Explore India's iconic landmarks and enchanting wildlife on this incredible tour. From bustling Delhi, discover ancient cities by modern rail, visit the incredible Taj Mahal, and take two game drives to spot the elusive tiger. This tour is operated by our sister company Rail Discoveries.
Arrive at the airport today where your tour begins with a scheduled flight from London Heathrow to Delhi. Arriving early on Day 2, your are greeted by your local Indian Tour Manager who escorts you to your hotel, the 5* Crowne Plaza Okhla. Enjoy the rest of the day to acclimatise, with dinner provided at the hotel today.
Discover the charms of Old and New Delhi today, on a full-day guided sightseeing tour. India's vibrant capital is alive with kaleidoscopic colours and a heady blend of modern, colonial and ancient architecture, providing a fascinating insight into the country's long history.
As you tour the city's highlights, take in iconic sights including the Red Fort, India Gate and the President's House, as well as taking a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi - an authentic way to experience this bustling city.
Today you board India's first semi-high speed train, for a journey to Agra on the new Gatimaan Express. Agra is a former capital of the Mughal Empire, and is famed worldwide for its fantastic ancient architecture, much of which has UNESCO World Heritage status.
After settling in at your hotel, you take a tour of the city, with a visit to two of its bestknown attractions: the imposing Agra Fort, and the incredible Taj Mahal. Constructed from pearlescent white marble and decorated with precious stones, this iconic structure is actually a mausoleum dedicated to Mumtaz Mahal, the beloved queen of Emperor Shah Jahan, and dates back to the 17th century. Admire the intricate calligraphy carvings of poems and scripture from the Quran on your visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Transfer to the short-lived ancient capital of India, Fatehpur Sikri, for a sightseeing tour this morning. Abandoned after only 15 years due to a dwindling water supply, the city remains beautifully preserved to this day. This afternoon, head off to Ranthambore on the Shatabdi Express train, checking in on arrival to the Abhyaran Ranthambore Resort.
Enjoy a highlight of your tour today, with two game drives in Ranthambore National Park. Considered to be the best park in India for spotting the elusive tiger, the sanctuary is also home to over 300 species of birds, as well as providing a home for crocodiles, deer and monkeys.
Many other rare creatures can also be found here, including leopards, panthers, hyenas, and even sloth bears. Look out for the park's incredible range of wildlife, as you explore the park on both morning and afternoon game drives, increasing your chance of a tiger sighting.
Transfer by coach to Jaipur, India's 'Pink City' today, checking in to our hotel on arrival. On Day 8, explore the city on a guided sightseeing tour.
The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur was founded in 1727, and is famed for an array of striking sights, including the impressive Amber Fort, known for its artistic Hindu elements, and the Palace of the Winds, whose ornate façade once disguised the presence of courtly ladies who did not wish to appear in public - both of which you visit on your tour.
Leave Jaipur behind today, on an internal flight to Mumbai, on India's west coast. India's financial capital, Mumbai has been a gateway to India since 1869, when the Suez Canal was opened, kick-starting a growing spice trade route with the Mediterranean. On arrival, you check in to the 5* Trident Nariman Point a beautiful hotel overlooking the sea. Later enjoy a complimentary cooking demonstration before dinner.
Enjoy a full day to discover the treasures of Mumbai today, with a guided sightseeing tour. Your tour includes the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus - a UNESCO World Heritage site, this still-active railway station dates back to 1887, and is a fantastic example of Victorian Gothic architecture.
Later, take in sites from India's political past, with a visit to Mani Bhavan - Gandhi's former home - and delve into local culture with a visit to Dhobi Ghat, a 140-year-old open air laundromat, where clothing has been traditionally laundered for centuries. Your tour also includes entrance to the Prince of Wales Museum, now known as the 'Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya.' Set in a heritage building from the early 20th century, the museum was used temporarily as a military hospital, but now serves its original purpose, displaying a variety of ancient artefacts from the Far East, including items from India, Nepal and Tibet.
Leave India behind after breakfast today. Transfer to Mumbai airport, for your scheduled flight to London Heathrow. On arrival, your tour concludes.
|17 September 2020||From £1,545|
|8 October 2020||From £1,695|
|29 October 2020||From £1,695|
All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.
The Shatabdi Express trains are some of the fastest in India and are the pride of Indian Railways. Fully air conditioned and of a far superior standard to most Indian trains, the Shatabdi Express apparently always arrives at the best platform a station has!
The average speed on most lines is 68mph (110km/h) although the service between Agra and Delhi can reach speeds of 80mph (130km/h). During our journeys on the Shatabdi Express we travel in air conditioned Chair Class. Complimentary snacks, meals and beverages are generally provided during the journey.
The 5* Hotel Clarks Shiraz is located directly down the road from the world famous Taj Mahal and is within easy reach of many of Agra's beautiful sights and attractions. The comfortable rooms are decorated in a pleasantly neutral style, and come well equipped with an en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, a minibar, an in-room safe, a, television, and tea & coffee-making facilities. The hotel itself offers a plethora of marvellous facilities as well, including a swimming pool, complimentary Wi-Fi, an on=call doctor, a beauty parlour, two restaurants, a bar, and a lounge.
The excellent Fortune Select Metropolitan offers superb accommodation at the heart of Jaipur. Facilities include a fitness centre, a rooftop swimming pool and a spa (treatments payable locally).
The Trident Nariman Point is a prominent feature on the Mumbai skyline, close to the central business district and with access to nearby entertainment and shopping areas. Several restaurants cater to a variety of tastes, and the hotel offers a spa and fitness centre. Rooms are well-appointed and have air-conditioning, telephone, safe, hair dryer, mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities, and wireless Internet access.
The incredible 5* Crowne Plaza Okhla is your base in New Delhi. Located in South Delhi and close to some of Delhi's most famous attractions, this hotel also boasts 2 restaurants serving cuisine from all around the world, a coffee bar, and a dessert lounge. There is also a fitness centre and a spa with numerous beauty treatments on offer (payable locally). The rooms are comfortable, and come with a television, a telephone, complimentary Wi-Fi, and tea & coffee-making facilities.
Excellent amenities, friendly and professional staff, the super Abhyaran Ranthambore Resort offers a well-placed base at the heart of one of India's premier National Parks. The outdoor pool is a highlight in the centre of the resort, and the hotel also features a restaurant serving international and domestic food as well as a bar, a fitness centre and a series of gardens. The rooms here all have balconies, with a minifridge and an en-suite bathroom.
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!
Flight upgrades are available. Please see the information regarding the types of upgrades offered by the various airlines we use in the Add-ons section of 'Things you should know' or call us for details.
Spending a night in London before your tour can make such a
difference to the first day of your holiday - you can arrive in the
capital in good time, relaxed and ready to join your Tour Manager
the next morning. You may even want to take in a show on the West
End, or dine in one of London's famous restaurants. Perhaps on your
return to London, you would like to break your journey with an
overnight stay before continuing home.
We are able to book a wide range of hotels in central London or, for our holidays beginning with a flight, at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester Airport for the night before or after your holiday. The hotels listed below are some of the more popular hotels our customers book in Central London, others are available on request.
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|The Ambassador Hotel||From £65 per person|
Above prices are approximate, subject to availability, and per room per night based on two people sharing. If you require a quote for single occupancy at any of the hotels please contact us on 01904 734 805.
Whether as an added luxury, or essential to your enjoyment of
the tour, door-to-door luggage collection and delivery services can
really enhance your holiday experience. Travelling across Europe by
train is so much more relaxing without the burden of your suitcase,
and we can help arrange for your case to be collected from home
prior to the holiday and for it to be waiting for you at your first
main hotel in Europe.
We are pleased to recommend the services of The Baggageman, who offers competitively priced luggage transfers and excellent service. Details of this service is available on request.
Click here to read our customer reviews of the door-to-door luggage services.