Highlights of India & the Ganges River - 2017

Delhi • Jaipur • Agra • Kolkata • Ganges River Cruise

  • VISIT THE ANCIENT MOSQUE COMPLEX, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE DATING TO THE 12TH CENTURY
  • VISIT THE DAZZLING TAJ MAHAL, A MAGNIFICENT AND MOVING TESTAMENT TO A MUGHAL EMPEROR'S LOVE
  • CLIMB ABOARD AN ELEPHANT FOR THE RIDE OF A LIFETIME TO THE ENTRANCE OF AMBER FORT
  • SHARE A DELICIOUS MEAL IN THE HOME OF A LOCAL FAMILY IN JAIPUR

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Enrich your vacation with Vantage's collection of deluxe optional tours, designed exclusively for our guests. You’ll discover a world beyond the landmarks and gain immeasurable insight into the culture and people of your destination. So join us … and make the most of your journey!

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Sunrise Balloon Over Jaipur

  • Approximate Cost: $245 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 1-2 hours
  • Location: Jaipur, India
  • When: Early Morning

Rise early and join us on this thrilling excursion that shows you from the air why Jaipur is called the “Pink City.” You’ll rise before dawn for an early-morning pick up at your hotel, then proceed to the launch site. As you float into the pre-dawn air, you’ll have a spectacular view of Jaipur and its surroundings. You’ll silently drift high above Man Sagar Lake and its beautiful Water Palace that seemingly floats on its surface. Gaze down upon the countryside as it awakens from its slumber. And get a true sense of India from the air as its teeming streets spring to life far below. The cost of this optional tour includes roundtrip transfers from the hotel, a pre-flight briefing, and a flight of approximately one hour. After your magnificent balloon excursion, you’ll return to your hotel in time for breakfast.


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Taj Mahal at Sunset

  • Approximate Cost: $45 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Agra, India
  • When: Early Evening

The tour starts with a visit to Itmad-ud-daulah, the tomb of Mirza Ghiyas Beg, an important official of the Mughal empire and grandfather of Mumtaz Mahal, for whom the Taj Mahal was built. When Ghiyas Beg’s daughter Nur Jahan commissioned her father’s tomb, it was the first in Mughal India to be constructed of pure marble rather than sandstone and to feature the pietra dura inlay later used on the Taj walls. It is thus often called the “Baby Taj.”

At sunset, we move on to Mehtab Bagh (Moonlight Garden), on the flood plains across the Yamuna River from the Taj. Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor who created both the Taj Mahal and the garden, felt that the best view of his wife’s mausoleum was from here. At one time surrounded by sandstone-clad walls, crisscrossed by white stone walkways, and planted with fruit trees and narcissus, the bagh was nearly ruined by floods and neglect, but is today being restored, including replanting to match the original Mughal horticulture. Some of these plants produce bright flowers that shine in the moonlight. In these splendid surroundings, as you feast your eyes on the golden hues washing the Taj across the river, perhaps you, too, will feel Shah Jahan’s pride and undying love for his queen.


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Bhaktapur City Tour

  • Approximate Cost: $59 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • When: Afternoon tour

For pre-extension only.

Bhaktapur, once the capital of Nepal, is perhaps the best-preserved medieval city-state of the Kathmandu Valley. The city is called “City of Devotees” and has three huge squares full of towering temples that comprise some of the finest religious architecture in the country. This beautiful city has a rural setting and many of the locals make a living farming the fields around it, so you’ll often see crops drying in the streets. On this comprehensive tour, a local guide will lead you around the winding cobblestone streets, red-brick squares and charming courtyards of this historical and cultural gem.


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Mountain Flight Tour Over Mt. Everest

  • Approximate Cost: $249 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 1 hour
  • Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • When: Early Morning Tour

For pre extension only.

Only awe-stricken silence can come close to matching the experience of going on a flight that encounters the tallest mountains on earth. You’ll take off from Kathmandu in the early morning on a small aircraft with a window seat for an hour of spectacular mountain scenery. You’ll see the whole stretch of the Himalayas that extend across Nepal. Weather permitting, the magical vista of the Tibetan Plateau as well as aerial views of Mt. Everest, the Kanchenjunga mountains, and the Namche Valley are clearly visible. The thrill of seeing these majestic mountains at close range is an experience not to be missed.


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Sunrise Boat Tour on the Ganges

  • Approximate Cost: $39 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours
  • Location: Varanasi, India
  • When: Early Morning Tour

Post extension only.

Discover the soul of India during your visit to Varanasi, the city of Lord Shiva, one of the most sacred cities in Hindu India. Here, temples line the sacred River Ganges, with broad ghats or steps leading down to the water’s edge. You will follow steps to the river’s edge in the pre-dawn light to board a boat for the ride into the broad river. As you venture out into the morning mists, you’ll find yourself transported to a different world. Then, as the sun rises and illuminates the temples along the river, you’ll see the devout coming down to the river for a ritual washing away of sins. Others will be doing exercises and priests will be performing sunrise rituals. Whether you treat this as one of India’s best “photo ops,” or an experience to silently absorb, this is an experience no traveler to India should miss.


Please Note: All prices are per person and subject to change. All optional tours are offered by Vantage Deluxe World Travel. Descriptions and scheduling are subject to change. Minimum tour participation is required to operate optional tours. Optional tours cancelled by passengers within 48 hours of the excursion are non-refundable.

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