Day 1 - Mumbai, India
Arrive in Mumbai, the illustrious gateway of India, where
you are met and privately transferred to your luxurious hotel.
Day 2 - Mumbai
Explore Mumbai on a visit that appeals to all of your senses,
heading to a railway station to watch the famous dabbawalas,
who deliver thousands of hot home-cooked meals in time
for lunch. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum. After savoring
lunch at a local restaurant, visit a local spice market. Return
to your hotel where this evening you enjoy a welcome
cocktail and dinner.
Day 3 - Ranthambore National Park
Fly by private charter to Jaipur in the heart of Rajasthan. Travel to the southeast toward Ranthambore National Park.
Along the way, stop for an exciting camel cart ride in the
Rajasthani countryside followed by lunch at Talabgoan
Castle. This evening at your hotel, listen to a special talk on
Ranthambore’s wildlife and enjoy a Scenic Sundowner.
Day 4 - Ranthambore National Park
Explore Ranthambore National Park on two thrilling
game drives, spotting crocodiles, sloth bears, leopards or
perhaps the rare and majestic Bengal tiger. Alternatively,
you may choose to visit Ranthambore Fort this afternoon,
which offers panoramic views of these former royal hunting
Day 5 - Jaipur
Travel overland to Jaipur, where you settle into your stunning
room set in a beautiful garden and featuring exotic design
touches, such as local textiles, in a fantasy of pinks, purples
and greens. Later this afternoon, visit the local bazaar, taking
in the colors and vibrancy of local life.
Day 6 - Jaipur
Explore the Amber Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Built of red sandstone and overlooking a lake, it features
opulent and influential design flourishes worthy of the
Rajput rulers who once called it home. Savor lunch at a local
restaurant, and then visit the City Palace and Jantar Mantar
Observatory, an open-air array of astronomical instruments
built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II that includes the world’s
largest stone sundial.
Day 7 - Jaipur
Join the pandit (Hindu priest) for a Hindu blessing ceremony
at a 300-year-old temple in the hotel. Savor lunch and a
Chef ’s Table cooking demonstration, learning about the use
of Indian spices in local specialties. Then, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.
Partake in a private yoga session at your luxurious hotel.
Interact with the students and teachers at Digantar
Vidyalay, a school supported by A&K Philanthropy.
Learn how Rajasthan has historically managed water
resources during a walk outside of Nahargarh Fort.
Return to your luxurious hotel for an evening at leisure.
Day 8 - Agra & Varanasi
Today, fly to Agra via private charter. Upon arrival, explore
the peerless Taj Mahal, a travel moment that never fails
to amaze. Later, reboard your jet for a flight to Varanasi, a
city of more than a thousand temples and shrines sacred to
Hindus and Buddhists.
Day 9 - Varanasi
Discover Sarnath, the place chosen by Buddha to deliver
his first sermon. Explore the ruins of a once-flourishing
Buddhist monastery and look around a museum of Buddhist
art and sculpture. At dusk, beside the Ganges River, witness
the aarti ceremony, as lantern-bearing priests bid the gods a
Day 10 - Varanasi
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 11 - Delhi
Set out to explore Delhi, both old and new. Visit Jama
Masjid, the most important mosque in India. Ride Like a
Local by rickshaw through Chandni Chowk bazaar and
encounter Humayun’s Tomb — an architectural precursor
to the Taj Mahal. Return to your hotel by late afternoon.
Day 12 - Delhi
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departing