W&ONDERFUL LUXURY INDIA 2012
With Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal
WELCOME TO WESTERN & ORIENTAL Whether visiting India for the first time or returning to discover a new region, our spectacular collection of private journeys and small luxury escorted group
tours offer some of the finest and most alluring ways
North India Rajasthan and Beyond
to experience the varied regions of India and the
Foothills of the himalayas
South India Backwaters and Beaches
central India Wildlife and Temples
North East India Tea Gardens and Monasteries
your ultimate journey. Our dedicated travel specialists
understand the cultures, customs and ways of this
COMBINING EXPERTISE WITH PASSION At Western & Oriental we are confident in our ability to design unforgettable luxury holidays and small group tours, thereby providing the platform to create
fascinating and mutli-layered region and will advise you
bhutan 54 The Dragon Kingdom
Nepal 58 The Highest Place on Earth
Hotels of india, nepal and bhutan
most competitive prices and extra value.
be pampered Spa and Beaches
WESTERN & ORIENTAL PHILOSPHY
Sri Lanka Pearl of the Orient
India and beyond
in the planning and creation of your personal itinerary.
WESTERN & ORIENTAL QUALITY With our many years of experience we have built exceptional relationships with our highly skilled suppliers and agents and are able to deliver the highest quality of service, as well as offering the
Appreciating the small things and slowing down a pace to enjoy this wondrous continent in all its rich detail is why we believe itâ€™s the little things that make
Every city featured in our itinerary offered something different, making our whole journey exciting. In Agra the view of the Taj Mahal from our top floor suite was like paradise
the places we travel to and the people you meet on the journey that make it so special.
Know Before You Book
The Magic of INDIA WITH WESTERN & ORIENTAL Western & Oriental have been arranging holidays of excellence to India and the Subcontinent for many years. We are acknowledged as being specialists in this huge and varied region and believe that first hand experience, extensive research and most importantly our passion and love of this fascinating destination is essential when planning our tours.
1. UNDERSTANDING YOUR NEEDS
4. HAND PICKED HOTELS
No request is too difficult or mundane. We
most luxurious hotels available. In some cases,
understand the challenges of travelling to India.
this will mean five star deluxe hotels, in others you
Our aim is make your whole India experience a
will be staying in unique accommodation such
joy. Our wealth of knowledge of the destination
as heritage hotels, safari lodges, rice barges and
provides us an unrivalled advantage to change
luxury tents, each carefully chosen to enhance your
complex requests into a myriad of experiences.
experience. For many of our suggested itineraries,
Every traveller is unique and we create and
we have also provided details of superior or mid-
customise your itinerary to suit your different needs.
range hotels, allowing you to choose a category of
Our itineraries are based on guests staying in the
hotel to suit your budget.
2. PERSONAL TOUCH Offering a personal service or carefully executing
5. TRUST AND RELIABILITY
those small details is at the heart of what we do.
Every Western & Oriental holiday is financially
We have travelled to India with Western & Oriental three times during the past three years and would highly recommend the outstanding bespoke service we received
Whether you would like to surprise a loved one
protected through our ABTA and ATOL bonding for
with a champagne breakfast, enjoy a special
your complete confidence and security. Booking
romantic dinner for two under the stars or have a
with us will ensure a relaxing holiday from
preferred seat allocation on your flight, the team
beginning to end, safe in the knowledge that you
will do all possible to make it happen.
are well protected.
Each itinerary can be added to or altered in any
3. TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL way to suit your personal requirements. Indeed, we welcome discussions on your plans and proposals so we can jointly create something specifically for you, and our expert specialists are always ready to offer inspirational ideas
Varanasi and the sun rise over the river, Very peaceful and quiet before the business of the day begins. We have a fantastic picture of the sun rising and a lone boatman in his small craft which brings back fantastic memories whenever we look at it.
JAMMU & KASHMIR SRINAGAR
Keith and Judy Talbot
Ranthambore National Park Gwalior
Panna National Park
BHOPAL Bandhavgarh National Park Satpura National Park
Kanha National Park Shahpura Pench National Park
mid-December to mid-January, there can be a lot of fog in Delhi and Agra. South India is humid throughout the year and has a more tropical
July and September for the breeding season.
WEST BENGAL MIZORAM
Getting there There are five non-stop flights operating daily from London to Delhi and also excellent connections from
Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow. Flight time
is little over eight hours, only slightly longer than the
ranging from searing heat to freezing cold from
climate. Many national parks are closed between
Kaziranga National Park
Gondal Sasingir National Park
Jodhpur Rohet Nimaj
Nagaur JAIPUR Karauli
monsoon breaks in mid June in south India and
throughout the year with more diverse temperatures
when the weather is normally warm and dry. The
are extremely hot. North India has a dry heat
Almora Corbett National Park
to April is the best time to visit the majority of India
until the end of August. Late April, May and June
India has various climatic zones. Generally October
travels slowly north throughout the summer months
When to Travel
We have found India at its most entrancing and luxurious using Western & Oriental. Our travels have opened our eyes and it is certainly true for us that travel has broadened our minds, engaged our imagination and employed our sense of humour Alan & Sue Williams
ANDHRA PRADESH Badami
Climate AND WEATHER
Daily Max Temp
Rainfall in cms
JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC °C °C °C °C °C °C °C °C °C °C °C °C
India Andaman Islands, Port Blair 25 4 26 2 27 1 28 7 27 22 26 27 26 28 26 25 26 20 26 12 26 25 26 16 Mangalore
Mysore Nagarhole National Park
Anuradhapura Sigiriya Negombo
Kandy Nuwara Eliya Yala National Park
India Assam, Dibrugarh
16 4 17 6 21 10 23 25 26 31 28 50 28 54 28 45 27 35 25 15 21 3 17 2
26 0 26 0 28 0 29 2 30 7 27 75 27 79 26 40 27 24 28 10 28 4 27 2
20 0 22 0 27 0 32 0 34 2 33 10 29 32 28 21 29 15 28 1 24 1 21 1
India Himachal Pradesh, Shimla
13 6 14 7 19 6 27 5 31 7 33 18 31 42 29 43 28 16 24 3 19 1 14 3
India Karnataka, Bangalore
21 1 23 1 26 2 28 3 27 10 24 8 24 11 23 12 23 24 23 13 22 5 21 2
India Kerala, Trivandrum
27 2 27 2 28 4 29 12 28 22 27 33 27 20 27 12 27 11 27 27 27 12 27 7
18 1 20 0 25 1 31 1 32 2 30 17 26 50 25 28 26 27 25 5 22 3 19 1
Madhya Pradesh, Indore
India Punjab, Amritsar
11 3 13 2 18 3 25 3 30 1 32 3 32 17 30 17 28 11 24 5 18 1 13 2
India Rajasthan, Jaipur
16 1 18 1 24 1 30 1 32 2 33 6 29 20 28 20 29 8 27 2 22 0 17 1
India Tamil Nadu, Chennai
24 4 26 1 28 1 31 1 33 3 32 5 31 9 30 12 29 12 28 30 26 36 25 15
India Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi
16 2 18 2 24 2 31 1 34 2 34 11 30 32 29 25 28 24 26 26 22 4 17 2
India Uttaranchal, Dehra Dun
6 4 7 6 11 7 15 4 18 7 18 15 17 30 17 28 16 20 14 4 11 1 8 3
West Bengal, Darjeeling
14 1 15 3 16 5 16 10 16 24 20 61 20 84 21 57 21 48 20 14 17 2 13 1
Central & Hills
21 10 22 7 24 14 26 25 25 37 24 22 24 13 23 11 23 16 22 34 22 31 21 14
Coast & Colombo
24 8 26 6 27 11 29 23 29 34 28 19 28 13 28 10 28 16 27 30 27 31 27 14
14 1 15 3 16 5 16 10 16 24 20 61 20 84 21 57 21 48 20 14 17 2 13 1
PRIVATE JOURNEYS & SMALL ESCORTED GROUP TOURS
TAKING YOU TO THE HEART OF INDIA
Not only do we specialise in tailor-making private
Our itineraries explore the great diversity of sights and cultures that can only be found in India. Within this
journeys through India, providing you with private
brochure we have selected a number of key highlights or experiences to give you a taste of the destination,
guides and private air-conditioned transport but we
sights, hotels or the people you will meet. The vastness and diversity of India is difficult to capture in one tour
ensuring constant attention and assistance.
Wonderful trip with many memorable sights (and sounds), marvellous hotels ranging from the atmospheric to the truly opulent, excellent guides and drivers
Western & Oriental Recommend:
Susan Budd & Susan Pearson
also take care of those who are looking to join a small select group of like minded travellers, whilst not compromising on luxury and privacy. With our unique knowledge and experience we excel at arranging exclusive escorted group tours. These tours are led by experienced local guides therefore
India in Style with Oberoi Hotels Kerala Group Tour
that is why we hope that it will become the beginning of a life long attraction.
REAL INDIA & BELIEFS
JUNGLES & SAFARI
Journey to the captivating city of Varanasi. Your
Become an explorer for the day on an exclusive
guide here can be a local Hindu priest. Awaken
jeep safari deep into Bandhavgarh or Kanha
your senses with the myriad of people submerging
National Parks, where you will be amazed at the
them selves daily into the holy Ganges. People
exotic creatures and jungle landscape, all the while
throng here to cleanse their bodies and to wipe
on the lookout for the majestic and elusive Indian
their earthly sins away, while burning burial pyres
Royal Bengal Tiger.
are launched from the banks to sound of chanting
In Search of the Royal Bengal Tiger
Boutique Rajasthan Tour - Hidden Treasures Boutique Kerala Tour
BACKWATERS & SPICES Enjoy firsthand experience of Kerala’s rich spice
COLOURS & CULTURE
plantation at Philipkutty’s farm. Spend the day
Home to Rajputs, mighty forts and opulent palaces,
learning about Indian spices on this working farm
Rajasthan is the most vibrant and colourful state of
set on the shores of these famous backwaters.
India. Every sight and every moment you spend
Savour the aroma of spices and take a lesson from
visiting endless splendours and spectacles will
an experienced chef and learn the art of traditional
evoke memories of a bygone era.
BAZAARS & SHOPPING India is a shopper’s paradise and your India experience would be incomplete without witnessing the hustle bustle of the many vibrant markets of India. Our tours provide ample opportunities to explore and experience these buzzing markets on your own. Should you want a more leisurely shopping experience we would suggest the services of a private shopper to guide you in the major cities.
Tea pickers in Assam
Temple in South India
HONEYMOON & spa THE PERFECT DESTINATION FOR ROMANCE Beautiful palaces, deserted palm-fringed beaches and the colonial grandeur of the hill stations make a honeymoon in India a truly unique experience. Romance abounds. Watch the sun set over a private dinner in the turret of a heritage hotel or cruise the ‘backwaters’ of Kerala, undisturbed onboard your private rice barge. Visit romantic Rajasthan and its princely palaces and forts; explore Udaipur, the ‘Venice of the East’; or for the ultimate honeymoon experience visit the Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jehan, in memory of his wife. This monument is dedicated to love. There is so much on offer within this diverse region that you will be spoilt for choice. Western & Oriental Recommend: Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra - Overlooking the Taj Mahal Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur - the famous ‘floating palace’ in Rajasthan Purity Kerala - in a stunning location overlooking Lake Venibanad, Kerala
IN SEARCH OF MIND, BODY & SOUL In this land of sacred rivers, beautiful temples and ancient dynasties, you might be drawn to indulge yourself in some world class pampering and rejuvenation at one of India’s top luxury spas, Ayurvedic centres or yoga retreats. Enhance your Indian experience with an Ayurvedic treatment, practiced in India for thousands of years, or simply treat yourself to a relaxing spa at the end of your trip. Western & Oriental Recommend: Ananda in the Himalayas Oberoi Udaivilas, Rajasthan Oberoi Wildflower Hall, Mashobra
Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
Taj Lake Place, Udaipur
north india - rajasthan & beyond
To say that we both enjoyed every moment of our holiday adventure in Rajasthan and Kerala is a huge understatement Marion Joslin & Nina Sedley
The northern Indian triangle formed by Delhi, Varanasi and Rajasthan is a land of jewel-bright colour and spectacular contrast, from the Thar desert in the west to Varanasi’s ancient ghats in the east. Steeped in 5,000 years of history while embracing the modern world with gusto, here you will ﬁnd palaces and peacocks, spectacular national parks, bustling bazaars and, above all, a sea of friendly faces wherever you go. Jaipur
With a regal history that still resonates today, Jaipur offers
India’s capital is a vast and sprawling metropolis and a
an abundance of mountain forts, jungle strongholds and
microcosm of the whole sub-continent itself. From Shah
princely palaces. Highlights include the walled Pink City,
Jehan’s Red Fort in the old part of the city to the Lutyens-
the teeming Tripolia bazaar, the Jantar Mantar eighteenth
designed Viceroy’s House in the new, Delhi has always
century observatory and the Hawa Mahal or ‘Palace of
been a centre of culture and the beating heart of this most
Built as a monument to his beloved wife, the Taj Mahal
One of the world’s most ancient cities, Varanasi, the
was Shah Jehan’s sublime representation of paradise on
city of light, is a centre for Hindu pilgrimage, where
earth. However, there are plenty of other jewels in Agra’s
thousands come to bathe in the sacred waters of the
crown – the Jahangiri Mahal harem dominating the
Ganges, descending down the carved stone ghats to
riverfront and Itmad-ud-Daulah’s tomb are both exquisite
make their devotions. It is also an important centre for the
examples of Mughal architecture.
production of silk and brocade, an incomparable range of which can be found in its shops and markets.
Udaipur Possibly India’s most romantic city and certainly one of its most beautiful, Udaipur is set in extraordinary natural beauty. The sprawling City Palace is Rajasthan’s largest, while in Lake Pichola the seventeenth century Jag Mandir and the eighteenth century Lake Palace provide enduring reminders of the Rajputs’ opulence and style.
Jodhpur A rugged hilltop fort, the astounding art deco Umaid Image courtesy of Peter Adams, awl-images
Bhawan Palace and the Brahmins’ ‘Blue City’ of cool indigo houses mark the striking contrasts of this busy trade centre. Nearby at Mandore, Hinduism’s 330 million gods are honoured in the Hall of Heroes, set in a lush and tranquil garden.
Amber Fort, Jaipur
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Our reCOMMended extenSiOnS
the Golden triangle is a wonderful introduction to india’s most famous and spectacular sights, including imperial delhi, the awe inspiring taj Mahal at agra and the pink city of Jaipur. the splendours and majesty of north india come to life as you travel through this region; for a taste of rural india spend your final two nights at a heritage hotel. in other cities, we offer some of the finest hotels in the world. HIGHLIGHTS Chandni Chowk in delhi, known locally as Silver Street, is the perfect introduction to india. experience the joy of taking a cycle rickshaw ride and zipping around its narrow streets. the contrasts, noise and the hustle and bustle will thrill and awaken your senses. in agra, no picture or guide book can ever prepare you for the spell-binding sight of the taj Mahal – one that will remain with you always. Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jehan in memory of his wife, this architectural marvel is a monument of enduring love.
ranthaMBOre natiOnaL park
travel north from delhi by train into the punjab and the
From agra, leave the Golden triangle tour and drive to
principle city of amritsar, which is known for its Golden
Bharatpur for a rail journey through beautiful countryside
temple, the seat of the Sikh religion where the highlight is
to ranthambore national park. enjoy a day and a half
the morning and evening prayer ceremonies. at dusk visit
of game viewing, with the opportunity to experience the
the famous Wagah border crossing between india and
unique wildlife and spot the elusive Bengal tiger. From
pakistan, and view the ceremonial changing of the guard
ranthambore, continue with the Golden triangle itinerary.
and the nightly parade of closing the border.
taj Mahal, agra
ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly from heathrow to delhi with Jet airways on an overnight flight DAY 2 arrive delhi. two nights at the imperial DAY 3 Full day tour of Old and new delhi [B] DAY 4 early morning Shatabdi express train to agra. afternoon visits to the red VARANASI Fort and taj Mahal. Overnight at Oberoi amarvilas [B]
DAY 5 drive to Jaipur, visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route. two nights at taj rambagh palace [B] DAY 6 Morning visit amber Fort with elephant ride. afternoon city sightseeing [B] DAY 7 drive to Samode. Stay two nights at Samode palace (deluxe Suite) [B] DAY 8 Full day is at leisure [B] DAY 9 early morning drive to delhi for your flight home with Jet airways [B]
priCe From £1,760 per person based on two people sharing, including a private driver, private guided sightseeing, meals and flights as per the itinerary. all our itineraries can be tailor-made, please call our travel specialists for more information. Superior hotels from £1,758 per person: the Maidens, trident agra, Samode haveli
From delhi fly south-east to the sacred city of Varanasi,
enjoy a himalayan rail journey to Shimla, the state
one of the holiest centres in the hindu world. at sunset,
capital, where the wonderful faded colonial grandeur
witness the aarti ceremony at the Ghats – a beautiful
reflects its legacy as the summer capital of the British raj.
ritual when deeyas (oil lamps) are offered to God. take
enjoy magnificent views of the snow-capped mountains
a sunrise boat ride on the Ganges and experience the
and the valleys beyond or a gentle stroll around the
spiritual power of this holy river.
please call our india specialists for prices
hawa Mahal, Jaipur
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hiGhLiGhtS OF nOrth india north india will enchant you with its rich heritage and diverse cultural influences. your journey encompasses the sacred city of Varanasi, the intricately carved kamasutra temples of khajuraho, the culinary delights of
in a magical country that’s almost as big as a continent, this journey evokes the very essence of india from the
Lucknow, Mughal glories of agra and delhi, and the forts, palaces and shimmering lakes of rajasthan.
iconic taj Mahal to Cochin and kerala’s idyllic backwaters, imperial delhi and the colour and pageantry of Jaipur and udaipur in rajasthan. HIGHLIGHTS the sound of bells and chanting not only touches your HIGHLIGHTS
soul but restores your spirits in india’s sacred city of
One of our favourites, the pink city of Jaipur is home to
Varanasi. at sunset, witness floating oil lamps and the
some of the greatest forts and princely palaces in india.
illuminated prayer ceremony at the Ghats, and at sunrise,
a shopper’s paradise, highlights of your visit are a stroll
enjoy a boat ride on the holy river Ganges. in udaipur,
around the city’s colourful and busy markets and a taste
the romantic city of lakes and palaces, you will be
of royal living at taj rambagh palace. From Malabar
wowed by the warmth, grandeur and heritage, as well
house in the heart of historical Fort Cochin, visit Cochin’s
as the special settings of the famous floating Lake palace
famous Chinese fishing nets and enjoy walks in the Fort
and the opulent Oberoi udaivilas.
houseboat on the Backwaters
From £3,875 per person based on two people sharing, including a private driver, private guided sightseeing, meals and flights as per the itinerary. all our itineraries can be tailor-made, please call our travel specialists for more information.
Superior hotels from £2,761 per person: the Maidens, Gateway agra, Samode haveli, trident udaipur
LUCKNOW JHANSI ORCHHA
Water palace or Jal Mahal in Jaipur
ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly from heathrow to delhi with Jet airways on an overnight flight DAY 2 arrive delhi. two nights at the imperial DAY 3 Full day tour of Old and new delhi [B] DAY 4 drive to agra. afternoon visit the red Fort and taj Mahal. Overnight at Oberoi amarvilas [B]
temples at Orcha
DAY 5 drive to Jaipur visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route. two nights at taj rambagh palace [B] DAY 6 Full day sightseeing of Jaipur [B] DAY 7 Fly to udaipur. two nights at Oberoi udaivilas [B] DAY 8 Morning city sightseeing. evening boat ride on Lake pichola [B] DAY 9 Fly to Cochin via Mumbai. evening Fort Cochin walk. two nights at Malabar house [B]
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Superior hotels from £3,210 per person: the Claridges, Gateway Varanasi, trident agra, Samode haveli, trident udaipur, Marine plaza
From £4,340 per person based on two people sharing, including a private driver, private guided sightseeing, meals and flights as per the itinerary. all our itineraries can be tailor-made, please call our travel specialists for more information.
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DAY 10 Morning tour of Cochin [B] DAY 11 drive to allepey for an overnight cruise on the backwaters. Overnight on the houseboat [B,L,d] DAY 12 Late morning disembark. two nights at kumarakom Lake resort [B] DAY 13 at leisure [B] DAY 14 early morning transfer to Cochin for your flight to heathrow via Mumbai with Jet airways [B]
ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly from heathrow to delhi with British airways on an overnight flight DAY 2 arrive delhi. two nights at Oberoi new delhi DAY 3 Full day sightseeing of Old and new delhi [B] DAY 4 Fly to Lucknow. afternoon tour of the city. Overnight at Vivanta by taj Gomti nagar [B] DAY 5 train to Varanasi. Visit Sarnath and evening aarti (prayer) ceremony on the
sacred ghats of the Ganges. Overnight at nadesar palace [B] DAY 6 early boat ride on the Ganges followed by sightseeing of Varanasi. Fly to khajuraho. afternoon visit to the famous temples. Overnight at the Lalit [B] DAY 7 drive to Jhansi via Orcha. Shatabdi express train to agra. two nights at Oberoi amarvilas [B] DAY 8 Morning visit the taj Mahal and red Fort [B]
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DAY 9 drive to Jaipur visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route. two nights at Oberoi rajvilas [B] DAY 10 Full day tour of Jaipur [B] DAY 11 Fly to udaipur. two nights at Oberoi udaivilas [B] DAY 12 Morning city sightseeing. evening boat ride on Lake pichola [B] DAY 13 Fly to Mumbai. two nights at Oberoi Mumbai [B] DAY 14 Morning sightseeing tour [B] DAY 15 Fly home with British airways [B]
raJaSthan in StyLe With OBerOi hOteLS rajasthan is a land of great beauty and splendour, princely kingdoms, romantic palaces and serene lakes.
Our reCOMMended extenSiOnS the OBerOi WiLdFLOWer haLL, MaShOBra
this tour offers a luxurious taste of this world, discovering some of the north’s greatest sights and staying in some of the most delightful and opulent hotels in the whole of india.
One of the favourite summer resorts of the raj, Shimla is also famous for its himalayan railways, magnificent views
HIGHLIGHTS Standing on the banks of udaipur’s beautiful Lake pichola, Oberoi udaivilas is nothing short of palatial. a pristine version of an original rajasthani Mewari moated palace, this stunning hotel features landscaped terraces of white marble in a majestic setting of unrivalled splendour. For a completely different experience, the royal Bengal tiger is an incredible sight. enjoy exclusive morning and afternoon jeep game drives into the jungle in search for this majestic and elusive creature at ranthambhore national park.
RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK UDAIPUR
ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly from heathrow to delhi with Jet airways on an overnight flight DAY 2 arrive delhi. Stay two nights at Oberoi new delhi DAY 3 Full day sightseeing of Old and new delhi [B] DAY 4 drive to agra. afternoon red Fort and taj Mahal. Overnight at Oberoi amarvilas [B] DAY 5 drive to ranthambore via Fatehpur Sikri. two nights at Oberoi Vanyavilas [B] DAY 6 Morning and afternoon game drives [B] DAY 7 Morning game drive. drive to Jaipur. two nights at Oberoi rajvilas [B] DAY 8 Full day tour of Jaipur [B] DAY 9 Fly to udaipur. two nights at Oberoi udaivilas [B] DAY 10 Morning city sightseeing. evening boat ride on Lake pichola [B] DAY 11 Fly to Mumbai. two nights at Oberoi Mumbai [B] DAY 12 Morning city tour of Mumbai [B] DAY 13 Fly home with Jet airways [B]
of snow-capped peaks and colonial legacies. Situated in the magnificent himalayas, your home here is the fairytale luxury resort Wildflower hall, the former residence of Lord kitchener. enjoy spectacular views of the mountains and the valleys beyond, and the ultimate in pampering and relaxation in the world class spa.
the Oberoi Wildflower hall, Mashobra
the OBerOi MOtOr VeSSeL Vrinda Motor Vessel Vrinda is an exclusive small luxury boat designed to offer personal and attentive service typical of Oberoi hospitality. each of the eight well-appointed and comfortable cabins feature a king size bed, en
suite shower and a picture window from which to view
Oberoi amarvilas, agra
the passing serene and tranquil backwaters of kerala. three night and four day itineraries are available offering the opportunity to enjoy a fascinating programme of excursions with visits to ancient temples and glimpses of local life whilst discovering the secrets of kerala.
the Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda
priCe From £3,685 per person based on two people sharing, including a private driver, private guided sightseeing, meals and flights as per the itinerary. all our itineraries can be tailor-made, please call our travel specialists for more information.
Oberoi udaivilas, udaipur
please call our india specialists for prices.
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discover the hidden treasures of rajasthan by staying in some wonderful boutique and heritage hotels.
this tour of the land of Maharajas and the Shekhawati region of north-eastern rajasthan takes you through
explore rural villages and meet the owners, finding out more about the land through which you are travelling.
small sand-blown towns set between sprawling expanses of parched land and dunes. From the easternmost
enjoy stunning lakeside settings and outstanding views, staying in luxury tents, magnificent forts and a former
edges of the thar desert, you will then journey on to aravalli hills and the forts and palaces of udaipur
summer residence on this unique journey through rajasthan.
BOutiQue raJaSthan tOur hidden treaSureS
HIGHLIGHTS Combining contemporary design with eighteenth century heritage, devi Garh is a glorious hilltop fort-palace with magnificent views of the aravalli hills and the village of delwara. relax in the beautiful pool and enjoy intimate dinners under the stars, with live Jal tarang music in the background. at ranvas, one of the most well preserved royal residences, you experience living heritage. Set within the magnificent ahhichatragarh Fort of nagaur, ranvas is a wonderful base from which to explore the fort, nagaur and the surrounds.
GANGAPUR AJMER NIMAJ RAMATHRA FORT SHAHPURA DEVIGARH
ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly from heathrow to delhi with Jet airways on an overnight flight DAY 2 arrive new delhi. Orientation tour. Overnight at aman delhi DAY 3 travel by train to Gangapur city. two nights at ramathra Fort [B] DAY 4 explore the local villages [B] DAY 5 drive to Shahpura Bagh for two nights [B] DAY 6 Free to visit neighbouring villages [B] DAY 7 drive to delwara. two nights at devigarh [B] DAY 8 excursion to udaipur [B] DAY 9 drive to Mihir Garh for overnight stay. en route visit ranakpur [B] DAY 10 drive to nagaur. two nights at ranvas. en route visit Jodhpur [B] DAY 11 at leisure [B] DAY 12 drive to Chhatra Sagar for two nights [B,L,d] DAY 13 explore local villages [B,L,d] DAY 14 travel by train to delhi. Overnight at the trident Gurgaon [B] DAY 15 Fly home with Jet airways [B] reCOMMended extenSiOnS please ask for prices. amanbaghin alwar aman-i-khas or Sherbagh in ranthambore
aravali Suite at devigarh
raJaSthan the Land OF MaharaJaS
HIGHLIGHTS experience rural rajasthan with a stay at the luxury tented camp of Chhatra Sagar. Set on a dam overlooking a lake, enjoy the exceptional, uninterrupted views from the verandah of your tent and savour the tranquillity of this delightful hideaway. the owner, harsh, and his family ensure you feel very welcome and offer some of the finest home cooking in rajasthan. Far from the buzz of city life, Shekhavati is hugely popular for its historic painted havelis (merchant houses), frescoes and murals, and is a great way to experience a rural and village lifestyle. painted walls in Mandawa
priCe From £3,925 per person based on two people sharing, including a private driver, private guided sightseeing, meals and flights as per the itinerary. all our itineraries can be tailor-made, please call our travel specialists for more information.
Superior hotels from £3,084 per person: Fort rajwada, trident udaipur, Samode haveli
Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
priCe From £2,994 per person based on two people sharing, including a private driver, private guided sightseeing, meals and flights as per the itinerary. all our itineraries can be tailor-made, please call our travel specialists for more information.
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ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly from heathrow to delhi with British airways on an overnight flight DAY 2 arrive delhi. two nights at the Claridges DAY 3 Full day tour of delhi [B] DAY 4 drive to Mandawa. afternoon visiting painted havelis. Overnight at Mandawa Castle (royal Suite) [B] DAY 5 drive to Bikaner. afternoon tour. Overnight at Lallgarh palace (Suite) [B]
DAY 6 drive to Jaisalmer. Stay two nights at the Serai [B] DAY 7 Morning sightseeing [B] DAY 8 drive to Manvar. Camel and jeep ride. Overnight at Manvar private Camp [B,L,d] DAY 9 drive to Jodhpur. two nights at raas [B] DAY 10 Morning tour of Jodhpur [B] DAY 11 drive to udaipur via ranakpur. two nights at Leela udaipur [B]
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DAY 12 Morning city sightseeing. evening boat ride on Lake pichola [B] DAY 13 drive to nimaj. two nights at Chhatra Sagar [B,L,d] DAY 14 explore rural rajasthan [B,L,d] DAY 15 drive to Jaipur. two nights at devi ratn [B] DAY 16 Full day sightseeing in Jaipur [B] DAY 17 Late afternoon drive to delhi airport [B] DAY 18 Fly home with British airways
india in MaharaJa StyLe With taJ hOteLS
GOLden trianGLe tOur
the Golden triangle tour includes accommodation
this incredible journey through the princely states
imagine yourself transported back to the nineteenth century, waking in a palace with a soft gauze of
in the highly acclaimed and luxurious Oberoi
of rajasthan begins in imperial delhi and continues
sunshine filtering in through exquisitely filigreed windows. imagine being waited upon by a turbaned
Group of hotels. Stay at the elegant Oberoi in
by rail to agra to see the ever beautiful taj Mahal,
bearer and feeling like royalty. this journey through north india fulfils this fantasy, taking in the sights of
new delhi, perfectly located within easy access of
before moving on to karauli to experience rural
rajasthan, Gwalior, agra, khajuraho and the sacred city of Varanasi whilst staying in true luxury.
the city, the Mughal inspired amarvilas in agra, the
india. Continue by road to the magical pink City of
best location to view the stunning taj Mahal, and
Jaipur, famed for its excellent shopping and the vast
rajvilas in Jaipur, a princely oasis set in 32 acres of
amber Fort before visiting the lovely city of udaipur,
exquisite gardens, a special setting to explore this
with its stunning palace and serene lakes.
HIGHLIGHTS awaken your senses with an early morning cruise on the river Ganges in Varanasi. the myriad of beliefs, people dipping into the Ganges to cleanse their sins, the sound of bells and chanting will be a memory that will last forever. a glimpse of a royal lifestyle can be found at taj Lake palace, a 250 year old palace which seems to float majestically on Lake pichola in udaipur. an unforgettable experience, live like royalty amidst traditional art and panoramic views in one of the royal Suites.
umaid Bhawan palace, Jodhpur
ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly from heathrow to delhi with Jet airways on overnight flight DAY 2 arrive delhi. two nights at taj Mahal hotel DAY 3 Full day tour of delhi [B] DAY 4 Fly to Varanasi. Visit Sarnath and evening aarti (prayer) ceremony on the sacred ghats of the Ganges. Overnight at nadesar palace [B] DAY 5 early boat ride followed by sightseeing of Varanasi. Fly to khajuraho and visit the famous erotic temples. Overnight at hotel Chandela [B] DAY 6 drive to Gwalior. afternoon sightseeing. Overnight at usha kiran palace [B] DAY 7 drive to agra. afternoon red Fort and taj Mahal. Overnight at the Gateway [B] DAY 8 drive to Jaipur visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route. two nights at taj rambagh palace [B] DAY 9 Morning visit amber Fort with elephant ride. afternoon city sightseeing [B] DAY 10 drive to Jodhpur. two nights at taj umaid Bhawan palace [B] DAY 11 Morning sightseeing [B] DAY 12 drive to udaipur via ranakpur. two nights at Lake palace [B] DAY 13 Morning city sightseeing. evening boat ride on Lake pichola [B] DAY 14 Fly to Mumbai. two nights at taj Mahal palace (palace Wing) [B] DAY 15 Morning sightseeing tour [B] DAY 16 Fly home with Jet airways [B]
priCe From £3,975 per person based on two people sharing, including a private driver, private guided sightseeing, meals and flights as per the itinerary. all our itineraries can be tailor-made, please call our travel specialists for more information. Superior hotels from £3,649 per person: taj palace new delhi, Gateway Varanasi, Jai Mahal palace, taj hari Mahal, taj Mahal tower Wing
taj Lake palace, udaipur
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taj Mahal, agra
ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly from heathrow to delhi with Jet airways on an overnight flight DAY 2 arrive delhi. two nights at the Oberoi DAY 3 Full day tour of Old and new delhi [B] DAY 4 early morning Shatabdi express train to agra. afternoon visit the red Fort and taj Mahal. Overnight at Oberoi amarvilas [B]
FIXED 2012 DEPARTURES FROM LONDON 04 28 10 08
February, 10 March, 07 april, april, 06 October, 27 October, november, 24 november, december
GrOup SiZe: 6 to 8 people
DAY 5 drive to Jaipur, visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route. two nights at Oberoi rajvilas [B] DAY 6 Morning visit amber Fort with elephant ride. afternoon city sightseeing [B] DAY 7 drive to delhi. Overnight at Oberoi Gurgoan [B] DAY 8 early morning drive to delhi for your flight home with Jet airways [B]
priCe (twin share) From £2,349 per person Single room supplement £1,345 april 2012 price from £1,725 per person Single room supplement £745
City palace, udaipur
ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly from heathrow to delhi with Jet airways on an overnight flight DAY 2 arrive delhi. two nights at the Maidens DAY 3 Full day tour of Old and new delhi [B] DAY 4 early morning Shatabdi express train to agra. afternoon visit the red Fort and taj Mahal. Overnight at trident agra [B] DAY 5 drive to karauli, visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route. two nights at ramathra Fort [B] FIXED 2012 DEPARTURES FROM LONDON 11 21 03 01
February, 03 March, 31 March, april, 29 September, 20 October, november, 17 november, december
GrOup SiZe: 6 to 8 people
DAY 6 explore rural life in the neighbouring villages [B] DAY 7 drive to Jaipur. two nights at Samode haveli [B] DAY 8 Morning visit amber Fort with elephant ride. afternoon city sightseeing [B] DAY 9 drive to udaipur. two nights at trident udaipur [B] DAY 10 Morning city sightseeing. evening boat ride on Lake pichola DAY 11 Fly to delhi Overnight at the trident Gurgoan [B] DAY 12 Fly to heathrow with Jet airways [B] priCe (twin share) From £2,099 per person Single room supplement £699 March & april 2012 price from £1,895 per person Single room supplement £625 September to december 2012 prices from £2,225 per person Single room supplement £845
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HERITAGE HOTELS IN NORTH INDIA
Devi Garh, Delwara, nr Udaipur
The Imperial, Delhi
Shahpura Bagh, Shahpura
Samode Haveli, Jaipur
Overlooking the Rajasthani village of Delwara, set in
One of Asia’s finest hotels, and awarded Best Luxury Hotel
Situated on the edge of a sparkling lake midway
Owned and run by the Samode royal family who
the Aravalli hills and surrounded by lush green fields on
in India by World Luxury Hotel Awards 2011, The Imperial
between Jaipur and Udaipur is the former summer
maintain their residence here, this is a gem of a place,
three sides, Devi Garh is located just 45 minutes outside
blends a rich historical past with a truly international
residence of the rulers of Shahpura. Shahpura Bagh is a
hidden away in the old city of Jaipur. With just 39
Udaipur. This eighteenth century palace is a spectacular
appeal. As Delhi’s top heritage hotel, this Victorian style
family run boutique style homestay, considered one of the
beautiful, individually designed and decorated rooms,
heritage property with 39 suites and sympathetically
building was established in the 1930s and has been
most luxurious in Rajasthan, and is set within a 40 acre
Samode Haveli comprises various wings and levels. With
designed contemporary interiors, featuring cool marble and
lovingly restored to offer elegance from its avenue of royal
wooded estate. There are just six beautifully appointed
its understated luxury, antique furniture and original works
semi-precious stones to create a modern image of India’s
palms to the large colonial style guest suites with high
suites and four double rooms with en suite bathrooms,
of art, this charming hotel is a celebration of traditional
heritage, where the past mixes with the present. Book a
ceilings and thematic décor. We recommend booking a
and home cooked continental and traditional Rajasthani
values and gracious living. We use Deluxe Suites and
Palace Suite in the main building - our top recommendation.
Grand Heritage Room and above for ultimate luxury.
meals are created in the family kitchen.
above to ensure true character and experience.
Ramathra Fort, Karauli
This stunning palace, owned by the Samode Royal family,
Within the magnificent Ahhichatragarh Fort of Nagaur
Ramathra Fort lies between two of India’s internationally
Situated in the heart of Jodhpur’s walled city at the foot
set on a rocky outcrop in a charming village. Throughout
lies an eighteenth century residence of the Ranis of
famous wildlife reserves - Keoladeo Chana Bird
of Meherangarh Fort, Raas Resort is a delightful heritage
the palace you’ll find exquisite mosaic and mirror work and
Maharaja Bakht Singh of Jodhpur, which has been
Sanctuary in Bharatpur and Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve.
hotel with each room enjoying views of the impressive
fabulously frescoed walls; it is full of hidden architectural
meticulously restored to create Ranvas, an elegant
The fort, lake and countryside are the highlights of this
fort. Relax at the café by the swimming pool and dine
delights and has been brilliantly restored. Lose yourself in
accommodation within ten havelis. Experience living
heritage hotel. Boating, bird watching, nature walks
in the hotel’s restaurant, or step outside the hotel and
the maze of bougainvillea covered courtyards connected
heritage at this regal residence where each haveli
along the lake and visiting neighbouring villages are
explore the ‘blue city’ of Jodhpur. We use Luxury Rooms
by quaint narrow staircases, and chance upon lounges
features a private courtyard, an outside living area and
some of the activities available. Accommodation includes
in Block A on the first floor and above, or specially
adorned by charming arches. The elegant and luxurious
three bedrooms. There is also a pool, spa and two
six beautifully designed suites and six luxury tents
Royal Suites and rooms surround the courtyards, each with
restaurants at which to enjoy both international and local
surrounding a courtyard style garden.
their unique personality and décor.
Mughal Sufi cuisine.
OBEROI HOTELS IN NORTH INDIA
TAJ HOTELS IN NORTH INDIA
Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
Located just 600 metres away, Oberoi Amarvilas boasts
The Oberoi Rajvilas is set in 32 acres of landscaped
This wonderful 250 year old palace appears to float
This former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur, Rambagh
the best view of the Taj Mahal in Agra. All rooms and
gardens just outside Jaipur, and the sense of luxury,
majestically on the still waters of Lake Pichola. With
Palace offers guests a taste of royal living. The beautiful
suites, the lobby, bar and lounge offer breathtaking
romance and grandeur abounds in its rooms, luxury tents
dining on secluded terraces or on a lake pontoon,
architecture, blending Mughal and Rajput designs,
views of this famous monument of love. A Premier Room
and villas which are clustered around courtyards. Indulge
romance abounds in this stunning setting. The 83 rooms
features graceful domes, carved pillars and intricate
with a balcony overlooking the Taj Mahal is highly
yourself with rejuvenating treatments in the beautifully
and suites offer sumptuous comfort and princely inspired
frescoes. Rich interiors and elegantly appointed rooms
recommended. Terraced lawns, fountains, reflection pools
appointed spa suites at the Oberoi Spa; relax in the
décor, while marble pillars, ornate glasswork and intricate
evoke the splendour of royal India at its best. Wander
and pavilions surround the Moorish and Mughal inspired
steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi or restore your inner
paintings amidst beautiful gardens offer a glimpse of the
the 47 acres of manicured gardens and stroll through
architecture. Explore the sights of Agra or simply sit back
balance with a session of yoga. This is truly a place to
privileged royal lifestyle. Treat yourself to one of the suites
the central courtyard, or relax with a signature spa
unwind in style.
for a royal feel.
and enjoy your own private view of the Taj Mahal.
experience at the Taj Spa. Historical Suites or above are highly recommended.
Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore
Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
Set in the natural beauty of the jungle, The Oberoi
Set in 30 acres of impressive grounds, The Oberoi
Vanyavilas is India’s first luxury jungle resort, situated
Udaivilas is nothing short of palatial. A pristine version
on the edge of the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. All the
of an original Rajasthani Mewari moated palace, with
luxurious tents are furnished in a regal style and each
landscaped terraces of white marble in a grand and
has a private garden, an outside deck and luxurious
majestic setting of unrivalled splendour, it offers the utmost
bathroom. This is the perfect base from which to explore
in modern comfort. Treat yourself to luxurious rejuvenation
the reserve in search of the majestic tiger, and then with a
and relaxation on a truly royal scale in the beautiful spa,
treatment at the Oberoi Spa after game viewing.
a real haven of serenity overlooking Lake Pichola.
Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Nadesar Palace, Varanasi
Perched high above the desert capital of Jodhpur,
Situated on the banks of the river Ganges in Varanasi,
Umaid Bhawan Palace is the last of the great palaces
Nadesar Palace has hosted royalty, statesmen and
of India. Completed in 1943, this golden-yellow
celebrities since 1835. Today, it is embellished with
sandstone monument was conceived on the grandest
original pieces of furniture and refurbished to recreate the
possible scale, in the Art Deco style. It remains the
atmosphere of a bygone era. Beautiful gardens, mango
residence of the Jodhpur royal family, offering guests
orchards and jasmine fields create a haven of peace and
a privileged lifestyle experience in its 64 lavish guest
tranquillity. Embrace the spirituality of Varanasi and try the
rooms and suites. Murals and gardens add to the
signature treatment ‘Abhisheka’ at the Jiva Spa, inspired
beauty of the majestic architecture.
by time-honoured Indian purifying rituals.
north india Foothills of the himalayas From the fertile plains of the Ganges to the snow-capped Himalayas, the north of India has been long treasured by a succession of inhabitants, all of whom have left their mark – from the Hindu temples and ashrams of Rishikesh to the neat colonial bungalows of Shimla. But nature is the real star, with the Corbett National Park offering a home to tigers, elephants and jackals, while to the north the Himalayas provide breathtaking scenery.
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Famous as the summer playground of the British Raj,
In the shadow of the Himalayas, this picturesque town
this pretty hill station is set among rambling forests and
straddles a mountain ridge and is famous for the beauty
snow-clad peaks. The Anglo-Indian architecture recalls
of its location - ideal for trekking and climbing.
its colonial heritage, while Gandhi’s use of the stately Vice Regal Lodge for negotiations secured its place in the history of India’s independence.
Jane Morris & James Wilkes
Corbett National Park In the Kumaon hills, Jim Corbett founded India’s most celebrated wildlife reserve, justiﬁably famous for its tigers,
elephants, jackal, wild boar, crocodiles and monkeys. A
Dominated by the presence of the Dalai Lama and his
variety of habitats from jungle to grassland offer sanctuary
followers, this well-established hill station is also known
to thousands of animals and over 600 species of bird.
as Little Lhasa, with Tibetan schools, monasteries and
Safaris are by jeep or by elephant – either one is an
a handicraft centre. The surrounding areas are rich in
temples and forts. Narendra Nagar and Rishikesh In the beautiful Shivalik foothills, Narendra Nagar and Rishikesh are small towns renowned for their historic, mythological and spiritual signiﬁcance. Rishikesh has long been known for its ashrams and temples, and at a conﬂuence of the Ganges, it attracts thousands of pilgrims. Both offer spectacular mountain vistas and myriad trekking opportunities.
Valleys in the foothills of the Himalayas
the hiMaLayan FOOthiLLS From amritsar, the holy city of Sikhs, to dharamsala, the present home of his holiness dalai Lama and on to
hiMaLayan ViLLaGe WaLk & hOLiStiC Spa
Shimla, the summer capital of the British raj – as you travel through the himalayan foothills you will witness the region’s rich heritage and culture. enjoy breathtaking views of the snow-capped himalayas and the lush
Combine gentle trekking in the himalayan foothills with the spectacular Corbett national park and the
forests of cedar and pine and experience the major diversity of influences and religious beliefs.
luxurious ananda in the himalayas to experience three very different facets of the jewel that is india. the outstanding natural beauty of northern india will stimulate your mind and senses, leaving indelible memories: the fresh mountain air, and the majesty of sunrise over the himalayas.
HIGHLIGHTS the seat of Sikh religion, the Golden temple is a timeless place of worship, an extraordinary building covered
in gold and surrounded by tranquil waters. an early
Wander through picturesque villages, along terraced fields and winding streams, past waterfalls and through pine, cedar,
morning or evening visit for the prayer ceremony is a real
oak and rhododendron forests. this leisurely three day walking tour of almora gives you a true experience of kumaon local
highlight. you can discover the legacy of the British raj
life, where old traditions and culture are still part of daily life. three nights at luxurious ananda in the himalayas will give you
at Shimla, with its wonderful faded colonial grandeur
time to reflect upon your experiences so far. Built high on a mountain ridge, the lodge offers stunning views across rishikesh
and stunning views. depart Shimla on the fabulous
city and the sparkling river Ganges.
narrow gauge steam engine ‘toy train’. Cross lofty arched bridges and enjoy dazzling views during your six hour journey through the himalayan Foothills.
NARENDRA NAGAR (ANANDA)
Golden temple, amristar HARLDWAR
ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly from heathrow to amritsar with Jet airways via delhi on an overnight flight DAY 2 arrive amritsar. two nights at ista DAY 3 Visit Golden temple and Wagah border for flag hoisting ceremony [B] DAY 4 drive to paragpur. Overnight stay at Judges Court [B] DAY 5 drive to dharamsala. two nights at Chonor house [B] DAY 6 Sightseeing in dharamsala [B]
DAY 5 enjoy the walk [B,L,d] DAY 6 TO 8 three day village trek [B,L,d] DAY 9 drive to Corbett. two nights at Camp Forktail Creek [B,L,d] DAY 10 Morning and afternoon game drive [B,L,d] DAY 11 drive to narenda nagar. three nights at ananda in the himalayas [B] DAYS 12 & 13 Free to enjoy the spa or visit rishikesh or haridwar [B] DAY 14 travel by train from haridwar to delhi. Overnight at Crowne plaza Gurgaon [B] DAY 15 Fly to heathrow with Virgin atlantic [B]
ananda in the himalayas
From £2,199 per person based on two people sharing, including a private driver, private guided sightseeing, meals and flights as per the itinerary. all our itineraries can be tailor-made, please call our travel specialists for more information.
From £2,785 per person based on two people sharing, including a private driver, private guided sightseeing, meals and flights as per the itinerary. all our itineraries can be tailor-made, please call our travel specialists for more information. Valleys around almora
the Cecil hotel, Shimla
DAY 7 drive to taragarh. Overnight at taragarh palace [B] DAY 8 drive to Shimla. three nights at the Cecil [B] DAY 9 Sightseeing of Shimla [B] DAY 10 himalayan railway experience [B] DAY 11 drive to kalka to take Shatabdi express to delhi. two nights at the Claridges [B] DAY 12 Full day sightseeing of delhi [B] DAY 13 Fly home with Jet airways [B]
ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly from heathrow to delhi on an overnight flight with Virgin atlantic DAY 2 arrive delhi. Stay overnight at the Claridges DAY 3 Sightseeing of delhi. Overnight train to kathgodam [B] DAY 4 arrive kathgodam and transfer to almora. two nights at kalmatia Sangam
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Being partially disabled I really appreciated the kindness and care of the local guides during my visit to India. Every help and courtesy was afforded to me making my time memorable and comfortable Malcolm Glenn
South india - backwaters and beaches Travelling south, the sun gets hotter and the pace of life slows down as you reach the sleepy backwaters of India’s southern paradise. Rich in Hindu traditions and artefacts, southern India was also a gateway for traders from China, Arabia and Europe. Rugged mountains, lush jungles and sweeping lagoons provide habitats for an astonishing array of wildlife, while pristine beaches and Ayurveda spas cater for travellers in need of total relaxation.
Precious spices, silks and ivory drew traders from
In this ancient and sacred city you will discover the Sri
around the world to this cosmopolitan city of islands and
Meenakshi temple complex, one of India’s ﬁnest examples
waterways. Marco Polo, the Dutch East India Company
of Dravidian architecture. Towering gopurams, artiﬁcial
and Britain all inﬂuenced its development and at Fort
lakes, intricate carvings and holy shrines form a maze of
Cochin stands India’s oldest European church.
sacred structures that date back to the sixteenth century.
Kumarakom and Backwaters
On the banks of the Vembanad lagoon, Kumarakom acts
The so-called ‘city of palaces’ was once a princely capital
as gateway to over 930 miles of forest-fringed inland
and its maharajahs were nothing if not showy. The largest
waterways. These can be explored on rice barges or
palace, built at the beginning of the twentieth century, is a
from the comfort of luxurious retreats. Waterfalls, coconut
bombastic confection of turrets, domes and colonnades.
groves and slowly drifting boats make a constantly
Inside it is lavishly decorated with paintings, stained
changing vista, while birdwatchers will delight at the
glass, gold, silver and ivory, while on Sundays and public
100-acre bird sanctuary.
holidays it is illuminated by over 50,000 lights.
Chennai Previously known as Madras, the bustling port of Chennai on the east coast was originally a weavers’ colony that became an important commercial centre for the textile industry. There are temples, churches, a fort and several museums to see.
Backwaters of Kerala
dominated by green jungles, palm-fringed beaches, rolling hills, tea plantations, paddy fields and stunning
travel off the beaten track, staying in wonderful boutique hotels for a unique keralan experience. explore
beaches, kerala is one of india’s most beautiful and tranquil states. experience colourful kathakali dances,
historical Fort Cochin from Malabar house, spend an unforgettable day with an elephant at Serenity,
head to the tea growing area and hill station of Munnar, enjoy a visit to the spice plantation in periyar and
experience a working farm, discover daily life along the backwaters on an overnight cruise and enjoy the
explore the beautiful backwaters on a rice barge.
views of Lake Vembanad at purity. each boutique hotel showcases the best of kerala’s culture.
JOurney thrOuGh keraLa
BOutiQue keraLa tOur
Shaped by a history of different settlers, Cochin has
With a history dating back to 1755, Malabar house,
wonderfully diverse influences. See the Chinese fishing
previously owned by spice traders, tea traders and
nets, tour the dutch palace, visit the Synagogue and
bankers, is today a wonderful boutique hotel which
take an evening stroll through fascinating Fort Cochin.
combines tradition and contemporary design. your stay
another truly memorable highlight is an overnight cruise
at philipkutty’s is an excellent opportunity to experience a
on a private rice barge. Meander through backwaters,
working keralan farm whilst enjoying the comfort of the
a comprehensive network of lakes, lagoons and canals,
homely waterfront villas and the beautiful island setting.
surrounded by tropical vegetation. ayurveda takes form
Learn indian cooking, fruit and spice cultivation and enjoy
in therapies providing a complete balance of body,
the sights, and sounds of kerala’s unique backwaters.
mind and spirit. enhance your indian experience with a
end your tour in a tastefully designed hotel perched
traditional ayurvedic treatment at either Coconut Lagoon
above a splendid beach.
or Marari Beach resort. houseboat on the Backwaters
Malabar Suite at Malabar house
TO/FROM LONDON VIA DUBAI
ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly from London to Cochin with emirates airlines on an overnight flight via dubai DAY 2 arrive Cochin. evening Fort Cochin walk. two nights at Brunton Boatyard DAY 3 Morning sightseeing of Cochin [B] DAY 4 drive to Munnar. two nights at Windermere estate [B] DAY 5 Visit the tea factory and enjoy nature trek [B]
DAY 6 drive to periyar. afternoon visit spice plantation. Overnight at Spice Village [B] DAY 7 drive to kumarakom. two nights at Coconut Lagoon [B] DAY 8 at leisure [B] DAY 9 embark on backwater cruise on Vembanad Lake. Overnight on the houseboat [B,L,d] DAY 10 disembark and transfer to Marari Beach resort for three nights [B] DAYS 11 & 12 enjoy the beaches [B] DAY 13 transfer to Cochin airport to take your flight to London via dubai with emirates airlines [B]
priCe From £2,225 per person based on two people sharing, including a private driver, private guided sightseeing, meals and flights as per the itinerary. all our itineraries can be tailor-made, please call our travel specialists for more information.
ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly from London to Cochin with emirates on an overnight flight via dubai DAY 2 arrive Cochin. evening Fort Cochin walk. two nights at Malabar house DAY 3 Morning city sightseeing including Jew town and Jewish Synagogue [B] DAY 4 drive to kanam estate. two nights at Serenity [B] DAY 5 day elephant trek [B] DAY 6 drive to Vechoor. afternoon explore spice plantation. Overnight at philipkutty’s farm [B,L,d] DAY 7 embark on backwater cruise on Vembanad Lake. Overnight on the houseboat [B,L,d] DAY 8 disembark and transfer to purity for two nights [B] DAY 9 Free for village walk [B] DAY 10 drive to kovalam. three nights at Surya Samudra [B] DAYS 11 & 12 at leisure to enjoy the beaches [B] DAY 13 transfer to trivandrum for your flight to London via dubai with emirates [B]
FROM LONDON VIA DUBAI
KANAM TO LONDON VIA DUBAI
Chinese fishing nets in Cochin
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periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
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high above the Malabar Coast, this magnificent range of hills provides a cool escape from the hot plains
explore the flamboyant temple architecture and the rich cultural and historical heritage of tamilnadu, and on
below. designed for nature lovers, this tour captures the natural beauty of Western Ghats and jungles of
the way discover the former french colony and the old european routes. hear the sound of temple bells which
nagarhole, as well as exploring the rich culture of the city of Mysore and the temples of Belur and halebid.
symbolise southern india.
experience princely living in a real Maharaja’s palace
discover the world heritage site of Mahabalipuram
at Lalitha Mahal palace, just outside the royal city
en route to pondicherry. admire the intricate stone
of Mysore. Visit the majestic Mysore palace and
carvings, cave and rock temples of these famous shore
Jaganmohan palace, now converted into an art gallery,
temples, towering above the waves. a highlight of your
and enjoy an evening stroll through the flower market.
exploration of the famous temples of tamil nadu is an
With lush green valleys, the Coorg plantations are a
evening visit to Meenakshi temple to witness the prayer
splendid area for walking and bird watching. a tour of
ceremony, in which Lord Shiva is carried in a palanquin
the plantation or the tibetan golden monastery are the
accompanied by musicians, temple singers and priests to
the temple of his consort parvati to spend the night.
teMpLeS OF taMiL nadu
Shore temple in Mahabalipuram
From £2,780 per person based on two people sharing, including a private driver, private guided sightseeing, meals and flights as per the itinerary. all our itineraries can be tailor-made, please call our travel specialists for more information.
CHIKAMANGALUR FROM LONDON VIA DUBAI
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CHENNAI MAHABALIPURAM PONDICHERRY
TO LONDON VIA DUBAI
ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly from London to Bangalore with emirates via dubai on an overnight flight DAY 2 arrive Bangalore. afternoon sightseeing. Overnight at the park DAY 3 drive to Chikmangalur via Shravanabelagola. two nights at the Flameback [B] DAY 4 excursions to Belur and halebid [B] DAY 5 drive to Mysore. two nights at royal Orchid Metropole [B]
DAY 6 Sightseeing of Mysore and Sri rangapatanam [B] DAY 7 drive to Ooty. two nights at taj Savoy [B] DAY 8 nilgiris railways [B] DAY 9 drive to kabini. two nights at Orange County. afternoon game viewing [B,L,d] DAY 10 Morning and afternoon game drives [B,L,d] DAY 11 drive to Coorg. two nights at Orange County [B,L,d]
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DAY 12 Visit coffee plantation or tibetan Golden Monastery [B,L,d] DAY 13 drive to neeleshwar. three nights at neeleshwar hermitage [B] DAYS 14 & 15 enjoy the beaches [B] DAY 16 drive to Calicut. Overnight at harivihar [B,L,d] DAY 17 transfer to Calicut airport for your flight to London via dubai with emirates [B]
ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly from heathrow to Chennai with British airways DAY 2 arrive Chennai. Check in at the Vivanta by taj Connemara (room on immediate occupancy). afternoon sightseeing. DAY 3 drive to pondicherry via Mahabalipuram. two nights at de L’orient [B]
DAY 4 Sightseeing in pondicherry [B] DAY 5 drive to tranquebar. Overnight at Bungalow on the Beach [B] DAY 6 drive to tanjore. two nights at ideal river Cottage [B] DAY 7 Morning sightseeing and excursion to trichy [B] DAY 8 drive to karaikudi. two nights at Visalam [B] DAY 9 Chettinad sightseeing [B]
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DAY 10 drive to Madurai. evening witness prayer ceremony at Meenakshi temple. two nights at heritage Madurai [B] DAY 11 Morning tour of Madurai [B] DAY 12 train to Chennai and transfer to Covelong for three nights at Vivanta by taj Fisherman’s Cove [B] DAY 13 excursion to Chennai [B] DAY 14 enjoy the beaches [B] DAY 15 transfer to Chennai for your flight to heathrow with British airways [B]
an intriguing combination of ancient dynasties and european colonial influences provide a fascinating
Life is set at a slower pace in the southern state of kerala and offers a completely different experience. your
theme for this tour. enjoy the beauty and rich heritage of the south, contrasted with a real insight into
first taste of this journey is Cochin, once a major port on the spice route. Continue to periyar national park
the dravidian roots of modern india. this journey encapsulates with very essence of the tamil nadu,
and then to kumarakom and explore the many villages before spending a night on a houseboat on the
karnataka and kerala regions.
backwaters and ending at Marari beach.
hiGhLiGhtS OF SOuth india
HIGHLIGHTS a walking tour is the best way to truly experience the former French colony of pondicherry. discover the beautiful promenades and architecturally imposing buildings, sample the French influenced cuisine and visit pondicherry museum, containing artefacts from both its recent and distant past. Set on the banks of the Vembanad, a vast stretch of kerala’s tranquil, emerald green backwaters, kumarakom Lake resort is a wonderful retreat in which to relax or explore the area.
OOTY KOCHI MARARIKULAM KUMARAKOM
ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly from heathrow to Chennai with British airways DAY 2 arrive Chennai (room on immediate occupancy). transfer to Vivanta by taj Fisherman’s Cove for two nights. afternoon excursion to Mahabalipuram [B] DAY 3 drive to pondicherry. afternoon tour. Overnight in the de L’orient [B] DAY 4 drive to karaikudi. two nights at the Visalam [B] DAY 5 tour of Chettinad and excursion to trichy [B] DAY 6 drive to Madurai. afternoon tour and evening prayer ceremony at the Meenakshi temple. Overnight at the heritage Madurai [B] DAY 7 drive to periyar. afternoon visit spice plantation. Overnight at Spice Village [B] DAY 8 Morning tour of spice plantations. drive to kumarakom Lake resort for two nights [B] DAY 9 at leisure [B] DAY 10 Overnight stay on houseboat [B,L,d] DAY 11 transfer to Cochin. Fort Cochin walk. two nights at Brunton Boatyard [B] DAY 12 Sightseeing of Cochin [B] DAY 13 drive to Ooty for two nights at taj Savoy [B] DAY 14 toy train experience aboard nilgiris railways [B] DAY 15 drive to Mysore. two nights at royal Orchid Metropole [B] DAY 16 tour of Mysore [B] DAY 17 drive to Bangalore via Srirangapatna. Overnight at an airport hotel [B] DAY 18 Fly to heathrow with British airways
ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly from London to Cochin with Jet airways on an overnight flight via Mumbai DAY 2 arrive Cochin. evening Fort Cochin walk. two nights at Brunton Boatyard DAY 3 Morning tour of Cochin [B] DAY 4 drive to periyar. afternoon visit spice plantation. Overnight at Spice Village [B] DAY 5 drive to kumarakom. two nights at Coconut Lagoon [B] DAY 6 at leisure [B] DAY 7 embark on backwater cruise on Vembanad Lake. Overnight on the houseboat [B,L,d] DAY 8 disembark and transfer to Marari Beach resort for three nights [B] DAYS 9 & 10 at leisure to enjoy the beaches [B] DAY 11 transfer to Cochin for your flight to London via Mumbai with Jet airways [B]
TO/FROM LONDON VIA MUMBAI
FIXED 2012 DEPARTURES
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FROM LONDON: 20 February
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april 2012 from £1,699 per person Single room supplement £790 October 2012 from £1,745 per person Single room supplement £849 27 October 2010 onwards £2,049 per person Single room supplement £1,150
temples of Madurai
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HOTELS of kerala
HOTELS of SOUTH INDIA
Malabar House, Cochin
Brunton Boatyard, Cochin
Malabar House is set in the heart of historic Fort
Designed and built in the style of the early Dutch and
Visalam is a grand 75-year-old Chettinad mansion, and
Overlooking lake Vembanad at its widest point, Purity is
Cochin, just a three minute walk to the amazing sight
Portuguese architecture of Fort Cochin. Brunton Boatyard
a wonderful base from which to sample the Chettinad
an exquisite boutique hotel with stylish interiors, distinctive
of the Chinese fishing nets. The house itself dates back
is situated at the mouth of the harbour overlooking the
lifestyle and explore the historic town of Karaikudi with
artwork and antiques. All of the luxurious rooms have
to 1755 and became a heritage hotel in 1996. Its
busy shipping channel, providing all rooms with a
its temples and artisan workshops. A mix of art deco,
terraces and verandahs overlooking the lake, while the
interior has been designed in a blend of traditional and
magnificent view of the sea and delta. Thereâ€™s plenty
south Indian and colonial style, the mansion has been
Ayurvedic spa, swimming pool and waterfront pavilion
contemporary styles with a cosy and personal feel; with
of activity to watch with boats of every size and colour
lovingly restored to its original elegant state. There are
add to the intimate experiences. Purity is perfect for
17 individual rooms and suites, a plunge pool, bicycles,
plying the waters. Rooms feature a four-poster bed and
15 heritage rooms for guests, a swimming pool and
exploring the backwaters. Take a boat ride on the lake,
an Ayurvedic spa and an acclaimed restaurant.
a spacious bathroom with separate shower.
delightful Chettinad cuisine is served in the restaurant.
visit the nearby beach or just escape from it all.
Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kumarakom
The Windermere Estate, Munnar
Orange County Resort, Coorg
Heritage Madurai, Madurai
Kumarakom Lake Resort is a fine, luxury resort set on
A picturesque retreat set on a cardamom plantation surrounded
Situated amidst 300 acres of coffee and spice plantations,
Historic charm and modern luxury combine at this
the serene banks of the Vembanad, a vast stretch of
by the tea-growing hills and dramatic rainforest of the Western
flanked on one side by the Dubare reserve forest and the
17-acre resort. Spacious, airy rooms offer understated
tranquil, emerald green backwaters. Sprawling across
Ghats, Windermere Estate offers a haven of tranquillity, the
river Cauvery on the other, Orange County Resort is an
elegance with relaxing sitting areas, luxurious bedrooms
25 acres of lush greenery, Kumarakom Lake Resort
perfect retreat from which to unwind and breathe in the pure
idyllic retreat taking you to the bygone era of the gentleman
and large bathrooms. Luxury villas also have a sun decks
offers luxury villas and suites reconstructed from sixteenth
mountain air. Each of the spacious rooms and cottages are set
planter. Luxurious cottages and private pool villas are spread
which open out into your own private plunge pool. You
century traditional Keralan homesteads. The resort also
in the verdant gardens of the estate, all with spectacular views
in delightful clusters around the working estate. Dine in
can also lounge by the Olympic-sized temple tank pool
features an Ayurvedic spa, a delightful infinity-edge pool,
of the valley, mountains or tea-clad hills. Walk through the
spectacular settings, relax by the pool, enjoy a coffee in the
or enjoy some pampering in the heritage spa. Dine at the
meditation centre, health club, multi-cuisine restaurants
cardamom plantation and the tea plantations or explore the
lounge and be pampered at the Ayurvedic spa. This is an
Banyan Restaurant, enjoy a refreshing drink at the Swig
and a traditional Keralan teashop.
steep mountains of the western Ghats.
oasis of tranquility.
and Tea Bar and relax with a coffee at the coffee shop.
Central India Wildlife and TEMPLES From the western Vindhya range to the Hazaribagh range in the east, the heart of India is a land of rolling mountains and ruins. Ruled for 200 years by the fantastically wealthy Nizams and Mughals, their legacy can be seen in the palaces, tombs and mosques that litter the landscape. The jungles and national parks shelter tigers, leopards, elephants and eagles, not to mention indigenous Indian tribes.
Kanha National Park
The bamboo forests, rolling grasslands and deep ravines
With a long tradition as a ruling city, Maheshwar was
in Kanha inspired Kipling to write The Jungle Book: if
ﬁrst mentioned in the Mahabharata and was the seat of
you’re lucky, you might see Sher Khan for yourself. Add
Queen Rani Ahilyabai in the eighteenth century. It is now
to that swamp deer, jackals, pythons and more than 200
a site of Hindu pilgrimage, temples and ghats. Nearby,
species of birds and it’s easy to see why this is India’s
the deserted town of Mandu rises high above the plains.
premier national park.
Bandhavgarh National Park Bandhavgarh National Park is a jungle-covered sanctuary for wildlife with ancient secrets hidden among its rocky outcrops. A 2,000 year old fort with Sanskritcovered cave shrines stands testament to long-gone dynasties. Now the inhabitants include the barking deer, Indian bison, the Bengal tiger and the elusive white tiger of Rewa.
Khajuraho Built in the ninth century by the Chandelas, the Khajuraho temples lay forgotten and hidden for nearly a thousand years before being rediscovered by a Victorian engineer. Since then, the 22 intricately carved temples have
You came up with exactly what we really wanted to do and we feel that we have covered a vast area and learned a great deal about your country. We saw ten tigers in the beautiful Kanha Park - so very lucky
become one of central India’s most visited sites, not least because of their reputation for erotica. Leopards at Kanha National Park
Sheila Macpherson Royal Bengal Tiger
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treaSureS OF CentraL india the sense of a great past envelopes you in the former Central provinces of india. this vast area is filled with monuments telling stories of empires and kingdoms, of warriors and architects. explore the varied and
this exceptional journey explores five of india’s greatest national parks – pench, kanha, Bandhavgarh,
colourful history and discover the wildlife and beauty of Satpura national park. Famous temples, great forts,
panna and Satpura. your experience will be further enhanced by staying in some of the most stylish safari
small villages and amazing wildlife await.
camps. it is no wonder that kipling was inspired to write the Jungle Book when he visited this area. HIGHLIGHTS One of the greenest cities in india, Bhopal is known as HIGHLIGHTS
the City of Lakes for its various natural and artificial lakes.
One of the largest national parks in india, kanha is the ideal habitat for many varieties of wildlife. From forests with
Visit nearby Sanchi, one of the most important Buddhist
bamboo, grassy plateaux and meadows in the valley, this park is a wonderful place to view game. Made famous
sites in india or Bhimbetka, a World heritage Site. a
as the setting for kipling’s the Jungle Book, it has a large population of tigers and leopards as well as swamp deer.
stay at ahilya Fort is an experience straight out of the
Bandhavgarh is a small park with high tiger population, once the private hunting reserve of the Maharaja of rewa, while
eighteenth century. Situated high above the banks of the
Satpura is a lesser known park of unspoilt wilderness. enjoy unique safari experiences on foot, canoe and elephant.
sacred narmada river, enjoy spectacular views from the ramparts or take a boat trip to Baneshwar temple in the middle of the river, and a dip in the narmada’s cool
KHAJURAHO BHOPAL SATPURA NATIONAL PARK PENCH NATIONAL PARK
PANNA NATIONAL PARK BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK KANHA NATIONAL PARK
Barasingha (Swamp deer)
ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly with British airways to delhi on an overnight flight DAY 2 arrive delhi. tour of delhi. Overnight at the Claridges DAY 3 Fly to khajuraho. transfer to panna. two nights at pashan Garh [B,L,d] DAY 4 Morning and afternoon game drives
and unpolluted waters. Visit Mandu, the largest standing fortified city in the world.
temples of Orchha
DAY 5 drive to Bandhavgarh. three nights at Samode Safari Lodge [B,L,d] DAYS 6 & 7 Morning and afternoon game drives [B,L,d] DAY 8 three nights at Singinawa [B,L,d] DAYS 9 & 10 Morning and afternoon game drives [B,L,d] DAY 11 drive to pench. two nights at Baghvan [B,L,d] DAY 12 Morning and afternoon game drives [B,L,d] DAY 13 drive to Satpura. two nights at reni peni [B,L,d] DAY 14 Morning and afternoon game drives [B,L,d] DAY 15 drive to Bhopal and fly to Mumbai. Overnight at the Leela [B] DAY 16 Fly to London with British airways
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GWALIOR ORCHHA KHAJURAHO MANESWAR
BHOPAL SATPURA NATIONAL PARK
MUMBAI TO LONDON
ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly from heathrow to delhi with Jet airways on an overnight flight DAY 2 arrive. tour of delhi. Overnight at the Claridges [B] DAY 3 Shatabdi express train to Gwalior. tour of Gwalior. Overnight at usha kiran palace [B] DAY 4 drive to khajuraho. two nights at hotel Chandela [B] DAY 5 Sightseeing in khajuraho [B]
DAY 6 drive to Orchha. afternoon sightseeing. Overnight at amar Mahal [B] DAY 7 Shatabdi express to Bhopal. two nights at Jehan numa palace [B] DAY 8 Sightseeing of Bhopal [B] DAY 9 drive to Maheswar. two nights at ahliya Fort [B,L,d] DAY 10 excursion to Mandu [B,L,d] DAY 11 drive to Satpura. two nights at Forsyth [B,L,d]
DAY 12 Morning and afternoon game drives [B,L,d] DAY 13 drive to Bhopal and fly to Mumbai. Overnight at the Leela [B] DAY 14 Fly home with Jet airways [B]
royal Bengal tigers
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north east india tea gardenS & monasteries From the mangrove swamps of west Bengal to Buddhist monasteries perched high in the Himalayas, India’s northeast offers astounding diversity in both landscape and culture. In the eastern Himalayas, Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain, looks down on Darjeeling’s tea plantations, nature reserves and tiny hill stations, while south of Calcutta in Orissa there are sandy beaches and the medieval sun temple.
Rich in character and indomitable in spirit, Calcutta,
Capital of the state of Sikkim, Gangtok is well placed for
today named Kolkata, is India’s city of extremes. Starting
exploring this mountainous and fascinating region. Visit
out as a trading post for the East India Company,
the exquisite Buddhist monasteries at Rumtek, the Chogyal
it became a major centre of commerce for muslin,
Royal Palace, take a yak trek into the hills for spectacular
grain, silk and tobacco, and a cultural hub. Colonial
vistas or go white-water rafting on fast Himalayan rivers.
architecture, temples and museums make for plenty to see and do.
Puri South of Calcutta on the coast lies Puri and, nearby, the famous Sun temple at Konark. Puri, famous for its own Jagannath temple, is a bustling seaside town with long white beaches. At Konark, the Sun temple represents one of the pinnacles of Indian medieval architecture and is celebrated for its lavish erotic carvings.
Darjeeling Forever synonymous with the tea that bears its name and bounded by Nepal to the west and Bhutan to the east, Darjeeling still carries the hallmarks of its colonial past. The landscape is beautiful and the train journey up from the plains unforgettable. Blood-red rhododendrons and pearly white magnolias splash colour across the hills in an area ideal for trekking.
Tea Picking in Darjeeling
JOurney thrOuGh the eaStern hiMaLayaS
reCOMMended extenSiOnS OriSSa Orissa is a land of hundreds of temples
to the north of Calcutta in the remote north-eastern highlands lies india’s least visited area. the Garden
and kalinga architecture. it was here
State of Sikkim, small but utterly beautiful, the fabled town of darjeeling in the heart of tea-growing country
that the Great emperor ashoka turned to
and the awe-inspiring Buddhist monasteries of pelling, Gangtok and kalimpong are just some of the sights
Buddhism and peace. the impressive Sun
that will delight.
temple in konark, the rock-cut caves and the magnificent temple of Lord Jagannath in puri are some of the amazing delights
HIGHLIGHTS discover the curious mix of colonial and Bengali in Calcutta. Visit the Victoria Memorial and the historic monuments of the
you will witness during this extension.
raj and the vibrant flower markets on the banks of the hoogly river, experiencing the vitality and intensity of a youthful city Sun temple, konark
on the move. One of india’s smallest but most beautiful states, Sikkim has the mighty himalayas as a magnificent backdrop. discover the treasures of this hidden land, the different communities, each with their own distinctive festivals and traditions, and the spectacular natural beauty.
kaZiranGa natiOnaL park kaziranga is home to the largest population
CALCUTTA TO/FROM LONDON VIA DUBAI
Streets of Calcutta
ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly from London to Calcutta with emirates via dubai on an overnight flight DAY 2 arrive Calcutta. two nights at Oberoi Grand DAY 3 Full day tour includes boat cruise – Glenburn experience [B] DAY 4 Fly to Bagdogra and drive to Glenburn tea estate for three nights [B,L,d] DAY 5 Sightseeing of darjeeling including toy train [B,L,d] DAY 6 day at leisure [B,L,d] DAY 7 drive to pelling. afternoon sightseeing. Overnight at Mount pandim [B] DAY 8 drive to Gangtok. two nights at nork-hill [B] DAY 9 Sightseeing of Gangtok [B] DAY 10 drive to kalimpong. afternoon sightseeing. Overnight at the himalayan hotel [B] DAY 11 drive to new Jalpaiguri for overnight train to Calcutta [B] DAY 12 arrive Calcutta and overnight at the Oberoi Grand [B] DAY 13 Fly to London via dubai with emirates [B]
of one-horned rhinoceros as well as a wide
lives of local tribes; you may even encounter
From £2,175 per person based on two people sharing, including a private driver, private guided sightseeing, meals and flights as per the itinerary. all our itineraries can be tailor-made, please call our travel specialists for more information. darjeeling
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variety of other animals and birds. Set on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra river in the eastern state of assam, kaziranga is a great conservation success. One-horned rhinoceros are the major draw here, or you may even see herds of elephants or the royal Bengal tiger. kaziranga national park
BrahMaputra CruiSe this mystical journey combines colourful wildlife with vast wilderness, both of which are a main feature of the Brahmaputra cruise. as you sail, the unique way of life of assam unfolds in front of eyes. experience rich wildlife, ancient temples, endless tea gardens and an amazing insight into the the endangered one-horned rhinoceros. Brahmaputra river
please call our india Specialists for prices and details.
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experience india by train One of the best ways to experience India is by rail, either travelling in style on board a luxury train or by taking the quaint toy trains through the hills. A luxury train journey relives the lavish lifestyle of Indian kings, by day visiting some of India’s greatest sights, retiring at night to opulent and palatial coaches. Alternatively take a scenic journey on board a toy train to the hill stations of Shimla, Ooty, Darjeeling or Matheran. Maharajah’s Express
The newest train in India is nothing less than a palace
The Deccan Odyssey takes you through Maharashtra on
hotel on wheels where life on board is all about comfort
the west coast of India. Beautiful beaches, art, culture,
and luxury. There are four journeys covering magical
forts, palaces and ﬁne Maharashtra cuisine make this
cities, world heritage sites and wildlife. All the cabins and
journey an unforgettable experience. Relive the luxury of
suites are superbly regal with large panoramic windows,
a regal age.
LCD TVs and DVD players. Other indulgences include two fine-dining restaurants serving delicious food.
The Indian Maharaja
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
Mumbai to Delhi or vice versa. It is the perfect itinerary
The latest addition to the Palace on Wheels family
for the first time visitors to India, travelling to the pink city
and luxury train travel in India, the train is designed in
of Jaipur, ancient caves of Ajanta, cosmopolitan Mumbai,
a contemporary regal style. Explore the splendour of
imperial Delhi, Ranthambore National Park – including
Rajasthan, visiting captivating forts and palaces, the
the opportunity to track the elusive Bengal tiger – the truly
awe-inspiring Taj Mahal and the sacred river Ganges.
stunning Taj Mahal, and the ever lovely Udaipur.
This luxury train offers a superb seven nights’ journey from
The spacious cabins are lavishly appointed, have private en suite facilities including a walk-in shower and large windows offering panoramic views.
Palace on Wheels A splendid and enchanting royal journey through the bygone era of the erstwhile Maharajas. Journey in royal style through Rajasthan. Lavish and extravagant, it offers all the luxuries worthy of the Maharajas. The décor, food and hospitality all exude opulence.
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Golden Chariot The Golden Chariot takes you through Karnataka. Luxuriously appointed sleeping cabins and dining rooms provide royal comfort and elegance. Explore the sights of Karnataka including Mysore, Hampi, Nagarhole National Park and Pattadakal before arriving in Goa.
Chantel Lanning Junior Suite on the Maharajas’ Express
rOyaL raJaSthan On WheeLS
Step onboard this new train and you’ll be transported into a world of ultimate luxury, red carpets and high tea
this journey evokes the splendour and luxury once
ROYAL RAjASTHAN ON WHEELS
with maharajas. the Maharajas’ express was launched in March 2010 and offers a choice of unique and
enjoyed by the royalties. royal rajasthan is the
(8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS)
exciting journeys taking you through india’s rich cultural heritage, past flamboyant temples, opulent palaces
recent addition to the palace on Wheels family,
and with amazing wildlife, whilst enjoying the finest cuisine. each private coach is luxuriously appointed and
tastefully designed in regal style. travel in royal
has large panoramic windows, a private shower and state-of-the-art facilities. Maharaja’s express operates
comfort through fascinating cities visiting mighty
four fascinating journeys through india between October and april. We recommend Junior Suites and above
forts, magnificent palaces, sacred temple towns
khajuraho - Varanasi - delhi
with your own private car and guide to enjoy ultimate comfort and experience. Suites are much larger with
and stunning wildlife.
please call our travel specialist who has been on
delhi - Jodhpur - udaipur - ranthambore - Jaipur khajuraho - Varanasi - agra - delhi From February 2012, the new routing will be delhi - ranthambore - udaipur - Jaipur - agra -
private bath, while the presidential Suites occupies an entire carriage.
the royal rajasthan on Wheels to tailor-make your
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delhi - agra - Gwalior - khajuraho - Bandhavgarh -
Jaipur - ranthambore - agra - delhi
Varanasi - Lucknow - delhi
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ROYAL INDIA ON MAHARAjAS’ EXPRESS
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delhi - Jaipur - kota - ranthambore - agra - delhi
udaipur - Vadodara - Mumbai
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pre- and post-tour travel.
please call our travel specialist, who travelled on the maiden journey of Maharaja’s express, to discuss and tailor-make your pre- and post-tour travel.
JAIPUR RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK
KOTA BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK
restaurant of royal rajasthan on Wheels
RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK
RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK
BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK
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the indian MaharaJa
recreating a bygone area of Maharajas and Maharanis, the palace
THE PALACE ON WHEELS
this luxury train offers a superb seven night’s journey from Mumbai
MUMBAI TO DELHI
on Wheels offers a regal experience. Ornate ceilings, lavish saloons
(8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS)
to delhi or vice versa. using the deccan Odyssey train, the indian
(8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS)
and stately dressed train attendants surround you as you visit the
delhi - Jaipur - ranthambore Chittaurgarh - udaipur - Jaisalmer -
region’s glorious palaces and forts. this fleeting journey provides a
Maharaja travels in regal style covering the pink city of Jaipur, ancient
Jodhpur - Bharatpur - agra - delhi
caves of ajanta and ellora, cosmopolitan Mumbai, imperial delhi,
unique way of seeing all that rajasthan has to offer in a short space
please call our travel specialist
ranthambore national park – home to the elusive Bengal tiger – the
who has been on the palace on
truly stunning taj Mahal, and the ever lovely udaipur, city of lakes.
Wheels to tailor-make your pre-
delhi - agra - Jaipur - ranthambore -
indian Maharaja, to tailor-make
(8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS)
was on the maiden journey of the
DELHI TO MUMBAI
please call our travel specialist, who
From £3,199 per person
ranthambore - agra - Jaipur - delhi
udaipur - ellora - ajanta - Mumbai
and post-tour travel.
Mumbai - ellora - ajanta - udaipur -
your pre- and post-tour travel.
RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK
From £3,649 per person
RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK
among the latest addition to the luxury trains in india, this is a truly
a ‘classical odyssey’ of times gone by, enjoy the opulence and
sumptuous journey. named after the famous world heritage site, the
(8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS)
pampering once reserved solely for the legendry Maratha kings.
(8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS)
Stone Chariot in hampi, this journey takes you to timeless historical heritage sites and resplendent palaces, viewing stunning wildlife and relaxing on golden beaches.
Bangalore - kabini/Bandipur Mysore - hassan - hampi Gadag - Goa - Bangalore
traverse the state of Maharashtra, with its ancient cave temples, majestic forts and splendid beaches before continuing on to Goa.
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bhutan the dragon kingdom High in the Himalayas, the tiny kingdom of Bhutan sits on the roof of the world. Jungle-ﬁlled valleys give way to ﬂowered alpine meadow and snow-capped peaks, many crowned with imposing dzongs – fortress monasteries dating from the thirteenth to the seventeenth century. Isolationist for many years, Bhutan has now opened its doors to
Thank you so much for an amazing holiday. All the hotels were superb and the quality of the guides excellent Laura Fryer
visitors and those who make the arduous journey are sure to ﬁnd the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon richly rewarding. Paro
It is said that Guru Rinpoche, the father of Bhutanese
Travelling over the 3,000 metre Dochu La, or pass, will
Buddhism, arrived at Paro on a legendary ﬂying tigress.
bring you to Punakha and the extraordinarily beautiful
For three months he meditated at what is now the site
Punakha Dzong. This imposing structure was ﬁrst built
of the Taktshang Lhakhang or Tiger’s Nest Monastery,
by Shabrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1637; since then
located high above the town on a rocky ledge with a
it has burnt down four times and been destroyed by
stunning 800 foot sheer drop. Paro is also home to the
earthquakes and ﬂoodwaters running off the northern
National Museum and nearby are the ruins of Drugyal
glaciers. It has been fully restored to its original splendour
Dzong, a fortress of great historical importance.
and is a perfect example of Bhutanese architecture.
In the heart of the Thimpu valley lies Bhutan’s capital
Bhumtang – or the plain of ghosts – covers the central
city. Be sure to catch the weekend market where men
Bhutan valleys of Chumey, Choekhar, Tang and Ura.
and women in traditional dress sell hand-woven textiles,
This is a magical landscape of rhododendron forests,
carved wood and jewellery from all over Bhutan. Trashi
blue pine, temples and monasteries, where the ﬁrst King
Cchoe Dzong is the impressive home of the National
of Bhutan built the Lame Gompa for his two sisters who
Assembly, and nearby Simtokha Dzong is the country’s
were nuns. This is a wonderful area for trekking, with
oldest dzong and now a monastic school.
valleys, lakes and spectacular passes.
Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Paro
Road Pass to Punakha
Bhutan, known locally as Druk-Yul, is the world’s last Shangri-La. Breathtaking views, colourful dancers,
Unlock the mysteries of this Buddhist Himalayan kingdom in the ultimate luxury. This captivating tour
rich cultural heritage, imposing fortresses and ancient monasteries perched in improbable locations are the
combines and captures opulent Aman lodges with untouched landscapes. Traverse dramatic untouched
enduring images that seemingly come to life as you travel through this wonderland.
landscapes, discover awesome Dzongs and magnificent monasteries alongside small, traditional villages.
Monks, Mountains and Monasteries
Bhutan in Ultimate Luxury with Aman Hotels
HIGHLIGHTS Visit Bhutan in February, March, October or November and experience one of
its fascinating festivals. Gather with the locals to watch the colourful Bhutanese
The climb to the Taktsang Palphug Monastery, known as
folk, religious and mask dances known as ‘Chaam’, a truly unforgettable
the Tiger’s Nest, clinging to the cliffside of the upper Paro
experience. For these months early booking is recommended. An understated
valley, is an unforgettable experience. A cultural icon of
philosophy of quiet comfort in an inspiring, culture-rich location awaits at stylish
Bhutan this is a highlight of any visit. Enjoy the stunning
Uma Paro. Guest rooms created by Bhutanese artisans offer a fusion of clean-
views and feel the spirituality of this prominent Himalayan
lined modernism with indigenous detailing and stunning views of the Paro Valley.
Buddhist sacred site. Situated in a stunning location at the junction of two rivers, the seventeenth century Punakha
TO/FROM LONDON VIA DELHI
WEST BENGAL ASSAM
Prayer wheel and painted walls at a colourful monastery
ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly from Heathrow to Delhi with Jet Airways on an overnight flight Day 2 Arrive New Delhi. Orientation tour of Delhi. Overnight at The Imperial Day 3 Fly to Paro. Transfer to Thimpu. Two nights at Taj Tashi [B,L,D] Day 4 Full day sightseeing [B,L,D] Day 5 Drive to Punakha. Two nights at Amankora Punakha [B,L,D] Day 6 Tour of Punakha [B,L,D] Day 7 Drive to Paro. Three nights at Uma Paro [B,L,D] Day 8 Visit Tiger’s Nest [B,L,D] Day 9 Tour of Paro [B,L,D] Day 10 Fly to Delhi. Overnight at Oberoi Gurgaon [B] Day 11 Fly home to with Jet Airways [B]
Dzong is massive. The second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan and one of its most majestic structures, it was constructed as an ‘embodiment of Buddhist values’. Aman Lodges add ulimate luxury to Bhutan journey.
ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly from Heathrow to Delhi with Jet Airways on an overnight flight Day 2 Arrive New Delhi. Orientation tour. Overnight at the Aman Hotel Day 3 Fly to Paro. Transfer to Thimpu. Two nights at Amankora [B,L,D] Day 4 Full day sightseeing [B,L,D] Day 5 Drive to Gangtey. Afternoon sightseeing. Overnight at Amankora Gangtey [B,L,D] Day 6 Drive to Bhumtang for two nights at Amankora Bhumtang [B,L,D] Day 7 Tour of Bhumtang [B,L,D] Day 8 Drive to Punakha. Afternoon tour. Overnight at Amankora Punakha [B,L,D] Day 9 Drive to Paro. Three nights at Amankora Paro [B,L,D] Day 10 Visit Tiger’s Nest [B,L,D] Day 11 Sightseeing Paro [B,L,D] Day 12 Fly to Delhi. Overnight at Aman Delhi [B] Day 13 Fly home to with Jet Airways [B]
TO/FROM LONDON VIA DELHI
Prayer flags at Taktsang Monastery
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nepal the highest place on earth From wind-swept plateaux with fluttering prayer flags to steamy jungles and the towering magnificence of Everest, Nepal can boast a landscape that is nothing short of spectacular. Ranging from 60 metres above sea level to the highest point on the planet, nowhere can offer such a wealth of natural beauty or such diversity of wildlife. Nepal is also a country with a long and distinguished history and deep cultural roots, with many
…an incredible 19 days of adventure holiday. We were welcomed by both Indian and Nepalese hospitality from start to finish. Thank you so very much for sharing your knowledge with us Jenny Hedges
ancient sites of pilgrimage and worship.
Wandering through Kathmandu’s cobbled lanes is
Situated on the beautiful Phewa Lake, Pokhara is for
like stepping back in time. Buddhist stupas and Hindu
many the gateway to the Himalayas and a setting off
shrines compete for attention amid bustling crowds
point for trekking and rafting adventures. Sitting in the
of rickshaw drivers, monks, hippies and sadhus. The
shadow of the massive Annapurna mountains, from here
three Durbar Squares in the heart of the city are World
you can take an aerial sightseeing tour for a close-up
Heritage Sites, and royal palaces reveal secret courtyards
view of the Annapurnas. Deep river ravines, caves and
and hidden gardens – all of this with a spectacular
waterfalls add to the beauty of this valley, the natural
home of the Gurkhas.
CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK On the rolling lowlands of the Inner Terai, Chitwan National Park is home to an astounding array of wildlife, much of which is endangered and extremely rare. An elephant safari might afford a glimpse of Asian one-horned rhinos, Bengal tigers, leopards and bears. More than 450 species of bird live here, as well as the endangered Gharial crocodile and rare freshwater dolphins.
hiGhLiGhtS OF nepaL Set amidst the himalayas, nepal was the last hindu kingdom in the world. this small country has a lot to
WaLkinG in the FOOthiLLS OF the annapurnaS
offer, from rich cultural heritage, spectacular architecture, breathtaking scenery and nature trails to amazing wildlife. From the capital kathmandu to Bhaktapur, the beautiful town of pokhara to Chitwan national
Combine the heritage of kathmandu Valley and pokhara, set on beautiful phewa Lake, with an unforgettable
park, this captivating journey encompasses all the major highlights of nepal, providing you with a fantastic
trek through the himalayas on this captivating tour. the gentle four day walk in the traditional homeland of
experience of this land.
the Gurkhas passes through small hamlets, terraced rice fields and forests, taking in the spectacular mountain vistas of the sacred fish tailed Macchapuchre and the annapurnas.
HIGHLIGHTS With eight World heritage Sites and the fascinating cities
of kathmandu, patan and Bhaktapur, kathmandu Valley
the picturesque ker and downey lodges mean you
is a treasure trove of rich culture and extraordinary sights.
can experience the annapurna foothills and visit remote
Chitwan national park is a World heritage Site situated
himalayan villages while staying in comfort. a day’s
in the sub-tropical inner terai lowlands of southern nepal,
walk apart, these stylish lodges allow you to stay in
one of the last bastions of the one horned rhinoceros
comfort whilst experiencing some of the most spectacular
and home to more than 700 different species of wildlife.
mountain vistas in the world. all rooms come with private
the hour long flight over the world’s highest mountain
bath, hot water with cosy blankets & down bedding.
range is an unforgettable experience. take in views of
hearty meals are served in traditional dining rooms
the kathmandu Valley and the landscapes of nepal and
with fire places. treks are led by Gurkha guides whose
journey across the world’s highest peaks, including Mount
intimate knowledge of mountains & hill culture leads to an
everest and kanchenjunga.
experience that is truly off the beaten path.
trek around Gihandruk
patan dur Bar Square
TIGER TOPS JUNGLE LODGE
ROYAL CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
TO/FROM LONDON VIA DELHI
phewa Lake, pokhara
ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly from heathrow with Jet airways to kathmandu via delhi DAY 2 arrive kathmandu. Sightseeing in the afternoon. three nights at dwarika’s DAY 3 afternoon tour of Bhaktapur [B] DAY 4 Optional mountain flight over Mount everest [B] DAY 5 Fly to Chitwan. two nights at tiger tops Jungle Lodge [B,L,d]
Swoyambhunath temple in kathmandu
DAY 6 Full day of jungle activities including elephant safari and boat ride [B,L,d] DAY 7 drive to pokhara. two nights at tiger Mountain Lodge. evening boat ride on Lake phewa [B,L,d] DAY 8 tour of pokhara [B,L,d] DAY 9 Fly to kathmandu. Overnight at dwarika’s [B] DAY 10 Fly to heathrow via delhi with Jet airways [B]
N E P A L
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N E P A L
ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly from heathrow with Jet airways to kathmandu via delhi DAY 2 arrive kathmandu. Sightseeing in the afternoon. three nights at dwarika’s DAY 3 tour of Bhaktapur [B] DAY 4 Optional mountain flight over Mount everest [B] DAY 5 Fly to pokhara. One night at tiger Mountain Lodge. evening boat ride on Lake phewa [B,L,d] DAY 6 drive to Birethati to start your annapurna trek. Overnight at ker & downey’s Sanctuary Lodge [B,L,d] DAY 7 trek during the day. Overnight at ker & downey’s Gurung Lodge in Majgaun [B,L,d] DAY 8 trek during the day. Overnight at ker & downey’s Basanta Lodge [B,L,d] DAY 9 Short trek and drive to pokhara. Overnight at tiger Mountain Lodge [B,L,d] DAY 10 Fly to kathmandu. Overnight at dwarika’s [B] DAY 11 Fly to heathrow via delhi with Jet airways [B]
Thank you so much for ensuring everything went smoothly during our month tour. The guides at all locations were most informative bringing history to life. We have many happy memories of our time in India
Luxury Hotels in India, Bhutan and Nepal
Terry & Gina Young
The Western & Oriental collection of hotels in India and the Subcontinent features some of the ultimate luxury accommodation. Each hotel is carefully selected by our expert travel specialists, and in many cases we will also handpick your room to provide you with the best experience and wow factor in your stay. Dotted around the whole of the Indian Subcontinent, these hotels offer exceptional levels of warmth, hospitality and personal service. Ranging from supremely luxurious hotels in breathtaking settings, former royal palaces, safari lodges and boutique hotels to rice barges, wellness resorts, iconic architectural marvels, heritage hotels and converted havelis (merchant houses), several of which are still home to these nobilities and royalties – our hotels will provide you with authentic Indian hospitality and create memories that will stay with you forever. Some of them are featured in our previous pages.
M/V Oberoi Vrinda
We had visited just once before but so many members of staff said ‘welcome back’. It’s the way they are Peter Warr
The Oberoi Wildflower Hall
AMAN HOTELS IN INDIA & BHUTAN
luxury tented accommodation
Aman Delhi, New Delhi
Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore
Manvar Desert Camp, nr Jodhpur
Set in the natural beauty of the jungle, Oberoi Vanyavilas
Conceived by Moti Singh Rathore, Manvar is a desert
is India’s first luxury jungle resort, situated on the edge of
destination with a difference. Known for its culture and
the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. All the luxurious tents are
preservation of the local rural Rajasthani heritage, Manvar
furnished in a regal style and each has a private garden,
(meaning desert hospitality) is an ideal base from which to
Located near Lodhi garden, the Aman offers discerning
Set in rugged brushwood forest on the edge of
guests luxurious accommodation designed with typical
Rajasthan’s Ranthambore National Park, Aman-i-Khas is
Aman contemporary flair, some suites even boasting
a wilderness camp comprising ten luxury air-conditioned
their own plunge pools. Despite its city setting, the hotel
tents with soaring canopies draped in the Moghul style.
exudes a relaxed ambience, offering guests extensive
Venture into the national park on guided wildlife viewing
recreation and leisure facilities. The spa and health
excursions, spotting game including tigers, leopards,
centre, which inset in a sunken courtyard, features tennis
hyenas, crocodiles and chital deer. After enjoying the
and squash courts, a lap pool and gym for the energetic.
Indian cuisine and a range of Western dishes in the softly-
When it comes to dining, The Aman Restaurant and Lodhi
lit dining tent, relax around the central outdoor fireplace
Restaurant provide a choice of fine cuisines.
and reflect upon the adventures of your day.
outside deck and luxurious bathroom. This is the perfect base
explore Indian desert life. Built in the style of a traditional
from which to explore the reserve in search of the majestic
desert village with eco-friendly features is Manvar Desert
tiger, enjoying a treatment at the Oberoi Spa after game
Resort, while Manvar Camp is a tented camp seven
kilometres away in the heart of the Thar Desert.
Chhatra Sagar, Nimaj
The Serai, Jaisalmer
Amanbagh, meaning ‘peaceful garden’, lies in a verdant
Visitors to Bhutan choosing to stay in Amankora will be
Experience rural Rajasthan in style with a stay at this
You will find luxury in the desert at The Serai, a desert
oasis, fed by a nearby lake. Previously the site of the
spoilt throughout, with five discreet accommodation styles
outstanding tented camp. Luxury tents with stone bathrooms
camp and spa, set on 30 acres of a 100 acre estate of
Maharajah of Alwar’s hunting lodge and pleasure garden,
in wonderful settings. Ranging from a pine forest retreat in
are pitched on a dam overlooking a lake teeming with birds.
indigenous desert scrub in the Great Thar desert. Stay in
Amanbagh is a refined palatial-style mansion forming a
Paro, a Bhutanese farmhouse across a suspension bridge
Exceptional, uninterrupted views can be enjoyed
tented suites or luxury tented suites with a private walled-in
unique latter-day haveli. The Spa at Amanbagh provides
over Mo Chhu, a fantastic setting next to a monestary in
from your tent’s verandah, as can the tranquility of this
garden and plunge pool. Explore the rural countryside and
a complete wellness experience with yoga, Qigong,
Bhumtang, a lodge with stunning Phobjikha Valley views
delightful hideaway. From here you can explore the
wilderness, take a camel and horse safari and visit the
meditation and Reiki for all levels of experience. Highly-
to a dzong-inspired retreat close to Thimphu, the capital,
surrounding grasslands, temples and villages before
medieval city of Jaisalmer. After a busy day sightseeing,
skilled therapists provide a range of healing therapies as
all provide superb comfort, scenic locations and spa
returning for a sundowner and al fresco dining on some
take a dip in the camp’s pool or relax at the spa.
well as facials, massages and body scrubs using products
of the finest home cooking in Rajasthan.
made from the purest ingredients.
Samode Safari Lodge, Bandhavgarh
Singinawa Jungle Lodge, Kanha
The Cecil, Shimla
The Oberoi Grand, KOLKATA
Over 100 years old, The Cecil is a grand heritage
Built over 125 years ago, The Oberoi Grand combines
Samode is a true eco-tourism lodge, designed in local
Located on a 55 acres on the periphery of Kanha Tiger
hotel situated in a privileged location in the hill station of
classic Victorian architecture and charm with state-of-
style using natural materials with the smallest possible
Reserve, Singinawa offers an unforgettable glimpse into
Shimla, 7,000 feet high in the Himalayas. The hotel is a
the-art amenities, offering guests an oasis of tranquillity
environmental footprint. Located in Bandhavgarh
the world of the tiger and its forest environment. The
celebration of the elegance and grace of colonial times,
amidst this bustling city. Located in the heart of the
in central India, it is set in grassy plains and reed
lodge has 12 individual air-conditioned cottages with en
having been restored to its original grandeur with wood
commercial hub of Kolkata, this heritage hotel features
covered wetlands between the forested hills and cliffs
suite bathrooms. The main lodge houses a well stocked
floors, period furniture and crackling fires to enhance its
elegantly appointed rooms, award-winning restaurants
of the Vindhayan mountains, convenient for jeep and
bar and multi-cuisine dining hall, and other facilities
inviting ambience. Built around a beautiful atrium, guest
and an exclusive spa and fitness centre. Enjoy
elephant-back safaris to spot tigers and other wildlife.
include in-house naturalists and Singinawa’s own safari
rooms offer splendid views of the mountains and valleys -
personalised, efficient and unobtrusive service.
Accommodation is a cluster of chalets with elegant
vehicles. Singinawa is an eco-tourism initiative with a
interiors and private verandahs with lovely views.
strong focus on wildlife conservation.
time away from sightseeing.
Pashan Garh Lodge, Panna
The Oberoi, Mumbai
The Oberoi, Gurgaon
Located on the edge of Pench National Park, a mere
Situated in the Vindhaya hills of Panna National Park on the
The Oberoi is centrally located in the heart of Mumbai’s
Situated in the centre of New Delhi’s prime business and
five minute drive to the park’s entrance is Baghvan,
peaceful Ken river, Pashan Garh Lodge boasts a fabulous
commercial district – an elegant hotel overlooking the
shopping district, The Oberoi Gurgaon opened in summer
a perfect base from which to explore the area or just take
an enchanting lodge. Accommodation is offered in
setting. Twelve luxurious stone cottages are set on a small
Arabian Sea. It offers impeccable service, understated
2011 and has become a leader in New Delhi’s luxury
12 charming stand-alone suites with a contemporary
hill affording amazing views across the jungle treetops and
luxury and excellent facilities including an exclusive spa
hotels. The 202 spacious guest rooms feature landscape
bungalow feel, but with a 1950s colonial ambience.
nearby watering hole from private verandahs. Haveli design
and fitness centre, outdoor pool and a choice of superb
windows affording vistas of the reflection pools and
Breakfasts and lunches are served on a sweeping
is evident in the main areas, with a large central courtyard,
dining options. Visit the contemporary Italian restaurant
landscaped gardens below. Gourmet dining can be
shaded deck surrounding the swimming pool, whilst
and interiors are contemporary. From the welcome picnic on
serving the finest regional Italian cuisine and wines; enjoy
enjoyed in a range of restaurants both indoors and out, from
sunset is celebrated with cocktails under a huge Banyan
arrival to the 4X4 drive through Panna’s jungle landscape,
the stylish, informal all-day dining restaurant with a warm
an all-day venue with five live cooking stations to Indian
tree. Baghvan is a lovely little oasis on the edge of the
naturalist presentations, the infinity pool overlooking a stream
atmosphere at Tiffin or sample home-style cuisine at the
coastal cuisine. Leisure facilities include a large outdoor
and the cosy library, Pashan Garh offers a stimulating stay.
Indian speciality restaurant.
heated pool and a 24-hour spa for total relaxation.
TAJ HOTELS & PALACES
HOTELS IN RAJASTHAN
Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
Devi Ratn, Jaipur
Rasa Resort, Jaipur
Located 10 kilometres from Jaipur’s centre, Devi Ratn
The newest member of the famed Devi Resorts brand
Built in 1903, the Taj Mahal Palace is an architectural
The former residence of the Nizam of Hyderabad,
has been designed as a bold architectural statement
of iconic hotels in India introduces a futuristic style in
marvel bringing together Moorish, Oriental and Florentine
Falaknuma Palace is now a member of Taj Hotels, Resorts
styles. Offering panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and
& Palaces. The famed Nizam’s hospitality can now be
the Gateway of India, the hotel is a gracious landmark
enjoyed by staying in one of 60 regally graceful rooms
of the city of Mumbai. It offers easy access to the main
and suites with opulent fabrics and seasoned wood
commercial, shopping and entertainment areas of the
floors. Every palatial detail has been taken care of from
city, has generous accommodation and a selection of fine
billiard rooms to the garage of vintage cars. Unrivalled
restaurants, bars and lounges in both the original heritage
gastronomy can be found in the restaurants, and
and newer tower wings.
rejuvenation at the Royal Jiva Spa.
Usha Kiran Palace, Gwalior
Taj West End, Bangalore
Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur
of modern Rajasthan incorporating local gem craft.
Rasa Resort, a luxury tented destination. Situated in a
Guests can stay in one of 63 suites, set in crescent lanes
valley near the Amer Fort, this unique property consists
and decorated with bold use of texture and colour, all
of luxury tents set in geometric gardens, each featuring
boasting views of the Aravalli mountains. Dining options
contrasting tactile materials, from stone to soft woods
include multi-national, Indian and Oriental cuisines
and fabric. The cathedral-style Toran restaurant serves
both indoors or poolside. There’s also a spa, gym and
traditional Indian food with a creative twist using organic
mountain bikes for the energetic.
produce from the gardens. There’s an outdoor bonfire for winter evenings and a stylish black pool in the grounds.
This 120-year-old palace, which has played host to
Located in the middle of a 20-acre park in the centre of
Suryagarh is an impressive property, distinctive in
Set amidst 18 acres of delightful Moghul gardens, this
royalty, is now an elegant heritage hotel, rich in history
Bangalore, the Taj West End is a lovely hotel in a heritage
its contrasts between medieval and modern and its
palace dates back to 1745 and is today a magnificent
with artistic stone carvings and delicate filigree work in its
building, next to the golf club and opposite the turf club.
simple yet sumptuous interiors. From its palace rooms,
heritage hotel with pretty pavilions and charming
features. Nine acres of beautifully landscaped lawns with
Its 91 rooms and 26 suites blend modern luxury with
embellished with eighteenth century details, to its grander
colonnades. Jai Mahal Palace’s rooms and suites
flowering trees and shrubs, arched bridges and shimmering
historic charm, most with a verandah and views of the
heritage rooms and signature suites, every detail has
have been decorated to create a regal yet fresh and
fountains surround the hotel. The beauty continues inside
beautiful gardens. For leisure time, relax by the swimming
been carefully taken care of to reflect its princely style.
contemporary ambience. Situated close to the city centre
with sympathetically refurbished interiors, exquisite artefacts,
pool in the gardens, play tennis, enjoy a massage or take
There’s elaborate indoor pool, gym and billiards room,
and its historical monuments, the hotel is a perfect base
furniture and lighting, complemented with contemporary
a guided local nature walk with the resident naturalist to
and delectable cuisine is served in the restaurants.
from which to explore the area.
comforts and facilities, enhancing the hotel’s regal aura.
appreciate Taj West End’s heritage and foliage.
HOTELS IN KERALA
OTHER HOTELS in INDIa
Philipkutty’s Farm, Kumarakom
Vivanta by Taj – Bekal, Kerala
The Leela Palace Kempinski, New Delhi
Khem Villas Ranthambhore
Lying on a private, reclaimed island near Kumarakom,
A brand new arrival in north Kerala, Vivanta by Taj –
Leela Palace is located in the exclusive diplomatic
Khem Villas was built on a ten-acre plot of land which
Philipkutty’s Farm is a highly original place to stay. The
Bekal is located in the Kasargod district in a secluded
enclave of New Delhi, convenient for the city’s monuments
was planted with indigenous trees and water areas were
family owners farm the land and have been in the area
and romantic lush setting on one of the winding
and business district. It represents the magnificence of
created to form a habitat for wildlife. Today it provides
for generations. They reside in their own house nearby
backwaters, yet with beach access. Spread across
Lutyen’s New Delhi in its architecture and grace and
simple yet sophisticated accommodation in cottages with
and will be your hosts whilst you stay in the delightful
25 acres, its style of architecture was inspired by the
offers supremely comfortable guest rooms and suites with
courtyard gardens, luxury tents on wooden platforms
cottages on the edge of the canal. Learn about the
Kettuvallam house boats typical of this region, and the
all modern luxuries and technologies. A choice of chic
or rooms in the main building. All have jungle or water
spices, tradtional cookery and other crop cultivation on
resort has 73 villas, rooms and suites, many with pool.
restaurants will tempt any palate and mood, while the
views. Freshly cooked vegetarian food is prepared mainly
the working farm and sit on your verandah and watch
Vivanta Bekal restaurant offers a choice of cuisine, and
Spa by ESPA is made for pampering with its range of
using home-produced ingredients; there’s also a plunge
river life pass by in this wonderfully peaceful place.
The Jiva Spa a range of treatments.
treatments and massages.
pool and spa treatments.
Coconut Lagoon, Kerala
Serenity hotel, kerala
The Leela Palace, Udaipur
The LaLiT Temple View, Khajuraho
Coconut Lagoon’s setting echoes the waterway theme
A 1920s restored plantation estate bungalow
Situated on the shore of Lake Pichola, Leela Palace
This very contemporary hotel, a member of Small
of the region, being located on an inland sea stretching
decorated and furnished in keeping with its historical
evokes the grandeur of a bygone era, yet provides
Luxury Hotels of the World, is located just 500 metres
across central Kerala; it can be reached only along a
roots, Serenity has just six rooms featuring the owner’s
every modern comfort for its guests. Seventy-two rooms
from the World Heritage Site, the western group of the
small canal edged with floral shrubs. The main building
collection of arts and artefacts. Delectable meals are
and eight suites all enjoy breathtaking views of the
Khajuraho temples, and provides modern luxury for its
is a reconstructed nineteenth century mansion with a
prepared by the chef using many home-grown ingredients
tranquil lake; Lake View and Heritage Rooms being
guests. Set in lush gardens and surrounded by temples
stone jetty attached, and the accommodation reflects the
blending local Travancore and Mediterranean cuisine,
particularly recommended for their Rajasthani detailing
dating back to ninth century, including the Lord Krishna
spirit of ancient Malabar in its carved wood ceilings,
and meals are taken in the elegant dining room or on
and artefacts. The fine facilities at this palatial hotel
temple beside the pool, the LaLiT offers 47 comfortable
brass work and wooden pillars. Guests can enjoy the
the patio. Enjoy the pool, Ayurvedic spa, treks on the
include a pool overlooking the lake, a tented spa by
garden or temple view rooms. Within the grounds is a
lake by boat, walking or fishing or simply relax in a
resident elephant, mountain biking or walks through
ESPA, gym and fine dining restaurants to provide a
holistic spa, gym and an all-day multi-cuisine restaurant
hammock or the library.
neighbouring rubber plantations.
majestic experience for all guests.
with live chef stations.
OTHER HOTELS IN INDIA
OTHER HOTELS in NEPAL & BHUTAN
Ahilya Fort, Maheshwar
Ista Hotel, Amritsar
This majestic eighteenth century Ahilya Fort lies on the
Ista is situated in the heart of the historic city of Amritsar,
Tiger Tops JUNGLE LODGE, Chitwan
Ker and Downey Lodges, Annapurnas
banks of the sacred Narmada river in Madya Pradesh.
close to the Golden Temple, and features 248 very
Once the capital of the celebrated women rulers, this
comfortable rooms and 10 suites, all with panoramic
Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge is very popular. Located within
Located in the Annapurna Mountains, the purpose built
huge fort is now owned and run by the Maharaja. It has
views. The hotel offers world-class dining facilities, an
the Chitwah National Park, it is surrounded by 932
lodges Ker and Downey is unique in Nepal as it is in the
been discreetly converted into a simple yet elegant hotel,
outdoor swimming pool and vitality pool. There is also a
square kilometres of tall grassland and magnificent forest.
region which allows guests to experience the magnificent
and has changed little since the 1760s. Explore the
fully equipped fitness centre and extensive spa offering
Built in a tree house style, the lodge has attractively
scenery in style and comfort whilst staying in en suite
ghats, temples and cenotaphs or take a boat ride out to
specialised and Ayurvedic treatments.
finished rooms with ensuites, solar powered lighting and
rooms with comfortable beds with sheets, blankets, down
ceiling fans. Western and Nepalese cuisine is served in
pillows and hot water bottles. All lodges are a days walk
the dining hall.
apart and allow guests to experience in comfort some of
the floating temples.
the most spectacular mountain vistas in the world.
Glenburn Tea Estate
The Claridges, New Delhi
Uma Paro, Bhutan
With breathtaking views, Glenburn stretches from an
Located in the heart of the city, The Claridges has been a
Dwarikas was founded in 1952 by the owner, who
This stylish five-star hotel offers luxury with an understated
elevation of 3,700 feet down to the two snow-fed rivers
landmark in Lutyens Delhi since the 1950s. This low-rise
collected pieces of intricately carved wooden pillars
philosophy of quiet comfort in an inspiring, culture-
that meander through the estate. Home to generations
hotel recreates the magic of old world charm combined
saved from becoming firewood and created a building to
rich location, set atop a 38-acre tree-clad hill close to
of tea planters, Glenburn offers a luxurious stay at the
with warm hospitality. The spacious guest rooms have
house his collection to operate as a guest house. Today’s
the town of Paro. Guest rooms have been created by
Burra Bungalow. Relax in the front verandah, in the
been decorated in a blend of classic and contemporary
guests can appreciate the arts of Nepalese history during
traditionally trained Bhutanese artisans offering a fusion
pavilion by the lily pond or in the secluded gardens;
design, providing guests with modern conveniences in
a stay in rooms and suites with custom built furniture,
of clean-lined modernism with indigenous detailing,
each offering dramatic views of the tea fields, forests,
stylish comfort. Rejuvenate at the Health Club or take a
organic sheets and a simple style reflecting local life, but
including carved wooden windows and intricate doors.
rivers and mountains. Unwind in front of a crackling fire
dip in the outdoor pool to wind down after sightseeing.
with luxurious amenities. The spacious courtyard offers
Cuisine is modern and light with local influences.
in the drawing room and enjoy dinner served in true
The range of dining options includes speciality Indian,
informal dining, bar and lounge areas while two further
Chinese, Mediterranean and multi-cuisine.
restaurants feature fine Nepali or Japanese cuisine. Facilities include a pool, a spa and a library.
Be PAMPERED Islands, beaches & SPA India’s beautiful beaches and remote islands are perfect for a wonderfully relaxing holiday or the ideal end to a busy sightseeing itinerary. Goa and south India have endless coastlines of white palm-fringed beaches waiting to be explored, while drifting in the Indian Ocean, unspoilt and almost uncharted, the Andaman islands embody the phrase ‘blissfully remote’. White sands and quiet beaches are only contrasted with turquoise seas and a magniﬁcent underwater garden busy with marine life.
Beaches of Goa
PAMPERING & REJUVENATION
Goa is a perfect place to relax, with its beautiful white
In this land of sacred rivers, beautiful temples and ancient
beaches and wonderful hospitality. It has a character quite
dynasties, you might be drawn to indulge yourself in
distinct from the rest of India, and the people are fun-loving
some world-class pampering and rejuvenation at one of
and relaxed, having retained some of the gaiety of the
India’s top luxury spas, Ayurvedic centres or yoga retreats.
Portuguese. Its beaches stretch over 106 kilometres and
Enchance your Indian experience with an Ayurvedic
tend to be less developed than those in the north.
treatment, practiced in India for thousands of years, or
Beaches of South India Kovalam and Mararikulam in Kerala and Covelong and Mahabaliburam on the coast of Tamil Nadu are just some of the spectacular beaches in south India. Kovalam is one of India’s ﬁnest and most popular beach resorts, while Mahabalipuram has a beautiful 20 kilometre stretch of beach.
simply treat yourself to a relaxing spa package at the end of your trip. The choice is yours. Chakra massage, Ayurveda treatments, yoga and all manner of holistic treatments fashionable in New York and London, started here, in India. Soothe your body and stimulate your mind with a fantastic treatment at any one of the splendid hotels we recommend here. We can plan a whole tour based on treatments or arrange a spa day as part of an overall tour.
Every step of the way we felt cared for in a very personal way, almost as if we were family. We never had to wait and never had to lift a finger Mike Baum
BEACH HOTELS IN GOA AND KERALA
Surya Samudra, Kovalam, Kerala
Marari Beach Resort, Marariulam, Kerala
Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa, GOA
Barefoot Luxury, HAVELOCK ISLAND, Andaman Islands
Situated on a rocky promontory between two deserted
Stone-flagged pathways thread through the 55 acres of
The Park Hyatt is a world-class hotel, set in 45 acres of
Dense rainforest canopies fringe the shores of
beaches in southern Kerala is this wonderful eco-friendly
lawns, lotus ponds and whispering coconut groves of Marari
lush beachfront gardens in an idyllic area of south Goa.
Havelock Island, one of the beautiful Andaman
beach resort. With 23 houses spread over nearly 20
Beach. This beachside resort offers an authentic experience
Within this village style resort is the extensive Sereno
Islands. Barefoot Luxury is a small resort set within
acres of private space, Surya Samudra keeps Kerala’s
of the world of Kerala’s traditional fishing villages, with the
Spa, for complete health and wellness, offering holistic
the rainforest, surrounded by tropical fruit trees.
Ayurvedic medicine alive in an uninterrupted tradition on
design of the rooms based on the fishermen’s dwellings
treatments with a blend of unique therapies inspired by
Explore the mangroves by kayak, snorkel or dive the
a luxurious scale. Wooden cottages, coconut trees and
of Mararikulam. Cuisine also has a local influence, with
Ayurvedic and yogic traditions. Luxurious accommodation
coral reefs, try your hand at dunghi fishing, trek the
the Keralan fisherman’s curry simmered in clay pots and
is in low-rise buildings, and there’s a central ‘piazza’ style
dense rainforest and meet the warm friendly people
served with a traditional leaf spoon a firm favourite.
area for superb dining options including seafood, Italian
of Havelock. You can even swim with the amazing
and northern and southern Indian speciality restaurants.
Neeleshwar Hermitage, KASARGOD, Kerala
Intercontinental The LaLiT Goa Resort, Goa
Neeleshwar Hermitage combines the tranquil and
Located in the south of Goa, the InterContinental offers
rejuvenating simplicity of a retreat with the comfort and
luxurious accommodation in 255 suites divided between
elegance of a first-class hotel. Overlooking a gloriously
14 low-rise buildings, all with a balcony or verandah
unspoiled beach, it is a place that nourishes the spirit and
facing the landscaped gardens or sea. Fine dining can
fosters a sense of creative tranquillity. Guests enjoy delicious
be enjoyed in the four restaurants serving varied cuisine
food and the lifestyle arts of massage, meditation and yoga
including seafood and Goan specialities, and there’s a
for which Kerala is renowned. At the Priya Spa, emphasis
large pool, sports complex with tennis and squash courts,
is on traditional Ayurveda, although a range of naturopathic
water sports on the beach, children’s activities, a spa and
and western spa treatments are also available.
a nine-hole double tee golf course.
the sound of the waves sooth and relax.
The Leela, Goa
The Leela, Kovalam, Kerala
Set on quiet Mobor beach, The Leela is an idyllic retreat
The Leela’s 183 rooms and suites are spread over 44
in the form of a 75 acre resort designed to reflect its
acres, cradled between two sweeping beaches with
Portuguese and Indian heritage. Accommodation is
panoramic views of the Kovalam coastline. Guests can
offered in 186 rooms, suites and villas set in charming
dine at an array of excellent restaurants and relax by
waterfront gardens or set back from the beach. Facilities
one of the two infinity pools which overlook the Arabian
include a host of dining options, a spa, a 12-hole par-3
Sea. For the energetic, recreational facilities include
golf course between the hotel and beach, and a large
tennis, badminton, cycling, gym and yoga, while for
pool set in the gardens. We highly recommend Club
total relaxation visit Divya, the Ayurvedic Spa.
Suites and Club Pool Suites in a separate wing for exclusivity
TAJ BEACH HOTELS
BE PAMPERED - SPA HOTELS
Vivanta by Taj - Holiday Village, Candolim, GOA
VIVANTA BY TAJ - Fisherman’s Cove, Covelong, Tamil Nadu
Ananda in the Himalayas, Rishikesh, Uttaranchal
Kalari Kovilakom, Palakkad, Kerala
Vivanta by Taj – Holiday Village is a delightfully
Fisherman’s Cove is a scenic seaside resort built on
Set against a mountainside in the Himalayas is Ananda,
Karali Kovilakom is a former palace and now a
informal resort hotel in Candolim, close to Goa town
the ramparts of an eighteenth century Dutch fort.
a world-class destination spa.Formerly the residence
hotel dedicated to Ayurveda situated in the foothills
on a stretch of sandy beach. Built in charming Goan-
Accommodation ranges from luxury cottages located on
of Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal, today it restores and
of Kerala’s Annamalai range. It offers a unique
Portuguese architecture and, as the name suggests, in
the beach with a fabulous ocean view to well-appointed
rejuvenates visitors from all over the world, integrating
experience in wellness, combining the healing
the style of a village, accommodation is arranged in
rooms with a view of the Bay of Bengal and the landscaped
the traditional Indian systems of Ayurveda with a more
experience of India’s ancient medicinal system,
142 recently refurbished and upgraded cottages and
lawns. Leisure facilities include badminton and tennis courts,
contemporary western spa approach. The calming
Ayurveda, with the grace and scale of regal living.
villas. The various restaurants, pool, bars, fitness centre
a pool and catamaran boat rides. Varied cuisine is offered
integration of lush greenery, fresh mountain air,
Meat and alcohol free, the dining is based on your
and Jiva Spa are found in the central village area,
at the choice of restaurants such as the Bay View Point, an
Himalayan spring water and luxurious therapy rooms is
therapies, constitution and treatments, providing a
close to the beach.
open-air beach-facing venue offering fresh local seafood.
perfect for rejuvenation.
complete Ayurvedic experience.
VIVANTA BY Taj, Kovalam, KERALA
Taj Exotica, Benaulim, GOA
Offering a breathtaking view of the backwaters,
Set in 22 acres of landscaped gardens and palm trees,
SwaSwara, Gokarna, Karnataka
Oberoi Wildflower Hall, Shimla
lush landscapes, coconut palms and unspoiled beaches,
this large, rambling, low rise property lies adjacent to a
the Taj Green Cove Resort is a wonderful Keralan retreat.
long expanse of golden beach in south Goa. Some of
Apart from the rhythm of rolling waves and the hum of
Situated high up in the magnificent Himalayas, this is a
Exotic tropical beauty and relaxing hospitality combine to
the villas have private plunge pools, most of the rooms
birdsong, there is little to disturb your inner explorations
fairy-tale luxury resort is set in 23 acres of virgin woods of
allow guests to relax and enjoy the coastal scenery, and
have superb sea views and all have either a private
and peace here. Extensive yoga, Pranayama and meditation
pine and cedar. The former residence of Lord Kitchener,
with a range of treatments available at the peaceful and
verandah or balcony. For the active, a range of aquatic
facilities are available with individual attention from qualified
Wildflower Hall recreates the grand style of the colonial
calming Jiva Spa, it is the perfect place to rejuvenate the
pursuits and land based sports are available, together
tutors, as well as an Ayurvedic centre offering a variety of
era. Enjoy wonderful views of the mountains and valleys
mind, body and soul.
with a spa, gym and large pool overlooking the sea.
massages and therapies. Accommodation consists of 27
beyond and, for the ultimate in pampering, relax in the
self-contained villas built in the local Konkan style, set within
world-class spa to revitalise your body and soul whilst
30 acres on the legendary Om beach.
staying in sumptuous accommodation.
Back at work and sadly Sri Lanka seems a world away already. A terrific holiday, superbly organised by you for which many, many thanks. You clearly took note of our tastes and delivered a great selection of places to visit Simon & Caroline Courtenay-Taylor
SRI LANKA â€“ THE PEARL OF THE ORIENT Known as the tropical teardrop of the Indian Ocean because of its unique shape, Sri Lanka will captivate with its unique blend of cultures, colourful history and rich heritage. This is one of the most beautiful and instantly attractive islands, offering a diverse variety of attractions. Boasting no less than eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the island is best explored by private chauffeur-driven tour and personalised tailor-made and inspired itineraries can be designed to include its highlights, with accommodation provided in boutique retreats across the country, from charming colonial style bungalows to contemporary resorts and jungle hideaways. Pristine beaches, hilltop plantations, ancient cities, cave temples and an extraordinary abundance of wildlife make Sri Lanka one of the most exciting and fascinating holiday destinations in Asia. From the buzz of capital city Colombo with its museums, galleries and shops to the eerie atmospheric silences of Sigirya Rock Fortress and ancient former cities, the lush emerald green landscapes and rolling misty hills of the interior and its tea plantations, Sri Lanka offers much, and visitors are captured by its spell enough to return and explore further to discover its delights.
FLYING TIME 10 hours 30 minutes to 13 hours FLIGHT ROUTE Direct flights with Sri Lankan Airlines from London to Colombo with onward connections to major Indian airports and additional flights to Colombo with touchdown in the Maldives en route. Emirates operate flights from London and major UK regional airports via Dubai; Qatar Airways from London and Manchester via Doha; Etihad Airlines fly from London or Manchester via Abu Dhabi; Oman Air from London via Muscat; and Jet Airways fly from London via Mumbai or Delhi. TRANSFERS Private transfers by saloon car, MPV or luxury vehicles are provided to all hotels and resorts. Sri Lankan Airlines also operate a scheduled seaplane air taxi service between Colombo and major destinations throughout the country. For exclusivity, a private helicopter or air taxi can also be quoted for as a supplement on request.
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Boutique tour of SRI LANKA
HOTELS IN SRI LANKA
This fascinating private tour with your own chauffeur-guide will introduce you to the highlights and delights of this wonderful island, staying in luxury boutique accommodation throughout, guaranteeing personalised service and plenty of local charm. The tour extensions on pages 84 and 85 will further enhance your experience and show you other fascinating aspects of Sri Lanka – its amazing wildlife in the national parks, Singharaja rainforest, Galle and boutique beach hotels. This boutique tour is a taster of just some of the island’s highlights and includes accommodation in hotels of unique quality and style. Occasionally, or in busier periods, it may be necessary to use alternative properties
The Kandy House, Kandy
Park Street, Colombo
This architectural gem is a 200-year-old manor house
The charming 12 room boutique Park Street Hotel has
located in a lush valley 25 minutes outside Kandy. Each
been created from a 250-year-old colonial bungalow
of the eight rooms is unique and individually decorated,
and its adjoining stores in a two acre site in the heart
all opening off the two-storey inner courtyard with garden
of Colombo. Two suites in the original bungalow and
views. Emphasis is on personal service and relaxation,
10 generously proportioned contemporary style rooms
and in between sightseeing you can enjoy the infinity
featuring original modern works of art were recently
pool overlooking paddy fields, massages, yoga and of
refurbished by the famous Sri Lankan designer Nayantara
famed ‘Heavenly Maidens’ cave frescoes. Kandy, in the
course the excellent food which makes much use of home-
Fonseka. Excellent cuisine can be enjoyed in the air-
lush tropical heart of the island, was the last capital and
grown produce. The Kandy House is an ideal luxurious
conditioned dining room or on the poolside terrace.
stronghold of the Sinhalese kings , and today its Temple
base from which to explore the surrounding area.
but be assured we will offer one that will offer comfort and individual style as well as character from our approved portfolio. Heritage & Cultural Highlights A visit to Sigirya Rock Fortress, a World Heritage Site, will bring Sri Lanka’s rich and royal heritage to life. This fifth century rock citadel was once a 70 hectare fortified town rising 200 metres above the surrounding landscape with its
of the Tooth Relic is amongst the world’s most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975 to care for a few orphan elephants, is now the centre for a scientific captive-breeding programme, conservation and educational centre and visitors can witness the elephants’ graceful play during the daily river visit. Hatton, high among the hilly tea plantations near Nuwara Eliya, is the base for exploring Horton Plains National Park and ‘World’s End’ a 1,000 metre natural precipice, waterfalls, Adam’s Peak, tea factory visits and some stunning scenery in a refreshing climate.
ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly From Heathrow to Colombo with Sri Lankan Airlines on an overnight flight Day 2 Arrive Colombo. Overnight in Negombo or Colombo Day 3 Drive to Sigirya. Afternoon at leisure. Two nights at Vil Uyana Day 4 Morning visit to Sigirya rock fortress. Drive to Polonnaruwa [B] Day 5 Visit Dambulla rock temple. Drive to Kandy via a spice garden. Tour of Kandy. Two nights at Kandy House [B]
Day 6 Drive to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. Visit Royal Peradeniya botanical garden. Day 7 Drive to Nuwara Eliya and tea country. Two nights at Ceylon Tea Trails bungalow [B,D] Day 8 Day at leisure, perhaps take a tea factory tour and tasting [B,L,D] Day 9 Return to Colombo or the south for a tour extension (see page 84)
PRICE From £1,945 per person based on two people sharing, including accommodation, a private driver, private guided sightseeing, meals and flights as per the itinerary. All our itineraries can be tailormade, please call our travel specialists for more information.
Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigirya
Ceylon Tea Trails, Bogawantalawa Valley
Located just five kilometres from iconic Sigirya Rock, Vil
High up in the mountainous centre of Sri Lanka in ‘tea
Uyana is a unique hotel set in 24 acres of wetlands and
country’ is a collection of four bungalows originally
paddy fields. Each of the 25 thatched-roof stilted chalets
built for British tea estate managers. Today they provide
have decks poised above the paddy fields, marshlands
comfortable accommodation, each with four to six colonial
or mangroves amidst the forest, with generous open-plan
style bedrooms. From pre-dinner drinks on the lawn to
living space; many with a private plunge pool. Besides a
sumptuous dinners by candlelight, your stay is on an all
choice of dining, from the lofty restaurant to private dining,
inclusive basis. Three of the bungalows have a pool, and
facilities include a pool, spa and Ayurvedic centre, gym
all have fabulous views along the valley.
and overwater lounge.
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Boutique Tour ExtensionS Rainforest and Fort
Yala & Udawalawe Wildlife
This short tour enables you to discover a stretch
This wildlife-themed tour introduces you to the
of largely undisturbed primeval forest only used
variety of species found in Sri Lanka’s National
to a limited extent by indigenous tribal people.
Parks. Udawalawe was established in 1972,
Sinharajah rainforest is Sri Lanka’s first natural
covering an area of 30,821 hectares and
heritage site, its mountainsides cloaked in dense
surrounded by magnificent mountain escarpments
velvet green foliage. Move on to Galle, a
and lush scenery. Elephants are plentiful, with herds
fascinating town once Sri Lanka’s most important
often playing in the water. Yala is the largest park
port. From your hotel, Amangalla, it’s easy to visit the fort, originally built by the Portuguese, for a walk on its impressive ramparts. See the ancient
HOTELS IN SRI LANKA
Reef Villa, Wadduwa
Serene Pavilions, Wadduwa
and home to elephants, buffaloes, leopards and
Arriving at Reef Villa through an impressive gateway and
This charming boutique hotel has just 12 duplex
bears. Large flocks of migratory and indigenous
tropical foliage creates the impression of entering a private
pavilions, each with a private walled garden and plunge
birds can also be observed on a jeep drive.
home, and once inside the feeling of grandeur continues.
pool. Their design, inspired by a blend of Balinese and
Just seven suites are situated within the main house or
Sri Lankan architecture, complements its setting in a seven-
facing the lily ponds in the gardens. All are incredibly
acre coconut grove beside a golden beach just outside
spacious and furnished along a colonial theme with
Wadduwa on the west coast. Relax by the pool with
colourful silks and antique Indian artefacts. The main house
Jacuzzi beds or in the Ayurveda spa, before enjoying
is set back from the beach in delightful gardens with a
sundowner drinks and a fusion of Asian and international
pool, or you may prefer a treatment at the Reefresh Spa.
cuisine in the restaurant or on your terrace.
The Fortress, Koggala
Considered Sri Lanka’s most luxurious hotel, Amanwella
Located on the south coast 30 minutes from the historic
is situated on a long sweep of beach on the south coast,
town of Galle, The Fortress is a luxury hotel incorporating
just 40 minutes from Colombo by air taxi or 90 minutes
Galle’s Dutch Fort features such as the courtyard
by road from its sister hotel Amangalla in Galle. Thirty
‘quadrant’ garden inside the high walled entrance.
suites are arranged within gardens or by the ocean, all
Fifty-three contemporary styled rooms and suites mostly
with an expansive bedroom, bathroom and balcony or
face the ocean, with twenty-first century conveniences
terrace, some boasting a private plunge pool. The hotel
including Bose entertainment systems and stunning
has an infinity pool, restaurant and bar, while a second
bathrooms. Modern and traditional Asian, Mediterranean
seasonal restaurant is found under coconut palms on the
and international dishes are served in a choice of dining
beach. Pampering spa treatments can also be arranged.
venues including poolside.
gates and the three bastions of the old walled town of 200 houses.
ITINERARY DAY 1 Drive to Sinharajah Forest Reserve. Two nights at Boulder Garden Day 2 Visit the rainforest Tao and discover its secrets [B] Day 3 Morning drive to Galle. Two nights at Amangalla [B] Day 4 Morning visit to Galle Fort. Afternoon at leisure [B] Day 5 Depart Galle for your beach hotel, Yala, safari or for your return flight home [B]
ITINERARY DAY 1 Depart tea country and drive to south. Optional jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park. Drive to Yala, Two nights at Chaaya Wild or The Safari [B,D] Day 2 Early morning game drive by jeep with picnic breakfast. Afternoon free until evening game drive [B,D] Day 3 Early morning game drive. Late breakfast at hotel before departure for your beach resort or Colombo. Alternatively, extend your tour to visit Singharajah rainforest and Galle [B]
From £840 per person based on two people sharing, including accommodation, a private driver, private guided sightseeing and meals as per itinerary.
From £495 per person based on two people sharing, including accommodation, a private driver for arrival and departure days, shared jeep safari drives, entrance fees, meals as per itinerary.
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India & Beyond Combine Experiences India and the subcontinent is amazing in its own right, with enough contrasts to make a twin-centre holiday a delightful and rewarding experience. However, should you wish to add an entirely different experience to your holiday, why not extend your holiday by adding a stay in Dubai, the Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan or Thailand. India & the Maldives
India & Dubai
The idyllic islands of the Maldives make a perfect contrast
Combine a tour through Central India or a thrilling game
to the vibrant and bustling sights of India. Enjoy a tour of
safari searching for tigers with a relaxing beach stay in
the Golden Triangle or explore the backwaters of Kerala
Dubai. Enjoy the wonderful mix of ancient Bedouin and
before travelling on to the beautiful crystal clear lagoons
Arabian traditions, celebrated shopping and golden
and heavenly beaches of the Maldives. This tropical
sandy beaches that Dubai has to offer. With ďŹ‚ights
hideaway is as close to paradise as you can get.
operating to India via Dubai it couldnâ€™t be easier to add Dubai to your Indian experience.
Huvafen Fushi by Per Aquum, Maldives
Beaches of India
Royal Bengal Tigers
Dancers in Bhutan
Backwaters and the Maldives ITINERARY DAY 1 Depart London on an overnight flight to Cochin via Dubai with Emirates Day 2 Arrive Cochin. Two nights at Malabar House. Evening walking tour of Fort Kochi Day 3 Morning tour of Cochin Day 4 Transfer to Allepey to embark a backwaters cruise. Overnight on a rice barge [B,L,D] Day 5 Two nights at Kumarakom Lake Resort [B] Day 6 At leisure [B] Day 7 Drive to Kovalam. Overnight at Leela Kovalam [B] Day 8 Fly to Malé, Maldives. Seaplane transfer for five nights at Medufushi Island Resort [B,D] Days 9 - 12 At leisure to enjoy splendid beaches [B,D] Day 13 Transfer to Malé airport for your Emirates flight to London via Dubai [B]
India and Nepal in Style
From £2,825 per person based on two people sharing, including a private driver, private guided sightseeing, meals and flights as per the itinerary. All our itineraries can be tailor-made, please call our travel specialists for more information.
From £3,849 per person based on two people sharing, including a private driver, private guided sightseeing, meals and flights as per the itinerary. All our itineraries can be tailor-made, please call our travel specialists for more information.
Huvafen Fushi by Per Aquum, Maldives
PRICE From £5,350 per person based on two people sharing, including a private driver, private guided sightseeing, meals and flights as per the itinerary. All our itineraries can be tailor-made, please call our travel specialists for more information.
ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly from London to Mumbai with Jet Airways. Two nights at The Oberoi Mumbai Day 2 Morning tour of Mumbai [B] Day 3 Fly to Udaipur. Evening boat ride on Lake Pichola. Two nights at Oberoi Udaivilas [B] Day 4 Half day tour of Udaipur [B] Day 5 Fly to Jaipur. Two nights at Oberoi Rajvilas [B] Day 6 Morning visit Amber Fort with elephant ride. Afternoon city sightseeing [B] Day 7 Drive to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri. Stay overnight at Oberoi Amarvilas [B] Day 8 Morning visit the Taj Mahal and Red Fort. Drive to Delhi. Two nights at The Oberoi New Delhi [B] Day 9 Full day sightseeing of major attractions [B] Day 10 Fly to Kathmandu. Three nights at Dwarika’s [B] Day 11: Full day sightseeing [B] Day 12: Optional mountain flight over the Mount Everest Day 13: Fly to London via Delhi with Jet Airways [B]
Golden Triangle and the Maldives
Tigers and Beaches ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly from London to Delhi with British Airways. Two nights at The Imperial Day 2 Full day tour of Old and New Delhi [B] Day 3 Morning Shatabdi Express train to Agra. Afternoon tour of the Red Fort and Taj Mahal. Overnight at Oberoi Amarvilas [B] Day 4 Drive to Jaipur visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route. Two nights at Oberoi Rajvilas [B] Day 5 Morning visit Amber Fort with elephant ride. Afternoon city sightseeing [B] Day 6 Fly to Bangalore; overnight at an airport hotel [B] Day 7 Fly to Malé, Maldives. Speedboat transfer to Huvafen Fushi for five night stay [B] Day 8 to 11 Time to enjoy the splendid beaches [B] Day 12 Speedboat transfer to Malé airport for your British Airways flight to London [B]
ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly from London with Emirates on an overnight flight to Delhi via Dubai Day 2 Arrive Delhi. Overnight at Trident Gurgaon Day 3 Morning flight to Jabalpur. Transfer to Bandhavgarh National Park and for three nights at Samode Safari Lodge [B,L,D] Days 4-5 Morning and afternoon game drives [B,L,D] Day 6 Drive to Kanha National Park. Three nights at Singinawa [B,L,D] Day 7-8 Morning and afternoon game drives [B,L,D] Day 9 Drive to Jabalpur for flight to Mumbai. Overnight at Leela Kempenski [B] Day 10 Fly to Dubai with Emirates. Five nights at Dar Al Masyaf [B] Days 11-14 At leisure [B] Day 15 Fly to London with Emirates [B]
Royal Bengal Tiger
PRICE From £4,499 per person based on two people sharing, including a private driver, private guided sightseeing, meals and flights as per the itinerary. All our itineraries can be tailor-made, please call our travel specialists for more information.
KNOW BEFORE YOU BOOK
Brochure Accuracy Although we have made every effort to ensure that the content of this brochure is correct at the time of publication (October 2011), it is inevitable that circumstances may change. Facilities may be withdrawn due to maintenance - e.g. the pool is closed as it needs a tile replaced. Public and religious festivals may also impact on the availability of facilities both in the hotel and resort. We will endeavour to advise of changes we are aware of prior to travel. All pictures shown have been checked for their accuracy; however it is realistic to assume these have been taken during the most favourable conditions so seasonal variation can apply. Any room shots are intended to give an overall impression of the hotel and we can’t guarantee the decor will be the same in your room. No brochure, no matter how detailed, will be able to give you all the information you require, either prior to booking or during your holiday. For this reason we do recommend some personal research into your chosen destination(s) prior to booking. We also have a large selection of hotels and resorts which we have not brochured and these are available on our website www.wandotravel.com
Western & Oriental has a long-standing commercial relationship with British Airways, and we are proud of our affiliation with the airline. Among the benefits to you as a Western & Oriental customer is that you are able to take advantage of some truly remarkable low-
Your Holiday, Your Choice Longer or shorter durations, different hotels, alternative airlines, upgraded rooms and flights. Our brochure really is a shop window on the variety of holidays available to you. Part of the enjoyment of a holiday to India is the ease to mix and match your destinations. Whilst we show a many examples of touring suggestions, these can all be easily adapted to your individual requirements. It is probable that many of you will be experienced travellers to exotic destinations. Whilst some of the cities and countries may be new to you, it is likely that you will have appreciated that travel to these destinations is a rich and rewarding experience, enjoying lifestyles that are in complete contrast to the generally more commercialised hospitality of Europe or North America. Our experienced team will be delighted to assist you further should you wish to discuss either the hotels or resorts in further detail, although please bear in mind that we, like you, are individuals with our own personal likes and dislikes.
cost upgrades to either British Airways First, Club World or World Traveller Plus - you can choose to upgrade both ways or one way in either direction. Please note that the number of seats allocated to each flight is strictly
Building Work If we receive prior advice we will inform you of any building work that we think will affect your holiday. Unlike Europe, India does not have stringent laws on building works. Whilst many hoteliers will act responsibly on this, the same would probably not apply to a private residence set aside a hotel. Unfortunately we have no control over these works or the notice given. We will endeavour to notify you as soon as we become aware of any such building work within or nearby a hotel that will impact on your holiday enjoyment.
limited, therefore early booking is recommended.
What’s Included In Our Price The guide prices in this brochure, and our tailor-made quotations, are per person in pounds sterling unless otherwise stated. Generally they include return flights from the UK, accommodation on the occupancy and board basis stated and return transfers to the resort.Western and Oriental Travel offers you the flexibility to create your own holiday from a wide range of accommodation and services available. Because of the choice we can offer you, it is not possible to list every price on every date. A ‘from’ price is indicative of the lowest price available for the itinerary featured on High Season where applicable. These prices may also vary depending on a number of factors such as your exact date of travel and choice of accommodation. Peak season prices are not shown. All our quotations are personalised to your exact requirements and each quote will utilise the very best rates available at the time and can often cheaper then the prices shown in our brochures. To help you in choosing a holiday which is tailor made by us to your requirements, please call our sales experts, or visit your travel agent. Group Departures Our select group departures are subject to a minimum number of 6 people on each tour (and a maximum of 12). We are unable to operate the tours at the prices advertised if we do not reach the minimum number, but we will advise you at least 43 days prior to departure if this is the case. You will then have the choice of booking an alternative holiday with us, paying a supplement to travel on the booked tour, or having a refund of the monies paid. No compensation will be payable and we are unable to refund any associated costs i.e. visas etc.
Western & Oriental has a close
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What’s Not Included in the Price Unless specifically included in your quotation, the price does not include: • Holiday Insurance • Transportation between your home and UK departure airport • UK regional flights • Drinks on flights (some carriers offer complimentary beverages) and on resort transfers • Porterage where not provided by the hotel • Meals (unless stated) • Expenditure of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, room service etc. • Tips and gratuities UK Foreign Office Advice To make the most of your holiday, and to be aware of the information supplied by the UK government, we recommend you check with the Foreign Office (FCO) ‘Know before you go’ website at www.fco.gov. uk/knowbeforeyougo. This based on information provided to the Foreign Office from the UK government representatives based in each country, and is updated in a regular basis. In addition to advice and warnings about possible acts of terrorism, this also carries relevant information that can be of interest to travellers, particularly relating to health and safety. For more information visit www.fco.gov.uk or call 0845 850 2829. Consumer Protection The air holidays in this brochure are ATOL protected, since we hold Air Travel Organiser’s Licences granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10417. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking. For further information visit the ATOL website at www. atol.org.uk. We are a member of ABTA, membership number Y1152. All package holidays that you buy from us that do not include a flight or other individual travel elements that you buy from us (e.g. accommodation only, car hire etc) are also protected for your security provided by way of a bond held by ABTA. For further information visit the ABTA website at www.abta.com.
Passports and Visas All British Citizens must be in possession of a valid 10 year passport. This should have a minimum validity of six months (several countries are strict on this). UK passport holders do not currently require visas except for Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, India, Bali, Australia, China, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka; however it is your responsibility to check that you have all valid documents in advance of booking your holiday. It is important that your passport has at least two clean pages for entry visa to be inserted. Other nationals should enquire at the relevant embassy. This information is correct at the time of going to print and may be subject to amendment. Your passport and air ticket must be in the same name. If you have recently married and your passport is in your maiden name, your marriage certificate must be taken with your travel documents.
or first class.
Health & Vaccinations We do suggest consultation with your own GP with regards to all health and vaccination issues. This is important if you are visiting either the more populous areas or forest/water regions. For travel to rural/jungle areas we strongly suggest precaution against Malaria, Typhoid and Hepatitis A, as well as anything your doctor may suggest for you. All travellers should avoid contact with any wild and domestic animals, including pets. Pre- exposure vaccination should be given to adults and children at increased risk of rabies or who are travelling to remote areas where medical care and post-exposure prophylaxis with rabies vaccine and rabies immunoglobulin (RIG) are not readily available. Following an animal bite, wounds must be thoroughly cleaned and an urgent medical assessment sought, even if the wound appears trivial. All hotels and tours mentioned do contract with us on the basis that they comply with local regulations governing health, safety and hygiene. Some of these standards may be less than applicable in the UK, whilst others may be even more stringent. Cases of hotel food poisoning are very rare. Less reliable would be the purchase of food or drinks from beach/roadside vendors. Having said that please experiment with the local food from hotel and recommended restaurants. Holidays for Those with Disabilities Whist we do accept bookings from those with a disability, we should mention that probably 80% of the hotels selected would not be suitable for those, for example, who have problems with mobility or are visually impaired. In some resorts this is because of the hotel design, whilst other resorts require travel by seaplanes and transfers on floating jetties or other boats. Please enquire specifically if you do need any clarification and we will offer you our suggestions based on your individual and personal requirements. In some cases we may need to contact the hotel to ascertain specific confirmation of their suitability and their acceptance of your reservation and what qualifications they might wish to stress. It is important we are advised well in advance of any disability that is relevant to what is mentioned above. Air Travel We have shown on each regional introduction page the approximate flying time based on a non-stop service from London to the main entry point. These may vary slightly and extra hours will be required if there is a change of flight en route. We mainly only use scheduled flights for international travel. When flights are shown as non-stop, this indicates no stop is anticipated en route. A direct flight can also mean a transit stop en route, but without the necessity to change aircraft. To virtually all destinations we can offer the option of travel in the superior comfort of the business class cabin. We cannot be held responsible for specific seat requests and allocated seat numbers. Upgrading your Flight With economy class seats, please anticipate flights will be full, particularly at peak demand periods and your choice of seats may not be available. In many cases we are able to offer flight upgrades to the extra comfort of enhanced economy on certain routes, as well as Business Class and First Class. Upgrades can be booked on a one way or return basis. Our Selected Hotels Virtually all of our hotels are at least superior first class rising up to super luxury. This will generally ensure the good standard of accommodation and associated features; however we have no control over bookings accepted by hotels other than our own. The hotels we feature can be shared with guests from other countries, with differing customs and cultures which can add to the atmosphere and experience in varying ways. Our Hotel Ratings and Facilities All of our hotels have their own special appeal. We regularly inspect the hotels in our programme and look for qualities that you may also find important, such as comfort of the rooms, location and facilities on offer. We believe there is no such thing as ‘the best hotel,’ however we are confident that we can find a gem within our large collection that will meet your personal taste and requirements. We do not use star ratings in the brochure as we find these ratings vary vastly from country to country and are often graded on aspects of the hotel that may not be relevant to you, such as conference facilities and televisions in the room. Whilst we are only legally responsible for resort/property information contained in our brochures and or websites, facilities may change without any notice given to Western and Oriental and we ask that If your holiday enjoyment is dependent on a specific item, please advise us well in advance so we can clarify availability and obtain written confirmation. We are specifically not responsible for third party brochures or website promotions – for example by hotels or tourist boards and of course other tour operators. Hotel Services Even in the best of hotels, occasional hiccups can occur, although these are usually very quickly resolved. Minor problems can usually be resolved by reception, whilst others may need a prompt but discreet word with senior management. It is in everyone’s interest that problems are given the opportunity to be resolved whilst you are in the hotel/resort. This can particularly apply to items such as air conditioning, plumbing and hotel service. Please do not wait until you have returned to the UK to register your complaint. Hotels are much more receptive to dealing with such problems whilst you are there. In most of our resorts we employ a local representative to whom your complaint should be registered with, if you find no resolution to your problems can be found from the hotel management. We work very closely with our local representatives and will endeavour to ensure your holiday gets back on track as quickly as possible. Of course in doing this we expect that your requests are both reasonable and in accordance with what has been requested by yourself at the time of booking. Please acquaint yourself with the safety precautions such as fire drill shown in your room, taking particular note of the fire exits. Most hotels will display this on the door or in your room information kit. If you are not certain please ask the hotel to explain. Please be vigilant with the safety of your children, particularly the younger ones and ensure they do not play in unsafe areas (such as near a lift). Some of the hotel swimming pools may have lifeguards; however in most cases you will be responsible for your own safety. As such please familiarise yourself with the depth of the pool, before you dive in. Some of the hotels, and particularly those in the cities and major resorts, will seek to accommodate groups and conventions, especially in quiet months. We have no control over the acceptance of such bookings, other than our own. We are therefore unable to accept any responsibility for any inconvenience caused by such groups or their activities. If a hotel is positioned close to a convention centre, it would be wise to anticipate that at certain times the majority of guests will be attending a conference. Meals When meals have been included in the price, these will always be arranged on a table d’hôte (set meal) menu. Supplements will apply should you decide on a la carte items. This could particularly apply on all-inclusive options. For those with specific diets of any kind, we suggest you choose a room only or breakfast only option and discuss your requirements locally. If alcoholic beverages are included, these tend to be house wine or locally bottled beer and spirits, and supplements will apply to more premium brands. Personal Safety Many of the cities and regions featured are part of the rapidly developing economy of India, yet financial extremes do apply. Please do not tempt fate with obvious displays of your own success. Small change to you can be a week’s salary to others. Most of the hotels will provide security safes for the storage of your valuables. Please check your insurance policy to ensure all items of value are adequately covered and take note of the hotel’s comments on resort safety. Take sensible precautions. Do not walk in unlit areas at night and adhere to flag warning systems on the beaches. As with many areas that are seeing unemployment increase and job opportunities decrease, petty and at times not so petty crime is moving upwards. Be sensible in your security, just as you would be at home.
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BOOKING CONDITIONS Please read these Terms & Conditions carefully. They contain important information about your holiday contract. 1. CONTRACT Your contract is with Western and Oriental Travel Limited trading as Western & Oriental, Layden House, 76-78 Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5LG, referred to as “we” or “us” in this contract. A binding contract is only entered into when we issue a confirmation invoice. By contacting us and/or your travel agent to make a booking, you accept that you have the authority to bind all members of your party to these terms and conditions. It is essential that you check the travel details on the confirmation invoice and inform us immediately of any errors. Your booking is also subject to the conditions of carriage of your chosen airline. 2. YOUR FINANCIAL PROTECTION When you buy a holiday package from us, The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 require us to provide security for the monies that you pay for the package holidays booked from this brochure and ensure that your money is refunded or that you are repatriated in the unlikely event of our insolvency (for all UK citizens, except residents of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man). We are holders of Civil Aviation Authority ATOL licence 10417, which will protect any holiday package including a flight, except for residents of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, as described in the paragraph above. If the holiday you buy from us is an ATOL-protected air holiday package you will receive a confirmation invoice from us (or via our authorised agent through which you booked) confirming your arrangements and your protection under our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number 10417.
(C) CANCELLATION BY US Whilst we hope we will never have to cancel your holiday, this does very occasionally happen and we reserve the right to do so. Should it be necessary to cancel your holiday, we will endeavour to offer alternative travel arrangements of equivalent or similar standards, together with a price refund if appropriate. Alternatively we will provide a full and prompt refund. (D) FORCE MAJEURE Compensation will not be payable in any cases where an amendment, change or cancellation is due to ‘force majeure’, being unusual or unforeseeable events or circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which neither we nor our suppliers could avoid. These include, but are not limited to, war, threat of war, riot, civil disturbance or strike, terrorist activity (actual or threatened), industrial disputes, technical or maintenance problems with transport, machinery or equipment, power failure, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, flood, drought, adverse weather conditions, levels of water in rivers, acts of God, closure of airports, changes of schedules or operational decisions of transport providers. (E) LOW BOOKINGS Compensation is not payable if a holiday or tour does not take place because a required minimum number of passengers to enable the holiday or tour to take place has not been reached and you were informed of that requirement at the time of booking.
Protection applies to all UK citizens, except residents of Channel Islands and Isle Of Man / or whose journey commence from these points.
8. PRICES All prices advertised or quoted are per person based on sharing a twin/double room and are in pounds sterling unless otherwise shown and are subject to change, up or down, until the booking is concluded. After that, we will only increase the price in limited circumstances to reflect increases in transportation costs (including fuel and airfares), dues, government approved taxes (including VAT), both in the UK and overseas, fees chargeable for services (including landing taxes, embarkation and disembarkation, and security fees at airports), Government action or exchange rate variation. If the surcharge would increase the cost of your holiday by 10% or more, you may cancel your holiday and receive a full refund (except insurance premiums). We will absorb, and you will not be charged for, any increase equivalent to up to 2% of the original price of your holiday (excluding insurance premiums and amendment fees). No surcharges will be made within 30 days of departure. Prices in this brochure were calculated on the exchange rate of £1 = US$1.99, £1 = A1.09
3. ABTA We are a Member of ABTA, membership number Y1152. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. We can also offer you an arbitration scheme for the resolution of disputes arising out of, or in connection with, this contract. Further information on the Code and arbitration can be found on ABTA’s website www.abta.com
9. OUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO YOU We take care to ensure that all involved in the preparation and supply of your holiday maintain the highest standards. Please remember that the appropriate standards will be those prevalent in your destination, which may not be the same as developed international standards.
The arbitration scheme is arranged by ABTA and administered independently by IDRS, part of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.It provides for a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on documents alone with restricted liability on you in respect of costs. Full details will be provided on request or can be obtained from the ABTA website. The scheme does not apply to claims for an amount greater than £5,000 per person. There is also a limit of £25,000 per booking. Neither does it apply to claims which are solely in respect of physical injury or illness or their consequences.
(a) We will pay reasonable compensation (subject to (c) below) if the product supplied to you is not of the standard described or contracted for by you. This compensation will be limited (except in the case of death or injury) to no more than twice the holiday price of the person affected.
In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking. For further information, visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk. All package holidays that you buy from us that do not include a flight or for other individual travel elements that you buy from us (e.g. accommodation only, car hire etc) are also protected with your security provided by way of a bond held by ABTA. For further information visit the ABTA website at www.abta.com.
The scheme can however deal with compensation claims which include an element of minor injury or illness subject to a limit of £1,000 on the amount the arbitrator can award per person in respect of this element. The application for arbitration and Statement of Claim must be received by IDRS within nine months of the date of return from the holiday. Outside this time limit arbitration under the Scheme may still be available if the company agrees, but the ABTA Code does not require such agreement. For injury and illness claims, you may like to use the ABTA/Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Mediation Procedure. This is a voluntary scheme and requires us to agree for mediation to go ahead. The aim is to help you resolve your dispute in a quick and cost effective way. Details on request or from www.abta.com 4. PAYMENT FOR YOUR HOLIDAY A deposit of £250 per person or 10% of the total holiday price (whichever is greater) is required at the time of booking. We reserve the right to vary the deposit as appropriate. The balance is due eight weeks prior to departure. If the booking is made less than eight weeks before departure, the full amount is due on booking. If any balance remains unpaid, travel documentation will not be issued and we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled and apply the cancellation charge set out below. Final travel documents will usually be sent out approximately two weeks before departure. All money paid to a travel agent will be held by the agent on our behalf. Payment must be in the currency of the invoice and you are responsible for bank charges. If you choose to pay the balance of your holiday by credit card a 2.5% levy will be charged. No charge is levied for payment by debit card. In some cases quotations will be based on instant purchase, limited availability non refundable airfares and full payment of the total holiday cost must be made at the time of booking. Full details will be given at the time of enquiry. 5. INFORMATION Whilst we make every effort to ensure that the information in our brochure is as accurate as possible, it is published many months before your holiday takes place. We reserve the right to make changes to the brochure and any information it contains. You will be informed of any material changes before booking. Western and Oriental Travel Limited are only responsible for information contained within our own publications and websites. We are specifically not responsible for third party information (from tourist boards and hotels for example) contained in any other brochures or websites. 6. AMENDMENT AND CANCELLATION BY YOU (A) AMENDMENT We will do our best to assist you in altering your arrangements after booking but cannot guarantee this will be possible. If alterations can be made you will be responsible for all extra charges and costs and we reserve the right to charge a £50 administration fee per person plus any applicable charges levied by our suppliers. We also reserve the right to treat any amendment less than eight weeks prior to departure as a cancellation and apply the cancellation charges set out below. (B) CANCELLATION All cancellations must be made in writing by the person who made the booking and are effective on the day we receive it. As we incur substantial costs and losses on a cancellation, we will apply the following cancellation charges: Number of days prior to departure Up to 56 days 55-43 Days 42-31 Days 30 Days or less
(b) Should failure in your holiday arrangements relating to you or any member of your party being killed, injured or becoming ill during or as a result of, carriage by aircraft, ship, train or coach as part of the holiday arrangements organised by us, our liability to pay compensation is limited in accordance with the liability of the carrier/service under any international convention which governs such services.
The Collection At Western & Oriental, we are dedicated to providing exemplary luxury tailor-made holidays. Our wide range of destinations includes the stunning Indian Ocean, exotic Far East, mystical India and the Mediterranean.
Beaches & Retreats
Worldwide Family Holidays
Caribbean, Far East, Indian Ocean, Arabian Gulf & Europe
Mediterranean, Indian Ocean, Caribbean, Far East, Africa, North America, Latin America, India
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tel: 020 7666 1230
(c) Our liability to you does not apply if you or any member of your group is at fault; if the failure is the fault of someone else not connected with providing the services which form part of our holiday contract with you; the failure is due to any unusual or unexpected circumstances beyond our control, which we could not have avoided even if we had used all care possible, or the failure is due to any event which we or the supplier of any service could not help, expect or prevent. This includes Force Majeure.
Authentic Ranch Holidays Cattle Drives & Whitewater Rafting
tel: 020 7666 1212
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10. COMPLAINTS If you have any complaint or problem whilst on holiday you must inform us, our representatives or the supplier as soon as possible to give us the maximum opportunity to rectify it. Any unresolved complaints must be notified to us in writing within 30 days of your return.
Known as Africa and Madagascar specialists, our sister company Rainbow Tours has been organising award-winning holidays to this region since 1997, and now also offers a comprehensive programme of tailor-made and small group tours to Latin America.
11. PASSPORTS, VISAS AND OTHER ESSENTIAL DOCUMENTATION It is your responsibility to ensure that all necessary passports are machine readable. You should also ensure that all necessary visas, international driving licences, vaccinations and other health documents are in order. All passports must have a validity of at least six months from your scheduled return date to the UK. You will generally need clear/clean pages for visas, as required, to be inserted. You must read all documentation that is supplied to you and ensure that all information contained within is correct. Failure to do so may incur amendment charges which are your responsibility. Some countries and airlines now require additional passenger information (API). We will inform you which countries require this. This information is compulsory and is required by authorities. It is essential that all clients provide the API prior to travelling. Failure to provide this information may result in you being denied boarding for your flight. No refund will be permitted and any additional costs will be borne by the named clients. 12. TRAVEL INSURANCE Your holiday package with us does NOT include travel insurance and it is your responsibility to ensure you have adequate insurance cover. In accordance with normal industry practice, we will require you to have adequate travel insurance to provide accident and medical cover before your holiday departs. Such insurance should ideally be valid from the date of booking, be valid throughout the holiday duration and financially cover any probable loss through cancellation, amendment, accident or health related problems. You should ensure you are covered for all activities you are planning on your trip. If you do not already have a travel insurance policy, you can visit our website to purchase excellent value single-trip and annual policies provided by Travel & General Insurance Company plc. For any assistance with insurance please call the insurers helpline directly on 0845 408 0583. 13. MEALS All pre-booked meals will be on a table d’hôte basis. Supplements can apply for à la carte items or restaurants.
Africa & Madagascar
tel: 020 7666 1260
tel: 020 7666 1250
14. SPECIAL REQUESTS Whilst we will endeavour to comply with any special requests such as airline seating, diet and room requirements, we can only do so on a ‘goodwill’ basis. As these are usually only provided at the discretion of the relevant supplier, we cannot guarantee availability and cannot be held responsible if they are not provided.
Cancellation charge as percentage when cancellation notice received of total holiday price Forfeit deposit 50% 75% 100%
(d) Any acceptance of liability is subject to you agreeing to assign to us your rights against any third party responsible for the events leading to your claim and to you affording us all necessary assistance in pursuing that claim.
15. EXCURSIONS AND ACTIVITIES We are only responsible for excursions and activities sold by us and which form part of your holiday contract.
The penalties are in addition to the non-refundable elements of the booking which have been contracted on your behalf and notified to you.
16. JURISDICTION This contract is governed by English Law and is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.
If we are able to recover any of our losses from our suppliers, we will refund those to you subject to a reasonable administration fee.
17. DATA PROTECTION POLICY In order for us to process your booking we need to store and record your information, including data as supplied. This may include transfer of such information outside of the European Economic Area to parties involved in the arrangements of your holiday. Equally, we use such information for updating our mailing lists and from time to time you may receive travel related information from us or from another company from within Western and Oriental Travel Limited. Should you not wish to receive such literature you must advise us in writing.
Agents or third party organisations acting on our behalf are unable to amend or change the contract or terms and conditions within it. 7. AMENDMENT AND CANCELLATION BY US (A) AMENDMENTS It is occasionally necessary for us to make changes to advertised products and services and we reserve the right to make such changes. In exceptional circumstances we may have to modify your holiday after booking. If the change is minor we will do our best to notify you in advance but are not obliged to do so and no compensation is payable. If the change is material (for example, a change of flight time by more than 12 hours, change of destination or to a lower standard of accommodation), we will notify you as soon as practically possible and offer you the choice of (i) accepting the alternative arrangements or (ii) arranging an alternative holiday with us or (iii) cancelling your holiday. Whichever option you choose, we will pay you compensation unless the change has been caused by force majeure or low bookings as defined below. Days before departure Compensation per person 43 Nil 42-29 £40 28-15 £50 14-0 £70
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Regent Holidays is sister company to Western & Oriental and Rainbow Tours, and as a specialist tour and travel company they offer holidays and city breaks in destinations as diverse as Russia, Iceland, Kosovo, Mongolia and Korea.
18. UK FOREIGN OFFICE ADVICE ON OVERSEAS TRAVEL It is now assumed that British citizens are at risk of terrorism, be it in the UK or when travelling overseas. History has shown us these attacks can either be spontaneous or premeditated. For your guidance we suggest you visit the website of the Foreign Office on: ww.fco.gov.uk or tel: 0845 850 2829. The website is regularly updated and provides you with country-specific information, including advice on terrorism and general matters on health and safety. 19. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION In addition to these general booking conditions, specific relevant destination information maybe contained within the individual brochures and websites. See Know Before You Book on pages 246-247. Registered in England Number: 7558669
(B) CHANGES DURING THE HOLIDAY If we are unable to provide a significant proportion of your holiday whilst you are away, suitable alternative arrangements will be made for you at no extra cost or, alternatively, you will be returned to your point of departure and given a pro-rata refund for any part of the holiday not received. This does not apply to minor changes in your accommodation, itinerary or transportation.
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City Breaks in Eastern Europe & beyond
Iceland & Greenland
Russia & the Alternative East
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tel: 020 7666 1291
tel: 0117 921 1711
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You will save money and time by booking with us A local telephone number and a highly trained and knowledgeable team. You will always be able to speak to the same consultant, who will have visited many of the Resorts and destinations The ability to email your quote on email@example.com, if this is more convenient for you. No call centre or frustrating waiting on the phone. 100% financial protection through ATOL bonding. Independent, expert advice and guidance throughout. 24hr holiday support A specialist agency with in-depth knowledge Free Membership of our Privilege Club - this entitles you to our repeat client discount on all further holidays, access to some of the best foreign exchange rates, discounted parking and airport lounges, and exclusive offers via our Privilege Club Newsletter
We have a very experienced team who know the destinations inside out, having experienced a huge number of resorts between them. We know which resorts will suit your requirements and we have exclusive access to offers to ensure you will get the best available deal.
Travel Designers is pleased to be a specialist agent which recognises not only the value of holidays we sell but the consistency of service and knowledge we provide. Our clients receive exceptional service, advice, added value and come back to us again and again.
If you can't see what you are looking for then please do call us on 020 7720 8484 or send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org - we will be more than happy to help with any Holiday request.