Multi-Day Tour

Royal Palaces of India (16 days)

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Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2018

Royal Palaces of India (16 days)

Day 1

En Route

Day 12


Day 13


Day 14


Day 16

Arrive home


Day 1
En Route
N/a None
En route to India.
Day 2
Delhi, India
The Leela Palace None
Touch down India. It's a different world-the smell of cardamom and curry, the sight of brilliant silk saris, the sound of Bollywood hit songs… just like that, you're swept away in Micato's India. Our Micato staff members will accompany you to your awaiting vehicle. As we drive through Delhi, we'll marvel at this cultural and historical centre of India's past and future. India's capital is liberally sprinkled with one-of-a-kind gems: gorgeous ancient monuments, incredible performances, enthralling museums, and some of India's best restaurants. Located in Delhi's leafy Diplomatic Enclave, the Leela Palace looks like a modern palace, and elegantly lives up to its looks with masterful service and luxe amenities large and small.
Day 3
Delhi, India
The Leela Palace Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Enjoy a morning at leisure. Later, meet your Micato Tour Director for a briefing over lunch before embarking on an exploration of New Delhi's tree-lined streets that exhibit a unique blend of monumental British and Indian styles. At one end of the avenue known as Rajpath is India Gate, a triumphal war memorial arch commemorating Indian soldiers who fought for the British in the wars of the early 20th century. At the other end stands the Rashtrapati Bhavan, built originally for the British Viceroy and now the official residence of the President of India. Continue to Humayun's Tomb, which lies buried in this magnificent monument built in red sandstone. The design, by Haji Begum (Humayun's first wife), was way ahead of the times and is the basis for the design of the Taj Mahal! You will also visit the Gandhi Smriti memorial, the sacred place where Mahatma Gandhi's epic life ended in 1948. On display in the museum are Gandhiji's personal belongings along with some rare photographs, relics
Day 4
Delhi, India
The Leela Palace Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Continue your exploration of the city as you embark on a visit to Old Delhi. Brightly coloured cycle rickshaws are the best way to navigate the bustling alleyways. Each 'gali' or lane specializes in a different commodity ranging from brightly coloured bangles, shining silverware, gold jewellery, fragrant flowers, brilliantly dyed fabrics, and sumptuous food cooked to order. You'll also visit India's largest mosque Jama Masjid, originally known as 'Masjid-I-Jahan-Numa', meaning 'the mosque with a commanding view of the world'. Next, visit a Gurudwara or Sikh Temple. The three main functions carried out in all public Gurdwaras are Kirtan (singing of hymns), Katha (the reading of the holy book), and Langar (a free community kitchen for visitors of all religions). Visit the community kitchen where you will see how food is cooked and served daily for a thousand visitors. Micato will arrange food supplies as a contribution for the day's meal, and you are welcome to lend a helping hand. After
Day 5
Agra, India
Oberoi Amarvilas Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Agra is our destination today. Beloved Agra was the capital of the Mughals in the 16th and 17th centuries, and most of the Mughals' most famous monuments are here: including the magical Taj Mahal, Emperor Shah Jahan's enduring monument to his love, a shining vision of pure white marble. Oberoi Amarvilas takes you back to an era of Emperors and Princes. You'll certainly feel like royalty in your gorgeous room, decorated in teak and sandstone, but it all pales in comparison to your view: the Oberoi is right across the way from the Taj Mahal, and your view of this glorious creation is unparalleled. The Emperor's wife died during childbirth, and he resolved to build her a memorial surpassing anything the world had ever seen in beauty. After feasting your eyes on the masterpiece, we dine at Peshawri at ITC Mughal - an authentic Indian dining experience.
Day 6
Agra, India
Oberoi Amarvilas Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We rise early to stroll through the grounds and interior of the majestic Taj Mahal, this time to view the white marble tinged with the pink of dawn, the gentle opalescent sunrise shining up from the reflecting pools. Agra Fort, which lies on the bend of the River Yamuna, dominates the centre of the city with its grand imposing gates, walls of red sandstone and moat. Next, visit an artisanal marble inlay processing unit. Here you will see how craftsmen skilfully create a beautiful inlay of precious and semi-precious stones into the marble. This afternoon is at leisure. At sunset, proceed to Mehtab Bagh, a site across the river that affords a spectacular view of the Taj Mahal. In the serene gardens, we begin to understand the spell this World Wonder casts over all who visit.
Day 7
Jaipur, India
Rambagh Palace Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Next we continue our journey and drive to Jaipur. India's famous 'Pink City' is so called because its walls were painted pink to honour visiting royalty in the 1800's - the Prince of Wales. The former residence of the Maharajah of Jaipur, the breathtaking Rambagh Palace is spectacular with its terraced lawns and ornate pavilions. Your opulent rooms combined with the incredibly intuitive service of the staff, will make you wonder if perhaps you are royalty, after all. This afternoon, we visit the City Palace complex, which continues to evoke the splendour of a bygone era. Here you take the insider's tour-your guide knows all the legends that make the Palace such a memorable place to visit. You also have the opportunity for a hands-on lesson in ancient Indian astrology. The Jantar Mantar, literally translated as 'calculation instrument,' is an extravagant observatory. Learn to use the observatory as it was meant -to view and calculate the movements of the planets and stars.
Day 8
Jaipur, India
Rambagh Palace Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Early this morning, enjoy a novel experience - a balloon adventure over Jaipur! The rest of this morning is at leisure. Jaipur is a shopper's paradise, so we recommend experiencing the colourful mosaic of an Indian shopping spree. You will also see the bustling alleyways of the old world flower and spice markets. Walking the streets of the bazaar area is an unforgettable experience in itself. Later this afternoon, you will visit the majestic Amber Fort which towers over the crest of a rugged hilltop and overlooks Lake Moata. The favourite activity of the day will no doubt be getting up close and personal with the Asian elephants by painting them with traditional Indian designs. The elephants love the attention, and luxuriate in being pampered! Once the elephant is painted, jump aboard. Your ride takes you through a private forest area, past a medieval fortress and culminates with a delectable al-fresco dinner.
Day 9
Jaipur, India
Rambagh Palace Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning, we venture out of the city-through the arid Rajasthani countryside, sprinkled with vivid colour-to the quaint nearby village of Samode. Once a rich town within the principality of Amber (for which the Fort is named), Samode's Palace evokes these halcyon days of lavishness. The former fort and luxury manor is now a hotel, where we enjoy a multi-course luncheon. Yet it is the connection to the everyday Indian people that enchants us in Samode. We take time to meet with the villagers here, their warmth and humility buoying our spirits. We also visit the village school that Micato supports with the help of travellers. Seeing first-hand the difference we can make in the education of needy children is a unique and heart-warming experience.
Day 10
Udaipur, India
Oberoi Udaivilas Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Once again, you awake to a delightful breakfast, and then embark for yet another incomparable place. The Venice of the East, Udaipur is renowned for its incredible lake system and ancient buildings that exude magic and other-worldly glamour. Upon arrival, proceed directly to the City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan in a combination of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture. It stands majestically by the lake, and exhibits strength as well as finery. Afterwards, we continue on to our hotel in time for lunch. Your base for exploration is the elegant Oberoi Udaivilas. The elegant rooms with their rich, traditional furnishings and vibrant art-work are a perfect reflection of the grandeur and opulence of princely Rajasthan. Later, float around the islands of the mystical Lake Pichola, see the sites from the cool comfort of a boat deck, and return home to an opalescent sunset.
Day 11
Udaipur, India
Oberoi Udaivilas Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today, visit the nearby temples of Eklingji-one hundred ancient temples enclosed within the protective arms of the mammoth Great Wall-date back to the 10th century. Your guide shares with you the mythologies of that time. As you touch the wall you will feel the shiver of touching history. You also visit Nagda, the site of two fourth-century temples, both embellished with intricately carved royal edits, recalling the harsh rulers of centuries past. After the visit, continue on for lunch to the 18th century Devigarh Fort Palace. Later, we walk through the nearby village for a peep into Indian rural life. Apart from local shops, a school, a small farm and step well, you may meet a group of smiling school children or a village elder basking in the sun smoking a hookah before returning to the city.
Day 12
Umaid Bhawan Palace Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast you begin your journey to Jodhpur, stopping en route to visit the magnificent Ranakpur Jain temple complex. The Jain temples in India are among the most beautiful and intricately carved and Ranakpur is certainly among its finest examples. After lunch at a local resort, continue your journey to Jodhpur. This five hundred-year-old settlement was the headquarters of the Rathore Rajputs' celebrations. A six-mile-long wall surrounds the old Jodhpur City with eight gates serving as entrances. The new city is settled around this walled area. Your base for exploration is the grand and imposing Umaid Bhawan Palace, constructed in the early 20th century in a style which is best described as 'Indo Saracenic-Art-Deco'. At one time considered to be the largest private residence in the world, a portion of the palace continues to be the principal seat of Jodhpur's erstwhile royal family.
Day 13
Umaid Bhawan Palace Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning, proceed to visit the Meherangarh Fort, built in 1459 atop a steep hill overlooking the city. It is a grand, invincible structure of colossal proportions that exhibits a haunting beauty. The imposing walls are solid but enclose intricate carvings, expansive courtyards, and several exquisitely decorated palaces. The fort also houses a large museum with a fine collection of exhibits that include musical instruments, rare and interesting artifacts, textiles, and paintings. During your descent from the fort, you will see the Jaswant Thada mausoleum. This is an architectural landmark in Jodhpur - a white marble memorial built by Sardar Singh in 1899 in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. This evening, if you like, head off to explore the older part of Jodhpur city. Dive deep into the heart of Jodhpur to discover its hidden treasures and gain insight into local life.
Day 14
Umaid Bhawan Palace Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today you experience a side of India not normally seen by travellers as you drive out into the country-side. Villages and rural communities comprise of 75% of Rajasthan's population. After an exciting, 4x4 drive through a dry riverbed, we are deep in the rural countryside, where we take you into authentic homes of villagers and other rural communities and give you an opportunity to witness their pure and simple lifestyle. In doing so, you also see other aspects of their lives like their cuisine, their ceremonies, their occupations, their faith, and how they live in complete harmony with nature. En route, you may also see the wildlife that is abundant in this area like the black buck, chinkara, neel gai, wild boar, desert fox and a large variety of bird life. You also get the opportunity to see a rural kitchen and sample local delicacies at a picnic lunch made with local, organically-grown ingredients. Return back to your hotel by sundown.
Day 15
Delhi, India
N/a Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Your journey through this fascinating land draws to a close as you fly to Delhi this morning. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to a hotel where a room has been reserved for you until departure. Later tonight, you return to the airport for your departure flight. As you leave, you're already reminiscing about your journey through India, and your close encounters with entrancing palaces and fascinating cultures.
Day 16
Arrive home
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On this two-week journey to India's northern heartland, we immerse ourselves in that stellar firmament, visiting the grandest of the subcontinent's monuments- with an enthralling emphasis on its old and its new palaces, in which, enveloped in luxurious hospitality, we're happy to say we stay.

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By: PaulB

Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2013

Micato was extraordinary in their execution, whether safari director or location selections. Overall a great adventure and experience for this novice safari traveller.

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2013

Micato Safaris. I highly recommend "Micato Safaris"! From the beginning to my return home, it has been an unforgettable experience worth every penny spent and than more------ MICATO is the Best! Jannie
Travel Advisor:  Shelley Greenan

The Best

By: Brittany22

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2013

We chose carefully to find the best African Tour company that we believed would provide the best, stand behind its product and not offer lame excuses. Micato proved its excellence in every way, including acknowledging an error and standing behind its well earned reputation to make it right. Not all would do that, as we all know from experience. M did a remarkable job and worth the money.. Best personnel and logistics around. So.......the best, and proud to tell the world.
Travel Advisor:  Paul Sacks

The best

By: Glo

Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2013

We look forward to planning another trip with Micato in the future. Our trip was a life hanging experience for us and were very pleased with the way Micato handled all the details competently. Every need was anticipated and attended to with a smile. Thank you Micato!
Travel Advisor:  Tracey Shara

Tailor made safari

By: violet15

Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2014

Micto has a reputation for extraordinary service which is well deserved. We chose the Grand Safari and secretly thought that it really wouldn't fully justify the name or the price but were pleasantly proved wrong. We were greeted by Jane and Felix Pinto, company founders at the start and end of the trip who made us feel a part of their family. Every effort was made to make the experience comfortable, luxurious and magical and all of our needs were anticipated. They even showed up with a birthday gift for me when I had forgotten all about the date! The guides are charming and knowledgable about animals, history, culture, politics - you name it. The drivers were magicians at anticipating animal behavior and getting us to just the right spot to see just the right animals. We've since met other Micto travelers whom we were pleased to note have had similar experiences. Don't go to Africa with anyone but Micato.
Travel Advisor:  Kelly Gruber

Outstanding personnel, outstanding service

By: Susie

Reviewed on: 15 Jan 2017

Everything from the moment we were picked up in Capetown, to the end of our trip in Nairobi was top rate. The guides and drivers were exceptional, the hotels were fabulous. We really felt spoiled by the way we were treated. The only downside had to do with sending our bags home that we weren't going to use on the 18 day safari - one of the five bags never made it out of South Africa. DHL has no idea what happened to it.
Travel Advisor:  Donna Hall

Best trip ever

By: Simba

Reviewed on: 26 Jan 2017

Couldn't have asked for better tour company. Took care of us from beginning to end. Lots of pleasant surprises along the way. Very caring of their clients.
Travel Advisor:  Leyna Huber


By: Sally

Reviewed on: 09 Mar 2017

Loved our trip to South Africa with Micato. No detail was overlooked. The hotel and restaurant selections were mostly outstanding, and the guides did an excellent job of introducing us to their communities.
Travel Advisor:  Cuca Bloom


By: Zzz

Reviewed on: 26 Mar 2017

Excellent... our 2nd trip with Micato and it was great
Travel Advisor:  Ken Neibaur

Go Micato

By: Ricky P

Reviewed on: 20 Jul 2017

Great safari. Took care of our group. Really enjoyed the trip. Very professional.
Travel Advisor:  Elaine Clapp

The Best

By: CMet47

Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2017

George our guide was incredible. We always felt safe and well equipped to see truly what Africa had to offer.
Travel Advisor:  Tony Huffman

East Africa

By: kirkygd@gmail.cim

Reviewed on: 11 Sep 2017

Excellent, very well organized, excellent employees. Choices of accommodations was as good as it gets.
Travel Advisor:  Paula Kay Eastham

First Class Service

By: Rob and Joan

Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2017

We recently completed our Micato Safari. We spent 13 days in Kenya and Tanzania. In short, the trip was perfect. Starting with our Nairobi Airport greeting by Micato (Salma). She raced us through customs where we were picked up in a Micato Land Cruiser and delivered to our hotel where we were met by Micato Concierge Virginia. She seamlessly checked us into our Nairobi hotel. Then we met Phillip, our Safari Guide. Phillip was top notch and made sure we had a fantastic time including a delicious lunch at the home of the Pintos (founders and owners of Micato). there is an incredible amount of detail that goes into the planning and execution of a African Safari. Phillip made it look easy (although we know he was working hard to make our experience perfect). If we decide to go back to Africa (or visit India), there is only one Safari company we'd use and that's Micato.
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner

African Safari

By: Bill

Reviewed on: 11 Jun 2018

Our trip exceeded expectations in all respects. Micato staff were gracious and very competent. Our guides, drives/animal viewing, lodging, and meals were all superb.
Travel Advisor:  Martha Rhodes

East Africa

By: Mark

Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2018

This company is absolutely outstanding. They thought or and took care of every detail. Once we landed in Kenya they took over with a team of advisors, guides and helpers. Tour was well planned and the so-called camp sites (really hotel-like) were top of the line. The people that work for Micato are incredibly nice, friendly and helpful. The tours guides are very knowledgeable. All speak excellent English. One detail to remember is that you travel with other people and they can enhance or be a negative. We were lucky we had a good group, but I could see how it would be a downer to travel with other types of people.
Travel Advisor:  Brooke Danza

Hemingway Africa Safari

By: Texas Steve

Reviewed on: 30 Jul 2018

HIGHLY recommend Micato! Hands down the best trip we have ever taken. Our tour Director, Patrick was fabulous and was with us every step of the journey! the Pintos (owners of Micato) are there as well, even inviting you into their home for lunch! They truly care about your experience and it shows! No tipping anywhere - all inclusive, top drawer ride, Directors and ownership. Don't even think of going to Africa with anyone else! Steve & Marsha
Travel Advisor:  Cristina Buaas

Botswana's Timeless Wilderness

By: Susan

Reviewed on: 21 Aug 2018

Micato is a top notch tour operator. This was our second trip with them but the first where we took our family along with us. Managing seven people, three of whom were children, requires patience and perseverance. From the greeters at the various airports, to Sue who led us at Victoria Falls, and Hein who traveled with us throughout, our trip was wonderful. One suggestion would be to train the bartenders in the various camps how to make drinks and to have a more upgraded and better selection of wines and liquors. Other than that, not much to complain about. We were happy campers!
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

Safari company.

By: Linda Van

Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2018

Micato was wonderful. Would recommend them to anyone looking for an unforgettable trip to Africa.
Travel Advisor:  Janice Chieffo