Golf, Palaces,Tigers & the Taj
- Agra - Ranthambore - Jaipur - Gurgaon
29 Dec 2019 -11 Jan 2020
Play five rounds of Golf in the best courses in India. In between, Spiritual Journeys, Inc (SJI) will help unfold the mysteries of India, synonymous with royalty, romance, architecture, human grit and determination, as we take you through deserts and mountains, small reclusive hamlets and bewilderingly enormous palaces, dyed clothes and scintillating embroidery, its colours and music, its dance and food which together weave an unforgettable tapestry. In this fascinating land, human is unimaginable without the camel- the camel is the constant companion of dry barren lands. See the Taj Mahal at dawn, as the sun rises, and the rays pierce the semi-precious stones, giving a kaleidoscope (literally) of colours.
- DAY BY DAY
After leisurely breakfast at the hotel, proceed for New Delhi city tour covering modern Delhi and visiting Qutub Minar and Humayun’s tomb (considered to be the precursor of the Taj Mahal). Gandhi Smriti formerly known as Birla House, is a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, the location where he spent the last 144 days of his life and where he was assassinated on January 30, 1948. We drive to Hauz Khas Village in South Delhi which mashes together the best of old and new India, with an absolutely charming result. A short walking tour will expose you to a neighbourhood dominated by ancient domed tombs and medieval stone buildings, is today populated by boutiques, art galleries and a variety of restaurants, with a few well-manicured gardens scattered within the narrow lanes of the warren. We end our walk with a nice Masala Chai. Visit Old Delhi, the capital built by Emperor Shahjahan. The narrow winding lanes best traversed by a cycle-rickshaw house some of the oldest inhabitants and also the oldest trading establishments of the city. Visit the historic Jama Masjid, drive past the Red Fort. On our way back contrast the swift architectural changes brought by the colonial rulers mirroring styles from across Europe and adapted to the Indian environment. Drive past Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential Palace) and the secretariat buildings, the impressive Rajpath and the World War I memorial arch, the India Gate. The charm of historic Delhi while riding on a beautifully designed cycle rickshaw and experience an unfeigned India. Later proceed visit The Bahai Temple This extraordinary temple is shaped like the sacred lotus flower. Designed by Iranian-Canadian architect Fariburz Sahba in 1986, it has 27 immaculate white-marble petals. Evening dinner at specialty restaurant Baluchi at Lalit hotel.
After buffet breakfast at the hotel, proceed to the Delhi Golf Club for a round of golf. The 6,972 yards, par 72, 18 hole golf course was redesigned by Peter Thompson in 1977-'78 and got a major fillip when it was chosen to host the first ever golf tournament at the Asian Games in 1982. Originally located in an area more than twice its present size, the course at the Delhi Golf Club was consolidated to its present 220 acres in 1950. Like the rest of Delhi, its golf course is also laid out on a part of India's history. Carved out of a portion which was the estate of the Lodhi rulers, it has in its precincts a collection of interesting tombs and monuments. Planted with a variety of over 200 trees, the DGC course is the lushest in the country, and its sandy loam has produced a rich turf good for the exacting fairway shots.
After golf, return to your hotel and free for independent activities.
Check-out and drive to Agra via a round at Jaypee Greens Golf Course, Greater Noida. The course is an 18-hole championship layout, designed with the firm belief of setting new standards for championship golf in India. Built on what was previously a flat featureless site, the design of the course involved the creation of several lakes. The earth from these lakes has been used to generate a dynamic, soft and undulating landform suitable for the laying out of 18 very exciting and challenging holes. From championship tee, the golf course Greater Noida is strong and one of the longest in the world with a length of 7347 yards. Its gently rolling fairways are grassed using an imported Bermuda grass called Evergreen. This 72 par course is India's longest golf course with 14 shimmering lakes & water-bodies and 88 snow-white bunkers.
Greens Golf Course
Continue your drive to Agra (4-5 hrs). Arrive and check-in at hotel with the rest of the day at leisure.
JAN 2: AGRA
At dawn, begin your tryst with the fabled city of Agra with a rendezvous with the Taj Mahal at sunrise to view the glowing light of sun over its opaque white dome. This splendid monument (closed on Fridays) was built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in loving memory for his wife. Return to the hotel for breakfast, at the comfort of your hotel. In the evening, you will have special tour in Agra known as the AGRA FOOD TRAIL. The "Agra Food Trail" is a journey, not just of taste, but of knowledge, as our passionate guides tell you how this food ended up on your plate. This 1 to 2 hour food tour has been specially developed for people who have a passion to explore and a taste for variety. It covers all the famous eateries of Agra where you can taste local delicacies at places like Rambabu Paratha Bhandar, Agra Chaat House and Panchhi Petha (Sweet).
of a trained Agra Food Trail tour guide.
After breakfast, drive to Ranthambore (6-7 hrs) en-route visiting Fathepur Sikri, the political capital of India's Mughal Empire under Akbar's reign from 1571 till 1585 and regarded as the crowning glory of his architectural legacy. Upon arrival rest of the day at leisure.
Ranthambore National Park is dotted with structures that remind you of bygone eras. There are many water bodies located all over the park, which provide perfect relief during the extremely hot summer months for the forest inhabitants. A huge fort, after which the park is named, towers over the park atop a hill. There are many ruins of bygone eras scattered all over the jungle, which give it a unique, wonderful and mixed flavour of nature, history and wildlife. Tigers at Ranthambore National park have been known to even hunt in full view of human visitors. These tigers are famous for being seen in the daytime too, due to their lack of fear of human presence in vehicles. This lack of fear of humans is excellent for tourists, as the chance of seeing these magnificent cats is very high. At dawn, and then dusk, go on a 4-wd vehicle safari at Ranthambore National park.
After breakfast drive to Jaipur (4-5 hrs). In 1956 Jaipur, the 'pink city' with a population of more than 3 million people, became the capital of Rajasthan. The city is famous for precious stones and jewelry, and should you so desire, a shopper paradise. Enroute stopover at a local village, to experience life of local villagers. Upon arrival, rest of the day is at leisure.
JAN 6: JAIPUR
Today after breakfast you will be taken to the Amber Fort, where you arrive atop by elephant (subject to availability); this is one of the most fascinating of the Indian forts comprising the Palace of Mirrors, Hall of public audience and the beautiful gardens, all of which give a glimpse into the majesty of days gone by. You will come down the fort in vehicles. After lunch, visit Dera Amer. Dera Amer is a conservation of several hundred hectares of wilderness as well as housing members of our family – elephants & camels rescued from the rigours of the city life, as well as organic farming with sustainable solar powered pumps and drip irrigation. Be a part of ‘Rhythm with the elephant’ where you would get to interact with our resident elephants feeding them, washing and scrubbing them and decorating their trunks with organic colours-all in privacy and exclusivity at one of our exclusive wilderness venues and would have the option of sitting on the bare back of our elephants or simply strolling in the wilderness with them. At the venue, fresh farm home-made food would be served to you for breakfast or lunch or dinner, lot of the vegetables served would be organic from our farm. In the evenings there would be a private bonfire and barbecue, the venue lit by marshals, lanterns and lamps. The most exhilarating and memorable experience in privacy with our family members the resident elephants in their natural habitat - Rangmala / Laxmi and the others rescued from their disturbing life in the city.
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Rambagh Golf Club for a round of golf at this 18 hole course with nine greens and nine browns which overlook the picturesque Moti Doongri Palace and the historical Nahargarh Fort. The fairway passes through the Rambagh Polo Grounds. The upper course has nine greens around the polo ground. A drain separates the lower course which has nine browns spread over a rough and undulating landscape.
Golf Club (Jaipur)
Proceed for the sightseeing of Jaipur - City Palace whose several courtyards and gardens provide wonderful contrast to its many palatial structures including Mubarak Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Badal Mahal and the Sri Govind Dev temple. The huge silver water vessels displayed at the Diwan-e-Khas recorded in the Guinness Book as the largest in the world are a must see. The visit of The Observatory will also be arranged. Also visit Hawa Mahal from outside for Photo stop. In the evening, Cooking Demo with Dinner at a Noble Family’s House- In this truly remarkable experience, you will work with our culinary experts to create the dishes that they love to eat at home. During the course of the evening, you will gain hands on experience with the cooking implements, techniques, and ingredients used in a Rajasthani kitchen. Here you will get to appreciate Rajasthani cuisine like never before and enjoy all that is best about Indian hospitality.
JAN 8: JAIPUR – GURGAON BY ROAD
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy an excursion to Samode village (1 Hour drive) followed by lunch at Samode bagh & 4-wd drive vehicle ride at surrounding villages to see and experience rural life.
We go on a 4 wd vehicle drive around villages and fields, visiting local shrines, bazaars - drive through for a coffee or a meal to the royal gardens of Samode Bagh. (If you would like to make day more adventurous then we can arrange for a horse and camel safari at the resort, and special visits to the sand dunes.
Later walk out of the gates of the Palace and through the cobbled lanes of Samode village and market, stopping by the little shops of the bangle maker, the cloth merchant, the gemstone expert, thereafter continue your drive to Gurgaon (4 hrs). Upon arrival check in at your hotel. Evening relax at hotel.
After breakfast, proceed to the ITC Classic Golf & Country Club for a round of golf. This golf course comprises of an 18-Hole Signature Championship Course and a 9-Hole Signature Canyon Course. It also offers a Social Club and Sports Complex, which provides non-golfing sports and recreational activities. The hillocks and knolls of the Aravallis lend themselves ideally to create enticing fairways, cunning greens and engaging waterways, which are enough to quicken any serious golfer’s heart. Both professional and club golfers can discover the joys and challenges of golf right here.
Name of club:
ITC Classic Golf & Country Club
After breakfast, proceed to the DLF GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, a 142 acre expanse situated in the heart of DLF City in Gurgaon, Haryana, just a 30 minute drive from the International Airport. Herein lies India’s premier world class designer golf course, with the rugged Aravali Range forming a dramatic backdrop. The Golf Course, landscaped by Bell Collins, developed by Ranjit Nanda Associates, & designed by Arnold (King) Palmer, resulted a golf-scape which has integrated the surrounding natural environment in harmony with nature. This beautiful parkland with five sparkling lakes, meandering streams, variety of flora & fauna is a par 72, 7204 yards 18-hole course. It boasts of world class fairways, fast and true greens. It also holds the distinction of being the only course in the country to offer 18-holes of golf thus making golfing a pleasurable experience. Thereafter lunch at the DLF GOLF & Country Club which is included in the Golf supplement given separately.
GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB (Gurgaon)
Facilities include: Club, Golf Kits, Caddies, Catering facilities, etc.
Your evening is free for independent activities.
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to the ITC Classic Golf & Country Club for a round of golf. This golf course comprises of an 18-Hole Signature Championship Course and a 9-Hole Signature Canyon Course. It also offers a Social Club and Sports Complex, which provides non-golfing sports and recreational activities. The hillocks and knolls of the Aravallis lend themselves ideally to create enticing fairways, cunning greens and engaging waterways, which are enough to quicken any serious golfer’s heart. Both professional and club golfers can discover the joys and challenges of golf right here.
Classic Golf & Country Club
Evening dinner at a speciality restaurant Apas Promenade which features local Mewati barbecues, which forms part of the robust regional cuisine of the ancient Aravali hills. The restaurant also highlights indigenous cooking techniques which include ‘Shola’ or an open charcoal grill, ‘Tawa’ - an Indian hot plate and a ‘Degchi’ - a vessel used for slow (dum) cooking.
~~ End of Tour as Arranged by Spiritual Journeys, Inc ~~
(Minimum 7 Paying Passengers), US$, per person