Trip Overview

The bustling cultures, religions, and traditions of India will come to life on this March 2019 exploration of the country’s most stunning locales, capped off with the unforgettable Holi Festival of Colors!

Start in Old Delhi, where you’ll visit the beautiful colonnades and domes of the Jama Mosque. Rickshaw through the city to the Khari Baoli spice market, filled with rainbow arrays of aromatic wares. A driving tour in the afternoon takes you past impressive sites, including the President’s Palace. The next day you’ll set out for Agra, where you’ll have the chance to visit the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal at sunset. You’ll bond with your companions as you share a once-in-a-lifetime experience: the incredible architecture of this wonder of the modern world. The next morning, witness the world’s most spectacular mausoleum at sunrise, before heading to the incredible Chand Baori, a multi-level stepwell, like a cross between a coliseum and an M.C. Escher painting.

The vivid red and pink sandstone walls of Jaipur’s Hawa Mahal, or “Palace of Winds,” are almost as breathtaking as the intricate designs on this Mughal architectural masterpiece. Explore the multiple museums of the City Palace complex, including a fascinating armory, with the curious women joining you on your journey. You’ll want to take your time at the Jantar Mantar, the world’s largest sundial!

In Udaipur, you’ll visit the Crystal Palace, a stunning building that holds the world’s largest collection of crystal, with glimmering chairs, beds, and tables, and the Jagdish Temple, a 17th-century Hindu temple still in operation today. Marvel at the stunning carvings of Hindu deities inside, and the intricate stonework on the multi-level pyramidal structure. A relaxing sunset boat cruise will give you glimpses of Udaipur from the water.

After artisan-taught classes where you can try your hand in sari tying and henna painting, you’ll witness the Holika Dahanceremony. Songs and dances sung before the massive bonfire bring the heritage of Rajasthan to vibrant life. The following day, you’ll get to “play Holi,” at India’s incredible Festival of Colors. Celebrants of Holi cover themselves and others with vibrant powders. You and your companions will have a chance to laugh, dance, let loose – and of course toss the brilliant powders Holi is known for at one another during your private celebration! A final dinner on the terrace of Shiv Niwas Palace will give you and your new friends a chance to reflect on your incredible experiences spent in India, together.

An unforgettable journey to India filled with wonders from start to finish, this adventure tour to Delhi, Jaipur, and Udaipur in March 2019 is not to be missed!

Main Attractions

  • Play Holi and become (temporarily) tie-dyed from head to toe! Celebrate the Festival of Colors in the charming city of Udaipur
  • Explore the hustle and bustle of Dehli bazaars on a bicycle rickshaw
  • Marvel at sunset AND sunrise at the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World
  • Take in a show at the Amber fort followed by a special Rajasthani dinner at the Fort’s exclusive restaurant
  • Perfect the art of cooking an Indian dish in Jaipur

What You'll See and Do

  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Birding
  • Boat Cruising
  • Buddhism
  • Crafting
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Elephant Interaction
  • Historical Sites
  • National Parks
  • Natural History
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • UNESCO Site
  • Walking
  • Women-To-Women Exchanges

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Friday, March 15, 2019 – Depart the United States for Delhi, India
Your guide will greet you at the airport in Delhi and transfer you to your hotel.

Take this evening to relax after your long flights. Enjoy dinner on your own at a nearby restaurant or in the hotel. Rest up for tomorrow!
Meals on your own

Overnight: Taj Diplomatic Enclave

Day 2

Saturday, March 16, 2019 – Delhi, India
Explore New and Old Delhi today. Take in the sights, sounds, and smells of this busy city. Visit the Jama Mosque (wear pants and bring long sleeves!), one of the oldest and largest mosques in Asia. Explore the spice markets, where you’ll have plenty of beautiful photo opportunities.

Take some time to soak in the view at Humayun’s Tomb, built in the mid-16th century by the senior wife of the second Mughal emperor. This is the first significant example of Mughal architecture in India, and one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. The elements of its design are echoed in the Taj Mahal. The building is squat with high arched entrances topped by a bulbous dome and surrounded by formal gardens. Found at the gardens are the red-and-white sandstone and black-and-yellow marble tomb of Humayun’s wife and, somewhat surprisingly, the tomb of Humayun’s barber!

During your tour, savor a traditional Kashmiri lunch with your group.

This evening, enjoy an official welcome dinner at an outstanding local restaurant.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Taj Diplomatic Enclave

Day 3

Sunday, March 17, 2019 – Delhi to Agra
Leave Delhi this morning for Agra. Arrive in time for lunch at your hotel.

The Red Fort of Agra was founded by Emperor Akbar in 1565 on the right bank of the Yamuna. The walls of Agra Fort are made of red sandstone and contain palaces, audience halls, and mosques. The palace is notable for its smooth blending of Hindu and central Asian architectural styles.

Enjoy a sunset visit to the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This experience will take your breath away.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: ITC Mugal

Day 4

Monday, March 18, 2019 – Agra to Jaipur
Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise, allowing you a glimpse of the monument with the changing backdrop of the morning sky, watching it go from a dull gray to a shimmering white as the sun rises.

Leave Agra and drive to Jaipur this morning. Enjoy lunch en route.

On the way to Jaipur, visit Chand Baori, one of the largest stepwells in the world. Enjoy the view as you look down on this cross between a coliseum and an M.C. Escher painting.

This evening, take some time to go shopping for the textiles and jewelry for which Jaipur is famous.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: ITC Rajputana

Day 5

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 – Jaipur
Visit the Amber Fort, an opulent four-level palace constructed of red sandstone and marble. Soak in the history of the palace and enjoy the stunning architectural photo opportunities.

Learn the secrets of Indian cooking from a local woman. Sit down together and enjoy lunch in her home!

Visit the City Palace complex, the seat of the Maharajah of Jaipur, which consists of an impressive array of courtyards, gardens and buildings. Afterwards, a visit to the Jantar Mantar observatory, built in the early 1700s by Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaipur’s ruler and a keen astronomer, will showcase Central Asia’s rich legacy of astronomy. Its sixteen massive instruments are works of art in themselves and some can forecast the weather even today!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: ITC Rajputana

Day 6

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 – Jaipur to Udaipur
Leave Jaipur this morning and fly to Udaipur.

Explore Eklingji, a Hindu temple complex in active use near Udaipur. Contrast this to Nagda, where you will explore the remains of the temples dedicated to Vishnu.

Enjoy a delicious lunch from high up on a hill. Enjoy the expansive views of the countryside.

If there is time this afternoon, visit Sadhna, which was established in 1988 to provide alternative incomes for women in Udaipur. Women learn patchwork, appliqué, and embroidery skills, enabling them to produce high-quality handicrafts.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Fatehgarh

Day 7

Thursday, March 21, 2019 – Udaipur
Standing in a valley among green hills on the banks of the wide, blue Lake Pichola, Udaipur is a beautiful and charming city. Visit the City Palace, which boasts a conglomeration of buildings added by various Maharanas, yet somehow retains a surprising uniformity of design.

This afternoon, you’ll prepare for this evening’s festivities. Learn to tie a sari, meet with an astrologer, and get painted with henna!

Enjoy a sunset boat cruise on Lake Pichola. The views of the historic buildings surrounding the lake in the glow of the early evening light.

Experience the Holika Dahan Ceremony at the City Palace this evening. The pyre is to symbolize the celebration of burning Holika, the devil. This celebration is done on the eve of the Holi Festival.

Enjoy cocktails and a dinner of many different small snacks – you’ll get to taste everything!
Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks

Overnight: Fatehgarh

Day 8

Friday, March 22, 2019 – Udaipur
You don’t cay celebrate Holi – you say PLAY Holi – so have fun! Enjoy the Holi Festival at a private home with an Indian family where you’ll get to throw the colored powder on everyone to celebrate. (Pro tip: bring a waterproof case for your phone. Your phone will be safely inside the case, keeping the colored powder out, but allowing you to take photos!) Let go of your cares and see who can be the most colorful at the end of the day.

Enjoy a farewell dinner with your group. Toast the end of a fantastic adventure in India!
Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks

Overnight: Fatehgarh

Day 9

Saturday, March 23, 2019 – Depart India
This morning, you have some options. You can visit Sewa Mandir, a non-profit organization that educates disadvantaged children and women and children are offered health services. Alternatively, you can arrange a shopping tour to pick up some last-minute souvenirs. Or if you prefer, just relax at the hotel this morning!

Fly from Udaipur to Delhi. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel where you can shower and repack before your long flights home.

Transfer to the Delhi airport for your flights home.
Breakfast

Day Room: JW Marriot Aerocity

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Traveling to India



Arrive: Arrive at the Delhi Airport (DEL) after 10:00am on March 15, 2019.

Depart: Depart from the Delhi Airport (DEL) in the late evening on March 23, 2019.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us at:

(800) 804-8686 or (617) 544-9393
email: info@adventurewomen.com

If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates and a minimum of two blank facing pages. You must apply for an India visa. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

You can apply for an e-visa no more than 30 days before departure at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/ evisa/tvoa.html

If you prefer to get your visa earlier, we recommend using a visa service such as www.traveldocs.com.

Activity Level

We rate this trip as Moderate. Our Moderate adventures exercise your mind more than your body and are designed for women who prefer a leisurely, less rigorous experience. For example, you could walk up to 2 miles per day through cities and villages, stand in museums for a few hours, relax on a boat, or view wildlife from a vehicle.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more here.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to India, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about India.

Money

On this trip, US cash is accepted nearly everywhere. Make sure that your bills are less than 10 years old and have no marks or tears on them. You can also use ATMs in India to withdraw Rupees.

Suggestions for Gratuities:

  • Main guide: $7 per person per day
  • Driver & Assistant: $5 per person per day

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Forms and Final Payment

Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (photo page)

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer) on or before December 15, 2018.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations based on double occupancy
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary
  • All transportation throughout the trip
  • All activities as listed in the itinerary
  • Bottled water and soft drinks in the vehicle
  • Baggage handling
  • English-speaking guide throughout the trip
  • One AdventureWomen Ambassador

Not Included

  • Round-trip airfare to India
  • Domestic airfare
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Camera/video fees at monuments
  • Alcoholic beverages, unless otherwise specified
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

Taj Diplomatic Enclave
The luxurious Taj Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi, is spread out over six acres of lush gardens in the heart of India’s capital city. It is an oasis of calm while still being right in the middle of the city’s action.

ITC Mughal
Sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens, and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, ITC Mughal, a luxury hotel in Agra is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. The ITC recreates a paradise for the contemporary Mogul- full of splendor and perfection which was the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty.

ITC Rajputana
Designed to echo the traditional havelis of the region, ITC Rajputana has a red brick exterior rising to different levels around a central area. Long corridors, secluded courtyards, and simplified lattice work recall Rajasthani architecture in a modern uncluttered and contemporary idiom and bring alive the spirit of Rajasthan and makes it distinguished amongst the hotels of Jaipur.

Fatehgarh
Fatehgarh is a heritage structure that has been transplanted stone by stone, pillar by pillar to create this exceptional hotel. It celebrates the environmental, cultural, and spiritual heritage of the past. The hotel is perched on the edge of Udaipur city in the Aravalli ranges, with 360° commanding views, and welcomes guests with style and traditional fanfare.

JW Marriot Aerocity
Located adjacent to Indira Gandhi International Airport, the JW Marriot Aerocity features large rooms with ultra-comfortable bedding and marble bathrooms, as well as 24-hour room service and modern technology. Choose from among several outstanding on-site restaurants or get a massage at the spa before your flights home.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What to Bring

As you get ready to pack for your adventure, have a look at The AdventureWomen Store at www.theadventurewomenstore.com - we have picked out our favorite travel clothes and outdoor gear to help make packing easy for you. You can also see our recommendations for this trip on the AdventureWomen Pinterest page.

The baggage allowance for traveling in Economy Class is 15 Kgs (30 lbs.) for checked-in baggage and 7 Kgs (15 lbs.) for carry-on baggage. Any overweight luggage will be charged an additional cost of $5 USD Per Kg (per 2.2 lbs).

March is generally pleasant and dry in India, with temperatures ranging from 68˚F to 90˚F.

Dress in India is casual and comfortable. It is not appropriate for women to wear shorts, and you should wear long sleeve shirts during excursions to temples and mosques. Carry a scarf to cover your head. Wear or carry a pair of socks, since shoes must be removed when entering certain religious buildings.

Clothing and Gear

  • Small suitcase or Duffel bag
  • Daypack
  • 1 light-weight long-sleeved
  • 2-3 short sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended)
  • 2-3 long sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended)
  • 1 medium weight fleece sweater/jacket (air-conditioning in India can be very cold)
  • 1-2 pairs of pants
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts (must cover knees)
  • 1-2 sets of nicer clothes for dinner (skirts should be knee-length or longer)
  • 1 bathing suit
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Hat for sun protection
  • 5-7 pairs underwear
  • 5-7 pairs of socks
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sandals
  • Scarf (for mosques)

AdventureWomen Essentials

  • Travel documents (identification documents, airline tickets, money)
  • 2 spare passport photos in case your passport is lost or stolen
  • Write down/print out travel insurance number
  • Locks for your suitcase/duffel bag
  • Travel alarm clock with spare batteries
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
  • Binoculars (8x40/42 models are excellent choices; center focus models are easiest)
  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery charger
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses, cleaner, saline, etc.
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Your AdventureWomen insulated bottle (good for hot or cold drinks!)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Small packet of tissues
  • Tampons and panty liners (avoid plastic applicators)
  • Earplugs: We recommend Mack’s Pillow Soft White Moldable Silicone Snore Proof Earplugs. Available at most drugstores or at www.earplugstore.com
  • Assortment of stuff sacks and Ziploc bags
  • 1-2 bandanas/Buff
  • Reading material/journal and pens

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Prescription medicine you usually take
  • Personal epi pen (if you need one, don’t forget to pack it!)
  • Bandages, Gauze, Ace bandage, blister prevention
  • Antiseptic wipes/spray
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cotton-tipped applicators
  • Oral rehydration tablets/packets
  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • Mild laxative
  • Antacid
  • Cold remedies
  • Ibuprofen/acetaminophen
  • Eye drops
  • Tweezers, scissors (travel size), safety pins

If you prefer to buy a complete kit, we recommend the Smart Travel first aid kit.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686