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  • 13 Days / 14 Nights
  • DIWALI and DEV DIWALI in ONE and the DIVERSITY OF INDIA

Route: DELHI-KHURI-JAISALMER-JODHPUR-CHANDELAO GARH-NIMAAJ-JAIPUR-AGRA-DELHI

Date: You choose (between September and April)

Note: This itinerary is fully customizable as per your wish.

Travel between the cities, villages and deserts of Rajasthan and gain a unique insight into the lives of Indian women. With an all-female group and local guide, this 12-day women’s expedition will immerse you in the culture and history of the region as seen through the eyes of the women who live here. You will start in buzzing Delhi, where you will travel in an all-women’s metro carriage. You will then head to the Thar Desert to meet local women and enjoy a traditional Kalbeliya dance performance. Visit a project that empowers women artisans in the village of Chandelao Garh. Take an inspiring rickshaw tour of Jaipur with a guide from the Pink City Rickshaw Co. This is India as you’ve never seen it before.

This tour is dotted with cooking by the simple housewives but in traditional Indian families and Yoga classes by native Yoga experts. Whether you are a passionate cook yourself or just a foody, you will simply love to try your hand at this unique opportunity to learn some Indian dishes or enhance your skills if you are already fond of cooking.

Rejuvenate yourself through Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness programmes.

Code: CAWT1

  • ITB-Highlights:* Experience some of India's best culinary traditions, such as Mughal, Rajasthani by dining at local restaurants, street-food vendors, countryside residences, and cooking classes.
  • * Get to know northern India through the lives of the women who live there
  • * Indulge in the daily life of women folk in Chandelao to understand their lives
  • * Leave with authentic recipes under your belt and surprise your friends back home with your newly acquired skills in Indian traditional cuisine
  • * This tour introduces you to a selection of India's famous foods. These include kachori, kulfi, chai, paratha, chaat, thali and more.
  • * Traditional Sari tying in a boutique in Jaipur
  • * Experience the colorful everyday life of India and market visits
  • * Indulge with local community to make an impact
  • * Folklore and local music programme at some places
  • * Visiting a village school during the trip
  • * And little surprise programmes throughout the trip
  • Included in the price:
    • Accommodation in double rooms on twin sharing basis
    • American/Continental breakfast throughout the tour.
    • All organised cooking classes
    • Fullboard and all Yoga and wellness packages in Chandelao Garh
    • All food bills during all the food walks / heritage walks
    • Services of qualified local guides (English speaking or languages of your choice) throughout the tour.
    • For groups of 10 or more, the group will be accompanied by ITB Tour Escort.
    • All entrance fees to monuments during the sightseeing as mentioned above
    • All transfers on arrival and departure by ITB representative.
    • All transfers and sightseeing during the tour by air-conditioned car with driver.
    • For groups an individual air-conditioned bus will be provided
    • All presently applicable taxes including Service Tax.
  • Not Included in the price:
    • Air Fare
    • All other expenses of personal nature, like drinks, cameras fees, laundry bills etc
    • Tips at hotels, restaurants during meals, drivers & guides.

Tour Plan

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Day 1: ARRIVAL in DELHI from your country

Namaste! Welcome to India. You will be received at the airport by our representative and given a traditional welcome over there, followed by transfer to the Hotel.

Delhi is a lively and bustling city, packed with historic landmarks, museums, galleries, shops, and countless markets. It offers numerous options for sightseeing, activities, and dining.
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Day 2: in DELHI

After breakfast, you will tour New Delhi and see the famous Qutub Minar and Humayun's Tomb. Then, you will take a drive around colonial Delhi, which includes visiting India Gate, the majestic President's Palace, and the Indian Parliament.

In the afternoon visit Old Delhi. Begin with a trip to the renowned Jama Mosque from the 17th century. Take a brief walk through the colorful, narrow streets of the old city.

Your guided food walk will kick off from here in Old Delhi. This tour, the highest-rated culinary tour in Delhi, will provide an excellent introduction to Indian food and culture and set the tone for the rest of your trip.

You'll sample around 16-18 different Indian dishes from various culinary regions, and visit up to 10 food outlets in the Old Delhi area. All the food stops you'll visit have been in business for generations and are renowned for their delicious food. The oldest establishment has been open for 110 years, and the youngest for 40. You'll get to try delicacies such as samosas, lassis, kulfi (Indian ice creams), succulent kebabs and much more.

The Old Delhi section of the tour will guide you through the narrow and ancient streets of medieval Delhi, lined with old buildings and bustling with thousands of people going about their daily business. Each lane in this area serves as a marketplace for various commodities, such as spices, bikes, cameras, kitchenware, vegetables, clothes, shoes, books, and more.

The food tour will also stop at the Spice Market of Delhi where you can learn about different spices used in Indian cooking. You will also visit a temple that feeds over 10,000 people daily.
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Day 3: DELHI-JAISALMER- KHURI CAMP (2 hrs drive)

After breakfast, transfer to airport to connect flight to Jaisalmer.

On arrival in Jaisalmer, transfer to our camp at Khuri in the Thar Desert. Settle into your comfortable tents with en-suite bathrooms and toilets before embarking on a jeep safari through the Thar Desert. The Thar Desert covers 200,000 square kilometres, so while you won't see it all, you'll spend the day exploring the rolling sandy hills before arriving at your desert camp. Here you'll meet some local men and women - the men will go off to prepare a traditional Rajasthani dinner, giving you a chance to get to know the women. They will also perform a Kalbeliya dance - a traditional women's dance in which women in long skirts mimic the movements of a snake, representing the role of the snake charmer in traditional Rajasthani society.

Dinner and overnight in the camp.
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DAY 4: KHURI CAMP-JAISALMER

After breakfast in the camp leave for Jaisalmer and go straightaway to see the impressive Golden Fort of Jaisalmer. Join your guide on a walking tour of this fabled desert city. The citadel was built by Rawal Jaisal of the Bhati Rajputs in 1156 AD, and with a history carefully recorded by the bards of Rajasthan since the 12th century, it's not hard to imagine what life was like here. Nestled between the former trade routes of the Great Thar Desert, your guide will share stories of Jaisalmer's prosperous past.

Visit Sonar (Golden) Fort, home to a quarter of the city's population. Also visit Patwon Ki Haveli, one of the most exquisite havelis (palaces) with a beautifully latticed facade. Salim Singh Ki Haveli is only three centuries old and is still inhabited. Then there is Nathmalji Ki Haveli, which was built by two architect brothers.

Dinner and overnight in your hotel in Jaisalmer
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DAY 5: JAISALMER-JODHPUR

After breakfast, drive to the 'blue city' of Jodhpur, approximately 290 km from Jaisalmer. Arrive in Jodhpur.

Join a sightseeing tour of Jodhpur - the former capital of the Marwar state, founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort, which is spread over 5 kilometres on a steep hill and looks down 125 metres. The fort appears rugged and impenetrable from the outside but houses some of the most intricately decorated palaces with exquisitely carved panels and latticed windows. Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal are some of the areas worth exploring. A collection of royal cenotaphs, built in marble, lies very close to the fort. Built in 1899, the cenotaph also houses portraits of Jodhpur's rulers.

After exploring the popular attractions of Jodhpur, drive to your hotel for overnight.

Dinner and overnight.
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DAY 6: JODHPUR-CHANDERAO GARH (YOGA & AYURVEDA RETREAT)

Bid farewell to Jodhpur and journey to Chandelao Garh village. Take a stroll around to acquaint yourself with the surroundings and proceed to Sunder Rang – a scheme that empowers local craftswomen through the maintenance of conventional crafting procedures. The term "beautiful colours" signifies the remarkable vibrancy of the pieces fashioned by these skilled women, which shines in contrast to the desert terrain. Over 30 women work for Sunder Rang, with one hour of their workday devoted to education. Meet these women, admire their lovely creations and discover how this initiative has transformed their lives, those of their families and the local community. Tonight, you can either unwind at your historic lodging or explore Chandelao Garh.

Chanderao Garh is a old and charming castle run by the royal family. Your retreat begins here. Next two days will transport you to a different world.
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DAY 7: CHANDERAO GARH (YOGA & AYURVEDA RETREAT)

Today’s program:

7 a.m. – Wake-up call

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. – Suryanamaskar (sun greetings) followed by sound healing with live music according to the Brahma Nada tradition

08.30 – Breakfast

10.30 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Lecture on a different topic every day such as yoga, meditation, music, meditation, pranayamama, Brahma Nada, Kundalini

12.30: Lunch

4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Meditation with live spiritual music

6 to 7.30 p.m. – Live concert, a different concert with a different artist every day

7.30 p.m. – Dinner (Satwik diet according to Ayurvedic principles for detoxification of the body)

Today’s Highlight of the Retreat:

Panchakarma Part 1:

Everyone gets a one-hour full-body oil massage (Abhayangam)
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DAY 8: CHANDERAO GARH (YOGA & AYURVEDA RETREAT)

Today’s program:

7 a.m. – Wake-up call

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. – Suryanamaskar (sun greetings) followed by sound healing with live music according to the Brahma Nada tradition

08.30 – Breakfast

10.30 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Lecture on a different topic every day such as yoga, meditation, music, meditation, pranayamama, Brahma Nada, Kundalini

12.30: Lunch

4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Meditation with live spiritual music

6 to 7.30 p.m. – Live concert, a different concert with a different artist every day

7.30 p.m. – Dinner (Satwik diet according to Ayurvedic principles for detoxification of the body)

Today’s Highlight of the Retreat:

Panchakarma Part 2:

Shirodhara (oil pouring on the forehead)
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DAY 9: CHANDERAO GARH-NIMAAJ

Stretch your muscles and begin your day with a yoga session at your place of stay. Later, travel  to Nimaj, a quaint town in the Pali region of Rajasthan. Following a customary greeting by the native women, your guide will lead you on a tour of the village, enabling you to talk with some inhabitants and experience the essence of Indian small-town living. In the evening, participate in a unique and exclusive women-only festivity. Join the nearby ladies for an evening of celebration – discover the craft of rangoli, which involves creating vivid designs using diverse materials, participate in the conventional henna painting with your hosts and witness a dynamic dance performance.
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DAY 10: NIMAAJ-JAIPUR

After breakfast, drive to Jaipur - the capital of the Rajasthan area. Once there, take a walk around the city with your guide. Explore vibrant streets with your group leader where camel carts, rickshaws, trucks and bicycles bustle by, and visit bazaars brimming with colourful goods, such as handcrafted textiles, folk art and the native semi-precious stone speciality. Take a stroll and experience Indian culture by watching a Bollywood film at the Raj Mandir Cinema. This Art Deco-style structure is a well-known destination in Jaipur and has hosted numerous movie premieres.

In the end, you'll go to a classic fabric business where a nearby lady will assist you in selecting the ideal saree and demonstrate how to wear it. Additionally, she'll help you accessorize with a handful of sparkling bangles and a corresponding Bindi in the customary fashion.
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DAY 11: JAIPUR

Visit the former capital of Amber and discover the Amber Fort by riding on an Elephant back, located high on a hilltop. This grand palace, a testament to Rajput architecture, was left behind by a fallen empire. Be awed by its picturesque surroundings, gazing at Maota Lake from above. Within the fort is the Sheesh Mahal, a remarkable building with mirrored walls that shimmer like a dream when lit by a match.

For your midday meal, savour the local delicacy of kachori. Kachoris are fried bread filled with vegetables and lentils and are a popular snack in northern India. If you prefer sweets, you can try mawa kachori – a deep-fried kachori stuffed with dried fruit and mawa (milk solids) and coated in sugar syrup.

Visit the spectacular City Palace and the greatest observatory of the world, Jantar Mantar.

Afterwards, go to a traditional Indian Family for a cooking class and discover how to make delicious plant-based Rajasthani dishes. You can learn to prepare 2-3 mouth-watering dishes. One of them will be the famous Gatta-Curry. This dish has a pleasant aroma and flavour.

Enjoy the food you cooked with the instructor for dinner before returning to your hotel.
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DAY 12: JAIPUR-AGRA

After breakfast leave for the City of Taj, Agra.

After a brief rest in your hotel, you will visit a traditional Indian family to learn cooking from the lady of the house. Learn how to cook Indian dishes in a fully equipped kitchen. The instructor will teach you how to prepare 3-4 dishes from a pre-selected menu. Afterwards, enjoy the food you cooked with the instructor. Its going to be a whole afternoon programme culminating into dinner.

Return to the hotel and for overnight stay in Agra
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DAY 13: AGRA-DELHI

Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise for amazing views and fewer crowds. Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise for amazing views and fewer crowds. Please note that the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.

The Taj Mahal, one of the world's most iconic buildings, was constructed by Shah Jahan in honour of his wife Mumtaz. Its construction took over 20 years. We will stop at the Taj Mahal during sunrise - the most charming and serene time - to appreciate the legendary beauty of this symbol of love.

After taking breakfast in the hotel drive to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, farewell dinner at any local restaurant. No accommodation in Delhi. After dinner, transfer to international airport to board the flight back home

Fly back HOME. 

If your flight is on next day, we will book a hotel for you in Delhi.

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