India Private Tour With Ranthambore Option

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Why You Should Go

We feel multicultural India to be perhaps the most colorful, diverse, and geographically contrasting land on the planet. The largest democracy in the world, India’s geography ranges from the deserts of Jaisalmer to the mountains of the Himalayas, and to the clear waterways of Kerala. The magnificent Hindu shrines and temples, our favorites being Varanasi, provocative Khajuraho, and the Ajanta caves, engenders a deep sense of spirituality that few other destinations can match.   The culinary choices here are unique and varied, though certainly be prepared for an unsettled stomach along the way. Despite the country’s pervasive poverty, do not be deterred, as for those seeking a unique, multifaceted cultural experience, India will surely provide.

Best Travel Time: Fall Winter Spring

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View of the Taj Mahal from the Oberoi Amarvilas

Sample Itinerary

13 Days + Ranthambore Extension

Each private luxury tour is custom to the wishes of each client. This itinerary is a sample. Our Sister Company, TRAVNET, may provide assistance with mileage points conversion. Do not hesitate to call Randy to create your custom tour.

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Day 1

Fly to Delhi
Through our sister company, premium air provider TRAVNET, we may assist with your international airfare, as well as with mileage points conversion.

Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official home of the President of India
Rashtrapati Bhavan, Delhi
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Day 2

Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be privately transferred to the Imperial Hotel.

Meals:
Accommodations: Imperial Hotel

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The Imperial Hotel
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Day 3

Delhi Private Touring
Your Delhi private touring begins with a walking tour of Old Delhi including a visit to the Red Fort, a massive fortress of Persian and Timurid architecture, and UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will continue to the Parliament House; Rashtrapati Bhavan, the residence of the President and with lush Mughal gardens; and Humayun’s Tomb, built in the 16th Century and considered the architectural forerunner for the Taj Mahal. In the evening you will visit Dilli Haat, an open-air market with delicious food and local artisanal handicrafts.

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Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Imperial Hotel

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The Red Fort
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Day 4

Fly Delhi/Varanasi
Varanasi, also known as Benares, is supposed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, dating back over 2000 years. Once here, you will take an excursion to Sarnath, where the Buddha is believed to have preached his first sermon on enlightenment and the eightfold path. Following, you will get to enjoy a boat ride on the River Ganges. In the evening, you will again board a boat to witness the traditional aarti (prayer) ceremony and rituals performed by the priest and pilgrims, with thousands of lamps sailing along the ghats.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Taj Nadesar Palace

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Priest performing ganga aarti on the River Ganges
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Day 5

Varanasi Private Touring
Begin your day with a boat ride down the River Ganges followed by a walking tour of the old part of Varanasi. The Holy City of Varanasi, the Religious Capital of Hinduism, crowded with temples and a labyrinth of streets with their throngs of people, is a city to be experienced.  You will then visit the outside of Kashi Vishvanath (or Golden) Temple, a gold-spiraled temple rebuilt in the 18th-Century and dedicated to Shiva, where only Hindus are allowed in. Your other temple stops today include Bharat Mata Mandir, dedicated to Mother India and considered to be the most sacred and famous temple in Varanasi; and the marble-built Vishvanath Temple, the tallest in India.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Taj Nadesar Palace

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River Ganges
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Day 6

Fly Varanasi/Dehli + Drive to Agra
Once you arrive in Delhi, you will be privately driven to the Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Oberoi Amarvilas

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Oberoi Amarvilas
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Day 7

Agra Private Touring + Drive to Jaipur
There’s nothing in the world quite like the Taj Mahal – a varying kaleidoscope of solitude, color, and mood. The Taj Mahal truly is one of the wonders of the world. It is a monument of love built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Afterwards, travel to Agra Fort via a horse-drawn carriage. Agra Fort is strategically situated along a bend on the Yamuna River. Built 16th century AD by three generations of Mughal emperors, it is a superb synthesis of stern military fortifications with delicate interior details. You will then be driven to Jaipur where you will be taken on a walking tour of a traditional market.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Rambagh Palace

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Taj Mahal
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Day 8

Jaipur Half-Day Private Touring
Amber Fort, the ancient capital that preceded Jaipur was originally built in the 11th-Century and expanded in size and scope by succeeding dynasties and their rulers. The fort provides beautiful views of the surrounding area of Jaipur. Ride up to the fort’s hilltop location via jeep to explore the maze of passages, corridors, pavilions, ornamental gardens, and ramparts. In the afternoon, you will be returned to Rambagh Palace with the rest of the day free for you to relax.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Rambagh Palace

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The Amber Fort
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Day 9

Jaipur Half-Day Private Touring
The centerpiece of Jaipur is the City Palace, home of the royal family and known for its clutch of excellent private museums that display royal memorabilia, particularly armaments, art, books, costumes, and textiles. Lying adjacent to the City Palace is the medieval Jantar Mantar observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh II, an inveterate astronomer who’s curiously shaped and oversized implements are astonishingly accurate still today.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Rambagh Palace

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City Palace of Jaipur
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Day 10

Fly Jaipur/Delhi/Udaipur
Following your arrival in Udaipur, you will be transferred to the Taj Lake Palace. Udaipur is considered to be one of India’s most lovely locales. Set on the shores of Lake Pichola and surrounded by hills, Udaipur grew in complete contrast to the harsh deserts of the rest of Rajasthan. Rising along Lake Pichola’s eastern shore is the old city, dominated by the magnificent City Palace which presents a dramatic vista at sunrise and sunset.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Taj Lake Palace Hotel

White palace and boat on Lake Pichola in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
City Palace on Lake Pichola
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Day 11

Udaipur Private Touring
Your day will begin with a visit to the City Palace, a complex of palaces linked by interconnecting paths that lead to many enclosures of private apartments and spacious balconies with hanging gardens. The Palace’s massive octagonal towers offer incredible views of Lake Pichola and on the upper floors, you can view city paintings, portraits, and a miniature painting gallery. The Maharana’s collection of crystal and vintage cars is quite ostentatious! Later in afternoon, return for a walking tour of the old city through its narrow lanes and markets, past whitewashed houses and tiny shops that sell a variety of merchandise.  You may wish to visit the workplaces of puppet makers, and those of musical wooden toys, an Udaipur specialty. Visit Bagor Haveli, a well restored 18th century AD nobleman’s mansion that now has an excellent exhibition of regional arts & crafts, costumes, puppets and musical instruments. Your day ends with a private boat cruise on Lake Pichola, with a stop at Jagmandir Island.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Taj Lake Palace Hotel

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City Palace of Udaipur
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Day 12

Aravali Hills Private Touring
You will be privately driven to the outlying countryside of the Aravalli Hills with a lunch stopover at the converted 18th -Century Palace/Fort Devi Garh. Painstakingly restored to a 39 suite boutique hotel, Devi Garh is set in a verdant hilltop adjacent to Delawara Village and is among the most pristine settings for a pool we have ever seen. We also had our best meal in Udaipur here!

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Taj Lake Palace Hotel

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The Aravali Hills
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Day 13

Fly India/Home

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: 

City Palace and Pichola lake in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India, Asia
City Palace and Lake Pichola, Udaipur
Ranthambore Extension

Ranthambore Extension

Fly Udaipur/Ranthambore
Once the scene of royal hunting parties, Ranthambore is mainly known for tigers, yet also has a large number of sambhar, chital, and Nilgai. Herds of boar and an occasional gazelle can be seen, as also the Indian hare, mongoose and monitor lizards. Among the lakes and pools you may spot leopards, hyenas, jackals, jungle cats, sloth bears and marsh crocodiles. Over three days here, you can enjoy game drives and a visit to the Ranthambore Fort, built in 10th-century and towering over the entire park area.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Oberoi Vanyavilas

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Tiger at Ranthambore National Park

Hotels

Built in 1931 and designed with a compelling mix of Victorian and Art Deco aesthetics, the 5-star Imperial is truly one of our favorite hotels in the world. Based on the hospitality culture of both the Mughals and the British, you feel a spirit of the British Raj while staying here.  With the largest collection of colonial and post-colonial art and artifacts of any hotel in India, wandering the halls of the Imperial is always fascinating. Each of the 190 rooms and 43 suites is lavishly decorated and have nice marble baths. Amenities here include 8 different dining options, a spa and salon, a gym, health and racquet club, and a swimming pool.

Imperial Hotel

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Built in 1931 and designed with a compelling mix of Victorian and Art Deco aesthetics, the 5-star Imperial is truly one of our favorite hotels in the world. Based on the hospitality culture of both the Mughals and the British, you feel a spirit of the British Raj while staying here.  With the largest collection of colonial and post-colonial art and artifacts of any hotel in India, wandering the halls of the Imperial is always fascinating. Each of the 190 rooms and 43 suites is lavishly decorated and have nice marble baths. Amenities here include 8 different dining options, a spa and salon, a gym, health and racquet club, and a swimming pool.

With only 10 rooms occupied in a former Maharajah’s palace, the Nadesar is truly a luxurious oasis in the midst of the chaos and noise of bustling Varanasi.  The 5-Star Taj Nadesar Palace’s modern amenities including flat screen TVs and DVD players contrast interestingly with the traditional furnishings and history of this impressive hotel open since 1835. Each of the rooms has four-poster beds and are decorated in rich hues and artwork coming from the Maharaja’s own collection. Set along the banks of the Ganges, we especially enjoy the 45-acre landscaped grounds—the rose and jasmine gardens are a special treat. The elaborately detailed check-in procedure at Nadesar is among the most unique we have experienced anywhere! A fun experience here is the carriage ride along the Nadesar’s grounds where you can learn all about the history of the hotel and Varanasi itself. Amenities here include a dining room, croquet court, fitness center, swimming pool, and mini-golf course.

Taj Nadesar Palace

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With only 10 rooms occupied in a former Maharajah’s palace, the Nadesar is truly a luxurious oasis in the midst of the chaos and noise of bustling Varanasi.  The 5-Star Taj Nadesar Palace’s modern amenities including flat screen TVs and DVD players contrast interestingly with the traditional furnishings and history of this impressive hotel open since 1835. Each of the rooms has four-poster beds and are decorated in rich hues and artwork coming from the Maharaja’s own collection. Set along the banks of the Ganges, we especially enjoy the 45-acre landscaped grounds—the rose and jasmine gardens are a special treat. The elaborately detailed check-in procedure at Nadesar is among the most unique we have experienced anywhere! A fun experience here is the carriage ride along the Nadesar’s grounds where you can learn all about the history of the hotel and Varanasi itself. Amenities here include a dining room, croquet court, fitness center, swimming pool, and mini-golf course.

Only a couple hundred yards from the Taj Mahal, the 102-room Oberoi Amarvilas offers unobstructed, stunning views of the iconic building. This iconic property is modeled after a Mughal palace with cascading fountains, arched passageways, and gold leaf frescoes. The rooms feature a simple yet classic design, with original Mughal coins and antique Indian fabrics adorning the walls. Amenities here include two restaurants, a bar and lounge, a spa, fitness center, and swimming pool. The Oberoi Amarvilas is truly one of the nicest hotels in all of India.

Oberoi Amarvilas

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Only a couple hundred yards from the Taj Mahal, the 102-room Oberoi Amarvilas offers unobstructed, stunning views of the iconic building. This iconic property is modeled after a Mughal palace with cascading fountains, arched passageways, and gold leaf frescoes. The rooms feature a simple yet classic design, with original Mughal coins and antique Indian fabrics adorning the walls. Amenities here include two restaurants, a bar and lounge, a spa, fitness center, and swimming pool. The Oberoi Amarvilas is truly one of the nicest hotels in all of India.

The former residence of the maharajah of Jaipur, the Rambagh Palace has been faithfully restored with period cupolas, parapets, marbled colonnade and massive scalloped archways. Spread out over 47 acres of lush lawn and gardens, the 70-rooms face landscaped courtyards and fountains. Bev, Zen, and I especially enjoyed the daily evening folk dance/musicians performing in the upper front lawn. Featured in Peter Coat’s “Most Beautiful Gardens in the World”, the palace gardens are lush and have an array of exotic birds. You will see magnificent peacocks, babblers, mynahs, red-vented bulbuls—many varieties!  Cultural performers are normally planned at the Rambagh every evening at 7 pm (most entertaining!).

Rambagh Palace

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The former residence of the maharajah of Jaipur, the Rambagh Palace has been faithfully restored with period cupolas, parapets, marbled colonnade and massive scalloped archways. Spread out over 47 acres of lush lawn and gardens, the 70-rooms face landscaped courtyards and fountains. Bev, Zen, and I especially enjoyed the daily evening folk dance/musicians performing in the upper front lawn. Featured in Peter Coat’s “Most Beautiful Gardens in the World”, the palace gardens are lush and have an array of exotic birds. You will see magnificent peacocks, babblers, mynahs, red-vented bulbuls—many varieties!  Cultural performers are normally planned at the Rambagh every evening at 7 pm (most entertaining!).

If you are familiar with the 007 movies, you may recall the 1983 Bond Movie, Octopussy – much of it was filmed here at the Taj Lake Palace! In contrast to the sleek, contemporary style of the Udaivilas, the Lake Palace Hotel is an 18th-century marble-palace right smack in the middle of beautiful Lake Pichola—a truly unique setting. With only 83 rooms, the service here is personal and intimate. Although the spa is small, Bev and Zen thought their treatments were of very high quality.

Taj Lake Palace Hotel

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If you are familiar with the 007 movies, you may recall the 1983 Bond Movie, Octopussy – much of it was filmed here at the Taj Lake Palace! In contrast to the sleek, contemporary style of the Udaivilas, the Lake Palace Hotel is an 18th-century marble-palace right smack in the middle of beautiful Lake Pichola—a truly unique setting. With only 83 rooms, the service here is personal and intimate. Although the spa is small, Bev and Zen thought their treatments were of very high quality.

An opulent resort located on the edge of the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Oberoi Vanyavilas is the finest location for animal viewing.   Set in walled gardens, each tent has a rustic exterior balanced with lavish décor inside, using traditional Indian materials, and a luxurious bathroom. From the observation tower, one can enjoy panoramic views of the natural surroundings.  Amenities here include WiFi, a nice spa, a restaurant, and a swimming pool.

Taj Lake Palace Hotel

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An opulent resort located on the edge of the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Oberoi Vanyavilas is the finest location for animal viewing.   Set in walled gardens, each tent has a rustic exterior balanced with lavish décor inside, using traditional Indian materials, and a luxurious bathroom. From the observation tower, one can enjoy panoramic views of the natural surroundings.  Amenities here include WiFi, a nice spa, a restaurant, and a swimming pool.

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Overview

Temperature
Highs: High 90s°F
Lows: Low 70s°F
Area
3.3 million sq km
1.3 million sq miles
Capital
New Delhi
Population
1.3 million
Language
Hindi, English
Currency
Indonesian Rupiah

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