7 days, 6 nights
Duration
24-30 January 2021
Dates

Join Indian resident and long term Indophile, Sharon Thrupp, as she explores northern India’s most famous sights and events. This tour takes in the world-renowned Jaipur Literature Festival. As an accomplished travel writer, blogger, writing teacher and budding novelist Sharon will lead daily writing sessions which will explore mindful writing, memoir and travel writing.

One of the many tour highlights will be the Jaipur Literature Festival – billed as the ‘greatest literary show on earth’. Every year this festival brings together an eclectic mix of the world’s greatest writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians and entertainers. To top it off the festival takes place at the beautiful Diggi Palace in the stunning Rajasthani capital. Rich with cultural heritage, colourful bazaars, mesmerising music and delicious food – this is a once in a lifetime experience.

 

TOUR DATES

24-30 January 2021

TOUR COST

A$2250 per person, twin share

A$750 per person (single supplement)

DURATION

7 days, 6 nights

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Attend daily writing workshops with Sharon Thrupp
  • Be inspired by the colourful chaos of Old Delhi
  • Marvel at the majestic Taj Mahal and Red Fort in Agra
  • Experience the famous Jaipur Literature Festival
  • Explore Jaipur, known as India’s ‘Pink City’
  • Marvel at the majestic Amber fort of Jaipur

TOUR ROUTE

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Day 1

Arrive Delhi

Welcome to incredible India and to the start of your writing journey. An Ekno representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel. After checking into the hotel, spend the rest of the day at your leisure exploring the local area and soaking up the vibrant atmosphere. Sharon will be on hand at the hotel if you need any assistance or recommendations.

Overnight: Hotel, Delhi

Day 2

Delhi

Today you will step back in time with Sharon as she leads the group through the bustling and fascinating streets of Old Delhi. We’ll admire India’s largest mosque, the magnificent Jama Masjid; and enjoy a rickshaw ride through the ancient alley ways of Chandni Chowk bazaar. We’ll pass by the Red Fort before paying our respects at Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. As we continue to weave our way back to New Delhi, we will pass British era landmarks such as India Gate, Rajpath, the President’s House, Parliament House & the Government Secretariat Buildings.

In the afternoon Sharon will lead the first writing workshop of the tour. After some creative introductory activities the focus for today will be on sensory writing. You will be encouraged to take your inspiration from colourful Old Delhi as you explore writing about place.

In the evening Sharon will take the group to one of her favourite restaurants in Delhi, specialising in delicious North Indian cuisine.

Overnight: Hotel, Delhi

Day 3

Delhi-Agra

After breakfast at the hotel we will drive to Agra, arriving by early afternoon. Agra is the former capital of the Mughal empire and home to a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites. This relatively small city is packed with history, which is testament to the power and wealth of the Mughal reign in India.

After checking into our hotel we will spend the afternoon exploring Agra’s Red Fort, one of the most beautiful forts in Northern India. The Red Fort was the main residence for the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638, when the Mughal capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi.

In the evening Sharon will lead a writing workshop focusing on mindful writing. You will be encouraged to think about your personal history as you write about a significant event from your past.

Overnight: Hotel, Agra

Day 4

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Rise and shine early to witness the once in a lifetime event of a spectacular sunrise visit to the magnificent Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is India’s most-photographed monument, and today you’ll see why. Built between 1632 and 1653 in memory of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s beloved third wife, the Taj Mahal is world-renowned and widely admired as a wonderful photo opportunity.

After visiting the Taj we will return to the hotel for breakfast before setting off for Jaipur, the capital city of the desert state of Rajasthan. Sit back and enjoy the changing desert scenery and be sure to look out for elephants and camels on the road!

After checking into the hotel Sharon will host a writing workshop dedicated to travel writing and journeys.

Overnight: Hotel, Jaipur

Day 5-6

Jaipur Literature Festival

For the next two days we will attend the Literature Festival in Jaipur. This yearly festival has grown to become a celebrated event with over 200 speakers from 20 different countries. Acclaimed writers and festival Directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple handpick a diverse and exciting line up of speakers and performers every year in what is a global celebration of debate, creative expression and thoughtful dialogue. You will find it all here – from Man Booker prize winners to local activists, Nobel laureates and writers from the vast Indian diaspora.

During our festival experience Sharon will lead two writing workshops, focusing on travel writing and memoir.

There will also be the opportunity to visit some of Sharon’s handpicked sights in Jaipur, known as the ‘Pink City’. We will visit the majestic City Palace, Hawa Mahal; and the ancient Jantar Mantar observatory. In the evenings you will be able to explore the sights and colours of the Jaipur Markets including the famous Johari Bazaar (Jeweller’s Market), where Sharon will take you to her favourite gem and silver shops. In the evening you can visit the most iconic cinema in Jaipur, Raj Mandir, for a taste of Bollywood’s magical brand of entertainment. On your last night in Jaipur, why not visit the exclusive and historical Taj Rambagh Palace for a drink in the exclusive Polo Bar?

Overnight: Hotel, Jaipur

Day 7

Jaipur - Delhi

Today, you will travel back to Delhi by train. We will transfer you to the airport in time for your return flight home.


INCLUDES

Met at Delhi Airport by an Ekno representative

6 nights’ accommodation with breakfast

Welcome dinner in Delhi

All transfers and sightseeing by private car

Services of Sharon for the duration of the trip

Attend Jaipur Literature Festival for 2 days

Daily writing workshops with Sharon Thrupp

Entrance fees to all sights and monuments as per the itinerary

Local English-speaking guides in Delhi, Agra & Jaipur

EXCLUDES

Return airfares to India

Cost of Indian tourist visa (on arrival)

Lunches and dinners unless otherwise specified in the itinerary

Personal expenditure such as drinks (including bottled water), laundry service and souvenirs

Tipping

Camera and video entry charges at local sights and monuments

Occasional optional items not identified in itinerary description

Compulsory insurance of any kind

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Elephant ride in Jaipur (Amber fort)
  • Visit to the cinema in Jaipur
  • Flight from Jaipur to Delhi
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