Discover Nepal and India, a diverse country filled with a long history, a variety of languages, amazing monuments, and a rich cultural heritage. On this vacation, you’ll visit some of India’s most famous sights and experience some of its fascinating rituals. Of course, you’ll visit the Taj Mahal, built by Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife. Built from 1631-1648 AD, he employed thousands of artisans and craftsmen as well as a labor force of 20,000. You’ll get the chance to see this amazing structure plus Agra Fort, the 16th-century red sandstone fortress where Moghul rulers lived. The remarkable structures are just part of India’s appeal. You’ll also enjoy a rickshaw ride through a colorful local bazaar, a cooking demonstration of Indian food, and a home-hosted meal with an Indian noble family. If you’re interested in the different religions, you’ll get a chance to learn more. Visit Sarnath, the “Cradle of Buddhism,” where Buddha first spoke of his philosophy. In Varanasi, board a boat to watch the Hindu’s devotional bathing in the Ganges. Observe hundreds of pilgrims gathered at the river’s edge—some practicing yoga, others meditating, and others bathing fully clothed. You’ll also travel to Kathmandu, where you’ll visit Boudhanath, one of the largest stupas in the world and a focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. These are just a few of the many highlights offered on this marvelous trip. You’ll also visit Mumbai, home to “Bollywood,” and Cochin, where you’ll take a cruise on the backwaters of Kerala to witness life along the scenic and serene waterways. In Nepal, travel to Royal Chitwan National Park and keep your eyes out for the elusive tiger, leopards, and the endangered Great One-Horned Rhinoceros on your game viewing activities. Amazing historical treasures, thrilling adventures, and the chance to learn about new cultures and religions—all await you on this exciting vacation!