23 Day Essence of India – Women Only Diwali Tour

Women Only Tour India

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THIS TOUR IS FULLY BOOKED  We have an additional departure of this tour in February 2018

 

This one’s for the ladies….
Join this exclusive tour which is for women only.

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In addition, this tour will experience two of the most amazing festivals in India – the fantastic Diwali, festival of light, for which you’ll be in the romantic lake city Udaipur. Additionally, you will be in Varanasi for Dev Diwali, held on the full moon night two weeks after Diwali.

This is a trip you don’t want to miss!

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Maximum Group Size: 10

Starts in Mumbai on Monday 16th October 2017

Finishes in Delhi on Tuesday 7th November 2017

Entrance Fees Included for all sites visited as part of the itinerary

Fully Escorted in India by a representative of Incredible Indian Tours

Cost USD3990 per person twin share (USD4810 including Optional Single Supplement)

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IN THEIR OWN WORDS – Some testimonials from our past travellers

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Accommodation Transport Meals
21 nights Hotels Airport Transfers 22 breakfasts
1 night overnight train Train 3 lunches
  Plane 2 dinners
  Boat  
  Private Bus  
  Taxi  
  Cycle Rickshaw  
  Auto Rickshaw  
  Camel (optional)  

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From the sprawling commercial capital of Mumbai to Rajasthan, the ‘land of the Kings’ and from the banks of the holy Ganges to the magnificence of the Mughal cities, we will show you the well known and introduce you to some wonderful secrets. The massive forts of Rajasthan, the opulence and splendour of Maharajah’s palaces, markets and bazaars, holy cities, a town seemingly lost in time, a camel safari and a search for the elusive Bollywood star all make for a trip full of highlights and contrasts.

Experience Incredible India and Rajasthan on this Women-only Small Group Tour, fully escorted within India by a western female tour leader with the service of local guides for various activities and sightseeing.

 

Women Only Group Tour

 

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Itinerary

 

Day 1 Mumbai

Arrival Day.  Please arrive in time to meet with the group by Midday when we have a welcome meeting before we head out for lunch and an afternoon of sightseeing.

Hotel: Fariyas Hotel

Mumbai

Day 2  Mumbai

We have another full day to explore Mumbai, the exciting and frantic  commercial capital of India, where we visit some of the sights including the Gateway of India, Dhobi (laundry) washers and Chowpatty beach.

Hotel: Fariyas Hotel

 

Days 3-4  Udaipur

We take a morning flight to Udaipur. Often called the Romantic city and the Lake City, Udaipur lives up to its name with its white washed havelis ‘private mansions’ and  palaces lining the banks of the charming lake Pichola. We visit the City Palace complex (one of the largest palace complexes in India) and take in a classic Rajasthani Dance show. We wander the local markets and learn how to make a sensational Indian curry. Why not try your hand at a spot of miniature painting or cruise the lake. Udaipur has on offer plenty of places to try an Ayurvedic Massage, or a Yoga class. Udaipur is a friendly and charming city just made for exploring.

Hotel: Udaigarh or similar

 

Days 5-6 Mt Abu

We drive 3 hours to Mount Abu where we enjoy the charms of Rajasthan’s only ’Hill Station’ – a place to escape the heat of the plains. Well off the international tourist trail, Mt Abu is popular with Indian tourists and is famous for it’s remarkable Jain Temples. Some great walks and views are to be had in the hills surrounding the town.

Hotel: Hillock Hotel or similar

 

Day 7 Bhenswara

A 3 hour drive today brings us to the small hamlet of Bhenswara where we get to spend the night like Maharanis (Queens) in a Heritage Ravla (Castle) 240 years old. We take a jeep safari to nearby villages and meet some of the local tribal people living in this remote part of South-Western Rajasthan.

Hotel: Ravla Bhenswara

 

Days 8-9 Jaisalmer

Like something out of 1001 Arabian nights, Jaisalmer, the Golden City is both exotic and   mysterious with a unique fort, which unlike all others in India is still lived in, and accommodates a quarter of the towns population. We wander the ancient streets of the fort and the town, visiting the intricately carved sandstone havelis (merchant’s mansions) and temples. Jaisalmer is famed for its handicrafts and there are many wonderful shops in the bazaar.

On day 9 we head out to the desert for a short camel safari to the dunes of the Thar Desert to watch the setting sun, and enjoy dinner in the desert. 

Hotel: Nachana Haveli or similar

 

Days 10-11  Jodphur

Travelling on to Jodhpur and into the Thar Desert we wander the palaces of the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort before exploring the markets in the Blue city below. Famous throughout the country for its special Makhani (butter) lassi’s (yoghurt drink), Jodhpur is also where the pants come from.

Hotel: Haveli Inn Pal or similar

 

Days 12-14 Jaipur

We arrive today into Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’ and capital of Rajasthan. We stay in the charming Diggi Palace, which has been converted into a Heritage Hotel. Diggi Palace is home to one of Rajasthan’s royal families who still live in and manage the hotel. Amber Fort is a splendid example of Rajput/Moghal architecture and was the old capital of Rajasthan prior to 1727. We take a wander through the markets and colourful bazaars of Jaipur and visit the wondrous Jantar Mantar. You have the chance to see the splendid City Palace Museum and the Palace of the Winds. There is free time to explore some of Jaipur’s many sights, or markets. We also experience a Bollywood extravaganza here in Jaipur at the famous Raj Mandir cinema.

Hotel: Diggi Palace or similar

 

Days 15-16 Agra

Leaving Rajasthan, we travel by private vehicles today to Agra. We make a dawn visit to the incomparable Taj Mahal and visit the remarkable Agra Fort and the exquisite ’Baby Taj’.

Hotel: The Retreat or similar

 

Days 17-18  Orchha

A 3-4 hour train ride takes us further south to Jhansi, from where we travel a short distance to Orchha. Surrounded by temples and palaces seemingly forgotten by the passage of time, Orchha is a tranquil small town situated on a sparkling river with friendly locals and a fabulous ambiance.

On the evening of day 18 we take an overnight train to Varanasi.

Hotel: Orchha Resort or similar

 

Days 19-20 Varanasi

We arrive mid morning into Varanasi, also known as Benares and Kashi, the City of Light.  After transferring to our riverside hotel, we take a walk along the Ghats (steps) on the bank of the Holy Ganges and  explore the old city. Varanasi is the holiest place in India for Hindus and abounds with Saddhus and holy cows.  Whilst in Varanasi, we enjoy an evening ceremonial ‘aarti’ on the riverbanks and take a dawn boat ride on the Ganges. We visit Sarnath, the site of Buddha’s first sermon and still have plenty of free time to explore the Ghats and alleyways of ancient Varanasi.

Hotel: Hotel Banaras Haveli or similar

 

Days 21-22 Delhi

We have an afternoon flight into Delhi. Included here is a visit to Old Delhi visiting the Jama Masjid, (the largest Mosque in India), the old Delhi spice market and Chandni Chowk, the busiest marketplace in Asia. We also pay our respects to the Moghul emperor Humayan, at the spectacular tomb built by his grieving widow in the mid 16th century.

Free time to explore more of Delhi. Perhaps the Red Fort, one of the busy city Temples or the Sikh Gurudwara.

Hotel: The Hans or similar

 

Day 23 Departure Day

There are no organised activities today.  You are free to depart at anytime.

 

 

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