Luxury Royal India
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- Vacation Style Holiday TypePalace Tour, Tiger Tour
- Activity Level
- Group Size Small Group
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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 Mumbai
Arrive Mumbai where you will be met and escorted to the Orchid Hotel. Your guide will give you all vouchers for your tour and go through your itinerary with you.
- Day2 Kawardha: Palace Kawardha
Fly to Raipur in the heart of India and then drive to the remote and beautiful Palace Kawardha. In the evening you will attend dinner in the Durbar Hall with members of the royal family.
- Day3 Kawardha: Jaypee Palace Hotel
Visit Kawardha town and the family temple. Take a local guided tour to the 11th century Bhoromdeo Temple, a Tribal village and visit local homes. Enjoy ‘sundowners’ on the banks of the reservoir and watch Tribal dancing in the evening.
- Day4 Kawardha: Palace Kawardha
Visit the family step-well where the family would decamp from the palace in the pre-Monsoon heat and live within the walls. See the family hunting lodge and the local town of Kawardha.
- Day5 Royal Tiger Resort: Kanha National Park
Take your first Indian wildlife safari tour in the 1900 square kilometre park. See many species of deer, birds, Asian Bison and the elusive, majestic Royal Bengal Tiger. In the evening gather round the camp fire to exchange experiences. You will stay in one of the 18 luxury cottages at the camp. Each suite is en-suite and has a verandah overlooking the forest.
- Day6 Pench National Park: The Jewel of the Jungle
Take the opportunity to enjoy the amazing morning and afternoon wildlife tour safaris in India. In the evening you may watch presentations on tiger and wildlife themes.
- Day7 Bagh Van: Pench National Park
After breakfast, drive to Pench National Park (approx 3 ½ hours). Take an afternoon wildlife tour safari and a night drive (depending on animal activity). Enjoy a night in comfortable eco-friendly accommodation.
- Day8 Delhi: Imperial Hotel Delhi
After a morning safari, drive to Nagpur (approx 3 hours) to catch a flight to Delhi, where you will be met and taken to Hotel Imperial, the first of the Grand Hotels of Delhi, India.
- Day9 Delhi: Imperial Hotel Delhi
A day exploring the sights, old and new, of Delhi. In the morning take a private tour of Old Delhi, the Red Fort, Friday Mosque and the Raj Ghat. After lunch in the Chor Bizarre Restaurant in the former ‘Thieves’ market, visit New Delhi with its wide avenues, Lutyens-designed Government buildings, India gate, Qutab Minar and Humayun’s tomb.
- Day10 Agra: Amarvilas
To Agra for one night in Amar Vilas. Drive to Agra (approx 3 ½ hours) via Akbar’s tomb at Sikandra. Stay in the wonderful Amarvilas where your room looks out to the Taj Mahal. In the afternoon, visit Agra Fort and the ‘Baby Taj’, Itmad-ud-Daulah’s tomb, designed and built some seven years before the Taj Mahal.
- Day11 Sariska: Sariska Palace
Ride in a horse-drawn carriage to visit the Taj Mahal in the early morning. Return for breakfast before the 5-hour drive to Sariska where you will stay in the maharaja’s beautiful hunting-lodge. Take a late-afternoon jeep safari in the wildlife park – India Wildlife Tour
- Day12 Samode: Samode Palace
Take a morning safari drive in Sariska National Park. After breakfast, drive 3 hours to Samode Palace, ancestral home of the Prince of Samode. Take a gentle stroll in Samode village followed by a Rajasthani dancing display by the Samode dancers in the evening.
- Day13 Samode: Samode Palace
A day in Jaipur. Drive first to Amber Fort and ride on an elephant up the ramparts to the palace. Follow this with a visit to Jaipur, ‘the Pink City’ and see the astronomical observatory, the City Palace, and Hawa Mahal, ‘the Palace of Winds’. Take lunch in Rambagh Palace. In the afternoon visit Nahagar Fort, one side looking over Jaipur city and the other on the edge of the desert. Return to Samode.
- Day14 Rohet: Rohetgarh
Transfer to the airport for a short flight to Jodhpur and then transfer to the small fortified palace at Rohetgarh. Relax by the pool for the afternoon.
- Day15 Jodhpur: Rohetgarh
Visit the sights of Jodhpur. Drive up to the great Meherangarh Fort and see the ancestral cenotaphs of the maharajahs. Visit the city and the market. Take a walk in the bazaar and then go to Umaid Bhawan Palace for lunch. Drive through Tribal villages on the return journey to Rohetgarh.
- Day16 Deogarh: Deogarh Mahal
Drive (approx 3 ½ hours) to Deogarh and stay in the attractive Deogarh Mahal Palace.
- Day17 Deogarh: Deogarh Mahal
Enjoy a quiet day of local visits and relaxation by the pool.
- Day18 Dungarpur: Udai Bilas Palace
Drive (approx 4 hours) to Dungarpur and stay in the lakeside Udai Bilas Palace, home to the Maharawal and his family. In the afternoon visit the ancestral palace and the surrounding area.
- Day19 Dungarpur: Udai Bilas Palace
Take a local tour and see the wildlife in the countryside, Dungarpur town and enjoy the abundant birdlife.
- Day20 Udaipur: Lake Palace
Drive (approx 2 ½ hours) to Udaipur and transfer by boat to Lake Palace. Take a guided tour of Udaipur to see the Garden of Maids, City Palace and Udaipur City. In the afternoon visit the Crystal Gallery in Fateh Prakesh Palace. Take a sunset cruise on lake Pichola to Jag Mandir Island. Relax in the grounds of Lake Palace.
- Day21 Mumbai: Orchid Hotel
Transfer to the airport and fly to Mumbai where you will be met and taken to the Orchid Hotel.
- Day22 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.