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.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 wellness spa resort, Ananda. Relax at your hotel and spend some time getting acquainted with your new surroundings.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Located near the heart of Chanakyapuri, the city’s diplomatic enclave, the Leela Palace New Delhi is a five-star luxury hotel in the Indian capital. Its 260 rooms and suites combine traditional Indian opulence with sleek contemporary decor and amenities in typical Leela luxury. Dining options include the striking glass-house Qube,offering an eclectic global menu and show kitchens, overlooking the Leela’s gardens; Jamavar for traditional Rajasthani and north Indian cuisine; and new outposts of the acclaimed restaurants Le Cirque (French and Italian) and Megu (Japanese). The Library, meanwhile, is a sophisticated retreat for cocktails, fine whiskeys, cigars, and a collection of first-edition books. The ESPA spa offers a range of Western, Oriental and Ayurvedic-influenced health and beauty treatments, as well as a café, a state-of-the-art fitness studio, relaxation lounge, finishing studio, roof terrace, and sauna, steam and drench rooms. The Leela is approximately a 30-minute drive from Indira Gandhi International airport (DEL).
A symbol and staple of elegant Indian hospitality, The Oberoi, New Delhi is a ultra-luxe urban oasis of sophistication and world-class service. An iconic landmark in the New Delhi skyline, this historic hotel enjoys sweeping views of the Delhi Golf Course and Humayun’s Tomb, overlooking crystal blue waters, palm trees and a spectacular white, marble lotus fountain in the glamorous entrance. With incredible restaurants offering up delicious cuisine from around the world, a wide variety of spacious and luxurious suites and a world-class spa, The Oberoi is more than just a hotel - it’s a destination. As an added bonus, for the most discerning of business guests, many suites offer private office spaces and meeting rooms, in addition to the extra level of service offered in Business Travel Plus.
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.
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.
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Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including 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.
Other than your long-haul flights (not included), all flights are by private jet charter. Price includes jet charter, ground arrangements, landing permits and any repositioning charges. Changes in landing fees or fuel prices may cause the itinerary price to vary.
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