Embark on a passage to India and discover the mystical beauty of one of the world’s great civilizations. India is a land of incredible and fascinating contrasts
- chaos and tranquility, antiquity and modernity, the old and the new. The birthplace of Hinduism and the Buddha, India’s spiritual beliefs are now spread
throughout Southeast Asia. India’s philosophical, architectural and artistic achievements have influenced thinkers throughout the ages and across the world.
We invite you to experience India and discover its most important cultural icons and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Enjoy one of the oldest civilizations in theworld while experiencing the new modern and exciting India.
This is the ideal itinerary for first timers to explore the classic attractions of India. Enjoy the colorful and vibrant bustle of India’s capital city, experience the
regal forts and palaces of Rajasthan, visit Udaipur – India’s romantic city…the city of sunrise, and discover the world’s most enchanting love story at the world
famous The Taj Mahal.
DELHI – AGRA
AGRA – JAIPUR
JAIPUR – UDAIPUR
UDAIPUR – MUMBAI
Welcome to India, where culture speaks, tradition echoes, beauty enthralls, and diversity delights. A land of tremendous variety and complexity, the British called it their “Jewel in the Crown.” Come experience the amazing sites, vibrant culture, exotic wildlife, and warmth of the local people on this unique family adventure.
• Culinary enthusiasts to participate in an interactive cooking session withcelebrity chef Komal Taneja, masteringthe combination of spices used to create
authentic local dishes
• Enjoy the unmistakable silhouette of the Taj Mahal as you dine on your private balcony served by your personal butler
• Imbibe yourself in a private outdoor yoga class, where your body and soul will berejuvenated 150 meters away facing the TajMahal
• Partake in a blessing ceremony with a local priest at the 280 years old Lord Shiva Temple
• Get up close and personal at Dera Amer’s elephant sanctuary and enjoy observing beautiful creatures in their natural habitat
• Relax your mind, body and senses with a 1 hour Ayurveda traditional massage
• Travel in one of the Maharajas vintagecars and explore the labyrinthine streets of this Rajasthani town and the surrounding countryside
• Indulge in a unique wine tasting experience and be guided through 1,200 domestic and international labels
• Channel your inner Bollywood groove and partake in a private Indian pop culture dance class
ITINERARY IN DETAIL
Day 1 Arrive Delhi
Welcome to India!
You will arrive in Delhi, India’s capital city, with around 17 million inhabitants. The city is divided into two parts including Old Delhi, located near the River Yamuna, and New Delhi, the imperial city created by the British Raj. This city is a fusion of the ancient and the modern and is rich with culture,architecture, human diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums, galleries and gardens. You will be met on arrival at the airport by our local representative and transferred to your hotel.The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Overnight: The Oberoi, New Delhi
Day 2 Delhi
This morning, we take an escorted tour of Old Delhi. We will start the day traveling by rickshaw past colorful bazaars, sacred temples, and colonial monuments through the winding streets of Old Delhi, the capital of Muslim India from the 12th through the 19th centuries.
Enjoy a photo opportunity of the iconic Red Fort (drive past), built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan before leaving Old Delhi.
Visit India’s largest mosque, the white marble Jama Masjid or “Friday Mosque.”Rising from between the crowded medieval streets of Old Delhi, the Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India.
This afternoon, participate in an interactive cooking session with celebrity chef Komal Taneja, mastering the combination of spices used to create authentic local dishes.
Later our guide will take you on a tour of New Delhi. The city was designed and built by the British in the 1920's and is made up of well-composed and spacious streets under the shade of beautiful trees and beautiful colonial government buildings.
Visit the Gandhi Museum showcasing the life and principles of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation who led the nation against British colonial rule. As you navigate the city in your private air-conditioned car,you will drive along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House.
Later in the day, you will also see Humayun’s Tomb, which was built by the wife of Mughal Emperor Humayun, Haji Begum, in the mid-16th century. This red sandstone structure is considered to be the predecessor of Taj Mahal and one of the best examples of Mughal architecture.
Overnight: The Oberoi, New Delhi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 03 Delhi – Agra
After a leisurely breakfast, we start the day with a drive to Agra. This is a fascinating way to see India as we wind our way down from the foothills back to the plains and onward to the city of love, Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Upon arrival we will assist with the check-in process at your hotel.
The afternoon will be spent visiting Agra Fort, a great monument of red sandstone that dominates a bend in the Yamuna River and was constructed by the Mughals during 1565-1571. It was Emperor Akbar who laid the foundation of this majestic citadel in 1565. The Fort was ready by 1571 during the period of Shah Jahan, Akbar’s grandson. The Fort contains splendid mosques and palaces in red sandstone and white marble built by two generations of creative builders during the time of Akbar and later Jehangir and Shah Jehan.
Late this evening, you will experience a yoga session at a location with an amazing view of the Taj Mahal. It will take approximately 1 hour. This session will cover basic Asana, Dhyana and Pranayam at a lush green mound about 150 meters away, facing the Taj Mahal. Imbibe yourself into the spiritual way of life, where your body and soul will get rejuvenated. At the end of the session, we will return to the hotel so you can all freshen up as we go offsite for an evening performance.
In the evening enjoy the grand live performance “Mohabbat-e-Taj”, based on the love story of Taj Mahal. This theatrical show portrays the lavish lifestyle of the Mughal era and the story of the emperor Shah Jahan and his beloved Mumtaz Mahal. The duration of evening performance is approximately 90 minutes.
Thereafter you will return back to the hotel to enjoy a Private Balcony Dining with the breathtaking views of exquisitely landscaped gardens, cascading water bodies and the unmistakable silhouette of the Taj Mahal, while dining on the finest handcrafted cuisine, served by your personal butler.
Overnight: The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
DAY 04 Agra – Jaipur
Rise early and enjoy a spectacular sunrise tour of the famous Taj Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. Legend has it that once construction was completed, Shah Jahan had Lahori’s hands cut off and blinded him, so he would never be able to duplicate the structure. What makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, precise and detailed construction and decorative architecture. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day.
Later in the day drive to Jaipur, also referred as the ‘Pink City’ due to its many pink sandstone monuments. Jaipur’s vibrant culture is on dazzling display in the lively local streets and bazaars. It is one of the great cities of the Rajput, with historic forts, palaces and gardens. Jaipur is named after its founder, the warrior and astronomer sovereign Sawai Jai Singh II who planned his new capital to reflect the increasing wealth of the kingdom.
Overnight: The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur
DAY 05 Jaipur
This morning we visit the Amber Fort, a spectacular complex of palaces, temples and apartments that offers a stunning view of the city. You will also visit the City Palace, a former royal residence built in the centre of the old city in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles. The tour will also highlight Jantar Mantar which is the largest of the five remarkable observatories built by Jaipur’s founder. Its complex instruments with scientifically designed settings and shapes represent the high points of medieval Indian astronomy. Later in the day we explore Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), where a high and intricately carved wall confined the women of the court while allowing them to watch processions below.
Later enjoy a walk through the local markets. You see stall owners preparing Indian street food, popular amongst the locals. Wander through the spice markets, vegetable and fruit markets and see the variety of local food on display.
Late this afternoon drive to nearby village called Dera Amer. You’ll tour the nearby forest area and be greeted by elephants. You will take the elephants for their evening walk along the treks conducted in the original Aravalli forests surrounding the camp. Follow a route passing traditional homes, agricultural fields, hills and ancient monuments. Panthers do inhabit the jungles and it is a very rare sighting, however, occasionally the hyena and wolf have been seen by guests along with antelopes and jackals. Enjoy dinner under the stars at Dera Amer and later in the evening we will drive back to hotel.
Overnight: The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur
Meal: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 06 Jaipur – Udaipur
Begin the day with a blessing ceremony with a local priest at the 280 years old Lord Shiva Temple nestled in the center of the resort.
Late this morning drive to Udaipur the “City of Sunrise,” India’s most romantic city, built around four lakes. The blue waters reflect the shimmering white palaces and temples and the whole city exudes a feeling of peace and space. Upon arrival, we will assist with the check in process and you can enjoy the remainder of the
day at leisure.
Enroute you will stop to visit the magnificent Jain temple at Ranakpur. The interior architecture of this splendid temple boasts over 200 intricately carved columns.
Upon arrival, we will assist with the check-in process and have you enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
This evening relax your mind, body and senses with a 1 hour Ayurveda traditional massage at your hotel.
Overnight: The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
DAY 07 Udaipur
We start the day with a visit to the City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Though it is a conglomeration of buildings built by successive rulers, it manages to retain a surprising uniformity of design and impressive views of the lake.
We’ll then proceed on to the Jagdish temple which enshrines a black stone image of Lord Vishnu and his vehicle - a mighty bird called Garuda in a brass image. The temple is a fine example ofIndo-Aryan art.
This afternoon, explore the labyrinthine streets of this Rajasthani town and the surrounding countryside by vintage car which has amazing views. Travel in a vintage car -one of the Maharajas personal collection items!
Later, we’ll take a cruise on Lake Pichola showcasing the spectacular views of the city scape.
Overnight: The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
DAY 08 Udaipur – Mumbai
On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Mumbai was named by the original inhabitants, the Kolis, after their goddess mother Mumba Devi. Mumbai was once a group of seven islands given to the British as a dowry when Charles II married Catherine of Braganza. The British leased the islands to the East India Company, who in turn began initial development of the city. Today this cosmopolitan city is one of India’s most important centres for commerce, foreign trade and the thriving film industry of Bollywood. Owing to its immense opportunities it attracts migrants all over India
making the city a place of many communities and cultures.
This evening, feel the rhythms of India and make like a Bollywood star with an 1 hour dance class. Learn this unique style of dance from our professional choreographer who will teach you all those moves!
Overnight: The Oberoi, Mumbai
DAY 09 Mumbai
This morning we will start the day with a city tour. Our first stop is the Gateway of India and we’ll then walk through downtown Mumbai, full of amazing sights and architecture. Later on, we will visit the memorial built for Gandhi. You will drive through the Hanging Gardens and the famous Dhobi Ghats featured in the award-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Prince of Wales Museum, and Mani Bhawan, the memorial built for Mahatma Gandhi. Time permitting, we will visit Juhu Beach where the wealthy residential areas make for an interesting drive by.
This evening, indulge in a unique wine tasting experience with a tour of the choicest of 1,200 old and new world wine labels in Enoteca - home to a vast number of international fine wines - where you can enjoy a unique ‘wine journey’ guided by specialist in house sommelier. Learn how to discern bouquets and choose wines to suit different cuisines.
Overnight: The Oberoi, Mumbai
DAY 10 Departure
Today you will transfer to the international airport for your flight back home. Safe travels ahead!
USD $7,685 per person (sharing room)
Single room supplement: USD $3,570
USD $5,425 per person (sharing room)
Single room supplement: USD $1,895
• All WOW Experiences highlighted in the itinerary
• Double/Twin sharing accommodation
• Arrival and departure airport transfers
• Internal flight from Udaipur to Mumbai (economy seats)
• Entrance fees to monuments
• All sightseeing and excursions
• Meals as specified in the itinerary
• Local English-speaking guides
• Air-conditioned private vehicle
• Meals other than those indicated on the detailed itinerary
• Beverages other than bottled water
Terms and Conditions
• 10% Commissionable
• The package does not include gratuity and meals not mentioned in the itinerary
• Booking dates: Effective immediately until 31st July 2019
• Stay dates: between 01 September 2019 – 30 April 2020
• Not applicable over festive season 20 December 2019 – 05 January 2020
• High Season Dates: 01 October 2019 – 31 March 2020
• Low Season Dates: 01 – 30 September 2019 and 01 – 30 April 2020