Discover India's spiritual heart on the banks of the Ganges River in Varanasi, where ancient Hindu traditions endure.
Enjoy a private rendezvous with the current owners of the aristocratic Kohinoor Jewellers and see their treasured pieces.
Take a safari to one of India's best tiger reserves, Ranthambore National Park, in search of the Bengal tiger.
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Welcome to India! We’ll meet you on arrival and take you to your hotel in the ocean-bound oasis of Kochi. It’s time to explore this spice-laden city, located on the tropical Malabar Coast. A port known as ‘the Queen of the Arabian Sea’, which has lured traders for some 600 years.
Stay: Two Nights, Le Méridien Kochi
Enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance performance.
Today you’re in expert hands, as you’re guided through the heritage area of Kochi (also known as Cochin). Discover one of the world’s finest natural harbours with a stroll through Jewtown and a visit to the ornate Paradesi Synagogue. Later, wander along the city’s scenic promenade and take a look at the cantilevered fishing nets, introduced to the region by Chinese fishermen in the 14th century. Then head to St Francis Church, built in 1516, to explore Kochi’s Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial history. This evening’s welcome dinner with fellow guests rounds off the day.Daily :
Choose to join a Keralan cooking demonstration or opt for an Ayurvedic lecture and massage, to soothe mind, body and soul.
Time-honoured traditions are the order of today. After breakfast, travel to Kumarakom with a stop off at Kumbalanghi Village to discover an ancient way of life. Breaking for lunch and time to check into your hotel this afternoon.
Stay: Two Nights, Kumarakom Lake ResortDaily :
Discover the traditional martial art of India, Kalaripayattu, which originated in Kerala. Learn how it is one of the oldest martial arts traditions in the world, but is gaining modern popularity after featuring in Bollywood movies.
It’s time to dial back in this balmy Keralan city. Ease into the day as you like or join a yoga class. Then cruise Kerala’s backwaters, tracing the Malabar Coast aboard a houseboat. These waterways once ferried rice and spices, and now offer a window onto islands, lagoons and India’s longest lake, Vembanad Lake. This evening serves up a delicious seafood dinner.Daily :
Learn how traditional and modern dance forms blend beautifully as you take part in a Bollywood dance lesson.
After breakfast, transfer to board your flight to Mumbai, home to India’s Bollywood movie scene. Settle into your hotel before dinner tonight, a haven away from it all in central Mumbai.
Stay: Mumbai, Taj Mahal PalaceDaily :
Rise and shine early with an introduction to the Koli fisher-folk at the Khar Danda Koliwada indoor fish market. Then, delve into the sights of Mumbai. Visit highlights including India Gate, the Hanging Gardens, Kamla Nehru Park and Mani Bhawan (the National Ghandi Museum, dedicated to India’s best-known Indian activist). There’s a stop by Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai’s vast open-air laundromat before we whisk you away to the World Heritage-listed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, to board your luxury Deccan Odyssey train. Here, you’ll be greeted with a glass of bubbly and dinner, aboard your hotel on wheels for the next eight days.
Stay: Seven Nights, Deccan OdysseyDaily :
Wake to new horizons each day, starting in the city of Vadodara. After breakfast, head inland to the World-Heritage listed Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park. A site that offers historical glimpses of Hindu, Muslim and Jain architecture. There’s time to relax over lunch before returning to Vadodara to explore the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum. The museum is housed in the Maharaja’s Laxmi Vilas Palace, where a traditional Indian high tea is served, followed by a colourful folk performance.Daily :
Views of the Aravali Ranges roll by over breakfast, as you journey on to Udaipur, India’s ‘City of the Lakes’, also crowned the ‘Venice of the East’. Nowadays, best known as a centre for performing arts and crafts, brimming with trinkets and handicrafts. Start your exploration on a tour to navigate the elaborate City Palace complex, which is located on the east bank of Lake Pichola. The palace was built from 1553 onwards by a string of rulers over some 400 years. Later, set out by boat across the lake to see the palace’s fusion of architectural styles – Rajasthani, Mughal, Medieval, European and Chinese – from the water. Then take a break for lunch, which is back aboard the Deccan Odyssey before strolling around the Old Town as you choose this afternoon.Daily :
Meander through the Blue City of Rajasthan this morning. Set against the epic Thar Desert, Jodphur is the former capital of the Marwar kingdom, packed with temples, forts and palaces to unearth. After lunch, join a walking tour to the rocky heights of the Mehrangarh Fort, over 400 feet above the surrounding desert. Within the fort complex, which is one of India’s largest, you’ll visit the Turban Gallery, the Old Clock Tower market and striking havelis (townhouses). Dinner tonight is a royal affair with a Marwar barbecue held in the maharaja courtyard at the fort.Daily :
Enjoy a champagne reception and guided tour of the Kohinoor Gem Museum, home to an exquisite collection of Mughal artefacts.
Prepare for a day of pinch-yourself moments with a stop in Agra, home to some of the Mughal era’s most significant architecture. Begin by exploring Agra Fort, one of India’s finest Mughal forts, before marvelling at the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, this white marble mausoleum is festooned with precious and semi-precious stones in her honour. Enjoy lunch and time to shop at a local market. Then reboard your train for dinner tonight, bound for the wilds of Ranthambore National Park.Daily :
Following breakfast, this morning, step out on a village walking tour in Sawai Madhopur, to experience rural life firsthand. Break for lunch back on board before this afternoon’s spectacular safari adventure, which takes place in one of India’s best tiger reserves, Ranthambore National Park. A world away from the 24-hour cities, you’ve already witnessed. Here, it’s time to get back to nature, keeping a look out for an array of wildlife: Bengal tigers, leopards, long-eared hedgehogs, sloth bears and much more that all call this park home. This evening, you’ll dine aboard your train en route to Jaipur.Daily :
The pink city of Jaipur beckons today. Rajasthan’s capital is within striking distance to the imposing cliffside Amber Fort complex, your first discovery for the day. Hidden within its sandstone walls, you’ll find marbled frescoes and the Sheesh Mahal, ‘Palace of Mirrors’. Then continue on to the iconic gardens and buildings of the City Palace in Jaipur, once the official seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur. After, there’s time to explore the 18th-century World Heritage-listed observatory, Jantar Mantar. Lunch then leads to some leisurely souvenir shopping at a local market.Daily :
Choose from a range of dining options at your hotel for dinner this evening. Perhaps dine at the Orient Express restaurant for some European cuisine, or Spicy Duck, which brings a little taste of China to the heart of India. If you aren’t quite sure, head to the atmospheric Capital Kitchen and choose from a range of Indian, Asian and Western classics.
Leaving the Deccan Odyssey one last time, head for a cycle-rickshaw tour of Old Delhi, the best way to navigate the labyrinthine lanes of Shahjahanabad, Old Delhi’s walled city. A stop at the highly decorative Jama Masjid brings home the magnitude of India’s largest mosque, which can house up to 25,000 people. After lunch, we’ll take you to your hotel for time to do as you like.
Stay: Two Nights, Delhi, Taj Palace HotelDaily :
Today, meeting a local family for a cooking demonstration and lunch is a great way to learn more about New Delhi and its locals. Later, city landmarks sweep past with a drive by Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India) and a visit to India Gate and Humayun’s Tomb. Tonight, you’ll dine at the Masala Library restaurant.Daily :
After breakfast, head for the airport bound for Varanasi, where we’ll meet and transfer you to your hotel in the city centre. Varanasi perches dramatically over the sacred River Ganges, so an evening prayer cruise and fire-lit Aarti ceremony seem a fitting start to your stay here. You’ll make your way through the streets of Varanasi’s Old City with a guide, before returning to your hotel for dinner tonight.
Stay: Two Nights, Varanasi, Taj Gateway HotelDaily :
There’s so much to see along the Ganges shoreline where traders and locals still gather on the steps of the riverbanks, just as their ancestors did. Today on a cruise, float past the burning ghats (steps) where ceremonial cremations are still carried out in the traditional way. Back in the city, discover the spiritual heart of modern-day India on a visit to Sarnath, an important Buddhist centre.Daily :
Take part in a yoga session on the banks of the Ganges River. Alternatively, you might want to learn about Indian traditional music as you meet a local guru.
This morning, choose from a range of sightseeing options. Later, transfer to the airport for your included flight to Delhi to connect with your onward flight.Daily :
Welcome onto India's Palace on Wheels, the Deccan Odyssey as you roll through the heart of this fascinating country.
Escape from it all to the lush tropical surrounds of Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kerala.
Welcome to a world of elegant charm at the Taj Palace , in the heart of New Delhi.
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