With majestic palaces, stalking tigers and spiritual epicentres – this comprehensive luxury tour allows you to experience the wonders of India in style; from the spiritual Ganges of Varanasi to the majestic Amber Fort of Jaipur, and let's not forget, the iconic Taj Mahal.
Combining the best India has to offer - from the deserts of Rajasthan in the north, to the tranquil backwaters of Kerala in the south, the Bollywood city of Mumbai and the historic caves at Ajanta and Ellora. This tour will leave you with a strong sense of the history, culture, and geography of this diverse country.
Rajasthan is one of India’s most colourful and vibrant states. This journey combines true Indian village life with a camel safari across the sand dunes in the Thar Desert, tiger spotting in Ranthambore National Park and a visit to some of the most opulent palaces and majestic fortresses that India has to offer.
Udaipur’s nickname is the ‘city of lakes’ due to the interconnected lakes that include Pichola, Fateh Sagar, Jaisamand, Badi and Doodh Talai, which supplies the city and surrounding areas with water
The Oberoi Udaivilas, a hotel housed in a former palace on the banks of Lake Pichola, was voted the best hotel in the world in 2015
Lake Pichola has four islands – Jag Niwas, home of the Lake Palace; Jag Mandir, home to a palace of the same name; Mohan Mandir and Arsi Vilas, which was an ammunition depot
There is a legend of a ‘natani’ (tightrope walker) associated with the lake. After excepting a challenge by Maharana Jawan Singh to walk a rope stretched across the water from the City Palace to a village on the opposite bank to win half the kingdom of Mewar, the natani fell into the lake and drowned after the Maharana ordered the rope to be cut. It is believed she cursed his family, who failed to have any direct heirs from that point on
The James Bond film ‘Octopussy’ was filmed in the Lake, Shiv Niwas and Monsoon palaces in 1983
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