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Main Program: March 07, 2025 – March 21, 2025
Post-Tour: March 21, 2025 – March 24, 2025

Intriguing India

Join us on an unforgettable journey through India's interior where every moment promises a blend of historical and cultural discovery. Uncover this vibrant country's rich tapestry while exploring iconic landmarks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, joining wildlife game drives, and connecting with residents in local villages. This in-depth sojourn underscores ancient treasures, modern marvels and everything in between.


NOTE: Tour information is current as of 5/29/2024.

Program Highlights

– Immerse yourself in India's enigmatic history during visits to Agra Fort, Amer Fort and City Palace.

– Stroll through buzzing bazaars, including Chandni Chowk, for an authentic glimpse into daily life.

– Experience a transcendent sunset and sunrise at the Taj Mahal.

– Embark on captivating wildlife odysseys through Keoladeo National Park and Ranthambhore National Park.

– Delve into the cultural treasures of Bharatpur with a visit to a traditional village where a dramatic dance performance brings ancient traditions to life.

– Marvel at architectural masterpieces, including Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar Observatory.

What's Included

  • 13 nights luxury hotel accommodations
  • 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 8 dinners
  • Full guiding services of an Orbridge Travel Director and expert local guides
  • Private motor coach transportation
  • Admission to all locations listed on the itinerary
  • Internal airfare between Jaipur, Udaipur and Delhi
  • Luggage porterage
  • Gratuities to Orbridge Travel Director, local guides, drivers, porters and wait staff for included meals
  • Airport transfers for guests arriving and departing during the suggested times

Itinerary

Day 1: En Route from U.S.
Friday, March 7, 2025

Day 2: Arrive in Delhi, India
Saturday, March 8, 2025
Upon arrival to Indira Gandhi International Airport an Orbridge representative will be waiting to assist with your transfer to the hotel.

Take time to refresh and settle into your five-star accommodations, a luxury property that sets the standard for genuine hospitality and first-class comforts.
Overnight: The Imperial

Day 3: Old Delhi | New Delhi
Sunday, March 9, 2025
After breakfast and a briefing with your Orbridge Travel Director set out for an immersive day discovering the contrasting yet harmonious blend of Old and New Delhi.

Venture into the heart of Old Delhi through its bustling streets and colorful bazaars where centuries-old traditions come alive. Pass by the Red Fort—Delhi's most iconic monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Massive red sandstone walls enclose a complex of palaces, gardens and a mosque. Across the road towering over Old Delhi with its tapering minarets and marble domes stands Jama Masjid—the biggest and perhaps most well-known mosque in India.

Next experience renowned Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi's main thoroughfare and oldest market—a sensory delight teeming with a myriad of goods, colors, fragrances and flavors. Absorb the spirit and energy of Old Delhi during an authentic experience with a rickshaw ride weaving through the lively chaos of the city.

After lunch on your own continue to New Delhi, a grand city featuring wide boulevards, manicured formal parks and notable landmarks including Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the president and India Gate, a 138-foot-tall arch that bears the names of thousands of Indian soldiers who perished in conflicts such as World War I and the Third Afghan War. Admire the arched façade of Humayun’s Tomb built in the mid-16th century. This regal mausoleum is considered the architectural forerunner of the Taj Mahal.

Later meet with an art historian for an enriching discussion on Delhi's history and culture.
Overnight: The Imperial (B,D)

Day 4: Delhi | Agra
Monday, March 10, 2025
After breakfast enjoy a leisurely approximate four-hour drive to Agra beside the Yamuna River. Check into your five-star hotel with time to unwind before this evening's activity.

As daylight begins to fade depart for the Taj Mahal to witness a breathtaking sunset. Commissioned by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was declared the winner of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.

The setting sun casts a warm glow against the Taj Mahal's iconic ivory marble, and the monument's delicate details come alive in a dance of shadows and light. This scene of unparalleled beauty envelops you in a tranquil ambiance while enhancing a feeling of reverence for this architectural masterpiece.
Overnight: Jaypee Palace (B,L,D)

Day 5: Agra
Tuesday, March 11, 2025
Begin today with another enchanting experience witnessing sunrise over the Taj Mahal.

Cooler temperatures and dew-kissed gardens invite dawn to emerge and the silhouette of the Taj Mahal quietly appears through the shadows. As the sun ascends the entire monument seems to radiate with a spectacular luminosity creating a sublime moment of profound beauty, serenity and reflection.

After concluding this celestial performance return to the hotel for breakfast and an exciting day of discovery.

Delve into Mughal history at Agra Fort, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. This colossal red sandstone fortress houses exquisite palaces, mosques and halls. Get a glimpse into the lifestyle of royalty and learn about the Mughal emperors who once resided here.

Next visit an artisan’s workshop that showcases the continuing tradition of handcrafted marble inlay, as seen at the Taj Mahal.

Afterward meet the passionate staff at Wildlife S.O.S., an organization dedicated to protecting Indian wildlife, conserving habitat and creating alternate livelihoods for poachers and other communities depending on wildlife for sustenance. Known for their work rescuing the exploited "dancing bears" of India, Wildlife S.O.S. also helps leopards, elephants, reptiles and other creatures. Gain a better understanding of issues facing wildlife in India and witness the heartwarming care and knowledge of those committed to the rehabilitation of these animals. 
Overnight: Jaypee Palace (B,L)

Day 6: Agra | Bharatpur
Wednesday, March 12, 2025
Following breakfast journey approximately two hours to Bharatpur. Check into your hotel before gathering for lunch.

This afternoon engage with locals during a village stroll.

Tonight experience the dramatic performance of Raas Leela, an indigenous form of Hindu dance theatre. Watch performers bring to life the mythology of the Hindu deity, Krishna. 
Overnight: The Bagh (B,L,D)

Day 7: Bharatpur | Ranthambhore
Thursday, March 13, 2025
After breakfast set out to explore Keoladeo National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and its bird sanctuary.

India's wildlife is plentiful and varied. During a panoramic rickshaw ride, experience the ecologically diverse paradise of Keoladeo National Park which protects numerous resident and migratory birds. Spot for cormorant, heron, egret, bittern, stork, ibis, goose, eagle, crane, lapwing, sandpiper, jacana, dove, owl, kingfisher, swallow, shrike and many others. The park is also home to an estimated 13 species of snakes, five species of lizards, seven species of turtles, 50 species of fish, 25 species of butterflies and a wide range of mammals including striped hyena, jackal, fishing cat, wild boar, gerbil, bat and deer.

Continue to the bungalows of Ranthambhore Kothi your serene oasis for the next two evenings.
Overnight: Ranthambhore Kothi (B,L,D)

Day 8: Ranthambhore
Friday, March 14, 2025
Today's activities include morning and afternoon game drives deep into the jungles of Ranthambhore National Park.

Once the royal Maharaja’s hunting grounds, the park is India's premier tiger safari destination and home to abundant wildlife. Travel through this sanctuary of dry tropical forests, lakes, streams, rocky terrain and grassy meadows for chances to spot animals such as sloth bear, caracal, deer, jackal, striped hyena, crocodile, desert fox, wild boar, hundreds of bird species, mongoose and—fingers crossed—the elusive tiger. Relics of old temples and forts enhance this uniquely Indian environment.

Later this afternoon visit Dastkar, a non-profit NGO established in 1981 that works to support traditional Indian craftspeople—many of them women—by promoting local art. Browse the works of these genuine artisans from nearby villages.
Overnight: Ranthambhore Kothi (B,L,D)

Day 9: Ranthambhore | Jaipur
Saturday, March 15, 2025
Enjoy a relaxing breakfast and one final game drive through Ranthambhore.

After lunch journey approximately four hours to Jaipur. Known as the Pink City, Jaipur was carefully planned and arranged in a grid pattern of eight units around a central square. Its historic buildings were painted terra-cotta pink—a symbolic color of hospitality in honor of a visit by Prince Albert in 1876. A law passed in 1877 declared that any new buildings constructed must also bear this particular color.

Check into your five-star property and embrace leisure time before dinner to explore the stunning property. Wander through the meticulously landscaped gardens, take up a game of giant chess in the courtyard or enjoy a dip in the pool.
Overnight: Jai Mahal Palace (B,L,D)

Day 10: Jaipur
Sunday, March 16, 2025
Visit Jaipur's most famous building, Hawa Mahal (the Palace of the Winds), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Exhibiting a unique combination of Mughal and Rajput architectural styles, this five-story pink sandstone palace sits amidst a busy street and market. The structure's 900 windows resemble a giant honeycomb.

Next explore the majestic and massive Amer (or Amber) Fort, a fortress of sandstone and marble that boasts stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was once the capital of the state of Jaipur. Behold the well-preserved monument's intricate carvings and paintings, expansive courtyards, decorated temples and ornate halls. The Sheesh Mahal, or Mirror Palace, is one of the fort's most exciting attractions. Adorned with thousands of mirrored tiles and colored glasses on the walls and ceiling, the hall comes to life with reflections.
Overnight: Jai Mahal Palace (B)

Day 11: Jaipur
Monday, March 17, 2025
Today visit the City Palace, a sprawling complex that combines Rajput, Mughal and European architectural influences. Its museum showcases a rich collection of royal artifacts, costumes and art. Near the inner courtyard is Pitam Niwas Chowk where four glorious gates represent the seasons—the Peacock Gate illustrates autumn, the Lotus Gate celebrates summer, the Green Gate depicts spring and the Rose Gate portrays winter.

Adjacent to City Palace's entrance is Jantar Mantar Observatory, begun by Jai Singh in 1728, Jai Singh's passion for astronomy was even more notable than his warrior prowess. Before construction commenced Singh sent scholars abroad to study foreign examples of such structures. The Jaipur observatory is the largest and the best-preserved of the five Singh built. See what has captivated the attention of architects and art historians worldwide at this site packed full of interesting instruments.

Hundreds of years ago when Jaipur was founded its prince incentivized jewelers to move to the city. Today Jaipur is known as the "gem capital of the world" and employs a large number of designers and manufacturers. Visit an artisan's workshop to learn how gems from all over the world are crafted into jewelry.

Later walk through the bazaar to explore vendor booths featuring jewelry, textiles and crafts, foods and spices.

Conclude this fulfilling day with a traditional puppet show in the gardens of the Jai Mahal Palace.
Overnight Jai Mahal Palace (B,L)

Day 12: Jaipur | Flight to Udaipur
Tuesday, March 18, 2025
This morning take a short flight to Udaipur, a beautiful city set amidst the Aravalli Range of Rajasthan. Known as the "City of Lakes" and often referred to as the "Venice of the East," Udaipur offers a distinctive romantic and serene character (by India standards). Ancient narrow streets lined with kaleidoscopic shops, fanciful palaces, temples and ornately decorated residences add to the city's beauty and reflect a remarkable past.

This afternoon embark on a boat ride to cruise Lake Pichola, one of the oldest and largest lakes in Udaipur.
Overnight: Taj Lake Palace (B,L)

Day 13: Udaipur
Wednesday, March 19, 2025
Following breakfast discover the majestic City Palace located in the heart of Udaipur overlooking Lake Pichola. Constructed of granite and marble, and surrounded by crenelated fort walls, it's the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Almost all the palace rooms are adorned with beautiful paintings, inlay glass work, antique furniture and colorful enamel. The Krishna Vilas has a remarkable collection of miniature paintings depicting the royal processions, festivals and games of the Maharanas. Mor Chowk has unique glass mosaics of peacocks set in the walls.

In the evening gather with fellow travel companions for a lovely farewell dinner to celebrate your time exploring India.
Overnight: Taj Lake Palace (B,L,D)

Day 14: Udaipur | Flight to Delhi
Thursday, March 20, 2025
After a leisurely breakfast take advantage of the property's amenities, perhaps join an optional yoga session or venture into Udaipur for last-minute shopping.

Later transfer to the airport for the connecting flight to Delhi. Upon arrival head to the hotel to unwind before gathering together for a final dinner.
Overnight: Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport (B,D)

Day 15: Depart for U.S.
Friday, March 21, 2025
After breakfast guests departing during the suggested times take the complimentary transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)

(Itinerary subject to change.)

Activity Level

Moderate

Activities are generally not very strenuous, but a considerable amount of walking can be expected. It is our expectation that guests are able to follow a guide at an average pace for three hours through paved and unpaved streets, over even and uneven terrain, and up and down stairs without assistance. Due to the nature of some structures, handrails may not be present, and facilities for people with disabilities may be limited. Participation in itinerary activities is up to the individual.

Your Guide(s)

Orbridge Travel Director

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Every departure is accompanied by one of our premier Travel Directors, all of whom have extensive knowledge and experience as guides.

Enriched by their accompaniment and enthusiasm, enjoy the cultures and locations you explore with added confidence, understanding, and appreciation.

Accommodations

The Imperial

March 8 - March 9

This award-winning property, just steps away from New Delhi's shopping district, features a colonial style. Built in 1931, it exudes a sophisticated elegance with airy atriums, crystal chandeliers, marble lobby floors, walls lined with fascinating historical prints and a mix of eclectic art deco, colonial, and Victorian-era décor. Situated on a plush, manicured landscape spread over eight acres, The Imperial is a welcoming oasis amid the intensity of Delhi and is arguably one of the finest hotels in Asia. 

Room Amenities: Individual climate control, flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, phone, coffee and tea maker, safe, minibar, iron and ironing board on request, and en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.

Jaypee Palace

March 10 - March 11

Built of red sandstone and white marble in the style of Mughal architecture, Jaypee Palace in Agra welcomes guests with ornate, well-appointed rooms, landscaped gardens, specialty restaurants and unique leisure options, including shopping, squash and bowling.  

Room Amenities: Individual climate control, TV,  complimentary Wi-Fi, phone, coffee and tea maker, safe, minibar, complimentary daily newspaper, iron and ironing board, and en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.

The Bagh

March 12

The word "bagh" in India and Pakistan means garden, so it's a fitting name for this expansive heritage property set amid dense foliage and lovely pathways with peacocks and chirping birds. Delight in the property's modern comforts blended seamlessly with the surrounding flora and fauna, providing a relaxing retreat after an adventurous day. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in common areas. 

Room Amenities: Individual climate control, flat-screen TV, phone, coffee and tea maker, safe, minibar, iron and ironing board on request, and en suite bathroom with sundries.

Ranthambhore Kothi

March 13 - March 14

Ranthambhore Kothi, a retreat close to Ranthambhore Park, is built in the style of British bungalows offering spacious rooms, lush gardens, welcoming staff and delicious cuisine. During leisure time stroll the surrounding forest, take a dip in the outdoor pool or visit the full-service spa (additional fees apply).

Room Amenities: Individual climate control, private balcony, phone, tea kettle, safe, minibar, and en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.

NOTE: TV and Wi-Fi not provided in guest rooms.

Jai Mahal Palace

March 15 - March 17

Built in 1745, the Jai Mahal Palace is a stunning piece of Rajasthan’s heritage set amidst 18 acres of landscaped gardens. This award-winning property has been the residence of three Prime Ministers of Jaipur, and today it features 94 restored rooms and six suites equipped with modern-day comforts. 

Room Amenities: Flat-screen TV,  complimentary basic Wi-Fi, phone, coffee and tea maker, minibar, complimentary daily newspaper, iron and ironing board upon request, and en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.

Taj Lake Palace

March 18 - March 19

The 18th-century whitewashed Taj Lake Palace rests in the middle of Lake Pichola, offering 360º views of Udaipur. Reach the man-made island via private boat and let your cares float away with round-the-clock butler service, spa, swimming pool and restaurants open only to resident guests. Ornately carved pillars and archways join with corridors and pavilions inlaid with stone and mirrors in the palace's interior. Rooms are refined and sumptuously decorated with vibrant colors, hand-painted motifs and quality Indian textiles. Some may recognize this property as it was featured in one of the James Bond films.

Room Amenities: Individual climate control, flat-screen TV,  complimentary Wi-Fi, phone, coffee and tea maker, minibar, complimentary daily newspaper, iron and ironing board upon request, and en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.

Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport

March 20

Situated in the bustling business district, this property offers stylish rooms and lovely onsite dining options. During leisure time take advantage of the fitness room or outdoor pool.

Room Amenities: Individual climate control, work desk and chair, flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, phone, coffee maker, minibar, bathrobes, and en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.

Deluxe Accommodations Package (availability limited)
While all accommodations at the listed properties are exceptional, guests wishing the ultimate indulgence may choose to purchase the Deluxe Accommodations Package, which includes the following upgrades:

• The Imperial: Upgrade to Grand Heritage Room—a larger room with a seating area and garden view.
• Jaypee Palace: Upgrade to Junior Suite—a larger room with separate living/dining area, balcony, garden view, and bathroom with separate bathtub and shower.
• Ranthambhore Kothi: Upgrade to Regal Room—a larger room with private terrace or balcony, garden view, and bathroom with an open shower.
• Jai Mahal Palace: Upgrade to Luxury Terrace Room—a room with a private garden terrace.
• Taj Lake Palace: Upgrade to Palace Lake View Room—a larger room with separate seating area with large view windows.

NOTE: Deluxe Accommodations Package only offers one king bed configuration throughout. Guests preferring two separate beds should reserve the Standard category. 

(Accommodations subject to change.)

Optional Post-Tour

Varanasi


Famous for its temples, palaces, and shrines, as well as arts, music, and dance, Varanasi is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world. Perched upon the banks of the sacred Ganges River, the city offers an intense and unique glimpse into India's soul.

Itinerary

Day 15: Delhi | Flight to Varanasi
Friday, March 21, 2025
After breakfast transfer to the airport for the group flight to Varanasi. Check into your hotel and gather for lunch.

This afternoon explore the old city of Varanasi. Walk through Vishwanath Gali, which is home to one of the most important Hindu temples, Kashi Vishwanath, and a famous shopping street. Prepare to bargain for deals, and enjoy browsing for modern and traditional apparel, home decor, wooden toys, brass idols of deities and local snacks and sweets. 

Just before sunset gather to witness the thousand-year-old aarti ceremony. It often begins with the blowing of a conch shell and ringing bells. Worshipers pray near the Ganges by the light of candles and lanterns, dedicating this light as a sacred offering to deities. Facing the river, Hindu priests chant and perform synchronized movements. Witnessing this ancient ceremony is a unique opportunity to experience Indian culture and community. 

Return to the hotel for dinner. 
Overnight: Taj Ganges (L,D)

Day 16: Varanasi
Saturday, March 22, 2025
Early this morning embark upon a boat ride down the Ganges. Watch the rising sun cast its glow over the water as the morning air fills with the aroma of sandalwood and jasmine. Life's customs and everyday activities are on full display with locals taking a holy dip, washing clothes and watering buffaloes. Many Hindus make a pilgrimage to Varanasi to have their remains burned on the banks of the river. While this sounds grim to most Westerners, Varanasi is also full of celebration. It's believed if one is cremated here and the ashes released into the sacred water, the reincarnation cycle ends and nirvana is attainable. Watching cremation ceremonies is allowed, but photography is forbidden.

Visit Sarnath, an important archaeological site that, according to tradition, is where Buddha first taught his followers after reaching enlightenment. Explore the temple, museum and Dhamek Stupa complex, and admire the great craftsmanship of Buddhist art.

Tonight revel in the company and talent of a trained classical musician.
Overnight: Taj Ganges (B,L,D)

Day 17: Varanasi | Flight to Delhi
Sunday, March 23, 2025
After breakfast return to the airport for the flight to Delhi. Enjoy the day at leisure at the hotel before gathering together for a final dinner.
Overnight: Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport (B,L,D)

Day 18: Delhi | Depart for U.S.
Monday, March 24, 2025
After breakfast take the complimentary transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Post-tour space is limited. We recommend reserving early for best availability.

(Itinerary subject to change.)

Activity Level

Moderate

Activities are generally not very strenuous, but a considerable amount of walking can be expected. It is our expectation that guests are able to follow a guide at an average pace for three hours through paved and unpaved streets, over even and uneven terrain, and up and down stairs without assistance. Due to the nature of some structures, handrails may not be present, and facilities for people with disabilities may be limited. Participation in itinerary activities is up to the individual.

Accommodations

Taj Ganges

March 21 - March 22

Discerning travelers rave about the Taj Ganges' luxurious rooms with sumptuous bed linens, gracious, attentive staff and delicious, well-crafted meals. A contemporary haven in a classical city, this landmark exudes comfort and class.

Room Amenities: Individual climate control, flat-screen TV, phone, complimentary Wi-Fi, coffee and tea maker, minibar, safe, iron and ironing board, and en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.

Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport

March 23

Situated in the bustling business district, this property offers stylish rooms and lovely onsite dining options. During leisure time take advantage of the fitness room or outdoor pool.

Room Amenities: Individual climate control, work desk and chair, flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, phone, coffee maker, minibar, bathrobes, and en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.

(Accommodations subject to change.)

What's Included

  • 2 nights luxury accommodations at the Taj Ganges (or similar) and 1 night at Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport (or similar)
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Admission to all sites listed in the 4-day itinerary
  • Touring by an English-speaking guide
  • Round-trip airfare between Delhi and Varanasi
  • All gratuities and porterage
  • Airport transfers for guests departing during the suggested times

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