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The tigers and Taj Mahal Tour

Experience the best India has to offer in this special small group tour. Visit Old and New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, but also enjoy a driving safari in Ranthambhore National Park, the best place in India to spot the elusive tiger, and a visit to Shimla, the "summer capital" of British India, with a ride on the famous "toy" train.

A select small group tour, staying in characterful 3- to 5-star accommodation. The tour is timed to coincide with the Makar Sakranti festival in Jaipur giving you another unique insight in Indian culture.

Departures and price 2019

  • This tour departs UK on 7 January 2019.
    Price £1,999 per person (based on 2 persons sharing a twin/double room) including international flights.
    Flight supplements may apply for late bookings, so early confirmation is recommended.
  • Tour fully ATOL protected.

Day 1: UK to Delhi

Depart London Heathrow or your regional airport on the first day. 

Day 2: Delhi

This morning your overnight flight arrives into Delhi, oozing with history and intrigue. Your driver will greet you at New Delhi International Airport and transport you to your hotel. We have not planned anything for this afternoon to allow you to recover from your flight, so relax and enjoy the hotel’s lovely pool area or head out for a wander.

Day 3: Delhi

Today you enjoy a full tour of Old and New Delhi. Your guide will explain the full history and highlight the contrast between the Old and New regions of the city. A highlight of the tour is a guided walk or cycle rickshaw through the sprawling narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk, where you can absorb the sights, sounds and fascinating local life in the depths of Old Delhi, a young local guide who join you for this walk tour will enthusiastically show you some the hidden places of Old Delhi (the guides are street children who have been trained by a local NGO Salam Balak Trust). The tour takes about 7-8 hours, and the remainder of the evening is at your leisure. (B)

Day 4: delhi to agra

Today you will drive to Agra (around 4 hours). After settling into your hotel, your guide will take you around Agra's key sights, one of the highlights being the magnificent Red Fort. Later this afternoon, you will finish the day by enjoying the sunset from the quiet gardens of Mehtab Bagh, which sit behind the spectacular Taj Mahal. A peaceful and magical experience. (B)

Day 5: Agra to Ranthambhore

The Taj Mahal is one of the most romantic and iconic buildings in the world, and one that most certainly lives up to it's hype. We recommend visiting at sunrise, when the crowds are a little quieter and the ethereal early morning light adds to the magical atmosphere. After your visit you will drive to Ranthambhore (around 6 hours) visiting the deserted city of Fatehpur-Sikri with your guide in attendance. Check into your lovely lodge and relax for the evening enjoying a massage or by the pool. (B, D)

Day 6: ranthambhore

Today you will enjoy morning and evening Jeep safaris (shared) to enjoy the wildlife and try and spot the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger and many other animals and birds. Afternoon will be free to relax!

Day 7: ranthambhore to jaipur

After breakfast, you will continue your journey to the Pink City and capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur. Today we will experience Jaipur’s exhilarating markets and soak up the colourful atmosphere of this beautiful city before returning to your hotel. Stay at characterful boutique hotel, Shahpura House. (B)

Day 8: Jaipur

Today your guide will take you to explore the beautiful old city of Jaipur, discovering the imposing Amber Fort and intricate facade of the Palace of the Winds. Learn about the fascinating workings behind Jantar Mantar Observatory and enjoy the amazing collection of Textiles and Arms and Ammunition at City Palace. Later in the afternoon, we arrive on top of a local Rajput Family’s home in the city to enjoy Makar Sakranti celebration. Makar Sakranti is the start of Hindu New Year, and is celebrated with much fanfare. Families climb on top of roofs of their homes right in the morning and fly kites, food, snacks etc are served the whole day as children and elders all join together in flying kites and also engaging in a kind of dog fight in air to cut the other people’s kite. Loud music and people dancing and making noise is a amazing spectacle to see. You will enjoy the experience along with snacks and soft drinks served. (B)

Day 9: jaipur

Today enjoy a free day in Jaipur to explore the city or indulge yourselves in some last-minute shopping. (B)

Day 10: jaipur to shimla

Today you board an early flight from Jaipur to Chandigarh. On arrival you will be driven (around 3.5 hrs) to Shimla where you stay at the lovely Oberoi Cecil for next 3 nights. (B)

Day 11: Shimla

Today you will have a guided tour of Shimla which will begin with visit to Viceregal Lodge designed by a British Architect followed by a walk along the ridge, and a visit to Christ Church, the second oldest church in North India. You will have the afternoon at leisure to walk around yourself. (B)

Day 12: Shimla

Free day. (B)

Day 13: Shimla to Delhi

Free day to relax. (B)

Today morning you will be transferred to the Railway Station to take the famous toy train to Kalka arriving late afternoon where you on own connect to your onward express train to Delhi arriving at night. You will be met and transferred to your hotel near to the international airport. (B)

Day 14: Delhi to UK

In the morning board your flight back to UK, arriving later the same day. (B)

What’s Included

  • International Flights in Economy Class
  • Airport Taxes
  • Accommodation In 3- to 5-Star Character Hotels
  • Train Tickets
  • Meals as Shown
  • All Transfers and Sightseeing Programmes as Shown
  • Entrance Fees
  • Services of English-Speaking Local Guides

What's Not Included

  • Indian Entry Visas
  • Drinks
  • Early or Late Hotel Check-In/Check-Out
  • Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips
  • Items Not Mentioned

Hotels for this tour

Here are details of the preferred hotels for this tour. Similar hotels may be substituted. All are characterful, clean, well-presented hotels with good facilities offering a comfortable stay on a touring holiday.

DELHI: OBEROI MAIDENS Hotel

Classic heritage hotel, originally built in 1903 at the height of the British Raj. Located in New Delhi it provides comfortable 5-star facilities, including outdoor swimming pool.

ranthambhore: JUNGLE VILAS

Small. modern low-rise luxury hotel built around large outdoor swimming pool. Situated in quiet location on the edge of the Ranthambhore National Park.

jaipur: ShaHpura house

Heritage hotel, the former residence of the royal family of Shahpura whose descendants still manage the hotel. Stylish luxury in beautiful surroundings.

Shilma: oberoi cecil Hotel

Once the most exclusive hotel of the British Raj's summer capital, the Cecil has been modernised into a luxury 5-star hotel in a dramatic setting. Indoor pool.

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