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  • DearTravelers,For over 33 years, Worldview Tours has consistently reached the summit in quality of service for touring in India. We are proud to have helped thousands of travelers to collect unforgettable life experiences. Again and again, returning passengers have told us that their tour with Worldview Tours was one of their best. From baby boomers to people well into their 80s, our customers are from all walks of life: physicians, engineers, CEOs, school teachers, housewives, families, church groups, alumni and museum groups, you name it. The one thing they all have in common is a curiosity about the people and cultures of the Indian subcontinent. Then, there are many seasoned travelers who return to travel with us for their second, third or more visits to India and keep traveling with us for years to many other places in the world.

    We have added new tours, reshaped a few, redesigned and improved all to bring you variety, flexibility and price range for top quality touring to India, the Himalayas and the Far East.

    We look forward to welcoming you on our journeys.

    The entire Worldview Tours Family

    Best Season to Visit India and Useful Information 1-4Festivals of India 5Choice of Hotels 6-11Escorted and locally hosted tours11 Days The Royal Experience- Luxury Hotels 1213 Days Temples, Tigers and Taj Mahal 1412 Days Crossroads of India 1614 Days Hidden Treasures of North India 1814 Days Heritage Rajasthan 2016 Days Pageant of the North 2216 Days Absolute India 2414 Days Sandalwood and Spices- South India 2617 Days In Search of the Tiger 29Tour Extensions 30Spa Experience in India 33Custom Designed Private Tours 34Choice of Vehicles 35Luxury Trains 36River Cruises 39 THE HIMALAYAS- Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet, 40 Darjeeling/Sikkim and Ladakh11 Days Bhutan Unveiled 4414 Days Myths and Legends of Himalayas- 46 Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet6 Days Sri Lanka- The Spice Island 4818 Days Far East Explorer- 50Maldives- A Tropical Island 52Cambodia, Vietnam and MyanmarGo Beyond India 53Small Indulgences 54Travel Facts 55Terms and Conditions 56

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  • Your saTisfaCTion is our Top prioriTY

    Customer satisfaction is our number one priority. Our goal is to hear your every wish during the planning stage, so that we can exceed your expectations. A 24/7 concierge service attends to all of your needs while you are on the tour resulting in a quality of service that customers just cannot get from any other tour operator. We enjoy one of the highest repeat customers in the trade. Our greatest reward is planning your next trip.

    Why choose Worldview Tours Over33yearsofexperienceintheIndianSubcontinent.

    AuniqueunderstandingofintricaciesandpeculiaritiesofthetravelbusinessinIndia.

    Intimategroupsizelimitedto16personsorflexiblecustomdesignedprivatetoursfor2ormorepassengersaccordingtoyourinterests,traveldatesandbudgets

    Mosttoursaredesignedaroundamajorfair,festival,specialeventortheme.Insightintoethnicpeoplesandculturesbeyondtouristfacades.

    ExpertIndiaTourDirectorsandguideswhospeakseveralIndianlanguagesandprovideperspectiveswhichcannotbematched.

    PremiumgroundhandlingthroughourownofficesinIndia.

    Alwaysprovidingmuchmorethanjustmuseumsandmonuments.

    Weaddmagictoyourtoureveryday.Manyethnicencountersandextrafeaturessetusapart.VisitanIndianhometomeetlocalpeople,witnessatempleceremony,visitseveralcolorfulvillagesinruralIndia,enjoyescortedwalksinexoticbazaarsandvegetablemarkets,visitaschooltomeetchildrenandteachers.GetintroducedtothespicesofIndia,seeanIndianmovieinanIndiantheatre,seeculturaldances,enjoylocalmusicandmuchmore.

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    Is this your first visit to India?IfyouareafirsttimertoIndia,werecommendaNorthIndia14to18daytour.Anythinglessmaybetoofartogofortoolittle.SecondtimersshouldprobablydoSouthIndiaperhapswithanextensiontoSriLanka.OnyourthirdtripyoumightwanttovisitSikkim/Bhutan/Nepal/TibetortheSilkRoad(pleaseaskformoreinformation).SeasonedrepeattravelersmaylikeourUnusualIndiatourortheHimalayanJeepSafari.Pleaseseetourextensionsonpage30-32.

    BestseasontovisitIndiaOctoberthroughMarchisthebesttimetovisitIndia.ThereislittleornoraininNorthIndiaduringthistime.TheaveragehightemperatureinmostofNorthIndiaisinthelow80sandthelowsrangebetween50to70F.KathmanduValleyisonly4,200-ft-highanditrarelysnowsthere.SouthIndiagetssomerainsinOctober/November,butDecemberthroughMarchisrelativelycoolanddry.ApproximatelyDecember20toJanuary15,areasinandaroundNewDelhigetheavyfogalmostdailywhichburnsoffbymidtolateafternoon.Itcausessomedisruptioninflightsandvisibilityisgenerallypoor.

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  • FlyingtoIndia-adifferentapproachWorldviewToursofferstotalflexibilitytosuityourneeds.Letusassistyouinfindingtherightairline,schedules,routing,yourchoiceofairlineandairfaresforyourspecificrequirements.

    ConvenientNon-StopflightstoIndiaAmericanAirlinesfromChicagoOHareandContinentalAirlinesfromNewarkairportsofferdailyNONSTOPflightstoNewDelhiavoidingstopoversorlayoversinEurope.TheactualflyingtimetoDelhiisapproximately14hours20minutes.EmiratesAirlinesfliesnon-stopfromLosAngeles,SanFrancisco,HoustonandNewYorktoDubaidaily.DubaiisapproximatelythreehoursawayfrommostmajorcitiesinIndia.

    WhetheryouchoosetoflyfromtheEastCoastorWestCoastyouwilljoinupwithyourtouronarrivalinIndia.Whenyoupurchasetheinternationalairticketfromus,youwillbemetandtransferredtoyourhotelregardlessofdayornightarrival.AcrossthePacific,SingaporeAirlines,CathayPacific,AsianaAirlinesaregreatchoices.Convenient(inexpensive)StopoverPackagesareavailableinSingapore,HongKong,Seoul,TokyoandTaipei.AcrosstheAtlantic,allmajorairlinesnowflytoIndia.

    BusinessClassorFirstClassupgradesComparedtoournegotiatedlowEconomyClassfares,businessclassairfaresaresubstantiallyhigher.SomeairlinesarestillofferingaTwo-for-OnebusinessclassspecialtoIndiaforAmericanExpressPlatinumCardholders.Pleasecallusat(800) 373 0388.Ourairexpertswillofferyoumanychoicesforconvenientandattractivebusinessclassairfares.

    Land-onlytourprice-YourownflightticketstoIndiaUsingyourmileagecreditstoflyfreeorforupgrades...Sinceournegotiatedairfaresareverylow,airlineswillnotallowcombiningyourmileagecreditswiththeselowfares.Itisbesttochecktherulesonyourmileageplanwithyourmileageclubastheydifferfromairlinetoairline.InmostcasestheairlinewouldwantyoutopurchaseafullfareEconomyClassairticket(amuchhigherfarethanourlownegotiatedfares)andthenapply80to90thousandormoremilesfromyourcreditforaBusinessClassupgrade.Someairlinesrequire130,000ormoremilestoallowafreeBusinessclassflighttoIndia.Pleasecallusat(800) 373 0388 forassistance.

    TravelInsuranceTravelinsuranceisrecommendedandinsuranceinformationwillbemailedtoyouwhenyoubook.Generally,acomprehensiveplanincludingtripcancellation,tripdelay,baggage,medicalandemergencymedicalevacuation,etc.costs5to6%ofthetotaltourprice.SomeinsurancepackagesofferaPreexistingmedicalconditionswaiver,iftheinsuranceisboughtwithinfourteendaysofmakingyourtourdeposit.Whetheronagrouptouroranindividualtour,consideringtheheavycancellationpenalties,itisstronglyrecommendedthatyoupurchasetravelinsurance.

    TravelingbyroadinIndiaDuetodistancesandconvenience,themajorityofyourtravelinIndiaisbyshortflights.Onmosttoursthereareatleasttwodrives.TravelbyroadintheIndiansubcontinentisanexperiencethatnoamountofWesternmotoringcanprepareyoufor.Manyroadshavenocenterdividersandthereseemtobenorestrictionsonvehicletypes.Pedestrians,cars,trucks,bullockcarts,camelcarts,livestockandcyclesthrongtheIndianroads.Itisfrequentlyheart-rending,sometimeshilarious,mostlyexhilarating,andalwaysunforgettable.Trafficisslowbutintheabsenceofanyotherconvenientwaytotravel,howelsewouldoneseethecountryside?

    PRIVATEJOURNEYSIndividualtravelisnotveryexpensiveinIndia.Wehaveover32yearsofexperienceinarrangingtailor-madeindividualtravel.Tourscanbeplannedtofityourinterests,traveldatesandbudgets.Thesetoursarebaseduponexclusiveuseofyourownprivatevehiclethroughoutandyouarenotjoiningothers.Justletusknowhowmanypeopleareinyourparty,yourinterests,whenyouwanttogo,howmanydays,categoryofhotelsyouwouldliketostayinandyourpreferenceofairroutingtoIndia(overthePacificortheAtlantic).Inlessthan24-48hourswewillprovideyouwithasuggesteditineraryandprices.Anoutlineitineraryandestimatedcostsareprovidedatnocharge.Foranysubsequentchanges/modificationsresultinginre-pricingthereisaminimum$100.00perpersonnon-refundabledepositwhichisappliedtoyourtourinvoice.

    Alllogisticsarearrangedinadvanceaspertheagreeditinerary.Ateachairportyouaregreetedandhostedbyourlocalrepresentatives/guides.Transfersandtourservicesarebyprivatechauffeur-drivencars

    withlocalguides.Hotels,domesticflights,traintravelandanyotherrelatedservicesareconfirmedinadvanceforaflawlesstour.

    Anytourinthisbrochurecanbecustomizedforaprivatejourney.Therearemanywaystocombine,shorten,modifyorextendtheseprograms.Pleasecallus at (800) 373 0388. Ourexpertsareavailable tohelpyouplanthe tripyouwant.

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    MeetandGreetServicesOurIndiaofficehasitsownfleetofmoderncarsandmotor-coaches.Ourteamofairportrepresentativesisavailable24hourstoguaranteefastandefficientservicesforairportandhoteltransfers.

    HowtosignupAdepositof$700perpersonisrequiredtobookanytour.(ExtradepositsmayberequiredforLuxurytraintoursorsomeprivatetours).YouwillfindaTourRegistrationformasaninsertinthisbrochure.Ifyouneedmoreinformationtomakeyourdecision,westronglyurgeyoutocallusat(800) 373 0388.OurtravelexpertswillassistyouingettingstartedonamemorabletriptoIndia.

    GuaranteeddeparturesWerejectthehorrorsofregimentationandmass-producedpackagetours.Sinceweofferonlytopqualitytours,mosttoursareguaranteedtooperatewithtwoormorepassengers.IfWorldviewTourscancelsatouryouwilleitherbeofferedanothertourofyourchoiceorafullrefund.

    SingleroomsupplementsRoomsharesaregenerallyav

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