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Always wanted to explore and experience the rich culture and heritage of India? The history, the food, the people, the traditions and languages always fascinated you? But always had unanswered questions in your mind and the fear of the unknown. What would be the accessibility at each place and whether the people would be welcoming enough. What if I don’t get the meals as per my diet or worse if the tour covers too much in too less time?
This is you or anyone of your loved ones who happen to have a disability or is a senior citizen.
The dream of travelling to India and experience it first hand, the way you want at your own pace, is now a reality. Travel solo, go on a romantic getaway or to travel with new people in an inclusive group, this is the place to be, breaking all barriers of disability.
A Golden Triangle Tour is perhaps the first thing that comes to the mind of a traveller when they think of travelling to India. Visit the heart of India, Delhi or Dilli (‘Dil’ meaning heart in Hindi, the national language of India) as it is lovingly called by locals. A perfect blend of modernism and the rich heritage and traditions still practiced. Mesmerize yourself by the monument which brings the world to India, the Taj Mahal, an epitome of love and passion.
Experience folk culture first hand in the pink city of Jaipur. Spend time with the local family and experience the place like a local as the whole trip revolves around local communities as part of our responsible tourism practices. Visit an elephant rescue centre and hear their survival stories, you can play with them and bath them if the elephants are in a good mood.
Visit a café run by acid attack survivors and listen to their stories of survival and entrepreneurship over a coffee. Eat your heart out with the local cuisine at each place and take back memories of a lifetime.
This tour has been created – and is carried out -by local specialised travel partner Planet Abled.
This specific itinerary can be complemented with a tour of Kerala, find the program here.
Delhi – India
The trip is open for people with visual impairment, hearing and speech impairment and mobility impairment. Other disabilities can also be served, if the traveller is accompanied by a family member or friend.
Land in Delhi, pick up by a sensitized and empathetic English-speaking driver, trained and experienced to work with people with disabilities. He would be accompanied by a Planet Abled representative.
Check in at the hotel. Have lunch.
In the evening, go to Nizamuddin Dargah and nearby localities.
Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah is the Dargah (mausoleum) of one of the world’s most famous Sufi saints, Hazrat Khwaja Syed Nizamuddin Auliya (1238 – 1325 CE). Situated in the Hazrat Nizamuddin West area of Delhi, the Dargah is visited by thousands of Muslims every week, and sees a fair share of Hindus, Christians and people from other religions from across the world.
Early morning tour of Mehrauli Archaeological Park and Qutub Minar.
Qutub Minar – Qutab Minar is a soaring, 73 m-high tower of victory. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony and tapers from a 15 m diameter at the base to just 2.5 m at the top. One of the finest monuments not just in India, but also in the world Mehrauli Archaeological Park is an archaeological area spread over 200 acre in Mehrauli, Delhi. It consists of over 100 historically significant monuments. It is the only area in Delhi known for 1,000 years of continuous years of occupation.
Head to Lotus Temple and have a lunch at Iskon Temple’s resident local restaurant serving Sattvic meals.
Lotus Temple – this temple is built in the shape of a lotus flower and is the last of seven Major Bahai’s temples built around the world.
Iskon Temple – Asias only technology center promoting Vedic Sciences and culture wherein a very high technology usage of Audio, visual presentation of Bhagvat Gita is depicted with lights and sound.
Take a trip through Lutyens Delhi which includes the President’s house, Parliament, India gate and few other buildings built by British. Followed by a visit to Rajghat and Connaught Place.
Lutyens’ Delhi is an area in New Delhi, India, named after the British architect Edwin Lutyens (1869– 1944), who was responsible for much of the architectural design and building when India was part of the British Empire in the 1920s and 1930s and 1940s
India Gate – originally called the All India War Memorial, is a memorial to 70,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21 in the First World War and the Third Anglo-Afghan War.
Ishq-e-dili (Romancing Delhi) lazer show at old fort in the evening.
For those desirous of delving into Delhi’s glorious and tumultuous past, Delhi Tourism puts on a spectacular sound and light show at the Purana Qila which makes the 5,000 years old history of the city come alive.
Breakfast at Hotel. Go to Chandni Chowk (via metro). Visit the places of worship of various religions followed by gorging on local cuisine for lunch. Both veg and non-veg options available.
Spice market tour and local shopping in a cycle rickshaw followed by Dinner at a local cuisine food outlet.
Chandni Chowk – A labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with crumbling havelis and housing India’s largest mosque Chandni Chowk (Moonlight Square) is one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi, India.
Head to Agra post breakfast in morning. Check in to the hotel. Lunch at Sheroes café. Visit Agra Fort. Evening tea with a local family.
Agra – Agra was the capital of the Mughal Empire and is the home to the finest of mughal architecture monuments like Agra Fort – the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty, the fort changed hands regularly from the Mughals to the Marathas to the British. The fort can be more accurately described as a walled city.
Early morning visit to Taj Mahal /In case it is full moon we can arrange evening visit.
Taj Mahal – built by the Mughal Ruler Shah Jahan in the memory of his ‘favourite’ wife Mumtaz Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world.
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Baby Taj or I’timād-ud-Daulah Tomb. Visit to local Kinari Bazaar.
I’timād-ud-Daulah – Often described as a “jewel box”, sometimes called the “Baby Tāj”, the tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah is often regarded as a draft of the Tāj Mahal
Lunch with a local family. Get exposed to the intricate inlay work used in Taj Mahal followed by a musical drama show in the evening that depicts the romantic love story of Emperor Shajahan and his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Visit Guru ka Taal Gurudwara and Elephant rescue centre.
Guru ka Tal is a historical Sikh pilgrimage place dedicated to the memory of ninth Guru Sri Guru Tegh Bahudar Ji who was marytyred along with his followers in this Gurudwara against the Mughals.
The Elephant Conservation and Care Center is a safe haven and rehabilitation center for over 20 elephants rescued from abusive and deprived conditions in captivity, as working or performing animals.
After breakfast, enroute to Jaipur, visit Fatehpur Sikri and Chand Baori.
Check in to the hotel in Jaipur in evening.
Fatehpur Sikri – The city was founded as the capital of Mughal Empire in 1571 by Emperor Akbar, serving this role from 1571 to 1585, when Akbar abandoned it due to a campaign in Punjab and was later completely abandoned in 1610.
Chand Baori – Chand Baori is a stepwell and is one of the oldest and most attractive landmarks in Rajasthan. It was built by King Chanda of the Nikumbh dynasty between 800 CE and 900 CE and was dedicated to Hashat Mata, Goddess of Joy and Happiness upon completion.
After breakfast, visit City Palace Museum and Jantar Mantar.
Visit Chokhi Dhani in the evening for cultural amalgamation and ethnic food City Palace, Jaipur, is a palace complex, built between 1729 and 1732 and was the seat of the Maharaja(King) of Jaipur. The Chandra Mahal palace now houses a museum, but the greatest part of it is still a royal residence. The palace complex incorporates an impressive and vast array of courtyards, gardens and buildings.
The Jantar Mantar monument is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments and features the world’s largest stone sundial. The monument features masonry, stone and brass instruments that were built using astronomy and instrument design principles of ancient Hindu Sanskrit texts.
Guided visit to local markets for shopping. So that the shopkeepers do not con you and you get good
deals. Traditional lunch followed by visit to Amer fort and show in the evening.
Morning flight to Delhi and fly back home.
Please note that everything can be customised according to your preferences.
During the pandemic lockdown we had a nice long chat with Neha Arora, founder and CEO of Planet Abled, who organises this tour and runs it with her team of local professionals with big accessibility experience. Hear it from her, and fall in love with India.