Essence of India – Women Only Tour: Experience a destination of the heart

Limited to ten women only, the tour travels from the sprawling commercial capital of Mumbai to Rajasthan, the land of the Kings and from the banks of the holy Ganges to the magnificence of the Mughal cities. Visiting big cities, small towns and simple villages, a host of unique adventures make for a trip full of highlights and contrasts.

Incredible Indian Tours, subcontinent specialists since 2000, are offering their Essense of India – Women Only Tour, a small group tour through North India from October 18th to November 9th, 2017 and January 31st to February 22nd, 2018. Beginning in Mumbai, the glitzy and glamourous home of Bollywood, a world of intensity awaits the traveller. Sounds, smells and an energy found nowhere else in the world greets travellers as they explore the exciting commercial capital.

A short flight and another world away, the beautiful lake city of Udaipur is a complete contrast – home to some of the best hotels in the world, this charming town nestles on the shores of a picturesque lake surrounded by rolling hills. Rajasthan’s only holiday hill-station provides relief from the desert plains and offers a carnival-like atmosphere contrasted with natural beauty and some glorious ancient carved marble temples. Venturing into the heart of rural Rajasthan, a night spent in an erstwhile castle which is now a heritage hotel will have guests feeling like a Maharani, or Queen. One of the greatest adventures is to ride camels into the desert, view the stars far away from civilisation and to explore the sand-castle like living fortress of Jaisalmer. All three are on offer as travellers head far west into the Thar Desert.

Capital of Marwar, known as the land of death, Jodhpur is like an oasis, a fascinating jumble of laneways and bustling markets with blue-hued buildings, all nestled under the majestic presence of the Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur has some fabulous shopping, food and a history that will amaze. The Pink City, Jaipur is the capital and largest city in the state of Rajasthan. Gaining fame through the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movies, where much of the films were shot, Jaipur offers many sights, markets and experiences, including one of the best Bollywood cinemas in India where guests get to experience the excitement of catching a new release.

No trip to India is complete without laying eyes on one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the Taj Mahal. Little known however are the other wondrous Moghul heritage buildings in Agra.

After all that big city hustle and bustle, the small forgotten town of Orchha offers a delightful respite. Situated on the beautiful Betwa River, the ruins of grand palaces and temples overlook the small peaceful town. Visitors cannot help but be moved by a visit to Varanasi – one of the oldest living cities on the planet. The holiest of holies for Hindus, Varanasi is – to quote Mark Twain – ‘Older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together’

Finally, the journey completes in fantastic and fascinating Delhi. A busy and chaotic city, Delhi encompasses the history and tradition of eight cities built over millennia as well as embracing the modern world. From centuries old markets in Old Delhi, to upmarket pubs, cafes and boutiques, Delhi is a wondrous contradiction that will amaze and stimulate all senses.

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