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India's Golden Triangle with Ranthambore National Park

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From the Taj Mahal to elusive Bengal tigers…

This fantastic introduction to India combines the three cities of the ‘Golden Triangle’ with a couple of days in Ranthambore National Park.

Journeying in a loop from Delhi, you’ll tick off highlights including the Taj Mahal and the forts and pink-hued palaces of Jaipur.

With three game drives in Ranthambore, we’ll go in search of the park’s elusive Bengal tigers, as well as looking out for leopards, sloth bears, monkeys and all manner of birdlife.

Including...

A car with a tickVIP door-to-door travel service

A suitcase with a tick Included travel insurance

A bed 8 nights in hotels and 1 in flight

A plate with a knife and fork 18 meals: 8 breakfasts (days 3-10), 2 lunches (days 6-7) and 8 dinners (days 2-9)

A person Tour manager

Plus...

  • International flights
  • Travel in destination by coach
  • Porterage

A camera Excursions and visits

  • City tours of New and Old Delhi, and Jaipur
  • Visits to Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri
  • Train journey from Bharatpur to Sawai Madhopur
  • 3 game drives in Ranthambore National Park

Prices are based on return flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports

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Day 1 UK to Delhi

Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your overnight flight to Delhi.


Day 2 Delhi

This morning, we arrive in Delhi. After a little time for refreshment and relaxation, we head out to soak up the sights and sounds on an afternoon sightseeing tour of New Delhi.

We’ll see the India Gate memorial, built to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died during the Great War, and pass the official residence of the President of India. Later we’ll continue to UNESCO-protected Qutab Minar, the tallest brick minaret in the world.

You stay at Sheraton Saket New Delhi (5*) or ITC Maurya, A Luxury Collection Hotel, New Delhi (5*).


Day 3 Delhi to Agra

Our morning tour concentrates on Old Delhi. We’ll see the marble memorial to Mahatma Gandhi and the grand Jama Masjid - one of India’s biggest mosques.

We’ll also stop by the memorial to the Mughal emperor Humayun, the first example of Persian-inspired Mughal architecture in India. In the afternoon, we’ll make our way to the riverside city of Agra.


Day 4 Agra

The Taj Mahal dates back to the glory days of India’s Mughal emperors. It took 20,000 skilled labourers to create this mausoleum and memorial to Shah Jahan’s favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

After a morning here, we move on to Agra’s imposing fort - a walled city of palaces, mosques, halls and residences occupied for more than 900 years.


Day 5 Fatehpur Sikri to Ranthambore

Our journey continues with a visit to the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri, once the capital of the Mughal Empire. Although it lay abandoned and virtually unknown for hundreds of years, its palaces, pavilions, mosques and residences are remarkably well preserved and visually stunning.

Later, we continue by road to Bharatpur. We’ll board a train bound for Sawai Madhopur, then journey on to Ranthambore National Park, known for its 1,000-year-old fort (which is surrendering slowly to the encroaching jungle), its picturesque lakes and, of course, its Bengal tiger reserve.


Day 6 Ranthambore

Ranthambore National Park is a wildlife haven, and we’ll head out in search of leopards, monkeys, birds and sloth bears on two game drives.

As we take in the sounds and smells of the jungle, we may even spot the shy and elusive Bengal tiger.


Day 7 Ranthambore to Jaipur

After a final game drive, we’ll drive north-west to Jaipur, known as the ‘pink city’ for its rose-red palaces.


Day 8 Jaipur

A full-day tour of Jaipur reveals why this great city is considered one of India’s foremost cultural attractions.

After an early breakfast, we drive up to Amber Fort, a beautiful sandstone palace perched on a hilltop. We’ll tour the fort, then head to the foothill lake - where elephants sometimes come to bathe.

Back in Jaipur itself, we’ll explore the City Palace (a fusion of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture) and the 18th-century Jantar Mantar observatory, and admire the latticed façade of the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of Winds.


Day 9 Delhi

Today we’ll journey from Jaipur back to Delhi. Enjoy your final night in India before our flight home tomorrow.

You stay at Sheraton Saket New Delhi (5*) or ITC Maurya, A Luxury Collection Hotel, New Delhi (5*).


Day 10 Delhi to UK

After one last cup of chai, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.


India's Golden Triangle with Ranthambore National Park

India