LOW DEPOSITS UNTIL 28th FEBRUARY
JUST £75 PER PERSON*
Tour India's exotic wonders
Explore the teeming, colourful cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur on this superb-value Indian holiday. Step into a landscape said to have inspired Kipling as you spend two nights 'on safari' in Ranthambhore National Park, the home of the legendary Tigers of Ranthambhore, and see the Red Fort, the Palace of the Winds and the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal. It's the perfect introduction to one of the world's most fascinating and alluring destinations.
India - Tigers and the Taj Mahal Tour Highlights
- The sights and sounds of New Delhi
- The historic Red Fort, the India Gate war memorial and the ruins of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque
- Taking a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi
- A guided tour of Agra, India's city of love
- The magical Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre
- Chand Baori, Abhaneri's astonishing 13-story stepwell
- Searching for Ranthambhore's tigers on two included safaris
- Exploring the ramparts, gates and cobbled paths of Amer's Amber Fort
- Jaipur's exquisite Palace of the Winds
- Dinner with a local family in Jaipur
- Staying in traditional tented accommodation at Vanaashrya
- Enjoy a camel cart ride and an Indian cookery demonstration
- Visit the fascinating Heritage Transport Museum in Delhi
What does the price include?
- Eight nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation in a series of four-star and five-star standard hotels in Delhi (2 nights), Agra (1), Ranthambhore (2), Jaipur (2) and Vanaashrya (1)
- Six lunches
- Return flights from your chosen UK airport to Delhi
- Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
- The services of a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
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 of the Taj Mahal. 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 and the Taj Mahal Tour Itinerary
Day One: Overnight flight to India
Your Indian holiday begins with an overnight flight from the UK to Delhi.
Day Two: Included Delhi city tour
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 close to the Yamuna River.
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 also see some of the city's Imperial highlights, including the India Gate war memorial, the vast boulevard of the Rajpath and Parliament House.
Day Three: Included Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque excursion and travel to Agra
This morning, you'll have a chance to explore the ruins of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque and the ornate Qutb Minar tower. Later, we'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: Included excursions to the Taj Mahal, Abhaneri, Harshat Temple and the Chand Baori stepwell
Start your day with the unforgettable view of the the Taj Mahal at dawn, seen from across the Yamuna River. After breakfast, you'll visit Abhaneri, a small town famed for its amazing baoris (stepwells). See the mighty Harshat Mata Temple, and discover the architectural beauty of the Chand Baoli 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. This national 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. Once the hunting ground of Indian princes, the park stands atop a 600-metre-high hill range and is home to a number of India's famous. elusive (and still endangered) 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: Guided wildlife safaris into Ranthambhore National Park
This morning, search for some of the park's most revered inhabitants: striped hyenas, sambar deer, sloth bears and, of course, tigers (and perhaps even a leopard) as you enjoy the first of two tours led by an expert naturalist guide. After lunch, your second guided tour will offer another opportunity to look out for tigers and many other extraordinary wild animals at close quarters in their natural environment.
Day Six: From Ranthambhore to Jaipur
Travel through Rajasthan to Jaipur, nicknamed India's pink city, where you'll stay for the next two nights. Settle into your heritage hotel in downtown Jaipur, and enjoy the on-site facilities, including a relaxing and cooling outdoor pool.
Day Seven: Included Amber Fort excursion
Visit Amber, the ancient capital of the Rajput Empire. Discover its magnificent palaces and temples dominated by the stronghold of the Amber Fort, and take the time to see 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: From Amber to Vanaashrya
This morning you'll head north to Vanaashrya. En route you'll stop for tea or coffee at Bhangarh, a ruined fort of 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 while the little luxuries of the present day (like air conditioning).
Day Nine: Included Heritage Transport Museum excursion
As we make our way back to Delhi, where you'll spend the final night of your holiday in India, we'll stop at the fascinating Heritage Transport Museum, which showcases the development of road, rail and air transport in India.
Day 10: Fly back to the UK
Transfer back to the airport and board your flight home after a holiday 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.
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 £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.
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.
*Low deposit of £75 per person applies to new bookings made between 7th and 28th February 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.