Agra is a thrice-blessed city. No other city can boast of three UNESCO World Heritage sites – India’s most famous destination the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpūr Sikrī. Agra is included on the Golden Triangle tourist circuit, along with Delhi and Jaipur. Shoppers will be delighted in the alleys and bazaars of Agra – with trinkets, marble and leather goods.
Ajmer is the 5th largest city in Rajasthan and it is a manufacturing trade centre. Products include cotton, woolen textiles, leather, hosiery, shoes, soap, and pharmaceuticals. The nearby town of Kishangarh is one of the largest centres for marble products. Located about 11 kilometres from Ajmer Pushkar is also an important tourist destination. Famed for Pushkar Lake and the 14th century Brahma Temple at Pushkar. The Hindus believe that no pilgrimage to the four principal pilgrim centres (Char Dham) namely, Badrinath, Jagannath, Rameshwaram and Dwarka, would be complete without a blessing that comes from bathing in the holy Pushkar Lake. Pushkar has 52 bathing ghats and many temples. Pushkar is also famed for its annual Pushkar Fair.
The Sariska Tiger Reserve is an Indian national park and wildlife refuge located in the Alwar district. The most attractive feature of this reserve has always been its Bengal tigers. It is the first tiger reserve in the world to have successfully relocated tigers. The reserve includes many species of wild life, such as the leopard, jungle cat, caracal, striped hyena, golden jackal, chital, sambhar, nilgai, chinkara, four-horned antelope, wild boar, hare, hanuman langur, rhesus monkeys. Sasrika is also famed for bird watchers with some of the rarest feathered species like grey partridge, white-throated kingfisher, Indian peafowl, bush quail, sandgrouse, treepie, golden-backed woodpecker, crested serpent eagle and the Indian eagle-owl.
Bandhavgarh has one of the highest density of Bengal tigers known in the world. Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the popular national parks in India located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. This park has a large biodiversity. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is one of the highest known in India. The park has a large breeding population of leopards, and various species of deer.
The best way to get to Bera is via railway. Mori Bera station is 6 km from Bera. The nearest airport, Jodhpur, is approximately 180 km from the village. The village is also well connected by road. A well-known fact of Bera is that it has the greatest odds of spotting leopards, and it is also great for it faunal diversity. It is a great place for avid nature lovers and photographers.
There are two famous resorts in the village – Leopard’s Lair and Castle Bera, known for its hospitality and warmth, visitors here would relish the experience.
Bharatpur is known for its Unesco–listed Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a world heritage site, famed for its avian fauna of 375 species of birds, including Cranes, Spoonbills, Herons, Pelicans and others. A destination not to be missed by birding enthusiasts and photographers.
Bharatpur plays host to the colourful Brij Festival just prior to Holi celebrations.
In Bikaner, the Junagarh Fort and its temples and palaces are preserved as museums and provide insight into the grandiose living style of the past Maharanas of Rajasthan. The Laxmi Niwas Palace is now a luxury Heritage hotel and the magnificent structure in red sandstone is a popular destination for tourists in Bikaner. This is where the world famous shrine of Karni Mata can be found.
Bundi is known for its ornate forts, palaces, and stepwell reservoirs known as baoris. The largest of Bundi’s baoris is the intricately carved Raniji ki Baori. The steps built into the sides of the water-well made water accessible even when at a very low level. The Taragarh Fort, or ‘Star Fort’ is the most impressive of the city’s structures. The Bundi Palace is situated on the hillside adjacent to the Taragarh Fort and is notable for its lavish traditional murals and frescoes. The Chitrashala (picture gallery) of the palace is open to public.
Chittorgarh is home to the Chittorgarh Fort, the largest fort in India. The important places and markets besides Chittorgarh Fort are Fort Road and Rana Sanga Market, the Sadar Bazaar. Vijaya Stambh is a huge nine-storey tower with sculptures and carvings on the exterior walls of the tower. One have to climb 157 steps to see the beautiful surroundings. The inside walls of the tower are carved with images of gods, weapons, etc.
Kirti Stambh or the tower of fame and on its four corners are engraved idols of Shri Adinathji in Digambar style which each are five feet (about 1.5meters) high and elsewhere are engraved several small idols consecrated to Jain lineage of deities.
Padmini’s Palace and Rana Kumbha Palace can be found here.
Shri Sanwariaji Temple: The Sanwaliaji temple of the Dark Krishna is situated on the Chittorgarh-Udaipur Highway.
Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary: panthers, wild boars, antelopes, mongoose and migratory birds.
Delhi is the entry point to North and Central India from Singapore. For first time travellers to Delhi, your itinerary would include exploring Delhi’s trendiest areas where you can visit art galleries and chic boutiques, historic monuments and forgotten lakes. For the evenings, consider a night stroll in Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk, which brings out the best of Delhi at night. For business travellers who have toured Delhi before, we can head straight to another city or spend dinner in one of the many fine-dining establishments in the city depending on the time of arrival.
Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. The complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid. The city is one of the best preserved emsembles of magnificant buildings in the Mughal architecture in India and therefore inscribed in the UNESCO world heritage list.
Goa has to be India’s most visited beach resort. It is attracts 2 million international and domestic tourists annually who flock here for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture. It also has rich flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats range, which is classified as a biodiversity hotspot. Goa is visibly different from the rest of India, owing to Portuguese rule, which isolated it from the rest of India for 451 years.
Gwalior is one of the largest cities of Central India, and the tourist capital of Madhya Pradesh; the state being called as The Heart of Incredible India. Gwalior is a well-acknowledged place of art. The famous Tansen Sangeet Samaroh, or the Tansen Music Festival, is celebrated every year on the Tansen Tomb in Gwalior. The Museum of Music, Sarod Gharhas been set up in the old ancestral house of the legendary Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan. Gwalior trade fair, the biggest fair of Madhya Pradesh is one of the most colourful fairs of India. Maharaj Bada is the biggest and most important market of Gwalior. Seven ancient buildings of different styles of architecture (Italian, Russian, Maratha, Mughal, Rajputi, Chinese, etc.) can be viewed here. The Punjabi castle, Las Gwalior is a Unesco World Heritage Site and is a charming and magnificent castle.
Jaipur is Rajasthan’s capital and the city is a myriad of colours and culture. It is fondly called the “Pink City” for its trademark colour of buildings in the old city. At its heart of the city lies the City Palace, home to the former royal family and beyond the city, is the Amber Fort, Jaipur’s attraction. Jaipur is a shopper’s paradise and our tours will include exclusive invitations to meet ateliers of fine jewellery and behind the scenes to learn the ancient art of weaving a rajasthani silk carpet.
Jaisalmer is known as a “Golden city” as it lies on yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. It is a World Heritage Site. Many of the houses and temples are finely sculptured. It lies in the heart of the Thar Desert. Camel safaris through the nearby desert dunes are popular with travellers.
Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. It consists of the old city and new city. It has a 10km wall in which the old city is contained in with eight Gates leading out into the new city. The landscape is scenic and awe inspiring with many beautiful palaces and forts like the Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhavan Palace and Rai ka Bag Palace. Other attractions consist of the Government museum and the beautiful Umed garden. The city has bright and sunny weather throughout the year deriving the name “Sun City”.
Khajuraho is a small town located in the Bundelkhand region (Chhatarpur District) of Madhya Pradesh and is famous for groups of Hindu and Jain temples. These temples are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to their beautiful and erotic rock carvings of human figures practicing just about every carnal pose written about in Kamasutra. Today, many honeymooning couples visit Khajuraho for special inspiration!
Mandu was an important military outpost and the circuit of the battlemented wall, which is nearly 37 km and is punctuated by 12 gateways, can gauge its military past. The wall encloses a large number of palaces, mosques, Jain temples of 14th century and other buildings. The oldest mosque dates from 1405; the finest is the Jama Masjid or great mosque, a notable example of Pashtun architecture. The marble domed tomb of this ruler is also magnificent. Places of interest include The Darwazas/Gates,
Jahaz Mahal/Ship Palace Situated between two artificial lakes, this two storied architectural marvel is so named as it appears as a ship floating in water. Hindola Mahal – meaning Swing palace is so named due to its sloping side walls. It is one of a set buildings making up the royal palace complex at Mandu, which consists of the Jahaz Mahal, the Hindola Mahal, the Tawili Mahal, and the Nahar Jharokha. Hoshang Shah’s Tomb; India’s first marble structure, it is one of the most refined examples of Afghan architecture. Its unique features include the beautifully proportioned dome, intricate marble lattice work and porticoed courts and towers. It served as a template for the construction of Taj Mahal.
Jami Masjid Inspired by the great mosque of Damascus, this humongous structure is striking in both its simplicity and architectural style-with large courtyards and grand entrances.
Baz Bahadur’s Palace, this 16th-century structure is famous for its large courtyards encompassed by large halls and high terraces.
It is the only hill station in Rajasthan and has several Hindu temples including Adhar Devi Temple, made out of solid rock. There are also a number of Jain temples carved from white marble, the oldest being Vimal Shahand the Kantinath Temple. It is the headquarters of the Brahma Kumaris.
The Achalgarh fort, built in the 14th century, Nakki Lake and Toad Rock are popular visitor attractions. Other places include the Durga temple; Ambika Mata Temple that lies in a cleft of rock in Jagat, just outside Mount Abu town.
Oh Mumbai! The city that never sleeps and constantly pulsates with vibrant energy, excitement and fun! Mumbai is the most cosmopolitan, trendy and liberal city in India, where you can find a variety of cuisines and fashion. The heart of the city will leave you in awe of the grandest colonial architecture and finest gastronomical dining, hipster enclaves and dazzling nightlife. Mumbai is an international gateway to India and your trip might start or end here, so be prepared to be dazzled!
Orchha is a town in Madhya Pradesh near the banks of Betwa river. A tiny farming town dotted with historical sites, the medieval city of Orchha seems to have frozen in time, its palaces and temples still retaining their original grandeur. The fort complex is a great place to visit; consisting of Raj Mahal, Jehangir Mahal, and Rai Parveen Mahal.
Pachmarhi has rich timber reserves including teak, but being a part of a reserve no new construction or felling of trees is allowed. Pachmarchi is rich in rare flora and fauna. It has endless nature spots, lush greenery, breath-taking views, waterfalls, and mountain streams. The forests of Pachmarhi, are filled with fruit trees such as – mangoes, jamun, custard fruit and less known delicious local fruits such khatua, tendu, chunna, khinni and chaar. The forest is also known for its richness in medicinal plants and herbs. Popular to tourists are places like Dhupgarh; the highest point of Satpura ranges. It is known for its sunrise and sunset vantage point, Rajat Prapat (large waterfall), Bee Fall, Chauragarh (Shiv devotees come here in huge numbers during Mahashivratri), Handi Khoh (deep valley), Apsara Falls (fairy pool), and Jatashankar (stalagmite-filled cave in a deep ravine).
Pench National Park derives its name from the Pench River that flows through the national park from north to south dividing the park into almost equal western and eastern halves, the well forested areas of Seoni and Chhindwara districts respectively. It was declared a sanctuary in 1977 but raised to the status of national park in 1983. In 1992, it was established as a Tiger Reserve. The park is famous for rafting. It has two famous gates as tourists entry, Turiya and Karmajhiri.
Sanchi s a village in Madhya Pradesh in India, about 9 km southwest of Vidisha and 46 km from Bhopal. It is the site of a great Buddhist stupas listed on UNESCO World Heritage List. The Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi comprising of monolithic pillars, palaces, temples and monasteries, all in different states of conservation most of which date back to the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. It is the oldest Buddhist sanctuary in existence and was a major Buddhist centre in India until the 12th century A.D. Another place of interest is the Archaeological Museum. They have some wonderful artifacts there. The history and historical artifacts from places around Sanchi. Metal-tools and beautiful sculptures are as old as 2000 years.
Our concierge’s top pick for the most romantic city in India! Udaipur is known for its beautiful Rajput-era palaces. The Lake Palace, stretches over an entire island in the Pichola Lake. Many of the palaces are now converted to beautiful luxury hotels. Often nicknamed the “Venice of the East”, or “Lake City” or “City of Lakes”. Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar are touted amongst the most magnificent lakes in India. Imagine yourself living in one of these palaces and experience the luxury of living like a king.
The city is sacred to Hindus and Jains and also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, with settlements dating back to the 11th century BC. Many Hindus believe that dying in Varanasi brings salvation/nirvana and so they make the trip to the city when they realize that they are close to death. However, the scene of pilgrims doing their devotions in the River Ganga at sunrise set against the backdrop of the centuries old temples is probably one of the most impressive sights in the world. Varanasi is unique, a walk along the ghats or a boat ride on the river will live long in the memory.