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The Spirit & Colours of India by Private Jet

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Fares
  • Accommodation

A journey overview

  • Delhi
  • Agra
  • Varanasi
  • Chennai
  • Kochi
  • Udaipur
  • Jaipur

15 Days By Private Jet
  • Departing:
  • 16 Mar 2021

Absorb the cultural weight of one of the world’s earliest civilisations, aided by the convenience of our private jet. Tracing the subcontinent, we pause in centres of vibrancy and austerity, where rituals overwhelm the senses and satisfy the soul.

India by Private Jet 2021

Itinerary

We make ourselves comfortable in the Oberoi New Delhi. Head out to explore Old Delhi’s colourful bazaars, before catching a glimpse of the Red Fort on our way to the colossal Jama Masjid mosque. The afternoon sees us taking the road to Agra, where we make our entrance into the Oberoi Amarvilas. The lure of cocktails finds us occupying the hotel bar in time to gaze out toward the distinct form of the Taj Mahal against a setting sun.

Having made the approach to the Taj Mahal aboard our hotel’s golf buggies, the tale of how this monument to love came to be is recounted for us. The option of joining a professional photographer to learn the art behind capturing the Taj’s best angles is also made available to us during our visit. Following an exploration of the majestic Agra Fort, you may elect to admire the finely honed skills of a local artisan during a marble inlay demonstration, or perhaps indulge in a spa treatment at our hotel.

Joining our private jet for the first time today, we enjoy the short flight to Varanasi, one of the holiest of Hindu cities. Far from being an exclusive region, however, the opportunity to meditate with Buddhist monks is also on offer while we are here. Our awareness is drawn back to matters worldly as we survey Varanasi’s enchantingly chaotic streets. While the setting sun begins casting its orange glow across the sky, we board our boat and drift along the Ganges River to Dashashwamedh Ghat, where our private Aarti ceremony awaits our arrival. Incense spirals heavenward, while ceremonial flames symbolise offerings to the gods.

A sunrise boat ride along the Ganges reveals pilgrims engaged in bathing rituals. Boarding our jet, we then depart for Chennai, a city known for its fine tradition of music and dance. A special dinner at the Madras Club is accompanied by an Indian classical dance performance. Take a drive along the coast and arrive in nearby Mahabalipuram. Here, you may choose to admire a series of ornate rock sculptures and temples that illuminate India’s extensive mythology. You may prefer to remain in Chennai and embrace the art of Bharatanatyam dance, acquiring an understanding of the dancers’ graceful movements and subtle gestures, which breathe life into the stories they convey.

Crossing to India’s opposing coast, our private jet lands in the city of Kochi. During a special dinner overlooking the Arabian Sea, Kathakali dancers welcome us to the state of Kerala, enthralling us with their elaborate costumes and animated expressions. Afterwards, Fort Kochi proudly exhibits its distinctive Chinese fishing nets. Further discovery presents itself in the form of neighbouring Mattancherry’s antique stores. If it’s something more nourishing you seek, you may prefer to meet with a local family for a cooking demonstration or indulge in an Ayurvedic treatment.

Further south along India’s western coast, we arrive in Alleppey and board traditional houseboats for a cruise along the Kerala Backwaters. Constructed using an ancient technique, the hull of our vessel is built without a single nail, while the curved lines of the roof are created by means of handwoven bamboo and palm. As the daily routines of local residents unfold along the water’s edge before us, the area’s plentiful bird and plant life carry on with natural rhythms of their own.

Back on board our private jet, we journey north to Udaipur. While the city is blessed with an abundance of white marble palaces, our ultimate destination is the romantic, lake-bound Taj Lake Palace. We cross the waters of Lake Pichola and acquaint ourselves with our breathtaking residence, before returning to the water for a sunset cruise; as night falls, an exclusive dinner awaits on the Mewar Terrace. An early morning yoga session places us in an optimal state, before we bear witness to the imposing City Palace, while personal preference dictates whether you’ll venture to the temple complex of Elkingi or opt to remain in town and embark upon a shopping experience.

After greeting the day with another yoga session on our hotel’s terrace, our private jet delivers us to Jaipur, where the grand structures of the Amber Fort and the Palace of the Winds stand proud. Afterwards, take the opportunity to venture to the World Heritage-listed Jantar Mantar. You may prefer to cycle rickshaw through Jaipur’s lively streets or embark upon another shopping experience. Afterwards, we are invited to join in the festival of Holi, whose rites include lively exchanges of coloured powder between participants, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil.

On our final day in Jaipur, you may choose to explore the city on your own schedule. As the day draws to a close, we enjoy the comfort of our private jet for the final time as we make the brief journey to Delhi.

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Arriving in Delhi, we acquaint ourselves with the Pullman New Delhi Aerocity Hotel. We enjoy dinner at our hotel, while anticipating the adventures to come.

A brief flight delivers us to Kathmandu. Here, we begin with a once-in-a-lifetime scenic flight, taking in close-up views of Mt Everest. We then explore Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is blessed with many temples. In nearby Patan – also known as Lalitpur – we gaze at the Krishna Temple in Patan Durbar Square and come to understand why this city is also sometimes referred to as the city of beauty. Our travels then bring us to the World Heritage-listed Boudhanath Stupa, which dominates Kathmandu’s skyline.

Arriving in Thimphu, we make for the Kuensel Phodrang, a colossal statue of Buddha that houses within it a hundred thousand smaller statues. From this hilltop, we have breathtaking views of the Thimphu Valley. The distinctive form of the National Memorial Chorten then draws our attention, before we depart for the Motithang Takin Preserve. It is here that we glimpse Bhutan’s national animal, the rare takin, a goat-antelope found only in the eastern Himalayas. Afterwards, browse the colourful fabrics on display at the National Handicraft Emporium.

Prior to departing for Paro, we learn of the 13 traditional arts which are taught at the National Institute of Zorig Chusum. In Paro, we witness some of the finest examples of Bhutanese art at the National Museum of Bhutan. The Rinpung Dzong then invites us to see where Buddhist monks have lived since 1644. Our next port of call is Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Afterwards, at a sporting ground reserved exclusively for us, we are invited to participate in a friendly archery match with some elite local archers.

Today, we set out on a strenuous hike to Tiger’s Nest – the sacred Taktsang monastery – built into cliffs 900 metres above Paro Valley. For those fit enough to make the full ascent, the rewards are unmatched.

We depart Paro this morning, bound for Singapore, from where we connect with our flight home.

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