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Signature India & the Taj Mahal (2017)
Days: 15 | From: $7,895 (was $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 of 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 & 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 in to 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
Fly to Jaipur and check in to your hotel, the former residence of the Maharajah of Jaipur. Explore the City Palace, a unique and arresting complex of palaces, pavilions, gardens and temples. Then, visit Jantar Mantar, an open-air array of astronomical instruments. The next day, view the Palace of the Winds — built so women of the royal household could observe street life without being seen. Proceed to explore the beautiful Mughalstyle Amber Fort. This red sandstone and marble palace was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013.
Rambagh Palace | Meals: B (Day 6); B L (Day 7)
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 a soft orange glow.
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 | Tracking Tigers
After a morning at leisure to enjoy your luxurious surroundings, set out on a game drive in a 4x4 vehicle, spotting crocodiles, deer or perhaps the elusive Bengal tiger.
Pashan Garh | Meals: B
Day 12: Khajuraho/Varanasi | India’s Holiest City
This morning, drive to Khajuraho to see its profusely sculpted 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 entrancing 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.
Taj Palace, New Delhi | Meals: B
Day 14: Delhi | Exploring the Old & 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, viewing the India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan, and visiting Humayun’s Tomb, which prefigures design techniques later perfected in the Taj Mahal.
Taj Palace, New Delhi | Meals: B L
Day 15: Depart Delhi
Transfer to the airport to board your homebound flight.
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