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8 Day India Tour - Taj, Tigers & More

£669 pp

 

India is a land of mystery with ancient sites, palaces and kings, romance and intrigue, nobility and grandeur. A medley of beliefs, cultures, customs and languages that blend harmoniously to form a multifarious land. India, with its diverse wildlife, remains one of the finest places in the world to photograph wild tigers in the heart of its most colourful state, Rajasthan. See the magic of India during this incredible eight-day tour beginning and ending in Delhi. You will visit iconic sites in Agra, Sawai Madhopur and Jaipur in this tour.

Tour Rates 

4* Accommodation  –  From  £669 pp

5* Accommodation  – From  £739 pp

 

Departure Dates 

2018 - Jan 6, 20, Feb 3, 17, Mar 3, 17, 31, Apr 14, 28 May 12, June 9, Oct 6, 20, Nov 3, 17, Dec 1, 15

2019 – Jan 12, 26, Feb 9, 23, Mar 9, 23

Accommodation 

Day

Destination

Hotel/resort

Room standard

Category

1-2

Delhi

Country Inn & Suites, NH8 or similar

Standard

4* Standard

Radisson Blu, Paschim Vihar or similar

Standard

5* Superior

3

Agra

Clarks Shiraz or similar

Standard

4* Standard

Crystal Sarovar Premiere or similar

Standard

5* Superior

4-5

Ranthambore

The Pugmark or similar

Standard

Resort

Tiger Den Resort or similar

Standard

Resort

6-7

Jaipur

KK Royal Days or similar

Standard

4* Standard

Indana Jaipur or similar

Standard

5* Superior

 

 

What’s Included?

Tour Guide - Operated with accompanying English-speaking guide throughout the tour

Accommodation - Seven nights on twin sharing basis as indicated on a bed-and-breakfast basis

Meals – Meals as mentioned on itinerary/Breakfast and full board in Ranthambore National Park (Sawai Madhopur)

Transport - Air-conditioned transportation, train from Bharatpur to Sawai Madhopur

Entrance & Activities - All monuments and parks as indicated: Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid, New Delhi tour, Lotus Temple in Delhi; morning and afternoon canter safari in Ranthambore National Park, Amber Fort, Jaipur City Palace, Jaipur bazaars

What’s not Included?

Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals if not stated explicitly in the programme

Any airfare, airport taxes, supplement for which are quoted separately if applicable

tips to drivers, local guides, and hotel staff

Any service not listed above

Good to Know

Comfortable and light clothing is the most suitable for travelling in India. Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting temples, religious or official buildings. Shoes should be removed before entering a temple or private house. Sun protection, sunglasses, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.

***Hotels mentioned on your itinerary are subject to availability hence in the event of unobtainability we will provide alternative hotels in similar category. If any of the mentioned site or attraction is closed due to unforeseen circumstances or not reachable due to traffic or any other unexpected situations, no partial refund will be given but instead we will try our best to offer you an alternative site which is en route your designed tour itinerary.***

  • Day 1

    DAY 1 | ARRIVAL DELHI

    Arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport with meet and greet by a representative followed by transfer to your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a welcome briefing session with the tour manager. Delhi is a bustling metropolis where the past and the present merge, and where the Old and the New cities define the capital’s cultural and architectural heritage.

    Overnight in Delhi hotel on a bed-and-breakfast basis.

    Day 2

    DAY 2 | DELHI

    After breakfast, go out on a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi seeing the largest monument of Old Delhi, the imposing Red Fort, built in red sandstone (photo stop from outside, entrance not included). The walls of the massive Red Fort rise a daunting 33 metres (108 ft) above the commotion of Old Delhi as a reminder of the magnificent power of former emperors. Very near the fort is the 17th-century Jama Masjid (‘Friday Mosque’), the largest mosque in India. Walk through the famous bazaars of Chandni Chowk to experience the hustle and bustle of a crowded oriental bazaar. Also visit Raj Ghat, the Mahatma Gandhi memorial, a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation. In New Delhi, visit the India Gate, the memorial of the First World War and the road that leads from there to the President House, flanked by the houses of Parliament, the Secretariat building, the Birla Temple and Lotus Temple.

    Overnight in Delhi hotel on a bed-and-breakfast basis.  

    Optional Akshardham Temple tour (not included in your price): Discover the essence of Hinduism at Akshardham Temple, one of the largest and most intricate places of worship in the country. This religious complex is a look into Delhi’s rich cultural past and the best of Hindu culture. Combining several different and contrasting architectural styles of Hindu temple architecture of northern India, this monument is a fusion of pink sandstone and pure white Italian Carrara marble. (Closed on Mondays)

    Day 3

    DAY 3 | DELHI – AGRA (210km – 3.5 hrs)

    Take to the road after breakfast at the hotel, driving southwards to Agra on the banks of the River Yamuna. Check-in on arrival. Agra rose to fame in the 17th century as the capital of the Mughal Empire and was beautified with gardens, waterfalls, bathhouses and canals. In modern times, the city houses a thriving crafts industry, including marble inlay work and carpets. In the afternoon, go out on a sightseeing tour of Agra, which includes the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal. Built in the mid-17th century by the heartbroken Shah Jahan following the death in childbirth of his queen, Mumtaz Mahal, this mausoleum is an eternal love poem written in stone. During the visit, admire the intricacy of the work of the 20,000 craftsmen who were brought from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy to build this astonishing monument. (Closed on Fridays)

    Overnight in Agra hotel on bed-and-breakfast basis.

     

    Optional Agra Fort visit (not included): Visit Agra Fort, whose forbidding red sandstone battlements hide a number of majestic Mughal palaces. Explore the delightful Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience) where the emperor once sat on his throne to address his people, and the Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience) where he hosted kings and foreign dignitaries. The white marble Mina Masjid (Heavenly Mosque) stands in contrast to the rest of the Red Fort.

    Day 4

    DAY 4 | AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI – BHARATPUR – SAWAI MADHOPUR (4.5 hrs total by road and rail)

    After breakfast at the hotel, depart by road to Bharatpur to board the Jan Shatabdi Express train to Sawai Madhopur (train number 12060) which departs at 15:45 hrs and arrives at 18:00 hrs in Sawai Madhopur, the gateway to the famous Ranthambore National Park. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in. Ranthambore National Park is a prime example of the Project Tiger conservation project’s success, as it is renowned for its tiger population.

    Overnight in Sawai Madhopur hotel on a half-board basis.

     

    Optional Fatehpur Sikri visit (not included): While driving towards Bharatpur, make a brief stop at Fatehpur Sikri. To wander the ‘ghost city’ of Fatehpur Sikri is to go back five centuries in time to the height of the Mughal Empire. This monumental walled city was built by Akbar the Great, the third emperor, to be his capital but it was abandoned within a few years of its completion due to a lack of water. Today, it is a remarkably well-preserved collection of red sandstone palaces, pavilions and mosques. The buildings here present a unique blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles, and include the Panch Mahal, the Buland Darwaza and the Dargah of Sheikh Salim Chisti, which speak of the grandeur and splendour of the Mughals.

    Day 5

    DAY 5 | RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK

    Explore Ranthambore National Park on a canter safari after breakfast at the hotel. Ranthambore is located in what was originally the private hunting ground of the maharajas of Jaipur. The park features a varied geography of forested hills, sweeping grasslands and lakes, all under the shadow of the ruins of the hilltop Ranthambore Fort, more than 200 metres above the surrounding plain. The park’s Bengal tigers are renowned for being fearless and roaming the park during the day. Other residents include leopards, striped Hyenas, sambar and chital deer, jackals, sloth bears, wild boars and more. Break for lunch and return to the park in the afternoon for yet more animal sightings. After, return to the hotel.

    Overnight in Sawai Madhopur hotel on a full-board basis.

    Day 6

    DAY 6 | SAWAI MADHOPUR – JAIPUR (185 km – 4.5 hrs)

    Depart for Jaipur after breakfast at the hotel, arriving in the ‘Pink City’, as it is popularly known, at about lunchtime. Check-in on arrival with the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

    Overnight in Jaipur hotel on bed-and-breakfast basis.

     

    Optional morning game drive (not included): Early morning games drive by shared canter vehicle in Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary.

    Day 7

    DAY 7 | JAIPUR

    Breakfast at the hotel is followed by a morning tour of Amber Fort Located on a spur overlooking a lake, Amber Fort’s robust, time-ravaged walls appear imposing from the outside but they hide an interior packed with beautifully decorated palaces and temples, and landscaped gardens. Be dazzled by Sheesh Mahal, a room with all the four walls and the ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces. Admire the frescoes of the Ganesh Pol gate and the colonnade of the Diwan-i-Aam.

    Return to the old city to visit the City Palace and the beautiful palaces within, such as the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal and the intricately decorated Peacock Gate. Also of interest is the Armoury Museum, which houses an impressive collection of antique weapons such as blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers, which belonged the royals.

    Then, make a stop at the spellbinding Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds (photo stop) and the famous Johari bazaar famous for its jewels and saris, the Tripolia bazaar with bronzes, sculptures and lacquerware, the Bapu bazaar renowned for its perfumes and textiles, and Chandpol bazaar for pottery and bracelets.

    Overnight in Jaipur hotel on bed-and-breakfast basis.

     

    Day 8

    DAY 8 | JAIPUR – DEPARTURE DELHI (265km – 6 hrs)

    After a leisurely breakfast, drive back to Delhi and transfer to the airport to board your onward flight (night).

    Breakfast included.

     

    End of Tour.

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