Rajasthan Road Trip, Delhi-Mumbai
November 20-December 1, 2017
Cost $3,000 per person double occupancy
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Rajasthan Road Trip, Delhi-Mumbai
November 20-December 1, 2017
Cost $3,000 per person double occupancy
DEPOSIT

850.00

Jewels of India

This unique journey into India combines the fascinating rural, historical and architectural highlights of the northern regions of India with something culturally enriching, mentally and physically rejuvenating. A glorious showcase of the diverse facets of life in India past and present. Rajasthan is one of India's mostcaptivating states, famed for its Rajput forts and palaces, desert villages, spice markets, and the warmth of its people.

Total Cost per person twin share $3,000

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12 day trip through Rajasthan, India. Starting in New Delhi and ending in Mumbai. Including guides and trip director. Leave the US on 11/19,  and returning back in USA on 12/2.

Day Date Sector Hotel Room Category

01 20-Nov-17 Delhi Pullman Superior Room
02 21-Nov-17 Jaipur Mandawa Haveli Deluxe Room
03 22-Nov-17 Chandelao Chandelao Deluxe Room
04 23-Nov-17 Chandelao Chandelao Deluxe Room
05 24-Nov-17 Khairwa Rawla Deluxe Room
06 25-Nov-17 Ahore Heritage Haveli Deluxe Room
07 26-Nov-17 Ahore Heritage Haveli Deluxe Room
08 27-Nov-17 Gulabganj Homestay Standard
09 28-Nov-17 Udaipur Mahendra Prakash Deluxe Room
10 29-Nov-17 Mumbai Subba Palace Deluxe Room
11 30-Nov-17 Mumbai Subba Palace Deluxe Room
12 1-Dec-17 End trip

Total Cost per person twin share $3,000
Inter India Airfare approx. subject to change $ 300
Single room supplement $ 850
With a group of 8 I can bring the cost down $ -200
If you want to stay longer in India. I suggest you stay later and in Mumbai. I
can arrange accommodations, and you pay for it there.

Cost includes:
All accommodation on Bed & breakfast
All meals from Jodhpur till Udaipur
Only Breakfast in Delhi & Mumbai
All transportation by Tempo Traveler or mini coach
All entrances for sightseeing
Services of a RV Tour Director
Besides the local guides I will be leading the trip throughout.
Cost Excludes:
International airfare to India
Any lunches or dinners in Delhi or Mumbai
Domestic Airfares – quoted separately
Any Travel / Medical insurance
Any Gratuities ( suggested USD 200 per person )
Any expenses of a personal nature including alcohol, beverages, laundry etc
Non-refundable deposit of $800 due 3/15, 2017
Balance due 10/1, 2017

Jewels of India


This unique journey into India combines the fascinating rural,
historical and architectural highlights of the northern regions of
India with something culturally enriching, mentally and physically
rejuvenating. A glorious showcase of the diverse facets of life in
India - past and present. Rajasthan is one of India's most
captivating states, famed for its Rajput forts and palaces, desert villages, spice markets and the warmth of its people.

Day 01: Arrival Delhi
On your arrival at Delhi International Airport you are met by our local representative and escorted to your selected hotel, to relax before immersing yourself in the incredible and amazing India.
Overnight at Lemon Tree

Day 02: Drive to Jaipur (Approx 5hrs )
Today after early breakfast we drive to Jaipur, the heritage pink city which has been the capital of the erstwhile Jaipur State since its inception in 1727 AD. It gets the name from its founder Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, who was not only a great ruler but also a renowned mathematician and astrologer and his various talents are clearly exhibited in the city. Vidhydhar Bhattacharya designed Jaipur as per the Hindu treatise, ShilpShastra.upon arrival we photograph on the streets of old jaipur city colourful markets, after that we continue to the elephant camp and have interaction with the mahauts and photograph the elephants . Overnight at Mandawa Haveli

Day 03: Drive to Chandelao(Approx 5 Hrs)
Post breakfast we drive to Chandelao Garh
The village and Garh of Chandelao have long played a part in the history of Rajasthan and the Kingdom of Marwar. This area of Rajasthan is renowned for its fiercely independent people, its colorful clothing, its handicrafts and its traditional way of life. On arrival check in to your hotel. Post lunch we go a village tour, Chandelao is a village of about 2,000 people, and like
most villages in Rajasthan, most the people are involved in agriculture. Many of the houses are still constructed of the traditional mud bricks, with a weatherproof coating of
cow manure, painted white, red or blue. You will be taken deep into the Rajasthani countryside, through fields where goats graze and farmers raise their crops. You will see camels and buffaloes, houses old and new, and smiling and welcoming people
everywhere. Overnight at Chandelao garh

Day 04: Chandelao
This morning we visit the tribal village around Chandelao, we visit the Bishnoi’s, Bishnoi villagers are particularly keen to protect nature, especially plants and animal species. The local people generally stay in small hamlets which are called by locals as Dhani. The small huts have thatched roofs. In the hamlets, the floors made from mud are plastered with cow dung to avoid the growth of vermin. The villagers are very keen and adamant regarding the cleanliness of their hamlets and always keep every inch of interior neat and tidy. Nearby, the hamlet, the villagers build a granary to protect their crops and food supplies especially during monsoon seasons. Also, there is a sump nearby each hamlet where the villagers store large quantities of water. Their dress costumes are designed to bear the hot weather. The men traditionally wear white dhoti, shirt and colorful turbans. Unmarried girls generally wear pada, pothdi, puthia and odhna. The costume of a married woman constitutes of odhna, ghaghra, kanchli, kurti and dhabla. Large circular Nose-rings is a common feature which can be seen on married women. Post lunch we visit the Sunder Rang project which is run in partnership with the Base Camp Foundation of Norway. The Sunder Rang arts and crafts project was started on International Women's Day in 2007. An average of 20 women work at the centre,
producing traditional Rajasthani textiles and handicrafts items for both local and export markets. Our aim is to support the local craft skills and develop high quality products with unique Rajasthani designs and to create a sustainable source of income for the
artisans. The project is run on a "fair trade" basis - paying the artisans a good daily wage for their work, caring about the environment and empowering the women in many ways. The earnings help the women generate income and provide for necessities. This community development project focuses on providing specific training, capacity building and local jobs linked with arts and crafts. Overnight at Chandelao garh

Day 05: Drive to Jodhpur/kherwa
Post breakfast we hit the road and drive to the city of Jodhpur also referred to as "The Blue Town of Rajasthan". Once the capital of the powerful kingdom of Marwar, Rajasthan’s largest princely state, this is the land of the valiant Rathore kings, whose courage was a match for the tyranny of the Thar Desert. Dotted with palaces, havelis,
temples and houses washed pale blue; the city and its people live under the watchful gaze of the imposing Meherangarh Fort. Jodhpur's heart beats in its crowded bazaars, in the maze of jumbled lanes, in the warmth and hospitality of a hardy desert people. After our visit in the Blue city we drive to Kherwa, It is a small town in Pali district of Rajasthan. On arrival check in to a heritage hotel with a rural backdrop. Post lunch later in the afternoon we go on to explore the village and its people there are few Rabari community close to the village apart from that you will see a lot happening in the village markets and agriculture fields.
Overnight at Dera Kherwa

Day 06: Drive to Ahore
Drive to Ahore, it is situated on the banks of River Javai (often known as the backbone of Marwar) with the Aravalli Ranges surrounding it from one side forming a variety of Flora and Fauna. Charming smile and warm greetings welcome you to a new world.
Where you live with people of the land and learn their customs. Where even the tiniest piece of art & crafts speaks of a timeless era. During your stay, here you may experience a glimpse into everyday life of villagers who carry a unique rural flavour of Rajasthan, it
will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The countryside is a distinct blend of traditions, lifestyles, history and peoples. Watch the local artists perform in their natural setting to the tune of age old instruments. Overnight at Heritage Haveli

Day 07: Ahore
Post breakfast we go out in the field to capture the beauty of the village and its people , we will be driving short distance to visit the tribal settlement . Overnight at Heritage Haveli

Day 08: Drive to Gulabganj After breakfast, you drive to Gulabganj here you will be staying in the farm house of a former noble family. The surroundings of Gulabganj is the place for tribal village visit, there are lots of Rabari settlement here. These days the Rabaris are said to be semi-nomadic. Some live in sall Hamlets of round huts with mud walls and Thatched roofs. The women manage the hamlets. They sell wool and clarified butter and manage all money matters. The women are usually strong, tall, well-built and beautiful. Same are the men, they travel hundreds of miles on annual migration routes in search of new pastures to graze their animals.
Overnight at Farm house

Day 09: Drive to Udaipur
Morning you have another chance to visit the tribal village and then post breakfast drive to Udaipur. The City of Lakes, Udaipur is a lovely blend of water and lush green hills. Its palaces are straight out of a fairy-tale book. The lakes, forts, temples, gardens, mountains and narrow lanes lined with stalls, overlooked by the breathtaking City Palace; relive the reminiscences of a heroic past, replete with valor and chivalry. On arrival check in to your hotel, post that we go to explore the markets of Udaipur. Here you will find a lot of old world charm in the old building which are still standing from hundreds of years, the hustle and bustle of the markets with crowd moving along with cows, rickshaw and motorbikes. There will be lot of sound and a lot happening in the markets you will like to capture. Evening enjoy a cultural dance show at Bagore ki Haveli.
Overnight at Mahendra Prakash

Day 10: Udaipur- Fly to Mumbai
In the morning enjoy a tour of the City Palace and the Jagdish Temple. The City Palace, today it is a marvel in blended architecture and you can witness the different influences – from the old traditional balconies and courtyards to the latter influence of Mughal
Architecture. The Badi Mahal, the Mor Chowk (The Peacock Courtyard), the Krishna Vilas and the Mirror Palace are some of the jewels in the Palace. The Jagdish Temple is a towering edifice in marble, right in the heart of the city. With beautiful sculptures and a black marble Statue of Vishnu (the preserver), this temple is a
true example of the Indo Aryan Style of Architecture. We check out from the hotel and will be transferred to the airport for flight to Mumbai. We reach Mumbai in the evening from the airport we straight away drive to Girgaon Chowpatti to explore the street food of Mumbai and the market. In a city with rapidly expanding culinary horizons, there lies many a neighborhood which is symbolic of
bygone times, where social, religious and culinary norms are defined by the population that lives and works there. We still cling, with nostalgia, to some of these culinary treasures, such as Irani cafes in parts of South Bombay, or the ravenous meat feasts in the traditional Muslim bazaars around Mohammed Ali Road. Girgaon is one of these forgotten neighborhoods, that doesn’t seem to be on any heritage trail or foodie wall, and yet its most poignant legacy is that it is one the most culturally and ethnically diverse areas in Bombay. Later check in to your hotel Overnight at Suba Palace

Day 11: Mumbai
This morning we go on to visit the Worli Fishing village. Nestled in an area dotted by state-of-the art architectural wonders and towering sky-scrapers, exists the picturesque Worli Fishing Village. An essential part of the 7 villages that make the island city of
Mumbai, this eight-hundred-year-old village is a quintessential settlement of the original Inhabitants of Mumbai – The fishermen community. A walk through this village transports you to the land of stories. Of people; of legends; of folklores; of superstitions. What ‘s fascinating is that nothing has changed since the time of the first settlement – Be it the way they make their nets, catch their fish, do their business, their beliefs, the custom or age-old traditions. One such cultural insignia is the Golfa Devi – The Goddess who talks to its devotees. Loved and adored by all the villagefolk, this stone idol counsels its devotees in a unique 2-way communication. Walk in here on an idle Tuesday afternoon, and you will see hundreds of devotees queuing up outside the temple to get a solution to their problems. Such is the power of the Devi. The biggest historical attraction is the beautiful Worli Fort. Lost in the pages of history,
this British watch tower still stands tall as it overlooks the beautiful Arabian Sea. Over its 350 year existence, this fort has scene pirate attacks, sea wars and has also served as a garrison. From the fort, you get to see the architectural masterpiece – Bandra Worli Sea Link on one side, and the birds-eye view of the vintage village on the other. A turn of the head and you’ve travelled 800 years in time. A pit-stop atop the fort with fresh air, refreshments and tea, energises you for the rest of your sojourn. Located a little further from the village is the quaint Nipponzan Myohoji Temple – A Japanese Buddhist Temple – which is your next stop. Following the Nicherin branch of Buddhism, this fifty-year-old temple has a beautiful Buddha statue – A rarity in Mumbai. People come here to worship not only the idol, but also the lion-hearted resident Monk. During the communal riots in 1992 that tore the city apart, the resident monk, Bhikshu Morita, walked through the blood-bathed streets propagating peace between the Hindus & the Muslims. He’s hero worshipped by many a follower for his constant propagation of secular peace and harmony among the temple devotees.
Overnight at Suba Palace

Day 12: Departure
We will have a leisurely breakfast this morning. we check out form the hotel in the afternoon and will be transferred to the airport as per your flight schedule.