Adventure in Asia
Your adventure begins in Bangalore with a visit to Rajiv Ghandi National Park (formerly Nagarhole)—a 247 square-mile expanse accentuated with streams and valleys abounding in tigers, wild elephants, barking deer (muntjac) and other exotic animals. Your safari continues on the banks of the Kabini River and Dam considered one of the world’s best bird and wildlife sanctuaries. The Bramagiri Mountains, the Irrupu Falls and the lush Kutta coffee and spice estates completes your orientation to the Indian subcontinent.
Maharajas’ Express Treasures of India Tour
One of the jewels of the Umoja Journey is a three-day, Treasure of India luxury rail tour aboard the Maharajas Express in India. Your adventure begins as we assemble at Safdarjung Railway Station for a traditional Indian welcome ceremony, and enjoy a delicious brunch aboard the train after you are settled comfortably in your cabin. When we arrive in the Agra—The City of Love—you will visit the iconic Taj Mahal, the Itmad-ud-Daullah and other architectural gems of the Mughal Empire culminating in a visit to Fatepur Sikri a masterpiece in red sandstone. On day two we journey to Sawai Madhopur enjoying a sumptuous lunch onboard. The highlight of the day will certainly be a thrilling Jeep Safari to Ranthanbore Tiger Reserve, once the private hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur—looking for elusive, exotic big cats.
Day Three of your Majarajas rail excursion features a tour of Rajasthan, Jaipur often called the Pink City. Options for excitement include visiting the Amer Fort, the Royal Observatory (Jantar Mantar) the hotel spa facilities, a golf session at the Rambagh Golf Club or an Exhibition Elephant Polo Match culminating in a sumptuous dinner and an enchantingly memorable overnight stay on the Maharajas Express before breakfast and departure in the morning.
Kathmandu Valley lies at the intersection of various Asian civilizations with seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, 130 monuments and pilgrimage sites of interest to Hindus, Buddhists and other enthusiasts fascinated by ancient religions and settlements. Kathmandu Valley functions as the economic hub of the country, known for its architecture, rich culture. Other Nepalese attractions include Swambunath Buddhist Temple, Durbar Square and the ubiquitous evidence of the thriving pottery and weaving industries that help to form the core of Nepalese social and economic activity.
The Pink Palace is the perfect starting point for a leisurely exploration of Bangladeshi culture. This magnificent structure is now a national treasure administered by the National Museum. The splendor of the Star Mosque (officially Tara Masjid) is another unforgettable cultural experience. This phenonmenal display of culture is balanced with the wonders of nature enshrined at Sundarbans National Park and Tiger Reserve.