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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. 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 Oct 13 — Nov 2, 2015

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Day One: Tuesday, October 13 - In Transit to Program
Depart From: Depart from North America on overnight flights to India. Refer to your personal air itinerary for specific flight information

Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: The Suryaa New Delhi is 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, 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, 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, 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: Wednesday, October 14 - Arrive Delhi, Check In, Dinner
Arrive To: Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). See the “Travel Information” section regarding transfers. If you are an independent traveler (POP status), see “Ground Transportation to First Location.”

Afternoon: Late afternoon arrivals in Delhi. Upon arrival at the hotel, check in and get your room assignment. Then take some time to freshen up before dinner.

Dinner: In the hotel, enjoy a tasty buffet dinner.

Evening: At leisure. Relax and settle in after a lengthy travel day.

Lodging: The Suryaa New Delhi

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: The Suryaa New Delhi is 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, 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, 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, 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: Thursday, October 15 - New Delhi, India Gate,Gandhi Smriti
Breakfast: In the hotel, enjoy a buffet breakfast.

Morning: We begin with an overview by our Group Leader of India’s system of government in the world's largest parliamentary democracy. As we drive past India Gate, reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, note that it commemorates Indian soldiers who died during World War I. We will also view the Parliament House (Sansad Bhawan), the nation’s supreme legislative body; and the President House (Rashtrapati Bhavan), a huge complex that serves as the official residence of the President of India

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Next, we will visit Gandhi Smriti, where Mahatma Gandhi — the “Father of the Nation” — spent his last 144 days from September 9, 1947 until he was assassinated on January 30, 1948. It has been preserved as a museum that displays Gandhi’s few personal effects as well as paintings, pictures, sculptures, and other relics. The memorial perpetuates Gandhi’s legacy, highlights his values and ideals, and offers guidance for those who wish to follow his path.

We will then return to the hotel

Dinner: Welcome Dinner.

Lodging: The Suryaa New Delhi

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

Description: The Suryaa New Delhi is 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, 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, 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, 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: Friday, October 16 - Old Delhi, Home Hosted Dinner
Note: The bicycle rickshaw ride is through an extremely crowded market. Many steps at Jama Mosque. Shoes and socks are not permitted in Jama Masjid; gowns are provided by the mosque.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will be joined at the hotel by a local expert who will discuss the relevance of Gandhi in today’s world.

We’ll then depart for a field trip into Old Delhi. Driving past the massive sandstone walls of the Red Fort, gain an appreciation for this symbol of Mughal power and pomp. Arriving at Jama Masjid, we’ll explore the largest Muslim mosque in India.

The adventure continues as we ride bicycle rickshaws around the heart of Chandini Chowk — named for the silver merchants — while the drivers navigate narrow alleyways and the bustle of people.

We’ll conclude at the Raj Ghat, the cremation ground of Mahatma Gandhi.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You are also welcome to accompany the Group Leader to the Baha'i Lotus Temple.

Dinner: We will divide into smaller groups of 6-8 for home hosted dinners with local urban Indian families in their homes. Enjoy this opportunity to interact with family members and learn about their culture and traditions.

Evening: At leisure. We will return to the hotel after dinner

Lodging: The Suryaa New Delhi

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Five-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: Saturday, October 17 - Drive to Agra, Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb, Sunset vie...
Note: The drive from Delhi to Agra is approximately 4 hours.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet

Morning: After checking out of the hotel , we will board our motorcoach and depart for Agra. En route, the Group Leader will provide an overview of Indian history

Lunch: At the hotel in Agra.

Afternoon: Our field trip this afternoon is to the mausoleum of Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb. popularly known as the “Baby Taj” It was the first monument in India built entirely in marble rather than red sandstone. The tomb was built between 1622-1628 by the Queen of Jahangir, Nurjahan, as a memorial to her father, Mirza Ghiyas Beg. Its fascinating history chronicles the “rag to riches” saga of a poor merchant who rose to become chief minister of the Mughal emperor. The elaborately carved tomb in the Islamic style — like a jewel box set in a tranquil garden on the banks of the Yamuna River — was an inspiration for the Taj Mahal years later.

We’ll then continue to Mehtab Bagh, a garden complex aligned with the Taj Mahal on the opposite side of the Yamuna River and join a local expert to learn about Mughal history and architecture as the sun sets over the Taj Mahal.

Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a buffet dinner.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Trident Hotel Agra

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Five-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: Sunday, October 18 - Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Free Time
Breakfast: At the hotel after returning from the Taj Mahal.

Morning: We will 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 (subject to weather conditions). As the UNESCO World Heritage Convention states, “An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage.” The building is unique due to its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, and medium of construction and ornamentation.

You will have some time to explore the exquisite grounds and view the highly decorated interior chamber before we return to the hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast, our next field trip is to the 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: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Trident Hotel Agra

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Lodge

Description: Dera Village 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 30302
Rajasthan, 303502 India
phone: +91 - 9571503000
Room amenities: The cabins also called "Deras" have A/C and heating, clean towels, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant serving Indian, Chinese, and Continental cuisines, Gardens, 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: Monday, October 19 - Remote Villages of Rajasthan,CamelCart Ride
Note: The drive from Agra to Kalakho is approximately 4 hours with stops along the way.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will check out of the hotel, board our motorcoach, and depart for Kalakho. Mahatma Gandhi once wrote, "If you want to experience the soul of India, then you must go to her villages." Kalakho is one of those villages. Surrounded by forests in the Aravalli Hills, we are off the standard tourist path. This is a place where old customs and traditions are maintained with festivals throughout the year that celebrate events significant to communities such as Brahmins, Rajputs, Mahajans, Jains, and Kayasthas. The preferred mode of exploration for visitors is via camel cart.

Lunch: At the Dera Village Retreat.

Afternoon: We will set out on a trek in small carts pulled by camels (subject to availability) 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 designs on the walls and floors and interact with villagers as they follow daily activities in their homes.

Dinner: At the retreat.

Evening: Enjoy authentic traditional Rajasthani folk dance and musical performance and try a few steps with the dancers. Rajasthan folk dances and accompanying music are lively and festive.

Lodging: Dera Village Retreat Kalakho

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Dera Village 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 30302
Rajasthan, 303502 India
phone: +91 - 9571503000
Room amenities: The cabins also called "Deras" have A/C and heating, clean towels, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant serving Indian, Chinese, and Continental cuisines, Gardens, 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: Tuesday, October 20 - The Abhaneri Step Wells & Local Culture
Breakfast: At the retreat.

Morning: We will take a field trip to explore the small village of Abhaneri, notable for one of Rajasthan’s least well known but most fascinating landmarks, Chand Baori, one of India's deepest and largest stepwells. These unique steps were built in the 8th-9th century as a water supply, as cool places of resort and for ritual cleansing before visiting the adjoining Harshita Mata temple.

Lunch: At the retreat.

Afternoon: Free Time. You are also welcome to join in learning how to play Cricket. In the late afternoon, for the very energetic, there will be an opportunity to go on a active (Level 6) nature hike in the nearby mountains.

In the early evening before dinner, the Group Leader will present an overview of the history, culture, and people of Rajasthan.

Dinner: At the retreat.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Dera Village Retreat Kalakho

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Five-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 Rajasthan, 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: Wednesday, October 21 - Kalakho, Kalwar, Pink City of Jaipur
Note: The drive from Kalakho to Jaipur is approximately 3 hours with stops along the way. The school visit will be subject to opening of school.

Breakfast: At the retreat.

Morning: After checking out of the Retreat, we will depart for Kalwar. En route, the Group Leader will discuss the caste system, its evolution, and deep roots in Indian society.

Subject to the school schedule, we plan to visit a secondary school along the way with opportunities to interact with students.

Lunch: Enjoy a home hosted lunch near the school with an opportunity to learn about old Rajasthan family history.

Afternoon: Moving on to Jaipur, experience the essence of this amazing city as we take in the riot of colors and activities on a walk through the local market.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Trident Hotel Jaipur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Five-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 Rajasthan, 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: Thursday, October 22 - Amber Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Discover the 11th century Amber Fort (pronounced Amer), situated about six miles north of Jaipur and established as the original capital of Rajasthan, six centuries before the construction of Jaipur. Amber Fort is an example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. The interiors of the fort have various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glass work complemented by exquisite wall paintings.

Our field trip continues to the Hawa Mahal ( Palace of Winds), whose elaborate, honeycombed sandstone is a famous icon of the city.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Next, we will 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.

We will conclude the afternoon at Jantar Mantar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by city founder Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, between 1727-1734, the Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments. The Jaipur observatory is the largest and best preserved in India.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Trident Hotel Jaipur

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

Description: The Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Mysore is just steps from excellent shopping at the Mall of Mysore and a few minutes from major attractions, including the Mysore Palace, Mysore Zoo and fine art museums. • This Mysore hotel's location is near convenient transport options and just a 10-minute drive from Mandakalli Airport. • The hotel boasts 140 spacious, modern rooms and suites with top-notch amenities. • Guests can dine at one of this Mysore hotel's world class restaurants, and enjoy a drink at one of the trendy on-site bars or lounges. • This accommodation offers excellent service options, including fitness and beauty facilities and an exotic spa providing indulgent treatments. • Host elegant meetings and events in the hotel's spacious conference facility, capable of hosting up to 600 delegates. • Free high-speed, wireless Internet access is available throughout the hotel.

Contact info:
1 MG Road
570 070 Mysore, KA India
phone: +918217101234
web: www.radissonblu.com/hotel-mysore

Room amenities: This accommodation in Mysore offers spacious Superior rooms, with modern amenities perfect for leisure travellers. Superior rooms provide exceptional features including spacious bathrooms with designer amenities, coffee and tea provisions, air conditioning, direct-dial telephone, Free high-speed, wireless Internet access and flat-screen TV, laundry, as well as dry cleaning facilities and mini bars. Approximate room size 38 m2 Maximum number of guests 2 adults, 2 children Please enjoy Complimentary hot and cold breakfast Complimentary incoming faxes Daily newspaper Electronic lap-top size safe Four fixture bathroom In-room gourmet coffee and tea presentation Refrigerated private bar and snack basket Technology butler Two bottles of packaged drinking water (replenished daily) Two-line speaker phone with international direct dial facility and voicemail Turndown amenity Use of fitness studio and outdoor swimming pool Walk-in wardrobe Well appointed workstation with ergonomic work chair

Facility amenities: High Speed Internet In-room Dining Health Club Suites Outdoor Pool

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Friday, October 23 - Transfer to Mysore via Bangalore
Note: This will be a long travel day requiring patience and stamina. We will fly from Jaipur to Bangalore, then have a 5-hour coach transfer to Mysore.

Morning: After an early morning check out, we will depart for the airport and fly to Bangalore. Upon arrival in Bangalore, we will collect luggage and board the coach to Mysore

Lunch: En route.

Afternoon: During our drive to Mysore, the Group Leader will present an introduction to the history of South India, whose culture, traditions, and architecture are markedly different from those of the North.

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

Evening: At leisure. Relax after the long day.

Lodging: Radisson Blu Hotel, Mysore

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

Description: The Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Mysore is just steps from excellent shopping at the Mall of Mysore and a few minutes from major attractions, including the Mysore Palace, Mysore Zoo and fine art museums. • This Mysore hotel's location is near convenient transport options and just a 10-minute drive from Mandakalli Airport. • The hotel boasts 140 spacious, modern rooms and suites with top-notch amenities. • Guests can dine at one of this Mysore hotel's world class restaurants, and enjoy a drink at one of the trendy on-site bars or lounges. • This accommodation offers excellent service options, including fitness and beauty facilities and an exotic spa providing indulgent treatments. • Host elegant meetings and events in the hotel's spacious conference facility, capable of hosting up to 600 delegates. • Free high-speed, wireless Internet access is available throughout the hotel.

Contact info:
1 MG Road
570 070 Mysore, KA India
phone: +918217101234
web: www.radissonblu.com/hotel-mysore

Room amenities: This accommodation in Mysore offers spacious Superior rooms, with modern amenities perfect for leisure travellers. Superior rooms provide exceptional features including spacious bathrooms with designer amenities, coffee and tea provisions, air conditioning, direct-dial telephone, Free high-speed, wireless Internet access and flat-screen TV, laundry, as well as dry cleaning facilities and mini bars. Approximate room size 38 m2 Maximum number of guests 2 adults, 2 children Please enjoy Complimentary hot and cold breakfast Complimentary incoming faxes Daily newspaper Electronic lap-top size safe Four fixture bathroom In-room gourmet coffee and tea presentation Refrigerated private bar and snack basket Technology butler Two bottles of packaged drinking water (replenished daily) Two-line speaker phone with international direct dial facility and voicemail Turndown amenity Use of fitness studio and outdoor swimming pool Walk-in wardrobe Well appointed workstation with ergonomic work chair

Facility amenities: High Speed Internet In-room Dining Health Club Suites Outdoor Pool

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Saturday, October 24 - Palace of Tipu Sultan, Home Hosted Dinner
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: We begin our exploration of the South of India in the towns of Somnathpur and Srirangapatnam. Somanthpur is a small village renowned for its splendid and grand Keshava temple, built on an elevated star shaped platform in Hoyasala style, with elaborate and intricate sculpturing. The sides of the raised platform are decorated with richly carved friezes, portraying rows of cavalry, elephants, and scenes from the epics. The names of the sculptors are inscribed on their works. Srirangapatnam was the island fortress of Tipu Sultan, the legendary "Tiger of Mysore" who put up a valiant fight against British domination. 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: We will join the Group Leader for a an introduction to Indian mythology.

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.

Evening: We will return to the hotel after dinner.

Lodging: Radisson Blu Hotel, Mysore

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

Description: The Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Mysore is just steps from excellent shopping at the Mall of Mysore and a few minutes from major attractions, including the Mysore Palace, Mysore Zoo and fine art museums. • This Mysore hotel's location is near convenient transport options and just a 10-minute drive from Mandakalli Airport. • The hotel boasts 140 spacious, modern rooms and suites with top-notch amenities. • Guests can dine at one of this Mysore hotel's world class restaurants, and enjoy a drink at one of the trendy on-site bars or lounges. • This accommodation offers excellent service options, including fitness and beauty facilities and an exotic spa providing indulgent treatments. • Host elegant meetings and events in the hotel's spacious conference facility, capable of hosting up to 600 delegates. • Free high-speed, wireless Internet access is available throughout the hotel.

Contact info:
1 MG Road
570 070 Mysore, KA India
phone: +918217101234
web: www.radissonblu.com/hotel-mysore

Room amenities: This accommodation in Mysore offers spacious Superior rooms, with modern amenities perfect for leisure travellers. Superior rooms provide exceptional features including spacious bathrooms with designer amenities, coffee and tea provisions, air conditioning, direct-dial telephone, Free high-speed, wireless Internet access and flat-screen TV, laundry, as well as dry cleaning facilities and mini bars. Approximate room size 38 m2 Maximum number of guests 2 adults, 2 children Please enjoy Complimentary hot and cold breakfast Complimentary incoming faxes Daily newspaper Electronic lap-top size safe Four fixture bathroom In-room gourmet coffee and tea presentation Refrigerated private bar and snack basket Technology butler Two bottles of packaged drinking water (replenished daily) Two-line speaker phone with international direct dial facility and voicemail Turndown amenity Use of fitness studio and outdoor swimming pool Walk-in wardrobe Well appointed workstation with ergonomic work chair

Facility amenities: High Speed Internet In-room Dining Health Club Suites Outdoor Pool

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Thirteen: Sunday, October 25 - Chamundeshwari Temple, Mysore Palace
Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: For our first field trip today, we will set out for the nearby Chamundi Hills, where Chamundeshwari Temple is situated on the top of the 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. We will then visit Mysore Palace, official residence of the Wodeyars — the erstwhile royal family of Mysore. Built in 1912 in the Indo-Saracenic style, it blends Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic features.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: Get a feeling for daily life as we visit a local market.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Radisson Blu Hotel, Mysore

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Windflower 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: Monday, October 26 - Transfer to Vythiri
Note: The drive from Mysore to Vythiri is approximately 7-8 hours with lunch and stops along the way.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Checking out of the hotel, we’ll depart on a full-day drive to the Hill Station of Wayanad. 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 that sometimes inhabit these forests. Cross from Karnataka into the state of Kerala.

Lunch: En route at a plantation.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will take a walk with the plantation owner to learn about the spice crops grown in this area.

We'll then continue our drive to Vythri and check in to the resort.

Dinner: At the resort.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Windflower Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Situated 14 km from Palakkad in Kerala, the southernmost state of India, the Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort is the perfect retreat for the discerning traveler seeking a tranquil haven for restoration of the mind, body and soul. The state of Kerala is known for its complex network of lagoons, lakes, rivers and canals fringing the coast and forming the basis of a distinct regional lifestyle. Traveling along these backwaters is one of the highlights of a visit to the state. Ayurveda is a holistic system of healing which evolved among the Brahmin sages of ancient India some 3000-5000 years ago. Developed through centuries of research, Ayurveda is practiced here, at the Kairali Health Resort in its truest traditional form. In the morning, guests can enjoy a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast that features vegetarian south Indian-style cuisine. In addition, they have access to a full-service Ayurvedic treatment center, an outdoor pool, steam room and spa tub. Yoga and meditation classes are available for a surcharge. A business center, cell-phone and computer rentals, audio-visual equipment, and conference and meeting rooms are provided by the resort. Other features include natural and artificial waterfalls, herbal garden, in-house dietitian, astrologer, amphitheater, tennis court and art gallery.

Contact info:
PO- Olassery, Kodumbu
Palakkad District, 678551 India
phone: +91 -4923-222553
web: www.kairali.com/kairali_index.asp

Room amenities: Satellite TV, Newspaper, Air Conditioning, Telephone, Internet Access, Refrigerator (on request), Wake Up Call, Bathrobes/Slippers, Hair Dryer

Facility amenities: Outdoor Swimming Pool, Spa Services, Massage, Steam Room, Complimentary Breakfast, Health Club, Coffee Shop/Café, Restaurant, 24-Hour Room Service, Conference Rooms, Banquet Facilities, Business Center, Internet Access (in public areas), Cell phone/mobile rental, Secretarial Services, 24-hour Front Desk, Doorman, Security Guard, Multilingual Staff, Safe-Deposit Box (front desk), Gift Shop, Currency Exchange, Medical Assistance Available, Beauty Services, Dry Cleaning, Laundry Facilities, Library, Picnic Area, Shoe Shine, Air-conditioned Public Areas

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

Bathroom: Bathtub with handheld shower.

Elevator: Yes


Day Fifteen: Tuesday, October 27 - Transfer to Thrissur
Note: The drive from Vythiri to Thrissur is approximately 7-8 hours with lunch and stops along the way.

Breakfast: Buffet at the resort.

Morning: We'll check out and depart for Thrissur. The Group Leader will give a presentation en route on the cultural and social importance of festivals in Indian society.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Upon arrival, we will check in to our hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Kairali Healing Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Situated 14 km from Palakkad in Kerala, the southernmost state of India, the Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort is the perfect retreat for the discerning traveler seeking a tranquil haven for restoration of the mind, body and soul. The state of Kerala is known for its complex network of lagoons, lakes, rivers and canals fringing the coast and forming the basis of a distinct regional lifestyle. Traveling along these backwaters is one of the highlights of a visit to the state. Ayurveda is a holistic system of healing which evolved among the Brahmin sages of ancient India some 3000-5000 years ago. Developed through centuries of research, Ayurveda is practiced here, at the Kairali Health Resort in its truest traditional form. In the morning, guests can enjoy a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast that features vegetarian south Indian-style cuisine. In addition, they have access to a full-service Ayurvedic treatment center, an outdoor pool, steam room and spa tub. Yoga and meditation classes are available for a surcharge. A business center, cell-phone and computer rentals, audio-visual equipment, and conference and meeting rooms are provided by the resort. Other features include natural and artificial waterfalls, herbal garden, in-house dietitian, astrologer, amphitheater, tennis court and art gallery.

Contact info:
PO- Olassery, Kodumbu
Palakkad District, 678551 India
phone: +91 -4923-222553
web: www.kairali.com/kairali_index.asp

Room amenities: Satellite TV, Newspaper, Air Conditioning, Telephone, Internet Access, Refrigerator (on request), Wake Up Call, Bathrobes/Slippers, Hair Dryer

Facility amenities: Outdoor Swimming Pool, Spa Services, Massage, Steam Room, Complimentary Breakfast, Health Club, Coffee Shop/Café, Restaurant, 24-Hour Room Service, Conference Rooms, Banquet Facilities, Business Center, Internet Access (in public areas), Cell phone/mobile rental, Secretarial Services, 24-hour Front Desk, Doorman, Security Guard, Multilingual Staff, Safe-Deposit Box (front desk), Gift Shop, Currency Exchange, Medical Assistance Available, Beauty Services, Dry Cleaning, Laundry Facilities, Library, Picnic Area, Shoe Shine, Air-conditioned Public Areas

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

Bathroom: Bathtub with handheld shower.

Elevator: Yes


Day Sixteen: Wednesday, October 28 - Kalamandalam, Art of Kathakali, Local Festival
Note: The itinerary and hotel could change depending on the date of the festival.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will head to Kalamandalam, founded in 1930 by renowned poet Padmabhooshan Vallathol Narayana Menon. Kalamandalam is a residential center of learning for art and culture. With special permission, we will observe classes and see how students learn about the traditional dance and theater form of Kathakali.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: As one of the highlights of our program, we will witness the activities and events of a traditional local festival where the human spirit is celebrated with much fanfare. This is a vibrantly colorful and rich experience.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Kairali Healing 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: Thursday, October 29 - Kerala Backwaters
Note: The drive from Thrissur to Thottapally is approximately 6-7 hours with lunch and stops along the way.

Breakfast: At the hotel. (Morning Yoga for all those interested before breakfast.)

Morning: We leave Thrissur on a full-day drive to the backwaters of Kerala. As we descend from the hills into Kerala's tropical coastal area, observe the changing landscapes.

En route, the Group Leader will give a talk on how Kerala is a prosperous, progressive state while remaining communist.

Lunch: At a local restaurant en route.

Afternoon: We expect to arrive late aftenoon at the riverside meeting point to board our privately-chartered, traditional Keralan houseboats and begin cruising

Dinner: Just before sunset, our houseboats will tie up for the night with dinner served on board.

Evening: At leisure.

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: Friday, October 30 - Kerala Backwaters Exploration
Breakfast: Aboard our houseboats.

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.

We will stop in water-side villages along the way and walk the paths that front the small houses to observe daily life.

Lunch: Aboard our houseboats.

Afternoon: As we continue cruising, observe more of 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 will tie up at sunset, to overnight along the water’s edge. We'll also have a presentation about traditional boat building of Kerala.

Dinner: Aboard our houseboats.

Evening: At leisure.

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: Saturday, October 31 - Transfer to Cochin
Note: The drive from Thottapally to Cochin is approximately 3 hours with stops along the way.

Breakfast: Aboard our houseboats.

Morning: Disembarking the houseboats, we will board a motorcoach for the drive to Cochin. We expect to arrive mid-day.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Explore Cochin on an expert-led walking field trip. We will 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 — that gives the effect of polished marble. We will also 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: At the hotel, enjoy our last dinner together as a group.

Evening: At leisure. Share your favorite experiences amid the camaraderie of new Road Scholar friends. Then, prepare for departure after our closing activities tomorrow.

Lodging: The Gateway Hotel Ernakulam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Twenty: Sunday, November 01 - Free Time, Market Discovery, Program Concludes
Note: Coordinate with the Group Leader regarding transfers to the airport. Refer to your personal air itinerary for specific flight information.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Free Time. The center of historic Cochin is easily walkable, with many small shops and market stalls interspersed with the Colonial architecture of this coastal city. You are also welcome to join the Group Leader and visit a local market.

Lunch: At the hotel. We will depart as a group via motorcoach for the airport to board the flight returning to the U.S. This concludes our program.

If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Evening: Departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Twenty One: Monday, November 02 - In Transit From Program
Arrive To: Arrival back home.


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