A Journey Through Rajasthan: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, & Jodhpur, India

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11 Nights
2021 TBD
Delhi
Max People: 14

India was a beautiful dream come true. Thank you so much for the amazing journey ♥️ You have changed my life and have helped to enrich it, more than you can imagine!

V.S. – Portland Oregon
Wellness

India is a country rooted in spirituality, and this spirituality will play a large role in our journey. Yoga and meditation will be offered whenever time permits along the way — as often as possible.

Nourishment

Delicious local and seasonal cuisine, such as traditional curries, roti, flavorful kachori, creative soups and ONLY COOKED vegetables, plus plenty of heat, which Indian cuisine is well-known for, but we can manage for those of you who prefer your food less spicy. Gluten-free or vegan? We’ve got you covered!

Home

We have erred on the side of extreme luxury for this Journey Through Rajasthan. Enjoy the chaos and colors of India by day, sleep in serene luxury by night.

Give Back

While in India we are pleased to support the wonderful work of Shambhali Trust. Sambhali Trust is a nonprofit organization based in Jodhpur, India. Founded in 2007, the organization aims to empower Dalit women and children in Rajasthan through educational programs, vocational training, and social services. We will share a morning at the trust — learning about the work of the trust, bonding with the women and children, and giving back through donations.

Unique

An ideal trip for the first-time explorer to India — experience the sights, sounds, flavors, fragrances, and beauty of this vast country by starting in the region that many consider the most magical — Rajasthan.

Details

Every doorway, every arch is an entrance into an exotic world. The customs, the rituals, the colors. Stairs and stepwells, ascending and descending, meandering, wandering, twisting and turning. This is India.

India is a country like no other, with a history seeped in history, culture, religion and spirituality. Splashed with color, scents and scenery, it’​s a feast for the ey​e​s, the palette, the spirt and the soul. Join us as we journey through the area that many consider the “best of India” — Rajasthan — on an Escape that ​is sure to stay with you forever.

A Few Things To Note

– Please note that no immunizations are required unless traveling from a yellow fever zone, but some are recommended. Speak with your health care professional for further details.

– Malaria transmission is found throughout India. Please speak to your health care provider to discuss the best option for you.

– Please note that this is a MOVING ESCAPE, which means that while you are more than welcome to sleep in and skip out on activities on any of the days that we are not traveling from one location to the next, it is mandatory that the entire group travel as a group from one place to the other on the days that we need to change locations. Please also note that we will be moving around A LOT. Yoga classes will be offered only when time permits.

– Given that we will be on the go during this entire Escape and moving from place to place frequently, we suggest you pack light, and leave plenty of space for shopping as you are sure to depart with more than you arrived with!

– All internal flight times are based on current flight schedule and subject to change.

– We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance in case you run into any unforeseen medical, work or personal issues that prevent you from being able to join us after paying your deposit, as the deposit and each subsequent payment, is non-refundable. You are welcome to purchase any travel insurance you are comfortable with, and we also offer policies & rates here.

– Our return flight from Jodhpur to Delhi lands at 4:55 pm. We suggest booking your departure flight from India AFTER 8:00 PM.

 

Includes
  • Accommodation as stated on itinerary.
  • Transportation between locations in a luxury air-conditioned van.
  • Internal flights as noted on the itinerary (economy class).
  • Activities as stated on the itinerary.
  • All group meals and snacks throughout your stay.
  • English-speaking guides and drivers.
  • Entrance fees and excursions as described on the itinerary.
  • Ground transportation to/from Delhi International Airport (DEL).
  • Yoga and meditation as time permits on the schedule.
Accommodations

The JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity welcomes business and leisure travelers to India with 5-star luxury, carefully chosen amenities and world-class service. Located adjacent to Indira Gandhi International Airport, this luxury hotel features exceptionally large accommodation with ultra-comfortable bedding and marble bathrooms, as well as 24-hour room service and modern technology. An easy, convenient and comfortable starting point for our journey! 

The Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra was named the “Best Resort Hotel In India” in 2018 by Travel + Leisure and the title is quite fitting. The Oberoi Amarvilas enjoys an unparalleled position amongst luxury hotels in Agra, with each room offering an uninterrupted view of the Taj Mahal, while elements of the layout and design pay homage to its’ Mughal splendor.

Samode Haveli is a unique urban oasis inside the historic walled city of Jaipur. A former royal residence that is not a boutique luxury hotel, each room at Samode Haveli is unique and has a distinct character which reflects the rich history and culture of its past. Each room retains the exquisite luxury of its past while providing guests with contemporary amenities and comfort. 

Oberoi Udaivilas is located on the banks of Lake Pichola, making it the most unique luxury hotels in Udaipur; a fifty acre property that once belonged to the Maharana of Mewar, all accommodation and dining spaces offer spectacular views across the hotel’s verdant gardens and sparkling Lake. The Oberoi Udaivilas has an intricate layout of interconnecting domes and corridors that reflects the layout of Udaipur itself; whose seven lakes are linked by canals. These domes and walkways are flooded with sunlight, caressed by balmy breezes and offer magnificent views of the lake and gardens.

Located in the prominent north-eastern quarter of the famous Walled City, RAAS Jodhpur is based around an original eighteenth century Haveli. Echoes of the Rajput architecture can be found throughout the building, in everything from its intricately carved stone panels to its antique shrines to the arches surviving from the stables. Indeed, entire original buildings are interspersed with the rose-red modern architecture.

RAAS is Jodhpur’s first boutique hotel. Their signature look was born from the fusion of modern and ancient styles and the courtyard has become a tranquil haven away from the bustle of Jodhpur’s old town. The whole complex is overlooked by Mehrangarh, an awe-inspiring 15th century fort looming 400 feet above the Jodhpur skyline. When lit up in the evenings, the views are simply breathtaking and, like virtually every home here, almost every room in the hotel enjoys the most spectacular view of the fort, rated in 2008 by Time Magazine as “Asia’s Best Fortress”.

Price

Private Room: $14,300
Shared Room: $11,500

$4,000 non-refundable deposit per person. Please refer to the policies page for our complete cancellation policy.

Please note all activities are optional.

Day 1September 22

Meet & Greet at Delhi International Airport (DEL), transfer to hotel.
Early evening yoga.
Group Dinner + Orientation.
OVERNIGHT – JW Marriott-Aerocity — Deluxe Room. Please note that we will not have exclusive use of JW Marriot-Aerocity.

Day 2September 23

Breakfast

Begin our journey with a morning tour of Old Delhi en route to Agra.

Delhi reflects the legacy and heritage of Mughal Delhi which is popularly known as Old Delhi. Pulsing with energy and colour, Old Delhi is laced by a maze of narrow lanes where you get a glimpse of many contrasting flavours from wedding bazaars to expansive spice markets, to graceful architecture.

We will start the tour by exploring the fascinating and living legacy of the Indo-Islamic culture and lifestyle in Old Delhi with our local expert. Wander through the busy, narrow streets of the mile-long Chandni Chowk, popularly called “The Silver Street”, surrounded by shops and bazaars. Visit the largest mosque of Old Delhi which can accommodate 20,000 people at one time – Jama Masjid with its tapering minarets and wonderful marble domes.

Lunch in Old Delhi.

After lunch we will continue our journey by private motor coach to Agra (approximately 3.5 hour drive). Sit back and relax while taking in the sights & scenes.

OVERNIGHT – The Oberoi Amarvillas- Premier Room. Please note we will not have exclusive use of The Oberoi Amarvillas.

Group Dinner

Day 3September 24

Breakfast

Today at sunrise we will visit splendid Taj Mahal, then return to our hotel for breakfast.

Taj Mahal is at its best at sunrise just when the light, playing on the marble of the tomb and the reflections in the stillness of the waters, presents this incredible building in all its beauty, majesty and splendor. It is a monument of love built by Shah Jehan in 1630 for his Queen, Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. For twenty two years, 20,000 men labored day and night to build this masterpiece, which has held the world awe-struck ever since. The Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world.

Lunch will be at a local restaurant.

After lunch we will tour Agra Fort & the Tomb of Itimad ud Daulah.

The Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan was imprisoned by his son in Agra’s magnificent Fort. Here you will see the art and crafting of the white marble that has made the area so famous, the Pearl Mosque and the Halls of Public and Private Audience. After visiting Agra Fort you will visit the Tomb of Itimad ud Daulah. Before the Taj Mahal was built, its design was already standing in the form of Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb, hence it is affectionately known as the “Baby Taj”. Built to represent a silver jewel box in marble, this mausoleum houses the body of Mirza Ghiyas Beg, the father of the Mughal Empress Noor Jahan.

Transfer by private motor coach to Jaipur (approximately 5 hour drive). Sit back and relax while taking in the sights and scenes.

OVERNIGHT – Samode Haveli – Haveli Suite. Please note that we will not have exclusive use of Samode Haveli.

Group Dinner

Day 4September 25

Breakfast

Today at sunrise we will explore the old city of Jaipur as it awakes.

Experience the old city as it awakes — explore the narrow lanes of the old city. Visit with craftspeople who use basic tools and ancient traditions to make the most extraordinary variety of handicrafts and household appliances; stop and chat with local families, visit the flower market; along the way you will be introduced to the country’s aromatic street food and learn local religious rituals and legends when we stop at small shrines.

Explore the City Palace. Within the palace complex are several museums including an interesting textile gallery exhibiting a fine selection of textiles and costumes from the royal collection, plus a few surprises!

Mid morning yoga

Lunch will be at a local restaurant.

Afternoon at your leisure to enjoy our lovely hotel, relax poolside or explore the markets!

OVERNIGHT – Samode Haveli – Haveli Suite. Please note that we will not have exclusive use of Samode Haveli.

Group Dinner

Day 5September 26

Breakfast

Morning Yoga

Lunch

Today we drive to Amber, the ancient capital that preceded Jaipur. Originally built in the 11th century AD and expanded in size and scope by succeeding dynasties and their rulers, Amber is a fortress town of visual awesomeness. Ride up to its imposing hilltop location in jeeps and explore the maze of passages, corridors, pavilions, ornamental gardens and ramparts.

After we visit Amber Fort we will continue to the private estate of Dera Amer where a local family has rescued elephants from carrying tourists to and from Amber Fort. The time here is entirely private and allows us a chance to be outside the city and experience the beauty of these mighty Indian elephants. Help the mahout while they give the elephants their evening bath and try your hand at painting them with organic paints in the traditional Jaipuri style.

Stroll with the elephants as they continue for their evening walk through the forest, make your way to a private venue where we will have drinks and henna around the fire followed by a private dinner.

OVERNIGHT – Samode Haveli – Haveli Suite. Please note that we will not have exclusive use of Samode Haveli.

Group Dinner

Day 6September 27

Breakfast

Yoga

Direct flight Jaipur to Udaipur, one hour.

Explore the temples of Eklingi and Nagda; afterwards continue for a guided walk through the village of Delwara.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon – check into hotel.

Later in the afternoon we will enjoy a private sunset boat ride at Lake Pichola.

OVERNIGHT – Oberoi Udaivilas – Premier Room. Please note that we will not have exclusive use of Oberoi Udaivilas.

Group Dinner

Day 7September 28

Breakfast

Today we further explore Udaipur, the enchanting City of Dawn, whick looms up like a vision in white. The City Palace was built in 1725, and has various palaces inside such as Dilkush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal, the Palace of Krishna, all of which are ornately decorated. Saheliyon Ki Bari, the “Garden of Maids of Honour”, is a small ornamental pleasure garden, containing an elegant lotus pool, gushing fountains, beautiful black marble kiosks on the corners of the pool and stunning bougainvilleas covering the wall of the enclosures. We will also visit the beautiful Jagdish Temple, which is still in use and very much an alive temple.

Later we will walk the winding lanes of the old city, sharing space with cows, elephants, people, gaining insight into the “small town India” lifestyle. Shops selling a variety of items, unexpected folk art decorating the walls of houses and small architectural gems like latticed work Haveli windows, plus bit of shopping time.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Free time for shopping & relaxing.

Early Evening Yoga.

OVERNIGHT – Oberoi Udaivilas – Premier Room. Please note that we will not have exclusive use of Oberoi Udaivilas.

Group Dinner

Day 8September 29

Breakfast

Today we make our way by private motor coach (approx 5.5 hour drive time total) from Udaipur to Jodhpur — sit back and relax while taking in the sights and scenes. We will stop in Ranakpur for a quick visit and lunch along the way.

Ranakpur has one of the most important Jain temples in India. It lies in a remote and peaceful Valley of the Aravali range. The main temple is the Chamukha temple, or Four Faced temple, dedicated to Adinath. Built in 1439, this huge, beautifully crafted and well‑kept marble temple is supported by 1444 pillars, no two of which are alike. Within the complex there are two other Jain temples, Neminath and Parasnath.

OVERNIGHT – Raas – Luxury Room. Please note we will not have exclusive use of Raas.

Group Dinner

Day 9September 30

Breakfast

Today we explore the famed Blue City by foot as it comes to life in the morning, exploring the narrow alleyways, hidden secrets, and of course, discovering the blue houses. Experience the Sadar Bazaar, where you will also have time to wander at leisure. It is a marvelous example of late 19th century town planning, blending modern and Rajput traditions. There are many fine old buildings including the hospital, High Court and the railway station. At the Bazaar you can shop for Jodhpur’s famous glass bangles, rugged leather mojri slippers made usually from camel leather, vivid colored textiles as well as many other treasures.

Lunch in a local restaurant.

Time to give back, a highlight of this special journey. Spend the afternoon at Shambhali Trust. Sambhali Trust is a nonprofit organization based in Jodhpur, India. Founded in 2007, the organization aims to empower Dalit women and children in Rajasthan through educational programs, vocational training, and social services. We will enjoy an afternoon at the trust, bonding with the children, making donations and giving back.

Afternoon Yoga.

OVERNIGHT – Raas – Luxury Room. Please note we will not have exclusive use of Raas.

Group Dinner

Day 10October 1

Breakfast

Morning Yoga

Lunch

Morning at leisure to enjoy our beautiful hotel, relax by the pool, book a spa treatment at the Raas Spa or further explore the markets and boutiques that surround our hotel.

This evening we will be journey to Mehrangarh Fort. We will start our VIP visit with a chilled glass of bubbles as you view the sunset over the city from the ramparts of the Fort, before commencing on your private tour of the fort led by the curator Karni Singh who has done so much to restore this iconic site in Rajasthan. It’s a true pleasure to visit this fort when no one else is there, and Mr. Singh will lead us on a privately guided walk through some of the not publicly shown parts of the Fort and personally explain the collections to you.

After this private visit we will have our farewell dinner at the fort.

OVERNIGHT – Raas – Luxury Room. Please note we will not have exclusive use of Raas.

Day 11October 2

Breakfast

Morning Yoga

Lunch

Today our journey continues back to Delhi in time for you to connect with your return flight back home. Please schedule your return flight for AFTER 8:00 pm. Our journey together comets to an end, but the memories will last a lifetime.

More Info

Packing List

  • Visa & valid passport: Your passport must be valid for six (6) months beyond date of visa application in order to obtain a visa. Two blank passport pages are required.
  • Small backpack or day back for essentials when in transit (flights or long car rides, day trips): Here you can keep your sunscreen, camera, socks & shawl (see below), insect repellent, extra layer, etc.
  • Comfortable clothes that breathe as it can be hot during the day.
  • Layers: For early morning, late evenings, air conditioned vehicles, etc. Wrap, sweatshirt, long sleeved t-shirts/shirts, etc.
  • Smart casual clothing for the evenings: India is not dressy, but smart casual for some of the dinners in our luxury hotels is advisable.
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen & lip protection: The sun can be intense in India. We recommend you apply ample sunscreen in the morning and throughout the day.
  • Hat to protect you from the sun when outdoors.
  • Closed toed shoes: Cannot reiterate this one enough. You will understand once there, but there are some areas you just don’t want to walk through with open toed shoes. Sandals and opened toed shoes are fine for evenings and poolside, but we recommend closed toed shoes for all sightseeing. Please also note that you will have to remove your shoes when entering temples. Good to have a pair of socks on hand with you BUT not all temples allow you to wear socks. We will let you know when you can, but it is a good idea to have a pair of socks in your day pack/bag.
  • Women must adhere to the rule of ‘to the elbow & to the knee’ when entering temples & religious sites. We suggest always wearing clothing that comes to your knees when on sightseeing tours and having a shawl or wrap to cover your upper body as needed. Some religious sites also make you remove all leather when entering, which is fine when it comes to leather shoes as you will have to take them off anyway, but keep in mind when it comes to bags & belts.
  • Any medication you may need.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Clothes to practice yoga in.
  • Swim suit, sandals, lounge wear.
  • Personal toiletries: Shampoo, lotion, body wash will all be provided in our hotels.
  • Universal adapter for electrical items.
  • Light rain jacket, just in case.

Due to the fact that we are sharing each hotel with other discerning travelers, there will be no bell rung 15 minutes prior to activities. Please bring a watch or a cell phone so you can keep track of time, and of course you can always arrange a wake up call as well.

OPTIONAL: We will be visiting a children’s charity while in India. If interested you are welcome to bring items such as pens, pencils, journals, small toys, coloring books, toiletries & spare clothing. Any items you bring can be transported in our van, rather than transported via plane.

Visa Info

All U.S. citizens need a valid passport and valid Indian visa to enter and exit India for any purpose. Please ensure you have the correct type of visa (tourist) for your planned activity in India. If you have the incorrect visa you may be refused entry. Please visit the Indian government’s website for electronic travel authorization for additional information regarding eligibility and requirements for this type of visa.

If you prefer to use a Visa service we recommend CIBT Visas: www.cibtvisas.com/cadence — please use this code to receive a 30% discount on this service: 65367

We will be sending you all necessary details for filling out your Visa form 3 months in advance of your arrival into India.

Interested in Extending Your Escape?
A few ideas to get you started below – we are happy to help plan on your behalf!

Ready for the adventure of tracking the endangered tiger by day, and the luxury of your gorgeous tented camp by night? Or would you like to delve deeper into Buddhism & Hinduism with a stop in Varanasi or Rishikesh? Explore Ayurveda in the south or hike from village to village in the north? We have wonderful guides & resources to bring your dream extension in India to life!

Teacher
Erica in a Yoga position

Erica Gragg

Yoga Teacher / Fitness Trainer / Curator

Erica is an acclaimed yoga teacher, known for teaching a strong, yet playful Vinyasa flow practice. She is largely inspired by the journey of yoga, the subtle to the grand discoveries each individual makes through their practice, inviting students to have fun while experiencing their body in a whole new way through each unique practice. With classes always set to music, from tribal to lounge to classic rock songs, students are able to find their own personal rhythm and expression through each asana. Additionally, Erica is co-founder and co-owner of Escape To Shape, which she created to fill a gap in the travel and wellness market — combining her two passions into one unique, memorable and results-driven holiday. Erica contributes to AFAR, Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Charlotte’s Book and Well + Good, amongst others, as a Travel & Wellness Expert.