Ultimate India

Visit the renowned Golden Triangle and the iconic Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Old Delhi, relax on a luxury boat as you cruise through the mangroves of Kerala & spot the magnificent tiger whilst on safari

 

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Day 1 & 2: The Imperial, New Delhi

Upon arrival at New Delhi International Airport you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel, The Imperial, where you will spend 2 nights and the rest of the day at leisure.

After breakfast on the second day you will be taken on a city tour of the Mughal capital Old Delhi, visiting Raj Ghat memorial to Ghandi, Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques with a capacity to hold as many as 25,000 devotees, and Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Afterwards you will continue on toNew Delhi, you will then be driven to New Delhi, seeing the Parliament building and President’s residence, both legacies of the British. The rest of the afternoon will be spent at leisure at the hotel, with a wide variety of options for dinner available at the hotel.

 

 

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Info: The Imperial & New Delhi

The Imperial’s grandiose rooms and contemporary colonial style, combined with a selection of 9 award-winning bars and restaurants, a palm-shaded pool and an extensive wellness centre show that the hotel offers accommodation of the highest quality.

India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis of vast skyscrapers and ancient temples, a legacy of it rich history. The spacious tree-lined avenues and beautiful parks offer a welcome respite from the bustling markets and monuments.

 

 

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Day 3: The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

After breakfast you will be transferred to The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, your accommodation for the night.

In the afternoon you will visit the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort with an experienced tour guide, who will give you a fascinating insight into the history and building of both historical monuments. The evening will be spent at leisure at the hotel.

 

 

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Info: The Oberoi Amarvilas & Agra

Recognized as the leading hotel in Agra, The Oberoi Amarvilas offers exceptional views of the Taj Mahal, allowing you to see it at its best, both at dawn and dusk. Its Moorish and Mughal inspired architecture and beautiful lawns, pools and fountains are reminiscent of the Taj Mahal itself. The rooms are extremely comfortable and luxurious, and all come complete with a walk-in wardrobe and a personal butler service on request. The hotel offers international and Indian food complete with exceptional service, which the hotel prides itself on.

Agra is famous for its Mughal history and architecture, with the Taj Mahal the greatest of them all. The impressive Agra Fort, the delicate artistry of Itimad-ud-daulah’s tomb, the magnificent Taj and Akbar’s deserted capital, Fatehpur Sikri, are all unique and fascinating to visit.

 

 

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Day 4 & 5: The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambore

After breakfast at the hotel you will be driven to Bharatpur railway station, visiting Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted 16th Century Mughal city built by Emperor Akbar. From Bharatpur you will catch a train to Sawai Madhopur, where you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your luxury accommodation, The Oberoi Vanyavilas, on the edge of Ranthambore National Park, where you will stay for 2 nights and enjoy twice-daily game-drives into the park.

 

 

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Info: The Oberoi Vanyavilas & Ranthambore

The Oberoi Vanyavilas offers tented accommodation, allowing you to feel part of the wilderness on your doorstep, whilst enjoying the luxury and high standards of a 5-star hotel. The tents cover 790 square feet and come with a 4-poster bed, bath, separate shower, wooden flooring and embroidered interior canopies, giving them a regal feel. The hotel has an exceptional restaurant, offering international and Indian food, and there is a lovely pool in the hotel grounds, which comes with a pool-bar.

Ranthambore is one of the few places in the world where you can still see tigers and is renowned throughout India as one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild, which are commonly seen stalking, hunting or caring for their young. The park also has a large population of panthers, the second-largest predators in the forest, as well as crocodiles, hyenas, jackals, caracals, sloth bears and various other Indian mammals.

 

 

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Day 6 & 7: The Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, India

After an early morning game-drive and breakfast, you will be transferred to Jaipur, visiting Samode Palace for High Tea en-route. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel, The Rambagh Palace.

After breakfast on the second day, you will be taken on a tour of the city, visiting Amber Fort, which was constructed in the 17th Century by Maharaja Mansing, a Mughal General. You will travel up to the fortress on elephants and will be able wander around the courtyards, halls and rooms of the fort at leisure. En-route to the fort, you will stop off at the ‘Palace of Wind’, Hawa Mahal, an elaborate facade used by women of the Mughal court to watch over the city streets below. In the afternoon, you will tour the city itself, visiting the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, an 18th Century astronomical Observatory, and the local markets before returning to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

 

 

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Info: The Rambagh Palace & Jaipur

Rarely can you say that a hotel with “palace” in the name lives up to expectations; however, The Rambagh Palace is a definite exception. Built in 1835, it became the official residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur and was renovated and transformed accordingly. The palace’s perfectly symmetrical gardens and lavish reception rooms make your stay a completely unique experience and the rooms are extravagantly decorated to make you feel like royalty. They come complete with walk-in wardrobes, regal bathrooms and a four-poster bed.

Surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort, and full of beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens, Jaipur provides for a fascinating visit. Its bazaars and its people, still dressed in traditional turbans and saris, give it a timeless quality that the city’s countless historic buildings support.

 

 

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Day 8 & 9: The Brunton Boatyard, Cochin, India

You will depart early to catch your flight to Cochin (via Mumbai), arriving at lunchtime, where you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your accommodation for 2 nights, The Brunton Boatyard Hotel.

After a well-rested night of luxury you will be provided with a sightseeing tour of Cochin. You will first visit The Dutch Palace, also known as The Mattancherry Palace, which was built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Cochin in 1555 AD. Its interior is decorated with murals from the Ramayana and there are some lively displays of royal costumes and palanquins. You will then proceed to the sea-front, where you will be able to see traditional Chinese Fishing Nets, allegedly brought over by Kubalai Khan’s Court. A visit to The Church of St. Francis, built by the Portuguese in 1510 AD and believed to be the oldest church built by the Europeans in India, will also be provided. After returning in the afternoon for some relaxation and recuperation you will spend the evening cruising the waterways in and around Cochin in comfort, to further explore this fascinating city.

 

 

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Info: The Brunton Boatyard & Cochin

Brunton Boatyard is housed in a renovated period building set in the historical boatyard where colonial trading houses ued to thrive. Being an area shaped by European trade, the hotel’s architecture and furniture reflects the mix of Dutch, Portuguese and British styles which all played an active role in Jaipur’s development. Rooms are tastefully decorated to reflect the hotel’s history whilst also being extremely comfortable and having all modern amenities, including a large shared swimming pool.

Cochin is based on a cluster of islands on the vast Vembanad Lake. The Lake opens out into the Arabian Sea here to form one of the finest natural harbours in the world. It is this natural advantage that has given Cochin its fascinating blend of diverse cultures and influences. The Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, and the British have all left their mark here, passing through as traders, conquerors and explorers.

 

 

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Day 10: Spice Village, Periyar National Park, Thekkady, Kerala, India

After breakfast, you will be taken on a stunningly beautiful journey through the heart of Kerala to Periyar (approx. 4 hours), where you will spend two nights at the Spice Village Hotel.

In the afternoon, you will be taken into the national park on a boat cruise, allowing you view wildlife by the water’s edge. In the evening, you will return to the hotel for dinner.

 

 

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Info: Spice Village & Periyar National Park

Located in the heart of the Western Ghats, the lodge is largely open, with verdant lawns and fresh mountain air to revive you after the heat and bustle of the cities. A large swimming pool, large and spacious rooms and a focus on cooking and educating guests about the use of Indian spices will ensure that your stay here here will be both memorable and unique.

Situated within the confines of the Western Ghats, Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world. The park has a picturesque lake at its heart, where herds of elephant, deer, bison and wild pigs wander down to the lakeside, observable from the launches that cruise the lake. There are also leopards, wild dogs and monitor lizards in the park.

 

 

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Day 11 & 12: Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom, Kerala, India

After breakfast you will be transferred to Kumarakom (approx. 3 hours), with a stop at a spice plantation en-route, where you will spend two nights at Coconut Lagoon.

Upon arrival the day will be spent at leisure, allowing you to enjoy Ayurveda treatment, a cultural healing practice using herbs and other natural substances, and massage or to take in the area’s calming beauty from the comfort of your private bungalow. In the evening, you will be invited to enjoy a sunset cruise, which is when Kumarakom is at its most beautiful.The second day in Kumarakom will be free to allow you to wander and explore the area at your own pace.

 

 

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Info: Coconut Lagoon & Kumarakom

Coconut Lagoon is a very relaxing guesthouse surrounded by mangroves and acres of rice paddies. A lovely garden, large swimming pool and hammocks by the river’s edge make it ideal for relaxing with a book for a few days, with rooms having king-size beds and all modern amenities.

Kumarakom is a patchwork paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals. The village of Kumarakom is formed of a cluster of small islands on the Vembanad Lake. The bird sanctuary here is renowned for its migratory birds and is an ornithologist’s paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian stork that habituate the area provide fascinating viewing from a boat.

 

 

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Day 13 & 14: Marari Beach Resort, Mararikulam, Kerala, India

After breakfast on-board you will be driven to Marari (approx. 1 hour), where you will check-in to the Marari Beach Resort. Here, you will spend 3 days relaxing and participating in the various activities on offer at the hotel.

Marari Beach Resort is the ideal beach break hotel. Upon arrival at the wickerwork and bamboo reception area after a long drive, you are greeted with a fresh fruit juice and are escorted to your room, a lovely beach lodge with a fresh and spacious bedroom and a part open-air bathroom with a thatched roof. The restaurant offers excellent internationald and Keralan food, with meat kebabs and fish prepared on a barbeque in the restaurant, and the beach-side bar offers a wide range of innovative cocktails and fruit juices. The hotel has a large pool and countless sun-loungers, as well as having the sea a matter of metres from your room.

 

 

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Day 15: Leela Kempenski, Mumbai, India

You will depart early today in order to catch your flight from Cochin Airport to Mumbai. Upon arrival you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your accommodation, Leela Kempenski, a luxury hotel with 6 restaurants, a large pool, large gardens and a spa centre, where you will stay for 1 night.

You will spend the rest of the day at leisure at the hotel or enjoying a tour of the city. The nexy morning you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.

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