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India’s Golden Triangle and the Living Cultures of Rajasthan

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Program #21214RJ
18 Days | 17 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
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Itinerary for Mar 15 — Apr 1, 2014

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Day One: Saturday, March 15 - Depart for India
Depart From: Depart for overnight flight to India.

Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: The Suryaa New Delhi is a 5 Star Deluxe Hotel located in the heart of New Delhi, a mere 35 minute drive from the International Airport & adjacent to Delhi's business districts - Nehru Place, Pragati Maidan-International Trade Fair venue, Okhla & Noida Export Promotion Zone.

Contact info:
New Friends Colony
New Delhi, 110 025 India
phone: +911126835070
web: www.thesuryaanewdelhi.com/

Room amenities: Satellite TV, CD Player, DVD Player, In-Room Movies, Coffee Maker, Mini-Refrigerator, Mini Bar, Wi-Fi Internet, Phone with Voicemail, Bathrobe, Hairdryer, Bathtub, In-Room Safe, Air Conditioning & Iron/Ironing Board

Facility amenities: Laundry/Dry Cleaning, Multi-lingual Staff, Administrative Services, Concierge Services, Barber/Hair Stylist, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Fax, Gift Shop, Room Service, Health Club, Indoor Pool, Health Spa/Massage, Outdoor Pool, Hot Tub, ATM & Safe Deposit Box

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.


Day Two: Sunday, March 16 - Evening Arrival / Light Dinner
Arrive To: Group arrives to Delhi in the evening. Transfer to hotel for check in.

Dinner: Light dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Suryaa New Delhi

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: The Suryaa New Delhi is a 5 Star Deluxe Hotel located in the heart of New Delhi, a mere 35 minute drive from the International Airport & adjacent to Delhi's business districts - Nehru Place, Pragati Maidan-International Trade Fair venue, Okhla & Noida Export Promotion Zone.

Contact info:
New Friends Colony
New Delhi, 110 025 India
phone: +911126835070
web: www.thesuryaanewdelhi.com/

Room amenities: Satellite TV, CD Player, DVD Player, In-Room Movies, Coffee Maker, Mini-Refrigerator, Mini Bar, Wi-Fi Internet, Phone with Voicemail, Bathrobe, Hairdryer, Bathtub, In-Room Safe, Air Conditioning & Iron/Ironing Board

Facility amenities: Laundry/Dry Cleaning, Multi-lingual Staff, Administrative Services, Concierge Services, Barber/Hair Stylist, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Fax, Gift Shop, Room Service, Health Club, Indoor Pool, Health Spa/Massage, Outdoor Pool, Hot Tub, ATM & Safe Deposit Box

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.


Day Three: Monday, March 17 - Old Delhi / Rickshaw ride
Note: Rickshaw ride is through an extremely crowded market. Jama Mosque has a lot of steps.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Discover Old Delhi. Drive by the Red fort and then take a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk that ends in Jama Masjid with a visit to the Mosque.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Some free time on your own. In the early evening before dinner, join in a presentation on the Religions of India.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Suryaa New Delhi

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: The Suryaa New Delhi is a 5 Star Deluxe Hotel located in the heart of New Delhi, a mere 35 minute drive from the International Airport & adjacent to Delhi's business districts - Nehru Place, Pragati Maidan-International Trade Fair venue, Okhla & Noida Export Promotion Zone.

Contact info:
New Friends Colony
New Delhi, 110 025 India
phone: +911126835070
web: www.thesuryaanewdelhi.com/

Room amenities: Satellite TV, CD Player, DVD Player, In-Room Movies, Coffee Maker, Mini-Refrigerator, Mini Bar, Wi-Fi Internet, Phone with Voicemail, Bathrobe, Hairdryer, Bathtub, In-Room Safe, Air Conditioning & Iron/Ironing Board

Facility amenities: Laundry/Dry Cleaning, Multi-lingual Staff, Administrative Services, Concierge Services, Barber/Hair Stylist, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Fax, Gift Shop, Room Service, Health Club, Indoor Pool, Health Spa/Massage, Outdoor Pool, Hot Tub, ATM & Safe Deposit Box

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.


Day Four: Tuesday, March 18 - New Delhi / Ghandhi Smriti / Qutab Minar
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: This morning discover New Delhi. Walk around India Gate and Government buildings. Continue to Gandhi Smriti with a talk on 'Relevance of Gandhi in Today's World'.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch continue to Qutub Minar. Qutab Minar is a great masterpiece of Mughal architecture. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has survived the ravages of time impressively. Then the remainder of the afternoon is free for you to explore on your own.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own.

Lodging: Suryaa New Delhi

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Trident, Agra, set amidst beautiful gardens, fountains, landscaped central courtyards, is built of red stone reminiscent of the Mughal era. The Hotel is literally, a stone's throw away from one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal.

Contact info:
Fatehabad Rd.
Agra, 282 001 India
phone: +91 562 223 5000
web: www.tridenthotels.com/agra/index.asp

Room amenities: Central A/C, Internet Access, Direct Dial Telephone, Tea & Coffee Maker, 24 hr. Room Service, Satellite TV, Electronic Safe, Hairdryer, Voltage 110-220

Facility amenities: Bar, Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Jogging Track, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Laundry Service

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Wednesday, March 19 - Delhi / Coach to Agra / Sunset with a view of the...
Note: This is a 4-5 hour drive with stops along the way.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Check-out of hotel and depart for Agra. En-route, engage in a presentation on “Introduction to Indian History” by your group leader.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Upon arrival in Agra, explore Itmad-Ud-Daulah's tomb, popularly known as the Baby Taj. Continue to hotel for check in. Then in the late afternoon, view the Taj Mahal from Metab Bagh.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Trident Hotel Agra

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Situated near the renowned Amber Fort and overlooking the Mansagar Lake. The rose coloured facade of the hotel is reminiscent of traditional Rajasthani architecture.

Contact info:
Amber Fort Road
Opposite Jal Mahal
Jaipur, 302 002 India
phone: +91 141 267 0101
web: www.tridenthotels.com/jaipur/index.asp

Room amenities: Central A/C, Internet Access, Dual Line Telephones, Tea & Coffee Maker, 24 Hr. Room Service, Electronic Safe, Hairdryer, Voltage 110-220

Facility amenities: Bar, Restaurant, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Laundry Service

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Thursday, March 20 - Taj Mahal / Agra Fort / Coach to Jaipur
Note: Agra Fort involves a lot of walking and some uneven steps. The drive from Agra to Jaipur is approximately a 5-6 hours drive with stops.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Before breakfast, set out in the early morning to explore the Taj Mahal. Take some time to explore the exquisite grounds and view the highly decorated inside chamber. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Then continue to Agra Fort. Originally planned as an impregnable military structure by Akbar, the Agra Fort, over a period of time, acquired all the elegance, lavishness and majesty of an imperial palace. Then head off to Jaipur.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue to Jaipur. En route presentation on the Caste System by your group leader. Upon arrival check into your hotel and relax until dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Trident Hotel Jaipur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Situated near the renowned Amber Fort and overlooking the Mansagar Lake. The rose coloured facade of the hotel is reminiscent of traditional Rajasthani architecture.

Contact info:
Amber Fort Road
Opposite Jal Mahal
Jaipur, 302 002 India
phone: +91 141 267 0101
web: www.tridenthotels.com/jaipur/index.asp

Room amenities: Central A/C, Internet Access, Dual Line Telephones, Tea & Coffee Maker, 24 Hr. Room Service, Electronic Safe, Hairdryer, Voltage 110-220

Facility amenities: Bar, Restaurant, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Laundry Service

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Friday, March 21 - Jaipur / Amber Fort / Janta Manar / Dance school
Note: Amber Fort will require walking on uneven stones and some steps.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: This morning, drive past Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). This five storied wonder has a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Continue on to Amber Fort, a example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. The interiors of the fort have various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glass work complemented by exquisite wall paintings.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Jaipur with City Place and Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory. Transfer to a local dance school and learn about traditional Indian dance

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Trident Hotel Jaipur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Situated near the renowned Amber Fort and overlooking the Mansagar Lake. The rose coloured facade of the hotel is reminiscent of traditional Rajasthani architecture.

Contact info:
Amber Fort Road
Opposite Jal Mahal
Jaipur, 302 002 India
phone: +91 141 267 0101
web: www.tridenthotels.com/jaipur/index.asp

Room amenities: Central A/C, Internet Access, Dual Line Telephones, Tea & Coffee Maker, 24 Hr. Room Service, Electronic Safe, Hairdryer, Voltage 110-220

Facility amenities: Bar, Restaurant, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Laundry Service

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Saturday, March 22 - School visit / Free Time / Family Hosted Dinner
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Explore a local village of Jaipur and visit a secondary school with opportunities to interact with the students there.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Free time on your own to explore Jaipur.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a Rajastani family's home - a Havali. Interact with the family and learn what makes their living quarters unique.

Lodging: Trident Hotel Jaipur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Sardargarh Fort was constructed from 1738 to 1743 by Sardar Singh one of the most powerful Dhodihais. The Forts overall architectural style is grand, but still it strikes you with a solemn austerity. Understandable, since it was build for military reasons, it is fortified with massive ramparts, and giant circular bastions with battlements. Huge entrances and gateways, concentric walls and imposing arches, domes and vaulted spaces, textured facades, jharokhas (balconies) and cannons complete the picture of medieval military ambience. Temples, gardens, bath aria, granaries, residential suites, audience halls, pavilions, water works, watch towers, armories, treasuries and mint dungeons are spread out across three lakh square feet with courtyards. The fort still retains its medieval underground infrastructure - passage systems, rooms, halls, granaries and stores, open today to guests of the Hotel. The Hotel offers a breathtaking view on all sides. To its north is the enthralling view of the Lake. The Darbar Hall offers a charming vista of the village. And looming over the horizon is the imposing Aravalli Hill Range.

Contact info:
Sardargarh
Dist. Rajsamand
Rajasthan, 313 330 India
phone: +91 )-29-08 254591/92
web: www.sardargarh.in/

Room amenities: - Split Air-conditioning both cold and hot. - King size beds with spring mattresses. - Tea coffee maker, mini bar, satellite T.V, telephone connectivity. - All the suites have legrand switches and MCBs. - Rest rooms with bathing tubs and the pressurised water system .

Facility amenities: Banqueting Facilities, Internet Cafe, Two Workstations, Choice of Newspapers & Periodicals,Bath (Pool) Currency Exchange, Credit Card Facility

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Sunday, March 23 - Jaipur / Drive to Sardargarh
Note: This is an all day transfers 7 hours including lunch.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Depart for Sardargarh with bathroom stops along the way. There will be a presentation on History of Rajasthan.

Lunch: Lunch en route.

Afternoon: Upon arrival in Sardargarh, check in with time to relax in the afternoon at your hotel. Join in a walking discovery of the village.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Sardargarh Heritage Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Sardargarh Fort was constructed from 1738 to 1743 by Sardar Singh one of the most powerful Dhodihais. The Forts overall architectural style is grand, but still it strikes you with a solemn austerity. Understandable, since it was build for military reasons, it is fortified with massive ramparts, and giant circular bastions with battlements. Huge entrances and gateways, concentric walls and imposing arches, domes and vaulted spaces, textured facades, jharokhas (balconies) and cannons complete the picture of medieval military ambience. Temples, gardens, bath aria, granaries, residential suites, audience halls, pavilions, water works, watch towers, armories, treasuries and mint dungeons are spread out across three lakh square feet with courtyards. The fort still retains its medieval underground infrastructure - passage systems, rooms, halls, granaries and stores, open today to guests of the Hotel. The Hotel offers a breathtaking view on all sides. To its north is the enthralling view of the Lake. The Darbar Hall offers a charming vista of the village. And looming over the horizon is the imposing Aravalli Hill Range.

Contact info:
Sardargarh
Dist. Rajsamand
Rajasthan, 313 330 India
phone: +91 )-29-08 254591/92
web: www.sardargarh.in/

Room amenities: - Split Air-conditioning both cold and hot. - King size beds with spring mattresses. - Tea coffee maker, mini bar, satellite T.V, telephone connectivity. - All the suites have legrand switches and MCBs. - Rest rooms with bathing tubs and the pressurised water system .

Facility amenities: Banqueting Facilities, Internet Cafe, Two Workstations, Choice of Newspapers & Periodicals,Bath (Pool) Currency Exchange, Credit Card Facility

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Ten: Monday, March 24 - Sardargarh / Village experience / Cooking Demonst...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a scenic local train ride through villages and hilly bushy countryside ending at a panther reserve.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Participate in a cooking demonstration by the fort owner and learn a little about Indian cooking and the herbs and spice that go make this cuisine so aromatic and flavorful. Also for those interested, take a guided walk of the fort by the fort owners.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Sardargarh Heritage Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Trident, Udaipur is located adjacent to the famous Lake Pichola. It is a 10 minutes drive from the city centre. The historic City Palace is a few minutes from the hotel by boat. The Hotel's 139 rooms and 4 suites are a viewing gallery for all grandeur of Udaipur.

Ship Information: N/A

Contact info:
xxx
Udaipur, 313001 India
phone: +91 294 243 2200
web: www.tridenthotels.com/udaipur/hotel/more_information.asp

Room amenities: Wireless internet access, Direct dial dual line telephones, Personal bar, Tea and coffee maker, 24 hours room service, Satellite television, Electronic safe, Hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Wired and wireless broadband internet access, Audio-visual equipment, Business centre, Meeting rooms, Photocopying service, Facsimile, Currency exchange, Car rental, Car park, Laundry and valet service, Wheelchairs, Doctor on call, Beauty salon, Hotel Shops, Outdoor swimming pool Boat rides and sunset cruises on Lake Pichola. Fitness centre Camel, elephant and horse rides on request Kids Club

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Tuesday, March 25 - Sardargarh / Udaipur / Boat ride on Lake Pichola
Note: This is a 2 hour drive.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Check-out of hotel and depart for Udaipur. Upon arrival, check into hotel.

Lunch: Lunch at Udaipur.

Afternoon: This afternoon, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola with a beautiful view of Udaipur. In the early evening, enjoy a dance performance of seven different Rajasthani dance styles.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: The Trident, Udaipur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Trident, Udaipur is located adjacent to the famous Lake Pichola. It is a 10 minutes drive from the city centre. The historic City Palace is a few minutes from the hotel by boat. The Hotel's 139 rooms and 4 suites are a viewing gallery for all grandeur of Udaipur.

Ship Information: N/A

Contact info:
xxx
Udaipur, 313001 India
phone: +91 294 243 2200
web: www.tridenthotels.com/udaipur/hotel/more_information.asp

Room amenities: Wireless internet access, Direct dial dual line telephones, Personal bar, Tea and coffee maker, 24 hours room service, Satellite television, Electronic safe, Hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Wired and wireless broadband internet access, Audio-visual equipment, Business centre, Meeting rooms, Photocopying service, Facsimile, Currency exchange, Car rental, Car park, Laundry and valet service, Wheelchairs, Doctor on call, Beauty salon, Hotel Shops, Outdoor swimming pool Boat rides and sunset cruises on Lake Pichola. Fitness centre Camel, elephant and horse rides on request Kids Club

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Wednesday, March 26 - Udaipur / City Palace / Free Time
Note: Udaipur Palace has a lot of steps.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: This morning explore the City Place and the Jagdish temple located in the city palace complex. The City Palace in Udaipur was built in a flamboyant style and is considered the largest of its type in Rajasthan, a fusion of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles, and was built on a hill top that gives a panoramic view of the city and its surrounding, including several historic monuments such as the Lake Palace in Lake Pichola, the Jag Mandir on another island in the lake, the Jagdish Temple close to the palace, the Monsoon Palace on top of an overlooking hillock nearby and the Neemach Mata temple. Then learn about the art of Rajasthan with a presentation on 'Miniature paintings, an insight into the lifestyle of the people of Rajasthan," an art form very unique to Udaipur and can be found ubiquitously in this city.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free afternoon on your own to explore Udaipur.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: The Trident, Udaipur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: With magnificent views of the Blue city, Ranbanka Palace retains and preserves the old world charm and glory of a bygone era. Its central location allows easy access to key leisure and business addresses in the city. The heritage hotel today houses a range of accommodations from deluxe pool and courtyard facing rooms to extravagant suites in the royal 'Heritage Wing' and luxurious 'Jodhana Wing'. The Ranbanka Palace has 80 rooms that include Royal Suites, Luxury Suites, Club Rooms and Deluxe rooms. Each room compliments the character of the Palace. The luxurious bathrooms in all the rooms feature a shower or bathtub, hairdryer and enhanced amenities with individual balconies and terraces overlooking the gardens.

Ship Information: N/A

Contact info:
Circuit House Road
Rajasthan
Jodhpur, India
phone: +91 -291-2512800-03
web: www.ranbankahotels.com/index.php

Room amenities: All rooms are air-conditioned and have attached spacious bathrooms, 24 hrs. hot & cold water, direct dial telephone, colour tv, refrigerator, room service and 24 hrs, satellite entertainment, wi-fi.

Facility amenities: Business Centre Broadband Internet access Facsimile Photocopying Secretarial services Multilingual staff Wi-fi Shopping Arcade Spa Currency Exchange Doctor-on-call Express Laundry/ Dry cleaning Flowers can be organized on request Postal/ Parcel Services.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Thirteen: Thursday, March 27 - Udaipur / Coach to Jodhpur / Ranakpur Jain Temple
Note: This is a 5-6 hour transfer with a temple visit and a lunch stop.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: This morning, depart for Jodhpur. En route, explore Ranakpur Jain Temple, one of the most spectacular Jain Temple in India. Afterwards, continue to Jodhpur.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Arrive in Jodhpur and check into hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Ranbanka Palace

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Named for the nearby village of Jamba, Dera Dune retreat has 18 stylishly appointed cottages decorated in royal Rajasthan style, a swimming pool to beat the desert heat and sweeping views of the desert.

Ship Information: N/A

Contact info:
xxx
Jamba, India
phone: +xxx
Room amenities: Personal safe, inter-com and attached bathrooms with running hot and cold showers. All cottages are air-conditioned with individually controlled units.

Facility amenities: • Exclusive spa for ultimate relaxation • An outdoor swimming pool right in the middle of the desert expanse • Camel trekking on and around the dunes • Camel safari – a day long or can be extended over a week • Guided nature walks on the dunes • Camel cart rides to the salt area—unique desert feature covering 15 km radius • Village safari in air conditioned four wheel drive vehicle • Nightly cultural program (folk music and dance) by the local people

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Fourteen: Friday, March 28 - Mehrangarh Fort / Depart for Jamba
Note: The Fort has a lot of uneven stone walkways and floors. There is an elevator that one can use, if it is working. However, to get to the museum which is at the top there are some uneven steps. Drive to Jamba is approximately 2-3 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: This morning, explore Mehrangarh Fort & Jaswant Thada. Perched on a 400ft high hill its sprawl is the most formidable and magnificent fort in Rajasthan. Enclosed by imposing thick walls, inside its boundaries there are several palaces, which are known for their intricate carvings and sprawling courtyards. The museum in the Mehrangarh Fort is one of the finest museums in Rajasthan and certainly the best laid out. On the way down from the fort, on left is Jaswant Thada, the graceful marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. His son Maharaja Sardar Singh built this monument known as the Taj Mahal of Marwar in the memory of Maharaj Jaswant Singh II of Jodhpur. Afterwards, continue on to Jamba.

Lunch: Lunch at Dera Sand Dune Retreat.

Afternoon: Enjoy a camel ride to explore the desert's salt mines. See how locals have used the salt concentrated soil to their advantage.

Dinner: Dinner at the retreat.

Lodging: Dera Sand Dune Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Named for the nearby village of Jamba, Dera Dune retreat has 18 stylishly appointed cottages decorated in royal Rajasthan style, a swimming pool to beat the desert heat and sweeping views of the desert.

Ship Information: N/A

Contact info:
xxx
Jamba, India
phone: +xxx
Room amenities: Personal safe, inter-com and attached bathrooms with running hot and cold showers. All cottages are air-conditioned with individually controlled units.

Facility amenities: • Exclusive spa for ultimate relaxation • An outdoor swimming pool right in the middle of the desert expanse • Camel trekking on and around the dunes • Camel safari – a day long or can be extended over a week • Guided nature walks on the dunes • Camel cart rides to the salt area—unique desert feature covering 15 km radius • Village safari in air conditioned four wheel drive vehicle • Nightly cultural program (folk music and dance) by the local people

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Fifteen: Saturday, March 29 - Jamba / Village Discovery
Breakfast: Breakfast at the retreat.

Morning: Enjoy a jeep safari to explore the living cultures of the ethnic tribes who have preserved their authenticity. Visit the villages of Bishnoi who are agriculturalist. Also visit other tribes like the Raika’s the veterinarians, weavers (Meghwal) and potters (Kumharas).

Lunch: Lunch at the retreat.

Afternoon: Free time in the afternoon to enjoy the vista and the retreats facilities. Then join your group leader for a presentation on the tribes of Rajasthan.

Dinner: Dinner at the retreat.

Lodging: Dera Sand Dune Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Named for the nearby village of Jamba, Dera Dune retreat has 18 stylishly appointed cottages decorated in royal Rajasthan style, a swimming pool to beat the desert heat and sweeping views of the desert.

Ship Information: N/A

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Jamba, India
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Room amenities: Personal safe, inter-com and attached bathrooms with running hot and cold showers. All cottages are air-conditioned with individually controlled units.

Facility amenities: • Exclusive spa for ultimate relaxation • An outdoor swimming pool right in the middle of the desert expanse • Camel trekking on and around the dunes • Camel safari – a day long or can be extended over a week • Guided nature walks on the dunes • Camel cart rides to the salt area—unique desert feature covering 15 km radius • Village safari in air conditioned four wheel drive vehicle • Nightly cultural program (folk music and dance) by the local people

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Sixteen: Sunday, March 30 - Jamba / Demoiselle Cranes / School visit / Progra...
Note: If there is a festival on this day, the group will plan a visit to the festival and rearrange the schedule so that you will be able to still do all of the activities on this day. The Optional Activity will not be included if there is a festival this day.

Breakfast: Before breakfast, head of to the village of Keechen, to get a viewing of the Demoiselle Cranes, the smallest of the crane species that have been spending the winter in this small village for over 150 year. Return to the retreat for breakfast.

Morning: This morning, transfer to a local school and visit with the children and teachers there. .

Lunch: Lunch at the retreat.

Afternoon: This afternoon, take some time to enjoy the retreat. Or you can join an optional activity of taking a camel safari to the nearby dunes. Then join your group leader for program wrap-up before your farewell dinner.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the retreat.

Evening: In the evening enjoy local folk dance and music performed by local artist from nearby town. Join the dancing troupe in learning some traditional dance steps.

Lodging: Dera Sand Dune Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seventeen: Monday, March 31 - Departure
Note: Jamba is a 3 hour drive from Jodhpur airport

Breakfast: Breakfast at the retreat.

Morning: Transfer to Jodhpur for your return flight home. Please note the transfer time is approximately 3 hours.

Afternoon: Group flights departs for JFK via Delhi. You will have a layover in Delhi.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Eighteen: Tuesday, April 01 - Early morning flight / Arrival Home
Arrive To: Arrival home.


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