Price starting from: $8,695. Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.
Departure Dates: 10 Jan – 23 Jan, 2021
Limited to 18 guests
Explore India’s greatest treasures as you visit the timeless Taj Mahal, seek the graceful Bengal tiger and witness a holy rite beside the sacred Ganges — all while staying in royal palaces-turned-luxury-hotels.
- Stay in former palaces, including iconic royal residences such as the lavish Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur and the grand Rambagh Palace in Jaipur
- Embark on a private sunset boat cruise on Lake Pichola, your palace hotel seemingly floating on the water beneath an orange-hued sky, and cap it off with a refreshing cocktail
- Behold the glorious Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset
- Set out on private safaris in Panna National Park, home to the elusive Bengal tiger, and enjoy an exclusive talk on conservation by a member of the local Pardhi community
- Observe priests performing an aarti ceremony on the banks of the Holy Ganges in Varanasi
- Experience the diverse appeal of India’s great cities, from colorful, fast-paced Mumbai, the innovative commercial heart of the country, to Delhi, a center for politics and, with its enduring British influence, a blend of old and new
English-Speaking Resident Tour Director® and Local Guides
Hand-Selected Luxury Accommodations
Travelling Bell Boy® Luggage Handling
Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
Breakfast in Bed on Select Days
Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
Your Choice of Activity on Design Your Day®
Traveller’s Valet® Laundry Service
Entrance Fees, Taxes and All Gratuities Except Resident Tour Director
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Guaranteed Departures with Just Two Guests
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ARRIVE MUMBAI, INDIA
Arrive in Mumbai, where an A&K representative meets and transfers you to your iconic hotel.
MUMBAI | THE GATEWAY OF INDIA
Explore the city’s classic sites, including the Gateway of India, an 85-foot-high arch whose design reflects India’s Muslim and Hindu traditions. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum and Mani Bhawan, a museum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi. Next, see the Dhobi Ghat, the largest open-air laundry in the world and a wonderfully colorful spectacle to behold. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner.
UDAIPUR | CRUISE TO JAG MANDIR
Fly to Udaipur this morning and settle into your stunning palace hotel set in the middle of scenic Lake Pichola. Relax this afternoon before embarking on a private cruise past Jag Mandir, a marble palace on an island in Lake Pichola, followed by a Scenic Sundowner and dinner at your hotel. The next morning, visit the stunning City Palace, a marble complex that offers unforgettable views of the lake and its surroundings. Continue to the Crystal Gallery in Fateh Prakash Palace. Stroll through the Sahelion Ki Bari (Garden of the Maids of Honor) before returning to your hotel.
JAIPUR | DESIGN YOUR DAY
This morning, fly to Jaipur and check in to your hotel, the former residence of the Maharajah of Jaipur. Later, explore the City Palace, a unique and arresting complex of several palaces, pavilions, gardens and temples. Located within the palace’s gates is the Mubarak Mahal, or “Auspicious Palace,” which contains textiles including the royal formal costumes, Sanganeri block prints, Kashmiri pashminas and silk saris. Then, visit Jantar Mantar, an open-air array of astronomical instruments. The next day, in the morning, view the Palace of the Winds — built for the women of the royal household to observe street life without being seen. Proceed to explore the beautiful Mughal-style Amber Fort. This red sandstone and marble palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.
Visit the Gyan Museum, exploring its private collection of antiques and art.
Visit Digantar Vidyalay to interact with the students at an innovative school supported by A&K Philanthropy.
Discover the Bazaars of Jaipur, taking in the vibe of local life and shopping for keepsakes from your journey.
Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
AGRA | VISIONS OF THE TAJ MAHAL
Drive to Agra, observing the colorful rural life of Rajasthan on your journey. Upon arrival, catch your first glimpse of the breathtaking Taj Mahal from your luxurious room. Visit the Taj Mahal in the late afternoon, as the setting sun bathes it in a soft orange glow. Return the next morning, when the rising sun lends a warm pink tint to its marble face. Visit the Agra Fort, once the prison of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal after the death of his beloved wife.
PANNA NATIONAL PARK | INTO THE WILD
Depart by express train to Jhansi. After lunch, continue to remote Panna National Park, a haven for India’s wildlife, and check in to your wilderness lodge. Then, meet with a member of the nomadic Pardhi community to learn about their role in the continuing effort to repopulate Panna National Park with the Bengal tiger, an exclusive insider access moment.
PANNA NATIONAL PARK | TIGER TRACKING
Rise early this morning for a game drive in Panna National Park aboard a four-wheel-drive vehicle, spotting crocodiles or perhaps the elusive Bengal tiger. Learn how a successful conservation program has grown the park’s tiger population, increasing the odds of a sighting. Return to the lodge to enjoy an Indian cooking demonstration, as a chef prepares local delicacies for lunch. Enjoy an afternoon game drive before returning to your lodge for dinner.
KHAJURAHO & VARANASI | INDIA’S HOLIEST CITY
Drive to Khajuraho to see all of life — joy, love, divinity, war — depicted in detail on every inch of its 85 Hindu and Jain temples. Then, fly to Varanasi, a city of more than a thousand temples and shrines, sacred to Hindus and Buddhists. At dusk, beside the Ganges River, witness the aarti ceremony. Chanted prayers and rhythmic drumming fill the air as you watch lantern-bearing priests bid the gods and goddesses a restful slumber.
VARANASI & DELHI | PRIVATE SUNRISE RIVER CRUISE
Rise early for a private sunrise cruise on the Ganges River to observe activity along the ghats (stone steps leading down to the river), where locals and pilgrims cleanse themselves, literally and spiritually. Later, fly to Delhi for a farewell dinner.
DELHI | EXPLORING THE OLD & THE NEW
Visit the great Jama Masjid, the most important mosque in India. Completed in 1656, its two minarets, made from red sandstone and white marble, each stand 131 feet tall. Then, set off on an exciting rickshaw ride through the carts and stalls of Chandni Chowk bazaar, one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. Like Jama Masjid, it dates to the era of Shah Jahan, and today is a vital part of everyday life here — frequented by locals and a must-see destination for visitors. After lunch, tour New Delhi, including Humayun’s Tomb, the last resting place of an esteemed 16th-century Mughal emperor and an architectural precursor of the Taj Mahal.
Transfer to the airport early this morning for your flight home, or begin your post-tour extension to Kathmandu.