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Day Description
Sat
October 17, 2020 – Arrive in Delhi

Touch down India. It’s a different world—the smell of cardamom and curry, the sight of brilliant silk saris, the sound of Bollywood hit songs and people speaking in a lilting tongue... just like that, you’re swept away in Olivia’s India.

Staff are on hand to seamlessly whisk you to your awaiting vehicle. As we drive through Delhi, we’ll marvel at this cultural and historical center of India’s past and future. Built slowly of 900 years of empires—first the Hindu and Muslim dynasties, followed by the powerful Mughal dynasty who ruled until the British took over—the city is an intriguing mix of old and new, familiar and exotic... all of it fascinating!

India’s capital is liberally sprinkled with one-of-a-kind gems: gorgeous ancient monuments, incredible performances, enthralling museums, and some of India’s best restaurants. An ancient and legendary city, Delhi was prized first by a series of empire-building rulers—the imposing Moghuls, with their fine Persian aesthetic, left the most striking visible legacy, while the British Raj left a cultural imprint of high tea, polo and cricket—then by the modern elite, who have added to this multi-layered city by creating bustling cafés, designer boutiques, and thrilling performance spaces.

Overnight in world-class luxury – The Oberoi New Delhi.

Sun
October 18, 2020 – Delhi

This morning embark upon an exploration of New Delhi with our local guide. With its orderly, spacious, tree-lined avenues, New Delhi exhibits a unique blend of monumental British and Indian styles.

Today we’ll visit a Gurudwara or Sikh Temple. Visit the community kitchen where you will see how food is cooked and served daily for a thousand visitors. Olivia will arrange food supplies as a contribution for the day’s meal and you are welcome to lend a helping hand. This is an experience like no other.

After lunch, we head towards Old Delhi, with its twisting maze of streets lined with buildings that span the ages. Brightly colored cycle rickshaws are the best way to navigate the narrow, bustling alleyways. Each ‘gali’ or lane specializes in a different commodity ranging from brightly colored bangles, shining silverware, brass artefacts, gold jewelry, fragrant flowers, brilliantly dyed fabrics, hardware and last, but not least, sumptuous food cooked to order on grills or bubbling away on portable stoves, filling the air with aromatic flavors. This is truly an unforgettable experience!

We also visit India’s largest mosque Jama Masjid, originally known as ‘Masjid-I- Jahan-Numa’, meaning ‘the mosque with a commanding view of the world’. This grand edifice was commissioned by the Mughal Emperor and completed in 1656.

Mon
October 19, 2020 – Drive to Agra

After breakfast in our Delhi hotel, we’ll drive to Agra and transfer to our hotel, the Oberoi Amarvilas, which takes you back to an era of Emperors and Princes. You’ll certainly feel like royalty in your gorgeous room, decorated in teak and sandstone, but it all pales in comparison to your view: the Oberoi is right across the way from the Taj Mahal, and your view of this glorious creation is unparalleled. It’s almost impossible to look away.

At sunset, we feast our eyes as we visit the Taj Mahal. Unique in the world, the Taj Mahal is a glorious monument that wasn’t built to honor battle or conquest—it’s a monument to something simpler and more beautiful: love. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in devotion to his wife, the emperor resolved to build his wife a memorial surpassing anything the world had ever seen in beauty and extravagance. Twenty thousand laborers and skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy were put into action to construct this masterpiece.

Tue
October 20, 2020 – Agra

We rise early to return to the majestic Taj Mahal and its grounds, this time to view the white marble tinged with the pink of dawn, the gentle opalescent sunrise shining up from the reflecting pools. We stroll the grounds and the vast interior and are awestruck: the much-lauded Taj lives up to the hype, and beyond!

The Taj is not the only magnificent building here. Agra Fort, which lies on the bend of the River Yamuna, was built by Emperor Akbar as his citadel in the 16th century. This impressive fort, with its grand imposing gates, walls of red sandstone and moat, dominates the center of the city. Your afternoon is at leisure with a choice of excursions.

Wed
October 21, 2020 – Drive to Jaipur

We’ll start our day with an unforgettable experience—early morning yoga overlooking the Taj Mahal. We then drive to Jaipur, India’s majestic ‘Pink City.’

In the afternoon, explore the local bazaars and marketplaces, an unforgettable experience in itself. Jaipur is a shopper’s paradise, renowned for gems and jewelry, carpets, fabrics and bangles. Color is everywhere!

Next visit the Birla Temple for an aarti, or prayer ceremony, said to have a connection to the fire rituals referenced in the Vedas.

As an enhancement, we suggest your very own Indian makeover as a special outfitting session is set up at the hotel. Ladies can choose from a wide array of sarees in vibrant hues. Choose an Indian ensemble from a veritable treasure trove of dazzling fabrics and colors.

Thu
October 22, 2020 – Jaipur

This morning, we take an insider’s tour of the City Palace complex, a dazzling showplace of Hindu and Mughal architecture. We’ll also visit it’s extravagant observatory, built in the 18th century, to view and calculate the movements of the planets and stars.

In the afternoon, we’ll be guests in a private garden venue where local entertainers perform and brilliantly attired villagers display traditional skills: Henna ladies apply intricate designs on guest’s palms, a bangle maker and blacksmith show how they work, and a surprisingly astute palmist reveals the past and predicts the future for you.

Later we’ll visit Amber Fort, constructed in white and red sandstone. The interior walls are covered with murals, frescoes and paintings depicting scenes of daily life, and other walls are covered with intricate carvings, mosaic and minute mirror work.

Fri
October 23, 2020 – Fly to Udaipur

This morning, we venture out of Jaipur, through the arid Rajasthani countryside sprinkled with vivid color, to the quaint nearby village of Samode. Once a rich town within the principality of Amber (for which the Fort is named), Samode’s Palace evokes these halcyon days of lavishness. We take time to meet with the villagers here, their warmth and humility buoying our spirits.

We also visit the village school that Micato supports with the help of travelers. Seeing first-hand the difference we can make in the education of needy children is a unique and heart-warming experience.

After the visit, we proceed to the airport for our flight to Udaipur, the “Venice of the East”; known as both the City of Sunrise and the City of Lakes, a city awash in romance, a serene picture of shimmering blue lakes, green hills and impressive white marble palaces that provide a sharp contrast to its desert neighbors.

Sat
October 24, 2020 – Udaipur

After breakfast we visit the City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Today the City Palace complex is a series of palaces built in grand style, in a combination of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture. It stands majestically by the lake and exhibits strength as well as finery in the delicate work done in its balconies, towers and cupolas. Afterwards, we take a stroll through the charming town and market area.

And what better activity in Udaipur, the city of water and light, than a boat ride on the mystical Lake Pichola at sunset? Float around the islands that dot the lake, see the sites from the cool comfort of a boat deck, and return home to an opalescent sunset.

Tonight, in Udaipur, enjoy a special farewell dinner. Of course everyone will want to dress with the appropriate flair! Hotel staff will assist with the dressing up in Indian outfits tailored for each guest. There will be a photographer to capture these unforgettable moments, and a specially curated three course menu, a wonderful finale to a special journey.

Sun
October 25, 2020 – Fly to Dehli / Depart

After a morning tour of the nearby temples of Eklingji and Nagda, we continue on for lunch at the 18th Century Devigarh Palace. After lunch, we’ll proceed to the airport for our return flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, proceed to the hotel, where rooms have been reserved.

Later tonight, return to the airport for your departure flight, or join Olivia for the Post-Vacation Stretcher, ‘Spiritual Varanasi,’ October 26-28.

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