Without question, India is the most engaging, colourful, chaotic, spiritual and life-affirming country in the world. It is an assault on the senses – all of them, nearly all of the time. The diversity of its cultural riches, from temple sculptures, architecture and murals to the artistry of ordinary people in a land where much is still made by hand, rivals the best of the Italian Renaissance. Our tour is India at it’s most extraordinary! We now invite you to join us on our fully escorted tour to Rajasthan, Agra, Khajuraho & Varanasi in 2016.
Our tour departs South Africa and flies to Delhi via Abu Dhabi on 20 November. We’ll spend two days exploring Delhi before catching the Shatabdi Express train to Ajmer and on to Pushkar by road for the night.
Travelling on to Udaipur we’ll visit the splendid Jain temples at Ranukpur en route. We’ll spend two nights in Udaipur discovering the palaces and temples.
The itinerary continues on to Jodhpur in the heart of colourful Rajasthan with its magnificent Mehrangarh Fort and palaces.
From Jodhpur, the itinerary proceeds to Jaisalmer where we’ll have two nights with time to visit the citadel, havelis and Jain temples and enjoy a camel ride in the Great Indian Desert at sunset. In Bikaner, we’ll visit the Junagarh Fort, Jain temples, the Lalgarh Palace and a camel breeding farm and stay at the elegant and timeless Gajner Palace Hotel.
Two nights will be spent in Jaipur with visits to the Amber Palace, the Maharaja’s City Palace, the Palace of Winds and the Jantar Mantar (the largest stone-and-marble-crafted observatory in the world).
A fascinating visit to the archaeological site of Fatehpur Sikri en route to Agra is included. In Agra we’ll visit the beautiful Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort.
Heading to Khajuraho, we’ll travel by train to Jhansi on the Shatabdi Express and then overland via the medieval town of Orchha. The builders of Orchha dotted the landscape with palaces, fortress, temples and cenotaph. The architecture is a synthesis of traditional Hindu, hybrid Indo-Saracenic and ornate Mughal. From 950 to 1050 AD, the Chandela dynasty built 85 temples in Khajuraho, of which 22 remain today. Each temple is ornately carved, with each frieze and sculpture depicting the genius of the men who carved it and the king who inspired them to their work.
Our last stop on the itinerary is the holy city of Varanasi on the banks of the Ganges. Varanasi is one of the oldest living cities in the world. For more than 2500 years it has attracted seekers and pilgrims. We’ll spend two nights here experiencing life on this sacred stretch of the Ganges.
Our flight back to South Africa departs from Delhi on 07 December 2016 flying via Abu Dhabi and arriving back in South Africa on 08 December 2016.
Liz Cotton will be accompanying the group from South Africa and a professional local guide will be escorting the group from arrival in Delhi through to the end of tour. This will be a unique and unforgettable experience for every member of the group.
Space on this tour is limited to 17 participants. If you have any queries, or would like to secure your reservation on this once in a lifetime tour, please do not hesitate to contact Liz.
Our tour is a great introduction to the legacy of the Maharajas, the pure creative talent of the sculptures of the Jain temples, the distinctive Moghal architecture, the raw devotion of the Hindu religion and the delights of the Indian bazaar.