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Uncover India’s iconic landmarks and enchanting wildlife

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2024 Tour code: GMJ24

About the tour

Uncover India's iconic landmarks and enchanting wildlife as we explore from bustling Delhi to colourful Mumbai. On the way, we discover ancient cities by modern rail, visit the incredible Taj Mahal and take two game drives to spot the Royal Bengal tiger.

Unforgettable experiences

Old and New Delhi
Old and New Delhi
Discover Old and New Delhi on a full-day sightseeing tour and a rickshaw ride through the bazaar and spice market.
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
See the esteemed sights of Agra, including Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal.
Tiger Spotting
Tiger Spotting
Take two game drives in Ranthambore National Park, to spot the Bengal tiger.
Jaipur
Jaipur
Explore the beautiful pink city of Jaipur on a guided tour.
Mumbai
Mumbai
Experience the vibrant city of Mumbai on a unique dawn tour as the sun rises over the Arabian Sea.

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 – London and Delhi

We meet at London Heathrow ahead of our overnight flight to Delhi.

Day 2 - Arrival in Delhi

Landing in the Indian capital, we transfer to our hotel for the next two nights and you're free to settle in, relax or begin exploring.

Day 3 - Discovering Delhi

We begin sightseeing in this chaotic yet charming city, with a guided tour of Old and New Delhi. This vibrant metropolis is a heady blend of medieval, colonial and modern architecture and culture. To really absorb the atmosphere here, we travel by rickshaw through the narrow streets of the historic bazaar to Chadni Chowk, where the aroma of Indian spices floats on the air. We also visit Jama Masjid, to see India's largest mosque - Raj Ghat, a simple but moving memorial to Gandhi - and visit the city's iconic Red Fort. Later we explore the wide leafy avenues of New Delhi, where we see the imposing India Gate, Mughal Emperor Humayun's tomb and Qutab Minar - India's tallest stone tower.

Day 4 - Agra and the Taj Mahal

We board India's first semi-high-speed train, the Gatimaan Express, for our journey to Agra - a former capital of the Mughal Empire, renowned for its fantastic ancient architecture and UNESCO World Heritage status. After settling into our hotel for the night, we take a tour of the city, visiting two of its best-known attractions: the imposing Agra Fort and the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal. Constructed from pearlescent white marble and decorated with precious stones, the Taj Mahal is a 17th century mausoleum dedicated to Mumtaz Mahal, the beloved queen of Emperor Shah Jahan. During our visit we have a chance to see the intricate calligraphy carvings of poems and scripture from the Quran.

Day 5 - Fatehpur Sikri

Leaving Agra by coach, we stop at Fatephur Sikri, a perfectly-preserved red sandstone city which was built in the 16th century as India's political capital, but abandoned after only 14 years due to a lack of water. The city remains almost as it was 400 years ago, giving us an insight into the opulent architecture of the Mughal era. After a guided tour of the ancient streets and buildings we continue to Ranthambore, aboard the Shatabdi Express, our base for the next two nights.

Day 6 - Tiger spotting in Ranthambore

We enjoy another highlight of our holiday today, taking two game drives in Ranthambore National Park. Considered the best park in India to see the elusive Royal Bengal tiger, the sanctuary is also home to hundreds of species of birds, crocodiles, deer and monkeys. Other rare creatures that roam its forests and scrublands include leopards, panthers, hyenas and even sloth bears. Look out for the park's incredible range of wildlife as we travel through the park with an expert guide, in the early morning and after-noon, to increase our chance of a tiger sighting. This evening, we are given a talk by a local naturalist - a specialist on the 515 square miles of Ranthambore and the animals which live there.

Day 7 - To Jaipur

Travelling to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur for two nights, after checking into our hotel, you're free to unwind or head out into the city independently.

Day 8 - Exploring Jaipur

We explore Jaipur on a guided tour today. The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur was founded in 1727 and is famed for its beautiful sights and distinctive pink buildings which were re-painted in the 19th century to celebrate a visit from Prince Albert. We see the impressive Amber Fort, on the edge of Maota Lake - one of three ancient hilltop forts above Jaipur, known for its intricate Hindu artistry and a complex collection of underground passages, courtyards and gateways. We also drive past the 18th century Palace of the Winds, with its stunning façade and latticed windows which were designed to allow the ladies of the royal household to look out over the streets below without being seen.

Day 9 - To Mumbai

We transfer to the airport and board our internal flight to Mumbai, home for the next two nights. Set on India's west coast beside the Arabian Sea, this colourful city of contrasts is famous as the birthplace of Bollywood and has a thriving financial and commercial district. A gateway to India since the Suez Canal opened in 1869, Mumbai became the heart of the spice trade between the sub-continent and the Mediterranean. We have the chance to taste some of these delicious flavours ourselves at this evening's cooking demonstration held at our hotel.

Day 10 - Guided tour of Mumbai

Our day begins at day break with an extraordinary dawn walking tour that gives us an authentic insight into Mumbai life. We start at the Colaba Dock, where fishermen gather after a night at sea. Continuing along the almost empty Dadabhai Naoroji Road - usually the nerve centre of the city - we pass colonial-era buildings on our way to Crawford Market, an authentic Indian bazaar, filled with people shopping for ingredients. We also explore the vibrant neighbourhoods of Byculla and Dadar before returning to the hotel for breakfast and some free time. Later, we set out on a sightseeing tour by coach which includes the Gateway of India, an arched monument from the colonial era, the impressive Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a 19th century UNESCO-listed railway station, and Mani Bhavan, Gandhi's former home. Our final stop is Mahalakshmi Dhobi Ghat, an open-air laundromat where hundreds of dedicated washers clean clothes the time-honoured way - with elbow grease and concrete tubs.

Day 11 - Mumbai and London

Bidding farewell to India, we transfer to the airport for our flight back to London Heathrow.

Additional information

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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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

Hotel Clarks Shiraz

Hotel Clarks Shiraz, Agra

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Crowne Plaza Okhla

Crowne Plaza Okhla, Delhi

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Clarks Amer Hotel, Jaipur

Clarks Amer Hotel, Jaipur

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Trident Nariman Point, Mumbai

Trident Nariman Point, Mumbai

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Ranthambore Regency

Ranthambore Regency, Ranthambore

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Hyatt Place Jaipur Malviya Nagar, Jaipur

Hyatt Place Jaipur Malviya Nagar, Jaipur

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Trains

Gatimaan Express
Shatabdi Express

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Reviews

4.6 stars4.6 / 5 · 28 reviews

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4 stars

Submitted 11/Feb

Fantastic trip. Lyn our tour rep was excellent. The only downside was the extra trips. Two places selling carpets was a bit much. Not sure these stops add anything to the experience but overall a great holiday. We would definitely book through the company again for future trips. Excellent customer care too.

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Colm Lanigan

3 stars

Submitted 11/Feb

Although we saw lots, there was just one rail journey and lots of coaches - not what we’d expected from GRJ! Delhi was very polluted. Little chance to get over jet lag with frequent early morning starts and little free time. Hotels good and sights spectacular. Excellent local guide.

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J Davies

4 stars

Submitted 11/Feb

Incredible, full on sightseeing holiday with extra-special efficient knowleageable tour manager and guide.

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Yvonne Clowsley

5 stars

Submitted 11/Feb

A wonderful holiday. Packed with adventures and never a dull moment, We had a great time. Lovely hotels, great food, no Delhi belly for us.

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Iain

4 stars

Submitted 28/Jan

Very good and informative tour and guides

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Richard E

5 stars

Submitted 17 Dec 2023

Excellent all round. Very well organised and a great itinerary. I would thoroughly recommend this trip.

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