- A gift when you book your tour with us, a DVD film called ‘Mystic India.’
- International flights included
- VIP meet & greet at your aircraft door on arrival
- A useful gift is given to you on arrival
- Private arrival and departure transfers
- Private car & driver for all road transfers
- Snack Hamper, with juice and water in your private car
- Mobile phone to use while in India to keep in contact with our local office and your driver
- Meals as per itinerary (B = breakfast) (HB = breakfast, lunch or dinner) (FB = breakfast, lunch & dinner)
- Private guide for sightseeing in all major cities
- Entrances to all monument and places of interest included
- half day sightseeing of Mumbai
- Visit a family textile factory in Patan producing Patan Patola
- See the Rani ki Vav stepwell in Patan
- Visit the Sun Temple in Modhera
- Explore the Siddhpur, Bohra style of Architecture
- Explore Mt Abu and the Dilwara Jain temple
- Explore Poshina and surrounds, a photographer’s paradise
- Explore the lake city of Udaipur
- Boat ride on Lake Pichola, Udaipur
- Explore the old palace in Dungarpur, see the colourful and vibrant frescoes, miniature paintings, glass and mirror inlay work which adorn the walls of some of the rooms
- Walk the old lanes of Ahmedabad
Our Tour features the following locations
MUMBAI: Mumbai the city of dreams. One of the best and most cosmopolitan cities of Asia. The commercial lifeline of India. Home to Bollywood, the second largest film industry in the world. A place where some of the biggest slums share the area with sprawling metropolises. The epicentre for fashion and Indian wine. A trip to Mumbai is everything you’d expect from a major metropolis, yet so much more. It’s a humbling experience, to say the least. But it’s also fascinating, edgy and exciting. Those colonial-era relics, incredible bazaars, hidden wine cafes and enclaves of peace and serenity really do have a way of putting you at ease.
AHMEDABAD: Nicknamed Manchester of the East, this industrious city is a fascinating place for tourists looking for a mix of modernism and ancient tradition. The food served here is an absolute feast for the belly, and there’s just so much to choose from. The old city lies to the east of the Sabarmati River and is popular as a treasure trove of hidden relics and artefacts. The iconic Sabarmati Ashram, Mahatma Gandhi’s headquarters, is also located here. Try visiting Ahmedabad during the nine days of the Navratri festival or the Uttarayan kite flying festival, celebrations that are held with great pomp and joy throughout the city. Navaratri is especially beautiful for you to join people performing the folk dance Garba at countless venues across the city.
PATAN: We often built ourselves huge palaces as kids and played the roles of mighty kings and queens ruling our denizens from our elaborate thrones. A trip to Patan probably reminds you of all those scenes from your childhood as its mighty fort complex and stunning palaces take you into another era, helping you relive your dreams through some of the most beautiful representations of arts and architecture. Patan’s charm also lies in its bustling bazaars and charismatic scenery. Watching locals go about everyday life is a treat for the eyes and ambling along its ancient streets often reveals priceless treasures in the form of pearly white temples and patola weavers.
MODERA: The Sun Temple at Modhera is probably one of the key reasons why this quaint little town fascinates tourists from all over the world. Built in the year 1027, this magnificent temple presents intricately carved exteriors that are full of statues and sculptures, beautifully carved pillars depicting scenes from Mahabharata and Ramayana and a grand hall that presents the monthly manifestations of the sun god, Surya. The temple also hosts a mesmerising step-well, a sunken art gallery, that contains over 100 shrines, each more beautiful than the other. The best time to visit Modhera is around the 20th of January, for the temple hosts a 3-day classical dance festival which attracts dancers from all over the country.
SIDDHPUR: Siddhpur is a Small town on the Banks of the mystical Saraswati in Gujarat, contains a rich cultural heritage of the `Bohra style of Architecture.’ The Bohris make up one of the unique subsets of Muslims. They’re also one of western India’s most significant mercantile groups. There’s little popular documentation of the community’s culture. The houses, which are over a century old, are proof of the Bohri community’s general prosperity. They’re cavernous and impossibly ornate. Some of the ceilings are decorated with intricate floral reliefs.
MT ABU: At 1200 metres, Mt. Abu is the highest point of the Aravalli Range passing through Rajasthan. The only hill resort of Rajasthan, it is built around a lake and is surrounded by forested hills. According to a legend, the place derives its name from Arbuda, a serpent who descended to the spot to rescue Shiva’s bull, Nandi. Besides having all the features of a pleasant hill resort, Mount Abu is also a centre of pilgrimage for Jains on account of the famous Dilwara Temples. There are interesting treks and picnic spots, romantic royal retreats of various erstwhile royal families, and some relics of the Raj period.
POSHINA: Poshina is one of the best places in Gujarat for anyone wanting to experience an authentic Indian village, ancient traditions and a beautiful culture. Home to a number of tribal communities, Poshina also introduces you to a tribal shrine that hosts thousands of beautifully crafted terracotta houses and a trip to the homes of craftsmen and potters who created these horses is another experience worth savouring. Save some time for the Darbargadh Palace; a beautiful palace turned hotel that boasts stunning lawns, beautiful arches, a massive dome and gigantic gateways. The best time to visit Poshina is when it celebrates the Chitra-Vichitra Fair around the month of March.
UDAIPUR: Udaipur is considered to be the most romantic destination in India, and no matter how much you hear about this legendary city, it always manages to leave you stunned and speechless. The glittery Lake Pichola is as beautiful as they get and those temples, grand palaces, shimmering Havelis and colourful streets set the scene for one of the most memorable holidays of your life. You’d remember some of its sights from the 007 movie Octopussy when our hero swims up to a heavenly palace in the midst of an incredibly romantic lake. You’d expect a city so popular to lose its charm, but Udaipur holds onto its magic, that sense of mystery surrounding its monuments and palaces and the sense of tranquillity that simple boat rides on the lake are bound to offer. Udaipur also enjoys a lively arts scene, exciting shopping and delightful countryside destinations that promise memorable day tours.
DUNGARPUR: Dungarpur is as beautiful a place as any. It is a traditional Rajasthani excursion, one that takes you deep into that beautiful culture, introduces you to an untouched village and brings you closer to folk music and traditional dances. A trip to Dungarpur is characterised by the stunning Juna Mahal, a seven-storied wonder full of miniature paintings, intricate mirror work, and frescoes. Nature lovers are sure to have a blast at the Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary, known for sightings of leopards, spotted deer, sambhar and giant flying squirrel. Most tourists visiting Dungarpur tend to stay at the Udai Bilas Palace, one of the premier palace hotels in the country with a great collection of classic cars. The palace grounds are among the top places to see migratory birds, and sightings of white painted storks, peafowl, grey hornbill and egrets are quite common. There are a few ancient ruins in the vicinity such as the 8th-century Arthuna temple and the 14th-century Rishabdeo temple that are worth exploring. The latter is particularly impressive, boasting of a semi-precious stone studded idol and stunning carvings.
Our from price based on the following hotels twin/double share. Single supplement, triple share reductions or for alternative hotels, contact us to discuss your requirements further. We can design a tour just for you, based on your style and budget.
Taj Mahal Palace – Mumbai
The history of Mumbai and The Taj Mahal Palace are dramatically intertwined. The hotel is Mumbai’s first harbour landmark (built 21 years before the Gateway of India) and the site of the first licensed bar in the city. For more than a century, the Taj has played an intrinsic part in the life of the city, hosting Maharajas, dignitaries and eminent personalities from across the globe. Today it is a Leading Hotel of the World and a favourite destination for discerning business travellers.
House of MG – Ahmedabad
The House of MG is a heritage boutique hotel in Ahmedabad. This stately property, built in 1924 as a home for a wealthy textile magnate, has been tastefully restored to retain its old-world charm but with all the amenities and comforts of a world-class hotel. It has just fourteen rooms and suites, one service apartment, two acclaimed restaurants, a conference lounge, an indoor swimming pool and a health club.
Guesthouse – Siddhpur
Guesthouse B&B in Siddhpur offers a basic but comfortable accommodation. Government run, do not expect great service, but you will be made to feel very welcome while you are exploring this unique town and its intricate designed wooden houses
Palace Hotel Bikaner House – Mt Abu
Mt. Abu being Rajasthan’s only hill station was the perfect summer residence for many Royal families who holidayed there to escape the severe heat that engulfed the desert region during the summer months. Bikaner House was the summer residence of the Royal Family of Bikaner built by Maharaja Ganga Singhji of Bikaner in 1893. The Palace Hotel as it is now called was converted into a hotel in 1962 and is today a classified ‘Heritage Hotel’. The property is a piece of history trapped in time and exudes an ambience of old world charm, warmth and hospitability.
Darbargadh Heritage Hotel – Poshina
The small fort at Poshina is enclosed by massive walls and is situated in the middle of an almost feudal village in the far north-east of Gujarat, close to the Rajasthani border. Owned and run by the local ruler who actively promotes and encourages the Heritage Hotel concept in Gujarat, it is a mid-17th-century fort with some modern and some charmingly renovated rooms using local fabrics and furnishings. It is a simple place with a pretty garden, shady courtyards and a strong Rajput theme to its architecture which comprises numerous pillars and filigreed arches.
Udai Kothi – Udaipur
Though within a short, pleasant stroll from the heart of old city, UdaiKothi is remarkable for its tranquility and magnificence. Conceptualized, designed, created and run by Kunwar Vishwavijay and his wife bhuwneshwari Kumari, UdaiKothi is a superbly modern hotel, which pampers you with all the facilities, amenities and luxuries a 21st century traveler expects.
Udai Bilas Palace – Dungarpur
Nestled in idyllic splendor, with the blue waters of Gaibsagar lake on one side and a cove of private reserve forest on the other, Udai Bilas Palace is the embodiment of the old world charm of princely India.
Here are some examples of extensions you can add to this tour. For other ideas and to discuss your requirements contact us. We can design an itinerary for you, based on your dates, duration, style, and budget.
Visit Dasada from Ahmedabad. Lying at a distance of 93 kms from the Ahmedabad city in the state of Gujarat, Rann of Kutch wildlife sanctuary is one of the largest sanctuaries in the entire country. Covering an area of 4950 sq ft, it is famous for its attractive chestnut brown Asiatic (Wild ass), a species of wild horses.
Add on Vadodara from Ahmedabad, then fly to Mumbai from there. Vadodara (Baroda) was the capital of the princely Gaekwad state prior to Independence. Vadodara offers some interesting museums and art galleries and a fine park. Kammati Bagh is beautiful. The Laxmi Vilas Palace is a wonderful attraction that was once the residence of Maharajahs of Baroda and is home to the current royal family. The interiors of the palace are filled with crystal chandeliers and Venetian glass. It’s a good place for a short pause.
Mumbai, fly down to Goa for a longer beach stay to end your tour. Former Portuguese enclave of Goa, one of India’s gems, has been popular with tourists for many years with its magnificent palm-fringed beaches
From Udaipur travel (1.5 hrs) to a Mavli and stay at the real Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Ravla Khempur is hotel used in the movie ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’. It was originally a tribal chieftain’s palace but now it operates as an equestrian hotel in the village of Khempur, about an hour and a half outside of Udaipur.