Nowhere inspires wanderlust quite like India. A nation bursting with colour, epic landscapes and architecture so impossibly beautiful it has to be seen to be believed, we never need an excuse to wing our way east. From Delhi to Udaipur via some of the finest hotels in Asia, Black Tomato has turned its eyes to India for a twelve-night luxury experience that will leave you speechless. Whether you’re hiking the Aravalli hills, drinking in the views of the ‘pink city’ of Jaipur from a hot air balloon or enjoying a glass of champagne in the shadow of Mehrangarh Fort this taste of India is sure to spark a lifelong love affair with this diverse country.
A DELHI OF DELIGHTS
Touch down in Delhi, the gateway to India and a heaving cosmopolitan metropolis buzzing with action and excitement. Take in the sights and sounds of a truly exceptional capital city – home to over 1,000 years of continuous culture, a myriad of monuments, vibrant spice markets and some of the most glorious Hindu temples on the planet. Kick back for a night to remember before being whisked off to Agra, a city full of cultural wonders.Read more
FORGOTTEN HISTORY AND A TESTAMENT TO LOVE
Day three will take you to the beautiful town of Agra nestled on the banks of the Yamuna River. In just under four hours you’ll be transported from the bustling streets of Delhi to this treasure trove of rich history and the home of India’s most famous piece of architecture; the breath-taking Taj Mahal. You’ll begin your culture fix with a visit to the 11th century Agra Fort, an awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Site. The deep red hues of this walled city are a showcase of the unique architectural style of this country as well as a souvenir from the ancient Mughal Empire.
Continue your Indian education with a trip to Itimad-Ud-Daula, an ornate marble mausoleum that has been given the nickname ‘Baby Taj’. A mix of white and red marble this Mughal tomb is adorned with sparkling gems from topaz to jasper making this ‘jewel box’ a must see. You’ll rest your head at Amarvilas, a boutique Moorish style oasis with breath-taking views of the Taj Mahal, which is only situated 400m away. Here you’ll be able to experience another aspect of Indian culture as you indulge in a relaxing holistic massage before a good night’s sleep. Before you head for Ranthambore you’ll watch the sunrise over the Taj Mahal which for us is one of the most spectacular parts of this Rajasthan journey. It will be a picture-perfect morning as the sun illuminates the Taj Mahal giving this already remarkable monument an ethereal glow that you won’t easily forget.
RAMBLING WITH TIGERS IN RANTHAMBORE
After your memorable sunrise, you’ll hop on the train at Bharatpur Railway Station watching the scenery transform as you move towards Sawai Madhopur. You’ve enjoyed a good dose of culture and now it’s time to learn about the natural beauty of India and there’s no better place for this wildlife discovery than Ranthambore National Park. You’ll be sleeping under canvas at Sher Bagh, a luxury tented camp surrounded by grasslands and stunning scenery where your quest for a tiger sighting will begin. Safaris take on a whole new meaning here in Rajasthan as expert guides help you explore the park and uncover all the hidden corners you won’t want to miss. History and nature collide at the ancient fortress where if you’re lucky you could spot tigers among the ruins that jut out from the spectacular parkland.
WHERE JAIPUR MEETS JODHPUR
Nestled in the Aravalli hills, the palatial Samode Haveli will be your base for the next two nights. From your hotel, expert guides will walk you through the ancient royal city of Jaipur, generally considered to be one of the most beautiful and ingeniously conceived urban areas in the world.
Stroll through the Vedic streets and take in the vibrant bazaars before heading to the Royal Palace and Jantar Mantar observatory. Indians love their traditions and few are as exhilarating as going for an elephant safari in the forests of Dera Amer. You’ll see the natural beauty of this country from above as you sit atop a gentle giant which will easily become your favourite mode of transport.
Next, it’s west to Jodhpur, where you’ll rest your head in the cool, calm and luxurious trappings of The Raas. Epitomising luxury within the old town, The Raas lies at the foot of the mighty Meherangarh Fort, in the heart of Jodhpur’s Walled City. Wander around the majestic Mehrangarh Fort and continue exploring Jodhpur by tuk tukking through the back streets of the Old City. If you’re after an adrenaline rush then ziplining through the ancient fort is just what you’re looking for, so prepare to enjoy this unique blend of history and thrills.
ARCHITECTURAL SPLENDOUR IN UDAIPUR
Next up, head to magical Udaipur and one of India’s most sublime boutique hotels, Devi Garh. Break up the five-hour car journey with a stop at Ranakpur, a rural village between Jodhpur and Udaipur that is home to the breath-taking Jain Temple. The architecture is a feat of engineering with its ornately carved facades and equally stunning marble interiors so it is a necessary pit stop in our books. Once you’ve reached Udaipur you’ll take to the waters with a scenic boat trip along the Pichola Lake as you marvel at the beauty of the City Palace perched on its banks before visiting the Jagdish Temple.
Spend your last day taking in the colourful sights and sounds in the city or if you’re a fan of motors the vintage car ride around the city is the ultimate culmination to a truly memorable Indian adventure.