Taj Mahal and the Treasures of India - Pushkar Fair - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2023)

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, attend the colourful Pushkar Fair, and privately cruise placid Lake Pichola in Udaipur.

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 Delhi, a centre for politics and, with its enduring British influence, a blend of old and new, to colourful, fast-paced Mumbai, the innovative commercial heart of the country
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Delhi, India

Arrive in Delhi, India’s vibrant capital city, where you are met by an Abercrombie & Kent representative and transferred to your hotel.

The Oberoi, New Delhi

Day 2: Delhi | Exploring the Old & The New

This morning, set off on an exciting rickshaw ride through the carts and stalls of Chandni Chowk bazaar, one the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. 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. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner alongside fellow guests.

The Oberoi, New Delhi | Meals: BLD

Days 3: Varanasi | India's Holiest City

Fly to Varanasi this morning, a city sacred to Hindus and Buddhists alike. Enjoy a city tour and check in to your hotel. At dusk, head to the banks of the sacred Ganges River to 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: BD

Days 4: Varanasi/Khajuraho | Private Sunrise River Cruise

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. Spend the rest of the morning relaxing at your hotel. Then, fly to Khajuraho and explore the magnificent Hindu and Jain temples of Khajuraho, adorned with intricate stone carvings depicting all aspects of life. Continue to remote Panna National Park, a haven for India’s wildlife, and check in to your wilderness lodge. On an A&K-exclusive experience, 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 elusive Bengal tiger.

Pashan Garh, Panna National Park | Meals: BD

Day 5: Panna National Park | Tracking the Bengal Tiger

Rise early this morning for a game drive in Panna National Park by 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 savour a Chef’s Table experience featuring an Indian cooking demonstration, as your lodge’s chef prepares local delicacies for lunch. Enjoy an afternoon game drive before returning to Pashan Garh for dinner.

Pashan Garh, Panna National Park | Meals: BLD

Day 6: Agra | Visions of the Taj Mahal

Today, travel through the countryside to Jhansi, where you board your express train to Agra. Check-in to your luxury hotel and catch your first glimpse of the Taj Mahal through your window.

The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra | Meals: BL

Day 7: Agra | Monuments of Emperors

Few sights in the world are as breathtaking as the Taj Mahal. This elaborate mausoleum, created by the emperor Shah Jahan in memory of the most beloved of his wives, is the apex of Mughal architecture, its gem-encrusted marble skin giving it a shimmering, intangible quality. Pay a visit to the masterpiece this morning, when the rising sun lends a warm pink tint to its marble face. Proceed to Agra Fort, a 16th-century Mughal monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site where Sha Jahan was once held prisoner. Following afternoon leisure time, see the incomparable Taj Mahal at sunset, when it is awash in shifting hues.

The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra | Meals: BD

Day 8: Jaipur | The Pink City

After breakfast, drive 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 intriguing open-air array of astronomical instruments.

Rambagh Palace, Jaipur | Meals: BLD

Day 9: Jaipur | Design your Day

See 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. After lunch, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.

  • Practice Yoga during a private session at Rambagh Palace.
  • Visit Digantar Vidyalay to interact with the students at an innovative school supported by Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy.
  • Discover the Bazaars of Jaipur, taking in the vibe of local life and browsing for mementos.

Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Rambagh Palace, Jaipur | Meals: BL

Day 10: Pushkar | Experiencing the Colourful 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.

Greenhouse Resort | Meals: BLD

Day 11: Pushkar | A Bevy of Activity

Enjoy another opportunity to experience the Pushkar Fair. 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.

Greenhouse Resort | Meals: BLD

Day 12: Udaipur | Temples & Palaces

Drive to Udaipur, stopping for lunch en route. Continue to Udaipur and check in to your romantic hotel.

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur | Meals: BL

Day 13: Udaipur | Cruise to Jag Mandir

This morning, explore the City Palace, a marble complex that offers unforgettable views of Lake Pichola 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 the hotel. Later, take a private cruise past Jag Mandir, a palace on an island in placidly beautiful Lake Pichola, followed by a Scenic Sundowner. Enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur | Meals: BD

Day 14: Mumbai | Bustling Environs

Fly in the morning to the cosmopolitan city of Mumbai, India’s bustling, vibrant commercial capital. After checking in to your hotel, you may see the city at leisure or simply relax. In the evening, join fellow guests for a farewell dinner.

The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai | Meals: BD

Day 15: Mumbai | The Gateway of India

This morning, explore the city’s classic sites, beginning with the Gateway of India, an 25-metre-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. Return to your hotel in the early afternoon, with the balance of the day and evening at leisure.

The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai | Meals: B

Day 16: Depart Mumbai

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departing flight.

Meals: B

Journey Details

Internal air included: Delhi/Varanasi/Khajuraho; Udaipur/Mumbai
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.

Please note: Proof of COVID-19 full vaccination is required for this program.

Included with every Luxury Small Group Journey

  • English-Speaking Resident Tour Director and Local Guides
  • Hand-Selected Luxury Accommodations
  • Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
  • Travelling Bell Boy Luggage Handling
  • Breakfast in Bed on Select Days
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
  • Your Choice of Activity on Design Your Day
  • Traveller’s Valet Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes and All Gratuities Except Resident Tour Director
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
  • Guaranteed Departures with Just Two Guests

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The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

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Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

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Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

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Pashan Garh, Panna National Park

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Nov 12, 2023 - Nov 27, 2023
Price AU$19,890pp Single Supplement AU$9,430 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Nov 14, 2023 - Nov 29, 2023
Price AU$19,890pp Single Supplement AU$9,430 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
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