12 Days, 11 Nights
Duration

Step into an evocative world, an Aladdin’s cave of surprises, as you journey into the desert kingdom of  Rajasthan, India

Imagine gazing at the setting sun from a rooftop pavilion at a lake palace; driving through the Thar Desert past villages, camel caravans, ancient fortresses; sipping tea at the Exotic Mari
gold Hotel (yes the one from the movie), staying in a traditional Rajasthani village, wandering the bazaars of the “blue city”, driving into the desert on a jeep safari, meditating in a magnificent Jain temple with its carved pillars.

 This journey is a feast for your imagination

India mesmerizes. India enchants. India shocks, soothes and delights. India is a paradox.

Indian WomenThis 12 day journey has been uniquely designed for the soulful adventurer who has dreamed of going to India but as yet has not found the perfect trip.

As you will see from our itinerary you will be shown the myriad faces of Mother India and Rajasthan, the Land of the Great Kingdom – from her palaces to her shepherd villages, from her Mughal opulence to her traditional village simplicity – there is something for everyone on this journey.

Safety and a well designed itinerary are important.  Throughout the experience,  you will be escorted by a professional guide from Ekno Tours, an Australian based travel company with whom I have partnered and who have made sure that you are well looked after and that your journey is comfortable and safe, with all your basic needs met.

All the places you will be staying at have been carefully selected – whether at a  “haveli” or nobleman’s house, the Exotic Marigold Hotel itself, or a traditional Rajasthani village as part of a short homestay.  Indian hospitality is well known. If you love north indian cuisine, then you will be in culinary heaven here.  A soulful journey asks that we weave in times for deep reflection and connection – so we can sketch, write, meditate, engage in lively conversation with one another, have a massage, whilst also experiencing an evocative world of ancient temples, lake palaces, desert villages.

This is a world that lies at the edges of your dreams; a world that offers a rich tapestry woven out of threads of deep and ancient roots; a world that beckons you into the arms of the unexpected.

John O’Donoghue, the Irish poet says:  “I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding”.

This journey promises many surprises for you – it will be a feast for your imagination, a vivid palette for the traveller’s delight.  A once in a lifetime experience.

 

 

Tour Dates:

31 October – 12 November, 2017

Tour Route:

Delhi – Udaipur – Khempur – Jodhpur -Delhi, India

Tour Cost:

DOUBLE ACCOMODATION: US $3,300
SINGLE ACCOMMODATION:  US $3,790

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Dates31 October – 12 November 2017
Day 0

31 October 2017

Leave from USA and travel to India.
Day 1

1 Nov 2017 Delhi

You will be met at the International Airport and transfer to your hotel in Delhi. Rest of the day relaxing or sightseeing in Delhi (depending on arrival times) Overnight Delhi.
Day 2

2 Nov 2017 - Udaipur

Transfer to the airport for an early morning flight to Udaipur (1.5 hours). On arrival, transfer to your hotel in the Old City, overlooking Lake Pichola. In the afternoon, explore the laneways of the Old City.

Udaipur, also known as the City of Lakes, is one of India’s most picturesque cities. Palaces surround the city, the most famous being The Lake Palace, which covers an entire island and was featured in the James Bond film Octopussy. The city was founded in 1559 and was the capital of the Mewar kingdom. There’s no doubt you’ll enjoy this relaxing, seductive city.
Relax on your orientation walk of this beautiful city so you can get your bearings. Depart from the hotel approximately 6pm for Bagore-ki-Haveli, near Gangaur Ghat in the heart of the old city to see a one hour local dance performance. After the dance performance enjoy dinner at a roof top restaurant overlooking the stunning Lake Pichola, the City Palace and enjoy the sweeping views and many treasures housed inside. Overnight Udaipur

Day 3

3 Nov 2017 - Udaipur

Explore this beautiful city firstly with a visit to the massive City Palace with its many splendourous rooms and glimpses into the era of this opulence. Leisurely stroll the streets around the old city.
Late afternoon we gather to board our boat for a late afternoon cruise around Lake Pichola and sunset cocktails on Jagmandir Island Palace. Overnight Udaipur
Day 4

4 Nov 2017 - Khempur

After an early breakfast leave for Khempur.
Check in hotel – “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” in a small town called Khempur, where the film was shot. Check in and spend the late afternoon strolling through this small village and sampling some of local life. Overnight Khempur
Day 5 & 6

5 & 6 Nov 2017 – Khempur

Spend today quietly around the local village and the hotel. Take the time to contemplate where Judi Dench or Maggie Smith (actresses from the movie) might have enjoyed their ‘post lunch’ chai or indulge yourself by relaxing and have a massage and again sampling the flavor of the local market. Overnight Khempur.
Day 7&8

7 - 8 Nov 2017 - Bishnoi

 After breakfast, leave hotel and drive to your next destination in Jodhpur Bishnoi village homestay.
Driving through the Thar Desert you will witness desert life of villagers dressed in colourful clothes herding animals and of desert scenery as you drive through the desert. There will be ample time to stop on the way for refreshments and lunch and a visit to Ranakpur, to see the amazing Jain Temple.
On arrival at Bishnoi village homestay, there you will be able to have close look of rural culture of Rajasthan experiencing Bishnoi culture and village is famous for true love to nature and animals, have an opportunity to visit the Bishnoi families & meet village people. You will be able to see weavers, potters and block printers on their work.
The Bishnoi religion is well known for their eco-friendly attitude and their efforts in preserving tree and animals.
Day 9

9 Nov 2017 - Jodhpur

After breakfast, leave your homestay and drive to Jodhpur. Arrive and check in to your accommodation. Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing.
Jodphur is known as the “Blue City” owing to the many blue houses with the backdrop of the Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest in India. Why not head to Sadar Bazaar, one of the oldest markets in India, for handicrafts and antiques. The diversity of what’s on offer is impressive. Overnight Jodphur
Day 10

10 Nov 2017 - Jodhpur

Jodhpur before heading to the Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest in India, to take in the sweeping view of the city.
You can either have the late afternoon free or attend a cooking class at a local family’s house and sample your cooking with traditional Indian spices (taste the difference). Overnight Jodhpur
Day 11

11 Nov 2017 - Delhi

After breakfast, check out from hotel and leave to airport to catch flight to Delhi.
Arrive in Delhi, rest of the at leisure in Delhi. Overnight Delhi
Day 12

12 Nov 2017

Today is your last day in India. Check out of your hotel after breakfast we before we head to the sights of Delhi. These sights to include are India Gate, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk and Raj Ghat (the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi) and Rajpath. Transfer early evening to the international airport for your flight home.

INCLUDES

Met at Delhi Airport by Ekno Representative
All transfers by private vehicles as follows:
Pickup and drop off at Delhi airport
Pickup at Udaipur airport
Transport from Udaipur – Khempur – Jodhpur
Drop off at Jodhpur airport
Sightseeing in Delhi
Pickup and drop off at Delhi airport
2 Domestic Flights
Delhi to Udaipur
Jodhpur to Delhi
11 nights’ accommodation
Breakfast & 9 Dinners (including Welcome, Farewell Dinners), 2 Lunches at Bishnoi
Entrance fees to sights
Local guides in Delhi, Udaipur and Jodhpur
Services of an English speaking guide throughout the Tour

EXCLUDES

Airfares to and from India **
Indian visas
Travel Insurance (compulsory)
Cooking class in Jodphur
Lunch (except in Bishnoi Homestay)
Occasional optional items not identified in itinerary description
Tipping and personal expenses
Bottled water and other beverages not included with meals

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