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New age-old worlds of India, thriving cultures lying safely in the folds of time. Come, be not just a spectator but a participant in these Living Cultures and you will never be the same again. Visit the historical city of Delhi, the Taj Mahal in Agra, and the forts and palaces of Jaipur, and experience a deeper journey into the desert and its people.

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Itinerary

Sunday, January 26th: Arrival

Optional arrival, hotel included. Take a good rest and get ready for the adventure ahead.


Day 1; Monday, January 27th: Delhi

Arrive at Delhi International Airport (DEL). You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. You will have the option of exploring Delhi with a guide or simply relaxing in the afternoon. In the evening, join the group for a welcome dinner at the hotel.
Delhi is a dynamic city where the past coexists with the present. Through most of its history, Delhi has served as a capital of various kingdoms and empires. It has been captured, ransacked and rebuilt several times, particularly during the medieval period, and modern Delhi is a cluster of a number of cities spread across the metropolitan region.

The British captured the city in 1803 and when they decided to make it the capital of India in 1911, they commissioned leading 20th-century British architect to draw up the plans. Large parts of New Delhi were planned by Edwin Lutyens, who first visited Delhi in 1912. Construction began after World War I and was completed by 1931. The city resulted in appearing slightly surprising with spacious tree-lined avenues punctuated with architecture, considered among the most striking in the world.

Overnight at hotel (Breakfast, Welcome Dinner)


Day 2; Tuesday, January 28th: Delhi

In the morning, set out on a tour of Old Delhi. You will explore the exotic city’s ancient dirt roads, meet the local residents, and wander the colorful bazaars that keep alive the traditional workmanship Delhi is famous for. See the Red Fort and enjoy a bicycle rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk, meaning Silver Square, named for its silver merchants. Complete the city tour by navigating the increasingly narrowing alleyways leading to Jama Masjid, the largest Muslim mosque in India.

Following the tour of Old Delhi, your guide will bring you to the most prominent temple in New Delhi, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. Originally a 17th-century bungalow belonging to the Indian ruler Raja Jai Singh, it is now open to people of all faiths, castes, and creeds. The temple houses a sacred pond in which devotees bathe to wash off misdeeds and attain peace of mind. Also see the Langars, or community kitchen, that proves the prodigious hospitality of the Sikhs—anyone and everyone can enjoy a scrumptious meal here.

Your morning adventure will conclude with a drive to the outskirts of New Delhi to explore the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Tomb of Humayun, famous for its ground-breaking 16th-century Mughal architecture.

Following lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit Qutb Minar, a victory minaret built a millennium ago by the first invading Persian, Qutb-ud-Din Aibak. Located in South Delhi and standing 230 feet, it is one of the city’s most visited and striking monuments, majestically watching over the wide plains of Delhi. The Minar is surrounded by several historically significant monuments of the Qutb complex, including Quwat-ul-Islam Mosque, built at the same time as the Minar, and the much older Iron Pillar of Delhi.

Overnight at hotel (Breakfast)


Day 3; Wednesday, January 29th: Delhi to Agra by train

Start the day with an early breakfast, then make your way to the train station to depart for Agra.

Upon arrival at Agra, your guide will take you on a sightseeing tour of the city, starting with the majestic red sandstone Agra Fort, standing like a crescent moon on the banks of the Yamuna River. Enclosed by formidable 65-foot walls and a 40-foot moat, this massive structure featuring Hindu and Muslim architecture was created by three successive Mughal emperors – Akbar, Jehangir, and Shah Jahan.

Following the tour, return to the hotel and enjoy lunch on your own.

In the afternoon, you will visit the one and only Taj Mahal, often referred to as the world’s greatest monument to love and listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Constructed by Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal, the structure took some 20,000 laborers from Persia, Turkey, France, and Italy 17 years to build, and was completed in 1652.

In the evening, return to the hotel for dinner and relaxation.

Overnight at hotel (Breakfast)


Day 4; Thursday, January 30th: Agra to Jaipur by road

Following breakfast, you will visit Fatehpur Sikri, the glorious but ephemeral capital of the 16th-century Mughal Emperor Akbar. The UNESCO world heritage site is built entirely of red sandstone and features the tomb of the revered saint Salim Chishti, sculpted in pristine white marble that stands in stunning contrast to the sandstone of the fortress. Poised on a rock ridge, the fortress today is a haunting complex of empty palaces, forts, and mosques, representing a variety of architectural styles—it is easy to envision how these ancient fortresses must have come alive with music, laughter, beautiful courtesans, colors, and the pomp of royalty!

On the drive toward Jaipur, you will visit the Abhaneri step walls. Also known as the Chand Baori, this architecturally impressive structure is over 1,000 years old and has been called by BBC Travel one of the Seven Unknown Architectural Wonders of the World.

You will also visit the Porter-house to experience first-hand the world of pottery and rural life in Indian villages. After lunch, you will arrive in Jaipur, where you can enjoy the evening at the hotel or drive to the city’s colorful markets.

Overnight at hotel (Breakfast, Lunch)


Day 5; Friday, January 31st: Jaipur

Starting the day with breakfast at the hotel, you will then visit the Amber Fort, built by the Kachwaha Rajputs as their capital from 1037 to 1728 and considered the pinnacle of Rajput architecture. The impressive room of mirrors, walls of jewel-encrusted marble, and the royal apartments offer beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding valleys.

Make a photo stop at the Palace of Winds, the Hawa Mahal. A five-story building with 10 inches thick facade, dating from the 18th Century, the Hawa Mahal has 953 windows and niche, allowing the ladies of the royal family to see the procession and events in the city without being visible to the people.

In the afternoon, you will visit the City Palace, now housing the royal residence and a museum with a fine collection of textiles and costumes, armory, manuscripts, and paintings.

Enjoy a stopover at Jantar Mantar, ending your guided excursion for the day. You have the option to continue exploring Jaipur, most famous for its gems, on your own, visiting local markets or jeweler shops. Enjoy lunch on your own in the city or return to the hotel and relax for the rest of the afternoon.

In the evening, a local family will warmly welcome you for a visit. Get a glimpse of the local life and expand your cultural knowledge of ancient and modern India.

Overnight at hotel (Breakfast)


Day 6; Saturday, February 1st: Jaipur to Nagaur by road

Following breakfast, you will drive to Nagaur. Located at the edge of the Thar Desert, Nagaur has long served as a crossroads for livestock traders and merchants, a role it continues to play today. This city was known as Jangladesh in Mahabharata era. Its fort stands testament to the great battles and rulers who fought them. This town was granted to Raja Amar Singh Rathore by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Nagas, Chauhans, Rathores, Mughals and even the British laid claim on this city. The dargah of Sufi saint Hamiduddin Chisti Faruqui Nagauri, one of the chief disciples of Khwaja Moinuddin, is also located here. Nagaur is the birthplace of Saint Poetess Meera Bai and Abul Fazal.

You will stay in the Royal Tents near the Nagaur fairgrounds. Each tent offers a canopy and outdoor lounge area with chairs, two well-appointed beds, an electric lamp, and simple furnishings. An attached private bath has a shower, with hot and cold running water. Upon arrival at the camp, enjoy lunch with the group, followed by a camel cart ride to the Nagaur Fair, the second-largest in Rajasthan. Commonly referred to as the Cattle Fair, Nagaur is where Indians come from near and far to trade, parade, celebrate and race oxen, camels, and cows. It is a lively spectacle - part bazaar, part trade fair, and part sporting event.

In the evening, gather around a bonfire and enjoy a cultural performance of local music and dance.

Join the guests at the resort for dinner.

Overnight at hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Day 7; Sunday, February 2nd: Nagaur

The day will consist of morning and afternoon visits to the Nagaur Fair. On a walking tour of the fair, you will see the Mirchi Bazaar, where merchants sell wooden items, iron crafts, and leather goods, and where storytellers will entertain you along the ancient streets. Take a camel-cart ride through the fair to see some of the races, performances, and competitions taking place throughout. Mid-day you will take a break to return to camp for lunch before visiting Nagaur Fair again in the afternoon.

In the evening, enjoy a cultural show at the resort before a shared dinner.

Overnight at hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Day 8; Monday, February 3rd: Nagaur to Jamba by road

Depart for Jamba by car and arrive at the Clement Dune Retreat. The Clement Dune Retreat features the finest desert accommodation, including luxury cottages, an oasis, a sunset deck overlooking the horizon, bar and restaurant. You will enjoy lunch before an afternoon visit to a nearby rural school. Meet the local children and learn about life in rural India. Back at the retreat, the evening will come alive with traditional Rajastjani musicians and dancers from nearby villages.

Overnight at Clement Dune Retreat (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Day 9; Tuesday, February 4th: Jamba

Start the day with an exciting Jeep safari through the surrounding villages. Catch a glimpse of local wildlife, including the Demoiselle Crane, Chinkaras, and Antelopes, among many others. Complete your visit to this famous desert with a camel ride and an interaction with the Bishnoi Tribe that inhabits the region. Finally, you will visit the temple of Jambaji, dedicated to Jambeshwar, a 15th-century guru who laid down 29 bis-nou (tenets) that are followed by the tribe to this day.

Overnight at hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Day 10; Wednesday, February 5th: Jamba to Jodhpur by road

Depart for Jodhpur by car in the morning following breakfast. Jodhpur is an architectural splendor, featuring the grand Mehrangarh Fort. Known as one of the most famous structures in Rajasthan, Mehrangarh Fort will transport you to a magical world with its myriad secrets and unknown treasures buried deep in its walls. Winding streets and endless bazaars of Jodhpur run throughout the city, sprinkled with shops frequented by year-round visitors. Also referred to as the Blue City, Jodhpur is home to the magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace, your accommodation for the night, and Jaswant Thada, the 1899 mausoleum built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, standing in immaculate white marble. 

After checking in to the Umaid Bhawan Palace, your guide will take you on a sightseeing tour of the magnificent Jodhpur. In the evening you will return to the Palace to relax before enjoying the group farewell dinner.

Overnight at hotel (Breakfast, Farewell Dinner)


Day 11; Thursday, February 6th: Jodhpur to Delhi by Air India

Spend the morning on your own until the group flight to Delhi at 2:55 pm. Allow at least 2 hours prior to departure time for necessary formalities and check out. 

Upon arrival at Delhi International Airport, you will be transferred to Pullman Aerocity, your accommodation for the night. 

(Breakfast)


 

Details

Your adventure starts in Delhi. Round trip flights from your location to Delhi are not included.

Payment Plan

$500 deposit due on booking, refundable minus $100 fee.
First payment of $2745 due July 31st, 2019.
Final payment of $2750 due September 15th, 2020.
5% discount will be applied to first and final payments paid by cash or check.

Included in Pricing:
  • Accommodation in shared twin room or similar room.
  • One time entrance fee at historical sites as per itinerary.
  • Service of English speaking guides as per itinerary.
  • Rikshaw ride in Chandani Chowk in Old Delhi.
  • Train fare in air-conditioned chair car from Delhi to Agra.
  • Flight from Jodhpur to Delhi.
  • Welcome dinner in Delhi at the hotel.
  • Farewell dinner in Jodhpur at the hotel.
  • Home host dinner in Jaipur.
  • Cultural dance in Jamba.
  • Camel cart ride in Nagaur.
  • Quietvox guided tour listening device.
  • Two bottles of water per person per day during transfers.
  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 7 dinners.
  • Land transportation by air-conditioned coach.
  • Currently applicable goods and services tax.
Insurance Services

Traveling creates memories of a lifetime and can also mean encountering the unexpected. If you wish to purchase alternative or supplemental travel insurance, you might consider Travelex.
OCSC has had a relationship with Travelex for many years, and we have had our travelers insured through them for years as well. The above-mentioned prices are subject to change by third parties without any prior information. Fare applicable will be available at the time of issuance.

 

To register or to secure your spot, call Mitchell James at (800) 223-2984 x111 or email at mitchell@ocsc.com

For questions, call the trip leader, Anthony Sandberg at (800) 223-2984 x112 or email at anthony@ocsc.com

Dates and Leaders
Start End Leaders

January 26, 2020

February 6, 2020

Anthony Sandberg

Pricing
Retail Rate Member Rate

From $5995

$5995

The single supplement is $2,170.59 (limited availability)

5% discount will be applied to first and final payments paid by cash or check.