India Uncovered: A luxury journey to India

24 Jan 2024

28 Feb 2024
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India Uncovered is a luxury journey to India,  immersing you into one of the most exciting countries on earth, a country that endlessly fascinates.

From its turbulent history to its breathtaking architecture, to its extreme wealth, colourful culture, contemporary emergence and at times, challenging poverty,  this intricate tour uncovers so many different facets of India, providing an exquisite overview of this amazing country.

It is a country where always you will feel alive and completely scintillated by the ever shifting environment.

This luxury journey to India is for those who truly want to immerse themselves into the long held traditions of India: its rich history of royalty and Raj influences, its storytelling, literature and vibrant culture.


Private art gallery interaction with its curator, Delhi

Welcome dinner at the private member’s only Gymkhana Club, Delhi

Attending the world-famous Jaipur Literature Festival, including VIP benefits

Attending the Literary Festival VIP Dinner at Mita Kapur’s private residence

Staying under the stars in a luxury desert camp

Staying at the original Bal Samand Palace Jodhpur – the original summer palace of the royal family

Private guided art district walk, Mumbai

Private guided touring throughout

Historic & cultural highlights throughout including historic accommodation

Exquisite dining

and much, much more…

India is a country that endlessly fascinates.  From its turbulent history to its breathtaking architecture, to its extreme wealth, colourful culture and at times, challenging poverty.  This intricate tour uncovers so many different cultures and styles, providing an exquisite overview of this amazing country.

However, mostly it is a country where always you will feel alive and completely scintillated by an ever shifting environment.

India Uncovered is a luxury journey to India for those who truly want to immerse themselves into the long held traditions of India: its rich history of royalty and Raj influences, its storytelling, literature and vibrant culture.

You will start in the incredible city of Delhi.

Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New  India, the ancient and the modern. Delhi is a city that bridges two different worlds. Old Delhi, once  the capital of Islamic India, is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with crumbling havelis and  formidable mosques. In contrast, the imperial city of New Delhi created by the British Raj is  composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings. Delhi has been the  seat of power for several rulers and many empires for about a millennium. Many a times the city  was built, destroyed and then rebuilt here. Interestingly, a number of Delhi’s rulers played a dual  role, first as destroyers and then as creators.  In Delhi, you will discover that the city is sprinkled with dazzling gems: captivating ancient  monuments, fascinating museums and art galleries, architectural wonders, a vivacious performing-  arts scene, fabulous eating places and bustling markets.

Then to Jaipur, surrounded by ancient forts and the rugged Aravalli Hills, and is one of the most enticing cities in India. Every aspect of this ‘pink city’ (The story goes that when Queen Victoria visited 1876, the  maharaja painted the whole city pink) was originally meticulously planned when it was founded in  1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. Today it is one of India’s fastest growing cities, showcasing ‘new meets old’, yet even in the most modern parts, ancient traditions remain.

The old city is a seemingly chaotic mix of fascinating, colourful, hectic bazaars and historic sights.  Providing a majestic backdrop to the city are the City Palace – now a public museum of art and  artefacts from around the world – the Palace of Winds and the Amber Fort, a military masterpiece  though even that, it overlooked by two other forts, Nahagarh and Jaigarh, which provides a great view point of the city.

However, beyond these monuments, Jaipur has so much more to offer. Take a privately guided  walk into the backstreets of the old city and you will come across men, in tiny workshops, polishing priceless precious stones for Jaipur’s famous jewellery industry. Encased within the old  city are over 4500 temples and there are even public ones in private houses!

You will also attend the world-famous Jaipur Literature Festival, the largest of its kind in the world.  Hosting a fascinating blend of local and international authors, you will be immersed to a fabulous array of literature and entertainment throughout.

It is then time to head to  Nawalgarh, a heritage city in Jhunjhunu district of Indian state of Rajasthan, and famous for its fresco and havelis . This area is also known as the open-air gallery of India because of its array of painted, historical havelis.   It is also famous for its temples, palaces and Nawalgarh Fort. Founded by Thakur Nawal Singh Ji Bahadur (Shekhawat) in 1737 AD, it was a destination on the old silk route.

Next to Bikaner, whose strategic location on the ancient caravan routes headed to Central Asia made it a prime trade centre in medieval times.  Bikaner stands on a slightly raised ground and is circumscribed by a seven km long embattled wall with five gates.  The magnificent forts and palaces, created with delicacy in reddish-pink sandstone, bare testimony to its rich historical and architectural legacy. Surging lanes and colourful bazaars with bright and cheerful locals make Bikaner a fascinating destination to explore.  The city is also known for its intricately carved jharokas. These stone screens are found on the windows of forts and havelis. Traditionally, women would use the screens to watch the world while remaining hidden. The red sandstone for these stone window screens is supplied by the nearby village of Dulmera.

Jaisalmer,  aka “The Golden city”, stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone and is crowned by the ancient Jaisalmer Fort. This fort contains a royal palace and several ornate Jain temples as well as shops, hotels and ancient havelis (homes) where generations continue to live..  Many of the houses and temples of both the fort and of the town below are built of finely sculptured sandstone. The town lies in the heart of the Thar Desert (the Great Indian Desert).

Time for a night in the desert!  Samsara is an alluring oasis amidst the endless dunes of the Thar. Beautifully landscaped exteriors  compliment creative interiors. Carefully laid out water bodies of moats and fountains, around the  property provide that soothing ambience for a perfect get-away from the pandemonium of the  city.

A ride across the sprawling dunes and the rough terrains of Dechu is – to put it mildly – absolutely  enthralling. This drive follows the routes of camel “kafilas” on open jeeps and/or camel backs. A  picturesque landscape of undulating mounds of sand dotted with the colourfully garbed village  folk and the local flora and fauna.  The evening is set against the backdrop of mesmerising folk singers and graceful dancers. The food  prepared on site is glorious, the experience as majestic as music floats and the stars bear down on  you, a night like this is an experience that’s unmatched.

Jodhpur is popularly known as the “Blue City” among people of Rajasthan and all over India. The old city circles the Mehrangarh Fort and is bounded by a wall with several gates. The city has expanded greatly outside the wall, though over the past several decades.

Jodhpur was formerly the seat of the princely state of Jodhpur State and was historically the capital of the Kingdom of Marwar, which is now part of Rajasthan.  It features many palaces, forts, and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar Desert.  You will stay in the original royal palace and this is where the stables are, with Polo ponies still trained there today (and yes you will have the opportunity to check them out!).

Now for sophistication in the spectacular city of Mumbai, famous for its chaotic streets, its bargains and people-watching, outdoor bazaars and more.  Popular waterfront destinations are Marine Drive, where you go to watch the sun set over the Arabian Sea, and the carnival-like Juhu Beach. Must-see’s include the Gandhi Museum, in the leader’s former home, and the cave temples of Elephanta Island.

Mumbai is a sophisticated city where old and new sit side by side, where the English influence of the Raj can be seen through its colonial architecture and the jarring red of double decker buses.

The tour finishes in the seaside destination, Goa, showcasing white-sandy beaches, an active nightlife, and World Heritage-listed architecture.  It also enjoys a rich flora and fauna as it lies very close to the North Western Ghats rainforests, one of the rare biodiversity hotspots of the world.  Its long history as a Portuguese colony prior to 1961 is evident in its preserved 17th-century churches and the area’s tropical spice plantations. Goa is also known for its beaches, ranging from popular stretches at Baga and Palolem to those in laid-back fishing villages.

This is a tour that will delight the senses. There is so much to this extraordinary getaway that you need to check out the itinerary to see just how fabulous it is.

We can help you get there and Donna, who is our wonderful collaborator and an incredible tour leader (her passion for all things India is endless), cannot wait to take you to some of her favourite places and share them with you!  So come and join us on this luxurious escape and return home with memories to last a lifetime.

Book now under the booking tab above or contact us if you have any questions.


There are several options for flights to India, so please ask us for assistance at the time of booking.


Tour Price:  USD$11,695 per person twin share.  A single supplement of USD$4,195 applies. (Internal economy flight supplement – approximately USD400)

Tour Starts:  Delhi

Tour Ends:  Mumbai

Tour Dates:  27 January – 18 February 2024


22 nights accommodation:  a mix of heritage, boutique & luxury:

3 nights’ 5-star luxury accommodation, The Claridges Delhi

4 nights’ Heritage Superior Suite accommodation, Royal Heritage Haveli Jaipur

2 nights’ accommodation in a Super Deluxe room, Roop Niwas Kothi Nawalgarh

2 nights’ accommodation in a Superior room , Bhanwar Niwas Bikaner

2 nights’ accommodation in a Deluxe room, Rawal Kot Jaisalmer

1 night’s accommodation in a luxury tent, Samsara Desert Camp Dechu

2 nights’ accommodation in a Regal Suite, Bal Samand Lake Palace Jodphur

3 nights’ accommodation in a Club Seaview room , Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

3 nights’ accommodation in a Deluxe Garden room, Taj Fort Aguada Goa

Private arrival and group departure airport transfers

Transport services in one Air-conditioned Deluxe Bus throughout the tour

English speaking local guides as per Itinerary.

Private guided touring as per the itinerary

Entrance fees to the mentioned monuments .

Jaipur Literature festival delegate access & pass

Breakfast daily

A total of 21 main meals (9 lunches & 12 dinners)

Welcome drink and dinner at Member’s only Delhi Gymkhana Club.

Dinner at restaurant 1135 AD in Amer fort

VIP Jaipur Literature Festival Dinner at Mita Kapur’s private residence

Risala Special Dinner at Roop Niwas Kothi

Dinner at the roof top restaurant in Mehrangarh fort

Farewell Dinner at a fabulous restaurant in Goa

Fully escorted by Donna Hipgrave from Delhi

*Taxes and government charges as at 4 April 2023

*Government taxes are subject to change without notice and will be applied should they increase


Airfares unless stated in the itinerary; items of a personal nature; phone calls; passport and visas (if applicable); entry fees into countries charged at the airport; laundry or tips. Personal transport; excess baggage; security and additional government taxes not covered already; travel insurance. Meals not specifically mentioned in the itinerary; beverages unless specifically described. Optional excursions, transfers or activities that may be offered but are not included in the tour price.

January 2024

Day 1 – Saturday 27:  Welcome to Delhi and your exquisite India adventure…

Arrive into Delhi International Airport  and on arrival you will be met by your private transfer to luxury of The Claridges, your home for the start of your exquisite adventure!

Check-in, relax and explore your gorgeous surrounds.

Early evening, gather for a briefing of your exciting tour over a welcome drink. Dinner is at leisure tonight.

Overnight Accommodation:  The Claridges

Day 2 – Sunday 28:  Exploring both sides of Delhi, plus a little retail therapy…

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and then depart for your morning city tour of Old Delhi, visiting the mosque Jama Masjid, a Sikh gurudwara Shish Ganj, followed by a cycle rickshaw ride in the by-lanes of Chandni Chowk (an absolute must even if you’ve done it before!).  This tour takes you through the narrow lanes of old Delhi with mansions, colourful bazaars, Jain temples and stalls selling street food and the spices wholesale market.

Then time for some retail therapy as you visit the world-famous Khan market after lunch.  For those who have seen New Delhi before you can choose to remain at Khan market and then make your way back to the hotel when you’re retailed out!

For those who have not seen this side of the city before, enjoy a tour of New Delhi visiting Humayun’s Tomb, Parliament buildings and more.  New Delhi was planned and built by the British in the 1920’s and is characterised by Sir Edwin Lutyens’ monumental architecture. Driving through the city, with its wide tree lined avenue discover India Gate and the Diplomatic Enclave, the Central Secretariat and the President’s  House – amazing sites that must be seen.

Enjoy a Welcome dinner at a colonial member’s only club, The Delhi Gymkhana Club one of the oldest clubs in India which was founded during the British Raj. This is a great opportunity to frock up as much as you want!

Overnight Accommodation:  The Claridges

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 – Monday 29:  Textiles, art and more…

This morning you will visit the Crafts museum where you experience the various crafts & textiles of India – something it does so very well.

Walk the by-lanes of the hip and trendy Hauz Khas Village – also known as the capital of ethnic chic. Here old homes have been converted into fashion boutiques, jewelry shops and art galleries.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then  after lunch visit an Indian tribal art gallery where you will meet with the curator and gain insight into the different art forms of India.

Return to the hotel and then dinner is at leisure.

Overnight Accommodation:  The Claridges

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 – Tuesday 30:  To Jaipur the pink city…

Check out of The Claridges after breakfast, and then transfer by road to Jaipur (approximately 4 hours)

On arrival check in Hotel Royal Heritage Haveli, your beautiful home for the next 4 nights!

Enjoy lunch at the hotel and then visit the spectacular Amber Fort.  Learn about the 28 kings of the Kachwaha Dynasty who ruled a number of kingdoms in the area and the part they played in changing the destiny of medieval India.   One of the best examples of this style of architecture within the fort is the Ganesh Pol.  Mirza Raja Jai Singh, who ruled the place from 1621 to 1627, was instrumental in building the  gate, which  is embellished with mosaics.  Among the main attractions of the fort is the Sheesh Mahal, the magnificent mirror inlay room (truly divine).

Dinner this evening is at Amer Fort Restaurant 1135 AD located within the Fort.

Overnight Accommodation:  Hotel Royal Heritage Haveli

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 – Wednesday 31:  The most spectacular Jaipur Literature Festival on earth…

Today start your day with the spectacular opening ceremony of the famous Jaipur Literature Festival.

Enjoy the festival by being a “friend of the festival”.  Your delegate pass gives you special privileges at the festival including:

  • access to The Friends of the Festival Lounge
  • Access to the Jaipur music stage,
  • Special Access to selected sessions,
  • Author interactions at the Friends of the Festival Lounge
  • Book Deliveries at the Friends of the Festival Lounge ,
  • An Invitation to the glamorous Writers’ Ball at Mita Kapur’s private residence
  • Invitation to the Cocktail Evening ,
  • Specially Curated Meals and Beverages on All Days

Spend the day at the festival and this evening attend the musical shows followed by dinner at the literature festival venue.

Overnight Accommodation:  Hotel Royal Heritage Haveli

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

February 2024

Day 6 – Thursday 01:  The festival continues…

Spend the day at the literature festival enjoying the wonderful schedule or entertainment and author debates and presentations – it is fascinating the subjects that are covered by the various panels and many authors use the festival to launch new books – plus you never know who you will meet during the private lunch!

Dinner is included as part of the festival tonight.  For those who feel like doing something non-literary, then an optional dinner will be organised at Bar Palladio or similar (own cost).

Overnight Accommodation:  Hotel Royal Heritage Haveli

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (festival dinner only)

Day 7 – Friday 02:  The festival continues…

Spend your final day at the literature festival, making sure that you spend the last moments with your authors of choice, chatting with other delegates and indulging in a literary feast!

This afternoon, if you are a little ‘literatured’ out, an optional shopping trip with Donna is on offer.  Hop in a tuk tuk and head to some of the fabulous shopping options in Jaipur – silk, beautiful textiles and more are on offer in this delightful town.

This evening enjoy the VIP event at the residence of Mita Kapoor, one of the director’s of the Jaipur Literature Festival, where many of the authors will join those on the exclusive invitation list! (date may change).

Overnight Accommodation:  Hotel Royal Heritage Haveli

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 – Saturday 03:  Goodbye Jaipur, hello Nawalgarh and haveli paradise…

This morning you check out after breakfast and drive to the fascinating city of Nawalgarh, a beautiful heritage city in Rajasthan (approximately 3 hours).

Check into Roop Niwas Kothi, your home for the next couple of nights and then time for lunch.

It is then time for a walking tour around the city to explore the havelis this city is famous for. Haveli means ‘old private mansion in the old city’, and  this part of the Shekhawati region is known as the open-air gallery of India.

Once upon a time, Shekhawati was on the Silk route: the trading route that streamlined the trade of cotton, tobacco and silk between the Arabian ports and the Gangetic plains. While the kings built impregnable forts, the merchants amassed wealth (through all of the above and even mines and opium) and built palatial homes to showcase their opulence, of which the present day havelis are living proof.

This evening, enjoy a special Risala Dinner at hotel

Overnight Accommodation:  Roop Niwas Kothi

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 – Sunday 04: Exploring the rich history of Ramgarh village…

This morning you will visit the Ramgarh village to continue your exploration of these fascinating painted havelis.  Ramgarh was once one of Shekhawati’s wealthiest towns. You will enjoy a guided walk through the village with an expert of the area, immersed in the rich history of its faded past and architectural grandeur.

Enjoy lunch and then drive back to the hotel and enjoy an evening of local food and music.

Overnight Accommodation:  Roop Niwas Kothi

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 – Monday 05:  To Bikaner you go…

Drive to Bikaner (4 hours drive) check into Bhanwar Niwas Hotel , an experience in itself.  Situated inside the walled city of Bikaner is Bhanwar Niwas, the grandest of the famed havelis belonging to the Rampuria family.  It is a tribute and testimony to the skill and craftsmanship of the artisans of Bikaner. It was completed in 1927 for Bhanwarlalji Rampuria, heir to a textile and real estate fortune.

Enjoy lunch and then time to explore the fort.  Junagarh Fort was originally called Chintamani and was renamed Junagarh or “Old Fort” in the early 20th century when the ruling family moved to Lalgarh Palace outside the fort limits. It echoes the tales and valour of Maharajas of Bikaner.  It is one of the few major forts in Rajasthan which is not built on a hilltop and the modern city of Bikaner has developed around the fort as you will see during your explore.

Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.  Dinner is own arrangements this evening.

Overnight Accommodation:  Bhanwar Niwas Hotel

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 – Tuesday 06:  Exploring Bikaner in detail…

This area was a trader’s hub on the old silk route. Walk through this area and visit some of the old mansions and see how the merchants lived.

The rest of the day is at leisure. It is the ideal opportunity to chill out and enjoy your gorgeous hotel in detail or take the opportunity to shop for Mojaris (Bikaneri style footwear), rangi dupatta, Kundan work, antiques, Rasgullas, bhujia, lacquer bangles and carpets. Bikaner is also famous for the exquisite works of art made out of camel hide.

Alternatively, take time to visit Lalgarh Palace and Museum for those who would like to delve more into the fascinating history of Bikaner.  The choice is yours!

Dinner is at the hotel this evening.

Overnight Accommodation:  Bhanwar Niwas Hotel

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 – Wednesday 07:  To Jaisalmer you go…

Today is a travel day!  After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer (approximately 5.5  hours) and on arrival check into Hotel Rawal kot.

En-route you will stop at the beautiful Fort Pokaran luxury hotel for lunch.

The rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax and enjoy your surrounds.  Take some down time and chill.

Overnight Accommodation:  Hotel Rawal kot

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13 – Thursday 08:   Jaisalmer uncovered…

After breakfast visit the Fort, a Jain temple & the Patwon ki haveli.

The Jaisalmer Fort in Rajasthan is known as one of the world’s last “living forts”. This magnificent sandstone fort lies deep in the Thar Desert and is undeniably one of the most beautiful forts in Rajasthan, and perhaps in all of India.

The Patwon Ki haveli is an architectural marvel, comprised of 5 different palaces and is made of yellow sandstone . The walls are
adorned with exquisite mirror works and beautiful paintings and each of its arches is created in a distinctly unique style. This mansion complex is one of the most well-preserved heritages of the region.

Lunch is at leisure and then this afternoon there is more to explore – an afternoon of man-made beauty and royal history.

Firstly a visit to the royal cenotaphs.   Overlooking a mango grove sits a set of royal chhatri cenotaphs constructed by the Maharajas of the Jaisalmer State in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.

Then to Gadisar lake.  A man-made water reservoir, the Gadisar Lake was once the only source of water in Jaisalmer. Constructed by the first ruler of Jaisalmer, Raja Rawal Jaisal, it is surrounded by temples and ghats (banks).

Dinner is own arrangements this evening as you get ready for your desert adventure tomorrow!

Overnight Accommodation:  Hotel Rawal kot

Included Meals:  Breakfast

Day 14 – Friday 09: Escape to the Desert …

After a leisurely breakfast you will transfer to Samsara Desert camp and spend a night nestled amidst the Thar Dunes of Northwestern India.  Check into your luxury tent and immerse yourself into tranquility.

Enjoy a jeep safari and a camel ride in the desert, followed by an evening of colourful and mesmerising entertainment around a blazing campfire, under the star studded skies of the desert.

Then enjoy your gala dinner in the ‘blue-pottery’ dining tent.  Bliss!

Overnight Accommodation: Samsara Desert Camp

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 – Saturday 10: Uncover the Blue City of Jodhpur …

After Breakfast drive to Jodhpur.  Check into your beautiful hotel, Hotel Bal Samand Lake Palace, originally the summer palace of the royal family.

Later in the day, enjoy a city tour of Jodhpur visiting Jaswant Thada and Mehrangarh Fort.

Rao Jodhaji built the city of Jodhpur on a rocky range of sandstone hills in 1458. A wall, 10 kilometres long,  ranging from 4 to 9 metres in height, surrounds the city. The wall has 7 gates, flanked by bastions and fixed with pointed iron spikes. The outstanding feature of Jodhpur is its Fortress Castle (called Mehrangarh Fort), situated on an isolated rocky eminence 122 metres above the city. The Fort dominates the surrounding plain.

This evening you will enjoy dinner on the roof top of the Meherangarh fort!

Overnight Accommodation:  Hotel Bal Samand Lake Palace

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16 – Sunday 11: Uncovering just a little more…

After Breakfast, you will enjoy a private walking tour of the clock tower and the spice market area, immersing yourself into local life.

You will witness, spice sellers, grocery shops, local stalls specialising in milk and Indian cheese, tie dye textiles, jewellery shops, antiques, leather items, lacquer bangles and much more. It’s also a great way to sample some of the local food delicacies like Misri Mawa and Lassi.

The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the exquisite grounds of your hotel.  There are still polo ponies trained here and the odd polo rider (unless they are away on winter vacation) to explain the game….the grounds themselves are stunningly beauty so enjoy the down time and immerse yourself into a living history.

Overnight Accommodation:  Hotel Bal Samand Lake Palace

Included Meals:  Breakfast

Day 17 – Monday 12:  To Mumbai…

Check out after breakfast and transfer to the airport to board your flight to Mumbai.

Arrive in Mumbai and check into your fabulous waterfront hotel, the Taj Mahal Palace.

Rest of the day is at leisure for you to enjoy some lovely downtime.

This evening dinner is at the Royal Yacht club, thanks to Donna’s fab connections!

Overnight Accommodation:  Taj Mahal Palace

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 18 – Tuesday 13:  It’s all about art…

This morning you board a private ferry to visit the Elephanta Caves. The ‘City of Caves’, on an island in the Sea of Oman close to Bombay, contains a collection of rock art linked to the cult of Shiva. Here, Indian art has found one of its most perfect expressions, particularly the huge high reliefs in the main cave.

Lunch is at leisure and then you will enjoy an afternoon walk through Kala Ghoda Art District, a crescent-shaped art district in Mumbai.  It hosts several of the city’s heritage buildings including museums, art galleries and educational institutions.  You will be introduced to the history of Mumbai’s beautiful heritage buildings, and you will  visit several galleries showcasing different schools of Indian art. The walk attempts to give you a first hand understanding of modern Indian art and its evolution from the early 1900’s to the present day.  As
in most countries with a colonial past, Indian artists have sought to interrogate and understand Western influences on artistic expression. They have questioned the role and function of an artist in a country like India, and established a distinct identity and idiom for Indian art. If you are looking to buy a piece of contemporary Indian art, this is the ideal place.

This evening is at leisure to explore your own Mumbai foodie heaven.

Overnight Accommodation:  Taj Mahal Palace

Included Meals:  Breakfast

Day 19 – Wednesday 14:  Happy Galentines & time for some heritage exploration…

Enjoy an early morning heritage walk of Mumbai City.  The city’s long association with the British is reflected in the old world charm of its buildings:  from the early 1800s neo-Classic to the late 1860s Victorian neo-Gothic through to the early 20th century Indo-Saracenic style of architecture that combined Gothic-like flamboyance with Muslim-Indian architectural features, and the flamboyant Art Deco of the 1930s and 40s.   The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum, is one of the premier art and history museums built to honour and commemorate the visit of King George V to India. Although the idea for a museum was initiated in 1904, the foundation stone was laid down by the Prince of Wales in 1905.  Finally, a visit to Mani Bhawan – Mumbai played a very prominent part in India’s struggle for freedom. Mani Bhavan is a hallowed memorial to Gandhi, to his stay here and to the activities he initiated from here. It was from here that India’s first phase of non-violent freedom struggle was launched

You will also see the famous Dabbawalas on the job.  Each day throughout the city of Mumbai, 5,000 of the dabbawalas deliver some 130,000 dabbas to offices throughout the metropolis.  In the nearly 120 years of this service, the dabbawalas’ approach has
remained consistent: a semi-literate workforce (the dabbawalas) pick up the food filled dabbas from the households that prepare them and deliver the boxes to the requisite offices; they then retrieve the empty dabbas from these delivery points and returned them to the originating households, in order to begin the process again the next day. It is claimed that dabbawalas make less than one mistake in every six million deliveries. The only motorised transport used is the Mumbai local train. Other than this, they make use of hand-drawn carts or bicycles.

Enjoy an evening walk through the quaint streets of Bandra, an upscale coastal suburb located in Mumbai.  The Bandra of yesteryear was a tiny fishing village inhabited by Kolis (fishermen) and farmers. It was acquired by the British East India Company while the rest of Bombay belonged to the Portuguese.  This evening enjoy a guided walk through this historical area, exploring the history or yesteryear combined with the culture of today.  Dinner could be at a local restaurant in this lovely area or return the hotel for dinner in house – the choice is yours!

Overnight Accommodation:  Taj Mahal Palace

Included Meals:  Breakfast

Day 20 – Thursday 15:  Look out Goa, here we come…

This morning, check out and head to the airport for your flight to  the beautiful seaside destination, Goa.

Arrive and then check into your beautiful home for the next 3 nights, Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa.

The rest of the day at leisure to explore this gorgeous resort, take in some spa time or just sit by the pool and contemplate the last 3 weeks (or your navel), read a book or just enjoy a cocktail.

Overnight Accommodation:  Taj For Aguada Resort & Spa

Included Meals:  Breakfast

Day 21 – Friday 16:  Exploring Old Goa…

After breakfast, it is time to explore Old Goa with a local expert. There is so much to see here in this Heritage capital.   You will experience the grand and world famous Churches of St Francis Xavier, Se Cathedral and Basilica of Bom Jesus. Close by are the other very sacred and prominent ASI Monuments of St Cajetons Church, St Catherines Church, Tower of St.Augustine and Nunnery/Convent of St.Monica.

You will also explore the Fontainhas area.  Goa was colonised by the Hindus, Muslims, and Portuguese, the latter leaving the biggest influence which is clearly evident in Fontainhas, a UNESCO Heritage site founded in the late 18th century by a wealthy Portuguese named Antonio Joao de Sequeira.  He used this land for coconut plantations, but in the early 1800s, due to the spread of epidemic in the Old Goa, the Portuguese government headquarters was shifted and as a result, this area was transformed into the residential area for Portuguese administrative officers and rulers.  Often overlooked, this fascinating area is a must to see during your Goa exploration.

Return to the hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight Accommodation:  Taj For Aguada Resort & Spa

Included Meals:  Breakfast

Day 22 – Saturday 17:  Explore your own Goa, and time to farewell over dinner…

Today is all about you and exploring your own Goa.  We can help with any additional touring you might wish to do or maybe you would love to spend the day with the girls by the pool?  There is much to do, or given you have just explored India in a lot of detail, you might just want to relax.

This evening a fabulous dinner to say farewell in style and to enjoy your last night with this amazing group in this incredible destination.

Overnight Accommodation:  Taj For Aguada Resort & Spa

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 23 – Sunday 18:  Time to go home…

Sadly all good things must come to an end.  After breakfast, it will be time to say your last farewells and then return to Mumbai for onward connections.  Of course you could always linger longer (ask us how….).

A group transfer to connect to your flight to Mumbai for international connections home (or we can take you elsewhere if you want?…there is much of India left to uncover…)

Included Meals:  Breakfast


The Claridges

Comprising of elegantly adorned rooms, The Claridges offers you a beautiful experience. Well equipped with all the facilities that you could possibly need, the rooms proffer an unconventional blend of the elegant style of architecture and the contemporary modern styles. Spacious and airy, these well-appointed rooms have all the key hallmarks of a good hotel room.


Royal Heritage Haveli:

Sensational curation of classical & contemporary elements at what was once her family home, Angelique Singh has designed each room herself. Starting at 350 square feet, the spacious Heritage Superior Suites feature plush interiors and the luxury of natural light and openness. Beautiful hand-painted frescoes along with unique colour schemes invite you to stay at our ancestral manor home in Jaipur. Cherish an opulent stay at these suites.


Roop Niwas Kothi:

Roop Niwas offers elegant and old world charm reminiscent of an English colonial estate, set in the midst of the exotic culture, history and heritage of the Shekhawati area of Rajasthan, India. The heritage hotel features 18 Super Deluxe rooms, 1 Royal Suite and 2 Luxury Suites. The suites, varying in size and style, are ideal for guests who prefer more spacious and private accommodations. They are located in the main building of the hotel. All rooms are bright, with views of greenery, and often privy to bird song.


Bhanwar Niwas Hotel:

Situated inside the walled city of Bikaner is Bhanwar Niwas, the grandest and the most magnificent of the famed haveli belonging to the Rampuria family. Bhanwar Niwas is a tribute and testimony to the skills and craftsmanship of the artisans of Bikaner. Completed in 1927 for Bhanwarlalji Rampuria, heir to a textile and real estate fortune, Bhanwar Niwas reflects the fashionable tastes of the 1920′s, a taste for the formal and well-ordered luxury with modern conveniences of the time. The architecture of the haveli is a fascinating mix of Indian and European styles.  Bhanwar Niwas is a certified Heritage-protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Experience royalty at Bhanwar Niwas.

Each Superior Room has its own unique style and decor and is well equipped with all modern amenities.


Hotel Rawal kot:

Appearing to rise out of the rocky incline on which it is perched, Hotel Rawal Kot, Jaisalmer, draws its charm from Rajasthan’s traditional, and trademark, the haveli (mansion). We, at Hotel Rawal Kot, are committed to serving you an authentic Rajasthani experience, infused with contemporary efficiency. So while the architecture exudes old world charm, guests find the rooms smart, with tastefully appointed interiors and amongst the best amenities in the city of Jaisalmer. A near perfect blend of the old and the new.

Rooms at Hotel Rawal Kot are well equipped, with all modern comforts and requirements. A close of knit team of highly efficient and intuitive staff is at your service round the clock. Drawing from the concept of a traditional Rajasthani haveli Hotel Rawal Kot has numerous terraces providing a spell binding vista. A soothing dip in the tastefully located swimming pool allows guests to watch the Jaisalmer Fort change colours from sunrise to sunset. On offer in the restaurant are international and Rajasthani favourites, and yet another breathtaking view of the Jaisalmer Fort.


Samsara Desert Camp:

Amidst the wilderness, surrounded by the dunes of the Thar – The luxury tents are a sight to behold. Vibrant block-printed interiors complimented by carefully designed and locally crafted furniture and rugs accentuate the rich heritage of Rajasthan. All tents come with En suite bathrooms that have been designed for uttermost comfort using high end hardware accessories.


Hotel Balsamand Lake Palace:

Five kilometres away from the city centre of mesmerizing Blue City of Jodhpur, lay a lake of mythical proportions known by the name Balsamand Lake. This stupendous lake was designed as a water basin, which extends over a kilometre in length, fifty meters in breadth, and fifteen meters in depth. Although the lake was built in the 12th century, the magnificent red stone palace that flanks the lake was built in the 17th century by Maharaja Jaswant Singh I of Jodhpur. In recent years, the exquisite palace has been transformed into one of the best heritage hotels in Jodhpur – WelcomHeritage Bal Samand Lake Palace. It now stands as a testament of old-world charm and modern muse fused together. One gets transcended into a fairy-tale once they step into this majestic Palace set amidst 60 acres of private estate frilled with fruit orchards, manicured lawns, and flower gardens.  If you want to have a taste of royalty while being comforted by modern facilities, then this is the best hotel in Jodhpur Rajasthan to be at. 


Taj Mahal Palace:

This legendary hotel in Mumbai has played host to kings, dignitaries and eminent personalities from across the globe, and is acknowledged as a world leader in hospitality. Each of the rooms 285 rooms & suites are a striking blend of nostalgic elegance, rich history and modern facilities. Strategically located in Mumbai’s prime historical and commercial hub, The Taj Mahal Palace is walking distance from Colaba Causeway, known for its touristy tiny roadside shops. The city’s financial hub, parliament, stadium, offices and shopping districts are all located within close proximity; as is a flourishing art and heritage precinct with must visit museums, art galleries, churches and synagogues. The airports are an hour away. For those who would like to experience fine dining in style, we host 9 of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants and bars, renowned for delectable cuisines from India, Europe, the Middle East and the Orient. Relish authentic Indian cuisine at Masala Kraft; world famous Japanese dishes at Wasabi by Morimoto; exquisite Eastern Mediterranean food at Souk and Chinese at Golden Dragon.


Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa:

The first luxury hotel in Goa. The picturesque settings at our resort in North Goa create a fantastic backdrop for the entire experience along with the nouvelle restaurants and the Jiva spa. Soak in a space that showcases the spirit of Goa. Explore the horizon as you look over the waters of the pool, beyond the 16th century ramparts of the Portuguese Fort, and wave back to the tide as it works its way across the Arabian Sea, to greet the Sinquerim beach. Expect the best in world cuisine. The nouvelle restaurants showcase the master craftsmanship of our seasoned Chefs who would tease your palate with their epicurean delight.


  • A minimum of 8 guests is required for this experience to depart.  There is a maximum of 12 guests.
  • If minimum numbers are not reached, we will discuss this with you well before departure to finalise how to proceed i.e. re-quote with less participants or cancel the departure.
  • This tour is being hosted by Donna Hipgrave.
  • A $3500 deposit is required once confirmed your booking is confirmed.  This will held in AUD until the tour has reached minimum numbers, and then converted to USD.  The outstanding balance will then be advised.
  • Please note – deposits are non-refundable unless Travelling Divas cancels the tour due to lack of numbers.
  • A $100 non-refundable booking fee applies to this tour.
  • Final payment is required by 15 October 2023.  Should you wish to pay in instalments we are able to accommodate your requirements for this.  Any bookings made after this date will be required to be paid in full.
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  • Please note an interim payment maybe required due to the supplier terms and conditions throughout.
  • Any part of the tour not utilised is non-refundable
  • Tour prices quoted are in USD and once full payment is received price is guaranteed.  Until that time price is subject to change including changes to Indian taxes implemented by the government.
  • Please ensure you advise all food allergies, health issues and any other concerns of this nature on your booking form at the beginning of the booking process, so that this can be managed effectively throughout and suppliers/restaurants etc can be advised.  Every effort is made to meet your expectations during this experience, but it is necessary for you to make any special requirements known prior to arrival.
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