India's Golden Triangle and the Tigers of Ranthambore


  • 9 days

  • India

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£751 pp

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£1,474 pp

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This fascinating tour of India encapsulates the glittering royal past of the Golden Triangle. You’ll start and end in Delhi, and also overnight one night in Agra, two nights in Ranthambore National Park, and two nights in Jaipur.

No tour to India is complete without a visit to the famous Taj Mahal, and you’ll have the opportunity to view it at sunset. This remarkable edifice was built by Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife. Also visit the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, and tour its sandstone palaces and elegant courtyards. The main highlight of this tour is your visit to Ranthambore National Park, said to have provided the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Here, two game drives in an open-air safari vehicle give you an opportunity to see native wildlife, including the elusive leopard and Bengal tiger.

Other highlights include a cycle rickshaw ride through Old Delhi and a visit to the legendary Amber Fort in Jaipur. Stunning architecture, captivating culture, spectacular views of nature — this value-minded tour as it all!

Highlights

DELHI Visit Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid, and Qutub Minar; cycle rickshaw ride; walk through Chandni Chowk

AGRA Visit Taj Mahal at sunset; visit Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri

BHARATPUR-RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK Travel by train

RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK Two game drives

JAIPUR Visit Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, and City Palace Museum

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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:

  • 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Delhi

Day
1

Welcome to Delhi, the capital of modern India. Hotel rooms are available for a mid-afternoon check-in.

Delhi

Day
2

Your day starts with a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi including a CYCLE RICKSHAW RIDE. See the splendid 17th century Mughal Red Fort before visiting landmarks such as RAJ GHAT and the majestic three-domed JAMA MASJID, the largest mosque in Asia. Experience a walk in the alleys of CHANDNI CHOWK; and later, visit the ancient stepwell AGRASEN KI BAOLI, which has 103 steps and a series of carved chambers and passages. This afternoon, enjoy New Delhi's major sights, including the towering QUTUB MINAR, ancient tomb of the Emperor Humayun; the grand India Gate war memorial; then, a drive past Parliament and Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Delhi - Agra

Day
3

Today, we travel to Agra and visit AGRA FORT, a colossal, redsandstone UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising the spectacular Mughal Palace with audience halls, the Room of Mirrors, and the pavilion where Shahjahan spent his last days. Visit the famous TAJ MAHAL at sunset. This remarkable edifice was commissioned by Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and took 22 years to build.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Agra Fatehpur Sikri - Ranthambore National Park

Day
4

Today, stop at FATEHPUR SIKRI, an abandoned city. Tour the sandstone palaces, elegant courtyards, and victory gate of this ghostly place built in 1569 and deserted by its people when the water ran out. After lunch, board a TRAIN for Ranthambore National Park, home to its famous tigers and the only place in Rajasthan where these impressive creatures can be seen in the wild. The area is said to have been the first setting and an inspiration of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ranthambore

Day
5

Keep a watchful eye to spot telltale tiger stripes during your MORNING GAME DRIVE. Also, look out for leopards, striped hyenas, sambar deer, sloth bears, and Indian wild boar. This afternoon relax at your hotel or consider an optional afternoon game drive.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ranthambore - Jaipur

Day
6

Rise early this morning for another GAME DRIVE in this magical land. Later, arrive at Jaipur, Rajasthan's quintessential royal city. Often referred to as the "Pink City," Jaipur is studded with intricately adorned temples and monuments.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Jaipur

Day
7

Start with a visit to the legendary AMBER FORT, known as the "Sleeping Beauty of Rajasthan." This fortresspalace has a sombre exterior that hides a richly ornate interior of royal apartments, including an alabaster Hall of Victory and a superb Chamber of Mirrors. Next, visit JANTAR MANTAR and explore the CITY PALACE MUSEUM, with its collection of paintings, carpets, weapons, and costumes; then enjoy time at the bustling markets of the old city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Jaipur - Delhi

Day
8

Today, drive back to Delhi. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Delhi

Day
9

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.

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

+4 days Kathmandu tour extension

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches

Kathmandu, Nepal

Day
1

Today, fly to Kathmandu, capital of Nepal.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Kathmandu

Day
2

Sightseeing today 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

Day
3

Today, your 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
+8 days Goa stay

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts

Goa

Day
1

After breakfast today, fly to Goa.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Goa

Days
2-7

Spend time at your leisure relaxing and enjoying your beautiful resort in Goa. Explore the streets of the capital, Panaji, and the Temples of Ponda; visit colonial churches; and stroll the local markets to see a variety of spices and silks.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Goa

Day
8

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.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

DELHI.

Day
1

Welcome to Delhi, the capital of modern India. Hotel rooms are available for a mid-afternoon check-in.

DELHI

Day
2

Your day starts with a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi including a CYCLE RICKSHAW RIDE. See the splendid 17th century Mughal Red Fort before visiting landmarks such as RAJ GHAT and the majestic three-domed JAMA MASJID, the largest mosque in Asia. Experience a walk in the alleys of CHANDNI CHOWK; and later, visit the ancient stepwell AGRASEN KI BAOLI, which has 103 steps and a series of carved chambers and passages. This afternoon, enjoy New Delhi’s major sights, including the towering QUTUB MINAR, ancient tomb of the Emperor Humayun; the grand India Gate war memorial; then, a drive past Parliament and Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

DELHI–AGRA.

Day
3

Today, we travel to Agra and visit AGRA FORT, a colossal, red sandstone UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising the spectacular Mughal Palace with audience halls, the Room of Mirrors, and the pavilion where Shahjahan spent his last days. Visit the famous TAJ MAHAL at sunset. This remarkable edifice was commissioned by Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and took 22 years to build.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

AGRA–FATEHPUR SIKRI– RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK.

Day
4

Today, stop at FATEHPUR SIKRI, an abandoned city. Tour the sandstone palaces, elegant courtyards, and victory gate of this ghostly place built in 1569 and deserted by its people when the water ran out. After lunch, board a TRAIN for Ranthambore National Park, home to its famous tigers and the only place in Rajasthan where these impressive creatures can be seen in the wild. The area is said to have been the first setting and an inspiration of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

RANTHAMBORE

Day
5

Keep a watchful eye to spot telltale tiger stripes during your MORNING GAME DRIVE. Also, look out for leopards, striped hyenas, sambar deer, sloth bears, and Indian wild boar. This afternoon relax at your hotel or consider an optional afternoon game drive.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

RANTHAMBORE–JAIPUR.

Day
6

Rise early this morning for another GAME DRIVE in this magical land. Later, arrive at Jaipur, Rajasthan’s quintessential royal city. Often referred to as the “Pink City,” Jaipur is studded with intricately adorned temples and monuments.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

JAIPUR

Day
7

Start with a visit to the legendary AMBER FORT, known as the “Sleeping Beauty of Rajasthan.” This fortresspalace has a sombre exterior that hides a richly ornate interior of royal apartments, including an alabaster Hall of Victory and a superb Chamber of Mirrors. Next, visit JANTAR MANTAR and explore the CITY PALACE MUSEUM, with its collection of paintings, carpets, weapons, and costumes; then enjoy time at the bustling markets of the old city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

JAIPUR–DELHI.

Day
8

Today, drive back to Delhi. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DELHI.

Day
9

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

NOTE: Some flights depart Delhi very early in the morning. In these cases, breakfast is not included on Day 9, and you will have to depart for the airport late in the evening of day 8 or just after midnight on day 9.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

  • A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.

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.

Pre Tour

+4 days Dubai Extension

Total meals included:

  • 3 breakfasts

DUBAI, UAE.

Day
1

Welcome to Dubai. Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

DUBAI.

Day
2

Late this morning, your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING begins with a visit to BURJ KHALIFA, the world’s tallest building. Here, ascend to the AT THE TOP observation deck on the 124th floor for spectacular views and a presentation on Dubai’s history. Next, explore the souks (markets), including the SPICE SOUK with its aromas of exotic spices, and the GOLD SOUK with its 220 glittering shop windows. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DUBAI.

Day
3

Enjoy a full day at your leisure. Your Local Host will be happy to make suggestions on how to make the most of your time.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DUBAI-DELHI, INDIA.

Day
4

Today, fly to Delhi, capital of India. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Post tour

+4 days Kathmandu Extension

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches

DELHI–KATHMANDU, NEPAL.

Day
1

Fly to Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city.

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 a, 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 center 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
+8 days Goa Extension

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts

Delhi - Goa

Day
1

After breakfast today, fly to Goa.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Goa

Days
1-6

Spend time at your leisure relaxing and enjoying your beautiful resort in Goa. Explore the streets of the capital, Panaji, and the Temples of Ponda; visit colonial churches; and stroll the local markets to see a variety of spices and silks.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Goa

Day
1

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

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£751 pp

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  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage

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

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes

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