Taj Mahal

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  • Ivory-white marble mausoleum on the bank of the Yamuna river
  • Commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, in order to house his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal
  • #5 of the top 25 landmarks in the world
  • Contains a tomb, mosque, guest house, gardens, and crenellated walls
  • The original cost of the building would be approximately $827 million in 2015 dollars
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Pangong Tso

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  • Lake in the Himalayas that is 83 miles long and 14,270 ft above sea level
  • During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water

 

Dholavira

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  • Archaelogical site and village that contains ruins of an ancient Indus Valley Civilization/Harappan city
  • Occupied dating back to 2650 BC
  • One of the oldest buildings in the world

 

Sanchi

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  • Buddhist complex on a hilltop that is one of the oldest stone structures in India
  • Originally commissioned by the emperor Ashoka in the 300 BC
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Agonda Beach

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  • #18 of the top 25 beaches in the world

 

Qutb Complex

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  • Ruins of Lal Kot which consisted of 27 Hindu and Jain temples built in 739
  • Qutb Minar is the tallest brick minaret in the world and is an important example of early Afghan architecture which later evolved into Indo-Islamic architecture
  • Built as a victory tower in 1192, marking the beginning of Muslim rule in India
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Agra Fort

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  • Historical walled city
  • Was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Humayun’s Tomb

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  • Tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun
  • Commissioned by Humayun’s first wife and chief consort, Empress Bega Begum, in 1569
  • Was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Jantar Mantar

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  • Gigantic sundial intended to measure the time of day, correct to half a second
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Mumbai

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  • Most populous city in India
  • Originally fishing colonies of the Koli people
  • One of the world’s top ten centers of commerce in terms of global financial flow

 

Amer Fort

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  • Fort located high on a hill and known for its artistic Hindu style elements
  • Constructed from red sandstone and marble
  • Built in 1592
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Golden Temple

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  • One of the most revered spiritual sites of Sikhism
  • The building was intended to be a place of worship for men and women from all walks of life and all religions to worship God equally
  • Constructed in 1589
  • Over 100,000 people per day visit the shrine daily for worship
  • Worshippers also take part in the free community kitchen and meal

 

Double Decker Living Root Bridge

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  • Roots of trees are pulled, tied, and twisted by hand to build the bridges
  • Scaffolding such as wood and bamboo are added to the roots to train the young roots out across the structures

 


 

Costs

all flights $2,668

food $7/day x 26 days = $182

hotel $17/day x 22 days = $374

tickets (all attractions) $54

TOTAL for whole itinerary $3,278