There is so much to see and do in India that you could spend months there and still not experience it all. Our North India Tour focuses on the cuisine of the area; but we’ll explore so much more than cooking and food. We’ll visit:
Delhi – with a population of roughly 18 million, it is the world’s second most populous city. We’ll begin the day in New Delhi with its tree-lined boulevards and upscale homes. Then, we’ll spend the afternoon exploring the walled city of Old Delhi, with its narrow lanes, fascinating markets and bazaars. Other highlights of the day include a visit to the famous Red Fort, the Jama Masjid Mosque (the largest and best-known mosque in India), a rickshaw ride through the bustling market area of Chadni Chowk and a walking tour.
Jodhpur – known as the “Blue City” because of its many blue-painted homes, the city is located in the stark landscape of the Thar Desert. Here we’ll find many palaces, forts and temples. We’ll visit the Sambhali Trust – recipient of our WanderTours Giving Program – and learn about this organization which provides underprivileged Rajasthani women and girls with educational, vocational and social skills to help them become confident and financially independent. They work specifically with Dalit (untouchable) women and girls, who usually have little or no access to education or basic health services.
Udaipur – located in the Aravalli mountain range, on the shores of three lakes, this enchanting city is known as the Venice of the East. Here we’ll visit the Eklingji and Nagda Temples, take a boat ride on the beautiful waters of Lake Pichhola, enjoy a four-hour cooking class and visit the Udaipur City Palace Complex, considered the largest palace complex in Rajasthan.
Agra – home to one of the most famous buildings in the world, the Taj Mahal. Watching the sun rise over the Taj will give you awesome photo ops as the warm golden light bathes the white marble edifice.
Varanasi – a city on the banks of the Ganges River, it is the spiritual capital of India. Here we’ll take a sunset boat ride on the sacred Ganges, before witnessing evening prayers. The next day will begin with a sunrise boat ride to view the cremation ghats, an important feature of the Hindu religion.
Jaipur – known as the “Pink City” due to the pink sandstone used in the construction of many of its buildings. During our time in Jaipur we’ll visit the colorful bazaar, shop for souvenirs and sample food from local vendors. Our full-day tour will include the Amber Fort, the Maharajah’s Palace and the Jantar Mantar (the Astronomical Observatory).
Not only will you learn about Indian cuisine and its fascinating blends of flavors but you’ll experience thousands of years of Indian history and culture in all the forts, palaces and temples we’ll visit. You’ll also enjoy Indian hospitality at its best when we share a meal with a local family and enjoy a home-stay at a beautiful guesthouse.
If you’re feeling the lure of this historic country, call 206-317-1860 or contact us via email to find out about availability.