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Rajasthan – Land of Indian Kings

  1. Tour dates: October 17-29, 2023. (dates of stay in India, no flight).
  2. Number of days: 13 days / 12 nights.
  3. Where to: India.
  4. Where to fly: The program begins and ends in Delhi. The first day is a flight from Delhi to Udaipur.
  5. Accommodation: in high-level hotels*.
  6. Visa: required, can be arranged online for citizens of Russia, Kazakhstan, USA, Canada, etc.
  7. Insurance: standard medical insurance for traveling abroad.
  8. Vaccinations and PCR tests: Covid-19 vaccination and pcr tests are not required.
  9. Cost of the tour: $1850.
  10. Escort: The group is accompanied by an experienced Russian-speaking guide.

Rajasthan is a special state in India, the same “India of childhood,” from Oriental fairy tales, which beckoned us all for many years. Literally, the name of the state means “Land of the Rajas” – influential people – kings, princes. There are countless palaces, forts, and havelis (buildings with paintings and beautiful stone carvings) in Rajasthan, immersing us in the times of the Rajas.

Rajasthan is not only an open-air museum and architectural masterpieces of the past. This land is very real, very much alive. Why is there joy and a sense of intoxicating freedom?

Perhaps they are born of the timeless and somewhat sad sounds of the ravanahatha strings, played on a red sunset by a mustachioed wanderer in a turban and earrings in his ears?

Or are the descendants of the Gypsies still able to make us feel this very “present moment” with their dizzying and passionate dance in action rather than in words?

Rajasthan encompasses the entire palette of true India, spiritual and mundane, from the sacred lake of Pushkar and wandering pilgrims to the bustling and colorful bazaar shops in the maze of Jaipur’s streets.

We will finish our Oriental fairy tale in the legendary Taj Mahal, one of the 7 wonders of the world!

On this journey, everyone will have the opportunity to feel like a raja or princess – because we will not stay overnight in simple hotels, but in real palaces, where the raja lived! (in some places). We will spend several days and nights in the legendary hotel known worldwide as “Marigold Hotel – The Best of the Exotic”. The series of the same name starring Richard Gere was filmed here. Here, too, we are waiting for a professional photo and video shooting in Indian costumes, horseback riding and meeting the owners of the hotel.

To really immerse ourselves in Indian culture, we’ve included master classes in cooking traditional Rajasthani dishes and drinks, drawing Rajasthani miniatures, putting on saris for women and turbans for men, horseback riding lesson, Indian dance lesson.

We will also participate in a puja (Hindu religious service) for the well-being and health of all participants on the trip.

We conclude our journey at the Aurobindo Ashram in Delhi, where we can enjoy silence and meditation before flying home.


Taj Mahal

Travel program

Day 1.
Arrival from Moscow to Delhi at 3:20 am (you can fly to Delhi from any other city convenient for you).
Transfer to a domestic flight to Udaipur. The 7:10 a.m. flight.
Arrival in Udaipur at 8:30 am.
Accommodation in a cozy hotel Kehloor, lunch, rest and go to get acquainted with beautiful Udaipur, the ancient capital of the Rajput principality of Mewar.
Udaipur – The White City of Rajasthan, the Venice of India, is famous for fine cuisine, incredibly beautiful lakes, ancient palaces, miniature paintings.
The program includes a visit to the City Palace on Lake Pichola. It consists of 11 inner palaces, you can take a long walk there and learn about the history of the rulers of Udaipur.
Boat trip on Lake Pichola.Stop at Jag Mandir Island.
Evening dance folk show: ancient dances of Rajasthan.
Dinner at the hotel restaurant overlooking Udaipur at night.

Day 2.
We meet the sunrise at Badi Lake and Bahubali Hill.
Back to the hotel and breakfast.
Morning walk in the center with a visit to the Jagdish Mandir Temple, the temple of Vishnu, a world pilgrimage site and a unique architectural ensemble. Many travelers go to Udaipur for this temple.
In the afternoon we go to a master class on painting Rajasthani miniatures. Through personal immersion in ancient art, you will be able to enjoy Rajasthani paintings more.
Admiring the sunset at the Monsoon Palace, perched high above the city. It has a beautiful view of the city and lakes of Udaipur.
A romantic dinner at a restaurant.

Day 3.
After breakfast drive to Nadthwara town, famous for the tallest statue of Shiva in the world, installed in 2021 and the ancient Krishna Shrinathji temple, one of the holiest pilgrimage sites. Krishna is worshipped in the temple in the form of a child god rising up the hill of Govardhanu.
In the afternoon we stroll around the many stores in Udaipur where you can buy fabrics, quality handicrafts, jewelry made of semi-precious stones and silver.
On this day also choose a sari for a photo shoot at Marigold Hotel, Best of Exotic.
Dinner at a restaurant with live music.

Day 4.
Transfer to the hotel
Ravla Khempur.

Accommodation and introduction to the legendary 1620-built hotel made famous in the movies “Marigold Hotel Best of the Exotic” and “Marigold Hotel Check-in Continues”.
The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool.
Culinary master class on preparation of traditional Rajasthani food and beverages and dinner.

Day 5.
An early trip to a beautiful lake at sunrise.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Meet the Marwari horses, which are bred on the estate.
A tour and riding lesson on descendants of war horses.
A sightseeing trip through the village in ox-drawn carts, following an ancient tradition.
Dinner and a movie “Marigold Hotel” in the cozy hotel lounge and a story about the filming of the hotel hosts.

Day 6.
After breakfast preparation for the photo shoot:
Hand painting with henna
Master class on putting on saris for women and turbans for men
Professional photo shoot and shooting a mini movie for the group in the hotel scenery with horses
Each band member will receive professional photos and videos.
After dinner, an evening of traditional Rajasthani music and dancing.

Day 7.
Free day at the Marigold Hotel. We need to rest and immerse ourselves in the beautiful castle before another leg of our journey.
Riding lesson.
A trip to the lake, meditation, boat trip.
In the evening, puja (Hindu religious service) for the welfare and health of all travelers.

Day 8.
In the morning, we move to the town of Pushkar, home to the world’s only Brahma temple and a legendary sacred lake.
Pushkar is a city of world pilgrimage.
On the way we stop by Chittorgarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India, erected in the eighth century and has seen the grand rise and fall of empires. The fort has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List
We check into the beautiful Vela Resort hotel and relax.
Indian dance class.

Day 9.
We go to the temple of the god Brahma, it is next to the hotel.
On the shore of the lake we can perform puja (prayer) for all our relatives and friends, pujaris help us in this, they accompany us in a beautiful ritual and tell us what to do.
Walking around the local market. There are stores here where you can buy silver and stones.
A cable car rides high up to the ancient temple of Savitri, wife of the god Brahma.
In the evening we make a circumambulation (parikrama) around the lake.

Day 10.
Early breakfast and transfer to the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, the Pink City.
We go to see the Hawa Mahal, the symbol of Jaipur’s Wind Palace. It is the most beautiful palace in India with colored stained glass windows and such a system of numerous windows that even in the most intense heat there is a refreshing breeze constantly walking there.
We will also go up to Amber Fort, another iconic place of Rajasthan. From the walls of the fort you can see the whole town, inside there are many nooks and courtyards with carved entrances.


Day 11.
Early breakfast and transfer to Agra.
After hotel accommodation we go to Akbar’s Fort, the great Mughal ruler who changed the course of India’s history. The fort is both a palace and a fortification structure. No Akbar and Mughal movie is without shooting in this place. The Taj Mahal can be seen from the walls of the fort.

Do you know why the Taj Mahal is considered the Wonder of the World? A special feature of this mausoleum-mosque is its ability to change color. The walls are made of polished translucent marble inlaid with semi-transparent semi-precious stones. Marble has such a peculiarity that in bright daylight it looks white, in the pre-sunset hours the snow-white building is put bright pink and scarlet, at night golden due to the light of the moon and at dawn pale pink.
We will visit the Taj Mahal at sunset and sunrise. In the evening we go to admire the Taj Mahal at sunset, from the back side of the complex, where they usually shoot all the view panoramas and movies.

Day 12.
The final event of our trip is a visit to the Taj Mahal complex in the morning. We walk around the huge beautiful grounds, go inside the tomb.
Depart Delhi and check in at the historic Aurobindo Ashram near the airport. Another jewel of our journey through protected India.
Here we will have a rest before going home, meditate in the beautiful meditation hall, buy useful souvenirs in the ashram store: Aurobindo’s scented sticks and oils are known far beyond the borders of India.

Day 13.
We leave for the airport at night for our morning flight home.


Cost of travel



The cost of the trip includes:

-Participation in all events, seminars and workshops of the program
-Lodging in good hotels* in a room for two (single supplement of $300)
-Dinners at Hotel Kheloor (3 days)
-Lunches and dinners at Hotel Ravla Khempur (4 days)
-All transportation during the trip from Udaipur airport on October 17 to Delhi airport on October 29
-All excursions accompanied by a Russian-speaking guide and entrance fees
-Information and organizational support
-Assistance in e-visa processing
– Professional photography and videography in the interiors of the historic Marigold Hotel and with horses.

Not included in the price of the trip:

-International flight
-Delhi to Udaipur (Udaipur) domestic flight on 10/17/2023, $50-$60/hr
-Visa with our registration: for 1 month 5000 rubles (55$), for 1 year 6500 rubles (70$), for 5 years 10600 rubles (115$).
-Medical insurance (or it is usually included in a corporate or banking package)
-Lunches and dinners not included in the price.


The Kehloor (Udaipur) is a modern, upscale boutique hotel
Ravla Khempur (a suburb of Udaipur) is a 1620 built castle, a historic building known worldwide as “Marigold Hotel Best of Exotic”
Vela Resort (Pushkar) – cozy villa with internal garden in the historical center of the city
Umaid Mahal (Jaipur) is a modern, upscale boutique hotel
Radisson 5* (Agra) – modern hotel of international level
Aurobindo Ashram (Delhi) – a historic ashram of world significance with a good level of service