India in Style

Amongst The Maharajas

Safari, Forts & Palaces in Style

This 14 day journey showcases the very best of India, travelling by air and train (First Class) it is ideal for those not wanting to travel exclusively by road. The list of highlights is considerable, as only India can deliver, and includes stunning accommodation from Palaces to Luxury Tented Camps interspersed with first class hotels. Touring highlights include a fun Old Delhi Street Eats walking tour, the Aarti Ceremony on the ghats of the Ganges in Varanasi, sunrise overlooking the Taj Mahal, safaris in search of tiger in Ranthambore National Park, special access to the private quarters of the City Palace in Jaipur, a cruise on Lake Pichola in Udaipur and a special behind the scenes tour of the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur with the Curator…..plus so much more!

This journey begins in the capital, Delhi, before flying to the holy city of Varanasi before arriving in Agra – home to the iconic Taj Mahal.  You will then travel by train from Bharatpur to the wildlife Reserve of Ranthambore and onto the Pink City of Jaipur (by train) before flying to the Lake City of Udaipur where your journey will culminate in a flight home via Delhi.  By the end of this trip we are confident that India will have you spellbound….and you will not be ready to leave!

 

You will love

  • Unrivalled luxury accommodation
  • Travel India by train (First Class)
  • A collision of culture and wildlife
  • Architecture, history & oppulence
  • Rare behind the scenes experiences

14 UNFORGETTABLE DAYS

PLEASE NOTE:

This itinerary provides the perfect framework for a spectacular opportunity to live like a Maharajah, however it can be designed to suit your preferred pace, price and pursuits. Contact us for a tailormade journey.

DAY 1 | DELHI | 2 NIGHTS

Welcome to India! On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel to rest and recuperate after your flight, and to prepare for the next two weeks of inspiring experiences.

DAY 2 | DELHI

Relax this morning before heading out to explore Old & New Delhi. Marvel at the city’s British-inspured and Mughal architecture before travelling to bustling Old Delhi to enjoy a fun Street Eats walking tour as you explore this fascinating, pulsating old city and its narrow lanes.

DAY 3 | VARANASI | 2 NIGHTS

Fly to Varanasi, one of the holiest cities in India and, after settling in to your accommodation, soak up the atmosphere as you walk along the famous ghats (steps) that line the Ganges River before visiting the Durga Temple, dedicated to Maa Durga and of immense religious importance in Hinduisn, and the Kashi Vishwanath, one of the most famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. At the end of the day experience the breathtaking evening Aarti ceremony at the Dasaswamedh Ghat.

DAY 4 | VARANASI

Rise early this morning for an unforgettable boat ride on the River Ganges to witness pilgrims perform puja along the banks of the river and cruise past the funeral ghat’s from a respectful distance. Later visit Sarnath, a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site where Buddha preached his first sermon, just outside Varanasi.

DAY 5 | AGRA | 2 NIGHTS

Fly from Varanasi to Agra today arriving in time to check into your hotel. before your seeing your first sight of the Taj Mahal. On the bank of the Yamuna River you will watch the sunset over the Taj Mahal from the impressive Mehtab Bagh Gardens.

DAY 6 | AGRA

An early start is well worth it today, to visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise to see the changing colours over the structures of the mausoleum. Later tour Agra Fort steeped in history and visit the ‘restorers of the Taj – craftsmen who have been taught the art of recreating the stone encrusted marble that was used to build the Taj. The remainder of your afternoon is at leisure.

DAY 7 | RANTHAMBORE | 2 NIGHTS

This morning visit the eerie, yet magnificent, abandoned royal Mughal capital of Fatehpur SikriFatehpur Sikri en-route to Bharatpur Railway Station. Board your First Class train for a journey of just under 2.5 hours to Ranthambore National Park. Whilst this is a short train journey you wil have the opportunity to watch rural India pass by viewing places where villagers go about their daily routine and where nature is an integral part of life… soak up the glory of the countryside, breathe the unpolluted air and sway to the zigzag movement of the train as it carries you to Rannthambore in time to check in to your lodge and head out on your first jungle drive in search of tiger!

DAY 8 | RANTHAMBORE

Ranthambore National Park is most famous for its Royal Bengal tiger population and you will have the opportunity to head out on a morning and afternoon jungle safari. But beyond these majestic animals you may also spot crocodiles and sloth bears, among many other fascinating animals. Ancient Ranthambore Fort lies in the middle of the park and is well worth a visit to see the famous Ganesha temple inside.

DAY 9 | JAIPUR

Once more take a First Class train – this time from Ranthambore to the famed Pink City of Jaipur. After settling in & relaxing in your hotel you will undertake a cooking class. This fun filled culinary experience will introduce you to the art of a variety of regional and traditional cuisines and you will culminate with you dining on your culinary creations!

DAY 10 | JAIPUR

A full day sightseeing tour of Jaipur awaits you today. Explore the Amber Fort, pass by the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), visit the City Palace and Museum and, with exclusive access, you will walk through the private quarters of the Jaipur Royal Family. Your day ends with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jantar Mantar.

DAY 11 | JAIPUR

Start today with an optional, private one hour yoga session at your hotel followed by a Heritage Walking Tour of Jaipur that will unveil the city’s art, architecture, culture and traditions. An rewarding and enriching day spent on the Pink City.

DAY 12 | UDAIPUR | 2 NIGHTS

Fly to Udaipur today, check in to your hotel and head out for an afternoon Heritage Walking Tour of Udaipur. Commence with a visit to the famous Jagdish Temple. Located just outside the Royal Palace this temple has been in continuous worship since 1651. Continue through the alleyways of Old Udaipur – housing ancient temples, colourful havelis with facades of intricate jhakoras and with a temple at every turn along with houses adorned with miniature frescoes reflecting the painting style of the region.

DAY 13 | UDAIPUR

Enjoy a relaxed morning, or – as you wish – head out early to return for an afternoon at leisure. Whichever you choose toda you will have the opportunity to explore Udaipur’s City Palace, the elaborate Garden of the Maids of Honour and enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola (ideal at sunset).

DAY 14 | END OF ITINERARY

Your journey ends with a trransfer to the airport today to continue your travels or return home.

ACCOMMODATION

A handpicked selection of recommended accommodation

Oberoi New Delhi – New Delhi

The Oberoi New Delhi is within easy reach of the remarkable culture of this amazing city. There are five superb restaurants onsite as well as an indoor and outdoor pool and a fitness centre. Enjoy contemporary sophistication close to local attractions such as the India Gate, Red Fort and the National Museum. Read More

Nadesar Palace – Varanasi, Northern India

Situated in one of the oldest living cities of the world, Nadesar Palace is set amidst mango orchards, marigold fields and lotus-filled, jasmine scented gardens. Nadesar Palace has hosted royalty, statesmen and celebrities since 1835. Nadesar Palace is a haven of peace and tranquillity and Varanasi’s most exclusive hotel. Read More

Oberoi Amarvilas – Agra, Northern India

With excellent views of the timeless monument to love, the Taj Mahal, there can only be one place to stay in Agra - the Oberoi Amarvilas. Oberoi Amarvilas boasts a breathtaking display of terraced lawns, ornate gardens complete with fountains and pools and rich interiors that take you back to an era of emperors & princes. Read More

Sher Bagh – Ranthambore NP, Rajasthan

The 12 hand-stitched canvas tents at Sher Bagh camp reflect the style of the 1920’s and arouse nostalgic evocations for life on safari during the heyday of the Raj. In addition to faultless service, elegant style and exquisite dining, the wildlife is spectacular. Sher Bagh is an authentic tented jungle camp and the perfect base for tiger spotting! Read More

Rambagh Palace – Jaipur, Rajasthan

The Rambagh Palace Hotel lies steeped in history with elegant rooms, marbled corridors and majestic gardens. In the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, the hotel is filled with rich textures, opulent furnishings and exquisite objets d'art. Enjoy a day out and about exploring Jaipur and return for dinner at one of the property's high quality restaurants. Read More

Taj Lake Palace – Udaipur, Rajasthan

The Lake Palace Hotel is located in Udaipur, on an island on Lake Pichola and is without doubt the centerpiece of the city. This fairytale hotel was built in the 18th century with sumptuous architecture, Mughal domes and intricately carved white marble. Discover the winding streets of the old city or relax at the Lake Palace Hotel. Read More

NEED TO KNOW

13 UNFORGETTABLE NIGHTS

13 UNFORGETTABLE NIGHTS

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START:     Delhi, India     |     Finish: Udaipur, India

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