From the iconic tigers of Ranthambore to the legendary Taj Mahal, step into a world of captivating mysteries and vibrant color. Explore Old Delhi on an exhilarating city tour, weaving through the streets on a rickshaw. Join a local family for an unforgettable home-hosted dinner. Walk on the wild side in Ranthambore National Park and seek out its most popular residents: Bengal tigers. Stand in awe before the Taj Mahal in the early morning and have dinner at sunset. Ignite your spirit during the holy Ganga Aarti ceremony in Varanasi.
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Once you pass through immigration and customs, your driver will be waiting for you to whisk you away to our hotel for the next few nights. You’ll have time to relax, rejuvenate and explore independently. Hotel: The Park New Delhi
A paradise of contradiction, Delhi features bustling energy, age-old monuments, and an all-encompassing vitality that courses its way through the busy streets. Experience everything this dynamic metropolis has to offer, from modern New Delhi to historic Old Delhi. (B) Hotel: The Park New Delhi
We’ll start our morning at the expansive Humayun’s Tomb, one of the best-preserved Mughal monuments dating back to the 1500s. This sprawling complex inspired countless mausoleums, including the legendary Taj Mahal. You’ll be able to enjoy some free time in the afternoon to explore independently with your Sisters. Gather with us in the evening for a Welcome Dinner featuring Indian specialties. (B, D) Hotel: The Park New Delhi
Today, we’ll cut through Old Delhi’s buzzing streets on rickshaws – our mode of transportation for an exhilarating women-only tour of old Delhi. See the city’s friendly vendors as we travel down narrow streets and busy corridors. Visit Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India, and stand in awe before its iconic red sandstone towers. Our exploration of New Delhi continues on a journey by the city’s famous monuments, including the India Gate and Parliament building. (B, L) Hotel: The Park New Delhi
This morning we’ll wish Delhi goodbye and embark on a scenic drive through the countryside. We’ll stop for lunch in a local restaurant before arriving in Jaipur, the “Pink City.” We’ll see Hawa Mahal, the former home of a maharaja (Indian prince). You’ll have plenty of time to marvel at the city’s architectural brilliance as we stroll through the heart of the Old City during our free time. (B, L) Hotel: Radisson Jaipur City Center
Today, we’ll take in the extensive palace complex of Amber Fort, India’s former seat of power. Then, we’ll head to the palace employing a vintage jeep, scaling the hills overlooking Jaipur. In the evening, we’ll get to know a local family as we join them for a hosted dinner in their home. (B, D) Hotel: Radisson Jaipur City Center
This morning after breakfast, we’ll set out to explore the beautiful city of Jaipur, starting with the City Palace. Nearby, take in the impeccable masonry of the Jantar Mantar – the world’s oldest stone sundial. The afternoon and evening is yours to discover Jaipur however you please with your Sisters. (B) Hotel: Radisson Jaipur City Center
You’re in for a treat today as we travel to Ranthambore National Park, where we will seek out tigers in their natural habitat. Learn about Project Tiger’s conservation efforts and the impact the organization has had on the Ranthambore sanctuary. We’ll connect with a naturalist who will introduce us to India’s extensive wildlife. (B, L, D) Hotel: Sawai Vilas Rathambore
Today is going to be an incredible opportunity to board a canter (open-air truck) for our first game drive. Seek out barking deer, Indian gazelles, and exotic birdlife. Follow the tigers’ paths in search of the sanctuary’s renowned wildlife. Then, it’s your choice! Return to your hotel to relax -OR- experience an Immersion Moment with a visit to Dastkar Ranthambore, a social enterprise dedicated to providing employment and training for local women artisans. No matter what you choose, we’ll return to the wild for another chance to seek out marsh crocodiles, sloth bears, and the park’s famous Bengal tigers. (B, L, D) Hotel: Sawai Vilas Rathambore
Today we’ll depart early as we make our way to Agra, a city rich with the splendors of the past. Along the way, visit the impressive Abhaneri step well. Built over 1,000 years ago it is an architectural marvel hidden from visitors until recently. Then, we’ll stop for lunch and get another taste of local flavors. Home to stone forts and marble mausoleums, Agra features a lively culture and picture-perfect architecture. After lunch, we’ll climb aboard our tuk tuks and travel to impressive Itmad-ud-Daula, a Mughal mausoleum. Later, we’ll ontinue on to behold the mysteriously beautiful Taj Mahal at sunset. We’ll stop at Mahtab Bagh – the “Moonlight Garden” on the banks of the Yamuna River opposite the Taj Mahal for a picture perfect view of the ornate white structure surrounded by the vibrant colors of the setting sun. You’ll be able to see for yourself why it was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. This evening, we’ll enjoy a group dinner at a nearby local restaurant. (B, L, D) Hotel: Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra
The Taj Mahal, a stunning vision in white marble and sandstone, was built as an expression of love by Emperor Shah Jahan. Experience the romantic spirit of the Taj Mahal in the early morning, when the colors of the sky dance on the bright façade and shimmer in its reflective pool. Later, we’ll visit Agra Fort, the seat of the Mughal Empire. During a second Immersion Moment, we’ll enjoy lunch at Sheroes’ Hangout – a café that empowers female survivors of violence, allowing them to reclaim their lives through employment and sisterhood. (B, L) Hotel: Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra
This morning, we’ll start our morning with a train ride to Jhansi, where we’ll connect with our coach and make our way to Khajuraho. In the shadow of the Vindhya mountain range, you’ll find a city of stone temples and mystifying sculptures. Make the most of your time at leisure this afternoon to explore the area with your Sisters. (B, L, D) Hotel: Radisson Jass Hotel Khajuraho
Today, take in the Chandela Temple complex, home to unparalleled temple architecture and intricate stone carvings. Later, we’ll fly to Varanasi (**flights included) – India’s holiest city – where spiritual energy radiates from the ground up. We’ll sail along the River Ganges and pass by the ghats (banks) where locals wade into the river. From the Dasaswamedh Ghat, we’ll enjoy a reserved seat to experience the Ganga Aarti ceremony as it illuminates the night sky. (B) Hotel: Radisson Varanasi
Today, we’ll take a morning boat ride for an opportunity to see the sunrise on the River Ganges. Then, we’ll travel to Sarnath, where Siddhartha Gautama – later known as Buddha – gave his first sermon in the 6th century B.C. This evening, we’ll celebrate our magical adventure through India alongside our Sisters and friends at a farewell dinner. (B, D) Hotel: Radisson Varanasi
Enjoy a morning at leisure before flying back to Delhi, where a room has been reserved for you to freshen up before your return flight home. (B) Hotel: Lemon Tree Premier, Delhi Airport
This is a consistently robust itinerary that is likely to be filled with a combination of long, active days, several early hotel departures and some long journeys by coach. There may be limited time for rest and rejuvenation as you explore these amazing destinations. There may be multiple flights and travel by non-traditional means such as safari vehicles, rickshaws/pedicabs, etc. Guests should have reasonable health and mobility and be capable of walking 1-2 miles over time over potentially difficult terrain which may include hills. Guests should be comfortable with standing for longer periods of time with no difficulty.