This small group tour offers a wonderful introduction to northern India, combining history, culture, the mesmerising Taj Mahal, stunning wildlife and the resplendent Golden Temple of Amritsar. Explore grand palaces, ancient monuments and beautiful parks; enjoy thrilling game drives in Ranthambore National Park on the trail of the elusive tiger, as well as some unique cultural experiences.

• Delhi: 2 nights

• Agra: 2 nights

• Ranthambore: 2 nights

• Jaipur: 2 nights

• Amritsar: 2 nights

11nights Escorted Small Group Tour
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This small group tour offers a wonderful introduction to northern India, combining history, culture, the mesmerising Taj Mahal, stunning wildlife and the resplendent Golden Temple of Amritsar. Explore grand palaces, ancient monuments and beautiful parks; enjoy thrilling game drives in Ranthambore National Park on the trail of the elusive tiger, as well as some unique cultural experiences.

• Delhi: 2 nights

• Agra: 2 nights

• Ranthambore: 2 nights

• Jaipur: 2 nights

• Amritsar: 2 nights

11nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Delhi Depart from the UK on your overnight flight to Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi On arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy some free time to relax or, if you can’t wait to explore, then you can lose yourself in the city’s maze of narrow streets and experience the fragrant spices and vibrant colours of the local bazaars. Visit the Jama Masjid Mosque and drive past the impressive Red Fort during an afternoon drive around the city. This evening you’ll have the chance to meet the rest of your group during a welcome dinner hosted by your tour leader. Stay: Taj Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi (or similar). D.

Day 3: Delhi Enjoy a full day of sightseeing, exploring the narrow bustling streets and colourful bazaars of Old Delhi. Visit the UNESCO-listed Humayun’s Tomb – the 16th-Century tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun which was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. Continue to Lutyens’ New Delhi, which was designed by British architects and features wide roads and sprawling parks – providing a stark contrast after exploration of Old Delhi’s labyrinthine lanes. See the India Gate, which is dedicated to the Indian soldiers that lost their lives during World War I, and drive past the monumental government buildings. Stay: Taj Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi (or similar). B.

Day 4: Delhi to Agra Take a transfer to the railway station for your journey to Agra on board the Shatabdi Express which leaves at 6am (approx. 2 hours, 5 minutes). Enjoy an introduction to this ‘land of palaces’ with a tour of the Itmad-Ud-Daulah, also known as Baby Taj. This stunning marble tomb was built between 1622 and 1628, is studded with semi-precious stones and is renowned for its intricate inlaid stonework and elaborate carvings. Feel the anticipation build as you head to Mehtab Bagh, or ‘Moonlight Gardens’ at sunset for enchanting views of the magnificent Taj Mahal. Watch as the gleaming marble reflects the ever-changing sky, from yellow to orange and then white. Continue your exploration with a leisurely paced colonial tour of the city. Learn about the life and times of a cantonment in the times of the British Raj and admire Indo-Saracenic architecture which was developed by British architects in India during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Stop for high tea at Amar Niwas, a cosy colonial guesthouse, before heading to your hotel where you will dine later this evening. Stay: Trident, Agra (or similar). B, D.

Day 5: Agra Rise early for the incredible highlight of your tour – the once-in-a-lifetime experience of watching the sunrise at the spectacular Taj Mahal, one of the finest pieces of architecture in the world. Built in the 17th Century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his queen Mumtaz, this exceptional monument to love has been declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. You’ll find yourself spellbound by the beauty of the Taj as it appears to change colour as the light changes. Return to your hotel for breakfast and enjoy some time to relax before an afternoon tour of the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort. This impressive 16th-century Mughal monument resembles a walled city and houses fairy-tale palaces, audience halls and two white marble mosques. Stay: Trident, Agra (or similar). B.

Day 6: Agra to Ranthambore The long drive to Ranthambore gives you the opportunity to chat to your tour leader and learn more about northern India’s wildlife, culture and history. Stop en route to visit the perfectly preserved deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and enjoy lunch at the nearby Laxmi Vilas Palace, a former palace that has been carefully restored. Ranthambore National Park covers some 240 square miles of beautiful scenery, boasts one of the country’s leading tiger conservation efforts and is one of the best places to spot this elusive animal in the wild. This evening, learn all about the tigers during a discussion with a renowned local naturalist. Stay: Vivanta by Taj - Sawai Madhopur (or similar). Approx. journey time: 6 hours, 168 miles. B, L, D.

Day 7: Ranthambore Today you can look forward to one of the highlights of the tour – morning and evening game drives in the park. You may be lucky enough to spot one of the endangered tigers as you explore the park in shared open-top canters, as well as leopards, crocodiles and over 300 species of birds. Stay: Vivanta by Taj - Sawai Madhopur (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 8: Ranthambore to Jaipur This morning you have the option of joining another game drive before breakfast. You’ll then depart the park and enjoy a packed lunch on the way to Jaipur which is renowned for its beautiful palaces and forts. Relax at your hotel before an evening visit to a local temple to attend the evening Aarti ceremony – the Hindu ceremony of light. Approx. journey time: 4 hours, 99 miles. Stay: Trident, Jaipur (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 9: Jaipur This morning, immerse yourself in India’s spiritual heritage by joining a one-hour yoga session with a yoga guru. The origins of this ancient spiritual practice can be traced back to India over 5000 years ago and the opportunity to learn from an experienced guru is not to be missed. Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Many of the buildings in India’s first planned city were painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales in 1876. Visit the striking hilltop Amber Fort and the City Palace – an exquisite complex of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. You will also visit the Royal Observatory and stop for photos outside the unique Palace of Winds, an intricately designed five-storey building that resembles a beehive. Stop for lunch at the beautiful Samode Haveli, a former mansion that is now a heritage hotel (guests travelling on 05 Mar will follow a slightly different itinerary on Days 8-9 and enjoy Holi celebrations with a local family at Nokha House, a traditional guesthouse). Stay: Trident, Jaipur (or similar). B, L.

Day 10: Jaipur to Amritsar This morning, fly to the holy walled city of Amritsar via Delhi. This evening you can witness a Palki ceremony, the worshipping of the Holy Book by pilgrims, at the resplendent Golden Temple. Stay: Hyatt Amritsar. B.

Day 11: Amritsar This morning, visit the spectacular Golden Temple – the spiritual centre of the Sikh faith, which is crowned with an inverted lotus-shaped golden dome. Continue to the sombre Jallianwala Bagh, the site of the tragic Amritsar Massacre in the early 20th Century. Next, put your dexterity to the test during a turban-tying experience. In the early evening you will visit the Wagah Border, the only road border crossing between India and Pakistan, to witness the ‘Changing of the Guard’ ceremony. Enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel with your group and tour leader and enjoy reminiscing over your incredible holiday highlights (Guests travelling on 09 Oct will join a local family for dinner and Diwali celebrations). Stay: Hyatt Amritsar (or similar). B.

Day 12: Amritsar Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK via Delhi. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your holiday with a few days of relaxation on the golden sands of Kovalam.


Stay longer

Beaches of India 3 nights

Enjoy post-tour relaxation on golden sands.

Day 1: UK to Delhi Depart from the UK on your overnight flight to Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi On arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy some free time to relax or, if you can’t wait to explore, then you can lose yourself in the city’s maze of narrow streets and experience the fragrant spices and vibrant colours of the local bazaars. Visit the Jama Masjid Mosque and Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial Raj Ghat and pass the impressive Red Fort during an afternoon drive around the city. This evening you’ll have a welcome dinner hosted by your tour leader. Stay: Taj Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi (or similar). D.

Day 3: Delhi Enjoy a full day of sightseeing, exploring the narrow bustling streets and colourful bazaars of Old Delhi. Visit the UNESCO-listed Humayun’s Tomb and continue to Lutyens’ New Delhi, which was designed by British architects and features wide roads and sprawling parks – providing a stark contrast after exploration of Old Delhi’s labyrinthine lanes. See the India Gate, which is dedicated to the Indian soldiers that lost their lives during World War I, and drive past the monumental government buildings. Stay: Taj Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi (or similar). B.

Day 4: Delhi to Agra Transfer to the railway station for your journey to Agra on board the Gatimaan Express which leaves at 8am (approx. 2 hours). Enjoy an introduction to this ‘land of palaces’ with a tour of the Itmad-ud-Daulah, also known as Baby Taj. This stunning marble tomb is studded with semi-precious stones and is renowned for its intricate inlaid stonework and elaborate carvings. Feel the anticipation build as you head to Mehtab Bagh, or ‘Moonlight Gardens’ at sunset for enchanting views of the magnificent Taj Mahal. Watch as the gleaming marble reflects the ever-changing sky, from yellow to orange and then white. Continue your exploration with a colonial tour as you learn about life during the British Raj and stop for high tea at Amar Niwas, a cosy colonial guesthouse, before heading to your hotel. Stay: Trident, Agra (or similar). B, D.

Day 5: Agra Rise early for the incredible highlight of your tour – the once-in-a-lifetime experience of watching the sunrise at the spectacular Taj Mahal. Built in the 17th Century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, this exceptional monument to love has been declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. You’ll find yourself spellbound by the beauty of the Taj as it appears to change colour as the light changes. Return to your hotel for breakfast and enjoy some time to relax before an afternoon tour of the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort which houses fairytale palaces and white marble mosques. Stay: Trident, Agra (or similar). B.

Day 6: Agra to Ranthambore The long drive to Ranthambore gives you the opportunity to chat to your tour leader and learn more about northern India’s wildlife, culture and history. Stop en route to visit the perfectly preserved deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and enjoy lunch at the nearby Laxmi Vilas Palace, a former palace that has been carefully restored. Boasting one of the country’s leading tiger conservation efforts, Ranthambore is one of the best places to spot this elusive animal in the wild. This evening, learn all about the tigers during a discussion with a renowned local naturalist. Approx. journey time: 6 hours, 168 miles. Stay: Vivanta by Taj - Sawai Madhopur (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 7: Ranthambore Today you can look forward to another of the highlights of the tour – morning and afternoon game drives in the park. You may be lucky enough to spot one of the endangered tigers as you explore the park in shared open-top canters, as well as leopards, crocodiles and over 300 species of birds. Stay: Vivanta by Taj - Sawai Madhopur (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 8: Ranthambore to Jaipur This morning you have the option of joining another game drive before breakfast. You’ll then depart the park and enjoy a packed lunch on the way to Jaipur. Relax at your hotel before an evening visit to a local temple to attend the evening Aarti ceremony – the Hindu ceremony of light. Approx. journey time: 4 hours, 99 miles. Stay: Trident, Jaipur (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 9: Jaipur This morning, immerse yourself in India’s spiritual heritage by joining a one-hour yoga session with a yoga guru. Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur and visit the striking hilltop Amber Fort and the City Palace – an exquisite complex of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. You will also visit the Royal Observatory and the unique Palace of the Winds, an intricately designed building that resembles a beehive. Stop for lunch at the beautiful Samode Haveli, a former mansion (guests travelling on 22 Feb will follow a slightly different itinerary on Days 8-9 and enjoy Holi celebrations with a local family at Nokha House, a traditional guesthouse). Stay: Trident, Jaipur (or similar). B, L.

Day 10: Jaipur to Amritsar Today you’ll fly to the holy walled city of Amritsar via Delhi (approx. 3 hours). This evening you have the option to witness a Palki ceremony, the worshipping of the Holy Book by pilgrims, at the resplendent Golden Temple. Approx. journey time: 3 hours, 400 miles. Stay: Hyatt Amritsar (or similar). B.

Day 11: Amritsar This morning, visit the spectacular Golden Temple – the spiritual centre of the Sikh faith, which is crowned with an inverted lotus-shaped golden dome. Continue to the sombre Jallianwala Bagh, the site of the tragic Amritsar Massacre in the early 20th Century. Next, put your dexterity to the test during a turban-tying experience. In the early evening you will visit the Wagah Border, the only road border crossing between India and Pakistan, to witness the ‘Changing of the Guard’ ceremony. Enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel with your group and tour leader (Guests travelling on 28 Oct will join a local family for dinner and Diwali celebrations). Stay: Hyatt Amritsar (or similar). B.

Day 12: Amritsar Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK via Delhi. Alternatively, extend your holiday with a few days of relaxation on the beaches of Kovalam.


Stay longer

Beaches of India 3 nights

Enjoy post-tour relaxation on golden sands.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

Ideal if you want to combine some of India’s must-see cultural attractions with Ranthambore’s Bengal tigers. There’s plenty of sightseeing at a leisurely pace and some immersive cultural experiences to enjoy.

Good to know

• All departures are guaranteed
• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)
• Average group size of 7 guests
• A maximum of 14 guests.

What to expect

• Some long days with early starts
• Sightseeing at a leisurely pace with some time to relax or explore
• Driving times are approximate
• Check-in at hotels is after 12pm.

Themed itinerary

Holi Festival, Jaipur – 05 Mar 2017
This 'Festival of Colours' (13 Mar) is a national holiday that is highly anticipated by locals as well as tourists that are keen to photograph this colourful event. It commemorates the triumph of good over evil and is a joyous celebration of life and love. The crowded streets are showered in all colours of the rainbow as people throw coloured powder and water.

Diwali Festival, Amritsar – 09 October 2017

Diwali, also known as the 'festival of lights', is an ancient Hindu festival (19 Oct) celebrated every autumn. It commemorates the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. Diwali is marked by four days of celebration where lights illuminate the homes of people and the night sky comes alive with light from the firecrackers.

Accommodation on tour

We have selected quality hotels that are ideally located for local exploration such as the Hyatt Amritsar which is just ten minutes away from the awe-inspiring Golden Temple. Vivanta By Taj - Sawai Madhopur Lodge is Ranthambore’s only heritage hotel and this former hunting lodge of the Maharaja has hosted illustrious guests including Queen Elizabeth II.

Single travellers

Single supplement from £420

Is this for you?

Ideal if you want to combine some of India’s must-see attractions with Ranthambore’s tigers. Sightsee at a leisurely pace including the holy city of Amritsar.

Good to know

• All departures are guaranteed

• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)

• Average group size of 10 guests

• A maximum of 14 guests.

Themed itinerary

Holi Festival, Jaipur – 22 Feb 2018

This 'Festival of Colours' (01 Mar) is a national holiday that is highly anticipated by locals as well as tourists that are keen to photograph this colourful event. It commemorates the triumph of good over evil and is a joyous celebration of life and love. The crowded streets are showered in all colours of the rainbow as people throw coloured powder and water.

Diwali Festival, Jaipur – 28 Oct 2018

Diwali, also known as the 'festival of lights', is an ancient Hindu festival (07 Nov) celebrated every autumn. It commemorates the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. Diwali is marked by four days of celebration where lights illuminate the homes of people and the night sky comes alive with light from the firecrackers.

Holi & Diwali Festivals themed itinerary departing on 25 Feb; 03 Nov 2018 from £2765.

Accommodation on tour

We have selected quality hotels that are ideally located for local exploration such as the Hyatt Amritsar which is just ten minutes away from the awe-inspiring Golden Temple. Vivanta By Taj - Sawai Madhopur Lodge is Ranthambore’s only heritage hotel and this former hunting lodge of the Maharaja has hosted illustrious guests including Queen Elizabeth II.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £460

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

All departure dates are guaranteed to operate.

2017 Jan 13, 27; Feb 10, 24; Mar 03, 05, 17, 24, 31; Apr 14, 28; May 12, 26; Sep 15, 29; Oct 09, 20, 27; Nov 03, 10, 17, 24; Dec 01, 08

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups and a relaxed approach
• Porterage
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Game drives in Ranthambore are in open-top canters seating up to 18 people. Shared jeeps of up to 6 adults can be arranged at a supplement of £13 per person for the game drives included in the tour, subject to availability

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £282 per person

Excursions

Day 8: Extra game drive from £24 per person.

Tour dates

2018 Jan 12, 26; Feb 09, 16, 22†; Mar 02, 16, 30; Apr 27; May 25; Sep 28; Oct 12, 19; Nov 09, 16; Dec 07

† Holi & Diwali departures

Included in price

• Quality accommodation

• Insightful local tour leaders

• Hand-picked itineraries

• Flexible arrival times

• Small groups and a relaxed approach

• Porterage

• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently

• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £363 per person, ref IN0030.

Excursions

Day 7: Shared Jeep Safari from £16 per person.

Why Kuoni?

On this tour you’ll discover the best of India’s famous Golden Triangle – including visits to the Taj Mahal, both at sunrise and sunset – while also having time to explore the holy city of Amritsar and its spectacular Golden Temple. And in addition to all of these cultural highlights you’ll also get to experience exhilarating tiger-spotting safaris in Ranthambore National Park.

Why Kuoni?

On this tour you’ll discover the best of India’s famous Golden Triangle – including visits to the Taj Mahal, both at sunrise and sunset – while also having time to explore the holy city of Amritsar and its spectacular Golden Temple. And in addition to all of these cultural highlights you’ll also get to experience exhilarating tiger-spotting safaris in Ranthambore National Park.