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India's most exciting sights by train

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11 daysFrom £1,745 per person

2020 Tour code: GSC20

About the tour

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 200-year-old palace.

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Itinerary

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.

Delhi
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 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.

Jama Masjid Mosque
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.

The Taj Mahal
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.

Fatehpur Sikri
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' customers.

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.

Ranthambore National Park
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.

The Water Palace, Jaipur
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 leisure.

Palace of the Wind, Jaipur
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 hotel.

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 11.

Flying home

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure times

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.

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Mobility information

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.

Hotels

Trident, Agra

Trident, Agra

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Maidens Hotel, Delhi

Maidens Hotel, Delhi

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Hilton Jaipur

Hilton Jaipur, Jaipur

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Patan Mahal, Patan

Patan Mahal, Patan

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Ranthambore Kothi Resort

Ranthambore Kothi Resort, Ranthambore

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Trains

Gatimaan Express
Shatabdi Express

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Flight upgrades
London Hotels
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Extend your holiday

Amritsar by Rail
Goa
Kerala
Mumbai
Shimla
Varanasi

Reviews

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Mr G Tagg

Submitted 28/04/2019

Everything is very well arranged and organised with all excursions coordinated to the very last detail.

Anonymous

Submitted 19/04/2019

A very busy holiday - really enjoyed all the sights at extra trips

Paul

Submitted 19/04/2019

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

Submitted 26/11/2018

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.

Ms J Januszewski

Submitted 25/11/2018

An excellent holiday with good information and excellent food and company. Knowledgeable tour leader and local guides, all very helpful!!

Mrs J Roseblade

Submitted 11/11/2018

Wonderful hotels although the change to the Hilton Jaipur was a shame. Could have been anywhere. Angela tour manager and Shaju, guide, were simply brilliant making the tours so interesting. A great team. Loved the sights sounds and smells of India. Would definitely recommend.

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