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India - Tigers & the Taj Mahal

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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?

Discover what else awaits you.

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.

Prices

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Aberdeen04 Apr 2017 £1449.00
Aberdeen27 Apr 2017 £1299.00
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Aberdeen16 May 2017 £1249.00
Aberdeen18 May 2017 £1249.00
Edinburgh27 Apr 2017 £1299.00
Edinburgh18 May 2017 £1249.00
Edinburgh23 Sep 2017 £1199.00
Edinburgh07 Oct 2017 £1399.00
Edinburgh11 Nov 2017 £1399.00
Edinburgh13 Jan 2018 £1399.00
Edinburgh03 Feb 2018 £1399.00
Edinburgh03 Mar 2018 £1399.00
Edinburgh14 Apr 2018 £1249.00
Edinburgh12 May 2018 £1249.00
Edinburgh22 Sep 2018 £1249.00
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Glasgow28 Feb 2017 £1449.00
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Glasgow09 May 2017 £1249.00
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Glasgow02 Nov 2017 £1649.00
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Glasgow21 Nov 2017 £1649.00
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Glasgow13 Feb 2018 £1699.00
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Glasgow10 Apr 2018 £1499.00
Glasgow17 Apr 2018 £1449.00
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Glasgow15 May 2018 £1449.00
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Glasgow02 Oct 2018 £1669.00
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London Heathrow16 May 2017 £1099.00
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London Heathrow12 Sep 2017 £1199.00
London Heathrow14 Sep 2017 £1199.00
London Heathrow17 Sep 2017 £1229.00
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London Heathrow03 Oct 2017 £1429.00
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London Heathrow24 Oct 2017 £1429.00
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London Heathrow31 Oct 2017 £1429.00
London Heathrow02 Nov 2017 £1449.00
London Heathrow07 Nov 2017 £1449.00
London Heathrow09 Nov 2017 £1449.00
London Heathrow14 Nov 2017 £1449.00
London Heathrow16 Nov 2017 £1449.00
London Heathrow21 Nov 2017 £1449.00
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London Heathrow16 Jan 2018 £1449.00
London Heathrow23 Jan 2018 £1479.00
London Heathrow30 Jan 2018 £1479.00
London Heathrow06 Feb 2018 £1479.00
London Heathrow13 Feb 2018 £1499.00
London Heathrow20 Feb 2018 £1499.00
London Heathrow27 Feb 2018 £1479.00
London Heathrow06 Mar 2018 £1479.00
London Heathrow13 Mar 2018 £1479.00
London Heathrow10 Apr 2018 £1299.00
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London Heathrow24 Apr 2018 £1249.00
London Heathrow01 May 2018 £1249.00
London Heathrow08 May 2018 £1249.00
London Heathrow15 May 2018 £1249.00
London Heathrow22 May 2018 £1199.00
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London Heathrow02 Oct 2018 £1469.00
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London Heathrow08 Nov 2018 £1499.00
London Heathrow13 Nov 2018 £1499.00
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Manchester04 Apr 2017 £1449.00
Manchester27 Apr 2017 £1299.00
Manchester16 May 2017 £1249.00
Manchester18 May 2017 £1249.00
Manchester23 Sep 2017 £1199.00
Manchester07 Oct 2017 £1399.00
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Manchester14 Apr 2018 £1249.00
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Manchester22 Sep 2018 £1249.00
Manchester06 Oct 2018 £1399.00
Manchester10 Nov 2018 £1399.00
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Newcastle28 Feb 2017 £1449.00
Newcastle04 Apr 2017 £1449.00
Newcastle27 Apr 2017 £1299.00
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Newcastle16 May 2017 £1249.00
Newcastle18 May 2017 £1249.00
Newcastle12 Sep 2017 £1399.00
Newcastle14 Sep 2017 £1399.00
Newcastle17 Sep 2017 £1429.00
Newcastle19 Sep 2017 £1429.00
Newcastle21 Sep 2017 £1429.00
Newcastle03 Oct 2017 £1629.00
Newcastle05 Oct 2017 £1629.00
Newcastle10 Oct 2017 £1629.00
Newcastle12 Oct 2017 £1629.00
Newcastle17 Oct 2017 £1629.00
Newcastle19 Oct 2017 £1629.00
Newcastle24 Oct 2017 £1629.00
Newcastle26 Oct 2017 £1629.00
Newcastle31 Oct 2017 £1629.00
Newcastle02 Nov 2017 £1649.00
Newcastle07 Nov 2017 £1649.00
Newcastle09 Nov 2017 £1649.00
Newcastle14 Nov 2017 £1649.00
Newcastle16 Nov 2017 £1649.00
Newcastle21 Nov 2017 £1649.00
Newcastle09 Jan 2018 £1649.00
Newcastle16 Jan 2018 £1649.00
Newcastle23 Jan 2018 £1679.00
Newcastle30 Jan 2018 £1679.00
Newcastle06 Feb 2018 £1679.00
Newcastle13 Feb 2018 £1699.00
Newcastle20 Feb 2018 £1699.00
Newcastle27 Feb 2018 £1679.00
Newcastle06 Mar 2018 £1679.00
Newcastle13 Mar 2018 £1679.00
Newcastle10 Apr 2018 £1499.00
Newcastle17 Apr 2018 £1449.00
Newcastle24 Apr 2018 £1449.00
Newcastle01 May 2018 £1449.00
Newcastle08 May 2018 £1449.00
Newcastle15 May 2018 £1449.00
Newcastle22 May 2018 £1399.00
Newcastle11 Sep 2018 £1449.00
Newcastle13 Sep 2018 £1449.00
Newcastle16 Sep 2018 £1449.00
Newcastle18 Sep 2018 £1449.00
Newcastle20 Sep 2018 £1449.00
Newcastle02 Oct 2018 £1669.00
Newcastle04 Oct 2018 £1669.00
Newcastle09 Oct 2018 £1669.00
Newcastle11 Oct 2018 £1669.00
Newcastle16 Oct 2018 £1669.00
Newcastle18 Oct 2018 £1669.00
Newcastle23 Oct 2018 £1669.00
Newcastle25 Oct 2018 £1669.00
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Newcastle06 Nov 2018 £1699.00
Newcastle08 Nov 2018 £1699.00
Newcastle13 Nov 2018 £1699.00
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India Touring Hotels

You will be staying in a series of well-located hotels, all of which will be of a four- and five-star standard. In all cases, rooms have private bathrooms and air conditioning.

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Further Information

Altered itineraries

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.

2016 departures

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.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.

Special requirements

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.

Disabled access

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.

Travel vaccinations

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.

Itinerary changes

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.

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India, Tigers & the Taj MahalScores 9.2 out of 10 based on 451 reviews
(10 out of 10)

CHRISTOPHER

Romford Couple
I booked this trip with some anxiety from my partner. Not knowing what to expect she was somewhat nervous. All of this anxiety was washed away on the first day when we started to experience the sights and sounds of this amazing country. From the mania of Delhi to the Experience of The Taj Mahal at sunset and sunrise, this was undoubtedly one of the best holidays that we have had. At the end we were both dissapointed to be coming home. We are already looking to our next visit in the near future.
Confirmed traveller: 17 November 2016
Published on: 26 November 2016
(10 out of 10)

FRANK

Guildford Couple
Despite some less than favorable reviews on the internet (which nearly persuaded us to cancel our booking ), we decided to persevere..........and we were delighted to have done so!


Our knowledgeable, humorous and articulate tour guide combined with the heady atmosphere of beautiful India made our holiday an absolute pleasure to be on.

Many thanks Newmarket !
Confirmed traveller: 17 November 2016
Published on: 22 November 2016