Gypsy Experience India Itinerary
Exhilarating, lasting memories……We are off to visit Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab & Uttrakhan criss crossing over India’s religions – Hinduism, Sikhism & the Muslim faith, the sacred river Ganga & Yamuna, golden sands of Thar Desert, in the glowing shimmering rays of sunset & sunrises.
In Jodhpur we attend Flamenco & Gypsy Festival www.jfgfestival.com for the evening. Over centuries gypsy’s are famous for their outstanding dance & music & we have the delight to savor this unforgettable experience, not be repeated anywhere else in the world. The global cultural population known as “Gypsy” are nomads who originally belonged to Rajasthan, some say as far back as the 6th century, over time they left India & migrated towards the West. Gypsies have been famous for their outstanding dance & story telling music. Migrating across continents & absorbing other cultures resulted in the migrating peoples creating a collage of groups calling themselves Roma, Romany or Gypsy, each with differing cultures, customs & languages. The top quality & depth of musicians from India & around the globe is presented inside the stunning intimate setting under a full moon, Merangarh Fort. We enjoy a 5 star dinner in a intimate setting within the Mehrangra Fort with the chief patron of the festival Maharaja Gaj Singh, his family & music enthusiasts from India & Internationally makes this a 5 star event.
Nestled cosily on the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh abounds in natural beauty. Nicknamed ‘The yoga capital of the World’ it is believed that meditation in Rishikesh brings one closer to attainment of moksha, as does a dip in the holy Ganges River that flows through it. A breathtaking experience of natural beauty, not to mention the peace & tranquility.Blend that with Ayurvedic treatments that will leave your skin fresh, lightly scented & drenched with moisture. You can have a lesson playing the sitar or tabla, try hasya yoga (laughter therapy), practice humming or maybe gong meditation & experience crystal healing. In 1968, The Beatles visited the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh, John Lennon recorded a song titled, ‘The Happy Rishikesh Song’, the group composed nearly 48 songs during their time at the Maharishi’s ashram, many of which appear on the White Album.
We explore New Delhi, a city of stark contrasts & once my home for 4 years past. Travel to Jaipur the Pink City to experience Rajasthan’s royal Amber Fort & Hawa Mahal , travel further west into the Thar desert to Jodhpur “Blue City’ to take in the delights at Jodhpur Flamenco & Gypsy Festival in magnificent Mehrangarh Fort. We rest in the charming village of Samode, see the ancient now deserted city Fatepursekri. Visiting Agra & Agra Fort to learn the mystery of the beautiful Taj Mahal built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz 1653. An internal air flight takes us far into the northern state Punjub, food bowl of India & sense the awe of the Golden Temple Amritsar, train travel on the Shatabdi Express will take us on to Rishikesh nestled cosily on the foothills of the Himalayas to view devotions & rituals on the Ganges, not just a sacred river, a goddess & the Life Source of India. A short internal flight returning to New Delhi.
Full itinerary below.
Few more details . . .
The accommodation I have selected has a story to it, meaning some places with long history’s & royal connections in Rajasthan. In Delhi a modern private guesthouse with an Indo Western ambience, in the northern city Amritsar a modern chic hotel, Rishikesh on the Ganges a self contained heritage hotel. All places I have stayed at before & always found them clean & safe with air conditioning.
The cost of $4525 is per person in twin share accommodation. Costs would be higher for a single traveler, invite someone to join you & have fun together. For road travel our small bus is with a professional driver who I use regularly. Our driver is not a Tour Guide. During March weather is hot during the day with beautiful warm evenings perfect for sitting outside, bring along your swimmers. Maximum of 8 people on tour plus myself, your companion.
Your trip cost, $4525 covers:
- Ros to welcome you on arrival in New Delhi at Indira Ghandi International Airport
- 9 days bus, driver & driver assistant
- 2 internal flights
- 1 day train trip
- 17 nights Accommodation. 1 night arrival + 16 nights Gypsy Experience India Tour 2016 – twin share with breakfast
- Jodhpur Flamenco & Gypsy Festival 1 day ticket
- Experience India dinner in New Delhi.
A deposit of $900 with the Booking Form is required to confirm your booking. Final payment due on or before 10th January . Receipts will be issued at all times. See Terms & Conditions for details.
Extras costs for you
- Taxi cost on your departure from Hotel to Indira Ghandi International Airport. Approx. $30 per car
- Meals [other than all breakfasts & the farewell dinner on last day] & drinks [other than the farewell dinner drinks] . Meals can vary from $8 to $35 ex alcohol
- Other than the delicious Indian Kingfisher Beer, alcohol is expensive
- If you wish to do morning yoga, to suit all levels, that is an extra cost of no more than $20 per session
- Tipping is expected in India, this will come from a daily kitty, amount to be decided on our first tour day together. Covering occasions such as but not restricted to, toilet stops, meal tipping [other than breakfast] & hotel tipping
- Tip for our driver at the end of 13 days approx. $35 per person.
- Entry & guides to/at all sites – approx. 11 sites -. Entry cost per person can range $5 up to $25 for the Taj Mahal. Guides max $10 per person
- Shop around for special return flights Brisbane to New Delhi, approx. $1150 Economy
- You must have a Visa to visit India. Apply for a Tourist Visa online http://www.vfs-in-au.com/ or thru your Travel Agent. I can give direction with this. Allow 30 days for the process cost $110
- Travel Insurance is compulsory on this trip. I require you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. Your policy also is to cover personal liability, cancellation, curtailment & loss of luggage & personal effects. See Terms & Conditions for more on compulsory Insurance.
- Depending on your departure times out of New Delhi you may need a hotel on 31st March, I can assist.
- If you want to do more in India I suggest to add extra days after our trip finishes on 31st March. I am happy to pass on what I know of the places you may wish to visit.