“India is a vibrant holiday destination with contagious energy”
India is a vibrant holiday destination with contagious energy, rich culture, and breathtaking landmarks. From the universally admired Taj Mahal, to the spectacular pink city of Jaipur, to the busyness of Delhi, this fantastic tour combines the three cities of the ‘Golden Triangle’ (Delhi, Agra and Jaipur) with a couple of days in Ranthambore National Park. Along the way, you’ll experience an escorted tour like no other, as you explore India with like minded individuals in safety and comfort. Journeying in a loop from Delhi, you’ll tick off the highlights within India including the Taj Mahal, and with three safari drives in Ranthambore, you may even catch a glimpse of the park’s elusive Bengal tigers.
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Escorted India Tour
On day 1 you will be collected from your home and transported to the airport. This is part of the VIP door-to-door travel service that’s included on this escorted holiday. Once you arrive at the airport you will fly to Delhi with Virgin Atlantic/Jet Airways.
Upon arrival in Delhi, you’ll be transferred to one of two 5* hotels in Delhi. You can expect to stay in the 5* Grand New Delhi Hotel or the 5* Vivanta by Taj Dwarka Hotel. After a long flight, you’ll be afforded the time to refresh yourself, and relax in the room, before you set out on a sightseeing tour of New Delhi in the afternoon.
New Delhi is famous for its tourist attractions, delicious food, and its bustling marketplaces. The first site of interest on today’s tour will be the Delhi Memorial (India Gate). This monumental 42 metre high sandstone arch is dedicated to the troops of British India who died in wars fought in the early 1900s. Next you will continue to Rashtrapati Bhavan which is the official residence of the President of India. Then you will visit Qutab Minar – the tallest brick minaret in the world. Built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, this area is also a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the foot of the tower is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque which was the first mosque to be built in India.
Day 3 will be spent in Old Delhi for the first part of the day. On your journey of discovery you’ll visit the great Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), this historic mosque is one of the most well-known in India and was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1656. Later on, you’ll have the opportunity to see Raj Ghat which is where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948. Surrounded by beautiful trees, this square platform of black marble is a simple but fitting tribute, and well worth visiting. Later on you will visit Humayun’s Tomb, the memorial of the Mughal Emperor, Humayun. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is the first example of Persian inspired Mughal architecture in India.
After a full morning of exploring, you’ll be driven to the beautiful city of Agra in the afternoon. This is the second city that makes up India’s iconic “Golden Triangle”. Located in western Uttar Pradesh state, northern India, Agra is home to the spectacular Taj Mahal. However Agra is so much more than the Taj Mahal, as you’ll discover on day 4. For now, however, you deserve some R&R. So check in to your hotel for the next two nights – the 5* Radisson Blu Agra Hotel Agra Taj East Gate. This upscale luxury hotel, is within walking distance of the Taj Mahal, but is also incredibly close to some of Agra’s other landmarks including Agra Fort. Aside from the hotel’s fabulous location, the hotel boasts all of the amenities that you would have come to expect in a luxury hotel. With elegantly appointed rooms and suites, a refreshing rooftop infinity pool overlooking the Taj Mahal, a rejuvenating spa, a well-equipped fitness center and Wi-Fi in every room, you can enjoy a relaxing evening at the hotel, before resuming the tour tomorrow.
Undoubtedly one of the highlights of your trip, on day 4 as you’ll be taken to the Taj Mahal. Did you know that it took 20,000 skilled labourers to create this mausoleum and memorial? One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal was in Agra between 1631 and 1648 under the instruction of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife. Constructed from white marble, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and a testament to the power of love. In the afternoon you’ll be taken to Agra’s imposing fort. It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638, when Delhi became the capital. Uncover the secrets of the fort, and learn about its interesting history.
One day 5 you’ll explore Fatehpur Sikri. Once the political capital of the Mughal Empire, Fatehpur Sikri visitors today can appreciate the Red sandstone buildings in a stunningly-good state of preservation, along with the palpable mystique of a ‘ghost city’. Later, the group will travel by road to Bharatpur and then board a train heading to Sawai Madhopur. From here, you’ll make a short journey to Ranthambore National Park. This vast wildlife reserve used to be the private hunting ground of the maharajas of Jaipur. Today, thousands of tourists visit the park every year to catch a glimpse of the elusive Bengali tigers. Undoubtedly, one of the best tiger reserves in India, the chances of spotting one or more of these tigers during a safari is higher here, compared to other reserves of India.
Tonight you’ll stay at the 4* Hotel Ranthambore Regency or 3* Abhyaran Ranthambore by 1589.
Two safari drives on day 6 will provide you with the opportunity to see the wildlife at the park. Leopards, monkeys, sloth bears, and countless species of birds can be found at Ranthambore. Of course, everybody would love to see the Bengal tiger – but even if you don’t see one or more on day 6, there will be another safari drive on day 7. If you do spot one however, you’ll have an experience that you will never forget. Every tiger at Ranthambore National Park has its own unique personality. From majestic veteran Machali (T-16) who loves to pose for the camera, to energetic Romeo (T-6) and Laila (T-41), take as many photos as you can of these beautiful creatures on the holiday of a lifetime.
A third safari drive inspires yet more fond memories of this fine national park and its enchanting residents, before making your way to Jaipur. This is the final city of the Golden Triangle Tour. Upon arrival in Jaipur the group will check in at The LaLit Jaipur Hotel. With 231 rooms and suites, four dining venues, a bar, spa, salon, and an all weather outdoor swimming pool, this well equipped hotel has everything that you could possibly need for a two night stay. Each of the 231 rooms and suites are beautifully appointed with modern spa-style bathrooms, authentic Rajasthani artwork and plush beds with fine linens.
After an early breakfast, you will be driven to the Amber Fort, with sturdy battlements and beautiful red sandstone palaces. Then the group will head to the serene foothill lake, where the fort is romantically reflected and where elephants are often seen to bathe.
Back in Jaipur itself, you’ll be immersed in everything that Jaipur has to offer. Known as the “pink city”, because of the pink coloured buildings in the city centre, The distinctive rosy colour of the pink buildings in Jaipur can be attributed to the sandstone used to build each one. The city’s colourful, chaotic streets will be an entirely new experience for most. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan. With a delightful blend of old and new, you’ll be taken aback by Jaipur’s grand palaces and historic city walls on the one hand, and then the high end boutiques, and contemporary cafes on the other. The first stop will be the splendid City Palace which is an engaging fusion of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The 18th century Jantar Mantar observatory, with its huge stone instruments used to study the movement of the constellations, and a view of the stunning Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). With 953 windows, the Palace of the Winds were designed to allow the ladies of the royal court to observe the antics that took place on the city’s streets unobserved. Hawa Mahal is also pretty in pink, making it perfect for photographs.
After exploring Jaipur on day 8, you’ll return to Delhi for one final night in India. Your hotel for the night will be the 5* Roseate House or 5* Vivanta by Taj Dwarka Hotel. Both are in Delhi and within close proximity to the airport.
Wave goodbye to Delhi as you travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival in the UK, your vehicle will be waiting for the VIP journey home.
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