CURRENT ADVENTURES

Tigers & Temples of India

January 19 – February 3, 2019

Search for tigers; view Agra’s renowned Taj Mahal and other spectacular monuments; spot primates such as the southern plains gray langur; and explore palace complexes such as Amber Fort in Jaipur.

 

TRIP SUMMARY

We invite you to join Dr. Philip Nyhus, Director of the Colby Environmental Studies Program, on a spectacular and exclusive Colby Worldwide Adventure to India. This multi-faceted trip focuses on India’s premier wildlife parks as well as its astounding art and architecture.

Dr. Nyhus is an internationally-recognized expert on large mammal conservation, especially that of tigers. Plus, you will be accompanied by expert wildlife and cultural guides as well as a professional trip manager who will handle all of the logistics so you can relax, learn, and enjoy fascinating excursions, charming accommodations, and delightful cuisine.

Highlights include:

  • Eight spectacular UNESCO World Heritage sites:
    • Jaipur’s exquisite Amber Fort, as well as its remarkable observatory of Jantar Mantar;
    • the perfectly-preserved, deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri;
    • the vast Agra Fort complex;
    • the extraordinary Taj Mahal (including two sunset visits and a sunrise visit);
    • Delhi’s Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Complex;
    • and Keoladeo Ghana National Park, one of the most famous bird sanctuaries in the world, which you will explore by bicycle rickshaw.
  • Two full days to explore Kanha National Park, part of one of India’s most important tiger conservation efforts, on morning and afternoon Jeep safaris.
  • Several wildlife viewing safari excursions via open-air, 20-seat canter in Ranthambore National Park, which supports one of the world’s healthiest populations of tigers.
  • A special Raas Leela dance performance (“The Dance of Passion”).
  • Delicious Indian and Continental food (all meals are included) and carefully-selected accommodations (eight nights at luxurious, 5-star hotels in Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur; and six nights at comfortable, 3-star lodges and resorts that are conveniently located near the three National Parks).

Dr. Nyhus looks forward to sharing insights and hosting Colby alumni and friends on this exclusive Colby Worldwide Adventure. Please join him!

 

PRICING

Tour Prices Per Person (14 nights)

Double Occupancy (16-20 participants) $8,445
Double Occupancy (10-15 participants) $8,795
Single Supplement $1,865

 

Single room supplement will be charged when requested or required (limited availability.)
With fewer than 10 participants, a small group surcharge may be applied. Complete pricing details are available in the downloadable PDF brochure. Tour pricing does not include airfare from the U.S.

 

FACULTY LEADERSHIP

Philip Nyhus is Associate Professor and Director of the Colby Environmental Studies Program. His interdisciplinary research bridges the natural and social sciences to address human interactions with the environment. Nyhus teaches courses in conservation, environmental policy, and GIS. He is particularly interested in large mammal and large landscape conservation and human-wildlife conflict. Nyhus has studied tiger conservation and restoration in Indonesia and China, and lived for a year in India. He co-edited Tigers of the World, and is the founding Series Editor of Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes. Nyhus is active in state, national, and international conservation initiatives, including projects in Asia and Africa. He is a member of the IUCN Cat Specialist and Conservation Planning Specialist Groups; chief consultant for environmental and wildcat conservation, Wildcat Conservation Legal Aid Society; steering committee, Academics for Land Protection in New England (ALPINE); and board of directors, Maine Lakes Society. Nyhus has published more than 50 papers, chapters, and scholarly reports and has been interviewed by diverse media outlets, including National Geographic, The New York Times, Time, and the Animal Planet channel.

 

ABBREVIATED ITINERARY

Download the brochure for full details and the reservation form.

Saturday, January 19, 2019: DEPART HOME

Sunday, January 20: ARRIVE DELHI, INDIA

Monday, January 21: A.M. AT LEISURE | HUMAYUN’S TOMB | QUTUB COMPLEX | WELCOME DINNER

Tuesday, January 22: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF INDIA | DELHI OVERVIEW TOUR

Wednesday, January 23: DELHI | FLY TO RAIPUR | KANHA NATIONAL PARK SAFARI

Thursday & Friday, January 24 & 25: KANHA NATIONAL PARK SAFARIS

Saturday, January 26: KANHA NATIONAL PARK | RAIPUR | FLY TO DELHI

Sunday, January 27: DELHI | AGRA | TAJ MAHAL (SUNSET)

Monday, January 28: TAJ MAHAL (SUNRISE) | A.M. AT LEISURE | AGRA FORT | TAJ MAHAL (SUNSET)

Tuesday, January 29: AGRA | FATEHPUR SIKRI | BHARATPUR | P.M. AT LEISURE or KEOLADEO GHANA NATIONAL PARK | DANCE PERFORMANCE

Wednesday, January 30: BHARATPUR | TRAIN TO SAWAI MADHOPUR | RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK SAFARI

Thursday, January 31: RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK SAFARIS

Friday, February 1: RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK | JAIPUR | CITY PALACE | JANTAR MANTAR

Saturday, February 2: AMBER FORT | OLD BAZAAR | FAREWELL DINNER

Sunday, February 3: JAIPUR | FLY TO DELHI | DAY ROOM | FLY HOME

 

PREPARE FOR YOUR ADVENTURE

Useful Information for Alumni Travelers