This 11 day journey through Rajasthan, India highlights the strife, resilience and modern uprising of women from this region. Along with seeing some of Rajasthan’s famous sites, experiencing the local markets and tasting the incredible food, you will discover a more candid and intimate side of India and hear the stories of women from villagers to city dwellers all trying to fight for their place in modern India. Their stories are not always told but important to hear. We will be partnering with Sambhali Trust, a foundation empowering and educating more than 1000 women in Jodhpur, India. Govind Rathore, the foundation’s director will be our tour leader giving us rare insight into this rich and ancient culture, their complex and outdated caste system and women’s rights in India.
Minimum enrollment for this trip is 8 women. If minimum enrollment is not met 90 days prior to departure date then trip may be cancelled in which full payment including deposit will be refunded.
* In the event that a trip is cancelled due to inadequate enrollment, Purposeful Nomad is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets. While we do our absolute best to fill each trip, we highly recommend you buy refundable airline tickets.
* Purposeful Nomad is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies.
* A cancellation request must be received in writing by email from participant. Verbal notice will not serve as a valid cancellation.
* Should you choose to withdraw from the program, unfortunately the DEPOSIT IS NON-REFUNDABLE (unless the program is cancelled by PN).
**Cancellation by you up to 90 days prior to departure to will result in full reimbursement MINUS deposit. cancellation by you less than 90 days will result in no refund.**
The remaining balance should be paid 90 days prior to departure. By December 1st 2018
If you are booking within 90 days of departure, then full payment is required at the time of booking.
Please note- a single supplement is available at an additional cost of $1200 and can be added to your final price.
Unless you are purchasing the airline insurance it is a good idea to wait until departure is confirmed to buy plane tickets.
Please ARRIVE into Indira Gandhi International airport (DEL) in New Delhi on Day 1-March 2nd. Most flights arrive in the late evening 10pm-1am(march 3rd) from the USA..... (This will require you to leave the USA on March 1st FYI)
Our airport transfer will be running in the evening sometime between 10pm-1am. We will confirm exact time once everyone has their flight.
Please book your DEPARTURE anytime in the evening on the last day-March 12th. We will have activities planned that day and we will be arriving back to Dehli from Jaipur and plan to have a last dinner in Delhi.
*Please note many flights leave after midnight (1am-3am on the 13th)
THIS DOES NOT APPLY IF YOU ARE STAYING FOR THE EXTENSION.
If you are staying for the extension please book your departure for the evening of March 14th 2019.
Here at Purposeful Nomad we do our best to ensure that every program is a success. However, in the event of something unexpected we want you to be fully protected. We REQUIRE that you purchase international insurance.
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Make sure you have sufficient supplies of any prescription medicine, it might be wise to bring a small personal first aid kit, including any patent medicines you prefer. You are responsible for taking all necessary health precautions before and during your trip. It is the client's responsibility to ensure they seek professional medical advice before travelling and to take all necessary health precautions and preventative measures.
Vaccinations: Be an informed traveler! Ultimately it is up to you to consult a physician. We are here to help but can not legally provide medical advice. Here are some great websites:
Unless a specific person has been identified you will be assigned a roommate and room upon arrival. Every person will have their own bed.
If you wish, you may pay an additional fee for a single occupancy. There will be one time where having a single room is not possible when we stay in the village. No single supplement available on the extension.
Visas obtained in advance of travel are REQUIRED for all foreign visitors to India, regardless of country of origin, purpose of visit, or length of stay!
Tourists who wish to travel to India solely for personal travel, and who plan to stay no longer than 30 days, can easily apply for an e-visa online. The application for an Indian e-visa requires travelers to upload a photo and passport scan, and to pay the application fee of $75 USD. If approved, tourists will receive their e-visas via email. They must be printed out and presented upon arrival at the airport. E-visas take at least three working days to process, and should be procured no less than four business days before arriving in India.
Here is the correct link: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html
Passport must be valid for 6 months from entry.
Here is the local contact information to put in the visa application.
Govind Singh Rathore
Raika Bagh, Jodhpur, India
PACKING LIST: The Devine Female
Rajasthan is a very traditional region of India, so wear clothes that are more conservative and looser fitting. Please cover up and bringing a large scarf or pashmina is helpful when walking around and visiting temples. The climate is hot and dry during the day (usually 70-85 degrees) with the temperatures dropping after sunset (45-55 degrees). The key to maintaining your comfort is to bringing layers, small compact down jacket, a scarf, winter hat, cotton clothes and protection from sun and insects.
You can check out the weather in Rajasthan here:
Please leave valuables at home!
The Rupee is the currency of India. We recommend bringing your money in SMALL BILLS as it is difficult to change large bills especially in the more rural areas. CLEAN, CRISP $20 USD bills are best. Make sure there are no rips or tears.
You will have a chance to exchange USD to Rupees on the first day of the trip or also visit an ATM. ATM's are throughout the country in case you need to withdraw money. Credit cards aren't always accepted so please don't depend on them as your only means of buying something.
TIPPING: There will some situations where you may feel the need to tip but as always it is up to your discretion. Typically it is customary to tip our local guide and driver at the end of the trip. Most clients tip about $5-$10 PER DAY per person. Leaving a little extra at your homestay is also customary. About $5 per person.
B,L,D-indicated Breakfast, lunch or dinner included
You will arrive at Delhi Airport at night. You will be met at the airport by our guide and driver and be transferred to our hotel for the night.
Sleep: Red Fox
We will gather around 11am to head to the airport for our afternoon flight to Jaisalmer known as the golden city. Lunch will be at the hotel and in the evening for those interested, we will walk the winding streets of the old city. (B,L,D)
Sleep: First Gate
Today we will be exploring the old city and golden fortress of Jaisalmer. In the afternoon we will visit a gem shop, explore the winding roads of old town and visit their famous Havelis. (B,D)
Sleep: First Gate
We will spend two days in Setrawa, the ancestral village of Govind Rathore, founder of Sambhali Trust. This village is off the tourist path and a wonderful breath from city life. Once we arrive at Govind’s families complex we will give you a few hours to explore the area or rest. In the evening we will take a camel ride into the dunes for sunset and return to help cook dinner over the fire with Puja, Govind’s auntie. (B,L,D)
Sleep: Govind’s village home
Today we will wake to optional morning yoga overlooking the sand dunes. After breakfast, we will work with Sambhali women learning about the day in the life of a typical village women. We will follow them as they fetch water, learn to spread cow dung to repair their homes and assist in milking goats. In the afternoon, we will rest and have henna done by the women. In the evening, we will have a fire at the compound with local gypsy dancers. You are welcome to get up and learn their moves! (B,L,D)
Sleep: Govind’s village home
After a village breakfast, we will head to Jodhpur known as the blue city and home to both our guides. We will arrive to the boarding home where some of the girls of Sambhali Trust live and study. We will listen to their stories and hear all about this incredible foundation. We will work with Sambhali Trust volunteers for the day. (B,L)
Sleep-Bal Samand Heritage Hotel
Today we will be working directly with the women of Sambhali Trust. We will be learning how to create different crafts/ learn local printmaking techniques from start to finish from the women. This is a chance for them to take a leadership role and teach us a new skill. We will have lunch at a local pizzeria. There will be time this afternoon to shop in the old city for clothes, tapestries and gems. (B,L,D)
Sleep-Bal Samand Heritage Hotel
We rise early to have chai and breakfast on a rooftop where you can see the famous blue city. We walk through the winding streets of old Jodphur and then explore the fort at 10am. After this we will leave for the majestic and funky town of Pushkar known for its lake, beautiful white ghats and camel fair. We will arrive around 5pm and walk around the town to the lake and temples. The sunset is spectacular near the lake! We will meet for an optional dinner and an evening out on the town or just feel free to relax and take it easy this evening and explore on your own. (B,L)
Sleep-The Secret Garden
We will have a slow morning in Pushkar and leave around 11am for Jaipur. We will have an optional rooftop yoga class before leaving Pushkar. In Jaipur, we will also visit the astrology center. In the late evening there is an option watch a Bollywood Film at the famous Raj Mandir Cinema! (B,L,D)
Sleep: Dera Rawatsar
Today we will visit the Amer Fort by jeep, city palace, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Wind). There will be time in the evening for shopping or journal writing and decompressing. (B,L,D)
Sleep: Dera Rawatsar
Those leaving will head back to New Delhi by air to make their connections back home! Extension part begins (B)
For those extending their trip we will leave by train from Jaipur to head to the Taj Mahal! We will spend a few hours this afternoon exploring this wonder of the world and will spend the night in Agra. (B,L,D)
Sleep- Hotel Maan Singh
For the photography lovers in the group, we will rise early for images of the Taj Mahal from across the river. We will then head out for New Delhi. Today we will explore the modern areas of Hauz Khas. We will have lunch with a few female university students who will talk to us about their lives. You will see the contrast between living in rural Rajasthan to city life in urban New Delhi. We will eat dinner near our hotel. (B,L,D)
Sleep-Taj Mahal Hotel or Similar
Today will will rise early to discover Old Delhi and take a walking spice tour of this area while discovering it’s forts and temples. In the afternoon we will visit the lotus temple and head to a market called Dilli Haat for last minute shopping and presents before departing for the airport. (B,D)