Day 1 - Arrive Mumbai, India
Arrive in Mumbai, where an A&K representative meets and
transfers you to your iconic hotel.
Day 2 - Mumbai
Explore the city’s classic sites, including the Gateway of
India, an 85-foot-high arch whose design reflects India’s
Muslim and Hindu traditions. Visit the Prince of Wales
Museum and Mani Bhawan, a museum dedicated to the life
and works of Mahatma Gandhi. Next, see the Dhobi Ghat,
the largest open-air laundry in the world and a wonderfully
colorful spectacle to behold. Tonight, enjoy a welcome
Day 4 - Udaipur
Fly to Udaipur this morning and settle into your stunning
palace hotel set in the middle of scenic Lake Pichola. Relax
this afternoon before embarking on a private cruise past Jag Mandir, a marble palace on an island in Lake Pichola,
followed by a Scenic Sundowner and dinner at your hotel.
The next morning, visit the stunning City Palace, a marble
complex that offers unforgettable views of the lake and its
surroundings. Continue to the Crystal Gallery in Fateh
Prakash Palace. Stroll through the Sahelion Ki Bari (Garden
of the Maids of Honor) before returning to your hotel.
Day 6 - Jaipur
This morning, fly to Jaipur and check in to your hotel, the
former residence of the Maharajah of Jaipur. Later, explore
the City Palace, a unique and arresting complex of several
palaces, pavilions, gardens and temples. Located within the
palace’s gates is the Mubarak Mahal, or “Auspicious Palace,”
which contains textiles including the royal formal costumes,
Sanganeri block prints, Kashmiri pashminas and silk saris.
Then, visit Jantar Mantar, an open-air array of astronomical
instruments. The next day, in the morning, view the Palace
of the Winds — built for the women of the royal household
to observe street life without being seen. Proceed to explore
the beautiful Mughal-style Amber Fort. This red sandstone
and marble palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This
afternoon, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.
Visit the Gyan Museum, exploring its private collection of
antiques and art.
Visit Digantar Vidyalay to interact with the students at
an innovative school supported by A&K Philanthropy.
Discover the Bazaars of Jaipur, taking in the vibe of local
life and shopping for keepsakes from your journey.
Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
Day 8 - Agra
Drive to Agra, observing the colorful rural life of Rajasthan
on your journey. Upon arrival, catch your first glimpse of the
breathtaking Taj Mahal from your luxurious room. Visit the
Taj Mahal in the late afternoon, as the setting sun bathes it in
a soft orange glow. Return the next morning, when the rising
sun lends a warm pink tint to its marble face. Visit the Agra
Fort, once the prison of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal after the death of his beloved wife.
Day 9 - Panna National Park
Depart by express train to Jhansi. After lunch, continue to
remote Panna National Park, a haven for India’s wildlife,
and check in to your wilderness lodge. Then, meet with a
member of the nomadic Pardhi community to learn about
their role in the continuing effort to repopulate Panna
National Park with the Bengal tiger, an exclusive insider
Day 10 - Panna National Park
Rise early this morning for a game drive in Panna National
Park aboard a four-wheel-drive vehicle, spotting crocodiles
or perhaps the elusive Bengal tiger. Learn how a successful
conservation program has grown the park’s tiger population,
increasing the odds of a sighting. Return to the lodge to
enjoy an Indian cooking demonstration, as a chef prepares
local delicacies for lunch. Enjoy an afternoon game drive
before returning to your lodge for dinner.
Day 11 - Khajuraho & Varanasi
Drive to Khajuraho to see all of life — joy, love, divinity, war
— depicted in detail on every inch of its 85 Hindu and Jain
temples. Then, fly to Varanasi, a city of more than a thousand
temples and shrines, sacred to Hindus and Buddhists. At
dusk, beside the Ganges River, witness the aarti ceremony.
Chanted prayers and rhythmic drumming fill the air as you
watch lantern-bearing priests bid the gods and goddesses a
Day 12 - Varanasi & Delhi
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. Later, fly to Delhi for a farewell
Day 13 - Delhi
Visit the great Jama Masjid, the most important mosque in
India. Completed in 1656, its two minarets, made from red
sandstone and white marble, each stand 131 feet tall. Then, set off on an exciting rickshaw ride through the carts and
stalls of Chandni Chowk bazaar, one of the oldest and busiest
markets in Old Delhi. Like Jama Masjid, it dates to the era of
Shah Jahan, and today is a vital part of everyday life here —
frequented by locals and a must-see destination for visitors.
After lunch, tour New Delhi, including Humayun’s Tomb,
the last resting place of an esteemed 16th-century Mughal
emperor and an architectural precursor of the Taj Mahal.
Day 14 - Depart Delhi
Transfer to the airport early this morning for your flight
home, or begin your post-tour extension to Kathmandu.