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    The City Palace, Udaipur

Splendours of India

India

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Vibrant cities, elusive tigers and the iconic Taj Mahal

Memorable moments come thick and fast on this trip.

You’ll join pilgrims on the banks of the Ganges in the holy city of Varanasi. You’ll seek out tigers (plus sloth bears, monkeys and leopards) in Ranthambore National Park.

And you’ll discover ornate palaces and temples in the colourful cities of Jaipur and Udaipur. We’ll also set aside a morning to visit the Taj Mahal - India’s most iconic monument.

Including...

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

A suitcase with a tick Included travel insurance

A bed 14 nights in hotels and 1 in flight

A plate with a knife and fork 26 meals: 14 breakfasts (days 3-16) 3 lunches (days 6 and 8-9) 9 dinners (days 2, 4, 6, 8-10, 12-13 and 15)

A person Tour manager

Plus...

  • International and internal flights as detailed
  • Travel in destination by coach
  • Porterage

A camera Excursions and visits

  • City tours of New Delhi, Old Delhi, Udaipur and Jaipur
  • Boat ride on Lake Pichola
  • 3 game drives in Ranthambore National Park
  • Train journeys from Sawai Madhopur to Bharatpur and from Agra to Jhansi
  • Visits to Fatehpur Sikri, Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Chandela Dynasty temples
  • City tour of Varanasi, including boat ride on the River Ganges, and Sarnath
  • Traditional tea ceremony
  • Lake Ashi cruise
  • Cable car to the Owakudani Valley and hot springs

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 flight to Delhi.


Day 2 - 3 Delhi

After arriving in Delhi early on day two, we’ll have some time to relax before heading out to explore New Delhi.

The area’s tree-lined streets, parks and fountains gravitate to New Delhi’s fashionable centre, Connaught Place. We’ll drive along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, passing Parliament House, the President’s Residence and the imposing India Gate.

The following day is dedicated to Old Delhi. With narrow alleys, bustling bazaars, temples and mosques, this walled city is quite a contrast to New Delhi. We’ll visit the Gandhi memorial, India’s largest and most elegant mosque, and the UNESCO-listed tomb of the Mughal emperor Humayan.

You stay at Le Meridien New Delhi (4*) or The Grand (4*).


Day 4 - 5 Udaipur

On day four, we’ll fly to Udaipur, one of the finest creations of the Rajputs. Founded in the 16th century, Udaipur is a romantic collection of palaces, temples, parks and gardens, many of which line the shore of Lake Pichola.

Once we reach our hotel, you’ll have the rest of the day at leisure to explore or maybe enjoy a sunset stroll down by the lake.

The following morning, we’ll start off with a sightseeing tour. The City Palace, now a museum, is a highlight, famed for its mirrored walls, ivory doors, coloured-glass windows and inlaid marble balconies.

After the tour, we’ll enjoy a boat ride on the lake (water levels permitting).

You stay at Trident Udaipur(4.5*), Ananta Resorts & Spa (4.5*) or The LaLiT Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur (4.5*).


Day 6 - 7 Jaipur

We’ll journey by road from Udaipur to Jaipur, stopping for lunch along the way. We arrive in the afternoon, so you’ll have the remainder of the day to have a wander at your own pace. Jaipur is the state capital of Rajasthan, and known as the ‘Pink City’ for the red sandstone buildings housed in its old walled city.

On our full day here, we’ll have a sightseeing tour of the city. We’ll pass the Palace of Winds and visit the magnificent Amber Fort. Our tour also includes the City Palace Museum, where we’ll admire the Royal Wardrobe Collection.

You stay at LaLiT Jaipur (4.5*) or Trident Jaipur (4.5*).


Day 8 - 9 Ranthambore

From Jaipur, we’ll make our way to Ranthambore and head out on our first jungle game drive.

Take the time to immerse yourself in the sounds and smells of the jungle - it’s home to leopards, monkeys, crocodiles and a whole host of birdlife.

And of course, the shy and elusive Bengal tiger. On our second day here, we’ll take another two game drives.


Day 10 - 11 Agra

From Ranthambore, we’ll take the train to Bharatpur and drive onwards to Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted sandstone city built by Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace during the 16th century.

We then continue on to Agra, where we’ll spend the next two nights. Agra plays host to some spectacular monuments - Agra Fort, the Pearl Mosque, Jasmine Tower - but none capture the imagination quite like the Taj Mahal.

Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, it’s one of the most extravagant monuments to love ever built. You’ll have some free time to explore, before we visit Agra Fort.

You stay at Trident Agra (4*) or Taj Hotel & Convention Centre (4*).


Day 12 Khajuraho

It’ll be an early start this morning as we take the Shatabdi Express train from Agra to Jhansi followed by a road transfer to Khajuraho.


Day 13 Khajuraho to Varanasi

Today we’ll visit the Chandela Dynasty temples. Set in a beautiful park, they rise spectacularly in peaks and spirals, and are intricately carved and designed with statues and friezes.

We then transfer to the airport for our flight to Varanasi, where you’ll have the afternoon free to explore.


Day 14 Varanasi

Morning sightseeing tour of Varanasi includes a boat ride on the River Ganges and some Hindu temples.

Afternoon excursion to the buried Buddhist city of Sarnath.


Day 15 Varanasi to Delhi

After a morning at leisure, we’ll transfer to the airport for our flight to Delhi, where you’ll enjoy your final night in India.


Day 16 Delhi to UK

We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.


Splendours of India

India