We did not have a lot of time but this tour gave us a good first impression of India. We liked the variation of staying in cities and villages, experience temples and wildlife, dine at top restaurants but in local restaurants as well. And it gave us a good feeling that most of the hotels we stayed do care about the environment. The hotels were beautiful by the way, especially the Tree Of Life Resort! We hope to come back and stay a little longer -- Giorgio Savino and Clementine Hoolwerf û The Netherlands
All our tours are private, depart daily, and can be customized to suit individual interests and schedules. The programme below is a suggested itinerary. Do not hesitate to contact us if your wishes are different.
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
A warm welcome awaits you when you arrive at Delhi International Airport. Transfer to The Leela Palace .
A full day to experience Delhi by private car. Of course we willshow you the main sights of Old- and New Delhi, but we also take you to places that just a few tourists have visited. As an option it is possible to visit a Youth Empowerment and Learning Centre we support (Manzil). In the evening the hotel serves you an Indian Welcome Dinner at Jamavar Restaurant. Overnight at The Leela Palace. Breakfast & Dinner included.
Day 3:áDelhi û Ajabgarh: 235 Kms / 5 hrs
Today we will go to one of our favorite accommodations in India: The Amanbagh in Ajabgarh. Before arrival at the hotel you will visit a national heritage site (Bhangarh, just 8 minutes drive from Amanbagh). A very few travelers come to visit which means you will largely have the place to yourself! Then check in at the hotel. The song they sing especially for you at arrival will make you feel very welcome. In the afternoon you can relax at the pool, read a book or maybe book one of their relaxing treatments. Around 16:00 join us for a afternoon Tea at the terrace; special tea with snacks and cookies. After finishing your tea you can enjoy a sunset cow dust tour through tiny little villages. A truly wonderful experience you shouldnÆt miss! Then you will have a candlelight dinner at your hotel. By the way... do not forget to pay a visit to the hotel shop, they offer a very nice collection of scarfs and decorations for your home. And we also want to mention that the hotel supports local schools with their Amanbagh Seva Trust. Breakfast, Tea & Dinner included.
Day 4: Ajabgarh û Jaipur: 85 Kms / 2 Hrs
After a yoga session (optional) and a healthy breakfast it is time to say goodbye to your Aman Family and drive to Jaipur, the Pink City. En route we will visit an ancient temple town, home to the ruins of more than 80 beautifully carved temples dating back to the 6th century (Temple Town of Neelkanth). You will arrive at another of our favourite resorts, just outside the Jaipur. Why do we love this resort so much because, from the moment you enter the resort, you feel at home.. First of all they will give you a beautiful bracelet as a welcome gift and then they do the check in. The location of the resort is very peaceful, the rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated, the food is 100% fresh. In addition to this your private pool is very refreshing.
After a short head- and neck massage lunch is served in the restaurant. In the afternoon we will take you on our VillageSafari, which we are sure is an experience you will never forget. The Safari ends with an elephant ride and a sumptuous dinner at a very special place. Overnight at the The Tree Of Life Resort & Spa. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 5: Jaipur
Start the day early with a private yoga session (optional) followed by breakfast. Then visit the Amber Fort, built by Raja Man Singh in 1592. Be early so as not to miss that elephant ride up to the fort. Your guide will explain its history as you walk around in the fort. Imagine the splendor of an empire ruled by kings and queens. After this visit we will take you on our Jaipur CitySafari. Walking and using the Rickshaw, we will visit The City Palace, the Hawa Mahal and the colourfull and bustling bazaars of Jaipur. One of the highlights during the tour is the moment when your picture is taken by a 150 year old camera. Lunch can be enjoyed at an authentic Indian restaurant. On the way back there is an optional stop at the SOS ChildrenÆs Villages of India. Learn how orphaned infants and children are given a new lease on life by their new found æmothersÆ. The Tree Of Life Resort & Spa is an active partner with this initiative. Overnight at The Tree Of Life Resort Breakfast & Lunch included.
Day 6: Jaipur û Agra: 235 Kms / 5 Hrs
After breakfast transfer to Agra. After arrival enjoy lunch at your hotel; the Bellevue Restaurant. It has a great view at The Taj! In the afternoon you will visit this the most extravagant building ever built. You will also visit the Agra Fort. Overnight at The Oberoi Amar Vilas. Breakfast & Lunch included.
Day 7: Agra û Jhansi ( By Train) Jhansi û Panna National Park (185 Kms / 4 hrs)
Early transfer to the train station for your train to Jhansi (Executive Class tickets). From here it is a 4 hours drive by luxury car to Pashan Garh near Khajuraho, where you will stay in a luxury stone cottage at the border of Panna National Park. This National Park is situated in the Vindhya Hill range and spreads over the Panna and Chhatarpur districts in the northern part of Madhya Pradesh. Lunch is served by your butler in the privacy of your own cottage. After lunch you can make a walk, watch birds in the gardens, orlearn to prepare an Indian dish or just relax at your verandah. ItÆs your choice! Later, after a tea, you will be introduced to your trained naturalist, who will give you a full orientation of what to expect on your safari drives into the jungle. You will then depart for your afternoon drive in an open 4x4 safari vehicle through the tropical forests and jungles of Panna. After this adventure you can enjoy cocktails before dinner is served at the dining room. Enjoy authentic Indian food, wonderful deserts, coffee/tea and a cognac. Overnight at Pashan Garh. Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, Drinks, Dinner and Laundry Services included.
Day 8: Panna National Park
There is no better wake-up call then the one at Pashan Garh; it comes with freshly squeezed orange juice, tea/coffee and homemade biscuits to enjoy before departing for your morning jungle safari. After a morning filled with adventure, return to the lodge for breakfast (we love the homemade lassiÆs and kathi rolls!). Then transfer to Khajuraho, a peaceful city famous for its 10th century erotic temples. The best way to explore the city is by bicycle. Today itÆs all about temples. Even the CafÚ we take you for lunch has a view of the temples (Raja). Before we return to Pashan Garh you can visit a centre that cares for underprivileged children, supported by Pashan Garh (optional). If you want you can make another safari in the afternoon, again followed by cocktails, dinner, deserts, coffee/tea and a cognac. What more can you wish for. Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, Drinks, Dinner and Laundry Services included
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Varanasi. After arrival transfer to Hotel Taj Nadesar Palace. The Palace has hosted royalty, statesmen and celebrities since 1835. Set amidst mango orchards, marigold and jasmine fields, Nadesar Palace is a haven because of peace and tranquility. Because you will arrive after lunchtime, the hotel will serve an Afternoon Tea in the gardens. When you have finished your tea the hotelÆs botanist will take you for a Nature Walk around the Palace. Late afternoon we will bring you to Dasaswamedh Ghat to witness the Ganga Aatri, a traditional ritual of worshiping at the Ganges. Overnight at Hotel Taj Nadesar Palace. Breakfast & Lunch included.
Day 10-11: Varanasi
Today we will take you on our Varanasi CitySafari. Of course the tour starts with an early morning boat ride at the River Ganges. An experience you will never forget. Then we will take you for a walk around the city visiting the highlights but also the places that just a few travelers have visited. Lunch can be enjoyed at a local restaurant that serves great organic food but also supports a local school and runs a womenÆs empowerment group. Breakfast & Lunch included.
Day 12:áVaranasi û Delhi ( By Flight) Delhi - Departure
Another day at Taj Nadesar Palace. Relax at the pool, read a book, have a treatment at the Jiva Spa or play golf on the greens. Just tell the Hotel Butler how you want to spent your day. If you like to see more of Varanasi or wish to make an excursion to for example Chunnar Fort or a weavers village, your private driver is happy to take you there. Breakfast & Dinner included. **
Day 12 Transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi. After arrival transfer to your hotel, The Leela Hotel New Delhi (is there a morning flight?) In the afternoon you can choose to stay at your hotel or you can go for shopping to buy some last souvenirs. End of tour. Breakfast included.
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