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TextileTreasuresofIndiawithHoliCelebration22March2021

Delhi–Agra–Jaipur–Jodhpur–Delhi

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Day01:22ndMar’21|Monday ArriveDelhi

Arrive at New Delhi International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage

collection, our representativewillmeet you as you exit the arrival terminal building afterwhich you

wouldbetransferredtoyourhotel.

Accommodationwillbebookedfromadaypriorwithbreakfastforearlycheck-in.Delhi,thesoulofIndiaandamélangeofcultures,encapsulatestwoverydifferentworlds,the“old’and

the “new” giving a feel of both ancient andmodern India. The city is nestled in the lap ofmajestic

YamunaRiverandpresentsthesoulof India in its trueself.Overthousandyears, ithaswooedrulers,

fascinated plunderers, and tried historians with details. Even today, Delhi preserves an enviable

heritage; it’s a city always on the move. The city is sprinkled with captivating ancient monuments,

picturesque gardens,magnificentmuseums, a vivacious performing arts scene and some of the sub-

continent’sbestrestaurants.Thiscityofcontrastsisatreasuretrovefortourists.

Afternoon,explorethemarketsofConnaughtPlaceandJanpath.

Enjoylunchinalocalrestaurant.

Eveningisatleisure.Overnightstayinhotel.(Meals:B,L,D)

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Day02:23rdMar’21|Tuesday DelhiBreakfastisatthehotel.ProceedforsightseeingtourofOldDelhi.IntroductiontoDelhistartswithtourtoOldDelhi(Shahjahanabad)visitingRajGhat,PhotoStopatRedFort,JamaMosqueandChandniChowk. In17thcentury, theMughalemperor,ShahJahan,madehis

capitalinShahjahanabad,theareathatbroadlycoverspresent-dayOldDelhi,alsocalledthewalledcity.

RajGhatliesonthebankoftheriverYamuna.ItisthelastrestingplaceofMahatmaGandhi,Fatherof

theNation. It alsohouses twomuseumsdedicated toGandhi.At theGandhiMemorialMuseum,you

cancatchadocumentaryonthelifeofthisnoblesoulandthephilosophyoftheSarvodayaMovement.

JamaMosqueisthelargestandmostwell-knownmosqueinIndia.ItisflankedbyRedfortononeside

andoldcityChandniChowkonanotherside.BuiltbyShahJahanin17thcentury,JamaMasjidisoneof

themostcrowdeddestinationsinDelhiforpilgrimsandtourists.ItisagreatplaceofMuslimpilgrimage.

TherearethreeentrancestotheCourtyard-ontheEast,NorthandSouth.Sincethemosqueislaidona

hillock,thestepsclimbinguptothisaresteep.Theeasterngatehas774steps.

ChandniChowkistheoldestmarketplacesofOldDelhi.TheoriginofChandniChowkdatesbacktothe

Mughalera inIndianhistory.Accordingto legends,ChandniChowkmarketwasestablishedduringthe

reignoftheMughalEmperorShahJahanandwasdesignedbyJahanara-EmperorShahJahan'sfavorite

daughter.Todaythismarketisconsideredtobeoneofthebusiestmarketsintheworld.

LateronproceedtovisittheOldDelhi’sclothandembellishmentmarket.DaribaKalanisrenownedforjewellery;Kinari Bazaar is the haat of laces, buttons and other fabric decoration;Ballimaran housesleatherfootwearshops.ChawriBazaarisfamousforitswedding/birthdayinvitationcards,huge&very

colourfulcollection.KhariBaoliisAsia’sbiggestspicemarketisalsooneoftheoldestasithasbeenonexistenceformorethan4centuriesnow.

FromOldDelhi,youwillproceedtovisitCraftMuseumandHumayun’sTomb.

CraftMusem,theNationalHandicrafts&HandloomsMuseum,knownastheCraftsMuseumhousesthe

rich,diverse&practicingcrafttraditionsofIndia.Themuseumwasdesignedbytherenownedarchitect

CharlesCorrea.

Humayun’s Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the first substantial example of Mughal

architecture in India. Thismagnificent garden tombwas built in 1565, nine years after the death of

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Humayun, the secondMughal Emperor, by his widow Bega Begam. Inside the walled enclosure are

garden squareswithwalkways,water channels and amausoleumwith a double dome in the center.

Humayun’sTombisoftenconsideredaprecursortotheTajMahalowingtothestylisticsimilarityofits

structures.

Overnightstayinhotel.(Meals:B,L,D)Day03:24thMar’21|Wednesday Delhi–Agra(210Kms/04Hrs)

Breakfastisatthehotel.LatervisittoQutabMinar.

QutabMinarwithaheightof234feetisconsideredasthetallestindividualtowerintheworld.ItisoneofthemanymasterpiecesthatdepictedthesheerbrillianceoftheMughalarchitectsofthosetimes.It

wasconstructedundertheruleofSultanQutub-ud-dinAibakin1199.Itissurroundedbyotherancient

monumentswhicharecollectivelycalledQutubcomplex.

LaterbysurfacetraveltoAgra.

Famedwithoneof theSevenWondersof theWorld -TajMahal, historicalmonuments, architectural

grandeurventuresandthebeautyofmarbles,AgrathrivesasoneofthetouristdestinationinIndia.The

cityisknownforitssuperbinlayworkonmarblebycraftsmensupposedlywithalineagedatingbackto

theMughals.Agra’shandicraftsalsoincludecarpets,goldthreadembroideryandleathershoes.

UponarrivalinAgra,transfertohotel.

Intheevening,proceedforthespecialshow‘MohabbattheTaj’.

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The show is a sagaof lovebasedon storybehind themakingof TajMahal. Theeternal love storyof

EmperorShahJehanandhisbelovedwifeMumtazMahalwhogaveusfirstwonderintheworldinthe

formof‘TajMahal’.TheromantictalefromIndianhistoryhasbeentoldinadramaticmannerthrougha

liveperformancebyover80professionalartistspackedbylatestlightandsoundtechnologies.Themain

attractionofthisshowisthe12’TajReplicaweighing8250kilos.

Overnightstayinhotel.(Meals:B,L,D)Day04:25thMar’21|Thursday Agra

Earlymorningatsunrise,visitTajMahal.

TajMahalisoneoftheSevenWondersoftheWorldthatsymbolizesloveoftheMughalEmperorShah

Jahan forhisbelovedwifeMumtazMahal’s final restingplace.TajMahal iswidely recognizedas"the

jewel ofMuslim art and one of the universally admiredmasterpieces of theworld's heritage. It was

completedin1653AD,itisbelievedthatittooknearly22yearstocompletethegrandeurpalace.There

are22smalldomesovertheTajMahal,denotingthesame.

Toexperiencethebeautyofthisarchitecturalmarvel,itneedstobeviewedatdifferenttimesoftheday

andyear.Thewhitemarblebuildingchangesitshuewiththevariationsinthedaylight.

ReturntohotelforbreakfastandlatervisitAgraFort.TheAgraFortisoneofthemostimportantandrobustlybuiltstrongholdsoftheMughals,embellished

with number of richly decorated buildings encompassing the imposing Mughal style of art and

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architecture.Thefortcontainsamazeofbuildingsformingasmallcitywithinacity.TheAgraFortoffers

greatviewsoftheTajMahalfromacrosstheYamuna.

Restofthedayisatleisure.

Overnightstayinhotel.(Meals:B,L,D)

Day05:26thMar’21|Friday Agra–Jaipur(260Kms/06Hrs)Breakfastisatthehotel.

LaterbysurfacetraveltoJaipur.En-routevisitChandBaoriStep-wellinAbhaneriVillage.UponarrivalinJaipur,transfertohotel.

ChandBaoriisoneoftheoldest,deepestandlargestbaoris(stepwells)inRajasthan.Theoldestpartsofthestructuredatebacktothe08thcenturyandsignificantadditionsweremadeinthe18thcentury.

Adorned with pink sandstone palaces, majestic forts and verdant green gardens against a scenic

backdropoftheAravalihills,JaipurrepresentsthecharmofIndia’srichpastandthesophisticationofa

flourishingmetropolis.ThecityofJaipurwasfoundedbySawaiJaiSinghIIin1727ADandiscommonly

known as the ‘Pink City” because of the color of the stone used exclusively in the walled city. This

fascinatingcitywithitsromanticcharmtakesyoutoanepochofroyaltyandtradition.

Laterintheevening,enjoyCookingDemonstrationinDeraMandawa.

ThetraditionalcookingdemonstrationfollowedbydinneratDeraMandawawouldleaveyouamazed.

Youwouldwitnessacookingclassorganizedbythehost.Thedishestheywoulddemonstratehavebeen

in the cuisine for generations. They comewith flavours of the land andwonderful back stories. You

wouldlearntheprocessandalsothebestuseofthespicesetc.Theguestalsoworkshandsonandcan

cookonthecookingstation.Thesessionwouldcontinuewiththedinneranddrinks.Thiswouldbeasit

downdinnerwiththehostswhereweshallservethesoftdrinks,beverages,beeretc.duringthedemo

&dinner.Theancientwayofcookingthattoothetraditionalcuisinearemouthwateringdesireoftaste.

Returntohotelafterdinner.

Overnightstayinhotel.(Meal:B,L,D)

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Day06:27thMar’21|Saturday JaipurBreakfastisatthehotel.Later,visittheancientcapitalofAmbertoseethefabulousAmbrFort.

AmerFort,alsospelledandpronouncedasAmberFortislocatedinAmer,11KmfromJaipur.TheFortis

aUNESCOWorldHeritageSiteandtheprincipaltouristattractionsintheJaipur.Theconstructionofthe

fortwasstartedbyManSinghIin1592.Thefortboastsofanartisticgrandeurandstructuralexpertise.

ItisareminiscentofthebraveryandcourageofthemightyRajputs,whohadplayedaremarkablerole

inthehistoryofmedievalIndia.Ajeepwouldbethereto&frothemagnificentAmberFort.

LatervisittheBagruVillageknownasthemaincentersofblockprinting.Thecraftofblockmakingand

printing developed in the region around the 18th century. The basic carving tools aremade by block

makersthemselvesformironrods,bicyclespokesetc.

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Bagruvillage isapprox.30Kmsdrivefromthemaincity.Thisvillage isoneofthoseplaceswherestill

traditionalHandblockpaintingworkisdone.Youmaygetintouchwithyourcreativeside,ordevelop

your skills,while learning sideby sideour skilled craftsperson.Be fascinatedby theprintsmadewith

smallwoodenblocksandcolorsextractedfromnature.

Lunchwillbeorganizedduringtheworkshopitself.

Eveningisatleisure.

Overnightstayinhotel.(Meals:B,L,D)

Day07:28thMar’21|Sunday JaipurBreakfastisatthehotel.

LatervisittoSanganerVillagetoexperiencetextiletechniquesandpracticesofJaipur.

Todayyouwill learnthebasicsofBlockPrinting.You may participate in the single block printing

and the double block printing workshops. The

‘design' is first drawn on paper& stretched outon a smooth surface of the wood. Themotif or

design is then pierced through the needles so

thatthe'impression'istransferredonthesmooth

surfaceofthewood.Youwillalsogetthechance

totryyourhandatpreparingtheblockandthen

printingasouvenir.

Later experience the technique ofBlue Pottery.Takealookatoneofthemostwell-knownitems

constructedinRajasthan,bluepotterywhichwas

onceonlytheluxuryoftherichtodayhasbecome

a reasonable piece of ornamentation. Today the

itemsmadeinbluepotteryareavailableinmany

colorslikepink,yellowandgreen.TheJaipurblue

pottery, prepared from Egyptian paste, is shiny

and low-fired. Some of this pottery is semi-

transparent and generally ornamented with

animalandbirddesigns.

ProceedforhalfdaysightseeingtourofJaipurCityvisitingCityPalace,ObservatoryandHawaMahal.

CityPalaceistheformerresidenceoftheRoyalFamilyofJaipur.Itislocatedintheheartofthewalled

city. The huge complex of courtyards, gardens, and buildings blend both Rajasthani and Mughal

architecture.ThepalacealsohasamuseumofMaharajaSawaiManSinghIIwhereondisplayareawide

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array of royal costumes, some very exquisite and precious Pashmina (Kashmiri) shawls, Banarasi Silk

sarees,Sanganeriprintsandfolkembroidery.

Observatoryisanastronomicalobservationsitebuiltinearly18thcentury.ItwasbuiltbyMaharajaJai

SighIIin1724,whosepassionforscience,engineering,andastronomypromptedhimtoconstructthis

complexof fourteenscientific instruments. It’sbeenover200yearssince theywere firstconstructed,

thesefourteenstructurescanstillaccuratelymeasuretime;predicteclipses,andtrackstarsandplanets

intheirorbits.

Palace of Winds, popularly known as Hawa Mahal is perhaps the most well-known architectural

landmark of Jaipur. An imposing structure in the city’s signature pink color, HawaMahal is a unique

palaceasitdoesnothaveanyroomsorhalls.Itisafive-storeyedstructureembellishedwithnumerous

littlewindowsandbalconied.ThePalacewasdesignedasaviewinggalleryforthewomenoftheroyal

household,thewindowsandbalconiesofthispalacefeaturedelicate latticeworkthat isastonishingin

detailandlevelofcraftsmanship.

Overnightstayinhotel.(Meal:B,L,D)

Day08:29thMar’21|Monday Jaipur(HoliCelebration)Breakfastisatthehotel.

Afterbreakfastyouwouldget readytoparticipate in thecelebrationofHoli, the festivalofcolours inDiggiPalace,Jaipur.

Holi isthemostcheerfulofallHindufestivals,observedallovertheNorth India. Itheraldstheendof

winterandthebeginningofthespring.

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Holi festivalhasanancientoriginandcelebratesthetriumphof 'good'over 'bad'.Thecolorful festival

bridgesthesocialgapandrenewssweetrelationships. It isa joyouscelebrationoftherejuvenationof

nature, and renewedhope of happiness and peaceful coexistence.On this day, people hug andwish

eachother.Sprayingcolors,dancingontraditionalHolisongs,rhythmicdrumbeatsandwildprocessions

arethecommonscenesthatonecomesacrossduringthisfestival. Holifestival iscelebratedfortwodays.ThefirstdayisknownasHolikaDahanorJalanewaliHoli–the

daywhenHolibonfire isdone.Thesecondday isknownasDulhendiorRangwaliHoli- thedaywhen

peopleplaywithcolouredpowderandcolouredwater. CelebrationofHoliFestivalatthehotelinJaipur:

• IncludingWhiteKurta(Shirt)andPyjama(looseTrouser)astraditionalattireforcelebration;

• OrganicdryColoursforthecelebrations;

• Snacks,softdrinksandlocaldelicaciesduringthecelebrations;

• BuffetLunchaftercelebrationsatthehotel.

Eveningisatleisure.

Overnightstayinhotel.(Meal:B,L,D)

Day09:30thMar’21|Tuesday Jaipur–Jodhpur(ByTrain)

EarlymorningtransfertoJaipurRailwayStationwithpackedbreakfast.

TrainNumber 22478

JaipurDeparture 0600Hrs

JodhpurArrival 1055Hrs

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UponarrivalatJodhpurRailwayStation,transfertohotel.

Jodhpurorthe"SunCity"isfamousforthebright,sunnyweatheritenjoysalltheyearround.Thecity

wasfoundedin1459A.DbyRaoJodha.Thecity issituatedattheedgeoftheTharDesert,oneofthe

specialtiesofthiscityisthatalmostallthehousesbasedaroundthefortofMehrangarharepaintedin

bluecolor,duetowhichthecityisevenknownasthe"BlueCity".

Restofthedayisatleisure.

Overnightstayinhotel.(Meals:B,L,D)

Day10:31stMar’21|Wednesday Jodhpur

Breakfastisatthehotel.

LatervisitMehrangarhFortandJaswantThada.

As Rajasthan’s largest fort,Mehrangarh forms a looming presence over Jodhpur. Visible frommiles

around, it is a grand statement of Rajput valor.Its constructionwas started around1459by the king

knownasthefounderofJodhpur,RaoJodhaandisbelievedtohavebeencompletedbyRajaJeswant

Singh in the secondhalf of the17th century. Thereare several palaces inside the fort. The fortoffers

magnificentpanoramicviewofthecity.

JaswantThadaissituatedontheleftsideofFortMehrangarh;infactitislocatedbetweenthefortand

thecity.Wellmaintainedgardenswelcomeyou inside thecompound,andprovideagreatbase to sit

back and reflect onwhat you’ve seen and experienced. This cenotaphwas built by Sardar Singhji in

memoryofhisfather.

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Thereafter visit a textile center where you would

witness tie & dye (Bandhani) technique to colorthecottonfabrics.Thispractice isverycommonin

Indiaandgivesafreshdesignateveryexperiment.

Thefabricistiedinintricatepatternswiththehelp

ofbeadsorgrains,preventingcolourfromseeping

intothetiedareasduringthedyeingprocesswhen

the fabric is dunk in vats of colour. For over a

century, Jodhpur has been the traditional yarn-

dyeing centre in the country, each dyed sari or

dupattaunfurlingunlimitedandsurprisingpossibilities.

EveninggetreadyforthespecialeveningwithTravelSapphireSpecials:

HennaSessionfortheWomeninthehotel;

FarewelldinnerataRestaurantinJodhpur.

Overnightstayinhotel.(Meals:B,L,D)

Day11:01stApr’21|Thursday Jodhpur–Delhi(ByAir)andDeparture

Breakfastisatthehotel.

Later,transfertoJodhpurAirporttoboardflightforDelhi.

FlightDetails AirIndia,AI476

JodhpurDeparture 1455Hrs

DelhiArrival 1620Hrs

Upon arrival at Delhi Airport, transfer to the International Terminal to board the flight for onward

destination.

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CostProposal

ItineraryConsidered:Delhi(2Nights)–Agra(2Nights)–Jaipur(4Nights)–Jodhpur(2Nights)–DelhiHotelAccommodation:Days Nights Destination 4Star&5StarHotelAccommodationDay01-03 2 Delhi TheSuryaaHotel

Day03-05 2 Agra CrystalSarovarPremier

Day05-09 4 Jaipur HiltonJaipur

Day09-11 2 Jodhpur ITCWelcomHotelJodhpurCostPerPerson:CostPerPerson 4Star&5StarHotelAccommodationBasedontwinshare AUD$4,699PerPerson

SingleRoomSupplement AUD$1,260Inclusions:

• 10nights’accommodationondouble/twinsharingbasisatthehotelsmentionedabove;• Earlycheck-in@0800HrswithbreakfastonthedayofarrivalinDelhi;• Mealsasmentionedinthetravelprogram;• ServiceofanaccompanyingEnglishSpeakingGuidethroughoutthetourprogram;• ServiceofanTextileExpertinJaipurandJodhpur;• TextileExperiencesasmentionedinthetravelprogram;• Allarrival,sightseeingandexcursionsasperthetravelprogrambyanAirConditionedVehicle;• Entrancefeesatthemonumentsasperthetravelprogram;• TrainRidefromJaipurtoJodhpurinACChairCarwithpackedbreakfast;• Packagedwaterbottles,HandSanitizers,WetandDrytissuesinthevehiclethroughoutthetrip;• Cookingdemonstrationfollowedbylavishdinner&drinkswithaRoyalHostinJaipur;• HoliCelebrationinJaipurinaHeritageHotel;• Jodhpur-DelhiAirfareinEconomyClass;• Tippinginhotel,restaurants,guide,driverandhelperonbehalfofthegroup;• TravelSapphireRepresentativeforassistanceonallarrival&departure;• Allcurrentlyapplicabletaxes.

Exclusions:

• Expensesofpersonalnaturelikelaundry,beverages,camera/videocamerafeesatmonuments,medicalexpensesetc.;

• Anyinternationalairfare;• Anyotherservicesnotmentionedintheinclusion.