Spotlight on India    (8 Days)


November 3 – 10, 2018

$6,920 (including local flights)

Guided by Kathleen Morgan

 

India is a land of spectacular enchantment, with a diverse natural terrain and a history reaching back 5 millennia.

EWT Owner Kathleen Morgan invites you to join in her latest tour as we experience India by visiting magnificent temples by day and dinning and sleeping in historic palaces by night. A highlight of the tour is a visit to the Taj Mahal, the most iconic of India’s architectural treasures, to view it in both the morning light and again in its twilight splendor.

 

You have the option to start this tour in India on November 3rd, or arrive earlier to join Kathleen on the Himalayan Kingdoms tour through Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan starting on October 24.

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Day 1: DELHI

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Whenever you arrive, you will be transferred to the to the Oberoi-New Delhi, one of India’s finest hotels.

This evening, Kathleen hosts you at a wonderful, gourmet Indian restaurant as you greet your fellow travelers and prepare for your Indian adventure!

Overnight at the Oberoi.

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Day 2: AGRA

Sunday, November 4

Leave the hotel after an early breakfast for the short transfer to the railway station in Delhi to board the executive class coach of the Gatimaan Express train to Agra. The 100-minute high-speed luxury journey avoids the normal 3½+ hour congested drive to Agra. The train is scheduled to arrive at 9:50a. The finest local guides will meet the group and immediately take everyone in special luxury vehicles to the Unesco Heritage Site, the Agra Fort. The fort was originally built in the early 1500's entirely of red sandstone. A century later, delicate marble buildings were built within its walls by Shah Jahan, who later built the Taj Mahal. After visiting the fort, Kathleen takes you to Itmad-ud-Daulah, an ancient tomb whose architecture is said to have inspired that of the Taj Mahal. Time for lunch in a comfortable restaurant nearby before checking into the The Oberoi.  Relax on your private balcony with an incredible view of the Taj Mahal before visiting this Unesco World Heritage site at sunset. The evening is independent.

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Day 3: JAIPUR

Monday, November 5

Kathleen takes you to the Taj Mahal for sunrise. Return to the hotel for breakfast before driving to Jaipur. The drive is broken up with a wonderful little visit to the Chand Baori Well, an ingenious and stunningly beautiful water system dating from the 9th century. Lunch is also included before the afternoon drive continues to another Unesco World Heritage Site, the remarkable Fatehpur Sikri (City of Victory). Fatehpur was the capital of the expansive Moghul empire of the 16th century. Within the walls, the Panch Mahal, or Palace of Five Storeys, is recognized as one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture, rivaling the Taj Mahal. Arrive Jaipur in the late afternoon and check into the Taj Rambagh - a majestic palace once the home of the Maharaja of Jaipur.

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Day 4: JAIPUR

Tuesday, November 6

Tour the city of Jaipur with the finest local guides. Built in the 18th century as the first “planned city” of India, its buildings were painted rose in 1876 to welcome the Prince of Wales and now must remain pink by government decree! The Palace of the Winds is perhaps the most beautiful building in Jaipur, while another Unesco World Heritage site, the Jantar Mantar Observatory with its 18th century astronomical instruments, is perhaps the most interesting. Clearly it demonstrates that Indian civilization at that time included a level of science even Europe could not match. Return to the hotel for some midday free time before visiting the Amber Fort. This was the site of one of the first forts built by India’s emerging elite at the turn of the first millennium. Subsequent rulers rebuilt and renewed the fortress for more than 700 years. A stroll through Jaipur’s colorful bazaars completes the day. Independent evening and overnight in the Taj Rambagh. Kathleen will have several suggestions for dining.

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Day 5: UDAIPUR

Wednesday, November 7

After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport for the hour-long flight to Udaipur, scheduled to arrive at 9:30a. Udaipur completes the trilogy of India’s greatest classic cities of the 15th and 16th centuries. On the way to our palace hotel, we’ll visit Eklingji, a complex of 108 Hindu temples carved from sandstone and marble. First constructed in the 8th Century, it continues to draw devout Hindi visitors from across India. Its centerpiece is a four sided black marble figure of Lord Shiva. Enjoy a local lunch before continuing to Udaipur on the shores of the legendary Lake Pichola. A private launch transports the group to the Taj Lake Palace Hotel, an opulent and beautifully restored 18th century palace, perfectly converted to a modern luxury hotel. Completely covering the island, the palace appears to float atop the shimmering lake. The evening is independent.

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Day 6: UDAIPUR

Thursday, November 8

Morning tour of India’s “most romantic city,” whose beauty was extolled by Rudyard Kipling. Founded in 1559, Udaipur was the final capital of the Mewar Kingdom and became a state capital when the British created the Raj system in 1858. Visit the City Palace on the lake built over the course of 400 years in a flamboyant fusion of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles. Kathleen will also take you to the three-storied Jagdish Temple, famous for its magnificently carved pillars and decorated ceilings. Stroll through the "Garden of the Maidens," which legend claims was designed by a king for his bride as an oasis from the turmoil of her royal duties. After lunch at a local restaurant, time to roam with our local guide among the colorful shops and ateliers of the local bazaar. The day ends with a private sunset boat cruise on Lake Pichola. Independent evening and overnight in the Taj Lake Palace Hotel.

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Day 7: DELHI

Friday, November 9

Relaxing morning before a midday flight back to Delhi and return to the grand Oberoi Hotel at the airport. Kathleen hosts a farewell cocktail party in the hotel before an independent evening. (Many flights may leave just after midnight.) Private transfers are available as needed to the airport.

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Day 8: RETURN

Saturday, November 10

Hotel checkout is at 10 a.m. Private transfers are available as needed to the airport.

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