This October 10 – 31, 2017, I will be leading a special trip to north India that will cover some of the most important places and sites in north India and some places that few visitors ever have a chance to see. If you drop by this blog regularly, then you know that India is my passion. My small tours are a reflection of that love and my enthusiasm is contagious.
We will start in Delhi, the nation’s capital where the ancient and the modern coexist in a mind-boggling state of juxtaposition and contradiction. With its numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites, visiting Delhi is like walking back in time yet nearby are state of the art malls that easily match anything that the west has to offer.
No trip to north India is complete without exploring the state of Rajasthan which means, Land of Kings. With its monumental forts, romantic palaces and divine heritage hotels, fit for royalty, Rajasthan is the stuff of fairy tales come to life. We will visit some of the popular cities like Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur but shall also go into the countryside for exposure to yet another way of life where time has nearly stopped and your own internal clock will have a chance to slow down too.
On the border of Rajasthan, we will cross over into the state of Uttar Pradesh to visit the world’s greatest monument to love in Agra, the Taj Mahal. Nothing can prepare you for its dramatic beauty and exquisite craftsmanship.,
The pleasure continues as we journey into the state of Madhya Pradesh to the small village of Khajuraho, home to the resplendent erotic carved temples that are another UNESCO World Heritage site, celebrated for their unabashed eroticism and delicate sensuality, dating back to the 10th – 11th centuries BC. This remote village also offers a glimpse into a rural way of life that is fast disappearing.
Our penultimate stop will be Varanasi, situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges River, one of the oldest living cities in the world. Varanasi stands at the center of the Hindu universe and has maintained its religious life since the 6th century BC. Anyone who dies in Varanasi attains instant liberation or moksha. For centuries Varanasi has beguiled foreign travelers with its alien and strangeness, leaving a lasting and haunting memory for years to come.
We end the tour in Delhi for some fine dining, shopping along with some special activities before your return flight unless you opt to go on the post tour extension
This brief outline only hints at the depth in which we will unravel the many layers that is India!
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