World Spree’s Incredible India Tour covers the highlights of India—including the Taj Mahal—and unlike the President’s trip, it starts at only $1,499 for 12 days. That price covers luxurious 5-star hotels, 14 delicious meals, a Bengal tiger photo safari, all transportation in India, sightseeing, wonderful guides and—most important—the round-trip flight from New York on Air China (Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles are $100 more). It’s the best-value tour on the market.
Men flaunting hot pink turbans, women wearing graceful saris, cows posing on city streets, exotic palaces, plus a dramatic and varied landscape—India is a photographer’s jackpot and a traveler’s dream come true. World Spree’s tour of this incredible land starts off in Delhi, India’s capital through the ages, where you’ll have a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi’s narrow alleys and see its bustling market, India’s largest mosque and other sites. In New Delhi, designed in the early 20th-century, you’ll tour the tree-lined avenues and monumental buildings, as well as Mahatma Gandhi’s former residence.
Then there’s Agra, and the white marble marvel called the Taj Mahal, which the Obamas are missing. It is a jewel of Mughal architecture and the world’s most famous monument to romantic love, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife. Tour participants will have time to visit this lovely building and its gardens, and an optional sightseeing tour of Agra and the Red Fort is available.
Next comes Fatehpur Sikri, the more-or-less preserved city that was inexplicably abandoned in the 16th-century; a park known for its rich bird life; and Ranthambore National Park, which was once a hunting ground for Jaipur’s rulers, and is now a safari park. Here you will enjoy morning and evening game drives that will, hopefully, provide a sighting of the elusive Bengal tiger.
In Rajasthan’s capital, the “pink city” of Jaipur, you’ll ride an elephant to the Amber Fort to visit an ornate 16th-century palace, and enjoy an Indian-style afternoon tea in Castle Kanota, where the royal family still lives. There’s plenty of time for shopping in this city known for its fabrics and handiwork, as well as two optional excursions to the City Palace and the Birla Temple. The tour ends with a farewell dinner in Delhi and the flight home (with an optional stopover in Beijing).
All prices are cash-only, are per person double occupancy, and are subject to availability. For more detailed information about the Incredible India tour, log onto www.worldspree.com, click “tour packages,” and then “India.” World Spree’s toll-free telephone number is 1-866-652-5656.