Taj Mahal, Golden Temple, Rajasthan, hill stations, tigers and heritage hotels
Flight -1 night
Mumbai - 1 night
Udaipur - 2 nights
Kota - 1 night
Ranthambore NP - 2 nights
Jaipur - 2 nights
Agra - 2 nights
Delhi - 2 nights
Shimla - 2 nights
Amritsar - 2 nights
Delhi - 1 night
Any visit to India is best started at Mumbai's 'Gateway to India' and the 'Golden Triangle' that comprises Jaipur, Agra and Delhi. The imperial glory of the Mughals is revealed in the mausoleums, mosques and palaces of their capitals at Agra, Delhi and Fatehpur Sikri, the highlight being the incomparable Taj Mahal. Jaipur introduces the princely heritage of Rajasthan and Ranthambore wildlife park offers the chance to spot the elusive tigers.
The era of the British Raj is reflected in the architectural heritage of Lutyens’ New Delhi and the summer hill station capital, Shimla, contrasting with Sikhism’s most holy shrine, the spectacular Golden Temple at Amritsar.
Train journeys that are part of the Indian experience include Shimla’s unforgettable narrow gauge ‘Toy Train’ through countless tunnels and bridges, a scenically spectacular journey.
Culture & Wildlife
Jules Verne Sightseeing
Tiger Safaris by Jeep
Local Expert Guide
Group Size: 2 – 18
Day 1 Fly overnight direct from London Heathrow to Mumbai.
Day 2 Overnight at the 5-star Taj Mahal Palace also known as Hotel India, sea view room in the Tower Wing (4-star Trident Nariman Point, sea view rooms from Oct 2019). Visit the Prince of Wales Museum and enjoy a heritage walk.
Day 3 Visit Marine Drive, the Gateway of India, Victoria Terminus, Dhobi Ghat and the Dabbawalla lunch carriers. Fly to Udaipur for two nights at the 4-star Trident Hotel. (B)
Day 4 Tour of Udaipur and the City Palace by boat. Welcome drink and dinner at Amrai Restaurant overlooking the lake. (B, D)
Day 5 Travel to Kota (6 hrs) with lunch en route at Bassi Fort. Overnight at Umed Bhawan Palace heritage hotel. (B, L)
Day 6 Travel to Ranthambore (6 hrs) en route visiting Taragarh Fort, then lunch at Hadoti Palace. Two nights at the 4-star Ranthambore Regency Hotel. Enjoy a ‘Tiger Talk’ by a naturalist. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Morning and afternoon jeep game drives looking for tigers and wildlife. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Travel to Jaipur (4 hrs). Visit the City Palace and Jantar Mantar Observatory. Cocktail and dinner at Rambagh Palace. Two nights at the Trident Jaipur. (B, D)
Day 9 Optional morning balloon ride in the Amber Fort area (£170, pre-bookable). Visit Amber Fort and view the ‘Palace of the Winds’. Cooking demonstration and dinner with a local family. (B, D)
Day 10 Drive to Agra (6 hrs) for two nights at 4-star Hotel Trident. Sunset visit to the Taj Mahal, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his queen Mumtaz. (B, D)
Day 11 Visit the 'Baby Taj' and the Mughal garden with views across the river to the Taj Mahal. Visit Agra Fort. Colonial High tea. (B)
Day 12 Optional sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal (£20, bookable locally). Drive to Delhi (4 hrs). Visit the UNESCO listed Qutab Minar. Stay two nights at the 5-star Taj Mahal. (B)
Day 13 Tour of Delhi including Raj Ghat, Jama Mosque, Gandhi's home, UNESCO listed Humayun's Tomb, India Gate and drive past the Red Fort, parliament and Viceroy's House. (B)
Day 14 Fly to Chandigarh, then by road to Kandaghat to board the 'Toy Train' to Shimla (4 hrs / 2,000m). Two nights at the 5-star Oberoi Cecil. (B, D)
Day 15 Visit the Vice Regal Lodge, museum and a stroll along the Mall. Afternoon free. (B)
Day 16 Drive to Amritsar (8 hrs) for two nights at the 5-star Hyatt Hotel. Optional Palki ceremony at the Golden Temple (£13, bookable locally). (B)
Day 17 Visit the Golden Temple, volunteer kitchens and Jallianwala Bagh. Wagah Border ‘Changing of the Guard’ ceremony. (B, D)
Day 18 Transfer to Delhi for overnight at the 4-star Novotel AeroCity. (B)
Day 19 Return flight to London. (B)
This is a full itinerary with some visits on foot with some uneven surfaces and inclines.
Oct 1 - The hotel on Day 14 will be the Wildflower Hall in Shimla.
This 5-star hotel is Mumbai’s first harbour landmark and was featured in the BBC 2 series 'Hotel India' focused on life behind the scenes at India's oldest and most famous hotel. Overlooking the Gateway of India with a panoramic view of the bay, every one of the 560 rooms are the perfect blend of rich history and modern convenience with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free).
The best view of Mumbai, the Marine Drive, a 3km long beautiful promenade that rings a natural bay, greets guests at the 5-star Trident, Nariman Point. Restaurants, bar, gym, pool, spa and WiFi (free). 555 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, safe, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
Located on the banks of the stunning Lake Pichola, this 4-star hotel is the ideal location from which to explore the city. Restaurant, spa, outdoor pool, WiFi (chargeable) and 141 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe, mini-bar and tea/coffee making facilities.
This heritage hotel was built in a Indo-Saracenic style blending Rajput and Victorian architecture. Restaurant, bar, lounge and 32 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities and TV.
The Ranthambore Regency is a 4-star family run hotel with a restaurant, bar, pool, spa and WiFi (free). 72 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
A 4-star hotel situated en route to Jaipur’s famous Amber Fort. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 132 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar, safe, TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
The 4-star Trident, Agra, set amidst beautiful gardens, fountains, landscaped central courtyards, is built of red stone reminiscent of the Mughal era. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (chargeable) with 135 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
The 5-star Taj Mahal hotel is one of the most distinguished addresses in Delhi. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym and WiFi (free). 294 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
A celebration of the elegance and grace of the Colonial era in the Queen of Hill Stations, located amidst the majestic Himalayan ranges, The 5-star Oberoi Cecil, a Grand Heritage hotel, is a part of Shimla's rich colonial history. Restaurant, bar, indoor pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 75 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar, safe, TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
A 4-star hotel with restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 248 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
A 4-star airport hotel with a restaurant, bar, gym and WiFi (free). 400 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Double for sole use £595 (Dec 24 £695)
British Airways World Traveller Plus from £395
British Airways Club World from £1795
Emirates from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester or
Birmingham – nil
Morning Balloon Ride £180
2 guests - £750 per person
3-4 guests - £375 per person
5-9 guests - £165 per person
10+ guests - No extra charge
Arrival transfer add £22
Departure transfer add £22
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