Trip Overview

The bustling cultures, religions, and traditions of India will come to life on this exploration of the country’s most stunning locales, capped off with the unforgettable Holi Festival of Colors!

Welcome to India!

Start in Old Delhi, where you’ll drive past impressive sites, including the President’s Palace and India Gate. The next day, you’ll set out for Agra, where you’ll have the chance to visit the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal at sunset. You’ll bond with your companions as you share a once-in-a-lifetime experience: the incredible architecture of this wonder of the modern world. The next morning, witness the world’s most spectacular mausoleum at sunrise, before heading to the incredible Chand Baori, a multi-level stepwell, like a cross between a coliseum and an M.C. Escher painting.

The vivid red and pink sandstone walls of Jaipur’s Hawa Mahal, or “Palace of Winds,” are almost as breathtaking as the intricate designs on this Mughal architectural masterpiece. Explore the chambers and hallways of Amber Fort. You’ll want to take your time at the Jantar Mantar, the world’s largest sundial!

In Udaipur, you’ll visit the Crystal Gallery, a stunning building that holds the world’s largest collection of crystals, with glimmering chairs, beds, and tables, and take in the paintings, mosaics, intricately carved ‘chhatris’ and the architecturally brilliant facade of the City Palace.

Later you’ll witness the Holika Dahan ceremony. Songs and dances sung before the massive bonfire bring the heritage of Rajasthan to vibrant life. The following day, you’ll get to “play Holi,” at India’s incredible Festival of Colors. Celebrants of Holi cover themselves and others with vibrant powders. You and your companions will have a chance to laugh, dance, let loose – and of course, toss the brilliant powders Holi is known for at one another during your private celebration! The final dinner on the terrace of Shiv Niwas Palace will give you and your new friends a chance to reflect on your incredible experiences spent in India, together.

Main Attractions

  • Play Holi and become (temporarily) tie-dyed from head to toe! Celebrate the Festival of Colors in the charming city of Udaipur
  • Explore the hustle and bustle of New Delhi
  • Marvel at the sunset on the Taj Mahal grounds, take in a sunrise view of Taj Mahal at Mehtab Bagh
  • Admire the private and exquisite rooms at the Palace of the Royal Family of Jaipur
  • Perfect the art of cooking with an Indian family in Jaipur

What You'll See and Do

  • Archaeology
  • Boat Cruise
  • Cooking Class
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Historical Sites
  • Local Delicacies
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • UNESCO Site
  • Women-To-Women Exchanges

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Trip Itinerary

The AdventureWomen itineraries are subject to change depending on the chosen departure date. To view a specific departure itinerary, simply click on the "Browse Detailed Itinerary" button above and select your date.

Day 1

Arrive in Delhi

Welcome to Delhi and India! An ancient city that has something for everyone, Delhi has been settled seven times over the centuries. The city has grown in a way that reflects its past while retaining its cosmopolitan flavor. It is India’s showcase for architecture, religion, shopping, and culture.

During your adventure, you’ll get to know your expert Indian guide, who will help you learn about local traditions, culture, history, and the Holi Festival. You’ll meet incredible individuals on your journey who will help make your experience a fun and personally fulfilling adventure. They’ll cheer you on as you step outside your comfort zone, embracing new challenges in your own distinct way!

Arrive at the Delhi Airport (DEL) today after 12:00pm.

A group transfer from the airport to the hotel will be provided when most guests arrive (exact time to be determined). Private transfers at other times are available for purchase. Please note that check-in starts at 2:00pm.

Take this evening to relax after your long flights. Enjoy dinner on your own at a nearby restaurant or in the hotel. Rest up for tomorrow!

Meals on your own

Overnight: Taj Palace

Day 2

Delhi

Following breakfast, visit Jama Masjid, the royal mosque built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in 1656. It is one of the largest and most beautiful mosques in the world and is constructed in red sandstone and white marble. The main prayer hall has a seating capacity of more than 20,000 worshippers.

Next, enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk, a bustling shopping area in the heart of Old Delhi, designed in 1648 by Jahanara Begum, the daughter of Shah Jahan.

Finally, drive past Red Fort, built in red sandstone in 1648, continue to President’s Palace and India Gate, the stone arch of triumph bearing the names of 85,000 Indian Army soldiers who died in World War I.

Savor a delicious lunch at the stylish and award-winning Olives restaurant, renowned for its exquisite Mediterranean fare.

Visit Qutab Minar, a soaring tower of victory with five distinct stories that were built on the foundation of a Hindu temple. Many elements of the construction reflect their Hindu and Jain origins, and there are myriad monuments that combine both Islamic calligraphy and Hindu motifs.

This evening, enjoy an official welcome dinner where you will get to know your group and your guide. Toast the adventures to come!

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Taj Palace

Day 3

Delhi to Agra

Leave Delhi this morning for Agra. Catch a train shortly after 8:00am and it will take approximately 90 minutes to arrive at the Agra Cantt railway station.

The Red Fort of Agra was founded by Emperor Akbar in 1565 on the right bank of the Yamuna. The walls of Agra Fort are made of red sandstone and contain palaces, audience halls, and mosques. The palace is notable for its smooth blending of Hindu and central Asian architectural styles.

Enjoy a sunset visit of the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, from the garden of Mehtab Bagh. This experience will take your breath away.

Tonight, you’ll have dinner at the hotel with your group.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: ITC Mughal

Day 4

Agra to Jaipur

Enjoy a sunrise view of the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh, a four-garden layout, typical of Mughal constructions with beautiful flowering plants, pools, and fountains.

Following breakfast at the hotel, leave Agra and drive to Jaipur. Enjoy lunch en route at the Indian restaurant, Aagman. The total drive will take about five-six hours.

On the way to Jaipur, visit Chand Baori, one of the largest stepwells in the world. Enjoy the view as you look down on this cross between a coliseum and an M.C. Escher painting.

After checking in at your hotel, take advantage of a leisurely afternoon in Jaipur, renowned for its textiles, gems, and jewelry if you’re interested in indulging in some shopping. Later, you’ll have dinner with your group at the hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: ITC Rajputana

Day 5

Jaipur

Begin your day with a photo stop at Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of Winds. This captivating façade is likely the most captured spot in Jaipur, featuring intricately carved windows designed to allow the palace’s ladies to observe the streets without being noticed.

Next, visit the Amber Fort, an opulent four-level palace constructed of red sandstone and marble. Soak in the history of the palace and enjoy the stunning architectural photo opportunities.

Master the art of Indian cooking with an Indian family followed by lunch at the same venue.

After time on your own this afternoon, have dinner with your group at the hotel this evening.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: ITC Rajputana

Day 6

Jaipur

A visit to the Jantar Mantar observatory, built in the early 1700s by Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaipur’s ruler and a keen astronomer, will showcase Central Asia’s rich legacy of astronomy. Its sixteen massive instruments are works of art in themselves and some can forecast the weather even today!

Continue to the City Palace Museum that has a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes, the armory of Mughal and Rajput weaponry. Also visit the exquisite rooms of the Royal family on a curated tour.

Explore an alternative education school, engage with students and teachers, and gain insight into their daily lives and routines.

Enjoy dinner at the hotel with your group.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: ITC Rajputana

Day 7

Jaipur to Udaipur

Leave Jaipur this morning and fly to Udaipur.

Explore Eklingji, a Hindu temple complex in active use near Udaipur. Contrast this to Nagda, where you will explore the remains of the temples dedicated to Vishnu.

Enjoy lunch at the well-known and delicious Lily Court restaurant. Drive back to your hotel after lunch.

Later this evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at the hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Aurika Hotel (or similar)

Day 8

Udaipur

Standing in a valley among green hills on the banks of the wide, blue Lake Pichola, Udaipur is a beautiful and charming city. Visit the City Palace, which boasts a conglomeration of buildings added by various Maharanas, yet somehow retains a surprising uniformity of design. Continue to Crystal Gallery to see a rare collection of crystals.

Savor lunch at a local restaurant.

Tonight, experience the Holika Dahan Ceremony where the rituals unfold through the lighting of the Holika, a huge bonfire symbolizing the victory of good over evil.

Enjoy dinner with the group at the hotel this evening.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Aurika Hotel (or similar)

Day 9

Udaipur

You don’t say celebrate Holi – you say PLAY Holi so have fun! Enjoy the Holi Festival at a private home with an Indian family where you’ll get to throw the colored powder on everyone to celebrate. (Pro tip: bring a waterproof case for your phone. Your phone will be safely inside the case, keeping the colored powder out, but allowing you to take photos!) Let go of your cares and see who can be the most colorful at the end of the day. Enjoy a special Holi lunch afterwards.

Before dinner, take a lesson in sari tying or have henna painted. Enjoy a farewell dinner with your group, toasting the end of a fantastic adventure in India!

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Aurika Hotel (or similar)

Day 10

Depart India
If you still need some last-minute souvenirs, your guide can arrange to take you on a shopping trip this morning. Alternatively, feel free to just kick up your feet and relax at your hotel.

Fly from Udaipur to Delhi. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel where you can shower and repack before your long flights home.

Depart from the Delhi Airport (DEL) after 9:00pm. A group transfer to the airport will be provided when most guests depart (exact time to be determined). Private transfers at other times are available for purchase. Please note that check-in starts at 2:00pm.

Breakfast

Day Room at JW Marriott Aerocity

Please note: AdventureWomen will attempt to adhere to the itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, and cultural) may necessitate changes in the itinerary. AdventureWomen reserves the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participants. 

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Traveling to India



Arrival and Departure Information

March 6, 2025 Departure

Arrive: Arrive at the Delhi Airport (DEL) on March 6, 2025 after 12:00PM.

Depart: Depart from the Delhi Airport (DEL) on March 15, 2025 after 9:00PM.

 

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Preparation and Packing  

Please use the following guides as a reference when preparing for your adventure. We also encourage you to adapt the guides to your travel style as well as the destination’s forecasted weather.  

Gratuities  

Gratuities are a personal decision and are at your own discretion based on your level of satisfaction with the service provided. Gratuities are dependent upon the number of guests on your departure, and they vary greatly from trip to trip. As a general reference, AdventureWomen suggests you plan for $140-$175 (or more) worth of gratuities for this adventure. Specific tipping recommendations for your trip will be provided to you closer to your departure date and may fluctuate due to inflation, exchange rates, and the number of travelers on your trip. 

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates with at least two blank-facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

US Passport holders will need a visa to visit India. We will provide detailed information before your departure on how to obtain your visa.

Activity Level

We rate this trip as Moderate. Our moderate exercise your mind more than your body and are designed for women who prefer a leisurely, less rigorous experience. For example, you could walk up to 2 miles per day through cities and villages, stand in museums for a few hours, relax on a boat, or view wildlife from a vehicle. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission) to make the most of your adventure. With this itinerary in mind, we have a partnership with Trailblazer Wellness, a woman-owned, women-run company that will design an individualized fitness plan just for you! Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 10% discount with the code AVW. Learn more on the Trailblazer Wellness website.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic, as they may have recommendations for vaccines and medications based on the destination as well as your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about India.

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Forms and Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $800 and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (Photo Page)
  • Supplement Health and Safety Form

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer). A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

March 6, 2025 Departure Final Payment Due Date: November 6, 2024

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations as per itinerary based on double occupancy
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • Domestic airfare (priced separately from the main trip)
  • Guided sightseeing and activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • English-speaking guide(s) throughout the trip
  • One group transfer on arrival and departure
  • Bottled water and soft drinks in vehicles
  • Gratuities for airport representatives, baggage handling, handyman, and
    included meals

Not Included

  • International airfare to and from India
  • Optional activities
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages (unless otherwise specified)
  • Fees for passport, visas, immunizations, or travel insurance
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for main guide and driver

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

Taj Palace

The luxurious Taj Palace, New Delhi, is spread out over six acres of lush gardens in the heart of India’s capital city. It is an oasis of calm while still being right in the middle of the city’s action.

Amenities: Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity (outlet type C, D, or M), Wi-Fi

ITC Mughal

Sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens near the Taj Mahal, ITC Mughal, a luxury hotel in Agra is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. The ITC recreates a paradise for the contemporary Mogul- full of splendor and perfection which was the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty.

Amenities: Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity (outlet type C, D, or M), Wi-Fi

ITC Rajputana

Designed to echo the traditional havelis of the region, ITC Rajputana has a red brick exterior rising to different levels around a central area. Long corridors, secluded courtyards, and simplified lattice work recall Rajasthani architecture in a modern uncluttered and contemporary idiom and bring alive the spirit of Rajasthan and makes it distinguished amongst the hotels of Jaipur.

Amenities: Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer, electricity (outlet type C, D, or M), Wi-Fi

Aurika Hotel (or similar)

In the heart of the City of Lakes, sitting atop a hill, is the majestic Aurika – Luxury by Lemon Tree Hotels, spreading across 5 acres of undulating hilltop. As you arrive through the Bastion Gate, aptly titled Antara (meaning “to pause”), you can stop and breathe in the enchanting air that surrounds the resort. While walking through the resort, with its grand courtyards, terraced gardens, and richly gilded interiors, you will feel like you have stepped back a few centuries in time. The resort offers 139 stylish, well-appointed rooms and suites.

Amenities: complimentary toiletries, minibar, sage, air conditioning, swimming pool, electricity (outlet type C, D, or M), Wi-Fi

JW Marriott Aerocity

Located adjacent to Indira Gandhi International Airport, the JW Marriot Aerocity features large rooms with ultra-comfortable bedding and marble bathrooms, as well as 24-hour room service and modern technology. Choose from among several outstanding on-site restaurants or get a massage at the spa before your flights home.

Amenities: Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity (outlet type C, D, or M), Wi-Fi

Please note that all amenities were current when written and are subject to change at any time.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686