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Northern India is steeped in rich history, and there are many magical, fascinating sights to discover. A beautiful landscape and with an abundance of pictorial ruins, India will charm you from the very moment you arrive. The tour focuses on the holy city of Varanasi and the immaculately carved temples at Khajuraho. Not only that, you will be shown around the magical Taj Mahal, the busy street markets, and shimmering lakes of Udaipur.
4- & 5-star accommodation
Flexible extensions, room and flight upgrades available
Small group size - average 15 people (max 26)
Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
Experienced local tour manager
13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
Welcome drink to meet the group and guide
Guided sightseeing & all entrance fees
Porterage at airports and stations
Two nights in a leading heritage hotel
Evening spiritual aarti ceremony
Lunch overlooking the Taj Mahal
Holi celebrations at the Maharajah's Palace
Small group size - average 15 people (max 26)
Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
Fly from London (regional connections available) to Delhi with British Airways. (N)
Transfer to the Trident Gurgaon (or similar) for 2 nights. Afternoon at leisure. Evening welcome drink to meet the group and guide. (N)
Morning tour of Old Delhi, including a drive past the Red Fort, a visit to the Jama Masjid, and Raj Ghat and a walking tour of Old Delhi. Afternoon tour of New Delhi, including India Gate and the viceregal residence. Continue to the tomb of the Mughal emperor Humayun and the Qutb Minar tower. (B)
Morning flight to Varanasi. Stay at the Hotel Madin (or similar) for 1 night. Afternoon tour of Sarnath. This evening, visit the Dasaswamedh ghats to witness the magical Ganga aarti ceremony from a boat on the Ganges. On 19 Nov 2018 departure enjoy the Dev Diwali celebrations when the steps of the ghats are lit with more than a million earthen lamps†. (B)
Serene early morning boat ride on the Ganges. After breakfast, fly to Agra and transfer to the Trident Agra (or similar) for a 2-night stay. (B)
Early morning visit to the Taj Mahal. After breakfast, visit the huge Agra fort and the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah. Lunch at a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Taj Mahal. Afternoon at leisure or optional excursion to Akbar’s tomb at Sikandra*. (B, L)
Morning drive to Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted 16th-century, red sandstone city. Continue to Bharatpur and take the train to Sawai Madhopur. Transfer to the Dev Vilas (or similar) for 2 nights. (B, D)
Early morning and late afternoon wildlife viewing. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur and stay at the Trident Jaipur (or similar) for 2 nights. (B)
Optional early morning yoga session*. Morning tour of the ancient palace of Amber fort. Afternoon visit to the City Palace and Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory. (B)
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. On 27 Oct 2018 departure, enjoy the Diwali celebrations†. (B, D)
Morning at leisure. After lunch, take a 4x4 safari to visit the Bishnoi tribal villages. The Bishnoi tribe are known to protect the flora and fauna in the region with reverence and live in tiny tidy hamlets. Their history and customs are legendary and as far back as the 16th century they are known to have resisted royal edicts ordering the felling of trees, by literally wrapping themselves around them. (B, D)
Drive south to the lake city of Udaipur, visiting the exquisite Jain temples at Ranakpur en route. Arrive at the Trident Udaipur (or similar) in the late afternoon for a 2-night stay. Or upgrade to the Taj Lake Palace (Lake View room) from £565 for 2 nights. (B)
Morning tour of the City Palace, Jagdish temple and a miniature painting studio. Afternoon at leisure. Evening Bagore-ki-Haveli cultural show. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to Mumbai (Bombay) to connect with the British Airways flight to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Dev Vilas, Ranthambore National Park
Dev Vilas is set in 3.5 acres of land close to the entrance to Ranthambore National Park, one of the best tiger reserves in India and a habitat for a wide range of other fauna, flora and bird life. Dev Vilas is designed in a traditional Indo-Saracenic style, recreating the atmosphere of the Maharajas' hunting lodge. Overlooking the Aravalli hills, it has 19 rooms, 7 tented bungalows and 2 suites. No two rooms are alike with each offering an individual style and ambiance. All rooms have a bathroom with a stand-alone shower and separate bath, air-conditioning, cable TV, telephone and mini bar. Located in a grove of trees, the tented bungalows have air-conditioning, TV and hot and cold running water.
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. Rooms are spacious and fitted with touch panels and other modern-day amenities that you would expect to find in a luxury hotel. The rooftop restaurant serves an expansive menu of international cuisines while offering delightful views of the surrounding area or dine at the poolside barbecue and grill. Features: 85 rooms, 3 restaurants, bar, swimming pool, spa, Wi-Fi.
Rohetgarh Fort, 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. Rohetgarh Fort's traditional style is reflected in the 34 bedrooms and dining room. Unwind by the pool, watch the sunset from the terrace and enjoy traditional folk music and dance performances.
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. Here you may relax amidst slender marble carved columns, filigree screens and fountains.
The Lalit Jaipur, Jaipur
Located close to the airport in the heart of the commercial district of the city, The LaLiT Jaipur is a modern property designed to reflect elements of the local haveli architecture. The hotel offers 244 elegantly designed rooms with wooden flooring and large spa-style bathrooms, complimented by traditional Rajasthan artwork and luxury furnishings. All rooms are equipped with all modern amenities including satellite television, minibar, in-room safe and wireless internet access. The hotel has a variety of dining options for guests to choose from serving a range of pan-Indian and international cuisine, both à la carte and as a buffet.
The Trident Agra, 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. The hotel features a multi-cuisine informal brasserie as well as an alfresco Italian restaurant. Features: 138 rooms, Wi-Fi, 2 restaurants, bar, fitness centre, beauty salon, gift shop.
Trident Gurgaon, Gurgaon
Set in seven acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, the Trident Gurgaon is characterised by domes, long walkways, inner courtyards, reflection pools and fountains.
Trident Jaipur, Jaipur
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. The restaurant offers both Asian and European cuisine which can be enjoyed on the terrace.
Trident Udaipur, Udaipur
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. The restaurant offers both Rajasthani and continental cuisine. Views of Lake Pichola and the Aravalli Hills can be enjoyed from the terrace adjacent to the main restaurant where traditional events also take place.
2 Nights from £405
Amritsar, the holy city of the Sikhs, is the location of their most sacred shrine – the Darbar Sahib, or Golden Temple. Fashioned in marble, mirror work and gold, it is beautifully reflected in the surrounding expanse of water.
Day 1: Amritsar
Drive to Chandigarh and take the train to Amritsar. Transfer to Taj Swarna and stay for 2 nights. (B)
Day 2: Amritsar • Wagah
Morning visit to the famed Golden Temple, Jallianwalla memorial and the Ram Bagh gardens with the summer palace of Maharajah Ranjit Singh. This afternoon, transfer to Wagah on the India-Pakistan border to see the spectacular Sunset Retreat ceremony. (B)
Day 3: Fly to London via Delhi
Transfer to the airport and fly to London via Delhi. (B)
4 Nights from £725
The former Portuguese colony of Goa, India’s smallest state, is a perfect place to relax as it offers long stretches of beautiful beaches lined with palm trees, world heritage architecture, and rich flora and fauna.
Day 1: Fly to Goa
Fly to Goa. Transfer to Taj Exotica* in south Goa for 4 nights. This luxury resort is set in lush greenery and overlooks the Arabian Sea. (B)
Days 2-4: Goa
At leisure or enjoy a tour of Old Goa and Panjim or alternatively visit Dudhsagar falls and a spice plantation. (B)
Day 5: Fly to London via Mumbai
Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Mumbai (Bombay). (B)
3 Nights from £525
In 1590 Quli Qutub Shah started to plan ‘a replica of Paradise itself’ and Hyderabad, the pearl of the Deccan, came into being. The city embodies a culture of gracious living, gourmet cooking and stylish dressing.
3 Nights from £525
Packed with colonial-era architecture and home to India’s most prolific film industry, the ‘City of Dreams’ is a melting pot of vibrant bazaars, temples, galleries and excellent restaurants.
Day 1: Fly to Mumbai
Fly to Mumbai (Bombay). Transfer to Trident Mumbai, located on Marine Drive, for a 3-night stay. (B)
Days 2-3: Mumbai
At leisure or spend your days wandering through Chor bazaar, known as the ‘thieves market’ and one of the largest flea markets in India; exploring Asia’s largest slum in Dharavi; strolling through the heritage village of Khotachiwadi with its Portuguese-inspired dwellings; taking a Mumbai culinary tour; or visiting Kala Ghoda, an area that houses some of the city’s finest art galleries and museums. (B)
Day 4: Fly to London
Transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)
4 Nights from £640
Extension starts on Day 10 of tour
Fly to Chandigarh and drive to Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh and the British summer capital during the Raj era. Set in the Himalayan foothills, this town remains a cool retreat - ideal for relaxing walks in the hills. Stay for 3 nights at the Oberoi Cecil hotel. Return to Chandigarh for a flight to Delhi and overnight at the Eros Hotel before your return flight home.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
The 17 February 2018 and 7 March 2019 departures of this tour are timed to coincide with the colourful Holika Dahan festival which will be celebrated in Udaipur with a visit to the celebrations at the Maharajah’s Palace. The 27 October 2018 departure will coincide with the Diwali celebrations in Jodhpur. The 19 November 2018 departure will include the enchanting Dev Diwali ‘Festival of the Lights’ celebrations in Varanasi.
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.
These activities can be pre-booked or booked locally and incur an addtional charge.
You can get a single supplement from £875 to £945.
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