The Divine Female: A Wanderful exclusive trip to India

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Purposeful Nomad
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Mar 2 - 12, 2019
Group size: 8 - 13
The Divine Female: A Wanderful exclusive trip to India
India

Purposeful Nomad
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5 reviews

$3300
Deposit: $500
Mar 2 - 12, 2019
Group size: 8 - 13

About this trip

THIS TRIP IS SOLD OUT. PLEASE CLICK THE GREEN SELECT  BUTTON TO THE RIGHT TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITLIST. WE WILL NOTIFY YOU IF A SPOT OPENS UP!


Welcome to Purposeful's Nomad travel hub and booking platform. Click the green select button to your right to pay deposit and fill out the application. 

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director will be our tour leader giving us rare insight into this rich and ancient culture, their complex and outdated caste system and women’s rights in India.

Refund Policy

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.**

Full Payment Deadline

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.

Flight Information-READ CAREFULLY!!

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.


Health/Travel Insurance Information

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. 


Purposeful Nomad is an affiliate partner with World Nomads but you may choose any company. Click here to purchase insurance through World Nomads: INSURANCE


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:


http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/ecuador

http://www.mdtravelhealth.com/destinations/samerica/ecuador.php 

Sleeping Arrangements

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. 

Entry & Visa Information

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

342001

Phone: 0-98-28-089-293

Packing List

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: 

https://www.accuweather.com/en/in/jaipur/205617/month/205617?monyr=3/01/2019

Please leave valuables at home!

Essentials: 

  • Passport + 1 copy
  • Any prescriptions or medications you need
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Small backpack or day bag
  • Phone
  • Chargers
  • Wallet/money/travel wallet

Clothing: 

  • Jacket- fleece or winter
  • Scarf and light gloves
  • Hat for sun and hat for cold
  • Assortment of t-shirts and pants
  • Sweatshirt/ Sweater for evening
  • Cardigan as a layer at night
  • Warm socks
  • Bathing suit for spa
  • Longer loose cotton tops/button downs
  • T-shirts
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Pair of jeans
  • Yoga pants
  • Loose fitting cotton pants (can purchase in India too). 
  • Scarf for wrapping your upper body (can purchase for cheap in India) 
  • Flipflops, TEVA or similar
  • Closed toe shoes good for walking
  • A simple dress for dinner if you wish
  • Sneakers 

Other: 

  • Personal toiletries
  • Sleep mask/ear plugs
  • Headlight/flashlight
  • Camera
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Extra batteries
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Plastic Bags for wet clothes
  • Tampons/pads
  • Book/journal/pen
  • Dry bag (optional)
  • Sunglasses
  • Cloth or reusable bag for market shopping
  • Energy bars like Luna. Cliff, Kind bars
  • Nuts or other food items you wish to have
  • Games like cards, bananagrams, Dominos etc
  • Woolite- In case you want to wash some socks or underwear in sink. 

Money/Tipping

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. 

What’s included

  • Airport Transfers
  • Private transportation
    with driver
  • Regional flight
    Dehli to Jaisalmer
  • Bi-lingual guides
  • Lodging
    based on double occupancy
  • Meals
    except where noted
  • Listed excursions
  • Entrance fees
  • Community Activities
  • International airfare
  • Some meals
    where listed
  • Alcohol
  • Snacks
  • Personal expenses
  • Guide & Driver tip
  • Spa treatments

Available Packages

Wanderful Price
$3300
Deposit: $500

Available options

Single Supplement
$1200

Itinerary

Wanderful Exclusive trip
The Divine Female

B,L,D-indicated Breakfast, lunch or dinner included


March 2nd: Arrival

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


March 3rd: Jaisalmer

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 


March 4th: Jaisalmer

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 


March 5th: Setrawa

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


March 6th: Setrawa

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


March 7th: Jodhpur

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 


March 8th: Jodhpur (International Womens Day!)

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 


March 9th: Pushkar

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. 

Sleep-The Secret Garden 


March 10th: Jaipur

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


March 11th: Jaipur

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


March 12th: FARWELL OR THREE DAY EXTENSION

Those leaving will head back to New Delhi by air to make their connections back home! Extension part begins (B)



EXTENSION PROGRAM

March 12th, Day 11: Train to Taj Mahal

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 


March 13th, Day 12: Taj Mahal-New Dehli

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


March 14th, Day 13: Departure

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)


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PN
Purposeful Nomad
5 reviews
Purposeful Nomad was created to inspire, challenge and bring together women from across the globe. We are a springboard for women to safely and securely explore the world, so that they may become more connected, passionate and inspired to help create positive social change or personal transformation. We offer small group trips, meaningful volunteer placements and private tours. All of our trips are a blend of true adventure, soul renewal and community engagement. In 2018 we have trips running to Ecuador, India, and the Dominican Republic.

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