9 nights. February 2022 - September 2022. From £1026.00.
AN INCREDIBLE INTRODUCTION TO INDIA
This exceptional-value, perfect introduction to India gives you the unique chance to take things at your own pace, with both included and optional sightseeing, together with morning yoga, cookery classes and lazing around by the pool with two-for-one happy hour cocktails to choose from. This is India, done your way. Adding to an already impressive portfolio of Indian tours, this unique tour takes in some of India’s most essential sights, including the majestic Taj Mahal, together with ample opportunities to rest and relax. You can add even on an overnight adventure to Ranthambore National Park to go in search of tigers! You’ll stay in two excellent hotels, the second a six-night stay amongst 8 acres of pristine nature, really giving you the chance to unwind and get settled. Start each day with a gentle, energising yoga class before breakfast, and the rest is up to you. This tour is perfect for first-time visitors to India, as it really gives you the chance to tailor your holiday based on what you want.
What's IncludedSeven nights’ carefully chosen accommodation, including one night at the five-star Sarovar Crystal Premiere, Agra, and six nights at the four-star Vanaashrya Resort, near the Sariska Tiger Reserve, plus two on the aircraft
23 meals, including seven breakfasts, eight lunches and eight dinners
Direct, return flights to Delhi
Comfortable, air-conditioned transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, knowledgeable tour manager
Holiday HighlightsSpend seven nights in Northern India, tailoring your holiday to suit your interests
Gaze in awe at the resplendent Taj Mahal, one of life’s must-see sights
Discover the 8th-century Abhaneri Stepwells and the mighty Harshat Mata Temple
Take a camel cart ride to a traditional Rajasthani village
Pay a fascinating visit to the 16th-century picturesque Bhangarh Fort
Enjoy daily morning yoga lessons at the Vanaashrya Resort, plus a cooking demonstration
The opportunity to look for tigers and other fascinating wildlife on optional safaris to the Sariska Tiger Reserve and Ranthambore National Park (overnight)
Optional tour to Jaipur, with included visits to Amber Fort, the City Palace and the Jantar Mantar Observatory
All-inclusive upgrade available
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Overnight flight.
Day 2Meet your guide at Delhi Airport and transfer to Agra, India’s ‘City of Love’ and site of the exquisite Taj Mahal, stopping en-route for lunch. Upon arrival, check-in at the five-star, centrally located Sarovar Crystal Premiere, your home for the evening. Enjoy dinner at your hotel, no doubt looking forward to tomorrow morning, when an undoubted tour highlight lies in wait.
Day 3After breakfast, make the short journey to the exquisite Taj Mahal, one of the world’s most essential sights. Built in the 17th century as a monument to undying love by the grief-stricken Shah Jahan, after the death of his beloved wife, the Taj really does have to be seen to be believed. Construction of the Taj took around 20,000 labours almost 20 years to complete. Spend a truly unforgettable morning wandering the sprawling gardens and gazing awe-struck at the Taj, famously described by the Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore as “a teardrop on the cheek of eternity.” After a wonderful morning, transfer to the four-star Vanaashrya Resort in Rajasthan, where you’ll stay for the rest of your holiday. En route, we’ll call at Abhaneri, a small town famed for its amazing baoris (stepwells), and the mighty Harshat Mata Temple, both of which date back to the 8th century. Enjoy lunch at a local organic resort, before checking in at your hotel. Relax and unwind as you explore your idyllic new surroundings: the resort is spread out over 8 acres, and has its own lake. Individual cottages house each guest room with their own terrace. Dinner will be served at the resort tonight. Happy hour is between 6 and 7.30pm every day, and includes two-for-one on all drinks!
Day 4Enjoy a relaxing, morning yoga session at the resort before breakfast is served. After breakfast, spend a blissful morning at leisure. This afternoon, you can continue relaxing at the resort, or join the optional safari to the nearby Sariska Tiger Reserve. Spread out over 340 square miles, the reserve is made up of arid and deciduous forests, grasslands and rocky hills. A former hunting reserve, today Sariska is home to around 20 Bengali tigers and in 2008, it became the first reserve in the world to successfully relocate tigers after several tigers were moved here from Ranthambore National Park. With good conditions and even better luck, you may catch a glimpse of these majestic animals. Aside from tigers, the reserve is home to the Indian leopard, honey badger and small Indian civet, along with rare birds including the Indian peafowl, white-throated kingfisher and grey partridge. However you choose to spend your day, enjoy an evening relaxing at the resort, perhaps with a two-for-one drink in hand, sat by the pool, before dinner is served, preceded by a cooking demonstration from the chef.
Day 5Begin your morning with an energising yoga session and relaxing breakfast, before a gentle camel cart ride will take you into the local village, giving you a glimpse of traditional life in Rajasthan. Enjoy a tour of the village, and meet some friendly locals, before you return to the hotel by camel for lunch. This afternoon, you’ll head to the nearby Bhangarh Fort. Constructed in the 16th century, Bhangarh Fort is spread out over the sloping foothills of the Aravalli Mountains. Enjoy a guided tour of this impressive fortification, listening intently as your guide reveals some local legends. After the tour, pause for a refreshing tea/ coffee break, before you head back to the resort, where dinner will be served.
Day 6After your new morning staple of yoga and a leisurely breakfast, you can choose between joining the full-day excursion to nearby Jaipur, or spending a blissful day relaxing at the resort. Thanks to the distinctive pink hue of its central, walled district, Jaipur is known as the Pink City. The city, which is Rajasthan’s capital, is also one of its youngest, having been founded as late as the early 18th century. The tour starts at the monumental hilltop Amber Fort, which is to the north of the city. The UNESCO-protected Amber Fort is one of India’s most well-known and impressive fortifications, and is noted for its Mughal style. A series of ramparts, gates, cobbled paths are built into a hill that overlooks the picturesque Maota Lake. We’ll then head into central Jaipur and take in the magnificent City Palace, which sits in the centre of the Pink City. The palace was built in 1727 to house the Maharaja of Jaipur, and did so until 1949, acting as the ceremonial and administrative seat of the Maharaja for over 200 years. This magnificent complex has lost none of its original pomp and splendour. Pause for lunch at a local restaurant, before the tour continues to the Jantar Mantar Observatory, a fascinating collection of 19 large astronomical instruments that includes the world’s largest sundial. The instruments, which were finished in 1734, allow observations of astronomical positions with the naked eye. However you decide to spend your day, enjoy dinner back at the resort tonight.
Day 7Today brings the once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit Ranthambore National Park on an optional overnight safari. Said to have inspired some of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book stories, Ranthambore National Park is not only one of the largest parks in Northern India, it’s one of the best examples of conservation in the whole country. This national park stands atop a 600-metre-high hill range, and is home to an incredible variety of wildlife, including tigers, leopards and sloth bears. The optional tour includes a ranger-escorted open-air canter safari through the park, in search of some of its most revered inhabitants. Keep your eyes peeled for any sign of the estimated 80 or so tigers that call the park home, along with striped hyenas, sambar deers and sloth bears. Those who join the Ranthambore excursion will stay overnight at the four-star Ranthambore Regency Hotel, before returning to the resort the following day. Alternatively, you may choose to spend a day relaxing at the resort and making use of its facilities: the choice is entirely yours!
Day 8Today, after yoga and breakfast, enjoy your last full day in India at leisure at the resort, no doubt reflecting an exceptional week.
Day 9Enjoy a final morning at the resort, perhaps taking one last refreshing dip in the pool. After lunch, you’ll transfer to Delhi, where dinner will be served at a local restaurant, before you transfer to the airport for your return flight, at the end of a wonderful break
Day 10Early morning arrival. Back to top
Taj Mahal restoration workThe white marble of the Taj Mahal is being gradually cleaned in a process that will take up to four years. Parts of the monument's surface may be covered during this process though your visit and access to the main dome is not likely to be restricted.
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately three hours.
Passports and visasBritish citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling overseas. Your passport must contain two blank pages and be valid for 180 days after your return date from India. A visa is also required for entry to India. Full details of how and when to apply will be sent out about eight weeks before departure. British CITIZENS and some other European nationals satisfying certain conditions may use the online e-Tourist Visa application process at a cost of $10 (US) per person for entry to India for arrivals in the months of April, May and June or $25 (US) per person for arrivals in other months. Other British passport holders, who are not British CITIZENS, must apply for a full visa which costs £112. You may also, at extra cost, use the services of CIBT, our recommended visa handling partner, who will handle the whole process for you. Note that all travellers of Pakistani descent, regardless of citizenship, will generally be subject to more detailed processing by the Indian authorities, which can take up to four months from application.
Foreign Office Travel AdviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
On your flightFlights leave in the evening (or very early hours of the morning) and land at your destination in the morning. On-board meals will usually include dinner and breakfast.
Luggage allowanceYou are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.
Travel vaccinationsRequirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotelsShould circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Road conditionsIn developing countries road networks are continually being improved and expanded, which can mean that, from time to time, roadworks and rough road surfaces can extend journey times. Many roads do not have separate pavements or safety barriers, and great care should be taken when crossing or walking alongside roads. Back to top