Rudyard Kipling is the writer who perhaps more than anyone moulded British perceptions of India, in all its imperialism and exoticism, for half a century. This tour takes in Kipling's birthplace in Mumbai and Shimla where he reported on the summer season of the British Raj whilst Pench National Park inspired his most famous work "The Jungle Book."
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Fly to Mumbai. Transfer to the Taj Land’s End for
2 nights. (N)
Begin the day by visiting the stone and wood bungalow that was Rudyard Kipling's birthplace in 1865. Proceed to Crawford market, over-run with a riot of local colour and a tremendous variety of fabrics at hundreds of indoor stalls. (B)
Take a morning flight to Nagpur and transfer to Pench National Park for 3 nights at Jamtara. The park occupies a beautiful location that comprises teak forests, meandering rivers and open grassland. Jackal, wild dog, gaur, sloth bear and tigers inhabit the park. (B, L, D)
Enjoy twice-daily wildlife drives in search of Shere Khan as immortalised in Kipling's Jungle Book. Explore the two routes through the national park in search of wildlife, the rich biodiversity which will be explained to you by a trained naturalist. (B, L, D)
Transfer to Nagpur for the flight to Delhi and 2 nights at Claridges, conveniently located close to historical landmarks of the city. (B)
Explore the myriad charms of Old and New Delhi. Drive past the famous Red Fort, once the most opulent fort of the Mughal empire before visiting Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in Asia. Later see Raj Ghat, the simple but moving memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. (B, L)
Take the iconic toy train for the picturesque ride to the summer capital of the British Raj. Shimla is spectacularly set at 2,154 metres with the snow-capped Himalaya as a backdrop and with beautiful promenades, graceful colonial buildings and evergreen forests. Spend 3 nights at the Oberoi Cecil. (B)
Enjoy a morning guided tour of Shimla where highlights include the gothic Gaiety theatre where Rudyard Kipling once visited, the historic Mall and the Vice Regal Lodge. The lodge was formerly the summer seat of British government in India until the 1940s. (B)
Day at leisure. (B)
Visit the Rock Garden of Chandigarh, a 40-acre park of paths, courtyards, plazas, waterfalls and thousands of lively sculptures made from recycled materials, built in complete secrecy in dense forest over four decades. Board the train to Delhi and overnights at the Claridges. (B, L)
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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On the edge of Pench National Park in India's Madhya Pradesh, the new Jamtara Wilderness Camp features luxury safari tents set in the shade of a beautiful Arjuna copse. The front of each tent can be rolled up to offer unparalleled views from the comfort of your bed, or sleep under the stars snuggled under a quilt on the deck outside. Located on the opposite side of the park to other camps, Jamtara's vehicles have access to a little-used entrance to spot the myriad wild animals including: bison, wild dogs, sambar deer and elusive tigers.
Features: 12 luxury tents, dining room
Room Amenities: Safe, hot drinks,...
The Taj Lands End overlooks the Arabian Sea at the tip of the historic Bandstand area of Bandra in Mumbai. The hotel is located 12 km from the international airport and 8 km from the domestic airport but is quite a distance from the city's main sites and attractions.
All guest rooms at the Taj Lands End overlook the Arabian Sea, the pool or the city. Rooms have a single or king bed, armchair, desk and chair, flat-screen TV, telephone with voice mail, WiFi Internet access, mini bar, tea / coffee making facilities and a safe. The marble bathrooms have separate bath tubs and showers and a hair dryer. A butler service is available to all guests staying in the Taj Club rooms and suites.
Facilities at The Taj Lands End include a restaurant serving contemporary Indian cuisine, the Atrium lounge, a cafe offering all-day dining, a fitness centre, jogging track and swimming...
The Claridges Hotel is centrally located in New Delhi close to historical landmarks, shopping centres and the business centre of the city. The property dates from the 1950s and offers guests an old world ambience that has been sensitively redefined with new age grandeur and hospitality. Accommodation is in 162 en suite and recently renovated air-conditioned rooms. Hotel facilities include a choice of dining outlets, a bar, swimming pool, health club and tennis...
The hill stations provided a cool retreat for the Raj during the heat of the Indian summer. This heritage is captured by the Oberoi Cecil, which provides a luxurious base from which to explore the surrounding town and countryside. A view of the hills and forests is offered from many of the hotel’s 71 rooms. The restaurant serves both Continental and Asian cuisine other facilities include a health club, which offers massage, herbal treatments, sauna and steam...
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