Active Travel is waiving solo supplements for single travellers on a guided women’s only cultural tour of northern India that begins in Delhi on 17 November 2017.
The 16-day small group tour for Aussie women will explore the authentic and colourful culture of Rajasthan and surrounding areas, with guests learning how to dance, cook, weave, tie saris and apply traditional henna dye for temporary tattoos and making visits to a jewellery studio and bangle market, and with local puppeteers, wood carvers, musicians and street performers.
The tour then moves to the sacred Ganges city of Varanasi, where the group will learn about Hinduism and local music and enjoy sunset and sunrise cruises on the Ganges to see pilgrims perform time-honoured Hindu rituals. Weaving villages and several temples and palaces are also on the itinerary, as well as a safari through Panna National Park to spot leopard, tiger, deer and sloth bears.
A train journey aboard the Kerala Express will take the group from Jhansi to Agra to see the majestic Taj Mahal at sunset. The grand forts and palaces of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur in Rajasthan are then featured along with folk performances, textile villages, produce markets, a crystal gallery, a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola and a traditional meal in a private home.
The 16-day women’s only guided tour includes accommodation, 31 meals, domestic flights and extensive sightseeing and is priced from $6493 per person, twin-share. The waiving of the solo supplement means single travellers pay the same rate, saving $1470. Flights from Australia are extra but can also be booked through Active Travel.