Experience a unique immersion into the rich and exotic depths of India’s history, traditions, and nature where thousands of years of civilization, contemporary locals and skilled artisans, and an abundance of intriguing wildlife fuse together on one incredible subcontinent. This multifaceted journey of the Golden Triangle and beyond will transport you through the rise and fall of empires and dynasties while surveying architectural grandeur that reflects the history, culture, and religions of an amazing past. Visit a variety of significant structures with “bucket list” appeal, including the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Humayun's Tomb, the Taj Mahal, Amer Fort, Agra Fort, and Hawa Mahal. Experience a colorful mosaic of Indian life in this expertly curated adventure with an invigorating rickshaw ride through Delhi, engaging village visits, and special opportunities to meet with artisans to discover their living traditions. Watch the craft of marble inlay, learn how gems are processed into jewelry, and browse handmade goods at various vibrant markets. This robust itinerary features a visit to one of the most spectacular water bird sanctuaries in the world Keoladeo National Park, plus extended time at Ranthambhore National Park for a pulse-racing chance to spot elusive tigers, diverse other wildlife, and endless breathtaking scenery.
Optional: Varanasi post-tour, October 25-28, 2024.