Inspirational India: A Wander Women Journey

Operated by: Insight Vacations

12 Days from $4,689 per person
OCT 2021
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Countries Visited

India ...more India

Locations Visited

Delhi, New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ranakpur, Udaipur ...more Delhi, New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ranakpur, Udaipur
  1. Day 1 Welcome to India.

    After your arrival at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport, you are greeted with the traditional floral garland and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow female travellers for a welcome drink, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.(Welcome dinner)

    meals Welcome Dinner
    hotel Le Meridien, Delhi
  2. Day 2 The hustle and bustle of Old Delhi .

    Dive into Old Delhi’s symphony of sounds, smells, tastes and colours as you wander down beautiful narrow lanes and taste authentic Delhi street food. Visit a an elegant haveli, an old private mansion and enjoy a delicious lunch with a local family. This afternoon, visit the Sikh temple Bangla Sahib Gurdwara and take a walk through their community kitchen where you witness the practice of langar: serving food free of charge to anyone who is hungry. This beautiful act promoting equality also involves the Sikh women who help with the preparation of the meals.(Breakfast / Lunch)

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Le Meridien, Delhi
  3. Day 3 Exploring New Delhi.

    Today your focus is on New Delhi, largely built by the British in the early 20th century and home to most official government buildings. Drive along the Rajpath to see the war memorial India Gate and the colonnaded Parliament House. Visit the sublime UNESCO World Heritage listed, 16th century Tomb of Emperor Humayun, a marvellous example of Mughdal architecture that went on to inspire the design of Taj Mahal. Explore Delhi with Insight Choice. Choose to get creative and hands on as you take part in a jewellery making class, or enjoy abhyangam, an Aryuveda massage practice whereby oil is applied to your body by two skilled therapists.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Le Meridien, Delhi
  4. Day 4 From Delhi to Agra.

    Journey to Agra and visit its historical fort complex resembling a walled city. The Agra fort is made up of a series of impressive buildings including the Sheesh Mahal or “glass palace” and the The Muthamman Burj. Make Travel Matter as you visit the Sheroes Café and meet the inspiring women behind it who are survivors of acid attacks. Be encouraged by their resilience and enjoy this opportunity to chat to them about their stories and support their cause in raising awareness.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Jaypee Palace Hotel Agra
  5. Day 5 The unmatched beauty of the Taj Mahal.

    Put on a traditional saree in preparation for your visit to the Taj Mahal, a true highlight of your journey. Marvel at this monument dedicated to love after you are fast-tracked through the gates. Following the death of his wife, Emperor Shahjahan vowed to honour her with a memorial of unmatched beauty. He commissioned the world's best craftsmen and 20,000 workers to build this mausoleum. You can’t help but be awestruck by this delicately carved white marble jewel which seems to float on a sea of red limestone. Later, enjoy lunch on your way to Jaipur, the stunning capital city of Rajasthan state. In the evening visit the local market and shop for a traditional Indian dress for the upcoming Diwali celebrations.(Breakfast / Lunch)

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel ITC Rajputana, Jaipur
  6. Day 6 Jaipur through the locals’ eyes.

    On your city tour see the Hawa Mahal, the Palace of the Winds, boasting a lace-like facade with its 953 windows. Visit the royal observatory Jantar Mantar, and the neighbouring City Palace that houses a fabulous collection of Rajasthani and Mughal art. Make Travel Matter as you join the ladies of the Pink City Rickshaw organization, dedicated to empowering women from low-income households. Listen as they recount stories of their lives from growing up in the slums to proudly developing their skills to be part of this inspiring initiative. Delight in their enthusiasm and knowledge as they take you around their city. Explore Jaipur with Insight Choice. Choose to take part in a demonstration of the art of Mehndi, the traditional henna body painting, or learn a few new moves at an energetic Bollywood dance class. Tonight, join a local family to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights. Get involved in the preparations for Lakshmi Puja, inviting the goddess Lakshmi to come home by lighting oil lamps around the house and take part in the celebrations. Learn how to prepare traditional meals by watching a cooking demonstration before feasting on a delicious dinner.(Breakfast / Dinner)

    meals Lunch, Dinner
    hotel ITC Rajputana, Jaipur
  7. Day 7 The Pink City.

    Start your day with a yoga session led by a female guru and explore the deeper meaning of yoga postures, breathing techniques, and the importance of harmony between body, mind and spirit. Explore Jaipur with Insight Choice. Choose to go on a walking tour in the bazaars where you will meet the colourful characters involved in gem-polishing, tie die or bangle-making as well as the world-renowned pickle makers. Alternatively, visit a Blue Pottery workshop and see how this characteristic local pottery is made. In the late afternoon, ascend the hilltop Amber Fort by jeep and experience India’s spiritual majesty with a special Hindu blessing ceremony. Feel like royalty as you dine at the opulent 1135 AD Restaurant and savour mouth-watering Rajasthani cuisine accompanied by impeccable service.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel ITC Rajputana, Jaipur
  8. Day 8 Chandelao and the Blue City of Jodhpur.

    Meet the female artisans of the Sunder Rang Arts and Crafts Project in Chandelao village producing traditional Rajasthani textiles and handicrafts. The workshop enables and empowers women to earn a fair living through developing their craft skills and providing a sustainable income. After your lunch continue to the Blue City of Johdpur and tonight take a walk through the Ghanta Ghar, the clock tower market Perhaps pick up some Mathania chilis or flavoured teas and try some lassi.(Breakfast / Lunch)

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Welcomhotel, Jodhpur
  9. Day 9 Exploring Jodhpur.

    This morning, venture to a nearby village in a jeep and meet the Bishnoi people who have protected nature for more than 500 years and are responsible for the survival of species like the majestic black buck antelope. On your return to Jodhpur, visit the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort and see the marble cenotaph of Jaswant Thada. In the afternoon, meet an astrologer and learn about the importance of the influence of planets. Indulge in a Highlight Dinner at Khaas Bagh, a worthy tribute to the legendary lifestyle of Princely India surrounded by handpicked memorabilia of the Raj Period that include a fleet of dazzling vintage cars.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Welcomhotel, Jodhpur
  10. Day 10 Ranakpur And Udaipur.

    Travel to Ranakpur and explore the elaborate carvings and classic architecture of the Jain Temples before meeting a priest and attending a special prayer ceremony. Enjoy an al fresco lunch served under a 300-year-old banyan tree at Mountbatten Lodge, a unique boutique hotel in the wilderness. Continue to Udaipur. Founded in the 16th century, the city is set around a series of artificial lakes and surrounded by the ridges of the Aravalli Hills.(Breakfast / Lunch)

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Taj Aravali Resort & Spa, Udaipur
  11. Day 11 Explore Udaipur.

    Explore the City Palace complex and visit the Jagdish Temple and the Garden of the Maids of the Honour. Make Travel Matter as you visit the Seva Mandir Organization working for women’s empowerment and to build stronger and more ethical communities. Wander through the bazaars to see the spice and textile markets and later cruise the serene waters of Lake Pichola. Tonight, experience the Bedla hospitality at your Celebration Dinner. The Bedla Family had the distinction of serving their cuisine to Queen Elizabeth II, Jacqueline Kennedy and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Hear their fascinating stories and enjoy excellent entertainment while dining on superb culinary delights and toasting to your journey in incredible India.(Breakfast / Celebration Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Celebration Dinner
    hotel Taj Aravali Resort & Spa, Udaipur
  12. Day 12 Fly to Delhi.

    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before you fly to Delhi and your journey comes to an end. For your onward travels please schedule your flight after 21:00 from Delhi.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

PRICING INCLUDES

  • Accommodation in hand picked hotels in the best locations
  • Escorted by an expert Travel Director throughout
  • Business class legroom onboard your 40 seater luxury air conditioned coach
  • Included airport transfer service on first and last day of the trip (selected times)
  • Hotels and restaurant tips included
  • Concierge service and luggage handling throughout

Authentic Dining

  • Delhi: Meet Masterji Kee Haveli, a passionate local foodie, for a walk through the streets of Old Delhi, where you’ll witness some of the city’s most famous street food some to life.
  • Agra: Dine for lunch at the beautiful Laxmi Niwas Palace in Bharatpur.
  • Jodhpur: Dine on local specialties at the niche Khaas Bagh restaurant, offering an ostentatious display of styles throughout India’s time periods, from vintage and colonial to modern.
  • Ranakpur: Enjoy an al fresco lunch served under a 300-year-old banyan tree at Mountbatten lodge, a unique boutique hotel in the wilderness.
  • Udaipur: Toast to your travels over a Celebration Dinner with Bedla Family. This family has played a significant role in the affairs of the state over the past few centuries and has had the distinction of serving their cuisine to Queen Elizabeth, Jacqueline Kennedy and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of independent India.
  • Dining Summary: 11 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch with Wine (LW) and 4 Dinners with wine (DW), all with tea or coffee.

Insight Choice

  • Delhi: With Insight Choice, you can choose between two included experience. Gain insights into the craft of glass jewelry-making from a local artist. Alternatively, join an Abhyangam wellness experience, including a massage.
  • Jaipur: Choose between a Bollywood dance class or a demonstration on hand painting – the art of ‘Mehndi’ with natural ‘Henna’ powders.
  • Jaipur: Choose between an interesting walking tour of the old city of Jaipur or a visit to the Block Printing and Blue Pottery Workshop.

Insight Experiences

  • Agra: Meet the women of Sheroes Hangout, an inspirational, one-of-a-kind women’s café that employs and empowers acid attack survivors from various backgrounds.
  • Chandelao: Vist the Sunder Rang arts and crafts project, an initiative launched on International Women’s Day in 2007, where 20 local women work on a fair trade basis to produce beautiful Rajastani textiles and handicrafts that they sell both locally and abroad.
  • Jaipur: Meet the inspiring, entrepreneurial and innovative ladies of Pink City Rickshaw, a company dedicated to bringing women out of poverty by training and employing them as local guides on city tours by rickshaw.
  • Delhi: Visit a Sikh temple and its community kitchen, a place where volunteers prepare and serve vegetarian meals to local people, travelers and those in need.
  • Jaipur: Join an expert yoga instructor for an early morning wellness experience. Gain an understanding of the different postures, breathing techniques and other activities during your yoga class.
  • Jodhpur: Meet a local astrologer who will use her mystic skills to try and predict your future by studying the palm of your hand or the alignment of the stars based on your birthday.
  • Jodhpur: Visit Seva Mandir, a not-for-profit organization that works to improve the material well-being of women and their communities by making them aware of their rights.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Diwali: On select departure dates, you’ll travel during Diwali, the famous Hindu festival of lights. Visit a local market to choose a traditional Indian dress to wear during the Diwali festival. The following evening, a local family welcomes you to join in on the festivities with a home-hosted meal based on traditional recipes.
  • Delhi: Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the bustling streets of Old Delhi.
  • Delhi: Drive along the Rajpath to view the India Gate and Parliament House.
  • Agra: Inside Agra’s red sandstone fortress, witness the fairytale palaces, audiences halls and mosques of the Mughal rulers.
  • Agra: Visit the majestic Taj Mahal, dressed in a traditional saree, and learn about this romantic national icon.
  • Jaipur: Ascend by jeep to stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls of Amber Fort. Enjoy the shimmering mirrored walls and ceilings, the airy rooms that housed queens and concubines, and the wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Jaipur: Join your Travel Director who will show you the marvel of Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds.
  • Jaipur: Visit the City Palace Museum that houses traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art as well as the royal observatory, built in 1726.
  • Jaipur: Visit Mehrangarh Fort.
  • Jaipur: Take a tuk tuk ride through the ancient streets and take in the sights and sounds of Sadar Market.
  • Ranakpur: Visit the fortified Jain temple complex and meet the priest of the temple and attend an exclusive prayer ceremony.
  • Udaipure: Visit the City Palace complex, a testimony to the Rajput passion for art and architecture.
  • Udaipur: Cruise the serene waters of lake Pichola.
  • Fly to Delhi: Board your short flight to Delhi.

Dates & Prices

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