Royal Gateway
Visit the major cities of India to experience a perfect blend –of party city life, heritage, culture, cuisine, beaches, wildlife, gay life, health and well-being. Beginning with a visit to India’s political capital, Delhi, you spend a day in Agra before moving on to Jaipur, the capital of a major Rajput kingdom in pre-independence India; Hyderabad, another major princely state located in the Deccan; Bangalore, India’s Silicon Valley and Goa, the land of sunny beaches before ending at Mumbai, the business capital of India.

  • Code: Ultra Luxury (Partly, a personal concierge tour)
  • Duration: 15 Nights
  • Destinations: Delhi with visit to Agra (3), Jaipur (2), Hyderabad (2), Kabini (2), Bangalore (2), Goa (2) & Mumbai (2)
  • Theme: An amazing blend!!
  • Experience Highlights:
    1. Visit World Heritage sites in Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Goa—Humayun’s Tomb; Jantar Mantar, the Taj Mahal and the Basilica of Bom Jesus.
    2. Enjoy excursions to spot wildlife in Kabini, accompanied by a trained naturalist.
    3. An opportunity to go cycling or meeting the local communities in Kabini.
    4. Visit temples, mosques, cathedrals, palaces, tombs, forts and gardens of Bangalore.
    5. Discover the Deccan with Hyderabad and the Taj Falaknuma Palace, a lifetime experience.
    6. Visit the Jiva Spa in Mumbai and the OMA Spa in Kabini.
    7. Savor authentic Rajasthani, Hyderabadi and Goan specialties prepared for you; and a Royal Dinner.
    8. Enjoy Goa; its beaches- a blissful experience or the night life- leading to dawns!.
    9. Participate in the night life of India’s major metros.
    10. Meet and interact with like-minded people.
    11. Relaxation therapies by Gay massage therapists.
    12. Enjoy Gay Homes and your charming hosts as they add to your night and city life experience.
  • Contact us for reservations & more details. All Experiences can be tailor-made to suit your interests and travel preferences…
Day 1: (Sunday) Arrive in Delhi, India 
Arrive at Delhi International Airport.

Delhi, the administrative and political capital of India, is a major tourist attraction and a perfect start for a holiday in India, because of its rich heritage and cultural past, revealed in its monuments, parks, Government buildings and other places of interest. Delhi’s attractions range from forts and monuments dating back a thousand years to modern shopping malls, nightclubs and golf courses, as well as a wide range of cuisines to suit every taste.

Upon clearing Customs and Immigration, a pinkEscapes personal concierge will meet you to extend a warm welcome. Drive through the Diplomatic Enclave to arrive at your hotel. Your personal concierge will provide assistance with check in and will present you with a welcome pack, including all necessary documentation as well as the travel plan. Your personal concierge will be available 24x7 to ensure that you are well looked after throughout your India Experience.

Enjoy the rest of the day / night at leisure.

Spend three nights at The Leela Palace in a Junior Suite.

 
 
Day 2: (Monday) Delhi 
After breakfast, go sightseeing in Old and New Delhi. Begin with Birla Mandir, a modern and colorful Hindu temple. Then visit Shajahanabad, the 17th-century city built by the fifth Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan. Admire the famous and opulent Red Fort, as well as the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. Take a short rickshaw ride through the colorful bazaars of Chandni Chowk. Stop at Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation, was cremated. Enjoy lunch at one of the oldest restaurants in Delhi, which features interesting interiors and delectable cuisine.

A tour of New Delhi includes a drive down the spectacular Rajpath, a photo stop at the India Gate, and glimpses of Rashtrapati Bhavan and Parliament House. Visit the breathtaking Humayun's Tomb, considered a model for the Taj Mahal. Also visit Qutub Minar, the defining landmark of Delhi. There are many other monuments in the complex that surrounds it.

Enjoy the services of a pleasant gay massage therapist for a relaxing in-room, hour-long massage at the hotel.

In the evening, your personal concierge takes you to visit a royal family, where they demonstrate how to cook an exotic dish associated with their state. Enjoy dinner with the family and then return to your Hotel.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 3: (Tuesday) Delhi (Day trip to Agra – 3 hour long drive) 
After breakfast, leave for Agra with your concierge using a private car. Agra is not just the city of the Taj Mahal—it was, during the 16th and early 17th century, also the capital of Mughal India. Babur is known to have laid out the first formal Persian-style garden here, and Akbar built the first of his many forts, which his successors embellished with several pavilions, palaces and mosques.

Visit the Taj Mahal, to observe the glowing light of the sun on its opaque white dome. Drive to its west gate in a horse drawn carriage.

Proceed to Hotel to unwind before meeting an astrologer cum palmist, for a private consultation, to gain insights into your life and destiny. Enjoy lunch at the hotel and continue the tour, with a visit to the Agra Fort.

Leave for Delhi in the early evening. After arriving in Delhi, take a short break in the hotel to freshen up before heading out again.

In the evening, a well-groomed gay host takes you for cocktails to a Gay Home OR a Gay party at a local bar to meet like-minded people and witness Indian hospitality at its best. Return to your hotel after a memorable evening.

Meals :: B L
 
 
Day 4: (Wednesday) Delhi - Jaipur 
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur (about 6 hours drive), using private transport.

In Jaipur, you will be welcomed in the traditional Rajasthani style, with garlands, aarti and tika. Jaipur is also known as the Pink City because of the terra-cotta-colored lime plaster that coats the old part of the city. Enjoy your award-winning exclusive resort, where you will lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Enjoy a sky ballooning experience to get an aerial view of the city followed by a short ride in a vintage car through the Old City this evening, with a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal and some time for shopping - Jaipur is a hub for textiles and precious stones. Enjoy an elephant safari and an authentic dinner at a camp run by a local family. The camp is situated at the foothills of the Aravali Range, offer safari expoerience and surrounded by the wilderness of a reserved forest; it provides an evening in the comforts of an exclusive environment, rustic yet luxurious.

Spend two nights at The Tree of Life in a Luxury Pool Villa.

 
 
Day 5: (Thursday) In Jaipur 
Visit Amber Fort after breakfast, on elephant back, to marvel at the Sheesh Mahal, Dewan-i-Am and the gardens. Visit Artchill, a gallery that displays Indian art, with a photo stop at Jal Mahal, the monsoon palace of the Jaipur Maharajas. You might get to witness a private show by a child magician. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at a centrally located Haveli offering personalized service in an authentic setting with its understated luxury, antique furniture, furnishings and original works of art. After lunch, tour the City Palace and its many palatial components--Mubarak Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Badal Mahal and the Sri Govind Dev temple—as well as Jantar Mantar, the observatory, a world heritage site.

On arrival at the hotel, a pleasant Gay-Friendly massage therapist provides a rejuvenating massage either at the private beds by the pool in your Villa or the spa.

Enjoy an exquisitely laid-out evening meal by the pool of your Villa. Unwind in the lap of luxury as you savor the signature dishes planned specially for you by the hotel’s master chef.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 6: (Friday) Jaipur - Hyderabad 
Early this morning board your flight to Hyderabad and enjoy breakfast on board.

Hyderabad, known as the Pearl City (because it is the center of the pearl trade in India), offers a variety of tourist attractions from heritage monuments, lakes, gardens and museums, to delectable cuisine and a delightful shopping experience. Hyderabad is a mixture of old-world charm and modernity, where science centers coexist with architectural glories of the past. Its cuisine, a mixture of Arabic, Turkish, Irani, Mughal, Telengana and Marathwada food, is typified in the Hyderabadi biryani.

Upon arrival, you will be met by a pinkEscapes representative, who will transfer you to the hotel for check-in.

Take a tour of Hyderabad with your guide, visiting the Salar Jung Museum, Charminar and Mecca Mosque. The city’s juxtaposition of old and new makes a walk in the street a memorable experience.

The Salar Jung Museum, which is closed on Fridays, houses, one of the largest collections of antiques in the world, put together by one man, Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, Salar Jung III. The collection includes Persian carpets; Mughal miniatures; Chinese porcelain; Japanese lacquer-ware; famous statues, including the Veiled Rebecca and Marguerite and Mephistopheles; a superb collection of jade; daggers belonging to Queen Noor Jahan and the Emperors Jahangir and Shah Jahan; Aurangzeb’s sword and many other fabulous items.

The Charminar is as much a symbol of Hyderabad as the Taj Mahal is of Agra. Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, the founder of Hyderabad, built Charminar, a mosque, in 1591 at the centre of his city as a charm to ward off a deadly epidemic raging at that time. It is illuminated in the evenings and there are plans to pedestrianize the area around the monument.

Mecca Masjid, so called because the bricks for the central arch came from Mecca, is located two hundred yards southwest of the Charminar. The Qutb Shahis never finished building the mosque, which was completed by Aurangzeb in 1694.

Luxuriate amid the beauty of silks and Persian rugs and in the light of beautiful candelabras, an experience as divine as the culinary offerings. A Shahi Dastarkhan has been recreated down to the last, romantic detail and provides an unforgettable glimpse of the dining experiences of the Nizam himself. Allow the palace butlers to fuss over you as they serve you course-by-course in true, time honored tradition.

Spend two nights at the Taj Falaknuma Palace in the Historic Suite.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 7: (Saturday) In Hyderabad 
After a leisurely breakfast in the hotel, visit Golconda Fort with your guide. The fort, which is a majestic monument on the western outskirts of the city, was built by the Qutub Shahi kings. Its diamond mines were famous—the Kohinoor came from these mines. Also visit the Qutub Shahi Tombs, which are a perfect blend of Indian and Persian architectural forms, and are constructed in gray granite decorated with exquisite ornamentation.

Later visit the Paigah Tombs, where the sons-in-law of the Nizams of Hyderabad are buried. These are unique specimens of extraordinary artistry, visible in the wonderfully inlaid mosaic work. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or explore the local bazaar.

In the evening a well groomed Gay host takes out you for dinner and shows you the Gay night life of the city with a Gay Party. Retire to the comfort of your room after a memorable evening.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 8: (Sunday) Hyderabad – Bangalore - Kabini 
Early this morning, board the Bangalore flight at the airport and enjoy breakfast on board. On arrival in Bangalore, you will proceed on a drive to Kabini (about 5 hours).

Kabini, considered one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka, is known to possess the largest population of Asiatic elephants, as well as a wide variety of birds and other wildlife, including barking deer, chital, sambhar, panthers, sloth bears, leopards, gaurs, antelopes, crocodiles, tigers, cobras and pythons. It features 60 sq km of static water that bifurcates the national parks of Nagarhole and Bandipur.

On arrival, check in at your resort and enjoy lunch. Later in the afternoon, proceed on a jeep safari into the Rajiv Gandhi National Park, accompanied by a trained naturalist, to observe various forms of wildlife in their natural habitat. In the evening, enjoy the cultural activity planned by the resort, followed by dinner.

Spend two nights at The Serai in the Waterfront Villa.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 9: (Monday) In Kabini 
Kabini is considered to be one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka, famous for its spectacular bird life, by the backwaters of the Kabini River, a tributary of the Cauvery. Kabini provides you a wonderful scenic view of greenery, full of life and natural beauty.

In the early morning, go on a boat safari to observe a wide variety of water birds and marsh crocodiles. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Spend your leisure exploring the wilderness and the scenic resort.

Later in the afternoon, you could opt to visit a tribal community living in the forest via a bicycle trail, spend an afternoon at leisure or indulge in the spa.

OMÃ spa at the hotel is an ideal place for physical, mental and spiritual rejuvenation. It offers a unique blend of Indian and International treatments and approaches, and the therapists devote themselves entirely to your physical and spiritual well being.

In the evening, explore the library, watch a wildlife movie or savor a cocktail at the hotel bar before dinner.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 10: (Tuesday) Kabini - Bangalore 
After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, drive to Bangalore (about 5 hours). Make a stop en route at Srirangapatanam, to visit the Ranganathaswamy temple, a Vaishnavite center of pilgrimage built by rulers of the Ganga dynasty in the 9th century. On arrival in Bangalore, check in at your hotel and unwind.

Bangalore (Bengaluru), founded by Kempe Gowda, is a well-laid out city with many spacious gardens. Hence, it is known as the Garden City. It is also called the Silicon Valley of India, because so many IT firms are based here. Although Bangalore is now dotted with pubs, discos and other modern hangouts, remnants of the old city are still visible.

In the evening, a well-groomed Gay host takes you out to dinner, and shows you the Gay / Night life of the city. After a memorable evening, retire to the comfort of your hotel.

Spend two nights at The Leela Palace in the Royal Club Suite.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 11: (Wednesday) In Bangalore 
Enjoy the services of a pleasant gay massage therapist for a relaxing in-room, hour-long massage at the hotel.

Proceed on a half-day tour of Bangalore with your guide. Visit the Bangalore Fort, built in the late 18th century, and noted for its beautifully carved Islamic-style arches on the gate walls and the well-preserved Ganesha Temple within its precincts. Also go to the Bull Temple situated south of Bangalore, to view the massive 15-foot sculpture of the Basava or bull vehicle of Lord Shiva. Walk through Cubbon Park, a beautiful 300-acre landscape laid out in 1864 that also includes the public library and a museum. The 240-acre Lal Bagh features the largest collection of rare tropical and sub-tropical plants and trees at least a hundred years old, as well as fountains, terraces, lotus pools, rose gardens, a deer park and a greenhouse. Drive past Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore’s most majestic-looking landmark, built in a neo-Dravidian style, which houses the Secretariat, the State legislature and several other Government offices.

In the evening, visit a Gay Home for a cocktail evening and go with the flow with your Pink Host and his friends. After a memorable evening retire to the comfort of your hotel.

Meals :: B L
 
 
Day 12: (Thursday) Bangalore – Goa 
Enjoy a morning of leisure at the hotel over breakfast and then drive to the airport to hop on a short flight to Goa, enjoy a snack lunch on board. Arrive at the Goa airport, met by a pinkEscapes representative and driven to your resort. Spend the day at leisure in the resort.

Goa, at one time a Portuguese colony, is known for its splendid beaches, beautiful rivers and lakes, rich architectural heritage, a vibrant night-life and a cuisine that blends the best of the Konkan coast with Portuguese influences.

Enjoy the company of a smart Gay Host at your hotel for cocktails and dinner. Perhaps you could step out with your host to visit the local bars, depending on your mood!

Spend two nights at the Taj Exotica in the Sea View Villa Room.

Meals :: B L
 
 
Day 13: (Friday) Goa 
After breakfast, proceed with your guide to tour the churches and beaches in Panjim. Begin with the palm-fringed beach of Dona Paula, named after Dona Paula de Menezes, the daughter of a Portuguese viceroy; this beach is frequently featured in Bollywood movies and a popular water sports hub. Then visit Miramar Beach, close to Panaji, popular with locals and tourists, and a good viewing spot for Aguada Fort, located across the Mondovi.

Take a drive around Fountainhas, the oldest and the most interesting district of Panjim, and savor lunch at the Balcony Restaurant in Panjim Inn, a quaint Indo-Portuguese specialty cuisine restaurant. After lunch, pay a visit to the Basilica of Bom Jesus, an epitome of Baroque architecture dedicated to the baby Jesus and a World Heritage monument that houses the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, the patron saint of Goa.

Later visit the Se Cathedral of Santa Catherina, one of the largest churches in Asia, dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria that contains the Golden Bell used during the Goa Inquisition. The Archaeological Museum in the abandoned Convent of St. Francis of Assisi, which houses and displays portraits and sculptures from the prehistoric to the medieval period, is worth a visit.

Return at sunset to your hotel, to spend the evening at leisure, and take a walk on the beach to soak in the essence of Goa. A mesmerizing romantic / fun-filled culinary surprise created by the hotel awaits you this evening.

Meals :: B L
 
 
Day 14: (Saturday) Goa - Mumbai 
Enjoy an early-morning yoga class with a master, providing deep insight into its ancient science and traditions. Use time to take a dip in the ocean or go for a walk on the beach. Early afternoon, take a flight to Mumbai and enjoy a snack lunch on board. On arrival in Mumbai, check in at your hotel and unwind.

Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra, is the commercial capital of India. Mumbai is a lively city, its people constantly on the move. It is home to millions of people, many of whom come from all over the country and other parts of the world as tourists, workers, students, businesspersons or actors, and never leave. It has been heavily influenced by the liberalization of the economy.

On arrival enjoy the services of a pleasant gay massage therapist for a relaxing in-room, hour-long massage at the hotel.

In the evening, a well-groomed gay host takes you for dinner, followed by a Gay Party, to meet like-minded people. Return to your hotel after a memorable evening.

Spend two nights at the Taj Mahal Palace in the Executive Suite.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 15: (Sunday) In Mumbai 
After breakfast, go sightseeing in Mumbai. Visit the Gateway of India, located on the waterfront in the Apollo Bunder area of South Mumbai, which was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay, in December 1911. Later, take a short ferry ride to the island of Elephanta, famous for its rock-cut caves, which display remarkable craftsmanship, by artists of the late 5th to the late 8th century. Enjoy lunch at a city café / restaurant to experience the pulsating street life of Mumbai.

Continue your tour with the Dhobi Ghat, the largest open-air laundry in the world, where sheets and garments from Mumbai's hotels, hospitals and other establishments are hand-washed. Visit Mani Bhavan, where Mahatma Gandhi often stayed on his visits to Mumbai and initiated the Non-Cooperation Movement, maintained as a memorial since 1955. Drive to the Fort area to view colonial architecture.

Spend a leisurely evening at the hotel and enjoy dinner at one of its restaurants. We recommend trying the signature cocktail at the Harbor Bar before choosing a restaurant of your choice.

 
 
Day 16: (Monday) Depart Mumbai 
Enjoy a morning of leisure. Indulge in the hotel’s Jiva Spa at the hotel - offering the best in Indian rejuvenation therapies ranging from Indian aromatherapy massages, time-honored Indian treatments, body scrubs and wraps with natural products in a fresh and harmonious setting. Signature Jiva Spa experiences bring guests the essence of traditional royal wellness and therapeutic experiences. Late in the afternoon, check out and take a light sightseeing tour of suburban Mumbai – Juhu Beach & Iskcon temple, before proceeding for farewell dinner at an upscale restaurant. Arrive at the airport in time to board your flight back home. Relive the memories of your mesmerizing India Experience in the Skies, longing to come back again to explore many wonders of the Indian Subcontinent.

Meals :: B D
 
 
Contact us for reservations & more details. All Experiences can be tailor-made to suit your interests and travel preferences…
Day City Hotels Room Category
1DelhiThe Leela PalaceJunior Suite
2DelhiThe Leela PalaceJunior Suite
3DelhiThe Leela PalaceJunior Suite
4JaipurTree of Life Spa & ResortLuxury Pool Villa
5JaipurTree of Life Spa & ResortLuxury Pool Villa
6HyderabadTaj Falaknuma PlaceHistoric Suite
7HyderabadTaj Falaknuma PlaceHistoric Suite
8KabiniThe SeraiWaterfront Villa
9KabiniThe SeraiWaterfront Villa
10BangalorThe Leela PalaceRoyal Club Suite
11BangalorThe Leela PalaceRoyal Club Suite
12GoaTaj ExoticaVilla Room - Sea View
13GoaTaj ExoticaVilla Room - Sea View
14MumbaiThe Taj Mahal PalaceExecutive Suite
15MumbaiThe Taj Mahal PalaceExecutive Suite
Contact us for reservations & more details. All Experiences can be tailor-made to suit your interests and travel preferences...
:: Dream Escape to Lonavala & Khandala

Visit these hill stations in the Western Ghats, which are popular not just for their natural beauties but also for their Bollywood associations. Khandala, which is on the Mumbai-Pune expressway, is a popular hiking destination—if you climb up Duke’s Nose, you get a panoramic view of the valley. You can also visit the rock-cut caves of Karla and Bhaja, both known for their Buddhist associations. Lonavala is also on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and comes into its own in the monsoons. Visit the fortresses of Lohagad, Tungi and Visapur, which are located here.

Duration: 2 Nights

Destinations: 2 Nights Lonavala & Khandala

Theme: Nature & Rejuvenation

:: Magnificent Ajanta & Ellora

Enjoy a visit to these magnificent caves, which provide fine examples of the Indian muralists’ art in the ancient period and inspired the Bengal School of art in the early 20th century.

Duration: 3 Nights

Destinations: 3 Nights Aurangabad

Theme: Heritage

:: Varanasi Halo

Witness the ageless rituals of Hinduism at Varanasi on the banks of the River Ganges. Visit Sarnath for an insight in to Buddhist philosophy.

Duration: 2 Nights

Destinations: 1 Nights Varanasi & 1 Night Delhi

Theme: Religion, Heritage & Culture

Contact us for reservations & more details. All Experiences can be tailor-made to suit your interests and travel preferences…
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