The India Tour

Vibrant India March 9 – 25, 2016.

With Sheena Singh

 

With its vibrant colours, intoxicating scents, exquisite  cuisine, and animated culture, India welcomes you.

 

After arriving in Delhi on March 9th, 2016 we will travel to Rishikesh to spend a few days in the beauty and serenity of the flowing Ganges at the foothill of the Himalayas where yoga was born. A visit to an ancient cave followed by a waterfall and sitting with hindus on the banks of the Ganges participating in the ancient vedic aarti are some of the highlights in Rishikesh.  Our journey then takes us to the legendary Taj Mahal, one of the great wonders of the world, meditating in the early light of the rising sun.  A bus ride to the desert city of Jaipur will be our home for the next two nights where we will experience a ride on an elephant going up to an ancient fort and dine in one of the loveliest palaces of Jaipur. On our night in Pushkar, camel-carts will take us into the desert under a star-filled night sky where gypsies await to serenade us with their folk songs as we dance and eat with them.  We end our journey with a three night stay in the 18th century Ahilya Fort at the banks of the sacred Narbada river in Central India. We will celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colour with the Maharaja of Maheshwar, who happens to be a personal friend. After that we return to Delhi and then fly home on March 25th.  Journey with us on this trip of a lifetime and be surprised and amazed by this magical and mysterious land.

 

March 9, Day 0. Depending on your country of origin, you will begin travel your travel to India arriving on March 10.

March 10, Day 1  Delhi

Upon arrival, each member of your party will be met at the airport by a representative of Reconnection Journey and transferred to the hotel for check in. Please note that most international flights usually arrive very late evening.

 Mar 11-14, Rishikesh  (train)

 We begin our time in India with a morning Orientation Session and  have an opportunity to meet our tour escort/guide and staff that will be assisting us during our time in India.   After lunch we will take the train to Rishikesh.   We will spend  three days at this beautiful and peaceful hotel  immersing ourselves in the serenity and aliveness of this little town built hundreds of years ago at the foothill of the Himalayas.

 rishikesh

  Mar 15, Rishikesh – Delhi

 We come back to Delhi by the afternoon train.  Dinner on your own.

 Mar 16 Delhi/Agra (train)

 In the morning, we will have just enough time to visit Raj Ghat, which is the last resting place of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. The place is not far away from the banks of River Yamuna.  From there we will board an afternoon train to Agra.

 

 taj

Mar 17 Agra/Jaipur (bus)

 In the morning, horse drawn carraiges – tongas – await as we alight them to visit the Taj Mahal as it glows softly pink in the dawn sun. The Taj in all its timeless beauty is still the inspiration of poets and painters, writers and photographers. Shah Jehan built the Taj in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th childWe will visit a shop that demonstrates the ancient inlay work in marble seen covering the walls of the Taj Mahal.   We then board our bus to Jaipur arriving there early evening.

 samode palace    elephant

Mar 18 Jaipur

 In the morning, we will do a half-day excursion to the Amber Fort built by the Rajput kings in 1592. Ornately decorated elephants usually take us from the base to the top of the hill to the fort and back.  Since the elephants will have gathered for the Festival, we are not sure whether they will be available for the ride to Amber Fort. The fort is a blend of Hindu and Islamic architecture. We will visit the fascinating Jantar Mantar, a stone observatory raised in the 18th century by an astronomer-king.

 Mar 19, Jaipur/ Pushkar (bus)

The picturesque lake of Pushkar is surrounded by hills on three sides and sand dunes on the fourth-a perfect site for the annual religious and cattle fair, held in the month of October-November. Pushkar is a sacred place for Hindus and has a staggering 400 temples, of which the most important is dedicated to Lord Brahma. According to legend, for five days in a year, all the gods visit Pushkar and bless the devout-hence the unbelievable number of devotees who flock to the lake to wash away their sins.

Camel carts will take us into the nite desert where we will be greeted by gypsies with their music and dance around a bonfire and we will dine there amidst the sand dunes.

    pushkar   pushkar kalbilya dancers

Mar 20, Jaipur/Delhi (train)

 An afternoon train takes us back to Delhi.

 Mar 21-24 Maheswar (fly)

 maheshwar fort

 A stay at Ahilya Fort is an experience straight out of the 18th Century.  Situated high above the banks of the sacred Narbada river, Ahilya Fort was the capital of one of India’s celebrated women rulers – Ahilya Bai Holkar.  Our host, Price Richard Holkar, son the last Maharaja of Indore , ensures that the pace of life at Ahilya Fort is leisurely, in keeping with his wish the guests enjoy and oasis of calm and repose.  Accomodation at Ahila Fort is on full board basis (all meals).  Indian beverages, soft drinks, tea – from an exclusive tea garden in Darjeeling, coffee from Coorg, specially roasted for Ahilya Fort’s guests, will be available throughout the day.  Cocktails, wine and beer are offered by the host.

 

 holi collage

 We will be celebrating Holi with  the Prince who according to tradition lights the bonfire on the night of Holi.  On this occasion, coloured powder is rubbed or sprayed on friends and family.  It signifies joy at the coming of Spring.  An old T-shirt and pair of pants are recommended for this festival.

 Mar 24 Maheswar/Delhi (fly)

 After our farewell lunch at Maheshwar, we fly back to Delhi.  Breakfast and lunch included. Dinner on your own.

 Mar 25 Delhi (fly back home)

 This is our last day to catch up with our shopping for ourselves and our friends or perhaps to just laze in the hotel before catching your international flight back to your home country.  Only Breakfast is included on this day. Flights are usually late in the evening or just past midnight.

  Cost Includes:
Land Price:  $3900
Single Supplement: $950
International Flight to India from USA  approx. $1400

 Airport meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure on the dates specified on the itinerary. On earlier arrivals and later departures, pickup and drop-off to airport is $45 (for coming and going).
Accommodation at all hotels on twin sharing basis and internal flights
Most Meals are included unless otherwise specified.
Taxes and service charges at hotels
All transfers to or from hotels, excursions by large air conditioned coach
Entrance fees to monuments
Accompanied by tour organizer Sheena Singh AND a tour escort/guide. There will be local guides at some of the places.
All tips, gratuities, portage. Tip extra for the tour escort/guide.

 Not included items:
 Airline ticket – International
Individual airport meeting, assistance and transfer ($45 both ways)
Trip Cancellation Insurance – highly recommended

Cancellation/Refund policy for Individual Travelers
Cancel more than 60 days prior to departure – 100% of payments to that point minus $200 administration costs.
Cancel between 30-60 days prior to departure – forfeit deposit
Cancel less than 30 days prior to departure – NO REFUND of tour cost
No refunds are available for unused services during your trip.   Any cancellation must be received in writing.  We reserve the right to cancel the trip if it is not meeting the trip minimum.

 EXTRA NIGHTS
Delhi:  Claridges:  Sgl/Dbl:  US$230 per night with breakfast and taxes.