Essence of India

Essence of India with Ranthambore end Delhi (Summer 2019)

Duration: 8 days Visiting: India

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A quintessential Indian journey, this majestic itinerary showcases the rich heritage of India’s bustling cities, renowned temples and exotic jungles. Marvel at the beauty of the Taj Mahal with its ethereal hues, search for the elusive Bengal tiger on former royal hunting grounds and stroll through a traditional spice market in Jaipur. Allow your Travelling Concierge to show you India at its finest.


  1. Day 1

    Delhi, a Rich Melting Pot.

    Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. 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. Join your Travelling Concierge at 18:30 for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

  2. Day 2 - Relaxed Start

    Delhi Sightseeing.

    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. Explore India's largest mosque, the magnificent Jama Masjid, built by Shah Jahan in 1650. Wander the wide boulevards of New Delhi and drive along the ceremonial Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House. Visit Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit the Tomb of Emperor Humayun, one of the best-preserved Mughal monuments in Delhi.

  3. Day 3

    An Agra Adventure.

    On arrival to Agra, witness the hustle and bustle of everyday life as you are guided through the city to Agra Fort, a powerful fortress of red sandstone. Walk through the local market, explore the palatial Royal Pavilions and Gardens, before enjoying free time to relax. Later, one of the locals accompanies you on a walk through his village in the shadow of the Taj Mahal, sharing stories about his life as an agriculturalist.

  4. Day 4

    The Taj Mahal and Ranthambore.

    Admire the lustrous Taj Mahal, bathed in the first rays of dawn. Later journey to the historic city of Bharatpur and stop for lunch, before continuing to the station for your rail journey upon the Express Train, in air-conditioned chair class seats, to Ranthambore. On arrival, transfer to your luxurious hotel, built in the style of a traditional Rajput hunting palace, nestled in the foothills of the Aravalli Range, near the Ranthambore National Park.

  5. Day 5

    In Search of Tigers in Ranthambore.

    Start with an 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 deer 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 a day at leisure. At dusk, enjoy another foray into the national park with an expert naturalist. Besides the wildlife, there are also lake palaces, traditional Chhatri, old fortifications and a majestic 1,000-year-old fort within the park.

  6. Day 6

    Jaipur, the Pink City.

    In the morning, embark on another exciting adventure to explore the territory of the majestic tiger - every wildlife enthusiast and photographer's dream. After lunch, travel through the rural countryside where flat, green fields are abundant with brightly coloured flowers. Your destination is the stunning Rajasthan capital of Jaipur. Visit the famous flower market where girls delicately thread garlands to be used for offerings, then explore the spice market, a place of olfactory wonderment. See the rainbow of colours as you pass giant bags of cardamom, red chillies, cinnamon and so many more. Continue to 1135 AD restaurant for a delicious freshly-prepared Highlight Dinner.

  7. Day 7

    Jaipur Sightseeing.

    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. Return to Jaipur to see the famous Hawa Mahal, also known as The Palace of Winds, and visit the famous Jantar Mantar, the observatory, constructed between 1727 and 1734 by Maharajah Jai Singh II. In the evening, you are privileged to an exclusive visit of the City Palace, now a museum housing a fabulous collection of Rajasthani and Mughal Art. Venture to Baradari Restaurant at the City Palace for your Celebration Dinner, an evening to remember.

  8. Day 8

    Depart Delhi.

    Your trip draws to a close after breakfast. A departure transfer will arrive at Delhi Airport at 17:00, please do not schedule flights before 21:00. This transfer will continue on to your chosen extra night hotel, for those departing from Delhi. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.

Highlights

 

VIP EXPERIENCES

  • 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. Money generated from the tour is used for sanitation in the village and education for women.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Indian Festivals: Truly experience India by travelling during one of its famed festivals. Holi is the festival of colour, symbolising the end of winter and encourages the people to play, laugh, forgive and forget. Diwali is the festival of light celebrated by lighting oil lamps and fireworks to welcome in the Hindu New Year. Refer to dates and date chart notes to find out which departures travel during these wonderful, cultural experiences.
  • Delhi: Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the bustling streets of Old Delhi.
  • Delhi: See the Red Fort and visit Qutub Minar. Drive along the Rajpath to view the India Gate and Parliament House.
  • Delhi: Visit Raj Ghat and the Tomb of the Emperor Humayun.
  • Delhi: Led by your Travelling Concierge, explore the impressive Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque.
  • Agra: Inside Agra’s red sandstone fortress, witness the fairytale palaces, audience halls and mosques of the Mughal rulers.
  • Agra: Take a walk through the bustling local markets.
  • Agra: Visit the majestic Taj Mahal, bathed in the first rays of dawn, and learn about this romantic national icon.
  • Agra: Enjoy a ride on the express train from Bhraratpur to Ranthambore.
  • Ranthambore: Venture inside this former royal hunting ground and enjoy three game safaris with a naturalist.
  • Jaipur: Watch girls threading garlands to be used for offerings, when you visit the flower market. Marvel at the sights and smells as you explore the spice market.
  • Jaipur: Ascend by jeep to stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls of Amber Fort. Enjoy the shimmering mirrored walls and ceilings, the airy rooms that housed queens and concubines, and the wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Jaipur: During a city tour with your Travelling Concierge see the Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds and visit the Jantar Mantar, the Royal observatory built in 1726.
  • Jaipur: In the evening you are privileged to an exclusive visit to the City Palace Museum housing traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING

  • Delhi: Your Travelling Concierge will accompany you to a local restaurant where you can get to know your fellow travelling companions over a tasty Welcome Dinner.
  • Delhi: Enjoy a taste of jalebi, the favourite sweet and learn about its production from the one of the best candy wallahs in Old Delhi.
  • Jaipur: Arrive at the local restaurant, 1135 AD, where your Highlight Dinner awaits.
  • Jaipur: Savour a delicious Celebration Dinner with wine at the fantastic Baradari Restaurant in the City Palace.
  • Dining Summary:
    7 Breakfasts (B), 3 Lunches (L), 3 Dinners (D) and 2 Dinners with Wine (DW). Festive Highlight Dinner: 21 Dec departure includes a Christmas Eve Highlight Dinner in Ranthambore.

LUXURY HOTELS

  • Agra: The Trident 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: Situated on the foothills of the spectacular Aravalli Range and walking distance from the famous Ranthambore National Park, the Nahargarh Ranthambhore boasts a sprawling Mughal-style garden and three outdoor swimming pools.

INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas. See booking conditions for exemptions.
  • Luxury Gold is proud to offer various modes of transportation, from luxury coach to included train travel to safari jeep and more, so that you always travel in comfort and experience your journey and destination in the best possible and most appropriate way.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating, available on departures with 15 or more guests.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination.
  • Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold. Complimentary, private train station transfers are included when train travel is included within the itinerary. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city of the itinerary, may be requested but are not guaranteed.

Accommodation

 

Regency Delhi

Delhi (Traditional) - India

Trident, Agra

Agra (Traditional) - India

The Trident 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.

Nahargarh Ranthambhore.

Ranthambore (Traditional) - India

The luxurious Nahargarh Ranthambhore 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.

Rajputana, Jaipur

Jaipur (Traditional) - India

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.4 out of 5 based on
1026 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 27 October, 2018

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    Trip: Time duration at all cities were good

    Service: The program arrangements travel accommodations and food arrangements were all very good

  • 27 October, 2018

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    Trip: Exciting fun and full of beautiful animals. Loved Jaipur and the incredible dinners.

    Service: I travelled with my sister, from the first chauffeured drive from home and airport pickups,were excellent. The hotels are really beautiful and our guide Sathya was wecolming and had an incredible knowledge of all the sites visted. Can’t want to go back to India with luxury gold.

  • 14 October, 2018

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    Trip: Delhi, Agra (with Taj Mahal), Rathambore National Park and Jaipur. 4 destinations all done so well. Heaps of time to explore as a Group and Independently. And with so many inclusions, no need to put my hand into my pocket except for a Lunch or two, a Wine and a Souvenir or three!!

    Service: What a great way to see India. Luxury Gold's itinerary, beautiful hotels and expert touring with our TD made this trip one of the most memorable in my life.

  • 16 April, 2018

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    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 again...next trip already in the pipeline.

  • 15 April, 2018

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

    Service: All travel details taken care of.

  • 04 April, 2018

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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