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Starting from India’s historic capital, Delhi, this journey for single travellers continues to Agra to see the sun rise at the Taj Mahal. Search for elusive Bengal tigers in Ranthambore, and continue to the majestic forts and grand palaces of princely Rajasthan, the land of the maharajas.
4- & 5-star accommodation
Twin/double room for single use
Flexible - extensions, room and flight upgrades available
Small group size - average 12 people (max 18)
Direct international flights with British Airways
Internal flights in India
Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 11 dinners
Welcome and farewell group dinners
Guided sightseeing & all entrance fees
Porterage at airports and stations
See the changing of the Guard ceremony at the President's Palace
Stay in a traditional haveli in Jaipur
Scenic ride on Deogarh's metre-gauge train
Farewell dinner overlooking Lake Pichola
Small group size - average 12 people (max 18)
4- & 5-star accommodation
Overnight flight from London to Delhi with British Airways (regional connections available). (N)
Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the Eros Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. Late afternoon tour of Old Delhi exploring Chandni Chowk by cycle rickshaw. Welcome dinner at the Haveli Dharampura in Old Delhi. (D)
Morning visit to the President’s Palace for the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Continue on your tour of New Delhi visiting the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun and the Qutb Minar tower. Afternoon at leisure – perhaps explore one of Delhi’s many markets or simply relax at the hotel. (B, D)
Drive to Agra. In the afternoon, visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah and Agra fort. The tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah is often referred to as the 'baby Taj' and was built by the Empress Noor Jahan in memory of her father. Stay overnight at the Courtyard by Mariott (or similar). (B, D)
Early morning sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. After breakfast, drive to the deserted sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri. Continue to the train station and travel by train to Sawai Madhopur for 2 nights at the Kipling Lodge. Afternoon at leisure. (B, D)
Morning and afternoon wildlife viewing. Look out for tigers, sloth bears, marsh crocodiles, wild boar, leopards, deer and an array of prolific birdlife. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, drive to the pink city of Jaipur. Stay 2 nights at Shahpura House (or similar). (B, D)
This morning visit the palace of Amber Fort which displays many examples of Mughal influenced architecture. In the afternoon visit the City Palace. (B)
Morning departure for Deogarh visiting Pushkar and its temples and markets en route. Stay 2 nights at the Deogarh Mahal, a former palace and now a superb heritage hotel. Afternoon at leisure. (B, D)
This morning take a scenic ride on Deogarh’s metre-gauge train passing waterfalls, lush landscapes and rural life. Afternoon jeep safari visiting local Bishnoi tribal villages. This evening enjoy an evening of traditional Rajasthani folk dancing. (B, D)
Drive to Udaipur, set on the shores of Lake Pichola and arguably Rajasthan’s most picturesque city. Visit the magnificent Jain temples at Ranakpur en route. Stay 2 nights at Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace. (B, D)
Enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful lakeside town of Udaipur including the magnificent City Palace, which was built in 1559AD and sits on the edge of Lake Pichola, the Jagdish Temple and the Garden of the Maid's Honour. End the tour with a cruise on the lake. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner overlooking Lake Pichola. (B, D)
Fly from Udaipur to Mumbai (Bombay) to connect with the international flight to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Courtyard Marriott Agra, Agra
Located within a short driving distance from the Taj Mahal, the Courtyard Marriot Agra offers and spacious rooms and suites decorated with modern touches. The expansive lawns and the outdoor swimming pool provide the perfect setting to relax in and the hotel has four different dining options, featuring both Indian and international cuisine.
Deogarh Mahal, Deogarh
Deogarh Mahal, a unique family residence, overlooks the delightful village of Deogarh in the Aravalli Hills. This exquisite property is owned and lived in by the ruling family, who play an active part in the running of the hotel. The 60 rooms and suites, all with modern attached facilities, are individually decorated with stained glass, sumptuous colourful fabrics and antiques, each shaped and furnished in traditional style. The accommodation and facilities are laid out over several floors; there are no lifts and access between the various facilities is via a series of stairways.
Eros Hotel, Delhi
In the heart of south Delhi's prosperous business district, the Eros Hotel managed by Hilton (InterContinental Eros) offers magnificent views of the Lotus Temple and has 224 guestrooms. Facilities include 24-hour room service, 24-hour broadband connectivity, and a 24-hour business centre to name just a few.
Kipling Lodge, Ranthambore National Park
On the outskirts of Ranthambore National Park, overlooking the idyllic Aravalli Hills and surrounded by lush fields and trees, Kipling Lodge is a warm throwback to the old-world charm and hunting lodges that once inspired Rudyard Kipling. Rooms are comfortable and spacious and come with a private garden or terrace while the large courtyard is the perfect spot to dine alfresco.
Shahpura House, Jaipur
Originally the residence of the scions of the Shekhawat clan of Rajputs, Shahpura House is set in a relatively quiet residential area in downtown Jaipur. This converted hotel with its colourful Shekhawati frescoes and domes reflects the fusion of Hindu Rajput and Islamic Mughal-style architecture. Each of the 38 individually decorated rooms and suites are simply furnished and tastefully decorated by combining traditional features with essential modern amenities.
The LaLiT Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur, Udaipur
Built by Maharana Bhupal Singh as a royal guesthouse, this hilltop retreat overlooks the serene Fatehsagar Lake. Today, The LaLiT Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur recreates the courtly and graceful ambience of a bygone era. There are 55 well appointed guest rooms and suites with private bath, hot and cold water, telephone and colour television.
Solo Travellers group tours
These small group tours have been specially created for solo travellers. Benefits include single occupancy of double / twin rooms as standard and at sensible prices, plus the company of like-minded travellers.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
We can arrange extensions to Amritsar, the holy city of the Sikhs and home to the Golden Temple; Goa, the former Portuguese colony famous for its beautiful beaches; Shimla, set in the Himalayan foothills; or to the Kathmandu valley, which has a rich cultural heritage.
Due to changes to seasonal schedules and opening times, there are minor itinerary variations for certain departure dates. Please check with your Cox & Kings tour consultant for details.
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