Voting in the 2019 Telegraph Travel Awards is open, giving you the opportunity to reward those operators and destinations that continue to surpass your expectations. And because we recognise you need to invest time and energy to make these awards what they are, as a reward for your efforts we are offering you the chance
Voting in the 2019 Telegraph Travel Awards is open, giving you the opportunity to reward those operators and destinations that continue to surpass your expectations. And because we recognise you need to invest time and energy to make these awards what they are, as a reward for your efforts we are offering you the chance to win one of 15 luxury holidays – including this 16-day tour of India’s finest cities, palaces, temples and wildlife with Taj Hotels and Ampersand Travel.
Legendary South Asian hotel group Taj Hotels and tailor-made specialist tour operator Ampersand Travel are offering two lucky prizewinners a 16-day tour of India worth over £40,000. The journey spans the length and breadth of the subcontinent, starting in the historic capital New Delhi before staying in Rajasthan’s finest living palaces in Jaipur and Jodhpur. From here it’s a short flight to Mumbai before heading deep into the jungles of Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh in search of the Bengal tiger – a setting, which inspired Rudyard Kipling’s much loved Jungle Book. The journey continues south to Chennai on the Coromandel Coast and ends in Hyderabad, the “City of Pearls”. Prize-winners will experience Taj Hotels’ authentic luxury, world-class service and warm hospitality in India’s finest heritage hotels, palaces and safari lodges. Ampersand Travel’s expert guides and historians will be an invaluable accompaniment when navigating the exhilarating energy, spectacular monuments and natural scenery of the subcontinent.
How to enter
Follow this link to tell us about your favourite travel companies and destinations – and to enter the draw for one of 15 prizes. You will need to leave your name, telephone number and a valid email address. See here for full terms and conditions.
Full details of this prize
A once-in-a-lifetime trip to India which showcases magnificent palaces, exhilarating cities and glorious wildlife. Luxury tailor made tour operator, Ampersand Travel will provide all flights, transfers and personal guiding. Accommodation has been provided by Taj Hotels, part of The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL)– South Asia’s largest hospitality group, internationally renowned for delivering world class levels of service and warm Indian hospitality.
The journey begins in New Delhi at the newly renovated Taj Palace, New Delhi, set within the city’s exclusive Diplomatic Enclave and conveniently placed to explore the historic sites of the capital.
From Delhi it’s a short flight to Jaipur – the “Pink City” and capital of Rajasthan – famed for its gem stones, architectural wonders and excellent shopping choices. Dating back to 1835, the elegant Rambagh Palace, was formerly the residence of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and Maharani Gayatri Devi. Prize-winners will follow in the footsteps of illustrious guests including Jackie Kennedy and Prince Charles, enjoying the timeless grandeur of the Mughal gardens and the legendary Polo Bar.
From here it’s a six-hour drive to Blue City of Jodhpur, located on the edge of the Thar Desert. Winners will stay at the magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace, perched on the highest point of the city. This Art Deco sandstone palace opened its doors in 1942 and is still home to the Maharaja of Jodhpur and his family. Explore Jodhpur’s mighty 14th-century Mehrangarh Fort and thriving medieval quarter. At the palace, enjoy 26 acres of bougainvillea-filled gardens, where peacocks strut freely and musicians fill the air with ancient desert ballads.
Next it’s a short flight to the “Maximum City” of Mumbai, staying at the iconic Taj Mahal Palace, a defining structure of the cityscape and the only trademarked building in India. The hotel has set the benchmark for luxury and refinement for over 100 years, overlooking Gateway of India and the Arabian Sea.
From here, winners will travel deep into the rural wilderness of Madhya Pradesh. Banjaar Tolar – a Taj Safari luxury tented camp is located on Banjar river and prize-winners will enjoy game drives through Kanha National Park, in search of the elusive Bengal Tiger accompanied by expert naturalists.
Leaving the jungle behind, winners will stay at the newly restored Taj Connemara – Chennai’s only heritage hotel, exploring this newly anointed Unesco World Creative City, colonial architecture and ancient Mamallapuram temple complex.
The finale is Hyderabad, the “City of Pearls”, staying at the 19th-century Falaknuma Palace, known as the “Mirror of the Sky” and formerly home of the Nizam of Hyderabad, once rumoured to be the richest man in world. The palace is located 2,000ft above the city and enjoys spectacular views.
Established in 1903, Taj Hotels (tajhotels.com) is The Indian Hotels Company Limited’s (IHCL) iconic brand for the world’s most discerning travellers seeking authentic experiences in luxury. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury. The unique portfolio comprises hotels across the globe including presence in India, North America, United Kingdom, Africa, Middle East, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan and Nepal.
Ampersand Travel (ampersandtravel.com) is renowned for their its tailor-made experiences and cultural tours across Asia, Southern Africa and the British Isles, with itineraries that combine classic highlights with off the beaten track and quirky experiences, using exceptional hotels, outstanding guides and the finest arrangements available. Over the last 15 years, Ampersand Travel has established itself as a leader in luxury and exclusive tailor-made holidays that are perfect for honeymoons, cultural tours, family trips, wildlife adventures, sabbaticals and multi-generational holidays.