Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
The Splendors of IndiaThis 17-day trip approaches India’s sensory overload in style, introducing you first to the modern metropolis of Mumbai. You’ll continue to Udaipur, a lakefront city of palaces, followed by Jodhpur (the Blue City) and Jaipur (the Pink City). Both have fascinating, eye-catching architecture—hence the nicknames—including fortresses that bear witness to a turbulent history. Swap the Rajasthani desert for tropical forest when you enter the Ranthambore Tiger Sanctuary, which offers your best chance of spotting these elusive cats in the wild. The next stop is Agra, famous as the site of the Taj Mahal, which one poet described as “a tear on the cheek of time.” You’ll stop at the nearby ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri and then head into the spiritual heart of India, Varanasi, situated along the holy river Ganges. An early morning boat ride offers the best view of the pilgrims, who travel from near and far to ritually bathe in the sacred water. Splendidly wrap up your Indian adventure in Delhi, the cultural and political heart of India, and one of the most evocative cities on Earth.