12 Nights/13 Days
12 Nights/13 Days
Day 1 Arrive Delhi, India Your flight lands at Delhi’s international airport. Delhi is one of the most historic capitals in the world. As you exit the aircraft you are met by your Luxe airport representative. You will be assisted through Immigrations, Customs and baggage collection. On exiting the terminal you transfer to your waiting vehicle and you are driven directly to your hotel. At the hotel, you check in and the rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 2 Delhi Begin your exploration with a historic tour of Old Delhi on a cycle rickshaw and ride through the crowded streets of the 300-year old wholesale market that sells an extraordinary variety of items – silver, jewellery, aromatic spices, leather, fruit, and vegetables. Next visit the Jama Masjid and Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial.After lunch, drive through Lutyen’s Delhi, once the Imperial capital of the former British Empire. Visit the majestic Rashtrapati Bhavan, the residence of the President of India, India Gate and Humayun’s Tomb, the first garden-tomb in the Indian subcontinent, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Luxeperience: Tonight a welcome dinner has been organized for you at the in-house Indian specialty restaurant, Jamavar. Joining you tonight at dinner will be an India expert and one of the foremost thinkers on modern economics and policy research. Over dinner you enjoy a lively discussion about India’s progress and future economic options and plans.Overnight in Delhi.
Day 3 Delhi/ Varanasi, via Khajuraho After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your private charter flight to Varanasi. On the way, your jet stops in the city of temples—Khajuraho. The tiny village of Khajuraho is famous for its remarkable complex of temples built in an inspired burst of creativity between 950 and 1050 AD under the Chandela kings. Of the original 85, only 25 survive and each is a masterpiece dedicated to different deities. From the temples you proceed for lunch followed by a transfer back to the airport to continue your journey to Varanasi, ‘The oldest living city’, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh is considered one of India’s seven holy cities. The sacred city may enchant you with its paradoxes, colours, food, and secular culture but, nothing is as magical as the seemingly infinite sun-bathed ghats and temples seen from a boat on the River Ganga. You are met on arrival and you transfer to your lovely hotel, where you check-in. The evening is at leisure. Luxeperience: Tonight, enjoy a special Satvik Thaali (a pure and natural vegetarian diet) at a specialty restaurant. We will get the chef to come out and explain to you significance of the many dishes served and why locals call this thaali “non-violence in effect” Overnight in Varanasi.
Day 4 Varanasi This morning after breakfast you visit Sarnath which lies a short distance from the main city. This is the place where the Buddha came in 500 BC to give his first sermon after gaining enlightenment. Other than the archeological park which has the remains of the monastery that developed here, of interest is the fairly new Buddhist temple. The afternoon is at leisure. At dusk, drive to the old city to witness the Aarti ceremony performed daily beside the Ganges River. Chanted prayers and rhythmic drumming fill the air as you watch lantern-bearing priests bid the gods and goddesses a restful slumber. Return to your hotel after the ceremony. Overnight in Varanasi.
Day 5 Varanasi/ Jaipur, via Agra Rise early for a private sunrise cruise on the Ganges River to observe activity along the ghats (stone steps leading down to the river), where locals and pilgrims cleanse themselves, literally and spiritually. Return to your hotel for breakfast and later this morning you check-out and transfer to the airport for your next leg of the tour. Your destination today is the royal city of Jaipur, with a short stopover en route in Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal. This stunning mausoleum is decorated with a mosaic of semi-precious stones and Persian calligraphy recreating verses from the Koran. After your visit to the Taj you have lunch before returning to the airport and continuing your journey. Your destination, Jaipur. Founded by Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727, Jaipur, Rajasthan’s vibrant, colourful capital, is the gateway to the rich history of the state. Behind its pink walls, lies the original Old City – dating back to the 18th century – with its enticing bazaars, iconic palaces, lavish havelis (old mansions), and beautifully planned layout. Outside is the new Jaipur, with buzzing traffic, splendid hotels, and glistening malls. On arrival, you are met and you transfer directly to your magnificent hotel. Luxeperience: Table reservations are made for you at Suvarna Mahal this evening. This venue once was the Maharaja’s royal banquet hall and the big dining room is still mesmerizing and grand with Italian Renaissance styled Florentine ceiling paintings and mirrors, tapestry-covered walls and gold-plated silverware. The menu focuses on original Indian cuisines from the royal houses of Jaipur, Mewar, Awadh, Hyderabad, Vijayanagar, Kashmir and Patiala among others that originate from four different provinces. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 6 Jaipur Start the day with an excursion to the Amer Fort. Perched on a hill in the suburbs of Jaipur, the fort was once the capital of Rajasthan. Former residence of Rajput Maharajas, the fort is notable for its grand architecture showcasing Hindu style of art. Return to the city for a visit to Hawa Mahal (Palace of Wind), built for the women of the royal household to observe street life without being seen. Spend time at Jantar Mantar (an observatory) and then go browsing through the bazaars selling textiles, leatherwork, woodblock prints, perfume, jewelry and Jaipur’s traditional blue pottery at your leisure. Luxeperience: There is a very special evening that awaits you at the City Palace. You will be the only guests at the Palace. After a royal maharaja welcome that includes horse drawn carriages, a fragrant shower of rose petals, take a private tour of the Palace including the residential areas that are not typically open to the public. Then, enjoy a sit-down exclusive dinner served on the priceless lalique dining table in the private dining room. The only one of its kind, some of the world’s leading politicians and royal families have dined at this table. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 7 Jaipur/ Jaisalmer, via Jodhpur After breakfast, board your private plane to Jaisalmer with an en route stop at Jodhpur, often referred to as the ‘Blue City’. Take a tour of the Mehrangarh Fort and soak in the views over the blue houses of the old quarter. After the Fort, also visit the elegant Jaswant Thada, a white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II which is a peaceful array of whimsical domes and about 1 km away. After a sumptuous lunch board your private plane for your next destination, Jaisalmer. On arrival in Jaisalmer, you are assisted with your transfer to the hotel. Evening is at leisure. Overnight in Jaisalmer.
Day 8 Jaisalmer Luxeperience: Start the morning with a twist. Today’s breakfast is with the local peacocks. This unusual backdrop makes it a perfect experience and an extraordinary treat to the senses — visual and cerebral. After breakfast set out to explore this ancient city and hilltop fortress town that was once a major stop for silk and spice caravans. Your first stop is Jaisalmer Fort, also known as Sonar Qila (the Golden Fort). This classic desert fort, a World Heritage Site, is built of golden coloured sandstone which looks tawny during the day, the colour subtly changing to an almost honey gold at sunset. While at the fort, visit the Lakshminath temple and the Jain temples, which were built between the 12th and 15th centuries and the intricately latticed Havelis, built by wealthy merchants. Drive back to the hotel for a leisurely lunch and the afternoon is at leisure. Tonight’s dinner will be out under the stars in the vast desert at a campsite set up at the base of a 15-metre high dune. Lit by lamps, at the top of the dune’s ridge, almost at the edge of darkness, we will have the Manganiyar troupe singing their free-spirited Sufi music. At the camp’s base, the hotel’s chefs will be busy grilling chicken, mutton and paneer kebabs on a charcoal grill, and next to them is a bar from where you will be served drinks. As you dine under the stars listening to the music and discussing the natural beauty of Jaisalmer, it is a perfect ending to your day. Overnight in Jaisalmer.
Day 9 Jaisalmer/ Udaipur Take to the Indian skies again in your private jet. Your destination is the lovely city of Udaipur. You are met on arrival and you are transferred to your opulent palace hotel. After a relaxed lunch you have the option of exploring the old city with your escort. Shops selling a variety of items, unexpected folk art decorating the walls of houses and small architectural gems like a latticed work Haveli windows are charming and quaint. In the evening have fun learning how to tie the ‘wrap – around’ dress of India, the sari and the art of tying the perfect turbans. It is estimated that there are approximately 1000 styles and types of turbans in Rajasthan, so much so that the style of tying it can change every 15 km in the countryside. Later, proceed for dinner. Overnight in Udaipur.
Day 10 Udaipur Today, after breakfast, you visit the City Palace, a marble complex of palaces and galleries that offers unparalleled views of the lake and its surroundings. Take a private tour of the Crystal Gallery in Fateh Prakash Palace, and stroll through Sahelion Ki Bari (Garden of the Maids of Honor). Pay a visit to a local painting school; later, embark on a private cruise to Jag Mandir, a marble palace on an island in Lake Pichola. Luxeperience: Dinner tonight is arranged on the Gangaur, the royal barge of the House of Mewar. Eight rowers in traditional attire will steer you around the Lake Pichola, as you enjoy a chilled flute of champagne or wine. A floating show kitchen created on a pontoon is attached to the barge and the chefs create barbeque snacks, seafood and hors d’oeuvres, which are served to you by personal butlers. It’s an evening fit for royalty. Overnight in Udaipur.
Day 11 Udaipur – Hyderabad After breakfast at the hotel, fly in your private jet to city of Hyderabad. Upon arrival you will be met and you are transferred to your gorgeous hotel. Set along the Musi River, on the Deccan Plateau, Hyderabad has been a regional capital and centre of trade and commerce for over 500 years. The city earned the nickname ‘City of Pearls’ as it was once a global centre for pearl and diamond trade. Today’s Hyderabad is modern and cosmopolitan but still has a very palpable strong Muslim influences, especially in the old city. Lunch is organised at the hotel and the afternoon is at leisure. Luxeperience: We will invite an ittar (perfume oil) expert to visit the Palace. He will introduce you to the wonderful world of perfumes and perfumed oils that are an integral part of the history of this city. In the evening take a sunset, champagne walk of the palace and vast grounds with the palace historian, who will narrate astonishing tales and myths associated with the Palace. Luxeperience: Your path leads you to the exquisite Japanese Gardens that were personally conceived by the Nizam. Enjoy an exclusive dinner in the evening. Twinkling fairy lights, delicious food of the region, soft strains of music performed by local musicians all come beautifully together to create a truly magical experience. Overnight in Hyderabad.
Day 12 Hyderabad In the company of your escort explore this former capital of a royal domain that’s filled with interesting palaces, museums and other cultural sites. Visit the landmark Charminar, the 17th-century Mecca Masjid mosque, Chowmahalla Palace, Salar Jung Museum, Golconda Fort and the royal tombs of the Qutab Shahi dynasty. Stop for lunch at a popular restaurant that specialises in the famous Hyderabad ‘biryani’. This is not a fancy restaurant, but it is popular for its mouth-watering biryani (rice) dishes. End the sightseeing with a stroll through Laad Bazaar, which is filled with small shops selling lacquer bangles, pearl jewelry, inlaid metalwork and other local crafts. It’s a colourful, busy and vibrant market with great opportunities to interact with the friendly locals. Overnight in Hyderabad.
Day 13 Hyderabad/ Mumbai, via Hampi Bid goodbye to this opulent city of the Nizams and fly to Mumbai. Before you arrive in Mumbai, you stop en route at Hampi. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hampi is India’s Angor Wat before the tourists descended. In its heyday, Hampi was the rich and powerful capital of the Vijayanagar Empire, one of the largest and most important in Indian history. But all this came to a destructive end in 1565 when the Deccan sultanates razed Vijayanagar to the ground leaving just the fascinating tales, legends and atmospheric ruins that stand today.After lunch, you resume your journey. Transfer to the airport and fly onto Mumbai. Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra and the commercial nerve centre of India, is a city that virtually never sleeps. This brightest jewel of the country is home to over 18 million Mumbaikars (as the locals are called), including well-heeled industrialists celebrities and artists. Home also to Bollywood, Mumbai attracts thousands of aspiring actors and artists from all over the country. On arrival in Mumbai, you will be met and transferred to your iconic hotel followed by a dinner. Overnight in Mumbai.
Day 14 Mumbai After a relaxed morning, your escort meets you in the lobby of your hotel and you set out to explore the city’s classic sights, including the Gateway of India, an 85-foot-high arch whose design reflects India’s Muslim and Hindu traditions. Then, see the extraordinary Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a UNESCO World Heritage monument. Built between 1878 and 1888, the Terminus is delicately carved and richly sculpted, with stained-glass windows. From here take a driving tour of Kala Ghoda, the culture and heritage hotspot. Apart from its phenomenal Victorian neo- Gothic architecture, Kala Ghoda is also home to cafes, restaurants, fine shops, and boutiques. In the afternoon you visit Dhobi Ghat, a sight unique to Mumbai. ‘Dhobi Ghat’ (‘washer folks’ place’), is the world’s largest outdoor laundry, where Mumbai’s traditional dhobis provide a wonderful service – collecting dirty laundry, washing it, and returning it neatly ironed, all for a very small fee. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy your hotel and explore the city independently. Your vehicle and escort are at your disposal. Luxeperience: Tonight is your last evening in India and we will organize a special farewell dinner for you at the fabulous suite of your hotel. The menu will be exclusively prepared by the famed chefs of the hotel. Overnight in Mumbai.
Day 15 Mumbai, depart The morning is at leisure. Your escort and vehicle are at your disposal. Later, depending on the time of your international flight you are assisted with your transfer to the airport for your homebound journey.
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