16 days
Duration
India
Destination

Spirit of Rajasthan & North India Tour

Spirit Journeys Worldwide welcomes you to join our Spirit of Rajasthan & North India Tour.

Highlights:

  • Surya Namaskar Yoga Boat Ride and Life & Death of Hindu Mythology walk in Varanasi.
  • 2 Nights at Chambal with village walks, river safari & visit of Sarus Crane Conservation Centre.
  • Visit the wholesale Flower Market and Milk Market in Jaipur.
  • Overnight in the countryside at Shahpura with a Sundowner Experience.

TOUR DETAILS

  • Multiple departures
  • 16 days/15 nights,
  • Price from  pp/double occupancy
  • Open to all levels

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DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONFlights available on request – please contact us for a quote including flights
INCLUDED  Accommodation 
Services of an English speaking local guide during sightseeing in Mumbai on Day 09
Entrance Fees at monuments
 Assistance of our representative during arrival & departure transfers at airport & railway station.
 Road taxes, parking fees, fuel charges, interstate taxes, porterage at railway station
 All applicable taxes including Government Service Tax
 All Meals (Breakfast, lunch & dinner) as per itinerary
 Valet service
 Government Services Tax of 5%
NOT INCLUDE Items of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips & gratuities, still/video camera fees at monuments or any items not specified above
 Any other services not mentioned in the itinerary
 VISA fees / any international air fares
 Any Laundry and Alcoholic Beverages, Insurance and Gratuities
 Video and professional still camera fees
 All activities mentioned as ‘options’ in the itinerary.

 

Additional information

Additional InformationSingle Rooms at a supplement on request
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Day 1: Arrive – Delhi (-/-/-)

Upon arriving in Delhi, you will be met and transferred to your to hotel. Welcomed with the magical  traditional Indian style greeting at check in.  Overnight stay at the hotel.

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Day 2: Delhi (B/-/-)

After breakfast we leave for our visit to Old Delhi which came into prominence when Shah Jahan moved his capital from Agra to Delhi. You can visit the 300-year-old Chandni Chowk market, a maze of lanes crowded with shops selling an extraordinary variety of items and food, the noise and crowds are a quintessential part of any Indian market.

From here you continue to the Jama Masjid or Friday Mosque. This is India’s largest mosque designed by Shah Jahan and was his last architectural legacy. Originally it was called Masjid-I-Jahanuma, which means “mosque commanding a view of the world”. In complete contrast to the noise and crowds of Old Delhi, is Raj Ghat a simple and stunning memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the main architect of India’s independence.

You pass through the Red Fort that dominates this area is the landmark. Built in the mid 17th century by Shah Jahan, it was plundered by the marauding armies of Nadir Shah and later by British soldiers. There are also fun restaurants and cafes here which make a good choice for lunch if you’d like.

The afternoon tour of New Delhi will start with an optional visit to Gandhi Smriti, the place where Gandhi was assinated. Afterwards, head to the famous Connaught Place built in 1931, instead of shopping here, you’ll head behind the scenes to an incredible 13th century stepwell which is perfectly preserved and take a quick stroll around the corner to where all the Dhobi Walas are going about their daily business of laundry. Proceed to President’s House, the official residence of the Viceroy of India with its private garden designed by Lutyens. You’ll then be driven down Rajpath in a tuk-tuk to the imposing India Gate which stands 42m high and commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British in the First World War.

We end our tour with a visit to Humayun’s Tomb and as a complete contrast, browse along the most expensive retail street in India and pick up some wonderful Indian-themed clothes and books. Overnight stay at the hotel.

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Day 3: Delhi – Varanasi (By Flight)(B/-/-)

After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Delhi airport to board your morning flight to Varanasi.

On arrival, we will make a visit to Sarnath; it is one of the important Buddhist centres of Sarnath. It is the site where Lord Buddha had preached his first sermon or in religious language, set in motion the Wheel of Law (Maha-Dharmachakra-Pravartan) enshrining the principles of his teaching into laws. 200 years later, in 3rd century BC, the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka who spread the Buddha’s message of love and compassion throughout his vast empire, built massive stupas, viharas and monasteries making it the centre of the Buddhist world.

Evening Ghats and Aarti Ceremony

This evening proceeds to the ghats to watch the sunset by boat and witness life on the Ghats, especially the lights of the various temples slowly glowing and hear the sound of the bells synchronizing with the chants and prayers done by the priests. You will stop at one of the ghats to witness the evening Aarti ceremony. The “AARTI”, is normally sung at the conclusion of any religious ceremony or puja, or simply by itself each morning and evening as a joyous celebration to the Supreme within us and without. The lighting of the lamps for the Aarti has a manifold significance. On the one hand it denotes the light of spiritual knowledge, the illumination of truth. On the other hand, when camphor is used as the fuel to light up the lamps, the camphor eventually burns out and disappears without a trace. This signifies the total destruction of the ego in the light of true knowledge or – the illumination of the self in union with the Universe.
Overnight stay at the hotel.

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Day 4: Varanasi (B/L/D)

Surya Namaskar yoga boat ride begins before sunrise and takes a boat upriver to a secluded ghat where a sun salutation series with pranayama techniques is taught.

An early morning sunrise boat excursion on the holy River Ganges. At dawn when it is full of pilgrims it’s an amazing place to witness the living traditions of one of the world’s oldest and most important religions. See Varanasi come alive along the banks of the river. See people bathing in the holy water and worshiping the rising sun. Witness the conclusion of life at the riverbank holy cremation grounds. It is believed, if you die in Varanasi, you go straight to heaven.

After the boat ride return to the hotel for breakfast with the rest of the morning is at leisure.

Afternoon, walking tour of the Alleys and Markets of Varanasi

If you really want to get a sense of the ‘real’ Varanasi, the only possible way is to explore the maze of narrow and puzzled alleys behind the famous ghats and mother Ganga. Beautiful temples and shrines, monasteries, cultural and religious diversity, major old markets and of course, sacred cows and bulls…all can be found inside the world of alleys and bylanes inaccessible by vehicles. This walking tour gives you an opportunity to experience the hustle and bustle and assault on the senses of real Varanasi beyond the riverfront…be prepared!

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Life & Death of Hindu Mythology – Late evening Walk

Stroll at night through the city and see Varanasi as Mahashamstana, the great cremation ground. We begin at sacred fertility ponds which can reportedly heal diseases, traverse in semi-darkness to the forbidding Baba Kinaram ashram of the Aghor Peeth, the Easy Path of tantric non-dualism, well known for the black-clothed renunciants who meditate in the cremation grounds. You will get a taste of death & rebirth while discussing the differences between Vedic & Tantric philosophy as you wander through Kali temples to the cremation grounds. The tour ends with a late night 10:30 – 11:00pm temple aarti ceremony. Overnight stay at the hotel.

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Day 5: Varanasi – Agra (By Flight) (B/-/-)

Morning breakfast is at leisure in the hotel. In time check from the hotel and we drive to Varanasi airport to board your noon flight to Agra.

On arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Today we will make a visit to Agra Fort, built by Emperor Akbar, reveals the Mughal talent for combining defensive architecture with beauty and design. This fort palace was begun by Akbar as a purely defensive citadel and was subsequently completed by two successive generations that added the delicate mosaic and magnificent marble palaces. The fort is the history of Mughal life in Agra and offers a magical view of the Taj Mahal. Overnight stay at the hotel.

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Day 6: Agra – Chambal (65 Km / 02 hrs) (B/-/-)

At sunrise, we leave for the visit of world famous Taj Mahal built by Shah Jahan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the sill of 20,000 craftsmen brought together from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and who took 17 years to complete this ‘Love Poem in Marble’.

Return to the hotel for breakfast.

Check out from the hotel and we drive to Chambal Safari Lodge. Check in at the hotel upon arrival.

Afternoon Village Walks

In the villages around the Chambal Safari Lodge you can still find a potter at his wheel making earthenware kullars (cups) or a cobbler using the simplest implements to fashion and repair a most interesting variety of leather items. Take a walk in these villages with Chambal Safari and gain a wonderful insight into rural Indian life.

Evening Visit to Bateshwar Temple

The ancient temple complex at Bateshwar on the river Yamuna, 10 km from the Chambal Safari Lodge, consists of more than a hundred temples dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. The ravines surrounding the temples and river are home to a number of Naga sadhus (snake worshipping ascetics) who have carved out little caves and temples within the mud walls. Overnight stay at the hotel.

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Day 7: Chambal (B/-/-)

Early morning River Safari

Set against a stunning backdrop, framed by the ravines and sandbanks, the calm waters of the Chambal River are best explored on boats. The gentle pace of the River Safari is designed to provide spectacular sightings of the gharials, muggers & turtles basking in the sun; the many migratory and resident birds flying sorties; the occasional glimpses of the Gangetic river dolphins breaking surface.

Afternoon Jeep Safari – Sarus Trail

The Sarus Crane Conservation Reserve starts around 30 km from the Chambal Safari Lodge, extending to about 100 km. It is a widespread wetland area, interspersed by cultivated fields, where large numbers of the Sarus Cranes breed. Although not a protected area, since 1999 the Supreme Court of India, recognizing its importance as a habitat has designated the area a reserve with restrictions on development. Several species of wetland birds and raptors are also found along the course of this safari. Overnight stay at the hotel.

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Day 8: Chambal – Jaipur (300 Km / 06 hrs) (B/-/-)

After breakfast at the hotel, we leave for Jaipur. Check in at the hotel upon arrival. Rest of the day is free to explore the Pink City of Jaipur on your own.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

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Day 9: Jaipur (B/-/-)

Early in the morning E-rickshaw tour to venture out the bustling doodh-mandi, (Doodh = milk and Mandi = market) where milk arrives in cans usually on the back of motorbikes, rickshaws or even camel carts! It is quickly snapped up by neighbourhood doodhwallas (milkmen) and confectionery shops and taken away for further distribution. There are other fascinating markets to visit this morning too as the Pink City wakes up; watch the sellers setting up their flower and vegetable stalls as you wander around, sip chai and offer puja at a local temple. You have an option to do breakfast at LMB or at your hotel.

This afternoon we leave for the visit of Maharaja’s city Palace, the former Royal residence part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. Built in the style of a fortified campus, the palace covers almost one-seventh in area of the city. The main entrance leads to the courtyard at the center, which is the Mubarak Mahal. One of the major attractions

in the museum is the portion known as Armoury Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. The royal families of Jaipur once used most of these weapons. On the first floor is the Textile and Costume Museum, which is the fine example of fabrics and costumes from all over India.

Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world built by Jai Singh from 1728 to 1734. Situated near the gate of the city palace, the observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition. We finish our city tour with a walk through the busy lanes of the city. Overnight stay at the hotel.

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Day 10: Jaipur (B/-/-)


Head to Jaigarh Fort today,12 kilometres outside Jaipur. The view from here is your introduction to the city of Amber (pronounced Amer), once the ancient capital of the Rajput Empire. Gaze down on the famous Amber Fort from your vantage point, its interesting mixture of Hindu and Mughal architecture set against a backdrop of rugged hills and its fairytale terraces and ramparts reflected in Maota Lake below. Approaching this beautiful Rajput monument from the alternative direction of Jaigarh Fort (either a 20-minute walk or by golf cart) gives you a wonderful sense of its setting. Admire Amber Fort’s striking red sandstone and marble exterior before venturing inside to explore the intricate carvings, colourful murals, precious stones and mirrors that decorate the interior before exiting down to a lovely little visited stepwell.

Afternoon Heritage Walk – Bazaars, Crafts & Cuisine Walk

Take a fascinating walking tour this afternoon which offers you the opportunity to explore Jaipur just as its residents do. Tantalise your tastebuds with culinary delights including sweets from some of the city’s most popular Mithai Wala’s, observe skilled artisans at work and enjoy the warmth of Indian hospitality with a visit to a local family. It’s a fun and immersive way to learn about the rich art and craft traditions of the Pink City that are still so highly prized in modern day India. Overnight stay at the hotel.

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Day 11: Jaipur – Shahpura (230 Kms / 04 ½ hrs)(B/-/-)

Morning after the breakfast we drive to Shahpura. Check in at the Shahpura Haveli upon arrival. Shahpura, a place where you can rest, refresh and revive yourself. Experience the traditional personalized hospitality of the royal family of Shahpura at their 19th-century palace, set in 45acres of garden and pastures.

Afternoon you will explore The Shahpura region by Jeep, a trip into Shahpura reveals the town’s rich multi-cultural vibrancy and its fascinating arts and crafts tradition. Sit with the Joshis and watch a traditional Phad, a painting depicting mythology and history, come to life.

In the evening enjoy the sundowner experience at the Fort. Overnight stay at Shahpura Bagh

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Day 12: Shahpura – Jodhpur (250 Kms / 05 hrs) (B/-/-)

After breakfast at the hotel, we leave for Jodhpur. Check in at the hotel upon arrival.

This afternoon you will have a privately guided tour of Jodhpur. The best place from which to appreciate this ‘Blue City’ is the imposing Mehrangarh Fort, the largest fort in Rajasthan and an architectural masterpiece which looms over the town. You will also stroll through the medieval streets of the Old City and visit the numerous palaces, temples and havelis that are scattered throughout.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

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Day 13: Jodhpur (B/-/-)

Today’s Jeep Safari takes you into the wilderness of western Rajasthan to visit homes and see the lives of various tribal communities. These are villages or hamlets, completely off the beaten path where people still live in complete harmony with nature. All along the drive you can encounter wildlife like black buck, blue bull, chinkara, migratory birds like the demoiselle cranes, various species of ducks and geese and several land birds. All the guides know the villages very well and often come from around these parts, so you will be welcomed with open arms and a big smile. This is a genuine experience and benefits many locals in this region who lead a simple way of life. Lunch is delicious; the simple and healthy local cooking served in a village will provide a welcome contrast with the richer cuisine served in hotels. Overnight stay at the hotel.

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Jodhpur – Udaipur via Ranakpur (285 Kms / 05 hrs) (B/-/-)

After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Udaipur en route stop Ranakpur Temples; built in the 15th century, situated in a valley on the western side of the Aravali Range. Ranakpur is amongst the five holiest places of the Jain community and exceptional in beauty. Over 1444 marble pillars, each differently carved in exquisite detail, support the temple. It is also said that it is impossible to count the pillars. Not to be missed in this temple is one carving out of a single stone with 108 heads of snakes and numerous tails.

After the visit, we continue with our drive to Udaipur. Check in at the hotel upon arrival.

Evening is at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel

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Day 15:Udaipur (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel.

HD Udaipur City Tour (Morning Half Day)

A tour of Udaipur has to start with the City Palace complex which towers majestically above Lake Pichola. The palace is the private residence of the Maharana of Mewar (‘King of kings’), but there is also a large museum with an extensive collection of rare miniatures and beautiful decorative motives made with mirrors and coloured glass. Afterwards, you will wander through the markets and bazaars to get a feel for the city. There’s also a chance to visit the towering Jagdish Temple before proceeding to the charming Garden of the Maids of Honour, which was constructed in the early 18th century and used as a venue for royal parties.

Enjoy an early evening boat ride on the placid waters of Lake Pichola, from where there are wonderful views of the City Palace stretching along the east bank and of the gardens that run down to the south bank waterside. Overnight stay at the hotel.

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Day 16: Udaipur – Delhi (By Flight) (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning is free.

Check out from the hotel and we drive to Udaipur airport to board your late afternoon flight to Delhi.

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