Speed Collection India


Country Information

India, Nepal & Sri Lanka

Speed Collection India New Reality

(Countries Visited)

India, Nepal & Sri Lanka


(Interest Type(s))

Adventure Travel


(Tour Length)

16 Days


Tour Highlights

Starting at: $133,690

Adrenalin Factor:  3

  • Travel your way!  Fly within India by private jet: Falcon 2000 and Avanti P 180.  Your land touring vehicles include Jaguar, Mercedes, and vintage cars from Dodge, Chevrolet and Chrysler from the 1930s and 1940s
  • Track wildlife in two of India’s premier tiger parks: Bandhavgarh and Panna national parks, which are also home to antelope, sambar, boar, sloth bear, Indian fox, jackal, wolf
  • Discover the temples of Khajuraho, known for their erotic sculptures, but they also depict the joy and celebration of life
  • Tour the Vintage & Classic Car Collection, with classic vehicles that belonged to the Maharanas of Mewar, both past and present. Each one has been painstakingly restored
  • Explore the historic cities of Delhi, Mumbai and Agra, home to the Taj Mahal; and stay in some of India’s former palaces that have been transformed into exquisite heritage hotels

 

Day 1:  Arrive Delhi, India
Upon arrival into Delhi this evening, you will be met and privately transferred to your hotel.  Welcome to India.  Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you!  Taj Palace Hotel – Executive Suite

*Your touring while in Delhi will be by Jaguar

Day 2:  Delhi
Following breakfast, you begin your tour of New Delhi and such sights as Bahai Temple, Humayun’s Tomb (1586), and the Qutab Minar, 72 meters high, who many consider one of the most perfect towers in the Persian world.  The Iron Pillar has survived the vagaries of weather for over 1,500 years.  Continue with a drive through Embassy area, the Government buildings (1921-1930) and Connaught Place, the heart and main shopping district of the capital.  You cross the city and enter into the walled gates of the Old Delhi, the capital of Muslim India between the 17th and 19th centuries.  Compared to New Delhi, the old city seems somewhat anachronistic with its congested narrow lanes lined with traditional shops, mosques, monuments and forts.  See Jamma Mosque (1650) and a drive through the area of Chandni Chowk (Moonlight Square), where throngs of shoppers and vendors meet in the oldest area of Delhi.  The Red Fort (1639-1648) was built by Shah Jehan, the same man who built the Taj Mahal in Agra).  The fort’s inlaid and carved royal chambers are a delight to see.  Visit Raj Ghat and nearby ghats, where the founder of modern India, Mahatma Gandhi as well as Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were cremated.  Taj Palace Hotel – Executive Suite (B)

Day 3:  Delhi / Khajuraho (Private Jet – Falcon 2000)
Khajuraho / Panna National Park
This morning, board your private jet to Khajuraho.  Upon arrival, you are met and driven to your hotel, Pashan Garh.  Surrounded by 190 acres of private jungle wilderness, Pashan Garh draws inspiration from the stone houses of north and central India.  With breathtaking views of the dense forest and a nearby waterhole, the cottages have stone walls and airy architecture, creating the impression of a summer pavilion.  Accents of ebony, chocolate and white combine with a dramatic central shower in the bathroom; and a large veranda has a comfortable daybed that offers shelter from the heat of the day.  Fine Indian fare, prepared by expert chefs, is discreetly delivered using the unobtrusive butler hatches.  Pashan Garh – Cottage (B,L,D)

Day 4:  Panna National Park
Once the capital of the 16th-century Bundela Kingdom, Panna is recognized for its temples, however, today it is more renowned for the national park, which covers about 340 miles along the bank of the Ken River.  A wonderful spot for birders and wildlife lovers, the park is at its best in the early morning or late in the day, which is when you will do most of your exploring.  In an open vehicle, venture into the forest with its thick, wild vegetation.  Listen for some of the birds such as blossom-headed parakeet, red-belted cap wing, weaver and tree-pie.  Scan the terrain for antelope, chinkara, sambar, and boar.  If you are lucky, you may also catch sight of the endangered and elusive royal Bengal tiger.  Pashan  Garh – Cottage (B,L,D)

Day 5:  Panna National Park / Khajuraho
Khajuraho / Umaria (Private Jet – Avanti P 180)
Umaria / Bandhavgarh National Park
Transfer to Khajuraho airport and your private jet.  Fly to Umaria, where you meet your driver, who will drive you to Bandhavgarh National Park.  Upon arrival, check into Mahua Kothi.  Each of 12 charming suites or kutiyas (jungle village huts) is built in the vernacular style of central India.  Each is accessed through private courtyards.  Each suite features roll-down mats to keep out the early morning sun as well as overhead fans and air conditioning.  Guests can also make use of yoga amenities in a basket (complete with instructions), traditional Indian games of marbles and Chaupad.  Early morning tea is brought to each suite.  Bicycles in each courtyard issues an invitation to explore.  Mahua Kothi – Suite (B,L,D)

Day 6:  Bandhavgarh National Park
Early morning and afternoon excursions are be interspersed with time to relax during the heat of midday.  Although the royal Bengal tiger is the most-sought after encounters, the assortment of other wildlife is impressive the supporting cast of mammals and birds is very impressive.  Grey-headed fishing eagle, plum-headed parakeet, Malabar pied hornbill, greater racket-tailed drongo and Asian paradise flycatcher are among the more than 250 species recorded in the district.  Tiger, and the even more rarely seen leopards, have no shortage of prey in the reserve.  Spotted deer, chital, is among the favorite food for the big cats and are plentiful.  Other species include chinkara, chowsinga, wild boar, sambar, muntjac, and nilgai.  Nocturnal animals such as sloth bear, Indian fox, jackal and wolf are more difficult to spot.  You may hear sounds of wild boar rooting among the vegetation, Indian hares, and little palm squirrels that seem to be in a state of constant agitation and mongoose.  Rhesus macaques are often the first to bark out a warning of a tiger’s approach.  Mahua Kothi – Suite (B,L,D)

Day 7:  Bhandhavgarh National Park / Umaria
Umaria / Khajuraho (Private Jet – Avanti P 180)
Your private jet waits to take you to Khajuraho.  Today, discover the Eastern group of Khajuraho temples.  The temples date back more than 700 years, which Chandela kings had built according to the traditions of Tantric art.  Although famed for their erotic sculptures, the philosophy behind the temples is, in fact, a celebration of all aspects of life.  Experience the temples at night with a mesmerizing Sound & Light Show traces the story of these 10th century temples.  Taj Chandela – Deluxe Suite (B)

Day 8:  Khajuraho / Agra (Private Jet – Falcon 2000)
This morning, you investigate the more dramatic western group of temples, depicting erotic sculptures of love-making, images of Gods and Goddesses and celestial Nymphs.  It speaks very highly of the artistic creativity and imagination of the sculptors.  Later, you are escorted to the airport to connect your private flight to Agra, home of the legendary Taj Mahal.  In Agra, relish the luxury of a private view of what many call the greatest monument to love.  From your room, you witness this masterpiece in every sort of light.  It is easy to be swept away by the romance of the Taj in any light.  Your hotel is less than 2,000 feet from the Taj Mahal, and all our rooms, suites, lobby, bar and lounge offer breathtaking views of the monument.  Inspired by Moorish and Mughal architecture, the resort is a splendid display of terraced lawns, fountains, reflection pools and pavilions with rich interiors reminiscent of an era of emperors and princes.  Amarvilas – Deluxe Suite (B)

*Your touring while in Agra will be by Mercedes

Day 9:  Agra
Early this morning, begin with tea, coffee and cookies before venturing out this morning for spectacular views of the Taj Mahal’s brilliant white marble exterior just as the sun’s first rays peak over the horizon… a truly memorable experience.  Later this afternoon, you travel to the massive Agra Fort.  The elegant interiors reflect an evocative synthesis of Hindu and central Asian architectural styles.  Built by Emperor Akbar, the fort’s maze of courtyards, mosques and private chambers echo the story of the Mughal Empire.  The Moti Masjid and other magnificent buildings reflect the skill of the ancient Indian architects.  You complete the circle of the day with a sunset visit to the Taj Mahal.  The perfect symmetry in every aspect of its construction is enhanced by the inlay work of semi-precious stones in the marble in pietra dura style.  Amarvilas – Deluxe Suite (B)

Day 10:  Agra / Jaipur (Private Jet – Falcon 2000)
Jet to Jaipur and your hotel, Rambagh Palace, built in 1835.  For nearly two centuries, the palace has been home to generations of royals.  It was built on a modest scale for the queen’s favorite handmaiden.  It was later refurbished as a royal guesthouse and hunting lodge.  In 1925, Rambagh was converted into a palace, and became the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur’s family until 1957.  Today, it is the ‘jewel in the crown’ among the heritage properties of India.  Enjoy the remainder of the day exploring the arts and crafts of this established shopping destination.  An essential starting point for Rajasthan craftwork is block making and block printing.  You can also have an outfit custom tailored for you in record time.  The main attraction of Jaipur is its jewelry.  The city has a reputation for producing wonderful pieces that range from chunky tribal jewelry to modern diamond creations.  Kundan, the art of stone setting, and enamel jewelry are specialties here Jaipur is known, too, its gold and silver enameling.  Skilled gem-cutters carve enchanting creatures out of rock, crystal, jade, smoky topaz and amethyst.  Intaglio beads and crystal scent bottles are also available.  Rambagh Palace – Royal Suite (B)

*Your touring while in Jaipur will be in either a 1938 Chevrolet Dodge, Model DB 18, or a 1936 Chevrolet model 4-door Saloon

Day 11:  Jaipur
Your focus this morning is the impressive Amber Fort, a superb example of Rajput (Medieval Hindu) style of architecture.  You will ride up the ramparts to this hilltop as generations before you have… on the back of a caparisoned elephant.  Pass through the ancient main gate, where Maharajas of Jaipur have entered for four hundred years.  Learn about the history of this architectural masterwork and its mirror-studded alcoves, dazzling mosaics and water-cooled swings.  The Hawa Mahal, Palace of the Winds, is a five-story structure of pink sandstone with semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows that overlook the main street of the old city.  It was constructed in 1799 so that the veiled royal women would not be seen as they looked out at the world through 593 stone screens.  City Palace in the heart of the old city is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture.  The center of the complex is seven-story Chandra Palace.  Next door, Solar Observatory is an astronomical treasure house with a solar device that gives accurate predictions still.  Rambagh Palace – Royal Suite (B)

Day 12:  Jaipur / Udaipur (Private Jet – Falcon 2000)
When your private jet lands in Udaipur, you will be met and privately transferred to your hotel, the island Taj Lake Palace.  In the middle of Lake Pichola, this white marble and mosaic royal residence was built in 1746.  It spreads across a four-acre island.  It is both beautiful traditional and comfortably contemporary, insuring that each guest feels like royalty.  On an evening cruise, take in the scenes of daily life, bathing and laundry, and beyond he banks, the city and its great palace.  Lake Palace – Royal Suite (B)

*Your touring while in Udaipur will be in either Chrysler 1948 Windsor or 1926 Chevrolet.

Day 13:  Udaipur
Udaipur is a cool oasis in the dry heart of Rajasthan.  The huge city palace towers over the Lake Pichola and is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan.  It is a collection of architectural styles as it was built by a succession of rulers.  Even so, it manages to retain a uniformity of design.  Jagadish Temple enshrines a black stone image of Lord Vishnu with a brass image of his ‘vehicle’– a mighty bird, garuda.  The temple is an exquisite example of Indo-Aryan Art.

The Vintage & Classic Car Collection was unveiled to the public on February 15, 2000 at the Palace Udaipur.  Here, for the first time, people had the opportunity to see this astonishing collection of cars.  All the vehicles on show have belonged to the Maharanas of Mewar, both past and present.  Despite some vehicles being over seventy years old, each one has been painstakingly restored so that they are in working order.

The collection is housed in the original former Mewar State Motor Garage, a grand setting for such a fine assortment of vehicles.  The semi-circular motor garage with its forecourt is housed within a greater courtyard, creating a pleasant hideaway from the bustle of the streets.  One of the original Shell petrol pump is not only still standing, but also in a usable condition.  The motor garage itself was built at a time when the only cars in town belonged to the Mewar State Motor Garage, and the present day surroundings make this garage as wonderfully stylish as it must always have been.  The fascinating collection ranges from a 1950 Morris Minor, to a 1934 Rolls - Royce Phantom II, to a 1946 MG TC, to a 1947 Vauxhall 12, which was one of the first cars to be restored in the palace workshop.  Lake Palace – Royal Suite (B)

Day 14:  Udaipur / Mumbai (Private Jet – Falcon 2000)
Fly to Mumbai, where you are and privately transferred to your hotel.  Set out by boat to Elephanta Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Here, you tour Elephanta Caves, which contain sculptures and high reliefs in stone of Hindu deities.  These works of art were created over the years beginning late in the sixth century.  The cave entrance is reached by climbing more than 100 steps to the top of a hill.  Inside, a large hall features rows of columns that appear to hold up the roof of the cave.  Crossbeams complete the illusion of a ceiling.  A series of captivating sculptured panels, nine in all, are set like a tableau.  Little is known about the creators of this ancient architecture, however, what they left behind seems infused with a life of their own.  The magical interplay of light and shade only intensifies the overall atmosphere.  The temple is symmetrical, with the important focal points worked out in a geometrical mandala, the mysti
design that represents an energy field.  Four entrances to the shrine are flanked by large guardian figures.  Taj Mahal Palace & Tower – Grand Luxury Sea View (B)

*Your touring while in Mumbai will be by Jaguar

Day 15:  Mumbai
This morning, engage with the energy and frenzy of Mumbai.  Like so much of India, this city of 15 million is a bundle of contradictions.  Brushed by breezes off the Arabian Sea, its weathered Victorian mansions, some still privately owned, and many of the grand public buildings stand as quiet testimony to the days of the British Raj.  But Mumbai today is a vibrant, often aggressive mix of both affluence and poverty, modernity and tradition.  Mumbai’s landmark is the Gateway to India.  This elegant stone archway dates from the days when Mumbai was known as Bombay; and it was hastily erected in 1911 as a symbol of welcome to Queen Mary and King George V of England on their visit to India.  Later, artisans added decorative carvings and lovely window carvings.  The hanging gardens above Malabar Hill were laid out in the early 1880s.  From there, you enjoy panoramic views of the Arabian Sea.  The Prince of Wales Museum exhibits a rich collection of antique miniature paintings, Nepalese and Tibetan art, while Jehangir Gallery focuses on contemporary Indian artists.  Mani Bhavan is now a museum dedicated to its former occupant, one of the great leaders of the modern world, Mahatma Gandhi.  Stroll through teeming bazaars crammed with antiques, jewelry, produce, flowers, and an array of handcrafted wares.  Taj Mahal Palace & Tower – Grand Luxury Sea View (B)

Day 16:  Mumbai / Depart
Transfer to the international airport to board your flight home.  (B)

Land price, per person, double occupancy:  $133,690

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