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12 Nights | 13 Days Exploring the Mystique of India
>> Day 1 Arriving in Delhi
into a culturally secular city – absorbing different
Upon arrival at Delhi International Airport, you will be
religions, diverse cultures, both foreign and
met by a Luxe India representative and transferred
indigenous, and yet functioning as one organic
to the hotel where you will be assisted for the check
entity. It was known for its riches – both material
in. Delhi remains one of the oldest surviving cities
and cultural – foreign travelers were hypnotized
in the world today. It is in fact, an amalgam of
by it – books have been written on it since time
eight cities, each site being built in a different
immemorial, poets have loved it and Kings and
era by a new dynasty/ruler. Today the remains
Emperors have fought over it.
of forts, palaces and buildings are spread across
Spend two nights at Taj Mahal Dehli Hotel.
the city, hence adding to its character. Delhi
Accommodation is in Superior room on bed &
through its 1000-year-old history has evolved
Taj Mahal Delhi Hotel The Taj Mahal is Delhi’s premier social hotel, with nightly cocktail affairs, cultural events, and the occasional society weddings drawing the glitterati. The lobby has Mughal-inspired decorative domes, a giant Oriental rug, and a general feeling of bustle. Centrally located in prestigious Lutyens’ Delhi, the Taj is popular with business travelers and celebrities, and the service is correspondingly slick.
>> Day 2 In Delhi After breakfast, proceed for a visit of Old Delhi covering The Jama Masjid. Located in the centre of the old city, this congregational mosque was built by Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1423.
Later visit The Red Fort on the western bank of the river Yamuna. Built in red stone, The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, started the construction of this massive fort in 1638, after which he shifted the capital from Agra to Delhi. Later visit The Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948.
Afternoon, proceed for a visit of New Delhi covering The Qutub Minar, one of the finest Islamic structures ever raised in India, Humayun’s Tomb the first garden-tomb in the Indian subcontinent and the inspiration for several monuments including the Taj Mahal. After this a drive around India Gate and Lutyen’s buildings will be arranged.
>> Day 3 Delhi - Agra After breakfast proceed for private road transfer to Agra (about 04-05 hours drive).
In the Mughal period, in the 16th and 17th centuries, Agra was the capital of India. It was here that the founder of the dynasty, Babar, laid out the first formal Persian garden on the banks of the river Yamuna. Here, Akbar, his grandson
Agra is globally renowned as the city of the Taj
raised the towering ramparts of the great Red Fort.
Mahal. But this royal Mughal city has, in addition
Within its walls, Jehangir built rose-red palaces,
to the legendary Taj, many monuments that
courts and gardens, and Shah Jahan embellished
epitomize the high point of Mughal architecture.
it with marble mosques, palaces and pavilions
of gem-inlaid white marble. The crowning glory of the city is obviously the Taj, a monument of love and imagination that represents India to the world. On arrival you will be met by Luxe India representative and be assisted for check in at the hotel. Spend two nights at The Gateway Hotel. Accommodation is in Executive room on bed & breakfast plan.
The Gateway Hotel Agra Situated within three kilometers of the Taj Mahal, the world-renowned monument to love, The Taj View Hotel has stylish and comfortable rooms all of which evoke the beauty of the Mughal architecture of Agra and many offering an uninterrupted view, albeit it distant of the monument itself. The hotel also boasts meticulously landscaped gardens and a swimming pool.
>> Day 4 In Agra A spectacular start to the day, would be visiting Taj Mahal at sunrise, to view the glowing light of sun over its opaque white dome. Visit the beautiful monument, Taj Mahal built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1560, in loving memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. (Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays). Upon return back to the hotel, have breakfast at the hotel. Late morning we continue with our sightseeing, visiting Agra Fort and several of its palaces, that is built by the four generations of the Mughal dynasty. Rest of the day at leisure with car at disposal.
>> Day 5 Agra - Bharatpur Ranthambore Late morning proceed for private road transfer to Bharatpur en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri which was the political capital of Indiaâ€™s Mughal Empire under Akbarâ€™s reign from 1571 till 1585 and regarded as the crowning glory of his architectural legacy. On arrival in Bharatpur you will be assisted in conecting Jan Shatabdi Express (1548-1800 hrs) for Sawai Madhopur.
Sprawling over a undulating terrain of Aravali and
deer, sloth bear, wild boar and jungle cat.
Vindhyan ranges, in the heart of Rajasthan, is the
On arrival you will be met by Luxe India
wilderness of Ranthambore National Park, one of
representative and will be assisted for check in
the finest Tiger Reserves of India. Formerly the
at the hotel.
hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Jaipur, it was declared a National Park in 1972. Dry deciduous
Spend two nights at Sawai Madhopur Lodge Hotel.
forests, lakes, meadows, mountains and forts
Accommodation is in Luxury room on full board
combine to create a park of great beauty, which
basis. Game drives included.
still has a healthy population of tigers. In this beautiful setting you can also see leopards, hyena,
>> Day 6 In Ranthambore Early morning proceed for Game drive and visit the National Park. Late morning return to the hotel for breakfast.
Evening at your hotel, you will meet up with Mr. Fateh Singh Rathore (Subject to his availability in city).
He was the first, Director of the
Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve and initiated the Project Tiger in Ranthambhore. He lives with
Have lunch at the hotel on direct payment basis.
his family very close to Ranthambhore and still
In the afternoon proceed again for the Game
involved in one way or another to make their
contribution towards bringing about a ray of hope for the survival of Indian wildlife.
>> Day 7 Ranthambore - Jaipur After breakfast visit the Ranthambore Fort. The fortress of Ranthambore was founded in 944 by the Chauhan Rajputs. The fortress commanded a strategic location, 700 feet above the surrounding plain.
close to the walled Pink City, spectacular forts,
Hall of Public Audience and the beautiful gardens,
and all the unique shopping bazaars of Jaipur,
all of which give a glimpse into the majesty of
the Palace unveils the rich culture and history of
days gone by. The fort can either be reached
the erstwhile rulers of Rajasthan. Originally built
by Jeep, on foot or, subject to availability, on
as a hunting lodge in 1835 and converted to a palace in 1925 as the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur, Rambagh was finally converted as
Later proceed for private road transfer to Jaipur
India’s first palace hotel in 1957. An architectural
(about 04 hours drive). Jaipur is also known as
masterpiece, Rambagh presents a fine blend of
the Pink City, because of the terra-cotta-colored
Rajput and Mughal architecture where guests
lime plaster that coats the old part of the city’s
relive the royal lifestyle.
Afternoon, visit the City Palace whose several courtyards and gardens provide wonderful contrast to its many palatial structures including Mubarak Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Badal Mahal and the Sri Govind Dev temple. The huge silver water
walls, buildings, and temples. The reasons for painting the town pink are unknown, some say it
>> Day 8 In Jaipur
vessels displayed at the Diwan-e-Khas recorded
is because Maharaja Jai Singh II’s being a devotee
After breakfast, visit the Amber Fort, we
in the Guinness Book as the largest in the world
of Lord Shiva and as pink was his favourite.
recommend getting there early before the hoards
are a must see. The visit of The Observatory will
The most popular reason is that pink is the
descend. This is one of the most fascinating of
also be arranged.
traditional color of hospitality, and the old part
the Indian forts comprising the Palace of Mirrors,
of the city was freshly painted and paved with pink gravel to warmly welcome Edward VII for his visit here in 1876. Today, Jaipur is a thriving world class economy that attracts more and more multinational enterprises to set up shop here than in any other city of prominence in North India. On arrival you will be met by Luxe India representative and be assisted for check in at the hotel. Spend two nights at Taj Rambagh Palace Hotel. Accommodation is in Palace room on bed & breakfast plan.
Taj Rambagh Palace Jaipur A destination palace resort spread over 47 acres of tranquil, landscaped gardens, Rambagh Palace is Jaipur’s foremost Royal Palace residence. Located
Rajasthan’s great centres of contemporary art
Taj Lake Palace Udaipur
as well as of miniature paintings. On arrival you
The beautiful and famed Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur,
will be met by Luxe India representative and be
appears seemingly afloat on the shimmering
assisted for check in at the hotel.
waters of Lake Pichola.
Afternoon a visit to the City Palace, which is the
The hotel can only be reached by boat adding
largest in Rajasthan.
In size and outline the
to the experience of exclusivity when staying in
City Palace and its subsidiary palaces bear a
this, the most famous of all the former palaces
Pichola by Udai Singh II in 1559, after having
resemblance to the Windsor castle in England.
in India. Originally built as a summer retreat,
lost his stronghold, Chittaurgarh to the Muslim
You will also see lovely medieval Jagdish Temple
this 250-year old palace, built on an island in
invaders. Udaipur was also the capital of the
and Sahelion-Ki-Bari or the ‘Gardens of the Maids
the middle of the lake is quite possibly the most
legendary Sisodias of Mewar, believed to be direct
romantic hotel in the world.
quiet and relatively traffic-free having a small
Spend two nights at Taj Lake Palace Hotel.
As a testimony to courtly love, the palace brims
town atmosphere. The impressive City Palace
Accommodation is in Luxury room on bed &
with princely details including marble pillars,
complex overlooks the legendary “floating” Lake
ornate glasswork, intricate paintings, and much,
>> Day 9 Jaipur - Udaipur Late morning proceed to airport to board flight for Udaipur.
The most romantic city of Rajasthan, Udaipur’s beauty lies in its rolling hills, serene lakes and palatial splendour. Built on the shores of Lake
descendants of the Sun. Today it is surprisingly
Palace on Lake Pichola. Udaipur is also one of
>> Day 10 In Udaipur After breakfast, full day visit of Ranakpur temples. Visit the lovely valley of the Aravali, built in the 15th century. The main temple in the complex is the Chaumukha (four-faced) temple, built in 1439. Evening drive back to the hotel.
panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and the Gateway of India, the hotel is a gracious landmark of the city of Mumbai, showcasing contemporary Indian influences along with beautiful vaulted alabaster
archways, hand-woven silk carpets, crystal chandeliers, a magnificent art collection, an
>> Day 11 Udaipur - Mumbai
eclectic collection of furniture, and a dramatic cantilever stairway. This hotel has played perfect
After breakfast proceed to airport to board flight
host to Maharajas and Princes to various Kings,
for Mumbai. Located on the edge of the Arabian
Presidents, CEOs and entertainers.
Sea, Mumbai originally was a fishing village comprising of seven swampy islands when it was
>> Day 12 In Mumbai
acquired by Portuguese in 1534. It came under
After breakfast visit The Gateway of India built
British crown in 1661 as part of dowry of Catherine
by the British and designed by the architect
of Braganza, when she married Charles II.
George Wittet. The first stone was laid by on March 31st, 1913 and it was formally opened in
Mumbai today is city of striking contrasts and a vibrant, confident metropolis thatâ€™s tangibly high in energy. Here skyscrapers stand next to stately Victorian buildings, noisy traditional bazaars and adjoin glittering new shopping malls. Mumbai is also home to Bollywood, the centre of Indiaâ€™s film industry.
On arrival you will be met by Luxe India representative and be assisted for check in at the hotel. Spend two nights at Taj Mahal Palace &
1924. Later visit Elephanta Caves dedicated to Lord Shiva. Here, Lord Shiva is depicted as the creator, protector and destroyer in the famous Maheshmurti. There are also other beautifully sculpted panels depicting different aspects of Lord Shiva.
Rest of the day at leisure with car at disposal for shopping and local running.
Towers Hotel. Accommodation is in Superior Sea
>> Day 13 Leaving Mumbai
View room on bed & breakfast plan. Taj Mahal
In time you will be met by Luxe India representative
Palace & Towers Mumbai - Built in 1903, the hotel
and be assisted to board flight for onwards
is an architectural marvel and brings together
Moorish, Oriental and Florentine styles. Offering
>> Highlights & services included ππ Meeting and assistance on arrivals and departures with services of our Concierge/ Representatives. ππ Private transportation in our chauffer driven air-
ππ Private & exclusive sightseeing tours as per above programme with services of local English speaking guides in each city. ππ Entrance fees to all monuments as mentioned in the above programme. ππ Exclusive services of Luxe Concierge throughout
>> Exclusions ππ International air fares. ππ Airport taxes. ππ Visa charges. ππ Items of personal nature i.e.: telephone calls, drinks, laundry, tips etc
conditioned vehicles at all places using a Toyota
ππ Game drives in Ranthambore
ππ Porterage at airports and hotels only.
ππ Train fares on Bharatpur-Sawai Madhopur
ππ Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis
>> This program is solely a sample.
hotels listed above on bed & breakfast basis.
ππ Travel bag containing: Travel Wallet, Passport
Through our local partner, Luxe India, we can
ππ Check-in time at all hotels will be 1400 hrs
holder, Travel Essentials, One National roaming
offer you a full range of destinations and services
while check-out time will be 1200 hrs.
activated mobile phone & Pen.
covering the whole and the best of India!
ππ Camera/Video fees at various monuments.
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