A small group journey for women

Holi India

Departing March 2022

Holi India 2022

India is a land of remarkable diversity – from ancient traditions and artistic heritage to magnificent  landscapes and culinary creations – India will ignite your curiosity, shake your senses and warm your soul. It is a land of fortified cities, royal families in astounding palaces and humble villages where women in blindingly bright saris go about their daily rou?ne. India is brimming with life, colourful and chaotic …
Our journey commences in the capital Delhi before travelling to India’s most holy city of Varanasi where we will witness morning rituals on the ghats that line the Ganges River, wander through the fragrant flower markets & narrow cobblestone alleyways lined with ‘chai wallahs’. We will delve deep into Rajasthan where we will ride tuk tuks like locals, visit ancient forts and palaces, take a boat ride on Lake Pichola and rise at dawn to the sound of the muezzin’s call to experience ‘real’ India as the ci?es wake. Of course we will visit the iconic Taj Mahal which is every bit as enthralling as one imagines, especially at the quieter times of sunrise and sunset, and there will be plenty of opportunity for retail therapy in leading boutiques and colourful bazaars.

The peak of our journey will be the Hindu Spring Festival of Holi, when the streets will explode with colour in a dazzling celebration of life, love and joy. We will be swept up in the mesmerising displays of dance and music on this hugely significant, joyous and unmissable day!

You will love

  • Holi Celebration in Jaipur
  • Spectacular forts & monuments
  • Taj Mahal Sunrise & Sunset
  • Ancient rituals on the Ganges
  • Cruise on Udaipur’s Lake Pichola
  • Rural Rajasthan tranquility
  • Retail therapy at its finest
  • Fabulous accommodation
  • All in the company of a small group of fabulous women!

14 UNFORGETTABLE DAYS

DAY 1 | DELHI | 1 NIGHT | Pullman Aero City

Arrive in the colourful and chaotic capital of Delhi today with overnight close to the airport to provide for an early flight to Varanasi tomorrow.

DAY 2 | VARANASI | 2 NIGHTS | Tree of Life

Fly from Delhi to Varanasi and settle in to our hotel in a peaceful village. This afternoon we will take a stroll through hand‐tilled fields & clusters of clay‐mud houses where we’ll see ‘real’ India and interact with the villagers before returning to our rural retreat
for a welcome dinner.

DAY 3 | VARANASI

Rise early for a dawn boat cruise on the Ganges. Observe the morning rituals of the crowds that flank the river ‐ truly a wondrous sight from our floating sanctuary. We will take a relaxed wander through the old city to discover markets & mosques amid the myriad of twisting alleyways; and later this evening we will witness witness the famous evening Aarti Ceremony – a relgious ritual involving flames & chanting.

DAY 4 | UDAIPUR | 2 NIGHTS | Fateh Garh Palace Hotel

Today we fly to the lake city of Udaipur, often referred to as ‘the Venice of India’. Our hotel, nestled in the Aravalli Hills, has the most spectacular pool with stunning vistas. The afternoon & evening are at leisure.

DAY 5 | UDAIPUR

A full day sightseeing today visiting the City Palace for a glimpse into Udaipur’s regal past, shopping in the fabulous boutiques in the Palace grounds and a peaceful afternoon boat cruise on Lake Pichola before returning to our sanctuary in the hills.

DAY 6 | NARLAI | 2 NIGHTS | Rawla Narlai

A leisurely departure from Jodhpur as we head into rural Rajasthan bound for the small village of Narlai. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the spa, swimming pool or simply have a siesta before a
hosted dinner this evening on the roof terrace.

DAY 7 | NARLAI

If you are feeling energetic, rise early to join a guided walk up Narlai Hill (700+ steps) to ‘Elephant Rock’ to watch the sunrise – the view is magnificent & well worth the climb! After breakfast join an escorted meander through the village venturing into houses, meeting the locals & gaining a delioghtful insight into the close knit Narlai community. Mid afernoon set out on a safari in search of leopard! Sightings are frequent & hopefully we’ll be lucky! An incredible culinary experience awaits this evening in an utterly unique location – just wait and see!

DAY 8 | JODHPUR | 2 NIGHTS | The Stepwell House

Today we are bound for the ‘Blue City’ of Jodphur arriving with plenty of time to settle into our rooms beneath the majestic Mehrangarh Fort. Later, we’ll take a guided walking tour through the Sardar market surrounding the landmark clock tower before shopping our way through some of India’s most fabulous boutique stores.

DAY 9 | JODHPUR

We’ll start the day with a privately guided tour of the impressive Meherangarh Fort & nearby Cenotaph before burrowing into the Old City’s labyrinth of gates and alleyways, passing vibrant blue buildings that are a photographers delight. Early evening we’ll visit the ancient stepwell close to our hotel before dining on the rooftop of our hotel.

DAY 10 | JAIPUR | 3 NIGHTS | Samode Haveli

Take your time to enjoy a tranquil Fort view breakfast before we hit the road for a scenic drive to Jaipur. We’ll have plenty of stops along the way as we continue to ‘road trip’ north. On arrival in the ‘Pink City’ we’ll check into the fabulous Samode Haveli – a 175 year old, opulent urban oasis enjoying sunset drinks on the terrace & a hosted dinner this evening.

DAY 11 | JAIPUR

we will spend the entire day exploring Jaipur in the company of a local guide – from the famous facade of Hawa Mahal to the imposing Amber Fort. Jaipur is famous for gemstones so we will be sure to intersperse our sightseeing with an opportunity to secure a gem stone of our own. Return to Samode Haveli for an evening at leisure and to prepare for HOLI tomorrow.

DAY 12 | JAIPUR | HAPPY HOLI!

An early start today, kitted out in our white kurtas, we are bound for a nearby temple where we will kick off our Holi celebration. There is no better way to start the day than chanting with several hundred Hindus! Later we will drive to the Narain Niwas Palace where we will participate in the highlight of the journey ‐ the Celebration of Holi! Enjoy.

DAY 13 | AGRA | 2 NIGHTS | ITC Mughal

After yesterday’s festivities it may be a quiet road journey to Agra today. On arrival we’ll tour Agra Fort, catching our first glimpses of the Taj Mahal and visiting the ‘mini Taj’.

DAY 14 | AGRA

An early morning start today to visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise where we will witness the changing face of this majestic memorial. This greatest monument to love will astound. We will return to our hotel for breakfast before visiting ‘the marble‐restorers’ tasked with keeping the Taj
intact, along with visiting Sheroes Hangout, a little cafe run entirely by female acid attack survivors that we proudly sponsor.

DAY 15 | DELHI | 1 NIGHT | Claridges Hotel

Our final drive will deliver us to Delhi and into the heart of India’s capital city. This afternoon we will visit the New City before an indulgent Farewell Dinner this evening

DAY 16 | END OF ITINERARY

On our final morning in India we will set out to explore Delhi’s Old City, commencing with a visit
to Jama Masjid ‐ India’s largest mosque, a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk passing vendors selling everything from spices to silver, from fabrics to street food. We’ll return to our hotel to pack and prepare for our departure ….. trying to fit all our new found treasures in our trunks!

WHERE YOU’LL STAY

A selection of the finest accommodation

The Tree of Life Resort – Varanasi, Northern India

The Tree of Life Resort & Spa encompasses all that Varanasi is, – an oasis of peace and calm after the often over-whelming experience of the crowds, the noise and traffic of the city. Situated in rural surroundings the Tree of Life Resort is conveniently located equidistant from Varanasi airport, the city centre (Ghats) and Sarnath. Read More

Fateh Garh Palace Hotel – Udaipur

Fateh Garh Palace Hotel is a Heritage Renaissance Resort where luxury living and environmental friendliness go hand-in-hand. The property incorporates local stone and antique architectural elements and is home to two fabulous infinity pools, an indulgent spa and an impressive collection of vintage cars! Read More

Rawla Narlai – Narlai Village, Rajasthan

Located between Udaipur and Jodhpur in the heart of the Aravalli Hills, Narlai is the ideal spot to break your journey and enjoy rural Rajasthan. This 17th century property was once a favourite hunting lodge of the Jodhpur royal family. Today, a real highlight at Rawla Narlai is the ‘Stepwell Dinner’, dining by candlelight. Read More

Samode Haveli – Jaipur, India

Unexpected and charming, Samode Haveli is a 200‐year old intimate townhouse, belonging to the royal family of Samode, hidden deep in the folds of the busy streets of old Jaipur. With its mix of history, simple style and interesting features, Samode Haveli is the reigning hip heritage hotel in Jaipur. Read More

ITC Mughal – Agra, Northern India

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. It comprises of 233 opulent rooms and suites, recreating a paradise for the contemporary Mogul. Read More

The Claridges – New Delhi, Northern India

Claridges, New Delhi has been a landmark in Lutyen's Delhi since the 1950’s. Located amidst lush and tranquil surroundings in the heart of the city, this elegant property with colonial charm and plush lawns holds a prime location close to New Delhi's historical landmarks, galleries, museums, boutiques and markets. Read More

NEED TO KNOW

15 nights | March 2022

15 nights
March 2022

To be confirmed

To be confirmed

START: Delhi     |     Finish: Delhi

*** DEPARTURE DATE IS SUBJECT TO COVID RESTRICTIONS ***

We recommend flying with Singapore Airlines. Please call to discuss your individual flight requirements.

Australia & New Zealand passport holders require a visa for India for a stay of up to 30 days.  Visa must be obtained online prior to arrival (currently US$31).  If you do not travel on an Australian or New Zealand passport please be sure to let us know and we will advise if there are any visa requirements.

Inclusions

  • Escorted by Sarah Hoyland, Director of The Classic Safari Company & Founder of Journeys for Women
  • 15 nights in stunning hotels as specified (or similar)
  • Holi Celebrations in a Palace in Jaipur including kurtas (traditional pant + top)
  • Economy class domestic flights Delhi to Varanasi & Udaipur
  • Breakfast daily + 6 lunches + 8 dinners
  • Bottled water whilst touring
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers on dates specified to / from recommended group Singapore Airlines flights
  • Land transportation in air-conditioned deluxe vehicle throughout the itinerary
  • All touring as specified with qualified, English speaking guides & all entrance fees
  • Walking tours of Varanasi, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur & Delhi
  • Boat cruises on the Ganges River & Lake Pichola
  • Leopard Safari in rural Rajasthan
  • Rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk
  • Exceptional retail therapy opportunities
  • Small group of like-minded ladies

Exclusions

  • International air arrangements plus all applicable pre-paid departure taxes
  • Travel Insurance and individual health requirements
  • Additional meals & snacks + all drinks
  • Room or flight upgrades
  • Transfers to any flight other than specified Sinagpore Airlines flights
  • Laundry, camera fees (minimal) and personal purchases
  • India Tourist Visa
  • Items of a personal nature & any item not specified

Minimum – 8 travellers

Maximum – 16 (plus host)


Flights & Insurance – on request

Recommended Routings to Delhi | Singapore Airlines via Singapore | QANTAS codeshare via Colomboi | Emirates via Dubai

Terms and conditions apply – please request a copy of our Booking Form for full details.
This tour departs with a minimum of 8 people and a maximum of 16 people (plus host).
A single room supplement applies – cost to be confirmed. Should you be willing to share please advise, however note that should no other ‘willing to share’ participant sign up you will be responsible for paying the single supplement.
The price is subject to change due to currency fluctuation and unforeseen changes beyond our control.
We reserve the right, due to situations beyond our control, to substitute any hotel or boat with another of comparable quality – this would be advised as soon as possible.
All quoted airfares & taxes are subject to change at anytime prior to, or at the time of, ticketing.
By making any payment for this tour, and/or in joining this tour, you acknowledge the potential health risks & you accept full responsibility for any potential quarantine requirements.

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