Why decide between India’s Golden Triangle and the colours of Rajasthan when you can do both on this 11-day introduction to this incredible country? Explore palaces, discover a new level of adventure with an elephant ride, and trek across a UNESCO fort to photograph tigers!
This tour offers a fascinating glimpse of India, encompassing the forts, palaces and magnificent monuments of the golden triangle with the enchanting sights and sounds of Rajasthan.
As Lonely Planet so perfectly sums up; “Against a backdrop of palaces and forts, India puts on its greatest show”. And we’ve added more wow factor with camel rides, jeep safaris and folk dances!
Your journey of a lifetime begins in Delhi where culture, history and escapism blend to such dazzling effect. The title a “Tale of Two Cities” is apt as Delhi bridges together two different worlds. Awaken the senses with an exhilarating rickshaw ride through lively Chandni Chowk.
Next up, discover a love poem in stone at Agra’s romantic Taj Mahal that radiates like a golden trinket underneath the blazing sun. The finest example of archaeological brilliance you will ever see!
Say the words “Kings’ Country” and instantly visions of bejewelled emperors riding on the backs of elephants spring to mind. Nowhere represents this era better than the Pink City of Jaipur. Enjoy the memorable experience of entering Amber Fort, perched upon the back of an elephant!
Move beyond and you will uncover an India of yet deeper diversity. Ranthambore’s renowned Tiger Forest via jeep safari and its UNESCO fort, home to the mightiest tigress; the camels of Puskar taking you across the golden dunes of Thar Desert and a visit to the Hindu temple of Bhrama.
Your tour concludes with a stay in one of the most beautiful and enchanting cities in India: Udaipur. Here you will take a boat ride across Lake Pichola to wonder at the palaces that rise up from the shore like a soaring cliff of marble: a truly memorable way to end this trip to the gems of India.
English speaking tour guides and air conditioned cars
- We take care of Return International Flights from the UK
- Meet & Assist service on arrival/departures at airport/hotel
- Stay in specially selected hotels on Twin Sharing Basis
- Breakfast included at all hotels (all meals in Ranthambore)
- Transportation and transfers by Chauffeur Driven Vehicle
- Vehicle includes Wi-Fi to keep in touch with friends on the road
- Services of English Speaking Local Guides for one day per destination
- 2 nights’ accommodation at the Mantra Amaltas hotel in Delhi
- Tour of India's Golden Triangle with local guides at each monument
- Awaken the senses with a Rickshaw Ride through Chandi Chowk, Delhi
- Taj Express train ride experience from Delhi to Agra
- One night accommodation at the Four Points by Sheraton in Agra
- The unique opportunity to see the sites of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur & Udaipur
- Discover a love poem in stone at the Taj Mahal with Guided Tour, Agra
- 2 nights’ accommodation at the Park Regis hotel in Jaipur
- All Monument Entrance Fees incl. elephant ride & light & Sound Show, Jaipur
- 2 nights’ accommodation at the Sultan Bagh hotel in Ranthambore
- Get close up to tigers with 1 Pvt Jeep Safari in Ranthambore
- One night accommodation at the Pushkar Bagh Resort in Pushkar
- Brave the sand dunes of the desert with a Camel Ride in Pushkar
- 2 nights’ accommodation at the Jagat Niwas Palace in Udaipur
- Boat Ride across Lake Pichola for epic views of Udaipur's palaces
- 02 bottles of mineral water available in transportation per day
- All presently applicable hotel & luxury taxes
The best of our Indian highlights in one sweet package
- Stay in some of India’s most beautiful hotels filled will treasures
- Stroll the serene shadows and explore the busy streets of Delhi
- Awaken the senses with a rickshaw ride through Chandi Chowk
- Discover the greatest testimonial to love at the Taj Mahal, Agra
- Enjoy drama and atmosphere at the Light and Sound Show, Jaipur
- Feel the thrill of being up close to tigers with a jeep safari, Ranthambore
- Unlock Rajasthan’s history by embarking on tour of Ranthambore Fort
- Have your very own Arabian Nights at Udaipur’s lavish palaces
- Set out in Agatha Christie style on a boat ride across Lake Pichola
Extend Your Indian idyll with 4 Nights in Beautiful Goa for just £299pp!
There is something quite charming about the idea of continuing your holiday in a very beautiful and relaxing part of India, where the promise is crystal clear waters and silver sandy beaches. Here in Goa that is exactly what you will find. How about reclining on the beautiful nearby beach, sailing around the bay or simply relaxing by the swimming pool? Your perfect end to India!
Inclusions for 4 Nights Goa Extension
- Internal Flight from vibrant Ahmedabad to chilled out Goa
- We take care of travel with Return Airport Transfers
- 4 Nights' accommodation Resort Terra Paraiso with breakfast
- Enjoy quick and accessible Free Wifi available daily
- 2 bottles of mineral water available daily
Located in the heart of Delhi, Mantra Amaltas is an exclusive boutique hotel offering a contemporary retreat and spacious accommodation in the upmarket area of New Friends Colony.
The rooms are decorated in elegant Western design and feature the latest in high-tech entertainment and business facilities. Each room is well-furnished for a comfortable stay. There are also a range of facilities available in the rooms, such as LCD TVs with local and international channels, an electronic safe, customized herbal toiletries, in room tea & coffee making facility, high speed Wi-Fi internet access & mini bar. On mild summer nights, guests can enjoy the terrace with views of the Lotus Temple. The hotel also features an indoor swimming pool.
Mantra is 0.6 miles from Okhla Railway Station and 3.1 miles from Delhi Golf Club. The Indira Gandhi International Airport is 16.2 miles away.
Four Points by Sheraton Agra a 4 star hotel located near the famous and magnificent Taj Mahal which is just 2 km away. At Four Points by Sheraton Agra, each room will provide you facilities like minibar, hairdryer, bathrobes etc.
A full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center are available at this hotel. Dining options include Oasis, an all-day dining multi-cuisine restaurant, Stop by Henry’s, a lounge bar where alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and The Roof Top where guests can enjoy sumptuous grilled option with a view of the Taj Mahal.
Holiday Inn, Jaipur is located close to the famous Jal Mahal on Amer Road. It is a classified 4 Star International Brand Budget Hotel and offers accommodation which is a unique blend of traditional Rajasthani architecture with contemporary service and amenities.
Holiday Inn, Jaipur is in close proximity to many famous tourist attractions like Amer Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort and Govind Dev Ji Temple. The Hotel is surrounded by the famous Aravali Hills.
Holiday Inn, Jaipur is a part of Inter Continental Hotel Group and has been awarded Best Mid-Market Hotel Brand in Asia Pacific by Business Traveller Awards in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Situated in Ranthambore at a distance of 3.5 Kms from the The Ranthambore National Park, entry gate. Sultan Bagh is a resort established and managed by the Son of Thakur Sultan Singhji of Thikana Padampura of the erstwhile Jaipur State. The resort provides for stay in Luxurious tents to make the guests feel as if they are staying in a jungle.
The resort tenders 20 luxurious rooms with all modern amenities like air conditioning, cable television, intercom facility, direct dial phone, Wi-Fi, snack basket, tea/coffee maker, mineral water, refrigerator, iron/ironing board, safety deposit locker, fireplace, room heater and with private baths that have premium toiletries.
The property is not far from excursion like Ranthambore national park, Ranthambore Fort, Kachida Valley, Padam Talao, Lakrada and Anantpura and Raj bagh. The resort propose facilities like Wi-Fi, activity centre, outdoor activity, games room, taxi service, railway/ airport transfers, guide service, sightseeing, travel desk and parking facility. The resort offers splendid recreational facilities like library, gymnasium, health club, massage center, ayurveda center and spa for holistic therapies and wellness treatments.
The resort features a restaurants serving variety of cuisines. Guests can sit back and relax at the lounge which serves a wide array of snacks and beverages.
Offering unparalleled service and Rajasthani splendours, Pushkar Bagh is a luxury tented resort located in Motisar Link Road. The Pushkar Bagh is located in Pushkar in the region of Rajasthan, just 100 m from Pushkar Fort and the resort's enviable location allows guests to make the most of their visit to Pushkar.
Pushkar Bagh has 30 rooms divided into three categories viz. Deluxe Cottage, Deluxe Swiss Tent and Luxury Room, each offering all the necessities such as private bathroom, hairdryer, etc. Each tent has its own balcony and a verandah to ensuring a verdant stay for the guests.
There are a range of amenities available to those staying at the resort, including a BBQ/picnic area, a safe and a dry cleaning service. On-site dining options include a restaurant, which is a convenient place to have a meal. In the evening, guests are able to wind down in the lounge bar. A swimming pool, massage centre and Baradari, the coffee shop, are other highlights of this resort.
Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel is a early 17th century haveli with its charm and aesthetics, situated in the heart of the most romantic city, nestled in the fertile valley on the eastern banks of the famous Lake Pichola.
This unique cluster of houses with its 28 rooms restored back to their old charm and glory are surrounded by the ancient havelis and temples, they are situated around a central courtyard which is approached through a narrow archway from the Jagdish temple and the old city.
The haveli is made in a typical Mewar architecture and provides a visitor a very relaxing and regal haveli atmosphere and style. The haveli situated right on the bank of Lake Pichola provides an excellent view of all the Palaces of Udaipur i.e. City Palace, Lake Palace, Monsoon Palace.
Day 1 ARRIVAL DELHI
Your journey of a lifetime begins in New Delhi. Arrive at the international airport, where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. It is recommended that you spend your first day at leisure to recuperate from your international journey.
Few places on earth combine beauty, history and escapism to such dazzling effect as the great city of Delhi- the sprawling and fascinating capital of India. The title “A Tale of Two Cities” is apt as Delhi bridges together two different worlds. The Old Delhi, once the capital of Islamic India, contrasts with the British-built centre of New Delhi. On this journey you will scratch the surface and discover a land sprinkled with dazzling gems of India’s “golden” legacy.
Day 2 DELHI
After breakfast, a daytime tour takes you through the Indian Capital. In Old Delhi visit the legendary Red Fort and Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Then awaken the senses with an exhilarating rickshaw ride through the bustling Chandni Chowk and its back roads.
New Delhi offers a fascinating contrast: here, you will stroll along the wide, straight boulevards and pass the monuments of the Empire. Walk to the tallest stone tower in India, Qutub Minar and continue to the mighty India Gate. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the gate is a memorial to the 82,000 soldiers from the undivided British Indian Army who died in 1914-21 during the First World War. In testimonial to their immense bravery, 13,300 names are inscribed on the monumental gate. You will also see the Amar Jawan Jyoti, built following the Bangladesh Liberation war, bounded by four eternal flames beneath the Memorial Archway. Continue to the Rastrapathi Bhawan, Humayon Tomb and the Lotus Temple. Return to the hotel.
OVERNIGHT IN DELHI
Day 3 DELHI – AGRA
After breakfast, get ready to experience the Taj Express train ride from Delhi to the Mughal city of Agra and your hotel for check-in.
Once the most important city in India, it was subjected to a great deal of ambitious architecture. Babur, founder of the Mughal Empire, introduced the first Persian garden on the banks of Yamuna River.
In the afternoon visit Agra Fort, where Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan spent his last days. Romance is in the air as we arrive at the spectacular Taj Mahal. Discover a love poem in stone as you behold the sight of the sun striking its cupid arrow onto the huge golden trinket. The Taj was built by Shah Jahan as the resting place for his beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal. What else but great love could have inspired such outstanding beauty? Late evening transfer to the hotel.
Day 4 AGRA – JAIPUR
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to the Pink City, Jaipur.
Jaipur, founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Ja Singh II, is a dusky pink pearl sitting elegantly on the edge of the desert. Rose painted Mughal palaces slope to the old town’s bazaars, filled with textiles and jewellery.
We have lined up an evening of drama and atmosphere at the world-famous Sound and Light Show, an entertaining way to discover the history of Jaipur and Amber Fort. Return to the hotel.
OVERNIGHT IN JAIPUR
Day 5 JAIPUR
After breakfast, return to the wonders of Amber Fort, set on a rugged hill with impressive yellow sandstone battlements and a craggy façade, it was built in the 16th century to protect against any threat from the Mongol invaders. Once guarded by the Mughal armies, the steep lane up towards the fort is now lined with splendidly decorated elephants patrolling the ancient kingdom.
Later you will drive past the Hawa Mahal, Palace of Winds. In the afternoon visit the City Palace and museum, before continuing to Jantar Mantar, a structural masterpiece displaying the science of early Indian architecture. Return to the hotel.
OVERNIGHT IN JAIPUR
Day 6 JAIPUR - RANTHAMBORE
After breakfast, an enjoyable drive will take you to Ranthambore. On arrival, check into your hotel and get ready to set off on your adventure across the jungle.
Ranthambore is one of the famous and former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Against a backdrop of stunning lakes, lush forests and mountain peaks, there is a feeling of rural tranquillity, yet long the biggest national park in Northern India, today the park is a major wildlife attraction. Exotic dhok trees edge the border of tumbling rivers. Rising out of a craggy mountain there is an eerie charm to the broad walls and huge arches of Ranthambore Fort, a witness to centuries of celebration and tragedy merged together. The fort was declared a UNSECO World Heritage Site in 2013 and is known for the glory and bravery of Raja Hammir Dev of the Chauhan dynasty.
Day 7 RANTHAMBORE
After breakfast, travel in a jeep safari vehicle on your early morning drive to the Tiger Forest. The park is famous for being the best place in India to get close to free-ranging tigers. Located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, the 400 sq km reserve, described as the “tiger friendly land” is home to approx. 30 tigers. Watching them hunt in the dense undergrowth, it is impossible not to be impressed with the sheer size and markings of a fully grown adult, but equally spectacular is seeing how they interact with their cubs.
The park is also home to a variety of wildlife, including leopard, nilgai, wild boar, sambar, hyena, sloth bear and chital. There are also a host of birds, so keep your eyes open for delicately hued storks, slender and elegant doves, and great white pelicans.
In the afternoon, explore the Ranthambore Fort soaring above the jungle. Founded in 944 and initially named as “Ranath Bhawar Garh” which means “a place of Rajput warriors”, the fort is today territory for the most famous Ranthambore tigress – the Machali. Machali’s daughter T19 is the current queen tigress of the park and gave birth to three surviving cubs. Walk up the steps to the fort to catch a glimpse of the mightiest tiger of Ranthambore.
It was here in 1283 AD where ruler Raja Hammir Dev was crowned and controlled Ranthambore until he was defeated by the army of Ala-ud-din Khilji in AD 1301. Once inhabited by the Mughals who used it as a prison fortress, the fort was given back to the Maharaja of Jaipur and remained with them until India gained independence in 1947.
Day 8 RANTHAMBORE – PUSHKAR
After breakfast and hotel check-out, you will drive to the scared city of Hindus, Pushkar.
Want to experience the Rajasthani desert from exceptional heights? A delightful camel safari at sunset is the most unique way to explore the Thar Desert. Enjoy the ripples on the golden dunes creating mystical mirages, providing a glimpse of the desert lifestyle through remote villages.
Pushkar is quite unlike anywhere else in Rajasthan. It’s a prominent Hindu pilgrimage town and devout Hindus visit at least once in their lifetime. The town envelopes a holy lake, said to have appeared when Brahma dropped a lotus flower. It is home to one of the world’s few Brahma temples. The main street is one long bazaar, selling anything from hippy-chic tie-dye to didgeridoos. Although brimming with commercialism and banana pancakes, the town is still enchantingly small and authentically mystic.
After hotel check-in, there is no better way to start your stay in Pushkar than with a walk around the Brahma Temple. Bhrama is the very God who created the universe and the temple is magnificently painted with red and blue. Here you will visit the complex with its 52 bathing ghats and 400 milky blue temples. The town often hums with puja (prayers) creating an enchanting soundtrack of chanting, drums, and gongs, and devotional songs. Return to the hotel.
OVERNIGHT IN PUSHKAR
Day 9 PUSHKAR – UDAIPUR
In the morning, bid farewell to Pushkar and drive to the Blue City, Udaipur.
Udaipur sits jewel like on the shores of the Pichola Saga, placid blue lakes, encircled by an amphitheatre of barren hills, ice-whipped palaces and exotic gardens.
On arrival, check into the hotel. Arabian Nights a plenty can be found during a leisurely evening walk. From the washing ghats admire a bright orange sun setting over Udaipur’s maze of marble towering over Lake Pichola like a beautiful tapestry. Watch as the last stroke of sunlight sends a blazing ripple through the water, ending in darkness. Delight in delicious Indian cuisine at one of the fine downtown restaurants for an optional dinner. Return to the hotel.
Day 10 UDAIPUR
After breakfast, the day will begin with an enlightening city tour. Udaipur is a place of enchanting scenery, some truly breathtaking edifices, like the City Palace and museum along with the shimmering bronze statue of Maharana Pratap. You will also visit the Jagdish Temple which was built in 1651 AD and the small, quaint ornamental garden, Saheliyon-ki-Bari.
Your two hour afternoon boat ride across Lake Pichola is fittingly spectacular as it allows you to drift past the washing and bathing ghats whilst enjoying picturesque views of the Lake and City Palace. Return to the hotel.
OVERNIGHT IN UDAIPUR
Day 11 UDAIPUR – AHMEDABAD AIRPORT
After breakfast, it is time to head home via transfer to AMD airport to board your international flight back home or onward flight to your next destination. If time permits, step outside onto the city’s lively streets. A souvenir is the perfect way to end such a magical holiday. Between the beautiful buildings, you will find the treasures of overflowing markets.
END OF TOUR
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