For those with limited time, or to get that primer experience of Kerala in one day, we recommend a day spent in the quaint area of Fort Kochi, in Ernakulam District. The imagery that is iconic to Kerala: The Chinese Fishing nets, the classic antiques of Kerala, well preserved colonial architecture especially from the Dutch era, but also remnants of Portuguese and British influence, all go to create a fantastic immersion for a visitor. This natural everyday life, coupled with displays of culture in the form of performances in cultural centres (Kathakali dance, Kalaripayattu Martial Arts) take you deep in your understanding and experience, while our guide fills you with stories of the past and present of Kochi. Note: Accompanying officials including bodyguards, are charged the same way as tourists
Located on the banks of the river Macchu, Wankaner gets its name from the river itself, literally translating to ‘river-bend’ in Gujarati. The royal family of Wankaner was once the fountainhead of the Jhala clan, hailed for their leadership and glory by erstwhile royal families across the present state. During your tour, you would enjoy the hospitality of the royal family of Wankaner, and you will stay at their heritage hotel, the Royal Oasis. You will also enjoy a privately guided tour of the magnificent Royal Ranjit Villas Palace, built in the year 1907. The evening prayers at the Swaminarayan Temple will help you get a glimpse into the state’s well preserved, ancient culture. Nature treks, bird watching tours, horse riding experiences cater to the adventurous and nature loving visitor, and you get a chance to visit the beautiful Asiatic wild ass’s last remaining breeding sanctuary, and the Greater Flamingo’s largest local habitat.
Utelia is a small village located an hour and a half away from Ahmedabad, 4kms off the Ahmedabad – Bhavnagar highway. The village is home to the magnificent Utelia Palace, built by Bhav Sinhji, a member of the Vaghleela Rajput clan which ruled the greater parts of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Reva and Malwa. The 3 night – 4 day tour encompasses a variety of experiences in optimum time. From a journey through Royal history at the palace of Utelia, to time travel arriving at 3700 BC, when you visit the ruins of the ancient civilization unearthed in the town of Lothal; from tribal rituals settlements and chais with village chiefs, to walks through villages and conversations with people of the villages; and ending with a glimpse into the conserved, wild life of the black bucks in their Sanctuary.
Set in the heart of the Rann of Kutch, this westernmost princely province of India is not only known for its stunning landscape, but also for its fascinating craft culture, delicious local cuisine, royal heritage, architecture, folklore and history, rife with trials brought on by natural disasters like earthquakes. On our tours, you get to stay with the Royal Family of Bhuj. They take you on exclusive tours of their private museums, dine with you, cookout with you, visit their favourite viewpoints, and so much more. You also get to visit 17 crafts’ communities that live around Bhuj, hear stories from the region’s best local story tellers, and take long drives into the magical white desert.
This is a four-day tour that brings you to the holy pilgrim destination of the Jain religion, while you are also hosted by royal families of Bhavnagar and Palitana. You not only get to see the most magnificent temple architecture but also get an intimate view into the lifestyles of erstwhile royal families of the state of Gujarat, a federation of nearly 260 of India’s princely states.
Delhi is a great place for not just designer clothes and home furnishing, but also a hub where you can source craft from surrounding towns that hold age old traditions in jute carpet weaving, blown glass, metal craft, fabric craft etc.
The bustling bylanes of old Delhi, founded as Shahjahanabad in 1639, when Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor at the time, decided to shift the Mughal capital from Agra. It was once filled with mansions of nobles and members of the royal court, along with elegant mosques and gardens. Today, despite having become extremely crowded and dilapidated, there are some old havelis still standing among the spice and convenience market places, and old Delhi is symbolic memorial of the pre-British era.
The capital city of India is best experienced in small doses. Long, complex itineraries can leave one weary and overwhelmed. The best way to set out is with a driving tour of New Delhi, designed by British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens 1911, covering 43 sq km. Note: Accompanying officials including bodyguards, are charged the same way as tourists.
Our Countryside tours take you for a long drive out of the madness and noise of the city, into the calm, organic outskirts. This is a custom tailored tour that can be designed to suit your mood and interests. Possibilities include: a visit to an ancient temple, a privately hosted lunch in an elegant family farmhouse, or lunch in a village home, a walk through a village, a visit to a silk worm breeding village, and wine tasting and a meal in a magical vineyard are the highlights.