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Extravagant India: An Engagement in Regal Rajasthan

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, daily breakfasts and full-board at Jawai Leopard Camp. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including lunches & dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.

FROM $12,600 PER PERSON
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DURATION

14 days | 13 nights

DESTINATIONS

India

INTERESTS

Romance

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Watch the sun rise and set over the Taj Mahal.
  • Soak in the opulent atmosphere of Rajasthani palaces.
  • Spot exotic animals in the wild hills of Jawai.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

DAY-TO-DAY

DAY 1: New Delhi

Upon arrival in India, you will be met and whisked away to your luxury hotel. We recommend the Leela or the Oberoi. Take today to relax and savor a couple’s spa treatment before your adventure begins.

DAY 2: New Delhi

Explore the buzzing sights and sounds of Delhi today, from Chandni Chowk, a bustling market overflowing with spices and teas, to Masjid i Jahan Numa, one of the oldest mosques in the country. Visit Delhi’s largest Sikh temple, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. Meal sharing is a vital component of Sikhism and the temple’s kitchen churns out thousands of meals a day for the community. For an authentic experience, join the temple kitchen and learn how to make chapati bread, a staple in India. Next, take part in a tea tasting session with a master at a historic English-style tea parlor. If you wish, engage in a cooking experience with a local host or opt to go on an evening street food tour and sample the local flavors.

DAY 3: Agra

Check out this morning and depart for Agra, where you will be staying at the Oberoi Amarvilas, one of the country’s most luxurious hotels. Visit the Red Fort, an impressive 16th century Mughal fort built from red sandstone. Later, see the Taj Mahal, the world's most famous monument to love, for the first time against the glow of the sunset. This evening, if a full moon, join a Taj Mahal moonrise viewing if you wish.

DAY 4: Jaipur

Rise early to see the Taj Mahal at sunrise, a special time when the white-marbled beauty is particularly alluring and the pink light is ideal for photos. After breakfast, depart Agra for Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Along the way, visit Fatehpur Sikri, an ancient city that was once the capital of the Mughal empire. In Jaipur, elevate your welcome to a ceremony fit for royalty at Rambagh Palace, the former palace of the Maharaja of Jaipur and where you will be staying. Think rose petal showers, beautifully decorated camels, horses and elephants, and traditional Rajasthani attire and music, all to celebrate the momentous occasion ofyour arrival. Upon check in, relax.We recommend a private heritage walk led by Rambagh Palace’s butlers. Listen as they regale you with anecdotes and stories of the palace’s past royal residents and legendary guests. Indulge in an ancient healing spa treatment together before retreating to the lush palace gardens for ice-cold champagne and an intimate candlelit dinner.

DAY 5: Jaipur

This morning, if you wish, rise early to float over Jaipur’s forts, palaces and mountains in a hot air balloon before enjoying a lavish breakfast spread. Alternatively, go for an early morning hike in the Aravalli Mountains and engage with local villagers. Explore Jaipur’s vibrant markets brimming with local artisan crafts, from perfumes to textiles. Visit Hawa Mahal, known as Palace of the Winds, and explore the courtyards and grounds of City Palace, a regal complex that Jaipur’s royalty has declared home since the mid-18th century. We recommend a champagne tour of the private royal quarters. Take in a Bollywood movie tonight at Raj Mandir Cinema, a classic Jaipur theater built in an art deco style.

DAY 6: Udaipur

Fly from Jaipur to Udaipur, known as the City of Lakes. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Check into the Oberoi Udaivilas, a stunning property. This evening, enjoy a romantic sunset cruise on Lake Pichola and float past bygone havelis and gardens. We recommend cocktails on Jag Mandir Island, a 17th century palace with gardens floating in the middle of the lake. Following cocktails, enjoy a candlelit poolside dinner at Oberoi Udaivilas, accompanied by live traditional music, if you wish.Or choose to dine beneath the private lakeside pavilion overlooking Udaipur’s resplendentCity Palace.Later, opt to hop on a rickshaw and weave through narrow streets to experience a cultural performance held at Bagore ki Haveli, an old style courtyard.

DAY 7: Udaipur

Today, embark on a city tour of Udaipur. Visit City Palace, the largest palace in Rajasthan, and tour Jagdish Temple, and Monsoon Palace.Peruse colorful spices such as cumin, cardamom, turmeric and mustard seed at the exotic spice and vegetable market.Stroll through Sahelion Ki Bari Garden, known as the Garden of the Maidens. Created for a queen of Udaipur, the early 18th century garden features beautiful fountains, marble statues, and a lotus pool.After touring, return to your hotel and delve into the ancient practice of astrology with a reading, if you wish.If it is adventure you seek, opt to go paragliding.This evening, dine at a charming local restaurant with a view of moonlit Lake Pichola and City Palace.

DAY 8: Jawai

This morning, depart Udaipur for Jawai, and stop at a Jain temple along the way. Check into Sujan Jawai, a luxury tented camp set in the wilds of Rajasthan. We suggest staying in the lavish Royal Tented Suite, a haven for two and the ultimate in luxury, with its own private heated swimming pool, private butler, private jeep, and stunning views of the granite hills. Check in and head out on an afternoon safari drive in a 4x4 outfitted to traverse the dramatic landscape with ease. The main draw at Jawai is the graceful leopard. Be on the lookout for hyenas, crocodiles and antelope, as well as migratory birds, including flamingos, sarus cranes and raptors. This evening, after sundowners, we suggest a private dinner under the starry sky.

DAY 9: Jawai

Rise early for morning yoga in a secluded location. After breakfast, go on a guided leisurely hike and greet the herdsmen who respectfully share the land with the indigenous wildlife. Later, set out on another safari drive in search of more local wildlife. Opt to go bicycling and, with a guide, explore the local flora and fauna at your own pace. End the day with a sunset vintage jeep ride, if you wish. Take advantage of the phenomenal glowing light and cruise through the countryside toward Jawai Lake, where you may pause and admire the spectacular view.

DAY 10: Jodhpur

After an elaborate breakfast spread, transfer to Jodhpur. Upon arrival in the Blue City, check into Umaid Bhawan Palace, a magnificent heritage hotel and the former residence of the royal family of Jodhpur. Freshen up before perusing the city bazaars for local treasures. Upon your return, we suggest a heritage walk through Umaid Bhawan Palace. Relax and retreat to the spa for a couple’s spa treatment before dinner.

DAY 11: Jodhpur

This morning, visit Chokelao Bagh and Mehrangarh Fort. Perched high above Jodhpur, the colossal fort offers fantastic views of the city. Spend the afternoon relaxing and, if you are interested, witness a traditional puja ritual. A religious ritual, a puja consists of different elements, including meditation and chanting. We suggest dining on the palace grounds tonight against a backdrop of moonlit domes and turrets.

DAY 12: Jaisalmer

Your final stop is Jaisalmer, a striking 12th century desert city built with yellow sandstone. Check into Sujan Serai, a tented camp surrounded by desert landscape. Soak in the romance of this starkly beautiful setting as you cross the sandydunes on a camel safari and experience a desert drive. End the day with a brilliant sundowner setup in the Thar Desert.

DAY 13: Jaisalmer

Discover Jaisalmer today. Tour intricateJain temples and privatehavelis. Take the opportunity to explore a nearby village populated with a caste of world-class Rajasthani folk musicians and gain insight into their lives and culture. This evening, we recommend a desert bush dinner under the stars where you will be serenaded by musicians in a private location.

DAY 14: Departure

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the the airport. Fly to Delhi and transfer to your onward flight home.

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