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    The thought of a trip to India hasn’t always been on my bucket list but since rewatching Monsoon Wedding last year sometime and seeing The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (loved, loved, loved), well it’s been on my mind for a while now. The colours, the vibrancy, the food, the history and culture and the SHOPPING are what appeals!

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    The only thing that’s worried me is the thought of organising it all. India is so vast, with so many varied experience offerings that the thought of organising a trip that ticks all the boxes seems a little insurmountable. Don’t get me wrong, i’ve travelled throughout Central America, Europe, the States and some parts of Asia but with work and general life i know that the only way i would see India is on an organised tour.

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    But how on earth to find one that ticks the boxes for the kind of travelling you like to do? The kind of holidays where you find those brilliant hole-in-the-wall eateries and magical hotels that seasoned travellers rave about, where you find those can’t miss markets that are off the beaten track?

    That’s where The Independent Traveller comes in. The Independent Traveller is a company owned by women that organises trips for women who relish the thought of visiting countries and discovering those hidden gems and unfogettable experiences that organised tours generally don’t offer. They operate all over the world – and of course India is one of their destinations.

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    I couldn’t think of a trip i’d rather do with my Mom (who is mad, mad, mad about India) or with some girlfriends.

    Now here’s the good news:

    The next Independent Traveller Splendours of India tour happens in April next year and here’s the best part – they’re offering I Want That readers a special discount – how fabulous is that?!

    Rosemary Sloggett, MD of The Independent Traveller has coordinated a very special itinerary that delivers the complete package for women travellers.

    The offering is for a maximum of 10 ladies and is available for a limited time only

    Here’s the shpiel:

    Splendours of India

    Dates: 12 – 23 April 2014

    A few highlights you can expect:

    • 10 nights’ accommodation in beautiful hotels
    • Delhi (3 nights), Agra (1 night), Jaipur (4 nights) and Rohet (2 nights)
    • Services of a private shopper in Delhi
    • Escorted walking tour of old Delhi
    • Elephant ride in Jaipur
    • Full-guided sightseeing
    • Complimentary spa treatments
    • Mehendi (henna) session
    • 2 Yoga and meditation sessions
    • Visit to village school and home of Rajasthan villagers
    • Sunset Ceremony with a Hindu Priest
    • Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride
    • Taj Mahal Visit
    • Special visit to the Bishnois people
    • Cookery class
    • Learn how to cook and dine in some of India`s finest restaurants.
    • Experience spa treatments along with the traditional Indian experiences like Mehendi.
    • Get up close and personal with Indian elephants, meet the ancient Bishnois people and join a village safari.

    Limited special rate:

    The normal rate is R30 880

    I Want That readers pay R24 000 per person sharing

    OR

    R20,000 per person sharing a twin room (in slightly less luxe but still fabulous accommodation)

    The rate includes:

    Includes all accommodation, sightseeing, breakfast every day, 8 x dinners, 1 x lunch,  2 x 60 minute spa treatments, 2 x yoga sessions, personal shopper, henna session, internal flight from Jodhpur to Delhi.

    Excludes international flights. 

    Simply quote IWANTTHAT when making an enquiry / booking to qualify for this special rate

    Contact Rosemary Sloggett on rosemary@independenttraveller.com or call 021 790 1833 for more information.

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  • 3 Comments to “Let’s Go To India”

    1. Liz on

      What an awesome trip – just wish I had the leave!!!

    2. carine on

      oh I wish I wish they had this for later in the year when my sister and I want to go!! amazing!!!! will definitely contact them then! ***

    3. charlotte on

      It is the most incredible country, one of the best I have visited on my travels, a soulful and truly special place. You should definately go – you may have to wait a few years until your baby is bigger 🙂

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