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THE BIG BLUE

Rajasthan and Andaman Islands are two completely different worlds. Still it’s one India! Both have special charm and are top destinations for travelers from all around the world. Rajasthan is recommended for universal open minded travelers: for culture lovers (monuments, temples, palaces), for wanderers in messy local streets and corners, for everyone who likes to experience traditional activities with Indians and gaze at the stars from mysterious desert sleeping right next to the camel. Andamans have a lot of sand as well but of a different kind! This remote paradise located in Bay of Bengal is a real treasure India has been protecting for years from civilization. Due to that today the underwater world there surprises with unspoiled by humans vast coral reefs with abundant flora and fauna. Life has it’s own slow motion rhythm here, cell phones have no network most of the time and only noise you hear is frogs croaking in the jungle around.

Why « The big blue »?

Main focus of this trip is on scuba diving and exploring the Andamans. They are accessible only from Indian mainland though… therefore it would be a shame not taking a chance of experiencing the real taste of Indian continent. This is why we came up with an exotic mix – dusty, rural Rajasthan with camels, sand dunes, snake charmers and colourful turbans followed by pristine, palm fringed beaches on mysterious Islands surrounded by emerald waters in Bay of Bengal. Every day of this trip brings a new thrill, you can camp on a desert next to your very own camel, bargain on famous Rajasthani markets for most beautiful jewellery pieces and then zip super fast above Maharaja’s fort. After that it’s just you… listening to slowing heart beat while going deep under water. Keep calm and dive…


Advices

Carry a light cotton scarf- perfect protection from sun & sand
Pushkar is a Holy city-no alcohol, no meat. But there is a legal replacement for alcohol and other types of distraction-bhang lassi and bhang sweets and cakes. Try it but ask before for advices from local people!
Purchase some jewellery in Pushkar and Jodhpur (Rajasthan is famous for semi precious stones)
Try zipping in Jodhpur Fort
If you have one - bring your own diving mask. Even though all equipment is available on rent, mask is like good shoes - it should fit and belong to you.
Visit your doctor before departing just to make sure there are no objections for you to go under water.

TOP ACTIVITIES

Welcome dinner and/or party in Delhi's bar/nightclub. Keep calm and enjoy!
Camel safari (night on a desert under the stars!)
Open air dinner on a dessert
Diving in crystal clear waters around Andamans, one of the most pristine diving sites in the world
Meeting local elephants on the beach
Driving around Neil Island on scooter discovering local life
Best seafood available every day on Andamans

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Main focus of this trip is on scuba diving and exploring the Andamans. They are accessible only from Indian mainland though… therefore it would be a shame not taking a chance of experiencing the real taste of Indian continent. This is why we came up with an exotic mix – dusty, rural Rajasthan with camels, sand dunes, snake charmers and colourful turbans followed by pristine, palm fringed beaches on mysterious Islands surrounded by emerald waters in Bay of Bengal. Every day of this trip brings a new thrill, you can camp on a desert next to your very own camel, bargain on famous Rajasthan markets for most beautiful jewellery pieces and then zip super fast above Maharaja’s fort. After that it’s just you… listening to slow heart beat while going deep under water. Keep calm and dive…

Welcome to Delhi-a capital of contrasts and greenery! A warm traditional Indian welcome awaits you at the International Airport of Delhi where a NOMADAY travel representative receives you warmly and makes sure you reach your hotel safely and relaxed. Delhi is a foodie paradise, city where you forget about eating right and controlling your weight...Take rest after the flight and in the evening we invite you for an Indian welcome dinner in a nice restaurant and/or for some drinks in a cosy bar.

Welcome to Holy city. Pushkar is a real delight: quiet lake surrounded by white houses and hills. In evening climb to the sunset point, incredible panorama is in front of you: desert in hills and peaceful lake with devoted people...Tranquillity of the city let you to forget all your worries!

Walk around the lake: observe devotees, kids taking bath, woman washing colourful clothes, and families performing pujas (religious rituals). Small Pushkar village is famous for its tranquility: visit local temples and markets. The view inspires you to sit on the rooftop of the restaurant and have local lassi (yogurt drink)! In the afternoon experience desert safari on the back of camel: take the camel and let him to ride you through the villages and golden sand dunes. Have a dinner under the stars in the desert and sleep like a king in luxurious camp

Blue sky, blue house, blue day...Everything today is Blue! Jodhpur is a city with a charm of the rural village... Around the Fort the buildings and people’s lifestyle are still primitive: woman takes cow milk in a courtyard and hangs the laundry on the street, man works in the fields outside Jodhpur...Traditional locals are get the resources from the nature: cultivating their own veggies and meat- healthy chicken and funny goats are accents of many households... Discover narrow streets of Jodhpur and climb to Mehrangarh Fort which stands on the hill and is the main pride of the city! Try the Flying fox. Discover the fort from the altitude of 200 meters (be crazy and enjoy unforgettable activity). It’s a thrilling and exciting experience for everyone. Very scary in the beginning as your life literally hangs on a wire stretched over few hundred meters over the ground (very safe activity, UK standards). Six tracks are waiting for you to fly around like a bird and admire the beauty of blue surroundings!

Morning requires being productive: visit Maharaja from Jodhpur who is still living and enjoying the royal life in Umaid Bhawan. Later if you feel motivated for shopping, Jodhpur offers a chance to walk in scenic Sadar market with its Clock Tower with loads of jewellery stalls, textile and fresh veggies! Do not forget your camera because Jodhpur’s blue colour contrasts with colourful Indian clothes and the vitality of the town impresses everyone!

Fly back to Delhi and spend the night in a hotel.

Flight from Delhi with a stop-over in Calcutta takes you to remote territory of India – Andaman and Nicobar Islands. You will be received at the airport and transferred downtown. Before boarding the ferry to Havelock Island you can take a stroll around Port Blair, the capital of Andamans. After that you will be transferred from the ferry to your resort on Havelock Island. Make yourself comfortable, this will be your temporary sea facing home. Here after the intensive Rajasthani colors, smells and sights soak into an absolutely peaceful scenery. This is also a perfect moment to change culinary preferences from rotis, chapattis and spicy gravies to fresh seafood – real delight! Night at the resort.

Good morning in paradise. Wake up with a sea breeze on your happy face and take proper rest after the Rajasthan experience and before what’s waiting for you under crystal clear water. Take a day off from any schedule, swing in hammock stretched between coconut palms, enjoy food, laid back ambience and sand grains between fingers. Night at the resort.

Start the day early, grab light breakfast and get ready for your divine diving experience. Meet the diving team and your instructor who will explain all you need to know in order to safely enjoy the underwater world. You can’t compare it to anything else. First the excitement grows gradually in you while getting on boat, becoming familiar with all the equipment, learning the diving sign language… and tempting azure waters are all around. Once plunging under the waves your body becomes light as feather you feel peaceful and free. On top of that the world you discover over here is like a fairytale with colorful fishes, corals and sunrays sparkling through the water depths. Today the dives will be in a spot called Aquarium, but no worries you won’t be surrounded by any glass! It’s a good spot to smoothly start the adventure and admire colorful reef already on the depth of 5 meters. This gently sloping reef is home to Scorpionfish, Nudibranchs, Pipe fishes and many other cute reef creatures. In the afternoon return to the beach resort and take rest.

Second day of diving thrill starts. Amazed after yesterday? These waters have much more to offer so boldly board the boat and prepare for next site. Today you will boat a bit further up and discover waters around a small island South Button. A large list of sea creatures is to be seen here including MaNta Ray, Barracuda, Big Eyed Trevally, Batfish as well as Crocodile Fish, Moray Eels, turtles, Angelfish, Blue Fin Trevally and Nudibranch…. Night in the resort.

Deserved day of break, lazing around and discovering the dry land for a change. Rent a scooter and explore this lovely island with idyllic beaches. There are things to do for those hyper active ones. Kayaking, some treks through jungle near the Elephant Beach and having long walks on the white sand. In the evening grab a delicious sea food dinner. If you feel like having it local style then surely ask for a catch of the day in advance. On Andamans time goes slowly and so do people. Your dinner has to be caught first! Then grilled J. Night in the beach resort.

Back to the big blue! Put the wetsuit on and check out new spots. There is a small wreck of a fishing boat to visit that stands upright from the sandy bottom attracting variety of fishes. Next dive is near the Lighthouse with bizarrely technicolor coral ecosystems where crocodile-fishes and flying lion fishes play hide and seek. Afternoon free for relaxing. Night in the beach resort.

Fourth day of diving and you might be ready for more challenging sites. It’s up to you, choices are plenty. Interesting place is The Wall that attracts not only humans going out of their comfort zones but also friendly fishes. You can meet the famous one there! The regular very large Napoleon Wrasse called Pierre is there to welcome you among purple, yellow and red corals. Second dive could be at near the Elephant Beach famous for its other large guests…elephants! Occasionally they take a bath here J Except from the big mammals obviously amazing variety of water fauna is to be found.

Spend the morning profiting from the blissful surroundings because today you are heading back to Port Blair. With a ferry in the early afternoon get back into more civilized environment and spend the afternoon in the harbour town. You will spend a night in the resort.

Depending on your international flight details you will take a flight from Port Blair back to Indian mainland.

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