Stimulate your senses on a trip of a lifetime to India. Visiting Delhi, Varanasi, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur, our two-week tour offers a deep, multi-faceted experience of this exhilarating destination.
We will get a taste of Delhi's Mughal and colonial past; experience the extraordinary rituals taking place along the Ganges River in sacred Varanasi; and visit the ravishing forts, palaces and temples that make Rajasthan such a captivating destination. Along the way we will meet designers and artisans tapping into India's rich craft traditions to make contemporary textiles with a modern aesthetic. A highlight of our cultural journey will be attending the World Sufi Music Festival at the spectacular Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur.
We have partnered with India's premier luxury-tour company to present a fascinating itinerary that combines the classic sites of a first-time tour with a look at India's integral artisan sector and flourishing design scene.
NEW DELHI (3 nights)
Featuring impressive remnants of India's Mughal and colonial past, New Delhi provides a fascinating introduction to modern India. We will explore some of the city's historic highlights, such as the labyrinthine markets of Chandni Chowk in the Old City, and Humayan's Tomb, the elegant 16th-century Mughal mausoleum. We will get a glimpse at Delhi's vibrant design scene by visiting the studios and showrooms of designers who are collaborating with artisans to create interior textiles and fashion. To gain an appreciation for handcraft traditions from throughout India, we will tour the superb collection at the National Crafts Museum. Our home-base in Delhi is The Imperial, the iconic colonial-era heritage hotel.
Accommodation: The Imperial Hotel
Travel: We will arrange for you to be met at the airport and escorted to our hotel
VARANASI (2 nights)
We will fly to Varanasi, where Hindus seek spiritual salvation by bathing in the holy waters of the Ganges River and where people come to cremate the remains of their loved ones. Varanasi is the India of your imagination and a true assault on the senses! Teeming with people on religious pilgrimage, it's a thrilling destination where you will gain an appreciation for the rituals at the core of Indian life. We will explore the city on foot with an expert local guide as well as by boat, experiencing the rituals that take place on the river "ghats" at dawn and dusk. Varanasi is renowned for its silk weaving and we will visit a village where artisans weave luxurious silk brocade fabric on old jacquard pit-looms.
Accommodation: Taj Gateway Hotel
Travel: Flight from Delhi
JAIPUR (4 nights)
Jaipur is at the core of our tour, where we will stay at a stylish family-run boutique hotel for four nights. Our hotel is a favorite among international designers visiting on sourcing trips. In Jaipur, we will learn about block-printing, visiting the studio of a renowned designer who has perfected the craft. We will also participate in a workshop in Bagru, home to the Chippa, a caste that has practiced block-printing for centuries. In addition to touring the stunning Amber Fort and City Palace, we will enjoy a behind-the-scenes experience at the palace visiting an NGO founded by the Princess of Jaipur to provide opportunities for women artisans. No trip to Jaipur would be complete without visiting the morning flower markets, exploring the winding lanes of the Old City, or shopping for handcrafted products at the city's excellent boutiques.
Accommodation: 47 Jobner Bagh
Travel: Flight from Varanasi
JODHPUR (2 nights)
We planned our itinerary around attending the World Sufi Music Festival, which takes place annually at the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, perched high above Jodhpur, known as the "blue city." The 15th-century fort is a sublime backdrop to this wonderful event, which brings Sufi musicians and enthusiasts together from around the world. We've secured rooms at RAAS, a sleek design hotel in a converted haveli, which is located next to a handsome step-well and a selection of design stores. We will enjoy a tour of the Fort in addition to the beautiful Jaswant Thada and the bustling Sadar Bazaar. Traveling by train is a must-do experience in India, which we have chosen to do en route from Jaipur to Jodhpur.
Accommodation: RAAS Jodhpur
Travel: Train from Jaipur
UDAIPUR (2 nights)
Traveling by private, air-conditioned mini-bus to Udaipur, we'll enjoy the sights of rural Rajasthsan. Passing through villages, we'll see Rajasthani women in bright saris, resplendent against the arid landscape, and moustached men in turbans driving motorcycles. We'll stop for lunch and visit the stunning Jain temple, Ranakpur. Udaipur is a picturesque lake-side town and an idyllic place to end our journey. We'll enjoy visiting the lavishly decorated City Palace, a constant source of inspiration for designers, and the lively Jagdish Temple. We'll visit a village outside of Udaipur where we'll stop at a women's artisan cooperative that produces textiles for well-known Indian brands, and we'll enjoy sunset drinks at a beautiful heritage hotel.
Accommodation: Amet Haveli
Travel: Private, air-conditioned mini-bus from Jodhpur. At end of tour, transfer by air to Delhi to connect with international flights
Wednesday, February 13 - Tuesday, February 26, 2019
(14 nights / 12 days)
COST & DETAILS:
$7,900 per person based on double occupancy
Please inquire about single supplement
Early bird special: Book before June 30 to receive a $200 discount. Use code EarlyBirdIndia at checkout
A $2,500 deposit is due upon registration with the final payment due 1 October, 2018 subject to a refund policy thereafter
Limited to 10 participants (Full capacity required to run tour)
Tour begins and ends in New Delhi
This price includes:
- An accompanying guide plus a tour host
- Personal, small-group experience (max. 10 participants)
- Workshop, studio tour and artisan fees
- Specialist guides
- Most meals
- Local transport via air (economy), private mini-bus & train
- Entry fees
Does not include:
- International airfare
- Transfers to and from airport
- Personal shopping
- Alcoholic drinks
- Some dinners (as detailed on itinerary)
OUR EXPERT TOUR CONSULTANT
We are thrilled to have collaborated with Fiona Caulfield—author of the discerning Love Travel Guides to India—to design an itinerary packed with special experiences. Fiona won't be traveling with us but as co-curator, she has helped us craft a one-of-a-kind trip with her in-depth knowledge and personal connections.
ACCOMMODATION & TRANSPORT
We have selected mid to upper-mid range hotels for their character, service and comfort. Our hotels include:
- The Imperial, a classic colonial-era heritage property in Delhi
- The Taj Gateway Hotel, a comfortable hotel in Varanasi
- Jobner Bagh, a stylish family-run boutique hotel in Jaipur
- RAAS, a sleek design hotel in a former haveli in Jodhpur with stunning views of Mehrangarh Fort
- Amet Haveli, a charming heritage hotel situated on Lake Pichola in Udaipur
We will be transported in a comfortable, air-conditioned private mini-bus while touring each city. Travel between destinations includes:
- Fly Delhi to Varanasi
- Fly Varanasi to Jaipur
- Train journey from Jaipur to Jodhpur
- Drive in private mini-bus from Jodhpur to Udaipur
- Fly back to Delhi