India - Tigers & The Taj Mahal
- Duration: 9 days
- Board Basis: Half Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW11372
- Travel Type: Air
8 nights. September 2023 - December 2025. From £1453.00.
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Uncover northern India’s 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, a one-time hunting ground of Indian princes, and complete your holiday with a stay in a luxury jungle resort. For changes made to the itinerary for departures in 2024 and 2025, please see the Further Info section below.
What's IncludedEight nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation in a series of four-star and five-star standard hotels, plus one night on the aircraft
Return flights to Delhi
22 meals including eight breakfasts, six lunches and eight dinners
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Entrance fees to all monuments
The services of a friendly, experienced tour manager
Free wifi and bottled water is available every day on board the coach journeys
Tipping is included for airport and hotel porters, restaurant and monument staff, naturalists and rickshaw drivers. Tipping is at your discretion for your tour manager, driver and driver’s assistant
Departures from Manchester vary - please see note below
Holiday HighlightsThe magical sight of the Taj Mahal at sunrise and a guided tour
Searching for Ranthambore's tigers on two safaris
The astounding sights and sounds of New Delhi
The historic Red Fort, the India Gate war memorial and the ruins of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque
Take a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi
A guided tour of Agra, India's city of love
Explore the ramparts, gates and cobbled paths of Jaipur's Amber Fort
Jaipur's exquisite Palace of the Winds
Chand Baori, Abhaneri's astonishing 13-storey stepwell
Dinner with a local family in Jaipur
Stay at a cottage at the Vanaashrya Resort
Enjoy a camel cart ride and an Indian cookery demonstration
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 1Your Indian holiday begins with an overnight flight from the UK to Delhi (The itinerary for departures from Manchester varies - please see the note below).
Day 2Arrive 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 3Today'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 and enjoy a guided tour.
Day 4Start 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 5Today’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 6Rest 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 7After 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 8Bid farewell to Jaipur and journey across the desert plain into the Aravali Hills to the jungle-resort of Vanaashyra. En route you'll stop for a tea or coffee 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 92023 departures: Travel back towards Delhi for a last night's stay - en route, visit the Heritage Transport Museum, with its impressive collections covering the development of India’s road, rail and air-travel industries. 2024 and 2025 departures: Enjoy today at leisure in Vanaashrya - swim in the pool or reflect on your journey through India.
Day 102023 departures: transfer back to the airport and board your morning flight home which arrives later today. (The itinerary for departures from Manchester varies - please see the note below). 2024 and 2025 departures: after an included lunch at Vanaashrya, depart for Delhi and the return overnight flight home.
Day 11Departures in 2024 and 2025 land back into the UK in the morning today. Back to top
2024 and 2025 departuresOn 2024 departures for this tour, the return flight to the UK will now be in the early hours of day 11, arriving later the same morning. This allows more leisure time in the itinerary in both Jaipur and at the relaxing Vanaashrya resort in Sariska. As more time is available during day 10 to reach Delhi, the last night's accommodation in Gurgaon will be replaced with an extra night in Vanaashrya, where you'll now spend two nights. You'll no longer include a visit to the Heritage Transport Museum on this tour.
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. British CITIZENS and most 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. Fees are subject to change. Other passport holders must apply for a full visa. 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.
Manchester departuresIf you’re travelling on this tour departing 16 September or 4 November 2023, from Manchester, via the Middle East, the itinerary will be slightly different. All of the included visits and nights in each city remain the same, although in a slightly different order. You will spend the first two nights in Delhi, then follow the itinerary as shown through Agra, Ranthambhore, Jaipur and Vanaashrya. As the return flight to the UK is overnight, the last night in Gurgaon is not required or provided – and has been replaced by the extra night in Delhi at the start of the tour. Tour departures from London Heathrow are not affected by this note and follow the detailed itinerary shown.
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.
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 flightMeals appropriate to the time of day are served on all flights and usually comprise a main meal and a snack prior to arrival. Drinks are complimentary.
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.
Terms and conditionsSave 15% on a selection of 2023 departures is valid on bookings made between 9 May and 26 May 2023 at 23:59. This Offer is valid on 2023 departure dates only. 15% off 2023 departures must be redeemed through the use of the promo code 2023. The discount applies to the tour price (excluding extras and holiday insurance) at the time of booking. The offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time Back to top