NEW for 2019! Discover the cultures of India’s Golden Triangle from Delhi to Agra, Jaipur, and Udaipur, followed by a flight over the Himalayas to Bhutan for six nights in a spectacular mountain kingdom where life is officially measured by a Gross National Happiness Index! Unique experiences include your choice of a hike to Bhutan’s Tiger’s Nest Monastery or exploration of Tiger’s Nest base and Paro Dzong; visits with residents of a Bhutanese nunnery and local farmers in Punakha; and in Varanasi, a boat ride along the River Ganges to witness the spiritual “putting the river to sleep” and sunrise ceremonies. Enjoy multiple-night stays at three hotels ranked among the 15 “World’s Best” by the readers of Travel + Leisure – The Oberoi Udaivilas; The Oberoi Rajvilas; and The Oberoi Amarvilas (with unparalleled views of the Taj Mahal); and stay at Punakha Lodge, Amankora incorporating a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse with views across an orange orchard and rice terraces. In New Delhi, visit Qutb Minar Victory Tower, Humayun’s Tomb, and Gandhi Smriti Museum, and see the Secretariat buildings, Parliament House, Presidential Palace, and India Gate; and the mansions, temples, mosques, and rickshaws of walled Old Delhi. A trip to Varanasi includes a visit to Sarnath, site of Buddha’s first sermon, and the National Museum. Agra brings sunrise at the Taj Mahal and a guided tour, plus a visit to Agra Fort. in Jaipur, visit Amber Fort and enjoy a “Maharajah Evening” of performances. From Udaipur, cruise Lake Pichola, visit the fountain gardens of Saheliyon Ki Bari and Jagdish Mandir Temple, and take a unique spice and vegetable markets rickshaw tour. Time in Thimphu, Bhutan, includes a lecture on Bhutan’s “Gross National Happiness” philosophy; visits to Buddha Dordenma Temple, Thimpu Dzong, the Royal Textile Academy, and the national arts and crafts school; and a drive to Dochula Pass for Himalayan vistas. In Punakha, tour Punakha Dzong and the crematorium and go on a hanging bridge walk – and in Paro you'll enjoy a demonstration at the Local archery club of Paro and attend a Buddhism lecture and a mask dance.
For past Tauck guests only, we're offering a Gift of Time of one FREE hotel night at Tauck’s selected hotel before or after any 2019 Tauck trip when your trip and hotel are booked in advance by the following book-by dates.
Please work with your travel advisor to put together your itinerary by submitting a TRIP REQUEST.
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*As a reference, please find the following guide to our 2019 Gift of Time expiration dates to book your trip and hotel (deposit required at time of booking). Please note that at this time not all 2019 trips are finalized and available to book with prices, so keep an eye out for their launch announcement in your Tauck enewsletter – and check back with us at tauck.com throughout the year (certain other restrictions apply to Gift of Time, ask at booking for full details):
- Exotics land trips
- Gift of Time of one FREE hotel night for past Tauck guests only
- Hotel and Exotics trip must be booked by September 28, 2018
- Deposit must be paid at time of booking