Islands and Tigers
In our humble opinion, this Yonder journey is exceptional, leaving Yonderers wowed by the brilliance of India. It beautifully encapsulates India’s immense diversity, stunning natural habitats and majestic culture, with a healthy helping of luxury along the way.
We have sewn together a journey that will overwhelm your senses. From the ultimate Robinson Crusoe experience, cut off from the world on pristine desert island beaches, to the thrill of meeting Mowgli’s magnificent foe the Royal Bengal tiger, to the mind-boggling hilltop forts and dazzling palaces of the Maharajas, this is an experience to savour.
*Every Yonder itinerary is uniquely created to suit our individual clients. Destinations, hotels, lengths of stay and even modes of transport are all decided by you, with the help of our local knowledge and expert guidance.
Along the way, you’ll sample sublime regional cuisine, a broad sweep of indulgent hospitality styles and exceptional experiences that will leave you wanting to come back for more.
For us, the discovery of the unspoiled Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the excitement of Ranthambore National Park and intrigue of Jaipur is a delectable combination that will provide a myriad of vivid memories.
Jet into Chennai on the eastern edge of India to start your Islands And Tigers journey. After your long-haul flight, hole up in the Trident, just a short drive from the airport perimeter, and experience your first taste of India. The spa is excellent and kicking around in the pool will offer your legs some welcome activity before an indulgent dinner in one of the hotel restaurants.
The alarm clock will go off early for the flight far across the bay of Bengal to Port Blair, capital of the Andaman and Nicobar islands. You’ll be transferred to the charming but ramshackled centre of town where you can leave your luggage with your driver and venture off for an hour or so to explore the markets and witness daily life in this far-flung Indian territory. Your driver will be waiting to transport you to the simple ferry terminal for your boat journey, taking approx 2hrs, to Havelock island. On arrival you’ll be driven to Barefoot, a simple lodge on the most beautiful beach in Asia. And now it’s up to you how to spend your days in paradise.
It’s time to pack up your bat and ball and push the snorkel to the bottom of your suitcase. You’ll leave your hotel on Havelock at the crack of dawn to get the morning ferry back to Port Blair. One of our top picks is a brief visit to the fascinating museum at the Circular Jail and then on to the airport for the return flight to Chennai where you will overnight again at the Trident.
Another early start to catch the first flight to Jaipur but boy is it worth it for the experience at the other end. Jump in the waiting car and wind your way through the spectacular Rajasthani countryside for around four hours until you hit Ranthambore National Park. Waiting for you as your car pulls into Sher Bagh is a khaki clad butler with a silver tray. And yes, a fragrant cold towel and a cut glass of bubbles to ease any discomfort after your chauffeur-driven ride. Over the coming days, you’ll go out on two morning and two afternoon game drives into one of the most beautiful game reserves in India. And of course, excitement will be high at the thought of meeting its famous amber striped residents as well as many other exciting creatures
After a final leisurely breakfast at your tented camp on the edge of Ranthambore, your driver will once again reappear to transfer you back to Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan. You’ll check in at Rajmahal Palace, a stunning game changer in the Indian boutique hotel scene. The Pink City is home the a number of enthralling sites including Hawa Mahal, palace of the winds, the City Palace and the Jantar Mantar observatory, a Yonder favourite. You’ll have the exclusive services of a driver and guide to effortlessly show you around this showpiece city.
On your last day, you’ll fly from Jaipur back to Delhi. Upon arrival at the airport in Delhi you’ll be transported between terminals and will then check in for your international flight.
What you get for your money
This itinerary would typically cost from £2,900pp per person staying in the specified hotels and having the services of a private chauffeur and guide, excluding international flights. The costs can vary based on season, room type and board basis. All our holidays are tailor-made and can be created around your budget.