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The Oberoi - total luxury around North India

A truly opulent adventure, THE OBEROI tour combines the real highlights of Rajasthan with stays at some of India's finest hotels from within The Oberoi group. Each day you will discover more about Rajasthan's rich culture and heritage, visiting mighty forts and  impressive palaces, but also uncovering some of the more idyllic rural areas. And each evening be spoiled by the stunning surroundings, sumptuous interiors, excellent service and fabulous cuisine that are synonymous with Oberoi hotels.

Whether it's spotting tigers in Ranthambore or the intense energy of meditation in Ranakpur, at each step you'll discover the true Rajasthan. Add to this India's thriving capital, Delhi and Agra – home of Mughal masterpiece the Taj Mahal and you have one of the most luxuriant explorations or North India that is possible.

THE OBEROI tour is a 13-day tour starting in Delhi then on to Agra, Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur, (flight) Udaipur and return to Delhi for onward international flight.

Pictures of the amazing Oberoi properties featured in this tour can be found on the right of this page and for a detailed day-by-day itinerary please click below.

  • On day one you will arrive at Indira Gandhi International airport where we will be waiting to welcome you and we'll bring you to your hotel so you can freshen up and have lunch.  You can keep the rest of the day fairly light - choose to have a revitalising massage and enjoy the luxurious facilities of your hotel, or take your first trip in to India's busy and cosmopolitan capital for some sightseeing. Connaught Place and the busy markets in old Delhi are premium locations to soak up the atmosphere of daily life here. The many shops, stalls and street vendors selling their goods, from herbs and spices to clothes and shoes, from snacks cooked on wood fires to sweets, there is so much to see and take in.

    Dinner will be served at the hotel.

    After a leisurely breakfast on day two it's time head out and see the seventeenth century Red Fort, former residence of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. He was also the mastermind behind the the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), who's grandeur has not faded and is still today an important place of prayer for the many muslims in the city. Humayun's Tomb completes the list, built from the trademark local red sandstone. Of course there's plenty more to see... but you can decide how much (or little!) you want to take in.

    After lunch at the hotel, you can visit the Lotus temple, with it's rare blend of modern and conceptual design – a stark contrast to what you will see anywhere else in India. It's one of the examples of how old and new melt together in this city.

    Go for another walk, or take a tuk-tuk or rickshaw to explore the maze of narrow streets in old Delhi before going back to the hotel for a mouthwatering dinner and drinks.

  • On to Agra on day three, the drive takes about three and a half hours, so you can be at your next amazing Oberoi hotel – The Oberoi Amarvilas in time for lunch. It's the only hotel in Agra with proper views of the Taj Mahal, and from many of the rooms and the terraces you can catch your first glimpse of this impossibly romantic building.

    The hotel has the perfect location – just minutes away from the Taj Mahal entrance. After lunch you'll visit the Taj and we're sure that you will be impressed, if nothing else, by the sheer scale of the complex which is not easily captured in a picture from ground level. It really is an enormous architectural wonder, and no matter how many times you have seen it, it is still fascinating and most definitely an enduring symbol of love, rightly taking its place as one of the seven wonders of the world. 

    Walk through the gardens as you make your way to the actual tomb of Mumtaz Mahal, wife of Shah Jahan. You can spend quite some time here, and if you stay long enough you will be able to see the white marble become a burnished yellow as the sun sets.

    Enjoy drinks in the stylish bar (with Taj views), or on the terrace before dinner.

    No need to get up early on day four - after breakfast you can choose to go and see the 'other' Red Fort, also home to Shah Jahan. Once again, the scale of the fort is awe inspiring even though the architecture may be more functional. Stop to appreciate the Taj views from the Emperor's private quarters – the daily reminder of his beloved wife. Today the fort is partially open to the public and still in use by the army.

    On to a smaller but equally impressive wonder, the I'timad-Ud-Daulah known as the “Baby Taj” for its similarities to the larger version. In fact the Baby Taj came first and is the mausoleum of Mumtaz Mahal's grandfather. Architecturally stunning, the small building is made of white marble and features inlay work with semi-precious stones. The gardens are particularly serene and there are usually a lot less visitors than at other monuments in Agra, so it's the perfect place to linger for a while.

    After a late lunch, you can lounge by the pool, or make a second trip to the Taj Mahal which will still be as captivating the second time around.

    Another magnificent dinner will be served at the hotel.

  • On day five we'll have to make a fairly early start for the four and a half hour drive to Sawai Madhopur – home to Ranthambore National Park.

    The Oberoi Vanyavilas is slightly unusual as its style combines all the lavishness that one usually associates with Oberoi, but in a format that more closely resembles a tented camp. The result is still superb.

    After lunch you'll be taking a private jeep in to Ranthambore – the first of four excursions to look for tigers. You'll have a driver and a “spotter” who will help you track tigers in the park, as well as explain more about the other wildlife that you will see along the way. The terrain is extremely varied and even if you don't spot a tiger, the landscapes are well worth the trip. The presence of a tiger is usually marked by the alarm call from the Sambhar dear or langurs and once you hear it, the deathly silence that follows is electrifying. When a tiger eventually appears the excitement is palpable – thrilling is the only way to describe it as you see this powerful cat in its natural habitat and sometimes from close proximity.

    If you weren't lucky the first time, you have the option of three more safaris, where you will hopefully get to visit different parts of the park.

    Back at the hotel you can swap tiger stories with other guests and staff over drinks and dinner.

    Day six gives you the option for an early start as the first tiger safari starts at 6.00 am, or you can choose to take a more relaxed pace with a lie-in, breakfast and a morning by the pool. There's also the option of a massage in the beautiful spa.

Tigers are most active in the mornings so despite the early start it does give you the best chances of seeing one!|

    In the afternoon choose between another tiger safari, or a visit to Ranthambore Fort.

  • On Day seven, you have the final opportunity go in to the park in search of tigers, in which case you can have a late breakfast before we head out to Jaipur. With up to four safaris under your belt you will hopefully have seen at least one of these fantastic creatures and have some fantastic pictures.

    Arriving in Rajasthan's vibrant capital, we'll get you checked in to The Oberoi Rajvilas – its design strongly influenced by the glory days of the Rajput clans, with exuberant interiors to match.

    After lunch you can start exploring the city. We'll be taking you by tuk-tuk as it's by far the best and fastest way to get where you want to be, but also it gives you the opportunity to see more of every day life in the “Pink City”. Within the walled city, you can visit the City Palace, Palace of Winds and the Jantar Mantar (observatory) – the legacy of the royal family of Jaipur.

    Then it's on to the majestic Amber Fort, the foundations of modern Jaipur. Here you'll see  how royal palaces were traditionally incorporated in to military strongholds, see how each Maharajah added his own stamp on the complex and get more insight in to life at the court.

    As the sun sets we'll take you back to the old city where you can take a wander through the streets and busy bazaars. It's a sensory delight – the fragrance of spices, freshly prepared street snacks, stalls selling good in all sizes, colours and shapes, and of course the hum drum of locals flocking to do their daily shopping.

    For dinner you have the choice of a rooftop restaurant with yet a different perspective on this metropolis, or return to your hotel for more culinary delights.
    More choices on day eight. The first option is a day trip to the holy town of Pushkar. This small town surrounding a lake which was formed, according to legend, when Lord Brahma dropped a lotus flower to the ground. The town has an unusually relaxed feel about it and has been a favourite with international visitors for decades. The ghatts which lead down to the lake, along with the many temples of various sizes are each intriguing in their own way. The highlight though, is without a doubt the main Brahma Temple.
    For something completely different, you can choose to visit Sambhar Salt Lake – thought to be one of the largest in the world. This is the perfect place for nature lovers as the lush wetlands are home to hundreds of birds and each year welcome migratory species, including flamingoes. We'll help you discover the entire area, with the opportunity to take long walks and have a picnic lunch.

    Wind up the day with a rejuvenating massage before dinner. Again it's possible to stay at your hotel, or venture out in Jaipur where we'll find the perfect restaurant for you and have possibilities for drinks later in the evening.

    After a leisurely breakfast on day nine there's more of Jaipur to explore, depending on your interests. Visit the monkey valley, where groups of macaques live in the mostly ruined old temples and then move on to the Elephant Village where you can watch the working  elephants bathe after a long day working at Amber Fort. The mahouts lead their animals into the water where they get a good scrub and get the time to relax and play. If you feel up to it you can join in and get knee deep in the water with these gentle giants.

    Another option is to visit the famous block printing workshops just south of Jaipur in Sanganer. There's also the block printing museum where you will be able to discover more about the crafts for which Jaipur is now internationally renowned.

    Dinner and drinks will be served at the hotel.
  • Flying in to Udaipur from Jaipur on day ten, you'll have three days to explore Udaipur and the surrounding areas. Your final Oberoi stay, The Oberoi Udaivilas is set in extensive grounds, just off the shore of Lake Pichola and is suitably palatial when compared to its neighbouring landmarks.

    After lunch you can explore the old city around the City Palace. The centre of Udaipur is fairly compact, so we will provide you with a map and information about the important sights so that you can explore independently. Of course, we're always on standby should you need us! Before going in to the Ciy Palace itself, you'll be able to stroll around the ghatts and peruse some of the many galleries and boutiques in the area, displaying the work of local artists and students.

    City Palace, the ancestral home of the Mewar dynasty is an absolute must – it gives you a better impression of the riches and exuberance of royal life in times past. 

In the afternoon you can take the boat ride on Lake Pichola with a stop at Jagmandir Island. It gives you the opportunity to see the palaces and ghatts surrounding the lake from a completely different perspective. It's a great way to see the sun setting over the Mewar hills, before heading to one of Udaipur's finest rooftop restaurants for drinks and dinner.

    Day eleven starts slowly with time to enjoy the pool, spa and other facilities in the hotel. You can head back in to the centre of Udaipur to see more of the sights and visit the busy Jagdish temple before we start on the real highlight of the day – a leopard safari.

 We'll take you to the rugged terrain of Bera, just north of Udaipur, where Thakur Devi Singh will be your expert guide and help you spot one of these elusive big cats. A truly memorable experience, there's a very good probability that you will see a leopard from very close quarters. You'll find out more about Devi Singh's conservation efforts and hear his many leopard anecdotes over drinks around a campfire, before a traditional Rajasthani meal prepared by his wife, the lady of the house.

    Day twelve and there's the option for total relaxation at the hotel, or a trip to rural Ranakpur and Kumbhalgarh .

The drive to Kumbhalgarh takes you through amazing scenery and small farming communities where it appears as if time has stood still. You'll see oxen driving water wells and ploughing fields, small pockets of green in deep valleys. The entire area is our favourite place to be in Rajasthan. 

Eventually you will reach the mighty Kumbhalgarh Fort, with its collection of temples and the remains of its almost impenetrable ramparts which once stretched along 36 kms.

    In the afternoon we go through more idyllic countryside and winding mountain roads to Ranakpur, home to the famous Jain temple complex. Here you'll meet the resident monks who will give you an introduction to the architecture and intricate carvings, as well as daily life in this working temple dedicated to Lord Adinath. There are 1444 individually unique pillars supporting the elaborate main temple and it's well worth spending time to examine things in detail and soak up the restful atmosphere.

    As dusk approaches you'll have the opportunity to learn about meditation from one of the monks in the private setting of one of the smaller temples. As the powerful chanting of “Om” resonates through the structure, the candle light, shadows and incense create an almost magical ambiance. You'll also be able to witness the ceremony that is performed to close each of the temples at the end of the day.

    Day thirteen will be your last day in Rajasthan, and depending on the time of your flight back to Delhi or to Mumbai with connecting international flights, there might be time to make another little tour to the center of Udaipur to do some last minute shopping or a visit to the eleventh century Eklingji Temple complex before we bring you to the airport in time for check in.

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