India - The Cradle of Civilization

January 11 - 25,  2015

Please join Brandeis University for a fascinating trip to India, January 11-25, 2015.  This once-in-a-lifetime excursion will be led by India native, and expert, Professor Harleen Singh of Brandeis University.  

About the Trip

India is a land apart, existing and thriving to its own charming beat. The cradle of a great civilization, with flourishing cities along the Indus River Valley as early as 2500 BC, it still has Vedic hymns used in daily prayers that are over three thousand years old, unaltered from the original. The land and its culture are, in many ways, eternal. A favorite travel destination, India has been influenced by diverse cultures including the Chinese, Greek, Persian, Afghan, Dutch, French and British – some came for adventure, some for the riches of this fabled land and some in search of spiritual inspiration. They have all left their mark, but the core of India remains untouched.  

In this tour we explore the colorful north of the country, dotted with forts and palaces – the desert State of Rajasthan. We take in the “Pink City” of Jaipur, the lake city of Udaipur, and the rural charm of Deogarh, nestled in the foothills of the Aravali hills. We start in historic Delhi, India’s capital, with an Old City teeming with bustling bazaars, and a New City with tree-lined boulevards built by Lutyens and Baker. In Agra we see the Taj Mahal, believed to be one of the most beautiful buildings ever built, and go on to a nature reserve with a bewildering variety of birds in Bharatpur. 

The tour ends in Mumbai, a thriving business centre, which has some typically British architecture of the Raj era. The Sassoon Docks and nearby synagogues depict the rich Jewish heritage of the city, which we get a chance to explore before our flight back to Newark.

Please view the brochure, and itinerary to learn more.

About Professor Harleen Singh

Harleen Singh

Harleen Singh is a tenured associate professor of literature and women’s studies, and  chair of the South Asian Studies Program at Brandeis. Born and brought up in India, she received her undergraduate degree from Sweet Briar College in Virginia and doctorate from the University of California, San Diego. Her book “The Rani of Jhansi: Gender, History, and Fable in India” was released in 2014 by Cambridge University Press, and she has published widely on novels, films, music, and gender in India and Pakistan. Her courses at Brandeis include The Three Hour Dream: Indian Film and Cinematic Narratives of the Nation, We Who are At Home Everywhere: The South Asian Diaspora, South Asian Women Writers, and the Film and Fiction of Crisis. She also serves on the advisory board for the Global Alliance for Education and is a frequent contributor on issues of gender, politics and popular culture in the American and Indian media.


Enjoy luxury accommodations throughout the tour, starting with the Taj Mahal in New Dehli.  Located in the heart of the capital city, the hotel is home to dignitaries and heads of state, and is simultaneously modern and timeless.  From New Delhi we will travel to Agra, and stay at the ITC Mughal Hotel, one of the oldest luxury hotels in the city.  After a visit to Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted city built by Emperor Akbar to serve as his capital, we will visit Bharatpur for overnight stay at The Bagh, a comfortable jungle lodge set in a 200-year old garden. 

Brandeis travelers will also have a unique opportunity to stay at the magnificent Rambagh Palace, known as an architectural masterpiece with rooms that were once the  sanctuaries of kings, princes and their guests.  We will also stay at the Leela Palace in Udaipur,a majestic hotel on Lake Pichola with a spectacular view of the Aravalli Mountains. 

The Leela Palace evokes grandeur and opulence of the land of the Mewar. The hotel is beautifully designed and offers world-class amenities.  We will conclude our tour with a stay at the famous Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai. Overlooking the Gateway of India with a panoramic view of the bay, the hotel is a perfect blend of rich history and modern convenience.

View the photo gallery 

Taj Mahal, New Delhi

Taj Mahal New Delhi

Leela Palace, Udaipur

Leela Palace

Rambagh Palace

Ram Bagh Palace

Taj Mahal Palace

Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

ITC Mughal, Agra

Mughal Agra

The Bagh, Bharatpur

The Bagh


We have reserved a round-trip group flight on Jet Airways to Delhi via Brussels, departing Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), Newark, New Jersey. For assistance with individual flight reservations please contact Ann Dee at Expedition2 Inc. by phone toll-free at 1-877-763-7444 (Monday-Friday, 12 noon – 10 pm. Eastern Time).

Tour package

Land-only: $6544 pp. based on double-occupancy. Air & Land: $7444 pp. based on double-occupancy.  Single supplement: $545 pp.  Deposit is $500 per person to reserve your space.  

Package Information


Reservations are available online or by phone toll-free at 1-877-763-7444 (Monday-Friday, 12 noon – 10 pm. Eastern Time). Contact Ann Dee at Expedition2 Inc.  to reserve your space or, for assistance with individual flight reservations, travel insurance or visas.  For additional questions or assistance please contact Prerna at Trans Indus, at

For More Information

Space is limited. If you are interested in reserving your space or would like additional information please contact Alyson Saykin, director of special programs by September 22, at or at 781-736-2988.




Reserve Online 

Call toll-free 1-877-763-7444.

Monday-Friday, 12 noon to 10:00 p.m. EST time. 

Tour Operator 
Trans Indus, The India Travel Company

Travel Program
Alyson Saykin, director of special programs