Luxury Group Tour - Journey of the Senses Revealed

Maximum of 20 guests (Minimum of 6) | Starting from $9,399 CAD with Air

From the moment you step off the plane and into the warm Indian air, you will feel a joyful flutter in your heart, a calmness in your mind, and an awakening of your senses. Fresh fragrance lingers in the air and as you breathe it in, you are pleasantly roused as only welcoming scents can do. As the divine, sweet sounds of the music of India kisses your ears, you will be swept away by an indescribable pleading from your heart to never be without such enchanting sounds again. Your eyes are delighted at the kaleidoscope of colour which teasingly sways for them at every turn on this captivating journey. Your taste buds will be privy to some of the most ancient secrets of cuisine as you savour your way through each day, always wondering how tomorrow could be any better… but then it is. This journey will quiet your mind, rejuvenate your spirit, rouse your senses, and stir your soul to the point that you will feel as though you have been born again as a receptor of everything splendid and divine.

Tour Highlights

  • Emotions stir as the heartwarming aspects of the Indian culture are revealed through unique, authentic, and magnificently beautiful cultural experiences throughout the tour.
  • Witness the breathtaking transformation of the Taj Mahal as the sun rises over the majestic Mughal structure taking it from the splendour of the night to its magical presence at daybreak. Also, you will be offered the rare opportunity to visit the Taj at moonlight to see the majesty of the structure as the moon blankets it with a hue of blue.
  • In Agra you will feel the passion of Shah Jahan & Mumtaz in the adaptation of their love saga in the musical play entitled Shah Jahan O-Mumtaz.
  • Take an exhilarating bicycle rickshaw ride through the historic back lanes of Old Delhi.
  • Experience the majestic Amber Fort Palace in Jaipur built in 1592
  • Delight fills the air as you enjoy dinner and a cultural folk dance performance in Jaipur.
  • Upon a camel you will take the peaceful journey through the desert to the most enchanting camp for an evening of tribal Rajasthani dancing and campfire dinner.
  • Enjoy the memorable moments and striking scenery as you cruise upon the tranquil waters of Lake Pichola in Udaipur.
  • See the Dhabbawallas secure 100’s of lunchboxes on their bicycles to be delivered all over the city. Featured in the movie The Lunch Box.  All this and more awaits you in India!

Tour Inclusions

  • Non-stop International round-trip airfare in economy cabin from Vancouver & Toronto
  • Accommodation in 5 star hotels and heritage resorts.
  • Escorted transfers from airport to hotel / hotel to airport
  • Meals as per the outlined program
  • Soft drinks, sodas, mineral water during sightseeing tours and long drives
  • tea and coffee during meals
  • All sightseeing entrance fees to monuments as well as other special exclusive events
  • Luxury, air conditioned Volvo coach with washroom facility on board
  • Domestic airfare as per the outlined program
  • Knowledgeable, accompanying English speaking tour director throughout the tour

Tour Exclusions

  • Personal expenses, laundry, bar bills, phone bills, etc.
  • Any other sightseeing other than mentioned in program
  • Services other than in our inclusion
  • Gratuities – $250.00 CAD per person must be paid after your arrival in India directly to your tour director. These basic gratuities will cover tour escorts, luggage handling, porters, restaurants, drivers and other members providing services during your tour. Applies to group tour only.

Day 1: Depart Canada

Depart Canada for India. Your Air Canada international flight includes meals, drinks and in-flight entertainment.

Day 2: Arrival in India (New Delhi)

Welcome to Incredible India. On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport you will be greeted by our Explore India representative who will transfer you to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to relax and enjoy the amenities at the hotel.

Accommodation: The Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi

The Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi


No.1, Man Singh Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
https://taj.tajhotels.com/en-in/the-taj-mahal-hotel-new-delhi/?utm_source=Google&utm_campaign=The-Taj-Mahal-Hotel-New-Delhi&utm_medium=Local
+91 11 6656 6162

The Taj Mahal Hotel is a five-star deluxe hotel located in the very heart of New Delhi. On Number One Mansingh Road, it stands as tribute to timeless hospitality and service, complementing the broad leafy boulevards of Delhi’s chief architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens. Its proximity to the seat of government, the city’s diplomatic corps, and entertainment, heritage and business districts has furthered the hotel’s reputation as the epicentre of the capital. Prominent landmarks – India Gate, the Presidential Palace and the National Museum – are a short 10-minute drive away.

The glorious Mughal architecture, dramatic façade of pink Dholpur sandstone, impeccable gardens and pool give it the ambience of a luxurious in-city haven.

All around, grandeur meets understated elegance. Antiques, priceless art, and traditional accents & colours are impeccably woven together with contemporary style and modern amenities. Stay in our 292 luxurious rooms and grand suites, all of which offer stunning aerial views of Delhi’s historic skyline, or at our one-of-a-kind Presidential Suite, all perfected to host dignitaries and celebrities from across the globe.

  • The Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi
  • The Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi
  • The Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi

Day 3: Delhi

After breakfast we will start our tour with a visit to the house of Mahatma Gandhi, a place where Mr. Gandhi’s epic life ended on January 30th, 1948. Mahatma Gandhi lived in this house from September 9th, 1947 until his death, and the house is home to many treasures and memorial items from the last 144 days of his life. The house was acquired by the Government of India in 1971 and was converted into a National Memorial of Gandhi, “Father of the Nation” and was opened to the public on August 15, 1973. As you walk through Gandhi’s home it’s as though you feel the majesty of his presence still alive, a truly fascinating and memorable step back in time that will leave you with a quiet stillness but a lifted heart. The building and the landscape have been preserved to the lush beauty that filled the eyes of the beloved teacher and will impress you as well as you stroll the grounds.

Our next visit is Gurudwara Bangala Sahib – originally a lavish Bungalow converted into a Sikh shrine frequented by people of all faiths.  In addition to beautiful prayer hall and a pond of water (considered to be holy) the shrine also tries that nobody sleeps hungry under the blessings of the divine soul. The Gurudwara has a Langar Hall, (community kitchen) where clean and nutritious meals are provided for all regardless of race, caste, gender or religion without any charges. The community meals are provided from 12:00 AM – 11: 45 PM and are open to everyone who visits the place. Common people render services to the Almighty by helping out in the kitchen or service, which is believed to be one of the most blessed prayer services in the shrine.

After lunch we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Humayun’s Tomb. Humayun was the second Mughal Emperor of India and the tomb was built by his widow, Biga Begum in 1569, 14 years after his death, at a cost of 1.5 million rupees. It was later used for the burial of various members of the ruling family and contains some 150 graves. It has aptly been described as the necropolis of the Mughal dynasty.

After our visit we will return to our hotel for a small break before we leave for our welcome dinner and traditional India dance and music.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: The Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi

The Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi


No.1, Man Singh Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
https://taj.tajhotels.com/en-in/the-taj-mahal-hotel-new-delhi/?utm_source=Google&utm_campaign=The-Taj-Mahal-Hotel-New-Delhi&utm_medium=Local
+91 11 6656 6162

The Taj Mahal Hotel is a five-star deluxe hotel located in the very heart of New Delhi. On Number One Mansingh Road, it stands as tribute to timeless hospitality and service, complementing the broad leafy boulevards of Delhi’s chief architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens. Its proximity to the seat of government, the city’s diplomatic corps, and entertainment, heritage and business districts has furthered the hotel’s reputation as the epicentre of the capital. Prominent landmarks – India Gate, the Presidential Palace and the National Museum – are a short 10-minute drive away.

The glorious Mughal architecture, dramatic façade of pink Dholpur sandstone, impeccable gardens and pool give it the ambience of a luxurious in-city haven.

All around, grandeur meets understated elegance. Antiques, priceless art, and traditional accents & colours are impeccably woven together with contemporary style and modern amenities. Stay in our 292 luxurious rooms and grand suites, all of which offer stunning aerial views of Delhi’s historic skyline, or at our one-of-a-kind Presidential Suite, all perfected to host dignitaries and celebrities from across the globe.

  • The Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi
  • The Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi
  • The Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi

Day 4: Old Delhi Sightseeing-Jama Mosque-Chandni Chowk-Akshardham Temple

After your breakfast at the hotel you will start the morning tour by exploring 17th Century Old Delhi. Visit the Jama Mosque, the royal mosque built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1656. We will take a bicycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk, the spine of Old Delhi that houses the spice market and jeweler’s lane and then proceed to Old Delhi for the Exclusive Heritage Walk. During this historical walk you can disengage from the rest of the world and walk the streets of Shahjahanabad (Chandni Chowk) with your guide. Discover and experience the real Delhi that you will not find in the guide books. You get an insight into the history and heritage of India, discover the lifestyle and age-old practices of locals and see more in just a few hours than most usually ever see and experience. The area is also home to several old temples, shrines, mosques, and old Havelis (havelis are private mansions in the old city in which a single family has been living from generations). Next, visit one of the oldest spice markets in Asia.

Later, we will visit Akshardham Temple. The term ‘Akshardham’ is derived from two words ‘Akshar’ and ‘Dham’ and it means ‘eternal abode’. The temple is the embodiment of India’s rich legacy of traditions, ancient architecture, and everlasting spiritual messages. This is a wonderful place to walk around and tour with its grand opulence in such a tranquil setting of nature and beauty.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: The Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi

The Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi


No.1, Man Singh Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
https://taj.tajhotels.com/en-in/the-taj-mahal-hotel-new-delhi/?utm_source=Google&utm_campaign=The-Taj-Mahal-Hotel-New-Delhi&utm_medium=Local
+91 11 6656 6162

The Taj Mahal Hotel is a five-star deluxe hotel located in the very heart of New Delhi. On Number One Mansingh Road, it stands as tribute to timeless hospitality and service, complementing the broad leafy boulevards of Delhi’s chief architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens. Its proximity to the seat of government, the city’s diplomatic corps, and entertainment, heritage and business districts has furthered the hotel’s reputation as the epicentre of the capital. Prominent landmarks – India Gate, the Presidential Palace and the National Museum – are a short 10-minute drive away.

The glorious Mughal architecture, dramatic façade of pink Dholpur sandstone, impeccable gardens and pool give it the ambience of a luxurious in-city haven.

All around, grandeur meets understated elegance. Antiques, priceless art, and traditional accents & colours are impeccably woven together with contemporary style and modern amenities. Stay in our 292 luxurious rooms and grand suites, all of which offer stunning aerial views of Delhi’s historic skyline, or at our one-of-a-kind Presidential Suite, all perfected to host dignitaries and celebrities from across the globe.

  • The Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi
  • The Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi
  • The Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi

Day 5: Delhi – Varanasi

After breakfast we will fly to the holy city of Varanasi. Varanasi is formerly known as Kashi, the city that illuminates. It is the religious capital of Hinduism and one of the oldest living cities in the world.

Upon arrival we will be transferred to our hotel.

Hindus believe the banks of the Ganges is the most sacred place on earth to die

Up to 300 people are cremated at the sacred site every day to liberate their souls to find nirvana and be reborn

It is believed anyone who dies in Varanasi breaks the cycle of death and rebirth and achieves nirvana (moksha)

Legend says that the flames of the funeral pyres at Manikarnika Ghats have been burning for some 3,000 years.

In the early evening we will go to the banks of the Ganges to witness the devotional ceremony of Aarti performed by devout Hindus. Afterwards, we will return back to hotel and enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi

The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi


Nadesar Palace Ground, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221002, India
https://gateway.tajhotels.com/en-in/ganges-varanasi/
+91 542 666 0001

The ancient temple city of Varanasi has yet another landmark in The Gateway Hotel Varanasi. Featured among the top 5 star hotels in the city, The Gateway Hotel Varanasi is nestled amidst 40 acres of lush  gardens at a convenient distance (about 45 minutes drive) from the airport.

  • The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi
  • The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi
  • The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi
  • The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi

Day 6: Varanasi-Ganges Bathing Ghats – Boat Tour Along The Ganges

A memorable day ahead as we leave early in the morning to board our boat for a ride along the Ganges to see the bathing Ghats and cremation site. We will watch the sunrise on the riverfront from a boat which can be a moving spiritual experience as you witness the worship and sites along the river. Life on the Ghats is bound by an endless string of rituals and the ever-changing aspects of the river and the wide landscapes throughout the area have fascinated visitors from all over the world. You will become entranced by the sights and sounds of those worshipping in this amazingly beautiful, mysterious, and ancient place. Return to the hotel for breakfast.

Later we will explore Sarnath, the site where Buddha preached his first sermon. After attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gayathe, Buddha went to Sarnath and it was here that he preached his first discourse in the deer park to set in motion the ‘Wheel of the Dharma’. It is one of the holiest sites because in this place the stream of the Buddha’s teaching first flowed. Sarnath was a renowned school of learning from 16th century BC to 12th century AD. We will visit the ruins, the stupa, the Buddhist temple and the museum. There will also be time for shopping for silk materials that Varanasi is famous for.

In the evening we will have the option to attend a unique heritage walking experience called Death & Rebirth in Banaras Night Walk.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi

The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi


Nadesar Palace Ground, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221002, India
https://gateway.tajhotels.com/en-in/ganges-varanasi/
+91 542 666 0001

The ancient temple city of Varanasi has yet another landmark in The Gateway Hotel Varanasi. Featured among the top 5 star hotels in the city, The Gateway Hotel Varanasi is nestled amidst 40 acres of lush  gardens at a convenient distance (about 45 minutes drive) from the airport.

  • The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi
  • The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi
  • The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi
  • The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi

Day 7: Varanasi – Agra (Air Dep: 12:20 / Arrive: 13:30)

We leave after breakfast to the airport for our flight to Agra, the city of the famous Taj mahal. Upon arrival in Agra, we are welcomed and then we will check into the hotel and have lunch.

In the late afternoon enjoy a cup of coffee at Sheros Café Hangout. This bright and welcoming café is run by survivors of acid attacks. It is the story of how these strong women were brutally attacked, often by their own family members, but have overcome their scars and fears to speak out against this violence through working together and, through their business, educating the public about familial and non-familial violence against women.

In the early evening we will enjoy the live show of Mumtaz & Shahjahan Mohabbat, a fascinating play that depicts the saga of love and a memorable journey into history. The drama portrays the Mughal era in the 16th century. It is a series of plays depicting the true and immortal love of Shahjahan for Mumtaz Mahal, his beautiful wife; the lavish lifestyle of Mughal era; and the hardship of the artisans who worked for 22 years to create the most precious example of mastery, artistry, and craftsmanship.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: ITC Mughal

ITC Mughal


Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
https://www.itchotels.in/hotels/agra/itcmughal.html
+91 562 402 1700
  • ITC Mughal
  • ITC Mughal
  • ITC Mughal
  • ITC Mughal

Day 8: Agra - Taj Mahal -Agra Fort

We will start our day at sunrise with a visit to one of the most incredible monuments ever built in the world. The Taj Mahal is a monument of love built between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife. The Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage.

After breakfast, we will visit Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with imposing walls of red sandstone. The fort is almost two miles long and contains palaces, audience halls and mosques.

Today, a very special lunch has been planned for you at a place that is rarely open to the public. This is an absolutely charming experience where you will have a privately catered lunch all while looking at the hilltop view of The Taj Mahal. Few get this opportunity and it will be a highlight of your trip. Imagine the tranquillity of basking in the radiance of the Taj Mahal and having a beautiful lunch at the same time, all in the peace of just your small group as there will be no other people at this location. Located at a distance of approximately 300 meters from the Taj Mahal, on a lush green mound that offers an uninterrupted view of the Taj. Legend has it that the mud that was dug up to build the Taj Mahal was collected at a little distance away. Over time it formed into the hillock mound that is now called Taj Khema. It serves as the most scenic vantage point to marvel in the beauty of the Taj Mahal. You have the opportunity as well to get photos of The Taj Mahal from this unique vantage point.

After lunch, we will visit a well-renowned marble factory to experience the making of fine inlaid stonework and translucent marble of the region. The craftsmen of Agra are still celebrated for the exquisite marble-inlay work that has made Agra’s monuments famous.
In the evening, we will have dinner at the hotel.

Taj Mahal By Full Moon: Prepare for one of the most stunning visions you will ever see, a night view of The Taj Mahal. What better way to close off this spectacular day than to witness The Taj Mahal by moonlight. Notice the changing hue of this magnificent structure as night closes in and the shadows begin their dance, revealing shades of sparkling blue as the stone and the shadows meet. Get your cameras ready for their evening out, you don’t want to miss this photo opportunity!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: ITC Mughal

ITC Mughal


Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
https://www.itchotels.in/hotels/agra/itcmughal.html
+91 562 402 1700
  • ITC Mughal
  • ITC Mughal
  • ITC Mughal
  • ITC Mughal

Day 9: Agra – Bharatpur – Village Experience – Train to Sawimadhopur (5 Hours)

After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel we will leave for Ranthambhore National Park. On the way to Ranthambhore, we will stop at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Often referred to as Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary has one of the most diverse bird lives’ in the country. Two-thirds of the park lies under water and the remaining one-third is covered with dry deciduous forests and extensive grasslands.

Later, you will enjoy lunch at the Udai Vilas Palace in Bharatpur.

After lunch you will be transferred to the railway station to board your train for Sawai Madhopur, Once the 2.5 hours train trip is complete you will be met by an Explore India representative and transferred to your hotel.

Dinner at the hotel.

Ranthambhore National Park is the true den of the tigers, near the confluence of the lakes Padam Talab, Raj Bagh Talab and Milak Talab. Apart from the Bengal Tiger, other animals that inhabit the park are: Sloth Bears, Jackals, Marsh Crocodile, Leopard, Gazelle, Indian Hare, Porcupines, Jungle Cat, Sambhar, Chinkara, Mongoose, Nilgai, Wild Boar and Monitor Lizards. Birds can also be seen in large numbers here. The landscape of the park is dominated by shallow lakes, gentle slopes and plateaus.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Vivanta by Taj – Sawai Madhopur Lodge, Rajasthan

Vivanta by Taj – Sawai Madhopur Lodge, Rajasthan


Ranthambore National Park Road, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan 322001, India
https://vivanta.tajhotels.com/en-in/sawai-madhopur-ranthambore/
+91 74622 25155

There’s a new roar in Sawai Madhopur. Less than 3 kilometres from the Ranthambore railway station. Vivanta by Taj – Sawai Madhopur Lodge, the only heritage hotel, is one of the best resorts in Ranthambore. The original lodge was built over 80 years ago and not much has changed.

  • Vivanta by Taj – Sawai Madhopur Lodge, Rajasthan
  • Vivanta by Taj – Sawai Madhopur Lodge, Rajasthan
  • Vivanta by Taj – Sawai Madhopur Lodge, Rajasthan
  • Vivanta by Taj – Sawai Madhopur Lodge, Rajasthan

Day 10: Ranthambhore – Game Drives In Search Of The Bengal Tiger

Your day will begin with pre-dawn coffee and biscuits before setting off on an early morning game drive (6AM – 10:00AM) by private jeep with an accompanying naturalist in search of the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. Return for your breakfast.

In the afternoon you will return to the park between (2:30PM – 5:30PM) for another game drive, ending our day just before sunset. Dinner is at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Vivanta by Taj – Sawai Madhopur Lodge, Rajasthan

Vivanta by Taj – Sawai Madhopur Lodge, Rajasthan


Ranthambore National Park Road, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan 322001, India
https://vivanta.tajhotels.com/en-in/sawai-madhopur-ranthambore/
+91 74622 25155

There’s a new roar in Sawai Madhopur. Less than 3 kilometres from the Ranthambore railway station. Vivanta by Taj – Sawai Madhopur Lodge, the only heritage hotel, is one of the best resorts in Ranthambore. The original lodge was built over 80 years ago and not much has changed.

  • Vivanta by Taj – Sawai Madhopur Lodge, Rajasthan
  • Vivanta by Taj – Sawai Madhopur Lodge, Rajasthan
  • Vivanta by Taj – Sawai Madhopur Lodge, Rajasthan
  • Vivanta by Taj – Sawai Madhopur Lodge, Rajasthan

Day 11: Ranthambhore – Jaipur -Cooking Class With Famous Rajput Chef (4 Hours)

After breakfast, we will start our drive to Jaipur, otherwise known as the ‘Pink City’, one of the few cities in India which was a planned city. Jaipur sits in the pink coloured Rajasthani hills and also gets its name from its pink, lime-plastered buildings. Jaipur owes its foundation and careful planning to the great warrior, astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II. In 1727, with Mughal power on the wane, Jai Singh decided to move down from his hillside fortress nearby Amber to a new site on the plains. He laid out the city with surrounding walls and six rectangular blocks, according to the principles of town planning set down in Shilpa Shastra, an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture.

Upon arrival you will check in at your hotel and have the afternoon to spend at your leisure.

Cooking class with a local family – this evening we will spend an interesting, educational and social evening at a house that belongs to a well-known Rajput family to learn some great techniques in Rajasthani Indian Cuisine in coordination with your in-house chefs. You’ll be taken in to their kitchen where the cooking demonstration will commence. You will be shown how each dish is cooked. The evening will culminate in a lovely dining experience where you will be able to enjoy the taste of the freshly prepared meal as you are served as a guest in their beautiful dining room.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Taj Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Taj Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur


Jacob Road, Civil Lines, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302006, India
https://taj.tajhotels.com/en-in/taj-jai-mahal-palace-jaipur/
+91 141 660 1111

Step into a 270-year-old Indo-Saracenic architectural masterpiece set amidst landscaped Mughal gardens at Taj Jai Mahal Palace in Jaipur.At this luxury heritage hotel, you experience unparalleled opulence with tantalising comforts. With its blend of heritage, elegance and luxury, you experience an exclusive royal lifestyle at this hotel.

  • Taj Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur
  • Taj Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur
  • Taj Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur
  • Taj Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur
  • Taj Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Day 12: Jaipur-Amber Fort-City Palace Museum

After breakfast we venture to the outskirts of Jaipur where we will be greeted and transported up the steep hill to the magnificent Amber Fort by jeeps. Later, we proceed for a city tour of Jaipur and stop for a photo at the Hawa Mahal, the “Palace of the Winds.” This incredible building was built to allow the royal ladies of the palace to discretely watch the grand processions along the main street.

Next, we visit the City Palace Museum which has a priceless collection of antiques, costumes, and armory of the Mughals and Rajputs including swords of different shapes and sizes with chiseled handles. We then continue to the Jantar Mantar Observatory which was built in the early 1700s by Maharaja Jai Sing II, the great warrior-astronomer to which this city owes its name. The afternoon is free for shopping or as you wish. Dinner at hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Taj Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Taj Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur


Jacob Road, Civil Lines, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302006, India
https://taj.tajhotels.com/en-in/taj-jai-mahal-palace-jaipur/
+91 141 660 1111

Step into a 270-year-old Indo-Saracenic architectural masterpiece set amidst landscaped Mughal gardens at Taj Jai Mahal Palace in Jaipur.At this luxury heritage hotel, you experience unparalleled opulence with tantalising comforts. With its blend of heritage, elegance and luxury, you experience an exclusive royal lifestyle at this hotel.

  • Taj Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur
  • Taj Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur
  • Taj Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur
  • Taj Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur
  • Taj Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Day 13: Jaipur - Jodhpur-Auto Rikshaw Ride-Clock Tower (5 Hours)

After breakfast we will drive to Jodhpur, along the way you will experience the country with camel carts trucks, cows, and buffalos. Jodhpur is a historic city whose origin dates to the year 1459 AD. Jodhpur is also known as the ‘Blue City’, an apt name as most houses in the old city are shades of blue. This is particularly noticeable on the north side of the town, known as Brahmpuri for the many Brahmins that live there. On arrival check in at your hotel.

After lunch we will check-in to our rooms and have time to relax. Later in the afternoon we will enjoy an auto rikshaw ride and visit the market around the Clock Tower area on foot, Jodhpur’s busiest marketplace.

Dinner this evening will be at The Old Haveli. This is a beautiful place that is romantic and has superb views to the fort, clock tower and historical Umaid Bhawan Palace.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Ajit Bhawan Palace

Ajit Bhawan Palace


Circuit House Road, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342006, India
http://www.ajitbhawan.com/
+91 291 251 1410

Every hotel has a story to tell. But only a few tell the thriving tales of treasures and transcendency as Ajit Bhawan does. The Ajit Bhawan Palace is known among the most iconic heritage hotel of the world. However, before this palatial property was introduced as India’s first heritage hotel, it was home to Jodhpur’s erstwhile Maharaja’s younger brother, Major General Maharaj Dhiraj Sir Ajit Singh Ji.

Nestled in the heart of the Blue City, Ajit Bhawan is the most accessible Luxury heritage hotel in Jodhpur. Effortlessly combining heritage and aristocracy with avant-garde amenities, Ajit Bhawan is a true testament to Rajasthan’s royal heritage. From soul and service to seclusion and style, this luxury hotel offers everything you can ask for. Prepare yourself to get coaxed by taste of its splendor and elegance as you take respite under its roof.

Day 14: Jodhpur-Mehrangarh Fort-Camel Safari With Campfire Dinner & Music

After breakfast we will start with a sightseeing tour of Jodhpur city visiting Mehrangarh Fort situated at an altitude of about 125 meters and spread over an area of 5 sq. km. The Fort crowns a rocky hill that rises 400 feet above the surrounding plain, and appears both to command and to meld with the landscape. One of the largest forts in Rajasthan, it contains some of the finest palaces and preserves in its museum and many priceless relics of Indian courtly life. For over five centuries Mehrangarh has been the headquarters of the senior branch of Rajput clan known as the Rathores.

Next, visit Umaid Bhawan Palace built by Maharaja Umaid Singh (1929 – 1942) and also named after him. This exquisite palace is also known as Chittar Palace because of the local chittar sandstone used in it. It is a splendid example of Indo-colonial and art deco architecture of the 30s.

After lunch we will return back to the hotel for a break before we embark on our exclusive camel safari experience in the outskirts of Jodhpur.

In the evening, we will experience an exclusive camel safari in the Osian village about an hour drive each way from Jodhpur, then we will see Kalbelia, a local village dance of Rajasthan, to celebrate our time in the desert, followed by a home cooked dinner and campfire. This is a wonderful experience and one you will be sure to enjoy.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Ajit Bhawan Palace

Ajit Bhawan Palace


Circuit House Road, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342006, India
http://www.ajitbhawan.com/
+91 291 251 1410

Every hotel has a story to tell. But only a few tell the thriving tales of treasures and transcendency as Ajit Bhawan does. The Ajit Bhawan Palace is known among the most iconic heritage hotel of the world. However, before this palatial property was introduced as India’s first heritage hotel, it was home to Jodhpur’s erstwhile Maharaja’s younger brother, Major General Maharaj Dhiraj Sir Ajit Singh Ji.

Nestled in the heart of the Blue City, Ajit Bhawan is the most accessible Luxury heritage hotel in Jodhpur. Effortlessly combining heritage and aristocracy with avant-garde amenities, Ajit Bhawan is a true testament to Rajasthan’s royal heritage. From soul and service to seclusion and style, this luxury hotel offers everything you can ask for. Prepare yourself to get coaxed by taste of its splendor and elegance as you take respite under its roof.

Day 15: Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur (6 Hours)

After breakfast we leave for Udaipur. On our way we will stop to visit the 12th Century temple Ranakpur Jain. This marvelous feat of architecture is built from intricately sculpted marble. There are 108 carved pillars, each carved in its own unique design. This cluster of temples is truly a site to see, have your camera ready!

After lunch we will continue our drive to Udaipur.

Udaipur is a magical city that is surrounded by the lush Aravalli Hills and situated along the sapphire-hued waters of Pichola Lake. Udaipur has a romance unlike anywhere else in India, a very special place you will never forget. A city that combines glamour with refined beauty, Udaipur, with its iconic landmarks Lake Palace and City Palace, has a magnificent splendour about it that you will feel every moment of your visit. Whether you are browsing the galleries or ancient bazaars or enjoying a boat ride on the tranquil steel blue waters of Pichola Lake, you will feel as though you are a character in a beautiful fairy tale. Founded by Maharaja Udai Singh in 1567, Udaipur became known for its Mughal miniatures, an art form which you can see at the City Palace Museum.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur

Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur


Trident Road, Near Pichola Lake, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001, India
https://www.tridenthotels.com/hotels-in-udaipur
+91 294 243 2200

Wake up to a sumptuous breakfast spread that ensures a flying start to your day, before stepping out to explore the sights and discover the rich history of Udaipur. No five star, royal hospitality is quite complete without a lavish feast. The hotel’s main restaurant, Aravalli, serves authentic dishes from the Kingdom of Mewar, known for its fine cuisine.

  • Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur
  • Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur
  • Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur
  • Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur
  • Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur

Day 16: Udaipur-City Palace-Boat Cruise On Lake Pichola

After breakfast we will tour Udaipur and visit City Palace, a conglomeration of buildings added by various Maharanas. Despite its numerous suitors, the palace manages to retain a surprising uniformity of design. Next, we will visit the Gallery located at the City Palace. It has a rare collection of Osler’s crystal ordered from England by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1877.

Boat cruise at Lake Picchola – We will explore this glimmering lake, the mountains and the city against the backdrop of a beautiful sunset. Along the way, see historical landmarks dotted along the shore such as the City Palace Complex and the picturesque Ghats (steps leading down to the water).

Dinner at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur

Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur


Trident Road, Near Pichola Lake, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001, India
https://www.tridenthotels.com/hotels-in-udaipur
+91 294 243 2200

Wake up to a sumptuous breakfast spread that ensures a flying start to your day, before stepping out to explore the sights and discover the rich history of Udaipur. No five star, royal hospitality is quite complete without a lavish feast. The hotel’s main restaurant, Aravalli, serves authentic dishes from the Kingdom of Mewar, known for its fine cuisine.

  • Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur
  • Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur
  • Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur
  • Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur
  • Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur

Day 17: Udaipur – Mumbai (Air Dep: 07:00 Arrive: 08:20)

Early in the morning we will be transferred to Udaipur Airport for our flight to Mumbai.

Mumbai is a combination of seven islands that was reclaimed slowly. The city was a part of the kingdom of Ashoka, a famous king of medieval India. This is the fourth most populated city in the world.

We will be met upon arrival and then leave by coach to Dhobi Ghats. A unique feature of Mumbai, the dhobi is a traditional laundryman, who will collect your dirty linen, wash it, and return it neatly pressed to your doorstep – all for a very small price. The ‘laundries’ are called ‘Ghats’ which are row upon row of concrete wash pens, each fitted with its own flogging stone.

After our visit we will proceed to our iconic hotel ‘The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower’.

In the evening, we will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Taj Mahal Tower, Mumbai

Taj Mahal Tower, Mumbai


Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra - 400001 India
https://taj.tajhotels.com/en-in/taj-mahal-tower-mumbai/
+91 22 6665 3000

Experience a signature blend of old school luxury and contemporary elegance at the Taj Mahal Tower, our 5 star hotel, which soars above the Mumbai harbour, looking out at the dramatic panorama of the Arabian Sea and the historic Gateway of India.

  • Taj Mahal Tower, Mumbai
  • Taj Mahal Tower, Mumbai
  • Taj Mahal Tower, Mumbai
  • Taj Mahal Tower, Mumbai

Day 18: Mumbai Sightseeing Tour-Dharavi-Thali Lunch

After breakfast we will tour Dharavi, also known as the ‘Slum Dog Millionaire Tour’.

The tour of Dharavi consists of the commercial and residential areas. In the residential areas the sense of community and good nature of the people will be apparent. While going through the residential area, you will get a sense of the conditions and problems that the residents face. In the commercial area you will see the recycling, food making, sewing, bakery, soap factory and pappad making areas. They all take place in small rooms, which you will see as we pass through the maze of small gullies.

Later, we will enjoy a Thali lunch. Thali, which means a round platter to serve food, is an Indian meal comprised of an assortment of various dishes all served in small bowls called katori, which are placed on a round tray. The idea behind a Thali is to offer all the 6 different flavours of sweet, salty, sour, bitter, astringent, and pungent at every meal and all on one plate.

This afternoon is yours to spend as you wish. Perhaps a stroll along the seawall or chai in one of the many Mumbai chai shops.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Taj Mahal Tower, Mumbai

Taj Mahal Tower, Mumbai


Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra - 400001 India
https://taj.tajhotels.com/en-in/taj-mahal-tower-mumbai/
+91 22 6665 3000

Experience a signature blend of old school luxury and contemporary elegance at the Taj Mahal Tower, our 5 star hotel, which soars above the Mumbai harbour, looking out at the dramatic panorama of the Arabian Sea and the historic Gateway of India.

  • Taj Mahal Tower, Mumbai
  • Taj Mahal Tower, Mumbai
  • Taj Mahal Tower, Mumbai
  • Taj Mahal Tower, Mumbai

Day 19: Flight to Canada

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

We hope you had a wonderful time touring India with Explore India.

Bon Voyage !!!

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