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India - Last Lions, Tigers & the Taj Mahal

14 days from £1899*
Departing: November 2016
* Price shown: 07 November 2016 from London Heathrow - LHR - QFH
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Join us for the unforgettable chance to encounter rare tigers and even rarer Asiatic lions in their last protected refuge. Stay in some wonderful hotels, and visit two unforgettable wildlife parks, as you journey from the capital of modern India, via Agra and Fatehpur Sikri, to exquisite Udaipur and Gandhi's home state of Gujarat, before flying on to the great city of Mumbai.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Included guided tours of Delhi and Agra, 'City of Love'
  • A visit to the immortal Taj Mahal
  • Discover the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri
  • A stay in Ranthambhore National Park includes two safaris
  • Guided tour of exquisite Udaipur
  • Enjoy a cruise on Udaipur's Lake Pichola
  • Visit Gandhi's first Ashram in Ahmedabad
  • Stay in an historic heritage hotel in Bhavnagar
  • Wander among the pilgrims en route to Palitana Jain Temple
  • Spend two nights in Sasan Gir National Park - home to Asia's last lions
  • Enjoy two Jeep safaris
  • A Mumbai walking tour and a farewell dinner at Mumbai's Taj Mahal & Palace Hotel
  • Twelve nights' carefully chosen accommodation sharing a twin/double room on a half-board basis plus three lunches
  • Return scheduled flights to Delhi, returning from Mumbai and an internal flight between Rajkot and Mumbai
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager in India

Single rooms are available for a supplement

N.B. Visas are required for travel on this tour (see Further Information)

Itinerary

Day One

Fly overnight from the UK to Delhi.

Day Two

Meet your Tour Manager, transfer to your hotel, and then relax before our afternoon guided tour reveals the grandeur of New Delhi. Highlights of this city built by the British Raj to reflect the glories of the Empire will include the historic India Gate war memorial, the vast boulevard of the Rajpath, and the ruins of the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque.

Day Three

This morning you'll journey to Agra, the fabled 'City of Love' and site of the iconic Taj Mahal. See the pavilions and palaces of Agra Fort, then head to the Taj Mahal itself, a monument to undying love and one of the planet's most recognisable buildings, seen in all its glory at sunset.

Day Four

Today you'll cross into Rajasthan. En route, you'll visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, its great buildings and monuments still immaculately preserved. Enjoy lunch at a heritage hotel in wonderful grounds just outside the walled town of Bharatpur, before heading to your hotel in beautiful Ranthambhore National Park.

Day Five

Today's highlights will be morning and afternoon canter (open-air vehicle) safaris in the company of a knowledgeable naturalist guide, giving you more chances to search for signs of the legendary 'Tigers of Ranthambhore'.

Lunch at the hotel is included between your two safaris.

Day Six

Today you'll journey across Rajasthan, it's landscape studded with exotic temples and lavishly decorated mansions (havelis). Call at historic, fortified Chittorgarh on your way to the sublime 'City of Lakes', Udaipur.

Here, against a background of rolling hills, the waters of Lake Pichola are home itself to two exquisite marble palaces, both overlooked by the majesty of the City Palace.

Day Seven

Discover the glory of Udaipur on today's tour. See the majestic, turreted City Palace and the beautiful gardens at Sahelion-ki-Bari. Enjoy a vegetarian Thali lunch, then spend an hour admiring the Maharaja of Mewar's vintage car collection, before a cruise across the lake.

Day Eight

Continue your journey southwest, into Mahatma Gandhi's birth state - Gujarat. Visit the 'green city' of Gandhinagar, state capital and home to the vast, ornate Akshardham Temple - the holiest shrine of the Swaminarayan Hindus.

By afternoon you will arrive in Ahmedabad, site of the Sabarmati Ashram - home to the Mahatma for 13 years.

Day Nine

A scenic day's drive brings you to the coastal city of Bhavnagar, where you'll stay in the Nilambag Palace heritage hotel, a former royal residence set in glorious gardens, and a perfect place in which to rest and relax.

Day 10

Mingle with the brightly dressed pilgrims, today, as they start their climb of over 3,800 steps to the Jain Temples. After lunch at the rural retreat of Vijay Vilas, travel to Gir National Park, the last refuge of 300 or so incredibly rare Asiatic lions. You'll stay be treated to a colourful display of traditional Siddhi dancing.

Day 11

Enjoy two Jeep safaris in the park, in the company of your ranger guide, today. With luck, you'll spot Asia's last lions, the elusive park's panthers and other assorted wildlife in their fiercely protected natural habitat.

Day 12

After a relaxed morning, bid farewell to Gir National Park, and journey to the airport at Rajkot, where a short early evening flight will bring you to the pulsating city of Mumbai for a final two-night stay. En route to the airport you'll stop at the beautiful Orchard Palace for tea and the chance to stroll around the palace's vintage-car collection.

Day 13

On your last full day, join our guide for a walking tour of Mumbai's historic Colaba and Fort areas, including the monumental Gateway To India arch, which, along with the extraordinary former Victoria Terminus (or 'VT') stands as a gargantuan symbol of the days of the Raj. All around the teeming metropolis, modern India is reflected in glittering skyscrapers, while the tranquil acres of the Maidans, the city's green swathes, serve as impromptu cricket grounds.

This afternoon, enjoy a ferry ride to Elephanta Island to explore its vast Hindu cave temple, then round off your tour with a farewell dinner at the stately, seafront Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.

Day 14

Board your return flight to the UK, arriving back this evening.
Departure Airport Date Price From Code
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 07 November 2016 £2049.00 NF6QFI14
Glasgow
Glasgow 07 November 2016 £2049.00 NF6QFJ14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 07 November 2016 £1899.00 NF6QFH14

Classic 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.

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.

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.

Restrictions on alcohol

Please note that hotels in Gujarat (Bhavnagar, Ahmedabad and Gir) do not serve alcohol.

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 - Last Lions, Tigers & the Taj Mahal reviews verified by Reevoo

India - Last Lions, Tigers & the Taj MahalScores 8.2 out of 10 based on 5 reviews
(9 out of 10)

JANE

Newcastle upon Tyne Couple
Fantastic trip with excellent drivers and a superb guide/tour manager. Hotels and food very, very good. Only criticisms are:

1. We would recommend adding an extra two nights to the tour and building in a little more chill time. The tour is very full on!!

2. The last two days of the tour were very disappointing. The late flight from Rajkot to Mumbai meant that the Friday was a wasted day. As there were a number of flights from Rajkot during the day we all agreed that we would have preferred an earlier flight and more time in Mumbai. Instaed we felt we were having to 'kill time' and the 'high tea' experience was unnecessary.

3. As a result of the above the only full day we had in Mumbai was over-packed and frustratingly hurried. Our local guide was willing to change his plans, and did, but we would all have preferred more time on Elephanta and more time for browsing shops and people watching.
Confirmed traveller: 07 March 2016
Published on: 26 March 2016
(8 out of 10)

RONALD

London Couple
Excellent overall - superb guide. Needed longer in Mumbai, though, & the day leading up to evening flight to Mumbai was long, frustrating & largely unnecessary. A morning flight would have been preferable and would have given us an extra half day in Mumbai.
Loved the magic, colour & vibrancy of India & its swollen population - will definitely return, probably going south to Kerala.
Confirmed traveller: 06 March 2016
Published on: 22 March 2016
(9 out of 10)

JAYNE

Leeds Single traveller
The overall holiday was very good although there seemed a lot of wasted time the tour guide did his best but late evening internal flights meant a day seemed wasted an earlier flight to Mumbai would have improved the trip giving more time in Mumbai
Confirmed traveller: 06 March 2016
Published on: 18 March 2016
(9 out of 10)

THOMAS

Gloucester Couple
The tour, although tiring , we enjoyed immensely. Our guide Dushyant Singh was exc ellent and very knowledgable and went out of his way to ensure we got the most from the trip. The local guide at Gandhi Ashram was useless but the guide in Mumbai was first class as was our homeward transfer guide.

In the main the standard of hotels was very good with the exception of the Pugmark where the rooms and meals were very basic although the surroundings and staff were lovely. We were very disappointed in the Nilambag Palace which was very tired, dated, basic and had no sunbeds.

We were disappointed in both safaris. Cantors were overcrowded and there was a distinct lack of animals to see. Guides appeared uninterested and in Gir there was a surprise charge of £12 pp per visit for use of cameras.


However, overall we had a brilliant and memorable holiday and would not hesitate in recommending Newmarket Holidays in the future.
Confirmed traveller: 31 January 2016
Published on: 29 February 2016
(6 out of 10)

TIMOTHY

Cambridge Couple
Too many events/trips for the time, too much travelling in the coach, two days were over 9 hours of travelling. Coupled with two days out with stomach problems for 50 % of the passengers meant 4 days were non productive. All were retirees, we opted out of three early morning excursions due to fatigue. I saw a tiger and a leopard but my wife did not as she was ill in the room. We only went for this event for her. Most hotels were good but the tiger camp was a 1960s establishment were we pick up the bug. The local guide made the trip, he was brilliant. I suggest less trips, more nights in a hotel with forays out from there, less coach driving and the best camp you can find in the park. We are Safari veterans from Africa and India safaris are way less organized. Overall an interesting view of India but not to be repeated.
Confirmed traveller: 17 November 2015
Published on: 24 November 2015