On this journey through India, you will get to discover the country’s long and rich history, the diversity of her people, the many cultures and varied landscapes. From the opulent forts and palaces of Rajasthan to the elegant and stunning Taj Mahal, from vibrant, loud, colourful markets and organised chaos to serene, spiritual experiences, from camels and elephants to tuk tuk rides and vintage car drives, this journey covers it all. And does it in style!
Your flight lands at Delhi’s international airport. On exiting the terminal you transfer to your waiting vehicle and you are driven directly to your hotel, the Leela Palace. At the hotel, you check in and the rest of the day/evening is at leisure.
After breakfast, venture out to explore Delhi. Begin your discovery with a historic walk of Old Delhi, a contrasting mix of Indo-Islamic architecture. Here you climb on board a rickshaw and drive through the crowded streets of the
300-years old wholesale market, Chandini Chowk. You disembark at the Jama Masjid mosque for a visit. Next stop is Rajghat, the last resting place of Mahatma Gandhi. Lunch is at Spice Route at the Imperial hotel. You will stop at the jewel of this collection – The Rashtrapati Bhavan, the residence of the President of India. Continuing up Rajpath or ‘Kings Way’ you will come to India Gate. Move on to see Humayun’s Tomb, the first garden-tomb in the Indian subcontinent and the inspiration for several monuments including the Taj Mahal.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your private charter flight to Varanasi. On the way, your jet stops in the city of temples—Khajuraho. Lunch in Hotel Lalit. Continue your journey to Varanasi, you are met on arrival and you transfer to your lovely hotel, Taj Nadesar Palace where you check-in. The evening is at leisure.
After breakfast you visit Sarnath. Return to your hotel for lunch and the afternoon is at leisure.This evening you drive to the Old City. Here you disembark and walk to the banks (ghats) of the Ganges. At sunset you can
see the fires of the crematorium, release votive candles onto the river. Dinner is on a-la-carte basis.
At sunrise you will once again take a boat down the river. After you disembark, you will visit the old city. Return to your hotel for breakfast and later this morning you check-out and transfer to the airport for your next leg of the tour.
Your destination today is the royal city of Jaipur, with a short stopover en route in Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal. After your visit to the Taj you have lunch at the beautiful Oberoi Amarvilas before returning to the airport and continuing your journey. Arrive into Jaipur by early evening and transfer directly to your magnificent palace hotel, Taj Rambagh Palace.
Visit Diggi Palace. After Holi celebrations and lunch, you set off on a sightseeing tour of this vibrant city. You start with a visit to the fort palace at Amber. Then visit the extraordinary ‘Jantar
Mantar’, stop to click photographs at the Hawa Mahal, returning to your hotel for a wash and change in preparation for the gala evening event. Start with a private tour of the Palace
including the residential areas. After the tour, enjoy a sit-down exclusive dinner served on the priceless lalique dining table in the private dining room. Return to your hotel after dinner.
After breakfast, board your private plane to Jaisalmer with an en route stop at Jodhpur. After the Fort, also visit the elegant Jaswant Thada. End the tour of the city with lunch at the imposing Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace.
Post lunch, board your private plane to the biggest desert in Rajasthan, Jaisalmer. On arrival in Jaisalmer, transfer to your hotel, SuryaGarh where you check-in.The rest of the evening is at leisure. Dinner tonight is a-la-carte dining affair at the inhouse restaurants.
After breakfast you begin a half day tour of the city. Your first stop is Jaisalmer Fort. Drive back to the hotel for a leisurely lunch and the rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
Tonight’s camp will be set up at the base of a 15-metre high dune which will be lit by lamps. At the camp’s base, the hotel’s chefs will be cooking dinner.
Take private jet to Udaipur this morning after breakfast. Transfer to your incredible hotel, the Taj Lake Palace.
After a relaxed lunch you have the option of exploring the old city with your escort. Dinner tonight is organised for you at the Mewar Terrace in the hotel.
After breakfast, visit the eclectic Crystal Gallery and the City Palace. Later visit the lovely medieval Jagdish Temple. The rest of the day is at leisure and your escort and vehicles will be available at your disposal. Lunch is at the hotel. Dinner tonight is arranged on the Gangaur, the royal barge of the House of Mewar.
After breakfast at the hotel, fly in your private jet to city of Hyderabad. Your hotel is Taj Falaknuma Palace. Lunch is organised at the hotel and the afternoon is at leisure. In the evening take a sunset, champagne walk of the palace and vast grounds with Mr. Prabhakar Mahindrakar the palace historian, who will narrate astonishing tales and myths associated with the Palace.
After breakfast you go an exclusive walk along the quaint and bustling by-lanes of Begum Bazaar and Charminar. Spend the afternoon strolling through Lad Bazaar. Your last stop is at the beautifully restored Chowmahalla Palace. Lunch today is at a popular restaurant that specialises in the famous Hyderabad ‘biryani’.The evening is at leisure. Dinner tonight is at your convenience and is a-la-carte.
After breakfast you bid goodbye to this opulent city of the Nizams and fly to Mumbai. Before you arrive, you stop en route at Hampi. Enjoy lunch at Orange County Hampi and fly onto Mumbai afterwards. Stay at an iconic hotel, the Taj Mahal Palace and enjoy dinner at The Zodiac Grill.
After breakfast you drive to Churchgate station to see one of Mumbai’s most successful entrepreneurial ventures – the Dabbawallas. Next you tour Kala Ghoda and Victoria Terminus. After lunch you visit Dhobi Ghat, a sight
unique to this city. Your tour of India comes to an end this evening and a farewell dinner is prepared. The venue is a fabulous suite at the Taj Mahal Palace and tonight’s menu is prepared by the famed chefs of the hotel.
Breakfast is at leisure. Today you transfer to the international airport for your onward flights.