Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 22
The Virtuoso Life
DISPATCHES FROM VIRTUOSO INSIDERS
which made us laugh. We then transferred
by car to Agra and the Taj Mahal, followed by
Jaipur for the Amber Fort, great shopping,
and custom clothes. We had a linen jacket,
a sports jacket, four dress shirts, and three
pajama sets made in less than 24 hours. Our
final stop was the magical city of Udaipur
and its lake. Flying Qatar Airways through
Doha was the greatest airport and flight
experience we have ever had.
with his family at the
LIFE LESSONS: At a street market, I gave each
kid a set number of Indian rupees and told
them they would have to negotiate for a
drum, sunglasses, toys, and whatever else.
This was a powerful real-world lesson for
them. We also visited a Sikh temple in Delhi,
and toured the kitchen where they make and
serve thousands of meals each day to feed
GREAT HOTELS: The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
has an exceptional "Young Hoteliers Programme." Kids learn back-of-house functions and how to make the hotel's signature
lychee-and-rose arrival drink. Our kids have
been making the drink for friends back
home. They also made a cake with Samuel's
picture on it for his birthday. We finished our
trip there swimming from our rooms into the
semiprivate pool overlooking the lake and
the City Palace beyond.
The food at The Oberoi Gurgaon is exceptional. We also dined at The Imperial New
Delhi, which made us feel like English high
Have a drink on the terrace at The Oberoi
Amarvilas, Agra for unrivaled views of the
Taj Mahal and to watch the colors change
A family trip endeavors to get kids out of their comfort zone.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
WHY GO: We wanted to take our kids on a trip
where they would continue to learn how to
be global citizens.
THE TRIP: We started in Delhi, visiting the
crowded streets of Old Delhi and monuments in the city. On our first day, one of my
sons and I saw a monkey eating ice cream
on a stick he had received from a vendor,
TIP: Ask for food to be prepared "not hot" instead of "not spicy." If you ask for "not spicy,"
it will be bland, with no flavoring. "Not hot"
means to take down the heat factor.
Hollywood, Florida-based Virtuoso advisor
Amiel Lindenbaum recently returned from an
11-day exploration of India with his wife, Jessica, and three sons, ages 12 to 16: Samuel,
Jonah, and AJ. "I want my family to be comfortable traveling to places that are foreign
and exotic to us," he says. They worked with
Micato Safaris, experts in the country, to
craft the perfect itinerary.
SOUVENIRS: We brought home wonderful
tablecloths, beautiful wool pashminas, and
a carved rosewood elephant inlaid with
camel bone. In Agra, look for marble and
mother of pearl - anything from mirrors to
tabletops, jewelry boxes, and sculptures.
In Jaipur, find gemstones and beautiful
pendants and necklaces.