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This trip is held in partnership with Wanderful, an international community of women who love to travel. You can learn more about Wanderful at sheswanderful.com.


Overview:

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 They will give us rare insight into this rich and ancient culture, their complex and outdated caste system and women’s rights in India.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

Trip Highlights:

  1. Experience a village homestay in the Thar desert. Camel trek, learn to cook by the fire and dance with the gypsies. 

  2. Learn about Indian cuisine in a hands-on cooking class.

  3. Participate in the annual Women’s day March alongside the women and girls of Sambhali Trust.

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Govind & Virendra

Our local guides


Itinerary:

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

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What’s Included:

  • Airport Transfers

  • Private van & driver

  • bilingual guides

  • Regional flight

  • listed excursions

  • entrance fees

  • community activities

ACCOMODATIONS:

10 nights in heritage hotels, local guesthouses, homestay and 3-4 star hotels.

MEALS:

10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners,

Gallery of images from our last tour!

Departures:

March 1-11th, 2020: 8+ available. Double room with your own bed & shared bath. Single supplement available.