Exceptional Experiences: India

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Boating down the Ganges River.

India In-Depth

From Sunrise on the Ganges to Sunset Elephant Trekking

The Palace of Winds in Jaipur.
A traveler making a new friend.

Riding the River Ganges at Sunrise
Board a river boat as dawn breaks and glide down the Ganges River in India’s most sacred city. You’ll witness the sight of thousands of pilgrims washing away their sins in the river’s holy cleansing waters.

Jaipur with a Royal Descendant
Hem Singh, descendant of the royal family of Amber, ushers you through the magical “pink city” of Jaipur, one of India’s crowning jewels. Hem provides fascinating insight as you explore the dazzling City Palace complex, Jantar Mantar
observatory and bustling bazaar.

The Art of Pigeon Flying
Delight in a display of kabootar baazi or pigeon flying, in Old Delhi, joining a kabootar baz (pigeon fancier) on his rooftop as he controls 50 birds at a time using only a whistle, stick and seeds.

Cycling with a Shepherd
Experience the essence of India while pedaling through the quaint countryside. Your shepherd guide will lead you past former palaces and forts while introducing you to the simplicity of his rural life.

Jungle Safari on Elephant-Back
From Jaipur, trek through the primeval Aravalli forest while riding atop a gentle giant. A local Rajput family will guide you past hutments, rolling hills and ancient monuments on a truly magical sunset safari.

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Originally appeared in Virtuoso Best of the Best: 2014 Guide to the World's Best Hotel Experiences.

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