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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Magnificent Taj Mahal & Red Fort; Varanasi: 2000 temples and shrines; Amber Palace (Jaipur); Former Portuguese enclave of Goa; Overnight houseboat cruise on canals of Kerala

Dates & Prices

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Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.


Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Tue 06 Jan 2015Thu 22 Jan 2015 $4290
Wed 14 Oct 2015Fri 30 Oct 2015 $4290
Tue 05 Jan 2016Thu 21 Jan 2016 $4290
Wed 12 Oct 2016Fri 28 Oct 2016 $4290

Optional Single Supplement: $1070 (number of singles limited).


Tour Overview


As we make our way along the Ganges by boat we bear witness to hundreds of glowing lamps in dusk reflecting off the water, each held by a local inhabitant standing waist-deep in the river to pray. Many believe the Ganges brings purity to the living and salvation to the dead. This practice is only one of the impressive sights of Hinduism. Places of worship have such immaculate detail and such architecture merit they are considered the real gems of the country. The Taj Mahal is one of the most recognized Islamic structures and the efforts of the 20,000 workforce that was responsible for its construction is better appreciated when up-close. The Qutub Minar was the first monument of Muslim rule in India and it was the threshold of the distinct Indo-Islamic architectural style. Deer Park in the buried city of Sarnath contains monuments whose foundations lie in the very origins of Buddhism; this is where the fundamental lessons of Buddhism were first taught by Buddha on the sacred promenade. Goa was once a Portuguese enclave and the Jungles of the Western Ghats once separated the Christian population from the rest of India. With colonial rule a thing of the past, the Basillica of Bom Jesus built by the Jesuits still stands as the most important church in Goa.

Regions visited: South Asia
Countries visited: India


Testimonials


Jane W. (Victoria. BC, CA)

Chris on his own initiative gave us an evening excursion in Varanasi, and everyone on the tour thought it was the highlight of the trip: The racing rickshaws with sweaty drivers angling for position amidst the traffic, the full moon on the Ganges, the fires burning at the Ghats, little flowered candle boats sending prayers out, the hypnotic chanting made it a very special outing. Jaipur was incredible and once again Chris gave us an extra add on adventure with a trip to a Bollywood movie; lots of fun.It was just about perfect in every way, and everything went more smoothly than I thought possible.

Patricia N. (San Marcos, US)

Chris is a "jewel". He is the best tour leader I have ever experienced and I have done a lot of small group travel. Having been to India on his own and with AA he prepared us for how things work there.