Step onto the sets of the Blockbuster of the Decade. Into the garishly
colourful and wildly fascinating world of Indian cinema. With a scene straight
out of a typical Hindi movie, a lavish dinner of spicy fare under the spotlights
and a drunken medley of Hindi film songs, the evening promises to run to a full
SILVER THALI DINNER THEME
You are welcomed warmly, in true Indian Style, with a ‘tikka’ (an auspicious dot
of colour), aarti and a shower of marigolds. You can then head for the ‘Dastarkhwan’.
Relish the bounty at low dining tables laden with food from various Indian
provinces, served in Silver Platters. Raise a toast to the grandeur of Royal
India as you watch a classical dance performance.
Your arrival at the palace hotel is like an historical event full of pomp and
grandeur. You are announced to the strains of the ‘shehnai’. Camels and
elephants decorated in royal Indian tradition salute you, while ladies in ethnic
costume anoint you with a ‘tikka’ (an auspicious red dot), adorn you with
marigold garlands and perform ‘aarti’. A welcome drink soothes you before you
launch into the excitement of a whole new Indian experience.
THE GANGAUR BOAT CRUISE
For guests at one of the world’s most romantic hotels, there is one night like
no other. Take a tranquil ride in the antique royal barge of the House of Mewar.
Under a canopy of stars relish Mewari specialties favoured by the Maharanas of
Udaipur as you circle the mystical Lake Palace Hotel.
SAND DUNES EXPERIENCE
History whispers in Jodhpur’s forts, havelis and temples. But there are stories
lurking in the stretches of the Thar Desert. So take a camel cart ride to sand
dunes lit gold by ‘mashaals’ (lighted torches ) and bonfires. Then in the
shelter of tents and an even bigger canopy of stars sip a welcome drink while
‘Langas’ and ‘Kalbeliyas’ serenade you with Rajasthani dance and music. End an
idyllic evening with a barbecue dinner and fireworks.
Slip back into the grandeur and glitter of the Mughal era. And into the role of
an emperor. Where ‘Chobedars’ (gatekeepers) escort you to a ‘Dawaat Khana’
(dining room)and gracious hostesses in silk ‘shararas’ and veils fill the air
with ‘attar’ (Mughal perfume) and a rain of flowers. Where you can sit down to
flamboyant dances and row upon row of sumptuous Mughlai delicacies served in a
manner befitting royalty.
KUNBI FISHING VILLAGE
Discover the charms of rustic Goa. Local artisans sell you trinkets, curious and
coconut palm crafts amid rows of painted fishing boats and billowing fishing
nets. And while you relish freshly prepared lobster and jumbo prawns, artistes
put up a fishermen’s dance especially for you, a gesture of the warmth and
cheerful hospitality that is Goa.
Ahoy me hearties, stand and deliver! Corporate movers and shakers will feel
right at home abroad the good ship “Jolly Rogers”. Raid the Quartermaster’s
stores for good quality swig. Carry off plate loads of tantalizing seafood. Wild
is the night, and the singing is loud and hearty. Make a rebel walk and remember
take no prisoners.
KERALA THEME EVENING
Discover century old traditions. Discover why they call it “God’s own country”.
Marvel at the exquisite grace and classical beauty of Mohiniattam, one of
India’s most elegant art forms. As you relax under gently swaying palms sampling
exotic specialties from the Malabar Coast.
The Nizam’s erstwhile rulers of Hyderabad, dined like this. You too, are invited
to dine off traditional rich Hyderabadi fare laid out on a ‘Chowki’ (low table)
for a group of 4 or 5 people , as musicians sing a soulful ‘Quawwali’ or
‘Ghazal’ (ballads in Urdu) and add to the romance of the evening.
COLOURS OF INDIA
Traverse the corners of this colourful subcontinent in one splendid
unforgettable evening. Witness the rich cultural heritage and diversity of India
at its best. After you attend traditional welcome ceremonies from all over the
country, tap your feet to the pulsating ‘Bhangra’ from the North or silently
admire the graceful “Bharatnatyam” from the South. Be hypnotized the swan like
“Manipuri” dance from the East or passion stirring “Rajasthani” dances from the
West. All the while savoring India’s myriad delicacies. Let it all fill up your
Play Nawab (lord) for a day as you lie back on a ‘charpoy’ in the shade of mango
orchards that belongs to the Nawab of Kakori. Savour every bit of the delectable
Awadhi cuisine and a host of mango dishes laid out especially for you. Give in
to the temptation of the luscious Mango, the king of fruits. Enjoy the royal
hospitality of the Nawab. It will become a memory you will cherish.
A PICNIC TO REMEMBER – TAJ KHEMA
Ba adab, ba-mulahiza (All rise, the king has arrived !) Treat yourself to a
magnificent view of the Taj Mahal itself, as you picnic like Mughal royalty
relaxing in colourful “Khemas” (decorated tents). Savour Mughal delicacies as
you sink into the comfort of satin mattresses and are enthralled by a music and
Breathe the passion and desert spirit as finely attired folk artist give you a
glimpse into Rajasthani art and culture at Panghat – amphitheatre at the palace.
End a memorable evening under the stars with Rajasthani delicacies being
traditionally cooked right there for you, on mud platforms.
Welcome to an evening in the heart of Maharashtra. Get comfortable on low silk
bolsters as you drink in the village ambience created by straw huts, arti facts,
swords and spears from the bygone era of the warrior princes. Then dig into an
astounding variety of Maharashtrian cuisine as you are entertained by a
‘tamasha’ troupe to a regional song and dance show called ‘lavni’.
The curtains go up. You are absorbed into history, art and culture presentation
and five sequences directed by Muzaffar Ali, the world renowned director. The
pageant plays out the story of a young man sent down from heaven to see the
court of Wajid Ali shah- then known as ‘God’s own court’, and how he was regaled
to a breathtaking kathak performance (A traditional Indian dance) and rituals
there. The pageant is brought to a grand conclusion with the enactment of a
marriage celebration, and a ‘mujra’ (regional dance)- all in traditional costume
from the house of Kotwara.
INDORE MALWA DANCE
Stroll into the Malwa region in West Madhya Pradesh. Carefully savour every
nuance of its famous cuisine that once graced tables in the princely Rajput
states. Then let your heart swell with joy as the days of yore are recreated
specially for you in colourful folk dances, puppet shows, magic shows and folk
music from the hills.
Go back in time to a typical hunting camp. Drive out in open jeeps to a
camp-site on sprawling lawns and to a welcome by a tribal chieftain. Then
experience the life of the jungle as tribal singers and dancers perform
specially for you. As torches and oil lamps, and rustic tents pitched on the
site enhance the spirit of the wild. Finally, as your food cooks slowly on spits
over a camp-fire, marvel at an elaborate display of fire crackers that light up
The Indian saying goes “Atithii Devo Bhava” which means, “A Guest is God”. So we
great you with great warmth; ladies in ethnic Indian costume garland you with
strings of marigold, anoint you with ‘tikka’ (an auspicious red dot) and perform
the ‘aarti.’ You can then relax with a cool, non alcoholic welcome drink..
GRAND ROYAL PROCESSION WELCOME
Only victorious Rajput warriors were accorded a welcome this magnificent. Relive
it now as you arrive in a royal carriage on elephant back, escorted by
caparisoned camels and elephants – their trunks raised in salute. Ride through a
shower of rose petals as horsemen lead your procession and musicians herald your
entry. Gentlemen can then try on ‘safas’ (Rajasthani turbans) while the ladies
can drap themselves in ‘dupattas’ (shawls). You are then adorned warmly with
marigold garlands and anointed with the customary ‘tikka’ (an auspicious red dot
of colour) to the lilting strains of the ‘shehnai’. Finally, soak in the warmth
of our ambience with a soothing welcome drink.
GRAND RAJASTHANI SOIREE
Be hypnotized by the Rajasthani folk dancers as they whirl dizzily to the folk
music after a Royal Procession Welcome. Then treat yourself to an elaborate
barbecue on palace lawns as you gasp in awe at a grand fire works display.
Tuskers ahoy! Get astride an elephant like a maharajah and play a game so royal,
the start is celebrated by a royal military brass band. While the pounding of
‘nagads’ (huge Indian drums) heralds your arrival, you are welcome warmly by
tableaux of camels, elephants and ladies in traditional attire. After the final
chukker, folk artistes regale you with music as a lavish spread of food brings
down the curtains on this royal event.
MARWARI ROYAL PROCESSION
In Marwar, the return of victorious warriors is celebrated with great fanfare.
Relive the experience as musicians trumpet your arrival and a camel cart takes
you down the driveway lined with caparisoned horses. Ladies are presented with
‘dupattas’ (shawls) and gentlemen are crowned with ‘safas’ (Rajasthani turbans),
then garlanded with marigolds and anointed with a ‘tikka’ (red dot of colour) .
Sip a cool welcome drink to the throb of Rajasthani folk dances and the hum of
WILDLIFE AND VILLAGE SAFARI
Come face to face with the Bishnoi tribe – original champions of the
environment- who fiercely protect nature. Catch a glimpse of the black buck and
exotic migratory birds. Visit the 300 year old ‘Mahant’s Math’ (home to the
religious head) in a typical Rajasthani village. Step quietly into the temple of
‘Lord Shiva’ (the God of destruction) where Mughal emperor Aurangzeb had
presented a ceremonial sword. Be the guest of the village and attend the
worshipping ceremony of ‘Lord Shiva’. After you have enjoyed the traditional
‘chari’ dance, stroll leisurely through ‘ Meena Bazaar’ and admire a ‘dhurrie’
weaver, ‘lac’ bangle –maker and a potter at work.
LAKE PALACE EXTRAVAGANZA
Experience the luxurious lifestyle of royalty. Walk into a majestic welcome, and
then get on the Gangaur boat and cruise around on the lake sipping cocktails.
Pause by the Lily Pond to listen to the ‘sitar’. Later, wildly applaud the fancy
folk dances and an even fancier fire works display.
THE LILY POND DINNER
As you absorb the calm and surreal setting by the Lily Pond, savour a variety of
Chinese, Continental and Indian specialities. The more adventurous types, can
get a taste of hot curries. Let the soft strains of Indian classical music and
folk dance performances whet your appetite.
BAJOT DINNER AT MAYUR MAHAL
Dine to the lapping of waves on the banks of Lake of Pichola. As you settled
into ‘gaddi mudhu’ (thick bolsters) at Mayur Mahal – formerly known as ‘Naach
Ghar’ (the dance house)- and eat off “bajots” (low tables), let the serene
instrumental music only whet your appetite for more of the delicious Rajasthani
VILLAGE FAIR THEME
Wander through a traditional Indian village marveling at the skill of artisans;
crafting dolls and puppets , pottery and ‘pichwai’. Amuse yourself with the
antics of a ‘bandarwalah’ (an artiste with a monkey ), a snake charmer ‘ kachi-
ghiodi’ and ‘dhamal’ (a performance with dummy horse , singers and dancers ).
Then treat your stomach to a splendid Indian dinner and your eyes to a grand
BARADARI DINNER / DARBAR THEME
Sink into the comfort of satin mattresses, cushions and bolsters like a true
maharaja as you dine under the stars. But, only after the gentlemen have been
gifted ‘pagaris’ (turbans) and the ladies, ‘chunnis’ (veils). And welcomed in a
shower of rose petals and ‘attar’ (perfume). Then sit-down to a delicious
Rajasthani ‘Thali’ (a traditional platter laden with several delicacies). Served
in silver thalis on ‘bajots’(low tables) by traditionally attired attendants.
BENARAS CHOWK THEME
Enter Benaras – the famous North Indian city- through rose garden. Begin your
evening with the auspicious ‘arti’, ‘tikka’ (red dot of colour ) and garlanding
ceremonies. Then settle down to an evening of Indian Classical music (‘sitar’,
‘tabla’ and ‘sarangi’) with a cool drink. Ladies can have their hands adorned
with mehendi (henna’) and ‘churis’ (glass bangles). For dinner, feast on Benaras
vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes following it up with ‘paan’ (betel leaf),
the pride of Benaras.
LUCKNOW RACE COURSE
Flirt with Lady Luck at a 110-year-old racecourse, where races are curiously run
anti-clockwise. Spend a private day hobnobbing at tote counters with bookies and
sizing up the horses. Place your bets, then cheers your horses to a thundering
finish. Stroll down to long and lazy High Tea.
Learn the fine art of living. From the connoisseurs – Nawabs of Lucknow. Accept
the grand salute from two adorned tuskers at the entrance. Ladies may then enjoy
being carried away in ‘Lapkhis’ (palanquins). Raise a toast to the grandeur of
Lucknow as you watch a ‘Kathak’ ( an Indian classical dance) performance. Then
offer your undivided attention to ‘Dastarkhwan’, the bounty of the dining table
and relish it while you are treated to al live ‘ghazal’ performance in true
NAWAB’S HUNTING CAMP
Participate in the royal celebrations that mark a successful royal hunt. As you
sit entranced, a camp full of colorful tents come alive with resounding music
and dances around a campfire. Mashaal’s’ (flaming touches) glow in the night as
the food is barbecued on spits right in front of you and served piping hot by
foot soldiers. Making it an unforgettable, evening of royal repast.
Experience the raw native life of the Tharus – original inhabitants of the Tarai
region of Nepal. Bite into morsels of traditional Nepali cuisine. A two storied
log hut with a thatched roof, bonfires and typical village ambience give you the
opportunity to see Nepal at its traditional best.
The rush of adrenalin you feel while trekking into dark forests, rock climbing
and rafting on a lashing river will come back to you. So will the memory of the
snow-clad mountains. Get into an adventurous mood. Taste the exotic Nepali
dishes and gulp down fiery Khukuri Rum, ‘Raksi’ (home made liquor) by the light
of bonfires and lanterns.
MUMBAI SIDEWALK YATRA
Heed the call of Mumbai’s buzzing streets. Come face to face with its many
exotic distractions. Experiment gleefully and try some Bhel,Vada Pav, Lucknowi
Kababs, North Indian chaats and roadside South Indian snacks. Poke around in a
flee market and test your bargaining skills. Finally, sip from one our barman’s
specials as you examine your shopping treasures.
SEAFOOD BARBEQUE ON THE BEACH
Sip languidly from a glass of wine. Toast the rushing waves, the envious stars.
Then sink your teeth into succulent lobsters, jumbo prawns and other local
seafood delicacies. Or if you prefer, roast your food on the skewers over a
campfire. Then, gloriously satisfied shut your eyes and lie back as a Goan
musician serenades you with his tales of love and passion. Savour the moments.
GARND CRUISE DINNER
Glide through the dark of the Mandovi River on a star-lit night. On a voyage
blessed with divine food, soulful folk music and dotted with sights and sounds
of a local Goan evening.
GOAN CARNIVAL THEME
Mardi Gras, sea and sunshine. Get into the swing of things with dancers in
frills, feathers and exotic masks. Sway merrily to a ‘Mando’ (Goan song) singing
trio. Raise a toast to good times with a glass of ‘Feni’ (potent Goan drink) as
you wolf down plates full of tasty prawns, ‘Vindaloo’ (local spicy pork dish)
and fish so delicious you’ll talk about it at dinners back home.
ETHNIC ANDHRA THEME
After you experience the warmth of traditional welcome wander off into coastal
village in Andhra Pradesh. Peep into its charming rusting life; the maze of
thatched roof huts, fishing nets and old wooden boats. Then feast on a lavish
Andhra dinner as folk dancers entertain you.
KERALA VILLAGE TOUR
As your ‘vallam’ (wooden boat) slides through the lush vegetation and the
backwaters of Kerala, into tranquility, you will see why it’s called ‘God’s own
country’. Share your specially packed lunch with the staring kingfishers and
cormorants as you float past traditional fish farms, Chinese fishing nets and
paddy fields sweeping to the horizons.
INDIAN MARTIAL ART PERFORMANCE
It is widely believed that marital art originated in Kerala. Watch two of the
oldest and well-known martial art forms: ‘Kalariyupayatu’ (armed and unarmed
combat) and ‘Silambam’ (staff fencing). Stand quite to a jaw-dropping display of
self-defence, physical and exercises and combat tactics. See opponents execute
swift, powerful cat-like moves that could break a body in the flicker of an eye.
KERALA FISHING VILLAGE THEME
Get carried away in the happy bustle of a fishing village taken from ‘The Venice
of the East’. Chinese fishing nets, local toddy shops, fish market, local
artisans and vegetable vendors all mingle together to bring you a slice of
native Kerala. Authentic cuisine is served in the traditional style; banana leaf
et al. A definite feast for the gourmand.
SPECIAL WELCOMHERITAGE EVENTS
Literally meaning an aviation to legal dining at the magnificent Fort. Guests
are encourage to don colourful turbans, tied in true Rajput style, while the
ladies are offered bright ‘Chunnis’ (stoles) to drape over their heads.
The stage is set for memorable evening. As the buses and cars climb the steep
road to the Fort, the massive flood-lit monument towers above them, etched
dramatically against the darkening sky.
And, as the colorfully dressed guests troop into the courtyard of the Fort, the
‘Langa’ musicians welcome them, escorting them with song and music
The guests are invited to proceed to the ramparts of the Fort on foot for those
who do not wish to walk, a lift takes them there. Half-way up, two selected
members of the group are then carried up regally for the rest of the way into a
palanquin escorted by the group and the musicians, on a path lit with flaming
The view from the ramparts is awe-inspiring, of the lighted Jodhpur city 500
The evening entertainment consists of the ‘Langa’ musicians and a group of
dancers in colourful skirts who dance and sing in traditional style. The guests
sit on mattresses placed on the floor with bolstered backrests.
Meanwhile, the aroma of the preparations of dinner comes wafting through. A
delicious dinner of bar-be-cue Rajasthani dishes as well as Continental fare is
followed by a variety of desserts. The spread is laid out on buffet tables at
one end of the ramparts from where the guests help themselves and proceed to
Thus ends the magical evening, a fascinating experience, where one steps
momentarily from the present into a fragment of royal living of the past.
FLAMING TORCH DINNER
The lush green lawns of Umaid Bhawan Palace, lit with rows of flickering,
flaming torches and twinkling fairly lights in the surrounding trees and bushes,
provide a perfect venue for a special evening. The flood-lit palace is the
breath-taking backdrop for this unforgettable function. From here the twinkling
lights of the city can be seen nestling between the palace and the magnificent
Mehrangarh Fort, whose grandeur is emphasized by spectacular lights.
In these romantic surroundings, listen to the haunting music of the deserts of
Rajasthan, when singers and dancers vie with each other in entertaining the
guests. The food is served in traditional Rajasthani as well as Continental
dishes and an array of mouth-watering desserts. It is indeed an affair to