A very Indian Adventure - 15 days
FROM USD $3,449
On an adventure through the vibrant landscapes of North India, this two week escapade in the land of the Maharaja Gaipajama includes; Delhi – both old and new; Agra – home to the Taj Mahal and the jewel in India’s crown; Ranthambhore National Park – where, if you are very very quiet, you may spot a tiger; the City of Jaipur – poetic and pretty in pink; majestic Jodhpur – perched on the edge of the Thar Desert; and Shimla the romantic hill station and summer capital of the British Raj.
Our holiday recaptures much of the imagery portrayed in Tintin’s travels – a meandering train journey through the Himalayan foothills, lodges tucked away in deep jungle, an elephant ride perched atop with a mahout, a visit to a Royal Palace – and hopefully tigers. We wander through teeming bazaars at various ports of call, immerse ourselves in the bustle and colour and watch artisans at work, that's been passed down the ages. Truly a very Indian adventure!
Delhi: Hello India! Tintin and Haddock walked the tarmac – but today it’s an aerobridge for your first taste of modern India. Suitably garlanded, we drive to our hotel with the rest of the day free to acclimatise and recoup from your flight. Overnight - Old Delhi
Ambling through the historic old city you’ll see a few sites familiar to Tintin and the captain – most notably the famous Red Fort. Other highlights include the Qutab Minar, Jama Masjid and a rickshaw ride to lively Chore Bazaar. Overnight - Old Delhi
Chug out of the Delhi morning mists on the train to Agra, home to the exquisite Taj Mahal , one of the 7 wonders of the modern world. We’ll visit Agra Fort, with magnificent views across to the Taj and watch the town’s Pacchikari marble producers in action.
Overnight - Agra
Day 4: Taj Mahal – Fatehpur Sikr
It’s a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal when it is most spectacular. Then prepare for an eventful drive, dodging holy cows no doubt, to the haunting Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri. Late this afternoon we pull into Ranthambhore National Park, formerly the hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Jaipur, and settle down for a night in the jungle.
Overnight - Ranthambhore NP
(B, L, D)
Tiger spotting! Dawn and dusk game drives. We’ll hope for a calmer encounter with our stripy friend than Tintin’s narrow escape with a man eater! Overnight - Ranthambhore NP
(B, L, D)
A 5-hour drive to the famous pink city of Jaipur and a free afternoon to explore this charming city, a real favourite amongst travellers to India. Tintin donned a turban and so shall ye – a bit of fun over dinner together tonight! Overnight - Jaipur
Sidestep any water spraying trunks as we ascend the 11th century Amber fort on elephant back early this morning. Then to the City Palace – taking us back to the grand old days of Maharaja Gaipajama. Dodging the hypnotic gaze of any fakirs, we might be lucky enough to come across a snake charmer as we explore the colourful city markets. Overnight - Jaipur
Day 8: Jodpur via Ajmer
Following in Tintin’s footsteps we board the train to Ajmer and then drive on to the majestic ‘blue’ city of Jodhpur located right by the edge of the Thar Desert. Overnight - Jodhpur
Discover the sites of this charming Rajasthani city including the mighty Meherangarh fort and lively textile bazaars set around the old towns’ clock tower. Overnight - Jodhpur
Manvar: For a special treat we drive to the desert camp of Manvar – literally in the middle of nowhere. Mop the sweat off your brow and hope for an imminent oasis as we trek by camel over dusty desert dunes – you’ll truly feel part of the script of Tintin’s many adventures! Safely back at camp under stars of the expansive night sky, we light a bonfire over dinner to the sounds of local musicians. Overnight - Manvar
(B, L, D)
Flying back to modern civilisation, dinner tonight will be at one of Delhi’s specialty Indian restaurants – a stark contrast to our recent foray in the Rajasthani wilderness. Overnight - Delhi
Anticipating a safer landing than Tintin’s into the stunning Himalayan foothills, we explore the summer capital of the Raj, Shimla, on foot, dropping in at the India Coffee House, which has been going since colonial times. Overnight - Shimla
Take in the fresh mountain air and breath-taking Himalayan vistas draped in pine, rhododendron, and oak – it’s a free day to explore Shimla as you wish. Overnight - Shimla
Day 14: Kalka - Delhi
We ride along UNESCO’s world heritage listed narrow gauge railway to Kalka, meandering our way through the Himalayan foothills. Fortunately, there’s no derailments and precarious car chases this time! And it’s back to Delhi on one of India’s more modern express trains. Overnight - Delhi
(B, L, D)
Bid farewell to the land of Maharajas – it’s time to be transferred to the international airport for our flight back home. (B)
Extend your stay: Kolkata - 3 days
In the North East of India lies her capital of culture – Kolkata. Formerly known as Calcutta, Tintin visited this cultural, iconic and famously intellectual city – where everything from fish to fashion is a subject of hot debate. Top sights include the famous Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge and the colourful flower market on the Hooghly River.
Prices & Departure Dates
Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.
For family tour dates (as indicated below), a 20% discount applies for children aged 7 to 12 and who share a room with their parents throughout the tour.
Please note that since we have travellers joining our tours from all over the world, international flights are NOT included in the tour prices below.
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Highlights & Inclusions
Below is a list of key highlights and what is included on this tour. Further, where appropriate, we have listed the items that are not included in the tour price.
- Delhi - Old Delhi - The Red Fort, Qutab Minar, Jama Masjid and Chore Bazaar
- Fatehpur Sikri - ancient Mughal city
- Jaipur 'the pink city' - Amber Fort and City Palace
- Manvar in the heart of the Great Indian Thar Desert
- Himalayan mountains vistas
- Agra - The Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
- Ranthambhore National Park and wildlife on game drives
- Jodpur 'the blue city' and its formidable Meherangarh Fort
- Shimla - hill station and former British summer capital in Himachal Pradesh
- Shimla - Kalka - UNESCO Listed gauge railway
- Breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
- Arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and 15
- Rickshaw ride to Chore Bazaar in Old Delhi
- Camel trek in the Thar Desert
- English speaking Indian tour leader
- Led by a Tintin expert - on selected departures
- Entrance fees to included sites
- Bespoke Tintin dossier and arrival pack
- Your own exclusive Tintin Syldavia passport
- 13 nights 4 star & heritage hotels, 1 night desert camp in Manvar
- Touring of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Shimla
- 2 game drives in shared canter, Ranthambhore NP
- Train ride from Shimla to Kalka on the UNESCO listed narrow gauge railway
- Specialist local guides at some sights
- All relevant transfers and transportation
- Special activities and entertainment on family departures
- Automatic membership of the official Tintin club
- A surprise or two while on holiday!
What's Not Included
- International flights and visa
- Entrance Fees: Included
- Tipping - an entirely personal gesture