Heart of India

    Day 1

    Day 1 – Friday, October 28, 2016 - Flight from Denver to Munich, Germany

    Overseas Adventure Travel

    Heart of India

    Sujay Kumar Lall

    Namaste! We are on our way to India. With our beautiful but dry fall, it was difficult to leave “Cool Colorado” and head to hot and steamy...

    Day 2

    Day 2 – Saturday, October 29, 2016 - Flight from Munich, Germany to Delhi, India

    It was raining and very cool in Munich; probably the last time we will have low temperatures for the next 18 days. We knew our connecting flight would be in another terminal but because we...

    Day 3

    Day 03 - Sunday, October 30, 2016 – Visit Qutab Minar; Explore New Delhi; Gurudwara Bangla Sahib (Sikh Temple) and Soup Kitchen, Diwali Celebration with Sujay’s Family

    Happy Diwali! Today begins the Hindu Festival of Lights, the most celebrated holiday of the Indian Calendar. Originally a harvest festival, it is...

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    Day 04 - Monday, October 31, 2016 - Explore Old Delhi; Raj Ghat; Jama Masjid Mosque; Rickshaw Ride Through Chandni Chowk Bazaar

    The morning was foggy with a temperature of 73 degrees and the humidity was 66%. Everyone we have spoken to has reminded us that the temperatures have improved...

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    Day 05 - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - Fly to Jaipur; Walking Tour of Pink City

    Namaste and good day to you all!

    Our wake up call came at 6:00 am - time to prepare for our flight to Jaipur. The full buffet was not ready so we had juice,...

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    Day 06 - Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - Palace of the Winds; Astronomical Observatory; City Palace; Home-Hosted Dinner

    We were able to sleep in until 7:00 this morning as our optional hot air balloon ride could not be offered because of the smoke and fog in the air. Sujay told...

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    Day 07 - Thursday, November 3, 2016 - Transfer to Pushkar; Mela Ground Fair; Rajasthani Folk Dancing and Singing

    We had another foggy morning so the balloon ride was canceled. The temperature was 67 degrees and the humidity was 65%. At 8:30 we left Jaipur for the five-hour drive to...

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    Day 08 - Friday, November 4, 2016 - Explore Pushkar; Visit Fair; Traditional Dancing

    We were up with the birds at 6:00 this morning. There were a flock of noisy parakeets flying over the tent camp making sure everyone of us knew first light was coming. The early morning temperature...

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    Day 09 - Saturday, November 5, 2016 - Overland to Jaipur; City Market; Textile Center

    We were up before the sun and had breakfast talking with many of the travelers from the other OAT group. At 8:30 we thanked the staff at the tent camp and boarded the bus for...

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    Day 10 - Sunday, November 6, 2016 - Overland to Ranthambore National Park; Optional Tour of Ranthambore Fort

    We were up early again; hopefully we will get our body clocks in sync with the sun time soon. We had a light breakfast and then identified our luggage before boarding the...

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    Day 11 - Monday, November 7, 2016 - Game-viewing in Ranthambore National Park

    Our wake up call was at 5:30 so we could have a light breakfast at 6:00 and then we left at 6:45 for Ranthambore National Park. Sujay reminded us that it was called a game drive because...

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    Day 12 - Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - A Day in The Life of a Ranthambore Community; Overland to Bharatpur

    We did not have to be up until 7:00 but bags had to be out at 7:30. Our breakfast was in the dining room and then we left our luxurious...

    Day 13

    Day 13 - Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - Overland to Agra; Afternoon at Leisure

    After our late night we were able to sleep in until 8:00 this morning. We put our bags out before we went down to breakfast and then came back to the room to organize ourselves for...

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    Day 14 - Thursday, November 10, 2016 - Taj Mahal and Agra or Red Fort

    Because of the heavy smog again today, we did not even try for the sunrise photos of the Taj Mahal. We were up at 6:15 and then fought the crowds at the breakfast room. The...

    Day 15

    Day 15 - Friday, November 11, 2016 - Train to Jhansi; Overland to Khajuraho

    We were up at 5:30 and the hotel prepared breakfast for us early. We were all ready and on our OAT bus at 7:00. We drove directly to the train station.

    Sujay talked to us about...

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    Day 16 - Saturday, November 12, 2016 - View Erotic Carvings of the Chandelas; Fly to Varanasi

    Our wake up call was at 6:30, we had breakfast and then met our group at 8:00. Ashwani was our local guide for the morning. He took us to visit the temples that...

    Day 17

    Day 17 - Sunday, November 13, 2016 – Visit Sarnath a Buddhist Temple; Evening Ceremonies on the Ganges River

    We met our group at 9:30 after a leisurely morning. Sujay let us sleep in after our crazy day yesterday. We met our local guide, Atanu who welcomed us to his...

    Day 18

    Day 18 - Monday, November 14, 2016 – Morning Rituals on the Ganges; Fly to Delhi

    Before the crack of dawn, 6:00 am, we met our group in the hotel lobby and then went on our big bus with Atanu, our guide, back to the Ganges to observe the Hindu...

    Day 19

    Day 19 - Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - Fights to Munich, Germany and Denver, Colorado

    Our overnight flight from Delhi scheduled to leave at 1:50 am was not only on time but it left 15 minutes early! We snuggled in to our little seat beds and went right to sleep....

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    Overseas Adventure Travel

    Heart of India

    Sujay Kumar Lall

    Trip Evaluation

    Visiting India has been a wish on our bucket list for some time. As we had traveled with Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) twenty four times before, we knew what to expect. Their itineraries are intense; full day experiences that...

    Day 21

    Overseas Adventure Travel


    Hotel Evaluations

    Claridges New Delhi Hotel, Delhi, India



    We arrived for a two day stay at this older and distinguished hotel. Going through hotel security was a new experience but we know of the bombings in...

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