Explore the diverse cultural influences that
have created the rich heritage of northern
India. This tour encompasses the holy city
of Varanasi, the resplendent Taj Mahal,
Jodhpur’s blue-washed houses, and the
beautiful lakes and palaces of Udaipur.
Also go in search of the elusive Royal
Bengal tiger in Ranthambore National
Park, India’s premier tiger reserve.
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Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Delhi with British Airways. (N)
Transfer to the Trident Gurgaon (or similar)
for 2 nights. Afternoon at leisure. Evening
welcome drink to meet the group and guide. (N)
Morning tour of Old Delhi, including a drive past
the Red Fort, a visit to the Jama Masjid, and Raj
Ghat and a walking tour of Old Delhi. Afternoon
tour of New Delhi, including India Gate and the
viceregal residence. Continue to the tomb of the
Mughal emperor Humayun and the Qutb Minar
Morning flight to Varanasi. Stay at the Hotel
Madin (or similar) for 1 night. Afternoon tour of
Sarnath. This evening, visit the Dasaswamedh
ghats to witness the magical Ganga aarti
ceremony from a boat on the Ganges. On
19 Nov 2018 departure enjoy the Dev Diwali
celebrations when the steps of the ghats are lit
with more than a million earthen lamps†. (B)
Serene early morning boat ride on the Ganges.
After breakfast, fly to Agra and transfer to the
Trident Agra (or similar) for a 2-night stay. (B)
Early morning visit to the Taj Mahal. After
breakfast, visit the huge Agra fort and the
tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah. Lunch at a rooftop
restaurant overlooking the Taj Mahal. Afternoon
at leisure or optional excursion to Akbar’s tomb
at Sikandra*. (B, L)
Morning drive to Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted
16th-century, red sandstone city. Continue
to Bharatpur and take the train to Sawai
Madhopur. Transfer to the Dev Vilas (or similar)
for 2 nights. (B, D)
Early morning and late afternoon wildlife
viewing. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur and stay at the
Trident Jaipur (or similar) for 2 nights. (B)
Optional early morning yoga session*. Morning
tour of the ancient palace of Amber fort.
Afternoon visit to the City Palace and Jantar
Mantar astronomical observatory. (B)
Full-day drive to Rohet via Jodhpur. Visit the
magnificent Mehrangarh fort and the imposing
Jaswant Thada cenotaph. Continue to Rohet
and stay at Rohet Garh (or similar) for 2 nights.
On 27 Oct 2018 departure, enjoy the Diwali
celebrations†. (B, D)
Morning at leisure. After lunch, take a 4x4 safari
to visit the Bishnoi tribal villages. The Bishnoi tribe are known to protect the flora and fauna in the region with reverence and live in tiny tidy hamlets. Their history and customs are legendary and as far back as the 16th century they are known to have resisted royal edicts ordering the felling of trees, by literally wrapping themselves around them. (B, D)
Drive south to the lake city of Udaipur, visiting
the exquisite Jain temples at Ranakpur en route.
Arrive at the Trident Udaipur (or similar) in the
late afternoon for a 2-night stay. Or upgrade to the Taj Lake Palace
(Lake View room) from £565 for 2 nights. (B)
Morning tour of the City Palace, Jagdish
temple and a miniature painting studio.
Afternoon at leisure. Evening Bagore-ki-Haveli
cultural show. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to Mumbai
(Bombay) to connect with the British Airways
flight to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and
The 17 February 2018 and 7 March 2019
departures of this tour are timed to coincide
with the colourful Holika Dahan festival which
will be celebrated in Udaipur with a visit to
the celebrations at the Maharajah’s Palace.
The 27 October 2018 departure will coincide
with the Diwali celebrations in Jodhpur. The
19 November 2018 departure will include the
enchanting Dev Diwali ‘Festival of the Lights’
celebrations in Varanasi.
Due to changes to seasonal
schedules and opening times, there are minor
itinerary variations for certain departure
dates. Please check with your Cox & Kings tour
consultant for details.
These activities can be
pre-booked or booked locally and incur an
can be taken privately on a date that suits
you, for which guideline prices are shown.
Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact
requirements. Please call 020 3930 5073 or
Dev Vilas is set in 3.5 acres of land close to the entrance to Ranthambore National Park, one of the best tiger reserves in India and a habitat for a wide range of other fauna, flora and bird life.
Dev Vilas is designed in a traditional Indo-Saracenic style, recreating the atmosphere of the Maharajas' hunting lodge. Overlooking the Aravalli hills, it has 19 rooms, 7 tented bungalows and 2 suites. No two rooms are alike with each offering an individual style and ambiance. All rooms have a bathroom with a stand-alone shower and separate bath, air-conditioning, cable TV, telephone and mini bar. Located in a grove of trees, the tented bungalows have air-conditioning, TV and hot and cold running water.
The facilities at Dev Vilas include a bar, a dining room serving Indian and continental cuisine and a swimming...
Located in the popular and peaceful Cantonment area of Varanasi, the Hotel Madin offers a refreshing mix of opulent design and traditional local service. Rooms are spacious and fitted with touch panels and other modern-day amenities that you would expect to find in a luxury hotel. The rooftop restaurant serves an expansive menu of international cuisines while offering delightful views of the surrounding area or dine at the poolside barbecue and grill.
Features: 85 rooms, 3 restaurants, bar, swimming pool, spa, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, rain shower, television, minibar,...
The majestic setting and ancient ramparts of this old fort capture the spirit of Rajasthan. Enter through the high walls into the intimate surroundings and beautiful gardens of this family home, still lived in by the town's ruling family. Rohetgarh Fort's traditional style is reflected in the 34 bedrooms and dining room. Unwind by the pool, watch the sunset from the terrace and enjoy traditional folk music and dance performances. In the surrounding area, it is possible to take desert safaris to local...
The Taj Lake Palace Hotel, originally known as Jag Niwas, was built in 1754 by Maharana Jagat Sigh II as his summer palace. Today this former pleasure palace is a luxury hotel like no other in the world, set on an island in the middle of Udaipur’s Lake Pichola. Here you may relax amidst slender marble carved columns, filigree screens and fountains. The hotel has 81 rooms, a small swimming pool, 2 restaurants and a...
Located close to the airport in the heart of the commercial district of the city, The LaLiT Jaipur is a modern property designed to reflect elements of the local haveli architecture. The hotel offers 244 elegantly designed rooms with wooden flooring and large spa-style bathrooms, complimented by traditional Rajasthan artwork and luxury furnishings. All rooms are equipped with all modern amenities including satellite television, minibar, in-room safe and wireless internet access. The hotel has a variety of dining options for guests to choose from serving a range of pan-Indian and international cuisine, both à la carte and as a buffet. Other facilities include a swimming pool, fully equipped fitness centre and a spa offering a wide range of...
The Trident Agra is set in beautiful gardens and is only a short distance away from the Taj Mahal. The hotel is built of red stone, reminiscent of the Mughal era, and is designed around a landscaped central courtyard with swimming pool and fountains. The hotel features a multi-cuisine informal brasserie as well as an alfresco Italian restaurant.
Features: 138 rooms, Wi-Fi, 2 restaurants, bar, fitness centre, beauty salon, gift shop.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, minibar, tea & coffee facilities, television, safe, en suite...
Set in seven acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, the Trident Gurgaon is characterised by domes, long walkways, inner courtyards, reflection pools and fountains. The hotel has 136 rooms, which include a Presidential suite and six executive suites, overlooking the garden, courtyards and...
The Trident is located at the base of Amber Fort, 15 minutes drive from the heart of Jaipur. It is a modern hotel, carefully designed to reflect the style and atmosphere of Jaipur and all rooms have modern facilities with views of either Lake Mansagar or the Aravalli hills. The restaurant offers both Asian and European cuisine which can be enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the...
Enjoying an excellent lakeside location, the Trident captures the romance of the Rajasthani city of Udaipur. Set within its own gardens, the Trident is 10 minutes by boat or car from the city centre. The blend of architecture and service transports guests back to a distant age while still providing all the comforts of the modern day. The restaurant offers both Rajasthani and continental cuisine. Views of Lake Pichola and the Aravalli Hills can be enjoyed from the terrace adjacent to the main restaurant where traditional events also take place. The hotel facilities include swimming pool and a...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
Amritsar, the holy city of the Sikhs, is the location of their most sacred shrine – the Darbar Sahib, or Golden Temple. Fashioned in marble, mirror work and gold, it is beautifully reflected in the surrounding expanse of water.
Drive to Chandigarh and take the train to Amritsar. Transfer to Taj Swarna and stay for 2 nights. (B)
Morning visit to the famed Golden Temple, Jallianwalla memorial and the Ram Bagh gardens with the summer palace of Maharajah Ranjit Singh. This afternoon, transfer to Wagah on the India-Pakistan border to see the spectacular Sunset Retreat ceremony. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to London via Delhi. (B)
The former Portuguese colony of Goa, India’s smallest state, is a perfect place to relax as it offers long stretches of beautiful beaches lined with palm trees, world heritage architecture, and rich flora and fauna.
Fly to Goa. Transfer to Taj Exotica* in south Goa for 4 nights. This luxury resort is set in lush greenery and overlooks the Arabian Sea. (B)
At leisure or enjoy a tour of Old Goa and Panjim or alternatively visit Dudhsagar falls and a spice plantation. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Mumbai (Bombay). (B)
In 1590 Quli Qutub Shah started to plan ‘a
replica of Paradise itself’ and Hyderabad, the
pearl of the Deccan, came into being. The city
embodies a culture of gracious living, gourmet
cooking and stylish dressing.
This extension offers an introduction to the
ancient mountain kingdom of Nepal, focusing
on its capital, Kathmandu, the medieval city of
Bhaktapur and the Himalayan views from the
mountain retreat of Nagarkot.
Packed with colonial-era architecture and home to India’s most prolific film industry, the ‘City of Dreams’ is a melting pot of vibrant bazaars, temples, galleries and excellent restaurants.
Fly to Mumbai (Bombay). Transfer to Trident Mumbai, located on Marine Drive, for a 3-night stay. (B)
At leisure or spend your days wandering through Chor bazaar, known as the ‘thieves market’ and one of the largest flea markets in India; exploring Asia’s largest slum in Dharavi; strolling through the heritage village of Khotachiwadi with its Portuguese-inspired dwellings; taking a Mumbai culinary tour; or visiting Kala Ghoda, an area that houses some of the city’s finest art galleries and museums. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)
Extension starts on Day 10 of tour
Fly to Chandigarh and drive to Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh and the British summer capital during the Raj era. Set in the Himalayan foothills, this town remains a cool
retreat - ideal for relaxing walks in the hills. Stay for 3 nights at the Oberoi Cecil hotel. Return to Chandigarh for a flight to Delhi and overnight at the Eros Hotel before your return flight home.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
GTR2018: 13 Nights
Nothing prepares you for the beauty of the Taj Mahal. Even though everybody tells you that the Taj is amazing, you've read about the history and purpose of the building and its significance, and seen many images in the media, the moment you see the Taj Mahal, its presence on the landscape is overwhelmingly emotional. The sophistication of the building, feats of engineering including its numerous underground supports, pillar construction, decoration of unbelievable intricacy and beauty, waterways leave you curious to know more but at the same time exhausted by absorbing what you have seen.Mrs Sally Lowe
Varanasi is an assault on all senses - people, sound, noise smell, colour - and it is also a very spiritual place despite the huge crowds. Unmissable.Mrs Christine Love
[Inspirational moments include the] dawn boat ride at Varanasi, walking out to see the Taj Mahal early morning and the lakes at Udaipur. Dr Alan Watson
The earliest reference to Agra can be found in
the epic Mahabharata. It was in the...
Jaipur, which means ‘the city of victory’, was
founded in 1727. Popularly known as the...
One of the prime examples of Project Tiger’s
conservation efforts in Rajasthan,...
Rohet is a picturesque hamlet to the south-east of Luni, settled by the Bishnoi tribal...
Set on the shores of Lake Pichola and
surrounded by hills, Udaipur is possibly the
Set on the riverbanks of the sacred
Ganges, Varanasi is one of the oldest cities