Travel Experiences By Epic Road: 14 Nights In India

The following itinerary for India has been uniquely designed in partnership with luxury travel company Epic Road, exclusively for Billionaire readers.

One of four in the ‘Wild Luxury’ series, this signature travel package to India includes an expert look at Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Varanasi, Mihirgarh, Udaipur and Jawai.

DAY ONE — Arrival at Delhi International and Transfer to the Imperial Hotel
You will begin your trip in Delhi, the capital of India and a timeless city that beautifully blends different eras. Old Delhi pays tribute to its past with its winding streets, gorgeous mosques, forts, monuments and bazaars. And with its multi-ethnic, multi-cultural population, New Delhi is truly cosmopolitan.

You will stay in a suite at the award-winning Imperial Hotel for three nights — previously ranked as the best hotel in Delhi and one of the top city hotels in all of Asia. The Imperial blends colonial elegance with contemporary luxury, much like the city itself. Burmese teak furniture and a commitment to South-east Asian cuisine are paired with in-room Jacuzzis and saunas, 675-square-feet private verandahs, Bvlgari bathroom amenities and luxury linens imported from Paris.

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DAY TWO — Explore Old Delhi and Learn Indian Cookery with Expert Kamal Teneja

On the morning of Day Two, after breakfast, you will explore the walled city of Old Delhi with a privately appointed guide. Get ready to manoeuvre through the intertwining gulleys (tiny alleyways) and discover the hidden jewels of a city built over four centuries ago — and keep in mind that many of the shopkeepers and their families have been here for generations.

You will also visit palaces, shrines and famous eateries to whet your palette for the second part of the day — a personalised cooking lesson with Kamal Teneja — culinary expert and author of over 30 cookbooks, including Recipes for the Kamasutra.

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DAY THREE — Explore New Delhi and Dine with the Sufi Brotherhood

Out with the old and in with the new. On Day Three, you will tour New Delhi — a city of wide boulevards and formal parks, and home to the magnificent Parliament building, India Gate and the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyen).

You will also visit Qutab Minar — the 72.5-m-high tower dating all the way back to the 13th century and Humanyun’s Tomb — built in the 16th century and the architectural forerunner of the Taj Mahal.

You will later stop by Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, the most prominent Sikh house of worship. Every day, volunteers cook free meals for anyone who wishes to eat, regardless of ethnic background or financial standing — so you will often see a businessman eating beside a homeless person. The Sikh temples are incredibly inspiring institutions, they have a beautiful history and the feeling of community is truly heart-warming.

You will end the night with a cultural dinner with members of the Sufi Brotherhood. Fantastic food and a musical-dance performance to remember.

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DAY FOUR — Transfer to Varanasi and Two-night Stay at Taj Nadesar Palace

On Day Four, a private driver will escort you to Delhi International for a flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival, a representative will meet you and take you to Taj Nadesar Palace — where you will stay for the next two nights.

The palace has been hosting royalty, statesmen and celebrities since 1835. Set amid verdant gardens, mango orchards, marigold and jasmine fields, Nadesar is a true haven of peace and tranquility. The property features an eclectic array of services and amenities from the golf course and Jiva Spa to an in-house botanist, yoga instructors and astrologer. Also on offer are horse-driven royal buggy rides — once used by the Maharaja or Varanasi himself.

Varanasi is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges, it has been a centre of learning and civilisation for over 2,000 years.

At night, you will visit Dashaswamedh Ghat for a traditional ‘Aarti’ lighting ceremony on the river. You will walk from Benia Bagh through local markets bursting at the seams with local goods. When you arrive you will witness the ritual of priests holding huge lamps set ablaze accompanied by a multitude of chants and hymns.

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DAY FIVE — Morning Yoga and Sacred Ponds Walk

Varanasi presents a unique combination of physical, metaphysical and supernatural elements. Experience early-morning yoga led by the yoga masters of Varanasi themselves on the Ghats or riverfront steps leading to the Ganges. Afterwards, head back to the hotel for a well-deserved hearty breakfast.

You will later walk through a mystical landscape of sacred temples and holy ponds near Assi Ghat, the southernmost embankment of the holy Ganga River. Walk in the footsteps of 16th century poet and mystic Goswami Tulsidas — translator of the sacred Ramanyana text.

Finish the day with a visit to Sarnath, one of the most sacred places in the Buddhist religion as Buddha is said to have given his very first sermon here.

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DAY SIX — Sunrise Boat Ride, Transfer to Agra and One-night Stay at Oberoi Amarvilas

Exclusive sunrise boat ride on the Ganges River and back to the hotel for breakfast. Afterwards, a driver will escort you to Varanasi airport for a fight to Agra. Upon arrival, a representative will meet you and take you to Oberoi Amarvilas — where you will stay for one night.

Oberoi Amarvilas is perfectly situated 600 metres from the revered Taj Mahal, close enough to afford uninterrupted views from your bed, yet far enough to escape the urban chaos. Richly furnished suites with private balconies, romantic starlit dining, Ayurvedic spa treatments and beautiful reflection pools all contribute to a sense of culture and much-needed relaxation.

Agra, otherwise known as the ‘City of Taj’, was established in 1475AD. Agra is home to the iconic Taj Mahal.

On the afternoon of Day Six, you will visit Agra Fort, a massive structure with 70ft-high, 1.5-mile-long walls encompassing an astounding collection of well-preserved buildings.

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DAY SEVEN — Sunrise at the Taj, Transfer to Jaipur, Two-night Stay at Raj Mahal

Escape the crowds and visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World — the Taj Mahal. Admire its magnificent silhouette in the moonlight and watch as the fleeting sunrise reveals its true beauty.

Back to the hotel for breakfast and en-route to Jaipur. You will make two pit stops along the way: Fatehpur Sikri, the Red Sandstone City and Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world.

Arrive at Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, the Pink City and creation of the great warrior astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II. End Day Seven with a tour of this incredible city, including a shopping trip through its colourful markets — a true treasure trove as Jaipur has been a prominent hub for coloured gemstones for centuries and continues to be so today.

Raj Mahal is one of the oldest and most treasured palaces of Jaipur. Former home to the Maharaja of Jaipur, this enclosed oasis transports guests to a new era of 21st century regal living.

Tall bay windows, meticulously designed and appointed wallpaper and furnishings, stunning marble staircases, elaborate chandeliers and treasured family heirlooms deck the interiors of this extraordinary palace. Each suite tells a story or makes tribute to a legacy — including the Kennedy Suite, named after former guest and glamorous Jackie Kennedy.

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DAY EIGHT — Amber Fort by Elephant and Rajasthani Cooking Experience

On Day Eight, you will visit the beautiful Amber Fort by elephant or jeep. This classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace was built back in 1592.

You will spend the rest of the day exploring all that Jaipur has to offer — the Hawa Mahal ‘Palace of the Winds’, the City Palace, the inner quarters of the Chandra Mahal, Sukh Niwas and so much more.

In the early evening, you will be transferred to Rajput Noble house for a hands-on Rajasthani cooking experience with Durga Singh, a descendant of the family who once ruled regions of Rajasthan.

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DAY NINE — Transfer to Mihirgarh for Two Nights, Traverse the Desert for a Shikar Dinner

Morning of Day Nine, you will be driven to Mihirgarh, situated on the edge of the Thar Desert. Mihirgarh was inspired by its owners who wished to celebrate the rich culture of Western Rajasthan. The product is a gorgeous, nine-suite fort with private plunge pools, royal picnics and Marwari horseback riding. The nine suites are bright and spacious, each featuring mirrored open-fire chimneys, ochre-stone bathrooms and private verandahs. You will stay here for two nights.

On the evening of Day Nine, you will traverse the rugged desert by camelback or camel cart until you reach a Shikar camp that has been specifically set up for you. A large convivial campfire surrounded by sumptuous cushions, welcoming drinks, gypsy musicians, barbecue delights and a star-studded night sky await. This is the ultimate wild luxury experience.

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DAY 10 — Mehrangarh Fort and Marwari Horses

On the morning of Day 10, you will visit Mehrangarh Fort. An invincible appearance from the outside and home to some of the most intricately adorned palaces within — including Moti Mahal and Sileh Khana.

Later, you will meet Jitendra and his family. They live in a home that was built in the 1940s by Jitendra’s grandfather and greatly enjoy hosting guests and introducing people from all over the world to authentic home-style cooking.

End the day with a traditional equestrian experience. The Marwari Horses are the finest breed in the country and you get the unique opportunity to ride through rural Rajasthan. Return at sunset.

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DAY 11 — Transfer to Jawai Leopard Camp

Following a leisurely breakfast, you will be driven to Jawai Leopard Camp. Jawai is a brand-new camp that lies at the heart of untameable wilderness, surrounded by large granite formations, caves and sand river-beds and where leopards roam wild and free. Down to earth with a subtle touch of opulence, the Jawai Leopard Camp is unique in every way. You will spend two nights here.

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DAY 12 — Leopard Safari and Village Visit

Wake early and embark on a thrilling game drive before sunrise. A customized 4x4 jeep with a driver tracker and naturalist on board will expertly introduce you to every corner of Jawai — including, of course, the thriving population of leopards.

Later that afternoon, a village visit will be arranged. From there, you may relax by your private pool or at the Sujan spa, and dine in an expansive white tent under a star-speckled sky before retiring to your suite for the night.

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DAY 13 — Transfer to Udaipur & Two-night Stay at Taj Lake Palace

Morning of Day 13, you will be driven to Udaipur. Along the way, you will visit the Ranakpur Jain temples.

Arrive at Udaipur, an enchanting city coined ‘the Venice of the East’. From lakes in the midst of sandy terrain to green forested hills where wildlife still abounds, the natural splendour here is endless. And in the lakes themselves or by their edges, are gorgeous palaces, including the one you will be staying in.

The Taj Lake Palace is a white marble palace completely surrounded by Lake Pichola and exclusively accessible by boat. As if the image is not sufficiently captivating, look beyond to the Aravelli Mountain range and city lights as they flicker far off into the distance. Then disembark and continue to be amazed as the interior proves itself just as fabulous and exceeds all expectations beyond comprehension.

Later that evening, you will be guided through the palace on a heritage walk, followed by a glass of sparkling wine before retiring to your royal suite.

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DAY 14 — Udaipur by Vintage Car and Jag Mandir Island

Morning of Day 14, you will explore the City Palace Complex of Udaipur. In the afternoon, we will organise for a vintage car ride within the city.

Later that evening, you will visit Jag Mandir Island by private boat. Jag Mandir is a palace built on an island in Lake Pichola. The royal family formerly used the palace as a summer retreat where they held numerous extravagant parties. The palace also served as a refuge to asylum seekers on two separate occasions.

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DAY 15 — Transfer to Delhi International and Departure

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Price: $12,375 per person

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