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Personalized Panoramas: Exploring the Himalayas by Private Jet

Get up-close and personal with the Himalayas like never before, journeying your way through India on your personal aircraft. Starting in the thriving Indian capital of New Delhi, you’ll continue onwards to Shimla, Rishikesh, Darjeeling, and back again, capturing breathtaking panoramas and experiencing Himalayan mountain life in sheer luxury and style. With this thrilling 11-day itinerary, the Himalayas are yours to explore.

Why fly by private jet?

Forget long airport line-ups, flight delays, cancellations, and the other inconveniences of flying with commercial airlines. With your own private jet whisking you across India, you’ll experience a whole new world of travel: this is convenience and comfort like no other method can provide. All you have to do is board your Cessna Citation jet, and sink into your plush seat for a safe, relaxing journey.

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  • Slip into a relaxed state of mind with yoga sessions in some of the world’s most renowned yoga hubs
  • Experience the Himalayas in sheer luxury, flying by private jet, and sleeping in some of India’s most luxurious hotels
  • See the Himalayas from your own personal helicopter as you descend into Rishikesh
  • Get your adrenaline pumping with a white water rafting adventure
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Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive in the bustling Indian capital, New Delhi, and transfer to your luxury hotel - we recommend either The Lodhi, Imperial Hotel, or Oberoi Gurgaon. After check-in, get acquainted with your temporary palatial home and its surroundings, before heading out into the city to take in some of the nearby sights and sounds. Relax tonight at your luxury hotel.

Day 2

Embark on a full-day tour of the city today, immersing yourself in its history and culture. Start off in Old Delhi, and marvel at the Mughal architecture. There is also a plethora of important sites of historical significance, such as India Gate, the Red Fort, and the Jama Masjid Mosque. Don’t forget Qutub Minar, the tallest minaret in India. Finally, round off your Delhi experience by seeing its modern side at the National Gallery of Modern Art.

Day 3

Take off in your private luxury jet today, heading for Shimla, the one-time summer capital of British India. Once arrived, check in to the Shimla Wildflower Hall, and prepare for your first challenge of the day: a morning yoga session. Calmed and refreshed, head out into the city for a full-day tour of its colonial sites. Return to relax in your hotel this evening.

Day 4

Head out into Shimla’s thick forest today. You’ll pass by pine, deodar, oak and rhododendron trees. Stop for a break, and a bite to eat, on Jakhu Hill. This is the city’s highest peak, and it offers incredible panoramas of the city below. Head back to your hotel for your final night in Shimla.

Day 5

Take off for Rishikesh, the gateway to the Himalayas today, this time swapping the jet for a helicopter. As you descend into the Himalayas, time will seemingly stand still as you take in the incredible sights from your chopper. Once on the ground, check in to the luxurious spa resort, Ananda. Relax at your hotel and spend some time getting acquainted with your new surroundings.

Day 6

Enjoy a luxuriously long sleep, waking up when you please this morning. Your first item of the day is lunch at Jakhu Peak, the highest peak in Shimla, which offers amazing panoramas. Once fortified, spend the rest of the day hiking through the forest. Don’t miss the temple at the top of the peak devoted to Hanuman, the monkey god, one of the highest statues in the world. Relax your tired feet this evening back at your hotel.

Day 7

Get your day off to a great start this morning with a yoga and meditation session at the spa. Rejuvenated, mindfully eat a delicious lunch at the hotel, before stepping out into the great outdoors. This afternoon will take you to the other extreme: your adventure will be white water river rafting. Wind down this evening with a healthy gourmet dinner, before retiring to your suite.

Day 8

Today, your private jet will whisk you away in a southeasterly direction to the picturesque hill town of Darjeeling. Here, you’ll be transferred to your luxury accommodation at Glenburn Tea Estate - tea plantations being the backbone of Darjeeling’s tourism industry. Once settled in, head out to explore the surrounding areas. Start off with the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the “Toy Train”. Next, cross a suspension bridge and walk through the forest to Manjitar village, observing the rich plant and animal life along the way. Hayden Hall is your final stop, a nonprofit vocational training initiative, before returning to the estate.

Day 9

Wake up to the fresh, clean air of Darjeeling. After a scrumptious breakfast, make your way to the 1875 Tibetan Buddhist Ghoom Monastery, with its majestic statues, rare literature, and impressive architecture. Next up, you’ll receive a guided tour of Glenburn Tea Estate. Wind down the tour with a personalized tea-making session, where the hotel manager will assist you in picking and brewing your perfect cup.

Day 11
New Delhi - Departure

Say goodbye to Darjeeling as you step aboard your private jet one last time, en route to New Delhi. Once arrived, you’ll be assisted with checking in for your international departure flight, either home, or to your next exciting destination.


Suggested Accommodations

Imperial Hotel, The Lodhi, The Oberoi Gurgaon

Imperial Hotel

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

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.  


The Oberoi Gurgaon

The Oberoi Gurgaon is set on a lush nine-acre property just outside of New Delhi near the airport, offering luxury and tranquillity on the outskirts of India's capital. The hotel's 202 rooms and suites are among the largest in the city, featuring contemporary decor with large windows that overlook the property's landscaped pools and gardens. All have LED televisions and both wired and wireless internet access. Dining options include Threesixtyone, serving pan-Asian cuisine across 5 interactive show kitchens, with indoor and outdoor seating, and Amaranta, offering fresh seafood. The hotel also boasts a piano bar, the country's first exclusive cigar lounge, and a patisserie and delicatessen. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, gym complex, and a 24-hour spa centre. The Oberoi Gurgaon is 15 minutes by car from Delhi International Airport (DEL).

Wildflower Hall

Wildflower Hall

Oberoi Wildflower Hall rests atop the Himalayas at 8,250 feet high. Once the estate of the British Commander-In-Chief, Lord Kitchener, Wildflower Hall offers outdoor jacuzzis, heated swimming pools and restaurants overlooking the sweeping mountain views. Each of the resort’s 87 suites is equipped with Satellite television, Wi-Fi connectivity and a separate walk-in closet with an electronic safe. Guests have an option of three restaurants which serve a range of Pan-Asian, International and authentic Indian cuisines. Other facilities at the hotel include a fitness center which offers steam baths, a private spa pavilion and a Billiards room. Wildflower Hall is approximately a 25-minute drive from Shimla Airport and two hours from Chandigarh Airport.

Ananda in the Himalayas

Ananda in the Himalayas

Rishikesh is the yoga capital of the world, and the best of its myriad schools and ashrams is undoubtedly Ananda. Once a maharajah’s palace, today it is a luxurious, seventy-five room spa and resort overlooking the Ganges Valley. Each of its rooms and suites feature wireless internet, televisions, walk-in closets, safes, climate control, and terraces with commanding views of the Ganges Valley. Ananda’s signature restaurant offers a rotating menu of light meals from Indian, Asian, and Western cuisines; a tree-top deck where guests can savor views of the nearby river; and a quiet, comfortable tea lounge that evokes the genteel, nostalgic days of the British Raj. Amenities include a gym and spa, and, of course, individual and group yoga sessions – available in a number of indoor and outdoor locations. Located in the countryside outside the town, Ananda is a short, half-hour drive from Rishikesh.

Please note that children under the age of 14 are not allowed at Ananda Spa and Resort.

Glenburn Tea Estate

Glenburn Tea Estate

A combination of tea plantation, homestay and luxury resort, Glenburn Tea Estate is a truly unforgettable place to stay. Set amidst lush green tea gardens above the Rungeet and Rung Dung rivers, Glenburn consists of two luxury bungalows, Burra and Water Lily, both of which are over 100 years old and have been lovingly maintained. Both bungalows have separate bedroom, sitting room and veranda superb views, and also have real fireplaces. Multi-course meals are served in a communal dining room, and the resort can also provide picnics out in the tea fields, with food served on quality china by porters smartly dressed in classic plantation-style clothing. The resort also has walking trails through the plantations, as well as a charming riverside lodge which can also accommodate overnight guests.
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