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 iconic Taj Mahal  Detail of archway within the Amber Palace, Jaipur  The Amber Palace, overlooking Jaipur  Courtyard in the City Palace Museum of Jaipur  The City Palace Museum, Jaipur  Ancient observatory in Jaipur  The newly restored Palace of the Winds in Jaipur  Women at a temple in northern India. Credit: Linda Currie  Traditional Indian market. Credit: Linda Currie  Father and son in Rajasthan. Credit: Linda Currie  The elusive Bengal tiger, Ranthambore National Park  The Taj Mahal, Agra  Detail of inlaid stone at the Red Fort in Agra  Entrance to Agra's Red Fort, seat of Mughal power for generations  Pavilion inside the Red Fort in Agra  Detail of stonework on the Qutab Minar minaret, Delhi  Qutab Minar, India's tallest minaret, Delhi  Statue of Buddha at Sarnath, one of Buddhism's four holiest sites  The ghats along the Ganges River, Varanasi  Holy man along the Ganges River

Mystical India

The Golden Triangle and Varanasi With an Optional Extension to Nepal

17 days from $5,287 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

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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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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Nov 27 - Dec 13, 2016 Departure
Allan Langdale

Allan Langdale

Allan Langdale is an art and architectural historian, filmmaker, photographer, and travel writer who received his Ph.D. in art history from UC Santa Barbara. Allan has taught courses in Italian Renaissance art, Byzantine art, East Indian art, and Islamic art and currently teaches art history at UC Santa Cruz and film studies at UC Santa Barbara.

He has written the definitive guidebook to the little known region of Turkish Cyprus, In a Contested Realm (2012) and also made a documentary film on the architecture and history of the medieval city of Famagusta, The Stones of Famagusta: the Story of a Forgotten City (2008). Allan’s most recent book is Palermo: Travels in the City of Happiness (2015).

A popular Smithsonian Expert, Allan has traveled extensively in the Mediterranean, the Middle East, including Jordan and Egypt, and India. He lectures often in Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt and the Middle East.

Jan 15 - 31, 2017 Departure; Mar 12 - 28, 2017 Departure; Oct 22 - Nov 7, 2017 Departure; Nov 26 - Dec 12, 2017 Departure
Rita Sodha

Rita Sodha

Rita Sodha is a lecturer in the Department of Art History at the University of Baroda’s Faculty of Fine Arts. With a Ph.D. in art history, Rita is an expert on Indian painting and has published several articles on contemporary art in India. With a degree in painting, Rita has conducted workshops on the technique of enameling, tie and dye, patchwork, and quilting, and she designs soft furnishings for customized interiors. She also studied the sitar at the University of Baroda’s Faculty of Performing Arts. Rita looks forward to sharing her love of Indian art, music, history, and culture with Smithsonian travelers.

Feb 19 - Mar 7, 2017 Departure
Daniel White

Daniel White

Dan While is Professor of South Asian Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the department.  He regularly teaches: “Introduction to Asian Religions,” “The Religious Art and Architecture of India,”  “Hinduism,”  “Buddhism,” “Sanskrit” (1st 2nd and 3rd Year), “Indian History” as well as other courses on South Asia in the University. 

Dan received his Ph. D. in Indian Religions, Languages and Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. He authored numerous book chapters, articles and other scholarly papers on Indian religions, Indian advertising, Indian medicine, British colonial rule and disease in India, Indo-U.S. relations, HIV/AIDS and Indian culture, chaos and order in ancient and contemporary India, the Sanskrit language, Indian architecture, religion and politics in India, royal pilgrimage, etc.  Most recent projects include the website of over five hundred photographs of the Eklingji Temple Complex, in Rajasthan India associated with the family of the Maharana of Mewar (Udaipur); oral history of the family of the Maharana Mewar; and a book based on field research in India, summer of 2015, on beliefs and practices among gay and bisexual Hindu men in India.

In the past forty-seven years Dan has traveled to India over fifty times for research, lecturing and consultations; living in India for as much as a year on several of those visits with Fulbright lecture or research grants. He served as lecturer for tours in India for the Smithsonian Institution, Archaeological Institute of America, American Museum of Natural History and other institutions, and academic director/scholar for Fulbright-Hays faculty seminars in India.

Dan also serves as advisor and consultant on South Asia to the Department of State, and other governmental and NGO agencies and U. S. multinational corporations, both in India and in the US. He frequently lectures on India, both nationally and internationally, at academic institutions as well as before civic, corporate and other organizations. Professor White is former Executive Director of the Southern Atlantic States Association for Asian and African Studies and recipient of numerous research awards.