Day By Day
Nov. 27 to Dec 9, 2017 Land only - $2,399; single room add $678
Explore the Rajasthan and Gujarat the most colorful regions in India
Mon., Nov 27 – Leisurely breakfast, Drive to Agra. Refresh at hotel, visit Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See the iconic Taj Mahal at sunset from Mehtab Bagh, a garden created in 1530, perfect photo opps of the Taj. Hotel Grand Imperial, Heritage Hotel in heart of medieval Agra B D
Tues., Nov 28 – Up early to see the Taj at sunrise, guided tour of this wonder of the world! Visit a crafts workshop to see masterpieces in inlaid marble work. Drive to Bassi to stoll the camera-ready main street filled with vendors of exotic foods and wares. Festive welcome to Rajasthan with dinner on the rooftop of our Haveli, a historic city palace hotel. Local music and a marvelous array of delicacies served up under the stars! Hotel Umaid Bhawan, haveli & heritage style hotel in Jaipur B D
Wed., Nov 29 – Jaipur, the colorful Pink City, where the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movies were filmed! Marvel at the magical Hawa Mahal, Palace of the Winds, one of the loveliest buildings in India. Ascend to the picturesque Amber Fort on a painted elephant, long ago only the Maharajah was allowed this. Guided tour of the Palace/Fort. Optional lunch at Surbhi restaurant in the courtyard of the Turban Museum with a colorful musician to entertain us. Enjoy your first Lassi, a delicious Indian smoothie. Visit the shop where celebs from around the world come to buy gems and exotic jewelry and textiles, many of our group found treasures here at great prices. Then a special treat - a cooking demo by a young designer in her home, meet her extended family and marvel at the freshly ground spices that she uses to prepare our feast. Experience traditional customs. Hotel Umaid Bhawan, Jaipur B D
Thurs., Nov. 30 – Visit the famed Jaipur Flower Market for mountains of marigolds and incredible photo opps. Travel to Shekwati to explore stunning and haunting deserted painted palaces decorated in Mughal style. Our hotel is Vivaana Haveli, a meticulously restored 19th century painted haveli, with pristine pool and Ayurvedic wellness center with massages. Candelight Dinner in the garden with local entertainers B D
Fri., Dec. 1 – A yoga class and then a walk through the village or time for a massage. The off to Bikaner for a very special night - dinner in the desert and a Fire Dance by the Siddh community - they walk on the hot coals and even blow them from their mouths. Incredible star gazing! Desert Camp in Bikaner B D
Sat., Dec. 2 - If you've never ridden a camel – this is your big chance for a camel mini-safari in the desert, a big hit with our tour-goers! A great glimpse of life in the desert and an opportunity to see wildlife and rare birds, we spotted five glorious Egyptian eagles flitting nearby! Then an incredibly unique experience, Karni Mata, a one of a kind temple to Rats in Deshnok with a compelling story. The marble carvings are superb and you will be amazed at the reverence of the visitors. Many newlyweds and their families journey there in full regalia for a blessing – the bride and groom joined by a pink shawl! On to Jodhpur, the Blue City! Dinner alfresco on a candlelit rooftop with a view of the fort. Heritage Hotel, Jodhpur B D
Sun. Dec. 3 - Guided tour of Mehrangarh Fort and marvelous photo opps of the famed blue houses. We visit a shop we love – room after room of antiques wood carvings & jewelry, plus embroidered and woven textiles at totally amazing prices – great place for gift shopping! On to learn about the Bishnoi, a people famed for their ecological and health practices who were the first tree huggers. The Bishnoi live in homes of sticks or mud, no rain there for 18 years! We visit a village home to see an opium ceremony & Bird Sanctuary. Heritage Hotel, Jodhpur. B
Mon. Dec. 4 – Driving day - we travel thru the countryside to a new state Gujarat for our stay in the country palace, Darbargadh, to be greeted by the charismatic Maharajah and his family. Tour the palace – the harem, the sculpture filled gardens and a fabulous textile collection with items and saris for sale. Climb to the gazebo on top for a magnificent view. Stroll the village lanes for photo opps galore. Dinner of local delights. Darbargadh Palace, Poshina B D
Tues., Dec. 5 - Get your cameras ready – the Maharajah will lead our jeep safari into Garacia and Adivasi villages (the Adivasi are considered the aboriginal settlers). We travel back roads and drive through a creek to remote villages where we will be invited into homes and have an oppor- tunity to meet and visit with villagers, the children love to see us come. We view one site of the terracotta horses; incredibly moving and the magic mountain where more than 30,000 of the horses carry the wishes of the people who placed them there. Relax on the palace veranda and be royalty! Entertainment by local tribals, we’ll dance! Darbargarh Palace, Poshina B L D
Wed., Dec. 6 - On to Udaipur often we see the Rabari, gypsy shepherds, along the way moving their households with beds tied to camels and baby goats atop burros. Udaipur is famed for its floating Rajput Palace on Lake Pichola. If time and weather permit we'll take a boat ride on the lake to a charming island where you can take unique pix and sample unusual ice cream flavors.
Thurs. Dec. 7 - Four hour drive to Bundi but we'll stop along the way to photograph nomads, shepherds or sugar cane harvesters. Bundi is Hippie Heaven, a bit scruffy, we loved the winding roads and exotic views. Walking tour of Bundi to visit with the shopkeepers, see the colorful temple, marvel at the treasures and antiques of a 7th generation silversmith, view a step well, opportunity to toast with a famed Bundi Lassi! Time to tour the palace/fort. Our historic hotel is Haveli Brajbhushan Jee in the heart of Bundi's old town. Our travelers loved the scarves and textiles in a mini shop in our hotel. Festive farewell candlelit dinner on our hotel's rooftop. B D
Fri., Dec 8 – Early start for drive to Jaipur where we will board a flight to Delhi & Farewell!
Farewell to India!
Lux accomodations, great food, bottled water on the bus every day.
Tips for hotel and meals on the itinerary included except for tips for the driver and local guides and meals on your own Since most overseas flights depart from Jaipur about 4 am – we have rooms in a hotel the last night to relax before departure to the airport, many flights leave at 4 am.
Tour leaders: Jozef Kaufmann, Debbie Jackson, Helene Cincebeaux and Sheesh Moodh (trip is a compilation of 3 in-depth trips Debbie & Helene made to India in the past 5 years and our 2015 tour)Debbie Jackson, contributing photographer to the National Geographic YOUR SHOT community, will give photo tips. She will again offer the very popular early morning walks. Jozef and Helene will add from their photo experiences in 60 countries.
We immerse in the sights, colors and sounds of India and the attractions but we also like to stop along the road and photo camel caravan nomads, shepherds, visit with the sugar cane harvesters and the people making lunch for them, with a family of guava growers – anything that catches our eye. Impromptu village visits are fun and a key part of what makes our tours so unique – we like to wander the dusty lanes – photo opps galore! If someone wants to arrive early in India to sightsee or stay longer – that can easily be arranged. Let me know if you have thoughts about this. Tour in conjunction with Sheesh Moondh and Hidden Treasures of India Tours.
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