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  • Worldwide Quest Alumni Expeditions presents to The University of British Columbia Alumni Association

    India Rajasthan Exploration

    March 1 – 14, 2013 WorldwideQuest.com/UniversityofBritishColumbia

  • India: Rajasthan Exploration

    March 1 – 14, 2013 WorldwideQuest.com/UniversityofBritishColumbia Join us on our exploration to a land of vibrant colours, exotic temples, desert forts and extraordinary monuments. Few destinations rouse the senses like India, where the spirituality of everyday life meets the grandest sights of architecture and scenic splendour. Together, we’ll take in the mythic sights of the desert kingdom of Rajasthan and the serene marvel of the Taj Mahal. We’ll stay in a mix of carefully selected heritage properties and modern first class hotels. We’ll delve into grand bazaars and shop for the finest handmade crafts. We’ll travel by elephant, camel, jeep and our own deluxe coach. Our seasoned travel director will ensure you enjoy every aspect of this fully escorted tour; truly a feast for the senses.

    Tour Cost: US$4995pp Single Supplement: US$1895 If you are a single traveller who is willing to share, we can try to match you with an appropriate roommate. However, if we are unsuccessful, please note that the single supplement will apply.

    Group size: 18 – 25 participants

    Deposit A non-refundable deposit of US$500 per person is required to reserve a space on this tour. Final payment is due December 3, 2012. Fares in CAN$ upon request.

    Flight Arrangements and Extensions Please contact Worldwide Quest for your flight arrangements and customized pre- and post-tour travel.

    Included Features • Accommodation based on double occupancy in hotels

    listed or similar • Internal flights as per itinerary • All meals • Sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides • All entrance fees • All internal transportation by deluxe, air-conditioned

    private coach • Bottled water on coach • Airport transfers on arrival • Gratuities • Fully escorted

    All participants on tours operated by Worldwide Quest are covered by the terms of the Ontario Travel Industry Act 2667946

  • Flights from Canada to Delhi are overnight. You will depart Canada on February 28th. Please contact Worldwide Quest to arrange your flights and any pre-tour accommodation. (B – breakfast, L – Lunch, D – dinner)

    Friday, March 1: Arrive Delhi Arrive in vibrant, exotic Delhi late this evening; we’ll be met at the airport and taken straight to our hotel for check in. Please note that flights from Canada are overnight; you should plan to leave Canada the day prior. Overnight: The Grand Hotel

    Saturday, March 2: Delhi Today we take a good look at the Old and the New in Delhi. We’ll begin the day travelling by rickshaw through the labyrinthine streets of the city centre passing formidable mosques, monuments and forts. We’ll see the red sandstone Humayun’s Tomb, predecessor of Taj Mahal, the Qutab Minar tower built in 1199 to celebrate victory against a Rajput King and the imperial city built by the British in the 1920s. This evening we’ll enjoy a special welcome dinner. Overnight: The Grand Hotel (B, D)

    Sunday, March 3: Delhi This morning we’ll visit a local school that Worldwide Quest supports. Deepalaya is non-governmental organization which works with the economically and socially deprived, starting with children, so that they become educated, skilled and aware. Next we’re off to see the Bahai Temple – a modern architectural masterpiece. We’ll visit Lodhi Gardens, the cultural centre in the heart of the city. We’re off to the movies tonight – a taste of Bollywood awaits! Overnight: The Grand Hotel (B, L)

    Monday, March 4: Agra: The Taj Mahal An early start this morning takes us to Agra by road. This afternoon we visit Agra Fort commissioned by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar, housing the Moti Masjid, a white marble mosque akin to a perfect pearl. And then, as the sun is positioned just right in the sky, we’ll take a good look at the Taj Mahal. It may be a visual cliché, but it is also the one of the few architectural icons that surpasses expectation. Our guide will give us a specialized tour of the living monument. Overnight: The Radisson (B, D)

    Tuesday, March 5: Jaipur Today we’re off by road to the “Pink City”, known for the terracotta plaster that coats buildings in the old part of the city. We’ll stop en route at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Fatehpur Sikri, briefly capital of the Mughal Empire, with one of the largest mosques in India within a marvelous complex of monuments and temples. As we make our way into Rajasthan, we share the road with increasingly varied travelling companions; four-footed and four-wheeled. Overnight: The Trident (B, D)

    Wednesday, March 6: Jaipur This morning we embark on an extensive exploration of the monuments of Jaipur’s golden age. First we’re travelling as the Maharajas did; by elephant back to Amber Fort, a beautiful complex of palaces, halls, pavilions, gardens and temples. Next, we turn our attention to the city proper, visiting Jantar Mantar, the largest of the five remarkable observatories representing the high points of mediaeval Indian astronomy and the City Palace, a former royal residence built in the centre of the old city in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles. Overnight: The Trident (B, D)

  • Thursday, March 7: Jodhpur This morning we’re off by road to the blue city of Jodhpur. It’s a beautiful drive filled with roadside entertainment. Camels, elephants and sacred cows and brightly painted transport trucks share the road with our deluxe coach. The city is a cubist dream in Jodhpur blue – exceptional photographic opportunities at every turn! Overnight: The Gateway Hotel (B, L)

    Friday, March 8: Jodhpur The impenetrable walls of the Meherangarh Fort rise like cliffs from the rocky outcrop; we’ll have a detailed visit of the fort, the setting of Kipling’s The Jungle Book. This afternoon, we’ll explore the maze of narrow mediaeval streets and bustling bazaars, where life appears much as it has for centuries. Overnight: The Gateway Hotel (B, L)

    Saturday, March 9: Manvar Desert Camp Today we travel into the Thar Desert, passing fields of chili and mustard. We’re staying overnight in a deluxe permanent desert camp with private facilities and a commanding view over the desert wilderness. Dinner under the stars is a breathtaking experience. Overnight: Manvar Desert Camp (B, D)

    Sunday, March 10: Narlai Our journey takes us onward into the Aravalli hills to the sights and sounds of the 17th century village of Narlai. We’ll take a stroll in the village with visits to the Hindu and Jain temples. Our accommodation for the night is a beautifully restored hunting lodge, now a delightful heritage hotel. This evening, our chef will share secrets of Rajasthani cuisine. Overnight: Rawla Narlai (B, D)

    Monday, March 11: Narlai We have a very special day planned to visit one of the most spectacular forts in Rajasthan. The impregnable Kumbalgarh Fort has massive gates and ramparts and is approached across deep ravines and through thick forest, adding to its mystery and to spectacular photographic opportunities. Past alumni travellers have called this the most impressive fort in Rajasthan and we agree! The buildings and battlements have been beautifully restored. Overnight: Rawla Narlai (B, L, D)

    Tuesday, March 12: Udaipur We’ll travel by road first to Ranakpur to visit the magnificent Jain temple; the marble complex is noted for the 29 halls supported by 1,444 pillars, each adorned with hundreds of carved figures, with no two alike. Then it’s onward to Udaipur, the “City of Sunrise”, India’s most romantic city, built around four lakes. Our hotel has wonderful grounds overlooking Lake Pichola and we’ll enjoy a peaceful evening. Overnight: The Trident (B, D)

    Wednesday, March 13: Udaipur We’ll start off the day with an early morning cruise on Lake Pichola – we’ll enjoy marvelous views and great photos of the City Palace and the Lake Palace from the water. We continue with a visit of the interior of the City Palace, the centrepiece of twelve palaces in Rajasthan’s largest royal complex and then stroll through the bustling streets to the kaleidoscopic Jagdish Temple. This afternoon we’ll stroll in the old city and view the sunset at the Monsoon Palace, built by the Maharana Sajjan Singh as an observatory in the late 19th century. Overnight: The Trident (B, D)

  • Thursday, March 14: Depart Udaipur There is time at leisure this morning, before we transfer to the Udaipur airport for the flight to Delhi with onward connections homeward. Flights to Canada depart in the very early morning of March 15 arriving in Canada the same day.

    Note: The itinerary and accommodation are subject to change due to logistical arrangements and to take advantage of local events. Please note that special permission is required for some of our activities which are subject to change.

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS

    How to book: Please contact our office, or forward your completed reservation form and applicable non-refundable deposit to reserve your trip. We require your passport details exactly as they appear on the information page of your passport. The minimum age to participate in a group tour is 16. An adult must accompany participants between the ages of 16 and 18.

    Deposits: All trips require a non-refundable deposit of C$500/US$500 per person unless stated othe