Colorful India & The Ganges River With Southern India & Varanasi 2019
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India, New Zealand
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Enter a world of color, culture, and cherished spiritual tradition of India. Your guided tour of India and Ganges River cruise begins in the Southern India city of Cochin, where you’ll take a cruise on the backwaters of Kerala to witness life along the scenic and serene waterways. Explore Mumbai, home to “Bollywood,” and Varanasi, to watch the Hindu’s devotional bathing in the Ganges.

Continue on to the bustling city of Delhi. You’ll tour the city with your expert local guide, and take a rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk bazaar—brimming with everything from silver and spices to saris of every color. You’ll visit Qutub Minar—the world’s largest brick minaret, and see Delhi’s argest Sikh gurudwara (house of worship), before traveling to Agra—site of the legendary Taj Mahal.
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Tour Highlights

Day 1 Cochin, India: Welcome to India

Day 2 Cochin: Sightseeing including the Chinese Fishing nets, walking tour through Jewish Quarter, and Kerala Folklore Museum; cruise on the backwaters of Kerala

Day 3 Cochin–Mumbai: Fly to Mumbai.

Day 4 Mumbai: See the Gateway of India; visits to the Hanging Gardens, Mumbai Museum, and Mani Bhavan.

Day 5 Mumbai–Varanasi: Fly to Varanasi. Witness the Ganga Aarti

Day 6 Varanasi–Delhi: Watch the Hindus’ devotional bathing ritual; excursion to Sarnath; fly to Delhi.

Day 7 Delhi: See Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, and the Presidential Palace; rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk bazaar

Day 8 Delhi–Agra: Sightseeing including visits to Qutab Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib; drive to Agra

Day 9 Agra: Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal; Agra Fort; sunset visit to Taj Mahal

Day 10 Agra–Jaipur: Drive to Jaipur; afternoon sightseeing including visits to the City Palace and Jantar Mantar

Day 11 Jaipur: Excursion to Amber Fort; time at leisure; cultural performance in evening

Day 12 Jaipur–Kolkata (Embarkation): Fly to Kolkata; onboard welcome reception

Day 13 Kalna: Sightseeing by rickshaw; visit a temple complex to receive blessings from a priest and visit a muslin-weaver’s home

Day 14 Matiari: Walking tour of village to interact with brass craftsmen and see traditional sweets being made

Day 15 Murshidabad. Excursion to Azimganj & Jiaganj: Walking tour of Azimganj to see gold and silversmith workshops; sample tea in a local home; travel by electric rickshaw to see saree weaving in Jiaganj

Day 16 Mayapur–Guptipara: Morning visit to the ISKCON temple in Mayapur; rickshaw ride through Guptipara to see pottery-making and a farmer’s home

Day 17 Kolkata: Guided walk through the flower market; visit Mother Teresa’s Home, the Calcutta Rescue, and the Victoria Memorial Museum; farewell dance performance

Day 18 Kolkata: End of vacation



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