Multi-Day Tour

The Soul of India (16 days)

Micato Safaris

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Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2018

The Soul of India (16 days)

Day 1

En Route

Day 7

Ranthambore National Park

Day 8

Ranthambore National Park

Day 16

Arrive home

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
En Route
N/a None
En route to India.
Day 2
Delhi, India
Taj Mahal Hotel None
Touch down India. It's a different world-the smell of cardamom and curry, the sight of brilliant silk saris, the sound of Bollywood hit songs… just like that, you're swept away in Micato's India. Our Micato staff members will accompany you to your awaiting vehicle. We will start exploring the mix of old and new, familiar and exotic India as we drive through Delhi. We'll marvel at the fascinating cultural and historical sites of India, including ancient monuments, incredible performances, enthralling museums, some of India's best restaurants etc. The Taj Mahal Hotel is located at the lush green setting of Lutyens' Delhi. This elegant hotel is constructed in pink dholpur sandstone, standing out imposingly from its beautifully landscaped gardens.
Day 3
Delhi, India
Taj Mahal Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We enjoy a morning at leisure. Later we'll attend an orientation and have a welcome lunch with our Tour Director at the hotel before embarking on an exploration of Old Delhi's twisting maze of streets, which are lined with buildings that span the ages. Brightly coloured cycle rickshaws are the best way to navigate the narrow, bustling alleyways. Each ‘gali' or lane specializes in a different commodity ranging from brightly coloured bangles, brass artefacts, gold jewellery, fragrant flowers, brilliantly dyed fabrics, and sumptuous food cooked to order on grills or bubbling away on portable stoves. We also visit India's largest mosque, Jama Masjid, also known as ‘Masjid-I-Jahan-Numa,' meaning ‘the mosque with a commanding view of the world'.
Day 4
Delhi, India
Taj Mahal Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Continue your exploration of the city as you embark on a visit to the New Delhi this morning. With its orderly, spacious, tree-lined avenues, New Delhi exhibits a unique blend of monumental British and Indian styles. Visit Humayun's Tomb, which lies buried in this magnificent monument built in red sandstone. The design, by Haji Begum (Humayun's first wife), was way ahead of the times and is the basis for the design of the Taj Mahal! Next, visit a Gurudwara, or Sikh Temple, and afterward, the community kitchen where you will see how food is cooked and served daily for a thousands. Micato will arrange food supplies as a contribution for the day's meal and you are welcome to lend a helping hand. After lunch, we visit the Gandhi Smriti memorial, the sacred place where Mahatma Gandhi's epic life ended in 1948. Our last stop for the day is Khan Market, one of the city's favourite shopping destinations. Enjoy some leisure time here before returning to the hotel.
Day 5
Agra, India
Oberoi Amarvilas Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Agra is our destination today. Beloved Agra was the capital of the Mughals in the 16th and 17th centuries, and most of the Mughals' most famous monuments are here: including the magical Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan's enduring monument to his love, a shining vision of pure white marble. Oberoi Amarvilas takes you back to an era of Emperors and Princes. You'll certainly feel like royalty in your gorgeous room, decorated in teak and sandstone, but it all pales in comparison to your view: the Oberoi is right across the way from the Taj Mahal, and your view of this glorious creation is unparalleled. After feasting your eyes on the masterpiece at sunset, we dine at Peshawri at ITC Mughal - an authentic Indian dining experience.
Day 6
Agra, India
Oberoi Amarvilas Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We rise early to stroll through the grounds and interior of the majestic Taj Mahal, this time to view the white marble tinged with the pink of dawn, the gentle opalescent sunrise shining up from the reflecting pools. Agra Fort, which lies on the bend of the River Yamuna, dominates the centre of the city with its grand imposing gates, walls of red sandstone and moat. Next, visit an artisanal marble inlay processing unit. Here you will see how craftsmen skilfully create a beautiful inlay of precious and semi-precious stones into the marble. This afternoon is at leisure. At sunset, proceed to Mehtab Bagh, a site across the river that affords a spectacular view of the Taj Mahal. In the serene gardens, we begin to understand the spell this World Wonder casts over all who visit.
Day 7
Ranthambore National Park
Oberoi Vanyavilas Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bid farewell to Agra as you drive to Sawai Madhopur - home to the Ranthambore National Park. Originally the hunting reserve of the Maharaja of Jaipur, it was declared a game sanctuary in 1955, it later came under the auspices of Project Tiger, and finally, in 1980, became a national park. Upon arrival in Ranthambore, we proceed to our luxury resort bordering the park - The Oberoi Vanyavilas. Numerous animals are found in the park, and it is common to spot antelope, and various species of deer. By the lake and at the water holes, other animals are sometimes sighted - sloth bear, wild boar, porcupine, jackal, leopard, jungle cat and crocodile. Embark on your first game drive through the park this afternoon.
Day 8
Ranthambore National Park
Oberoi Vanyavilas Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Awake just before dawn to hot coffee or pot of tea, accompanied by a few pieces of shortbread to fortify you for the morning's adventure-a sunrise game-drive. The wild peacocks with their compelling cries and iridescent plumage add a constant note of glamour and exoticism. But of course it is the tigers that everyone comes to see. Ranthambore is one of the best locations to get a close view. The luckiest visitors may catch a glimpse of tigers hunting, and the females taking care of their cubs. Between game drives, embark on an excursion to Dastkar - a craft conservation project aimed at sustaining local artisans and their trade. Visit the workshop where you will see and even try your hand at different crafts like block printing, patchwork, rug-weaving and shoe-making.
Day 9
Jaipur, India
Rambagh Palace Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Next we continue our journey and drive to Jaipur. India's famous ‘Pink City' is so called because its walls were painted pink to honour visiting royalty in the 1800's - the Prince of Wales. The former residence of the Maharajah of Jaipur, the breathtaking Rambagh Palace is spectacular with its terraced lawns and ornate pavilions. Your opulent rooms combined with the incredibly intuitive service of the staff, will make you wonder if perhaps you are royalty, after all. This afternoon, we visit the City Palace complex, which continues to evoke the splendour of a bygone era. Here you take the insider's tour-your guide knows all the legends that make the Palace such a memorable place to visit. You also have the opportunity for a hands-on lesson in ancient Indian astrology. The Jantar Mantar, literally translated as ‘calculation instrument,' is an extravagant observatory. Learn to use the observatory as it was meant -to view and calculate the movements of the planets and stars.
Day 10
Jaipur, India
Rambagh Palace Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Early this morning, enjoy a novel experience - a balloon adventure over Jaipur! The rest of this morning is at leisure. Jaipur is a shopper's paradise, so we recommend experiencing the colourful mosaic of an Indian shopping spree. You will also see the bustling alleyways of the old world flower and spice markets. Walking the streets of the bazaar area is an unforgettable experience in itself. Later this afternoon, you will visit the majestic Amber Fort which towers over the crest of a rugged hilltop and overlooks Lake Moata. The favourite activity of the day will no doubt be getting up close and personal with the Asian elephants by painting them with traditional Indian designs. The elephants love the attention, and luxuriate in being pampered! Once the elephant is painted, jump aboard. Your ride takes you through a private forest area, past a medieval fortress and culminates with a delectable al-fresco dinner.
Day 11
Jaipur, India
Rambagh Palace Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning, we venture out of the city-through the arid Rajasthani countryside, sprinkled with vivid colour-to the quaint nearby village of Samode. Once a rich town within the principality of Amber, Samode's Palace evokes these halcyon days of lavishness. The former fort and luxury manor is now a hotel, where we enjoy a multi-course luncheon. Yet it is the connection to the everyday Indian people that enchants us in Samode. We take time to meet with the villagers here, their warmth and humility buoying our spirits. We also visit the village school that Micato supports with the help of travellers. Seeing first-hand the difference we can make in the education of needy children is a unique and heart-warming experience.
Day 12
Varanasi, India
Gateway Ganges Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning we wing our way to Varanasi via Delhi. Colourful. Charismatic. Steeped in history and legend. Varanasi is India's most sacred city. At over 2,500 years old, it is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. A haven of peace and tranquility amidst the bustling Temple City of Varanasi - the Gateway Ganges is set amidst 40 acres of lush green gardens. All rooms are rich in color and textures decorated in luxurious Indian style. Thousands of pilgrims visit Varanasi daily to take a dip in the holy waters of the Ganges, which in the Hindu religion is believed to wash away sins. We visit the ghat at sunset, when the setting sun casts mystical shadows upon the darkening water, and the tiny sacred lamps that line the banks are ceremoniously lit.
Day 13
Varanasi, India
Gateway Ganges Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We observe the holy rites on a boat ride at dawn on the river, as devotees perform ritual sunrise baths and religious ceremonies in the pink and gold light-an ancient tradition that has remained throughout the centuries. Afterwards, we return to the hotel for breakfast. Later this morning, we can even get an insider's view on how world-renowned crafts are made with a visit to an artisanal silk weaving workshop, as silk weaving originated in Varanasi, and the fabrics made on these looms are still second-to-none. We also visit a temple dedicated to the Hindu deity, Hanuman. Continuing on our exploration, we visit Sarnath after lunch-the religious centre where Buddha delivered his first speech after gaining enlightenment-and the Dharmekh Stupa-where Buddha delivered his first sermon.
Day 14
Mumbai, India
The Oberoi Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bid farewell to Varanasi, as you fly to Mumbai. In the 500 years since its "discovery" by the Portuguese, Mumbai has been transformed from an aboriginal fishing village into a sprawling metropolis of over 10 million people. It is the money capital of India, a magnet for entrepreneurs, the home of India's stock exchange, and headquarters for many national and international companies. Upon arrival, proceed to your hotel, the iconic Oberoi Mumbai. This evening, take a leisurely stroll through the bustling Colaba Causeway market. A favourite with locals and visitors alike, it is a wonderfully vibrant and energetic place dotted with shops and cafes - the perfect introduction to India's ‘Maximum City' - Mumbai.
Day 15
Mumbai, India
N/a Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Explore the vibrant city of Mumbai today. Your first stop will be the Prince of Wales Museum, which houses interesting displays of jade work, weapons from the Mughal Empire, and clay and terra cotta figures from the 3rd century BC. Next, spend some time watching the Dabbawallahs, who deliver fresh, home-cooked lunches from 100,000 suburban kitchens to hungry office workers. The meals are carried from shoulder-poles and bicycle handlebars, and stacked on decorated handcarts. You'll be fascinated by the Dhobi Ghat, where washermen soap, soak, boil, beat, and thrash laundry brought from all over Mumbai. The next day after being aired, pressed, and folded, they return the bundles from whence they came. Finally, visit Mani Bhawan, a musueum and memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, and the Chor Bazaar, a phenomenal flea market that will remind you of "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves." Later tonight, your journey to this mystical land comes to an end as you proceed to the international airport for your
Day 16
Arrive home
N/a None
Arrive home.

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Sightseeing
  • Wildlife & Nature

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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.

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By: PaulB


Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2013

Micato was extraordinary in their execution, whether safari director or location selections. Overall a great adventure and experience for this novice safari traveller.

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Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2013

Micato Safaris. I highly recommend "Micato Safaris"! From the beginning to my return home, it has been an unforgettable experience worth every penny spent and than more------ MICATO is the Best! Jannie
Travel Advisor:  Shelley Greenan

The Best

By: Brittany22


Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2013

We chose carefully to find the best African Tour company that we believed would provide the best, stand behind its product and not offer lame excuses. Micato proved its excellence in every way, including acknowledging an error and standing behind its well earned reputation to make it right. Not all would do that, as we all know from experience. M did a remarkable job and worth the money.. Best personnel and logistics around. So.......the best, and proud to tell the world.
Travel Advisor:  Paul Sacks

The best

By: Glo


Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2013

We look forward to planning another trip with Micato in the future. Our trip was a life hanging experience for us and were very pleased with the way Micato handled all the details competently. Every need was anticipated and attended to with a smile. Thank you Micato!
Travel Advisor:  Tracey Shara

Tailor made safari

By: violet15


Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2014

Micto has a reputation for extraordinary service which is well deserved. We chose the Grand Safari and secretly thought that it really wouldn't fully justify the name or the price but were pleasantly proved wrong. We were greeted by Jane and Felix Pinto, company founders at the start and end of the trip who made us feel a part of their family. Every effort was made to make the experience comfortable, luxurious and magical and all of our needs were anticipated. They even showed up with a birthday gift for me when I had forgotten all about the date! The guides are charming and knowledgable about animals, history, culture, politics - you name it. The drivers were magicians at anticipating animal behavior and getting us to just the right spot to see just the right animals. We've since met other Micto travelers whom we were pleased to note have had similar experiences. Don't go to Africa with anyone but Micato.
Travel Advisor:  Kelly Gruber

Outstanding personnel, outstanding service

By: Susie


Reviewed on: 15 Jan 2017

Everything from the moment we were picked up in Capetown, to the end of our trip in Nairobi was top rate. The guides and drivers were exceptional, the hotels were fabulous. We really felt spoiled by the way we were treated. The only downside had to do with sending our bags home that we weren't going to use on the 18 day safari - one of the five bags never made it out of South Africa. DHL has no idea what happened to it.
Travel Advisor:  Donna Hall

Best trip ever

By: Simba


Reviewed on: 26 Jan 2017

Couldn't have asked for better tour company. Took care of us from beginning to end. Lots of pleasant surprises along the way. Very caring of their clients.
Travel Advisor:  Leyna Huber

Top-Notch

By: Sally


Reviewed on: 09 Mar 2017

Loved our trip to South Africa with Micato. No detail was overlooked. The hotel and restaurant selections were mostly outstanding, and the guides did an excellent job of introducing us to their communities.
Travel Advisor:  Cuca Bloom

Excellent

By: Zzz


Reviewed on: 26 Mar 2017

Excellent... our 2nd trip with Micato and it was great
Travel Advisor:  Ken Neibaur

Go Micato

By: Ricky P


Reviewed on: 20 Jul 2017

Great safari. Took care of our group. Really enjoyed the trip. Very professional.
Travel Advisor:  Elaine Clapp

The Best

By: CMet47


Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2017

George our guide was incredible. We always felt safe and well equipped to see truly what Africa had to offer.
Travel Advisor:  Tony Huffman

East Africa

By: kirkygd@gmail.cim


Reviewed on: 11 Sep 2017

Excellent, very well organized, excellent employees. Choices of accommodations was as good as it gets.
Travel Advisor:  Paula Kay Eastham

First Class Service

By: Rob and Joan


Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2017

We recently completed our Micato Safari. We spent 13 days in Kenya and Tanzania. In short, the trip was perfect. Starting with our Nairobi Airport greeting by Micato (Salma). She raced us through customs where we were picked up in a Micato Land Cruiser and delivered to our hotel where we were met by Micato Concierge Virginia. She seamlessly checked us into our Nairobi hotel. Then we met Phillip, our Safari Guide. Phillip was top notch and made sure we had a fantastic time including a delicious lunch at the home of the Pintos (founders and owners of Micato). there is an incredible amount of detail that goes into the planning and execution of a African Safari. Phillip made it look easy (although we know he was working hard to make our experience perfect). If we decide to go back to Africa (or visit India), there is only one Safari company we'd use and that's Micato.
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner

African Safari

By: Bill


Reviewed on: 11 Jun 2018

Our trip exceeded expectations in all respects. Micato staff were gracious and very competent. Our guides, drives/animal viewing, lodging, and meals were all superb.
Travel Advisor:  Martha Rhodes

East Africa

By: Mark


Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2018

This company is absolutely outstanding. They thought or and took care of every detail. Once we landed in Kenya they took over with a team of advisors, guides and helpers. Tour was well planned and the so-called camp sites (really hotel-like) were top of the line. The people that work for Micato are incredibly nice, friendly and helpful. The tours guides are very knowledgeable. All speak excellent English. One detail to remember is that you travel with other people and they can enhance or be a negative. We were lucky we had a good group, but I could see how it would be a downer to travel with other types of people.
Travel Advisor:  Brooke Danza

Hemingway Africa Safari

By: Texas Steve


Reviewed on: 30 Jul 2018

HIGHLY recommend Micato! Hands down the best trip we have ever taken. Our tour Director, Patrick was fabulous and was with us every step of the journey! the Pintos (owners of Micato) are there as well, even inviting you into their home for lunch! They truly care about your experience and it shows! No tipping anywhere - all inclusive, top drawer ride, Directors and ownership. Don't even think of going to Africa with anyone else! Steve & Marsha
Travel Advisor:  Cristina Buaas

Botswana's Timeless Wilderness

By: Susan


Reviewed on: 21 Aug 2018

Micato is a top notch tour operator. This was our second trip with them but the first where we took our family along with us. Managing seven people, three of whom were children, requires patience and perseverance. From the greeters at the various airports, to Sue who led us at Victoria Falls, and Hein who traveled with us throughout, our trip was wonderful. One suggestion would be to train the bartenders in the various camps how to make drinks and to have a more upgraded and better selection of wines and liquors. Other than that, not much to complain about. We were happy campers!
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

Safari company.

By: Linda Van


Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2018

Micato was wonderful. Would recommend them to anyone looking for an unforgettable trip to Africa.
Travel Advisor:  Janice Chieffo

Micato Safaris

By: Gilla


Reviewed on: 25 Aug 2018

There are vacations that inform and open the mind and even those that give joy. But the Micato Safari that we experienced touched the soul. It was a unique and once in a life time experience to observe the wildlife of Africa and we shall probably never experience anything like it again. What raised the experience to a much higher level was first the attention given to us by the Micato staff. Never have we experience such dedicated individuals to providing an incredible experience. The staff expressed how much they enjoyed their jobs and this was reflected time and time again in the service they provided. There are no words to describe them. It was also the quality of lodging each night and the service provided that helped after a full day of bouncing on paths that were roads in name only. Mr. and Mrs. Pinto, owners of Micato, were such delightful people. Many more words of praise could be said but the word count is limited.
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Hardy