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journey into India isnʼt just a trip; it is a plethora of emotions evoked as India tells ancient stories of herself. They are heart-wrenching and endearing, eccentric and fascinating, idiosyncratic and colourful. Perhaps it is the enigma that is India that inspires and at the same time, makes it as misunderstood as it is. We challenge you to immerse and partake in a piece of ancient India in your preferred travel style. Whether it is an adrenaline-pumping adventure, a peaceful retreat to get in touch with your inner self, an in-depth education, a family affair or an unabashedly luxurious indulgence – here is an invitation for you to create your new journeys of true India. Trail the royalties of Rajasthan, demystify the secrets of the far-flung Himalayas, delve into East India for a glimpse of non-mainstream India and then discover the rich culture and heritage of the West and South. Be inspired.

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Rajasthan & Heart of India

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West & South India

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The Himalayas

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East India

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Festivals

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Train Journeys

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Rajasthan Heart Of India Rajasthan and the Heart of India is a visual extravaganza aw wassh wi w th col olo olou ol ou urf rful ull heritage, stunning palaces, hauntingly beautiful hilltop forts, or orn nate temples nate plless, re remo m te mo e villages and bewildering spectacles set in a fantastically dive er e llan erse an ndsca cape ca pe. Al pe Allll wrapped in one alluring ancient charm and quintessentially India ia,, th hiss reg e io on is a   

                         

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OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS

IN DELHI

Aman Delhi: A centrally located city-based resort             touches of Indian styles and some suites offering a private plunge pool. www.amanresorts.com The Oberoi Gurgaon: 20 minutes from the airport, it provides contemporary luxuries and convenience for those who are transiting and want to 

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The Gateway: A 4-star hotel by the Yamuna River. Some rooms enjoy glimpses of the Taj Mahal.     

Leela Palace: A 5-star property with contemporary rooms in a classic palace exterior.   

Radisson Agra:

Devigarh: Located about 28km from the city of Udaipur, it is a small deluxe heritage hotel converted from an ancient fort, beautifully renovated with lovely setting enjoying views of Aravalis.    

A new 4-star modern hotel close to Taj Mahal offering modern comforts.  

IN JAIPUR

Rajvilas: A luxury property set in beautiful gardens, re-creating the royal Rajasthan mood.    

Imperial: One of the most graceful and charming hotel with a rich heritage, right in the heart of Delhi. www.theimperialindia.com

Rambagh Palace: A 5-star hotel converted from a palace with rooms overlooking verdant gardens or courtyards.   

Taj Mahal Hotel: A graceful 5-star hotel located in the diplomatic and business district, offering luxurious modern accommodation with old world grace. www.tajhotels.com

Jai Mahal: A 5-star hotel converted from a former Maharajah palace.   

The Trident Gurgaon: 20 minutes from the airport, it provides contemporary comfort for those transiting     

 !  www.oberoihotels.com Radisson Blu Delhi: 10 minutes from the airport, this is a straight-forward and convenient stop for those transiting and want to avoid  !  www.radissonblu.com

Tree of Life Resorts and Spa: An award-wining boutique villa style resort nestled among the Aravali hills.       Shiv Vilas: A local heritage hotel built on a palace theme that offers good value. www.shiv-vilas.com Le Meridien Jaipur: A 4-star hotel 20 minutes from city with modern and well-appointed rooms. www.starwoodhotels.com

The Claridges: A 4-star hotel with elegant dĂŠcor, cosy rooms and a blend of colonial charm. Conveniently located in LutyenĘźs Delhi. www.claridges.com

IN SAMODE

Metropolitan Hotel and Spa: A 4-star hotel offering modern rooms and centrally located. www.hotelmetdelhi.com

IN UDAIPUR

IN AGRA

Oberoi Amarvilas: A beautiful boutique deluxe hotel with all rooms enjoying an uninterrupted view of the Taj Mahal.    

Samode Palace: A 475-year old palace converted into a splendid heritage hotel.    Oberoi Udaivilas: A luxury resort designed as a traditional Rajasthani Palace.      Taj Lake Palace: The symbol of Udaipur, it is a 5-star heritage property converted from a former palace in the middle of Pichola Lake.   

Fateh Prakesh: A local heritage hotel on the eastern side of Lake Pichola.  

  Trident Hilton Udaipur: A comfortable modern hotel providing good service.  

IN JODHPUR

Umaid Bhawan: A luxury hotel and a classic example of Indo-colonial art deco style taking 3000 artisans 14 years to create this heritage wonder.    RAAS: Converted from an 18th century Haveli into a stunning understated designer hotel.   Ajit Bhawan: A heritage property that provides hospitality by the late MaharajahĘźs family who still lives there.    Park Plaza: A modern hotel located in the heart of the city. www.parkplaza.com

IN JAISALMER

The Serai Camp: A luxury desert camp and spa set on Great Thar Desert by the Relais & Châteaux group.     Suyagarh: A boutique hotel in a traditional setting echoing Rajasthanʼs princely residences, married with modern comforts.    03


The Gateway Hotel Rawalkot: A 4-star property providing modern comfort and medieval charm.     

IN RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK

Aman iKhas: A luxury wilderness camp of 10 tents at the edge of the National Park, offering exclusive and personalised services.   Vanyavilas: Another Oberoi property where you enjoy the wilderness in luxury and style.     Sherbagh: Overlooking the valley, the camp consists of 12 luxurious bedroom tents with attached verandahs and bathrooms.    Khem Vilas: A skillfully designed and landscaped property giving guests the best wildlife experience. A responsible property that runs on sustainable tourism and serves home grown and cooked vegetarian dishes!   

IN VARANASI

Nadesar Palace Varanasi: Arguably the best Varanasi offers, this luxurious palace heritage property is a tranquil haven with works of art from the MaharajaĘźs collection.   

Suryauday Haveli: Located on Shivala Ghats, the Haveli was built by the Royal Family of Nepal as a retreat for the aged. It has been painstakingly pieced together for those seeking an authentic experience of Varanasi.    The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi: A refurbished modern 4-star hotel offering well-appointed rooms.     

IN KHAJURAHO

The Lalit Temple: A modern hotel set in lush surroundings in close proximity to the Western Group of temples.    Radisson Jass: A 4-star hotel centrally located in the city with modern rooms.  

IN BHANDAVGARH NATIONAL PARK

OTHER OFF-THEBEATEN-TRACK SPECIALTY PROPERTIES

Rohetgarh: A stylish 17th century hunting retreat of the Maharajah set in characterful landscape free from mass tourism, situated midway between Jodhpur and Udaipur.     Chaatrasagar Camp: Luxury tents in old Rajput style pitched on a dam overlooking a lake teeming with birds, in the heart of rural Rajasthan, located near to Jodhpur. Closed during summer. 

  Mihigarh: Perched on a sand mound on the edge of the desert, this is a boutique property located south of Jodhpur, with 9-suites emerging from the desert in pure luxury.    

Mahua Kothi Lodge: A 12 suite luxury lodge set in Bandhavgarh featuring jungle safaris by &Beyond trained naturalists.   

Rawla Narlai: A stylish 17th century hunting retreat of the Maharajah set in characterful landscape free from mass tourism, situated midway between Jodhpur and Udaipur.  

Samode Safari Lodge: Just adjacent to Bandhavgarh is an eco-responsible property designed around a series of individual lodges inspired by South African dĂŠcor in Indian ambience.  

Manvar Camp: Located 3 hours from Jodhpur in the desert, this is a camp with 20 tasteful tents. Closed in summer. 


GOLDEN TRIANGLE

06 DAYS

Delhi

Jaipur

Agra

OUR RECOMMENDATION IN DELHI Have a view of true India by entering the Nizamuddin area and into the mystical world

 <        Dargah of one of the worldĘźs     <   Mysterious and almost intimidating, this is a side of India that is rarely explored. Take a walk into the impoverished neighbourhood and visit Project Arman, a meaningful initiative to educate children of rag pickers. OUR RECOMMENDATION IN JAIPUR Extend your stay in Amanbagh, once the staging area for royal hunts set in a verdant oasis of mature palm, fruit and eucalyptus trees lying within a walled compound. Evoking the palatial grandeur of the Moghul era, it features 24 Haveli Suites and 16 Pool Pavilions.

DAY 01 ARRIVE DELHI Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your hotel. DAY Y 02 DELHI This morning, journey into New Delhi to see Humayun Tomb which served as a model for the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra then continue to Qutab Minar. Visit some interesting buildings in LutyensĘź Delhi - India Gate, the PresidentĘźs House and Parliament House. Optional: View changing of guards outside PresidentĘźs House every Saturday only (10am -10.40am in Winter; 8 to 8.40am in Summer) Explore Old Delhi in the afternoon. Visit Jama Masjid â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the largest Great Mosque in India. From here, take a heritage walk into the bylanes of Chandi Chowk then hop onto a rickshaw to discover the bustling streets with traditional businesses and a view of the façade of the imposing Red Fort.      DAY Y 03 DELHI/AGRA Drive about 4 hours to arrive in Agra. Visit Agra Fort and the local markets. As the day wanes, tour the Taj Mahal on a horse carriage (closed on Friday).      DAY Y 04 AGRA/JAIPUR Drive 1.5 hours to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital of the Moghul Empire. Off the tourist   #          $  #    % *  #         wells in Rajasthan and India. Also visit the adjacent Harshat Mata Temple. Arrive Jaipur in the evening.      DAY Y 05 JAIPUR Visit Amber Fort by way of the elephants. Tour Jaipur, the Pink City starting from the Palace of Wind to the City Palace. Take a walk in the bustle of Johari Bazaar and explore the havelis along the streets.      DAY Y 06 JAIPUR/DEPART DELHI   +/                

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GOLDEN TRIANGLE WITH UDAIPUR

08

DAYS

Delhi Jaipur

Agra

Ranakpur Udaipur

OUR RECOMMENDATION IN UDAIPUR Extend another night to Devi Garh, converted from an old fortress. Explore this historic property and take walks in the surrounding villages nestled below the Aravali Hills. Also, indulge in spa treatments from the French beauty company LĘźOccitane. Dine and enjoy cocktails in the middle of Pichola Lake away from it all with your special someone. Take a private cruise on the regal antique Gangaur Boat while being entertained by dancers and musicians.

DAY 01 ARRIVE DELHI Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your hotel. DAY Y 02 DELHI This morning, journey into New Delhi to see Humayun Tomb then continue to Qutab Minar. Visit some interesting buildings in Lutyensʟ Delhi - India Gate, the Presidentʟs House and Parliament House. Optional: View changing of guards outside Presidentʟs House. Explore Old Delhi in the afternoon. Visit Jama Masjid and take a heritage walk into the bylanes of Chandi Chowk. Hop onto a rickshaw to discover the bustling streets with traditional businesses and a view of the façade of the imposing Red Fort. (Breakfast included) DAY Y 03 DELHI/AGRA Drive about 4 hours to arrive in Agra. Visit Agra Fort and the local markets. As the day wanes, tour the Taj Mahal on a horse carriage (closed on Friday). (Breakfast included) DAY Y 04 AGRA/JAIPUR Drive 1.5 hours to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital of the Moghul Empire. Off the tourist circuit, discover Chand Baori, one of the most beautiful step wells in Rajasthan and India. Also, visit the adjacent Harshat Mata Temple. Arrive in Jaipur this evening. (Breakfast included) DAY Y 05 JAIPUR Visit Amber Fort by way of the elephants. Tour Jaipur, the Pink City starting from the Palace of Wind to the City Palace. Take a walk in the bustle of Johari Bazaar and explore the havelis along the streets. (Breakfast included) DAY Y 06 UDAIPUR Drive 6-7 hours to Udaipur. En-route, visit Chittogarh Fort. (Breakfast included) DAY Y 07 UDAIPUR/ RANAKPUR/ UDAIPUR Today, drive 3 hours to explore Ranakpur temple- the biggest and most important Jain Temple in India. (Breakfast included) DAY Y 08 UDAIPUR/ DEPART DELHI Today, waltz around this romantic city with a cruise on Lake Pichola and a visit to the City Palace              #                home. (Breakfast included)

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08 DAYS

GOLDEN TRIANGLE WITH TIGER SAFARI

Delhi Jaipur

Agra

Ranthambore

OUR RECOMMENDATION IN DELHI Enter the world of Bollywood with a bevy of colours, songs and dances. The musical Kingdom of Dreams showcases modern and traditional India, bringing to life a blend of culture, heritage, art and craft. (Showing 8pm daily) OUR RECOMMENDATION IN AGRA Catch the Mohabbat-the-Taj, a song and drama spectacle revolving around the history of the Taj Mahal in which this monument of love is presented in10 different moods, representing varying seasons and hours of the day.

DAY 01 ARRIVE DELHI Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your hotel. DAY Y 02 DELHI Morning, journey into New Delhi to see Humayun Tomb then continue to Qutab Minar. Visit some interesting buildings in Lutyensʟ Delhi - India Gate, the Presidentʟs House and Parliament House. Optional: View changing of guards outside Presidentʟs House. Explore Old Delhi in the afternoon. Visit Jama Masjid and take a heritage walk into the bylanes of Chandi Chowk. Hop onto a rickshaw to discover the bustling streets with traditional businesses and a view of the façade of the imposing Red Fort. (Breakfast included) DAY Y 03 DELHI/AGRA Drive about 4 hours to arrive in Agra. Visit Agra Fort and the local markets. Tour the Taj Mahal on a horse carriage at sunset (closed on Friday). (Breakfast included) DAY Y 04 AGRA/ RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK Drive about 2 hours to Bharatpur to catch the Golden Temple Mail Train and arrive in Sawai Modhopur at 1300hr. In the afternoon, enjoy a game drive in Ranthambore National Park. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 05 RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK Enjoy a full day of safari with morning and evening game drives. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 06 RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK/ JAIPUR Drive 4 hours to Jaipur. Take a walk through the Johari Bazaar and explore the interesting havelis along the streets. (Breakfast included) DAY Y 07 JAIPUR Visit Amber Fort by way of the elephants. Tour Jaipur, the Pink City starting from the Palace of Wind to the City Palace. (Breakfast included) DAY Y 08 JAIPUR/ DEPART DELHI      

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RAJASTHAN FAMILY FUN

08

DAYS

DAY 01 ARRIVE DELHI Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your hotel.

Delhi Manvar Camp Jodhpur

Jaipur

Agra

DAY Y 02 DELHI In the morning, you have an option of one of the following Option 1: New Delhi Historical Journey - Explore HumayunĘźs Tomb and UNESCO listed Qutab Minar. Option 2: Take a walk into the back alleys of Delhi for a glimpse into the lives of the children of the streets, led by a child who was once living and working on the streets (not available on Sunday and Holidays).

Ranthambore

This afternoon, visit the Indian Rail Museum. Children can even take a joy ride on a toy train! End the day with a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi and Chandi Chowk. (Breakfast included)

OUR RECOMMENDATION IN JAIPUR See the Pink City in the most novel way â&#x20AC;&#x201C; on a sunrise

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        fort, palaces and villages.         mid-Sep to end Mar) Have an unconventional eco adventure staying in a Tree House overlooking the Aravali Hills.

DAY Y 03 DELHI/AGRA Drive about 4 hours to arrive in Agra. Visit Agra Fort and the local markets. Tour the Taj Mahal on a horse carriage at sunset (closed on Friday). (Breakfast included) DAY Y 04 AGRA/ RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK Drive 2 hours to Bharatpur and catch the Golden Temple Mail Train to arrive at Sawai Modhopur at 1300hr. Take an afternoon game drive in Ranthambore National Park and try to spot the majestic Tigers roaming free. (Breakfast, dinner included) DAY Y 05 RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK After a leisurely morning, enjoy a picnic lunch on the Ranthambore Fort. This afternoon is time for another game drive in the park. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 06 RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK/ JAIPUR This morning, drive about 4 hours to Jaipur. Pass through Old Jaipur and the iconic Hawa Mahal! Begin a walking tour into the colourful and bustling bazaars. (Breakfast included) DAY Y 07 JAIPUR Tour a milk market and learn ways to judge the purity of milk and negotiate prices. Visit Amber Fort in the afternoon and drive 45mins to Dera Amer for a sunset elephant trek. End your day with a dinner under the sky! (Breakfast, dinner included) DAY Y 08 JAIPUR/ DEPART DELHI          (Breakfast included) RECOMMENDED EXTENSION DAY 8 JAIPUR/ JODHPUR: Drive 6-7 hours to Jodhpur. En-route, visit Pushkar. (Breakfast included) DAY 9 JODPHUR: This morning, your family fun begins with a thrilling Flying Fox at Mehrangarh Fort! Take the zipline for an aerial tour of this impressive fort! Visit Jaswant Thada, a fascinating creation in white marble. This afternoon, take a rickshaw/ tonga into the old town. Continue with a guided walk to the colourful markets featuring textiles, silver and handicrafts. (Breakfast included) DAY 10 JODPHUR/MANVAR CAMP: Drive 3 hours through the Thar Desert to Manvar Camp, en-route visiting villages. This evening, enjoy a camel safari through the desert. At night, be entertained by local music and enjoy a

     (Breakfast, dinner included) DAY 11 MANVAR CAMP/ JODPHUR/ DEPART DELHI: Drive 3 hours to Jodhpur for your flight to Delhi. Arrive in Delhi and check-in to your day use room before your flight home.(Breakfast included)

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HIDDEN TRAIL OF RAJASTHAN

10 DAYS

Delhi Samode Agra Jodhpur Rohet

Jaipur Nimaj

OUR RECOMMENDATION IN JODHPUR Experience a stunning alfresco rooftop Rajasthani dining experience with unbeatable views of the Mehrangarh Fort and the Blue City at Hanumant Mahal!

DAY 01 ARRIVE DELHI Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your hotel. DAY 02 DELHI This morning, you have an option of one of the following. Option 1: Beat the crowd to explore Old Delhi beginning with Jama Masjid and take a heritage walk into the bylanes of Chandi Chowk. Hop onto a rickshaw to discover the bustling streets! Option 2: Take a walk into the back alleys of Delhi for a glimpse into the lives of the children of the streets, led by a child who was once living and working on the streets (not available on Sunday and Holidays). This afternoon, take a historical journey through New Delhi. Explore HumayunĘźs Tomb and UNESCO listed Qutab Minar. (Breakfast included) DELHI/AGRA Drive about 4 hours to arrive in Agra. Visit Agra Fort and the local markets. Tour the Taj Mahal on a horse carriage at sunset (closed on Friday). (Breakfast included) DAY 04 AGRA/ FATEPUR SIKIR/ SAMODE Drive 5 hours to Samode, en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri. Till this day, this deserted capital of the Moghul Empire still has most of its delicate decorations intact. Step off the usual tourist circuit to Chand Baori, one of the most beautiful step wells in Rajasthan and India. Discover the ruins of medieval Hindu sculptures at the adjacent Harshat Mata Temple. Arrive in Samode in the late afternoon. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY 05 SAMODE/ JAIPUR/ SAMODE Take a day excursion to tour Jaipur, the Pink City. Visit Amber Fort and discover the City Palace, a combination of Rajput and Mughal architecture. See the Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory and the iconic Hawa Mahal. Take a rickshaw ride through the colourful bazaars of Old Jaipur. (Breakfast, dinner included) DAY 06/7 SAMODE/ CHHATRA SAGAR OR ROHETGARH This morning, drive approximately 5- 6 hours off the beaten trail for a taste of rural Rajasthan. Stay 2 nights in Chhatra Sagar or Rohetgarh. Option 1) Chhatra Sagar- Set in the tiny village of Nimaj by the Chhatra Sagar Lake, check-in for 2 nights for a taste of authentic rural Rajastahni life in mobile tented palaces. Tour the village,                     season only â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 Oct to 31 Mar). Option 2) Rohetgarh- Check 2 nights into one of the most interesting and rustic heritage hotels in Rajasthan with many stories to tell. Hop onto a jeep for The Village Safari â&#x20AC;&#x201C; where you interact with the local community and have an authentic glimpse into life in these tribal villages. Other activities include: Horse-safaris, bird watch, royal picnics, culinary classes and more (all year round). (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY 08 CHHATRA SAGAR OR ROHETGARH / JODHPUR Drive about one hour through countryside scenery to Jodhpur! Take a guided walk into the Blue City and its colourful markets featuring textiles, silver and handicrafts. (Breakfast included) DAY 09 JODPHUR Arguably the most impressive fort in Rajasthan, the Mehrangarh Fort features walls that soar like sheer cliffs, boasting many palaces within. Close to the fort is the Jaswant Thada, a fascinating creation in white marble. (Breakfast included) DAY 10 JODPHUR/ DEPART DELHI          

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COLOURS OF RAJASTHAN

Jaisalmer

13

DAYS

Delhi Manvar Camp Jaipur

Agra

Jodhpur Udaipur

OUR RECOMMENDATION IN DELHI Haute couture shopping with your personal shopper, showing you the cityĘźs unique shops and sharing with you the latest trends.

OUR RECOMMENDATION IN UDAIPUR Dinner with a local Rajput family and learn to whip up dishes with a cooking demonstration from family recipes.

DAY 01 ARRIVE DELHI Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your hotel. DAY Y 02 DELHI Journey into New Delhi starting from Humayun Tomb, Qutab Minar and drive through the city. Optional: View changing of guards outside PresidentĘźs House. Explore Old Delhi with a heritage walk beginning from Jama Masjid. Then, hop onto a rickshaw to discover the bustling streets with traditional businesses! (Breakfast included) DAY 03 DELHI/ JODHPUR/ MANVAR CAMP  # >$    !  !          !            #   $      % dinner. (Breakfast, dinner included) DAY 04 MANVAR CAMP/ JAISALMER Take a jeep safari through the dunes and enjoy some relaxing time before driving to Jaisalmer located in the heart of the Thar Desert. (Breakfast included) DAY 05 JAISALMER Discover the painstakingly latticed havelis or mansions with their grand facades. The Nathmalaji!# "!  < <!  % #    !@  Tour the Jaisalmer Fort and temples. (Breakfast included) DAY 06 JAISALMER/ JODHPUR Drive 6 hours to Jodhpur. Tour the city, commonly known as the Blue City. Visit the imposing Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada. Take a guided walk through the city and its colourful markets. (Breakfast included) DAY 07 JODHPUR/ RANAKPUR/ RAWLA NARLAI Drive 3 hours to Rawla Narlai, a stylish 17th century hunting retreat of the Maharajahs. Activities include village walks, sundowner, horse riding, bird watching and more! This afternoon, visit Ranakpur temple- the biggest and most important Jain Temple in India. (Breakfast, dinner included) DAY 08 RAWLA NARLAI/ UDAIPUR Enjoy Rawla Narlai and activities. In the afternoon, drive 3 hours to the City of Sunrise â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Udaipur. (Breakfast included) DAY 09 UDAIPUR Today, waltz around this romantic city with a visit to the City Palace, Jagdish temple and Sahelion Ki Bari. In the evening, enjoy a boat trip on the Pichola Lake. (Breakfast included) DAY 10 UDAIPUR/ JAIPUR Drive 6-7 hours to Jaipur. En-Route, visit Chittogarh Fort. (Breakfast included) DAY 11 JAIPUR Visit Amber Fort by way of the elephants. Tour Jaipur, the Pink City starting from the Palace of Wind to the City Palace. Take a heritage walk through Old Jaipur and explore the havelis along the streets. (Breakfast included) DAY 12 JAIPUR/ AGRA Drive 5 hours to Agra. Off the tourist circuit, discover Chand Baori one of the most beautiful step wells in Rajasthan and India. Also visit the Harshat Mata Temple. En-route, visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital of the Moghul Empire. (Breakfast included) DAY 13 DEPART AGRA Visit the Agra Fort and local markets and tour the iconic Taj Mahal Late afternoon, drive back to    $  >  Breakfast included) 11


GOLDEN TRIANGLE WITH VARANASI AND KHAJURAHO

10

DAYS

Delhi Agra Jaipur Orchha

Varanasi Khajuraho

OUR RECOMMENDATION IN GOLDEN TRIANGLE Have a taste of rail luxury in a 3-night train journey on Maharaja Express of the Golden Triangle before your further exploration of Rajasthan.

DAY 01 ARRIVE DELHI Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your hotel. DAY 02 DELHI This morning, journey into New Delhi to see Humayun Tomb then continue to Qutab Minar. Visit some interesting buildings in Lutyensʼ Delhi - India Gate, the Presidentʼs House and Parliament House. Optional: View changing of guards outside Presidentʼs House. Explore Old Delhi in the afternoon. Visit Jama Masjid and take a heritage walk into the bylanes of Chandi Chowk. Hop onto a rickshaw to discover the bustling streets and end with a view of the façade of the imposing Red Fort. (Breakfast included) DAY 03 DELHI/VARANASI Fly to the holy city of Varanasi. Learn about Hindu philosophy at the Benares University then continue to New Vishwanath Temple and Bharat Kala Bhavan for its collection of Indian paintings from the 11th to 20th century. Take a rickshaw ride to the ghats to join in the Hinduism ritual ceremony of evening aarti (evening prayer). (Breakfast included) DAY 04 VARANASI Your pre-dawn cruise starts at the Dasaswamedeh ghat, Varanasiʼs holiest spot. Thereafter, walk through the narrow crowded lanes of the city, jostling with sacred cows, saffron-robed sadhus and devotees. Visit Sarnath    

               the Dhamekh Stupa and the Archaeological Museum exhibiting a superb collection of Buddhist artifacts. Drive past the Durga Temple and Tulsi Manas Temples. Pay a visit to the Ashram for Widows. (Breakfast included) DAY 05 VARANASI/ KHAJURAHO Fly to Khajuraho, an UNESCO World Heritage site and visit the Western Group of Temples comprising of the Kandariya Mahadev Temple, the Lakshman and the Vishwanath Temple. Continue to the Eastern Group of Temples that includes the Parsavanatha Temple and Chaturbhuj Temple. This evening, enjoy a unique program of sound and light show held in the grounds of the Western group of temples. (Breakfast included) DAY 06 KHAJURAHO/ ORCHHA/ AGRA Drive 4 hours to Orchha, once the capital of Bundelas. Discover some of the best preserved murals and wall paintings and the three palaces- Jahangir Mahal, Raj Mahal and the Raj Praveen Mahal, all waiting for their stories to be told. Late afternoon, board the Shatabdi express from Jhansi station for Agra (1756 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2022hr). (Breakfast included) DAY 07 AGRA Visit Agra Fort and the local markets. View the Taj Mahal at sunset. (Breakfast included) DAY 08 AGRA/JAIPUR Drive 1.5 hours to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital of the Moghul Empire. Off the tourist circuit, discover Chand Baori one of the most beautiful step wells in Rajasthan and India. Also visit the Harshat Mata Temple. Arrive in Jaipur in the evening. (Breakfast included) DAY 09 JAIPUR Visit Amber Fort by way of the elephants. Tour Jaipur, the Pink City starting from the Palace of Wind to the City Palace. Take in the bustle of Johari Bazaar and explore the havelis along the streets. (Breakfast included) DAY 10 JAIPUR/ DEPART DELHI            (Breakfast included)

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A wilderness camp of 10 tents set on the edge of Rajasthan’s Ranthambore National Park, Aman-i-Khás combines aman, the Sanskrit word for ‘peace’, with khás, meaning ‘special’ in Hindi and Urdu. Surrounded by the starkly beautiful Aravalli Hills, the camp provides access to the wildlife of Ranthambore National Park which measures a total of 1,334 square kilometres. Guests of Aman-i-Khás can also explore the region’s ancient forts and colourful rural villages nearby.

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Rathambore, Rajasthan, India, Tel: (91) 7462 252 052 Fax: (91) 7462 252 178 Email: aman-i-khas@amanresorts.com Visit www.amanresorts.com for more information


CULTURAL GEMS OF NORTHERN INDIA WITH TIGER SAFARI

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DAYS

Delhi Agra

Orchha

Varanasi

Khajuraho Bhandhavgarh N.P

OUR RECOMMENDATION IN AGRA Under the light of the full moon, the Taj Mahal is said to appear at its best- shimmering like a fairytale castle built for a legendary princess. View this phenomenon only on selected full moon nights.

DAY 01 ARRIVE DELHI Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your hotel. DAY Y 02 DELHI/ VARANASI Fly to the holy city of Varanasi. Learn about Hindu philosophy at the Benares University then continue to New Vishwanath Temple, Bharat Kala Bhavan for its collection of Indian paintings. Take a rickshaw ride to the ghats to join in the Hinduism ritual ceremony of evening aarti (evening prayer). (Breakfast included) DAY 03 VARANASI Your pre-dawn cruise starts at the Dasaswamedeh ghat, VaranasiĘźs holiest spot.                        the Dhamekh Stupa and the Archaeological Museum. Drive past the Durga Temple and Tulsi Manas Temples then pay a visit to the Ashram for Widows. (Breakfast, dinner included) DAY 04 VARANASI / KHAJURAHO Fly to Khajuraho, an UNESCO World Heritage site and visit the Western and Eastern Group of Temples. This evening, enjoy a unique program of sound and light show held in the grounds of the Western Group of Temples. (Breakfast included) DAY 05 KHAJURAHO/ BHANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK Drive 7 hours through the countryside of Madhya Pradesh and arrive at Bhandavgarh National Park, a renowned tiger reserve. (Breakfast, dinner included) DAY 06/7 BHANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK Enjoy two full days of safari activities with morning and afternoon game drives. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY 08 BHANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK/ KHAJURAHO Drive 7 hours back to Khajuraho and stay one night. (Breakfast, lunch included) DAY 09 KHAJURAHO/ ORCHHA/ AGRA Drive 4 hours to Orchha, once the capital of Bundelas. Discover some of the best preserved murals and wall paintings and the three palaces- Jahangir Mahal, Raj Mahal and the Raj Praveen Mahal, all waiting for their stories to be told. Late afternoon, board the Shatabdi express from Jhansi station for Agra (1756 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2022hr). (Breakfast included) DAY 10 AGRA/ DEPART DELHI Rise early for views of sunrise at Taj Mahal and explore the Agra Fort and market. Drive 2.5          (Breakfast included)

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West South India South and West India fascinates with splendid nature and its rich heritage - having witnessed the rule of a series of dynasties. IndiaĘźs southernmost Tamil Nadu is the Hindu heartland. It is home to one of IndiaĘźs oldest civilizations, the Dravidians,   !         #     nut trees, is a perfect destination for a restful holiday in charming houseboats on the backwaters. Maharashtra is IndiaĘźs second most populous state and best known for                  taka is testament to the rich heritage of the region with timeless monuments, devout temple towns, spectacular palaces and untouched beaches.

TO T OP EXPERIENCES Go back in time to the Vijayanagara empire and discover the ancient ruins of Hampi                    Temples Galore! Discover the exquisite Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu Immerse in the sights and sounds of pilgrims at the Meeknashi Temple in Madurai Be awed by the Ajanta and Ellora caves carved into the hillside rock in the middle of nowhere

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OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS

IN COCHIN

Vivanta by Taj Malabar: A 5-star hotel situated overlooking the harbour on Willington Island. www.tajhotels.com Brunton Boatyard: A traditional Dutch architecture deluxe boutique hotel located by the water. www.cghearth.com Old Harbour Hotel: A small boutique hotel with Dutch and          heart of Fort Cochin. www.oldharbourhotel.com The Old Courtyard House: A 200-year-old historic building with 8 rooms providing intimate and rustic accommodation. www.oldcourtyard.com

IN PERIYAR/ THEKKADY

Spice Village: A unique resort in mountain tribal village style, well-designed to blend in with its environment.    Cardamom County: The nature retreat is adjacent to the Periyar National Park and a vibrant spice-trading community.   

IN BACKWATER

Banyan Tree Kerala: A romantic and luxurious property set in the beautiful and remote surrounds of Nediyathuruthu, a private Island.  Kumarakom Lake Resort:          offering deluxe villas.   Coconut Lagoon: Accessible only by motorized canoe,     

               architecture.    Oberoi Vrinda: Take on 3 or 4 night journeys on the tranquil waterways on this luxurious cruiser. www.oberoihotels.com The Park Kerala Apsara Cruiser: Take a 3-night journey on this luxury    

    modern amenities. www.theparkhotels.com

Discovery Houseboat: Take a 3-night journey on this luxury eco-friendly cruise with contemporary design and silent electric motors (Sleeps 2 to 4 only). Being narrower, it is able to cruise into the non-mainstream routes away from other houseboats and cruises. www.malabarhouse.com Evergreen Deluxe Houseboat: Offers straightforward but comfortable double room with attached bath in a traditional rice boat. Each houseboat has 2 to 3 bedrooms with air-conditioned facility.

IN KOVALAM

The Leela Kovalam: A luxury resort perched on a rock face, offers panoramic views of the famed         Vivanta by Taj: Offers a breathtaking view of the backwater, lush landscapes, coconut palms and unspoiled beaches.   

IN MADRAS

Taj Connemara: A 5-star hotel in the heart of the city with a distinct colonial charm     The Raintree Hotel Annasalai: A 4-star contemporary hotel with modern comforts.    

Trident: 4-star hotel offering comfortable accommodation with good views of the city. www.tridenthotels.com

IN HOSPET

Royal Orchid: A 4-star hotel offering comfortable and modern rooms.      Malligi Hotel: A 3-star comfortable hotel with simple rooms and conveniently located.    

IN CHIKMAGALUR

Taj Gateway Hotel KM Road Chikmagalur: Offers well appointed rooms and cottages in exquisitely restored colonial architecture.    

IN MYSORE

      A good resort in a nice wildlife setting with a relaxing ambience.

     

IN BANGALORE

Taj West End: 5-star heritage hotel full of character and set in the middle of Bangalore.   

IN MADURAI

Sheryas Retreat: 34km out of Bangalore, is this luxurious destination yoga retreat perfect for those looking for a peaceful base to self-discover. It is a property of Relais and Chateaux.  

IN AURANGABAD

St MarkĘźs Hotel: Well appointed rooms, centrally located, 4-star boutique hotel.    

Heritage Madurai: Designed by renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa, a hotel with character and understated charm.     Taj Residency: 5 -star hotel with modern dĂŠcor in a palace-styled hotel located near Ellora and Ajanta caves.    Lemon Tree Hotel: Mid-ranged, straightforward accommodation. www.lemontreehotels.com

IN MUMBAI

Taj Mahal Hotel: A classic luxury hotel that is a legend on its own. Rooms are full of character and heritage.    Oberoi: Stylish modern luxury hotel centrally located and overlooking the Arabian Sea. www.oberoihotels.com

IN GOA

Taj Exotica: Finest 5-star resort in Goa, in Mediterranean style overlooking the Arabian Sea.    Alila Diwa Goa: A beautiful resort providing contemporary elegance in Goan design.     Vivanta by Taj Fort Aguada: A 4-star romantic and charming hotel with Balinese inspired landscape.   

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05 DAYS

KERALA BACKWATERS GETAWAY DAY 01 ARRIVE COCHIN Arrive in Cochin and transfer to your hotel. DAY Y 02 COCHIN Cochin is a cluster of islands where parts of the city form an unlikely blend of medieval Portugal, Holland and an English country village grafted onto the tropical Malabar Coast. Cochin Backwater

Visit the St. Francis Church and then the Jewish Synagogue, the oldest in the Commonwealth and adorned by hundreds of blue and white hand-painted tiles. Tour the Mattancherry Palace Museum and continue onto the giant Chinese Fishing harbor.

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OUR RECOMMENDATION IN BACKWATERS Spend 3 or 4 nights cruising the   ""$     %ing hotel. Embark on a deeper exploration in the backwater with Oberoi Vrinda Motor Vessel, MV Apsara by The Park, or Discovery by Malabar Escapes with excursions inclusive.

DAY Y 03 COCHIN/ BACKWATER  ! +    $#    & "  $  # network of lagoons, lakes, rivers and canals forms the basis of a distinct regional lifestyle.   $   #            "   (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 04 BACKWATER After breakfast, disembark and transfer to your backwater resort for the night. Enjoy your day at leisure. (Breakfast included) DAY Y 05 BACKWATER/ DEPART COCHIN $ $          #  ! +        $  %   (Breakfast included)

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CLASSIC KERALA WITH PERIYAR LAKE, BACKWATER AND BEACH

08

DAYS

Cochin Backwater

Periyar N.P. Kovalam

OUR RECOMMENDATION IN PERIYAR Not for the frail-hearted, this adventurous Tiger Trail program provides a unique opportunity to explore the wildlife! Trek and camp deep in the forest with ex-poachers who possess exceptional knowledge about the terrain and wildlife. Other options: Jungle walks, bamboo rafting and more.

DAY 01 ARRIVE COCHIN Arrive in Cochin and transfer to your hotel. DAY Y 02 COCHIN Visit the St. Francis Church and then the Jewish Synagogue. Tour the Mattancherry Palace Museum and continue onto the giant Chinese Fishing harbor.

" ' X""# "#Z   && '  " $%#%!" (Breakfast, lunch included) DAY Y 03 COCHIN/ PERIYAR NATIONAL PARK Drive 5 hours to Periyar National Park. Set high in the ranges of Western Ghats, the park sur%#["& ' %Z%  \% %& #  $"'&# [%# &!% " \  #% % #!!#" Z &' & '%"##"# "#Z  !#'#% [" % #" ' %Z%  " &% # \   (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 04 PERIYAR NATIONAL PARK/ BACKWATER %X  #[%& '# [!%#!  $$Z# ' %' # % ]& \'% #["'%Z % "'# Z#[% deluxe houseboat. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 05 BACKWATER After breakfast, transfer to your backwater resort for the night. Enjoy your day at leisure. (Breakfast included) DAY Y 06 BACKWATER/ KOVALAM "#Z Z#[% !#%"" ' &[% %X  #[%& '# #X ! "  "'# Z#[% %&#%' (Breakfast included) DAY Y 07 KOVALAM     Z '#[% # %X"%[!# ' $' # %  &' ' $% [&[! " % %'% Art Gallery. Stroll through the Padmanabhapuram Palace, seat of the Travancore rulers for 400 years.The rest of the day is free at leisure. (Breakfast included) DAY Y 08 DEPART KOVALAM "#Z Z#[% Z ' &[% %"&% '# ' %$#%' #% Z#[% ^' #! (Breakfast included) 19


SOUTH INDIA - FROM TAMIL NADUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TEMPLES TO KERALAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NATURE

08

DAYS

Madras Cochin

Backwater

Periyar N.P.

DAY 01 ARRIVE MADRAS Arrive Madras and transfer to your hotel. DAY Y 02 MADRAS *!_  '-*+ ,' & !(-*%# '& ' ,  +_& +* !,!+ ' &! `!, '_*  ,%($+ !+!, !$+&, # *! #%*&, * & $*& ,  , &!)-+ ' +!$# `_*+# & *, ,  !,{ is famed for. Return to Madras in the afternoon and enjoy a city tour. (Breakfast, lunch included) DAY Y 03 MADRAS/ MADURAI A 2 hour drive brings you to Mamallapuram. Overlooking the Bay of Bengal is the beautiful Shore %($ !+!, ', * +!,+ +- + ,  *"-&|+ && & ,  !_ , + & ,  _&!&# }{ ,' Madurai. (Breakfast, lunch included) DAY Y 04 MADURAI/ PERIYAR -*! !+ ` * {'- ~& ,  %'+, '$'*-$ !&- ,%($+ ' $$ &!  ,  &#+ ! %($+ It is Dravidian architecture at its best, featuring gopurams (temple towers) covered from top to bottom in a breathtaking profusion of multicolored statues. *!_  '-*+ & *'++ !&,' ,  +,, ' *$ **!_ !& *!{* ,!'&$ *# &  # !& (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 05 PERIYAR/ BACKWATER #  %','*$-& *! '& ,  *!{* # !& +* ' `!$$! ,* $-& # *!_  '-*+ ,' -%*#'%# ,  *, ' *$|+ #`,* '-&,*{ % # !&,' {'-* $-Â&#x20AC; '-+', (Breakfast included) DAY Y 06 BACKWATER Disembark and transfer to your backwater resort and enjoy your day at leisure. (Breakfast included) DAY Y 07 BACKWATER/COCHIN Enjoy your morning in the backwater. In the afternoon, drive 2 hours to Cochin. This evening, be ,*, ,'  $++! , #$! & (*'*%& (Breakfast included) DAY Y 08 DEPART COCHIN *!_ *'++ !$$!&,'& +$& & ,  ' !  !({* ,' ,,& **{ !+!, ,  , *&!+ Church and the Jewish Synagogue. Explore the Mattancherry Palace Museum and continue onto ,  !&, % !&+ ~+ !& *'* &"'{ {'-* ,*&''& , $!+-* '* ,*&+**!& ,' ,  !*('*, '* {'-* }! , '% (Breakfast included) 21


KARNATAKA TREASURES

08

DAYS

Goa Hampi Hospet

Chikmagalur Bangalore Shravanbegola Srirangpatnam Mysore

OUR RECOMMENDATION AFTER HOSPET Take an extension to Goa after Hospet to end your trip relaxing by the beach. Adding on to sun-soaked beaches, Goa has a rich amalgam of Portuguese and  % #    any other in India.

OUR RECOMMENDATION IN BANGALORE In the outskirts of Bangalore, lies a swish boutique wellness resort of Sheryas Retreat that epitomizes tranquility. A member of Relais and Chateaux, this retreat is best "      $ Yoga retreat in the world. Other programs: Culinary, ayurveda spa, weight-management and more!

DAY 01 ARRIVE BANGALORE Arrive in Bangalore and transfer to your hotel. DAY Y 02 BANGALORE/ SRIRANGPATNAM/ MYSORE Take a city tour of Bangalore, a modern metropolitan city with an old world charm. Rise early for the City Market (best before 8am). Visit the Bull Temple, TipuĘźs Palace and Fort. Drive by the imposing neo-Dravidian granite building of Vidhana Soubha. Visit Srirangapatnam, the summer capital of TipuĘźs Sultan and the exotic temples of Somnathpur exotic temples. Drive another 1.5 hours to Mysore and be mesmerized by this former capital of #  (Breakfast included) DAY Y 03 MYSORE Discover the Indo-Saracenic Maharaja Palace then visit Chanmundi Hill, the Vrindavan Gardens and folklore museum. Fill your senses at the Devaraja fruit and vegetable market. (Breakfast included) DAY Y 04 MYSORE/ SHRAVANABELAGOLA/ CHIKMAGALUR Drive 2 hours to the quaint town of Shravanabelagola, one of the most sacred pilgrimage centers for Jain devotees. Take a walk around town to see its shrines and the local life. Continue another 2 hours to check in to your hotel in Chikmagalur. (Breakfast included) DAY Y 05 CHIKMAGALUR/ BELUR/ HALEBID/CHIKMAGALUR       "       #  "     #    <      "#   $ #" Temple of Halebid and Jain shrines. (Breakfast included) DAY Y 06 CHIKMAGALUR/ HOSPET Drive 7.5 hours to Hospet. Check into your hotel and enjoy your evening at leisure. (Breakfast included) DAY Y 07 HOSPET/ HAMPI/ HOSPET Visit the Hampi Bazaar and Virupaksha Temple and see one of HinduĘźs most enduring images, the stone chariot. Explore other temples and ruins in this archeological site. (You may choose to cycle or walk.) Return to Hospet. (Breakfast included) DAY Y 08 HOSPET/HUBLI/ DEPART BANGALORE !         #  %     (Breakfast included)

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05 DAYS

WONDERS OF MAHARASHTRA DAY 01 ARRIVE MUMBAI Arrive in Mumbai and transfer to your hotel. (Breakfast included) Ajanta Caves Ellora Caves Aurangabad

Mumbai

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OUR RECOMMENDATION IN MUMBAI *#$! & *"Z)"" , industry. Take a tour to starĘźs homes, experience sound and (%' #"%& #$"'&"! " & , % and visit the studios to have a  #% " ( , ! Haute couture shopping with your personal shopper, showing you the cityĘźs unique shops and sharing with you the latest trends.

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DAY Y 04 AURANGABAD/ AJANTA CAVES/ AURANGABAD Drive 105 km to the Ajanta caves (closed on Mon) located in the Shahyadri hills. Inside lies exotic paintings primarily depicting Buddhism practices dating back to 650 BC - 200 BC. (Breakfast included) DAY Y 05 AURANGABAD/ ELLORA CAVES/ AURANGABAD/ DEPART MUMBAI Explore the Ellora caves 30km away (closed on Tue). Built by the Rastrakuta kings, they exhibit the highest examples of IndiaĘźs rock-cut architecture. Noted for its exquisite carvings and illustra&( ,'$!% & "'%% & #% ! "!%&$% "!! &"  $!& &% % (!! &$!%$ &" & $#"$& "$ Z"'$ -& "  ( '  (Breakfast included)


DISCOVER HISTORY AND THE ESSENCE OF ROYALTY aboard The Indian Maharaja-Deccan Odyssey.

The Indian Maharaja ‒ Deccan Odyssey has been voted as Asia s Leading Luxury train for 2010 & 2011 consecutively by the World Travel Awards. From plush interiors to immaculate service and gourmet cuisine, the experience aboard is an odyssey fit for royalty. Impeccably designed to delight the most fastidious tastes, The Indian Maharaja ‒ Deccan Odyssey is virtually a mobile luxury resort with its own on-board spa & gym, beauty parlor, library, business centre, eclectic international cuisine & fine wines and a concierge to take care of all your needs. Services on train are provided by the internationally renowned Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces. Travelling between Mumbai and Delhi, the week long journey includes the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Ellora and Ajanta famous for rock carvings and paintings of the Buddha, the romantic city of Udaipur with its lake palaces, the pink city of Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan and the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. Take a jungle safari at Ranthambore Tiger reserve and visit the iconic Taj Mahal.

Tel: (91) 9820 912 262 ; (91) 0226 609 1535 Email: aadwalia@tci.co.in ; Rupesh.rai@tci.co.in Visit www.theindianmaharaja.com for more information


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OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS

IN SRINAGAR

Butts Clermont Houseboats: "+. %+)%* %#$$  &(,* "%*%$ -* "%(%+) ,-) www.buttsclermonthouseboat.com Mahjong Group of Deluxe Houseboats: &%+) $ +$'+ "+. %+)%*) with attached bathrooms.

IN SONMARG

Sonmarg Glacier Hotel: %* $ * #$ #(!* ( %($ basic rooms.

IN KARGIL

Hotel DĘźZojila: ) %*" )*+*  !# (%# * main market.

IN LEH

Shakti Village Houses: %""*%$ % *(*%$" ,"" %+)) $ (#%* ,"") % !      Ladakh Sarai: )#&" % ()%(* *+($  /+(*)*/" +$"%-) -* ** *(%%#)# $  '+* %)) !# (%# *%-$     Hotel Lasermo:

$*(""/ "%* $ # %($ "$ $ straightforward accommodation.   

IN ALCHI

Itmenaan Estate: * $ * +#%$ #"/) $ *(*%$" +#%$ )*/" )*%$ %+) -* $)+* (%%#) www.itmenaanlodges.com

Mannu Alaya Resort: Formerly Ambassador Resort, offers great views with rich and %)/ *#%)&(

     

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IN DHARAMSALA

Shakti Village Houses: %""*%$ % *(*%$" ,"" %+)) $ (#%* ,"") % +#%$     

IN RISHIKESH

Glenmoor Cottages: %* $ * #)* % "") %()*)# *+($ &(,* %**)  

Ananda Spa: An award-winning lifestyle resort located $  )*+$$$ $,(%$#$* % * *($'+" Himalayan foothills. 

IN AMRITSAR

IN SHIMLA

Ista:

$*(""/ "%*# * %*" %() %#fortable and modern rooms.    

     ()%(* %)*) %"%$" ($+( $ offers holistic wellness treatments, in a *($'+" "%*%$  #$ (%# #"    Oberoi Cecil Shimla: A grand heritage hotel, well located and offers good views.    Chapslee: ($  -(# $ %)/  ( %#"/ .&($   

Alchi Resort:  )* ,"" +)*%+) $ " "" -*  (%%#) $ $)+* *%"* "*)

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IN KUMAON

IN MANALI

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IN CORBETT

JimĘźs Jungle Retreat: $ %%$)%+) "+.+(/ "% -*  tented accommodation and lodges.          %#%(*" ()%(* *+($ %*tages with cool stone floors and "%! -%% +($*+(  

Span Resort and Spa: Set in a riverside location offering stone-and-wood cottages. 

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LITTLE TIBET â&#x20AC;&#x201C; LADAKH Lamayuru Alchi

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DAY 02 DELHI/ LEH * !-(4 /-*."!- /+ /$! %-,+-/ "+-  .$+-/ 0/ .,!/0(- Â %#$/ +1!- /$! .*+24 -*#!. +" /$! %)(4. -%*#. 4+0 /+ /$! ,%/( +"  '$ !$ --%1! * /-*."!- /+ 4+0- $+/!( / ) %/ %.  1%.(! /+ (%)/%.! * /'! /$! 4 !.4 (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY 03 LEH /$ /$! )+-*%*# ,-4!- / $*'- +*./!-4 #+), %.%/ !$ (!  -!,(% +" +/( (! * !$ +), !! /$! "0(+0. %.,(4 +" +./0)!. * &!2!((!-4 / /$! /+' (! 0.!0) !"+-! +*/%*0%*# /+ $%'.$!4 )+*./!-4 (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

Delhi

DAY 04 LEH/ ALCHI -%1!  $+0-. /+ ($% 2%/$ .,!/0(- 1%!2. . 4+0 -+.. /$! 1./  '$% ,(/!0 "/!- (0*$ /+0- /$! ($% * %'%- +*./!-4 (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY 05 ALCHI/ LAMAYURU -%1! $+0-. /+ )40-0 +*! +" /$! )+./ ./0**%*#(4 .!/ +),. #%*./  -+'4 (%"".% ! %.%/ /0  ,.. "+-  1%!2 +" /$! 2!./!-* %)(4. *&+4  ,%*% (0*$ (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY 06 ALCHI/ LEH *&+4  )+-*%*# 2(' -+0* /$! (+1!(4  '$% 1%((#!. *-+0/! 1%.%/ .#+ $%((.% ! %/ !( "/!- (0*$ -%1! ' /+ !$ +0 $1! /$! "/!-*++* "-!! /+ !3,(+-! /$! (+( 5- (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY 07 LEH/ DEPART DELHI -*."!- /+ /$! %-,+-/ "+- 4+0- Â %#$/ /+ !($% $!' %*/+ 4+0- 40.! -++) *!- /$! %-,+-/ -*."!- /+ /$! %-,+-/ "+- 4+0- Â %#$/ $+)! (Breakfast included)

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LADAKH VILLAGE WALK â&#x20AC;&#x201C; OFF THE BEATEN PATH WITH SHAKTI

08

DAYS

Leh & Surrounding Villages

Delhi

OUR RECOMMENDATION IN NUBRA VALLEY 052/&Â&#x201A; "-0/( 4)& -% *-, 054& */40 4)& 2&.04& 5#2" 6"--&Â&#x201A;Â&#x192;3 )Â&#x201A;0, *6&2 / &Â&#x201E;$*4*/( $0.#*nation of rafting and driving takes Â&#x201A;05 */40 4)*3 '"3$*/"4*/( 2&(*0/ Â&#x2020;)&2& Â&#x201A;05 31&/% /*()43 */ " 31&$*"- 4&/4&% $".1 */ " 2&.04& location.

DAY 01 ARRIVE DELHI 22*6& */ &-)* "/% $)&$, */40 Â&#x201A;052 )04&- 04& &1&/%*/( 0/ "*2-*/& Â&#x201A;05 ."Â&#x201A; $0//&$4 %*2&$4-Â&#x201A; '02 4)& Â&#x2021;*()4 40 &) 0/ "Â&#x201A; .02/*/( Â&#x2020;*4)054 06&2/*()4 */ &-)* DAY Y 02 DELHI/ LEH/ STOK 2"/3'&2 40 4)& "*21024 '02 Â&#x201A;052 Â&#x2021;*()4 40 &) 22*6& "/% 42"/3'&2 40 )",4* *--"(& )053& */ 40, 4 *3 recommended to take the rest of the day easy for better acclimatisation. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 03 STOK Â&#x201E;1-02& 40, *--"(& "/% 40, "-"$& 4)&/ &/+0Â&#x201A; " 1*$/*$ -5/$) 0/4*/5& 0/ 40 4)& &2*4"(& 053& #&'02& Â&#x2020;"-,*/( #"$, 40 Â&#x201A;052 6*--"(& )053& "23 Â&#x2020;*-- #& 0/ 34"/%#Â&#x201A; '02 Â&#x201A;052 53& (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 04 STOK/ THIKSEY/ HEMIS/ LEH/ STOK Â&#x201E;1&2*&/$& 4)& .02/*/( 5%%)*34 12"Â&#x201A;&23 "4 4)& )*,3&Â&#x201A; .0/"34&2Â&#x201A;  12*6"4& "5%*&/$& *3 "22"/(&% Â&#x2020;*4) 4)& */10$)& )&"% 12*&34 2*6& 40 &.*3 #&-0/(*/( 40 4)& &% "4 3&$4 "/% #5*-4 */ 

 '4&2 " 1*$/*$ -5/$) $)003& 40 &*4)&2 %2*6& #"$, 40 40, 40 2&-"Â&#x201E; 02 &Â&#x201E;1-02& 4)& #"Â&#x2C6;""2 */ &) (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 05 STOK/ LIKHIR 2*6& 40 4)& 6*--"(& 0' )*--*/( "/% 3&& 4)& -0$"- .&4"- 3.*4) "4 Â&#x2020;02, ",& "/ "%2&/"-*/& 253)*/( 2"'4*/( 42*1 %0Â&#x2020;/ 4)& !"/3,"2 *6&2 22*6& "4 4)& 6*--"(& 0' *.00 '02 " 1*$/*$ -5/$) 2*6& '02 "/ )052 40 Â&#x201A;052 /&Â&#x201E;4 6*--"(& )053& */ *,)*2 (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 06 LIKHIR/ ALCHI/ SASPOL/ LIKHIR *3*4 4)& *,)*2 .0/"34&2Â&#x201A; 3*45"4&% "4 . *4 *3 0/& 0' 4)& .034 */4&2&34*/( &--0Â&#x2020; "4 &$4 .0/"34&2*&3 */ "%",) -4&2/"4*6&-Â&#x201A; Â&#x201A;05 ."Â&#x201A; %&$*%& 40 3*.1-Â&#x201A; 2&-"Â&#x201E; "4 4)& )053& 2*6&  )052 40 -$)*   . 4)& 0/-Â&#x201A; .0/"34&2Â&#x201A; */ "%",) #5*-4 0/ Â&#x2021;"4 (205/% Â&#x2020;*4) #04) /%*"/ "/% "3).*2* */Â&#x2021;5&/$&3 /+0Â&#x201A; " 1*$/*$ -5/$) "4 "310- (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 06 SHEY *3*4 4)& *."-"Â&#x201A;"/ "1*4"- 0' &) )& "Â&#x2C6;""2 0''&23 $0-052'5- "/% */4&2&34*/( 3056&/*23 *3*4 4)& &) "-"$& "/% 4)& (-02*053 )"/4* 451" " 3Â&#x201A;.#0- 0' 1&"$& 5/$) "4 " 42"%*4*0/"- "%",)* 2&34"52"/4 "/% %2*6& 40 Â&#x201A;052 /&Â&#x201E;4 6*--"(& )053& */ )&Â&#x201A; (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 07 SHEY 05 )"6& ."/Â&#x201A; 014*0/3 4)*3 %"Â&#x201A; *3*4 4)& '".053 "/(0/( ",& Â&#x2020;)*$) &Â&#x201E;4&/%3 '20. /%*" 40 *#&4 02 $)003& 40 4",& " '5-- %"Â&#x201A;Â&#x192;3 )*,& 40 4)& #"3& $".1 0' 40, "/(2* 4)& )*()&34 .05/4"*/ */ "%",) 02 4)03& */ 4)& .00% 40 4",& *4 &"3Â&#x201A; " Â&#x2020;"-, "205/% 4)& 6*--"(& 0' )&Â&#x201A; is recommended. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 08 SHEY/ LEH/ DEPART DELHI 2"/3'&2 40 4)& "*21024 '02 Â&#x201A;052 Â&#x2021;*()4 40 &-)* "/% $)&$, */40 " %"Â&#x201A;53& 200. /&"2 "*21024 2"/3'&2 40 4)& "*21024 '02 Â&#x201A;052 Â&#x2021;*()4 )0.& (Breakfast included)

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09 DAYS

KASHMIR AND LADAKH SPLENDOUR Sonamarg

Kargil Leh

Srinagar

Yusmarg

Delhi

OUR RECOMMENDATION IN SRINAGAR 03 5)& &"3-: 3*4&34 "$)*(". "5*0/"- "3, *4 "5 *54 #&45 "5 ". '03 " 8*-%-*'& &91&3*&/$& 8*5) 6/*26& *."-":"/ 3"/(& 0' Â&#x2030;03" "/% '"6/"

DAY 01 ARRIVE DELHI 33*7& */ &-)* "/% $)&$, */50 :063 )05&- DAY Y 02 DELHI/ SRINAGAR  4)035 #65 41&$5"$6-"3 Â&#x2030;*()5 #3*/(4 :06 50 3*/"("3 5)& $"1*5"- 0' "4).*3 33*7& "/% 53"/4'&3 7*" )*,"3"4 53"%*5*0/"- "4).*3* #0"5 50 :063 %&-69& )064&#0"5 0/ "- ",& (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 03 SRINAGAR/ YUSMARG 3*7&  )0634 50 64."3( 7"--&: &/3065& 7*4*5 )3"3&)"3*&' 5)& )3*/& 0' "4).*3Â&#x160;4 1"530/ 4"*/5 )&*,) 0036%%*/ &563/ 50 3*/"("3 07&3/*()5 0/#0"3% :063 )064&#0"5 (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 04 SRINAGAR/ SONAMARG (MEADOW OF GOLD) 3*7& )0634 50 0/"."3( 4*56"5&% "5 "/ "-5*56%& 0'

. / 5)& "'5&3/00/ &.#"3, 0/ " 4)035 53&, 50 5)& )"+8"4 (-"$*&34 (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 05 SONAMARG/ KARGIL *4*5 " .06/5"*/ 7*--"(& 0' "4).*3 5)&/ %3*7& )0634 50 "3(*- !0+*-" "44  . ."3,4 %3"."5*$"--: 5)& #06/%"3: -*/& #&58&&/ "4).*3 "/% "%",) (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 06 KARGIL/ LEH &5 0'' '03 &) "11309 )0634 $3044*/( 5)& .*()5: *."-":"4 /3065& 7*4*5 6-#&$, "/% ".":636 0/"45&3*&4 0/& 0' 5)& .045 4*(/*Â&#x2039;$"/5 (0.1" )064*/( 5)& *."(& 0' )"/"3*$ < )& 0% 0' 0.1"44*0/ "/% &3$: < 0' 8)*$) "-"* "." *4 $0/4*%&3&% 50 #& 3&*/$"3/"5&% '30. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 07 LEH *4*5 5)& .0/"45&3*&4 "306/% &) */$-6%*/( 5)& )"/,&3 0.1" &5 " #*3%Â&#x160;4&:& 7*&8 0' &) 508/ '30. &) "-"$& 03 " 536-: "%",)* &91&3*&/$& 7*4*5 5)& &) ";""3 "/% " -0$"- '".*-: (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 08 LEH/ STOK/ HEMIS/ LEH 063 5)& 50, "-"$& "/% .64&6.  7*4*5 50 "%",) *4 /05 $0.1-&5& 8*5)065 4&&*/( 5)& &.*4 .0/"45&3: 0/& 0' 5)& -"3(&45 "/% .045 *.1035"/5 .0/"45&3*&4 8*5) "/ &9$&--&/5 -*#3"3: 8&-- 13&4&37&% 8"-- 1"*/5*/(4 "/% 6%%)" Â&#x2039;(63&4 ' 5*.& "--084 7*4*5 5)& )&: "/% )*,4&: .0/"45&3*&4 0/ :063 8": #"$, 50 &) (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 09 LEH/ DEPART DELHI 3"/4'&3 50 5)& "*31035 '03 :063 Â&#x2030;*()5 50 &-)* )&$, */50 :063 %":64& 300. /&"3 5)& "*31035 3"/4'&3 50 5)& "*31035 '03 :063 Â&#x2030;*()5 )0.& (Breakfast included)

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KUMAON VILLAGE WALK â&#x20AC;&#x201C; AN UNCONVENTIONAL IMMERSION

07

DAYS

DAY 01 ARRIVE DELHI ..&2" &+ ")%& +! %" ( &+0, 5,1. %,0") Rishikesh Almora Corbett N.P.

Delhi

DAY Y 02 DELHI/ KUMAON +',5 5,1. !5 0 )"&/1." + 0%" "2"+&+$ 0.+/#". 0, .& ,%&)) .&)35 /00&,+ #,. 0%" ,2".+&$%0 +&(%"0 4-."// 0.&+ &. ,+ /)""-". 0, 1*,+ .&+ !"-.0/ 0  %. (Breakfast included)

Kumaon

DAY Y 03-06 4- DAY KUMAON VILLAGE WALK ..&2" &+ 0%$,!* .&)35 /00&,+ 0  %. .&2" %,1./ 0, 0%" /0.0&+$ -,&+0 ,# 5,1. 0."( ,. 0%" +"40 !5/ 0.2"./" 0%" 0".. "! &*)5+ #,,0%&))/ +! "+ ,1+0". 0%" ), ) 2&))$" )&#" "#,." 0(&+$ 0%" ,2".+&$%0 0.&+  ( 0, ")%& %,,/" "03""+ %(0& ,. 0*"++ &))$" ,1/"/ (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 07 DEPART DELHI ..&2" &+ ")%& ".)5 0%&/ *,.+&+$ 0  %. %" ( &+0, 5,1. !5 1/" .,,* 0, #."/%"+ 1- -"+! 0%" ."/0 ,# 0%" !5 &+ ")%& ,. !&." 0 0, &.-,.0 !"-"+!&+$ ,+ Â &$%0 (Breakfast included) EXTENSION OPTION A 3 DAYS MOUNTAIN LODGE LUXURY SOJOURN ,. 0%,/" 3%, %2" *,." 0&*" -*-". 5,1./")# 0 0%" "+! ,# 0%" !5 %&(" &+ "&0%". %(0&8/ ,. 0*"++8/ /&$+01." -.,-".05        &(" 0, "0& 7 ,. 0*"++ /00" +! %" ( &+ #,.  +&$%0/ ,# -*-".&+$ &+ 0%"/" ."*,0" lodges. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY 09 LETI OR ITMENAAN/ KATHGODAM .&2"  %,1./  ( 0, 0%$,!* +! 0 % 0%" ,2".+&$%0 +&(%"0 4-."// 0.&+ &. ,+ /)""-". 0, ")%& .&+ !"-.0/ 0  %. " ,**"+!0&,+/ , 2,&! 0%" ),+$ !.&2" ,+/&!". 0%" %.0"."! Â &$%0 ,-0&,+ (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY 10 DEPART DELHI ..&2" &+ ")%& ".)5 0%&/ *,.+&+$ 0  %. %" ( &+0,  !51/" .,,* 0, #."/%"+ 1- "#,." 5,1. Â &$%0  ( (Breakfast included)

EXTENSION OPTION B 4 DAYS WILDLIFE DISCOVERY AT CORBETTE NATIONAL PARK AND ANANDA SPA RETREAT ,. 0%,/" /""(&+$  0/0" ,# 0%" '1+$)" %" ( &+0, 0%" ."+,3+"! ++! - #,.  ."0."0 3&0% /-" 0 1). 2&"3/ DAY 07 CORBETT NATIONAL PARK .&2" %,1./ 0, ,."00" 0&,+) .( %" ( &+0, 5,1. ),!$" #,.  +&$%0/ ,+ #1))5 &+ )1/&2" basis. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY 08 CORBETTE NATIONAL PARK -"+!  #1)) !5 &+ ,."00" 0&,+) .( #,. 0%" /#.&  0&2&0&"/ (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY 09 CORBETTE NATIONAL PARK/ ANANDA SPA #0". 0%" *,.+&+$ /#.&  0&2&0&"/ +! )1+ % !.&2" %,1./ 0, ++! - #,.  +&$%0/ ,+ "! +! breakfast basis. (Breakfast, lunch included) DAY 10 ANANDA SPA ,1 %2" 0%" #1)) !5 0 )"&/1." 0, "+',5 0%" /- (Breakfast included) DAY 11 ANANDA SPA / DEPART DELHI +',5 0%" !5 0 )"&/1." + 0%" "2"+&+$ 0.+/#". #,. 5,1. Â &$%0 0, ")%& 0%"+ %,*" (Breakfast included)

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HIMACHAL DISCOVERY WITH AMRITSAR GOLDEN TEMPLE

11 DAYS

Dharamsala

Manali

Amritsar Shimla

Delhi

OUR RECOMMENDATION IN AMRITSAR Witness the rhythmic singing of ?459 08:(5 ),.05505. (:  am in the morning.

DAY 01 ARRIVE DELHI 880<, 05 ,3/0 (5+ */,*2 05:6 ?6;8 /6:,3

OUR RECOMMENDATION IN SHIMLA

DAY 02 DELHI/ CHANDIGARH/ SHIMLA 6(8+ :/, #/(:()+0 :8(05 3,(<05. (:  /8 (5+ (880<, (: /8 (: /(5+0.(8/ 80<, /6;89 :6 #/043( 65*, :/, #;44,8 (70:(3 +;805. 80:09/ 8;3, $/09 ,<,505. <090: (2/; $,473, -68 ( scenic walk. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

>:,5+ ?6;8 9:(? (5+ 05+;3., (: #/043( ),860 '03+Â&#x2019;6=,8 (33 $8,(: ?6;89,3- :6 /6309:0* ?;8<,+0* :8,(:4,5:9 68 (+<,5:;8,9 like white river rafting, trekking, 46;5:(05 )0205. ,:*

DAY 03 SHIMLA $(2, ( 80+, 65 :/, %# '683+ ,80:(., (32( Â&#x152; #/043( Â?$6? $8(05Â? 80+, :6 $(8(+,<0 -:,8 3;5*/ /02,  24 :6 :/, 5+0(5 59:0:;:, 6- +<(5*,+ #:;+0,9 (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY 04 SHIMLA/ MANALI $/, +80<, :6 (5(30 6--,89 +8(4(:0* */(5.,9 05 5(:;8, -864 6=,8 04(3(?(9 :6 #/0<(302 04(3(?(9 586;:, 9:67 (: (1(;8( :6 <090: (9/,9/(8 (/(+,< :,473, (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY 05 MANALI $(2, ( 30./: /02, -864 ?6;8 /6:,3 :6 (  ?,(8 63+ =66+ *(8<,+ Â?0+04)( ,<0 $,473,Â? 65:05;, :6 3+ (5(30 <033(., =/0*/ 09 256=5 (-:,8 :/, .8,(: 05+; 9(., (5; '(32 :6 :/, 5,>: <033(., 6- 69/(3 (5+ *8699 :/, "0<,8 ,(9 :6 :/, 97,*:(*;3(8 6.50 (33 516? :/, /6: 9;37/,8 97805.9 at Vashishat. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY 06 MANALI/ SOLANG/ SNOWPOINT/ MANALI 68 :/, (+<,5:;86;9 +80<, :6 #63(5. -68 7(8(.30+05. 68 92005. 67:065(3 65:05;, :6 #56= !605:  4 ,:=,,5 ;3? :6 *:6),8 65 :67 6- "6/:(5. !(99 (8, <0,=9 6- 7,(29 46;5:(059 (5+ .3(*0,89 6- /(5+8(/(.( 8(5., $(2, ( 30./: /02, 6-  /6;89 :6 8,(*/ /0./,8 .86;5+9 -68 ( 4(1,9:0* <0,= 6- :/, 04(3(?(9 (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY 07 MANALI/ DHARAMSALA (83? 468505. +80<,  /6;89 :6 /(8(49(3( ,586;:, <090: 2,? :,473,9 (5+ 465(9:,80,9 #:67 (: :/, $6=5 6- #/0<( Â&#x152; (015(:/ (5+ <090: :/, :/ *,5:;8? #/0<( :,473, &090: /(4;+( ,<0 :,473, +,+0*(:,+ :6 6++,99 (30 6++,99 6- '(8 65 :/, )(52 6- (5,8 "0<,8 (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY 08 DHARAMSALA ,(85 ()6;: $0),:(5 7(05:05.9 (5+ /(5+0*8(-: (: :/, 68);305.( 59:0:;:, &090: :/, (3(0 (4( 465(9:,8? (5+ $0),: ;9,;4 -:,8 3;5*/ :(2, ( 30./: :8,2 :6=(8+9 $80;5+ -68 <0,=9 6- :/, (;3adhar Himalayas. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY 09 DHARAMSALA/ AMRITSAR 80<,  /6;89 :6 480:9(8  :/, /63? :6=5 6- #02/9 :/,5 <090: '(.(/ 65 :/, 5+0(!(209:(5 border. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY 10 AMRITSAR THE GOLDEN TEMPLE >7368, :/, 97,*:(*;3(8 63+,5 $,473, , /;4)3,+ )? 65, 6- :/, 469: 97080:;(3 73(*,9 05 :/, *6;5:8? &090: :/, *6473,> *64780905. :/, 0*650* (80 (5+08 (5+ (8)(8 #(/0) 8699 :/, ;8;Â&#x2018;9 80+., (5+ <090: :/, (89/(50 ,68/0 =/,8, 4(5? +,<6:,,9 7(? 8,97,*: : 3;5*/ 1605 05 :/, +(03? ;8; ( (5.(8 =/,8, -8,, -66+ 09 +09:80);:,+ :6 (33 8,.(8+3,99 6- *(9:, *8,,+ 5(:065(30:? (5+ 96*0(3 9:(:;9 -:,85665 <090: :/, (330(5=(3( (./ ( /,(8: =8,5*/05. 90:, 56:,+ -68 65, 6- :/, 469: 56:6806;9 4(99(*8, +;805. :/, 80:09/ 8;3, $/09 ,<,505. =0:5,99 :/, ,<,505. 78(?,8 (: :/, 63+,5 $,473, (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY 11 AMRITSAR/ DEPART DELHI $8(59-,8 :6 :/, (08768: -68 ?6;8 Â&#x2019;0./: :6 ,3/0 /,*2 05:6 ?6;8 +(?;9, 8664 5,(8 :/, (08768: $8(59-,8 :6 :/, (08768: -68 ?6;8 Â&#x2019;0./: /64, (Breakfast included)

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Located in the heart of New Delhi, just south of the Delhi Golf Course and adjacent to the medieval Nizamuddin complex lies this beautiful city-based resort. From its prime location where the modern and historic are juxtaposed in perfect harmony, it is possible to enjoy many of the cultural wonders that New Delhi has to offer from the spectacular architecture of the Mughal Era to the grand monuments of the British Raj.

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Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003 India, Tel: (91) 11 4363 3333 Fax: (91) 11 4363 3335 Email: amannewdelhi@amanresorts.com Visit www.amanresorts.com for more information


East India East India, one of the least explored regions, surprises with unexpected delights. Culturally and traditionally, the region takes cues from Tibet and Southeast Asia as much as it does from the rest of the country â&#x20AC;&#x201C; thus presenting quite a contrast to mainstream India. Kolkata, best known for Mother TeresaĘźs good work, was at one time the biggest colonial trade center in Asia and the capital of British Raj. Its Euro ($" ! %#  "  #! $"# "# % # #"# esplanades and more. Immerse in the refreshing Darjeeling, IndiaĘźs most famous hill station and from here, journey into remote Sikkim and its incredible Himalayas ! "%! # !  # #$!' !""#  # "  # "# exquisite and architecturally unique Hindu temples in India and aptly known as the soul of India.

TOP EXPERIENCES TO Take the spectacular Darjeeling Himalayan Toy Train for a nostalgic experience against a stunning mountain backdrop

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OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN DARJEELING

Elgin Darjeeling: A small, charming 4-star mansion in     www.elginhotels.com

IN GANGTOK

Elgin Nor Khill: Charming 4-star with a warm ethnic Sikkimese ambience. www.elginhotels.com

IN LACHUNG

Yarlam Resort:        comfortable accommodation surrounded by snowcapped peaks. www.yarlamresort.com

IN KALIMPONG

Elgin Silver Oaks: A 4-star boutique hotel with stunning       www.elginhotels.com

IN KOLKATA

Oberoi Grand: An elegant heritage hotel with neo-classical façade and a fusion   

        Indian style. www.oberoihotels.com Taj Bengal: Rooms are in classic colonial architecture and comfortable. www.tajhotels.com SwissĂ´tel Kolkata:    #    

 located hotel in the new town of Rajahat for those who are transiting the city. www.swissotel.com

IN BHUBANESHWAR

Mayfair Lagoon: A 4-star contemporary resort with graceful       

   a lagoon and in a central location. www.mayfairhotels.com Trident: A mid-ranged hotel with modern facilities inspired by the traditional     www.tridenthotels.com

IN PURI

Mayfair Puri Beach Resort:       

  facing the Bay of Bengal. www.mayfairhotels.com Hans Coco Palms: Straightforward accommodation in a quiet    

      www.hanshotel.com

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10 DAYS

SIKKIM EXPLORER Lachung Gangtok Darjeeling

Kalimpong

Bagdogra

DAY 01 ARRIVE KOLKATA 77/;+ /4 521'9' '4* 97'48,+7 95 =5:7 .59+2 DAY Y 02 KOLKATA/ BAGDOGRA/ DARJEELING "./8 3574/4- A= 95 '-*5-7' ;/' 521'9' '4* *7/;+ .5:78 95 '70++2/4- ? 9.+ 8:33+7 )'6/9'2 5, British Bengal Rajs, beautifully set amongst rolling greenery of tea plantations. (Lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 03 DARJEELING /8+ +'72= ,57 ' -2/368+ 5, 9.+ ,'35:8 8:47/8+ '9 "/-+7 /22 $/8/9 9.+ .553 54'89+7= "/(+9'4 +,:-++ 489/9:9+ '4* 9+' 62'49'9/548 +9:74 95 '70++2/4- ;/' 54+ 5, 9.+ 3589 86+)9'):2'7 97'/4 05:74+=8 /4 9.+ <572* 9.+ #! %572* +7/9'-+ 2/89+* "5= "7'/4 (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 04 DARJEELING/ GANGTOK 7/;+ .5:78 95 '4-951 9.+ )'6/9'2 5, !/11/3 8/9:'9+* 54 ' 7/*-+ 8:775:4*+* (= 9.+ /3'2'='8 77/;+ /4 9.+ 2'9+ ',9+74554 '4* +405= =5:7 +;+4/4- ,7++ '9 2+/8:7+ (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 05 GANGTOK "./8 3574/4- 95:7 9.+ "/(+9525-= 489/9:9+ 4).+= '4* :39+1 54'89+7= :7/4- ,+89/;'28 9.+ 354'89+7= /8 '2/;+ </9. ).'49/4- *'4)+8 '4* )525:7,:2 675)+88/548 (Breakfast, lunch included) DAY Y 06 GANGTOK/ LACHUNG 7/;+  .5:78 95 ').:4- '9  3 '4* 8956 '9 /49+7+89/4- ;/22'-+8 '254- 9.+ <'= 405= ./1+8 '75:4* ').:4- ;'22+= '4* ;/8/9 ".53)./+9+4- <.+7+ =5: -+9 95 +405= ' 6'457'3/) ;/+< 5, 9.+ +49/7+ ;'22+= '4* 845<)'66+* 35:49'/4 (57*+7/4- "/(+9 (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 07 LACHUNG/ YUMTHANG/ LACHUNG 7/;/4- .5:78 '254- 9.+ 86+)9'):2'7 75'* 95 &:39.'4- '9  3 9.+ 542= 97',@) =5: '7+ 2/1+2= 95 +4)5:49+7 '7+ .+7*8 5, ='18 45<4 '8 9.+ 25<+7 $'22+= ,753 '7:4 /9 /8 ' 4'9:7'2/89 6'7'*/8+ /4 867/4-  3:898++ .+7+ /8 9.+ .59 867/4-8 ?&:3+ !'3*54- <./). /8 8'/* 95 .';+ .+'2/4- 6756+79/+8 "./8 +;+4/4- ;/8/9 853+ 5, 9.+ 25)'2 ;/22'-+8 (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 08 LACHUNG/ GANGTOK 7/;+ (')1 95 '4-951 '4* +475:9+ ;/8/9 9.+ /367+88/;+ .5*'4- 54'89+7= '4* /98 57/-/4'2 frescoes and paintings. (Breakfast, lunch included) DAY Y 09 GANGTOK/ KALIMPONG 405= ' .5:7 8)+4/) *7/;+ 95 '2/3654- 9.+ !/11/3 .:9'4 (57*+7 95<4 </9. '3'>/4- 6'457'3/) ;/+<8 $/8/9 9.+ :76/4 54'89+7= '4* 9.+ <+22145<4 7'*.'4 :78+7/+8 </9. -7+'9 ;'7/+ties of cactus, orchids and other exotic plants. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included) DAY Y 10 KALIMPONG/ BAGDOGRA/DEPART KOLKATA 405= 853+ ,7++ 9/3+ /4 9.+ 3574/4- (+,57+ *7/;/4- 95 '-*5-7' ,57 =5:7 A/-.9 .53+ .+)1 /4 95 =5:7 *'= :8+ 7553 /4 521'9' (+,57+ =5:7 /49+74'9/54'2 A/-.9 77/;+ 54 '= 3574/4- (Breakfast included)

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EXQUISITE TEMPLES OF ORISSA

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DAYS

Kolkata

Bhubaneshwar Puri

DAY 01 ARRIVE KOLKATA 11)5% ). /,+!3! !.$ 31!.2&%1 3/ 7/41 (/3%, DAY Y 02 KOLKATA )2)3 !,)'(!3 !,) 3%-0,% /.% /& 3(% -!*/1 0),'1)-!'% #%.31% &/1 3(% ).$42 /41 3(% .$)!. Museum, home to IndiaĘźs largest repository of artifacts. Take a walk through one of the handsomest town in Asia composed of colonial architectures !.$ -!'.)9#%.3 (/42%2  !'( )2)3 ),(!3 /42% ! 3%! !4#3)/. (/42% ). .$)! !4#3)/. #/.$4#3%$ /. /.4% %!1. !"/43 3(% /,+!3! ,!.$-!1+ /& )#3/1)! %-/1)!, (Breakfast included) DAY Y 03 KOLKATA/ BHUBANESHWAR % %.'4,&%$ "7 3(% #/,/412 !3 3(% :/6%1 -!1+%3 !.$ 3!+% ! "/!3 31)0 $/6. 3(% //'(,7 )5%1 31/,, 3(1/4'( 3(% "%!43)&4, !1%2.!3( !). %-0,% !.$ 5)2)3 3(% )22)/.!1)%2 /& (!1)37 &/4.$%$ by Mother Teresa. 1!.2&%1 &/1 7/41 :)'(3 3/ (4"!.%2(6!1 8 '!3%6!7 3/ 3(% /,$%. %-0,% 1)!.',% /& 1)22! (Breakfast included) DAY Y 04 BHUBANESHWAR )2#/5%1 3(% 4$$()23 )!-/.$ 1)!.',% /& !,)3')1) $!)')1) !.$ !3.!')1) %!1. !"/43 3(% "1)#+ -/.!23%1)%2 2340!2 4$$()23 2(1).%2 !.$ 2#4,0341%2 )2)3 3(% !3.!')1) -42%4- 2(/6#!2).' )-0/13!.3 9.$2 &1/- 3(% !1%! #,/2%$ /. 1)$!72 (Breakfast, lunch, included) DAY Y 05 BHUBANESHWAR/ PURI 1!5%12% 141!, 5),,!'%2 3/ 1%!#( 3(% #/!23!, 3%-0,% 3/6. /& 41) %%3 5),,!'% #1!&32-%. 2+),,%$ ). 3(% (%1%$)3!17 #1!&3 /& 31!$)3)/.!, 0!).3).' /!+ 40 3(% 31!$)3)/.!, 3%-0,% #4,341% /& 41) !2+ ). 3(% 9.% 6()3% 2!.$2 /& 41) "%!#( /.)'(3 231/,, 3(1/4'( 3(% /,$ #)37 !.$ .)'(3 -!1+%3 !3 ,%)241% (Breakfast included) DAY Y 06 PURI )2)3 3(% &!-/42 3%-0,% /& !'!..!3( 41)  /.% /& 3(% &/41 -/23 &!-/42 (/,7 2)3%2 /& 3(% ).$42 !.$ !,2/ 3(% /+.!3( %-0,% (Breakfast included) DAY Y 07 PURI/ KONARK/ BHUBANESHWAR 1)5% "!#+ 3/ (4"!.%2(6!1 !.$ %.1/43% 5)2)3 3(% &!-/42 4. %-0,% !,2/ +./6. !2 3(% #1/6.).' ',/17 /& 1)22!. 3%-0,% !13 )2)3 3(% !1!241!-%26!1! %-0,%  3(% /,$%23 2415)5).' 3%-0,% ). 3(% 23!3% "4),3 ).  1!5%, 3/ 3(% (!4,) (),, 6(%1% 3(% ()23/1)# ;!,).'! 6!1Â&#x192; 6()#( was fought around the area. (Breakfast, lunch included) DAY Y 08 BHUBANESHWAR / DEPART KOLKATA 1!.2&%1 3/ 3(% !)10/13 3/ :7 3/ /,+!3! (%#+ ). 3/ 7/41 $!7 42% 1//- "%&/1% 7/41 ).3%1.!3)/.!, :)'(3 11)5% /. !7 -/1.).' (Breakfast, lunch included)

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FESTIVALS

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ndia pulsates with spirituality and colours; it boasts a kaleidoscope of cultures and observes a multitude of festivals! How better to celebrate India than by partaking in one of its many vibrant festivities? Festivals give the culturally-curious a window into true India and present great photography opportunities. Talk to us to plan your trip well in advance for a complete India experience! WHERE

WHEN (VARIES)

Pushkar Camel Fair – 50,000 camels converge and are dressed up, paraded, entered into beauty contests, raced, and traded. A huge carnival with an array of musicians, magicians, dancers, acrobats, snake charmers and carousel rides to entertain the crowd. Pilgrims also bathe in the holy waters of Pushkar lake.

Pushkar

Oct or Nov

Holi – The festival of colour is marked by throwing coloured powder and perfume at one another. One of the most exuberant and fun celebrations of Spring! There is also an Elephant Festival in Jaipur during this time.

Varanasi, Jaipur and other parts of North India

Mar

Diwali – The festival of lights when clay lamps and candles are lit and placed in houses and fireworks are let off everywhere. Best celebrated in Jaipur (there is a competition for best decorated market) or Varanasi (river banks are lined with candlelight, devotees chanting and bathing in the river in the early hours).

Widely celebrated throughout India Especially in Varanasi and Jaipur; except Kerala

Oct or Nov

Kumbh Mela – Probably the largest human spectacle on the planet! It is a Hindu pilgrimage where pilgrims, acclaimed saints and sadhus (Hindu holy man) congregate to take ritual baths in the Ganges river to cleanse away their sins. The Ardh (half) Kumbh Mela is celebrated every 6 years and the Puma (complete) Khumbh takes place every twelve years, with 2012 being the twelfth year mark.

Haridwar and Allahabad

Jan to Feb

WHAT

RAJASTHAN AND THE HEART OF INDIA


FESTIVALS

WEST AND SOUTH INDIA Mysore Dussehra Festival â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A 10-days festival celebration of victory of good over evil. The great royal family of Mysore performs special rituals while Mysore bustles with cultural programs, poetry exchanges, food festi #          

Mysore, Karanataka

Sep or Oct

Chithirai Full Moon Festival â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 days of festivities leading up to a pompous procession celebrating the divine wedding.

Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Apr or May

Thrissur Pooram â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Elaborate festivities featuring bejeweled elephants, processions, frenetic percussionists and classical dances.

Kerala

Feb to Apr

Saga Dawa â&#x20AC;&#x201C; One of the holiest Mahayana Buddhist festivals where butter lamps are offered in monasteries. Monks parade the Holy Books of Lord Buddha from the Tsuk-La-Khang monastery in a large procession.

Gangtok, Sikkim

May or Jun

Durga Purja â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 days of grand celebrations with rituals and ceremonies celebrated in the honour of Goddess Durga. Thunderous drums and acutely bright colours rock the city during the festival.

Kolkata

Oct or Nov

EAST INDIA AND THE HIMALAYAS

Ladakh Hemis Festival â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Features colourful Masked dances put up by the Hemis, Ladakh Buddhist Lamas complete with bizarre costumes and the sounds of cymbals, drums and trumpets.

Jul

Kullu Dussehra â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The pulling of Lord RaghunathĘźs chariot by hundreds of devotees and 7 days of festivities with processions against a stunning backdrop.

Oct

Kullu, Himachal Pradesh


TRAIN JOURNEYS

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ravel in true royalty fashion by rail for one of the most authentic ways of immersing into the rich local heritage of India. Experience a luxury rail experience just as the Maharajas of the past did, as you gain comfortable access into off the beaten path trails. Train travel also eliminates the need for typical long road trips and the hassle of checking in and out of hotels â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this is perfect for those seeking a relaxing and slow-paced discovery of the historical treasures in the country. TRAIN

Maharaja Express

JOURNEY AND DESTINATION Region: Rajasthan and the Heart of India Departure: Wed/Sat/Sun The newest (2010) and most luxuriously appointed interior among all train journeys in India. The train runs 4 journeys ranging from three to seven nights. From the colorful state of Rajasthan to the culturally rich city of Gujarat and the holy city of Varanasi, each offers a peek into a unique aspect of the Kaleidoscope that is India. The three nightĘźs journey to Agra, Ranthambore and Jaipur is ideal for those who wish to incorporate train travel with a stay in palaces for the best of both worlds! )  Nights Delhi â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jaipur â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ranthambore - FatehpurSikri â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Agra â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Gwalior â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Orchha â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Khajuraho â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Varanasi â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Lucknowâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Delhi )  $#  * "  $ " * !%" * " * !%" * !%" * # " * % )  $# % * $ * !%" * !%" * " * !%" * $ " * " *  )  $#   "  $ "  !%" * 

Palace on Wheels

Region: Rajasthan and the Heart of India Departure: Wed Having operated over 20 years, it is known for its nostalgic old world charm and immaculate service. The train offers a 7 night round trip program from New Delhi to Rajasthan, covering the less accessible Jaisalmer that sits at the edge of the Thar Desert. )  $# '   !%" * '  !%"  $$%""  !%"  #"  !%"  Bharatpur - Agra â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Delhi

India Maharaja

Region: North to West India Departure: Wed A regal luxury train that runs between Delhi and Mumbai with elegant dĂŠcor and grace. The train offers the option of a privately escorted car and guide during her off-site excursions. )  $# %   "  $  !%" * '  !%"  !%"  " *  " &"#

Golden Chariot

Region: South India Departure: Mon Neat, simple and well-equipped train journey on a cultural discovery of a comparatively less travelled area. The train runs 2 journeys, from the state of Karnataka and Goa and meanders through the backwaters of Kerala. )  $#  "   !%"  (# "  ##  !     *  " )  Nights Bangalore â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Chennai â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mamallapuram â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Pondicherry â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Thanjavur â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Madurai â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kanyakumari â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kovalam â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Backwaters â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kochi â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Bangalore

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