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  • Dear Fellow Travelers: GENERAL INFORMATION, TERMS & CONDITIONSWelcome to the fourteenth season of Spirit of India and Cancellations/Refunds:Original World. Through the years we have been fortunate Number of Days prior to departure Cancellation Feeto take an increasing number of guests on magical journeys Deposit, non-refundable $500 + any airfare penaltiesto India, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. 90-76 days 75%This year we are adding an incredible cultural tour of Syria 75 days or less no refundand Iran to our portfolio, and we are excited that some of Trip Cancellation Insurance is highly recommended. We recommend Travelex. Cost varies according to your tripour newer trips to Sudan, Central Asia and the Balkans have package. A brochure describing benefits and fees is included in your trip preparations packet. Cancelled Trips: Our tours are guaranteed with a minimum of two people. Original World reserves the right tomet with resounding approval from our loyal customers. cancel any trip due to inadequate sign-up, which makes the trip economically infeasible to operate. NotificationAs we continue to grow, we are conscious that the economy will be given at least 60 days prior to departure. A full refund will be given or you may choose to transfer to another tour. We have never cancelled a tour that had at least 2 people booked, however a supplement fee appliesweighs heavily on the minds of many. We are committed to if the group size is less than the minimum listed for the tour price quote.ensuring that our clients are still able to travel by keepingour prices reasonable and ensuring that our clients get good Limitation of Liabilityvalue for their money. Original World Inc, aka Spirit of India, its owners, agents and affiliated companies act only as agents for hotels, transportation companies, land operators and suppliers of travel services and assume no liability in connection withEven in tough times, we yearn to explore other cultures and the operation or service of any transportation vehicle or hotel which may be used for services to Original World triplearn. More than ever, we want to understand both the members. Original World and its operators and agents will assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, irregularity or additional costs resulting directly or indirectly from any of the following causes: weather, failure of anydifferences and the ways in which we are alike. Mostly we means of transportation to adhere to schedules, quarantines, strikes, civil disturbances, theft, government regulations,find that the universal principles that unite us love for our or changes in transport and lodging beyond our reasonable control. Original World reserves the right at any time,families, desire for health care and education can lift our either prior to or after departure, to, in its good-faith discretion, change or reprice any tour, including but not limited tospirits during these uncertain times. the right to alter or omit any part of the itinerary, to substitute hotels or leaders, or change any means of conveyance without notice and without allowance of refund, with the liability of increased costsif anyto be borne by tripAs we traverse the earth from one exotic pocket to the members. Original World reserves the right to change any itinerary at any time when it is deemed advisory for thenext, our awareness of the abundance in our own lives is safety of the group or to comply with government restrictions. We have never had to drastically change an itinerary inawakened. We are reminded of what is truly important in our ten years of operation. On rare occasion minor logistical changes are needed due to changes in conditions.life. That is a precious gift indeed. Assumption of risk and release of liability I acknowledge the risk and hazards of travel. By signing this statement I accept responsibility for my own welfare andAs cultural ambassadors of the world, may all your travel waive future claims against Original World for liability to the maximum extent permitted by law. I understand thatexperiences be journeys of continual renewal. Original World contracts with a network of operators around the world through affiliate tour operators. These thirdWed love to have you join us! party service providers are deemed qualified and experienced to the best of Original Worlds knowledge. I understand, however, that Original World is unable to fully supervise or guarantee the performance of such third parties. Therefore, I fully release and hold harmless Original World Inc from any and all liability for all their acts or omissions. I agree thatSincerely, this Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability statement shall be legally binding upon myself, all minors under the age of 21 traveling with me, my heirs, successors, and legal representatives. I further agree to fully indemnify Original World Inc from all and any liabilities to the maximum extent permitted by law and for all its costs, expenses, damages, etc (including attorneys fees) arising from or attributable to any claims or actions arising from my travel with OriginalBarbara Sansone World and which claims or actions are specifically released by me in this document. I confirm that I have read, fullySpirit of India/Original World understand and agree to all the terms and conditions contained in this document.YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS Barbara Sansone launched Spirit of India in 1997. A former educator, magazine photographer and passionate traveler, Our group tours are priced based on a stated minimum number of sign-up yet are guaranteed to operate with awith our first phone conversation during which you will let she conceived of the idea after a 13-year career in Public minimum of two people. If a tour has less than the minimumus know all about your special interests, preferences, where Relations for arts and culture. The company extended required within 30 days of departure, a supplement fee isyouve been and where youd like to go next. We enjoy its offerings beginning in 1999 to include other parts of charged to cover the fixed costs of the trip.learning about your particular travel style and discussing the world which contained an element of adventure andwith you the various types of travel experiences available so mystique. Barbara conceived of the name Original World for Single Room: If you prefer a single room, a single room the expanded company offerings and incorporated in 2006. supplement is charged. If you would like to share, we will trythat we can offer suggestions that will suit you best. We will to match you with a roommate and offer a subsidized singlehelp you decide which group tour or custom itinerary will WHY CHOOSE US? room fee if we are unable.fulfill your vision and, after you book, we are available toyou every step of the way as you prepare. 1) Original Worlds customer service, highly praised by our Requested Modifications to custom tours after booking clients, is extremely personal and extensive. Each client is are subject to a $150 administrative fee plus any penaltiesWe suggest booking a minimum of six to nine months in treated as an individual with particular needs, preferences imposed by the hotels or airlines for cancellations oradvance, though we can usually arrange trips with a shorter and concerns. rescheduled dates.lead time. Please note however, you may not get your firstchoice hotels and certain trips require special permits. 2) Spirit of Indias roster of group tours is unsurpassed Transfers: You may transfer to other group tours in the same by any other tour company in terms of diversity of areas calendar year for an administration fee of $50 per personWe are constantly adding new destinations, new dates within India, variety of special interest focuses, depth of by notifying us no later than 90 days prior to the departureand fine-tuning our itineraries based on feedback from explorations and comprehensiveness of the itineraries. date of their trip.our current clients as well as new people who call in todiscuss their special interests. You can check our websites Spirit of India has gained a reputation as the premier tour operator to for travelers who want more than the usual. RESERVATIONSfor updates and if you had indicated interest in certaindestinations in the past, you will receive an email or postal 3) All tours under the Original World umbrella are developed You may book the trip by phone to assure your space butannouncement of changes and additions specific to you. with the same priorities: strong trusted relationships within please mail or fax the signed application.Weve built our company on personal service and your the country, unique personalized twists on the standard Upon booking, you will receive a confirmation packet whichvaluable suggestions so please feel free to call with itinerary, attention to detail, continual refinement based on will include information on preparing for your journey and aquestions, concerns and comments. our clients feedback and requests. travel insurance brochure application. 4) The company allows great flexibility. You are not requiredABOUT US PAYMENT SCHEDULE to purchase a designated group air flight, you can add preOriginal World Inc, also dba Spirit of India, provides specialty and post tour extensions, purchase a partial tour itinerary $600 per person deposit is required to confirm your booking.tours and travel services to discriminating travelers seeking and custom clients can change hotels and services even Internal flights are due upon request. Final balance 90 daysinsights into non-western cultures. The tours focus on while in the midst of their trip (additional fees may apply). prior to departure. We accept Visa, Mastercard and Americanpromoting cultural understanding and offer opportunities for 5) Our goal is to ensure that you have an extraordinary Express and offer 3% discount for payment by check.authentic interaction with the local people. travel experience. We will do whatever is possible to achieveOur groups are operated with flexibility to accommodate this goal. No amount of calls and questions are too many. Our office hours are: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm Pacific Time.individual requests when possible and to partake in PRICES www.originalworld.comunscheduled local events that may cross the clients path [email protected] their journey. We strive to keep the prices as published, however since our tours are planned more than a year in advance, prices are US & Canada Toll Free: 888-367-6147For the independent traveler who does not like to travel with International: 415-381-5861a group, but seeks a level of security, the customized travel subject to change due to increases in hotel rates, fuel costsplans offer complete travel support services. and foreign currency fluctuation. All photos by Barbara Sansone except where noted otherwise.
  • EARLY BOOKING SPECIAL! BOOK ANY 2011 INDIA TOUR BY APRIL 15, 2010 AND LOCK IN 2010 PRICE. SPIRIT OF INDIA | NORTH INDIA T RAVEL THROUGH EXOTIC COLORFUL RAJASTHAN, the land of maharajas, sand dunes, wooded hills, scintillating lakes, palaces and rugged forts! These two tours offer you an excellent introduction to India, covering Rajasthan with Pushkar Fair November 12-28, 2010 with Pushkar Camel Fair O Rajasthans highlights and a visit to the Taj Mahal. BSERVING TRIBAL and nomadic lifestyle up Royal Rajasthan Enjoy stays at historic palaces and heritage close at the Pushkar Fair is one of the fascinating features of this tour. We arrive a couple of days properties. An overland tour offers an opportunity to glimpse traditional lifestyles in before the India Tourists official 3 day fair, so as to villages and towns. You will see magnificent art and architecture, unspoiled desert experience the authentic event which is actually 10 days. A landscapes and experience the bustle of daily life virtually unchanged over the great many of the camel herders leave Pushkar before the centuries. event for the tourists commences. November 1-15, 2010; February 1-15, 2011 Day 1 Arrive Delhi Day 2 Delhi Tour Old & New Delhi. November Tour includes Dilwali-Festival of Lights Day 34 Udaipur Palace, Museum, art galleries, bazaars. Sunset boat ride. Attend puja at Jagdish Temple. Day 5 RanakpurNarlai Visit Ranakpur Jain Temple. Continue to Narlai - an enchanting new destination with bustling bazaars and temples where a miraculous flame has burnt for centuries producing saffron! We stay at a restored 15th century home of Merwar nobility. Day 68 Pushkar Attend the fair and explore the village. Day 9 Jodhpur Day 1011 Jaiselmer Day 12 Bikaner Day 13 Shekawati Day 1415 Jaipur Day 16 Agra Visit Fatehpur Sikri. enroute Day 17 Taj MahalHome Prices: $4225, Private Room Upgrade: $1985. Plus Estimated Internal Air: Delhi- Udaipur: $200. Meals: Daily breakfast, six lunches, four dinners. Art and Architecture of North India October 26 November 11, 2010; February 8-24, 2011 Day 1 Arrive Delhi Day 2 Tour Old and New Delhi. Day 3 Shekawati see the amazing painted havelis and frescos. Day 4 Bikaner A medieval grandeur permeates the citys lifestyle. Day 56 Jaiselmer enjoy the dramatic Thar Desert and genuine warmth of the people. Tour the 12th century Jaisalmer Fort, the beautiful havelis profusely decorated with intricately carved motifs. The results are A RTISTS, ART HISTORY BUFFSanyone interested in ancient cultureswill especially enjoy this excursion into Indias magnificent artistic legacy. The tour highlights the art history of Indo Aryan and Dravidian architecture (Sikhara, Nagara and Gopuram Styles), Sultanat, Persian, Mughul, Rajput and Deccani paintings, Chola Bronzes, IndoPersian and Mori carpets and architectural purity that cannot be seen elsewhere. Day 78 Jodhpur Drive thru textiles, and the marble inlay technique, pietra dura. North India, with its well the heart of the Thar Desert via Bishnoi tribal villages. Day 910 Udaipur enroute known monuments and temples, is the original source of various painting styles, visit the breathtaking Ranakpur Jain Temples built in 1439. Visit the Royal Palace, sculpture and textiles. You will also enjoy Rajasthani music and dances; traditional bazaars, miniature painting studios. Sunset private boat ride on Lake Pichola. Day Indian meals and special presentations. 11-13 Jaipur/Samode one night at 18th century Samode Palace. Visit the City Palace, Hawa Mahal (The Palace of Winds) and the Jantar Mantar Observatory. Day 14 Agra Visit Fatephur Sikri and Taj Mahal. Day 15 Depart Extension to Khajuraho and Varanasi November 15-19, 2010; February 15-19, 2011 Day 15 Gwailor Overnight at 120-year-old Usha Kiran Palace. Day 16 Khajuraho visit the classical temples. Of the original 85, only 25 survive and each is a masterpiece. Day 17-18 Varanasi Attend Aarti (fire ceremony) on the banks of the Ganges. Dawn boat ride on Ganges, walking tour of ghats and temples. Visit Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first sermon in 500 BC. Day 19 Depart Prices : $4565/Nov, $4770/Feb; Private Room Upgrade: $1865. Plus Estimated Internal Air: UdaipurJaipur: $150. Meals: daily breakfasts, four lunches, two dinners. Extension: $740-$1060 Private Room Upgrade: $325. Day 1 Arrive Delhi Day 23 Delhi Tour Old and New Delhi. Day 45 Plus Estimated Internal Air: KhajurahoVaranasiDelhi $300. Khajuraho classical temples Chandella Period. Day 6 OrcchaGwalior Jahangir Mahal Palace and Ram Raja Temple. Enjoy a stay at the 120-year-old regal Usha Kiran Palace with artistic stone carvings and delicate filigree. Day 7 Agra Introduction to the Indo-Persian architecture of the Timurid Dynasty and the famous marble inlay work of Agra, pietra dura. Visit Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Day 89 Jaipur visit Fatephur Sikri and Jaipur. Day 10-11 Jodhpur visit Ossian village, Jodhpur city and fort. Browse the bazaars. Day 1213 Udaipur Rankapur Jain Temples, Palace, Museum, miniature paintings and artists studios. Sunset boat ride. Day 1415 Bombay Prince of Wales and Gandhi Museums, cave temples on Elephanta Island. A walk through the old part of Bombay with Bombay Heritage Walking Club. Introduction to the Indo Saracenic architectural styles that influenced many of Indias monuments. Day 16 Ellora/Ajanta Caves Day 17 Depart Prices: $5300/Oct. $5573/Feb; Private Room Upgrade: $1830. Plus Estimated Internal Air: $695. Meals: daily breakfast, three lunches, four dinners. www.originalworld.com 4
  • EARLY BOOKING SPECIAL! BOOK ANY 2011 INDIA TOUR BY APRIL 15, 2010 AND LOCK IN 2010 PRICE. SPIRIT OF INDIA | NORTH INDIA Spiritual India Ancient Cultures of the Indian Himalayas: Comprehensive Tour of the Diverse Cultures of India June 10-28 and September 2-20, 2010 April 523, 2010 coincides with Ardh Kumbh Mela October 5-23, 2010 coincides with Dusshera TRAVEL THROUGH A DIVERSE cross section of India both geographically and spiritually, from the Himalayas through Rajasthan, visiting the holy pilgrimage sites of various religions of India. As spiritual traditions are woven into Indias cultural K INNAUR AND SPITI VALLEY, two remote districts within the Indian Himalaya and bordering Tibet, are the highlights of this extraordinary journey. A chance for genuine interaction with local people and unspoilt beauty, traditional villages, ancient monasteries containing priceless collections of thankas, sculptures and wall paintings, meetings with lamas. fabric, the best way to experience India is to visit its sacred sites. Previously restricted, the districts opened to foreigners about 15 years ago; Spirit of India began offering this tour in 1998. Our partner and escort is the foremost expert. One of the most comprehensive itineraries of North India, we traverse through seven Indian States, stay at some of the best hotels and participate in special ceremonies. Day 1 Arrival in Delhi Day 2 Delhi Tour of Old and New Delhi. Day 3 No other company either runs such a tour or is able to conduct it like us. Shimla Walking tour. Day 4 Sarahan, a lovely village surrounded by apple orchards and dominated by Shrikhand Mahadev Peak. Day 5 Sangla Valley, Day 1 Arrive Delhi Day 23 the most beautiful valley of Himachal Pradesh, with wooded slopes surrounded by Delhi Orientation, Bazaars and green fields and high peaks. Day 67 Kalpa Easy walks to the ancient villages. Yoga. Tour Old and New Delhi. Day We stay at beautiful Kalpa Villa at the base of Mt. Kinner Kailash. Day 8 Nako, a 46 Dharamsala Walking tours- sweet village, once an important center of Buddhism. Seven temples built between prayer wheel, nunnery; Namgyal 11th - 12th centuries are distributed throughout the village, including a monastic Monastery (Dalai Lamas monastery) complex which preserves the earliest artistic heritage. Day 9 Spiti ValleyTabo to witness monks puja. Join locals Geographically and archeologically, Spiti is a living museum. The mountains are for a meditation walk around the devoid of any vegetation due to erosion by wind, sun and snow over thousands of monastery complex. A breathtaking, years. In Tabo village we visit the Chos Khor Monastery. Built 996 AD, it is one of the inspiring experiencenot to be few remaining examples of the Golden Period of Buddhist Culture. It houses more missed! than 100 lamas, a large number of scriptures, art, wall paintings, tankhas and stucco. Namgyal Monastery practices Kalachakra Tantra, which is instrumental in bringing about world peace and harmony. When in residence, the Dalai Lama leads the prayers on special occasions. Day 67 Taragarh Excursion to Norbulinka Institute enroute. Visit Sherabiling Monastery. Attend the prayer session of the grammy-winning monks. Day 8 Amritsar witness religious traditions of the Sikhs at the Golden Temple. Day 911 HaridwarRishikesh Walking tours. Homa ceremony, performed by a Hindu Priest with a sacred fire while Sanskrit mantras are chanted. Bhajan, Kirtan. Day 1214 Varanasi Sunrise boat ride on the Ganges. Walking tour observing the rituals of Hindu worship. Attend Aarti (fire ceremony) on the banks of the Gan- ges. Visit Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first sermon in 500 BC. Dusshera and Bharat Milap Festival. Day 15 Khajuraho visit the Classical Temples Day 16-17 Agra Sunrise at the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Excursion to Mathura, birthplace of Krishna and Vrindavan, Day 10-12 LhalungDankar Rise early to join the monks puja. Afterwards, where he spent his childhood. Day 18 Jaipur visit Fathepur Sikri, Amber, ancient drive to Lhalung, a magnificent village of 45 houses and the monastery of Spiti. The kingdom of Jaipur, attend puja. Day 19 Depart unusually rich interior of Lhalungs main chapel suggests that the temple site, like Tabo, was designed as a Chokhor site, a place for learning and debate as opposed to a simple chapel for worship. Dankar Gompa, built in the 12th century, contains Prices: $4225/Ap, $4810/Oct based on min 6 people; Private Room Upgrade: more than 160 scriptures of Lamas in Bhoti language. Visit the ancient Ki and Kib- $1200/1420. Plus Estimated Internal Air: $440-$500. Meals: daily ber Gompas and the village Gete, which are among the highest inhabited villages breakfasts and dinners. in the world. Day 13-14 Manali Magnificent views as we drive over Kunzum Pass, enroute visiting Lahaul Valley. Onward to Manali over Rohtang La where we Khajuraho Dance Festival relax and enjoy breathtaking beauty. Explore the picturesque valley of Manali and the quaint village of Nagar. Day 15-16 Taragarh Visit the most ancient existing Taj Mahal, Rajasthan, Varanasi Shiva temples at Baijnath, several buddhist villages and a tiny Tibetan settlement January February, 2011 Exact dates TBA of the Nyingmapa order where the monks, unused to visitors, are very friendly. Hear Day 1 Arrival in Delhi Day 2 Tour Old and New Delhi. Day 34 Varanasi grammy winning chants of the monks. (2003 Best Traditional World Music Album). Fly to Varanasi. Attend Aarti on the banks of the Ganges. Dawn boat ride on the Attend the Mahakala Ceremony. Day 17 Dharamsala Norbulinka Institute of Ganges, walking tour of temples and ghats. Visit Sarnath. Day 56 Khajuraho Tibetan Arts and Handicrafts; Circumambulate the Dalai Lamas monastery at dawn Attend opening night dance performance. Visit temples and the old village. Day with the locals. Day 18 Amritsar visit the Golden Temple. Day 19 Depart 78 Agra visit Agra Fort and Taj Mahal. Day 9-10 Jaipur Enroute visit Fatephur Escort: Sanjay Verman leads Spiritual Sikri. Explore Jaipur. Day 11 Jodhpur Drive via Pushkar. Visit Jodhpur. Day India and the Ancient Cultures tours. 12 Deogarah - a medieval fortress town and home of Rawat Nahar Singhji, a knowledgeable art connoisseur. Explore the town. Accommodation: Deogarh Mahal, Prices : $4065 per person, a classic Rajasthani castle, built in 1670 AD. Day 13-14 Udaipur Visit Rankapur Private Room Upgrade: $950; Plus Jain Temples, palace, museum, galleries, bazaars. Sunset boat ride. Estimated Internal Air: $550. Meals: Daily breakfast, nine lunches, 17 Prices: TBA; Private Room Upgrade: $TBA. Plus Estimated Internal Air: $505. dinners. Accommodation: 5* Delhi, one Meals: daily breakfast two lunches five dinners. deluxe camp, mountain resorts, guest houses, heritage palace 5 888.367.6147
  • EARLY BOOKING SPECIAL! BOOK ANY 2011 INDIA TOUR BY APRIL 15, 2010 AND LOCK IN 2010 PRICE. SPIRIT OF INDIA | NORTH AND SOUTH INDIA Ultimate India North & South Essential South India Splendors of the Deep South November 10 December 1, 2010 November 11-27, 2010 with Arratupuzha Festival February 6-27, 2011 February 2-16; February 2-24, 2011 A March 9-26, 2011 perfect combination itinerary North follows Sri Lanka tour The oldest and most spectacular of the Pooram Fes- Extension: Ellora/Ajanta Caves tivals of Kerala. Approximately 60 elephants feature E India contains some of the most well-known monuments and palaces and is the original source in the procession bearing bright colored parasols, of various painting styles, sculpture and textiles. South XPLORE the architecture and history of presenting an unparalleled spectacle. Traditional music India is known for its exquisite beauty, a slower paced South Indias temples and palaces and enjoy accompaniment adds to the festivities. lifestyle and the Dravidian temples. the peaceful ambiance of its abundant natural beauty. This is one of the most comprehensive tours of Day 1 Arrive Madras. Day 2 Mahabalipuram Traditions and rituals abound everywhere we go! Ample the south. Visit Shore Temples, Five Rathas. Day 3 -4 Madurai time for intensive exploration of each city. Stop at Kanchipuram enroute to Madurai. Tour Day 1 Arrive Madras Day 2 Madras Meenakshi Temple and attend evening ceremony. North India Day 1-3 Delhi Tour Old & New Delhi. Mahabalipuram City tour including the Day 4-5 Varanasi Attend Aarti (fire ceremony performed Mylapore temple area. Visit Kanchipuram enroute Day 5 Chettinad, homeland of the Nattukottai by priests). Dawn boat ride. Tour the Old City. Visit Sarnath, to Mahabalipuram. Day 4 Pondicherry Visit Chettiars. Experience heritage, art and architecture where Buddha gave his first sermon. Day 6 Khajuraho untouched by time. Day 6 Periyar, a beautiful hill highlights. Day 5 Tanjore Enroute visit temples station, spice and tea plantation and wildlife. Day 7 Visit the classical temples of Chandella period, 9-11th at Chidambaram, Gangaikonda Cholapuram Kerala Backwaters Cruise Day 89 Cochin century. Day 7 Orchha-Gwailor the capital of the and Darasuram. Foreigners may enter the inner Attend Kathkali dance performance, visit the palace, kingdom of the Bundella Rajputs from 1531-1783. Day 8 Agra-Taj Mahal Visit Itmad-Ud-Daulah, the first sanctums here. Day 6 Trichy-Chettinad Visit Sri churches, Jewish Synagogue, spice bazaars. Day white marble inlaid grave in pure Indo-Persian style, built Ranganathasvami Temple in Tanjore. Explore Karaikudi 10 Arattupuzha Festival Thrissur village 1622-1628; Sikandra and Agra Fort; Taj Mahal at sunset village. Day 7-8 Madurai Tour Meenakshi Temple; experience the Pooram Festival, an ancient religious Day 9-10 Fatehpur Sikri-Jaipur Amber Fort, City evening witness ceremony; browse bazaars and textile celebration. Day 11 Calicut visit the Sree Krishna Palace; Jantar Mantar Observatory and the colorful market shops. Day 9 Periyar Boat ride to view wildlife. Temple, one of the most sacred and important pilgrim dominated by the elegant facade of the Hawa Mahal. Day 10 Kerala Backwaters Cruise. Day 11-12 centers of Kerala. Continue to Kozhikode. Day 12 Cochin City tour, attend Kathkali dance performance, Wayanad & Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuaries visit Jewish Synagogue, spice bazaar, antique shops. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, the protected area Day 13-14 Mysore Enroute visit Srirangapatnam, of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka and Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Tippus summer palace. Mudumalai of Tamilnadu. Continue to Muthanga Sightseeing in and around Mysore including an Wildlife Sanctuary, second largest in the state with a excursion to Somnathapur. Day 15 Depart. fine selection of wildlife. Day 1314 Nagarhole November Tour goes up to Day 17 (Rajiv Gandhi National Park) is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Indias largest stretch of In-Depth Option February Only protected forest, which includes Nagarhole and the Day 15 Drive to Hassan, enroute visit Belur and neighboring sanctuaries of Bandipur, Mudumalai Halebid temples and Sravanbelagola. Day 16 Drive and Wayanad. Day 15 Coorg set amidst verdant Day 11-12 Jodhpur Sunset on sand dunes; village to Hospet, visiting various sites and Tumkur, an valleys, imposing mountains and teak wood forests, lifestyles, bazaars. Tour the 15th century Mehrangarh Fort. is one of the most beautiful hill stations. Day 1617 important market town, enroute. Day 17 Full day in Day 13-14 Udaipur the magnificent Ranakpur Jain Mysore a magnificent royal city, site of the Goddess Hampi. Day 18 Visit Aiholeand Pattadakal enroute Temples. City Palace, museum, art galleries, bazaars. Chamundeswari Temple and the Sacred Chamundi to Badami. Day 19 Visit Badami Caves and other South India Day 15-16 Cochin City tour and temples of note. Day 20 Drive to Bijapur and visit. Hill with its palaces built by Tippu Sultan. Day 18 kathakali dance program. Excursion to Kodanad- Day 21 Drive to Gulbarga. Visit the fort, mosque and Bangalore-Depart enroute visit Srirangapatnam. Elephant Kraal, one of the largest elephant training tombs. Day 22 Visit Bidar enroute to Hyderabad. centers of Kerala -set on the banks of the Periyar River Price: $5085, Private Room Upgrade: $2100. Plus Day 23 Visit Hyderabad. Fly to Bombay. Depart. amid beautiful high ranges. Day 17-18 Kerala Estimated Internal Air: $300 . Meals: Daily breakfast, Backwaters stay on an island in the midst of the Prices: Essential $4685/Nov, $4570/Feb; Private six lunches, six dinners. backwaters. Explore the village and meet the locals. Enjoy Room Upgrade: $1810/1665. cruising in a traditional rice boat for a glimpse of life Accommodations: Five star hotels, one heritage and impossible to get from road transport. Day 19 Periyar one best available (very nice) in Tanjore. Meals: Daily Wildlife Sanctuary Boat ride to view wildlife. Day breakfast, three lunches, four dinners 20 Madurai Meenakshi Temple ceremony. Day 21 Kanchipuram-Mahabalipuram ancient temples and In-Depth: $5825 per person; Private Room Upgrade hand-woven silks.. Day 22 Depart $1750. Plus Estimated Internal Air: $300; Accommodation best available. Meals: Eight lunches, seven dinners. Escort: Dr. Lakuma Chebrolu, Ph.D, University of Madras, on the Social History of South India. She skillfully compares and contrasts the different cultures during the journey. Dr. Chebrolu has 15 years of experience guiding heritage cultural tours. Fabric painting is her hobby. As female guides are uncommon in India, you will undoubtedly enjoy her insights immensely. Prices: $5435/Nov; $5745/Feb; Private Room Upgrade: $1740/$1850. Plus Estimated Internal Air: $850. Accommodation: five star and heritage. Meals: Daily breakfast, four lunches, four dinners. www.originalworld.com 6
  • EARLY BOOKING SPECIAL! BOOK ANY 2011 INDIA TOUR BY APRIL 15, 2010 AND LOCK IN 2010 PRICE. SPIRIT OF INDIA | TRIBALS Textiles and Crafts of Tribal Gujarat Temples and Tribes of Orissa November 25 December 9, 2010 October 18 November 3, 2010 February 10-24, 2011 February 15 March 2, 2011 Post Tour Ellora/Ajanta Caves 3 Days February tour includes Kornark Dance Festival G ujarats tribal villages are rich with detailed textiles still produced by traditional methods. You will meet and interact with textile families and observe their process and way of life. Anyone interested in indigenous T HE STATE OF ORISSA is a blend of art, architecture and ancient cultures. Orissa has the third highest concentration of tribals in India and because of the remoteness of their villages, the tribes are untouched by modern times. Though economically challenged with a low rate of literacy, the tribal groups have culture, traditional textiles and crafts will appreciate this authentic experience. highly developed artistic skills as seen in their body paintings, ornaments, weaving and wall paintings. Music and dance also are an integral part of their ceremonies Day 1 Arrival in Delhi. Day 2 Visit and seasonal festivals. This adventuresome tour includes the new frontierChhattsi- Crafts Museum and textile markets. garh, where the largest concentration of the oldest tribes of India reside. Day 3-6 Ahmedabad Visit the Calico Museum of Textiles which Day 1-2 Calcutta. One full day sightseeing. Day 34 Bhubaneshwar Attend exhibits spectacular antique and modern evening ceremony at Parsurameswara Temple. Excursion to metal and textile textiles and old weaving machines. Visit villages. Day 5 Konark-Puri Visit artisan and craft villages and the Sun temple. Sabarmati Ashram founded in 1918 by Mahatma Gandhi, who re-vitalized the FEBRUARY TOUR: attend Konark Dance Festival held by the textile industry here. It is now primarily a stunning ruins of the Sun Temple. spinning wheel factory. Excursion to Sayla Day 6 Chilka Lake Visit the community at Belakati which specializes in work with where mirrors are made for Gujarats bell metal. Drive to Chilka Lake through scenic countryside and attractive villages. mirror work embroidery. Visit the villages where bead work traditions thrive, the Onward to Gopalpur on Sea, an ancient sea port not often visited by tourists. silk weavers who use the ikat technique Days 7-14 Tribal and the town of Wadhwan where women Villages Visit the Saoras. work on bandhani or tie-and-dye. The walls of the mud Day 78 PatanZainabad see a selection of Patans 100 Jain Temples including houses are decorated with the Sun Temple in Modhera. Visit the Salvi family, master weavers of the colorful remarkable paintings. Potala silk including the ancient art of double ikat. Kothgarh tribes speak Kuvi, Day 910 Bhuj Enjoy a morning wildlife safari, then visit Kutchhi and Banni a language derived from the settlements to see the traditional glass embroidery of the Abyssinians who migrated Dravidian strain of South here around the 10th century. Visits to the block printing village and the nomadic India. The members of this Rabari who weave camel wool on pit looms into blankets and shawls. Visit the tribe use bows and arrows Shrujan organization which has a network of over 2500 craftswomen and extensive to protect themselves from exhibits of embroidery from various tribal groups. wild animals. Dongariya Bhuj, the major town of Kutch, is an old walled city, featuring walls within walls, Kondh villages and attractive gateways, intricately carved old palaces and brightly colored Hindu Dongariya Kondh market. temples. You will learn to identify each tribe by its unique traditional attire and form The fierce Bondas (naked of handicraft. The Banni dwellings are made of round mud huts called bhungas with people) of Tibetan-Burmese a thatched or tiled roof, all surrounding a large community courtyard. The women origin. The colorful Godabas, tend to be shy with male visitors, but are hospitable and welcome you into their a munda tribe who speak in homes where you will be amazed by exquisite personal collections of embroidered the Austro-Asiatic dialect. Photo: Bonda woman courtesy of Sanjay Verman quilts and garments. Walls, shelves, grain containers and cupboards are fashioned in mud with decorative designs washed with lime paste and embedded with mirrors Day 12 Chattisgarah The bison-horn Maria Gonds, known for their fine dancing throwing shimmering reflections throughout their homes. Handicrafts includes and headdresses. Day 13 Kangar Nat. Park observe wildlife and forest tribal textiles, vegetable color dye printing, Rogan art (wax printing), glass bead work, people. Day 14 Kanker Maria and Muria tribes. Day 15 Narayanpur villages: woolen shawls, leather articles and more. Visit weaving families famous for scoof discover Bastars finest handicrafts and the people who make them. embroidery and Nirona Village with its fabulous Rogan art and a bell making village Day 16 Raipur Day 17 Depart from Calcutta or Delhi. Day 1112 Gondal Stay at a royal palace and visit Udyog Bhartispinning and Escort: Shiba Prasad Bhuyan, a native of Orissa, holds post graduate degrees in weaving of Khadi. Day 1314 SomnathSassan Gir wildlife safaris in the history and in Tourism Management from Alliance France. He has been working with park, home to Asiatic lions, leopards, four horned antelope, and marsh muggers. the US market for 15 years leading ethnic, craft, art and history tours. In addition Day 15 Diu The secluded island is a sensuous blend of sun, sand and the deep to English, German, French, Japanese, Hindi and Punjabi, he speaks Oriva, Kuvi and blue Arabian Sea. Connected to the mainland of Gujarat by a causeway, Diu, a Gadaua tribal dialects. He is well known and respected by all tribal groups and, former Portuguese enclave, is dotted by three Portuguese churches, one which has therefore, offers us opportunities for authentic interaction and an upclose view of been converted into a museum housing rare artifacts. Day 16 Bombay lifestyles and customs. You will be delighted with him during this journey. Prices: $4095/Nov, $4225/Feb based on min 4 people; Private Room Upgrade: Prices: $4055/Oct, $4215/Feb; Private Room Upgrade $935 $1665; Plus Estimated Internal Air: $540. Meals: daily breakfast, six lunches, seven Plus Estimated Internal Air: $500. Accommodation: First class and heritage hotels, dinners. Accommodation: five star, heritage best available in tribal belt. Meals: Daily breakfast, 13 lunches; 11 dinners Ellora-Ajanta Caves Extension: $540 per person; Private Room Upgrade $165; Plus Estimated Internal Air: $300 . 7 888.367.6147
  • SPIRIT OF INDIA | TRIBALS & WILDLIFE Ancient Tribes of the Hidden Northeast Last Abodes of the Asiatic Big Cats, Wild Assam & Arunachal Pradesh Oct. 1-17, 2010; Oct. 19 Nov. 4, 2011 Donkey and Tigers Includes four wildlife parks! December 27, 2010 January 11, 2011; March 4-19, 2011 R UGGED ADVENTURE TO REMOTE TRIBAL VILLAGES. Long drives and a few funky hotels will reward those with the right spirit as you gain insight into traditional Pre-Tour Option: Kazaranga National Park December 23-27, 2010; February 28 March 4, 2011 Post-Tour Option: Corbett National Park tribal cultures and enjoy close interaction with January 11-14, March 19-22, 2011 the locals. Go where few have gone before. Day 1 Arrive Bombay. Day 2 Fly to Diu a secluded, beautiful island off Day 1 Arrive Calcutta. Day 2 Calcutta Visit the lively flower market on the the west coast of India in the Arabian banks of the Hoogly River, Dakshineshwar Temple, one of Mother Theresas homes Sea. Onward to Sasan Gir National for the underprivileged. Evening ceremony at Dakshinkali temple. Day 3 Fly to Park. Day 3-4 Sasan Gir National Dibrugarah; overnight at tea estate. Park Thirty species of mammals, twenty Day 45 Along Ferry across Brahmaputra River. Visit the Bokar, Ramo, Gallong species of reptiles and several species and Adi villages. Adi women are noted for their weaving with highly artistic designs. of birds are found here. The forest is Day 6 Draporizo Interface with Tagins, Hill Miris and the Tamens who have the only place in the world, outside their dwellings in villages between Along and Africa, where the lion can be seen in Damporizo. The Nyishi and Tamens are among the its natural habitat. Gir is one of the main Hill Miri tribes who form the largest groups largest and most important wildlife of people in this region. Their men wear their hair sanctuaries in India. Day 5 Gondal long and tie it in a knot above the forehead. The A pleasant stop breaks up the long drive to Little Raan of Kutch. Visit the 17th cent. Sulungs or Puroik are reputedly one of the oldest Navlakha Palace. Enjoy accommodation in colonial style palace amidst a garden. tribes in the area. Day 6 Little Raan of Kutch Embark on a cross-desert safari visiting the bets to Day 78 Ziro, home of the Apatani people view wildlife. Accommodation is an eco-friendly resort surrounded by wetlands. The where older men tie their hair in topknots and cottages, resembling the kooba houses of the Bajania community and the bhunga tattoo the faces. Wearing of circular nose plugs houses of the Rabaris of Kutch, decorated with mirrors, mud-plaster work and and tattooing of faces is the most characteristic embroideries, have comfortable cane bed, western bathroom with hot showers and aspect of ornamentation of older Apatani women. air conditioning. Day 7-8 Safaris morning & afternoon safaris, one village tour Visit the largest Homg village in Asia along with by camel cart, evening music and dance performance. Day 9 Nal Sarovar Bird other Apatani and Nishi tribal villages. Sanctuary Continue to Ahmedabad for flight. Day 10-11 Kanna National Day 9 Itanagar Drive to the capital of Arunachal Pradesh. Visit numerous villages Park three safaris. Day 12-14 Bandhavgarah National Park four safaris. enroute. Scenery is extremely beautiful during the first two hours of the journey: lush Day 15 Khajuraho visit the classical temples. Day 16 Depart Delhi green tropical forest, clouds floating over ridges, singing waterfalls and a variety of tropical birds and flowers, including orchids. Pre-tour Extension to Kaziranga National Park Day 1 Arrive Delhi Overnight Day 2 -4 Guwahati-Kazaranga Day 10 Nameri National Park easy trek or a relaxing day. Accommodations in beautifully Day 11 Dirang, altitude 6500 ft. inhabited by the Monpa tribe. Day 12- designed air-conditioned 13 Tawang crossing Sela Pass at 14000 ft, the highest motorable pass in the cottages. Jeep and elephant Northeast. Visit the 400 year old Tawang Monastery. Interact with the lamas (monks). safaris through the park: wild Day 14 Bomdilla Drive to Bomdilla. Visit local market. Day 16 Kazaranga elephant, tiger, hoolock gibbon, National Park. Day 17 Guwahati-Calcutta and Depart. capped langur, bristly hare, hog badger, otter, leopard, swamp deer, hog deer, muntjack, water Escort: Sanjay Verman. We are honored to have our partner lead three of our buffalo, adjutant stork, Bengal tours annually. A travel professional since 1993, he is versed in the philosophies florican, Pallas fish eagle, and traditions of the diverse religions and a certified yoga teacher. Sanjay is the swap partridge, grey peacock- foremost expert for Spiti Valley and Kinnaur as he established relationships with pheasant. You will have the the monks and locals before it opened to foreigners. He is also the foremost Photo: Tiger by Nancy Crenshaw-Miller opportunity to embark on river authority on the remote tribal belt of Assam and Arunachal. Sanjay is the ultimate trips in dugout canoes from which you can watch out for buffalo, deer or rhino. Day professional and a gracious, generous and devoted host. Your experience of India 5 Fly to Bombay will be enhanced by his guidance and companionship. Prices 2010: $4290; Private Room Upgrade: $1225. Plus Estimated Internal Air: Post-tour Extension to Corbett National Park Calcutta-Dibrugarah, Guwahati-Calcutta $336 Accommodations: 4 star Calcutta, Day 16 Train Delhi-Corbett. Day 17-18 Corbett Morning and afternoon best available elsewhere; Meals: Daily breakfast, all meals days 3-15, dinner day 16 safaris. Day 19 Train to Delhi and Depart. Prices 2011 TBA Prices 2010: $4585; Private Room Upgrade: $1675. Plus Estimated Internal Air: $550. Meals: Daily breakfasts, ten lunches, ten dinners Pre-Tour: $1225; Private Room Upgrade $585 Plus Estimated Internal Air: $450 Post-Tour: $685; Private Room Upgrade: $255. Prices 2011 TBAwww.originalworld.com 8
  • ORIGINAL WORLD | BHUTAN/TIBET/CHINA/BURMA all Nyigma monasteries in Sikkim are subordinate Festivals of Bhutan to Pemayagtse Monastery where 108 monks reside. Spirit of Burma (Myanmar) September 13-27, 2010 Day 5 Darjeeling stunning forests of oak, pine and October 16-27, 2010 with Phaung Daw An art master will give a brief introduction of art orchids. Dorje Lingplace of the thunderboltnow Oo Festival; February 4-15, 2011 in Bhutan and its relevance in everyday life. Special called Darjeeling still rules with its little villages, tiny arrangements can be made to attend a class at the School of Arts and Crafts for those interested. waterfalls and an even tinier toy train track. Visit Post-Tour Extension to Tribal Villages Aloobari Monastery at Ghoom. Day 6 Bhutan Tiger October 28 November 3, 2010; Pre-Tour Extension Sikkim-Darjeeling Hill at sunrise, then drive to Phuntsholing (Bhutanese February 16-22, 2011 September 6-13, 2010 border). Day 7 Paro Drive through forests of blue Tibet Post-Tour Extension pine, oak, cypress and rhododendron with fantastic Post Tour to Angkor Temples & Laos September 28 October 7, 2010 H views of plains, jungles, tea plantations, waterfalls, terraced fields and charming Bhutanese farm houses. IDDEN TREASURES await you on this Day 8 Paro Festival Day 9 Punakha Drive via insiders journey exploring Burmese art, Dochula Pass. Day 10 Bumthang via Chume village architecture and a gracious culture. Weve known for its yathra weaving and embroidered cloth. partnered with two fabulous women for many years. Day 11 Trongsa Visit cultural/spiritual sites. Day Day 1 Arrive in Yangon Half day tour. Sunset 12-13 Thimphu Full day tours. Day 14 Paro at Shwedagon Pagoda. Day 2-3 Yangon visit art Optional hike to Taktsang Monastery. Day 15 Home galleries, temples, bazaars, cruise excursion to pottery village. Day 46 Bagan (Pagan), the countrys Prices 2010: $3796 per person, Private Room Angkor Wat. Visit temples and Mt. Popa. Day 79 Upgrade: $820. Plus Estimated Internal Air: Mandalay Mahamuni Pagoda; Shwenandaw $375.Meals: Daily breakfast, all meals in Bhutan. Monastery; other significant sites. By boat to Mingun Day 1 Arrive Paro visit Paro Dzong. Stroll to gain Prices 2011 TBA Pagoda. Excursion to Sagaing, Ava and Amarapura. insights into Bhutanese life. Day 2 Paro Optional Day 1011 Inle Lake Our individual cottages float hike to Taktsang Monastery. Visit National Museum, in the midst of the lake. Boat tour through floating Drugyel Dzong for a magnificent view of Mt. Jumolhari. Tibet: Art and Culture gardens, view the unique leg-rowers; visit crafts people. Day 3 Attend Thimphu Drupchen The deities Day 12 Depart Fly to Yangon then Bangkok. September 28 October 7, 2010; are prayed to and dances performed by monks in Extension Day 13 Fly to Sittwe. Boat trip to Mrauk April 2011 (Follows Bhutan Tours) costume. Day 45 Thimphu attend tsechu in the U. Day 14 Visit the remains of Wethali. Continue to mornings- dances are performed by monks and secular Prices both dates: $2255, Private Room Danyawaddy village to Mahamuni Pagoda, containing people. Sightseeing in the afternoons. Upgrade: $450; Plus Estimated Internal Air: $779 80,000 Buddha images. Archeological Museum. Sunset Accommodation: Heritage. All meals in Tibet. at Shwe Gou Taung Temple. Day 15 Tatoo Villages Day 67 Punakha Dawn unfurling of the $200 discount if booked with Bhutan tour Scenic drive on a bumpy road to tattoo villages of throngdrel. Drive to Punakha, passing the Simtokha Laytoo Chin minority and Shakama (Thet) minority. Dzong- the oldest in Bhutan. It now houses the Day 16 Sitwe Visit local fish market and the 100- Institute for Language and Culture. Visit a traditional Festivals of Southwestern year-old Buddha with a golden face. Day 17 Depart village to view rural life. Day 8 Trongsa China Guizhou, Yunnan, Sichuan Escorts: Daw Khin Myo Lwin (Rosie) has Bumthang A magnificent drive with many waterfalls April 27 May 13 Sisters Rice Festival escorted American and European groups for 25+ years along the climbing road. Day 910 Bumthang October 24 November 9 Lusheng Festival C including museum tours. She speaks fluent English and Attend Tangi Mani and sightseeing. As Buddhism in French and offers an insightful window into Burmese Bhutan was first introduced in Bumthang, religious OLORFUL TRADITIONS cockfighting, culture. She follows traditional Burmese values, yet bullfights, dragon dances; bamboo flutes and sites are many. Day 11 Mongar This drive is the best is unmarried and holds contemporary views. Moe wooden drums echo throughout the valley. in the country, with dense forest, waterfalls, sometimes Moe, also a delightful and professional guide, holds Fall itinerary will be reversed to enjoy the mountains in encountering wildlife and beautifully built traditional a degree from Mandalay University and speaks fluent best weather. villages. Day 12 Trashiyangtse Visit the dzong, English and Spanish. Both have escorted our clients village, Rigney Institute a traditional learning center Day 1-2 Arrive Guiyang. Day 3-6 Kali Visit since 1999. the Miao handicraft workshop, Kaili Museum, attend and Chorten Kora a stupa styled after Boudanath Prices 2010: $2950, Private Room Upgrade $650 festival, Kali Sunday market; explore nearby villages. in Nepal. Day 13 Guwahati stop in the village of Extension: from $1045, Private Room Upgrade Day 7 Huangguoshu Waterfall. Walk along a Khaling, renowned for its weaving and school for the cliff path behind the waterfall. Visit the Dragon Palace. $200. Meals: All meals included. Prices 2011 TBA blind. Day 14 Depart Day 8 Xingyi Visit the black sect of Miao with frilled Price: $4585; Private Room Upgrade: $1125. Plus skirts and dazzling silver decorations. Visit Stone Forest. Estimated Internal Air: $500. Includes all meals Day 9 Kumming/ Day 10-11 Dali visit old town, minority villages. Day 12-13 Lijiang, former capital of the Naxi Kingdom-enjoy its maze of cobblestone Himalayan Explorer streets, narrow canals and decorative wooden houses; Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Baisha village. Day Sikkim & Darjeeling; Paro Festival 14-15 Lugu lake At the junction of Southwest March April, 2011 Sichuan and Northwest Yunnan, the lakes shores are Tibet Extension April, 2011 home to the Mosuo branch of the Naxi who have lived Day 1 Arrive Calcutta Day 2-3 Gangtok view here since 111 B.C. and have maintained many ancient Kanchandzonga and the eastern Himalayan range. traditions. Day 16 Zhongdian. Day 17 Depart Visit Gangtok monasteries, Institute of Tibetology, Prices: $3310 per person, Private Room Upgrade: and Rumtek Dharma Center which houses unique $810. Plus Estimated Internal Air: $900. Meals: daily religious art. Day 4 Pemayagtse impressive views; breakfast and dinner.www.originalworld.com 10
  • ORIGINAL WORLD | LAOS/SRI LANKAJourney to the Heart of Laos Soul of Sri Lanka November 4-11, 2010October 27 November 13, 2010 February, 2011 with Navam Perahara FestivalFebruary 23 March 12, 2011 (precedes South India Tour) ADay 1 Arrive Chiang Mai. Day 2 Chiang Rai Drive through scenic hillsidesand jungles to Chiang Rai. Visit the magnificent Wat Rong Khun and Wat Phra NCIENT Buddhist sitesKeo which once housed the Emerald Buddha. Day 3 Pakbeng Cruise down the and traditions, andMekong to Pakbeng aboard the Northern Jewels. Stops at Lao, Hmong, Yao and architecture influenced throughKHmu villages offer views of rural life, little changed in centuries. the years by Portuguese, Dutch andDay 4 Kamu Village Visit a hill tribes market and villages. English traders. Sri Lanka is home to seven World Heritage sites. A beautifulAccommodation: Kamu Lodge, an eco-resort in an isolated setting; deluxe tents with country and serene ambiance.private bathroom and solar-powered hot water shower. Day 1-3 Colombo full day tours including bazaar area, Dutch Period Museum, art galleries, Fort area. F ebruary Tour: Attend Navam Perahara Festival - a delightful procession of decorated elephants, dancers and musicians. Day 4 AnuradapuraHabarana. Buddhisms influence produced magnificent temples and ornate pleasure gardens, site of Sri Maha Bodhi, grown from the same tree under which Prince Sidhharth attained enlightenment. Day 5: SigiriyaPolonnaruwaHabarana Sigiriya, a massive rock fortress, just declared a World Heritage site. Easy climb (steps) to the summit to view the ruins of the monastic complex. Day 6 DambullaKandy Golden Temple, tour a batik factory and a spice garden; visit Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage.Photo: by Joy RobinsonDay 57 Pak Ou CavesLuang Prabang we stop at Pak Ou Caves duringthe short cruise to Luang Prabang- a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit exquisitetemples, Kuang Si Waterfall; crafts and weaving villages. Attend Royal Ballet Theater.Enjoy sunset on Mount Phou Si. Day 89 Plain of Jars Our drive passes throughstriking mountain ranges and Hmong villages. Visit main sites of the Plain of Jars.Day 1011 Vientiane Walking tour. Lao dinner/performance overlooking the Day 7 Kandy Rich in cultural heritage, the city presents an interesting mixtureMekong. Visit National Museum, exquisite Wat Si Saket, Ho Pha Keo, National Ethnic of old and new. Evening attend traditional dance performance and puja at TempleCultural Park, Buddha Park. Day 12-13 Tad Lo Explore the area. of Sacred Tooth. Day 8 Colombo Return to Columbo for flight home or fly toTad Lo Resort, rustic spacious bungalows with thatch walls, located on the falls. Madras to continue on our South India tour.Day 14 Pakse enroute stops at Pat Bath Phon San Temple and Thakhet town, Prices 2010: $1835 per person based on min 4 people; Private Room Upgrade:then across the Bolaven Plateau, a coffee growing area inhabited by the Laven $385. Meals: daily breakfast, 4 dinners. $200 discount if booked with Southtribe; Katu and Alak villages-distinctive for the face tattoos of their women; Wat India Tour. Prices 2011:TBALuang. Day 15 Khong Island-Wat Phou Journey along the Mekong River toChampasak, a small village of inauspicious houses and old French mansions. WatPhou, a UNESCO site, is all that remains of one of Southeast Asias most mysteriouskingdoms. The Hindu-influenced ruins are the finest example of Khmer templeruins outside Cambodia. Day 16 Four Thousand Islands Full day cruising.Day 17 Villages visit Kiet Ngong village known for its unique textiles. Elephantride to Phou Asa village. Day 18 Preah Vihear-Bangkok This eastern pocketof Thailand is home to some of the great Angkorian-era Khmer temples. Visit themagnificent 9th century Preah Vihear on a sheer edge of the border. OvernightBangkok Airport Hotel. Day 19 Depart.Prices 2010: From $3610. Private Room Upgrade: from $1085.Plus Estimated Internal Air: $120. 2011 Price TBAAccommodation: 4 star, boutique, heritage; Meals: breakfast, 4 lunches, 4 dinners 11 888.367.6147
  • ORIGINAL WORLD | CENTRAL ASIA/MIDDLE EAST Mongolia July 9-23, 2010 The Heart of the Great Silk Iran, Persian Treasures A TTEND NAADAM FESTIVAL tour the countryside learning about Mongolias nomadic culture and Buddhist history. We travel through the unspoiled landscapes exploring varied and unique sites in some of the most Road: The Five Stans Precedes Syria tour August 16 September 10, 2010 with Independence Day Celebration March 5-30, 2011 with Navruz Festival; Caravan routes affected history and cultures October 5 November 1, 2010 April 1-24, 2011 remarkable and untouched parts of the globe. In dramatically by opening lines of communication and trade, resulting in rich diversity and significant cultural growth. The region is famous not only for the many branches of the silk route that ply within, but also as the birthplace of great builders of empires such as the Moghuls and Tamerlane. During this exciting journey, we explore the classical route as well as venture into offthepath villages for a glimpse of rural life. Kazakhstan Day 1-2 Almaty. tour the former Photo: by Carla Newton capital of Kazakhstan. E Kyrgyzstan XPERIENCE THE GLORY of ancient