NORTH INDIA

ASTRONOMY OF JANTAR MANTAR

ASTRONOMY - NATURE AND CULTURE

TOUR CODE

WT-01-23-A2

DATE

In Planning

DURATION

13 D. - 12 Nts

P.P. PRICE

Coming soon

PAX

15 - 20

NORTH INDIA - THE ASTRONOMY OF JANTAR MANTAR

ASTRONOMY - NATURE AND CULTURE - GROUP TOUR OR INDIVIDUAL

INTRODUCTION

This special trip takes you to the historic Jantar Mantar observatories of northern India. They house the world’s largest astronomical instruments for sky surveying. In the form of monumental buildings and facilities, they were an important part of the power architecture of Maharajas Jai Singh II. In India, we experience one of the oldest and greatest cultures and at the same time our own Indo-European origins.
The journey begins in New Delhi with a rickshaw ride through the legendary Silver Street and many other sights of the capital. The next destination is Agra with the famous Taj Mahal and the Red Fort. Jaipur awaits us with the large astronomical monumental buildings of the Jantar Mantar observatory, picturesque palaces and an elephant ride to the Amber Fort. At the end of this special trip, the tour goes on to the Himalayas. The holy places of Haridwar and Rishikesh, located at the exit of the Ganges, are the real cradle of Hinduism.
During this trip you will not only learn a lot about astronomy, but also about Indian culture and the origins of our own culture and language. Why did we leave India 8,000 years ago? How did the Indo-European language conquer the world? Many of the roots of our language, culture and science are no longer known to us. Discover our past, get an “orientation”! What was India’s historical contribution to astronomy? Was it a lot better in celestial science back then than it is today? Many of these exciting questions will be answered on this trip.

ITINERARY

Departure at 10:10 p.m. from Frankfurt. A Rail & Fly ticket for arrival and departure by train is included in the flight ticket. Connecting flights are possible on request for a surcharge.

Arrival in New Delhi around 10:20. Transfer to the hotel. In the late afternoon: getting to know New Delhi for the first time. Visit of Humayun’s tomb and the Qutub Minar. Dinner at the hotel.
2 nights with half board in a 5 * hotel in Delhi

Morning sightseeing of Old Delhi includes: historical monuments, narrow streets, bazaars and rickshaw ride through the “Red Fort” and the legendary silver street, “Chandni Chowk”. Then visit the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, which was completed by the builder of the Taj Mahal in 1658. In the afternoon visit of New Delhi includes: the government buildings of the British era with the India Gate, Presidential Palace and Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial.

Morning: Visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory in Delhi with its impressive astronomical instruments. Originally the Maharaja Jai Singh had five different Jantar Mantar observatories built. The ones in Delhi and Jaipur are well preserved. Then bus transfer to Agra (200 km).
2 nights with half board in a 5 * hotel in Agra

Visit the world famous Taj Mahal – this Mughal monument was built by the ruler Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal – the most magnificent building ever created in the spirit of love. Then visit of the impressive “Red Fort”, which was built around 1568 in the center of the city on the Yamuna River. Dinner at the hotel.

Bus transfer to Jaipur (220 km). On the way, visit the city of Fatehpur Sikri, which was built in the 16th century. With its magnificent palaces, it is one of the most important examples of Mughal architecture, from which the Taj Mahal also comes.
2 nights with half board in a 5 * hotel in Jaipur

Morning: Visit to the impressive “Amber Fort”, which was completed in the 18th century after 100 years of construction. The elephant ride up to the fort is a very special experience! Afternoon: Visit of Jaipur, the pink city: City Palace and Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). Then visit the famous Jantar Mantar Observatory, the largest of the five historical observatories that Maharaja Jai Singh II had built between 1724 and 1734.

After breakfast, bus transfer to New Delhi (250 km).
1 night in a 5 * hotel in Delhi

Bus transfer to Rishikesh (295 km). Today we are heading towards the Himalayas!
3 nights with half board in a 5 * hotel in Rishikesh

Rishikesh is located on the Ganges and is considered the spiritual centre of the Rishis (holy men of India) and a training centre for Indian philosophy. Many ashrams, yoga and meditation centres have been established here. Even the Beatles made a pilgrimage here in the early 1960s to seek inspiration in the ashram of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Among other things, a visit to the banks of the Ganges with many temples and the famous rope bridge Lakshman Jhula. Enjoy the atmosphere of this place and its inner silence amidst the hustle and bustle.
Day trip to neighbouring Haridwar (27 km). Haridwar is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus and a ‘spiritual stepping stone’ in the Indian Himalayas. Every 12 years, millions of people make a pilgrimage here for the great pilgrimage festival of the Kumbha Mela. After the holy Ganges leaves the mountains, the first thing it flows through is Haridwar. it is the temples and ghats (ritual bathing places) that determine the colourful picture of this place of pilgrimage. Dinner at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel and bus transfer to Delhi (295 km). Visit the Rajaji National Park en route. Dinner at the hotel in Delhi.
1 night with half board in a 5 * hotel in Delhi

Transfer to the airport and departure at 1:30 p.m. Arrival in Frankfurt around 6:15 p.m.
When booking the optional tour “Safari – to the Atlantic” (3) instead of 12 nights on Hakos, only 10 nights on the guest farm and then 2 overnight stay outside in Svakopmund and in the Namib. (For details on the excursion program, see below)

Adventure hike
through the wild canyons of the Hakos Mountains (easy to moderately difficult hike, sturdy hiking shoes recommended.)
Visit to the new HESS research facility
with the four large 15 m Cherenkov telescopes to study cosmic gamma ray events.
Visit to the capital, Windhoek
including a visit to the 30 heavy nickel-iron meteorites exhibited in the city center
Additional tour options:
Farm tour with game viewing:
zebras, oryx, kudu, clip-jumpers, baboons, etc., approx. € 40-
Quiver Tree Forest:
Adventure ride / hike, approx. € 40
Rhinoceros Tour:
Observation trip, approx. € 45
Excursion to the Gamsberg:
This 2,347 m high table mountain was once the location of the southern observatory of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy. Fantastic view down to Hakos pass and the Namib desert, approx. € 70, – (windbreaker recommended on Table Mountain)

When booking the optional tour “Safari – to the Atlantic” (3) instead of 12 nights on Hakos, only 10 nights on the guest farm and then 2 overnight stay outside in Svakopmund and in the Namib. (For details on the excursion program, see below)

Day 1: Safari to the Atlantic
Drive over the Gamsbergpass, the grass highlands, crossing the Kuiseb canyons, the Namib desert, wildlife observation and sightseeing of the famous Welwitschia desert plants. Overnight in Svakopmund, Namibia’s traditional health resort on the Atlantic coast.

Day 2: Safari to the Atlantic
Drive along the sand dune coast to Walfisbay. Optional: interesting boat trip to see seals, pelicans, flamingos and dolphins. Continue through the Namib, Gaub Canyon, grass steppes at Solitaire and overnight near Sesriem Canyon.

Day 3: Safari to the Atlantic
Excursion into the fantastic dune world of the Namib near Sossusvlei.
Return to the guest farm in the evening.

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Day 14 (Day 1), Sun. 31.07: Windhoek
Welcome by your English speaking tour guide, dinner in the hotel.
1 night accommodation in the hotel in Windhoek with breakfast and dinner

Day 15 (Day 2), Mon. 01.08: Waterberg Pateau Park
09:00 am Departure from Windhoek via Okahandja to the Mount Etjo Safari Lodge, in the afternoon a game drive on the Mount Etjo area is on the program, where all African game species have been settled.
1 night accommodation – Waterberg Camp with dinner and breakfast.

Day 16 (Day 3), Tue. 02.08:  Hoba Meteorit – Etosha Nationalpark
The day is at leisure and guided hikes and / or game drives can be undertaken (optional).
2 nights accommodation – Mokuti Lodge Standard o.ä. with dinner and breakfast

Day 17 (Day 4), Wed. 03.08: Etosha Nationalpark
After breakfast drive via Otjiwarongo to Outjo and from there to the first rest camp in Etosha National Park. There you have the opportunity to watch game at a water point in the camp during the evening hours.

Day 18 (Day 5), Thu. 04.08: Etosha Nationalpark
All-day drive through the Etosha National Park, where good game viewing is possible at the various water points. In the late afternoon we leave the park and spend the night in a 4-star lodge, right at the entrance to the national park near Namutoni.
1 night accommodation at Etosha Safari camo o.ä. with dinner and breakfast

Day 19 (Day 6), Fri. 05.08: Mount Etjo
In the morning, another game drive in the park is on the program. The rest of the day is free and can be used to relax by the swimming pool or for short hikes.
2 nights accommodation at Mount Etjo Lodge o.ä. with dinner and breakfast

Day 20 (Day 7), Sat. 06.08:  Mount Etjo
After breakfast the route continues to Tsumeb and the Hoba Meteorite. After the visit, continue to the Waterberg nature reserve, where you will spend the last night. After arrival you can take a short hike to a great viewpoint until sunset and watch the sunset from there.

Day 21 (Day 8), Sun. 07.08: Return Flight
Optionally, you can take part in a trip to the plateau and then at 11.00 am the return trip to Windhoek can be combined with a visit to the wood carving market in Okahandja. The guests are said goodbye at the airport.

Day 22 (Day 9), Mon. 08.08: Arrival in Frankfurt./M
Arrival in Germany

(The extension program can also start with Mount Etjo and end with Waterberg!)

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Your astronomical theme leader:
Joachim Biefang

OPTIONAL EXTENSION:
8 Days Etosha Safari


An 8-day safari to the famous Etosha National Park in Northern Namibia. The “Etosha Pan” is primarily known for its rich fauna, especially the ability to observe large African game (elephants, giraffes, lions, rhinos, wildbeasts, oryx and kudu etc.).

The itinerary, more details and pictures for this extension tour are available in “You may also like” section below. 

HOTEL

TERMS & CONDITIONS

TOUR COST

Tour date:
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Tour Price:
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INCLUDED

✓ Flights Frankfurt-Delhi-Frankfurt including airport taxes, (flights from Zurich or Berlin are possible at an extra charge, without rail & ticket)
 Accommodation for 12 nights on half board
 All excursions, observation and sightseeing programmes unless marked as “optional”,
 All trips within India
 Local tour guides
✓ Astronomical care

NOT INCLUDED

● Connecting flights to Frankfurt
Rail Fly Ticket
other meals, drinks
Tips
Personal expenses
Travel insurance
Possible fuel price increases

INFORMATION

We recommend that you take travel cancellation insurance (RRV). This should be completed immediately after booking. We strongly recommend that you take international health and ambulance insurance, ideally as a complete insurance that also includes, for example, travel accident, luggage and travel liability insurance. In contrast to the RRV, all of these insurances can be taken out immediately before the start of the journey. We would be happy to book your desired insurance for you.

Weather in December and January is nearly the same in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Rishikesh. It is an agreeable winter month, with average temperature varying between 6°C and 21°C. January is a dry month with an average of 23mm rain. This makes January the coldest month of the year. If you enjoy looking at a blue sky and love the sun than this is a great time to go to India (Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Rishikesh) with 239 hours of sun. January is known as one of the best months to visit the mentioned areas.

EQUIPMENTS

 Binoculars and spotting scope if available, small torch light (red)
Walking shoes for the tours
● Warm clothes for evening observation / photography
● Rain cover / jacket
● Sun protection
● Daypack
● Folding stool (if needed)

(The specified list is not intended to be exhaustive. More details will be shared about 4 weeks before the tour)

GENERAL INFORMATION

●  We reserve the right to change the schedule of excursions, sightseeing and observation programmes – even at short notice due to natural events such as volcanic activity.
  The tour can be cancelled by the tour operator, if the minimum number of participants is not met. In this case, Wittmann Travel e.K. can withdraw from the contract 28 days before the start of the journey. As a rule, however, we inform all participants earlier.

PAYMENT MODE

●  20% of the tour price (billing amount) has to be paid at the time of confirmation.
  Balance payment is to be made 28 days prior to departure.

TRAVEL ADVICE

Travel documents:
Information on entry:
A visa is required to enter India.
Cost: approx. 50 euros per person.
As a German citizen, as well as an EU citizen or Swiss citizen, you need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the date of departure.
 
According to the current status (10/01/2021), the following documents are required to obtain the visa:
1. Passport with at least 1 blank page
2. Completed visa application
3. 1 recent photograph
 
(The procurement of the visa for German citizens will be done by Wittmann Travel at the lowest possible cost. All booked participants will be informed about the details of the visa procurement)

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NORTH INDIA - GROUP TOUR OR INDIVIDUAL

ASTRONOMY OF JANTAR MANTAR

TOUR CODE

WT-01-23-A2

DATE

In Planning

DURATION

13 D. - 12 Nts

P.P. PRICE

coming soon

PARTICIPANTS

15 - 20

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Current Status

Tour Active

Booking Status

Minimum participants booked

Eligibility

RTPCR test required (24 hours prior to travel) even for vaccinated (Covid19) and recovered participants

Theme Leader

Name of theme leader

Language

English and German

Please Note

Program can be changed without prior notice
Also possible to book half double room