Overview

This Journey will take you across India from North to South with two tours, separated by a homestay with FF Nashik Riverside. You will see an abundance of sites of historical and religious significance, experience the customs and livelihoods of the local population, and celebrate the festival of Diwali!

Home Hospitality

Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force club of Nashik Riverside.

Live With a Local

  • Enjoy a wonderful homestay with your hosts from FF Nashik Riverside.
  • Share experiences with the different cultures and form friendships across the world.
  • Take part in a Heritage Walk.
  • Celebrate the festival of Diwali with your hosts.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Cycle Rickshaw to Khari Baoli, Asia’s largest spice market
  • Enjoy the sunset at Mehtab Bagh – gardens laid out in the Charbagh style in the flood plains north of the Taj Mahal complex
  • Sunrise at UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World: the Taj Mahal
  • Guided visit to Hawa Mahal – the Palace of Winds
  • Visit the 15th century Ranakpur Jain Temple built in white marble
  • Enjoy the fabled Kerala Backwaters Cruise on a network of backwater canals
I have had excellent reports from [ambassadors] on their experiences. The hosts are delightful people, keen to share their knowledge with us. - Eileen Bintcliffe, Ambassador Coordinator

Nashik Riverside, India

21 Days / 20 Nights Program and Itinerary:

November 1, 2018 – November 22, 2018
Coordinator: Eileen Bintcliffe, FF Cape Town
eileenb@mweb.co.za

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

Nov. 1, 2018 - Delhi

Upon arrival of your international flight, staff shall receive and transfer you to The Hans for check-in.

Lunch at the hotel.

Attend a Program Briefing & Orientation.

Dinner & overnight at the hotel.

Meals: lunch, dinner

Nov. 2, 2018 - Delhi

After breakfast, accompanied by our guide, drive past Ferozshah Kotla & Red Fort – the seat of Mughal power for nearly 200 years – and Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in Asia.

Reach Chandni Chowk – the Moonlight Piazza – to board a Cycle Rickshaw to Khari Baoli, Asia’s largest spice market, for an insight into the spices that brought Europeans to Indian shores centuries ago.

Visit Bangla Sahib Gurudwara – a living Sikh Temple.

Proceed to the Capitol Complex, comprising the impressive drive Raj Path that leads from the war memorial India Gate to the imposing President’s palace Rashtrapati Bhawan, flanked by the cupolas & towers of pink & buff Secretariat buildings – the center of all government activity.

Lunch at Karim’s – the franchise of a restaurant well over a 100 years old!

In the afternoon, visit Humayun’s Tomb – final resting place of the 2nd Mughal Emperor, also said to be the architectural precursor to the Taj Mahal.

Also see the 12th century Qutub Complex to see the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the first ever built in India & the Qutub Minar – for centuries the tallest structure in the environs of Delhi.

Return to the hotel for dinner & overnight.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Nov. 3, 2018 - Delhi/Agra

After an early breakfast, drive (approx. 4 hrs) to Agra – erstwhile capital of the Mughal dynasty that ruled most of Northern India during 1526-1857 AD.

On arrival, check in at Mansingh Palace.

After lunch at the hotel, visit with our guide Itmad-ud-daulah – tomb of the wazir & father-in-law of the 4th Mughal Jahangir – which is affectionately also called as the Baby Taj on account of its profuse inlay work in marble.

Enjoy the sunset at Mehtab Bagh – gardens laid out in the Charbagh style in the flood plains north of the Taj Mahal complex and across the River Yamuna from the Agra Fort, boasting superb photographic views of the Taj Mahal.

Return to the hotel for dinner & overnight.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Nov. 4, 2018 - Agra/Jaipur

As the sun rises, visit UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World: the Taj Mahal with our guide. This architectural masterpiece in marble was erected by the 5th Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in the memory of his beloved wife, Arjumand Bano Begum, popularly known as Mumtaz Mahal, who died in AH 1040 (AD 1630). Her last wish to her husband was “to build a tomb in her memory such as the world had never seen before.” We recommend wearing dark colored clothes on this visit so as to show up well in contrast in your photographs against the pristine whiteness of this monument.

After breakfast back at the hotel, visit Agra Fort – stronghold of the Mughal Dynasty for over 150 years & built over the reigns of three Mughals from 1565 AD onwards.

Enjoy a proper Mughalai menu for lunch at Sai Khandelaa Restaurant.

In the afternoon, drive to Jaipur – the Pink City and the capital of the state of Rajasthan.

On arrival, check-in at Mandawa Haveli, a heritage hotel, for dinner & overnight.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Nov. 5, 2018 - Jaipur

After an early breakfast, enjoy a guided visit to Hawa Mahal – the Palace of Winds from behind whose latticed screens the Royal ladies once viewed ceremonial processions; and the Fortress Palace of Amber – former Capital of the Jaipur rulers till 1727 AD. This Fortress is among the best hilltop forts in India. Within the stern exteriors that seem to grow out of the rugged hills are mighty gates, temples, huge ornate halls, palaces, pavilions and gardens. Take Jeep Rides down the fortress.

Proceed for souvenir shopping, as Jaipur is the place to shop-till-one-drops for Persian rugs, gemstones, handicrafts, paintings and hand-block-printed textiles, bed linens and table linens.

Enjoy lunch at the Surabhi – an erstwhile nobleman’s residence, that boasts a Turban Museum!

In the afternoon, visit the City Palace & Museum, residence of the Jaipur royal family, now a museum including an impressive display of weapons & lifestyle artifacts; and Jantar Mantar – the Royal Astronomical Observatory built along ancient astronomical principles in the 18th century.

Dinner at Green Lagoon Restaurant.

Return to the hotel for overnight.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Nov. 6, 2018 - Jaipur/Udaipur

After breakfast, depart for Udaipur, stopping en-route at Fort Barli. Here, take a bullock cart ride into the countryside to observe the rural lifestyle of the region.

Visit nearby villages, their colourful markets, and the memorial cenotaphs of the local rulers.

After lunch, proceed to Udaipur – a city of lakes in the middle of the desert.

On arrival, check-in at Hotel Sarovar for dinner & overnight.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Nov. 7, 2018 - Udaipur

HAPPY DIWALI!

After breakfast, visit the City Palace and Museum, Bhartiya Lok Kala Kendra i.e. the Folk Art Museum (to see its fascinating collection of tribal jewelry, masks, paintings, musical instruments, puppets & dolls), and Saheliyon ki Bari – a garden built for the maids of honor.

After lunch at a restaurant, enjoy the sunset with a shared boat ride on lake Pichola, followed by a Ghooomar folk dance performance at Bagore ki Haveli.

Return to hotel for dinner at an open-air rooftop restaurant overlooking the Pichola Lake.

Overnight at the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Nov. 8, 2018 -Udaipur/Ranakpur/Jodhpur

After breakfast, depart for Jodhpur, stopping en-route to visit the 15th century Ranakpur Jain Temple built in white marble, with 1,444 intricately carved columns, no two alike. Since guides are not allowed, you may rent an audio-guide on your own.

Enjoy lunch at Maharani Bagh Orchard.

Later, proceed to Jodhpur – the city that gave its name to riding pants.

On arrival, check-in at Ranbanka Palace, another heritage hotel, for dinner & overnight.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Nov. 9, 2018 - Jodhpur

After breakfast, visit the formidable Mehrangarh Fort atop a shaven hill, that offers an exquisite blend of military might and gentle living.

Return to the hotel for lunch.

In the afternoon, take an excursion to Safari Camp Osian, where we enjoy a camel safari in the scrub desert, an evening of Rajasthani folk music & dance, followed by dinner.

Return to the hotel at Jodhpur for overnight.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Nov. 10, 2018 -Jodhpur/ Mumbai/Nashik

After breakfast, our vehicle shall transfer you to airport to fly to Mumbai.

 

 

Nov. 11, 2018

Hosts from FF Nashik Riverside pick ambassadors up from Mumbai airport and bring them back to Nashik.

Welcome dinner in the evening.

Nov. 12, 2018

Visit to Dhammagiri, a world-famous vipashyana centre.

Nov. 13, 2018

Visit to Ellora Caves (additional cost of $60 USD per person).

Learn about the Sandeep Foundation.

Nov. 14, 2018

Visit Trimbakeshwar and Gajanan Maharaj Temple.

Nov. 15, 2018

Visit to Kalaram Temple, Sarkawada, Itihas Sanghralaya.

Heritage Walk at Sarkawada.

Nov. 16, 2018

Visit to Gargoti Museum

Farewell dinner in the evening.

Nov. 17, 2018 - Nashik/Mumbai/Cochin

FF Nashik Riverside hosts transport ambassadors to airport.

Tour representative shall receive and transfer you to Hotel Arches – a heritage hotel – for overnight.

Nov. 18, 2018 - Cochin

After a leisurely breakfast, visit Mattancherry Palace, a gift from the Dutch to the Maharaja of Cochin; the Pardesi Synagogue, and the Fort Cochin area.

See St. Francis Church, where the remains of Vasco da Gama were interred for a while, and the Chinese Fishing Nets – brought to India by traders from the court of Kublai Khan.

Overnight at the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast

Nov. 19, 2018 - Cochin/ Alleppey/Houseboat

After an early breakfast, drive to Alleppey to board your deluxe houseboats to enjoy the fabled Kerala Backwaters Cruise on a network of backwater canals laced with lotuses, surrounded by lush green rice paddy fields and coconut palms. See the lifestyle of the rustic local populace living their waterside lifestyle and earning their living from fishing off skiffs.

Relax in the scenic beauty and enjoy some bird-watching.

Kerala-style lunch & dinner will be served on the houseboat, followed by overnight.

Since the backwaters are not lit, the houseboat shall moor at sunset, and resume cruising at sunrise.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Nov. 20, 2018 - Houseboat

Spend the day drifting through the network of canals, enjoying the serenity and the scenic countryside.

Kerala-style lunch & dinner will be served on the houseboat, followed by overnight.

Since the backwaters are not lit, the houseboat shall moor at sunset, and resume cruising at sunrise.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Nov. 21, 2018 - Houseboat/Alleppey/Cochin

After breakfast, disembark from the houseboat, to drive to the Courtyard By Marriott for lunch.

Later, our vehicle shall transfer you to Cochin Airport to connect your flight home.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Rate:

$2500 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees, two tours with Airawat Tours, internal flights, and hotel in Mumbai.

Availability:

Wait list only

Moderate

Know before you go

  • Journey number 14169
  • Trip to Ellora Caves with FF Nashik Riverside is an additional cost $60 USD per person.
Interested in this Journey?

We would love to have you on this Journey with us.

Our Mission

Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.
Read more.

I​ am interested in traveling on journey 'Nashik Riverside, India' with Friendship Force!

Complete this form to receive additional information about this trip. Thanks for your interest - we will contact you soon!

First name is required.
Last name is required.
×