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A New Perspective of North India

Tour Period
12 nights / 13 days
Ideal Travel Month
October - March
Countries Visting
India (North India)
Departure Location
Delhi
Tour Style
Eco / Cultural / Local Experiences / Safari
Physical Ratting
Destinations

On this inspirational adventure to North India, you will visit one of the most ethnically diversified countries in the world, experiencing rich unparalleled traditions and culture shaped by ancient history. Your journey will begin in the dynamic city of Delhi, where you will visit one of the Mughal Empire's architectural triumphs - Humayun's Tomb, explore the Qutb Minar complex, and submerge yourself amongst the hustle and bustle of the historical market of Chandni Chowk through the mysterious and magical land of India. During the next step of your adventure, you will be exposed to the beauty of the Taj Mahal, Jaipur City, and enjoy the wonderful sights of Rashtrapati Bhawan and the Qutub Minar. Also, you will be exploring one of India's seven holy cities, Varanasi; visiting  the “City of Sunrise”, often described as the most romantic city in India; uncovering the history of the Agra Fort; spotting tigers, jackal, fox, hyena, and mongoose at Ranthambore, and so much more. Expect a fun-filled adventure.

Inclusions

MEALS (including soft beverages during lunch/dinner) 

  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Lunch (Fixed Menu) on day 2 at a popular local restaurant in Delhi
  • Satvik Thali Dinner (Fixed Menu) on day 4 at Varuna restaurant at the Gateway Hotel Ganges (adjacent to Taj Nadesar Palace)
  • Lunch (Fixed Menu) on day 6 at Laxmi Vilas Palace, en route to Ranthambore
  • Full board during the stay at The Oberoi Vanyavilas
  • Exclusive Lunch (Fixed Menu) on day 9 at a private farm-house in Jaipur
  • Lunch (Fixed Menu) on day 10 at a popular local restaurant in Udaipur
  • Dinner (Fixed Menu) on day 11 with a noble family in Udaipur


TRANSPORT 

  • VIP meet & assist at Delhi International airport
  • Meeting and assistance on arrival/departure by our representative
  • All sightseeing excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private chauffeur-driven Air-conditioned Toyota Innova Crysta for all transfers and excursions
  • Three exclusive game drives at Ranthambore National Park
  • Two train tickets from Bharatpur to Sawai Madhopur Railway Station
  • Complimentary packaged drinking water and soft beverages in all vehicles
  • Meet and assist at all hotels and airports

GUIDE 

  • Services of a private English speaking guide in each city during sightseeing tours.
  • An English-speaking naturalist will be on-standby for game drives at Ranthambore National Park.


ENTRANCE FEES AND OTHERS 

  • All monument entrances and still camera fees (For single entry, except at Taj Mahal which has double entry fee included) 
  • Porterage at all airports and hotels
  • All current applicable rates and taxes

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED: 

  • Domestic Airfares
  • Expenses of a personal nature (laundry, telephone calls, etc.)
  • Any additional new taxes that might be applicable
  • Tipping (tipping is expected in India)
  • Insurance
  • Video camera fee to the places of visit
  • Visa Fee
  • Anything not specifically mentioned as being included
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Daily itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Delhi


Delhi

Delhi is one of the most historic capitals in the world. For the visitor, it serves as a perfect introduction to the cultural wealth, the complexities, and the dynamism of India. Jawaharlal Nehru (India's first Prime Minister after Independence) likened it to "an ancient palimpsest on which layer upon layer of thought and reverie has been inscribed. Yet, no succeeding layer has completely been hidden."


Day Itinerary

From the minute you arrive at the airport, a member of our team will be waiting to greet you, assisting you through Immigration and Customs formalities and then transporting you in a private vehicle to your hotel. The morning will then be spent at your leisure to recover from jetlag.

In the afternoon, our representative will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and introduce you to your guide. Together, you will drive to one of the Mughal Empire's architectural triumphs - Humayun's Tomb (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), which is the earliest example of Mughal architecture in India. It was built as a memorial to the Mughal Emperor Humayun during the period's AD 1562-1572, with Persian architects, who were brought in from Herat (Afghanistan). Recently renovated with the gardens restored to their former splendor and the fountains to working condition, it isa beautiful site. Architecturally, the mausoleum drew its inspiration from the styles prevalent in Samarkand, and the design of the Taj Mahal is based on this tomb.

You will next explore the Qutb Minar complex (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), which has many historical monuments. The earliest extant mosque – Quwwat-ul-Islam – built from the dressed and carved stones of demolished temples lies in this complex. It was built in 1198AD by Qutb-ud-din Aibak, who later became the first Sultan of Delhi under the Mamluk dynasty (also called the Slave dynasty). This construction established the political victory of Islam in northern India. The best-known structure in the complex is the Qutb Minar, built for the muezzin (crier) to sound the call to prayer. Qutb-ud-din Aibak laid the foundation of the Minar in 1199 AD and raised the first story, to which three more stories were added by his successor and son-in-law, Shams-ud-din Iltutmish (1211-36 AD). The fluted tower is decorated with elegance.

Day 2: Explore Old Delhi

Day Itinerary

This morning, you will meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel at 09:00 hours, and together, you will start your day with an exciting inner-city walk conducted in partnership with a local NGO.

The local NGO works with street children in Delhi, providing them with a secure environment, health, and education. The Trust has developed a walk through the inner city, and your guide will be a young person who has been rescued and knows the area intimately. While introducing you to the heritage and the life of the backstreets of Delhi, little-seen by visitors, he will also share with you stories of his life. You will stop at a couple of the contact centers and shelters run by the Trust. (This is not a slum tour as the walk does not take you into the slums, and photography is not allowed. The idea of the trip is to see the city through the eyes of your young guide).

You will then visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the temple of the followers of the Sikh religion. Here, you will visit the "Langar" or Community Kitchen, where every member of the faith considers it an honor to put in a couple of hours cooking thousands of Indian bread and making huge vat-loads of curry to feed the poor and the underprivileged. We will time your visit to coincide with the lunchtime service. You may like to serve the food yourself or help in the kitchen, making Rotis (Indian bread).

After the visit, lunch will be served at a local restaurant. After lunch, you will drive to the walled city of Old Delhi. You will first visit the Jama Masjid, believed to be the largest mosque in India and Shah Jahan's last architectural venture. It was originally called Masjid-i-Jahanuma, which means "The mosque commanding a view of the world". Begun in 1644, the mosque was not completed until 1658. It has three great gateways, four angled-towers and two minarets standing 40 meters high and is constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble.

You will then climb on board cycle-rickshaws and take a ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk market. Originally a canal ran through the middle of the street as a part of the water supply scheme. It is said that the moonlight reflecting on the canal earned the area its name, "Chandini (moonlit) Chowk (square)".

This is a fun ride, and you will navigate traffic through the narrow lanes of this 300-year-old wholesale market. Today, it is a busy market selling an extraordinary variety of silver, jewelry, aromatic spices, leather, fruit, and vegetables. Apothecaries sell home-grown medicinal items, and roadside dentists display their bizarre array of equipment and false teeth. This is an excellent introduction to the organized chaos that is quintessentially Indian! Note: Chandni Chowk market remains partially closed on Sundays so, it may be a little muted. You will then return to your hotel, driving through Rajpath or "King" s Way" and the wide tree-lined avenues of New Delhi, which served as the capital city for the former British Empire. Today, it is the address for some of the most iconic buildings of modern India, including the Secretariat buildings, Parliament House, Presidential Palace (Rashtrapati Bhavan) and India Gate, a memorial to 82,000 soldiers of the undivided Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21.

Day 3: Delhi – Varanasi

After an early breakfast, you will be met by our Classic Perspective Representative in the lobby of your hotel and escorted to the airport in time to check-in for your flight to Varanasi.

Varanasi

One of India's seven holy cities, Varanasi is the holiest of them all, and devout Hindus will visit Varanasi at least once in their lifetime. It is believed, if you are cremated in Varanasi, you are released from the endless cycle of rebirth. Varanasi is also amongst the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, with excavations suggesting that it has been inhabited since 1800 BC.

Day Itinerary

In the arrival hall, you will be met by a member of the Classic Perspective Representative and driven directly to Sarnath, which lies a short distance from the main city. This is the place where The Buddha, in 500 BC, gave his first sermon after gaining enlightenment. Other than the Archaeological Park, which has the remains of the monastery that developed here, and the Sarnath Museum, the fairly new Buddhist temple is of interest.

On the walls are paintings depicting the most significant episodes in the life of Buddha, from his birth as Prince Siddhartha till the time he gained enlightenment and became "TheBuddha!" After your visit to Sarnath, you will be driven to your hotel where you will be assisted with the check-in formalities. In the evening, you will drive to the banks of the Holy Ganges, where a boatman will be waiting for you. In contrast to the early mornings, when the Ghats (steps leading to the banks of the river) are a mass of people performing a wide variety of rituals, at sunset, the main sounds are the temple bells as the priests start their preparations for the evening "aarti" ceremony.

In the distance, you will see the fires of the crematorium as the last of the cremations are performed before the sun goes down, and there are just a few pilgrims taking a final dip in the river. While the city is still busy, crowded, and noisy, sunset slows and quietens life along the river. You will sail upstream, arriving at Dashashwamedh Ghat in time for the evening "aarti" ceremony, when priests perform the rituals to put the river gods to sleep and to ward off evil. Accompanied by the hypnotic beat of drums and bells and the chanting of prayers, the whole ceremony is mesmerizing, ending with the release of hundreds of lamps into the waters.

Please note - The Sarnath Museum remains closed on Fridays and the boat ride on the Ganges is subject to the level of water.

Day 4: Varanasi

Morning Itinerary

A visit to Varanasi is incomplete without a tour of the Ghats at sunrise. This is the most auspicious time in Hinduism and people flock to the river to greet the rising sun. You will watch the activity from a boat, and as you drift down the river, you will see a panorama of life in a pilgrim town – people taking dips in the holy river, yogis practicing their art along the steps, women doing laundry and washing vessels, pilgrims worshipping at shrines and in the background, the constant sound of temple bells and chanting. There is a certain timelessness to the sights, which is extraordinary!

After the boat ride, you will visit the Old City where you will get a fascinating insight into the rituals of Hinduism. Every temple is well attended and every street corner has roadside shrines and vendors selling garlands, incense sticks and other items used in worship.

You will then return to your hotel for breakfast.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, you will visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Durga Temple.

Silk is considered to be a pure textile and therefore it is used to dress the gods and the goddesses and is coveted by every Indian woman. As a result, weaving centers grew in and around the country’s holy cities. In Varanasi the art reached its zenith under the patronage of the Mughal emperors and the weavers began producing rich lustrous silk interwoven with silver and gold threads to create rich and vibrant brocades. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to meet an “Ustaad” or master designer whose lineage in weaving goes back centuries. Note: You will meet the “ustaad” or master designer by prior appointment. His forefathers created works of art for the royal family of Banaras and a few of their creations are exhibited at international museums.

In the afternoon, you will visit Bharat Kala Bhavan, set in the well-planned campus of the Benares Hindu University. Of particular note amongst the excellent collection is the excellent Mathura statue; a heavily jeweled woman riding a griffin and a fine Chola bronze of a dancing Shiva (Nataraja). Afterwards you will return to your hotel and the rest of the day will be at leisure.

Evening Itinerary

Tonight, you will dine at “Varuna” restaurant in your hotel where you will be served a special Satvik Thali. Satvik means: pure, essential, natural, vital, energy-giving, clean. The meal is prepared to restore balance to the body.

Please note - the boat ride on the Ganges is subject to the level of water; Non-Hindus are prohibited from entering the main sanctum of both the temples; you will meet the “ustaad” or master designer by prior appointment.

Day 5: Varanasi – Delhi – Agra

Day Itinerary

After a quick cup of tea/coffee, you will be met by Classic Perspective Representative in the lobby of your hotel and escorted to the airport in time to check-in for your flight to Delhi. You will carry a packed breakfast.

In the arrival hall, you will be met and escorted you to your waiting vehicle for your drive to Agra (approximately 4 hours, excluding stops). On arrival at your hotel, our Classic Perspective Representative will help you to check-in.

Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire. Today, a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices of red sandstone and white marble, narrow gullies and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favourite city of the Mughals still retains.

At around 4:00 pm, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby, and together you will visit the stunning Taj Mahal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The Taj Mahal is best seen at different times of the day when the white marble reflects the nuances of the changing light from the sun.

Described by poet laureate, Rabindranath Tagore as “a teardrop on the cheek of eternity”, the Taj is a mausoleum and a symbol of the enduring love of Emperor Shah Jahan for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died during childbirth in 1631.Legend has it that she bound him with a deathbed promise to build her the most beautiful tomb ever known. It is said that 20,000 stone carvers, masons, and artists from across India and as far as Turkey and Iraq were employed under a team of architects to build the Taj Mahal in the lush gardens on the banks of Agra‟s Yamuna River. It took them from 1631 to 1648 AD to complete the epic task. Today, the mausoleum is an important place of pilgrimage since the empress died in childbirth, making her a martyr.

Please note - The Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays for public viewing; you will stay at the Taj through sunset before returning to your hotel.

Day 6: Agra – Ranthambhore

Morning Itinerary

This morning, you will have the option of visiting the Taj Mahal at sunrise when the Taj is less crowded, and the light dancing off the marble façade is magical. Alternatively, you could choose to have a relaxing morning at your hotel. You will then return to your hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel and visit one of the city's significant monuments, the Agra Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). When the Mughal Emperor Akbar established his supremacy in northern India, he began his first architectural venture, rebuilding the Agra Fort as a beautiful fort palace. His son and grandson completed the work, highlighting the Mughals' ability to blend defensive and decorative architecture. Richly decorated with marble and mosaic, in part of this fort, Shah Jahan spent the last years of his life imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb. His private quarters, where he was confined, has a magical view of the Taj Mahal across the River Yamuna.

You will then leave for Ranthambore. En route, about an hour outside Agra, you will stop to see one of the Mughal Empire's most inspired creations, Fatehpur Sikri (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), which was temporarily the capital of the Mughal Empire. It was built by Emperor Akbar to honor the Saint Salim Chisti who foretold Akbar's son and heir's birth. This complex was constructed entirely in vibrant red sandstone. Architecturally, it draws its inspiration from Hindu, Persian, and Islamic styles. You will then stop for lunch at a hotel in Bharatpur (approximately 30-45 minutes).

Day Itinerary

After lunch, you will be escorted to Bharatpur railway station in time to board your train to Sawai Madhopur. Upon arrival at Sawai Madhopur railway station, you will be met by Classic Perspective Representative who will escort you to your hotel and assist you in checking in. Covering 410 square kilometers, Ranthambore is located 14 km from Sawai Madhopur. Ranthambore National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the world's best-known wilderness areas and offers some of the finest opportunities for sighting the magnificent tiger in the wild. A mix of rolling hills and crags, meadows, lakes and rivulets, this dry-deciduous forest system is home to an incredible variety of flora and fauna.

Please note - The Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays for public viewing.

Day 7: Ranthambhore

Twice during the day - early in the morning and again late in the afternoon, you will be taken for game drives inside Ranthambore National Park. All your drives will be in a private jeep along with a naturalist.

Apart from the tiger, you can also spot the jackal, fox, hyena, and mongoose at Ranthambhore. The elusive Indian wolf has also been spotted here occasionally. The dainty chital, sambhar deer, the blue bull, antelope or nilgai, rhesus macaque, langur, and an incredible variety of birds amidst a setting of dhok, fig and banyan trees, make a visit to this park, delight. Basking crocodiles, a king vulture on a snag, the scream of the serpent eagle, and the alarm calls of spotted deer are some sights and sounds that make this a safari experience like no other. The landscape is dominated by the 10th-century fortress of Ranthambore while the valleys have numerous cenotaphs, ruins, and abandoned settlements overcome by nature – a testament to battles and romances of an era long gone. After your drive, you will return to your resort to freshen up and have breakfast. You will have enough time to relax before you venture out for your afternoon drive. In between drives, you may like to visit the Ranthambore Fort or perhaps the local villages. You will return to your resort after your afternoon game drive.

Day 8: Ranthambhore – Jaipur

Morning Itinerary

Early this morning, you will go on your final game drive.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, you will drive to Jaipur (approximately 4 hours). The history of the Kingdom of Jaipur can be traced to the 12th century when it was originally known as Amber, which was also the name of the capital city. Amber, the Kingdom, came into prominence when the Mughal Emperor Akbar married one of its princesses in a shrewd matrimonial alliance between the Mughals and the Rajputs. In the 18th century, Raja Sawai Jai Singh, perhaps one of the most brilliant rulers of this period, moved the capital from Amber to Jaipur.

On arrival at your hotel, you will be met by Classic Perspective Representative, who will help you to check-in. The remainder of the day will be at leisure for independent activities.

Day 9: Jaipur

Morning Itinerary

After breakfast, you will visit the Fort-Palace at Amber (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Hillforts were always important to the Rajput rulers. Belonging to the Hindu Kshatriya or warrior class, they believed in the line from the sacred holy books, the Puranas – "a fort is the strength of a king". They built several such forts all over the state of Rajasthan; some made for purely defensive purposes, but most built as fort-palaces, similar in style to the surrounding richly decorated Mughal courts. This will be followed by a visit to the excellent Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing. The museum chronicles the regeneration of hand block printing techniques in Rajasthan using traditional methods.

Afterwards, you will drive about 30 minutes out of the city to a private farmhouse abutting the forest. Here, you will get to interact with the farm's resident elephants feeding, washing, and scrubbing them – all in the privacy of one of our exclusive wilderness venues. You will then have the option of simply strolling in the wilderness with it. Lunch will be served at a private venue, featuring fresh homemade food with some of the vegetables grown organically at the farm.


Please note - we are very particular that the elephants are well cared for and are not mistreated in any way, so you don't need to worry on that score.

Day Itinerary

After lunch, you will visit the City Palace, which at the behest of Sawai Jai Singh was built near the temple of his personal deity Govinda Deva. The Palace is a superb marriage of the Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture. The seven-storied Chandra Mahal (Moon Palace) is a sprawling complex with multiple courtyards, public buildings, zenana mahals (harems), and an astronomical observatory.

The basic layout is Mughal, with open courtyards and large airy buildings, while the details are drawn from centuries of Rajput and Jain architectural styles. You will also take a private tour of the City Palace's residential areas not open to the general public. This will be followed by a glass of sparkling wine in the Palace. From the City Palace, you will enter the extraordinary Jantar Mantar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the astronomical observatory built by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1827. Jantar Mantar, which means 'The Formula of Instruments', is one of the five observatories he built in northern India.

The massive futuristic structures that you will see are highly sophisticated instruments that are accurate even today. You may also like to stop to take photographs at the iconic Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds, with its ornate pink façade. This five-story-high “screen” composed of projected windows and balconies protected by fine, latticed screens was designed to allow ladies of the harem to observe the lively street scenes of the city from a position of privacy.

You will then return to your hotel.

Please note - Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing remains closed on Mondays.

Day 10: Jaipur – Udaipur

Morning Itinerary

After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport by Classic Perspective Representative who will help you to check-in for your flight to Udaipur.

Udaipur is the capital city of the legendary Sisodias of Mewar, believed to be direct descendants of the Sun (a symbol you will see everywhere), and was built on the shores of Lake Pichola by Udai Singh II in 1559. Known as the “City of Sunrise”, it is often described as the most romantic city in India and was built around four man-made lakes.

Afternoon Itinerary

In the afternoon you will take a walking tour of the old city with your guide. Sharing space with cows, elephants, people, and bicycles, the walk through the winding lanes will give you a flavour of people's lives in a small town in India. You will pass unexpected folk art decorating the walls of houses, small architectural gems like a latticed work Haveli window, and shops selling various items. You will stop at a small temple in the old city where you will see the very rare and ephemeral art of “Jal Sanjhi”, a religious art that involves drawing with coloured powder on water. This is a dying craft and has been revived by us.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. After that you will check-in to your hotel.

Evening Itinerary

In the evening, you will take a private cruise on Lake Pichola, sailing past its picturesque ghats and palaces.

Day 11: Udaipur

Morning Itinerary

After breakfast, you will visit the City Palace. This sprawling palace was built over three centuries and is a series of four interconnecting palaces, illustrative of various architectural styles. The main section is a blend of Rajput military architecture with lavish Mughal-inspired decorative art on the inside, while the exquisite collection of priceless Rajput Miniature Paintings done in the Mewari tradition. You will walk through the Crystal Gallery, which has a rather eclectic collection of Crystal Objet d'art and furniture, including a complete bedroom set discovered recently in a storeroom in the Palace.

You will also visit the Jagdish temple located near the City Palace. An example of the Indo-Aryan style of architecture, the temple was built by Maharana Jagat Singh I in 1651, and enshrines a black stone image of Lord Vishnu. Chanting ringing of bells and music can be heard throughout the day. It is the largest and most splendid temple of Udaipur.

Day Itinerary

In the afternoon, you will visit The Vintage and Classic Car Collection of The Palace of Udaipur. Today, the museum has become a landmark in the city. The grand limousines and cars showcased in the collection belong to the Royal family and are still in perfect running condition.

After that, you may like to visit the Mewar School of Art and learn about Mewar Painting. The Mewar School is one of the most important Indian miniature paintings of the 17th and 18th centuries. It is a school in the Rajasthani style, developed in the Hindu principality of Mewar. The Mewar School continued through the 18th century and into the 19th, the production being fairly prolific. An increasing number of paintings were concerned with portraiture and the ruler's life, though religious themes continued to be popular. There are opportunities for you to try your artistic skills here! You will then return to your hotel.

Evening Itinerary

In the evening, you will participate in a unique culinary experience conducted by a family that was once amongst Mewar's premier nobility. The family has hosted Queen Elizabeth, Jacqueline Kennedy, and the first Prime Minister of India. The secret, age-old recipes of the family, have been passed through generations and are guarded zealously. You will have the opportunity to watch the meal being prepared (you can try your hand, if you like) as they explain the intricacies of the process. This will be followed by dinner with the host family. You will then return to your hotel.

Day 12: Udaipur – Delhi

Morning Itinerary

The morning will be at leisure and you may wake up at your own pace for a relaxed breakfast. Later, you will be met by Classic Perspective Representative in the lobby of your hotel and escorted to the airport in time to check-in for your flight to Delhi.

Day Itinerary

In the arrival hall, you will be met by our representative who will be carrying a paging board with your names on it. He will escort you to your hotel, where a day use room will be reserved for you. Later in the evening, you will be met by Classic Perspective Representative in the lobby of your hotel and escorted to Delhi’s international airport in time to check-in for your homeward bound flight.

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Accommodation

The Leela Palace New Delhi

Ranking amongst the best 5 star hotels in Delhi, The Leela Palace New Delhi offers you the finest in luxury and hospitality. The rich heritage of the city, along with modern design elements, is beautifully reflected in this modern palace hotel. Compared to some hotels in proximity to the New Delhi Airport, The Leela Palace New Delhi offers state-of-the art amenities in a rich and royal setting that make a stay here an excellent option for both business and pleasure. The hotel also comes with an infinity pool, repeatedly rated among the top ten pools in a reputed list, adding to its exclusivity among other luxury hotels in New Delhi.

The Leela Palace New Delhi

Ranking amongst the best 5 star hotels in Delhi, The Leela Palace New Delhi offers you the finest in luxury and hospitality. The rich heritage of the city, along with modern design elements, is beautifully reflected in this modern palace hotel. Compared to some hotels in proximity to the New Delhi Airport, The Leela Palace New Delhi offers state-of-the art amenities in a rich and royal setting that make a stay here an excellent option for both business and pleasure. The hotel also comes with an infinity pool, repeatedly rated among the top ten pools in a reputed list, adding to its exclusivity among other luxury hotels in New Delhi.

The Leela Palace New Delhi

The Leela Palace New Delhi offers 194 Grande Deluxe/Premiere/Royal Rooms, 42 Royal Club Rooms, and 18 Suites. Grand and royal, these hotel rooms are one of the best places to stay in New Delhi. Every room exudes luxury, offering an experience unlike any other. The rooms perfectly pair contemporary comfort with traditional extravagance, creating an atmosphere for a memorable stay.

Taj Nadesar Palace

Unwinding here is nothing short of divine. Tee off at the mini golf course, take a guided tour of the history-soaked Taj Nadesar Palace in the “Royal Horse Carriage” driven by the person whose family has been serving the royal family for generations or relax at the Jiva Spa, where you can try the rejuvenating ‘Abhisheka’ treatment, which draws inspiration from time-honoured Indian purifying rituals.

Taj Nadesar Palace

Taj Nadesar Palace offers Palace Room Garden View, Historical Suite Living Room, Royal Suite Palace Gardens View. The rooms are enriched with artwork from the Maharaja’s own collection and authentic furniture. The rooms' hues are inspired by the marigolds and jasmines which are offered to the holy Ganges.

The Oberoi Amarvilas

Located just 600 metres from the Taj Mahal, the world’s most exquisite testimony to undying love, it is easy to rekindle romance at The Oberoi Amarvilas. The best hotel in Agra is inspired by Mughal palace designs; with fountains, terraced lawns, reflection pools and pavilions. The Oberoi Amarvilas is a five star hotel that offers unrestricted views of Taj Mahal from all rooms and suites, complemented by our warm, personalised hospitality. Tastefully appointed accommodation, exquisite restaurants serving authentic Mughal and international cuisines, private dining beside the silhouette of the Taj Mahal and couples spa therapies with Taj Mahal views. At The Oberoi Amarvilas, your experience of Agra will be unforgettable.

The Oberoi Vanyavilas

Ranthambhore National Park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1957 and 1974 it gained the protection of the Government of India’s Project Tiger conservation program. Since then, the number of resident tigers has increased thanks to dedicated conservation efforts in the area. The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort, the best 5-star hotel in Ranthambhore, offers luxury tented accommodation inspired by the royal families' opulent caravans. A fine restaurant serving authentic Rajasthani and international cuisine. And spa experiences customized to suit your needs—all accompanied by the hospitality that is genuine and sincere.

The Oberoi Vanyavilas

The perfect space to relax and unwind in after a thrilling day spent tiger spotting in the neighbouring jungle. Inspired by the royal tents in travelling caravans from a bygone era, these spacious tents are furnished with a canopied king-size bed, a large writing desk and plush armchairs. They feature a claw-footed standalone bathtub and teakwood floors. Outside, your garden is framed by handmade traditional walls for maximum privacy. These spacious tents and adjoining garden span a total area of 1,150 square feet (107 square metres), for your exclusive comfort.

Rambagh Palace

Originally built in 1835, Rambagh Palace has stepped gracefully through many royal transitions—from the home of the queen’s favourite handmaiden, to royal guesthouse and hunting lodge, and later as the residence of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and his queen, Maharani Gayatri Devi. Today, this jewel in the Taj’s crown offers 78 stunningly restored grand luxury rooms and suites which were the chambers of the former Maharaja. The palace retains its elaborate splendour, extravagantly decorated with hand-carved marble ‘jalis’ or latticework, sandstone balustrades, cupolas and ‘chattris’ or cenotaphs, and elaborate Mughal Gardens. Within this most glorious of palaces showcasing the best of Rajasthan’s royal heritage, you also experience the best fine-dining restaurants in Jaipur. Enjoy a royal Indian feast at Suvarna Mahal, the former palace ballroom built in the 18th-century French style with huge crystal chandeliers.

Rambagh Palace

Immerse yourself in the splendour and tradition of kings and princes at Rambagh Palace, ‘The Jewel of Jaipur’. The masterfully restored heritage Taj hotel offers you 33 grand suites and 45 hotel rooms in Jaipur.

Hotel Taj Lake Palace

The young Prince, Maharana Jagat Singh requested his father, Maharana Sangram Singh II, if he could reside in the pleasure palace Jagmandir with his ladies. The Maharana did not give permission, but taunted his son that if he was so keen to stay in an Island Palace, why doesn't he build one for himself. It is this taunt that led to him building his own pleasure palace on Lake Pichola in the year 1743. The Maharana (ruler) called this palace which he finished building in 1746, Jag Niwas. Jag Niwas is today the majestic and magnificent Taj Lake Palace of Udaipur.  Restored to its pristine glory, this spectacular palace became world renowned when the James Bond film ‘Octopussy’ was filmed at it. It was the secluded lair of the film’s eponymous Bond Girl. This heritage hotel has 65 luxurious rooms and 18 grand suites. Its location on an island in the midst of a lake affords every room breathtaking views of the neighbouring City Palace, Aravalli Hills, Machla Magra Hills and Jag Mandir. The incomparable location provides the perfect backdrop for the  exquisite cuisines at the elegant restaurants of Taj Lake Palace. These are open only to resident guests.

Hotel Taj Lake Palace

Hotel Taj Lake Palace offers seven room categories: Palace Room Lake View, Historical 1 Bedroom Suite Lake View, Royal Suite 1 Bedroom Lake View, Grand Royal Suite 1 Bedroom Lake View, Grand Presidential Suite 1 Bedroom Lake View, Luxury Room Garden Non Lake View, Luxury Room Lake View.

JW Marriott, Aerocity

An unforgettable experience awaits you at JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity. Our 5-star hotel offers 511 stylish accommodations, personalized service and an ideal location for your stay in India. Hotel guests are near the U.S. Embassy and Consulate General, as well as Ambience Mall and Qutab Minar. Recharge in luxury rooms and suites with indulgent bedding, mini-bars, marble bathrooms, ample workstations, free Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service. Our deluxe rooms are among the largest in India's NCR. Indulge at any of our five remarkable restaurants and bars, including a chic speakeasy. Enjoy our upscale day spa, heated outdoor pool and modern fitness center. Our New Delhi property has more than 30,000 square feet of flexible convention and event space, including one of the largest banquet halls in Delhi. Stay in style and sophistication at the award-winning JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity.

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Tour Locations

New Delhi, Old Delhi, Varanasi, Agra, Ranthambhore, Jaipur, Udaipur

Price
£6,600
Duration
12 nights / 13 days
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