This amazing adventure through historic India takes us to some
of the glorious country's most exciting sights. On our fascinating
journey we discover thriving cities, spectacular forts, and have a
chance to see a tiger in the wild, culminating with a night in a
Enjoy a guided city tour of Old and New Delhi, taking a rickshaw ride through the old city's narrow streets
Board the Gatimaan Express to Agra and explore the exquisite Taj Mahal as well as Agra Fort
Explore Fatehpur Sikri, a red sandstone city built in the 16th century by Mughal emperor Akbar
Embark on guided game drives in Ranthambore National Park to spot the Royal Bengal Tiger
Experience authentic Rajasthani culture with an exclusive stay at the Patan Mahal heritage hotel
The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Food & Drinks
8 dinners, including 1 Gala dinner in an exclusive heritage hotel
Flights and airport transfers
Return Scheduled Flights
Return flights from London Heathrow to Delhi via Abu Dhabi
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Days 1-2 - Fly to Delhi
We leave London Heathrow on our overnight flight to Delhi,
arriving in the morning of Day 2. We are then
transferred into the heart of Delhi, where we spend two nights at
the heritage 4-Star Maidens Hotel, located on the banks of the
River Yamuna close to the quaint bazaars of Chandi Chowk.
Day 3 - Sightseeing tour of Delhi
Today we explore Delhi, India's vibrant, hectic, awe-inspiring
capital city. We begin our tour with a rickshaw ride in Old Delhi.
We visit Jama Masjid, a 17th-century mosque which is the largest in
India, before taking a fascinating rickshaw ride through the narrow
streets of Delhi's lively bazaar. As we head towards Chandi Chowk,
we wind through a sea of pedestrians going about their everyday
We leave the enticing aromas of street food behind and move on
to New Delhi, where we visit Humayun's Tomb and Qutab Minar -
India's tallest stone tower. Other highlights include India Gate,
the Parliament Building and Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Day 4 - The Agra Fort, and the Taj Mahal
Early this morning we have our first experience of rail travel
in India as we board the Gatimaan Express to Agra, home to the
truly magical Taj Mahal. On arrival in Agra we visit the enormous
Agra Fort, an enormous UNESCO listed complex that stands over Agra.
Its red hued walls were built over 8 years, before being finished
in 1573. The building was worked on every single day for that
entire time period, due it its invaluable strategic position. We
then cross Agra by coach to visit the Taj Mahal, another UNESCO
world heritage site, and one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Our sunset visit ensures we experience the magical aura as the
sun's final rays catch the natural pink and red hues of the white
marble. We leave the Taj Mahal after a truly captivating day and
transfer to the Trident Hotel Agra, where we spend the night.
Day 5 - Fatehpur Sikri and Bharatpur
Today we travel by coach on an excursion to Fatehpur Sikri.
Built in the 16th century as the brand new capital city of India,
Fatehpur Sikri was abandoned after only 14 years of rule when local
water supplies ran dry. The deserted city has been preserved in
almost the exact state it was left in 400 years ago and provides a
vivid glimpse into life during the time of the Mughal Empire.
After time to explore, we continue to Bharatpur where we take
lunch together at a local restaurant. Later we travel by train to
Sawai Madhopur, where we transfer to the Ranthambore Kothi Hotel,
for a two-night stay.
Day 6 - Tiger-spotting in Ranthambore National Park
Today we head into the Ranthambore National Park for an early
morning game drive in open-topped safari vehicles called 'Canters',
which are for the exclusive use of Great Rail Journeys'
Many rare creatures such as leopards and panthers can be found
here including hyenas, marsh crocodiles and sloth bears. The park's
most popular resident, however, is the tiger. In fact, the park is
one of the only places in India where the incredible tiger can
still be found in the wild, thanks to the successful efforts of
Project Tiger. To increase our chances of seeing all of the
creatures, we embark on a second game drive in the afternoon.
Day 7 - To Jaipur
Today we travel by coach to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. It
is popularly known as the 'Pink City', as pink sandstone was used
to construct the pretty buildings within the old city walls. On
arrival, we check into our hotel for the next three nights.
Day 8 - Exploring Jaipur
This morning we embark on an exciting sightseeing tour of
Jaipur. We head to the grand City Palace, which is home to the
current Maharaja of Jaipur. The ornate building was completed in
1728, and is now enclosed by high walls and set in fine gardens. We
also see the early 18th century Astronomical Observatory, a
splendid complex featuring a number of early geometric devices for
tracking locations of planets.
We then see the spectacular Palace of the Winds, an opulent red
and pink sandstone building created for royal ladies to overlook
the city without being seen. Your afternoon is spent at
Day 9 - Patan
We travel by coach to the town of Patan today. On arrival, we
transfer by camel cart to the Patan Mahal Palace Hotel. Built
around 1790, shortly after the battle of Badal Mahal, the Patan
Mahal Palace has been lovingly turned into a heritage hotel, and is
exclusively ours for the day. As befitting visitors to a palace, we
receive a royal welcome when we reach the premises decorated with
flowers and rangoli.
This afternoon we enjoy a guided walking tour of Patan, a
wonderful opportunity to see life in an unspoilt rural Indian town.
This evening we enjoy a classical Rajasthani dance performance, and
a farewell gala dinner is held in the grounds of our palace
Days 10-11 - Delhi and London
We enjoy the morning at leisure before bidding farewell to Patan
and transferring to Delhi. Here we connect with our overnight
flight to London Heathrow, via Abu Dhabi, arriving on Day
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature
the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be
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approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise
the exact departure and return time for their particular group.
Please note: This may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
Over all the holiday was excellent but felt it was a bit full on with no rest period especially at the beginning of the tour,and was not keen on having to be at the restaurant for evening meals so early after a day of touring,sometimes only an hour left from getting back to the hotel and then rushing down to the restaurant
Mr G Tagg
Everything is very well arranged and organised with all excursions coordinated to the very last detail.
A very busy holiday - really enjoyed all the sights at extra trips
A well conceived package for a first visit to India. A good itinerary, giving us a great look at many of the major sights - temples, forts etc, and enough travel to see a range of the natural splendour of the country too, as well as an opportunity to get a feel for the everyday life in the bustling towns and cities. And a touch of tiger magic too.
Special mention to our tour manager Nicola, who did a great job throughout, and helped us considerably with arrangements for wheelchairs where necessary, after my wife injoured her foot shortly before departure on the trip.
Mrs L House
Amazing trip Thankyou so much . You took all our worries away so we could enjoy the experience, we had a great guide , great driver and assistant. Plus Linda our Tour Manager that took care of everything. Hotels were very good friendly and polite, first rate.
If you only have one chance of visiting India this is a must do tour.
My only concern was that visiting India the chance of having a upset tummy was not if but when. The coach had a bathroom but was not available to us,? We had some long trips on the coach but we did have comfort breaks , which meant a dash for the bathroom by the majority of us ,I'm not saying we all had a bad tummy far from it but the opportunity to use the coach facilities would have been a added benefit . A very full on tour which enables you to experience the best of the triangle . We will certainly go on anther adventure with these guys.The 4hr coach trip to the airport then the long wait for the flight made it a very long trip home . But we loved the trip.Thank you Great Rail Journeys.