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About the tour

This amazing adventure through historic India takes us to some of the glorious country's most exciting sights. On our fascinating journey we discover thriving cities, spectacular forts, and have a chance to see a tiger in the wild, culminating with a night in a 200-year-old palace.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 - London and Delhi

We leave London Heathrow on our overnight flight to Delhi, travelling via Abu Dhabi and arriving on the morning of Day 2. We transfer to the heart of Delhi, where we spend 2 nights at the 5-Star Suryaa Hotel in the heart of the city.

Delhi
Day 3 - Sightseeing tour of Delhi

Today we explore Delhi, India's thriving and awe-inspiring capital city, on a guided tour. We visit Jama Masjid, a 17th-century mosque which is the largest in India, before taking a fascinating rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of Delhi's lively bazaar. As we head towards Chandni Chowk, we wind through a sea of pedestrians going about their everyday lives. We leave the enticing aromas of street food behind and move on to New Delhi, where we visit Humayun's Tomb and Qutab Minar - India's tallest stone tower. Other highlights include India Gate, the Parliament Building and Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Jama Masjid Mosque
Day 4 - Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal

Early this morning we have our first experience of rail travel in India as we board the Gatimaan Express to Agra, home to the wondrous Taj Mahal. On arrival, we visit the enormous Agra Fort before transferring to the Taj View Hotel, where we spend the night. After checking in, we make our way by coach to the Taj Mahal, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Our sunset visit ensures we experience the magical aura as the sun's final rays fall on the white marble covering it with brilliant pink hues.

The Taj Mahal
Day 5 - Fatehpur Sikri and Bharatpur

Today, we travel by coach to Fatehpur Sikri. Built in the 16th century to be the new capital city of the Mughal Empire, Fatehpur Sikri was abandoned after only 14 years when local water supplies ran dry. The deserted city has been preserved in almost the exact state it was left in 400 years ago, and provides a vivid glimpse into life during the Mughal era. After taking a guided tour, we continue to Bharatpur where we have lunch at a local restaurant. Later, we travel by train to Sawai Madhopur before transferring to the Ranthambore Kothi Hotel for a 2-night stay.

Fatehpur Sikri
Day 6 - Tiger-spotting in Ranthambore National Park

Today, we head into Ranthambore National Park for an early morning game drive in open-topped safari vehicles called 'canters', which are for the exclusive use of Great Rail Journeys. Many rare creatures such as leopards, hyenas, marsh crocodiles, and sloth bears inhabit the reserved forest. The park's most popular resident, however, is the tiger. In fact, the park is one of the few places in India where the incredible Royal Bengal Tiger can still be found in the wild, thanks to the successful efforts of Project Tiger. To increase our chances of seeing as many animals as possible, we embark on a second game drive in the afternoon. In the evening, we attend a naturalist's talk on the flora and fauna of Ranthambore.

Ranthambore National Park
Days 7-8 - Jaipur

On Day 7, we travel by coach to the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, known as the 'Pink City' due to the pretty pink shade of the buildings within the old city walls. On Day 8, we transfer to the ancient village of Amber to visit the immense Amber Fort and explore its magnificent interiors as well as its sprawling courtyards and fortifications.

On returning to Jaipur, we embark on a sightseeing tour, exploring the history and culture of the region. We head to the grand City Palace, which is home to the royal family of Jaipur. The ornate building was completed in 1728, and is now enclosed by high walls and set in fine gardens. We also see the early 18th-century Astronomical Observatory, a splendid complex featuring a number of early geometric devices for tracking the orbits of planets. We then see the spectacular Palace of the Winds, an opulent red and pink sandstone building with close to 1,000 latticed windows.

Palace of the Wind, Jaipur
Day 9 - Patan

We travel by coach to the town of Patan today. On arrival, we are transferred by camel cart to the Patan Mahal Palace Hotel. Built around 1790, shortly after the battle of Badal Mahal, the Patan Mahal Palace has been lovingly turned into a heritage hotel, and is exclusively ours for the day. As befitting visitors to a palace, we receive a royal welcome when we reach the grounds that are decorated with flowers and rangoli.

This afternoon we enjoy a guided walking tour of Patan, a wonderful opportunity to see life in an unspoilt rural Indian town a world away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities of the country. Just outside the tiny town lie acres of agricultural fields and organic farms producing local crops and vegetables. This evening we enjoy a classical Rajasthani dance performance, and a farewell gala dinner is held in the grounds of our palace hotel, a wonderful end to our Indian odyssey.

Patan Mahal Hotel
Days 10-11 - Delhi and London

Today, we enjoy the morning at leisure before bidding farewell to Patan and transferring to Delhi. Here we connect with our overnight flight to London Heathrow, via Abu Dhabi, arriving on Day 11.

Humayuns Tomb, Delhi

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Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

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Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Taj View Hotel, Agra

Taj View Hotel, Agra

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Suryaa Hotel, Delhi

Suryaa Hotel, Delhi

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Hilton Jaipur

Hilton Jaipur, Jaipur

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Patan Mahal, Patan

Patan Mahal, Patan

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Ranthambore Kothi Resort

Ranthambore Kothi Resort, Ranthambore

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Trains

Gatimaan Express
Shatabdi Express

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Anonymous

Submitted 08/03/2020

Fantastic organisation with minimal fuss.

Mr T Beddows

Submitted 29/12/2019

Over all the holiday was excellent but felt it was a bit full on with no rest period especially at the beginning of the tour,and was not keen on having to be at the restaurant for evening meals so early after a day of touring,sometimes only an hour left from getting back to the hotel and then rushing down to the restaurant

Mr G Tagg

Submitted 28/04/2019

Everything is very well arranged and organised with all excursions coordinated to the very last detail.

Anonymous

Submitted 19/04/2019

A very busy holiday - really enjoyed all the sights at extra trips

Paul

Submitted 19/04/2019

A well conceived package for a first visit to India. A good itinerary, giving us a great look at many of the major sights - temples, forts etc, and enough travel to see a range of the natural splendour of the country too, as well as an opportunity to get a feel for the everyday life in the bustling towns and cities. And a touch of tiger magic too. Special mention to our tour manager Nicola, who did a great job throughout, and helped us considerably with arrangements for wheelchairs where necessary, after my wife injoured her foot shortly before departure on the trip.

Mrs L House

Submitted 26/11/2018

Amazing trip Thankyou so much . You took all our worries away so we could enjoy the experience, we had a great guide , great driver and assistant. Plus Linda our Tour Manager that took care of everything. Hotels were very good friendly and polite, first rate. If you only have one chance of visiting India this is a must do tour. My only concern was that visiting India the chance of having a upset tummy was not if but when. The coach had a bathroom but was not available to us,? We had some long trips on the coach but we did have comfort breaks , which meant a dash for the bathroom by the majority of us ,I'm not saying we all had a bad tummy far from it but the opportunity to use the coach facilities would have been a added benefit . A very full on tour which enables you to experience the best of the triangle . We will certainly go on anther adventure with these guys.The 4hr coach trip to the airport then the long wait for the flight made it a very long trip home . But we loved the trip.Thank you Great Rail Journeys.

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