DESCRIPTION:

We've partnered with Sambhali Trust, a foundation that empowers and educates more than 1000 women in Jodhpur, India. Our out-of-the box itinerary, insightful guides and personal service will leave you captivated, impassioned and filled with deep knowledge of this ancient land and it's colorful people. There is certainly no quick way to summarize this mystical country so full of culture, art, religion, food and history. The non-stop energy can be felt from every direction.  India is truly a place of incredible wonder, beautiful people, striking contradiction, and creative peak experiences. 

[B, L, D indicates whether Breakfast, Lunch and/or Dinner is provided each day.]

FULL ITINERAY:

DAY 1: Arrival To Delhi

You will be met at the airport by our guide and driver and be transferred to our hotel for the night. Please arrive anytime on Day 1. You may or may not need an early check in fee. ($60 USD)

Sleep: Lemon Tree Aerocity                                                                                                                         

DAY 2: Flight to Jaisalmer

We will gather in the morning to head to the airport for our flight to Jaisalmer known as the golden city. Lunch will be at the hotel and in the evening for those interested, we will walk the winding streets of the old city. (B,L,D)                                                                         

Sleep: Mandir Palace

DAY 3: Jaisalmer-Setrawa

Today we will be spending just a half day exploring the golden fortress of Jaisalmer. We will visit an old haveli which is a traditional mansion in India. We will spend a day and a half in Setrawa, the ancestral village of Govind Rathore, founder of Sambhali Trust. This village is off the tourist path and a wonderful breath from city life. In the evening we will take a camel ride into the dunes for sunset and tea and return to help cook dinner over the fire with Govind’s auntie and daughter-in-law. (B,L,D) 

Sleep: Village of Setrawa

DAY 4: Setrawa

After breakfast and a brief walk through the village we will head to the Sambhali center to meet the women who are participating in this program. They will show us how to tie a sari, paint us with henna and talk about their daily lives. In the afternoon, after lunch there is time to rest from the midday heat. We can visit a local farm and buy some vegetables for the evening meal or join in in other village activities such as milking goats, seeing how to make thatch roofs   In the evening, we will have a fire at the compound with local musicians. (B,L,D)                                                                                             

Sleep: Village of Setrawa
                                     

DAY 5: Setrawa-Jodhpur

After a village breakfast, we will head to Jodhpur known as the blue city and home to both our guides. We will head straight to the headquarters of Sambhali Trust. Muktha, Govind’s wife, will greet us and explain a little about the program. There will be a cooking demonstration followed by lunch. We will then participate in a hands-on sewing workshop with the ladies and learn their craft. (B.L)                                                                                  

Sleep: Ajit Bhawan

DAY 6: Jodhpur

We will head straight to the famous Jodhpur fort. From there we will walk the winding streets and have lunch at a cafe overlooking an ancient step well. At about 2pm we will organize a few amazing places to go shopping for gems, textiles, art, clothes and more! (B,L)

Sleep: Ajit Batwan

DAY 7: Jodhpur-Women’s day March

Today is a much needed day of rest and relaxation. Sleep in and enjoy the grounds of this incredible hotel. If you wish you may book a massage at the spa! (at your own cost) In the afternoon we will head out to visit one of the boarding homes and make some signs with the girls for the march. At 5pm we will leave for the march. After a quick shower and change Govind will cook a home cooked meal for us on the terrace of his guesthouse. (B,D)

Sleep: Ajit Batwan

DAY 8: Pushkar

Today we are on our way to the majestic and funky town of Pushkar known for its lake, spirituality, and camel fair. We will arrive around 4pm and walk around the town to the lake and temples. The sunset is spectacular near the lake! The evening is your choice of out on the town or feel free to relax and take it easy and explore on your own. (B,L) 

Sleep: Pushkar Palace

DAY 9: Pushkar-Jaipur

We will leave around 10am for Jaipur. If you choose we can arrange for a rooftop yoga class before we head out. After we arrive in Jaipur there will be a short walking tour of the old market before dinner. (B,L,D)

Sleep: Dera Rawastar

DAY 10: Jaipur

Today we will view the Amer Fort and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Wind). We will have a hands-on pottery demonstration of the famed and exquisite blue pottery of Jaipur. There will be time in the afternoon for an optional block printing or rug making demonstration. (B,L,D)

Sleep: Dera Rawastar

DAY 11: Farewell or 3 day extension

Those leaving will head back to New Delhi by bus to make their connections back home! There will be time to make one last shopping stop at the incredible Haaz Kauz or Delli Haat market before making our way to the airport.  Extension part begins. (B) 


EXTENSION:

DAY 1: Drive to Taj Mahal

For those extending their trip we will leave by bus with Virendra from Jaipur to head to the Taj Mahal!  We will spend a few hours this afternoon and sunset exploring this wonder of the world and will spend the night in Agra. (B,D)

Sleep: Prime Plaza

DAY 2: Taj Mahal to New Delhi

For the photography lovers in the group, we will rise early for images of the Taj Mahal from across the river.  We will then head out for New Delhi. Today we will explore the modern areas of Hauz Khas. We will eat dinner near our hotel. (B,D) 

Sleep: Holiday Inn, Old Delhi

Day 3: Delhi & Departures

Today will will rise early to discover Old Delhi and take a walking spice tour of this area while discovering it’s forts and temples.  In the afternoon we will visit the lotus temple and head to a market called Dilli Haat for last minute shopping and presents before departing for the airport. (B)