Exuberant India. Treasure Trove of Color, Majesty, & Soul.
First time to India? Join us for a close examination of her most important sites. Begin in Delhi (old and new), then to sacred Varanasi, Sarnath, Agra (for the Taj Mahal), Jaipur, Udaipur, Eklingji, and Nagda. There are wonderful extensions around India, too, if you have a bit more time.
Birthplace of Krishna and Buddha. Jewel in the crown of a fading Britain. Home of the Taj Mahal, that perfect white marble palace. Spend even one day in India, and you are inexorably swept up in the glorious frenzy of a billion people driving rickshaws, hawking their wares, telling fortunes and charming snakes, singing and praying and bathing in the sacred Ganges. The streets positively vibrate.
This is a 14-day sample itinerary. Remember that R. Crusoe can create an India journey of any length to meet your exact specifications.
Day 1: United States
• Overnight flight to India.
Overnight in flight
Day 2-4: Delhi, India
• Land in Delhi.
• New Delhi tour including Rajpath, Indian Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Sansad Bhavan, Tomb of Humayun, National Museum, National Handicrafts & Handlooms Museum.
• Lotus Bahai Temple, private visit to Pinnacle School with directors, Qutab Minar.
• Old Delhi tour including Red Fort, trishaw ride through Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid, Bangla Sahib Sikh temple.
Overnights in Delhi
Day 5: Varanasi
• Fly to Varanasi.
• Trishaw ride through old town.
• Private boat to Ganges ghats, view sunset Aarti ceremony.
Overnight in Varanasi
Day 6: Varanasi, Sarnath, Agra
• Sunrise boatride on Ganges, Dasaswamedh ghats.
• Drive to Sarnath, archaeological museum.
• Fly to Agra.
• Sunset at the Taj Mahal.
Overnight in Agra
Day 7: Agra, Kuchhpura
• Optional sunrise at the Taj Mahal.
• Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah.
• Kuchhpura "Untouchables" village.
• Optional visit to marble workshop or Kohinoor Jewelers.
Overnight in Agra
Day 8: Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Jaipur
• Agra Fort, Pearl Mosque.
• Fatehpur Sikri ancient site.
• Drive to Jaipur.
Overnight in Jaipur
Day 9: Jaipur
• City tour including Jantar Mantar, City Palace, Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, Mubarak Mahal Museum.
Overnight in Jaipur
Day 10: Amber, Dera Amer, Jaipur
• Drive to Amber, Amber Fort, Sheesh Mahal, Kali Temple, Shiladevi.
• Dera Amer, elephant safari in Aravali foothills.
• Return to Jaipur.
Overnight in Jaipur
Day 11-12: Udaipur
• Drive to Udaipur.
• City tour including City Palace, Crystal Gallery in Fateh Prakash Palace, Lok Kala Museum, School of Miniature Painting.
• Leisure time.
• Option to visit city markets with guide and vehicle.
Overnights in Udaipur
Day 13: Eklingji, Nagda, Devi Garh, Delwara, Delhi
• Drive to Eklingji, temple complex.
• Nagda temples.
• Devi Garh palace restoration.
• Delwara tribal village.
• Option for spice and cooking demonstration (six travelers or more).
• Fly to Delhi, connect to flight home, or consider extending your India journey with R. Crusoe.
Overnight in flight
Day 14: United States
• Welcome home.
Per person sharing room from $9,490 for this 14-day sample itinerary.
Internal air per person (estimate) $380
For more information, to book, or to speak to an R. Crusoe & Son tour specialist, please call us at 800-585-8555.
Pre-Tour & Post-Tour Options
India is a very big place. No single journey there can cover every traveler’s complete wish list. So R. Crusoe offers an easy and seamless way to enhance your India adventure. Consider adding one or two (or more) of these extensions to dig deeper into this fascinating nation.
Have a look at the following four mini-journeys, and see which suits you and your fellow travelers. Then allow our tour specialists to add them to the main Crusoe India tour you just read about in a way that makes the most sense for you and yours.
Treasures of Jodhpur. 3 Days.
Jodhpur resembles a cubist’s delight done up in brilliant blue. Experience this wonderful city for yourself on our extension. We make sure to give you time in Ranakpur’s Jain temples as well as Jodhpur’s Meherangahr Fort, Sheesh Mahal, and fabled marketplace. Home base is a real palace (no kidding); you've not seen the likes of a luxury hotel like this. Sample Pricing: Per person sharing room from $1,980 for this three-day extension.
Mumbai Old & New. 2 Days.
Formerly Bombay, the city of Mumbai spreads across seven islands. It’s been inhabited since the Stone Age. On Crusoe’s excursion around the city, come dig into Mumbai's richness. On a full day of touring, choose from Dhobi Ghat, Mani Bhawan, the dabbawallahs at Churchgate Station, and much more. Stay at a five-star hotel while you're here. Sample Pricing: Per person sharing room from $880 for this two-day extension.
Kanha National Park Safari. 4 Days.
Penetrate the jungles of India’s Central Highlands in search of the rare royal Bengal tiger and other wild beasts. Home base in Kanha is the Banjaar Tola, an exceptional luxury property. Sample Pricing: Per person sharing room from $3,590 for this four-day extension.
Caves of Ellora & Ajanta. 3 Days.
We visit both the Ellora and Ajanta caves, two outstanding UNESCO World Heritage sites. Take in a beautiful mix of authentic ancient Buddhist, Hindu, and Jainist relics that serve to illustrate India’s long-lived religious tolerance. Our base of exploration is Aurangabad, where we stay at the palace-style Taj Residency, a luxury hotel set on five gorgeous acres of gardens. Sample Pricing: Per person sharing room from $1,840 for this three-day extension.
Remember that R. Crusoe & Son can create India pre-tour and post-tour itineraries of any length to meet your exact specifications.
Taj Mahal. When Pictures Can’t Say It All.
Not everything in life lives up to its billing. The Taj Mahal exceeds expectations.
Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, who ruled for 30 years, ordered the Taj Mahal to be built as a mausoleum in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It’s widely recognized as a masterpiece of Mughal architecture, a synthesis of Indian, Persian, and Turkish styles. One can easily argue the Taj Mahal is a gem of any architectural style.
We think of it as a love letter written in white marble.
Construction of the Taj complex began in A.D. 1631. The principal mausoleum was completed in 1648 thanks to the work of thousands of artisans and craftsmen. The outlying buildings and gardens were finished five years later.
Shah Jahan recruited a labor force of about 20,000 workers from across northern India. Sculptors came from Bukhara, calligraphers from Syria and Persia, inlayers from southern India, stonecutters from Baluchistan. A specialist in building turrets and another who carved only marble flowers were members of a 37-man group that formed the creative unit.
While the white-domed structure is the most familiar component of the Taj, it’s actually only one component of an integrated complex of structures that include other buildings, minarets, and a garden.
Many buildings prior to this period were constructed of red sandstone, but Shah Jahan insisted on white marble. His artisans inlaid designs made with semiprecious stones in the white marble. Symmetry plays a central role in the layout of the mausoleum and the rest of the complex. But when you visit, be sure to look for the Taj Mahal’s one asymmetric component: Shah Jahan’s casket, which was placed next that of his wife.
In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is, according to the committee, a “ jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage.”
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