India ‘from the inside’ – live like a Maharaja, staying in some of India’s iconic hotels, palaces and smaller royal residences whilst visiting Bombay, Rajasthan and the ‘Golden Triangle’
Save up to £400
(all 2021 dates)
Flight - 1 night
Mumbai - 1 night
Udaipur - 2 nights
Rohet - 2 nights
Khimsar - 1 night
Gajner - 2 nights
Jaipur - 3 nights
Samode - 1 night
Dholpur - 2 nights
Delhi - 2 nights
Ancient Rajasthan is a land of contrasts, the desert, lakes, mountains, forests and jungles, home to warrior kings and princes. Experience dramatic forts, majestic palaces, ornate havelis and bejewelled Maharajas. Discover palaces of the Maharajas’ and colonial heritage from Delhi’s India Gate to Mumbai’s Gateway of India.
This unique itinerary reveals royal residences transformed into fine heritage hotels.
Culture & Wildlife
Jules Verne Sightseeing
5 UNESCO Heritage Sites
13 Dinners Included
No Single Supplement
Group Size: 4 – 16
Day 1 Fly overnight from your chosen airport to Mumbai.
Day 2 Overnight at the 5-star Taj Mahal Palace, as featured in the BBC 2 series ‘Hotel India’ focused on life at India’s oldest and most famous hotel (Heritage Wing). Heritage tour of Hotel Taj Mahal Palace. Visit Kala Ghoda area followed by a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 3 Tour of Mumbai including Marine drive, Gateway of India, Victoria Terminus station, Dhobi Ghat and Prince of Wales Museum. Fly to Udaipur. Two nights at the heritage Fateh Prakash Palace on the lakeside and owned by the Royal family. (B)
Day 4 Tour of Udaipur covering the old town, City Palace, Museum and Jagmandir Island. Dine overlooking the lake. (B, D)
Day 5 Travel through the Aravali hills to Ranakpur to visit amazing Jain temple complex. Continue to Rohet (3 hrs) for two nights at Rohet Garh, a charming heritage hotel with lovely gardens. (B, D)
Day 6 Bishnoi village safari and a small village walk. Afternoon free. (B, D)
Day 7 Drive to Jodhpur to explore Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada and Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum. Continue to Khimsar for overnight at the heritage Khimsar Fort. Sunset at Khimsar Dunes Village. (B, D)
Day 8 Drive to Bikaner in the Thar desert. City tour by Tuk Tuk. Two nights in a historic suite at Gajner Palace Hotel, which once hosted the Viceroy and Prince of Wales. Dine in the historic restaurant. (B, D)
Day 9 Visit Junagarh fort and a camel breeding farm. Jeep to Raisar desert camp for a gala dinner with classical dance. (B, D)
Day 10 Travel to Jaipur (6 hrs). Three nights at Jai Mahal Palace, a heritage 5-star Hotel of the Taj group with Mughal gardens. Evening cooking demo with a local family. (B, D)
Day 11 Visit City Palace and Jantar Mantar Observatory. Historic walk and drink at Rambagh Palace. Optional Sound & Light at Amber Fort (£17, bookable locally). (B)
Day 12 Optional morning balloon ride in the Jaipur area (£180, bookable locally). Visit Amber Fort, Birla Temple, Albert Hall & view the ‘Palace of the Winds’. Historic tour with cocktail and dinner at Raj Mahal Palace. (B, D)
Day 13 Drive to Samode village. Afternoon free and overnight at Samode Bagh a heritage hotel and garden retreat of the Samode Royal family (featured in Monty Don’s Paradise Gardens). Dinner at nearby Samode Palace. (B, D)
Day 14 Drive to Dholpur (7 hrs). Two nights at the Raj Niwas Palace. Stay in a garden cottage and enjoy a drink in the Palace. (B, D)
Day 15 Boat safari in Chambal Sanctuary, home to rich birdlife and gharial crocodiles. Jeep safari viewing Sher Garh Fort. (B, D)
Day 16 Drive to Agra and visit the Taj Mahal. Travel by train to Delhi for two nights at the 5-star Taj Mahal Hotel. (B)
Day 17 Tour of Delhi includes Qutab Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, passing Parliament and Presidents House. Evening cultural dance show with dinner. (B, D)
Day 18 Return flight from Delhi. (B)
This is a full itinerary with some visits on foot with uneven surfaces and inclines.
Heritage properties rarely have lifts and rooms can vary in size and décor.
This 5-star hotel is Mumbai’s first harbour landmark and was featured in the BBC 2 series 'Hotel India' focused on life behind the scenes at India's oldest and most famous hotel. Overlooking the Gateway of India with a panoramic view of the bay, every one of the 560 rooms are the perfect blend of rich history and modern convenience with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free).
Owned by the Royal family the palace boasts a favoured location on Lake Pichola and next to the City Palace. The Durbar Hall is one of the main features of the hotel where in 1909 Lord Minto, the Viceroy of India, laid its foundation stone. History is laid throughout the palace with miniature paintings, portraits, period furniture and armoury of the Mewar dynasty. Terrace restaurant overlooking the lake, bar, pool, spa and WiFi (free). 65 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.
Rohet Garh, a heritage hotel is situated on the banks of a lake with manicured gardens. Restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 34 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and tea/coffee making facilities.
Spread over eleven acres of lawns, orchards and courtyards, Khimsar Fort was established in the 15th century by a descendent of the house of Jodhpur. Part of the fort is still residence to the Karamsot Rathor of direct lineage. Restaurant, bar, coffee shop, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (chargeable). 85 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A former hunting lodge this heritage hotel is built on the edge of a lake, with gardens stretching over 6000 acres. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 45 rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and satellite TV.
Designed with an Indo Saracenic style of architecture, this heritage hotel is located downtown, close to the historical monuments. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym and WiFi (free). 100 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
Samode Bagh is a heritage hotel and the garden retreat of the Samode Royal family (featured in Monty Don’s Paradise Gardens). Designed in the Char Bagh style it is one of the oldest functioning Mughal gardens of Rajasthan. Restaurant, pool and WiFi (free). 44 luxury tented air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar and tea/coffee making facilities.
The heritage hotel, Raj Niwas Palace is known for its red colour sandstoneand once home to generations of Royals. Restaurant, pool and 26 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities.
The 5-star Taj Mahal hotel is one of the most distinguished addresses in Delhi. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym and WiFi (free). 294 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
Time to relax or see even more of India!
No one can cover all of India on one tour, so why not make the most of your time in India by choosing further experiences?
We invite you to customise your tour by adding one or more extensions from our great range shown on the following pages. Relax in a resort or discover more of India with our specialist guides.
Also please consider adding extra nights before the tour if you would like to draw breath after the flight to India or stay on to reflect, relax or explore independently. Extra nights can also be added to most extensions. Please talk to one of our knowledgeable Personal Travel Experts to let us know what you are looking for and they will work out the best way. Sometimes extra transfers, internal flights and nights are recommended or needed, and sometimes two extensions can be combined into a more logical sequence.
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Save up to £400
(all 2021 dates)
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NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
2021: Apr 9, Sep 17, Oct 8, Oct 22
Double for sole use £995 (Apr/Sep £695)
British Airways World Traveller Plus from £395
British Airways Club World from £1795
Emirates from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester or Birmingham - nil
We offer a wide variety of pre- and post-tour extensions, click here for more information.
Pre/post tour extra nights and transfers are available.
2 guests - £495 per person
3-4 guests - £345 per person
5-9 guests - £155 per person
10+ guests - No extra charge
Arrival or departure transfer add £24
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