Explore the teeming, colourful cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur on this superb-value Indian holiday. Step into a landscape said to have inspired Kipling as you spend two nights ‘on safari’ in Ranthambhore National Park, the home of the legendary Tigers of Ranthambhore, and see the Red Fort, the Palace of the Winds and the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal. It’s the perfect introduction to one of the world’s most fascinating and alluring destinations.
Extend your holiday and visit Goa, with white sand beaches backed by swaying palms, is a perfect ending to your holiday. It’s a charming blend of Portuguese and Indian cultures, laid back, green and generally untouched by mass tourism.
India – Tigers & the Taj Mahal with Goa Extension Available Departures:
- Fly direct from Edinburgh – departs various dates until November 2021 – from £2389pp
- Fly direct from Glasgow – departs various dates until November 2021 – from £2389pp
- Dates and prices on this page are based on departures flying from Edinburgh & Glasgow only
- Flights also available from UK airports – London Heathrow & Newcastle
India – Tigers & the Taj Mahal with Goa Extension Tour Highlights:
- The sights and sounds of New Delhi
- The historic Red Fort, the India Gate war memorial and the ruins of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque
- Spend four nights in a beachfront resort in Goa
- Taking a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi
- A guided tour of Agra, India’s city of love
- The magical Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre
- Chand Baori, Abhaneri’s astonishing 13-story stepwell
- Searching for Ranthambhore’s tigers on two included safaris
- Exploring the ramparts, gates and cobbled paths of Amber’s Amber Fort
- Jaipur’s exquisite Palace of the Winds
- Dinner with a local family in Jaipur
- Staying in cottage accommodation at Vanaashrya resort
- Enjoy a camel cart ride and an Indian cookery demonstration
- Visit the fascinating Heritage Transport Museum in Delhi
- Eight nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation in a series of four-star and five-star standard hotels in Delhi (2 nights), Agra (1), Ranthambhore (2), Jaipur (2) and Vanaashrya (1)
- Four nights’ half-board accommodation in Goa
- Six lunches
- Return flights from your chosen UK airport to Delhi via Doha returning from Goa via Doha.
- An internal flight from Delhi to Goa
- Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
- The services of a friendly, experienced Tour Manager on the tour
Single supplements apply. Subject to availability.
India – Tigers & the Taj Mahal with Goa Extension Itinerary
Day 1 – Overnight flight to India
Your Indian holiday begins with an overnight flight from the UK to Delhi via Doha.
Day 2 – Included Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque visit
Arrive in Delhi, this morning, to be greeted by your Tour Manager, and transferred to your hotel. Later, after an included lunch and time to freshen up, join your tour manager on a guided tour, and explore the ruins of the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque and the ornate Qutb Minar tower that rises above them.
Day 3 – Included Delhi city tour and travel to Agra
Today’s guided tour will introduce Delhi’s vibrant Old City. Drive by the historic Red Fort, Jama Masjid Mosque and Raj Ghat – Gandhi’s cremation site close to the Yamuna River – and enjoy an exhilarating rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk.
You’ll also experience the grandeur of New Delhi, built by the British Raj to reflect the glories of the Empire. Highlights will include the historic India Gate war memorial and the vast boulevard of the Rajpath.
Later, we’ll travel to Agra, India’s City of Love and site of the exquisite Taj Mahal. After a visit to the royal pavilions, palaces and courtyards of majestic Agra Fort, you’ll make your first visit to the Taj, a monument to undying love, to see it in all its glory at sunset.
Day 4 – Included excursions to the Taj Mahal and Abhaneri, and travel to Ranthambhore
Start your day with the unforgettable view of the Taj Mahal at dawn, seen from across the Yamuna River. After breakfast, you’ll journey to Abhaneri, a small town famed for its amazing baoris (stepwells). Discover the intricate beauty of Chand Baori, one of the deepest and largest stepwells in India, and its carved panels.
Leaving Abhaneri, you’ll travel to Ranthambhore National Park, stopping en route for lunch at the sumptuous Umaid Lake Palace, a lovely heritage hotel and organic retreat that grows produce for its fine restaurant. Once the hunting ground of Indian princes, Ranthambhore is landscape of thorn trees, scrub and grasslands dotted with beautiful ponds, streams and lakes is a perfect habitat for the famous, elusive (and still endangered) Tigers of Ranthambhore, and other species.
Relax for the afternoon, then enjoy an evening tiger talk with a local naturalist: the perfect preparation for tomorrow’s adventures.
Day 5 – Included guided wildlife safaris
Today’s two canter (open-air vehicle) safaris in Ranthambhore Park are sure to be among the highlights of your entire holiday. In the company of a knowledgeable naturalist guide, you’ll go in search of the park’s most animal inhabitants: striped hyenas, sambar deer, sloth bears and, of course, tigers (and perhaps even a leopard).
Day 6 – From Ranthambhore to Jaipur
Rest and relax this morning, or join our optional excursion to climb the gradual, 273 steps to ancient Ranthambhore Fort, which sits atop a 600-metre-high hill range, and offers stupendous views of the park below.
This afternoon, after lunch at the hotel, you’ll bid farewell to Ranthambhore and journey to the Pink City of Jaipur, where you’ll stay for the next two nights.
Day 7 – Included Amber Fort and Jaipur sightseeing
After breakfast, visit Amber, the ancient capital of the Rajput Empire. Climb by jeep to the city’s vast sixth-century hill-top fort to wander its Royal Halls and take in the magnificent views from the ramparts. After an included lunch, you’ll tour Jaipur to see the City Palace complex, with its museums and ancient astronomical observatory, and drive past the innumerable windows and screened balconies of the 18th-century Palace of the Winds.
This evening, enjoy dinner a special dinner at the Nokha House, hosted in traditional Rajasthani style by the Rathore family.
Day 8 – From Jaipur to Vanaashrya
Bid farewell to Jaipur and journey across the desert plain into the Aravali Hills to the jungle-resort of Vanaashyra. En route you’ll stop at Bhangarh, a ruined fort dating from the 17th Century.
This afternoon, take a camel cart to visit the local village and enjoy a pre-dinner cookery demonstration. You’ll spend the night in aa private cottage designed to give you a sense of the India of the past with the little luxuries of the present (like air conditioning).
Day 9 – Included Heritage Transport Museum excursion
Today we head back towards Delhi where you’ll spend the final night of your holiday. En route, we’ll stop at the fascinating Heritage Transport Museum, with its impressive collections covering the development of India’s road, rail and air-travel industries, as well as transport-related toys and memorabilia.
Day 10 – Fly to Goa
Fly from Delhi to Goa, meet your guide at the airport and transfer south along the coast to your hotel, for a four-night stay. Spend the rest of the day relaxing by the expansive pool or enjoying an ayurvedic massage in the hotel’s tranquil spa.
Days 11-13 – Enjoy Goa
Spend a few days soaking up the southern Indian sun, perhaps by the hotel’s pool, or venturing further afield to explore the beaches that lie just a moment’s walk from your hotel. Why not join us on an optional excursion to Aguada Fort and the Basilica of Bom Jesus?
Day 14 – Fly home
Bid a fond farewell to Portuguese-influenced Goa, as you transfer from your hotel to the airport in the late evening, and board your flight home via Doha.
Day 15 – Arrive in the UK
Arrive back home after a spectacular holiday.
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