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The Friendly Planet Newsletter

Published Jun 11, 2022
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Nothing so perfectly captivates the senses like India. Every corner of the subcontinent showcases a kaleidoscope, from the spice markets that fill the air with fragrant aromas to the friendly locals dressed in brightly colored clothing, selling their artisan handicrafts. Marvel at how the light makes the Taj Mahal's spires seem to glitter as you watch the sun climb higher in the day. Explore beyond urban epicenters to ancient jungles and mountains brimming with exotic wildlife.
Our small group tours always include the must-see sites and provide unique experiences to help you genuinely appreciate India, its ancient traditions, and the people who call it home.
With a love story more epic than any Hollywood film, Agra captures history and romance with its distinctive Mughal architecture. Most famously, the Taj Mahal stands as a massive (more than 35,000 sq. feet!) and timeless example. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan as an honor to his beloved wife, today it is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983.
With its iconic pink stucco forts and palaces, it's no wonder Jaipur is appropriately known as the Pink City. Explore the magnificent palaces, gardens, and the Amber Fort, surrounded by dramatic panoramic views of the arid landscapes. Ascend by jeep to view the fort’s sprawling complex of courtyards, elegantly-decorated halls, large ramparts, and numerous gates and cobbled paths that reflect the breathtaking Rajput architecture.
A former maharaja's hunting ground turned wild jungle sanctuary, Ranthambore National Park is a treasure trove of dramatic rocky outcrops that shelter a 10th-century fort, ruined temples and old hunting pavilions, overgrown tombs, and an array of wildlife. Embark in an open-air vehicle to search for crocodiles, pythons, monkeys, sloth bears, and more. Oh, and keep your eyes peeled—it's also one of the best places in India to see elusive tigers!
Far in the north of India lies the city of Varanasi, commonly considered the "spiritual capital" of India. As far back as the 11th century B.C., Hindu pilgrims have traveled here to bathe in the Ganges River's sacred waters in the hopes they will be incarnated as a human in the next life. Along Varanasi's winding streets are nearly 2,000 temples, including the Bharat Mata Temple and Vishwanath Temple, the most sacred shrine.
Best of India
Delhi, Agra & the Taj Mahal, the pink city of Jaipur, two jungle safaris in Ranthambore & Varanasi; optional extension to Nepal
per person, double occupancy*
A Taste of India
Savor India's Golden Triangle: Delhi, Agra & the Taj Mahal, then the pink city of Jaipur; plus Nepal optional extension
per person, double occupancy*
* Advertised prices may include an "Instant Savings" discount and/or sale discount, available for a limited time. Prices reflect these discounts. Advertised prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single occupancy rooms may be available for an additional charge. Advertised prices are the best available based on the least expensive travel dates, departure city, and other options, and do not include optional excursions or other optional items. Your total price will vary based upon the dates, flights, and other options you select during the booking process. For packages including flights, prices include Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee, but do not include excess baggage fees or advance seat reservations. Prices and availability subject to change. More about our prices.

† The Carefree Booking policy is not travel insurance. With our Carefree Booking policy, if you book one of our scheduled departures and decide later not to travel for any reason, you can transfer all payments you've made excluding the cost of any issued flight tickets, towards another available departure date or package, with no change fees or penalties. Alternately, you can choose to receive a future travel credit for all payments made, excluding the cost of any issued flight tickets; or you can choose to receive a refund for that same amount, minus the deposit, per person future travel credit. You may use these credits anytime, however they must be used or transferred within 5 years of your bookings, and some restrictions apply. Travel protection premiums may be credited to your new tour provided: no claim is filed; (no vendor penalties such as Air, sea or rail etc have been incurred); and your new trip departs within 1 year of the cancellation of your original tour. Valid for bookings made on or after May 24, 2022. Offer may not be available on all packages, including private and custom group departures and Biblical Journeys. Changes or cancellations requested after final payment due date are subject to our regular change and cancellation fees & policies. For more information and some additional restrictions, see our terms & conditions.

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