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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CULTURAL EXPEDITIONS TO LADAKH

A land of mystery and folklore, of Silk Route legends and ancient villages perched high above raging rivers. Ladakh and its remote Zanskar region, scattered amongst the glorious Trans Himalayan expanses, will endlessly engage the visitor with its dramatic natural scenery, its Buddhist gompas with their painted murals and beautiful icons and its wild landscape rich in promise of adventure activities and cultural experiences. With the fall of the great Tibetan empire, the kingdom of Tibet was, in 1020, split up amongst the three brothers of the ruling clan. One of the brothers moved into the southern region of the Tibetan Plateau and occupied the wild expanses of Ladakh. With him he brought the rich cultural elements of Tibetan Buddhism which slowly amalgamated with the local Bon religion. Many of the old local shrines were converted to Buddhist monasteries. Today this harsh but dramatic land, with Leh as its capital, is the base of exciting adventure activities such as trekking, rafting, jeep tours and bird watching. Its monasteries, a repository of ancient art and scriptures, draw culture enthusiasts from around the globe.

EXPERIENCES AVAILABLE:

Adventure

  • Mountain Biking from Khardung La to Leh
  • River rafting on the Indus River

DESIGNED FOR WOMEN – GOLDEN TRIANGLE WITH ROYAL RAJASTHAN

This tour, specially designed for women, blends the best of India’s art and culture taking you through some of the most popular destinations in north India. Your tour will begin in the capital city Delhi which rewards the determined sightseer with more than a thousand monuments. Next visit Agra – home to the iconic Taj Mahal. 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. You visit leading tourist destinations such as Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur. Get a glimpse of rural India at Chandelao.

 

EXPERIENCES AVAILABLE:

Private Access / Exclusive exploration

  • Experience Mehrangarh Fort by night on an exclusive tour with the curator himself
  • Tour of the private quarters of the City Palace in Jaipur 

Gastronomy

  • Walk in the spice markets in Delhi or Jodhpur
  • Street food walk in Delhi or Jaipur 

Walking tours

  • Early morning walking tour of the old town in Udaipur to witness the city wake up or an Old City Walk of Jaipur 

Ancient Temple Architecture / Spirituality

  • Visit Adharshila Temple in Delhi
  • Visit to the Nagda and Eklingji temples in Udaipur
  • Witness the evening worship ceremony at Birla Temple in Jaipur

Art

  • Miniature Painting Workshop in Udaipur 

Adventure

  • Hot Air Ballooning in Jaipur 

Community Service

  • Visit an NGO in Delhi
  • Visit SHEROES Café in Agra that is run by acid attack survivors

REGAL JOURNEY THROUGH RAJASTHAN

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 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. You visit leading tourist destinations such as Jodhpur, Udaipur and Jaipur.

 

EXPERIENCES AVAILABLE:

Cycling

  • Explore the lanes of Old Delhi on a morning cycling tour
  • Explore the villages around Udaipur on a rural cycling expedition.

Private Access / Exclusive exploration

  • Experience Mehrangarh Fort by night on an exclusive tour with the curator himself
  • Tour of the private quarters of the City Palace in Jaipur

Gastronomy

  • Cooking demonstration and meal with a local family in Jodhpur or Jaipur.
  • Walk in the spice markets in Delhi or Jodhpur
  • Street food walk in Delhi or Jaipur

Walking tours

  • Early morning walking tour of the old town in Udaipur to witness the city wake up or the Old City of Jaipur

Ancient Temple Architecture / Spirituality

  • Visit to the Nagda and Eklingji temples in Udaipur
  • Witness the evening worship ceremony at Birla Temple in Jaipur

Art

  • Miniature Painting Workshop in Udaipur

Textiles

  • Block Printing workshop in Jaipur

Adventure

  • Hot Air Ballooning in Jaipur
  • Ziplining in Jodhpur

SOUTHERN SOJOURN

This exciting tour features the very best of south India – historical monuments, cultural extravaganzas and calming waterways. From the historical colonial environs of Chennai you journey through the lively temple towns of Tamil Nadu, past culturally rejuvenating cities such as Pondicherry and Auroville By the Sea, both associated with The Mother and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Then it is on to Tanjore, present-day Thanjavur, with its stunning temple and gilded religious art, then Chidamabaram with its fabulous religious architectural marvels. Halt at the legendary enclave of the Chettinad region. Heading out for jasmine-scented Madurai and over the Western Ghats, we slip into the forested environs of the Thekkady wending our way into the glorious backwaters of Kerala and exploring the ancient harbour city of Cochin.

 

EXPERIENCES AVAILABLE:

Cycling

  • Explore on cycles the country side in the vicinity of Cochin 

Gastronomy

  • Cooking demonstration of the famed Chettinad cuisine at the hotel in Karaikudi
  • Cooking demonstration of Syrian Christian cooking with Nimmy Paul in Cochin 

Walking tours

  • Walking tour of the Jew Town in Cochin 

Art

  • Lecture demonstration of Bharatanatyam dance by proficient dancers in Tanjore.
  • Visit to Athangudi tile making centre in Karaikudi