Women Only Travel
THE TOUR AT THE GLANCE
Mesmerizing, Exotic, Exciting, and Mystical - Even for the seasoned traveller India will hit you like a gale force wind. A hurricane of sounds, smells, and colour where nothing is as it seems. Together with our private guide, this small group tour will have our women savouring the sights, sounds and beauty of Western & Northern India.
Our trips are carefully crafted experiences combining scenery, history, culture, local gastronomy, and shopping- all at a comfortable pace.
Thoroughly, researched to ensure an authentic experience of each destination. We have specialized escorts both male and female to take care of all the nitty-gritties leaving you free to truly immerse yourself in the place. For the solo lady traveler who’s looking to avoid paying a ‘single supplement’, TWX ensures a ‘room share’ arrangement and matches travelers based on their other interests and preferences. For those with special dietary needs, we take special care to see the best food options to match your palate.
EXPERIENCES AND VISITS IN THIS TOUR JOURNEY
- Interaction with weavers at work in the Paithani Silk Weaving Centre, Aurangabad.
- Bollywood Tour in the city of Mumbai
- Visit to the commercial Juhu Market in Mumbai where one can buy Indian dresses including Sarees.
- Learn the art of saree tying.
- Enjoy a Tuk-tuk ride in Udaipur
- Typical cultural dance show at Bagore Ki Haveli , Udaipur
- Camel ride on desert in Jaisalmer
- Meeting and interaction with the earstwhile Royal Family in Shahpura.
- Jeep Safari to Bishnoi village
- Learn the basics of applying Mehandi (Henna).
- Witness Bollywood Movie in Jaipur
- Meet and interact with social workers in Jaipur
- Visit to Mother Teresa Ashram in Agra and a children orphanage
- Children NGO In Aurangabad and Varanasi
- Visit Sadhu ashram Varanasi
- Yoga class in Varanasi
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Arrive Mumbai, After completing immigration and custom formalities, meet our representative at the arrival gate. After introductions, you will be transferred to the hotel.
Mumbai -Mumbai, India’s financial capital, is fondly called the ‘City of Dreams’. It is home to the second-largest movie industry in the world – Bollywood – and contains some of the most famous landmarks in India.
Today, transfer to the Mumbai airport to board a flight to Aurangabad. Upon arrival, meet our representative who will escort you to your hotel.
Proceed to visit Bibi ka Maqbara- The Dakhani Taj (Taj Mahal of the Deccan) is the most important Mughal monument in the Deccan region. It was built as a tomb for Bibi Rabia Daurani, the wife of Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb.
Visit Paithani Silk Weaving Centre: one of the best places to watch weavers at work, where you’ll also find good quality products for sale. (Check in time at Hotel 1400 Hrs)
PM: visit Ellora Caves (Closed on Tuesdays). Located 30 Kms from Aurangabad, Ellora Caves is a stunning example of stone carved architecture. The 34 caves have beautiful iconography and workmanship reflecting the three main religious groups of Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. See the beautiful sculpture of Buddha, the Hindu god Shiva and exquisite craftsmanship of deities. On the way back visit Daulatabad Fort, a labyrinthine structure that was once covered in Persian tiles.
Today, enjoy a day excursion to Ajanta Caves (Closed on Mondays). Nestling in an inner fold of the Sahyadri hills, 100 kms from the city of Aurangabad in the shape of a mammoth horseshoe, are the 30 rock-hewn caves of Ajanta, dating from 2nd century B.C. Discovered in 1819, by a group of British Officers, this complex is a home of more than 200 monks and artisans. Inside, the caves are richly decorated with frescoes and intricate sculptures that are regarded as masterpieces.
Note: There are about 150 steps to go up to the caves. Sedan chairs are available at additional cost. No flashlights is require
On the way back visit NGO, Biat-ul-Yateem – House to the Orphans, is an orphanage that was formed in 1994 by Falahe Millat Muslim Trust. This is an orphanage home for destitute children
Transfer to Aurangabad airport to board flight for Mumbai. Upon arrive, Meet our representative and transfer to Hotel
Proceed for drive through Mumbai High Court, Rajabai Clock Towers, Mumbai University building (outside view only). Visit Mani Bhavan, the home of Gandhi and the upmarket residential area of Malabar Hill. Also visit Dabbawallas - the lunch-box delivery boys of Mumbai.
Continue visit to Dhobi Ghat – an open air laundry, Gateway of India, Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Victoria Terminus Railway Station and Prince Wales Museum & drive past marine drive and chowpatty beach.
Today, morning visit to Bollywood Studio followed by lunch
Visit film studios and enjoy a live filming experience. The filming sets which are built to resemble reality enthrall the audience with its minute detailing to showcase different cultures in India. Guests are shown sets chosen according to the schedule of shootings taking place. On the way back take rickshaw ride to Juhu Market, where one can buy Ladies dresses and sarees.
In the afternoon enjoy photo opportunities at the Gateway of India, which overlooks the Arabian Sea. Spend time for shopping at Fashion Street dedicated to up the ante of your fashion.
Transfer to airport to board flight for Udaipur. Upon arrive, Meet our representative and transfer to Hotel
Late in the afternoon, enjoy an evening boat ride across Lake Pichola to Jag Mandir - the Indian Royal Family's
Optional: Evening: enjoy Shashi's / Sushma Cooking Classes followed by dinner.
Today, enjoy a guided tour of Udaipur, set beside the shimmering waters of Lake Pichola, starting at the floating City Palace. This former hunting lodge of the Royal Family is made up of a number of different palaces, the most impressive of which is the Crystal Palace which features the largest private collection of crystal in the world. Then you will see the Sahelionki- Garden Bari, location that was reserved, formerly, to the Queen's relatives. You end the tour with a visit to the Hindu Jagdish Temple.
In the afternoon experience the markets of Udaipur with a choice to buy local handicrafts.
Enjoy a typical cultural dance show at Bagore Ki Haveli.
Today, you will drive to Jodhpur, which is known as the ‘Blue city’, travel through the heart of the remote and enchanting valley of the Arvallis, with its tiny villages and beautiful scenery. Upon arrival, Jodhpur, check-in at the hotel.
In the afternoon you will visit of the extraordinary Mehrangarh Fort and marvel at the lives of the Maharajahs and visit the Jaswant Thada, which was built by Maharajah Sardar Singh in 1899.
Evening enjoy walking tour of Old Market of Jodhpiur and visit Clock Tower Market by a joy ride on Tuk-tuks.
Today, drive to Jaisalmer, on the way pass camel carts, vibrant and colorful Rajasthani women carrying produce to the market and men sporting brightly colored turbans. On the way, you have lunch in the splendid fortress of Pokharan and you will have time to explore the place. Upon arrival check in at hotel.
Later in the afternoon excursion Sam Desert: Located 45 kms west of Jaisalmer, are the proper sand dunes and popular with camel safaris, this Jaisalmer's nearest real Sahara like desert, the ripples on the wind caressed dunes create enchanting images - a photograph's delight. Camel Ride on Sam Desert at sunset.
In the morning you will visit Jaisalmer city almost 900 years old, Jaisalmer was a major post on the trade route across the forbidding Thar Desert, and still today, one's first glimpse of the honey colored walls of the fort, rising out of the hot and barren desert is magical, untouched by time, Jaisalmer, with its golden crenellated walls and narrow streets lined with exquisite havelis, has a medieval ambience. The havelis in both the fort and the town are exceptional. Similar in style to the homes of Venetian merchants, Patwon ki Haveli, Nathmalji ki Haveli the mansions of wealthy traders. The houses are decorated with beautifully carved facades, jali screens and oriel windows, each with an inner courtyard surrounded by richly decorated apartments.
In the afternoon you will visit local market, where one can shop for fine pattu shawls, mirror work and embroidered articles, wooden boxes, trinkets , silver jewellery and curios.
Today, drive to Rohetgarh, arrive and check in at Hotel
In the afternoon take Jeep Safari to Bishnoi village, is an ideal place to experience Bishnoi culture and village is famous for scenic landscape and wild animals like blue bulls, desert foxes, peacocks, black bucks, chinkara, partridges etc. also can see the weavers, potters and block printers engaged in their routine work, meet with the local villagers
Drive to Kumbhalgarh, stop en-route to visit Enroute visit Ranakpur temples. The group of temples is built out of marble, featuring 108 carved pillars with no two pillars exhibiting similar design. This magnificent white marble temple devoted to Adinath, a god in the Jain religion. Built in the 15th century, the temple has 1444 individually carved pillars. The temple is a masterpiece of architecture and boasts of not less than four additional shrines. It has 24 pillared halls with 80 domes that are supported by 400 columns. The upper and lower parts of the domes are linked by brackets that have deities' sculptures . After the visit, continue drive to Jodhpur. Arrive and check in at Hotel
In the afternoon you will visit Kumbhalgarh Fort, is a UNESCO World Heritage list with 36 km long winding walls along the domed palace defended the citadel by forming a series of battlements that is second only to the famous Great Wall of China & visit Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple is within the fort vicinity. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva whose 6 feet Lingam is in the temple.
Today, drive to Shahpura the summer residence of the rulers of Shahpura.The place is still the residence of the descendants’ erstwhile Royal family and they would be the perfect hosts. The Royal family meets the group, share stories and the life styles of the Royal families.
Option: Take a pick from authentic home cooked Rajasthani food prepared over fire or home-cooked continental and tradition meals, tempered to suit your palate.
In the afternoon enjoy a boat ride, bird watching & an excursion to visit the local Fort & temple.
Today, drive to Pushkar, arrive and check in at Hotel
In the afternoonyou will visit the sacred Lake, Brahma temple and the colourful bazaar of Pushkar & meet the palm reading at Ghat side of Pushkar lake.
Today, drive to Jaipur, arrive and check in at Hotel
In the afternoon you will visit City Palace is one of the major landmarks in Jaipur. The beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. Among the various forts and palaces of Jaipur, City Palace stands apart, with its outstanding art and architecture. In the Palace complex visit Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum.
Visit to Observatory or Jantar Mantar. It is an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century.Whose passion for science, engineering, and astronomy prompted him to construct this complex of fourteen scientific instruments. It’s been over 200 years since they were first constructed, these fourteen structures can still accurately measure time; predict eclipses, and track stars and planets in their orbits.
The Laxmi Narayan Temple is commonly known as the Birla Temple and is located beneath the Moti Dungri Fort. You must visit this temple during ‘Janmashtami’, the birth ceremony of Lord Krishna as the festival is celebrated on a grand scale. There is a magnificent museum which exhibits the ancestral possessions of the Birla family. For shopaholics there is a shopping complex where numerous items are available.
Option: Bollywood movie at Raj Mandir
Rajmandir was the dream of Shri Mehtab chandra Golcha who wanted a cinema hall that will cross the boundary of traditional cinema and will showcase more than just movie. He wanted a cinema hall that could hold his audience for his style and elegance. A cinema that will make his audience feel like that they are the royal guest of a palace and are invited for a complete entertainment. Rajmandir was his idea that has proud India and over the years has witnessed many movie premiers, and has become one of the most popular tourist place of Jaipur. Rajmandir is owned by Bhuramal Rajmal Surana , the reputed jewellers of Jaipur since 250 Years.
Morning proceed for the sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting Amber Fort with Elephant Ride.
Visit the city of Amber and its fort. Erected on a vast hill, the citadel and its fort were intended to protect the ancient capital of the state of Jaipur. You will get there on the back of an elephant, then you will come back in a jeep. You will be able to visit the various rooms, the inner courtyards, the rooms of public hearings, the Mughal gardens with its star-shaped flower beds. In addition, Amber Fort offers panoramic views of Lake Maota. On the way back you will stop at the Hawa Mahal - the famous and magnificent Palace of the Winds.
Afternoon visit the famous Blue Pottery of Jaipur shop and later Learn the basics of applying Mehandi (Henna ) in Jaipur
Evening: Meet lady social workers in Jaipur and interact about the problems and routine life of the local women.
Today, drive to Agra, en-route visit Abhaneri stepwell, also visit Fatehpur Sikri - once fabled and then abandoned Mughal capital which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Arrive and check in at Hotel
Later you will visit Agra bazaar– This city has a lot to be explored and with this activity, you will be able to visit old shops and enjoy the market area like a local. You can shop for locally crafted goods made up of Stone, Marble, leather goods, collectibles, and many more products. You will also get to interact with the craftsmen and will witness there work closely.
Visit to Taj Mahal at sunrise. The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World that symbolizes the love of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal’s final resting place. The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as "the jewel of Muslim art and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. The white marble building changes its hue with the variations in the daylight. In moonlight, particularly on the full moon night, the marble appears extraordinarily luminescent
Back to hotel for breakfast
Later visit Agra Fort is one of the most important and robustly built strongholds of the Mughals, embellished with number of richly decorated buildings encompassing the imposing Mughal style of art and architecture.Also visit a marble-inlay workshop to see the intricate work and unique skill which goes into each finely detailed piece of marble inlay, using a number of beautiful semi-precious stones.
Then visit the Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity for Orphanage
Optional: Enjoying the amazing Mohabbat e Taj show, that depicts the romantic love story of Emperor Shajahan and his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal in the famous theater Kalakriti Cultural Center.
Today, drive to Delhi, arrive and check in at Hotel
In the afternoon visit the Qutb Minar complex which dominates the historic site where Qutb-ud-Din-Aibak laid the foundation of Delhi Sultanate. Its sandstone minaret, 72.5 m high, has a staircase of 379 steps to reach the summit. It is the tallest stone tower in India and one of the most successful Muslim buildings. You will then discover the Humayun Mausoleum, the 2nd Mughal emperor. Built in the middle of the 16th century at the request of Hamida Banu Begum (the widow of Emperor Humayun), the mausoleum is a fine example of early Mughal architecture.
Drive past British Architect by Edward Lutyens, with the task of building the new capital in Delhi. Lutyen’s Delhi primarily consists of the administrative area of the capital, India Gate and the Viceroy’s House (which is now known as Rashtrapati Bhawan). A visit to Delhi is incomplete without going to Lutyen’s Delhi which one can say, is the place where the Central Government of India currently resides and works from. Also visit Agrasen Ki Baoli, a 60-meter long and 15-meter wide historical step well right in the city centre.
Morning your tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. He is also famously known as the “father of the nation”. Continue your tour to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet. Enjoy the rickshaw ride at Old Delhi peddling through the narrow by lanes of Chandani Chowk and visit spices market is one of the largest wholesale spice markets in Asia, It is well worth a visit for the intensity of its sights and smells alone. Along with fresh spices of all shapes, sizes, and colors, this market sells myriad nuts, herbs, dry fruits, and grains.
In the afternoon you will visit Delhi Haat, an open air market for craftsmen to display their work or Khan Market, an upscale shopping area for expats and popular with foreign guest
Transfer to airport to board flight for Varanasi, is considered to be India's holiest Hindu city and the oldest inhabited city in the world. Upon arrival you will meet our representative and transfer to Hotel. Lunch at Hotel
In the afternoon Proceed to Sarnath where Buddha preached his first sermon to his disciples. Visit some of the Buddhist temples and Sarnath Museum (Closed on Fridays) housing some of the great treasures of Indian Buddhist art. Later visit a local silk-weaving workshop.
Evening take Cycle rickshaw ride to Ghat to enjoy the ancient ritual of 'Aarti' on the banks of the River Ganges.
Early morning at the sun begins to rise, drift slowly down the Ganges River and watch the many famous Ghats come to life during boat ride with live musician & also visit a Sadhu’s Ashram, where the holy men live.
Have a Yoga performance on the Ghats OR at the Yoga Centre near the Ghat.
Return to hotel for breakfast.
In the afternoon visit Old City of Banaras offers customized walking tours to explore and experience the architecture and legends of the riverfront and bustling old city lanes, Then visit NGO for Children in Varanasi.( SOS Children's Village)
Evening enjoy a sunset boat ride on the mythical Ganges River.
Breakfast at Hotel, morning at leisure
Transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi. Upon arrival you will meet our representative and transfer to Hotel (Room for wash & change + Dinner)
Later in time transfer to international airport to board flight back home.
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE IN YOUR TOUR COST
- Accommodation for total 22 nights + Wash & change room on sharing Double room on bed and breakfast basis.
- Meals: as per program
- Extra breakfast at hotel on day 02 & Day 04
- Transfers, sightseeing/excursions as per the program by air-conditioned vehicle with English speaking local guide.
- Airfare (Sectors- Mumbai / Aurangabad /Mumbai/Udaipur & Delhi / Varanasi/Delhi)
- Visit Bollywood studio + lunch
- Rickshaw ride in Mumbai, Delhi & Varanasi
- Boat cruise on Lake Pichola, Udaipur
- Cultural dance show at Bagore Ki Haveli, Udaipur
- Tuk Tuk Ride in Udaipur
- Bollywood movie at Raj Mandir, Jaipur
- Elephant ride in Jaipur
- Basics of applying Mehandi (Henna) in Jaipur
- Yoga class in Varanasi with yoga instructor.
- NGO visit in Aurangabad and Varanasi
- Sunset boat ride on river Ganges, Varanasi
- Morning boat ride in Varanasi with live musician
- All entrance fees to the monuments as mentioned in the program.
- All presently applicable taxes
- Two bottles of mineral water each per person per day during sightseeing.
TOUR COST WILL NOT INCLUDE FOLLOWING EXPENSES
- Expenses of personal nature like drinks, personal insurance, tips and telephone calls.
- Any additional expenses due to unforeseen problems like natural disaster, war or strikes, cancellation or misconnection of flight or last minute change of timings etc.
- Any other service, which has not been specified as "included".
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