Taj Mahal and the Treasures of India - Pushkar Fair - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

Explore kaleidoscopic India, seeing contrasting Old and New Delhi, holy Varanasi and — if luck has it — the elusive Bengal tiger in Panna National Park. Behold the peerless Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset and attend the colourful Pushkar Fair.

Journey Overview

India is a lively land of vivid colours and endless activity. It is also a profoundly spiritual place with a proud heritage and extraordinarily diverse scenery. Experience the intense bustle of Mumbai and Delhi, journey through the Rajasthani countryside and gain a fascinating glimpse into rural life. Spend two days at the bustling Pushkar Fair, a colourful whirl of activity drawing people from all around the globe. Stay at the country’s most iconic hotels, some converted from royal palaces, travel deep into the wilderness in search of the elusive Bengal tiger, and take an intimate look at life and death in the sacred city of Varanasi, where devout pilgrims flock to the holy Ganges to bathe in the holy water and cremate their loved ones.

Journey Highlights

  • Enjoy two days at the Pushkar Fair to experience its vibrant spectacle
  • Stay in former palaces, including iconic royal residences such as the lavish Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur and the grand Rambagh Palace in Jaipur
  • Embark on a private sunset boat cruise on Lake Pichola, your palace hotel seemingly floating on the water beneath an orange-hued sky, and cap it off with a refreshing cocktail
  • Behold the glorious Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset
  • Set out on private safaris in Panna National Park, home to the elusive Bengal tiger, and enjoy an exclusive talk on conservation by a member of the local Pardhi community
  • Observe priests performing an aarti ceremony on the banks of the Holy Ganges in Varanasi
  • Experience the diverse appeal of India’s great cities, from colourful, fast-paced Mumbai, the innovative commercial heart of the country, to Delhi, a center for politics and, with its enduring British influence, a blend of old and new

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Mumbai, India

Arrive in Mumbai, where an A&K representative meets and transfers you to your iconic hotel.
The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

Day 2: Mumbai | Bustling Environs

After a morning at leisure, explore the city’s classic sites, including the Gateway of India, an 85-foot-high arch with a design that 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 colourful spectacle to behold. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner alongside fellow guests.
The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai | Meals: BD

Days 3-4: Udaipur | Cruise to Jag Mandir

Fly to Udaipur this morning and settle into your stunning palace hotel set in the middle of scenic Lake Pichola. Relax this afternoon before embarking on a private cruise past Jag Mandir, a marble palace on an island in Lake Pichola, followed by a Scenic Sundowner and dinner at your hotel. The next morning, visit the stunning City Palace, a marble complex that offers unforgettable views of the lake and its surroundings. Continue to the Crystal Gallery in Fateh Prakash Palace. Stroll through the Sahelion Ki Bari (Garden of the Maids of Honour) before returning to your hotel.
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur | Meals: BD (Day 3); BL (Day 4)

Days 5-6: Pushkar | A Vibrant Fair

Early this morning, drive to the otherwise quiet, secluded desert town of Pushkar, sharing the road with camels, trucks, cattle, water buffalo and rickshaws as you approach. Spend the next two days experiencing the bustling Pushkar Fair, a colourful whirl of activity drawing people from all around the globe. See painted and adorned camels and cattle being traded; peruse stalls selling camel tassels and woven gypsy dowry bags; and witness Hindu devotees as they throng the ghats around Pushkar Lake in order to bathe, cleanse their sins and attain a place in heaven.
Pratap Mahal, Ajmer-IHCL SeleQtions | Meals: BLD

Days 7-8: Jaipur | Design Your Day

Travel overland to Jaipur and check in to your hotel, the former residence of the Maharajah of Jaipur. Later, explore the City Palace, a unique and arresting complex of several palaces, pavilions, gardens and temples. Located within the palace’s gates is the Mubarak Mahal, or “Auspicious Palace,” which contains textiles including the royal formal costumes, sanganeri block prints, Kashmiri pashminas and silk saris. Then, visit Jantar Mantar, an open-air array of astronomical instruments. The next day, view the Palace of the Winds — built for the women of the royal household to observe street life without being seen. Proceed to explore the beautiful Mughal-style Amber Fort. This red sandstone and marble palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This afternoon, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.

  • Tour the Gyan Museum, exploring its private collection of antiques and art.
  • Visit Digantar Vidyalay to interact with the students at an innovative school supported by A&K Philanthropy.
  • Discover the Bazaars of Jaipur, taking in the vibe of local life and shopping for keepsakes from your journey.

Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
Rambagh Palace, Jaipur | Meals: BD (Day 7); BL (Day 8)

Days 9-10: Agra | Monuments of Emperors

Drive to Agra, observing the colourful rural life of Rajasthan on your journey. Upon arrival, catch your first glimpse of the breathtaking Taj Mahal from your luxurious room. 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, once the prison of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal after the death of his beloved wife.
The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra | Meals: BL (Day 9); BD (Day 10)

Day 11: Panna National Park | Into the Wild

Depart by express train to Jhansi. After lunch, continue to remote Panna National Park, a haven for India’s wildlife, and check in to your wilderness lodge. Then meet with a member of the nomadic Pardhi community to learn about their role in the continuing effort to repopulate Panna National Park with the Bengal tiger, an exclusive insider access moment.
Pashan Garh, Panna National Park | Meals: BLD

Day 12: Panna National Park | Tiger Tracking

Rise early this morning for a game drive in Panna National Park aboard a four-wheel-drive vehicle, spotting crocodiles or perhaps the elusive Bengal tiger. Learn how a successful conservation program has grown the park’s tiger population, increasing the odds of a sighting. Return to the lodge to enjoy an Indian cooking demonstration, as a chef prepares local delicacies for lunch. Enjoy an afternoon game drive before returning to your lodge for dinner.
Pashan Garh, Panna National Park | Meals: BLD

Day 13: Khajuraho & Varanasi | India’s Holiest City

Drive to Khajuraho to see all of life — joy, love, divinity, war — depicted in detail on every inch of its 85 Hindu and Jain temples. Then, fly 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.
Taj Ganges, Varanasi | Meals: BLD

Day 14: Varanasi & Delhi | Sunrise Cruise on the Ganges

Rise early for a private sunrise cruise on the Ganges River to observe activity along the ghats (stone steps leading down to the river), where locals and pilgrims cleanse themselves, literally and spiritually. Later, fly to Delhi and settle into your hotel, where you later gather for a farewell cocktail and dinner.
The Oberoi, New Delhi | Meals: BD

Day 15: Delhi | Exploring the Old & the New

Visit the great Jama Masjid, the most important mosque in India. Completed in 1656, its two minarets, made from red sandstone and white marble, each stand 131 feet tall. Then, set off on an exciting rickshaw ride through the carts and stalls of Chandni Chowk bazaar, one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. Like Jama Masjid, it dates to the era of Shah Jahan, and today is a vital part of everyday life here — frequented by locals and a must-see destination for visitors. After lunch, tour New Delhi, including Humayun’s Tomb, the last resting place of an esteemed 16th-century Mughal emperor and an architectural precursor of the Taj Mahal.
The Oberoi, New Delhi | Meals: BL

Day 16: Depart Delhi

Transfer to the airport early this morning for your flight home, or begin your post-tour extension to Kathmandu.
Meals: B

Journey Details

Internal air included: Mumbai/Udaipur/Jaipur; Khajuraho/Varanasi/Delhi
This journey contains some active elements.
Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 12:00 p.m. on Day 2. 
Last group event: end sightseeing at 6:00 p.m. on Day 15.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

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The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

Taj Mahal and the Treasures of India - Pushkar Fair - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)
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The history of Mumbai and The Taj Mahal Palace are dramatically intertwined. The hotel is Mumbai's first harbour landmark (built 21 years ... Read more

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

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Newly honoured amongst ‘The Best Hotels in the World’ in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2019 UK and USA and #1 in the Top ... Read more

Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

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Newly honoured amongst ‘The Best Hotels in the World’ in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2019 UK and USA and #2 in the Top ... Read more

The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

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The Oberoi Amarvilas is recognised as the leading luxury hotel in Agra. Built in a style inspired by Moorish and Mughal architecture, the ... Read more

Pashan Garh, Panna National Park

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Nov 9, 2021 - Nov 24, 2021
Price AU$18,810pp Single Supplement AU$8,815 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
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