Explore the diverse cultural influences that have created the fascinating heritage of India. This tour encompasses holy cities, the resplendent Taj Mahal, Jodhpur’s bluewashed houses, and the beautiful lakes and palaces of Udaipur
- 4- & 5-star accommodation
- Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
- Small group size - maximum 26
- International flights with Jet Airways & internal flights in India
- Express train travel in airconditioned executive class
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
- Experienced local tour manager
- 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
- Guided sightseeing & all entrance fees
- 2 included wildlife safaris
- Porterage at airports & stations
- Festival departures
- Evening Palki Sahib ceremony at the Golden Temple, Amritsar
- Breakfast overlooking the Ganges
- Holi celebrations at the Maharajah's Palace, Udaipur
- Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
- Small group size - maximum 26 people
Day 1: Fly to Amristar via Delhi
Fly from London (regional connections available) to Amristar via Delhi with Jet Airways.
Day 2: Amristar
Enjoy a welcome dinner and evening visit to the Golden Temple for the auspicious Palki Sahib night ceremony. The temple is profusely lit and the lights are beautifully reflected in large water tanks surrounding the sanctum.
Day 3: Amristar - Wagah
Morning visit to the Golden Temple and the community kitchen called Langar. Weave your way through Qila Ahluwalia, a fort replete with colonial architectural features, before arriving at the Jalebiwala Chowk.
Day 4: Fly to Varanasi via Delhi
Morning flight to Varanasi for an overnight stay at the Hotel Madin (or similar). This evening, visit the Dasaswamedh ghats to witness the magical Ganga aarti ceremony from a boat on the Ganges.
Day 5: Fly to Delhi
Serene early morning boat ride on the Ganges, followed by breakfast at Brijrama Palace overlooking the river. Walking tour of the Bengali Tola. Take the afternoon flight to Delhi for a 2-night stay at the Trident Gurgaon.
Day 6: Old & New Delhi
Morning tour of Old Delhi, including a drive past the Red Fort, a visit to the Jama Masjid, and a walking tour of Old Delhi. Afternoon tour of New Delhi including a drive past India Gate and the viceregal residence before visiting Qutb Minar and the tomb of the Mughal Emperor, Humayun.
Day 7: Agra
Take the Gatimaan Express train to Agra for an overnight stay at Trident Agra (or similar). Visit the huge Agra fort and enjoy the highlight of sunset at the Taj Mahal.
Day 8: Fatehpur Sikri - Ranthambore
Morning drive to Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted 16th-century sandstone city. Continue to Bharatpur and take the train to Sawai Madhopur. Transfer to Swai Villas (or similar) for 2 nights.
Day 9: Ranthambore
Wildlife drives in the early morning and late afternoon in search of the elusive Bengal tiger. Although well known for its tiger population, Ranthambore is also home to sambars, panthers, marsh crocodiles, sloth bears and leopards, as well as being a bird watcher's paradise.
Day 10: Jaipur
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur and stay at the Trident Jaipur (or similar) for 2 nights.
Day 11: Jaipur
Morning tour of the ancient palace of Amber fort. Afternoon visit to the City Palace and Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory.
Day 12: Jodhpur - Rohet
Full-day drive to Rohet via Jodhpur. Visit the magnificent Mehrangarh fort and the imposing Jaswant Thada cenotaph. Continue to Rohet and stay at Rohet Garh (or similar) for 2 nights.
Day 13: Bishnoi tribal villages
Morning at leisure. After lunch, take a 4x4 safari to visit the Bishnoi tribal villages.
Day 14: Ranakpur - Udaipur
Drive to the lake city of Udaipur, visiting the exquisite Jain temples at Ranakpur en route. Arrive at the Trident Udaipur (or similar) for a 2-night stay.
Day 15: Udaipur
Morning tour of the City Palace, Jagdish temple and a miniature painting studio. Afternoon at leisure. Evening Bagore-ki-Haveli cultural show. Holi festival departures will witness the celebrations at the Maharajah’s Palace.
Day 16: Fly to London via Mumbai
Transfer to the airport and fly to Mumbai (Bombay) to connect with the Jet Airways flight to London.
Hotel Madin, Varanasi
Located in the popular and peaceful Cantonment area of Varanasi, the Hotel Madin offers a refreshing mix of opulent design and traditional local service.
RanjitVilas is an authentic family run Punjabi farmhouse on the outskirts of Amritsar. Its hospitality and design are deeply rooted in Punjabi heritage with beautiful handcrafted furnishings and architecture.
Rohet Garh, Rohet
The majestic setting and ancient ramparts of this old fort capture the spirit of Rajasthan. Enter through the high walls into the intimate surroundings and beautiful gardens of this family home, still lived in by the town's ruling family.
Swai Villas, Ranthambore National Park
Just 10 minutes from the gates of Ranthambore, shadowed by the idyllic Aravalli Hills, the Swai Villas offers 60 comfortable standalone villas spread over 2.5 hectares of verdant garden.
Taj Lake Palace Hotel, Udaipur
The Taj Lake Palace Hotel, originally known as Jag Niwas, was built in 1754 by Maharana Jagat Sigh II as his summer palace. Today this former pleasure palace is a luxury hotel like no other in the world, set on an island in the middle of Udaipur’s Lake Pichola.
The Trident Agra
The Trident Agra is set in beautiful gardens and is only a short distance away from the Taj Mahal. The hotel is built of red stone, reminiscent of the Mughal era, and is designed around a landscaped central courtyard with swimming pool and fountains.
Set in seven acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, the Trident Gurgaon is characterised by domes, long walkways, inner courtyards, reflection pools and fountains.
The Trident is located at the base of Amber Fort, 15 minutes drive from the heart of Jaipur. It is a modern hotel, carefully designed to reflect the style and atmosphere of Jaipur and all rooms have modern facilities with views of either Lake Mansagar or the Aravalli hills
Enjoying an excellent lakeside location, the Trident captures the romance of the Rajasthani city of Udaipur. Set within its own gardens, the Trident is 10 minutes by boat or car from the city centre. The blend of architecture and service transports guests back to a distant age while still providing all the comforts of the modern day.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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