Peirce & Leslie Specialist
Vice President, Industry Relations
The company traces its lineage to 19th-century British adventurers Robert Peirce and Patrick Leslie, who set up a travel division to cater to the needs of their tea plantation employees, and, later, to other clients in India. Today, Peirce & Leslie builds on that legacy, creating bespoke journeys that exceed the expectations of leisure and business travelers.
With handpicked guides and tour managers, access to beguiling private and public venues and a commitment to sustainable tourism, Peirce & Leslie offers itineraries that reveal the Indian subcontinent’s true spirit.
Like every aspect of your Peirce & Leslie journey, accommodations are tailored specifically to each traveler’s taste and budget. The company’s longstanding relationships with hoteliers and far-reaching local connections provide a wealth of choices, from luxury resorts to boutique properties, from residential palaces and forts to houseboats and from desert camps to Himalayan lodges. Your Peirce & Leslie travel experts have scoured the land to bring you an extraordinary selection of hotels that offer not just accommodations but a destination experience.
The Peirce & Leslie team has traveled extensively in the Indian subcontinent, developing deep roots and building an extensive network of top guides and escorts. Even before you arrive, your personal travel expert will get to know you so that your journey can be meticulously planned and yet spontaneously adapted to deliver the most enriching experience. The company’s attention to detail is unparalleled. Peirce & Leslie’s hospitality embodies the Sanskrit saying, “Atithi Devo” or “the Guest is God.”
Each custom itinerary takes travelers beyond tourist sites and deep into the region’s soul. Explore ancient temples and participate in actual ceremonies. Practice yoga with skilled masters. Learn to cook in an Indian home. Trek tea trails in Sri Lanka, visit Buddhist centers in Kathmandu, hike to a monastery in Bhutan, see tigers in their natural habitat. Take an elephant, horse or camel safari. Mingle with royalty in Rajasthan. Gaze in reverence at the Taj Mahal and Mount Everest. Shop, play golf or learn Bollywood dancing. It’s all possible. Especially the impossible!
Your travel expert will design gastronomical experiences to suit individual dining preferences, whether travelers want to sample street food or international fare at Michelin star restaurants. Peirce & Leslie’s carefully selected dining connections immerse guests in the local customs and cuisine, indulging the senses. Dine in a private home or explore markets with a chef and learn to cook a regional favorite. Dine under the stars in the desert, enjoy cocktails on a houseboat or even sit down to dinner with royalty in a palace.
Peirce & Leslie’s enduring connection to the Indian subcontinent has fueled its commitment to sustainable tourism. The company actively participates in programs that support children’s education, women’s needs and non-governmental organizations that preserve nature and cultural heritage. For example, part of the fee for the Jaipur Heritage Walk is donated to safeguarding the architecture and culture of the Old City, and a visit to the Chennai performing art school helps fund continuing education for local children.
Based in India, Peirce & Leslie crafts custom itineraries for India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka for discerning travelers. International visitors typically fly into Delhi or Mumbai to begin their journey. India has an extensive air network, so domestic travel between regions is readily available. Train travel on select routes, whilst modest, can be convenient and comfortable, with all seats and berths reserved in advance. Chauffeured sedans, supplied with mineral water, snacks and beverages, may also be arranged, as may private plane transport.
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