Go in search of the elusive Bengal tiger in Ranthambore National Park, after exploring India's magnificent Golden Triangle, taking in Delhi, Jaipur, the legendary Taj Mahal and the labyrinthine Agra Fort.
Old & New Delhi
This morning, our Welcome Meeting takes place. We then enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi, taking in Humayun's Tomb, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque and Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation in Old Delhi, and in New Delhi Rajpath and India Gate. Tonight, we enjoy a group Namaste dinner at our hotel.
Overnight: Delhi | Breakfast, Dinner
Delhi - Agra. Departing Delhi, we make our way to Agra, the erstwhile capital of the Mughal empire. Our first stop here is the impressive Agra Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind its fortified walls. Later we travel on to the legendary Taj Mahal. Built by the order of Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century in affectionate memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, the Taj Mahal is perhaps one of the most extravagant monuments to love ever built and has no peers.
Overnight: Agra | Breakfast
The Princely state of Karauli
Agra - Karauli. Bright and early this morning we visit the ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, which has been deserted for over four centuries after it was allegedly abandoned due to a lack of water. Thanks to the very durable red sandstone from which it was built, Fatehpur Sikri still remains well-preserved and is a fascinating place to explore.
The highlight of today is our arrival to the former princely state (up till 1949) of Karauli, and now somewhat of a regional village. The current Maharaja (181st in the Royal Dynasty) and Maharani in recent years opened the doors of their stately Palace Bhanwar Vilas, built in 1938, as a 3-4 star heritage hotel. Our stay this evening will be in Bhanwar Vilas where we will be able to explore the Palace, guest quarters, banquet and reception halls, stables and grounds at leisure. The sovereigns, continue to reside at the Palace and you will often see them moving about. The young Princess often gives guided tours of the Palace, which we will take part in, if the opportunity arises. The family is also lovingly restoring the Karauli City Palace, where we will gain access to visit later this afternoon. Tonight, opt to attend the evening Aaarti (prayer) taking place nearby.
Overnight: Karauli | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Karauli - Jaipur. This morning we make a quick visit to the children and teachers at a local school (if open) where we operate our ‘Change for Children’ programme. If you have bought any educational items with you to hand out to children this would be the time to do so. Upon arrival to the Pink City of Jaipur, the remainder of the afternoon and evening are offered at leisure.
Overnight: Jaipur | Breakfast
Very early this morning there is the opportunity to sail over the lofty hilltop forts and regal palaces of Jaipur in a hot air balloon, on our Balloon Over Jaipur bolt-on. We then travel beyond Jaipur to the stunning 16th century Amber Fort where we enjoy a tour of the fort's well-preserved interior and grounds. Later we visit a cotton weaving house to see a demonstration of fabric dyeing and block printing before touring the City Palace and Jantar Mantar - an old yet cleverly designed space observatory.
Overnight: Jaipur | Breakfast
Jaipur - Ranthambore. After breakfast on day 7, we set out by road to Ranthambore National Park. Upon arrival, we will check in to our hotel and have time to freshen up before embarking on an evening game drive. Ranthambore National Park is one of the prime examples of Project Tiger's conservation efforts in Rajasthan. On day 8, we enjoy morning and afternoon game drives with some time to relax during the day.
Overnight: Ranthambore National Park | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1, Dinner x 2
Monday. Our tour concludes after breakfast. Hotel check-out and included transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Enjoy a Mumbai Breakaway!
Extend your stay with our 4 day/3 night Mumbai Breakaway Bolt-on. Formally known as Bombay, exhilarating and charismatic Mumbai is the most populated city in the world, home of Bollywood and the setting of the hit film ‘Slum Dog Millionaire’. Discover this city of contrasts where gleaming sky scrapers stand side by side with run down slums. Explore this bustling city and immerse yourself in the madness of Mumbai!
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. 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 would like their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.Read More
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
The Piccadily, Delhi
The grand lobby of the Piccadily is a perfect introduction to this elegant luxury property. Rooms are bright, airy and furnished in a sophisticated and contemporary fashion. Staff are helpful, attentive and go above and beyond to make sure your stay is a memorable and happy one. Dining at popular Zune and contemporary Twenty-9 is highly recommended. Located in the west of town, close to the airport. Access to the rest of the city is very simple with the Janakpuri West Metro station just next door.
Vivanta by Taj Dwarka, Delhi
Vivanta by Taj Dwarka is a modern, luxury hotel located in Dwarka, on the outskirts of New Delhi, just 15 minutes drive from the airport. Spread over 7 acres, this striking hotel has a unique angular design and offers 250 luxurious rooms and suites. All tastes are catered for at the hotel's multi-cuisine restaurant, while the Indus Express restaurant serves mouth-watering Punjabi cuisine. Head to the popular Tipple bar for a delicious array of heady cocktails or relax by the poolside with a refreshing smoothie from the Celsuis Pool Bar. The nearby Sector 21 Metro station provides direct access to the heart of the city and after a day of sightseeing you can cool off with a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool or relax in the sauna and massage parlour.
Seven Hills Tower, Agra
The modern and stylish Seven Hills Tower hotel boasts a range of facilities and services designed to ensure the quality of each traveller's stay. Guests can enjoy a dip in the rooftop pool or laze on the sun loungers before heading to the equally lofty restaurant for some mouth-watering Mughlai cuisine. The spacious guestrooms are elegantly decorated with neutral colours and fabrics covered with traditional patterns and all have excellent ensuite facilities. Why not head to the rooftop pool and al fresco dining area for beautiul views of the Taj - perfect for a sunset drink.
Bhanwar Vilas Palace, Karauli
Built in 1938, this stunning property is the residence of the Maharaja (181st in the Royal Dynasty) and Maharani of Karauli. Both the architecture and furniture have been designed in fitting with colonial styles. Rooms are split between deluxe rooms and luxury suites, each including a range of modern amenities such as a mini bar, a well-appointed ensuite and a plush king-sized bed. In the evenings, guests can tuck into an array of regional specialities as well as cuisine from around the world in the hotel's restaurant. The hotel is just 7km from the nearest train station.
Mandawa Haveli, Jaipur
The beautiful heritage style Mandawa Haveli is a fine example of typical Rajasthan architecture - set in terraced gardens with pretty courtyards. All rooms are well appointed with intricately carved wooden beds and king-size royal portraits. An evening spent enjoying a lavish Rajasthani dinner in front of a traditional folk dance is highly recommended. Well located in the heart of Jaipur city on Sansar Chandra Road, just a few minute’s drive from the Palace of the Winds.
Ranthambore Heritage Haveli , Ranthambore National Park
Set amongst well manicured gardens, the Ranthambore Heritage Haveli offers stylish and intimate accommodation in a enviable location. Guest rooms are elegantly designed with excellent amenities including large TV's and beautiful rain showers. The haveli also benefits from a refreshing outdoor pool, a multi-cuisine restaurant and complimentary Wi-Fi. Why not start the day with a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool - a perfect way to energise your day!
Hotel Jivitesh, Delhi
The Jivitesh Hotel is centrally located in the heart of Karol Bagh, a popular neighbourhood of Delhi which is renowned for its excellent shops and vibrant street markets. The Jivitesh offers comfortable and spacious guest rooms, with all modern amenities and you can be assured of a warm welcome and excellent customer service from the hotel staff. Enjoy authentic Indian vegetarian cuisine at the hotel's restaurant and enjoy a refreshing dip in the outdoor swimming pool, after a day of sightseeing in the capital.
Yusuf was excellent, very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful.”
We enjoyed the tour. Everything was well organised and our tour guide Sami was very helpful and kind. We had to return to Delhi one day before the rest of the group and everything was catered for. Our guide accompanied us to the train station on the 11th November and waited with us until the train arrived. Also, a complementary packed lunch was provided for us to eat on the train. A room at the Piccadilly hotel was reserved for us on the 11th November and a taxi drove us to Delhi airport on the 12th November to fly to Goa. Very good and professional service. Caroline Shaw was also very helpful and replied to all my queries promptly. ”
The tour was very well organised and had all the elements to get a true feel of the country.
We were able to learn a lot from the guides who were always ready and willing to help.
Would have liked a little more free time and a little less shopping stops but a part from that the tour was perfect. The group was multi cultural and all great people. We all had a fun time together.”
Both guides were absolutely superb. Their organisation skills were excellent and nothing was too much trouble for them. They both went out of their way to ensure everyone had a fantastic experience. They were extremely knowledgeable about the places we visited as well as general knowledge about Indian culture and lifestyles. Both guides made the trip a fantastic experience. ”
Fantastic tour & Sammi was brilliant, everything organised so well & nothing was too much trouble for him, I feel he went out of his way to ensure that we all got the absolute best from the trip. ”
Satendra was a great guide, very helpful, cheerful and knowledgeable he sorted everything out for us. Loved the tour, full on and manic but so interesting and a lovely experience for my 2 teenage sons too. We went on and did Shere Khan, at Ranthambhore, again great place and amazing sights, beautiful peaceful place. ”
I've just returned from the Shere Khan tour, we had a fabulous time. I couldn't recommend it enough. The mix of places we visited was just right and there was something different to see in each place. I didn't think anything could beat seeing the Taj Mahal but for me the real highlight was seeing the Tiger in Ranthambore, we were so lucky to not only seeing one but it came and walked past our jeep! The guides were all excellent, very knowledgeable and went out of their way to make our holiday extra special. Great value for money and very enjoyable.”
Sammy was an excellent guide, travelling with us from Delhi to Jaipur. His handover for our onward travel arrangements to Ranthambore (yes we saw a Tiger) and Delhi was great. All the travel arrangements went like clockwork. We have well and truly experienced India. I will be recommend On The Go Tours to my friends.”
Our tour was, to say the least, interesting! How our bus driver negotiated the traffic in Delhi and Jaipur was with one word superb. Although it was very hot (and so was the curry) it was not unbearable. We have always wanted to see the Taj Mahal and now we can say we've been there and done that. The Shere Khan tour to the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary was for me as a veterinarian the highlight of the tour. We were very fortunate to see two tigers on two different occasions at quite close range. Our tour guide was superb.”
We had an amazing tour and really thought it was good value for money. Our excellent tour guide, Satendra Sharma, made the tour the wonderful experience that it was. He not only "walked the extra mile" for all 21 members of the group whenever any of us needed anything, but through his extensive knowledge of the history, geography, etc., of India, he helped us to get a true feeling of the country. ”
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Yusuf was excellent, very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful.”