A mediatory journey in a small group
Visions of India
January 31 - February 7
Journey dates
Indian culture is one of the oldest urbanized cultures in the world. Rich with ethnic groups, beliefs and cultural pieces, it forms an unparalleled diverse experience. Ancient Greek, Hindu and Asian cultures meet here, the faiths of Buddhism and Hinduism originated from here.
We invite you to discover India and immerse in this vibrant diversity together with our guides:
Vivek Gupta, Ph.D.
Doctor of History, Cambridge University Lecturer, world's leading expert on transculturalism of India
Denis Maksimov, FRSA
Culturologist and contemporary art curator, expert on history of knowledge, aesthetics and political ideas
Marina Tuson
Descartes Travel founder, expert in travel and delivery of unforgettable emotions
Luxury, hospitality
and cultural "cornucopia"
We are to visit two of the brightest regions of modern India: Mumbai and Rajasthan – both interesting for their history and dynamism of modern culture.

Experience Indian culture through sensory pleasures, city tours, 'in situ' lectures in palaces, in temples, on the streets of cities.

Dive into the fantasy available to the brightest Bollywood films, the richness of Indian culture, luxury and cultural "cornucopia" that exceed the highest expectations.
The trip starts in Mumbai
on Wednesday, January 31, 2024

The trip ends in Jaipur
on Wednesday, February 7, 2024
with an extension opportunity to February 9 for those prefering to stay at Amanbagh
Dates: January 31 February 3
Arrival: Mumbai Airport (BOM)
Accommodation: Taj Mahal Palace Hotel (3 nights)

Self-transfer from the airport to the hotel, participants meet for dinner

We will start
our journey in Mumbai the most intense, developed and vibrant city in Central India. The city is considered one of the cosmopolitan centers of the world and the center of the Indian film industry Bollywood. There is plenty of contemporary art galleries and world-class gastronomic culture. We are to stay at the famous Taj Mahal Palace Hotel the hotel of the first developed this concept of Indian hospitality. So we will immediately dive into the context of the Indian culture of inviting and caring for guests.

cultural centers are awaiting us in Mumbai:

Nita Mukesh Ambani is a center for multidisciplinary and performative culture with a specialization in the preservation and dissemination of Indian culture;

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahlaya is one of the key Indian museums of history and art. Famous all over the world for its collection of miniatures and archaeological finds;

National Gallery of Modern Art gallery of modern art. In addition to temporary exhibitions, the gallery has a large collection of works by Pablo Picasso and artifacts of ancient Egyptian culture;

the city we are to have a guided tour with an overview of the Art Deco heritage with Denis Maksimov and Vivek Gupta.
* The travel organiser may change particular details of the program which shall not make your experience less enjoyable or intense
Participation fees:
Per person, single accommodation
Accommodation in hotels according to the program: Taj Mahal Palace, Villa Palladio, Leela Palace (total of 7 days)
• Breakfast in hotels on dates of stay
• Support of mediation guides, lectures in situ, Descartes 24/7 support
• Visits to all palaces, museums, excursions and entrance tickets according to the program
• Cooking class in Jaipur
• Transfers and transfers according to the program (except the flights)
The rates include
The rates do not include
• Flights to India and domestic flights around the country (approximately $500-600 per person)
• Lunches and dinners
• Accommodation at Amanbagh Hotel 7-9/02
• Visa processing (issued online, fee ~$40)
• Medical insurance
Per person, double accommodation
To reserve the participation, a non-refundable prepayment of 50% must be settled. The full payment is expected by December 25.
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