanta Island. Rock-cut temples on this peaceful island are some of Mumbai's major tourist attractions. They are believed to have been carved between 450 and 750 A.D. The main cave contains large sculpted panels relating to Siva, including the astonishing 20-foot-high, triple-headed Trimurti, in which Siva embodies the roles of creator, preserver and destroyer.

Enroute back to the hotel, drive through the city, passing the Hanging Gardens, dhobighats (public laundries), Victoria Railway Station and Crawford Market to the beautifully sculpted Flora Fountain at the busy five-point intersection in the heart of the commercial Fort area.

Tonight you will enjoy a cocktail party and farewell dinner with your fellow travelers. For USA-bound flights, you will be taken to the airport late tonight. The Oberoi / Taj Mahal Hotel

DAY 14 DEPART FOR HOME

Early this morning, dependent on your flight time, you will you will be taken from your hotel to the airport for your return flight home or on to your next destination.

MP Tribal Tours

Tribal Tour of MP
Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

Destinations Covered: Raipur - Kawardha - Kanker - Jagdalpur - Raipur Day 1: Raipur Kawardha Our representative will meet you at Raipur from where we will drive 120. north in a luxury vehicle with double A/C to the former Princely State of Kawardha. You will be shown to your Palace suite before lunch in the State Dining Room. An afternoon of familiarisation with Palace Kawardha and nearby cultural sites, including the captivating Bhoramdeo Temple complex. You return to the Palace at sunset is followed by a welcome drink to meet the royal family, with traditioanl Chhattisgarhi dance entertainment and then dinner.

Day 2: Kawardha
After breakfast, a well-versed Palace guide will accompany you on an introduction to the secrets of Kawardha's little-known natural and tribal world. You will meet the gentle and f riendly Baiga people, the principal indigenous forest tribe. Enjoy picnic lunch with them. An evening return to Palace Kawardha precedes a royal family dinner.

Day 3: Kawardha - Raipur - Kanker
The morning is at leisure before a 2 - hour drive to Raipur and lunch in a fine city restaurant. There may be time for a short visit to Raipur's Mahant Ghasidas Museum before leaving for th former princley State of Kanker. Upon arrival at Kanker Palace, the Maharaja's family will greet you and show you to your sutie. Over drinks and dinner, family members will be happy to interpret and explain the folklore and tradition of the State they once ruled. They will also introduce you to a performance of the traditional music and dance of the region.

Day 4: Kanker - Kondagoan - Narayanpur - Kanker
After your choice of Indian or English breakfast at the Palace, the Bastar tribal experience begins. South of Kanker you and your royal guide climb the forested Keshkal Ghat which marks the border of Bastar 500m above the plain. You will encounter here the special nature of North Bastar wth a visit to a colorful weekly market. It gives you a great oportunity to meet the local people. At Kondagaon and Narayanpur discover some of Bastar's finest handicrafts, and the people who make them. Lunch will be a picnic in the deep green sal forests. An early evening dance by youthful members of Bastar's unique 'ghotul' dormitory system completes an unforgettable day before a star - lit return to Kanker and a late dinner.

Day 5: Kankar - Jagdalpur
After breakfast, we will travel in royal luxury to Jagdalpur, Bastar's main town and former capital, three hours away. Checking in to a comfortable local hotel, relax over leisure lunch. In the afternoon, a royal guided tour of historical Jagdalpur and the Anthropological Museum is completed by a sunset idyll at the Chitrakote waterfal, Bastar's very own 'Niagara' on the Indravati River: you will also visit some of the local Bison - Horn Maria tribe, renowned for their spectacular ceremonical dancing. Conditions permitting, a barbecue is served under the stats in authentic Bastar style. You will be entertained by a performance of the tribal people, before returning to your hotel.

Day 6: Jagdalpur - Kangar Valley National Park - Jagdalpur
An early breakfast allows time for a visti to the rich forests of the Kanger Valley National Park, the enchanting Tirathgarh waterfall and the extraordinary stalactite and stalagmite caves. Kanger retains the original intensity of the forests that once covered this whole region, and you will picnic in the natural habitat of leopard, tiger, sambhar, bison and the Bastar Hill Myna. Here too are forest tribal people in their natural habitat. There will be time also to explore some of Jagdalpur's unique handicrafts before dinner at the hotel with your royal guides.

Day 7: Jagdalpur - Raipur
You can enjoy a quiet breakfast and visit the bustling markets of Jagdalpur before your return to Raipur. On the highway, we again pass several handicrafts centre for those last-minute souvenirs of your Bastar Experience. Stopping at Kanker, a farewell late lunch with the Maharaja's family precedes the 2 - hour drive back to Raipur. Here you will stay at the comfortable and well - appointed hotel, relax in the pool and enjoy an excellent dinner.

Day 8: Raipur departure
A good nights' sleep and a light, helathy breakfast, and you will be chauffeured to Raipur Airport to Check in for your return flight.

Orisa Tribal Tour

Tribal Tour of Orissa
Duration: 12 Nights / 13 Days

Destinations Covered: Bhubaneshwar - Ratna Giri - Baliguda - Belghar - Kothagargh - Rayagada - Jeypore - Ankadeli - Lamptaput - Kunduli - Nandapur - Laxmipur - Taptaoani - Chilka - Puri

Day1 : Bhubaneshwar
Transfer to the airport for flight to Bhubaneswar. Reach and transfer to hotel. Proceed for half-day tour of the city. Overnight at Bhubaneswar.

Day 2 :Bhubaneshwar / Ratna Giri / Bhubaneshwar
Full day excursion to Ratnagiri after breakfast.
Overnight at Bhubaneswar.

Day 3 :Bhubaneshwar / Baliguda
Drive to Baliguda after breakfast. Baliguda is in the district of Phulbani, through the beautiful countryside road full with small mountains of Sal forest, one of the entry point to the tribal highland of Orrisa. En-route visit typical Orissa villages. Arrive at the hotel in the evening.
Overnight at Baliguda.

Day 4: Baliguda
Today after breakfast you will make a visit the different Villages & Desai Kondh. Overnight at Baliguda.

Day 5: Baliguda / Belghar / Kothagargh / Rayagada
After breakfast you will depart to Belghar area visit of a few Huttiya Kondha Tribal Villages & Weekly Market at Kothagarh. Proceed to explore the villages of the primitive Kutia kondh Tribes, once famous for the human sacrifice. Living in the mountain / forest cores are friendly tribal community. You can take small/ long trek as you wish. Lunch on the way.
Drive down to Rayaguda. Arrive in the evening. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 6: Rayagada / Jeypore
Morning proceed to Chatikona (40 km) to witness the Interesting & colourful weekly market of the Dongaria kondh tribes.
This day this interesting ornamental Tribes come down from their mountain will known as Niayamgiri hill range. This is an unique opportunity to witness them before they come and mix with other community in the market, so we will take you 2/3 km from the market near the Niyamgiri hill, so to watch & enjoy these community coming down with different kinds of fruits, animal etc. Free time in the market. Overnight at Jeypore.

Day 7: Jeypore / Ankadeli / Lamptaput / Jeypore
After early breakfast proceed to Ankadelli - 70 km to witness the most primitive, interesting & unique tribal weekly market of the Bonda tribes. The place is the border of the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh, divided by river Machkund, with interest waterfall, mountain & forest. You will be taken inside for about 2/3km walk to witness the Bonda man & woman coming down from the forest side. It is being considered that at present Bondas are the most primitive tribe of India or otherwise known as the Nakate tribes of the mountain. Bonda women with their silver & brass rings around the neck, hundred of necklaces on the body, shaved hair a small cloth wrapped down to cover half of the private areas are out of any history book. In the other side the Bonda men with their bow & arrow with country made liquor. A fascinating one to watch. Photography in the market is restricted, so you can take photo on this time. Free time in the market. Afternoon proceed to Lamtaput area to explore another primitive tribal community the Gdabas - you can watch the most colorful tribal dance call DEMSA. Late afternoon drive back to Jeypour.
Overnight at Jeypore.

Day 8: Jeypore / Kunduli / Nandapur / Jeypore Breakfast.
Morning proceed to witness the biggest tribal weekly market of Sanaparoja & Mali tribes in Kunduli 65 km away via Sunabeda. It is a very colorful market.
Later drive down to Nandapur to visit village of Sanaparoja tribes. Visit village khilus. Saana Padar, Bda Padar with small trekking and later later drive down to Jeypour. You can also morning proceed to Gupteswar 70 km to visit the villages of very interesting dhuruba tribe. Visit and walk through villages of Ramanguda, Dogariguda, Silpader, Talur etc. There is an interesting tribe where the males like to put ornaments living in the border of Madhya Pradesh. Visit the Cave temple of lord Shiva in the hidden mountain famous among the tribes. Later drive down to Nuagaon to witness the beautiful tribal weekly market of Sana Paroja and then back to hotel at evening.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 9: Jeypore / Laxmipur / Rayagada Breakfast.
Visit Dhuruba Tribe, Laxmipur, of the Bondas Region. Also Visit Jagannath Temple & Tribal Museum at Koraput (The Jagannath Temple is a new temple built on 1972. Here Non Hindus are allowed inside the Temples and all activities are similar to Jagnnath Temple of Puri). Lunch on the way. Overnight at Rayagada.

Day 10: Rayagada / Taptaoani / Chilka
Breakfast. Proceed to Chilka. Visit Taptapani on your way. Overnight at Chilka.

Day 11: Chilka / Puri
Drive to Puri after breakfast. Reach Puri and relax in the beach. Overnight at Puri.

Day 12: Puri
Proceed for a tour of Puri after breakfast covering Jagnnath Temple and Konnark (The Sun Temple). Overnight at Puri.

Day 13: Puri / Bhubaneshwar
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Bhubaneshwar Airport to board flight to Delhi or onward Destination.