India: Literary Rajasthan

Departures: India

Rajasthan: Books, Elephants & Artisans

We begin in New Delhi, the nation’s thriving capital and a microcosm for the rest of India. Our travels take us to the Taj Mahal and the magical Land of Kings – Rajasthan, where we’ll stop in Jaipur to attend the annual Jaipur Literary Festival. After the festival, it’s on to Pushkar, Jodhpur and Udaipur, taking in the sites and visiting villages along the way.

Beneficiary

We believe that to travel responsibly, a portion of our tour cost should benefit the communities we visit. For this trip, we will donate to PATH who is working on maternal and child health and immunization services throughout India.

Itinerary

January 11- 26, 2014

Day 1-2

Depart for Delhi

Depart U.S and fly to Delhi, losing one day due to time zone changes.

Day 3-5

Delhi

Evening arrival and transfer to our hotel. Our stay includes visits to both the old and new parts of the city. Four our first evening, enjoy a welcome dinner of Northern Indian cuisine.

Day 5-6

Delhi — Agra

Transfer to Agra to the world-heritage site of the Taj Mahal, a must-see for every visitor to India. After lunch and check in at our hotel, visit the splendid palaces of Agra Fort, built in red sandstone—where we see our first view of the Taj Mahal across the river Yamuna.

Day 6-10

Agra — Jaipur

After an optional sunrise viewing of the Taj Mahal and breakfast, transfer to Jaipur by coach. This evening, enjoy dinner with an Indian family in their home.

Day 6-10

Jaipur Literary Festival

The 5-day Jaipur Literary Festival draws distinguished authors and readers from all over the world and is the largest celebration of literature in Asia. It’s held in a beautiful heritage property and includes readings, talks, debates, and optional evening musical performances. We’ll be staying in a palace hotel nearby, so you’ll be free to attend your choice of sessions during the event, as well as time to enjoy the historical sights and amazing shopping bazaars of Jaipur.

Day 6-10

Jaipur Activities

We’ll visit the magnificent Amber Fort, the City Palace complex and the Jantar Mantar—the ancient astronomical observatory built by the Maharaja of Jaipur. By coach, we’ll visit the beautiful Jain Temple at Sanganer, with a stop to investigate block printing at a nearby village.

Day 10-12

Pushkar — Rohet Garh

Drive through arid Rajasthan desert to Pushkar, one of the holiest cities of India. Here we’ll visit the ghats and the only temple to Lord Brahma in India. After lunch, continue on to the traditional Rajasthani village of Rohet Garh, where we’ll stay in the lovely heritage hotel that was the ancestral home of the current owner. Enjoy a live Rajasthani music performance in the evening.

Day 10-12

Village Safari – Jodhpur

Experience the sights and sounds of village life on a village jeep safari with stops to experience crafts and traditional village life. After lunch and a rest, visit Jodhpur and the Mehrangarh Fort overlooking the city that’s known for the striking blue color of its houses.

Day 12-15

Rohet Garh — Udaipur

After breakfast, drive to Udaipur. We relax at our charming hillside guesthouse overlooking the city and Lake Pichola. During our stay in Udaipur, we’re treated to delicious home-cooked dinners.

Day 12-15

Udaipur Activities

A day to explore Udaipur. Visit the Museum of folk art and the labyrinthine City Palace (largest in India). Explore the old city with its fascinating shops, with an opportunity to have clothing tailor-made and delivered prior to departure. Take a boat ride along Lake Pichola.

Day 15

Udaipur — Delhi

Return flight to Delhi from Udaipur for a final night in India’s capital city.

Day 16

Arrive Home

Return flights to U.S., arriving home the same day.

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