Wild India 2018
February 15 - 26, 2018
A luxury journey through majestic India
Experience the temples, pageantry, food, tigers and more on this bespoke, small group trip
Delhi –Agra- Ranthambhore – Jaipur – Udaipur
Fully escorted by Nash Travel Management and Andrews Travel as well as local guides
Hotel accommodation in 5* luxury properties with a daily breakfast on a twin room sharing basis
All tours and sites listed
Guides and gratuities
International air **(estimated cost has been included but could change until booked)**
Visa required for India
The following meals including all Mineral water and soft beverages
Lunch at Chore Bizarre (local restaurant) in Delhi on Day 02
Lunch at Lodhi Garden restaurant in Delhi on Day 03
Lunch at Chander Mahal Haveli enroute to Jaipur on Day 05
All meals on TDH basis during guest stay at Ranthambhore on Day 05 & Day 06
Dinner at an exclusive venue at private farmhouse in Jaipur on Day 08
Lunch at Raj Bagh (local restaurant) in Udaipur on Day 09
Cooking demo followed by dinner with noble family Day 10
Services of the private English speaking guides in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Udaipur
English speaking naturalist at Ranthambhore National park
VIP Meet and assistance upon arrival at Delhi IGI airport
Walking tour of Delhi with Salaam Balaak Trust
Witness and participate in Community kitchen services at Sikh temple
Tour of Old Delhi including fun Cycle rickshaw ride
First class train ticket for Delhi to Agra sector
Walking tour of Old city to see the local art and craft dating back to Mughal era
Visit Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset
Air-conditioned- Chair car train ticket for Bharatpur to Ranthambhore sector
Three private game drive tiger safaris with naturalist
Specially designed old city tour to see local art and craft
Private tour of the Residential areas of the City Palace including glass of speaking wine
Private Elephant safari with a skilled mahout at a private farmhouse followed by dinner
Walking tour of Old city to see local art and craft
Cooking demo followed by dinner with a noble family
Monument entrance and still camera fees
Private chauffeur driven luxury air-conditioned mini coach (Toyota Coaster)
Complimentary bottled water and soft beverages of your choice in all vehicles
Meet and assist at all airports, railway and hotels
Porterage at all airports, railway station and hotels
Tips/ Gratuities to driver and his assistant, hotel staff and guides (tipping is expected in India) All applicable rates and taxes
Complementary Wi-Fi services at The Leela Palace, Delhi
Complementary Wi-Fi service at Oberoi Hotels – Agra, Ranthambhore, Jaipur and Udaipur
Participate in daily yoga session at Oberoi Amarvilas, Oberoi Rajvilas and Oberoi Udaivilas
Expenses of any personal nature (laundry, telephone calls, alcoholic beverages etc.)
Any excessive hike in monument entrances or revision in government taxes
Any excessive fluctuation on Rate of Exchange
Any health-accident-baggage or travel protection plan.
Your flight will land at Delhi international airport sometime during the evening.
After you have crossed the aero bridge, you will be met by our airport representative. He will fast track you through Immigration and Customs. In the Arrival Hall, he will introduce you to our Peirce & Leslie colleague, who will escort you to your hotel (The Leela Palace, Delhi)
Meals: B, L
After breakfast, you will start your day with a special walk conducted by the Salaam Balak Trust, which works with street children in Delhi providing them with a secure environment as well as health and education. The Trust has developed an inner city walk, and your guide will be a young person who has been rescued and knows the area intimately. While introducing you to the heritage and life in the backstreets of Delhi, he will also share with you stories of his life.
This is not a slum tour as the walk does not take you into the slums and photography is not allowed in certain sections of the walk. The tour is “seeing the life in the city through the eyes of your young guide”.
You will then proceed to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the temple of the followers of the Sikh religion. Here you will visit the “Langar” or Community Kitchen (as seen on Andrew Zimmern's show on the Travel Channel), where every member of the religion considers it an honour to put in a couple of hours cooking thousands of Indian breads and making huge vat-loads of curry to feed the poor and the underprivileged.
We will time your visit to coincide with the lunchtime service. You may like to serve the food yourself or help in the kitchen making rotis (Indian bread).
Lunch will be served at a city restaurant.
After lunch, you will drive to the Old City. You will take a fun cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of the 300-year-old wholesale market, Chandini Chowk. Colourful, chaotic and bustling with life, this is a great market to visit and see organised chaos in motion! You will disembark at the Jama Masjid for a visit to the country’s largest mosque.
You will return via Rajpath, where you will drive past modern India’s iconic buildings like the President’s Palace and our War Memorial – India Gate.
After a quick cup of tea/coffee, you will be escorted to the Nizamuddin railway-station in time to board the Gatimaan Expresstrain (08:10/09:50 hours – currently, the fastest train in India) to Agra. (Class: First Class).
Breakfast will be served on board the train.
On arrival, you will be met by our representative and escorted to your waiting vehicle and whisked away to your hotel, Oberoi Amarvilas (Premier Room).
The hotel check-in time is 14:00 hours, so your room might not be available when you arrive.
Therefore, you will proceed directly to visit the Agra Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). When the Mughal Emperor Akbar established his supremacy in northern India, he began his first architectural venture, rebuilding the Agra Fort as a beautiful fort-palace.
Later, you may like to walk through the Old City and here you will get to see the old trades and crafts that can be traced all the way to the Mughal Empire.
At 16:00 hours, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby, and together, you will leave for the Taj Mahal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). This stunning mausoleum is a symbol of devotion and dedication and is an expression of the magnificence of Mughal architecture. We will time your visit with sunset.
Meals: B, L, D
You will have the option of a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal.
After the visit, you will set off for Bharatpur, stopping an hour outside Agra to visit one of the Mughal Empire’s most inspired creations, Fatehpur Sikri (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Mughal Emperor, Akbar, to honour the Saint Salim Chisti who foretold the birth of Akbar’s son and heir. Built entirely in vibrant red sandstone, architecturally it draws its inspiration from Hindu, Persian and Islamic styles.
From here, you will drive for an hour to Bharatpur where you will have lunch at a local hotel.
After lunch, you will drive to Ranthambhore (approximately 3.5 hours, excluding stops).
On arrival, you will be met by our representative and escorted to your resort.
At one time, Ranthambore was the private hunting grounds for the Royal family of Jaipur. It was later declared a Sanctuary and in 1972 was brought under the Project Tiger scheme. The varied flora of the park supports a large number of animals including a variety of deer, the sloth bear, the shy caracal, leopards and of course, the tiger. The best tiger sightings in the country have been reported in this park.
Meals: B, L, D
In the early morning and again in the late afternoon, you will be taken for “Tiger Game drives” inside Ranthambore National Park in a shared jeep or an exclusive jeep, along with a naturalist.
In-between the safaris, you may like to visit the Ranthambore Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) or perhaps the local villages.
Dress in layers. It may get cold in the mornings, but gets progressively warmer
Avoid bright coloured clothing as the wildlife may get distracted. It is better to opt for comfortable clothing with soothing colours – grey, forest green, brown, which blend with the foliage
Apply suntan lotion / mosquito repellent
Carry a cap/hat, sun glasses etc. so that you are protected from the sun
Don’t forget to carry your cameras
Early in the morning, you will be taken for your third “Game drive” inside Ranthambore National Park in a shared jeep or an exclusive jeep, along with a naturalist.
After brunch at your resort, you will drive to Jaipur (approximately 3.5 hours, excluding stops).
On your arrival, you will check-in to your hotel.
Evening will be at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities.
In the morning, you will visit the sprawling City Palace, which is a blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture and where the ex-Royal family still lives in a part of the palace. You will also take a private tour of the residential areas of the City Palace not open to the public. This will be followed by a glass of sparkling wine in the Royal Living Room.
From the City Palace, you will enter the extraordinary Jantar Mantar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the astronomical observatory built by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II. The massive futuristic structures that you will see are actually instruments that are accurate even today.
Later, you may stop to click pictures at the iconic Hawa Mahal with its ornate pink façade.
In the afternoon, we will take you on a specially designed walk through the bazaars of the Old City where you will get the opportunity to interact with the traditional businessmen who have been plying their trade for years or sip a cup of tea on the streets, and enjoy some street food (don’t worry, we will ensure that you only eat from places that we have vetted and found to be safe and hygienic).
The bazaars of the old city are colourful, aromatic, happily chaotic and offer anything from the famous Jaipur “minakari” jewellery to ordinary and mundane household goods. Strolling through the bazaars is a lesson in the lifestyle of ordinary people.
OPTIONAL: Evening, you can see a Bollywood Hindi movie full of dance and drama at the famous Rajmandir cinema hall.
Meals: B, L
OPTIONAL: In the morning, we can arrange an exclusive one-hour Yoga class with an Instructor at the hotel for you. The class will include Pranayam (yogic breathing) and other Asanas (yoga poses).
After breakfast, you will visit the fort-palace at Amber (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Amber is one of the finest examples of a fort-palace, built similar in style to the surrounding richly decorated Mughal courts.
From here, you will proceed to the excellent Anokhi Museum, which chronicles the regeneration of hand block printing techniques in Rajasthan using traditional methods. A private session on hand block printing will be organized. The Museum remains closed on Mondays.
From here, you will drive out of the city – about 15 minutes – to Dera Amer (a private farm house abutting the forest). Here you will meet your ride for the next 30 minutes – Elephants! You will ride these gentle giants with a mahout (caretaker) through the countryside and arrive at a private venue where you will be served lunch.
Jaipur is not only famous for its world-class heritage sites, but it also provides you the best ever shopping experience. The best traditional Rajasthani artwork and textiles from this city are globally renowned. The glittering market of Jaipur will brighten your eyes with its colourful, vibrant and precious items.
After an early breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport in time to board your 55-minute flight to Udaipur.
On arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the City Palace for sightseeing. This sprawling palace was built over three centuries and is a series of four interconnecting palaces, illustrative of various architectural styles.
Then, you will take a walk through the Crystal Gallery, which has a rather eclectic collection of Crystal Object d’art and furniture.
Later you will visit the Jagdish temple located near the City Palace. An example of the Indo-Aryan style of architecture, the temple was built by Maharana Jagat Singh I in 1651, and enshrines a black stone image of Lord Vishnu. Chanting, ringing of bells and music can be heard throughout the day. It is the largest and most splendid temple of Udaipur.
Lunch will be served at Raaj Bagh, a local restaurant. Then check-in to your hotel.
OPTIONAL: In the evening, you will enjoy a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola in an exclusive boat, sailing past its picturesque ghats and palaces.
Meals: B, D
After breakfast, a drive of about 45 minutes will take you to the Delwara region of Rajasthan, which houses the beautiful temples of Nagda and Eklingji. The temples in the small but beautiful complex at Nagda are known as the “Sas” and “Bahu” temples (literally, temples of the Mother-in-law and Daughter-in-law), and comprise elaborately carved 10th-century temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. After Nagda, you will drive to visit the 8th-century Eklingji temple. Eklingji was a reincarnation of the Indian deity Shiva, and the patron god of the Maharanas of Udaipur.
After your visit to the temples, you will drive to the village of Molela. This is the home of the Maru potters who make an assortment of hand-modelled votive plaques and idols. Typically, the women prepare the clay, which is a mix of rice husk and donkey dung, while the men make the idols and decorate them. The entire process is done by hand without using moulds or machines.
You will then return to your hotel for lunch.
Tonight, you will participate in a unique culinary experience conducted by the noble family of who were premier noblemen of Mewar. They have hosted Queen Elizabeth, Jacqueline Kennedy and the Prime Minister of India. The secret age-old recipes of the family have been passed through generations and are guarded passionately. This will be followed by dinner with the host family.
Morning will be at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities until you depart for Delhi
OPTIONAL: After breakfast, you will stroll through the Old City with your escort. Sharing space with cows, elephants, people and bicycles, the walk through the winding lanes gives you a flavour of the lives of people in “small town India”. You will also be taken to the home of a priest, where you will see the ancient art of ‘painting on water’, a dying skill practiced by very few today. A complete canvas takes anywhere from 4 to 10 hours to finish, and you will arrive in time to see the priest giving the finishing touches to one such painting.
You will be escorted to the airport in time to board your flight to Delhi. On arrival, you will be met by our representative and escorted to the departure terminal located in the same building in time for your onward flight.
Arrive home to USA
Price is $8250 pp for double occupancy
Single Supplement : $ 4000 additional
DEPOSIT OF $ 1000 DUE ON OR BEFORE April 30 TO HOLD SPOT
FIRST HALF PAYMENT OF $3,625 DUE ON AUGUST 1
FINAL PAYMENT OF $3,625 DUE ON NOVEMBER 30
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