Travel for Humanity

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BEST SEASON

OCTOBER TO MARCH

Grade

Gentle – Moderate

Duration

16 days

1275 $ / Person

08-10 Persons

PLACES COVERED: DELHI, AGRA, JAIPUR, PUSHKAR, JODHPUR, DEOGARH, RANAKPUR, KUMBHALGARH, UDAIPUR
 

COMPOSITION: GROUP TOUR
 

HIGHLIGHTS: Riding Rickshaws & elephants, Community Service, Save the Bear Project, Helping Desert Children, Taj the Wonder, Incredible forts, Chat with Royals, Interacting with craftsmen, Majestic Palaces & much more…..
 

OVERVIEW
Rajasthan, the land of romance & heroism, of kings & wars, forts & palaces, the ultimate repository of history, heritage & culture: On your entire trip, you are kept courteous company by the majestic Aravallis mountains, Ferried by Camels, elephants & Jeeps, pampered by the warmth & hospitality of its people & drawn out by the splendor of its lakes, forts & Havelis. And at the end of it all you think if you could relive such a fascinating experience all over again. That is Rajasthan for you.

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MAJOR INCLUSIONS

  • TRANSPORTATION INCLUDED YES
  • BREAKFAST INCLUDED YES
  • ALL MONUMENTS TICKETS YES
  • HOTELS 4 / 5 STAR INCLUDED YES
  • GUIDE / ESCORT INCLUDED YES

DAY WISE ITINERARY

DAY 01 ARRIVE IN DELHI

You arrive in Delhi on your own. We shall receive you at the airport; assist you to the waiting vehicle & drive along to your hotel for your check in. You freshen up & relax a while. Later in the day you shall set out for a panoramic visit of the Lutyen’s Delhi.

Here you shall visit the India gate (War memorial for Indian soldiers); President’s Estate (Vice regal mansion housing the President; Humayun’s tomb (precursor to Taj Mahal) & Lotus temple (Closed on Mondays). Return by the evening time for your overnight stay at the hotel.

Delhi
Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines the ancient with the modern. Amidst the spiraling skyscrapers are remnants of a bygone time with many old monuments standing as reminders to the city’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling through Delhi are of a spacious city with tree-lined avenues and forested parks.

Hotel: TBA
Meals Provided: Welcome Dinner

DAY 02 OLD DELHI SIGHTSEEING + VISIT TO KARM MARG CHARITABLE SOCIETY

This day you get up close & personal with the real India. First up you visit Jama Mosque in the old Delhi area. Follow it up with a cycle rickshaw ride through the crowded yet illustrious Chandni Chowk Bazaar overlooking the majestic Red Fort on the opposite end. Visit the Asia’s largest Spice market & Meena Bazaar, women oriented street market. A visit to Raj Ghat, the cremation place of the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi, apostle of peace is very much in place as well before you reach back to the comforts of your hotel in the central business district.

About Karm Marg
In the evening you visit Karm Marg, a charitable society in NCR, Faridabad. Karm Marg is essentially a safe & hygienic home for underprivileged & destitute children, where they are brought up in a family-like atmosphere and trained for employment opportunities. Some 60 odd children of all ages, including six special children are provided for their sustenance & education here. It also provides employment to 100 0dd women of the adjoining villages.

Hotel: TBA
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch at a Local restaurant

DAY 03 DELHI – AGRA (250 KMS, 3-4 HRS BY SURFACE)

This morning, you depart for Agra, a three hour drive on the freshly built Agra expressway. En- route you visit Itmad-ud-Daulah, often referred to as the ‘Baby Taj.’ Built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s wife, Nur Jahan, for her father, who was a Persian & who had served in Akbar’s court. Carry on with your sightseeing of the Agra Fort. Later check in your hotel for overnight stay.

Hotel: TBA
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch at a local restaurant

DAYS 04, 05 & 06 AGRA(Taj & Save the bear project) – FATEH PUR SIKRI - KALAKHO VILLAGE (165 kms, 3 HRS)

Day 04
Today you see Taj very early in the morning. We recommend seeing it by the Sunrise time even before you have had your breakfast. Return back to your hotel. Have breakfast. Rest a while before leaving for the Kalakho Fateh Pur Sikri. But not before you have visited the Save the Bear project near Agra.

About The project
The Agra Bear Rescue Facility (ABRF) lies a few kilometers north of the Taj Mahal. Located in the government owned Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, under the overall supervision of the Uttar Pradesh Forestry Department, It is run by Indian partners of Wildlife SOS and their expert team of vets and keepers.

The sanctuary provides a beautiful natural forest habitat where the bears roam freely after a period of quarantine and rehabilitation. The socialization areas have freshwater bathing pools, purpose-built dens, feeding and resting areas, as well as climbing frames and other types of other environmental enrichment. The sanctuary is home to over 250 bears that have been confiscated from animal traders, and dancing sloth bears that have been rescued through the Kalander Rehabilitation Program. The so-called ‘dancing’ bears are in reality dragged by the nose to stand on their hind legs. They are taught to dance by being beaten around the legs with a wooden ‘waddie’ or by being placed on hot stovetops. The Kalander Rehabilitation Program offers the Kalander gypsies (the ‘dancing’ bear’s master) seed money to begin an alternative profession, planting crops, learning a trade, setting up a shop or

sending their children to school. In return, the Kalander surrenders the bear and his license to the authorities. The bear is then brought to the Agra Bear Rescue Facility to be cared for. Once malnourished, exhausted and sick from years of neglect and torture, they now enjoy freedom, rest and fresh food.

TAJ MAHAL
The exceptional wonder of the world is every tourist’s dream. Destination; Built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial dedicated to the love & devotion of his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to complete and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.

FATEH PUR SIKRI
Mughal Emperor’s Akbar’s capital for over 2 decades before water scarcity & Rajputana neighborhood frustrated him to go back to Agra. Legend has it that Akbar built this place in honor of Saint Salim Chisti who had prophesied that the Emperor would one day bear a son that he had longed for. He was sure blessed.

You can after entering from the Buland Darwaza (54 mts entry gate to the Ghost city) see the Saints tomb; Diwan e- Khas (Private audience assembly hall) Jama Mosque & a couple of more structures on your visit.

Overnight in Umaid Lake Palace, Kalakho
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Dinner

DAYS 05 & 06
Kalakho
Stay at a heritage style hotel in the rustic countryside of the tribal village of Kalakho which is home to the traditional Meena tribes known for farming & cattle breeding and also the Kumhaar’s known for clay pottery making.

Village Walking Tour:
You walk around a Rajasthani village to get a real feel of rural India. You would see children in school uniforms, men & women in traditional tribal gear either lazing around their mud homes or tending to crop in their fields. You can stop at a local market and see the similarities and uniqueness of people buying and selling their wares. This trip will take all of two hours and you can round it off by having tea in the home of one of the village elders.

You can enjoy a Juggad ride or a camel ride to the fields. Those who have not exercised for long may prefer riding bicycles.

Optional Voluntary Activities:
You can lend your hand for building toilets, installing water filters, engage yourselves in rain water harvesting, painting the walls of the school, Teaching English & listening children read at the school, donate a tree in your name etc.

Organic Farming/Poultry & Dairy/Cooking Lessons
You shall be spending the afternoon at the Organic Gardens & the Dairy cum poultry Farm located within the retreat premises. Accompanied by one of your hosts, you get on an enchanting tour of the organic farms & dairy. See various vegetable producing techniques as well as the scores of cows, buffalos & goats reared for milk & Hens for eggs. During the harvest season a host of crops are harvested at these organic farms that include maize, barley, wheat, millets (bajra), cauliflower, chillies, capsicum and fenugreek. You can engage with the farmers to experience various harvesting techniques used in rural Rajasthan and take part in the local farming practices in the retreat premises followed by live cooking lessons/demonstrations.

Overnight in Umaid Lake Palace, Kalakho
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Homemade Lunch & Dinner

DAYS 07 & 08 KALAKHO - JAIPUR (100 KMS, 2HRS)

Leave the village for Jaipur today. We have compiled a list of the worth seeing spots in Jaipur which you can explore during the course of your stay here: These are listed below:-
City Palace:
This grand edifice which also includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces and other buildings is a palace complex in Jaipur, built between 1729 and 1732, initially by Sawai Jai Singh the ruler of Amber. He planned and built the outer walls, and later additions were made by successive rulers continuing up to the 20th century. The architects achieved a rare fusion of the Shilpa Shastra of Indian architecture with Rajput, Mughal and European styles of architecture blended into one.
Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds)
This building was created especially for the women folk of the Maharaja clan of those times. From the numerous windows & air inlets of the structure the Maharajah’s wives would spy the daily life of Jaipur hidden by the lattice work screens.
Jantar Mantar
A collection of astronomical observation instruments and calculations of the of the ancient India masters of Jyotishis is what this World Heritage site has to offer. Built by the Rajput King Sawai Jai Singh, this observatory consists of fourteen major geometric devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars’ location as the earth orbits
Around the sun, ascertaining the declinations of planets, and determining the celestial altitudes and related ephemerides, highly recommended for visit.
Amber Fort
Also known as Amer Fort & situated on the outskirts of Jaipur town, it is one of the most famous forts in whole of Rajasthan. It was originally the capital of the state before Jaipur got bestowed with this title. Constructed in the 16th century by the then Raja Jai Singh in red sandstone and marble, it is an imposing structure atop the hillock overlooking Jaipur & adjoining areas. You can ride an elephant up the path to the main compound. You can also see the ‘Shila Devi’ Temple and the ‘Ganesh Pol’ inside the premises that is thronged by hundreds of visitors each day. Do not miss the great durbar Hall & other pavilions.

Watch the sunset over Jaipur from the Sun Temple here.

Heritage Walk (Recommended)
This tour is very different & full of unexpected sights and surprises. You shall pamper your senses with Unforgettable images of men & women, young & old engaged animatedly in their daily work in the lanes & by lanes of this city. Though quite a modern city yet Jaipur has not lost its old charm and is a stunning example of India’s rich cultural & historical legacy. At one end of this walk you shall see metal making experts work with their traditional tools & on the other you get to see the Sarvajanik Kuan or The Public well, the spot where ladies used to gather in ancient times over some chit chat while drawing water from the well. From tie & dye textile facilities to Earthen ware, from ancient Johri bazaar (goldsmiths market) to spicy street food, you savor this all during this heritage walk.

Overnight in Jaipur
Hotel: TBA
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch at local restaurant

DAYS 09 & 10 JAIPUR – AJMER – PUSHKAR (135 kms, 2-3 hrs by surface/train)

This morning after breakfast, you either depart by train or by car to Ajmer. Ensconced in the Aravalis Mountains Ajmer is the burial shrine of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chisti, who practiced peace & communal harmony during his stay here between 1142 and 1236 A.D. You also visit the magnificent Ana Sagar Lake, constructed in the twelfth century. Time permitting you can pass by Lake Foy Sagar, Mayo College (Prestigious boarding college for affluent children).

Proceed to Pushkar where you reach in about half an hour from Ajmer. This place is famous for the Pushkar Fair where camel owners buy & sell camels, livestock & shop for other goods in a 14 day festival in November. The main Pushkar festivities dates are Nov 23-25, 2015, however groups of camels, nomads, herders, horses and traders begin to appear early about 8 days before to set up camps in Pushkar. This is the best time for photography; you can move around and observe the scene freely
You shall also see hundreds of bathing/washing Ghats by the Pushkar lake side where people perform Puja in reverence to Hindu God Brahma. The Creator at the Brahma Temple;

Help Tribal Community/Village
As part of this trip, you can assist any/many of the community activities concerning tribal communities such as teaching girls, funding women empowerment projects and infrastructure and construction projects. So while you explore the nature more closely, you can be a part of various engagements during your stay in the area. Overall a great value to the program. From Educational trips (Community Schools, Bridge Classes, Adolescent Girls & Women etc) to Women Empowerment, Girls Empowerment Child care centers, Orphanage, Old Age homes, Special child (Mentally disabled), Animal care & rescue center, Veterinary hospitals & dispensaries to helping Construction, Renovation & Beautification in slums, schools, & other community buildings, you can choose to add value to any of the above. Get talking & understanding the local culture & customs.

Hotel: TBA
Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 10 & 11 AJMER – JODHPUR (210 KMS – 4 HRS)

Today you are off to the desert city, Jodhpur. Set on the edge of the Thar Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. The powerful Rathor clan ruled the Kingdom of Jodhpur and traces their ancestry back to Lord Rama, the hero of the epic Ramayana. Jodhpur today is the second largest city of Rajasthan with a population of 7 lacs;

While in Jodhpur, you visit Jaswant Thadda – a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble built in 1899 A.D. in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Later you see Umaid Bhawan Palace, the last of the great palaces of India and one of the largest private residences in the world – set amidst 26 acres of lush gardens.

Hotel: TBA
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Daytime road side snacks

DAY 12 JODHPUR – DEOGARH (150 KMS, 3 ½ HRS)

First up while you are still in Jodhpur, you visit Meherangarh Fort – the 5 km long majestic fort on 125 m high hill is one of the most impressive and formidable structures lining Jodhpur. Great photo making here
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Situated on the fringes of the mighty Thar Desert, the fort is built on a rocky outcrop, rising 400 feet above the city. It has a labyrinth of palatial buildings built by a succession of Marwar rulers. From the fort’s ramparts you will be able to view the blue-painted Brahim houses for which the city is famous.

Afterwards leave for the sleepy little town of Deogarh. On arrival check into the beautiful Deogarh Mahal; Settle down for a chat with the royal family.

Enjoy lunch and then set out on a 4WD jeep safari through the rugged countryside around the palace and visit the hill top Fort of Deogarh. Deogarh Mahal is an imposing structure built in the 17th century. It stands atop a hill and offers a commanding view of the Aravallis mountain range and the numerous lakes, strewn across the countryside. With its graying battlements, domes, turrets, jharokhas and huge gateways, it is a picturesque sight from the town below. Built in 1670 A.D. by Rawat Dwarka Dasji as a family residence, it soon became the hub of village activity.

Hotel: TBA
Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 13 DEOGARH – JOJAWAR – RANAKPUR (90 kms, 2-3 hrs)

After breakfast at the hotel, board the local train for a unique and exclusive journey through the Aravali Hill to Jojawar. This slow moving train is mostly used by local milk vendors and makes unscheduled stops to feed the Langoors (long tailed monkeys).
Upon arrival in Jojawar, meet your guide and explore the village, boasting one of the largest camel populations in India. The vivid colors of the turbans and the dresses of villagers are a treat to the eye. Next, continue by car (about three hours) to the important Jain temple site of Ranakpur, where you’ll spend the night at a recently restored Haveli (feudal mansion).
Overnight in Ranakpur

Hotel: TBA
Meals Provided: Breakfast

DAYS 14 & 15 RANAKPUR- KUMBHALGARH FORT - UDAIPUR (95 KMS, 3 HRS)

This morning after breakfast, check out of the haveli and spend the morning exploring the Jain Temple of Ranakpur. The temple was built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. The temple covers an enormous 48,000 square feet and includes four subsidiary shrines, twenty-four pillared halls and domes supported by 1,444 columns, all of which are intricately carved with no two alike. It is truly an amazing site!

Later you drive for about another hour to Kumbhalgarh. This fort was the second most important stronghold of the Mewar kingdom after Chittorgarh. Built by Maharaja Khumba, The fort is situated on the west facing ridge of the Aravali Mountains, commanding spectacular views of the border between the ancient Rajput kingdoms of Udaipur (Mewar) and Jodhpur (Marwar). The walls of the fort stretch over twenty-two miles and encompass a number of temples, palaces, gardens and water storage facilities including a wildlife sanctuary known for its wolves, leopards and sloth bears.

Later before the dusk you leave for an enjoyable drive to the lake city Udaipur.
Overnight in Udaipur

Hotel: TBA
Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner

UDAIPUR
You’ll enjoy a full day tour of Udaipur. Laced with waterways and known as the “Venice of the East” it is a cultural and artistic center of India and houses many extravagant palaces. Here you’ll tour the City Palace, set on lovely Lake Pichola and built during the 18th century renaissance of the arts. It is one of the largest palace complexes in the world and boasts extraordinary craftsmanship.

You will have some well earned free time this afternoon to relax and enjoy the luxuries of the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel – Udaipur

DAY 16 UDAIPUR – DELHI – HOME COUNTRY

Your Rajasthan experience comes to an end today. After checking out of the hotel, you will continue to explore and enjoy Udaipur and its environs with your guide. Catch the afternoon sortie to Delhi from where you’ll connect to your international flight home.

Hope you enjoyed touring with us. Wish you happy memories.

Hotel: TBA
Meals Provided: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner at a Delhi restaurant

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