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Program #18716RJ
21 Days | 20 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Mar 19 — Apr 8, 2014

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Day One: Wednesday, March 19 - Departure from the U.S.A.
Depart From: Depart from US for flight to India.

Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: The Suryaa New Delhi is a 5 Star Deluxe Hotel located in the heart of New Delhi, a mere 35 minute drive from the International Airport & adjacent to Delhi's business districts - Nehru Place, Pragati Maidan-International Trade Fair venue, Okhla & Noida Export Promotion Zone.

Contact info:
New Friends Colony
New Delhi, 110 025 India
phone: +911126835070
web: www.thesuryaanewdelhi.com/

Room amenities: Satellite TV, CD Player, DVD Player, In-Room Movies, Coffee Maker, Mini-Refrigerator, Mini Bar, Wi-Fi Internet, Phone with Voicemail, Bathrobe, Hairdryer, Bathtub, In-Room Safe, Air Conditioning & Iron/Ironing Board

Facility amenities: Laundry/Dry Cleaning, Multi-lingual Staff, Administrative Services, Concierge Services, Barber/Hair Stylist, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Fax, Gift Shop, Room Service, Health Club, Indoor Pool, Health Spa/Massage, Outdoor Pool, Hot Tub, ATM & Safe Deposit Box

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.


Day Two: Thursday, March 20 - Welcome to Delhi
Afternoon: Late afternoon arrivals in Delhi.

Dinner: A light dinner will be served at the Le Cafe at the hotel.

Lodging: Suryaa New Delhi

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: The Suryaa New Delhi is a 5 Star Deluxe Hotel located in the heart of New Delhi, a mere 35 minute drive from the International Airport & adjacent to Delhi's business districts - Nehru Place, Pragati Maidan-International Trade Fair venue, Okhla & Noida Export Promotion Zone.

Contact info:
New Friends Colony
New Delhi, 110 025 India
phone: +911126835070
web: www.thesuryaanewdelhi.com/

Room amenities: Satellite TV, CD Player, DVD Player, In-Room Movies, Coffee Maker, Mini-Refrigerator, Mini Bar, Wi-Fi Internet, Phone with Voicemail, Bathrobe, Hairdryer, Bathtub, In-Room Safe, Air Conditioning & Iron/Ironing Board

Facility amenities: Laundry/Dry Cleaning, Multi-lingual Staff, Administrative Services, Concierge Services, Barber/Hair Stylist, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Fax, Gift Shop, Room Service, Health Club, Indoor Pool, Health Spa/Massage, Outdoor Pool, Hot Tub, ATM & Safe Deposit Box

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.


Day Three: Friday, March 21 - Old Delhi and the Legacy of Gandhi
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Begin the morning with program orientation. Then, depart for an excursion to Old Delhi. Drive past the Red Fort, and then go on a bicycle rickshaw ride around the heart of Chandini Chowk, - named for the silver merchants - navigating narrow alleyways, and a bustle of people, to end at Jama Masjid, the largest Muslim mosque in India. Continue on to the Raj Ghat - the cremation ground of Mahatma Gandhi.

Lunch: In at Chor Bizarre.

Afternoon: Visit Gandhi Smitri. Gandhi Smriti, is the sacred place where Mahatma Gandhi's epic Life ended on 30 January 1948. Mahatma Gandhi had lived in this house from 9 September 1947 to 30 January 1948.The museum in the building houses a number of articles associated with Gandhi's life and death. Learn about “Relevance of Gandhi in Today’s World” during a presentation by a local expert after returning to the hotel.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Suryaa New Delhi

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: The Suryaa New Delhi is a 5 Star Deluxe Hotel located in the heart of New Delhi, a mere 35 minute drive from the International Airport & adjacent to Delhi's business districts - Nehru Place, Pragati Maidan-International Trade Fair venue, Okhla & Noida Export Promotion Zone.

Contact info:
New Friends Colony
New Delhi, 110 025 India
phone: +911126835070
web: www.thesuryaanewdelhi.com/

Room amenities: Satellite TV, CD Player, DVD Player, In-Room Movies, Coffee Maker, Mini-Refrigerator, Mini Bar, Wi-Fi Internet, Phone with Voicemail, Bathrobe, Hairdryer, Bathtub, In-Room Safe, Air Conditioning & Iron/Ironing Board

Facility amenities: Laundry/Dry Cleaning, Multi-lingual Staff, Administrative Services, Concierge Services, Barber/Hair Stylist, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Fax, Gift Shop, Room Service, Health Club, Indoor Pool, Health Spa/Massage, Outdoor Pool, Hot Tub, ATM & Safe Deposit Box

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.


Day Four: Saturday, March 22 - New Delhi/National Museum
Breakfast: Breakfast served in Le Cafe.

Morning: Led by your Study Leader, attend a lecture on the Indian system of government - the world's largest parliamentary democracy.Then depart on a discovery of New Delhi's monuments: India Gate, the Parliament House, and the government secretariat buildings at Connaught Place. Continue to the National Museum for an expert-led visit with an art historian who explains the essence of classical Indian art.

Lunch: Lunch on your own. Group Leader will give you options or suggestions in the surrounding area.

Afternoon: The remainder of the afternoon is free to explore independently, or continue to the Bahai Temple with your Study Leader (this is an optional activity).

Dinner: Dinner will be served at a private home so that you can experience what a local home feels like.

Lodging: Suryaa New Delhi

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Trident, Agra, set amidst beautiful gardens, fountains, landscaped central courtyards, is built of red stone reminiscent of the Mughal era. The Hotel is literally, a stone's throw away from one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal.

Contact info:
Fatehabad Rd.
Agra, 282 001 India
phone: +91 562 223 5000
web: www.tridenthotels.com/agra/index.asp

Room amenities: Central A/C, Internet Access, Direct Dial Telephone, Tea & Coffee Maker, 24 hr. Room Service, Satellite TV, Electronic Safe, Hairdryer, Voltage 110-220

Facility amenities: Bar, Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Jogging Track, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Laundry Service

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Sunday, March 23 - Learn about the Mughal Empire
Note: After early breakfast, transfer on the coach from Delhi to Agra. It will take about 4 1/2 hours.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Depart to Agra. En route, your Study Leader presents an Introduction to Indian History: Pre Mogul Period.

Lunch: Lunch will served at the hotel.

Afternoon: Cross to the Yamuna River in the late afternoon, visit Itimad ud Daulah. Itmad-ud-Daulah, also known as the ‘Baby Taj’, is the first monument in India built entirely in marble. The tomb was built between 1622 and 1628 by the Queen of Jahangir, Nurjahan as a memorial to her father, Mirza Ghiyas Beg. Finally, watch the sun set over the Taj Mahal. This excusion will be accompanied by a talk on Moghul history by a local expert.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Lodging: Trident Hotel Agra

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Trident, Agra, set amidst beautiful gardens, fountains, landscaped central courtyards, is built of red stone reminiscent of the Mughal era. The Hotel is literally, a stone's throw away from one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal.

Contact info:
Fatehabad Rd.
Agra, 282 001 India
phone: +91 562 223 5000
web: www.tridenthotels.com/agra/index.asp

Room amenities: Central A/C, Internet Access, Direct Dial Telephone, Tea & Coffee Maker, 24 hr. Room Service, Satellite TV, Electronic Safe, Hairdryer, Voltage 110-220

Facility amenities: Bar, Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Jogging Track, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Laundry Service

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Monday, March 24 - Taj Mahal
Note: Transfer to Agra will take about 4 1/2 hours with rest stops.

Breakfast: In the hotel upon return from the Taj Mahal.

Morning: Set out pre-dawn to watch the rising sun bathe the pristine white marble of the Taj Mahal in warm hues of gold, ochre and orange. Take some time to explore the exquisite grounds and view the highly decorated inside chamber. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Next, visit Agra Fort. Originally planned as an impregnable military structure by Akbar, the Agra Fort, over a period of time, acquired all the elegance, lavishness and majesty of an imperial palace.

Lunch: Observe a cooking demonstration in a private home, then feast on the meal specially prepared for you.

Afternoon: Enjoy rest of the afternoon on your own.

Dinner: Dinner on your own as you will have a choice to explore a local fare. The Group Leader will be available to give you suggestions.

Lodging: Trident Hotel Agra

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Lodge

Description: Dera Lake View Retreat is a perfect hidden getaway, a picture of serene beauty set among the golden wheat and mustard fields at the end of a monsoon lake in the lap of Arravali hills. It is a village destination that lies just a few kilometres off the least explored stretch of the Golden Triangle that helps complete your journey and introduces you to the people and cultures of ‘Meena’ tribe.

Contact info:
Village Kalakho, Tehsil Sikrai
District Dausa
Rajastan, 303502 India
phone: +91 - 9950873466
Room amenities: The cabins also caled ("Deras") have A/C and heating, Clean towels, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant serving Indian, Chinese, and Continental cuisines, Gardens, internet, laundry.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Each cabin has private bathrooms with showers and running hot and cold water.


Day Seven: Tuesday, March 25 - Remote Villages of Rajasthan and Camel Ride
Note: Transfer to Kalako will take about 4 hours with rest stops.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Depart to Kalakho. En route, explore Fatehpur Sikr, the deserted sandstone city built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. A variety of architectural styles are found, since craftsmen representing many schools were employed. Originally planned as the capital, a shortage of water compelled Akbar to abandon his plans.

Lunch: Upon arrival at the Dera Village Retreat.

Afternoon: Set out on a camel trek, either riding a camel or in small carts pulled by camels, to a nearby village belonging to the colorful Meena tribal group. The Bhil (Tribal) Meena are a tribal group found in the state of Rajasthan in India. According to some traditions, they are said to be descended from those Meenas and Rajputs who, in the wars between their own tribes or with Muslims, were compelled to quit their native home and seek refuge in the vastness of Rajputana, where they formed alliances with the aboriginal families and established tribe. Visit their traditional mud huts, decorated with floral and animal designson the walls and floors and interact with the residents.

Dinner: Dinner at the Retreat.

Evening: Before dinner, enjoy traditional Rajasthani folk dances and try a few steps with the dancers.

Lodging: Dera Village Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Dera Lake View Retreat is a perfect hidden getaway, a picture of serene beauty set among the golden wheat and mustard fields at the end of a monsoon lake in the lap of Arravali hills. It is a village destination that lies just a few kilometres off the least explored stretch of the Golden Triangle that helps complete your journey and introduces you to the people and cultures of ‘Meena’ tribe.

Contact info:
Village Kalakho, Tehsil Sikrai
District Dausa
Rajastan, 303502 India
phone: +91 - 9950873466
Room amenities: The cabins also caled ("Deras") have A/C and heating, Clean towels, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant serving Indian, Chinese, and Continental cuisines, Gardens, internet, laundry.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Each cabin has private bathrooms with showers and running hot and cold water.


Day Eight: Wednesday, March 26 - The Abhaneri Step Wells and Local Culture
Breakfast: Breakfast at the retreat.

Morning: Explore the small village of Abhaneri and one of India's deepest and largest stepwells. These unique steps were built in the 12th century as a water supply, as cool places of resort and for ritual cleansing before a visiting the adjoining Harshita Mata temple. Interact with local children at a village school.

Lunch: At the retreat/lodge.

Afternoon: Choose free time to relax or learn how to play Cricket, the national sport of India. In the late afternoon, for those interested, an active (Level 6) nature hike explores the nearby mountains.

Dinner: At the retreat/lodge.

Evening: Early evening, before dinner, your Study Leader will present an overview of the history, culture and people of Rajasthan.

Lodging: Dera Village Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Situated near the renowned Amber Fort and overlooking the Mansagar Lake. The rose coloured facade of the hotel is reminiscent of traditional Rajasthani architecture.

Contact info:
Amber Fort Road
Opposite Jal Mahal
Jaipur, 302 002 India
phone: +91 141 267 0101
web: www.tridenthotels.com/jaipur/index.asp

Room amenities: Central A/C, Internet Access, Dual Line Telephones, Tea & Coffee Maker, 24 Hr. Room Service, Electronic Safe, Hairdryer, Voltage 110-220

Facility amenities: Bar, Restaurant, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Laundry Service

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Thursday, March 27 - The Pink City of Jaipur and Dinner in a Historic ...
Note: Transfer to Jaipur will take about 3 hours.

Breakfast: At the retreat/lodge.

Morning: This morning, depart for the colorful city of Jaipur. En route, your Study Leader discusses the "caste system". Learn about the evolution of the caste system and it's deep roots in Indian society.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: This afternoon, experience the essence of Jaipur as you take in the riot of colors and activities on a walk through the city's local market.

Dinner: Share an exclusive evening in the company of a Rajasthani Family in their private home.

Lodging: Trident Hotel Jaipur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Situated near the renowned Amber Fort and overlooking the Mansagar Lake. The rose coloured facade of the hotel is reminiscent of traditional Rajasthani architecture.

Contact info:
Amber Fort Road
Opposite Jal Mahal
Jaipur, 302 002 India
phone: +91 141 267 0101
web: www.tridenthotels.com/jaipur/index.asp

Room amenities: Central A/C, Internet Access, Dual Line Telephones, Tea & Coffee Maker, 24 Hr. Room Service, Electronic Safe, Hairdryer, Voltage 110-220

Facility amenities: Bar, Restaurant, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Laundry Service

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Friday, March 28 - Amber Fort/City Palace/Jantar Mantar
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: We arrive at Amber (pronounced Amer) Fort, set in rugged hills about six miles from Jaipur. Construction of this ancient citadel of local rulers began in 1592. The formidable exterior of red sandstone and white marble with its terraces and ramparts is reflected in Maota Lake. The fabulous interiors are a blend of Hindu and Mughal art and architecture. These former royal halls are decorated with intricate ivory, mirror, and glass work complemented by exquisite wall paintings. Then we will have an opportunity to see and learn about Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). You will have time for photographs as we disembark and walk around this five-storied wonder, constructed from pink and red sandstone. It was built to give royal ladies views of life outside the palace since they never appeared in public. Hawa Mahal has a spectacular pyramidal façade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes, and spires.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Visit the City Palace, still the Maharaja's residence but largely given over to a museum containing rare manuscripts, fine specimens of Rajput and Mughal paintings, royal apparel and an armory. Last, visit Jantar Mantar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by city founder Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, between 1727 and 1734, the Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments. The Jaipur observatory is the largest and best preserved in India.

Dinner: Dinner on own.

Lodging: Trident Hotel Jaipur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Regaalis is a modern hotel located in the heart of Mysore, and enjoys a tranquil setting within three acres of lush gardens.

Contact info:
13-14 Vinobha Road
Mysore, 570005 India
phone: +91 821 242 6426
web: www.reztrip.com/RezTripWeb/defaultSearchDisplay.do?propertyId=10719519

Room amenities: 108 rooms with air-conditioning, Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television, direct-dial telephone, tea and coffee making facility, room service, in-room safe, mini-bar, private bathroom with shower and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; Wi-Fi Internet access, foreign currency exchange, laundry service, swimming pool and fitness center.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Saturday, March 29 - Travel to Mysore via Bangalore
Note: This will be a long day in transit. Participants must have the stamina to fly from Jaipur to Banglore then take a 5 hour coach transfer to Mysore.

Morning: Early morning departure to the aiport to fly to Bangalore. Boxed Breakfast, as you will have to wake up very early in the morning to take the flight. Once you land in Bangalore, you will take a coach for Mysore.

Lunch: Lunch en route.

Afternoon: Your Study Leader presents an overview of South India, whose cultures and traditions and architecture are markedly different from those of the North.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel after arrival and check-in.

Lodging: Hotel Regaalis Mysore

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Regaalis is a modern hotel located in the heart of Mysore, and enjoys a tranquil setting within three acres of lush gardens.

Contact info:
13-14 Vinobha Road
Mysore, 570005 India
phone: +91 821 242 6426
web: www.reztrip.com/RezTripWeb/defaultSearchDisplay.do?propertyId=10719519

Room amenities: 108 rooms with air-conditioning, Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television, direct-dial telephone, tea and coffee making facility, room service, in-room safe, mini-bar, private bathroom with shower and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; Wi-Fi Internet access, foreign currency exchange, laundry service, swimming pool and fitness center.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twelve: Sunday, March 30 - The Palace of Tipu Sultan and Dinner in a Private...
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Explore Srirangapatnam and the Somnath Temple. Srirangapatnam, the island fortress of Tipu Sultan, is the legendary "Tiger of Mysore" who put up a valiant fight against British domination. The high stone walls and moats enclose the palaces, temples and a great mosque. Tipu's summer palace, with its beautiful frescoes, the tombs of Tipu and Hyder Ali at Gumbaz, Royal Mosque, Wellesley Bridge and the celebrated Sri Ranganatha Temple are other monuments from its glorious past.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: Presentation by your Study Leader on the "Introduction to Indian Mythology". Explore the lively local market with its colorful flower, fruits and vegetables.

Dinner: In the home of a local Kodava family, experience a taste of authentic Kodava cuisine and culture. The Kodava, also known as Coorg tribal people are a 'martial race' with a tradition of ancestor worship.

Lodging: Hotel Regaalis Mysore

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Regaalis is a modern hotel located in the heart of Mysore, and enjoys a tranquil setting within three acres of lush gardens.

Contact info:
13-14 Vinobha Road
Mysore, 570005 India
phone: +91 821 242 6426
web: www.reztrip.com/RezTripWeb/defaultSearchDisplay.do?propertyId=10719519

Room amenities: 108 rooms with air-conditioning, Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television, direct-dial telephone, tea and coffee making facility, room service, in-room safe, mini-bar, private bathroom with shower and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; Wi-Fi Internet access, foreign currency exchange, laundry service, swimming pool and fitness center.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Thirteen: Monday, March 31 - Chamundeshwari Temple and Mysore Palace
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Set out for the nearby Chamundi Hills, Chamundeshwari temple is situated on the top of Chamundi hill. The temple is dedicated to Sri Chamundeshwari, the titular deity of the Mysore Royal Family also described as "Mahishasura Mardini" for having killed the buffalo headed demon Mahishasura. Then visit Mysore Palace, the official residence of the Wodeyars - the erstwhile royal family of Mysore. Built in 1912 in the Indo Saracenic style, the architectural style of the palace is commonly described as Indo-Saracenic, and blends together Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles of architecture. Then visit a silk factory.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: Choose to explore independently or join your Study Leader for a free-time activity.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare. Group Leader can give you suitable suggestions.

Lodging: Hotel Regaalis Mysore

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Windflower Spa & Resort, Wayanad, is a getaway that invites you to pamper your senses with a unique spa and resort set in 27 acres of coffee estate. In keeping with the Windflower spirit of evolving from the natural beauty of the surroundings, it brings you a very distinctive look and mood. Just a five hours drive from Bangalore, this very private retreat with all its contemporary luxuries, awaits you. Nestled in a hillock, amidst a sprawling coffee plantation, you will find the misty slopes, the aroma of coffee and spices welcoming you as you enter a world of gourmet cuisines, exciting adventure and leisure options and a choice of wellness therapies – a world of intimate experiences that will surely make you forget the mundane.

Contact info:
x
x, India
phone: +x
web: www.signatureholidays.co.in/wayanad-windflower_spa_resort.html

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Fourteen: Tuesday, April 01 - The Hill Station of Wyanand
Note: Must be comfortable sitting on a bus for 6 to 7 hour drive with stops.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Depart on a full-day drive to the Hill Station of Wyanand. En route, travel what has been described as one of the most picturesque drives in India. As the road winds through Bandipur National Park, look out for monkeys playing along the road side and possibly a rare glimpse of the elephants who sometimes inhabit these forests. Cross from Karnataka into the state of Kerala.

Lunch: Lunch at a resort in Wynberg. After lunch, take a walk with the owner to learn about the spice crops grown in this area.

Afternoon: Continue to Wyanand. Briefly stop at a tea garden and and have a photo session. En route, presentation by Group Leader on “How the Spices of Kerala influenced History.”

Dinner: In the resort.

Lodging: Windflower Spa & Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Nestled amid 50 acres of peaceful, natural beauty in the hills surrounding Palakkad, the Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort is a traditional Ayurvedic retreat. With its unique focus on healthful living, the resort is designed to rejuvenate the guest.

Room amenities: 30 individual villas with air conditioning, satellite television, direct-dial telephone, bathrobe and slippers, private bathroom individual hote water heaters, bathtub with hand-held shower nozzle and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Ayurveda health spa with massage and beauty treatments, vegetarian restaurant, conference hall, outdoor swimming pool, herbal garden, yoga and meditation classes, recreation and business center, W-Fi Internet access. No alcohol is served on the premises.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Fifteen: Wednesday, April 02 - Drive to Palakkad/Kerala Kalamandalam
Note: Drive to Palakkad will take about 7 hours with rest stops. The morning route will take about a 2 hour drive. The drive after lunch will take about 5 hours.

Breakfast: In the resort.

Morning: Early morning call: Depart to Palakkad, winding through the scenic hills. Enjoy an en route presention given by your SL on the "How the spices of Kerela Influenced History."

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant en route to Palakkad.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, before we get to Palakkad, we will stop at Kerala Kalamandalam, an old school that has imparted training to several artists who have received national and international recognition

Dinner: Dinner at the resort.

Lodging: Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Nestled amid 50 acres of peaceful, natural beauty in the hills surrounding Palakkad, the Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort is a traditional Ayurvedic retreat. With its unique focus on healthful living, the resort is designed to rejuvenate the guest.

Room amenities: 30 individual villas with air conditioning, satellite television, direct-dial telephone, bathrobe and slippers, private bathroom individual hote water heaters, bathtub with hand-held shower nozzle and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Ayurveda health spa with massage and beauty treatments, vegetarian restaurant, conference hall, outdoor swimming pool, herbal garden, yoga and meditation classes, recreation and business center, W-Fi Internet access. No alcohol is served on the premises.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Sixteen: Thursday, April 03 - Take Part in a Local Festival
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Ayurvedic Resort.

Morning: Join a special presentation on Ayurvedic Medicine led by a local expert from the resort specializing in Ayurvedic treatment. This afternoon, you will stop at Kerala Kalamandalam. Depart for Kalamandalam. Founded in 1930 by renowned poet Padmabhooshan Vallathol Narayana Menon, Kalamandalam is a residential center of learning for art and culture. On a special visit of the classes, observe how students learn about the traditional dance and theater form of Kathakali.

Lunch: Lunch at the resort.

Afternoon: Witness the activities and events of a local festival. Relish and participate in the traditional local festival where the human spirit is celebrated with much fanfare. This is a vibrantly colorful and rich experience.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Originally called a "Kettuvallum" (meaning rice barge), the shallow and rounded hull of Keralan houseboats are constructed without using a single nail. Built in the same manner for centuries, the traditional use was to transport goods through the placid waterways of the lagoons and their tributaries. The two-deck boats feature hand carved pillars and traditional doors with intricate Keralan brass locks. One large houseboat accommodates 9 passengers, additional houseboats accommodate 4 passengers each in twin-bedded cabins.

Room amenities: All cabins are located on the lower deck and have a large picture window, air-conditioning, and are simply-furnished with two twin beds, private bathroom with shower, sink and toilet, hot and cold water.

Facility amenities: A single flight of stairs joins the lower and upper deck, where the air-conditioned dining area, sitting room and open-air sun deck are located.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seventeen: Friday, April 04 - Kerala Backwaters
Note: Must be able to sit for a long time. The drive from Palakkad to the Kerala Backwaters will take 7 hours with rest stops along the way.

Breakfast: In the Ayurvedic Restaurant (Morning Yoga for all those interested before breakfast.)

Morning: Depart on a full-day drive to the Backwaters of Kerala. As you descend from the hills into Kerala's tropical coastal area, observe the changing landscapes.

Lunch: In a local restaurant en route.

Afternoon: Continue the drive, arriving at the riverside meeting point in the late afternoon to board privately-charted traditional Keralan houseboats and begin cruising. Enroute,Your Study Leader discusses how Kerala is a prosperous progressive state while remaining Communist.

Dinner: Just before sunset, your houseboats tie up for the night and dinner is served on board.

Lodging: Privately Chartered Houseboats

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Originally called a "Kettuvallum" (meaning rice barge), the shallow and rounded hull of Keralan houseboats are constructed without using a single nail. Built in the same manner for centuries, the traditional use was to transport goods through the placid waterways of the lagoons and their tributaries. The two-deck boats feature hand carved pillars and traditional doors with intricate Keralan brass locks. One large houseboat accommodates 9 passengers, additional houseboats accommodate 4 passengers each in twin-bedded cabins.

Room amenities: All cabins are located on the lower deck and have a large picture window, air-conditioning, and are simply-furnished with two twin beds, private bathroom with shower, sink and toilet, hot and cold water.

Facility amenities: A single flight of stairs joins the lower and upper deck, where the air-conditioned dining area, sitting room and open-air sun deck are located.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eighteen: Saturday, April 05 - Kerala Backwaters Exploration
Breakfast: Aboard your houseboat.

Morning: Enjoy a full day of cruising the Backwaters into the countryside along tranquil waterways for a view into rural life. Passing skiff-fishermen in their cockleshell boats; large flotillas of ducks waddling down to the water from thatched houses on the banks; women, neck-deep in water, with their waist-length hair heaped in a crown, searching for fish with their feet and the aimless cattle who graze in lush pasture-land. Stop in water-side villages along the way and walk the paths that front the small houses to observe daily life.

Lunch: Aboard your houseboat.

Afternoon: Continue cruising and observing life on the water. You are just as much of interest to the village residents, as they are to you, waving and calling out as the boats pass by. An abundance of birdlife is found in the area. The houseboats tie up at sunset, to overnight along the water’s edge.

Dinner: Aboard your houseboat.

Evening: Early evening, before dinner, attend a presentation: "Traditional Boat Building of Kerala."

Lodging: Privately Chartered Houseboats

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Conveniently located on downtown Marine Drive, Ernakulam’s busiest commercial hub, the hotel is 45 minutes from the airport. The hotel offers some of the best business amenities, restaurants and a view of the backwaters and the Cochin Harbour, making it just the place for business and pleasure.

Contact info:
The Gateway Hotel Marine Drive
Ernakulam, India
phone: +914846673300
Room amenities: •Wi-Fi internet connectivity •International direct dialling •Voicemail service •Mini-bar •Electronic safe

Facility amenities: •24-hour conference assistance •Wi-Fi internet access throughout the hotel •Audio-visual equipment •Copier / Facsimile facilities •Secretarial services •Currency exchange •Active studio •Swimming Pool

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more detailed information.


Day Nineteen: Sunday, April 06 - Discover Cochin
Note: The drive to Cochin once you disembark the boat will be three hours.

Breakfast: Aboard your houseboat.

Morning: Disembark the houseboats and meet the motorcoach for the drive to Cochin. Arrive mid-day to Ernakulam.

Lunch: Your choice to explore local fare.

Afternoon: Led by your study leader, Explore Cochin on a guided walk. Visit The "Dutch Palace”, built in the 1550s by the Portuguese and taken over by the Dutch, who later presented it to the Rajas of Cochin. The palace contains excellent mythological murals and a rare example of traditional Keralite flooring - a subtle mix of burnt coconut shells, lime, plant juices and egg whites - which gives the effect of polished marble. Visit The Jewish Synagogue, built in 1568 and considerably embellished in the mid 18th century by Ezekiel Rahabi, who built a clock tower and paved the floor of the synagogue with hand- painted tiles brought all the way from Canton in China.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: The Gateway Hotel Ernakulam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Twenty: Monday, April 07 - Discover Cochin & Departures.
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: A coach will be available to take you to the historic Fort Cochin neighborhood. This charming area is easily walkable, with many small shops and market stalls interspersed with the Colonial architecture of this coastal city.

Lunch: Your choice to explore local fare.

Afternoon: Free time to contiue exploring the shops and streets in the historical center or relax before your you have to get ready to depart for the airport around 5:00 PM (subject to change depending on flight schedule).

Dinner: Light dinner at a restaurant near the airport.

Evening: Departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Twenty One: Tuesday, April 08 - Return to the U.S.A.
Arrive To: Arrival back home.


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48 meals: 17 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 16 dinners
14 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences
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