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Signature India & the Taj Mahal (2016)
Days: 15 | From: $8,395
Day 1: Arrive Mumbai, India
Arrive in Mumbai, where an A&K representative meets and transfers you to your iconic hotel.
Day 2: Mumbai | Enter the Gateway to India
After a morning at leisure, explore the city’s classic sights, including the Gateway of India, an 85-foot-high arch whose design reflects India’s Muslim and Hindu traditions. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum and Mani Bhawan, a museum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi. See the Dhobi Ghat open-air laundry.
The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai | Meals: B
Day 3: Mumbai/Udaipur | Temples and Palaces
Cruise Mumbai Harbour to Elephanta Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see its renowned temples, carved directly out of the basalt rock. Later, fly to Udaipur and check into your palace hotel.
Taj Lake Palace | Meals: B
Days 4-5: Udaipur | Cruise to Jag Mandir
Visit the City Palace, a marble complex of palaces and galleries overlooking the lake. Take a tour of the Crystal Gallery in Fateh Prakesh Palace, and stroll through Sahelion Ki Bari (Garden of the Maids of Honor). Later, take a cruise to Jag Mandir, a palace on an island in Lake Pichola. The following day, set out to see the Eklingji and Nagda Temples, pausing for lunch at Lebua Devi Garh Fort Palace.
Taj Lake Palace | Meals: B (Day 4); B L (Day 5)
Days 6-7: Jaipur | The Pink City
Travel overland to Jaipur and check into your hotel, the former residence of the Maharajah of Jaipur. The next day, explore the Mughal-style Amber Fort. Visit open-air Jantar Mantar, seeing its astronomical instruments and view the nearby Palace of the Winds.
Meals: B L
Days 8-9: Agra | Monuments of Emperors
Travel to the “ghost city” of Fatehpur Sikri. Continue to Agra and your luxury hotel, catching your first glimpse of the breathtaking Taj Mahal from your window. Pay your first visit to the masterpiece the next morning, when the rising sun lends a warm pink tint to its marble face. Continue to the Agra Fort. Return to the Taj Mahal in the late afternoon, as the setting sun bathes it in soft orange.
The Oberoi Amarvilás | Meals: B L (Day 8); B (Day 9)
Day 10: Jhansi/Panna National Park | Into the Wild
Depart by express train to Jhansi, and continue overland to remote Panna National Park, checking in to your wilderness lodge.
Pashan Garh | Meals: B L
Day 11: Panna | Tiger Tracking
After a morning at leisure, transfer to Panna for a game drive in a four-wheel-drive vehicle, spotting crocodiles or perhaps the elusive Bengal tiger.
Pashan Garh | Meals: B
Day 12: Panna/Khajuraho/Varanasi | India’s Holiest City
Drive to Khajuraho to see its Hindu and Jain temples. Fly to Varanasi, a city sacred to Hindus and Buddhists alike. At dusk, head to the banks of the sacred Ganges River to witness the Aarti ceremony.
The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi | Meals: B L
Day 13: Varanasi/Delhi | Sunrise River Cruise
Rise early for a sunrise cruise on the Ganges River, seeing where the locals and pilgrims cleanse themselves on the ghats. Fly to Delhi and check in to your hotel.
The Oberoi, Gurgaon | Meals: B
Day 14: Delhi | Exploring the Old and the New
Visit the great Jama Masjid, and set off on an exciting rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk bazaar. After lunch, tour New Delhi, driving past India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan and visiting Humayun’s Tomb, which prefigures techniques later perfected in the Taj Mahal.
The Oberoi, Gurgaon | Meals: B L
Day 15: Depart Delhi
Board your homebound flight.
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