Discover the Taj Mahal, Delhi, Jaipur and the Ranthambhore tigers on a holiday to India.
According to Mahatma Gandhi, "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony". And on this superb-value holiday to India, you'll enjoy an experience designed to help you find happiness at every turn.
You'll have an opportunity to take in the sights of three great cities: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. You'll also spend time on safari in the stunning Ranthambore National Park, home to an array of distinctive Indian wildlife, including the park's legendary tigers. Many of our customers fortunate enough to see these native tigers in their natural habitat here describe this experience as truly breathtaking.
This tour makes the absolute most of your 10-day adventure and time in India. So, why not reward your head, heart and senses and book today?
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India - Tigers & the Taj Mahal Tour Highlights
What you can look forward to
- Discover the sights and sounds of New Delhi
- See the historic Red Fort, the India Gate war memorial and the ruins of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque
- Take a rickshaw ride through famous Old Delhi
- Enjoy a guided tour of Agra, India's city of love
- See and photograph the magical Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre
- See Chand Baori, Abhaneri's astonishing 13-story stepwell
- Go in search of Ranthambhore's tigers on two included safaris
- Explore the ramparts, gates and cobbled paths of Amer's Amber Fort
- Visit Jaipur's exquisite Palace of the Winds
- Enjoy dinner with a local family in Jaipur
- Stay in traditional tented accommodation at Vanaashrya
- Enjoy a camel cart ride and an Indian cookery demonstration
- Visit the fascinating Heritage Transport Museum
It's all included in the price
- Eight nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation in a series of four- and five-star standard hotels in Delhi, Jaipur and Ranthambhore (two nights each), and Agra and Vanaashrya (one night each)
- Five lunches
- Return flights from your chosen airport to Delhi
- Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
- Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager in India
Single rooms available for a supplement
Must try: A cocktail on the lawn at Shahpura House in Jaipur, as the sun sets.
Must experience: A rickshaw ride through the bustling streets of Old Delhi.
Fascinating fact: 28 types of precious and semi-precious stones are inlaid into the white marble. These building materials were brought to the Taj Mahal from as far afield as China, Tibet, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Arabia.
You say: "An amazing and unforgettable experience that will stay with me for a lifetime. Thank you!"
India - Tigers & the Taj Mahal Tour Itinerary
Every day a new experience
Day One: Fly overnight to Delhi
Your Indian holiday and India tigers adventure begins with an overnight flight from the UK to Delhi.
Day Two: Explore Delhi and see the highlights
Arrive in Delhi to be greeted by your Tour Manager, then transfer to your hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, a guided tour of the Old City will introduce you to Jama Masjid Mosque and Raj Ghat, Gandhi's famous cremation site.
You'll also see the legendary Red Fort, the residence of the Mughal emperor for nearly 200 years (until 1857), and take a rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk. Before evening falls, you'll see some of the city's Imperial highlights too, including the India Gate war memorial, the vast boulevard of the Rajpath and Parliament House.
Day Three: Sightsee at the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, Qutb Minar tower and Agra's Taj Mahal
Today, you'll have a chance to explore the ruins of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque and the ornate Qutb Minar tower. Later, you'll travel to Agra, India's City of Love and site of the exquisite Taj Mahal. Built as a monument to undying love by grief-stricken Shah Jahan - after the death of his beloved wife - the Taj is seen in all its glory at sunset. Your guided tour of Agra will also take in the royal pavilions, palaces and courtyards of Agra Fort.
Day Four: See the Taj Mahal at dawn, and visit Abhaneri, Harshat Temple and Chand Baori stepwell
This morning, view the iconic Taj Mahal from across the Yamuna River at dawn. Visit Abhaneri, a small town famed for its baoris (stepwells), and see the mighty Harshat Mata Temple. You'll also be able to discover the architectural beauty of the Chand Baori stepwell and its intricate carved panels. Descending 13 stories and approximately 30 m (100 ft) into the ground, this is one of the deepest and largest stepwells in India.
Leaving Abhaneri, you'll travel to Ranthambhore National Park. The park is not only one of the largest in northern India, it's also one of the best examples of conservation in the whole country. So, you'll be pleased to hear this remarkable location is your base for two nights. Once the hunting ground of Indian princes, this national park stands atop a 600-metre-high hill range and is home to a number of India's famed tigers.
After lunch, relax for the afternoon, or take an optional visit to nearby Ranthambhore Fort. In the evening, enjoy a tiger talk with a local naturalist: the perfect preparation for tomorrow's adventure.
Day Five: Two guided wildlife safaris into Ranthambhore National Park
This morning, you'll enjoy the first of two expertly guided tours in search of some of the park's most revered inhabitants: striped hyenas, sambar deer, sloth bears and, of course, tigers (and perhaps even a leopard). After lunch, your second guided tour into the park offers you another opportunity to look out for tigers and many other extraordinary wild animals at close quarters, too.
Day Six: Travel to Jaipur
Travel through Rajasthan to Jaipur, nicknamed India's pink city, for a two-night stay. Settle into your heritage hotel in downtown Jaipur, and enjoy the on-site facilities, including a relaxing and cooling outdoor pool. Later, take the optional tour: Jaipur's Temples by Night.
Day Seven: Visit Amber and the Amber Fort
Visit Amber, ancient capital of the Rajput Empire, with its magnificent palaces and temples dominated by the stronghold of the Amber Fort. Take time to enjoy seeing the royal halls and the unrivalled views from the ramparts. After an included lunch, you'll tour Jaipur to see the City Palace Complex, with its museums, and Jantar Mantar, the ancient astronomical observatory. In the evening, you'll enjoy dinner with a local Rajasthani family in the city.
Day Eight: Travel to Vanaashrya via Bhangarh Fort
This morning, you'll head north to Vanaashrya. En route, you'll make a stop at the atmospheric Bhangarh, a ruined fort dating from the 17th Century. After a relaxing afternoon, you can take a camel cart to visit the local village and enjoy a pre-dinner cookery demonstration. You'll spend the night in your private tent, a place designed to give you a sense of the India of the past and, with air-conditioning, provide you with the little luxuries of the present day, too.
Day Nine: Visit the Heritage Transport Museum on the way back to Delhi
En route back to Delhi, for your final night's stay in India, we'll make a stop at the fascinating Heritage Transport Museum, which showcases the development of road, rail and air transport in India.
Day 10: Head home to the UK
Transfer back to the airport and board your flight back to the UK after a holiday, and life experience, you'll never forget.
From September 2017, departures from Manchester and Edinburgh fly via Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways. The duration and content of the tour is the same, but the order of the itinerary varies slightly with nights one and two spent in Delhi. The itinerary then continues as described, with the last tour night being in Vanaashrya. Dinner is not provided on the first night because of the late arrival time. Rooms will be ready for immediate occupancy on arrival.
The itinerary described applies to departures in 2017 and 2018. Departures in 2016 follow a different itinerary, which is available on request. In general the order shown above is followed in reverse in 2016, with the stay in Vanaashrya replaced with an overnight in Geejgarh. Duration and sightseeing in the cities visited is not changed.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.
Passports and visas
British 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 $62 (US) per person. Other British passport holders, who are not British CITIZENS, must apply for a full visa which costs £92. 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.
On your flight
All outbound flights leave in the evening and land at your destination the next day. All return flights leave in the morning and land in the UK on the same day. On-board meals will usually include dinner and breakfast on outbound flights, and lunch and a snack on the flight home. Drinks are complimentary.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
If 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.
The 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.
Requirements 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.
Occasionally, 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 hotels
Should 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.