India Posted by ME to WE Signature Lodges October 19th, 2017

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ME to WE Lodge: Araveli

Discover India with an experience that takes you beyond the traditional tourist destinations.

We know that connecting with a place means connecting with its people. We’ve been working with our partner WE Charity and its development projects for years, allowing us to form close bonds with communities in rural Rajasthan—a bond you’ll experience when you travel with us to Araveli.

Experience Araveli

Each day at Araveli is full of new adventures. Retreat every evening to your accommodations at Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp, framed by the pink-hued Aravalli Mountains. From creature comforts like hot showers, delicious meals and beautiful, comfortable accommodations, to expert local guides and friendly staff, we take care of every detail—letting you focus on being present and connected.

Location

Your journey with ME to WE takes you deep into the rural Rajasthan province in northwest India—a sun-drenched landscaped marked by towering white temples, wheat fields, bustling villages and colorful markets. Make your way north from the city of Udaipur, traveling down dirt roads to Araveli. As you near your destination, be greeted by smiles, waves and friendly calls of “Namaste!” (Hindi for hello) from local community members. At Araveli, our staff are waiting to help you settle in to your luxury permanent tent or cottage. It’s time to savor a welcome meal on our al fresco dining platform overlooking the mountain foothills below, and look forward to the days to come!

Experience Araveli

Explore your journey to India and what sets our trips apart.

Experience

Giving Back

Every trip with ME to WE directly supports projects in the communities we visit. We’ll take you to rural communities in India’s Rajasthan state, where you’ll step into the shoes of local families who work with our charity partner, WE Charity. Girls in India, specifically tribal populations in Rajasthan, experience a great number of gender disparities, with high female illiteracy rates. WE Charity works with communities to improve access to education and to combat child labor. As you meet local community members, learn from them how they’re working hand-in-hand with WE Charity. If you choose, you can even get your hands dirty by contributing to an ongoing project, like a clean-water well, classroom or health clinic.

Experience

Community & Culture

Spend a peaceful afternoon at Araveli, learning the traditional arts of tie-dye and block printing, sitting on colorful mats laid out in the shade. Get to know a visiting family of artisans who have fostered these traditions for generations—sharing laughs and stories as they share the secrets of this ancient art form. Travel down winding roads to a nearby community where a local woman will invite you into her home to share in her daily routine—from feeding goats to collecting water and preparing chapatti. Every day of your trip brings new opportunities to connect to the people and places around you.

Experience

Community & Culture

Spend a peaceful afternoon at Araveli, learning the traditional arts of tie-dye and block printing, sitting on colorful mats laid out in the shade. Get to know a visiting family of artisans who have fostered these traditions for generations—sharing laughs and stories as they share the secrets of this ancient art form. Travel down winding roads to a nearby community where a local woman will invite you into her home to share in her daily routine—from feeding goats to collecting water and preparing chapatti. Every day of your trip brings new opportunities to connect to the people and places around you.

Experience

Adventure & Discovery

Be awed by the vast beauty of the Aravalli Mountains on a leisurely hike through the foothills with your local guide, making your way to a viewpoint to look back on Araveli nestled in the landscape below. Explore the nearby Kumbhalgarh Fort, an anicent Mewar fortress that boasts the second-largest wall after the Great Wall of China. Discover India’s culinary roots with an interactive cooking class led by our chefs.

Accommodations

The name Araveli takes its inspiration from the landscape around it—combining the name of the Aravalli Mountains with the Hindi word for home. Our goal is to ensure you’ll feel welcomed and at home from the moment you arrive, enjoying the lodge’s local charm and design, as well as comfort and convenience.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Cottages & Luxury Tents

Catch up on your day with fellow travelers around a roaring fire, spend quiet afternoons relaxing or reading as the sun streams in through the windows, take in views of the mountains below from your private balcony, and savor the delight of a hot shower after an adventure-filled day.

       
ACCOMMODATIONS

Cottages & Luxury Tents


Catch up on your day with fellow travelers around a roaring fire, spend quiet afternoons relaxing or reading as the sun streams in through the windows, take in views of the mountains below from your private balcony, and savor the delight of a hot shower after an adventure-filled day.

ACCOMMODATIONS

The Property

Start your day with a sunrise yoga class, feeling the warmth of the sun on your face as it rises over the mountains. Feel connected to local culture as you explore Araveli, delighting in the thoughtful décor inspired by the environment around you. Walk winding stone paths framed by bursts of vibrant flowers, head out on hikes in the mountain foothills and look out for views of our resident family of monkeys as they swing through the treetops.

      
ACCOMMODATIONS

The Property


Start your day with a sunrise yoga class, feeling the warmth of the sun on your face as it rises over the mountains. Feel connected to local culture as you explore Araveli, delighting in the thoughtful décor inspired by the environment around you. Walk winding stone paths framed by bursts of vibrant flowers, head out on hikes in the mountain foothills and look out for views of our resident family of monkeys as they swing through the treetops.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Dining

Enjoy the rich flavors, aromas and spices of Indian cuisine, prepared fresh by our chefs. Taste local favorites like savory samosas and butter chicken, pakoras and freshly baked naan. Savor each meal on our al fresco dining platform that offers an incredible vista of the landscape below. Western-style dishes are also always available, as well as options to suit any dietary needs.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Dining


Enjoy the rich flavors, aromas and spices of Indian cuisine, prepared fresh by our chefs. Taste local favorites like savory samosas and butter chicken, pakoras and freshly baked naan. Savor each meal on our al fresco dining platform that offers an incredible vista of the landscape below. Western-style dishes are also always available, as well as options to suit any dietary needs.

Packages and Rates

10 Days: from $3,995 USD

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Connect with us at
1-(877) 638-6931 ext. 540

Your Experience at a Glance

Sample Itinerary : 10 days, 9 nights

Additional itineraries are available through your preferred travel provider, or contact us at 1-877-638-6931 ext. 540


DAY 1:
  • Depart

DAY 2:
  • Late Evening Arrival in Delhi
  • Check-in at the Leela Ambience Gurgaon

DAY 3:
  • Acclimatize in Delhi
  • Late Morning Flight to Udaipur
  • Depart for Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp
  • Introduction and Orientation

DAY 4:
  • Early Morning Yoga
  • Language Lesson
  • Community Welcome
  • Project Building
  • Jhapki
  • Nature Hike
  • After Dinner Dance Performance from Local Dance Troupe

DAY 5:
  • Community Walk
  • Jhapki
  • Mewari Art Class
  • Project Building

DAY 6:
  • Early Morning Yoga
  • Project Building
  • Jhapki
  • Bollywood Dancing
  • Indian Artisan Activities
  • Evening of Musical Entertainment

DAY 7:
  • Project-Building
  • Jhapki
  • Depart for Ranakpur Temple

DAY 8:
  • Early Morning Yoga
  • Project Building and Community Farewell
  • Meet local women involved in our Opportunity Pillar programming

DAY 9:
  • Early Morning Yoga
  • Final Project Building
  • Jhapki
  • Visit Kumbhalgarh Fort
  • Dinner Cart Extravaganza

DAY 10:
  • Early Morning Yoga
  • Farewell Breakfast
  • Sightseeing in Udaipur
  • Lunch on the Shores of Lake Pichola
  • Market Shopping
  • Early Dinner at Raaj Bagh Restaurant Palace
  • Depart Delhi

FOR THE INCLUSIONS / EXCLUSIONS BOX
Inclusions
  • Hotel accommodation in Delhi (1 night)
  • Ground transportation for the duration of the trip
  • Return airfare from Delhi to Udaipur
  • Meals as indicated in Delhi
  • Entrance fees to sights in Udaipur
  • All activities as outlined in the itinerary
  • Accommodation at Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp (7 nights)
  • All meals and drinks at Araveli, including purified water, sodas, beer and wine
  • ME to WE professional facilitator
Exclusions
  • International airfare to and from Delhi
  • Indian Tourist Visa, which can be obtained and stamped in your passport prior to departure at an Indian embassy or consulate. Visas are not available at the port of entry.
  • Evening snack in Delhi upon arrival
  • Travel Insurance (Out-of-Country medical, trip cancellation and interruption insurance)
  • Gratuities are not expected but appreciated, and are shared among all staff. We humbly suggest $5-10 per adult per day
* Please note that arrival and departure transfers are included in your trip cost. Pick up time at the airport is no earlier than 2:30pm on your arrival day, since check-in at the hotel is at 3pm. Should you decide to extend your stay by arriving earlier or departing later than the scheduled times of your ME to WE Volunteer Adventure, airport pick-up and drop-offs can be arranged at an additional cost.

Offers & Trip Extensions

Take in a breathtaking view of India’s raw beauty—from colossal ancient architecture to bustling city markets to exotic cuisine. Fill your senses with the vibrancy of this colourful culture and connect to its living history. Each of our India extensions are fully customizable to ensure your experience is truly everything you could imagine and more.

Explore Our Extensions

Need Assistance?

To learn more about booking a trip extension, connect with us at
1-(877) 638-6931 ext. 540 or talk to your preferred travel agent.

Activities

Traveling with ME to WE isn’t about getting off the beaten path—it’s about staying on it. Walk in the foosteps of locals—to the well to collect water, the farm to harvest food and care for animals, and the market to provide for their families. Meet families in communities we’ve partnered with for years, as they invite you into their homes, traditions and cultures.

ACTIVITY

Sunrise yoga

Feel the warmth of the sun rising over the mountains each morning as you partake in yoga, a discipline that first originated in ancient India.

ACTIVITY

Sunrise yoga

Feel the warmth of the sun rising over the mountains each morning as you partake in yoga, a discipline that first originated in ancient India.

ACTIVITY

Village walk

Women play a vital role in the day-to-day running of a community. Walk side-by-side with them as they fetch water from the well, care for their goats and cows, and cook chapatti for their families—learning what it takes for a community to thrive.

ACTIVITY

Village walk

Women play a vital role in the day-to-day running of a community. Walk side-by-side with them as they fetch water from the well, care for their goats and cows, and cook chapatti for their families—learning what it takes for a community to thrive.

ACTIVITY

Traditional crafts

Meet local artisans who have practiced the arts of tie-dye, block printing and Mewari painting for generations. Have the chance to learn about the orgins of each tradition as you try your hand at creating colorful masterpieces.

ACTIVITY

Traditional crafts

Meet local artisans who have practiced the arts of tie-dye, block printing and Mewari painting for generations. Have the chance to learn about the orgins of each tradition as you try your hand at creating colorful masterpieces.

ACTIVITY

Be part of a community project

Have the opportunity to give back directly to the places you’re visiting—we can arrange for you to spend time contributing to a local project with our charity partner, WE Charity, such as helping build a school or medical clinic.

ACTIVITY

Be part of a community project

Have the opportunity to give back directly to the places you’re visiting—we can arrange for you to spend time contributing to a local project with our charity partner, WE Charity, such as helping build a school or medical clinic.

ACTIVITY

Indian Cooking Class

Try your hand at creating some of the delectable Indian cuisine you’ve enjoyed throughout your trip—joining our chefs to learn how to prepare traditional favorites like butter chicken and samosas.

ACTIVITY

Indian Cooking Class

Try your hand at creating some of the delectable Indian cuisine you’ve enjoyed throughout your trip—joining our chefs to learn how to prepare traditional favorites like butter chicken and samosas.

Getting there

Begin your journey in Udaipur, known as the “Venice of the East,” a city surrounded by man-made lakes and islands. Meet our team and be transported to Araveli, a two-hour drive north of Udaipur.

Extension #1

Taj Mahal

2 nights (1 Delhi & 1 Agra) from $645 USD per person, based on double occupancy (at a 4-star hotel)

Stand in awe of a structure referred to by many as the greatest in the world. Constructed from semi-translucent white marble, your eye will follow every detail of the hand-carved flowers and semi-precious stones that decorate the Taj Mahal. Surrounded by perfectly manicured ornamental gardens, this building is as pristine as it was when built over 360 years ago.

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Extension #1

Taj Mahal

2 nights (1 Delhi & 1 Agra) from $645 USD per person, based on double occupancy (at a 4-star hotel)

Stand in awe of a structure referred to by many as the greatest in the world. Constructed from semi-translucent white marble, your eye will follow every detail of the hand-carved flowers and semi-precious stones that decorate the Taj Mahal. Surrounded by perfectly manicured ornamental gardens, this building is as pristine as it was when built over 360 years ago.

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Extension #2

The Golden Triangle

4 nights from $1,295 USD per person, based on double occupancy (at a 4-star hotel)

Experience the grandeur of Northern India’s most renowned cities, marked by magnificent fortresses, towering palaces and exquisitely landscaped estates. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the region’s fascinating history by visiting the aristocratic beauty of Deogarh Mahal and taking in panoramic views of the area from atop Amber Fort. You’ll also enjoy a sunset tour of the famous Taj Mahal.

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Extension #2

The Golden Triangle

4 nights from $1,295 USD per person, based on double occupancy (at a 4-star hotel)

Experience the grandeur of Northern India’s most renowned cities, marked by magnificent fortresses, towering palaces and exquisitely landscaped estates. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the region’s fascinating history by visiting the aristocratic beauty of Deogarh Mahal and taking in panoramic views of the area from atop Amber Fort. You’ll also enjoy a sunset tour of the famous Taj Mahal.

Enquire Now