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Magical India and the Holi Festival

17 Days  |  Departing Thursday 22nd February 2018 and returning Saturday 10th March 2018

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Highlights

Holi Celebrations at Shahpura House - (Outfits provided)
Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Old & New Delhi
Half Day Sightseeing Tour of Agra and Agra Fort
Sunrise visiting to the Taj Mahal
Visit to Sarnath, Holy Place of Budha
Visit to Fatehpur Sikri
Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Jaipur including Elephant Ride at Amber Fort (optional)
Half Day Sightseeing Tour of Jodhpur
Half Day Sightseeing Tour of Udaipur 
Boat Ride on Lake Pichola
Dinner at Masala House in Delhi
Visit to Elefantastic
High Tea at the Ram Bagh Palace
Beautiful Unique Accommodation 

 

Inclusions

Fully Escorted Tour - Your Sisterhood Tour Hostess is on hand to assist with making your holiday a memorable one
Return Airfares ex Melbourne to India including taxes and baggage with Singapore Airlines (other cities upon request)
Internal Domestic Flights in India
Private Transportation Throughout
All meals as described in Itinerary
All sightseeing as described in Itinerary
Indian Visa Processing for Australia Passport Holders
Willing to Share Option
Document Distribution Day Subject to Minimum Numbers

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**Tipping is a standard practice in India and for our tour we recommend AUD130.00 per person which can be given to your tour leader upon joining the tour.  

Itinerary Open Printable Itinerary

Day 1 - Thursday 22 February 2018

Melbourne - Singapore - New Delhi (Meals Inflight)

Welcome to Sisterhood Womens Travel.  Meet your fellow travellers and tour hostess at the Melbourne Airport for your flight to India.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the airline inflight entertainment as we head towards New Delhi.  Arriving in mid evening to be transferred to our hotel - The Lalit New Delhi Hotel.  Welcome to to India - Vast, diverse, deeply spiritual and utterly unforgettable, India is unlike anywhere else on earth – a melting pot of ethnicities and religions, a treasure trove of history and culture, and a curious mixture of chaos and serenity. Stretching across more than three million square kilometres, it encompasses a staggering array of landscapes, vistas and environs, and offers unparalled travel experiences – from the beautiful beaches of Goa, to the compelling craziness of Kolkata, the sacred Ganges river banks of Varanasi, the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas in Kashmir and the ancient, exquisitely crafted temples dotted across the entire country. Not to mention the vibrant, friendly people, and the incredible cuisine. 

Day 2 - Friday 23 February 2018

New Delhi (B,D)

This morning after breakfast, we'll enjoy a guided tour of both Old and New Delhi. Our tour includes visits to the Red Fort (photo stop only), Jama Masjid - one of the country’s largest mosques, Chandni Chowk (Silver Street) – famous for its colourful bazaars including Rickshaw Ride , Ghandi Smriti, Birla Mandir  - Hindu Temple, India Gate - a 42 meter high war memorial, Rashtrapati Bhavan (President’s House), Humayun’s Tomb and the Qutub Minar – a 73 m high victory tower.  Tonight we'll enjoy dinner at Masala House.  Overnight - The Lalit New Delhi Hotel.

Day 3 - Saturday 24 February 2018

New Delhi - Varanasi (B)

This morning after breakfast and check out of our hotel, we'll fly to Varanasi.  Upon arrival we'll be transferred to our hotel.  Varanasi an ancient and deeply sacred city rests along the banks of the holy River Ganges and encompasses a wealth of beautiful riverside temples, stately old forts and vibrant markets. It’s considered the spiritual capital of Hinduism, and it’s widely believed that dying here will bring salvation. As a result, the city is home to a multitude of ghats – stone steps leading to the river –some of which are used for bathing rituals and others as cremation sites. An early morning boat ride along the Ganges offers an excellent way to take in the ghats and the bustling activity centred on them. 

Every evening at sunset an elaborate ganga aarti (river worship) ceremony with fire and dance is staged at the Dasaswamedh Ghat and is best viewed from a boat on the river. Led by a group of young pandits (priests), the ceremony commences with the blowing of a conch shell, and continues with the waving of incense sticks and circling of large flaming lamps that stand out dramatically against the darkened sky.  Dinner at leisure tonight.  Overnight - The Gateway Hotel Varanasi.

Day 4 - Sunday 25 February 2018

Varanasi - Dawn Boat Ride on River Ganges (B)

Our day begins early with a Dawn Boat Ride on the holy river Ganges. The City and the river Ganges come alive at dawn, when hundreds and thousands of devotees come to the river to worship the Sun God.  Later we will be picked up from our hotel for a guided tour of Varanasi which includes a visits to the Ghats.  Dinner at leisure.  Overnight - The Gateway Hotel Varanasi.

Day 5 - Monday 26 February 2018

Sarnath - Agra - Taj Mahal (B)

This morning we'll Sarnath, located 13 kms outside Varanasi city. It is a holy spot for the followers of Budha. Followed by a transfer to the airport for our flight to Agra.  Upon arrival into Agra, we'll visit Sheroes Hangout which is a small café run by acid attack survivors & offer “Pay what you want” service, so there is no fixed price for any food item, and customers can pay whatever they wish to pay.  Later we'll enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the Agra Fort - a testament to the rise and fall of the Mughal empire built by Emperor Akbar in red sand stone over 400 years ago followed by Walking tour of Agra starts from the Army gate of Agra Fort and passes through the Ambedkar Park, Overbridge, Rickshaw ride to Jama Masjid, Chimman Lal Poori Wala (Refreshment Point), Vaidya Ramdutt Gali, Mankameshwar Temple, Lohar Gali, Musician’s Balcony, Radha Krishna Mandir, Spice Shop, Patal Hanuman Mandir, Surana Haveli – 1914, Itr Shop, Gurudwara at HaathiGhat and ends at the MehtabBagh, from where there are wonderful views of the Taj Mahal.  Dinner at leisure tonight.  Overnight - The Gateway Hotel Fatehabad Road Agra.

Day 6 - Tuesday 27 February 2018

Taj Mahal - Nahargarh Ranthambhore National Park (B,D)

This morning a special treat - a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world -- a monument of love created by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal and perhaps the most perfect architectural monument of the world.

After breakfast at our hotel and check out we'll begin our drive to Ranthambore where upon arrival at our lodge the afternoon is free.  Ranthambore National Park is one of the largest national parks in northern India, celebrated for the superb sightings of Bengal tiger in its natural habitat. Formerly the hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the area boasts deciduous forests, stretching for over 1000 sq km and recognised as one of the last forest strongholds in arid northern India. Many other mammals, such as leopard, caracal, jungle cat, wild boar, sloth bears and jackals, can be found here too.  

Nahargarh is a luxurious hotel nestled in the foothills of the 'Aravali ranges' neighboring the Ranthambore National Park. Surrounded by a 16th-century style fortress, Nahargarh is built like a traditional Rajput hunting palace complete with a vast "Char Bagh" or formal Mughal garden. It is the perfect base to explore Ranthambore from the lap of luxury. Nahargarh is a complete habitat in itself as one can see several animals and birds performing their playful acts in the surrounding grasslands.  Overnight - Nahargarh Ranthambhore.

Day 7 - Wednesday 28 February 2018

Nahargarh Ranthambhore National Park (B,L,D)

Today we'll enjoy a morning and an afternoon game drive into the Ranthambore National Park accompanied by an English speaking Naturalist. Game drives in Ranthambore are conducted using 4WD vehicles and there is plenty of opportunity to see an array of animals.  Dinner tonight at the Lodge.  Overnight - Nahargarh Ranthambhore.

Day 8 - Thursday 1 March 2018

Jaipur - High Tea at Rambagh Palace (B,HT)

Our day begins with an early morning game safari accompanied by an English speaking naturalist.  After a relaxing breakfast we farewell Ranthambore National Park and begin our drive to Jaipur.  Upon arrival, we'll check into our hotel and continue on to Rambagh Palace to enjoy a lovely high tea.  Jaipure, gateway to the state of Rajasthan, offers a heady mix of old and new India. Famously known as the “Pink City”, Jaipur’s nickname was coined in 1876 when a visit by the Prince of Wales prompted the government to paint the Old City terracotta pink, traditionally the colour of hospitality, to welcome the Royal. Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, a soldier, ruler, and scholar in mathematics and astronomy, after whom the city has been named.  Jaipur is home to splendid fortresses, majestic palaces, temples and a must-see medieval observatory. Overnight - Shahpura House.  Our beautiful accommodation derives it's name from the ruler of Shekhawat Maha Rao Shekhaji and the Manoharpur Shahpura family. The establishment is 200 years old and is set amidst green surroundings. All of the 38 guest rooms at Shahpura House are equipped with modern facilities to make a guest feel at home. Each room is embellished with marble and semi precious stones accompanying the marble bathrooms, private porches and lobbies.  

Day 9 - Friday 2 March 2018

Holi Celebrations at the Shahpura Haveli

Today we enjoy Holi Celebrations at the Shahpura Haveli. We will be picked up from Shahpura House and transferredat 0900 hrs and transferred to Shahpura Haveli (65 kms/ about 1½ hrs drive). All o four group will be given a pair of Kurta-Pyjama (Indian traditional dress), and the celebration will be held at the garden of Shahpura Haveli and it includes playing with Herbal colors, cultural event, Folk dance with “Chang” (beating of drums). Holi celebration takes place with a lot of joy and verve throughout the country. The enthusiasm of the people reaches its peak and matches with the nature which is in full bounty at the time of Holi.

Holi is being celebrated in Indian since time immemorial but the popularity of Holi celebrations seems to be rising with every passing year and so is the level of hoo-ha. As no other festival gives so much liberty to the people to let their hair loose and enjoy their hidden crazy self. A fabulous way to mix with the locals and enjoy the fun atmosphere. Dinner at Leisure tonight. Overnight Shahpura House.

Day 10 - Saturday 3 March 2018

Jaipur - Dera Amer Camp (B,D)

Today after a relaxing breakfast, we'll check out of our hotel and enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Amber Fort. Sightseeing in Jaipur includes a visit to the Amber Fort - located 11 kms away from Jaipur, Amber was once the ancient capital of Jaipur. The Fort is an excellent illustration of Rajput architecture, impressively situated on a hillside facing a lake, which reflects its walkways and walls. Here you take a jeep ride, to get to the top of the Fort.

Later visit to Dera Amer :- We'll be greeted by the Elephants and upon arrival we will be allowed to make contact with these kind hearted giants by the way of feeding bananas.  Later on we'll be escorted to a small pond where we'll have the opportunity to help bathe the elephants with the help of the camp staff and mahout and spend as much time with the elephant family.  We will then have the chance to paint the Elephant with the natural colours which are gentle to their skin. From  here  we'll get the chance to  experience  a  safari  with  the  same  Elephant  in  the reserved forest area passing by 300 years old Hindu temple.  We'll then enjoy dinner as our Elephant Safari comes to an end.  An amazing experience.  Overnight - Glamping - Dera Amer Camp.

Day 11 - Sunday 4 March 2018

Ajit Bhawan, Jodhpur (B)

After a relaxed breakfast at our hotel, we'll enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Jaipur including a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of winds), the facade of which is all pink windows and filigree screens, City Palace, still the home of the former royalty. This Palace still has an extensive collection of art, carpets and old weapons, and the Jantar  Mantar (Observatory) – -- the largest and best preserved 18th century stone observatory.

After our visit we'll then begin our journey to the blue city Jodhpur.  On arrival we'll check in with dinner at leisure tonight. Jodhpur is home to the impressive stone coloured Mehrangarh Fort and juxtaposing fine marble cenotaph of Jaswant Thada whic dominate the skyline of ancient Jodphur. Reminiscent of Chefchaouen, it’s blue counterpart in Morocco, this charming desert hub is fondly known as the Blue City because of the blue Brahmin houses dotted all over the walled city. Colourful bazaars and food stalls line the narrow lanes where daily life is abuzz in picturesque Indian busyness. The fort, home to the city’s maharajas since the 15th century, offers a sublime view of the city below. Jodhpur was voted one of the most extraordinary places to stay by Lonely Planet in 2014.  Overnight at Ajit Bhawan - a palace resort in Jodhpur. The hotel often plays host to royalty and artists. The accommodation structure comprises of an assortment of rooms and suites decorated with antiques and photographs. Recreational activities available at the Ajit Bhawan is the swimming pool, gym, spa, health center, village and desert safaris, shopping arcade as well as a variety of dining venues.

Day 12 - Monday 5 March 2018

Jodhpur - Rohat (B)

After breakfast, we'll enjoy a guidedesightseeing tour of Jodhpur. Our tour includes a visit to the Mehrangarh Fort - Of the seven huge gates to the fort, a few like Jayapol and Fatehpol were built to celebrate Marwar rulers' victories over countless enemies. Inside the fort is a series of courtyards and palaces, Jaswant Thaada - the white marble war memorial of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, is known as the Jaswant Thada. The best way to explore and experience the city of Jodhpur, is to take a fascinating walk around the colorful Sardar market and the Clock Tower.  After sightseeing we'll then begin our drive to Rohet and upon arrival we'll check in to our hotel with dinner at leisure. A village in the Pali district, Rohat is set on the Jodhpur-Pali route. Life in the Rohat villages is quite slow paced thus having a calm atmosphere. Rohat is mostly made up of rural areas and comprises of grass fields and rivers. The Rohat villagers rely on agriculture to make a living. Overnight - Rohet Garh Hotel - Rohet Garh is a family owned and run heritage hotel. The hotel is situated on the banks of a lake and set in the midst of rural surroundings. The property features manicured gardens and a swimming pool with four pavilions.  The Rohet Garh’s kitchen serves traditional cuisine and guests can dine outdoors at the poolside as folk musicians provide entertainment. There’s also a lounge area with verandas and terraces opening out to garden views.  

Day 13 - Tuesday 6 March 2018

Amet Haveli - Udaipur (B)

Today after breakfast, we'll visit Bishnoi village by Jeep before continuing on to Udaipur.  Dubbed the ‘Venice of the East’, the city of Udaipur is built around three interconnected lakes – Lake Pichhola, Fateh Sagar Lake and the smaller Swaroop Sagar Lake – and encircled by the hills of the Aravalli mountain range. It is home to an array of ancient temples and fairy-tale palaces (several of the latter have been converted into luxury heritage hotels) and is known as one of Rajasthan’s most beautiful and romantic cities. Must-see attractions include the City Palace, the Lake Palace (set on a small island in the middle of Lake Pichola) and the Udaipur Solar Observatory – Asia’s premier solar-gazing site.  Overnight - Amet Haveli a traditional hotel situated on the western banks of Lake Pichola. The hotel overlooks the Lake Palace as well as the City Palace.
The dining facility at the Amet Haveli is called the Ambrai restaurant. The restaurant serves multi cuisine delicacies. Dining takes place outdoors with views of the Jagdish Temple, Gangaur Ghat, City Palace, Lake Palace, Jag Mandir and Sajjangarh Fort. 

Day 14 - Wednesday 7 March 2018

Amet Haveli - Udaipur (B)

After a relaxing breakfast, we'll enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Udaipur. Tour includes a visit to the City Palace -  The major parts of the palace are now well-maintained as a museum with an enormous collection of glass, ceramic figures and small canvases, Jagdish Temple - This temple treasures a black stone image of Lord Vishnu as Jagannath, Lord of the universe. A brass image of Garuda the Hindu divinity is in a monument in front of the temple and Saheliyon Ki Bari: The Saheliyon ki Bari or the garden of the Maids of Honor is a small exquisite garden with fountains, stone elephants and a beautiful lotus pond and the Lake Pichola - This lake is fenced by hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and ridges.  An enchanting way to end our day in Udaipur is by taking a beautiful boat ride on Lake Pichola in the evening when the City palace in the background unites with the sparkling lake water.  Dinner at leisure tonight.  Overnight - Amet Haveli.

Day 15 - Thursday 8 March 2018

Amet Haveli - Free Day to Explore (B,D)

Today is a day at leisure to explore.  Our guide will point us in the right direction for the best shopping or sightseeing.  A farewell dinner tonight to celebrate a Magical Indian tour.

Day 16 - Friday 9 March 2018

Depart India (B)

After breakfast we'll check out of our hotel and transfer to the airport for our flight to New Delhi then home.  Sit Back, relax and reminicse about great times shared with new friends.

Day 17 - Saturday 10 March 2018

Welcome Home - (Meals Inflight)

Welcome Home! Thank you for joining us for your latest adventure and we look forward to welcoming you back.

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17 Day Magical India and the Holi Festival

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