DELHI ADD ON EXPERIENCES
Delhi with Dr. Navina Jafa (Secret add on): India’s leading cultural activist, academician in Heritage education, been a docent for Smithsonian – Dr. Navina Jafa is a cultural activist, academician in Heritage education, tourism, dance studies, culture and development and conflict resolution through heritage. She is also a renowned classical dancer. Having pioneered academic cultural tourism, her work has reached out to academicians, high level political and economic delegates, students, corporate executives and children. She has designed and executed academic tours as experiential learning of India.
Visit Sankriti Foundation: Set in a gorgeous garden, this is an oasis beyond the chaos of Delhi traffic. Founded by Mr O.P.Jain in 1978, Sanskriti is dedicated to promoting, preserving and presenting the Indian traditional arts and culture through a variety of programmes from artist in residencies, exhibitions, to performances. Your host is the senior curator Dr Jain who will take you through the three astounding private collections: The Museums of Everyday Art, Indian Terracotta and Textiles are a conduit for the preservation and presentation of indigenous heritage, craftsmanship, aesthetic functionality and cultural practices. Enjoy vegetarian lunch at the Sanskriti Foundation.
Bollywood musical show: The ultimate entertainment and leisure destination, sprawling across acres of land, is the magnificent Kingdom of Dreams. Here, the carnival that is India is distilled into one iconic destination. This fabulous Kingdom brings to life a blend of India’s art, culture, heritage, craft, cuisine and performing art…all with the technological wizardry of today.
JAIPUR ADD ON EXPERIENCES
City Palace, Jaipur, Private tour of the inner quarters of the Royal Residence (Secret add on): Built in 1727 as the residence of the royal family, the City Palace was converted into a museum by Sawai Man Singh after the princely states became part of the Indian Republic. Today, the premises house five galleries that showcase rare artifacts, household commodities, costumes, jewelry and weapons through centuries of Rajput rule. A wing of the palace continues to be the residence of the erstwhile royal family of Jaipur, and visitors are allowed to see some parts of the living quarters as part of this tour. The two-and-a-half flags fluttering on the top-most dome indicate the presence of the current royal heir in the palace. In this tour the visitor will be able to see the following areas which is closed to normal visitors:- Chandra Mahal, Sukh Niwas , Chhavi Niwas, Shobha Niwas, Sri Niwas and Mukut Mandir.
Walled City – Bazaars, Crafts & Cuisine Walk Tour: Jaipur offers a dazzling immersion into the riches of traditional India. Since its foundation in 1727, royal family and nobles of Jaipur had been patronizing various craftsmen and artisans in Pink City. Many of these traditions continue to this day, making the modern day Jaipur a favorable destination to witness India’s rich Art & Craft. Traditional methods are still used to produce valuable and highly prized items. On this fascinating evening walking tour, mingle and talk with locals whilst sampling some of the regions culinary delights; try Samosa Kachori, Kulfi and Lassi. You will get to sample sweets from some of the city’s most popular Mithai Wala’s. Observe local artisans like silversmiths, bangle- makers at work. Meet a local family and experience Indian hospitality. It’s a great way to explore jaipur like locals do and learn about rich art traditions of this fascinating city.
Block Printing Workshop in Sanganer: Visit the nearby Sanganer Village (13 kms, 30 – 45 mins) which is the center for paper making and textile block-printing. Screen and Block printing is done in an area called chipa basti where one can watch printers at work in workshops. Visitors will be given an opportunity to learn textile block printing as taught by traditional artisans in his family workshop. A majority of the brilliantly-coloured and printed cotton fabrics of Jaipur – for which the city is justly famous – are a product of this block printing craft. At this workshop you will have the opportunity to immerse yourselves in the traditional work environment of the artisans, where master craftsmen will introduce them to the processes of washing, dyeing, color fixing, block carving, printing, and textile finishing. (Note – This activity takes places in a family run production unit that produces cloth and garments on order from design stores. It is not a shop. For buying you will have to do it in shops in city)
Elephant ride followed by Dinner: In evening, visit Dera Amer to enjoy the Elephant ride, followed by Bar-Be-Que dinner in the countryside. The elephant treks are conducted in the original Aravali forests and follow a route passing by hutments, agricultural fields, hills and ancient monuments, the birdlife in the thick forests is thriving and leopards inhabit the jungles as well as hyena and the wolf has been sighted by guests, antelopes and jackals are in abundance. The sunset elephant treks are magical experience-medival temple lit by flame torches, private fire buckets to keep the guests warm, live barbecue!!
Hot Air Ballooning (at sunrise): Hot air ballooning is a relatively new adventure activity in India. It’s a thrilling way to experience India and get a different perspective of the country. Rajasthan is the most popular place for hot air ballooning in India. Enjoy the flight over the Pink City of Jaipur to view the palaces and forts of the city.
Jaipur by cycle: Dive in History, admire the most beautiful sites of Jaipur and be transported in another era. Cycle until the Jal Mahal (Water Palace), make a stop at the Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace) and visit the Gaitor Maharaja’s cenotaphs, discover the royal district of the City Palace and learn about the daily life of Maharajas. Enjoy a Rajasthani breakfast in the Karnot Mahal, a 270 years old heritage haveli.
Jaipur Insider Tour (full day tour): Get to know more about Jaipur and its inhabitants, their culture, customs, cuisine, religion and ancestral practices on this special day tour which will take you in the backstage of the Capital of Rajasthan.From the rural to the modern districts of Jaipur, meet Jaipurites from different backgrounds and let them share their experience with you!
AGRA ADD ON EXPERIENCES
Agra by cycle: Agra at Dawn cycling program organised in the morning. This is an unique opportunity for the traveller to have a close look at the city and life of local people. In this tour no. of lesser known monuments and places are covered. In this tour Tourists get to see the Mughal and British Agra, the ancient MankaMeshwar temple, the Jama Masjid, and churches of different Christian sects, On the way, they will see the early morning bustle at the wholesale Vegetable and Flower Market and the Dhobi Ghat and so many other things.
RAJASTHAN ADD ON EXPERIENCES
Riding safari experiences- possible in different locations in Rajasthan: Riding safari experiences in Rajasthan, combining history, tradition and culture through their knowledge of the landscape, its people and, of course, its unique, indigenous Marwari horses. You can visit Kumbhalgarh and Mehrangarh Forts, take the metre gauge railway, retrace ancient routes through the shaded forests of the Aravali Hills, camp by lakes and temples, and canter over the sand dunes of the Great Thar Desert.