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February 10, 2021

Iconic Image: The Taj Mahal

The iconic Taj Mahal is a must-visit for travelers in India. Artisans of Leisure arranges private tours of the Taj Mahal and other sites in Agra.

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February 17, 2017

A Day with Dabbawallas in Mumbai, India

Anyone walking near Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji (a.k.a Victoria) Terminus, the elaborate, UNESCO World Heritage Site Victorian Gothic train station, at midday might wonder who all of those delivery men in white caps are and why they’re sorting metal containers wrapped in colored bags on the sidewalk. The answer is they are dabbawallas, part of the […]

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April 21, 2016

Decorative Arts in the City Palace of Udaipur, India

Udaipur, a city in Rajasthan, India, has a long history and tradition of beautiful decorative arts. One of the best places to appreciate the many local styles and techniques in Udaipur is at the City Palace. Over the centuries, local maharanas (princes) brought the most skilled craftsmen to decorate the palace with intricate carvings, detailed […]

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March 28, 2016

Luxury Tented Camps in Remote Northern India

For travelers looking to go off the beaten track in India without sacrificing luxury, Artisans of Leisure can arrange in-depth cultural and nature experiences in Ladakh, a beautiful region in northern India with rugged landscapes, living Buddhist culture and rural villages hemmed in by the high peaks of the Himalaya and Karakoram mountains. This Tibetan-inflected […]

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November 2, 2015

A Private Cooking Class in Chennai, India

Artisans of Leisure’s new Culinary Tour of India features private cooking classes in locations throughout India. These hands-on classes are a fun and delicious introduction to Indian cooking, and a great way to learn about Indian food culture and culinary history. Artisans of Leisure travel specialist Stephanie Dosch recently experienced a cooking lesson in Chennai that is included […]

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August 25, 2015

Juna Mahal: Incredible Frescoes in a Former Palace outside Udaipur, India

For travelers interested in decorative arts, the spectacular Juna Mahal (“Old Palace”) in Rajasthan, India  is sure to be a highlight of touring in the region. Built in the 13th century for an aristocratic family, the Juna Mahal was expanded over the centuries, finally reaching seven stories. The last residents of the palace moved out […]

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June 6, 2012

Just Back: Nepal & India

Enjoy photos of Nepal (Kathmandu, the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and Chitwan National Park) and India (Delhi, Varanasi and Panna National Park) in this blog.

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May 15, 2012

An interview with one of our birding and travel experts

Artisans of Leisure travel specialist, Stephanie Dosch, tells us how she has been lucky to be able to combine her twin passions–birding and travel–since she was a child. Q: When and how did you become interested in birding? A: My mom has been birding forever, and she would take me along with her when I […]

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May 24, 2011

Private Shore Excursions the Artisans of Leisure Way

When taking a luxury cruise, a great way to make the most of your time in ports of call is with private shore excursions and private overland tours. Artisans of Leisure has a vast network of expert guides and drivers in cruise destinations around the world, and we work with sophisticated travelers to customize private […]

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November 5, 2010

Varanasi: One of India’s most spiritual destinations

An endlessly fascinating spectacle of ritual activity unfolds daily in Varanasi (Benares), one of the most sacred places in Hinduism and one of the oldest cities in the world. Hindu pilgrims come to bathe in the purifying waters of the Ganges River, which flows through the city. One of the best ways to experience the […]

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March 31, 2009

A conversation with the Amanbagh’s Robyn Bickford

We recently met up with Robyn Bickford at the Amanbagh, one of our preferred luxury resorts in Rajasthan, India. She and her husband, Manav, are the renowned general managers of this exquisite property. Q: We love the Amanbagh and always try to include it in the tours we design for our clients visiting India. What […]

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March 25, 2009

Consider Visiting Nepal When in Nearby India or Bhutan

We highly recommend spending several days touring Nepal, in the Himalayas, when visiting nearby countries such as India or Bhutan. Many of the flights from India to Bhutan make stops in Nepal, making it an ideal time to spend a few days en route. We love the relaxed feel of Kathmandu and the beautiful valleys […]

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March 24, 2009

Private Jewish Heritage Tours

Many travelers ask us to incorporate people, places and activities of Jewish significance when they are traveling internationally with us. We can incorporate Jewish touring into any of our tours around the world, from Sydney to Shanghai and most places in between. Many travelers simply want us to incorporate some Jewish-related sightseeing in Europe, Asia, […]

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March 18, 2009

Philanthropic travel in India

India is one of the best destinations for philanthropic travel, and many travelers ask us how they can contribute to local communities while touring India. It is very easy for us to incorporate philanthropic experiences into any of our private India tours–these experiences make travel in India that much more meaningful, and we consistently hear […]

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February 24, 2009

Must Buy: marble inlay in Agra, India

Until you see Agra’s Taj Mahal in person, it’s hard to imagine how impossibly beautiful a building can be. The classic images we know of this iconic structure seem to convey a stark white marble exterior, but upon closer examination you can see that the Taj Mahal is actually adorned with colorful inlaid semi-precious stones in intricate […]

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February 10, 2009

The Lodhi Gardens: an urban retreat in Delhi

When in Delhi, we always recommend making the time to visit the Lodhi Gardens. A favorite of affluent residents in New Delhi, the gardens are a peaceful oasis and a favorite spot to do yoga, have a picnic lunch, or read a book. There are incredible 15th century ruins scattered throughout the gardens. Our private […]

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February 10, 2009

A love of lentils in India

The Amanbagh resort in Rajasthan has its own lentil artist, and he is seen here making a tiger out of different colored lentils for the New Year’s celebration in the resort’s courtyard. Such tedious work considering that someone inevitably walks through it! Every day at Amanbagh I saw something like this that I hadn’t noticed […]

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February 5, 2009

Must Stay: Finally, a luxury hotel in Varanasi

Unlike other areas of India, the hotels in Varanasi have never been anything to brag about. I often tell our travelers, “Varanasi is about the experience of the destination, not the accommodation.” That recently changed with the opening of the Taj’s newest luxury heritage property, Nadesar Palace. During my last trip to Varanasi, I was […]

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