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A Royal Visit to North India & Bhutan

25 days from £18,200 per person

In spring 2016, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge set off on a Royal Tour of India and Bhutan. This itinerary has been specially created to showcase the unique links between the British Isles and the Indian Subcontinent, which have existed since the days of the Raj. This luxurious all-suite itinerary suggests palaces and hotels that hold a personal connection for their Royal Highnesses.

Your journey begins at The Imperial Hotel in Delhi, a place that dominates the bustling markets of Janpath, with its cool white Lutyens design and priceless collection of ‘British Art on India’. Explore this historic and majestic capital, and discover the two distinct personalities of Old and New Delhi. Drive south to the frenetic city of Agra for a night’s stay at the stylish Oberoi Amarvilas, before boarding the train to Ranthambore National Park. One of the most densely populated tiger reserves in India, wildlife enthusiasts William and Kate, enjoyed the thrill of tracking the elusive Bengal Tiger. Here you will stay at the glorious Sher Bagh, an intimate tented camp, which invites guests to relive life on safari as it was intended to be experienced during the heyday of the Raj in the 1920s. A sublime sanctuary in the wilderness and the perfect place to relax after the day’s game drives.

Polo connections are prevalent amongst royals in the Pink City of Jaipur, and the Indian Maharajas have given the game its royal tradition; the very name conjures up sentiments of aristocracy, excellence, style and tradition. A stay in the Prince of Wales suite at the intimate Rajmahal Palace, once home to Maharaja Jai Singh, will see you follow in the footsteps of the Queen and Prince Charles. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would have been welcomed at this glorious palace hotel as they received their daily mail by private butler. From Jaipur, travel northeast to Kaziranga National Park, stretching along the banks of the Brahmaputra River in the heart of Assam. For the Duke and Duchess, who are passionate about wildlife and the environment, the Diphlu River Lodge is a wildlife lover’s paradise. It is home to an abundance of flora and fauna including tiger, elephant and rhinoceros.

The final leg of this royal journey will take you to the glorious mountain Kingdom of Bhutan. If you fancy a bit of time alone, the understated, yet grand lodges of Amankora and Six Senses offer the opportunity to explore ancient monasteries, bound remarkable landscapes and absorb the region’s rich cultural heritage, all beneath the soaring peaks of the majestic Himalayas. The family orientated Duke and Duchess will have loved meeting Bhutan's young crown prince, born shortly before their arrival.

This luxury tour is purely a suggested itinerary. It can be booked as it is or alternatively used as a starting point for creating your own perfect bespoke holiday to India and Bhutan. If you'd like to see similar tours, take a look at our other Ultimate LuxuryHoneymoon and Epic Journey itineraries.

Ampersand in the press: Royal Connections, The Luxury Channel


Itinerary details

25 days from £18,200 per person

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My favourite thing is to go where I've never been.
Diane Arbus

Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
Ampersand’s preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet booking age. They were a delight to deal with!
- Mr David Wallace, North India
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India

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