Explore India’s greatest treasures as you visit the timeless Taj Mahal, seek the graceful Bengal tiger and witness a holy rite beside the sacred Ganges — all while staying in royal palaces-turned-luxury-hotels.
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 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. Then, admire the
vibrant sunset from your island hotel on a Scenic Sundowner
followed by dinner. 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
Day 6 - Jaipur
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,
view the Palace of the Winds — built so the women of the royal
household could 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, on an A&K-exclusive
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 savor a Chef’s Table experience, featuring an Indian cooking demonstration, as your lodge’s chef prepares local delicacies for lunch. Enjoy an afternoon game drive before returning to Pashan Garh 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 restful slumber.
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 each stand 131
feet tall. Then, Ride Like a Local by rickshaw through the
narrow alleys 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.