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Iconic cities, desert landscapes, magnificent temples and local life

26 Night Itinerary from  £7,356

Ganesha Tour

Experience Jaisalmer and a stay in a desert lodge, explore Rajhasthan, see the Taj at sunrise, take a safari in search of Bengal Tigers, and explore temples and spiritual Varanasi. A wonderful journey from Mumbai to Delhi.

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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • Explore Mumbai including the fascinating Spice, Paper and Flower Markets
  • Explore the striking city of Jaisalmer, in the heart of the Great Indian Desert
  • Relax for 3-nights in a country lodge in the Thar Desert
  • Visit the iconic Rajasthani cities of Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaipur.
  • Enjoy two 4 x 4 jeep safaris in Ranthambore National Park
  • Travel to Agra and visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise
  • Explore Lucknow's magnificent temples
  • Take a mesmerising boat trip on the Ganges in Varanasi 
  • End your trip in Delhi, visiting all the popular sights

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Tour Itinerary

Bombay India

Mumbai - 3 Nights

Day 1 - Fly on an overnight flight to Mumbai

Day 2 - Mumbai

Day 3 - City tour of Mumbai

Day 4 - Explore Mumbai

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Thursday, 25 July 2024

Fly to Mumbai

Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Mumbai.


Friday, 26 July 2024

Mumbai

Arrive in Mumbai, where you will be met by our guide and transferred to your chosen hotel for a 3-night stay including breakfast. The rest of the day is at leisure.


Saturday, 27 July 2024

Guided tour of Mumbai

Today explore Mumbai with your guide, visiting the Elephanta caves, and continue in the afternoon to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly Prince of Wales Museum), founded in the early years of the 20th century. The museum houses approximately 50,000 exhibits of ancient Indian history.

We then visit Mani Bhawan, located on leafy Laburnum Road which is the old Mumbai residence of Mahatma Gandhi. It's a pretty, two-storied structure that now houses a reference library with over 2000 books, a photo exhibition of the Mahatma's life, and well preserved memorabilia, including an old charkha or spinning wheel that Gandhiji used to use. 

Finally, we drive around Mumbai’s colonial heritage sites such as Rajabai Clock Tower, Mumbai University, High Court and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. These buildings exhibit a fusion of influences from Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture and traditional Indian architecture. As we drive past the Marine Drive, the beautiful promenade stretches from Nariman Point to Chowpatty in crescent shape along the shoreline of the Arabian Sea. 


Sunday, 28 July 2024

Local life in Mumbai tour

Start very early in the morning for the unique experience to see the bustling city of Mumbai at dawn on a walking tour. Return to the hotel and relax at the hotel for the rest of the morning.

In the afternoon, visit one of the Asia’s largest Slums – Dharavi. In spite of all the grunginess and squalor, Dharavi is the most bustling part of Mumbai. An erstwhile fishing village, Dharavi has over the years become the prime contributor to the GDP of Mumbai. With thousands of small scale industries thriving in the area, Dharavi generates revenue of almost a billion US Dollars annually. Exploring this part of Mumbai throws up constant surprises not associate with a slum – the industrious nature of the people, the secular harmony and a zeal for life and hope of a better future. Your co-explorer is a native, for whom Dharavi has been home since childhood. Contrary to popular belief, they are educated, employed, speak impeccable English and more importantly, are very happy. After the tour, you won’t call Dharavi a ‘slum’, but a “land of opportunity.

Fariyas Hotel

Mumbai (Bombay) - Tourist Hotel

 

Fariyas Hotel is a good tourist class hotel located in South Mumbai, located 26 kms from Mumbai Airport and only a 5-minute walk from Gateway of India and Prince of Wales Museum and 15 minutes walk to Rajabai Tower and St. Thomas Cathedral. 

The hotel has a combination of superior, deluxe and executive rooms. Each is air-conditioned with private bathroom, comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi, TV, safe, hair dryer, mini bar, telephone, fridge and tea/coffee maker.

Public facilities include 2 restaurants, swimming pool and tavern bar. There is also a poolside cafe.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis. 

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Intercontinental Marine Drive

Mumbai (Bombay) - Luxury Hotel

InterContinental Marine-drive Mumbai offers intimate modern hospitality alongside sweeping views of the Arabian Sea. Enjoy award-winning cuisine from world-renowned chefs, and experience the best rooftop sunset pool views with your plush luxury accommodation in the city. The hotels location on Marine Drive is close to Mumbai's top leisure facilities and famous sites.

The hotel has a choice of spacious executive rooms or suites, all air-conditioned with private bathroom, hair dryer, safe, TV hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities, sitting area and telephone.

The most impressive part of the hotel is the wonderful rooftop bar and restaurant - the Dome. There is also a stunning rooftop swimming pool. It is a wonderful place to watch the sun set over the Arabian Sea. The hotel has 2 other restaurants: L & S Bistro and Kebab Corner. There is also a spa to relax after a days sightseeing.

The rates are on a bed and breakfast basis.

Intercontinental Mumbai 4065261733 2X1

Taj Mahal Palace

Mumbai (Bombay) - Luxury Hotel

Taj Mahal Palace opened in Mumbai, then Bombay, in 1903, and overlooks the majestic Gateway of India. This legendary luxury hotel has played host to kings, dignitaries and eminent personalities from across the globe.

Each of the rooms 285 rooms & suites are a striking blend of nostalgic elegance, rich history and modern facilities. All are air-conditioned with private bathroom, tea/coffee, sitting area, desk, hair dryer and safe.

The hotel has 9 restaurants and bars, from authentic Indian cuisine at Masala Kraft; world famous Japanese dishes at Wasabi by Morimoto; exquisite Eastern Mediterranean food at Souk and Chinese at Golden Dragon. Dine all day at Shamiana and choose from the exotic range of sumptuous desserts at La Patisserie. Unwind with a refreshing meal at Aquarius, the poolside restaurant; and visit the stylish Harbour Bar.

Signature experiences such as the afternoon tea at Sea Lounge and private dining at the Chef’s Studio make your stay with us truly memorable.

There is a spa, salon, lounges and a stunning swimming pool with views of the Gateway of India.

The rates are on a bed and breakfast basis.

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Jaisalmer - 2 Nights

Day 5 - Fly to Jaisalmer

Day 6 - Guided tour of Jaisalmer

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Monday, 29 July 2024

Fly to Jaisalmer

Transfer to the airport and fly to Jaisalmer. On arrival, your guide will transfer you to your chosen hotel for a 2-night stay including breakfast

Later in the evening visit conclude your day at Vyas Chhatri, a stunning example of Rajasthani architecture located within Bada Bagh. This old Brahmin cemetery, adorned with local versions of cenotaphs, is dedicated to Ved Vyaas, the sage who penned the epic, Mahabharata. The entire place is filled with cenotaphs and is often referred to as the sunset point of Jaisalmer, providing a mesmerizing view of the setting sun.

 


Tuesday, 30 July 2024

Guided tour of Jaisalmer

After breakfast, visit the magnificent Jaisalmer Fort Palace, which was constructed in 1156 AD. The fort stands proudly amidst the golden stretches of the Thar Desert and has witnessed numerous battles throughout history. Continue to Patwa Haveli, an intriguing piece of architecture and one of the most significant havelis in Jaisalmer. It holds this distinction for two reasons: firstly, it was the first haveli to be erected in the city, and secondly, it is a cluster of five small havelis. 

Desert Thar

Dera Dune Village - 3 Nights

Day 7 - Overland to Dera Dune Village

Day 8 - Exploring the desert

Day 9 - At leisure 

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Wednesday, 31 July 2024

Overland to Dera Dune Village

Today we drive through the That Desert to Dera Dune Village, a very special lodge where you can experience the unique rural way of life in the Rajhastani countryside. We stay for 3-nights including breakfast and dinner.

This is an exclusive property that is set atop a 100' high sand dune with panoramic views of the Thar Desert. The Resort features exquisite examples of traditional Rajasthani architecture throughout, with stonework and carvings using local design and sustainable materials and, most importantly, utilizing the skills of local craftsmen. It has individual deluxe cottages, a swimming pool and an excellent restaurant. 


Thursday, 01 August 2024

Exploring the desert

After breakfast, visit the Potters village and Salt Pans, the sandy soil of the Thar Desert absorbs all the water but here at the foot of the sand laden dunes lays an area by some mysterious quirk of nature that does not absorb any water and is saturated with salt. Locals harvest this seemingly endless supply of salt for sale in the local markets.

The rest of the day is at leisure.


Friday, 02 August 2024

Local villages and camal safari

Morning at leisure at the lodge.

In the afternoon, embark on an exciting adventure, traversing cross-country on dirt and sand roads, continuing your exploration of "Jamba-ji's" land. These excursions offer a wonderful opportunity to experience traditional Rajasthani hospitality and get a close-up view of rural Rajasthani life. The villages, with their painted adobe walls, preserve a way of life unaffected by the nearby big cities.

As you visit the Bishnoi villages, you will be captivated by their immaculate appearance, thanks to the daily efforts of brightly clad women adorned with silver jewelry and bangles that extend up to their arms. In contrast, the tall men of the villages dress entirely in white, with their large turbans gracefully wrapped around their dark-skinned and weathered faces.

You will also have an opportunity enjoy a camel safari followed by a sundowner.

Dera Dune Village

Rajasthan - First Lodge

Located in the heart of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, Dera Dune Village is a quite unique retreat from the bustle of city life. Its position is on top of a 100 foot sand dune in Jamba, the land of the Jambhoji tribe. The Bishnois, a sect of people formed about 500 years ago are considered the oldest environmentalists of the planet. They still observe the rules established in 1485 by their founder Jambhoji, which include the protection of trees and wild animals. Other inhabitants of the area include the herders, or Raikas, who take pride in their heritage as caretakers and breeders of ‘ships of the desert’, camels.  The Rajputs belong to the traditional ruling elite. There are also castes that specialise in weaving camel wool and cloth and adorning them with fascinating patterns.

The retreat has16 cottages complete with air-conditioning, heating, fully equipped bathrooms, writing table, wardrobe and a dressing area. While having all the modern amenities, each cottage is designed in the local architectural style to resemble ‘dhanis’ or tribal huts.

Public facilites include a swimming pool, dining room, al fresco dining and many activities including camel riding, desert safaris, a visit to the Khichan bird sanctuary, Jamba Temple, birdwatching and wildlife tours and visits to local villages.

The rates are on a full board basis including a choice of excursions.

Desert Thar
Jodphur

Jodhpur - 2 Nights

Day 10 - Travel to Jodhpur

Day 11 - Guided tour of Jodhpur

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Saturday, 03 August 2024

Travel to Jodhpur

After breakfast, drive to Jodhpur visiting Khichan, a local village where they feed over 30,000 demoiselle cranes every day. Continue to Jodhpur and check-in to the hotel for a 2-night stay including breakfast.

Located on the foothill of a sandstone hillock, the city of Jodhpur seems like an oasis in the vast desert. The city is known by three names as the "Sun City" for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all year. It is also referred to as the "Blue City" due to the vivid blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort.  Being at the onshore of Thar Desert, referred as the “Gateway to Thar”, life has been influenced with ways of the desert folks (gypsies can be found in many parts of the city). The forts and palaces, temples and havelis, culture and tradition, spices and fabrics, colour and texture, a booming handicrafts industry, all add up to make this historic city worth a visit.

Later explore the lively local markets of the city with a concluding a visit to the clock tower.


Sunday, 04 August 2024

Guided tour of Jodhpur

After breakfast at the hotel, visit Mehrangarh Fort, which has stood since 1459 and is one of the most astounding architectural marvels of its time. The towering structure features extremely high walls and gates, and the closer you explore it, the smaller you begin to feel! Inside the fort, you'll discover a network of courtyards and palaces, including a museum that houses a splendid collection of items from the Maharajas, proudly displayed to honor their long history of warding off attackers.

We also visit the Jaswant Thada, a calming and soothing architectural wonder. Constructed entirely of milky-white marble, the whimsical essence of this memorial can be felt by all in the surrounding area. 

Next, visit Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, which sprawls over 72 hectares near the historic Mehrangarh Fort near Jodhpur. The park contains ecologically restored desert and arid land vegetation. Established in 2006, the park's purpose is to restore the natural ecology of a large, rocky area adjoining and below the fort.

Raas Jodpur

Jodpur - Luxury Boutique

Located in the centre of Jodpur means all the best sites are within walking distance of the RAAS Boutique Hotel Jodpur. Formerly an 18th century Haveli, the hotel has been beautifully converted with echoes of Rajput architecture still visible.

The hotel has 40 rooms and suites, varying from Garden and luxury rooms to a choice of lavish suites. Each is air-conditioned with private bathroom, balcony or terrace, tv, hair dryer, telephone, FREE Wi-Fi and luxury amenities.

Public areas include a spa, the Stepwell cafe, the Baradari restaurant and al fresco dining at Darikhana.

Raas Jodpur is the perfect base to explore Jodpur; both stylish and historic.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

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Udaipur

Udaipur - 2 Nights

Day 12 - Ranakpur and Udaipur

Day 13 - Guided tour of Udaipur

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Monday, 05 August 2024

Ranakpur and Udaipur

After breakfast, drive to Udaipur. En-route stop at Ranakpur, a small quaint town nestled amid the secluded valley of Aravali Ranges in the Pali district of Rajasthan, it is an important destination for Jain pilgrims. was built in the 15th century when this region was ruled by the Rajput monarch Rana Kumbha. 

Continue to Udaipur and check into your chosen hotel for a 2-night stay including breakfast. Set around a series of artificial lakes and known for its lavish royal residences, Udaipur has been home to lavish, chivalrous kings and gorgeous yet fearless queens. Rich in culture and full of colour, it is a grand open-air museum, where the imperial forts, opulent palaces, amazing havelis, dances, music, arts and crafts and rich cuisine are on display for the world to capture the true element of this striking land.


Tuesday, 06 August 2024

Guided tour of Udaipur

Today explore Udaipur with your guide visiting the City Palace, an imposing edifice of granite and marble, standing atop a ridge overlooking the blue waters of Lake Pichola and the exquisite Lake Palace. Also visit the Crystal Gallery - the world's single largest private collection of crystal under one roof housed in the Fateh Prakash Palace. Visitors here are privy to one of the most exclusive and exquisite crystal collections. 

Later visit the Jagdish Temple, the largest and most venerated temple in Udaipur. Built in 1651 A.D. by Maharaja Jagat Singh, the temple is decorated with friezes and enshrines a black stone image of Vishnu. 

We also enjoy the Garden of Maidens (Sahelion Ki Bari), which consists of an ornamental lotus pool with delicately carved cenotaphs of black and white marble and soapstone.

 

Evening take a cruise on Lake Pichola, watching the sunset on the magical Lake Palace, the lovely City Palace complex and scenic Udaipur.

Trident Hotel

Udaipur - Tourist Hotel

Built over sixteen acres on the banks of Lake Pichola, Trident, Udaipur is ranked amongst the best tourist class hotels near the lake.

The hotel has 137 rooms and suites, all air-conditioned with private bathroom, sitting area, tv, hair dryer, safe, telephone and views of the pool or gardens. There is also a kids club.

Public facilities include a wonderful swimming pool, very extensive gardens, spa, the Amrit Mahal Bar, lounge and gym. There are two restaurants serving traditional Rajasthani specialities and international cuisine. In the summer, you can enjoy al fresco dining on the terrace.

The hotel offers a range of excursions exploring Udaipur, the city of lakes.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

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Raas Devigarh

Udaipur - Luxury Boutique

Located in the Aravalli Hills north of Udaipur, the Rams Devigarh - once an 18th century palace - is now a luxurious fully restored boutique hotel with glorious views over the distant hills and local villages.

The hotel has 39 air-conditioned and beautifully appointed suites, with sitting room, balcony and luxury bathroom. The focus is on retaining the original features of the building with marble and colourful stonework.

Public facilities include a candle bar offering Indian and International cuisine, with much of the produce taken from the hotel’s own garden. You can eat in the elegant restaurant or al fresco on the terrace. There is a spa and stunning infinity pool. 

The hotel is a perfect base to explore Udaipur and the area around the hotel is a joy to explore, either on foot, by bike or horseback. You can take yoga at sunrise, perhaps take a camel ride or simply relax by the pool. It will be hard to leave the majesty and peace or this most romantic retreat.

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LaLiT Laxmi Vilas Palace

Udaipur - Luxury Hotel

Built by His Highness Maharana Fateh Singh in 1911, The LaLiT Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur overlooks Fateh Sagar Lake, with the majestic Aravalli hills its backdrop.  

The hotel has 55 well appointed, spacious rooms and suites all of which offer captivating views of the lake, valley or Udaipur skyline. Each is air-conditioned with private bathroom, luxury amenities, minibar, safe, tv and sitting area.

The public areas include a swimming pool, spa, extensive well maintained gardens and gym. There are three restaurants offering Indian and international cuisine - dining is a real experience here as the hotel's history creates a glamorous atmosphere. In summer, al fresco dining can be enjoyed on the terrace or in the gardens.

The rates are on a bed and breakfast basis.

 

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Jaipur

Jaipur - 2 Nights

Day 14 - Travel to Jaipur

Day 15 - Guided tour of Jaipur

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Wednesday, 07 August 2024

Travel to Jaipur

Drive to Jaipur and check into your chosen hotel for a 2-night stay including breakfast.

Jaipur is the largest city in Rajasthan and was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh as India's first planned city. Jaipur is often called the Pink City in reference to its distinctly coloured buildings, which were originally painted this color to imitate the red sandstone architecture of Mughal cities. The city is rich in heritage, culture and architecture with its splendid fortresses, majestic palaces, tranquil temples and beautiful havelis. Jaipur city has been declared as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO.


Thursday, 08 August 2024

Guided tour of Jaipur

After breakfast we visit Amber Fort built by the Kachhawah Rajputs as their capital from 1037 to 1728 and considered the pinnacle of Rajput architecture. The impressive room of mirrors, walls of jewel-encrusted marble, and the royal apartments offering beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding valleys.

We continue to Jantar Mantar, the incredible open-air Royal Observatory (ca. 1728) housing oversized astronomical instruments and a UNESCO World Heritage site. We also visit the City Palace, former residence of the Maharajas of Jaipur, built in the shape of the city itself and now converted to a museum that houses the rulers’ magnificent art collections. Explore the local markets as Jaipur is most famous for its handicrafts.

In the evening, we are dinner guests of a local Rajasthani family in their home.  This provides a fascinating window on Indian life and an opportunity to witness up close the traditional society from which India is transitioning to a more urban lifestyle.

Trident Hotel, Jaipur

Jaipur - Tourist Hotel

The Trident Hotel is an excellent tourist class hotel in Jaipur with views of Mansagar Lake and Jal Mahal. Ideal for couples and families.

The 132 air conditioned rooms and suites are well appointed, including private bathroom, TV, minibar, FREE Wi-Fi and panoramic views of the lake or the landscaped gardens, with the Aravalli mountain range forming a dramatic backdrop.

Public areas include a swimming pool, spa, kids club, bar, Jal Mahal restaurant serving Indian and International cuisine and a pool terrace serving snacks and drinks.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

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Samode Haveli

Jaipur - Luxury Boutique

Samode Haveli is a little gem, oozing charm and character in the heart of Jaipur, amongst a maze of busy streets. Formerly the townhouse of the eminent Samode Family, the hotel breathes history with its pretty courtyards and leafy garden.

The bedrooms vary in shape and size and are superbly decorated, according to the owners’ impeccable taste – modern Rajasthani colour meets contemporary chic. All are air-conditioned, with private bathrooms and luxury amenities.

Perfectionists to the end, the family are constantly thinking up mouth-watering new menus and the gloriously grand dining room, bar and al fresco dining courtyard – any gourmet would be satisfied here. Choose to dine in warm grandeur, under the stars, or enjoy a private dinner by the step well, exquisitely lit with hundreds of flickering candles. The inner courtyards and shady verandahs are replete with soft, elegant furniture and provide perfect places to relax in after an exhausting shopping or sightseeing trip, if not tempted to head to the small but excellent spa for a reviving massage. On chillier nights, spend the evening in the sumptuous, ornate comfort of the marvellous drawing room, covered with floor to ceiling intricate frescoes, and indulge in a bygone age of the royal life of the Samode Family.

There is also a gym and exquisite swimming pool with a beautiful poolside bar.

Samode Haveli is a relaxed, friendly place and is a great option for anyone wanting a delicious, traditional little boutique hotel in the middle of the old city.

Samode Haveli

Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Jaipur - Deluxe Hotel

Built in 1745, the Jai Mahal Palace is a stunning piece of Rajasthan’s heritage, a great example of Indo-Saracenic architecture set amidst 18 acres of landscaped Mughal gardens. Jai Mahal Palace has been the residence of three Prime Ministers of the princely state of Jaipur. Painstakingly restored and recently refurbished, it is now a luxury five-star Taj heritage hotel equipped with all modern-day comforts.

The 94 rooms and six suites offer you unbeatable views of the city and palace gardens. Perfectly located in the heart of the Pink City close to the main shopping areas and prime historical sites such as Amber Fort, HawaMahal and City Palace. 

The hotel has two speciality restaurants; Cinnamon serves the most authentic Royal Indian cuisines from four princely states, while Giardino is Jaipur's finest contemporary Italian restaurant. The popular all-day-dining multi-cuisine restaurant Marble Arch offers a medley of flavours; and the fashionable Marigold Bar houses a selection of single malts and cigars alongside innovative cocktails.

The hotel also has a luxury spa, delightful gardens, lawns, a swimming pool and offers a wide range of activities including yoga.

The rates of on a room and breakfast basis.

Jai Mahal Palace
On Safari

Ranthambore National Park - 2 Nights

Day 16 - Travel to Ranthambore National Park 

Day 17 - On safari

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Friday, 09 August 2024

Travel to Ranthambore National Park 

After breakfast, drive to Ranthambore and check into your chosen hotel for a 2-night stay including breakfast.

Ranthambore, for many decades was the hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur, offering a fascinating combination of crumbling monuments, living temples, wild beauty, and a chance to spot a wild tiger. Ranthambore was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1955 and became part of Project Tiger in 1973. This is one of the best tiger reserves of the country, known to have "friendly" tigers and chances of sighting one here is reasonably better than many other tiger reserves of India.


Saturday, 10 August 2024

On safari

Today, you have the opportunity to explore Ranthambore National Park on an exclusive Jeep safari led by local naturalists. Ranthambore National Park is one of India’s best known national parks; a mix of rolling hills and crags, meadows, lakes and rivulets, this dry-deciduous forest system is home to an incredible variety of flora and fauna. Although the park offers an opportunity for sighting of tiger, the park is home to leopards, flying foxes, langurs, macaques, sloth bears, crocodiles, and pythons – over 400 resident and migrant species.

Sher Bagh by SUJÁN

Ranthambore National Park - Luxury Lodge

Sher Bagh by SUJÁN is one of the first ever Relais & Chateaux's in India and acknowledged as the most charming and authentic place to stay in Ranthambore. The SUJÁN family has played an active part in the conservation effort at Ranthambore since 1974 and included in the rates is a  'Conservation Contribution' that helps fund the conservation activities and community development initiatives in the local area.

The comfortable tents are arranged in a semi-circle and each has its own verandah and a beautifully spacious bathroom. The interiors are stunningly decorated in keeping with their jungle surroundings – they ooze style and can be rated up there with some of the greatest African safari camps. The Royal Tent with its four poster bed, large sitting room, private garden and heated pool looking out over the hills, is truly exceptional, and the Luxury Tent with its outdoor Jacuzzi and tree shower is equally special – both come with butlers a beck and call and camera equipment at your disposal.

There is a secluded swimming pool which looks out over grassy fields to the private and inviting jungle SUJÁN Spa tents. The spacious main lodge has a library bar which is warm and welcoming on chilly winter nights, whilst the elegant lounge tent exudes calm is the perfect spot for afternoon tea. The dining tent is cosy yet airy and here one feasts on glorious cuisine, much of it sourced from their own, organic vegetable garden.

Games drives are operated in 4 x 4 vehicles and can be adapted to your needs.

Sher Bagh by SUJÁN really is the perfect place for wildlife lovers looking for a truly genuine and luxurious jungle camp, where the family connection with Ranthambore, service and cuisine are unsurpassed.

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Rajasthan Kalakho

Gadoli - 1 Night

Day 18 - Gadoli

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Sunday, 11 August 2024

Gadoli

After breakfast, drive to Gadoli and check into the Dera Village Retreat for a 1-night stay including all meals. This is a welcome break from the regular tourist visits to monuments, museums and market places and the hustle and bustle of the crowded cities and move towards the pristine and untouched lives of the real people of the land. The villages visited are tucked away within a valley inside the Aravalli Hills, where a community of the Meena Tribals are living. The joy and spirit of rustic life is palpable in the lively faces of the village folks. Here, in many ways, time has stood still and  globalization has had little impact

Later in the afternoon, enjoy the camel/camel cart safari to visit a charming village and meet its friendly people who are eager to share their life with you.

 

Dera Village Retreat

Rajasthan - First Lodge

The Dera Village Retreat was established in 2002 as a place for travellers to experience the authentic, rural Rajasthan. Located 2 hours drive from Jaipur, the retreat offers a welcome break from the busy tourist attractions in the major cities of Rajasthan.

The retreat has 18 cottages complete with air-conditioning, heating, fully equipped bathrooms, study table, wardrobe and a dressing area.

Public areas include a large and peaceful garden, where you can relax in the sunshine, try yoga or enjoy the regular evening entertainment of local dancers. The cosy dining room offer contemporary Indian cuisine or you can eat al fresco.

There is much to do in the area, including camel rides, trekking and visiting local villages that have not changes for years.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis, but other packages including excursions are also available.

 

Gardens
Taj Mahal

Agra and the Taj Mahal - 2 Nights

Day 19 - Fatehpur Sirkri and Agra

Day 20 - Sunrise at the Taj & Agra tour

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Monday, 12 August 2024

Fatehpur Sirkri and Agra

After breakfast, drive to Agra, En route visit Fatehpur Sikri, built in red sandstone, during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. This place was abandoned then due to scarcity of water which could not support the growing population and due to turmoil brewing from the North West. Fatehpur Sikri’s history is rich and nostalgic, with the empty walls of the imperial town echoing a past that could not sustain a future.

Though Agra's history is largely recognized with Mughal Empire, the place was established much before it and has linkages since Mahabharata, the Mythological history.  The golden age of the city began with the Mughals. Akbar made it the center of art, culture, commerce and learning. During the peaceful reign of Shah Jahan, his passion for architecture came to the fore and the world-famous architectural masterpieces were constructed including the Taj Mahal. 

Check-in to your chosen hotel for a 2-night stay including breakfast.


Tuesday, 13 August 2024

Sunrise at the Taj & Agra tour

Early in the morning enjoy a tour of the Taj Mahal, the magnificent tomb of white marble built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, who had implored her husband to build a monument symbolising their undying love for each other. We then visit the imposing Red Fort of Agra (also known as Agra Fort). A creative, architectural, and strategic masterpiece, the Fort is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

We continue to the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah. Even though it’s called the ‘Baby Taj’, it was built before the Taj, and known to be the 1st Marble Mausoleum on the banks of river Yamuna. It too has beautiful carving and its own serene peaceful aura. It is the first building finished with white marble and marks the transitional phase from red stone to white marble.

Tajview Hotel

Agra & the Taj Mahal - Tourist Hotel

Spread over six acres of manicured gardens, the Tajview, Agra is a relaxing base to explore and sightsee. For those who want the best vantage point, some with direct views of the Taj Mahal. 

The rooms are a combination of superior, deluxe, Premium and suites. All are air-conditioned with private bathroom, tea/coffee making facilities, safe, hair dryer, tv, telephone and sitting area.

Public facilities include a swimming pool, fitness centre, shopping arcade and spa. There are 2 restaurants serving Indian, Chinese and International cuisine.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

 

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Grand Imperial

Agra & the Taj Mahal - First Hotel

The Grand Imperial Hotel was built in the early 1900s by the British. It remains the only grand heritage boutique Hotel in Agra and as such will add a sense of occasion to your stay here. The hotel is central Agra with views, from the rooftop bar and cafe, of the Taj Mahal, Red Fort and other Agra landmarks. Every corner in the hotel has a story to tell , whether it’s unraveling the majestic royals of the princely states, with its pre-independence coronation, or the ruling times of the British Raj.

The hotel has 15 spacious deluxe rooms and 30 suites, each elegantly furnished with private bathroom, safe, minibar, hairdryer and sitting area.

Public areas include a swimming pool, spa, lounge, bar and evening entertainment. The hotel has an elegant restaurant, plus you can enjoy drinks and snacks on the rooftop terrace.

The rates are on a bed and breakfast basis.

 

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ITC Mughal

Agra & the Taj Mahal - Luxury Hotel

The ITC Mughal, Agra is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. With 23 acres of luxurious gardens and located close to the Taj Mahal, it is the only Indian hotel to have won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for its excellent representation of Mughal architecture. You will feel this as soon as you step into the grand lobby, dedicated to the great King Akbar.

The hotel has 233 opulent rooms and suites, each designed in the style of the great Mughal architecture of the past. All room are air-conditioned, very spacious and include a private bathroom, tv, safe, hair dryer, sitting area, minibar and luxury amenities.

The public areas including beautifully maintained gardens, a stunning swimming pool, spa, fitness centre and a salon. The excellent 3 restaurants serve Indian and international cuisine and there are lounges and 2 bars in which to relax.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

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Lucknow - 2 Nights

Day 21 - Drive to Lucknow 

Day 22 - Guided tour of Lucknow

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Wednesday, 14 August 2024

Drive to Lucknow 

Drive to Lucknow and check into your chosen hotel for a 2-night stay including breakfast.

The first thing that you will notice about Lucknow is its old-world charm, mirrored by its exquisite monuments, British-era buildings, and the well-known ‘Lakhnawi Tehzeeb,' the etiquette of the people of Lucknow. The ‘City of Nawabs’ is the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh thrives along the banks of Gomti river. Lucknow is also known for its elaborate cuisine and Chikankaari, or exquisite shadow-work embroidery on fine muslin cloth. The legacy of the Nawabs of Lucknow has been passed down through generations, bestowing the city with its well-known culture and delectable cuisine.

Later in evening enjoy a heritage walk showcasing the culture of this fabled city and a guided culinary walk tasting the best of meat dishes from the Awadhi menu.


Thursday, 15 August 2024

Guided tour of Lucknow

This morning visit the Sadat Ali & Begum Tombs and the Chatar Manzil and the Husainabad Complex - the Clock Tower is the highest Clock Tower in Asia and in some ways superior to its counterpart, 'Big Ben'. Today the clock stands motionless but has witnessed all times, the good, the bad and the ugly. Continue to the Babylon of East, The Husainabad Imambara - known for its beauty and pieces of décor. Later we will visit the Husainabad Picture Gallery that houses life-size hand painted portraits of Nawabs of Awadh.

We end the tour at the Lucknow Residency a place where speechless walls are known to speak the gruesome tale of the 1857 mutiny. The sprawling British campus witnessed nothing less than 3000 deaths to keep the Union Jack flying. Yet the British could not defend their domain and the buildings were lost to the high spirited and enthusiastic Indians who fought till their last breath. 

Varanasi

Varanasi - 2 Nights

Day 23 - Travel to Varanasi & boat ride

Day 24 - Guided tour

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Friday, 16 August 2024

Travel to Varanasi & boat ride

After breakfast, drive to Varanasi and check into your chosen hotel for a 2-night stay including breakfast.

Varanasi, or Benaras, (also known as Kashi) is one of the oldest living cities in the world and offers a breath taking experience to every visitor - the rays of the dawn shimmering across the Ganges, the high banks, the temples and shrines along the banks bathed in a golden hue, soul stirring hymns and mantras along with the fragrance of incense filling the air. Many Hindus believe that dying in Varanasi brings salvation/nirvana and so they make the trip to the city when they realize that they are close to death. Varanasi is also renowned for its rich tapestry of music, arts, crafts and education.

Later in the evening take a boat ride in the holy River Ganges where you will witness the beautiful and captivating 'Aarti' ceremony at twilight. ‘Aarti’ is a Hindu religious ritual of worship, in which wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or camphor are offered to one or more deities. An absolute must see in Varanasi, the evening Aarti is conducted every day at sunset by priests, worshiping the river goddess with incense, camphor, flowers and earthen lamps.  


Saturday, 17 August 2024

Guided tour

Early this morning you return to the Ganges, where Hindu pilgrims perform their time-honored rites along the ghats (steps) leading to the sacred river. Visit several of the important Ghats by boat as you experience for ourselves the spiritual mystique of these hallowed waters. In the afternoon, visit Sarnath one of four holy Buddhist sites and an exceedingly tranquil place. 

Taj Ganges

Varanasi - Tourist Hotel

The Taj Ganges is located in the centre of Varanasi within walking distance to the famous Ghats. The hotel is set in 12 acres of landscaped gardens providing a place of peace from the business of the city and riverlife.

There are 130 contemporary rooms and suites, each air-conditioned with private bathroom, FREE wi-Fi, tv, safe, mini bar, tea/coffee maker and other amenities. 

Public areas include a swimming pool, fitness centre, spa, Princep bar, lounge and gift shop. Dining is well regarded with international dishes served in the Chowk restaurant. 

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

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Suryauday Haveli

Varanasi - First Hotel

Suryauday Haveli (a local term for townhouse) on Shivala Ghats is a reflection of the spirit of the holy city of Varanasi. The Haveli traces its history back to the early 20th century; it was built by the Royal Family of Nepal as a retreat for the aged. Its now been painstakingly restored as a first class hotel located directly on the ghat best ghat. You can even arrive by boat. If you are seeking to experience the magic of the sacred Ganges close up, this is the hotel for you.

The Haveli has air conditioned 14 rooms and suites each with bathroom, telephone and TV.

Public areas include a dining room serving Indian and international cuisine, a terrace and roof top where you can enjoy a drink and watch the famous sunsets. The Havali offers yoga on the terrace and a wide range of excursions exploring Varanasi and its surrounding areas can be arranged.

The rates are on a bed and breakfast basis.

 

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Taj Nadesar Palace

Varanasi - Luxury Hotel

The Taj Nadesar Palace Hotel was built by the British East India company and as such retains an exclusive air of elegance and colonial style; a quiet oasis away from the busy streets and ghats of Varanasi.

The hotel has lavishly furnished rooms, all air-conditioned with private bathroom, DVD player, FREE Wi-Fi, hair dryer and even butler service.

Public areas include a wonderful swimming pool, spa, fitness centre and extensive gardens leading to the Ganges River. The elegant dining room serves excellent Indian and international cuisine.

The Taj Nadesar Palace Hotel really is the perfect base to explore Varanasi.

The rates are on a bed and breakfast basis.

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Fly to Delhi - 3 Nights

Day 24 - Fly to Delhi

Day 25 - Guided tour of Delhi

Day 26 - At leisure in Delhi

Day 27 - Fly back to the UK

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Sunday, 18 August 2024

Fly to Delhi

After breakfast, transfer to Varanasi airport and fly to Delhi. Transfer to your chosen hotel for a 3-night stay including breakfast.

Delhi is a dynamic city where the past coexists with the present. While historic evidence shows that the area around Delhi was first occupied around 2,500 years ago, Hindu mythology predates that by another 500 years. The British captured the city in 1803 and when they decided to make it the capital of India in 1911, they commissioned Sir Edwin Lutyens to draw up the plans. The result is slightly surprising with spacious tree-lined avenues punctuated with architecture which is among the most striking in the world.


Monday, 19 August 2024

Guided tour of Delhi

After breakfast, experience the combined charm of Old and New Delhi in the company of our expert local guide. On the tour of “Old Delhi,” explore the exotic locale with its narrow dirt roads, myriads of people and inexpensive and colourful bazaars. Drive past the Red Fort, and visit the Jama Masjid, one of the largest Muslim mosques in India. A bicycle rickshaw will take you into the heart of Chandni Chowk.

Drive past India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy.  Today, it is the official residence of the President of India.

Continue to Sikh Gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi. It was originally a bungalow belonging to Raja Jai Singh, a 17th century Indian ruler. We also visit the capital's most striking monument, the 70-meter high Qutab Minar. 


Tuesday, 20 August 2024

At leisure in Delhi

Your final day in India. Relax, shop and explore Delhi at your leisure. 


Wednesday, 21 August 2024

Fly back to the UK

Transfer to the airport and fly back to the UK, arriving later the same day.

Imperial

Delhi - Luxury Hotel

An iconic hotel in the heart of the Delhi, the Imperial Hotel has an awe-inspiring heritage and wonderful colonial elegance. Stroll through its art laden corridors and you’ll feel history come alive.

There are a wide choice of rooms, from Heritage rooms to suites with 4 poster beds. All are air-conditioned with private bathroom, luxury amenities, sitting area, hair dryer, safe, minibar and flat screen TV.

Perhaps the most enjoyable thing about a stay in the Imperial are the choice of restaurants and bars. The 1911 restaurant offers a wide range of international cuisine, the Spice Route is the hotel’s signature Indian restaurant and San Gimignano offers Italian dishes. Take afternoon tea in the Atrium lounge and enjoy relaxed drinks in a choice of two bars.

Other public areas include a spa, boutique, pool and gym.

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Maidens Hotel, New Delhi

Delhi - Luxury Hotel

The Maidens Hotel was established in 1903 and remains a stately survivor of the golden age - the sweeping driveway and the grand façade give an inkling of its star-studded past. Its architecture is the most glorious illustration of old-world European charm with its colonial impressions. A stay at Maidens Hotel is a historically and culturally enriching experience! Every corner in the hotel has a story to tell, whether it's unraveling the majestic royals of the princely states, the Delhi Durbar with its pre-independence coronation, or the ruling times of The British Raj.

The hotel is located in North Delhi within close proximity to the major attractions and has 54 rooms and suites all with high ceilings, air-conditioning, mini bar, tea-coffee maker, LCD TV, satellite channels, safe, hair dryer, FREE Wi-Fi and telephone.

Public areas include lush gardens, a gym and classic wining and dining in the Cavalry Bar, the elegant Curzon Room restaurant serving Indian dishes and the Garden Terrace restaurant.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

 

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Oberoi, New Delhi

Delhi - Deluxe Hotel

The Oberoi, New Delhi is located in the centre of New Delhi, close to the major attractions including India Gate.

The hotel has 220 air-conditioned and spacious rooms and suites with marble bathrooms, teak floors and oak desks. Each room has a safe, FREE Wi-Fi, TV, telephone, 24 hour butler service, goose pillows (with choice), Nespresso coffee machine, tea making facilities and hair dryer.

Public facilities include all day dining at 360 degrees signature restaurant serving international dishes, Omya serving contemporary Indian cuisine, Baoshuan serving chinese fayre and the magical Cirrus 9, a famous rooftop bar with panoramic views of Delhi. There is also a club bar and cigar lounge, patisserie and delicatessen. The hotel also has a luxury spa, gardens and outdoor swimming pool.

The rooms are on a bed and breakfast basis.

 

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Price Guidelines

Season High Season
Travel Dates October to April
Room Arrangement First
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £7,356
Single Traveller - Own Room £9,544

Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.


What's Included

  • Guidelines prices are per person based on 2 people sharing a twin room
  • 28 Days/26 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • 26 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Entrance fees 

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