Incredible India 2025

Dates: February 11-26, 2025

Vast, diverse, deeply spiritual and utterly unforgettable, India is unlike anywhere else on earth – a melting pot of ethnicities and religions, a treasure trove of history and culture, and a curious mixture of chaos and serenity.  Few nations are home to such an incredible wealth of history and culture!

Join this "small group" on this private and customized tour to this exciting country!  Email or call 319-393-1359 for more information.  


Welcome to India! We will be greeted with a special VIP greeting at the airport with an escorted transfer and assisted check-in at the The Claridges Hotel, our home for three nights. The rest of the day is at leisure with the escort, driver and vehicle at our disposal.

Today is our sightseeing tour of New Delhi including a visit to Gandhi Smriti. New Delhi was planned and built by the British in the 1920’s. Driving through the city, with its wide tree lined avenues discover India Gate and the Diplomatic Enclave, the Central Secretariat and the President's House. Visit Humayun's Tomb, aptly called the predecessor of the Taj Mahal because of its ornate Mughal style of architecture, later perfected in the Taj Mahal. Finally, see the 12th century Qutab Minar, considered one of the most perfect towers in the world, measuring 72m high. Continue to Connaught Place, New Delhi's main shopping area and central hub. Gandhi Smriti – was Gandhi’s last home prior to his assassination and has been preserved exactly as it was in 1948 when he was killed. See the room where he lived, which still contains his personal effects, as well as the ground where he said evening payers to devotees. Adjacent to this house is the International Centre of Gandhian Studies and Research. The rest of the day at leisure with escort, vehicle and driver available to explore local markets. (B)

A heritage walking tour, including a brief cycle rickshaw ride, through the bustling streets of Old Delhi is the best way to discover the history, and secrets of this busy and seemingly chaotic area. Visit the Jama Masjid, built in 1650; one of the largest mosques in India. Drive past the Red Fort, also built by Shah Jahan and finally, visit Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948. Special focus during the tour of Old Delhi is Khari Baoli, a street known for Asia’s largest wholesale spice market selling a fragrant variety of spices, nuts, herbs and food products, such as rice and tea. We will have lunch on your own at Haveli Dharampura, dates to 1887 AD with beautiful features of brackets, balconies, jharokhas, multi foliated arched gateway, carved sandstone facades, and wooden doorways. Evening at leisure. (B)

This morning we drive to Agra and will check-in for our one night at the ITC Mughal Luxury Hotel. This afternoon we will visit the Marble Inlay Studio, to learn more about the inlay process. At the studio, you observe skilled artisans — from the design and engraving of the marble to the hand-carving and sanding of semi-precious stones, such as mother of pearl, lapis, malachite and jasper. The studio is known for its high-quality marble-inlay products and its impressive selection, including tables, boxes, vases, frames, and more. Custom designs and pieces can also be arranged for those with specific motifs, colors or sizes in mind. Then onto Agra Fort – massive and majestic, the red sandstone fort in Agra, built by Emperor Akbar, is perhaps the best-preserved fort in India. Construction of this crescent shaped fort that is 1.5 miles in circumference commenced in 1565, the fort is almost a city within a city. Initially the fort was a military structure, then many additions were added including fort houses and where Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb. Today these palatial buildings are silent witness to the rise and fall of the Imperial Mughal Empire and are exemplars of Islamic architecture and decoration. (B)

We start our day with a visit to the Taj Mahal at sunrise when it’s most alluring, shrouded in mists and bathed with a soft red glow. As its vast marble surfaces fall into shadow or reflect the sun, its color changes, from soft grey and yellow to pearly cream and dazzling white. The Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal who died giving birth to their fourteenth child in 1631. Heartbroken by her death, legend has it that Shah Jahan’s hair turned grey overnight and that he turned his back on running the empire, concentrating instead on this monument to his love, which took 22 years and at a cost that is equivalent to around $70 million US Dollars today.

After breakfast we go to Fatehpur Sikri, which served briefly as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585.  This world heritage site is rated as one of the best-preserved collections of Mughal architecture in India. Surrounded by a 3.5-mile wall with elaborate structures within. Marvel at the impressive Jama Masjid Mosque, the detailed palaces built for Emperor Akbar’s wives, the public and private discussion halls and vast ornamental pool; all of which took over 15 years to build.

Following lunch at The Bagh Hotel in Bharatpur, we transfer to Ranthambore for our check-in at our two-night hotel, Sawai Madhopur Lodge and dinner. (B,L,D)

Our amazing morning will start with game viewing in Ranthambore National Park by jeeps. The Project Tiger reserve is named after the 1,000-year-old fort that stands inside the park. The park, which was formerly the Maharaja’s hunting grounds. The main draw is the chance of sighting one of the tigers in the park; however, it is also home to the sambar, largest of all Asiatic deer. There are a considerable number of bird species, and these include the rare red jungle fowl and varieties of eagles. The water tank harbors marsh crocodile and python, and the surrounding countryside is also home to leopards and sloth bears.  Later morning, we visit the Ranthambore Fort, a 10th century fort lies within the National Park area. The Ganesh Templestill used and visited by hundreds of worshippers daily can be found within the boundary walls of the Fort. In the afternoon, we will have another game viewing in the park. (B,L,D)

We have an easy day today that will begin our day with a final game viewing in Ranthambore National Park by jeep, then return to lodge for breakfast. We’ll then drive to Jaipur and check-in for our three-night stay at Shahpura House Hotel.  The rest of the day at leisure with escort, vehicle and driver at disposal. (B)

Today we’ll enjoy an excursion to Amber Fort followed by a visit to Anokhi Museum and Panna Meena step well. Amber, Originally the ancient capital of the Kachawahas clan from 1037 the ancient town is dotted with ancient temples, Havelis, and step wells. High above the town and surrounded with defensive fortification walls sits the impressive Amber Palace. Amber Palace is a perfect blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture and once at the top the Palace enjoy excellent views of the surrounding countryside and town below. The Anokhi Museum is a highly successful textile company which, from its beginnings almost 40 years ago, helped resurrect languishing Rajasthani block printing textile Industry. Panna Meena Step Well, was built in sixteenth century as a sort of community gathering area.  A place where people could come for water, a swim, a chat with a neighbor or relax. The criss-cross of stairs, the octagonal gazebos, and the recessed doorways--a fun to walk around and photograph. This afternoon we will visit the Crockery Museum and time for lunch at Swapna Mahal, which means the Palace of Dreams. The double height ceiling has breathtaking majestic crystal chandeliers and panels of silk curtains will take you to the dream world. Built with several beautiful arches, silver Jharokas and colored glasses. Our afternoon is free with our escort, driver and vehicle at disposal. Shopping in Jaipur is all about excellent works of art, which were once made for the Kings and Queens, today are available to the common man. This evening is a visit to Dera Amer Camp for fun activities like camel cart ride, Elephant feeding and walking, demonstration of henna painting, turban tying followed by dinner. (B,D)

Our day will start with an early morning safari at Jhalana Reserve Forest by jeep.  In the Jhalana reserve forest you can have an eye to eye with the main predator – the leopards! There are around 32-35 leopards in the park. Besides leopards there are hyenas, wild fox, golden jackals, blue bulls, peacocks, spotted deer, Indian pitta, Eurasian sparrowhawk and many more to explore. Later morning, we will explore the ‘Pink City’ the bustling metropolis that is Rajasthan’s capital, seeing the Observatory and the Jaipur City Palace followed by a visit to Albert Hall Museum. Tour the Palace by visiting the Mubarak Mahal, it houses the Textile and Costume Museum, then visit the Armory and into the main complex. Also included is the Royal Grandeur Tour of the Chandra Mahal, then the Jantar Mantar Observatory that houses astronomical instruments built in stone and marble – including an 80-foot-high sundial accurate to 02 seconds! Then the Central Museum, known as the Albert Hall, founded in 1876, it houses a large collection of antiques and interesting artifacts.

Our afternoon includes a walking tour of Jaipur, which offers a dazzling immersion into the riches of traditional India.  Many of the ancient craftsmen and artisan’s traditions continue to this day, making the bazaars a fun experience. Observe local artisans like Silversmiths, bangle makers, at work. Mingle and talk with locals while sampling some of the region’s culinary delights. It’s a great way to explore Jaipur like locals do and learn about rich art traditions of this fascinating city. (B)

Early morning, we will transfer to Jaipur Airport and fly to Udaipur. Later we’ll visit Nagda and Eklingji temples. Nagda – is one of the ancient palaces of Mewar, dating back to the 16th century AD. Visit the Sas-Bahu group of temples. Literally meaning, “Mother-in-law, daughter-in-law” temples, these are amongst the most exquisitely carved temples in India. Eklingji – is a complex of 108 temples, built in 734 AD, it was chiseled out of sandstone and marble, and enclosed by high walls. The temple is dedicated to the family deity of the rulers of Mewar. We will check-in at Trident Hotel for our two-night stay.  The rest of the day at leisure. (B).

The Udaipur City Palace overlooks Lake Pichola and houses an impressive museum that includes an outstanding collection of miniature paintings. Housed in the Fateh Prakash Palace is the Crystal Gallery, the largest private collection of crystal in the world. Many of the items were custom made for the royal House of Mewar. See dazzling objects d’art, perfume bottles, dinner services, decanters and furniture. The Jagdish Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, was completed in 1651 and is covered with intricate carvings. At all times of the day melodic chanting and singing can be heard, however it is at the evening prayers that the temple really comes alive. Our afternoon includes an interactive tour with a local art expert at the Mewar School of Art, you will learn about the history of this area's signature miniature painting and try your hand at creating some art of your own. Late this afternoon, enjoy an exclusive boat cruise on Lake Pichola including a visit one of the oldest and most grandiose palace - Jagmandir Island Palace for high tea at the restaurant. (B)

We will drive to Ranakpur and have lunch at the Mountbatten Lodge, then visit Ranakpur Jain Temples. Ranakpur is in the heart of the stunning Aravalli Hills and is a popular pilgrimage center. The temples of Ranakpur were built in the 15th century and are beautifully crafted and well preserved. One of the biggest and most important Jain temple complexes in India, the site is dominated by the Adinath Temple, which is supported by 1,444 exquisitely carved pillars; no two of which are the same. Then we will go onto Jodhpur and we will check into Ajit Bhawan Hotel for two nights. The rest of the day at leisure with escort, vehicle and driver at disposal. (B,L)

Mehrangarh Fort is situated in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. The fort was constructed in 1459 by Rajput ruler Rao Jodha and stands a hundred feet in splendor on a perpendicular cliff, four hundred feet above the skyline of Jodhpur. The fort's boundaries house several palaces with intricate carvings, expansive courtyards, and a museum featuring various relics.

Jaswant Thada, the graceful marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Wives and concubines committed Sati (suicide) by throwing themselves on his funeral pyre. The main memorial has been built like a temple with intricately carved marble stone that is sculpted by the genius artisan. A brief visit to this structure is through the rocky hills giving it a secluded and mystic aura. Also leisurely guided visit Rao Jodha’s Desert Rock Garden.

Learn about interesting legends from the past, peep into the life of locals, meet and interact with city’s residents, as we wander through narrow alleyways dotted with Indigo colored houses on our walking tour of this Blue City.

Our afternoon is free for a shopping visit to the Maharani Arts & Textiles, a shopper’s paradise, it offers everything from fruit and spices to textiles and bangles; spices, rare books to American WW II jerry cans to junk jewelry! (B)

Our morning is at leisure with escort, vehicle and driver at our disposal.  This afternoon we will transfer to Jodhpur Airport to return to Delhi and check into the JW Marriott Hotel for our overnight stay. Evening at leisure. (B)


Here are some of the fun included features:

  • Heritage walking tour of Old Delhi with guide
  • A brief cycle rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
  • Visit to Taj Mahal in Agra
  • Buffet lunch at The Bagh Hotel in Bharatpur
  • Game viewings in Ranthambore National Park by exclusive jeep
  • Excursion to Amber Fort by jeep both ways in Jaipur
  • Visit Dera Amer Camp for fun activities like Camel cart ride, Elephant feeding and painting, demonstration of henna painting, turban tying followed by dinner in Jaipur
  • Safari at Jhalana reserve forest by exclusive jeep including tea / coffee at the Historical "Shikar Hodi" in Jaipur
  • Royal Grandeur Tour of the Chandra Mahal in Jaipur
  • Walking tour with guide in Jaipur
  • Buffet / fixed menu breakfast at Raas Devigarh Hotel in Delwara
  • A visit to Crystal Gallery in Udaipur
  • An exclusive boat cruise on Lake Pichola in Udaipur


  • Fully Escorted by Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited’s Lori Nietert
  • 14-night accommodations, taxes and luggage handling
  • Group roundtrip airport transfers
  • Luxury air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
  • Complimentary WiFi on motorcoach and in most hotels lobbies
  • Sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary
  • 14 full breakfasts (B), 3 lunch (L), and 3 dinners (D) as specified.

Not included:

  • International Airfare (available December 2023)
  • Intranational Airfare within India $334
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals, beverages, items not included in the itinerary.
  • Optional experiences
  • Personal items

Contact Lori Nietert today to receive a digital brochure on this tour! or 319-393-1359

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