Cruise & journey highlights
India is one of the most complex and colorful countries you will ever visit. Experience India’s multitude of jewels, including:
The world’s most sublime monument to love, this white marble tomb—built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife—is almost unspeakably beautiful, especially when viewed at sunrise and sunset. Aptly described as “an elegy in marble,” the Taj is a cultural treasure, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The regal and romantic Pink City of Jaipur is the gateway to Rajasthan, famous for its imposing forts, labyrinthine bazaars, and pastel-colored palaces. Of these, City Palace—the residence of Jaipur’s former royal family—is one of the most magnificent, with lovely courtyards, fountains, and gardens.
Often referred to as “Temple City,” Kalna’s Rajbari complex has the region’s densest concentration of temples, including 108 intricately carved structures devoted to the Hindu god Shiva. One of the top attractions is the Pratapeshwar Temple, decorated with richly detailed terra cotta plaques depicting scenes from Hindu mythology.
Temple of the Vedic Planetarium
The village of Mayapur—birthplace of the founder of the Hare Krishna movement—is also home to the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium. Once completed this enormous temple will be twice the size of St. Peter’s Basilica, large enough to hold 10,000 people.
Kolkata has some of India’s finest examples of British colonial-era architecture, such as the stark white edifice of Victoria Memorial Hall and the massive red brick Writers' Building, originally built as a residence for the British East India Company's clerical and administrative staff.
Built in the 16th century by Emperor Humayun’s grief-stricken wife, this immense red sandstone and white marble structure—India’s first garden-tomb—inspired the Taj Mahal with its perfect symmetry, peaceful atmosphere, and fountains and pools. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is Delhi’s most visited attraction.