30 October 2019
THE REAL RAJASTHAN .
Travel to India for a cause
This year we are honoured to be working with the dynamic team at The Fund for Global Human Rights. Together we have created an intimate Insider Journey that will bring a maximum of ten guests to the heart of Rajasthan with a rare chance to meet the people and places that are never found on a standard visit of the country. The tour will begin in Delhi and move to Jaipur and Udaipur over a seven-night exploration of Rajasthan’s past, present and future.
It has been an eye-opening experience to learn from this extraordinary team about what is really happening in India. The Fund exists to support and advance the generation-changing ambitions of the most dedicated grassroots campaigners across the globe. They are deeply rooted within local communities who are fighting for their right to stand on their own feet and shape aspirations and opportunities that will finally allow them to thrive.
Because The Fund is in constant communication with their Grantees on the ground, those who join this Insider Journey to Rajasthan can be well assured that they will receive the up-to-date and authentic version of events from highly articulate and passionate individuals who have dedicated their lives towards implementing real and lasting change. Some of the themes we cover range from advocating the rights of single women; minorities who have been wrongly persecuted and domestic workers facing abuse.
In each city, we have arranged for our guests to meet with the Grantees of one or two leading and influential organisations that demonstrate effective change. Meetings will take place in informal settings to give everyone the opportunity to speak freely and ask questions. This will be balanced by taking in many of the spectacular cultural highlights of Rajasthan alongside one of our best local guides whose unparalleled knowledge will give you an insight into the region’s fascinating history.
We hope you can join The Fund for Global Human Rights on this specialist journey.
INSIDER ACCESS TO HUMAN RIGHTS IN RAJASTHAN
During your stay in Delhi you will have the privilege to meet with a group of young professionals with a firm belief in an egalitarian and just world and in the Indian Constitution. The organisation specialises in working for the rights of those who have been wrongfully prosecuted especially under terrorism charges and it has been instrumental in researching legal cases as well providing legal, financial and mentoring support to victims and their families. The Fund also supports a dedicated group of individuals who have come together to challenge the growing incidents of hate violence in India.
In Jaipur The Fund have arranged for you to meet with the team seeking to help a particularly marginalised and sizeable population of low-income women ‘alone’ (i.e., single, separated, widowed, deserted, or disabled) to challenge rights abuses. Traditionally, Indian society makes women who are widowed or single invisible by isolating them culturally, restricting mobility and livelihood, and inheritance rights. Today, the organisation helps to give voice to over 123,895 women in six states in India - a truly ground-breaking achievement.
In Udaipur you will meet with the leading team of a community-based organisation that has been working since 2000 to protect and promote the rights of ‘Daltis’ (repressed ethnic groups) through grassroots mobilising, human rights education, and community participation. Over the years, they have helped over 47,000 women leave manual scavenging and over 6000 survivors of sexual assault to access legal aid/justice, psychological counselling, education and employment opportunities.
The Imperial, Delhi
One of the city’s finest hotels sprawled out in a distinguished address in the heart of the capital. Through its detailed and magnificent design, the Imperial never loses touch with its heritage and remains one of the most exquisite properties in town of this ancient city.
Samode Haveli, Jaipur
Entering Samode Haveli from the frantic centre of Jaipur has the same effect of stepping into a bubble bath at the end of a long and busy day. Fountains trickle in leafy courtyards; a large swimming pool of perfect turquoise and flower-filled gardens provide a calm and peaceful retreat. Above, a lofty rooftop terrace is one of the best places in the city to watch a setting sun dip below the jumbled horizon. The vibe is relaxed and informal with simple, almost minimalist bedrooms that add to the sense of calm and, in our opinion, food delivered by one of the best chefs in town.
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
Rooted in the middle of Lake Pichola, The Taj Lake Palace has been carefully brought back to its former glory as the pleasure palace of the disgraced prince, Maharana Jagat Singh II. Every detail from the handprinted murals to the stunning courtyard gardens have been perfectly renovated so that a stay here feels as close to living like Rajasthani Royalty as you are likely to get. Surrounded by lapping water, which glitters on the walls in the morning and afternoon light and impossibly romantic views of city beyond, this is one of the most sought-after locations from which to discover the magic of Udaipur.