India’s Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges River Cruise with Rose Gray

Join Rose Gray as she explores the profoundly mysterious and gloriously exotic land that is India.

Complex and beguiling, India is a country unlike any other. Wondrous sights rich in romance and intrigue come alive in the “Golden Triangle”—Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Delhi’s immense red sandstone marble tomb, commissioned by Emperor Humayun’s grief-stricken wife, will capture your heart, while Raj Ghat, a black granite memorial to the “Father of the Nation,” Mahatma Gandhi, will stir your soul. Jaipur’s Pink City and Agra’s Taj Mahal, a grand tribute to love, will leave you forever mesmerized.

This adventure by land and river will touch all of your senses, from Kolkata, where Mother Teresa’s humble home and tomb provide a place of pilgrimage, to the Rajbari Temples devoted to the Hindu god Shiva. Your Ganges voyage delves deeply into India’s fascinating historical and religious heritage, working its charm in myriad ways and leaving you with memories that will forever endure.

Start your trip with five luxurious nights at three different award-winning Oberoi hotels. Enjoy a rare opportunity to see the Taj Mahal two times—once at sunrise and once at sunset. Once onboard, travel to villages lining the Ganges River that only a few people get to see each year.

 

2-Nights The Holy City of Varanasi

The Holy City of Varanasi If a country can have a soul, India's is here, in this astonishing city on the banks of the sacred river Ganges. Varanasi is a nexus of Hinduism, simultaneously a religion and an everyday way of life. Indelible is the experience of a slow, misty morning boat ride along the Ganges ghats, thronged by women in pink saris, businessmen in grey suits, skittering children, old beggars, and Brahmin grandees doing intent puja in the holiest waters in all creation.

7-Nights The Kingdom of Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan "When it comes to lovely countries," Micato's old friend Seamus O'Banion once wrote, "Bhutan is a country more unlike any other country than any other country." To wit: It has wisely and successfully avoided the mass tourism that would erode its unique, vibrantly intact culture. It is endlessly lovely: its Himalayan foothill air is clear, its environment untrammeled, its countrysides and little towns idyllic. And as the world's only Buddhist monarchy, its program of Gross National Happiness is a moral beacon. In short, Bhutan gets it right.

13-Nights The Soul of India

The Soul of India Months, years, decades could profitably be spent exploring India's 812 million richly varietal acres. But few of us have time to follow our bliss indefinitely, so we created The Soul of India to provide a thoughtful, succinctly paced, and delightful look at some of the continent's most eye-brightening sights. We begin in Delhi, "always interesting to all mankind" as Ved Mehta quoted a taxi wallah as saying. Then we pay homage to the Taj, whose praises we sing throughout. We peacefully search for what is perhaps the most splendorous animal on earth in Ranthambore National Park, wander the glamorous Pink City of Jaipur, and witness intense spiritual devotion at Varanasi, "the most supremely potent pilgrimage site on earth." We end in the supercity of Mumbai, a distillation of India's incredible energy and ambition, its daily familiarity with and deep attachment to its many thousands of years of history.

3-Nights Ananda in the Himalayas

Ananda in the Himalayas North of Delhi, in the pine-scented Himalayan foothills, auspiciously overlooking the sacred river Ganges, not far from Nanda Devi, the jewel in India's Himalayan crown, lies Ananda in the Himalayas, a luxuriously visionary spa-retreat dedicated to what its Oberoi-trained founder Ashok Khanna, calls "one thing, and one thing only-holistic wellness for the mind, body and soul." From the moment we enter Ananda's reception area in what's known as the Viceregal Palace, former home of the Maharajas of Tehri Garhwal, we know this is an experience like no other: a combination of traditional, yet up-to-the minute luxury with a deeply informed and heartfelt commitment to fostering what Ananda calls "the synergy of mind, body and intellect not just through the natural Himalayan locales…but through the rejuvenating and ancient processes and philosophies of Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta combined with contemporary international therapies which enhance and augment the original."

13-Nights Royal Palaces of India

Royal Palaces of India A 16 Day Adventure India’s grand and gorgeous architectural masterworks have enchanted the West for scores of centuries. Lord Curzon, India’s most astute Viceroy, praised its temples, tombs, and palaces as “the greatest galaxy of monuments in the world.” On this two-week journey to India’s northern heartland, we immerse ourselves in that stellar firmament, visiting the grandest of the subcontinent’s monuments— with an enthralling emphasis on its old and its new palaces, in which, enveloped in luxurious hospitality, we’re happy to say we stay. At Delhi’s Leela Palace; the fabulous Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra, where every window looks out at the nearby Taj Mahal; at the exquisite Rambagh Palace, home of Jaipur’s last reigning maharajah; at Udaipur’s lyric Oberoi Udaivilas; and the Taj Group’s majestic Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur.  

10-Nights Splendours of Northern India

Splendours of Northern India India is a land of rapturous liveliness, of art and devotion and flowering creativity, a land that values intense quietude amidst its endlessly swirling colour. And, of course, it's a land of sublime natural and perhaps matchless human- made majesty. Based from some of the world's most expertly luxurious and serene hotels, this brilliantly choreographed two-week journey brings us into intimate contact with many of India's most compelling splendours: Delhi's many monuments to Mughal and British imperial pride; Jaipur's whimsical pink buildings and vast royal residences; beautiful Udaipur's lakeside and island straddling palaces; and perhaps especially with the Taj Mahal, an edifice so bewitching that Micato's friend Theo Cruz "had to shut my eyes to escape the feeling of being in a dream."

13-Nights The Soul of India

The Soul of India Months, years, decades could profitably be spent exploring India's 812 million richly varietal acres. But few of us have time to follow our bliss indefinitely, so we created The Soul of India to provide a thoughtful, succinctly paced, and delightful look at some of the continent's most eye-brightening sights. We begin in Delhi, "always interesting to all mankind" as Ved Mehta quoted a taxi wallah as saying. Then we pay homage to the Taj, whose praises we sing throughout. We peacefully search for what is perhaps the most splendorous animal on earth in Ranthambore National Park, wander the glamorous Pink City of Jaipur, and witness intense spiritual devotion at Varanasi, "the most supremely potent pilgrimage site on earth." We end in the supercity of Mumbai, a distillation of India's incredible energy and ambition, its daily familiarity with and deep attachment to its many thousands of years of history.

10-Nights Splendours of Northern India

Splendours of Northern India India is a land of rapturous liveliness, of art and devotion and flowering creativity, a land that values intense quietude amidst its endlessly swirling colour. And, of course, it's a land of sublime natural and perhaps matchless human- made majesty. Based from some of the world's most expertly luxurious and serene hotels, this brilliantly choreographed two-week journey brings us into intimate contact with many of India's most compelling splendours: Delhi's many monuments to Mughal and British imperial pride; Jaipur's whimsical pink buildings and vast royal residences; beautiful Udaipur's lakeside and island straddling palaces; and perhaps especially with the Taj Mahal, an edifice so bewitching that Micato's friend Theo Cruz "had to shut my eyes to escape the feeling of being in a dream."

2-Nights The Holy City of Varanasi

The Holy City of Varanasi If a country can have a soul, India's is here, in this astonishing city on the banks of the sacred river Ganges. Varanasi is a nexus of Hinduism, simultaneously a religion and an everyday way of life. Indelible is the experience of a slow, misty morning boat ride along the Ganges ghats, thronged by women in pink saris, businessmen in grey suits, skittering children, old beggars, and Brahmin grandees doing intent puja in the holiest waters in all creation.