A Cultural and Spiritual Journey to India
Led by Stella Kearns. 23 November - 2 December 2020
Celebrating 20 Years of Pilgrimages from Our Lady & St. Georges Church
Evening flight from Heathrow to Delhi departing at 9:35pm
Welcome to India, a country where hospitality is a way of life; to a culture steeped in tradition, a land where history lives in music and dance. We arrive in Delhi at 11:30am and proceed to your hotel for an overnight stay. There will be an afternoon guided tour of Old Delhi, visiting Jama Masjid (the largest Indian mosque), followed by a cycle rikshaw ride through narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk market, then we proceed to visit St. Stephen’s Church. Located at just a few steps from the transportation hub, it is a red, graceful building that speaks of serenity with its every square inch. It showcases Gothic style of architecture with a few elements that hint towards Romanesque style. The high ceilings are also indicative of the Baroque style. If you would like to explore then why not head to Lodhi Gardens, a relaxing place to enjoy Delhi's green spaces. Dinner will be in a local restaurant tonight.
After breakfast we head towards Jaipur which is the capital of India’s Rajasthan state. It evokes the royal family that once ruled the region and that, in 1727, founded what is now called the Old city or “Pink city” for its trademark building colour. Upon arrival at Jaipur enjoy lunch at local restaurant and visit St Andres Church. One of the oldest Church in Rajasthan established in 1872 by Scottish Missionaries. Later we will transfer to our hotel for check in at hotel for a 3 night stay. Rest of the evening free. Dinner will be in our hotel tonight.
After breakfast, we have a full day sightseeing in and around the 'Pink City' of Jaipur today with your private guide and driver. In the morning you will visit the magnificent Amber Palace. Capital of the Kachwaha Rajputs until 1727, this fort complex is an impressive place to visit. Back in the centre of the city, discover the treasures of the City Palace which houses an important museum, the intricate facade of The Palace of the Winds and also the fascinating Jantar Mantar Observatory. Dinner will be in our hotel tonight.
After breakfast, day free at leisure for own activity, to rest or gain a further insight into the fascinating city of Jaipur. Dinner will be in our hotel tonight.
After early breakfast, we checkout from the hotel for our journey to Ranthambhore. En route we proceed to visit Roman Catholic church also known as Akbar's Church, it has also served as the Cathedral of Agra until 1848. As per records, it is believed to have been built on the orders of Mughal Emperor Akbar who wanted to learn more about Christianity. He invited Jesuit Fathers from Goa and asked them to teach him about Christianity. Later Visit to St. Mary’s Church came into existence in April 1923 as a gift from the well known John family of Agra, in memory of Mrs. Mary John. The Church was dedicated to Mary, Mother of Good Council. We continue the drive to Ranthambore (approx. 225kms/5hrs drive). En route enjoy lunch at local restaurant (at choice) and a stop at the village of Fatehpur Sikri with historic red sandstone building clusters. Upon arrival at Ranthambhore we transfer to our hotel for check in for a 2-night stay. Rest of the day at leisure or relax at the hotel. Dinner will be in our hotel tonight.
After breakfast we will enjoy a Safari viewing ride through the National Park to witness the amazing animals (Tigers) of Ranthambhore. Ranthambore National Park is a vast wildlife reserve near the town of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan, northern India, home to tigers, leopards and marsh crocodiles. Its landmarks include the imposing 10th-century Ranthambore Fort, on a hilltop, and the Ganesh Mandir temple. After lunch (at choice) you will enjoy another safari viewing ride through the National Park in search of Tigers. Dinner will be in our hotel tonight.
After early breakfast, we travel to Agra, known as the city of Marbles. On arrival proceed to visit the world-famous Taj Mahal. After the visit to Taj Mahal enjoy lunch at local restaurant. Post lunch visit to Agra Fort build alongside the Yamuna River. This is an iconic UNESCO World Heritage site from the Mughal dynasty. You will walk through the impressive chambers known as 'Lal-Quila' (stop at nearby market for handmade crafts for your friends and family). Evening free at leisure. Overnight stay in Agra. Dinner will be in our hotel tonight.
Early morning breakfast before transferring to Delhi where we check into our hotel for an overnight stay. We will have a guided tour of New Delhi in the afternoon visiting St. Mary’s Catholic Church is one of the oldest on the list of New Delhi churches. The history of this building traces to the latter half of the 19th century. It is nestled amidst all the hustle and bustle of the Chandni Chowk area. We proceed to visit Humayuns tomb built in the mid 16th century. Dinner will be in a local restaurant this evening.
After breakfast, there will be some time at leisure before transferring to the airport to check in for our return flight to Heathrow.
This tour involves a substantial amount of walking, some of which will be over irregular surfaces such as cobblestones and badly-maintained walking areas. If everyday walking is something you find difficult, this tour may be unsuitable for you.
This itinerary is a guide and subject to change.
The Pink City
The Pink City
Single room supplement: £200
23/11/20 - 02/12/20
Return scheduled flights with Virgin Atlantic: Heathrow - Delhi - Current UK and India airport departure taxes. 1 piece of checked in luggage up to 23kg. 8 nights accommodation in twin-bedded rooms as follows: 24th - 25th Nov, Fab Hotel Prime Shervani, Delhi.25th - 28th Nov, Regenta Central, Jaipur. 28th - 30th Nov, The Sher Garh Resort, Ranthambhore. 30th Nov. - 1st Dec, The Taj Vilas, Agra. 1st - 2nd Dec, Royal Plaza Hotel, Delhi. Meal plan: 8 breakfasts and 8 dinners. Coach transfers as per the itinerary.- English speaking Tour Manager to accompany the group whilst in India. Entrance fees as per the itinerary. Guided tours as per the itinerary. ATOL and ABTA financial protection.* If you select to share a twin room when booking but have no one to share with, we will try to pair you up with someone of the same gender in the group. However, if there is no one available to pair you up with we will charge a supplement of £200 as you would have single occupancy of the room.
Travel insurance. Visa for India: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html Applicants may apply online minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival with a window of 120 days. Passport should have at least six months validity from the date of arrival in India. Single room supplement at £200 per person for 8 nights. Lunches, drinks and gratuities. Fuel surcharges if passed on by the airline. Transfers within the UK.
Injections that are necessary for all travellers going to India: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid, Malaria, Polio. Injections that some travellers need going to India: Cholera, Hepatitis B, Rabies, TB. Those who may be at increased risk of an infectious disease due to their work, lifestyle choice, or certain underlying health problems should be up to date with additional recommended vaccines.
Terms of Payment:
To reserve your place on the tour you will need to complete a booking form and return it to Pax Travel with a deposit of £400 per person (OR FULL PAYMENT IF BOOKING WITHIN 8 WEEKS OF DEPARTURE). Cheques are to be issued in favour of Pax Travel Ltd. The tour price is guaranteed for the first 10 bookings Pax Travel receives. If Pax Travel receives 15 bookings, the tour price will be reduced to £1,599.
Final booking date - Friday 18th September 2020
Balance to be received by Pax Travel no later than 23rd September 2020.