Imperial India 2017

India is a country of multidimensional contrasts from tranquil temples to feisty festivals, lantern lit villages to software supremo cities. It is a feast for all the senses, home to more than one billion people that translates into an intoxicating cocktail for the traveller.

India promises to jostle your entire being, and no matter where you go or what you do, it’s a place you’ll never forget. Join Bill Peach Journeys for this incredible journey from the streets of Delhi to the incredible Taj Mahal and beyond. Spend 3 nights at the exquisite Leela Palace New Delhi, 3 nights at the palatial Jai Mahal Palace and 2 nights at the magnificent Leela Palace Udaipur, a jewel on the banks of Lake Pichola.

Highlights

  • Your Imperial India journey is completely inclusive, providing seamless worry free travel
  • 9 nights of luxurious accommodation throughout including the exquisite Leela Palace New Delhi, the palatial Jai Mahal Palace and the magni cent Leela Palace Udaipur, a jewel on the banks of Lake Pichola
  • Superb excursions at all ports of call with English speaking guides
  • Stroll through Udaipur, the city of Lakes
  • Enjoy a jeep excursion to the Amber Fort, an elephant safari in Jaipur and a private cruise on Lake Pichola in Udaipur
  • Visit the majestic Taj Mahal at sunset and marvel at this architectural masterpiece in Agra
  • Seamless travel and transfers throughout
Day
1

Delhi

On arrival into Delhi you will be met by a representative in the arrivals hall, who will transfer you to the exquisite Leela Palace, New Delhi. We will receive a traditional welcome with “Aarti and Tikka” wherein a silver tray with a small oil lamp is used to welcome us along with a vermilion mark on the forehead.

Overnight: Leela Palace, New Delhi
Day
2

Delhi

Today we explore the fascinating Indo- Islamic culture and lifestyle of Old Delhi. We will wander in the busy and narrow streets of the mile long “Silver Street”, surrounded by shops and bazaars. Our guide will take us through the famous food streets and the biggest spice market, Khari Baoli which has existed for centuries. Visit the largest mosque of Old Delhi which can accommodate 20,000 people at one time before a chance to visit a market or return to the hotel.

Overnight: Leela Palace, New Delhi (B)
Day
3

Delhi

We explore Delhi’s significant sights today including the Parliament Building, the Rashtrapati Bhawan (President of India’s residence). We view India Gate, the war memorial that honours the 90,000 soldiers of the British-Indian army, who lost their lives fighting for the British during WW1. End the tour at Humayun’s Tomb, believed to be the forerunner of the Taj Mahal. Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Leela Palace, New Delhi (B,L)
Day
4

Delhi - Agra

Early this morning, we board our train to Agra, the Shatabdi Express. Today we will visit Agra Fort, which was built in16th century AD by three generations of Mughal emperors. Later this afternoon, we enjoy a sunset visit to the incomparable Taj Mahal. Experience its sublimity, a varying kaleidoscope of solitude, colour and mood. A tribute from a great emperor to the memory of his beloved wife, it was 22 years in the making.

Overnight: ITC Mughal, Agra (B,D)
Day
5

Agra - Jaipur

Enroute to Jaipur today we visit Fatehpur Sikri, an abandoned city built in red sandstone. We continue to Jaipur, founded in 1727. Enjoy a stroll through the traditional markets this evening.

Overnight: Jai Mahal Palace (B,L)
Day
6

Jaipur

This morning we tour Jaipur including a visit to the City Palace, home of the Royal family, and it’s excellent private museums that display royal memorabilia. This afternoon visit a textile showroom where we learn all about traditional hand block printed textiles and for those interested, a chance to create your own design and print it to later use in a tailored garment.

Overnight: Jai Mahal Palace (B,L,D)
Day
7

Jaipur

Today we drive to Amber, the ancient capital that preceded Jaipur. Originally
built in the 11th century AD, Amber is a fortress town of visual awe. Ride up to its imposing hilltop location by jeeps and explore the maze of passage’s, corridors, pavilions, ornamental gardens and ramparts. Returning to Jaipur we stop to visit the renowned Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing and textiles. This evening, enjoy an elephant safari and dinner at Dera Amer.

Overnight: Jai Mahal Palace (B,D)
Day
8

Jaipur - Udaipur

Today we fly to Udaipur, a medieval town considered to be one of India’s most beautiful locales. This evening, enjoy a private boat cruise on Lake Pichola, visiting Jagmandir Island and taking in the heady lakeside vistas.

Overnight: Leela Palace, Udaipur (B,L)
Day
9

Udaipur

After breakfast, we spend the morning exploring the City Palace, a series of interconnected palaces that reveal private apartments and airy gardens. This afternoon is at leisure.

Overnight: Leela Palace, Udaipur (B,D)
Day
10

Udaipur - Delhi

After breakfast, you have the morning at leisure. Early afternoon, a private car awaits to transfer you to the international airport for your flight home. Should you wish to stay longer, our Journey Planners would be happy to assist. (B)

Dates & Prices

Tour Code Days Departs Returns Price $AUD  
BME7000 10 1st January 2017 31st March 2018 $6,755 (based on low season)

Departures of this journey are from January to March 2017 and from October 2017 to March 2018.  Above pricing is based on low season.  Please contact our reservations department regarding your specific travel dates.

Please enquire with our reservations department about room types and upgrades.

International airfares are not included in the tour price. Please contact our reservations department or your travel agent for more information.

Bill Peach Journeys reserves the right to make amendments to accommodation listings up until the point of departure without prior notification.

Inclusions:
9 nights in luxury hotel accommodation
Most meals as specified
All touring throughout
Private transfers throughout

About Private Luxury Journeys
Private Luxury Journeys have been designed for those clients who are looking for exceptional travel experiences with boutique modes of transport and who prefer to travel privately rather than with a Bill Peach Journeys group. Private Luxury Journeys offers the flexibility of travel dates but still provides the same high degree of service and style synonymous with Bill Peach Journeys.

A Seamless Experience
From the very moment you reach your desired destination, your seamless travel experience begins. This same level of care continues until you are returned safely to your return flight home. When travelling to India it is important to be assured that everything is taken care of from the moment your journey begins until its conclusion.

Level of fitness required: Moderate
These journeys are moderately active and designed for the traveller who is looking to venture off the beaten path. To fully participate in all activities, the traveller must be able to walk up to 1 km on even surfaces unaided, travel by four-wheel drive vehicles along ungraded roads and walk up steps unassisted.

We strongly urge you to consider the fitness rating before selecting your preferred journey.