India – A Mosaic of Culture, Mysticism & Tigers

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India’s romantic culture, storied past and natural beauty come alive on this classic tour through some of its most alluring sites. Indulge your senses with old-world glamour and ancient traditions. Revel in the vibrant hues of saffron, orange, magenta and turquoise as sari-clad women sweep past you. Discover a wealth of artistic and architectural treasures amidst modern city streets, winding alleyways and rural landscapes. Recount centuries of great imperial rulers, spiritual devotion and legends at such famed sites as the Taj Mahal, Amber Fort, Varanasi and Khajuraho’s erotic temples. Search for the magnificent wild tiger amidst crumbling monuments in the former hunting grounds of royals. This is India as you’ve never imagined it – and will never forget!

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Your journey begins as you board your overnight flight to Mumbai. Arrive the next evening, where you will be escorted to your luxurious hotel, majestically hugging the harbor and overlooking the Gateway of India. Spend your next day exploring Mumbai. First stop, Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located a short boat ride from Mumbai. Marvel at the exquisite carvings dating to the 7th century. Return to Mumbai and begin your city orientation tour starting at the beautiful Afghan Church, the Secretariat of the Maharashta Government and drive down the famed Marine Drive. Visit the Gateway of India, and the unique Dhobi Ghats, with row upon row of concrete wash pens. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. TAJ MAHAL PALACE & TOWER.

(B,L,D)

Prices vary by season and package. Please inquire by phone at (800) 627-1244 or email info@classicescapes.com for more information and a pricing estimate.

Pricing: Per person, based on double occupancy

2019

  • Jan 6-Apr 15
    $5,995
  • Apr 16-Jun 30
    $4,795
  • Oct 1-Dec20
    $6,295

2020

  • Jan 6-Apr 15
    $6,295
  • Apr 16-Jun 30
    $4,995
  • Oct 1-Dec20
    $6,595

Maximum group size: Although larger groups can be accommodated, we recommend a maximum of 35 travelers.

YOUR JOURNEY INCLUDES:
  • Train transfers from Jhansi to Agra, as well as from Bharatpur to Ranthambhore.
  • Superior accommodations throughout as indicated or similar.
  • Breakfast daily and other meals as specified in itinerary, as well as Welcome and Farewell dinners (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
  • Services of highly qualified English-speaking cultural guide throughout, as well as local guides.
  • WWildlife viewing in Ranthambhore by canter or jeep.
  • Sightseeing in air-conditioned motor coaches. All applicable hotel and lodge taxes and gratuities for baggage handling.
  • All entry fees.
  • Complimentary baggage tags and passport wallet.
  • Complimentary emergency evacuation insurance.
India is best visited during winter – October through March. During this time, there’s hardly ever any rain, and the days are warm – not hot – while the evenings are cool. During summer, it can be very hot, which is also the time of the monsoons, with a substantial amount of rainfall. It can be foggy in Delhi during the winter months. For our South India program, for best viewing of wildlife at Nagarahole, April/May is recommended, when the elephants congregate at the banks of the lake and can be seen in massive herds. It is warm, but the wildlife viewing warrants it. For our Wild India program, the parks close between June and mid-October when temperatures can soar to 120 degrees. For our Little Tibet program, this part of India is best visited June through September. Because of the high elevation and winding mountain roads, driving the rest of the year could be treacherous and it will be quite cold. June through September, the average temperature ranges from the low 60’s at night, to the high 80’s during the day. Delhi at this time of year will be quite hot and possibly rainy – temperature could be around 100 degrees.