India is a land that evokes imagination and curiosity, a canvas of spectacle and colour. Ruled by a succession of native kingdoms, often overrun and invaded by invading armies of central Asian origin, followed by the Mughals and finally the British, transformation has been never ending. A profusion of races and cultures, and the magnitude of their legacies are evident today. Our unique and enchanting 2 week fully escorted small group expedition to India staying in beautiful hand picked 4 star Heritage or 5 star properties. Enjoy a spectacular adventure and see the Real India in style and comfort at unbeatable rates.

DURATION: 14 Days / 13 Nights
PRICE: Contact us for your custom quote
STARTING: New Delhi, India

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DAY 01: Arrive Delhi

On your arrival at the international airport in Delhi our representative will greet you and transfer you to the hotel where a deluxe room has been reserved for 2 nights.

 

DAY 02: Delhi

After breakfast proceed for a full day sightseeing of the walled city called Old Delhi and the cosmopolitan New Delhi. Old Delhi pulses with energy and color, the hustle and bustle of thronged bazaars, laced by a maze of narrow lanes which twist and turn full of the sights, sounds and aromas of the Indian subcontinent. You will visit Jama Masjid with its tapering minarets and wonderful marble domes. In Old Delhi you will also enjoy a rickshaw ride. In the afternoon you will enjoy a tour of New Delhi. It is a city of wide boulevards which offer ever changing perspectives of Lutyen’s landscaped city. It is a city known for its formal parks, magnificent Parliament Building, the Rashtrapati Bhawan and India Gate. In New Delhi you will also visit Qutab Minar, the 72.5 m high tower dating back to 13th century and Humanyun’s Tomb.

 

DAY 03: Delhi - Jodhpur - Manvar

Manvar is situated in the heart of the sand dune region of Rajasthan between the ancient cities of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer & Bikaner. Today Manvar has become a tourist destination and also an economic hub around which a large portion of the neighboring villages draw their sustenance.Tented campsite is a rare sanctuary of pristine beauty, tranquility and peace. In the late afternoon, we will enjoy a village Safari by jeep.On the way we will visit a typical home to see how people live in the desert and see a craftsman’s home, view the desert wildlife and later, hop on a camel to immerse ourselves in the desert to arrive at our exclusive camp.

 

DAY 04: Manvar - Jodhpur

Jodhpur is divided into two parts – the old city and the new city. The old city is separated by a ten kilometre long wall surrounding it, with eight gates leading out of it. The new city is outside the walled city. Jodhpur has many beautiful palaces and forts such as Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhavan Palace, believed to be one of the largest personal residences of the world, and Rai ka Bag Palace. Other charms of Jodhpur include Government museum and its beautiful Umeid garden. Later proceed to visit the Veerni Organization – Veerni was founded in 1993 , their mission is to educate and empower girls and women of rural Rajasthan so that they can lead healthy and productive lives free from poverty, coercion and disease.

 

DAY 05: Jodhpur

After breakfast proceed for a special walking tour of The Blue City. After walking tour of Old city we will visit an Indian family where we have an opportunity to try Local Rajasthani meals, you will have an opportunity to see what the typical Rajashtani home looks like, while enjoying some of the traditional dishes every Jodhpur family has grown up on. After lunch proceed for jeep safari to the nearby Rabari and Bishnoi village.The Bishnoi’s are a community of Rajasthan who are famous for their rich cultural Rajasthani life and their true love for nature and animals. Bishnoi Village Safari is organized to help tourists get a glimpse of rich cultural life of Bishnoi Villages and True Rajasthan.

 

DAY 06: Jodhpur - Udaipur

“The Venice of the East”, Udaipur is an enchanting city. From lakes in the midst of sandy terrain to green forested hills where wildlife still abounds, the surprises are endless. And in the lakes, or by their edges, are palaces straight out of fairy tales, each one more beautiful than the next.

 

DAY 07: Udaipur

Morning sightseeing tour of Udaipur including the City Palace Complex, considered to be the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. After sightseeing we will have some free time for shopping. In the evening visit Jag Mandir, a palace built on an island in Lake Pichola. Enjoy your dinner at specialty restaurant called Dari Khana on Jag Mandir Island.

 

 

DAY 07: Udaipur

Morning sightseeing tour of Udaipur including the City Palace Complex, considered to be the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. After sightseeing we will have some free time for shopping. In the evening visit Jag Mandir, a palace built on an island in Lake Pichola. Enjoy your dinner at specialty restaurant called Dari Khana on Jag Mandir Island.

 

DAY 08: Udaipur - Deogarh

After lunch we proceed for a rural ramble ride by jeep. Drive into the countryside with a guide, exploring the natural surrounding with people tending to their fields and cattle and living in complete harmony with nature. The drive leads to a lakeside where refreshments are served. These lakes attract the local migratory birds and small animals which are lovely to view with the sunset as a back drop.

 

DAY 09: Deogarh - Jaipur

The capital city of the state of Rajasthan, also known as the “Pink City”, owes its name, its foundation and planning to the great warrior astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II. The city sits on a dry lakebed in a wild and arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills surmounted by fortresses and crenellated walls. Besides cultural sightseeing, Jaipur is also known for shopping and is famous for fabric, gems jewellery and handicrafts. Later proceed for a Heritage walking tour of Jaipur including the Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal “Palace of the Winds”, and the huge City Palace complex and home of the Maharaja. After the tour, you will enjoy a Henna Tattoo session which will be followed by some shopping time.

 

DAY 10: Jaipur

After breakfast we leave for the outskirts of Jaipur to walk through the grounds and structures of the Amber Fort, originally dedicated to “Amba”, the Mother Goddess. The present palace complex was commenced in 1592. You have the choice of reaching the fort either on foot or atop an elephant! The short steep ascent provides views of Jaipur, Maotha Lake, and the original city walls. If time permits we’ll take you to a place called Bagru known for Block Printing, 35 kms from Jaipur. Walk into Chippa Mohalla (printers’ quarter) beside the Sanjaria River, where about three dozen families make themselves busy with dyes and blocks. These craftsmen have kept the three-centuries-old tradition of block printing alive in Rajasthan. You’ll take some of the beautiful block painting work along with you as mementos.

DAY 11: Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra

Rest of day free at leisure; later proceed for sightseeing of Red Fort & Taj Mahal at sunset. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa.

 

DAY 12: Agra - Delhi

Afternoon visit of Shakti Shalini Trust, a Delhi based NGO dedicated to advancing women rights by dealing with gender based violence. Shaktishalini works on a broad front, from raising public awareness about the issue to starting up a women shelter home where victims can seek a safe sanctuary. The goal for the organization is to empower women and enhance their status in society, helping as many women as possible facing violence. In the evening, we will visit an Indian home and enjoy traditional home-style Indian cooking. A full meal will be demonstrated to you. You’ll also learn the art of tying the Sari by the lady host and then you will have this Sari as a souvenir.

 

DAY 13: Delhi - Haridwar

Haridwar is a sacred territory where pilgrims come from across the world. It is set amidst calm and attractive surroundings at the foothills of the mesmerizing Himalayas. It is believed in the Hindu traditions that one must visit Haridwar at least once in a lifetime. It is a magnificent place where the holy river Ganga enters the Indo-Gangetic plain of North India. The views of the holy river Ganga and majestic mountains are the sights to behold. In the afternoon visit Hari –Ki-Pauri for Ganga Aarti, one of the famous rituals in India. It starts after sunset, with great crowds gathered in the region of both banks of a canal that carries the waters of Ganges.

DAY 14: Haridwar - Rishikesh - Haridwar

Early morning we will enjoy a yoga session. After breakfast excursion to Rishikesh. Visit Ram Jhulla, Laxman Jhulla and Sadhak Grama Ashram. After sightseeing visit Sadhak Grama Ashram. Built like a beautiful Meditation hill village, this ashram is the Headquarters of the Association of Himalayan Yoga Meditation Societies International, a worldwide non-profit society with the aim and purpose to teach Yoga & meditation within the tradition of the Himalayan Masters. You will enjoy a meditation session here.

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