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India - Tigers, the Taj Mahal & Shimla

13 days from £1949*
Departing: September 2018 - November 2019
* Price shown: 14 May 2019 from London Heathrow - LHR
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Discover ancient monuments and colonial grandeur as you tour India's greatest cities

Uncover India's exotic wonders in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Search for tigers in Ranthambhore National Park and spend two nights revelling in colonial splendour at a five-star luxury hotel in the historic Himalayan hill station of Shimla. Join us for a thrilling adventure on a tour of India filled with unforgettable sights - from the ancient stronghold of Amber Fort to the chaos of old Delhi and the unmistakeable, unparalleled sight of the Taj Mahal at sunset and sunrise.

India - Tigers, the Taj Mahal and Shimla Tour Highlights

  • Exploring Old and New Delhi
  • Agra, the Indian City of Love, and its ancient palace/fort
  • Watching the sun set (and rise) behind the Taj Mahal
  • Searching for Ranthambhore's tigers on two included safaris
  • Dinner with a local family in Jaipur
  • A night 'under canvas' in Vanaashrya
  • Riding the 'toy-train' through the Himalayan foothills from Kandaghat to Shimla
  • Spending two luxurious nights in the five-star Oberoi Cecil Hotel

What does the price include?

  • 11 nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation in a series of four-star and five-star standard hotels in Delhi (1 night), Shimla (2), Jaipur (3), Agra (1), Ranthambhore (2) and Vanaashrya (2)
  • 11 lunches
  • Return flights from your chosen UK airport to Delhi
  • Return internal flights from Delhi to Chandigarh, returning to Jaipur
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • The services of a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Tigers, the Taj Mahal and Shimla Tour Itinerary

Day One: Fly to India

Begin your Indian holiday with an overnight flight from the UK to Delhi.

Day Two: Included Delhi city tour

A coach will be waiting for you when you arrive in Delhi this morning, and will carry you to your hotel. After an included lunch, join your Tour Manager for a guided tour of Delhi. In the Old City you'll see the Red Fort (former home of the Murghal emperor), Jama Masjid Mosque and Raj Ghat, Gandhi's cremation site at Raj Ghat, and enjoy a rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk.

Crossing into New Delhi, you'll enter a colonial city filled with traces of the British Raj. Highlights here will include the historic India Gate war memorial, Parliament House and the broad monumental avenue of the Rajpath.

Day Three: Travel into the Himalayas

Head to Delhi airport to catch the short flight to Chandigarh. After lunch, we'll travel to Kandaghat in Himachal Pradesh where we'll board the train to Shimla. Relax as the 'toy train' winds its scenic way into the foothills of the Himalayas, along the narrow-gauge line opened by Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India, in 1903.

Shimla itself is a delightful city. Its mansions, lawns, and cricket pitches retain the colonial atmosphere you'd expect of a place that was once the summer capital of British India. And your two nights here, in the magnificent Oberoi Cecil Hotel, is sure to be a real highlight of your trip.

Day Four: Included Shimla hill-station tour

This morning we'll rejoin the 'toy train' for a short journey through the mountains to Tari Devi 's Hindu Temple. Enjoy lunch at Clark's Hotel, the first hotel of the now world famous Oberoi chain, before heading out for a guided tour of Shimla.

We'll visit the Viceregal Lodge, where the Partition of India was mapped out, stroll across the Ridge (the road-cum-square that's the centre of community activity in Shimla) and see the very English spires of Christ Church. You may like to visit the temple of the Hindu monkey god, Hanuman, on Jakhoo Hill before joining the crowds at Scandal Point, Shimla's traditional meeting place, for an afternoon gossip.

Day Five: From Shimla to Jaipur

Today we'll retrace our steps, with a packed lunch en route, as we make our way down from Shimla to Chandigarh airport. After a short flight to Jaipur, the 'pink' city, we'll head to our next hotel and spend the rest of the day relaxing.

Day Six: Included Amber Fort tour

Amber, the ancient Rajput capital, is dominated by the 16th-century hill-top stronghold of Amber Fort. Today, we'll take a jeep ride up to the fort to wander its royal halls and take in the views from the ramparts.

After an included lunch, you'll be free to spend the afternoon relaxing or join us for an optional tour to Elefantastic Sanctuary. Interact with the gentle elephants that live here, away from the throngs of mass tourism, as you feed, walk and even bathe your giant friend.

Day Seven: Included Jaipur city tour

Enjoy today's city tour of Jaipur will reveal the museums and ancient observatory of the City Palace complex, and view the ornate- many-windowed facade of the Palace of the Winds.

Return to the hotel for lunch and time to relax and perhaps take a refreshing dip in the pool.

Dinner tonight will be taken at the Nokha House, hosted by the Rathore family in traditional Rajasthani style.

Day Eight: Included Taj Mahal tour

This morning we will leave Jaipur for Agra, India's City of Love. After lunch we'll visit the Ta Mahal, the extraordinarily beautiful monument built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, but our first stop will actually be the pavilions, palaces and courtyards of Agra Fort. And from there we'll head to the Taj Mahal with time to watch the sun set behind its delicate domes and spires.

Day Nine: Travel from Agra to Ranthambhore National Park

Today's early start will be rewarded by another unforgettable view of the Taj Mahal, from across the Yamuna River as the sun rises.

We'll return to the hotel for breakfast, and then leave Agra behind as we head to Abhaneri. This ancient village is home to Chand Baori, one of the oldest and most intricate stepwells in India, its 13 storeys and 3500 steps offering access to water and much-needed refuge from the sun's heat.

After lunch at Umaid Lake Palace, a Heritage resort hotel laid out in the style of a Mughal residence, and a tour of its 20-acre landscaped gardens, we'll continue to Ranthambhore National Park. This former royal hunting ground is now a key centre for Project Tiger, and its grasslands, streams and beautiful pools are home to striped hyenas, sambar deer, sloth bears and of course tigers.

This evening, prior to tomorrow's adventures, enjoy a 'tiger talk' with a local naturalist.

Day 10: Included Ranthambhore wildlife tour

Today revolves around two open-air vehicle safaris in Ranthambhore National Park, one in the morning and one after lunch. Join an expert naturalist guide to search your surroundings for signs of tigers, leopards and the many other species that make their home in the park.

Day 11: Optional Ranthambhore Fort tour

This morning, rest and relax, or join the optional excursion to ancient Ranthambhore Fort, which sits atop hills above the National Park, and rewards those prepared to climb its 273 steps with stupendous views.

In the afternoon we'll bid farewell to Ranthambhore, and make our way into the Aravali Hills, heading to the jungle resort of Vanaashyra. We'll stop en route at the fascinating ruins of Bhangarh Fort for a welcome tea or coffee, before continuing to Vanaashyra, where your private air-conditioned tent will be waiting. After a relaxing afternoon, why not ride a camel-drawn cart into the local village and enjoy a cookery demonstration before dinner?

Day 12: Day at leisure

Spend the day relaxing in the resort after your time spent sightseeing. Why not ride a camel-drawn cart into the local village and enjoy a cookery demonstration before dinner?

Day 13: Fly back to the UK

Today we'll return to Delhi airport to check in for our flight home, arriving back in the UK in the evening of the same day at the end of an unforgettable tour of India and the Himalayan foothills.

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

Goa Extension Itinerary

Day 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: Fly home

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

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Departure Airport Date Price From
Glasgow
Glasgow 18 September 2018 £2199
Glasgow
Glasgow 16 October 2018 £2349
Glasgow
Glasgow 30 October 2018 £2349
Glasgow
Glasgow 20 November 2018 £2399
Glasgow
Glasgow 30 April 2019 £2199
Glasgow
Glasgow 14 May 2019 £2149
Glasgow
Glasgow 17 September 2019 £2199
Glasgow
Glasgow 15 October 2019 £2349
Glasgow
Glasgow 19 November 2019 £2349
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 18 September 2018 £1999
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 16 October 2018 £2149
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 30 October 2018 £2149
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 20 November 2018 £2199
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 15 January 2019 £2199
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 05 February 2019 £2199
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 12 March 2019 £2199
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 30 April 2019 £1999
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 14 May 2019 £1949
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 17 September 2019 £1999
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 15 October 2019 £2149
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 19 November 2019 £2149

A Taste of Kerala Extension Itinerary

Day 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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 18: Fly home

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

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Udaipur Extension Itinerary

Day 13: Travel to Udaipur

Fly to lakeside Udaipur, be greeted by your tour guide and transfer to your hotel. Choose to spend the rest of the day pool-side, re-energising after your trip, or strike out into the welcoming streets of one of India’s most magical cities.

Day 14: Get to know Udaipur

Today, take a tour of Udaipur, the former capital city of the Mewar Kingdom, home to the incredible City Palace that incorporates 11 ornate palaces, Sahelion-ki-Bari gardens and Jagdish Temples. After a day spent around the lake, the evening brings the opportunity to take to the water on a boat ride to see the spectacular water palaces up close.

Day 15: Fly from Udaipur to Delhi

Enjoy your last morning in warm-hearted Udaipur, before bidding farewell to one of India’s jewels and flying to the country’s bustling capital. Check into your hotel and enjoy your last evening in India.

Day 16: Fly home

Wave goodbye to India and her wonderfully welcoming people, as you board your flight back to the UK.

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Marari Beach, Kerala Extension Itinerary

Day 13: Travel to Marari Beach

Fly to ocean-side Kochi today, and transfer south along the coast to your hotel, beginning your three-night stay on Marari Beach. Check-in, explore the hotel and unwind.

Day 14: Explore Marari Beach

Enjoy your first full day in Marari Beach. Choose to begin with a swim in the on-site pool or enjoy a relaxing ayurvedic treatment, before exploring farther afield, with a walk along the golden beach. Later, dine in the hotel or explore the local area.

Day 15: Unwind at the hotel

Today, choose to relax pool-side, letting Kerala’s mellow atmosphere sooth, or perhaps take out one of the hotel’s bicycles and explore the local area at a leisurely pace. In the evening, enjoy dinner in the hotel and look back on your time and experiences in this wonderful country.

Day 16: Fly home

This morning you’ll transfer back to Kochi’s airport and begin your flight home.

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Varanasi Extension Itinerary

Day 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: Fly home

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

India and Shimla 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

Hotel transfer times

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

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.

Train to Shimla

Dependent on flight times from Delhi, the 'toy train' journey may take place on Day Five, en route back down to Chandigarh.

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.

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

India - Last Lions, Tigers & the Taj MahalScores 8.7 out of 10 based on 11 reviews
(8 out of 10)

DOREEN

Couple
More travelling than we expected, but overall great - such a different experience!
Confirmed traveller: 26 March 2018
Published on: 23 April 2018
(10 out of 10)

IAN

Grimsby Couple
We normally make our pwn holiday arrangements but we couldn't possibly have managed this on our own. India is chaotic and a bit overwhelming but our tour manager organised everything without a hitch.
Confirmed traveller: 25 March 2018
Published on: 20 April 2018
(10 out of 10)

ANNE

Sheffield Couple
Fantastic Holiday. It was a busy schedule with several early starts and there was a lot of travelling involved but it was well worth it. Our guides and drivers were excellent throughout.
Confirmed traveller: 25 March 2018
Published on: 18 April 2018
(10 out of 10)

JANE

Camberley Couple
A wonderful holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 20 November 2016
Published on: 13 March 2017
(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