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India: round trip West India

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Day 1: Flight to the fabulous country of the Rajputs

You set off by train or plane to Munich, from where you will depart for your adventures to India around noon. Impressive encounters, 5,000 years of history and glamorous palaces await you. After midnight you will land at Delhi airport and will be welcomed by your tour guide and taken to your accommodation.
The Vivanta Hotel New Delhi is located just a few kilometers outside of Delhi in the up-and-coming suburb of Dwarka. You stay in modern rooms that offer you a carefree stay with great comfort. Treat yourself to a little break in the spa and wellness center or cool off in the outdoor swimming pool. The two in-house restaurants offer you regional Indian dishes as well as Italian cuisine to choose from.
(Driving distance approx. 20 km, approx. 35 minutes)

Day 2: Delhi

After a relaxed breakfast, start your journey with an extensive exploration tour through the contrasting old Delhi. Protected by walls, the city's history, which has partly remained standing from the times of the old Mughal emperors, presents itself to you. You will quickly notice how your senses are challenged by the city. Marvel at the colorful muddle in the morning on the way to the Mahatma Gandhi Raj Ghat Memorial and the lively Chandni Chowk bazaar. Once again it is time to sharpen your senses, because unknown scents and tones await you. In addition to all kinds of frills, you can marvel at and taste fruits and Indian delicacies here. Your tour guide will be happy to advise you.
India's largest mosque, the Jama Masjid, with space for up to 25,000 worshipers and the onion-shaped domes is not far and you will visit. From here you have a good view of the winding and lively streets of Old Delhi.
From here, a rickshaw takes you through the winding and lively streets of Old Delhi. Afterwards you visit the Sikh temple Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, which you can recognize from afar by the golden dome. In the kitchen attached to the temple, food is prepared for thousands of people every day, which is distributed free of charge.
A lot of recent history and colonial times as well as modern buildings can be found in New Delhi in the afternoon. Here you can see, among other things, the India Gate, whose model stands in Paris with the name Arc de Triomphe, and the parliament building and Rashtrapathi Bhavan, the residence of the president. Old and new, Hindu and Muslim, loud and quiet - as promised: a city full of contrasts. In the early evening you return to your accommodation to sort through all the impressions. The Vivanta Hotel New Delhi is still your accommodation today. FA
(Driving distance including exploration tour approx. 90 km, approx. 3-4 hours)

In the Sikh temple Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, in addition to the shoes, the socks must be taken off before entering.

Day 3: Jaipur: the pink city

In the morning you visit the "Sanshil Foundation for Welfare". The non-profit organization helps people on the lowest level of the social pyramid by creating training and jobs, and at the same time is committed to environmental protection. A short tour gives you an insight into the daily work of women and girls, who are mostly trained here as tailors. In the afternoon it will be colorful again. Or did you swap your glasses? No, everything here is really pink. Because you reach Jaipur, which is also called the pink city because of the color of its houses and palaces. The first highlight in Jaipur is your hotel.
After a short stop at your hotel, you can continue. Through the old town, past textile and jewelry dealers with magnificent gemstones, you slowly get used to clear structures, because the city was laid out in a square grid. A symbiosis of efficiency and mysticism. Steeped in history, Jaipur revives the past of the former Rajput rulers. This also comes to life in the Birla Mandir Temple, where you take part in an evening ceremony. You will then visit an Indian family. Because this invites you to a traditional Rajasthani dinner. In traditional costume and with interesting table neighbors, this will be an unforgettable evening for you.
The “Shahpura House” hotel, with its architectural style typical of Rajasthan, is one of the so-called Heritage Hotels. The former home of a wealthy merchant family is located in a quiet district of Jaipur and offers the opportunity to spend the night authentically in a great atmosphere with lots of charm. The accommodation is lovingly decorated with many family-owned pictures and antiques, and on hot days there is a small swimming pool for cooling off. FA
(Driving distance approx. 260 km, approx. 6 hours)

Today you will be the guest of an Indian family who will go to great lengths to spoil you with typical regional delicacies. The dishes are served traditionally, that is, you sit cross-legged in front of a small table. Ask for a chair if you feel uncomfortable or stressful on the floor. It is common to eat with your fingers without cutlery. Of course, cutlery will also be given to you on request. The family always tries to make it as pleasant as possible for you. Enjoy this unforgettable evening! With your visit you make a small contribution to improving the living situation on site by the hosts generating an additional small income.

Day 4: One day in Jaipur

In the morning, when life gradually awakens, the children go to school and the shops open their doors, you can relax and enjoy a hearty breakfast in the hotel before you set out on a tour of Jaipur. One of the highlights is the magnificent city palace, which bears witness to the abundance of bygone times through many artistic elements. There are also all sorts of curiosities to marvel at. Let yourself be surprised. If it were night now, there would be a very interesting shadow play of the stars in the historical observatory Jantar Mantar. But even during the day, the 18 astronomical instruments are very interesting and fascinating.
Then you will admire the famous Hawa Mahal, the Palace of the Winds. This architecturally unusual building of the former Rajput princes is famous for its 953 artistically decorated niches and windows spread over five floors. From these the ladies of the harem could take a look at the pageants without being seen themselves. You can then discuss all of today's experiences in a relaxed atmosphere in the hotel. The Shahpura House Hotel is still your accommodation today. F.
(Driving distance approx. 35 km, approx. 1-2 hours)

Day 5: battlements, mirrors and gates: fascinating amber

After breakfast, when the lively city gets going and the bustle of traders slowly increases, you climb by jeep in the old capital Amber to the fortress enthroned on a rock, which was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2013. Built around 1600, it shows the elements that are already familiar to you and common for Rajasthan, but also traces of the Mughals. That is also the reason why everything has been preserved so well, because the two sides never fought against each other here. Visit the mighty palace with its ramparts and numerous gates. There are so many mirrors hanging in the Sheesh Mahal that a single lamp illuminates the entire hall. After visiting the fortress, it gets beastly. You will visit the temple Galta Ji, dedicated to the monkey god, which is home to thousands of macaques because of its fresh water source. The rest of the day you can let the impressions sink in. The Shahpura House Hotel is still your accommodation today. F.

Your main luggage will not go with you on the train tomorrow, but will be brought to Jodhpur by bus. We therefore ask you to pack a daypack for the train journey. The separate luggage transfer takes place if the bus takes much longer than the train to Jodhpur due to the bad road conditions, possibly as early as this afternoon.

Option: Start the day with a hot air balloon ride over Jaipur and enjoy fantastic views of the palaces and forts of the Pink City. The price for the approximately 1-hour balloon flight is USD 210 per person, the minimum number of participants is 2 and the maximum number of participants is 8. The duration and course of the journey depend on the weather and wind conditions. The balloon ride will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide, and other international guests besides you may also take part. Please book this excursion with us no later than 6 weeks before the start of your trip. Payment is made on site.

Riverside path in Pushkar

Day 6: Meeting of the gods in Pushkar - train to Jodhpur

Breakfast will be served to you today in the form of a breakfast package, as you will leave early in the morning. Let's go to Pushkar, the place where the gods meet. The Pushkar Lake, created after a fight between Brahma and a demon, was also the meeting point of an Indian assembly of gods. Bathing in him during the full moon is said to bring about instant cleansing from all sins. So it's no wonder that Pushkar is one of the holiest places in India and the destination of countless pilgrims. The holy bathing spots are in the center of the pilgrimage site.
Explore the small town with its winding streets, the many cafes and restaurants and take a walk along the Pushkar Lake. They also stop at the Brahma temple, where Brahma himself made an offering. After lunch you will be taken to the train to Ajmer. You spend the approximately four-hour drive to Jodhpur in comfort in the air-conditioned compartment. You will reach your accommodation in the evening.
The WelcomHotel Jodhpur has managed to establish itself in the midst of the impressive (cultural) landscape as an equally modern hotel. Adapted to the picturesque surroundings, a bit away from Jodhpur you can expect excellent service with a living tradition. Generous, tasteful and comfortable are the right descriptions for your Jodhpur room. You can exercise and relax in the large outdoor pool, the spa or the yoga area. Two restaurants, a bistro and a bar take care of your culinary wellbeing. F / M
(Driving distance approx. 145 km, approx. 2-3 hours plus approx. 4 hours train ride)

Before entering the Brahma Temple in Pushkar, you must hand in all valuables, including cell phones and cameras. We recommend that you leave your valuables safe in the hotel on this day.
On the train to Jodhpur you sit in an air-conditioned compartment. You can watch life along the way and the landscape through the windows. Many locals drive with you, which makes this trip a special experience. Have fun making contact and the certainly exciting conversations.

Day 7: Blue city and yellow desert

The mighty Mehrangarh Fort is enthroned on a sandstone hill. A tremendous expression of power and pageantry as well as war and peace. So let's go there to enjoy the wide view over Jodhpur and the surrounding area. Once at the top you will see the solution to the name riddle: the “blue city”. Because in Jodhpur many houses are simply painted blue. You will visit palaces and a museum with riches of the royal family as well as Jaswant Thada, a columned marble building with a great view of the fort. In the afternoon you will visit the Jain temples in Osian from the 8th to 11th centuries, which are still a pilgrimage site today are. As it should be in the Thar desert, change the means of transport and continue your journey on a desert ship. A camel gently carries you over the sand dunes so that you can watch the sunset over the endless horizon with Indian nibbles and folk dancing in the desert. The WelcomHotel Jodhpur is still your accommodation today. F.
(Driving distance approx. 60 km, approx. 1.5 hours)

Day 8: Between desert and fertile land

Relax and enjoy the morning hours and take a dip in the refreshing pool before heading to Narlai, which is off the beaten track. A few tailors live in the tranquil village near Pali, and there is also a small school. You will now be taken to your accommodation. Later in the afternoon you are invited to cook together here. Have fun diving into a strange, beautiful world and enjoy your meal.
The "Rawla Narlai" is located in a small village between Jodhpur and Udaipur, surrounded by a large number of small Hindu temples that are within walking distance. The hotel, housed in an old palace, has been lovingly furnished and creates a pleasant contrast to the hectic cities of India. The elegant rooms are decorated in light colors and exude the charm of bygone times. From the hotel you have a magnificent mountain view. Your accommodation has a seasonal outdoor pool and several spa tents where you can indulge yourself royally. F / M / A
(Driving distance approx. 130 km, approx. 2-3 hours)

Day 9: Submerged in Narlai

After breakfast, slip into your walking shoes and go on a fascinating excursion through the village. You will get to know the interested villagers and learn how people often still live very traditionally here. One or the other resident might even open the door to their private realm and invite you for a cup of tea.
You will be back at the hotel for lunch and relax in the afternoon. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of your accommodation for the rest of the day before a very special dinner awaits you later. After a welcome drink in the courtyard and a short chat with your host, you will be taken to the Baori (step well) of “Rawla Narlai”. Hundreds of little lights and the melodic voice of the yogi performing Indian folk songs await you here. For the next few hours you will be pampered here with all kinds of delicacies under the hopefully starry night sky. Dinner will take place in the open air by the stepwell of Rawla Narlai today, a very special experience. The "Rawla Narlai" is still your accommodation today. F / M / A

Day 10: Off to the shores of Lake Pichola

You start the day with a drive northwest to Ranakpur and visit the famous Jain temples. The temple complex with its enchanting marble sculptures is picturesquely situated in a valley in the wooded Aravalli Mountains. And there is a lot to marvel at: The Jain temples impress with their grandiose architecture, beautiful decorations and 1,444 different columns. After all these experiences, you will continue to romantic Udaipur in the afternoon. The seat of the Mewar princes was only founded in the 16th century and, in addition to its imposing city palace, is known for the idyllic lake. Your splendid, historic hotel is right in the middle. Simply unique.
The "Fateh Prakash Palace" is uniquely beautiful on the east bank of Lake Pichola in Udaipur and borders directly on the old city palace. Part of the palace has been converted into a hotel, with traditional and modern elements being cleverly combined. The interior of the palace is decorated with countless portraits, miniature paintings and works of art. The luxurious rooms are decorated with traditional furniture. F.
(Driving distance approx. 160 km, approx. 3-4 hours)

Day 11: Picturesque royal seat

The appearance of Udaipur, the Venice of the East, has been dominated by the largest city palace in Rajasthan since 1570. You have to see that, of course. The Jagdish Temple, built in 1652, is sure to impress you as it is decorated with numerous Vishnu representations. In the evening you take a boat trip on Lake Pichola and experience an unforgettable scenery at dusk. Lean back and let yourself drift leisurely. Watch the evening ceremony at the bathing spots, known as the ghats, and relax with a small flute concert. The "Fateh Prakash Palace" is still your accommodation today. F.

Day 12: Active in Udaipur

Get ready in the early morning to discover the heart of Udaipur behind the lakes and palaces. With the bike you cycle comfortably past the Havelis and get to know the city from a different perspective. A visit to a market should not be missing. Back at the hotel, enjoy the breakfast buffet. Then visit the Eklingji Temple. This is also where you could meet the ruling marahana, who often travels to the main marble temple to pray. Then drive to the ruined city of Nagda, which is located on a lake. In addition to the interesting history of this place, the temples Sahasra-Bahu and Adbudji are very worth seeing because of the beautiful frescoes. The afternoon is at your disposal today. The "Fateh Prakash Palace" is still your accommodation today. F.
(Driving distance approx. 50 km, approx. 1-2 hours)

In the Eklingji Temple, both shoes and socks must be removed before entering.

Options: If you are interested in the historical temples on Lake Pichola, then this afternoon walk is just right for you: You start your tour at an old staircase to the lake, past 150-year-old havelis, a clock tower, markets and gold - and silversmiths. The minimum number of participants is 2 and the cost is USD 50 per person. You will be accompanied by a local English speaking tour guide. Please book this excursion in advance with us before you start your journey.
Alternatively, you can go on a hike in the afternoon. You start in the village of Morwaniya through fields and past other communities and learn a lot about rural life. When you arrive in the village of Madar, you will gain an insight into the work of the farmers and opportunities for interesting conversations. The minimum number of participants is 2 and the cost is USD 70 per person. You will be accompanied by a local English speaking tour guide. Please book this excursion in advance with us before you start your journey. Payment is made on site.

Day 13: On the trail of the tiger

Today you travel to the realm of the tigers, Ranthambore National Park. Located on the eastern edge of the Aravalli Mountains, it is home to over 270 animal species, including panthers, leopards, crocodiles, jackals, axis deer, numerous species of birds and the king tiger. On the way here, enjoy lunch at Fort Bassi. Afterwards you take the track of the tiger again and drive on to your accommodation. When you arrive at the hotel, you will be warmly welcomed and you can first make yourself comfortable.
The "Shergarh Resort" is located near the Ranthambore National Park in beautifully landscaped gardens. You will stay in a spacious and permanently installed luxury tent, which is decorated in a traditional and simple design and is equipped with a private bathroom. The way to the hotel and to your room leads through gates from the former Mughal Empire past step-shaped fountains, which give the complex its special flair. After an eventful day, enjoy the peace and quiet on the terrace. F / M / A
(Driving distance approx. 420 km, approx. 8 hours)

Day 14: On safari in Ranthambore National Park

Since you already go on safari in the early morning, there is only a small refreshment before and later a real breakfast. The sunrise gives the landscape with its lakes and dilapidated palaces an enchanting atmosphere. Perfect for your first safari in Ranthambore National Park. Have a cup of coffee or tea very early in the morning, then you go on the prowl for a picture with the king of the jungle. With a bit of luck you can even watch tigers on the extended safari. These are no longer a rarity here. The government as well as the inhabitants of the region are working hard to increase the population of these majestic animals again.
Back from the safari you visit the school “Adarsh ​​Manovikas Sansthan” in the village of Sherpur, a facility for mentally handicapped children and young people. They are given a basic education here with a lot of love. You will get an insight into the everyday life of the school children and the committed teachers. With children's laughter in their ears and their heads full of exciting impressions, we continue to the fortress of Ranthambore, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the fortress is a Ganesha temple to which thousands of wedding invitations are sent every day. This is intended to invite the favorite god of many Hindus to the festival. Get in line too and experience how belief and culture are lived in India. After lunch it goes back to the national park. There you go on another safari. Afterwards you can relax in the hotel and collect your impressions. The “Shergarh Resort” is still your accommodation today. F / M / A
(Driving distance approx. 40 km, approx. 3 hours)

For the safaris in Ranthambore National Park, groups with 8 or more guests use exclusive open safari buses. For groups of less than 8 guests, jeeps or open safari buses are used; other international guests may also be present.
The national park is divided into ten zones. At the entrance gate, each vehicle is assigned a zone in order to distribute the visitors as evenly as possible. We ask for your understanding that we cannot influence the allocation. Of course we try to make sure that the safaris do not take place twice in the same zone. Due to regulatory measures by the park administration, the departure times of the safaris may differ. For the reservation we need your passport number; please send them to us immediately by email.

Day 15: On the way to Agra

On the way to Agra, stop in Abhaneri at Chand Baori. Here you visit the largest and deepest stepwell in India, one of the oldest sights in Rajasthan. Built in the 8th or 9th century AD, it was dedicated to the Götting for fun and joy. The fountain may already look familiar to you; it has already been used as a backdrop for numerous international films. In the afternoon you arrive in Agra, which is particularly known for the Taj Mahal mausoleum. To get in the mood, explore the Itimad-ud-Daula mausoleum, also known as Baby Taj, in the afternoon. The comparatively small, lavishly furnished tomb is considered to be the forerunner of the impressive Mughal architecture and thus also of the Taj Mahal. In the evening you can review the day in your accommodation.
The "Tajview Hotel" (formerly "Taj Gateway") is one of the few hotels in Agra from which, like the restaurant, you have a really good view of the Taj Mahal. The spacious rooms with marble floors present themselves in an elegant design with lots of charm. Relax in the outdoor pool or in the large garden and indulge yourself in this unique atmosphere with Indian and international dishes in the restaurant as well as refreshing drinks with a view of the Taj Mahal. F / P
(Driving distance approx. 300 km, approx. 5-6 hours)

Day 16: Highlight of the Taj Mahal: How love overcomes death

When the sun rises, the time has come: an electric vehicle takes you to an undeniable highlight of your trip to India. The Taj Mahal is everything you've heard, seen, and read about it and so much more. The best thing to do is to get your own picture of the famous tomb and landmark of India. Feel the magic that emanates from this fantastic structure made of white marble at sunrise. After breakfast in the hotel and only about two kilometers further, another highlight awaits you: the Red Fort Agra, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The majestic complex, built in the shape of a crescent moon in 1570, was the seat and power center of the Mughal Empire for generations. In the afternoon you will return to the hotel and indulge in the thoughts of the Taj Mahal in comfortable surroundings. The Tajview Hotel is still your accommodation today. F.

Option: Are you still full of energy? Then let's go for a walk through the mysterious alleys in the old town of Agra. Get to know the city, which also has a past before the Taj Mahal, from another side. You visit small shops and temples that only the initiated know. The minimum number of participants is 2 and the cost is USD 55 per person. You will be accompanied by a local English speaking tour guide. Please book this excursion in advance with us before you start your journey. Payment is made on site.

Day 17: Say goodbye

Enjoy your time in the hotel until mid-morning and let yourself be pampered. Afterwards you drive back to Delhi, the starting point of your trip. Once here, visit the magnificent Humayun mausoleum before freshening up at the hotel. Enjoy your farewell dinner with the other guests. Do you remember your ideas about India before you left? Have another chat while you eat. In the late evening you will be driven to Delhi airport. It's hard to believe, the journey through India's colorful wonderland is over. But don't worry, part of you will definitely stay here, and you will take home a wealth of experiences and adventures. FA
(Driving distance approx. 204 km, approx. 4 hours)

For your last evening we have organized a room in the Vivanta Hotel New Delhi so that you can freshen up before your departure.

18th day: back home

In the night you will take your return flight from Delhi to Munich. You have unbelievable stories, encounters and experiences in your luggage. After landing in the early morning, you will travel on to your home town.

B = breakfast / L = lunch / P = picnic / D = dinner