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This introductory small group tour to northern India takes you on a fascinating journey of discovery, visiting many of the country’s most iconic sights. Experience India’s unique culture as you explore the famous Golden Triangle in style. Discover the imperial monuments of Delhi, the Royal Palaces of Jaipur, and that bucket-list favourite, the spectacular Taj Mahal in Agra.

• Delhi: 1 night
• Agra: 2 nights
• Jaipur: 2 nights
• Delhi: 1 night

7nights Escorted Small Group Tour
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ITINERARY

Stay longer

Tigers of Ranthambore 4 nights

Complete your trip to in one of the best places to go on a tiger safari in India, Ranthambore National Park.


Essential Sri Lanka 8 nights
Combine your Highlights of India – Taj Tour with this leisurely-paced tour of Sri Lanka.

Himalaya Foothills 4 nights
Take in the fresh mountainous surrounds in the former British Raj summer capital of Shimla.


Nepal 6 nights
Explore temples and palaces in Kathmandu and get off the beaten track in Pokhara in the former Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal.

Bhutan 6 nights
Discover this mysterious kingdom and visit the amazing ‘Tiger’s Nest’ monastery nestled in the cliffside.

NB If you are extending your holiday then you will end the main tour in Jaipur on Day 7.

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

Day 2: Delhi On arrival in the capital, 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 in Old Delhi, a striking Mughal building of red sandstone and contrasting white marble, built by the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan whose other architectural feats include the legendary Taj Mahal. His last architectural creation, the Jama Masjid Mosque remains the largest mosque in India and can accommodate 25,000 visitors. Drive past the impressive Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the main seat of the Mughal Empire for 200 years, during an afternoon drive around India’s capital city. This evening you’ll have the chance to meet the rest of your group during a welcome dinner with a glass of Indian wine or beer, hosted by your tour leader. Stay: Maidens Hotel, New Delhi (or similar). D.

Day 3: Delhi to Agra See more of the main sights of Old and New Delhi including the Raj Ghat – an open-air memorial to Mahatma Gandhi surrounded by trees planted by visiting dignitaries such as Queen Elizabeth II. Drive past the grand neo-classical government buildings, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and a relic of the British Raj. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before driving south to Agra, a city which is famous as the home of the magnificent Taj Mahal but also hosts other UNESCO World Heritage Sites, antiquarian buildings that include magnificent examples of Mughal architecture as well as classic churches and unique sandstone tombs. Approx. journey time: 5 hours, 131 miles. Stay: Trident, Agra (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 4: 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. This exquisite monument to eternal love was created by Emperor Shah Jahan in response to his adored wife’s dying wish that he should ‘build a tomb in her memory such as the world had never seen before’. Be mesmerised by the captivating beauty of the Taj as it appears to change colour as the light changes and takes on an ethereal pink glow. Another highlight today is an excursion to the Itmad-ud-Daulah, also known as Baby Taj. This stunning marble tomb, built between 1622 and 1628, is studded with semi-precious stones and appears to resemble a giant jewel box with its delicate jali latticed screen design. See the 16th-Century Agra Fort, an impressive red sandstone monument that houses fairytale palaces, audience halls and two white marble mosques. Complete your Taj experience by heading to Mehtab Bagh at sunset – this park offers sensational views of the Taj Mahal as the gleaming marble reflects the ever-changing sky, from yellow to orange and then white. Stay: Trident, Agra (or similar). B.

Day 5: Agra to Jaipur Head west to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital. Stop en route to see the perfectly preserved deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri which was founded in 1569 but was abandoned just 16 years later due to a lack of water supply. The city remains an exceptional example of Mughal splendour. Stop for lunch at Laxmi Vilas Palace, a heritage hotel and former royal residence. You’ll also explore Chand Baori, the fascinating step-well at Abhaneri. The marvellous symmetry of 3500 steps working its way down the 13 storeys to the well below is an amazing sight – and an impressive feat, built between the 8th and 9th Century. Though it is no longer in use (the water below is now coloured green from algae), you can gaze down and imagine what a cooling haven this would have been for locals living in Rajasthan’s dry climate. This evening you can enjoy dinner with a local family at Nokha House, a traditional guesthouse (Guests travelling on 25 Feb will follow a slightly different itinerary on Days 5-6 with dinner at the Trident and Holi celebrations on Day 6 during lunch. Guests travelling on 03 Nov will join the local family on Day 6 instead for dinner and Diwali celebrations). Approx. journey time: 6 hours, 160 miles. Stay: Trident, Jaipur (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Jaipur This morning there is an optional hot-air balloon ride if you’d like to enjoy a different perspective of the city, high up away from the hustle and bustle below. A full day of sightseeing includes visits to the ancient and imposing Amber Fort which sits on a hilltop overlooking the Maota Lake. Wander through the palatial grounds and see the Sheesh Mahal, a room embellished with thousands of mirror fragments that are said to be able to light up the entire room by reflecting the flame of a single candle. Visit the City Palace – an exquisite complex of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture that also houses a museum and art gallery. You’ll also get to visit the Royal Observatory and admire views of the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) which features a unique façade resembling the honeycomb of a beehive. Finally, experience the buzz of daily life with a rickshaw ride in a local market before returning to your hotel. Stay: Trident, Jaipur (or similar). B, D.

Day 7: Jaipur to Delhi The long drive back to Delhi gives you the opportunity to chat to your tour leader and learn more about northern India’s culture and history. In the evening, you can take an optional trip to the Kingdom of Dreams to experience the opulence and drama of a live Bollywood show. If you choose to extend your holiday then you will end the main tour today and continue to your next destination. We offer a fantastic range of optional extensions, whether you prefer to go on a tiger safari in Ranthambore or breathe in fresh mountain air in the foothills of the Himalayas. Approx. journey time: 5 hours, 158 miles. Stay: Trident, Gurgaon (or similar). B.

Day 8: Delhi Enjoy a relaxing morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight to the UK. B.


Stay longer

Tigers of Ranthambore 4 nights

Complete your trip to in one of the best places to go on a tiger safari in India, Ranthambore National Park.


Essential Sri Lanka 8 nights
Combine your Highlights of India – Taj Tour with this leisurely-paced tour of Sri Lanka.

Himalaya Foothills 4 nights
Take in the fresh mountainous surrounds in the former British Raj summer capital of Shimla.


Nepal 6 nights
Explore temples and palaces in Kathmandu and get off the beaten track in Pokhara in the former Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal.

Bhutan 6 nights
Discover this mysterious kingdom and visit the amazing ‘Tiger’s Nest’ monastery nestled in the cliffside.

NB If you are extending your holiday then you will end the main tour in Jaipur on Day 7.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

Perfect for first-time visitors keen to discover some of India’s must-see attractions including the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal, the Amber Fort and contrasts of Old and New Delhi.

Good to know

• All departures are guaranteed

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

• Average group size of 14 guests

• A maximum of 18 guests.

What to expect

• Some long days with early starts

• A lot of travelling on the road

• Some time at leisure for relaxing or exploring

• Check-in at hotels is after 12pm

• India’s colourful cities can be hectic with a fast-paced way of life but this assault on the senses is all part of the experience.

Themed itinerary

Holi Festival, Jaipur – 25 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 – 03 Nov 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 £1725.

Accommodation on tour

We have selected quality hotels that are ideally located for local exploration and offer a comfortable base for post-excursion relaxation. They are traditional in style so that you can enjoy a flavour of your destination, whether it’s the striking architectural style, delicious locally inspired cuisine, close proximity to the sights or stunning views.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £235

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2018 Jan 06, 20, 27; Feb 03, 10, 17, 25†; Mar 03, 17, 31; Apr 14, 28; May 05; Sep 22, 29; Oct 06, 20, 27; Nov 03†, 17; Dec 01

† Diwali and Holi 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 £187 per person, ref IN2012.

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ESCORTED SMALL GROUP TOUR
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Take a fascinating journey of discovery,
visiting the country's most iconic sights
Escorted small group tour departs 27 Jan 2018
 
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Taj Tour Highlights of India

Why Kuoni?

Why Kuoni?

On this tour you’ll have the rare opportunity to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Taj Mahal both at sunrise and sunset. This is undoubtedly the best way to view this iconic monument as you’ll get to witness the glistening white marble reflect the changing colours of the sky at a relaxed pace while avoiding the crowds and the heat of the midday sun.

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