Overview

Flight - 1 night

Delhi - 2 nights

Agra - 1 night

Bharatpur - 1 night

Ranthambore NP - 2 nights

Jaipur - 2 nights

Gurgaon - 1 night

Spendology - Widgets

The Tale of the Tiger

Combine the ‘Golden Triangle’ with India’s natural wonders at Ranthambore, Rajasthan’s famous tiger reserve, Keoladeo National Park and Samode Bagh ‘Paradise Garden’

Bharatpur is renowned for the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site: Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a wetland and significant bird sanctuary ideal for bird watching. This diverse habitat is home to 366 bird species, 379 floral species, 50 species of fish, 13 species of snakes and 7 species of turtles. Every year this park is visited by water birds including the exotic migratory birds from Afghanistan, Central Asia and Tibet and the rare Siberian cranes.

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 bearing witness to a fascinating history. The mighty Mughal Emperor Akbar fought a battle here but today the tiger rules the thick forest gorges. To hunt the tiger was against tribal beliefs but as hunting became big business, to bag a tiger was the great challenge and the odds were stacked against the tigers whose population was reduced at a time when this was considered normal practice.

Almost too late, India realised the very existence of the tiger was in jeopardy and government intervention was needed to curtail hunters and poachers alike. The tiger is still an endangered species but numbers in Ranthambore have increased significantly in recent years and our guests have good chances to spot one in the wild. To protect tigers further, there are moves to restrict access so a visit sooner rather than later is recommended. The park has a variety of other mammals and birds including langurs, spotted (Chital) and sambar deer, nilgai and barking Deer. Extensive bird life includes spur flown, jungle fowl, partridge, quails, crested serpent eagle, woodpeckers and flycatchers.

Due to topography and vegetation and the determination to find a tiger, game drives differ from those in Africa, providing a rewarding and uniquely Indian experience.

Key Features

Culture & Wildlife
Jules Verne Sightseeing 
Improved Hotels
7 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Tiger Safaris by Jeep
Local Expert Guide
No Single Supplement
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, with a glass of local wine; Bollywood show and light dinner in Gurgaon.

Day 1 Fly overnight from your chosen airport to Delhi.

Day 2 Transfer to the 5-star Taj Mahal Hotel for two nights. Afternoon visit to Lodhi Gardens and Humayun’s Tomb. (D)

Day 3 Tour of Delhi visiting Jama Mosque, Raj Ghat, the National Museum, Gandhi Smriti, India Gate, Qutab Minar and drive past the Red Fort, parliament and the Viceroy’s House. (B)

Day 4 Morning Gatimaan Express to Agra. Visit Agra Fort. Optional visit to the ‘Baby Taj’ and Mughal garden (£19 2020 and £20 2021, bookable locally). Visit the Taj Mahal for sunset. Overnight at the 5-star ITC Mughal. (B)

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

Day 6 Optional visit: Keoladeo National Park by rickshaw (£30 2020 and £33 2021, bookable locally). Drive to Ranthambore (5 hrs). Two nights at the 4-star family-run Sawai Vilas (Ranthambore Regency Hotel in 2019). Enjoy a ‘Tiger Talk’ by a naturalist. (B, L, 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)

Day 9 Optional morning balloon ride in the Jaipur area (£180 2020 and £190 2021, pre-bookable). Visit Amber Fort, the 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) stopping en route at Samode for refreshments at Samode Bagh, which was featured in Monty Don’s Paradise Gardens. Overnight at the 5-star Taj City Centre Gurgaon (4-star Crowne Plaza Today in Gurgaon in 2019). Light dinner and Bollywood show. (B, D)

Day 11 Return flight. (B)

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

Notes

Dec 19 2019 & Dec 17 2020 departures include 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
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
November 21 £2245
December 5 £1995
December 19 £2695

2020

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

Date Price
January 9 £2295
January 30 £2295
February 13 £2245
February 27 £2245
March 12 £2195
March 26 £2195
April 9 £2195
April 16 £1995
October 8 £2145
October 22 £2145
November 5 £2195
November 19 £2195
December 3 £2145
December 17 £2595

2021

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

Date Price
January 7 £2195
January 21 £2245
February 11 £2295
February 25 £2245
March 11 £2195
April 15 £1995
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT 
Limited availability, on these dates:
2020: Oct 22, Dec 3 & 17
2021: Jan 7 & 21, Mar 11 & Apr 15

Double for sole use:
2019: £345 (Nov £395; Dec 19 £495)
2020: £445 (Apr-Sep £345)
2021: £495 (Apr £395)

Flight Options

London/Delhi/London
British Airways World Traveller Plus from £395
British Airways Club World from £1795
Emirates from Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham or Glasgow £95
Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow – nil

Optional Excursions

Morning Balloon Ride £170 (2020 £180; 2021 £190)
Baby Taj & Mughal Gardens £17 (2020 £19; 2021 £20)
Rickshaw Keoladeo National Park £27 (2020 £30; 2021 £33) 

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 - £55 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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