Kuoni escorted small group tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE

This extensive small group tour goes deep into the heart of some of northern India’s most famous cities. Explore the famous Golden Triangle and go on exciting game drives in search of the elusive tiger in Ranthambore National Park. Immerse yourself in the region’s culture and traditions while meeting friendly locals and enjoying special cultural experiences.

• Delhi: 2 nights
• Agra: 2 nights
• Ranthambore: 2 nights
• Jaipur: 2 nights
• Rohet: 2 nights
• Udaipur: 2 nights
• Mumbai: 1 night

14nights Kuoni escorted small group tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

Stay longer

Beaches of India (Kovalam) 3 nights
Enjoy a post-tour relaxations on golden sands.

Mumbai 2 nights
Discover the home of Bollywood with an extended stay in India’s second city.

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 begin your exploration with a half-day orientation. Drive past the Red Fort, a monumental palace and the seat of the Mughal Empire for 200 years. Another architectural highlight includes the Jama Masjid Mosque, constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan who is also known as the visionary behind the Taj Mahal. Visit Mahatma Gandhi’s outdoor memorial, the Raj Ghat, and return to the hotel for a welcome dinner hosted by your tour leader. Stay: Taj Diplomatic Enclave (or similar). D.

Day 3: Delhi After breakfast, your day of sightseeing in Delhi begins with a visit to Humayun’s Tomb, a majestic Persian and Indian tomb built for the former Mughal emperor. Drive around New Delhi and see Parliament House, the Secretariat buildings and Lutyens Bungalow Zone, home to the political elite and some of India’s richest residents. Visit the towering war memorial, The India Gate, and the Rashtrapati Bhavan, formerly known as Viceroy’s House and now the official residence of President of India. Stay: Taj Diplomatic Enclave (or similar). B.

Day 4: Delhi to Agra Rise early and transfer to the railway station for a journey on the Gatimaan Express to Agra, which leaves at 8am (approx. 2 hours). On arrival, visit Itimad-ud-Daulah, also known as Baby Taj. Built before the Taj Mahal between 1622 and 1628, the tomb displays intricate marble lattice work, jali, and pietra dura, an intricate mosaic technique. Visit Mahtab Bagh in the afternoon, a Persian-style garden for panoramic views of the Taj Mahal. Stay: Trident Hotel, Agra (or similar). B.

Day 5: Agra Today begins with an early start to see India’s most spectacular landmark, the Taj Mahal. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his chief consort Mumtaz Mahal, the mausoleum took 22,000 labourers over 20 years to complete. Return to the hotel for breakfast, and visit Agra Fort in the afternoon. This evening, enjoy a taste of local life by visiting a colonial family home in Agra for high tea. Stay: Trident Hotel, Agra (or similar). B.

Day 6: Agra to Ranthambore Journey to Ranthambore and visit the perfectly preserved Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri en route with lunch at Laxmi Vilas Palace, a splendid heritage hotel. On arrival, check in to your hotel. This evening you’ll meet a naturalist and learn about Project Tiger and its efforts to safeguard the tiger population. Approx. journey time: 6 hours, 168 miles. Stay: Dev Villas (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 7: Ranthambore Today, the central focus is your morning and afternoon game drives in an open-top canter in Ranthambore National Park, one of the best parks in the India to spot the elusive tiger. Stay: Dev Villas (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 8: Ranthambore to Jaipur This morning you have the option of an extra game drive. After breakfast, enjoy a packed lunch on your journey to Jaipur. This evening you will visit a local Hindu temple, where you’ll be able to witness an Aarti ceremony – the ‘ceremony of lights’. Approx. journey time: 4 hours, 99 miles. Stay: Jai Mahal Palace (or similar). B, L.

Day 9: Jaipur Enjoy a full-day tour of the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur with visits to the striking Amber Fort and the spectacular walled City Palace where you can enjoy high tea in a private section of the palace. Continue to the Royal Observatory before stopping outside the Palace of the Winds which features a unique honeycomb-style façade. Stay: Jai Mahal Palace (or similar). B.

Day 10: Jaipur to Rohet Drive to Jodhpur for a tour around Rajasthan’s second largest city. See the well-preserved Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada, a pearly white memorial where you can view the city’s characteristic blue buildings from above. Continue to Rohet and check in to your hotel. Approx. journey time: 5 hours, 208 miles. Stay: Rohet Garh (or similar). B.

Day 11: Rohet Spend your morning at leisure before visiting a nearby village where you’ll be welcomed into a local home. Learn about local wildlife from the Bishnois, a religious group who believe in the protection of nature. Take part in an evening session with a local historian to learn about Rohet Garh’s history before enjoying high tea at local dunes. Stay: Rohet Garh (or similar). B.

Day 12: Rohet to Udaipur Head to Udaipur, one of India’s most romantic cities known for its opulent palaces and tranquil lakes. Visit Ranakpur Jain temple en route, an elaborate temple reputed to have 1444 unique pillars inside. Check in to your hotel and in the evening take a boat ride on Lake Pichola. Approx. journey time: 4 hours, 171 miles. Stay: Trident Udaipur (or similar). B.

Day 13: Udaipur Visit the exquisite City Palace, a sprawling fortress-like complex on the eastern shore of Lake Pichola. Visit the 17th-Century Jagdish Temple and the delightful gardens at Sahelion Ki Bari and enjoy the rest of day at leisure. This evening brings a unique experience and one of the highlights of the tour – dinner with a member of an Udaipur royal family. Highly influential, the Bedla family were key hosts to foreign and Indian dignitaries and drew fame for their amazing food and entertainment. Stay: Trident Udaipur (or similar). B, D.

Day 14: Udaipur to Mumbai Transfer to Udaipur airport for your flight to Mumbai (approx. 1½ hours). Embark on a half-day tour on arrival, beginning at the imposing Gateway of India. Drive past Marine Drive and visit the former Prince of Wales Museum. Observe the city’s famous Dabbawala (tiffin delivery service) in action at one of the stations, where a network of people deliver home-cooked meals on an extraordinary scale. Continue to the Jain temple, Dhobi Ghat and Mani Bhavan where Gandhi stayed, and drive past Crawford Market before checking in to your hotel. Spend the afternoon at leisure before an evening heritage walk of Mumbai, taking you into the heart of the historic fort area. Visit the enchanting former Victoria Terminus, a masterpiece of Gothic revival and enjoy a final farewell dinner with your tour leader at the hotel. Stay: Trident Nariman Point (or similar). B, D.

Day 15: Mumbai Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. B.


Stay longer

Beaches of India (Kovalam) 3 nights
Enjoy a post-tour relaxations on golden sands.

Mumbai 2 nights
Discover the home of Bollywood with an extended stay in India’s second city.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

Ideal if you’re looking for a cultural experience in northern India finishing with time to explore Mumbai on a heritage walk.

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.

What to expect

• Some long days with early starts and a lot of travelling time on the road

• Internal flights and rail travel

• Some time at leisure for relaxing or exploring

• Check-in at hotels is after 12pm

• Driving times are approximate

• 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
• Domestic flights with 20kg luggage limit.

Themed itinerary

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.

Diwali Festival themed itinerary departing on 28 Oct 2018 from £3295.

Accommodation on tour

We’ve selected quality hotels that are well placed for local exploration and each offers a flavour of their destination. Rohet Garh is a 17th-Century lakeside fort set at the edge of the Great Thar desert, providing a tranquil base for exploration of Jodhpur. This family-run heritage hotel is bursting with character and traditional Rajasthani charm with delicate frescoes that have been meticulously restored.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £780

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2018 Feb 04, 25; Mar 25; Oct 07; Nov 18

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 £755 per person, ref IN0074.

Why Kuoni?

Why Kuoni?

On this tour you’ll delve deep into the heart of northern India’s most famous cities with unique cultural experiences that go beyond the famous Golden Triangle. Dine with members of Udaipur’s royal family, be welcomed into a local family’s home in the small village of Rohet and enjoy a heritage walk in Mumbai in this immersive and unforgettable tour.