Heart of India
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- A personal meeting at a venue of your choosing in the UK (within 100
miles of London) or telephone consultation to discuss your trip
- A unique itinerary, tailor-made to your requirements
- A meet and greet service at all destinations
- Local government-approved guides
- Accommodation in palaces or luxury hotels according to your wishes
- Local representatives to look after you. Whatever your interests, let us arrange a personal tours itinerary that is unique to you.
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Visa fees and entry clearing fees
- Single room accommodations
- Liquors, beeers and bootled beverages
- Photography ccessories like cameras etc.
- Day1 Delhi: The Claridges Hotel
Upon arrival in Delhi you will be taken to The Claridges Hotel, one of the original special hotels in Delhi. You will receive your vouchers and tickets and go through your itinerary with your guide.
- Day2 Delhi: The Claridges Hotel
In the morning you will have a private escorted tour through Old Delhi, the Red Fort, Friday Mosque and the Raj Ghat. After lunch in the Chor Bizarre Restaurant in the former ‘Thieves’ market’ you will visit New Delhi with its wide leafy avenues, Lutyens’ designed Government buildings, India Gate, Qutab Minar and Humayun’s tomb.
- Day3 Jaipur: Shahpura House
Drive to Neemrama Fort for lunch and then on to Jaipur where you will stay in Shahpura House, a beautiful former royal residence.
- Day4 Jaipur: Shahpura House
A day in Jaipur. You will drive to Amber Fort and ride on an elephant up the ramparts to the palace and take a guided tour. This will be followed by a visit to ‘the Pink City’ with its astronomical observatory, the City Palace and Hawa Mahal, ‘The Palace of Winds’. After lunch in Rambagh Palace, you will visit Nahagar Fort, the fortified palaces of former maharajas.
- Day5 Agra: The Trident Hotel
Drive to Bharatpur and take lunch in Laxmi Vilas Palace. This is followed by a cycle-rickshaw ride in the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. You will then drive to Agra and stay in the Trident Hotel.
- Day6 Agra: Gondwana Express
Take an early morning visit to the Taj Mahal. After breakfast you will visit Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-Daulah’s tomb. An afternoon visit to the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikiri and the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary will be followed by an overnight train journey on the Gondwana Express in a first class air-conditioned sleeper.
- Day7 Kanha National Park: Kipling Camp
Upon arrival at Jabalpur station you will be met and driven (4 hours) to Kipling Camp, Kanha National Park. In the afternoon you will go on your first safari.
- Day8 Kanha National Park: Kipling Camp
Morning and afternoon safaris in the Park teeming with hundreds of species of animals and birds. Look and listen for the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger.
- Day9 Kanha National Park: Kipling Camp
Morning and afternoon safaris in the Park. You can also ride down to the river on Tara the elephant and watch her daily bath.
- Day10 Kawardha: Palace Kawardha
Drive through the park and take a riverside picnic lunch by the river near Mukki Gate. You will then be met and driven to Palace Kawardha.
- Day11 Kawardha: Palace Kawardha
Stay in this beautiful, remote palace, situated on the edge of the former Kawardha State capital. Visit memories of the past, such as the family step-well, Bhoromdeo and the Monkey God Temple.
- Day12 Kawardha: Palace Kawardha
Visit the town of Kawardha and the family temple. You will also see the former hunting lodge and Baiga Tribal village with an opportunity to witness the mesmerising Tribal dances of the local area.
- Day13 Delhi: The Claridges Hotel
Transfer to Raipur Airport where you will fly to Delhi and then be taken to The Claridges Hotel.
- Day14 Delhi: The Claridges Hotel
A free day in Delhi, for shopping, sightseeing or relaxation.
- Day15 Depart
Transfer to the airport and depart.
Our tours start from as little as USD $1,000 per person. This price includes a meet and greet service, a personal government-appointed guide and private vehicle, luxury accommodation, internal travel and transfers and entrance prices where applicable.
Please note that all prices are quoted in US dollars. You will be responsible for your international flights to and from your chosen destination together with any visas.
Anyone anywhere in the world interested in independent travel to the Indian subcontinent: India, Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal and Sri Lanka. I will arrange a unique tour to suit your requirements and interests. We work in conjunction with locally-based operators so you can be assured that you will be looked after every step of the way. We arrange all of the transportation within the countries you will be visiting, but not flights to and from your country.
We arrange all of the hotel rooms, private transport, sightseeing and guides as well as tickets for the local trains. I will also advise on itineraries, suggesting off-the-beaten track sights as well as the well-known ones. I can suggest parks and reserves for wildlife enthusiasts and I can organise tours for special interests: history, bird watching, painting, fishing (fly and coarse), and Father’s Footsteps (finding the places where parents or ancestors might have lived during colonial times).
I normally quote 4 or 5 star hotels, and where possible, former royal palaces. I can of course arrange accommodation in hotels which are specifically named but I do not make recommendations for any that are less than 4-star. Palaces come under the ‘Heritage’ category and with no two palaces the same, these properties create a vast and interesting variation.
Not unless you would wish to create your own group. I can arrange an itinerary for a group of any size, should that be required but that of course means that some of the smaller palaces would be unable to accommodate you. As I create unique itineraries for all of my clients, I work closely with you from the initial planning stages. You can call me or send me an email using the contact page of this site.
If you are going for a specific purpose (conference, friends and family), we can arrange an itinerary around the dates without penalty. I can also arrange group travel, conference activities and special events if required.
We arrange local government approved guides wherever you go. They are for your exclusive use so you can arrange your itinerary with them should you wish to make changes. You may decide to relax by the pool for an afternoon rather than go sightseeing!
From the information that you supply, I offer an itinerary that will match your requirements. We then agree on the pace of the tour and I obtain a costing. If there are adjustments to make, I may suggest suitable alternatives until we agree on the total itinerary. You will be invoiced from the host country for payment, normally 50% on booking, and the balance wherever possible, six weeks prior to arrival. Most hotels will only confirm a booking after the deposit has been placed with them. Some will even require the full amount. For bookings with less than three months’ notice, full payment will be required as some hotels require full payment by this stage.
The more notice I have the better as the hotels become booked up very quickly in the popular areas. Five to six months would be the ideal.
I have excellent contacts with reputable inbound operators in all of the respective countries and have known and worked with them all for many years. These companies have arrangements with local operators at all of the major places and all of the sightseeing guides provided are government-approved.
For India, yes, for most nationalities. The Indian Government has relaxed their rules recently so that tourists from some countries can obtain visas on arrival, otherwise a visa must be obtained prior to travel. All of the Indian Embassies and High Commissions have details and downloadable application forms on their websites. Note that passports must be valid for at least six months at the time of travel.
In Nepal, visas are available on arrival. They are normally for 14 days, but can be extended to 28 days. Nepal Embassies also issue visas. It is recommended you obtain your visa prior to arrival by land.
For Bhutan, Agents in Kathmandu can arrange visas in a couple of days.
For Sri Lanka, certain nationals may visit for 30 days, obtaining a free visa on arrival.
For Tibet, our agents in Kathmandu can obtain China-Tibet visas if you are travelling from Nepal. You will need to spend a couple of days in Kathmandu while the visa is being obtained.
In all cases, it is always advisable to check with the relevant embassy.
See our advice pages for further information but it is advisable to take malaria precautions especially from June to October. And don’t drink the water! Make sure you only have boiled, filter, or bottled mineral water.
In India, all transactions made by foreigners to do with tourism are to be paid with hard currency. This is law. There are an increasing number of ATM cash points throughout the region though if you are in the countryside, they are still rare. It is best to carry Travellers’ Cheques in any of the hard currencies. Keep a record of the numbers, together with a photocopy of the personal information page of your passport. All exchanges should be made through licensed currency exchangers.
In India and Nepal an increasing number of airlines are emerging but there can be delays towards the end of the day as many of the local airports are unable to deal with this increase in traffic. The standard of service on the flights is similar to other domestic ‘no frills’ services. In Sri Lanka there are air taxis which link the main areas of interest.
I advise that on the last day of your tour, you do not rely upon flying late in the day to catch an international flight.
Yes, mostly. You will have a few problems getting around with English as it is very widely spoken.
These are very poor countries and there are many people begging on the streets. Although it is natural to want to help them, it is best to ignore them but clearly this is your decision. Be aware, however, that there are also many professional beggars.
The main tourist months are September to December and February to April when the temperatures are not as high. The monsoon months are June to September. However, because of the size of the area, there is something to see comfortably throughout the year.