(20 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Delhi, Varanasi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Udaipur, Cochin, Kerala, Mumbai
Explore the highlights of northern and southern India on this extraordinary private luxury tour. Great for first-time travelers to India who want to see a broad range of the best the entire country has to offer, the tour features breathtaking landscapes, spectacular cultural sites, impossibly luxurious hotels, one of India’s most interesting game reserves, and two dynamic cities.
Begin in Delhi, the bustling capital of India. During private touring, experience highlights such as the UNESCO-listed Humayun’s Tomb and Qutb Minar, the Lodi Gardens, and a rickshaw ride through the colorful bazaars of Old Delhi, as well as upscale shopping districts.
Next, visit Varanasi (Benares), one of the oldest cities in the world and, as the spiritual center of the Hindu world, a major Indian pilgrimage site. Watch as believers congregate on the ghats (stone steps) along the banks of the holy Ganges River to perform ritual ablutions. Visit local villages and explore Varanasi’s old town, with its ancient universities and renowned silk shops. Also, take an excursion to Sarnath, believed to be the site of the Buddha’s first sermon. If desired, visit master silk weavers and enjoy a private recital in the home of a local musician.
Transfer to Agra for a spellbinding visit to the Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest monument to love. Also visit Agra Fort and local markets. Stay in the lavish Oberoi Amarvilas in a room with an uninterrupted view of the Taj.
Proceed to Ranthambore National Park, one of the world’s finest wildlife sanctuaries, home to tigers, leopards and crocodiles. Enjoy several game viewing excursions while staying at a luxury tented camp surrounded by lemon and mango trees.
Continue to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s great “Pink City.” See the rich architectural legacy of Jaipur’s merchants and maharajas—hill forts, palaces, the observatory, gardens, temples and havelis (courtyard mansions)—surrounded by stark desert. If desired, ride an elephant to Amber Fort. Marvel at the luminous saris of indigenous tribal women and the bright turbans of Rajasthani men. Explore medieval backstreets and browse bazaars selling textiles, leatherwork, woodblock prints, perfume, jewelry and Jaipur’s traditional blue pottery.
Spend three nights in Udaipur, India's most romantic city, at the beautiful Oberoi Udaivilas. Cruise Lake Pichola and walk through picturesque backstreets, shop for local folk art, tour the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, the Saheliyon Ki Bari Garden, and browse the local bazaars.
Transfer to Cochin and spend some time in this evocative harbor town on the Malabar Coast. Tour the city's rich past, including an ancient church, a synagogue and royal palaces. Continue to the scenic Backwaters of Kerala, a vast watery maze of palm-fringed lagoons, canals and lakes. Board the luxury Oberoi M.V. Vrinda for a three-night cruise. Enjoy traditional dance performances, and take a traditional rice boat past rice paddies and villages to visit important cultural sites.
The tour concludes with two nights in exciting Mumbai (Bombay), India’s economic capital and the home of the Bollywood film industry. Tour the city’s cultural attractions, bazaars and most interesting neighborhoods, and take a private boat ride to the Elephanta Island Caves—inside are extensive Hindu stone sculptures linked to the cult of Shiva.
Arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Delhi Full-day private tour of Old & New Delhi
Delhi - Varanasi
Transfer and flight to Varanasi for overnight stay. Private city touring and visit to Sarnath
Varanasi - Agra
Morning private boat ride on the Ganges and city touring. Transfer and flight to Delhi; overland drive to Agra for 2 nights
Private tour, including visit to Taj Mahal
Agra - RanthamboreNational Park
Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal, if desired. Transfer to Ranthambore for 2 nights at luxury tented camp. Afternoon wildlife viewing
Morning and afternoon wildlife viewing
Ranthambore - Jaipur
Morning transfer to Jaipur for 2 nights. Afternoon private city tour
Full-day private tour, including morning elephant ride to Amber Fort
Jaipur - Udaipur
Transfer to Udaipur, with touring en route
Full-day private city touring including lunch at private home
Continue private city touring
Udaipur - Cochin
Private transfer and flights to Cochin for 2 nights. Evening dance performance
Private tour including old fort and harbor
Cochin - Backwaters of Kerala
Private transfer to Vembanad Lake to board cruise for 3 nights. Afternoon touring and evening entertainment
Day 16 & 17
Backwaters of Kerala
Kerala - Mumbai
Transfer and flights to Mumbai (Bombay) for 2 nights. Afternoon private city touring
Mumbai Private tour, including boat ride to Elephanta Island
Private transfer to airport
The Leela Palace New Delhi or The Imperial New Delhi
The Oberoi Amarvilas
The Oberoi Vanyavilas
The Oberoi Udaivilas
The Oberoi M.V. Vrinda
The Taj Mahal Palace or The Oberoi Mumbai
Per person (double occupancy)
Optional surcharge for regional business class flights (when available):
From $1,055 per person
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