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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.
Fly overnight from the UK to Delhi.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Board your return flight to the UK, arriving back this evening.
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.
Hotel transfer times
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.
Passports and visas
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.
On your flight
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.
Please note that hotels in Gujarat (Bhavnagar, Ahmedabad and Gir) do not serve alcohol.
Restrictions on alcohol
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.
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.
Changes to your hotels
*Low deposit of £50 applies to new bookings made between 1st and 30th September 2016 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to all 2016 to 2018 air breaks excluding the American Queen - Mississippi River Cruise; Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans and Caribbean Cruise; Five-Star Alaska Cruise and the Canadian Rockies; Highlights of China and Yangtze Cruise; Any world cruises or sectors aboard Magellan that include flights; Cruises aboard Norwegian Star that include flights; Cruises aboard Mendula that include flights; Cruises aboard Astoria that include flights; Cruises aboard Olympia that include flights; Cruises aboard Sound of Music that include flights and Daniel O'Donnell in Dublin by Air. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.