Tigers, Temples and the Taj Mahal—All for $1,599

World Spree’s Incredible India Tour Includes Air Fare and 5-Star Hotels

Here’s a least-expensive introductory tour to the exotic, colorful and fascinating land of India.  The Incredible India tour includes round-trip air fare on Air China and deluxe hotels like Crowne Plaza and Meridien,  as well as daily buffet breakfasts, two lunches, three dinners, all transportation in India, sightseeing and entrance fees, professional English-speaking guides—and  more included features (like a Bengal tiger jungle safari) than  any other budget-priced tour.

The tour covers the cultural riches of northern India. The capital Delhi, for example, offers a view of Indian history from ancient settlement through the Mughal Empire and the British Raj to the present.  Sightseeing here includes a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi’s narrow alleyways and chaotic market, the country’s largest mosque and Humayun’s 16th-century garden-surrounded tomb.  A mind-boggling contrast is provided by the tree-lined avenues of Edwin Lutyens’ 20th-century imperial city, New Delhi, and Mahatma Gandhi’s former home.

Then there’s a tour of Agra’s Taj Mahal, one of the world’s most famous and most beautiful buildings, a white marble jewel of Mughal architecture built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his wife.  It has been described as “a teardrop on the face of eternity.” (An optional sightseeing tour of Agra and its Red Fort is also available.)

On to Ranthambhore National Park’s tiger reserve, after a stop to see the 16th-century “ghost town” of Fatehpur Sikri. In Ranthambhore the tour offers morning and afternoon game drives that will hopefully provide a sighting of the elusive Bengal tiger.

Another highlight is the pink city of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, and a ride on an elephant, complete with mahout, to the hill-top Amber Fort. The group is also invited to the Castle Kanota (recognizable from the movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), where the royal family still lives, for an Indian-style afternoon tea. There’s plenty of time for shopping in this city known for fabrics and handicrafts, as well as two optional excursions to the City Palace and the Birla Temple.  The tour winds down with a return to Delhi and a farewell dinner.

Incredible India Holi—Festival of Colors:  In March 2016 two departures of this tour take in the Holi Festival in Jaipur.  To help tour participants celebrate Holi, World Spree offers a Holi makeover so everyone dresses for the occasion in traditional regalia.  They then join with locals dyed in a rainbow of wild colors and enjoy a day of dancing, singing, music, exotic drinks and snacks.  It’s an unbelievable spectacle and a wonderful surprise for photographers..

All prices are cash-only, are per person double occupancy, and are subject to availability.  For more detailed information about Incredible India, log onto www.worldspree.com, click “tour packages” and then “India.”  World Spree’s toll-free telephone number is 1-866-652-5656.

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