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Taj, Tigers and Mumbai - 12 days map

Embrace India in this exhilarating tour that will take you from the colourful streets of Delhi, to the Taj Mahal and the Pink City of Jaipur. Go tiger-spotting in Ranthambore National Park and end your trip in the scintillating Mumbai where you'll visit the inspiration behind blockbuster movie Slumdog Millionaire - the Dharavi Slums.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

The Taj Mahal – Discover the most iconic site in India and enjoy a guided tour at this extravagant symbol of love
Ranthambore National Park – Explore the park and spot endangered Bengal Tigers on three included game drives
Jaipur – Enjoy a tour of the highlights of the Pink City including the City Palace and Jantar Mantar space observatory
Amber Fort – Explore the famous 16th century fortress, laid out over four levels and set on shimmering Maota Lake
Agra – Visit the lesser known but still impressive Agra Fort and explore behind its fortified walls
Delhi – Ride on a rickshaw around Old Delhi and see highlights of the city including Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb and the India Gate monument
Karauli or Dholpur – Spend the night at the Maharaja’s Palace Bhanwar Vilas in Karauli or the Raj Niwas Palace in Dholpur
Mumbai - Visit the vibrant Dadar Flower Market, uncover the open-air laundry Dhobi Ghat, then enjoy a thrilling local train ride to the eye-opening Dharavi Slums

Included

Breakfast daily and 2 dinners
Guided sightseeing - Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Karauli or Dholpur, Ranthambore and Mumbai
Rickshaw ride in Delhi
Escorted by an English-speaking Indian tour guide (for groups of 4 or more) days 1 - 8
Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 12
Please Note: This tour is semi independent days 9 - 12 (you will not be escorted by a tour guide)
11 nights 3-4 star and heritage hotels
Travel by jeep to beautiful Amber Fort in Jaipur
Economy class flight: Jaipur to Mumbai
Services of English-speaking Indian specialist guides at some sites
All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$65-75pp, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$4-7 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: USD$45-55pp, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Delhi

Saturday. On arrival in Delhi you are met at the airport and transferred to our hotel. The rest of today is free to explore India’s capital at leisure before meeting the group and guide at the hotel at 18:00 for a Welcome meeting.

For those able to arrive very early today or the day prior, why not get off the beaten track and explore Old Delhi with us on our optional 'Backstreets of Delhi' add-on tour. You will get to relish the taste of various street foods, from savoury to sweet. Along the way, visit Khari Baoli, the largest spice market in India and the colourful Bazar Matia Mahal, located opposite the majestic Jama Masjid Mosque. The tour will combine a mixture of metro, electric rickshaw and walking to get around.
Overnight: Delhi

Day 2

Old & New Delhi

This morning we enjoy a packed day of sightseeing in Old and New Delhi. Check out the UNESCO-listed Humayun’s Tomb and Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque. Visit the iconic Sikh temple Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and its community kitchen feeding 25,000-30,000 people daily. We also enjoy a thrilling rickshaw ride around the Chandni Chowk bazaar and explore New Delhi. Walk down the Rajpath, formerly known as the ‘King’s Way’ and see the famous India Gate monument. This evening we enjoy a group Namaste dinner.

Please Note: For departures from 01 September 2024, we will drive to Agra this afternoon after Delhi sightseeing, where we will spend the night and have the group Namaste dinner.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Taj Mahal

Delhi - Agra. Today we travel to Agra, where we enjoy lunch before taking a tour of the legendary Taj Mahal, India’s most famous site. This iconic white monument was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century in memory of his beloved wife. It is perhaps the most extravagant symbol of love the world has ever seen and has no rival. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity watch the sunset fade over the magnificent mausoleum so make sure to take plenty of photos!

Please Note: For departures from 01 September 2024, we will drive to Agra on the afternoon of day 2, today we will visit the legendary Taj Mahal and the impressive Agra Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind its fortified walls.
Overnight: Agra  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Karauli or Dholpur

Agra - Karauli/Dholpur. In the morning, we will make our way to the impressive Agra Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind its fortified walls.

Continue to either Karauli or Dholpur stopping for lunch en route. In Karauli, we will stay in the beautiful Palace Bhanwar Vilas. An eclectic melding of both Oriental and Art Deco architecture, the heritage-listed hotel was built in 1938 as a family home of the Maharaja of Jaipur.

In Dholpur, we will stay at the magnificent Raj Niwas Palace, which is known for its red sandstone, traditional Rajisthani architecture, and European-style ceramics. It's said that this heritage-listed hotel was built by the Maharaja to welcome HRH Albert Edward, who visited in 1876.

Spend the afternoon at your leisure exploring the grounds, perhaps check out the vintage cars or take a dip in the swimming pools. This evening, you can also opt to attend the evening Aarti (prayer).

Please Note: For departures from 01 September 2024, we will visit Agra Fort on day 3.
Overnight: Karauli or Dholpur  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Jaipur

Karauli/Dholpur - Jaipur. This morning we hit the road towards the vibrant UNESCO listed Pink City of Jaipur. On arrival, we will spend the afternoon on a tour of the illustrious City Palace and the UNESCO-listed Jantar Mantar Space Observatory, which features 19 separate astrological instruments.
Overnight: Jaipur  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Jaipur sightseeing

Jaipur. Enjoy an unforgettable experience early this morning with an optional balloon ride over Jaipur. Sail with the wind over the surrounding region and pass above hill-top forts and regal palaces. Later, enjoy a jeep ride to Amber Fort for a guided tour and visit a cotton weaving house for an authentic demonstration of fabric dyeing.
Overnight: Jaipur  |  Breakfast

Days 7-8

Ranthambore National Park

Jaipur - Ranthambore. Today we take a 3-4 hour drive to Ranthambore National Park, one of the Project Tiger reserves since 1973. The park plays an important role in the conservation of the iconic Bengal Tiger. We spend two days in the park and enjoy three included game drives in search of the endangered tigers, which can sometimes be seen pacing along the paths or resting in the sun. With three visits into the reserve, we have a great chance of spotting these incredible animals. Other wildlife in the park includes leopards, sloth bears, sambar, hyenas and crocodiles.
Overnight: Ranthambore National Park  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 9

Flight to Mumbai

Ranthambore - Mumbai. Today, we will make the 3-4 hour return drive to Jaipur Airport. Once in Jaipur, you will take your onwards flight to Mumbai, India's largest city. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Mumbai  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Mumbai

Mumbai. Today, we will explore what Mumbai has to offer with a city tour covering some of its' most interesting and unique attractions.

First, we will visit Dadar Flower Market, one of the largest flower markets in India. Not only will you enjoy the beauty, colours and fragrance of the flowers, but you will also witness the hustle and bustle of the market and immerse yourself in local culture.

Afterwards, we will visit Dhobi Ghat, a massive open-air laundromat where thousands of dhobis (washermen) gather daily to wash clothes from all over the city.

We will then take a thrilling short local train ride to our next stop. This is an opportuntiy to see how locals travel in Mumbai and experience the mix of thrill and chaos of local trains. We will stop for lunch at a local restaurant before our final stop.

Our last stop on the city tour is a visit to the Dharavi Slums, one of the largest slums in Asia. This will be an eye-opening experience, as more than a million people live here, in cramped and unsanitary conditions. However, Dharavi is also a hub of entrepreneurship and creativity. Various industries, such as leather, pottery and recycling operate from this area. During our guided tour, you will learn about Dharavi's unique history, culture, challenges and opportunities.
Overnight: Mumbai  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Free Time

Mumbai. Today is a day at leisure, for you to independently explore the vibrant and diverse city of Mumbai. Why not consider our half-day 'Mumbai City Tour' that covers the lively Colaba Area, visits the famous Gateway of India and introduces you to the Prince of Wales Museum and its rich collection of art, archeology and natural history.

Or you can opt to join our 'Elephanta Caves' tour, where you will take a boat ride to Elephanta Island and explore the ancient rock-cut architecture and sculptures depicting Hindu mythology and legends.

Consider ending your day with a 'Mumbai Bollywood Tour' where you'll learn about the evolution of Indian film, watch a Bollywood dance performance, watch live feature film being shot and end your evening with a Bollywood film screening at the famous Regal Theatre.
Overnight: Mumbai  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Mumbai

Wednesday. Our Indian adventure comes to an end today with an included transfer to Mumbai airport.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates marked with a 'G' are operating. All departure dates are guaranteed to operate when there are 2 persons booked on the tour. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to solo travellers or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

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2024
Twin Share
Single Room
27 Jul - 07 Aug 10% off
AUD $3,585
AUD $3,227
AUD $4,805
AUD $4,325
10 Aug - 21 Aug 10% off
AUD $3,585
AUD $3,227
AUD $4,805
AUD $4,325
24 Aug - 04 Sep 10% off
AUD $3,585
AUD $3,227
AUD $4,805
AUD $4,325
21 Sep - 02 Oct 10% off
AUD $4,255
AUD $3,830
AUD $5,915
AUD $5,324
28 Sep - 09 Oct 10% off
AUD $4,255
AUD $3,830
AUD $5,915
AUD $5,324
05 Oct - 16 Oct 10% off
AUD $4,255
AUD $3,830
AUD $5,915
AUD $5,324
12 Oct - 23 Oct 10% off
AUD $4,255
AUD $3,830
AUD $5,915
AUD $5,324
19 Oct - 30 Oct 10% off
AUD $4,255
AUD $3,830
AUD $5,915
AUD $5,324
02 Nov - 13 Nov 10% off
AUD $4,255
AUD $3,830
AUD $5,915
AUD $5,324
09 Nov - 20 Nov 10% off
AUD $4,255
AUD $3,830
AUD $5,915
AUD $5,324
16 Nov - 27 Nov 10% off
AUD $4,255
AUD $3,830
AUD $5,915
AUD $5,324
23 Nov - 04 Dec 10% off
AUD $4,255
AUD $3,830
AUD $5,915
AUD $5,324
30 Nov - 11 Dec 10% off
AUD $4,255
AUD $3,830
AUD $5,915
AUD $5,324
07 Dec - 18 Dec 10% off
AUD $4,255
AUD $3,830
AUD $5,915
AUD $5,324
14 Dec - 25 Dec 10% offChristmas departure - book early!
Christmas departure - book early!
AUD $4,255
AUD $3,830
AUD $5,915
AUD $5,324
21 Dec - 01 Jan 10% offChristmas departure - book early!
Christmas departure - book early!
New Year's departure, book early!
New Year's departure, book early!
AUD $4,485
AUD $4,037
AUD $6,475
AUD $5,828
28 Dec - 08 Jan 10% offNew Year's departure - book early!
New Year's departure - book early!
AUD $4,485
AUD $4,037
AUD $6,475
AUD $5,828
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
04 Jan - 15 Jan 10% off
AUD $4,275
AUD $3,848
AUD $5,945
AUD $5,351
11 Jan - 22 Jan 10% off
AUD $4,275
AUD $3,848
AUD $5,945
AUD $5,351
18 Jan - 29 Jan 10% off
AUD $4,275
AUD $3,848
AUD $5,945
AUD $5,351
25 Jan - 05 Feb 10% off
AUD $4,275
AUD $3,848
AUD $5,945
AUD $5,351
01 Feb - 12 Feb 10% off
AUD $4,275
AUD $3,848
AUD $5,945
AUD $5,351
08 Feb - 19 Feb 10% off
AUD $4,275
AUD $3,848
AUD $5,945
AUD $5,351
15 Feb - 26 Feb 10% off
AUD $4,275
AUD $3,848
AUD $5,945
AUD $5,351
22 Feb - 05 Mar 10% off
AUD $4,275
AUD $3,848
AUD $5,945
AUD $5,351
01 Mar - 12 Mar 10% off
AUD $4,275
AUD $3,848
AUD $5,945
AUD $5,351
15 Mar - 26 Mar 10% off
AUD $4,275
AUD $3,848
AUD $5,945
AUD $5,351
22 Mar - 02 Apr 10% off
AUD $4,275
AUD $3,848
AUD $5,945
AUD $5,351
29 Mar - 09 Apr 10% off
AUD $4,275
AUD $3,848
AUD $5,945
AUD $5,351
05 Apr - 16 Apr 10% off
AUD $4,275
AUD $3,848
AUD $5,945
AUD $5,351
12 Apr - 23 Apr 10% off
AUD $4,275
AUD $3,848
AUD $5,945
AUD $5,351
19 Apr - 30 Apr 10% off
AUD $4,275
AUD $3,848
AUD $5,945
AUD $5,351
26 Apr - 07 May 10% off
AUD $4,275
AUD $3,848
AUD $5,945
AUD $5,351
03 May - 14 May 10% off
AUD $4,275
AUD $3,848
AUD $5,945
AUD $5,351
10 May - 21 May 10% off
AUD $4,275
AUD $3,848
AUD $5,945
AUD $5,351
24 May - 04 Jun 10% off
AUD $4,275
AUD $3,848
AUD $5,945
AUD $5,351
05 Jul - 16 Jul 10% off
AUD $4,165
AUD $3,749
AUD $5,715
AUD $5,144
26 Jul - 06 Aug 10% off
AUD $4,165
AUD $3,749
AUD $5,715
AUD $5,144
09 Aug - 20 Aug 10% off
AUD $4,165
AUD $3,749
AUD $5,715
AUD $5,144
23 Aug - 03 Sep 10% off
AUD $4,165
AUD $3,749
AUD $5,715
AUD $5,144
06 Sep - 17 Sep 10% off
AUD $4,605
AUD $4,145
AUD $6,405
AUD $5,765
20 Sep - 01 Oct 10% off
AUD $4,605
AUD $4,145
AUD $6,405
AUD $5,765
27 Sep - 08 Oct 10% off
AUD $4,605
AUD $4,145
AUD $6,405
AUD $5,765
04 Oct - 15 Oct 10% off
AUD $4,605
AUD $4,145
AUD $6,405
AUD $5,765
11 Oct - 22 Oct 10% off
AUD $4,605
AUD $4,145
AUD $6,405
AUD $5,765
18 Oct - 29 Oct 10% off
AUD $4,605
AUD $4,145
AUD $6,405
AUD $5,765
25 Oct - 05 Nov 10% off
AUD $4,605
AUD $4,145
AUD $6,405
AUD $5,765
01 Nov - 12 Nov 10% off
AUD $4,605
AUD $4,145
AUD $6,405
AUD $5,765
08 Nov - 19 Nov 10% off
AUD $4,605
AUD $4,145
AUD $6,405
AUD $5,765
15 Nov - 26 Nov 10% off
AUD $4,605
AUD $4,145
AUD $6,405
AUD $5,765
22 Nov - 03 Dec 10% off
AUD $4,605
AUD $4,145
AUD $6,405
AUD $5,765
29 Nov - 10 Dec 10% off
AUD $4,605
AUD $4,145
AUD $6,405
AUD $5,765
06 Dec - 17 Dec 10% off
AUD $4,605
AUD $4,145
AUD $6,405
AUD $5,765
13 Dec - 24 Dec 10% off
AUD $4,605
AUD $4,145
AUD $6,405
AUD $5,765
20 Dec - 31 Dec 10% off
AUD $4,845
AUD $4,361
AUD $6,725
AUD $6,053
27 Dec - 07 Jan 10% off
AUD $4,845
AUD $4,361
AUD $6,725
AUD $6,053

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre-Tour Accommodation - Delhi
AUD $145
AUD $265
Post-Tour Accommodation - Mumbai
AUD $205
AUD $395
Backstreets of Delhi
AUD $205
N/A
Mumbai Half Day City Tour
AUD $205
N/A
Mumbai Bollywood Tour
AUD $295
N/A
Mumbai Elephanta Caves Tour
AUD $185
N/A
Gateway to the Gods - 4 days (Adult)
AUD $725
AUD $995
Gateway to the Gods - 4 days (Child)
AUD $725
AUD $995

Hotels

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.

Park Inn by Radisson New Delhi, Delhi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Set in the heart of one of the most popular neighbourhoods of Delhi, the Park Inn by Radisson offers a comfortable stay in India’s bustling capital. With contemporary guestrooms which feature en suite bathrooms, high speed Wi-Fi, air conditioning and flat screen TVs. Enjoy al fresco dining and drinks at the 24-hour RBG Bar & Grill, which serves tasty traditional Indian fare and international cuisine. After a busy day of sightseeing, unwind with a swim in the hotel's sparkling pool or work up a sweat in the fitness centre. Ideally located just 20 minutes from the airport and a short walk from a metro station, it's easy to reach popular sites such as the Lotus Temple, India Gate and Connaught Place.

Royale Regent Hotel, Agra

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The stylish Royale Regent hotel offers views of the magnificent Taj Mahal from its rooftop pool, so guests can gaze at this World wonder while sipping on a cocktail and retreating from the hustle and bustle of the city. Each comfortable air-conditioned room features a minibar with tea and coffee making facilities, satellite TV as well as excellent en-suite facilities. Guests can also enjoy an array of flavours in the onsite garden or mutli-cuisine restaurant.

Royale Sarovar Portico, Agra

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Experience the best of Agra's offerings at Royale Sarovar Portico, located just a 10-minute drive from the iconic Taj Mahal. Indulge in rejuvenating massages or pampering manicures and pedicures. Enjoy delectable meals at Hibiscus, where breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served. Unwind in the outdoor pool, socialize at the bar/lounge, or stay active at the fitness center. With free Wi-Fi throughout the property, this upscale property offers massage services, an on-site restaurant, and a fitness center for a fulfilling stay.

Bhanwar Vilas Palace, Karauli

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

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 and the property offers a fantastic insight into the history and elegance of a bygone era. The property offers 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 specialties as well as international cuisine in the hotel's restaurant.

Raj Niwas Palace, Dholpur, Karauli

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

With vibrant history and a rich heritage, Dholpur Palace also known as Raj Niwas Palace, is a mesmerizing journey back in time. Once home to generations of Royals, this converted palace still reflects the magnificence of the Rajasthani architecture of that era. Guest rooms offer a refreshing mix of Indian heritage and modern facilities including air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and a mini bar. Set in 13 acres of garden, the Palace grounds are full of peacock and bird life that nip over from the National Chambal Sanctuary nearby.

Mandawa Haveli, Jaipur

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

Made of pink and red sandstone, the beautiful heritage-style Mandawa Haveli is a fine example of typical Rajasthani architecture. All rooms are well appointed with intricately carved wooden beds and king-size royal portraits, with modern amenities such as free WiFi and ensuite bathrooms. Spend an evening dining on continental, Indian or Rajasthani cuisine on the outdoor terrace or request a private, candlelit dinner on the rooftop under a star-studded sky. Well located in the heart of Jaipur city on Sansar Chandra Road, this hotel is just a few minute’s drive from the Palace of the Winds.

Radisson Hotel Jaipur City Center, Jaipur

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Radisson Hotel Jaipur City Centre is the perfect base for travelers touring India's famed Golden Triangle. Located centrally in Jaipur, the hotel is close to various forts, palaces and bazaars that the Pink City is renowned for. All guest rooms offer air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a fridge, kettle, a desk, seating areas and free Wi-Fi. The hotel offers a satisfying continental breakfast buffet at Mosiac, one of four on-site restaurants. Additionally, boasts a business center, a gym and spa, steam room and a relaxing rooftop pool where guests are free to unwind.

Ranthambore Heritage Haveli , Ranthambore National Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

Set amongst well-manicured gardens, the elegant Ranthambore Heritage Haveli is a beautiful boutique hotel located close to Ranthambhore National Park, in the village of Khilchipur. The comfortable guest rooms are well appointed with king-sized beds, large TVs and rain showers. The haveli also benefits from a multi-cuisine restaurant, complimentary Wi-Fi and an outdoor pool which is ideal for refreshing dip after a day of wildlife spotting.

Fariyas, Mumbai

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

It's always a memorable stay at The Fariyas in South Mumbai. Each guest room offers a blend of classic decor, infused with modern sophistication and magnificent views of the Arabian sea. There is WiFi in each room, as well as a mini bar, room service, air-conditioning, and a flatscreen TV. There are two restaurants located at the hotel - one fine dining and one poolside. There is also a bar, fitness centre, wedding and meeting venue, and a roof-top swimming pool that guests can take advantage of.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Delhi
Ends
Mumbai
Departs
Saturdays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star & heritage hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide days 1 - 8
Meals
Breakfast: 11, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 2
Countries
Minimum Age
15 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
Yes
Jama Masjid
The Taj Mahal reflected in the water in Agra
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Varanasi Highlight
View of Mumbai cityscape from across the water

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