This 16-day women-only tour is focused on North India’s highlights such as the Taj Mahal, the ghats of Varanasi, the erotic temples of Khajuraho, spectacular Diwali festivities and a trip to the ancient temple complex at Bateshwar (during their historic animal fair)! You’ll be actively involved in the local cultural as you take a hand-o cooking class, ride a camel, boat along the Ganges River, gaze at the Taj Mahal, and join in a puja (prayer) during India’s Festival of Lights.
Day 01: Welcome to Delhi
Arrive in India’s capital city of Delhi and let the experience begin! A traditional welcome marks the start of your magnificent journey before you are transferred from the airport to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure resting and relaxing from your long flight and stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Explore the city of Delhi
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel followed by some free time to relax before and afternoon city tour of Delhi. After lunch at a local restaurant, begin your sightseeing tour and explore this capital city, where ornate building recall the days when India was the gem in the crown of British Empire. Visit sights such as Humayun’s Tomb and the impressive Qutub Minar, built by Qutab-ud-din Aibek in 1199 from sandstone and marble. Drive past India Gate (War Memorial Arch), the president’s House and parliament House. Enjoy visits to Birla Temple and Bangla Sahib Gurdwara, the largest Sikh house of worship, Return to your hotel and prepare for a wonderful evening celebrating the Diwali festivities with dinner, games, music and traditional “Puja” or prayer.
Day 03: – Depart for Varanasi
Following breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Varanasi. On arrival, our representative meets you at the airport and transfers you to the hotel. After checking-in, the rest of the morning is your is your free at leisure. Enjoy lunch followed by a fascinating tour of the temples along the ghats and listen to a private musical performance by world-renowned artists. In the evening. Experience an “Aarti” (prayers) that take place on the Ganges.
Day 04: Explore the Ganges and Sarnath
Early this morning, depart on a boat cruise on the river Ganges to observe the pilgrims and their way of life on the Ghaats. Return to the hotel in time for breakfast followed by a visit to the bazaars where you have the opportunity to shop for silk saris and other items in this city renowned for its cloth. Lateer in the day, drive to Sarnath-considered one of the most holy of Buddhist sites. Here, see the remains of a once flourishing Buddhist monastery and visit the museum housing a splendid assortment of Buddhist artwork and scuptures. Return to Varanasi and stop for tea and a chance to interact with a Tibetan monk.
Day 05: Depart for Khajuraho
Breakfast us served at the hotel before checking-out. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Khajuraho, a World Heritage Site known for its medieval Hindu and jain temples, and erotic sculptures. You are met by a representative and transferred to the hotel followed by a tour of the impressive temples. In the evening, enjoy a special dinner with a family for a chance to discover their way of living.
Day 06: Travel to Agra by train
This morning, explore the Eastern and Southern temples of Khajuraho and depart for Orchha in time for lunch. Orchha is a beautiful Medieval town, once the capital of the Bundela Kings, located alongside the Betwa River. After leisure sightseeing of this town, epart for Jhansi to board your train to Agra. Arrive Agra late in the evening for an overnight stay.
Day 07: Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal
Awaken early this morning to enjoy an unforgettable sunrise sightseeing tour of the most opulent wonder of the modern world, the Taj Mahal and return to your hotel for breakfast, if time permits, visit the important 16th-century Mughal monuments known as the Red Fort of Agra and the abandoned Mughal palatial complex of Emperor Akbar. In this afternoon, drive to Chambal region and spend the night at Chambal Safari Lodge.
Day 08: Chambal River and Bateshwar Temples
Travel early in the morning to the legendary Chambal River for a peaceful boat ride along this protected waterway. Get your cameras ready as your see a variety of animals such as birds, gharials (marsh crocodiles) and river dolphins. Return to the lodge for breakfast followed by some free time to explore the beautiful surroundings and villages nearby. Visit the Bateshwar Temples on the Yamuna River and witness the annual animal festival, the 2nd largest festival in India. Here you’ll see traders as they arrive with horses, camels and cattle- a perfect opportunity for very interesting photography., return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 09: Travel to Jaipur via FatehpurSikri
Start this day early and travel back to Chambal river for an exciting camel ride to fort Aterm, which was once an important fort where a number of battles took place between the Rajputs, Mughals and the Marathas. Return to the lodge for breakfast and depart by road for Jaipur, En route, visit FatehpurSikri, the abandoned Mughal palatial complex of Emperor Akbar. Upon arrival in Jaipur, check into your hotel and spend your evening at leisure.
Day 10: Explore the “Pink City”
This morning after breakfast, begin your tour of Jaipur, known as the Pink City, with an elephant ride to the top of Amber Fort. After lunch, embark on a guided sightseeing tour visiting such places as Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), the city palace and Museum, JantarMantar Observatory and Albert Hall Museum.
Day 11: Journey to Jodhpur
Following breakfast, depart for Jodhpur, also known as the “Blue City” and the Gateway to the Thar Desert. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city which is ringed by a high stoned wall with seven gates and several bastions. Rediscover the heritage of Rajasthan at the rock-solid Mehrangarh Fort, Mandore Garden and the impressive Umaid Bhawan Palace. Jodhpur is known for its thriving handicrafts industry and if time permits, you may have the opportunity to browse for souvenirs before being transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 12: Embark on a jeep safari
The morning is spent in Jodhpur for final sightseeing and last minute shopping. Depart for RohetGarh where you may spend your early afternoon relaxing in the garden or taking a dip in the pool. In the late afternoon, embark on a short jeep safari to see some local wildlife, visit a Bishnoi Village, where you may have the chance to witness a distinctive opium ceremony – a daily practice of the local tribes. Return to your hotel in RohetGarh for dinner and overnight.
Day 13: Discover the Jain Temples at Ranakpur
Depart for Udaipur this morning and enroute, visit the famous temples of Ranakpur, including a white marble Jain temple with over 1,400 exquisitely carved pillars and distinctive domes and turrets. Upon arrival in Udaipur, the afternoon is yours free at leisure to wander the narrow streets and aalleys of this fairly peaceful town. Enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant, which overlooks the serene lake.
Day 14: Udaipur, the “City of Lakes”
Today, your tour includes a visit to the City Palace and Museum of Lake Pichola, Sahileyon Ki Bari (garden of Royal Ladies) and the Jagdish Temple. IN the afternoon, take a boat ride on Lake Pichola and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure exploring the city. In the evening, your may have the opportunity to watch a Bollywood hit at the local theater.
Day 15: Discover traditional Indian cooking
Delight in today’s activity as you learn to prepare numerous India recipes in a cooking class conducted by a local woman known for her culinary skills. Enjoy the rest of day at leisure and later transfer to the train station for your overnight train to Delhi.
Day 16: Morning arrival in Delhi
Arrive Delhi in the morning and be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel for breakfast and some time to relax and refresh after your overnight travel, Later, you have the opportunity to visit the Red Fort, Raj Ghat memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, Sheesh Ganj Gurudwara and Jama Masjid, one of the best known mosques in India. You may also have the chance to stroll the bustling alleyways of Chandni Chowk and find gastronomical delights that compete with the Mughal courts themselves. You may also have some time to shop at Delhi Haat Market, Connaught place of Khan Market. Return to your farewell dinner, which includes a cultural program before the time comes for your transger to the airport to board your flight back home.