Inspiration Itinerary

Safari, Forts & Palaces in Style

India at its finest

Safari, Forts & Palaces in Style

This 16 day itinerary commences in the Bollywood capital of India, Mumbai, and showcases the very best of India’s ‘Golden Triangle’.  From Mumbai to Udaipur, followed by a spectacular stay in rural Rajasthan looking for leopard in the wild, you will explore Jodhpur, Jaipur before concluding your journey with a visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra.  Including a stunning mix of private and exclusive experiences you will delight in undertaking a Heritage Walking Tour and wandering the early morning flower market and Sassoon Docks in Mumbai, boating on Lake Pichola with staggeringly impressive palaces and forts lining its shore in Udaipur, discovering the delights of rural Rajasthan in Delwara Village and exploring the impresssive Ranakpur Jain Temples.  Game drives in search of leopard in Jawai, winding your way through the Blue City of Jodhpur and watching the sun rise, and set, over the Taj Mahal are just a few of the other highlights.  For an itinerary that encompasses the best of Rajasthan this one cannot be beaten.

You will love

  • Variety of experiences and excursions
  • Wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Cultural insights and village life
  • Fit for a king or queen

16 UNFORGETTABLE DAYS

PLEASE NOTE:

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

DAY 1 | MUMBAI | 3 NIGHTS

Arrive in Mumbai. Known as the ‘City of Dreams’ it is the wealthiest city in India, the home of ‘Bollywood’ – one of the world’s largest film industries and renowned for its complex, rich and exceptional architecture. Enjoy an evening at leisure in this thriving capital in preparation for the city to be unveiled to you tomorrow.

DAY 2 | MUMBAI

Early morning visit to the vibrant Dada Flower Market with its sweet fragrance of lotus, gerberas, crimson, lilies and marigolds, contrasts with a visit to Mumbai’s Sassoon Docks, so see the frenetic wholesale distribution of the morning’s fish catch. Later, enjoy a Heritage Walking tour of Mumbai, exploring the major landmarks on foot, taking in the cities stunning Gothic and Victorian architecture.

DAY 3 | MUMBAI

This morning enjoy a half day sightseeing tour, commencing with a visit to the stunning Indo-Saracenic monument that was constructed in 1924 and has since become symbolic of Mumbai’s position as the ‘Gateway to India’. Head to Colaba’s historic northern neighbour, Kala Ghoda, to see how Mumbai gained its position as the artistic capital of the country. The legendary Jehangir Art Gallery and the National Gallery Of Modern Art are among the many important institutions that grace this neighborhood. End your day woth a drive up Malabar Hill to watch the sunset over the Arabian Sea.

DAY 4 | UDAIPUR | 3 NIGHTS

Fly from Mumbai to the Lake City of Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan. Our recommended accommodation – Devigarh Palace Hotel – is nestled in the Aravali Hills outside of the city; the perfect location to immerse yourself in rural Delwara whilst staying in an unrivalled palace.

DAY 5 | UDAIPUR

Half day sightseeing tour of Udaipur includes exploring the City Palace, the Jagdish Temple and a visit to Saheliyon Ki Bari (Garden of the Maids of Honour). Enjoy sunset with a boat ride on Lake Pichola.

DAY 6 | UDAIPUR

Embark on a trip to Delwara Village followed by a visit to the nearby Eklingji and Nagda Temples.

DAY 7 | JAWAI | 2 NIGHTS

Travel by road to Jawai visiting the 15th century Ranakpur Jain Temples en-route. Remainder of the afternoon and evening at leisure in camp.

DAY 8 | JAWAI

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in surrounding areas of Jawai in search of leopard in the wild.

DAY 9 | JODHPUR | 2 NIGHTS

Rise for an early morning jeep drive prior to checking out. Transfer by road to Jodhpur. Remainder of afternoon and evening at leisure.

DAY 10 | JODHPUR

Discover the ‘blue city’ with a half day sightseeing tour which includes a visit to the impressive Mehrangarh Fort. Continue on to visit the Jaswant Thaada, the white marble cenotaph and end your tour with a walk to the Clock Tower and through the colourful Sadar markets.

DAY 11 | JAIPUR | 3 NIGHTS

Road transfer to Jaipur. Remainder of afternoon and evening at leisure on arrival.

DAY 12 | JAIPUR

Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Jaipur. Includes Amber Fort, pass by the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), walking through the City Palace and Museum, finishing with the UNESCO World Heritage Jantar Mantar (outdoor observatory).

DAY 13 | JAIPUR

Free day included today, to relax and enjoy the stunning surroundings of your hotel, or the option to take an excursion to a local weaving village to see how they make intricate textiles. Your driver and vehicle are at your disposal, what ever you decide to do.

DAY 14 | AGRA | 2 NIGHTS

Road transfer to Agra visiting the 16th century UNESCO World Heritage Fatehpur Sikri en-route. After arriving into Agra and checking in, head out to watch sunset over the Taj Mahal from the Mehtab Bagh gardens.

DAY 15 | AGRA

Enjoy a morning half day sightseeing tour of Agra starting with a sunrise visit to the majestic Taj Mahal followed by the Agra Fort. Return to the hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure.

DAY 16 | DELHI / END OF ITINERARY

Transfer to Delhi (by road) and check in for your flight home. Depending on the flight departure time, a ‘day use’ room will be included today, so you can freshen up before your flight.

ACCOMMODATION

A handpicked selection of recommended accommodation

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel – Mumbai, Central India

The history of Mumbai and The Taj Mahal Palace are dramatically intertwined. The hotel is Mumbai's first harbour landmark and was the first licensed bar in the city. For more than a century, the Taj has played an intrinsic part in the life of the city, hosting maharajas and dignitaries from across the globe - a luxurious experience. Read More

RAAS Devigarh – Udaipur, Rajasthan

RAAS Devigarh is nestled in the Aravalli Hills of the Udaipur area. The palace was completed in the year 1760 A.D and offers a quiet oasis away from India’s infectious energy. RAAS Devigarh gives you time to sit, relax and unhurriedly soak up the tranquil landscape of Rajasthan, away from the bustle of everyday life. Read More

Jawai Leopard Camp – Jawai, Rajasthan

A modern take on a tented camp, Jawai blends white canvas with stainless steel and leather accoutrements to create an elegant escape in Rajasthan. The camp shares the dramatic rocky environment not only with leopards, but also with the Rabari herdsmen, whose vibrant red turbans are synonymous with the landscape. Read More

RAAS Jodhpur – Jodhpur, Rajasthan

In the north-east quarter of Jodhpur’s old walled city lies Raas, a boutique luxury hotel with spectacular views of the fort. It is a combination of old and new, the only luxury boutique hotel within the walled-city and embodies the region‘s heritage with class and understated elegance. Read More

Rajmahal Palace – Jaipur, India

Rajmahal Palace is located in the centre of Rajasthan’s bustling ’Pink City’, Jaipur. It is one of the oldest and most treasured properties belonging to the Royal Family and is the oldest Palace in Jaipur. Over the years this palace has hosted Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth as well as Jackie Kennedy among others. 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

Pullman Aerocity – New Delhi, Northern India

The Pullman New Delhi Aerocity Hotel is an upscale hotel located adjacent to both the international & domestic airport terminals. It is well connected through the Airport Express Line, which is just 5 minutes away, ensuring a relaxed stop over for travellers passing through Delhi, with or without the time to stop and explore. Read More

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