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India

March 5-17, 2020

Classic Tour

With its sumptuous mix of traditions, spiritual beliefs, festivals, architecture and landscapes, your memories of India will stay with you long after you have left this vibrant land. Travelling to India reveals a country that is both mesmerizing, exotic, exciting, and mystical. Join us as we explore some of the best that the Golden Triangle has to offer on this women's look at India.

Signature Moments

  • Learn to dance like a Bollywood star
  • Be in awe of a sunset prayer ritual on the Ganges
  • Visit one of the 7 wonders of the world - The Taj Mahal
  • Immerse yourself in a traditional Indian Gala at Diggi Palace
  • Learn to cook like a local and take home the art of Indian cooking
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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 12 Nights First Class accommodations
  • Airport transfers
  • 12 breakfast, 12 dinners
  • Private AC minivan transportation throughout
  • Internal flights
  • Cycle Rickshaw Ride in Delhi
  • Tour of Delhi
  • Bollywood dance work shop in Delhi
  • Aarti Ceremony on the Ganges
  • Boat ride in Varanasi and in Udaipur
  • Agra Tour
  • Taj Mahal Visit
  • Agra Fort Visit
  • Mini Gala in Jaipur (Diggi Palace Hotel)
  • Jeep Ride in Amer Fort to Bishnoi Village
  • Jaipur tour
  • Mehrangarh Fort Visit
  • Walking tour in Blue City
  • Udaipur sunrise bicycle tour
  • Cooking class in Udaipur
  • Farewell dinner in Fio restaurant Delhi
  • Traditional Indian Welcome with aarti, tilak & garlanding
  • Welcome and departure assistance and transfers
  • English speaking guide
  • Women's Travel Club leader
Itinerary
India Tour
Day 1 - Arrive Delhi

Welcome to India!
Today you will arrive at New Delhi’s International Airport. After you finish your immigration formalities, collect your baggage and walk through the customs channel, a representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel.
Delhi is India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds - the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.
Accommodations - Le Meridien

Day 2 - Delhi

After breakfast enjoy a tour to Old Delhi, visiting Jama Masjid- one of the largest mosques in Asia. It offers an excellent view of the old city and the Red Fort. The walk then takes you through the narrow lanes and bazaars of the old city; the havelis (mansions) which still retain their traditional appearance, Jain temples, small businesses, kinari bazaar (one of the most popular bazaars in Delhi) and parathe wali gali (the street famous for fried bread).
In New Delhi visit Humayun's Tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun and a precursor of the Taj Mahal. Also drive past the imposing India Gate- a war memorial, the Parliament Building and the President House, before arriving at Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Learn the rhythms of India and feel like a Bollywood Star in this 2-hour traditional dance class in Delhi. Learn about the origins of India’s distinctive dance styles as you slip into a sparkly Bollywood-style costume (provided), then make your way to the dance floor. With a small-group class limited to 15 people, you’ll receive plenty of attention from your instructor, as you master fun Bhangra, belly dancing or hip-hop moves. Best of all: your class will be filmed and sent to you as a private YouTube link, so you can show off your dazzling costume and Bollywood dance moves to friends and family back home!
Accommodations - Le Meridien

Day 3 - Delhi - Varanasi

This morning connect a flight to Varanasi. Arrive and drive to your hotel in the city. En route visit Sarnath, the place where Buddha preached his first sermon, Visit the Stupa, Buddhist temple and an archaeological museum. See the beautiful painting on the walls of the Buddhist temple “one can also visit the Modern temples & Monasteries of Thai, Chinese, Tibetan, Burmese and Japanese. In the evening we take you to the Ghats to witness the Aarti Ceremony (Hindu ritual /prayer of river Ganges at Sunset). You will be passing through the crowded bazaars and narrow lanes (old part) of this ancient city, small shops illuminated with beautiful lights followed by a short boat ride on Ganges witnessing the Aarti ceremony amidst jingling of bells, floating of diyas (traditional lamps) and chanting of mantras give u a never forgettable life time experience indescribable in words.
Accommodations - Brijrama Palace

Day 4 - Varanasi - Agra

We will have to get up early this morning for a Boat Ride on River Ganges. The western banks of Ganges have a string of 84 Ghats (the chain of stone steps) and interestingly each of them has a story to relate. Most of these Ghats built with pavilions, palaces and terraces are mainly used as Dharamsalas (a home for the pilgrims during their visit to the holy city). The sunrise on the Ganges popularly known as Subeh Banaras is a soul-lifting experience. At dawn-the Ghats are abuzz with activity of the devotees performing their ablutions in the river or offering prayers to the rising sun and performing other religious rituals. At Manikarnika Ghat- Cremation is a continuous process (photography prohibited). After the boat cruise on the Ganges walk through the narrow lanes visiting the Vishwanath temple popularly known as the Golden Temple (entry restricted to Hindus only) and a few other Temples, that this holy city is known for. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Later, fly to Agra.
Accommodations - ITC Mughal

Day 5 - Agra

Start early today to explore the monument dedicated to love from an Emperor for his queen – the legendary Taj Mahal. After you have checked in rested for a while, start your tour of the city that includes visit to the Taj and the fort.
The Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal in mid-17th century, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work, which is really astounding. Later visit Agra Fort – the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions.
Accommodations - ITC Mughal

Day 6 - Agra - Jaipur

Post Breakfast drive to Jaipur. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition. Arrive Jaipur in the evening and check in at you hotel.
Jaipur, the pink city was founded in 1727 AD by Maharaja Jai Singh II who ruled from 1699-1744. Initially his capital was Amber, which lies at a distance of 11kms from Jaipur. After several battles with Marathas, Jai Singh was keen on the security aspect of the city. Due to this reason, he focused on his scientific and cultural interests to make a brilliant city. Being, a lover of mathematics and science, Jai Singh sought advice from Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, a Brahmin scholar of Bengal, to aid him design the city architecture. Vidyadhar referred the ancient Indian literature on astronomy, books of Ptolemy and Euclid, and discussed the plan with the King. Be ready for a very special evening. Visit Diggi Palace, a beautiful Palace hotel for an Indian evening with live music and meeting the Maharaja & Maharani. All the group members will be given Indian dresses to wear. The resplendent Diggi Palace was built by Shri Thakur Saheb Pratap Singh ji Diggi of the then ruling family of Diggi principality in 1860. Situated in the heart of the city on 18 acres of land amidst an array of fresco painted 'deodis' (doorways), 'durbars' (banquet halls), 'havelis' (palace wings) and lush green gardens.
Accommodations - Taj Jai Mahal Palace

Day 7 - Jaipur

Take an excursion to Amber fort to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area. A jeep ride will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, take a stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.
Visit Ladli (a NGO), An initiative of the Government of India, Ladli Vocational Training Centre, takes care of schooling, stay, training and nutrition of various children of poor backgrounds in India. Although, it is not one of the ‘touristy’ things to do in Jaipur, it certainly is one that will stay in your memory for a long time. The kids here are engaged into training for various vocations and are extremely friendly and welcoming. You can shop for handicrafts and intricate jewelry from here to take back home. The funds from the store go towards the maintenance of the center and the children.
Post lunch you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city. Also visit the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armory, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings. In the evening stroll around the colorful markets of Jaipur. Return to your hotel later for overnight stay.
Accommodations - Taj Jai Mahal Palace

Day 8 - Jaipur - Jodhpur

Post breakfast drive to Jodhpur. Leave early today as there is a long drive ahead of us. A short detour on the way can be made to see the holy lake at Pushkar. Continue your drive to Jodhpur and arrive at your hotel by late afternoon. Visit the majestic Mehrangart Fort in the evening.
Undoubtedly the main reason people go to Jodhpur is the majestic Mehrangarh Fort. This is a truly awe-inspiring building, which houses a fascinating museum. After the construction Mehrangah Fort in 1459, the Rajput king Rao Jodha moved his capital here and people were invited to settle in the new capital city of Jodhpur (pur in Hindi means city). Mehrangarh Fort stands a hundred feet in splendor on a perpendicular cliff, four hundred feet above the sky line of Jodhpur. Burnished red sand stone, imposing, invincible and yet with a strange haunting beauty that beckons. Much has been written about the Citadel of the Sun, for truly, it is one of the most impressive in all Rajasthan. So colossal are its proportions that Rudyard Kipling called it “the work of giants”. Today, it is acknowledged as one of the best preserved fort in India. Evening is at leisure at the hotel.
Accommodations - Raas Hotel

Day 9 - Jodhpur

Take a tour of the The Bishnoi community. The villagers are staunch worshippers of nature in all its forms, specially the sanctity of plant and animal life. They even pray to the green trees and animals that inhabit their land. In this world of exploitation everywhere, they make every effort to conserve the environment. Another fact about the Bishnoi tribals is that they worship Lord Vishnu and are vegetarians. During your jeep safari you can spot wild life like black bucks, chinkara, blue bulls, desert foxes, partridges, peacocks, and can also have an opportunity to see the bishnoi families & meet village people. Visitors can enjoy view of thousands of migratory, demoiselle cranes, guda lake and nearby places. You can see the weavers, potters and block printers on their work. The Bishnoi religion is well known for their eco-friendly attitude and their efforts in preserving the great Flora & Fauna of. Rajasthan Bishnoisare the most practical, simple, nature loving and eco-friendly sect of Hindu religion. Bishnoi believe in to live with peace, love and harmony not only with human beings but also with nature, wild animals and trees.
In the afternoon you will enjoy the walking experience “the Blue City Revealed” with our local expert. The old town is planned in the form of the human body - Mehrangah Fort represents the head, the right hand represents the Bhramins or the priest community and the left hand the ministers, important Thakurs, landlords and other people in service at the Royal Court. The stomach represents the business class who were mainly wealthy merchants engaged in trade and commerce. Finally, the legs represent all the manual labourers, lower cast or harijans and milk men. This walk uncovers four largely undiscovered areas of the old city - Bhrampuri, Nav Choukiya, Sarafa Baaar and Katla.
Accommodations - Raas Hotel

Day 10 - Jodhpur - Udaipur

Drive to Udaipur, the city of lakes and also popularly known as the ‘Venice of East’. It is a very interesting and picturesque drive through the green countryside. After a drive of around 2hr30min, we will arrive in Ranakpur at hotel Mana, which is our mid-way between Udaipur and very close to the Ranakpur Jain Temples, believed to be the finest example of marble sculptures.
The white Ranakpur Jain Temple was built in the 15th century. The basement is of 48,000 sq. feet area that covers the whole complex. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty-four pillared halls and domes supported by over four hundred columns. The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved with no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an interesting sight. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 kg whose sound echoes in the entire complex.
Drive onto Udaipur. Possibly no city in Rajasthan is quite as romantic as Udaipur, even though the state is replete with fantastic hilltop fortresses, exotic fairy-tale palaces and gripping legends of medieval chivalry and heroism. The French Impressionist painters, let alone the Brothers Grimm, would have loved this place and it’s not without justification that Udaipur has been called “the Venice of the East”. Jaisalmer is certainly the “Beau Geste” of the desert and Udaipur is the “Versailles”. Arrive & Check inn at Lake Palace Hotel. If time permits, enjoy a sunset boat cruise on Lake Pichola.
Accommodations - Fateh Prakash Palace

Day 11 - Udaipur

Early Morning go on a very relaxed Bicycle Tour at sunrise. We arrive to our first to do thing and that’s a lake called Fateh Sagar, It is an artificial lake named after Maharana Fateh Singh of Udaipur and Mewar, constructed north-west of Udaipur, to the north of Lake Pichola in the 1680s. Within the confines of the Fateh Sagar Lake, there are three small islands; the largest of these is the Nehru Park (4 km2 (1.5 sq mi) area), which is a popular tourist attraction, the second island (0.06 km2 or 15 acres area) houses a public park with an impressive water-jet fountain, and the third island (1.2 km2 area) is the address for the Udaipur Solar Observatory (USO). The Nehru Park is accessible by inboard motor boats. The blue waters of the lake and the backdrop of the green mountains has given the soubriquet of ‘the second Kashmir’ to Udaipur.
We make our way through some villages and reach Tiger Lake (Badi lake), we stop to eat a little breakfast, here our team will organize a small picnic for us by the lake, It is an artificial fresh water lake. The lake was built in the village of Badi, about 12 km from the city, by Maharana Raj Singh I (1652-1680) to counteract the devastating effects of a famine. The lake covers an area of 155 km2, and has an embankment 180 m. long and 18 m. wide, which is graced by three artistic chhatris (kiosks or pavilions). During the drought of 1973, the lake supplied water to the people of Udaipur. It is an amazing experience riding around this lake and on all sides it is covered by the forest department so there is no construction or any kind of commercial activity.
After some refreshments we ride complete downhill for 4 kms to the finish point. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Post Breakfast tour The City Palace. The City Palace Museum comprises the Mardana Mahal (palace for the royal men) and the Zenana Mahal (palace for the royal ladies). Since 1969 these two palaces have been preserved and developed as The City Palace Museum.
The Museum is in fact a series of palaces, built from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries, spatially divided into royal private areas and public zones. Each of the palaces represents unique architectural styles and materials. Rare murals on the walls and ceilings, glass inlay work, original paintings and artefacts are spread over 20,000 square metres. Weaponry, armaments and personal belongings of the rulers are on display in their original places.
Right in the heart of Udaipur you will find ''Cooking Classes'' in a local home that we work closely with. It is an Indian cuisine cooking school, offering a variety of Indian dishes. It would be a fantastic take-away at the last leg of our journey. The kitchen in this home-based-school resembles your home kitchen, so that you are able to replicate the dishes at your place. Enjoy a hands- on cooking class here and learn some quick Recipes like Masala Chai (Indian Tea), Potato and Onion Pakoras (snacks), Coriander & Mango Chutneys (sauces & dips), Aubergine and Tomato Masala (curry), Vegetable Palao (Biryani), Naan with cheese and tomato (fluffy bread), Chapati (Indian Roti/ bread), Potato Parantha (stuffed potato bread); Paneer (Cottage Cheese) etc.
Accommodations - Fateh Prakash Palace

Day 12 - Udaipur - Delhi

A very early breakfast will be followed by transfer to airport for flight to Delhi. In the afternoon, Go Shopping: You can buy reasonable clothes, accessories, artefacts and handicrafts from the local street markets of Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar and Janpath or head to designer stores in Hauz Khas and Shahpur Jat. There are some high-end malls that stock international luxury brands such as DLF Emporio in Vasant Kunj. Most shops stay open till 9 pm so you can go shopping after sightseeing. Choose a market closer to your hotel. These are some of the best bazaars to pick up knickknacks and last minute souvenir-hunting.
A farewell dinner in a local restaurant will bring this fantastic tour to an end. Spend the night at an airport hotel.
Accommodations - Andaz by Hyatt

Day 13 - Delhi - Depart

It is time to say good-bye to this beautiful country and fabulous new friends. Transfer to the aiport for your flight home. If you are continuing your Indian journey with our India Tiger Safari, relax at the hotel or explore for a bit. This afternoon we will transfer to our starting hotel for the Tiger Safari.

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

Important Details & Pricing
Rates

Double Occupancy - $6979 CAD per person (sharing a room)

Single Occupancy - $9599 CAD per person (your own room)

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy very limited.

Deposit of $350 per person due at time of booking.

Final Payment due - December 15, 2019

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions.

Booking Deadline

September 1, 2019
Book Now! Tour may fill up at any time.
Please do not book flights until after September 1, 2019 unless instructed to do so by the Women's Travel Club. If not enough ladies are booked by the release date then this tour may be cancelled. If the Women's Travel Club cancels the tour all payments made will be refunded.

Activity Level

Moderate Activity
There are a few walking tours at a relaxed pace, a Bollywood dancing session and a bicycle tour. You should be able to walk for a few hours at a relaxed pace.

Group Size

Minimum - 8 ladies
Maximum - 16 ladies

Exclusions
  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuity
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel

Tour Leader

Kirsten Ness
Kirsten is a veterinarian and owns a small animal practice. When she isn't busy looking after adored family pets she loves to explore the world. Kirsten is a fun and very knowledgeable tour leader.

Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
A Women's Travel Club agent is available to help you book your flights. Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed. Follow this link to a form to request flight options and quotes. A Women's Travel Club agent will send you back the recommended flight option that best suits you. We are pleased to offer a flight booking service for your tour. As quoting of flights can be a time-consuming endeavor, a service fee of $113 ($100 plus HST) will apply.

Arrive to Delhi
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Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
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Accommodations
Le Meridien

Le Meridien New Delhi is a masterpiece and the perfect start to our tour. The 5-star hotel is an epitome of world-class architecture, cuisine, design and fashion. Located in the heart of the city, the iconic glass building of Le Meridien New Delhi has been recognized as one of the 100 Icons of Delhi.

Brijama Palace

Conveniently perched on the river bank, on the Darbanga Ghaat, is the Brijrama Palace, one of the oldest landmarks of the city. The history of the palace dates back to the year 1812, in which it was built by Shridhara Narayana Munshi’ the then minister for the estate of Nagpur.

ITC Mughal

Sprawled over 24 acres of luxurious gardens, and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, ITC Mughal, a luxury hotel in Agra is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. The only Indian hotel to have won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for its excellent representation of Mughal architecture.

Taj Mahal Palace

Built in 1745, the Jai Mahal Palace is a stunning piece of Rajasthan’s heritage, a great example of Indo-Saracenic architecture set amidst 18 acres of landscaped Mughal gardens. Jai Mahal Palace has been the residence of three Prime Ministers of the princely state of Jaipur.

Raas Hotel

The hotel comprises four original buildings with three additional contemporary structures, influenced by and contributing to its cultural past as part of the Walled City. The new buildings are modern and contemporary in their use of space and light; and yet grounded in tradition. Indeed, each of its structures is adorned with intricate architectural carvings in the iconic Haveli style of the 18th century, juxtaposed against modern designs and patterns. Jodhpur's red sand-stone unites the new with the old, as modern designs add an exciting and fresh dimension to the region's age-old stone carving industry.

Fateh Prakash Palace

Maharana Fateh Singh, one of the greatest Maharanas of Mewar, ruled from 1884 to 1930. This palace, constructed during his reign as an exclusive venue for royal functions, has been meticulously preserved for discerning guests.

Andaz by Hyatt

A beautiful and convenient five star hotel, located just 3.5 km from the airport

Extra Hotel Nights

Often ladies will book a night at the first hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.
Follow this link to request pre or post tour hotel nights.

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