Temples & Palaces of India

  • November 30th through December 15th, 2012

The Trip

Join two expert lecturers, including Carleton Professor Nancy Wilkie, and discover many of the world’s most magnificent royal tombs, extraordinary rock-cut cave temples and art, and spectacular fortress palaces. Visit eleven UNESCO World Heritage sites on this carefully-planned, -paced, and -managed itinerary. Explore India’s diverse and splendid cultural heritage, visiting many of the country’s most important Jain, Buddhist, Hindu, and Islamic monuments. This 16-day tour includes our two lecturers, local guides, a trip manager, all accommodations, all meals, all excursions, and much more!

Price per person double occupancy: $6,995. Single supplement of $1,64

“Trip was perfect! Dr. Wilkie, Dr. Garimella and the trip manager did everything possible to make the experience very special. Nancy and Annapurna explained the history, culture, and preservation of the sites and gave me the foundation to enjoy them more fully. Your office and trip manager made the experience a total pleasure. It was also a lovely vacation.” Cynthia - Virginia


(full details please consult the attached brochure)

Day 1: November 29 or November 30, 2012:  DEPART USA 

Day 2: December 1: DELHI, India
Late arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at the Hotel Oberoi Maiden for two nights. 

Day 3: December 2: DELHI
Full day of sightseeing around Delhi, focusing especially on three major sites: the National Museum of India, whose 200,000 works of art span thousands of years; Humayun’s tomb, (“predecessor of the Taj Mahal”); and the Qutub Complex. (B,L,D) 

Day 4: December 3: DELHI| AGRA
AM departure for Agra, making stops en route at Mathura,one of India’s most ancient towns; and Sikandra, the splendid tomb of Akbar (greatest of all Mughal emperors). Sunset visit to the Taj Mahal. Overnight at The Trident for two nights. (B,L,D) 

Day 5: December 4: AGRA
Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. Continue to Agra Fort, a maze of lovely courtyards, mosques, and private chambers. PM exploration of the Tomb of Itimad ud-Daula, the first Mughal structure totally constructed of marble. (B,L,D) 

Day 6: December 5: AGRA | BHARATPUR
AM at leisure, or make one last sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. Depart for Fatehpur Sikri, whose audience halls, palaces, and mosques are perfectly preserved. PM at leisure at our exquisite garden hotel complex, or explore by cycle rickshaw Keoladeo National Park, one of South Asia’s greatest parks to spot myriad species of exotic birds. Overnight at The Bagh. (B,L,D) 

Day 7: December 6: BHARATPUR | JAIPUR
AM at leisure at our exquisite garden hotel complex or drive to Deeg, with the vast summer palace and massive “mud” fortress of the Maharajas of Bharatpur. PM drive to Jaipur, and visit the colorful Old Bazaar. Overnight at the Hotel Trident Jaipur for two nights. (B,L,D)

Day 8: December 7: JAIPUR
AM visit to Amber Fort, a 17th century palace overlooking a lake at the entrance to a rocky mountain grove. PM visit to Jaipur’s City Palace, divided into a series of courtyards, gardens, and palatial buildings; and Jantar Mantar, an extraordinary, early 18th century astronomical observatory. (B,L,D)

Day 9: December 8: JAIPUR | UDAIPUR
AM departure for Udaipur, stopping en route to explore Chittorgarh, a fortress/palace on a 600-foot high hill and 700 acres containing palaces, gates, and temples. Overnight at the Trident Udaipur for two nights. (B,L,D)

Day 10: December 9: UDAIPUR
AM visit to Udaipur’s City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Balconies, towers, and cupolas surround the palace, and there are fine views over beautiful Lake Pichola and the city. PM at leisure to relax, or explore Udaipur’s lively streets and craft shops. (B,L,D)

Day 11: December 10: UDAIPUR |  JODHPUR
AM departure for Jodhpur, stopping en route to explore Ranakpur, the largest temple complex in India, amongst the five holiest places of the Jain community and exceptionally beautiful. Overnight at the Balsamand Garden Retreat for two nights. (B,L,D)

Day 12: December 11: JODHPUR
AM visit to Rajasthan’s most formidable fortress/palace, Meherangarh, which sprawls atop a 410-foot high hill. PM at leisure to relax, or join a walking tour of Jodhpur’s Old Town, filled with arts and crafts shops. (B,L,D)

AM transfer to the airport for our flights to Mumbai (Bombay) and then Aurangabad. Overnight at the Rama International for two nights. (B,L,D) 

Visit the Ajanta Caves, rock-cut monuments dating back to the 2nd century B.C., whose early paintings and sculpture are considered early masterpieces of Buddhist religious art. (B,L,D) 

Visit Ellora, whose 35 “caves” – actually structures excavated entirely out of the vertical face of the hills – were built between the 5th and 10th centuries. PM transfer to the airport for our flight to Mumbai. Overnight at the Trident Nariman Point. (B,L,D) 

Day 16: December 15: MUMBAI | USA
AM boat ride to Elephanta, a fine cluster of 6th – 8th century rock-cut caves depicting aspects of the God Shiva. PM at leisure to relax or visit the Prince of Wales Museum. Day rooms at the Trident Nariman Point. After our farewell dinner, transfer to the airport for flights home. (B,L,D)

Additional Information

For additional information, please contact us at carleton@studytours.org or call us at 800-811-7244 or download the PDF brochure.

Lecturer/Host - Nancy Wilkie

Nancy Wilkie is a distinguished archaeologist and professor who has lectured on numerous study programs throughout the world, including many to Greece and Turkey. Nancy is the William H. Laird Professor of Classics, Anthropology, and the Liberal Arts, and Co-Director of the Archaeology Concentration at Carleton College, where she has been on the faculty since 1974. A graduate of Stanford University (1964), Nancy received her M.A. and Ph.D. (1975) from the University of Minnesota. She began her archaeological career in 1968 when she joined a pioneering program of survey and excavation in the region of the Palace of Nestor at Pylos in Greece. Since then Nancy has worked on archaeological projects in Greece, Egypt, and Nepal, and has authored more than 30 articles and co-edited three books on archaeology. Nancy is currently a member of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of State. This committee advises the President on requests from foreign governments for import restrictions on their antiquities under the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Cultural Property.


Lecturer/Host - Annapurna Garimella

Dr. Annapurna Garimella is an art historian and designer who specializes in the art and architecture of India. Annapurna has been a study leader on many tours of India and received the highest praise. She earned her Ph.D. in Art History from Columbia University, where her work focused on religion, kingship, architecture, and urban planning in medieval India, and she curated a show on Rajput painting at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Annapurna has taught at universities in the U.S. and India. As Research Editor for Marg Publications, South Asia’s oldest publishing house dedicated to the arts, Annapurna edited several volumes on Buddhist art in Central Asia and the Himalayan kingdoms. Annapurna heads Jackfruit, a research and design organization that works in the visual, built, and performing arts. She is also the founder of A.R.T., an organization that gathers resources and promotes research and teaching in art and architectural history, archaeology, crafts, design, and other related fields. Her own published work includes research on the medieval city of Vijayanagara, modernism, contemporary religiosities, and the politics of tourism and heritage. Annapurna is based in Bangalore, India.