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Featuring a Rail Journey aboard the Deccan Odyssey Train October 28–November 11, 2010


Dear Traveler,

Itinerary

From its centuries-old religious traditions and lively festivals to its jewel-colored saris and spice-saturated cuisine, India is a feast for the senses. Even as it embraces the future—as a global leader in engineering, science, biotechnology, software, and information technology—India clings proudly and steadfastly to its cultural, religious, and culinary traditions and opens its welcoming arms to visitors old and new.

U.S. / Delhi

Explore five distinct Indian regions: Delhi, where British India and Islamic India rub shoulders; Uttar Pradesh, the birthplace of Hinduism; Rajasthan, land of the Rajput princes; Maharashtra, a treasure chest of architectural and artistic wonders; and the sandy beaches of fun-loving, tropical Goa. Come see India now! Sincerely,

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Thursday–Friday, October 28–29

Depart the U.S. for Delhi on the recommended flight itinerary or independently. Upon arrival, check in to The Oberoi.

Delhi Saturday, October 30

Visit the Qutab Minar, a soaring stone tower of victory that dates back to the onset of Muslim rule in India in 1193; view Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of India’s president, and India Gate, built as a memorial to Indian soldiers killed in World War II; and visit Humayun’s Tomb, the architectural forerunner of the Taj Mahal. This evening enjoy a festive welcome dinner at the hotel. The Oberoi (B,L,D)

Delhi / Agra Sunday, October 31

In Old Delhi, the capital of Muslim India for seven centuries, drive past Red Fort, surrounded by shops and bazaars; Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial site; and Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in

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all of India. In the afternoon travel by motor coach to Agra in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Every room in your hotel, the deluxe Oberoi Amarvilas, faces the extraordinarily beautiful Taj Mahal, commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife in 1648. Oberoi Amarvilas (B,L,D)

Agra / Jaipur Monday, November 1

Visit the Taj Mahal at dawn, when there are few visitors and the sun’s first rays wash its white marble with soft pinks, blues, and mauves. Explore spectacular Agra Fort, a maze of courtyards, mosques, and private chambers built by Emperor Akbar. En route to Jaipur, stop at Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted imperial capital of Emperor Akbar and a perfectly preserved example of a Mughal city. In Jaipur, popularly known as the “Pink City” and the capital of present-day Rajasthan, 20-foot-high walls punctuated by eight gates enclose the city’s exquisite buildings of rose-colored stucco. Rajvilas (B,L,D)

Jaipur Tuesday, November 2

Amber Fort, a 17th-century fortresspalace in the hills of Amber, is almost all that remains of the former capital of Rajasthan. Explore the honey-colored palace, a distinctive example of Rajput architecture. Also visit Jaipur’s City Palace, a blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal architecture that houses a museum containing rare manuscripts, paintings, and an armory. Adjacent to the palace is Jantar Mantar, the observatory built in the early 18th century by Jai Singh, ruler of the kingdom of Amber (later Jaipur). Rajvilas Palace (B,L,D)


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Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Jaipur / Udaipur

Udaipur / Goa (board)

Wednesday, November 3

Friday, November 5

Early this morning, fly to Udaipur, the “City of Lakes,” famed for its spectacular hilltop fortresses, fairy-tale-like island palaces, temples, lakes, and gardens. Tour the City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Now a museum, the marble and granite palace is a spectacular labyrinth of courtyards, richly decorated with inlaid mirror-work, peacock mosaics, frescoes, temples, and kiosks. Also take a walking tour of the Old City. Udaivilas (B,L,D)

Fly to the tiny west coast state of Goa. Blessed with natural harbors and wide rivers, Goa was an ideal base for the seafaring Portuguese of the 16th century. Explore Old Goa’s grandiose complex of churches, monasteries, and convents, including the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which contains the silver casket of St. Francis Xavier, Goa’s patron saint. Today marks the beginning of Diwali, the five-day-long “Festival of Lights” celebrated throughout India. After dinner and a cultural program at the Beach Side Hotel, board the Deccan Odyssey train and depart for Kolhapur. Deccan Odyssey (B,L,D)

Udaipur Thursday, November 4

Drive into the countryside to visit the 10th-century Nagda temples, dedicated to Vishnu. Afterward, explore Eklingji, a complex of 108 exquisite temples chiseled from black and white marble and dating back to ad 734. Udaivilas (B,L,D) City Palace, Udaipur

Kolhapur Saturday, November 6

Kolhapur has thrived under a variety of regimes, including Hindu, Muslim, and

British. Visit the maharaja’s “new” palace, which dates from 1881 and houses collections that reflect the maharaja’s obsession with wild animal trophies as decorative elements. Also visit the Mahalaxmi Temple, dedicated to the goddess Amba Bai; Bhavani Mandap palace; and beautiful Shalini Palace, named after Princess Shrimant Shalini Raje of Kolhapur. Deccan Odyssey (B,L,D)

Aurangabad (Ellora) Sunday, November 7

Disembark in the Silk Road city of Aurangabad and drive past the magnificent fortress of Daulatabad, perched on a conical rock atop a hill that rises to some 600 ft. Continue to Ellora, a World Heritage site, to explore some of the 34 Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain temples cut into a hillside. Dating from approximately

Gaur (Indian Bison), Tadoba National Park


monks and dating to about 200 bc to ad 650. Inside, the monks created colorful paintings representing scenes from the life of the Buddha, allegorical tales, daily life, and animal and bird studies. The remarkably well preserved paintings are considered masterpieces of Buddhist art. Continue by train to Nasik, where hundreds of temples and bathing ghats (ceremonial stairs) dot the banks of the holy Godavari River. Experience the flower-strewn religious rituals performed at Panchavati Ghat and at a Hindu temple before a farewell reception and dinner on the train. Deccan Odyssey (B,L,D)

Mumbai (Disembark) Wednesday, November 10

ad 600–1000, the temples have been compared to the pyramids of Egypt for their remarkable construction, sculptures, and frescoes. Return to Aurangabad for a visit to Bibi Ka Maqbara, the “Tomb of the Lady” built by Emperor Aurangzeb. Deccan Odyssey (B,L,D)

Chandrapur (Tadoba National Park) / Wardha Monday, November 8

Arrive at Chandrapur, board Jeeps, and depart for Tadoba National Park, the oldest national park in Maharashtra state and a Project Tiger reserve. Tadoba is an excellent place to enjoy nature and wildlife during a game-viewing drive. Return to the train and depart for Wardha and a visit to Gandhi’s ashram in the village of Sevagram. Deccan Odyssey (B,L,D)

Ajanta / Nasik Tuesday, November 9

This morning visit the caves of Ajanta, carved from volcanic lava cliffs by Buddhist

Disembark from the Deccan Odyssey this morning in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), the capital of Maharashtra state. Take a city tour featuring the Dobhi Ghats, Mumbai’s outdoor “laundries” where dobhis (launderers) wash, dry, and iron clothes; Mani Bhavan, the Mumbai residence of Mahatma Gandhi; and the Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai’s finest Victorian building, crowned with Moorish domes. This afternoon check in to a hotel near the airport and relax before transferring to the airport for late-evening flights home. Taj Lands End (day rooms) (B,L,D)

Mumbai / U.S. Thursday, November 11

Depart Mumbai shortly after midnight, arriving in the U.S. in the mid-afternoon. Red Fort (©Martyn Unsworth/Dreamstime.com). inside Qutab Minar (©iStockphoto.com/Ranjan Chari); Women (©Susannah Dameron); Jantar Mantar (©Jeremyrichards/ Dreamstime.com), Goa (©Francocogoli/Dreamstime.com); City Palace (©iStockphoto.com/Xidong Luo); Gaur (©Saranvaid/ Dreamstime.com); Textiles (©Seniz Yoruk/Dreamstime.com). back cover Taj Mahal (©Luciano Mortula/Dreamstime.com); Smiling kids (©iStockphoto.com/Anandha Krishnan). photos: cover

Deccan Odyssey In early 2004, the Deccan Odyssey train first brought the luxury rail experience to southern India. Offering 48 staterooms with en suite facilities and modern features in richly appointed settings, the train is a welcome alternative to bus travel on busy roads. Two restaurant cars, a spacious lounge coach, and a beauty shop are some of the amenities available on board the train. Each accommodation coach houses four plush staterooms, a lounge area for refreshments, and an attentive saloon captain.

Program rates, per person Double occupancy $11,890 Single occupancy $15,880 Single accommodations are very limited. Airfare Program rates do not include airfare between the U.S. and India. Because there are a number of transpacific and transatlantic flight options between the U.S. and India, there is no group flight for this program. Transfers and baggage handling for arrival into Delhi and departure from Mumbai are included for all travelers. World Leaders Travel is happy to assist you in making individual air travel arrangements. As of December 2009, the airfare for travel between New York/Delhi and Mumbai/New York in economy class was approximately $1,098 per person. This fare is subject to change without notice. Program Rates Include Comprehensive educational program of lectures and discussions • All accommodations and meals as indicated in the itinerary • Welcome and farewell receptions • Bottled water, coffee, or tea at all meals and wine at welcome and farewell dinners • All on-tour transportation • Services of on-site guides and local experts • Excursions and special events, including entrance fees • Transfers and baggage handling between airports and hotels for all

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travelers • Gratuities to guides, porters, train crew, and drivers • Airport departure taxes • Indian value added tax (VAT) • Complete packet of pre-departure information including educational materials and reading list • Professional tour management throughout.


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