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India's Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges 2018

13 days with Uniworld  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 – New Delhi
Be greeted by a Uniworld representative at the airport and transfer to the beautiful Oberoi New Delhi hotel and resort, a luxurious retreat tucked away in the heart of India’s cosmopolitan capital.
 
Day 2 – New Delhi
FEATURED EXCURSION: India’s Capital City
 
India’s seat of power for nearly a thousand years, Delhi bridges two distinctly different worlds—Old Delhi, the former capital, with its narrow lanes and splendid mosques; and New Delhi, established by the British, with wide tree-lined boulevards and handsome buildings. Spend your fi rst full day in India getting a panoramic overview of the city’s top sights, including Humayun’s Tomb—inspiration for the UNESCO-designated Taj Mahal—and birla house.
 
Day 3 – New Delhi, transfer to Agra
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Majesty and Grace— Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal at sundown
 
This morning’s destination is Agra Fort, the palatial walled city where Shah Jahan once lived, followed by lunch at the spectacular Oberoi Amarvilas. Check-in and enjoy a leisurely afternoon on the resort property, where every room offers stunning a view of the Taj Mahal. As the sun sets, you’ll have your fi rst opportunity to visit India’s most aweinspiring and iconic monument; this “elegy in marble,” commissioned by the broken-hearted Emperor Shah Jahan after his beloved wife died in childbirth, will literally take your breath away.
 
Day 4 – Agra, transfer to Jaipur
FEATURED EXCURSION: Early morning at the Taj Mahal
 
Venture back to the Taj Mahal early in the morning, when the pristine white marble monument is aglow with the soft pink luster of dawn, and learn more about the mausoleum’s fascinating history, perfect proportions, precious building materials and intricate craftsmanship. 
 
After a scenic drive to Jaipur, the magnifi cent capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan, check in at the regal Oberoi Rajvilas and relax at the hotel.
 
Day 5 – Jaipur
FEATURED EXCURSION: Jaipur—Rajasthan’s Princely City
 
Your tour of romantic Jaipur includes City Palace— a sprawling complex with lovely courtyards and gardens where the former royal family still lives— and the UNESCO-designated Jantar Mantar, a centuries-old observatory housing the world’s largest sundial and a superb collection of astronomical instruments. Relax during the afternoon or take a complimentary shuttle into town to explore the city’s bazaar, which overfl ows with high-quality textiles, jewelry and gemstones.
 
Day 6 – Jaipur, fly to Kolkata (embark)
Transfer to Jaipur International Airport and fl y to Kolkata, India’s second-largest city, a clamorous yet captivating metropolis situated on the Lower Ganges. Cap off the day with a cultural performance onboard the Ganges Voyager II.
 
Day 7 – Kolkata,
FEATURED EXCURSION: Mother Teresa’s home and tomb and the enduring legacy of the British Raj
 
The former capital of the Raj, Kolkata offers intriguing glimpses of the British colonial period, including grand architecture such as the Writers’ Building, High Court and General Post Offi ce. Visit Mother Teresa’s former home, where the late Roman Catholic nun established the Missionaries of Charity in 1950, and her tomb, her final resting place. 
 
Return to the ship for lunch and a scenic cruise that passes a number of former colonial settlements.
 
Day 8 – Kalna
FEATURED EXCURSION: India’s “Temple City”
 
There is no better way to see the sights of Kalna than via an exhilarating trishaw ride through the heart of the city. Kalna’s Rajbari complex has the region’s densest concentration of temples, including 108 intricately carved, slope-roofed structures devoted to Shiva.
 
Day 9 – Matiari
FEATURED EXCURSION: Matiari master craftsmen
 
Observe master craftsmen at work in Matiari, an artisans’ village revered for its fi nely wrought brassware. There will also be time to shop for village-made goods. 
 
Back onboard, roll up your sleeves for a mehndi demonstration—intricate henna designs—and learn how to tie a sari and a turban.
 
Day 10 – Murshidabad, Baranagar
Today you’ll experience two Bengali towns, Murshidabad and Baranagar, both of which boast architectural monuments closely linked to the ruling families of the area. Approaching Murshidabad, a most unexpected sight unfolds before you—the massive Hazarduari Palace, famous for its thousand doors, both real and false, and its fi ne collection of antiques and British colonial artwork. Climb aboard a horse cart for a lively ride to Katra Mosque, one of the region’s largest and most interesting. 
 
Return to the ship for lunch, then board a sampan for an excursion to Baranagar. The village’s beautiful 18th-century brick temples are considered some of the finest examples of Bengal terracotta art. 
 
Later, enjoy an exquisite dinner back onboard, followed by the evening’s entertainment.
 
Day 11 – Mayapur
FEATURED EXCURSION: Hare Krishna complex and Temple of the Vedic Planetarium
 
After a scenic morning cruise, the wildly colorful village of Mayapur, birthplace of the founder of the Hare Krishna movement, and its colossal Vedic temple await you. Millions of scholars and devout followers visit here every year. The village is also home to hundreds of second-generation Hare Krishnas born to North Americans and Europeans who relocated to India back in the 1960s.
 
Day 12 – Bandel, Chandannagar, Kolkata
FEATURED EXCURSION: Discovering India’s fascinating dualities
 
Travel by sampan to Bandel for a visit to the Hooghly Imambara, one of the most famous pilgrimage centers in West Bengal. The structure was designed to serve two functions—a mosque as well as an Imambara, a congregation hall for special religious ceremonies. Admire the site’s faded grandeur on a stroll around its vast courtyard, or ascend one of the tall twin towers for a marvelous view. 
 
Later, join an excursion to Chandannagar, which was a French colony for about 275 years and thus has a very different cultural heritage and character from the rest of India (most of which fell under British rule). Take a leisurely walk along the Strand, Chandannagar’s waterfront promenade, lined with lovely colonial-era buildings that have stood the test of time—including the former French governor’s residence and the Roman Catholic Sacred Heart Church. Chandannagar’s intriguing dual nature is evident elsewhere in the city, such as the schools that still teach both English and French, generations after the colonial rulers departed. 
 
Spend your last evening onboard enjoying a Farewell Dinner.
 
Day 13 – Kolkata (disembark), transfer to the airport
Disembark the ship and transfer to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport for your return flight home, or fl y to Varanasi for a 3-day optional extension in the holiest city on India’s holiest river, the sacred Ganges.
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All This Included
India—profoundly mysterious and gloriously exotic.

Complex and beguiling, India is a country unlike any other. Wondrous sights rich in romance and intrigue come alive in the “Golden Triangle”—Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Delhi’s immense red sandstone marble tomb, commissioned by Emperor Humayun’s grief-stricken wife, will capture your heart, while Raj Ghat, a black granite memorial to the “Father of the Nation,” Mahatma Gandhi, will stir your soul. Jaipur’s Pink City and Agra’s Taj Mahal, a grand tribute to love, will leave you forever mesmerized.

This adventure by land and river will touch all of your senses, from Kolkata, where Mother Teresa’s humble home and tomb provide a place of pilgrimage, to the Rajbari Temples devoted to the Hindu god Shiva. Your Ganges voyage delves deeply into India’s fascinating historical and religious heritage, working its charm in myriad ways and leaving you with memories that will forever endure.
  • 7-night Ganges River cruise in a riverview suite onboard the Ganges Voyager II
  • 5 nights in luxurious Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, including daily buffet breakfast and all service charges, taxes, and porterage
  • Tips for local experts and drivers
  • All transportation throughout your trip, including intra-India flight between Jaipur and Kolkata
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • 12 buffet breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Afternoon tea in the Governor’s Lounge
  • Complimentary local beers and soft drinks throughout the cruise
  • Onboard/onshore dinners include complimentary house wine, local beers, or soft drinks
  • Afternoon coffee, tea, and snacks in the Governor’s Lounge
  • 11 days of captivating, fully escorted excursions with English-speaking local experts
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise/Tour Manager throughout your trip
  • State-of-the-art portable audio-headset system on all excursions throughout your trip
  • Flowers and fruit plate upon arrival
  • Onboard cultural enrichment, including traditional sitar music, a Bollywood-style song and dance show, and more
Accommodations on this Tour
New Delhi: Oberoi New Delhi
Agra: Oberoi Amarvilas
Jaipur: To be determined
Cruising: Cabin onboard Ganges Voyager II
Pre and Post Add-ons
Uniworld & Me To We | India Extension

TRIP OVERVIEW
Surround yourself with the sights and scents of a culture rich in history, traditions and beauty. Travel from the hustle and bustle of city life in urban Udaipur to the calm and serene rolling hills of rural Rajasthan.
 
DAY 1
Late evening arrival in Delhi.
 
DAY 2
Enjoy breakfast and acclimatize. Then, make your way to the rural surroundings of our bespoke Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp. In the afternoon, enjoy a community visit where you’ll see projects underway.
 
DAY 3
Spend the morning with women of the community to understand what daily life in rural India is like. After lunch, participate in a sustainable development project—lay the bricks for a new classroom or help dig a new clean water system.
 
DAY 4
Continue the progress you’re making on your community project and in the afternoon, try your hand at age-old traditional crafts like tie-dying and block-printing. Visit Kumbhalgarh Fort, the world’s second largest wall, featuring years of rich history.
 
DAY 5
Start your day with morning yoga and indulge in a special farewell breakfast before setting off to Udaipur for your flight to Delhi to connect to your Uniworld tour.
 
TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
  • Work with a local community on a development project
  • Connect with community members by experiencing their daily lives
  • Explore nature as you walk through the Aravalli Mountain Range
  • Experience India’s age old traditions, led by your local guide
ACCOMMODATION
A property designed with authentic Indian décor and royal Rajashtani flair, Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp offers delightful spaces to recharge and refresh after a day of exploration and cultural immersion. Each accommodation is complete with hot and cold running water, electricity, flush toilets, comfortable beds, and is furnished with unique Indian fabrics and art. Delicious meals are prepared daily by ME to WE chefs to introduce you to local cuisine. We can also accommodate any dietary needs and restrictions.
 
From $2,375 USD per person
 
Varanasi Extension | Experience one of the world’s oldest and most intriguing cities
For cruise/tours that end in Kolkata.
 
A swirl of color and ritual and oddities galore, Varanasi may very well be the most ethereal and exotic place you will ever visit. Considered the holiest spot on India’s holiest river, it is also one of the world’s oldest cities—as ancient as Babylon and Thebes. It is the goal of every devout Hindu to come here at least once to purify body and soul in the sacred waters of the Ganges. 
 
Your visit includes a fascinating tour of this otherworldly and intoxicating city, followed by a private boat ride to observe a Ganga Aarti ceremony. Led by a Hindu priest at sunset, this spellbinding devotional ritual is performed in honor of the goddess of the river, a spectacle you’ll remember the rest of your days. You will also have an opportunity to take a boat ride along the river at sunrise, when hundreds of sari- and dhoti-clad Hindus can be observed bathing, washing laundry, performing yoga asanas, and making respectful offerings to Mother Ganga along the broad stone ghats lining the Ganges. 
 
Magical and mystical, surreal and deeply spiritual, Varanasi is a city that is truly unlike any other.
 
Included in your 3-day stay:
 
  • 1 night at the Taj Gateway Ganges, Varanasi (or similar)
  • 1 night at the Radisson Blu Plaza, New Delhi (or similar)
  • 2 buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Complimentary house wine or local beers during dinner
  • All service charges, taxes, and porterage
  • Panoramic city tour of Varanasi
  • Private boat ride to witness a Ganga Aarti ceremony at sunset
  • Private sunrise boat ride along the Ganges
  • English-speaking local expert
  • Flight from Kolkata to Varanasi
  • Flight from Varanasi to New Delhi
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
Price varies by season: January, February, March, September, October, November, December: $1,299
 
Single Supplement: $349
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Prices exclude additional port charges of $175 and are per person, cruise/tour only based on double occupancy. Other restrictions may apply.
  • A limited number of singles are available for an additional supplement.
  • Itineraries, hotels, and vessels may change, and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water level fluctuations and other uncontrollable factors.
  • The order of sightseeing and docking ports are subject to change according to port authority assignments.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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