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Rajasthan – the land of Indian Kings, the Taj Mahal and the Scrolls of Destiny

This journey combined the beauty of the Venice of India, the history of the castles of Rajasthan and the weightless architecture of the Taj Mahal

This time we have also added to the program a consultation with Master Brigu Shastri, hereditary astrologer Pandit Udai Lal.

The village of Karoi (Thar Desert in the state of Rajasthan) holds the Scrolls of Destiny or Palm Leaves on which are written the predictions of the fate of all the people of the earth. They were written down 5000 years ago by Bhrigu Muni, the founder of the Indian astrological system of Jyotish Bhrigu Muni

This journey is a time to recognize your Destiny and feel the solid ground of your own path beneath your feet.

  1. Tour dates: November 5-14, 2024. (dates of stay in India, no flight).
  2. Number of days: 10 days / 9 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 issued online for citizens of Russia, Kazakhstan, USA, Canada, etc.
  7. Insurance: standard medical insurance for traveling abroad.
  8. Vaccinations and PCR tests: vaccination against Covid-19 and pcr tests are not required.
  9. Cost of the tour: $1800.
  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?

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 will be treated to a professional photo and video shoot in Indian costumes, horseback riding and meeting the owners of the hotel.

To truly immerse yourself in Indian culture, we have included workshops on cooking traditional Rajasthani food and drinks, painting Rajasthani miniatures, putting on saris for women and turbans for men, and a lesson in horseback riding.

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

Route

Delhi
Udaipur
Pushkar
Agra
Taj Mahal
Delhi

Our guide, Natalia.
For the last 6 years he has been living in the Himalayan Kulu Valley, in the city of Manali. Works as a tour guide in India.
Associate of the International Roerich Memorial Trust in the Himalayas in 2019-2022.

Travel program

Day 1. November 5, 2024, Tuesday.

Arrive in Delhi on a morning flight at 4:20, transfer to a domestic flight to Udaipur at 8:10 am

We settle in a cozy hotel, have breakfast and rest.

On our first tour of Udaipur – The Venice of India, we will visit Jagdish Mandir Temple, the temple of God Vishnu, a place of world pilgrimage and unique architectural ensemble. Many travelers go to Udaipur for this temple.

Next, we will stroll along the Lake Pichola waterfront and have lunch overlooking the castles of the town.

We continue our exploration of Udaipur at the Monsoon Palace, located high above the city. It has a beautiful view of the city and lakes of Udaipur. We admire the sunset and end the day with a romantic dinner at the restaurant.


Day 2. November 6, 2024, Wednesday.

We meet the sunrise at Badi Lake and Bahubali Hill.

Back to the hotel and breakfast.

Today we go to see the beautiful Udaipur, the ancient capital of the Rajput principality of Mewar in more detail.

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.

We will also take a boat trip on Lake Pichola with a stop at Jag Mandir Island. Here we will have lunch overlooking the City Palace. Four hundred years ago, it was a summer palace on the water where the royal youth went to take a vacation from the heat and the control of their parents.

In the evening we will attend a dance folk show. Every evening, dancers and musicians show visitors the ancient dances of Rajasthan.

We end the day with dinner at the hotel restaurant overlooking Udaipur at night.

Day 3. November 7, 2024, Thursday.

Breakfast

After breakfast we transfer to Hotel Ravla Khempur.

Meet 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.

After a rest and early lunch, we have a professional photo shoot in saris in the interiors of Marigold Hotel and with Marwari horses.

On request, local masters will apply mehendi – henna patterns on your hands.

And they will also help you dress up in a sari (saris are traditionally presented to guests as a gift by hotel hosts). Men have the opportunity to learn how to wear traditional Rajasthani turbans.

At sunset, we will have a puja (temple service) for the welfare and health of the group members at the ancient Krishna temple at Ravla Khempur Castle.

Each member of the group will receive professional photos.



Day 4. November 8, 2024, Friday.

Early in the morning make a trip to a beautiful lake at sunrise. Here a light breakfast in nature awaits us.

Today we will have our first introduction to the Marwari horses that are bred on the estate.

The program includes a tour and the first riding lesson on descendants of war horses.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Group 1 trip to Master Brig for a reading of the Palm Leaves or Scrolls of Destiny: a prediction of each person’s future written 5,000 years ago.

Before lunch, group 2 will be treated to a culinary master class on preparing traditional Rajasthani dishes and beverages.

Lunch

After lunch, we will take a sightseeing tour of the village in ox-drawn carts, an ancient tradition.

In the evening, we will enjoy dinner and a movie “Hotel Marigold” in the cozy hotel lounge. The owners of the hotel are happy to talk about the filming and share unique memories of interacting with the legendary British actors who took part in the movie.



Day 5. November 9, 2024, Saturday.

Second riding lesson on Marwari horses.

Breakfast

A 2-group trip to Master Brig for a reading of the Palm Leaves or Scrolls of Destiny: a prediction of each person’s future written 5,000 years ago.

Before lunch, Group 1 will be treated to a culinary master class on traditional Rajasthani food and beverages.

Lunch

Today’s program includes a workshop on painting Rajasthani miniatures. We have already experienced the famous Rajasthani art at the City Palace of Udaipur and the many stores and workshops in the city. Now let’s try to recreate the skill of miniatures with our own hands and meditate while creating subtle patterns.

Dinner



Day 6. November 10, 2024, Sunday.

Breakfast

In the morning after breakfast we move to Pushkar town, visiting one of India’s largest forts Chittorgarh on the way. The fort was erected in the 8th century and has seen the grand rise and fall of empires. The fort has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List

At the fort, we will visit the ancient temples which are outstanding works of Rajput art.

The fort is home to many temple monkeys that climb the towers and temple roofs and the whole fort is reminiscent of Kipling’s Jungle Book. A breathtaking sight of the juxtaposition of nature and ancient architecture.

Lunch at Chittogarh

In the evening we are lodged in Pushkar, the world pilgrimage city.

Dinner at the hotel.



Day 7. November 11, 2024, Monday.

Today is dedicated to rituals and visits to the sacred sites of Pushkar.

Early in the morning before breakfast, we go to the world’s only temple of the god Brahma for blessings.

Brama is considered the patron saint of creativity, so people in creative professions can ask him for inspiration.

On the shore of Pushkar Lake we will perform puja (prayer) for all our relatives and friends, the pujaris help us in this, they accompany us in a beautiful ritual and tell us what to do.

Breakfast

Free time.

Pushkar is a hub for buying silver and semi-precious stone jewelry and designer Rajasthani clothing.

Lunch

At sunset, we will do a parikrama – a pilgrimage around the lake. Parikrama is believed to remove all negative karma from the one who circumambulates the lake.

After the parikrama, we will take part in aarti: a fiery ritual of worshipping the sacred waters of the lake.

Dinner



Day 8. November 12, 2024, Tuesday.

Breakfast

After another early breakfast, we move to beautiful Agra to admire its architectural treasures. It is home to the Taj Mahal, the ultimate symbol of India. We have a long drive ahead of us with lunch en route, so upon arrival in Agra we rest, have dinner and prepare for another busy day.


Day 9. November 13, 2024, Wednesday.

Today we’re delving into the history of the Mughals. At dawn we go to admire the Taj Mahal, the great symbol of India and the epitome of love.

Then drive in the afternoon to Agra Fort or Akbar 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.

Lunch

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.

Dinner




Day 10. November 14, 2024, Thursday.

Early breakfast and transfer to Delhi.

The journey ends in Delhi for those with us only in Rajasthan and Agra.

 

 

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Cost of travel

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$1800

The cost of the trip includes:

1. Participation in all program activities
2. Accommodation in good hotels* in a twin room (single supplement of $400)
3. Breakfasts
4. Lunches and dinners at Hotel Ravla Khempur (3 days)
5. All transportation during the trip from Udaipur airport from November 05 to Delhi airport on November 16
6. All admission tickets
7. First aid kit
8. Information and organizational support
9. Assistance with e-visa application

*Hotels (or similar)
Kaladwas Lal Haveli (Udaipur) is an old castle haveli with historical design
Ravla Khempur (a suburb of Udaipur) is a 1620 built castle, a historic building known worldwide as “Marigold Hotel Best of Exotic”
Gulaab Niwas (Pushkar) – an ancient castle with a modern entourage
Radisson (Agra) – modern hotel of international level

Not included in the price of the trip:
1- Airfare to and from Delhi
2. Domestic flight Delhi – Udaipur (Udaipur) 05.11.2024, $60-100.
3. Visa $26 (e-visa for 30 days), done in 48 hours
4. Health insurance 25 euros (or usually included in a corporate or banking package)
5. Lunches and dinners not included 200-300 dollars
6. Consultation with Master Brigu: Palm Leaf Prediction or Scrolls of Destiny and interpreter services 100 USD

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