Essence of India - Insight Vacations

Essence of India with Ranthambore (Luxury Gold - Summer 2017)

Duration: 9 days Visiting: India

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The cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur showcase India's rich Mughal and Rajput heritage - imposing forts, sumptuous palaces and gleaming marble temples and tombs, such as the exquisite Taj Mahal. Further south, in Ranthambore, lies the sun-baked jungle realm of the tiger. To assist you on your journey, Insight's Travelling Concierge takes care of every detail, allowing you to fully appreciate the superior comfort and convenience of this Luxury Gold itinerary.

• Insight arranges a dawn visit to the illustrious Taj Mahal, when the palette of ethereal hues on the pearly dome peak

• Seek the elusive Bengal Tiger in their natural habitat

• Experience a sunset village walk past flame-lit temples before an Exquisite Highlight Dinner

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Spirit of North & South India
Cultural riches, historic gems, and breathtaking natural wonders beyond your wildest dreams are all captured in this itinerary.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight (please ask about our great deals).

  2. Day 2

    Delhi, a Rich Melting Pot of Old and New

    Welcome to India! On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, you are greeted with a traditional floral garland and transferred to your modern five-star hotel. Tonight, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Reception with a delicious meal.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    Delhi Sightseeing

    (Relaxed Start) Start the day with a cycle rickshaw ride through Old Delhi, including the bustling lanes of Chandni Chowk market. Stop for a photo at the impressive Red Fort, then visit the Mahatma Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat. You can also explore India's largest mosque, the magnificent Jama Masjid, built by Shah Jahan in 1650. Afterwards, tour the wide boulevards of New Delhi. Drive along the ceremonial Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House. See Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit the Tomb of Emperor Humayun, one of the best-preserved Mughal monuments in Delhi.

  4. Day 4

    An Agra Adventure

    On arrival to Agra, witness the hustle and bustle of everyday life as you make your way through the city to Agra Fort, a powerful fortress of red sandstone. After your tour through the palatial Royal Pavilions and gardens, there is free time to relax. Later, walk through a village in the shadow of the Taj Mahal with one of the villagers to discover the way of life as agriculturists next to India's most famous monument. Enjoy tea and pakoras on a rooftop with exceptional views.

  5. Day 5

    The Taj Mahal and The Princely Park of Ranthambore

    In the morning, admire the lustrous Taj Mahal, bathed by the first rays of dawn. Later journey to the historic city of Bharatpur and stop for lunch, before continuing to the station for the rail journey to Ranthambore. On arrival, transfer to your luxurious hotel, built in the style of a traditional Rajput hunting palace, nestled in the foot hills of the Aravalli Range, near the Ranthambore National Park.

  6. Day 6

    In Search of Tigers in Ranthambore

    Early morning journey into the former private hunting grounds of the Maharajahs of Jaipur, in search of the elusive tiger. More commonly seen in the dry, deciduous forest are the wild boars, monkeys, spotted deers and antelopes but if you are ever going to witness tigers in their natural habitat, this is the place. Return to your resort for breakfast and the day at leisure. At dusk, enjoy another foray into the national park with an expert naturalist. Besides the wildlife, there are also lake palaces, ‘chhatris', old fortifications and a majestic 1,000-year-old fort within the park.

  7. Day 7

    Jaipur, the 'Pink City'

    Embark on another exciting adventure game in the morning, into the territory of the majestic tiger— every wildlife enthusiast and photographer's dream. After lunch, drive through the rural countryside where flat, green fields are abundant with brightly coloured flowers. Your destination is the stunning Rajasthan capital of Jaipur. Later, join the Meena tribe and learn about their way of life and farming rituals before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.

  8. Day 8

    Jaipur Sightseeing

    Experience a typical morning for most Hindus with a puja at one of the most important Krishna Temples in the country, Govind Dev Ji temple. Then, visit the vegetable market and try your hand at bargaining with the stall holders. Enjoy a unique excursion, as you ascend by jeep to the Amber Fort, a superb example of Rajput architecture, with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. Inside, the royal halls are decorated with intricate ivory, mirrors and glass, complemented by exquisite wall paintings. Back in Jaipur, see the famous ‘Hawa Mahal' (The Palace of Winds) and visit the City Palace, now a museum housing a fabulous collection of Rajasthani and Mughal Art. A final stop is made at the famous Jantar Mantar, the observatory, constructed between 1727 and 1734 by Maharajah Jai Singh II. Back at the hotel, you are at leisure. In the evening, enjoy a Celebration Dinner with drinks.

  9. Day 9

    Depart Delhi

    Your tour draws to a close after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Delhi Airport at 17:00. Please do not schedule flights before 21:00. For those taking an early morning flight home the following day, and needing to stay overnight at a hotel close to the airport, post-tour accommodation is available and the transfer will continue on to your chosen extra night hotel.




  • Delhi: Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the bustling streets.
  • Agra: Visit the Taj Mahal, a monument of love, built by a king in memory of his beloved queen.
  • Agra: Walk through a village in the shadow of the Taj Mahal with one of the villagers to discover the way of life as agriculturists next to India's most famous monument. Enjoy tea and pakoras on a rooftop with exceptional views. Money generated from the tour is used for sanitation in the village and education for women.
  • Jaipur: Experience a typical morning for most Hindus with a puja at one of the most important Krishna Temples in the country, Govind Dev Ji temple. Then, visit the vegetable market and try your hand at bargaining with the stall holders. All food items purchased will be donated to a local orphanage.
  • Agra: Inside Agra's red sandstone fortress, witness the fairytale palaces, audience halls and mosques of the Mughal rulers.
  • Ranthambore: Venture inside this former royal hunting ground and enjoy three game safaris with a naturalist.
  • Amber Fort: Ascend by jeep to stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Enjoy the shimmering mirrored walls and ceilings, the airy rooms that housed queens and concubines, and the wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.


  • Delhi: Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the lanes of the Chandni Chowk Bazaar. Stop for a photo of the Red Fort. Visit the Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat. See the Qutub Minar tower. Drive along the Rajpath to see the India Gate and Parliament House. Visit the Tomb of the Emperor Humayun.
  • Agra: Group picture taken at the Taj Mahal.
  • Jaipur: Enjoy a Jaipur city tour including a visit to the City Palace Museum housing traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. Visit the Jantar Mantar the Royal observatory built in 1726. See the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds).


  • Delhi: Enjoy a taste of Jalebi, the favourite sweet and learn about its production from the one of the best candy wallahs in the old town.
  • Jaipur: Spend some time with the Meena tribe, before continuing on to Dera Amer where your Highlight Dinner awaits.
  • Jaipur: Savour a delicious Celebration Dinner with wine.
  • “7 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 3 Lunches (L), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 2 Dinners (D) and 1 Highlight Dinner (HD); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) both with both with wine, beer or soft-drinks. 23 Dec: This departure has a Christmas Highlight Dinner included.”


  • Agra: The Trident by Oberoi is the perfect base to experience this city steeped in history. The hotel features tastefully appointed rooms which overlook the central courtyard and gardens and offers a superb range of facilities.
  • Ranthambore: The luxurious Nahargarh lies nestled at the foot hills of Aravalli Range neighbouring the Ranthambore National Park. The hotel boasts luxurious rooms, modern facilities and a superb restaurant offering global cuisine.
  • Jaipur: Located close to the famous Amber Fort, the Trident by Oberoi offers stunning views of the Mansagar lake and Jal Mahal. The rooms are tastefully appointed and offer all the modern amenities.


  • Be escorted by the crème de la crème of Insight Travelling Concierges - handpicked for every departure. This skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight’s luxury air-conditioned coach with on-board restroom. It's Business Class comfort, complete with complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy during your luxury coaching tour. (Alternate coaches and vehicles, without on-board facilities or 40 seats, may be used on occasion).
  • Personal radio headsets, gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert’s fascinating insights and commentaries (Available on groups for 8 or more).
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling with prompt delivery to inside your door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • With Insight Flourishes, from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers between the airport and your Insight tour hotels.



Hyatt Regency New Delhi

New Delhi (Central) - India

Trident by Oberoi Hotels Agra

Agra (Scenic) - India

Trident by Oberoi, Agra

Nahargarh Ranthambore

Ranthambore (Scenic) - India

Nahargarh, the most luxurious hotel lies nestled at the foot hills of 'Aravali ranges' neighbouring the Ranthambore National Park. Surrounded by a 16th century style fortress, Nahargarh is built like a traditional Rajput hunting palace complete with a vast "Char Bagh" or formal Mughal garden.

Trident by Oberoi Hotels Jaipur

Jaipur (Scenic) - India

Trident by Oberoi, Jaipur

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
786 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 16 April, 2018


    Trip: A fast paced 8 day tour which gave us a wonderful insight into the diversity of life in India. An ideal tour for first time visitors....modern cities...modest village life...bustling lanes and markets...chaotic traffic...buses, trucks, cars, tuk tuks ,cows, elephants, camels, motor bikes and push bikes all sharing the highways. Somehow it all works with what appears to be minimal fuss...although with lots of honking horns!. Visiting the Taj Mahal, a magnificent mausoleum and staying in the luxurious hunting lodges of the Maharajahs in search of the Bengal tiger...superb tour highlights!

    Service: Excellent accommodation.....fantastic tour manager....wonderful tour highlights....all combined to provide lifetime memories. No hesitation in recommending Luxury Gold to friends and family. Will definitely travel with Insight trip already in the pipeline.

  • 15 April, 2018


    Trip: Ranthambore was great! We saw tigers and a leopard!

    Service: All travel details taken care of.

  • 04 April, 2018


    Trip: Great itinerary. Enjoyed every location. One thing that set this tour apart from others I have take was teh intensity. There were planned informational activities/tours all day. With other companies there were only few hours and then free time. I would prefer more information and less visiting sales showrooms but most of the ones we visited were at least interesting.

    Service: Nice jpb organizing teh trip. The ground activity provided by Creative Travel was exceptionally good. The tour guide provided by Luxury gold was excellent.

  • 17 February, 2018


    Trip: Interesting, engaging and not too strenuous

    Service: Most importantly, the Tour was really escorted, unlike other companies that leave you to get around by yourself. Taj was an excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable. Amazing hotels with exceptional staff, food indigenous to the country, total India experience. Example: Train ride, dinner at The Amber Fort, parade of the elephants, Safari.

  • 09 February, 2018


    Trip: this is 5 star trip with Insight vacation

    Service: I like every thing about the trip all hotels were 5 star all tours were very well organized. One complain I have to request if Insight can give the tour guides some authorization to make some decision. There was a lady who was always late for trip, we always had - to wait for her one day she make us wait for hour and it was shopping day, we had to cut shopping time , I think in this case tour should have left her(*Personal information removed by Feefo*) she know our next stop. We all felt she did it purposely so that tour guide will say something, she did not even apologize, Virendra *Personal information removed by Feefo*. He did an exceptional work he went out of way to help every one . I request Insight may rethink to give tour guide flexibility to make some decision. I was with another tour last year and the tour guide talked about tipping. Virendra never talk about tipping to diver or the helper. I like to give him 5 star I hope if I book another trip to India I will request Virendra *Personal information removed by Feefo*. Hope to hear from you soon Please pass this massage to Virendra too. Thank you for the wonderful trip. Shabrul Jabbar

  • 03 February, 2018


    Trip: Coming from Asia, it was not necessary to see village life.

    Service: We had an excellent and caring Tour Concierge by the name of Vir on our Essence of India Jan 6-13, 2018.

  • 03 February, 2018


    Trip: The traveling concierge was most helpful And knowledgeable on Indian history and culture. The essence of India. Jordan in the space of eight days on this particular tour because of its well crafted itinerary. Restaurants and hotels very well selected.

    Service: The travelling concierge was most helpful and knowledgeable on Indian history and culture. The well designed itinerary captured the essence of India in the space of eight days. The hotels and restaurants were meticulously selected.

  • 21 January, 2018


    Trip: Dhanya-Vad, Hay Ram. “If there is one place on the face of this earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when Man began the dream of existence, it is India.” The Essence of India . . . “It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” ❤️

    Service: I would highly recommend luxury gold! The tour concierge, driver and coach assistant were the best! Concierge was very knowledgeable, informative, most organized, professional, and very compassionate to each traveler, loves history, culture and his country! It was excellent in all aspects

  • 20 January, 2018


    Trip: All major points of interest were covered in the allotted time.

    Service: I would strongly recommend Luxury Gold to others. We received calm, careful and considerate service at all times. We were always sure of pickup and wake up times...there was never any confusion. Communication from our director was very clear. Vir.K. Was flappable even when a guest was apparently lost. Vir was understanding of each individual's needs.

  • 06 January, 2018


    Trip: Paced but guide kept things in order

    Service: Small group with caring and knowledgeable guide

  • 06 January, 2018


    Trip: Great itinerary - I was very pleased with the amount of territory we were able to cover.

    Service: Luxury Gold Tour - Essence of India, far exceeded my expectations. it was a very well balanced and organized trip. the Guide was very knowledgeable.

  • 06 January, 2018


    Trip: Covered various aspects of Indian life, making of valuable arts and crafts, historic sites, palaces, forts, the Taj, and Ranthambore. The accommodations were quite good and the hotel staff were helpful and excellent. The food was good, but I did have to be careful of anything too spicy. But at least I tried just about everything.

    Service: Our tour director, David G, was excellent. He kept close watch on us and made sure everything was in perfect order.

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