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India

Highlights of India: Discover Delhi, Agra, Jaipur & Varanasi

Program No. 22519RJ
Watch the sun rise over the Taj Mahal, experience the Ganges River and its spiritual meaning and much more on this immersion into the history and culture of India.
Length
12 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
Starts at
2,899
Flights start at
1,075

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Oct 11 - Oct 22, 2023
Starting at
2,999
Nov 1 - Nov 12, 2023
Starting at
2,999
Jan 17 - Jan 28, 2024
Starting at
2,899
Mar 6 - Mar 17, 2024
Starting at
2,899
Oct 9 - Oct 20, 2024
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2,999
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 11 - Oct 22, 2023
Starting at
3,549
Nov 1 - Nov 12, 2023
Starting at
3,549
Jan 17 - Jan 28, 2024
Starting at
3,439
Mar 6 - Mar 17, 2024
Starting at
3,439
Oct 9 - Oct 20, 2024
Starting at
3,549

At a Glance

Learn about Sikh culture in a local temple. Watch the sun rise over the Taj Mahal. Visit Varanasi, one of the holiest places along the Ganges River. India's most fascinating treasures are yours to discover on this learning adventure that begins in Delhi and makes its way through Agra, Jaipur and ending in Varanasi. Along the way, share meals with local families, learn how incredible mausoleums and forts were built generations ago and admire architectural relics that are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Extend Your Adventure

This program offers an optional program extension.

Extension: The Splendor of Nepal

Continue your learning adventure with a 6-day extension into Nepal. Explore grand temples, discover ancient palaces, and learn about Hinduism and Buddhism from local experts.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walking over varied terrain and cobblestones; extensive driving; hot and humid conditions.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Learn about Sikh culture as you observe prayer at a local temple and volunteer in their soup kitchen.
  • Watch the sun rise and set over the Taj Mahal in Agra, and explore the gardens of Mehtab Bagh.
  • Observe and learn about the daily rituals that people perform at ghats along the Ganges River in Varanasi, the holiest city in Hinduism.

General Notes

Want to extend your adventure? Join us on "Extension: The Splendor of Nepal" (#22521).
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Mughal India, Splendours of the Peacock Throne
by Valerie Berinstain, Paul Bahn (Translator)
This illustrated pocket guide presents the history, culture and splendor of the Mughal court and its celebrated architecture in hundreds of archival photographs and drawings.
Incarnations, A History of India in Fifty Lives
by Sunil Khilnani
This sophisticated and entertaining collection of bite-sized biographies move well beyond Mahatma Gandhi to the warriors and film stars, entrepreneurs and corporate titans who have made India extraordinary.
Around India in 80 Trains
by Monisha Rajesh
A terrific account of Rajesh’s epic four-month, 25,000-mile journey to the India of her youth. She begins in her hometown of Chennai, chugs up the Konkan Coast, watches for tigers in Ranthambore and survives Mumbai’s chaotic local lines.
India, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Chandrahas Choudhury (Editor)
Each of these 14 stories evokes place and landscape, providing an excellent introduction both to contemporary writers and to India's diverse cultures and history.
City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
by William Dalrymple
Dalrymple infectiously interweaves his own experiences over a year in Delhi with its art, architecture, history and literature.
India Northwest Adventure Map
by National Geographic Maps
A double-sided, full-color map of Northwest India at a scale of 1:1,400,000 with good shaded relief, topographic detail, roads, waterways and basic travel information. Printed on waterproof, tear-resistant paper.
India
by Stanley Wolpert
Wolpert's reflections on India -- its religion and philosophy, its art, culture and politics -- make for a literate, succinct primer.
Darsan, Seeing the Divine Image in India
by Diana L. Eck
Tremendously useful for the traveler, this rigorous guide explains the significance and meaning of Hindu temples, festivals and ritual. Darsan, which translates as "seeing," reveals religious expression in India.
Culture Smart! India
by Becky Stephen
A concise, well-illustrated guide to both social and business customs in India.
The Buddha, The Story of Siddhartha
by PBS Documentary Film
The Buddha is a 2010 PBS documentary directed by David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere. The film follows the story of the Gautama Buddha's life and discusses the history and teachings of Buddhism. A simple and rich documentary explaining the Buddha's birth, live, death and his teachings.
Taj Mahal
by Giles Tillotson, Mary Beard (Editor)
An enlightening pocket guide to the myth, meaning and legends of the celebrated tomb, "the queen of architecture."
Lonely Planet India Phrasebook
by Omkar Koul
A handy, palm-sized guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
Midnight's Children
by Salman Rushdie
Crowned Best of the Booker in 2008, Rushdie's greatest novel is a madcap, comic take on the birth of modern India in all its splendid and unexpected manifestations.
Gandhi, An Autobiography, or the Story of My Experiments with Truth
by Mohandas K. Gandhi
There is no substitute for reading Gandhi in his own simple, direct prose. A highly recommended glimpse into the personality and life of this remarkable figure.
India, Land of Tigers and Temples
by Axel Gomille
In his book of photographs, acclaimed wildlife photographer Axel Gomille brings readers up-close and personal with the exotic world of the Indian subcontinent. His simple, yet intriguing, collection includes tigers, sloth bears and elephants as well as holy sites and scenes of everyday life around the subcontinent.
Nine Lives, In Search of the Sacred in Modern India
by William Dalrymple
From Sufi dervish and Buddhist monk to outcast and temple worshiper: nine people, nine lives, all captured by Dalrymple as he journeys throughout India in search of remarkable individuals transformed by religion. At turns bemusing, dazzling and heart-wrenching, this is his first travel book in 15 years.
Capital, The Eruption of Delhi
by Rana Dasgupta
A fascinating look at sweeping economic changes in Delhi. Dasgupta examines how the influx of wealth into the city has spawned excess and gangsterism.
India Birds
by James Kavanagh
A folding wildlife guide designed for quick reference in the field. With full-color images and text, it features more than 100 birds often seen in India.
Kaleidoscope City, A Year in Varanasi
by Piers Moore Ede
Whether he is attending Ramalila -- the city's annual performance of the Ramayana, talking to members of the caste who man the cremation ghats along the Ganges or simply searching for the best mithai, or sweet, in town, Ede presents a vibrant, kaleidoscopic portrait of contemporary Varanasi.
May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons, A Journey Among the Women of India
by Elisabeth Bumiller
A wonderfully written and fascinating portrayal of Indian women from Bollywood stars to Indira Gandhi to prostitutes. It's an insightful portrait of the country as seen through the eyes of its women.
Eyewitness Guide Delhi, Agra and Jaipur
by Eyewitness Guides
With chapters on the Taj Mahal, Amber Fort Palace, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the Red Fort and dozens of other highlights for the traveler, this compact, gorgeously illustrated guide to Delhi and its environs features 900 color photographs, maps and site plans.
The White Tiger, A Novel
by Aravind Adiga
Mordant, funny, angry, horrifying, this Booker Prize-winning tale of a village pauper turned success (and murderer) skewers the ambition, inequity and corruption of 21st-century India.
Meals
24 Meals
9 Breakfasts
8 Lunches
7 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Low Fat, Low Salt
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Display
Oct 09, 2024 - Oct 20, 2024 (Delhi to Varanasi)
  • Oct 11, 2023 - Oct 22, 2023 (Delhi to Varanasi)
  • Nov 01, 2023 - Nov 12, 2023 (Delhi to Varanasi)
  • Jan 17, 2024 - Jan 28, 2024 (Delhi to Varanasi)
  • Mar 06, 2024 - Mar 17, 2024 (Delhi to Varanasi)
  • Oct 09, 2024 - Oct 20, 2024 (Delhi to Varanasi)
3 nights
New Delhi
The Suryaa New Delhi is located in the heart of New Delhi, a mere 35 minute drive from the international airport and adjacent to Delhi's business districts - Nehru Place, Pragati Maidan-International Trade Fair venue, Okhla & Noida Export Promotion Zone.
2 nights
Agra
Near the Taj Mahal, Trident Agra is one of the best hotels in the city. Beautifully landscaped gardens and water fountains welcome you to this charming leisure hotel. Built in local red stone, reminiscent of the Mughal era, the hotel features 135 tastefully appointed rooms and suites, which overlook the central courtyard and gardens.
2 nights
Jaipur
Trident Jaipur is situated near the renowned Amber Fort and overlooking the Mansagar Lake. The rose-colored facade of the hotel is reminiscent of traditional Rajasthani architecture.
2 nights
Varanasi
The hotel is set amidst 40 acres of lush green gardens, just 13 miles (45 mins drive) from the airport, The Taj Ganges Hotel is the veritable haven of peace and tranquility in this crowded and ancient temple city. The hotel is 4 miles away from the city Center or the commercial hub of Varanasi also commonly known as The Chowk. The Taj Ganges Hotel offers recently renovated & refurbished world-class contemporary rooms & suites with choice of views ranging from the lush green gardens or the swimming pool, located on 12 acres. The hotel has 130 rooms divided in four categories - Standard Rooms, Executive Rooms, Executive Suites and Deluxe Suites.
3 nights
New Delhi
The Suryaa New Delhi is located in the heart of New Delhi, a mere 35 minute drive from the international airport and adjacent to Delhi's business districts - Nehru Place, Pragati Maidan-International Trade Fair venue, Okhla & Noida Export Promotion Zone.
2 nights
Agra
Near the Taj Mahal, Trident Agra is one of the best hotels in the city. Beautifully landscaped gardens and water fountains welcome you to this charming leisure hotel. Built in local red stone, reminiscent of the Mughal era, the hotel features 135 tastefully appointed rooms and suites, which overlook the central courtyard and gardens.
2 nights
Jaipur
Trident Jaipur is situated near the renowned Amber Fort and overlooking the Mansagar Lake. The rose-colored facade of the hotel is reminiscent of traditional Rajasthani architecture.
2 nights
Varanasi
The hotel is set amidst 40 acres of lush green gardens, just 13 miles (45 mins drive) from the airport, The Taj Ganges Hotel is the veritable haven of peace and tranquility in this crowded and ancient temple city. The hotel is 4 miles away from the city Center or the commercial hub of Varanasi also commonly known as The Chowk. The Taj Ganges Hotel offers recently renovated & refurbished world-class contemporary rooms & suites with choice of views ranging from the lush green gardens or the swimming pool, located on 12 acres. The hotel has 130 rooms divided in four categories - Standard Rooms, Executive Rooms, Executive Suites and Deluxe Suites.
3 nights
New Delhi
The Suryaa New Delhi is located in the heart of New Delhi, a mere 35 minute drive from the international airport and adjacent to Delhi's business districts - Nehru Place, Pragati Maidan-International Trade Fair venue, Okhla & Noida Export Promotion Zone.
2 nights
Agra
Near the Taj Mahal, Trident Agra is one of the best hotels in the city. Beautifully landscaped gardens and water fountains welcome you to this charming leisure hotel. Built in local red stone, reminiscent of the Mughal era, the hotel features 135 tastefully appointed rooms and suites, which overlook the central courtyard and gardens.
2 nights
Jaipur
Trident Jaipur is situated near the renowned Amber Fort and overlooking the Mansagar Lake. The rose-colored facade of the hotel is reminiscent of traditional Rajasthani architecture.
2 nights
Varanasi
The hotel is set amidst 40 acres of lush green gardens, just 13 miles (45 mins drive) from the airport, The Taj Ganges Hotel is the veritable haven of peace and tranquility in this crowded and ancient temple city. The hotel is 4 miles away from the city Center or the commercial hub of Varanasi also commonly known as The Chowk. The Taj Ganges Hotel offers recently renovated & refurbished world-class contemporary rooms & suites with choice of views ranging from the lush green gardens or the swimming pool, located on 12 acres. The hotel has 130 rooms divided in four categories - Standard Rooms, Executive Rooms, Executive Suites and Deluxe Suites.
3 nights
New Delhi
The Suryaa New Delhi is located in the heart of New Delhi, a mere 35 minute drive from the international airport and adjacent to Delhi's business districts - Nehru Place, Pragati Maidan-International Trade Fair venue, Okhla & Noida Export Promotion Zone.
2 nights
Agra
Near the Taj Mahal, Trident Agra is one of the best hotels in the city. Beautifully landscaped gardens and water fountains welcome you to this charming leisure hotel. Built in local red stone, reminiscent of the Mughal era, the hotel features 135 tastefully appointed rooms and suites, which overlook the central courtyard and gardens.
2 nights
Jaipur
Trident Jaipur is situated near the renowned Amber Fort and overlooking the Mansagar Lake. The rose-colored facade of the hotel is reminiscent of traditional Rajasthani architecture.
2 nights
Varanasi
The hotel is set amidst 40 acres of lush green gardens, just 13 miles (45 mins drive) from the airport, The Taj Ganges Hotel is the veritable haven of peace and tranquility in this crowded and ancient temple city. The hotel is 4 miles away from the city Center or the commercial hub of Varanasi also commonly known as The Chowk. The Taj Ganges Hotel offers recently renovated & refurbished world-class contemporary rooms & suites with choice of views ranging from the lush green gardens or the swimming pool, located on 12 acres. The hotel has 130 rooms divided in four categories - Standard Rooms, Executive Rooms, Executive Suites and Deluxe Suites.
3 nights
New Delhi
The Suryaa New Delhi is located in the heart of New Delhi, a mere 35 minute drive from the international airport and adjacent to Delhi's business districts - Nehru Place, Pragati Maidan-International Trade Fair venue, Okhla & Noida Export Promotion Zone.
2 nights
Agra
Near the Taj Mahal, Trident Agra is one of the best hotels in the city. Beautifully landscaped gardens and water fountains welcome you to this charming leisure hotel. Built in local red stone, reminiscent of the Mughal era, the hotel features 135 tastefully appointed rooms and suites, which overlook the central courtyard and gardens.
2 nights
Jaipur
Trident Jaipur is situated near the renowned Amber Fort and overlooking the Mansagar Lake. The rose-colored facade of the hotel is reminiscent of traditional Rajasthani architecture.
2 nights
Varanasi
The hotel is set amidst 40 acres of lush green gardens, just 13 miles (45 mins drive) from the airport, The Taj Ganges Hotel is the veritable haven of peace and tranquility in this crowded and ancient temple city. The hotel is 4 miles away from the city Center or the commercial hub of Varanasi also commonly known as The Chowk. The Taj Ganges Hotel offers recently renovated & refurbished world-class contemporary rooms & suites with choice of views ranging from the lush green gardens or the swimming pool, located on 12 acres. The hotel has 130 rooms divided in four categories - Standard Rooms, Executive Rooms, Executive Suites and Deluxe Suites.





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