Trip Overview

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

Start in Old Delhi, where you’ll drive past impressive sites, including the President’s Palace and India Gate. The next day you’ll set out for Agra, where you’ll have the chance to see the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal at sunset from the gardens of Mehtab Bagh. 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 chambers and hallways of Amber Fort on 4×4 Jeeps. You’ll want to take your time at the Jantar Mantar, the world’s largest sundial!

In Udaipur, you’ll visit the Crystal Gallery, a stunning building that holds the world’s largest collection of crystal, with glimmering chairs, beds, and tables, and take in the paintings, mosaics, intricately carved ‘chhatris’ and the architecturally brilliant facade of the City Palace.

Later you’ll witness the Holika Dahan ceremony. 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.

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 New Delhi
  • Take in a sunset view of Taj Mahal at Mehtab Bagh and marvel at the sunrise on the Taj Mahal grounds
  • Enjoy a cooking class in a local home
  • Perfect the art of cooking an Indian dish in Jaipur

What You'll See and Do

  • Archaeology
  • Boat Cruise
  • Cooking Class
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Historical Sites
  • Local Delicacies
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • UNESCO Site
  • Women-To-Women Exchanges

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

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Delhi
Welcome to Delhi and India! An ancient city that has something for everyone, Delhi has been settled seven times over the centuries. The city has grown in a way that reflects its past while retaining its cosmopolitan flavor. It is India’s showcase for architecture, religion, shopping, and culture.

During your adventure you’ll get to know your expert Indian guide, who will help you learn about local traditions, culture, history, and the Holi Festival. You are also accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure, and cheering you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own unique way!

You will be picked up at the airport in Delhi and transferred to your hotel. Please note that check-in starts at 2:00pm. 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 Palace

Day 2

Delhi
Start your exploration of New Delhi with a visit to 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!

Then drive past President’s Palace and India Gate, the stone arch of triumph bearing the names of 85,000 Indian Army soldiers who died in World War I.

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

If you have the energy, visit Qutab Minar, a soaring tower of victory with five distinct stories that was built on the foundation of a Hindu temple. Many elements of the construction reflect their Hindu and Jain origins, and there are myriad monuments that combine both Islamic calligraphy and Hindu motifs.

This evening, enjoy an official welcome dinner where you will get to know your group, your guide, and your Ambassador. Toast the adventures to come!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Taj Palace

Day 3

Delhi to Agra
Leave Delhi this morning for Agra, which is about a three-hour drive. Arrive in time for lunch at your hotel.

Visit the Red Fort of Agra, 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, from the garden of Mehtab Bagh. This experience will take your breath away.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: ITC Mughal

Day 4

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. The total drive will take just over five hours. 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.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: ITC Rajputana

Day 5

Jaipur
The history and times of Jaipur are deeply entwined with the stories of royal princes and princesses, with grand Mughals and later with visiting dignitaries from the British Royal family or 20th century royalty like the U.S. Presidential families. Modern Jaipur plays host to all of them and to many thousands who come here, enchanted by all that the city has to offer. Jaipur is undoubtedly a city of kings and queens and its distinctive architecture clearly emphasizes this. Even so it has a timeless appeal, since many of the traditional crafts patronized by 18th century rulers are still thriving. There are streets that are famous for jewelry, tie-and-dye, pottery, “meenakari,” leatherwork, and stone carvings.

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!

Have dinner with your group this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: ITC Rajputana

Day 6

Jaipur
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!

Visit the City Palace complex, the seat of the Maharajah of Jaipur, which consists of an impressive array of courtyards, gardens and buildings.

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

Overnight: ITC Rajputana

Day 7

Jaipur to Udaipur
Leave Jaipur this morning and fly to Udaipur. Udaipur is known as the “City of Lakes” and was founded on the edge of Lake Pichola in 1553.

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 of authentic, home-cooked flavors at the Raas Devigarh Hotel.

Head to your lovely hotel where you’ll check in and enjoy dinner later this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Fatehgarh

Day 8

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. Continue to Crystal Gallery to see a rare collection of crystal.

Savor lunch at a local restaurant.

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 plenty of snacks – you’ll get to taste everything!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Fatehgarh

Day 9

Udaipur
Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, is a festival signifying the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, and a day to play and laugh, forgive and forget, and just generally frolic. You don’t say 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.

Spend the afternoon at your hotel. Enjoy the pool and the view! Before dinner, take a lesson in sari tying or have henna painted. Enjoy a farewell dinner with your group, toasting the end of a fantastic adventure in India!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Fatehgarh

Day 10

Depart India
If you still need some last-minute souvenirs, your guide can arrange to take you on a shopping trip this morning. Alternatively, feel free to just kick up your feet and relax at your hotel.

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 at JW Marriott Aerocity

Please note: AdventureWomen will attempt to adhere to the itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, and cultural) may necessitate changes in the itinerary. AdventureWomen reserves the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participants. 

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Traveling to India



Arrival and Departure Information

Arrive: Arrive at the Delhi Airport (DEL) on March 10, 2022 after 10:00am.

Depart: Depart from the Delhi Airport (DEL) on March 19, 2022 any time.

 

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. 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 with at least two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

US Passport holders will need a visa to visit India. We will provide detailed information before your departure on how to obtain your visa.

Activity Level

We rate this trip as Moderate. Our moderate 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. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

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 on the FitForTrips website.

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.

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!

Preparation and Packing

Once you register for your adventure, we will send you a comprehensive preparation guide including weather information, gratuity suggestions, and a packing list.

As a reference, AdventureWomen typically suggests $200-250 for gratuities on most trips. Detailed information will be provided to you prior to departure.

Forms and Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $800, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. 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)
  • Supplemental Release for COVID

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer). A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

Final Payment Due Date: December 10, 2021

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 as per itinerary based on double occupancy
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • Domestic airfare (priced separately from the main trip)
  • Guided sightseeing and activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • English-speaking guide throughout the trip
  • One group transfer on arrival and departure
  • Bottled water and soft drinks in vehicles
  • Gratuities for airport representatives, baggage handling, and for included meals

Not Included

  • International airfare to and from India
  • Optional activities
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages (unless otherwise specified)
  • Fees for passport, visas, immunizations, or travel insurance
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for guide, driver, and handyman

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 Palace

The luxurious Taj Palace, 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.

Amenities: Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity (outlet type C, D, or M); Wifi

ITC Mughal

Sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens near 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.

Amenities: Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity (outlet type C, D, or M); Wifi

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.

Amenities: Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity (outlet type C, D, or M); Wifi

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.

Amenities: Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity (outlet type C, D, or M); Wifi

JW Marriott 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.

Amenities: Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity (outlet type C, D, or M); Wifi

Please note that all amenities were current when written and are subject to change at any time.

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

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686