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Essence of India: From the Taj Mahal to Jaipur by Private Jet

Board your private jet for an unforgettable journey through India, traveling from New Delhi to Agra, Ranthambhore, Alwar and finishing in Jaipur. You will shop in crowded bazaars, learn about Eastern religions, catch glimpses of rare species, and explore ghost towns on this exciting 10-day itinerary through some of India’s most popular and memorable destinations. At night, sleep like a Maharaja in the country’s finest hotels and dine on fresh, hot, and delicious regional specialties by day.  

Why travel by private jet?

Skip the customs lines, the security checks, the delays, and the waiting around when you fly by private jet. Travel worry-free as there’s no chance your luggage will be lost, your flight overbooked, or your seats given away. When traveling to multiple destinations, it can often feel as though you spend your entire time in transit - eliminate this when taking a private jet. Instead of sitting in a terminal, spend all your time immersed in the colorful sights and sounds of incredible India. 

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  • Search for the elusive Bengal Tiger in its natural environment at Ranthambhore National Park
  • View one of the awe-inspiring wonders of the world - the Taj Mahal - and learn the romantic story behind its creation
  • Shop lively bazaars and stock up on inexpensive fine silks and other fabrics
  • Dine on fresh, steaming-hot curry at the famous New Delhi Chandni Chowk market
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Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1

New Delhi is the capital of India and one of the oldest continually-inhabited cities in the world, making it a must-see and the first stop on your journey through the subcontinent. The metropolis that includes New Delhi is pulsing with a population of over 20 million people. Check out the inside scene of contemporary art on an exclusive tour through the Vadehra Art Gallery, Gallery Espace, Anant Art Gallery and Delhi Art Gallery. There are also beautiful textiles if you’re interested in seeing some of the world’s finest shawls, scarves, and carpets. Feel like royalty while staying tonight at the Imperial New Delhi or Oberoi Gurgaon.

Day 2

Continue your extensive tour of the city as you visit a few of the many houses of worship New Delhi has to offer. The city has a wide diversity of religion. You have the option to spend some time chatting with a professor of Eastern Religions to learn about the different beliefs of Hindus, Jains, Parsis, Sikhs, Muslims, Buddhists, and more. Explore the Chandni Chowk market, the perfect place to try fresh Indian curry cooked up hot from a stall. Visit the Red Fort and Jama Masjid, in the heart of Old Delhi. Other fascinating sites include the Qutub Minar, the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, the Baha’i Lotus Temple and many more. 

Day 3

Board your private jet for a flight to the state of Uttar Pradesh, and land in Agra, the former capital of India’s Mughal Dynasty. This is home to one of the most iconic architectural masterpieces in the world-- the stunning Taj Mahal. See the wonder with your own eyes as you tour the complex, which was constructed in the 17th century. Constructed of white marble in memory of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s favorite wife, the construction nearly bankrupted the empire and took 20,000 workers to erect. Next, the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri is a fascinating site to see. The city was abandoned quickly after being built due to flooding. Other fantastic sites include the Jama Masjid tomb site and Agra Fort. Sleep in luxury tonight at the Oberoi Amarvilas. The white exterior hotel is built in a style reminiscent of the Taj Mahal.

Day 4
Ranthambhore National Park

Board your private Pilatus PC12 turboprop or helicopter, and head into the epicenter of India’s natural beauty-- Ranthambhore National Wildlife Park. This is one of the last places in existence to see the Bengal Tiger in its natural environment. The park is composed of dry savannas, emerald lakes, small patches of forest, and the peaks of the picturesque Aravalli and Vindhya Hills. Sleep easy at either the Aman-i-Khas or Oberoi Vanyavilas.

Day 5
Ranthambhore National Park

Spend the day exploring the park in search of the famous Bengal Tiger. The park is also famous for its wide variety of bird species. Grab a pair of binoculars and enjoy a birdwatching tour. A jeep excursion is an ideal way to explore the grounds of the national park. Your naturalist guide will help you increase your chances of spotting tigers and other wildlife, which could include leopards and hyenas. Return to the hotel to rest up after an active day.

Day 6

Fly into Alwar, the former capital of the Alwar princely state during the British Raj. Enjoy Alwar’s natural beauty; the city sits in a lush valley and is surrounded by the Aravalli Hills. Mansarover Lake is a beautiful location for a Kashmiri-built boat cruise. If you happen to be traveling from October to February, the birdwatching is especially fantastic. Stay at the Amanbagh for the duration of your stay.

Day 7

Visit the vibrant Sariska National Park, part of India’s Project Tiger conservation efforts. The park is over 300 square miles of landscape occupying the Aravalli Hills. The area is filled with grasslands, dry deciduous forests, steep cliffs, and rocky areas. Keep your eyes peeled to spot macaques, leopards, and the langur. Visit the ancient Ajabgarh Fort known as “the place of mysteries.” The fort was a favorite hunting spot of local nobility in the 10th century. Next, stop by the fascinating historical city of Bhangarh. Folklore claims the city is cursed after a magician tried to unsuccessfully capture the heart of its beautiful queen during the 17th century. Return to Amanbagh to relax for the evening.

Day 8

Board your private jet once again and make your way to Jaipur, famously coined as the “Pink City” for the color of its most elegant buildings. Home to a population of 3.6 million people, this ancient city is a highlight for many. The city’s customs and culture have withstood the test of time and life is lived much the same to how it has been for centuries. Learn about the city’s diverse and fascinating culture and history. Check into the Rambagh Palace to sleep like one of the city’s ancient Maharajas.

Day 9

Take a shopping tour of Jaipur’s unique boutiques and workshops. The city is known for having the finest of silks, fabrics, gems, and Alwari suits - a baggy unisex outfit. Visit the 18th-century observatory, the Jantar Mantar, and learn about the history of astrology within India. Peruse the City Palace and stop in the City Palace Museum to explore the ornate architecture and elaborate interior. Other great sights include the Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of the Winds, and  Chittorgarh Fort, the largest fort in India.

Day 10

It’s time to say goodbye to the beautiful country you have been able to explore so extensively. After ten days and five different cities, you’ve successfully navigated through a large portion of India’s culture and history. Stock up on any last minute souvenirs at one of Jaipur’s bazaars and prepare for your onward journey.


Suggested Accommodations

Imperial Hotel, 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 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).

The Oberoi Amarvilas

The Oberoi Amarvilas

Located just 600 meters from the Taj Mahal, the Oberoi Amarvilas offers views of this romantic monument from each of its 109 guest rooms and suites, as well as the property’s lobby, bar and lounge. With a nod to Moorish and Mughal architecture, the resort features terraced lawns, fountains, reflection pools and pavilions with rich interiors. Room and suite amenities include a separate walk-in closet with electronic safe, lavish marble bathrooms with deluxe toiletries. The Amarvilas is also home to two restaurants, Bellevue and Esphahan, which serve fine international and Indian cuisine. Complementing the grandeur of the Mughal era is the spa that befits the self-indulgence of royalty, with holistic treatments based on Ayurveda and ancient Thai and western massage techniques, as well as beauty and body treatments. Other facilities include a swimming pool and a state-of-the-art gymnasium.

Aman-i-Khas, The Oberoi Vanyavilas


With just 10 luxury tents dotted around a lake, Aman-i-Khás is one of the most exclusive properties in the world. Located near the famed Ranthambore National Park, Aman-i- Khás offers supreme comfort in this rugged area with its dining tent, spa tent with four treatment beds total, lounge tent, a step-well, a traditional shallow wading pool, and wireless Internet access. Each tent has a central living room area, which opens on to three other areas for sleeping, bathing and dressing. The “bedroom” has a king-size bed and two writing desks, while the bathing area includes a shower, soaking tub and separate toilet while the dressing area contains wardrobes and twin vanities. There is a lovely campfire that is lit every evening and surrounded by stone benches with pillows such that guests can socialize with one another and chat about any game sightings over drinks and live music.


The Oberoi Vanyavilas

Nestled within the jungle at the edge of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, the Oberoi Vanyavilas offers 25 luxury tents which feature finely embroidered canopies, teak floors, luxurious bathrooms and private walled gardens. Each tent cover approxiately 790 square feet with a private outdoor deck for sunbathing. Both wired and wireless Internet connectivity are available as well as satellite television. Other amenities include recreational room, an on-site spa offering Ayurvedic treaments, and heated swimming pools which lap around the hotel property.



The sumptuous Amanbagh hotel is located in the remote Alwar region of Rajasthan on one of the sites used long ago by the Maharajah of Alwar for his mobile tiger hunting camps. With 32 rooms and suites, Amanbagh, which translates as "peaceful garden" is designed as a contemporary interpretation of the great palaces built during India's golden age of architecture. The Restaurant serves a deluxe version of the region's home-style cooking as well as western specialties in a refined atmosphere including indoor and outdoor seating areas. Additionally, there is a courtyard for more casual dining near the pool area. The Bar and Lounge is an intimate place to relax and unwind during the afternoon and into the evening. An ongoing series of lectures on regional art and architecture, history, and philosophy is offered to guests in the hotel's library. Amanbagh has a comprehensive spa program specializing in Ayurvedic treatments as well as a devoted area for the practice and instruction of yoga.

Rambagh Palace

Rambagh Palace

Until recently, the spectacular Rambagh Palace was the home of Jaipur royalty. The almost 200-year-old hotel is considered one of the great palace hotels of India, and is world-renowned for its beautiful architecture, its vast gardens and its 79 magnificent rooms and historical suites. The Survana Mahal is the hotel's grand dining room and serves delicious Indian cuisine and international fare is available in the Rajput Room. The hotel's famous Polo Bar, the lounge of choice for local society, is decorated with the trophies and polo memorabilia of the late Maharaja of Jaipur. Rambagh Palace offers guests indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis, croquet and a fitness center. The business center has broadband Internet access, wi-fi access and secretarial services. Ayurvedic therapy and massages can be arranged in the Palace Salon or in the privacy of your room. Taj Rambagh is approximately 20 minutes from the airport (JAI).

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