World Sufi Festival

Terms and Conditions: The World Sufi Festival is held in February every year. This tour is applicable for travel from 10th February - 24th February, 2020 and you will be at Jodhpur on 14th and 15th February, 2020 to witness the World Sufi Festival.

Arrive in Mumbai. You will be met by our colleague who will escort you to your hotel.

Take in the sights and sounds of Mumbai today as you visit the city’s historical monuments, starting with Fort Mumbai, the historic downtown area that derives its name from earlier colonial fortifications. The tour will concentrate on the Kala Ghoda area. Apart from its cluster of Victorian Gothic architecture, the area houses an old Sephardic synagogue, The Prince of Wales Museum and a number of cafes, restaurants, fine shops and boutiques. You will stop at the extraordinary Victoria Terminus. From here you will drive to Churchgate Station where you get the opportunity to see the famed ‘dabbawallas’ or ‘lunch box carriers’ in action.

After lunch, you will be taken on a special tour that is designed to show you the world of Dharavi – the industry, the people and their way of life. The rest of the day will be at leisure.

This morning you will transfer to the domestic airport for your flight to Jodhpur. After lunch you will drive to Jaisalmer. The evening is at leisure.

You will begin your day with a visit to Jaisalmer Fort, which is the one of the most magnificent in Rajasthan. After visiting the Fort, you will take a walk through the Old City, which lies outside the walls of the fort. Your final stop will be at Gadi Sagar Lake. In the evening you will take a Camel safari in the sand dunes, followed by a sundowner.

After a relaxing morning you drive back to Jodhpur city, arriving by late afternoon. Your stay in Jodhpur coincides with The World Sufi Spirit Festival (14 – 15 Feb 2020) which is celebrated in the month of February every year. This Festival welcomes the most beautiful of sacred traditions from the Orient, the East and Africa, while showing off the wealth of Rajasthan's traditional heritage, a heritage at the crossroads of Indian, Afghan, Moghul, Arab and Persian civilizations, between Hinduism and Sufi Islam. Sufism is a classic blend of spiritual heritage with the beauty of sacred music and dance.

Your tickets will have been bought in advance and this evening you will attend the Festival and enjoy great music and good food at the stunning Mehrangarh Fort which will be lit up especially for this Festival.

Visit the monolithic Mehrangarh Fort this morning. Walking down from the fort, you will stop at Jaswant Thada, the graceful marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II (1873-95) and other Maharajas of Jodhpur who died after him. Next, you will go on a specially designed Blue City Walk, including a Tuk-Tuk ride. The walk will take you through the bustling bazaars of the old walled city. You will also visit the Kishanji temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, which is famous for its garland makers and sweet shops.

This evening you have the option of attending the Sufi Festival again or just relaxing in your hotel.

Drive to the lovely village of Narlai this morning. You will arrive in Narlai during the afternoon hours and check-in to your hotel. At sunset, you will be served “tea” by the lake, where migratory birds can be sighted, and soak in the peace and quiet atmosphere amidst scenic surroundings.

Today’s drive takes you to Udaipur. On the way, you will stop at the white marble temples at Ranakpur. The evening is at leisure.

Experience the chromatic history of Udaipur by visiting the City Palace in the morning. You will take a walk through the Crystal Gallery, which has a rather eclectic collection of Crystal Objet d’art and furniture including a complete bedroom set, discovered recently in a storeroom in the Palace! Next, you will visit Bagore Ki Haveli, a splendid Museum exhibiting Udaipur’s traditional arts and crafts, costumes, musical instruments and marble work.

In the afternoon you will take a walk in the old city with your guide. You will stop at a small temple in the old city where you will see the very rare and ephemeral art form, which involves drawing with colored powder on water. In the evening, you will take an evening cruise on the beautiful waters of Lake Pichola.

A countryside drive after breakfast will take you to Jaipur. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to unwind after your long drive.

Begin your exploration of the Pink City by visiting the ornate City Palace. You will also take a private tour of the residential areas of the Palace not open to the general public. From the City Palace you will enter the extraordinary Jantar Mantar. Your next stop will be the iconic Hawa Mahal, with its ornate pink façade. This will be followed by a visit to Albert Hall museum. You will end the morning tour with a specially designed walk through the bazaars of the Old City.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city, as you take a two-hour hike in the surrounding Aravalli hills this morning. You will visit the Meena tribal settlements, a ruined fort, and hidden shrines and will interact with the local people. After breakfast, you will visit Amber Fort. In the evening, you will drive to a private farm. Here you will meet your transport for the next thirty minutes or so – Elephants!

You will depart for Agra today by road and will stop at Fatehpur Sikri (a UNESCO World Heritage site). In the evening, you will visit The Taj Mahal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

You will have the option of visiting the Taj Mahal at sunrise. After breakfast, you proceed to one of the greatest monuments of the city, the Agra Fort. Next, you will visit Itmad-ud-Daulah (Baby Taj) the third great monument of Agra. In the afternoon you drive to Delhi.

Explore Old Delhi this morning as we will take you on an inner city walk. From here you will visit the Jama Masjid, believed to be the largest mosque in India and Shah Jahan’s last architectural venture. After lunch you will visit one of the architectural triumphs of the Mughal Empire – Humayun’s Tomb. You will return to your hotel driving past Rajpath. Among the buildings you drive past are the Secretariat buildings, Parliament House, Presidential Palace (Rashtrapati Bhawan), and India Gate. Return to your hotel to pack and for a quick wash & change before you check-out and transfer to the international airport for your onward flight.