Mystical India

Mystical and spiritual, India is a land of rich contrasts. Explore its multifaceted culture as you travel through the classic Golden Triangle and east to Varanasi, stopping in Kalakho where local Meena tribespeople invite you into their homes.

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 The Taj Mahal, Agra, India  Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque, located in Delhi  Qutab Minar, India's tallest minaret, Delhi  Detail of stonework on the Qutab Minar minaret, Delhi  The Amber Palace, overlooking Jaipur  Detail of archway within the Amber Palace, Jaipur  Courtyard in the City Palace Museum of Jaipur  The City Palace Museum, Jaipur  Jantar Mantar, the open-air observatory in Jaipur  The newly restored Palace of the Winds in Jaipur  The elusive Bengal tiger, Ranthambhore National Park  A family of monkeys in Ranthambore National Park  Temple ruin in Ranthambore National Park  Women at a temple in northern India. Credit: Linda Currie  Father and son in Rajasthan. Credit: Linda Currie  The legendary Taj Mahal in Agra  Detail of inlaid stone at the Red Fort in Agra  Detail of the inlaid stonework at the Taj Mahal  Pavilion inside the Red Fort in Agra  Entrance to Agra's Red Fort, seat of Mughal power for generations  Traditional Indian market. Credit: Linda Currie  Holy man along the Ganges River.  Devotees offering gifts to the Sun God in the River Ganges. Credit: Arup Halder  One of the important <i>ghats</i> or steps along the Ganges River in Varanasi

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Of all the overseas trips we've taken, this trip ranks right at the top. Smithsonian did an outstanding job of balancing sites and activities with learning. We saw and did so much but we learned even more. We'll always remember India.

Ron Z.

I have wanted to visit India all my life and, therefore, had very high expectations. This trip far exceeded all those expectations. It was everything I hoped for and more! 

Brenda S.

India is not only mystical, but it is memorable, and magic. An initial visit only whets one's desire to return to experience the unique physical and spiritual senses over and over again.

Kenneth N.

I am so happy I saw India with the Smithsonian. It has such a rich and extraordinary history, and Smithsonian was the way to go! 

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