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Taj Mahal, Tigers and Teens

By Mayur Khanna
India Travel Expert for Alfred&

Perfect for families with teens, this itinerary is a cultural adventure with a diversity of hotels and a few exciting train journeys. Start in sensational Delhi and Jaipur where flexible optional activities include rickshaw rides, hot air balloon rides and interactive local experiences. Then off to Sariksa Tiger Reserve where you may spot the regal Bengal tiger on private game drives and discover hidden jungle forts while acting out your Indiana Jones dreams. End at Agra in a hotel with views of the Taj Mahal. If there’s one thing to get you out of bed it’s ivory-white facades, glittering in the sunrise.

 

Places

Length
9 days
Best months to go
October to April
Guide price range
£2,065 - £2,350pp
for family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children aged 12 or above), including international flights

Top Experiences
Itinerary Highlights

Agra

Taj Mahal at sunrise

Watch the Taj Mahal turn from gold yellow to a sparkling mountain white...

Jaipur

Samode Haveli: a royal abode

We offer a tour every morning so guests can see in detail the old frescoes, elaborate murals and opulent antique furniture...

See extraordinary wildlife like this Royal Bengal Tiger in Sariska National Park when you take a tailormade trip with Alfred&
Sariska

Tiger territory and jungle forts with Sariska Safari Lodge

The Sariska area offers the thrill of jungle game drives and one of India's most picturesque ghost towns...

Day by day
Itinerary in detail

1

Arrival in Delhi

Arrive in Delhi and a transfer will take you to your hotel with country-club vibes located in the heart of the city. Recover from the journey with a drink by the swimming pool or perhaps on the palm-studded lawn. Here you can enjoy all the mod cons from a 4,000-square-foot spa and state-of-the-art gym. Or the hotel’s multiple restaurants catering to just about every taste whether you’re craving burgers or bao buns. Overnight at The Claridges.

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2

Delhi

Delhi’s riot of colour and culture is calling. One of the best (and exhilarating) ways of getting your bearings is an optional rickshaw ride around Old Delhi’s buzzing bazaars immersing yourself in the manic alleys and making pitstops for deep-fried street snacks. You may prefer a Five Senses city tour ticking off landmarks such as Humayun’s Tomb and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, one of the most prominent Sikh temples. Here you can help serve chapatis to some of its 30,000 daily devotees, a most humbling experience. Overnight at The Claridges.

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3

Delhi & Jaipur

It’s an early morning transfer to the station before hopping on the train to Jaipur, a fun way of seeing the landscapes unfold and allowing that little bit more freedom for families (and teens with itchy feet). After four-and-a-half hours, arrive in the Pink City and transfer to your old-world haveli with bags of opulence and charm. Think courtyards, a swimming pool and a 4th-floor rooftop from which you can see kites soaring above the tangled city canopy. To heighten the drama, we’ve included a trip to the Amber Fort evoking the time of maharajas and elephant driven invasions with an optional tour to see hidden parts of the palace. Overnight at Samode Haveli.

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4

Jaipur

You have the day free to explore in whatever way suits your clan be it independently or on an optional guided city tour. For a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, why not try a hot air balloon ride at dawn over Jaipur’s dusky pink hues and heritage monuments. For a later wake-up call, ease yourself into the city on a guide-led exploration seeing architectural marvels such as The City Palace and Jantar Mantar observatory. In the evening, we would always recommend a cooking demonstration at a local home. Budding chef or not, it’ll make you want to be one after an evening on the festooned rooftop having eaten some of the most perfectly fried pakoras you may just ever taste. Overnight at Samode Haveli.

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5

Jaipur & Sariska

A transfer will journey you to the Sariska area and its tiger reserve in approximately 3 hours. Break up the journey stopping at Chand Baori, the oldest and deepest surviving step well in Rajasthan and visually mind-warping. Next stop is Bhangarh, a supposedly haunted fort where you can stretch your legs re-enacting Indiana Jones in the enclaves of the foothills. Continue for 40 minutes to your rural lodge and unwind in the courtyard with a drink by the campfire. Overnight at Sariska Safari Lodge.

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6

Sariska

Tall hazy forest, jade coloured streams and rocky outcrops are the backdrop to fun-filled Jeep drives into the 300-square-mile Sariska Tiger Reserve. There’s nothing more bonding than bumping along jungle paths with little between you and the wild. The thrill of spotting a flash of auburn hair through the tall tufts of bamboo adds to the thrill in this tiger terroir. This morning a private game drive with the help of an expert naturalist is included. While the chance of spotting a tiger is never guaranteed (they are notoriously elusive) you’ll be treated to other resident wildlife such as sloth bears, sambar deer and the wide variety of wondrous birdlife. The afternoon is left free whether you choose to go on an extra game drive or relax at the lodge. Otherwise you can enjoy optional activities such as excursions to the area’s many archaeological treasures, perhaps the ancient city of Viratnagar and its Mughal-era crumbling monuments. Overnight at Sariska Safari Lodge.

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7

Sariska & Agra

Take a five-and-a-half-hour transfer to Agra. En route there will be stops to stretch your legs and you'll no doubt be glued to the window watching India's landscapes cinematically unfold. There's Wi-Fi in the car too so you can capture those vital Instagram-Tik Tok moments. Your hotel tonight boasts views of the Taj Mahal from the swimming pool. After a long journey, the rest of your day is yours to relax or explore at your own stead. Should you wish to acquaint yourself with the local culture, one optional activity would be a walking tour following the fascinating achievements of some of Agra’s renown women including Itmad ud Daulah, aka ‘baby Taj’ built by Mehr-un-Nissa, one of the most famous royal women of her era. Or why not take a bike ride into the countryside dotted with grazing buffalo and where you can meet traditional potters and carpet weavers who reside in the rural villages. Overnight at Taj Hotel & Convention Centre.

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8

Agra & Delhi

It’s a crack-of-dawn start today for the finale trip, a visit to the iconic Taj Mahal. Nothing can prepare you for this moment, seeing its ivory-white facade positively gleaming in the rosy morning sun. While most visit in the later part of the day, you can marvel at its dwarfing marble architecture, intricate inlay and immaculate landscaped gardens with far smaller crowds – a family selfie on the Princess Diana bench is obligatory. After a good amount of time here, take a 2-hour train back to Delhi and check-in to your hotel. The evening is free to celebrate the end of your trip. Overnight at The Claridges.

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9

Delhi & Departure

Today, a transfer will take you all to the airport for onward travel.

Another stop?

If you want to extend your adventure, we recommend finishing your holiday with a beach stay in Goa

Extensions

Holiday Budget
Guide price information

Low Season

01 May - 31 Jul

Family of 4 price - 2 adults and two teenagers (12 years old or above)

£2,065

Mid Season

16 Apr - 30 Apr, 01 Aug - 30 Sep

Family of 4 price - 2 adults and two teenagers (12 years old or above)

£2,120

High Season

01 Jan - 15 Apr, 01 Oct - 20 Dec

Family of 4 price - 2 adults and two teenagers (12 years old or above)

£2,350

Other family options

Please contact us for prices for families of other sizes and other ages.

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Alfred & Mayur Khanna

Growing up in India, Mayur travelled extensively throughout the country including Rajasthan where he lapped up its vibrant culture and enjoyed camel riding from desert camps. One of his most memorable moments though was cruising the backwaters of Kerala on a coir woven houseboat, local toddy in hand.

Mayur Khanna

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