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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.

ARRIVAL DAY

14th March 2016

Arriving into New Delhi I will meet you. Transfer arrangements will be made for you to our guesthouse where you will have time to relax after your long flight. Overnight New Delhi 1 night.

DAY 1

15th March

FATE Early breakfast, we leave New Delhi driving south into the state of Uttar Pradesh. We visit Fatepursekri now a deserted city, built in 16th Century as the capital of the Mughal Empire by Akba the Great. For 2 nights we stay in the small town of Bhrataphur home of the world famous bird watching Keoladeo National Park, previously the private duck shooting reserve of the Maharaja of Bhratapur since the 1850, now a world heritage Site. Our heritage hotel is first & foremost still a Royal residence with the family of Raja Raghunath Singhji in residence. Restoration of the Palace occurred in 1994, care was taken to preserve the ” Royal” character & the spirit of the property reminding us of the gracious days of the Raj. Overnight Bhratapur 2 nights.

DAY 2

16th March

Early morning yoga to suit all levels if you wish, a cool refreshing swim too. Breakfast then a 50 min drive into Agra to visit the world’s most grand monument to love, a “Wonder of the World”, built by Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz the Taj Mahal. After soaking in the beauty of the Taj we explore Agra Fort where in the final years of Shah Jahan’s life he was imprisoned by his son. Return to our heritage hotel for a cooling off swim. Overnight Bhratapur.

DAY 3

17th March

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Early morning yoga in our hotel to suit all levels. Breakfast, on our travels we pass into the state of Rajasthan, on the way we visit the remarkable Abhaneri Step Well built around 800AD. We arrive late afternoon at the peaceful surrounds of Samode Bagh with time for a swim to cool off. We stay in tented cottages amongst the 16th-century Mughal style garden spread over an area of 8 hectors, enclosed by a 14 meter high wall.
Overnight Samode 2 nights.

DAY 4

18th March

 

Rabari

A day to go about at your own pace. Yoga if you wish, breakfast then walking into the village of Samode thru dusty country lanes past farming families tending their crops, goats & bullocks grazing. Visit the village or have the day by the pool relaxing. Our heritage hotel offers desert camel & cart rides into the sand hills where we can enjoy the sunset, a tour of the nearby “breath taking” Samode Palace & if you wish stay on for dinner in their beautiful elegant dinning room.
Overnight Samode.

DAY 5

19th March

 

Jodhpur houses

Optional morning yoga to suit all levels. Hotel breakfast, good bye Samode, we drive north west to Jodhpur ‘Blue City’ approx. 6 hours. Wash the Thar Desert dust off then into the bustle of the old city for a fantastic roof top dinner at one of my favourite locations. Overnight Jodhpur 2 nights.

DAY 6

20th March

 

Mehrangarh Fort, JodhpurMorning yoga in our hotel. Relaxing breakfast. We visit the stunning 17 century Mehrangarh Fort standing on a perpendicular cliff four hundred feet above Jodhpur. Afternoon relax by the pool or explore Jodhpur town, famous for antique Indian furniture, buyers from all over the world come to purchase container loads. The evening inside majestic Mehrangarh Fort we enjoy music, dance & feasting at the open air Jodhpur Flamenco & Gypsy Festival bringing together Rajasthani folk musicians & legendary Flamenco & gypsy artists that live around the world. We dine at Mehrangarh Fort in an unbelievable setting on the ramparts of the Fort with former Maharaja of Jodhpur, former Maharini & Foreign Embassy officials from New Delhi along with music enthusiasts from India & Internationally. Overnight Jodhpur.

DAY 7

21st March

 

 

002Hotel breakfast then drive onto Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur the Pink City. Why the Pink City? In 1879 the city was painted terracotta pink to welcome Prince Albert & Queen Victoria. A lot to see & do in Jaipur, catch a Bollywood film in the famous Raj Mandir cinema, see the historic side of Jaipur, visit the many Jewellery stores, you are in the Gem Stone capital of the World.

Overnight Jaipur 3 nights.

DAY 8

22nd March

 

Lit-Jaipur-day-9Option of morning yoga to suit all levels in the hotel. Morning free. Option of hot air ballooning is available. Afternoon of history & everyday Jaipur bustle. We walk through Hawa Mahal & City Palace built in 1799 inside the old walled Pink City. We explore the imposing Palace of Winds formally known as Hawa Mahal. The many small windows decorated with intricate stone lattice allowed Royal ladies observing strict “purdah” (face cover) to view everyday life in the street below without being seen. After City Palace we explore Old Jaipur city, inside the 6 meter high 3 meter thick walls, are a series of bazaars for local residents as well tourists.

Overnight Jaipur.

 

 

DAY 9

23rd March

 

eleOption of early morning yoga to suit all levels in the hotel. Hotel breakfast. Today we take a morning elephant ride up the huge ramparts thru gates along cobbled paths into Amber Fort an opulent palace fort. Afternoon is free. Plenty to choose from visit an elephant farm in an elephant care village that promotes the well being of these giant creatures & shows tourists that not all of them are mistreated, exploring the bazaars, Bollywood cinema, massage or relaxing at our hotel. Overnight Jaipiur.

 
DAY 10

24th March

FullSizeRender copy 22Option of yoga early morning in our hotel. After breakfast we leave Rajasthan & drive back to  New Delhi. A 5 minute walk from our New Delhi guesthouse takes you to Humayun’s Tomb built by Mughal Emperors.  Absorb the everyday life style of locals in Nizamuddin West, walk through food markets, visit the local mosque & dargah of one of the world’s most famous 14th century Sufi saints.   Overnight New Delhi 2 nights.

 

DAY 11

25th March

 

SPICEWe meet 8am, make our way for breakfast at New Delhi’s famous landmark Imperial Hotel known for it’s heritage & legacy. Tour Old Delhi, see Red Fort, travel thru on rickshaw Chandi Chowk & Spice Market. Afternoon is away from the crowds, we go to Gandhi’s Remembrance Museum. Dinner this evening is feasting on North West Frontier Peshawari cuisine at Bill Clinton’s favourite New Delhi restaurant.  Overnight New Delhi.

DAY 12

26th March

Golden

Early breakfast. Today we to fly north to the State of Punjub, food bowl of India, into the capital city Amritsar. In this area we experience the spectacular patriotic energy at the Pakistan India Wagah Border for the sunset Changing of the Guards then onto the Golden Temple, soak in the awe & beauty of this sacred holy place for India’s 20 million Sikhs. Overnight Amritsar.

DAY 13

27th March

Ganga River

Depart Amritsar early morning with a picnic breakfast, boarding the infamous Indian Railway, this institution moves nearly 20 million people every day through out all India. Traveling on Indian Rail will add a fascinating new dimension to your Indian experience. There is virtually no better way to make friends with the local people & see the diverse Indian countryside. On many routes the railways are the fastest way to get around. Our train journey takes us into the State Uttarakhand, a most holy place for Hindu’s & the small ancient city of Haridwar on the Ganges. We drive a short distance further up the Ganges to Rishikesh where over the next 3 days & evenings we view sacred devotions & rituals on the Ganges, giving you  an insight to the depth of belief Hindus have for the Ganges, not just a sacred river but a goddess & the life source of India. Some Hindus believe that life is incomplete without bathing in the Ganges. Overnight Rishikesh 3 nights.

DAY 14

28th March

beatles-3044059-image-a-60_1429306925037Mornings we partake in a priest lead Havan – worship thru a sacred fire –  & yoga to suit all levels on the edge of the Ganges if you wish. Hotel breakfast.  Our heritage hotel sits where the Ganga/Ganges turns around & flows north towards its source. It is a magical natural spot with a sandy beach. Our hotel is set amongst a lychee & mango orchard of the Maharajas of Tehri Garhwal, with a garden of tropical plants, full of rare birds and butterflies. This is a great area for walking, we visit where The Beatles stayed with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1968. The banks of the Ganga/Gnages, in Rishikesh is where they learnt the Sitar & composed over 40 songs during their time at the Maharishi’s ashram, many of which appear on the White Album.  Overnight Rishikesh.

DAY 15

29th March

gangaMG_1136Hotel breakfast. This morning we partake in a priest lead Havan- worship thru a sacred fire-  & yoga to suit all levels on the edge of the Ganges River, the very serene & peaceful environment is conducive to yoga & meditation. In house Ayurvedic treatments in The Spa presents fresh seasonal treatments specially designed according to your Ayurverdic Dosha with the purest ingredients. In the evening, the breeze blows down the valley, setting temple bells ringing as sadhus (spiritual men), pilgrims & tourists prepare for the nightly Ganga Aarti.  Overnight Rishikesh.

DAY 16

30th March

Uttarkhand
In our hotel we partake for a final time a priest lead Havan- worship thru a sacred fire-  & yoga on the edge of the Ganges if you wish. A relaxed hotel breakfast with time for a morning visit to The Spa. We fly  away from the ‘ Land of Gods’, this name refers to the many holy Hindu temples & pilgrimage ashrams found throughout State of Uttarakhand.  Arriving back to New Delhi late afternoon.
Overnight New Delhi.

DEPARTURE DAY

31st March

Final day of the tour is free to fill the hours before your departure.

 

 

 

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Few more details . . .
AccommodationCostsDepositsExtra CostsSuggestionsBooking Form & Terms and Conditions

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.

 

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