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  Ancient stepwell near Jaipur  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 $5,387 | 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.

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

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! 

- Previous Journeys Traveler

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Nov 26 - Dec 12, 2017 Departure
Sarina Singh

Sarina Singh

Sarina Singh is the senior author of the bestselling Lonely Planet India guidebook. An Australian who lived for five years in India, she has written for 50 Lonely Planet titles, including the acclaimed Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands guidebook, and has been a high-profile monthly columnist for Lonely Planet Magazine. Sarina’s writing and photography have also appeared in numerous other publications, such as Britain’s Sunday Times and the U.K. edition of Condé Nast Traveller, and have aired worldwide on the BBC, ABC, and elsewhere. She is often interviewed for her travel expertise and has been profiled by a variety of publishers including BBC Travel, The Review, the Times of Oman, Progress Leader, and Le Quotidien. Sarina has written and directed an award-nominated documentary film which premiered at the prestigious Melbourne International Film Festival before screening on television in Australia and Europe.

Jan 14 - 30, 2018 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 11 - 27, 2018 Departure
Jonathan GoldbergBelle

Jonathan GoldbergBelle

Dr. Jonathan GoldbergBelle serves as Senior Director of International Programs at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He holds a Ph.D. in South Asian Language and Literature from the University of Wisconsin with a focus on the study of the great epics, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, both in their classical and present-day forms.  Dr. GoldbergBelle remains a student of South Asian Literature, particularly contemporary fiction, and of Asian Philosophy and Religion.  

His most recent university courses include “Colonial and Post-Colonial Identity in South Asia”, “The Pacific War: World War II in East Asia”, and “Spaces of Encounter in East Asia”.

Dr. GoldbergBelle has been in the field of International Education for over 30 years.  He has organized and led study programs to Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.  Most recently he has taken groups to China, Korea, Japan, India, Thailand and Viet Nam.

Mar 11 - 27, 2018 Departure
Minhazz Majumdar

Minhazz Majumdar

Minhazz Majumdar is a writer and curator of Indian art, and co-founder of the Earth & Grass Workshop, an organization promoting arts and crafts as livelihood. Minhazz has served as a development consultant for the government of India and for many Indian NGOs and has extensive experience leading groups through India.

Oct 21 - Nov 6, 2018 Departure
Cathleen Cummings

Cathleen Cummings

Cathleen Cummings is an Associate Professor of Art History at The University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She specializes in South Asian art, particularly in the areas of Hindu temple architecture and Indian miniature painting. Her book, Decoding a Hindu Temple: Royalty and Religion in the Iconographic Program of the Virupaksha Temple, Pattadakal, was published in 2014 by The South Asian Studies Association.  She has also published on Rajput painting and Vajrayana Buddhist art, and is currently editing a volume for Cambridge University Press on the architecture of Hinduism.  She has curated exhibitions for the Peabody-Essex Museum in Massachusetts, the Birmingham Museum of Art, and the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts at UAB.  Cummings received her doctorate in art history from The Ohio State University, and MAs from Ohio State and the University of London.  She is currently researching Hindu pilgrimage and female patronage in the context of India’s Maratha polity in the 18th century. 

Nov 29 - Dec 15, 2018 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.