Duration : 17 nights /
Cities covered :
Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Agra, Khajuraho, Delhi, Goa,
Through this tour the honeymoon couple visit the royal
princely cities of Rajasthan ; land of forts and palaces, and
relaxed beach holidays, coupled with visit to the Taj Mahal
and erotic temples of Khajuraho are some of the romantic
highlights with stay at the finest small luxury hotels.
[These Special Interest Tour Programs are best
run with minimum 6 travelers to a group & more]Day 1 - MUMBAI
The romance and colour of India greets you as you
disembark from your jet in Bombay a metropolis of energy and
vitality. Welcome to India. Our representative escorts you to
the Taj Mahal hotel where the old world charm and panache and
present day sophistication come together so gracefully, as on
the waterfront of India’s premier metropolis. Few other hotels
in the world have become so much part of city’s heritage and
mystique as the Taj has of Bombay’s. On the arrival at the
hotel ladies in authentic local costumes greet with garlands
and anoint your forehead with the traditional red “tikka”.
Afterwards relax with a welcome drink. Check into the Sea view
room offering a magnificent view of Arabian sea dotted with
small and big ships. Rest of your day will be at leisure.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 - MUMBAI
Breakfast at the colorful SHAMIANA, the 24 hour coffee
shop with gay, informal surroundings and a menu that
titillates appetites. This morning a boat ride across Bombay’s
harbor will take you to the famous Elephanta Caves carved
between 6th & 8th centuries. These outstanding stone images
are some of the finest representations of Hindu God Shiva. (Elephanta
Caves are closed on Mondays). Return to hotel. A sumptuous
lunch awaits you at TANJORE offering Indian cuisine of diverse
cultures, tastes and regions of the land accompanied by live
sitar music and classical Indian dance. Afternoon the city
tour will take you to all of Bombay’s best known landmarks;
impressive Gateway of India built in 1911, the handsome Prince
of Wales Museum famous for it’s collection of miniature
paintings, Marine Drive, Bombay’s sweeping shoreline, unique
Hanging Gardens and Mani Bhavan, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
Evening enjoy a Victoria Ride on the Marine Drive. Dinner at
KHYBER which establishes a sense of occasion - a reminder of
the ephemeral stuff dreams are made of. Return to the hotel
for overnight stay.
Day 3 - MUMBAI / UDAIPUR
A short flight takes you to Udaipur - a beautiful city of
lakes, palaces and fountains still evoking the rich
sensibilities of a royal lineage long gone by, leaving only
this dreamy city to continue forever. Check in at the Lake
Palace where you give yourself over to a dream. The KHUS MAHAL
suite is envisaged for your stay - the suite where the Sun
filters through the stained glass alcoves, creating intricate
patterns, where the antique Jhoola forms the heart of this
well loved room, where one can feel the aura of passion left
behind by hundred of honeymooners. Evening enjoy a boat cruise
on the GANGAUR BOAT -the royal barge of the house of Mewar.
The barge is regally decorated and takes you for a cruise
around the mystical Lake Palace. Imagine just the two of you
in fairy tale that has just begun. Meals and overnight at
Day 4 - UDAIPUR
Breakfast at the hotel. Your day starts with a visit to
City Palace- now a museum, completely white & majestic; the
royal palace stands on a hill, surrounded by crenellated
walls. It is a labyrinth of courtyards richly decorated with
inland mirror work, galleries covered with frescoes, temples
and kiosks. In the old town the Jagdish temple built in mid
17th century has a remarkable bronze statue. Visit the
exquisitely fashioned Sahelion-ki Bari or garden of maids of
honour with fountains, a lotus pond chhatris & Kiosks of black
marble. Your afternoon is at leisure. Relax by the pool or go
Evening enjoy a drink at Amritsagar bar where the spirits
never run dry. Dinner at Neelkamal restaurant serving Indian
and continental gourmet delights.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 5 - UDAIPUR / JODHPUR
Board morning flight to Jodhpur - a city founded in the
15th century by a chieftain of Rajputs, native of Rajasthan,
this city stands at the edge of the Thar Desert. Your host in
Jodhpur is one of the India’s largest and most lavish royal
residences. Umaid Bhavan Palace which belongs to Maharaja of
Jodhpur, who still resides here. Stay in a royal suite. Rest
of the day at leisure. Evening Sunset cocktail at the terrace
of Umaid Bhavan Palace followed by dinner. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6 - JODHPUR / JAIPUR
Morning visit the imposing Mehrangarh Fort and explore its
many palaces, where royal apartments had such evocative names
as the ‘Pearl Palace’ and the ‘Pleasure Palace”. Royal
trappings adorn rooms painted and carved in intricate
patterns. Time at leisure. Board flight for Jaipur - gateway
to Rajasthan and a city ablaze with colour when latticed rose
- pink monuments fight with brilliantly turbaned men and
vividly costumed women for attention. Check into Rambagh
Palace whose oriental allure inspires to lift you gently from
time and space to that glorious age of grace and beauty when
luxury was a way of life. Stay in the PRINCESS SUITE which has
an air of stately grace and is classic in its simplicity and
yet opulent. The magnificent fountain set dramatically in
center of the room, plays gently as the tropical winds breeze
in from the garden. And fantasy takes wing. Indeed, Jaipur is
the most romantic place to celebrate the first glorious
moments of love. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 7 - JAIPUR
Your day starts with an excursion to Amber Fort. You ride up
the ramp of this 11th century bastion atop a gaily decorated
elephant. Later visit the City Palace, a picturesque complex of
palaces and courtyards famous for its collection of Rajput
miniatures, carpets and manuscripts. You also visit the
exquisite Palace of Winds with its honeycombed facade and 18th
century Observatory. Your afternoon is at leisure. Relax at the
pool or go shopping Jaipur is famous for Gems, Jewellery and
Miniature paintings. Meals and overnight at hotel.
Day 8 - JAIPUR / AGRA
Depart for Agra this morning stopping enroute at Fatehpur
Sikri: a glittering imperial capital conceived and built by the
emperor Akbar. It is filled with red sandstone buildings,
mosques and courtyards. The Pearl Mosque here is designed after
the mosque of Mecca and is a fine blend of Persian and Hindu
architecture. Continue your journey to Agra Synonymous with the
timeless beauty of the Tag Mahal - radiant at noon and amber by
dusk. Check-in at Hotel Mughal Sheraton - situated in the heart
of the city, this splendid red brick edifice blends beautifully
with Agra’s landscape. It is also a recipient of the prestigious
Aga Khan Award for architectural excellence. Your stay is
envisaged at Taj Facing Room. Dinner at NAURATNA named after the
nine jewels of Emperor Akbar’s court, offers the ultimate in
Mughal Cuisine. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9 - AGRA
Breakfast at SAMOVAR. This morning, you will visit the
world’s greatest love tribute: The TAJ MAHAL, built by Emperor
Shah Jahan for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. (Taj Mahal is
closed on Mondays). Mark Twain said of this monument “You cannot
keep your emotions within bounds, when that soaring bubble of
marble breaks upon your view.” Taj Mahal is like a silent
rhapsody that you will carry in your heart. You will also visit
Agra Fort, an impressive cluster of palaces, fortresses and
mosques on the banks of river Yamuna across the Taj Mahal. Your
afternoon is at leisure. Evening enjoy a drink at Maikhana, the
lobby bar, offering an array of sparkling wines and wondrous
concoctions that Mughal Emperors enjoyed. Later see The Taj in
one of its best moods. The white marble looks like gleaming
silver in the moonlight. A sight which you will cherish and hold
close to your hearts for the rest of your life. Dinner at Taj
Bano restaurant where an exquisite buffet is laid out for you.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 - AGRA / KHAJURAHO
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport to board your flight
for Khajuraho whose remarkable 11th century temples constantly
amaze visitors. Check in at Hotel Chandela. When the Taj Mahal
Hotel made a resplendent debut in Bombay in 1903, even the
venerable times. London was moved to superlatives “the finest
Cararan Sarai in the East.” The Taj Experience had come into
being. Enjoy this experience at Taj Chandela offering swift
comforts, original ambiance, charm and traditional courtesies.
This afternoon visit Khajuraho temple carvings which portray
much more than frank eroticism for which they are famous. The
imposing proportions of the temples and their richly varied
imagery will leave behind lasting impressions. Dinner at Rasana
serving choice continental. Chinese and Indian cuisine.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 - KHAJURAHO / DELHI
Breakfast at Rhimjhim serving Buffets. Thereafter fly to
Delhi - India’s splendid capital. Founded on the sight of
several cities, it has been the seat of power for centuries.
Today Old and New City combine to present a harmonious whole
offering the traveler elegant shops, broad laburnum lined
avenues, sun warmed elegant forts and mosques that were once
stronghold of Mughal powers and colorful bazaars. Check in at
hotel The Oberoi, overlooking Delhi Golf Course. Rest of the day
at leisure. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 12 - DELHI
This morning you will start a combined city tour of Old and
New Delhi. An aura of history is everywhere in Old Delhi. Red
Fort with its majestic ramparts and Jama Masjid one of Asia’s
largest mosques form the hub. Emperor Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub
Minar complex, dating back to the 12th Century. You will also
make a stop at Rajghat - Mahatma Gandhi’s final resting place.
New Delhi is well planned with wide tree lined avenues,
fountains and parks. Colonial architecture dominates this part
of the city. You will drive along the ceremonial avenues of
Rajpath and view the splendid Presidential Palace, the circular
Parliament House and impressive Diplomatic Enclave.
afternoon is at leisure. Relax by the poolside or indulge in
shopping. This evening you have a date at BUKHARA featuring the
cuisine from North-West frontier. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13 - DELHI / GOA
This morning a two and a half hours flight will take you to
an emerald fleck on India’s western shore - GOA, a holiday
makers paradise, sprawling hills, measendering rivers, lush
green fields, miles and miles of virgin beach. Goa has it all.
Check into The Fort Aguada Beach Resort tucked into the hillside
by the sea. Rest of the day relax on the beach. Overnight at
Day 14-16 -- IN GOA
Full day at relax on the beach. Overnight at hotel.
Day 17 - GOA / BOMBAY
A 50 minute flight north of Goa takes you to Bombay.
Time free for independent activities. Overnight at the airport
hotel Leela Kempinsky.
Day 18 - DEPART BOMBAY
Your experience comes to an end as you are transferred to
the airport to catch your homeward bound flight.