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Travelers, For over 33 years, Worldview Tours has consistently reached the summit in quality of service for touring in India. We are proud to have helped thousands of travelers to collect unforgettable life experiences. Again and again, returning passengers have told us that their tour with Worldview Tours was one of their best. From baby boomers to people well into their 80s, our customers are from all walks of life: physicians, engineers, CEOs, school teachers, housewives, families, church groups, alumni and museum groups, you name it. The one thing they all have in common is a curiosity about the people and cultures of the Indian subcontinent. Then, there are many seasoned travelers who return to travel with us for their second, third or more visits to India and keep traveling with us for years to many other places in the world. We have added new tours, reshaped a few, redesigned and improved all to bring you variety, flexibility and price range for top quality touring to India, the Himalayas and the Far East. We look forward to welcoming you on our journeys. The entire Worldview Tours Family

Contents Best Season to Visit India and Useful Information Festivals of India Choice of Hotels Escorted and “locally hosted tours” 11 Days The Royal Experience- Luxury Hotels 13 Days Temples, Tigers and Taj Mahal 12 Days Crossroads of India 14 Days Hidden Treasures of North India 14 Days Heritage Rajasthan 16 Days Pageant of the North 16 Days Absolute India 14 Days Sandalwood and Spices- South India 17 Days In Search of the Tiger Tour Extensions Spa Experience in India Custom Designed ‘Private Tours’ Choice of Vehicles Luxury Trains River Cruises THE HIMALAYAS- Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet,  Darjeeling/Sikkim and Ladakh 11 Days Bhutan Unveiled 14 Days Myths and Legends of Himalayas-  Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet 6 Days Sri Lanka- The Spice Island 18 Days Far East Explorer-  Maldives- A Tropical Island Cambodia,Vietnam and Myanmar Go Beyond India Small Indulgences Travel Facts Terms and Conditions

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Your satisfaction is our top priority Customer satisfaction is our number one priority. Our goal is to hear your every wish during the planning stage, so that we can exceed your expectations. A 24/7 concierge service attends to all of your needs while you are on the tour resulting in a quality of service that customers just cannot get from any other tour operator. We enjoy one of the highest repeat customers in the trade. Our greatest reward is planning your next trip.

Why choose Worldview Tours •

Over 33 years of experience in the Indian Subcontinent. A unique understanding of intricacies and peculiarities of the travel business in India.

Intimate group size limited to 16 persons or flexible custom designed ‘private tours’ for 2 or more passengers according to your interests, travel dates and budgets

Most tours are designed around a major fair, festival, special event or theme. Insight into ethnic peoples and cultures beyond tourist facades.

Expert India Tour Directors and guides who speak several Indian languages and provide perspectives which cannot be matched.

Premium ground handling through our own offices in India.

Always providing “much more than just museums and monuments.”

We add magic to your tour every day. Many ethnic encounters and extra features set us apart.Visit an Indian home to meet local people, witness a temple ceremony, visit several colorful villages in rural India, enjoy escorted walks in exotic bazaars and vegetable markets, visit a school to meet children and teachers. Get introduced to the spices of India, see an Indian movie in an Indian theatre, see cultural dances, enjoy local music and much more.

Best season to visit India October through March is the best time to visit India. There is little or no rain in North India during this time. The average high temperature in most of North India is in the low 80s and the lows range between 50° to 70°F. Kathmandu Valley is only 4,200-ft-high and it rarely snows there. South India gets some rains in October/November, but December through March is relatively cool and dry. Approximately December 20 to January 15, areas in and around New Delhi get heavy fog almost daily which burns off by mid to late afternoon. It causes some disruption in flights and visibility is generally poor.

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Is this your first visit to India? If you are a first timer to India, we recommend a North India 14 to 18 day tour. Anything less may be too far to go for too little. Second timers should probably do South India perhaps with an extension to Sri Lanka. On your third trip you might want to visit Sikkim/Bhutan/Nepal/Tibet or the Silk Road (please ask for more information). Seasoned repeat travelers may like our Unusual India tour or the Himalayan Jeep Safari. Please see tour extensions on page 30-32.

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Flying to India - a different approach

Traveling by road in India

Worldview Tours offers total flexibility to suit your needs. Let us assist you in finding the right airline, schedules, routing, your choice of airline and airfares for your specific requirements.

Due to distances and convenience, the majority of your travel in India is by short flights. On most tours there are at least two drives. Travel by road in the Indian subcontinent is an experience that no amount of Western motoring can prepare you for. Many roads have no center dividers and there seem to be no restrictions on vehicle types. Pedestrians, cars, trucks, bullock carts, camel carts, livestock and cycles throng the Indian roads. It is frequently heart-rending, sometimes hilarious, mostly exhilarating, and always unforgettable. Traffic is slow but in the absence of any other convenient way to travel, how else would one see the countryside?

Convenient Non-Stop flights to India American Airlines from Chicago O’Hare and Continental Airlines from Newark airports offer daily NON STOP flights to New Delhi avoiding stopovers or layovers in Europe. The actual flying time to Delhi is approximately 14 hours 20 minutes. Emirates Airlines flies non-stop from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and New York to Dubai daily. Dubai is approximately three hours away from most major cities in India. Whether you choose to fly from the East Coast or West Coast you will join up with your tour on arrival in India. When you purchase the international air ticket from us, you will be met and transferred to your hotel regardless of day or night arrival. Across the Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Asiana Airlines are great choices. Convenient (inexpensive) Stopover Packages are available in Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo and Taipei. Across the Atlantic, all major airlines now fly to India.

Business Class or First Class upgrades Compared to our negotiated low Economy Class fares, business class airfares are substantially higher. Some airlines are still offering a ‘Two-for-One’ business class special to India for American Express Platinum Card holders. Please call us at (800) 373 0388. Our air experts will offer you many choices for convenient and attractive business class airfares.

Land-only tour price - Your own flight tickets to India Using your mileage credits to fly free or for upgrades... Since our negotiated airfares are very low, airlines will not allow combining your mileage credits with these low fares. It is best to check the rules on your mileage plan with your mileage club as they differ from airline to airline. In most cases the airline would want you to purchase a full fare Economy Class air ticket (a much higher fare than our low negotiated fares) and then apply 80 to 90 thousand or more miles from your credit for a Business Class upgrade. Some airlines require 130,000 or more miles to allow a free Business class flight to India. Please call us at (800) 373 0388 for assistance.

Travel Insurance Travel insurance is recommended and insurance information will be mailed to you when you book. Generally, a comprehensive plan including trip cancellation, trip delay, baggage, medical and emergency medical evacuation, etc. costs 5 to 6% of the total tour price. Some insurance packages offer a ”Pre existing medical conditions waiver”, if the insurance is bought within fourteen days of making your tour deposit. Whether on a group tour or an individual tour, considering the heavy cancellation penalties, it is strongly recommended that you purchase travel insurance. 2

PRIVATE JOURNEYS Individual travel is not very expensive in India. We have over 32 years of experience in arranging ‘tailor-made’ individual travel. Tours can be planned to fit your interests, travel dates and budgets. These tours are based upon exclusive use of your own private vehicle throughout and you are not joining others. Just let us know how many people are in your party, your interests, when you want to go, how many days, category of hotels you would like to stay in and your preference of air routing to India (over the Pacific or the Atlantic). In less than 24-48 hours we will provide you with a suggested itinerary and prices. An outline itinerary and estimated costs are provided at no charge. For any subsequent changes/modifications resulting in re-pricing there is a minimum $100.00 per person non-refundable deposit which is applied to your tour invoice. All logistics are arranged in advance as per the agreed itinerary. At each airport you are greeted and hosted by our local representatives/ guides. Transfers and tour services are by private chauffeur-driven cars with local guides. Hotels, domestic flights, train travel and any other related services are confirmed in advance for a flawless tour. Any tour in this brochure can be customized for a private journey. There are many ways to combine, shorten, modify or extend these programs. Please call us at (800) 373 0388. Our experts are available to help you plan the trip you want. Please see more details on page 34

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Guaranteed departures We reject the horrors of regimentation and mass-produced package tours. Since we offer only top quality tours, most tours are guaranteed to operate with two or more passengers. If Worldview Tours cancels a tour you will either be offered another tour of your choice or a full refund.

Single room supplements Room shares are generally available on most of our tours. Rather than assigning roommates we will give you each other’s phone numbers (with your permission, of course) from our room share list. Both persons then get an opportunity to decide. If a room share cannot be found, we will offer you a choice of paying the single supplement, taking another tour or a full refund.

Partial tours/pre-post tour extensions If the tour you have chosen does not fit with your requirements and if the tour is not already full, we accept partial tour bookings. We will be happy to send you a revised itinerary/price for the portion of the tour you wish to take. Many passengers request pre and-post tour extensions, please see (page 30-32).

MEETINGS, INCENTIVES, CONFERENCES AND EVENTS Worldview Tours has the creative expertise and infrastructure to orchestrate visits to India according to your customized needs. Whether it is as a reward or incentive to working teams, conferences and summits or special events - in each case the planning, execution and management will be impeccable. We offer personalized planning assistance with in-depth knowledge of the destination to choose programs and venues, accommodation, itineraries, pre/post tours, city tours and day excursions, spouse programs, manning help desks, providing ushering, entertainment, materials distribution, ticket confirmation, etc. In addition, our long-standing relationships and connections give us access to venues and locations unavailable to the general public.

Meet and Greet Services Our India office has its own fleet of modern cars and motor-coaches. Our team of airport representatives is available 24 hours to guarantee fast and efficient services for airport and hotel transfers.

How to sign up A deposit of $700 per person is required to book any tour. (Extra deposits may be required for Luxury train tours or some private tours). You will find a Tour Registration form as an insert in this brochure. If you need more information to make your decision, we strongly urge you to call us at (800) 373 0388. Our travel experts will assist you in getting started on a memorable trip to India. (800) 373 0388

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What happens next and before you leave After you sign up, a packet of information is mailed to you which includes a preliminary flight schedule, an invoice giving details of all charges and balance due dates, a visa kit (a visa is required for India), temperature chart, recommended shots, clothing suggestions, reading suggestions and insurance information. Three weeks before departure you will receive your final tour documents consisting of your airline tickets, final itinerary*, hotel list* with addresses, telephone and fax numbers, passenger lists*, passport cases, baggage tags, maps, vouchers, etc., for any stopover or pre-post tour packages (if ordered), information on baggage rules, money changing, etc. and any other relevant information about your trip. *Extra copies to leave behind with friends and family.

Unlimited assistance before the tour Our staff has enormous first-hand knowledge about your destination, hotels and services.You may have many questions about India and your trip. Whether your questions are about how much money to take, about dress code in a temple, or if you want suggestions on what to take for school children — we want you to know that we are available to answer your questions and to guarantee the service you expect from us.

Physical challenges and traveling in India You don’t have to be an athlete to participate in most of our tours, but you must be in reasonably good physical condition. The most that is physically required is perhaps walking from the bus parking to the monument, or inside a fort or museum where you may be climbing steps to go from one floor to another. Travel in India is still difficult and unpredictable at times. Unexpected changes do occur despite the best of planning, such as delayed flights, change in the sequence of cities visited and, infrequently, some hotel changes. These changes are beyond our control. It is our job to try our utmost to provide you with what you have paid for. Our tour managers, our local offices and all our resources will be at hand to look after your interests. To enjoy India one has to be patient, flexible, adaptable, have a sense of humor and an appreciation of India’s unique beauty, which will carry one through whatever minor glitches that may arise.

CRUISE SHIP SERVICES In the last few years many cruise liners have included India and Sri Lanka as part of their cruise programs. They usually cover the most popular ports on the western coastline of Southern India such as Trivandrum, Cochin, Mangalore, Goa and Mumbai. Through our own offices in India, we offer services to arrange shore excursions, transfers and pre/post - tours on the cruises through the Indian sub-continent. 3


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OUR TOUR DIRECTORS

Our tour directors are friendly and knowledgeable. They are the best in the industry and we are very proud of them. They are enthusiastic professionals selected not only for their knowledge of the destinations but also for their experience in the travel business and the care they provide to every client. They each have worked with Worldview Tours for over 10 years. 4

Sanjay Sharma Born and raised in Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal, Sanjay is a favorite and one of the best tour directors in the country. Besides leading and guiding American groups for the last 15 years, Sanjay’s specialization has been Indian medieval history, in particular the Mughal period, the time when most of India’s grand buildings were constructed, including the Taj Mahal. With an exceptional ability to handle and solve unexpected problems, Sanjay’s polite and friendly style has won him many accolades. He has many stories and experiences to share about India, which travelers find very enriching.

Sandhya Harendra Sandhya is a charming young lady from Bangalore who has been leading and guiding tour groups of all different nationalities since 1980. She takes great pride in her South Indian heritage and enjoys sharing her immense knowledge of India.With a good command of English, Sandhya also speaks several Indian languages that help her in guiding her groups through different parts of southern India.A stickler for perfection and always insisting on the best, Sandhya is very meticulous and has great leadership qualities. Her concern for each tour member and their needs go beyond the call of duty. During her spare time she runs a small embroidery business specializing in women’s clothing.

Arvind Sharma Arvind Sharma is a graduate in history with a special interest in medieval history of India. His specialty includes the religion and the culture of India. He has worked as a tour director for over two decades and has escorted groups of distinguished guests from the U. S. A., U.K. and Europe to various parts of India. Born in 1961, Arvind is presently residing in the outskirts of Delhi with his wife. He is a warm hearted person with a great sense of humor.

Rajiv Gulati Rajiv Gulati is a History Graduate from the University of Delhi. His specialty includes art appreciation, Indian culture and Mughal architecture. He speaks three Indian languages and has led tours for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, Canadian Parliamentarian Delegation and the Philadelphia Zoo. His group members have repeatedly mentioned that he is a most caring person who is focused on client satisfaction.

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Festival of Lights

Festivals

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Colors at Pushkar Fair

October / November

Diwali, The Festival of Lights, Nationwide. Diwali, the Festival of Lights is an occasion for great excitement and rejoicing. Special ceremonies, rituals and prayers are held in Hindu homes. Decorative floral designs or ‘rangolis’ are painted on floors and walls. New clothes are bought and family members and relatives gather together to offer prayers, distribute sweets and to light up their homes with flickering oil lamps, candles and electric lights. November Republic Day Parade

Pushkar Camel Fair, Pushkar, Rajasthan. Near the full moon in November, the small town of Pushkar is the scene of one of India’s best known fairs. Thousands of people come with their camels and cattle and set up camp in the Thar Desert just outside Pushkar. A centuries-old religious festival that attracts pilgrims from all over Rajasthan is combined with the largest camel market in the world. Against a backdrop of groaning camels, colorful saris and turbans and clanging temple bells, you can see camel races, magic shows, dancers, musicians, jugglers, puppeteers, snake charmers and peddlers.

Festival of Colors

January

Republic Day Parade, New Delhi. A magnificent and colorful parade on January 26, celebrating the birth of the Indian constitution. Troupes from different states of India in their full regalia, fly past air-show, colorful floats, camels, horses, elephants, many bands from different states including one band group on camel back, children with flags, all representing glimpses of a nation marching forward. March

Holi-The Festival of Colors, North India. Festival in Bhutan

A boisterous, colorful festival celebrating the advent of spring. People revel in throwing colored powder and water on each other. One of the liveliest festivals in India, it is celebrated throughout North India. The Royal family of Udaipur hosts a spectacularly colorful event in the City Palace complex. This festival is best experienced in Udaipur and nearby villages. March, April and September to November

Festivals of Bhutan

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India’s Hotels are some of the finest in the World Choices of hotels in India are growing every year as more and more hotels and other tourist infrastructure is built. Our tours include carefully selected hotels in Superior First Class, Deluxe, Luxury-Premier or Heritage hotels categories. Frequently, choices are offered to upgrade to some of India’s top hotels. Specific hotels or choice of hotels are listed for each tour. Many of these are palaces of erstwhile maharajas now operating as hotels such as: The Rambagh Palace, the romantic Lake Palace Hotel and nestled in the Aravali hills, the Devi Garh Fort Palace. On many tours an overnight stay is arranged in a country home/castle/ desert camp such as Rohet Garh or Deogarh Mahal amidst rural surroundings. Whether in a deluxe hotel in a cosmopolitan city or in a “Best of the Town” hotel in a small town, you can feel confident that at the end of the day you will be in a hotel with a private bath or shower and the standards of comfort you expect. Deluxe/best available tents are used in Pushkar, Osian, Manvar and on some Himalayan Jeep Safaris. We reserve the right to substitute hotels listed on tour pages with similar category hotels.

View of the Taj, Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

Raj Palace, Jaipur

THE TAJ GROUP OF HOTELS

Taj Hotels Resort and Palaces comprises more than 60 hotels in 45 locations across India with an additional 15 international hotels, making it the largest chain of hotels in India.The Taj Luxury Hotels capture the essence of luxury and are synonymous with lavish accommodations and unrivalled service.These hotels offer luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, gourmet specialty restaurants and rejuvenating spas. Taj Luxury Hotels encompass authentic Palace hotels in Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaipur. Transporting guests back to the age of kings, these palaces have all the modern luxuries you expect.Taj Safaris are wildlife lodges that allow travelers to experience the unparalleled beauty of the Indian jungle amidst luxurious surroundings. The Gateway Hotels are a pan-India network of hotels and resorts that offers business and leisure travelers the highest consistency in quality, service and style.

THE OBEROI – ‘LUXURY REDEFINED’ PREMIER HOTEL EXPERIENCE

Idyllic retreats in enchanting settings or elegant hotels in major cities, The Oberoi Hotels & Resorts in India are the epitome of luxury and hospitality. Exquisite interiors, impeccable service, fine cuisine and contemporary technology come together to create an experience that is both grand and intimate. Understated style and muted luxury are perhaps the reason why Oberoi hotels are an automatic choice for visiting heads of state and rich industrialists of the world. Readers of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines have chosen the Oberoi hotels repeatedly as their top choice hotels in India. Some of the noted hotels in this category are: The Oberoi Amarvilas, located only 2,000 feet from the Taj Mahal, The Oberoi Vanyavilas in the Ranthambore National Park, The Oberoi Rajvilas, voted as the 3rd most beautiful hotel in the world by Condé Nast, and The Oberoi Udaivilas in the romantic city of Udaipur, winner of the World’s Best Hotel. Please see the Oberoi Premier Hotel Experience offered on selected tours. 6

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LUXURY PREMIER

Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

Leela Palace Kempinski, Udaipur

Royal Dining Hall, Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

Jade Room, Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

Premier Room, Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

Palace Room, Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

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Deluxe Room, Leela Palace, Delhi

Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

Dining Hall, Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

Luxury Tent, Aman i Khas, Ranthambore

Heritage Room, Imperial, Delhi

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DELUXE 5*

Room, Fateh Garh, Udaipur

Room, ITC Mughal, Agra

Vivanta by Taj President, Mumbai

Lobby, Taj Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur Vivanta by Taj Malabar, Cochin

Taj Mahal, Delhi

Vivanta by Taj Hari Mahal, Jodhpur

Superior Room, Taj Palace, Delhi

Ananda Spa Resort, Rishikesh

Bathroom, Brunton Boatyard, Cochin

Trident, Gurgaon

Room, The Oberoi, Gurgaon

Raj Palace, Jaipur

Vivanta by Taj Fisherman’s Cove, Chennai

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First Class 4*-5*

Taj Residency, Aurangabad

Taj Facing Room, Taj Gateway Fatehabad, Agra

Lobby, The Claridges, Delhi

Superior Room, Shangri-La, Delhi

Trident, Jaipur

Deluxe Room, Radisson, Khajuraho

Club Room, Radisson, Varanasi

Superior Room, Taj Chandela, Khajuraho

Lobby, Trident, Udaipur

Executive Room, Taj Gateway Ganges, Varanasi

Carlson Country Inn & Suites, Jaipur

Luxury Room, Vivanta by Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge, Ranthambore Room, Golden Tulip, Jaipur

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Heritage 3*-5*

Devigarh Fort Palace

Samode Haveli, Jaipur

Rawla Narlai Durbar Hall, Samode Palace

Neemrana Fort

Lobby, Bhainsorgarh Fort

Shandaar Suite, Mihirgarh, Rohet

Manvar Tented Camp, near Jodhpur

Chomu Palace, near Jaipur

Deogarh Mahal

Deluxe Room, Shahpura Bagh

Deluxe Room, Castle Rohet

Heritage Suite, Killa Bhawan, Jaisalmer

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BOUTIQUE 3*-5*

The Manor, Delhi

Chhatrasagar, Nimaj

Room, Devi Ratn, Jaipur

Suite, Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling Dwarika Hotel, Kathmandu

Suite, Ramathra Fort

Luxury Room, Raas, Jodhpur

Luxury Tented Suite, The Serai, Jaisalmer

Ahilya Fort, Maheshwar

Deluxe Room, Indravan, Delhi

Tree of Life Resort, near Jaipur

Osian Camel Camp Suite, Malabar House, Cochin

Palace Room, Suryagarh, Jaisalmer

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Neeleshwar Hermitage, Kasargod, North Kerala

Room, Paradisa Plantation Retreat, Periyar

Kalari Kovilakom, Kerala

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Courtyard, Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

THE ROYAL EXPERIENCE

11 Days

Luxury Hotels - Maximum Comfort-Highest Level of Service! Delhi l Jodhpur l Udaipur l Jaipur l Agra

“We had a wonderful trip! It was everything you advertised and much more. It was truly a new and exciting experience each and every day. One we will never forget! The hotels and sightseeing were wonderful. Thank you for putting together such an awesome experience!”

‘PRIVATELY GUIDED’ TOUR

TIBET

DELHI

JAIPUR

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AGRA

JODHPUR

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This tour features North India’s must see destinations, the capital city of New Delhi with its modern neighborhoods, incredible new Akshardham and Lotus temples, and the romantic city of Udaipur with its massive city palace complex, perhaps the largest man made medieval romantic setting by a lake in India. See the Rajput forts and palaces in Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaipur. Marvel at the architectural masterpieces at the Jain temple at Ranakpur and the incomparable Taj Mahal. Tour extensions are available to the erotic temples of Khajuraho and spiritual Varanasi. This tour offers top of the line service and quality for an ‘Incredible India’ experience. Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

Premier room, Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur

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Private Dining, Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Private cruise on Lake Pichola near Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

11 DAYS- THE ROYAL EXPERIENCE with Worldview Tours unique and distinctive features

Day 1 -2, DELHI - Tour of Old and New Delhi. TAJ MAHAL/THE OBEROI

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10 nights hotel accommodations 10 American breakfasts and one lunch Transfers and tours with local English speaking guides Entrance fee to monuments and baggage handling Pre-paid tips/gratuities to porters, guides, drivers Service charges and hotel taxes

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

Day 3-4, JODHPUR - Fly to Jodhpur. Tour of Meherangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace museum and the city.  TAJ UMAID BHAWAN PALACE Day 5-6, UDAIPUR - Drive to Udaipur visit en route ornate Jain temples at Ranakpur. Tour of the City Palace, its museum, Jagdish Temple and the city. Enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Pichola and visit the Jagmandir Palace. TAJ LAKE PALACE/OBEROI UDAIVILAS Day 7-8, JAIPUR - Fly to Jaipur.Visit the City Palace, Palace of Winds and the astronomical observatory. Enjoy an elephant ride as we visit Amber Fort and its palaces.  TAJ RAMBAGH PALACE/OBEROI RAJVILAS Day 9-10, AGRA - Drive to Agra visit en route Fatehpur Sikri. Tour of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Drive to Delhi and connect to homebound flights. OBEROI AMARVILAS

Vintage Car, Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

WORLDVIEWTOURS EXTRA FEATURES

Much more than just museums and monuments Touring with Worldview Tours is a cultural experience, rather than just touring. Many special extra features are provided over and above visiting usual museums and monuments. Ethnic encounters and extra features, such as local festivals, visits to an Indian home to meet a family, a temple ceremony, a walk in exotic bazaars and vegetable markets, and a visit to a school to meet children and teachers. Get introduced to the spices of India, see an Indian movie in an Indian theatre, and enjoy cultural dances with local music.Visit several colorful villages in rural India and much more. Depending upon logistics, these extra features are provided to you at NO EXTRA COST.

LUXURY REDEFINED This is a tour designed for that discriminating traveler who wants and expects only the best.You will experience India in a high-quality tour. Stay in India’s Luxury Premier Hotels with each hotel crowning a distinctive character and style. Be ready to be pampered by attention to details and personalized services.

TOUR MODIFICATIONS To customize this tour or to modify this program to travel any day call us at (800) 373 0388 or email

info@worldviewtours.com Ask for Tour Extensions- see samples page 30-32

For detailed itinerary and more information www.worldviewtours.com

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Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi

by Trey Ratcliff

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TEMPLES, TIGERS and TAJ MAHAL Delhi l Jaipur l Ranthambore l Agra l Khajuraho l Varanasi

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“John Muir called the California Sierra Nevada the Range of Light. I would call India and Nepal the Range of Color. A roll of film per day was almost adequate although I did hold back on some of my shooting...the sights, sounds and smells cannot be described in a few photographs.” -Henry Warzybok and Leslie Jamison

This Deluxe tour offers the greatest value for your money. With an unhurried pace you will visit the North India’s must see sites. Humayun’s Tomb, Fatehpur Sikri and the Taj Mahal; the vast Hindu temple complex in Khajuraho. Experience Hindu spirituality in the holy city of Varanasi. Meet colorful and friendly people of India.

NEPAL Taj Palace, Delhi

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Taj Facing Room, Taj Gateway Fatehabad, Agra

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AN ARTFUL JOURNEY

River Ganges, Varanasi

Along with the more traditional sites, this tour is a ‘connoisseur’s collection’ of many visual and performing art forms of North India with behind-the-scenes access to artists at work and private art collections.

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Round trip air from New York or Chicago and all flights within India in coach class* First class/2nd class AC train tickets 12 nights hotel accommodations 12 American breakfasts, 8 dinners and 5 lunches Transfers and tours with local English speaking guides India expert Tour Director or local hosts Entrance fee to monuments and baggage handling Tips/gratuities to porters, guides, drivers, waiters for included meals** Service charges and hotel taxes 

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Day 4-5, JAIPUR - Drive to Jaipur. Lunch at the ornate Samode Palace and visit Samode village. Tour Jaipur city and Amber palace. Enjoy elephant and camel rides. TAJ JAI MAHAL PALACE Day 6, RANTHAMBORE N.P. - Safari drives in the National Park. VIVANTA BY TAJ SAWAI MADHOPUR LODGE Day 7-8, AGRA - Drive to Agra visit en route Fatehpur Sikri. Tour Agra Fort and Taj Mahal. TAJ GATEWAY FATEHABAD Day 9-10, KHAJURAHO - 1st class train to Jhansi and drive to Khajuraho.Visit Orchha and Khajuraho temples. TAJ CHANDELA Day 11-12, VARANASI - Fly to Varanasi. Visit Sarnath, where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon. Boat ride on the Ganges to see the Hindu rituals. Connect to flights home via Delhi. TAJ GATEWAY GANGES Royal Bengal Tiger

A JOURNEY INTO THE PEOPLE AND CULTURE OF INDIA

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The culture of India has been shaped by the long history of India, its unique geography and the absorption of customs, traditions and ideas from some of its neighbors as well as by preserving its ancient heritages, which were formed during the Indus Valley Civilization. It evolved further during the Vedic age, the rise and decline of Buddhism, the Golden Age, Muslim conquests and European colonization. India is also the birth place of several religious systems such as Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism.

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Hall of Public Audience, Agra Fort

12 Days

CROSSROADS OF INDIA Delhi l Agra l Jaipur l Jodhpur l Rohet or Pushkar l Udaipur l Varanasi

“One person made our entire trip so special. It was Nino Mohan, owner of Worldview Tours. Because of his connections we went places and did things that others do not get to do. Nino is a stickler for perfection and insists on the best…Of all the countries I have visited, India has the most to offer a photographer.” -Gordon & Margaret Kilgore

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India offers remarkable perspectives on where the modern world intersects with life as it has been lived for millennia. This program includes the capital Delhi; the Taj Mahal, a poem in marble, built in an act of love; the rose pink city of Jaipur; the charming blue city of Jodhpur; the 15th-century Jain temple at Ranakpur with exquisite marble carvings; romantic Udaipur with its lakes and palaces; and finally, witness Hindu rituals in spiritual Varanasi. Lobby, Taj Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

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12 DAYS- CROSSROADS OF INDIA with Worldview Tours unique and distinctive features

Day 1-2, DELHI - Tour of Old and New Delhi. TAJ PALACE Day 3-4, AGRA - Drive to Agra visit en route Sikandra. Tour the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. TAJ GATEWAY FATEHABAD

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

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Enjoy a ‘rickshaw’ (pedi-cab) ride in Old Delhi l Witness Indian classical music and dance l Extended visit to the mesmerizing Taj Mahal l Visit the colorful ‘bazaars’ of Jaipur l Enjoy a ‘Bollywood’ movie at a local theatre l Elephant ride at Amber Palace l Grandeur of Forts and Palaces of Jodhpur l Experience the charmed world of a bygone era at Castle Rohet l Unique village safari visiting several colorful villages to experience rural India l Admire the incredible Jain marble temple at Ranakpur l See the Crystal Gallery at the Durbar Hall in Udaipur l Witness the Hindu rituals on the holy river Ganges in Varanasi

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PUSHKAR CAMEL FAIR The Pushkar Camel Fair is one of the largest and most colorful and interesting fairs in India. Tens of thousands of people from rural India flock to Pushkar, along with Camel and Cattle for several days of live stock trading, pilgrimage and religious festivities.This small town becomes full of life with colorfully dressed devotees, musicians, acrobats, folk dancers, traders, comedians, Sadhus and tourists. Devotees take dips in the holy Pushkar lake. Camel decoration, camel races and came judging competitions and acrobats have crowds to cheer. Each evening brings different folk dances and music of Rajasthan, performers delivering live shows to the roaring and applauding crowds.

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First Class/2nd class AC train tickets 11 nights hotel accommodations 11 American breakfasts, 7 dinners and 4 lunches Transfers and tours with local English speaking guides India expert Tour Director or local hosts Entrance fee to monuments and baggage handling Tips/gratuities to porters, guides, drivers, waiters for included meals* Service charges and hotel taxes

*not on private tours, but can be prepaid Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi

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Day 5-6, JAIPUR - Drive to Jaipur visit en route Fatehpur Sikri. Tour Jaipur city and Amber Palace. Enjoy elephant and camel rides. TAJ JAI MAHAL PALACE Day 7, JODHPUR - Fly to Jodhpur. In Jodhpur, tour of Meherangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum and the city. VIVANTA BY TAJ HARI MAHAL Day 8, ROHET or PUSHKAR* - Short drive to a country home located next to a village. Experience unique ‘Village Safari.’ CASTLE ROHET Day 9-10, UDAIPUR - Drive to Udaipur visit en route the incredible Jain marble temple at Ranakpur. Tour of City Palace complex and Jagdish Temple. Enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Pichola and visit the Jagmandir Palace. FATEH GARH Day 11, VARANASI - Fly to Varanasi.Visit Sarnath, where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon. Boat ride on the Ganges to see the Hindu rituals. Connect flights home via Delhi.  TAJ GATEWAY GANGES * Departure designed around the Pushkar Camel Fair will spend one night in Pushkar instead of Rohet. Camel Parking, Pushkar Camel Fair

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UDAIPUR The city of Udaipur, is perhaps the most romantic city

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Awe-inspiring Taj Mahal

HIDDEN TREASURES OF NORTH INDIA

14 Days

Delhi l Udaipur l Deogarh l Jaipur l Ranthambore N.P. l Agra l Khajuraho l Varanasi

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Hidden Treasures of North India tour offers an in-depth look at some of India’s greatest sights in a super saver affordable price. Explore the genius of Mughal architecture at Taj Mahal, exquisite palaces and massive forts in Rajasthan. Scout for wild tiger stripes in Ranthambore National Park and witness Hindu rituals at Holy River Ganges. Enjoy visual and performing arts with behind-the-scenes access to artists at work and see some private art collections.Visit many colorful villages and sample the foods of different regions.

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“My visit to India had a greater impact on me than that of any country I’ve ever visited. India is a beautiful country with warm and accepting people, a diversity of cultures and religions, splendid art and architecture and more color and activity than one can imagine. I can’t wait to return and I will choose Worldview Tours for my next trip” -Glenna Lybrand

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The Indian craftsman has been perfecting his art for centuries, passing on traditions and techniques from generation to generation. Each region has its own specialties, each town its own local craftsmen, its own particular skills.Visit India for its handicrafts, fabrics, silverware, carpets, leather work, and antiques - the list is endless - India is a shopping paradise. Shoppers find that goods are exotic, attractive, beautifully handcrafted and an excellent value.

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14 DAYS- HIDDEN TREASURES OF NORTH INDIA with Worldview Tours unique and distinctive features

Day 1-2, DELHI - Tour of Old and New Delhi. SHANGRI-LA Day 3-4, UDAIPUR - Fly to Udaipur. Tour of Udaipur, visiting the City Palace, its museum, Jagdish Temple and the city. Enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Pichola and visit the Jagmandir Palace. THE TRIDENT Day 5, DEOGARH - Drive to a country home located amongst villages, Deogarh Mahal, en route visit the beautiful Jain temples at Ranakpur. Participate in a Village Safari by jeeps. DEOGARH MAHAL Day 6-7, JAIPUR - Drive to Agra visit en route Fatehpur Sikri. Tour Agra Fort and Taj Mahal. THE TRIDENT Day 8, RANTHAMBORE N. P. - Safari drives into the park. DEVVILAS Day 9-10, AGRA - Short train ride to Bharatpur and drive to Agra visit en route Fatehpur Sikri. Tour of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. THE TRIDENT

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS l Colonial capital city of New Delhi l Marvel at the Crystal Gallery at the Durbar Hall in Udaipur l Admire the

ornate Jain temple at Ranakpur the charmed world of a bygone era at Deogarh Mahal l Village safari to experience rural India l Walk in colorful ‘bazaars’ of Jaipur l Watch a ‘Bollywood’ movie at a local theatre l Elephant ride at Amber Fort l Look for ‘elusive’ tiger at Ranthambore National Park l Tour the Taj Mahal l Explore the vast Hindu temple complex in Khajuraho l Classical Indian music and dance show l Visit a village school l Witness the Hindu rituals on the holy river Ganges in Varanasi

Day 11-12, KHAJURAHO - First class train to Jhansi, drive to Khajuraho visit en route Orchha. Explore the Hindu temple complex. JASS RADISSON

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Day 13, VARANASI - Fly to Varanasi.Visit Sarnath, where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon. Boat ride on the Ganges to see the Hindu rituals. Fly to Delhi and connect to flights home. THE RADISSON

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Devigarh Resort Palace, a luxury Heritage hotel

HERITAGE RAJASTHAN

14 Days

Stay in selected heritage hotels Delhi l Jaisalmer l Manvar l Jodhpur l Udaipur l Deogarh l Jaipur l Agra

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“India is a photographer’s paradise especially in Rajasthan where the saris, skirts and turbans are of such vibrant colors. It was truly a new and exciting experience each and every day. One we will never forget! Our tour guide Sanjay did a wonderful job. ” -Tony and Sheila Duthie

For many, Rajasthan is the very essence of India, with massive forts and impregnable palaces that rise like giant fairy tale sets above dusty sun-scorched plains and shimmering lakes. It is a land of the most colorful people in India, miniature paintings, fairs, forts and palaces of breathtaking charm.You will see and photograph small villages, people, homes, farms, camels, elephants, palaces, forts, exotic bazaars, walled cities, minarets, tombs, mosques, temples with great works of art, and other historic sites. Stone carved windows, Jaisalmer

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14 DAYS- HERITAGE RAJASTHAN with Worldview Tours unique and distinctive features

Day 1-2, DELHI - Tour Old and New Delhi. THE CLARIDGES Day 3-4, JAISALMER - Fly to Jodhpur and drive to Jaisalmer. Tour of the Jaisalmer Fort, havelis (ancestral homes) and temples. Sunset camel ride on Sam sand dunes. KILLA BHAWAN/FORT RAJWADA

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colorful villages to experience rural India l Grandeur of Forts and Palaces of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer l Marvel at the Crystal Gallery at the Durbar Hall in Udaipur l Admire the ornate Jain temple at Ranakpur l Experience the personal attention of the family at Deogarh l Visit the colorful ‘bazaars’ of Jaipur l Enjoy Indian cinema and watch a ‘Bollywood’ movie at a local theatre l Elephant ride at Amber Fort l Extended visit to the mesmerizing Taj Mahal  l Witness Rajasthani folk music and dances l Visit a local village school City Palace, Jaipur

*not on private tours, but can be prepaid An intricate balcony at Jodhpur Fort

Day 5, MANVAR - Drive to Manvar Desert Camp. Explore the sand dunes and the villages around Manvar on a camel back. Enjoy a camp fire dinner with Rajasthani folk music and dance.  MANVAR DESERT CAMP Day 6, JODHPUR - Short drive to Jodhpur. Tour of Meherangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum and the city. AJIT BHAWAN PALACE Day 7-8, UDAIPUR - Drive to Udaipur visit en route ornate Jain temples at Ranakpur. Tour of the City Palace, its museum, Jagdish Temple and the city. Enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Pichola and visit the Jagmandir Palace. UDAI KOTHI Day 9, DEOGARH - Short drive to a country home located next to a village, Deogarh Mahal. Participate in a Village Safari by jeeps. Deogarh Mahal Day 10-11, JAIPUR - Drive to Jaipur.Visit the City Palace, Palace of Winds and the astronomical observatory. Enjoy an elephant ride as we visit Amber Fort and its Palaces. ALSISAR HAVELI

PRINCELY RAJASTHAN Live like a prince, dine under crystal chandeliers, recline on chairs inlaid with ivory, and walk on ancient Persian rugs. India’s Maharajas and the royalty lived a life of opulence until they lost their titles to democracy. In the early 1900s, there were over 500 independent principalities in India. Many of their royal residences are now ‘Heritage Hotels’. As palaces, country homes or castles they range in 3, 4 or 5 star categories. Many of the historic suites in these palace hotels offer opulence once enjoyed by the Maharajas. Historic suite upgrades are available in these and some of the finest Luxury Premier Taj hotels in India: Lake Palace, Udaipur, Rambagh Palace, Jaipur and Umaid Bhawan Palace, Udaipur. (800) 373 0388

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Day 12-13, AGRA - Drive to Agra visit en route Fatehpur Sikri. Tour of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Drive to Delhi and connect to homebound flights. TAJ GATEWAY FATEHABAD Dressy Cows

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Stone carved windows, Jaisalmer Holy River Ganges, Varanasi

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This is our most popular and comprehensive program. Begin in historic and beautiful New Delhi, see the greatest architectural achievements of ancient India at Ajanta and Ellora caves, marvel at the romantic lake city of Udaipur and the opulent forts and palaces of Jodhpur and Jaipur. A chance to see tigers at Ranthambore National Park and admire the magnificent and mesmerizing Taj Mahal in Agra, see the Hindu temple complex in Khajuraho, and witness the Hindu rituals in Varanasi. A perfect tour for first timers to India.

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“Worldview Tours knows where to go and what to see. I have never before had so many opportunities to be close to the people on a one-to-one basis in their homes, temples, streets and villages. Service was magical.�

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Rajasthani WomenAn intricate balcony at Jodhpur Fort

Fateh Garh, Udaipur

16 DAYS-PAGEANT OF THE NORTH with Worldview Tours unique and distinctive features

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First class/2nd class AC train tickets 15 nights hotel accommodations 15 American breakfasts, 10 dinners and 7 lunches Transfers and tours with local English speaking guides India expert Tour Director or local hosts Entrance fee to monuments and baggage handling Tips/gratuities to porters, guides, drivers, waiters for included meals* Service charges and hotel taxes *not on private tours, but can be prepaid Carved Marble Pillars, Ranakpur Temple

AJANTA AND ELLORAARCHITECTURAL MASTERPIECES

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The Kailash Temple at Ellora caves is one of the most spectacular and audacious architectural constructions ever made.This whole masterpiece, hand-carved by skillful workers, implied the removal of 200,000 tons of rock, took several hundred years to create and is twice the size of the Parthenon. Ajanta Caves are a series of 29 Buddhist cave temples, some of which date from the 2nd century BC. Encompassing Buddhist traditions, the Ajanta caves preserve some of the best masterpieces of 2,000 year old Buddhist art in India.

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Day 1-2, DELHI - Tour of Old and New Delhi. TAJ PALACE Day 3-4, AURANGABAD - Fly to Aurangabad. Tour of Ajanta and Ellora caves. TAJ RESIDENCY Day 5-6, UDAIPUR - Fly to Udaipur. Tour of City Palace complex and Jagdish Temple. Enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Pichola and visit the Jagmandir Palace. FATEH GARH Day 7-8, JODHPUR - Drive to Jodhpur visit en route the incredible Jain marble temple at Ranakpur and experience a unique ‘Village Safari.’ In Jodhpur, tour of Meherangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum and the city. VIVANTA BY TAJ HARI MAHAL Day 9-10, JAIPUR - Fly to Jaipur. Tour Jaipur city and Amber Palace. Enjoy elephant and camel rides. TAJ JAI MAHAL PALACE Day 11, RANTHAMBORE N.P. - Safari drives in the National Park.  VIVANTA BY TAJ SAWAI MADHOPUR LODGE Day 12-13, AGRA - Short train ride to Bharatpur and drive to Agra visit en route Fatehpur Sikri. Tour Agra Fort and Taj Mahal. TAJ GATEWAY FATEHABAD Day 14, KHAJURAHO - 1st class train to Jhansi and drive to Khajuraho.Visit Orchha and Khajuraho temples.  TAJ CHANDELA Day 15, VARANASI - Fly to Varanasi.Visit Sarnath, where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon. Boat ride on the Ganges to see the Hindu rituals. Connect to flights home via Delhi.  TAJ GATEWAY GANGES Vintage Car , Fateh Garh, Udaipur

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Rajpath, New Delhi

16 Days

ABSOLUTE INDIA Delhi l Varanasi l Khajuraho l Agra l Jaipur l Deogarh l Udaipur l Aurangabad l Cochin l Kumarakom

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-Rhea and Bill Markenson

Pristine Backwaters of Kerala

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The visit to India itself was way beyond what we ever anticipated or expected. Other than the outstanding itinerary, and what we saw, experienced, and ate, we must say that our tour guide, Sanjay Sharma, added the “icing to the cake”.

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Ellora Caves, near Aurangabad

This tour offers a once-in-a-lifetime India experience. India has too much to experience in a single lifetime, let alone a single trip! This Absolute India tour is a comprehensive tour featuring the best of North and South India. From the national capital city of Delhi, Hindu rituals in Varanasi, awe-inspiring Taj Mahal, irreplaceable forts and palaces of Rajasthan, 2,000 year old art at the Ajanta and Ellora caves, Jewish town of Cochin to the pristine Backwaters of Kerala.

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the Hindu rituals on the holy river Ganges in Varanasi l Explore the vast Hindu temple complex in Khajuraho l Extended visit to the mesmerizing Taj Mahal l Visit the colorful ‘bazaars’ of Jaipur l Elephant ride at Amber Fort l Experience the charmed world of a bygone era at Deogarh Mahal l Unique Village Safari visiting several colorful villages to experience rural India l Admire the ornate Jain temple at Ranakpur l Marvel at the Crystal Gallery at the Durbar Hall in Udaipur l See amazing ancient architecture at Ajanta and Ellora caves l Cruise the pristine backwaters of Kerala l Visit Jewish town and synagogue in Cochin l Witness a demonstration of ‘Kalari Payathu,’ the local martial arts l Enjoy a heritage walk in the Fort Cochin area l Witness colorful Kathakali dance performance Taj Mahal , Agra

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Day 3, VARANASI - Fly to Varanasi.Visit Sarnath, where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon. Boat ride on the Ganges to see the Hindu rituals.  TAJ GATEWAY GANGES Day 4, KHAJURAHO - Fly to Khajuraho. Explore the Hindu temple complex. TAJ CHANDELA Day 5-6, AGRA - Drive to Jhansi for 1st class train to Agra, visit en route Orchha. Tour of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. TAJ GATEWAY FATEHABAD

Day 9, DEOGARH - Drive to Deogarh Mahal, a castle located amongst colorful villages. Participate in a Village Safari by jeeps. DEOGARH MAHAL Day 10, UDAIPUR - Drive to Udaipur. Visit ornate Jain temples at Ranakpur. Tour of Udaipur city and enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Pichola. FATEH GARH

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Day 13-14, COCHIN - Fly to Cochin. Tour the Jewish Synagogue, Jewish town, Dutch Palace and the Chinese fishing nets. Witness a colorful Kathakali dance performance. VIVANTA BY TAJ MALABAR

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Day 1 -2, DELHI - Tour of Old and New Delhi. TAJ PALACE

Miniature paintings are the most widely prevalent type of traditional paintings in Rajasthan with colorful pictures painted in glowing mineral and vegetable colors on hand-made papers. The brushes have to be very fine and are therefore prepared by the artists themselves. To get high-quality results, the brush is (even today) made from hairs of the squirrel’s tail.

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Day 7-8, JAIPUR - Drive to Jaipur visit en route Fatehpur Sikri. Tour Jaipur city and enjoy an elephant ride as we visit Amber Palace. TAJ JAI MAHAL PALACE

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16 DAYS- ABSOLUTE INDIA

Day 11-12, AURANGABAD - Fly to Aurangabad. Tour of Ajanta and Ellora caves. TAJ RESIDENCY

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Kathakali is a dance drama

SANDALWOOD AND SPICES WITH THE BACKWATERS

14 Days

Chennai l Trichy l Tanjore l Karaikudi l Madurai l Periyar l Kumarakom l Cochin l Bangalore l Mysore Extend your tour to Sri Lanka and/or Maldives

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“I met with a Sadhu in a cave near Mysore, had an Ayurvedic massage at the Spice Village, shopped for gifts, rode a temple elephant and left India feeling I had fully experienced the southern part of this amazing country.� - Audrey Stein

Sample the rich heritage of South India and see the arts of Chennai (Madras) and Mahabalipuram, visit a dance school and see the enormous stone temples in Madurai, Tanjore and Trichy. Drive through the lush tea/spice hills on to the peaceful backwaters of Kerala. Experience the Jewish Heritage in Cochin.Visit the palace of Mysore and the modern city of Bangalore. The resplendent isle, Sri Lanka, is a land of happy discoveries. A tropical paradise with a rich history and natural beauty. See the ancient Anuradhapura, Pollonaruwa, Sigiriya and the amazing Dambulla cave paintings and also the hills of Kandy. Tour Extensions are available to the Maldives. Brunton Boatyard, Cochin

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Chettinad mansion, Karaikudi

THE INDIAN- JEWISH EXPERIENCE One legend holds that Jews first settled in India during the time of King Solomon, but most contemporary scholars fix the date at some time during the early 4th century. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the Indian Jewish experience is the complete absence of discrimination by a host majority. The secret of India’s tolerance is the Hindu belief which confers legitimacy on a wide diversity of cultural and religious groups even as it forbids movement from one group to another.

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Karaikudi. Tour of Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayak Palace. Attend the special evening temple ceremony at the Meenakshi Temple. HERITAGE MADURAI

Day 7, PERIYAR - An interesting drive through the scenic countryside to Periyar Reserve.Visit a spice plantation.  PARADISA PLANTATION RETREAT/ SPICE VILLAGE continued...

Entering Jew Town Road is like entering another world. The Paradesi, the oldest synagogue, is white-walled and tile-roofed, with an inner courtyard lined with ancient Hebrew inscriptions. It was embellished in the mid 18th century. The floor is paved with hand painted porcelain tiles, brought from Canton, China. A forest of lights hangs from the ceiling – silver, brass and glass lamps and Belgian crystal chandeliers. There are many Jewish synagogues in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata and in some other cities in India.

Jewish Synagogue, Cochin

14 DAYS- SANDALWOOD AND SPICES

the world heritage with Worldview Tours unique and distinctive features Mahabalipuram temples l Visit Kalashetra, a school of music and traditional dance of South India Day 1-2, CHENNAI - Tour of Chennai l Visit the enormous temple complexes includes visits to St. Thomas Cathedral, of Tanjore and Trichy l Explore the Mylapore Temple and the Bronze Museum. Chettinad villages and the mansions Visit the world heritage Mahabalipuram l around Karaikudi Witness evening TAJ COROMANDEL prayer ceremonies at Meenakshi Temple Temples. l Visit a spice garden and learn about Day 3-4, TANJORE - Fly to Trichy and tour the spices of India l Cruise the pristine l backwaters of Kerala Visit Jewish town Srirangam Temple. Later, drive to Tanjore (Thanjavur).Visit Brihadeswara Temple, and synagogue in Cochin l Witness a demonstration of ‘KalariPayathu,’ the local Thanjavur Palace and its museum. l martial arts Visit the ‘Silicon Valley’ of PARADISE RESORT India, the city of Bangalore l Witness Day 5-6, MADURAI - Drive to Madurai colorful Kathakali and Bharatnatyam visit en route Chettinad mansions near dance performances

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BHARATANATYAM Bharatanatyam is one of the oldest dance forms of India. It has been nurtured in the temples and courts of southern India since ancient times. The art was handed down as a living tradition from generation to generation under the Devadasi system under which women were dedicated to temples to serve the deity as dancers and musicians forming part of the elaborate rituals. Today it is one of the most popular and widely performed dance styles and is practiced by male and female dancers all over India.

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Kettuvalam or Houseboat

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Snakeboat Races, Kerala Backwaters

Day 8-9, KUMARAKOM - Drive to the tranquil backwaters of Kerala in Kumarakom. Enjoy a three-hour cruise on the Backwaters. Optional: Experience a night on the traditional rice-house boat (Kettuvallam). KUMARAKOM LAKE RESORT

KATHAKALI IS A DANCE DRAMA

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‘Kathakali’ is a highly stylized classical Indian dance-drama noted for its attractive makeup of characters, their elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements presented in tune with the anchor playback music and complementary percussion. It originated in Kerala during the 16th century AD. In Kathakali, the story is enacted purely by hand gestures, facial expressions and bodily movements. Dancers also undergo special practice sessions to learn control of their eye movements.

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Day 10-11, COCHIN - Short drive to Cochin. Tour the Jewish Synagogue, Jewish town, Dutch Palace and the Chinese fishing nets. Witness a colorful Kathakali dance performance.  MALABAR HOUSE/BRUNTON BOATYARD Day 12-13, MYSORE - Fly to Bangalore. Tour Bangalore city and drive to Mysore visit en route the Somnathpur Temple. Tour of the Mysore Palace, and Srirangapatnam. Drive to Bangalore and connect to homebound flights.  WIND FLOWER SPA RESORT Tea country, Kerala

Self balancing rock, Mahabalipuram Temples

Wild elephants, Periyar

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Come experience the unparalleled beauty of the Indian jungle. With its towering, ancient trees, enchanting chorus of forest birds, and herds of gentle chital, this is a travel experience unlike any other. Test your spotting skills as our naturalists take you on exhilarating game drives. Look out for the shy sambar (large forest deer), journey through ever-changing habitats and, if luck is on your side, catch a glimpse of India’s most famous and endangered predator, the Bengal tiger. Post tour extension available to the national parks of Pench, Gir and Kaziranga. Safari Experience

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First Class/2nd class AC train tickets 16 nights accommodations at your choice of hotels 16 American breakfasts, 9 dinners and 8 lunches Transfers and tours with local English speaking guides Entrance fee to monuments, parks and baggage handling Service charges and hotel taxes

‘PRIVATELY GUIDED’- TRAVEL ANY DAY The National Parks are closed during monsoons (Jul. 01- Sep. 30). To customize this tour or to modify this program to travel any day as a ‘privately guided’ tour with locally hosted ground arrangements, please see sample tour prices and call us at (800) 373 0388 or email info@

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“The transfer agents, guides, and drivers in India were all very good at their jobs.Very impressive! We were able to see THREE tigers. Better than Bill Clinton who only saw two.” - Lynette Miller & Ann Mary Miller

Day 1 -2, DELHI - Tour of Old and New Delhi. Day 3-4, JAIPUR - Drive to Jaipur.Tour Jaipur city and Amber palace. Enjoy elephant and camel rides. Day 5-6, RANTHAMBORE N.P. – Drive to Ranthambore National Park. Safari drives in the Park. Day 7, CHAMBAL - Drive to National Chambal Sanctuary. River Safari and nature walks. Day 8-9, AGRA- Drive to Agra.Tour of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Day 10, KHAJURAHO- 1st class train to Jhansi and drive to Khajuraho.Visit Orchha and Khajuraho temples. Day 11-13, BANDHAVGARH- Drive to Bandhavgarh National Park. Safari drives in the Park. Day 14- 16, KANHA- Drive to Kanha National Park. Safari drives in the Park. Drive to Nagpur, fly to Mumbai and connect homebound flights. For detailed itinerary and more information www.worldviewtours.com 29


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LEH DHARAMSALA

Available daily, these tour extensions are ‘Privately Guided’ and can be combined, extended or modified to fit your travel dates, interests and budgets. Choice of hotels are available in First class, First class superior, deluxe, Heritage or premier luxury hotels. Please speak to our experts (800) 373 0388 or email info@worldviewtours.com for FREE expert assistance

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6 DAYS LEH, LADAKH- See pages 42-43 for details. 4 DAYS AMRITSAR AND DHARAMSALA Day 1, AMRITSAR- 1st class train or fly to Amritsar from Delhi. Tour Amritsar and visit Golden Temple. Day 2-4, DHARAMSALA - Drive to Dharamsala. Tour of McLeod Ganj, GoldenTemple, Amritsar

Norbulingka monastery. Excursion to Jwala Mukhi and Kangra temples. Flight back to Delhi. Transfers, tours, drives and 3 nights in 3-4 star hotels. 4 DAYS HARIDWAR AND RISHIKESH HARIDWAR AND RISHIKESH- 1st class train to Haridwar from Delhi and drive on to Rishikesh. Tour of temples and ashrams in Haridwar and Rishikesh. Witness evening prayer ceremony. 1st class train ride back to Delhi.Transfers, tours and3 nights in 3-4 star hotels. 3 DAYS RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK RANTHAMBORE- Train ride from Delhi or Agra (Bharatpur) or 4 hour drive from Jaipur. Morning and afternoon safari drives in the park. Transfers, safari drives and your choice of 3 star to luxury hotels.

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6 DAYS GOLDEN TRIANGLE Day 1-2, DELHI - Tour of Old and New Delhi Day 3, AGRA - 1st class train to Agra. Tour of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Day 4-6, JAIPUR - Drive to Jaipur visit en route Fatehpur Sikri. Tour Jaipur city and Amber palace. Enjoy elephant and camel rides. Drive back to Delhi. Transfers, tours, drives and 5 nights in your choice of hotels. 8 DAYS GOLDEN RAJASTHAN Day 1-2, UDAIPUR - Fly to Udaipur. Tour of the City, Palace and Cruise on Lake Pichola.Visit Jagmandir Palace. Day 3, JODHPUR - Drive to Jodhpur visit en route Jain Temples at Ranakpur. Tour of Meherangarh Fort and the city.

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Camel Ride, Sam Dunes, Jaisalmer

3 DAYS AJANTA AND ELLORA CAVES

Safari drive in Bandhavgarh N.P

Aurangabad - Fly to Aurangabad.Tour of Ajanta and Ellora cave temples.Transfers, tours and 2 nights in 4 star hotels. Fly out. 4 DAYS BHOPAL AND GWALIOR Day 4-5, JAISALMER - Drive to Jaisalmer. Tour of the Jaisalmer Fort and the city. Enjoy camel ride on the Sam sand dunes. Day 6, BIKANER - Drive to Bikaner. Tour of Junagarh Fort and the city. Day 7-8, JAIPUR - Drive to Jaipur. Tour Jaipur city and Amber palace. Enjoy Elephant rides. Transfers, tours, drives and 7 nights in your choice of hotels. 10 DAYS GUJARAT Day 1-3, AHMEDABAD - Fly to Ahmedabad. Tour of the Calico Museum, Sarkhej-ka-Roza and the city. Excursion to Sun Temple at Modhera, Patan and Adalaj.

Day 1-2, BHOPAL - 1st class train or fly to Bhopal. Tour Bhopal, Sanchi stupa, Udaygiri and Bhimbekta caves.

Day 2-3, CHIKMAGALUR - Drive to Hospet. Tour of the Hampi ruins.

Day 3-4, GWALIOR - 1st class train to Gwalior. Tour of Gwalior and its Fort. Transfers, tours, drives and 3 nights in 4 star hotels.

Day 4-5, BADAMI - Drive to Badami visit en route Aihole and Pattadakal. Tour of Badami caves. Transfers, tours, drives and 4 nights in 3-4 star hotels.

7 DAYS NATURE AND WILDLIFE

10 DAYS SOUTH INDIA

Day 1, PENCH - Arrive Nagpur and drive to Pench N.P. for two Safari drives. Day 2-3, KANHA- Drive to Kanha N.P. for three Safari drives. Art at Sanchi Stupa, near Bhopal

Day 6, PERIYAR - Drive to Periyar.Visit a spice farm.

Day 6, GONDAL - Drive to Gondal. Tour of Junagadh and Gondal.

Sun Temple, Modhera, Gujarat

Day 3-4, TANJORE - Fly to Trichy. Tour Srirangam Temple and drive to Tanjore. Visit Brihadeswara Temple and Thanjavur Palace. Day 5, MADURAI - Drive to Madurai visit en route Chettinad villages. Tour Madurai and Meenakshi Temple.

Day 4-5, BHAVNAGAR - Drive to Bhavnagar visit en route Lothal. Tour of Bhavnagar and Palitana.Visiting Palitana requires 2-3 hours of uphill climbing (3,950 steps) and two hours return.

Day 7-10, BHUJ - Drive to Bhuj. Two days visit to ethnic villages to see their arts and crafts. Transfers, tours, drives and 9 nights in 3-4 star hotels.

Day 1-2, CHENNAI - Fly to Chennai. Tour of the city and Mahabalipuram Temples.

Day 7, KUMARAKOM - Drive to Kumarakom. Three-hour cruise of Backwaters of Kerala. Day 4-5, BANDHAVGARH - Drive to Bandhavgarh N.P. for two Safari drives.

Kumbum Pagoda, Gyantse, Tibet

Day 6, JABALPUR- Drive to Jabalpur. Visit Marble Rocks and fly out. Transfers, safaris, drives and 6 nights in your choice of hotels. 5 DAYS HASSAN, HAMPI AND BADAMI- VIJAYANAGAR EMPIRE Day 1, HASSAN - Drive from Bangalore, finish in Bangalore or Goa or fly out of Hubli. Tour Belur and Halebid Temples.

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India has fabulous beaches

Day 1-2, COCHIN - Fly to Cochin. Tour of Jewish Town, Synagogue and city. Witness a Kathakali dance performance. Day 3-5, KUMARAKOM - Short drive to Kumarakom. Enjoy a Backwater cruise. 6 DAYS SRI LANKA- See pages Optional: stay overnight on traditional 48-49 for details. houseboat. Drive to Cochin for onward flight. Transfers, tours, drives, boat cruise MALDIVES- See page 52 for details. and 4 nights in your choice of hotels. Boat or sea plane transfers and your choice 4 DAYS BEACHES OF GOA or of hotels. Snorkeling, diving, deep sea fishing, KOVALAM boat trips to private islands and many water sports and spa activities available. GOA or KOVALAM- Fly to Goa or Trivandrum for Kovalam. Days at leisure 4 DAYS BHUBANESWAR AND for beach activities. Transfers, tours, KOLKATA drives and 3 nights in your choice of beach hotels. Day 1-2, BHUBANESWAR - Fly to Bhubaneswar. Tour Bhubaneswar, Sun ANDAMAN or LAKSHADWEEP Temple at Konark and Jagganath Temple ISLANDS from outside. HAVELOCK (Andaman Island) or Day 3-4, KOLKATA - Fly to Kolkata BANGARAM (Lakshadweep Island) - Fly (Calcutta). Tour Kolkata, visit Mother to Port Blair or Agatti and transfer to Teresa’s Ashram, Kali Temple and Victoria Havelock or Bangaram. Days at leisure to Memorial. Transfers, tours and 4 nights in enjoy the beach, etc. Transfers and your your choice of hotels. choice of hotels.

6 DAYS DARJEELING AND SIKKIM- See page 42 for details. 7 DAYS BHUTAN- See page 40 for details. 4 DAYS KATHMANDU- See page 41 for details. 5 DAYS LHASA, TIBET- See page 41 for details. 3 DAYS DUBAI DUBAI - Fly to Dubai. Tour of Dubai and Sharjah. Enjoy a dhow cruise dinner and a desert safari with camel ride and dinner on the sand dunes. Transfers, tours and 4 nights in your choice of hotels. SPA- YOGA- MEDITATION AND SPIRITUAL tour EXTENSIONS India has many spa resorts to rejuvenate, revitalize and renew you. Luxury/5 star resorts are Ananda in the Himalayas, Kalari Kovilakom, Lalit Resort & Spa Bekal, Shreyas Spa Retreat, Soukya, Tree of Life Resort, Devi Garh Palace, Devi Ratn, Serai, Mihirgarh, Wildflower Hall, Aman Resorts in Delhi, Alwar and Ranthambore National Park.

FOOD AND DINING A smorgasbord of traditional local fare and continental favorites are available in most hotels. Full American breakfast is included daily with juice, fruit, breads, eggs and local items. On our escorted tours we have arranged lunches and dinners that are buffets or a choice of three-course western or Indian style meals. Some days a multi choice local favorite meal may be offered. All escorted group tours include gala welcome ‘get-acquainted’ and ‘farewell’ dinners. Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Kathmandu offer fine dining in city restaurants; in all other cities it is perhaps best to eat in the hotels. 32

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Mind- Body and Soul Spa Experience in India

Energize your body, stimulate your mind and calm your soul. Bundle massage

India has many world class spa resorts to rejuvenate, revitalize and renew you. Some of the Luxury 5-star resorts are Ananda in the Himalayas, Kalari Kovilakom, Lalit Resort & Spa Bekal, Shreyas Spa Retreat, Soukya, Tree of Life Resort, Devi Garh Palace, Devi Ratn, Serai, Mihirgarh, and Wildflower Hall. With unique focuses on the traditional Indian sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda, these spas offer age-old therapies with modern spa technology. The personalized therapy and activity programs are designed to meet individual needs and health goals, de-stress, detoxification and cleansing, deep relaxation, anti-aging and weight issues. Spas also offer guidance in the areas of nutrition and exercise.

A yoga session

ANANDA IN THE HIMALAYAS, Rishikesh Ananda, in the Himalayas, is a luxury destination spa resort located in the picturesque foothills of the Himalayas, the birthplace of India’s ancient arts of yoga, meditation and Ayurveda. Ananda has been recognized as No.1 of the top 25 spas in the world and the best overseas spa retreat by readers of CondÊ Nast Traveler.

Spa, Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambore

OBEROI SPAs Oberoi Spas by Banyan Tree provide a serene and truly unforgettable experience of pure pampering and relaxation in exquisitely beautiful surroundings, using holistic therapies and massages which combine the very best of Eastern and Western practices. Oberoi Spa service is available at almost all Oberoi Hotels & Resorts in India.

JIVAS SPAs at TAJ HOTELS Meditation session

Jiva Spas and Jiva Grande Spas offer a spectrum of authentic and traditional Indian wellness treatments and experiences in a stylish and soothing ambience. Drawing from ancient Indian healing wisdom and Ayurveda, Jiva Spas believe that a spa unfolds a way of life wherein Jiva, or the life force, is the bedrock of wellness. Taj group of hotels is the largest chain of hotels in India and their hotels offer high quality spa services.

LEELA SPAs Relax and revive your body, mind and soul at The Spa at Leela Hotels across India. The emphasis is on the best of European, Oriental and Ayurvedic philosophy therapies using the finest quality natural ingredients enhancing outward appearance of health as well as giving a sense of inner well being. Most treatments are individual and specific, and inevitably each experience is tailor made.

AMAN SPAs The luxurious and serene Aman Resorts in Delhi, Ranthambore National Park and Alwar offer a complete wellness experience with yoga, Qigong, meditation and Reiki. Highlyskilled therapists provide a range of healing therapies, as well as facials, massages, scrubs and traditional henna art. Treatments use Aman Spa products which are made from the purest of organic ingredients.

CGH Earth SPAs The CGH Earth resorts in Kerala offer the most comprehensive Ayurvedic facilities ranging from anti-stress, weight loss, beauty and antiaging, complete with authentic kitchens, diet and other therapies, such as Yoga and meditation.

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A traditional welcome

Custom designed Private Tours Private Tours are designed to fit your interests, travel dates and budgets India’s choices are so rich and inviting that deciding where to go can be bewildering. Any of the tours listed in this brochure can be modified as a Worldview ‘Privately Guided’ tour. Our experts are available to help you plan the trip you wish. • • • • •

Dilwara Temple, Mt. Abu

Private touring is not very expensive compared to a group tour. Over 33 years of experience in arranging ‘tailor-made’ private tours. Exclusive use of your own private chauffeur-driven vehicles throughout. Choose category of hotels. See pages 6-11. Choose your category of vehicle. See page 35. They are all air-conditioned. Private fly-drive tours

Let us know how many people in your party, your interests, when you want to go, how many days, category of hotels you wish and your preference of air routing to India (over the Pacific or the Atlantic). Usually within 24 hours we will advise you of a suggested itinerary and prices. All logistics are arranged in advance as per the agreed itinerary. At each airport you are greeted and hosted by our local representatives/guides. Transfers and tour services are by private, chauffeur-driven cars with local guides. Hotels, domestic flights, train travel and any other related services are confirmed in advance for a flawless tour.

Stepwell, Patan, Gujarat

‘Private Tours’ can be designed anywhere in India or most anywhere in the world. Included in Tour price: • • • •

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Your choice of hotels with taxes and full American breakfast daily. Transfers to and from airports or train stations. Mentioned tours with English speaking local guides. Entrance fee to monuments and included features.

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On custom designed private tours, you have a choice in selecting the vehicle type which will be most suited to your requirement and preferences. Our India office manages a large transport fleet of chauffeur- driven luxury cars, sedans, SUVs & MUVs, mini vans and motor-coaches. Our chauffeurs are reliable, experienced and professionally trained to offer high quality services. All our vehicles offer upscale amenities such as daily newspaper, magazines, road maps, wet towels, bottled water and soft beverages at no extra cost, nuts/crackers/fruits for long drives, first aid, fire safety, etc. Most of our cars also offer free internet while on the drive! LUXURY CAR

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LUXURY TRAINS

8 Days

India’s rich cultural heritage reflects regally in its luxurious trains, offering every indulgence imaginable to travel in style and comfort. Traveling by train allows you the luxury of not having to pack and unpack daily. The train travels mainly by night, and explorations are done during the day. Please see Terms and Conditions on Pages 56-57 for deposit, reservation and cancellation policies.

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A new train, the Maharaja Express features five carriages for Deluxe Cabins, six for Junior Suites, two for Suites and one for a grand Presidential Suite. Every cabin has large panoramic windows. All passenger carriages come with individual temperature controls, the first of its kind in India, and have state-of-the-art facilities. The train offers two programs:

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Royal India Operates as the Princely India journey in the reverse with minor changes in the flow of activities.

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ROYAL RAJASTHAN ON WHEELS

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This train is newly built and designed in a contemporary royal style. You will be delighted with the magnificent interiors, sumptuous meals, and personalized service. With the addition of Khajuraho and Varanasi this program offers a complete North India tour. Restaurant, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

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Benchmarked against the luxury trains like the Blue Train of South Africa,The Orient Express of Europe and the Eastern and Oriental of South East Asia. The week-long The Indian Maharaja - Deccan Odyssey tour also includes the ‘must see’ Ajanta and Ellora caves and Mumbai.The plush interiors, an sumptuous cuisine and great sites makes the journey memorable.This train has two restaurants, a library, bar,Ayurvedic Massage Centre, Steam Bath, Gymnasium, Beauty Parlor and a Business Centre.

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Named after the famous Stone Chariot in Hampi, this train travels through Mysore, visiting Srirangapatnam, Mysore Palace; the Nagarhole National Park (Kabini) and continues to the historical sites of Sravanabelagola, BelurHalebid, Hampi and thereafter entering into the triangular heritage site of Badami, Pattadakal,Aihole, and finally the golden beaches of Goa.

Routings

TIBET

Indian Maharaja - Deccan Odyssey The Golden Chariot

DELHI

NEPAL JAIPUR AGRA

Lounge, The Golden Chariot

RANTHAMBORE UDAIPUR

INDIA AURANGABAD MUMBAI

BADAMI HAMPI GOA

The interiors of the train are reminiscent of the Mysore Maharajas with intricate carvings on the ceilings, wall panels and furniture inspired by Mysore and Hoysala architecture.The train offers two restaurants, a Lounge Bar, gymnasium and spa among various other facilities.

HASSAN

BANGALORE

MYSORE NAGARHOLE

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River Cruises

Oberoi M/V Vrinda

OBEROI M/V VRINDA

4 Days

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Backwaters of Kerala

This luxury cruiser is one of the most relaxed ways to discover the enchanting Backwaters of Kerala. The cruiser meanders through a series of picturesque canals and makes stops at villages and interesting sights. Tastefully appointed spacious cabins offer spectacular views.

M/V APSARA

4 Days

Backwaters of Kerala

This eight-cabin cruiser has been designed with luxury and comfort in mind. The interiors combine elements of Kerala’s magnificent heritage with the quiet sophistication of European yachting style. The boat is built on two levels; there are eight rooms, a crew cabin, a galley, saloon and dining area, sundeck and panoramic forward seating area. Enjoy the delectable cuisine, the Ayurveda spas, the aromas of local food and the awe-inspiring cultural tours.

4.11 Days

Assam Bengal Navigation

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Small river cruises on Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers

The Assam Bengal Navigation Company operates two small river boats of 12 air-conditioned cabins with dining facilities along the Hooghly River in Bengal, the Ganges and the Brahmaputra River in Assam. The cruises are from 4-11 days duration and are inclusive of excursions and meals. The rivers offer wonderful scenery, copious history, extensive cultural immersion and on the Brahmaputra, access to two world famous National Parks including Kaziranga and Manas. Wildlife and wilderness are some of the attractive features of a Brahmaputra cruise. The Hooghly is a more intimate waterway, bordered by villages and rural landscape of jute fields and mango orchards. The emphasis here is on monuments and the living culture of the area.

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The Himalayas

Bhutan l Nepal l Tibet l Darjeeling and Sikkim l Ladakh

‘PRIVATELY GUIDED’ TOURS

7 Days

Ceremony at a monastery

Beautiful Bhutan Bhutanese Girl

BHUTAN It is often said that even the most experienced traveler will find Bhutan to be a ‘revelation’. Bhutan is very protective of its natural environment and the culture of its people. The air is clean and unpolluted, the mountains are magnificent and the architecture awe-inspiring. Druk Air, the national airlines of Bhutan, fly modern aircraft from Delhi, Kolkata (Calcutta), Kathmandu and Bangkok to Paro, Bhutan. Please ask us for latest flight schedules.

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Tiger’s Nest Monastery

7 Days Beautiful Bhutan Day 1-2, THIMPU - Arrive Paro and drive to Thimpu (7,200ft). Tour Thimpu and environs. at Taj Malabar, Cochin DayRoom 3, PUNAKHA - Drive to Punakha (4,500ft) passing across Dochu La pass (10,000ft). Tour Punakha valley and the Dzong.

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4 Days Kathmandu  AND Beyond Mighty Himalayas

4 Days

KATHMANDU AND BEYOND

NEPAL The Kingdom of Nepal is the home of the great Himalayan range. The capital city Kathmandu is only 4,200ft high and is a year round destination. A short flight away is the valley of Pokhara with a backdrop of 23,000 - 25,000 feet high Annapurna Ranges. At the foothills is the Chitwan National Park, the home of the single-horned Asiatic rhinoceros. Patan Durbar Square

Novice Buddhist monk

Annapurna range, Pokhara valley

Day 1-4, KATHMANDU - Arrive Kathmandu (4,200ft). Tour of Pashupatinath Temple, Patan, Tibetan Handicraft Center, Swayambunath stupa and downtown. Day excursion to Dhulikhel and Bhaktapur. Extend your tour to Chitwan National Park and Pokhara Day 4-5, CHITWAN N.P - Fly to Royal Chitwan National Park (altitude ranges from 490ft-2,670ft). Activities at the Jungle Lodge include elephant back safari, nature walk, bird watching, land rover drive and canoe ride. Day 6-7, POKHARA - Drive to Pokhara valley (2,500ft). Tour of the valley and a short boat ride on Lake Phewa. Fly to Kathmandu and depart.

5 Days Discover Lhasa

5 Days

Discover Lhasa

TIBET The Tibetan plateau, high and desolate, is extraordinary in its pristine beauty and ruggedness. Dominated by an intensely blue sky, people here live in a timeless setting. Sample Tibet’s spiritual traditions in its temples and monasteries. An overland drive to Gyantse and Shigatse will reveal Tibet’s spectacular countryside. Enjoy the magnificent, panoramic view of the Northern flanks of the Himalayas (weather permitting) as you drive through the Himalayas down towards Nepal. Extend your tour for a once in a lifetime visit to Mt. Everest base camp. Potala Palace, Lhasa

Drive from Lhasa to Kathmandu

Day 1-5, LHASA - Scenic flight Kathmandu to Lhasa (11,500ft).Visit Potala Palace, Norbulingka, former summer palace of the Dalai Lamas, Drepung monastery, Sera monastery, Ganden monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar. Fly to Kathmandu and depart. Extend your tour to Gyantse and Shigatse Day 6, GYANTSE - Drive along the beautiful Yamdrok-Tso Lake (14,460ft) to Gyantse (12,950ft). Cross two passes approx. 16,500 and 14,000ft high. Tour of the Kumbum Pagoda and Palcho monastery. Day 7, SHIGATSE - Drive to Shigatse (11,800ft). Tour of the Tashilumpo Monastery. Day 8, LHASA - Return drive to Lhasa, fly to Kathmandu and depart. Extend your tour to Mt. Everest Base Camp and drive to Kathmandu Day 6-7, XEGAR - Continue overland drive to Xegar (13,800ft). Day excursion to Mt. Everest base camp (16,400ft). Day 8, ZHANGMU - Drive through beautiful Himalayan vistas to Zhangmu (7,540ft), the Tibet-Nepal border town. Day 9, KATHMANDU - Drive to Kathmandu airport and depart.

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6 Days

Buddhist monks, Sikkim

Darjeeling & Sikkim

DARJEELING & SIKKIM Nestled among the rolling mountains with the glistening Mt Kanchenjunga towering over the azure sky, Darjeeling (6,710ft) is the home of the best tea in the world. Sikkim is wrapped in mists and clouds, and has an incredible variety of rhododendrons and orchids. Extend your tour to Bhutan.

6 Days

Gangtok Valley, Sikkim

6 Days Darjeeling & Sikkim

Classic Ladakh

LADAKH Ladakh or the Little Tibet, high in the western Himalayan plateau is a beautiful region. Experience the remote scenic beauty of the Himalayas and the mysticism of Ladakh. Extensions available to Nubra valley driving on the highest motorable road in the world.

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Rituals at Thiksey Monastery

Day 1-2, DARJEELING - Arrive Bagdogra airport and drive to Darjeeling (7,000ft) Tour Darjeeling and visit a Tea estate/factory. Room at Taj Malabar, Cochin Day 3-4, GANGTOK - Drive to Gangtok, 5,200ft Visit Rumtek Monastery and the bazaars. Day 5-6, KALIMPONG - Drive to Kalimpong (4,100ft). Tour of local Monastery and visit a special school. Drive to Bagdogra and depart. Or extend your beautiful Bhutan tour.

6 Days Classic Ladakh Day 1-3, LEH - Arrive Leh (11,480ft).Tour of Shankar,Tsemo, Shey,Thiksey and Hemis monasteries. Day 4, ALCHI - Drive to Alchi (10,660ft), visit Lamayuru and Alchi monasteries. Day 5-6, LEH - Drive back to Leh visit en route Spituk and Phyang monastery. Depart. Extend your tour to Nubra valley Day 5-6, SUMOOR - Drive to Sumoor (10,000ft) in the Nubra valley passing across Khardung La pass (18,390ft).Visit the monasteries of Ansa, Diksit and Samstanling. Also, visit Panamik Hot Springs and enjoy a ride on a bacterian camel (double humped) in Hunder sand dunes. Day 7-8, LEH - Drive back to Leh and depart. Bodhnath Stupa, Kathmandu

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SUMOOR

LEH

SARCHU KAZA TABO KALPA SARAHAN SANGLA SHIMLA CHANDIGARH

KEYLONG MANALI

THE HIMALAYAS TIBET

SHIGATSE

BASE CAMP, MT.EVEREST DELHI

NEPAL

GYANTSE

XEGAR POKHARA

INDIA

LHASA

ZHANGMU

GANGTOK PARO KATHMANDU CHITWAN N.P. KALIMPONG

PUNAKHA THIMPU

BHUTAN

DARJEELING

14 Days

himalayan jeep safari

Drive from Manali to Leh

Embark on a Himalayan Jeep Safari from Manali to Leh and further on to the Nubra or Kalpa valley. These high Himalayan roads are open only between July and September every year before it snows. Along the route one sees an amazing panorama of nature’s beauty.An unforgettable experience as the road traverses a variety of landscapes and one can hardly put the camera away.

Day 1, DELHI- Arrive into Delhi, capital city of India. Day 2-3, SHIMLA- Fly to Chandigarh. Enjoy brief tour of the city and take a toy train ride to Shimla (7,230ft).Tour Shimla and environs. Day 4-6, MANALI- Drive to Manali (6,720ft).Visit Hadimba Temple, Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa Vashisht Temple, museum of Traditional Himachal culture, Naggar, Manikaran hot springs, Roerich Art Gallery and Urusvati Folk Art museum. Day 7, KEYLONG- Drive to Keylong (10,350ft) passing across Rohtang Pass (13,050ft). Ki Monastary-Spiti Day 8, SARCHU- Drive to Sarchu (14,070ft) passing across Baralacha La pass (16,040ft). Day 9-11, LEH- Drive to Leh (11,480ft) passing across Tanglang La Pass (17,469ft). Tour of Shankar, Tsemo, Shey, Thiksey and Hemis monasteries. Day 12, ALCHI- Drive to Alchi (10,660ft), visit Lamayuru and Alchi monasteries. Day 13-14, LEH- Drive back to Leh visit en route Spituk and Phyang monastery. Depart.

Extend your tour to Nubra valley Day 14-15, SUMOOR- Drive to Sumoor (10,000ft) in the Nubra valley passing across Khardung La pass (18,390ft). Visit the monasteries of Ansa, Diksit and Samstanling.Also, visit Panamik Hot Springs and enjoy a ride on a bacterian camel (double humped) in Hunder sand dunes. Day 16-17, LEH- Drive back to Leh and depart. Diskit Monastery, Nubra valley

Tour Deviation to Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti valley Day 4, SARAHAN- Drive to Sarahan (7,100ft) visit en route Buddha Temple at Rampur.Visit apple & peach orchards, and ancient Bhimakali temple. Day 5, SANGLA- Drive to Sangla (8,900ft).Visit Naga Temple, Sapni, Rackchham, Kilba and Kamru Fort. Day 6, KALPA- Drive to Kalpa (9,050ft). Explore the delightful valley. Day 7-8, TABO- Drive to Tabo (10,670ft) visit en route Yangthang and Samdho.Visit Chos Khor Monastery and walk around the village. Day 9-10, KAZA- Drive to Kaza (12,500ft) visit en route Lalung Gompa and Dhankar, traditional capital of Spiti. Tour of Ki Monastery, Kibber village and monastery. Day 11, MANALI- Drive to Manali (6,720ft) and continue with the main tour.

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Kids in Bhutan

BHUTAN UNVEILED

11 Days

Thimpu l Punakha l Wangdi l Bumthang l Paro

‘PRIVATELY GUIDED’ TOUR

LHASA

Tibet PUNAKHA TRONGSA THIMPU BUMTHANG PARO

WANGDI

Last year, I had the incredible experience of traveling to Bhutan. I discovered an amazing country with unsurpassed scenery, interesting culture and warm people. Having personally traveled with your tour director, Chencho Wangdi, I just can’t say enough about him. His love and knowledge for his country is unparalleled.” -Pauline Ranieri

Bhutan is a land of soaring snow – capped peaks, alpine meadows, and exotic flora and fauna. Its jealously-guarded isolation, awe-inspiring Himalayas, ancient culture and friendly people make it a magical place even for the most intrepid of travelers.Visit holy Buddhist shrines and isolated hermitages, and discover Bhutan’s culture through art and music. Many behind-the-scenes visits will make it a great cultural experience. Room at Tenzinling Resort, Paro

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City Palace, Jaipur

Buddhist Stupas

Punakha Dzong

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Festival in Bhutan

Day 1 -2, THIMPU - Arrive Paro and drive to Thimpu (7,200ft).Visit the Tashichhodzong (fortress temple), National library, painting school and the mask maker’s workshop. Later, visit the Zilukha Nunnery, Takin Zoo, Folk Arts Heritage museum, Handicraft Emporium, Memorial Chorten and the Textile Museum. Day 3, WANGDI - Drive to Punakha (4,500ft) passing across Dochu La pass (10,000ft) and tour Punakha Dzong. Continue drive to Wangdi (4,430ft). Day 4-6, BUMTHANG - Scenic drive to Bumthang (avg. 9,200ft) passing across Pele la pass (10,170ft) visit en route Trongsa Dzong (7,600ft).Visit ancient monasteries in the Bumthang valley. Day 7, WANGDI - Drive to Wangdi and tour Wangdiphodrang Dzong. Day 8-10, PARO - Drive to Paro (7,480ft). Visit the Paro Dzong, Drukgyel Dzong, Ta Dzong National Museum and view Tigers Nest (Taktsang) monastery.Visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse. Board your homebound flight.

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FESTIVALS OF BHUTAN

A unique aspect of Bhutan is that progress is not purely defined by economic achievements as in most countries, but also based on the level of cultural and environmental preservation and development. In 1998 the GNH (Gross National Happiness) indicator was established and is defined by the following four objectives: to increase economic growth and development, preserve and promote the cultural heritage, encourage sustainable use of the environment, and establish good governance. It was only in 1999 the government lifted a ban on television and the internet, making Bhutan one of the last countries to introduce television. In his speech, the King said that television was a critical step to the modernization of Bhutan as well as a major contributor to the country’s Gross National Happiness, but warned against the misuse of television which may also erode traditional Bhutanese values.

The festivals of Bhutan are a kaleidoscope of colors, excitement and mystical power, and in Bhutan, they are authentically traditional. The dancers recreate the myths and legends of Himalayan Buddhism in a swirl of color, music and mystery.Through it all, clowns, wearing long-nosed red masks, weave in and out of the scene, acting as masters of ceremonies, performing between the dances and teasing tourists and locals.

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Brihadeeswara Temple, Tanjore

‘PRIVATELY GUIDED’- TRAVEL ANY DAY Bhutan is a round the year destination except winter months (Dec.-Jan.) and monsoon months (Jun.-Aug.). To customize this tour or to modify this program to travel any day as a ‘privately guided’ tour with locally hosted ground arrangements, please see sample tour prices and call us at (800) 373 0388 or email

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Paro Dzong and National museum

14 Days

MYTHS AND LEGENDS OF THE HIMALAYAS Bhutan, Nepal & Tibet Delhi l Thimpu l Punakha l Paro l Kathmandu l Lhasa

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NEPAL KATHMANDU

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“My family (Charlie, Karen,Alex, Gerry and myself) and my friend, Lorraine returned from a well conceived, organized and executed trip to the Himalayas. Nitin is a very intelligent, knowledgeable professional tour guide with in-depth knowledge of each of the countries we visited. He showed great deal of courtesy and kindness to each member of the group. I have never experienced such support in my 35 years of travel experience.” -Georgetta .A.Wolff

The Himalayas stretch approximately 1,800 miles from Afghanistan to Myanmar (Burma). Bhutan’s jealously guarded isolation and stunning mountain scenery combined with an ancient culture and friendly people makes it a wonderful destination. Transit through Kathmandu, Nepal before flying on one of the most scenic flights in the world over the Himalayas and Mt. Everest to Lhasa, Tibet. The Tibetan plateau is high, desolate with pristine beauty and ruggedness. Dominated by an intensely blue sky, people here live in a timeless setting. We will sample Tibet’s spiritual traditions in its temples and monasteries. Tour extension available to Gyantse/Xigatse or drive from Lhasa to Kathmandu through the Himalayas with a stop at the Mt. Everest base camp, a once in a lifetime experience! (800) 373 0388

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Day 1, DELHI - Transit through Delhi to connect flight to Paro, Bhutan.THE GRAND

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FLY OVER THE HIMALAYAS Enjoy views of an endless chain of snow capped peaks, as you fly above the clouds, over glaciers and lakes, rivers, gorges and see the world’s highest and most enigmatic mountain – Mt. Everest. Panoramic flights over the majestic Himalayas are available daily from Kathmandu. These one hour flights by modern but small 20 seat airplanes offer unmatched views of the high peaks. Other commercial flights using modern Airbus 319 aircrafts from Kathmandu to Paro and back, and Kathmandu to Lhasa and back are also good to view the Himalayas if you are lucky to get a window seat on the view side. Better mountain views are from the left side of the plane when flying to Paro or Lhasa and on return flights, the right side. Seats are assigned only at the airport at the time of check in. (800) 373 0388

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14 DAYS- MYTHS AND LEGENDS OF THE HIMALAYAS

‘PRIVATELY GUIDED’- TRAVEL ANY DAY To customize this tour or to modify this program to travel any day as a ‘privately guided’ tour with locally hosted ground arrangements, please see sample tour prices and call us at (800) 373 0388 or email

Day 2-3, THIMPU - Arrive Paro and drive to Thimpu.Visit the Tashichhodzong (fortress temple), National library, painting school and the mask maker’s workshop. Later, visit the Zilukha Nunnery, Takin Zoo, Folk Arts Heritage Museum, Handicraft Emporium, Memorial Chorten and the Textile Museum. NAMGAY HERITAGE Day 4, PUNAKHA - Drive to Punakha and tour Punakha Dzong. Continue drive to Wangdi. DAMCHEN RESORT Day 5-7, PARO - Drive to Paro.Visit the Paro Dzong, Drukgyel Dzong, Ta Dzong National Museum and hike up to the viewpoint of Taktsang monastery. Excursion to Haa valley and visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse. TASHI NAMGAY Day 8-9, KATHMANDU - Fly to Kathmandu, Nepal. Tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Patan and Bhadgaon. HYATT REGENCY Day 10-13, LHASA - Fly to Lhasa, Tibet. Visit Potala Palace, Norbulingka, former summer palace of the Dalai Lamas, Drepung monastery, Sera monastery, Ganden monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street market. Fly to Delhi via Kathmandu and connect to homebound flights. FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON Modern aircraft flight to Lhasa

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Temple of Tooth, Kandy

SRI LANKA THE SPICE ISLAND

6 Days

Colombo l Habarana l Dambulla l Sigiriya l Polonnaruwa l Anuradhapura l Kandy l Nuwara Eliya

‘PRIVATELY GUIDED’ TOUR

INDIA

The resplendent isle, Sri Lanka is a land of happy discoveries. A tropical paradise with a rich history and natural beauty. An exciting, varied tour of the best that this tropical paradise has to offer, including the cultural centre of the ancient Buddhist heartland and the beautifully scenic highlands. See the ancient Anuradhapura, Pollonaruwa, Sigiriya and the amazing Dambulla cave paintings and also the hills of Kandy. Tour extensions available to Yala National Park, Galle and Bentota beaches.

MIHINTALE ANURADHAPURA HABARANA DAMBULLA PINNEWALA

COLOMBO

POLONNARUWA SIGIRIYA

Kandalama Hotel, Dambulla

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Buddhist monks at Polonnaruwa

6 DAYS- SRI LANKA with Worldview Tours unique and distinctive features

Day 1-3, HABARANA - Arrive Colombo and drive to Habarana. Tour Anuradhapura, Mihintale, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and enjoy an elephant ride. Day 4, KANDY - Drive to Kandy visit en route Dambulla cave temples, a spice garden and a Batik Factory. Tour of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage, Temple of the Tooth relic and witness a cultural performance.

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a tea plantation Dambulla cave temples

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Tea plantation, Nuwara Eliya

Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage

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Golden Pagoda, Yangon

FAR EAST EXPLORER

18 Days

Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar Siem Reap l Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) l Danang l Hue l Hanoi l Halong Bay l Yangon l Inle Lake l Mandalay l Bagan

India Myanmar BAGAN

MANDALAY HANOI

HEHO (Inle Lake)

HUE YANGON

DANANG

“Thanks to Worldview Tours for organizing our trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. Everything worked as planned and our vacation was a complete success.We would like to commend our guides and drivers who were exceptionally kind and efficient.We look forward to organizing another trip to Asia with your help.” -Javier Murcio and David Burnett

This comprehensive program features the highlights of Cambodia,Vietnam and Myanmar. Sample Cambodia’s rich and glorious history in Angkor Wat, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.Visit exotic Hanoi and cruise the Halong Bay, considered as Vietnam’s most enchanting area. Enjoy the beauty of Vietnam’s countryside in Hue, Danang and Hoi-An. See the old world charm of Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon). Myanmar is the highlight of the trip for its diversity of sightseeing, for the wealth of cultural and scenic attractions and, above all, for the warmth and friendliness of its charming people. Enjoy colorful markets, craft villages, hill towns and tribal markets.

BANGKOK Room at Sofitel Angkor, Siem Reap

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18 DAYS- FAR EAST EXPLORER TOUR ITINERARY

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Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

17 nights hotel accommodations 17 American breakfasts, 9 dinners and 15 lunches Transfers and tours with local English speaking guides Far East expert Tour Director or local hosts Entrance fee to monuments and baggage handling Tips/gratuities to porters, guides, drivers, waiters for included meals* Service charges and hotel taxes *not on private tours, but can be prepaid Bagan is Incredible

ANGKOR WAT: The Pinnacle of Cambodian Art and Architecture Angkor Wat is the largest religious building in the world spreading over 81 hectares. It is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing and has more stone than the Great Pyramids of Egypt.The outer wall has a diameter of over 3.5 miles.A bridge crosses the moat and leads to a gateway, the interior of which is carved with over 500 apsaras (angels or supernatural female spirits of the clouds and waters in Hindu and Buddhist mythology). Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th-century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture.The highest tower reaches 213 feet above the ground and is made to look like lotus buds about to open.

HALONG BAY Imagine 3,000 or more incredible islands rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin and you have a vision of the breathtaking beauty at Halong Bay. These tiny islands are dotted with beaches and grottos created by wind and waves, and have sparsely forested slopes ringing with birdsong.

‘PRIVATELY GUIDED’ -TRAVEL ANY DAY To customize this tour or to modify this program to travel any day as a ‘privately guided’ tour with locally hosted ground arrangements, please see sample tour prices and call us at (800) 373 0388 or email

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Day 1-3, SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA - Tour the ancient capital of Angkor Thom including the famous Angkor Wat.Visit Banteay Srey and Banteay Samre temples. SOFITEL ROYAL ANGKOR Day 4-5, HO CHI MINH,VIETNAM - Fly to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon). Tour Saigon and enjoy a walk through a colorful market. See Cu Chi underground tunnels and visit a Cao Dai temple. RENAISSANCE RIVERSIDE Day 6-7, DANANG - Fly to Danang.Visit the Cham Museum. Day excursion to historic Hoi An and the Marble Mountains. FURAMA RESORT Day 8, HUE - Scenic drive to Hue via HaiVan pass.Tour of the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden City. Boat trip on the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda. SAIGON MORIN Day 9-10, HANOI - Fly to Hanoi. Tour Hanoi with a rickshaw ride through the old town. Cruise on the Halong Bay. Attend Vietnamese Water Puppetry performance. SOFITEL METROPOLE Day 11, YANGON, MYANMAR - Fly to Yangon (Rangoon). Later visit the Bogyoke (Scott) Market. TRADERS HOTEL Day 12-13, HEHO (INLE LAKE)- Fly to Heho and drive on to Inle Lake.Tour of Pindaya and Inle Lake’s major attractions. Enjoy a boat trip on Inle Lake and visit Ywa Ma floating market. INLE LAKE VIEW RESORT Day 14-15, MANDALAY- Fly to Mandalay.Tour of Mandalay. See feeding of monkeys and visit Ava, reached by a short boat trip. Enjoy spectacular views at sunset from Mandalay Hill and walk over U-Bein Bridge. SEDONA HOTEL Day 16, BAGAN - Fly to Bagan.Tour of Bagan includes Shwezigon Pagoda and other stupas. Stop at Moe Moe lacquerware factory and enjoy sunset at one of the monuments along Ayeyarwady River.  THIRIPYITSAYA SAKURA HOTEL Day 17, YANGON - Fly to Yangon. Visit Shwedagon Pagoda, Kandawgyi Lake and Bogyoke (Scott) Market. Board your homebound flight. TRADERS HOTEL For detailed itinerary and more information www.worldviewtours.com 51


Deluxe Lagoon Villa, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa

MALDIVES: A TROPICAL PARADISE PRIVATE TOUR Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort

The Maldives Islands offer an ultimate sun, sand and sea experience. Enjoy the infinite massive lagoons with water of infinite shades of blue; dazzling underwater coral gardens and the warm tropical breezes. Out of 1,190 coral islands, forming an archipelago of 26 major atolls, stretching 512 miles north to south and 75 miles east to west, 202 islands are inhabited, 87 are exclusive resort islands! The main airport is in the island capital of Male from where short seaplane flights or motorboats will bring you to your island paradise.

IDYLLIC HONEYMOON RETREAT

Superior Charm Beach Villa, Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef

Water Bungalow, Four Seasons, Kuda Huraa

The honeymoon beach villas with private plunge pools offer the ultimate in luxurious accommodations. Experience excellent diving and sheltered snorkeling around the shallows, exclusive trips to a private island and float elegantly on sparkling shallow lagoon waters. Relax in beautiful spas, enjoy gourmet restaurants, swimming pool and a variety of water sports. Maldives resorts offers romantic settings and ideal conditions for your honeymoon or for the special celebrations of your anniversary or wedding ceremonies. Overwater Bungalows, Anantara

‘PRIVATE tour’- TRAVEL ANY DAY The Maldives has an extensive choice of hotels and resorts. So whether it is a honeymoon or romantic holiday, or spa retreats or family activities, or simply relaxing on the beach, there is something for everyone! Call us at (800) 373 0388 or email info@worldviewtours.com and our experts will assist you in finding the best available choices suiting your travel dates, interests and budgets

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Go Beyond India! Private customized tours to anywhere in the world!

Allow our travel experts to design a ‘Private Tour’ for you to most anywhere in the world. All logistics – air flights, hotels, airport transfers, private car/driver/ guide or seat-in-amotorcoach tours are pre-arranged for a smooth tour designed to fit your interests, travel dates and budgets. Worldview Tours experts are available to assist you. Please call (800) 373 0388 or email us info@worldviewtours.com. View from Santorini, Greece

South America Antarctica cruising Ecuador Galapagos Peru Chile Argentina Brazil

Crystal Cruises

China and the Far East 12-20 days 7-10 days 4-7 days 6-10 days 6-10 days 5-12 days 4-12 days

Africa Egypt Kenya Tanzania Botswana Zimbabwe South Africa

The Pyramids, Egypt

4-5 days land & 4 night cruise 8-10 days 7-10 days 5-8 days 1-2 nights Victoria Falls 7-14 days

China Myanmar Thailand Laos Cambodia Vietnam Indonesia, Bali

7-15 days with a cruise 7-10 days 7-12 days 5 days 5 days 7-9 days 3 days

Burmese Girl

Cruises, pre/post cruise land arrangements Small to large ship cruises anywhere in the world. Great deals on cruise/tours to Antarctica/Patagonia. So many to choose from. Call us at: (800) 373 0388 and talk to our cruise experts. (800) 373 0388

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Sunset on the sand dunes, Serai, Jaisalmer

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

Most of our tours include a range of ethnic encounters (some can be prearranged) such as culinary session on North India cuisine, walk through bazaars and local vegetable, fruit and spice market, heritage or nature walks, bird watching tours, visit a village school, meet a women’s group, enjoy a horse ride into the countryside, camel ride on the sand dunes, vintage car ride through the city, see an Indian movie at a local theatre, sound and light shows, appreciate a private art collection, visit upscale boutique stores, see a music & dance show, visit a local family home to meet the local people, village safaris, etc. Spice Route, The Imperial, Delhi

From 1978, we have been in the business of catering to our clients many diverse requests. Worlview Tours can provide highly personalized services in arranging many different kinds of ‘small indulgences’. Take a vacation away from the everyday and ordinary and let our professional staff offer you suggestions. Be it a day at the Spa or a private dinner in a unique setting or game of golf with local people.

GOLF IN INDIA

India is the first country outside Britain to adopt the game of Golf. Playing golf with the local people is an interesting experience.The ambience of each golf course, spread wide through the gardens, mountains, plains, deserts and also at the beach resorts is quite unique; characterized by its culture and history.You will find some of the best golf courses of India in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore.

SHOPPING IN INDIA

The Indian craftsman has been perfecting his art for centuries, passing on traditions and techniques from generation to generation. Each region has its own specialties, each town its own local craftsmen and its own particular skills. India is for handicrafts, fabrics, silverware, carpets, leatherwork, antiques - the list is endless. India is a shopping paradise. Goods are exotic, attractive, beautiful handcrafted and excellent value for money. Our company policy is not to recommend any shops. Coerced shopping is strictly forbidden. However, if you wish to shop, our staff can assist you in planning your shopping time.

PLAN A SURPRISE

What better time and place to plan a surprise and express your love for your loved ones. Please speak to us for anything from pre- arranging flowers, champagne or wine, chocolates, cakes, souvenirs, exclusive dining, room upgrades, Indian style wedding, etc.

EXCLUSIVE DINING IN INDIA A vast repertoire of award-winning restaurants, dramatic locations, and legendary recipes handed down from generations or from royal kitchens offer you eclectic culinary experiences. Go very hungry to the Bukhara Restaurant, winner of the Best Indian Restaurant in the world fame. Highly recommended is the Spice Route, one of the top 10 restaurants in the world, the theme of the restaurant is the journey of spices through Asia. Enjoy a special dinner on the roof top of the romantic Lake Palace, Udaipur with a view of the massive city palace complex. Try champagne dinner on the sand dunes around Jodhpur and Jaisalmer in the countryside. How about private sunset dinner on a beach? Our staff is available to offer suggestions and make dinner reservations. Hot Air Balloning, Rajasthan

HOT AIR BALLONING

LATEST FEATURES Kingdom of Dreams

Folk Entertainment

Culture Gully, Kingdom of Dreams

Bollywood movie

Akshardham Temple

Sky Waltz, India’s 1st commercial hot-air balloon operation, offers unique and adventurous balloon safaris in Neemrana (2 hours from Delhi), Jaipur, Udaipur and Ranthambore National Park. Safety being Sky Waltz’s number 1 priority, they have used the world’s best advisors and pilots from the USA and Great Britain in their operations.

RENT A YACHT

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facts

You are about to embark on an exciting trip with Worldview Tours. If you are amongst those who have traveled with us in the past… welcome back! If this is your first Worldview Tours tour…a special welcome to you. We hope you will join the ranks of the very satisfied Worldview customers.

1. What documents will I need?

7. Electric current in India?

A passport valid for at least six months beyond your return date is required. A visa is required for India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. Assistance is provided in obtaining necessary visas. If you are not a US citizen, please call us and we will help you find the correct visa requirements.

The voltage in India is 220 volts AC 50 cycles. Wall plugs are the round, two-pronged European type. It is best to carry a travel adapter to fit your particular appliance. All hotels provide hair dryers.

2. What shots do I need?

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. After you book your tour, you will receive a choice of comprehensive travel insurance flyers.

India, Nepal or Sri Lanka governments do not require any inoculations, except proof of a yellow fever shot if you have traveled in a yellow fever affected area within the past six months. As a minimum, most tourists take protection against Hepatitis A and get updated with booster shots. CDC and your local health department maintain a list of recommended shots for travel to your destination.Your personal physician may recommend some shots for your special needs

3. I have paid my deposit for the tour. When is the balance payment due? All unpaid balance must be paid in full 90 days before departure. We will send you a detailed invoice, approximately 105 days out. Since we cannot release your tour documents and tickets before final payment is received, please send remittance by the date requested.

4. When do I get my final tour documents and rendezvous instructions? Your tour documents including airline tickets, tour members list, updated itinerary*, hotel lists* with addresses, telephone and emails (* extra copies to leave behind), baggage tags, passport cases and any other relevant information about your trip is mailed to you two to three weeks before departure.

8. Should I buy trip cancellation travel insurance? 9. Are medical facilities readily available? Most hotels have excellent physicians on call. They are inexpensive (relative to what you pay at home), competent, and familiar with common ailments that afflict travelers.Your tour might be traveling through remote areas where medical facilities may not be in easy reach. Our local staff is available to assist you in anyway possible.

10. How much money should I take? Your hotels, sightseeing tours, mentioned meals and on some escorted tours gratuities are prepaid. However, customary end-of-the trip gratuity to your tour escort is not included. It is easy to change money at your hotel cashier’s desk or use ATMs where available.You may want to take some cash in hundreds, twenties, tens, fives and ones for small purchases. You should try not to change too much money as it is often difficult to reconvert local money back to US dollars. All major establishments, hotels, restaurants and shops accept major credit cards. In hotels, bar bills, food, laundry or any such expenses can be charged to your room and paid one time by credit card upon check-out.

11. What can I expect of our tour manager?

In India, one checked bag not to exceed 50 pounds (44 pounds on Kingfisher Airlines) plus one carry on not to exceed 15 pounds is allowed per person. Please check with us regarding restrictions on baggage to any other destinations.

He or she is the business manager of the tour while working with hotels, bus companies, etc on your behalf. He manages all logistics such as hotel, airline check-ins, departure and pick-up times. He will advise you of all time schedules for each day’s activities, suggest any optional, and offer shopping information if requested. He supervises baggage handling, drivers, guides and generally smoothes out your touring.

6. What clothes should I take?

12. How is a tour escort different from local tour guides?

No formal clothes are required on your tour, unless you wish to dress up a little for welcome and farewell dinners and/or for dining at the better restaurants of some deluxe hotels. A jacket for men (tie optional) and one evening dress for ladies is about enough. Casual to smart-casual is the norm. During visits to a temple or a mosque, cover skin on arms and legs. From November to February a sweater and a wind jacket may be necessary in north India. Remember comfortable walking shoes and a few pairs of dark “temple sox” that can be discarded after use.

Local guides are extremely important in your travel experience. He is a native resident of that city; he will conduct sightseeing tours indicating points of interest, explaining history, highlights of monuments visited, local customs, and current living conditions in the city.

5. How much baggage may I take?

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Terms &Conditions

such as laundry, communication charges and optional activities, personal tips/gratuities to room service/housekeeping staff/ chamber maids, non-included meals, extension trips, independent programs or non-group transfers. Hotels: Hotels used are in First Class, First Class Superior or Deluxe/best available category. In some programs which visit Pushkar or Manvar Tented Camp, a night or two are provided in Deluxe tented camps. It is a standard policy of hotels that rooms may not be available for check in before 2pm. Checkouts are generally before 12 noon.

The following information is sent after we receive your deposit:

Meals: Many meals are included as indicated. American or buffet breakfasts are sumptuous and filling. Lunches and dinners are on ‘table d’hote’ or buffet basis. Only full American breakfast is included on trip extensions and independent tour programs unless stated otherwise in pre-documentation.

Immediately after sign-up: Confirmation letter, preliminary flight schedule, a visa kit, if applicable, a list of recommended shots, temperatures to expect, clothing suggestion, reading suggestion and your tour invoice, etc.

Immediate Check-in: Should you wish to have your room ready for immediate check-in upon early or late night arrival; immediate check-in can be arranged for an additional charge. Please ask for details and prices.

About 105 days before departure: Final invoice including extra services ordered. Balance payment is due 90 days before departure.

Non-Group transfers: Non-group transfers are included only if you are buying the international air from us or if arranged/ paid for in advance.

Reservations. A US$700.00 deposit, along with a completed Trip Registration Form, will reserve space for you. Final payments are due 90 days prior to departure.

About three weeks before departure: Final tour documents including rendezvous instructions, airline tickets, itinerary, and hotel list with hotel address, fax numbers, etc., passport cases and baggage tags and any other information relevant to your tour. Included in tour programs: Accommodations as noted in the itinerary or similar including applicable taxes, meals as specified, all ground transportation, first class or 2nd Class AC train tickets, guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary (including park and entrance fees), services of an India/Himalayas expert Tour Escort (only on Escorted tours, please see conditions noted below), baggage handling of one standard size checked bag per person, other baggage restrictions may apply for some flights, **mentioned gratuities (only on Escorted tours). Tour prices are valid as shown on the price sheet insert but are subject to change if there is a substantial increase in airfares or hotel/transport prices before departure. Group size, Tour Escorts or locally hosted: For maximum personal experience groups are kept small, usually 8 to 16 passengers. Most escorted tour programs are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 8 passengers. If number of passengers is below 8, locally hosted arrangements are provided. Instead of an accompanied Tour Escort you will be expertly guided by local guides and our staff in each city. Logistics may be modified to accommodate a smaller group. All extension and privately guided programs are locally hosted. **Gratuities: On Escorted Programs, gratuities are included for inclusive features such as meals, baggage handling, local guides/drivers, shoe-keepers at monuments etc. Gratuities are not included for the Worldview Tour Escorts. This is left to the traveler’s discretion. Gratuities are not included on any Worldview Tours privately guided tours; it is recommended that they can be pre-paid with advance arrangements. Not included in any tour programs: International and internal airfare, Travel insurance, passport and visa fee (Bhutan visa fee is included in the land tour prices), airport departure taxes if any, any immigration/security charges levied by airport authorities, any service at US airports, excess baggage charges, meals and transportation other than specified in the itinerary, beverages, personal expenses 56

Sightseeing tours: Comprehensive sightseeing in each city, as indicated in your itinerary, is included by motor coach or private automobile with driver, and English speaking local guides, entrance fees are included as well. Camera fees at some monuments are included for only one still or moving camera but not both. Train travel: First Class train or 2nd class air-conditioned tickets are included when a journey includes a train ride. Active Elements: Activities during the tour could include (but are not limited to) walking in bazaars, climbing stairs, off road walking and navigating uneven terrain. It is the responsibility of tour participants to select a trip suited to their abilities and interest. While none of our tours are rigorous (except the Himalayas tours), some can be physically demanding and include travel to areas where medical facilities are almost non-existent. Please ask for details at the time of booking. Baggage: No responsibility is accepted for loss of or damage to baggage or any of the passenger’s belongings. Air Transportation: You will receive a passenger receipt, E-ticket and an itinerary. International airfares are quoted separately. These fares are generally discounted and cannot be combined with any other offers. Most airlines now require passengers to purchase airline tickets within 24 to 48 hours of making reservations. Some discounted airfares may not earn mileage credits. These tickets are generally non-refundable, non-endorsable, non-re-routable and carry heavy change or cancellation penalties. Foreign airport departure taxes are generally included in your airline tickets, however in certain destinations airport taxes cannot be prepaid and are the traveler’s responsibility. Prices, flight schedules, routings and tour itineraries are subject to change without notice. Airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board their planes or conveyances. These programs may use the services of any IATA or Non IATA carriers. (800) 373 0388

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The limitations of liability are available from each airline. The passage contract in use by these companies, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the companies and the purchaser of these travel programs and/or passage. Guaranteed Departures: All departures require a minimum number of passengers to operate. Should the minimum number of passengers not be met, or in cases of force-majeure, Worldview Tours will offer one of the following options: an independent locally hosted program with a supplemental price or offer an alternative tour. Should no alternative be suitable, you will be refunded all monies paid which will constitute the limit of Worldview Tours’ responsibility. In some cases it may be possible to operate the tour, with a small group surcharge to meet additional costs for nongroup hotel and transport prices, etc. Other facts you should know: Accommodations (hotels) and arranged sightseeing are subject to change at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond Worldview Tours control. Every effort will be made to operate tours as planned, but alterations may occur even after the final tour documents have been issued. Worldview Tours must reserve the right to make any modifications if they become necessary. Worldview Tours also reserves the right to withdraw a tour or any part of it to make alterations in the itinerary and to pass on to tour members any expenditures or losses caused by delays or events beyond its control. Worldview Tours reserves the right to accept or decline any tour member should the participant’s health, mental condition or physical infirmity impede smooth operation of the tour or the rights, of enjoyment of other tour members. In an unlikely event of room shares not working out, single rooms may be offered at extra single supplements paid by both persons. Worldview Tours reserves the right to photograph or film any of its tours in progress for promotion/commercial purposes. Change Fee: A change fee of US$75.00 per person will be charged for each change made after your first deposit. If any changes necessitate cancellation of confirmed travel arrangements or cruise portions, unrecoverable costs will be added to the change fee. Cancellation: Our cancellation policy is as follows; If canceled in writing; all penalties below are per person. 90 days or more before departure…

Minimum penalty $350.00

89 - 60 days before departure…

Minimum penalty 50%

59 - 45 days before departure…

Minimum penalty 75%

44 days prior until date of departure… 100% of the tour price NO shows … no refunds and no refunds after the tour begin. Deposit, Reservation and cancellation policies for Luxury Trains:

Note: • 10% surcharge shall be levied on all luxury train departures during Christmas/New Years • Cancellation policies for Luxury Trains will remain the same as per our standard cancellation policies as mentioned above Travel Advisories/Warnings: It is the responsibility of The Traveler to become informed about the most current travel advisories and warnings by referring to the U. S. State Department’s travel website at www.travel.state.gov/. In the event of an active State Department Travel Warning against travel to the specific destination location(s) of the trip, should the traveler still choose to travel, despite the existing travel advisory or warning, the traveler assumes all risk of personal injury, death or property damage. Worldview Tours will require a signed release form before such tour can be finalized. Responsibility: Worldview Tours, its employees, shareholders, directors, officers, escorts, successors, agents and assigns (collectively Worldview Tours), does not own or operate any entity which is providing goods or services for your trip. It purchases transportation (by aircraft, coach, train, vessel or otherwise), hotel and other lodging accommodations, restaurant, ground handling and other services from various independent suppliers. All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result Worldview Tours is not liable for any omission, negligent or willful act of any such person or entity of any third person. In addition and without limitation, Worldview Tours is not responsible for any injury, loss, death, inconvenience, delay or damage to personal property in connection with the provision of any goods or services whether resulting from but not limited to acts of God or force majeure, illness, disease, acts of war, civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, animals, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind, overbooking or downgrading of services, food poisoning, mechanical or other failure of aircraft or other means of transportation or for failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart on time. The tour participant expressly waives all rights, which he or she may have against Worldview Tours in connection with the foregoing. Any unresolved dispute or controversy arising under or in connection with the services provided by Worldview Tours shall be settled exclusively by arbitration conducted before the American Arbitration Association, in Los Angeles, California. Each party shall be responsible for the respective fees and expenses of their legal representation and the costs of arbitration shall be shared equally. It is specially agreed that this agreement is entered in the city of Irvine, county of Orange, California. Any legal action against Worldview Tours concerning the interpretation, enforcement or breach of any term, conditions or obligations set forth in this brochure, the venue of such action shall lie exclusively in the city of Irvine, county of Orange, California.

We require additional deposits at the time of confirming bookings on Luxury Trains in India. Maharaja Express: 25% of ticket value Palace On Wheels and Royal Rajasthan on Wheels: 50% of ticket value The Indian Maharaja- Deccan Odyssey: US$300 per person (additional deposit) The Golden Chariot: 20% of ticket value (800) 373 0388

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