Every great dream, begins with a dreamer, ‘a tree starts with a seed”- Indian Proverb. Come and dream with me. India knew my name before I was born, I think. And since then, after numerous trips, each one totally different, each one filled with a mystique of unimaginable beauty, monumental feats of architecture and design, it continues to call my name, loudly. The Palaces I’ve chosen for this particular Princess Tour, will leave us feeling like Rajasthani Princesses, for sure. Each property is boutique Five star, actually, all could be classified as six, but is that my Indian jewel colored glasses speaking?
Let’s DO Kolkata (Calcutta) and Darjeeling, India in style! The Glenburn Penthouse in Kolkata is a discrete, elegant residence in the heart of historic Kolkata, with spectacular views of all her iconic landmarks. The Drawing and Dining Rooms are adorned with our bespoke ‘Hindoostan’ wallpaper, designed in Paris, with scenes of rural India from days gone by.
Kolkata and Darjeeling are worlds apart – Kolkata, formerly Calcutta is the capital of West Bengal, second largest city in India. It’s an ‘in your face’ city that shocks and charms. Abject poverty, mixes inexplicably with crumbling British Raj-era gems, sprawling gardens and historical colleges. It’s the cultural capital of poets, writers, film producers, and Nobel Prize winners. You definitely won’t forget the city on the Hoogly river.
Enter a world of color, culture, and cherished spiritual tradition on this India river cruise vacation. The holy river of Hinduism, the Ganges, slowly courses through one of the world’s most fertile and populated areas. Along its banks, human life is connected to its waters and you’ll get a glimpse of life away from India’s big cities.
Our Princess Diary 2021 tour to Rajasthan India includes all the BEST 5* plus Boutique Hotels in Delhi, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Jaipur, and Udaipur - Every great dream, begins with a dreamer… “A tree starts with a seed”- Indian Proverb - Women travelers choose India for the adventure, the vibrancy, but most of the alluring shopping, so remember to pack light – or take an empty suitcase.The Palaces I’ve chosen for this particular Princess Tour, will leave us feeling like Rajasthani Princesses, for sure. Each property is boutique Five star, actually, all could be classified as six, but is that just my Indian jewel colored glasses speaking?
Oh my! Let’s DO Kolkata and Darjeeling, in style! - Pinkies up.. its Tea time in India! Our exclusive Penthouse in Kolkata, is a discrete, elegant residence in the heart of historic Kolkata - we'll fly to Darjeeling, for tea in the Plantations -started by a Scottish tea company in 1859, passed into the hands of one of India’s pioneering tea planting families – The Prakashes, one of India’s pioneering tea-planting families, will have us totally tea treated.
India is both a destination and a journey. It has woven its magic for millennium now, on travelers from all parts of the world. It is a complex and rich culture, with so much to offer, to explore this sort of complexity, you have to step out from the comfort zone of neatly labeled racks and polite checkout greeters.
Join us to celebrate the Desert Festival of Jaisalmer in the month of February 2021 and discover the colour, sounds and flavours of Rajasthan and enjoy a stay at the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel! We start in Delhi, where the hustle and bustle of modern India stands in stark contrast to the old world of Mughal forts, historical temples and palatial gardens. Travel to Agra, as no trip to India is complete without a sunrise visit to the world’s grandest monument to love – the Taj Mahal. Journey through Rajasthan, the ‘Land of Great Kingdoms’, to explore the palaces of the Maharajahs in Udaipur, Jodphur and Jaisalmer before spending a night under the stars in the Thar desert.
Join Indian resident and long term Indophile, Sharon Thrupp, as she explores northern India’s most famous sights and events. This tour takes in the world-renowned Jaipur Literature Festival. As an accomplished travel writer, blogger, writing teacher and budding novelist Sharon will lead daily writing sessions which will explore mindful writing, memoir and travel writing.
Explore the culturally vibrant and little visited Gujarat region of India. Our textile tour explores this richly artistic state and takes in the Little Rann of Kutch, India’s first ‘world heritage city’ of Ahmedabad, the princely town of Gondal and the unique Indo-Islamic architecture of Junagarh. Enjoy bespoke experiences such as village tours, luxury heritage accommodation and textile workshops; as well as two safaris to the Little Rann of Kutch wildlife sanctuary.
Our Classic Rjasthan tour to take you to majestic forts, bustling bazaars, holy temples, ancient monuments and unique festivals – all set against a sweeping desert backdrop. Come and experience all this and more with Ekno’s passionate insider guide, Vikas Kumar. With over 20 years experience as a tour guide, Vikas will help you to discover the hidden gems of Rajasthan as he shares his beloved India with you. Classic Rajasthan is a unique tour that will allow you to truly see India through a local’s eyes.
Our Enchanting Kerala tour takes in some of the bespoke highlights of this stunning region. This tropical state in southern India is a wondrous land of serene backwaters and coconut palm lined beaches. Further inland the coastal plains rise to meet the Western Ghats whose vast fertile slopes grow a dizzying array of spices, cashews, tea and coffee. The beautiful National Parks are home to elephants, various primates and the elusive tiger. Kerala’s 600km of stunning coastline supports a lively fishing industry making seafood an important part of the local cuisine.
Come with Ekno on a once in a life time journey that takes in the wilds of Assam and the unique tribes of Nagaland. These two northeast states are in the farthest reaches of India, and as a result they remain largely untouched by tourism. Our trip brings together the stunning beauty of the Assamese plains with the remote hills and valleys of Nagaland as we take in the people, cultures, heritage and cuisine that make these two states of India so special.