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India - Tigers, the Taj Mahal & Amritsar's Golden Temple

14 days from £1849*
Departing: September 2018 - November 2019
* Price shown: 12 September 2018 from London Heathrow - LHR
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A tour of India's historic highlights and heritage

Search for tigers and see the Taj Mahal on this enthralling holiday in Northern India. Discover Amritsar's sacred Golden Temple as you tour the Punjab, and the beautiful Himalayan hill state of Himachal Pradesh. See the border-closing ceremony at Wagah on the Indo-Pakistani border, and take a first-class train ride from Delhi to Jalandhar on the Shatabdi Express.

Taj Mahal And Amritsar Tour Highlights

  • A guided tour of the sights of New Delhi
  • Enjoy a traditional rickshaw ride through Old Delhi
  • Visit Jaipur's 'Palace of the Winds'
  • A stay in Ranthambhore National Park, including two safaris
  • Enjoy a village visit and a cookery demonstration in Dholpur
  • A guided tour of Agra, 'City of Love'
  • A visit to the immortal Taj Mahal
  • Explore 'Heritage Village' Pragpur
  • A drive through the foothills of the Himalayas
  • Witness the Palki ceremony at the Golden Temple
  • Visits to Amritsar's Golden Temple by day and night
  • A visit to the Jallianwala Bagh memorial park
  • See the Indo-Pakistani border closing ceremony

What does the price include?

  • 12 nights' half-board accommodation in a series of good-quality hotels in Delhi (2 nights), Jaipur (2), Ranthambhore (2), Dholpur (1), Agra (1), Pragpur (2) and Amritsar (2)
  • Seven lunches
  • Return flights to Delhi
  • An internal flight between Amritsar and Delhi
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Taj Mahal And Amritsar Tour Itinerary

Day One: Overnight flight to India

Fly overnight from the UK to Delhi.

Day Two: Included Delhi city tour

Meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel for lunch and the chance to freshen up. Today you'll enjoy a guided tour of the Old City, as well as an exciting rickshaw ride through the lanes of Chandni Chowk.

Day Three: Included Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque excursion and travel to Agra

Explore New Delhi, with its echoes of the British Raj, and visit the impressive Agrasen ki Baoli stepwell and the ruins of the ancient Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque. This afternoon, you'll travel to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, where you will enjoy a two-night stay.

Day Four: Included Amber Fort excursion

Visit Amber's extraordinary hill-top fort, travelling by jeep to explore the Royal Halls and enjoy magnificent views. This afternoon, see the sights of Jaipur, including the stunning City Palace museum complex, the famous astronomical observatory and the 18th-century 'Palace of the Winds'. Dinner tonight is with a local Rajasthani family in the city.

Day Five: From Jaipur to Ranthambhore

Beautiful Ranthambhore National Park is one of the best examples of India's conservation programme Project Tiger, and the destination for your next two-night stay. Rest and relax in the park's surroundings, or join this afternoon's optional excursion to take in the views from Ranthambhore Fort

Day Six: Guided wildlife safaris in Ranthambhore National Park

Today's highlights will be two canter (open-air vehicle) safaris in the company of a knowledgeable naturalist guide. Search for signs of the legendary Tigers of Ranthambhore, as well as some of the park's other inhabitants: striped hyenas, sambar deer, sloth bears and perhaps even leopards. Lunch is included today.

Day Seven: From Ranthambhore to Dholpur

Travel to Dholpur today, and enjoy a visit to the local village during the afternoon. Spend the night here, enjoying an evening cookery demonstration before dinner.

Day Eight: Included excursions to Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal

An early morning cruise on the Chambal River offers the opportunity to spot crocodiles, turtles and an assortment of birds. Then, travel to Agra, the 'City of Love', whose crowning glory is the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal. Visit majestic Agra Fort before your first sight of the 'Taj' - a monument to undying love - viewed in all its glory at sunset.

Day Nine: Included Taj Mahal sunrise visit

Start your day with an early morning and a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal from across the Yamuna River. Afterwards, bid farewell to Agra, and make your way back to Delhi for an overnight stay.

Day 10: Included Shatabdi Express train travel

This morning, we'll board the air-conditioned Shatabdi Express train heading north from Delhi to Jalandhar. You'll travel in first class, and breakfast will be provided en route. On arrival, enjoy lunch, and then transfer to Pragpur hill station, where you'll stay for the next two nights.

This former Royal settlement was declared India's first Heritage Village and has become a living museum radiating relaxed charm, history and culture. Highlights include the 19th-century artificial Taal pond - the centre of village life - the colourful temples and the traditional artisans' shops.

There will also be a cookery demonstration at the hotel during your stay.

Day 11: The Himalayan foothills

Spend a full day out in the foothills of the Himalayas, calling at Dharamsala, where lunch is included. This former British hill station still draws international visitors - as does its upper town, McLeod Ganj, not least because it's the Dalai Lama's home-in-exile. On our return, we'll stop to enjoy exceptional views and a late lunch at hilltop Kangra Fort.

This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Day 12: From the Himalayas to Amritsar

Today you'll take a scenic journey across the Punjabi plain to Amritsar. Freshen up at your hotel before the perfect introduction to this city.

At the breathtaking Golden Temple, Sikhism's holiest shrine, join the throng for the extraordinary Palki ceremony. Visitors are welcome to join the devotees who line the bridge over the sacred lake each evening for the procession of the Granth Sahib, Sikhism's Holy Book. You will also have the chance to visit the bustling bazaar in the heart of the Old Town.

Day 13: Included Golden Temple tour

Today brings another opportunity to visit the Golden Temple. The jewel-encrusted, golden-domed main temple, the vast dining hall - where food is distributed free to some 35,000 people each day - and the Central Sikh Museum are all highlights of a fascinating day.

You'll also visit the poignant Jallianwala Bagh memorial park, which commemorates one of the bloodiest days in Indian history. This evening, you'll make the short journey out to the Indo-Pakistani border crossing at Wagah, where the gates are closed and the flags lowered at sunset in a colourful, unforgettable ceremony.

Day 14: Fly back to the UK

This morning we'll head to the airport to board your flight home to the UK, arriving back in the UK late this afternoon.

Don't want your holiday to end there? Lengthen your visit to India with one of these unforgettable tour extensions.

Departure Airport Date Price From
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 12 September 2018 £2049
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 26 September 2018 £2049
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 10 October 2018 £2219
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 24 October 2018 £2219
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 31 October 2018 £2219
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 07 November 2018 £2199
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 21 November 2018 £2199
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 17 January 2019 £2199
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 31 January 2019 £2199
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 14 February 2019 £2199
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 21 February 2019 £2249
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 28 February 2019 £2249
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 14 March 2019 £2249
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 25 April 2019 £2199
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 02 May 2019 £2149
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 12 September 2019 £2099
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 07 November 2019 £2299
Glasgow
Glasgow 12 September 2018 £2049
Glasgow
Glasgow 26 September 2018 £2049
Glasgow
Glasgow 10 October 2018 £2219
Glasgow
Glasgow 24 October 2018 £2219
Glasgow
Glasgow 31 October 2018 £2219
Glasgow
Glasgow 07 November 2018 £2199
Glasgow
Glasgow 21 November 2018 £2199
Glasgow
Glasgow 17 January 2019 £2199
Glasgow
Glasgow 31 January 2019 £2199
Glasgow
Glasgow 14 February 2019 £2199
Glasgow
Glasgow 21 February 2019 £2249
Glasgow
Glasgow 28 February 2019 £2249
Glasgow
Glasgow 14 March 2019 £2249
Glasgow
Glasgow 25 April 2019 £2199
Glasgow
Glasgow 02 May 2019 £2149
Glasgow
Glasgow 12 September 2019 £2099
Glasgow
Glasgow 07 November 2019 £2299
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 12 September 2018 £1849
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 26 September 2018 £1849
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 10 October 2018 £2019
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 24 October 2018 £2019
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 31 October 2018 £2019
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 07 November 2018 £1999
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 21 November 2018 £1999
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 17 January 2019 £1999
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 31 January 2019 £1999
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 14 February 2019 £1999
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 21 February 2019 £2049
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 28 February 2019 £2049
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 14 March 2019 £2049
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 25 April 2019 £1999
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 02 May 2019 £1949
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 12 September 2019 £1899
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 07 November 2019 £2099
Manchester
Manchester 12 September 2018 £2049
Manchester
Manchester 26 September 2018 £2049
Manchester
Manchester 10 October 2018 £2219
Manchester
Manchester 24 October 2018 £2219
Manchester
Manchester 31 October 2018 £2219
Manchester
Manchester 07 November 2018 £2199
Manchester
Manchester 21 November 2018 £2199
Manchester
Manchester 17 January 2019 £2199
Manchester
Manchester 31 January 2019 £2199
Manchester
Manchester 14 February 2019 £2199
Manchester
Manchester 21 February 2019 £2249
Manchester
Manchester 28 February 2019 £2249
Manchester
Manchester 02 May 2019 £2149
Manchester
Manchester 12 September 2019 £2099
Manchester
Manchester 07 November 2019 £2299
Newcastle
Newcastle 12 September 2018 £2049
Newcastle
Newcastle 26 September 2018 £2049
Newcastle
Newcastle 10 October 2018 £2219
Newcastle
Newcastle 24 October 2018 £2219
Newcastle
Newcastle 31 October 2018 £2219
Newcastle
Newcastle 07 November 2018 £2199
Newcastle
Newcastle 21 November 2018 £2199
Newcastle
Newcastle 17 January 2019 £2199
Newcastle
Newcastle 31 January 2019 £2199
Newcastle
Newcastle 14 February 2019 £2199
Newcastle
Newcastle 21 February 2019 £2249
Newcastle
Newcastle 14 March 2019 £2249
Newcastle
Newcastle 25 April 2019 £2199
Newcastle
Newcastle 12 September 2019 £2099
Newcastle
Newcastle 07 November 2019 £2299

Goa Extension Itinerary

Day 14: Fly to Goa

Fly to Goa, meet your guide at the airport and transfer south along the coast to your hotel, for a three-night stay. Spend the rest of the day relaxing by the expansive pool or enjoying an ayurvedic massage in the hotel’s tranquil spa.

Day 15: Enjoy your Goan surroundings

Choose to spend today soaking up the southern Indian sun, perhaps by the hotel’s pool, or venture further afield to explore the wide-open beaches situated just a moment’s walk from your hotel. Likewise, choose to dine in your hotel, or to visit one of a number of local eateries.

Day 16: Relax or explore in Goa

Once again, today you are free to simply let Goa’s relaxed southern feeling wash over you, perhaps with a long, lazy walk on the beach. Alternatively, choose to join us on an optional excursion to Aguada Fort and the Basilica of Bom Jesus.

Day 17: Fly home

Bid a fond farewell to Portuguese influenced Goa, as you transfer from your hotel to the airport and board your flight home.

From £559 per person

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A Taste of Kerala Extension Itinerary

Day 14: Travel to Kochi

Begin your tour extension with a flight to the southern Indian jewel of Kochi, where you will be met by your tour guide and escorted to your first hotel - the four-star deluxe Trident. Check-in, rest and relax, or take a dip in the courtyard pool, prior to taking dinner in the hotel’s restaurant.

Day 15: Explore ‘God’s Own Country’

Begin your exploration of Kerala, ‘God’s Own Country’, today, with a tour of historic Kochin. Take in the Portuguese-built and peculiarly named Dutch Palace, the spectacular Paradesi Synagogue and the area’s photogenic Chinese fishing nets. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance show.

Day 16: Discover a world of spice

This morning travel to Periyar, inland from Kochi, to spend one night in the Greenwoods Hotel. After checking into your hotel, enjoy an enlightening tour of a local spice plantation. In the evening, relax in your hotel, taking advantage of its spa, swimming pool and treehouse cafe.

Day 17: Visit Lake Periyar

Rise early on the fourth day of your extension to take to the waters of Lake Periyar for a wildlife boat tour, after which we transfer to our third and final stop, coastal Alleppey. Check in to your resort hotel set on the lush banks of the Punnamada Lake, and spend the rest of the day recharging your batteries.

Day 18: Relax on Kerala’s backwaters

Today, get to know Kerala’s famed backwaters, as you take lunch on a traditional 'kettuvallam' houseboat and cruise by as all life plays out on the area’s labyrinthine banks. Later, return to your hotel and enjoy a restful evening looking back on your journey through incredible India.

Day 19: Fly home

On your final day in India, transfer from Alleppey to Kochi, and board your flight back to the UK.

From £699 per person

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Varanasi Extension Itinerary

Day 14: Travel to India’s most holy city

Fly to historic Varanasi, and transfer to your hotel. Take some time to relax before venturing out into the old city’s pulsating heart. Rub shoulders with holy men and walk with devotees towards this evening’s Aarti ceremony on the banks of the sacred Ganges. Later, take dinner in your hotel.

Day 15: Discover Varanasi’s history

After breakfast this morning, take a boat ride along the great Ganges, known locally as Mother Ganga - India’s most sacred river. Later, take in over 2000 years of history as you are taken on a guided tour of this most important of Indian conurbations. Afterwards, enjoy lunch and take an excursion to Sarnath to visit is museum and ruins.

Day 16: Varanasi to Delhi

Spend this morning relaxing in your hotel, or choose to venture out into Varanasi’s beguiling streets for one last time. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport and fly to Delhi. Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel, dine and rest.

Day 17: Fly home

This morning take breakfast in your hotel, before transferring to the airport and boarding your flight home.

From £689 per person

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Tigers, Taj Mahal and Amritsar 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

Celebrate Diwali - India's Festival of Lights

Passengers travelling on the 31st October 2018 departure will have the chance to celebrate Diwali, a major Hindu festival marked by family gatherings, and by decorative displays of candles and lamps shining from rooftops and doorsteps, in windows, and all around temple buildings.

Holi - India's Festival of Colours and Love

Passengers travelling on the 13th March 2019 departure will be able to join the joyful crowds throwing coloured powder into the air in celebration of Krishna and the beginning of spring.

Chambal River cruise

Cruise is dependent on water levels.

Taj Mahal restoration work

The white marble of the Taj Mahal is being gradually cleaned in a process that will take up to four years. Parts of the monument's surface may be covered during this process though your visit and access to the main dome is not likely to be restricted.

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 $75 (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.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

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. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.

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.

Road Conditions

In developing countries road networks are continually being improved and expanded, which can mean that, from time to time, roadworks and rough road surfaces can extend journey times. Some journeys are made on winding mountain roads and passes, which may also make for slow travelling - although the scenery is usually worth it! Many roads do not have separate pavements or safety barriers, and great care should be taken when crossing or walking alongside roads.

**This offer applies to new bookings on air-inclusive holidays to India made between 10th May and 12th June 2018 (inclusive). Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (FARAWAY) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. The offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

India - Tigers, the Taj Mahal & Amritsar?s Golden Temple reviews verified by reevooReevoo

India - Tigers, the Taj Mahal & Amritsar?s Golden TempleScores 9.1 out of 10 based on 269 reviews
(8 out of 10)

AMANDA

Northampton Couple
Good was lacking in variety. Only so much chicken curry (and bones) you can eat! Think rickshaw ride was unsafe. Ours was in an accident and had wheel buckled, had to get out while driver tried to straighten it . Wanted us to pay 500 rupees!
Confirmed traveller: 24 April 2018
Published on: 12 May 2018
(10 out of 10)

GILLIAN

Waterlooville near Portsmouth Couple
It was hectic but very good value for money. We saw a lot of India in a short time. We loved Ranthambore Reserve and the Golden Temple but it was all worth seeing. Having the border ceremony as the last part of the tour meant that the finish was real theatrical climax. Of the hotels we particularly liked the heritage ones as they gave you a real feel for India. We lived almost like princes for a while. Our guide KV looked after us all so well.
Confirmed traveller: 24 April 2018
Published on: 11 May 2018
(10 out of 10)

KERRY

Bristol Couple
An absolutely fantastic tour. Early mornings but you have to cram so much into 2weeks and I couldn’t think of 1 thing I would want to miss. Hotels were of an exceptional quality, palaces and Himalayan retreats..
Confirmed traveller: 24 April 2018
Published on: 10 May 2018