Overview

Flight - 1 night

Delhi - 2 nights

Agra - 1 night

Bharatpur - 1 night

Ranthambore NP - 2 nights

Jaipur - 2 nights

Gurgaon - 1 night

The Tale of the Tiger

Visit the 'Golden Triangle' and Ranthambore, Rajasthan's famous tiger reserve with local expert guides throughout

Ranthambore is the quintessential Rajasthan wildlife park. Dominated by a 1,000 year-old fort, the landscape is dotted with cupolas, temples and memorial stones all bearing witness to a varied and fascinating history. The mighty Mughal Emperor Akbar fought a battle here for control of the fort but today the tiger rules the thick forest gorges that surround it. This magnificent feline, the national symbol of India, is represented in art, literature and folklore. Tales abound of the tiger's prowess, elegance and glowing amber eyes. To hunt the tiger was against tribal beliefs but as hunting for sport became big business, to bag a tiger was considered the greatest challenge.

With the invention of firearms, the odds were stacked in favour of man and the tiger population was reduced at a time when this was considered normal practice (even Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were photographed here with a dead tiger). Almost too late, India realised the very existence of the tiger was in jeopardy and with numbers becoming perilously low, government intervention was needed to curtail hunters and poachers alike.

The tiger is still an endangered species but here the visitor has a good chance to glimpse this elusive beast in the wild. In order to protect the tigers further, there are moves to restrict access and raise prices for the National Parks, so a visit sooner rather than later is recommended. Due to topography and vegetation and the determination to find a tiger, game drives differ from those in Africa. However, they provide a rewarding and uniquely Indian experience.

Key Features

Culture & Wildlife
Jules Verne Sightseeing 
7 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Tiger Safaris by Jeep
Local Expert Guide
Guaranteed Departure
Group Size: 2 – 18

Special Events

Maharaja’s Residence, Tiger Talk and Bollywood Show

Cocktail at the Polo Bar and dinner at the Rajput Room of Rambagh Palace, former home of the Maharaja of Jaipur. An evening talk by a naturalist on tigers at Ranthambore, whilst enjoying a glass of local wine. Bollywood show and light dinner in Gurgaon.

Day 1 Fly overnight direct from London Heathrow to Delhi.

Day 2 Transfer to the 5-star Sheraton Hotel for two nights. Visit Qutab Minar. (D)

Day 3 Tour of Delhi including Jama Mosque, Raj Ghat, Humayun's Tomb, the National Museum, India Gate and drive past the Red Fort, parliament and Viceroy's House. Visit Gandhi Smriti and Lodhi Garden.(B)

Day 4 Early morning Gatimaan Express to Agra. Visit Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal. Optional visit to the 'Baby Taj' and Mughal garden across the water from the Taj Mahal (£17, bookable locally). Overnight stay at the 5-star ITC Mughal, spread over 35 acres of luxurious gardens. (B)

Day 5 Drive to Akbar's abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. Visit by rickshaw the bird sanctuary of Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur. Stay overnight at the heritage Hotel Laxmi Vilas Palace. (B, D)

Day 6 Optional early morning second visit by rickshaw to Keoladeo National Park (£25, bookable locally). Drive to Ranthambore (3 hrs). Stay two nights at the 4-star Ranthambore Regency Hotel on full board. Tiger Talk by a naturalist. (B, D)

Day 7 Early morning and afternoon game drives by jeep in Ranthambore National Park. Between safaris time to relax by the pool. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Early morning game drive by jeep. Travel to Jaipur (4 hrs) with a farm visit and lunch en route at Umaid Lake. Two nights at the 5-star ITC Rajputana Hotel. (B, L)

Day 9 Optional morning balloon ride in the Jaipur area (£170, pre-bookable). Visit the Amber Fort, City Palace, Observatory and view the ‘Palace of the Winds’. Cocktail and dinner at Rambagh Palace. (B, D)

Day 10 Drive towards Delhi (5 hrs). Visit the Heritage Transport museum. Overnight at the 4-star Crowne Plaza Today in Gurgaon. Light dinner and Bollywood show. (B, D)

Day 11 Return flight to London. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

Extra dinner and optional excursion on Day 4 included on

2019: Jan 10, Apr 18 & May 2

Dec 19 & 26 2019 departure includes Christmas Eve/New Year's Eve meal.

This is a full itinerary with some visits on foot with uneven surfaces and inclines.

We offer a wide variety of pre- and post-tour extensions, click here for more information.

Pre/post tour extra nights and transfers are available.

2019

Thursdays
per person in a twin/double room
Jet Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
January 31 £1945
February 28 £1945
March 14 £1795
March 28 £1795
April 11 £1695
April 18 £1695
May 2 £1595
September 26 £1695
October 10 £1895
October 24 £1995
November 7 £1895
November 21 £1895
December 5 £1895
December 19 £2495
December 26 £2295

2020

Thursdays
per person in a twin/double room
Jet Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
January 9 £1795
January 16 £1795
January 30 £1895
February 13 £1995
February 27 £1945
March 12 £1895
March 26 £1845
April 9 £1695
April 16 £1595
Prices Reduced

Save up to £100
(Jan 10 & 17, Mar 14, Sep 26, Nov 7 & 21)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Double for sole use:
2019 - £295 (Feb/Nov £345, Apr-May £225)
2020 - £345 (Apr £295)

Flight Options

London/Delhi/London
Jet Airways Première Class 
Return from £1495 
Jet Airways Première Class 
One way from £845
Emirates from Manchester or Birmingham £95
Emirates Business Class from £2395
British Airways from Heathrow £95
British Airways World Traveller Plus from £495
British Airways Club World from £1895

Optional Excursions

Morning Balloon Ride £170

Extension Options

We offer a wide variety of pre- and post-tour extensions, click here for more information.

Pre/post tour extra nights and transfers are available.

Privately Guided

2 guests - £245 per person
3-4 guests - £125 per person
5-9 guests - £95 per person
10+ guests - No extra charge

Independent Arrival

Save £600
Arrival transfer add £22
D
eparture transfer add £22

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 9 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 6 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, overseas airport taxes, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

 

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