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Sun 1st March – Sat 14th March 2020
New Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Pushkar – Homestay for Holi – Jodhpur – New Delhi
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Overview of the Tour
I am very excited to tell you about the Holi tour that I am running in India in March 2020!
After the success of my first India tour selling out in 6 weeks, I knew I had to create a second tour for another group of women, and with Holi happening in March it made sense to combine the two!
I don’t know about you but celebrating Holi – the festival of color and India’s biggest festival, has been on my bucket list for a long time so I can’t wait to be there for it and experience it with you!
If you don’t know me already, my name is Ellie Quinn. I’m a travel addict and travel blogger who runs this site- The Wandering Quinn (you can read more about me here).
Myself and India Someday- a travel agency that specialises in planning customised trips to India, have teamed up to bring you a unique and magical 14-day group tour around India in March 2020 hosted by myself.
This tour is for women only over the age of 18 and it will be a small group of 12 women including myself.
The tour is ideal for those who have been dreaming about visiting India for so long, and those wanting to celebrate Holi in India but haven’t wanted to visit alone, now you’ll have like-minded friends to travel India with, you only need 2 weeks off work and you can add celebrating Holi onto your list of incredible memories!
Itinerary, Accommodation & Transport
This 2-week tour (1st March-14th March 2020) covers a totally unique itinerary. We’ll be seeing India’s famous Golden Triangle – Delhi, Agra & Jaipur, Jodhpur the famous Blue City of India, the Spiritual Town Pushkar and we’ll be celebrating Holi in the most traditional, authentic and safe way by staying at a homestay in a village outside of Jodhpur for 2 nights and celebrating Holi with the Rajasthani family who run the homestay. Ellie stayed in the homestay in 2018 and it was one of her best experiences in India!
We’ll be staying in good quality accommodation throughout the trip with a focus independently-run Homestays, B&B’s and Hotels with 2 women sharing a room. There’s even a Luxury Heritage Hotel included!
Note that rooms will vary in standard and there may be the need to share a double bed some nights as the hotels we’re staying in are small and have less twin rooms but we will keep this even and fair throughout the trip.
Train’s are the best way to travel around India and we’ll be travelling mainly by train with 1 overnight train included as well as a few private buses to maximise our time and give you an authentic Indian travel experience.
We’ll have private drop-offs and pick-ups from all stations which will enable us to travel at ease but don’t worry, you won’t be shielded from the delights of real travel and the real India, this will be an adventure for sure, and by the time we’ve finished you’ll feel much more confident in travelling by yourself.
Each day we’ll be exploring new places with a private local driver on hand and they’ll be lots of things we can do. However, I want everyone to be involved so as a group we’ll decide what time we want to head out sightseeing and what we want to see that day.
Wander to India has been designed to offer independence and freedom in each place because this is what travel is all about. This is just one of the ways this trip is different from many other tours around India that are on offer.
I’ve designed this tour so that if you work full time, depending on flight times you’ll only need 10 days off work as I know how precious annual leave is. You can leave your home country on Saturday 29th February and arrive in Delhi by Sunday evening which is Day 1 of the trip. Day 1 of the trip includes dinner only and is not compulsory so you can arrive later if you need to and fly on Sunday too.
The tour ends on Saturday 14th March at 12:00 noon. If you live in the UK or Europe, with the right flight you can leave Delhi on 14th in the afternoon or evening and arrive home on Sunday 15th March in the morning. Or stay one extra night and leave Delhi in the AM on Sunday 15th March and arrive home in the evening too.
Please do not book your flights until you have received confirmation of your place on the tour.
Map of Where We’re Going
Cost, Inclusions & Exclusions
£1380.00 Per Person
A Deposit of £460.00 the remaining balance of £920.00 is required by 1st January 2020- 2 months prior to the tour start date.
- Accommodation in double/twin occupancy rooms with breakfast.
- Train / Bus Travel between all Cities & Towns.
- Travel in A/C vehicle including all railway station transfers and sightseeing where mentioned.
- Services of an English speaking local guide in Delhi, Agra & Jaipur.
- Two night stay in a Homestay in Rajasthan including all 3 meals a day & a village safari.
- Welcome Dinner in Delhi.
- Street Food Tour in Jaipur and Delhi.
- Ziplining in Jodhpur Fort.
- Cycling Tour in Delhi.
- India Someday fees.
- All government and service taxes.
- Lunch & Dinner where not specified on the itinerary.
- Entry / Monument Fees.
- Yoga / Meditation Classes.
- Airport Transfers.
- Extra Personal Expenses and Optional Gratuities.
- Travel Insurance.
- Visa Costs.
Budget For Trip
- Roughly £1.50-£3.00 / $2.00-$3.50 USD per lunch and dinner.
- Entrance Fees vary from £1.00 to £6.50 / $1.50 to $8.50 USD. Some days we’ll need to pay a few entrance fees, other days we won’t pay any.
- Roughly £3.30 / $4.25 per Yoga class.
- Pre-arranged Airport Transfer through India Someday £25.00 / $28.00 USD per transfer.
What to Expect from this Wander to India Tour
India a total culture shock, it’s magical and amazing, but it is busy, noisy and can be an assault on the senses.
This trip will settle you into Indian life gently but in order to fully enjoy and embrace India you’ll need to be the type of person who is happy to go with the flow, has an open mind, and a bit of patience. We can’t promise all will go to plan, that’s not how travel works, but we can promise you will have two of the best weeks of your life and make long-lasting memories.
Not only will you see and experience the best of India in just two weeks and experience India’s biggest and most popular festival Holi in an authentic way, but you’ll be welcomed into a supportive and empowering space of like-minded women travelling together.
I know the power of group travel where friendships are made so quickly and strongly, and the power of a group of Women travelling around one of the most interesting and mind-opening countries in the world is going to be truly special.
How To Book
India Someday will be in contact with you as soon as possible after you have filled in the form and payment will be made through them and their site. They work Monday-Friday and are based in Mumbai. They are not available on weekends to process bookings.
Please note that acceptance of the package denotes that you have read and agreed to the terms and conditions detailed on India Someday’s site.
I look forward to seeing you in India in March and Celebrating Holi with you!
Your Questions Answered
Why women only?
To be honest, it feels natural to me to open this tour, and my sold-out January tour to women only. I feel much more confident in being able to hold space for women and there’s something so magical about a group of women coming together and travelling together, and I really want you to experience this too. #girlpower
Is it safe to visit India during Holi as a woman?
You may have heard stories around women in India during Holi that are not positive, so have I. It’s true that in the big cities like Delhi things can get a little bit intense for foreigners.
That’s why myself and India Someday have arranged for us to spend Holi at a homestay in a village in Rajasthan. The homestay celebrates Holi with its guests every year and is a very safe and controlled environment. We’ll celebrate with the family and local villagers.
How do I get to Delhi?
New Delhi Airport is a main international airport so getting there will not be a problem no matter where you come from in the world. I recommend using Skyscanner to search for flights. If you’re already in India, that’s not a problem, you can fly to Delhi or get a train ready for Day 1 of the tour.
If you need help booking flights after you’ve booked a spot on the tour, send me an email and I’ll help you out. I’m good at finding cheap flights!
How much are flights to Delhi?
It depends where you are coming from but return flights to Delhi can be very reasonable when booked in advance.
As of 22nd August, flights from London to Delhi at the right times with one short layover start at £413.00 in total. Flights from Melbourne to Delhi start at £466.00 with one stopover too.
Please do not book your flights until you have received confirmation of your place on the tour.
How do I get a visa for India? Isn’t it really complicated?
This used to be true but luckily it no longer is! For most nationalities, it’s very easy to get an online visa which is now valid for one year and includes multiple entries. The visa cost for most nationalities is $100.00 USD.
After you have booked I will send you all the details you need to know about the visa and give you assistance if you need help when applying.
What will the weather be like in India in March? Won’t it be really hot?
India will be heating up in March after the cooler winter months yes, but because we are visiting in the first two weeks it will be bearable and it will not get as hot as the summer months do. Rajasthan will be warmer and we’ll avoid the midday heat where possible. The best thing about travelling to India in March is that the country is pretty much rain free during this time.
India Someday has a handy post about the weather in India in March here!
Do I have to be a blogger?
No, not at all. This is not a blogger trip.
Although if you are a blogger you are of course welcome to join.
I can’t pay right now, can you hold a space for me for when I can pay?
We can’t fully hold a space for you but if you are interested and need to wait a few weeks before you can make the deposit payment please let me know via email [email protected]. I can keep you updated with the number of spots left on sale to help ensure you don’t miss out!
I’m nervous about visiting India.
I totally understand that the idea of travelling to India can seem intimidating because there are many stories out there that put people off, however I travelled India for 4 months recently on my own, I felt extremely safe and this is why I am organising a tour to India because I want to show you want it’s really like.
We will be together at all times and there really is nothing to worry about. Yes people will hassle you to buy things and you will be asked for a lot of selfies but that’s as far as it goes.
I made a YouTube video which you can view here of my honest thoughts of India after visiting as a female traveller and if you have any further worries please email me on [email protected].
I have special travel requirements, I’m not sure if they’ll suit this trip to India.
If you have special travel requirements please email me on [email protected] with more details and I’ll look into this for you.
2 Weeks in India isn’t enough for me, what can I do after the tour has finished?
If you are able to stay in India for longer than 2 weeks I’d really recommend it. My intention is that after our 2-week tour you’ll feel confident in travelling by yourself and ready for more adventures.
There are so many more places you can go, I’d recommend having a look at my India blog posts for ideas, you can also speak to India Someday who can plan you a personalised itinerary with a discount if you’d rather travel with some guidance, and of course I’ll be here to help you too.
Is there an age requirement?
Yes, you must be 18 years or over.
Can I get a single room?
There will be an additional single supplement but we can arrange this for you yes, please let us know that you would like a single room when making the booking with India Someday.
I’m coming with my friend, can we share the same room?
Yes, of course, just let me know once you have booked.
I have more questions!
No problem, email me on [email protected] and I’ll be happy to help.