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The Colours of India - from the Ganges to the Taj

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The days of the Raj revisited. Breath-taking sights, sacred ceremonies and monuments to love. Discover contrasting visions of India, old and new.

This unforgettable escorted tour begins in vibrant Kolkata, the Calcutta of the Raj. It then journeys to sacred Varanasi on the holy Ganges, historic Lucknow in prosperous Uttar Pradesh and the City of Romance Agra - home to the peerless Taj Mahal. Ranthambhore’s world-famous tiger reserve and the Pink City of Jaipur offer more indelible memories. And then one final night – in fascinating, cacophonous Delhi, with its contrasts of ancient, colonial and ultra-modern – brings the curtain down on this wonderful Indian adventure.

What does this price include?

  • Ten nights’ half-board accommodation at four- and five-star hotels in Kolkata (1 night), Varanasi (2), Lucknow (1), Agra (1), Ranthambhore (2), Jaipur (2) and Delhi (1), plus one night on the plane
  • Three lunches
  • Return flights to Kolkata (returning from Delhi)
  • An internal flight from Kolkata to Varanasi
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager in India

Your Itinerary

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  • Fly overnight from the UK to Kolkata, via Dubai.

  • You’ll arrive in India early this morning, meet your tour manager at the airport, and transfer to the five-star Oberoi Hotel, where you will have a chance to rest after the journey.

    After an included lunch, an afternoon guided tour introduces the friendly, thriving city that – as Calcutta – was the original headquarters of the British Raj. See the grand remnants of Empire in the fascinating Victoria Memorial and the vast lawns of the Maidan, and take in Gothic St Paul’s Cathedral. Another highlight will be the Mother House, home and final resting place of Mother Teresa.

    Return to the hotel, to make use of the facilities of The Grand Dame of Chowringhee, as it is known, and to enjoy dinner.

  • This morning, soak up the Raj-era glories of Dalhousie Square, take in the engineering marvel of cantilevered Howrah Bridge and see the city’s colourful flower market, before transferring to the airport for your flight to Varanasi. This 3,000-year-old sacred city is like no other, and offers a window onto a world far removed from western civilisation. It has to be seen to be believed.

  • At sunrise, this morning, you’ll board a riverboat for a unique view of the ancient steps and tiers of the ghats, thronged with pilgrims performing their rituals in front of the temples, in the waters of the Ganges.

    After breakfast, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the city, taking in the astonishing marble map of undivided India at Bharat Mata Mandir temple, and the vast campus of the Banaras Hindu University. This afternoon, make the short journey to one of Buddhism’s four holiest sites, the deer park at Sarnath, where Buddha preached his first sermon after his enlightenment, then return to Varanasi to witness the timeless ritual of Aarti in front of the Dashashwamedh Ghat, on the bank of the holy river.

  • This morning you’ll head to colourful, historic Lucknow, the provincial capital of Uttar Pradesh. A guided tour will reveal the bullet-scarred ruins of the British Residency that was the refuge for some 3000 British soldiers and civilians during the infamous 19th-century siege.

  • This morning’s guided tour will take you to the crumbling, monumental Imambara tomb and shrine. And, come the afternoon, you’ll re-board the coach and travel to Agra, the unforgettable City of Love. Visit the royal pavilions, palaces and courtyards of majestic Agra Fort before dinner is served at your hotel.

  • Awaken early to see the sun come up over the exquisite, incomparable Taj Mahal, a timeless monument to undying love and one of the planet’s most recognisable buildings. After breakfast at the hotel you’ll leave Agra and travel to Ranthambhore National Park, one of the best examples of India’s conservation programme, Project Tiger, and your base for the next two nights.

    Once the hunting ground of Indian princes, Ranthambhore is a perfect habitat for the famed, endangered Tigers of Ranthambhore, and this evening, you’ll enjoy a tiger talk from a local naturalist in anticipation of tomorrow’s adventures.

  • Today’s early morning and afternoon canter (open-air vehicle) safaris will be undoubted highlights of your holiday. Explore the Park in the company of a knowledgeable naturalist guide, and with luck you’ll see tigers and other species in their natural environment. Lunch is included today.

  • Rest and relax this morning, or join our optional excursion to ancient Ranthambhore Fort, which sits atop a 600-metre-high ridge of hills, and offers stupendous views of the National Park.

    This afternoon, bid farewell to Ranthambhore and journey to the Pink City of Jaipur for another two-night stay.

  • After breakfast, visit the former Rajput capital, Amber, and explore its vast Sixth-century hilltop fort, climbing by jeep to visit the Royal Halls and to take in the magnificent views from the ramparts. After an included lunch you’ll tour Jaipur, stopping at the City Palace complex with its museums and ancient astronomical observatory, and driving by the 18th-century Palace of the Winds for glimpses of its countless windows and screened balconies.

  • Re-board the coach, and journey to the Indian capital for your final overnight stay. Your time here will begin with a guided tour of the vibrant Old City, driving by the historic Red Fort, and Jama Masjid Mosque, and enjoying an exhilarating rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of old Chandni Chowk. Visit Raj Ghat – Gandhi’s cremation site close to the Yamuna River, and round of a wonderful day with the sights of Raj-era New Delhi, including the monumental India Gate memorial and the vast Rajpath.

  • This morning you’ll head to the airport, and check in for your flight home, arriving back in the UK late the same afternoon, after a wonderful Indian adventure.

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The Colours of India - from the Ganges to the Taj Touring Hotels

You will be staying in a series of comfortable hotels that are conveniently located for your tour itinerary.

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Further Information

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

  • We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Visit to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about 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 $10 (US) per person for entry to India for arrivals in the months of April, May and June or $25 (US) per person for arrivals in other months. 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.

  • Please note: All flights operate via Dubai.

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