Essentially there are 2 types of luxury in the world: Natural and Manmade
In our part of the world, you needn’t choose between the two. Nature seems to have been operating on a definite bias here. How else can you explain exotic landscape, magnificent views, luxurious environment, legendary backwaters, the salubrious climes, beaches, hills, wildlife, flora & fauna… all of it will make you feel, walking across time and reality into a fairytale world where everything is made-to-dreams. When it comes to manmade luxury, you sure would love to adopt it and take it back home. Breathtaking architecture, heritage properties, opulent retreats, a luxury redolent with the flavors of the Raj and extravagance that was once the sole preserve of royalty, all now with thoughtful modern day amenities. A journey into India, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Nepal is eternal bliss. Outside the realm of mundane, beyond what is expected. Come to us, give in and go back with your dose of heaven.
Introduction of our Incredible India
India offers a different aspect of her personality – exotic, extravagant, elegant, and eclectic -- to each traveler to the country. Bounded by the majestic Himalayan ranges in the north and edged by an endless stretch of golden beaches, India is a vivid kaleidoscope of landscapes, magnificent historical sites and royal cities, misty mountain retreats, colourful people, rich cultures and festivities. Modern India is home alike to the tribal with his anachronistic lifestyle and to the sophisticated urban jet-setter. It is a land where temple elephants exist amicably with the microchip. It’s hardly surprising that this country has been dubbed the worlds most multidimensional. Love it or loathe it, and most visitors see-saw between the two, India promises to jostle your entire being, and no matter where you go or what you do, it’s a place you’ll never forget. Come, seek and be discovered. Match India’s rhythms to your heart, its colour to your mind and find a travel experience that is yours alone. Friendly, warm, welcoming and uniquely your own…..
Women in India:
The status and position of Women in India has been a subject to many changes over the past many years. From equal status to men in Ancient times to the low points of the medieval period and to the promotion of equal rights by many reformers, the history of Women in India has been very eventful. Indian Woman has been the torchbearer for centuries. From being a caretaker to a friend in the role of a mother, they play an important part in the life of a family. Their value is beyond measure. They carry children, they carry hardships, they carry burdens but they hold happiness, love and joy for their family. Women in Today’s India are not limited to care for their families but Women are also responsible for the image of the society. They participate in all activities such as education, sports, politics, media, Art, Culture, service sector, art and technology etc. A woman is a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife. There are multiple roles that a woman elegantly fits in. Women in today’s India are considered more valuable and not inferior. Hence we bring you to a journey which fulfills your desire of being an independent woman traveler clubbed with Indian experiences where woman is an essence of existence. This trip would be a life changing experience since you would go deep into the Indian society and educate yourself on a totally different culture combined with the highlights of Northern India.
Your Indian Journey:
We have prepared a very exclusive and detailed program based on the special Women interests and experiences. The trip will be led by an Indian Women who is not a professional Guide but a person with a lot of substance as a woman from India. She will ensure that each and every aspect of a women traveler is covered and fulfilled. In the program we have included several real time experiences on the ground and some of them are being left out to keep the surprise factor in. The dimension of the trip covers the past present and the future of the women in India.
DAY 01 ARRIVAL DELHI (Flight)
On arrival at the Airport you will be met by our Airport representative who will assist you and take you to your Hotel. On arrival check in to the hotel. Overnight at the Hotel. (D)
DAY 02 DELHI
After breakfast, Tour briefing by Luxury India Holidays staff and your Indian Woman Tour Co-ordinator. You will be handed over your Welcome kits. After briefing you will be driven to the Old Delhi along with your Indian Woman Tour Co-ordinator. Old Delhi remained the capital of the Mughal until the end of the Mughal Dynasty.It was once filled with mansions of the nobles and members of the royal court along with elegant mosques and gardens. Old Delhi still serves as the symbolic heart of metropolitan Delhi.
You will see some of the important monuments in this part of Delhi as under:
- Red Fort (closed on every Monday)
- Raj Ghat
- Jama Masjid
Enjoy Rickshaw Ride in the colorful streets of Old Delhi and explore the place. Later visit Chandni chowk which is a very Old bazaar of Delhi. We will take you to Kinari Bazaar and you will have an experience of beautiful Indian Bridal wear making. After that get your hands painted with Henna in the local market by a local henna painter. Return back to Hotel and get dressed in your Indian woman attire for the nice Indian welcome Dinner at a special Indian local restaurant. Overnight at Hotel. (B, D)
DAY 03 DELHI
After breakfast you will have the visits of New Delhi. Pure contrast of Old Delhi, New Delhi is a major travel gateway. It is one of India’s busiest entrance points for overseas airlines, the hub of the North Indian travel network and a stop on the overland route across Asia.
Places to visit are:
- Qutub Minar
- Humanyun’s Tomb
- Drive past the famous government buildings lining Janpath and India Gate
- Sikh Temple
Later visit Dilli Haat which is an open-air food plaza cum craft bazaar located in Delhi. Dilli Haat has permanent food and craft stalls representing each state of India, giving a complete variety of tastes available all over India. Evening enjoy a Bollywood movie at one of the best movie halls of Delhi. Return back to Hotel for overnight. (B, D)
DAY 04 DELHI / JODHPUR (Flight) / KHIMSAR
DISTANCE: 98 KMS / 60 MILES DRIVING TIME: - 02 HRS APPRX.
After breakfast, provide in time assisted departure transfer to the airport to connect the flight to Jodhpur. On arrival at Jodhpur airport; drive to Khimsar. Khimsar is a magnificent fort built by the Ranas of Mewar. On arrival check into the Hotel. Evening is spent exploring the Fort and the villages around in the area to see the rural life. Later enjoy a Camel Safari and Sunset Dinner with her highness, the Maharani of Khimsar. (Subject to availability). Overnight at the hotel. (B, D)
DAY 05 KHIMSAR / JODHPUR
DISTANCE: 98 KMS / 60 MILES DRIVING TIME: - 02 HRS APPRX.
After breakfast drive to Jodhpur, once the capital of the state Marwar, Jodhpur is built tumbling down a low sandstone hill, right on the edge of the great Thar Desert.
After check in you will be taken around Jodhpur and you will see some important places as below:
- Mehrangarh Fort
- Jaswant Thada
- Ummaid Bhawan Palace
Evening enjoy the Puppet Show and the Folk Dances. Overnight at the hotel. (B, D)
DAY 06 JODHPUR / ROHETGARH
JODHPUR / ROHETGARH DISTANCE: - 40 KMS / 25 MILES DRIVING TIME: - 50 MINUTES APPRX
Early morning, you will have a Yoga Session at the hotel. After breakfast, drive to Rohetgarh. Also known as the 'Evergreen Oasis in the Desert', Rohetgarh is located 40 Km from Jodhpur was the fortified desert home of the descendants of the 16th century Rathore of the Champawat clan. On arrival check into the Hotel. After wash and change you will be driven to the nearby Bishnoi villages (Meet the 'Premier ecologists of the world', the Bishnois, who have protected nature for more than 500 years and are responsible for the very survival of species like the Black Buck and antelope). Spend few hours there with the local women and study their lifestyle. Enjoy a special Lunch midst the village people. Return back to hotel and in the evening you will meet the Rohetgarh royal family and enjoy dinner with them. Overnight at Hotel. (B, D)
DAY 07 ROHETGARH / RANAKPUR / UDAIPUR
JODHPUR / RANAKPUR DISTANCE: - 140 KMS / 87 MILES DRIVING TIME: - 2 HRS 30 MINS APPROX.
RANAKPUR / UDAIPUR DISTANCE: 93 KMS / 60 MILES DRIVING TIME: - 2 HRS APPRX.
After breakfast enjoy a Rangoli making session at the Hotel. Rangoli is a folk art from India. Rangoli are decorative designs made on the floors of living rooms and courtyards during Hindu festivals. They are meant to be sacred welcoming areas for the Hindu deities. The ancient symbols have been passed on through the ages, from each generation to the next, thus keeping both the art form and the tradition alive. Later drive to Udaipur. On the way to Udaipur you will stop at Ranakpur to see the famous Jain Temples at Ranakpur. These temples are dedicated to Adinath and date back to the beginning of 15th century…Made up of 29 halls supported by 200 different pillars, this temple has 20 domes which constitute the complex roofing. Later continue drive to Udaipur. On arrival check into the hotel. Evening you will enjoy a personal and luxurious spa experience and get destressed. Have Ayurvedic Massage at Spa of the hotel. Overnight at the hotel (B, D)
DAY 08 UDAIPUR
Early morning, you will have a Yoga Session at the hotel. After breakfast, you will visit Udaipur; the city of lakes. Apart from its history, culture, and scenic locations, it is also known for its Rajput - era palaces. The famous Lake Palace covers an entire island in the Pichola Lake. Udaipur is often called the “Venice of East” and "The city of Romance" and is also nicknamed the "Lake City”
During the city Tour you will visit the places as below:
The Maharana’s City Palace standing on the edge of the lake Pichola.
The Sahelion ki Bari is a good example of the art of landscaping.
In the afternoon you will enjoy an Exclusive Boat ride on Lake Pichola followed by visit of Jag Mandir. Return back to Hotel. After wash and change, proceed to have an ultimate experience of Dinner at Fatehgarh hotel with a panoramic view of Lake Pichola. After dinner, back to Hotel for overnight. (B, D)
DAY 09 UDAIPUR / JAIPUR
DISTANCE: - 418 KMS / 260 MILES DRIVING TIME: - APPRX. 06 HRS
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur. Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan still looks cradled and well protected. Jaipur takes its name from Maharaja Jai Singh, who became the king of Amber at the age of 13. He soon shifted his capital from Amber to Jaipur and added architect and astronomy to his credentials. He designed the bulk of his new capital, with its exquisite buildings of rose colored terra cotta, thus giving it the name of "the Pink city" with pink and orange the dominant colors, the effect is magic at dusk. On arrival, check into the hotel. In the evening you will be escorted to an Indian House where you will enjoy a Cooking Demo session with a Local Indian Family. It is nothing similar to a Cooking Demo organized at the Hotels but a very unique experience where the Lady from the family will herself show you the day to day cooking styles and you can also join her. After cooking you will enjoy the dinner with the family and you can share some of your experiences with them during the Dinner. After Dinner, back to Hotel for overnight. (B, D)
DAY 10 JAIPUR
After breakfast, drive to Amber fort. Amber Fort is known for its artistic style, blending both Hindu and Rajput elements. The fort with its large ramparts, series of gates and cobbled paths, overlooks the Maota Lake, at its fore front. Enjoy an Elephant Ride while going up the fort.
Later you will be taken around to see the other interesting monuments of Jaipur as below:
- City Palace
- Jantar Mantar
- Hawa Mahal (From out side only)
Afternoon you will be taken to visit the NGO LADLI dedicated to women and under privileged children where you can interact with the women folk making jewelry and handicraft to support their family and children. The children here are taught Hindi, English, Art and Dance, and provided nutrition, medical check-ups and counseling. Most importantly of all they gain confidence, hope and self-esteem. We believe that in addition to providing children education and employability, Ladli is a place where emotional trauma and the stresses of poverty can in some way be healed. In the late afternoon, you will be taken around to explore the local colorful Bazaars to enjoy some shopping experience; you will find very interesting and pretty things and souvenirs that you can take for your friends and family. Also you will also enjoy a session of Saree tying. Evening a meeting and Interaction with a famous local woman Designer in Jaipur. Exchange views and ideas about being a business woman in India. Later return back to Hotel for overnight. (B, D)
DAY 11 JAIPUR / FATEHPUR SIKRI / AGRA
JAIPUR / FATEHPUR SIKRI: DISTANCE: - 205 KMS / 125 MILES DRIVING TIME: - 4 HRS 30 MINS APPROX.
FATEHPUR SIKRI / AGRA: DISTANCE: - 37 KMS / 25 MILES DRIVING TIME: - 01 HRS APPROX.
After breakfast, drive to Agra. Enroute you will stop at visit Fatehpur Sikri, "the Ghost City” which lies west of Agra. Fatehpur Sikri lies on rocky ridge about two miles long and one mile wide. The building of Fatehpur Sikri shows a synthesis of various regional schools of architectural craftsmanship such as Gujarat and Bengal. This was because indigenous craftsmen from various regions were used for the construction of the buildings.
From here continue drive to Agra a further 50 kms from here. On arrival, check into hotel. After freshening up,
VISIT THE KALAKRITI THEATRE: It highlights the famous play of Shah Jahan & his wife Mumtaz Mahal………An Experience of Love:-
The Sanskriti Natya Shala Presents ' Mohabbat - the – Taj, a series of play, depicting the saga of love……True and immortal love of Shah Jahan for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the lavish life style of Mughal era and the hardship of the artisan for 22 years that has created the most precious specimen of craftsmanship.....Dream immortalized...The Taj Mahal. Return to hotel for overnight. (B, D)
DAY 12 AGRA
Early morning you will be escorted to visit The Monument of Love – Taj Mahal (Taj Mahal remains closed on every Friday). Enjoy a Decorated Horse carriage ride while going to Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Turkish and Indian architectural styles.
After visit of Taj, you will return back to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast continue with the visits of the rest of the monuments in Agra. You will see:
- The Red Fort
- The Itmad-ul-daulah
Evening have an Astrology Session with a Lady Astrologer. Overnight at Hotel. (B, D)
DAY 13 AGRA / DELHI (GURGAON)
DISTANCE: - 230 KMS / 135 MILES DRIVING TIME: - 04 HRS APPROX.
After breakfast you will drive to back to Delhi suburb called Gurgaon which is located very near to the Airport. Gurgaon is the industrial and financial center of Haryana state. It is located 30 km south of national capital New Delhi. Gurgaon is one of Delhi's four major satellite cities and is part of the National Capital Region (India). On arrival check in to the Hotel and after some rest enjoy a Spa session at the Hotel SPA and get de - stressed.Evening you will visit Kingdom of Dreams – www.kingdomofdreams.in to enjoy a grand Indian Musical Theatre Drama. This fabulous Kingdom brings to life a blend of India's art, culture, heritage, craft, cuisine and performing art...all with the technological wizardry of today. You will visit Nautanki Mahal: showcasing an extravagant cinematic and theatrical musical and Culture Gully: an elaborate culture, arts, crafts and food boulevard. Return back to Hotel for overnight. (B, D)
DAY 14 GURGAON
After breakfast you will be taken around to visit the Shopping Malls and explore the place to have a glimpse of the Modern India. Evening you will be taken to a modern Launge / bar to enjoy the last stop of the trip in a very modern way. Later you will be assisted to the Airport to connect the flight for your onward destination. (B, D)
DAY 15 FINAL DEPARTURE (Flight)
Time to say good bye to an unforgettable Journey with long lasting impressions and memories, till the time you embark again to have yet another equally fascinating All Women travel experience to Southern India. In your next Journey you will be covering the Dravidian Temples, Spice plantations, nature, backwaters, and a world of Ayurveda………TOTALLY A DIFFERENT WORLD..!!
- Complete transportation by AC Tempo Traveler (for 06 Pax0, AC Mini Coach (for 07 – 09) Pax 01 AC large Coach (10 – 14 Pax) including all sector drives, hotel transfers, airport transfers and sightseeing as per the program.
- In Delhi, all arrival – departure transfer + 02 full day city tour on day 02 & day 03 are included.
- Vehicle at client’s disposal from arrival Jodhpur on day 04 till drop at Gurgaon hotel (Near to Delhi Airport) on day 13.
SOME ADDITIONAL INTERESTING ACTIVITIES INCLUDED IN EACH CITY:
- 01 Rickshaw Ride at Delhi
- Henna Painting
- 01 Welcome Dinner at Veda Restaurant
- Visit to Dilli Hatt in Delhi
- One Bollywood Movie Show at Delhi
- 01 Camel Safari at Khimsar
- 01 Sunset Dinner at Khimsar
- Puppet show
- Local Folk dances
- Morning Yoga Session
- 01 Jeep Safari to Bishnoi Village
- Interaction with local women
- 01 Village Lunch at Rohetgarh
- Dinner with Royal Family
- Rangoli making Session at Hotel
- Ayurveda Spa Session at Hotel
- Morning Yoga Session
- 01 exclusive Boat ride
- Special Dinner at Hotel Fatehgarh
- Cooking Demonstration with a Local Family
- 01 Elephant Ride at Amber Fort
- Visit to NGO LADLI
- Saree tying demonstration
- Meeting with Local Woman Designer
- Mohabbat e Taj show at Kalakriti theatre
- Decorated Horse Carriage ride
- Meeting with women Astrologer
- Ayurveda Spa Session at Hotel
- Indian Musical Show at Kingdom of Dreams
- Farewell Bar / Lounge gather with Dinner
GUIDES: Services of local Language speaking guide depending upon the case during the sightseeing in Delhi, Udaipur, Jaipur, Agra and Fatehpur Sikri and Local English Speaking guide at Jodhpur are included. (LANGUAGE SPEAKING GUIDE IS SUBJECT TO THE AVAILABILITY)
LOCAL INDIAN WOMEN COORDINATOR: Service of full time local Indian Women coordinator is included.
MONUMENT ENTRANCE FEE: One time monument entrance fee (with out Still / Video Camera Fee) is included as per their visit.
DINNER DURING THE TOUR: Dinners are included through out the trip (except on the day of arrival) **Dinners shall be at either at their respective hotels or at some special venues.
THE ABOVE PRICE EXCLUDES:
- Any expenses of personal nature such as drinks, tele / fax calls, laundry etc.
- Any expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as road blocks, accidents, medical evacuations, flight delays, or re-scheduling etc
- Any tips to hotel staff, local guides, drivers etc.,
- Any meals apart from the ones mentioned above.
- Any expenses apart from the ones above. .
- Any still camera / video fees
The above price is nett non commisionable and is valid for the above mentioned dates/ Period only and i inclusive of service tax. The price is subject to be revised if any additional taxes or hike are introduced by the government. The cost above is provisional; subject to change depends on the hotels confirmed. The exact cost shall be known to you after the hotel confirmation.
IMP NOTE: Please note that the Hotels proposed in the quote may not be available at time of booking, in this situation suitable alternative hotel will be booked. In the situation suitable/similar hotel is not available a next available category will be booked n cost diff between the two hotels will be provided, in case of reduction we will refund the money but incase of supplements, the clients should be ready for the same. If we get higher category rooms clients will need to pay the difference if they choose this option
SOME GENERAL TIPS TO CONSIDER DURING THE TRIP:
- If you don’t opt for wearing the costume preferred by many women in India, the “suit” or salwar kameez, always travel with a long scarf made of light-weight fabric. It will come in handy for situations where modesty will be more convenient and allow you to go into mosques, gurdwaras and more traditionally minded Hindu temples. For normal days you can wear your western dress what ever you feel comfortable.
- In India, if you have a fair complexion and have blonde or red hair, you will be an object of great curiosity regardless of what you wear (especially if you travel outside of the major cities where tourists are a more familiar sight). Simply ignore the stares and go about your business. Also travel as lightly as possible--both clothing and laundry service are very inexpensive in India.
- In India, clean, appropriate facilities for women are few and far between. Take every opportunity you can, in hotels and restaurants, to make a pit stop.
- In India, you will encounter countless young beggar children. Any money you give them will be used by their families who send them out to beg. If you want to give something to the children only, you might want to carry pencils and candies. These can be enjoyed completely by the youngsters.
- Learn a few words of Hindi. Most educated people speak English, but working class people and villagers rarely speak more than a few words.
- Don’t Eat street food unless you absolutely know it is hygienic.
- To avoid hawkers, wear sunglasses AND keep walking. When asking for directions or simply talking to someone, take them off and converse.
- Do not smoke or drink in public, do it in the privacy of your room or in a bar where you can see other women do it.
- Cleanliness. Keep at it everyday. It's hot, humid and dusty, great combination for getting a tropical skin disease and the itches.
- Haggle everywhere and preferably take an Indian with you. While the negotiation will be between you and the seller, it will prevent you from getting ripped off.
- Talk to Indian women about safe ways of doing things. You'll get to make friends as well as help for things.