The following small-group, fully escorted, imaginatively designed Classic Indian Journeys have proved extremely popular with our guests. These trips can–and often are–used as templates for a private Bespoke Indian Journey; our India specialists are at the ready to create a fully custom experience of India for you.
Splendours of Northern India
Based from some of the world’s most expertly luxurious and serene hotels, this brilliantly choreographed two-week journey brings us into intimate contact with many of India’s most compelling splendours: Delhi’s many monuments to Mughal and British imperial pride; Jaipur’s whimsical pink buildings and vast royal residences; beautiful Udaipur’s lakeside and island straddling palaces; and perhaps especially with the Taj Mahal, an edifice so bewitching that Micato’s friend Theo Cruz “had to shut my eyes to escape the feeling of being in a dream.”
The Soul of India
Months, years, decades could profitably be spent exploring India’s 812 million richly varietal acres. But few of us have time to follow our bliss indefinitely, so we created The Soul of India to provide a thoughtful, succinctly paced, and delightful look at some of the continent’s most eye-brightening sights.
Royal Palaces of India
India’s grand and gorgeous architectural masterworks have enchanted the West for scores of centuries. Lord Curzon, India’s most astute Viceroy, praised its temples, tombs, and palaces as “the greatest galaxy of monuments in the world.” On this two-week journey to India’s northern heartland, we immerse ourselves in that stellar ﬁrmament, visiting the grandest of the subcontinent’s monuments— with an enthralling emphasis on its old and its new palaces, in which, enveloped in luxurious hospitality, we’re happy to say we stay.
Ananda in the Himalayas
North of Delhi, in the pine-scented Himalayan foothills, auspiciously overlooking the sacred river Ganges, not far from Nanda Devi, the jewel in India’s Himalayan crown, lies Ananda in the Himalayas, a luxuriously visionary spa-retreat dedicated to what its Oberoi-trained founder Ashok Khanna, calls “one thing, and one thing only—holistic wellness for the mind, body and soul.” From the moment we enter Ananda’s reception area in what’s known as the Viceregal Palace, former home of the Maharajas of Tehri Garhwal, we know this is an experience like no other: a combination of traditional, yet up-to-the minute luxury with a deeply informed and heartfelt commitment to fostering what Ananda calls “the synergy of mind, body and intellect not just through the natural Himalayan locales…but through the rejuvenating and ancient processes and philosophies of Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta combined with contemporary international therapies which enhance and augment the original.”
The Kerala Backwaters
Houseboating on the serene Backwaters of the Malabar Coast regularly pops up on Top 10 Things You Should Do lists. A source of much Indian pride, the Backwaters are a world-unique watery ecosystem of palm-fringed rice paddies, small villages, and lovely lagoons, a meeting of the fresh waters of 38 rivers as they meander westward to the sea. We wend these waters aboard the intimately luxurious and delightful, eight-cabin Oberoi Vrinda, inspirationally designed proof that Oberoi excels on water, as on land. Our days are active—according to our tastes— and our nights are graced with cultural performances and Vrinda’s much-praised, resoundingly fresh and imaginative dinners.
The Kingdom of Bhutan
“When it comes to lovely countries,” Micato’s old friend Seamus O’Banion once wrote, “Bhutan is a country more unlike any other country than any other country.” To wit: It has wisely and successfully avoided the mass tourism that would erode its unique, vibrantly intact culture. It is endlessly lovely: its Himalayan foothill air is clear, its environment untrammeled, its countrysides and little towns idyllic. And as the world’s only Buddhist monarchy, its program of Gross National Happiness is a moral beacon. In short, Bhutan gets it right.
The Holy City of Varanasi
If a country can have a soul, India’s is here, in this astonishing city on the banks of the sacred river Ganges. Varanasi is a nexus of Hinduism, simultaneously a religion and an everyday way of life. Indelible is the experience of a slow, misty morning boat ride along the Ganges ghats, thronged by women in pink saris, businessmen in grey suits, skittering children, old beggars, and Brahmin grandees doing intent puja in the holiest waters in all creation
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