Icons of India: The Taj, Tigers & Beyond


  • 10 days

  • India

  • Active pace

Tour : OD

£49pp deposit

From

£1,587 pp

Tour only

Based on 7th Oct 2019

From

£2,164 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Stansted

Overview

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Experience the glorious colours and local cultures of India, along with the important sites you’ve read about, on this India tour. Hear the moving love story behind the Taj Mahal as you watch the dawn break across the white marble, its quietest moment of the day. Join a noble family at a home-hosted dinner and learn how to tie saris and turbans for yourself. Discover the secret ingredients in your favourite Indian dishes, take a rickshaw ride through Delhi’s central market and let our Local Guides and Tour Directors share with you the special places only they know about.

As well as the astonishing Taj Mahal, you’ll also visit the medieval Moghul palace of Agra Fort, the pink city of Jaipur and the incredible Rajput capital in Amer, the Amber Fort.

And after you’ve spent time soaking up India’s culture, history and meeting its friendly local people, take a walk on the wild side with a visit to Ranthambore National Park. Here, you’ll head into the jungle for three game drives to spot the mighty Bengal tigers of India. Don’t forget your camera.

If you’re looking to take a memorable tour of India with plenty of specially arranged activities and life-affirming moments, look no further.

Highlights

  • Delhi Visit Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib; rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk bazaar; welcome dinner with Indian cooking demonstration
  • Agra Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise, Agra Fort by tonga, and Fatehpur Sikri
  • Bharatpur - Ranthambore National Park Travel by train
  • Ranthambore National Park Three game drives
  • Jaipur Home-hosted dinner with Indian noble family featuring a sari- and turban-tying demonstration; visit Amber Fort, the City Palace & Museum, Jantar Mantar, and Hawa Mahal
Icons of India: The Taj, Tigers & Beyond, from £2,117pp (or £1,589pp without flights or transfers)

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Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners

Delhi

Day
1

Welcome to India’s capital city! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Delhi

Day
2

Today’s sightseeing starts with an orientation to see the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, and the Presidential Palace. Afterward, take a RICKSHAW RIDE through Chandni Chowk, a captivating local bazaar. Here, ancient alleyways are lined with quaint shops selling all sorts of goods and souvenirs—from silver and saris to spices and electronics. After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy a bit of leisure time. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a lavish welcome dinner that includes a COOKING DEMONSTRATION and talk on Indian cuisine with a local chef.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Delhi - Agra

Day
3

This morning, visit QUTUB MINAR, the world’s tallest brick minaret, dating back to the 11th century. Next, visit HUMAYUN’S TOMB and GURUDWARA BANGLA SAHIB, Delhi’s largest and most prominent Sikh gurudwara (house of worship). After lunch, drive to Agra and settle in for the evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Agra

Day
4

Start your day with a sunrise visit to the incomparable TAJ MAHAL, an extravagant marble monument to love. Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan built it as a memorial to his beloved wife, who died during childbirth. Later, travel by TONGA (horse-drawn carriage) to AGRA FORT, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built by the Moghul Emperor Akbar. This impressive fortress of red sandstone conceals the imperial city of the Moghul rulers and its many palaces.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Ranthambore National Park

Day
5

Today, stop at FATEHPUR SIKRI (the City of Victory), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century it was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years before it was completely abandoned due to the lack of adequate water. After lunch in Bharatpur, board a TRAIN bound for RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK, one of the best places in India to spot the elusive Bengal tiger!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ranthambore

Day
6

Today, explore the park on MORNING and AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES in an open-air safari vehicle. In addition to Bengal tigers, the park is home to leopard, sambar deer, sloth bears, marsh crocodiles, striped hyena, and more. Between game drives, enjoy free time to relax.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ranthambore - Jaipur

Day
7

Rise early this morning for one last GAME DRIVE in this magical land. Then, travel to Jaipur. In 1876, the city was painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales, and it has been known as the “Pink City” ever since. Tonight, enjoy a HOME-HOSTED DINNER with an Indian noble family, followed by a SARI- and TURBAN-TYING demonstration.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Jaipur

Day
8

Today, visit the amazing AMBER FORT, built entirely of white marble and red sandstone. Tour the interior with its intricate mosaics, carvings, paintings, and mirror works. This afternoon, visit the CITY PALACE and the adjoining MUSEUM, which houses a collection of rare manuscripts. Also, stop at JANTAR MANTAR and the famous HAWA MAHAL (Palace of the Winds). Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner to celebrate your journey through India.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Jaipur - Delhi

Day
9

Fly back to Delhi this morning and prepare for your journey home.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Delhi

Day
10

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Small-Group Discovery – We never allow more than 20 travellers on our Small-Group Discovery vacations, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the destination and local culture.

2020 departures may be subject to itinerary modifications and full details will be published in August 2019. If we have to modify an itinerary, you will have an opportunity to cancel without penalty. See our full terms and conditions for more details.

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Post tour

+5 days Southern India extension

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches

Mumbai

Day
1

Welcome to Mumbai, a multicultural metropolis with a colourful history. This vibrant city is now India’s premier seaport, centre of culture and industry, and home to “Bollywood.” Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Mumbai

Day
2

This morning’s PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR includes the GATEWAY OF INDIA, Mumbai’s most famous monument, which commemorates a visit by Queen Mary. Then, drive along Marine Drive, a seafront promenade, and see a traditional Dhobi Ghat (an open-air laundromat). You will also visit the HANGING GARDENS, MANI BHAVAN (former residence of Mahatma Gandhi), and the MUMBAI MUSEUM (closed Mondays). The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Mumbai - Cochin

Day
3

Fly to Cochin.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Cochin

Day
4

Your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR starts with the Chinese Fishing Nets that are the livelihood of many fishermen in the area and a walk through the Jewish quarter. Next, visit the KERALA FOLKLORE MUSEUM which aims to preserve and educate people about the unique culture and heritage of South India. This afternoon, enjoy an unforgettable CRUISE on the backwaters of Kerala. Explore and witness local life along these serene waterways surrounded by lush palm trees and paddy fields.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Cochin

Day
5

Today, fly to Delhi.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
+4 days Varanasi extension

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts

Delhi - Varanasi

Day
1

Today, fly to Varanasi, the holiest of Hindu pilgrim cities, situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges River. This evening, your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING witnesses the GANGA AARTI (spiritual worship) on the ghats (steps) leading down to the Ganges.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Varanasi

Day
2

Around dawn, board a BOAT and watch a striking religious ritual—the Hindus’ devotional bathing in the Ganges. Observe hundreds of pilgrims gathered at the river’s edge, some practising yoga, others meditating, and still others bathing fully clothed. Return to your hotel for breakfast and some free time. This afternoon, a PRIVATE GUIDED EXCURSION takes you to nearby SARNATH, the “Cradle of Buddhism,” where Buddha first spoke of his philosophy.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Varanasi - Delhi

Day
3

Enjoy the morning at leisure before flying back to Delhi.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Delhi

Day
4

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
+4 days Kathmandu extension

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches

Kathmandu, Nepal

Day
1

Today, fly to Kathmandu. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Kathmandu

Day
2

Your morning PRIVATE SIGHTSEEING TOUR starts with a visit to HANUMAN DHOKA, the historic seat of royalty. Then, visit the TEMPLE OF KUMARI, residence of the Living Goddess and said to be constructed from the wood of a single tree. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Kathmandu. Excursion to Patan

Day
3

Today, a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR takes you to BOUDDHANATH, one of the largest stupas in the world and a focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Then, continue to PATAN, formerly known as Lalitpur (“City of Beauty”). Here, stop in DURBAR SQUARE, the city’s centre of business and home to several Buddhist and Hindu sites.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Kathmandu

Day
4

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

From

£1,587 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals

Tour with flights

From

£2,164 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All airport taxes

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