Journeys of Distinction has added an A Passage to India by Private Jet tour.

The tour is available to a maximum group size of  34 people and visits iconic Indian cities including Calcutta, Madras and the garden city of Bangalore.

The  journey starts with an optional pre-tour in Darjeeling, tucked in a corner that borders Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal at over 6,000 feet high in the Himalayas, famed for its tea plantations. The group stays on the Sourenne Tea Estate in a house exclusively for the Journeys of Distinction group.

Then the main journey starts in Calcutta for two nights. The tour then continues by Private Jet to Madras, Cochin and Ooty, a former British hill station located in the atmospheric Nilgiris Mountains. In Ooty the group will travel on the UNESCO World Heritage Nilgiris Railway train to Connoor. Built in 1920, this is the world’s oldest rack and pinion railway still in operation. 

Guests will visit the lesser-known towns of Southern India including Mysore and Madikeri before ending the tour in Bangalore. Madikeri is located in Coorg, famous for its coffee plantations than for tourism. Staying at the award winning Taj by Vivanta Madikeri hotel is one of the highlights of the tour as it is located at 4000ft in 180 acres of living rainforest with stunning scenery and hundreds of types of flora and fauna on its doorstep.

The group travels through a protected nature reserve where tigers and wild elephants can be spotted.

Throughout the tour group will travel together and socialise together but, when it comes to sightseeing, they’ll split into two groups, each with their own local guide and JOD Tour Manager.

Journeys of Distinction has partnered with the Taj Hotel Group for the Passage to India by Private Jet Limited Edition tour, and where possible guests will stay in Taj Group owned hotels throughout which include the Taj luxury palace hotels and the Vivanta by Taj Hotels and Resorts. 

In Mysore, the Taj Group do not have a hotel, so guests will stay in the Royal Orchid Metropole, a palace hotel originally built by the Maharaja of Mysore.

One of the real benefits for this particular itinerary is time saving, being able to fly directly to the next point in the itinerary and at a time to suit the group, maximizing the time for sightseeing and exploring.

Guests can take 20 kilos per person including both checked-in luggage and cabin luggage. 

Journeys of Distinction managing director, Karen Gee, said: “We are delighted to be able to add this incredible tour to our Limited Edition offering. It is a truly breathtaking experience seeing the real India and, with the private jet and Taj Group Hotels we have organized means we can offer a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

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