(18 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ajanta & Ellora Caves, Mumbai
This is the ultimate private tour of India’s most compelling art, architecture and ancient religious sites. It features in-depth private touring, palace-style hotels and luxury resorts, and the best of Indian lifestyle, including galleries, boutiques and bazaars.
Begin in Delhi, the bustling capital of India. During private touring, experience highlights such as Humayun’s Tomb, the Lodi Gardens, and a rickshaw ride through the bazaars of Old Delhi, as well as upscale shopping districts.
Next, visit Varanasi (Benares), one of the oldest cities in the world and, as the spiritual center of the Hindu world, a major Indian pilgrimage site. Watch as believers congregate on the ghats (stone steps) along the banks of the holy Ganges River to perform ritual ablutions. Visit local villages and explore Varanasi’s old town, with its ancient universities and renowned silk shops. Also, take an excursion to Sarnath, believed to be the site of the Buddha’s first sermon. If desired, visit master silk weavers and enjoy a private recital in the home of a local musician.
Continue to Khajuraho, one of India’s most renowned temple complexes, and stay nearby in a luxurious lodge in Panna National Park. With your private guide, tour centuries-old Hindu and Jain stone temples covered with sculptures depicting ancient myths, military conquests and erotic acts.
Transfer to Agra for a spellbinding visit to the Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest monument to love. Also visit Agra Fort and local markets. Stay in the lavish Oberoi Amarvilas in a room with an uninterrupted view of the Taj.
Continue to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s great “Pink City,” visiting the centuries-old ruins at Fatehpur Sikri en route. See the rich architectural legacy of Jaipur’s merchants and maharajas (Hindu princes)—hill forts, palaces, an observatory, gardens, temples and havelis (courtyard mansions)—surrounded by stark desert. Ride an elephant to Amber Fort. Marvel at the luminous saris of indigenous tribal women and the bright turbans of Rajasthani men. Explore medieval backstreets and browse bazaars selling textiles, leatherwork, woodblock prints, perfume, jewelry and Jaipur’s traditional blue pottery.
Spend three nights in Udaipur, India’s most romantic city, among the grand interiors and courtyard gardens of the palatial Oberoi Udaivilas. Cruise Lake Pichola and walk through picturesque backstreets, taking in views of local villages and the surrounding hills and lakes. Tour the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Saheliyon Ki Bari garden and local bazaars. One day, enjoy an excursion to the gorgeous, fresco-covered Juna Mahal palace, or to the spectacular Jain temples of Ranakpur.
Next, visit Ajanta and Ellora, two ancient religious complexes filled with extraordinary art. With your local specialist guide, tour Ajanta’s extensive Buddhist cave temples and monasteries, which are filled with sculptures and paintings. At Ellora, tour spectacular Buddhist, Hindu and Jain temples carved from basalt cliffs.
The tour concludes with two nights in exciting Mumbai (Bombay), India’s economic capital and the home of the Bollywood film industry. Tour the city’s cultural attractions, bazaars and most interesting neighborhoods, and take a private boat ride to the Elephanta Island Caves—inside are extensive Hindu stone sculptures linked to the cult of Shiva.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Full-day private tour of Old & New Delhi
Delhi – Varanasi
Transfer and flight. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Private city tour, excursion to Sarnath and private aarti ceremony
Full-day private tour
Varanasi – Khajuraho
Transfer and flight. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Private tour of temples
Full-day private tour of temples
Khajuraho – Agra
Transfer and flight. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Full-day private tour of Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, artisan workshops and other attractions
Agra – Jaipur
Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Private tour of Fatehpur Sikri en route. Private afternoon touring and shopping
Full-day private tour, including elephant ride to Amber Fort
Jaipur – Udaipur
Transfer and flight. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Private afternoon tour, including cruise on Lake Pichola
Full-day private tour
Private excursion to Jain Temples in Ranakpur or Juna Mahal in Dungarpur
Udaipur – Aurangabad
Transfer and flights. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Ajanta & Ellora Caves
Full-day private tour of Ajanta & Ellora Caves
Aurangabad – Mumbai
Transfer and flight. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private city tour
Full-day private tour, including boat ride to Elephanta Island
Private airport transfer
The Imperial New Delhi
Pashan Garh Lodge (in Panna National Park)
Taj Residency, Aurangabad
The Taj Mahal Palace or The Oberoi Mumbai
Per Person (double occupancy)
Optional surcharge for regional business class flights (when available):
From $1,325 per person
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Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
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Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our travel specialists
Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
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