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Taj Mahal & Tigers - Delhi, Ranthambore & UNESCO World Heritage SitesIndia

From £2,061 per person for 6 nights (based on 2 adults sharing)*
There’s the chance to see tigers – and so much more – on this trip through India’s lively cities, ancient temples and vast wilderness.

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Step into the magical atmosphere of India on our Taj and Tigers tour. Experience stunning ancient architecture, feast on incredible local delicacies and see majestic Bengal tigers up close. 

AWESOME ELEMENTS INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:

  • Ride through bustling streets by rickshaw and tuck into curries, flatbreads and kulfi ice-cream on a culinary tour of Old Delhi
  • Explore the Taj Mahal by the light of an Indian sunrise
  • Search for tigers on a two-day game drive in Ranthambore National Park with an expert guide
  • Wander the intricately decorated tombs and monuments of the UNESCO-listed Qutab Minar complex
  • Feast and learn to cook an Indian dinner with a local family 

India has the second largest population in the world – which accounts for the fascinating buzz of its big cities. On this adventure you’ll start in Delhi, witnessing the sprawl of this bustling metropolis from the back of a rickshaw whilst revelling in all the incredible food that the city has to offer. You will meet local chefs, bakers and families to get a real insider’s experience of the Delhi culinary scene and the people who make it so special.

Your next few days will be spent absorbing incredible architecture at two UNESCO World Heritage Sites - the remarkable Taj Mahal, one of the new seven wonders of the world, and its lesser known but no less breathtaking sister Agra Fort - both palaces of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. 

Then it’s time to explore the country’s calmer side in the lush countryside of the Ranthambore National Park, an old hunting ground that’s now a haven for wildlife. See Bengal tigers in their natural jungle habitat, alongside other creatures including leopards, monkeys and wild boar.


ranthambore entrance


Please click the Full Itinerary tab for the full daily itinerary, details of what's included and information about children and solo travellers.


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £450 per person and take approximately 8.5 hours depending on exact flight configurations and layover times. 

Experience start point: New Delhi (DEL). Suggested arrival by 11am.

End point: New Delhi (DEL). 

All tour departures up to 31st December 2018 are part of our Pioneers Club promotion. Click here for more information about the Pioneers Club.

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Full Itinerary

Itinerary

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Day One: Welcome to India

Arrive at Delhi International Airport to a traditional greeting of marigold garlands, followed by a private transfer to your hotel. After check-in, your private trip through Delhi starts at the President's House. You'll travel by tuk-tuk down the grand boulevard of Rajpath (King’s Way) to the imposing India Gate, before heading to frenetic Connaught Place. Here, washermen (dhobi walas) soak hotel sheets, restaurant tablecloths and myriad clothing in the old-fashioned outdoor laundries tucked between the monuments. Have a drink at the perfectly-preserved, turn-of-the-century United Coffee House; or visit the Gandhi Smriti museum, where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last days of his life. Come evening, it’s time for a culinary tour by tuk-tuk, tasting some of the city’s best street food and heading behind the scenes to meet some of the chefs, bakers and families who have been providing fabulous food here for generations.

Overnight in Delhi

Classic - The Surya 

Premium - Le Meridien 

Deluxe - Oberoi New Delhi

Meals included: None

India Gate


Day Two: Discovering Agra

You’ll be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the station for the 8:00am Gatimaan Express train, scheduled to arrive in Agra at 9:30am. Then it’s time to explore this buzzy city of monuments and markets, once the capital of the grand Mughal Empire. Make for its second most famous UNESCO World Heritage site first – Agra Fort. Built as a military defence in the 16th-century, this imposing, red-brick building was converted into a palace by Shah Jaden a century later. Marvel at its marble stonework and countless courtyards, then drive through the city, past bustling bazaars and through tuk-tuk traffic jams, to Itimad-ud-Daulah, the tomb of a Persian nobleman that’s nicknamed the Baby Taj. Enjoy a free evening, before tomorrow’s early start.

Overnight in Agra

Classic - Double Tree by Hilton 

Premium - ITC Mughal 

Deluxe - Oberoi Amarvilas

Meals included: Breakfast

Agra Fort


Day Three: Marvel at the Taj Mahal

You’ll rise before dawn to visit the Taj Mahal in the glorious Indian sunrise, when its marble exterior is at its most beautiful, reflecting the rose and golden tints of the sky. A monument to love built more than 350 years ago, the Taj was commissioned by Shah Jahan to commemorate his third wife, who died in childbirth. It took 20,000 craftsmen more than 18 years to complete. Return to the hotel for breakfast and check-out. On the way, visit Fatehpur Sikri, the ghost-town capital of the Mughal dynasty, abandoned only a few years after it was built: the haunting 'ruins' are still in perfect condition. The rest of the day will be spent travelling to Ranthambore: you’ll arrive at your hotel in time for dinner.

Overnight in Ranthambore

Classic - Treehouse Anuraga Palace 

Premium - Nahargarh 

Deluxe - Oberoi Vanyavilas

Meals included: Breakfast; dinner

Taj at Sunrise


Days Four & Five: Tiger Time

Spend two days wildlife-spotting in Ranthambore National Park, once the hunting grounds of the Maharajah of Jaipur. Wake early both mornings, for game drives in search of the park’s animals with an expert naturalist guide – it’s the best time to spot the region’s famed diurnal tigers, as well as leopards, jackals, sloth bears, samba deer and mongoose. Return to the hotel by 10.00am for breakfast and time to relax, before a longer afternoon drive through the wilderness. You’ll pass through rugged terrain, with rocky ridges, hills and open valleys dotted with lakes and pools. 

Overnight in Ranthambore

Classic - Treehouse Anuraga Palace 

Premium - Nahargarh 

Deluxe - Oberoi Vanyavilas

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner (each served both days)

Tiger


Day Six: Inside the Imperial City

Time to head north again, on the 7:05am train to Delhi from nearby Sawai Madhopur railway station. Arrive at 12:30pm, and check into your hotel before exploring more of the city. New Delhi was designed by the British in the 1920s, but the history and buildings of Old Delhi go back much further, as you’ll discover at the 16th -century tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayan, a UNESCO World Heritage site set in grand, ornamental gardens. You’ll then visit the 12th-century red sandstone minaret of Qutab Minar, still the world’s tallest brick minaret and a popular site with locals and visitors alike. Finally, after a day pounding the sites, feast on a delicious dinner at the home of a local family, who will show you how to recreate a slap-up Indian feast on your return home.

Overnight in Delhi

Classic - The Surya 

Premium - Le Meridien 

Deluxe - Oberoi New Delhi

Meals included: Breakfast; dinner

Qutab Minar


Day Seven: Heading Home

After breakfast, you will be transferred by private taxi to the airport, to board your onward flight. 

Meals included: Breakfast


You will get a choice of hotel options for the duration of your experience:


Classic ★★★

Classic hotels provide mid-range accommodation (minimum three-star rated), with comfortable rooms and private facilities. We’ve selected these hotels based on positive client feedback.

Premium ★★★★

Premium hotels are typically upper mid range (usually four star), with more amenities than our classic choices. They all have comfortable rooms with private facilities and have received good client feedback.

Deluxe ★★★★★

Deluxe hotels are luxury hotels with excellent facilities and service, usually categorised as 4.5 or 5 star. Clients rate them extremely highly.

When booking an experience, please remember that the hotel category you select is for the whole tour. The table below displays the hotels listed for each category. Please note that the actual hotel selection will be driven by availability at time of booking.


Overall meals included: 6 Breakfasts; 2 lunches; 4 dinners

What's included:

  • Private English-speaking guides unless stated otherwise
  • Private transfers and train tickets, unless stated otherwise
  • Meals as listed
  • Mandatory taxes and service fees
  • Entrance tickets and permits unless stated otherwise
  • Game drives through Ranthambore National Park
  • Culinary street food tour by rickshaw in Delhi

What's not included:

  • International flights to/from the start/end point of our experiences
  • Optional extras listed
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel and restaurant staff
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the tour
  • We cannot guarantee the included hotel breakfast for early departures
  • Drinks during meals unless stated otherwise
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry


For Home Office travel advice to this country, read more here


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £450 per person and take approximately 8.5 hours depending on exact flight configurations and layover times. 

Experience start point: New Delhi (DEL). Suggested arrival by 11am.

End point: New Delhi (DEL). 

All tour departures up to 31st December 2018 are part of our Pioneers Club promotion. Click here for more information about the Pioneers Club

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