This 11 day journey through Rajasthan, India highlights the strife, resilience and modern uprising of women from this region. Along with seeing some of Rajasthan’s famous sites, experiencing the local markets and tasting the incredible food, you will discover a more candid and intimate side of India and hear the stories of women from villagers to city dwellers all trying to fight for their place in modern India. Their stories are not always told but important to hear. We will be partnering with Sambhali Trust, a foundation empowering and educating more than 1000 women in Jodhpur, India. Virendra Chouhan, co-founder of Sambahli will be our exclusive tour leader along with Govind Rathore, the director of Sambhali Trust. They will give us rare insight into this rich and ancient culture, their complex and outdated caste system and women’s rights in India.
DATE: March 1-11, 2020 w/optional Taj Mahal extension March 11-13, 2020
PRICE: $3450 per person based on double occupancy. ($1200 for single supplement)
$750 for added extension
LOCATION: Rajasthan, India
Experience a village homestay in the Thar desert. Camel trek, learn to cook by the fire and dance with the gypsies.
Learn about Indian cuisine in a hands-on cooking class.
Participate in the annual Women’s day March alongside the women and girls of Sambhali Trust.
Govind & Virendra
Our local guides
Day 1: Arrival
You will arrive at Delhi Airport and be met at the airport by our guide and be transferred to our hotel for the night. You may or may need to check in early. Please arrive on March 1st.
Day 2: Flight to Jaisalmer
After breakfast we will take a regional flight to Jaisalmer. If you are feeling up to it we will take an easy walking tour of old city and markets.
Day 3: Jaisalmer to Setrawa
Before heading out to the village we will explore the golden fortress of Jaisalmer. After settling in in Setrawa prepare for a beautiful sunset camel ride.
Day 4: Setrawa
After breakfast, we will work with Sambhali women learning about the day in the life of a typical village women.
Day 5: Jodhpur
In Jodhpur you will get an overview of how Sambhali trust works. We will meet the women and learn to cook and sew with them.
Day 6: Jodhpur
Today is more of a city exploration from the fort to the winding streets to all the incredible shopping.
Day 7: Jodhpur
After a much needed moving of relaxation we prepare for the big march in the afternoon!
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.
Day 9: Jaipur
We will have a slow morning in Pushkar and leave around 11am for Jaipur. We will have an optional rooftop yoga class before leaving Pushkar. In Jaipur, we will explore the old city markets.
Day 10: Jaipur
Today we will view the Amer Fort and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Wind). There will be some optional activities in the afternoon before out final dinner out!
Day 11: Farewell or 3 day extension begins
Those leaving will head back to New Delhi by bus to make their connections back home!
OPTIONAL 3 DAY EXTENSION:
Day 1: Drive to Taj Mahal
We will spend a few hours this afternoon exploring this wonder of the world and will spend the night in Agra.
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.
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
Private van & driver
10 nights in heritage hotels, local guesthouses, homestay and 3-4 star hotels.
10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners,
Gallery of images from our last tour!
March 1-11th, 2020: 8+ available. Double room with your own bed & shared bath. Single supplement available.