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TheCharmedVoyager We bring you a selection of amazing tours in 3 continents: Europe, Asia & Oceania The programs here featured are solely samples that we have highlighted for your Inspiration, for through our partners in Australia [ Wilderness Australia & Orion Expedition Cruises ] India [ Luxe India ] Italy [ Italian Details & Red Travel ] New Zealand [ Ahipara Luxury Travel ] We can provide you with a full range of luxurious escapades, offering you very Special deals when you book through us, for you to take the most of these Indelible experiences.


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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

breakfast plan.


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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


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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.


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>> 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 India’s Mughal Empire under Akbar’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,


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>> 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

drive.

contribution towards bringing about a ray of hope for the survival of Indian wildlife.


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>> 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

elephant back.

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


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Udaipur

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

of Honor’.

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

breakfast plan.

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

much more.


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>> 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

ceilings,

onyx

columns,

graceful

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 that’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 India’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

sector.

Moorish, Oriental and Florentine styles. Offering


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>> 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

the tour.

Innova Car.

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

sector.

>> 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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