- Honeymoon to Rajasthan, going from palace to palace
- Stopover in Rohet in the heart of the Thar desert and the Jawai Bandh area
- We've planned everything for you: street food and market tours, the Taj Mahal at dawn, a leopard safari, and a personalised shopper in Bombay
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YOUR TRIPGrand romance, backed by flawless arrangements. Private cars and drivers make travel easy and seamless. Tours are private and with expert guides. We've carefully tailored your itinerary and chosen the best accommodation to ensure you get to see the best of India and the highlights of this amazing country. In Agra, stay in a sumptuous palace inspired by Mughal architecture, the only hotel to be so close to the legendary Taj Mahal, which can be seen from your room. In Rohet, stay in a magnificent sand-coloured property, the embodiment of Indian hospitality and refinement. On Jawai Bandh Lake, stay in a leather and canvas tent for a stylish glamping experience, open to savannah landscapes. In Mumbai, stay in a legendary Victorian palace, a blend of mythical Indian charm, with the refined elegance and excellent service.
Flight to Delhi
You'll be met at the airport and taken via private transfer to New Delhi, to the prestigious Janpath site. Your accommodation for two nights is in an establishment built in 1931 that is now legendary with travellers. At the bottom of an alley lined with royal palms, Sikhs dressed in fine attire welcome visitors to marble lounges and corridors decorated with fountains, where period photographs, paintings, engravings and sculptures are showcased. The main restaurant serves some of the most delicious cuisine you'll find in India. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, away from the disorder and crowds of the city.
Included the itinerary - A visit to Delhi's most beautiful baoli, these ancient stepwells were built in the 15th century to conserve freshwater for drinking and washing. The morning begins at the archaeological site of Mehrauli, with a visit to Jamali Kamali and its fort, which houses the baoli of Rajon Ki, built in the Lodhi period. Then a drive to Purana Qila, the oldest fort in Delhi, whose underground baoli (89 steps deep) is covered with a roof to keep the water cool. Another baoli is located in Agrasen ki Baoli on Hailey Road - its design and ease of access make it Delhi's most popular. Then embark on a culinary walk to discover the most typical recipes of Old Delhi's traditional street cuisine. On the menu: jalebis sweetened with syrup, Aloo chaat (potato pieces with sauces, onions, and spices), filled paranthas and myriad tasty desserts. Go again to Old Delhi in the evening for a completely different atmosphere. Visit Sisganj Gurudwara, one of the city's most sacred Sikh temples; the Sunehri Masjid Mosque; stroll through Ballimaran's many bakeries and chai shops before stopping in Kanwarji, a confectionery which has become something of an institution in Old Delhi. The tour ends in Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in the country. Then head to the Chandni Chowk bazaar, whose shops remain open until the early morning - the best way to explore is to just get a little bit lost.
Get back on the road to Agra and stay for two nights in a monumental princely palace, in the heart of a 15-acre landscaped park. Inspired by Mughal architecture, its long colonnade galleries extend through torch-lit gardens, along with terraced lawns, and enhance the small well-designed living spaces. Beyond the courtyard and entrance hall, one enters a world of luxury and serenity in the very heart of Agra. The Taj Mahal is only a few hundred feet away - you can admire it from the balconies of the hotel rooms. Service is exceptional, highly personalised and attentive.
Included the itinerary - A visit to the Taj Mahal, a magnificent Mughal mausoleum of white marble erected by the Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his late wife Mumtaz Mahal. The best time to visit is at dawn and dusk, when the light reflects off the tiled dome, which is nothing short of spectacular. The tour is followed by a champagne aperitif in the comfort of your accommodation, as the sun sets over the mausoleum.
Agra - Jaipur
Included the itinerary - A visit to Agra to admire its architecture. After breakfast in the hotel and a visit to the Taj Mahal, the morning continues at the Red Fort. This imposing red sandstone citadel is home to a large number of Mughal imperial pavilions. Later in the morning, visit the Itmad-Ud-Daulah mausoleum, which embodies the transition from early Mughal architecture, which used red sandstone with marble decorations, to the second period, with its piece de resistance - the Taj Mahal.
After the tour, head west to Jaipur. Spend two nights in an elegant hotel with classic Mughal architecture in the heart of a vast landscaped park with gardens, exotic trees, fountains and swimming pools. This is a unique place with its comfortable villas and large, exquisitely refined tents.
Included in the itinerary - Morning visit to the market for flowers, fruit and vegetables, where producers from the surrounding villages meet. Then head to Amber Fort, just outside Jaipur, which you'll explore with a private guide. Built in the late 16th century over Maota Lake (in the centre of which is a lovely garden), this extensive Hindu-style fortress which displays some exceptional artwork, such as the splendid Sheesh Mahal, the Mirror Palace, and the subtle marble bas-relief of the Magical Flower. Walk to the local market in the late morning and then, in the afternoon, take a private tour of the City Palace and Astronomical Observatory. The City Palace is a collection of palaces that are royal residences. Its architecture combines Hindu canons and Rajpout, Mughal and European elements. While the observatory made it possible to carry out accurate surveys of astronomical themes and to determine periods favourable for a variety of public or private acts.
Jaipur - Rohet
Take a day's drive to Rohet, a small village in Rajasthan, south of Jodhpur, which offers an authentic taste of India. In the heart of the Thar desert, your accommodation is perched on top of a dune; a magnificent sand-coloured building inspired by the rural architecture of western Rajasthan - think lime-coated walls, soft corners, alcoves and fireplaces. The interiors feature intricate door motifs, carved headboards and stone mantles inlaid with small Rajasthani mirrors, as well as thick flat-woven carpets, in the tradition of 'dhurries', on the floors. This accommodation is a starting point for understanding the area's rich history and discovering its natural heritage. From horseriding to royal picnics, you'll have a thousand opportunities to savour Rohet's way of life.
Rohet - Jodhpur - Rohet
Included in the itinerary - Private visit of Jodhpur, founded in the 15th century on the edge of the Thar desert. The maze of small alleyways, shades of blue from turquoise to indigo, and the bazaar of the old city which sells saris, spices, and piles of grain, are dominated by Mehrangarh, a sandstone fortress set at the top of the city, with its fresh-looking marble, delicate Persian motifs and sparkling mirrors.
Optional - At night, a private visit and dinner at Mehrangarh Fort - The Umaid Bawan Princely Palace, a huge palace built on a hill overlooking the city, with 347 rooms! It still houses the residence of the princely maharaja family of Jodphur, as well as a museum dedicated to the history of the princely family.
Rohet - Jawai Bandh
Head south to Jawai Bandh. You'll stay in a stylish camp in an area of Rajasthan away from the crowds. The canvas and leather tent opens onto a private terrace, surrounded by rocky savannah landscapes, steep granite formations, and Jawai Bandh Lake, one of the largest water reservoirs in western Rajasthan, home to migratory birds, flamingos, geese and cranes.
Included in the itinerary - Two leopard watching safaris, 4x4 and on foot, accompanied by a naturalist guide and a driver. And after a day exploring the surrounding area, enjoy the spa or a dip in the infinity pool.
Jawai Bandh - Udaipur
Road to Udaipur. Two nights' accommodation in a beautiful contemporary hotel, decorated in traditional Rajasthani style: glass inlay, embroidery on silky fabrics, small engraved marble furniture.
Included in the itinerary - Late afternoon, sailing on Lake Pichola. The splendour of the temples and palaces of Udaipur is probably best appreciated by boat.
Optional - A drive through Udaipur in a vintage car.
Included in the itinerary - Private visit to Udaipur. Udaipur is one of the country's most charming ancient cities, with narrow streets, white houses and beautiful havelis, extending to the shore of its lakes. And overlooking the largest of the five lakes, the City Palace is a fortress. A labyrinth of narrow passages and tiny staircases and a hanging garden, you can sit and relax while you look out over the pool. Nearby is the largest religious building in Udaipur, the Jagdish Temple, dedicated to Krishna. There is also the Saheliyon ki Bari, a delightful garden with kiosks, fountains, lotus pond, and more.
Optional - Dinner with views in the hotel's open-air restaurant overlooking Lake Pichola. Here you can enjoy cuisine with a subtle blend of traditional Indian recipes and contemporary overtones, all served in candlelight, under the starry sky.
Udaipur - Mumbai
Private transfer to the airport and flight to Mumbai. A further private transfer to the Apollo Bunder waterfront, opposite the Gateway of India, and a two-night stay in prestigious accommodation dating back to the early 20th century. The hotels is purely Victorian in style with a magnificent dome; it combines legendary Indian charm, refinement and impeccable service.
Included the itinerary - A one-day visit, with a private guide and driver. Lapped by the Omani Sea, Mumbai stands witness to India's industrial success, the glitter of Bollywood, its cricket matches - not to forget the charm of its colonial districts. It is through different experiences - combining history, culture and gatherings - that Mumbai reveals herself to visitors. Included the itinerary: a stroll through the colonial quarter, a visit to the spice market, an introduction to dance with a Bollywood dance choreographer and a local food-tasting experience.
Optional - Visit the Elephanta Island caves.
Mumbai - Return flight
Included the itinerary - A morning spent with a personal shopper, to guide and assist you in purchasing clothing, accessories and craft souvenirs to satisfy all your requirements. In the afternoon, high tea is reserved in your hotel lounge - a tradition in the capital. Comfortably set up in beautiful Art Deco furnishings, against a backdrop of piano music, you can taste classic English and Indian pastries, accompanied by a selection of the best teas and coffees in the world.
At the end of the day, you will have a private transfer to the airport to catch your flight home. Overnight flight, arriving the next day.
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EXTEND YOUR TRIP...
The Aman experience in Rajasthan
The Aman group's first Indian hotel is a two-hour drive from Jaipur. Situated on the ancient lands of the Maharajahs of Alwar, the 'garden of peace' is a veritable haven. It's a modern and elegant palace inspired by the Raj at its height, built on a natural oasis. The hotel has about twenty suites and fifteen villas with a private swimming pool, all opening onto a colourful garden. There's also the obligatory spa where you can do yoga, qigong, meditation, reiki, and a have good range of massages. The cuisine, meanwhile, focuses on Indian flavours mixed with western touches, herbs and locally grown vegetables.
You'd be forgiven for thinking you've left India and arrived in Myanmar when you arrive in the Andamans. Lost in the heart of the Gulf of Bengal, more than a thousand miles from the coast, the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago forms a rosary of about 600 islands, some 40 of which are inhabited. Despite the echo of India, which can still be heard in the territory's capital of Port Blair, the archipelago has more of an African vibe the further from India you go. Two hours further offshore, Havelock Island is a true Robinson Crusoe experience; think coastlines lined with mangroves, emerald sea, and white sandy beaches. The island's ecosystem - above and below water - is quite simply exceptional, possessing some of the most well-preserved primary forests and reefs on the planet. It's a dream for divers and those looking for some peace and quiet. It is only recently, without any existing hotel infrastructure, that the island has gained some exceptional accommodation.
JODHPUR - EVENING VISIT AND DINNER AT FORT MEHRANGARH
The majestic Citadel, Fort Mehrangarh dominates the city of Jodhpur. Some of the walls of the enclosure are more than 16ft thick and 65ft high. Inside is the Moti Mahal, which houses the royal throne, the Umaid villa and the Ajit villa with Raj Pout miniatures, royal outfits and musical instruments. When dusk descends on the fort, the walls and palaces are brought back to life through the stories told by the museum curator: tales of sacrifices, extraordinary events and adventures. To prolong the magic of the visit, head to the fort restaurant for a traditional dinner, where delicious dishes and soft music are set against the backdrop of the illuminated fort.
UDAIPUR IN A VINTAGE CAR
A unique way to travel through the city of Udaipur, arguably the most romantic city in Rajasthan. Far from the harshness of the other cities of the region, gentleness and serenity reign in the capital of Mewar, and refined and graceful palaces are reflected in its emerald and turquoise lakes. The city unveils its attractions along a route that reveals some must-sees: the Ambamata Temple, Saheliyon Ki Bari, the Garden of Bridesmaids and the shores of Lake Fateh Sagar.
THE CAVES OF ELEPHANTA ISLAND
Forty minutes by boat from Mumbai, Elephanta Island is not the home of elephants but is instead known for its rock caves. What makes them special is the gigantic high relief sculptures typical of Shiva worship.
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