Tour Host: Juhli Selby
A NICHE WOMEN'S TOUR
Date: Oct 28 to Nov 13, 2016
India is a country that stimulates the senses with its unique smells of incense, cacophony of extraordinary sounds, succulent cuisine and visual wealth of ancient architecture. There is a no more riveting travel destination on Earth! Join Juhli as she travels through Northern India to experience the vivid kaleidoscope of landscapes, magnificent historical sites, royal cities, colourful people, delectable cuisine, rich cultures and spellbinding festivities. You will experience the incredible sights of the Pushkar camel fair and the diverse wildlife of Ranthambore National Tiger Preserve, the former hunting ground of the Maharajas! This is our best-selling tour and likely the last time we will offer it for a while so don’t miss out the chance to experience this incredible destination!
Check out photos from our 2013 North India tour! Click here
Your Package Includes:
- Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
- Transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary by private air-conditioned motor coach
- Entrance fees to museums and sites mentioned in itinerary
- Diwali festival in private family home
- 2 Jeep safaris at Ranthambore National Park
- Elephant ride at Amber Fort
- Boat ride on Lake Pichola
Price per person land only $4,499 based on two sharing and minimum of 10 passengers. Limited to a maximum of 12) Not included: Entrance visa, domestic flights (currently $599 Subject to increase as we get closer to departure), personal expenses, international airfare and taxes, meals not specified, tipping. Single supplement $1,399 Private transfers are available at an additional cost for those not arriving at the same time as the group. Hold your space with a $600 non-refundable deposit. . Second deposit of $600 will be collected for the internal air once the tour is full to guarantee the rate. Please note: Due to the fluctuation in the Canadian dollar we may require full payment April 30 to guarantee this rate.
Day 1: Oct 28, 2016 - Arrival - Dehli
Arrival. Namaste! We are warmly welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together at the airport and transferred to our hotel. Overnight: The Royal Plaza or similar (3 Nights).
Day 2: Oct 29, 2016 - Dehli - (B/L/D)
After a leisurely breakfast at our hotel, we meet our local tour manager who will be with us for the next two weeks. After a brief orientation and informal meeting, we start our experience of Delhi. The capital of India is a true reflection of the old and new of India. Our morning concentrates on Old Delhi, starting with the drive past of Red Fort. We then enjoy a Rickshaw ride in the narrow lanes of Old Delhi passing through the old bazaar at Chandni Chowk, the street of silver and goldsmiths, and finally ending it at the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. Post lunch we visit the famous India Gate, followed by the Houses of Parliament, Connaught Place and Humayun's Tomb, built in 1570. This evening we enjoy a welcome treat at “Lutyen’s The cocktail house”
Day 3: Oct 30, 2016 - Dehli - (B/L/D
After breakfast we visit Qutb Minar and its Monuments* Built in the early 13th The surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, a masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art and two mosques. Today is Diwali festival. In the afternoon we visit our local tour host GK’s home to share in the Diwali celebration with his family! In the evening we enjoy special dinner at our hotel.
Day 4: Oct 31, 2016 - Dehli - Varanasi - (B/L/D)
Today we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Varanasi. On arrival in Varanasi we are transferred to our hotel. In the afternoon we leave for Sarnath the site of Lord Buddha's first sermon after attaining enlightenment. At Sarnath we meet many Buddhist monks and followers. This evening we go to the banks of the Ganges after sunset to witness the devotional ceremony of Aarti performed by devout Hindus. Thousands of Hindus and tourists flock to the Ghats, particularly in the pilgrimage town of Varanasi. We enjoy Satvik Thali Dinner at Varuna Restaurant this evening. Overnight Gateway Hotel Ganges or similar (2 nights).
Day 5: Nov 1, 2016 - Varanasi - (B/L/D)
Early this morning we experience a sunrise cruise on the River Ganges. One of the cardinal principles of Hinduism is the belief in the holiness of the Ganges. Every morning scores of pilgrims and priests fill the riverbanks for a holy dip and various other rituals. This is an incredible experience which is completely different from anything else you may have seen anywhere in the world. Later we explore Varanasi which is famous for its many temples. We begin with the Bharat Mata Temple which houses a big relief map of India made from marble along with other temples including the Mosque of Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb. The city is famous for its Banarasi silk sarees and we will visit some of the houses where these authentic silk sarees are still being woven.Tonight we will have palm reading with a local Astrologer/ palm reader who will suggest the best gem stones for you based the reading. We can find these later on our tour in Jaipur as Jaipur is famous for Gems and Jewels and is India's finest center for stone cutting and polishing.
Day 6: Nov 2, 2016 - Varanasi - Agra - (B/L/D)
Today we fly to Agra. On arrival in Agra, we will visit Agra Fort before we are transferred to our hotel. Agra Fort is where Shah Jehan, in the later years of his life, was imprisoned by his son to prevent him from spending the family fortune. Overnight The Gateway hotel or similar. 2 nights.
Day 7: Nov 3, 2016 - Agra - (B/L/D)
At sunrise, we visit one of the most well-known wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. Built by Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj is built of white marble, beautifully carved and inlaid with semi-precious stones. We then head back to our hotel for breakfast. Next, we visit Itmad-Ud-Daulah, often called Baby Taj. A highly ornate edifice, this mausoleum is considered as the imminent precursor to the Taj Mahal as far as elaborate carvings and inlay work are concerned. We next visit some of the local factories famous for inlay work on marble and witness the complex art of inlaying precious and semi-precious stones on the world famous Marble.
Day 8: Nov 4, 2016 - Agra - Ranthambore - (B/L/D)
A short drive gets us to Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful capital built in 1640 by the Mughal King, Akbar the Great. The city was later abandoned for lack of water. A superb example of Mughal architecture, it stands perfectly preserved in the desert. We also visit the artistically designed mausoleum of Salim Chisty. From here we drive to Bharatpur and enjoy lunch at Laxmi Niwas Palace. After lunch, we drive to Ranthambore, the former hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur. The Ranthambore National Park is situated in Eastern Rajasthan. Six man-made lakes and many perennial streams pass through the entire national park. The rugged terrain and the dense deciduous forests are major features of this national park, which has among the largest and most diverse collection of wildlife species in India. On arrival in Ranthambore, we check into our Hotel and the rest of the day is free. Overnight: The Pugmark or similar (2 nights)
Day 9: Nov 5, 2016 - Ranthambore - (B/L/D)
Early morning, we take a jeep safari through the National Park. On our journey, we will see various indigenous animals such as: Nilgai, Chausingha, Chital, Chinkara, Wild Boar and hopefully Tiger! Other habitants of the Park include the Muntjac, Jungle Cat, Ratel, Hyena, Porcupine, the Rhesus Macaque and the black-faced Langur. About 150 species of birds are also found here. Ranthambore is famous for the spectacular Royal Bengal Tigers and for the lucky spotting the big cat in her natural habitat is a great experience. We will take a second jeep safari through the park in the afternoon.
Day 10: Nov 6, 2016 - Ranthambore - Jaipur - (B/L/D)
In the morning after breakfast, we drive to Jaipur, the rose-pink capital of Rajasthan. On arrival, we check into our hotel. Jaipur is famous for its block printing, textiles and garments. After lunch, we will visit the famous Anokhi Museum for textiles and then a local bazaar. Overnight: Ramada or similar (2 Nights).
Day 11: Nov 7, 2016 - Jaipur - (B/L/D
Early this morning we visit the morning flower market. This is an amazing sight!We then have an elephant ride to the intriguing Amber Palace, a distinguished example of 17th Century Rajput architecture. After the tour and enjoying a panoramic view, we visit the famous Anokhi Museum for its textiles.
We return to Jaipur to visit the old astronomical observatory built by the founder of the city, Jai Singh. We also visit the majestic Palace, which houses a rare collection of Indian art, and the colorful bazaar. We see the Hawa Mahal, Palace of Winds, where the ladies of the royal harem used to watch the city from behind the intricately carved facade. We visit some of the centers where we see how gems are cut and polished. The remainder of the day is free for shopping and other personal activities. In the evening we have dinner at the Diggi Palace and enjoy a Cultural Dance performance.
Day 12: Nov 8, 2016 - Jaipur - Pushkar - (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we leave for a countryside drive to Pushkar. A small bewitching town in the state of Rajasthan, Pushkar is like a beautiful mirage on the edge of the desert, with temples, bathing Ghats, onion domes and chalk colored buildings clustering around its holy lake, which is said to have appeared when Brahma dropped a lotus flower. It's an important pilgrimage center and you'll see plenty of Sadhus (Spiritual men). In the afternoon, we take a city tour of Pushkar and see the Brahma Temple, said to be one of the few temples in the world dedicated to this deity. Later we enjoy Pushkar fair.Overnight: Royal Safari Camp or similar - Pushkar (2 Nights).
Day 13: Nov 9, 2016 - Pushkar - Deogarh - (B/L/D)
The annual fair in Pushkar is serious business for villagers who spend days travelling across the desert to Pushkar hoping to turn camels into much-needed cash. The Pushkar Lake is holy to the Hindus and religious ceremonies are performed simultaneously as camels are being traded. The night at the fairground takes on a Carnival atmosphere. The Ferris wheel attracts line ups of giggling Rajput women in their richly coloured saris and sparkling bangles that stretch from wrist to shoulder. Roadside vendors sell pots, pans, bangles, saris, belts and other items. Campfires dot the dark desert like bright stars as the evening meal is prepared. We experience Henna tattoo application on our hands done by a local woman.
Day 14: Nov 10, 2016 - Pushkar - Attend Pushkar Fair - (B/L/D)
After lunch we drive to Deogarh. On arrival, we check in at a 17th century Castle. The Deogarh Mahal stands atop a hill and offers a commanding view of the Aravalli mountain range and the numerous lakes, strewn across the countryside. With its graying battlements, domes, turrets, jharokhas and huge gateways, it is a picturesque sight from the town below. Here we will enjoy lunch and then the afternoon is free to relax. In the evening, we will experience the Bazaar of Deogargh and capture the life of the local people.
Overnight: Deogarh Mahal or similar (1 Night).
Day 15: Nov 11, 2016 - Deogarh - Udaipur - (B/L/D)
After breakfast we drive to Udaipur and check in our hotel. Later in the afternoon we enjoy beautiful boat ride on Lake Pichhola, and visit Jag Mandir palace, which is a marvel built in red sandstone with a marble dome. It was a refuge for the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan when he was in exile following a quarrel with his father, Emperor Jahangir. In the evening we enjoy dinner at Raj Bagh restaurant. Overnight: Ramada Resort or similar (2 Nights).
Day 16: Nov 12, 2016 - Udaipur - (B/L/D)
This morning we start our tour with Saheliyon Ki Bari or the Garden of Maids. Next we visit Fateh Sagar Lake, Jagdish Temple and the City Palace. The palace has several architectural and artistic highlights such as the Mor Chowk, known for its stunning peacock mosaics and the Bhim Vilas Palace with its series of lovely wall paintings. From City Palace we can see the most memorable part of Udaipur lake palace, shimmering like jewels on Lake Pichhola. This afternoon is free for personal activities.
Day 17: Nov 13, 2016 - Udaipur - Delhi - Home - (B/D)
Today we are transferred to airport for our flight to Delhi. In Delhi we enjoy our farewell dinner. After a memorable journey through incredible India, we are transferred to the airport for our departure home or to our next exciting destination.