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  • Women by Taj Mahal, India

    Top 12 Things To Do in India

    <p>Watching the sun&#39;s first rays tint the <a href="" target="_blank">Taj Mahal</a> saffron and coral? Or walking with a goatherd on a quiet country lane. As we look back on India, we never can decide which was more memorable. <a href="" target="_blank">India </a>is fantastical—and we visit sumptuous palaces and temples for the photogenic proof. India is intensely human too, but visitors who only see the raucous cities miss the point. So we arrange one-of-a-kind countryside walks that introduce you to villagers and rural life... as well as descendants of royal families, sari–and turban–tying experts, and eminent naturalists. India is a rush of mind-bending contradictions. (Think: swaying on camelback in Pushkar.) Most of all, our beloved India is epic. And that&#39;s where Classic Journeys comes in with a thoughtful, <a href="" target="_blank">well-edited itinerary</a> that handles the complex logistics and frees you to absorb an amazingly broad wealth of experiences.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Colorful hands during Holi Celebration" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026Scx&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DBo" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="" target="_blank"><b>#1 Celebrate Holi</b></a><br>The Holi Festival is an ancient Hindu festival known as the festival of colors. It celebrates love and the beginning of spring!<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Food in a Market" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026Scx&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DBA" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="" target="_blank">#2 Explore Delhi</a></b><br>Wander through <a href="" target="_blank">New Delhi</a> on a heritage walk past the Jamali Kamili Mosque, medieval palaces, and Bazaars. Later board a rickshaw to explore <a href="" target="_blank">Old Delhi</a>!<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="View of Taj Mahal at sunset" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026Scx&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DAm" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="" target="_blank"><b>#3 Visit Agra Fort</b></a><br>Meet artisans who carve marble and inlay it with intricate designs using semiprecious stones. Then from the historical <a href="" target="_blank">Agra Fort</a> enjoy spectacular views of the Taj at sunset.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Taj Mahal" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026Scx&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DB0" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="" target="_blank"><b>#4 Wander the Taj Mahal</b></a><br>The awe you&#39;ll feel at the <a href="" target="_blank">Taj Mahal</a> is one of those moments you will never forget. <br><br><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Exterior of the Amber Fort" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026Scx&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DBZ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="" target="_blank"><b>#5 Walk through Jaipur</b></a><br>Marvel at the sights of <a href="" target="_blank">Amber Fort</a> and enjoy a beautiful walk through the old city of Jaipur past the Palace of Winds and the bustling market stalls. <br><br><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Group with camels at sunset" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026Scx&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DBF" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="" target="_blank"><b>#6 Ride camels from the Brahma Temple</b></a><br>The Brahma Temple dates back to the 14th century and is one of the city&#39;s most important landmarks. Mount camels for a ride out to the perfect spot just in time for sunset.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="View Pushkar at sunrise" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026Scx&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DBK" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="" target="_blank"><b>#7 Watch the Pushkar Sunrise </b></a><br>Take a morning walk up Ratnagiri hill to <a href="" target="_blank">Savitri Temple</a> in time for sunrise. The view from the top is a panoramic 360-degree view of the city, the lake, and the surrounding desert.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Exterior of Deogarh Mahal at night" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026Scx&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DBe" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="" target="_blank"><b>#8 Stay in Deogarh</b></a><br>The city&#39;s main landmark is <a href="" target="_blank">Deogarh Mahal.</a> It&#39;s a 17th-century palace with domes and turrets that overlord the landscape... and it just happens to be our hotel.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Aerial view of Udaipur" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026Scx&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DBj" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="" target="_blank"><b>#9 Get Lost in Udaipur</b></a><br>Udaipur is a glorious maze of winding lanes lined with tiny shops. Take our walking tour past <a href="" target="_blank">Rajasthan&#39;s </a>most ornate mahals.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Group of young children at school" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026Scx&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DAv" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="" target="_blank"><b>#10 Visit with the children at a local NGO</b></a><br>We&#39; pay a visit to <a href="" target="_blank">Apna Jatan</a>, a great example of how local NGO&#39;s meet the social needs of India. It&#39;s a non-formal education center that caters to school-age children who don&#39;t attend regular school.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Tea fields in the Himalayas" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026Scx&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DAq" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="" target="_blank"><b>#11 Darjeeling (Himalayas)</b></a><br>Enjoy incredible views along the edge of the Himalayas.  Ride on the &quot;toy train&quot; and enjoy a tea tasting, then walk across the Manjitar Suspension Bridge.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Tiger in a forest" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026Scx&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DAl" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="" target="_blank"><b>#12 Ranthambore National Park</b></a><br>While staying at a hotel/hunting lodge, venture out on a safari into <a href="" target="_blank">Ranthambore National Park</a>, the world&#39;s best-known tiger preserve. Other animals in the reserve include leopards, hyenas, jackals, marsh crocodiles, wild boar, bears, and several species of deer.<br><br><br><br>If you&#39;d like to do all these activities, plus so much more, join a <a href="" target="_blank">Classic Journeys Culture &amp; Walking trip to India</a>. You&#39;ll have the trip of a lifetime!</p>

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  • Yasaka Pagoda, Kyoto, Japan

    5 Best Overseas Adventures: Asia & Oceania

    Looking for your next overseas adventure travel destination? <a href="" target="_blank">Asia</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Oceania </a>have some must-see locations, and we&#39;ve rounded up our top five! No matter where you choose—whether it be the bamboo forests of <a href="" target="_blank">Japan</a>, the iconic Taj Mahal in <a href="" target="_blank">India</a>, or <a href="" target="_blank">New Zealand&#39;s</a> cinematic beauty—you&#39;re guaranteed to have a trip of a lifetime with Classic Journeys.<br><br><b>TOP 5 TRIPS IN ASIA &amp; OCEANIA:</b><br><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Japan" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehpy&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r3w" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="" target="_blank"><b>JAPAN</b></a><br>A revealing look at Japan&#39;s history and modern culture. Explore <a href="" target="_blank">Tokyo </a>and learn to make sushi. Take in the beauty of Hakone with views of Mt. Fuji. Visit Kyoto&#39;s temples, partake in the tea ceremony, and experience the art of the geishas at an elegant dinner. <br><br><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Thailand" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehpy&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r41" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="" target="_blank"><b>THAILAND</b></a><br>Stepping far beyond the temple-spired capital, we&#39;ll visit an elephant camp in the foothills of <a href="" target="_blank">Chiang Dao</a>, and walk from rice-paddy paths to remote villages where we receive the blessing of saffron-robed Buddhist monks at an early morning alms-giving... glide over rivers in long-tail boats... and are welcomed into one of the country&#39;s finest kitchens. <br><br><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Vietnam" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehpy&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r4B" style="height: 354px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="" target="_blank"><b>VIETNAM</b></a><br>Between <a href="" target="_blank">Saigon </a>and <a href="" target="_blank">Hanoi</a>, spend a night on a junk in Halong Bay and bike amid Mekong rice paddies. In <a href="" target="_blank">Laos</a>, care for elephants at an elephant sanctuary. Explore Cambodia&#39;s splendid<a href="" target="_blank"> Angkor Wat</a>. And luxuriate at some of Asia&#39;s finest hotels. <br><br><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="India" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehpy&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r4G" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="" target="_blank"><b>INDIA</b></a><br>An epic journey! Delhi. The <a href="" target="_blank">Taj Maha</a><a href="" target="_blank">l</a> at dawn. One-of-a-kind countryside walks that introduce you to villagers and rural life... as well as descendants of royal families, sari-and turban-tying experts, and eminent naturalists. <br><br><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="New Zealand" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehpy&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r4L" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="" target="_blank"><b>NEW ZEALAND</b></a><br>Awesome variety from <a href="" target="_blank">Auckland </a>to <a href="" target="_blank">Queenstown</a>! Sail on an America&#39;s Cup yacht and sip wine on lush Waiheke island. Visit a working sheep farm and go jet-boating. All capped by a glacier walk and cruise in the fjords of Doubtful Sound. 

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  • Borgo Ignazia Hotel, Puglia, Italy

    Best Luxury Hotels in the World for R&R

    <p>After you’ve hung the decorations, wrapped the presents, cooked the food and entertained all your guests – it’ll be time for you to <a href="" target="_blank">book some much-needed R&amp;R</a>. In the meantime, while you’re currently in full holiday-mode, just think... the rush will be over in a few more weeks and you can be lounging poolside (or bar-side) at one of these six luxury accommodations while on a handcrafted trip of a lifetime.   <br><br><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Skalakot" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002EiTZ&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rmc" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="" target="_blank">Skalakot - Iceland</a></b><br>With white gables that echo the nearby mountains, this <a href="" target="_blank">family-owned manor</a> hotel is a cozy and luxurious retreat. Rooms are decorated in true Icelandic style. The exceptional restaurant features local specialties from Arctic char to homemade bread. Now, this is getting away from it all. <br><br><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Hotel Sahrai" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002EiTZ&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rmh" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Sahrai - Morocco</a></b><br>On a hill between the <a href="" target="_blank">Fes Medina</a> and the New Town, this boutique hotel has unparalleled views. Light-flooded rooms are decorated with a contemporary twist on Moroccan design. Facilities include an infinity pool, fitness center and Givenchy spa – perfect for your well-deserved, post-holiday pampering.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Borgo Egnazia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002EiTZ&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rmm" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="" target="_blank">Borgo Egnazia – Italy</a></b><br>Apulia is where the high-profile stars go to escape and decompress, and<a href="" target="_blank"> Borgo Egnazia </a>is the perfect stay. A whitewashed seaside compound, this chic property is designed as a Mediterranean village. Elegant rooms decorated in shades of white amplify Apulia’s sun. The property offers indoor and outdoor pools, a terrific spa and a range of dining options.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Iguana Crossing" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002EiTZ&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rmr" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="" target="_blank">Iguana Crossing - Galapagos</a></b><br>What better way to relax than with an <a href="" target="_blank">ocean-front room</a> in paradise? There’s nothing but National Park (with a live volcano) out the back. This hotel is cool, very close to nature and eco-minded. Amenities include a swimming pool, a roof-deck Jacuzzi and its own excellent restaurant.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Inkaterra Machu Picchu" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002EiTZ&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rmw" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="" target="_blank">Inkaterra Machu Picchu – Peru</a></b><br>Set among 13 acres of <a href="" target="_blank">tropical gardens</a> featuring over 140 species of orchids, this hotel proudly 100% carbon neutral. Spacious rooms are situated in unique hillside casitas and feature lovely tile floors, carved wood furniture, and luxurious bathrooms.<br> <br><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Amarvilas" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002EiTZ&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rn6" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="" target="_blank">Oberoi Amarvilas – India</a></b><br>Just 600 meters from the <a href="" target="_blank">Taj Mahal</a>, all rooms and public areas in this fine resort offer breathtaking views. Inspired by Moorish and Mughal architecture, it has been ranked in the top 10 hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure.</p>

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