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Taj Palace Tour... The Ultimate Indian Indulgence

17 days from £6,805 per person

A combination of what we do best, this 17 day tour blends opulent luxury with the best of Indian culture. Almost nowhere on earth has hotels as palatial and impressive as India, and the Taj Palace collection is as good as it gets. A selection of historical palaces that have been sensitively restored into one of a kind hotels, the Taj Palaces truly take the breath away and leave a lasting imprint on the soul.

Start your trip in Mumbai, India’s most cosmopolitan city, with three nights at the iconic Taj Mahal Palace hotel. Located in the city’s heritage district, India’s ultimate ‘grand dame’ hotel is the perfect base for a boat trip to the spectacular Elephanta Caves and a walking tour of heritage Mumbai. Once adjusted to India-time, move on to Udaipur, a tranquil lake city and the perfect contrast to bustling Mumbai. Spend your time floating on the Lake Palace’s spa boat, visiting the grand City Palace and exploring nearby temples before ending your stay with a magical meal at Bhairo, the Lake Palace’s rooftop restaurant. A drive through the scenic Aravelli hills takes you to Jodhpur, Rajasthan’s fabled Blue City, home to Umaid Bhawan Palace, an unforgettable blend of Art Deco and Neo Gothic architecture. Go zip lining around the famous Mehrangarh Fort, spend a day visiting local villages and admiring wildlife in the surrounding desert or simply sit back and relax at the hotel’s swimming pool, with its English-style country gardens.

Cross Rajasthan and journey on to Jaipur, home to the elegant Rambagh Palace, formerly the official residence of the Maharaja and Maharana of Jaipur. Jaipur, the pink city, is both a historic site and a contemporary city. From your palatial base shop for gems, take a tour of Jaipur observatory or visit the impressive Amber Fort, built by the founder of Jaipur. On your final day enjoy a game of camel polo followed by a private al fresco dinner at Dera Amer elephant stables. End the trip on an absolute high with a stay at Taj Falaknuma Palace – built by, and formerly the home of the Nizams of Hyderabad, Hyderabad’s ruling family. Lovingly restored by Taj over a ten year period, this ‘Mirror of the Sky’ is arguably India’s best hotel. Looking over the city of Hyderabad, which is a city of many cities, old and new, Falaknuma is the ideal base for exploring Golkonda Fort, the British Cantonment city of Secunderabad and even the region’s hi-tech district. Highlights of your stay include a champagne history tour with the in-house historian, an atmospheric Sufi music performance at the Gol Bungalow and dinner at Adaa, the hotel’s Hyderabadi fine dining restaurant. After a final night in the clouds return to London on British Airways’ direct flight.

This luxury holiday is purely a suggested itinerary; it can be booked as it is or used as a starting point for creating your very own tailor-made tour of India. If you would like to see similar trips, take a look at our collection of Epic Journeys and Honeymoons, as well as our favourite CelebratoryUltimate Luxury and Spa & Wellness itineraries.


Itinerary details

17 days from £6,805 per person

  • Day 1 - In Transit
    Fly to Mumbai with British Airways.
  • Day 2 - The Taj Mahal Palace - Mumbai
    Transfer to the hotel. Afternoon at leisure. This evening enjoy the hotel’s history walk and tour.
  • Day 3 - The Taj Mahal Palace - Mumbai
    Morning walk through the city’s heritage district. Afternoon city tour with car and driver. On your return to the hotel take Afternoon Tea and Bombay ‘chaats’ at the Sea Lounge.
  • Day 4 - The Taj Mahal Palace - Mumbai
    Mumbai at dawn tour. Afternoon visit to Elephanta Caves by private speedboat.
  • Day 5 - Taj Lake Palace - Udaipur
    Fly to Udaipur. Afternoon at leisure. This evening dine at Bhairo, the Lake Palace’s rooftop restaurant.
  • Day 6 - Taj Lake Palace - Udaipur
    Morning Udaipur city tour. Sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola. Alternatively, spend the afternoon on the hotel’s Spa Boat.
  • Day 7 - Taj Lake Palace - Udaipur
    Morning excursion to Nagda Temples followed by lunch at Devi Garh. Afternoon at leisure for shopping or relaxation.
  • Day 8 - Umaid Bhawan Palace - Jodhpur
    Drive to Jodpur via the Jain temples of Ranakpur. On arrival take the rest of the day at leisure. This evening enjoy sundowners at Pillar’s Bar.
  • Day 9 - Umaid Bhawan Palace - Jodhpur
    Morning Jodhpur city tour, including ziplining around Mehrangarh Fort. Afternoon at leisure for shopping in Jodhpur’s old town and bazaar.
  • Day 10 - Umaid Bhawan Palace - Jodhpur
    Full day private rural excursion done by 4 x 4. Stop at local villages, eat lunch in a local home, look out for wildlife and enjoy rural Rajasthan at its best.
  • Day 11 - Rambagh Palace - Jaipur
    Drive to Jaipur. On arrival take the rest of the day at leisure.
  • Day 12 - Rambagh Palace - Jaipur
    Hot air balloon ride at sunrise followed by morning City Tour. Afternoon with your car and driver for shopping or additional sightseeing.
  • Day 13 - Rambagh Palace - Jaipur
    Morning at leisure. Afternoon excursion to Amber Fort followed by a game of camel polo at Dera Amer elephant stables. This evening a private al fresco dinner is served nearby.
  • Day 14 - Taj Falaknuma Palace - Hyderabad
    Fly to Hyderabad. On arrival take the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the magnificent Falaknuma Palace.
  • Day 15 - Taj Falaknuma Palace - Hyderabad
    Full day Hyderabad city tour. On your return to Falaknuma Palace enjoy the evening history walk with the in-house historian.
  • Day 16 - Taj Falaknuma Palace - Hyderabad
    Golconda Fort sightseeing. Afternoon at leisure. Enjoy sunset on the Gol Bungalow with a traditional Sufi performance.
  • Day 17 - In Transit
    Fly home to London Heathrow with British Airways.
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