Simply the most lavish way to see India. Kick back in comfort worthy of a Maharajah as you make your imperial way through this diverse, charming country. Here in the cradle of one of the world’s oldest civilizations, you’ll stay in luxury hotels that combine old-world charm with up-to-the-minute facilities and visit some of the most exquisite and iconic places in India, including the Taj Mahal and the glorious forts and palaces of Rajasthan, and much more.
DelhiDays 1 & 2
In modern India’s ancient capital, you’ll survey the past with visits to the Red Fort, Jama Masjid mosque, with its marble domes and splendid minarets, Raj Ghat, the Ashoka Pillar and Chandni Chowk Bazaar, where craftsmen sell their wares. There will be ample opportunities for shopping, rest and recreation and venturing out on your own to soak in the many sights and sounds of this fascinating city.
Fatehpur SikriDays 3
A royal folly, Fatehpur Sikri was built in 1574 as a royal capital by the Mughal emperor Akbar but abandoned 14 years later because of a lack of water. Explore the royal palace and the Jami Masjid.
JaipurDays 6, 7 & 8
Known as the ‘pink city’ ever since it was decked up in pink terracotta to welcome Prince Albert in 1876, Jaipur is a city with an aristocratic past. Take an elephant-back ride to the stalwart Amber Fort, visit the Hava Mahal, or ‘palace of the winds’, where the women of the court were sequestered, stargaze at the Janthar Manthar observatory and visit the City Palace. Other activities include an elephant safari through the surrounding countryside, visits to villages and a local school.
A royal capital in the heart of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is called the Blue City because of the traditional blue-painted houses that surround Mehrangarh Fort, a majestic structure that Rudyard Kipling called ‘the work of angels and giants’. Other attractions include the colossal Umaid Bhawan Palace, local crafts including traditional blue glazed pottery and a visit to the spice bazaar.
This village hosts a spectacular complex of 15th century Jain temples, including a magnificent marble temple. An absorbing day-long stopover en route to your next destination.
Udaipur Days 11 & 12
‘The city of lakes’, once the capital of the Mewar kingdom, preserves its aristocratic past amidst a vibrant present. There are twelve gorgeous palaces to visit, many of which host impressive museums. Take a lake cruise for a spectacular view of the City Palace, go boating down the ghats, soak in the atmosphere of the Venice of India.
On the last day, you will fly to Delhi, from where you will connect with your homebound flight.