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The Tale of the Tiger

From the Taj Mahal to Ranthambore, Rajasthan's famous tiger reserve

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 VJV Features
VJV Sightseeing Programme
2 Lunches and 5 Dinners
No Single Supplement
Walking Content: 2
Group Size: 3 - 18

The most amazing trip! I went as a solo female and felt safe the whole time. Loved taking local trains. All the hotels were fantastic. Highly recommend this tour! Happy travels.

Amanda Greenwood
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The Tale of the Tiger

From the Taj Mahal to Ranthambore, Rajasthan's famous tiger reserve

Day 1 Fly overnight from Heathrow to Delhi.

Day 2 Transfer to the 5-star Sheraton Hotel for two nights. Afternoon visit to Jama Mosque, Raj Ghat and drive past the Red Fort.

Day 3 Visit Qutab Minar, National Museum, India Gate and drive past parliament houses. Later, visit the Gandhi museum and Lodhi Garden. (B)

Day 4 Early morning train 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 (£14, bookable locally). Overnight stay 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. Stay overnight at the heritage Hotel Laxmi Vilas Palace. (B)

Day 6 Optional early morning second visit by rickshaw to Keoladeo National Park (£20, bookable locally). Drive to Ranthambore (3 hrs). Stay two nights at the 4-star Ranthambore Regency Hotel on full board. VJV Special Event - Tiger Talk. (B, D)

Day 7 Early morning and afternoon game drives give the best opportunity to view the varied wildlife in the National Park. Between safaris time to relax by the pool. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Early morning game drive. Travel to Jaipur (4 hrs) for a two-night stay at the 5-star ITC Rajputana. (B, L)

Day 9 Optional morning balloon ride in the area of Amber Fort (£130, pre-bookable). Visit the Amber Fort, City Palace and Observatory, viewing the 'Palace of the Winds'. (B)

Day 10 Drive towards Delhi (5 hrs). Visit the Heritage Transport museum. Overnight at the 4-star Gateway Hotel on Damdama Lake near Delhi. (B)

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 Jan 19, Apr 20, Oct 12 and Dec 7.

The Tale of the Tiger

From the Taj Mahal to Ranthambore, Rajasthan's famous tiger reserve

Laxmi Villas Palace - Bharatpur

Laxmi Villas Palace - Bharatpur

Heritage hotel, Laxmi Villas Palace has a restaurant, bar, pool, spa and WiFi (chargeable). 30 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Ranthambore Regency - Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore Regency - Ranthambore National Park

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.

Sheraton New Delhi - Delhi

Sheraton New Delhi - Delhi

A 5-star hotel in the historic city of Delhi. Restaurants, bar, pool, gy, sauna and WiFi (chargeable). 220 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

ITC Mughal - Agra

ITC Mughal - Agra

Sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens, and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, ITC Mughal, a 5-star luxury hotel in Agra is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (chargeable). 233 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

ITC Rajputana - Jaipur

ITC Rajputana - Jaipur

A 5-star hotel with regal-influence design and gardens that echo the city's history. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (chargeable). 218 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Gateway Hotel Damdama Lake - Delhi

Gateway Hotel Damdama Lake - Delhi

The 4-star Gateway Hotel on Damdama Lake is a nature inspired sanctuary sprawled over 20 acres of land in the Aravalli hills. Restaurants, bar, gym, pool, spa and WiFi (free). 78 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

The Tale of the Tiger

From the Taj Mahal to Ranthambore, Rajasthan's famous tiger reserve

Indian Wildlife Extension

Indian Wildlife Extension

India's National Parks (closed Jun-Sep) are home to tigers, Indian bison, dholes, swamp deer, leopards, bears and birdlife. At Kanha National Park stay at Chitvan Jungle Lodge is located on 6 hectares of land and shares its boundry with the Kanha Tiger Reserve of Madhya Pradesh. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym and spa. 18 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-fridge and tea/coffee making facilities. At Bandhavgarh, stay at the Bandhav Vilas, located 3kms from the Bandhavgarh National Park. Restaurants, bar, pool and spa. 20 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Day 1 Fly to Jabalpur. Drive to Kanha National Park (5 hrs) for two nights at Chitvan Jungle Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 2 Morning and afternoon game drives. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Drive to Bandhavgarh National Park (7 hrs) for two nights at Bandhav Vilas. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Morning and afternoon game drives. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Travel to Jabalpur (5 hrs) and fly to Delhi. Overnight at the 4-star Holiday Inn Airport. (B, L)

Day 6 Return flight. (B)

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

Kashmir Extension

Srinagar, Kashmir's summer capital is a city of lakes, waterways and gardens. (travel Nov-Jan not recommended). Stay at the Vivanta by Taj Dal View Hotel, a 5-star hotel perched on Kralsangri hill that captures finest panoramic view of the Dal Lake, surrounded by majesty of Zabarwan Mountains. Restaurants, bar, pool, WiFi (chargeable) and 82 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Day 1 Fly to Srinagar. Three nights at Hotel Vivanta by Taj Dal View. Shikara ride on the lake. (B)

Day 2 Visit Cheshamshahi gardens, Pari Mahal, Nishat & Shalimar Mughal Gardens. (B)

Day 3 Visit old Srinigar, Jamia Masjid and the Hazratbal Shrine. (B)

Day 4 Fly to Delhi. Overnight at the 4-star Holiday Inn Airport. (B)

Day 5 Return flight. (B)

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

Goa Extension

Relax on the Arabian Sea in this former Portuguese enclave. Stay at the 4-star Zuri White Sands Resort on Varca Beach in South Goa. 35 acres of lush lawns and white sands with restaurants, bars, pool, gym, sauna, Ayurveda spa and WiFi (free). 154 rooms with balcony, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV. Alternatively, upgrade to the 5-star Taj Exotica, a Mediterranean-style resort with restaurants, bars, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (chargeable). 140 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Day 1 Fly to Goa for four nights at your chosen resort. (B)

Day 2 Day at leisure. (B)

Day 3 Day at leisure. (B)

Day 4 Day at leisure. (B)

Day 5 Return flight via Mumbai, arriving later the same day. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
Cochin and Keralan Backwaters Extension

Cochin and Keralan Backwaters Extension

Relax on the inland waterways of Kerala and visit historic Cochin. Stay at the 'CGH Earth' Coconut Lagoon in Kumarakom, a 4-star eco-friendly resort facing Lake Vembanad. Restaurant, bar, pool, fitness centre and WiFi (free). 52 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge and TV. Also, spend overnight on a houseboat on the backwaters of Kerela with 1-4 air-conditioned bedrooms with private facilities, TV and tea/coffee making facilities. In Cochin, stay at the 'CGH Earth' Hotel Eight Bastion, a 4-star boutique hotel located at Fort Cochin. Restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 18 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities.

Day 1 Fly to Cochin. Two nights at the 4-star 'CGH Earth' Hotel Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom. (B)

Day 2 Day at leisure. (B)

Day 3 Cruise the backwaters on a houseboat. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Cochin sightseeing and Kathakali dance performance. Overnight at the 4-star 'CGH Earth' Hotel Eighth Bastion. (B)

Day 5 Return flight via Mumbai or stay on at 'CGH Earth' Marari Beach. (B)

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

Amritsar Extension

Explore the home of Sikhism, the Golden Temple. Stay at the Hyatt Hotel, a 4-star hotel with restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (chargeable). 248 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Day 1 By Shatabdi Express to Amritsar (6 hrs). Two nights at the 4-star Hyatt Hotel. Wagah Border Changing of the Guard ceremony. (B, D)

Day 2 Visit the Golden Temple. Palki ceremony. (B)

Day 3 Return flight via Delhi. (B)

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

Varanasi Extension

Explore this sacred Hindu site on the holy Ganges. Stay at the Radisson, a 4-star hotel with modern architecture, warm hospitality and a convenient location. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 116 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar, safe, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Day 1 Fly to Varanasi. Two nights at the 4-star Hotel Radisson. Aarti ceremony. (B)

Day 2 Morning boat on the Ganges to see cremation sites and bathing ghats. Visit the Buddhist site of Sarnath. (B)

Day 3 Fly to Delhi. Overnight at the 4-star Holiday Inn Airport. (B)

Day 4 Return flight. (B)

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

Darjeeling Extension

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (World Heritage status) passes through busy hamlets and mountainous terrain. Darjeeling is a taste of Victorian England with the famous Windamere Hotel, the Mall, the spires of St. John's and St. Andrew's and the Planters' Club. Once the summer residence of the Maharaja (King) of Cooch Behar, the Elgin Darjeeling is now a luxury 4-star heritage hotel. The hotel is situated in the heart of Darjeeling town. Dining hall, lounge, garden, WiFi (chargeable) and 23 rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Day 1 Fly to Bagdogra. Transfer to Darjeeling (3 hrs / 2,100m) for three nights at the 4-star Elgin Hotel. (B, D)

Day 2 Sunrise at Tiger Hill. Visit Ghoom Monastery. Toy Train to India's highest station and visit a tea garden. (B, D)

Day 3 Visit the Tibetan Refugee Centre, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Himalayan zoo and Observatory hill. (B, D)

Day 4 Fly to Kolkata. Overnight at the 5-star Oberoi Grand. (B)

Day 5 Tour of Kolkata. Overnight flight via Mumbai. (B)

Day 6 Arrive Heathrow.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
Shimla Extension - Oberoi Cecil

Shimla Extension - Oberoi Cecil

The former colonial summer capital lies at 2,000 metres amidst magnificent mountains. Stay at the 5-star Oberoi Cecil, a Grand Heritage hotel, part of Shimla's rich colonial history. Restaurant, bar, indoor pool, gym, spa and WiFi (chargeable). 75 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar, safe, TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Option to extend at the Wildflower Hall (see seperate package), part of the Oberoi chain this luxury 5-star hotel is set amongst 23 acres of protected cedar forest with panoramic views of the Himalayas.

Day 1 Train to Chandigarh (3 ½ hrs) and road to Shimla (4 hrs). Three nights at the 5-star Oberoi Cecil Hotel. (B)

Day 2 Visit the Vice Regal Lodge, museum and the Mall. (B)

Day 3 At leisure. (B)

Day 4 Toy Train to Solan (3 hrs), by road and train to Delhi (5 hrs). Overnight at the 4-star Suryaa Hotel. Alternatively, transfer to the Wildflower Hall for two nights (see seperate package), the former abode of Lord Kitchner and with views over the Himalayas. (B, D)

Day 5 Return flight. (B)

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

Nepal Extension

Relax for two nights up in Nagarkot with panoramic views of the Himalayas and stay three nights in Kathmandu.

Day 1 Fly to Kathmandu. Travel up to Nagarkot (2,175 metres altitude) for two nights at the 4-star Club Himalaya. (B)

Day 2 View the sunrise over the mountains. Relax and enjoy a walk around the villages and hillsides. (B)

Day 3 Travel to Kathmandu for three nights at the 4-star Hotel Radisson, visiting en route unspoilt Bhaktapur, timeless and almost medieval, a 9th-century Newari city. (B)

Day 4 Optional morning flight over the Himalayas and Mount Everest (weather permitting). Approximate cost US$250, bookable locally. Visit the Hindu cremation site of Pashupatinath, walk around the Tibetan stupa of Boudhnath and view Thangka Art. Visit the temples and palace of Patan and enjoy a 'singing bowl' demonstration. (B)

Day 5 Visit the heart of Kathmandu including Durbar Square, the ancient Royal residential quarter and by rickshaw through the alleys of Thamel. Stop at the arcades of ‘Babarmahal Revisited’ and view Swayambhunath ‘monkey temple’. Farewell dinner at ‘Rum Doodle’ in the company of an Everest Summiteer or Sherpa. (B, D)

Day 6 Return flight via Delhi. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
Land of Lions Extension

Land of Lions Extension

The recent launch by London Zoo of 'Land of the Lions' recreates a village in Gujarat, but why not instead visit the original in Gir National Park, last refuge of the Asiatic Lion in the wild!

Day 1 Fly to Rajkot and transfer to Sasan Gir (4 hrs). Two nights at the 4-star Gateway Hotel. (B, D)

Day 2 Morning and afternoon game drives. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Optional morning game drive (£65, pre-bookable). Return to Rajkot for overnight at the 4-star Fortune Park JPS Grand. (B)

Day 4 Early morning return flight via Mumbai.

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

India Extra Nights

Extend your stay at your first or final hotel or at your extension final hotel.

Prices are per person per night in a twin room (single supplement shown in brackets) and include breakfast daily.

Transfer to/from airport £19 per person.

CityHotelsOct-MarApr-Sep
Delhi Sheraton £69 (£49) £54 (£34)
Damdama Gateway £59 (£47) £49 (£39)
Delhi Holiday Inn Airport £54 (£42) £39 (£26)
Amritsar Hyatt £43 (£29) £39 (£24)
Kolkata Oberoi Grand £74 (£64) £59 (£49)
Cochin CGH Earth Eighth Bastion £74 (£64) £57 (£47)
Marari CGH Earth Marari Beach £120 (£99) £65 (£55)
Goa Zuri White Sands £79 (£69) £64 (£49)
Goa Taj Exotica £180 (£150) £99 (£69)
Kathmandu Radisson £69 (£54) £69 (£54)

The Tale of the Tiger

From the Taj Mahal to Ranthambore, Rajasthan's famous tiger reserve

2016

Sundays and Thursdaysper person in a twin roomJet Airways from Heathrow
DatePrice
October 09 £1695
October 23 £1695
November 06 £1745
November 13 £1695
November 20 £1695
December 04 £1595

2017

Sundays and Thursdaysper person in a twin roomJet Airways from Heathrow
DatePrice
January 19 £1695
February 02 £1745
February 16 £1795
February 23 £1795
March 02 £1745
March 23 £1595
April 06 £1595
April 20 £1545

May 04 £1495
September 28 £1595
October 12 £1745
October 26 £1745
November 09 £1795
November 23 £1745
December 07 £1695
December 21 £2195
December 28 £1995

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Supplements per person

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (limited availability)
2017: Oct 12, Dec 7
Single supplement £395
(17 Apr-May/Dec 2016/23 Mar-May 2017 £295)
London/Delhi/London
Jet Airways Première Class Return from £1395
Jet Airways Première Class One way from £745
Morning Balloon Ride £130
Shimla - £445; Single supplement £195 Add Wildflower Hall - 2 nights £275; Single supplement £195
Amritsar - £345 (Apr-Sep £295); Single supplement £95
Varanasi - £545 (Apr-Sep £475); Single supplement £145 (Apr-Sep £95)
Nepal - £795; Single supplement £195
Goa - 4-star Zuri White Sands Resort £695 (Apr-Oct £495;Jan-Mar 2017 £595);
Single supplement £295 (Apr-Oct £145)
Upgrade to the 5-star Taj Exotica Resort: £400 (Apr-Sep £200); Single supplement £560 (Apr-Sep £300)
Kashmir - £795; Single supplement £375 (travel Nov-Jan not recommended)
Wildlife - £875; Single supplement £245
Darjeeling - £795; Single supplement £295
Cochin & Kerala Backwaters - £745 (Apr-Sep £645); Single supplement £295 (Apr-Sep £245)
Land of Lions - £795, Single supplement £125
Note: Pre-/post-tour extra nights and transfers are available.
Add £250 per person
Price reduction £550
Arrival transfer add £19.00
Departure transfer add £19.00

Price Includes

Air travel, UK departure taxes, transfers, 9 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 5 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives.

Not Included

Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, overseas airport taxes, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes

Extra dinner and optional excursion on Day 4 included on Jan 19, Apr 20, Oct 12 and Dec 7.

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