Explore India // June 18th-30th, 2018
Exploring behind the scenes- a bit of everything from shopping in Jaipur, visiting sewing projects in New Delhi, and a mountain retreat in the Himalayas!
* Details and prices will be finalized the closer we get to the trip.
June 19th: Arrive in the Indian capital of New Delhi, greeted by Heidi Wright and our local driver for the week. You will be escorted from the airport to the Bloomroom Hotel in Jungpura neighborhood.
June 20th: Wake and enjoy breakfast at the open air cafe before driving to visit Open Hand New Delhi projects. Enjoy the sites of the capital city and have an opportunity to ride a tuktuk, squeezing in shopping where possible! Dinner with our local guests, then back to the Bloomrooms for a much needed night rest!
June 21st: Wake up early for a day trip to the Famous TajMahal. Private drivers will pick us up and start the journey out of the city to the famous The Taj Mahal meaning Crown of the Palace. This gorgeous ivory-white marble mausoleum sits on the south bank of the Yamuna river and was commissioned in 1632 by the emperor, to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
We will spend the afternoon touring and soaking it in. Late afternoon, head out to Jaipur. Checking in for two nights at the Relaxing Pearl Palace Heritage, featured in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Providing idiosyncratic rooms with decor from around Rajasthan.
June 22nd: Wake up to a leisurely breakfast, ready for a full day of shopping, exploring, touring one of India's best cities. Evening back at the hotel.
June 23rd: Wake up for an early morning drive back to New Delhi to catch our flight to the remote city of Leh Ladakh.
Rediscover yourself in this ancient, hidden away Himalayan city of Leh Ladakh. Meet gurus from the far reaches of the Himalayas, picnic in picturesque spots, or simply curl up in your ‘tent with a view’ and so much more. We will be welcomed by our local hosts and taken to our hotel for time to acclimate to the high elevation.
June 24th: Acclimation, rest exploring the city market a little for those who feel well. One could drive to one of the viewpoints but rest is advised as the elevation of the city is 3,425 meters.
June 25th: Sightseeing and learning about Open Hand’s project with the local economy.
June 26th: Pangong Lake (overnight stay)
June 27th: Leh shopping & last sightseeing or exploring the old city
June 28th: Fly to Delhi early am (only morning flights due to alt)
June 29th: Option of one extra day in New Delhi
After a beautiful time in India, we will head to the airport early on our last day for a transfer in Delhi and head home with a deeper understanding of the world and part of our hearts left behind.