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Cultural, Historic or World Heritage Site

Agra - Taj Mahal

To the southeast of Delhi lies the relatively young city of Agra, best known for being home to one of the most famous monuments in the world - the magnificent Taj Mahal. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan the Taj was a memorial to his wife Mumtaz Mahal who died whilst giving birth to their fourteenth child.

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Amritsar

Located in the heart of the Punjab, Amritsar is Sikhism’s most significant and holy city. Amritsar’s (the city name translates as 'Pool of the Nectar of Immortality') main sight is the spectacular Golden Temple which is gilded with 100 kilograms of gold and features a blend of Hindu and Islamic style architecture.

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Delhi

There is perhaps no other capital city in the world so steeped in history and legend as the Indian capital, Delhi. It was the magnet that drew the Mongols, Turks, Persians, Afghans, Mughals and, more recently the British, all of whom contributed to its glorious but turbulent history.

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Fatehpur Sikri

The magnificent deserted red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri with its forts, palaces and mosques is located 37 km from Agra. The city, designed as a tribute to the Sufi saint, Sheikh Salim Chisti, who had predicted the birth of Akbar's son and heir, was begun in 1571 and was abandoned just 15 years later due to a shortage of water.

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Jaipur

Built in 1727, Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and was the dream of the brilliant Rajput ruler Jai Singh. It is one of India’s most atmospheric and impressive destinations. Jaipur is also commonly known as the 'pink city' due to the pink stucco walls, which were painted in honour of the Prince of Wales when he visited the city in 1876.  

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Karauli and Ramathra Fort

This remote 17th Century fortress stronghold belongs to the Jadoan Rajputs of the Chandravanshi sect, who claim their divine ancestry from none other than Lord Krishna!

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Khajuraho

Best known for its exquisite temples that date back to AD950, Khajuraho is located in a remote area between Agra and Varanasi.

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Nagaur

Located midway between Bikaner and Jodhpur sits the small desert town of Nagaur. The town is home to the spectacular Ahhichatragarh Fort which was constructed in the 4th century by The Mughal Emperors Akbar and Shahjahan.

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Varanasi

Known as one of the holiest destinations in India, Varanasi sits on the banks of the sacred river Ganges and is the site where Hindu pilgrims come to bathe in the ghats in a ritual that washes away ones sins and cleanses the mind body and spirit.

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Directors Choice Destinations

Samode

Set amongst the picturesque Aravali hills approximately 40kms north of Jaipur sits the small village of Samode. The main attraction is Samode Palace which was owned by a local nobleman and today is run by his descendants as a spectacularly grand hotel. A truly awe-inspiring building, the palace dates back from the 19th Century and has been constructed on 3 levels each with its own courtyard.

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Honeymoon

The Oberoi Amarvilas Agra - Taj Mahal

Located just 600 metres from the iconic Taj Mahal, and with every guestroom offering views of the magnificent monument, the luxurious Amarvilas is one of the world’s best hotels.

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Mihir Garh Rohet

Located in the heart of the Thar desert approximately 1 hour’s drive from Jodhpur sits this spectacular boutique hotel. Translating to Fort of the sun, Mihir Garh is the brainchild of Rajput husband-and-wife owners, Sidharth and Rashmi Singh, who also own nearby heritage hotel Rohet Garh.

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Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur

Set within 30 acres of former hunting grounds on the banks of Lake Pichola, the Udaivilas combines unrivalled views with opulent accommodation and facilities. The property can be reached either by car or by a short boat ride across the lake where guests are greeted at the magnificent arched entrance.

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Rail Journey

Shimla

Situated over 2,100 metres above sea level Shimla, was the cool summer capital of India under British rule and is the state capital of Himachal Pradesh. The city itself is very spread out; however it is delightful with a long pedestrian only mall lined with colourful bazaars with shops selling everything from handicrafts and spices to household goods and fabrics.

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The Deccan Odyssey

The ‘Deccan Odyssey’ is India’s newest luxury train journey and is fast becoming one of the World’s great rail experiences.

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The Palace On Wheels

One of India’s most iconic and luxurious train journeys, the Palace on Wheels is an exclusive way to experience the highlights of Rajasthan in the utmost comfort.

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River Journey

Varanasi

Known as one of the holiest destinations in India, Varanasi sits on the banks of the sacred river Ganges and is the site where Hindu pilgrims come to bathe in the ghats in a ritual that washes away ones sins and cleanses the mind body and spirit.

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Delhi

There is perhaps no other capital city in the world so steeped in history and legend as the Indian capital, Delhi. It was the magnet that drew the Mongols, Turks, Persians, Afghans, Mughals and, more recently the British, all of whom contributed to its glorious but turbulent history.

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Jaipur

Built in 1727, Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and was the dream of the brilliant Rajput ruler Jai Singh. It is one of India’s most atmospheric and impressive destinations. Jaipur is also commonly known as the 'pink city' due to the pink stucco walls, which were painted in honour of the Prince of Wales when he visited the city in 1876.  

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Somewhere completely different

Alsisar

The small town of Alsisar lies in the heart of Rajasthan’s Shekhawati region and is most well known for its painted Haveli’s and picturesque rural landscape. Due to its relatively remote location Alsisar retains its old world charm and beauty.

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Karauli and Ramathra Fort

This remote 17th Century fortress stronghold belongs to the Jadoan Rajputs of the Chandravanshi sect, who claim their divine ancestry from none other than Lord Krishna!

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Nagaur

Located midway between Bikaner and Jodhpur sits the small desert town of Nagaur. The town is home to the spectacular Ahhichatragarh Fort which was constructed in the 4th century by The Mughal Emperors Akbar and Shahjahan.

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Pushkar

The town of Pushkar is picturesquely located around a Holy lake which is said to have formed from the petals of a lotus dropped by Lord Brahma. The lake is surrounded by more than 500 whitewashed temples, the main one being one of just a few in India dedicated to Brahma.

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Samode

Set amongst the picturesque Aravali hills approximately 40kms north of Jaipur sits the small village of Samode. The main attraction is Samode Palace which was owned by a local nobleman and today is run by his descendants as a spectacularly grand hotel. A truly awe-inspiring building, the palace dates back from the 19th Century and has been constructed on 3 levels each with its own courtyard.

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Varanasi

Known as one of the holiest destinations in India, Varanasi sits on the banks of the sacred river Ganges and is the site where Hindu pilgrims come to bathe in the ghats in a ritual that washes away ones sins and cleanses the mind body and spirit.

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Wildlife

Bandhavgarh National Park

For those whom prime focus of visiting a National Park in India is to see a tiger then Bandhavgarh National Park in the central state of Madhya Pradesh is the obvious choice with sightings pretty much a daily occurrence from October to June.

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Bharatpur and Keoladeo Ghana NP

Most well known as the gateway to the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur sits just 3kms north of the UNESCO listed park. There are a few sights in the city itself which are worth a look including Lohagarh – an 18th century iron fort in the heart of the city, however it is only really visited by those heading to Keoladeo Ghana National Park.

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The Jawai Leopard Camp Jawai Leopard Camp

Located in the heart of rural Rajasthan 3 hours drive from Jodhpur and Udaipur, Jawai Leopard Camp offers an unrivalled off the beaten track luxury wildlife experience.

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Jim Corbett National Park

Named after legendary British tiger hunter and photographer Jim Corbett, this famous reserve was established as India’s first national park in 1936. The park is located in the foothills of the Himalaya’s on the Ramganga River and astonishingly is home to over 580 species of bird as well as tigers, wild elephants, leopards, mugger crocodiles to name just a few species!

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Kanha National Park

Located in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Kanha National Park is one of India’s largest and most popular National Park that offers a good chance of viewing tigers in the wild. The park boasts over two hundred tigers and leopards as well as deer, antelope, sloth bear, Indian wild dog and langur monkeys.

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Kaziranga National Park

Situated on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River in the state of Assam, Kaziranga is most well known for being home to the Indian one-horned rhino, representing more than two thirds of the world’s total. Safari’s are generally conducted by elephant which adds to the adventure as you roam around the parks expansive grasslands.

 

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Nagarhole National Park

Located in the southern state of Karnataka, Nagarhole National park was originally the exclusive hunting ground of the Maharaja of Mysore before being set up as a wildlife sanctuary in 1955 and upgraded to a national park in 1988. Nagarhole is known for its lush forests and marshy swamps which surround a huge reservoir where safari’s take place by conical boats as well as on land by jeep.

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Panna National Park

Located just 45 minutes drive from Khajuraho, Pench is one of India’s most accessible National Parks and fits easily into cultural itineraries around the north.

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Pench Tiger Reserve

Located in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, just two hours drive from Nagpur airport, Pench Tiger Reserve is less well known than the state’s other two national parks – Kanha and Bandhavgarh which in our opinion enhances the appeal as there are less visitors which makes for a more personalised visit.

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Ranthambhore National Park

Located near the town of Sawai Madhopur, Ranthambhore National Park is one of the main areas in India where tigers still roam. The park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1955 and in 1973 became part of the project tiger programme, since being declared as one of the projects greatest success stories.

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Sasan Gir National Park

Sasan Gir National Park spans over 1,500 square kilometres and is the world’s last destination where you can see the Asiatic lion in the wild. Located on the Saurashtra Peninsular in far west India, the area is off the beaten track and not developed as a tourist destination which increases the appeal for the adventurous traveller and real wildlife enthusiasts.

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Satpura National Park

Created in 1981, Satpura National Park is one of central India’s lesser-known parks and takes its name from the Satpura hill ranges of Madhya Pradesh. Satpura National Park is home to a variety of mammals including the tiger, leopard, sambar, bison and wild dog. Safari’s through Satpura are varied and can be conducted by canoe, elephant or jeep!

 

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