14nights 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 3 nights

After the chaotic north, head south to unwind on Goa’s gorgeous caramel-sand beaches – or find a little peace and quiet in the isolated coves of Kovalam in Kerala.

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 around New Delhi and see Parliament House, the Secretariat Building and Lutyens Bungalow Zone, which is home to the political elite and some of the city’s richest residents. See the India Gate, a huge war memorial, and Rashtrapati Bhawan, formerly known as Viceroy’s House and now the official residence of the President of India. Return to the hotel for a welcome dinner hosted by your tour leader. Stay: Taj Palace (or similar). D.

Day 3: Delhi After breakfast, your day of sightseeing in Delhi starts with a rickshaw ride through the alleys of Old Delhi to get a different perspective on this historic city. Visit to Humayun’s Tomb, a majestic Persian and Indian tomb built for the former Mughal emperor. Stay: Taj Palace (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 around 8am (approx. 2 hours). On arrival, visit Itimad-ud-Daulah, also known as Baby Taj. Built before the Taj Mahal between 1622 and 1628, this stunning marble tomb is studded with semi-precious stones and appears to resemble a giant jewel box. Visit Mehtab Bagh, or Moonlight Garden, 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 and snacks. Stay: Trident Hotel, Agra (or similar). B.

Day 6: Agra to Ranthambore Journey to Ranthambore with a visit to the perfectly preserved Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and lunch at heritage hotel, Umaid Lake Palace, on the way. 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: 7 hours, 168 miles. Stay: Sawai Villas (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 7: Ranthambore Today is all about your morning and afternoon game drives in search of the Bengal tiger. You’ll be in an open-top canter in Ranthambore National Park, one of the most accessible parks in the India to spot the elusive tiger, or you can upgrade to a Jeep game drive for a more intimate experience (must be booked in advance at extra cost). Stay: Sawai Villas (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 8: Ranthambore to Jaipur This morning you have the option of an extra game drive. After breakfast, begin your journey to Jaipur with a packed lunch on the way. In the evening, you’ll visit a local Hindu temple. Approx. journey time: 5 hours, 99 miles. Stay: Jai Mahal Palace (or similar). B, L.

Day 9: Jaipur Today is a full-day tour of the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Visit the striking Amber Fort and the spectacular walled City Palace, where you can enjoy tea and snacks in a private section of the palace. Continue to the Royal Observatory before stopping outside the Palace of the Winds which is famous for its unique honeycomb-style façade. In the evening, dinner is a special occasion as you join a local family in their home and watch a cooking demonstration. Stay: Jai Mahal Palace (or similar). B, D.

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 look down over the city’s characteristic blue buildings from above. Continue to Rohet where you’ll check in to your hotel. Approx. journey time: 7 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 wildlife from the Bishnois, a religious group who believe in the protection of nature. Take part in an evening session with a historian to learn about Rohet Garh’s history before having high tea on Rohet’s 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. On the way, stop at Ranakpur Jain temple, an elaborate temple said to have 1444 unique pillars inside. Check in to your hotel and take a boat ride on Lake Pichola. Approx. journey time: 5 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. See the 17th-Century Jagdish Temple and the delightful gardens at Sahelion Ki Bari before having free time for the rest of the day. This evening is one of the highlights of the tour – dinner with a member of an Udaipur royal family. The highly influential 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, starting at the imposing Gateway of India. Drive past Marine Drive, visit the former Prince of Wales Museum and see the city’s famous Dabbawala (tiffin delivery service) in action at one of the stations. Continue to the Jain temple, Dhobi Ghat and Mani Bhavan – where Gandhi stayed – and drive past Crawford Market before checking in to your hotel. Your afternoon is free before an evening heritage walk of Mumbai, which will take you into the heart of the historic fort area. Visit the enchanting former Victoria Terminus, a masterpiece of Gothic revival and have 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 or extend your stay. B.


Stay longer

Beaches of India 3 nights

After the chaotic north, head south to unwind on Goa’s gorgeous caramel-sand beaches – or find a little peace and quiet in the isolated coves of Kovalam in Kerala.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

If you want to go beyond the Golden Triangle, this longer itinerary is perfect for delving deeper into northern India.

Good to know

• For guests over 16
• Average group size of 7 guests
• A maximum of 12 guests
• Journey times do not take into account stops or traffic conditions
• We recommend travelling with no more than one suitcase and one day bag

What to expect

• Some long days with early starts
• A packed itinerary with a lot of travelling time on the road
• 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
• Luggage allowance on domestic flights is limited to 20kg, excess luggage can be taken for a locally payable fee
• A good level of fitness is required
• India can be an assault on the senses but this is part of the experience
• Photography may be restricted inside monuments, palaces or museums
• Optional activities can be pre-booked at additional cost
• Ranthambore National Park is closed from mid-April to October
• Passport details are needed to book Ranthambore game drives

Accommodation on tour

We’ve picked 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. This family-run heritage hotel is bursting with character and Rajasthani charm with meticulously restored frescoes for a tranquil base for exploring Jodhpur.

Solo travellers

Sole-use room from £4781

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Excursions

Day 7: Shared Jeep upgrade from £92 per person
Day 8: Optional tiger safari - shared canter from £38 per person
Day 8: Optional tiger safari - shared Jeep from £90 per person.

Tour dates

2021 Jan 24; Feb 14; Mar 21; Oct 17; Nov 14

2022 Jan 23; Feb 13; Mar 6; Oct 16; Nov 13

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• 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 £4649 per person.

Excursions

Day 8: Optional tiger safari from £60 per person.

Kuoni highlights

Kuoni highlights

See Jodhpur from above Visit the towering Mehrangarh Fort which sits on a hill above the blue city of Jodhpur allowing for wonderful expansive views.

Meet with Bishnoi People The Bishnoi community of Rajasthan has a captivating culture based around care towards nature and they are responsible for the survival of native species such as the Black Buck Antelope.

Cruise Lake Pichola in Udaipur Cruise on the lake as the sun goes down, giving you an impressive view of the mountains and historical monuments along the lake shore, not forgetting the iconic Lake Palace in the middle of the lake.