The Facts

Inclusions

▪ Superior 4 & 5-star accommodation
▪ All meals
▪ Domestic transportation in India
▪ All touring with guides and entrance fees
▪ Visa fees for UK and EU passport holders

Key Highlights

▪ Soak up the chaotic charm of Delhi
▪ See the majestic Taj Mahal at sunset
▪ Explore the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur
▪ Discover the magnificent Amber Fort
▪ Spot tigers at Ranthambore

Details

▪ Depart Friday 10 November
▪ Virgin Atlantic flights
▪ 10 Days
▪ £1849
▪ Land Only Available

The Itinerary

Fly overnight (flight number VS300) to Delhi, India’s rambunctious capital city. On arrival, transfer to your hotel, which will take approximately 45 minutes. Take the rest of the day to start soaking up the local culture!
A city of equal chaos and charm, Delhi is a feast for the sense, the kind of place that grabs you and doesn’t let go. Spend the morning exploring the sights of Old Delhi: pass the colossal Red Fort, an edifice of red sandstone that was once the seat of Mughal power and visit the largest and most magnificent mosque in India, Jama Masjid, before taking to the bustling alleys of Chandni Chowk, a vibrant bazaar area, for an exciting rickshaw ride. Pass the 14th century Kotla Firoze Shah and the 3rd century BC Ashoka Pillar en route to Raj Ghat. This is where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated after his assassination in 1948. Later, continue into New Delhi, a city built by the British as a grand capital in the 1930s. See the Presidential Palace, the Rashtrapati Bhavan – now the home of the President and journey along the Rajpath to India Gate. Finally visit the Qutub Minar, a 72 metre minaret.
Drive to Agra, approximately 3.5 hours by road, arriving in time to have lunch at the hotel. Spend some time exploring Agra Fort, another masterpiece of 16th -century Mughal military architecture, a hulking mass of red sandstone crouched on the banks of the Yumuna River. Head to the mesmerising Taj Mahal in time for sunset. Commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal, this white marble and precious stone monument to love is considered by many to be a wonder of the world.
Depart Agra for Jaipur, about 5 hours by road. Stop en route at the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri, a spectacular array of Mughal palaces and temples through which you can wander for a taste of the glamour of the Mughal empire. Built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar as his new capital, the city was abandoned after 14 years for reasons that are still unclear today. Arrive in Jaipur.
Begin the day with a brief stop at the Hawa Mahal, the ‘Palace of the Winds’. This magnificent edifice was constructed for the women of the royal family to watch festivities, processions and just the comings and goings of the streets below whilst still observing purdah. Travel out of the city to admire the majestic Amber Fort. Built in 1592, this red sandstone and marble fort effortlessly blends Hindu and Muslim architecture. Travel up to the fort by jeep, before exploring its opulent interiors. Back in Jaipur enjoy lunch at the Palace Café within the City Palace complex, which you will then explore, along with the Jantar Mantar Observatory, where there is a collection of 19 astronomical instruments built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh, and the local bazaar at Choti Choper
Depart Jaipur and travel to Ranthambore National Park, a roughly 4-hour drive. This is one of India’s best known parks, particularly famous for its population of Bengal tigers, around 48 of them in total, who are spotted quite frequently. Take your first safari this afternoon, on which you may be lucky enough to spot tigers, hyenas, sambhar deer, blue buls and numerous bird species.
Take an early morning safari through the park before returning to the resort for breakfast. Later, visit the magnificent Ranthambore Fort, which gives wonderful views over the National Park and Jogi Mahal, a former hunting lodge which sits on the edge of a lake. This afternoon enjoy a safari through the park’s lush jungle.
Transfer to Sawai Madhopur station and catch the Janshatabdi train back to Delhi. On arrival, head to your hotel where the rest of the day will be at leisure to spend as you wish. Sit down to a farewell dinner at the hotel this evening.
Transfer to the airport and fly (flight number VS301) to the UK, arriving home the same day.

The Map

    Arriving in Delhi, spend 3 nights
    Travel to Agra, by coach, spend 1 night
    Travel to Jaipur, by coach, spend 2 nights
    Travel to Ranthambore, by coach, spend 2 nights
    Return to Delhi, by train, for your flight home

    The fabled Golden Triangle is the classic introduction to the vast and beautiful country of India.

    Bustling streets, architectural wonders and majestic tigers await as you dive head first into the vibrant sights, sounds and experiences of Northern India.