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Highlights: The glorious days of steam merge with the opulent extravagance of the Raj to create a never – to – be – forgotten travel experience which only India can offer. The train is fitted with Victorian elegance – wood panelling, brass and crystal, plus modern day luxuries such as air – conditioning-and features two bedded cabins, luxurious lounge area, restaurant and bar, plus shower rooms etc.
South India Incentive Tour begins with an arrival in Delhi. After completing formalities with customs and immigration, you will be received by our representative with Traditional Indian Welcome.
Delhi is the capital of India since old times. Delhi’s history dates back to the first millenium BC, when it was known as Indraprastha. The Tomar Rajputs built Lal Kot, the core of the first of Delhi’s seven cities. It is the epicenter of the nation’s politics, economy and culture. History is alive and throbbing in Delhi, the capital of India.
Afterwards transfer to your hotel for the overnight stay.
Later this morning your sightseeing begins with a trip to the 16th century Humayun’s Tomb – A soothing sandstone and marble monuments typical of the Mughal era and Qutub Minar, a 13th century fluted minaret. Then drive along Rajpath, the ceremonial avenue where Delhi’s all important parades takes place, past the imposing India Gate and the circular Parliament House, to Rashtrapathi Bhawan. Formerly the Victory Palace, it is now the President’s official residence. Drive back along Delhi’s impressive Diplomatic Enclave. Lunch at Grill Room – famous for contemporary cuisine.
Evening transfer to Delhi Cantt. Railway station to board Palace on Wheels.
You will be greeted by caparisoned Elephants and strains of the Shehnai. Welcome to the Pink city Jaipur. Lunch at Rambagh Palace. Discover Hawa Mahal, Nahargarh, Amber silent sentinels to a glorious era. Time at leisure for shopping, Jaipur is famous for Gems, Jewellery, Carpets and Miniature paintings. Overnight on board.
Image of love and valour; scars of battles lost and battles won. Thrice besieged Chittorgarh is all this and more. Moving legends of honour and pride will remain with you as you proceed to Udaipur. The city of Lakes, Palaces and gardens, temples and forts Udaipur. Lunch at the Lake Palace Hotel, the former summer residence of the prince of Mewar. Enjoy the tranquillity of Lake Pichola. Visit the city Palace in all its ancient glory, the residence of the Maharajas of Udaipur.
Overnight on board.
Welcome to the tranquillity of Sawai Madhopur and the beautiful 10th century fort Ranthambore. Surrounded by the Ranthambore National Park, a project Tiger reserve, the imposing ramparts of the fort soar above, they too have tales to tell. Overnight on board train.
Arrive at 12 century city of Jaisalmer dominated by its sandstone fort of 99 bastions. Visit the exquisitely carved havelis and Palaces with their latticed window, balconies cupolas and facades.
Experience the famed Camel Safaris, reside in desert camps and dine under the stars as the rhythm of Rajasthani music drifts into the night.
Overnight on board train.
The Mehrangargh Fort is all – Perceive in the 15th century city. Visit the magnificent fort and Jaswant Thada a royal cenotaph close by. Lunch at Umaid Bhawan Palace, the royal residence a part of which is now a Hotel.
Overnight on board train.
A wonderland for bird, visit the renowned Kaledeo Ghana National Park at Bharatpur, once the preserve of the Maharaja of Bharatpur and now a World Heritage Site. It is home to 300 species of birds – some flying in from as far as Siberia and China.
Visit Fatehpur Sikri enroute to Agra. And proceed to one of the most beautiful monuments ever conceived. The Taj Mahal, built by emperor Shah Jahan to commemorate eternal love for his queen Mumtaz Mahal. Breathtaking in its proportions and craftsmanship, it is captivating.
The timeless city of Agra offers you many more monuments and tomb, all exquisite in architecture skill and beauty.
Overnight on board.
Breakfast on board. Arrive Delhi Cantt. Railway station. Meeting and transfer to Hotel New Delhi Hilton (rooms reserved for wash and change).
Time at leisure for shopping. Lunch at a popular restaurant. In time transfer to airport to board flight for Bangalore. Founded in 1537 by Kempegowda, a far sighted local chieftain, Bangalore has blossomed into one of Asia’s fastest, growing cities. Bangalore combines the vibrant pace of a modern metropolis with a quaint old-world charm. Perched at a height of 3250 feet above sea level, its salubrious climate plays host to innumerable parks, gardens, lakes and verdant tree-lined avenues that give it the sobriquet “Garden City”.
Bangalore is a multi-faceted jewel. Modern marvels, historic monuments, bustling shopping plazas, tranquil walking paths, rustling silk and fragrant sandal wood exotic cuisine and friendly people.
In the older parts of the city, streets still seem to be under the spell of the rambling grace of the colonial times. And in a city that still echoes the bygone age of leisure, luxury and unhurried splendor, WELCOME GROUP WINDSOR MANOR SHERATON recreates the imperial life style with matchless elegance.
Check-in at Hotel – A wondrously white edifice in the heart of Bangalore with modern service, to give you the best of both worlds.
Here everything is reminiscent of the imperial way of life wrought-iron lamps, ceilings touched with gold, hunting prints, Queen Anne chairs. Its bay windows overlook green lawns; its colonnaded balconies and verandahs, a twentieth century tribute to an age of elegant bungalows, splendid banquets and good living.
Breakfast at the House of Lords the grand banquet hall. Morning visit the Overseas branch of the Company.
After Lunch departs by air-conditioned car for Mysore – 770 Mts. above sea level, the city of Mysore was once the capital of the Wodeyars. It still retains a quaint charm that never fails to enchant.
Check-in at HOTEL LALITHA MAHAL PALACE. Built by erstwhile Maharani of Mysore.
Set amidst immaculate lawns whose sole purpose was royal entertainment, the Lalitha Mahal stands like an Italian masterpiece designed at the height of the Renaissance. Furnishings of early 20th century Europe complete the grandeur: large, carved furniture, heavy silken drapes, and objects d’ art that were once part of personal collections.
White ebony furniture and potted plants are arranged in controlled harmony, it is the fine detailing of this palace Hotel that reflects the passion with which it was built. The balconies, the balustrades and the stained glass sky windows Globe lights, patterned marble floors and a hushed ambience the Lalitha Mahal Palace makes history come alive at its resplendent best.
Royal Welcome – Caparisoned Elephants are mounted on the lawns of the palace. As you step into the palace, beautiful girls dressed in traditional costumes, greet you with Garlands of flowers and perform the AARTI ceremony. They also anoint your forehead with the traditional Red Tikka and sprinkle Rose water on you. The lilting notes of the Nadaswaram welcomes you, as you savour the Welcome drink. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.
Breakfast at Hotel.
This morning you visit Mysore Palace, the residence of Wodeyar, is one of the most splendid. This Indo-Saracenic building has among other things – a varied silver door, a solid gold throne and a gallery of exquisite paintings. Lunch at Hotel.
Afternoon time at leisure for shopping. Mysore is famous for Sandalwood and Silk.
This evening is very special – your host is the Maharaja of Mysore. Royal Dinner with members of Royal family. Overnight at Hotel.
Breakfast at Hotel.
Later depart for Bangalore by air-conditioned Deluxe Coach.
Lunch at Paradise island famous for its Thai cuisine at Hotel Taj West End. Thereafter depart for sightseeing of Bangalore. Visit the Vidhana Soudha housing the State Legislature and Secretariat, was conceived and executed by Kengal Hanumanthaiya, The then Chief Minister, in 1956. It is built entirely of Bangalore granite in the Neo Dravidian style. Directly opposite it stands the Gothic structure of the Attara Kacheri which houses the State High Court. The high Court building was completed in 1868 and stands in the green splendor of the Cubbon Park laid out in 1864 by Lieutenant General Sir Mark Cubbon.
The Lalbagh Gardens, laid out in 1760 by Hyder Ali has an area of 240 acres. The glass house, inspired by the Crystal Palace in London is a favorite spot in Lalbagh. The Bangalore Palace, built in 1887 by a Wodeyar King, is today a favorite spot for picnickers and film-makers, with its vast grounds and Tudor style architecture.
Later visit KIDS KEMP Asia’s largest fashionable store. In time transfer to airport to board flight for Mumbai. On arrival received and assisted in the transfer to the International Airport to board homebound flight.