A beautiful introduction to culture, cuisine and wildlife.
At a Glance
|Price||Dates||N°· of nights||N°· of pax||Holiday type||Weather||Price includes|
|From £4,750 per person based on twin share, single supp £280||Your choice||12 nights in country and 2 nights of air travel||Minimum of 2 people||Tailor-made holiday||Temperature range of 15 – 30 C||Flights from the UK, transfers, guides, accommodation, meals and activities where stated and back up service.|
Days 1 - 2
Delhi - immerse into city life
Explore Delhi with your city expert. This experience can be customized depending on your interests. There are forts, palaces, old market places, museums and art galleries. Visit the Kingdom of Dreams for a Bollywood style theatre followed by dinner. A 10-minute walk from Khan Market and Lodi Gardins, the hotel enjoys a very central, yet peaceful location. Right on the cusp of New and Old Dehli. A historical landmark and an ideal location to enjoy India’s magnificent past, with modern luxuries for a comfortable stay.
Accommodation: The Claridges Hotel, Delhi provides a luxury accommodation where you can witness the magic of old Delhi along with the modern luxury of New Dehli.
Days 3 - 4
Chambal Safari Lodge - river safaris
Catch a morning train and reach your lodge before lunch. In the heart of the Chambal Valley, lies an oasis of tranquility nestling in sprawling acres of reclaimed woodland. Spend time here birding with the lodge naturalist around the property or exploring the surrounding farmland in a jeep. Take a boat safari on the Chambal River to see the endemic Gharial crocodile, freshwater ‘mugger’ crocodile, Gangetic river dolphin, Indian skimmers and many other riverine birds. This land will mesmerise you.
Accommodation: set in 35 sprawling acres of heritage plantation, this lodge is an oasis of peace, tranquillity and gracious hospitality.
ITC Mughal - the iconic Taj Mahal
Explore the city of love and longing, meticulously planned, built and nurtured by three successive Mughal emperors. Visitors to Agra are transfixed by the medieval charms retained by this city made famous by the Taj Mahal. A city where forts, museums and monuments blend harmoniously with their surrounding nature. Step into the Mehtab Bagh, a beautifully laid out garden on the other side of the Yamuna to be wowed by another spectacular view. Some say its the most memorable view of the Taj.
Accommodation: this luxury hotel in Agra is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past, full of splendour and perfection which was the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty.
Days 6 - 7
Ramathra Fort - experience rural India
Journey into life in pastoral India. Situated on a hilltop, Ramathra Fort offers spectacular views of Kalisil Lake, its surrounding hills and countryside. Its natural surroudings and tranquil atmosphere are what guests enjoy the most. The fort has a lake nearby where you can take a boat ride or enjoy a picnic. Early mornings are excellent for a nature walk in the forest that surrounds the fort. It is a wonderful hike where you can see many bird species and if lucky a hyena or even a leopard.
Accommodation: set in a romantic hilltop fort with stunning views across rural Rajasthan, Ramathra Fort is a wonderfully remote and the ideal location to get away from it all.
Days 8 - 10
Ranthambhore Kothi - tiger safari
Experience adventures of nature, grandeur of heritage and an insight of the local lifestyle. Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve is divided into 10 zones, all of which can be explored by visitors. Safaris not only look for the Bengal tiger but also other denizens of this forest such as leopard, jungle cat, golden jackal, sloth bear, Indian gazelle, Sambar deer and spotted deer. There is also the chance to visit the Dastakar, an empowerment organisation that produces textiles and crafts handmade by village women.
Accommodation: encompassed by the lush green forests and edged with soothing sight of natural water lake, this accommodation offers a never to be forgotten experience.
Days 11 - 12
Taj Jai Mahal Palace - explore Jaipur
Jaipur, India’s famed pink city, with its many historic forts and palaces. Visit the old city market, the City palace and the Jantar Mantar Observatory. Further afield is Amer Fort and a farm on the outskirts of the Amer called Dera Amer. Here there is a socially responsible organised elephant interaction where you can bathe and feed these gentle giants and learn about their history. Explore the arts and crafts of the city including block printing, tie and dye, blue pottery and jewellery making.
Accommodation: stay in a stunning piece of Rajasthan’s heritage, a great example of Indo-Saracenic architecture set amidst 18 acres of landscaped Mughal gardens.