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A Royal Visit to North India & Bhutan

26 days from £18,414 per person

In spring 2016, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited India and Bhutan, and this specially created itinerary showcases 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, not for those who are in tough financial times.

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, would enjoy 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 newly restored 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 are certain to feel welcomed at this glorious palace hotel as they receive 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 your royal journey will take you to the glorious mountain Kingdom of Bhutan. If you fancy a bit of time alone, Amankora’s five understated, yet grand lodges, 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. As Bhutan celebrate the arrival of the new crown prince, the Duke and Duchess will enjoy this spectacular kingdom in this very auspicious time.

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 North India and BhutanIf you'd like to see similar tours, take a look at our other Ultimate Luxury, Honeymoon and Epic Journey itineraries.

Ampersand in the press: Royal Connections, The Luxury Channel


Itinerary details

26 days from £18,414 per person

NORTH INDIA - The Imperial, Delhi, North India - Jaguar at the main porch NORTH INDIA - The Imperial, Delhi, North India - Jaguar at the main porch
Mumbai North India 2 Mumbai North India 2
Mumbai North India Mumbai North India
NORTH INDIA - Oberoi Amarvilas Swimming Pool NORTH INDIA - Oberoi Amarvilas Swimming Pool
NORTH INDIA - Taj Mahal, view from The Oberoi NORTH INDIA - Taj Mahal, view from The Oberoi
Sher Bagh Ranthambore National Park North India 2 Sher Bagh Ranthambore National Park North India 2
Sher Bagh 333 Edited 1 Sher Bagh 333 Edited 1
NORTH INDIA - Ranthambore Tiger NORTH INDIA - Ranthambore Tiger
Sher Bagh Ranthambore National Park North India 1 Sher Bagh Ranthambore National Park North India 1
NORTH INDIA - Amber Fort Exterior NORTH INDIA - Amber Fort Exterior
Rajmahal Palace SUJAN Jaipur North India 13 Rajmahal Palace SUJAN Jaipur North India 13
Rajmahal Palace SUJAN Jaipur North India 12 Rajmahal Palace SUJAN Jaipur North India 12
NORTH INDIA - Jodhpur NORTH INDIA - Jodhpur
Umaid Bhawan JODHPUR North India 6 Umaid Bhawan JODHPUR North India 6
Umaid Bhawan JODHPUR North India 25 Umaid Bhawan JODHPUR North India 25
BHUTAN - Punakha Dzong 2 BHUTAN - Punakha Dzong 2
BHUTAN - Bumthang Courtyard Bonfire Day BHUTAN - Bumthang Courtyard Bonfire Day
BHUTAN - Bumthang from Trongsa view BHUTAN - Bumthang from Trongsa view
BHUTAN - Gangtey Living Room View BHUTAN - Gangtey Living Room View
BHUTAN - Amankora Gangtey Dining Room BHUTAN - Amankora Gangtey Dining Room
BHUTAN - Amankora Thimphu Living & Dining BHUTAN - Amankora Thimphu Living & Dining
Punakha Valley Punakha Valley

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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
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
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
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
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
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
Ampersand’s details preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet/direct booking age. Shalmali was a delight to work with – before and during our trip.
- Mr David Wallace, North 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

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