Welcome to India! This tour offers an unforgettable journey back in time as you explore the royal heritage in medieval Indian towns and cities of Rajasthan, learning about the arts, crafts and traditions of the royal State; add to it a lifetime memory – a visit to the jewel of India, the Taj Mahal
Days 1 & 2
Delhi, the capital of India, is an impressive concentration of diversity, between traditions and modernity. This dense and huge city has seen a variety of cultures influencing its development: Mughal, Hindu and Sikh heritages are still alive. You will get a first introduction to India with the visit of the main monuments and religious places, and meet a non-governmental organisation that works for children.
Agra is known all over the world for the jewel of India located there: the Taj Mahal. Symbol of love and pure beauty, this impressive construction attracts all the people visiting India. After this mesmerizing visit, you will take the way to Jaipur.
Days 4 to 6
The capital of Rajasthan, the Land of the Kings, is also known as the Pink City. Jaipur is one of the first planned cities, and one will admire its structuration. The traditions are still very present in Jaipur, both in the life style as well as in the crafts. The visit of the splendid forts and one heritage walk in the old city will show you the past glory of Rajasthan. Meeting craftsmen and a NGO working for disadvantaged communities will also open your eyes to the diversity of India. Finally, we offer you to get an initiation to yoga, the secular art of well-being.
Days 7 to 8
According to the Hindu culture, a person should visit it once in his life to be eligible for paradise. You will find there a temple for Bhrama, one of the single temples for this special God. It is a perfect place to get to know about Hindu epic stories, and to listen to priests explaining the Hindu rituals in a holy place. If you agree to get up early in the morning, a temple located at the top of a hill will offer a great panoramic view to see the sunrise on Pushkar.
Days 9 to 11
The Venice of the East is well known for its two lakes and the beauty of the piers surrounding them. City of the performing arts, Udaipur will please the amateurs of traditional dance and music, as well as the admirers of the precision of miniature painting. The luxuriant gardens also offer peaceful breaks and create a natural atmosphere. You will go for an excursion nearby Udaipur to visit a superb historical place where a NGO is working to support the local communities.
Days 12 to 14
Located in the Thar Desert, in the Western part of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer, the Golden City, is entirely made of yellow stone. The façades of ancient palaces were carved by hand, adding to the beautiful colour of the walls. After having strolled in the Fort and admired the leather craft, you will go for a safari in the desert, discovering the life of communities in this arid area, and then spending a magic night under the stars.
Back to Delhi for the end of this tour!
Home-stay, Guest houses, Heritage Hotels
Visit of shelter homes for street children, meeting with one NGO dealing with hygiene issues, meeting with one Self-Help Group of women
Block and screen printing, Blue Pottery, Hand-made paper, Painting, Wooden craft, Leather craft
Rural life, Life in desert, Indian cuisine, Performing Arts