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Wings Over India
Best time to go: December
14 Nights | from £19,600pp
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Holiday type: Group departure
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Departs: 5th - 19th December 2016
A selection of newly designed luxury journeys that feature privately chartered flights that let you get the most from every day of exploration.
Fly in comfort and style between India's iconic cities aboard an exclusively chartered Gulfstream plane, with a dedicated flight crew and no more than 16 guests
- Stay in former palaces, including iconic royal residences such as the lavish Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur and the grand Rambagh Palace in Jaipur
- Experience the glorious Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset during a two-night stay in Agra
- Stay two nights and enjoy private Jeep safaris in Panna National Park, home of the elusive Bengal tiger
- Enjoy a Scenic Sundowner following a private sunset boat cruise on Lake Pichola in Udaipur
- Savor a place at the Chef's Table to observe local Indian delicacies prepared step by step in Panna
- Ride Like a Local on a rickshaw through Old Delhi and witness life on the Ganges in spiritual Varanasi
Arrive in Mumbai, where an A&K representative meets you and transfers you to your iconic hotel.
The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
Day 2: Mumbai | Enter the Gateway to India
Explore the city’s classic sights, including the Gateway of India, an 85-foot-high arch whose design reflects India’s Muslim and Hindu traditions. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum and Mani Bhawan, a museum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi. Next, see the Dhobi Ghat, the largest open-air laundry in the world and a wonderfully colorful spectacle to behold. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner alongside fellow guests.
The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 3: Mumbai/Udaipur | Temples of Elephanta Island
This morning, privately cruise Mumbai Harbour to Elephanta Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the island’s world-renowned temples, which are carved directly out of the basalt rock and filled with ornamental statues, pillars and friezes. Later this afternoon, fly aboard our private charter plane to Udaipur and check in to your romantic hotel. Flying gives you extra time to relax and enjoy the magnificent views of the City and Jag Mandir palaces from your hotel and stroll its interior courtyard gardens.
Taj Lake Palace | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Days 4-5: Udaipur | Cruise to Jag Mandir
Visit the City Palace, a marble complex of palaces and galleries that offers unforgettable views of the lake and its surroundings. Take a private tour of the Crystal Gallery in Fateh Prakash Palace, and stroll through Sahelion Ki Bari (Garden of the Maids of Honor). Pay a visit to a local painting school; later, embark on a private cruise to Jag Mandir, a marble palace on an island in Lake Pichola, followed by a Scenic Sundowner. The next morning, journey out of town for an excursion to Delwara and visit two important temple complexes: Eklingji, dedicated to Shiva, and deserted Nagda, built to honor Lord Vishnu. Afterward, proceed to a nearby palace, housed in an 18th-century fort in the village of Delwara, for lunch. Then, return to Udaipur to enjoy the remainder of your afternoon at leisure.
Taj Lake Palace | Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Days 6-7: Jaipur | The Amber Fort and Elephant Experience
Fly by private charter aircraft to Jaipur and arrive at your hotel, the former residence of the Maharajah of Jaipur. The next day, explore the Mughal-style Amber Fort. Visit Jantar Mantar, an open-air array of astronomical instruments and view the nearby Palace of the Winds. Later, visit and interact with gentle Asian elephants, with the help of a mahout (trainer).
Rambagh Palace | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (Day 6); Breakfast and Lunch (Day 7)
Days 8-9: Agra | Visions of the Taj Mahal
Today, arrive in Agra via our private chartered flight, catching your first glimpse of the breathtaking Taj Mahal from the window of your luxury hotel room. Then, visit the Taj Mahal in the late afternoon, as the setting sun bathes it in a soft orange glow. Return the next morning, when the rising sun lends a warm pink tint to its marble face. Visit the Agra Fort and venture forth on a walking tour through the city’s hidden alleyways and bustling spice market.
The Oberoi Amarvilás | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (Day 8); B (Day 9)
Day 10: Khajuraho/Panna National Park | Incredible Carvings
Travel by private plane direct to exotic Khajuraho. See every aspect of life — joy, love, divinity, war — depicted in detail on every inch of its 85 Hindu and Jain temples. Then, continue overland to remote Panna National Park, a haven for India’s wildlife, and settle into your wilderness lodge.
Pashan Garh | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11: Panna | Into the Wild
Spend a full day in Panna, alternating time to relax with two thrilling game drives in a four-wheel-drive vehicle, spotting crocodiles or perhaps the elusive Bengal tiger. Tonight, enjoy an Indian cooking demonstration, as a chef prepares local delicacies for dinner.
Pashan Garh | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12: Varanasi | India’s Holiest City
After a relaxing morning, fly on our private plane to Varanasi, a city of more than a thousand temples and shrines, sacred to Hindus and Buddhists. At dusk, beside the Ganges River, witness the Aarti ceremony. Chanted prayers and rhythmic drumming fill the air as you watch lantern-bearing priests bid the gods and goddesses a restful slumber.
The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 13: Varanasi/Delhi | Sunrise River Cruise
Rise early for a private sunrise cruise on theGanges River to observe activity along the ghats (stone steps leading down to the river), where locals and pilgrims cleanse themselves, literally and spiritually. After breakfast, visit the 18th-century Durga Temple, devoted to the Hindu deity Durga, and Bharat Mata Temple, dedicated by Mahatma Gandhi to Mother India. Later, fly to Delhi aboard a privately chartered plane. This afternoon relax at the hotel before your farewell dinner.
The Oberoi, Gurgaon | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Days 14-15: Delhi | Exploring the Old and the New
Today discover New Delhi and a visit to Humayan's tomb. Visit Jama Masjid, the most important mosque in India. Set off by rickshaw through Chandni Chowk bazaar. Later, relax at leisure until you depart on December 19.
The Oberoi, Gurgaon | Meals: Breakfast and Lunch (Day 14); Breakfast (Day 15)
This 15 day itinerary to India is a group departure and is priced from £19,600 per person including accommodation, meals, transfers and tours as set out in the itinerary above. Excludes international flights. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
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Best time to be there
From October to March the weather is refreshingly cool with minimal rainfall in most places. India's main festivals also take place during this time, such as the Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan, the Republic Day of India and Holi, the festival of colours.
8 hours 20 minutes non-stop
GMT +5 1/2 hours
Required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area