Arrive Mumbai, India
Arrive in Mumbai, where an A&K representative meets and transfers you to your iconic hotel.
Mumbai | Enter the Gateway of India
This morning, explore the city’s classic sights, including Victoria Terminus Station and the Gateway of India. Then travel to the Churchgate Railway Station to observe local dabbawallas at work as they prepare to deliver hundreds of thousands of home-cooked meals to working professionals throughout the city with astonishing accuracy. This afternoon, visit Mani Bhawan, a museum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi. Finish today’s exploring with a photo stop at the Dhobi Ghat open-air laundry.
Udaipur | Temples & Palaces
Today, fly to Udaipur and set out to discover the city. Visit the City Palace, a marble complex of palaces and galleries overlooking the lake, and tour the Crystal Gallery in Fateh Prakesh Palace. Later, check in to your palace hotel.
Udaipur | Cruise to Jag Mandir
View the Eklingji and Nagda Temples, pausing for lunch at a fort palace. After lunch, return to Udaipur and stroll through Sahelion Ki Bari (Garden of the Maids of Honor) before returning to your hotel. Enjoy the late afternoon at leisure. Then, embark on a cruise past Jag Mandir, a marble palace on an island in Lake Pichola.
Jaipur | The Pink City
Fly to Jaipur and check in to your hotel, the former residence of the Maharajah of Jaipur. Then, explore the City Palace, a unique and arresting complex of several palaces, pavilions, gardens and temples. Located within the palace’s gates is the Mubarak Mahal, or “Auspicious Palace,” which contains textiles including the royal formal costumes, sanganeri block prints, Kashmiri pashminas and silk saris. Then, visit Jantar Mantar, an open-air array of astronomical instruments, before returning to your hotel.
Jaipur | Exploring the Amber Fort
Today, view the Palace of the Winds, built so women of the royal household could observe street life without being seen. Proceed to explore the beautiful Mughal-style Amber Fort. This red sandstone and marble palace was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013. Stop at a city palace for lunch, and then return to your hotel for an afternoon and evening at leisure.
Agra | Monuments of Emperors
Set out for Agra, stopping en route to visit the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri and Bharatpur for lunch. Upon arrival in Agra, check in to your luxury hotel, catching your first glimpse of the breathtaking Taj Mahal from your window. Then, make a first visit to the masterpiece, as the setting sun bathes it in a soft orange glow. The next morning, visit the Taj Mahal once more to watch how the rising sun lends a warm pink tint to its marble face. Conclude your day with a visit to Agra Fort, once the prison of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal after the death of his beloved wife.
Panna National Park | Into the Wild
Depart by express train to Jhansi, and continue overland to remote Panna National Park, checking in to your wilderness lodge.
Panna National Park | Tracking Tigers
Today, set out on morning and afternoon game drives in a 4x4 vehicle, spotting crocodiles, deer or perhaps the elusive Bengal tiger. Learn how a successful conservation program has grown the park’s tiger population, increasing the odds of a sighting.
Khajuraho & Varanasi | India’s Holiest City
This morning, drive to Khajuraho to see its profusely sculpted Hindu and Jain temples. Fly to Varanasi, a city sacred to Hindus and Buddhists alike. At dusk, head to the banks of the sacred Ganges River to witness the entrancing Aarti ceremony.
Varanasi | Sunrise River Cruise
Rise early for a sunrise cruise on the Ganges River, seeing where the locals and pilgrims cleanse themselves on the ghats. Enjoy an orientation tour of the city, including a visit to the Bharat Mata Temple, a site devoted to a unified India and the mother goddess that personifies its national identity. Later, fly to Delhi and check in to your hotel.
Delhi | Exploring the Old & the New
Visit the great Jama Masjid, and set off on an exciting rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk bazaar, one of the busiest and oldest markets in Old Delhi. After lunch, tour New Delhi, viewing the India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan, and visiting Humayun’s Tomb, the last resting place of an esteemed 16th-century Mughal emperor, which prefigures design techniques later perfected in the Taj Mahal.
Transfer to the airport to board your homebound flight.