Experience spiritual India on a journey that includes a Hindu aarti ceremony, followed by a morning cruise on the Ganges and two visits to the Taj Mahal, one in the afternoon and one at sunrise.
Connections Worldwide Group Journeys 2013
Discover your destination through these local connections.
Visit the Deepalaya School, which services local underprivileged children.
Take an exciting rickshaw ride through the colorful shopping district of Chandni Chowk.
Experience both sunrise and sunset visits to the Taj Mahal.
Enjoy an elephant safari on a private Rajput farm.
Witness the evening Aarti ceremony on the Ganges, complete with chanting prayers and mantras, drums and bells.
Marvel at an unforgettable sunrise boat ride on the sacred river Ganges.
Arrive in Delhi, where an A&K representative is on hand to greet you.The Taj Palace Hotel
This morning, visit the A&K Philanthropy-supported Deepalaya School, which supports the education of local underprivileged children, before starting your tour of New Delhi. Visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Humayun’s Tomb, a red-sandstone predecessor to the Taj Mahal, and 13th-century Qutub Minar. Meet your fellow guests tonight for a welcome dinner.The Taj Palace Hotel | Meals: B D
Tour Old Delhi for a glimpse into some of India’s most historic sites, including the 17th-century Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. Take a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk bazaar. Continue to the Red Fort, with its red sandstone walls extending for more than a mile. Afterward, visit Raj Ghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. The afternoon is at leisure.The Taj Palace Hotel | Meals: B L
Fly to Varanasi, located on the Ganges River. Millions of pilgrims flock to Varanasi’s ghats (steps leading into the river), where the devout wash away their sins. This afternoon, visit Sarnath, the birthplace of Buddhism. Explore the ruins of a once-flourishing Buddhist monastery and a Buddhist art and sculpture museum. This evening, visit the ghats during the Aarti ceremony, as worshippers pray near the water by the light of candles and lanterns.The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi | Meals: B D
Discover India’s spirituality from another perspective — by taking an unforgettable sunrise boat ride on the Ganges, floating past ghats as worshippers begin to appear on the banks. Afterward, fly to Khajuraho, where you spend the afternoon discovering its exquisitely carved temples.Hotel Chandela, Khajuraho | Meals: B L
Travel from Khajuraho to Jhansi, stopping en route at Orchha. Pass by small villages and fields plowed by ox carts, in time arriving at the 17th-century Orchha Palace and its group of Hindu temples. Enjoy lunch near the temples, and then board a train to Agra, home to the Taj Mahal; your luxury hotel offers private views of this monument from every room.The Oberoi Amarvilás | Meals: B L
Visit the Taj Mahal early this morning to watch as the sunrise decorates its sheer white surface in rosy pinks. Afterward, visit the Agra Fort before returning to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Return to the Taj Mahal at sunset to watch as the light dances off the crisp white marble.The Oberoi Amarvilás | Meals: B D
Drive to Jaipur, stopping en route at Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch in Bharatpur, continue to the “pink city,” as Jaipur is often known, for its pink-hued sandstone buildings.Rambagh Palace | Meals: B L
Visit the Amber Fort, with its distinct Mughal architecture, and then set off for a local village to ride an elephant through the countryside. After lunch, make a photo stop at Hawa Mahal (or Palace of the Winds), and visit the City Palace. You also stop at the Jantar Mantar Observatory, which houses the world’s largest sundial. This evening, join your fellow guests for a farewell dinner.Rambagh Palace | Meals: B L D
Fly back to Delhi, where the remainder of day is at leisure.Trident Gurgaon | Meals: B
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.Meals: B
Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.
|Sep. 15, 2013 - Sep. 25, 2013||$3,990||--||Call for Availability|
|Oct. 20, 2013 - Oct. 30, 2013||$4,850||--||Call for Availability|
|Oct. 27, 2013 - Nov. 06, 2013||$4,850||--||Limited Availability|
|Nov. 10, 2013 - Nov. 20, 2013||$4,850||--||Available|
|Dec. 08, 2013 - Dec. 18, 2013||$4,850||--||Available|
A&K is happy to arrange your international air or pre-/post-itinerary hotel nights. Contact A&K for details.