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THE PHOTO TOUR

This tour is tailored to be a photographer's delight in absolute sense. A very conscious effort has been made to bring the best shades of Rajasthan splendor into the purview of your powerful and creative lens. The tour takes you to some of the most exotic and stunning locales, where you get a lifetime opportunity to capture the spirit and essence of the area, along with the unique life-style and cultural facets of local inhabitants. Tour without shooting Taj Mahal, almost synonymous to India's incredible glory, and the indescribable beauty at the dawn of Varanasi Ghats, would be absolutely incomplete !!

For all those, who love to discover and seize the beauty and richness of Indian heritage, culture and tradition, are invited to join this tour. Right moment, right spirit, and right angle, clubbed with right expertise on the lens, is our USP of this unique tour. Designing of the tour and spacing of the cities have been in a way that each traveler finds ample time to shoot their ideal locale, shades & color of life and moments of fantasy.

PROGRAM

Day 01: Delhi

Upon arrival at International Airport at Delhi, proceed for immigration and custom clearance. At the arrival lounge, look for our representative, who will be holding the play-card with your name on it. You will be met and transferred to the hotel.

Day 02: Delhi Morning starts the tour of this regal city of contrasts. Visit Old Delhi, where the Raj Ghat stands as a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, see the Universal Mosque of Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, and tour the Red Fort (from outside). Travel by cycle rickshaw through the fabled Chandni Chowk (Silver street). Here, alleys filled with Gold and Silversmiths, the exotic spice market and colorful fabric merchants, but some of the few sights that will amaze and tempt you. Afternoon, return to bustling New Delhi and visit Emperor Humayun's Tomb, Qutab Minar, and drive pass through India gate, the Houses of Parliament, and the Presidential Palace. Later, proceed to Akshardham Temple (closed on Monday), a beautiful monument built without steel, consists of 234 ornately carved pillars, 9 ornate domes, 20 quadrangle Shikaras a spectacular Gajendra Pith (plinth of stone elephants) and 20,000 statuses of India's great saints, devotees and divine personalities. The monument is a fusion of pink stone and pure white marble, where pink stone symbolizes devotion in eternal bloom and white marble that of absolute purity and eternal peace. Spend the evening at the temple complex, enjoying it when fully lit-up. Enroute, visit the Lotus temple, which also known as The Bahai House of Worship. It is one of the marvels of modern architecture. The temple gives the impression of a half-open lotus flower afloat, surrounded by its leaves. The shining pure white marble, the majestic dome, the petals clearly standing out create a sense of grandeur and awe. B Photographers delight: Busy streets of Chandni Chowk / rickshaw ride in Old Delhi: Time Noon. The new Akshardham temple and Lotus temple: Time: Evening/ sun-set

Day 03: Delhi - Agra (Drive: 04 hours)

Late morning depart to Agra - the city of Taj Mahal. Arrive and check-in to the hotel. Evening visit Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays) during sunset, one of the Wonders of the World, the poetry in marble and a symbol of eternal love. Evening free to stroll around the bazaar. B
Photographers delight: Taj Mahal during sunset from the other side of the Yamuna ( Mehtab Bagh side ). Visiting Taj Mahal on decorated Tongas / Rickshaws.

Day 04: Agra

Revisit Taj Mahal during sunrise. Later visit the magnificent Agra Fort, this Fort was built by Akbar and further developed by successive generations. See the vineyards and the rose garden from where the perfumed rose water was pumped directly to the emperor's chambers! Here Akbar played chess with women as pawns! This well-preserved fortress is a reminder of the glorious yet sorrowful reign of the Mogul emperors. Also visit It-mad Uttaduala. Later visit marble and Zari work and their fine art.
Photographers delight: Taj Mahal during sunrise. Artisans, at work on marble inlay or Zari embroidery.

Day 05: Agra - Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri (Drive: 06 hours)

Morning re-visit Taj Mahal during sunrise. Later drive to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri, the ancient city built in a fusion of Hindu and Muslim artistic styles by the great Mughul Emperor Akbar. See the magnificent Royal Palace with its famous Panch Mahal, the five-storied palace and the imposing Jami Masjid with its impressive Buland Darwaza (Great Gate). Arrive and check-in to the hotel. Evening enjoy high tea with Rajput family where you can exchange notes on lifestyle and local culture and have a great photo session with them. B
Photographers delight: Taj Mahal bathing with first rays of the sun or Taj with the back drop of the rising red sun. The huge spread out fort at Fatehpur Sikri. Session during high tea with Rajput family : Time - Evening.

Day 06: Jaipur

Morning proceed to visit the fairy tale like Amber Fort, where you ascend the fort like a Maharaja on the back of a well decorated elephant to the top of the fort. Afternoon commence your city tour of Jaipur, which includes visits to the City Palace of the Jaipur Maharaja. The honeycomb designed Hawa Mahal also known as the Palace of Wind from where the royal ladies, who lived in seclusion, observed life on the outside yet remained hidden inside. Also visit the amazingly accurate Jantar Mantar stone Observatory.
Photographers delight: Riding to the top of the Amer Fort on a decorated elephant's back like a Maharaja. Arial view from Jaigarh and Nahangarh Forts

Day 07: Jaipur - Pushkar (Drive: 03 hours)

Morning, drive to Pushkar. Arrive and check-in to hotel. B
Photographers delight: The serene beauty of the Pushkar lake: Time - night. The Ghats: Time early morning during sunrise. The camel carts : Time: noon or during sunset.

Day 08: Pushkar - Rohet via Nimaj (Drive: 05 & half hours)

Morning free. Afternoon, depart to Jodhpur, via villages and rustic sites of Nimaj. After a brief photo session and relaxation at this place, proceed to Rohet. Arrive and check-into hotel. B
Photographers delight: Nimaj Palace and the country side village farmer' s home and the antelopes.

Day 09: Rohet - Jodhpur - Rohet

Morning, proceed for full day city tour of Jodhpur visiting Mehrangarh Fort, which Kipling called one of the grandest sights in India. True to its name, the 15th century Mehrangarh (majestic) Fort towers 400 feet high and was never captured. From the courtyard we can see the fantastic `jali' (lattice) work that almost entirely covers the sandstone walls and balconies. Also see the beautifully decorated dancing hall, the royal bedroom, jewels studded robes, ornate baby cradles, solid silver elephant's seats and palanquins. Later visit the royal cenotaphs at Jaswant Thada, the pillared marble memorial to the popular ruler Jaswant Singh II. Afternoon, proceed for an excursion to Bishnoi tribal villages. B
Photographers delight: The majestic Umaid Bhawan Palace: The Mehrangarh Fort: Ariel view of the blue houses from the rampartof the Fort. Time: Any time or during sunrise and sunset, Bishnoi tribal villagers: Time - During evening

Day 10: Jodhpur - Udaipur via Ranakpur (Drive: 06 hours)

Afternoon drive to Udaipur, enroute visit Ranakpur temples -Ranakpur is a fabulous 500-year-old Jain Temples. The temples are superbly preserved in near perfect condition. The most distinctive feature are the 29 halls of the main temple, some octagonal and many more than one story high, are dissected by 1444 pillars, each sculpted with unique designs which no two are the exactly alike. The carving on the walls while, musicians and dancers have been modeled out of brackets between the pillars and the ceiling. Than continue to Udaipur. Arrive and check-in to your hotel. B
Photographers delight: Rawla Narlai village - rustic surroundings and Ranakpur temples. Time: Noon

Day 11: Udaipur

Morning proceed for full day city tour of this lake-city. It is perhaps the most romantic of all Indian centers and is sometimes called "the Venice of the East". Exotic gardens, mirror-calm lakes, and fantasy island palaces surround it. Visit the ornate and imposing City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan that towers over Lake Pichola. Though the Maharana of Udaipur still lives here, the main part of the palace is now preserved as a museum. Visit Saheliyon-ki-Bari (garden of the maidens) where women of the Royal Household met and played. See the exquisite Jagdish Temple and Jagat Temples located just outside the City Palace. Evening enjoy the sunset boat ride on Lake Pichhola. B
Photographrs delight : Taj Lake Palace and Jagmandir Island in the middle of the lake. The twin heritage hotesl ( Fateh Prakash Palace and Shiv Niwas Palace from Lake Palace hotel). On the banks of the Lake Pichola. Time : Any time, best during sun-rise and sun-set and during night.

Day 12: Udaipur - Delhi (By Flight: 9W 3318: 1335 / 1505 hrs)

Morning free. Late morning, transfer to airport to board the flight to Delhi. Met upon arrival and transferred to hotel. B

Day 13: Delhi - Varanasi (9W 723: 10:45 AM / 11:50 AM)

Morning, transfer to airport to board the flight to Varanasi. Met upon arrival and transferred to hotel. Varanasi is one of the oldest living cities in the world. This deeply religious city is known for its temples, bazaars and the famous Benares Hindu University renowned for its Sanskrit scholars. Evening, enjoy the Aarti ceremony where Hindus sing hymns, light votives and pray. B
Photographers delight: Ghats of the river Ganges and the multifarious activities on the Ghats: Time - Pre-dawn, sunrise, sunset. Crowded temples and lanes / by lanes: Time any time of the day. The entire scenario on the Ghats could be a dream come true!!!

Day 14: Varanasi

Early morning enjoy the boat ride on river Ganges. Return to the hotel for breakfast and than leave for half day excursion to Sarnath, the most holy of Hindu cities where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon on Nirvana. Also, visit the museum that houses an excellent collection of Buddhist art and sculpture. Afternoon proceed for temple tour visiting, Bharat Temple, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple etc. B

Day 15: Varanasi - Delhi (9W 724: 1440 / 1600 hrs)

Morning free. Afternoon check -out and transfer to airport to board the flight to Delhi. Met upon arrival and transfer to International airport to connect the onward flight B


CLASSICAL INDIA GOURMET / CULINARY TOUR

Spice up your experience by savoring the finest cuisines, refined over centuries in the kitchens of the maharajas and the tables of the Raj. This special cooking tour of India, savour curries and chutneys, relishes the flavors, and breathes in the aroma of subtle spices, while you observe demonstrations by master chefs of Indian cookery and enjoy the delicious meals. Being prepared for you. Explore and rediscover the culinary wealth of India. North India is known for its Mughlai cuisine, a creation of the chefs of the Mughal emperors. Known for its rich curries and heady aroma of spices, Mughlai cuisine has in store both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes for you. Up towards the North, the Kashmiri cuisine is known for its traditional feast or Waazwan, where many different meat dishes are prepared and served on a white sheet. Because of India's long coastline, seafood is quite popular with India's culinary experts. Different species of fish, crabs, shrimp, mussels and prawns are fried, baked, picked, salted and preserved to make delicious dishes having a unique taste of their own. This cooking tour of India acquaints you with surprising yet interesting culinary facts..

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR

01. Wazwan (Kashmiri cuisine) dinner at the unique Chor Bizarre restaurant
02. Mughalai dinner in Agra and Jodhpur
03. Rajasthani Thali in Jaipur
04. Meal at one of the finest restaurants of India
05. Jodhpuri delicacy meal
06. Parsi festive and Goan dinner in Mumbai
07. Goan dinner in Mumbai
08. Lecture by master chefs
09. Cook books, spice boxes and VCD on cooking demos
10. Visit to spice markets
11. Visit to vegetable and grocery market
12. Cooking demonstration in Delhi and Udaipur.
13. Delhi Haat to see local art & craft and taste food from different states of India
14. Glimpse of famous Old Delhi's mouthwatering like parathas, jalebis, biryani etc
15. Dinner at Chokhi Dhani, a typical Rajasthani village set up and Resort close to Jaipur.
16. Visit to spice shops/markets: Khari Bawli (in Delhi) and Mirchi Gali (at Crawford Market, Mumbai).


Day 01: Arrive Delhi

On arrival at Delhi's international airport, our representative will welcome each member with garlands. After the welcome, we drive in an air-conditioned vehicle to the hotel.

Day 02: Delhi

Morning, leave for city tour of Old Delhi, including Raj Ghat (Mahatma Gandhi's Memorial), Jama Masjid (India's largest mosque and an architectural masterpiece), Red Fort and the fabled Chandni Chowk (Silver Street), covering the spice and jewellery markets on rickshaws (tri-cycles) winding through the narrow by lanes that are 300 years old. Later you will be taken to a local vegetable mandi (market) to show the set - up, ways of selling vegetables, negotiations between sellers and customers. Later visit the famous lanes (Parathawali gali etc) of Old Delhi to check out mouthwatering stuffed Parathas (fried stuffed bread), Jalebis (Indian sweet), Biryani (fried rice). Later return to your hotel.
Afternoon attend a Lecture on various Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisines latest trends and usage of spices etc in different states of India. Later get involved in an intensive cooking demonstration of typical Indian food (Shahi paneer, Dal Makhani, butter Chicken etc) by a seasoned cook cum housewife at her home, followed by lunch.
At the end of the day, pamper your taste buds at Bukhara restaurant of Maurya Sheraton, the restaurant on the preferred list of Bill Clinton, Vladimir Putin and fashion icon Tommy Hilfiger, where you'll get to savour the delicately Indian vegetarian meals. The restaurant has been feted internationally for its Dal Bukhara (lentils) Paneer Tikka (Cheese), Tandoori Cauliflower, Tandoori Shimla Mirch etc. It's the cuisine of India's very own frontier, described by Rudyard Kipling in his masterpiece, Kim.

Day 03: Delhi

This morning proceed for the city tour of New Delhi will includes, two UNESCO World Heritage sites - the twelfth-century Qutab Minar and Emperor Humayun's Tomb - India Gate (the World War I memorial), National Gallery of Modern Art, the Houses of Parliament, and the Presidential Palace designed by Edwin Lutyens. Also visit the Craft Museum & Village (closed on Mondays). Later, proceed to Akshardham Temple, a beautiful monument built without steel, consists of 234 ornately carved pillars, 9 ornate domes, 20 quadrangle shikaras a spectacular Gajendra Pith (plinth of stone elephants) and 20,000 statues of India's great saints, devotees and divine personalities. The monument is a fusion of pink stone and pure white marble, where pink stone symbolizes devotion in eternal bloom and white marble that of absolute purity and eternal peace.
Evening, taste the Wazwan dinner (Kashmiri cuisine) at Chor -Bizzare (Broadway hotel), which is known for its exclusive and mouthwatering preparation. Array of delicious Kashmiri vegetarian dishes authentically prepared by wazas (Chef's) from the Valley, will jolt your appetite. Kashmiri Cuisine evolved in the Kashmir Valley over several centuries through a fusion of local food and delectable elements of the Mughal art of cooking. Curd plays an important part in this cuisine - no meat delicacy, except certain kebabs, are cooked without curd. The Kashmiri cuisine also involves liberal use of aromatic spices, and avoidance of onion and garlic. Some of the most popular Kashmiri dishes are: Roghan Josh, Tabak Maaz, Daniwal Korma and Aab Gosh.

Day 04: Delhi - Agra (By Road: 4 hours)

After breakfast drive to Agra. Arrive and check in to your hotel. Late morning, visit the Agra Fort, a standing testimony in red sandstone to the glory of Akbar, the Great Mughal. At sunset, visit the legendary Taj Mahal, poetry in marble and testament to eternal love.
(Note: The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.)
Evening you will be partaking in a feast from the tables of the Great Mughals, refined by the old tried and hands of the Master Chef, where you will be served the finest Vegetarian biryanis, and curries, an Indian fine dining at its most exotic best.

Day 05: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur (By Road: 6 hours)

At sunrise, re-visit the Taj Mahal. After breakfast, you will be driven to Jaipur. En route visit Fatehpur Sikri, the magnificent capital built by Akbar, the Great Mughal, entirely with red sandstone. The pristine white of the marble mausoleum of Salim Chishti, the Sufi dervish who granted Akbar his wish to have a son, provides a sharp contrast to the red sandstone. When you're at Fatehpur Sikri, don't forget to make a wish by tying a piece of red thread to the marble latticework railing of the mausoleum. Your wish will be granted. Arrive in Jaipur. Check in to the hotel.
As you sign off from the day's hectic activities, revive your travel-weary bones with a famous Rajasthani Thali, at a deluxe heritage hotel, without which your tour of Jaipur is said to be incomplete. The dal-bati, choorma and gatta masala with bajre ki roti, and the rabri - a Rajasthani sweet delicacy will give you a taste out-of-the world and never-before. Your egos get elated while you are being treated like a maharaja during your dinner. With a formal announcement of your majesty arrival and requested to have your meal in a typical Rajasthani grand style makes you feel good even before you taste the "Thali"

Day 06: Jaipur

After breakfast, visit the Amber Fort, which appears to be straight out of a fairy tale, where you ascend the hill like a Maharaja on the back of an elephant. The later city tour of Jaipur will include visits to the City Palace of the Maharaja of Jaipur and the pink honeycomb-like Hawa Mahal, also known as the Windy Palace, from where the royal ladies, who lived behind the veil, observed life on the outside yet remained hidden inside. We'll visit Jantar Mantar, the historic astronomical observatory, whose modern design doesn't cease to stun scholars and visitors alike.
Evening you will be driven to an ethnic Rajasthani village setupa and Resort, Chokhi Dhani, for a typical Rajasthani dinner. Rajasthani cuisine is perhaps the most sensitive among Indian cuisines. Rajasthan cooking in general has its own unique flavour where the simplest and the most basic of ingredients go into the preparation of most dishes. One of the most favorite of Rajasthani non-vegetarian dishes is Laal Maas, an extremely hot dish that can be savoured only by those who have steel-lined intestines.

Day 07: Jaipur / Jodhpur (IT 2315: 11:00 AM / 1200 PM)

After breakfast, you'll have a vehicle at your disposal to explore Jaipur on your own. Late in the morning, our representative will facilitate your airport transfer for the flight to Jodhpur. On arrival, you'll be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Jodhpur is home to the doyen of the Rajput clan, which claimed to have descended from the Sun. Evening enjoy the pure vegetarian Johdpuri meal, prepared under the master chef of Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace. .

Day 08: Jodhpur

After breakfast, take a city tour of Jodhpur. Visit of Mehrangarh Fort, described by Kipling as one of the grandest sights of India. The fifteenth-century fort, which towers 400 feet over the old city of indigo-blue houses, has the distinction of never being conquered. Get a ringside view of the awesome jali (lattice) work that almost entirely covers the sandstone walls and balconies. And don't miss the ornate dancing hall, the royal bedroom with its displays of jewel-studded royal robes, intricately designed cradles, and elephants seats and palanquins made of solid silver. Later visit the royal cenotaphs at Jaswant Thada, the pillared marble memorial to the popular ruler, Jaswant Singh II. Later in the afternoon, take a jeep safari around the villages of the Bishnois, who were conservationists much before organizations such as the WWF arrived on the scene. Thanks to their efforts, the Bishnoi villages are teeming with the Indian antelope, nilgai.
This evening, a typical vegetarian meal at Rohetgarh with Bishnoi tribes, over a brief lecture on Bishnoi culture and their traditional food, followed by a cultural program by the local people, will sum up your day.

Day 09: Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur (By road: 7 hours)

After breakfast, you'll be driven to Udaipur. En route, stop at Ranakpur to view the fabulous 500-year-old Jain temples, which have survived centuries with pristine splendor intact. The main temple is famous for its 29 halls, many of which are octagonal, each more than a story high, zig-zagged by 1,444 pillars, each sculpted with unique designs, of which no two are alike. Arrive in Udaipur and check in to the hotel.
Evening enjoy a sumptuous dinner with Indian delicacies cooked in the most authentic way, at the sunset view restaurant of the deluxe Heritage hotel - Fateh Prakash Palace.

Day 10: Udaipur

After breakfast, the city tour of Udaipur will include the City Palace, which is famous for its glittering collection of chandeliers, Saheliyon-ki-Bari (the garden where women of the royal household would gather to let their hair down) and the Jagdish Temple, an architectural beauty built in the year 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh. Take a late-afternoon boat ride (subject to the water level) on Lake Pichola, around the famous Lake Palace.
Spend the evening at the home of the Bedlas, the blue-blooded couple who are promoting the cuisine developed in the kitchens of Udaipur's maharajas, who are descendants of the national hero, Rana Pratap, who was alone among the Rajpur royals in standing up to Mughal might. You can also watch them cook (cooking demonstration) your meal and loose your self in the fragrance of the wonderful Mughal cuisine.

Day 11: Udaipur / Mumbai (9W 709: 0820 hours / 0930 hours)

After breakfast, our representative will facilitate your transfer to the airport for the flight to Mumbai. On arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon, you will be taken on a walking tour through the historic Crawford Market, Chor Bazaar (Thieves' Market) and Bhan Ganga to get a first-hand exposure to daily markets for fresh produce.
The above visit should put you in the mood for a Parsi festive dinner, a tradition that has evolved over centuries, since the time the followers of Zoroaster, the Persian religious reformer, landed on the western coast of India to secure from the religious persecution that had been unleashed by Persia's Muslim rulers. Parsi cuisine, which combines the best of Persia and India, is famous for its fish preparations and subtle spicing. The Parsi community, incidentally, has produced some of India's most prominent industrial dynasties, including the Tatas, the second-richest family in the country.

Day 12: Mumbai

After breakfast, take a boat ride down the Arabian Sea to the Elephanta Caves, located on an island about an hour by sea from the Gateway to India. The caves are internationally famous for the giant sculpture of the Hindu Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva hewn out of rocks between the fifth and the eighth century.
In the afternoon, take a tour of Mumbai. Visit the Gateway of India, the most visible landmark of the British Raj built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V; Dhobi Ghat, the open-air laundry that promises to be a visual experience; Jain Temple; Marine Drive; Hanging Gardens; the Gothic Victoria Terminus; and the stately Prince of Wales Museum. (Note: The Prince of Wales Museum is closed on Mondays.)
Mumbai is famous for its rainbow culture that combines the best of Hindu, Muslim, Christian and Parsi traditions. Goans, who form a visible part of Mumbai's synergetic society, are famous for their love for good food and good life. Savor some authentic Goan vindaloo, (which does not resemble anything that you get in London), Ambot tik (Sour Curry), Caldeirada (Fish Flavored with Wine), Cabidela (Rich Spicy pork Dish), Sorpotel (pork with Vinegar). Later we bid good bye to all the members along with some soveniers like recipe / cook book from a famous Indian chef, Sanjeev Kapoor, box full of Indian spices and a VCD displaying methods of Indian cuisine preparation.

Day 13: Departure from Mumbai

Our representative will facilitate your transfer to the Mumbai's international airport to board your flight out of India.


YOGA & AYURVEDA - A REJUVINATION TRIP

Yoga & Meditation : In the modern perspective, Yoga is one of the most effective and wholesome forms of experience to control the waves of thought by converting mental & physical energy into spiritual energy. Yoga eases away pent-up tension, rejuvenates the body & soul, enhances concentration, cures diseases and keeps a hold on the aging process. Meditation: According to Swami Vishnu Devananda, meditation is ".a continuous flow of perception or thought, just like the flow of water in a river." A practice wherein there is constant observation of the mind, meditation brings awareness, harmony and natural order into life. It helps you dig deep into your inner self to discover the wisdom and tranquility that lie within.
Spa & Ayurveda: Ayurveda is the oldest surviving complete medical system in the world. Derived from its ancient Sanskrit roots - 'ayus' (life) and 'ved' (knowledge) - and offering a rich, comprehensive outlook to a healthy life, its origins go back nearly 5000 years. Actually this is not simply a health care system but a form of lifestyle adopted to maintain perfect balance and harmony within the human existence, from the most abstract transcendental values to the most concrete physiological expressions. Spa" is a non-therapeutic system to rejuvenate the body and mind by with different forms of water therapies, hydro-jet circulation, hot & cold water, mineral baths, air induction bubbles or any combination thereof. The term spa includes, but is not limited to, hot tubs. [1985, c. 150 (new).]

Highlight of this program (Yoga and Ayurveda tour) are as follows:

01. Treatment at Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort in Delhi
02. Visit to Aurobindo Ashram or any similar Yoga Ashram in Delhi.
03. Rejuvenation Therapies at Jaipur and Agra.
04. Yoga demonstration in Varanasi.
05. Aromatic bath + Body Exfoliation therapy + special massages, Reiki, Yoga, reflexology etc in Rishikesh.
06. Yoga / Ayurveda expert for Agra, Jaipur and Varanasi.


Day 01:

Arrive Delhi. Met on arrival and transferred to hotel The Park.

Day 02:

Delhi. Morning tour the magical city of Old Delhi. Visit the Raj Ghat and see the memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi where he was cremated following his assassination in 1948, the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque and architectural extravaganza dating to 1658, the Red Fort a magnificent structure of red sandstone built at the pinnacle of the Mogul empire, and the fabled shopping bazaar, Chandni Chowk (Silver Street). Afternoon visits of Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort for Ayurvedic treatments. (Note: Here only 4 - 6 people can be treated in one time, which takes approximately one hour - so we have to time it accordingly for the whole group).
Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort practices "Panchakarma" the complete Ayurvedic health Programme that has worked wonders for over 5000 years.
"Panchkarma" a branch of "Ayurveda" which deals with restoration of youth with help of medicated oils. This special treatment of oil massages prescribed in the ancient Indian medical lore has been practiced in Kerala for many centuries, practiced in accordance with great works of "Charaka Samhita".
This ancient science of life "Ayurveda" the secret of positive health and fitness, a legacy that has been passed through centuries, which we proudly consider for long as an special wealth of India is practice at "Kairali". Kairali is designed to retain old traditional values yet is contemporary enough to fit with your lifestyle of today.

Day 03: Delhi:

Morning tour of New Delhi. Visit the Qutab Minar - The building is 72.5 m high and has 379 steps from the bottom to the top. The Minar is tapering with the diameter of the base is 14.3 m while at the top floor it is 2.7 m. The Qutub Minar is still the highest stone tower as well as one of the finest Islamic structures ever raised in India. The Emperor Humayun's Tomb- This tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. We also drive past the India Gate, the Houses of the Parliament and the Presidential Palace. Afternoon a visit to the Aurobindo Ashram or any similar Ashram, depending upon the permission granted and the suitability, to observe the management and the facility of the Ashram

Day 04:Delhi- Jaipur (By road: 05 hours):

After breakfast drive to Jaipur. On arrival, check in to your hotel. Afternoon visit the city palace-an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthan and Mughal architecture. The vast palace complex occupies one seventh of the walled city of Jaipur. Originally built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of the Kachhwaha clan of Rajputs, additions have been made to the palace complex by many of his successors., Jantar Mantar stone Observatory etc. Overnight at Hotel Trident Hilton.

Day 05: Jaipur.

Morning excursion to the fairy tale like Amber Fort, where you ascend the hill like a Maharaja on the back of an elephant. Afternoon visit Yoga and Ayurveda Ashram- where you will get The Panchkarma Therapies of Ayurveda for rejuvenation, purification and healing, Special herbal oil massages soothes, tired and strained nerves, improve blood circulation , digestive power and vital physiological functions of the body.

Day 06: Jaipur -

Agra via Fatehpur Sikri (By road: 06 hours) After breakfast drive to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri, a World Heritage Monument and the Ghost Capital of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. It is built entirely of red sandstone except for the tomb of the saint Salim Chisti, which in stunning contrast is built in pristine white marble. Upon arrival into Agra check in at Hotel Jaypee Palace. View the legendary Taj Mahal and marvel at its exquisite artistry and architecture - a symbol of eternal love, during sunset (closed on Fridays). B Day 07: Agra:

Morning enjoy the Ayurvedic treatment at Sansha Ayurvedic Healht Spa at Jaypee ( for short during ), the hotel were you will be staying.
Step out of your busy world of stress and deadlines and enter a sanctuary of indulgence, luxury and complete holistic rejuvenation. Integrating the very best of western medicines with the healing tradition of "Ayurveda". "Sansha Ayurvedic Health Spa" at Jaypee Palace Hotel, Agra offers a wide array of revitalizing and rejuvenating therapies.

You will have a choice from the two spa therapies & invigorating treatments as follows :
a.. Rejuvenating Longevity Treatment
b.. Ayurvedic Massage

Day 08: Agra -

Varanasi via Delhi (By Flight: SG 114: 14:45 / 16:15 hours) Morning drive to Delhi for 4 hours, to connect the flight to Varanasi. Met upon arrival and check-in at hotel Radisson. Evening enjoy the Aarti ceremony on holy river Ganges.

Day 09: Varanasi:

Early morning enjoy the boat ride on river Ganges. Come back to the hotel for breakfast and later leave for half day excursion to Sarnath, the most holy of Hindu cities where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon on Nirvana. Also, visit the museum that houses an excellent collection of Buddhist art and sculpture. Afternoon / evening experience the Yoga demonstration by an expert.

Day 10: Varanasi - Delhi

(By Flight: 9W 724: 1440 / 1600 hours) Morning free. Afternoon transfer to airport to board the flight to Delhi. Met on arrival and transferred to Hotel The Park.

Day 11: Delhi - Rishikesh (By road: 06 hours)

Morning drive to Rishikesh. On arrival at Rishikesh, we proceed to Ananda In the Himalaya, a nice 30 minutes drive ahead, to the world class Spa resort. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: Rishikesh.

Morning half day temple and ashram tour. Evening visit Haridwar, 20 kms away for evening prayer at the bank of the holy river Ganga. All meals at the hotel.

Day 13 : Rishikesh. Morning Hydrotherapy Aromatic Bath for half an hour and later customized body exfoliation Therapy for 45 minutes. Later day free to explore the area on your own. You will have varied choice from the spa and rejuvenation therapy that Ananda provide. Some of them are as follows : All meals at the hotel.


Ananda Spa

Discover optimum well being through a full menu of treatments at Ananda Spa. Experience a renewal of energies, as we guide you on how to maximize your spa experience. After a detailed consultation your personal guide will customize a program to help you achieve your health goals, manage stress, detoxify, cleanse, and lose weight as well as other personal goals.

Massage Therapies

Designed to bring relief and repose to the body and mind. Creating a deep sense of relaxation, each nurturing stroke conveys a message of well being and peace.

Classic Swedish

Massage Aromatherapy Massage

Ananda Touch (stress-relieving scalp, neck and shoulder massage)

Thai Massage

Reflexology

Couples Massage (a luxurious experience for two in the Kama Suite)

Water-Therapy

Immerse yourself in hydrotherapy; rejuvenate yourself in the sauna, spa, steam room and hot and cold plunge baths. Allow us to pummel out tension knots with water jets. Enjoy the refreshing feeling of renewal in a revitalizing warm water embrace. At Ananda - In the Himalayas, we bring the best to your body by using pure Himalayan spring water for all Hydrotherapy and spa treatments.
Seaweed Hydrotherapy Bath
Stimulating Blitz Shower
Jet Lag Hydro Massage
Hydro Jet Body Blitz


Body Treatments

Redefine your body and replenish your skin, with purifying, and conditioning body wraps. Distil the natural powers and properties of fruits and flowers. Wrap yourself in a comforting cape of firming clay, while breathing the elevating aromas of herbs and spice. Finish with a pampering facial enhanced by plant essences and flower petals.

Exfoliation

Detox Papaya Body Polish
Wild Rose Salt Glow
Ancient Indian Honey & Sandalwood Rub
Body Wraps
Revitalizing Seaweed Body Wrap
Ancient Indian Body Mask
Skin Care Treatments for Men and Women
Ananda Royal Facial
Himalayan Honey & Rose Facial


Enhance your beauty by being closer to the best of Mother Nature. Aveda, an internationally celebrated and deeply eco-conscious company, have inaugurated their maiden concept spa in India at Ananda. Horst-Rechelbacher, the founder of the Aveda line, had arrived in Rishikesh seeking a spiritual renewal. In the time spent here in the foothills of the Himalayas, he discovered the secrets of a life lived in harmony with the rhythms of the earth.
The year 1978 saw the birth of Aveda in a salon in New York. Within two decades, Aveda products are being now sold around the globe.
Returning to their very roots, Aveda is proud to bring their renowned products and services back to the region where they were born.

Day 14: Rishikesh:

Morning you will have a choice from the daily treatments( for 60 minute ) that Ananda provides as follows : Thai Massage, Swedish massage, Aroma therapy, Reiki, Ananda Touch, Reflexology and Yoga. Rest of the day enjoy Yoga, Meditation and Spa on your own. All meals at the hotel.

Day 15: Rishikesh:

Full day on your own to enjoy Yoga, Meditation and Spa. All meals at the hotel.

Day 16: Rishikesh - Delhi (By road: 06 hours) - International departure: Morning free. Afternoon depart to Delhi. Evening arrive Delhi, and a farewell dinner proceed to International airport to fly for onward destination.

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