CLASSIC INDIA

This tour is an interesting blend of India’s art, history, culture and spirituality. The tour will begin in Delhi, capital city of independent India which rewards the determined sightseer with more than a thousand monuments. We travel to Agra and discover the wonder that is the Taj Mahal. Discover the extraordinary sculptures of the Khajuraho Temples before travelling to Varanasi, a city as old as Babylon and Nineveh. Uncover the mysteries of the Hindu faith amidst the burning ghats, antique temples and heritage of crafts amongst it twisting bazaar streets filled with legendary Indian silks and brocades. Continue your journey to discover the Pink City of Jaipur, made up of forts and palaces and bustling bazaars. Jaipur is a fascinating destination, giving one the chance to experience India from ancient to modern in one fell swoop.

 

GOLDEN TRIANGLE

OVERVIEW

Travel to India for a cultural immersion, as well as explore some of the most historic and culturally rich cities. This tour blends all that is best in the Subcontinent and is ideally suited to the visitor who is short on time. India’s famous Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur needs no introduction – visit UNSECO world heritage declared monuments – the Taj Mahal, City Palace Jaipur and the stunning Amber Fort, names which echo the former glory of the Mughal and Rajput rulers and which form the nucleus of the tour.

EXPERIENCES AVAILABLE

 Cycling

  • Explore the lanes of Old Delhi on a morning cycling tour

 Private Access / Exclusive exploration

  • Tour of the private quarters of the City Palace in Jaipur

 Gastronomy

  • Cooking demonstration and meal with a local family in Delhi or Jaipur.
  • Street food walk in Delhi or Jaipur

 Textiles

  • Block Printing workshop in Jaipur

Walking tours

  • Walking tour of Jaipur in the morning to witness the city awake

 Community Service:

  • Visit the SHEROES café in Agra that employs acid attack survivors
  • Visit the wildlife SOS Elephant rescue centre in Agra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROYAL TENTED CAMPS AND EXOTIC ESTATE

This tour blends the best of India’s art and culture taking you through some of the most popular destinations. Your tour will begin in the capital city Delhi which rewards the determined sightseer with more than a thousand monuments. Continue your journey to discover the proud and valorous regal splendour of Rajasthan amongst its magnificent forts and palaces, mansions and landscaped estates. The stunning home ground of the valorous Rajput kings and warrior clans- the ancient kingdom of Rajputana- now India’s richly endowed state of Rajasthan, continues to allure visitors with its promise of a kaleidoscope of holiday experiences. Stay in some of the most amazing royal tents and aristocratic mansions that stand testimony to its wonderful history and lineage.

JAIPUR LITERATURE FESTIVAL TOUR

Founded in 2006, the Jaipur Literature Festival is an annual literary festival which takes place in the Indian city of Jaipur each January. JLF provided a platform for international authors and Indian language authors from the subcontinent to engage in a literary dialogue. With an approximate attendance of nearly 100,000 annually, the festival draws hordes of audience and guests from over the world during the 5-day event, which usually takes place in the third week of January. Each year, participants from Nobel laureates to local writers and from Man Booker Prize winners to debutant novelists engage into readings, debates, discussions along with the audience at the elegant Diggi Palace. This event is now increasingly regarded as a catalyst for cultural intermingling within India and across the world.

CYCLING AND CAMPING WILDLIFE TOUR

This itinerary has been designed by to experience the landscape penned in Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book travelling through quiet dirt forest tracks and undulating trails along this connecting forest landscape, home to a number of elusive tigers. Drive past quaint and untouched tribal village communities that often bear the brunt of conflict with both predators and crop raiding prey like spotted deer, wild pig and Nilgai antelope. The ride is designed for clients who like biking, are fit (or want to get fit!) and adventurous, but do not have to be expert off-road bikers. They should however enjoy a physical challenge, as they will cover between 45 kms and 65 kms each day, or 8 hours in the bike saddle, in glorious forest or rural terrain, most of it easy biking for those used to off road biking, but there are one or two uphill challenges and some fun off road downhills. The two nights of the trip are spent in a comfortable pre-set tented camp, besides forests and near village fields.

LUXURY BIRDING AND SAFARI TOUR

This tour is an exciting mix of birding in some lesser known areas and safaris in search of the elusive tiger and the leopard in the Rajasthan. You will travel to Ranthambhore National Park, and then travel further to some off the beaten track destinations Nimaj and Jawai. Ranthambhore National Park is said to be one of the most picturesque game reserves in the world, and is noted for its tigers. Other predators here are the leopards, caracal, hyena, jackal and jungle cat. Marsh crocodiles can also be seen basking by the banks of the lakes. Some of its many species of birds are the great Indian horned owl, various species of eagle, painted and white-necked stock, spoonbill, partridge and quail. Back in 1891, the lord of the small village of Nimaj dammed the neighbouring rivers in order to create a natural water reserve which is still incredibly precious today in face of terrible periods of drought. Today the lake is surrounded by lush green fields of wheat, mustard, cotton and chillies and vast grazing pastures, this hundred – year old reservoir with a periphery of about 10 kilometers is an ideal destination for nature lovers and a perfect getaway from the chaotic city life. Migratory birds have also discovered the paradise ducks, pelicans and cranes frolic in the waters of the lake. Continue your journey to Jawai at the heart of an untrammeled wilderness, where leopards roam wild and free. The region is home to the charismatic Rabari herdsmen, a people at peace with the indigenous wildlife, including the resident spotted cat, the ultimate showstopper that captivates guests both at camp and on safari.

AVIAN SPECTACLE IN INDIA

This premier birding journey takes you to some of the best birding spots in the country. Arrive in Delhi and then travel Bharatpur, home of Keoladeo National Park, one of the great ornithological wetland wonders of the world. A birders’ paradise for long, the historic park continues to attract birding enthusiasts from around the globe. Next you will head north to Corbett National Park – home to over 600 species of avifauna, apart from its fabulous wealth of wildlife including the Asiatic elephant, tigers, bears and leopards. Continue your journey through the densely forested river valleys to the Binsar wildlife sanctuary, situated in the foothills of the Himalayas. Home to more than 200 species of native and migratory birds this 49 sq kms of forest has been declared as an “Important bird Area” by Bird life International.

GRASSROOTS – COMMUNITY SERVICE, WILDLIFE, AND CULTURE IN INDIA

Travel to India for a program of community service and cultural immersion, to spend time in the tiger regions of the country, as well as explore some of the most historic and culturally rich cities.  You will get an opportunity to visit and interact with under privileged children in the acclaimed NGO “Adharshila”. Adharshila (Adhar: foundation, shila: stone) is a recently formed NGO located in New Delhi whose mission is to  the upliftment of the underprivileged section of society by striving to empower and enable them, especially women, through vocational training programs, social justice initiatives, advocating human rights, counselling and awareness workshops. This tour will also give a fascinating experience of India’s wildlife offering something different for those who want to become involved in ongoing tiger and wildlife conservation programmes and learn more about the ongoing work happening on the ground to preserve the delicate ecosystems of the parks. During the trip you will search for tigers and their prey in Ranthambhore, one of India’s premier national parks and has been the stage for many books, films and documentary on tigers. Meet park rangers and experts behind the research projects and conservation programmes.  You will also be visiting four UNSECO world heritage declared monuments in Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.

 

EXPERIENCES AVAILABLE:

Cycling

  • Explore the lanes of Old Delhi on a morning cycling tour 

Private Access / Exclusive exploration

  • Tour of the private quarters of the City Palace in Jaipur 

Gastronomy

  • Cooking demonstration and meal with a local family in Delhi or Jaipur.
  • Street food walk in Delhi or Jaipur 

Textiles

  • Block Printing workshop in Jaipur

Walking tours

  • Walking tour of Jaipur in the morning to witness the city awake 

Community Service:

  • Visit the SHEROES café in Agra that employs acid attack survivors
  • Visit the wildlife SOS Elephant rescue centre in Agra

KUMBH MELA: THE WORLD’S LARGEST CONGREGATION OF HUMANITY

India’s major Hindu festival, the Ardh Kumbh Mela will be held in Allahabad from 14th January through 4th March 2019. Its origin goes back to prehistory with references to it in the ancient, sacred Hindu texts. Held when a rare and auspicious planetary alignment of the Sun, Moon and Jupiter occurs, devotees gather in their thousands on the bank of the sacred Ganges River for ritual bathing and prayer in their unending quest for salvation and spiritual rejuvenation. This congregation of pilgrims is an extraordinary sight, an intense assault on the senses – millions of people taking bath on the river, chanting hymns, singing devotional songs. It is a lifestyle, a culture, and a “sea of humanity” where the larger social, cultural, religious welfare of humanity are discussed by the saints of India. Visits here will include the Akharas to see and interact with the saints/sages and witness their activities, seeing temples and attending temple ceremonies and visiting ghats (river banks) where millions people will gather to take a holy dip in the sacred river. Accommodation option may vary from Luxury Camps, with private facilities, or in a luxury resort with modern facilities. Being a sacred place for Hindus, only vegetarian food and no alcohol will be served during your festival days at the camp.

 

EXPERIENCES AVAILABLE:

Spiritual

  • Private Puja (worship) ceremony on the river ghats for prosperity and well-being 

Textiles

  • Visit to a weaver’s village outside Varanasi