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Golden Era of India Adventure

Discover India’s fabled mystery, spirituality, and regal legacy on this iconic journey


Tue Oct 19 – Mon Nov 1, 2021


Delhi, India







Discover the golden era of India on this extraordinary India Adventure from the fabled Taj Mahal to the iconic tigers of Ranthambore. Encounter a world of captivating mysteries and vibrant color on this sensory-overload destination experience. Ignite your spirit during the holy Ganga Aarti ceremony in Varanasi. Feast your way through Old Delhi on a delicious street food tour, weaving through the bustling streets on a rickshaw. Join a local family for an unforgettable traditional home-hosted dinner. Walk on the wild side in Ranthambore National Park and seek out its most regal residents -the mighty Bengal tigers. Explore the Amber Fort of the vibrant “Pink City” of Jaipur. Stand in awe before the extraordinary architectural marvel of the Taj Mahal at sunrise to appreciate its glory, and stroll through its mystical garden paradise filled with symbolic wonderment. The perfect synthesis of nature, vitality, spirituality, and regal legacy that this humble yet royal country possesses, all beckons you with a “Welcome to India” flair of authenticity.

This Golden Era of India Adventure is a private small-group tour with an occupancy of only 16-19 participants.  On this active, immersive journey, travelers will connect with the local culture of India in an authentic and more intimate way. Our group size is kept small, allowing this India Adventure to be a more engaging and rewarding unique experience. 

Who can participate in the Golden Era of India Adventure

Exchange Club & Adventure Club Members, along with their family & friends may participate in the India Adventure ● Age requirement 12+ 

Activity Level

Level 3: To experience this unique destination, you will need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, trekking and walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs, and various time-period lengths of standing (between 1-2 hrs) alongside an expert team of guides. You can climb onboard various modes of transportation (ex: rickshaw, cable car, camelback/horseback, off-road vehicles, zodiac or small exploration boats, etc), and adapt to changes in elevation. You can expect some longer active days with included group activities, balanced with some leisure time to relax and explore as you wish. In addition, you’ll enjoy gathering with your adventure participants for occasional group meals on set days, along with the flexibility to experience the local dining scene on your own within the destination.





  • Encounter India’s golden era in a truly authentic small-group local-guide experience
  • Admire the breath-taking UNESCO architectural wonder of the Taj Mahal at sunset
  • Discover India’s regal tigers on a game drive in the Ranthambore National Park
  • Explore the majestic Amber Fort and vibrant-colored “Pink City” of Jaipur
  • Journey to the UNESCO site of the Khajuraho Temple on an exciting scenic train ride
  • Visit the intricately stone-carved Chandela Temples of the Royal Dynasty era
  • Venture by traditional rickshaw through the main streets and back roads of Old Delhi
  • Experience the illuminated spiritual ritual of the Ganga Aarti ceremony on the Ganges River
  • Learn the culinary secrets to preparing an incredible home-hosted Indian Dinner
  • Delight in a visit to a social enterprise dedicated to training and employing local artisans
  • Choose to add this optional Premium Experience while in India: Opt into this sensory-immersive Sunset Dinner Riverside overlooking the Taj Mahal (see Adventure Pricing below)
  • Extend Your India Adventure either in the beginning, end or both: 3-Night Dubai Pre Tour Extension (and/or) 5-Night Nepal Post Tour Extension (see Adventure Pricing below)



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Begin your India Adventure with a pre-tour Dubai extension exploration. See one of the world’s fastest-growing and most intriguing cities. With its many famous man-made structures, Dubai is a must-see destination for any traveler. Enjoy magnificent views of the world-famous Burj Al Arab hotel. See the Jumeirah Mosque and Dubai Creek. View the Al Bastakia old wind-towered houses built by wealthy merchants. Stop at Al Fahidi Fort, now the Dubai Museum. Travel by abra (a traditional water taxi) on a scenic journey across Dubai’s channel. Stroll through the spice and gold souks, the colorful bazaar markets. Embark on an exciting desert safari and ride aboard luxury 4×4 vehicles over rolling sand dunes through the Dubai desert. Arrive at a Bedouin desert campsite to explore the dunes further on camelback, and feast under the stars while you enjoy a belly dancing performance. Dubai Adventure Add-on Package includes 3 Nights Accommodations in Dubai including select meals along with enriching in-destination guided activities and additional optional excursions. For Dubai Pre-Extension cost please refer to the Adventure Pricing section below.


Arrive into Delhi, a bustling paradise of contradiction filled with mesmerizing modern energy, age-old monuments, and an all-encompassing vitality that courses its way through the busy streets. Experience everything this dynamic metropolis has to offer, from modern New Delhi to historic Old Delhi. Transfer from airport to the group hotel for check-in; afternoon and evening at leisure to relax after your long flight. This evening enjoy a local restaurant on your own from our selected favorite accommodations or choose to dine-in. Overnight at The Park New Delhi Hotel.


After breakfast, enjoy a guided morning exploration to the expansive Humayun’s Tomb, one of the best-preserved Mughal monuments dating back to the 1500s. This sprawling complex inspired countless mausoleums, including the legendary Taj Mahal. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon to explore Delhi on your own and with your guide’s recommendations. This evening, gather together for a memorable dinner featuring Indian specialties. Overnight accommodations at The Park New Delhi Hotel. (Breakfast & Dinner included)


Enjoy breakfast this morning; afterward embark on a full-day exploration through Old Delhi’s bustling streets on a rickshaw with your guide, stopping along the way for photo opportunities. Mid-day experience an exhilarating food tour, as your journey down narrow streets and corridors, to taste bites of the local flavors prepared by Delhi’s artisan food vendors. Your culinary adventure continues in the sacred Sikh temple, where you’ll find a lively communal kitchen. Walking within this unique food-market is a ritual experience as you absorb the scents and flavors of authentic India. In the afternoon, visit the famous monuments of New Delhi such as the India Gate and Parliament building and other top favorite sites. This evening enjoy a local restaurant on your own from our selected favorite accommodations or choose to dine-in. Overnight at The Park New Delhi Hotel. (Breakfast and lunch included)


After breakfast, depart Delhi and journey along a scenic route through the countryside into Jaipur, the “Pink City.” En route, stop for lunch at a lovely local restaurant before arriving into Jaipur. Our first exploration within this extraordinary city will be at the Hawa Mahal, the former home of a maharaja (Indian royal prince). Marvel at the architectural brilliance of Jaipur as you stroll through the heart of the Old City. Walk the perfumed aisles of a flower market, where garlands are created for traditional Indian ceremonies. Late afternoon check-into the group hotel, with the remainder of the evening at leisure to explore on your own or relax. This evening enjoy a local restaurant on your own from our selected favorite accommodations or choose to dine-in. Overnight at The Trident Jaipur Hotel. (Breakfast and lunch included)


Enjoy breakfast this morning and head out with your local guide for an extensive exploration of the Amber Fort and its palace complex. We will journey to the palace by means of a vintage jeep, scaling the hills overlooking Jaipur. This afternoon, experience the vibrancy and aromas of the Jaipur Spice Market on a guided walk through this culinary mecca. In the evening, get to know a local family as you join them for a wonderfully authentic experience – a deliciously hosted dinner in their home. Overnight accommodations at the Trident Hotel Jaipur. (Breakfast and dinner included)


This morning after breakfast, depart the hotel with your guide and set out to explore the beautiful City Palace of Jaipur, along with nearby sites. Marvel at the impeccable masonry of the Jantar Mantar – the world’s oldest stone sundial. Return to your hotel to relax if you wish; or stay out in the city to continue further exploring on your own. Enjoy the evening at leisure and try a local restaurant on your own from our selected favorite accommodations or choose to dine-in. Overnight accommodations at the Trident Hotel Jaipur. (Breakfast included)


After breakfast, depart with our guide for a scenic journey into the vast region of Ranthambore National Park. Upon arrival join a naturalist guide and seek out to encounter the regal tigers in their natural habitat of the Park. Learn why these elusive magnificent creatures are revered and an unending sacred fascination in India. Delve into Project Tiger’s conservation efforts and the impact the organization has had on the Ranthambore sanctuary. Continue with our naturalist guide who will introduce us to India’s varied extensive wildlife found within this beautiful landscape. Late afternoon check-in to our group hotel and relax. Enjoy a group gathering this evening with dinner at the hotel. Overnight accommodations at The Sawai Villas at Ranthambore. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)


Enjoy the morning with breakfast. Afterward, depart the hotel with your local guide to explore deeper into Ranthambore National Park. Surrounded by deep forests and scattered ruins, board a canter (open-air truck) and view barking deer, Indian gazelles, and exotic birdlife as you follow the tigers’ paths in search of the sanctuary’s renowned wildlife. Then, it’s your choice- choose to return back to the hotel and relax – OR – visit Dastkar Ranthambore, a social enterprise dedicated to providing employment and training for local artisans. In the afternoon, return to the park’s wonderful habitat for another wildlife safari opportunity to watch for marsh crocodiles, sloth bears, hyenas, and of course the famous tigers. Overnight accommodations at The Sawai Villas at Ranthambore. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)


Following breakfast, depart Ranthambore with our guide to journey by train to Agra, coasting through tunnels and around bends as you follow the rails to Agra, a city rich with the splendors of the past. Home to stone forts and marble mausoleums, a variety of old and new culture comes alive here. Along the route, stop for a local lunch to get another taste of authentic cuisine. After check-in into the group hotel, either relax or enjoy some free time in Agra to explore its lively ambiance and picture-perfect architecture. Enjoy the evening at leisure and try a local restaurant on your own from our selected favorite accommodations or choose to dine-in. Overnight accommodations at the Trident Hotel Agra. (Breakfast and lunch included)


Following breakfast this morning, depart the hotel with our guide to explore the city of Agra. We begin with the Taj Mahal, a stunning vision of white marble and sandstone, built as an expression of love by Emperor Shah Jahan. Experience the romantic spirit of this breathtaking architectural masterpiece in the early morning, when the colors of the sky dance on the bright facade and shimmer in its reflective pool – and you will see why it is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Afterward, we will visit the Agra Fort, the seat of the Mughal Empire. Afterward we relax our feet, to enjoy lunch at Sheroes’ Hangout – a café that empowers female survivors of violence, allowing them to reclaim their lives and livelihoods through employment and sisterhood. Return to our hotel to relax. The evening is at your leisure and to try a local restaurant on your own from our selected favorite accommodations or choose to dine-in. Overnight accommodations at the Trident Hotel Agra. (Breakfast and lunch included)


Following breakfast this morning, check-out of your hotel for a scenic train ride to Khajuraho. In the shadow of the Vindhya mountain range, we will encounter a city of stone temples and mystifying sculptures. Check-in at our group hotel, and enjoy a lunch in a local establishment. Afterward begin exploring at your leisure this remarkable city with recommendations from your guide. This evening gather for a group dinner at the hotel. Overnight accommodations at the Radisson Jass Hotel. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)


Following breakfast this morning, explore with your guide the Chandela Temple and its palace complex, home to unparalleled royal architecture and intricate stone carvings. Afterward continue to the airport for a group flight to the city of Varanasi. Welcome to Varanasi – India’s holiest city – where spiritual energy radiates from the ground up. Check-into our group hotel and enjoy an a-la-carte lunch on your own. This afternoon we will embark on a short voyage, as we sail along the River Ganges on a memorable excursion and pass by the ghats (banks) where locals wade into the “river of offerings.” From the Dashashwamedh Ghat, enjoy a reserved seat to experience the spiritual awakening of a Ganga Aarti ceremony as it illuminates the night sky. The evening is at your leisure and to try a local restaurant on your own from our selected favorite accommodations or choose to dine-in. Overnight accommodations at the Radisson Varanasi Hotel. (Breakfast included)


Enjoy an early morning breakfast, depart the hotel, and explore with your guide on a scenic boat ride for an opportunity to see the sunrise on the River Ganges. Travel to Sarnath, where Siddhartha Gautama – later known as Buddha – gave his first sermon in the 6th century B.C. Discover this holy site and gain insight into the country’s divine past. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon to relax or opt to continue exploring the city on your own. Celebrate your adventure through India alongside your newfound friends at a farewell dinner, and toast the end of your journey at a wonderful local restaurant. Overnight accommodations at the Radisson Varanasi Hotel. (Breakfast and dinner included)


Following breakfast this morning, check-out of your hotel for group flight back to Delhi, where a day-use room has been reserved for you to relax in before your international flight departure home at the Lemon Tree Premier Delhi Airport Hotel (OR) for those extending onward on our Nepal Adventure, after our return to Delhi, bid farewell to your fellow travelers who are returning home. This evening you will overnight in Delhi before getting a fresh start on your Nepalese adventure tomorrow morning. Overnight accommodations in Delhi at the airport hotel. (Breakfast included)


Continue onward after your India Adventure with a post-tour Nepal extension. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO Patan Durbar Square and its famous temple complex. Tour Kathmandu and Swoyambhuanth Stupa, and attend a private temple blessing ceremony. Visit ancient temples, including Pashupatinath Temple, the most important Hindu temple in Nepal. See Boudnath, a place sacred to Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims. Perhaps take an optional flightseeing tour of iconic Mount Everest, getting an aerial up-close look at the world’s highest peak. Take off by helicopter on an optional tour to Annapurna Base Camp, passing over breath-taking snow-capped mountains. Spend time in a Tibetan Refugee village, meandering along the handicraft shops while supporting the local people’s history and heritage. (Due to flight schedules with long connection times, we are pleased to offer a day room in Delhi at an additional cost. If you choose to purchase this day room, you must obtain a multiple-entry visa for India, prior to departure). Nepal Adventure Add-on Package includes 5 Nights Accommodations in Nepal within Kathmandu and Pokhara, including select meals along with enriching in-destination guided activities and additional optional excursions. For Nepal Post-Extension cost please refer to the Adventure Pricing section below.


Enjoy 4 & 5-star accommodations throughout the Golden Era of India Adventure at the following properties:

  • The Park New Delhi (Delhi)
  • Trident Hotel (Jaipur)
  • The Sawai Villas (Ranthambore National Park)
  • Trident Hotel (Agra)
  • Radisson Jass Hotel (Khajuraho)
  • Radisson Hotel (Varanasi)

What’s Included

  • 13 nights in deluxe accommodations (4 & 5-star properties) throughout group itinerary – 3 Nights in Delhi; 3 Nights in Jaipur; 2 Nights in Ranthambore; 2 Nights in Agra; 1 Night in Kkajuraho; 2 Nights in Varanasi
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Small-group deluxe bus transportation where applicable in each destination
  • 26 group meals including 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 6 dinners
  • In-destination itinerary tour transportation
  • Insider expert guides

What’s not Included

  • International airfare and/or internal destination flights if required
  • Meals “on your own” when not provided in the scheduled group itinerary
  • Optional activities on your own
  • Optional Premium Experiences – unique to each adventure destination
  • Pre or post extensions outside of the group tour
  • Additional pre and post nights as needed for flights for extra personal time
  • REQUIRED: “Cancel for Any Reason” travel insurance at $299 per person (refer to pricing details)


Add this Premium Experience while on this Golden Era of India Adventure

(Agra) Sunset Dinner Riverside overlooking the Taj Mahal| $60 per person | Duration: 3 Hours – Climb aboard your tuk-tuk or auto rickshaw. Your first stop is at the impressive Itmad-ud-Daula, a Mughal mausoleum tomb. This is the first mausoleum made completely of marble, the same kind that was used for the Taj Mahal. This monument may be smaller than the Taj Mahal, but it is just as remarkable and that is why it has been nicknamed the “Baby Taj.” The tomb is often described as a “draft” of the world-famous Taj Mahal. Continue on to behold the mysteriously beautiful Taj Mahal at sunset. You will stop at Mahtab Bagh – the “Moonlight Garden” on the banks of the Yamuna River opposite the Taj Mahal – for a picture-perfect view of the ornate white structure surrounded by the vibrant colors of the setting sun. Enjoy a memorable dinner with a view of River and the Taj Mahal in the distance.


$2649 per person based on Double Occupancy

$3449 Single Occupancy

+ REQUIRED Travel Insurance (details below) $299 per person

DEPOSIT REQUIRED to confirm: $500 per person (non-refundable)

FINAL PAYMENT DUE:  July 19th, 2021

The India Adventure deposit is non-refundable and adventure is fully non-refundable after final payment. This India Adventure requires a minimum of 16-19 people to operate at the price quoted. An increase in cost can occur if the trip operates with fewer participants.


3-NIGHT DUBAI Pre-Adventure Add-On: $599 per person based on Double Occupancy

5-NIGHT NEPA Post-Adventure Add-On: $999 per person based on Double Occupancy

The India Adventure Extensions are non-refundable. Extensions are subject to availability at the time of request with a paid adventure participant deposit. Flights for Extensions are not included in the land price; in addition any required tourist visas for Extension destinations are not included. These extensions can operate with a minimum of 4 participants. An increase in cost can occur if the trip operates with fewer participants.


REQUIRED “Cancel for Any Reason” Travel Insurance: $299 per person

Insurance is a mandatory requirement to participate in any THIRDHOME Adventure; insurance is required to be purchased at the time of deposit or by the date established and communicated to our participants. Collette Tours has partnered with TripMate Travel Insurance for this Adventure, offering a special group tour rate for coverage as noted above. Click here to learn more about what’s covered. Collette Tours reserves the right to modify/change the tour itinerary accommodations and/or alter the tour routing if conditions beyond their control require such alterations thereof due to unforeseen circumstances. Collette Tours reserves the right to cancel a tour or postpone it from operating, should a destination become officially mandated, and listed as “unsafe to travel to” and/or for any other unforeseen reason beyond their control.

Adventure is fully non-refundable after final payment. THIRDHOME requires all participants to purchase travel insuranceClick here to view the THIRDHOME Adventures Terms and Conditions.

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This Golden Era of India Adventure is provided in partnership with Collette tours.

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