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Customize Your Luxury Vacation

• Experience the best of northern India on a fully tailored journey

• There are no set dates—the best times of the year to travel are October through March

• This itinerary can be customized to your interests, specifications and group

• Pricing is per person, based on double occupancy

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What's Included

The price of this all-inclusive custom journey covers all transportation throughout the trip, hotels, all daily activities, top-of-the-line guides and gratuities. The price excludes international flights to and from your home.

Itinerary

  1. Days 1 - 3
    New Delhi, India
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    Experience the Mughal and colonial wonders of Delhi.

    ​In addition to being the capital of the nation, Delhi is also the cultural and historic heart of northern India, home to a fabulous collection of Mughal mosques and forts, vibrant bazaars and grand colonial-era monuments. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be personally escorted through customs and immigration and then taken by private transfer to your hotel, where your room will be ready no matter how early in the day.

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    New Delhi Tour

    As you explore New Delhi with your expert guide, see India Gate, Delhi's triumphal arch; Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of India's President; vibrant Connaught Place; a local Sikh temple; and the excellent National Museum.

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    Chef’s Tasting Menu Dinner

    Sample a variety of flavors from all over the subcontinent as you indulge in the inventive chef’s tasting menu at the acclaimed Indian Accent, which is consistently ranked as the best restaurant in the country.

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    Qutb Mosque and Minar

    Explore the city’s oldest surviving Islamic monument, which workers began to construct in 1199. The magnificent mosque also boasts a tower of victory, which doubles as India’s largest minaret.

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    Tomb of Humayun

    Learn how the design elements of this early Mughal tomb—a squat building highlighted by tall arched entrances topped by a protuberant dome and surrounded by formal gardens—were refined over the years to the grandeur of the Taj Mahal.

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    Old Delhi

    Discover the historic part of the city, including the imposing Red Fort and Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque, built by Emperor Shah Jahan, who also constructed the Taj Mahal. Then take a trishaw ride through Chandni Chowk, a bustling jumble of shops, temples, mosques and artisan workshops.

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    Aap Ki Pasand Teashop

    Learn about the variety of teas grown across India from Sanjay Kapur, a Master Tea Taster with four decades of experience in tea manufacturing, blending and marketing.

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    The Imperial, New Delhi
    Step into India’s glorious past at a New Delhi landmark hotel. This sophisticated oasis was built by F.B. Blomfield, an associate of Sir Edwin Lutyens who designed New Delhi as the capital of the British Raj. Located in the heart of the city, The Imperial exudes colonial elegance with unparalleled service, Victorian charm, and one of the finest collections of art in India. Stroll through seven acres of manicured gardens, dine in style at one of the many restaurants or pamper yourself in the chic spa.
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    Ride the rails to the former Mughal capital, which is home to the Taj Mahal.

    ​After a memorable trip with your guide on the high-speed train from Delhi, alight in Agra, which was turned by the Mughals into one of the great cities of South Asia in the 16th and 17th centuries. With its cosmopolitan bazaars and strategic location, Agra became a center of learning, art, commerce, and culture—not to mention the site of the world’s most famous monument to love, and a plethora of other historic forts and palaces that testify to the glory of the Mughal empire.

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    Taj Mahal Visit

    In Agra, visit one of history’s great masterpieces, the Taj Mahal. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan commissioned this astoundingly beautiful monument in the 17th century as a tribute to the memory of his beloved second wife. We explore this enchanting work of art, which incorporates and expands on Persian, Hindu and Islamic styles.

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    Agra Fort

    Emperor Akbar built the double-walled Agra Fort between 1565 and 1573 using red sandstone and marble. The enormous complex includes an elegant marble hall where the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his own son to put an end to his rule. Explore the lavishly decorated main hall and the small Gem Mosque as well as an exquisite mini palace.

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    I'Timad-Ud-Daulah and Kachhpura Village

    Visit the Tomb of I’timad-Ud-Daulah, a charming mausoleum often referred to as the “baby Taj.” This grand display of Mughal architecture was commissioned by Empress Nur Jahan for her beloved father, Mirza Ghiyas Beg, and predates the Taj Mahal by five years. Head to Kachhpura village to learn about local life and culture.

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    Fatehpur Sikri

    On our way to Jaipur, stop to explore Fatehpur Sikri—Emperor Akbar’s crowning architectural achievement. An exquisite red sandstone complex, this walled city served as the Mughal capital from 1572 to 1585. The royal site is a wonderful example of Islamic, Hindu and Jain architecture.

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    Dinner Under the Stars

    Revel in the beauty of Mughal-era Agra as you dine on a delectable four-course menu in the Oberoi Amarvilas’s courtyard, surrounded by fountains, pools, and landscaped gardens.

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    The Oberoi Amarvilas
    Recognized as one of the best hotels in the world, the Oberoi Amarvilas overlooks the Taj Mahal, providing stunning views of this monument. Guests will enjoy this property's splendid gardens, fountains and reflection pools and richly detailed interiors.
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    Explore the fabled land of the maharajas.

    The crown jewel of Rajasthan, Jaipur served as a royal capital for the Rajput kings, who ruled northwest India for hundreds of years. Amid the opulent palaces and massive fortresses, discover the well-preserved artistic and cultural traditions unique to this region. 

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    Exploring Amber Fort

    Explore the stunning Amber Fort, a 16th-century complex of well-preserved palaces, temples and gardens.

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    Hawa Mahal Visit

    Admire the Hawa Mahal, or the Palace of Winds, a beautiful honeycombed structure crafted from pink and red sandstone, which allowed the ladies of the court to discreetly watch life on the streets below.

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    City Palace and Royal Observatory

    Visit the City Palace, which occupies the center of Jaipur and houses the royal family’s vast collection of textiles and costumes, an array of armory, miniature paintings and carpets. Stop by Jantar Mantar, an open-air royal observatory created by Maharaja Jai Singh.

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    Chand Baori

    Discover a 10th-century stepwell set in the ancient village of Abhaneri outside of Jaipur. A deep four-sided structure with a temple on one face and 13 stories of terraced steps, the ornate Chand Baori stepwell is an architectural jewel.

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    Jaipur’s Bazaars

    Explore the city’s oldest bazaar, where you’ll find Jaipur’s heritage of handicrafts on display—from iconic blue pottery to hand-printed textiles and stunning meenakari jewelry.

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    Galtaji

    Pay a visit to Galtaji, also known as the Monkey Temple, which is dedicated to Hanuman, the monkey god. The temple—built in pink sandstone, amidst low hills with great views of the city—is a fascinating sight with large troupes of monkeys surrounding the shrine.

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    Dinner at the Kanch-ka-Darwaza

    Dine with the Sankotra family in their 17th-century mansion, popularly referred to as Kanch-ka-Darwaza or Glass Door. It’s one of Jaipur’s oldest homes with more than twenty rooms, terraces and courtyards that have housed eight generations of the family.

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    Rambagh Palace
    Built in 1835, Rambagh Palace was home to Jaipur’s royal family until 1957, when it was converted into a hotel. The property includes over 47 acres of expansive gardens. Relax and recharge at the holistic spa or indulge in a fine dinner at one of several unique bars and restaurants.
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    Experience the romance of the Lake City of Rajasthan.

    Nestled between the rugged Aravalli Hills and the peaceful waters of Lake Pichola, Udaipur is the only kingdom in Rajasthan that retained its independence from both the Mughal Empire and the British. Today, the city enchants visitors with a mixture of grand, white marble palaces, royal treasures, traditional architecture and colorful bazaars. As you wander through the labyrinthine streets of the old city, you’ll come across countless surprises—from an art gallery specializing in the famed Mewar miniature paintings to an emporium of local handicrafts.

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    City Palace

    Explore the massive 16th-century City Palace with grand halls and residences built above the water—don’t miss the beautiful Peacock Court, which is adorned with sparkling glass mosaics. You’ll also see the extravagant Crystal Gallery of Maharana Sajjan Singh who ordered an extraordinary collection of crystal chairs, beds, couches, and tables from England in the 19th century.

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    Sunset Cruise on Lake Pichola

    Board a private boat to cruise the placid waters of Lake Pichola as the marble palaces and lakeside havelis (mansions with exquisite frescoes) take on the rosy glow of the setting sun.

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    Eklingji Temple Complex

    Visit 108 sandstone and marble temples of the Eklingji complex, where Hindu pilgrims come to worship the god Shiva. Originally built in the 8th century, the main shrine features a pillared hall with a stunning black marble four-faced statue of Shiva.

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    Cooking Class and Lunch

    Get a taste of delectable Rajasthani cuisine as you immerse yourself in the flavors of Vatsalya Vihar, a 10-acre resort where you learn how to make some local specialties and then enjoy the fruits of your labor at lunch.

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    Sadhna

    Stop by a wonderful handicraft workshop that provides gainful employment to women from nearby rural areas. Search for treasures—and support the community—as you browse a wide variety of handicrafts that reflect the diverse cultural heritage of Rajasthan.

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    Taj Lake Palace
    The historic Lake Palace, once the summer residence of the rulers of Udaipur, was built in pure white marble two and a half centuries ago by Maharana Jagat Singh II. Its location on an island in the midst of Lake Pichola gives every room breathtaking views of the neighboring City Palace, Aravalli Hills, Machla Magra Hills, and Lake Garden Palace. Savor your time here as you dine on authentic Rajasthani cuisine, sip a signature martini in the elegant lounge, and unwind with an inspired treatment at the Jiva Spa.
New Delhi, India
Agra, India
Jaipur, India
Udaipur, India