(Mumbai, Udaipur, Jaipur, Agra, Delhi, Rishikesh)
Pamper every one of your senses on this opulent journey through one of the most intoxicating cultures on the planet.
Enjoy chauffeur driven luxury vehicles and privately chartered planes that will take you to dreamy locations. Get a rare glimpse into the homes of Mumbai’s most notable art collectors and behind the scenes access to an exhilarating polo match, the sport of kings. Be privy to an insider’s view of some of India’s most celebrated designers and artists who are shaping the country’s modern landscape of art and fashion. In the evenings, relax in award-winning luxury hotels that offer 5-star services and the finest attention to detail.
Get a behind the scenes tour of Mumbai’s artistic scene and visit the National Gallery of Modern Art that houses some of the most important works of great Indian painters like MF Husain, then view art collections that only very few get to admire in the houses of Mumbai’s leading collectors. In Udaipur, visit the home of a traditional artisan and enjoy a rare opportunity to experience the vibrant and diverse world of textiles up close. A private guided tour of the Taj Mahal’s stunning architecture carved entirely out of white marble will leave you breathless, as will tours of Old & New Delhi’s spectacular monuments, holy sites, bustling lanes where traditional merchants sell exotic spices, and modern cityscapes where a new art scene continues to emerge. Find the rest and rejuvenation you’ve always looked for at the Hotel Ananda, a magnificent health & wellness resort in the heart of the Himalayas. Enjoy yoga and meditation sessions, as well as numerous spa treatments that will pamper your mind, body and soul in this luxury spa that was voted Best Destination Spa in the World & No.1 in the "Spa Retreats" category in the 2012 Condé Nast Traveller Reader's Spa Awards. This elite journey through India promises to be richly unforgettable.
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You will be met at the Mumbai airport by a personal Assistant and transferred to your accommodation by private luxury vehicle and driver.
Consider dining at the The Taj Mahal Palace which has some of the most sought after restaurants in India. Diverse cooking styles and the most imaginative culinary traditions from India, Europe, the Middle East and the Orient are offered in the 10 restaurants onsite. From globally renowned chefs to iconic restaurants, The Taj Mahal Palace focuses on some of the world’s most revered cuisines, treating one to a treasure trove of culinary styles that span the globe. Feel free to make a reservation at your restaurant of choice with the concierge if you'd like to dine in one of the restaurants on offer. (cost not included).
Located on the top floors of The Taj Mahal Palace, The Taj Club Rooms offer city, pool or sea views. These spacious, full service rooms are designed for the discerning guest requiring personalized butler service. Room privileges include • Access to the exclusive Taj Club Lounge • Private check-in at the club desk •24 - hour personalized butler service •Complimentary tea/coffee throughout the day • Access to Club Level meeting rooms and business unit •In-room fax • Complimentary airport pick-up • Early check-in (9:00 a.m) and late check-out (6:00 p.m) subject to availability. Also included are • Cocktails during the cocktail hour at the club lounge • High tea complimentary at Palace Lounge • Complimentary garments pressing per day • Complimentary use of the gymnasium, steam and Jacuzzi in the fitness centre, choice of newspapers and magazines.
Built in 1903, The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower is an architectural marvel that brings together Moorish, Oriental and Florentine styles. Offering panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and the Gateway of India, the hotel is a landmark of Mumbai, showcasing contemporary Indian influences. The Palace offers generously appointed suites and rooms, each adorned with original paintings and period furniture that exude an aura of old-world charm and elegance. Taj offers a distinctive dining experience, one that explores the nuances of the finest Indian and international cuisines, serving traditional and contemporary favorites. Blending ancient Indian wisdom with contemporary therapies, Taj Spa offers the best in Indian rejuvenation therapies.
Awards and accolades include being featured in the Travel+Leisure US Top 500 World's Best Hotels List, the Asia Category, with a score of 92.42 - Jan 2012 and Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2012 Awarded to The Zodiac Grill, Wasabi by Morimoto and Souk - Jan 2012.
Today will be spent exploring Mumbai's markets and the various highlights of the city. In the company of a knowledgeable English speaking guide, you'll be taken through the historic Crawford Market and its bas-relies depicting scenes from market life carved by Lockwood Kipling, father of the writer Rudyard Kipling. From there, stop to peruse the steel-pot shops on Lokmanya Tilak Road before making your way to the market stalls around Mumbadevi Temple, the shrine which gave Mumbai its name. Then it is on to Bhuleshwar Market and Zaveri Bazaar (Jeweler's Market). Yadnik Chowk, where plumbers and painters wait for customers on the sidewalks is the next stop followed by the antique market of Chor Bazaar (Thieves Market).
Enjoy a gourmet 3 course lunch at Ziya, which serves modern interpretations of Indian cuisine and is located in the magnificent Oberoi Hotel. At the helm is 2* Michelin-starred Chef Vineet Bhatia. The restaurant also celebrates the return of the prodigal Chef Vineet Bhatia, the first Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin star. You are sure to enjoy an haute cuisine dining experience where International ingredients are paired with the tastes of traditional India, resulting in modern preparations with bold flavours, presented in a contemporary style (drinks not included).
Fully sated, continue your discovery of the city with your guide and chauffeur driven luxury vehicle. This afternoon you will cover the Gateway of India, the heritage buildings of Kala Ghoda, Victoria Terminus, Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach. If you feel like walking, you can ask your guide to take you to the crowded lanes of Mohammed Ali Road. The streets are brightly lit, and the bustle of businessmen, street vendors and shoppers add to the eclectic atmosphere.
Consider having a special dining experience this evening. Conceptualized by Grand Chef Hemant Oberoi, Chef’s Studio offers a unique dining experience combining gourmet cuisine with warm and personalized service. The Chef's Studio has its own attached kitchen offering an interactive interface so that guests can have close-up views of their meal being prepared. The centre table offers a seating for maximum of 8 and allows guests to customize menus to suit their own individual tastes. This is complimented by the finest wines from the restaurant's cellars, Versace designed Rosenthal dinnerware, Ercuis cutlery, Riedel wine goblets and Limoges porcelain to match. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you are interested in adding this to your itinerary.
Visit the National Gallery of Modern Art, where a Senior Art Expert will outline the historical development and evolution of the various schools of modern Indian art. The important works by great Indian painters like MF Husain will be highlighted to help you appreciate their contributions to the world of modern art.
From there, a visit to the Jehangir Art Gallery is in order to explore their public galleries. A break awaits at Café Samovar, the local artists’ haunt, and then it is on to explore the pavement galleries of the Kala Ghoda art district.
Continue on to get a rare glimpse into the homes of Mumbai’s most notable art collectors. Led by an Art Curator, you will get an opportunity to view art collections that only a few get to admire. You'll have the opportunity to meet and interact with leading collectors and hear their personal views on Indian art and stories behind their collections - a fine, behind the scenes introduction to the artistic side of the city. Your vehicle and driver are at your disposal all day.
Have a 3 course fixed menu lunch today in either the Masala Kraft (Indian) or Golden Dragon (Sichuan) restaurants at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. The Masala Kraft began as a dream of Chef Hemant Oberoi to retrace authentic Indian cuisine where time-tested ingredients are given a new life. Gone are the masks of butter, cream, and gravy. Instead extra virgin oil and researched preparation techniques are used to retain the authentic flavors. The experience starts with the hand washing ritual in brass containers, and is followed by the unique menus which feature signature dishes and piping hot phulkas (Indian bread) from the phulka trolley. The signature dishes include atta chicken and langarwali dal. The central feature is the interactive kitchen counter with separate stations for seafood and vegetarian fare (drinks not included).
An alternative venue for lunch is at the Golden Dragon (Sichuan) restaurant at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Started in 1973, Golden Dragon was India's first authentic Sichuan restaurant and recently reopened with a contemporary new look. The focal point of the restaurant is the live kitchen which enhances the dining experience, as patrons can watch the chefs in action. The delicacies include a wide array on dimsums, Beijing Peking Duck and the Chef's special - Song of the Dragon. The meal is perfectly complimented with a variety of exotic tea from around the world.
In the afternoon, visit the Art Gallery of the Taj Mahal Palace. A specially planned Art Walk will take you on a guided tour of a veritable treasure trove through Taj’s awe-inspiring interiors, including artist M.F. Husain’s “Three Stanzas of the New Millennium” triptych and works by great artists such as Jehangir Sabavala, Lakshwman Shreshtha, Ram Kumar, V.S. Gaitonde and Anjolie Ela Menon.
Get a different perspective on your surroundings by boarding a luxury 55 foot yacht this evening for a privately chartered cruise and take in the sights before sitting down and enjoying a dinner onboard. Once on board you'll get to relax on an hour long cruise before the yacht drops anchor for the next two hours for you to enjoy a 3 course fixed menu dinner served by a private waiter onboard (includes water, soft drinks and alcohol charged on consumption).
Relax in your luxury vehicle today as you are transferred to the Mumbai airport by private chauffeured vehicle to Mumbai airport where your Assistant will help you with the check in process.
Enjoy your flight from Mumbai to Udaipur today. The flight duration is approximately two hours.
Upon your arrival into Udaipur airport, you will be picked up by your driver and driven to your accommodation by chauffeured vehicle. Your driver and vehicle will be at your disposal for the rest of the afternoon.
What better way to relax after travelling than taking a wonderful spa treatment onboard a custom fitted spa boat over the mystical waters of Lake Pichola! Recalling the stately ambiance of regal cruises aboard ceremonial barges and exquisite island-palaces of the Royal Family of Udaipur, the spa has perfected millennia-old therapies and rejuvenating treatments - one of which you will have the pleasure of today! This elegant floating pleasure-palace anchored in Lake Pichola invites you to relax under the skilled therapists hands and for you to soothe mind and body with a signature royal spa experience. Cocooned in spectacular comfort of the boat, you'll experience a traditional welcome after which you'll be ushered into a luxurious spa suite to soak in the array of ancient wellness therapies and beauty treatments. Choose from one of the four relaxing 2 hour treatments and relax in the outdoor soak bath or simply laze on deck with a glass of wine after your treatment.
Take a special evening cruise this evening. The antique ceremonial imperial barge of the house of Mewar glides across the mystical Lake Pichola illuminated with candlelight and steered by oarsmen dressed in resplendent costumes. Sip your favorite cocktail and enjoy sumptuous delicacies from a live grill under a canopy of stars as you glide gently along the lake as the lights of the palace cast shimmering reflections on the water and lend an aura of wondrous magic. Live instrumental music provides a fitting accompaniment to this unique and unparalleled experience. If the boat looks familiar, perhaps you've seen it in the James Bond classic "Octopussy," which was filmed on location at the hotel in 1983.
The Taj Lake Palace, located in the middle of Lake Pichola is a dream of white marble and mosaic glistening in the moonlight, very reminiscent of the Taj Mahal. Conceived in romance, the palace was built in 1746 by Maharana Jagat Singh II, 62nd successor to the royal dynasty of Mewar – believed to be descendants of the Sun God. Set against the backdrop of the majestic Aravalli Mountains on one side of the lake, and lofty palaces on the other, the Taj Lake Palace spreads across a four-acre island – an almost surreal vision in marble. From casual, all-day dining to formal, fine dining, guests can look forward to a wide array of delectable culinary delights and refreshing beverages.Guests can treat themselves to a wide range of relaxing and rejuvenating activities.Awards and accolades include being featured in Platinum Circle (list of hotels that have made it to the Gold List for 5 consecutive years) of the CNT USA Gold List 2013 with an overall score of 94.2 as well as being featured on the list of Travel+Leisure 2013 Top 500 Best Hotels in the world with an overall score of 92.92.
Spend half of the day today on a private guided tour exploring the highlights of Udaipur - from the white City Palace built in granite and marble (the largest palace complex in Rajasthan and surrounded by crenellated fort walls) to Eklingji, located about twelve miles north of Udaipur, which features a complex of 108 ancient temples, carved from sandstone and marble. The main temple was built in AD 734 to propagate the blessings of Lord Shiva. At Nagda there are some 10th century temples. The Jain temple of Adbudji is essentially ruined, but its architecture is interesting. About 500m away, the Sas Bahu temple has fine intricate carvings. There are also some small temples submerged in the nearby lake.
Complete your initiation into Udaipur by getting an insight into the artistic side of life here. For centuries artisans of Udaipur have created woven, printed dyed and embroidered textiles. These artists have practiced for generations preserving the identity of each art form. Visit the home of one of these traditional artisans, where you will get to witness, understand, and appreciate the subtle nuances of these art forms unique to Udaipur. It is rare opportunity to experience the vibrant and diverse world of textiles up close, at your own pace. Your Guide will be at you hand to answer your questions and help interact with the artist.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Enjoy a cooking demonstration this evening followed by dinner with a Rajput family whose great grand fathers were nobles of the royal family. The Experience offers a vast number of culinary delights comprising of authentic recipes which have been passed down over two centuries from the kitchens of the house which have been revived over the last ten years or so. The family now promotes these recipes at food festivals as well as hosting culinary connoisseurs of good food at their ancestral home in Udaipur. Enjoy a five course dinner with the family and learn about this unique cuisine and culture while you visit their ancestral house in Udaipur and experience the culinary heritage and warmth of their hospitality and personalized interaction (includes water & soft drinks, alcoholic beverages on consumption).
Your driver will get you to Udaipur airport today in time for your onward flight and your assistant will help you with the check in process.
Avoid the drive from Udaipur to Jaipur (6.5hours) or flying commercial which necessitates a stop in Delhi (totaling about 5 hours) and avail of a private charter plane to take you from Udaipur to Jaipur. Approximate flight time is 1 hour.
Upon your arrival into Jaipur airport, you'll be met by an English speaking Assistant to help with logistics and driven to your hotel in the comfort of a private, chauffeur driven vehicle and driver. Your vehicle and driver will be at your disposal for the remainder of the afternoon.
Make your way to the Dera Amer camp situated approx 1 hour from Rambagh Palace Hotel behind the hills of the famous Amer Fort at the foothills of the Aravali Range and surrounded by the wilderness of a reserved forest. Catch the exhilaration of a polo match - the sport of kings! Next only to polo on the ancient rulers' list of favourite games was golf. Upon arrival, you'll have the chance to feed the elephants, before proceeding through a grand passage. You'll be given a brief orientation about the polo match and be privy to a demonstration round. Following this, you'll be encouraged to participate in the polo match. After the excitement, sit down to a lovely dinner.
Rambagh Palace has been home to generations of royals. Built in 1835 Rambagh was converted into a palace in 1925 and became the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur. The ‘Jewel of Jaipur’ as it is fondly called, remained the home of the Jaipur royal family until 1957, when it was first converted into a luxury hotel by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. But it wasn’t until 1972 that Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces took over the reins. It is now the ‘jewel in the crown’ among the authentic palaces of the Taj in India. In the finest tradition of Rajput hospitality, the Rambagh Palace offers its guests a taste of royal living – a luxury and extravagance that was once the sole preserve of kings.The Rambagh Palace Hotel features on Conde Nast Traveller USA's Gold List 2012, as well as the 2012 T+L US Top 500 World's Best Hotels List, the Asia Category, with a score of 92.34, was the first runner up in the second edition of the T+L India's Best Awards 2013 in the category of Best Heritage Hotel, India and judged the #1 Luxury Hotel in India by Lonely Planet in 2012.
Spend the day today in the company of a knowledgeable English speaking guide as you tour the Amber Fort and City Palace of Jaipur, the iconic Observatory and the Hawa Mahal.
The magnificent Amber Fort was established in 1592, and remained the citadel of the Kachhawaha rulers right until they moved their capital to Jaipur in 1727. Maharaja Man Singh I created this imposing monument on the remains of an ancient 11th century fort. Since the first half of the 18th century, the City Palace has been the abode to the rulers of Jaipur. The sprawling expanse of the breathtaking palace is a superb harmony of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Part of the palace has been converted into a museum, open to the public, while a section - Chandra Mahal - still remains the home of today’s maharaja.The Observatory of Jaipur is inscribed on the World Heritage List as "an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period". Within it, the Jantar Mantar is a collection of massive astronomical instruments, built of local stone and marble. Each instrument carries an astronomical scale marked on the marble inner lining, and bronze tablets were also employed.
Built in 1799, the whimsical Hawa Mahal - Palace of Winds - which adjoins the Palace has become quite the city icon, with its ornate facade in pale pink, tiered baroque like build, projecting ‘jharokha’ windows and balconies with perforated screens. These were designed so that the mysterious veiled ladies of the harem could look down upon the colourful and bustling bazaars below, remaining hidden themselves. Overlooking busy streets, it offers great views of the city. We feel the Amber Fort is best reached by car, but an optional elephant ride is available should you prefer (cost not included).
This evening consider the opportunity of engaging in a discussion on Jaipur related topics of your interest in a relaxed homely environment and be connected with an individual or family of your choosing. Over high tea or a meal at the selected person's home, you would have the opportunity to explore Jaipur and India based on your interests and questions coupled with their local knowledge, cultural background, expertise, and experiences. The perfect answer to all the questions you had and did not know who to ask!! Possible connections include a Rajput family and a National Award winning artist. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you are interested in adding this experience to your itinerary and your area of interest and a suitable connection can be made. (cost not included).
Spend an enjoyable hour this evening taking in some of the sights of Jaipur in a vintage car such as a Classic Dodge or similar. There are a number of vehicles in Jaipur that are from the 1950's to the 1970's that have been restored to tip-top condition. (PLease ntoe that this is availability dependent).
Relax on your transfer from Jaipur to Agra in a private vehicle with driver. On the way, you will visit the ancient ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. This area was built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar, and was known as the "City of Victory", and the capital of the Mughal Empire for 10 years. The complex of monuments and temples boasts uniform architectural style, which includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid.
Consider getting a blessing by a Hindu priest with an elaborate ritual. This involves a short litany of holy prayers in front of a deity, exchanging garlands and receiving blessings. Please let your Sales Advisor know if you'd like to add this to your itinerary.
Enjoy the memorable dinner beautifully crafted and set with flowers and candles in your room balcony at the beautiful Oberoi Amar Vilas. You will be pampered by private butlers whilst enjoying fabulous culinary delights as you overlook the resort's lush gardens and water bodies and Taj Mahal in night silhouette.
At the Oberoi: Amarvilas, indulge with your own private view of the greatest monument of love, recognized as the leading luxury hotel in Agra. Wake up to the glorious sight of the Taj Mahal, bathed by the first rays of dawn. Watch her sparkle by day as the sun shines on her architectural perfection. Allow yourself to be swept away by her romance at dusk. Let the nights be filled with the magic of the Taj by moonlight. Rated amongst the leading resorts in the world, The Oberoi Amarvilas offers the best view of the Taj Mahal in Agra. The hotel is located 600 meters from the Taj Mahal and all rooms, suites, lobby, bar and lounge offer breathtaking views of the monument.
The Oberoi Amarvilas was awarded many, many awards but amongst those include:Top 15 Resorts in Asia (Ranked 3rd) - Condé Nast Traveler, USA, Readers’ Choice Awards 2012, Top 15 Resorts in Asia (Ranked 7th) - Travel + Leisure, World's Best Awards, Readers' Survey 2012, Top 100 Hotels in the World (Ranked 47th) - Travel + Leisure, World's Best Awards, Readers' Survey 2012.
Be amazed on a private guided tour of Taj Mahal, one of the most beautiful monuments built by the Mughals, the Muslim rulers of India. Taj Mahal is built entirely of white marble. Its stunning architectural beauty is beyond adequate description, particularly at dawn and sunset. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his dear wife and Queen, Mumtaz Mahal.
Agra Fort, originally a brick fort, held by the Hindu Sikarwar Rajputs was mentioned for the first time in 1080 AD when a Ghaznavide force captured it. In 1558, in a ruined condition, Akbar, the third Mughal Emperor, had it rebuilt with red sandstone from Barauli area in Rajasthan and some 4,000 builders worked on it daily for eight years, completing it in 1573.
The Taj Mahal and Agra Fort are intricately connected through history as legend has it that Shah Jahan, Akbar's grandson, built the beautiful Taj Mahal for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. At the end of his life, Shah Jahan was deposed and restrained by his son, Aurangzeb, in the fort. It is rumored that Shah Jahan died in Muasamman Burj, a tower with a marble balcony with a view of the Taj Mahal.
Explore some of the other highlights of the city this afternoon as you are brought on a Heritage Trail of Agra walking tour allowing you to experience some amazing behind the scenes of life and times throbbing in the shadows of the Taj Mahal. This trail is a community based entreprise where a youth from the local community will show you round and the full cost of this tour goes directly to funding various welfare work such as upgrading schools, building toilets etc. in the area and in creating sustainable livelihoods. At day's end you will be dropped off at your hotel.
Take in an exclusive dinner poolside this evening, and indulge in the master chefs' creations from the royal kitchens of Mughal rulers. An optional instrumental musical and dance performance can be added at an additional cost if desired. Please ask your Sales Advisor if you are interested in adding this optional performance element to your evening.
Take a privately chartered flight from Agra to Delhi today. Approximate flight time is 30 - 40 minutes.
Spend the day on a privately guided full day tour of Old & New Delhi which boasts spectacular monuments and holy sites.
The city of New Delhi was designed in the typically British colonial style, with tree-lined avenues and colonial bungalows. Whilst on this tour you will see the Laxminarayan Temple, a modern Hindu temple, and Gate of India which is a 42 m high War Memorial Arch. On route you will drive past the Parliament House, the Secretariat buildings and the Vice Regal Palace, which is now the official residence of the President of India. Visit the Red Fort which was the palace for Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan's new capital, Shahjahanabad, when he moved his capital from Agra to bring prestige to his reign. Its wall is 1.5 miles long, and varies in height from 60-110 ft. At 72.5 meters, the Qutab Minar is the tallest brick minaret in the world. Surrounding the building are many fine examples of Indian artwork dating back to 1193. Humayun's tomb is a complex of buildings of Mughal architecture dating to the Slave Dynasty (1268-1287 AD). The complex is a World Heritage Site and the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India. This style of mausoleum is similar to the Taj Mahal in Agra.
Stop for lunch at one of the wonderful restaurants in the Oberoi Hotel for lunch and sample some great local or International fare.This afternoon you'll have the chance to walk the bustling lanes of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi and meet traditional Indian merchants who operate out of the largest wholesale market in Asia. In the narrow by-lanes of the old city, you will get a ringside view of a business culture that has remained largely unchanged for the last 200 years. The merchants you will get to interact with include: The family of Gulab Singh Johrimal, perhaps the only family in Chandni Chowk dealing in ‘attar’ (pure flower essence). Established in 1816, the family shop is now managed by the seventh generation. You'll also have the chance to meet with the owners of Baby Saffron who over the last 150 years have established their company as one of the largest distributors of saffron (the most expensive spice in the world) in India.At day's end you'll be brought back to your centrally located hotel, tired from all of the stimulation no doubt, but with a much better sense of the city and its workings.
Recognized as one of Asia’s finest hotels, The Imperial is a legend that offers a unique experience embracing facets of India’s history. It remains New Delhi’s landmark hotel, steps away from the renowned shopping district and major city attractions and a half-hour drive from the international airport. With high ceilings, impeccable decor and equipped with all the facilities and modern conveniences, the 232 rooms and suites, overlooking verdant gardens, bespeak discreet luxury and offer total privacy and serenity. The award winning restaurants feature cuisine from Southeast Asia, France, and India. The swimming pool, dotted by the royal palms and nestled in the shaded grounds of the hotel, offers a tranquil, refreshing experience.
The Imperial Hotel is the recipient of many awards, some of which include: Best Boutique Hotel from India (Travel+Leisure India & South Asia in India’s Best Awards for 2013) and 'Winner of Travellers’ Choice Awards 2013' (Tripadvisor.com). The Imperial Spa and Salon was awarded as Best Hotel Spa & Most Luxurious Spa (Hotel) (GeoSpa Asia Spa India Awards 2012) and ‘Most admired Destination/Hotel Spa of the year for 2013’ (The Images Beauty & Wellness).
Today is dedicated to the World of Fashion and Art. Kick off the day by visiting the studio of one of Delhi’s leading fashion designers and get an insider’s view into the world of Indian fashion. Led by an English speaking expert, you will tour their studio, hear about their work, and meet with the designer in person.
From here, the artistic theme continues as you are brought into the studios of up and coming and/or well-established contemporary Indian artists. Led by an Art Curator, you will have the chance to meet and interact with these artists who are determined to fashion an art "that is entirely Indian but also modern". Take a break by stopping at the Olive Bar & Kitchen - a great Mediterranean focused restaurant located in the impressive Leela Palace before this afternoons activity.
Continue on your artistic tour today by making your way to Shadipur in the comfort of your privately driven vehicle where there is a thriving artistic spirit, and which is one of the most popular neighborhoods for Delhi’s street artists. Explore this area with a local artist who will introduce you to traditional artists and entertainers including puppeteers, wood-carvers, papier-mâché experts, street performers, wedding drummers, musicians and dancers. The experience will end with a performance by these artists. (Please note that various experts will accompany you today though the different sites). Vehicle and driver service is for up to a maximum of 8 hours.
Consider taking a privately chartered helicopter between Delhi and Dehradun. Choose between a single engine Bell 407 (suitable for 4 clients and 2 crew) or a twin engine Augusta 109 (same capacity as Bell 407). Please let your Sales Advisor know if you would like to add this into your itinerary.
Fly from Delhi to Dehradun by commercial flight today. Please note that this is a no service flight and meals and beverages are not available for purchase on board. Flight duration is approximately 1 hour and it is a direct flight.
The (shared) transfer from Dehradrun Airport should take approximately 1 hour and is along a scenic route in the HImalayas. Please let your Sales Advisor know if you prefer to have a private transfer arranged.
Avail a private transfer from Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, to Hotel Ananda (Rishikesh). The drive should take approximately 1 hour and is through very scenic landscape as you are driven through the Himalayas.
The 24,000 square foot spa at the Ananda in the Himalayas offers an extensive menu of over 80 body and beauty treatments, integrating the traditional Indian systems of Ayurveda with the more contemporary Western spa approach. The spa experience strives to achieve the ultimate harmony between the physical and the mental realms of the individual.
Ananda’s food concept is based on the belief that one type is not good for all, and incorporates key principles from Ayurveda. According to this principle, everything is made out of the five elements of air, space, fire, water and earth, including our bodies. The three body types are a combination of these - Vata constitutes air and space - Pitta is made up of fire and water - and Kapha is water and earth. Therefore, when thinking about food we must take into consideration not just taste, but suitability to body type. For example, Vata body types (air and space) lean towards light and dry foods. In order to balance this, oily, moist and heavy foods, with tones of sweet, sour and salt need to be added to the diet. In contrast, Pitta body types (fire, water) need cool and heavy foods with sweet, bitter and pungent flavours to dowse the fire. Similarly, Kapha body types (water, earth) need light food, with bitter, pungent and astringent flavouring - such as thyme, rosemary and mustard.
The objective at Ananda is to provide a rejuvenation cuisine for guests, who, whilst relaxing, desire to re-vitalize their body and soul through a healthy approach to diet and lifestyle. This is reemphasized by the show kitchen where chefs instruct in how to make these dishes at home so that one may continue that ‘way of life’. Special care menus are provided in consultation with the in house Ayurvedic doctor, to align the specific imbalances of the various body types.
Voted Best Destination Spa in the World & No.1 in the "Spa Retreats" category in the 2012 Condé Nast Traveller Reader's Spa Awards (UK), besides winning a host of other international awards, the Ananda in the Himalayas is a very special place. Swirled in the sacred mists of time, nestled in the Himalayas, this world class destination spa was once the residence of Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal, and nowadays is dedicated to today’s traveler who is looking for innovative ways to restore and rejuvenate his/her energies. Visiting Masters include teachers, therapists, healers, and guides that visit Ananda from around the world to share their talents with those who choose to explore the deeper aspects of holistic well being for the body, mind and spirit. It is not just a retreat that will leave you breathless with the enchantment of its surroundings, but assists in redefining lifestyles to include the well-known traditional Indian wellness regimes of Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta combined with best of International Wellness Experiences. The 24,000 square foot spa offers extensive body and beauty treatments which integrate traditional Indian systems of Ayurveda with the more contemporary Western spa approach.The restaurant offers a menu for better living with meals enriched with the vivid flavor of organic vegetables and herbs. It is built in a grove of old Sal trees, overlooking the valley of Rishikesh.
Daily scheduled activities available include yoga, meditation, pranayama, vedanta and fitness sessions.
You'll be provided with a customised pre-spa experience briefing to ensure that you are aware of the various treatments, facilities and activities that are included and optional throughout your stay.
Three spa treatments as well as a Yoga Nidra session are included during your stay at Ananda.
Please let your Sales Advisor know if you have a preference as to when you would like to do your various treatments in advance if desired.
A 45 minute Wild Rose Salt Scrub made up of essential oil of rose infused into natural sea salt kelp will help to balance mind, body and soul.
Ananda's signature restaurant features the finest Indian, Asian and Western cuisine. Based on the basic values of traditional cooking, the restaurant explores new vistas in modern gastronomy, with emphasis on a light and healthy dishes.
The Tree Top Deck is a delightful outdoor venue of the restaurant that is built on treetops, thereby infusing your meal experience with the beauty of the Himalayan mountains and the fresh, natural surroundings. Inhale the freshest air while enjoying a spa meal.
The Pavilion is a casual and elegant setting for drinks and light snacks.
Enjoy a 45 minute Yoga Nidra session (1 per room) during your stay. Yoga at Ananda is completely pure and traditional in form, stemming from the roots of Hatha yoga and adapting it to suit individual needs. It is a disciplined science encompassing all aspects of life in different ways and levels to balance the mind, body and spirit.
Yoga Nidra means "Psychic sleep"; a state of conscious sleep where one is on the borderline between wakefulness and sleep. It is a guided process of relaxation to quiet the agitations of the conscious mind and awaken the awareness and immense healing potential of the subconscious. In Yoga Nidra, the practitioner is on the threshold of the subconscious plane from where one can release the hidden psychic tensions of consciousness.
Enjoy an 85 minute Swedish massage session during your stay. Swedish massage is the manipulation of the superficial layers of the muscles against the bone; it relaxes the body, increases circulation, removes metabolic waste products and can help the recipient obtain a feeling of connectedness.
Your stay at Ananda includes the use of hydrotherapy facilities which include a Steam, Sauna, Plunge Pool, and Hydro Foot Bath. (min age of 18 years).
A 55 minutes Himalayan Honey & Rose Facial will be both stimulating and refreshing as it uses a blend of sandalwood and rose essential oils. Pure honey is massaged into the skin and a mask of cooling cucumber is applied. While the mask hydrates your skin, enjoy a soothing hand or foot massage.
The (shared) transfer from Ananda to Dehradrun Airport should take approximately 1 hour. Please let your Sales Advisor know if you prefer to have a private transfer arranged.
Avail a private transfer from Ananda Hotel in Rishikesh, to the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun.
Enjoy your flight from Dehradun to Delhi. The flight duration is approximately one hour.
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Kirsten Boucher ,
November 04, 2013
"I want to tell you what a great trip you arranged for us. We are having an amazing time and have very good guides. "
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Ann Schiller ,
October 29, 2013
"I wanted to write to you this week to express my sincere thanks for the trip of a lifetime to India. My son, David, and I had the most incredible time in the Golden Triangle, thanks to you! The entire tour went without a hitch. We saw so many attractions on our short journey. We were enamored with the Indian culture, architecture and artistry. The hotels were fantastic, like you promised. The hospitality was unmatched. We appreciated the Kensington staff who met us at the airport and at each destination, and made sure that our checkouts went smoothly, as well."
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Shannon Gagnon ,
November 04, 2013
"I will always recommend Kensington Tours to clients. I always feel comfortable and safe on the tours we take with Kensington. It is a top tour company in my opinion and your work was outstanding."
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Sharon Lombardi ,
November 04, 2013
"Bhutan guide and driver were excellent...loved them so much!"
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Arnold Levine ,
August 30, 2013
"Thank you so much for everything.
You planned an outstanding trip that met all our interests and requirements.
Another wonderful tailored vacation by Kensington. I've completed the survey, but wanted to let you know personally how thankful we are to you."
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Carolann MacGregor ,
June 14, 2013
"I’m back and I had an AMAZING trip from beginning to end – trip of a lifetime to be sure. Aseem, I wanted to thank you for all your help, advice and fantastic planning for this trip. The itinerary, accommodations and guides were phenomenal! As a single woman travelling alone, I have to be willing to get on that plane and have the faith there will be dependable, competent people at the other end for me when I arrive. And with both of my Kensington trips, my hopes were surpassed. I wouldn’t have changed a single thing about this trip."
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Mark Hickman ,
June 26, 2013
"Mohammed, our main guide throughout this itinerary was excellent and made sure every part of our experience was safe and entertaining. He often called ahead when we arrived at our next destination to talk to us by cell phone about our arrival and safety...we greatly appreciated his expertise and professionalism. Likewise, Mohammed (our driver in Cairo) became a good friend and was kind and courteous throughout.
The other guides during the trip....Sam in Luxor during the Nile trip and Samya in Sharm....could not have been any better. Great people, excellent guides and travel companions. I will think about them and this entire trip with great fondness. I will surely recommend Egypt and the Sinai to others who are considering a trip to the middle east in the future. With so much bad press lately, it was reassuring to have these people planning our every move and making things feel secure, inspiring and entertaining."
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Elisabeth Greene ,
April 19, 2013
"Everything was extremely smooth and really appreciated how everything was taken care.The hotels were wonderful and the Taj Mahal exceeded her expectations and was very nice."
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Angela Gentile ,
April 02, 2013
"Just a note of heartfelt thanks for organizing such a wonderful adventure to Jordan for MaryAnn and me. Our time in Jordan was spectacular and each day full of endless blessings. Our guide, Zaid Sakarneh, was kind, professional, intelligent and embraced each day with a fresh passion that was contagious.
Thank you for all that you did to ensure we had a week full of memories that will last a lifetime!
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Lilly and Roy Brown ,
April 05, 2013
"We were very happy with the trip,and would very highly recommend our travel agent to every one.They delivered all that we wanted and also what they promised.We saw all the pyramids,temples and other ancient ruins both in Egypt and also Jordan.. even rode a camel,did horseback riding and enjoyed floatingin the salty Dead Sea."
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