India – Tigers & the Taj Mahal – September 2023

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£1,454.00

India – Tigers & the Taj Mahal

  • Based on the 26th September 2022, Other departure dates throughout 2022-2023 available
  • 10 Day tour
  • Secure this deal for an amazing £200pp and thereafter 11 monthly installments of £114 per person*!
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The Holiday 

Uncover northern Indias greatest cities on this perfect introduction to one of the world’s most fascinating and alluring destinations.

Explore the teeming, colourful, spectacular cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur that make up the world-famous, fascinating Golden Triangle. See sights like the Red Fort, the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal and the Palace of the Winds. Spend two nights on safari in Ranthambhore Park, a one-time hunting ground of Indian princes, and complete your holiday with a night in a luxury jungle resort.

The Itinerary 

  • Day 1 – Overnight flight to India –

Your Indian holiday begins with an overnight flight from the UK to Delhi.

  • Day 2 –  Included Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque Tour

Arrive in Delhi, this morning, to be greeted by your Tour Manager, and transferred to your hotel. Later, after an included lunch and time to freshen up, join your tour manager on a guided tour, and explore the ruins of the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque and the ornate Qutb Minar tower that rises above them.

  • Day 3 – Included Delhi City Tour and travel to Agra

Today’s guided tour will introduce Delhi’s vibrant Old City. Drive by the historic Red Fort, Jama Masjid Mosque and Raj Ghat – Gandhi’s cremation site close to the Yamuna River – and enjoy an exhilarating rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk.

You’ll also experience the grandeur of New Delhi, built by the British Raj to reflect the glories of the Empire. Highlights will include the historic India Gate war memorial and the vast boulevard of the Rajpath.

Later, we’ll travel to Agra, India’s City of Love and site of the exquisite Taj Mahal. After a visit to the royal pavilions, palaces and courtyards of majestic Agra Fort, you’ll make your first visit to the Taj, a monument to undying love, to see it in all its glory at sunset.

  • Day 4 – Included excursions to the Taj Mahal and Abhaneri, and travel to Ranthambhore

Start your day with the unforgettable view of the Taj Mahal at dawn, seen from across the Yamuna River. After breakfast, you’ll journey to Abhaneri, a small town famed for its amazing baoris (stepwells). Discover the intricate beauty of Chand Baori, one of the deepest and largest stepwells in India, and its carved panels.

Leaving Abhaneri, you’ll travel to Ranthambhore National Park, stopping en route for lunch at the sumptuous Umaid Lake Palace, a lovely heritage hotel and organic retreat that grows produce for its fine restaurant. Once the hunting ground of Indian princes, Ranthambhore is landscape of thorn trees, scrub and grasslands dotted with beautiful ponds, streams and lakes is a perfect habitat for the famous, elusive (and still endangered) Tigers of Ranthambhore, and other species.

Relax for the afternoon, then enjoy an evening tiger talk with a local naturalist: the perfect preparation for tomorrow’s adventures.

  • Day 5 – Included guided wildlife safaris

Today’s two canter (open-air vehicle) safaris in Ranthambhore Park are sure to be among the highlights of your entire holiday. In the company of a knowledgeable naturalist guide, you’ll go in search of the park’s most animal inhabitants: striped hyenas, sambar deer, sloth bears and, of course, tigers (and perhaps even a leopard).

  • Day 6 – From Ranthambhore to Jaipur

Rest and relax this morning, or join our optional excursion to climb the gradual, 273 steps to ancient Ranthambhore Fort, which sits atop a 600-metre-high hill range, and offers stupendous views of the park below.

This afternoon, after lunch at the hotel, you’ll bid farewell to Ranthambhore and journey to the Pink City of Jaipur, where you’ll stay for the next two nights.

  • Day 7 – Included Amber Fort and Jaipur sightseeing

After breakfast, visit Amber, the ancient capital of the Rajput Empire. Climb by jeep to the city’s vast sixth-century hill-top fort to wander its Royal Halls and take in the magnificent views from the ramparts. After an included lunch, you’ll tour Jaipur to see the City Palace complex, with its museums and ancient astronomical observatory, and drive past the innumerable windows and screened balconies of the 18th-century Palace of the Winds.

This evening, enjoy a special dinner at the Nokha House, hosted in traditional Rajasthani style by the Rathore family.

  • Day 8 – From Jaipur to Vanaashyra

Bid farewell to Jaipur and journey across the desert plain into the Aravali Hills to the jungle-resort of Vanaashyra. En route you’ll stop at Bhangarh, a ruined fort dating from the 17th Century.

This afternoon, take a camel cart to visit the local village and enjoy a pre-dinner cookery demonstration. You’ll spend the night in a private cottage designed to give you a sense of the India of the past with the little luxuries of the present (like air conditioning).

  • Day 9 – Included heritage transport museum visit

Today we head back towards Delhi where you’ll spend the final night of your holiday. En route, we’ll stop at the fascinating Heritage Transport Museum, with its impressive collections covering the development of India’s road, rail and air-travel industries, as well as transport-related toys and memorabilia.

  • Day 10 – Fly back to the UK.

Holiday Highlights

📍 The magical sight of the Taj Mahal at sunrise
📍 The astounding sights and sounds of New Delhi
📍 Take a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi
📍 Explore the ramparts, gates and cobbled paths of Jaipur’s Amber Fort
📍 Chand Baori, Abhaneri’s astonishing 13-storey stepwell
📍 Stay at a cottage at the Vanaashrya Resort
📍 Searching for Ranthambore’s tigers on two safaris
📍 The historic Red Fort, the India Gate war memorial and the ruins of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque
📍 A guided tour of Agra, India’s city of love
📍 Jaipur’s exquisite Palace of the Winds
📍 Dinner with a local family in Jaipur
📍 Enjoy a camel cart ride and an Indian cookery demonstration

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