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
Luggage transfers from Delhi to Agra and Agra to Ranthambore
Food & Drinks
8 dinners, including 1 gala dinner in an exclusive heritage hotel
Flights and airport transfers
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
In India it's customary to leave a tip for local guides, coach drivers and assistants. Tipping is at your discretion, but should you wish to leave a token of your appreciation, we recommend £22 to cover all necessary services, which can be arranged with the Tour Manager at end of your holiday.
Days 1-2 - London and Delhi
We leave London Heathrow on our overnight flight to Delhi,
travelling via Abu Dhabi and arriving on the morning of Day
2. We transfer to the heart of Delhi, where we spend 2
nights at the 5-Star Suryaa Hotel in the heart of the city.
Day 3 - Sightseeing tour of Delhi
Today we explore Delhi, India's thriving and awe-inspiring
capital city, on a guided tour. 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 Chandni Chowk, we wind through a
sea of pedestrians going about their everyday lives. 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 - 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
wondrous Taj Mahal. On arrival, we visit the enormous Agra Fort
before transferring to the Taj View Hotel, where we spend the
night. After checking in, we make our way by coach to the Taj
Mahal, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Our sunset visit
ensures we experience the magical aura as the sun's final rays fall
on the white marble covering it with brilliant pink hues.
Day 5 - Fatehpur Sikri and Bharatpur
Today, we travel by coach to Fatehpur Sikri. Built in the 16th
century to be the new capital city of the Mughal Empire, Fatehpur
Sikri was abandoned after only 14 years 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 Mughal era. After taking a guided tour, we
continue to Bharatpur where we have lunch at a local restaurant.
Later, we travel by train to Sawai Madhopur before transferring to
the Ranthambore Kothi Hotel for a 2-night stay.
Day 6 - Tiger-spotting in Ranthambore National Park
Today, we head into 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, hyenas, marsh crocodiles, and sloth
bears inhabit the reserved forest. The park's most popular
resident, however, is the tiger. In fact, the park is one of the
few places in India where the incredible Royal Bengal Tiger can
still be found in the wild, thanks to the successful efforts of
Project Tiger. To increase our chances of seeing as many animals as
possible, we embark on a second game drive in the afternoon. In the
evening, we attend a naturalist's talk on the flora and fauna of
Days 7-8 - Jaipur
On Day 7, we travel by coach to the capital of
Rajasthan, Jaipur, known as the 'Pink City' due to the pretty pink
shade of the buildings within the old city walls. On Day
8, we transfer to the ancient village of Amber to visit
the immense Amber Fort and explore its magnificent interiors as
well as its sprawling courtyards and fortifications.
On returning to Jaipur, we embark on a sightseeing tour,
exploring the history and culture of the region. We head to the
grand City Palace, which is home to the royal family 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 the orbits of planets. We then
see the spectacular Palace of the Winds, an opulent red and pink
sandstone building with close to 1,000 latticed windows.
Day 9 - Patan
We travel by coach to the town of Patan today. On arrival, we
are transferred 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 grounds that
are 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
a world away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities of the
country. Just outside the tiny town lie acres of agricultural
fields and organic farms producing local crops and vegetables. This
evening we enjoy a classical Rajasthani dance performance, and a
farewell gala dinner is held in the grounds of our palace hotel, a
wonderful end to our Indian odyssey.
Days 10-11 - Delhi and London
Today, 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
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
found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices
& Availability' button. We write to all booked customers
approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise
the exact departure and return time for their particular group.
Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.
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.