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.
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.
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.
Overnight: Delhi | Breakfast, Dinner
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!
Overnight: Agra | Breakfast
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).
Overnight: Karauli or Dholpur | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
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
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
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
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
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
Wednesday. Our Indian adventure comes to an end today with an included transfer to Mumbai airport.
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.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.
Park Inn by Radisson New Delhi, Delhi
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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