COMING SOON – Details of our next adventure in Fall 2018

But, we do know you’ll see Jaipur, Delhi, Agra and the Taj Mahal, and more!

See the itinerary below for the adventures we had in 2017.

Travel through India with Sankara – October 2017

Have you always wanted to visit India? Katey will be taking just a small, intimate group of only up to 5 people with her to India and Nepal in October. Join her to meet some of the amazing artisans who make the fabulous pieces we carry in the shop.

Katey will be there for you every step of the way from applying for the visa to navigating the airports on the way home. The group will also get together once before we go in order to talk about what to expect, answer questions and meet each other before having to share a tuk-tuk!

We will leave Seattle on Oct. 10 and return on Oct. 31. Starting in Mumbai, we will adventure through the handicraft villages in the Kutch region of Gujarat, the desert city of Jaipur, the heart of India in Delhi, the mysteries of Agra and the Taj Mahal, and the wonders of Kathmandu.

Included in the tour are the flights to and from Seattle to land in Mumbai and depart Delhi;  19 nights at a selection of comfortable hotels and B&Bs; all meals in India and Nepal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner); all transportation within India and Nepal, including 4 internal flights, 3 train rides, and chauffeured cars; entrance fees to all activities listed in the itinerary including the Taj Mahal, Amber Fort, Kanheri Caves, Darbur Square, and so much more; personalized attention and tour arrangements throughout the adventure; local guides at select locations; visa to Nepal; daily bottle of water; a pre-adventure meet & greet; and a post-adventure reunion.

Not included in this tour are the visa to India (Katrina can help walk you through the application on request); alcohol; gratuities; souvenirs; optional entrance fees and excursions not listed on the itinerary if requested during the adventure. There will also be an option of professional photography sessions throughout the adventure (Christmas card photo at the Taj Mahal?).

This adventure of a lifetime is only $4500 per person (double occupancy – single supplement $800)!  – Deposit required by August 1st. 

If you have any questions, please email at sankara.imports@gmail.com

Location Activity Optional
Day 0 Seattle/Dubai Arrive at Hotel at ~3 AM
Day 1 Mumbai Driving Tour of Mumbai including:
Photos at Gateway to India
Taj Mahal Hotel
Chhatrapati Shivaji Station
Dhobi Ghat
Haji Ali Dargah
Shree Ghanteshwar Hanuman Mandir
Day 2 Mumbai Kanheri Caves / Sanjay Gandhi Park
Visit the I was a Sari facility
Day 3 Mumbai / Bhuj Relax at hotel
Flight to Bhuj
Day 4 Bhuj Handicraft Villages – North of Bhuj
Day 5 Bhuj Handicraft Villages – South of Bhuj
Tour of Bhuj
Day 6 Bhuj / Ahmedabad Drive to Ahmedabad w/ guide
Day 7 Ahmedabad / Jaipur Gandhi Ashram Visit to SEWA
Flight to Jaipur
Day 8 Jaipur Ganesh Temple Hindi Film at Theater
Royal Gaitore
Visit to Ladli Facility
Day 9 Jaipur Amber Fort Jaigarh Fort
Jal Mahal
Rickshaw tour of Jaipur
Day 10 Jaipur Blockprint village Elephant Village
Open afternoon Shopping in local Market
Day 11 Jaipur / Delhi City Palace
Jantar Mantar
Train to Delhi (dinner on train)
Day 12 Delhi Dilli Haat
Lodhi Gardens
Safdarjang Tomb
Dinner at Hotel w/ Bollywood film
Day 13 Agra Train to Agra
Taj Mahal w/ local guide
Agra Fort
Fatehpur Sikri
Train to Delhi
Day 14 Delhi Personal Tour of Qutab Minar
Archaeological Park
Hauz Khas
Day 15 Delhi / Kathmandu Flight to Kathmandu
Visit to Local Women’s Handicrafts
Day 16 Kathmandu Durbar Square
Thamel – temples
Day 17 Kathmandu Bhaktapur
Day 18 Kathmandu / Delhi Visit to Local Women’s Handicrafts Facility Hang out in Thamel
Flight to Delhi
Day 19 Delhi Packing Janpath Market
Tour of New Delhi including:
President’s Palace
Photos at India Gate
Farewell Dinner
Day 20 Delhi / Seattle Flight to Seattle

 

When asked by my friends after I returned from India, how my trip was – the word I used was “wondrous”. What an interesting, beautiful country with so much to see and do! With Francesca as my guide, we were able to go at our own pace and explore the palaces, market places, or just stroll down the streets. If something caught my eye, we could explore it as we did not have a strict time schedule for the day. She knew the drivers we had in some cities, and how to navigate the rickshaws/taxis/trains when we didn’t have our own driver.

I wanted to see the Taj Mahal (of course) but I was also interested in any old/interesting architecture. We visited not only the attractions most tourists see, but some of my favorite memories were from places the tour groups don’t go – which makes those memories that much more special. Visiting with elephants was magical, and I was thrilled to go to a place where they were clearly loved and well cared for. We also had the opportunity to visit the block print facility, and we got to try our hand at it; so fun!

I always felt safe and reassured that Francesca knew just what to do and where to go. For instance, going into a train station, and even more so coming off a train with porters and drivers coming at you, it’s quite overwhelming. Francesca navigated all of this with ease, just like a local. Traveling with someone with this experience and knowledge made for a terrific trip, and I look forward to another trip soon!

Claudia

Katina is an amazing tour guide and wonderful travel companion. I’ve been to India with her twice and would gladly go again!

Visiting India with Katrina is a one of a kind experience. Getting to see the rich history, beautiful architecture and textiles, and truly appreciating the workmanship makes traveling with Katrina a real pleasure. My favorite part of our trips has always been to visit artisans in their homes/where they work, or meet the children of Ladli and Sunshine Project.

Katrina arranges everything ahead of time for the best experience possible. Hotels and tuk-tuk drivers, suggestions for dining, and help navigating the bustling markets, always accompanied by tidbits about the area you’re in or people you’re with. It is a great mix of structured tours, flexible down time, and a great appreciation for the vibrant culture around you.

I would highly recommend everyone visit India at least once, and if you’re lucky, you’ll get to go with Katrina! 🙂

-Tammy D.

Tammy D.

We had a great time touring India and Nepal with Katrina! Her knowledge of the local customs and history really added an extra level to the experience that you wouldn’t get going on your own. The Taj Mahal was amazing, and going to the Bollywood movies was a ton of fun too. Thanks for an awesome trip Katrina!
– Randy
Randy W.

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