Leserreise Luxembourg Times: Through her eyes: Women's trip to India

Encounters in the land of the Maharajas
Dates (11 days) 02.03.2025 - 12.03.2025 from/to Luxembourg
Number of travellers 10-15 participants

The world-famous and incomparable Taj Mahal, the magnificent tomb of Humayun, and the Mughal fortress in Agra tell of famous women and their stories. Women’s modern India also has a lot to say. On this trip you will see the classic highlights in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Mumbai (Bombay). In the premises of an NGO you will get to know projects that are dedicated to the education of underprivileged women. In the house of a noble family, you not only look into the cooking pots, but also into the lives of modern Indian women. While having high tea with Indian women, you can chat about Indian and European cultures. You will be enchanted you the colours and scents of the local markets, take a tuk-tuk tour with other women, look over the shoulders of traditional craftsmen, stroll through exclusive fashion boutiques and shake and laugh at the Bollywood dance workshop.! Our *****accommodations are stylish and special, sometimes modern, sometimes palatial. The included meals are taken in restaurants with a lot of flair.

  • Experience culture

Travel itinerary

Day 1 Off to India
  • Bus transfer Luxembourg/Glacis-Frankfurt Airport.
  • Departure (Lufthansa) from Frankfurt to New Delhi at 1:15 p.m.
Day 2 Delhi: Old Delhi and the women
  • Arrival at 1:30 a.m., transfer to hotel
  • Free time
  • Lunch in a modern restaurant
  • Rickshaw tour, craft market, spice market
  • Tomb of Humayun (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Welcome dinner in a stylish palace ambience
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel ITC Maurya***** in New Delhi
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Diner
  • Night
Day 3 Delhi: Women's Education in India – visiting an NGO, boutique hopping
  • Visit to the NGO ‘Literacy India’ (education underprivileged women), opportunity to work on a project
  • Lunch: Lunch box in the NGO premises
  • Visit to exclusive fashion boutiques
  • Dinner at a local restaurant (traditional cuisine)
  • Overnight stay at Hotel ITC Maurya*****
  • Breakfast
  • Diner
  • Lunchbox
  • Night
Day 4 Delhi – Agra, Agra Fort and high tea with Indian women
  • Drive to Agra
  • Lunch in a restaurant
  • Visit to the Agra Fort (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • High tea with a family (discussions about Indian culture, beliefs and value system)
  • Walk to the workshops of traditional artisans (Pietra Dura marble inlays, Zardozi embroidery)
  • Dinner at the hotel restaurant Peshwari (North Indian cuisine)
  • Overnight stay at Hotel ITC Mughal***** in Agra
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Diner
  • Night
Day 5 Agra: Taj Mahal at sunrise, drive Agra – Jaipur
  • Sunrise at the Taj Mahal (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Drive to Jaipur, lunch in a garden pavilion on the way
  • Dinner at a restaurant (Rajasthani cuisine)
  • Overnight stay at Hotel ITC Rajputana***** in Jaipur
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Diner
  • Night
Day 6 Jaipur: Amber Fort, visit to a primary school, Hawa Mahal, palace life and dinner with a local noble family
  • Visit the Amber Fort
  • Visit to a primary school, conversation with teachers (Indian school system)
  • Visit to the Palace of the Winds
  • Lunch in a hotel restaurant
  • Visit to the City Palace Museum
  • Cooking demonstration and dinner in a noble family, discussions about tradition and modernity
  • Overnight stay at Hotel ITC Rajputana*****
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Diner
  • Night
Day 7 Jaipur: Yoga, trip to the block printers, leisure or walk through Jaipur
  • 7:00 a.m. Yoga (one hour, optional, with instructions)
  • Trip to Bagru (block printing, create your own works of art with guidance)
  • Lunch in a local restaurant
  • Tuk-tuk tour with women
  • Walk through the old town and to the craftsmen (embroidery, Gota, Kinari, block-printed fabrics)
  • Dinner in the hotel restaurant (North Indian cuisine)
  • Overnight stay at ITC Rajputana*****
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Diner
  • Night
Day 8 Jaipur – Mumbai, Mumbai: Discoveries in the City of Dreams
  • Transfer to Jaipur airport
  • Flight Jaipur-Mumbai (9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
  • Transfer to the hotel
  • City tour Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Visit to Mahatma Gandhi’s former home, discussion about the relevance of his views for today’s life
  • Dinner at a restaurant (run by a woman named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list)
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel ITC Grand Central*****
  • Breakfast
  • Diner
  • Night
Day 9 Mumbai: Warli Art and Bollywood
  • Warli art (workshop, making your own artwork)
  • Bollywood dance workshop
  • Lunch at a local restaurant if present: conversation with the owner
  • Afternoon at leisure (possibly event for International Women’s Day)
  • Dinner at a seafood restaurant
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel ITC Grand Central*****
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Diner
  • Night
Day 10 Mumbai: The magic of markets, fusion cuisine and fashion boutiques
  • Early morning visits to the markets
  • Leisure time
  • Visit of the ‘Tiffin Boys’ (Dabbawalas)
  • Cooking workshop (Persian-Indian fusion cuisine) and lunch in a Persian house
  • Visit to exclusive fashion boutiques
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Transfer to the airport
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Diner
Day 11 End
  • At 2:55 a.m. you fly with Lufthansa to Frankfurt (flight duration approx. nine hours, arrival 7:25 a.m.)
  • Bus transfer from Frankfurt-Luxembourg/Glacis
Program and flight times subject to change.
Caption:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Lunchbox / Picnic
  • Tasting
  • Night

Prices (per person)

Double room
5.850 €
Single room
7.120 €
Visa/ETA (as of 03/2024)
50 €

Minimum number of participants: 10, maximum number of participants: 15.

Shuttle service from/to your place of residence to/from the departure point of the bus on request.

Included services:

Bus transfers Luxembourg/Glacis-Frankfurt-Luxembourg/Glacis
Flight with Lufthansa Frankfurt – Delhi / Mumbai – Frankfurt (Economy, fare class S/K, subject to availability
Flight with Indigo Jaipur – Mumbai (Economy Class, Fare Class Y, subject to availability)
Airport fees and kerosene €495.00 (as of 03/2024)
CO2 compensation for flights and country-based services via Atmosfair
3 nights at the Hotel ITC Maurya***** in New Delhi, in a double room (Executive Club Room) including breakfast
1 night at the Hotel ITC Mughal***** in Agra, in a double room (Mughal Chamber) including breakfast
3 nights at the Hotel ITC Rajputana***** in Jaipur, in a double room (Rajputana Chamber) including breakfast
3 nights at the Hotel ITC Grand Central***** in Mumbai, in a double room (Executive Club Room) including breakfast
Day room (until airport transfer) on day 10
7x lunch, 1x lunch box, 9x dinner
Transfers, excursions and sightseeing according to the program
Local English speaking tour guide
Travel literature
English-speaking Planet B companion from/to Luxembourg

Not included are: visa, Lufthansa seat reservations, shuttle service from/to your place of residence, tips and personal expenses, meals not mentioned in the itinerary, drinks, additional activities and excursions.

Authentic and sustainable

  • CO₂ compensation for flights and country-based services (2877 kg per passenger) via Atmosfair
  • Visit to a community-based project (NGO) that focuses on women’s education.
  • Interactions and exchange with local people: high tea with a local family, dinner with Indian women, exchange with local teachers, cooking class with Indian women.
  • Overnight stays in hotels from an Indian hotel chain with a sustainability program and LEED® certifications.

Important information

To enter India, EU citizens need a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the period of stay and a valid visa. The passport must be in good condition and have at least two blank pages. No compulsory vaccinations are required when entering directly from Luxembourg/Germany (as of June 2023). All Covid-19-related restrictions have currently been lifted. We would like to point out that this may change depending on the pandemic situation (as of June 2023).

For air travel, our sales prices are generally based on special and tour operator tariffs of the airline(s) selected for the relevant trip. Therefore, the space available is limited; additional charges may apply for bookings made three months before the start of the trip.

All accommodations offer free WiFi, although network coverage is not always perfect. Please note that the hotels only offer non-smoking rooms. If some of the accommodations we have booked are unforeseen to be unavailable, we will book a (preferably) equivalent alternative.

With the travel documents you will receive further information about the trip and the destination country.

No insurance is included in the travel price. We strongly recommend taking out travel cancellation insurance that includes Covid-19 as well as appropriate travel health insurance that includes treatment (including quarantine) for Covid-19.

This trip is not suitable for guests with mobility issues. If necessary, please tell us the type of mobility restriction you have before booking and clarify with us whether we can meet your individual needs.

Planet B is a brand of Bollig Tours s.à r.l.. Bollig Tours is therefore named as the organizer in our general travel conditions.

For a detailed itinerary, short description of the hotels and further information about the trip, see ‘Detailed Travel Description’.

 

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