Welcome to Delhi. With its rich archaeological history that has been built over generations by the kindgoms that ruled over the city, Delhi is a melting pot of cultures. After you settle at your hotel, venture out to explore.
Hop on a bicycle rickshaw and zig zag through the bustling bazaar built during the Mughal Empire, transporting you back in time. Indulge in a workshop that fires up your senses- the Ittar or perfume-making studio. Rumor has it that Mughal Emperor Jahangir’s wife may have been one of the first patrons of the industry. Before returning to your hotel for the evening, visit the hauntingly beautiful Safdarjung’s Tomb, built in 1754 and one of the last monuments of the Mughal era.
Today you leave the city by train to visit Agra and the iconic Taj Mahal. Built by Shah Jahan, it is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Designed and planned by the Persian architect Ustad Ahmad Lahori, the monument took 22 years to complete and is recognized as the greatest architectural achievements of the Indo-Islamic architectures. It was not only designed with balance and perfect symmetry, but its elegant domes and lace like intricate carved screens personify its beauty.
This evening, return back to Delhi by train.
Today you will fly to Kanha National Park, one of Asia’s premier wildlife reserves and one of the best places in the world to see wild tigers. Here you will be met by your private driver for transfer to Banjaar Tola, an intimate tented camp built on the banks of the Banjaar River overlooking national park.
Each elegant camp boasts its own pool while intricate stone carvings adorn the guest areas and showcase the rich cultural heritage of the region. The cuisine at the camp celebrates tribal flavors presented with all-time favorites to appeal to every palate.
A wake-up call before sunrise and a cup of coffee will get you started for your safari. You will be greeted by your naturalist who will escort you to your open 4×4 jeep which will carry you over the vast expanse of grassland and forest that is Kanha. With over 1,000 species of flora and fauna, you may spot tiger, jackals, wild boar, leopard, and more.
This evening, dine on locally-sourced foods prepared in a variety of Indian regional cuisines, from cheese, mint, and onion-stuffed kathi rolls to thalis, a traditional meal served in assorted, small dishes.
Today you will depart Kanha for the wilderness of Pench National Park, where Rudyard Kipling took his inspiration from to write The Jungle Book. Pench has been one of the best-kept secrets among wildlife enthusiasts who have long been acquainted with and bedazzled by its immensely varied flora and fauna.
Settle into Jamtara Wilderness Tented Camp surrounded by tall Arjuna Trees and an ancient Banyan rooted on a dry riverbed. Each luxury tent is surrounded by lush jungles and with the minimal use of concrete, the vestiges of city life are left behind.
Set off in the early morning with your naturalist guide to explore Pench National Park. The park, with its undulating land, boasts the highest density of herbivores in any Indian park. It has a large diversity of wildlife, including leopard, tiger, jungle cat, dhole (wild dog), sloth bear, wild boar, mongoose, and gaur.
In the afternoon, consider a swim in the infinity pool, reading your favorite book or unwinding with a drink listening to tunes on Jamtara’s unique vertical Gramophone. The choice is yours.
Apart from safaris, take the opportunity to stretch your legs and venture into the surrounding villages and communities. Being so remote from any major city, the rural villages that surround the tended camp use minimal means of transportation, electronics, and machines, truly transporting you back in time.
Tonight, sleep under a bed of stars and bear witness to the live orchestra of crickets, owls, frogs, jackals, ceremoniously punctuated by the alarm calls of the spotted deer, making you aware of a predator’s presence. It is wilderness in its purest form.
Today you’ll leave the wilds of India and take flight to Jodhpur, also known as the Blue City. The sight of the indigo washed blue houses is quite striking, set against the backdrop of the majestic Meheranghar Fort perched above. Built over a period of 500 years, Meherangarh is a maze of palaces, terraces, chambers and gates.
At the far end of the city, the sun glints off the domes of Umaid Bhawan Palace, home to the royal family. A seamless blend of Rajput and European architecture with Art Deco interiors, Umaid Bhawan is one of the last grand palaces of India.
This morning, experience Mehrangarh Fort on an expertly guided walk exclusively for you, by far our favorite way to experience Meherangarh’s grandeur.
Upon leaving the fort, you will wind down the steep cobble-stoned path, the pace of life seems to slow down when you step into the indigo tinted walls of the historic quarter, known as the Blue City. The Heritage walk will take you down into the Forted city of Jodhpur. The City continues to retain its medieval feel with numerous step wells, ancient temples, historic havelis and Blue houses dating back from the mid 1400s.
Today you’ll make your way by air from the Blue City to Udaipur, sometimes known at the “Venice of the East”. Udaipur’s kaleidoscope of fairytale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry.
Tonight you’ll stay at the iconic Taj Lake Palace, a more than 300 year old summer palace of the Udaipur royal family. It rests amid the serene waters of Lake Pichola, overlooking the majestic City Palace of Udaipur on one side, and the Monsoon Palace on the other.
Udaipur is a city of mysteries, histories, and stories. The Old City is dotted with numerous historic temples, Havelis and baoris (step wells). Today you will visit once of the most iconic sites in Udaipur, the City Palace Complex with its marble and granite walls laden with miniature paintings, and decorated with tiles, glasswork and mirrors, giving insight into the lives of the royals.
Boasting a blend of Medieval, European and Chinese architecture, you will find a marvelous assortment of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Afterwards, your private transfer will be waiting for you to take you to the airport for your onward flight home.
Our theory on India
On your last night in Udaipur, let us arrange a once-in-a-lifetime cocktail dinner cruise aboard Gangaur – a 150-year-old historic royal barge. Sail fabled Lake Pichola while you witness magical rays of sun set below the horizon.
India is rich in history and has incredible cultural sites to explore, but did you know they also have safari? India contains a network of national parks, where a myriad of wild animals roam, including tigers, sloth bears, jaguars, antelope, and migratory birds. Wildlife spotting at its finest!
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