Luxury tour operator to Asia, Pacific Delight Tours (http://www.PacificDelightTours.com) is offering travelers significant savings to experience a once in a lifetime journey to India. Couples can save up to $1,000 on the 12-day Inspirational India tour featuring highlights including the temples of Khajuraho. Alternately, couples can save up to $400 on the 9-day Dreams of the Taj – India Experience tour featuring a memorable stay in Samode in an air-conditioned luxury tented garden encampment. Discounts are valid on tours booked and paid in full by Dec. 15, 2012.
The 12-day Inspirational India journey offers the sights and culture of a deeply spiritual country with stunning beauty and intriguing history. Following a stay in Delhi, the modern country’s capital, the tour travels to the holy banks of the River Ganges with a visit to Varanasi, the religious center of Hinduism in India. The group also visits Sarnath, the birthplace of Buddhism, and the Sarnath Museum, housing the famous Lion Capital of Asoka as well as an impressive collection of sculptures and artifacts of Buddhist origin. Participants will enjoy a picturesque sunrise boat excursion on the Ganges followed by a city tour.
The next stop is a visit to the famed Khajuraho temples featuring well-preserved sculptures and carvings. A morning drive to Jhansi is highlighted by a journey to Orchha temple, well-known for its spectacular view of soaring temple spires and cenotaphs. In Jhansi, the group transfers to the train station to board the Shatabdi Express Train bound for Agra.
Travelers will visit the magnificent Taj Mahal. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is a memorial to his favorite wife. The group will also stop at Agra Fort, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is more like a palatial walled city than a fort.
The group will then drive from Agra to the “Pink City” of Jaipur, known as one of the world’s best planned cities built in accordance with Vastu Shastra (the Indian alternative to Chinese Feng Shui). En route, visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city built by Emperor Akbar as his capital, now classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The group continues through the picturesque Rajasthani countryside highlighted by views of camels, elephants, age-old villages and traditional women dressed in the brilliantly colored saris of the region.
A tour of the Amber Fort offers a marvelous example of Rajput architecture, decorated in intricate ivory, mirror and glasswork overlooking scenic Maota Lake. Participants will also visit the City Palace Museum to observe a remarkable blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art and the impressive Jantar Mantar, considered the largest stone observatory in the world.
The final stop on this journey is Udaipur, also known as “City of Dreams.” The group will explore Udaipur’s City Palace and museum on the east bank of Lake Pichola, followed by a visit to Jagdish Temple, an excellent example of Indo-Aryan architecture. Travelers will also enjoy a leisurely afternoon cruise on Lake Pichola.
Pricing for this land-only itinerary starts at $3,699* per person, based on double occupancy, with the $1,000 per couple promotional discount already factored into the price. Departure dates are Nov. 1, and Dec. 6, 2012 as well as Jan. 10, Feb. 7, and March 7, 2013. For full details for the itinerary, visit: www.PacificDelightTours.com.
The 9-day Dreams of the Taj – India Experience captures the country’s stunning beauty and intriguing culture. The group will first explore the capital city of Delhi, where travelers will visit the Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi, and Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque with a courtyard large enough to fit 25,000 worshippers. A rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, the colorful market of the old city, will be sure to impress, along with a tour of New Delhi and a visit to two monuments of Delhi’s past – Humayuns Tomb and Qutub Minar. The Journey then takes the group down the ceremonial avenue of Rajpath, punctuated by Mughal-style gardens, fountains and shallow pools, past the imposing India gate and Parliament house, culminating with a visit to a local temple.
In Samode, guests will spend a memorable night in a luxuriously-furnished, air conditioned tented encampment in the romantic garden paradise of Samode Bagh, nestled on 20 acres of beautiful grounds nearby Samode Palace. Participants will enjoy a visit to Samode Village where they will experience an authentic camel cart excursion. The tour will also feature a trip to the city of Jaipur, with a stop at the City Palace Museum.
Travelers will take a jeep ride up to Amber Fort, and later travel to Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city built by Emperor Akbar as his capital, now classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The incredible India experience concludes with a visit to the world famous Taj Mahal to observe the finest example of Mughal architecture, combining elements of Persian, Ottoman, Indian, and Islamic architectural styles, and a stop at Agra Fort.
Pricing for this itinerary starts at $1,699* per person, based on double occupancy, with the $400 per couple promotional discount already factored into the price. Departure dates are Nov. 18, and Dec. 2, 2012 as well as Jan. 13, Feb. 17 and March 10, 2013. For full details for the itinerary, visit: www.PacificDelightTours.com.
Each Pacific Delight Tours land-only India package includes: all intra-India air (applies to 12-day Inspirational India journey) and ground transportation; accommodations in deluxe or five-star hotels for the duration of the trip; meals per the itinerary; the expert services of English-speaking tour guides; sightseeing to some of India’s most historical and noteworthy attractions; all fuel charges, taxes and fees; and USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program. All departures are guaranteed with a minimum of two passengers.
For more information or to book, consult your local travel agent, contact Pacific Delight Tours at 800-221-7179 or visit www.PacificDelightTours.com.
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