Our 12-day Indian Safari Adventure itinerary is our own unique escape into the wilds of this amazing country. Historic Delhi architecture; tigers, elephants, and ancient curiosities in Panna, Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks; and art deco in Mumbai...it all makes up a dazzling tapestry of urban and rural luxury India.
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Arrive in New Delhi, India’s bustling capital city, and check in to one of our two recommended luxury hotels: The Lodhi or Imperial Hotel. Once settled in, get acquainted with the city on a tour of its unique historical architecture, from Red Fort, a 17th century fort complex that once served as a residence for Emperors, and Jama Masjid, Delhi’s most famous mosque. Savor some retail therapy in one of the city’s oldest and busiest markets, Chandni Chowk, before heading back to your hotel to relax for the evening.
Many aren’t aware that New Delhi has a thriving contemporary art scene - explore some of its best galleries today on a contemporary art tour of the city. Next up, enjoy a shopping excursion that’s all about you: a guided shopping tour based on your shopping desires, from backwater markets to upscale malls. Finally, take in some of the city’s history with a visit to Humayun’s Tomb, the first garden-tomb in India, and final resting place for the body of Mughal Emperor Humayun, and Qutb Minar, the tallest of its kind in the country.
Today, you’ll be flying to the ancient temple city of Khajuraho, one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, where you’ll get a sightseeing tour of the city before driving 30 minutes to Panna. Here, you’ll check in to one of our two recommended luxury hotels, either the Taj Pashan Garh, or the Sarai at Toria, in Panna National Park.
Explore Panna National Park today from the top of a majestic Indian elephant, from which you’ll spot some of the parks most thrilling wildlife, including Indian barking deer, sloth bears, antelope, gazelle-like nilgai, and tigers.
Check out of your hotel this morning and embark on a 3-hour drive to the richly biodiverse Bandhavgarh National Park. Here, you can check in to your luxury hotel, either the Taj Mahua Kothi, or the Samode Safari Lodge. Spend some time getting acquainted with your exotic, thrilling surroundings.
Today you can explore Bandhavgarh National Park to your utmost desire, taking off on game drives, elephant treks, and more. Here, you’re pretty much guaranteed to spot at least a few tigers, who are quite populous in the area, along with barking deer, sambar, nilgai, Indian wolf, hyena and Indian bison.
Bandhavgarh National Park is also home to an ancient fort here that may date back as long as two millennia, a museum, and a picturesque view from Climber’s Point. Explore these unique sights today, in addition to your daily interaction with the jungle’s inhabitants.
Today, you’re heading for Kanha National Park, around 1 hour's drive away, and home to such exotic creatures as the Royal Bengal Tiger, leopards, the sloth bear, Barasingha and Indian wild dog. Upon checking in to your your luxury tented suite at the Taj Banjaar Tola, start your day with a morning birding safari, followed by a game drive in the afternoon.
You’ll be exploring more of the Kanha National Park’s expansive grounds today, starting with a morning game drive, upon which you’re bound to catch glimpses of some majestic beasts in their natural habitat. After lunch, relax at your hotel, in your tented suite or by the pool. Wind your day down with an evening game drive.
For your last day in Kanha, you’ll embark on a morning elephant safari, known as the jungle’s star attraction. Finish off your day with a final afternoon game drive, where you can wave goodbye to your new exotic friends.
Today, you’re heading to thrilling Mumbai, home of India’s rich and famous. Check out of your tented suite and drive to Nagpur, a bustling metropolis in Central India. From here, you’ll take off for Mumbai. Check in to your luxury suite at the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, a royal- and celebrity-favorite. Get acquainted with Mumbai on an Art Deco architectural tour of the city. Many are surprised to learn that Mumbai has the second largest number of Art Deco buildings in the world.
Start your final day of your Indian Safari Adventure with a visit to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Victoria Station, and the famous Crawford Market. Finish off your day by visiting the city’s contemporary art galleries. Next, pick up some treasures to take home with you on a bespoke shopping trip with your own Mumbai shopping expert, and finish off your day by perusing the picturesque, upmarket areas of Malabar Hill and Marine Drive. Enjoy the can’t-miss sunset from Marine Drive’s promenade.
Located in the center of New Delhi, The Imperial is a splendid reminder of the city’s colonial past. The hotel’s 231 rooms and suites are designed in a combination of Art Deco and traditional English styles, and the hotel’s main lobby has an impressive collection of colonial-era Indian art. Dining options are Spice Route, which serves exceptional Southeast Asian cuisine, and 1911, set on an outdoor verandah overlooking the property’s lush gardens, serves continental cuisine. Other amenities include complimentary wi-fi, fitness center, outdoor pool, spa, and business center. The Imperial Hotel is approximately a 40-minute drive from the international airport (DEL).
The Lodhi New Delhi (formerly the Aman New Delhi) is located on the outskirts of the Indian capital just south of the Delhi Golf Course and adjacent to the western half of the medieval Nizamuddin complex. Stone quarried from northern India is used for all floors and the interior design combines clean, modern lines with classic Mughal elements. There are 40 rooms and suites designed with regional style architecture featuring private plunge pools and the highest quality furniture and furnishings. The Lodhi offers a range of restaurants serving Indian, Thai and European cuisine. During the daytime guests may enjoy light snacks and classic cocktails at the Pool Café and in the evenings head to Anidra the supper and night club serving fine wines, beers, spirits, mixers and tapas. Other amenities include a spa, health center with four tennis courts, three squash courts, a pilates studio and a gymnasium, a lap pool, library and cigar room.
Taj Pashan Garh consists of twelve stone cottages clustered around a hilltop with fantastic views over Panna National Park and a nearby watering hole frequented by antelope, and surrounded by 200 acres of jungle wilderness. The luxury stone cottages are situated along a picturesque stream, each offering a private verandah with stunning views of the lush tropical forest and nearby waterhole. Each individual cottage showcases leather furniture made in Delhi, with massive black and white photo canvasses of the dramatic Panna landscapes. The guest areas celebrate traditional Haveli, or private mansion design, with a spacious central courtyard. The interiors are a contemporary mix of chocolate linens, block-printed black silks, celadon cottons and cotton lace chandeliers. The resort also offers a spa, infinity pool, library, safari shop, and of course the superb Indian fine dining one would expect from a Taj property, and served on an outdoor deck, on a lakeside bullock cart, or in the privacy of guests’ rooms.
Outside the wild confines of Bandhavgarh lies the Taj Mahua Kothi Lodge. Spread over forty acres and built on the site of a former tented camp once used by aristocracy and the British colonial elite, Mahua features twelve cottages, called kutiyas, or shelters in Hindi. Each of the cottages features fireplaces, large windows, handmade pottery, locally-sourced textiles, all-natural soaps, creams, and lotions from Jiva Spa, plush beds, air-conditioning, in-room safes, en suite bathrooms, and tasteful, locally-inspired designs. Meals at Mahua Kothi are served rather informally; breakfasts are eaten either on the road, or in Mahua Kothi’s vegetable garden; lunch can be had by the pool, during the safari, or under the shade of the nearby trees; and dinners, featuring roasts, thalis, or assortments of small dishes, are enjoyed under the stars and accompanied by performances. Amenities include a full-service spa offering Ayurvedic and western treatments, a swimming pool, a library, and yoga lessons. Mahua Kothi lies a scenic, five-hour drive from Khajuraho’s airport.
Located on the banks of the Banjaar River, the Taj Banjaar Tola sits within the confines of Kanha National Park. The resort comprises 18 tented suites with private decks, glass doors, elegant, understated furniture, locally-produced fabrics, and plush beds. Dining options at the Banjaar Tola center mainly around fresh, locally-sourced foods prepared in a variety of Indian regional cuisines, from cheese, mint, and onion-stuffed kathi rolls to thalis, assorted, small dishes. Like other safari lodges, the Banjaar Tola offers guests the option to eat while on safari, or to dine outdoors, by the pool, or in the privacy of their own rooms. Amenities at Banjaar Tola include a spa, performances by tribal dancers, a private viewing deck, and a swimming pool. The lodge lies a scenic, five-and-a-half-hour drive from Nagpur Airport, four hours from both Jabalpur Airport and Rajpur Airport.
For over a century, the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower has been the haunt of India's elite, and has played host to princes, kings, maharajas, presidents, CEOs and countless celebrities. Built in 1903, it is an architectural marvel, bringing together Moorish, Oriental, and Florentine styles. Inside, the hotel showcases contemporary Indian art framed by vaulted alabaster ceilings, onyx columns, graceful archways, hand-woven silk carpets, crystal chandeliers, and an eclectic collection of furniture. There are 519 rooms and 46 opulent suites with panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and the Gateway of India. The Taj's excellent dining options include Golden Dragon - voted the best Chinese restaurant in Mumbai; Masala Kraft - Indian cuisine with a contemporary twist; Souk, which has stunning views of Mumbai from its rooftop location and serves Middle Eastern cuisine; The Zodiac Grill, where a special menu is offered for each month's star sign, and the stellar Wasabi By Morimoto - Mumbai's first contemporary Japanese restaurant, helmed by the Iron Chef himself. There is also the Harbour Bar, Mumbai's first drinking establishment, and the Insomnia nightclub, filled with "Bombabes" and their millionaire boyfriends. Guests can unwind at the luxurious spa, the fitness center, equipped with cardiovascular and weight training equipment, steam shower and sauna and swimming pool, or with a game of badminton, squash, tennis or billiards. The hotel also has a private yacht available for day trips on the Arabian Sea or to nearby Elephanta Island. There is a business center with wired and wireless Internet access, secretarial services and cell phones and laptops for hire. Wi-fi available throughout the hotel. The Taj Mahal Palace is 45 minutes from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM).