Journey of a Lifetime
~ Everytime ~
Rajasthan, Delhi, Agra and Varanasi
October to 12 November, 2017
recorded history goes back to 4,000 years, with remarkable examples
of civilization well ahead of other countries. Throughout this period,
reverence was shown to the many Gods her people worshipped, and
the land was dominated by independent kingdoms. Reverence to the
Gods led to gold and jewels and the finest of architecture bestowed
onto them, and the independent kingdoms accumulated wealth not seen
elsewhere. Thus she was a prime target for marauders, attracted
by her wealth and attributes of her civilization. Forts for defense
and palaces for residence were de-rigor for the independent kingdoms,
and though many have not survived the ravages of time, those that
have, were either too beautiful not to have been maintained or too
well built and withstood the elements. Thus, there are some exquisite
examples of architecture that we will not only see, but also live
in – most perhaps only 200 to 400 years old, though some forts going
back to at least 1,000 years.
will also visit Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, and one of the oldest
cities in the world, Varanasi.
will see the finest examples of India’s temples and forts, religions,
jewelry and wealth - all that has made India famous.
tour will be led by Adrianna Castelazo.
Adrianna loves India and starting in the mid 1990s, has been all
over the country more than 20 times. Deepak
Singh will accompany her.
Map of this area (https://goo.gl/maps/Woduh5T1kbr).
Zoom in or out to change details. (The shown route is by road.
We will be flying across the longer distances).
Oct, Saturday Depart the Americas
Depart the Americas this afternoon. Overnight: On board your flight.
Oct, Sunday Arrive Delhi
We welcome you in the capital city of India, for a journey across
the fascinating history-markers of medieval north India. Wars were
fought and rulers changed in Delhi but ordinary lives were lived
in relative continuity. Glimpses of these can be seen even today
as the character of the city underwent massive changes in the last
decades. In the land to have been seven capital cities, signs of
the old are continuously jostling with the new, presenting an ever-fascinating
panorama. We welcome you to its chaos and stability, into its steadfastness
and its impatience and into a delightful rainbow of amalgamation,
producing a world completely its own. We will meet you as you exit
customs and immigration at Delhi airport and transfer you to your
airport hotel. Overnight: Delhi.
30 Oct, Monday Delhi - Udaipur
In time transfer to Delhi airport to board flight for Udaipur (1120
– 1230 hrs). Upon arrival, spend rest of day sightseeing Udaipur.
is a centre of historic arts and crafts of Mewar, like the Mewar
School of Miniature Painting. There is the modern face of Udaipur
that one can look at if interested, but given the other sights from
a glorious past, modernity is no real distraction. Udaipur will
hold you in its thrall no matter who you are or where you come from.
During your tour you will visit the City Palace built in 1725, a
majestic architectural marvel towering over the lake on a hill surrounded
by crenellated walls, it is a conglomeration of courtyards, pavilions,
terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. The main entrance
is through the triple arched gate, the "Tripolia" with
eight marble porticos. The Maharanas were weighed under the gate
in gold, the equivalent amount of which was distributed among the
populace. There after visit Shri Jagmandir Temple - built by Maharana
Jagat Singh I in 1651 the temple enshrines a black stone image of
Lard Vishnu. There is a brass image of Garuda the Lord bird carrier.
The exterior and the plinth are covered with base relief of alligators;
elephants, horsemen and celestial musicians rise in tiers. Chanting,
bells and music can be heard throughout the day. It is the largest
and most splendid temple of Udaipur. Overnight: Udaipur.
Oct, Tuesday Udaipur
A leisurely morning, then a boat cruise on Pichola Lake, 4-Km long
and 3-Km broad, surrounded by splendid hills, palaces, temples,
bathing ghats and embankments. Visit the island palace Jag Niwas
which is beautifully set in the lake. Overnight: Udaipur.
Nov, Wednesday Udaipur-Jodhpur
Drive to Jodhpur (6 1/2 hrs) en route visiting Ranakpur, famous
for its Jain temples built in the 15th century are situated in the
lovely Aravali valley. The town is named after Rana Khumba the legendary
warrior king of Udaipur. Its surroundings are peaceful and picturesque.
The temple has a grand structure and beautiful sculptures. There
are 1444 pillars in the main temple and no two of them are similar.
Thereafter commence drive to Jodhpur. Overnight: Jodhpur.
Nov, Thursday Jodhpur
Spend the day sightseeing of Jodhpur. Visit Mehrangarh Fort - Situated
at an altitude of about 125 meters, the Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur
is spread over an area of 5 sq km in the heart of the city of Jodhpur.
Besides being a landmark in Jodhpur Mehrangarh fort is a must visit
for all the tourists. The fort has seven gates of which the noted
ones are the Jayapol, built by Maharaja Man Singh in 1806; Fatehpol
or the Victory Gate built by Maharaja Ajit Singh; and the Lohapol
or the Iron Gate. Jaswant Thada - is a white marble memorial built
in memory of Maharaja Jaswant II in 1899 A story goes that Maharaja
Jaswant succumbed to injuries in this place while fighting the Mughal
king Jahangir. This place is a must visit in Jodhpur. Umaid Bhawan
- Made of marble and pink sandstone, the construction of the Umaid
Bhawan of Jodhpur started in 1929 and it took 16 years to complete
it. It is believed that the palace was constructed to give employment
to the famine-struck population of Jodhpur. This majestic building
is presently the residence of the former rulers with a part of it
running as hotel and remaining part as a museum. In time transfer
to Jodhpur railway station to board train for Jaipur departing 1630,
arriving 2115. Overnight: Jaipur.
Nov, Friday Jaipur
Compare the city of Old Delhi with the city of Jaipur, a city unique
amongst its medieval contemporaries. The streets, palaces, temples,
residences, shopping place are all in accordance to the ancient
Hindu rules of Vastu Shastra. The pink wash was added in 1853 in
honour of the visit of Prince Albert. Perched atop the hill looking
down majestically is the Amber fort. We ride up into the palace
astride elephants just like the Maharajas of yore. The plain and
time worn exteriors belie the exquisite detail with which the interiors
were crafted with a gentle breeze which cools the interiors. In
the famed Sheesh Mahal look up and be prepared to feel a surge of
color as the optical effect makes you a part of this royal past.
In the city, drive past Hawa Mahal, where again notice the jails.
The Maharaja's City Palace, much of which has been converted into
a museum covers almost one-seventh area of the city in a fortified
unit. Here the Armoury Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols,
blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. Become one
with the planetary bodies at Jantar Mantar, the largest stone and
marble crafted observatory in the world. Jaipur is also an interesting
place for those interested in jewellery, clothes, carpets and other
handicrafts items. The city is a veritable paradise for those seeking
souvenirs of the craftsmanship of Rajasthan. Overnight: Jaipur.
Nov, Saturday Jaipur then Agra
From the romance of the deserts we move towards the monument of
a man’s love for his beloved, the city which treasures a lover’s
dream, Agra (6 hrs). On our way we stop at Fatehpur sikri. In its
imposing red sandstone structure lies the city envisioned by Emperor
Akbar only to be abandoned a mere fourteen years later due to water
scarcity. Overnight: Agra.
Nov, Sunday Agra
Before dawn, visit the spectacular Taj Mahal - the most extravagant
monument ever built for love. On the death of his beloved wife Mumtaz
Mahal, Moghul Emperor Shah Jehan built her this memorial over which
20,000 men laboured for 22 years to create a masterpiece in white
marble inlaid with semi precious stones; the art is called pietra
dura. Stroll down the ornamental gardens laid out along the classical
Mughal charbagh lines. This garden is separated by a long watercourse,
which reflects the monument in perfect symmetry. Return to your
hotel for breakfast. A short drive away is the Agra Fort where Shah
Jehan spent the last years of his life, imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb.
The most impressive part of the Fort are the Dewan-eAm, Hall of
Public Audience where the Emperor met officials and listened to
petitioners, and the Dewan-e-Khas Hall of Private Audience where
he received foreign dignitaries. The Peacock throne (now in Iran)
was in this fort, before being moved to Delhi by Emperor Aurangzeb.
Nov, Monday Agra - Khajuraho
Early morning transfer to Agra train station Agra to board your
train for Jhansi (0802-1045 hrs). On arrival drive to Khajuraho
(5 1/2 hrs) en route visiting Orchha - The city of Orchha is situated
in the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India. The meaning of
Orchha is 'hidden' and the city is located on the banks of River
Betwa in Madhya Pradesh, 16 kilometers away from Jhansi, and is
encircled by fascinating hills and loads of greenery. The small
village of Orchha was once the capital of Bundelkhand. The historical
memorials of Orchha narrate the stories of war and peace, love and
devastation and still retain the unspoiled charm. Visit Jehangir
Mahal - Jehangir Mahal is exceedingly beautiful and the most visited
monument in Orchha. The palace was built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo
to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jehangir to Orchha. The main
attraction of the palace are the two statues of bowed elephants
right at the entrance of the gate that set the mood for your exploration
of this charming palace. You will notice a strong resemblance in
the structure of this palace and many other monuments built in Islamic
architectural style; Raj Parveen Mahal - The palace was built King
Indramani in the 17th century. It is said that he built it for his
love Raj Parveen who was an exceptionally talented poetess and a
musician. The palace is only two floor high. It was built this way
to match with the height of trees in the area. You can get scintillating
views of nearby gardens of Anand Mahal and the octagonal flower
garden. Thereafter commence drive to Khajuraho. On arrival and check
in at your hotel, spend rest of the day sightseeing (if time permits).
Visit the Eastern & Western Group of Temples – the most important
temple being the Kandariya Mahadeo Temple-dedicated to Lord Shiva.
It is one of the largest and most typical of the Khajuraho temples.
Visit the Chaunsat Yogini Temple-dedicated to the 64 “Yoginis” or
attendants of Goddess Kali. This temple stands apart from the rest.
Also see the Chitragupta or Bharatji Temple with a lovely sculpture
of Lord Vishnu in his 11-headed form. The sculptures that adorn
the temples, carved in stone depicts gods, goddesses and amorous
couples. The Eastern Group of Temples includes the Ghantai Temple,
Vamana Temple dedicated to the "Vamana" or dwarf incarnation
of Lord Vishnu and the Javari Temple. There are also three Jain
Temples with beautiful carvings and non-erotic sculptures. Although
these are Jain temples, they also contain numerous Vaishnav deities.
Nov, Tuesday Khajuraho – Varanasi
Continue sightseeing in the morning, then transfer to the airport
for your flight to Varanasi (1405-1455 hrs). Rest of the day at
leisure. Stroll through narrow lanes of Varanasi bazaar & experience
local shopping. Overnight: Varanasi.
Nov, Wednesday Varanasi
Go to the Holy River Ganga before dawn. Experience Ganges cruise
& watch activities on Ghats – The long string of bathing ghats
are the principal attraction in Varanasi. Ghats are the steps which
lead down to the river and the best time to visit the ghats is at
dawn, when pilgrims take their morning dip. There are over 100 ghats
in all. The best way to see the activities on the ghats is to take
a boat ride along the ghats. One can see the women bathing discreetly
in their saris, the young men going through yoga exercises, the
priests offering blessings. Look for the burning ghats where bodies
are cremated. Manikarnika and Harishchandra are the main burning
ghats. The lingams mark each ghat, for Varanasi is the city of Lord
Shiva. Back to the hotel for breakfast and proceed for the sightseeing
The main tourist attractions in Sarnath are the Stupas, excavated
ruins of monasteries, Ashoka Pillar, Deer Park, where the Buddha
delivered his first sermon, Dhamekh Stupa, Bodhi tree, Moolgandha
Kuti Vihara and Archaeology Museum (closed on Friday). Overnight:
Nov, Thursday Varanasi - Delhi
After a leisurely morning, transfer to the airport for your flight
to Delhi (1525-1655 hrs). On arrival check in at the hotel &
rest day at leisure. Overnight: Delhi.
Nov, Friday Delhi
Spend the day on a sightseeing tour of Delhi. Visit Humayun’s Tomb
built by Haji Begum, the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun’s,
nine years after his death and took eight years to complete. It
is designed by the Persian architect Misak Mirza Ghiyaz. Octagonal
in shape, raised on a plinth, with double domes, high arches, laid
in the centre of a large walled enclosure, the monument is an imposing
structure, The Qutub Minar – Delhi’s landmark, 73 mtr. Tall victory
tower was started by Qutub-ud-din Aibak,the first Muslim ruler in
1193 but could finish only the 1st storey of sand stones. Iltutmish
succeeding him added 2nd& 3rd floor in sand stone and later
in 1368 Firoz Shah Tughlak constructed 4th& 5th storey in both
sand stone and marble. Delhi’s most curious antique, the uncorroded
Iron Pillar, which dates back to the 4th century AD.
past Rashtrapati Bhavan – The house that houses the President of
India and the house that boasts of having welcomed the most powerful
men in history. The Rashtrapati Bhavan was designed by Edwin Lutyens
and built in 1931, to be the central point of the British power
in Delhi, and the Secretariat Buildings – the centre of Government
activity, down the impressive Rajpath (the main avenue), to the
World War I memorial arch, India Gate, the High Court Building and
the Old Fort, India Gate – Sir Edwin Lutyens designed this war memorial
to 90,000 Indian soldiers who died on the North-west Frontiers during
World War I. The Duke of Connaught laid the foundation in 1921 and
was completed in 10 years.
you can visit Connaught Place – which was built in 1931. It comprises
of two concentric circles with colonial style buildings surrounded
by a park. These buildings can be reached through the inner, middle
and the outer circles. Gulmohur trees, a large fountain, ornate
fencing and the recently added light post grace the central park.
Nov, Saturday Delhi
Day of leisure, on your own. Evening transfer to airport for return
flight. Overnight: On flight.
Nov, Sunday Arrive the Americas
Arrive today into the Americas.
of services offered by Spiritual Journeys, Inc.
For group all arriving, traveling and departing together, 2-people
sharing one twin share room, US$ 3,620.00, per person. Single supplement,
an additional US$ 845.00 per person, minimum 15 people in the group.
• Hotel accommodation as above on double/twin-sharing room,
• Daily buffet breakfast at hotels, and lunches at local restaurant,
• Spanish speaking local guide for sightseeing in all places as
per program. If Spanish speaking guide is not available in all places,
then an English speaking guide will be made available,
• All transfers and sightseeing/excursion by an air-conditioned
40-seat Volvo with toilet except in Khajuraho & Varanasi, where
an air-conditined 35-seat coach will be provided,
• 1 Elephant (or vehicle) ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur,
• Common Boat ride at Lake Pichola, Udaipur (subject to water level),
• Train fare Jodhpur to Jaipur in air conditioned sitting chair,
• Tips and gratuities to driver, guide, porters, bellboys and waiters
• All applicable taxes including mandatory government service tax,
• Air fares in economy class: Delhi / Udaipur, Agra / Varanasi,
Varanasi / Khajuraho, and Khajuraho / Delhi, including presently
applicable taxes (subject to change at time of booking / issuance),
• Entrances fee for entry into monuments as per the itinerary,
• The services of a SJI representative at all airport and hotel
• Morning Boat Ride on River Ganges,
• Boat Ride at
Lake Pichola, Udaipur (shared boat), and,
• Evening Aarti ceremony on Ganges Ghat,
• Rickshaw Ride in Varanasi,
• The services of a SJI representative at all airport and hotel transfers.