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Mumbai (Bombay)

3 Days:1,487 per person based on private departures for a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. Add additional Interludes to create your own personal adventure in India

What is now the largest city in India and one of the largest urban areas of the world started out as the home of fishing villages located on seven islands on a bay in the Arabian Sea. It was claimed by the Dutch and later turned over to the British East India Company. In the mid-19th Century an engineering project was undertaken that filled in the gaps between the islands to create a contiguous area of land sitting on a natural deep harbor. Sea trade followed, dramatically enhanced by the opening of the Suez Canal. Today the city is a commercial powerhouse and media capital (Bollywood). It is not, however, rich in touristic areas with the exception of the major architectural gems from the colonial era. It is, however a good place to start or end your stay in India.

Rajasthan/Chhatra Sagar Camp

3 Days:$1,098 per person based on private departures for a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. Add additional Interludes to create your own personal adventure in India

If you lived in India between the two World Wars and you were a British colonial administrator or from the upper strata of Indian society you would wait with eager anticipation for an invitation to attend a shooting party as guests of the Thakur of Nimaj. You would know that you would be spending time in a man-made oasis in the Rajasthani Desert; the men would spend the day in shooting parties taking time to join the ladies for afternoon tea followed by a nap and then exquisite dinners served under a starlit sky. That such a place existed was due to the vision of Chhatra Singh, the Thakur during the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th Centuries. He decided to dam up a stream running through his property to create a lake attractive to migrating birds and to handle the run offs from the monsoon rains. We fast forward to the present and the great grandchildren of Chhatra Singh. Like there forbearer, they too had a vision to recreate that lifestyle for a few discerning clients. Welcome to Chhatra Sagar.

Western Ghats/Coorg

3 days:$848 per person based on private departures for a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. Add additional Interludes to create your own personal adventure in India

Coorg is located 3,000 feet above sea level giving it a temperate climate ideal for the growing of Coffee and Spices. The people of Coorg are a friendly but independent group. Reputed to be the descendants of Alexander the Great's army who stayed behind, the inhabitants do have a "European" look and a long history as warriors. They were, in fact one of the mainstays of the British Indian Army. Your home for the next two nights is a working coffee plantation that has been enhanced by the creation of an ecological sound resort in harmony with nature. It is an elegant and informative introduction to rural Indian life

Agra and Fatehpur Sikri

4 Days:$1,897 per person based on private departures for a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. Add additional Interludes to create your own personal adventure in India

If you were to do a search among the “bucket list” of most people, chances are a visit to the Taj Mahal would be there. People come for the romance, the architecture and the history. As impressive as it is however, the nearby Red Fort offers an even more compelling story interwoven with the mystique of the Taj Mahal. Close by is the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri built as a sister city to Agra but doomed by one necessary ingredient. Enjoy the Taj Mahal at Sunrise and Sunset but equally enjoy it in the moonlight as you look out from your hotel terrace

Bhopal

4 Days:$1,847 per person based on private departures for a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. Add additional Interludes to create your own personal adventure in India

Bhopal is the capital of Madhya Pradesh and is also known as the City of Lakes. The city itself, while attractive does not have many touristic sites. It does, however provide a perfect base to explore some of the more unusual Hindu, Buddhist and Jain temples and, as such, is well worth a visit

Chennai (Madras)

4 Days:$1, 798 per person based on private departures for a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. Add additional Interludes to create your own personal adventure in India

Chennai, which was formerly called Madras, is located on the Coromandel Coast, off the Bay of Bengal. The area around Chennai had been part of successive South Indian kingdoms through centuries. The recorded history of the city began in the colonial times, specifically with the arrival of British East India Company and the establishment of Fort St. George in 1644. With temples, beaches and centers of historical and cultural significance, Chennai is the most visited city in India. The city serves as the gateway to the southern part of India with tourists landing in the city and starting their trip to the rest of the region.

Delhi

4 Days:$1,893 per person based on private departures for a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. Add additional Interludes to create your own personal adventure in India

Delhi is home to 13 million people and is India’s second largest city. It is also the capital of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government. This is the eighth iteration of a city on this site and combines edifices from the Mughal Empire and the British Empire. It was the scene of India’s declaration of independence from Great Britain and also the site of the memorial for Gandhi who was assassinated after achieving his goal of independence. It is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city and an excellent introduction to the Indian sub-continent.

Indore /Ahilya Fort

4 Days:$1, 958 per person based on private departures for a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. Add additional Interludes to create your own personal adventure in India

High above the Narmada River sits the Ahilya Fort, former capital of one of India’s celebrated women rulers Ahilya Bai Holkar who ruled Indore from 1760 to 1795. Your host is her descendant Prince Shivaji Rao Holkar, son of the last Maharajah of Indore. The Prince, along with his wife Mme. Yasmine Gouedard, offers you a privileged glimpse into the past life of a Maharajah updated with the casual elegance of today.

Kabini

4 Days:$1,172 per person based on private departures for a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. Add additional Interludes to create your own personal adventure in India

Orange County’s “Spirit of the land” philosophy finds its most intimate expression at Kabini, where you are drawn into the vibrant social tapestry of the local Kadu Kuruba tribe. While you discover a vernacular dimension to luxury that’s truly liberating, the resort gives you a wildlife experience like no other. Inspired in design by the Hadis or tribal villages, this picturesque resort of sweeping panoramic vistas, is bordered on two sides by the Kabini River. The river Kabini originates in the Wayanad district of Kerala flows eastward to join the river Cauvery, which empties into the Bay of Bengal. This is the largest river in the Nagarhole National Park and was dammed in 1974 for an irrigation project. This becomes the life-giving source for the park during the summer months, attracting the largest concentration of Asiatic Elephants and other herbivores. The river separates Bandipur and Nagarhole National Parks.

Kerala Backwaters

4 Days:$1, 458 per person based on private departures for a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. Add additional Interludes to create your own personal adventure in India

In Southern India on the shores of the Arabian Sea is an area known as the Malabar Coast. This is the location of Kerala and its famous backwaters which are made up of five lakes fed by 38 rivers and connected by natural and manmade canals. Parts of the backwaters are brackish, a mix of salt and fresh water and the raising of prawns is a major industry. Other areas have been dammed off so that the sea cannot penetrate and the water is fresh. You will be staying at a stylish resort and then spend a full day and night cruising the backwaters in your own private houseboat with a crew of three.

Kochi (Cochin)

4 Days:$1, 623 per person based on private departures for a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. Add additional Interludes to create your own personal adventure in India

Kochi, which is still mostly known by its colonial name of Cochin, is also referred to as “Queen of The Arabian Sea”. The term cosmopolitan is conferred upon many cities but Cochin deserves its reputation. Over the years it has been influenced or occupied by Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch and Portuguese. It also has an ancient synagogue and a well-established colony known as "Malabar Jews" from the Malabar Coast. The name Kochi is thought to have come from the Chinese traders who were emissaries of Kublai Khan and, in fact, the Chinese fishing nets that frame the harbor are still in use today, the only place outside of China.

Rajasthan/Jaipur

4 Days:$2,423 per person based on private departures for a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. Add additional Interludes to create your own personal adventure in India

Founded in 1728 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, Jaipur is a labyrinth of fascinating bazaars and opulent palaces resplendent with tales of valor and romance. Since it was color-washed in pink to celebrate a visit by Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's husband, Jaipur has been nicknamed the "pink city". While the modern Jaipur is one of India’s fastest growing cities its central core is a window into the time of Royalty in fact the members of the former royal family still live in the City Palace. Because of its growth the city itself is quite frenetic so we combine the historical significance of the central city sights (and one six miles out of town) with the serenity of your luxury resort outside of the city which Travel & Leisure deems the 5th best resort in the world

Rajasthan/Udaipur

4 Days:$2,487 per person based on private departures for a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. Add additional Interludes to create your own personal adventure in India

Udaipur, in the heart of Rajasthan, is a city of majestic palaces and beautiful lakes. This delightful city, the historical capital of the former kingdom of Mewar, is dominated by the City Palace overlooking Lake Pichola, with the colorful bazaars of the old city stretching behind. Your hotel is also located overlooking Lake Pichola and is ranked as the best resort in the world by Travel & Leisure. In addition to exploring the quaint back streets of the city you will also travel out of the city to visit the Jain temples of Ranakpur. We still leave time, however, for you to enjoy the amenities of your hotel

Ranthambore National Park

4 Days:$2,535 per person based on private departures for a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. Add additional Interludes to create your own personal adventure in India

Ranthambore was originally a hunting estate for the Maharajahs of Jaipur and is now considered to be one of India’s most beautiful national parks. Encircled by a series of high escarpments, the forests, lakes and dry scrub that make up the park are dotted with old forts and temples, creating a wonderful atmosphere for both bird and mammal viewing amongst a landscape replete with ancient Rajput history and Rajasthani culture. Ranthambore is most famous for being one of the original “Project Tiger” reserves and it affords the best opportunity anywhere in India of seeing a tiger.

Shimla/Himalayan Foothills

4 Days:$1,435 per person based on private departures for a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. Add additional Interludes to create your own personal adventure in India

The Himalayas run across the top of India for over 900 miles and these snow-clad mountains create dense forests, emerald valleys, streams gurgling through meadows and exotic flowers, The Beas river flows through the Valley of the Gods as it flows down from over 20,000 feet. In 1864, Shimla was declared the summer capital of India. After independence it became the capital of Punjab and was later named capital of Himachal Pradesh. Despite independence, the town is like an English country town transported to the Himalayan foothills including gothic cathedrals, shops and iron lamp posts.

Introduction to India

10 Days:$5,472 per person inclusive of superior rooms in luxury hotels, most meals, comprehensive sightseeing, private guide and private car and driver throughout. International airfare is additional. Participation is limited to six guests.

For the first time visitor, especially one with little time to spare, this program allows the opportunity to see the key sites in India, savor delightful food and indulge in some of the finest hotels around. Your introduction will start in Delhi where you will see the key edifices of the British Raj including Rathtrapi Bhawan built for the British Viceroy and requiring a staff of 2,000 to maintain it. You’ll visit the site where Jawaharlal Nehru declared independence from Britain and the area where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination. You will drive through the countryside to Agra where you will stand in awe of the Taj Mahal and also visit the Agra Fort, less known, but equally impressive. Your last stop is the pink city of Jaipur after stopping at Fatehpur Sikri on the way. As always this program is limited to six guests to allow personalized service and a better understanding of the culture

India...In Touch with Nature

12 Days:$4,857 per person inclusive of superior rooms in luxury hotels and lodges, most meals, game viewing by vehicle and boat, nature walks in coffee and spice plantations, personally guided sightseeing and private car and driver throughout. International airfare is additional. Participation is limited to six guests.

Combine your love of adventure and luxury with your desire to minimize your footprint in the destinations as you take this eco-friendly journey in India. You arrive in Bangalore the new high tech capital of India and after an overnight stay head with your private guide and driver to the fabled land of Coorg, a land of chivalry and pride, rich food and spices. Smell the coffee on the trees and in your cup, taste the oranges, flavor with Cardamom and savor the honey. Then continue to a luxury resort situated between two nature reserves where elephants abound and leopards and tigers are sighted. Move on to the hill country of Ooty for a touch of old England and complete your journey at Cochin with its Arabic, Dutch, Portuguese and English influences. Special moments and superb cuisine throughout.

The Jewel in The Crown

14 Days:$7,949 per person inclusive of superior rooms in deluxe hotels and palaces, most meals, personally guided sightseeing and private car and driver. International airfare is additional. Participation is limited to six guests

For the better part of two centuries India was the centerpiece of the British Empire. Although there were other colonies and dependencies in Southeast Asia, Africa, South America and the Caribbean, India was always seen as the Jewel in the Crown of England. In those days India was even larger than she is today since it also encompassed today’s Pakistan, Bangladesh and tangentially Sri Lanka then known as Ceylon. This program offers you the chance to revisit many of the key areas although for the sake of time many are excluded. You will however visit iconic names from the past including Delhi, Agra (and its Taj Mahal), Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur. Where appropriate we have included stays in hotels and palaces of the time including The Imperial in Delhi and the Umed Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. In other areas we have included the new palaces of a modern India. Different in style but still creating an aura of elegance and grandeur that will forever be India.

A Scenic Journey Through Southern India

15 Days:$6,894 per person inclusive of superior rooms in deluxe hotels,private houseboat with crew, airfare within India, most meals, personally guided sightseeing and private car and driver. International airfare is additional. Participation is limited to six guests

Although less visited than Northern and Central India, a personalized travel experience through Southern India offers diversity of geography, culture and climate combined with exotic scents of spice. Your experience begins in Chennai on the Bay of Bengal where temples carved from rock compliment the beaches and the sea views. Madurai, the Jasmine city is next including an evening celebration at the Sri Meenakshi Temple. You then head to the hills accompanied by your private guide and your private driver to the land of Tea and Cardamom before descending to sea level to board your luxury houseboat for an overnight cruise on the lakes and rivers of the Kerala backwaters. A relaxing stay at a luxury lake side resort serves as the preamble to your final stop in Cochin, the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”.

Exotic and Erotic Aspects of India

15 Days:$9,993 per person inclusive of superior rooms in deluxe hotels and private camps, airfare within India, most meals, privatelly guided throughout and private car and driver. International airfare is additional. Participation is limited to six guests.

Begin your exotic and erotic exploration of India with a welcome dinner in Delhi at one of the top restaurants in the world. Your next visit will be to the sacred Hindu city of Varanasi and the River Ganges. Spend an evening in Khajuraho in a hotel overlooking the temples known for their graphic relief carvings of sensuality in Medieval India. From sensuality to eternal love you travel by luxury express train to Agra, location of the Taj Mahal. Your next stop is a stay in a luxury camp next to a major nature reserve and home to the mighty Bengal tiger. After your stay in the “wild”, you head to Jaipur, the “pink city” and the Hawa Mahal with its ornate Harem. A visit to Udaipur allows the opportunity to cruise the lake and explore the charming, narrow lanes on land. You return to Delhi having been exposed to a diverse variety of sights in Incredible India. Your private guide is with you throughout your trip supplemented by private cars and drivers.

Rajasthan and Central India

18 Days:$8,867 per person inclusive of superior rooms in luxury hotels and private palaces and camps, airfare within India, 1st Class rail travel,most meals, privatelly guided sightseeing and private car and driver. International airfare is additional. Private departures based on your schedule for a minimum of four and a maximum of six guests. Rates for private departures based on two persons available on request

Rajasthan is a mixture of ruggedness and grandeur, camels on sand dunes, men in turbans, forts designed to defend, palaces created to impress. We take all of the highlights of Rajasthan and combine them with stays in a palace fort in Indore and some unique sights in Bhopal. During this trip you tour the Agra fort and enjoy the Taj Mahal by moonlight from your private balcony. You will have lunch in a palace built by a Maharajah in the early 18th Century and ride an elephant into the Amber Fort. We take you to a desert oasis where you stay in luxury tents enjoying drinks and dinner under the stars and then take you to a palace fort overlooking a river where your host is a Prince, son of a Maharajah and a gourmet chef and cookbook author. You end your trip at a Buddhist temple complex in Sanchi and Hindu Temples carved in the Udaigiri Caves. This is the spectacular India you have read about and you get to experience on a very personal journey enjoying the varied Indian cuisine and staying in some of the finest castles and palaces in the world