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. 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 Palace, New Delhi (or similar). D.

Day 3: Delhi Enjoy a full day of sightseeing today and visit the UNESCO-listed Humayun’s Tomb before continuing to Lutyens’ New Delhi, which was designed by British architects and features wide roads and sprawling parks – a stark contrast after exploration of Old Delhi’s labyrinthine lanes. See the India Gate, which is dedicated to the Indian soldiers who lost their lives during World War I, and drive past the monumental government buildings. Stay: Taj Palace, 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 around 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 restored former palace. 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. As you explore the park in shared open-top canters, you may be lucky enough to spot Bengal tiger as well as leopard, crocodile 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: ITC Rajputana or the 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 13 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: ITC Rajputana ot the 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 Golden Temple. Approx. journey time: 3 hours, 400 miles. Stay: Hyatt Amritsar or Taj Swarma (for departures from 22 Feb 2019) (or similar). B.

Day 11: Amritsar This morning, you’ll go on a walking tour of Old Amritsar followed by a visit to the spectacular Golden Temple – the spiritual centre of the Sikh faith, which is crowned with an inverted lotus-shaped golden dome. Continue to the Jallianwala Bagh, the site of the tragic 20th-Century Amritsar Massacre. 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 17 Oct will join a local family for dinner and Diwali celebrations). Stay: Hyatt Amritsar or Taj Swarma (for departures from 22 Feb 2019) (or similar). B.

Day 12: Amritsar to UK Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK via Delhi. Alternatively, extend your holiday with a few days of relaxation on a golden beach or in the mountains of Shimla.


Stay longer

Beaches of India - Goa 3 nights

For a relaxing end to your India adventure, we recommend spending a few days lazing on Goa’s idyllic golden beaches. 


Himalaya Foothills (Shimla) 4 nights

Take in the fresh mountainous surrounds in the former British Raj summer capital of Shimla.

Day 1: Amritsar to Shimla
Transfer to Amritsar station for your train journey on the Shatabdi Express to Ambala (approx. 4 hours). On arrival, you’ll transfer by road to your hotel in Shimla, approx. journey time: 5 hours, 90 miles. Stay: The Oberoi Cecil (or similar).

Day 2: Shimla
Begin the day with a tour of Shimla and its Hindu temple, colonial buildings and the famous Scandal Point. Stay: The Oberoi Cecil (or similar). B.

Day 3: Shimla
Today you’ll have time at leisure to go on country walks, visit Shimla and learn more about its history or enjoy the luxurious facilities at your hotel. Stay: The Oberoi Cecil (or similar). B.

Day 4: Shimla to Delhi
Begin your journey back to Delhi on Shimla’s famous Toy Train (approx 2¾ hours). You’ll get gorgeous mountain views in this old-world style train as it travels to Solan. Here, you’ll take a road transfer (approx. 1½ hours) to Kalka for your onward train back to Delhi (approx. 4¼ hours), with dinner on the train. Approx. journey time: 8½ hours, 214 miles. Stay: Maidens Hotel (or similar). B, D.

Day 5: Delhi to UK
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B.

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. 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 Palace, New Delhi (or similar). D.

Day 3: Delhi Enjoy a full day of sightseeing today and visit the UNESCO-listed Humayun’s Tomb before continuing to Lutyens’ New Delhi, which was designed by British architects and features wide roads and sprawling parks – a stark contrast after exploration of Old Delhi’s labyrinthine lanes. See the India Gate, which is dedicated to the Indian soldiers who lost their lives during World War I, and drive past the monumental government buildings. Stay: Taj Palace, 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 around 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 restored former palace. 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. As you explore the park in shared open-top canters, you may be lucky enough to spot Bengal tiger as well as leopard, crocodile 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: ITC Rajputana or the 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 13 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: ITC Rajputana ot the 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 Golden Temple. Approx. journey time: 3 hours, 400 miles. Stay: Hyatt Amritsar or Taj Swarma (for departures from 22 Feb 2019) (or similar). B.

Day 11: Amritsar This morning, you’ll go on a walking tour of Old Amritsar followed by a visit to the spectacular Golden Temple – the spiritual centre of the Sikh faith, which is crowned with an inverted lotus-shaped golden dome. Continue to the Jallianwala Bagh, the site of the tragic 20th-Century Amritsar Massacre. 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 17 Oct will join a local family for dinner and Diwali celebrations). Stay: Hyatt Amritsar or Taj Swarma (for departures from 22 Feb 2019) (or similar). B.

Day 12: Amritsar to UK Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK via Delhi. Alternatively, extend your holiday with a few days of relaxation on a golden beach or in the mountains of Shimla.


Stay longer

Beaches of India - Goa 3 nights

For a relaxing end to your India adventure, we recommend spending a few days lazing on Goa’s idyllic golden beaches. 


Himalaya Foothills (Shimla) 4 nights

Take in the fresh mountainous surrounds in the former British Raj summer capital of Shimla.

Day 1: Amritsar to Shimla
Transfer to Amritsar station for your train journey on the Shatabdi Express to Ambala (approx. 4 hours). On arrival, you’ll transfer by road to your hotel in Shimla, approx. journey time: 5 hours, 90 miles. Stay: The Oberoi Cecil (or similar).

Day 2: Shimla
Begin the day with a tour of Shimla and its Hindu temple, colonial buildings and the famous Scandal Point. Stay: The Oberoi Cecil (or similar). B.

Day 3: Shimla
Today you’ll have time at leisure to go on country walks, visit Shimla and learn more about its history or enjoy the luxurious facilities at your hotel. Stay: The Oberoi Cecil (or similar). B.

Day 4: Shimla to Delhi
Begin your journey back to Delhi on Shimla’s famous Toy Train (approx 2¾ hours). You’ll get gorgeous mountain views in this old-world style train as it travels to Solan. Here, you’ll take a road transfer (approx. 1½ hours) to Kalka for your onward train back to Delhi (approx. 4¼ hours), with dinner on the train. Approx. journey time: 8½ hours, 214 miles. Stay: Maidens Hotel (or similar). B, D.

Day 5: Delhi to UK
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

Ideal if you want to combine some of India’s must-see attractions with Ranthambore’s tigers and the holy city of Amritsar.

Good to know

• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)
• Average group size of 12 guests
• A maximum of 16 guests.

What to expect

• Some long days with early starts
• Driving times are approximate
• Check-in at hotels is after 12pm
• India’s colourful cities can be hectic but this assault on the senses is all part of the experience
• Domestic flights with 20kg luggage limit.

Themed itinerary

Holi Festival, Jaipur – 20 Mar 2019
This 'Festival of Colours' 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 – 27 Oct 2019
Diwali, also known as the 'festival of lights', is an ancient Hindu festival 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 13 Mar; 17 Oct 2019 from £2620.

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 £455

Is this for you?

Ideal if you want to combine some of India’s must-see attractions with Ranthambore’s tigers and the holy city of Amritsar.

Good to know

• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)
• Average group size of 12 guests
• A maximum of 16 guests.

What to expect

• Some long days with early starts
• Driving times are approximate
• Check-in at hotels is after 12pm
• India’s colourful cities can be hectic but this assault on the senses is all part of the experience
• Domestic flights with 20kg luggage limit.

Themed itinerary

Holi Festival, Jaipur – 09 Mar 2020
This 'Festival of Colours' 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 – 14 Nov 2020
Diwali, also known as the 'festival of lights', is an ancient Hindu festival 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 room supplement from £455

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2019 Jan 24; Feb 01, 08, 15, 22; Mar 01, 09, 13†; Apr 12, 26; May 03, 24; Sep 27; Oct 11, 17†; Nov 01, 08, 23

† 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 and guide tips
• 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 £345 per person, ref IN0030.

Excursions

Day 7: Ranthambore Jeep Upgrade from £18 per person
Day 8: Additional Shared Jeep Safari from £36 per person

Tour dates

2020 Jan 10, 23, 31; Feb 07, 14, 21, 28; Mar 07, 11, 20; Apr 10, 24; May 01, 22; Sep 25; Oct 09, 15, 30; Nov 06, 13, 20, 27; Dec 04

† 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 and guide tips
• 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 £345 per person, ref IN0030.

Excursions

Day 7: Ranthambore Jeep Upgrade from £18 per person
Day 8: Additional Shared Jeep Safari from £36 per person

Special offer
From
£2725
 
PRIVATE TOUR
Price per person for 11 nights
Explore glittering temples, search for elusive tigers
& visit grand palaces on our tour of Northern India
Escorted small group tour departs 10 May 2019
 
Fly with Jet Airways from London Heathrow

Kuoni highlights

In addition to the must-see sights of the Golden Triangle including visits to the Taj Mahal at both sunrise and sunset and a tiger safari in Ranthambore National Park, you’ll get to enjoy some memorable experiences. Take high tea in a colonial home, watch an optional Palki ceremony, try turban tying and attend a traditional Hindu Aarti ceremony.

Kuoni highlights

In addition to the must-see sights of the Golden Triangle including visits to the Taj Mahal at both sunrise and sunset and a tiger safari in Ranthambore National Park, you’ll get to enjoy some memorable experiences. Take high tea in a colonial home, watch an optional Palki ceremony, try turban tying and attend a traditional Hindu Aarti ceremony.